Bookstagram is an absolutely amazing place, and I have a blast on it every day (come follow me)! I’ve met some great people and seen some outstanding creativity! But there’s a mini-niche on bookstagram that I LOVE seeing every time it pops up in my feed…books and animals!
I think that animals make everything better and I’ve found a few accounts that either exclusively or heavily feature an animal in their bookish posts!
I can’t help but share these accounts with you because their photos certainly make my days better and I hope they can do the same for you! Continue Reading“Paws and Pages! – Great bookstagram accounts that feature animals!”
There are some books that you pick up and within 3 pages you know immediately that it’s going to blow you away. Good Samaritans is 100% one of those books.
Good Samaritans is disgusting, dark, sick and twisted and is one of the best books I’ve ever read! It is absolutely unique and I’ve never read anything like it! The opening few pages contain murder, desecration of a corpse, suicide and auto-erotic asphyxiation – and we’re just getting started. Yet it never seems too much. Although that sounds like a lot, it’s handled in such a skillful way that you don’t feel bombarded with information or shock value. Continue Reading“Stranger Danger has never been so dark or sexy! – Good Samaritans Review”
Just like The Young Queens, The Oracle Queen is a great little novella to add extra substance to the Three Dark Crowns series. The Oracle Queen is mentioned quite a lot during Three Dark Crowns and as to the reason why Elsabet lost her mind and why Oracle queens are drowned – we were never told…until now!
The entire novella is centred on Queen Elsabet and her legend, as dark as it is. As usual, we are treated to royal intrigues, betrayals and love affairs. The Oracle Queen offers a deep and thorough backstory and more importantly – the truth – behind why queens born with the sight gift aren’t allowed a chance to rule and mist instead be drowned. Continue Reading“Time to See into the Past – The Oracle Queen Novella Review”
When I first came across Jack of Hearts (and other parts) I thought it was probably going to be one of those books that’s important, but would end up being a pretty average read – not terrible, but not stand out either. Oh boy was I wrong! It was absolutely everything I was hoping for and more!
Let’s get something out of the way right now: Jack of Hearts (and other parts) contains graphic descriptions of gay sex. It’s raw, it’s unapologetic and it’s real. It keeps all of the ‘gross’ or embarrassing bits in too, so if that’s not your thing, you might not like this review (or the book) because I personally think it’s needed and refreshing and I loved it. This book is the sex-ed class you didn’t get in school. It’s honest, brutally honest. Nothing is ever sugar-coated, but it’s positive and life-affirming without ever being preachy or fake. Continue Reading“The sex-ed you didn’t get, but wish you had! Jack of Hearts (and other parts) Review!”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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!”