Wednesday, 28 May 2014

REVIEW: Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

Published by: Hodder Children’s Books on 2nd January 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Witches, Magic
Pages: 374
Series: Witch Finder #1
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Links: Amazon, GoodReads
Bronze Wreath
A lovely read!

Image from GoodReads

London. 1880.
In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.

Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Top Ten Favourite Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where you can share your top ten lists. 

So it's Tuesday, and yours truly was feeling a little bored what with the rainy weather outside and awful flu. (If you're in the UK that is.) So I thought, why not show you guys my top ten favourite book covers! I have to say, there are a lot of books out there with gorgeous covers but I somehow managed to narrow down 10 of my most favourite ones.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Caesar Challenges (1)

Hello! Welcome back to my throne room, so glad you could make it. Do take a seat and get comfortable because I have some exciting news to share!

It's been a little dull around the premises lately so I have come up with a new feature which involves you. Caesar Challenges is a new weekly event on The Dark Dictator where readers will be given a short passage from a book of my choice and it will be up to you to guess which book it is from! Of course, this is just the beginning. There will be other challenges such as anagrams or riddles and maybe even a few giveaways! But it all depends on the success of this feature, and this is where you come in my little minions!

So today, I will leave you with a passage from a book I have chosen. Can you guess which book it's from?

'Something squished under his foot.
He switched on his lamp. His floor was covered in poisonous red yew tree berries.
Which had all somehow come in through a closed and locked window.'

There you go! You can comment below or even tweet me your answer if you like! This is just for a little fun, but I do plan to keep it running as long as I can and hopefully it will become a big hit!

Note: Please don't cheat! Test your knowledge and see if you really are a true lover of books!

Another note: Caesar is watching you.

Friday, 23 May 2014

REVIEW: Half Bad by Sally Green

Author: Sally Green
Published by: Penguin on 3rd March 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches
Pages: 384
Series: Half Life #1
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Links: Amazon, GoodReads
Silver Wreath
Wasn't half bad!

Image from GoodReads

You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by BreakingtheSpine. This is where you can talk about your most anticipated novels that are soon to be published.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Author: E. Lockhart
Published by: Hot Key Books on 15th May 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Links: Amazon, GoodReads

Gold Wreath
Mind-blowing read!

Image from GoodReads

We are the liars.

We are beautiful, privileged, and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

Saturday, 17 May 2014

REVIEW: Now You See Me by Emma Haughton

Author: Emma Haughton
Published by: Usborne on May 1st 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Links: Amazon, GoodReads
Silver Wreath
A captivating read!

Three years ago, thirteen-year-old Danny Geller vanished without trace.

His family and friends are still hanging on to every last shred of hope. Not knowing if he’s alive or dead, their world is shrouded in shadows, secrets and suspicions.

This is the story of what happens when your hope comes back to haunt you. When your desperation is used against you. When you search for the truth – but are too scared to accept the reality staring at you in the face...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

May TBR!

I'd like to start off with saying Happy Publication Day to E. Lockhart, author of her new YA book We Were Liars

I'm proud to say I have my copy waiting at the top of my TBR pile for this month, exciting! It is one of my most anticipated novels of this year and after hearing so many great (and somewhat disturbing) things about it, I know I'll be reading it fairly soon. 

Moving on, I have a lot of books that need reading, poor things have been rotting a little on my shelves and need some TLC from this Dictator. I've already read 3 books this month so far and hope to read a lot more! 

Monday, 12 May 2014

REVIEW: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Author: Ava Dellaira
Published by: Hot Key Books on 1st May 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Coming-of-Age, Romance
Pages: 327
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Links: Amazon, GoodReads
Gold Wreath
(Deserves millions of crowns)

Image from GoodReads
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Welcoming Ceremony


Welcome to my throne room, please, have a seat, and do get comfortable. Canapé?

I'm so pleased to finally have this blog up and running, as painful as that process was, and now I can finally start blogging! 

To start off this ceremony, introductions are in order, so here's a little info about yours truly: