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Guest Post: My Top 5 Favourite Books of 2017 - Charlotte Somewhere

Today I’m sharing five of my favourites from the books I’ve read this year. To make it something slightly different, I challenged myself to choose books that weren’t published this year, and which I didn’t already include in my favourites of the first half of this year post. In no particular order:

  1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I feel like I am constantly raving about this since I read it recently. It has assassins, murder, poison, creepy magic, twists you don’t see coming and a kickass heroine with an attitude. The writing is exquisite and the world-building is outstanding. I want to immerse myself in this world forever. I don’t often start a sequel the second I put a book down, but I made an exception for the sequel to Nevernight.
  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I am so late to the Sarah J. Maas party that is seems everyone has moved onto hating the series and I’m just starting. A friend of mine rates this series as one of the best she’s read, and she has good taste. I’m only 2 books in, and I love it. Why? Assassins! Murder! Poison! Magic! Twists! Kickass heroine with an attitude! Are you spotting a pattern here? Books with these themes always feature highly in my favourites.
  3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Well, the whole Infernal Devices series. It has assassins, murder, magic, twists and a kickass heroine (this is getting ridiculous now, isn’t it?) It also has Shadowhunters, a glorious battle between good and evil, a woman trying to succeed in a world where men want to exclude her, and Will Herondale. Oh Will Herondale. If you haven’t read the Shadowhunter books, do so now. All of them. Now. Go.
  4. The Graces by Laure Eve. There are no assassins (sigh), but there are witches, magic and twists. This book is like a really cosy comfort blanket to me. I’m sure everyone went through a stage of loving witchy stories with weirds girls and unlikely friendships; I never grew out of it. I still love The Craft and Practical Magic and this book reminded me of both. The Graces makes my witchy heart happy. I cannot wait to see where Laure is taking this in the sequel.
  5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This book has almost none of my aforementioned favourite things, and yet, I loved it. I still do. It has cancer, a small boy struggling to find his place and a talking tree. It is one of the most poignantly beautiful and heart-breaking stories I have ever read. Patrick Ness never fails to hurt my heart with his books. If you haven’t read this yet, do, but have tissues and don’t watch the film straight after unless you want to be destroyed.

What do you think of my picks? Which books have you enjoyed this year? Can you recommend any books which feature my favourite things?


Hello everybody! Today marks nosaferplace's 200th post and I really wanted to do something I've never done before, so when Charlie from @stripesbooks contacted me about doing a cover reveal on my blog, for Sophia Bennett's upcoming sequel to Following Ophelia, how could I say no?

Let's talk about the book a bit more first, shall we?

Unveiling Venus is the highly anticipated sequel to Pre-Raphaelite historical YA Romance, Following Ophelia.

In the gossip-fuelled world of Victorian London, Persephone Lavelle is the name on everyone’s lips. As Mary’s secret identity is exposed and rumours fly, she flees the scandal by escaping to Venice. Lost among the twisting alleyways and shadowy canals she encounters a mysterious, masked young man. He offers her the world, but at what price?

Sophia Bennett’s debut novel, Threads, won the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition in 2009. She has since published six further novels for young teens, including The Look and Love Song. Sophia has been called ‘the queen of teen dreams’ by journalist Amanda Craig, for her exploration of the worlds of fashion, art and music. Her books have sold internationally to over 16 countries and there are plans to make Threads into a children’s TV series. Following Ophelia published in 2016: “Richly inventive historical fiction from a popular contemporary YA author.”   Imogen Russell-Williams, Metro

Doesn't it sound incredible? Now, the moment we've all been waiting for...

Blog Tour: Michael's Spear by Hilton Pashley Review

Michael's Spear
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of Dome Press

The Universe is coming apart at the seams. As Jonathan and his friends fight to save it, their every move is being watched from the shadows. Lilith, the last Archdemon has plans of her own, and with the legendary Michael's Spear under her control Jonathan has never faced a more lethal foe. With the odds stacked against him, Jonathan will need all the help he can get if he is to fulfil his destiny. It's time for Gabriel's grandson finally to spread his wings...

nosaferplace Book Club: All That She Can See

All That She Can See

Author: Carrie Hope Fletcher

Publisher: Sphere

Read why I chose All That She Can See as my nosaferplace Book Club pick here: