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.
I’m back today with another blog tour stop: this time for The Couple by Helly Acton. Thanks very much to Tracy over at Compulsive Readers for allowing me to take part in this tour. This wasn’t a book I’d heard of before, but the premise intrigued me. Even so, I was on and off as to whether I actually wanted to read it after all. That being said, I’d made a commitment, and I needed to give the book a chance.
And I did enjoy it!
I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt like it was chick-lit with speculative fiction vibes. And I feel like that probably is the best way to describe it.
Millie works at Slide, a hook-up app in a world where being a couple is seen as weird and being single is encouraged. When a new position opens up, Millie needs to find a way to promote a new pill. One that will stop people from falling in love. A new guy at work makes her wonder if she should take the pill; or whether she would be missing out.
Would you believe that this is the first Becky Albertelli that I’ve read? As someone who reads a lot of queer YA, I’ve still not picked up any of her books before this. But this book sounded like so much fun that I grabbed at the chance to be on the blog tour, so I could read this book.
And I actually really enjoyed it. This book took me no time at all to get through, and it was actually more friendship focused than I expected. I really loved that. So if you’re on the lookout for more YA contemporary with more of a focus on friendship? This could definitely be the book for you.
This story follows Kate, a junior in high school and her best friend, Anderson. The two of them are described by other friends as being too codependent. To the point where they actually have communal crushes. You heard that right. They like crushing on the same guy. But these guys are usually guys that aren’t really involved in their lives. Until their latest crush, Matt joins their school and the school musical. Suddenly Kate is beginning to realise that liking the same guy as her best friend isn’t all that fun, even as other aspects of her life seem to be changing for the better.
I know a lot of people would rather avoid books that feature the pandemic. The world is still scary, and who knows when it’ll finally be over. But, it’s something that has affected us all and will affect the way we see things for many years to come. So it’s safe to see that when I stumbled across a chick-lit book set during the early days of lockdown? I was very curious.
I do have to say that some things happen in this book that probably shouldn’t actually happen during a real lockdown for safety reasons. But umm, the romance can be excused at least with support bubbles and stuff. Though, I’m not sure when exactly those came into place… They do consider themselves part of the same household though, as technically they do live on the same property. So, it gets a pass.
Anyway, this book follows Gemma, a freelance writer who has just discovered her boyfriend cheating on her. Her solution? Stay in a cottage owned by a friend in the countryside. It would only be a few days, and it would give her a much-needed break before she went back to London to find a new flat. And then the lockdown happens. Gemma is stuck in an unfamiliar house in a village with her dog. Her only other company? The man who lives in the shed at the end of the garden.
Winter’s Orbit is a book that I’ve been so hyped for since I first heard about it. An adult queer sci-fi that just looks pretty character-driven and a lot of fun? I seriously needed it then and there. The moment I had an opportunity to sign up for a blog tour, I was right on it. I just had to get my hands on this book, and I’m so damn glad I did. This a fantasy novel by a British author and, honestly, I’m here to be promoting fellow Brits. As I don’t think I read enough genre books by British authors.
Do you like X-Men? My sister likes to joke that asking that is her perfect pick-up line. And honestly, it’s a question that should be asked in reference to this book.
Cute Mutants is a book by SJ Whitby and came out earlier this year. The second book is currently out and they’re in the middle of prepping the third for publication so right now is the perfect time to pick this queer, fun superhero novel up. I was lucky enough to receive a digital copy of this book as part of a blog tour for Caffeine Book Tours and I’m completely honoured to be a part of it!
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.
So if you’ve seen me talking about books on any social media platform then you probably know that Sarah Glenn Marsh is one of my favourite authors and actually, just one of my favourite people in general. She is an amazing, super sweet person and the Reign of the Fallen duology is one of my favourite series EVER.
I knew her debut was Fear the Drowning Deep but I’m terrible and only recently got around to reading it. But with the companion novel Dread the Harvest Moon coming out I knew I had to read it because I so wanted to be part of this blog tour. And what better timing to talk about these historical fantasies set on the Isle of Man then Faedathon?
Fear the Drowning Deep featured many creatures from Manx folklore, creatures I hadn’t heard much about and I was so excited to learn about. With the new book going to follow the main character of the first book’s sister a few years later and more focused on the fae, I’m super excited for that too.
The Enchanted Isles series is bound to be one you’ve never heard of. It’s an indie series written by an author called I.L Cruz. It’s a YA fantasy series that focuses on a girl called Inez. She’s noble born but chooses to make a living as a smuggler to help out a rebel cause. Sounds interesting, right?
A Smuggler’s Path is the first book but the second book is out now and is called A Noble’s Path. And it’s definitely a good time to start the series.
I have to admit that I was honoured to be contacted about this blog tour. This book was one I wanted to check out but I didn’t think I’d get the chance to do this. I did have to try to speed-read the book but fortunately, I was able to get through it super quickly. Always a good thing in my book.