Star of the North by D. B. John

Star of the North.jpgStar of the North is an incredibly relevant story; it tells the tale of three people, connected through North Korea, whilst the country is on the verge of war with America. The book is raw, thrilling & totally captivating, & I bloody well enjoyed it.

I was sent this book by Harvill Secker in return for an honest review.

This book contains extreme human suffering, murder, very detailed torture, discussions of rape, extreme violence & starvation throughout.


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Blog Tour: Wolf Boy by G. D. Sammon

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Wolf Boy is a Narnia-esque story about young Connor who, you guessed it, falls into a land in his wardrobe with a couple of friends – this world isn’t made up of snow & Fauns though… instead there are wolves & snake-dogs, led by an unknown human, that want Connor & his friends dead. Wolf Boy is based upon a nice idea, but the execution wasn’t perfect.

I received this book free from Rachel’s Resources in return for an honest review as part of the official blog tour.



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Nursery Review: Always There Bear by Trudi Granger (Illustrated by Gareth Llewhellin)

always-there-bear.jpgI found this book in a shop for £1 so I absolutely had to buy it for the children I work with – I loved the cute illustrations & it was short & sweet enough to be read to them before lunch or tea time.

When it came to read this book to the children, there were lots of smiles & they definitely showed interested. Once the story was over the children shouted “again, again!” & one child even made their parent wait for the story to be over again before going home; the book was definitely a success

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Down the TBR Hole #6

Down the TBR Hole


Down The TBR Hole is a meme set up by Lia at LostInAStory & involves deciding whether to keep or remove certain books from your TBR list. The meme works by going to your GoodReads to-read shelf, selecting “ascending” on date added, taking the first 5 (or how many you would like) books, reading their synopsis & then deciding whether to keep them on your TBR or to get rid of them. I’ll be doing this meme using my to-buy list, as my to-read list only includes books that I already own; after my fifth attempt at Down The TBR Hole I had 296 books on my to-buy list, I now have 330 – but in my defense; it’s been over a month since I did one of these posts so…

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The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy WarI’ve been putting off writing this review since I finished it over a month ago, because how on earth can someone like me explain how incredible this story is?! In short, I probably can’t – but I was sent this book to review so review it I shall.

I received this book from Harper Voyager Publishing in return for an honest review.

This book contains violence & distressing war scenes throughout, plus drug abuse, descriptions of rape & details of genocide.




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The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst

The Illumination of Ursula FlightWithin the last few months I have started to really get into historical fiction with strong female leads; women who are modern for their time & whom totally rock their corsets. The Illumination of Ursula Flight is yet another one of these incredible books & I’m so pleased to add Ursula to my list of favourite historical (alas, fictional) women!

I received this book from Atlantic Books in return for an honest review.

This book includes sexist slurs, detailed sex scenes & marital rape.


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The Company of Eight by Harriet Whitehorn

The Company of EightThis is the first time in weeks that I’ve been able to read a book cover-to-cover in one sitting & I’m so thrilled that it happened to be The Company of Eight. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I was blown-away by the unpredictable plot, heart-racing scenes & funny prose. Main character Cass was wonderful, but the world-building was even more so. I am so excited for the sequel.

I was sent a copy of this book by Stripes Publishing in return for an honest review.

This book contains mild fighting scenes & gore, plus slavery.


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Sum-Up SundaysMay

May was a busy month in which I made some changes to the way I run my blog & was also a month where I had to pee in a jug. Despite these interesting events, the month definitely flew by, & I know this is being said a lot at the moment but, I cannot believe it’s June already! And yes, I know this post is late but I have my reasons.

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Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

Only ChildOnly Child was a very difficult read based around a very relevant issue; a school shooting. This book is not for the fainthearted, because it will ruin you, but it’s an important book & one that I’m glad that I read as it’s helped me gain more of an understanding of loss & total devastation.

I was sent an e-copy of this book by Pan Macmillan in return for an honest review.

This book contains intense details of a school shooting, loss & mental health issues. This book is also told from the perspective of a child. Native slurs are used by characters in the book.



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