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MINI REVIEWS - SHADOWBLACK by Sebastien de Castell & BOOKSHOP GIRL by Chloe Coles

Some amazing reads I've read lately both totally different but brilliant in their own way.

Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2)
by Sebastien de Castell
It's a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind. 

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn't blind, and who carries a secret that's all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help - but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold - and Kellen can't help but suspect his own people may even be behind it. 


Shadowblack takes you on a self-discovery journey for Kellen. This is the book that you really find out who Kellen is, not hiding behind his family or the so-called powers he's meant to have. He now finds himself at a crossroads, and in this book he finds out what path he needs to take to finally take hold of his powers and smarts he has to become the man he is. He may not be Argosi, he may not be a Jan'Tep... he might be something far more than that.

So after reading and absolutely loving Spellslinger, I really couldn't wait to head straight into the second. This series is so fun and escapable that there is something so refreshing and magical that it's addictive. Plus I have a secret crush for a squirrel cat. 😂 I do feel that the squirrel cat is becoming quite famous because of this series, and it seems to be getting to his head especially with a bath and butter biscuit scene. Hilarious and slightly cringe. Nobody brings this level of humour into a fantasy like Sebastien de Castell.

I feel this series is totally underrated and I love discovering these ones. They are like the hidden gems of the bookish world. This book has balls, guts, magic and tricks. What's not to love about this series.

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐



Bookshop Girl 
by Chloe Coles
Bennett's Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It's a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money.

But, like so many bookshops, Bennett's has become a 'casualty of the high street' - it's strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.

Time is ticking - but that's not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?


So this book is the ultimate book for any book lover, reader or bookshop fanatic of the quaint variety. I found this book to really pull on my emotional attachment to books and how shops on the high streets are slowly becoming non-existent. Seeing a bookshop that brings such happiness to people to be slowly then away because they care more about profits than people is honestly horrible.

But then there is Paige Turner, a bubbly, passionate human being who wants to stop and shout to heavens that books and bookshops are here to stay. You don't realise how much a bookshop helps people not just find stories and acts but also people to talk too. A bookshops opens you up to the universe and it's cruel to shut something like that down. Paige believes and it won't take stubborn business people or hottie's like Blaine to stop here.

A cute, passionate read is a book after every book lovers heart. It’s Quirky & Fun! It’s standing up for what you believe in, and BOOKS! It’s just perfect!

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BLOG TOUR - ROSIE LOVES JACK: IMPORTANT JOURNEYS






Today I'm so happy to be part of this blog tour celebrating important journeys. I'll be honest I wasn't sure what to write at first and then it hit me... and this feels like one the most honest and best piece of writing I've written about myself on here. So I really hope you enjoy.

A LIBRARY HOLDS MILLIONS OF JOURNEYS... but all you need to do is find just one - MY JOURNEY.

Every one has a life journey, we all embark on that special journey we know will stay with us forever. I was going to start this post with my life really began when I left school, that I felt I was leading my own life for once because the bottom line is I never really enjoyed school.... this is all very true and that is part of my journey but it was a specific place that really set me on my path that I am on today. A LIBRARY.

A timeline of my journey so far...

1995 onwards...

  • It begun with mum taking me to the library to borrow books with my best friend.
  • I would always get excited by the new books, I had to have one, just having one was a prize even if I didn't read it, I would admire it. As well as my favourites, obviously. 
  • My fondest memories with my best friend was in a library in our craft sessions. 
  • My proudest moment: I was the very first person to sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge called The Reading Planet (does anyone remember that?!) and winning to complete in first in my local library. I still have the medal. 

*I did stop going to the library for a bit when I was in secondary school as I bought quite a few of my books. But one of those places that you just gravitate too, it will never leave you.

2012-2014

  • I returned but I joined a new library in a new borough where my grandparents lived for a more range of books.
  • I did volunteering as part of Summer Reading Challenge. (Can you see how my journey seems to have a way of becoming a cycle.)
  • I got my first job as a Saturday Library Assistant. (I also became a book blogger at this stage too.)

2014-2015

  • I progressed from Saturday Library Assistant to Part-Time Library Assistant and increasing my hours all the time. 
  • My grandparents were regular customers.
  • The biggest moment in this journey - I found love... not just in books but also with my boyfriend... Nearly 5 years together.
  • In 2016 I left being a Library Assistant to the biggest and most profound moment in my career, and finding in love in something I do every day. 

2016- Present Day

  • I became a Librarian, managing my own secondary school library, working with incredible  students that make me proud everyday, and who love the same books as I do. 
  • Organising author events and meeting them as a fangirl and librarian. What could be better.  ->
  • Buy new books for the library.
  • Going from being part of a library to having my own library.
  • Not just one but two...building the second library from scratch. 

Present Day 

3 years down the line and I'm still love with my job as a librarian, its one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. There is times in my life journey that I haven't noted that was hard and not all rewarding or good. But I know it's the places and the people that make your life journey and a library seems to be right there at the centre of it. A library has brought my family, my love for my boyfriend, my love of books and turned my unknown path of my career into a certain one. 

There isn't a day that is the same which I love. To this day and to my future, I appreciate every day as I continue my life journey because I know there is still way more memorable moments to come... My journey is only just starting and I live each day as it comes reminded of where it all began.

Image result for rosie loves jackRosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they're split up, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even cross London and travel to Brighton alone, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though any girl might find that hard, let alone a girl with Down's syndrome. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story about fighting for the freedoms that we often take for granted: independence, tolerance and love.
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Rosie Loves Jack is out now. Grab your copy and embark on their important journey. 

NOVEMBER WRAP-UP & DECEMBER TBR


Hi Everyone, I've been MIA lately, late October and all of November has been very busy at work. I've started a new position alongside my Librarian role which has taken up a lot of my work at the moment. I'm hoping December will be a different story as Christmas comes to work and it will feel a lot less busy and more festive and relaxed. This month I have been re-reading the Throne of Glass of series in anticipation of the Kingdom of Ash release. I started this series when it first came out and then stopped at Crown of Midnight. But I've adored everything else from Sarah that I wanted to go back to it. I'm now on Heir of Fire which I'm loving as it's new and exciting for me.

November also saw a lot of new books from publishers and some amazing 2019 releases as well which I can't wait for. This month I do have some very exciting posts coming up with reviews, blog tours and discussion posts which I'm looking forward to writing them.


Books I've Read & Book(s) of the Month

Loving my re-read. I don't think I can choose between these so let's say Throne of Glass series Books 1-3 at the moment. 

No Book Reviews this month - more this month I promise.

This Month I received (loads of books) - Thank you lovely publishers 😍
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And some 2019 releases:

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A huge haul and some I honestly don't have room for. I was accepted onto a new mailing list so I snap happy on my emails with Supernatural, The Dark Vault and Sherlock Holmes. I'm part of the Rosie Loves Jack blog tor this month talking about my Important Journeys so I intend to read it this month.  We are celebrating Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson this month too with my review at the beginning the Christmas holidays.  These are some of my most anticipated books of next year and there is still more to come. I can't believe it's nearly 2019. Scary. During my Christmas holidays I intend to read all of these at least and be ahead of myself for review books next year. But that means I still have my entire TBR which keeps growing. 

Book Most Anticipated this Month
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I haven't read the first two but I have them all on my shelf and it's the Waterstones gorgeous edition. 

December TBR
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Like I said earlier with Blog Tours and Christmas Holidays coming up I'm hoping to read loads. To catch up and make a dent on the TBR pile. The Light Between Worlds I bought yesterday because it reminded me a little of Narnia and always feel these books are very seasonal. I can't wait to read the rest and in between I will be dropping into the rest of the Throne of Glass series. Also my godmother is really trying to get me into the A Discovery of Witches series which she bought me last Christmas so I really need to get on that before I watch the TV adaption. 

A couple of days ago I started Christmas a little early by going to Christmas at Kew. I went two years and it was amazing! This year was simply magical and I would highly recommend it. 

Have a fabulous festive and wintery month. 

Over and out...