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The Court of Miracles* by Kester Grant

October 29, 2020
The Court of Miracles* by Kester Grant

I have a new favourite book. I absolutely adored The Court of Miracles*. It's no secret I'm a huge musical fan so upon hearing that this was a retelling of Les Mis I was very excited to read it. Whilst there are clear influences of the musical (and Victor Hugo's book) in the story it definitely took on a life of its own. The characters were recognisable, as…

Books Wrap Ups

August Wrap Up

October 29, 2020
August 2020 Wrap Up

Let's move on from what the current date is and what this wrap up is dated, okay? Wonderful. Whilst I didn't read a great deal in August, what I did read I adored. That's the main thing, quality over quantity right? She says whilst the nearly toppling book towers stare at me from the floor... Bookish and the Beast* was one of my most anticipated reads of the…

Blog Tours Books Fantasy Reviews

The Once and Future Witches* Blog Tour

October 26, 2020
The Once and Future Witches* by Alex E. Harrow

Firstly, a huge thank you to Tracy and the Compulsive Readers team for having me on this blog tour. The Once and Future Witches* is Alix E. Harrow's second novel, following a trio of sisters with different personalities, different interests but the same burning desire to become more. Set during the suffrage movement in the late 1800's the Eastwood Sister's are fed up of either being told that…

Books Fantasy Reviews

The Dragon Republic* by R.F. Kuang

October 12, 2020
The Dragon Republic* by R.F. Kuang

The Dragon Republic is as brutal, dark and brilliantly crafted as The Poppy War. There is no whiff of that 'second book slump'. Instead, we see how one book later Kuang has honed her craft and created an even more complex military grimdark fantasy novel with some of the best magical battle scenes I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Once again all of the possible trigger…

Books Fantasy Reviews

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

October 8, 2020

The Poppy War, and RF Kuang's writing, in general, is utterly outstanding. I was gripped from the beginning, couldn't put the book down and was desperate for the second as soon as I finished this one. I'll say it to begin with, the hugest of trigger warnings for this book - primarily rape/sexual assault, self harm, death. This is not a happy story, at times it feels like…