CROWN OF FEATHERS BY NIKKI PAU PRETO

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“I am a daughter of death….From the ashes I rose, like a phoenix from the pyre.”

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Title: Crown of Feathers
Author: Nikki Pau Preto
Series or Standalone: Crown of Feathers #1
Genre: Young Adult & Fantasy
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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BOOKS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

In honour of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve written a list of books that I’d like to read with mental health rep for this Top 5 Wednesday.

Trigger warning: mentions of depression, anxiety, rape and trauma. 

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DO YOU DREAM OF TERRA-TWO? BY TEMI OH

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Title: Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
Author: Temi Oh
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: March 7th 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives.

It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.

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THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

A few months ago one of my favourite bloggers Alexandra at readingbystarlight kindly nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for tagging me Alexandra! Side note, be sure to check out Alex’s blog if you get the chance, she’s one of the loveliest bloggers in this community!

The Versatile Blogger Award has a few simple rules….

  • Thank the person who nominated you (✓)
  • Leave a link to their blog (✓)
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

Here are seven things about me:

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MY FAVOURITE RAINY DAY READS

I love how the discussion of Rainy Day Reads comes around seasonally. Of course, this topic can be interpreted differently by every reader, but that’s what makes it so much fun!

For me, my ideal rainy day read is simply something I find comfort in. Hearty books that aren’t too dense and don’t require using a lot of brain power to read. They might have fluffy romances & colourful characters that come off the page. This is what Rainy Day Reads are made for, at least in my world.

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I ADORED EMERGENCY CONTACT’S SWEET DIGITAL ROMANCE

“Romance was volatile, and if they came out of it with less than they had going in, she would be devastated.”

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Title: Emergency Contact
Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: YA/NA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: eARC
Source: Netgally
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Emergency Contact was one of those books that bought an interesting array of mixed reviews upon its release. Despite the fact that I’m not a huge contemporary reader, picking up a YA contemporary every now and again for a lighter read feels very homey.

I can happily say, Emergency Contact does just the trick. But it’s accompanied with important elements that heighten this story from your average fluffy YA contemporary to an honest young adult story about flawed characters.

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NEVER CONTENDED THINGS BY SARAH PORTER

39863312.jpg“It’s only for people who don’t make sense anywhere else. Like us.”

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Title: Never Contended Things
Author: Sarah Porter
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Faeries
Publication Date: March 19th 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Star Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Never-Contented Things was supposed to be serving me cruel and deliciously evil fairy-goodness. How can you not interpret that given the cover and blurb that tells me it’s unrelentingly cruel?! Yet, what I actually got was a convoluted story about two incestuous foster siblings, in what read like a poorly plotted episode of Riverdale – severely scarce of faeries.  Continue reading “NEVER CONTENDED THINGS BY SARAH PORTER”

OUTRUN THE WIND BY ELIZABETH TAMMI

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“I made it here. I will show them what my name means.”

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Title: Outrun the Wind
Author: Elizabeth Tammi
Series or Standalone: Standalone (for now, according to the author.)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Greek Mythology
Publication Date: November 27th 2018
Publisher: Flux
Format: eArc
Source: Netgally
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Outrun the Wind begin on the premise of a hunt; it is fast paced, intense and is positively exciting. However, it shortly looses this momentum following the first couple of chapters and falls into a sluggish narrative, largely driven by prose and the woes of palace life. After a promising opening scene what follows is a slow paced, unimaginative fantasy novel that is quite frankly boring.

Outrun the Wind is set in a fantasy world inspired by Greek mythology. Told in dual perspective we follow Kahina and Atalanta – a huntress of the goddess Artemis and a lost princess respectively.  Kahina is trying to earn back Artemis’ favour by attempting to complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia. It’s here that her fate collides with Atalanta, who is running away from a disastrous quest. As Kahina’s connection with Atalanta deepens she finds herself straying from the rules of being a huntress, by helping her devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage. But when the men responsible for the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

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