Which Maria V Snyder Fantasy Series Should You Start With?

I decided I wanted to do a few more fun things on my blog. So why not try making a quiz? I used to make them all the time as a kid on Quizilla, so why not create some bookish quizzes? They’ll be fun for me to write, and hopefully

I’ve written a post before about some of Maria V. Snyder’s various series, and she does have a couple of sci-fi series. But for this quiz, I’m going to focus on the fantasy ones. There’s three different series set in different worlds. If you like one, you’ll like them all, but one of these might appeal more than others.

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Romance Releases I’m Excited for This Autumn/Winter

Romance Releases I’m Excited for This Autumn/Winter

While other people are getting ready for the spooky season, I’ve already been reading a lot of thrillers. So I’m kind of in the mood to read more chick-lit and romance. I’m sure there will be plenty of new chick-lit out, but the majority of the books I’ve found for this post are romance novels. I’m always in the mood for a fun romantic story, no matter the time of year.

So these are books I’m excited about.

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Spotlight Post – Tempted by Zoe Ashwood

Spotlight Post – Tempted by Zoe Ashwood

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner. 

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

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Book Review: Judgement Day by Josie Jaffrey

Book Review: Judgement Day by Josie Jaffrey

I don’t talk about sequels very often on here unless I’m reviewing an ARC. But since this is a self-published book that I did review the first book for? I really wanted to get a review up for this one.

Judgement day is an adult urban fantasy with thriller/mystery vibes.

We follow Jack Valentine, a Silver, who works with a police-like force to protect humans from finding out about the Silvers. In this one, a human woman is found dead in a library. The smell of Silver on her brings the force in. Jack has more than enough on her plate already with probation and trying to figure out how to tell her girlfriend she loves her. But this case turns out to be a lot more than she expected.

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Mini TBR – September Edition

Mini TBR – September Edition

Remember how last month I said I’ll go back to including book covers this month? That was before two readathons I’m interested in participating in were announced. Magical Readathon run by G at Book Roast and Bookoplathon by Becca from Becca and the Books.

I now have a massive pile of books to read through as well as a few ARCs and some extras I picked out to read before deciding I’d do these readathons. So my reading is jampacked. I’m doing every prompt for the Magical Readathon which doesn’t allow double-ups. I then did 6 rolls on the bookopoly board. I was lucky in that I mostly managed to fill the prompts with books from the TBR I had already built for Magical Readathon. I did however, have to add one more book onto the pile.

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Book Review: A Hunter’s Moon by Danny Weston

Book Review: A Hunter’s Moon by Danny Weston

Every now and then, I get offered a book that I just can’t say no to. When I was contacted about a dark and creepy book where the main character is hunting a fae creature? Yeah, I had to have it. Thanks very much to Graeme for getting in contact and getting a copy in my hands.

Callum is Apprentice to Fraser McCloud, a man who likes to boast about his shooting skills. When the pair are hired to hunt a wolf that the locals claim is a Cù Sith, he doesn’t know if it’s safe. He can’t leave, and things will get worse before they get better.

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Blog Tour: Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

Blog Tour: Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis

I read Harrow Lake last year after hearing so many good things about it. I’d hoped for something creepy and intriguing, and I got that. I knew I’d be reading Kat Ellis again after that. And I’m glad to have gotten the opportunity to read her latest, Wicked Little Deeds (or Burden Falls in the US), for a Write Reads Tour.

Ava Thorn lost her parents a year ago and has been plagued with nightmares since. Her family is supposedly cursed by Dead-Eyed Sadie, and when someone she knows from school is murdered, Ava is the prime suspect. She can’t help but wonder if Sadie is the killer or if there’s a human murderer on the loose, but she knows that she has to find out who it was.

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Book Review: Have You Seen Me? by Alexandrea Weis

Book Review: Have You Seen Me? by Alexandrea Weis

You don’t see me blogging about thrillers or mysteries very often. I do enjoy them, they’re a genre I’ve gotten more into over the last few years. But I find that I’m very picky with what thrillers I want to read. Especially when it comes to adult thrillers. But Have You Seen Me grabbed my attention from the off. I love thrillers and mysteries where the main character isn’t a detective or a police officer. So a teacher and her students looking into some missing girls? I was intrigued. I was able to read an early copy of this book thanks to Black Crow PR, so thanks again Jamie.

Lindsey Gillett is missing. And she’s not the first girl to vanish without a trace. That’s the first thing the blurb tells you. Aubrey is a new teacher at Waverly Prep after having graduated from there years before after one of her classmates was murdered. Now with a new girl missing, she agrees to help her students look into the case in the hope that it would give them some closure.

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Book Review: Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

Book Review: Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

This was just one of those books that sounded so good. That I knew I wanted to read it from the moment that I heard about it. Jade Fire Gold is a Chinese inspired fantasy novel by a Singaporean author who grew up on Wuxia films and classic lit. It’s no surprise that she wound up gifting us with an English Xianxia novel.

Ahn has no family but magic that she doesn’t trust. Altan is the lost heir, determined for revenge. When the two of them meet, their lives are intertwined, and they realise that they may have to pay a deadly price for what they want. Even if what they want winds up being the same thing.

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Light Novels and Translated Fiction

Light Novels and Translated Fiction

So, I wrote something on light novels a while back. I basically explained what they were and gave some examples. But I’ve been thinking a little more about it. I responded to a friend’s question about translated books and said the last thing I read was a manga book. At the time, it was, but I’ve since read a light novel.

Whenever I see people talking about translated fiction, I always wonder why light novels are never on people’s lists. We all already class manga, manhwa, manhua as translated books. We also talk about more literary translated fiction like Murakami. I see a lot of translated crime fiction too. I’d love to see more translated romances and fantasy from all countries. But I’m going to focus on Japanese and light novels today.
So, a light novel, as I’ve said before, is a small illustrated novel. They usually have a very manga style story. Sometimes they’re spin-offs of manga series. Sometimes they get manga or dramas based off of the novels. You’ll usually find them in the manga section of the book shop, but these are mostly text with the odd illustration.

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