Otherworldalong – Stolen

Otherworldalong – Stolen

Hello!

Yes, I know we’re a few days into the month now. Okay, more than a few, but it’s still plenty of time to join in our reading club! We’ve now moved onto Discord where we have separate channels for each of the books so that means you can catch up and discuss each book even if you join us late. If you’re interested then let me know down below and I’ll find somewhere to privately send you to the join link!

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Book Review: The Island by C.L. Taylor

Book Review: The Island by C.L. Taylor

I’m really starting to enjoy YA thrillers and knowing C.L. Taylor also writes adult thrillers, I was eager to check this one out. I was granted the audio book through NetGalley and I started listening to it pretty much straight away.

The Island follows six teenagers on a group holiday together. During the trip, they wind up on a survival trip on an island with a guide. But when that guide has a stroke, they find out they are stranded on the island and soon all their phobias are being thrown at them. The book is narrated by Jessie and Danny. Jessie lost her brother a while ago and this the first group holiday since and Danny is worried that his girlfriend, Honour wants to move on from him.

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Book Review: Into the Real by Z Brewer

Book Review: Into the Real by Z Brewer

As a non-binary person I love reading genre books with an enby main character. There’s something so fulfilling about seeing something about seeing some part of yourself represented in a fantasy or sci-fi setting. I recieved this book in return for a review through the Harper360 YA newsletter and was super happy to get it.

Quinn is genderqueer. Sometimes they’re a girl, sometimes a boy, sometimes neither and sometimes both. But in the world they live in that doesn’t matter. The city of Brume is filled with monsters, gangs and is surrounded by fog. But this isn’t the only Brume and two other versions of Quinn exist too.

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Book Review: The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

Book Review: The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

It feels like I review a lot of chick-lit on here though I don’t feel like I read as much as I used to. Interesting. But I have, once again, found another chick-lit book that I just had to read of Netgalley and that was The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent.

In this book we follow Elizabeth ‘Birdy’ Finch as she takes a job as a sommelier up in Scotland pretending to be her best friend Heather. The problem is that she knows nothing about wine and in this up and coming hotel her lies could cost her everything.

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Book Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Book Review: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Oh, that joyous feeling when one of your most anticipated books of the year turns out to be one of your favourites. Yep, I’m getting it out of the way early that Kingdom of the Wicked was one of the best books I’ve read this year and one you guys should all pick up soon!

This is the first book in a new series following Emilia, a streghe – or witch – who after discovering the body of her twin sister, vows to find her sister’s killer and to get revenge. But doing so involves using the kinds of dark magic her Nonna warned her against and when she summons one of the Wicked, Wrath, a Prince of Hell she winds up discovering her sister was involved in a web that was a lot more dangerous and complicated then she’d ever have expected.

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Book Review: Brambles by Intisar Khanani

Book Review: Brambles by Intisar Khanani

I’ve not really talked about Thorn on here but it was a retelling of The Goose Girl that I read earlier this year and really enjoyed. I loved the way Intisar Khanani took the original fairytale and transformed it. It was such an enjoyable story to read that when I saw this short story on NetGalley I really wanted to get it. And I’m glad I did as it really took me no time at all but was a welcome burst of fantasy.

So this story tells us what happened when Alyrra revealed that Valka had stolen something rather than risk a servant getting hurt for her lies. It was something that was talked about in the original book but this prequel shows you the true extent to what happens and what Alyrra’s life was like before this.

Because this is a short story it is difficult to talk much about it as anything I say could be spoilers. And I prefer to keep my reviews spoiler free as much as I can so here goes!

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Book Review: Ironspark by C.M McGuire

Book Review: Ironspark by C.M McGuire

If you know me then you know I love queer genre books. Especially of the YA variety. And that I’m also fascinated by the fae. So when C.M McGuire reached out to me asking me to check out her book? Well, I obviously had to.

This book follows Bryn, a teenage girl who has been training to fight the fae in the hope of protecting her family. When she was younger her mum was taken by the fae and now years after she thought she’d escaped the Unseelie court they’re back. With new friends Dom and Jaskia in tow they have to try to stop the fae before it’s too late.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

It’s that time of the week again and I have a book that’s coming out fairly soon that I really want to talk about. It’s a book I’m definitely hoping to get before the end of the year but one I haven’t really heard anyone talking about. Which seems weird to me as it looks queer and awesome and maybe I’ve just missed the chat or something

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald.

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Book Review: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

So, I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m not a Romeo and Juliet fan. It’s one of my least favourite Shakespeare plays and I’m happy to be salty about it. But the moment I heard about These Violent Delights, I was curious. And the moment I started it, I was hooked.

As you might have gathered already These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920’s Shanghai. It follows Juliette, the Scarlet gang heir and Roma, the heir of the White Flowers. Juliette is Chinese but spent most of her childhood in the US and Roma is Russian but spent his whole life in the city. When a monster seems to be spreading madness across the city they wind up tangled in each other’s lives again as they try to stop the monster.

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Book Review: Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

Book Review: Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

It’s been a while since I reviewed any books on this blog that I actually bought – or got in a book box – rather than just the ARCs I’ve received. But I definitely want to be reviewing more books so here we go!

Shielded is the book I got in the July 2020 Fairyloot. It was a book that I didn’t know I was certain that I was going to get but it was one I wanted. I originally started reading it in September but I had to put it down because I just wasn’t in the mood for fantasy. I picked it up again a few days ago and boy, did I enjoy it.

Shielded follows Jennesara a princess with magic and fighting skills who has been told the only way she could help her country is by marrying another country they risk going to war with. Only, when she’s making her way there she gets attacked by people claiming to be from the country she was marrying into and she has to go undercover to find out what was really going on.

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