Tuesday, 1 December 2020

TTT: Books I Want to Read Again

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

I'm actually really excited for this weeks' Top Ten Tuesday post, because I have a list of books, well series really, that I have been planning to re-read but I haven't found the time. I know some people never read the same book twice, but I have lots of reasons for wanting to re-read books. 

1. Because I LOVED it so much!
2. I was reading a series, but there was a break between books and now I don't remember what happened. 
3. I couldn't bring myself to read the last book in a series because I didn't want it to end! 
4. I read the first book, and then got distracted, but I still want to read the series. 

So, there's loads of reasons, and these are just a few. Here is my list of up-coming re-reads in no particular order. Yep, I'm definitely going to bump these up my list! 
(Covers link to Goodreads)

Monday, 30 November 2020

Blog Update: November 2020

This is just a quick update to let you all know where I've been, and what I've been up to. I haven't posted in quite some time, and that's because I was participating in NaNoWriMo!

If you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo before, it's a writing challenge, where the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. I haven't been blogging for the last month, because I was focussed on writing instead. I didn't actually meet the goal of 50k words, which is a lot for only 30 days, but I wrote over 30,000 words, so I'm pretty proud of myself regardless.

If you are interested in writing novels, you should definitely check out NaNo. There's a great community online, and some really great novels have come out of the challenge in the past. Check it out here

I have still been reading of course! And I have a few reviews to catch-up on, so I'll be posting those over the next few weeks. Here are the books I've been reading and will be reviewing soon: [Covers link to Goodreads]


There's a few new releases coming out in December that I'm super excited for! I just realised they are all about wolf shifters, and I can't wait to get my hands on them!


That's all from me today. I'll be posting again soon with those reviews. If you want to keep up to date, you can follow me on Instagram @iwishiownedabookstore or Goodreads. Happy reading 💗

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

TTT: Super Long Book Titles

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

Super Duper Extra Long Book Titles

These are all books on my Goodreads shelves that have 6 or more words in the titles. 6 is pretty long right? Well I managed to find 10 of them anyway. Let's go!
*Book title links are Amazon affiliate links. 

And the award for Longest Series Title Ever goes to:

(How to Be the Best Damn Faery Godmother in the World (or Die Trying) #1)
by Helen Harper
I haven't read this one yet, but I have read a couple other series by Helen Harper, (currently reading Infernal Enchantment) and I really like her writing. If you like funny books check out Slouch Witch! It's hilarious!

by Michael McClung
I read this in September for the Self-Published Fantasy Month Readalong, and it was so good! I'll be posting my review for this one soon.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

ARC Review - Darkness Unknown by S. A. Fenech

Darkness Unknown by S. A. Fenech
(Beshadowed #1)
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal. 

You have been lied to.
Werewolves, vampires, ghosts … they aren’t what you think.
After the death of her mother, Everly Boderleth has to go back to her spooky hometown, Shroudhaven, and she has a plan to get in and out as quick as possible.
Step one, clear out the family home and antique store. Step two, watch her childhood sweetheart die violently at the hands of a horrific creature.

Wait, what?

That wasn't part of the plan. But it was just a dream, wasn't it? As the evidence mounts that what she saw was real, a broken heart is the least of her problems. Everly thinks she's close to the truth, but nothing is as it seems.

What is really lurking in the dark?

Darkness Unknown is the first book in the Beshadowed series by S.A. Fenech. If you're looking for shifters with a twist, urban fantasy with a touch of horror, and a satisfying mystery, you'll love Beshadowed.

I received a free copy of this book from the author via Booksprout and this is my honest review.

I really enjoyed this new paranormal mystery with a fresh take on supernatural creatures. Featuring a spooky town full of creepy monsters, and a mysterious estate on the hill, which is definitely not full of vampires lol. If you’re looking for a fun, spooky read for Halloween - that’s not too scary - with plenty of supernatural mystery, then this is the perfect read!

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

TTT: Book Covers With Spring Vibes

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

It's Spring Time!

It's already getting warm and sunny again here in Aus, the days are getting longer, so here are some books (from my TBR) that remind me of the pretty colours of a spring sunset. 

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Book Review - Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper, a Magical Whodunnit

Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper
(Firebrand #1)
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery

A werewolf killer. A paranormal murder. How many times can Emma Bellamy cheat death?
I’m one placement away from becoming a fully fledged London detective. It’s bad enough that my last assignment before I qualify is with Supernatural Squad. But that’s nothing compared to what happens next.
Brutally murdered by an unknown assailant, I wake up twelve hours later in the morgue – and I’m very much alive. I don’t know how or why it happened. I don’t know who killed me. All I know is that they might try again.
Werewolves are disappearing right, left and centre.
A mysterious vampire seems intent on following me everywhere I go.
And I have to solve my own vicious killing. Preferably before death comes for me again.

Overall Thoughts

This book has all the elements that I like, but for some reason left me feeling a little underwhelmed. I’m not quite sure what it was, maybe it was the missing romance (though we have been promised a very slow-burn, once we get rid of the annoying boyfriend of course). Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood. I still liked it, and I think writing this review made me like it more, is that normal? The last series I read by this author was really funny, and this didn’t have the same vibe, being a murder mystery and all, but I’m really looking forward to finding out more about this new mystical world. 

Loads to enjoy:
  • An MC with the “unusual ability to un-die”
  • Mysterious vampire crime-solving companion.
  • Three seemingly unrelated but very fishy deaths. 
  • Werewolf and vampire and police politics.
  • Creative London setting. 
  • A crossbow wielding detective. Now that's what I'm talking 'bout!

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

TTT: Books on my Spring 2020 TBR

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

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

AKA: A long list of books, of which I'll probably read 5 before I get distracted by something new and shiny. Wish me luck!

New Releases I will attempt to make time for:

Midnight Kisses (Shifter Island Book 1) by Leia Stone and Raye Wagner (pre-ordered)

Infernal Enchantment (Firebrand Book 2) by Helen Harper (pre-ordered and I'll be posting my review of Book 1 Brimstone Bound in a couple days)

Monday, 14 September 2020

Book Review - Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao
(Blood Heir Trilogy #1)
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

Overall Thoughts

I enjoyed this book from the very beginning, which involves a hectic escape from prison with loads of blood, and gore and death, but in a really cool way! The MC, Ana’s memories are mixed into the first few chapters and throughout the book, which I really liked. I always loved the Anastasia myth, so I really enjoyed the elements of it in this story. The old timey Russian setting was fun as well. All the descriptions of snow and freezing rivers made me feel very cozy here in Australia. I love the characters in this, and the magic is really cool. It also deals with some pretty grim themes like prejudice and human trafficking. I have to say I’m a little disappointed that Ana didn’t just go nuts with her magic at the end and kill all the bad guys for an instant win, but I guess that would have been a bit too easy, and also bloody. I’m looking forward to some more bloodshed and twisty plots in the sequel! 

“I suppose we are all heroes in our own eyes, and monsters in the eyes of those who are different.”

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Book Tour - A Chip on Her Shoulder by R. J. Blain

A Chip on Her Shoulder by R. J. Blain
(Magical Romantic Comedies #11)
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

After a deal with loan sharks sours, Darlene’s brother is permanently transformed into a chipmunk. Not one to accept impossibility as a good excuse for failure, she’s determined to rescue her brother and secure revenge against those who’d poisoned him with grade-a transformatives.

If she wants to perform a miracle, she’ll need to join forces with a divine, but the man upstairs and his angels refuse to help.

None of the other so-called benevolent divines are willing to help her, either.

Running out of time and options, Darlene prepares to storm the gates of hell for her brother.

She never expected to fall in love with the Devil.

Warning: this novel contains a woman with a chip on her shoulder, humor, and one hell of a hero. Proceed with caution.

Thank you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for letting me join the tour and for providing me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Check out the other posts from the tour here.

Overall Thoughts

This book was not what I expected. I went into it thinking I was getting a typical Urban Fantasy with lots of action and magic and ass-kicking. It wasn’t. It was, as described, a magical romantic comedy. Unfortunately this meant that I took quite a while to get into it, and to get used to the writing style, which is also pretty different from my normal reads. I did end up warming up to the characters and enjoying it in the end. This is number 11 in the series, and since I haven’t read any of the others, I was worried about missing things, but I really didn’t. At times I felt like I may have been missing some world-building, but the characters and the story are pretty well self-contained. I thought it was a quirky take on angels and demons. Overall I had fun with the characters, especially because the MC Darlene is a snow-leopard shifter, which is my favourite animal! 

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

TTT: Books That Make Me Hungry

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

Books That Make Me Hungry

For this week I have a mixture of books with yummy food on the cover, as well as books that feature yummy food.