Review // Warcross by Marie Lu

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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships – only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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Book Recommendations // Blue Monday

So today, January 15th, is what is officially known as Blue Monday – believed to be the most depressing day of the year. However, this can sometimes be used by the marketing bigwigs in the travel or sales industry to get a bit of money in the till. However, it also allows charities such as Mental Health UK to raise awareness for people who live with depression every day of the year. Becky and I have decided to do our bit by recommending some books that could benefit you, not just today, but any day when you’re feeling a bit shitty.

“Depression is a dark cloud passing across the sky, but – if that is the metaphor – you are the sky. You were there before it. And a cloud can’t exist without the sky, but the sky can exist without the cloud.”
– Matt Haig

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Independent Book Shop Series // Cover to Cover

Welcome to a new series we are starting at Two Book Thieves! We will be visiting and featuring independent bookshops around the U.K. (obviously over a period of time.) Becky and I both live in a big city and our first stop to buy books, other than online, is in mainstream shops such as Waterstones and WHSmith. However, we also realise that independent book shops do exist (albeit not a lot in my area) and they deserve a lot more credit and support and that is what we aim to do with this series. So without further ado, here is the first Independent Book Shop on our list! Continue reading “Independent Book Shop Series // Cover to Cover”

2017 Wrap Up

So does anyone else think 2017 has flown by? I still remember New Years Eve 2016 as though it was yesterday and we’re now just a few days away from being in 2018!
This year has been a big year for us both – not only have we continued to expand our blog but we also opened our bookish candle store, Two Candle Thieves, and have been really invested in developing it. We’re almost at 4000 followers on our Two Candle Thieves Instagram account, which we’re so happy with – we only started this account in March and never expected our little venture to reach so many people!
Blog wise, we made the move over to WordPress a couple of months ago and it was definitely the right decision for our blog – we’ve managed to increase our overall reach and hopefully you guys like what we’ve been doing in terms of posts and our new blog design.

2017 BOOKS
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We did write a post on our favourite books of the year, BEST BOOKS OF 2017, but one 2017 release we both absolutely adored was The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera!

2017 FILMS

There have been so many great films out this past year, and of course, one of the stand outs was The Last Jedi. I absolutely adored this movie; I’ve always been a bit of a Star Wars fangirl, and I know TLJ got a lot of mixed reviews, but it was one of my favourites so far! Although some aspects of the film are questionable, we also just had to mention Wonder Woman – for the No Man’s Land scene if nothing else!

2017 MUSIC

Our choices here are a bit of a mixed bag, but some stand out songs for us from the past year are Hollow Coves by Coastline, Grace by Rag’n’Bone Man, and Havana by Camila Cabello.

2017 TV

We’ve both been huge Sense8 fans since the first season premiered, so of course, season two is high on both of our lists for our favourite tv shows from 2017! If you haven’t seen it, Sense8 is a show that follows a cluster of eight ‘sensates’ who are mentally linked. Its seriously good sci-fi and full of diverse characters, and trust us when we say, all eight members of the cluster will become your children. The A Word is a British tv show following a family’s journey after learning that their five year old son Joe has autism.


2017 BLOGS
We’ve been trying to promote other blogs this year (you may have seen Angharad’s recent post showcasing some of her favourite blogs) so here’s a few that we’ve been loving this year!

Almost Amazing Grace
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Rhianna Olivia
A Beautiful Chaos
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A Girl & Grey
Thunder and Threads
That Backpacker
Flora the Explorer
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2017 ART

2017 has brought us some amazing artwork, and lots of bookish fanart that all of us bookworms have been fawning over. I think like the rest of the YA book community, we’ve fallen in love with Charlie Bowater’s work. We also wanted to give a shoutout to the lovely Julia (@liyadraws on Instagram) who created the amazing painting for the two of us and Jemma Wade for the incredibly intricate Stark-inspired drawing that I had to buy and frame on my wall this year!


So those are some of our general favourites in 2017. As I post this, there are only a few hours left until 2018 so we both hope you have had the best year but make it even better in the next. Lots of love from us to you. You guys rock!
Angharad & Becky
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Best books of 2017

So one of our lasts posts of the year is our favourite books that were released in 2017. Of course we didn’t read the exact same books so we’ve decided to list our combined favourites and some of our personal choices. Overall, 2017 was filled with a lot of amazing and diverse books which has made us both very hopeful for the upcoming years. These authors have really stepped up their games and we hope you find something you want to read if you haven’t already.  Continue reading “Best books of 2017”