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books make maddy rage

Badarse Assassins who Don’t Actually Assassin (aw) // Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

If the entire book had been as brilliant as its last five chapters, this’d easily have been a four star review. Court conspiracy and political intrigue? Check. Glittering balls and stunning costumes? Check. Morally ambiguous authority figures? Check. Poison, treachery and murder? Check. Blood everywhere? Check. A queen so badass she has RUNES on her EYELIDS, wears a METAL CORSET, and has NO HAIR because IT ALL GOT ZAPPED OFF BY LIGHTNING?? Check.


*Shameless Sarah Rees Brennan Stanning is Utterly Shameless* // Monstrous Affections by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant


*Screaming Internally and Forever* // Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Judge: MR CHANT. You stand here today in this fictional literary tribunal accused of PERNICIOUS CRIMES AGAINST THE BOOK LOVING COMMUNITY. Plaintiff, please read the charges. Me: *clears throat* ahem. Charge one. that this book caused me to lose HALF A DAYS WORK ON MY DISSERTATION, because I COULD NOT CONCENTRATE ON ANYTHING EXCEPT DEVOURING EVERY GLORIOUS WORD

Waaargh me OTP be cutie patooties// Beautiful People Writers’ Link Up

So I'm going to talk about my OTP from a WIP that currently only exists in my head (bwahahahaa). It's an urban fantasy starring two grunt angels, who are stuck on earth performing low-level demon clean-up operations. For like, ever.

In which everything is depressing AF // Hackney Child by Hope Daniels

Angry. Disheartened. Appalled. Mildly disturbed. Sorrowful. In fact, just think of pretty much any negative adjective and that will describe how I felt on finishing this autobiography. Not because it's a bad book -- quite the opposite, it completely gripped me and I finished it in one sitting.

EVILLL and yet I am strangely unmoved// The Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills

I've seen a bunch of reviews hating on the characters in this book (particularly Melissande and Reg) but I want to say straight off that I thought they were excellent. Both practical, capable, and not there to serve as love-interests --- whoopeeee. Reg in particular gave me a couple of chuckles. Also, once I thought of it there's no way to un-see it, but I've found a young Melissande. Auburn hair, stocky, practical, frumpy yet also awesome....?

Beautiful Books: My WIP? Ahahahaaa don’t ask (no seriously don’t)

So the amazing Paperfury and Furtherupfurtherin are doing this great writers link up to get bloggers talking about their writing goals this year. To be honest this is exactly what I need 1) to give myself a kick up the bum to finishing... Continue Reading →

Steampunk zombies betray Maddy with yawny plot // Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

So, having finally got around to reading it.... I am disappoint. Yes. I AM. DISAPPOINT. Why? Because I was expecting (and I quote, from the glowing critical reviews) "rollicking pace" and "pure mad adventure". Pace and MAD ADVENTURE MY ARSE. For two thirds of this book blimming nothing happened! What actually happened???? Like, Briar and Zeke climbed through tunnels. Oh my god, so many tunnels. This book consisted 9/10 of just... blimming TUNNEL DESCRIPTIONS.

Resolutions, aka aaargh how is it 2017 already?

I know a lot of people think the whole idea of making new year's resolutions is a bunch of rubbish, and fair enough. Why do you need a fancy special Date to decide to idk eat more chocolate? (no-one says resolutions... Continue Reading →

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