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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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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Blog Tour: The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara

Blog Tour: The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara

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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Blog Tour: Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

Blog Tour: Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

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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Book Review: Have You Seen Me? by Alexandrea Weis

Book Review: Have You Seen Me? by Alexandrea Weis

You don’t see me blogging about thrillers or mysteries very often. I do enjoy them, they’re a genre I’ve gotten more into over the last few years. But I find that I’m very picky with what thrillers I want to read. Especially when it comes to adult thrillers. But Have You Seen Me grabbed my attention from the off. I love thrillers and mysteries where the main character isn’t a detective or a police officer. So a teacher and her students looking into some missing girls? I was intrigued. I was able to read an early copy of this book thanks to Black Crow PR, so thanks again Jamie.

Lindsey Gillett is missing. And she’s not the first girl to vanish without a trace. That’s the first thing the blurb tells you. Aubrey is a new teacher at Waverly Prep after having graduated from there years before after one of her classmates was murdered. Now with a new girl missing, she agrees to help her students look into the case in the hope that it would give them some closure.

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Book Review: Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

Book Review: Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

This was just one of those books that sounded so good. That I knew I wanted to read it from the moment that I heard about it. Jade Fire Gold is a Chinese inspired fantasy novel by a Singaporean author who grew up on Wuxia films and classic lit. It’s no surprise that she wound up gifting us with an English Xianxia novel.

Ahn has no family but magic that she doesn’t trust. Altan is the lost heir, determined for revenge. When the two of them meet, their lives are intertwined, and they realise that they may have to pay a deadly price for what they want. Even if what they want winds up being the same thing.

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