Seeing how music played a big part in the war, with all the consequences too…Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

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So here’s a book I’d never heard anyone talk about before, but when Walker Books offer to send one my way – while it took me a while to decide – I gave it a chance.

I wasn’t sure how it would go, since I’m only just getting into nonfiction and this is over 400 pages, which will have been double the size of my longest nonfiction read so far. But I love learning about history, and so here we are today.

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Let’s dive into Symphony for the city of the dead!

Symphony for the City of the Dead

Title: Symphony for the city of the dead

Author: M.T. Anderson

Publisher: Walker Books

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography

Number of Pages:  456

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor |A wonderful story full of details that no other author could create

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We have an exciting one today guys!

I’m pretty sure everyone has been fawning over photos of this book on twitter and instagram. I can’t blame them – 1. because I’m part of that crowd and 2. because this book has such a stunning cover.

But I was surprisingly sent an early copy of this book, so I have the pleasure of telling you guys whether this book is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. (Hint: look at the title of the post. Pretty big spoiler for the review there)

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Let’s dive into Strange the Dreamer!

Strange the Dreamer

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Series Status: The 1st in a duology

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  544

Release Date:  28th March 2017

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Discovering a book all over again when rereading and loving a second time…The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season

It’s been a long time coming.

With the wait for The Song Rising – the 3rd book in this series – being so long, I knew I needed to reread this book and the second one. Admittedly, I should have started my rereads sooner, since I still need to read the 2nd book and the 3rd book is now released. But still. Here we are at last.

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Let’s dive into The Bone Season!

The Bone Season

Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: The 1st book in the Bone Season series

Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia

Number of Pages:  560 (this edition includes a novella)

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A slow & important trundle about understanding anxiety/mental health in…Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

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I finally got round to reading this book! It’s been on my TBR for so long. But I wanted a shorter book than my usual, and so I finally made a grab for this one.

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Let’s dive into Under Rose-Tainted Skies!

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Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Author: Louise Gornall

Publisher: Chicken House

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health, Young Adult

Number of Pages:  272

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab | A favourite author winning me over with lovable monsters & terror

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I needed a bit of V.E. Schwab back in my life. It had been too long.

In the wait for her final book in the A Darker Shade of Magic, I picked up This Savage Song, and as always, it was a great decision.

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Let’s dive into This Savage Song!

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Title: This Savage Song

Author: V.E.Schwab

Publisher: Titan Books

Series Status: The 1st book in the Monsters of Verity duology

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  407

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller | The art of loving a book while absolutely hating the title character

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Well here’s one I didn’t think I’d ever get round to reading until suddenly everybody started raving about it again and my interest was newly peaked.

I hardly knew what this was about going into it, so I didn’t really have any expectations. I was very intrigued to see how it went.

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Let’s dive into The Song of Achilles!

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Title: The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: LGBT, Retelling

Number of Pages:  352

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Delving into nonfiction to find out what actually happened all those years ago | Hiroshima by John Hersey

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My first, proper nonfiction book of this year. And hopefully not my last.

I didn’t know how this was going to go. I don’t read nonfiction – why would I do that when I can read about magic and faeries and dragons in fantasy books? Buuuuut my love for history is gently drawing me into nonfiction, so here we are today.

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Let’s dive into Hiroshima!

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Title: Hiroshima

Author: John Hersey

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Nonfiction, History

Number of Pages:  208

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini | An incredible, but brutally honest story that held my heart on the line throughout

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This book has been on my radar for a while now – all of Khaled Hosseini’s books have been – so when the lovely people at SocialBookCo contacted me through their review programme, asking if I would like to review this for them, of course, I said yes!

This is the 3rd book I’ve reviewed for them. This is basically a site that compares all the different prices of books from different retailers, showing you where you can buy each book for the cheapest price. And then there’s the reviewing side – If you join their programme, there are opportunities for you to be sent books for free in exchange for an honest review by a given date. So check it out if you’re interested!

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Let’s dive into A Thousand Splendid Suns!

(sounds a bit suicidal)

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Title: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Late Historical Fiction or Early Contemporary (it spans over many years)

Number of Pages:  372

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik | A standalone fantasy with the feel of a dark fairytale (at least to me)

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This book had been sat on my shelves for ages. I think…over a year? Maybe? And I really have no idea why, because it’s intrigued me ever since I first heard about it. But for some reason, there it sat, feeling unloved (even though it very much was, in it’s place on my shelves).

But at last, we’re here. We’ve reached the day where I actually read this book.

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Let’s dive into Uprooted!

uprooted

Title: Uprooted

Author: Naomi Novik

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  448

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The Cavalier Historian by Dorinda Balchin | An interesting book for a history lover like me, but the ending let it down slightly

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Fun fact: To this day, this is the review request that tops my list of “most impressive review requests”.

Not that that’s an actual list…

But when Dorinda contacted me a while ago, I was so impressed with the amount of consideration she handle it with. Not only had she gone through my reviews and seen if there were any books similar to hers, but she also quoted my reviews to me and explained how. And I just feel like that needs to be pointed out, because so often review requests are so blunt and barely thought through – thank you Dorinda, for actually taking the time to do that.

So when I saw the review she’d compared it to was Outlander – one of my favourites – I leapt at the chance to read this book. I love a historical fiction, and so here we are today.

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Let’s dive into The Cavalier Historian!

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Title: The Cavalier Historian

Author: Dorinda Blachin

Publisher: Self Published

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Historical Fiction, Supernatural

Number of Pages:  382

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