How far would you go for family? – Fatal Review

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Fatal is another one of those books from a genre I don’t usually read, but this is the year for broadening my horizons, and I’m glad I did because Fatal was really enjoyable!

Fatal is the second book to feature characters Franny and Alfie – I didn’t know that going in and it didn’t really matter in the end! Fatal isn’t the kind of book that doesn’t make sense if you’ve not read previous works from this author. Which is great (and good fortune for me!)

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Welcome to 2019! Plans for the year to come!

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Happy New Year everyone!

2018 was a bit of a mixed bag for me, there were some amazing highs, but there were some lows too – in my real life and my bookish life. But all in all, 2018 was a pretty good year!

So I’m super motivated to make 2019 even better than 2018!

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My Best and Worst books of 2018 (Plus awards)!

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Another year has nearly come to an end – that can only mean one thing! A round-up of my Best and Worst books of 2018!

I will also be awarding my Best Fiction and Best YA Fiction Awards for 2018! Plus, because I’ve expanded my reading range this year, I can add another category this year: Best Graphic Novel!

Unlike last year, where I struggled to keep the ‘Best of’ category to only 5 and struggled to fill my ‘Worst of’ list, I had no trouble this year! However, I’ve included a couple of titles in ‘Disappointing’ and ‘Surprising’ lists, because there were a couple of those this year!

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We’ve got a Squib here – How to Hang a Witch Review

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How to Hang a Witch was gifted to me by my amazing friend (go check her out here) and I was all geared up for using it as a Halloween read! The Salem Witch Trials is a fascinating, yet tragic, event in history and. I’m all about the Salem witch trials, so I was all about this too.

I’d seen How to Hang a Witch likened to Mean Girls but with witches, and I was super excited – I’ve never met a single person who doesn’t like Mean Girls (sound off in the comments if you don’t like Mean Girls!) and after having read it, I kinda get it, but not 100%. Mean Girls has a more substantial plot, better characters and fewer plot holes.That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy How to Hang a Witch – I did, I think I just expected too much from it.

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Sad, but not heart-breaking – More Happy Than Not Review

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Oh no you don’t Silvera! I know I’ve only read one of your books so far, but I know your reputation. This will not leave me “More Happy Than Not”, that’s not how you play ball, Silvera!

More Happy Than Not follows 16-year-old Aaron and his attempt to fit himself back into his own life with his friends, family and girlfriend after a failed attempt at suicide. As this is an Adam Silvera novel, you know it’s going to have some dystopian yet semi-realistic service, or something similar, that acts as a catalyst for the plot. For More Happy Than Not, this comes in the form of the Lateo Institute.

The Lateo Institute is a memory erasing/altering service that helps people forget traumatic events and helps them cope with life and go on living. Naturally, you kinda have to suspend your disbelief with this one. Just like with They Both Die At The End’s Deathcast. This isn’t sci-fi so don’t expect detailed explanations about how it all works– just go with the flow and roll with it.

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Hell hath no fury, and she has no mercy – Sadie Review

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Sadie by Courtney Summers was one of the most hyped books of 2018. I’d seen it all over bookstagram and I’m really grateful to my friend for gifting it to me. I definitely enjoyed Sadie, it was a fast and enjoyable read that deals with some really heavy subject matter. I went in to Sadie knowing near nothing about it or the plot and I think that’s probably the best way to experience it.

With that being said, this review won’t be 100% spoiler free. I’m not going out of my way to spoil Sadie, but I’m not going to be careful about removing spoilers either. So there’s your warning.

This is one of the more difficult reviews I’ve written this year because I found Sadie to be a mixed bag with strength and weaknesses, and I’m not sure which outweighs the other yet.

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Poor unfortunate souls – Part of Your World Review

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Part of Your World is a re-imagining/alternative universe of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Whilst The Little Mermaid isn’t my favourite Disney classic, it’s pretty high up there, and I love the story and the characters (particularly Ursula!) so Part of Your World immediately caught my attention!

The premise runs along the lines of what would have happened if Ariel never defeated Ursula, and Vanessa(Ursula) ended up marrying Eric and Ariel returns to the sea after Triton sacrifices himself for her. It’s set five years after the AU events of the film, where Ariel is the queen of Atlantica, and Ursula is running Eric’s kingdom on land. Naturally, Ariel doesn’t stay in the sea, and the story unfolds from there.

This collection of Twisted Tale’s re-imagining’s, along with another collection from Disney, are often considered to be fanfiction with a bigger budget. Usually, I’d agree with that,but unfortunately this time I can’t. And that’s not because I think this is a good book.

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Aliens and Magic Collide On Earth! – Differently Morphous Review

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Yahtzee Croshaw is getting better with each book! Differently Morphus is probably his best book to date! It took a few chapters for me to be fully immersed and to figure out what was going on, but once I did I was really in to the story! Differently Morphous is a very unusual who-dun-it mystery!

There are quite a lot of characters in Differently Morphous that we have to get to grips with, which is a touch confusing to start with. However, each character is well thought-out and given their own personality and motivation that it becomes easier to place names to ‘faces’. The characters are not only relatable (for the most part) but are hilarious too, which is quite an achievement considering the majority of the characters are a caricature of types of people rather than characters in their own right. Continue Reading“Aliens and Magic Collide On Earth! – Differently Morphous Review”

A Murder, but not really a mystery – The Hunting Party Review

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Upon hearing the premise of The Hunting Party I was instantly excited and intrigued. It’s a murder mystery set in the Scottish Highlands. And guess where your girl lives? Well…not quite in the Highlands, but Scotland! I kind of felt, reading the synopsis, that it was going to be a more grown up version of One Of Us Is Lying and I’m not entirely wrong!

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