The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | How does a dreary world become so riveting?

The Final Empire

Thanks to a reading slump, it’s been so long since I’ve actually written a book review. I’m so glad this huge chunk of a book came along and gave me plenty of things to babble about.

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The Changeling’s Journey by Christine Spoors | A newly published book that feels like an old folklore tale

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Do you guys realise how thrilled I am to be finally writing this review? To finally have read a friend’s book, to have it in my hands and see the words she spent so long writing? GAHHHH.

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The Changeling's Journey

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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!

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Title: Uprooted

Author: Naomi Novik

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  448

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Revelling in the magical atmosphere of the twisted game in…Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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 All the way back in July, I was lucky enough to receive a stunning ARC of this book. But since it doesn’t come out until January, I restrained myself from reading it until December. I mean, I did want my review sat scheduled in my posts for 5 months now, did I?

And so at last, this book made it’s way onto my monthly TBR, and here we are today.

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Let’s talk about Caraval!

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Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  416

To Be Released: 26th January 2017

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November Wrap Up – The weird month where I feel like I’m not reading, then end up reading more than usual

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November. The month that begins with an onslaught of sporadic fireworks. The month where winter begins to settle in, grabbing the bones of us here in the UK, and lies with us for the long run. Fog and frost become a daily occurrence. We have only 6 hours or so of real daylight. Step outside and instantly your cheeks are flushed, fingers stiff, and you’ll be glad for extra layers of clothing.

But inside is a different matter. Inside is where I (and most bookworms) thrive on these freezing days. November was the month where my bedroom became my cocoon of warmth. At some point every day, you could find me wrapped in 5 layers of blankets, cuddling a hot water bottle and cat simultaneously while reading a book by fairy-light.

And so, November was a true bookworm month for me. Even if I didn’t read any more than usual, every comfort my heart longs for – blankets, hot water bottles, warm drinks while fog smothers the outside world – was available to me once again. Every moment of the day I wanted to get cosy and read. And now here we are – getting closer to Christmas, might I add.

So let’s see what November brought…

There’s also a video version of this post if you’d like to see, combined with my December TBR! Click here if you want to see!

PS. Do you like the new intro? Thought I’d try the scenic route rather than just throwing you all in. Let me know if you like!

*ahem* anyway

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | A REREAD that I loved, though I’m revoking the “favourite” status

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Alright you have no idea how much this header image is bothering me, with the title not fitting in the coloured stripe properly (it’s usually only one line rather than two but the title is way too long). But we’re just going to ignore that and get on with it, because that’s not what we’re here for.

I’d decided a while ago to reread this book. I’d finally gotten the last book in the trilogy a few months ago, but it had been that long since reading the first two I couldn’t actually remembered what happened. And with the movie of Miss Peregrine’s being released, it was about time for me to put those plans into action.

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Let’s talk about Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children!

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Series Status: The 1st book in the Peculiar trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Number of Pages:  352

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Blue Sun by Tracy Abrey | The story of a stubborn science girl being forced to believe in folklore

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A folklore story set in the Isle of Man? Count me in!

And that was probably about as far as my thoughts went when considering whether to accept this review or not. And here we are today 🙂

You know the drill by now…

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Let’s talk about Blue Sun!

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Title: Blue Sun

Author: Tracy Abrey

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Series Status: The 1st in a series

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Number of Pages:  360

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas | The story of how Sarah never fails to trap my heart and CRUSH IT (no spoilers – as always!)

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You knew this review was coming.

And you probably know how big a fan I am of everything Sarah J Maas writes, so you can probably guess which side of the love/hate scale this review is on.

But either way. Here’s my review!

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Let’s talk about Empire of Storms!

Title: Empire of Storms

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: The 5th book in the Throne of Glass series

Genre: Young/New Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:   689

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The Throne of Glass Colouring Book REVIEW – A very different kind of review, but an interesting one to say the least

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So you might be thinking something along the lines of “Ashleigh…a review…of a COLOURING book? What?”

I know. It’s different. But there’s a story behind it.

But recently I joined the SocialBookCo Reviewing Programme. This is 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.

That was quite a flimsy summary of the website – I’m not too great at explaining things. But basically, SocialBookCo sent me this colouring book in exchange for a review, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it because I didn’t think I’d get this book for months! So thank you!

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Is it even possible to give spoilers for a colouring book?

Let’s talk about the Throne of Glass Colouring Book!

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Title: Throne of Glass Colouring Book

Author: Original story by Sarah J Maas, Illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert , John Howe & Craig Phillips

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: Companion colouring book to the Throne of Glass series

Genre: Colouring, Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  96

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Throne of Glass TV show news : My conflicting thoughts turned into incoherent psychobabble

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This literally happened just half an hour ago (as I’m typing, though this will be scheduled for the morning) and I need to type because I have so many conflicting thoughts and they’re overwhelming me.

It’s been announced the Throne of Glass will have a TV show. Not just optioned for one. THERE WILL BE ONE.

Before I go further, click here to see the article explaining, if you haven’t seen it already.

And thus, let my incoherent psychobabble of thoughts begin…

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