Looking for Indie Recs

Looking for Indie Recs

As a book blogger, I’m obviously very lucky to get offered indie books to review every now and then. I’m super picky about which I accept though, as I only have so much time. I’m also on the judging panel of the BBNYA awards this year, which has given me the opportunity to read even more indie books.

When it comes to those I accept to review, I seem to have a lot of good luck. These indies books are great and I can happily scream about them.

Yet when I go to buy indie books that I’ve seen online that I’m interested in…I keep DNFing them. I don’t know why this is. It’s not like I’m not ordering books that don’t interest me. But when I actually get to them, they aren’t working.

Examples of this are The Lost Mage by Ben Alderson, Awakening Shadows by Sydney Hawthorn and The Nichan Smile by C.J Merwild.

They’re all fantasy books with intriguing plots, they seem like they’ll all have plenty of romance and I was so excited to read them. Something about the writing in all of them just hasn’t worked. Some of them I’ve not gotten along with the switching perspectives, though I can read fantasy with multiple perspectives, these just have felt too quick.

So I thought, why not ask for your guys help?

I’m looking for fantasy with a lot of adventure and romance. I want plenty of banter, strong relationships and a lot of fun. Action is good too, but I’m very much a character and relationship-focused reader. Most probably YA or NA, but I’ll take adult. I want plenty of romance, but I’d prefer books with a single perspective. Preferably a woman’s perspective, unless it’s queer. Then I’m fine with a male perspective. I’ll read other things too, but this is just what I’m after at the moment.

Any recommendations?

Non-Fiction Books I Want to Read

Non-Fiction Books I Want to Read

You don’t really see me talking about non-fiction very often because I don’t tend to read it. That’s not because there’s none that interests me. There most definitely is! I adore history and I want to read more on it. There are even a couple of history books that I own, but I struggle to focus on it. I don’t want to be sitting and reading about facts like I do fiction, it just doesn’t work. So the history books I’ve bought just aren’t getting read and I want to change that.

I need to somehow find a way that I can sit and read them. It might be that I need to just read a little bit at a time along side my fiction. It would be very little, not even full chapters, but I really want to do it. I want to learn more history and watching documentaries just isn’t enough. So today I’m going to list the books I own, why and what I’m hoping to learn! There might not be much on some of them, but maybe you’ll be interested too!

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Book Review: Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Book Review: Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

I’ve never read Jane Eyre before, but the moment I stumbled across Within These Wicked Walls, I knew I had to read it. This is a YA historical fantasy retelling of the famous novel set in Ethiopia. It’s fascinating, atmospheric and everything that I could hope for. But even I noticed that aside from a name and a fire, there wasn’t very much of Jane Eyre in it.

Within These Wicked Walls follows Andromeda, a debtera – or exorcist – who creates amulets to rid people of the Evil Eye. Her mentor had kicked her out so now she’s on the look for a patron, and Magnus Rochester is the only one who’s offering. His house is cursed and more dangerous than she expected, but as they slowly fall in love, she knows she would do anything to free him.

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Book Review: Way of the Argosi by Sebastien De Castell

Book Review: Way of the Argosi by Sebastien De Castell

It’s rare for me to review a book on here that I bought for myself. But I have a reason for posting a review for this one…that being that I’m on an Instagram tour for the second book! I’m very excited to get my copy and give it a read, and so I finally got my ass into gear and read this one! It had been in a few TBR piles, but when I had to cut the pile down for various reasons…it kept being the book I removed.

So this is the first book in a prequel duology to De Castell’s Spellslinger series. It follows Ferius, the Argosi mentor from the original books as a child, as she finds her way. Her goal is to hunt down and kill the mages who killed her family, but on her journey, she meets an Argosi wanderer called Durrall, who tries to teach her their ways.

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Book Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Book Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Way back when I was in high school, I tried reading Eragon and DNFed after a few pages. I didn’t enjoy it and didn’t think of it again. I assumed it was the way Paolini wrote and that I wouldn’t like any of his further work. Yet when To Sleep in a Sea of Stars came out last year in hardback, I was intrigued. This was a first contact adult sci-fi. It sounded completely different to his other work, and it was getting such good reviews.

I planned on giving it a chance from the moment I first heard of it, but it’s taken until now for me to actually get around to it. I was lucky enough to be sent a free paperback copy with a very cute pin in return for a review from Black Crow PR. I’m so glad I requested it as I can finally say that I read it and I enjoyed it. I’m in a bit of a reading slump, so with the size of it…it was a bit of a slog. But I still enjoyed every second.

The book follows Kira, a xenobiologist who accidentally stumbles upon an alien xenome. As she learns how to live with and control the alien, she also learns that a war has begun, and even worse, that she’s the only one who can save the world.

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Book Review: As If On Cue by Marisa Kanter

Book Review: As If On Cue by Marisa Kanter

Contemporary and romance are what I’m in the mood for right now. I’ve had this on my NetGalley shelf for a while. And I loved the first book I read by Marisa Kanter, so I’ve been looking forward to this one.

As If on Cue follows Natalie, who wrote a play with her best friend, Henry. With the arts budget depleted, they hoped that by putting on their own play, they would be allowed. But when the school says no at first, Natalie and her friends decide to do something about it. They want the money that has been given to the band, and her childhood rival Reid is part of that group. They’re forced to work together and turn her play into a musical, and that’s when things get chaotic.

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Spotlight Post: Evolving Elizah: Initiatum by C.J Hall

Spotlight Post: Evolving Elizah: Initiatum by C.J Hall

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner. 

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

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Romance Releases I’m Excited for This Autumn/Winter

Romance Releases I’m Excited for This Autumn/Winter

While other people are getting ready for the spooky season, I’ve already been reading a lot of thrillers. So I’m kind of in the mood to read more chick-lit and romance. I’m sure there will be plenty of new chick-lit out, but the majority of the books I’ve found for this post are romance novels. I’m always in the mood for a fun romantic story, no matter the time of year.

So these are books I’m excited about.

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Book Review: Judgement Day by Josie Jaffrey

Book Review: Judgement Day by Josie Jaffrey

I don’t talk about sequels very often on here unless I’m reviewing an ARC. But since this is a self-published book that I did review the first book for? I really wanted to get a review up for this one.

Judgement day is an adult urban fantasy with thriller/mystery vibes.

We follow Jack Valentine, a Silver, who works with a police-like force to protect humans from finding out about the Silvers. In this one, a human woman is found dead in a library. The smell of Silver on her brings the force in. Jack has more than enough on her plate already with probation and trying to figure out how to tell her girlfriend she loves her. But this case turns out to be a lot more than she expected.

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Book Review: A Hunter’s Moon by Danny Weston

Book Review: A Hunter’s Moon by Danny Weston

Every now and then, I get offered a book that I just can’t say no to. When I was contacted about a dark and creepy book where the main character is hunting a fae creature? Yeah, I had to have it. Thanks very much to Graeme for getting in contact and getting a copy in my hands.

Callum is Apprentice to Fraser McCloud, a man who likes to boast about his shooting skills. When the pair are hired to hunt a wolf that the locals claim is a Cù Sith, he doesn’t know if it’s safe. He can’t leave, and things will get worse before they get better.

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