The beginning of an epic! – Furyborn Review

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Could it be? It is! It’s a YA fantasy that actually lives up to the hype! Wow! Ladies and gentleman, I would like to introduce you to Furyborn by Claire Legrand! And now I’d like to gush for the next few paragraphs!

Furyborn was one of those books that I had seen all over Instagram, and everyone was talking about it, so obviously I bought it. And then it sat on my shelf for months on end for 2 main reasons.

The first was that I was slightly intimidated by it. A lot intimidated by it. Furyborn ain’t no size zero, she be a THICC bitch! Not as thicc as Priory of the Orange Tree but at 494 pages she ain’t exactly a light bite! Furyborn is also the first in a series, and I was nervous about becoming invested in a book and then having to wait a lifetime for the sequel and I’ll have forgotten everything that happened!

The second reason I was nervous was – all the hype! Usually when a book gets hype it’s because of abundant marketing/publicity or because it’s genuinely good. Unfortunately it’s normally the marketing /publicity route that causes the dreaded over-hype, which turns pretty good books into disappointments, because people expect more than what the book can deliver because of too much hard and heavy hype.

So yeah, I was a bit nervy to pick this up. But Furyborn falls into the incredibly rare category of amazing books that actually live up to their hype!

Let me start at the beginning…which is actually the end…

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Suicide or Murder? – Perfect Crime Review

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Those of you who have been following my blog and reading adventures for a while will know that I’m no stranger to Helen Fields’s work. I’ve reviewed several books in the DI Callanach series, so naturally Perfect Crime was going to get reviewed too.

Perfect Crime is the fifth book in the DI Callanach series, and whilst I recommend reading the other four because they’re good books, you can read Perfect Crime or any of the ‘Perfect’ series by themselves.

It all depends on whether you like to know all of the ins and outs of characters going into a story, or if you’re fine with a surface-level exploration. Unsurprisingly, with Perfect Crime being the fifth in a series, we’ve got some pretty well established characters. Just saying it’s your call, but you won’t be stumped if you jump straight in here.

Now, on to the book!

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An interview with Micaela Alcaino – Book Cover designer extraordinaire!

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Have you ever looked at a book cover in total awe and wondered: ‘how do they do that’!? Of course you have!

Well, I’ve got a treat for you! I had a chat with the AMAZING Micaela Alcaino (check out this link and I guarantee you’ll recognise some of her work!) about what it’s like to be a book cover designer!

The interview covers everything from how Micaela got into book cover design, to how her creative mind works, all the way through to tips for aspiring designers!

So get comfy and settle in because I’m diving straight in with my questions for the incredibly talented Micaela Alcaino!

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My March Recap! Book haul and read list!

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Get ready for a massive book haul and read list! I read and bought so many books this month!

I hope you enjoy these two videos from my YouTube channel that show off the books I bought and the star ratings of the book I read this month! The first is my book haul and the second is the books I’ve read!

I’ve managed to get through a lot of books so far this year – and I show no signs of slowing down! If you’d like to follow me on Goodreads in real-time you can do that here!

Check out the videos below!

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I Have Major Issues With This – Vox Review

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Well, this is going to be an unpopular opinion…. I did NOT like Vox. In fact I had a LOT of issues with it.

I found it quite offensive and hateful and had issues with the characters, the plots, the writing, the hatred; pretty much all of it.

Check out my video review below!

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Here’s the truth – The Truth About Keeping Secrets Review

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The Truth About Keeping Secrets was not exactly the book that I was expecting. I knew this was going to be a YA book (and we all know I love those!) but I was expecting much more of a thriller than what I actually got.

In all honesty, The Truth About Keeping Secrets is less of a thriller and more of a romance/coming of age story with a dead dad somewhere in the background. Which I guess is fine, because I ended up liking the book quite a fair bit, and the fact that I was expecting something else isn’t Savannah Brown’s fault. Instead, it was the way it was marketed.

But anyway, on to the book.

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Now THIS is a crime novel! – Keep Her Close Review

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Keep Her Close is unlike a lot of recent police procedurals I’ve read recently. Let me tell you why!

The first thing that struck me about Keep Her Close (other than the blurb of course) is that there’s a ‘permanent sticker’ as part of the cover that boasts ‘Rated five stars by real readers’. Usually this sends up red flags for me, as I have too often been a victim of The Dreaded Over-Hype! And I’m sure many of you all have too! However,Keep Her Close is a really exciting read with several great twists!

It just missed the 5 star for me personally, but it’s a solid 4.5!

Keep Her Close is the second book featuring DS Josie Masters and the Thames Valley Police in the city of Oxford. It continues on from Hold My Hand (the first book in the series), where Josie saved her nephew from a killer. She’s still troubled by the events of the first book throughoutKeep Her Close but she’s trying to return to normality.

Whilst these events were hinted at, I had no real idea about all of this during Keep Her Close. I think this is great because the hints are enough of a nod for those who have read Hold My Hand, yet they aren’t alienating for anyone (like me) who hasn’t!

The balance between continuing a story in a larger arc and having a self-contained novel has been struck brilliantly.

Ok, on to the book itself!

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Night Light Candle Unboxing! – The Bookstagrammer’s Box!

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Hello!

It’s time for an unboxing!

This time I’m unboxing the March subscription box for Night Light Candle! It was the Bookstagrammer’s Box so OF COURSE I bought it!

Check out what I thought of it in my latest video!

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Welcome To The Heady Heights Review & GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to the Heady Heights is a contemporary, gritty novel set between 1975 and 1977 in Glasgow and, whilst it has multiple storylines, centrally focuses on Archie Blunt and his ups and downs.

It’s quite hard to describe the plot of Welcome to the Heady Heights without giving too much away, but I will do my best.

Archie Blunt is relatively unremarkable – he’s a painfully average, blue collar worker just trudging through his life, always dreaming of fame and fortune. Until one day, a chance gig copes across his lap that could thrust in into the spotlight – but on the mean street of Glasgow can dreams come true?

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