New Job? New TBR

New Job? New TBR

Whenever you start a new job, you’re going to be busy and stressed for at least the first week. Reading can be a great hobby in the evenings to help you relax, but finding the time? Yeah, that can be a bit of a pain.

I should be starting my next job next week – still waiting on a start date as I write this – and I’m so excited to do so. But with all the stress of learning new processes and meeting new people, I wanted to be kind with my reading choices.

So I’ve made a whole new TBR for the first few weeks of the job, and today I want to share it with you in case my blog posts slow down for a little bit. These are mostly books I’ve chosen to read, but I’ve also picked a couple from my jar just to get some variety. I just let myself put the book back if I pulled a thick one, ha!

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Blog Tour: Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn

Blog Tour: Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn

Though I’m not big on historical books, I saw Dangerous Remedy when it came out a few years ago and was instantly intrigued. Even when I got tired of books set during the French Revolution, I still wanted to pick these up. When I saw an opportunity to be on a blog tour, I had to ask to be part of it. I’m so glad I did and that I didn’t have to wait to read this book, as it was a wild ride from start to finish.

This book starts a few months after the end of Monstrous Design. Olympe is back in the Duc’s clutches, with Ada working with him as an undercover agent. Camille, Al and James have to explore a new France now the revolution has technically ended whilst trying to find a way to stop the Duc. But it can be difficult to seem like you belong somewhere when you’re balancing the line between life and death.

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Book Review: The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter

Book Review: The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter

I’ve been finding myself picking up more and more adult fantasy books that I wouldn’t have picked up in the past. Books that have more of a literary feel to them. Literary fiction isn’t generally for me, so any books that give me that vibe I always steered clear of. But now I see a book like The Path of Thorns or The House of Sorrowing Stars, and I find myself intrigued. I’m grateful to Titan for sending me this book and introducing me to the works of A.G. Slatter.

The Path of Thorns follows Asher Todd, a woman who has recently joined the Morwood family as a governess. She’s not trained in the skills, but she does understand botany and herbcraft. Skills she uses not only to teach the children but to help those around the estate. But Asher has a secret. She knows things about the Morwood family, and she’s come here with revenge in her heart. But as she grows close to her charges, she finds she’s thrown herself down a path that she can’t stop, and she has no choice but to complete her original plans.

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Blog Tour – Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Blog Tour – Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Though I’m not the biggest reader of historical fantasy, I adore books that take inspiration from myth and folklore. I’m also a history nerd who was fascinated to find a fantasy book set during the Saxon invasion. It’s not a period that you see many books set during, so I’ve been excited about this one for a while. I’ve been meaning to get to this book since it was released last year, so I was happy to get on the paperback tour with Black Crow PR.

As well as talking about the book in general, I will be talking about the use of folklore. I’m not hugely familiar with The Twa Sisters, as ballads aren’t my area of expertise, but I like how this one was retold. As well as that, we have hints of other tales from Cornwall and a nice mix of Celtic – and Norse – folktales. Some of these are seemingly original to the text, whilst others are connected with tales that we all know.

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Book Review: Misrule by Heather Walter

Book Review: Misrule by Heather Walter

I’m obviously a big fan of fairytale retellings, and I also read a lot of queer books. Both of those things meant that I was going to read Malice by Heather Walter when it came out last year. It was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, so I thought I’d see if I could get an early copy of the sequel to read… And I did! Thanks so much to the team at Del Rey for both the ARC and finished copies of this book. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great ending to a fascinating duology.

Malice followed Alyce and Aurora as they tried to break Aurora’s curse. But though true love’s kiss saved Aurora once, she was put back into a magical sleep. Anyone would be able to kiss her awake, apart from Alyce. 100 years have passed, and the Briar Kingdom is now home to Alyce’s Dark Court. Over the years, she has been destroying the fae courts for her people whilst secretly trying to find a way to remove the curse from the woman she loves. Alyce would do anything for Aurora, but when she finally awakens, will she be able to love the villain Alyce has become?

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Will I Like This Book? – Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

Will I Like This Book? – Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

Hello!

Today I’m here with the start of what I’m hoping will be a series of posts. I don’t know how regular they’ll be, but after thinking a lot about ReadersFirst, I decided this could be fun to do on my blog.

Every now and then, we see sampler booklets or posts on various websites that allow us to get a preview of books that are coming out. It’s always exciting to get a preview of a book that we’re either excited about or are at least just curious.

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief is a middle-grade fantasy book coming out this April. Waterstones are pushing it pretty hard, so I grabbed the sampler out of curiosity. I am trying to read a little more middle-grade, so this sounded like a great idea for a first post.

This book follows a 13-year-old Skandar who has always dreamed of becoming a unicorn rider. During the annual hatching, Skandar manages to find his way onto the island and to the door that reveals that he was, in fact, fated to have a unicorn. But there’s a twisted enemy who has stolen one of the newly-hatched unicorns, and whilst trying to solve this mystery, Skandar discovers a secret.

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Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

Book Review: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

It’s one of the best experiences in the world to get the opportunity to read one of your most anticipated books. The Stardust Thief is the debut novel by Chelsea Abdullah that comes out this May. It’s a One Thousand and One Nights retelling by a Kuwaiti author, and it’s one that sounded like so much fun. I was right to assume that.

I was so lucky to have been an early copy of this book from Nazia at Orbit. I can’t wait for my signed edition from Waterstones to arrive, but at least for now, I have this edition to read and hug.

Loulie al-Nazari is known as the Midnight Merchant. With her djinn partner and artefacts, the pair are known for tracking down magical objects and selling them on. After she saves the coward younger prince, the Sultan sends her on a mission with the older prince to find a particular magical lamp. Loulie doesn’t want to work with djinn killers, but she has no choice otherwise, and soon she finds out that she’s been dragged into something even more dangerous than she’d realised.

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Book Review: A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

Book Review: A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

You may remember that back in December, I wrote two posts containing my most anticipated books for early in 2022. One of the books on the fantasy list was A Magic Steeped in Poison. It’s a book with a stunning cover, and the US release of the sequel is released in August. So there won’t be a very long wait. Back then, I also said I didn’t know if this book would have a UK release date, and I can now confirm it has. It’ll be released in paperback in the UK in September! So that means that more of you will be able to enjoy this book this year.

I was lucky enough to receive an e-arc of this through NetGalley. I’m so glad that I’ve had the chance to read this because now I can wax lyrical about this story in the hopes you’ll go out and buy the book! Okay, maybe not all that lyrical, but this was a book that I am very excited about.

A Magic Steeped in Poison follows Ning. Ever since her mother died and her sister got sick due to a poison in the tea that Ning served them, she’s hated her hands. Yet her hands are the very thing that could save her sister. When they receive a letter inviting their mother’s apprentice to enter a competition to become the court Shennong-shi — a magic practitioner whose spells are enacted through tea — Ning knows she has to enter and win in the hope of winning a wish from the princess. With that wish, she could get the medical help that her sister needs. Within the walls of the court, Ning winds up tangled up within magic and intrigue both, and her attraction to a boy she meets at the market may cause her more trouble than she’d have ever expected.

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Book Review: Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Book Review: Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

I do love getting the Harper360 blogger newsletter. I love receiving some of the books I asked for from it even more. I know I’m lucky when I do, and from the last newsletter, I requested Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye. This is a dark YA fantasy novel inspired by Yoruba-Nigeran mythology. Aspects of it feel like this could be a sci-fi fantasy novel (a fantasy novel set in a distant future), and I loved that.

Sloane has powers that allow her to incinerate any enemy at will, but it’s a power that she’s had to hide. When she’s conscripted into the Lucis army as a child soldier, she has to learn about her powers as she rises through the ranks. Her goal is to find out what happened to her dead mother and eventually get revenge.

Before I start this review, I need to give some content warnings. This book is incredibly dark and features sensitive content including attempted rape, child soldiers, self-harm, ritual cutting, torture and other things associated with war.

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Book Review: A Fate Of Wrath & Flame by K.A. Tucker

Book Review: A Fate Of Wrath & Flame by K.A. Tucker

Unfortunately, this will be my last post for FaRoFeb. I’d hoped to get a few more books read and reviewed, but alas. I just read other things instead. I’m pleased that I did manage at least two books. And I do still plan on reading most of the others that I listed in my post. Just not the wizard one as that was a DNF. Yikes.

A Fate Of Wrath & Flame is a New Adult Fantasy Romance novel by K.A. Tucker, who may be better known for her contemporary romance. This book follows Romeria, a gifted thief who has been living on the streets since she was a teen. On a job one night, she runs into a mysterious woman who tells her she has a job for her. Not wanting to take it on but not having a choice, Romeria goes along with her. The mission turns out to be in another world on the verge of war and filled with elemental magic. Romeria’s quest should be simple. She has to steal a stone from a sacred garden. But the identity she has assumed turns out to be that of a captured Princess, an enemy who had just poisoned the previous King and Queen. Not to mention the fiance of the new one. Romeria winds up pulled into a scheme by the King, but that’s fine by her. It might just allow her to complete her mission.

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