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Ten Series I Haven’t Read Yet (But Everyone Else Has!)

Posted June 20, 2017 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 5 Comments


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FACT: I am a terrible reader of series. I’ll start series, and not finish them. Even worse? I’m so far behind on catching up on series I haven’t even started yet, that I want to read. I know, I know. What sad excuse for a book dragon am I? But life, people. Life. Why can’t I get paid to just lounge around in my pjs all day and read books?!



The Dark Artifaces by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight | Lord of Shadows | The Queen of Air & Darkness

I haven’t even finished The Mortal Instruments yet, so this is one series that has been sitting on my to be read list and probably will for a while! I just can’t justify starting it without knowing how TMI ends…which means an entire re-read of the books I have read is in order. Hello, binge reading session! Maybe once the last book is out – because I’m terrible at waiting!


The Disruption Duology by Jessica Shirvingon

Disruption | Corruption

This duology by #LoveOzYA author Jessica Shirvington has been sitting on my shelves for ages (well, okay, since last year). It’s a blend of sci-fi and dystopia, and I’ve heard very good things, so why haven’t I read it yet???? #tbrtoolong



The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Choshski

The Star Touched Queen | A Crown of Wishes

Yet another duology I’ve heard really great things about and I’ve not started yet. A Crown of Wishes only came out this year, and these two books just sound so appealing!


The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae | Gemina | Obsidio

I think I’m the only person in the book community to have not read these books? Okay, so Obsidio doesn’t come out until next year, so I’ve either got a lot of catching up to do or I can get away with not reading them until it is out…



Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives | Poisoned Blade | Buried Hearts

This series sounds so good. A fantasy world with a competition of epic proportions, friends and family loyalty? I think I need a four week holiday for all this series binge reading I need to be doing!


The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

The Imposter Queen | The Cursed Queen | The True Queen 

Some of my favourite people rave about these books, but again, it’s another series where the final book hasn’t been released yet. I feel like now that I’m older, I’m less “I want it now/can’t wait for the next book” and more “I’ll wait until the series has finished” for books I’ve not read? Ha, who am I kidding – give it to me now!

 The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath & The Dawn | The Rose & The Dagger

There’s a reason this TTT is so aptly named. I PROMISE I WILL READ THIS DUOLOGY BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, OKAY????


Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic | A Gathering of Shadows | A Conjuring of Light

See above. Although I’m going to have to take a week’s holiday to binge read these books because boy oh boy, they are maaaaassive.


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina | Shadow Scale

A series about dragons and I haven’t read it yet? I feel like Derek from Zoolander. “Who am I?”



An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes | A Torch Against The Night | Untitled Books 3 & 4

In my defence, I’m going to go down the “but there’s more books in the series and I don’t know if I can deal with the pain of a cliffhanger” route on this series too.

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Oh The Thrills, They’re Multiplying: Ten Thrillers on my TBR

Posted October 25, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 9 Comments

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It’s the spooky time of year! Happy Halloween to those that celebrate it. To the rest of us…Happy Chocolate Binging Season? I know I will – uni is a mere week away from finishing, and I’m in need of some serious relaxation (three months of it, to be exact). In honour of the spooky season and today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I thought I’d share some of the books I have on my TBR. I love psychological thrillers, books that get my mind spinning. It’s a recent discovery, so of course I’ve been piling my Goodreads TBR with them, but here are ten that I’m looking forward to.


All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda // I LOVE Megan’s other works, so I am very excited to dive into this one when semester ends.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware // Woman witnesses someone going overboard on a cruise yet everyone is accounted for…this is what I want, why is this what I want? My mind, I swear.

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti // Generally I roll my eyes at books that are rich people centric (yeah, I’m looking at you, We Were Liars), but this one sounds really exciting and I’m a sucker for mysterious pasts.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer // I’m actually really looking forward to reading Meyer’s *first* adult novel (we’ll see, The Host was supposed to be an adult novel but look how that turned out). The premise is something that is right up my alley, for sure.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins // Okay, so everyone’s talking about it, and generally I’m not one of these people to read something for the sake of popularity, but the trailer for the movie keeps playing every time I open Youtube, and each time I watch it the more I want to see it (I love Emily Blunt too). And of course I have to read the book before I see the movie, that’s just how these things are done.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // I’ve read the first two books (I think), but I can’t for the life of me remember anything that happens, but I’d really love to conclude reading the series, so I dive back into a world where Noah Shaw exists is definitely on the cards!

Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah // I’ve heard some mixed reviews about this book, from trusted bloggers, which makes me all that more curious. I love (I think?) family centric thrillers, and I think there’s not enough in YA, so woo! Well keen.

The Deviants by CJ Skuse // Sleepy English village, ruined friendships…and that tag line! When you set out for revenge, dig two graves. Why am I not reading this book yesterday??

I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore // Another book that has mixed reviews…so we’ll see. Curiosity, after all.

Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown // World War One! Female spies! Forbidden attraction!


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Ten Character Names To Name My Cat (If I Had One)

Posted October 18, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 5 Comments

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I’m pretty sure I’m only doing this Top Ten Tuesday because it gives me an excuse to post cat gifs on a book blog, but hey, it’s my book blog, so I can post whatever I want, right? Also, the title of this post is slightly misleading, because I in fact do have a cat, and his name is Noodles the Second and he is everything.


Excuse my very sunburnt face, it was summer and I cannot go outside unless I want to look like a cooked lobster. Internet, meet Noodles the Second, a terminally grumpy three legged ball of fluff that I absolutely love. He is our family cat, which means he resides in Western Australia, whereas I am on the other side of the country and only see him on Skype dates and the rare holidays. I would love to adopt a kitten, however it’s not feasible in my current rental, but I’m waiting for the day when I can have another little ball of fluff to call my own, and trust me, I have been workshopping names (so far, non book character names include Mufasa or Sparta. I’ll let you figure it out). Here are ten book character names  I would call my cat.

Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass) – I’d think a lot of people would think I’ve named my cat Kale, to which ugh you uncultured swines go introduce yourself to the most wonderful man you’ll ever meet. But yeah I’m totally doing this. A little Chaol. Eeeep.

Kestrel (The Winner’s Curse) – She’d be a quiet but feisty little thing for sure.

Jellicoe (On The Jellicoe Road) – okay, so this isn’t a character, but I think Jellicoe would be a really cool name for my ‘Jellicle’ cat (see what I did there?!)

Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss) – I see a pattern forming here…’St. Clair’ for short (because let’s face it, my French is terrible and I cannot pronounce Etienne). This little kitty would have a bundle of swag and would charm the pants off even a non-cat lover.


Adrian Ivashkov (Bloodlines) – DON’T YOU DARE EVEN – WHAT DID WE SAY ABOUT CLIMBING ON THE CURTAINS ADRIAN NO is pretty much what life with Kitty Adrian would be like.

Darcy/Fitz (Pride and Prejudice) – He’d be the cat that would hate you instantly but then two minutes later be curled up in your lap being totally adorbs and giving you cuddles. Also Darcy or Fitz?!?! Help me choose!!

Dorian (Throne of Glass) – because who am I to split up best friends?! Where Dorian goes, Chaol goes, right? RIGHT?

Mungojerrie or Rumpleteazer (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats) – okay so this is basically a two for one deal but I really can’t choose who because I love all the cats from Cats so I’ll be a cat lady and have allllll the cats, but until then this cheeky duo will suffice. They’ll be a notorious pair of acrobats, that’s for sure.

Cat (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) – I have wanted to name my cat Cat ever since I first saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s as a child. In fact, when we were petitioning names for Noodles the Second, Cat was the name I championed. That didn’t work so well, sadly. One day, one day.

So there you have it! Ten fictional characters I’d name my cat after. What would you choose? Let me know in the comments, or feel free to leave me your suggestions!!

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Ten Books I’ve Read Because of Recommendations

Posted October 11, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 6 Comments

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is short and sweet, and all about books that have been recommended to be by one person or another. Most books I find I’ve generally sourced myself (thanks Goodreads!), but I’ll always listen when people tell me about books they’ve loved. If you’re recommending a book, you’re essentially giving it the highest praise, because word of mouth is so important for books. It’s the reason books succeed or fail. You’re telling someone they should spend money on a book, and most of these are personal favourites of some of the most awesome people I know!!


Pivot Point by Kasie West // Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson // Storm by Brigid Kemmerer // Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson // Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas // Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley // The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stefivater // Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins // On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta // Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard







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Ten Books on My Spring TBR

Posted September 27, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 8 Comments


It’s Spring!

Well, it is here in Australia. Sorry, Northern Hemisphere, but you guys get Autumn (and winter!), which is probably just as awesome because it means it’s getting cold. Here? It’s getting hot. Ugh. I’m swamped with uni work at the moment, so my posting efforts are a bit lax, but I’m slowly making a dent in my physical review books, and I’ve almost cleared off my Netgalley read list. What?!? I know right. That’ll be the day when I stop requesting Netgalley books (I daren’t even look at my TBR from Edelweiss. Curse pre-approval!).

(this is the cutest gif ever omg they’re books dancing send help)

One of the great things about this time of year is that it seems like all the amazing books are having release day parties. Which, let’s be honest, is detrimental for us readers because we just want all the books and not just for pretty Instagram aesthetics (I digress, that’s one of the reasons why). And let me tell you, there are some amazing books coming out in the next couple of weeks (or have just been released) which makes me so glad it’s almost my birthday and I can justify a book buying binge.


A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess // Release Date: 20th September 2016

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Manscalco // Release Date: 20th September 2016

historical  fantasy fiction and jack the ripper! why are these books not in life like yesterday because that’s three of my favourite things.


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake // Release Date: 22nd September 2016

look. at. these. beautiful. preciouses. pan mac, what are you doing to my bank balance, honestly.


This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills // Release Date: 2nd October 2016

icymi, i’m a massive, massive fan of  emma mills’ debut, first and then, which is probably one of my favourite contemporaries of all time, cover and all. look at this masterpiece! those painted swirls. emma mills is definitely on my autobuy list, i’m so excited for a new book to read!


Nemesis by Anna Banks // Release Date: 4th October 2016

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh // Release Date: 4th October 2016

strong females, insane fantasy worlds and english seaside villages shrouded in mystery. done, done and done.


Rose & Thorn (Ash & Bramble #2) by Sara Prineas // Release Date: 18th October 2016

i love fairy tale retellings and i love plots that invlove curses, and i haven’t really read a sleeping beauty one yet so yes, i will read you rose & thorn by god i will.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer // Release Date: 8th November 2016

This is Our Story by Ashley Elston // Release Date: 15th November 2016

confession: i didn’t like cinder and i haven’t read any of meyer’s other books in the series. but i’m so looking forward to heartless! i’m on the aussie blog tour (yay we get it at the same time as everyone else now) and i have to literally sit on my hands to stop myself from reading it. also, ashley elston is an amazing supsenseful writer and this book is right up my alley.what-books-are-you-excited-about-reading-this-spring%2ffall-let-me-know-in-the-comments

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Ten Pieces of Music That’ll Make You Think You’re In A Fantasy Novel

Posted September 20, 2016 by Hannah in Features, Top Ten Tuesdays / 4 Comments



Today’s Top Ten Tuesdays prompt was all about audio, and at first I was at a loss because I don’t listen to audiobooks, so the deliberation of what to post hit hard. It’s not that I don’t like audiobooks, it’s just that I can’t concentrate listening to them – I prefer reading by sight, basically. Then the lightbulb went off. Why don’t I share some of my favourite music – music that I’m currently writing a fantasy novel to?

If you’ve ever fallen in love with fantasy novels and wished that there was an epic soundtrack to go with it, chances are the author has already got a playlist, but here’s my favourite tracks that have such a fantasy vibe you’ll be wanting to pick up a sword in no time. And if you want more than the ten (or so, because there were some I couldn’t leave out!) I’ve listed here, I’ve put my Spotify playlist down the bottom for your entertainment.

So pop in your headphones for optimum listening please and enjoy!

The Twelve Towers (Unchartered 4: A Thief’s End) – Henry Jackman

I adore this soundtrack so much! This particular track has that real jungle, caught in the middle of a forest vibe. It’s also the inspiration for the start of my own fantasy novel, especially from the 2:00 mark, where my main character free falls off the back of a dragon. Fun stuff.

For Blood, For Glory, For Honour (Elder Scrolls Original Online Game Soundtrack)  – Jeremy Soule

If this piece doesn’t leave you ready to defend your kingdom from the evil sorcerer who has vowed to destroy everything you hold dear, then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life.

Flying With Mother (How To Train Your Dragon 2) – John Powell

How To Train Your Dragon is full of awesome music, but I love this piece the most. It’s so uplifting, it makes me feel like flying. In my own novel, it’s the music I listen to when writing the scene where my MC takes the King’s Seven, an elite task force of the King’s Guard, out riding their dragons for the first time. 

An Toll Dubh – Runrig

Fun fact: I discovered this track because of Maggie Stiefvater. If that doesn’t give you premise to listen and love it, I don’t know what else to do. She quoted it as a track from The Scorpio Races, which is really the only Stiefvater novel I’ve really enjoyed. This is just…I don’t know how to describe it. It’s utterly beautiful and will leave you with chills. 

Norwegian Pirate (Archangel) – Two Steps From Hell

This is one of my absolute favourite pieces of music from Two Steps From Hell. It’s full of pure heart racing adrenalin. The music is constantly going from crescendo to crescendo, it’s not hard to imagine that you’re battling foes on the water, fighting of pirates (or maybe you are the pirate!). It really conjures up the image of swinging from masts, Pirates of the Caribbean style.

Nero (Archangel) – Two Steps From Hell

If I haven’t convinced you about living the fantasy novel life yet, this one is sure to do it. Nero is pure magic. After reading Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, I felt like this piece really encompassed Meira and her determination to save her Winter Kingdom. It’s just beautiful.

Heart of Courage (Invincible) – Two Steps From Hell

You’re probably sitting here going, “I’ve heard this!” That’s probably correct, there’s a 99% chance you’ve heard this piece of music, because it’s used in absolutely everything, from ABC News to The Bachelor, Heart of Courage is probably TSFH’s most recognisable piece of music. And why not? It’s insanely amazing.

El Dorado (SkyWorld) – Two Steps From Hell

Fun fact: This was the first Two Steps From Hell song I discovered (and subsequently fell in love with), and I owe it all to Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series. This is the track that sprung my obsession with orchestral instrumental music and video game soundtracks, and I hope you love it just as much as I do. Definitely a great sword fighting or training scene, for sure.

Dragon Age Inquisition Theme (Dragon Age Inquisition) – Trevor Morris & Lindsey Stirling

I’ve posted two versions here, because I love the Lindsey Stirling video clip, but nothing beats the Trevor Morris original. This score is the whole theme song of my fantasy WIP, it’s just so inspirational. 

Cannon in D Minor (Battlecry) – Two Steps From Hell

If you aren’t listening with two earphones in then stop what you are doing, put them both in and turn your volume up as loud as your ears will allow (just be careful, okay). This score is as badass as they come. If you want to prepare yourself for battle, listen to this. If you can’t imagine yourself fighting your way through the battlefield Jon Snow style, I don’t know if I can help you. I’ll listen to this scene when I’m writing the fight scenes (of which there are many at this stage). 

Flight of the Silverbird (Battlecry) – Two Steps From Hell

If I had to choose a favourite piece of music by TSFH, it would be this. The inspiration behind my fantasy WIP. I don’t really know how to describe this piece of music, except that it is epic af. Just listening to it, my gosh. There is one particular scene in my WIP (that I can’t talk about bc spoilers), but the entire scene is based around this. 

Tarzan in Camp (Tarzan) – David Newman

Last but not least, one of my new favourite tracks is from the 2014 Tarzan. It’s only a short track, but it’s full of energy. My MC is tasked with training an untrainable dragon, and this is the score I listen to when I’m writing that particular scene.

For the full list of my playlist for Fire and Ash, see below!

So there it is – my list of great tracks should you want to pretend you’re in your favourite fantasy novel! Do you have any soundtrack or music score inspiration for me? Let me know in the comments!

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