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: All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Book Review: All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

This is a book you might have heard of as an OwlCrate book before and a much earlier US release. But it was a book I was so excited to read so the moment I saw it was available on NetGalley…

I obviously requested it and I was so lucky to get it.

The book follows Amora, a princess who after a poor display of her soul magic during a ceremony, decided she needed to travel with a pirate to do something to prove that she still deserves to be Queen. This is a book with a smallish cast that grows with the book but there’s princesses, pirates, rebels and mermaids. Sounds like a lot of fun, right?

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Book Review: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Book Review: One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

I seem to be reading and reviewing a fair bit of chick-lit recently but not often picking it up otherwise.

Interesting

But, yes, I am back with another chick-lit review and this time it’s One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London. This book is being published by Two Roads press and is going to be out on July 7th!

It focuses on Bea Shumacher, a plus-size fashion blogger and social media influencer. As someone who loves fashion, she’s well aware of what people, especially men, think about larger women. So when drunk one night, she winds up posting a long rant on Twitter about the diversity of dating show the Main Squeeze that causes a lot of viewers to stop watching. To bring them back, Bea is asked to appear on the show herself and though she’s getting over former love Ray and isn’t planning on looking for love, she agrees in the hope of improving her career.

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Book Review: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Book Review: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

New favourite book alert!

I was lucky enough to have my wish granted to read this book on NetGalley and though I wasn’t hugely excited to read this book eventually…it was so damn good!

This book is being toted as a romance novel but in reality it reads more like lad lit. For those who don’t know, lad lit is a sub genre of chick-lit. Just like chick-lit, these books focus on the relationships, friendships and work life but with a comedic tone. Even when they get emotional. But where chick-lit is about women, lad lit is about men.

Boyfriend Material is essentially queer lad lit. It focuses on Luc, the son of two musicians from the 80’s who after he gets papped, needs to find a guy to date who will improve his reputation for the sake of his work. Enter Oliver, a vegetarian barrister who Luc would rather not date but, somehow, they agree to fake date and wind up falling in love.

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Book Review: Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert

Book Review: Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert

As a general rule these days, I try to read more queer books these day written by Own Voices authors. I don’t solely read them though and this book looked like the perfect rom-com for me and it was New Adult which is an age-range I’ve not read much of. So when I saw it on NetGalley, I decided I wanted to give it a read.

Conventionally Yours focuses on Conrad and Alden, two young men who play the fictional card game Odyssey. They appear on a vlog called Gamer Grandpa with their play group and their connections to it nets them tickets to a massive con and competition in Vegas. A competition that could win them a lot of fame and money. Something both of them need. Only their journey there is going to be a road trip they won’t forget and, unsurprisingly, they fall in love.

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Book Review: The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

Book Review: The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

I love superhero books, I might not pick up too many of them but there’s something so fun about seeing something you would expect to see in a comic or a movie. I’m also a sucker for books about fandom so when I discovered The Extraordinaries on NetGalley, I had to request it straight away. And screencap the summary and share it with my friends as nerdy hero fanboy reminded me of Deku and we all love My Hero Academia, okay?

So The Extraordinaries follows Nick, a teenage boy with ADHD who obsesses over a local superhero called Shadowstar. Obsesses over him so much that he writes real person fanfiction about him where he’s in love with his self-insert. But things are happening and Nick decides to try to become a hero, not only to meet his idol but also to protect his family and friends. As he winds up mixed up with these heroes everything gets super complicated.

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Book Review: Camp by L.C Rosen

Book Review: Camp by L.C Rosen

I’ve moved on from a bunch of chick-lit arcs to a load of queer ones and Camp was a nice book to start with. I received it as a free e-book from NetGalley so in return I’ll be posting an honest review.

It focuses on Randy, a high-femme teenage boy who is totally in love with a boy at camp called Hudson. The only problem is that Hudson only dates masc boys and for Randy to get his chance, he’ll have to change completely in the hope Hudson will fall for all of him. This is a pretty typical rom-com in some aspects and obviously, it doesn’t go the way he expected and there’s lot of problems.

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Book Review: Swipe Right by Stephie Chapman

Book Review: Swipe Right by Stephie Chapman

Look at me, I’m on a roll! I’ve gotten through another chick-lit ARC but this time I sadly wasn’t hugely into it. Swipe Right focuses on Fran, a twenty-something woman who during an interview meets a very attractive and infuriating guy called Ollie with whom sparks fly that get’s them both the job. They’re both in relationships but still they can’t help falling in love and their time never seems to be right.

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Review: Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett

Review: Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett

Why didn’t I know about Harper360’s blogger emails sooner? Seriously. I signed up for them after hearing about the hardback email and was so excited when the paperback one reached my inbox. Obviously I requested a few things but the one book I got was a sequel: Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett.

This is a book that has a gorgeous cover, an interesting sounding plot and is the conclusion in a duology. The first book is Onyx and Ivory which you can get in e-book, paperback and hardback now.

Shadow and Flame is set months after the events of the first book. The wilders have their own city and council but Kate has changed. This book starts you in the thick of it before skipping ahead and the losses she faces in between mean she’s harder and no longer so trusting. But she still wants to do good for the wilders.

I won’t lie; as fascinating as the world building in these books is I didn’t hugely care for this book. Mindee Arnett has this skill with writing worlds and characters. She weaves them in this way that allows you to hear their voices and clearly visualize but I still just…didn’t care. Which is a shame as I was really excited for this book.

But I’m also not having much luck with liking sequels recently.

This duology is interesting though and if you like series where you clearly see the effects of war on the characters then this is definitely one for you.

2/5 stars