Around this time last year, I saw Dial A For Aunties by Jessie Sutanto everywhere. The book sounded hilarious, so I bought a copy and gobbled it up in a single night. When I saw that HQ Digital were doing a tour for Four Aunties and Wedding, I got so excited. This was a book that I knew I was going to read and would have been happy to get on the tour for.
So here I am!
Four Aunties and a Wedding is set a year or so after the first book. Meddy and Nathan have been together for a while, and now they’re getting married. Meddy’s aunties have to get involved, so they introduce them to a family of wedding vendors who Meddy can’t help but find the perfect choice. The months pass, and soon they’re in Oxford preparing for the wedding, and things start to go wrong. This family they’ve hired are the mafia, and they want to use Meddy’s wedding to take someone out. In a panic, she tells her aunts, and they work together to save the day.
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Usually, I would try to post an ARC review before the publication date, but due to some bad luck, Harper360 did not manage to get me a copy until after it was out! Due to that, I did put it off until I had a few other proofs to read. I’m actually kind of glad I did, as I already have a copy of The Sound of Stars to read after this. I didn’t realise that they’re set in the same world until I checked the reviews, so heck yeah!
The Kindred follows Felix, a duke who would love to be a musician. And Joy, his kindred, who is poor and is stuck within the constraints of her culture. When the royal family is killed, Felix and Joy are both blamed. They have to run away until they can find out what is really going on. They get stranded on earth, and the chaos begins.
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I couldn’t resist doing a tag where I talk about some of my slightly more obscure favourite books. Admittedly, I have included a few more well-known titles too, as I haven’t spoken about them before This was a pretty fun list to pull together, and I obviously highly recommend all these books. So if any of them grab your interest – let me know! I’d be happy to see others read them.
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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I don’t read much middle-grade, so it’s not an age group that you see many reviews for on my blog. But I do like to pick it up from time to time, and this year I am aiming to read more of it. The instant I heard about Like A Charm, I knew that it was a book that I needed to read. It’s one that I both would have adored as a kid and now as an adult too.
Like a Charm follows Ramya, a 12-year-old girl who can see through magical creatures glamour. After her Grandad dies, she’s pulled into her family’s secrets and the world of the Hidden Folk. Ramya has always been different because of her disability, and now her differences can be used for good.
I mentioned in that brief summary that Ramya is disabled, and her disability is dyspraxia. It might not be one you’ve heard much about – unless you’ve seen a particular character’s intro episode in Doctor Who – but it’s essentially a learning disability that can affect motor skills. It’s something I’ve had all my life, and I was diagnosed when I was 3. So I’ve never known any different. When I was Ramya’s age, I was still just calling my dyspraxia motor skill problems. I didn’t know much about it. I’d certainly never seen my disability in books or any other form of media. I really wish I had. Maybe then I’d have seen that yes, I was actually disabled, but that was okay. That you could still be the hero, even if you might trip over a lot of things trying to defeat the monsters.
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If you’ve spoken to me about romance or chick-lit before, you’ll know I adore Lindsey Kelk. She’s one of my favourite authors ever, and I devour every book she puts out. It’s been a while since I wrote a post focused on one author. So today, I’m going to tell you a little about her books, tell you why she’s an excellent example of chick-lit and ask you to all check her books out if you haven’t already.
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It is Spotify Wrapped time again! We all love seeing our favourite songs, what genres we seem to like the most etc. It’s so much fun, and last year I came up with the Spotify Wrapped book challenge.
The idea of this challenge is to put your 2021 playlist on shuffle, and for the first five songs, you need to pick a book you read in 2021 that fits that song. It doesn’t have to be a perfect fit. You just have to explain why you chose that book for that song. Obviously, you will not have a book match for every song, so you can skip if you need to. But the idea is that you at least need to try, even if it is embarrassing. This was a lot of fun last year, and I’m excited to be doing it again. I hope you all will too!
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I think you all know how obsessed I am with Japan and Japanese culture by now. Though a lot of that interest is pop-culture focused, I’m both a history geek and a myth & legend fanatic at heart, so there are other areas I’m interested in too. This interest and my love of YA books meant that The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker was a must-read for me, and I was lucky enough to get an ARC through Harper360’s newsletter. I’m super grateful for this one, even if I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I hoped.
This book follows Ren, a half-Shinigami half-Reaper girl who has been living in 1890’s London her whole life. She was bullied for being different, and the only person who really cares for her is her younger half-brother, Neven. One day she injures another Reaper with her shinigami powers and has to go on the run. She heads to Japan with only her brother for company, desperate to become a Shinigami.
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You don’t really see me talking about non-fiction very often because I don’t tend to read it. That’s not because there’s none that interests me. There most definitely is! I adore history and I want to read more on it. There are even a couple of history books that I own, but I struggle to focus on it. I don’t want to be sitting and reading about facts like I do fiction, it just doesn’t work. So the history books I’ve bought just aren’t getting read and I want to change that.
I need to somehow find a way that I can sit and read them. It might be that I need to just read a little bit at a time along side my fiction. It would be very little, not even full chapters, but I really want to do it. I want to learn more history and watching documentaries just isn’t enough. So today I’m going to list the books I own, why and what I’m hoping to learn! There might not be much on some of them, but maybe you’ll be interested too!
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I’ve been at this book blogging gig for a few years now. I’ve written a guide for new book bloggers looking for ARCs. I recommend checking it out if you haven’t already! But I also know that once you start requesting books…it can be very tempting to request every single one that looks good. Later, when people start contacting you offering you books to review? It becomes even more tempting to accept everything, especially if you’re offered a physical copy.
You can’t do that.
You shouldn’t even request every book you’re interested in.
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Contemporary and romance are what I’m in the mood for right now. I’ve had this on my NetGalley shelf for a while. And I loved the first book I read by Marisa Kanter, so I’ve been looking forward to this one.
As If on Cue follows Natalie, who wrote a play with her best friend, Henry. With the arts budget depleted, they hoped that by putting on their own play, they would be allowed. But when the school says no at first, Natalie and her friends decide to do something about it. They want the money that has been given to the band, and her childhood rival Reid is part of that group. They’re forced to work together and turn her play into a musical, and that’s when things get chaotic.
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