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A Court of Thorns and Roses: Prickly Feelings

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


A Court of Thorns and Roses (or ACTOAR, as it is fondly acronymed) is Sarah J. Maas's second offering in the way of YA fantasy. Before ACOTAR (and its sequels A Court of Mist and Fury and the upcoming A Court of Wings and Ruin), Maas was solely focused on her hugely popular Throne of Glass series, which currently sits incomplete at five full length novels and one collection of prequel novellas. I only managed to make it through the first book in that series, the titular Throne of Glass, and it was not a particularly enjoyable experience (see why here). Although the series likely gets better as it goes on, and the fact that it is so beloved by so many is certainly a testament to that, I have decided not to continue with it, and to give ACOTAR a try instead. Unfortunately, ACOTAR did not sweep me off my feet as it seems to have done for so many others, and as I wished (even willed) it to do for me. 

What I Learned at Publishing Ireland's 'The Life Cycle of The Book'

Tuesday, 28 February 2017


This month I attended Publishing Ireland's 'The Life Cycle of The Book' seminar series, held every Tuesday for the past four weeks. Beginning with 'The Writing Process', 'Getting Published', 'What Publishers Do', and concluding just this evening with 'Reaching Readers', the series touched on every aspect of the book's journey to its readers. As someone who would love one day to work in the publishing industry, I was attending simply to soak up as much information about the industry as I possibly could. And, inevitably, I learned a lot. 

Roads 'Living With' Series Showcase

Monday, 30 January 2017


Recently, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from the amazing Roads Publishing. They sent me four gorgeous books from their 'Living With' series, all of which can be found here. Each book contains 32 art prints from the artist in question, and each print is slightly perforated at the spine so that you can tear out, gift, or frame your favourite pieces. It's a fantastic idea in my opinion, because typically a single print directly from the artist can cost as much as (if not more than) these books, which offer an astounding number of artwork for the price offered. The books I was sent are of the artists Eugenia Loli, My Dead Pony, Yuko Shimizu, and Hattie Stewart.