Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: Doctor Who: Myths and Legends by Richard Dinnick

Title: Doctor Who: Myths and Legends
Author: Richard Dinnick
June 29th 2017 by BBC Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Retellings
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Rating: 4/5

For thousands of years, epic stories have been passed down from Time Lord to student, generation to generation. The truth of these tales was lost millennia ago, but the myths and legends themselves are timeless.

These are the most enduring of those tales. From the princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, to the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, these stories shed light on the universe around us and the beings from other worlds that we meet. Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes and fears.

A collection of epic adventures from the Time Lords’ mist-covered past, Myths and Legends is an unforgettable gallery of heroes and villains, gods and monsters.

I'm a huge Whovian as well as a fan of mythology and legends so when I saw Doctor Who: Myths and Legends available on NetGalley I didn't hesitate to request it. Needless to say I was beyond thrilled when I got approved for this title. I'm also really glad that it ended up being as amazing as I hoped it would be. 

The book contains 14 short stories in the world of Doctor Who that are all retellings of certain mythology and legends that I'm sure everyone is familiar with. Some stories were better than others but I definitely liked them all. Some stories were even brilliant, in my humble opinion. My favorite story was The Enigma of Sisterhood. Below you'll find all the titles and my rating for the stories. Also contained in this book are some truly amazing illustrations made by Adrian Salmon. These were a big part of why I loved it so much. 

The titles of all the stories + my ratings for them:

The Mondas Touch {Based on the story of King Midas} 5/5 

The Terrible Manussa {Based on the story of Medusa} 4/5 

The Unwanted Gift of Prophecy {Based on the story of the Cumaean Sybil} 5/5 

The Evil and the Deep Black Sky {Based on the story of Cylla and Charybdis} 3/5 

Jorus and the Voganauts {Based on the Argonauts' encounter with the clashing rocks of Symplegades} 4/5 

The Vardon Horse {Based on the story of the Wooden Horse of Troy} 3/5 

Defiance of the New Bloods {Based on the story of Prometheus} 4/5 

The Kingdom of the Blind {Based on the Argonauts' escape from the Cyclops} 3/5 ★ 

The Labyrinthine Web {Based on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur} 4/5 

The Angels of Vengeance {Based on the story of the three Furies and Orestes} 5/5 

The Jeopardy of Solar Proximity {Based on the story of Daedalus and Icarus} 5/5 

The Multi-Faceted War {Based on the story of Hercules and the Hydra} 3/5 

The Enigma of Sisterhood {Based on the lesser-known second riddle of the Sphinx} 5/5 

Pandoric's Box {Based on the story of Pandora}  4/5 

Richard is a writer for TV, comics and books.

He is currently working on the TV show, Thunderbirds Are Go! and is a regular contributor to Titan's 12th Doctor ongoing comic - amongst other ranges.

His new Doctor Who book, Myths & Legends is published in June 2017.

In the past he has written audio drama scripts for franchises such as Doctor Who, Stargate, Sherlock Holmes and Sapphire & Steel.

His first novel Alien Adventures was published by BBC Children’s Books in 2010 and he has since gone on to write books and short stories for Penguin UK, Titan Publishing, Black Library, Running Press and Snow Books.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's

From the author of Letters to the Lost comes a heart-wrenching story of two teens with big secrets and a love that could set them free.

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

Not only is Brigid Kemmerer an auto-buy author of mine but More Than We Can Tell features Rev from Letters to the Lost, which is my favorite book of hers. And Rev was actually my favorite characters from it as well. So I'm really looking forward towards this new release next year. It already has some really great feedback and even a starred review from Booklist.

About the covers: I featured both the UK (above) and US (below) covers but my favorite is the UK one. I can't even express how in love I am with that cover. The colors are so beautiful! With Letters to the Lost I also preferred the UK cover, so I'll definitely buy the UK one this time as well. 

What do you think of this title? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

FairyLoot Unboxing: August 2017 ► Otherworlds

It's finally time for my unboxing of FairyLoot's august 'Otherworlds' box. It ended up being my favorite box so far, even surpassing my previous favorite which was January's box. So obviously I was super happy with all the items inside. It couldn't have been better for me. So yay!
Below you will find the unboxing and seperate pictures of all the goodies so you guys can get a better look at them.

The unboxing:

All the items together. ♥

Exclusive Witchsoul Candle 'withsoul Mara' by Book and Nook

Exclusive Fictional Worlds Sleeping Mask by FairyLoot

Exclusive Handmade Velaris Pendant Necklace by Oh Panda Eyes

Exclusive Westeros Tea Strainer by FairyLoot

Exclusive Neverland Notebook hand painted by T.J. Lubrano

Exclusive Lord of the Rings Magnetic Bookmarks by Paperly and Co.

Exclusive Northern Lights art print by Melissa Nettleship

Bonus Items:

Godsgrave Sampler (including poster), Blackwing sampler + tattoo, Mini Backdrop Dicount Coupon

My favorite item ended up being the Westeros tea strainer because I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan and I'm addicted to tea. So that was a really great item for me. 

What item from this box do you like?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stacking The Shelves: September 16, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.

A small book haul this week. As always on friday I got two free Hourly History books (you can get them too if you sign up for their newsletter) and two books for review. The Murderer's Maid is for the blog tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Looking forward to that!

(still free on Amazon)
(still free on Amazon)

For Review:
Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
The Murderer's Maid by Erika Mailman

Which of these books do you think look interesting? Let me know your thoughts.

Have a great weekend, everyone! ♥

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Flame Kissed by Alexis Radcliff

Title: Flame Kisses
Author: Alexis Radcliff
Series: Seeking the Dragon #1

Publication: August 18th 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Purchase Link: Amazon
Rating: 3/5

On a romantic night at a ski lodge, 17 year-old Ella Denton has the perfect opportunity to finally confess her feelings to her long-time crush, Nick Gauss, before she goes off to college. But before she has the chance, everything goes horribly wrong: Ella is kidnapped by a mysterious grinning monster-man to the heart of the Ether-Realm, a magical land with a strange red sky at the nexus of all possible worlds. She is placed in chains and taken to a golden city ruled by the dark and brooding dragon prince, Kaden Kolrath, and told that she is now his slave.

It seems her fate is now to be lost forever in a strange land far from home, never to return to Nick or her family back home in Havery Falls. That is, until Ella discovers she carries a mysterious spark of power… a spark that could change everything, forever.

Flame Kissed is the first book in Alexis Radcliff’s exciting new fantasy romance serial, Seeking the Dragon. It’s a short, 15,000-word novella perfect to knock out in a single, quiet evening, and one of five total episodes.

Flame Kissed by Alexis Radcliff is the first in a 5-book series of shorter novellas. I can't say it was my most favorite story I have ever read but I did think it was a nice starter book and I really liked the whole concept of it.

To keep it short, the story is about 17 year-old Ella Denton who's on a trip with family and friends at a ski lodge when she gets kidnapped by a sinister man and taken to the Ether-Realm, which is (like the synopsis says) a magical land with a strange red sky at the nexus of all possible worlds. Sounds intriguing, right?

I easily read the story in one sitting (on a pretty short train ride even), which was really great. I also feel like I should say that you shouldn't let the 47 pages of the book fool you. I thought it had some good character and world developement for such a short book. A lot of short stories I've read don't have that type of developement so that was really great obviously. 

The story and especially the end definitely made me crave more. I'm curious to see where the story takes Ella next. I can't wait to meet the dragon prince! 

About Alexis
Alexis Radcliff is an author, gamer, and history junkie who lives in the Portland area with her husband and a very fluffy, very surly cat.
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