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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Ever Alice – Review

 

Title: Ever Alice
Author: 
H.J Ramsay
Publisher: 
Red Rogue Press
Genre: Fantasy, Teens & YA, Sci-Fi
Release Date: August 1st 2019
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If you know me personally you would know that Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favourite books,  I grew up watching the Disney version of the film over and over again. In fact I know my parents have a VHS of me somewhere singing ‘All the Flowers’ proudly in the front room for the whole family.

When I saw that Ever Alice was available on Netgalley to review I jumped at the chance,  it sounded like a mixture of the world I once knew as a child mixed with the harsh realities of mental health. By now if you’ve been reading my blog you will know that I love a good dark Fantasy fiction, especially tales with a twist.

Here is the synopsis pulled from Netgalley:

Alice’s stories of Wonderland did more than raise a few eyebrows—it landed her in an asylum. Now at 15 years of age, she’s willing to do anything to leave, which includes agreeing to an experimental procedure. When Alice decides at the last minute not to go through with it, she escapes with the White Rabbit to Wonderland and trades one mad house for another: the court of the Queen of Hearts. Only this time, she is under orders to take out the Queen. When love, scandal, and intrigue begin to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block.

I have now finished reading Ever Alice and my review is below, there will be a few spoilers so be warned.

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Finale – Review


 

Title: Finale
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 9th May 2019
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The Caraval series has had me gripped ever since I sat down to read the first book, I was absorbed and fell in love with the fantastical world that was presented to me. I also fancy the pants off of Dante, but that’s a tale for another day…

I can say now that Finale did not disappoint. From the first page I was just as hooked as I was when I read both Caraval and Legendary, I actually managed to read it in just two sittings.

There will be light spoilers in this review, so please stop reading now if you want to avoid those. I will try and talk about the book as much as possible without revealing too much.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads:

“Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything…”

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What I thought – Books I read in February

This month I read two books only, I’ve been doing a lot of stitching which I will share with you in a seperate post, however I loved both!

Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Audio book

The first book I read was the audio book version of Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and I absolutely loved it. Now, I tried the book version of this a few months ago and I struggled to get into it, however audible had a buy one get one free offer and this was reviewed so highly I thought I’d give it a shot. The narrator for this book was Jot Davies and he was incredible, I actually think I came away from this thinking it was my favourite audio book I’ve listened to so far. Jot’s voices for individual characters were convincing and not cringe-worthy (we’ve all listened to an audio book when that happens…), I genuinely felt so invested into the book. This was a 17 hour long audio book which I listened to in HUGE chunks because I was so in love with it. I always listen to my audio book at speed x1.25 and sometimes this can distort the voice, however because Jot reads the book quite slow it sounded absolutely fine – this can sometimes be a make or break for some people!

If you are someone who was not feeling the book I highly recommend the audio book as I loved it, there were twists and turns around every corner, each character was developed so well that when you switched between them you felt as though you knew them. I love dark fiction and although this may not have been as dark as something like The Corset (which I read previously) I still really loved the vibe of Evelyn Hardcastle. The only way to describe it is like a real life game of Cluedo, that I would love to play.

 

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired – Preview

The second book I read was one I received through Netgalley, What Makes Girls Sick and Tired.  I put together a few words and popped it up on Goodreads so I’ll paste those below.

A short but straight to the point read – as a woman myself I can completely relate to almost all of the examples of things included in this book. It’s frustrating that we have to keep reminding people of simple things but this book does it in a very blunt way which I really liked.

The illustration was presented nicely and this would be a good book to have within schools to educate both young boys and and girls.

I think this is a really powerful and important read for everyone and if you get a chance to give it a quick sit-down I recommend it, some of the stats featured in the book are also a fascinating reality check.

I am aiming to read around 4 book in March – including a few graphic novels on top which I received for my birthday. Wish me luck and see you all soon!

-Amy x

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My Son, The Killer – Review

I have been reading this on and off since around October, but I finally sat down and finished it this week and thought I would put together a review for you. (Just so you’re aware I received an ebook version via Netgalley.)

I really wanted to read this because as most of you know I love True Crime and this was a story I’ve read about and listened to podcasts about, if you are not aware this book is based on Luka Magnotta the Ice Pick Killer who appeared in the video ‘1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick’. I will pop the description below and begin my review after that. This book is available to buy now.

Description taken from NetGalley:

“In 2012, the Canadian Press ignited a firestorm of criticism by naming killer Luka Magnotta as its “Newsmaker Of The Year.” But while the recognition was questionable for its sensitivity, there’s no doubt that few people had captured the public’s attention like the young murderer and internet sensation. A male escort and sometimes model, Magnotta had earned his notoriety by videotaping himself stabbing Chinese student Lin Jun to death with an ice pick and dismembering the body, before posting the video online. After mailing Jun’s hands and feet to elementary schools, he then led Interpol on a manhunt that ended when he was arrested at an Internet café in Berlin where he was reading news stories about himself. An international celebrity in a macabre sort of way, with a legion of fans, Magnotta was brought back to Canada, convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to prison. During this time, Anna Yourkin, his estranged mother, troubled by Magnotta’s abused childhood and her role in that, reconnected with her killer son. Despite his internet fame, Magnotta never agreed to any in-depth interviews. Now Magnotta has given award-winning journalist and author, Brian Whitney (RAW DEAL, THE SHAWCROSS LETTERS) an exclusive look inside the mind of this “social media” killer. Joining Whitney to tell this unique true crime story is Anna Yourkin. The book also contains exclusive photos provided by Yourkin.”

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What I Thought – Reads of January

In January I did not read a lot and this was down to many things, work was very busy for me, also Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3 launched too! So I’ve actually spent a bit more time playing games than reading, which in the light of the things isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sometimes it’s nice to switch things up.

The Corset – Audiobook

THIS WAS SO GOOD! Oh my god, I went into this pretty blind – I’d had it recommended to me by a friend who hadn’t actually read it but people had been telling her how good it was. Now I must say this book was so much darker than I thought it was going to be and the ending has a pretty big twist (that I did kind of figure out but it still really got me even at the reveal), as you all know I love dark books so this was a very pleasant surprise.

I did actually begin reading the book version of this and in the end I found I couldn’t quite get into it, so one month I decided to spend my audible credit on this as the reviews were positive. I’m so glad I did because it changed my perception of the book completely – I throughly enjoyed this audio book and highly recommend picking it up if you have a spare credit and are looking for a new novel with a dark undertone.

My Son, The Killer – Preview

I love true crime and I requested this the second I could! However I haven’t finished this yet, but I read a good chunk in January (it is an early copy from NetGalley) and so far I’m finding it okay. It is split into two perspectives, the Mother (Anna Yourkin) of Luka Magnotta (the infamous Ice Pick killer) and Brian Whitney who comes into contact with Luka quite a few times to ask him his accounts and more about his upbringing.

I am a good half way through the book and so far I’m finding it okay, but not really loving how much is about his past rather than what he actually did. I think it’s almost sympathising with him and upsets me more than it’s not about putting down the person who murdered someone for ‘fame’. However I’m going to stick with it and expect a full review from me in Feb! 🙂

So these are the two books I have tucked into during January, what have you been reading?

-Amy x

 

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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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