The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Disclaimer: This review will not contain spoilers for The Girl in the Tower, but will contain spoilers for The Bear and the Nightingale
Huge thank you to Tess at Ebury/Penguin Random House for sending us proofs of The Girl in the Tower!
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So I don’t on any level class myself as an expert on Russian mythology and folklore. However, I am a self confessed huge fan of it. Ever since stumbling upon my first Russian folklore inspired novel a few years ago, I’ve been desperately reaching for any and every book I can find that’s set in Russia, filled with domovoi and Slavic demons, and frankly, I love a good Firebird story. When I managed to get an e-ARC of The Bear and the Nightingale on NetGalley last year, I immediately fell in love with Katherine Arden’s writing and Vasya, her protagonist; I knew I’d do anything to have the sequel in my hands as soon as possible. I feel so privileged to have been able to get a proof of The Girl in the Tower, and before anything else I have to say that not only did it not disappoint, it far exceeded my expectations – and it’s probably one of those rare cases where I actually liked the sequel as much as, if not more than, the first book of the series. Continue reading “The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden”

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The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup // Blog Tour

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Can the past ever be forgotten?

As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.
Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even the door she has been forbidden from opening…
Essen Grange is a house with dark and cruel intentions. But now that darkness has turned on her, can Maura escape before it’s too late?

 



First of all, a huge thank you to Anna Massardi at Harper Collins for sending me a digital copy in exchange for featuring this read on a book tour!
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I must admit that upon seeing this creepy cover, I just knew I had to choose this book to read. Creepy covers/mystery thrillers are my jam so I was more than happy to read and review this despite having read Ann Troup’s work before. As you can tell from the synopsis, we follow the story of Maura, a nurse dealing with depression after the death of her husband and betrayal of her sister but determined to carry on with life, she takes on the nursing job at the mysterious Essen Grange house despite knowing none of the details. What follows is a series of misfortune, horror and truth.
My biggest love from this book was definitely the atmospheric tension that Ann Troup created and kept throughout the entire novel. The beginning almost felt like you were reading a book about the supernatural or a haunted house and in many ways it is. The book is full of twists and turns… and a lot of dead bodies and it is our job as the reader to work out how all of these people are connected and who the actual killer is.
Another highlight was that there was a dog!! His name is Buster and he likes biscuits. Ok, this isn’t important to some people but I thought I’d add that. Feel free to message me to see if he lives or dies because if you’re like me, this will decide if you read the novel or not. Maura was a very realistic character, if not sometimes very un-nurse like in the way she treated Gordon at the start. She has quite a cold exterior and I must admit, there were times when I found her childish (the time she stuck her tongue out at the ‘house’ when she fixed a fuse) so I couldn’t connect and love her completely.Untitled_Panorama1Overall, this book definitely does what it says on the tin when it comes to being a mystery thriller. It’s very mysterious (even when you think you have everything solved) and it’s very thrilling and you never know which turn the story is going to take. There’s a vast array of characters (most dead) but we delve into their backstories as the main plot evolves. With the amount of crimes that are committed, the book could have turned silly but it manages to stay realistic all whilst keeping that edge of mystery by not revealing the ‘killer’ to us until the last minute. I’d definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of the spooky house trope, a good mystery thriller and an overall atmospheric, edge-of-your-seat novel.
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Lots of Love,
Angharad @
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Books By Women for Women

new-blog-title12.jpgSo we have done a post featuring books on feminist fiction that Becky and I actually put together when we were last together so now I thought I’d post an updated list, so to speak. These are all books, mostly non-fiction that were written by some amazing, diverse women so hopefully you find something you want to pick up this month!


 

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
by Vashti Harrison

Essentially a children’s picture book, this non-fiction book tells the story of forty different black women in American history and how they broke boundaries and inspired change. Featuring some well-known people but focussing more on the lesser-known, Vashti Harrison gives these forgotten but inspirational women a voice. Released December 5th.

 

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Nasty Women
by 404 Ink

A collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is like to be a woman in the 21st century. Everything from people, politics, pressure and punk and most frighteningly, living in Trump’s America – women share their experiences on sexual assault, racism, pregnancy, contraception and everything in between.

 

 

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by Naomi Alderman

A sci-fi, dystopian novel that is based on a world in which women can inflict pain with a flick of their fingers. What would happen if the tables were turned? Would women use this power for good or evil? Based on the lives of four women, this thriller explores how their world changes with this newfound power and gender rolls being flipped on their head. Also delving into complicated discussions such as systemic oppression, power, rape culture, gender, and religion.

 

 

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by Yeonmi Park

Written by human rights activist, Yeonmi, her memoir tells the story of her escape from North Korea with her mother in 2007 at the age of thirteen. After two years, she arrived in South Korea and set on becoming ‘free’ but in order to do so, she had to face her past of being sold into slave marriages, finding her missing sister and bringing publicity to the horrors of her former home. This is her survival story.

 

 

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by Margot Lee Shetterly

Now a movie but originally a novel, this book tells the story of a group of female mathematicians known as the ‘human computers’ who by providing and calculating the right science and numbers, made astronauts able to enter space. These are the women who were forgotten when Neil Armstrong was made a hero. These African-American women were the brightest minds of their generation and this is their untold story.

 

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200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See the
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by Ruth Hobday

Two hundred everyday women are asked a series of questions in this non-fiction biography. All from different backgrounds, races, sexualities and gender identities, these women answer questions such as ‘what really matters to you?’ and ‘what would you change in the world if you could?’ Each interview is accompanied by a portrait of these inspirational women – human right activists, actors and advocates and the people behind the scenes.

 

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Why God is a Woman
by Nin Andrews

A collection of poetry written about a magical island where women rule (think Themyscira) and men are the lesser sex. It also tells the story of a young boy who after being exiled for not agreeing with their sexist laws, looks back with nostalgia for the place he called home.

 

 

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Red Clocks

by Leni Zumas

A sci-fi novel set in an America where abortion is once again illegal and IVF is banned. In a small town in Oregon, five very different women learn to live in a world with these restrictions surrounding motherhood, identity and freedom. One of the women, Gin, brings these women together when she is arrested and put on trial on a modern-day witch hunt.

 


So that’s our featured books and hopefully you’ll find something you like or maybe a gift for this Christmas.
Lots of Love,
Angharad @
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Christmas Gift Ideas // Bookish Edition

So now we’ve entered the month of November, we have been brainstorming on different kinds of blog posts we can do coming up to Christmas. Although I’ve got my birthday first, I’ve still got into the festive spirit by researching some bookish gift ideas for friends and family. Although the obvious thing to buy a bookworm would be an actual book, sometimes it’s hard to know which one so at least some of these gifts can cater to lovers of all genres.

1. For the Aspiring WritersUntitled-1.jpgOk, so technically these first two items would appeal more to the aspiring writer but seeing as this is also the month of NaNoWriMo, I thought I would definitely add these after seeing them in my local Waterstones. Ready, Set, Novel! is designed to help with the dreaded writer’s block. It guides you through the process of writing – everything from forming your novel’s plot and setting the scene and creating your characters. It is designed to include lists, Q+As and even mind maps so you can pick and choose what activities you complete. 642 Things to Write About is another list-style journal designed to help you find inspiration by writing down prompts such as ‘fixing the plot to the worst movie you’ve ever seen’ and ‘writing a love letter to the person you dislike.’ With a new prompt on each page, it is definitely designed to help you get ideas for your projects. 


2. For the Candle Lovers

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1. Two Candle Thieves  2. Meraki Candles  3. Hearth & Hammer
4. Book and Glow  5. Alchemy & Ink  6. Wick and Fable

So for those who didn’t know, as well as being book bloggers, Becky and I also own our own bookish candle business called Two Candle Thieves (nothing wrong with a bit of self-promotion.) However, we understand that our candles won’t be for everyone and you may be looking for some bookish candles this Christmas so we have decided to put together a list of our other favourite shops. Of course, there are many more out there but we’ve listed some based in the UK, USA and Europe. Some of these shops (as well as our own) are on a small hiatus but make sure you stay up to date with their products as I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I do believe all of these candles are Soy based, making them vegan friendly.



3. For Between the Pages

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1. TemporaryPlaces  2. Hey Atlas  3. MyBookMark
4. FictionTeaDesigns  5. Ink & Wonder

We couldn’t make this post without including some bookmarks and yes, you can find them anywhere and everywhere but these are some shops that we come across often on social media and we think they deserve all the attention. These bookmarks cover all price ranges and once again, we’ve picked International shops so shipping won’t be a problem. The amount of work and detail these artists put in really do make all the difference and amongst these shops, you will find bookmarks for every fandom. So get marking!



4. For the Book Protectors

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Despite the fact I haven’t yet invested in one of these myself, I have seen them all over Instagram and seen people receive and love theirs so I had to include them. Meet Benita Botello, otherwise known as Book Beau, the designer that creates mini pockets to keep your books and eReaders safe on your travels. They come in so many different designs and are very affordable despite having high-quality materials. We believe these would make an excellent gift (also making it so your friends have no excuse for returning borrowed books in bad condition!)
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5. For the Bookish Statement Makers

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Recently I’ve started adding pins and badges to my leather bag and so of course, I’ve been on the hunt for some bookish ones. These are both UK based shops but they are very affordable. Although Punky Pins specialises in pins (hence the name!) Literary Emporium also sells a wide range of bookish items such as clothing, jewellery and much more.


6. For the Tea Drinkers

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Like I could be British and do any gift idea post without adding some tea but this isn’t just any tea, it’s bookish tea! Bookish Teas is a Literary Inspired Tea Shop based in Germany and its creator, Zilan focuses on organic and eco-friendly mixes. You can find tea based on books such as ACOTAR, Six of Crows, The Raven Cycle and many more. Also the blend is customisable – delicious both hot and cold! Riddles Tea Shoppe is a company based in the US and as well as selling tea blends, also creates pins, bookmarks and art prints! As you can tell from the name of the shop, you will find teas based on the magical world of Harry Potter as well as Game of Thrones and others!


And that is it! We hope you find something you like, either for yourself or for a friend and family and all that’s left to say is, happy spending!
Lots of Love,
Angharad @
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Books That Have Changed Your Life Part II (Blogger Edition)

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“Few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart.”

After the first part of this post was a hit (much to our surprise!) and bloggers have since contacted us asking if they could take part if we made a second post, we have decided to go for it! Just like before, we’ve asked book bloggers and authors to tell us one book that has changed or influenced their lives in some way, a few reasons why and we will also provide a link to their blog/websites. We hope you enjoy!

 

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Melanie @meltotheany
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher evoked emotions and feelings I didn’t even know my bodywas capable of. On top of the beautiful story, important topics, and being one of the most lyrically written books I’ve ever read, this book taught me how important it is to balance your darkness but remembering to still let your light in, even if you need someone to help you let it in. Mud Vein is not a love story, but it is a story about love and all the dark parts of love that people don’t like to talk about. Yet, those dark parts we harbor inside of us are still valid, and important, and life changing.

 

 

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Lauren @readingwritingandme
The book that changed my life was Looking For Alaska by John Green because I’ve never felt more understood by a story. It asks major questions I’ve often wondered about myself and really assured me that I wasn’t alone in my thoughts and feelings.

 

 

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Carmel @bookablereads
I really hate reading novels when I was in high school but when my bff told me to read I read it. And now all I want to read is to collect and read all the books out there. So the book made me the reader that I am today. I recommend it cause the story has moral lessons and it is good for people who have bffs. The book also teach you how important friends are.

 

 

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Haley @teacherswhoread
The book The Border changed my life-or more accurately, how I view my life. It’s about teens who illegally immigrate to the US. Nothing is more important than empathy. I will never again look at an immigrant-legal or otherwise- in the same way.

 

 

 

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Shaine @wandererinneverland
The book that changed my life is It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. It changed my perspective in life in a whole different level. Her book tells about bravery, loving and accepting yourself. Actually mosts of Colleen Hoover has a big impact in my life but It Ends With Us stands out.

 

 

 

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Joel @descendantofposeidonreads
Book of Ernest Cline, Ready Player One has changed my life. Because it shows me the things that 80s do have good year and songs and games that are too good to reminisce and bring back. Be flood with oldies tracks and play the classics, fundamental to what modern improvements we had right now. Though, the virtual reality thing that portrays in the book is the best scifi idea I want to be realistically invented in the near future. You should read this if you got a knack in classic games and 80s songs.

 

 

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Meg @betweenthepages13
My book is Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, it helps me because it made me realise that I’m not alone in suffering with mental health. It gave me hope that it does get better, and the light at the end of the tunnel exists! It also has some beautiful quotes in that I remember on every tough day.

 

 

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Marwa @wordsfallhere
The book that changed my life was When Breath Becomes Air. I know most bookworms are absolutely in love with this book because of the gorgeous and captivating writing style, and it was definitely why I dropped a few tears here and there whilst reading it. But I could personally relate to Dr. Kalanithi’s struggle when he was trying to find answers and life meaning in Literature but could only find them in Medicine. I’ve just started out university and this book was a main factor in changing my mind about working in the medical field.

 

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Julianna @blotsofinkandwords
The book that changed my life was Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke: and the reason it changed my life was because it was the reason I got into fantasy and more advanced books, basically.

 

 

 

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Maja @bookishaddict
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – 1. the book was available for free on Wattpad, because the author wanted to try and release a book, hoping it’d entice readers to check out his other works. In my case, it worked. Not only did I enjoy that book – and many others by him – but I also learned quite a bit about writing from looking at his revised drafts with notes (available in his website) 2. It was also the first time I saw a quote that equally scared and soothed me. “You see, the great thing about madness is that it’s all in your head.” For someone struggling with mental health problems, this was a reminder that I was in control. I’d recommend it because it’s an epic tale of two sisters, magic, adventure and love.

 

 

Wren @whatwrenreads27774758
The book that changed my life was An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and the Ember series as a whole. I owe a lot to Ember, It was the book that got me back into reading after way too long of falling out of love with it. After hearing about this book, I immediately fell in love with the story and the characters, I was obsessed, and I still am. I’m also so thankful for it because it introduced me to the YA blogging and instagram community, where I have met so many amazing people. I really could never thank Sabaa Tahir enough for her amazing series that continue to inspire me.

 

 

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Beth @iambookmad
The chronicles of St Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor. Just one damn thing after another. The book is about a strong female character who becomes a kickass tea-loving time traveller and historian. I think everyone needs to read this series because it’s under appreciated and I just really need more people to fan girl over it with.

 

 

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Naima @violettebooks
Though many books have been influential in my life, Uprooted has probably had the biggest impact in my reading because it was the first fantasy novel that completely enchanted me with its magic and writing, and made me discover many more incredible fantasies. It’s a very special book and I wouldn’t be reading a lot of fantasy right now had I not read that book.

 


And that’s all for this feature! We have loved receiving these from our blogger friends and hope to do a few more of these posts in the future! Let us know if you want to be involved but for now, we hope you like this edition and find something you like!
Lots of Love,
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The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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“Bad fates do not always follow those who deserve them.”

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Angharad’s Thoughts
I have never been one for fairytale stories. I spent my childhood years reading both the Goosebumps series (seriously what happened to those books??) and any crime thriller that my mother brought home from the library and because of this, my knowledge of them is shaky. I just know majority of them take place in the woods. However, when I found out that my favourite author was writing a collection of fairytales with the ‘dark’ edge only Leigh Bardugo can create and they take place in the Grishaverse, I preordered the hell out of it. I was not disappointed.

The collection is split into six tales and each is paired with its own beautiful, amazing illustrations – both as page decorations and a final art spread at the end of each story. Despite loving them all, my favourite would have to be a tie between Ayama and the Thorn WoodWhen Water Sang Fire and my least favourite was Little Knife. Like Leigh states in her author’s note, these stories are loosely based on the fairytales that we all know but despite their dark tones, they are more realistic – the idea that the prince isn’t always the good guy and what makes a monster a monster? Another theme that I found to be very strong throughout these tales was Leigh’s feminist beliefs. This book was full of so many diverse and complex female characters and female friendships. Classic tales such as The Little Mermaid and The Nutcracker are turned on their heads and reimagined in new and spectacular ways and despite being short stories, they were still full of twists and turns and you never knew who was going to be the hero or villain of the story. What was constant, however, was the message that each story contained. You can just imagine our beloved Grisha characters reading these stories as children and growing up with their messages instilled.

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Overall, I think I never fell in love with fairytales because they never seemed real enough – even to my young mind. As we all unfortunately learn, life isn’t a fairytale, the bad guy isn’t always the bad guy and the hero isn’t always what they seem and this little collection that I will cherish for years to come just shows that. These stories cater to the people who look just that bit deeper into these stories and see the darkness that peeks from within. What if the children didn’t wander from the path and find danger but actually find solace? What if the monster was actually the victim and the prince only thought of his greed? What happened to the girls who chose their own destiny over those that were decided for them? All of these questions are answered within the pages of The Language of Thorns and they are all brought to life by Sara Kipin’s illustrations. Truly a full five stars from me.

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Becky’s Thoughts
Unlike Angharad, I have always absolutely adored fairytales (although, especially these days, I do tend to root for the villain – even when I know what’s going to happen to them). Leigh states in her author’s note that the six stories in The Language of Thorns are inspired by fairytales that are known around the world, but turned on their heads – and I have to say, I was way more invested in Leigh’s versions of these classic tales.
My favourites were also Amaya and the Thorn Wood – a story which took inspiration from Beauty and the Beast and to an extent, A Thousand and One Nights, it focused on the ideas behind what makes someone a monster; and When Water Sang Fire, an absolutely enchanting story inspired by The Little Mermaid (and also a sort of origin story for one of my favourite villains – and featuring another of my favourite villains, but I won’t say any more on that). I also really liked The Too Clever Fox and The Witch of Duva (a retelling of Hansel and Gretel) which both included clever twists that I definitely didn’t anticipate.

I would say that the underlying theme throughout all six stories is definitely the idea of what makes a villain evil, what makes them monstrous, and it was definitely all about looking beyond outward appearances to the monster hidden beneath the princely face or the seemingly caring father figure. The stories in The Language of Thorns are how fairytales should be written in a feminist world that understands that happy endings aren’t all that they seem, that the hero of the story isn’t always beautiful, and that those who are called monstrous are often not the ones you need to fear. I absolutely adored this anthology of fairytales set in one of my favourite fictional worlds, and honestly would opt to read these to my future children over the classics that they’re based around.

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What did you think of this collection?
Let us know in the comments!
Love,
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WWW Wednesday // October 11th

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme that was previously hosted by Should Be Reading and is now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

To play along you just had to answer the following three questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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I was kindly sent I Danced With Sorrow through email but its very talented author, Alicia Wright. It is a collection of short-verse poetry split into five sections that explore heartbreak, abuse and finally, liberation and is very reminiscent of Milk and Honey and Salt. Some were short and to the point and raw and others flowed lyrically and they all came together, almost like a tale. I’d definitely recommend this collection of poetry either if you are new to the genre or a frequent reader of it. It is clear that Alicia put her heart and soul into this book and I’m honoured to have been given the chance to read it.

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212652304.jpgYes, you may be wondering what decade I’m in to have Fahrenheit 451 as my next read and where have I been for the past few years but I just haven’t got around to it. However, lately my local Waterstones has had a display dedicated to this book so I just went for it. I probably don’t have to tell you guys the synopsis of this classic but it just tells the story of a fireman whose job it is to burn books as they are forbidden in this world. My idea of hell, thank you very much. I’m sure I’ll love it as much as everybody else does so I’m super excited to get into it.


What are you guys currently reading? Let me know in the comments.
Lots of love,
Angharad @
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October Recommendations

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So I have been trying to think of a blog post to welcome in the month of October that wasn’t just the same as our one last year – our recommended spooky reads. I was hit with inspiration when I came across a new podcast that fits the whole horror, October vibe and then decided to pair it with book, movie and song recommendations for you, guys. So of course these cover the whole month of October, not just Halloween specifically so I hope you see something you like!

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Autumn leaves under frozen souls,
Hungry hands turning soft and old.
My hero cried as we stood out there in the cold,
Like these autumn leaves I don’t have nothing to hold (x)
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But if I know you, I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once
The way you did once upon a dream (x)

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So we have chosen two new releases and one quite old release. However, these books all have an equal amount of witchiness, magic and creepiness. Language of Thorns has added atmospheric illustrations to pair up with their short stories. Frankenstein is a classic for a reason – despite primarily being the birth of the sci-fi genre, it also explores the world of horror and human nature. Wicked Like A Wildfire just screams Autumn with its beautiful, colourful cover and the story is equally as atmospheric and magical.

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As soon as I asked Becky to recommend an Autumnal/Halloween esque film, she basically bit my head off with her answer which was Beetlejuice. She told me to say that Winona Ryder is in it, need she say more? I chose Fantastic Mr. Fox because despite seeing this movie years ago, I still love it to this day and I distinctly remember the autumnal scenes throughout the movie. One of these movies is very cute and the other is a bit more creepy so I like to think we chose both something from both sides of the October period.

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So, you may recognise one of these Podcasts, and the other not so much. Trace is a fairly new podcast which I’d definitely recommend if you’re a fan of true crime and Buzzfeed Unsolved. It follows the case of Maria James who was stabbed to death in 1980 and to this day her killer has never been found. Welcome to Night Vale is definitely a much-loved podcast that is quite frankly bizarre, crazy and amazing. It follows Cecil, a radio broadcaster who tells us the strange events that happen in his small, fictional town of Night Vale. There’s a lot of episodes already out in the world so get started!


 

So that’s it! I hope you find something new for October and even if you don’t, have a Happy Halloween and a lovely, cosy month!
Love Angharad & Becky @
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The Red Thread by Dawn Farnham

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I was kindly sent The Red Thread in exchange for an honest review in the blog tour hosted by Monsoon. What drew me to this book was not only it being historical fiction which is a genre that I love, but the fact that it takes place in 1830’s Singapore, an era I have never read about and quite frankly, don’t have any knowledge of. However, after finishing this book, I feel as though I lived in that world, saw its people and smelled the air and visited the places. It is clear that Dawn Furnham researched this book meticulously and although sometimes I felt as though there was too much description, you can’t deny that the world just leapt from the page.
The story follows the interracial relationship between Charlotte, the brother of the head of police and Zhen, a triad member after they meet at sea. The two don’t come together until way over page 100 so this is definitely a slow-burning romance. However, when they finally do, their love, despite all its boundaries, is very clear. The book also features Farnham’s take on real life figures such as Irish architect, George Coleman who is responsible for most of Singapore’s famous structures.

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To summarise, this book isn’t just a love story, it delves into the history of Singapore and its people. Everything is detailed – the clothes they wore, the food they ate. Its beautiful prose is definitely what sets it apart and it is all brought together by the lovely but ultimately tragic love between Charlotte and Zhen. Zhen’s closest friend, Qian is also a wonderful character and his own thoughts are documented on page too. The entire book is filled with interesting and unique characters and the occasional tiger attack. I’d definitely recommend picking up this book that is the first volume in a series if you are interested in this era as you will finish with a whole lot of knowledge you didn’t have before.

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Thank you kindly to Monsoon Books for allowing me to take part in their blog tour and make sure you check out the people listed above to see what they have contributed.

Lots of Love,
Angharad @
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dawnfarnhamAuthor Information 
Dawn Farnham is the author of The Straits Quartet (The Red Thread, The Shallow Seas, The Hills of Singapore and The English Concubine), as well as numerous short stories, plays and children’s books. A former long-term resident of Singapore, Dawn now calls Perth, Australia, home. Her new book, Finding Maria is published in October 2017.
Website: www.dawnfarnham.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/farnhamauthor

WWW Wednesday // September 20th

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme that was previously hosted by Should Be Reading and is now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

To play along you just had to answer the following three questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

a-book-i-have-read212652304.jpgI read Good Me, Bad Me in one sitting whilst on a train journey, I wasn’t going to put it down for anybody. It hooked me from the very beginning, the very end line of the prologue gave me chills and I knew I was going to love it. The story follows Milly, previously known as Annie but then was when she was the daughter of her serial killing mother. This book delves into nature vs nurture and if blood really is thicker than water. It doesn’t have a main plot but exploring the mind of Milly who had an horrific childhood and has survived abuse whilst struggling with still being somewhat loyal to her mother is so interesting. It’s definitely a chilling thriller and I’d recommend it 100%.

a-book-i-have-read3.jpgI was kindly sent The Red Thread in exchange for an honest review during a blog tour (my review will be up on Friday!) Despite just hitting the 100 page mark, I’m unfortunately not enjoying it. Although the descriptions are so unique and atmospheric, the entire book is dedicated to them. However, I will say that delving into the world of 1830s Singapore is very interesting as it’s an era I’ve never read about either in fiction or otherwise. More in-depth thoughts will be in my main review!

a-book-i-have-read2.jpgDespite having so many good books in my current TBR, I’m most excited for The Girl with the Red Balloon and have been since it was announced. It just sounds perfect for me, historical fiction mixed with fantasy and magic elements. It sounds both heartbreaking and beautiful and I’m so excited to get into it. I also believe it features both a Romani character and a Jewish-American character so it gets extra points for being diverse. Despite not reading it yet, I’ve heard raving reviews from bloggers I trust so definitely go and check it out if you haven’t already!


 

What are you guys currently reading? Let me know in the comments.
Lots of love,
Angharad @
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