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Book Recs: Wintery Fantasy Reads | Blogmas Day 6

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Hey guys! Welcome to Blogmas Day 6
Today I’m going to recommend some wintery fantasy reads!

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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This is probably the most wintery book on this list, it’s set in literal winter. It would be such a perfect Christmas read that’s not actually about Christmas. The wintery/snowy setting is so amazing, you can vividly imagine it while reading.

Review here
Purchase on Amazon UK here:Kindle | Hardback | Paperback


The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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I loveeeee the Lightbringer books.
This is such a gripping, gritty read – perfect for dark winter days.

Warning: There are some dodgy descriptions of women in these books, it bothers a lot of people but if you can look past that, it’s a really great book.

Purchase on Amazon UK here: Kindle | Paperback


The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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One of my favourite books of all time, I will never stop recommending this book/series.
Although it’s fantasy, the world is kind of dystopian and grey – perfect for winter. It very much has a wintery/dark times feel.

Purchase on Amazon UK here: Kindle | Hardback | Paperback |


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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A YA rec of course!
This book always reminds me of winter, due to it being winter in the beginning. It’s such a quick read too, perfect to just snuggle up and devour!

Purchase on Amazon UK here: Kindle | Paperback

 


City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

A middle-grade rec!
Had to go with this, it’s such an adorable read!
It’s cute but spooky – if you like ghosts/paranormal stuff, Scotland and Harry Potter references, you’ll love this.
(The audiobook is really good too)

Purchase on Amazon UK here: Kindle | Paperback


Any of these intrigue you?
Recommend me a wintery read!

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Non-Spooky Halloween/Autumn Book Recs

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Hey guys!
Thought I’d do a recommendation list for people who are not a fan of being scared/reading horror, like me but still want some Halloween/autumn vibes.

Let’s jump right in:

Dark Vision by Debbie Johnson

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This is an underrated book, in my opinion. I’ve never heard anyone else talk about it but I really enjoyed it when I read it a few years ago. It’s one of the few paranormal/urban fantasy books set in the UK (Liverpool). The main character is a quite feisty and relatable woman and the side characters are pretty cool too. It has all kinds of myth intertwined in, it has Gods, Goddesses, Vampires, Mates (SJM kinda Mate), etc. 

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Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle | Paperback


Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
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I read this a while ago, but it has stuck with me. It has some amazing plot twists and genre bending/mixing. It would be such an amazing Halloween/autumn read.
I need to finally read the last book in this series! It’s so good.
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Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle | Paperback



*The Gilded King
by Josie Jaffrey

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This is a YA vampire/paranormal/dystopian by an indie author.
I read this last year and I really enjoyed it, despite not being a huge paranormal/vampire lover, this was extremely well done.

My full review for this is here

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Purchase on Amazon UK: Kindle (currently free!)| Paperback


*Rose: A Double Life by Valérie Vernay Denis Lapière +Émilie Alibert
(Graphic Novel)

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This was such a cool graphic novel!
I requested this on a whim from Netgalley and I ended up loving it.
It has paranormal, murder-mystery and thriller elements and it’s so interesting! (The art is really cool too)

Mini GR review for this here!

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Purchase here on Amazon UK: Kindle | Can’t find a physical copy(?)

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LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations | Diverse Reads

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Hey guys, hope you’re having a great Saturday!
I *still* don’t have wifi at my uni flat. I just got back yesterday and they still haven’t sorted it. Such a nightmare. Don’t they know my life revolves around the internet?!
Anywho…
I thought I’d share some LGBT recs today

Up first:
Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

(Gay, m/m)
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I LOVE THIS! It’s such an adorable story.
I read this in a few hours in one sitting – it’s addictive and adorable but has some serious themes about coming out and being blackmailed. Everyone talks about this book but seriously, it’s worth the hype.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
(queer)
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This is a queer retelling of Ovid’s myth of Iphis – this was a required read in uni for me and I was pleasantly surprised. It really shows how fluid gender and sexuality is. I never hear anyone talk about it but it definitely needs more hype. The title doesn’t really show that it’s LGBT but it is a nice surprise in the story.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
(Not sure on sexualities but features a f/f relationship)

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This is such an adorable graphic novel series. It has an all girl cast and features a f/f relationship – which is SO CUTE. So nice to see LGBT aimed at a young audience.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(Bisexual MC, Gay/Lesbian side characters)

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This isn’t a favourite book of mine, not even close, but I think the representation was great. I loved seeing LGBT characters in this era, it was interesting to read about and different from the other LGBT stories I’ve read.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Book Depository


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Spring Reads Recommendations| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Spring Reads

Spring/Summer is when a lot of people read contemporary books but I’m not the biggest contemporary fan, so my list is going to be *mostly* fantasy… sorry not sorry.

1) The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
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I feel like these books just scream spring, the first book in set in April so perfect timing! The first books that came to mind when I was thinking about what to include in this list were these. I think these books are perfect to binge in spring!

Review for TRB 


2) Simon Vs the Homosapien Agenda
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The only contemporary on this list. Mainly because this book has actually stuck with me, most contemporaries are cute at the time for me but I find them unmemorable. I find myself still thinking about this book for ages after I read it,  it’s almost been 2 years now. I’d love to reread it – I might do this spring!


3) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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Am I forever recommending Brandon Sanderson? Yes. Will I ever stop? No.
I consider Warbreaker to be my favourite book. It brings me so much joy, the story has stuck with me and I loved it even rereading it. It’s just a great book. It’s fantasy with romance, friendships, loads of plot twists (of course) & a talking sword. It’s also a standalone, so no commitment to a series!

Review here!



4) Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This is such a fun series, I think it’s perfect for any time of year but I think it would be a great spring read. It’s funny and lighthearted, it’s such a fun fantasy – not dark or stressful to read like some are.

Review here!


5) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
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Thought I would include a classic. The only classic I can honestly say I love! Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time, I just love Jane as a character and her story.
I think this would be a lovely spring read. I always imagine her time at Thornfield and with Rochester in the spring/summer for some reason…


What book would you recommend this spring?
Let me know in the comments!


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5 Reasons You Should Read Villains by V.E. Schwab!

 

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Hey guys!
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been super busy.
I’m going to try posting more soon, hopefully, I’ll have more time/ can get more organised!


1) Villain Story (duh).

The clue is in the title of the duology, it’s all about villains. Who doesn’t love a good villain? This for one contains some great complex, yet sociopathic characters that are just amazing. It gets boring rooting for the good guys all the time, change it up; read about morally grey anti-heroes instead. SO MUCH FUN.

2) Best friends to enemies

Probably the best trope ever, especially when executed well. And it is executed absolutely brilliantly in these books. Right off the bat, you know Victor and Eli were best friends and now enemies and it makes you dying to know how they end up this way.
Also, kinda reminds me of the Charles/Eric relationship in X-men and that’s not the only X-Men similarity…

3) X-Men-like powers

The people who have powers in this world are known as; ExtraOrdinary. They’re basically like X-Men and it’s pretty damn cool. The way they get their powers and what determines them is so interesting to learn about throughout the novels.  Just like X-Men, it makes me envious of their powers?? Why can’t powers exist? *sigh*

4) Weirdly relatable characters

I am no sociopathic killer with superpowers, yet I found Victor (and some of the other characters) weirdly relatable, easy to understand and super likeable. They do questionable things, I won’t lie, but I completely root for them.

5) Badass Ladies.

Sydney is a cool ass character from the beginning, I love her, she’s one of my favourites. But the second book, Vengeful, introduces some more badass ladies such as Marcella and Jude. Marcella is definitely a strong woman character, I love her revenge arc, it was such a joy to read. It’s nice to see a woman ‘villain’.

 

If none of that convinces you to immediately go out and buy these books; just look at the covers. They’re bloody gorgeous.

Review for Vicious | Review for Vengeful


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Binge-Worthy YA Books! #1

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Hey guys! Happy Saturday 🙂
I have been doing a lot of reviews lately since I’ve been in uni I pre-wrote a lot of posts before I started and most of them were reviews; I thought I’d change it up today.
I finally had a little time to write so I thought I’d give some recommendations!

If I have reviews for any of the books mentioned they’ll be linked! If you click on the title it will take you to the Goodreads page of the first book so you can read the synopsis if you’d like. 


 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Now all the books are out in the Throne of Glass series, it would be a perfect time to binge them. SJM is a master at addictive writing and creating great characters that you are instantly invested in.

Reviews:  AB | TOG | COM | HOF | QOS


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Her beautiful writing style is just a dream to read. The characters are so relatable and flawed but you just love them? The friendship between all the character is just lovely and makes you wish you were part of the gang.

Reviews: TRB | TDT


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor’s beautiful lyrical and descriptive writing style is so unique and amazing, it’s an absolute dream to read. I flew through these books, they’re addictive and the characters are just great. This is probably the only time I’ve enjoyed insta-love and heavy romance. I was rooting for the relationships from start to finish.

Review of the whole series


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Underrated series! I love the world in these books, it’s such a cool concept and I wish there were more. Each book is a standalone kinda, but they all fit together and are brought together in book 3.  Hardly anyone talks about these books anymore but they’re so cool and definitely worth a read!


Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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This is such a fun series, I cannot rave enough about these books!
I listened to the first two on audiobook, which was an amazing experience; the narrator is SO good at doing the voices. It was like a full-on performance, I highly recommend the audiobooks, if you’re looking for a new one! I was lucky enough to get books 3 + 4 as ARCs! I have reviews for these which I will link:
Reviews: Spellinger | Charmcaster | Soulbinder


Let me know any YA books you think are binge-worthy! I am always looking to add to my endless TBR! 


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