I knew pretty much straight off that this book was going to be right up my alley. And I was oh so right. I have to give a big thanks to Kate Keehan and the kind folks at Hodder and Stoughton for giving me the chance to read one of the few physical ARCs they had. I was oh so excited to read it in the post, and I devoured this book.
The story follows Kiva, a teenage girl who lives and works in the continent’s prison as a healer. Her family was accused of committing treason when she was young, and she was taken into prison with her father. Years have passed, now two intriguing prisoners have arrived close in time. A boy who seems to want to get to know her and the rumoured Rebel Queen. Kiva receives a note from her family telling her to protect the Queen, and they’re coming to collect her. But to keep her alive, Kiva will have to take part in her Trial by Ordeal instead.
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Sometimes you just want to dive into a fun shoujo manga. And that was why I was so excited to read this manga. It wasn’t one I’d heard of before. I hadn’t even heard of the manga-ka before, but the art looked nice, and the plot sounded fun.
Midori is a teenage girl whose family situation means that she has to take on a part-time job in a café bar. But working part-time is against the school rules, and she could lose her scholarship. The school chairman gives her an out though, if she can get three boys to come back to school, then she’ll keep her scholarship and be given a new school-approved job. What she doesn’t know is that even if she manages that? She still has a lot more work to do to keep them in line.
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I’m gonna start this review by saying how amazing is this cover? Honestly, knew I wanted to read this book from when I first saw the cover. The moment I saw it on NetGalley, I requested it without a second thought. I knew this was going to be a dark and queer adult fantasy, and that’s most definitely what I got.
In this book, we follow Touraine, a soldier pulled from her family at a young age to join a Colonial army. And Luca, a princess who is trying to overcome a rebellion in the hope of sitting on the throne. This is very much a military fantasy, so if you like your politics blended with war, then this could definitely be the book for you.
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Does anyone else see the name Junko and just think of Dangranronpa? It can’t just be me, surely. But this is a newly translated series by the manga-ka of Kiss Him, Not Me a series that the very idea of makes me cringe. But this one just sounded so fun that I had to check it out. I recieved a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Azusa is a massive fan of idol group Prince 4 U, especially Chika-kun. When she goes to their latest concert, she manages to get front row seats. But an accident happens, and without thinking, she tries to save her idol. Unfortunately, they both end up dead. Cue God coming up to them and telling them this was a mistake so they can return to life. Only, something else goes wrong and they wound up in each other’s bodies.
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Talia Hibbert is an author whose romance novels I’ve really been enjoying. They’re diverse, fun and the couples tend to be pretty cute. I have gone into them knowing they’re smutty. But even if that’s not something I’m a huge fan of in fiction, I’ve still been really enjoying them. I was lucky enough to get a copy of Act Your Age, Eve Brown through NetGalley, and I think it was my favourite of the series.
Eve is the youngest of the Brown sisters. She’s hopped from career to career, and after a recent mistake with doves, she’s been told she needs to hold down a job for a year. Luckily for her, she stumbles upon a chef’s role up in the Lake District. The B&B owner, Jacob, however, doesn’t take a liking to her. But he doesn’t have much choice other than to take her on.
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This was a book that I’d never heard of, but when I saw it in an email, I was intrigued. I love books about sibling relationships, so a book about a woman discovering one should have been fun.
Instead, I feel pretty meh about it.
I was granted a free e-book copy of this through One More Chapter and Netgalley, and it was in return for an honest review.
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Winter’s Orbit is a book that I’ve been so hyped for since I first heard about it. An adult queer sci-fi that just looks pretty character-driven and a lot of fun? I seriously needed it then and there. The moment I had an opportunity to sign up for a blog tour, I was right on it. I just had to get my hands on this book, and I’m so damn glad I did. This a fantasy novel by a British author and, honestly, I’m here to be promoting fellow Brits. As I don’t think I read enough genre books by British authors.
Thanks again to Compulsive Readers and Orbit for letting me take part in this tour!
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Have you ever seen a book cover and title that’s more me?
Have you ever seen a book cover and title that’s more me?
I’m someone who has been into anime and manga for years, including magical girls. I’m totally in love with Harajuku fashion; especially lolita and if you couldn’t tell from my review of Cute Mutants volume 1, I’m clearly after more queer YA where the characters have powers.
This book was clearly made for me, and I’m so damn excited that I managed to get an e-arc from the author to review. I read this book in a single night as I couldn’t put it down.
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If you’re looking for a fun enemies to lovers romance that will teach you some things, then do I have the book for you!
In many ways Shipped is very much your typical chick-lit novel but one that slips into the romance genre. Our heroine is Henley, a woman who has been working her way up through the marketing department of an adventure cruise line. When a new role is created, she’s one of two names up for the promotion. The only problem is that the other is Graeme, her incredibly attractive work nemesis. To give the both of them the chance to prove what they could do as digital marketing manager, they’re sent on a cruise to the Galapagos to see what they can come up with to help promote that area. Only, things are never as simple as we’d like them to be and being in such close quarters with Graeme on this trip may mean that Henley learns to like him a lot more than expected.
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I’m really starting to enjoy YA thrillers and knowing C.L. Taylor also writes adult thrillers, I was eager to check this one out. I was granted the audio book through NetGalley and I started listening to it pretty much straight away.
The Island follows six teenagers on a group holiday together. During the trip, they wind up on a survival trip on an island with a guide. But when that guide has a stroke, they find out they are stranded on the island and soon all their phobias are being thrown at them. The book is narrated by Jessie and Danny. Jessie lost her brother a while ago and this the first group holiday since and Danny is worried that his girlfriend, Honour wants to move on from him.
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