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.

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Book Review: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf is an author I’d really wanted to read more of, having only every picked up Mrs Dalloway.  Wanting to read more of her books, I snapped up the chance to read Orlando. Written in 1928, Orlando has been celebrated as one of the landmark LGBTQ+ novels.

Weekly (Plus Hiatus) Wrap-Up: 26 October 2017

Happy Friday!  I can’t believe the weekend is already here.  So as you know, I had been on hiatus until earlier this week.  I thought that I’d do a wrap-up of the books I read this week and the books I read while I was away from here -- and I certainly read a lot of them!  So without any further ado, here is my weekly wrap-up (plus hiatus reads).  You might want to grab a snack -- this is going to be quite a long post!