12 Reads of Christmas 2019: Day 4

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you”

– Mr Darcy
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12 Reads of Christmas 2019: Day 3

The Northern Lights, Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials #1)

“I wish…” she said, and stopped. There was nothing that could be gained by wishing for it. A final deep shaky breath, and she was ready to go on.

– Lyra Belaqua, The Northern Lights
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12 Reads of Christmas 2019: Day 2

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

“I don’t know. I don’t know at all. And that’s what’s frightening the life out of me. To have no idea….”

– Rogers, the butler
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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #1)

Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Pages: 480

Published: 20th August 2013

⭐️ 5 / 5

N.B This review is taken from my previous blog Theatre and Movies and Books, Oh My, which was deactivated in 2016.

The Bone Season follows nineteen year old Paige living in a future dystopian London controlled by an oppressive, authoritarian government called Scion. Kidnapped and ripped from everything and everyone she knows, Paige must survive in Oxford the city hidden from society for centuries.

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Quick-fire reviews

As some of you may have noticed, my project for this month has been a brand new Instagram account! I’ve set up this bookstagram purely to share beautiful images of my books and connect with more people who enjoy reading and may benefit from my reviews.

If you’re interested, please do check it out. You’ll find me at: @beauteaful.reads on Instagram or via the links on my homepage and in the side bar.

With that in mind, here’s my first collaboration post to bring my blog and bookstagrams together!

Today’s bookstack features a selection of the white/cream/beige books that I own. As Britian is currently enjoying (or suffering) a heatwave I thought these crisp, clean covers could make some good summer reads. Here’s some quick-fire reviews and thoughts on those I have included!

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Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #4)

Title: War Storm

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 672

Published: 15th May 2018

⭐️ 3.5 / 5

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Review: Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

Title: Eve of Man

Author: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher (Debut YA novel alert!! Debut as a writing duo alert!!)

Pages: 404

Published: 31st May 2018

⭐️ 4.5 / 5

Eve of Man is the debut young adult novel for power couple Giovanna and Tom Fletcher, and their first novel as a writing duo marking the beginning of a new trilogy of YA books.  Before reading this I was sceptical, as I’m not the biggest fan of dual narrators and I wasn’t sure how the writing would flow and blend owing to the differing writing backgrounds of the authors.  Giovanna has predominantly written women’s fiction up until this point whereas Tom has found his feet in children’s picture books, middle grade novels and short stories.  These styles are worlds away from YA, and in the case of this novel it wasn’t as simple as one author making the transition into a different genre, but two.  However, I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found and I’d definitely place this book high on my list of favourite reads this year.

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Review: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #2)

Title: Traitor to the Throne

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Pages: 592

Published: 2nd February 2017

⭐️ 5 / 5

Although I’ve had the second instalment of Alwyn Hamilton’s series sat on my shelf for quite some time (since October in fact), I’ve only just got around to it now and I’d completely forgotten how much I love this series!  The press tour for the third and final book in this series is currently filling my twitter feed which gave me the kick I needed to jump back into this world.

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