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I’m Hosting a Fundraiser!

Hi everyone! So, I’m a huge animal lover. Before I left uni, I was in the process of applying for a voluntary role with the RSPCA, an animal rescue organisation. But since all this lockdown stuff happened, I’ve obviously been unable to help them out. So instead I’ve decided to raise some money for them from here at home! Just because we’re all in lockdown does not mean there isn’t tons of work to be done – animals always need helping and saving. In fact, they need us now more than ever.

What I’ve done is form my own kind of readathon challenge. Throughout July, I plan to read at least 10 books, cover to cover. I’m taking donations, but if you’re interested in joining, you can! Just contact me and I can add you to the team.

My goal is £250. If you can donate anything at all, I’d be so thankful! Or as I said, you can join in, or even just share it with your friends and family. You can find all the information here. I’ll also be posting updates on my fundraising campaign through GoFundMe, and probably through the BookMarked newsletter, too. (Feel free to subscribe here!)

Thank you for reading!

Sorry I’ve been gone!

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting for a while! I’m at uni so don’t have all that much time, plus I left my notebook with all my book notes in at home! I’ll be getting it next week, so shall try and post reviews of the books I’ve read lately ASAP.

Book Review: The Darkest Bloom (Shadowscent #1)

The Darkest Bloom (Shadowscent #1) by P.M. Freestone – Paperback, 448 pages – Published February 7th 2019 by Scholastic

This was another book I picked up from the library at random. The cover was beautiful, and the idea of scent-based magic was certainly intriguing. While it was a decent book, it didn’t quite live up to my hopes and expectations, sadly.

Most of the book follows Rakel as she tries to make enough money to purchase a cure for her father’s Rot. She has an expert sense of smell, meaning she is a fantastic perfumer, distilling her own creations and experimenting with different methods. But she becomes the suspect for a horrendous crime that leaves the Prince in a coma, and so she flees.

Ash is the Shield of the Prince, and his best friend. He doesn’t believe Rakel is to blame, however, and believes she holds the key to curing him. So he runs away with her, searching for a place that may not exist, and hunting down valuable ingredients for a poison that nobody even knows about.

I found this book quite slow at the start. It just didn’t excite me. There was nothing wrong with it, but it just wasn’t right. However, towards the end there was a far more exciting plotline added, involving Ash. The cliffhanger ending left me actually wanting to read on.

While I didn’t love this, there were definitely some good aspects. It was unique for sure, and I do think there’s a lot of potential for the rest of the series. 3.5 stars!

Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Prism Stalker Volume #1

Another copy I received via Edelweiss+.

This volume collected the first 5 issues of Prism Srtalker. In these we meet Vep, a young Inaman refugee. She is taken from her current residence upon an asteroid and enrolled in an academy on a new planet. There are dozens of different species here, as well as members from other Inaman tribes. Vep tries to help several times, but soon finds that help is not always welcome.

The students in this academy are taught how to manipulate the energy upon the planet, as well as their own physical form. I got a little bit lost on this part, but it seemed pretty cool. Vep struggles with it, worrying she’s ‘missing’ some vital part of herself. She is picked on by several other students, but soon manages to make some friends within the academy.

I was very much reminded of Shade: The Changing Girl during the first part of Issue #1 of this, where Vep is sort of communicating with her ancestors, learning the ancient language of her tribe. And of course, the art style is incredibly similar. The colours are amazingly vivid, with tons of geometric shapes and lines throughout, as well as a lot of fluid movement and forms. It was really gorgeous to look at; at the start, where Vep is learning her tribe’s language, there is a lot of tribal influence in the art, which I thought was wonderful.

I really wanted to like this, but I did get a bit too confused. I just couldn’t quite catch on to the story. Still, I appreciate the art and the originality of the concept. 3 stars.

Graphic Novel Review: Xena: Penance

Another ARC I received from Edelweiss+.

Xena, the Warrior Princess, has left her life of war and violence behind. She has dismissed her army, and seeks forgiveness for the destruction and death she caused in the path. She comes across a villager in need, Gabrielle, being attacked by a former member of her own army. The ex-warrior, Jax, makes it clear that he has not forgiven Xena for dropping the army.

Gabrielle joins Xena on her journey, determined to ‘help’. However, she turns out to be far more trouble than she’s worth, especially when someone wants to show Xena how it feels to lose someone.

Yet again, this novel is led by some fanatastically strong women. Their relationship with one another is comical yet sweet, and I could see Xena beginning to care for Gabrielle throughout the stories.

The writing was great, and the art was classic and clear. I am intrigued about Xena’s past, and would definitely be interested in more of this series. 4 stars.

I’m Back!

Uhhhhh so it’s been a while… Sorry about that! I haven’t done much reading for a while due to my A Level exams and a lot of stuff going on in my personal life, but I’m hoping to be more active again now.

This is just a quick post to apologise for my impromtu hiatus, but here’s a quick summary of the books I’m currently reading:

 This is one of the collections of H.G. Wells’ stories, including War of the WorldsThe Time MachineThe Invisible Man, and several more. The stories are all fantastic, and I’m currently on The First Men in the Moon which I am enjoying immensely. I would definitely recommend this to any sci-fi fans! My favourite story of the collection so far is The Time Machine. I’ve been wanting to read Wells’ work for such a long time, and I was so glad when I was given this book as a gift.

 

I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in return for my review, and I’ve been trying to read it for months now. I’m really enjoying it, but I just keep getting distracted. It’s a really interesting book so far though, and I’ve heard so much about it from other bloggers and also friends from school. I’m planning to just sit down and get it read ASAP.

 

 

This book was given to me as a sort of joke by my now-ex-boyfriend. I’m not going to say too much about it for now, but basically Brett Keane is a YouTuber that a group of podcasters, originally called the Drunken Peasants, liked to *ahem* joke about a lot. He published a trilogy of books, with EUL being the first in the series. It. Is. AWFUL. The grammar is horrendous, the font and layout is terrible, the characters are ridiculous… It’s a mess. It was the focus of many DP jokes, hence why my ex heard about it and bought it for me. It’s so painful to read. I’ve been reading it for several months now and am so tempted to just chuck it away, it’s THAT bad.

I received an e-copy of this book in return for my review from the website OnlineBookClub.org. I haven’t read much of it yet – at all – but it seems to be a rather epic fantasy, with a lot of jumping acros the timeline. There is a note from the author at the start of the books suggesting readers pay close attention to the dates throughout the book in order to avoid confusion. Like I said, I haven’t read that much yet, but I’ve already found the importance of these dates.

 

So that’s it for now. Sorry again for disappearing, and thank you for reading this. I hope to be back and blogging again now, and I have a ton of great books due for review!

2017 Wrap Up!

I can’t believe it’s 2018 already! 2017 definitely had it’s ups and downs, but for now I’m going to focus on all the books I read! My goal was 100 books, which I sadly did not quite reach. I did manage 82, though, which I’m quite pleased with. You can see all the books I read here.

There have been tons of amazing books, but I’m going to pick the top ten that I read. (Barely any I read were actually published in 2017, though.)

  1. Hurt: This was so, so emotional. It tackled the topic of male rape, while being incredibly addictive and honest. The only book that managed to make me cry this year.
  2. Wintergirls: One of the anorexia-related books that I picked up last year. Fantastically written and super relatable. Interesting paranormal twist to it, too.
  3. The Bane Chronicles: A fantastic collection of stories focusing on my favourite character from the Mortal Instruments – Magnus Bane. The stories spread over the many centuries of Magnus’s existence, perfectly reflecting the time periods, the different locations and the wonderful personality of Magnus himself. It really felt like he was telling the stories himself.
  4. Alice in the Looking Glass: A Mother and Daughter’s Experience of Anorexia: Another eating disorder-related book, but a non-fiction one this time. Both mother and daughter (Alice, the daughter, being the sufferer) recall their experience with the disorder and her wobbly road to recovery. A wonderful book, honest and realistic but filled with hope.
  5. Bleach 3-in-1 Volume #1: I haven’t seen the show, but fell in love with the book. (My boyfriend has since bought me most of the collection which I am dying to binge-read this year.) It’s funny and exciting and the art is fantastic – a perfect manga, really.
  6. Batman: The Killing Joke: An essential read for any comic book/graphic novel fans. I’m fascinated by the Joker as a character and am planning to read as many graphic novels featuring him as I can. I knew this to be a good place to start as it’s so iconic. The art is used amazingly – colour palettes accentuating the story at key moments. We see a glimpse into the Joker’s past – but is it real?
  7. Gotham Academy: Second Semester Volume #1: Welcome Back: This series was amazing. Olive’s mother was imprisoned by Batman, and she fears she’s going to turn crazy too. But her relationships with the other students are so lovely, and I adored her as a character. This was a really moving series. Great fun, too.
  8. Supergirl Volume #1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen: This was the first I’d read of Supergirl, and I was definitely impressed. I haven’t watched the show so didn’t have the problem of feeling like this was “based on” that series. I liked watching Kara fit into her new Earth life, and look forward to reading more.
  9. Whisper to Me: Another book I picked up without even knowing what it was about. But once I started, I honestly couldn’t stop. It was absolutely fantastic! Strange, definitely unique, and so addictive.
  10. Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice: This probably seems like a bit of a weird one, but it was surprisingly good. If you don’t get on with classic literature then this can really help you understand the story, but it’s also just really pretty on it’s own.

So there you go! 10 of my favourite books from last year. (Still weird to say.) Feel free to let me know if you’ve read any of these, or what you’re favourites have been from 2017! Happy New Year everyone, may you bookshelves be fruitful and your teacups full.

WWW Wednesdays

It’s been ages since I last did this (as usual)… Sorry!

What am I currently reading?
I’m still reading The Three Musketeers, Adamant and Apple Tree Yard, as well as Everybody Hurts, The Great Gatsby, Othello and Batman and Robin volume #2.

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What am I reading next?

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Next up are Jestus on Rampage, Sharp Objects, Justice League of America, Hawkeye, Batman and Robin volume #3 and Anything That Isn’t This.


WWW Wednesdays

 

It’s been a very long time since I posted one of these, which means this one will be pretty long… Sorry!

What am I currently reading?

I am reading The Three MusketeersThe SystemApple Tree YardInkheartAdamant and The Earthsea Quartet.

What have I finished recently?

Since it’s been so long since I last posted one of these, I’m going to only list the ten most recently finished books: RipplerThe HeirShade, the Changing Girl Volume #1New Super-Man Volume #1Justice League vs. Suicide SquadGlass SwordBatman Beyond Volume #1DC Essential Graphic Novels 2017Kahayatle and The Monstrous Child.

What am I reading next?

Harley’s Little Black BookSharp Objects and Tales from Earthsea.

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