Book Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the debut novel by Stuart Turton.  I had been seeing fabulous reviews for this book all across social media, and was lucky enough to snag a copy via NetGalley.  I had heard it pitched as ‘Groundhogs Day’ meets ‘Gosford Park’ and I was immediately sold. Not knowing much else about the book, I dove straight in.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: 20 April 2018

Happy (incredibly warm) Friday!  The weather has finally warmed up here in the UK and everyone is uncomfortably warm.  My Los Angeles heart is so thrilled to actually see and feel the sun again.  Sunny weather is almost as good as chilly rain for reading, so let's see what my week looked like in books.

Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Children of Blood and Bone -- it has taken the publishing world by storm.  With hype surrounding this book literally from the moment it sold, I think it makes sense to be cautious -- most of us have been burned by hype before.  However, I’m here to tell you that this book is worth every ounce of hype it has earned and more. It has taken me almost two months to write this review because 1) I just couldn’t quite translate my feelings on this book into real words and 2) I wanted this to be a well-rounded review instead of a gushing one.

Flash Reviews: Nonfiction Science

It’s time for another set of flash reviews!  Today, I’m focusing on nonfiction science, specifically books about space.  Now you may know that I’m completely obsessed with space. If I had the right kind of brain, I would have been an astronomer.  However, I’m more of a reader than a scientist, so instead of studying the stars I read science fiction and books by authors like Carl Sagan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Harry Potter Studio Tour!

Hello everyone!  If you haven't been following me on social media, you may not know that my ultimate childhood dreams were achieved (short of actually getting my Hogwarts letter) -- I got to go to the Harry Potter studios in London!   For those who do not know, the Warner Brothers studios in Watford were the location for many of the scenes from the Harry Potter films.  This is where they shot the majority of the films, where the actors essentially lived, and where the amazing crews brought the magic of Harry Potter to life.  They've preserved many of the sets and reproduced a few others and opened the studio to the public!  You can stroll down Diagon Alley, throw open the doors of the Great Hall, peek into Dumbledore's office, and more.  I had heard such amazing things about the studio tour and was so excited when Author Sister gave Scottish Fiance and I tickets for Christmas!