Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Book Blitz: The Insiders by Tijan

"Tijan delivers on the fun, edge, and angst. Her books never fail to please!"

--Kylie Scott, New York Times bestseller
Oh yay!! I'm so excited to read this book! I've had it marked on my calendar for months and it's finally here 😄 So this isn't my usual genre - no dragons, magic etc. - but Tijan is such an amazing author. Her books are filled with real and intense emotion. If you haven't read any of her books, I highly recommend that you do. My favourites are Ryan's Bed, and Carter Reed, and of course I'm so excited for this brand new offering The Insiders. I'm sure it will be amazing!
Thank you Social Butterfly PR for including me in this book blitz.

The Insiders, an all-new not-to-be-missed, intense and emotional romance from New York Times bestselling author Tijan, is available now!

Bailey is as normal as could be, with a genius IQ and a photographic memory. But still, normal for her. Then, things happen -- a guy breaks into her house in the middle of the night to take her hostage. She learns her father is billionaire tech genius Peter Francis, the same guy she’s idolized all her life. She finds all this out when she meets dark, mysterious, and electrifying Kashton Colello. He’s also an associate of her father’s, and he gives Bailey two choices—go with him and meet her father or survive on her own because those kidnappers are going to try again.

It’s a no-brainer.

After this, three things become clear for Bailey:

1. She has to live at her father’s sprawling estate, complete with bodyguards and the best security that money can buy.

2. She’s no longer an only child. She has three siblings and has no idea what to do with them and vice versa.

3. She is being guarded by Kash himself. Personally guarded. And there is a lot of guarding going on there and some of it is going to drive her crazy.

A complete outsider in a world of wealth and decadence, Bailey has to find her way within a family that has more secrets than she could have imagined. One of these secrets could be deadly…

Get yours now!
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ddgG2e
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/TheInsiders
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Apple Books: https://apple.co/30Ugtfw
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Add The Insiders to Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2GJn59t

About Tijan
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

Connect with Tijan
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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Books I've Read That Were Written Before I Was Born


Time for another Top Ten Tuesday: Brought to you by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Some Old Books I've Read, Oops I Mean Classics

I really don't read many older books. I guess that's partly because I'm really into Urban Fantasy, which is modern. So I really needed to wrack my brains to come up with this list. I do have a few classics on my TBR, but they're not books that I would typically feel like reading at any given time, so unless I'm reading them for a book club or something I probably won't. Here's my list.

My Fiance's Favourite Book

My Mum's Favourite Author


Read It For Book Club

Fantasy I Actually Like


I Read It Before They Made The Movie!


Books I had To Read For School


And Of Course a Bunch of Shakespeare

Do you like the classics? Can you suggest any that would be good for a girl who mostly reads Urban Fantasy? Thanks, that would be great!

If you made a Top Ten post this week, share the link below and I'll check it out! 💗

Review: Wolf Girl by Leia Stone; aka Werewolf Bachelor

Wolf Girl by Leia Stone
(Wolf Girl #1)
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

When my parents were banished from Wolf City before I was born, I thought there was no way I would ever live in a pack again. Cuffed, with my shifter magic bound, I was forced to go to school with witches in order to keep my true nature from coming out.

Then I met him.

Sawyer Hudson.

The Alpha's son was visiting Delphi Witches' College and spotted me. He took one look at me, and an hour later, I was being pulled out of school, taken into Wolf City and leaving my parents and everything I knew behind.

It's the Alpha's son's selection year, the year he must pick a mate, and every female aged 18-22 must be in attendance.

I've landed myself in the middle of Werewolf Bachelor, and just when I think I've got a handle on things, Sawyer releases my cuffs, unbinds my magic, and sees what I really am.

The problem is, I don't know what this creature is that I transform into. It's not an ordinary werewolf, that's for damn sure.

What the fuck? Twenty girls to date all year? What was this, Werewolf Bachelor?
(Don't mind the F-bombs lol.) I honestly wasn’t expecting to love werewolf bachelor this much - but wow! It was amazing. I mean, I thought it would be funny, and it was - the sarcasm is on point - but this book was so much more than that. It was emotional and fun and heart-pounding, and I just fell in love with the characters and this book and this world. Just wow. I need more!

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Down The TBR Hole #1

Is your TBR out of control? Because mine certainly is!

There are more books on my 'Want to Read' list than I will ever be able to physically read, and let's be real, I'm going to keep adding to that list forever. So I've decided to take a good look at that list to decide which books I'm actually going to read one day, and which books I can let go of. 

Down The TBR Hole is a meme I first discovered on Starlightbooktales and was created by Lost in a Story. The goal is to cleanse your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

The rules are simple:
  • Go to your Goodreads Want to Read shelf
  • Order by date added (starting with the oldest)
  • Take the first 5 (or 10) books
  • Read the synopsis and try to remember why you added it to the list
  • Decide whether to keep it or remove it.
So lets' take a trip down memory lane to the first books I added to Goodreads over 5 years ago and see if I still plan to read those books. Titles link to Goodreads.

Want to Read: 625 Books

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier

I love Juliet Marillier's books, though I haven't read one in years. I actually have this whole trilogy sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me and I don't know why on earth I haven't read them yet. I absolutely still want to read this series, and this book is on my must read list for this year. 

Verdict: Keep

Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

This is the 6th book in a series that absolutely I love, but I read it so long ago that I definitely need to do a re-read of the whole series. It's on my to-do list but I don't know when I'll get to it. Either way this book is on my shelf, and I love the series so much that I couldn't possibly cull this one.

Verdict: Keep
The Well of Shades by Juliet Marillier

Can you tell who my favourite author was in 2015? This is another book from an unfinished series. I'm very disappointed in myself. Realistically though, I didn't love this series as much as the Sevenwaters series. Even though this one is also sitting on my bookshelf, I'm gonna have to let it go for now. 

Verdict: Remove

The Caller by Juliet Marillier

Another one! *facepalm*
And again, another unfinished series. 
While I did enjoy this series, it was more young adult, and I'm less keen on YA these days. I'm 31 now and I tend to prefer Adult books with characters closer to my own age. For that reason, I'm going to let this one go.

Verdict: Remove

Twixt Firelight and Water by Juliet Marillier

This is actually a short story, which is part of the previously mentioned Sevenwaters series. I don't often read a lot of short stories, though I do appreciate them as part of a longer series. However, this one is actually part of an anthology, which I own (see below) so I'm going to remove this one from the list. 

Verdict: Remove

Prickle Moon by Juliet Marillier

Of course I own the anthology you guys! I was obviously obsessed with this author and own a copy of all her books, so yeah. Even though I've never actually read an entire short story anthology, I'm going to keep this for when I eventually get around to my re-read of the Sevenwaters series. 

Verdict: Keep

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

Finally a different author! I loved Tamora Pierce as a teenager, but with this one it ended up being so long between books that I had well and truly moved on from the series by the time this book came out. While I loved the original series (this is part of the spin-off series), and while I would totally re-read the original quartet, I just don't think I would ever get around to this one.

Verdict: Remove

Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb

I actually tried reading this book several years ago, but for some reason I just couldn't get into it. While I loved the first two trilogies set in this world (Assassin's Apprentice and Ship of Magic) this just didn't capture me. While I might come back to it eventually, I would rather read The Dragon Keeper, another series set in the same world. So I'm going to let this one go.

Verdict: Remove

The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody

Part of another unfinished series. I'm the worst. This was another case of a really good series where I waited too long between books and forgot what was happening. If you're looking for a YA Dystopian adventure with a telepathic cat then this is a great series, but for me, I just don't think I'll ever go back to it. 

Verdict: Remove

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Is anyone else still waiting for the third book in this series to be published? The Name of the Wind was a phenomenal book and I've had the sequel sitting on my shelf for I don't know how long. It's been about ten years and there is still no ETA on the third book, which is just a little bit devastating. Screw it, I'm holding out for that book!

Verdict: Keep

Want to read: 619 Books

Well out of ten books I've removed six! That is progress my friends. While I plan to do one of these posts about once a month, chances are I'll have added at least another 6 books to the ol' TBR by then. I blame bookstagram and my complete lack of self control, but hey, there's a reason I need to get this list under control. 

Let me know if you've read any of these books and if you think they are worth keeping or removing. Have I inspired you to get your own TBR under control? Let me know if you do a TBR cull too!

Until next time, happy reading!

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Thursday, 28 January 2021

The Shape of Stars Unknown by Sybil Le Pyrmont - Blog Tour and Giveaway

The Shape of Stars Unknown 
Sybil Le Pyrmont 
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
(The Aldarfall Saga, #1)
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

World domination is the least of their problems.

A STRANDED DEMIGOD. Lau of the House of Feofar, troubled and headstrong, screwed up. Royally. Now he lives out his days in exile on Earth – the very planet he once tried to exterminate.

A RUDDERLESS MORTAL WOMAN. Silver Laing leads the ordinary life of a white-collar worker. Lonely and desperately in search of purpose and new horizons, she gets more than she bargained for when she is offered a mysterious job.

A CATACLYSMIC PLAN BILLIONS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING. When a deadly visitor from Lau’s shrouded past threatens to lay the world in ashes, Silver and Lau must form an unlikely alliance against ancient and far superior forces.

An alliance with the potential to shake the very foundation of the Universe.

Shimmering new worlds?
Sizzling tension?
Secrets as old as time?
Splashes of humour?

If your answer to all of the above is ‘Hell, yeah!’ then The Shape of Stars Unknown is your guy. This first book in Sybil Le Pyrmont’s new urban fantasy adventure series, The Aldarfall Saga, will take you from Germany to Tibet, from Japan to Iceland and all the way to the other end of the Universe.

Goodreads / Amazon

Thanks to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for inviting me to join this blog tour! Keep scrolling for the giveaway and to read my review. 

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

My Top Ten New Favourite Authors I Read In 2020


Time for another Top Ten Tuesday: Brought to you by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

New-To-Me Authors I Fell In Love With In 2020

  Some of these are debut authors, while others I've been meaning to read for ages and I'm kicking myself for not picking up their books sooner! While I didn't read a lot of books last year, I did manage to read a high proportion of good books, so getting ten authors on this list was easy. I loved them all! Here they are in no particular order, with the books that got me hooked (and a link to my review).

  1. Shelby Mahurin - Serpent & Dove
  2. Luanne G. Smith - The Vine Witch
  3. Margaret Rogerson - Sorcery of Thorns
  4. Pippa Dacosta - Twilight Seeker
  5. Elise Kova - Air Awakens
  6. Jessica Thorne - Mageborn
  7. Katherine Arden - The Bear and the Nightingale
  8. Amelie Wen Zhao - Blood Heir
  9. Michael McClung - The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids
  10. Martha Wells - All Systems Red
And that's another Top Ten Tuesday! Do you like any of these authors too? Which new authors did you discover last year? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading! 💗

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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Most Anticipated 2020 Releases I Didn't Get To (Yet)

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday: Brought to you by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Books That Came Out Last Year That I Really Really Wanted To Read But Didn't Get To

There was a lot of books I wanted to read last year and didn't get around to. A lot a lot. So to narrow down the list I'll focus on the new releases that I was really excited for, but for one reason or another (stupid 2020) I haven't read yet. These will definitely be higher priority for me to read this year.

Number One

and the rest are in no particular order...

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Review: The Conjurer by Luanne G. Smith

The Conjurer by Luanne G. Smith
(The Vine Witch #3)
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Sidra didn’t murder her husband. Yet even a jinni can’t wish away a wrongful imprisonment. Determined to prove her innocence, she returns to her adopted home—a French village renowned for its perfume witches—with her friends Elena and Yvette by her side. Here is where Sidra’s true destiny awaits, but danger also lurks in the village’s narrow lanes.

On her trail is Jamra, another jinni, who’s after more than revenge for the murder of his brother. He also seeks vengeance for the indignities inflicted on jinn by mortals over the centuries. When he learns of an ancient relic capable of unleashing chaos on the world, and that the weapon is in the hands of his murderous sister-in-law, he vows to destroy Sidra to get it.

Relying on a sisterhood of magic, a mysteriously faithful dog, and a second-rate sorcerer, Sidra defends herself using the village’s greatest asset: its perfume. It’s as beguiling a lure as it is a formidable shield. But is it enough for Sidra to protect herself and those she loves from powers yet to be released?

The series so far: 

I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love Smith’s writing style, it has an almost lyrical feel to it and it’s so smooth and lovely to read. I feel like it really fits the time period setting as well (early 20th century). The whole series has a fairytale quality to it as well that I love and I think this is my favourite of the trilogy. The story has some Romeo & Juliet themes, but is definitely it’s own unique story, with twists of fate, vengeful Jinnis, and three powerful women brought together by circumstance and magic. If you’ve read the others in the series, this is Sidra’s story, but of course features Elena and Yvette as well. Sidra is a great character, forced to confront the love and heartbreak of her past. The three women are so different, and it was great getting to know them all throughout this series.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Book Blitz: Witch Unexpected by Debbie Cassidy

Witch Unexpected by Debbie Cassidy
(The Thirteenth Sign #1)
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy

An ancient war, a tenuous truce, a delicate balance.

Sounds ominous right?

It is.

The tri-pack collective has existed for centuries—three dire wolf packs bound to the most powerful coven in the world through a single witch born under the thirteenth sign of the zodiac.

Through this covenant they keep an ancient threat unlike any other at bay.

At the next blood moon, I’ll be that witch—bound to the three leaders of the dire wolf packs. Responsible for keeping the peace.

That is If I make it to the blood moon alive, because someone is trying to kill me.

Now the hot-headed wolves are going to have to work together to make sure our inventive little murderer doesn’t succeed.

And me?

Well, I don’t take kindly to being targeted, so whoever’s gunning for me better watch out, because they just became the hunted.

An Urban Fantasy Romance filled with witches, shifters, warlocks, Gargoyles, Ghosts and Vampires.

Goodreads / Amazon / Kindle Unlimited

Monday, 4 January 2021

First Post of 2021: Reading Goals and Challenges

 So 2020 was a write-off, let's move on

While I had planned to do a quick re-cap of my goals from last year, I didn't finish any of them? So we'll pass on that, and go straight to my new reading goals for this year! If you would like to know about my last year's reading, here's my Year in Books, or check out my Review Index for the blog. 

Goodreads Reading Challenge

Every year I set myself a goal for the number of books I want to read. Last year I read 39 books, which was below my goal, it was a stressful year, but I think I can manage 50, so that's my goal for 2021. What's your goal for the year? 

A Book Buying Ban

Yep, I have zero willpower and I bought too many books last year that I haven't read, leaving me with a ridonkulous TBR pile, both physical and on my Kindle. So I'm going to try and enforce a book-buying ban on myself. I did cheat slightly by getting a 6-month Kindle Unlimited subscription while it was on sale before Christmas, so I'm hoping that will help with my distractible reading habits. Other than that I'm trying to focus on reading books I already have, or have been on my TBR forever, which brings me to my next goal;

TBR Cull posts every month

I'm planning to start a new thing where I go through my 'Want to Read' list on Goodreads, which is currently over 600 books, see what's there, and see what I can cut. I'm going to be ruthless and get rid of all those books that I'll probably never read, so that I can focus on the ones that I really do want to read. 

Beat the Backlist Challenge