This book was on my ‘wish list’ pretty much since I first heard of it, and my wonderful friend Dena sent me a copy for my birthday this year so naturally I pushed it up my TBR pile! The thing that attracted me was what The Times had said about it: “Mean Girls for the Instagram age” – I mean, who wouldn’t be drawn in by that? I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like Mean Girls, and I like YA and Instagram, so this seemed like a match made in heaven!
But unfortunately this book is less ‘the popular kid’ and more ‘generic student #12’ – it’s not even in the ‘cool loser’ clique or the ‘outcast’ clique, it literally just blends into the background. Now that’s not to say that it’s a bad book, or a good one, it’s just that the good and bad cancel each other out pretty equally. Continue reading
I got this gorgeous covered book for my birthday this year, and it’s not my usual go-to genre but it sounded really intriguing so I couldn’t wait to dive in. The match-book blurb goes like this: Our recently widowed protagonist is sent to see out her pregnancy in her late husband’s disintegrating country estate – but spooky things start to happen and haunt the residents.
One of the fun things about this version of the book is that the cover hides a lot of secrets from the story itself, and it’s great to flick back to the cover once you’ve uncovered it and have that ‘ahhh!’ moment! Continue reading
This is one of those books that’s just kind of…there. The plot (what little we get outside of Aza’s head – but more on that soon) just seemed to be all over the place. You know how some people spin a globe and stop it on a random country to decide whether to go on holiday next? It feels like John Green has a similar plot planning mechanism that he uses to write his books.
Turtles All The Way Down is a random collection of interesting things that, when put together, become pretentious. Do you know what a Tuatara is? Well the one in this book becomes a billionaire due to a last will and testament. Plus there’s also $100,000 up for grabs, mental health issues and teenagers circumnavigating their lives through puberty in the throes of a philosophical existential crisis. See what I mean? Pick one or two John Green! Not all! Continue reading
I CANNOT talk about this book without giving out spoilers. I’m that pissed off at certain parts of the story and characters that I just don’t have it in me not to rant about them. So…you know…SPOILER WARNING from here on out. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
This is also going to be more of a rant with review elements, rather than a legit review, but I just can’t help it.
Here’s a quick recap of the main plot point so far: a set of triplet queens must fight to the death for ruling rites to the throne of their island. Mirabella is the elemental queen, the strongest and most gifted queen who is starting to falter. Katherine is the poisoner queen, once thought to be the weakest but who is now a real player in the game. Arsinoe is the naturalist queen with a game changing secret. Continue reading
The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire is a historical fiction based in Victoria London. It follows three very different people and their lives and shows how they intertwine in a very ‘it’s a small world’ kind of way. Our three protagonists are a young woman turned prostitute, a captured and sold slave struggling to adjust to live away from his homeland and a fictionalised version of the real life Thomas De Quincey. What follows is an enjoyable venture through fictional history for about two thirds of the book. Continue reading
Poppet’s Widgets (run by an amazing person called Dena) has burst on to the handmade jewellery scene this year, so I sat down with her to have a quick 5-question mini interview!
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Ah Funko Pops…those devilishly collectable figurines for every fandom imaginable. Most of us have at least one (or twenty!) and show no signs of slowing down. But there is one among us who surpasses us all and leaves our collections firmly in the ‘novice’ category.
I’m talking, of course, of the lovely and creatively talented Cinda of @booksandpops!
I had a chat with her about her amazing collection of both books and Funkos, check it out below, as well as treating your eyes to some of her amazing photos!
I have a treat for you today! I’ve partnered with YA Fantasy author Katie Cross to bring you this guest post on the reality of life as an author!
Keep reading to the end for a link to a FREE download of Miss Mabel’s School For Girls the first book in The Network Series!
I entered a rep search on Instagram for Poppet’s Widgets jewellery and I got chosen as a rep! You can use my special rep code ANOVELLOVE10 to receive 10% off your orders!
Dena at Poppet’s Widgets makes amazing bookish themed jewellery! I’ve been a customer before and it’s so great to be an official rep! Continue reading