sunday lunch club
Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Romance, Women's

[Slice of Life] Fall In Love With All The Characters, And They’re Diverse Too The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton

I stayed up till 3 on a workday because I couldn’t unglue myself from my Kindle screen. Off this book. Then I proceeded to tell the whole soap-opera like plot of The Sunday Lunch Club to my boyfriend right before breakfast. In a roughly panicked, nearly screamy tone. With loads of hand flapping. Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★✬…

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doorways in the sand
Fiction, NetGalley, Scifi

[Scifi review] A Quirky, Funny And Dynamic Scifi Classic Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny

If you’re looking for a slightly different and more lighthearted scifi to relax with, Doorways in the Sand is for you. I mean, you could probably tell that from the cover anyway. Doorways in the Sand is actually no newcomer – first released in 1976, it was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. This year, we are seeing Farrago bring this witty…

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sugar money
Fiction, Historical, NetGalley, Other-cultures

[Historical fiction] The Harsh Realities Of Slavery In Martinique, 1765 Sugar Money by Jane Harris

At first I was reluctant to request Sugar Money because I’m a weakling at handling slavery stories sometimes. I turn into a puddle of sobs. But, despite being quite detailed about the hardships of slave life in 1765, it was a very engaging read. It doesn’t have a very happy ending, as you might surmise, but it tells a story worth…

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arm of the sphinx
Buddy read, Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, Rising star, Steampunk

[Fantasy] Tower Of Epicness (And Epic Proportions) Returns In Sequel!!! Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft, Buddy Read With Trang @ Bookidote

About a year ago, when I just started blogging, I read Senlin Ascends and posted the most excited review ever (literally, it has a piggy running around in circles). It was one of my first successful reviews – people really responded to it. Later on, when Orbit picked the book up, they contacted me, asking if it would be okay if…

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zanna function
Fantasy, Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it, Magic, NetGalley, Rising star, Scifi, YA

[Scifi MG/YA] Doing Magic, But With Science… And Woah! There’s A School! The Zanna Function by Daniel Wheatley

The Zanna Function was AMAZING!!! It was so amazing, I had trouble finding what to pick up next after it, and then spent at least a week actively missing reading it. All I can truly hope for is that it won’t be a standalone, because it’s too good to just end right there! 5 Reasons To Read The Zanna Function…

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the feed
Dystopian, Edelweiss, Fiction, Scifi, Society

[Dystopia Review] Being Plugged In VS Back To Basic Society The Feed by Nick Clark Windo

The Feed is a solid, well-written, but pretty traditional dystopian novel. Definitely recommended for dystopia fans! I expected something more ground-breaking from it, and maybe more powerful or adventure driven, but it’s more of a slice-of-life. However, I enjoyed this book, and I’ll try to give you my reasons why. Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★☆☆ 3 stars…

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all systems red
Diversity, Fiction, Humor, Loved-it, Rising star, Scifi, Well known books

[Scifi+humour review] Ridiculously Introverted Murderbot vs Humanity – 1:0 All Systems Red by Martha Wells

I had heard all sorts of wonderful things about All Systems Red before I picked it up (I have a lot of Goodreads friends who know their stuff when it comes to sci-fi! Yes, I’m looking at you, Caro M.) Now I trust their recommendations even more, because this book is easily my best February read. 5 Reasons To Read…

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no sad songs
Fiction, Humor, Illness, Loved-it, YA

[YA review] An Incredibly Funny, Yet Touching YA About Responsibility No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli

No Sad Songs is about a teen, shouldering way more than he’s supposed to. Gabe’s grandfather struggles with Alzheimer’s, and while seeing his grandfather lose his own self right there in front of him, that’s hardly the biggest of Gabe’s problems. Despite the tough situation he is in, Gabe displays incredible strength – and humor – in the sense of…

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the sea beast takes a lover
Fiction, NetGalley, Short stories, Weird

[Story collection review] Yet Another Slightly Odd Collection of Short Stories The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreasen

Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★☆☆ 3 stars The Sea Beast Takes a Lover is a collection of slightly odd short stories which all share a similar vibe, however, not one I can just pinpoint like that. They are easy to read, quite imaginative and all of them pretty shattering by the end. I am not a…

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freshwater
Dark, Diversity, Edelweiss, Fiction, Illness, Loved-it, Magical realism, Other-cultures, Rising star, Women's

Mythological + #OwnVoices + Mental Health = Fascinating Novel!! Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

I cannot believe Freshwater is a debut novel. Akwaeke Emezi is a rising star, an incredible writer, and I hope to see many more masterpieces by her. Will I be re-reading this one? Oh, yeah – definitely. And you know what it means when I say I would reread a book. Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★★ 5 stars…

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snow flower and the secret fan
Buddy read, Fiction, Historical, Loved-it, Other-cultures, Well known books, Women's

Read About Women’s Struggles And Relationships In Traditional China Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

I LOVED Snow Flower and the Secret Fan! It was sad, yet fulfilling, true and honest, yet fictional. A truly moving story about the hardships of being a woman in nineteenth-century China. Yes, foot binding too. We’ll get there. By the way, this is going to be a buddy read review, so get ready to read a lot of questions and answers!…

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the king of bones and ashes
Dark, Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, Magic, NetGalley, Other-cultures, Urban fantasy

Witches of New Orleans and Dark Nightly Terrors The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn

This time I’m happy to share with you a review for The King of Bones and Ashes, which was offered to me for review and came as an unbelievably pleasant and unexpected surprise! Now I find myself wanting to read the other books by J.D. Horn (which I remember seeing around a couple of years ago), because this was an incredibly engaging…

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the mermaid and mrs hancock
Fiction, Historical, Magical realism, NetGalley

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar Mermaids, Merchants And Courtesans... In A Book

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, when you first read its name, conjures up a certain magic, which only intensifies when you look at the cover. Which is why I absolutely did not know what to expect from this book! So let’s see what it’s all about! Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★☆ 4 stars It’s the autumn…

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plague charmer
Dark, Fiction, Historical, Loved-it, Magical realism, NetGalley

The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland Dark, Atmospheric And Very Medieval

If you like reading well researched, incredibly atmospheric, not sugar-coated historical novels about the middle ages, The Plague Charmer is just for you. My review of this wonderful book has been long overdue, so let’s start. Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars Life is pretty tough in the middle ages – work is hard, food is…

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dumplin
Buddy read, Fiction, Well known books, YA

Finding Your Beauty Queen – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy A Book About Accepting Yourself And Taking Everything From Life

This time we have Dumplin’ as our buddy read! I’ve decided to make the buddy read feature appear more often on the blog, because: have you TRIED buddy reading? It’s so much fun! it gives exposure to other bloggers it often helps you dig that old book from your TBR and just read it already! Check out on Goodreads Get at…

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creatures of will and temper
Diversity, Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Retro, Society, Urban fantasy, Women's

Demons, Petticoats and Swords & 5 Reasons To Read This Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

This book has been ABSOLUTELY WOW and if we hang out, I’ve already told you countless times that you need to read it. If I haven’t? Well, YOU NEED TO READ IT. There. And now onto the reasons why! 5 Reasons To Read Creature of Will and Temper Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★★  5+++ stars   Essentially,…

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