Review: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #2)

imagesTitle: Traitor to the Throne

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Pages: 592

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⭐️ 5 / 5

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible. Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

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Learning a foreign language: tips from a wannabe polyglot (spoiler – I’ve still got some way to go)

I’ve always had an interest in languages, which I wouldn’t say is usual of my monolingual social and family background.  I grew up in a small South Devon seaside town.  All of my family are English (and 90% of them all live in the same county I was born in so they’re very close by – as in no more than 6 miles away close by), we never went on holidays abroad because we couldn’t afford them and none of us had passports so instead we owned the ‘staycation.’  So there was nothing to immediately pull me towards learning another language.  Although maybe that’s it?  I’ve never really been exposed to anything other than what is comfortable so perhaps this is my way of branching and exploring?

When I was seven years old I had my first taster lesson of French at school.  We learnt things like counting to ten and introducing ourselves and the usual things most primary school children know.  This is where it all started and I’ve been learning French ever since.  Unfortunately, mainly due to the appalling English school system when it comes to learning languages, I am not fluent yet – despite over 12 years of French.  However now I’m at university, and learning language under the standardised European Language Framework, I’m getting so much better and really enjoying learning again.

Over my 12 years of foreign language education I’ve picked up some things that have helped with my learning and are a great idea if you want to maintain and/or improve your language ability.  In the last 6 months I’ve been learning Italian too so I am now actively learning two languages in addition to my own.  Here’s what I’ve found has helped me.

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Review: The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3)

9781407147659Title: The Scarecrow Queen

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Pages: 336

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⭐️ 4.5 / 5

The final battle is coming… As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever… Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Melinda Salisbury’s internationally best-selling trilogy that began with THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER

I’m more than a little obsessed with this series at this point.  I honestly don’t know how I was so late to the party in reading this.

The Scarecrow Queen is the third and final instalment of Melinda Salisbury’s series The Sin Eater’s Daughter.  If you’ve read my reviews for books one and two you’ll know I’m a bit of a fan.  I panicked a little bit when I flicked through this book because my pet peeve is switching POVs every few chapters and I could feel it coming owing to the fact the previous books left us with two equally important protagonists that both have a voice.  Whilst Melinda did do this and switch POVs between Errin and Twylla I loved the way Continue reading → Review: The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury (Sin Eater’s Daughter #3)

Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)

9780545921275_mresTitle: The Sleeping Prince

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Pages: 367

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⭐️ 5 / 5

Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more. Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep. When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help Errin, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds splits the world as she knows it apart, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom…

Warning: minor spoilers ahead in the form of fangirling over a character pairing

This is the second instalment in Melinda Salisbury’s The Sin Eater’s Daughter series.  This is the first book in a long time that I ran through in one sitting.  After immensely  Continue reading → Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury (Sin Eater’s Daughter #2)