Happy New Year!

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I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since I started blogging! And since then, this place has grown and allowed to meet a lot of amazing people. Thanks to you, I have been able to talk about the things I care about, recommend the books I love, and even write a whole book!! It has been amazing spending this time with you.

So what does the new year have in stock for this blog? You can look forward to SirenSong’s cover reveal very, very soon! The novel itself will go out sometime in January, depending on whether—unlike December—I get enough time off to edit and proofread. Before that, though, I will be revealing little bits and pieces, the first of which will be the full prologue! You can also look forward to character portraits for each and every one of the seven main characters, as drawn by the amazing Hellyon White.

I have also decided to focus more on book reviews on 2017. There are so many amazing books I want to tell you about! And they won’t be just written reviews—you can look forward to some video reviews as well.

That is all for now. All that’s left to say is…

HAVE A WONDERFUL AND FANTASTIC NEW YEAR!! 🙂

Goodreads Book Goals: Complete!

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What a year it has been! I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Goodreads, but maybe you know that, every year, it lets you set yourself a challenge. You are asked how many books you want to read that year, and then, as you update your account with every new book you have finished, it tells you whether you’re on track, ahead or behind the schedule you set yourself.

I challenged myself to read 50 books during 2016—a conservative number, by all accounts—but even then, I ran into a spot of trouble…

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Book Review – A Wizard of Earthsea

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What is this? Two book reviews in two consecutive days!? I must have gone mad!

Not at all! But now that I have a little bit more spare time in my hands, I’d like to use it writing for this blog! God knows that these past two months have been hectic enough and that I couldn’t write nearly as much as I wanted to 😦

So today I bring you…

A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA

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Book Review – Cthulhu Armageddon

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Good morning and merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter’s Solstice! Did you all have a wonderful holiday? I hope you’re having an amazing time on these festive days! 🙂

And to completely change the mood from festive to gorey, I bring you a book review for Cthulhu Armageddon, by C.T. Phipps! He contacted me last month to ask if I would be interested in a review copy of his book and I, being a huge Lovecraft fan, promptly accepted!

So hold on to your seat belts, because this is the darkest, most violent book to be featured on my blog yet!

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Friday Book Share #8

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It’s been quite a while since my last blog post! I’m so sorry, Christmas is getting too stressful to get any time off 😦 but here I am again! And you know what time it is…?

It’s #FridayBookShare time! This is a tag created by Shelley Wilson which helps us recommend books to our friends.

Do you want to join in? That’s easy! Just complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

So what book do I have in store today?

CAT’S CRADLE

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The Outrageously Charming Art of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Source: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Instagram

I have a confession to make.

I am into Japanese culture—I have always been. I grew up like the standard Spanish nerdy kid, playing Japanese video games and watching the anime that was becoming so popular in the 90s; think Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya or Sailor Moon. Because of this, I developed an appreciation of the outlandish and outrageous Japanese art; I think nothing illustrates this point better than their TV commercials.

Needless to say, I am a big fan of J-Pop, too—that is, Japanese pop music. Some of the artists I listened to growing up were Megumi Hayashibara, Ayumi Hamazaki, L’arc-en-ciel, and a big, big list of such names. One of my all-time favourite music videos is Stereopony’s “Hanbunko”.

As I said, I grew up watching these baroque-esquely epic, ridiculously exaggerated, delightfully lighthearted shows and videos.

None of that could have prepared me for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

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Friday Book Share #7

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It’s Friday again! Which means it’s time for #FridayBookShare, a wonderful tag created by Shelley Wilson. This tag lets us tell people about wonderful books we love, and is there anything better than talking about our favourite books?

So why don’t you recommend a book too? What you need to do, if you want to share it, is complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

So what is the book I have prepared for you today? Get ready for…

FEN, by DAISY JOHNSON

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