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 Blog Tour Review - A Power Unbound by Freya Marske Secrets! Magic! Enemies to. . .something more? Jack Alston, Lord Hawthorn, would love a nice, safe, comfortable life. After the death of his twin sister, he thought he was done with magic for good. But with the threat of a dangerous ritual hanging over every magician in Britain, he’s drawn reluctantly back into that world. Now Jack is living in a bizarre puzzle-box of a magical London townhouse, helping an unlikely group of friends track down the final piece of the Last Contract before their enemies can do the same. And to make matters worse, they need the help of writer and thief Alan Ross. Cagey and argumentative, Alan is only in this for the money. The aristocratic Lord Hawthorn, with all his unearned power, is everything that Alan hates. And unfortunately, Alan happens to be everything that Jack wants in one gorgeous, infuriating package. When a plot to seize unimaginable power comes to a head at Cheetham Hall―Jack’s ancestral fam

Rapid Fire Book Tag

I haven't done a whole lot of blogging this week, with a long day out in the Lakes on Wednesday and a dodgy internet connection most of the time.

I've just been tagged by Kelly at This Northern Gal in a rapid fire book tag though, so I'm going to give it a quick go. It's been a while since I've done a tag!

It's basically just a series of quick questions, that you answer without really thinking too much about, so here we go!

E-Book or Physical Book?

Definitely physical books. I love the look of them, the feel of them. I only use e-books as a last resort.

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperbacks. The only hardback ones I really have are Terry Pratchett's, from when I absolutely could not wait until they came out in paperback, but generally I like the look and feel of a paperback.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

In-store. I always used online book shops until last year, but I love the social elements of book buying, chatting to the staff, and just seeing all the pretty books on their tables. I now know staff in my three nearest Waterstones stores fairly well.

Trilogies or Series?

Series. I've read too many trilogies that dip in the middle. It has to be a limited series though, that builds to a proper ending.

Heroes or Villains?

I love a good villain. Or a bad villain. A good bad villain?

A book you want everyone to read?

Skysong by Abi Elphinstone. It's the most incredible book.

Recommend an underrated book?

Robert Howard's Conan Chronicles. Total classic fantasy that's so much better then the cheesy Arnie film.

The last book you finished?

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

The Last Book You Bought?

I had a big book shopping trip with my daughter last weekend, and bought First Class Murder, Jolly Foul Play and A Spoonful of Murder, all by Robin Stevens. Last one I bought for myself was The Bone Season.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

It's not particularly weird, but I used to do all of my reading on buses and my bookmarks were always old travel tickets. Nowadays I have a variety of proper bookmarks.

Used Books: Yes or No?

In theory, yes. In practice, no. I like my books to look pristine.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Sci-fi, fantasy and crime.

Borrow or Buy?

Buy. I love owning them. I love picking out a place for them on my shelves.

Characters or Plot?

Probably plot. It doesn't matter how great the characters are, if they are sitting around doing nothing I get bored.

Long or Short Books?

I like big books, I cannot lie.

Long or Short Chapters?

Short chapters give a book so much pace and energy, and always encourage me to read one more chapter.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

The Hobbit. Contagion. The Night Circus.

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

I love books that make me cry. Some of the best ones might make me laugh through the tears, but the heart wrenching emotion is what I really read for.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional worlds.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

No. I really can't focus on them. The only ones I can get away with are full-cast recording, radio drama style ones, but even those I find hard.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Always. Shiny covers will always draw me in. Sprayed edges too.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

TV. Most books are too long to comfortably fit into two hours of screen time.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

That's a tough one! Sherlock, maybe.

Series or Standalones?

Standalone I think. It's really important for a story to have a good ending for me, and sometimes series lose sight of that.


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