WWW Wednesday (14th April)

Hi everyone,

How are you?

Today’s post is another www Wednesday. I keep forgetting to do these posts, I keep forgetting it’s Wednesday🤣.

Anyway, for those who don’t know (although, everyone probably does know), www Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by daily rhythm but was revived by Samantha @Takingonaworldofwords.

All you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?

What have you recently read?

What do are you planning on reading next?

(Pictures link to goodreads).

Currently reading;

The clockwork sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

I’m buddy reading this book with Noly. Im loving this middle grade so far, it’s part of a middle grade murder mystery series set during Edwardian times. We put it down because… life😂 but, we are nearly finished.

The grace of kings by Ken Liu

This book is… different😂. It was definitely very slow to begin with but, now I am finally starting to get into it and am quite enjoying it.

The gallery of wonders by Marc Remus

I’m honestly not sure what to think of this one yet. There is a lot going on but, I really enjoy portal fantasy and I hope it picks up a bit.

Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo

I’m hoping to finish this by Friday just in time for the tv show. I’m not sure whether I am going to continue with the series, maybe one day. My main reason for reading this one was to get a bit more context on the grisha and this world in time for the show.

Recently read:

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I was a bit apprehensive about starting this one. I wanted to love Fredrik Bachman and thankfully I did. I like his writing a lot and his stories are so well written, I can’t wait to read more of them. I gave this one 4.5 stars.

Heart of the fae by Emma Hamm

I was looking for another fae book series to read and stumbled upon this one. This is a beauty and the beast retelling with fae and that in itself made me interested in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it’s fun and easy, I can’t wait to start book 2. 3.5 stars

The blade itself by Joe Abercrombie

This is beyond a doubt a character driven story, luckily, I am a character driven reader. I loved this book, these characters are so morally grey and bad but, I love them🥰 I own book 2 and plan on starting it soon. 5 stars!

The hundred thousand kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is becoming a new favourite. I love her writing. Can’t wait to continue with this companion series.

Planning on reading next;

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I have had this book on my tbr formany years now but, was never in the mood to pick it up. Now I’m in a thriller mood, I decided it was time to pick this one up, I’ve heard great things and not so great things, I’m interested to see where I land.

Jamaica inn by Daphne Du Maurier

I’ve been wanting to read a Daphne Du Maurier book for a while. Rebecca doesn’t really sound like my thing but, this one does as well as Frenchman’s creek. I’m really intrigued by her writing style or what I have heard about it anyway.

The girl in the tower by Katherine Arden

I have had this one on several monthly tbrs and really hope I can get to this one this month but, I’m not sure whether it’s going to happen😬.

That is all the books that I have read and am reading this month.

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat!

Thank you so much for reading!

March Wrap Up

Hi everyone,

How are you?

Today I am going to be doing my March wrap up. In the month of March I read a total of 25 books.

I’m really impressed with the amount I read this month. I’m also impressed that I managed to finish some of those books that have been on multiple monthly tbrs *cough* of curses and kisses lol.

4.5 stars;

The blight of muirwood by Jeff Wheeler

I loved book 1 so much! This second book was not as good but, I did still enjoy it a lot. The magic of this world is unique and I really like learning about this world and it’s politics. I was worried about how much I would remember because of how long ago I read book 1 but, thankfully I fell back into the story. There were some scenes in this book that are the reason why I could not give it the full five stars however, it was still such a great read and I highly recommend the audiobook.

The scourge of muirwood by Jeff Wheeler

After reading book 2 I started book 3 straight away because I had to know what was going on. Whilst, there were also scenes in this one that annoyed me, I did like it more than book 2. I’m happy with how this series/trilogy has ended, it was a satisfying conclusion and as a whole, this is one of my favourites. I’m so glad that Wheeler has more books in this world and more books in general. I’m hoping to dive into those soon.

Bridge of souls by Victoria Schwab

If you have read any posts by me or know me, then you know that I love Schwab. I love the setting and how every book is set in a different city and country. I missed Cass and Jacob a lot and it was such a great feeling to be back with these characters. I don’t know why but, I thought this was the last book in the series. I was so grateful when I found out it wasn’t😂. I really hope that Schwab writes more middle grade after she finishes this series because I love it sooo much.

Lock the doors by Vincent Ralph

This book was a recommendation from Noly and I should of known never to doubt her recommendations. She has recommended me a few books and I have loved all of them. This book had me on the edge of my seat and although, there were places that I thought the book dragged slightly, I still read it so quickly. The ending definitely took me by surprise, I guessed part of the twist but, the main plot twist, I did not see coming! I own a second book by Vincent Ralph called are you watching? And I’m now more excited than ever to pick that one up after reading this one.

Assassins quest by Robin Hobb

I was so scared when I started this book because so many people say it is heartbreaking and hits you in the feels... I can officially say that that is true. Whilst I rarely ever cry during books this still managed to make me feel such strong emotions and I feel so sorry for Fitz, I just want to give him a hug. The ending was satisfying as well as heartbreaking… does that make sense lol? I’m excited to start the live ship traders soon but, I’m also going to miss Fitz. This is now a new favourite trilogy also and this is by far my favourite and least favourite book of the trilogy😂.

4 stars;

The prophecy con by Patrick Weeks

I listened to this second book on audiobook and I personally think this series is great whether read physically or through audio. It’s one of those really light fantasy series with humour and great characters. I could read about these characters doing nothing but, sitting around and it would still be entertaining. If you don’t like character driven stories then, this may not be for you but, I personally am really enjoying the trilogy so far. I’m planning on reading book three in April and I cannot wait.

The warrior princess by K. M. Ashman

I found this to be one of those really good pallet cleanser fantasies. The writing, politics and characters were well done although, the synopsis make it seem as though it follows Nesta more than other characters but, once I got over that, I really liked the other characters. I also liked the Welsh towns mentioned and names, it was such a nostalgic feeling to me. The World in this book is very interesting and even though it is the fourth book in a series, I personally didn’t find it confusing and got right into the story. I have heard people say that it can’t be read as a standalone but, as a person who hasn’t read any of the other books I think it can be. Although, I am planning on picking the rest of the books up. Maybe there is spoilers and that’s why it can’t be read as a standalone? We shall see hehe.

Heir of iron hearts by Bekah Harris

Book 1 of this series is below. I’m starting to like one of the characters more after reading this book which, I didn’t think would happen lol. I also read book 3 (game of shadows) which, I also gave 4 stars. This world is interesting enough for me to continue and the third book was definitely better than the first two and the series is starting to progress. I’m enjoying it, such a light and fun read.

Duel of fire by Jordan Rivet

I was expecting to like this more than I did but, I did still enjoy it. The magic of this world and the world itself are the most interesting things in this book and I’m intrigued to learn more about them. I do like the main characters but, I don’t love them yet, hopefully that will change. I loved the duelling scenes and wish there could of been more of them. I will likely continue this series at some point but, not right now.

The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I was really apprehensive when I first started this book because of all the hype surrounding this book but, I’m happy to say I enjoyed it. It did take about 150 pages for me to actually get into the story but, after about that page mark I started to get invested in the story. I did like Kvothe as a character and I liked hearing about his story and the way it was told although, in those first 150 ish pages I thought the switch from Kvothes past to present was a little jarring but, I did get used to it afterwards. My favourite element of this book though had to be the school/university setting. I wish we could of been part of that setting longer. I will be continuing on with the series but, not until there is a date for book 3 lol.

3.75 stars;

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

So I had heard multiple different views on this book and I can totally see where people are coming from. I was also hoping for more from the characters from the first book (Victor, Sydney etc) and was a little annoyed by the introduction to the new characters. I’m not sure what I think about the ending either, I have very mixed feelings about this book and am also inclined to agree with people when they say that it’s not worth reading. However, I did like the chapters that featured Victor and Sydney, I still love Schwab’s writing style but, this is probably my least favourite Schwab book. That being said, I still love her and will probably just pretend that vicious is a standalone without a companion lol.

The lost coven by Bekah Harris

I didn’t realise that this series came after the other series or at least that is how it seems but, I hadn’t seen it anywhere that you have to read the other series to read this one but, there are characters from the other series that make an appearance in this one. Anyway, I really like Bekah Harris’ writing style. She’s really good at writing fun and entertaining fae fantasy romance books. It’s such a easy read and great when you have really big fantasy on your tbr like I do lol.

The thorn princess by Bekah Harris

This is also a pallet cleaner read but, for different reasons. This is a fantasy romance series with fae. My favourite kind of pallet cleaner lol. As I have said above Im really liking Bekah Harris’ writing and I like the main protagonist. There are a lot of tropes that we have all seen before but, it’s a feel good romance and that’s what I was looking for. As I say above I’m liking the series more as I read on.

Master of my dreams by Danelle Harmon

This was a really enjoyable romance. Yes, it is set on a ship lol. I have a thing for pirate romances or books set on ships lol. I have read something else by Danelle Harmon I can’t remember what but, I’m sure I have. I really like her writing and her romances. She’s writes likeable characters. I will read more by this author in the future.

3.5 stars;

Of curses and kisses

I have a hit or miss relationship with Sandhya Menon. I have loved some of her books and highly disliked others. This one falls sort of in between. I liked some elements of it and not others. It was a fast read and a fun read but, I have read better. I liked the loose beauty and the beast elements and the school setting. The romance was a bit hit or miss, if that makes sense. Some elements where cute others were… annoying lol. But, overall, a pretty decent read.

The impossible governess by Margaret Bennett

This is a really short and fast romance if you are looking for a fast paced read in between other reads. The romance was really cute and enjoyable and I like Margaret Bennett. I don’t really have much to say about this book🙈😂it was just a fun read.

A Marquess’ miraculous transformation by Abigail Agar

I also don’t have much to say about this one. I think this one was really good though. This book was so beautiful and heartwarming. I really loved the romance in this book and the characters really grew on me (one in particular) by the middle. Whilst, it was a bit long and slow at parts I still really enjoyed this one and recommend to romance fans.

Along the razers edge by Rob. J. Hayes

I have mixed feelings on this book. The main character is quite annoying in the beginning but, she was young and learning, I do get that. She did grow on me and I did like that she made mistakes. Good world building, we kind of learn more as we go along with the main character. I did like Hayes writing and I think I will try some of his other books because I think I will like his work, this one just wasn’t quite for me.

The aggressive by Gem Jackson

This was the first sci-fi thriller than I have read to my knowledge and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I like that we get the perspective of the villain as well as the other main characters. This world, high stakes and the battles were all really gripping and I’m intrigued enough to continue although, the ending was a slight bit lacklustre for me.

We are blood and thunder by Kesia Lupo

Recently I saw that Kesia Lupo has a released a new book and I really liked the sound of it. I wanted to see whether I liked her writing and work before I bought it and I definitely will be buying it. I liked the duel perspectives and the world, unique magic and the university setting. I’m excited to start the other book.

Every sky a grave by Jay Posey

This book didn’t really hook me at the start and whilst, I did grow more into it, I was never fully hooked by the story. The universe is interesting and main character was ok but there were times when I thought to myself “yes” other times I was like “ok, now what, is something going to happen”? I was bored through some of this book and interested in others. I have mixed feelings but, at least I liked the writing.

My lady smuggler by Margaret Bennett

I don’t remember much about this book (it was one of the first books I read this month) but, I do remember liking it. The main character was intriguing as was the love interest. Another fun and enjoyable read. I never know what to say about romances lol.

3 star:

The last spell breather by Julie Pike

I’m not going to lie, I was really lost throughout most of this book. Some of the characters really annoyed me at the start (even though they did grow on me a bit as the story progressed) and it affected my enjoyment. There were loads of unanswered questions that kind of irritated me at times hehe. My reaction throughout the whole of this Book was literally huh?, what?, how? Damn? So annoying? Whyyyyyy? But, I still wanted to know what was going to happen because the idea behind spellbreathing was so intriguing to me. However, the execution fell flat for me. I was hoping the ending would give me some satisfaction or resolution to unanswered questions but, everything was still confusing.

2.5 star:

Fate of the fallen by Kel Kade

The final book I read this month was fate of the fallen by Kel Kade and I kind of wish I hadn’t read it😂. It did start off strong. I was very shocked by the first couple of chapters of this book, it started off promising and I have to admit it took my by surprise, I was not expecting that at all. It really did do a good job at the beginning of turning the chosen one trope on its head but, after that it started to go down hill for me. Aaslo, the main character really annoyed me in the first half of this book but, did sort of grow on me I suppose. I like the sorcery and politics of this world though and some of the other characters but, this did not read adult for me, it read younger and I just could not get into it. So many things didn’t make sense and were… stupid, for lack of a better word lol.

So, that is everything that I read in the month of March. There was definitely a mixture of good and bad but, overall a great reading month.

What did you read in March? Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat!

Thank you so much for reading!

What beauty there is by Cody Anderson

Hi everyone,

How are you?

Today is my spot on the tour for what beauty there is by Cody Anderson. Thank you so much to Dave, penguin and the author for my copy of the book.

Synopsis:

Winter. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones. 

Jack Morton has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d do anything for. Even die for. Now with their mother gone, and their funds quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. He chooses the money.

Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Trust no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or help the brothers survive.

My thoughts:

I just need to mention the fact that the proof copy of this book is sooo pretty 😍. Ok, now we can move on.

I’m not going to lie the synopsis of this one really didn’t hook me at all. However, for the most part, I was quite surprised.

I also just want to mention that the opening chapter of this book is one to watch out for . It opens with a suicide, this is the opening chapter so, it’s not really a spoiler and I think I should mention it because I know it will be very triggering for some people.

Ok so, Firstly, I want to talk about the characters, let’s start with Jack. I really liked him as a character. His protectiveness of his brother, the way he wants to do whatever it takes to protect his family and his kindness. He was trying to make the most of a really bad situation and having no luck most of the time which, I think is something many of us can relate to. His little brother Matty was so adorable. I just wanted to give him a hug. The love he had for his brother led him to make some pretty silly decisions at times but, that is understandable.

Ava was very mysterious in the beginning. We get snippets of her past and the reasons why she is, and acts the way she does as the story progresses. I liked that we got insight into her past bit by bit as it added to the intrigue. Her relationship with Jack was complicated but cute and I loved the scenes where the three of them (Ava, Jack and Matty) where together.

Cody Anderson’s writing style really added something to the story. I thought the little scenes at the beginning of every chapter where a bit jarring at first but, once I got used to them, they became an addition to the story that I didn’t know that I needed.

The ending was quite satisfying, I just wanted a bit more from it and there were some parts where the story slowed down a bit and I wasn’t as invested but, once the book picked up again I was back in the world with these characters, along for the ride. The underlying messages of love and loss, atmosphere, characters, mystery and writing were all so well done and overall this was a really good read.

Author bio:

Cory Anderson is a winner of the League of Utah Writers Young Adult Novel Award and Grand Prize in the Storymakers Conference First Chapter Contest. She lives in Utah with her family but was born in Idaho.

All Cory’s life she’s felt the strong bonds of family and siblings. Her writing is based in these close relationships, and in the gritty experience of growing up in the wild Rocky Mountains. 

From an early age, Cory loved books. Her family often visited the library, where she discovered White Fang. Within its pages she learned about courage, and the power of kindness. She read all the time. By seventh grade, she was writing. For years, Cory underlined and dog-eared the pages of books, picking scenes and phrases apart until she could decently put them together again. She became fascinated with the mystery of the Great Story. What Beauty There Is is her debut novel.

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Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King- Spotlight!

Hi everyone,

How are you?

Today I am doing a spotlight post for the Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin- King. This was the winner of BBNYA and I cannot wait to read this when I have more time. For those who are curious or don’t know;

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors.

If you are an author and wish to learn more about the 2021 BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website (https://www.bbnya.com/) or our Twitter account, @BBNYA_Official. If you would like to sign-up and enter your book, you can find the BBNYA 2021 AUTHOR SIGN UP FORM HERE. Please make sure to carefully read our Terms and conditions before entering. 

If you are a book blogger or reviewer, you can apply to be part of BBNYA 2021 by filling out this form (also remember to read the terms and conditions before signing up)!

BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society (If you love beautiful books you NEED to check out their website!) And the book blogger support group TheWriteReads.

Synopsis:

John Carver has three rules: Don’t drink in the daytime, don’t gamble when the luck has gone, and don’t talk to the dead people who come to visit.

It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Fleeing the army, running from the whispers, the guilt, and the fear he was losing his mind, Carver fell into addiction, dragging himself through life one day at a time.

Desperation has pulled him back to Afghanistan, back to the heat, the dust, and the truth he worked so hard to avoid. But there are others, obsessed with power and forbidden magics, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth of his gifts. Abducted and chained, Carver must break more than his own rules if he is to harness this power and survive.

Author bio:

Graham Austin-King was born in the south of England and weaned on broken swords and half-forgotten spells.

A shortage of these forced him to consume fantasy novels at an ever-increasing rate, turning to computers and tabletop gaming between meals.

He experimented with writing at the beginning of an education that meandered through journalism, international relations, and law. To this day he is committed to never allowing those first efforts to reach public eyes.

After spending a decade in Canada learning what ‘cold’ really means, and being horrified by poutine, he settled once again in the UK with a seemingly endless horde of children.

To date he is the author of five novels, drawing on a foundation of literary influences ranging from David Eddings to Clive Barker.

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April TBR!

Hi everyone,

Today I am going to be doing my April tbr which, is ambitious as usual… well, semi ambitious lol. I have two assignments this month but, for some reason my brain doesn’t understand what that means and still makes me add more books to the months tbr🤦‍♀️ I need help… seriously🤣.

Let’s just dive straight in with my physical tbr for the month;

Physical;

What beauty there is by Cory Anderson

I’m reading this one for a blog tour and I’m so excited about it. It’s not my usual type of read but, I’ve been getting more and more into thrillers recently so, I’m intrigued. Everyone seems to be really loving it so far on the tour which has me wanting to pick up this book right now but, I still have a lot of March books to get through lol. The physical arc of this book is so pretty😍. Thank you so much penguin and Dave!

Shadow and bone- Leigh Bardugo

I’m hoping to get this one read before the Netflix show comes out on the 23rd I think it is. I’m not sure whether I will finish all three in time or whether I will like it, I’m a bit nervous going into this one because all the people I know loved six of crows more and that’s one of my all time favourites so, we shall see. I’m probably going to watch the series either way but, at least if I read the first one I will have some more context.

I am the messenger by Marcus Zusak

I was a really big fan of the book thief and when I saw this thriller, I had to purchase it. Partly because I’m getting into thrillers and partly because I’m confident in my liking for Marcus Zusakwriting which, helps because I’m picky with thrillers lol. I think this is a YA thriller but, I might be wrong. I’ve heard it is also quite humorous so, I’m interested to see how that goes because humour and thriller don’t really mix often.

Before they are hanged by Joe Abercrombie

As I’m writing this I’m still in the middle of the blade itself but, I’m so hooked. The first 100 pages where a bit of a drag but, I’m in love with these characters. I can’t decide who I love to hate more😂.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Now for another YA thriller lol. I’ve been meaning to pick up this book for so long but, never got around to it. But, since I’m in such a thriller mood recently I thought that now would be the perfect time to pick this one up. I think this one has mixed media format as well which, is interesting.

A million junes by Emily Henry

I’ve been meaning to get to this one for forever. I also have beach read by Emily Henry on my tbr so, I’m hoping to like the writing style. I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to think of this one but, the synopsis is intriguing so, we shall see.

Red rising by Pierce Brown

I wanted to get to this one in March but, didn’t really have time. I’m hoping to have at least started it by the end of the month (March) but, I doubt that I will. This sci-fi series is so hyped up and I want to know what all the fuss is about.

The hundred thousand kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

Another really pretty cover! I honestly did not know that these books where a trilogy of companion novels. I’ve heard some minor spoilers about this book which, I won’t mention obviously but,I will say that what I have heard has made me even more excited for it.

The clockwork sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

I’m so excited for this middle grade series. It’s a series of middle grade mysteries set in Edwardian times! I’m buddy reading this with Noly and I’m so excited! It’s a four book series and the boxed set is £13.20 in the Uk if anyone is interested!

Kindle;

The gallery of wonders by Marc Remus

The author was kind enough to give us a free link for our middle grade book club (@GradeMarvels). The synopsis for this book has me excited and I’ve heard that this is said to be similar to Harry Potter which, I’m very intrigued by. This cover is really pretty also😍.

The Burning sky by Sherry Thomas

I could of sworn that I owned this book at one point when I was younger but, I cannot find it anywhere. Maybe I got rid of it because at the time I wasn’t interested, either way, I’m interested now. This book sounds like my kind of read and I cannot wait to dive in. It has a school setting, politics, girl disguised as a boy, magic and more!!!!

A beast so beautiful by Carlyle labuschagne

Isn’t this cover so beautiful😍😍! This is (as you can probably guess by the title) a beauty and the beast retelling. It releases the 20th of April I think and the best part is…. *drum roll please* it’s on KU!!! Yes, you did hear that right!! I’m so excited for this book, I love beauty and the beast retellings!

Well met by Jen Deluca

I have been wanting to pick this book up for so long but, the paperback is so expensive (at least in my opinion) but, the kindle version was on sale at £2.49 (it still is as I am writing this, if anyone is interested) so, I got myself a copy straight away! I have heard people loving this book and I’m excited and nervous to (hopefully) join the hype.

Fountains of silence by ruta Sepetys

I received a free copy of this for review and cannot explain how happy I am about it! I read between shades of grey by Ruta Sepetys quite a few years ago and loved it. I’m ready to read something else by Ruta and I’ve heard great things about this one.

The crimson script by S. J. Hull

I don’t really know much about this one but, the cover is very striking don’t you think? This one is also on KU and when I read the synopsis (a couple of weeks ago) it hooked me. Now I cannot remember what it was about but, it’s supposed to be a revenge story I think or at least in part. It says it’s for fans of V for Vendetta, I’ve never seen it but, I know a lot of people like it.

Breach of peace by Daniel Greene

This is a novella by Daniel Greene who is a booktuber (a lot or people probably already know who he is), if you don’t know I will link his channel here. It’s a prequel to a series he is writing and it is a murder mystery. I’ve seen some really awesome reviews for this book both on YouTube and goodreads. I’m a fan of murder mysteries so I’m ready to get stuck in.

The heresy within by Rob J. Hayes

I wasn’t a huge fan of Rob J. Hayes’ book (along the razers edge) so, I decided to try another series by him. Especially since, I did like his writing, I just didn’t like the characters and plot as much in the other book. I’m really hoping I like this one because I know so many people love Rob J. Hayes’ books.

Heart of the fae by Emma Hamm

I saw this book recommended (I can’t remember where) and was very intrigued. This is also a loose retelling of beauty and the beast! I haven’t read a fae romance in a while and this is part of a series. All of these in this series are on KU also which, I’m so happy about!

Drop dead gorgeous by Lauren Landish

Also a KU book. I have read books by Lauren Landish before and really enjoyed them so, I’m intrigued by this one. All I know is that the main character is a coroner which, sounds different for a romance so, I’m ready.

So, that is all the books that I plan on reading in April. There is a bit less than usual which, will likely change throughout the month as I add things on🙈😂.

Are you as intrigued by some of these as I am? What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat!

Thank you so much for reading!

Karolina Dalca- Dark eyes by M. R. Noble- Spotlight!

Hi everyone,

Today I am doing a spotlight post for Karolina Dalca- dark eyes by M. R. Noble.

Synopsis:

Blindsided by an attack that destroys her home and blamed for murder, Karolina Dalca, a half-vampire, escapes, only to plunge into the magical societies from which she was sheltered.

Betrayed by those around her, she abandons her dreams of becoming an investigator and flees, trusting only herself. Her police internship would never prove more useful. Hoofing it through the wilderness, she makes it to her university dorm, disheveled but delightfully deflowered.

Enter a full vampire: one wielding dark magic and a ride out of Canada. A fugitive from the law, Karo complies with his demands to escape, unsure whether his requests are bewitched. She vows to clear her name and avenge her mother’s death, but Karo’s family secrets aren’t so easily left behind.

Author bio:

M. R. Noble has played a tug of war between science and art her whole life, but the rope broke when she wrote the first line of The Dark Eyes Series. Immersed up to her keyboard in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she enjoys blending the real with the surreal. The only drawback is she misplaces her mug while dreaming up her next scene, and soon finds herself six cups overpoured.

Keeping to her Lake Simcoe roots, she is a member of the Writers Community of York Region (WCYR), where her muse is made not found . . . over a hefty cup of coffee.

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March Book Haul

Hi everyone,

How are you?

Today I am going to be doing my March book haul. I am so excited about a lot of the books in this haul. Once again it’s quite a big one, let’s face it, if I don’t do quite big book hauls then I wouldn’t be me😂.

Long may she reign by Rhiannon Thomas

I don’t know why I love this cover so much but, I do! Anyway, this is a standalone fantasy. I only recently found out it was a standalone. It’s said to also be a bit of a murder mystery as well as a fantasy with politics and court politics with a sprinkle of romance and I am so ready for that!

I am the messenger by Marcus

I cannot for the life of me remember who recommended this one to me but, I bought it! Lol, I read the book thief by Marcus Zusak and really enjoyed it and I’m in a murder muster/ thriller kind of mood so I’m hoping to read this one in April.

The moonsteal crown by Stephen Deas

Another beautiful cover!😍 It would be embarrassing if anyone knew how many books I have bought just for the covers😂🙈. I do know that this one is about a heist though and I love heists so, I did have another reason to buy this one besides the cover. I don’t know when I am going to get to this one but, we shall see.

Bridge of souls by Victoria Schwab

I am so excited/happy/ sad/ annoyed that this series is coming to an end. I’m actually in the middle of this one right now, I couldn’t buy it and not pick it up straight away. I’m loving it so far, I always fly through these but, I don’t want it to end.😢

Lock the doors by Vincent Ralph

Thank you to the lovely Noly for this recommendation. She was reading this one whilst we were talking and she could not put it down. I just started this book (as of when I am writing this post) and I have to say I am already hooked. I really hope I love this book and Vincent Ralph’s writing as I have another book by him on my shelf that I should of read ages ago.

The last spell breather by Julie Pike

This was our middle grade marvels book club pick for this month. I was so confused by this book about whether I actually liked it or not lol. There were parts I liked and parts where I was like “what”? Hehe

Assassins quest by Robin Hobb

I’m also nearly done with this book also. I cannot believe I have almost finished this trilogy. Book 1 was definitely the weakest in this trilogy but, still so good and I’m sad it’s coming to an end well, until I pick up the other trilogies😂.

Kindle:

Aurora burning by Jay Kristoff

So, I may of just bought this without having read book 1 yet but, it was only £1.99 on kindle at the time and I’ve liked every other book by Jay that I have read and illuminae files that Jay and Amie have written so, I’m confident I will like this series to. I could not pass it up for £1.99.

Well met by Jen Deluca

The paperback of this book is quite expensive so I was waiting for it to come down but, then I noticed that the kindle version was £2.49 so, I bought this one straight away as well lol. I never turn down a romance. Also, just thought I would add that as of making this post, it’s actually still £2.49 if anyone is interested.

So, there we go. Those are all the books that o have purchased in the month of March! Are you interested in any of these? Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat!

Thank you so much for reading!

WWW Wednesday (17th March)

Hi everyone,

How are you?

Today I am doing a www Wednesday post. I missed last weeks www Wednesday because I… forgot if was Wednesday🙈😂.

So for those who don’t know www Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by daily rhythm but was revived by Samantha @Takingonaworldofwords.

All you have to do is answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?

What have you recently read?

What do are you planning on reading next?

(Pictures link to goodreads).

Currently reading:

The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Im so glad that I finally picked this one up, I’ve been meaning to read it for so long. I’m enjoying this one so far although, it did take a while to get started.

Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

I’m not that far into this one but, I’m very apprehensive. I’ve heard that it is not as good as the first😬.

The blade itself by Joe Abercrombie

I had to put this one down of a week or so when I was reading other things but, I’m excited to get back into this world and be with these characters.

Assassins quest by Robin Hobb

I’m barely even 30 pages into this yet but, what I have read so far is good! I’m in love with this trilogy and fitz.

The warrior princess by K. M. Ashman

It’s so weird seeing places that I know in books and words and language that I understand. I have read very few books set in Wales and need to find more. If you have read any books set in Wales, let me know.

The aggressive by Gem Jackson

I’m not far into this one either but, I already am enjoying it. I have never read a thriller set in space especially with the perspective of the killer/villain.

The last spell breather by Julie Pike

This is our middle grade marvels book club pick for this month and I’m a bit confused both this book so far. I like the idea of the spell breathing itself. But, I’m a little lost at the moment and hope that some things are explained.

We are blood and thunder by Kesia Lupo

I’m only a few pages into this one so I don’t really have anything to say.

Recently read:

A marquesses miraculous transformation by Abigail Agar

This was a solid 3.5 star romance. I really enjoyed this one. It’s quite long but, really fun and made me tear up in a happy way.

Along the razers edge by Rob J. Hayes

I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. I wanted to love it and loved the premise but, I really couldn’t get into this book. I didn’t like the characters but, I did like Rob’s writing.

Planning on reading next:

Of curses and kisses by Sandhya Menon

I have been reading to read this for months now🤦‍♀️. I’m really hoping I can finish this one this month (I always say that though lol).

The girl in the tower by Katherine Arden

I have been trying to read this for a month now but, had so much to read that, I’m really glad I can finally get to this one.

Every sky a grave by Jay Posey

🙈🙈I don’t know how many times this book has been on my tbrs. I realllyyyy want to get to this book THIS month.

The grace of kings by Ken Liu

I have heard nothing but, good things about this book. I’m so intrigued.

So, that is everything that I am reading/ have read this week. What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading!

Rangers oath by Blake Arthur Peal- Spotlight

Hi everyone,

Today I am doing an author spotlight for rangers oath by Blake Arthur Peal. I really enjoyed this book when I read it for BBNYA and will, at some point, be continuing on with the series.

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Title: Ranger’s Oath (Fall of Radiance #1)

Author: Blake Arthur Peel

Published: February 28th, 2020 – Aethon Books

Format: Ebook – 305 pages

Synopsis:

The barrier between worlds is broken. Only he knows the truth…

Magic has protected Tarsynium for a thousand years, shielding its people from being ravaged by bloodthirsty demons. When a young ranger’s apprentice named OwynLund discovers that the Arc of Radiance has been breached, he tries to warn anybody who will listen.

But legends aren’t supposed to be real.

When a village is mysteriously destroyed, rangers, mages, and rebels all point the finger, blaming each other for the demons’ brutality. However, Zara Dennel, a mage’s ward, has heard Owyn’s tale—and she’s inclined to believe him.

Together, they must prove that friendship is greater than intolerance, unity is more important than division, and that even the most powerful magic can sometimes not be enough.

Failure means the end of all things. A second—and lasting—Doom.

Experience the beginning of a thrilling Epic Fantasy series suitable for all ages. It’s perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas, and Brandon Sanderson.

Author:

Blake Arthur Peel has been coming up with stories ever since he was a kid. He inflicted his scribblings on family members and friends throughout his youth, always drawing maps in the back of notebooks and daydreaming when he probably should have been paying attention. It wasn’t until he was out of college that he finally decided to get serious about pursuing his career as a fantasy author.

His favorite stories have always been about good conquering evil, about fantastic worlds and wondrous magic systems. The works that have most inspired him are The Lord of the Rings, The Dragonlance Chronicles, The Riftwar Saga, The Stormlight Archive, and The Wheel of Time, among many others. Blake was born and raised in Hemet, California. Nowadays, he lives in Tennessee with his wife and two sons.

Media links:

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Purchase links:

Audible UK

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful reviews and other bloggers in the tour!

Thank you so much for reading!

February Wrap Up!

Hi everyone,

How are you?

Today I am going to be doing my February wrap up. The shortest month of the year and yet, I had a pretty good reading month! I read a total of 19 books this month and I’m very happy with it (especially compared to January🙈😂). This months books are mostly just quite good reads, meaning 3.5 stars. I’ve never had so many 3.5 star reads in a month but, I still had a really good reading month and for the most part, enjoyed every book I read.

Let’s start with the one 4.5 star read;

Traitors blade by Sebastien de Castell

I am so glad that I finally managed to finish this one. I can’t understand why it took me so long, it wasn’t bad at all. I really enjoyed this one. The banter between falcio, kest and brasti is so funny and enjoyable. I really cannot wait to see what adventures these three get up to in future books. This world is so interesting and I can’t wait to find out more. The magic in this world is very loose in some ways, you know it’s there but, not always in excess. It was really interesting magic though. The twists where also really well done and I didn’t see a lot of them coming.

Royal assassin by Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb really knows how to write. I wish she would leave poor fitz alone though lol. I love this world so much, it is so well written and well thought out. Fitz is such a great character, I enjoy reading from his perspective and seeing him grow throughout both books so far. I’m so nervous about where this story is going to go in book 3 and I’m worried about Fitz. But, also excited about the final book and how it is going to end.

The ten thousand doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

It is true what everyone says about this book, it is amazing. The cover is beautiful and so is it’s content. I really enjoy portal fantasies and this world and the way it was written make it rather unique. I loved this world so much. I also loved January as a character. There were characters that I could not stand and characters that I wanted to see more of. The alternating chapter perspectives where also interesting, I don’t want to say to much because of spoilers but, I really liked it. I also thought the footnotes also, they didn’t take away from the story and added a little something extra.

4 star reads;

The castle of tangled magic by Sophie Anderson

This book is so magical. Another portal fantasy and so enchanting. Sophie Anderson is a really great writer. I loved the two other books I read by her, both in this series. I love that they can be read as standalones but, they also overlap and you can see characters from previous books appear in others. I really liked them characters and the magic, it was so whimsical and fun, I really loved this one.

Kill joy by Holly Jackson

I read a good girls guide to murder last year and loved it, I gave it 5 stars. When I heard that there was a prequel, I had to pick it up. It’s no longer than 150 pages but, so gripping. The mystery itself is really well written and I loved being back in this series with Pip and these characters. I’m so excited to move onto book 2 in this series and then patiently wait for book 3.

Her crown of fire by Renee April

This cover is 😍. For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It was a little tropy and some of the characters annoyed me but, the world, magic and history of the world there really interesting. I wish that there was more lessons and time spent on the runes, they were so interesting to read about and I wanted more but, this was a great read.

Aether ones by Wendi Coffman-Porter

I read this one for a blog tour hosted by TheWriteReads. The synopsis of this book really intrigued me. It did not disappoint. I loved this main characters sarcasm and Witt. The world was interesting as well as the politics and magic, different. If you want to know my full thoughts on this book, you can find them Here.

Kulku by Angela Hossack

This is the third and final book in the beyond the bloodline series. I would say, in my opinion this was the weakest in the trilogy. The main character (Astra) really irritated me at the beginning of this book and even though I understood she was grieving, her attitude still irked me. She did start to grow on me again towards the middle of the book. The world was still interesting as was the politics and magic. The ending was slightly rushed to me but, still a great conclusion to the trilogy and a great trilogy all round.

3.5 star reads;

Murder on the orient express by Agatha Christie

I used to watch Poirot on tv so much as a kid. I’m only just gettng around to reading the books although, I did read a few before I started using goodreads. This was a really great audiobook also, I always enjoy a good Agatha Christie, they are such comfort reads to me even though they are murder mysteries but, they are such cozy murder mysteries.

Breakaway by Michelle Diener

This is a sci-fi series but, they are all standalones I think. This one was really well written and I really enjoyed the world. The characters and romance were also well written and cute but, this book did drag in places, I felt a bit bored when I picked it up at times and others, really invested in the story. I’m not sure whether I will continue but, as they follow different characters and take place in different places within this world, I may give the others a try.

Bad habits by Flynn Meaney

I read this book for a blog tour hosted by @thewritereads. The synopsis for this book didnt really hook me. But, I did enjoy it for the most part and it really had me laughing so much. The main characters especially, she was so funny and sarcastic. There were times where she got on my nerves but, mostly I enjoyed her POV, her perspective and her witty dialogue were the best part of this book. The only thing that let me down with this book was the actual plot/story. I was waiting for something to happen, I think it’s because I’m used to fantasy books hehe. But, I enjoyed the messages this book provides which, is a main part of the story and the characters. For my full review click Here.

The winter duke by Jillian Eaton

This is a really short and fun romance novel. It’s a really fast paced book because of its size and is great as a pallet cleanser between big fantasy books. Probably most suited for romance lovers as it is a bit of an insta love type of regency romance, you know the ones I mean right? Lol, but, I like that kind of story so, really fun read.

Napoleons woman by Samantha Sixon

Who doesn’t love a good spy novel right? This is also a regency romance, I was in a regency romance mood in February by the looks of this wrap up lol. I enjoyed the romance it’s sort of hate to love. One of those ones where you want to just yell at the two main characters to “communicate”😂. I did enjoy this one though and the main character, she was a really strong character.

A lords whimsical governess by Aria Norton

This is also a quite short read. It’s also a regency romance, there is definitely a pattern doing on here😂. The romance in this one was so cute and fun. I loved the family dynamics and the relationship with the children. I hope to read more by this author in future.

Throne of swans by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr

The magic system in this world is so unique as is the world itself in some ways. Katherine and Elizabeth really know how to write great worlds and twists, some I did not see coming at all. The second book is only 99p so, I will definitely read the final book in the eulogy. I’m worried about what is going to happen between Aderyn and Lucien, that is a very complicated situation, the ending really irritated me but, also intrigued me and I’m nervous and excited at the same time to see what happens next.

Past crimes by Ashley Gardner

This is a set of three short story mysteries. I loved the Rome setting. I really enjoyed figuring out these murders and the characters where really interesting. Ashley Gardner is a really great writer and I want to check out her other books and mysteries.

Octavia bloom and the missing key by Estelle Grace Tudor

I read this book as the middle grade pick for our book club that I host with Ellie and Noly. I really enjoyed the portal world in this book. There were some parts that I was confused about and some part were quite slow but, for the most part, it was a fun middle grade book. The characters were likeable, it has intrigue, mystery, family, magic and is a fun adventure. I don’t know whether I will continue on with the series but, they are all on KU so, it is a possibility.

Grace by Beverley watts

This is the first book in a standalone series following different characters if I remember correctly. Each one of the books follows a specific sister within this family. They are all somewhat unladylike and their father takes it upon himself to help them find suitable husbands even though he knows he has his work cut out for him😂. I really enjoyed this book, it wasn’t brilliant but, it was a great romance read with the tortured sort of brute male character.

And finally the one 3 star read;

Death by drowning and other stories by Agatha Christie

This book is four short stories by Agatha Christie. I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. Each one was a really fun mystery, I love Agatha Christie’s writing and her work. I’m excited to read more of her books in the future.

That is all the books that I read in February. What books did you read during the month of February, any new favourites? Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat!

Thank you so much for reading!