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Book Review: The Novice by Taran Matharu

  * I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: The Novice Author: Taran Matharu Publisher: Hodder Children's Books Source: NetGalley ( Bookshop UK |  Hive |  Goodreads  |  Storygraph ) Book Summary: When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in h

Book Review: Jack Of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen

  * I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: Jack Of Hearts (and Other Parts) Author: L.C. Rosen  Publisher: Penguin Source: NetGalley  ( Bookshop UK |  Hive |  Goodreads |  Storygraph ) Book Summary: Jack Rothman is seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys - sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine, but who cares? Like Jack always says, 'it could be worse.' And then it is. After Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he's been receiving take a turn for the creepy. Jack's secret admirer loves him, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. And if Jack won't curb his sexuality voluntarily, they'll force him. As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous... Book Review: I had heard so much about Jack of Hear

Six Asian Book Recommendations

With the violence against Asian American becoming more apparent and hate crimes up here in the UK, it right to discuss books that are by Asian authors. As the month closes, it is also good to note that it is AAPI Heritage Month as well. While researching for this post, I realised how little I had read by Asian authors in general and I need to continue reading books by Asian authors from a variety of different places. If you would like to know more about issues regarding Anti-Asian violence please do so here . So let's get to the list... When I Grow Up I Want To Be A List Of Impossibles by Chen Chen  I discovered Chen Chen by watching uncarley's YouTube channel and after reading his poem, Summer, I knew I had to read his collection. It was really raw and impactful and there were so many poems that I thought were well written and I connected too. Many of them discuss the intersections of being Chinese and gay and how he navigates life which I enjoyed. Night Sky With Exit Wounds

Finding Balance

As I have been doing a lot to get a new job recently, from writing applications to doing research on companies. I have seen endless CVs and Cover Letter recently to attending interviews and actually still going to my job, my life has been a little out of wack. From the blog post title, I've lost my mojo. I am kind of out of balance. It feels like all of the things that I love are going under the radar. It is not part of my daily life anymore, which is making me disappointed In my life. Even as I am writing this I am on my week off, and the same is still happening. It's a little better but I know there is still so much I want to do/ I have tried so hard to keep everything together but something always goes wrong. As I try to keep myself well, reading all the books I can, blogging, I can feel all the plates spinning.  And it feels like at any moment everything is going to fall.  I think that it already has and I am trying to pick up the pieces.  It's the analogy of you can ha

Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

  * I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: The Silent Patient Author: Alex  Michaelides Publisher: Orion Source: Netgalley ( Bookshop UK |  Hive |  Goodreads  |  Storygraph ) Book Summary: Only she knows what happened. Only I can make her speak. I love him so totally, completely, sometimes it threatens to overwhelm me. Sometimes I think- No. I won't write about that. ALICIA Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel or causing him pain. Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word. THEO Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia's silence goes far deeper than he first th

Book Review: We Were Wolves by Jason Cockcroft

   * I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: We Were Wolves Author: Jason Cockcroft Publisher: Andersen Press Source: Kaleidoscopic Tours ( Bookshop UK |  Hive |  Goodreads  |  Storygraph ) Book Summary: 'A truly original and affecting piece of work. Unsettling but beautiful, sparse but packed with heart, it’s a real invasion of the senses'  Phil Earle 'Yearning regret punctuated by glimpses of real companionship and pure dread. What a joy to see Jason’s pictures matched by such an unsentimental but tender story'  Geraldine McCaughrean Boy lives in a caravan on his own in the woods. His dad, John, is in prison and promises to get out soon. All the boy needs to do is survive alone for a little while longer. But dark forces are circling - like the dangerous man in the Range Rover, who is looking for his stolen money. And then there are the ancient forces that have lain asle

Book Review: The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

   * I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: The Truth About Keeping Secrets Author: Savannah Brown  Publisher: Pe nguin Random House Source: NetGalley ( Bookshop UK |  Hive |  Goodreads  |  Storygraph ) Book Summary: Sydney's dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town. He is also unexpectedly dead. Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad-a a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples' secrets-crashed alone, with no explanation? And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town's golden child, at his funeral? As the two girls grow closer in the wake of the accident, it's clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship. But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know? THE TRUTH ABOUT KEEPING SECRETS is a page-turning, voice led, high school thriller. Book Review: I have loved S

TBR Challenge?

I feel like me and TBRs are a losing battle. We all know what happens. We have a lot of the books we want to read in a month. The most anticipated. The ones that we want to read. The end of the month rolls around and we haven't read them all. For the history of the blog, l have done so many like this. l have been too ambitious or I want to read something else so those books remain unread. I would love to do a reaction because there are books I put on my TBR put to five years ago and I still haven't read them! l have to admit that in daily life this year, the same thing has happened. I don't make TBRs for the blog but I like to have a pile of books that I want to read on my nightstand and so many of them are just sitting there. Unread and it is making me feel so bad.  I know that this is because I haven't been reading as much as I like this year, especially in the last month or so. I use to have a lot more free time when l was at university. Now it just seems like my lif