Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper is a book that I've been wanting to read for a long while. I've spoken to Kerri Maniscalco a few times on Twitter and knowing she was so nice just made me need it even more. The thing is that when it comes to historical novels or stories about serial killers...I'm really picky. If something is wrong I will point it out and it might be why I don't enjoy a huge amount of either.

This novel, however, had mostly good so let's talk about it, shall we!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

What We Want In Fantasy and How We're Writing It

Ahhh fantasy, a favourite genre for many including me but one that can be a little predictable. We all love reading stories about the chosen one, about the rebel going out and saving the day. We want those stories but we also want more than that and fortunately, we are starting to get a little more variety.

An example of an amazing YA fantasy
Because of this, I thought I'd write a little something about what I'd like to see more of and how I've included that in my own novel ;). Ah I know, shameless self-promotion but considering I'm still in the editing process, I thought this could be a way to show how authors can be doing these things and to see what readers actually want in YA fantasy specifically.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

ARC: The Waking Land by Callie Bates

I received a free copy of this from BookBridgr in return for an honest review.

Isn't the UK cover of this book gorgeous? I really truly adore it and I just wanted to say that before I got into the actual review.

So The Waking Land is Callie Bate's debut novel. It's labelled as YA but I'm more inclined to see it as NA. There is a slightly steamy scene of the more adult variety in the book but as it's not that detailed, it can possibly get away with being YA. Maybe.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Frostblood by Elly Blake

I've pretty much been wanting to read Frostblood since I caught sight of it in Waterstones and immediately brought it. But it waited until my current to read pile and then I placed it near to the bottom due to the size. After speaking to Elly Blake in a chat about the next book I needed to read it even more and I'm so glad I finally have. Oh boy, I'm glad.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Magician and Roar

So a challenge I'm taking part in requires you to post a Waiting on Wednesday post about said book and since I've been thinking about doing more challenges anyway... I decided to include another book that comes out sooner that I need and make this a weekly thing if I can.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Buddy Read: Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley

Hello, I'm Rosina and this is a buddy read review! This weekend my lovely friend from deesteasandbooks on Instagram read Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley. 

Hey, I'm Dee.

Okay so my comments will be normal and Dee's shall be italic!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

ARC: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

I received an ARC of this book through Bloomsbury and GoodReads giveaways in return for an honest review.

Song of the Current is the YA fantasy debut of Sarah Tolcser. It focuses on Caro, a girl who has spent her whole life waiting for the god of the river to speak to her. When her Pa is arrested she agrees to take on a mission in return for her Pa's release but it turns out the neither the package or the mission is as simple as it should be.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Armchair Book Expo: In Search Of...

Oh god, this is the last post for the Armchair Book Expo and I thought the post on diversity was hard. Well, it was, but this is in a different way. Today I'm talking about what books I'm in search of and my first thought was what the hell am I supposed to talk about?

Friday, 2 June 2017

Armchair Book Expo: Diversity In Fiction

Today's blog post is talking about diversity in books. Now as a white, straight (mostly) cis woman, I'm not exactly the type of diversity people want writing out there anymore. And if I'm honest, that's fair enough. We're always going to have white authors out there writing about white, straight characters and it just gets a little boring. This year I've noticed that there seems to be a stream of diverse books coming out by people about their own cultures or about others cultures and this is really exciting.

A really great YA contemporary about fandom and two boys in love

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Armchair Book Expo: What Do Readers Want?

Ahhh, it's time for day 2 of the Armchair Book Expo and I still wish I was at the real thing. However, today was the book birthday of a book I really wanted and I've managed to grab that so being at home isn't all bad.

Being at home has also allowed me to add an actual follower widget that I didn't have before. Ooops. But thanks to the lovely Erica pointing how to do it, you can actually follow my blog properly now and you don't have to follow by email. Though you can do that too if you want. Just how much do you love me ;).

All of this is besides the point though and the point is what the hell do you readers want?!

Hey look, some of my WIP ;)