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Book Review ‘Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)’ ~ L.C. Rosen

9780241365014Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen

Publication Date: February 19th 2019

Publisher: Penguin

Blurb: ‘My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.’

Jack Rothman is seventeen. A solid student with a talent for art, he likes partying, makeup and boys. Sometimes all at the same time. His active, unashamed sex life makes him a red hot topic for the high school gossip machine, but Jack doesn’t really care too much about what the crowd is saying about him. His mantra is: ‘It could be worse.’

And then it is.

When Jack starts writing a teen sex advice column for his best friend’s website, he begins to receive creepy and threatening love letters. His ‘admirer’ is obsessed with Jack – they know who he’s hanging out with, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. And while they say they love Jack, they don’t love his lifestyle. They want him to curb his sexuality and personality. And if he won’t, they will force him.

As his stalker starts to ratchet up the pressure, it’s up to Jack and his friends to uncover their identity, before their love becomes genuinely dangerous.

★/5

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Book Reviews · Mini Reviews

Mini Review ‘Ash Princess’ ~ Laura Sebastian

38126009Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Publication Date: April 24th 2018

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

Series: Ash Princess Trilogy #1

Blurb: Princess. Prisoner. Orphan. Rebel.

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s land and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess – a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword.

And power isn’t always won on the battlefield. 

★★★★★/5

Review

You know those books that sound amazing but sit on your tbr pile for ages until you finally pick it up and it’s like HOW HAVE I NOT READ THIS BEFORE?! Ash Princess is one of those.

In the wrong hands Ash Princess could have ended up being a generic YA fantasy about a princess and her stolen crown but in Sebastian’s hands it was an epic tale of survival imbued with magic.

What makes Ash Princess so amazing is how character focused it is and how well it handles what the characters have faced. Theo has PTSD, she watched her mother die, she has been tortured by the Kaiser, the only one to have shown her any kindness is the daughter of the man who killed her mother. The Prinz isn’t let off the hook for the things he has done under his father’s commands simply because he’s a handsome, royal love interest. All of these things are examined with a depth and complexity that isn’t always seen in these types of fantasies.

Ash Princess is a dark tale of invasion and igniting the embers of a rebellion, the cost of staying alive and the desire to fight back. It’s about hope and persevering when all odds are against you.

“We are not defined by the things we do in order to survive. We do not apologize for them,’ she says quietly, eyes never leaving mine. ‘Maybe they have broken you, but you are a sharper weapon because of it. And it is time to strike.”

Content Warnings: reference to torture & one on-page whipping scene, unspoken threat of rape against the main character towards the end, mention of war atrocities, invasion.

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Unboxings

Unboxing The YA Chronicles ~ Save The Galaxy

When I get book boxes either a) I ask for them for birthdays/Christmas or b) treat myself to one occasionally if I’m 99% sure of what book will be included!

For The YA Chronicles December ‘Save the Galaxy’ box it was option b. and I was not disappointed because not only was the book what I thought it was but it come which such cute goodies.

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Included in the box:

~ The Disasters by M.K. England, I’m so excited for this book, gays in space! And that cover!! As well as an author letter.
~ ‘Fail Class of 2194’ candle by Novel Scents & Co, inspired by the book – it smells so good I could do a heckin’ nom. Wild flower, honey and a dash of sugar and spice.
~ Red Rising inspired tea by Oriandle. Black tea with orange, hibiscus and clove
~ ‘I need more space’ tote bag designed by UltraVioletPrints – can a gal ever have enough tote bags? I think not!
~ An astronaut USB reading light – I love this so much, so cute!
~ The bookmark of the month – and I can’t get over that design.

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Book Review ‘The Girl King’ ~ Mimi Yu

41832496The Girl King by Mimi Yu

Publication Date: January 8th 2019

Publisher: Gollancz

Series: The Girl King #1

Blurb: Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead – a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally – and an army – if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved . . .

Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens – a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign . . . or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

★★★★/5

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday…Death Prefers Blondes

39073399Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

Publication Date: January 29th 2019

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Blurb: Teenage socialite Margo Manning leads a dangerous double life. By day, she dodges the paparazzi while soaking up California sunshine. By night, however, she dodges security cameras and armed guards, pulling off high-stakes cat burglaries with a team of flamboyant young men. In and out of disguise, she’s in all the headlines.

But then Margo’s personal life takes a sudden, dark turn, and a job to end all jobs lands her crew in deadly peril. Overnight, everything she’s ever counted on is put at risk. Backs against the wall, the resourceful thieves must draw on their special skills to survive. But can one rebel heiress and four kickboxing drag queens withstand the slings and arrows of truly outrageous fortune? Or will a mounting sea of troubles end them — for good?

Welcome to a brand new year! I hope everyone had a lovely and safe New Year, however you celebrate or don’t!

I’m diving straight back into things with my very first instalment of Waiting on Wednesday in 2019 with Death Prefers Blondes!

I thoroughly enjoyed both Last Seen Leaving and White Rabbit so I’ve been anticipating Death Prefers Blondes for Roehrig’s writing alone but add that cover and blurb and the excitement is real 😍😍  The wait is almost over but I still can’t wait because this is going to be a riot!

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