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The Light of the Fireflies – A Review

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So this is one I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while. I had a few rants to friends just after I read it from the sheer shock and horror that I experienced from reading this book but the themes and plot of the book have finally settled enough in my mind that I can write about it.

*I will make a point to warn you, dear readers, that there are some dark themes present in this book that may be mentioned in this post (abuse, sexual assault) so do be aware and read further at your own discretion.*

Do you ever judge a book by its title or cover? Yep, me too and that is exactly what I did when purchasing this book on my kindle. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen was a book that was on sale on my Kindle a few months ago and I got a little notification on my phone for it. I thought, “why not?”, bought it for myself and I settled in for a nice read. Wow, was I naive? (Honestly, I saw “fireflies” in the title and thought it would be a nice, feel-good kind of book. Have you ever seen Grave of the Fireflies? That should have been my first insight that usually fireflies in titles means you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster).

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Alison’s Adventures in Underland (Harem of Hearts #1) – C.M. Stunich

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Before we start I would like to point out that I did not know what a harem was until I started writing this post. I had to Google it and I’ve decided that it’s not my favourite word and it does not change my opinion of this book.

So I saw a post in a group I’m in on Facebook asking for Alice in Wonderland retellings and, given how much I usually enjoy retellings, I jumped in for the most highly recommended one without thinking of what I was getting into. Oh. Dear. God.

Alison’s Adventures in Underland by C.M. Stunich was that book and I thought that I was in for a dark retelling of the story I know and love and I suppose in a way I was right. But in so many ways I was wrong. This book is not suitable for young readers and it is most definitely NSFW.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin – A Review

So we’ve reached the final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It’s been a wild ride of emotion and pain but we’ve loved every moment of it. There is a huge possibility that this series is my favourite series of all time (and that would mean that it surpasses The Lord of the Rings and Spotless which says a LOT about my feelings towards the series). Anyway without further ado, A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

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Forever… – Judy Blume

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We all love Judy Blume. So many of us grew up with her books and those books made a lasting impression on us (everyone needs Double Fudge in their lives). So this book was written back in 1975, won the 1996 A.L.A. Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults and was said to be ahead of its time. It was, and for some, it might still be. I really, really adored this book. I related a lot to the story and it hurt.

Forever by Judy Blume.

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A Curse so Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) – Brigid Kemmerer

This was one of the books that I always saw and like the look of but never really got around to reading. I’d seen a lot of great reviews about it and so when I saw they had it in my local library I decided to give it a go.

I love a retelling of fairytales. It’s always interesting to see how the author will take a spin on the original tale we know and love. And that is what A Curse so Dark and Lonely is. It’s a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast and this much is apparent since the beginning. So here we go; A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.

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The Forever Song (The Blood of Eden, #3)

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So I’ve loved this series. Stumbling upon it by mistake has been one of the best things and I can’t express how much I’ve enjoyed reading it. It has been a whirlwind of emotions and happenings to and really what a dystopian, apocalyptic novel needs to be. Its been great and I’m sad we’ve reached the end. And what an ending it was!

So, here we go. The Eternity Cure, the final instalment in the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa.

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Let’s Talk About: Magnus Bane

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Have you read any of the Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare? If you have it’s likely you’ve been following it for a while, the series is huge with more works still appearing.

One of the things I love about Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series is the way that all the subseries are linked. Most of the time, it is through families that they are linked (so we see the Herondale family and the Fairchild and the Lightwoods in all of the various series’) or the Silent Brothers but there is one character that always reappears without fail throughout it all. Magnus Bane. (As it stands at the moment, he is the only character that appears in all of the main instalments of the series).

So let’s talk about Magnus Bane.

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