Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Review 

Eeeeesh! This was so good. I love Wonder Woman and also Greek mythology so obviously a book about the Amazon Wonder Woman was always going to be on my TBR. Anyway, I finally got round to reading it today after buying it in September and here is my review! 

Wonder Woman is such a powerful novel. It’s the first book I’ve read by Leigh Bardugo although I have all her other novels on my tbr. I was expecting in all honesty for the storyline to follow that of the film (I never read synopsis’) but it was a little different and equally as brilliant! 

Diana lives on the island of Themyscira with her Amazon sisters, desperate to prove herself as a true Amazon she intends to win the annual race, but things go awray when she disobeys one of the fundamental rules of the Amazons and rescues a girl from a shipwreck. Soon she embarks on an adventure which takes her to New York and into the World of Man.

An epic journey unfolds as Diana discovers that Alia is a warbringer, descended from Helen of Troy and destined to bring war and destruction to the world. That is if Diana can’t get her to a sacred spring where her Warbringer tendencies can be cured. But first she gets dragged into New York society, parties, drugstores and dirty motel rooms. 

I love how Diana is portrayed as both incredibly fierce and incredibly vulnerable. I love that the main characters are not just female but fiesty, kick ass females with great attitude. Nim was easily one of my favourite characters. And of course Diana is extra badass when she discovers her own abilities. 

This is the first novel I’ve truly been engrossed in, in a while! I almost missed my stop on the train! 


The Hogwarts Tag! 

All aboard the Hogwarts express! 🚂 I saw this tag at https://dwellinginerised.com/2017/10/01/the-hogwarts-tag/ and thought it looked really cool so here are my answers; 

1. Am I pureblood, half-blood or muggle born? 

As the only big bookworm in my family I always really identified with the character of Hermione Granger so I’m going to have to say Muggle Born. 

2. Which wand chose me? 

Quirky, mischievous and prone to melancholy if mishandled. Yeah that just about sums me up! 

3. Did I take an owl, cat, rat or toad with me? 

Owls are one of my favourite animals and I actually collect owl jewellery. I’ve also always loved the idea of them carrying mail. Besides that I’m allergic to cats and can’t really see the use of a rat or toad in all honesty! 

4. Where did the sorting hat put me? 

Pottermore puts me in Ravenclaw and it’s where I’ve always believed I belong but occasionally I get Slytherin! 

5. The form my Patronus takes. 

This makes perfect sense as everyone who knows me knows how much I love dogs. 

6. What lessons are my favourite and least favourite? 

I feel that I’d really like History of Magic best because I love theory heavy lessons and reading and history. Also Divination because I do dabble in fortune telling. 

I guess my least favourites would probably be Potions, Herbology and Defence Against the Dark Arts, in that order. 

7. What does a boggart look like for you? 

I’m absolutely terrified of being attacked by a burgular (don’t ask) so I guess that’s how the boggart would look. 

8. Do I partake in any magical hobbies or sports?

Highly unlikely I’m not really a sports person and my hobbies include reading and well…. reading. 

9. Where would I find myself hanging in my free time? 

The library or my favourite teacher’s classroom. I’m a true Hermione at heart. 

10. What would I most likely get detention for? 

Trying to get into the restricted section of library. 

11. What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts? 

I’d love to take over the Daily Phrophet and make it into a decent paper! 

This tag was great fun and you should definitely have a go if you’re a Potter fan! 

These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung 

Thank you to Netgalley, Victoria Namkung and Griffith Moon for my arc of These Violent Delights. 

The novel’s premise is that a young woman interning for a newspaper in Los Angeles decides to write an essay to publish in the paper about a teacher at her elite, private, all girls school made innapropriate advances towards her when she was a 15 year old student.

 Following her article, other victims come forward and a full scale investigation is opened. 

This novel doesn’t read as a novel, now that’s not a criticism, it was still very enjoyable but the way it was presented, and I think this may be to do with the fact the author is a journalist first and foremost, was like reading a non fiction ‘true life’ book or a feature in a magazine or newspaper. Nothing was forced if that makes sense, there was no real world building, there was one relationship created and that was it. The rest was a collection of articles, statements and conversations which reinstated the fact. But in all honesty I think this was the perfect way to put this story across. People need to be aware that the issues raised in this novel are real and take action. I wish this book had been around when I was a teenage girl. 

September 2017 wrap up! 

It’s that time again! Yay! I really love doing the wrap up and getting the chance to look back on what I’ve read this month, what I’ve enjoyed etc. This month I read 22 books at a total of 8,149 pages which is less books but more pages than usual so still a win. I’m very competitive with myself in terms of how many books I read each month, but I seem to be averaging at around 20-25 books a month which is really good. Anyway, to the books! I won’t write a long post about each as there’s just too many but reviews for pretty much all of them can be found on my blog or goodreads if you’d like to know more. 

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden  

Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft. Review. 

Kathryn Croft is hands down, the absolute Queen of killer twists. Seriously, I’ve read 4 of her books now and just bought the other two, she has fast become one of my favourite authors not just in this genre but overall. 

Silent Lies is Kathryn’s most exceptional novel yet. Full of twists and turns and her trademark ‘nobody can be trusted’ style. 

Mia is finally getting her life back together after her husband Zach killed himself 5 years ago. Wrapped up in a scandal involving one of his students, Mia has worked hard to escape the stigma that surrounded his death and the brutality of the public towards her and her young daughter Freya. Now set up with her own business as a counsellor and in a new relationship with the lovely, kind Will she has just about put it all behind her. 

Enter Alison. Ex flat mate and sworn Enemy of Josie, the girl who Zach got involved with. Alison tells Mia that she doesn’t believe that Zach killed himself and Mia’s world is shattered wide open all over again. But Alison isn’t quite right, in fact she’s a little deranged and she’s playing a dangerous game and pulling Mia into it with her. 

I loved, loved, loved this book. Silent Lies was impossible to put down, I was up until 2am last night reading it and picked it straight back up again this morning. Every twist and turn and wow! That ending. I literally had no idea! I love that Kathryn offers both a satisfactory ending and also a teasing cliffhanger at the end of this one. It’s very powerful. 

I’m looking forward to reading more from Kathryn soon and want to thank Kathryn, Netgalley and Bookouture for the chance to read this galley. 

September 2017 Book Haul! 

Just a small one this month, I’m trying really hard not to buy any new books until I’ve read most of the ones I already own, but of course as usual I just can’t help myself! 10 books this month, some new releases and some old! 

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo 

I’ve heard really exciting things about this book and I’m looking forward to reading it! 

Blackwing by Ed McDonald 

This was in all honesty a cover buy but again I’ve heard good things since buying so I’m excited about this one too! 

Lost Boy by Christina Henry 

This also had a cute cover and I’ve heard good things about Christina Henry. I do own her Alice series but haven’t had chance to read them yet! 

Peter Rabbit and Friends by Beatrix Potter 2x box sets 

I bought these as I had them when I was younger and they got lost or given away or whatever so I’ve replaced them 🙂 

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill 
Fiona is one of my favourite authors and I actually read this as a galley a few months ago, but I wanted to add it to my collection! 

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine 

The third in the Great Library series, I loved the first two and have recently read and enjoyed this. 

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton 

Another book I’ve already read but own all the others and not this one, so I’ve bought it to add to my collection. 

Day Shift and Night Shift by Charlaine Harris 

The third and second books in the midnight Texas series which were a bargain at 99p each!! 

That’s it from me, looking forward to seeing all your book hauls too! 

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine. Review. 

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine is the third book in the Great Library series. It follows on from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire and you can read my review of Paper and Fire here: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/paper-fire-by-rachel-caine-review/

I don’t know why I didn’t do a review of Ink and Bone but anyway, the following review will contain spoilers of the first two books! But none for Ash and Quill. 

Ash and Quill picks up where Paper and Fire left off. I thought it was the final book in a trilogy, however, there are actually going to be 5 books in this series! Yay! Book 3 sees Jess and company arriving in the burner capital Philadelphia after they were betrayed by Jess’ father and brother and transported there. 

This book is a lot more ‘political’ than the first two, we start to see what’s really going on outside the world of the library and how other people outside of the little group of rebels view it. The burners are an interesting if complex group and I’m unsure where it’s been left with them and whether Jess and co will be able to rely on them as friends or face them as foes in the rest of the series. 

What was great about it? – I love the relationship between Jess and Thomas, it’s a real friendship with love between them and I also love that Jess has found a family in his friends after his own have treated him so badly. 

What wasn’t so great? – I’m still not really feeling the relationship between Jess and Morgan. I don’t feel like there are any sparks between them or that I really ship them as a couple. I also found this book was at a much slower pace than the last two although still very interesting. 

I’m excited for what the next two books will bring and to finally find out what the library has been hiding from the world. I think it’s going to be a lot more than just the black archives and the gang are now playing a very dangerous game. 

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