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Welcome to Lizzie’s little book nook

Hi,

Welcome to my book nook. This is a place where you can read, relax and connect with other book lovers. It is still a work in progress so please bear with me but I would love for you to join my little nook.

This will be used as a place for all things bookish as well as a platform to help promote small businesses during these tough times!

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Book Review – The Trial of Lotta Rae by Siobhan MacGowan

Thanks to Welbeck Publishing for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review. I am also honoured to take part in the book tour for this title. So, watch this space on 24th May for my stop on the tour.

The Trial of Lotta Rae instantly attracted my attention after reading the blurb, it is a historical fiction, which is a genre I have tried to explore more of this year. This particular title is set in Suffragette London. Lotta Rae, a 15-year-old girl who works in the same factory as her father to help support her family, is raped by a man who is of high standing and has connections with the government. Her family believe that justice needs to be done and so Lotta makes the brave decision of speaking up and testifying against him in court.

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Book Review – Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

This was a book I was gifted for my birthday by my amazing Canadian Bookstagrammer friend, Sienna. It is one I have been looking forward to reading having fallen in love with Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, but at the same time I was a bit worried. For an author who is well known for her YA Fantasy, it is always a risky move. There is always that concern that the fiction will either be too similar to YA or just doesn’t work. In this case, it seems I had nothing to worry about.

This is the first book in the series, and I am very happy to say that the sequel is coming, yay!! It is called Hell Bent and is release January 2023 and I couldn’t be more excited. After reading this book, the 2nd book title is perfect.

So, without further ado let’s get on with the review.


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Book Review – Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz

I first heard about this book at the beginning of the 2022 and I was absolutely sold on the blurb. The idea of a romance with a gothicky, medical twist, all set in 1817 Edinburgh was all I needed to know. So, when I saw there was one copy left in my local Waterstones a few weeks ago I couldn’t say no. One of the first aspect of this book which also grabbed me was the cover; I mean look at it. The artwork is so cleverly thought up. At first glance it is a heart, but as you look closer you realise it is a woman, such a beautiful concept!!

The last book I read with gothic vibes was Mexican Gothic, so I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into another gothic style novel, this time set a bit closer to home.

Anatomy: A Love Story is about a young 15-year-old girl called Hazel Sinnott. She is obsessed with learning about the body and medicine and spends her days perusing her father’s old anatomy and philosophy books from his office.

However, this isn’t 2022, this is 1817, an era where the only thing women were allowed to do, especially women in high society such as Hazel was to find a man, marry and have his children. But this is the farthest thing from what Hazel desires. She wants to become a surgeon and will do anything to achieve this. She even goes as far as to dress up in her deceased brother’s clothes and pretend to be a male in order to attend lectures lead by the infamous, Dr Beecham III. However, she is soon discovered and kicked out for being the wrong gender.

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Book Review – Another Beast’s Skin by Jessika Grewe Glover

It’s time for another book Review and I can’t believe I haven’t already reviewed this book. I was first introduced to this author when we interviewed her on Speaking LITerally podcast a while ago. I was intrigued by her book, especially as part of it is set in England. So back in March I finally got a chance to read it.

Blurb

After the death of her anthropologist father, Neysa puts her currency trading career on hold to move from Los Angeles to coastal England. The friends she makes in town give her a new sense of self, but quickly entrench her life in a plot to stabilize the Veil which divides both the human world of science and the Fae realm of magic. What Neysa never expected was that this may have been her father’s plan all along, and that perhaps Neysa was designed for more than the human world alone. In this fantastical world, we find Neysa’s anxiety of soldiering through the world, unaware of who she truly is, and the boundaries she surpasses once her true self is realized. Love, death, blood, and friendship all combine in Another Beast’s Skin, taking us from the rugged English coast, throughout Eastern Europe, Peru, Los Angeles, and into Aoifsing, the realm that will suffer along with our world if the Veil cannot be stabilized.

Centuries ago, four crystals of varying strengths and properties were placed in epicenters around the globe. The stones were localized to keep both the human world safe from chemical destabilization, and the Fae realm from the scourge of magic altering physics. In the past century, several stones have been misplaced, causing trans-realm repercussions. Three Fae have been stationed to find the crystals and balance the energies of the Veil. Once Neysa becomes a part of this group, it seems her association with Aoifsing may be mapped in her stars. Strong female friendships, sibling camaraderie, steamy romance, physics, and battle strategy all come together to weave a new tale of intelligent fantasy.

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New Podcast Episode- Speaking LITerally Podcast- Fantastical Fantasies

I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Mine was pretty quiet but I did get to see the new Fantastic Beast’s film which was fantastic. If you are a fan of the films I would highly recommend it.

Also I had so much fun recording the next episode of Speaking LITerally podcast with my favourite American, Holly. In this episode we get carried away talking all things fantasy. From what makes a good fantasy to some of our favourite reads from the genre, have a listen below and tell us what is your favourite fantasy read, in the comments…

Much love 💘

Book Review – Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson


Thanks to Netgalley and Melissa Ferguson for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review. This book has already been released and is available in many bookshops.

Would you rather work in a publishing or be a writer?

In this book the main character, Savannah does both. Publishing assistant by day for a prestigious small publishing house of which the owner is very particular about the titles. They don’t accept any commercial fiction. Then in her spare time she works on her own novel under a pen name. After an unexpected chat with a renowned publisher she finds she may have a chance to publish her work. But when an accident at work means she leaves her work in the secret room she discovered she comes back to find it has been partially edited with notes on the pages. After the initial shock wears off she realises this ghost editor could be a life saviour and so it begins. But who is this mysterious editor?

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Book Review – The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L Armentrout

This is a series I only discovered late 2021 but instantly became obsessed with. I finished a Crown of Gilded bones in February and so was very excited to start the next in the series which I did a buddy read of with my favourite American and cohost of Speaking LITerally podcast, Holly. I read the ebook version and she chose the audiobook.

The story continues where the 3rd book left off as we see Poppy take on one of her biggest adventures yet. To me, she has had one of the biggest character development arcs I have read in a fantasy novel. At the start of the series we see her as this oppressed, shielded maiden who is timid but also is desperate to feel a sliver of normalcy. As events unfold and she has to face many hurdles and death defying events, she matures, sheds her timid mask, figuratively and literally and in this book she becomes a complete force of nature, someone you definitely wouldn’t want to mess with.

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Book Review- Assassins Odyssey by CT Ortega

We are back with another CT Ortega review. You may have already seen my reviews for some of his previous works including the Warfare of the Gods series and some of his standalone novels including One Will Die. This time it is another standalone read and we travel to Ancient Greece for a heroic battle for kingdoms.

Blurb

Ancient Greece, a country filled with rulers vying to keep their power as democracy grows. With a thirst for domination, King Aeneas sends his two best assassins, Adonis and Selene, to the neighboring region of Arcadia in the hope of expanding his reign.

They must kill King Argus.

Adonis, a well-respected captain in the assassin company is loyal to only three things; King Aeneas, his land, and Selene.

His fellow captain, Selene is as cunning as she is beautiful. Her passion for Adonis is only matched by her pursuit of Greek justice.

Both are challenged by their King’s request. Will they remain loyal to the maleficent Ruler, or refuse and deal with the consequences of disobeying the tyrant?

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Book Review – Minor Detail by Adania Shibli

This year I am trying to broaden my horizons when it comes to reading and try novels outside of my comfort zone. I found that last year with lockdowns and a lot of other things going on I often reverted to my chosen genres such as rom-coms, thrillers and fantasy. But this year I am determined to try something new, and this was one of them.

Minor Detail is set in two different timelines, but both connected. The first part is the re-telling of a horrific event which happened in 1949 in Israel where a Sargent captured, raped and then shot a young girl. The second part is written many years later by a woman who finds an article about the event and becomes intrigued, and a little obsessed with trying to find out more about this event.


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Book Review- Playing for Love by Jeevani Charika

What do you get if you combine a less futuristic version of Ready Player One with a romantic comedy? Well, the answer is you get something similar to Playing for Love by Jeevani Charika.

As some of you may know by the now, as well as being a complete book worm I am also a big gamer. So when I saw this book on Netgalley I had to give it a read. Thanks to Netgalley and Hq Digital for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Without further ado let’s get on with this….


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