The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

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I found this delightful little gem in my local bookstore, sadly I couldn’t stay in said bookstore all day and neither did I buy as many books as I would have liked to however, The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo caught my eye and I’m so glad that it did! It didn’t take long for me to be completely absorbed by this story, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE Hayao Miyazaki’s work and as soon as I picked up on the Spirited Away-esque vibe seeping from the pages of this novel, I was hooked! I would literally beg Hayao Miyazaki to make The Ghost Bride into one of his spectacular animations, Myself and I could name a few others, would definitely buy and watch it.

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Nefertiti’s Heart (The Artifact Hunters book 1) by A. W. Exley

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My Thoughts:

TW: If you can’t read about difficult and disturbing subjects, and/or don’t like romance, and/or can’t read about murder, and/or can’t read about sex, then this book is not for you.

There are some difficult topics in this book, particularly surrounding the main female protagonist Cara. In her childhood years she suffers abuse and extreme trauma (underage non-consensual sex, rape.) However, A. W. Exley only mentions this in passing as part of Cara’s past. Also, Cara’s deceased father was violent and abusive (not in a sexual way), this again is mentioned in passing as part of Cara’s past. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable already then I recommend that you don’t read this book.

If you’re like me and don’t like, but can accept the disturbing/distressing elements of this story, and enjoy reading consensual romantic partnerships, then you’ll love this book. However, I wouldn’t classify Nefertiti’s Heart as an erotica by any stretch, so if you’re looking for that, you’ll need to look somewhere else.

Now that’s been dealt with, Nefertiti’s Heart is a Victorian, Steampunk, Historical, Mystery, Thriller and Romance novel. Continue reading

Child of Awe by Kathryn Lynn Davis

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Well this was an old gem of a find, and totally deserving of some new praise in my opinion. Oh my goodness where do I start with this one… This is the second historical romance I have ever read and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much but this book pushed me (or more like threw me -C.L) from a ‘Meh this is ok’ to an ‘Oh my God this is dark, juicy and surprising’. Yup you are being warned, this story is pretty dark, especially during the first half.

Child of Awe is set sometime during the end of the Medieval Period and is based on real characters and places (You can visit Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle in Scotland, UK -C.L). However, the story itself is completely fictional, which is great because there are no limits to Davis’ fantastic imagination… Continue reading

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence

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Ahahaha, well done Mark, well done. I was totally confused to begin with and therefore hooked by this book, purely because of the main character Jorg. As I was reading on my kindle I would often think, ‘wait is he the good guy or the bad guy?’ or ‘God damn you little sarcastic p****! -but I love you so much!’ I’ve never be so utterly bewildered by such a character before, I think it’s because my mind really wanted him to be the stereotypical good guy/hero but in reality he is a villain out for revenge.

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Throne of Glass (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas

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So sooo soooooo many reviews on this book. However the positive feedback completely annihilated all of the negative feedback out there and I have to agree with the positive, thumbs up from me and five stars. Throne of Glass was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Oo this book had a lot of intrigue and mystery. Strange creatures, magical items, forgotten ancient histories? Yup, Throne of Glass has it all. This book also has the highly sought after female friendship between Celaena and Princess Nehemia. Not to forget, Celaena is the literal embodiment of a strong female heroine but realistic and emotional too. Sarah J. Maas has managed to tick so many boxes with Throne of Glass… Continue reading

The Medium (Emily Chambers, Spirit Medium) by C. J. Archer

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There were soooooooo many reviews I had to go through for the ‘From the current reviews’ section below. Wow.

Well this was an unexpected Gem of a find. I loved the historical setting for this book and it was easy to read despite being set in a dated time. There have been some complaints that the writing style was too modern for the setting but I, along with many others, disagree. The writing style is right for today’s readers, we all remember how hard going reading Shakespeare was back in school, so why would we want to read a book written in old English now? No, I think C. J. Archer does it perfectly, we are able to appreciate a historical setting without having to struggle our way around words. Historical London, Demons, ghosts, mediums, there’s a lot of good things about this book. Continue reading