• Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

    Oh my, so in case you’re new around her, one of my favourite authors is Rachel Vincent. And I’ve followed her around (without being or sound at all stalkerish) for close to 13 years, since I picked up her debut novel by chance. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go and hunt down her Shifter series. You’ll thank me later. Anyway, I’m trying not to digress here because today I’m talking about Spectacle the stunning sequel to her novel Menagerie. And in case you’ve missed that one, check out this post to find out what I thought about that book. We pick up where we left off at…

  • Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

    Ok, so many of you know that my favourite author is Rachel Vincent (and if you don’t you now know) and I’ve followed her career and freaking loved every book she’s brought out and while I used to be really on top of her releases I fell behind a little when life got a little too busy for me, but that’s also pretty much an excuse, I know it, anyway I’m digressing before I even really start. I want to talk about Rachel’s book Menagerie, I followed along on Twitter as she spoke about how much of a mammoth challenge this book was and it wasn’t until I read it…

  • The Emerald Serpent by K.S Nikakis

    I am an avid fantasy reader. Give me magic, faeries, mythical beings and I’m a pretty happy lady, what’s even better? Having people I know write amazing fantasy in different sub-genres, it makes me beyond happy and I was pretty lucky to get a little bit of the behind the scenes action with this book. It was written by the former head of my undergrad degree and the best thing about this? I managed to make a non-editor out of a serial editor of words. It only took like a week and a half of me hounding Karen before she turned around and said to me: Mandi guess what I…

  • First, We Make the Beast Beautiful – Sarah Wilson

    I found out about First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson by one of my dear friends, it also happens to be one of the friends that is currently sitting to the left of me and she opened up to having anxiety, a term that I knew about but never really delved into because I never fully understood exactly what I needed to come to terms with for me to be okay with the word. And to be honest, I didn’t even think that I was going to get the book. Anxiety is scary to me, mostly because I’m a self-diagnosed anxious person, but I think that’s also…

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Ahhh The Great Gatsby, how I have avoided reading this book through all of my schooling, until now. Yup, I have gone eleven years of high school and university never having ever read the book. Sure, I watched the movie but never read the book. I just had heard from various friends that it was torture to get through and horrendous so I dragged my feet as I began to read it but soon I realised that it actually wasn’t as bad as many made it out to be. In fact, I liked it. Yup, you read that right. I liked the book. Even more so after hearing the lecture…

  • Blind Tiger by Rachel Vincent

    Anyone that knows me that I will push Rachel’s books on you in anyway shape or form. I have most of them collected away (okay I am missing a few, but I’m working on it) and I was most excited when this amazing author decided that she wanted to put out more Shifter stories. Do you know how freaking excited I was? I literally did a chair dance and then a physical dance and then waited with baited breath for the announcement. But I think I was most excited by fact that she was going to self-publish the series and take full control over what happened in it the books…

  • The Florentine Bridge

      I feel like I may be a bit of biased when it comes to this gorgeous book, mostly, because my friend, Vanessa Carnevale wrote it. It’s totally fine to toot the trumpet for your friend, isn’t it? I was lucky enough to get to work with Vanessa early last year and was with her on the tail end of her journey to get this amazing book signed with a publisher. She is an amazing and wonderful lady and I couldn’t be more proud of her, but that’s enough for the mush, let’s get into this amazing book. I have had the pleasure of being able to read some of Vanessa’s writing…

  • Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern

    Here’s another book about writing, one that I’m required to read for my Master’s degree and while I only started it in August (as in the degree, not the book) I couldn’t pay this novel my full attention because of everything else that was going on at that moment. So, it was a goal of mine to sit down and read it cover to cover (ok, so not really but it was one of the books that I have to read for the course) and I was a bit sceptical. Also, it looked like the easier read in comparison to the other one I have to read as well. It’s…

  • Believe In Yourself & Do What You Love by Kate James

    I have a book problem. It’s not like I hide it but there is a problem where I tend to buy books that I think will love and most of them (at the moment anyway) are self-help book which is not a bad thing, only when you have same brainness with your bestie and she rocks up with two books that you already own. Oh, the giggles, I actually made a bit of a promise to myself this year, but knowing me I probably won’t keep it because I’m fancy like that. And I’m really just addicted to buying books, but it’s to not buy any more self-help books until…

  • The Creative Tarot + Lumina Review

    There are a few things that I love more than writing, my cat, stationery and tea (and yes in that order too, don’t judge me) and that’s tarot and oracle cards. Seriously, my collection is starting to be huge. It all started with my mother, who has this gorgeous deck of Greek mythical decks that I always, always loved. And she only bought them because she’s obsessed with Greek mythology and being Greek it’s kind of a given. But I remember when Dad used to work late we’d one of her friends come over and have tea (back then I hated it so I stuck with my Diet Coke, gosh…