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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Try A Chapter Tag

Try A Chapter Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! My last post like this was over a year ago now. I might try to do one of these every few months with a different challenge. It might help me weed out some of the books I’m no longer interested in, and it’s also just a lot of fun!

Today’s books were all picked for me by other people. I asked two family members and two friends to pick a book for me off owned TBR shelf on GoodReads. I didn’t know which books any of these guys would pick, and I was pleased when three of them picked out books that I’d owned for a while. The fourth book was a more recent purchase but is also the most anticipated release on this list. So it’s a good mix there.

Genre-wise…this list is all fantasy. I do own a lot of fantasy books, so this wasn’t a huge surprise. But it would have been nice to have a little something else on there. Especially when two of the books are very political fantasies involving marriages…yeah.

I will say that I mostly had good luck with this pile. So let’s get started!

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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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Blog Tour: Note To Self by Anna Bell

Blog Tour: Note To Self by Anna Bell

You guys don’t know how excited I am to be on this blog tour. I’ve been a massive Anna Bell fan since I started her Don’t Tell books many years ago, and I’ve been inhaling all her books since. Note To Self was one of my most anticipated reads for that reason, so thanks to the publisher for sending me an early copy and allowing me to participate.

Edie has just turned 35 when she receives an unexpected email from her 18-year-old self. It brings back memories of a summer she wants to forget and her first love, Joel. But as the emails continue to arrive, Edie decides to follow their advice and winds up heading back to the place where it all happened.

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New Job? New TBR

New Job? New TBR

Whenever you start a new job, you’re going to be busy and stressed for at least the first week. Reading can be a great hobby in the evenings to help you relax, but finding the time? Yeah, that can be a bit of a pain.

I should be starting my next job next week – still waiting on a start date as I write this – and I’m so excited to do so. But with all the stress of learning new processes and meeting new people, I wanted to be kind with my reading choices.

So I’ve made a whole new TBR for the first few weeks of the job, and today I want to share it with you in case my blog posts slow down for a little bit. These are mostly books I’ve chosen to read, but I’ve also picked a couple from my jar just to get some variety. I just let myself put the book back if I pulled a thick one, ha!

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Book Review: Eyes of the Void by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Book Review: Eyes of the Void by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I read this book a little while back, but I wound up waiting to finally post the review for various reasons. And now that time is here! I received this book from Black Crow PR, so a big thank you to the team there as per. This is the second book in a trilogy, and it was one that I was surprisingly excited to get to.

Eyes of the Void follows on a few months after the end of Shards of Earth, and our heroes are scattered as they do what they can in the face of the Architects reappearing. Idris is desperate to retire, but he knows that he’s an irreplaceable hero and that people will need him if they hope to change the outcome.

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Book Review: The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter

Book Review: The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter

I’ve been finding myself picking up more and more adult fantasy books that I wouldn’t have picked up in the past. Books that have more of a literary feel to them. Literary fiction isn’t generally for me, so any books that give me that vibe I always steered clear of. But now I see a book like The Path of Thorns or The House of Sorrowing Stars, and I find myself intrigued. I’m grateful to Titan for sending me this book and introducing me to the works of A.G. Slatter.

The Path of Thorns follows Asher Todd, a woman who has recently joined the Morwood family as a governess. She’s not trained in the skills, but she does understand botany and herbcraft. Skills she uses not only to teach the children but to help those around the estate. But Asher has a secret. She knows things about the Morwood family, and she’s come here with revenge in her heart. But as she grows close to her charges, she finds she’s thrown herself down a path that she can’t stop, and she has no choice but to complete her original plans.

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Book Review: A Lady For A Duke by Alexis Hall

Book Review: A Lady For A Duke by Alexis Hall

I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m a massive fan of Alexis Hall. I’ve read a few of his books in the past and will be reading so many more. I’m not a massive historical romance fan usually, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about that one, but since this had a trans protagonist and was by an author I love, I wanted to give it a go. And I adored it.

A Lady For A Duke follows Viola Carroll, a woman who was finally able to live as her true self after everyone thought she died at Waterloo. Now she’s back home, and her sister-in-law convinces her to visit her former best friend, the Duke of Gracewood. He’s a mess dealing with the grief, and Viola wants to bring him back to himself. It’s difficult though, and both Viola and Gracewood will learn to love themselves again as they fall for each other.

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Book Review: It Only Takes A Minute by Sasha Lane

Book Review: It Only Takes A Minute by Sasha Lane

Being a big fan of chick-lit and rom-coms, I’m always on the lookout for something new within those genres. One of the best things about being part of tour groups is that sometimes I’ll be asked about a title that I’ve never heard of but sounds perfect to me. It Only Takes a Minute was one of those.

Kiera has earned a 4-week sabbatical after years of working at the bank. So what does she do with it? Impulsively decides to fly out on holiday alone. She’s hoping for relaxation and exploration, but she winds up discovering a lot more as she wanders around under the sun.

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