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BOOKS ¦ End-Of-Year Update: Series I Want To Finish

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I realised recently that I seem to have a habit of starting series and not finishing them, even when I want to! Because of that, I decided to make a post about all the book series I've started to read and want to complete, and I'm hoping I'll be motivated to actually do so!

The Grishaverse by Leigh BardugoSurrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in …

BOOKS ¦ Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Name:Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Date Published: 2016
Rating: 4/5

Slight spoiler warning for this review!


The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him?

What I really enjoyed about Shadow and Bone was the incredible world building it included. It was inspired by culture and folklore I don't often see used often, and was made unique into its own world. This was supported by wonderful descriptive writing that really …

BOOKS ¦ Review: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

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Name:Rivers of London
Author:Ben Aaronovitch
Publisher: Gollancz
Date Published: 2011
Rating: 5/5


Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic. - From Goodreads.
Rivers of London was a funny, well-plotted and intriguing book, with characters that were life-like and int…

UNBOXING ¦ Fairyloot: Starcrossed Swoons - September 2018

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If you know me, you probably know that I love both stars and romance, so when I saw that Fairyloot's theme for their September box was Starcrossed Swoons, I knew I had to treat myself. I can definitely say I wasn't disappointed by this box, which included plenty of beautifully unique items, as well as a book that I am very excited to read! I've listed each item below, with a picture and link to the designer or shop that each item came from (although quite a lot of the items were exclusive to the box which was great to see!).


Angelic Fire Candle Matches designed by Fictiontea Designs, Bella and Edward candle from Nerd Poured Candles.

Prythian Shoelaces designed by Fictiontea Designs.

Dreamer Apron designed by Literary Life Co.

Love Rune Enamel Pin by Fictiontea Designs.

Mal and Alina Cocoa & Shea Butter from Little Heart Gifts.

Constellation Notebook designed by Read At Midnight.

Postcard Set created by Taratjah.

The book of the month, Mirage by Somaiya Daud, with exclu…

UNBOXING ¦ Illumicrate: Magic & Mayhem - The V.E. Schwab Edition

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When I saw that Illumicrate were selling a special edition V.E. Schwab box, I debated for myself for a while before I gave in and decided to treat myself to it. I decided it was definitely not a box to be missed out on, especially since I adore everything I've read by V.E. Schwab so far, and I am very glad that I decided to make this purchase. This was such a perfect, gorgeous selection of items, including a very lovely edition of V.E. Schwab's new book, Vengeful. I've listed each item below, with a picture and link to the designer or shop that each item came from (although quite a lot of the items were exclusive to the box which was very exciting!).

Signed copy of Vengeful with a cover exclusive to the box, along with an Illumicrate designed sleeve featuring quotes from Vicious and Vengeful.

Mug drawn by Temporary Places, bottle lettered by Crini.

Pin designed by Fable & Black.

Keyring, also designed by Fable & Black.

Candle from Amelia's Kitchen Candles.

Boo…

BOOKS ¦ Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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Name:An Enchantment of Ravens Author:Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: McElderry Books
Date Published: 2017
Rating: 5/5


A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival.…

BOOKS | Mid-Year Update: What I'm Excited To Read

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Since it's been a while since I last posted, I thought an interesting post to come back with would be a list of books I'm looking forward to reading. These are all books I'm either aiming to read by the end of the year, or just as soon as possible. I've been struggling to find the motivation to read lately so hopefully writing this will help me feel more inspired to get some reading done!

An Enchantment of Ravensby Margaret Rogerson A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints m…

Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Name:Strange the Dreamer
Author:Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date Published: 2017
Rating: 5/5


The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if al…