Devil Darling Spy by Matt Killeen

Cover of Devil Darling Spy

I absolutely loved Orphan Monster Spy so I was incredibly excited about Devil Darling Spy & after a quick recap from Matt Killeen (thank you Matt!) I was so ready to dive into this book but, oh damn, it was soย much darker than book one!! I did learn a lot from this read though & I still love the series a hell of a lot; bring on book three!!

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โš ๏ธ This book is set during World War Two so is full of war themes including racism, anti-Semitism, violence, murder, references to rape & sexual assault, mass murder by arson, testing medicine & poisons on animals & humans, discussions of colonisation, slavery, mass drownings & drug addiction โš ๏ธ

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GoodReads Review Round-Up

img_5523My list of books Iย needย could be writing reviews for is extremely long & today I realised that a large amount of them are books I read in 2019 so I’ve decided to put together a post that’s made up of my short GoodReads’ reviews of some of these books. None of the books in this post are ones that I’ve been sent to review & I’ve added a little extra to a few reviews, depending on the notes I made when I was reading them. Doing this post means I can still recommend some fantastic books, whilst also taking some of the pressure off myself!

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The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw

The Last Cherry Blossom

I read this book a very long time ago & I’m incredibly cross at myself that it’s taken me this long to get round to reviewing it, especially as the story is so special & one that I really enjoyed. This beautiful book is based on Kathleen Burkinshaw’s mother’s story & it’s an incredibly moving tale.

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โš ๏ธ This book contains discussions of World War 2, as well as scenes of the aftermath of a nuclear bomb โš ๏ธ

 

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The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith

Some of you may remember my complete obsession with The Vine Witch, & I was so excited to dive into book two in the series – & of course, Luanne did not let me down. Luanne G. Smith has created such an incredible world within these books & the magic system is mesmerising. I really, really cannot get enough.

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I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review, however I didnโ€™t read the book until I had bought a printed copy.

โš ๏ธย Some violence, including off-page domestic violence, poverty & child abuse in the form of references to off-page child โ€œprostitutionโ€ from a characterโ€™s pastย โš ๏ธ

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The Earthseed Duology by Octavia E. Butler

Parable of the SowerParable of the TalentsThe Earthseed duology describes a very possible future โ€“ published in 1993 & set only a few years ahead of now, Octavia has predicted the future in a very scarily but accurae way, producing an east-to-imagine destiny for America. Octaviaโ€™s imagination & incredible writing come together in these two books in an addictive & riveting way, that I became completely obsessed with.

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โš ๏ธ This book is set in a very potential near-future & includes a vast range of difficult adult topics. These include, but are not limited to, poverty, discussions of rape/sexual violence, a lot of violence, violence toward (wild) dogs, parent/child violent abuse, child deaths & murder, loss/death of parents & children, gun violence, hunting, murder, graphic descriptions of injuries, fire/arson, drug abuse, modern slavery, human trafficking, electrocution, off-page child rape, child abduction, homophobia, false imprisonment, symptoms of PTSD, suicide & scenes of a sexual nature โš ๏ธ

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The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina (translated by Lucy Rand)

This emotional book follows the story of a woman called Yui whose life is torn apart by a natural disaster, but it also features grief in many other forms as well & touches on a variety of experiences. Itโ€™s a sad book, but in a subtle way, & the writer has done an incredible job of slowly reintroducing hope into Yuiโ€™s life, & to the reader. This story is incredibly touching & the way itโ€™s been put together is truly beautiful.

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

โš ๏ธ Detailed descriptions of the loss & destruction left behind by a tsunami, as well as other catastrophes, including the deaths of parents, children & other family members, with hints of PTSD & other trauma/mental health conditions โš ๏ธ

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Nemesis & the Swan by Lindsay K. Bandy

Nemesis & the Swan

Nemesis & the Swan caught my attention because of the cover & when I read that it was set in historical France (mainly Paris) I just had to read it! Hรฉlรจne’s story was incredibly emotional but the book was still a relaxing read, something that I needed at the time. This book is written really well & it completely consumed me.

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I received a digital copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

 

โš ๏ธ This book contains sexism, a small amount of racism, classism, scenes of a sexual nature, sexual assault, domestic violence, attempted suicide, murder, hangings, arson, riots, gun use, mental health conditions & death of a child (referred to in a memory) โš ๏ธ

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Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Daughters of Night
I fell in love with this chonk of a book pretty quickly, & as I turned each page I just became more & more obsessed with Caro & I slowly felt myself becoming almost as determined as she was to solve a murder. I don’t read a lot of mystery books but when I do they have to have female leads like Caro & they must be set in the past, & I always end up loving them. Daughters of Night was incredible & left me pondering why I don’t own more books like it.

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

 

โš ๏ธ Graphic violence, murder, anti-semitism, abortion, sexism, homophobic slurs/attitudes, scenes of a sexual nature, rape & other adult themes โš ๏ธ

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Doctor Who: The Maze of Doom & The Secret in Vault 13 by David Solomons

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I’ve wanted to get my hands on David Solomons’ two middlegrade Doctor Who books ever since they were released & I finally!ย did. And honestly, I was blown away by how good they both were. Both books left me with a massive smile on my face & I really hope that David is asked to write more middlegrade DW books because they were just so. blooming. good!

 

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Keep an eye out for a TARDIS blue nail varnish post later today!

โš ๏ธ A little bit of very mild, typical Doctor Who violence โš ๏ธ

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Goldilocks by Laura Lam

GoldilocksIt didnโ€™t take long for me to be interested in this story; interested in the background, interested in where it was going & interested in how it would work. Laura has writtenย a beautiful story about humanity, impossible choices & the magic of the universe we reside in. I absolutely recommend you pick it up immediately.

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I received a e-copy of this book via NetGalley in return for a review, however I didnโ€™t read it until I had my own hardback in my hands.

 

โš ๏ธ Flashbacks to a house fire, deaths of parents, a very openly sexist Earth, discussions/references of off-page homophobia & racism, miscarriages, laws against abortion, violence, references to a global pandemic (eeek) & very real, hard hitting facts about global warming & human suffering โš ๏ธ

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