• Books,  News

    Anticipated April Releases

    Alright alright, so I know I’m on my book buying ban, so I won’t actually be buying any of these buys until July. But what the harm in extending my wishlist even further? The below is just a small selection of books I’m excited for, with a nice mix of genres. Obviously my love for YA fantasy shine through but there’s also a few mysteries as well. So, without further ado, here’s some of my most anticipated book releases for April this year: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan Release date: 2 April 2019 A prince in danger must decide who to trust. “A boy with a monstrous secret waits…

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    Bookshelf Tour : One Shelf at a Time

    I came across Wonderfully Bookish’s Guided bookshelf tour the other week and I loved the little insight into her world and her shelves so I thought I’d introduce you to my shelves one week at a time. I have a couple different book shelves dotted around my house filled with a mixture of different books and I thought it would be fun to look at each shelf separately every week. So first up, is my bedroom bookcase. These shelves contain my favourite fiction books to read, and mainly have fantasy books and also my current tbrs on them. They’re generally the books I grab before bed to read. So let’s…

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    State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury || Book Review

    I am terrible when it comes to book competitions, I’ll pretty much enter anything if there’s a book to be won. Enter Scholastic’s competition for Song of Sorrow. I really loved reading Melinda Salisbury’s first series of books ‘The Sin Eaters Daughter’ – although saying that I still haven’t read the final book ‘The Scarecrow Queen’. And when I won Song of Sorrow I knew it was time to pick up the first in the series: ‘State of Sorrow’ and get my reading on. ‘By day, Sorrow governs the Court of Tears, covering for her grief-maddened father, who has turned their once celebrated land into a living monument for the…

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    Gollancz Preview 2019

    I was exceptionally lucky this week to be able to swindle myself into the Gollancz Preview evening for 2019. Gollancz is the SSF publishing imprint of the Orion publishing group. As the oldest specialist for SF & Fantasy publishing in the UK, you can imagine, I was ridiculously excited to find out the upcoming releases for 2019. Promising an evening of books, food and banter, I was ready for an great evening out in London, and Gollancz delivered just that. I was initially apprehensive arriving at Carmelite house, but Imogen, from Imogen’s Typewriter, kindly introduced herself and I settled into the event as we chatted. Thanks so much for enduring…

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    Wonder Crate unboxing: Wild & Free

    I’ve seen the Wonder Crate by Ink & Wonder travelling about Bookstagram accounts for a while and never ordered myself one before. I noticed recently that Ink & Wonder had uploaded a new box to the website, I knew I had to grab one for myself. The theme for this box was Wild & Free, featuring artworks inspired by characters and quotes celebrating freedom. Making you crave a little wildness. After getting my first Woodmark in January’s Fairyloot box, I knew I had to get more. The designs are beautiful and bold and the colours vibrant. Everything in the Wonder Crate’s is designed by Ink & Wonder creating a consistent…

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    Book Cover Beauties

    We all try not to judge a book by its cover. But it’s hard not to gush at some of the gorgeous designs that’s being created. Being a visual person, it’s hard not to be drawn towards incredible book cover design. I’m really enjoying the current trend towards using hand illustrated elements on book covers. The bold designs jump out from the book shelves, begging to be read. Most importantly, it’s great that book typography is being thought through, and not just squished on the front cover. Certain book covers are even becoming collectables. Being republished with special edition covers. Publishers are going to great lengths to create beautiful covers.…

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    The Binding by Bridget Collins || Book Review

    Sometimes you really can’t help but judge a book by it’s cover and this book is absolutely stunning. Both inside and out. When I first saw The Binding in Waterstones, I knew I just had to have it for my book shelf. I’m so glad that not only is the book beautiful, but so is the story within. The Binding follows the story of Emmett, a farmer’s son as he embarks, rather dispassionately, on his apprenticeship to become a Book Binder. But books in this world aren’t your standard stories, books are memories bound and trapped inside pages and leather. Forgotten to the owner and stored for safe keeping in…

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    City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab || Book Review

    I’ve been in a bit of a book slump recently after reading two mediocre books followed by a DNF. So in the need of a good book, I turned towards City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one. When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living…

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    Near Witch in Cardiff – V.E.Schwab Book Signing

    This week I went on an adventure over the bridge to Cardiff to attend a very special and exciting event in Waterstones. V.E.Schwab stopped off in Cardiff for The Near Witch book tour and I was lucky enough to get a ticket. All thanks to my little sister living in Cardiff for that one – cheers Sadie! It’s been quite a few years since I’ve attended a book signing, the last one was probably Neil Gaiman back in 2013 for his release of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. So as you can imagine, I was absolutely nervous to go, not really knowing what to expect. It didn’t…

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    Top 5: Survival tips for your Book Buying Ban

    I’ve put myself on a book buying ban, I’m not particularly happy about it, but needs must and all that. So I thought I write out a few quick tips on how to survive a book ban for other unfortunate souls. No one wants to be put on THE BAN, as I like to call it, but sometimes you’ve got to do it, whether its to save money, save your shelves or before a convention. So here’s my Top 5 tips on surviving a book buying ban. 1. Write yourself a Wish list. Spend some time writing yourself a huge wish list. Add new releases or old books you’ve had…