Book Review: The Undertaking Of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen

Book Review: The Undertaking Of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen

I’m sure a lot of people have seen this book around with it being a Fairyloot Adult pick. However, the book hasn’t actually been officially released yet. I was lucky enough to be sent an early copy of the standard paperback from Orbit, who is publishing it. With this being a highly anticipated release of mine, I was so excited to dive into this one. And it was definitely worth it.

Hart is a marshal who’s been alone for years, and Mercy is an undertaker who has single-handedly been keeping her family’s business afloat. The two hate each other, but after a particularly harsh argument, Hart finds himself penning a letter to an unknown person. When Mercy receives it, she’s confused by her anonymous pen pal, but she writes back, and they strike up a friendship. They don’t know their new friend is each other, but soon they wind up falling for each other.

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Book Review: A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Book Review: A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Boy, oh boy, was this one of my most anticipated books for the year. Seriously. I’ve been wanting to read Alexandra Rowland since I heard them speak on a world-building podcast, but I never quite got around to it. I kept an eye on their work, and when I saw A Taste of Gold and Iron, I knew it would be right up my street. This is a heavily political romantic fantasy novel akin to Winter’s Orbit, and it’s definitely worth reading. I received a proof thanks to Black Crow PR, something I’m still giddy over now, so thanks so much to the team there.

Prince Kadou is in trouble with his sister, the Queen. After causing an incident related to threats her lover made against him, Kadou has been pushed into the background. The only way he can earn his seat back in court is to solve the theft and counterfeiting scheme he was recently put in charge of. Joining him will be his new bodyguard, Evemer. But Evemer doesn’t like him, and things are difficult as Kadou tries to tackle both this operation and his mental health. The more time Kadou and Evemer spend together, the more they fall in love, and soon they would do anything to protect each other.

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Blog Tour: Time After Time by Louise Pentland

Blog Tour: Time After Time by Louise Pentland

I’ve read a few chick-lit novels in the past with time travel as a premise. It’s usually a lot of fun, and Time After Time sounded like no exception. I hadn’t read Louise Pentland before, so I was excited to try. I was lucky enough to get a proof of this from Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Tours. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this tour. I’m so glad I had a chance to read this early.

Tabby is stuck. Every day is the same, and though she happy’s about where she is in life most of the time…sometimes she wishes she could go back and start over. When she meets a free spirit called Bea, she gets a chance to see her life in a different light and wants to be more like her. Only it’s clear that when she’s with Bea…she’s been transported back to the 1980s. Torn between the past and her present, Tabby needs to figure out who she is and what she wants from life.

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Book Review: The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Book Review: The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

I was so lucky to be sent an early copy of this book. The team at Hodder and Stoughton were offering limited proofs to Welsh bookish content creators. I’m not Welsh, but I am very interested in the fae, and Celtic folktales and lore. Whilst we see a lot of Scottish-inspired fae stories, we don’t tend to see Welsh or Irish. I mentioned all this in my request email, and I was sent an early finished copy! So thank you so much to the publisher. I adored this book as much as I expected I would, and I have a lot that I’m going to go into.

I’m labelling this post a review, but I’m also going to take this chance to talk about the use of folklore and fae in this book. I want to dive into some of the legends that were mentioned and just talk about whether I’d heard of them or not and tell you a bit about them.

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Book Review: The Do-Over by Sharon M. Peterson

Book Review: The Do-Over by Sharon M. Peterson

I’ve been in a chick-lit and romance mood recently, so when I saw The Do-Over on Netgalley I thought…why not give this one a go? It sounded cute and like a fast read. I got exactly what I wanted from this book.

Perci was just dumped by her boyfriend on the radio. On New Year’s Eve. Spending the night with her best friend, it’s decided that she needs to try something different. This year she won’t date, she won’t try to please her mother, and she won’t attempt to lose weight, among other things. She’s not sure she can do it. Yet in an attempt to complete one of them, she lies to her family pretending that she’s dating her next-door neighbour. When he finds out, he agrees to play along. What could possibly go wrong?

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Book Review: This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede

Book Review: This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede

Hodder and Stoughton publish some seriously amazing YA fantasy. This Vicious Grace is no exception. I’ve been excited about this book for a while and I was lucky to get an e-arc from NetGalley. But I did wait until I got my Fairyloot edition to read it physically. I’m glad I did, as this was an amazing book I raced through, so I’m happy I have a beautiful copy.

This Vicious Grace follows Alessa, a young woman whose gift from the gods means that with the right partner, she can use their powers to defeat the evil coming. But she’s killed three possible partners so far. The people are starting to believe that the only way to save them could be to kill her. In response, Alessa hires a guy from the streets, Dante, to be her bodyguard. As she spends time with him, she begins to fall for him and realises that he might actually help her survive this all.

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Book Review: The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne

Book Review: The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne

It really is no secret that I adore fairytale retellings. I’m always seeking them out, and the recent trend of retellings from the villain’s perspective, like Malice or Little Thieves, has made me very happy. When I discovered The Book of Gothel, I knew it was another book I needed to read. Fortunately, Nazia from Orbit was kind enough to send me an early copy.

The Book of Gothel follows the story of Haelwise, a girl who, on the death of her mother, stumbles upon a hidden tower named Gothel. There she discovers she is magic and befriends a pregnant girl called Rika. This tower is both of their havens until something happens that sets Haelwise off on a journey to reveal secrets people would kill for.

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Book Review: A Little Bit Country by Brian D. Kennedy

Book Review: A Little Bit Country by Brian D. Kennedy

A cutesy queer YA romance is the perfect summer read for me, so what better way to greet the sun than with A Little Bit Country. This is Brian D. Kennedy’s debut novel and everything you could hope for. I was lucky enough to get a physical proof of this through the Harper360 newsletter, and I positively devoured it.

A Little Bit Country follows Emmett and Luke, two boys who couldn’t be more different. Emmett wants to be country music’s biggest gay superstar, and Luke has issues with the genre stemming from his family. When both wind up working at Wanda World, an amusement park owned and run by country sensation Wanda Jean, they wind up exploring their attraction. But as Luke’s family secrets come to light, they must work together to figure out what they need to do for the best.

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Blog Tour: Here For the Drama by Kate Bromley

Blog Tour: Here For the Drama by Kate Bromley

I’m here with another blog tour review. This time for Here For the Drama by Kate Bromley. When I received the email from Compulsive Readers about this book, it sounded so good, and I was eager to check it out. So thank you, Tracey, for allowing me to take part. I was expecting a romance but instead got a chick-lit that made me quite emotional, and I have to say that was a pleasant surprise.

Here For the Drama follows Winnie, PA to a famous playwright and an aspiring writer herself. When she should be sitting down to finish off her own play, her boss coerces her into joining her in London, where they’re putting on a production of one of her plays. Whilst there, she winds up running into Liam, Juliette’s nephew, on who she develops a massive crush. When Juliette forbids them from spending time together, they realise that sneaking around just makes it more exciting.

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Book Review: The Moment We Met by Camille Baker

Book Review: The Moment We Met by Camille Baker

I read Have We Met by Camille Baker last year as part of the Amazon First Reads program and thoroughly enjoyed my time reading. It was funny, emotional and also featured a non-binary character as one of the love interests. From the end of the book, it seemed very obvious that we were getting more books in this world. And The Moment We Met is the latest.

In this one, we follow Tiwanda, who after a dud of a 30th birthday, sees her’s life turning around, hopefully for the better. She quits her job, and applies for an entrepreneurial scheme, is gifted her late mother’s journal and is promised four possible soulmates by Met. Tiwanda isn’t interested in finding romance, but the app introduces her to new friends, romance and more.

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