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Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around” – and this much is true for Lazlo Strange, a junior librarian obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, a fallen world whose very name disappeared from the world, the city along with it. Filled with dreams and monsters, gods and magic, Laini Taylor’s new fantasy is just as fairy-tale-esque as it sounds.

I was hooked from the start. Lazlo Strange is a sweet and likable protagonist who I enjoyed following. He suffers a bit from Laini Taylor’s typical protagonist blandness (they’re all just so nice!), but really it was the plot I was there for. Intriguing from page one, Laini Taylor presents us with so many fantastic ideas and interesting questions to be answered, all written with a prose so purple I should have hated it, but when it’s Laini Taylor I just lap it up.

“There were two mysteries, actually: one old, one new. The old one opened his mind, but it was the new one that climbed inside, turned several circles, and settled in with a grunt – like a satisfied dragon in a cosy new lair. And there it would remain – the mystery, in his mind – exhaling enigma for years to come.”

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Review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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I love a good family saga, a sprawling generational tale of several hundred pages that’ll keep me engrossed for days. I’m always on the lookout for ones that are set in different countries, so I was especially excited to pick up Pachinko, a supposed sweeping story about Korean immigrants living in Japan at the turn of the 20th century.

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GIVEAWAY: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Hello book lovers, would you like to win a new edition of ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon? It’s the first instalment in one of my favourite dystopian book series, and I’ve got two copies up for grabs! The giveaways are being held on Twitter and Instagram, so go check out my accounts to enter! (@tesscatiful)

The competition closes on Wednesday 22nd February and is open to U.K. entrants only (sadly!). Winners will be announced on my respective social media platforms shortly after the closing date.

Best of luck!

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Review: Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

 

picture4I’ve grown to really enjoy Seanan McGuire; her novel concepts are stellar, though her execution sometimes falls a bit short (as in the case of Every Heart a Doorway). I was excited to pick up her latest novella, a speculative take on ghosts and the concept of the Afterlife. Anyone who knows me will agree that ghosts are totally my jam. Continue reading

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Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

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**If you haven’t read The Bone Season or The Mime Order, beware of spoilers!**

The Song Rising, I am very sad to say, has given me serious doubts about how much I’m going to enjoy the rest of this seven book series. The first book had me proclaiming it was my favourite series since Harry Potter, the second disappointed but left me optimistic for the third, and…now…honestly, I’m worried. Continue reading

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