Though I’m not the biggest reader of historical fantasy, I adore books that take inspiration from myth and folklore. I’m also a history nerd who was fascinated to find a fantasy book set during the Saxon invasion. It’s not a period that you see many books set during, so I’ve been excited about this one for a while. I’ve been meaning to get to this book since it was released last year, so I was happy to get on the paperback tour with Black Crow PR.
As well as talking about the book in general, I will be talking about the use of folklore. I’m not hugely familiar with The Twa Sisters, as ballads aren’t my area of expertise, but I like how this one was retold. As well as that, we have hints of other tales from Cornwall and a nice mix of Celtic – and Norse – folktales. Some of these are seemingly original to the text, whilst others are connected with tales that we all know.
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I’m always looking for a chick-lit with a fantastical edge as it can be a lot of fun. As soon as I heard about this book, I knew that I had to give it a go. I’ve never read Carrie Hope Fletcher before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m glad I gave this book a chance. I’m posting this as part of the blog tour with HQ Stories. So thanks very much to the publishers for my free copy of this one.
With This Kiss follows Lorelai, who sees the future deaths of anyone she kisses. Her ability has always shocked her and has meant that she has been avoiding romance for a long time. It always seemed like the right choice for her until the day she met Grayson. Suddenly she finds herself wanting to kiss someone and having to decide whether getting close to someone is worth it when you know how they’re going to die.
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I’ve been actively trying to read more middle-grade, especially the sort I wouldn’t have picked up as a kid. I probably wouldn’t have picked up a copy of Dread Wood back then, but I was very intrigued by it now. In my experience, a lot of kids’ horror can be a lot creepier than anything geared at adults, so I was very excited. I was lucky enough to recieve an e-book copy of this book through Write Read Tours.
In this book, we follow a group of four Year 7 students: Angelo, Hallie, Naira and Gustav, as they have to deal with detention on a Saturday. After having their phones taken away, their teacher disappears, and the only staff they can find are the creepy caretakers who won’t stop humming Itsy Bitsy Spider. Something dark is going on in the school, and these four classmates have to be the ones to figure it out.
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Around this time last year, I saw Dial A For Aunties by Jessie Sutanto everywhere. The book sounded hilarious, so I bought a copy and gobbled it up in a single night. When I saw that HQ Digital were doing a tour for Four Aunties and Wedding, I got so excited. This was a book that I knew I was going to read and would have been happy to get on the tour for.
So here I am!
Four Aunties and a Wedding is set a year or so after the first book. Meddy and Nathan have been together for a while, and now they’re getting married. Meddy’s aunties have to get involved, so they introduce them to a family of wedding vendors who Meddy can’t help but find the perfect choice. The months pass, and soon they’re in Oxford preparing for the wedding, and things start to go wrong. This family they’ve hired are the mafia, and they want to use Meddy’s wedding to take someone out. In a panic, she tells her aunts, and they work together to save the day.
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So you might be thinking that this book doesn’t look like a typical read for me. And you’d be right. But it is the sort of book that appeals to me as it sounds hilarious, but for some reason, I don’t get to unless my sister buys it. Which she usually does, admittedly, but I’m slow at picking them up. However, when I saw that Black Crow PR was offering The Kaiju Preservation Society to reviewers, I couldn’t resist requesting. I was certain that I would love it, and I was right.
The Kaiju Preservation Society follows Jamie. After losing his job just before the pandemic, Jamie wound up a delivery driver for the company that fired him. One day he delivers to a guy he met in college called Tom. Tom offers him a mysterious job with KPS related to large animals, which is much better paid, but all he’d have to do is go away on a mission for six months and lift things. Only the animals that KPS look after are, in fact, Kaiju, and the job is on a different earth. Working on another planet, surrounded by monsters, is dangerous work, and Jamie is about to go on a wild ride.
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I’m here today with another book review as part of a blog tour! This time we have You’ll Be The Death Of Me, the latest YA mystery by bestseller Karen M. McManus. I’ve read and enjoyed the vast majority of her books, so I’m happy to be on The Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour for this one. Thank you so much to the team at The Write Reads for letting me take part in this tour, fun fact, I had already been granted the e-arc for this one when I signed up, but I couldn’t resist participating.
You’ll Be The Death of Me is inspired by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and it follows three old friends who randomly decide to skip school together only to stumble across the corpse of a murdered classmate.
I’d usually write a little more of a summary, but I don’t want to give anything away. Though this isn’t the most original mystery, it’s thoroughly enjoyable, and you’ll want to go in as blind as possible.
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I’m not exactly someone known for reading a lot of smutty romance, but when a book sounds this good. I can’t resist. I knew what I was in for when I picked this book up, and I was excited for it anyway. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this book thanks to the very lovely team at Black Crow PR and this tour has been put together by Random Things Tours. A big thank you to the both of them.
King of Battle and Blood is an adult fantasy romance. It follows a princess called Isolde, who when her country is entered by the vampire King, Adrian, agrees to be his wife for the sake of ending the upcoming war. She assumes she’ll fear him, but soon she’s more scared of how attracted she is to him and her growing understanding of the vampires than she is anything else.
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It’s not a secret that I adore chick-lit, so when I have the opportunity to be part of a tour for a great sounding new book. Thank you very much to Write Reads Tours for allowing me to read this book. I don’t read much American chick-lit, so it’s always nice to dive into some.
Maya was surprising her boyfriend on a trip when she gets a text from his Lift driver. He was cheating on her, and now her birthday is ruined. But the driver feels for her. So he organises her an itinerary for the perfect day at a nearby beach town. They spend the day texting, and Maya finds herself in love.
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I read Harrow Lake last year after hearing so many good things about it. I’d hoped for something creepy and intriguing, and I got that. I knew I’d be reading Kat Ellis again after that. And I’m glad to have gotten the opportunity to read her latest, Wicked Little Deeds (or Burden Falls in the US), for a Write Reads Tour.
Ava Thorn lost her parents a year ago and has been plagued with nightmares since. Her family is supposedly cursed by Dead-Eyed Sadie, and when someone she knows from school is murdered, Ava is the prime suspect. She can’t help but wonder if Sadie is the killer or if there’s a human murderer on the loose, but she knows that she has to find out who it was.
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You might not see much middle-grade on the blog, but I certainly read some. Fireborn Twelve and the Frozen Forest by Aisling Fowler is a book that I have been incredibly excited about. I’ve been lucky enough to get on the blog tour for it with Write Reads Tours.
Fireborn follows a young girl called Twelve who has been training within the Hunting Lodge to become a Hunter. She doesn’t get along with her fellow huntlings, but she knows she’s one of the best. So when the lodge’s walls are breached and one of the girls is taken, she knows she has to go track her down herself.
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