Book Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green (spoiler-free)

Thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for providing me a review copy of The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green! All thoughts and opinion in this review are of my own.

Synopsis:

A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

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Book Review: Allied by Amy Tintera (spoiler-free)

Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me a review copy of Allied by Amy Tintera – which is one of my most anticipated release of 2018 and also the conclusion of a trilogy! All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

Synopsis:

Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead.

The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

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Blog Tour: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (spoiler-free)

“The last person who called me by my true name was my mother, with her dying breath.”

OKaaaay, about damn time i whip out this review so today I’ll be reviewing Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian! A review copy was provided by Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review. (To my AU/NZ pals: I’ve got a giveaway for a copy of this book on my IG (@bibliomeds)! Do check it out!)

Let’s get into it!

*Trigger warnings*: racism, torture, bullying, discussion of rape, sexual assault (unwanted touching) death, violence, slavery, mental/emotional and physical abuse.

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32505753My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Publication Date: 24 April  2018
Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Firstly, I want to say that I was SUPER DUPER excited to read this one, it sounds so epic and promising, and if you don’t know already – I’m all about intriguing plots with smart heroines, rebellions that can go wrong in any second, thrilling romance with, of course, some unexpected betrayals and ass-kicking in between. Did Sebastian’s debut deliver to my hype? Let’s dig a little deeper and you shall find out.

Ash Princess, you guessed it, is actually a girl named Theodosia, or Theo. Theo’s mother was once the Queen of her family’s kingdom, before she was brutally murdered (in front of Theo) by the foreign army that invaded her country. And instead of killing Theo on the spot, the Kaiser (the “ruler” of the foreign nation), decided to keep her alive and use her as a reminder to her people that they are nothing but slaves to the Kaiser. So, ever since the age of 6, Theo suffered tremendously from the brutal punishments inflicted by the Kaiser.

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Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (spoiler-free)

Before I start my review I want to say something: this is the very first time that I read Holly Black’s work (the author is also known to be the Queen of Faerie). It’s a super hyped-up book over on Bookstagram – which is one of the many reasons I’ve been so excited for this book! Thank you Allen and Unwin for sending me a review copy!

Synopsis:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Top 13 Reads of 2017!

Hello guys how have you been? It’s been ages since I last posted – let’s just say that things got so hectic over the last month! Anyways – in this post, I’ll be sharing with you my top 13 reads of 2017! Let’s get started!

13) Frostblood

I was sent this delightful novel penned by debut author Elly Blake at the beginning of the year and it truly is a gem of a kind! Frostblood is a treasure box of gorgeous proses, elemental powers, internal kingdom turmoils and a lush romance. The writing is beautiful and intricate and it got me out of a long slump! Read my full review of Frostblood on here.

12) Avenged

The second instalment of the Ruined series is absolutely brilliant! Tintera managed to keep the striking momentum from book 1 right into book 2! Let’s just say shit went down badly in this one – and it’s absolutely action packed! I also love the development of each character! See my full review of Avenged here.

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Book Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (spoiler-free)

32055872A massive thank you to the team at Harper Collins for sending me a review copy of Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff! Even since I finished Nevernight a few months ago – I desperately wanted to get my hands on Godsgrave asap, and let me tell you that this sequel was SO WORTH THE WAIT!!!!

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Publication Date: 5 Sep 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult/ Adult, Romance
To buy: Book Depository , Booktopia, Angus & Robertson

“The Heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.”

After dwelling/drowning/dying in my pool of overwhelming emotions for nearly a week plus, I finally hauled myself up from said sloppy mess with the hopes to somehow conjure a somewhat coherent review that may or may not involve actual blood and tears. But then again, I’ve been staring at a blank page for more than an hour and I’ve got nothin’ written – so gentlefriends – what you’re about to read now took bloody effort to write just FYI, and you’re welcome.

For those of you who haven’t read Nevernight well, you should, this review will very likely make zero sense to you and will be filled with minor spoilers from the first book. So if you haven’t read it, go read the first one I beg you and come back to this review after you’re done. If you have indeed read book 1 but didn’t end up enjoying it, or if you’re just here for the review plus minor spoilers plus whatever else you’re here for, help yourself and read on to find out more about book 2!

Now the boring shit is out of the way, time for the actual review.

“In every breath, hope abides.”

At the beginning chapter, we’re blessed by Jay Kristoff’s magnificent introduction to the distinct smell of corpses, like starting from the very first sentence, a classic Kristoff move. And then we’re met by a slave trafficking crew led by a Dweymeri Woman named Teardrinker, and our heroine Mia Epic Corvere – aka destroyer of empires, Blade of Our Lady Blessed Murder, girl with a story to tell, pal of a non-cat and a non-wolf – swoooshed into our story with this crazy plan of hers which will be unfolded as the book continues. Let’s just say the book started with a real fucking bang, sounds so cliche, but hey this book is anything but cliche.

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Book Review: Everless by Sara Holland (spoiler-free)

32320661Today I present to you a spoiler-free review of one of the best books I’ve read this year – Everless by Sara Holland! Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The review is completely my own view of the book.

Synopsis:

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

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Book Review: Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond (spoiler-free)

34145337Today I’ll be reviewing Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Let’s get on with it:

Synopsis:

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the Lost Colony—and the 114 colonists who vanished without a trace more than four hundred years ago—still haunts the town. But that’s just a story told for the tourists.

When 114 people suddenly disappear from the island in present day, it seems history is repeating itself—and an unlikely pair of seventeen-year-olds might be the only hope of bringing the missing back. Miranda Blackwood, a member of one of island’s most infamous families, and Grant Rawling, the sherrif’s son, who has demons and secrets of his own, find themselves at the center of the mystery.

As the unlikely pair works to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony, they must dodge everyone from the authorities to long-dead alchemists as they race against time to save their family and friends before they too are gone for good.

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Mini Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (spoiler-free)

[Hey there, this is an informal mini review that I decided to post on here (not that my formal reviews are entire formal but you get what I mean). This review is more like a truckload of feelings I have for this book put together coherently with the best of my ability. So bear with me.]

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Book Tag

Saw this awesome tag on Mae’s blog – I decided to give it a go because it seems so much fun! I tag all of you that wants to do this tag! Let’s go!

1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

Oooh, this is a hard one! I’ll go with Brigid Kemmerer’s Letters to the Lost!!!! I’ve been talking non-stop to all my bookish and non-bookish friends and oh my – I highly recommend it to y’all! My spoiler-free review can be viewed on here.

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2. YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL OF 2017

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I mean the book gave me so many feels and actual heartache. I would have written a review but nah I couldn’t do it because it’ll just be me banging the keyboard incoherently with the caps lock on (the whole time).

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3. A NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT WANT TO

Wintersong, probably. People won’t stop talking about it – so I’ll have to read it and see for myself hehe!

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