BOOK REVIEW | Revolution by Piet Hein Wokke

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Title: Revolution

Author: Piet Hein Wokke

Genre: Historical

Published: 1st May 2017

Publisher: Xowox Publishing

Format: Hardback

Rating:  4.5/5

 

 

 

“Do people ever really fight over religion?
Or do they use religion to fight?”

Synopsis:

Beledar, 1942. 

War rages in the West, but the East is not immune to its call. In the capital of Beledar – Mayasin – the old Emir is dying, and his son, Jalal, British-educated and with modern sensibilities, is poised to take leadership over a fractious nation.

Growing up in the poorest streets of Mayasin, Abdullah ekes out a meagre living shining shoes, selling arak, and performing less savoury favours for visiting foreigners in the city. But one bloodied, fateful night when the course of his life changes forever.

In a remote desert village on the other side of Beledar, Khalid is witness to immense brutality, meted out by his elder brother. He is forced to go along with it and not yet a teenager, he already has blood on his hands.

Sunni and Shi’i, royalist and revolutionary. One is destined for the palace, the other for the army. As their nation grapples with a new world, new independence, new ideas, and new struggles, the lives of these two boys will become inextricably intertwined… and the fate of the whole country will hang in the balance.

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Favourite Fantasy Books | Part Two

Read part one of my favourite fantasy books first!

Finally, here’s part two of my favourite fantasy novels. I’m sticking with mentioning five books/series per part (because otherwise I could talk about my favourites for hours!).

Part Two includes a lot more fantasy ‘classics’…

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BOOK AND MOVIE REVIEW | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Title: A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness (from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd)

Illustrator: Jim Kay

Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Children’s

Published: 27th September 2011

Publisher: Walker Books

Format: Illustrated Paperback

Rating:  star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)

“Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

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2017 Bookish Resolutions

Happy New Year!

Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me, or joined me in 2016! I have been so blessed to get to know so many wonderful people in the bookish community over the past year, and I can’t wait to begin another year of blogging and bookstagramming!

I didn’t set myself many reading goals in 2016, other than to finish certain series, and to read 50 books. I don’t think I did actually finish many of those series. I also didn’t read those 50 books.

So for this year’s bookish resolutions, I still want to challenge myself, but I also need to make the goals realistic.

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BOOK REVIEW | The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Published: 18th September 2012

Publisher: Scholastic

Format: Paperback

Rating:  star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)star

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“The trees speak Latin”
Synopsis (from back cover):
Even if Blue hadn’t been told her true love would die if she kissed him, she would stay away from boys. Especially the ones from the local private school. Known as the Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
But this is the year that everything will change for Blue.
This is the year that she will be drawn into the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. And the year Blue will discover that magic does exist.

October, November & December Wrap-Up | 2016

I have been really bad at updating my reading wrap-ups over the last couple of months. This is mostly due to the lack of reading there has been to actually wrap up! Before the year is over though, I thought that it would be good to catch you up on what I have read, before my final end-of-year-wrap-up post!

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NaNoWriMo 2K16

This year is the year I plan to kind of do NaNoWriMo.

I say ‘kind of’ because I’m not particularly following the rules…

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo (or, National Novel Writing Month) happens every year in November, and the goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel in that month. That’s a lot of writing – especially in amongst studies and work! Which is why I have never participated in it before.

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