Tuesday, 11 August 2020

TTT: Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

It's time for another Top Ten Tuesday: Brought to you by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

5 Star Books I Haven't Reviewed ..... Yet

Well, considering I started this blog less than a year ago, I could pick SO MANY books for this list. I haven't even done a 'Favourites' page, which I plan to do, at some point. For today, I'll stick with my 5 star reviews that I plan to re-read in the not-too-distant future, at which point I will write proper reviews for all of them. [Titles link to Goodreads]


Monday, 10 August 2020

ARC Review - Shadow in the Empire of Light

Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

A magical novel of intrigue, mystery and family drama from the award-winning author of Aramaya and Fire Angels!

Shine’s life is usually dull: an orphan without magic in a family of powerful mages, she’s left to run the family estate with only an eccentric aunt and telepathic cat for company.

But when the family descend on the house for the annual Fertility Festival, Shine is plunged into intrigue; stolen letters, a fugitive spy and family drama mix with an unexpected murder, and Shine is forced to decide both her loyalties and future...

Thank you to NetGalley and Rebellion Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

This book has a telepathic cat therefore it is awesome - ‘nuff said!

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OK just kidding here’s my review:

Overall Thoughts

I enjoyed this book but it definitely didn’t blow me away. It was slow to start as we’re getting to know all the characters, but it picked up about halfway and the plot ended up being quite fun. There’s a lot of family members who all have amazing light-themed names like Illuminant, Sparklea, and Splendance. I found myself referring to the family tree at the beginning of the book pretty often. The family drama gets pretty ridiculous, but there are some interesting side characters that I enjoyed.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

July Update/NEWTS TBR

I haven't done an update post since April... partly because I haven't been reading as much as I would like to each month, but also just life getting me down. I'm hoping to try and make these posts more regularly, so here goes;

July Wrap-up: 
I (barely) read 3 books in July, Shadow and Bone, Four Shifters and a Stranger (which is 3 chapters) and Shadow in the Empire of Light (which I'm just over halfway through). Reviews coming soon. Moving right along,


TTT: Books With Colours in the Title

It's time for another Top Ten Tuesday: Brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you're participating this week let me know in the comments, I would love to hear what you picked for this week.

I thought this topic would be super easy, but when I looked on my shelf there was actually only a couple of books with colours in the title. So I ended up searching through my books on Goodreads, and here is what I found:

Books I've read and really like:

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Book Blitz: The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana

The Hollow Gods by A. J. Vrana
(The Chaos Cycle Series #1)
Publication date: July 28th 2020
Published by: Parliament House Press
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Magical Realism, New Adult

Isolated in the forests of Western Canada, Black Hollow is a town with a dark secret. For centuries, residents have foretold the return of the Dreamwalker—an ominous figure from local folklore said to lure young women into the woods with the help of wolves, and possess them. Yet the boundary between fact and fable is blurred by a troubling statistic: every now and again, women do go missing. And after they return, they almost always end up dead. 
When Kai wakes up next to the body of a recently missing girl, his memory blank, he struggles to clear his already threadbare conscience. Miya, a floundering university student, experiences signs that she may be the Dreamwalker’s next victim and finds herself caught between a supernatural kidnapping and a senseless murder. And after the death of a young patient, crestfallen oncologist Mason embarks on a quest to debunk the town’s superstitions, only to find his sanity tested.
Yet a maelstrom of ancient grudges, forgotten traumas, and deadly secrets loom in the foggy forests of Black Hollow. Can three unlikely heroes put aside their fears, and unite to confront a centuries old evil? Will they uncover the truth behind the fable, or will the cycle repeat?

I can't wait to read this book, it sounds so good! It is definitely next on my list, and after reading the first chapter (see below) I have to say I'm intrigued. Scroll down to read an excerpt and enter the giveaway for a poster!

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

TTT: My Overdue/Upcoming ARC's

It's time for another Top Ten Tuesday: Brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you're participating this week let me know in the comments, I would love to hear what you picked for this weeks TTT, especially since it is a freebie!

                           My Overdue/Upcoming ARCs

This week's TTT is a freebie, woo! So I decided to post the ARCs I have received and have yet to read/review. This is sort of an effort to keep myself accountable, and encourage myself to bump these beauties up my TBR. I may have somewhat over-committed myself with ARCs, as I haven't been reading as much as I would like recently. I will get to them all eventually though, and I'll post my reviews as I read them. [For the non-bloggers out there, ARC = Advanced Review Copy - a free book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review] 
So here they are (covers link to Goodreads):

Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley:
Release day: 4th August 2020

I am currently reading this one and it's really different. The MC is a 'mundane' in a family of noble mages. The matriarchal society is really interesting and different, and so far (I'm only 6 chapters in) it deals with sexism, race, homophobia, and just a whole bunch of family drama. Also a telepathic cat! 😍 I'll hopefully have my review posted prior to release day. Please come and kick me if I don't!

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Mini Review: Tales From the Front by Elise Kova

Tales From the Front by Elise Kova
(Air Awakens 2.5)
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

This little bonus is a freebie which you can get by signing up for the author's mailing list. You can't actually buy it anywhere.

It contains 12 short stories, or rather scenes, told from different perspectives. It is recommended to read it between books 2 and 3 in the series. 

If you haven't started this series then check out Air Awakens, followed by Fire Falling.

As the author explains in the beginning, this little freebie is to make up for the literal cliffhanger ending in book 2. It kind of overlaps the end of book 2 with the beginning of book 3. It doesn’t really reveal too much though, and it is written from multiple different points of view, instead of Vhalla’s. I liked that we got to see these little insights into some of the other characters, like Baldair and Fritz, as well as meeting some new characters too.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Book Blitz: Fireborne by McKenzie Hunter

by McKenzie Hunter
(Raven Cursed #1)
Publication date: November 1st 2019
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

My magic isn’t just a curse – it’s an addiction. I crave it the way some people crave chocolate. But, chocolate doesn’t kill – my magic does.
I’m Raven Cursed. When I borrow magic from someone, they die. That’s always been the case—until I met my client, the devilishly handsome and enigmatic Mephisto. He has his own brand of unique magic and a mysterious past he’s determined to keep to himself.
He knows that I’m the one to call anytime a curse goes wrong, a magical object is lost, or a rogue
supernatural needs apprehending. So he offers a trade. He’ll give me his magic, and in return, I accept a job from him.
It seems like a simple deal until all hell breaks loose. We have to team up to stop a god from unleashing destruction upon the city. It leaves me to wonder: can I battle a god with the devil at my back?

Goodreads / Amazon

Scroll down to read an excerpt and enter the giveaway!

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Fire Falling by Elise Kova

Fire Falling by Elise Kova
(Air Awakens #2)
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

Check out my review for book 1: Air Awakens.

     I have to say I am loving this series. It captures my attention so well, and I'm really enjoying it. If you like historical fantasy with a good focus on the magic and especially the characters then you should definitely give this one a go! The character development is just really good, and the world-building is fantastic as well. The relationships develop so beautifully as well, between all the characters.

     Did you think they were going to war in this book? Think again! They have to get there first. Most of this book is the journey to the Northern front, which normally I might find really boring. But I was not bored for a second in this book! There is so much emotion! How does she do that? She so easily shows us into the mind of a young girl broken by the world, confused by her feelings, figuring out her place in the world, and getting to know her own power.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
(Winternight Trilogy #1)
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Then she must have a husband," said Dunya simply. "The sooner the better. Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, the bird-prince and the wicked sorcerer - they only come for the wild maiden"

I adored this book! There are so many things about it that I loved. It’s so different from the books I’ve been reading lately. I don’t know where to start.

The Russian folklore - all the little fairy folk who live in the house and the Winter King - I love this! I never knew anything about Russian folktales before and now I’m really keen to go and read some actual Russian fairy tales to see what this is based on. I don’t know how accurate they are, but it’s a fantasy novel so who cares? The author can write whatever she wants. It did remind me quite a bit of books by Juliet Marillier and Naomi Novik, but the story is very unique.