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Recom-Monday-tions! The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Everyone who knows me on tumblr knows how much I love this series. This series follows the story of Paige in a futuristic (but kind of old-timey) London where being a Clairvoyant is punishable by death. Paige is a Dreamwalker for an underground Voyant crime syndicate, and just by being alive she is breaking the law. I honestly wasn’t expecting to love this book that much, but it has become one of my absolutely favourite series. I am enamoured with it. This series has one of the most richly imagined worlds I’ve ever read, it is completely immersive and so intricately created. I even liked the second book in the series (The Mime Order – review here) even more than the first and I absolutely can’t wait for the next book. You can find it here:  Goodreads. Amazon. The Book Depository. Kobo. (the ebook is usually really cheap too!)

Recom-Monday-tions! The Diviners by Libba Bray

As I am currently reading the sequel to the amazing The Diviners by Libba Bray, Lair of Dreams, I thought this might be a nice time to recommend the first book in the series to everyone. The Diviners is a story of many stories, but our main protagonist, Miss Evie O’Neil, is a young, and rather mischievous, psychic girl from Ohio, who wants nothing more than to see her name in lights. After she uses her gifts to reveal a few too many secrets of powerful men, her parents send her to New York to live with her strange, occult expert uncle (because that’s the way to sort out a troubled teen, right, guys?). Evie sees her new life in 1920’s New York as a dream come true… until she gets tangled up in the web of a supernatural serial killer. This rather hefty book (weighing in at 592 pages) is absolutely brilliant! It’s just as full of laughs as it is full of feels. There are so many amazing characters in this and the …

Recom-Monday-tions – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

“The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.” Well, the weekend is over, and the new work week has begun. So how about a book recommendation to ease your pain? Although this one is likely to cause as much pain as it relieves, but is totally worth it. “Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” Conor has been having nightmares ever since his mother started her treatment. Until one night, a monster arrives to tell him three stories. A beautiful and heart-rending story, and also beautifully illustrated, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a book that will stay with you for your entire life. It is a book about stories; about how stories have to power to show us the truth. This book will creep up on you and punch you right in the feels! This book is destined to end up a classic. “Stories are the wildest things of all. Stories chase and bite and hunt.” Find it here: Goodreads. TheBookDepository. …

Recom-Monday-tions – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

This is one of the only books that when I finished it, I immediately turned back to the beginning to read it again. It’s a rather strange book as it is actually adult fiction (despite what my university’s bookstore shelves it as) but it’s written like a children’s book. I’ve really never read anything like it. This is the story of a man travelling back to his childhood home and rediscovering memories he thought he had lost. Memories of a strange girl and her duck pond that was actually an ocean. Memories of finding a friend when he thought he was helpless and alone. This book is so beautiful. It is one of those books I talk about frequently as often being my favorites, those quietly beautiful books. This book was probably in my top three favourite books I read last year. It is just so unique and wonderful. Everyone Should really give this book a go. It’s also quite short so it will only take you a few hours and it will be a …

Recom-Monday-tions! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Okay, so technically it’s no longer Monday for me, but it is still Monday in many parts of the world (I checked!) so I’m not a complete failure. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of my favourite series and I absolutely cannot wait until Library of Souls comes out in September. This series is the story of a lonely boy trying to uncover the mystery behind a set of strange photos that belonged to his grandfather and finding where he truly belongs. Even if that is the last place he ever expected. It is equal parts creepy and absolutely adorable and heart-warming. I was put off from reading this initially because I had seen many negative reviews on Goodreads complaining that this is not scary. It’s not, but nor is it meant to be. It does have a creepy element to it, but I don’t think it was ever intended to be classified as horror. But what it is is lovely and well-written and overflowing with wonderful characters. If I had to classify …

Recom-Monday-tions! Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

“You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut.” This is a beautiful (and strange) retelling of the Russian folk tale Koschei the Deathless and his young bride, Marya Morevna. It’s not an easy book to describe and it not completely clear what is happening all of the time, but it doesn’t matter. This book has prose on a level way above any other. It’s just so beautiful. It’s ridiculously beautiful. The fact that such beautiful words came from a person’s brain just boggles my mind. I frequently would read a passage of this and have to put it down for a moment and be like “how the hell did someone write this?”  have never read anything like it and I doubt I ever will again. IT’S. JUST. SO. BEAUTIFUL. “I do not tolerate a world emptied of you. I have tried. For a year I have called every black tree Marya Morevna; I have looked for your face in the patterns of the ice. In the dark, …

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please tell me I am not the first to make this pun? “We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.” This is the story of a phenomenally mesmerizing circus which sets the stage for two egotistical magicians to wager their kids in a magical pissing contest. Despite this book have nothing even remotely resembling a plot, it is absolutely fantastic. So beautiful. Go read it now. Goodreads  Thebookdepository, Kobo