The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


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It’s the most wonderful tiiiiime of the yeeeeear! I was nominated for this award by the fabulous Bee and Maddie from Heart Full of Books. Thank you so much for the nomination ladies; what a lovely virtual Christmas present! swba

The Rules

  • Answer a set of ten questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Write ten questions of your own and nominate ten other bloggers to answer them.

The Questions

1. What is your most anticipated book of 2016?
Always a tricky question, but I think I’m going to have to go with the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series, The Trials of Apollo. I love pretty much everything Rick creates and the author himself has said that this was one of the most fun ideas to write, so I cannot wait to see the finished product.

2. If you could swap lives with any book character, who would it be?
Probably Kat from Ally Carter’s Heist Society series, or Annabeth from Percy Jackson. Both of those ladies are badass, have cute boyfriends and live super exciting lives.

3. What’s your opinion of the 12th book on your shelf?
The 12th book on my shelf is… Anna and the French Kiss! I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it and it is top priority for the new year.

4. What book would you recommend to a new reader?
It would probably depend on their age and favourite genre, but I’d probably go with a classic YA novel like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Geek Girl or the Gallagher Girls. Those series are popular for a reason!

5. Do you have a favourite genre of book?
Absolutely! I’m a sucker for fantasy; high fantasy, historical fantasy, you name it, but I am particularly fond of urban fantasy set in the UK. There’s not an awful lot of it but the few examples I’ve come across are absolutely great.

6. What was your least favourite book of the year and why?
Probably Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling. This book just epitomised everything I dislike in a novel. Insta-love, cheesy writing, weak female character, possessive boyfriend, you name it.

7. Which book do you wish was turned into a movie/TV show?
Oh boy, I would sell my soul for a television show of the Rivers of London/Peter Grant novels. I understand it’s been optioned for TV, but I want it NOW!!!

8. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
Getting to express myself and my opinions.

9. Which author(s) do you really want to meet?
Patrick Ness seems like he would be absolutely hilarious to spend the day with. Also, sitting down with George R. R. Martin to discuss the plot of his Song of Ice and Fire series is my idea of an ideal evening.

10. Do you have any bookish goals you want to complete in 2016?
I would love to complete several more series next year, as well as read a few more anthologies. Also, I’m planning to re-read the Hunger Games trilogy, the Percy Jackson series and, if possible, the Harry Potter series.

My Questions

  1. If there was one book you wish you had written what would it be and why?
  2. What was the book that got you in to reading?
  3. Have you got any author’s signatures? Whose?
  4. Has a book ever really changed the way you feel about something?
  5. Do you judge a book by its cover?
  6. Biggest bookish pet peeve?
  7. Bookmarks or fold the corners of the pages?
  8. Where is your favourite place to read?
  9. Do you think you could write a book that someone would publish?
  10. Do you know any writers?

I Nominate…

And now for nominations! In keeping with my current trend I’m nominating a selection of my lovely followers!

  1. BooksToGetLostIn
  2. The Amazing Life of A Bookworm
  3. JenAcideByBibliophile
  4. Princessica of Books
  5. WordsWeHeart
  6. insidethemindofabibliophile
  7. forwardsandbookwords
  8. brittanymariereads
  9. ReviewsWithB
  10. Paperback Worlds

(Minor) Spoiler Review: Lorali by Laura Dockrill


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Lorali was this summer’s unashamed cover-buy, with its rich dark blues and shiny silver accents. Also, can I get a ‘hell yeah’ for mermaid fiction? Thank you. If you need further convincing to give this book a shot, let me just say that the Sea is one of the narrators. That’s right, you did read that correctly. The Sea. Now let’s dive straight in to the review, shall we? Continue reading

Review: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee


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Gates of Thread and Stone hooked me with its intriguing title, pretty cover and captivating summary. When I found a copy in a local charity shop a few weeks later I picked it up and added it to my TBR pile, partly because it interested me and also because it was shorter than I was expecting, so I hoped to breeze through it in a few days. While there was plenty about the story that I liked, other elements left me feeling suitably underwhelmed. Continue reading

Review: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider


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My first contact with Extraordinary Means was several months ago when I heard it described as a less pretentious, more realistic version of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which pretty much tells you all you need to know. It’s a medical romance kind of thing, but the illness is a fictional form of Tuberculosis and the story is told from dual points of view without any rose-tinted glasses. Continue reading

Review: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse


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It has come to my attention that as I’m growing older my reading tastes are becoming more and more varied. This diversification has lead me to pick up books in genres that I haven’t really explored before and most I’ve recently found myself growing increasingly interested in historical fiction. For a first foray Labyrinth was pretty good, but by no means was it perfect. Continue reading

Review: Seeking Crystal by Joss Stirling


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With the awful memories of Stealing Phoenix still lingering in my mind, it’s fairly safe to say I felt a strong sense of trepidation going into this book. Seeking Crystal turned out to be much better than I was anticipating though; I would even go so far as to say that out of the three books in this series that I’ve read, this is the best one. Continue reading

Review: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi


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After a slightly disappointing second instalment Rossi is back on form with Into the Still Blue. This book made sure to firmly root this series in the sci-fi genre rather than leaving it as an amalgamation of many, and this focus showed in the setting and the kinds of challenges the characters faced in their quest for the Still Blue. Continue reading

Review: Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling


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I’d like to start by saying that I know that this is some people’s favourite book/series. I am not one of those people. I do not consider myself to be a particularly harsh reviewer. I always attempt to keep things as balanced as possible and, as yet, I haven’t ever marked a book did-not-finish. But every now and then a book will come along that just makes you want to punch something. For me, Stealing Phoenix was it. Continue reading

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi


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In my mission to finish a few more series sat on my shelves I returned to Veronica Rossi’s trilogy to continue on with the second novel. I was hoping for a continuation of the unique world building and amalgamation of genres that I got in the first book and Through the Ever Night delivered that, albeit slightly more clumsily than the first time round. Continue reading