Book Review: Misrule by Heather Walter

Book Review: Misrule by Heather Walter

I’m obviously a big fan of fairytale retellings, and I also read a lot of queer books. Both of those things meant that I was going to read Malice by Heather Walter when it came out last year. It was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, so I thought I’d see if I could get an early copy of the sequel to read… And I did! Thanks so much to the team at Del Rey for both the ARC and finished copies of this book. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great ending to a fascinating duology.

Malice followed Alyce and Aurora as they tried to break Aurora’s curse. But though true love’s kiss saved Aurora once, she was put back into a magical sleep. Anyone would be able to kiss her awake, apart from Alyce. 100 years have passed, and the Briar Kingdom is now home to Alyce’s Dark Court. Over the years, she has been destroying the fae courts for her people whilst secretly trying to find a way to remove the curse from the woman she loves. Alyce would do anything for Aurora, but when she finally awakens, will she be able to love the villain Alyce has become?

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Switch Up Your TBR

Switch Up Your TBR

We all get slumpy from time to time. Whether it’s just because we’re too busy to read or we’re just not in the mood, it happens. Sometimes you’ll want to be reading, but it just doesn’t happen.

My general advice for when this happens is to just allow yourself to take a break. Watch TV, play a game, and do whatever else you’re in the mood to be doing. Then when you get back to reading, you won’t feel like you’ve turned it into some kind of chore. And I stand by that.

However, that doesn’t work for every slump or even every person. There are times we really want to read, but doing so is a struggle. In times like this, we need to change how we pick books.

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Will I Like This Book? – Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

Will I Like This Book? – Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

Hello!

Today I’m here with the start of what I’m hoping will be a series of posts. I don’t know how regular they’ll be, but after thinking a lot about ReadersFirst, I decided this could be fun to do on my blog.

Every now and then, we see sampler booklets or posts on various websites that allow us to get a preview of books that are coming out. It’s always exciting to get a preview of a book that we’re either excited about or are at least just curious.

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief is a middle-grade fantasy book coming out this April. Waterstones are pushing it pretty hard, so I grabbed the sampler out of curiosity. I am trying to read a little more middle-grade, so this sounded like a great idea for a first post.

This book follows a 13-year-old Skandar who has always dreamed of becoming a unicorn rider. During the annual hatching, Skandar manages to find his way onto the island and to the door that reveals that he was, in fact, fated to have a unicorn. But there’s a twisted enemy who has stolen one of the newly-hatched unicorns, and whilst trying to solve this mystery, Skandar discovers a secret.

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Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

It’s one of the best experiences in the world to get the opportunity to read one of your most anticipated books. The Stardust Thief is the debut novel by Chelsea Abdullah that comes out this May. It’s a One Thousand and One Nights retelling by a Kuwaiti author, and it’s one that sounded like so much fun. I was right to assume that.

I was so lucky to have been an early copy of this book from Nazia at Orbit. I can’t wait for my signed edition from Waterstones to arrive, but at least for now, I have this edition to read and hug.

Loulie al-Nazari is known as the Midnight Merchant. With her djinn partner and artefacts, the pair are known for tracking down magical objects and selling them on. After she saves the coward younger prince, the Sultan sends her on a mission with the older prince to find a particular magical lamp. Loulie doesn’t want to work with djinn killers, but she has no choice otherwise, and soon she finds out that she’s been dragged into something even more dangerous than she’d realised.

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Book Review: Hide by Kiersten White

Book Review: Hide by Kiersten White

We all have those authors whose books always sound so good, yet every single one you pick up, you just cannot get into them. That author was, for me, Kiersten White. Until I picked up Hide. It turns out that what I was looking for from her was an adult horror thriller, and I’m so glad that I got an early copy of this book. Thanks so much to Del Rey for sending me a physical proof of this book after I mentioned wanting it on Twitter!

Hide is White’s debut adult novel, and it follows a young woman called Mack, who has been invited to enter a competition of hide and seek. All she and the thirteen other competitors have to do is hide in an abandoned amusement park for a week and ensure they do not get caught. The winner will get enough money to change their life. But as the days pass and the competitors start turning up dead, the remaining group realise that they have to stick together if they want to survive.

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ReadersFirst vs Bookish First – A Comparison

ReadersFirst vs Bookish First – A Comparison

As book bloggers, we’re all looking for ways to read and review books before the publication date. One way to get early finished copies is to sign up for ReadersFirst in the UK or BookishFirst in the US. The two sites are owned and run by NetGalley now. Though in the past, ReadersFirst at least was its own thing.

I used to use ReadersFirst a lot. Mostly when they used to offer a lot of books published by Hot Key Books. Now I generally request the chick-lit or romance novels that go up every now and then. I do enjoy getting the chance to win those types of books, so that is a big plus point for me. They also had The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang on there, recently, and The Cruel Prince back when that came out. So they do sometimes get some highly anticipated releases amongst the lesser-known titles.

Obviously, I’ve never used BookishFirst. I’m not in the US, so I can’t win any of the books. Though thinking about it, maybe I should take advantage of some of the samples. See if I do actually want to read the books on there I’m interested in or not. Though I can’t use the site properly, I do check it out every now and then to see what books they offer and have recommended it to American friends before.

With all this in mind, I decided to compare ReadersFirst and BookishFirst. Both sites are very similar, but there are definitely some differences.

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Am I Using Scribd? A Challenge

Am I Using Scribd? A Challenge

I’ve been paying for Scribd for a while. I use it every month, and the selection of audiobooks is excellent. There are some issues with Scribd. You are limited with how many audiobooks you read per month, plus I have heard of people having some e-books limited too. That seems a lot less common though. I love Scribd and plan to keep using it for a long while yet. But I have to wonder…am I using it enough?

Technically, I am using it. As I said. I’m using it to listen to audiobooks, but many of them are books that I already own. That feels like a waste of money. It doesn’t hurt to do that every now and then, but when I’m using all three or four audiobooks I have available a month on books I could read without Scribd? Yeah…that’s a waste.

So I’m setting myself a challenge. A challenge that I’d be happy if a few of you joined in on me with.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Dynamic Duos

Top Ten Tuesday: Dynamic Duos

I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday post! I’ll be honest, this post was actually harder to curate than the last one. This week we’re talking about dynamic duos. Aka the friendships we adore, or our favourite characters who are probably causing trouble together! I adore a good friendship, but I wanted a little variety in this list. So we have a few duos that are family too, but that doesn’t make them any less fun.

The Top Ten Tuesday tag was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now held over on The Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a weekly tag where everyone is given a bookish prompt for bloggers to curate a top ten list on. You can then share your blog post over on The Artsy Reader Girl’s post for that week. Just make sure you check out and comment on other people’s blog posts too!

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Book Review: Glint by Raven Kennedy

Book Review: Glint by Raven Kennedy

I don’t tend to review many backlist books, but I plan to review more. So what better to start with than with the first book I read for FaRoFeb? This was a book that I was intrigued by but wasn’t sure I’d like. I’d heard it doesn’t go how you’d expect, and it was available on Kindle Unlimited, so I decided to give it a chance.

I’m actually glad I did.

The book follows Auren, a young woman pulled from the streets by King Midas. As his favoured, his touch turned her body to gold, but she’s still able to live. Considered Midas’ most treasured, Auren is caged within his palace and is only invited out when he wants to show her off. Auren may have loved him for years, but cracks in her trust are beginning to show.

Major trigger/content warnings for sexual assault and violence. These are very prevalent in the book. If you’re not comfortable reading about them, this isn’t the book for you.

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How To Make Yourself Read

How To Make Yourself Read

I’ll be the first person to tell you that the majority of the time, reading is just a hobby and we should only do it when we feel like it. For many of us, that’s a large portion of the time. For others for various reasons, it might only be a little bit a week. Both of these are great, and as long as you’re enjoying reading, then you should read as long as you can.

But what if you want to read and can’t focus? Or you have to read something for school or work, and you just can’t seem to get yourself to sit down and do it. During times like this, we need to make the reading experience relaxing. Once you’re in the reading zone, you’ll be fine. It’s just finding your way there.

In today’s blog post, I’m going to list a few ways that I have found to help people. They won’t all work for everyone, so there may be a little trial and error. But, for those who are just stuck and either want to or need to sit down and read? This blog post is for you.

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