Book Review: The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall

Book Review: The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall

I’ve only been introduced to Katy Birchall’s chick-lit this year through her first book, The Secret Bridesmaid. I picked it up in the Works one day and enjoyed it so much. As soon as I saw she had a new book on NetGalley, I immediately hit request. Having finished the book, I’m so glad I did. This book was definitely emotional in places but was so much fun, and I’d recommend it to all. Especially when I’m talking about what I think chick-lit is now.

Freya is getting married, and her wedding should be the first of eight she needs to attend that year. Until her fiance, Matthew dumps her the day before the wedding. In a broom cupboard. Freya’s heart is broken, and she doesn’t know how she’s going to handle attending all her friends’ weddings. Until her best friends, Ruby and Leo, suggest she completes a Wedding Survival Guide. At each wedding she attends, she’ll have to complete a task that will put her out of her comfort zone but be fun. The challenges may wind up getting her in more trouble than she expects, but they also allow her to learn a lot about herself and find new love.

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Blog Tour: Set On You by Amy Lea

Blog Tour: Set On You by Amy Lea

I really love a good book that focuses on influencers or social media. I especially love it when the book is a romance or a chick-lit. Social media is such a big part of our lives now, and as a bookish content creator, I have at least some understanding of all the work that goes into these accounts. Set on You was no different. I was very kindly contacted by the team at Spark Point Studio at the end of last year asking if I’d like to review this book, and I’ve finally gotten around to it. I’m also participating in the UK book tour for this, so you can tell I’m very excited.

Crystal Chen is a fitness influencer who promotes body positivity and the fact you can love fitness without wanting to become skinny. During one of her regular sessions, she meets Scott, the annoyingly attractive firefighter who likes to steal her favourite squat rack. When it turns out that their grandparents are engaged, however, Crystal realises that she’s going to be spending a lot more time with Scott, and soon they wind up falling into friendship followed by something more. But just as things seem perfect, the reactions of many to a photo posted of them together on Instagram could tear everything apart.

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Blog Tour: One Good Thing by Alexandra Potter

Blog Tour: One Good Thing by Alexandra Potter

A few years ago, I got into Alexandra Potter for a bit. I read a lot of her backlist and enjoyed them. And then I reached a point where I wasn’t being drawn to her books anymore. That changed when I read the summary of One Good Thing. Which, I won’t lie, I was surprised as this is a chick-lit novel that reads a lot older than I usually prefer and utilises multiple perspectives. And yet, I really enjoyed it. It was what I hoped it would be. I was lucky to get an early e-book copy to read of this through Random Things Tours, so thanks so much to Anne!

One Good Thing mostly follows Liv, a forty-something woman who has just gotten divorced from her cheating husband and decides she wants a fresh start in Yorkshire. Her new house becomes a building site – literally – and Liv realises that she has to find herself before she can really move on. By finding good things, from a dog to new friends and even helping out her neighbours, she finds joy again.

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Blog Tour – Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Blog Tour – Sistersong by Lucy Holland

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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Critical Role Campaign 3 Book Tag

Critical Role Campaign 3 Book Tag

I’m back today with another book tag! I actually quite like coming up with these, and it’s fun to see other people do them. So I thought I’d pull another one together for a break between the many reviews I’m posting!

I’ve talked about roleplay a few times before, but DnD and tabletop gaming isn’t something I’ve tried yet. But I enjoyed the podcast Spellcheck DnD enough that I’ve tried checking out some other groups playing it. Critical Role is one of the biggest of these fandoms, if not the biggest. I’d always struggled to get into their games in the past until I got to campaign 3 and Bells Hells. Something about this group and their story has grabbed me, and now I’m more than a little obsessed.

With today’s tag, I’m going to be listing all the members so far of the chaotic Hells Bells and giving you prompts relating to them!

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Book Review: Misrule by Heather Walter

Book Review: Misrule by Heather Walter

I’m obviously a big fan of fairytale retellings, and I also read a lot of queer books. Both of those things meant that I was going to read Malice by Heather Walter when it came out last year. It was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, so I thought I’d see if I could get an early copy of the sequel to read… And I did! Thanks so much to the team at Del Rey for both the ARC and finished copies of this book. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great ending to a fascinating duology.

Malice followed Alyce and Aurora as they tried to break Aurora’s curse. But though true love’s kiss saved Aurora once, she was put back into a magical sleep. Anyone would be able to kiss her awake, apart from Alyce. 100 years have passed, and the Briar Kingdom is now home to Alyce’s Dark Court. Over the years, she has been destroying the fae courts for her people whilst secretly trying to find a way to remove the curse from the woman she loves. Alyce would do anything for Aurora, but when she finally awakens, will she be able to love the villain Alyce has become?

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Blog Tour: With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Blog Tour: With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher

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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Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

It’s one of the best experiences in the world to get the opportunity to read one of your most anticipated books. The Stardust Thief is the debut novel by Chelsea Abdullah that comes out this May. It’s a One Thousand and One Nights retelling by a Kuwaiti author, and it’s one that sounded like so much fun. I was right to assume that.

I was so lucky to have been an early copy of this book from Nazia at Orbit. I can’t wait for my signed edition from Waterstones to arrive, but at least for now, I have this edition to read and hug.

Loulie al-Nazari is known as the Midnight Merchant. With her djinn partner and artefacts, the pair are known for tracking down magical objects and selling them on. After she saves the coward younger prince, the Sultan sends her on a mission with the older prince to find a particular magical lamp. Loulie doesn’t want to work with djinn killers, but she has no choice otherwise, and soon she finds out that she’s been dragged into something even more dangerous than she’d realised.

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Book Review: Hide by Kiersten White

Book Review: Hide by Kiersten White

We all have those authors whose books always sound so good, yet every single one you pick up, you just cannot get into them. That author was, for me, Kiersten White. Until I picked up Hide. It turns out that what I was looking for from her was an adult horror thriller, and I’m so glad that I got an early copy of this book. Thanks so much to Del Rey for sending me a physical proof of this book after I mentioned wanting it on Twitter!

Hide is White’s debut adult novel, and it follows a young woman called Mack, who has been invited to enter a competition of hide and seek. All she and the thirteen other competitors have to do is hide in an abandoned amusement park for a week and ensure they do not get caught. The winner will get enough money to change their life. But as the days pass and the competitors start turning up dead, the remaining group realise that they have to stick together if they want to survive.

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Blog Tour: Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto

Blog Tour: Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto

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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