International Women’s Day 2019 // Favourite Fictional Females

It’s that time of year again! Becky and I always make sure to post on this day and this year, we have decided to share some of our favourite female characters in books and games.

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| Lara Croft,
Tomb Raider |

If you talk to me for longer than ten minutes, then I will probably bring Lara Croft up at least once. I grew up with this character and she really changed the game (har har) for female characters in video games. The Tomb Raider games have always focussed around Lara and her abilities, rather than introducing love interests and having other people save the day. She’s flawed but she’s excellent and there’s a reason she’s still as popular today as she was 20 years ago.

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Blog Tour // The Girl in the Tower: Q&A with Katherine Arden

So I think I’ve been gushing about Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy for long enough by now for you guys to know I love it, so when Aléz and Tess over at Ebury asked if we’d like to take a part in the blog tour for The Girl in the Tower, the second book in the trilogy, of course we jumped at the chance! Below is our Q&A with the lovely Katherine Arden.

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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”

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Disclaimer: This review will not contain spoilers for The Girl in the Tower, but will contain spoilers for The Bear and the Nightingale
Huge thank you to Tess at Ebury/Penguin Random House for sending us proofs of The Girl in the Tower!

So I don’t on any level class myself as an expert on Russian mythology and folklore. However, I am a self confessed huge fan of it. Ever since stumbling upon my first Russian folklore inspired novel a few years ago, I’ve been desperately reaching for any and every book I can find that’s set in Russia, filled with domovoi and Slavic demons, and frankly, I love a good Firebird story. When I managed to get an e-ARC of The Bear and the Nightingale on NetGalley last year, I immediately fell in love with Katherine Arden’s writing and Vasya, her protagonist; I knew I’d do anything to have the sequel in my hands as soon as possible. I feel so privileged to have been able to get a proof of The Girl in the Tower, and before anything else I have to say that not only did it not disappoint, it far exceeded my expectations – and it’s probably one of those rare cases where I actually liked the sequel as much as, if not more than, the first book of the series. Continue reading “The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden”