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Run in the Blood by AE Ross. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, AE Ross and the publisher for my ARC of Run in the Blood.

Run in the Blood is the debut novel from author AE Ross. A slick fantasy novel with awesome characters who you can’t help but absolutely love!

Aela Crane has been raised a Corsair, a brutal, bloodthirsty pirate and she wouldn’t want life any other way. Sailing the high seas in search of fights, gold and glory, and popping back to port for a fumble with a sweet girl every now and again. What other life could she possibly want? As long as she hides the old magic inside her, she’ll be just fine.

Del is a quiet, thoughtful soldier who seems to know much more about Aela’s powers than she does and he’s hiding secrets of his own.

Brynne is a crofter’s daughter trying to learn how to be a princess when she is lifted to lofty heights thanks to a deal her now Dead father made on her behalf.

There’s everything you could possibly want from a great fantasy novel, pirates, magical creatures, politics, secrets among royalty and plenty of ‘omg’ surprise moments. Not to mention buckets of fun along the way. A truly swashbuckling, adventurous novel that doesn’t play by the normal rules. No tropes here guys!

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Along The Indigo by Elsie Chapman. Review

Thank you Netgalley, Elsie Chapman and the publisher for my ARC of Along the Indigo.

Marsden lives in a small town called Glory, in America. Her whole life has seen her ostracised from the rest of the town, thanks to her Asian heritage, her father’s accidental death which everyone thinks was suicide, her family’s ownership of a piece of land called the Covert where people go to die, and the fact her mother is a prostitute at Nina’s Boarding House. Marsden is desperate to escape, taking her little sister Wynn with her and making a better life for them both.

Then she meets Jude, also standing on the fringes of society in Glory due to the fact he’s mixed race, that his father is a drunk and his older brother killed himself in the covert. Together they unleash secrets which could either tear them apart or bring them closer together. Which will it be?

The story isn’t set in any particular year, there’s Eddie Murphy films on at the cinema and nobody mentions a cell phone, racism is clearly rife so I’m wanting to say it is set somewhere between the late 70s to mid 90s but I feel that not knowing kind of added to the mystery because there are no preconceptions about how anyone should behave.

The story is really engaging, at first it seems to purely be about Marsden’s journey and her attempts to escape the life her selfish mother has laid out for her, but then it becomes about something else; secrets, lies, Kismet and the the threads that connect people to one another.

A wonderful, thought provoking YA novel.

The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Lydia Ruffles for my Copy of The Taste of Blue Light.

‘I will find the old Lux and when I do I will climb back inside her and sew myself into her skin so I never get lost again.’

Lux Langley is an artist, she writes amazing stories and goes to an exclusive school which is only for the best artists in the world. She spends her days forgetting what mainstream subjects she’s learned, and her nights at decadent parties, lighting fireworks, taking drugs and dancing with her equally fun friends.

A month after the leaver’s party, Lux wakes up in hospital with no recollection of how she got there. The last thing she remembers is going to a party with some of the people she was working with at the Gallery where she was an intern. Despite Doctors attempts to help her recall her memories, Lux returns to school trying to grasp at some normality while still not knowing what is wrong with her. Now back at school she has migraines, flashes of weird colours and scary episodes of anger and distress to deal with. Who is the real Lux Langley and will she ever find her?

This is a passionate, incredibly emotional novel, which I think readers of John Green and E Lockhart will really enjoy. Lux is a complex character who one can neither love, nor hate. Nor pity in all honesty. Lux’s character is too strong to pity, which leaves you with a hodgepodge of emotions towards her and her struggles. Most of the novels focus on the interior life of Lux as she tried to adjust to her old life when she is no longer the old Lux.

‘Sometimes I want to be the kind of person who makes life easier for other people. And sometimes I wish everyone I love would die so I wouldn’t have to worry about hurting them anymore.’

Many of Lux’s feeling are relatable, particularly if you have ever suffered with anxiety, depression or similar mental illnesses. Her journey is rife with emotion, and frankly I could not put this book down, nor because the story was gripping and fast paced (in the way that say a crime thriller is) but because it was so emotionally charged. I was desperate to know what had happened to Lux but I was happy with the slow pace of the novel to break it to me gently.

A truly beautiful novel which everyone should read.

November Wrap Up 2017

It’s a big one this month! I had a 2 week break in Tenerife and we literally stayed in a villa in the middle of nowhere, so with nothing else to do, I had no choice but to read, read, read!

Ive read 32 books this month, totalling 10,979 Pages.

Midnight Crossroad, Day Shift and Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/midnight-crossroad-by-charlaine-harris-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/day-shift-by-charlaine-harris-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/night-shift-by-charlaine-harris-review/

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/into-the-water-by-paula-hawkins-review/

Pieces of You by Ella Harper

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/pieces-of-you-by-ella-harper-review/

Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart

Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/tess-of-the-dubervilles-by-thomas-hardy-review/

Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R Green

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/into-the-thinnest-of-air-by-simon-r-green-review/

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/the-lie-tree-by-frances-hardinge-review/

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/the-cruel-prince-by-holly-black-review/

The Girl You Lost and The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/the-girl-with-no-past-by-kathryn-croft-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/the-girl-you-lost-by-kathryn-croft-review/

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/the-hate-u-give-by-angie-thomas-review/

The Girls by Emma Cline

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/the-girls-by-emma-cline-review/

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/truth-or-dare-by-non-pratt-review/

A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/the-blade-itself-by-joe-abercrombie-review/

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/see-what-i-have-done-by-sarah-schmidt-review/

Faking Friends by Jane Fallon

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/faking-friends-by-jane-fallon-review/

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the illustrated edition by JK Rowling

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/look-for-me-by-lisa-gardner-review/

A Journey Through The History of Magic by The British Library

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/a-journey-through-a-history-of-magic-review/

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/the-sacrifice-box-by-martin-stewart-review/

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/a-knight-of-the-seven-kingdoms-by-george-rr-martin-review/

Across the Wall by Garth Nix

Lips Touch, Three Times by Laini Taylor

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/lips-touch-three-times-by-laini-taylor-review/

Contagion by Teri Terry

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/contagion-by-teri-terry-review/

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/american-gods-by-neil-gaiman-review/

Cold Christmas by Alastair Gunn

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/cold-christmas-by-alastair-gunn-review/

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris. Review

I’m so sad that this series is over! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the characters of Midnight, Texas and I’m a little disappointed but also hopeful that I might hear from them again!

What a hodgepodge bunch they are but so brilliant at the same time! In Midnight Crossroad and Day Shift the small group of townsfolk had to face several adversaries but none as formidable as the one they face in Night Shift. Suicides keep happening on the crossroads in Midnight, blood is being spilled and Lemuel the vampire is still desperately trying to translate the ancient texts which he found in the pawnshop. He’s sure that they will give a reason for the unexplained deaths. But if it’s what he suspects, they might just be running out of time. There’s a ritual needed and even Mr Snuggly is going to have his part to play.

This whole series has been start to finish brilliant. I really love these characters and I had forgotten what a wonderful writer Charlaine Harris is, her books are such easy, delicious reads with characters you really can’t help loving. I’ll definitely be checking out the tv series when I get back to the UK as well!

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Review

A unique blend of historical and fantasy fiction. The Lie Tree is one of a kind.

Faith and her family are moving to the island of Vane so that her father the Reverend Erasmus Sunderly can consult on a new archeological dig. To most people Faith seems shy and demure but inside she is burning with questions about the world and in particular science.

But when her father’s body is discovered Faith can not accept the ruling of suicide or accidental death, so she begins her own investigation and uncovers her father’s biggest secret; The Lie Tree.

The Tree feeds off lies and in return reveals secrets. Faith sees it as an opportunity to discover the secrets of her father’s death, but doesn’t realise she is putting herself into the same kind of danger.

A cross between a Victorian Murder mystery and a YA fantasy series. A truly brilliant piece of fiction which brings brand new ideas to the table.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Holly Black for my ARC of The Cruel Prince. If there’s anything in this world I love, its stories about fairies. Growing up I was obsessed with them, I had collections of picture books and of course the staple fairy book; The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. My favourite film was Fairytale A True Story and I was convinced that I would be able to see them. Because I truly believed, and that’s all you need right? If you believe in Fairies, you’ll see them.

Holly Black follows in the footsteps of her friend Cassandra Clare in that her Fairies are not the sprightly, sweet, pink wearing Flower Fairies of Cicely Mary Barker’s compendiums. Instead they are dark, the Seelie and Unseelie courts, Lords and Ladies of Misrule, tempting humans into slavery with their narcotic spiked fruits, ensorcelling them with their commands and dark magic. That’s exactly what kind of world Jude and her sister Taryn walk into when their older sister Vivienne’s fairy Dad walks back into their lives and takes them to live in Faerie.

Jude has a lot to contend with, not only does she need to protect herself and her sister from the charms of the fey, she has also found an enemy in Prince Cardan, the youngest and cruelest prince who seems to be doing his best to make Jude’s life a misery.

But there are bigger players in this game, a game much larger and more complicated than child’s play. Somehow, Jude finds herself right in the middle of it. With everything to lose, she’s everything to play.

Dark, dangerous and deliciously deceitful. The Cruel Prince is an outstanding first novel in what I think will become an addictively good series.