I’ve spoken about light novels a fair bit on here and on my social media. They’re something I really enjoy reading and will continue to do so. So I’ve decided to put together a little post about a few of the books I’ve got to read!
Most of these are isekai series. For those who don’t know, isekai are series where a character is transported or reborn in another world or time. Usually, the characters are transported into some sort of series they like, but apparently, even a series where a character dies and goes back to repeat their time can be considered isekai. I don’t have anything against the idea of isekai series, but the market is a little oversaturated with them. I’d like to pick up more light novels that don’t fall under this genre but alas…it’s most of what we get.
That said, all the series on this list are ones targeted at girls or women. I don’t have much interest in checking out any of the shonen or seinen light novels I’ve seen. But if you have more shoujo or josei recs? Shoot them my way!
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I’m so glad we’re getting more mythology-based books that aren’t just Grecio-Roman legends. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but something like Kaikeyi just grabbed my interest immediately. I don’t know much about Hinduism, it’s been a long time since I studied it in primary school. So I went into this book without knowing how this story would go. But I really am glad that I finally got to read this book. I was sent an early paperback copy of this thanks to Nazia from Orbit. If you’re in the UK? You should preorder now! And dear American readers, you can already grab yourself a copy of this.
Kaikeyi is the only daughter of her kingdom, and because of that, her only use is that of a bride. She’s ignored by the gods, but as her father banishes her mother, she realises she has power she’d never heard of before. She uses it to help herself at home and to make a name for herself as she leaves her kingdom to marry. Kaikeyi becomes a warrior queen, a diplomat and a champion for women even as the gods’ rage at her for things she has yet to do.
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Sometimes you see a book with an intriguing premise, but it just winds up falling flat. I wouldn’t say I was excited by A Cosmic Kind of Love, but it looked enjoyable. I wanted another romance to review, so I requested it from Piatkus. I was kindly gifted it on NetGalley, so I wish I could give a better review.
But by the end, I was just rolling my eyes.
Hallie is a successful event planner but in every other aspect of her life? She’s a mess. When she opens files from a client, she finds video messages sent to them from Christopher Ortiz about his life in space. Hallie is intrigued by him and winds up wanting to send a message back. But when it bounces, she decides to continue doing so. It won’t hurt to use them as a diary, right? Chris, on the other hand, is trying to get used to life back on earth. He doesn’t know what to do, and these videos start off as frustration. But he becomes curious about Hallie, and eventually, they meet.
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God, I should’ve done this earlier in the year. Steph started her Final Book Support Group, and that would’ve been a perfect time. But alas. I’ve decided to leave it until October/November to finally get through all those final books I need to read.
So why am I talking about this? Sometimes it helps encourage you to get yourself into gear and do these things yourself. So use this as your sign that if you have a good few series you need to finish off? Now might be the time.
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I’ve been writing so many reviews recently, but you know that means I’ve been reading a lot. One book off my owned TBR that I got to recently was Lakesedge, so I’m happy to be here with a review of the sequel for you! This was a fascinatingly atmospheric duology with monsters, romance and a demi protagonist! Thank you again to Titan for sending me a copy of this one!
Violeta has made a bargain to escape death, but it means that she must live in the Below with Lord Under. She wants to return to her world, and when she discovers she still has a link with Rowan, she realises that she’ll go to drastic lengths to get back home.
I’m not going into the summary any deeper as this is a sequel. There may be spoilers in this review though, so do be warned. This book is a dual perspective between Violeta and Rowan, so you’ll be happy with whoever you prefer.
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I really am a massive fan of fairytale retellings. Especially those marketed as dark or those that twist the stories around. Because of that, I’ve had my eye on All The Better To See You With for a while. I didn’t know that Gina Blaxill was coming out with a second book in this series. When I got the email about this one from Scholastic, I just had to ask for it.
This is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel, a fairytale we all know but rarely see retellings of. The village of Westerleen has been losing young boys to a witch in a gingerbread cottage for years. When Hansel and Gretel return from the woods alive, the villagers assume that Hansel saved them. But it was actually Gretel. What will she do to actually get her freedom and be recognised?
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I won’t lie, it is a little early to be reading Christmas books. But when I got the email from Scholastic about this one, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. And I’m definitely glad that I read this one. It was an easy read that had me smiling quite a lot.
In this book, we follow Molly Bell, a teenage girl who tries to avoid anything and everything to do with Christmas. When she was little, her parents released a Christmas single where she dressed up as a little green elf and spoke up at the end. So embarrassing! She’s done so well making sure no one would connect her to the role until a new hit rom-com decides to use the song on its soundtrack. Going to the premiere is the last thing Molly wanted, but while there, she meets a cute boy, and suddenly? Things seem to spiral out of control.
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It’s been a while since I did one of these posts. Unfortunately, I’m starting to get a build-up of books that I still want to read but I’m just not reaching for. I really need to start picking these up so I’m using this as an opportunity to start doing so. Especially those I’ve had for a while, though some of them are a little more recent.
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We all know I love dark, queer books right? We all know that if someone can get fae or fae-adjacent books when they’re done right, don’t we? Well, this book does both of those things oh so well, and, oh my god, I’m so happy I’ve read this book. I’ll be going back and reading Tori Bovalino’s first book after this one as Not Good For Maidens? Such a damn good book. Thanks so much to Sarah at Titan for sending me a copy!
Not Good For Maidens is a retelling of the poem The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. We follow two main characters, Lou in the present and May, 18 years before. Lou has grown up with her Mum and Aunt May in Boston. But when her other Aunt Neela disappears and leaves a strange voicemail, Lou wants to go to York to track her down. Her Mum and May don’t want her there, as before Lou was born, May was trapped in the Goblin Market herself. After being led down there by a beautiful goblin girl.
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Back in 2020, I had the opportunity to be part of a blog tour for A Noble’s Path by I.L Cruz. Since then, I’ve been regularly checking out Amazon to see when the third book would come out. Then the other week, I got an email asking if I would be interested in reading and reviewing it. My answer was a firm yes! But unfortunately, I’ve not got time currently. I still wanted to support this book though and tell you all to grab a copy.
So instead I’m leaving you all with this spotlight post.
Read on to find the summary, cover and some buy links.
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