Loki: Where Mischief Lies – Mackenzi Lee

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Loki: Where Mischief Lies

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mackenzi Lee tackles Loki’s story through the Marvel lens, blending Norse mythology and storylines with the unique versions of the characters that readers might be familiar with from the Marvel cinematic universe. We meet Loki and Thor as younger, more vulnerable characters for just a short while before the book skips through time and they’re starting to become the characters that we know (and love.) The story and characters felt incredibly familiar if you’re familiar with the MCU, so I think Lee did a fantastic job capturing that feel and tone.

I really enjoyed getting to know Loki when he was younger, full of vulnerabilities and unsure of why he was so different from his family. He always wanted his father to see him the way that he was Thor, as strong and worthy. Instead, Odin saw…

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Book Review: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Curiouser and Curiouser

MeditationsTitle: Meditations
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 2011 (c.180)
Genre: Classics / Philosophy
Summary: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) is a private notebook of philosophical reflections, written by a Roman emperor probably on a military campaign in Germany. In short, highly charged comments, Marcus draws on Stoic philosophy to confront challenges that he felt acutely, but which are also shared by all human beings – the looming presence of death, making sense of one’s social role and projects, the moral significance of the universe. They bring us closer to the personality of the emperor, who is often disillusioned with his own status and with human activities in general; they are both a historical document and a remarkable spiritual diary.

Aureus of Marcus Aurelius (AD December 173 – June 174)Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is a collection of his personal writings where he recorded his private notes and examined his ideas on Stoic philosophy. The text is split…

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The Wednesday Review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

The Mermaid Behind the Books

The Book:

side+crop+of+paperback+image+TSTME (1)Book Title: Girls of Paper and Fire

Book Author:Natasha Ngan

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publishing Date: November 6th, 2018

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Synopsis: Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king.
It’s the highest honour they could hope for…
And the most demeaning.

This year, there’s a ninth girl.
And instead of paper,
She’s made of fire.

Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl whose golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. There…

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Books by Black Authors 📚 #BlackHistoryMonth

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Black Authors

Hello fellow bookworms 📚 In honor of Black History Month (though it’s almost over, I only got around to writing this post now), I wanted to make a themed topic all about books by black authors that I enjoyed! I’m hoping to make more themed posts/recommendations throughout the year, as I enjoy highlighting different types of books 🥰 Today, I’m highlighting 6 black authors whose books I recommend and loved reading! I’m including the books I read by them (with my rating) and also mention what books by them I still have on my TBR. In the end, I’m also listing a few books by other black authors that are still on my TBR waiting to be read as soon as possible 💗

If you want more recommendations I highly recommend checking out the Black Literature Compendium, compiled for the Black Literature Challenge hosted by The Artisan Geek

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Review: Humans…


40858227._SY475_.jpgHumans: A Brief History of How We F*cked it All Up

By: Tom Phillips

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

5-starsGenre: Non-Fiction, History, Comedy

Page Count: 272

Synopsis:An exhilarating journey through the most creative and catastrophic f*ck ups in human history, from our very first ancestor falling out of that tree, to the most spectacular fails of the present day.

In the seventy thousand years that modern human beings have walked this earth, we’ve come a long way. Art, science, culture, trade – on the evolutionary food chain, we’re real winners. But, frankly, it’s not exactly been plain sailing, and sometimes – just occasionally – we’ve managed to really, truly, quite unbelievably f*ck things up.

From Chairman Mao’s Four Pests Campaign, to the American Dustbowl; from the Austrian army attacking itself one drunken night, to the world’s leading superpower electing a reality TV mogul as President… it’s pretty safe to say…

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Lyrical Lines ~ Black History Month

By Hook Or By Book

Southern trees bear a strange fruit

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root

Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees


Pastoral scene of the gallant South

The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth

Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh

Then the sudden smell of burning flesh


Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck

For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck

For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop

Here is a strange and bitter crop.

Strange Fruit, performed by Billie Holiday

Written by Abel Meeropol 

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#TheMemoryWood gives me the creeps!!!! @samlloydwrites @AnneCater @TransworldBooks

The Writing Garnet

Once again, thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and to Transworld Books for the ARC. Delighted to welcome debut author, Sam Lloyd, to TWG today with a review of his debut novel, ‘The Memory Wood’.

Elijah has lived in the Memory Wood for as long as he can remember. It’s the only home he’s ever known.

Elissa has only just arrived. And she’ll do everything she can to escape.

When Elijah stumbles across thirteen-year-old Elissa, in the woods where her abductor is hiding her, he refuses to alert the police. Because in his twelve years, Elijah has never had a proper friend. And he doesn’t want Elissa to leave.

Not only that, Elijah knows how this can end. After all, Elissa isn’t the first girl he’s found inside the Memory Wood.

As her abductor’s behaviour grows more erratic, Elissa realises that outwitting strange, lonely Elijah is…

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This is one #GuestList I don’t mind NOT being on!! #TheGuestList @LucyFoleyTweets @AnneCater @Harperfiction

The Writing Garnet

Huge thanks to Anne and Jen Harlow for inviting me to take part in Lucy Foley’s blog tour, and for the ARC. It gives me great pleasure to review ‘The Guest List’ on my blog today!

On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.

Old friends.Past grudges. Happy families.Hidden jealousies. Thirteen guests.One body. The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.
One guest won’t leave this wedding alive

What does TWG think?

Its ‘the wedding of the year’ and it seems as though the world and his wife are invited. I do like a good wedding but, funnily enough, I really…

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