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.

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!

Instagram Sundays: 24 September

Hi guys, and happy Sunday!  Autumn is in full swing here and I couldn't be more happy!  Like many people, fall is my favourite season.  It used to be summer, but then I moved from Los Angeles to New York and actually experienced the seasons changing.  I have to say that fall in the UK is even lovelier!

TBR Thursday #12

TBR Thursday is a weekly post hosted by yours truly.  If you’d like to participate in TBR Thursdays, please feel free!  Link me in your post so I can take a look at what you’ve got on your shelves and so we can cry together about how we are never going to actually finish reading through our TBR piles.  All copy is courtesy of Goodreads.

Review: The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

I’m usually not someone who likes memoirs.  I often find they they’re incredibly indulgent and not particularly fun to read – see my rant about H is for Hawk.  That being said, I’m not sure what drew me to The Outrun.  It might have been its gorgeous cover or its setting, but I picked it up for some reason and I’m so glad I did.