Thursday, 16 November 2017

Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

So, I won a proof of this lovely book from a Goodreads competition a while back, and well, coming up to October and Halloween I thought, hey this will be a great time to read a spooky horror story! (Yes I know it's past Halloween now, but I did read it around then so it counts!)

I've never really read any horror books before, but I do love the odd Historical Fiction book, so I thought this would be a good place to start, and it was!

Here it is:

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge.

With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. 

But inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself...

I don't usually read Horror, or watch horror, or really go into the horror genre at all really, but when I do occasionally step into the world of Horror, I love it. Which is what happened to me with this book. In fact, I think this book has definitely been a good venture into the horror books genre, and I'll definitely be reading other books like this in the future.

One thing I loved about this book was that it went between Elsie's story, in both her past and present day, and the times of Anne Bainbridge (an ancestor of the family from 200 years ago). I liked that it went between these times, as it showed just how the Silent Companions came to the house, and why they may have acted the way they did, and also shows you what happened to Elsie. You first find out about them and their spooky ways because of the diary of Anne Bainbridge, and this is where the times begin to jump, which I think is a great way to write in the history of a book.

The actual story begins in a psychiatric hospital, where Elsie is recovering after a fire at the house. It details her story, as written by her and read by her Psychiatrist Dr Shepherd, and why she ended up in the hospital.I definitely like the way this was written, as it really helps you to connect with Elsie and the story, and it also keeps you guessing and wondering what happened to make Elsie end up in the hospital.

It did take me a while to get into this book, but when I did I was hooked, and wondering what was truth and what was the imaginations of Elsie herself, and the ending of this book just blew me away (I won't spoil it, but it's definitely a twist that I didn't expect at all). Definitely a book to read if you like horrors and slight mystery.

I give this book: 4 Cats!

Have you read this book before? Or do you have any spooky recommendations? Comment Below!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Fairy Loot Unboxing: October 2017 Box!

So, this is my first ever book subscription box that I have got, as I really wanted to try one out.

I decided to go for a Fairyloot box (check out the website HERE). I thought I'd show you what I got (if a little bit late). The theme for October was Villainous!

First up, on the top of my box, we had a lovely candle by Meraki Candles. It's a beautiful and exclusive Maleficent themed soy candle, with a lovely jade orchid & lotus blossom smell. I haven't lit it yet, but I'm sure it will give an amazing smell, as just opening the can gives off an amazing scent.

Next I found this lovely exclusive Old-Fashioned Villain Coaster, which is made by Evie Seo, and she also supplied an exclusive Raise Hell print, with a roman quote that might be familiar for those Mortal Instruments fans out there - because of Sebastian Morgenstern. I love the coaster, as I do love Sherlock so much, it will definitely get used, and the print is just beautiful too! Also pictured with the print is a bonus item of a Night of Cake and Puppets art print!

Next up is my favourite item of the box, an exclusive Death Eater Enamel Pin by House of Wonderland. Of course, as you should all know by now, I am a giant Potterhead, so this pin was well-received and I'll definitely be wearing it!

Next up is a beautiful little, exclusive Hidden Darkness Pocket Mirror by Little Inkling Designs. It has a quote on it from The Young Elites by Marie Lu (I haven't read this, but I'll be adding it to my list now!).

And.... I finally come to the books!

First up is a special edition of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, it has a beautiful red foil on the cover, which is apparently exclusive to this fairy loot box, and you guys know how much I love my pretty covers, so this is amazing!

Also, as a little added extra we got some lovely little Language of Thorns Postcards!

And last, is the fairyloot book of the month: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao which has been on my to-read list for ages, as it is a fairy-tale retelling. Or, to be more specific, an Evil Queen (from Snow White) retelling which is set in Asia. I can't wait to read it!

And that is it from my first ever book subscription box! It was a lovely box, and I think I'll definitely be buying others, and maybe some other bookish boxes soon too!

Did you buy this box? What did you think of it? Comment below!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J . Maas

So, I bought this book very soon after I read and reviewed the last book (see my review of ACOTAR HERE) but I had so many other books to read that I'd bought, that I decided to wait and review this later on.

However, it didn't take me long before I was itching to read this, especially with my little talks with a few people on Twitter, who kept giving me little hints of things to come that I wouldn't understand until I'd read the book!

Here's the book!

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

So, this book starts off a little while after the last book, in the Spring Court, with Feyre and Tamlin planning their wedding together (yes they actually ended up together, "yay" I hear you Tamlin and Feyre shippers yelling). However, it isn't long until Rhysand comes barging in and takes Feyre from the Spring Court to his Night Court to fulfil her bargain that she made during the time under the mountain ("yay" I hear the Rhysand and Feyre shippers shout - including me).

Yes, even I, the one who said she loved the romance between Tamlin and Feyre in the first book, am now a Rhysand and Feyre shipper. I just felt very early in the book that Tamlin was not the right person for Feyre after all that happened, and that he was too controlling to help Feyre through her transition from Human to High Fae. This book shows you just how hard a time Feyre is having with this transition, and all that happened Under the Mountain, and even though you wouldn't think it Rhysand really does help her get through it all, hence, I started to love him even more than I did (I've always liked a bad boy with a soft side, and in the last book he hit that perfectly).

But, rambling about fictional guys is not what this review is for (unfortunately) so I'll get onto discussing the book!

This book really gets you the insights into the Night Court, and oh my is it beautiful! You wouldn't have thought it with all the little things you had heard about it in the last book, but it is. I think I actually prefer it to the Spring Court! Though, I admit, I really do miss Lucien, even if in this book the few times you see him he is a massive annoyance, always following Tamlin's orders instead of actually helping Feyre through her hard times (but she does call him out on that in the book, and I love her for that).

This book though will really stick with me, as it shows Feyre starting to come out and accept her new life as a High Fae, and dealing with the horrors she was forced to endure Under the Mountain. It's such a powerful transformation and you can just see her learning to adapt, with the help of Rhysand and his inner court.

And the characters in this book that you meet! The characters! They are amazing. I love them all and I can't wait to see more of them.

I could ramble forever about this book, and I'm not sure I put into words how much I adore it, but all I can say is it is a powerful book with amazing characters, and I definitely recommend it, and the series so far. This book was a bit more serious than the last, but no less beautiful, and I'm not sure Sarah can make the next book better than this.

Though I will say, it isn't all PG so I wouldn't say younger readers should pick up this book!

Definitely rating this as 5 cats!

Have you read this book, and do you agree with me? Are you a Tamlin lover, or like me have you been converted from Tamlin to Rhysand? Comment below!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

ARC Review: Blackbird by N. D. Gomes

I received this book from Netgalley in an e-book form, in exchange for an honest review.

Of course, the beautiful cover was what originally drew me in on this book, the gold against the black was striking and immediately caught my eye.

But as I've recently started to branch out in my book genres, I thought I would request this book, as it looked so intriguing, and I've always been interested in mystery shows, so why not try the mystery book genre. I generally stick to YA though, so this book definitely ticked the box for both a YA book, as well as being something different than usual.

This book is out November 16th!

Anyways, here it is:

Olivia disappeared the night the blackbird died.

It was New Years Eve the night that dead blackbirds descended, hours before fifteen year old Alex McCarthy’s sister Olivia went missing from a party.

Committed to finding out what happened to her sister, within the previously safe walls of their subarctic Orkney village, Alex knows that dishevelled, sometimes intoxicated Detective Inspector Birkens is her best shot.

Yet as they uncover the secrets behind Olivia’s last night, Alex starts to find things she may be better off never knowing…

So, this book has been on my TBR list for quite a while, in the list of slowly piling up Netgalley acceptances, and my lovely twitter followers decided in a poll that this should be my next read, as it is out in November.

This book definitely didn't disappoint as a mystery book. It had me guessing throughout as to just what happened to Olivia, and I definitely didn't expect to find out what we did, it was a great reveal near to the end of the book.

But when watching, or now reading I guess, a mystery, isn't it just great when it keeps you guessing, and it turns out all of your guesses are wrong? This especially pleases me, as usually I am quite good at guessing what will happen in movies or books, but with this one I didn't get anywhere near guessing what happened to Olivia.

The book is narrated by fifteen year old Alex, and describes the time she spends trying to figure out what happened to her sister, after she goes missing. As well as that though, throughout the story you see just what it is like for a family who loses someone, as we see Alex and her parents struggling to deal with everyday life after Olivia is reported missing, and suspected to be murdered.

All I can really say is that this book is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, and you definitely connect with Alex as a character when you read the book. I loved how it showed that different people grieve in different ways, as it shows you little windows into other peoples grief over Olivia's disappearance as well as Alex's, such as her parents', her friends, and her ex boyfriends.

This is definitely an interesting read, and I don't think I've done it justice when describing how emotional it is, but it has really made me want to read some other mystery books in the future, so I would definitely recommend it.

I give this book: 4 cats.

Blackbird is out November 16th, are you planning on reading it? Comment below!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Review: It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

So, as you may have known if you follow me on Twitter, I went to the launch event of this book at Waterstones Piccadilly on the 20th of September. It was my first book event as a blogger (and really just my first book event) and it was amazing.

From this, I got my copy of this lovely book, a week(ish) before release, and I loved it so much I read it in less than a day.

Now, it's been a while since I've loved a book so much I've read it in a day, and I admit I've really missed that feeling, I don't know about you guys but I feel like reading a book in less than a day really means something. But, I'm rambling, so here's the book!

Bad boys turned good, kisses in the rain, climbing through bedroom windows... It only happens in the movies.

When Audrey meets Harry, it's the start of a truly cinematic romance - or is it?

Audrey knows that Harry is every movie cliché rolled into one. But she still chooses to let him into her heart...

So, this hasn't been my usual read for a few years now, I used to read all types of YA books, including romances and contemporary like these when in college, but I then focused more on fantasy books coming into university. However, I saw the description for this and I was pulled in, and decided to go for it and go to this event, and I am glad I did.

This book made me remember why I used to read these types of book, it was hilarious, and I could relate to certain points in it so much that I couldn't put the book down once I started it. I even almost missed my train stop on the way home from the event because I was busy reading it.

The main thing I loved about this book was how it made me rethink romance movies. I've always been a bit of a secret romantic at heart, and I've always loved a little bit of a rom-com, but this book had little tidbits throughout, and at the beginning of each chapter, that really made me think about the way romance movies are done, and how they are all pretty much similar.

These tidbits about romance movies, and the whole book, is narrated by Audrey, who is a teenage girl in her final year of college. I found it so refreshing to read a MC like Audrey, and I really connected with her. I laughed with her, I cried with her, and I cringed along with her when things went wrong, and I think connecting with a MC is what really makes you love a book.

But, I could go on for ages about this book, mainly because it's so different to what I usually read it was so refreshing, and I'll definitely be reading Holly's other books if they're as good as this one!

I give this book: 5 cats!