Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Color Me Creative

A weekly feature created at Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday features upcoming releases that bloggers are excited about.  You can find out more here.

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My pick for Waiting on Wednesday this week is a little different than usual. Rather than a novel, one of my most anticipated upcoming releases is Color Me Creative by Kristina Webb. This year has shown the rising popularity of adult colouring books, but rather than simply being another one to add to the pile, Kristina Webb has done something different.

Releasing October 8th, Color Me Creative is part imaginative exercises and part autobiography, and that's what makes it so special. An Instagram sensation, Kristina is not only giving readers an insight into her own life, she is also inspiring them to be creative and free their individuality. With her own story motivating readers and the exercises challenging them, Color Me Creative is perfect for budding artists.

Blogger pack (Sharpies not included)
I was lucky enough to receive a blogger pack from the fantastic Alice and her team at Harper 360 which has made me even more excited for the release of this creative wonder. Only fifteen days remain and then I personally cannot wait to free my imagination and get creative. This book is sure to be a hit with anyone who has a passion and flair for design.


What are the books you're waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Countdown to Christmas: Week One Update

Do you ever find yourself with many Christmas tales still to read when January comes around? Do you have books lying dusty and disused, just waiting for December? Do you wish Christmas was longer?

Then grab a blanket, hot mug of tea, and join the Countdown to Christmas Read-a-thon!




97 days remain until December 25th and in that time I am hoping to finish 15 Christmas books. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten off to the best start.

Pages Read - 52
Books Read - 0

Life has been more than a little hectic this week with applying for three jobs, two job interviews and preparing for a third. While I've had some time to read and managed to finish my ARC of Ice Like Fire, I've not quite found the time to curl up with my Christmas TBR.

I'm determined though!


The above four books are my first set, and I'm hoping to keep to my schedule and have Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop and Wish Upon A Star read by next Monday. Fingers crossed nothing else gets in the way of my reading time!

Are you joining in with the Countdown to Christmas? Are you keeping on track of your goal? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Cover Spotlight: Sorcerer to the Crown

I will not be the first, nor the last, to say that I adore a beautiful, well-designed cover. Cover Spotlight was created with the sole intention of highlighting and displaying some of the amazing covers the book world has to offer, and this week's pick is absolutely stunning. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho.

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Description from Amazon.co.uk:

In Regency London, Zacharias Wythe is England's first African Sorcerer Royal. He leads the eminent Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, but a malicious faction seeks to remove him by fair means or foul. Meanwhile, the Society is failing its vital duty - to keep stable the levels of magic within His Majesty's lands. The Fairy Court is blocking its supply, straining England's dangerously declining magical stores. And now the government is demanding to use this scarce resource in its war with France. 
Ambitious orphan Prunella Gentleman is desperate to escape the school where she's drudged all her life, and a visit by the beleaguered Sorcerer Royal seems the perfect opportunity. For Prunella has just stumbled upon English magic's greatest discovery in centuries - and she intends to make the most of it.
At his wits' end, the last thing Zachariah needs is a female magical prodigy! But together, they might just change the nature of sorcery, in Britain and beyond.

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As soon as I read about this book I knew I had to have it. It's no secret that I love great fantasy reads and this book sounded perfect to me; English magic, royalty, philosophy, fairy courts and war. Honestly it sounds like a cross between Northern Lights and Henry V, which excites me to no end.

A discussion of the story will come after reading with my review however, whereas today I am focusing purely on the beauty of this magnificent hardcover.


The hardcover itself may be plain black, but the spine features beautiful gold embossing. The colour scheme matches perfectly and the plain inside counters the intricate design of the dust jacket.

The dust jacket itself I could look at forever, it's that pretty. Every inch of the gold design screams magic, which against the black background also hints at mystery. If the blurb hadn't hooked me, the cover on its own certainly would! Sorcerer to the Crown is definitely one of the best looking books I have ever seen.

Do you have a cover you'd like to spotlight? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Spotlight Sunday - Books on Tour: Holiday Edition

Books on Tour is a new monthly feature here at TheArtsShelf which showcases books and bookish references in places around the world. From just down the road in Liverpool to the Mediterranean, books and bookish references can be found everywhere.

This first instalment focuses on my recent holiday aboard the new Royal Caribbean ship the Anthem of the Seas. The Anthem was a wonderful place to spend a very relaxing two weeks, but there were some bookish things I just had to share with you all.

First and foremost, Ignatius from Taran Matharu's Summoner series came along for the ride. Pictured here, little crochet Ignatius really enjoyed soaking up some of the Mediterranean sun. He is a salamander demon after all.




I also brought a good ten books with me, finishing three. Anna and the French Kiss was a perfect summer holiday read, while A Darker Shade of Magic was as riveting and spellbinding as I had imagined it to be. Taking Author Helen Maslin's advice I also read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I did not regret it! The twists and turns kept me gripped to every word in a roller coaster story that did not relent even on the final page.

The ship put to good use my arts knowledge with quizzes on everything from superheroes to musicals, but the best one of all was the Harry Potter quiz. With difficulty ranging from OWL to NEWT and no muggle technology allowed, it was certainly a tense but fun half hour. Here's Ignatius with our sheet.



Cruise lines are known for vast quantities of delectable food and one of the things I love about Royal Caribbean in particular is its American delicacies. I bet you can guess what I found...



So many desserts. So many Oreos. From an ice cream topper to Oreo cheesecake (Above) Anthem of the Seas definitely had a Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda feel going on.

The ship even featured some interesting artwork in its elevators and considering what I was reading at the time I found this one to be pretty awesome.



For two weeks this was Karou-Cheetah. Laini Taylor's awesome main character in a beast-aspect body, but still retaining the unnatural shing-given blue hair.

What holiday is complete though without a trip to a bookshop? I found a lovely gem in the winding streets of Cadiz, Spain. Although most of the books were in Spanish I couldn't resist buying a new version of one of my favourite books. The counterpart of Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Princess, Cazadores de Sombras: Los Origenes (The Mortal Instruments: The Origins);



The final bookish reference I saw was on the way home, and it came in the form of this sign;



I've never been to Salisbury, but The Sin Eater's Daughter - written by none other than Melinda Salisbury - has been one of my favourite books of 2015.

So here you have the books and bookish references that were a part of my holiday. I hope you enjoyed it!

Next time I will be delving into the historic town of Liverpool with Keris Stainton's Counting Stars.

Do you have any travelling books or global bookish references you'd like to share? Feel free to post in the comments below or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Cinema Saturday: Marvel Madness

Age of Ultron review and thoughts on Civil War

I’m posting a little late due to illness and new Civil War news, but here we go.

Image from Marvel.com

It’s been seven years since the first Iron Man movie and since then the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has expanded exponentially. Films are lined up all the way to 2019, with around two released each year. But is this a good thing, or a bad thing?

An article on wired.com (originally on medium.com) a while back spoke about whether Marvel had ‘killed the popcorn movie’ and I have to agree. I’m a self-confessed comic book nerd and am as excited as the next person about the next superhero release, but sometimes I am left feeling disappointed. It costs almost £10 now just for a movie ticket but rather than being able to simply sit back and enjoy the film, it’s like Marvel are making you work for it. Unless you’ve seen A, B, C and D, you’re not going to understand everything, and even if you have it’s still work. Within the first ten minutes of Ultron I was ranting internally about why Hydra have Loki’s sceptre when Natasha was last seen with it in Avengers. I had to assume that Hydra stole it during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but what if you’d missed that particular movie? Occasionally, watching a Marvel film can seem akin to watching episodes of a TV series out of order.

But for arguments sake, let’s say ‘Person A’ is the biggest MCU fan ever, has seen everything and knows everything, and put continuity aside. Even then you’ve still got issues with consistency. Here I’m talking about too much formula and not enough realism.

The consistency of the movies is generally bland. Quite often I find them lacking any deep, meaningful moments because the producers are too interested in ‘boom, crash, bang’ every ten minutes. ‘Boom, crash, bang’ is fine to an extent, after all we wouldn’t watch a superhero movie if there was no threat, but I personally like some level of emotion in the characters and story. The Iron Man films I feel lack the most emotion and that’s not just because of Tony’s narcissism. The only visceral reaction those films got out of me was when they almost killed Pepper in 3. That’s it. Thor 1 and 2 were alright thanks to Loki, and The Winter Soldier definitely shone with regards to Steve and Bucky’s tumultuous relationship. Even Avengers 1 had some good moments with regards to Natasha and Clint, and also Coulson, but I feel as if anything that could have been in Age of Ultron was too manipulated and unrealistic to carry any weight. We met Clint’s family but that was more of a ‘what?!’ moment than a shocking revelation. I saw no need for it in the movie except to provide a safehouse – which could have been done some other way – and to make the audience worry for his safety more, which didn’t really work and wasn’t needed. Similarly, the Natasha and Bruce relationship was so out of the blue that it had no emotional effect. Marvel’s formula – its stories – seem too reliant on explosions and VFX that anything else, anything substantial, doesn’t seem to quite work.

Perhaps I’m picking holes which I’ve been told happens a lot, but the story just didn’t quite click with me. Realism needs to be subverted a little in superhero movies because, of course, people don’t generally turn into giant green rage monsters on a daily basis. The characters themselves are still, powers aside, normal people however and as such their decisions and character development do need to be based in some form of realism and rational thought. To me Age of Ultron didn’t quite grasp this.

  • -       Tony and Bruce inadvertently create a super robot that tries to conquer the earth, and to combat it they build another.
  • -       Wanda gives everyone dream sequences and later Thor decides to go back into his without much reason to. This dream sequence somehow tells him about Vision, which in turn causes Thor to try and destroy Vision with his hammer. Instead of destroying Vision however this instead wakes him, and he then helps save the world. Guess this was pure luck, huh?
  • -       Not to mention introducing Wanda and Pietro, but having one die two hours later saving a character we knew wasn’t going to die anyway. Why did Pietro even care about Clint? Half a movie ago they were on opposite sides!
  • -       Most importantly, Bruce seemed to have control over the Hulk in Avengers 1 (“I’m always angry”) but now seems to have no control whatsoever.

Like I say, maybe it was just me, but half of the movie seemed to make no sense and the other half was just explosions, destruction and a nonsensical death. I was very much looking forward to Age of Ultron but ultimately found myself disappointed. There wasn’t even much in the way of build-up for Civil War. Steve and Tony bickered but that was about it. Compared to the first Avengers and Winter Soldier, this wasn’t one of Marvel’s best by far. Maybe it’s time we took superhero movies with a pinch of salt, taking them for what they are rather than what they could be, but part of what makes cinema so great is the depth of the stories it tells. Superhero movies, sometimes, seem about as deep as a piece of paper.

Image from Screenrant.com

All that being said though, I am still excited for Captain America: Civil War. A part of me is wary, I’ll admit, of being disappointed again, but there have been certain teasers and news articles that make me think that Civil War – despite the obvious fighting that will occur – will rely heavily on the characters, and be a lot more emotional. Here’s are my thoughts:

  • -       In the Ant Man post credit sequence, Sam mentions that ‘The Accords’ won’t let Tony help with Bucky. In the comics, Civil War revolves around the Pro (Tony) and Con (Steve) sides of a Superhuman Registration Act. Given this line, I assume we’re dealing with a similar story.
  • -       If we’re following the comics, what does this mean in terms of Steve’s fate? In the comics Steve dies at the end of Civil War, causing Bucky to take up the mantle. It has been reported that Stan is on contract for more movies than Evans.
  • -       Bucky himself is said to be more prominent in the film. Marvel’s continuity may be at times lacking but usually every detail is a part of something larger. We found out in Winter Soldier that Bucky was responsible for the accident that took Tony’s parents. It’s my thinking that Civil War may give cause for Tony to uncover this.
  • -       The Ant Man post credit sequence was reported by Stan to be an actual scene from Civil War, which makes me wonder how Steve and Sam find him, and why Bucky’s arm is in a vice. Was it Hydra, or the only way Steve and Sam could capture him? Reports of footage shown at a convention in Thailand show Steve and Bucky ‘hugging it out’ so we can assume Bucky is somehow rehabilitated. I’m definitely hoping this brings the emotion and depth that Age of Ultron was sorely lacking.
  • -       Reports have also revealed some members of each team, pitting not only Steve and Tony against each other but Clint and Natasha. How far will the battle go, and will there be any lasting repercussions when it comes to Avengers: Infinity War? Natasha is also on Tony’s side, against Steve. How will Cap’ handle that after everything they went through in Winter Soldier, and is that the only betrayal, or does it run much deeper? Only time will tell.

Age of Ultron is on Blu-ray and DVD now, and Captain America: Civil War will hit UK theatres April 29th 2016.

Do you have any thoughts on the MCU, Age of Ultron, or Civil War? Feel free to share them in the comments below, or on Twitter.

Holly @TheArtsShelf


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Monday, 14 September 2015

Cover Spotlight: A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab.

I will not be the first, nor the last, to say that I adore a beautiful, well-designed cover. Cover Spotlight was created with the sole intention of highlighting and displaying some of the amazing covers the book world has to offer, and this week's pick is one of my personal favourites.

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Image and description from Amazon.co.uk:

Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There is Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There is Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London...

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A Darker Shade of Magic has been one of my favourite books of this year and my review will be up soon, but for now I just want to talk about how amazing the cover is. Minor spoilers ahead!

Obviously the cover features a silhouette of Kell, our amazing main character, but once you've read the book you understand the semblance of all the detail. I love how spotlights of all four London's are featured, but specifically how the map overlaps - relating to the similar yet different geography of the worlds - and how "Black London" contains no detail. I especially love how Kell is positioned in the centre of them with one foot between "White" and "Red", and the other in "Grey", symbolising his ability to move between the worlds. I even think the white background is fantastic, perhaps symbolising Kell's fight against "White London". My favourite part however is the detail on his coat, with the different patterns depicting the many sides of his coat and also the different sides of Kell himself.

I personally think that this is a fantastic cover, with even the lettering sprouting 'veins of magic'. It's very eye catching and immediately informs you of the story's main strands, but - as I've pointed out above - has some subtextual meaning once you've finished it. The story meanwhile is of course superb, and I encourage everyone to go and buy a copy if you haven't already got one.

Have a cover to spotlight? Let me know in the comments below.

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Countdown to Christmas Read-a-thon!

Do you ever find yourself with many Christmas tales still to read when January comes around? Do you have books lying dusty and disused, just waiting for December? Do you wish Christmas was longer?

Then grab a blanket, hot mug of tea, and join the Countdown to Christmas Read-a-thon!

My first book of the Countdown!

It's 104 days (Phineas and Ferb anyone?) until December 25th - just over 14 weeks - and so I'm going for a target of 15 books, one for each week. Every Monday I'll post an update of how I'm doing and whether I'm on target. I do hope you'll all join in with me and if enough people take part I might even host a giveaway or two, funds pending.

So bring out your carols, dive into those Christmas books, and let's celebrate the Countdown to Christmas!

Let me know your targets below if you're taking part, and do spread the word.

Merry Christmas!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Spotlight Sunday: An Evening with Patrick Ness.

A decently nice Ravenclaw who thinks his housemates dislike Harry Potter graced us with his presence this past Wednesday at the grand stadium that is Waterstones Liverpool One. He sadly did not deign to bring a Ravenclaw cake, although we assume Harry would have battled a dragon on it anyway.

Picture from @WalkerBooksUK

As you may have guessed the evening did include some Harry Potter references and Patrick revealing which house he had once been sorted into, but it didn't start out that way.

The evening in fact began, as many author events do, with rapturous applause before Patrick launched into a very exciting and enthusiastic reading. Beginning on page 216 and discussing the satyrical nature of the book - making me believe the name should have been 'Mikey just wants to go to college but the town's too weird and everyone's called Finn' - he really drew the packed out crowd into the story and made me want to read it even more.

This was then followed by a Q+A where Patrick discussed the YA genre, how he writes (generally always knowing the last line) and the upcoming A Monster Calls movie. He also told fans of The Knife of Never Letting Go, and a potential movie, to be optimistic and patient. Fingers crossed, that hopefully sounds like good news!

Picture from @WalkerBooksUK

It was a fantastic evening listening to Patrick's thoughts, and he of course was asked about the amazing fundraiser he began just over (under at the time) a week ago. If you don't know it, check it out; LINK. Though I unfortunately couldn't stay for the signing, it was an amazing experience that I'm glad I attended. The Rest Of Us is, quite obviously, my current read and a review should be up soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

For now, well done Patrick on the amazing book that is The Rest of Us, and the fabulous fundraising!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Friday, 11 September 2015

Book Review: Counting Stars by Keris Stainton.

It's not very often, at least for me, that you come across a book set where you live. Okay so I don't exactly live in Liverpool, but it's nearby and pretty much my second home (Waterstones...). The point is when I heard about this book I knew I had to have it, and upon purchasing an early copy at YALC, I have not regretted it since. Minor spoilers ahead.

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Image and description from Amazon.co.uk:

A new life in a new city - would could possibly go wrong . . . ?

When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She's landed her dream job at a theatre, and she's moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) houseshare on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming and a lot of fun - what more could she ask for?

But her new life is also a little overwhelming. Anna's job quickly falls through, and then she realises that although her new friends are great, they're also a little mixed-up... and it's not long before Anna starts using her blog to talk about her experiences, from the hilarious to the ridiculous to the little-bit-scary. But when Anna spills a bigger secret than she can handle, suddenly the consequences are all too real. She'll have to prove she has the mettle to make it in the big city, or risk losing everything she thinks she wants.

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Counting Stars is a very poignant coming of age story that proves that even through the ups and downs of life, everything will work out in the end. With a tight knit group of six friends, Anna included, I found the book to be a little reminiscent of the show Friends. Each character had their own sub-plot within the overall arc, which I found to be very intriguing and which never made for a dull moment. You can even spot a Friends reference, if you're a fan.

The book was heartwarming and funny but still dealt with issues such as sexuality and leaving home in a deep, profound way. It's an enjoyable, light read that still gives you a few things to think about once you've closed that last page.

One aspect I found especially intriguing was Anna's vlogging alter-ego. Though many contemporaries mention I-Pads and Kindles, there are very few that I've come across which tackle internet blogging, and it is the basis of most of the book's conflict.

My only note would be that the resolution when Anna's vlogging is outed felt a little neat. That being said, it did not detract from the story at all and I believe that the only reason why I think this is because the blurb makes it sound a lot more consequential. I'll admit that one of my flaws is taking a blurb word for word. For that reason I still give the book five shiny STARS (Too cheesy?)!

The blurb I give four ;)

Big congratulations to the wonderful Keris Stainton, my fellow northerner, for a fabulous book that has - truth be told - left me hankering for a sequel!

I urge everyone to buy it (*Cough* Signed copies in Liverpool *Cough*); just don't take the blurb word for word, as I did.

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Friday, 4 September 2015

Release Day: Counting Stars

Liverpool may not be known all over the world as a romantic place, but Keris Stainton's newest novel will have you swooning over the historic city.

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Image and description from Amazon.co.uk:

A new life in a new city - would could possibly go wrong . . . ?

When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. She's landed her dream job at a theatre, and she's moving into an exciting (if not slightly run-down) houseshare on a buzzing street lined with shops, bars, and buskers. Best of all, her new flatmates are kind, welcoming and a lot of fun - what more could she ask for?

But her new life is also a little overwhelming. Anna's job quickly falls through, and then she realises that although her new friends are great, they're also a little mixed-up... and it's not long before Anna starts using her blog to talk about her experiences, from the hilarious to the ridiculous to the little-bit-scary. But when Anna spills a bigger secret than she can handle, suddenly the consequences are all too real. She'll have to prove she has the mettle to make it in the big city, or risk losing everything she thinks she wants.

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Out today (September 3rd), Counting Stars is one of my favourite books of 2015 when it comes to contemporary romance. The writing is flawless and the characters are so unique and well rounded that you can't help but fall in love with them, even if you simultaneously wish to slap one of them also. The story is sweet and beautiful - with a good handful of funny moments - and is personally reminiscent of Stephanie Perkins. The book is perfect to curl up with after a hard day's work, and I'm not just saying that because I live so close to Liverpool; it was truly a joy to read.

My review will be up in the next few days but for now I urge everyone to go and buy. You will not regret it, I'm sure!

For me I wish Keris and Counting Stars a very happy release day!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Readers for Refugees: A Show of Humanity

There are some days when you wake up and despair at what the world has become. While politicians earn thousands for simply sitting in their chairs debating, millions of Syrian people are fighting for freedom - and their lives - in trying to cross the borders. Sometimes though your faith in humanity is restored, and today was one of those days.

Approximately 8 hours ago, around 11am this (Thursday) morning, children's author Patrick Ness - deciding his 'angry tweeting does pretty much nothing' - made the move to do something about the crisis. Taking to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PatrickNess the author said he would match up to £10k of donations from the public, and the response has been overwhelming.


In 8 hours Ness has raised almost 70k and is still going. The further three milestones were matched by fellow authors John Green, Derek Landy and Jojo Moyes. Moyes has already donated her £10k, bringing the total to near £80k, with the others pledging their own later. Shocked by the heartfelt response in such a short time, Ness is continuing to lobby for donations.




The response shows that there are more people in this country - and over the world - who want to help than there aren't; they simply weren't sure of 'how?'
Ness has now answered the question, becoming the spark that lit the flame so to speak. With donations pouring in, the final total is reaching well over £100k, with Hank Green pledging to match the next £10k. A few very generous people have even donated £10k each themselves!




The sheer generosity is astounding and it has really restored my faith in people, as it has for author Holly Bourne.


Dawn O'Porter (Twitter: @hotpatooties) is also building physical funds (food/clothing/shelter) for the Calais refugee camp and you can purchase items from a wish-list (delivered straight to 'Help Calais') here, if you so wish. You can also send parcels directly to them.

I myself have donated to Patrick's cause, and am more than happy to have done so. We're all human after all, aren't we?

UPDATE 7.46pm BST - A group of American YA writers are matching a further £10k for donations between £80k - £90k, however that has already been surpassed by a total (With Jojo Moyes' donation) at the moment of £99,171.48. With their £10k, plus those of Ness/Green/Landy/Green, that makes a current running total of just less than £150k! In 9 hours, that is incredible!

UPDATE 2.41am BST - I should be sleeping now but I'm too excited. The current total is now £133,228.98! I'm not sure how much has been matched yet but that is simply incredible!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

*All sources are taken directly from Twitter and uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PatrickNess. They are correct at the time of writing*




Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Release Day: Queen of Shadows.

Today is September 1st and that marks a few things.

1 – Blog re-launch! It’s not a massive change really, simply marking the start of many more reviews and some cool (in my opinion) features that you’ll see over the next week or so.

2 – The start of Autumn. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. I really love the falling leaves, their array of colours, and – of course – Halloween. Autumn also marks the build up to Christmas, which is my favourite holiday.

3 – It’s Queen of Shadows release day!

Picture from Amazon.co.uk

If you’re not familiar, Queen of Shadows is the fourth (fifth if you want to get technical) instalment in the Throne of Glass series. Throne of Glass tells the story of Celaena Sardothien, a young female assassin who must fight for her freedom – and her life – in a tournament contested in a male dominated world. The series has a kick-ass heroine, lots of action, plenty tension, a spoon of sorcery, and a steamy love triangle. Though I am myself only up to Crown of Midnight, the second book, Queen of Shadows is one of his year’s highly anticipated releases.
So here’s to Sarah J. Maas for creating a fabulous world, intriguing characters and a heart pounding story that has readers all over the world enthralled.


Happy release day S. J. Maas and Queen of Shadows!

Holly @TheArtsShelf