In July I had a university deadline so I didn’t read quite as much as I did in June; the books I did get through though, were all brilliant & I managed to read a variety of stories as well. July was also the month my blog came back to life & I think it’s done quite well considering it was dormant for almost six months (even if I’ve not stuck to my schedule quite as well as I wanted to, oops). Whether you’re someone who has been following me for a while, or you’re new here, thank you for taking the time to support my writing.
I’ve loved every one of Zoë’s previous books that I’ve read, especially Shadows on the Moon (which is one of my favourite ever books for it’s mental health & self-harm representation), so when I found out she was releasing a retelling of The Little Mermaid I was ecstatic! And Zoë did not disappoint – this is the most original retelling of the story I’ve ever read & I absolutely loved it!
I was sent a digital copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This story includes shipwrecks, drowning, seizures, anxiety, aggressive animals, off-page hunting, a form of modern slavery & gun use ⚠️
I’ve seen a lot of books being released on my Twitter feed today so I thought I’d put a post together with all of the books & their GoodReads’ pages attached! I did do a thread for this on Twitter but for some reason all the book covers got mixed up so I had to delete it…
There are 12 books on this list at the moment, but I may add more as the day goes on!
It seems only logical that one of my first posts of 2018 is one that gives a shout-out to all of my favourite reads of 2017; when I first decided I was going to do this post I thought I would only include 10 books, but as it turns out there are 20 books that I just have to put on this list. Despite probably being able to comfortably say which books are my top 3 reads of the year, I’ve decided to list the books in order of author names just so I don’t get stressed out trying to decide where each would go on a chronological list of enjoyment.
I’m stealing yet another book tag from Deanna over at DeeReadsThings so make sure you go & check out her blog! Today’s book tag is all about truthfully answering the questions & tagging five other book bloggers to do the same. This tag was started over at Laura’s Book Review, but I of course found it on Deanna’s blog!
1. What are your top 3 book pet hates?
I’ve been tagged by Watching Sparks Reviews to partake in The Sunshine Blogger Award again! This tag is great because ever single post is always super different because of the different questions people like to ask. The rules for this tag involve thanking the person who tagged you (thank you Helen!), answering 11 questions set by your tagger & then nominating 11 other bloggers to answer 11 questions that you have come up with yourself!
Zoë herself sent me a copy of FrostFire in a care package some time ago & I hate that I only recently read it because I loved it! As usual Zoë managed to put together an amazing fantasy, with fantastic world-building & fabulous characters, with important issues stitched into the seams as well. Don’t expect anything less than me raving about how much I enjoyed this book!
There is one major spoiler within my review but I have labelled it so you’re able to avoid it!
This book contains hints at sexual assault as well as slavery.
Sum-Up Sundays is a new series I’m setting up for the first Sunday of every month! Every post in this series will include a list of the books I read the month before as well as some snippets about how my health was the previous month – & I may occasionally include bits & pieces about the other aspects of my life! Let me know what you think of the series so I know how much effort to put into it.
My shoulders burn, my arms ache, my legs are shaky & I’m beyond tired… that can mean only one thing; Saturday was YALC! In this post I’m going to talk about the things I bought & the freebies I collected, as well as three of the authors I met – additionally, I’m going to discuss what it’s like to be disabled in London & also specifically whilst at YALC.
Throwback Thursday involves me picking a book I’ve previously read to talk about, today I’m going to discuss Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott. You can find my original review here.
A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan; this is “Cinderella” meets “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form – a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince – and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love