Uprooted by Naomi Novik


This book contains a scene of attempted rape.



Uprooted is officially on my list of the best books I have ever read; there is so much depth & magic to this story, & I was enchanted by every single word. This is a fairytale, but so much more & the ending was so peaceful & charming that I wanted to cry. This is going to be a hard review to write because I just want to repeatedly say THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.




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An Extra 12

MatildaSo two days ago I posted My Summer Library Reading List which consisted of 15 books that have either been on my reading list for months or have only just piqued my interest… but! These weren’t the only books that I reserved; they were just the first ones to be available for pick-up. I actually have another 12 reserved that I’m hoping to work my way through over the next couple of months – here’s what they are & why I want to read them!

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My Summer Library Reading List

15-e1500465074707.jpgYesterday I checked out 15 books from my local library; after a few conversations on Twitter I thought it might be a fun idea to write a blog post about all of the books & why I’ve chosen to read them. The books include some fantasy YA & some historical fiction (as those of you who follow my blog probably guessed); most of the books are ones that have been on my to-read list for months & months, & I’m glad that I’ll finally be crossing them off, but there’s also a couple of new additions to my to-read list; ones that I wanted to read straight away.

I won’t be reading the books in any specific order, but I will be reading the ones that have other people waiting for them first. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get through them in a month to six weeks (unfortunately I have to revise as well). I’m also going to try to get through the last two A Song of Fire & Ice books, but I’ll only be reading them on Mondays, & I have some ARCs I have to read as well… basically, I have a lot of reading to get done in a fairly short amount of time!!

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Spellbook of the Lost & Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

SpellbookSpellbook of the Lost & Found is a story of friendship, love, trust, loss, lies, belief & magic. It revolves around two groups of teenagers who come across a handwritten spellbook; both groups of teenagers end up casting a spell for lost things, for a handful of different reasons, but as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

Trigger Warning: This book contains discussions of rape.

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday involves me picking a book I’ve previously read to talk about, today I’m going to discuss Lovely Green Eyes by Arnost Lustig.
(Read from 13th August – 16th August 2015)

Lovely Green Eyes
She has hair of ginger and lovely green eyes, and she has just been transported with her family from Terezin to Auschwitz. In short order, her father commits suicide, and her mother and younger brother are dispatched to the gas chambers, but 15 year old Hanka Kaudersova is still alive. Faced with the choice of certain death in the camp or working in a German military brothel on the eastern front, she chooses a chance at life. Passing as an Aryan, Hanka’s days in the brothel are full of cold and hunger, fear and shame. She is sustained by her loathing of the men who visit her and by a fierce, indomitable will to live. This devastatingly beautiful novel soars beyond the nightmare to leave the reader with a transcendent sense of hope.

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Halayda (Star-Fae #1) by Sarah Delena White

HalaydaHalayda is the first book the Star-Fae Trilogy & is the best opening book to a fantasy series that I have read in a very long time! Sarah has created a very detailed & complex world, with diverse & intricate characters that I absolutely adored. It’s been a very long time since I last read a Fae book, because they often feel cheesy or childish, but this book was neither of those things. I feel like this series is going to end up being one of my all-time favs.

Disclaimer: I was sent an eARC by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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Body Parts by Jessica Kapp

Body PartsBody Parts is a novel that really deserves to have been a trilogy – the idea behind the story is brilliant & the writing was of a very high standard. The characters were wonderful, & the world-building was massively intriguing. I hope that Jessica one day decides to write a couple of prequels because there’s so much more I want to know about the characters in this story.

Disclaimer: I was sent an eARC of this book in return for an honest review.

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