Becoming is the first audiobook I have listened to in literal years & it’s helped me fall back in love with listening to stories… it’s also the first audiobook I’ve listened to that I hadn’t previously read. Basically, Becoming by Michelle Obama was a wonderful experience for so many reasons – but mainly because… Michelle Obama.
⚠ This book contains discussions of racism & sexism, as well as discussions of miscarriage ⚠
I neglected this book for far too long & I hated myself for that before I read it – but I hate myself for it even more now… The Silent Coven was gripping & exciting, & I was so pleased to be back with some of my favourite bookish pals in a world that I would quite happily escape to right now.
I was sent this book by the author in return for an honest review.
You can find my GoodReads review for book one, Prodigy Blood, here.
⚠ This book contains mild violence ⚠
Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women inher family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave offdeath itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escapethe fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s beentold, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby thanfolktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of themcomes ofage, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny asinescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother,although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s afool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.
Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’sdeath does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d beallowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cecebegin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change theirfates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.
I read Sweep a few months ago now but I still remember how much I loved the story; I fell in love with Nan, & her monster, Charlie, was the sweetest monster you could ever meet. This was such an original MG book & was one of the first books to go onto my 2019 favourites list!
I was sent this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains age-appropriate scenes of child suffering from neglect, maltreatment & physical abuse, as well as some death ⚠️
I’m beyond excited to be a part of the blog tour for Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans – I’m super grateful to Jess at Osborne for allowing me to be a part of this tour & I’m so excited to show you Kathryn’s answers to my questions about why she chose to write a book set in the medical zone of science-fiction, why she chose to talk about stasis & whether she’ll be writing another book with a similar theme.
You can read my review of Beauty Sleep here.
This book totally consumed me – most ballet-based books do, but it was more than just the ballet that captured me in Bright Burning Stars… the toxic friendship felt familiar & the mental health representation made me feel seen as I’ve been struggling myself recently. I am obsessed with this book & it’s one of my favourites of 2019.
I was sent this book by The Fantastic Flying Book Club in return for an honest review.
⚠️ Anorexia (body dysmorphia?), grief, drug use, scenes of a sexual nature, abortion ⚠️
Today I have something that I’m super excited about – a guest post from Breeana Shields, author of The Bone Charmer! The Bone Charmer is a story about a world where bones are the power of everything, but when Saskia is chosen to be a bone charmer & is partnered with someone who Saskia doesn’t like, leaving her with two life paths to choose between…
Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is designated for the purest of souls, the seventh is for the evilest. There was once a king of Hell, but the steward family has ruled for centuries.
Nora, the stepdaughter of the steward is undone when her mother and step-father take away her beloved tutor, Peter. When Nora confronts the steward and her mother, the discussion is heated and ends with the steward in inexplicable pain.
Shortly after, Nora finds herself in the Starry Wood. Peter told her of the perils within the forest, and it’s not long before the inhabitants of the wood find her.
A giant hunter named Aegis comes to Nora’s aid. He is drawn to Nora, compelled to protect her from the steward’s assassins, the giants, and the evil souls who escape the seventh region.
Together, they travel the seven layers of Hell to discover why the steward is so threatened by a teenage girl.
Today I’m helping to reveal the cover of A Shifting of Stars by Kathy Kimbray… and isn’t it a beauty?!
This is absolutely a book I would pick up in a shop, & if it’s grabbed your attention to, you can find out more below…
This series took me by surprise because it’s very much a fantasy romance but has completely sucked me in! I love the world-building & was so excited to dive back in with this book… I just can’t believe how long I have to wait for the next instalment 😦
I was sent this book in return for an honest review
as part of a blog tour organised by
Rachel’s Random Resource
⚠ This book contains talk of child slavery & abuse, scars,
mass trauma & scenes of a sexual nature ⚠