Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn, so when I heard that Renee Ahdieh was writing a retelling loosely based on Mulan I was very excited. And I was not disappointed. I think it was Roshani Chokshi who described Renee Ahdieh's writing as "butter", and I cannot think of a more accurate description. It is rich, and smooth, and velvety, and makes you wonder how you managed without it before.


Favourite Reads of 2017 (So Far)

This week's Top Ten Tuesday focuses on your favourite reads of the first half of the year. I'm only including five, because while I've enjoyed a lot of the books I've read so far this year, there aren't very many that have earned the title of "favourite". Here we go:

A Midsummer Night’s Reading List

For those of you who aren't aware (don't worry about it, there's not really much reason you should be), last night was Midsummer's Eve. Until about a year ago, I hadn't realised that Midsummer and the Summer Solstice could be on different dates. But it is. If this is something that actually interests you, you …

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

I had heard so many good things about this series from people who I really trust, so my expectations were pretty high going in. This, as it turns out, was a mistake. I was promised rich politics, morally grey characters, blindsiding betrayal, and fascinating magic. I expected strong worldbuilding and intriguing characters. I got none of the above.


Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start (but Totally Haven’t Yet)

I am the worst for just not starting series. Part of it is because my TBR is just so massive, and it's ever-growing. Part of it is because I don't possess a lot of patience, and I love to marathon series - so I'd much rather wait until all of the books are out in …

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My Dream Reading Nook

I don't know about you, but I have a dream reading nook. A place that only exists in my mind, where the lighting is perfect (not so bright that I need sunglasses because of the white pages of my novel, but still bright enough that my eyes don't strain), the temperature is ideal (I'm not sweating while I'm just sitting there, but I'm not shivering), and there's just enough ambient noise.


Brightwood by Tania Unsworth

This is a book that, had I read it as a child, I think that I would have found it delightful, imagination-inspiring, and just scary enough. As an adult, I found it a little disturbing.


Book Dads

Happy Father's Day! Are you guys ready? Does it bother anyone else that people don't seem to make as big of a deal out of Father's Day? Not that Mother's Day shouldn't be a big deal, but dads are also super important. This year I get to take my dad to a football game, and …

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My Reading Playlist: The Starflight Series

I don't always listen to music when I'm reading. I usually get completely sucked into a book and don't pay any attention to what's going on around me. However, I was having some trouble getting into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, so I just started playing the movie soundtracks while reading, and …

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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

With her signature wit, candor, and ironic sense of humour, Anna Kendrick shares her experiences growing up as a child performer on Broadway, and her journey from Maine to Hollywood.