Blog Tour – The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge

Welcome to my stop on The Carnival of Ash blog tour! Huge thanks to TheWriteReads and Rebellion Publishing 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: Solaris / Rebellion Publishing
Publication Date:
17/03/2022
Length: 528 pages
Genre:
Literary Fiction | Historical Fantasy

CW: depictions of death, suicide

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Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, its skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, its heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrives at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet-leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever-present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether… 

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Blog Tour – Keegan’s Wrath by A.D. Lombardo

Welcome to my stop on the Keegan’s Wrath blog tour! Huge thanks to Blackberry Book 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: Self published
Publication Date:
18/12/2021
Length: 332 pages
Genre:
Middle Grade | Young Adult | Fantasy

CW: n/a

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Is Kai strong enough to stop his father Keegan, or will his fear cost him everything?

In the aftermath of Kai revealing the incredible power of Katori magic to the people beyond their borders, many Katori find the world a dangerous place for their kind and flee their homes to avoid persecution. Amid this chaos, Kai fears that his lack of magical visions will leave him in the dark at the worst possible time.

When news of Keegan and his Caroco ships sailing along the Katori shoreline disrupts Kai’s momentary bliss with Rayna, they race to the seaside city of Kahoma. Filled with a lifetime of wrath, Keegan sets in motion a chain of events that turns brother against brother, setting Katori on the path of civil war.

With deception and lies at his disposal, Keegan starts a confrontation that costs Kai the life of someone dear and threatens the fate of Diu. Unsure if he is ready, Kai chases Keegan, driven by the desire to save those he cares for most. Against the backdrop of war, Kai must risk everything to turn the tide in his favor. In the final cataclysmic battle, Kai will face his greatest challenge—his parents. 

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Blog Tour – The Green Indian Problem by Jade Leaf Willetts

Welcome to my stop on the The Green Indian Problem blog tour! Huge thanks to Renard Press 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: Renard Press
Publication Date:
30/03/2022
Length: 208 pages
Genre:
Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

CW: domestic abuse, drug abuse, child abuse, sexualt assault, death

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Set in the valleys of South Wales at the tail end of Thatcher’s Britain, The Green Indian Problem is the story of Green, a seven year-old with intelligence beyond his years – an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem: everyone thinks he’s a girl.

Green sets out to try and solve the mystery of his identity, but other issues keep cropping up – God, Father Christmas, cancer – and one day his best friend goes missing, leaving a rift in the community and even more unanswered questions. Dealing with deep themes of friendship, identity, child abuse and grief, The Green Indian Problem is, at heart, an all-too-real story of a young boy trying to find out why he’s not like the other boys in his class.

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Blog Tour – Women and Love by Miriam Burke

Welcome to my stop on the Women and Love blog tour, a huge thank you to Renard Press for inviting me on the tour and providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

Publisher: Renard Press
Publication Date:
23/02/2022
Length: 224 pages
Genre:
Short Story Collection | Literary Fiction

CW: gender dysphoria, transphobic language, drug use, mentions of alcoholism, mentions of suicide

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‘I couldn’t sleep that night; our conversation was like a trapped bird flying around inside my head. The next morning, I texted to say I wouldn’t be coming back. I lied about having to return to my country to nurse a sick relative. I couldn’t bear to see my story mirrored in his eyes, and to see what we never had. I knew he’d understand.’

Women and Love is a thought-provoking collection of seventeen tightly woven tales about the power of love, all its trials and complications, and the shattered lives it can leave in its wake.

The stories explore a huge variety of sorts of love surrounding women in wildly differing settings, and features an unforgettable cast including GPs, burglars, inmates, emigrant cleaners, carers, young professionals, and many more. Navigating heavy themes, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ experiences, including gender dysphoria and searching for a sperm donor, the stories leave the reader burning with indignation, full of empathy and wonder.

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Scorpica by G.R. Macallister

Firstly, a huge thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date:
22/02/2022
Length: 464 pages
Genre:
Fantasy | High Fantasy | LGBTQ+

CW: n/a

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Five hundred years of peace between queendoms shatters when girls inexplicably stop being born. As the Drought of Girls stretches across a generation, it sets off a cascade of political and personal consequences across all five queendoms of the known world, throwing long-standing alliances into disarray as each queendom begins to turn on each other—and new threats to each nation rise from within.

Uniting the stories of women from across the queendoms, this propulsive, gripping epic fantasy follows a warrior queen who must rise from childbirth bed to fight for her life and her throne, a healer in hiding desperate to protect the secret of her daughter’s explosive power, a queen whose desperation to retain control leads her to risk using the darkest magic, a near-immortal sorcerer demigod powerful enough to remake the world for her own ends—and the generation of lastborn girls, the ones born just before the Drought, who must bear the hopes and traditions of their nations if the queendoms are to survive.

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Top 5 Friday – Books of 2021

A little late, but there were so many amazing books that I read last year that I just had to write this post, late or not! Trying to whittle down the 100+ books that I read last year down to a list of my five favourites was incredibly difficult so there may be a part two to this post, but then I will probably want to do parts three, four, five… So, let’s dive in! Just a heads up, these novels aren’t in any particular order!

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A little late, but there were so many amazing books that I read last year that I just had to write this post, late or not! Trying to whittle down the 100+ books that I read last year down to a list of my five favourites was incredibly difficult so there may be a part two to this post, but then I will probably want to do parts three, four, five… So, let’s dive in! Just a heads up, these novels aren’t in any particular order!

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