The Faerie Door: What Do I Want to See From Fae Books?

The Faerie Door: What Do I Want to See From Fae Books?

It’s no secret that I love reading about the fae. It’s also no secret that I’m so picky about my fae books that I wind up disliking most of those I pick up. This doesn’t mean they’re bad books in my opinion, just that I want more from the fae in them.

And that’s my main problem.

So many of the fae books seem to use the same types of fae and the same sort of world-building. The fae as a species spread across so many different cultures. Yet we always basically see the same things, and honestly, I’m a lot bored.

Rather than just ranting about fae books. Which I honestly could. I thought I’d share a few things I’d like to see in books about the fae. Some of these are things I’ve definitely included in things I’ve started, but it might give you guys some ideas too!

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Manga Review: Star-Crossed!! Volume 1 by Junko

Manga Review: Star-Crossed!! Volume 1 by Junko

Does anyone else see the name Junko and just think of Dangranronpa? It can’t just be me, surely. But this is a newly translated series by the manga-ka of Kiss Him, Not Me a series that the very idea of makes me cringe. But this one just sounded so fun that I had to check it out. I recieved a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Azusa is a massive fan of idol group Prince 4 U, especially Chika-kun. When she goes to their latest concert, she manages to get front row seats. But an accident happens, and without thinking, she tries to save her idol. Unfortunately, they both end up dead. Cue God coming up to them and telling them this was a mistake so they can return to life. Only, something else goes wrong and they wound up in each other’s bodies.

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Book Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Book Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert is an author whose romance novels I’ve really been enjoying. They’re diverse, fun and the couples tend to be pretty cute. I have gone into them knowing they’re smutty. But even if that’s not something I’m a huge fan of in fiction, I’ve still been really enjoying them. I was lucky enough to get a copy of Act Your Age, Eve Brown through NetGalley, and I think it was my favourite of the series.

Eve is the youngest of the Brown sisters. She’s hopped from career to career, and after a recent mistake with doves, she’s been told she needs to hold down a job for a year. Luckily for her, she stumbles upon a chef’s role up in the Lake District. The B&B owner, Jacob, however, doesn’t take a liking to her. But he doesn’t have much choice other than to take her on.

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So You Want To Build a World? Worldbuilding Resources and Tips

So You Want To Build a World? Worldbuilding Resources and Tips

The moment I decided to write this post, I knew that it was going to be a massive one. I love worldbuilding. It’s probably one of my favourite aspects of both writing and roleplaying! The ability to create an entire world to play in, and then see how other people interact in it or want to help you improve it. From the obvious things like the planet and the countries to the more detailed areas like the people and their cultures, there’s so much that can be done. It’s both overwhelming and exciting.

I’ll admit, worldbuilding is something that comes easy to me. I’m not saying that to show off, but collecting resources for this post made me realise how easy I find it to just sit and daydream about worldbuilding. Then all of a sudden, I have notes upon notes of a whole pantheon of gods. True story. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t need resources or to research or anything like that. Research is so important, as is where you’re getting your inspiration from. And I’m hoping this post can help a little bit with that. We might be building a fictional world, but it’s still informed by what we know of the real world. In a workshop for Wired25 back in 2019, N.K Jemisin said:

Even though we’re telling stories about fiction…we’re trying to get the basic facts of science, the world and people right.”

N.K Jemisin, Wired25 – Full Video Here

And this statement couldn’t be truer. It’s not just that our worlds have to scientifically make sense, which they do, but it’s that the cultures and everything on them has to too. We get so many stories inspired by mythology and ancient cultures, but that makes sense because it means we have a starting point to work on. There’s no harm in that, and I’d even encourage it some extent. Just make sure to colour it with multiple aspects from that culture, not just a few obvious things that everyone knows. It’s also worth speaking to people from that culture too if you’re writing a modern one. You’ll want to avoid offensive and inaccurate tropes whilst making this new culture your own. The research is a necessary evil, but it’s one that can be inspirational too.

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We’re All In This Together – Readalongs and Buddy Reads

We’re All In This Together – Readalongs and Buddy Reads

Did ya get the High School Musical song stuck in your head from that title? I’m not sorry if you did! Mostly as I did too, and I don’t even rate the song so, ya know.

But it’s a title that fits perfectly with what I want to talk about today; which is readalongs and buddy reads!

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Manga 101: Light Novels

Manga 101: Light Novels

You guys have no clue how happy I am to be sat here telling you about light novels. Way back when I was attempting booktube, I actually recorded a video talking about them. But it never made it up there, and the video files have long since disappeared. So I guess I’ll just have to stick to writing about them, sigh. I type that like it’s a problem, but let’s face it, it’s actually preferable.

Light Novels are an area of Japanese media and manga that I don’t see enough people talking about. They are things that do get translated, just not as often. We’re more likely to see the anime or manga adaptations rather than the novels themselves.

A light novel is something you might also refer to as a manga novel. It’s what I did when I first discovered them. It’s one of those books you pick up in the manga section, flick through and see that it’s actually mostly words with a few illustration pages here and there. Yeah, that’s right, you can get illustrated books aimed at teenagers and older without it being a full-on graphic novel.

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Book Review: The Sister Surprise by Abigail Mann

Book Review: The Sister Surprise by Abigail Mann

This was a book that I’d never heard of, but when I saw it in an email, I was intrigued. I love books about sibling relationships, so a book about a woman discovering one should have been fun.

Instead, I feel pretty meh about it.

I was granted a free e-book copy of this through One More Chapter and Netgalley, and it was in return for an honest review.

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Blog Tour: Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Blog Tour: Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Winter’s Orbit is a book that I’ve been so hyped for since I first heard about it. An adult queer sci-fi that just looks pretty character-driven and a lot of fun? I seriously needed it then and there. The moment I had an opportunity to sign up for a blog tour, I was right on it. I just had to get my hands on this book, and I’m so damn glad I did. This a fantasy novel by a British author and, honestly, I’m here to be promoting fellow Brits. As I don’t think I read enough genre books by British authors.

Thanks again to Compulsive Readers and Orbit for letting me take part in this tour!

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Otherworldalong – Dime Store Magic

Otherworldalong – Dime Store Magic

Ahhh, the third month of my readalong book club. Even with so few people, it’s been a lot of fun so far. I’d love to see more of you guys join. So if you love adult urban fantasy, if you’re looking for a completed series with plenty of romance that you can really sink your teeth into? Why not join us? We’re now on discord, so we have separate channels to talk about each of the books, which gives you plenty of time to catch up with us and then still have somewhere to chat about what you just read!

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Book Review: Magic Mutant Nightmare Girl by Erin Grammar

Book Review: Magic Mutant Nightmare Girl by Erin Grammar

Have you ever seen a book cover and title that’s more me?

Have you ever seen a book cover and title that’s more me?

I’m someone who has been into anime and manga for years, including magical girls. I’m totally in love with Harajuku fashion; especially lolita and if you couldn’t tell from my review of Cute Mutants volume 1, I’m clearly after more queer YA where the characters have powers.

This book was clearly made for me, and I’m so damn excited that I managed to get an e-arc from the author to review. I read this book in a single night as I couldn’t put it down.

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