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Blog Tour Review - Looking for Lucie by Amanda Addison

 Blog Tour Review - Looking for Lucie by Amanda Addison "Where are you really from?" It's a question every brown girl in a white-washed town is familiar with, and one that Lucie has never been able to answer. All she knows is that her mother is white, she's never met her father, and she looks nothing like the rest of her family. She can't even talk about it because everyone says it shouldn't matter! Well, it matters to Lucie and-with her new friend Nav, who knows exactly who he is-she's determined to find some answers. What do you do when your entire existence is a question with no answer? You do a DNA test. Looking for Lucie is a fascinating look at what it is like growing up mixed race in contemporary Britain. It's a story about family and culture, and what they can mean for different people, as Lucie tries to figure out where she fits into the world. She doesn't look like any of the rest of her family, and her ethnicity is impossible to figure o

Review - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

 Review - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Feyre is a huntress. And when she sees a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she kills the predator and takes its prey to feed herself and her family. But the wolf was not what it seemed, and Feyre cannot predict the high price she will have to pay for its death...

Dragged away from her family for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding even more than his piercing green eyes suggest. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin turn from hostility to passion, she learns that the faerie lands are a far more dangerous place than she realized. And Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

I'd never read a Sarah J Maas book before I read this one, and I had no idea what I was missing!
I really enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses. It's exciting, mysterious and sexy.

I've always been a big fan of anything fae, and this played right into that. From the start, they're presented as something other, something mysterious and absolutely something dangerous. There are hints at a greater history, that left humans scraping a living behind a wall, always at risk from fey hunters. Some of that history is elaborated on through the novel, but there's still a lot left mysterious that I hope gets addressed in later books. 

After killing a fey in the woods, Feyre, our heroine, is taken by a fey lord beyond the wall to his crumbling estate after he makes a very dramatic entrance indeed! As she resists her new life, and slowly, begrudgingly settles in, there are definite elements of Beauty and the Beast at play, but it's not a straight retelling, more like a thematic influence, as A Court of Thorns and Roses tells its own story. Like Feyre, we slowly uncover mysteries and secrets and the whole thing is enticing and enthralling, as anything fay should be!

It's also very sexy! Everyone is brooding, dark and dangerous, and I was quite won over by it. It's steamy, nothing too explicit, but definitely left me wanting more!


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is out now, published by Bloomsbury.
I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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