thousand perfect notes
Dark, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, YA

[YA] Incredibly Touching, Relatable And Musical – It Has Captured My Heart <3 5 Reasons To Read A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, AKA Our Own Cait @ PaperFury!

I am intensely flapping my arms and squawking like a poor abandoned pterodactyl baby at the excitement of actually having been able to read a review copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes! (Thanks for staying with my review after that sentence.) My emotions towards Cait’s book can be described roughly as such, starting from when I found out she was…

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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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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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have dog, will travel
Diversity, Essays, Illness, Loved-it, Memoirs, NetGalley, Non-fiction

[Nonfiction] Guide Dogs – Just The Freedom To Move, Or Also To Live And Love? Have Dog, Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto

Have Dog, Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto is an incredibly touching love song to dogs – not just guide dogs as a means for a person to be enabled, to experience so much more freedom, but simply the ever loving nature of these wonderful creatures and how they can transform a person’s life. You will not simply finish this book and…

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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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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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a good edelweiss or netgalley profile
#NewBloggers 101, Book blogging, Discussion, Edelweiss, NetGalley

How Do I Make A Good Edelweiss Or NetGalley Profile? Part 2 of #NewBloggers 101 post series

Welcome to part 2 of the #NewBloggers 101 post series! Last time, we talked about when you should start requesting ARCs (advance reader copies) at all, and today? We’re going to talk about how to start doing it. So how do you make a good Edelweiss or NetGalley profile? Let’s start at the bottom and make it fun! Short quiz about…

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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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all day
Diversity, Loved-it, Memoirs, NetGalley, Non-fiction, Other-cultures, Society

All Day – Locked Up, Building Their Future… Unforgettable A Teacher's Account On Teens In Prison

Yet another perfect book – yet another review overdue. I have been sitting with this one for maybe a half a year, no kidding. It’s just hard to write a review for a book that moved me SO much… But I’m going to try. 5 Reasons To Read All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers…

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international book blogger
Book blogging, Discussion, Diversity, NetGalley

So You’re An International Book Blogger? DON’T GIVE UP! You ARE Needed In The Book World

In light of the things that have been going on in the book world, I feel like international bloggers might feel horribly betrayed and unappreciated right now. We’ve seen our share of sad posts already (I will agree that I feel incredibly sad too because of what’s been going on), and we need to keep seeing those and putting them out…

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The Girl in the Tower
Fantasy, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Magic, NetGalley, Women's

5 Reasons To Read The Girl In The Tower It's Even Better Than The Bear And The Nightingale

When I read The Bear and the Nightingale, I definitely liked it (you can find the review here), but I knew that the series was not opening up its full potential. But I decided to stick with it, because I was sure it would bloom by the second book. And it did! I loved The Girl in the Tower. So here are… 5 Reasons To…

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Illness, Memoirs, NetGalley, Non-fiction, Women's

Memoir Of A Mother Fighting For Her Terminally Ill Child Happiness by Heather Harpham

Happiness isn’t a book about how you would actually attain happiness. It’s not even about happiness, so much. In fact, if you started reading it, it probably wouldn’t seem at all happy, at the start, at least. The funny thing about this book: you know it ends well. But while you’re reading it, it shatters your heart. But the thing is:…

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Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman
Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, Magic, NetGalley, Retro, Steampunk, Urban fantasy, Women's

Episode 2 of Steampunk Magic In Petticoats Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman

Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★✬  4.5 stars I have several questions for you: Do you like petticoats, Victorians and magic? What about a female heroine, who, while a little bit lost and flustered, is kickass despite not knowing it herself? And would you care for a would-be love triangle that is forbidden in more ways than I care…

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