Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 Wrap Up


Yikes, this year has flown by. How am I already here writing up my wrap up post when I've not posted since October? Ooops. Life happens.

This year has been very busy for me. I've finished up studying Illustration at university, had a volunteer job in an Oxfam Book Shop which I left to work in a book store. I've also worked on a few commissions and continued growing my online book club.

I've also celebrated a year in a long distance relationship and we've had some fun trips out together which have been great (Chester Zoo and our first holiday together to Cornwall). And lastly, I've played some really cool video games - I've shared a few reviews of them here too.

If you want to know more about, and hopefully join, my book club its hosted on Discord and you can follow that link to read an older post explaining it.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Review: The Dark World by S.C. Parris


The Dark World by S.C. Parris
Series: The Dark World Series #1
Genre: Horror | High Fantasy
Length: 482 pages
Published on 30th August 2016 by Permuted Press
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD 
Received from author in exchange for an honest review, and later signed physical copy bought myself

Synopsis:
Welcome To The Dark World. A world kept from the eyes of humans where all manner of Dark Creature live, war, and thrive.

But certain Creatures are about to find that there is more to the dark than blood and bite.... The Dark World holds secrets...and the greatest of all are about to be revealed.

When Xavier Delacroix witnesses the death of beloved Vampire Order member, Eleanor Black, his world is turned upside down. A visit to the King of All Dark Creatures, Dracula, reveals little but more secrets, sending Xavier to keep a few for himself. After all, he is no longer sure who he can trust....

With the surprising appearance of strange new Creatures, the Dark World is plagued with a strange energy, energy that is affecting all Dark Creatures for the worst....

Equipped with nothing but questions, Xavier and those close to him are forced to face this new threat, even if it may cost them their lives.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged (87)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Talk Supe is a weekly meme where you can share your book haul, ongoing events and news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.
Please Note: All images link back to their GR pages.

 
New Books
Its been a little while since I last did a haul. In fact I've had a birthday and a pay check or two since then so maybe there are a few more than normal. Okay there is no maybe about it. So without further ado heres my birthday (+ extra) haul.

I recieved Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan for review which I've already posted. My boyfriend bought me GYO by Junji Ito and Welcome to Night Vale for my birthday, and with a gift card I got The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich and The Enemy by Charlie Higson. Last the Gemma Doyle trilogy was sent to me as a birthday present from Allie!
Shadow Magic Gyo Welcome to Night Vale The Dead House The Enemy (The Enemy, #1) A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2) The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Video Game Review: Hatoful Boyfriend

http://store.steampowered.com/app/310080


Hatoful Boyfriend by Mediatonic
Genre:
Visual Novel / Dating Sim

Release Date:
4th September 2014

Copy bought for myself via Steam
 
Synopsis:
Congratulations! You’ve been accepted as the only human student at the prestigious St. PigeoNation’s Institute, a school for talented birds! Roam the halls and find love in between classes as a sophomore student at the world’s greatest pigeon high school.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Book Tour Review: Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan


Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan
Series: Shadow Magic #1
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy
Length: 384 pages
Published on 6th October 2016 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Joshua Khan: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Received from Scholastic via Faye Rogers

Synopsis:
Thorn, an outlaw's son, wasn't supposed to be a slave. He's been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they're headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire.

Lilith Shadow wasn't supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her?

Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

#SpooksandTea Read-a-thon


Its almost October and you know what that means, right?

Yeah its almost Halloween!

Are you excited? I am. Even though I don't ever do anything, its just nice seeing what everyone else does.

This year though I am kind of doing something. Over on Discord (you can read more about it here and even more in detail here) I'm hosting a month long horror themed read-a-thon.

The aim is simple; challenge yourself to read as many horror themed books as you can throughout Ocotober and then talk about them with everyone else!

We have a list of recommendations on our Goodreads group and Allie will be posting it live on the 1st on her blog too.

Anyway I'm just super excited about this and wanted to let everyone know so they could come and say hi and take part if they wanted. Or just stop by to talk about books and make friends if you dont want to read spooks :D

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

100 Best Books by Smart Women, part one


So I've had this book journal lying around from a few years ago (see maybe ten) and anything I wrote inside it was useless and messy but I kept it lying around because it had two lists in that I thought future me might like to refer too.

Future me finally decided to do something with said lists.

Here is the first of them: 100 Best Books by Smart Women, well part one of it any way. (Again I take no credit for this list it was just in a book journal I had lying around and it says courtesy of Madison Public Library)

I wonder how many I've read. How many have you read? Do you recommend any of them?
covers have been used because they look nicer than me just writing for ages

Aphrodite  Bastard Out of Carolina I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings The Dollmaker
Cat's Eye Nightwood  Annapurna: A Woman's Place The Book of Dead Birds
Jane Eyre Rubyfruit Jungle The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1) The Secret Garden
Cold Sassy Tree Possession Silent Spring My Antonia (Great Plains trilogy #3)
Life and Death in Shanghai The Awakening The House on Mango Street Elders and Betters. by Ivy Compton-Burnett
Clear Light of Day The Red Tent Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Out of Africa
Rebecca Tracks The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room The Women's Room The Yellow Wallpaper The Mind-Body Problem, with foreword by Jane Smiley
July's People The Well of Loneliness The Furies The Bone People
Their Eyes Were Watching God The Haunting of Hill House Heat and Dust Now In November
Fear of Flying Lucy Animal Dreams Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book
The Stone Angel To Kill a Mockingbird The Golden Notebook Moon Tiger
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

So far I've only read one of the books on this half of the list - The Secret Garden. Theres a few of the more popular classics here that I own copies of but haven't read yet.

Am I really uncultured because classics are not something I ever pick up? :')
Anyway I hope you've seen a book or two that you'd like to read and had maybe forgotten about.