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Paper & Fire by Rachel Caine. Review. 

Please be aware that this review while not containing spoilers for this book, will contain spoilers for the first book Ink and Bone. 

Paper and Fire picks up where Ink and Bone left off and it’s a great sequel! Jess and friends are still reeling from the events of Ink and Bone, their friend Thomas was killed, their other friend and sort of Jess’ girlfriend; Morgan has been imprisoned in the Iron Tower of the Obscurists and Jess no longer knows who he can trust. Especially when a routine training excercise of his company in the High Garda turns sour. 


This book is another teaser at what the library may contain, what secrets are hidden inside its walls and what the people at the helm will do to protect it. It is a story of friendship and relationships that are stronger than those of blood. In a world full of secrets it’s impossible to know who can be trusted and who would just as soon Knife you in the back. It’s down to Jess and his friends to fight the library to the bitter end. 


I love that this series is all about books, it’s such a great concept and it’s easy to see that it’s taken some inspiration for the onslaught of ebook readers on the market today. I find the premise incredibly engaging and interesting, sometimes the second book in a trilogy can read like a ‘filler’ and be a bit flat but that is not the case with this one at all. I can’t wait for Ash and Quill now. 

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. Review 

Oh wow! My hearts still pounding in my chest. What a shocker of a novel! 

I first came across Clare Mackintosh when I read an interview with her in Writers Magazine. I liked the sound of her thriller genre novels and I’ve been waiting to read them for ages. My only regret being that I waited so long! 

I Let You Go is Clare’s debut novel and it focuses on a hit and run incident. There are several perspectives in the novel and I’m going to be a bit shady about the entire plot because there are a couple of massive twists that I do not want to spoil for anyone! 


I really enjoyed this novel, it was a page turner without a doubt. I couldn’t put it down, the storyline gripped me and changed my view of British thriller writing irrevocably. It seemed like everything I thought was true was wrong! There were so many twists and turns that it made my head spin but in a good way! 


I can’t wait to get stuck into Clare’s second novel I See You because if it’s anything as good as this one I’ll find myself literally thrilled! 

Roseblood by AG Howard. Review 

Thank you to the publisher Abrams and Chronicle Books Ltd for my copy of Roseblood in exchange for an honest review. 

‘When the phantom touched me, when his eyes held mine, I felt it. And I still feel it now.’

Wow. Just wow. I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy this as much as I did! There’s always that worry when you receive an RC that you’re not going to like the book. Although Roseblood had been on my tbr I had no idea what to expect. But there was no need for me to worry. Roseblood is an addictive, gripping, fantastic, magical, horrifying tale of dark love, dark friendship and the terrible things that creep behind mirrors. 


Roseblood is a sort of retelling of The Phantom of the Opera but over a century after the events of Gaston Leroux’s novel, made famous by the Andrew Lloyd Weber theatre production. Rune is sent to an opera school in Paris called Roseblood after the death of her father. She has a brilliant voice but every time she sings, she gets sick, her mother hopes that schooling her voice will help her to become a great opera star. 


But she is haunted by the Phantom boy she discovers in the grounds of the school. At first she is sure that he is the Phantom from the story, sent to her to become her muse. But gradually her suspicion grows that this phantom may be someone or something else. 


This story is mesmerising, gripping from start to finish, the electric feelings between the characters draws you in deeper and deeper as the horrific secrets of the Phantom and his legacy are revealed. 

I really cannot express how much I really enjoyed this book, I had no previous experience of The Phantom of the Opera so I was going into it completely blind as what to expect, but it was everything it promised to be. Creepy on the supernatural side, romantic for the YA side and devilishly delicious throughout! 

Highly recommended to anyone who likes supernatural YA fiction. 

Reading Challenge 2017 – Week 8 

Week 8 of my Reading Challenge is a book I like by someone who isn’t a writer. This was tricky as anything fictional is obviously written by a writer and a lot of the non fiction books I’ve read are written by other types of writers such as journalists. In the end I settled on my favourite comedienne’s book; part autobiography, part life lessons, Miranda Hart’s Is it Just Me? 

A hilarious tale of Miranda’s awkward experiences from strangers fondling your feet (pedicure) to using chopsticks and sitting elegantly on a bar stool. 


Miranda gives us what she refers to as ‘an attempt at the manual’ on how to cope with becoming, and then surviving as an adult. 


This book is laugh out loud funny and I cannot recommend it enough, even if you don’t usually like this sort of thing I can guarantee you will find this funny and love it from beginning to end. 

Reading Challenge Week 5

For my week 5 challenge I have to choose a non fiction book. A few years ago that would have been hard because I rarely ever read non fiction. Now though, it’s hard for a different reason, recently I’ve read some amazing non fiction from the brilliant Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers to writing guides and even cookbooks! 

Without a doubt though I have to choose Reasons to Stay Alice by Matt Haig. This is a book I can recommend not just to people like me who have suffered with depression and anxiety but everybody. Mental illness is so misunderstood and has a stigma attached to it even now and this book explains it better than anything I’ve ever read. 

Reading Challenge 2017 week 4

For week 4 of my 2017 reading challenge I’m looking at a book which was published this year. I decided to go with one of the books I really enjoyed reading last year for review, ready for its publication this January. 

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land is a thriller like no other. This novel will completely freak you out while also, at the same time allowing you to empathise with the main character. 

The main character Annie/Milly is in a brilliant foster home after her mother was charged with murder and abuse. Her new home is perfect, or would be if it wasn’t for her stupid stuck up foster sister, the ‘real’ daughter of her new parents. All Phoebe seems to want to do is make Milly’s life a misery. 


The story is that of a girl who has been conditioned. Conditioned by a killer, her own mother. She has grown up watching torture and murder and unable to do anything to stop it. However, she’s fighting it. She doesn’t want to turn out like her mother. She tries not to listen to her mothers constantly taunting voice in her head. 

Good Me, Bad Me really takes you through the labyrinth of childhood issues mixed in with the unique twist which continues to keep you guessing throughout. Which way will Milly turn? In the end will she be good me? Or bad me? 

Reading Challenge 2017 week 3 

As week 3 of the fortnightly reading challenge 2017. My aim is to feature a book which is over 100 years old. Written in 1848 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte is one of those books which has been overlooked as it hovers in the shadows of Anne’s sister’s better known novels Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. 

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is written in the form of letters from Gilbert Markham to a friend. Gilbert has become deeply intrigued by Helen Graham who has recently moved into the neighbouring Wildfell Hall. A young and beautiful widow she strikes up a friendship with Gilbert but despite their obvious attraction to one another she refuses to reciprocate when he opens up about his feelings to her. Gilbert is mystified, what is the young widow hiding? What is the secret in her past? 


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is beautifully written and mysterious. A seemingly idealist view of a young couple’s potential relationship, the possibility of happiness to come to them both. But interwoven are secrets and lies and ramifications.