“Heartless” by Marissa Meyer

Okay, this one is a bit tricky to rate personally, but stay with me! This book is a dark prelude to the wonderful ‘Alice in Wonderland’ book that we all know and love ❤

So if you like dark twists and would love to see what life was like in wonderland before the introduction of Alice, keep on reading because I’m sure you’ll love this book!

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Review of “Caraval” – By Stephanie Garber

I had been waiting for this book for a little while, and when it finally was released, I was lucky to receive it in my January Fairyloot subscription box! It is the most gorgeous book I own I think because when I took the sleeve off it had this beautiful golden rose on the front of the black hardcover… ugh I nearly cried of happiness.

I also had to physically stop myself from taking pictures of it because it’s just so photogenic!

This book though is perfectly whimsical and magical, with twists and turns keeping you guessing and thinking.

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Review of ‘Melody’s Key’ – By Dallas Coryell

Due to University pretty much shoving me on my arse even though I thought I had the whole planning for essays down, I really haven’t had the chance or energy to read a book, much less write a review for one.

But then I received a book by Dallas Coryell called ‘Melody’s Key’ a romantic story entwined with beautiful English countryside and the strong love of music. This was the book that got me up and inspired to read again.

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever-deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she laboured her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no colour, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

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Review of “Of Fire and Stars” written by Audery Coulthurst

This debut book is a romance of which draws you in from the beginning. Dennaleia and Amaranthine – Denna and Mare – are two heroines who fall in love during a time of revolt against the crown, seemingly with magic versus religion as the basis for the unrest in the Kingdom.

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what the future holds. her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from hostile nations. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire – a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses – and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine – called Mare – the sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms – and each other.

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My October TBR

Now that University has started again, I’m going to be further behind with my reading than I usually am because of all the work and research! But I’m giving myself a mini goal of 3 books to read by the end of October.

I enjoy reading as for me it’s a kind of release from the world, where I can become immersed in someone else’s life. I like winding down after being stressed by stepping into another world away from my problems, which is why I like writing reviews on here for you guys, recommending the worlds that I read, hopefully helping you guys find your next book. So here are a few books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing!

Spooky October photo right there! Ok I know it’s not actually spooky but these skull candles are so nice!

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3 Inspirational Fictional Women

As a feminist, I love seeing strong independent women who know their worth and inspire others to be the best they can be. The stereotype that women are weak, and that they should act a certain way needs to be squashed so that women can live up to their potential and realise they deserve better.

Fictional characters are a great way to inspire adults and children. It can give young children their inspiration for what they want to be when they grow up. They might want to work in the police force, be a scientist, or become superman… I think no matter what a child wants to be when they’re older, we should support them rather than say things such as ‘but wouldn’t you rather be this…’ as it lets them know that if they put their mind to it, they can be anything.

Illustration by James Dignum

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