Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Evermore by Sara Holland

Hey guys! It's time for another Waiting on Wednesday and today I've chosen Evermore by Sara Holland. It's due out next month (US though I think), and as I absolutely loved Everless I cannot wait to read the sequel!



The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestseller, Everless!

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.





Without giving too much away about Everless, in case you haven't read it, although the blurb above is enough of a spoiler, my god did it end on a cliffhanger and rip my heart out simultaneously! I really REALLY need to know what happens next and I am so praying for a happy ending. I mean, I love sad, heartwrenching tales as much as the next person but... I really need them to be okay here. Seriously. I don't know what will happen, how I'll feel if.... Let's just wait and see, and hope, and pray, yeah?

Please Sara, be nice, okay?

Are you looking forward to Evermore? What did you think of Everless? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Freebie.

Hey guys! It's time for another Top Ten Tuesday!


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme originally created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. Top Ten Tuesday has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl and all info can be found here if you want to take part!





This week we've been given a Feebie for Thanksgiving, so I've decided to steer away from books for a post - in a manner of speaking anyway - and list ten things I'm thankful for.

1) My health - It's such an easy thing to take for granted.

2) My parents - I wouldn't be anywhere without them.

3) My friends - Similar to above, especially my new Uni friends and flatmates.

4) My University - New but I'm loving my time here and I'm just thankful they've given me a chance at a new career that I've wanted for so long.

5) The Publishing community - I've only been to a few events and networking ops but everyone has been so lovely and kind and welcoming. I can't think of a better industry to want to work in.

6) The blogging community - Again, they've always been so warm and welcoming. It's just lovely to have people you can share your passions with.

7) The theatre community - Again, as above.

8) Christmas - This is a weird one again but being that I struggle a lot with my mental health, Christmas is one of those things that I always look forward to and that does lift my spirits.

9) Books themselves - Not only would I not be where I am now without them, but I doubt I'd be as happy.

10) Authors - I couldn't have 9 without this one but specifically I'm thankful for all the lovely authors who take time to speak with me on Twitter, who get as excited about books as I am, who appreciate our efforts as book bloggers, and who just really make the whole community a nicer place. Especially Melinda Salisbury, Alexia Casale, Anna Day, and Gemma Fowler!

What are you thankful for this holiday? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Spotlight Sunday: Diversity Recs: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Hey guys! Today it's time for another Spotlight Sunday: Diversity Recs, and today I'm featuring Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan!

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most cruel.

But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.
In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after--the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king's consort. But Lei isn't content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable--she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.


I picked up this gorgeous book on Wednesday, squee'ing in Waterstones when I saw it as I hadn't realised it was out yet. I cannot wait to delve in!

First and foremost, this is a book with POC/Diverse main characters. The author herself has a mixed heritage of Chinese and English, and has used her heritage to craft the world of Ikhara and its inhabitants. I may be White British myself but I understand the importance of diversity in literature, especially in YA, and absolutely adore diverse books. Not only are they so very needed but they really depict the world we live in much more than books that feature only white characters.

UPDATE 24/11/2018: If you want to know more about the cultural diversity in Girls, Hodderscape posted a video the other day; an interview with Natasha Ngan where she discusses the book's creation and inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR6O5fWdAac

Personally however, what I am most drawn to about Girls is that the romance arc is between two girls, and the lack of lesbian main characters in YA novels (and novels in general, let's be honest) is so strikingly apparent that this book is immediately a breath of fresh air before I've even read the first page! As a Biromantic person in my mid 20's, it's brilliant to see homoromantic relationships in the books I love to read!

Are you going to be picking up Girls? Or have you already read it? As always feel free to leave a comment below, or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Items I'd Like to Own.

Hey guys! It's time for another Top Ten Tuesday!


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme originally created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. Top Ten Tuesday has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl and all info can be found here if you want to take part!





Today we've been given the prompt of  bookish items we'd like to own, so rather than picking actual items I can buy, I've gone with things from books that I'd love to own, or bookish items that don't exist to buy, if that makes sense. I hope you enjoy!

1) The 'Shine A Light' books from Heathers: The Musical - In one of the songs, 'Shine A Light' all the teens have these awesome Westerberg journals that light up when you open them. I know you can actually buy the light up books, but I'd love a Westerberg one.

2) Enjolras' Waistcoat - Sort of from the musical more than the book, but in every iteration Enjolras wears a red Waistcoat/Blazer, and I just really want one.

3) Lila's Mask from A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab - Because Lila.

4) Eveny's necklace in The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan - It sounds so pretty!

5) Wing's trainers in Wing Jones by Katherine Webber - They do technically exist as the author has a pair but, they're just so cool!

I could only think of 5 though so, sorry! I hope you like my picks though.

Which items would you want? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Monday, 12 November 2018

Cover Spotlight Monday: Pages & Co by Anna James

Hello everyone! It's time for another Cover Spotlight Monday and this week I've chosen Pages & Co by Anna James. The cover is just exquisite!


A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents' bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children's characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering' - crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.




First and foremost I love the red and gold design. It's both elegant and royal. It's inviting and makes you want to pick the book up before you even know what it's about.

Second, the typeface chosen. It's easy to read as the book is Middle Grade, aimed at younger readers, but it still speaks of fantastical elements within.

But the part of this cover that I love the most is the central design, as if the cover has been cut into, revealing the world beneath. Being that this is the premise of the story, that Tilly can walk into books, it's so wonderfully done as to capture the imagination of potential buyers and the eventual reader, whatever their age. After all, who hasn't wanted to go into the worlds of their favourite books? The hardback itself is also slightly embossed, which adds to the 'layered' effect.

It's just a pretty beautiful book isn't it, really? I love it.

What do you think of the cover? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf