Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

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Empress of All Seasons

by Emiko Jean

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★☆☆  | Book Depository

Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A competition is held each generation to find the next Empress of Honoku. To win, they have to survive each of the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Everyone is eligible to enter – except yōkai, who are supernatural monsters and spirits who are marginalized and enslaved. Mari comes from a village where yōkai are free. Her village is full of women who can transform into terrifying monsters. She has trained her whole life to become the Empress. Soon, Mari becomes torn between duty and love.  Continue reading “Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean”

Waiting on Wednesday (07/11/2018)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

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Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?


Publisher: Albert Whitman | Release Date: April 2nd, 2019  | Pre-order at Book Depository

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2)

by Mackenzi Lee

my rating: ★★★★★  |  published october 2nd  |  book depository

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Everyone has heard stories of women like us, and we intend to make more of them.

A year after the eventful grand tour with her brother and his boyfriend, Felicity now resides in Edinburgh with two goals in mind – enroll in medical school and dodge the marriage proposals of a sweet baker. But despite her intellect and passion for science and medicine, the gatekeepers of science see nothing but her gender, and enrolling in medical school becomes an impossible feat. Just when Felicity feels that all hope is lost, an opportunity arises. A doctor that she idolizes is marrying an old friend of Felicity’s in Germany, and an internship could open all kinds of doors for her. There is only one problem though – Felicity has neither the means nor the money to travel to Germany. Then Felicity meets a mysterious girl who offers to pay her way on one condition – she gets to travel with her, disguised as a maid. Despite feeling that this may be a very bad decision, Felicity agrees anyway, and when the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity is dragged into another perilous quest across the globe.  Continue reading “The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee”

🍂 Finally Fall Book Tag 🍂

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I know, I know. Autumn started, like, forever ago. But I’ve been a little busy. I went on holiday to a sunny island, I have been job hunting, so to some extent, it never really felt like autumn had started for me. So, I’m doing this fall tag a little late and no, I wasn’t tagged by anyone but *shrugs*.

This tag was initially created by Tall Tales.  Continue reading “🍂 Finally Fall Book Tag 🍂”

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

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That’s Not What Happened

by Kody Keplinger

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

Rating: ★★★★☆  | Book Depository

Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

That’s Not What Happened opens up with Leanne (Lee) three years after a school shooting, discussing how the story people know, wasn’t actually what happened. It is a book that discusses how the truth gets lost in all the commotion, through all the media attention. It gets‘twisted, tweaked, filtered through a dozen different lenses’. I appreciated the approach to how we view massacres like the one featured in this book. In That’s Not What Happened, Lee is determined to get the truth out there, and to correct the rumours that circulated after the shooting that turned into a massive story about a girl with a cross, and faith and bravery and how she was turned into a martyr, especially by the local community. However, the story is about the wrong girl, and Lee is trying to get the truth out. That’s Not What Happened is a complex and nuanced book that attempts to deal with a sensitive topic.  Continue reading “That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger”

Waiting on Wednesday (31/10/2018)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.


Publisher: Imprint | Release Date: January 29th, 2019  | Pre-order at Book Depository

NaNoWriMo: My First Year

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This year will be my first year taking part in NaNoWriMo. For several years I’ve watched everyone participate in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, but I’ve always been too nervous to get involved. There’s something so terrifying about writing 50k in a month, which is about 1600 words a day. Having never written more than 20k before giving up and seeing it for the dumpster fire that it is, NaNoWriMo is definitely a daunting task.

But I’m also determined.

I want to finish a draft, or at least make more progress than I’ve ever done so that at least I don’t feel like a fraud for calling myself a writer. I’m also determined to make myself believe it’s OK for the first draft to be rubbish. Did you hear that brain? IT’S OK FOR A FIRST DRAFT TO SUCK!

I’ve already outlined the novel I want to write (it’s a fantasy – maybe I’m being too ambitious but I love the genre), got a working title, created a bit of a cover, and even made a pinterest board to hopefully get the creative juices flowing.

My WIP is called The Witches of the Wildlands (working title, but it’s actually not that bad!) Here’s the working synopsis:

Princess Rosalind has always been drawn to the forest just outside the palace walls, where the Wildlands stretch, grow and consume. Since childhood Rosalind has been warned of the dangers that lurk beyond the treeline, lost souls who hunger for life, roots that snare and entangle, and witches who are beholden to none other than the ground on which they walk.

When an uprising forces Rosalind to flee, it’s the forest that answer her calls for safety. Betrayed by those she trusted and hurt by the loss of her family, Rosalind finds solace in the company of two mysterious girls. As grief turns to anger, Rosalind vows revenge. She rises from the ashes of her betrayal, determined to take back what was stolen, and the Wildlands rise with her.

As for any other prep, I’m completely clueless. I’ve never been good at planning my time or my work. My dissertation was an overly arduous task because my planning ability in regard to writing (and actually planning to sit down and write) is actually atrocious. I downloaded some writing templates from Evernote to help me plan out my novel, and I’ve read tons of blog posts, but they make it sound so daunting! I would really appreciate if any NaNoWriMo veterans (or even newbies) had any tips and advice in writing prep and time management.

For now, treat yourself to an aesthetic I made for my NaNoWriMo project! (& if anyone wants to, you can add me as a writing buddy!)

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Is anyone else taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? Any tips for a newbie like myself?

[Dis]Connected edited by Michelle Halket

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[Dis]Connected: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise

edited by Michelle Halket

Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing

Rating: ★★★☆☆  | Book Depository

Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this on NetGalley purely because I saw that Amanda Lovelace had a short story in this collection. While I love her poetry, poetry isn’t my favourite type of book to read so I wanted to give her short fiction a read. Anthologies have always been a bit of a hit or miss with me-which have nothing to do with the authors or stories, it is my personal taste. [Dis]Connected is an interesting anthology as each author/poet wrote a poem which another author then wrote a short story based from. I only really liked a few stories, so I’ll only really talk about them. Continue reading “[Dis]Connected edited by Michelle Halket”

Twitter Giveaway | Ends 10th Nov.

Hi, everyone. I was in the middle of selecting books for our yearly anticipated releases post, and there were so many amazing books on there. Being lucky enough to be able to afford my own books, there are plenty of bloggers and such who don’t have access to new releases.

A lot of you might not follow us on Twitter and therefore are not aware that we currently have a giveaway going for a 2019 pre-order.

Here is the full picture for the titles available in the giveaway:

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✨💖 Head over there if you want to enter! It ends the 10th of November, so don’t miss your chance. ✨💖