Book Review: Ironspark by C.M McGuire

Book Review: Ironspark by C.M McGuire

If you know me then you know I love queer genre books. Especially of the YA variety. And that I’m also fascinated by the fae. So when C.M McGuire reached out to me asking me to check out her book? Well, I obviously had to.

This book follows Bryn, a teenage girl who has been training to fight the fae in the hope of protecting her family. When she was younger her mum was taken by the fae and now years after she thought she’d escaped the Unseelie court they’re back. With new friends Dom and Jaskia in tow they have to try to stop the fae before it’s too late.

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Book Review: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

So, I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m not a Romeo and Juliet fan. It’s one of my least favourite Shakespeare plays and I’m happy to be salty about it. But the moment I heard about These Violent Delights, I was curious. And the moment I started it, I was hooked.

As you might have gathered already These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920’s Shanghai. It follows Juliette, the Scarlet gang heir and Roma, the heir of the White Flowers. Juliette is Chinese but spent most of her childhood in the US and Roma is Russian but spent his whole life in the city. When a monster seems to be spreading madness across the city they wind up tangled in each other’s lives again as they try to stop the monster.

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BLOG TOUR: A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

BLOG TOUR: A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

When I first saw this book on NetGalley, I hadn’t seen it anywhere else and was intrigued. Now it’s out I’ve being seeing hints of it everywhere and I’m so honoured to be on this blog tour with Wednesday Books and St Martins Press.

A Golden Fury follows Thea, an alchemist adept living with her mother in France as revolution begins. When her mother successfully makes the philosopher’s stone she goes mad and Thea winds up being sent to Oxford to live with the Father she never knew. But when there she discovers more about this madness and with new and old friends winds up being forced to make the stone or lose those she loves.

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Book Review: Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher

Book Review: Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher

This book review is so late but there’s a reason for that. I thought I was getting it in a book box and then I didn’t so I finally made myself sit down and read it. And wow. I started it late one night. And finished it in one session.

It was that good.

Lies Like Poison follows four teenagers: Belladonna, Jack, Lily and Raven who a few years before had made a plan to kill Raven’s step-mother with flower petals in her tea. But they don’t go through with it. A few years later she’s killed with belladonna in her tea and now these four have to find out what really happened.

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Book Review: Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

Book Review: Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

It’s been a while since I reviewed any books on this blog that I actually bought – or got in a book box – rather than just the ARCs I’ve received. But I definitely want to be reviewing more books so here we go!

Shielded is the book I got in the July 2020 Fairyloot. It was a book that I didn’t know I was certain that I was going to get but it was one I wanted. I originally started reading it in September but I had to put it down because I just wasn’t in the mood for fantasy. I picked it up again a few days ago and boy, did I enjoy it.

Shielded follows Jennesara a princess with magic and fighting skills who has been told the only way she could help her country is by marrying another country they risk going to war with. Only, when she’s making her way there she gets attacked by people claiming to be from the country she was marrying into and she has to go undercover to find out what was really going on.

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Book Review: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Book Review: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Holy wow. Star Daughter has been one of my most anticipated books for 2020 and I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. So when I saw it was available to request in the Harper360 Blogger Newsletter? I obviously requested it, but didn’t have much hope that I’d be lucky enough to get a copy. And then I was and I was so damn excited.

Now I’ve read it I’m still so damn excited about this book.

This book follows Sheetal, a half-human and half-star girl who was raised in New Jersey by her human dad without much clue as to how being a half-star affects her. One day her father gets burned by starlight and the only way for her to heal him would be to get the blood of a star. This sends her on a journey into the celestial court to find her mum and there she winds up entering a tournament for the sake of her family and to earn the blood for her dad.

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Book Review: Shine by Jessica Jung

Book Review: Shine by Jessica Jung

This book was one that I was lucky enough to win in one of the giveaways hosted during UKYA at Home and though it’s not maybe something you’d expect to me to read. I wanted it. Because if you’re going to read about k-pop why not read something written by one of the stars herself?

Shine follows Rachel Kim, an American-Korean girl who when she was younger moved to Seoul for the opportunity to start a career as a k-pop star. She’s nearly aging out of her chance to debut when she meets Jason Lee, a k-pop heart throb who she winds up developing feelings for.

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Book Review: The Winter Garden by Heidi Swain

Book Review: The Winter Garden by Heidi Swain

So for me, Heidi Swain is as close to a guilty pleasure book as I get. Not because it’s chick-lit, I make no secret that I love the genre, but because there’s a slightly quaint feel to it that in my opinion can make them appeal a little more to older audiences than I usually like. But her books are set around East Anglia where I live and I’ve always enjoyed them well enough as they are a nice and fun easy read.

Which is why the moment I saw The Winter Garden was available on NetGalley, I immediately requested it, even though I knew it would make my mum – the massive Heidi Swain fan – a little jealous, ha!

This book follows Freya, a gardener who had been working in gardens in Suffolk when she is turfed out of her home after the loss of a friend. During a trip out she receives what she considers a sign and finds herself on Nightingale Square with a job working on a winter garden for Prosperous Place. There she makes many new friends including her co-worker Chloe and a temperamental artist in resident, Finn. As she works hard to get the garden ready in time she has to deal with getting involved with people again.

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Book Review: Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

Book Review: Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

This book! I was so excited to read this book! And when I won it in a giveaway from Harper 360 over the YALC Online weekend I was so hyped. Like, I hadn’t preordered this book but had planned on picking it up as soon as I could.

And now I’ve been able to read it!

This book follows Ash, a girl with fire magic and Madoc, a boy who pretends to had earth magic as they become gladiators and have to fight for their gods. Ash wants to bring her god down and Madoc might wind up being the key to doing that.

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Book Review: May Day by Josie Jaffrey

Book Review: May Day by Josie Jaffrey

One of the best things about being a book blogger is definitely getting to hype up books up. Especially those that may aren’t spoken about so often like indie and self-published books often aren’t. I follow Josie on Twitter after she contacted me about an earlier book when I started blogging and when I saw May Day for offer, I had to request it as it just looked so damn good.

May Day is an adult urban fantasy novel that follows Jack Valentine, a Silver – vampire – who works as a Seeker looking into crimes and things that could accidentally reveal Silvers to humankind. One day a human body is thrown off a tower that smells of Silver violence and when this is connected to similar crimes in London Jack and her team have to try to find out who did it. Jack is pretty certain it can be linked with Killian Drake who she has history with only she winds up having to work with him instead.

I’m not a huge fan of vampires anymore. After binging way too many series when I was younger and doing a vampire fiction class in uni, I now only pick up vampire books when they look really good. So already you can see why I’m telling you that you NEED to read this book.

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