Review of ‘ The Witch Hunter’ by Virginia Boecker | Fresh Friday #4

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Fresh Friday is a weekly meme in which I review or discuss an upcoming release, new release or book published in the last six months. Please feel free to do this meme on your own blog, it would be nice to see it get around. Obviously, it’s not compulsory or anything.


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Title: Witch Hunter

Author: Virginia Boecker

Publisher: Orchard Books

Publication Date: 4 June, 2015

Pages: 416

Blurb via Goodreads:

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.


This book was a tantalising read for my love of fantasy. It was perfectly pitched and, although at times certain characters got on my nerves (CALEB)I did not want to stop reading at any point in the story. The flow was brilliant, wrapping the plot and setting around you like a blanket, sending you into 1558, England. Although a light, but action-packed read, scenes in this book still managed to take my breathe away with emotion or action.

I have never really read a book that was set in this era, or at least not one that was memorable to me. This book certainly was. Normally in books, I find the protagonist’s best friend more interesting than them, but Elizabeth Grey was the best! Not only was she kick-ass, but she was vulnerable at the same time. I loved that she had these contrasting layers to her. I started reading this book like, “Elizabeth is going to have magical powers. How predictable.” I kept waiting fro her powers to be unleashed, but it didn’t happen. Thumbs up Virginia, for not being predictable!  However, I kind of hope she does have magic in The King Slayer.

Also, the prophecy in this book is great. I love a prophecy, almost as much as I like magic itself. The psychic aspects in this book were really well woven into this book and made the story whole. At times it felt as if I was reading a middle grade book, but then someone would swear and I remembered it was YA. There was a lot of fantasy and magical terminology in this book, something that I enjoy, because it builds the world more. However, I feel as if the terminology would confuse some people and that I only knew it from reading every YA fantasy ever… (It is basically all I read. #ReadMoreContemporary)

I award 4/5 stars to The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker. This is her debut novel and the sequel will be released next year. Excited much!

‘All Of The Above’ by James Dawson | Fresh Friday #3

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Fresh Friday is a weekly meme in which I review or discuss an upcoming release, new release or book published in the last six months. Please feel free to do this meme on your own blog, it would be nice to see it get around. Obviously, it’s not compulsory or anything.


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All of the Above is being released on the 3rd September 2015, so very soon! This is going to be a short post on how excited I am for this release and exactly why this is so. I saw James Dawson in both his talks at YALC in his beautiful Daenerys cosplay. Until this event, I actually hadn’t heard about this book. But I was So hyped, because it is fully CONTEMPORARY. I don’t know if any of you know, but James Dawson writes horror novels. Yes, they all have some kind of contemporary feature in them, but they are horror books. They are really good horror books as well. SO READ THEM!

Sorry this is such a short post, but it was necessary…

❤ DW

Review of ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ by Holly Bourne | Fresh Friday #2

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Hello and welcome to the second Fresh Friday on my blog. Fresh Friday is a weekly meme in which I review or discuss an upcoming release, new release or book published in the last six months. Please feel free to do this meme on your own blog, it would be nice to see it get around. Obviously, it’s not compulsory or anything.


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Title: Am I Normal Yet?

Author: Holly Bourne

Publisher: Usborne

Publication Date: 1 August, 2015

Pages: 448

Blurb via Goodreads:

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even …more


So, I just wanted to start out by saying that Holly Bourne is my favourite UKYA author and I have just realised that I have read all of her books (this book, plus Soulmates and The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting). If you haven’t read all of her books then you definitely should. And if you haven’t yet read any of Holly’s books, what the frickle-frack are you doing?!

This book has three major elements. Romance, mental health and feminism. For this review I am going to go through each of these individually.

The romance in this book is hectic, but not at all because of Bourne’s writing style or anything like that. The story itself was perfect and flawless and so, so good. Throughout the novel, Evie encounters a total of three love interests. I personally felt as if the romance was really well written and realistic in how hectic it was. Not that I would know…

The representation of mental health and illness in this book is very well portrayed and, having a mother with mental health and personal experience, felt it to be accurate. I felt very frustrated and could actually feel Evie’s frustration through the words. But I knew for a fact that frustration was a huge part of it, and (Evie would roll her eyes) part of the recovery process.

Lastly, feminism. Being a minor feminist for myself I loved this aspect of the book, because it collided with the romance in the book. Amber was actually my favourite character. There is a bit in the book when she throws a bowl at her brother’s face, because he basically calls feminists lesbians. This is literally what I want to do to every bigot every day of my life. But I would probably use a brick instead.

This book is an intricately and accurately detailed story of mental illness, being a woman and the general fascism of society. I literally sound like Amber… 5 out of 5 stars for ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ by Holly Bourne.


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❤ DW

‘Lady Midnight’ by Cassandra Clare (Fresh Friday #1)

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Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: March 8th, 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 768

Levels Of Excitement: My excitement gauge broke, because I am so damn excited!!

Disclaimer: This post may contain spoilers for The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Read on at your own peril! 🙂

 Featured in this post:

  • My Reaction To The Mortal Instruments
  • My Plans For The Infernal Devices & Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy
  • Meeting Cassandra Clare At YALC 2015
  • My Lady Midnight Expectations
  • The Other Books In The Dark Artifices Series

LET’S DO THIS


My Reaction To The Mortal Instruments Series:

  • City of Bones : “Yes, I have found something good.”
  • City of Ashes : “Oh my! I’m in love with this series!”
  • City of Glass : “This is the best book I’ve ever read!”
  • City of Fallen Angels : “This is just a filler book to me…”
  • City of Lost Souls : “I REALLY hate Sebastian. Like, a lot!”
  • City of Heavenly Fire: “NOOOOO! IT CAN’T BE OVER!” *discovers Dark Artifices is coming out in 2016*. “Okay, I’m down with that. Man, I’m glad that book was almost seven hundred pages long…”

My Plans For The Infernal Devices & Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy:

I am about to start the Tales From The Shadow Hunter Academy novellas. I am excited! In the case of the Infernal Devices, I actually already read Clockwork Angel, because you kind of had to, to read CoHF. So I am going to re-read Clockwork Angel and finish the rest of the series. Reviews to come!!


Meeting Cassandra Clare At YALC 2015:

So, the first talk I went to at YALC 2015 was the Shadowhunters talk with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan on the Saturday. I sat down and everyone had these green tickets. Some lady saw my pained, confused expression and said, “Those tickets are for the signing…” Obviously I was like running around and eventually found the tickets. I saw the number and audibly groaned. I was number 205! (I found out later that there were actually 400 tickets given out, so not that bad). Not only this, but I accidentally bumped into Cassandra on the way back to my talk seat. Eek! (I don’t think she noticed). But the best bit of the talk was when she answered my question. I felt so lucky!

Me: “Why is there so much forbidden love in your books and will we see more in the next series?”

Cassandra: “Because it is the most interesting kind of love to base a plot on. And yes, there will be more in my new books.” (paraphrasing, of course)

So, after about an hour and a half, I was finally called up to get my books signed. Somewhere during meeting her, I don’t know how, she high-fived me. CASSANDRA CLARE HIGH-FIVED ME! I literally could not breathe.

Ooooohhh! YALC was so good. And of course I met the lovely Heather from Heather Reviews!


My Lady Midnight Expectations:

  • Forbidden love.
  • #MALEC
  • #Clace
  • Badass Izzy
  • Simon (please don’t die during Acension…(
  • Carstairs family feels
  • Faerie death (I hate the fae #MEGAEVIL)
  • Adventure and romance.
  • Thrills and plot twists galore

The Other Books In The Dark Artifices Series:

  • Book 2 – Prince of Shadows
  • Book 3 – Queen of Air and Darkness

That is it for this week’s Fresh Friday, you can expect a Lady Midnight review next March!

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