'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Harry Potter #95

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

REVIEW: The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 20th August, 2013


It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

BLOGTOUR: Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye


Today I have the lovely Vanessa Lafaye on the blog as part of her Summertime blog tour.

Top 10 Books Which Put the Place on the Map 

Vanessa Lafaye, debut author of SUMMERTIME (Orion, Jan 15th) reveals her top 10 books which put their settings on the map.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
Sleepy Savannah, Georgia experienced a flood of visitors following the ‘Midnight Trail’, and I’d so love to go.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis de Bernières
The lush descriptions of Cephalonia produced a surge in tourism to the Greek island

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Harry Potter #94

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Hi guys and welcome to another stop of The Mime Order's blog tour! I'm delighted to share a post with you today, my review and offer up an ARC of The Mime Order for a giveaway. Rules will be below. I hope you enjoy!

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)
Title: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 27th January 2015


Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.
Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Harry Potter #93

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Monday, 5 January 2015

REVIEW: The Map to Everywhere - Carrie Ryan, John Parke Davis

The Map to Everywhere
Title: The Map to Everywhere
Author: Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis
Series: Pirate Stream #1
Publisher: Orion
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 4th November, 2014


'It is said the Bintheyr Map to Everywhere will take its possessor wherever he or she needs to go...'
Master thief, Fin, is unusual - when he's out of sight, everyone forgets he exists! He needs to find his mother - the one person who might remember him.
Schoolgirl, Marrill, boards a pirate ship in a car park and is carried off to another world. She needs to find her way home.
Fin and Marrill are on a wild adventure to find the Map to Everywhere, but can they escape the Oracle - a dark and powerful wizard who seeks the map to fulfil a terrifying prophecy?
The first in an epic new adventure series from husband-and-wife team, John Parke Davis and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, Carrie Ryan. Beautifully illustrated by Todd Harris.