As soon as I started this story a magical aura surrounded me & I felt like I was a little girl being read a bedtime story; I fell completely in love with The Ice Bear Miracle & reading it was a spellbinding experience. This book is made of magic, I’m sure of it, & I think it would make a beautiful audiobook as well.
⚠️ This book contains animals being forced to perform
& animals being hurt by humans ⚠️
It shouldn’t be news to any long-time followers that Mary Fan is my favourite author, & once again she has written something that I love. I’m so excited that Windborn is a start of a new series, because it will help heal my heart now that the Starswept series has concluded. I really liked this steady opening to what feels like a powerful series & I cannot wait for more!
I was sent this book by the author in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains scenes of magical torture, mild violence & gore, false imprisonment, modern slavery(?) & distanced families ⚠️
I don’t normally read comic books but seeing a cover with both 10 and 13 on it, I just had to order it, & I’m really pleased I did because it’s opened up a whole new platform of Doctor Who stories for me to become obsessed with. This comic is built up of three short stories which are all connected in some way & features three of the Doctors, plus some companions I’d never met before!
August was a pretty good reading month – I got to read a book that I’ve been waiting on for two years & it was absolutely amazing & you ALL need to read it right now! However, two books did let me down, but other than those two I was really pleased with my chosen August reads so I can’t really complain!
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 so 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!!
⚠️ 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 ⚠️
My list of books I
need 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!
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.
⚠️ This book contains discussions of World War 2, as well as scenes of the aftermath of a nuclear bomb ⚠️
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.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review, however I didn’t read the book until I had bought a printed copy.
⚠️ Some violence, including off-page domestic violence, poverty & child abuse in the form of references to off-page child “prostitution” from a character’s past ⚠️
The Earthseed duology describes a very possible future – 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. Octavia’s imagination & incredible writing come together in these two books in an addictive & riveting way, that I became completely obsessed with.
⚠️ 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 ⚠️
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. It’s a sad book, but in a subtle way, & the writer has done an incredible job of slowly reintroducing hope into Yui’s life, & to the reader. This story is incredibly touching & the way it’s been put together is truly beautiful.
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.
⚠️ 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 ⚠️