Random Reads: July!


It’s time for Random Reads – a monthly feature held my myself and Maia, of Maia Moore Reads.

Each month we will be randomly picking a theme/genre of book. We will then decide on a book from that theme/genre that we would recommend the other reads. We aim to read a recommended book each month, posting a review and discussion post. Feel free to join us and read along with one of us, if you like. You can use the hashtag #RandomReads on Twitter.

The genre for July has been chosen and it is to read a:


FantasyI’ve had to really think about this one – I had one that popped into my head straight away but didn’t chose it as it is a series, and I actually preferred the second book. The book I’ve chosen has a sequel – which I haven’t read – but I absolutely loved the first one. So, here we go – I have chosen the Young Adult Fantasy Novel:

I actually have this on my 2015 reading challenge, so am killing two birds with one stone, woo! The play I’ve chosen for Maia is one that I read as part of my university course a few years ago. I enjoyed it so much that I got a first for that particular essay, I absolutely loved analysing and picking it apart.

So, what did I choose?

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#RandomReads – June Discussion


Today’s post is a little book chat about my latest #RandomRead’s – Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. Hop on over to Maia’s blog to read her June discussion.


This discussion post will contain spoilers. Please DO NOT read any further if you do not want to be spoiled in any way. Be sure to pop back when you have read it though!

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Book Review // The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan

The rental heart and other fairytales – Kirsty logan 
salt publishing


Twenty tales of lust and loss. These stories feature clockwork hearts, lascivious queens, paper men, island circuses, and a flooded world.

• On the island of Skye, an antlered girl and a tiger-tailed boy resolve never to be friends – but can they resist their unique connection?

• In an alternative 19th-century Paris, a love triangle emerges between a man, a woman, and a coin-operated boy.

• A teenager deals with his sister’s death by escaping from their tiny Scottish island – but will she let him leave?

• In 1920s New Orleans, a young girl comes of age in her mother’s brothel.

Some of these stories are radical retellings of classic tales, some are modern-day fables, but all explore substitutions for love. 

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