Review // Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Review // Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

The house at the end of the lane burned down, and Rita Frost and her teenage ward, Bevan, were never seen again. The townspeople never learned what happened.
Only Mae and her brother Rossa know the truth; they spent two summers with Rita and Bevan, two of the strangest summers of their lives…

Because nothing in that house was as it seemed: a cat who was more than a cat, and a dark power called Sweet James that lurked behind the wallpaper, enthralling Bevan with whispers of neon magic and escape. And in the summer heat, Mae became equally as enthralled with Bevan. Desperately in the grips of first love, she’d give the other girl anything.
A dangerous offer when all that Sweet James desired was a taste of new flesh…

Huge thank you to Titan Books for sending me an early review copy.

So I’m currently trying to work out how to write this entire review without gushing or spoiling everything… here we go!

I’ve been so excited to read Other Words for Smoke; I loved Sarah’s first novel, Spare and Found Parts, and since hearing her speak about OWFS at an event last year and reading a sampler, I’ve been hooked. Obviously I went into this book with high expectations but Sarah’s gorgeous writing surpassed them all.
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Bookshelf Swap: Our Picks From Each Other’s Shelves

Hi guys!
So today we’re doing something a bit different. After seeing Lauren and Sarah‘s posts, I thought this would be a perfect joint post for us to do. So the basic idea is to send each other a photo of our bookshelves, and below we’ve commented on what we love, what we want to read, and what we don’t recommend from the other persons bookshelves.

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ARC Review // The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

ARC Review // The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Fire ascends from the earth, light descends from the sky
Too much of one doth inflame the other,
and in this is the extinction of the universe.

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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I received a proof copy of The Priory of the Orange Tree from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

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Sarah Maria Griffin and Christina Henry event – Waterstones Deansgate

The Tuesday before last, following a heavy YALC hangover, I made my way over to Sarah Maria Griffin and Christina Henry’s tour stop in Manchester. I had already met Sarah at YALC but as Spare and Found Parts is one of my favourite books of the year, I definitely wouldn’t say no to hearing her talk about it – I also didn’t get a chance to meet Christina at YALC so was looking forward to that too!

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ARC August

ARC August

Hey guys!

Just a quick post today but we have lots of posts planned for the next few weeks (including a YALC wrap up which I’m really excited to put together!)

So, ARC August coincides really well with YALC for me as I have a nice pile of ARCs to get through from it, so I decided to take part this year. I also have a couple that have been sent to me from publishers recently so I’ve included those too.

The ARCs I’m planning on reading this month are:

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (Harper 360)

A Flicker in the Clarity by Amy McNamara (Harper 360)

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrande (YALC)

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (YALC)

Damsel by Elaina K Arnold (YALC)

Assuming I get through these five I’ll also try and read The Girl King by Mimi Yu, which I also picked up at YALC. I’m not in a huge rush to read this though since it’s not out till 2019!

Are you taking part in ARC August?
love Becky,

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