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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Book Review: The House of Sorrowing Stars by Beth Cartwright

Book Review: The House of Sorrowing Stars by Beth Cartwright

Sometimes you come across a book that sounds like it shouldn’t be your sort of thing, but you’re immediately intrigued about it. I hadn’t heard about The House of Sorrowing Stars until I saw about the blog tour on Twitter. I read the summary and was like, I need to read this book. I requested it and was very lucky to get a physical proof from Del Rey. There was still a slight fear that I wouldn’t like this book. That the language would be too flowery for me, and I’d struggle with it. But this book was the opposite. It was so easy to read, so enjoyable, and a book I’d recommend to all whether you are a big literary reader, a big fantasy reader or neither.

Described as a literary fable, The House of Sorrowing Stars follows a young woman called Liddy who is invited to this mysterious house. There she meets the beautiful but unsettling Vivienne, kindly gardener Ben and the mysterious Raphaelle. Liddy doesn’t know why she was truly invited, but to find out, she’ll have to discover the secrets hidden within the house.

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Book Review: Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

Book Review: Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

New Adult Romance isn’t something that I read a lot, but I was drawn to this one. It sounded like it could be cute, funny and emotional, and it was. I really enjoyed this book, and I couldn’t stop listening to it. I laughed, I cried, and I generally had a good time. I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did, but I highly recommend it.

This book follows Lizzie Brandt, a former high school valedictorian who is now doing badly in college and has been sleeping with the wrong kinds of guys. After her parents die, she’s left as her younger brother’s guardian, and she needs to try and sort her life out. The only person who can help her is her Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson. Not only is he a good tutor, but he helps her out in a lot of other ways. Soon, they both figure out that they’ve developed feelings for each other which could make things even more complicated.

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FaRoFeb – A Mini TBR

FaRoFeb – A Mini TBR

Over the last month, my review for King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair has been getting a lot of views and, that has put me in the mood to read more fantasy romance. Seeing the title in my stats so often apparently makes me think about it a lot, ha! But February was the perfect time for me to start reading more Fantasy Romance.

February is FaRoFeb, and though I won’t be picking up brand new books…I’d like to read a few and keep an eye on the events they have going on. I know some booktubers are interviewing authors, or are holding reading sprints, so they could be fun to watch.

What I’ve decided to do myself is pick a few Fantasy Romance books this month and read them. I want to try and review one or two of them too, but if not, then maybe this post will at least give you some recommendations. I’m not sure what I’ll like when it comes to Fantasy Romance, so I’m not sure which I’m actually going to like, but this is going to be fun. I won’t be following any of the bingo boards on the FaRoFeb website, but there are some on there if you do want to!

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

On my blog this year, I want to do more tags and challenges. They’re great fun and can be a way to be a little bit more social. This week I’m starting myself off with a meme, and that’s Top Ten Tuesday which is run by That Artsy Reader Girl. I couldn’t resist doing this week’s challenge as I want to talk about some authors.

So this list is a list of authors who already had books out when I finally picked them up. I’ll mostly be talking about the books I read by them, but some of them I’m definitely going to read more of.

I spent plenty of time going over my spreadsheet from last year to narrow this down. Many of the authors I hadn’t read before were debuts, and I didn’t want to include them. Something interesting I noticed was that a lot of these are contemporary or romance authors. That makes sense, as I did really get into reading those genres in 2021. I do kinda wish there had been a little more fantasy, so hopefully, that’ll change in 2022.

For now, though, let’s get on with the list.

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What Makes A Good Retelling?

What Makes A Good Retelling?

First things first, this post is obviously subjective. But I’ve been reading a few retellings recently, and I’ve had some thoughts. We all love retellings but some tend to work better than others. Comparing the retellings I’ve liked and those I haven’t, there is definitely an aspect that they all share.

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End of Year Reading Goals

End of Year Reading Goals

It has been a little while since I posted anything! Sorry about that. I ran out of scheduled posts, and I’ve just not been reading much. That sadly means that I haven’t really had any ideas for what to write. But I decided I’d talk about some goals.

So, obviously, September is a weird time to be talking about goals. But I’ve been looking at the books I have unread in my box right now, and I have a lot. I had 80 unread books at the beginning of the year, and I have 89 currently. That might not seem like too many more. And to be fair, earlier in the year, the number was going down every month. But recently…I’ve been buying too many books.

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