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Review; Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

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Recently I read the paranormal fantasy novel Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness and today I'll post my review of the book. Description from Goodreads Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey. My Thoughts on the Book Even though it's a really big book, it's still fast-paced at times, hoping that everything gets sorted out. I liked the chemistry between Diana and Matthew, and it was fun reading about Elizabethan London. There's something about the author's writing style that sucked me in and made me engaged in all the hurdles that were thrown at th

Let's Talk Bookish; How Did I Get Into Reading?

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It's Friday and perhaps it's time for another Let's Talk Bookish post courtesy of  Book Nook Bits  and today's topic is "how did I get into reading". Here's the further prompts for today. How did you get into reading? Did you immediately love it, or did it take you a while? Who first introduced you to books – parents, friends, teachers? Did you grow up around book lovers, or did you find a love of reading on your own? Which books started your love of reading? In my case, I have to "blame it" on my parents for getting into reading, especially my late mother as she was an avid reader too, and I remember her taking me to the library down the street when I was a toddler. So in a sense, I've been a reader, or at least a book lover, for as long as I can remember. Some of the authors I really enjoyed as a kid was Astrid Lindgren, Anne Cath. Vestly, and Roald Dahl. Now, funnily enough, among the roses I've got in my garden, I've got both Ast

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge; Do I Enjoy Shopping?

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As it's been quite a while since I've done a Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge post courtesy of the blog named Long and Short Reviews , I decided it was time and today's topic was " Do you enjoy shopping? Why or why not? ". Overall, I find shopping as a hobby rather boring snooze-fest, but that being said, I do enjoy shopping for books, or stop by at a cool vintage shop. I can't do a whole day of shopping though, even at vintage shops or bookstores.

Top Ten Tuesday; Spooky Hidden Gems

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It's Tuesday, which means it's probably time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was throwback freebie, so I decided writing a top ten list of spooky hidden gems, inspired by  this list . Fair enough, horror and paranormal may not be the most popular genres, but there's more to horror than Stephen King. Here's my ten spine-chilling picks for this list of hidden gems. Tethered by Bryce Gibson Description from Goodreads The bite is worse than the bark! The rural area in South Carolina where nineteen-year-old Aiken Pine grew up is a place that nobody seems to leave, but he is one that got away—at least for a little while. Before Aiken became a high school dropout, he had big plans for the future. But one mistake changed everything. Last year, a chain of events led to Aiken’s pet dog brutally attacking his younger sister, Lexie. After Lexie stabs the head cheerleader in the school hallway, Aiken is forced to go home.

Review; The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis

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Recently I read the middle-grade novel The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis and today I'll post my review of the book. Description from Goodreads When orphans Ben and Jennet arrive in the seaside town of Whitby to stay with Alice Boston, they have no idea what to expect. A lively 92-year-old, Miss Boston is unlike any other foster mother they’ve known. Ben is gifted with "the sight," which gives him the power to see things invisible to other mortals. He soon encounters the mysterious fisher folk who live under the cliffs and discovers that Alice and her friends are not quite what they seem. But a darkness is stalking the streets of Whitby, bringing with it fear and death. Could it be a ghost from the Abbey? Or a beast from hell? Unless the truth is uncovered, the town and all its inhabitants is doomed. My Thoughts on the Book The Whitby Witches was a fun and engaging read, with a well-paced plot and story-line. The characters were relatable, and some of them, like Alice, B

Review; The Ritual by Adam Nevill

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A while ago, I read the horror novel The Ritual by Adam Nevill and today I'll post my review of the book. Description from Goodreads When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn't possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the best

Top Five Wednesday; Six Month Check-in

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It's Wednesday and perhaps it's time for another Top Five Tuesday post courtesy of the  Top Five Wednesday Goodreads group and today's theme was the top five books I've read for the last six months. Here's my top five books I've read so far this year. Below by Laurel Hightower Description from Goodreads HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO HELP A STRANGER? While driving through the mountains of West Virginia during a late-night snowstorm, a recently divorced woman experiences bizarre electrical problems, leaving her with little choice but to place her trust with a charismatic truck driver. But when an unexplainable creature with haunting red eyes gets between them, she is forced to make one of the toughest decisions of her life. Will she abandon the stranger who kept her safe-or will she climb down below, where reality has shapeshifted into a living nightmare? The Cabin by Matt Shaw Description from Goodreads “You’d never see the ghosts, not properly. You’d only catch a gl

Top Ten Tuesday; Books With My Favourite Colour On The Cover

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It's Tuesday, which means it's probably time for another Top Ten Tuesday post courtesy of  That Artsy Reader Girl and the theme of the week was books with my favourite colour on the cover. I couldn't quite decide between black and red, so I found ten books that contained both colours on the cover and here's my picks. Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess Description from Goodreads The summer of 1989 brought terror to the town of Shadows Creek, Florida in the form of a massacre at the local carnival, Cirque Berserk. One fateful night, a group of teens killed a dozen people then disappeared into thin air. No one knows why they did it, where they went, or even how many of them there were, but legend has it they still roam the abandoned carnival, looking for blood to spill. Thirty years later, best friends, Sam and Rochelle, are in the midst of a boring senior trip when they learn about the infamous Cirque Berserk. Seeking one last adventure, they and their friends journey to t