Book Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I am not much of a contemporary YA reader, however I fell in love with the trailer for Dumplin’ on Netflix. I watched the film and absolutely adored it, so I naturally decided to read the book that it is based on. For me, this is one of those rare instances of the film adaptation being better than the book!

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Reading Wrap-Up: 04 January 2019

  The first week of January is nearly over, and I'm still not out of holiday mode. I've been back at work for a few days now and my brain is still at home in front of the fire with a dog and a book.  Boo.   Books I read The Girl King by Mimi … Continue reading Reading Wrap-Up: 04 January 2019

Book Review: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have gotten my hands on an early copy of Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix!  I read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns earlier this year and absolutely adored it. Xifeng is easily one of my favourite fantasy villains because of her callousness, her calculated choices, and her cutthroat attitude.  She rises to the throne and becomes Empress of Feng Lu at the end of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, but what happens next? Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix takes place 15 years later just before Jade, the daughter of the former Empress Lihua and sole heir to the throne, comes of age.

Book Review: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce was my J. K. Rowling (along with, well, J. K. Rowling) when I was a kid and her books are one of the reasons I grew up to be the reader and the person I am today.  My library had copies of the Song of the Lioness quartet and a few others scattered here and there, so I actually missed out on so many of her books and didn’t realise it until later on in life.  That being said, I didn’t know Tempests and Slaughter was a prequel to her Immortals quartet, chronicling the early life of the mage Numair Salmalín.  My reading experience wasn’t hindered by the fact that I haven’t read The Immortals, but I absolutely plan to do so as soon as possible, along with all of her other books because Tamora is my queen.