Will I Like This Book? – Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Torzs

Will I Like This Book? – Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Torzs

The majority of the books I’ve spoken about in this post have been ones that I’ve been really excited about. But this one? This I’m not so sure about… It doesn’t sound bad, but it wasn’t great either. I’m not sure what I think about it, so let’s go into a little more detail.

This is an adult fantasy thriller that follows two sisters; Joanna and Esther. For generations, the Kalotay family has guarded a collection of rare and dangerous books. Books that contain magic. But now Joanna lives alone, guarding the books and trying to create her own whilst her older half-sister Esther hasn’t lived in one place for more than a year since she left home. Until now. But when someone on the antarctic base Esther lives and works on starts using magic, she realises she’ll never escape her family’s legacy. Now the sisters will have to work together to unravel the secrets of these books until it’s too late.

If this book sounds like your sort of thing, then it’ll be published by Del Rey in July 2023.

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Blog Review: Big Bad Me by Aislinn O’Loughlin

Blog Review: Big Bad Me by Aislinn O’Loughlin

I love getting emails asking if I’m interested in reviewing a book. It allows me to find books that I might not have stumbled across. Big Bad Me is one of those. I was a big fan of the paranormal fantasy craze in the 2000s and I was so glad to find a new book harking back to this craze.

In Big Bad Me, we follow sisters Evie and Katie Wilder, whose mum has recently disappeared. After a strange man tries to attack Evie, she realises she’s actually a werewolf. The two sisters run away looking for their mum and wind up in a guesthouse in the town their mum was last seen. He’s dorky hot, but there’s something strange about him, and when animal attacks are reported in town, he and the sisters look into what’s going on.

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Book Review – The Lost Girl King by Catherine Doyle

Book Review – The Lost Girl King by Catherine Doyle

I really love the fae-inspired books we’re getting recently. Especially within the 8-12 demographic. Like a Charm was amazing, and I adored the use of Scottish fae and folklore. But we all know my true love is the Irish tales. And that’s where The Lost Girl King comes in. I was granted an early chance to read this book through NetGalley, so thanks to the publisher.

The Lost Girl King follows siblings Amy and Liam Bell, who, after being left with their Grandma in Connemara for the summer, wind up stumbling into the realm of Tir na nOg. At first, it seems like a paradise, but they quickly realise they’ve been tricked as they’re separated by a troop of Dullahan. They take him to Tarlock, the ruling sorcerer who needs two human children to keep his control over the fae realm. Amy sets out to save her brother and makes new friends along the way, as Liam tries to survive and discovers some courage all his own.

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Book Review – Mika In Real Life by Emiko Jean

Book Review – Mika In Real Life by Emiko Jean

I think I’ve at least attempted all of Emiko Jean’s books at this point. Her fantasy didn’t work for me, but her YA contemporary duology is a recent favourite. So when I saw that she was releasing an adult contemporary, I knew I had to give it a go. I’ll be honest, with this book being focused on adoption, I wasn’t sure what I’d expect but what I got was a very well-thought-out, very emotional and enjoyable book.

Just a quick warning before I go into the review but this one will contain some spoilers.

Mika in Real Life follows Mika, a 35-year-old Japanese-American woman who gave up her daughter for adoption when she was only 19. Now her daughter has contacted her. Mika feels like she’s a failure, so she does what she thinks is best. She lies to her so Penny won’t be embarrassed to be related to her.

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Book Review – Mindwalker by Kate Dylan

Book Review – Mindwalker by Kate Dylan

I’ve been anticipating Mindwalker since I heard about it at the end of last year. I think I actually requested an ARC of this book back then too. That’s how excited I’ve been. So when I got the email about this book, you can guess how loud I screamed. I’m glad I’ve been able to read this book early as it was so enjoyable. A big thanks to Kate Keehan and the team at Hodder and Stoughton for sending me a copy.

Sil is only 18 years old but the computer in her brain burning out means she could soon be dead. For the last 10 years, she’s been saving soldiers for the Syntex corporation, and she’s proud of her record. Until one day, she fails, and she’s accused of being a traitor. She has to flee her home and her friends, but she’s determined to prove her innocence. To do so, she infiltrates the Analog Army in the hope of destroying the group from within. But as she investigates, she discovers a truth which means that the Syntex corporation might not be the good thing she thought it was.

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Blog Tour: With Fire In Their Blood by Kat Delacorte

Blog Tour: With Fire In Their Blood by Kat Delacorte

I’m back with another blog tour review! This time it’s for With Fire In Their Blood by Kat Delacorte through Write Reads Tours. I was hoping to get a copy of this at YALC but didn’t, so I was so happy to be able to get on this tour. It was a book I didn’t know what to expect, but if you’re looking for a book with 2000’s YA paranormal vibes but queer? You’ve got that here.

With Fire In Their Blood is set in the Italian city of Castello, where rival mafia clans divide the city and only come together to fight the Saints. People with magic. When Lilly arrives, she’s drawn to Liza, Nico and Christian in equal measure. But Lilly isn’t sure she can trust anyone. Especially not sure when she shows signs of being more than human.

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Book Review: The Undertaking Of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen

Book Review: The Undertaking Of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen

I’m sure a lot of people have seen this book around with it being a Fairyloot Adult pick. However, the book hasn’t actually been officially released yet. I was lucky enough to be sent an early copy of the standard paperback from Orbit, who is publishing it. With this being a highly anticipated release of mine, I was so excited to dive into this one. And it was definitely worth it.

Hart is a marshal who’s been alone for years, and Mercy is an undertaker who has single-handedly been keeping her family’s business afloat. The two hate each other, but after a particularly harsh argument, Hart finds himself penning a letter to an unknown person. When Mercy receives it, she’s confused by her anonymous pen pal, but she writes back, and they strike up a friendship. They don’t know their new friend is each other, but soon they wind up falling for each other.

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Book Review: A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Book Review: A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Boy, oh boy, was this one of my most anticipated books for the year. Seriously. I’ve been wanting to read Alexandra Rowland since I heard them speak on a world-building podcast, but I never quite got around to it. I kept an eye on their work, and when I saw A Taste of Gold and Iron, I knew it would be right up my street. This is a heavily political romantic fantasy novel akin to Winter’s Orbit, and it’s definitely worth reading. I received a proof thanks to Black Crow PR, something I’m still giddy over now, so thanks so much to the team there.

Prince Kadou is in trouble with his sister, the Queen. After causing an incident related to threats her lover made against him, Kadou has been pushed into the background. The only way he can earn his seat back in court is to solve the theft and counterfeiting scheme he was recently put in charge of. Joining him will be his new bodyguard, Evemer. But Evemer doesn’t like him, and things are difficult as Kadou tries to tackle both this operation and his mental health. The more time Kadou and Evemer spend together, the more they fall in love, and soon they would do anything to protect each other.

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Blog Tour: Time After Time by Louise Pentland

Blog Tour: Time After Time by Louise Pentland

I’ve read a few chick-lit novels in the past with time travel as a premise. It’s usually a lot of fun, and Time After Time sounded like no exception. I hadn’t read Louise Pentland before, so I was excited to try. I was lucky enough to get a proof of this from Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Tours. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this tour. I’m so glad I had a chance to read this early.

Tabby is stuck. Every day is the same, and though she happy’s about where she is in life most of the time…sometimes she wishes she could go back and start over. When she meets a free spirit called Bea, she gets a chance to see her life in a different light and wants to be more like her. Only it’s clear that when she’s with Bea…she’s been transported back to the 1980s. Torn between the past and her present, Tabby needs to figure out who she is and what she wants from life.

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Book Review: The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Book Review: The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

I was so lucky to be sent an early copy of this book. The team at Hodder and Stoughton were offering limited proofs to Welsh bookish content creators. I’m not Welsh, but I am very interested in the fae, and Celtic folktales and lore. Whilst we see a lot of Scottish-inspired fae stories, we don’t tend to see Welsh or Irish. I mentioned all this in my request email, and I was sent an early finished copy! So thank you so much to the publisher. I adored this book as much as I expected I would, and I have a lot that I’m going to go into.

I’m labelling this post a review, but I’m also going to take this chance to talk about the use of folklore and fae in this book. I want to dive into some of the legends that were mentioned and just talk about whether I’d heard of them or not and tell you a bit about them.

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