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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER – Review

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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is about Audrey Rose, a strong and capable young woman learning sciences and as much as she can about the human body. Her fascination with a “man’s job” is frowned upon in Victorian society, so she learns everything she can from her Uncle by being his mortuary assistant. She’s soon thrown into the midst of the investigations surrounding Jack the Ripper, and with the help of dashing and irritating Thomas Cresswell, seems to hunt his every step.

FIVE STARS!!! * * * * *

Dear lord.

Thomas Cresswell.

I tore through this book. It was such an exciting read. Being fascinated with JtR anyway, it was highly enjoyable to delve into the world with such a brilliant heroine. Audrey Rose is definitely a character I warmed to immediately, and I enjoyed the banter with Cresswell, a dynamic interest. It was thrilling to spend time in that era of London with such a capable and interesting heroine. She liked being pretty while she studied gory science, which to my mind is a total aesthetic.

She wanted to be respected but also enjoy dresses as society expected of her, though she defied some of the rules in glorious fashion. Thomas has a way of pulling you around to his side, too, and he’s very charismatic if not infuriating.

While I figured out the culprit early on it didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the novel. Some of it is still Americanised eg: “block” instead of street, and “gotten”, which I highly doubt anyone in 1800s England would use, but if you can look past those teeny, tiny things I am sure you will enjoy this.

 

 

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Hyped 2019 Releases You Don’t Care About – Top 5 Wednesday

SHADY

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Okay well I’m gonna keep this honest. Because I’m like that. Also it might not even be shady, but prepare yourselves!

I went to THIS LIST and read the first page or two, looking at the synopsis in order to make my decisions, cause I only really know most of what I want to read, not what’s universally hyped.

For example, I went on some top SFF lists of 2019 and I wanted to read all of them. So I went to Goodreads instead!

And I found….

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I haven’t read the first one. So how can I be hyped for the second? LOGIC no shade here

Nothing against this AT ALL but the way the description is supposed to tell me to read it, I just don’t feel that pull. It sounds very run-of-the-mill YA. While I’ll pick it up I’m not hype.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Read it already. It wasn’t the book, it was me. I just didn’t like it. The pace was way too fast for me to drink in the atmosphere of what should have been a gloriously creepy Beauty and the Beast retelling.

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I read Margaret Rogerson’s Enchantment of Ravens, and while it was nice it was just… fine. I didn’t see anything amazing there. And while this is another standalone of hers, and different story wise, I’m not particularly interested in it.

Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

Ok so trying not to be shady but the synopsis of this was SO LONG. I was like “I already don’t care.” Blood heir, and something else I’ve already forgotten. I seriously think some books are done a disservice by the people who write their synopsis / blurbs.

What do you think?! What books are you hyped for, what don’t you wanna read?

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2019 Reading Resolutions – Top 5 Wendesday

IT’S 2019!!!

And with it comes more T5W and goals for the year. I’ll look back on my 2018 goals in another post, but for this year I want to do the following:

1. Read EVERYTHING on my TBR list.

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This doesn’t include books bought in 2019, this is the 17 books that have sat, waiting patiently for me to pick them up, for the last year or more. Or to finish reading them (sorry, Locke Lamora).

 

 

 

2. CELEBRATE BOOK BIRTHDAYS

I don’t do this half as much as I should and I feel like I miss out a lot on celebrating with authors and hyping them up, so while not necessarily reading-related, I want to celebrate books being released. Cause that’s what it’s all about, right? New books!

3. Read More Diversely

It’s so easy now to pick up a book by an author of colour, a trans author, an LGBTQ, a disabled author… while there’s still a long way to go before we can stop having the discussion of why diverse books are necessary (hi publishing, please don’t put a quota on diverse books, thanks), I am so impressed by the books which are coming out from authors in the above groups.

I want to read more from native authors, queer authors (not just gay cis men), authors of colour, authors who have disabilities, authors of different countries. Which brings me to…

4. Read More Translated Books

Image result for translated booksThere’s a whole wealth of stories out there – Russian lit, South American, French, Middle Eastern – that I need to read. I shouldn’t be scared off by a book which doesn’t feel like it might be ‘my type’ just cause it doesn’t have something magical in it. I need to read more books which are important not just because they show a different side of the world, but of the stories which are important to them there.

So yeah I want to read more, if my library has them!

5. Buy Independently

I want to support local indie book stores, and I would if indeed, we had any, but there are plenty of indie book shops online that I plan on buying from. This also ties in with another goal, which is to buy a physical book per month (if pennies allow) to support the industry, but I’m going for buying 10 new or old releases (from various houses) from indie book stores this year, no matter which month.

So that’s it! My top 5 Reading Resolutions – or at least book related – for this year. What’s yours?


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2018 – Year In Books

2018 year in books

Number Of Books You Read: 43!!
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?
ILLUMINAE

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

This is a difficult one… I think I was really looking forward to Vengeful and while it was amazing, I re-read Vicious just before and that is a perfect, PERFECT book. I adore it so much. Every line is so well crafted, and I felt like because of her million deadlines, the author couldn’t afford as much time on the sequel.

Lifelike wasn’t as amazing as I wanted it to be.

Also Daughter of the Burning City – I DNF’d that 😦

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Illuminae – I didn’t think I’d enjoy the format but it was incredible

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Illuminae…. I’m very very persuasive when it comes to shit like that lol

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Best series:  Nevernight / Illuminae

Best Sequel: Gemina

Best Series Ender: Obsidio (broken record much?!)

Also I didn’t actually read that many series this year. What with client books and reading friends’ MS (omg amazing) I didn’t delve into the series that are out there.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

JAY. MOTHERFUCKING. KRISTOFF.

HOLLY. GODDAMN. BLACK.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I would say 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, because it’s an adult sci-fi / mystery set in the 1920s? I think, so that was incredibly different to what I usually read.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Guess.

(*whispers* Illuminae)

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Illuminae.

Temper by Layne Fargo (getting a physical copy!)

The Fever King by Victoria Lee (again, physical copy!)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

Daughter of the Burning City  City of Ghosts   Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Mia Corvere! from Nevernight

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Erm… most were pretty damn good but I don’t know whether anyone could be called “Beautiful”. The most impressive, line by line writing was my re-read of Vicious.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

This question is difficult, especially since it presumes the type of book I read will actually contain life-altering themes when in reality I’m all about VILLAINS. SWORDS. HURRAH.

Jay Kristoff’s inspire me to write more like how I feel, so I would say his books did that.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

NEVERNIGHT / ILLUMINAE / CINDER / THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.” – Nevernight

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Pagan Portals – Odin at 122 pages

Longest: GEMINA at 659 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Possibly Illuminae – again – because of a twist.

And probably Godsgrave, with that twist too.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Tana and Gavriel from COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN

Kady and Ezra / Nik and Ezra from ILLUMINAE FILES

Mia and Aislynn (before Aislynn went boring) NEVERNIGHT/GODSGRAVE

Lemon / Gabe from LIFELIKE

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Eli and Victor from Vicious (although I really, really do ship it)

Cricket and Eve from Lifelike

Lemon and Eve from Lifelike

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Vengeful by VE Schwab

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Erm… none, I wanted to read all of them because of various things.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Gavriel ❤

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

I didn’t read many debuts BUT I can highly recommend TEMPER by Layne Fargo and THE FEVER KING by Victoria Lee

24. Best Worldbuilding / Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Lifelike had pretty good world-building, and Bear and the Nightingale made me feel cold as shit – that’s some good world-building.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

NEVERNIIIIIIIIIGHT *song of joy*

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

This year was not a year of emotion for me! Usually books can really get me in a way no other medium can, but only Illuminae made me cry.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Coldest Girl in Coldtown – literally nobody recommended this to me, it was all Cruel Prince! Cruel Prince! But this was amazing.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

None 😦 they were all so kind to me

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Dracula, in that it bored me to fucking tears and was in diary entry.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

 

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

STRANGE THE DREAMER – I borrowed it from Lexi! Need to read it!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

KING. OF. SCARS.

AURORA

WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

TEMPER – LAYNE FARGO

THE FEVER KING – VICTORIA LEE

THE DEVOURING GRAY

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

I’d LOVE to read more full books, instead of DNFing a few – I managed 43 including DNF at various stages, so I want to put another book in when I choose to DNF.

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Alas…. none (yet!) but I’m reading WICKED SAINTS and it’s so good so far!

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Most Anticipated 2019 Releases – Top 5 Wednesday

— Pretty explanatory. If you can’t narrow it down, give your selections for only the first half of the year or even just for winter 2019

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

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this is seriously a no-brainer, because Leigh Bardugo could write something about the phone book featuring Nikolai and I would buy it.

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I er, already read an earlier version of this (squee!). Perks of being in PitchWars with talented author friends! A powerful book that will have you shipping and fangirling and generally absorbed into the twisty world of Carolinia.

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I am so excited that I’m going to be part of the blog tour for this book! AND I got an ARC! Look out for my review early next year ^_^

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I NEED. TO KNOW. HOW THIS ENDS.

I NEED IT. YOU CAN’T LEAVE ME ON THAT ENDING, KRISTOFF.

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REINCARNATED KING ARTHUR BUT SCI FI. QUEER AUTHORS. CAN I GET A HELL YES PLEASE. I am trash for everything King Arthur and I’m hype for this.


 

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On Writing: Heart vs Soul Books

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I had a discussion the other day with a darling CP of mine, all about the concept of Heart and Soul projects.

Dividing books into categories isn’t exactly new, I know. Even Neil Gaiman has said he feels his books have genders. But my stories seem to stem from one of two places: Heart or Soul.

The first book I ever wrote was a Soul book — it had to be, since I spent 10 years of my life writing it — but the one after was a Heart book. I didn’t love it any less, but it didn’t take a piece of me. It was almost MUCH quicker to write! It didn’t require me to bleed into the pages, or encompass my every bit of being. It took me half an hour to outline it, and then about 12 months to write it, on and off.

Soul books drag me into their depths and refuse to let me out til I’ve written them. Even when I get the idea they haunt me, giving me slivers of information at random moments. I could be eating my dinner, suddenly be gripped by a plot solution, and have to find some paper to write it down (this happened recently).

It’s not that I didn’t enjoy writing or reading the Heart Books any less! Heart books tend to be an important story, one I want to read as much as I want to write. I knew that particular Heart books could live happily on shelves and in reader’s hands. It’s just different in feeling as I’m writing them.

Soul books, of which I am currently writing two, require a bit more from me. I usually dwell over their concept for 6-12 months. They require deeper concentration, twistier plots, settings and characters and dialogue which, if you held it up to anyone to view, would be an accurate preview of what I’m made of. Yes it might be dark, and twisty, but it can also be bright, humorous, alluring.

Not that I’m saying I’m the most alluring person when I’m nibbling my 20th jaffa cake and sobbing over edits, but you get the idea.

I find it easier to put the ideas I have into these two camps because then I know what to reserve more of: time or energy. Heart books require more time than energy, as I can force myself to sit down and write them even if I feel a bit tired.

With Soul Books, they require a lot of both.

It can also prepare me for the content–am I about to write a dashing adventure with themes and emotions that mean a lot to me? Or am I about to write something seeped in atmosphere and character that I simply can’t stop thinking about?

I’ve had Heart books which made me cry. The ending of the last one still gets me. It means so much to be able to read the end of the MC’s journey.

I’ve had Soul books which I laugh at and absolutely enjoy writing. The current WIP brings me joy with one character and the absolute one liners he delivers, and the friendships thrill me.

But they will always be different. One side will always be that touch more personal, and scoop out a slice of my soul to bare to the world.

In short: my Heart books tend to be lighter – my Soul books tend to be deeper.

Do you have any way of categorising your stories? I’d love to know!


 

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Books to Give Scorpios as Gifts – Top 5 Wednesday

Create a recommendations guide for a person. Be creative with this. It can be simple such as “books for parents”, more elaborate like “books for Ravenclaws”, or expert level like “books for -insert your favorite fictional character here-“. You can even take out the category completely and have all 5 be suggestions for different types of people!

I’m actually going to do a video on this, and recommend books for ALL the zodiac, but I couldn’t pass up this chance to advise what sort of books to buy my fellow Scorpios

Nevernight

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mmmmmm what a delicious meal this book was.

Scorpios are always said to be great spies or assassins, because we can keep secrets and be manipulative when we want to be. Jury’s out as to whether that’s true (ahem) but this book has secrets, manipulation, assassins, spies, love, sex, blood, murder, and a main character who has GOT to be a Scorpio somewhere. A girl driven by revenge? Yah. That’ll be it.

BONUS: Written by a Scorpio

City of Ghosts

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For the younger Scorpios in your life, perhaps a dash of ghostly whimsy? This book brings Edinburgh to life and gives younger-me a sense of envy, because I would have loved this when I was littler. Spookiness and ghosts, yes please.

Language of Thorns

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Scorpios are known to be into the occult and also folklore, history, that sort of thing. So this should satisfy the deep fairytale, folklore, grimm’s tales need within your typical Scorpio friends. Lush writing and illustrations make this unforgettable.

This Savage Song

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A book where one character’s a monster, another is a monster hunter, and bad deeds generate dark entities? MUSIC? Yah, this should be at the top of a Scorpio’s wishlist.

The Raven Boys 

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Psychics, bad boys, questionable forests and a deeply atmospheric blend of trouble warms my dark little Scorpio heart. Also no kissing because you’ll kill him? So twisted. Yesss.

BONUS: Written by a Scorpio

Honourable mentions:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown ¦ The Poppy War ¦ Stalking Jack the Ripper