Can’t Wait Wednesday: These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin

Can’t Wait Wednesday: These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin

It’s been a long while since I did one of these! I’m not even sure if this is still going by this anymore! You’ll have to let me know what the new thing is if not.

But this Wednesday I’m talking about a book that’s coming out in the next few months that I’m super excited for. I’ve been really in the mood for YA thrillers recently so this one is right up my alley right about now!

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Book Tour: The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts

Book Tour: The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts

Wow, I’m on a roll with participation right now!

This review is being posted as part of the Blogger Day for Harper Collins and through them I was lucky enough to recieve an e-book copy of The Wish List to review.⁹

The premise of this book is fairly simple: Florence hasn’t had much luck in her love life so when her step-mum sets her up an appointment with a love coach she goes just to please her. Only this love coach had the idea that if Florence writes a list of what she wants in a guy – this guy will then appear in her life. And low and behold she meets Rory in the book shop where she works. But is he really all she wants or is this only the start of her romantic journey.

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Choose Your Own TBR Adventure #1

Choose Your Own TBR Adventure #1

So I decided to attempt a TBR game on booktube and I wanted one that would allow me to get my creative juices flowing. So I decided to give a choose your own adventure game a try.

If you want to play along and use this to create your August TBR – or at least some of it – then please do and let me know what you get and if you enjoy it!

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Review: The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

Review: The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

Wow, this was my first readalong and I am super excited that I got to take part in this!

The Fowl Twins is a brand new book by Eoin Colfer set in his Artemis Fowl world. This time focusing on Artemis’ younger brothers: Myles and Beckett as they stumbled upon faries, nuns and have a wild adventure from Ireland to Amsterdam.

This readalong was held by Tandem Collective on Instagram and I’ve posted my thoughts on the read as a highlight on my account there. So you can have a peek here if you like!

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Running a Readathon #1

Since I’m running this event for the first time I thought why not write a few posts tracking it? I’m writing this one now, I’ll post something closer to the time as we’re coming up to last minute prep – including my own TBR – as well as posts during the event and after.

This isn’t the first online event I’ve run. It’s not even the first one this year – I’m running a themed week in a fandom I’m a member of that’s happening this week- but it is the first time I’ve done something bookish.

And I’m super excited.

This idea actually started when I saw there was an Animal Crossing readathon and I told my bestie who enjoys the games and reading. Her response was wondering if there were any Fire Emblem ones as we were both playing Three Houses at the time. The answer was no and we started randomly discussing prompts.

I thought over the idea and wasn’t sure I could do it.

After participating in a chat with Jade and G from UK Booktube I asked about running readathons as I know they both have. And they both said just make it something you want to do and go for it. So I have. Though I did have to ask Jade to retweet my posts so the information was a little better spread XD.

I made the graphics myself. They’re fairly simple but because of that I was able to make them from scratch. Got the posts on social media and now I’m just…trying to spread the word.

I’m so excited for this guys and I hope you are too!

Attack of the UK Book Box

I recently wrote a post on building your own book box but there are plenty out there to choose from. I’d love to get some of the U.S ones but looking at the cost of shipping makes me cry so I’ve been working through the UK ones.

I’ve tried what I’d consider the main 4 boxes for UK YA book boxes – the ones that often if not always feature fantasy books – and I thought I’d share the good things about them and which I think is most worth the money.

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How to Build a Book Box


The world is a nightmare right now and all we can do is try to ride this wave out. But birthdays and special occasions are still happening and you may feel bad about not doing something as special for your loved ones and friends. Especially if you can’t spend time with them.

But something I’ve been doing for a while is making makeshift book boxes as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of time and money to make one. As long as you know where to shop and make sure everything is clean you could have a nice little gift to mail or leave outside of their houses.

With everything going on this can be a good way to support the small businesses that are still open and there’s plenty of cheap options if you’re worried about money too.

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Review: Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett

Review: Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett

Why didn’t I know about Harper360’s blogger emails sooner? Seriously. I signed up for them after hearing about the hardback email and was so excited when the paperback one reached my inbox. Obviously I requested a few things but the one book I got was a sequel: Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett.

This is a book that has a gorgeous cover, an interesting sounding plot and is the conclusion in a duology. The first book is Onyx and Ivory which you can get in e-book, paperback and hardback now.

Shadow and Flame is set months after the events of the first book. The wilders have their own city and council but Kate has changed. This book starts you in the thick of it before skipping ahead and the losses she faces in between mean she’s harder and no longer so trusting. But she still wants to do good for the wilders.

I won’t lie; as fascinating as the world building in these books is I didn’t hugely care for this book. Mindee Arnett has this skill with writing worlds and characters. She weaves them in this way that allows you to hear their voices and clearly visualize but I still just…didn’t care. Which is a shame as I was really excited for this book.

But I’m also not having much luck with liking sequels recently.

This duology is interesting though and if you like series where you clearly see the effects of war on the characters then this is definitely one for you.

2/5 stars