Monday, 11 September 2017

We That Are Left Blog Tour ~ Review + Guest Post


I am woman, hear me roar.

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Women have always played a diverse and multi-layered role in our world's history. Whether it was at the forefront, or behind the scenes, women often found ways of dealing with seemingly impossible trials and overcoming them.

Lisa Bigelow's We That Are Left is a story that highlights the ability of women to adapt, evolve, and triumph in times of turmoil and war. Thanks to Allen and Unwin I was able to obtain a copy for review as a part of their We That Are Left Blog Tour. It was an emotional read that balanced history and heart.


Read on to find out more about We That Are Left and my thoughts on the book. Also be sure to check out the guest post by We That Are Left's author, Lisa Bigelow!

For more We That Are Left Blog Tour content, follow the tour as it hops from blog to blog! Details can be found on the tour's official poster (bottom of post).



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Spellbinding From Start to Finish ~ Spellslinger Review


Now you see it...now you don't!

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Magic has such an allure. Whether it's the kind of magic that involves wands and Nimbus 2000s...or the type that's entrenched in trickery and relies on sleight of hand. Magic and magic tricks are a world of wonder for the senses and the mind, encouraging us to second guess everything and question what is real and what is illusion.

Sebastien De Castell's Spellslinger weaves a tale centred around a protagonist who straddles the line between magic and con-artistery. Thanks to Allen and Unwin and Hot Key Books I was able to obtain a copy for review. And let me just say, it was not an easy book to put down!

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Read on to find out my thoughts on Spellslinger. And be sure to let me know which De Castell magic band you'd choose to belong to in the comments below!



Thursday, 31 August 2017

Love & Loss ~ 3 Reads That Will Tug On The Heartstrings


Most bookworms have a love-hate relationship with heartstring-pullers.

Heartstring-pullers have a spot on every bookshelf (usually hidden behind intensely emotionally fan art, tissue boxes, and empty wine glasses!). They're the reads we're drawn to despite the potential heartbreak and tearjerking scenes to come.

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But there is sense of catharsis that comes with reads like these - stories that get us to think about, or re-connect with, moments in our own lives. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland, and Out Of Heart by Irfan Master, are three examples of reads that will have you shedding a tear or two or a flood of tears to rival Alice in Wonderland's tear-fest and learning some heartwarming lessons.


A big thank you to Allen and UnwinHot Key Books, and Bloomsbury for sending me these copies to review.

Read on to find out my thoughts on these books and be sure to let me know which reads tug at your heartstrings in the comments below!



Friday, 25 August 2017

Drink Your Way Through SJTR: Tea Edition (Hunting Prince Dracula Blog Tour)



There are few books I adore more than Stalking Jack The Ripper and I am so excited to be a part of tour for the latest book in the series Hunting Prince Dracula.

You know what goes well with a great book? Tea!

Today I've paired up Stalking Jack The Ripper characters with tea choices that I felt were destined to be their better half. I've also included a few Stalking Jack The Ripper (SJTR) Moments To Drink To for each character - moments that not only link well with the chosen tea, but that are just too awesome not to raise a teacup to!



A massive thank you to author Kerri Maniscalco and one of the amazing Knights of the Whitechapel Library Luv from Beyond the Book Reviews for organising this awesome event.

Also don't forget to enter the tour's giveaway for a chance to win an ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula (INTL)!




Friday, 11 August 2017

Quick Picks ~ This Week's Top 3 Reads


It's been awhile but Quick Picks is back!

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A massive thank you to all of you guys for being patient with me over the last couple of months as I took a bit of a health hiatus from blogging and reviewing. Taking a break to focus on my health is a decision I am truly thankful I made, but I missed reviewing and am so, so happy to be back!

This past week I've indulged in some great reads. 

Today I'm bringing three of these to your attention: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Nightstruck by Jenna Black, and The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan.


Each of these reads had something in common.

All three novels had plots whose unique concepts captured my imagination from the start. I hope they will intrigue you, entertain you, and above all have you falling in love with them just as much as I did.

A big thank you to Allen & Unwin, BloomsburyPan Macmillan Australia, and Penguin Random House Australia for sending me these copies to review.

Let's get listing!



Sunday, 16 July 2017

Here There Be Dragons ~ The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova Review


Elise Kova breathes new life into the steampunk genre.

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I've always adored steampunk. It's the perfect mix of technology ingenuity and magic, setting fire to our imaginations and testing reality's boundaries.

But after reading books from the genre for such a long time, one starts to develop a 'sixth sense' - an irksome feeling that you know all there is to know about a genre. You're no longer wowed by dirigibles or by goggles with cogs. You find patterns in use, authors borrowing from other authors. Nothing seems original anymore.

Elise Kova's steampunk world - Loom, Dragons, Guilds and all their magic - is such a refreshing change of pace. It's vivid, new, and filled with inventions and concepts that will have your mind whirring with possibilities. And it's latest addition, The Dragons of Nova, is just as utterly spellbinding as its predecessor.

A big thank you to Keymaster Press and Elise Kova for the chance to review this incredible book.

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Read on for my thoughts on The Dragons of Nova (as well as my favourite quote from te book!).



Thursday, 15 June 2017

Roar by Cora Carmack ~ Release Day Launch

        

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR!

Now available, Roar by Cora Carmack takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages.

Read on to find out more!



Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova ~ Read Along Bonus Content


Today I have something epic to share with you guys.

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Those who have been following the TAoL Read Along will know that many blogs are hosting a variety of features and bonus content (like my interview with Elise Kova here).

Today I have the first page of The Dragons of Nova to share with you! Trust me when I tell you it's bound to have you feeling all of the feels.

So without further ado...let's get reading!

And if you like what you see here be sure to check out the Official TAoL Read Along Group on Facebook. It's where all the action is - daily questions, activities, exclusive content and chats with Elise Kova herself!



Friday, 26 May 2017

May Library Haul ~ Hit or Miss


This month's library haul was an exciting line up.

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As is the case with most public libraries, finding the books you're looking for is never an easy feat. So when I spotted several members of my TBR list, I just had to grab them up before they disappeared into the borrower void again!

All of these titles are ones that I've been meaning to read for awhile now, so I definitely approached each one with high hopes. Some lived up to the other bookworm's stellar reviews and my own expectations...whilst others unfortunately missed the mark.

Find out more about this month's hits and misses below!



Thursday, 25 May 2017

Quick Picks ~ This Week's Top 3 Reads


This past week I've indulged in some great reads. 

Today I'm bringing three of these to your attention: The Silent Invasion by James Bradley, Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam, and Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray.


Each of these reads had something in common.

All three novels had plots whose unique concepts captured my imagination from the start. I hope they will intrigue you, entertain you, and above all have you falling in love with them just as much as I did.

A big thank you to Allen & Unwin and Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me these copies to review.

Let's get listing!



Saturday, 20 May 2017

Girl in Between by Anna Daniels ~ Blog Tour



In fiction authors often try to capture the essence of life.


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They work on constructing the quirks and trials that make up the messy fabric of reality. Painting flawed portraits of multi-faceted characters, they create people who walk the line between being likeable and relatable.

If done well, this balancing act results in a book that is dear to the heart - an old friend whose story speaks to you on a deeper, realer level.

Anna Daniels' Girl in Between is a book that will light up your life.

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From the very first page I couldn't stop smiling at Girl in Between's imaginative plot and its main character Lucy. Every second of this book was a delight and I'm so excited to be sharing my love of it with you guys today as a part of Allen and Unwin's blog tour.

Be sure to drop by the rest of the tour stops for more Girl in Between fun!



Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova ~ Read Along + Interview


It's time for an epic read along!

As many of you will know, The Alchemists of Loom is one of my bookworm obsessions. Actually, anything written by author Elise Kova is! The Alchemists of Loom from its very first page proved to be a fantastic read with beautifully constructed characters and a brilliant steampunk world to explore.

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As well an interview, I also have a wonderful giveaway to share with you guys!

And if you like what you see here be sure to check out the Official TAoL Read Along Group on Facebook. It's where all the action is - daily questions, activities, exclusive content and chats with Elise Kova herself!



Friday, 14 April 2017

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey ~ Review + Tour


Prepare for a fun Regency adventure! 


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From author Cindy Anstey comes Duels and Deception 
- a delightful YA historical romance with much wit and heart.

As a part of Xpresso Book Tours' Blog Tour not only do I have my thoughts on the book for you all, but I also have an awesome giveaway for you to enter below.

And be sure to drop by the rest of the tour stops for more bookworm extras!


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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Missing Pieces Of Us by Fleur McDonald ~ Review


Some stories are 'middle of the road'.


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They connect just enough to give readers a sense of realism, but still contain a fair amount of 'simulation'. Whether it's the actions or words of its characters, the forced nature of a plot twist, or even a conveniently placed solution - sometimes stories can work against themselves and lose their organic flow.


Other stories are 'high achievers'.


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They blur the lines between reality and fiction. Their authors breathe life into raw, flawed characters, whose lives and struggles mirror our own.


The Missing Pieces Of Us goes above and beyond.


Thanks to Allen and Unwin I was able to read and review the incredible The Missing Pieces Of Us by author Fleur McDonald. Not only does it have a stunning outside, but the story within was both intriguing and informative.




Read on for more info + my thoughts on the book!



The Animal Under The Fur ~ Book Blitz


Prepare for one of the best romances of 2017!

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I am so excited to be a part of The Animal Under The Fur book blitz, kindly hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and author E. J. Mellow.

I adored E.J. Mellow's creative storytelling in The Animal Under The Fur and I hope you guys get the chance to experience this masterpiece for yourselves (for my thoughts on the book see my review here). It features a badass, witty heroine and a tantalising plot that you don't want to miss out on.

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For a chance to win your own copy of this brilliant novel be sure to check out the giveaway below.

Read on for more info on the book + teasers and more!


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