Victoria’s War by Catherine A. Hamilton

Victoria's WarThis was a very hard book to read for all of the obvious reasons, but for me, reading about a (German) disabled character during the war was a special experience, & one which totally broke my heart. This book is full of a lot of sadness, but also highlights the strength of those who lived through the war & those who fought against the Nazi regime, both in the tiniest of ways & the biggest.

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

 

โš ๏ธ This story is about World War 2 & includes all the horrors of the Nazis including detailed violence, bombings, homophobia, slavery, antisemitism, ableism (& many other forms of discrimination), trauma conditions, a forced hysterectomy on a disabled character, references to off-page sex slavery, sexual assault, neglect toward new born babies, a description of the gas โ€œshowersโ€ used by the Nazis & the death of several โ€œmainโ€ characters, including the disabled protagonist โš ๏ธ

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Raybearer

Raybearer is the start of a debut series by a strong & enchanting voice; Jordan Ifueko has created magic within these pages & has produced a book that I found completely impossible to put down. Publishers need to be supporting more authors of colour like Jordan, because books like this absolutely raise the bar in YA fantasy.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

 

โš ๏ธ Violence, emotional/psychological child abuse, physical abuse, manipulation & exploitation, sexual references, memories of domestic violence, fire, deaths of parents, child sacrifices, child abandonment & murder โš ๏ธ

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Tales of Lunis Aquaria by Tessa Hastjarjanto

Tales of Lunis Aquaria

This review shall be short & sweet as this book is a compilation of short stories all written by Tessa Hastjarjanto; I really enjoyed the magic of these stories & I really hope there’s another volume released soon. Tessa’s writing is calming & warm, & I can’t wait to read more of her work.

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โš ๏ธ Death by fire, some violence, hunting &
lengthy violence against a mythical creature โš ๏ธ

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The Black Archive: Face the Raven by Sarah Groenewegen

Face the RavenGoing into this book, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get – I knew it was some sort of write up about one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes, but that was it. As it turns out, this series is a collection of academic-type analyses of a selection of Doctor Who episodes & reading such an in-depth exploration about Clara Oswald’s life & death was such a brilliant experience for me. I want every book in the series immediately!!

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I was sent an digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.

โš ๏ธ This book includes spoilers for the Doctor Who episode Face the Raven,
as well as episodes shown before & after โš ๏ธ

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Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal

Mermaid Moon

I ordered this book because it sounded interesting, but mainly because it’s gorgeous, even without it’s clothes on – look at it!! But it’s also gorgeous inside too; the story felt fresh & unique, with great writing & brilliant world-building. How is this not being spoken about more? It’s gone straight to the top of my favourites list!

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โš ๏ธ Sacrificing adults & children (including babies), sexual themes,
murder, drowning & controlling magic โš ๏ธ

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A Doctor Who Review Round-Up

Doctor Who Round Up ReviewsSince January my blog has been closed for reasons relating to my mental health; during the time my blog has been out of action, I’ve read a number of Doctor Who novels & to make my life easier I thought I’d review them all in one post, albeit with shorter reviews that usual. I read some of these stories months ago, others just a few weeks ago – Doctor Who has been a key part of my ability to cope with my depression recently & I’m incredibly grateful for each & every one of these stories…

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January to June
2020

This is my first Sum-Up Sunday of 2020 – horaay! As my blog has been closed for most of 2020 I’ve put together a graphic for each month of the year so far, with details of what books I’ve read & how many pages I’ve managed so far! By the end of June I had got to 43 out of 70 books & I enjoyed all of them; keep reading to find out what those books were…

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The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

This is the first review I’ve written since January so I hope I’m able to convey to you how incredible this book was, even if I am a little out of practice. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is a dark, gritty adult fantasy & has some of the best plotting that I’ve ever encountered – Tali’s story was precisely what I needed during this horrendous time.

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โš ๏ธ Graphic & bloody violence throughout, attempted & references to sexual violence, classism & poverty, sexual references, fire, threats of violence against a child & other gritty subjects โš ๏ธ

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Blog Tour Review: A Crown in Time by Jennifer Macaire

A Crown in Time cover

For the most part I really enjoyed A Crown in Time – there were Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) & Caityn (Elizabeth Davies) vibes throughout the story, & I was incredibly curious about where the story would go. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed by the ending, but I still appreciated Macaire’s writing.

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I was sent this book in return for an honest review via Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

 

โš ๏ธ This story contains starving children, forced operations (including a hysterectomy), references to suicide & self-harm, violence, scenes of a sexual nature
& death/hunting of animals โš ๏ธ

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