Holly & Hazel – Review

 

 

 


Title: Hazel and Holly

Author: 
Sara C. Snider
Publisher: 
Double Beast Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Release Date: May 16 2019
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So I have a confession, I actually started reading this quite some time ago but I had so much going on with work I stopped and suddenly picked it back up. I was instantly hooked on the book once again and binged the last 2/3’s quite quickly.

Here is the synopsis pulled from Netgalley:

Nestled within an enchanted forest is the Grove, a community where witches and warlocks practice natural magic, brew mystical potions, and lock their cellars against beer thieving gnomes. Life is quiet and uneventful. Well, except when Hazel’s long-lost father uses necromancy to trap her dead mother’s soul.

That simply won’t do. Necromancy is forbidden in the Grove, and for good reason too. Nobody wants filthy corpses shambling around, mussing up one’s garden. Hazel is determined to find her father and undo his treachery.

But despite Hazel’s plans of becoming a one-woman army, she can’t do everything alone. It’s not until wild sister Holly convinces her to leave the house for once and go to a party that Hazel finds a pair of unlikely allies in two bickering warlock brothers.

Together, the four of them go on a journey that takes them out of the Grove and into a world where necromancy reigns and the dead won’t respectfully stay in the grave. Hazel will do whatever it takes to stop her father and save her mother’s soul. Even if it means turning to necromancy. Even if it means losing her friends. Because they would never help a necromancer. Would they?

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What I thought – Books I Read in March

This month I read 3 books (I’ve almost finished my 4th one but I will be doing a separate review for that)


Sadie

This took me a while to get into and I did almost put it down and begin reading something else, then a friend told me to try the audiobook. Again I wasn’t feeling it and the narration felt a bit cheesy at times, but suddenly something clicked and I ended up really enjoying it. It is very clever and is laid out as a podcast within a book, so as an audiobook it works really well. It starts quite sad and the tone get progressively darker, which as you know I really enjoy. However it does deal with death of children and can be very difficult to listen too / read throughout.

The Alchemist

I was recommended this by SOOOOOO many people, so when I read it and didn’t like it I felt bad. I don’t know, I understand it’s a different take on a self-help book however I couldn’t distance myself from what it really was. It felt like it was preaching to me and also felt very misleading and just not something I could get into. I didn’t get anything from this – I didn’t get my spiritual awakening it kept talking about and I don’t think I will be recommending this to anyone any time soon.

Snot Girl #13

Snotgirl is back with another amazing comic and I loved it! It was such a good way to bring the story back and also made me howl with laughter. I love Snotgirl because it is a comic based on this era of influencers and does it in such a good way. If you’re interested in me writing up a proper review of the series so far then let me know!

What did you read in March?

-Amy x

What I Thought – Reads of Nov/Dec

Audition 

Audition was a bit of a miss to begin with and then huge hit by the end. I really enjoy Murakami books because they’re easy and quite short reads but with a lot going on. The book started quite slow and to be honest I wasn’t quite sure where it was going to end up, however it did end with a huge (quite disturbing) bang and I loved it. I would recommend this to people who enjoy a more gory intense read, as I know Murakami books aren’t for everybody.

Sex Criminals #22-25 

(I started reading this in October, but read the majority in November)
I caught up with the latest volume of Sex Criminals and I enjoyed them. I was quite let down by the last 4-6 comics and felt like the story was becoming a little flat, but this volume really brought it back to it’s peak and I fell back in love with the characters. I would advise not to read this in public as it’s very graphic, unless you don’t mind people on public transport looking over your shoulder and seeing fully drawn out bondage / sex scenes…

SEX: The Summer of Hard

I picked this up because it went down in price on Comixology and was recommended to me because I read Sex Criminals. I didn’t really get on with this, I found the story confusing, it kept flitting backwards and forwards into present story and backstory. There were SO many characters introduced, all of which have a pretty intense past and I just didn’t find myself engaging with them at all. However, I think if the next volume goes down in price I may pick it up to see if it helps shed some light on what is actually going on.

Strange Weather In Tokyo

I loved, loved, LOVED this book. It has such a charm and beauty within it’s writing that I was engrossed and ended up reading it over the course of one day. I fell in love with both of the main characters, I laughed and I SOBBED at the end. This is such a stunning slice of life book which deals with some pretty hard hitting topics – I highly recommend you read this as you won’t be disappointed.

Little Darlings

I did really enjoy this book and I did a full review over here – please note that this review contains spoilers.

Snotgirl #12

Ooft, Snotgirl once again did not let me down, this episode was another great one! As usual the comic was left on a cliff-hanger (this is something the writer does very well), I don’t think this was the best one I’ve read to date but introduces a new character who you’re clearly either going to love or absolutely despise and it looks like she is about to mix up the plot quite a bit!

I’ll see you next month with my January reads!

-Amy x

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Review | Little Darlings By Melanie Golding

I love reading thriller / mystery books, so when I saw that Little Darlings was highly rated on NetGalley I had to request it, especially after reading the synopsis.

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Taken from NetGalley:

“Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley—to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking—and rechecking—your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.”

This review will have spoilers so please only read on if you don’t mind them. Please click read more for my review 🙂

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Kindle All New Paperwhite!

I had a 6 year old Kindle that was still in mint condition, however the fact I didn’t have a back-light was slowly getting to me – I like to read at night and I find that having a lamp on makes it harder to relax and read in bed. I also like to read in the bath lit up by candlelight, so unless I read on my phone there was no option there.

I was not tempted to upgrade my Kindle until I found out the All New Paperwhite was waterproof AND back-lit, so basically I can use it in the bath without worrying about the likeliness of me dropping it.

IMG_0544[1]My first Kindle that arrived was faulty – it had quite a dark yellow patch on the bottom left hand side of the screen, at first I thought maybe it was the LEDs but I soon realised it was actually faulty. Amazon were great and sorted me out a replacement for the next working day and have given me until December to send back my faulty one free of charge with their own postage stamp.

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I’m so happy with my Kindle, I love books and buy so many physical ones but over the years I’ve completely run out of space and try just to hang onto the books that mean something special to me. I also love reading laying down in bed and some hefty hardback books would take the joy out of being comfortable and reading. I’ve been using my Kindle for a week now and I love it, the backlight is very natural so it’s not as harsh on the eyes as looking at a mobile phone for instance – it’s also just a tiny bit heavier than my previous older Kindle, but it’s still very light considering.

It feels much quicker at touch responses than my older Kindle and has Audible built in for people who own bluetooth headphones (which I do luckily), so you can also listen to your audio books through your Kindle now too. I love this feature as I don’t like my Audio books taking up space on my phone and now I have everything in one place.

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As you can see below the Kindle is a variation of backlight modes, here is it with the light off, at 12 and then 24. I find that using it bed I only need the backlight on around 8 for it to be bright enough and not to harsh on my eyes!


Overall I’m very pleased with it, it performs lovely, it’s lightweight and very easy to use. I’m glad I finally took the plunge to upgrade to a newer model – oh and I bought it with the pay monthly scheme from Amazon where you pay a small amount for 5 months! Super handy if you fancy a treat but cannot afford to buy it outright.

Do you use a Kindle to read? Let me know your thoughts on yours! Or if you have any specific questions about the All New Kindle Paperwhite leave me a comment below.

-Amy x

 

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