The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner // I’m…Sad

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

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A story inspired by Jewish Mythology, Slavic Folklore and – to mix it up a bit – Christina Rosetti’s Goblin Market, this book follows two sisters who live a relatively comfortable life in their small village. At least, that is until their parents leave, a band of unknown men enter the village, and one of the sisters is cast under a spell. They soon find out their heritage holds magical secrets unknown, and all the fairy tales are true – and may just save them.

Sounds great, right?

Yeah, I thought so too.

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On My TBR: Female Fantasy

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It’s time for my second “On My TBR” post! Today’s post will cover a category that’s far from uncommon on my shelves – fantasy books written by women! It’s always a fab thing to read more female fantasy books when the genre has been dominated by white men for so long, but honestly it’s just a force of habit at the point. Without thinking about it, the majority of my read books are written by women, and I’ve no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Now, I will say this post doesn’t include any greek myth retellings – I have a separate post for that. But since I’m planning on joining the FemmeFanTale readathon in August, I’ve been casting my eyes over my bookshelves and scouting out which books to choose for my TBR.

So which ones do I have that are at the top on my TBR? Well, let’s see…

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June Favourites & Wrap Up // Fantasy Still Wins

Another month comes and goes, and with it new favourites! I feel like my June favourites are dominated by experiences rather than specific things, which is an interesting change! I guess that’s what summer brings…

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman // It’s “The Combo” Again…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. Really, she is. The fact that she lives alone, is seen as strange by everyone around her and probably relies a bit too much on alcohol doesn’t matter. She’s fine. Really…

This book is one that’s gotten an overwhelming mount of hype. It’s won awards, it was on everyone’s favourites lists of last year, and it slowly became one of those books that while it might not seem my cup of tea, I figured I’d try it nonetheless. Ignoring all the thoughts that said “this book is probably not for me”, I went ahead and gave it a go.

I should listen to myself more.

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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier // It Needs A Revival

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier - review image. Read for the book club Myth-Take Reads, The Six Swans retelling and Irish folklore

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A retelling of the fairy tale The Six Swans (alternatively known as The Twelve Brothers or other titles), Daughter of the Forest follows Sorcha and her six brothers. As close-knit as siblings can be, their lives are infused with a deep undercurrent of magic, and the small oddities of their childhood seem natural as anything. But things soon change when an enchantress enters their lives, and Sorcha’s brothers are transformed into swans. To break the curse, Sorcha must undertake a seemingly impossible task…and stay silent the entire time. make one noise, and all her work will be for nothing; the curse shall remain…

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Thank you!!

I…can’t quite believe I’m writing this. But a few days ago, I discovered that’d I’ve been shortlisted for the UKYABA’s – the UK Young Adult Blog Awards – under the category of “Most Inspirational”. WHAT?!?

I just wanted to make this post to acknowledge that you guys got me here, and I appreciate it with all my heart.

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The Wickerlight by Mary Watson // Please Give Me More

Manuscript of The Wickerlight by Mary Watson, sequel to The Wren Hunt

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*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This in no way affects my opinion.

Following on from The Wren Hunt, The Wickerlight takes on a slightly different cast of characters, this time following David – one of the antagonists of The Wren Hunt – and Zara, a new character. Zara and her family move to Kilshamble in hopes of a new start, but merely 10 months into the move, Zara’s sister – Laila – is found dead. Weird thing is, there’s no apparent cause of death. By all tests and records, Laila was in perfect health…but she’s not. With no cause of death to be found, Zara starts digging, and the mystery soon turns a lot darker when she discovers Laila’s involvement with the local folklore…

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Announcing Myth-Take!

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Soooo this announcement is coming late. And if you have me on any other social media platform then you’ve probably heard about it already, so apologies for the bombardment. But in case some of you folks missed out on it or haven’t seen a full run down of what it is…let me introduce to you, Myth-Take!

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins // The Complexity of Guilt

the confessions of frannie langton by Sara Collins

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*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a review. This in no way affects my opinion.

It’s the 1800’s. A murder trial is taking place. Inside, a maid is accused of murdering her mistress. The mistress she loved…

Found sleeping next to the victim and covered in blood, it’s fairly easy to presume how Frannie came to be accused. But did things happen how they say they happen? Frannie takes the lead in this book, telling her life story and gradually leading us to the events she stands trial for.

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March Favourites & Wrap Up

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March was…a lot. A lot of deadlines. A lot of plans. A lot of anxiety and stress. And apparently, a lot of new favourites too. So at least something good came out of all the excess, right?

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