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May Wrap Up - Shadowhunter Challenges, Lord of Shadows and ACOWAR

In May, exams took over my life and so the only bookish accomplishment of the month was co-hosting the Lord Of Shadows Countdown Challenge with Sarah from Real Life Fiction! It was our way of celebrating the release, by making Shadowhunter themed videos.
In week one, we did the One Minute Challenge, in which we had to list as many Shadowhunters characters within one minute as possible. The stress levels were off the charts, check it out below to see how many I got!

Week two was a whirlwind of emotions as we played the RIP IT or SHIP IT tag, in which we picked out characters names and predicted whether they would make a good couple. I got crazy combinations, watch it below!

Following these challenges, I then rushed to Waterstones on the 23rd of May to pick up my order of Lord Of Shadows. If you are not aware, I have a whole shelf dedicated to Cassandra Clare's books and so it was imperative that I get the new book on release day. 
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Ultimate Sacrifice By S E Green COVER REVEAL

Behold. It is time to reveal the cover for the new Of Tomes Publishing title, Ultimate Sacrifice, coming in October! I am awestruck by this design, it perfectly encompasses the mood of the book, which I am definitely anticipating to read. Isn't this just so aesthetically pleasing?! Cover goals.

This novel is ideal for fans of the Mara Dyer trilogy and books by L J Smith, I hope you join in the excitement of counting down to this publication. The plot summery below has captured my soul, October 10th cannot get here soon enough.

Comment your thoughts on the cover below!
Find out more here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33471060-ultimate-sacrifice?from_search=true
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April was the craziest: Low key living at Waterstones

April was my most successful month in terms of book signings, yet ironically I failed by progressing in my reading goal, by only reading one book.
Waterstones never fail to accommodate my addiction of meeting authors and by going there three times in the same week, it no doubt seemed as though I was looking to relocate there permanently. 
The first Q&A event was with the Queen of Fantasy, LAINI TAYLOR. I bow down to Hodder for bringing Laini to the UK for a Strange The Dreamer tour which is her latest release! It follows Lazlo, a junior librarian who has had a longtime fascination with the long lost city of Weep and sets out on a quest to find the answer to his mysterious dreams about a blue-skinned goddess. This is a very unique story as it doesn't focus on a protagonist that is skilled in combat, which is rare for a fantasy. 

Next on the calendar was a very inspiring panel about Women that write fantasy, consisting of three incredible authors, Zen Cho, Vic James and Aliette d…

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

In The Song Rising, Paige returns, while recovering from a brutal fight for the title of Underqueen against Jaxon Hall. A fight that left her the new ruler of the criminal underworld, whose members' alliances are crumbling. With enemies looming at every corner, Paige's ability to trust is tested when a new technology threatens her very existence. 




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March Wrap Up

I had been looking forward to March 2017 for exactly two years. As unhinged as that sounds, I have a very good reason for looking that far into the future, back in 2015. If you are an avid reader of Samantha Shannon, the mastermind behind The Bone Season series, then you are conscious of just how landmark the month of March was to be.

All Fall Down by Ally Carter Review

All Fall Down follows Grace who has spent the last three years trying to persuade everyone around her that her mother's death had been a murder. They all believe she's crazy and moving to Adria to live at the US Embassy with her grandfather was set to be a fresh start. Not all goes according to plan however, as Grace begins to relive the tragic night by being certain that her mother's murderer has come back and is set to kill again.