Bookshop Finds: Copperfields

This secondhand & antiquarian bookshop can be found in Wimbledon, London. Since my friend moved there a few years ago we’ve been meaning to check it out, and we finalllllly did.

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Copperfield’s is a whole run-down house full of books. It’s labyrinthine  rooms and corridors are literally piled with books of all ages, all genres and all conditions. It’s hard to figure out the ‘method’ behind it all, but I loved the madness of it. I’m not sure I’d feel the same if I was looking for anything in particular however.

Every nook and cranny is bursting with books.

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We found the young adult section under the stairs.

And the Dickens’ section on what I think was an old fridge.

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Apparently upstairs there was a kitchen area with an empty bottle of wine sitting there a la Black Books. I can’t believe my friend Dora didn’t tell me about that until we’d left. She’d put me off going upstairs because she said it was all non-fiction and mainly science. Pfft. Thanks Dora. I WANT TO SEE FAKE BERNARD BLACK’S KITCHEN.

Ahem. I’ll definitely go back to Copperfield’s. On this visit I didn’t buy anything but I’m sure I will in the future. Outside they also did that blind date with a book thing where a selection of books are wrapped in brown paper and only a few hints to what is inside is written on it – I was really tempted. I don’t know what stopped me. Next time!

From the website: 

Copperfields opened eight and a half years ago as the culmination of a longheld dream.

Our initial stock of some 10,000 books has now grown to 42,000 titles in our shop with a further 8,000 books in readily accessible storage.

The subject base is broad, ranging from art to zoology and is constantly changing. Our aim is to cater for all tastes so there are plenty of entertaining page turners alomgside more specialist rare and antiquarian and academic titles.

Copperfield Books
37 Hartfield Road, London, Greater London SW19 3SG, United Kingdom

Labyrinth Lost #BookReview #YA

summer16.3Title: Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Series: Brooklyn Brujas #1
Format: Digital ARC, 336 pages
Publication Details: September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genre(s): YA Fantasy
Disclosure? Yep, I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review. 

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Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Review

I was dying to read this as soon as I saw that stunning cover. It’s also not often you come across YA books built upon Latin American culture. So WIN.

Labyrinth Lost is the story of Alex and her close family of bruja’s – sort of witches. Alex, a middle sister, should have come into her gift by now and had her Deathday ceremony just like her older sister and and her parents before her. Little do they know that Alex’s magic is much, much stronger than they ever imagined and she’s been hiding it for years. 

Unfortunately, an incident exposes Alex’s magic and her family rally around to arrange her Deathday party – the one thing Alex was fearing – as once the dead are raised and her magic is blessed, she will be stuck with it forever.

However, the ceremony doesn’t exactly go to plan for anyone, and Alex’s family disappear leaving just her and brujo Nova to journey through the Labyrinth of Los Lagos to reclaim their souls. 

This was a book of two halves for me. I was absolutely entranced with the  first half. I loved Alex and her family. Her relationship with her sisters was so full of love but fraught with annoyances it really rang true. 

I also loved the dynamic between Alex and her best friend, and felt for her for having to keep so many secrets from colourful Rishi. 

Córdova brings Latin American history, spirituality and mythology to the forefront in Labyrinth Lost and I found it spellbinding. I did however, think it lost a lot of pace when they got Los Lagos – a definite downside to creating a dreamy, psychedelic limbo – I did wish it moved along a bit faster during the second half. I also thought the believability factor was stretched to breaking point in parts.

Overall though, this was a quick, interesting read which stands out from a lot of generic YA fantasy. The mythology Córdova built on and evolved was a delight, and now I’d love to read more about Latin American beliefs. It was also nice to see a gay relationship in here – although I wasn’t convinced of Alex’s feelings half as much as I was the other character’s.

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Gruesome Guest Posts, Revolting Reviews, and Frightening Features Wanted! Open Call for Submissions…

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It’s that time of the year again….Brush the cobwebs off your costumes, because Horror October 4 is fast approaching!

Last year’s horror-themed month was a huge success so I will of course be doing much of the same this year and hosting my fourth Horror October (how have I done 4 of these already!?).

I’m looking for reviews, features, guest posts/interviews, anything goes as long as it comes under the umbrella that is horror (I use the term very loosely and hope to cater for everyone, even you scaredy cats out there 😉 )

So get your shocking-scary-supernatural caps on and get involved. Leave a comment or email me on:

lipsyylostnfound[at]gmail[dot]com.

This Week in Books (07.09.16) #TWIB #CurrentlyReading

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week. 

It’s Wednesday so you know what that means…time to share how our reading week is shaping up! Don’t forget to leave your link in the comments for everyone to see 🙂 

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Now:  Labyrinth Lost ~ Zoraida Cordova // Siege and Storm ~ Leigh Bardugo

I’m about half way through Labyrinth Lost which is a coming of age witch or ‘bruja’ tale set in Latin America. Really enjoying it so far. I also started the second book in the Grisha trilogy but that’s taking a back seat for now. 

Then:   The Thousandth Floor ~ Katharine McGee

I wasn’t blown away by this, but I enjoyed it despite the multiple narration. My review is here.

Next: ??? 

I’m not actually sure this time. Either one the new ARCs listed below or maybe something from my TBR shelf.

New on the Shelves

From Netgalley: 

Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh ~ Cornelia Funke

I was delighted to hear that Cornelia Funke has updated and revised her Mirrorworld series because I didn’t get round to reading it the first time. I loved her Inkheart trilogy and also enjoyed The Thief Lord and Ghost Knight, so I’m looking forward to this one.

reckless1Enter the magical world behind the Mirrors…

Jacob has uncovered the doorway to another world, hidden behind a mirror. It is a place of dark magic and enchanted objects, scheming dwarves and fearsome ogres, fairies born from water and men born from stone.

Here, he hunts for treasure and seeks adventure in the company of Fox – a beautiful, shape-shifting girl, who guides and guards him.

But now Jacob’s younger brother has followed him into the mirrored world, and all that was freedom has turned to fear. Because a deadly curse has been spoken; and Jacob must risk his life to reverse it, before his brother is turned to stone forever…

Expected Publication: Sept 29th by Pushkin Press

Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky ~ Holly Martin

I can’t wait to make this my first festive read this year. It sounds so heart-warming! Bye Summer, you can do one. 

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This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts… 

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.

Expected Publication: September 22nd by Bookouture

Waiting on Wednesday

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

Haunt Me ~ Liz Kessler

I’m hoping to get this for my annual Horror October.

hauntmeJoe wakes up from a deep sleep to see his family leave in a removals van. Where they’ve gone, he has no idea. Erin moves house and instantly feels at home in her new room. Even if it appears she isn’t the only one living in it. Bit by bit, Erin and Joe discover that they have somehow found a way across the ultimate divide – life and death. Bound by their backgrounds, a love of poetry and their growing feelings for each other, they are determined to find a way to be together.

Joe’s brother, Olly, never cared much for poetry. He was always too busy being king of the school – but that all changed when Joe died. And when an encounter in the school corridor brings him face to face with Erin, he realises how different things really are – including the kind of girl he falls for.

Two brothers. Two choices. Will Erin’s decision destroy her completely, or can she save herself before she is lost forever?

Expected Publication: October 6th 2016 by Orion Children’s Books

 So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

If you’re joining in leave the link to your answers in the comments so everyone can take a look 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 TV shows to watch this Autumn #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is… ‘In honor of Fall TV, do a TV-themed topic!

I’ve not been watching much TV at all lately and I can’t say I’ve missed it. But there is something comforting about knowing that the good season of TV is around the corner – everyone knows all the good shows start in the Autumn, and I for one am excited about the long dark evenings drawing in. Summer, is so passé, you guys. 

Here are some of the shows I’ll be watching this Autumn, plus a few that I already am…(air dates = UK TV)

1. The Great British Bake Off (BBC)

I’m so happy this is back. It’s so addictive, but it also makes me need to eat cake. A lot. Bye diet!

2. The X Factor (ITV)

Pure trash but I just can’t help it! Every year I say I’m not going to watch it but oh look, it just happened to be on and I couldn’t find the remote. Or something. 

3. The Fall (BBC)

Omg I love this ‘why dunnit’ show so much. Series 3 doesn’t have an air date beyond ‘Autumn’ yet, but mannnnnnn I can’t wait. Is it really wrong to fancy a serial killer. I work in a prison – don’t answer that!

 

4. Crazyhead (E4)

I can’t find a trailer for this yet but it’s being hailed as Misfits meets Buffy. Er yes please! 

“From ‘Misfits’ creator Howard Overman and full of dark humour and unexpected twists, this new comedy drama series follows the angst and exorcisms of an unlikely duo of demon hunters, played by Cara Theobold (‘Downton Abbey’) and Susan Wokoma (‘Chewing Gum’). When people die most go quietly into the night, but some have unfinished business: scores to settle, blood to spill, axes to plant in people’s heads… Most of the time these tormented souls walk freely amongst us, unseen by all but a special few – Amy (Theobold) is one of those few…” Unknown air date.

5. Lethal Weapon (ITV)

Another film franchise turned into a TV show. It definitely has the potential to be good though, right?  Unknown air date.

6. Aquarius, Season 2 (Sky Atlantic)

I don’t have Sky anymore so I’ll have to download this. I got a bit bored towards the end of season 1, but I’m hoping this Charles Manson- based thriller will turn it around! Airs in the UK  16th September.

7. The Last Kingdom, Series 2 (BBC)

I’ve never felt the need to pick up a Bernard Cornwall book before, so this adaptation really surprised me. The first series was a definite TV highlight for me last year. Can’t wait for more Uhtred. Swoooooooon!

 

8. Black Mirror 3 (Netflix)

Charlie Brooker’s dark & twisted drama has moved to Netflix with an air date of Oct 21st. Just in time for Halloween. Should be good!

I can’t think of any others.. What will drag you away from your books this Autumn?

10 Things about… Prague

As some of you may know, I went on a little break to Prague earlier this month. It was beautiful, and I thought I’d do this little post as a way of sharing some of my holiday photos 🙂

IMG_8615Its nickname, The City of a Hundred Spires’ is pretty apt. And it’s epic.

 

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IMG_8724It’s a little bit creepy. In the best way.

 

IMG_8687Cobblestones are pretty, but perilous. Go easy on the Czech Beer (that’s my mum, she went easy on the Czech beer but not the gin. Never the gin).

 

IMG_8613The Old Town Square is the place to be. It’s also the place you’ll keep returning to when you get lost in the labyrinthine side streets.

 

The castle isn’t your traditional Disney-style castle and will make you rethink your whole idea of what a castle is. And it’s epic.

 

IMG_8584Clocks. There are a lot. Nice ones. With stories.

 

IMG_8685It’s always Christmas in Prague

 

IMG_8610.JPGThis sweet cinnamon pastry thing found on every street corner and market is a delight!

 

The views from Pétrín hill are off the scale. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a mountain when you’re scrambling up it…but it’s worth it.

 

IMG_8700There are ancient libraries that will make you want to weep but be warned – you can only look from afar. Apart from these people who seem to be VIPs. 😦

 

It’s such a beautiful city, I’d love to go back!

Lazy Saturday Review: The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee #MiniReview

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I started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

thousandthflTitle: The Thousandth Floor
Author: Katharine McGee
Series: The Thousandth Floor #1
Format: Digital ARC, 448 pages
Publication Details:  August 30th 2016 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
Genre(s): YA; Sci-Fi
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

Goodreads 

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New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

Review

This book left me undecided. On one hand I enjoyed it and couldn’t stop reading, but on the other it drove me mad and made me want to throw it out of the window.

I shouldn’t be surprised because I’m not a huge fan of multiple narration and boy was this multiple. Two different narrative voices I can deal with. Maybe even three. But six, really!? Ugh!

The main protagonist is Avery, and hers is the first voice we hear. I was hooked on Avery’s story which was both a blessing and a curse because when her chapter ended I had to go through three or four other character’s stories and they just didn’t grab me as much. That was successful in that it kept me reading but, unsuccessful because it dampened my enjoyment of reading it and I found myself skimming through most of the book. 

It’s not a bad novel, don’t get me wrong. The world McGee has built here is very impressive, and I loved the idea of this thousand floor tower being their whole world. There are some flashes of really great Sci-Fi ideologies here too, and similar to Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series, it was a worrying vision of the future. 

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This Month in Books: August 2016 #MonthlyRoundUp #TMIB

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August has been a fun month. I finally got back to a normal reading & blogging schedule, visited Prague, went to a #UKYA Speakeasy night, found a few new bookshops, saw two films at the London FrightFest and spent time with friends. It’s one of those few occasions where the work/life balance seemed to, well, balance!

August 2016 Stats

Total Posts: 14

Books Read: 6 
When Everything Feels Like the Movies ~ Raziel Reid
Daughter of Smoke and Bone ~ Laini Taylor
The Song of Achilles ~ Madeline Miller
The Seeing Stone ~ Kevin Crossley-Holland
A Million Little Pieces ~ James Frey
The Hummingbird’s Cage ~ Tamara Dietrich

The Breakdown:
Genres: YA (3/6); Fantasy (3/6); Historical (2/6); Contemporary (1/6)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/6); Digital (2/6); Hardback (0/6); Paperback (4/6) / Owned (2/6); Borrowed (1/6); For Review (2/6)

Most Surprising: The Hummingbird’s Cage 
Most Disappointing: The Seeing Stone
Most Exciting: The Song of Achilles
Most Swoon-worthy:  The Song of Achilles
Most Beautifully Written: The Song of Achilles

Reviews: 6

    • The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick, 4/5 (View)
    • And I Darken by Kiersten White, 2/5 (View)
    • When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid, 3/5 (View)
    • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, 4/5 (View)
    • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, 5/5 (View)
    • The Hummingbird’s Cage by Tamara Dietrich

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TBR Shelf Update

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Earlier this year I decided I HAD to do something about my TBR shelves. Each month I’ll be doing a quick update to see how I’ve done. See my original post here, and my updated TBR list here. 

My TBR shelf has undergone a bit of a overhaul of late because I moved house and was brutal (well, it felt brutal OK) in my book weeding! However, I also now have more disposable income so I’ve been buying books again. It’s an endless cycle…

Previous TBR Count: 82

Books Added: 9

Books Read: 5

Books Donated: 18

Remaining: 68

September Releases

Here’s my pick of the September Releases

Are you looking forward to any of these?