‘Six Crimson Cranes’ by Elizabeth Lim, a small review.

Synopsis

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.

Book Information
Author: Elizabath Lim
Publication Date: July 6th 2021
Page Count: 454
Review: 4.5/5

Review

I had seen this book floating around in many places and with so many great reviews and recommendations, it was inevitable that I was going to read it. The story is about a princess who has forbidden magic, cursed by her stepmother and a mission to free her brothers from turning into cranes every day. This story took me places I did not expect it to, when I thought one thing would happen, the complete opposite would happen instead. No one is as they seem and lies and deception are around every corner. I thoroughly enjoyed the deviation from western-centred books that I am used to reading and thoroughly enjoyed learning about folklore and myths from other areas of the world.

Shirori is a character everyone needs to be acquainted with, she is strong, fearless and despite being a spoilt princess, has high morals and fights for what she knows is right in the world. Her love for the brothers, father and kingdom is unmatched. I can barely wait to see where adventures take her next time.

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‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ by V.E Schwab, a small review

I was originally going to do a full review of this book as I am a huge fan of all and anything that V.E Schwab produces, but for fear that I wouldn’t be able to stop, I decided it best to keep it short and sweet. Just know, that V.E Schwab has done it again, she has stolen my heart and hurt me where it is most delicate.

Synopsis

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Book Information
Author: V.E Schwab
Publication Date: October 6th 2020
Page Count: 442
Review: All of the stars.

Review

As you know, I am a sucker for any and all things V.E Schwab and this book only reinforced that. This book follows a girl who made a deal with the devil, but with any sort of devil or demon things aren’t going to be as straight forward as they seem. Addie made a deal to live forever, but what she didn’t know was that a part of this deal was that no one would ever remember her. She survives of course, but she can never own a home, have any possessions and lives a very secluded life. That is until she meets Henry, the most charming book shop worker who is the first person since 1714 to remember her.

This book is utterly heart-breaking but in the most loveliest way. V.E Schwab is the only person who could me right down to my core, and I would thank her for it. You can fall in love so easily with every aspect of this story. In the end, although you don’t feel fulfilled, you do feel content. The story is true and raw and unlike anything I’ve read before, there is no happy ending, not really, but that only highlights what life is really like – you can only deal with the cards life has given you, or in Addie’s case, the cards that the devil has given you.

Also, an exciting update: this book is being turned into a movie and already has a very exciting director assigned to it. I am ready for this story to break me into a thousand little pieces once more.

‘Wolf Den’ by Elodie Harper, a small review.

Synopsis

Sold by her mother. Enslaved in Pompeii’s brothel. Determined to survive. Her name is Amara. Welcome to the Wolf Den…

Amara was once a beloved daughter, until her father’s death plunged her family into penury. Now she is a slave in Pompeii’s infamous brothel, owned by a man she despises. Sharp, clever and resourceful, Amara is forced to hide her talents. For as a she-wolf, her only value lies in the desire she can stir in others.

But Amara’s spirit is far from broken.

By day, she walks the streets with her fellow she-wolves, finding comfort in the laughter and dreams they share. For the streets of Pompeii are alive with opportunity. Out here, even the lowest slave can secure a reversal in fortune. Amara has learnt that everything in this city has its price. But how much is her freedom going to cost her?

Set in Pompeii’s lupanar, The Wolf Den reimagines the lives of women who have long been overlooked.

Book Information
Author: Elodie Harper
Publication Date: May 13th 2021
Page Count: 464
Review: 5/5

Review

A beautifully written story about the women of Pompeii who are sold into slavery and forced to live and work in brothels. An easy 5/5 stars. It was tragic and heart-warming and curdled your insides all at once. It played with every single emotion and plunged you into chaos when you least expected it. It highlighted the true hardships of women in Pompeii and of women all over, past and present – shining the light on how to some, women are simply just bodies and a form of income. It was devastating and lovely throughout, as it showed the individual, varying troubles of each and every woman, from being stolen from their families and wanting to get home, losing children and having them ripped from your arms to falling in love and it being impossible. There are characters you love, characters you hate and characters you can’t help but feel pity for no matter how terrible they are. The best part is, this is only the first book in a trilogy!

The protagonist Amara is everything I aspire to be. She is strong-willed, determined and utterly fearless in the face of god and men. She makes tough decisions because she has to and doesn’t let anyone or anything get in her way of achieving her worth, no matter how heart-breaking it might be for her.

‘The Taking of Jake Livingston’ by Ryan Douglas Review.

Synopsis

Jake Livingston is one of the only Black kids at St. Clair Prep, one of the others being his infinitely more popular older brother. It’s hard enough fitting in but to make matters worse and definitely more complicated, Jake can see the dead. In fact he sees the dead around him all the time. Most are harmless. Stuck in their death loops as they relive their deaths over and over again, they don’t interact often with people. But then Jake meets Sawyer. A troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school last year before taking his own life. Now a powerful, vengeful ghost, he has plans for his afterlife–plans that include Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about ghosts and the rules to life itself go out the window as Sawyer begins haunting him and bodies turn up in his neighbourhood. High school soon becomes a survival game–one Jake is not sure he’s going to win.

Book Information
Author: Ryan Douglass
Genre: YA
Publication Date: July 13th 2021
Page Count: 244
Review: 4/5

Review

Are you looking for a nice, pleasant read to fill up the cold Autumn evenings? Well, this isn’t for you. If you are searching for a haunting read that leaves you feeling a little uneasy, then you’ve found the one.

Race, sexuality, ghosts. The three main themes of this book. This book has two very different characters, but with two very similar experiences – both were outcasts, neither of them felt accepted or understood by society, their friends, or their family.

The book follows Jake, the only black kid in his school and they know it. An outcast in the classroom and not understood at home. But this isn’t Jake’s only problem – he can also see spirits of dead people, and one in particular is proving to be rather bothersome. That someone is Sawyer. Sawyer had a hard life himself, but he also killed a bunch of his classmates so we can’t really feel too sorry for him. Jake struggles to figure out his identity, not only as a black person, but also as a gay man, whilst he is being tormented by Sawyer who is growing stronger and more murderous by the day. The book switches perspectives to old entries from Sawyer’s diary that gives us some much-needed insight into the inner workings of his brain, in addition to increasing the over-flowing pot of suspense that the book entails as we discover the severity of Jake’s situation and how much of a danger Sawyer is after each diary entry.

You can find yourself constantly rooting for Jake, not only because he was being haunted by the ghost of a murderous teenager but because he was also being haunted by his past and who he truly was. The book covered many important, current issues that many people face such as the inability to be themselves and be accepted for who they are whether that be regarding race or sexuality – both of which Jake was struggling to be accepted for. Jake’s life wasn’t all bad, yes, he was the only black kid in school and yes, he could see spirits of the dead, but we also saw him blossom into his true self by standing up for himself, his peers and for what he believes is right. The book highlighted the struggles young black gay people face in today’s society which was great as these things happen and they need to be talked about.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39085455-the-taking-of-jake-livingston

Guest Post: A Casino for Gods by David E Dresner

Hello!

Today we have a very special guest post from David E. Dresner, the writer of ‘A Casino for Gods’ the third book in ‘The Allies of Theo’ series. I hope you enjoyed David’s words as much as I did!

Things That Have Inspired Me

My collective experiences tell me the common denominator in all of life’s important events, the positives and the negatives, are people. I’ll present those people who have impacted and inspired me from my earliest years to the present.

Earliest Mentor.

The earliest mentoring began from my father, Frank Dresner. Frank was a young immigrant arriving in 1910 from Hungary at age one. Adjusting to a new country was demanding.

His birth certificate’s first name was ‘Geza’, a tenth century king in his region of Transylvania. As he adjusted to being an American, he wisely changed from Geza to Frank.

Based on his many challenging adjustments he instilled in me the importance of believing in yourself. I clearly remember him telling me, at various points in my young life, “David, you can do anything you set your mind to do.” These early votes of confidence made a lasting impact.

Community Mentor

I grew up in a small, rural community in northern Ohio called “Howland Corners’.  Howland was founded in the late 1700’s. Howland had one school with grades one thru twelve, there was one church. We’re talking small here.

The church was a non-denominational community church. Robert, the minister, taught that people are all the same regardless of labels. He invited guest Sunday speakers including rabbis, Catholic priests, and various Protestant ministers.

Robert’s perspective on people served me well. In business I worked easily with people of all backgrounds including Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, and Muslims. I benefited from all these diverse peoples and cultures thanks to Robert. I always viewed people as Robert would have, as individuals with unique talents, drives, and personalities.

Two Business Mentors

Fresh out of a top graduate business school, my early self-confidence was quickly tested. I was hired by the number one firm in the Fortune 500 ranking. I lasted less than a year before being fired. I was in the wrong job and never debated the firing; in fact, I was relieved. I still believed in myself.

My business fortune changed when I stumbled into my subsequent professional career. I joined a small local consulting firm with a goal of becoming an accredited actuary.  

My first boss, Russ, was a World War II veteran as well as being an actuary. Russ hammered into me the importance of being ‘right’ in our work. At the end of each month, we determined the pensions for retiring city workers. I did the pension calculations and Russ would separately do them. We would then compare results for each retiree. We had to agree to the penny. Of course, Russ was always right. I never wanted to disappoint him so I would triple check my work. A word of praise made my day.

Russ moved to New York and I joined a national firm in Philadelphia. My second boss, Bob, was my age. When I initially interviewed with him, I thought he was a sourpuss. I was wrong. Bob and I became friends outside of work but never brought friendship into the office.  

Bob was brilliant, a master of our profession. He spent a lot of time mentoring me in applying the complex mathematics underlying our profession. Like Russ, he demanded we be ‘right’ in our analysis. He taught me how to ‘prove’ mathematically our numbers were correct. Due to Bob’s training, I became a competent professional, confident in my work.   

I Become a Mentor and Again Benefit

My lifelong experiences of benefiting from mentors motivated me to do the same for others.

In business, as well as life, people are emotionally reluctant to admit their shortcomings. Mentors know this and first establish trust. Following trust, the mentor can proceed to address shortcomings in a manner that permits understanding, acceptance, and ultimately progress. Many of my young charges have gone on to strong careers.

After retirement I taught, pro bono, middle school math, including algebra, for grades six, seven, and eight. Too many students self-labeled themselves as ‘dumb’ in math. While they needed instructional help, more importantly they needed self confidence that they could master the difficult subject. I helped them build that confidence.

We had many success stories working together. Students were surprised at their improved performance on standardized exams. While the students were justifiably proud, the biggest beneficiary was me. I knew I had made a difference in young lives, much the same as others had made in mine.

Blog Tour: Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

Thank you to the publisher for a free copy of this book, in exchange for a honest review.

Synopsis

Beautiful Sophie with lips as red as blood, skin as pale as snow, and hair as dark as night, is about to come of age and inherit her father’s throne. But Sophie’s stepmother wants rid of her – beautiful she may be, but too weak and foolish to reign. And Sophie believes her, as she believes all the things that have been said about her – all the poisonous words people use to keep girls like her from becoming too powerful, too strong.

When the huntsman carries out his orders of killing Sophie, she finds a fire burning inside her that will not be exstinguished, and sets off to reclaim what was taken from her.

Jennifer Donnelly turns her feminist eye to this most delicious of fairy tales and shows Snow White as she’s never been seen before.

Book Information
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Genre: YA
Publication Date: 20th October 2020
Page Count: 432
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Review: 4/5

Review

Fairy tale retelling, feminism and ferociously cute animals, if they’re what you’re looking for in your next read then look no further! I, for one, am a sucker for a good fairy tale retelling, I simply can not get enough of them. They’re always so imaginative in the ways they twist the stories and develop the characters and this book is no exception. Snow White is my least favourite princess, I find her very irritating and utterly insufferably, however, Sophie is strong in both mind and soul and I was constantly rooting for her throughout. She still has some traits of the original Snow White such as her tremendous good looks, caring nature and a need to always to the right things but she has so many more. Gone are the helpless princesses who wait around to be rescued and always lost in their own little world of animals and perfectness, instead we have resilience, sacrifice and a lot of mud.

An aspect I really enjoyed about this book was the deep-rooted feminism throughout. In any form of story, it is always the men who are in charge and the women who just to lay around looking pretty and being polite and no one ever addresses it, but this book does. A favourite line about this is: ‘
A prince poisons a mutinous noble. A bishop burns a man at the stake because his God speaks English instead of Latin. It is not murder, like the history books say, but execution. Done to preserve the peace. Distasteful yes, but necessary. […] There was one abomination no king, no prince or no pope could forgive. A woman who wears a crown’.
It recognises the things wrong with not just fairy tales but history itself and uses them to develop characters and story and it just gets me so pumped to see something refreshingly different and highly important. Because in reality, women are just as capable as men at doing everything, we’ve just been oppressed and put down for so long.

Of course there are plenty of male characters in this book and some of them are perfectly splendid, and although some of the usual tropes appear, such as Sophie waiting for a prince to come rescue her, but the books leads her to a point where the prince isn’t coming to save her, therefore she has to save herself. Because we don’t all have beautiful princes on stallions that save us from peril, the only person we can wholeheartedly rely on is ourselves, and that is what Sophie does!

An interesting aspect of this story is that you can’t quite pinpoint who the villain is. There are several characters that could qualify for the role, such as the Stepmother – who we all know is evil -, the man in the shadows, even the society in which they live in, that makes it impossible for a woman to hold any title or source of power without being seen as vain or cruel. Each element is added together to create a world in which Sophie has to be wary of everything – her surroundings, everyone she meets and every decision she has to make. It is a very suspenseful book with so many cogs of suspension turning.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the book and everything it highlighted, I wouldn’t have necessarily say it blew me away which is why it isn’t a 5/5 stars, I’m just very stingy with my 5/5 star ratings, I’m sorry! However, if you’d like a read that inspires you to do whatever you want to do or simply love a retelling like I do, I would wholly recommend this book.

I hope to see you all again soon,
Zoe

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50271319-poisoned
Amazon link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50271319-poisoned

‘Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble. Magcial Poems’ Chosen by Paul Cookson and Illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon Book Tour

Than you to the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

From magic carpets and wands to unicorns, potions, creams and lotions, Paul Cookson’s brewing a spell of fantastically magic poems.
On this tattered magic carpet
You can choose your destination
For nothing’s quite as magical
As your imagination
Beautifully illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon, this enchanting anthology brings together works from a range of classic, establishes and rising poets. Whether you’re in the mood for a haunting or a spell gone wrong, this collection of mesmerising poems will have you betwitched from beginning to end!
Poets include: William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Zephaniah, John Agard, Valerie Bloom, Matt Goodfellow, Joshua Seigal and A.F. Harrold.

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Book information
Title: Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble.
Chosen by: Paul Cookson
Illustrated by: Eilidh Muldoon
For ages: 7+
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Review: 4/5

Review

Spooky season is finally upon us! Autumn has arrived and with it has brought crisp, cold mornings, dark, eerie nights and a want for all things spooky and cosy. This book encapsulates spooky season perfectly, with an array of both spooky, funny and magical poems, it is the perfect book to get you in the mood for the season ahead.

I adored every single poem in this book, even the Shakespeare one, they were witty, charming and downright magical. Considering this book is aimed at people much younger than I am (I am 24), I thoroughly enjoyed it. Usually I am not the biggest fan of poetry, (novels and drama are way more up my alley), but this was definitely an exception. This is perfect for anyone of any age really, especially if you’re like me and love this time of year, but it is exceptionally good for children/younger people too. It is a fun way to introduce them to different forms of writing and encourage them to read and with all the wonderfully drawn illustrations, I’m sure they won’t have a hard time getting into it.

This book is the perfect spooky season read, and is great for getting you into the autumnal mood. Light some candles, eat some gingerbread and delve into the world of magical poems!

Happy spooky season everyone!!

Blog Tour: The White Phoenix by Catherine Randall

Synopsis

London, 1666. After the sudden death of her father, thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hopper and her mother take over The White Phoenix – the family bookshop in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral.

But England is at war with France and everywhere there are whispers of dire prophecies. As rumours of invasion and plague spread, Lizzie battles prejudice, blackmail and mob violence to protect the bookshop she loves.

When the Great Fire of London breaks out, Lizzie must rescue more than just the bookshop. Can she now save the friend she wasn’t supposed to have?

Book Information
Title: The White Phoenix
Author: Catherine Randall
Release Date:28th August 20202
Genre: MG
Page Count: 213
Publisher: The Book Guild Publishing
Rating: 3.5

The Review

This book was several firsts for me, it was the first middle grade book I have read and also the first book I have read surrounding the topic of The Great Fire of London. This book has everything you could ever want, a rebellious child, historical London, topics of importance such as the ideologies of women and the working class and a bookshop.

With the book being middle grade, admittedly it wasn’t hard to read, but I simply couldn’t put it down – throughout I was engrossed with the drama and the history, constantly empathising with the characters and their struggles and imagining ways to hurt the books antagonist, Master Pedley, who is one scheming, mean man who believe a woman simply can not run a business without a man – honestly, the worst type of person.

There was never a moment where something wasn’t happening, whether that be The Great Fire of London, the plague, the prejudices against the French and Catholics or someone, mainly Lizzie being on the brink of trouble. At every page something new and worrying was happening, but wasn’t written in a way that it was overwhelming, they all seamlessly intertwined together to create a huge climax. As I said, with it only being a middle grade book it wasn’t the most amazing piece of literature I have read, I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless and I’m pretty certain that younger people will do also. It’s very important to teach the age group about the history of London and the attitudes towards women and foreigners and how much things have changed, but it does it in an enjoyable way.

I adored the character of Lizzie and very much admired her consistency of wanting to do right who and what she believed in, and going against the ‘norms’ of the society and she knew they were wrong. I think she’s a great character for younger people to read about it as she inspires compassion and doing the right thing, even if sometimes she doesn’t do as she’s told.

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Blog Tour: Midnight Twins by Holly Race

Synopsis

Fern King is about to uncover a place that she could not have imagined in all her wildest dreams. Annwn is the dream mirror of our world, a place where Dreamers walk in their slumber, their dreams playing out all around them. An enchanted, mysterious place that feeds our own world – as without dreams, without a place where our imaginations and minds can be nourished, what kind of humans would we be?

But Annwn is a place as full of dangers as it is wonders: it is a place where dreams can kill you. Annwn and its Dreamers are protected by an ancient order known as the Knights – and when Fern’s hated twin Ollie is chosen to join their ranks, Fern will have to do whatever she can to prove she is one of them too.

But the world Fern discovers in Annwn, in this dream mirror of her London, is a fragile one, threatened by vicious nightmares. Nightmares that are harder and harder for the Knights to defeat. Something dark is jeopardising the peace and stability of Annwn, something that must be rooted out at all costs. And gradually, Fern realises that the danger lurking inside our sleep is more insidious and terrifying than any nightmare. Because if you can influence someone’s dreams, you can control their thoughts …

Book Information
Title: Midnight Twins
Author: Molly Race
Release Date: llth June 2020
Genre: YA
Page Count: 432
Publisher: Hot Key32 Books
Rating: 3.5

The Review

Hello and welcome to my stop and the final stop on the blog tour for Midnight Twins by Holly Race. When I was asked if I wanted to be apart of this blog tour I was so excited, fantasy books are where my heart lies and I was very intrigued about a world like that existed when we were soundly asleep at night, a world created by our imaginations and in our dreams. It is a very interesting concept and one that was portrayed wonderfully – it was well-written, very imaginative, and I am not lying when I say that I had goosebumps 90% of time reading this.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I did have a few issues with it. One of the major one being that it did has a few plot holes/story lines that just didn’t really make sense. I thought that in some aspects the main characters, Fern and Ollie were a little unobservant as obvious things would be present but i’d take them a while to figure it out – this may be because they are only 15, but sometimes you couldn’t help but think, “really you didn’t notice that until now?” This also applies to a lot of the characters, wherein if they just thought a little outside of the box or thought a little harder then everyone’s problems would be solved much easier and much quicker. Additionally, one aspect of fantasy novels, that occur frequently, that I am not a fan of at all is when an ordinary person is thrust into something spectacular and completely unimaginable and they seem completely ok with it after a short while and not astounded by this recent discovery.

Despite these issues, I did overall really enjoy this book as I was able to overlook the things that niggled at me as it was so jam-packed with action. This book is in the genre of YA but it introduces aspects of so many more – it is a mixture of fantasy, adventure and mystery. I adored the urban-fantasy setting and the alternative London of Annwn and how key monuments and buildings were weaved into the setting, such as St Paul’s Cathedral being the base for the Knights – the people that protect us from our nightmares and the things that could kill us in our dreams. If I had read this book when I was a lot younger, I would not sleep easy at night. I was very intrigued by Annwn and left me longing for more information on the place, eager to see how people’s imaginations have shaped the world we know, hopefully we get more in the sequel.

Fern and Ollie are twins and are very different people. I couldn’t quite decide whether I liked either of them – they both had major flaws and had a long list of problems, but that is what makes them so great. In most books the protagonist is flawless, yes they may have made a few mistakes over the years but overall there is nothing overtly bad about them. Fern and Ollie on the other hand, they’ve made mistakes, they have a few shit personality traits, they’re impulsive and at some times selfish, but that is what makes them human and like a real life actual person. You could see that there was so much more to them that what they was displacing and revealing and in enticed you to read more and discover more about them. We wasn’t just taken on a journey through the story line but also through emotion.
I really enjoyed the juxtaposition between Ollie and Fern. Ollie being the cool, handsome twin who everyone adores and Fern being the ‘odd’ looking one with no friends and a total outcast in the real world, but once they enter Annwn, these personas are almost switched, shoving them into each other’s shoes and it was really fascinating to read and see how their personalities developed by these alternate experiences.


A major aspect I enjoyed whilst reading this book is that the plot took me to places I didn’t think it would. Yes, some aspects you could’ve guessed, but it was so well written that I enjoyed it just as much if it was a surprise. A slight warning though, this book is not for the faint-hearted, some times it can be very gruesome and deals with very important and present topics such as corrupt politicians, death of a parent, bullying and isolation. It highlights what it’s like to be an outsider, unlike the people around you and the emotional and mental toll it can take on you, which I think is very important for people to be aware of and include in books and those of us who do feel like an outsider, it reminds us that we aren’t in fact actually alone, there are others like us out there.

I’m not sure whether or not this was intentional, but I felt like, at times, this book got very political and I loved it. It highlights how those in power put on a facade, pretending they’re like us and that they care, but behind it all they are all simply power-hungry. This is exactly what the antagonist of this novel is and does – he pretends he is for the people, with his charm and elegance, but inside, just like every politician, he only cares for himself. This book really does highlight privilege of both status and power and considering this is a book aimed at young adults, I think it is very important to convey this message and make them aware.

Is this book perfect? No. Are there issues with it? No doubt. But did I enjoy it? You bet I did. I had my duvet pulled high the entire time despite the warm temperature as I was constantly covered in goosebumps. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, the mystery and the fantasy throughout this entire book; it always revealing something more exciting and spectacular along the way. I have many questions regarding many things but I am so excited about what is next to come. This book had my name written all over it and I am honoured to have been a part of this blog tour!

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Black Lives Matter

Presently, throughout the world, there are protests for Black Lives Matter – protests that stemmed from the murder of an innocent black man by three cowardly, murderous police officers. This event happened in America, but the mistreatment of black people happens all over the world. And although the murder of George Floyd is what prompted the protests, he is not the only victim or reasons as to why these protests are happening. Black people have been discriminated against for centuries for simply having a darker complexion than white people. They have been murdered, abused, let down by society and treated differently by everyone surrounding them for no other reason than existing. And it has to stop.

We as a world are standing together to fight off oppression, the mistreatment of black people and general police brutality that has been happening day in and day out for far too long. We as a species can not allow our fellow humans to be treated so poorly any longer. White supremacy is and always has been present and it is disgusting. No one should be less or more of a human being because of their upbringing, their birthplace or the colour of their skin. We do not have a ‘superior’ or ‘inferior’ race we just have a human race and we are failing. Years of propaganda and negative depictions from our ‘leaders’, those with a large voice, movies and so-called history (all bullshit) have painted a negative image of anyone who has a different skin colour other than white.

The protests have been happening for nearly 2 weeks now and although there has been bad to come out of (ongoing police brutality, white supremacists and more death) there is also positives that have come from it – people are beginning to wake up to what is happening right in front of us. People are receiving repercussions for their actions, murderers are being treated for what they are, laws are changing and statues that glorify slave traders and colonialists are being torn down. All this has happened and still there is so much more that needs to be done. People have still not had justice for their love ones being murdered in cold blood, their murderers walking the street acting as if they don’t have blood all over their hands; prominently occupied black communities still require more funding; the police force needs a whole overhaul of education, polices and defunding – using that money where it is needed most. But none of this can happen if we stop.

We mustn’t stop.
We must keep having our voices heard.
We must keep fighting for our black friends, using our white privilege for good.
We must donate if we can.
We must sign as many petitions as humanly possible.
We must support black owned businesses and artists and writers and anyone trying to make it in this world where they won’t get a second glance because of the colour of their skin.

This can only happen if we stand together and keep standing together. Educate yourselves and get your voices heard. The media is propaganda and our voices must outshine theirs.

Black lives matter now, black lives mattered then and black lives will always, always matter!

For information of where you can donate, petitions to sign, resources and general information about the current happenings of the movement, then please visit: https://blacklivesmatter.carrd.co/