anticipated October 2017 book releases

october 2017.pnganticipated book releases.jpgHello, my fellow book lovers. If you follow me on Instagram @slyther.ink, you know I’m into bullet journalling. I recently dedicated some pages to a calendar of book releases, so I thought it might be interesting to share some of my most anticipated releases at the beginning of each month.

Unfortunately, I’m not able to buy these books right away. Nonetheless, each sparked my interest and I do plan on buying them someday.

These are in order of publication.

wild beauty.pngWild Beauty will be released on October 3rd. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this beauty! I requested an e-ARC and a physical ARC, but I didn’t get lucky. Thankfully, however, I won my very first give-away ever and will get one of my most anticipated releases of the year in my hands thanks to lacyliteracy!

far from the tree.pngI haven’t read any of Robin Benway’s books yet, but I own Emmy & Oliver and I happen to enjoy reading YA contemporaries that deal with some more serious topics. Besides, I really like this cover! Far From the Tree is also set to be released on October 3rd.

forest of a thousand lanterns.pngForest of a Thousand Lanterns is an East Asian retelling of the Evil Queen. The publication date is 10 October, yet I have the feeling I’ve seen this fantasy novel EVERYWHERE for over a year! That has definitely peaked my interest.

the nowhere girls.pngNone of my friends have reviewed this yet, so I’m a bit wary to pick The Nowhere Girls up. But as it deals with rape culture, I’m very keen to read it. And I really like the cover. This will be released on October 10th as well.

a line in the dark.pngHonestly, I’m not a fan of the cover and it has received some mixed reviews. But “physiological thriller with queer girls” sounds right up my alley, so A Line in the Dark remains one of my most anticipated October book releases. This will be published on 17 October, just as the other two books I’m about to mention.

i am not your perfect mexican daughter.pngOnly a handful of people have reviewed I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter yet, so I’ll probably wait to buy this until more people have read this. But talk about an intriguing title!

like water.pngBisexual representation? Mermaids? Sign me up! My friends who received an ARC loved Like Water, so my expectations are high!


What are some of your most anticipated October book releases? I for instance didn’t mention Not Your Villain because I haven’t picked up Not Your Sidekick yet, but I know a lot of people are looking forward to that release!

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September 2017 wrap-up

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m going to talk about the books I read in September. I read a total of 10 books! As usual, let’s get started with some statistics.

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synopsis: For readers of Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey) and Atticus (Love Her Wild), a book small enough to carry with you, with messages big enough to stay with you, from one of the most quotable and influential poets of our time.

Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploration of what it means to heal and to be different in this strange age. Take Me With You, illustrated throughout with evocative line drawings by Sarah J. Coleman, is small enough to fit in your bag, with messages that are big enough to wake even the sleepiest heart. Divided into three sections (love, the world, and becoming) of one liners, couplets, greatest hits phrases, and longer form poems, it has something for everyone, and will be placed in stockings, lockers, and the hands of anyone who could use its wisdom.

I requested an e-ARC of Take Me With You on Netgalley because it was shelved as ‘queer’. I wish I hadn’t, because I just can’t seem to get into poetry, which is not at all this book’s fault. That’s why I decided not to review this on Goodreads or my blog. It’s not fair to be critical when the fault lies with me.

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synopsis: After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.

Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

Unicorn Tracks is a short fantasy novel inspired by South East African culture. I really adored the original setting, but unfortunately, the rest wasn’t as memorable. The characters didn’t grow on me and the actual plot fell a bit short. The F/F romance was actually the reason why I picked this up. Though it was cute, I just didn’t really care all that much about their relationship. You can read my full review here.beauty queens.png

synopsis: Teen beauty queens. A “Lost”-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to e-mail. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

The audiobook of Beauty Queens is narrated by Libba Bray herself, and it was amazing: each character had a very distinct voice and special sound effects were used. Sadly, I wasn’t a fan of the queer representation. I really suggest reading my review if you are interested in picking this up. Though I can’t deny this novel is unique and tackles themes such as feminism and racism, the execution could’ve been better.

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I finally did it! I finally finished reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I listened to the audiobooks of the second ’till fifth book and while this series didn’t blow me away, I’m happy I’ll finally get to read Rick Riordan’s other work. I posted a review for this entire series at the beginning of the week, so check it out!

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synopsis: Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

When I read the first part of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I thought this was going to become my new favourite series. I fell in love with Karou, her family in Brimstone’s shop and the fantasy elements. But when the romance became the centre of the story, I lost my interest. I hope the sequel is going to focus more on the fantasy elements rather than the romance. You can read my full review here.

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synopsis: Mr Willy Wonka is the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world.
And do you know who Charlie is? Charlie Bucket is the hero. The other children in this book are nasty little beasts, called: Augustus Gloop – a great big greedy nincompoop; Veruca Salt – a spoiled brat; Violet Beauregarde – a repulsive little gum-chewer; Mike Teavee – a boy who only watches television.
Clutching their Golden Tickets, they arrive at Wonka’s chocolate factory. But what mysterious secrets will they discover?
Our tour is about to begin. Please don’t wander off. Mr Wonka wouldn’t like to lose any of you at this stage of the proceedings .

The audiobook of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is amazing! This famous story is so fast-paced, magical and timeless. I didn’t review it on my blog, but I did on Goodreads. You can find that review here. I will pick up the audiobook of the sequel soon!

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synopsis: Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?

I had expected to love Far From You and thankfully, it did not disappoint! I’m  going to post my review this or next week, so hang in tight! Though you can consider this a Young Adult mystery novel, it’s very character-driven as well. I loved that Sophie’s personality and actions reflected everything she has been through, from her drug addiction to witnessing a murder.


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synopsis: In downtown Chicago, Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend. Meanwhile, in a small town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more sinister.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us.

I picked up Don’t You Cry on audiobook and though I was over 20% in, I had the feeling nothing had happened yet. I was quite frankly really bored. It doesn’t help that one of the most popular reviews on Goodreads says that nothing happens until the final 30 pages. I might pick this up again someday, but I might have to re-read the beginning because it really didn’t leave an impression.


So these were the books I read in September! What were your favourite reads this month?

I usually don’t include a synopsis, but I thought it might be better to actually know which books I’m talking about. Should I continue doing this in the future, or does it disrupt the flow of the wrap-up?

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September 2017 book haul

september.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Because I’m currently unemployed, I’m supposed to be on a book buying ban. But when I spot a great sale, I just can’t pass it up! That’s why I ended up getting 6 books this month.

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I haven’t read The Star-Touched Queen yet, nor do I own a copy, but I’ve heard great things about its companion novel especially. That’s why I bought a Crown of Wishes. I absolutely love that this is a big-sized paperback.

img_8121My sister bought a paperback copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer this month. I was planning to read hers, but when it was on sale, I decided I couldn’t wait until she was done with it and bought my own hardcover copy instead.

I recently talked about Written in the Stars in one of my most recent posts: books with Muslim characters on my TBR. I actually started reading this one already and my hopes are high! I’m prepared that this novel is going to be very emotional.

I finished reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians this month, so I finally get to move on to Rick Riordan’s other series. I won’t get to Magnus Chase anytime soon, but this guide was on sale, so I had to get it.

The Girl with the Red Balloon has received quite a lot of hype, and that’s why I decided to buy it while it was on sale. I honestly don’t know what it’s about, except that it’s set during or after World War II? I’m not even sure about that!

The Big Redhead Book was sent to me for review, so I didn’t actually buy this one for myself. I’m hoping to finish it next month. Unfortunately, I’m not enjoying this.


Which books did you haul this month? Have you read any of the titles I mentioned yet?

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T5W: books I’ve read because of Twitter

books i've read because of twitter.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.
Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use

Today, I’m going to talk about five books I picked up because of Twitter. These titles weren’t on my radar at first, but thanks to the people I follow on there, I decided to pick them up. You can find me @romweasleys on Twitter, by the way, though I am currently on hiatus since there’s too much triggering content on there! Anyway, these are in no particular order!

the gentleman's guide to vice and virtueI initially wasn’t planning on reading the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, because I’d rather read M/M romances by male authors. But everyone was loving this book, so I decided to listen to it on audiobook. Unfortunately, my gut feeling was right and I didn’t enjoy this as much as everyone else has. You can read my full review here.

lambs can always become lionsI follow the author on several social media, so that’s how I found out this wonderful F/F Robin Hood retelling. Though I’m not familiar with Robin Hood, I ended up loving Lambs Can Always Become Lions. I loved the diversity and especially the writing! You can read my full review here.

better at weddings than you.pngYou have no idea how many M/F romances I have bought because of Twitter! I would never reach for those books myself, but when they’re diverse and other readers have loved them, I’m willing to give them a chance. I’ll probably never fall in love with this genre, but as long as the books are entertaining, I’m okay with that. If you do like romances, however, I’d definitely recommend Better At Weddings Than You! You can read my full review here.

how to make a wishAs soon as I found out about How to Make a Wish on Twitter, I requested an ARC on Netgalley. I’m so glad I did, because it’s one of my favourite #OwnVoices books with bisexual representation! At the time, I didn’t fully love this, because the difficult parts of Grace’s live were relatable as well. Having said that, I can’t wait to re-read this beauty! I’m certain I will enjoy it even more the second time around, because I’m now aware of everything this novel deals with. You can read my full review here.

coffee boyAfter reading a lot of harmful New Adult romances a couple of years ago, I stayed clear from the genre. But I really enjoyed the queer ones I picked up this year thanks to Twitter! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: please don’t neglect diverse books even if the genre doesn’t appeal to you. You might miss out on some great books if you do! You can read my full review here.


So these were five books I picked up because of Twitter. To be honest though, the majority of the books I read, are on my radar thanks to the folks I follow there. I mainly read diverse books today and I wouldn’t have heard of many of those titles if it wasn’t for the book community on Twitter. Unfortunately, the place is too harmful for me at the moment, so I hope I won’t be missing out on any amazing books 😦

Anyway, what are some books you picked up because of Twitter (or BookTube, or bloggers….)?

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T10T: books with Muslim characters on my TBR

books with muslim characters on my TBR.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 26:  Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Today, I’m going to talk about some books featuring Muslim characters that are on my TBR!

saints and misfits.pngWhile I’ve heard some mixed things about Saints and Misfits, I’m still planning on reading this one! Apparently, it doesn’t have a real plot, but I really want to read more books with Muslim characters. I’m a bit afraid to read about sexual assault, though. I find that a very important topic, but it’s bound to make me angry while reading about it. I have the feeling Saints and Misfits won’t necessarily be an enjoyable read, but an important and diverse one nonetheless.

the gauntlet.pngThe Gauntlet looks like such a fun, fast-paced Middle Grade fantasy novel! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and it’s only 298 pages long, which makes me even more intrigued to pick this up.

amina's voice.pngAmina’s Voice is another diverse Middle Grade novel on this list. Even though I have loved big books such as A Game of Thrones, finding out a book is less than 300 pages long, is one of my favourite things! This novel is only 208 pages long, so I’m even more interested to pick this up than I already was.

written in the stars.pngWritten in the Stars sounds like another difficult read, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a story that needs to be told. I found trigger warnings for rape, forced marriage and drugged against one’s will, so that sounds very heavy! I actually bought a hardcover copy of it this month.

city of brass.pngThis fantasy novel is set to be released on November 14th, 2017. So far, only a couple of people had the chance to review this, but all have been very positive!

love, hate and other filters.pngLove, Hate and Other Filters is a YA contemporary which will be published on January 16th, 2018. There are hardly any reviews out yet, but as this book deals with islamophobia, I cannot wait to read it! I hate saying it, but this sounds like such an important novel, especially with everything that’s going on now.

a girl like that.pngThis is a YA contemporary that is set to be released on February 27th, 2018. I didn’t know much about this since all reviews date back from 2016, which I find a bit odd. Anyway, I really like the cover, even though I’m usually not a fan of real people on book covers!


So these are some books with Muslim characters that are on my TBR! Have you read any of them? If so, which ones would you recommend the most? 🙂

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‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ series review

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! In May 2016, I read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Yet it took me this long to read the other for books in this series. I listened to The Sea of Monsters until The Last Olympian on audiobook, all this month. I decided to review them all at once instead of posting them for each book separately. I did, however, review each individual book on my Goodreads page.

I know for a fact I would’ve enjoyed this series more when I was younger. Percy Jackson and the Olympians is shelved as Young Adult on Goodreads, but it is in my opinion very much a Middle Grade book series. Therefore, it is more action- than character-driven. Personally, I prefer the latter.

Because this is action-driven though, these books are quick reads, especially on audiobook. I don’t think I could’ve read any other series as fast. If you’re looking for a book series to binge-read, Percy Jackson and the Olympians might be the one for you.

PJOI’m glad that’s the case, because I’m honestly only continued reading it to get to Rick Riordan’s other work. Don’t get me wrong, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is by no means a bad series, but each book follows the same pattern: Percy fights monsters at his new school; then he suddenly has to go back to camp; he’s send on a quest and finally, returns to camp and goes back home.

Thankfully, the characters did really grow on me. I was especially a fan of the interactions between Percy and Annabeth, Thalia, my little sweetheart Nico Di Angelo and all the gods we were introduced to. I really hadn’t expected to care about these characters as much as I did, especially because this series is so action-packed. They’re definitely what kept me interested and give me faith that I will enjoy Riordan’s other books as well.

As someone who graduated as a history teacher, I’m a big fan of Greek mythology. I absolutely loved those aspects. I wouldn’t mind reading a series by Riordan that’s inspired by mythology, but that isn’t set in modern time. I’m actually really excited to read his other work and hopefully get to know the gods more and more.

Unfortunately, the finale didn’t pack a punch. It wasn’t as emotional as it could’ve been. The Last Olympian was very much action-packed, just like the other books in this series. If it had focused more on the characters, however, this final instalment could’ve been much better. Still, I am excited to start Heroes of Olympus, but at the same time, I’m hoping it’s going to be completely different compared to Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

Since I know Riordan’s books become more and more diverse, I won’t call out everything I didn’t like in this series. But the ableism in particular, hurt me. Throughout Percy Jackson and the Olympians, ‘crazy’, ‘feeling depressed’, ‘insane’ etc. are said numerous times.

The audiobooks are narrated by Jesse Bernstein. I wasn’t a fan of his work. Some characters sounded excruciatingly annoying and the Asian characters were narrated in a stereotypical (racist?) way. I’m very disappointed he also narrates some of the companion novels. On the one hand, I would recommend the audiobooks because they make binge-reading this series even easier, but on the other hand, I just wasn’t a fan of some of his characters, and his voices were inconsistent.


So this was my review of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. If you’re interested in individual reviews, check out my Goodreads page! I’d give this series a solid 3 stars. It was enjoyable and entertaining, but it didn’t blow me away.

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What I love and hate about being an international reader

being an international reader.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Whenever I have a look at my blog’s stats, I’m surprised that the majority of my readers are from English-speaking countries, namely the USA, the UK and Australia. So I thought it made be fun to give you an insight in what it’s like for me, a reader from Belgium. I always read books in English, but naturally, that comes with different obstacles readers from English-speaking countries might face.

As for my fellow international readers, I hope this is going to be a relatable post! Though I usually tend to focus on the negative aspects, I wanted to include some positive ones as well. Because being an international reader can’t be all bad, can it?


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I’m currently unemployed after recently graduating from college. As a student, I could only work one month a year, and I don’t get any allowances from my parents. So when I want to read a book, I have to spend the little money I have. I wish I could go to a library instead, but the most recent English book they have over there, is most likely The Fault in Our Stars or Breaking Dawn. So finding diverse books over there, is going to be impossible.

Unfortunately, used bookstores aren’t an option either. It’s very unlikely they carry any English books to begin with, but when they do, they’re just as expensive as buying a new copy online!

Thankfully, there’s still Kindle. I know, I know, we readers prefer physical copies, but especially when you’re short on cash, e-books are great! As an international reader, however, this comes with a downside as well: a lot of the time when an e-book’s on sale for a limited time only, it’s not the case in all countries. You have no idea how often I’ve got excited when a book on my TBR was on sale, only to see it wasn’t on my Amazon 😦

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My friend Laura @ Green Tea & Paperbacks wrote a wonderful thread about international giveaways, which you should definitely check out! This is another post that explains the lack of international giveaways. Though I completely understand why some promotions are US only, international readers feel left out more often than not.

It especially saddens me when it involves a signed book or special edition by one of my favourite authors. They often claim it’s international, but the shipping costs are often higher than the actual product! I can’t and won’t spend my money on that.

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The chances of me ever meeting an author, are slim to none. It definitely makes me jealous to see certain readers meet their favourite author multiple times, whereas I’ll probably never get the chance to meet them even once. Because there aren’t many bookish events over here, it’s also much more difficult to meet fellow readers in real life.

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I usually don’t pre-order books because I simply can’t afford to buy them at full price. Besides, I’ve had multiple bad experiences with pre-orders, including Book Depository cancelling my order of a limited edition… Anyway, as an international reader, getting a book in your hands on the release date is nearly impossible, especially if you have to buy it online. Book Depository, for example, is located in the UK. When I buy a book there, it takes approximately two weeks to arrive. Pre-orders are no exception, because they usually send the book out on the release date. No matter how excited you are for a newly released book, you will have to wait a while before you get to hold it in your hands.


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Like I said, I only read books written in English. Because that isn’t my first language, I do think it has helped me loads. Because I graduated as an English teacher and because translations are awful (they even change the names!), I don’t ever plan on reading Dutch books instead.

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I can’t gush about books to anyone I know in real life, so I’m very thankful for the online book community. I bet a lot of readers from English-speaking countries feel the same, but I still had to mention this on my list. I’m so thankful for the awesome people I have met online! Furthermore, I have also learnt a lot thanks to them, especially about diversity.

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Because I have to buy all my books online, I could buy whatever edition I want except I can’t, because MONEY. So in principle, I can buy the edition I like best, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s the UK or US one.


So these are some up- and downsides to being an international reader! I probably left out a bunch of things, so feel free to add stuff in the comments!

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Unicorn Tracks: F/F romance with unique fantasy setting

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor unicorn tracks book coverUnicorn Tracks

by Julia Ember

read in September 2017

format: Kindle

spoiler-free review!


Unicorn Tracks is a short fantasy novel inspired by South East African culture. I really adored the original setting, with its magical creatures such as unicorns and mermaids.

Writing this review is very difficult. I didn’t strongly dislike anything about it, but Unicorn Tracks wasn’t memorable either. I finished this a few hours ago and I already cannot remember the characters’ names. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very attached to any of the characters, though I did like Tumelo’s love for his niece and his humour.

If you are interested in picking up a unique F/F fantasy romance, however, Unicorn Tracks might be exactly what you are looking for.

Mnemba, our protagonist, is a rape survivor. After the attack, she left her home and became a guide in her uncle Tumelo’s safari park. I liked how her rape wasn’t used a plot twist as to why she sometimes pushed Kara away. Instead, we learn very early on that this happens to her, and it’s clear that it did not only leave physical scars. I really appreciated that.

The F/F romance was actually the reason why I picked this up. Though it was cute, I just didn’t really care all that much about their relationship. Furthermore, I didn’t like how Mnemba constantly looked down on other women in order to express admiration for Kara.

My favourite part was definitely the fantasy elements. I was interested in learning more about these creatures. As for the action in this novel, it could’ve used more twist and turns. It was a bit straightforward; there were no surprises.

CW/TW for ableist language (‘insane’ and ‘crazy’ are used multiple times), POC’s skin is compared to the colour of coffee, rape, animal abuse and deaths, sexism, slavery


Unicorn Tracks was by no means a bad book. The setting was unique, magical and interesting. Unfortunately, however, the characters never grew on me and the actual plot fell a bit short. Still, if you’re interested in a diverse and quick read, Unicorn Tracks is what you’re looking for!

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T10T: some books on my fall TBR

fall tbr.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 19: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

I hesitated whether I wanted to do today’s topic. I don’t do TBRs. I’m a mood reader and as much as I want to, I just can’t stick to them. So I thought that maybe I could talk about some fall releases I’d like to read. But since I’m currently unemployed, I have no idea whether I’d actually have the money to buy those releases this fall.

That’s why I’m going to talk about some books I recently bought, that I’d like to read soon. Obviously, I’d like to read more than five books this fall, but like I said: I DON’T DO TBRs! These are in no particular order.


library of fatesI bought Library of Fates in August, which is a diverse Young Adult fantasy. Many of the people I trust have enjoyed this. Strangely, I haven’t read many fantasies yet this year, and I’d really like to change that in the months to come. As much as I like contemporaries these days, I really miss reading a good fantasy book!

eliza and her monsters.pngI also got Eliza and her Monsters last month. It initially wasn’t on my radar, but I’ve only heard positive things about it! Because it represents mental health (depression and anxiety), I’m very excited to read this novel.

the bone witch.pngThe Bone Witch has received many mixed reviews, but that still didn’t stop me from buying a copy back in April. I own the audiobook as well, but I think it’s best to actually read a complex fantasy novel myself. Apparently, this is kind of slow, but I’ve managed to read books like A Game of Thrones, so surely, I can get through this as well, right?

truthwitch.pngI bought both Truthwitch and Windwitch back in January. I was dying to start this series, but well, here we are: nearly ten months later and I still haven’t picked it up. Thankfully, I’m much more in the mood to read fantasies now, so I think it might finally happen!

the vegetarian.pngIt’s not like I’ve been dying to read The Vegetarian (which I got last month), but since it’s only 188 pages long, I will read this very soon.


So these are some of the books I’d like to get to this fall. Which books are on your TBR? Have you read any of the books I mentioned yet?

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the Game of Thrones book tag (2.0)

game of thrones book tag II.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! A couple of weeks ago, I did the Game of Thrones book tag, but I discovered another edition of that tag and wanted to do this one as well. This tag was created by Claire Rousseau on Youtube and you can have a look at the video here.

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a game of thronesSorry for staying in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, but I think Cersei is a character who also cares deeply about revenge. If you hurt her or her family, she will hunt you down. I easily could’ve picked her for ‘a villain you just love to hate’ as well, though I don’t consider her a villain. She’s merely a character many people don’t like, but I love her.

VarysI absolutely love political intrigue! But I just had a look at all the books I have read, and I realised there aren’t many featuring a good political intrigue. Do you have any recommendations?

and i darkenThe only book that comes to mind – besides ASOIAF, of course – is And I Darken. I wasn’t fond of the pacing in this novel, but I liked the characters and the political intrigue. I started reading the sequel on audiobook last month, but I think I might have to re-read And I Darken beforehand.

joffrey

deathly hallowsLike I said, I don’t consider Cersei Lannister a villain, so I’m going for Bellatrix Lestrange instead. She’s so awful, but she’s so intriguing! She has so much more depth than Voldemort, though Tom Riddle is another villain I love to hate. That makes sense, right?

an ember in the ashes.pngAnother villain I love to read about, is the Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes. I don’t love her because she’s absolutely horrible, but I do find her very interesting. She’s definitely a villain with a background story, instead of just being evil for the sake of being evil.

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simon vs the homo sapiens agendaI have a lot of options, since Young Adult is the vast majority of the books I read. To be honest though, I don’t really know what a coming of age story must be like. I think Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda counts?

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HBPI’m not that big of a shipper, so once again, I have a lot of options. Whenever I read Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, I cannot help but roll my eyes when Ginny and Harry interact. It’s not like I hate the idea of them being together, but I feel like Harry’s attraction came out of nowhere. Furthermore, I’m not too fond of characters always ending up with their “high-school sweethearts”. It’s definitely an overused trope.

olenna

the dream thievesBecause I read a lot of Young Adult fiction, older characters are a bit harder to come by. Maura, Persephone and Calla from The Raven Cycle aren’t that old, but they were very interesting  and kicked ass in their own, unique ways.

dany

27 hoursThe dragons in 27 Hours aren’t normal dragons, they’re SPACE DRAGONS! I really love reading about them, so does anyone have any recommendations for books featuring dragons?

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For the record: I’ve loved Sansa since the first book and season. It’s difficult for me to come up with an answer, because I don’t usually change my mind about characters. Either I like them, or I don’t. It’s usually the other way around.

pretty girlsAt the beginning of Pretty Girls, I thought Claire was just like any other rich white woman who lives in the suburbs. But she really grew on me. If she hadn’t been so strong-willed and perceptive, this novel would’ve been completely different.

gone girlThough Amy Dunne could easily belong in the category of ‘a villain you just love to hate’, I do kind of root for her as well. Her ‘Cool Girl’ speech is one of the best things I’ve ever read. She’s such an interesting character, I really cannot help but adore her.

melisandreI’m so disappointed in myself, because I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy lately 😦 I checked my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads and I’ve mostly read contemporaries this year. So I have to go with my cliché answers again.

deathly hallowsIf there’s one magic system we could be apart of, wouldn’t we all want it to be the Harry Potter universe? All I want is to attend Hogwarts, that’s not asking for too much, right?!

the dream thievesThough this paranormal fantasy isn’t exactly magical, it’s so atmospheric, mainly thanks to Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. For me, it’s not necessary that a magic system is complex. I’d rather read something very unique than some variation on the same tropes you read in almost everyone fantasy novel.

tyrion

an ember in the ashes.pngA strong female character doesn’t need to slay dragons or be an assassin in order to be strong! Strength comes in many different shapes and forms. That’s why I adore female characters like Laia from an Ember in the Ashes and Sansa Stark. These ladies may be slow learners, but they survived horrible circumstances even though everyone else considers them weak.


I’m sorry for these incredibly boring answers! Apparently, most question required an answer about a fantasy novel and since I haven’t read a lot of those lately, I had to mention the same books over and over again.

Anyway, do you have any recommendations for books with political intrigue and/or books featuring dragons?

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