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Strictly Saturdays | Week One

Strictly’s back guys and I am so excited!! The launch show was a couple of weeks ago and probably better than ever. The judges dances, Kylie performed, and the celebrities met their pro dancers. Autumn has most definitely arrived! I am looking forward to this year, my favourite dancers finally have partners, and the new judge Motsi is actual fire, it’s going to be epic!

Strictly Saturdays is a weekly review of Strictly Come Dancing. Expect biased reviews, uneducated dancing critique, and sass. Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays | Week One”

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A Chain Across The Dawn | Review

Title:The Stars Now Unclaimed

Author: Drew Williams

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 20 Aug 19 – 27 Aug 19

Publication date: 08 Aug 2019

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Opera

Description:

It’s been three years since Esa left her backwater planet to join the ranks of the Justified. Together, she and fellow agent Jane Kamali have been traveling across the known universe, searching for children who share Esa’s supernatural gifts.

On a visit to a particularly remote planet, they learn that they’re not the only ones searching for gifted children. They find themselves on the tail of a mysterious being with impossible powers who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the very children that Esa and Jane are trying to save.

With their latest recruit in tow—a young Wulf boy named Sho—Esa and Jane must track their strange foe across the galaxy in search of answers. But the more they learn, the clearer it becomes—their enemy may be harder to defeat than they ever could have imagined.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Dark Room Tours and Simon and Schuster UK as part of their The Chain Across The Dawn Bookstagram/Blog Tour*

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The Stars Now Unclaimed | Review

Title:The Stars Now Unclaimed

Author: Drew Williams

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Dates read: 09 Apr 19 – 12 Apr 19

Publication date: 23 Aug 2018

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Opera

Description:

A century ago, a mysterious pulse of energy spread across the universe. Meant to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity, it instead destroyed technology indiscriminately, leaving some worlds untouched and throwing others into total chaos.

The Justified, a mysterious group of super-soldiers, have spent a hundred years trying to find a way to restore order to the universe. Their greatest asset is the feared mercenary Kamali, who travels from planet to planet searching for gifted young people and bringing them to the secret world she calls home. Kamali hopes that those she rescues will be able to find a way to reverse the damage the pulse wreaked, and ensure that it never returns.

But Kamali isn’t the only person looking for answers to unimaginable questions. And when her mission to rescue a grumpy teenaged girl named Esa goes off the rails, Kamali suddenly finds herself smack in the centre of an intergalactic war… that she started.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Dark Room Tours and Simon and Schuster UK as part of their The Chain Across The Dawn Bookstagram/Blog Tour*

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Review

Title: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 04 Aug 19 – 14 Aug 19

Publication date: 23 Jul 2019

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology

Description:

The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

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Moon Over Soho | Review

Title: Moon Over Soho

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 01 Apr 19 – 04 Apr 19

Publication date: 21 Apr 2011

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre(s): Fantasy, Mystery, Crime

Description:

The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

Body and soul. They’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace—one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard “Lord” Grant—otherwise known as Peter’s dear old dad.

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July | Wrap Up

Guys, I have fought the slump hard this year but in July there were times where the slump was too much to take and I succumbed. I am using this excuse for this abysmally late wrap! You’ll probably find it hard to believe when you see my reading stats below, but I really struggled through this month, and if it wasn’t for The Reading Rush in the last week of the month, I would have fallen down a reading slump hole that would have been difficult to escape. I know that it was a mixture of things, tiredness in the heat, coming off a holiday and going away the week after, Dad’s 60th birthday and the celebrations that go with it, and participating in a readathon that wasn’t conducive to me reading a lot (The Book Junkie Trials), but its been a difficult reading month that I am glad to see the back of (in a reading sense only, the memories have been awesome!).

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The Silver Chair | Review

Title:The Silver Chair

Author: C S Lewis

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 09 Apr 19 – 12 Apr 19

Publication date: 15 Sep 1952

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Children’s, Classic, Fantasy

Description:

NARNIA…where owls are wise, where some of the giants like to snack on humans, where a prince is put under an evil spell…and where the adventure begins.

Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor…or does it? Once again Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face to face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.

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