Before the Crowns Got Dark – The Young Queens Novella Review

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I absolutely loved Three Dark Crowns and am super in to the world, so when The Young Queens showed up I couldn’t resist its novella charm! The good thing about novella’s these days is that they’ve gone from being simple fillers or side-stories in a series that aren’t strictly essential reading, to full blown, conceptualised short stories that are pretty vital to a deeper understanding of the story and series as a whole. The Young Queen is absolutely essential reading to the Three Dark Crowns series. Continue Reading“Before the Crowns Got Dark – The Young Queens Novella Review”

I wish we had more than spare parts – Spare and Found Parts Review

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Spare and Found Parts was a complete impulse buy for me at an author event at Waterstones where author Sarah Maria Griffin was in attendance and a speaker. Originally I didn’t really have any intention of picking up a copy of Spare and Found Parts (not out of any negative feeling, but because I’d never heard of the author before that night and my bank balance was already whimpering sadly in the back of my mind). However, listening to Sarah talk was such a joyful, funny and genuine experience that I couldn’t leave the evening without a copy of her debut novel.

Spare and Found Parts revolves around protagonist Nell Crane and her desire to build a perfect (robot) companion. Basically, Nell is super anti-social and wants to be in total control of what her ideal friend is like, so she decides to build a robot in a society where technology is treated with fear and hostility. She does this to use her companion as her ‘contribution’ to society to prove her worth. Continue Reading“I wish we had more than spare parts – Spare and Found Parts Review”

Sink your teeth into this! – Meg Review

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If you’ve been following me for a while, or know anything about me, you’ll know that I love sharks and shark related things (I’ve even created shark bookmarks that will benefit a shark conservation charity!). And one thing that sharks bring with them is terrible and cheesy shark films – and I love them! I’m total trash for them! Naturally, The Meg was no exception and when I found out it was based off of the novel Meg I immediately bought and devoured the book!

Meg is like a crazy, over-the-top B-rated shark movie but in book form. It’s massively un-relatable in almost every way but oh boy is it a lot of fun! Continue Reading“Sink your teeth into this! – Meg Review”

Some things just can’t be kept quiet – Hush Hush Review

Hush Hush is the first in a brand new detective series featuring DS Grace Allendale by veteran crime writer Mel Sherratt. Hush Hush was my first venture into Sherratt’s work, but it’s not my first time at the crime fiction rodeo.

Whilst it’s true that crime fiction isn’t exactly my ‘go-to’ genre, I’ve read a fair few crime fiction novels now and whilst Hush Hush is good, I’ve seen it being described as “the most gripping crime thriller of 2018” – which I personally don’t feel is true. Here’s why. Continue Reading“Some things just can’t be kept quiet – Hush Hush Review”

I’m a rep for Night Light Candle! Read on for a DISCOUNT CODE!

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Hello!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, will already know this news, but for my readers here: I am the official October rep for Night Light Candle!

Recognise the name? That’s because I recently wrote a glowing (see what I did there) review of their products! I’ve been a customer of Night Light Candle since the near beginning and I’m so excited to be officially repping for them for my favourite month!

I highly recommend that you visit their webstore – they also have an Etsy store – and check out their products – plus you can use code ANOVELLOVE10 for a discount! Continue Reading“I’m a rep for Night Light Candle! Read on for a DISCOUNT CODE!”

Poppet’s Widgets: Amazing (and custom) bookish jewellery and bookmarks! – Poppet’s Widgets Review

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Long-time readers of mine might recognise the name Poppet’s Widgets. That’s because I’ve mentioned them several times throughout my posts – I’ve also been a rep for Poppet’s Widgets too! But for those who don’t know, Poppet’s Widgets is a bookish jewellery shop run by bookstagrammar Dena over at @bookworm_365 and her products are absolutely amazing!

The jewellery pieces contain bookish quotations or characters/words from books, all in a ‘book page’ style! Don’t worry though, no books are harmed in the making of Poppet’s Widgets jewellery!

I have multiple pieces from Poppet’s Widgets, in several formats – necklaces (my fav!), bracelets and even keyrings! I’ve even got custom pieces!

Each and every single piece is amazingly well crafted and so well put together! I absolutely adore every piece I own! But I’ve not written a product review yet! Well, that’s now been rectified! Continue Reading“Poppet’s Widgets: Amazing (and custom) bookish jewellery and bookmarks! – Poppet’s Widgets Review”

Well, this is a sticky situation – Jam Review

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Now this is how you do an apocalypse story! Especially an apocalypse story without zombies! Jam is definitely the most insane book in Croshaw’s publication timeline. It’s an absolutely crazy premise (with a crazy explanation and eventual reveal) but he pulls it off really well!

Putting the incredibly ridiculous but still hilariously awesome plot aside for just a second, Jam is actually a really good apocalypse/survival story. It’s got all of the things you’d expect to see; team formations, dissection in the ranks, rationing, turf wars etc – as well as some things you might not expect; Goliath bird-eater spiders for one! Continue Reading“Well, this is a sticky situation – Jam Review”

It all ends here…sort of – Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Review

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Here we go again – can justice be done to the Injustice series? It’s time to find out as we enter the fifth and final year!

Well, the good news is that Injustice Year 5 is better than the last volume! The bad news is that that’s not saying much.

Just like the last volume, there’s quite a lot of action and things happening in Year 5, but nothing of any real consequence seems to happen. It’s pretty much just business as usual in the Injustice world – the roster gets bigger…again and the plot is all over the place. Continue Reading“It all ends here…sort of – Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Review”

Silence can be deafening – Perfect Silence Review

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Perfect Silence is the fourth book in the DI Callanach and DCI Turner series from Helen Fields. Before I start with the review I want to say that whilst this book can 100% be enjoyed as a stand-alone, you won’t get 100% of the benefits from the previous books in the series (regarding character relationships and development) if you start on Perfect Silence. But it still can be read as a stand-alone as key characterisation is reiterated throughout, so no one feels left behind.

For those of you who know me, follow my Instagram or YouTube or have just been readers of my reviews for a while, you’ll know that crime fiction isn’t really my ‘thing’. I’m happy to dabble in it from time to time for something new, but it’s not my favourite. I guess that skips a generation as my mum’s an avid crime fiction reader, but neither my sister nor I are.   Continue Reading“Silence can be deafening – Perfect Silence Review”