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Stepsister | Review

Title: Stepsister

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Dates read: 01 Apr 19 – 03 Apr 19

Publication date: 15 May 2019

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre/Hot Key Books

Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Retelling

Description:

‘In an ancient city by the sea, three sisters – a maiden, a mother, and a crone – are drawing maps by candlelight. Sombre, with piercing grey eyes, they are the three Fates, and every map is a human life . . .’

Stepsister takes up where Cinderella’s tale ends. We meet Isabelle, the younger of Cinderella’s two stepsisters. Ella is considered beautiful; stepsister Isabelle is not. Isabelle is fearless, brave, and strong-willed. She fences better than any boy, and takes her stallion over jumps that grown men fear to attempt. It doesn’t matter, though; these qualities are not valued in a girl. Others have determined what is beautiful, and Isabelle does not fit their definition. Isabelle must face down the demons that drove her cruel treatment of Ella, challenge her own fate and maybe even redefine the very notion of beauty . . .

Cinderella is about a girl who was bullied; Stepsister is about the bully. We all root for the victims, we want to see them triumph. But what about the bullies? Is there hope for them? Can a mean girl change? Can she find her own happily ever after?

*I received an eARC of this book courtesy of Bonnier Zaffre/Hot Key Books and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “Stepsister | Review”

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Book Riot Read Harder | 2019 Challenge

Here we are again folks! I know that I said I wasn’t going to do this year’s challenge, but I have changed my mind and decided that I wanted to give it a go. I have been reading a lot more diversely naturally anyway, so I thought I would see how I was doing and see if I could get close to completing this year’s list! I do love a good reading challenge, and this one looks really good in my reading journal too, so it was too much to resist! Continue reading “Book Riot Read Harder | 2019 Challenge”

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The Power | Review

Title: The Power

Author: Naomi Alderman

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 15 Dec 18 – 26 Jan 19

Publication date: 27 Oct 2016

Publisher: Viking

Genre(s): Dystopian

Description:

All over the world women are discovering they have the power.
With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death.
Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control.

The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end? Continue reading “The Power | Review”

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New Years Resolutions | 1st Quarter Check-In

It’s broken record time my friends, but, can you believe that we are already a quarter of the way through 2019. Winter is starting to look like it’s behind us, the clocks have changed, and spring/summer clothing is definitely in the shops! For the past couple of years, I have made a resolutions list, and then checked back semi-regularly to hold myself accountable and actually think about things to focus my time on. I feel like the first quarter of 2019 has been very mixed, in many ways, so it will be nice to think about what I have accomplished and look forward with focus, determination, and quantifiable motivations.

My 2019 Resolutions list is once again made up of a mixed bag of motivations that were supposed to be carrying me through 2019 in a positive and healthy way. I know that I haven’t had these in the front of my mind this year for a whole host of reasons, but also know that if they were, I would probably be making bigger strides than I am this year.

My list is split up into sections, just like it was on my original 2019 Resolutions list. I’ve kept it like this to see if there are any areas I’m doing better or worse in, and to allow me to look back at different parts of my life separate from the others. I’m also operating a colour scheme this year too, same as I did last year, because it seemed to work really well!

Completed

On Track

Failing

Amended

Abandoned Continue reading “New Years Resolutions | 1st Quarter Check-In”

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Empress of all Seasons | Review

Title: Empress of all Seasons

Author: Emiko Jean

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 08 Mar 19 – 19 Mar 19

Publication date: 08 Nov 2018

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre(s): YA, Fantasy

Description:

In a deadly tournament to become empress, any may enter but only one will survive, and one competitor doesn’t just plan to win, she’s going to steal the Emperor’s fortune. . .

In each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, and you can marry the prince. All are eligible to compete – all except yokai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yokai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yokai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku. Continue reading “Empress of all Seasons | Review”

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March | Wrap Up

March has been a weird month. It has felt long, but also like it has gone quickly. The weather has most definitely taken a turn for the better, and it is definitely warmer now than it was to start with. It’s Mother’s Day in the UK today, and it’s officially spring, and the clocks went forward overnight so we can all feel tired after losing an extra hour in bed! It’s been weird reading wise because a lot is scheduled to happen in April so the month has felt like a long countdown to April with not much else. I feel like I have barely read anything because some of the books that I was reading were long, and have fallen behind with my Goodreads target – something I really don’t like!! We’re making big house related decisions and suddenly life seems a lot more adult and serious, and that I haven’t read that much. I have, however, discovered Homeland which is a brilliant show that Emma and I are devouring quicker than we probably should but still not as fast as I would like. Now as I think about it, that’s probably not helping the reading progress?! I am also really behind on reviews. I was doing so well and suddenly I am really behind and need to think about catching up!

In March, I read 7 books, which is 3488 pages, and all of which were new reads to me.

I read 7 fiction books, a mix of childrens, YA and Adult Fantasy and dystopian.

By Format, I read 1 Audiobook, 4 Paperbacks, 1 graphic novel/illustrated and 1 Hardback.

The average rating was 3.35/5 Stars for all of the books that I read in March

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Camp NaNoWriMo | Sign Up

It’s Spring, the days are getting longer and brighter, and the greenery is coming back. It’s the time for new things, exciting prospects, and for Spring cleaning – sounds to me like the perfect time of year to start writing! The guys at NaNoWriMo think the same, and created Camp NaNoWriMo. I have taken part in NaNoWriMo in November a couple of times – I actually managed to ‘win naNo’ in November – so I am looking forward to taking part! Continue reading “Camp NaNoWriMo | Sign Up”