Blog Tour – Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

Welcome to my stop on the Threadneedle blog tour! Huge thanks to Random Things Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Harper Voyager UK
Publication Date:
27/05/2021
Length: 576 pages
Genre:
Urban Fantasy | Young Adult

CW: abuse

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Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city, filled with magic.


Magic is the first sin. It must be bound.


Ever since Anna can remember, her aunt has warned her of the dangers of magic. She has taught her to fear how it twists and knots and turns into something dark and deadly.

It was, after all, magic that killed her parents and left her in her aunt’s care. It’s why she has been protected from the magical world and, in one year’s time, what little magic she has will be bound. She will join her aunt alongside the other Binders who believe magic is a sin not to be used, but denied. Only one more year and she will be free of the curse of magic, her aunt’s teachings and the disappointment of the little she is capable of.


Nothing – and no one – could change her mind before then. Could it?

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Madam by Phoebe Wynne

Firstly, a huge thank you to Quercus Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Madam in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date:
18/02/2021
Length: 400 pages
Genre:
Gothic | Thriller | Historical Fiction

CW: n/a

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For 150 years, high above rocky Scottish cliffs, Caldonbrae Hall has sat untouched, a beacon of excellence in an old ancestral castle. A boarding school for girls, it promises that the young women lucky enough to be admitted will emerge “resilient and ready to serve society.”


Into its illustrious midst steps Rose Christie: a 26-year-old Classics teacher, Caldonbrae’s new head of the department, and the first hire for the school in over a decade. At first, Rose is overwhelmed to be invited into this institution, whose prestige is unrivaled. But she quickly discovers that behind the school’s elitist veneer lies an impenetrable, starkly traditional culture that she struggles to reconcile with her modernist beliefs—not to mention her commitment to educating “girls for the future.”


It also doesn’t take long for Rose to suspect that there’s more to the secret circumstances surrounding the abrupt departure of her predecessor—a woman whose ghost lingers everywhere—than anyone is willing to let on. In her search for this mysterious former teacher, Rose instead uncovers the darkness that beats at the heart of Caldonbrae, forcing her to confront the true extent of the school’s nefarious purpose, and her own role in perpetuating it.

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The Iron Crown by L.L. MacRae

Firstly, a huge thank you to Lauren for sending me a copy of The Iron Crown in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date:
28/05/2021
Length: 568 pages
Genre:
Fantasy

CW: n/a

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Fenn’s first and only memory is finding himself in the middle of a forest, face to face with a dragon spirit mocking him, all knowledge gone apart from his own name.


Lost and confused, his only hope for answers is Calidra—a woman living on the edge of the world with her partner. Forced to return home when her father dies, Calidra has put off facing her estranged mother for seven years, and she begrudgingly helps Fenn, forging papers for him so he can avoid the Queen’s Inquisitors.


But her mother is the least of her worries when they discover an ancient enemy is rising again. It should be impossible with the Iron Crown in power—and Fenn is terrified he might unwittingly be playing a part in the war’s resurgence.


Surrounded by vengeful spirits and powerful magic, Fenn’s desperate attempt to find his way home might well alter the fate of Tassar, and every power in it.

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Blog Tour – Emmet and Me by Sara Gethin

Welcome to my stop on the Emmet and Me blog tour! Huge thanks to Random Things Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Honno Press
Publication Date:
10/05/2021
Length: 292 pages
Genre:
Literary Fiction | Historical Fiction

CW: child abuse

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Summer 1966. Claire and her brothers are packed off to Granny Connemara when their mother runs away. Granny’s rural Irish cottage is very different to their Cardiff city home, the peaty air thick with unspoken secrets. With no sign of Uncle Jack picking them up at the end of the holidays, there is school to be survived.


Granny is formidable and the children unsettled by the conversations they’re excluded from. Will Mother ever return? Will they ever get home? Why does their father hate everything to do with Ireland?


The only light on Claire’s horizon is an out-of-bounds friendship… and it will change her life forever.

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Blog Tour – Things to Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr

Welcome to my stop on the Things to Do Before the End of the World blog tour! Huge thanks to The Write Reads for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date:
06/05/2021
Length: 320 pages
Genre:
Young Adult | Dystopian

CW: n/a

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Olivia struggles to live her real life as fully as she wants to. She plans out conversations and events in her head but actually doing them and interacting with other people is hard. When the news breaks that humans have done such damage to the earth that there’s only nine months of safe air left everybody makes bucket lists and starts living their best lives – everyone, that is, but Olivia who is still struggling to figure out who she wants to be.


Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn’t even know existed. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more. And as the girls meet up for their last summer on earth Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having a effect on her. But what if Natasha isn’t everything she first appears to be…? 

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The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier

Firstly, a huge thank you to Caroline and Angry Robot Books for sending me a copy of The Phlebotomist in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Angry Robot Books
Publication Date:
08/09/2021
Length: 344 pages
Genre:
Sci-Fi | Dystopian | Horror

CW: graphic violence

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In a near future where citizens are subject to the mandatory blood draw, government phlebotomist Willa Wallace witnesses an event that makes her question her whole world. To recover from a cataclysmic war, the Harvest was created to pass blood to those affected by radiation.

But this charitable act has led to a society segregated entirely by blood type. Patriot thanks and rewards your generous gift based on the compatibility of your donation, meaning that whoever can give to the most, gets the most back. While working as a reaper for the draw, Willa chances upon an idea to resurrect an obsolete collection technique that could rebalance the city.

But in her quest to put this in motion, she instead uncovers a secret that threatens her entire foundations…

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