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Book Review(ARC): Once Upon A River | Storytelling at its finest

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A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.

Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle?

Is it magic?

Or can it be explained by science?

Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age,Once Upon a Riveris as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestsellerThe Thirteenth Tale

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It was solstice night, the longest night of the year… And as the borders between night and day stretch to their thinnest, so too do the borders between worlds… Unexpected things can happen. Did the solstice have anything to do with the strange events…

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

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Superfluous Reading

This year is shaping out to be quite an interesting one in every way. I went back to my language class, something that I started last year. I had effectively been a recluse since I arrived in HK and it felt good to feel like part of something slightly bigger than my home ;). My reading year is also looking very positive. I have already had a few five star reads and potential five star reads pending so that has me even more excited. So much so that I might be babbling slightly incoherently. The following review has to be precise, so I will calm down to get my reactions across.

I requested this book via NetGalley and thanks to the publishers, I was granted access quite a while back. The version I was given access to is set to be published on the 17th of this month and I…

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Review: The Cruel Prince – Bad Fae Boys Don’t Do Romance (Or Much of Anything)

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Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

cruel princeTitle: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air 1)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Genre(s): YA Fantasy
Subjects and Themes: Fae
Page Count: 384

Rating: 6.0/10

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Me: I should just write a mini review. Writing a detailed review for this is probably like doing an hour-long seminar on why Pixels doesn’t work as a commentary on video game culture.

Also me: Hey all, enjoy this 1200-word review! Also, here’s some crappy fanart!

(Warning: I wrote this in December when I was in a really ranty mood. Apologies to anyone who loved the book. :P)


I finally caved into hype’s cold, seductive embrace and cracked open this beauty. And what I found inside was…well, more or less what I’d expected. But also less.

A word of advice: if you’re…

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Review: The Promise by Katerina Diamond

This sounds like my sort of book…great review

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The Promise (DS Imogen Grey #4)The Promise by Katerina Diamond

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had such a great, tight plot that drew together perfectly, I was turning pages late into the night, eager to see how things turned out. This is technically the fourth story in the Imogen Grey series, but it was the first I read, and I did not feel lost at all.

But after reading this book, I will be checking out the rest of the series, for sure!

There are three main storylines to follow: Connor, a young American boy, moves with his dad into his grandparents’ old home after trouble back home in California. But trouble doesn’t seem to stay far from him; A serial killer is strangling women he meets online at an alarming pace. It’s up to Imogen and her team to find out how he’s doing it and how to trap him; A…

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The Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I may need to give this another read now



(Not sure how to do accent over letters in the post title, apologies 😦 )

I love Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s books. I love the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I was so excited when I found out about this one. I requested it on Netgalley straight away. But then I seen that Waterstones were selling signed copies 🙂 So I had to get one!

I’ve had this copy since November and I finished it the beginning of this month. Partly because it’s such a massive tome (I love big books) but also because I wanted to savour it. Netgalley must get tired of waiting for reviews from me (I’m not sure they are waiting really). It’s signed! It’s a gorgeous book with red pages and where the book is divided into parts there are pictures:

My thoughts

I always enjoy books by this author. This was no exception…

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VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab | Review

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Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but…

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Book Review: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden ~ #WinterOfTheWitch #WinternightTrilogy

Love the sound of this…great review

Ronnie Turner ~ Author & Book Blogger

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The Winter of the Witch


Katherine Arden

One girl can make a difference…

Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic.

Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders.

But she may not be able to save them all.



Following a devastating fire which ravaged most of Moscow, the smoke-filled streets are swarming with lost and broken voices, all needing help, all needing hope. Blamed for the tragedy that took countless lives, Vasya is condemned to death. To be burnt alive. Her ancient magic is labelled witchcraft and the weight of every lost soul…

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Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone

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My grateful thanks to Emily Glenister at The Dome Press for inviting me to be part of the paperback launch blog tour for Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone and for sending me a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Puzzle Girl is available for purchase here.

Puzzle Girl

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Love is a riddle, waiting to be solved…

Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one disastrous morning changes everything. When she finds herself stuck in a doctor’s surgery, a cryptic message left in a crossword magazine sends her on a search to find the mysterious puzzle-man behind it.

Cassy is soon torn between tracking down her elusive dream guy, and outwitting her nightmare workmate, the devious Martin. Facing a puzzling love-life, will she ever be able to fit the pieces together and discover the truth behind this enigmatic man?

My Review of Puzzle…

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New Iberia Blues: one last hurrah?

Brilliant review….added to my ever growing TBR list


iberiaThis book has ‘swansong’ stamped all the way through it. The latest in a long line of literary crime novels in the Dave Robicheaux series, The New Iberia Blues reads like the author’s valedictory address. It’s an extended farewell to old Louisiana, as the landmass slowly disintegrates into the ocean and the subtle shades of the French/Cajun culture of the Deep South are overwhelmed by the harsh realities of the modern world.

In parallel, detective Robicheaux is an olde-worlde archaism, a flawed but honourably intentioned throwback to the mid-20th century. This is Robicheaux’s ‘do not go gently into that good night’ moment, when the weight of all his personal history threatens to overwhelm the storyline.

James Lee Burke couldn’t write a bad book if he tried, and New Iberia Blues is saturated in his beautiful, lyrical imagery. It comes as close to prose-poetry as you’re likely to find in…

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