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Book review: The Library by Bella Osborne

Review in 10-ish words: Wholesome, easy read. Would recommend. Synopsis: Maggie and Tom make an odd pair in Compton Mallow- Tom is about to sit his GCSE’s and Maggie is in her seventies and lives alone. The local library brings them together, sparking their unlikely friendship and also reminding each of them that some things… Continue reading Book review: The Library by Bella Osborne

Book review, Magical realism

Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur

Review in 10ish words: Haunting, raw and chaotic- That is how I would describe this metaphysical fairy tale Synopsis Elsa Park is an experimental Physicist- spending her days between Antarctica and Sweden, and avoiding the family and life she has in America. Her father is scary and violent, her brother resentful and lovable and her… Continue reading Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur

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Audiobooks? Take them? Leave them? Kill them?

I have triedddddddd, ok? I. have. tried. And by tried, I mean I have partially listened to three different audiobooks with no will to continue them... Don't get me wrong- I 100% agree audiobook reading is READING. I hate seeing people online discredit audiobooks as "fake books." That's not my argument. Here are the reasons… Continue reading Audiobooks? Take them? Leave them? Kill them?

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Book review: Siren’s Song by Michelle Manus

Review in roughly 10 words: Creative and unique urban fantasy that explores love, belonging and having your own back. Finished in a day and a half. Synopsis:Siren’s Song follows Siren, a woman who is haunted by her past and has been on the run since she was sixteen. She is stalked by nightmarish creatures. Leaping… Continue reading Book review: Siren’s Song by Michelle Manus

Book review, romance

Book review: Charity’s Torment by Ann-Marie Davis

Review in ten words: Finished in two days. Quick, brutal and addictive. Bella. 3/5 How to consume: With an icy cold gin and apple juice, of course. But if that doesn't do it for you just grab something sweet and cozy on in. Synopsis: After her brother goes missing, Charity must rely on her position… Continue reading Book review: Charity’s Torment by Ann-Marie Davis

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A trip to Ulsan Metropolitan Library

I braved the city today and finally visited the library- Something I had been wanting to do for weeks but that I had been avoiding.I think I was worried I would be disappointed, maybe? I was very wrong! I had been worried there wouldn't be much of a range of books written in English. I… Continue reading A trip to Ulsan Metropolitan Library

Book review, fantasy, young adult

Review; Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (spoiler free)

Review in 10ish words: I get it now. Immaculate writing and a new take on fantasy worldbuilding. 4/5How to consume: Something to warm your chest. Something brutal. Heck, the Russian vibes from Shadow and Bone make me want to say Mishka vodka for a laugh- but get your hands on a half decent vodka you… Continue reading Review; Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (spoiler free)

Book review, fantasy

Book review: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Review in 10 words: I missed the point of this. Will not read third book. 2/5How to consume: It's Winter and I feel like this story warrants a hot toddy. Go heavy on the honey. It's in the dang title after all. Synopsis: Following on from the story of Serpent & Dove, Honey & Blood… Continue reading Book review: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

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My one resolution for 2021, of course it’s related to reading

I came to a realisation yesterday. I was been asked what my most diverse read of 2020 was and I really didn't have a lot of titles to pick from- which isn't good enough. The truth is I had gotten comfortable. I have been reading books I have loved but they have been pulled from… Continue reading My one resolution for 2021, of course it’s related to reading

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BEST FEMALE PROTAGONIST 2020 #bookishawards2020

The prompt for day 2 of #bookishawards2020 was "Best female actor" or best female protagonist. Who was your best female protagonist for 2020? Let me know in the comments! (You can find details of the challenge on my day 1 blog post here or at Helenaoferetz on Instagram). Best female protagonist Now, this isn’t going… Continue reading BEST FEMALE PROTAGONIST 2020 #bookishawards2020