Saturday, 1 June 2019

Igniting The Imagination | We Hunt The Flame (Review)

There are books that are well-written.

A well-written book is like a cake. A certain 'recipe' can be followed, certain measures can be taken. There is a process that can be perfected in order to 'bake' a book and have a satisfactory novel as an end result.

And then there are books that are masterpieces.

We Hunt The Flame is such a book. It wasn't made using a go-to 'recipe'. It forges its own path and has a distinct flair and originality that makes it a truly memorable gem of a read. My full thoughts on the book are below.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy of this incredible book to read and review.

So without further ado...let's get into it!

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Love On The Ranch | The Trouble with Cowboy Weddings (ARC Review)

Country romance stories are a balm to the soul.

They remind me of movie days snuggled up on the couch or cradling a cup of tea as you gaze out of a window at the view beyond. It's a type of...warmth. They somehow embody this warm, cosy feeling - connecting with the emotions, trials and wants that us readers feel as deeply as country romance characters do. They make us long for simpler times and simple comforts of the heart.

The Trouble with Cowboy Weddings is one such novel.

A big thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this title. My thoughts on this TBR tale of love, loss and redemption are below.

So without further ado...let's get into it!

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Love, Murder & Rogues...Oh My! | Project Duchess (ARC Review)

Historical romance novels are my kryptonite.

There is something about the historical fiction genre that is utterly captivating. I adore the witty banter, longing glances and Hallmark movie-esque moments (shout out to Regency gazebos and strolls through picturesque gardens!). Romantic connections develop under the pressure of social conventions, familial expectations, and future prospects...and become stronger for it. It's a world of contrasts - composedness and spontaneity, rules and rule-breaking, cool regard and fiery passion.

Project Duchess is an ode to your inner romantic.

Following its characters as they find love, despite the ghosts of their past, is an absolute delight. Sabrina Jeffries is an incredible wordsmith and does a brilliant job of bringing these characters to life.

A big thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this title. My thoughts on this TBR literary gem are below.

So without further ado...let's get into it!

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

A Magical, Slow-Burn Romance | Howl's Moving Castle (Review)

A heart's a heavy burden...

Many novels incorporate elements of romance. Some, with a heavy hand - passionate, fiery connections that burn bright and hot. Others, with a subtler touch - the occasional glance, stolen moments, leading to a love that burns steady and true.

I myself have always been more partial to slow-burn romances. Romances that allow the characters involved to get to know one another on a deeper level than the physical. A romance for me shouldn't overshadow the plot or act as a substitute for it. And a perfect example of this is Howl's Moving Castle.

Howl's Moving Castle is a modern classic.

I fell in love many years ago with the Studio Ghibli adaption of Howl's Moving Castle. It was colourful, fun and entertaining. From the beautiful soundtrack to the perfectly cast voice actors, it was an utter success and an immediate favourite. However, it wasn't until recently that I found the time to pick up the original tale in book form and give it a go.

A wizard's breakfast! (Original HD post can be found on my bookstagram)

From the very first page I was captivated by Diana Wynne Jones' special brand of storytelling magic. I can't wait to share my thoughts on this epic novel and its unforgettable adventure with you all (see below).

So without further ado...let's get into it!

Saturday, 6 April 2019

'Tis Written In the Stars | Star Crossed (Review)

Why don't we rewrite the stars?

All The Greatest Showman lyrics aside (I just couldn't resist!), I've always found astrology to be an intriguing pseudoscience. It seemingly bridges the gap between the terrestrial and the celestial, bringing with it various forms of divination from horoscopes to tarot readings. It's almost as if astrology provides a way for us mere mortals to peek beyond the mundane and to take a glimpse at the tapestry of life woven by Fate.

Is love written in the stars...or in the Alexandria Park Star?

Minnie Darke's Star Crossed utilises astrology as a device to bring together two souls for a fresh and fun romance. Its protagonist - Justine - works for the Alexandria Park Star. She makes a small alteration to the magazine's astrology column, in the hopes of securing the attention - and affection! - of her old friend Nick. Star Crossed follows the comical consequences of Justine's meddling and asks the question: are some people really destined to be together?

A big thank you to Penguin Books Australia for sending me a copy of Star Crossed to review! Below are my thoughts on the novel + more information on the book for those of you interested in reading Star Crossed for yourselves.

So without further ado...let's get into it!

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Re-Imagining The Elements | The Dysasters (Review)

P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast have returned with a stormy read!

When I was getting back into reviewing post-hiatus, I took a little while to pick the books I wanted to review. After having read a bunch of books with seemingly tired or recycled concepts (for leisure), I was ready to pick something up that was unique. Something that was going to hold my attention and get me immersed from the get-go.

The Dysasters was my first pick.

When I read the blurb for The Dysasters, my inner Avatar the Last Airbender fangirl jumped for joy! The use of natural elements - water, earth, fire and air - in fiction is usually sporadic or secondary to the plot itself. But The Dysasters held the potential to reimagine the elements and produce a story that would be both inventive and captivating.

A big thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me this copy to review! The full review is down below - but if you'd like a quick summary of my thoughts, feel free to check out my Instagram post on The Dysasters for a mini review.

So without further ado...let's get into it!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Health & Happiness ~ My Hiatus & Reigniting My Love of Books

Hello again lovelies!

It's so good to be back! After many semi-returns (a.k.a me popping in on social media to post the occasional book pic) it feels amazing to be returning to the world of book reading, reviewing and blogging. It's been quite the journey.

This post is about the importance of health and happiness and my quest to find them for myself. 2018 so far as been a beautiful mess of highs and lows. My hiatus allowed me the opportunity to reignite my love of books and to prioritise my life so that I could not only be happy but stay happy.

♥ Read on for my complete hiatus overview ♥

Monday, 1 January 2018

Enchanting Editions ~ 2017 Picks

I'm so excited to welcome you back to the Enchanting Editions tag!

The Enchanting Editions tag covers some of the treasured and special books that have a home on my bookshelves - books which stand out, either due to their outsides or their insides.

I've really been having so much fun with this tag. It's gotten me to view my bookshelf in a whole new light, and I've stumbled across some treasures that have given me so many great memories...especially when it comes to today's picks!

Today's featured books are all from 2017.

There were so many eye-catching, show-stopping books in 2017 that I had the pleasure of adding to my bookshelves, that I thought I'd feature some of them on the tag! From the City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition, to Norma by Sofia Oksanen, 2017 produced some beautiful gems that would brighten up any bookshelf.

A big thank you to Allen and UnwinWalker Books Australia, and Bloomsbury for sending me copies to review.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Saturday Stack ~ Reads for the Holidays

The holidays are a time for good books and good company.

As many of you know, the second half of this year was extremely busy for me. With finishing my uni thesis + degree (so happy to have that behind me!) and dealing with challenges that arose within the family, it was hard to find time to sit back and devour some of the best books that 2017 had to offer.

The holidays allowed me to finally sit down and - one after the other! - get to reading some truly transportive reads. From assassins and magic, to mystery and trickery, there was so much to enjoy and many, many memorable quotes to bookmark! 

So today's post is going to be a recap of this stack of reads that kept my imagination company over Christmas + the Christmas weekend and that can keep you entertained this holiday season (whether you're celebrating New Years or just taking a break from work or study!). I can't wait to share what I thought of each of these six books with you guys.

A massive thank you to Allen and Unwin, Bloomsbury, and Hot Key Books for sending me these copies to review.

So without further ado...let's get stacking!

Friday, 29 December 2017

2016 Debut Authors Bash ~ Erin Beaty Interview

Welcome back to this year's Debut Authors Bash.

The Debut Authors Bash is an annual event that YA Reads started in 2013 to promote debut authors through reviews, guest posts, interviews, promo posts, etc. It's an exciting chance to get to know a little more about the year's incredible authors and their brilliant books!

This year's Bash runs from December 1st through to December 30th. To view the rest of the tour schedule click here.

The author I'm featuring today is the lovely Erin Beaty!

I got the chance to chat with Erin about her novel The Traitor's Kiss (which I loved!), writing characters, and femininity. 

Along with the interview is a giveaway you don't want to miss thanks to Erin Beaty and the wonderful people over at YA Reads, so be sure to check that out if you love books and free things I mean who doesn't?!

Now let's get this Debut Authors Bash started!

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