Rosehead by Ksenia Anske

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Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy.
Year Of Publication: 20th March 2014
Publisher: Ksenia Anske
Pages: 318 (Paperback)
My rating: 5/5

“Upon hearing a scary noise, most children typically scream and flee. Not Lilith. Excited by the prospect of solving a mystery, she ran after Panther, deeper and deeper into the sea of roses.”  (pg.24)

Lilith Bloom finds herself being dragged to her grandfather’s mansion in Berlin for a family reunion.
Little does she know about the things that await her in the gardens……  Continue reading “Rosehead by Ksenia Anske”

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2017 : Yearly Recap

12017 was an Year of Achievements!

I reached my first 1K followers on Bookstagram, started a BookTube channel (work in progress), my Blog turned 1(!!!) and got featured in a local magazine, I had the pleasure of interviewing two wonderful authors and like always I bought a ton of books and tried reading as many of them as I could 🙂

My goal for The Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017 was 25 books and like always I exceeded my set goal by reading 34 books (there was one book that I had to DNF otherwise it would’ve been 35 books, but more on that below…). 

This year was particularly unique because I purely read actual physical copies – so that meant I didn’t read ebooks, or listen to audiobooks. While I did miss the convenience of the digital copies I realized that I quite liked the experience – you won’t believe the amount of random conversations I had and the new friends I made just because they were intrigued by the book they saw me reading!

So to bring 2017 officially to an end (even though it’s already the 13th of Jan.’18 as I write this…) I thought I’d do a brief recap of the books that made me CRINGE and the ones that were the ABSOLUTE BEST in 2017.

Continue reading “2017 : Yearly Recap”

A place called Perfect by Helena Duggan

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Genre: Young Adult.
Year Of Publication: 1st August 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Pages: 368 (Paperback)
My rating: 5/5

When Mr. Brown gets a job as an optician in the picturesque town of Perfect the Browns decide it’s too great an opportunity to miss out on and so they move their entire family to the little town.
Their ten year old daughter Violet isn’t happy with the move. She never wanted to leave her old life behind and doesn’t like the way everyone and everything in Perfect is … umm….well….perfect.
Soon her suspicions about the seedy town are confirmed when her family’s eyesight begins to weaken and soon they go blind. Luckily the Mr. Archers come to their rescue and  give them all a pair of rose-tinted glasses.
With their eyesight restored everything is back to normal.

Or is it? Continue reading “A place called Perfect by Helena Duggan”

Boy of Fire and Earth by Sami Shah

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Genre: Young Adult,Paranormal,Fantasy.
Year Of Publication: 16th June 2017
Publisher: Picador India
Pages: 368 (Paperback)
My rating: 4/5

“High up in the tree was a man,perched with his back against the trunk,his legs crossed on a thin branch.”

Wahid, born of smokeless fire is a half-human half-djinn hybrid. The first of his kind. Until now he’s been oblivious to the fact that he’s different.
But all of that is about to change…
Little does he know that soon his world will be turned upside down.
The people closest to him will die.
He’ll have to struggle to come to terms with his abilities.
His beliefs will be put to the test and he’ll witness things that he’ll wish never to have seen. Continue reading “Boy of Fire and Earth by Sami Shah”

Irkadura by Ksenia Anske

Genre: Fiction, Mental-illness, Abuse.
Year Of Publication: 30th October 2014
Publisher: Ksenia Anske
Pages: 262 (Paperback)
My rating: 5/5

“The mouse clings to the cage.The sea in front of it is beaks and teeth and hooves and fins and claws.They roar and snarl and crawl toward it,And then they see the butterfly. It flitters up and over them but it doesn’t reach the mouse.The jackal jumps and clamps it in its jaws.The mouse loses its grip,plummets down.The mob is upon it,biting,stinging,jabbing.The howl of the jackal makes them part to let it through.”

Irina Myshko stopped talking when she was two years old.
Sixteen,pregnant and penniless she decides to run away.
Anything to escape the abuse she endures at home.

Sadly the outside world isn’t as inviting as she’d thought it’d be.
Soon she finds herself surrounded by the very people she’s trying to escape.
Through resilience and sheer luck she finds a friend in Pavlik.
And refuge in a theater in communist Russia.

But how long does she have before her life spirals out of control and she loses touch with reality once and for all………

Continue reading “Irkadura by Ksenia Anske”

It only happens in the movies by Holly Bourne

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Genre: Young Adult.
Year Of Publication: 1st October 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Pages: 384 (Paperback)
My rating: 5/5

“I AM like other girls,Harry. Don’t misinterpret my hatred of romance as some kooky, laid-back, manic pixie NONSENSE. I am DAMAGED. I am not CUTE. I am emotionally-fucking-traumatized right now, okay? I am screaming on the inside. I am too angry and messed-up to contain all the stuff girls spend every day containing. That’s why I seem different. That is not sexy.”

Audrey’s life is in shambles.
With a father who’s abandoned them to start a new family.
A manic mother who’s breaking apart and refuses to seek help.
And a boyfriend who broke up with her right after she slept with him.

She has had enough.
Enough of love.
And enough of the Romance Movies her mother insists on watching.

So when she gets an assignment in her Media class she decides she’s going to examine “WHY LOVE IS NEVER LIKE THE MOVIES” Continue reading “It only happens in the movies by Holly Bourne”

After the Fire by Will Hill

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Genre: Young Adult,cults. 
Year Of Publication: 1st June 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Pages: 496 (Paperback)
My rating: 4/5

“….nothing is ever only good and nothing is ever only bad.Everything is somewhere in the middle.”

Ever since Moonbeam was young she’s lived inside the Base. That’s the only life she’s ever known. But soon things begin to change inside the “The Lord’s Legion” when father Patrick is overthrown by Father John.
Heretics are Banished.
Unbelievers locked inside metal cages in the sweltering heat of the Texas sun. Preparations begin for the End Battle against “The Servants of the Serpent”.

Amidst it all Moonbeam begins to question her Faith, wondering whether what she’s been told is the Truth or absolute lies. Continue reading “After the Fire by Will Hill”