Hiiii friends! So, it’s been a few (ok, more than a few) months since I last posted on here. Life got crazy, I lost motivation, and just needed the mental break. Since then, I have started a new position at work and have settled in nicely. I enjoyed a fun summer, with time at the lake house with family, a lot of local craft brewery visits, and lots of walkies with my old pup Baxter.
I had a low volume of books read during the summer months, but have been crushing it since September. I’ve already met and exceeded my yearly Goodreads goal of 160 books, and am at 184 books as of right now.
Here’s my November Wrap Up. I finished 22 books, all a mix of ebook/audiobook/physical reads. I absolutely loved many of them, but my absolute favorite was Old Country by Matt & Harrison Query (2022 horror release), and The Unbound Witch by Miranda Lyn (a 2023 release- date TBD). Some of my other top reads were Forbidden by Addison Arrowdell, Leech by Hiron Ennes, and Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Buccalia.
Have you read any of these books? Did you love any of them?
December reading plans…..
I have a lot of “hopefuls” for December, some buddy reads, and some 2023 ARCs to read and review before release. I’m going to do my best to stay on top of posting my reviews, but I also have plans to do “Fantasy Friday” and “Sunday Scaries” feature posts. I’ve been doing them in the Facebook book group, Stay Bookish, that I admin and it’s been positively received. That sold me on sharing them here as well!
December Group Reads
Babel by R.F. Kuang
The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine
Ledge by Stacey McEwan
The Watchers by A.M. Shine
The Twenty by Sam Holland (also a 2023 ARC)
January 2023 ARCs
Locust Lane by Stephen Amidon
What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall
Briardark by S.A. Harian
City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaefer
Waking Fire by Jean Louise
December Hopefuls (TBR-ish)
One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig
House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson
Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson
The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling
Witchful Thinking by Celestine Martin
Taken by Addison Arrowdell
Twinkle Twinkle Little Bar by Isabella May
Kingston by Leila James
The Company of Fiends by Kathyrn Moon
Let me know if there is anything on my list for December that’s also on yours, or something you’ve already read! As always, I’m setting the bar really high for myself but am optimistic to get through most of these. I’m looking forward to the final month of 2022, some amazing reads, and the holidays with family.
Hello friends, welcome back to my third book tour of the Summer! (Number two is late, and will be posted soon!! Sorry!!) Also, Happy Pride month!!! I am so excited to feature The Fae Keeper by H.E. Edgmon this month. This is the sequel to The Witch King, a very fun and unique YA Fae fantasy story with amazing trans and other lgbtq rep, and an adventure that will keep you turning pages.
THE FAE KEEPER
By H.E. Edgmon
On Sale: May 31, 2022
YOUNG ADULT FICTION/Fantasy/ Epic/Romance/LGBTQ+
$18.99 USD $23.99 CAN
About the Book
In the heart-stopping sequel to The Witch King, Wyatt and Emyr attempt to rebuild Asalin despite unexpected new enemies within their kingdom.
Two weeks after the door to Faery closed once more, Asalin is still in turmoil. Emyr and Wyatt are hunting Derek and Clarke themselves after having abolished the corrupt Guard, and are trying to convince the other kingdoms to follow their lead. But when they uncover the hidden truth about the witches’ real place in fae society, it becomes clear the problems run much deeper than anyone knew. And this may be more than the two of them can fix.
As Wyatt struggles to learn control of his magic and balance his own needs with the needs of a kingdom, he must finally decide on the future he wants—before he loses the future he and Emyr are building…
About the Author
H.E. EDGMON (he/they) is a questionable influence, a dog person, and an author of books both irreverent and radicalizing. Born and raised in the rural south, he currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his eccentric little family. His stories imagine Indigenous worlds and center queer kids saving each other. H.E. has never once gotten enough sleep and probably isn’t going to anytime soon. THE WITCH KING was his debut.
Two weeks after my boyfriend dies in my arms, we go to the woods in the middle of the night to close a portal to another world.
Emyr—my boyfriend, now less dead and more of a king— brushes his knuckles against the back of my hand as we weave through honey locusts, moonlight making puppets of our shadows. He doesn’t say anything, but there’s no need to.
Briar and Jin, walking side by side a few feet ahead, fill the silence for us, their yellow and purple energies batting back and forth at each other as they do.
“So, we’ll do this one, and then—”
“Right, these three, yeah. Are we sure about—”
“I don’t know. Maybe we should go back to—”
“I was just thinking that, yeah, and I was also thinking—”
Their conversation is both about me and not, and I only manage to half follow it. They’re still knocking out the logistics of what we’re about to do, making last-minute decisions on the sigils they’re going to use to close the door to Faery.
“What if it doesn’t work?” Briar asks, and she’s still talking to Jin, but her eyes meet mine when I look her way. I can only face her dark, tender stare without an answer.
Because I don’t have one.
This isn’t the first time we’ve tried closing the door. Briar, Emyr, and I have been out here a few times on our own. But Briar and I can barely come up with an ounce of magic between us, and Emyr is a fae Healer. None of us is exactly perfect for the job.
“It will work,” Tessa snaps, pushing past Emyr and me to force her way to the front of the group. “So, that’s a pointless question.”
My charming sister. We brought her into this endeavor the same time we told Jin, once we realized we were never going to fix the problem on our own. Tonight’s the first night we’ll try all together.
And it has to be tonight.
In the morning, Briar leaves Asalin, the fae kingdom hidden in upstate New York, for her home in Texas. She and her mother, Nadua, are going to start tracking down their family’s changeling contacts, gathering more information on the secret network of their people around the world. Changelings keep their true nature hidden, pretending to be human to avoid fae eyes, not wanting to face the same mistreatment the witches do.
But Emyr is king now, and he wants something better. With Briar and Nadua on his side, maybe we can make allies out of these creatures we didn’t even know existed.
Which would be fucking great, because allies are something we’re desperately in need of. Briar might be leaving Asalin tomorrow, but so are the rest of us. Emyr, Tessa, Jin, and I are heading to North Carolina, to follow up on a lead on the whereabouts of Derek and Clarke Pierce.
The sibling duo who killed Emyr. Who then escaped from Asalin and went on the run.
Under normal circumstances, hunting down his own assassins would not be the king’s job. But since one of Emyr’s first royal decrees was to finally shut down the Guard—the corrupt fae police force, previously led by Derek—in a move that wildly pissed off most of his kingdom, and the people he trusts not to murder him (again) are basically limited to the five of us in the woods right now…
Well, we don’t have a lot of options.
“Yeah, it’s gonna be fine.” I am trying to get better at sounding all confident and positive about things, even when the hamster in my head is screaming and its wheel is on fire. I’ve learned recently that being intentionally shitty about everything is not a personality, actually, or at least not one that’s fun to be around.
When Emyr’s knuckles graze mine again, I lace our fingers together. He squeezes, his gold energy wrapping like a cuff around my wrist, his claws digging into the fragile skin on the back of my hand. I don’t pull away, even when it starts to hurt a little.
We’re greeted in front of the door by Boom. The hellhound sits twenty feet away from the opening, red eyes sharp and keen as he keeps watch, black hackles raised along his back. He hates this place.
Which really makes me feel good, you know, about what the hell is over there.
I reach over with my free hand to scratch the top of Boom’s head, nails scraping the base of his ears. “You can go home, bud. You don’t have to be here for this.”
He huffs, tilting his neck back to nip gently at my fingers, and then returns to his superimportant task of glaring at the door.
Though I’d really rather not, I turn to look in the same direction.
If you don’t know what you’re looking at, the door to Faery isn’t much of a door. It isn’t much of anything at all except a feeling—a wrongness. Two elm trees, ancient but long dead and blackened, have grown twisted together in the middle of the woods, their branches tangling into ugly knots to form an unnatural archway.
Before, when I looked at the door, I would see nothing. Not beyond it, to Asalin’s forest on the other side of the trees. Not through it, to the world of Faery inside. Just…nothing. It was as if my eyes couldn’t, or wouldn’t, focus on it. It was the same for all witches, while Emyr, like the rest of the fae, could see through it to whatever desolate wasteland was on the other side. But there was nothing for me here except the heavy feeling of something forbidden.
Now it’s the same, but it isn’t. I still don’t see Faery, not really, I don’t think. But I see…flashes. Sometimes, there is that strange, elusive, almost staticky nothing that sets my teeth on edge. And sometimes, for the briefest moments, there is something else. Something just as difficult for my brain to process, something so abhorrent that my eyes simply refuse to register it’s there until it’s gone again.
I want this fucking door dead bolted. Immediately.
“Alright. Let’s get to it, then.” Tessa claps her hands together and turns to look at Jin, raising her eyebrows. “You bring the thing?”
“Oh, right, yeah.” Jin digs a hand into their oversize mesh cargo pants, pulling out a small metal box, passing it over into Tessa’s waiting hand.
Tessa turns back around, and her soft lilac energy jumps to life, slicking from her fingertips and up her arms. She lifts the box to the base of one of the branches, and, with a deep breath, shoves it into the bark. The black elm allows her to do it, the tree opening itself up to her magic to accommodate the strange little device, making space for it to nest perfectly in the wood as if it’d grown there.
As soon as she does, the doorway begins to flicker. Once, quickly, and then a few more times in rapid succession, and then, a soft blue light fills the archway and doesn’t dim again.
This is why we needed these two.
Jin’s pet project for a while has been taking human technology and finding ways to integrate it with witch magic. They’ve invented cell phones that allow them to send spells through cyberspace, and laptops that let them share magically binding documents in the cloud. And this? This is a security system, ripped off from human designs, programmed with witch magic, that we’re about to install with sigils for a passcode.
Yes, we are, in fact, going to close the five-hundred-year-old door to the magical fairy-tale planet with a dressed-up ADT alarm. Because of course we are.
We need Tessa to make sure Jin’s spellwork is able to weave itself into the forest properly. As an Influencer, Tessa can shape the world around her.
It’s also nice to have a fae on hand who isn’t about to lose her shit at the sight of the tech magic.
Jin and Emyr worked on these projects together. He helped them with their design, their shared visions.
And then Clarke and Derek used Jin’s cell phone to send the magic that killed him. Now, even watching this display unfold in front of us, I can feel the way Emyr tenses at my side, the way his hand tightens around mine even more.
I wince when his claws prick blood, and he jerks away. I snatch his hand back with an absolutely not scoff. He doesn’t squeeze this time.
“Okay, it’s all yours.” Tessa waves her arm out, ushering Jin and Briar forward. “Make it quick.”
I know I should be helping them with the sigils. I’m supposed to be learning this shit, too. It’s important, and I’m already seventeen years behind, and if there were a witchcraft final exam, I would fail it. Big fail it.
But I don’t let go of Emyr’s hand to join them. I just stroke my thumb against his, watching the way his energy tightens like armor around his chest and hoping my touch makes him feel anchored to his body, because I love him, and I need to do this right now. And I let our friends close the door, and I don’t worry about not doing my part, because I know they love me anyway, and they need to do that right now.
Minutes later, the blue light in the archway flickers again and then disappears.
“Okay…um. Okay, it’s done.” Briar’s words are soft, and she takes a few steps back, tilting her head to consider the elm trees.
“Are we sure?” Tessa demands.
“Positive.” Briar nods. She looks over her shoulder at me, offering a lopsided half grin, flashing one little dimple when she does. “It’s over. We did it.”
Next to me, Emyr exhales. Boom rolls onto his back in the dirt.
“It’s just a shame we couldn’t even take a peek inside.” Jin’s voice is a taut whisper, each word seemingly pried from their throat. Their eyes flit across the twisted tree branches covering the now-closed doorway, and I notice the way their hand gives the smallest of twitches at their side. “Not even a look.”
“If my father’s account of Faery is to be believed, we don’t ever want to go through this door.” Emyr sounds exhausted at the mention of Leonidas, his father, who lied about what was behind this door for decades. My black energy winds up and curls around his throat, stroking through the curls at the nape of his neck. “Besides, we have more important matters to deal with right now.”
“Whaaaat? C’mon.” I huff sarcastically, reaching down to pat at his backside. “Personally, I don’t think we have enough going on. What if we got another dog?”
I pretend not to see the scowl Emyr slides me. But Boom’s ears perk up with interest.
“I don’t give a shit what’s over there,” Tessa snaps, balancing her hands on her hips, still eyeing the doorway with contempt. “I’m more concerned about what might’ve already come through.”
Right. That part.
We definitely don’t have time to deal with that part.
Here’s hoping it doesn’t come back to bite us in the ass.
I am incredibly excited to start this, which will be as soon as I get dinner started! Burrito bowls tonight, so a good book is definitely needed while I let my mind devour a book! I hope you take a chance and read this series, especially if you’re looking for a fun fantasy read for Pride Month. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you soon for the next fun book tour of the Summer.
Hello friends and Happy Tuesday! I am back in full swing with a bunch of fun Summer blog tours. I’ll be bringing a nice mix of Thriller, RomCom and YA Fantasy. Kicking off my tours and first up to bat is On a Quiet Street by Seraphina Nova Glass, which is a domestic thriller and quite the wild ride.
ON A QUIET STREET
Author: Seraphina Nova Glass ISBN: 9781525899751 Publication Date: May 17, 2022 Publisher: Graydon House Books
Author Bio: Seraphina Nova Glass is a professor and playwright-in-residence at the University of Texas, Arlington, where she teaches film studies and playwriting. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Smith College, and she’s also a screenwriter and award-winning playwright. Seraphina has traveled the world using theatre and film as a teaching tool, living in South Africa, Guam and Kenya as a volunteer teacher, AIDS relief worker, and documentary filmmaker.
Book Summary: A simple arrangement. A web of deceit with shocking consequences. Welcome to Brighton Hills: an exclusive, gated community set against the stunning backdrop of the Oregon coast. Home to doctors, lawyers, judges–all the most upstanding members of society. Nothing ever goes wrong here. Right? Cora’s husband, Finn, is a cheater. She knows it; she just needs to prove it. She’s tired of being the nagging, suspicious wife who analyzes her husband’s every move. She needs to catch him in the act. And what better way to do that than to set him up for a fall? Paige has nothing to lose. After she lost her only child in a hit-and-run last year, her life fell apart: her marriage has imploded, she finds herself screaming at baristas and mail carriers, and she’s so convinced Caleb’s death wasn’t an accident that she’s secretly spying on all everyone
in Brighton Hills so she can find the murderer. So it’s easy for her to entrap Finn and prove what kind of man he really is. But Paige and Cora are about to discover far more than a cheating husband. What starts as a little agreement between friends sets into motion a series of events neither of them could have ever predicted, and that exposes the deep fault lines in Brighton Hills. Especially concerning their mysterious new neighbor, Georgia, a beautiful recluse who has deep, dark secrets of her own…
It isn’t often that a thriller keeps me guessing until the very end, but this one really threw some twists that had me reeling. We follow a couple of the women living in this gated community, each with their own secrets but somehow drawn together.
The characters were really well written, some I loved and some were very easy to like. Th plot moves right along and the pacing/writing was excellent. A true story of revenge and justice, and one I look forward to revisiting in the future.
Thank you for checking out my stop on the blog tour for On a Quiet Street, I hope I’ve convinced you to snag a copy or borrow from the library! If you have a thriller recommendation let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for new ones to read.
Hello again and welcome back! We’re here for day two, stop number two of four, for the Harlequin Holiday Romance Blog Tours I’m participating in. This book is definitely my favorite so far, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it. Let’s dive right in and find out about Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo.
Can I just say, how adorable is this cover and Georgia?! She wrote the cutest story I’ve read in a long time. Let’s find out more about it!
Georgia Toffolo is a broadcaster and TV personality. She has been a firm favourite with the public right from the start of her TV debut, Made in Chelsea, all the way to winning over the hearts of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2018.
Georgia turned her eye to fashion and has curated two sell out collections with fashion retailer Shein. An ambassador for many British brands, both large and small, Georgia has also collaborated with Dyson, Baileys, Emma Bridgewater, Great British Racing, Foreo and Malibu amongst many more.
Most recently, Georgia has dived into the world of fiction by publishing her debut novel Meet Me in London with publishing house Mills and Boon. This is the first of an original series of four books following a group of lifelong friends and bringing personal anecdotes to life with humour and charm.
What do you do when your fake engagement starts to feel too real?
Aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming.
Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well-meaning, mother is pressing him to bring his girlfriend home for a visit. A girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering while he focuses on the business.
When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting, as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed, will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for?
Have you ever read a book with the fake romance trope? They usually end up being a hilarious adventure, but this one was done so tenderly. Now for my review, I hope you enjoy!
My Review –
This is an adorable, heartwarming, feel good story of two strangers who bump in to each other on the street, leading to an agreement for a fake engagement. The characters are well rounded and show growth throughout the story. While we see the trope of a fake relationship, this story is so much more than that. A story of hope, of making the best of hard situations, and of fighting for what you love. It is set in the winter, with the ending around Christmas, which made it a perfect December read to cozy up with. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books from this author, her writing style is beautiful.
Please let me know if you read Meet Me In London, or any other of the books from my tour stops. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Two more stops coming up, so I’ll see you again real soon. Have a wonderful weekend friends!
Hello friends, and Happy December! Can you believe we’re in the final month of 2021 already? I’m having trouble wrapping my head around it. Well, regardless it’s the holiday season and that means cheesy Hallmark movies and Harlequin Christmas romance novels. Hooray! I’m very excited to share my first of four Holiday Romance tour stops. We begin with A Little Christmas Spirit by Sheila Roberts.
This was my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not sharing my full review yet, that comes at the end of the post, but I would definitely recommend this book to fans of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. One of the main characters is a curmudgeonly old man who definitely makes an impression on his neighbors. It was just a delightful read! But first, let me share some info about the book and author.
The best Christmas gifts—family, friendship, and second chances—are all waiting to be unwrapped in this sparkling new novel from USA Today bestselling author Sheila Roberts.
Single mom Lexie Bell hopes to make this first Christmas in their new home special for her six-year-old son, Brock. Festive lights and homemade fudge, check. Friendly neighbors? Uh, no. The reclusive widower next door is more grinchy than nice. But maybe he just needs a reminder of what matters most. At least sharing some holiday cheer with him will distract her from her own lack of romance…
Stanley Mann lost his Christmas spirit when he lost his wife and he sees no point in looking for it. Until she shows up in his dreams and informs him it’s time to ditch his Scroogey attitude. Stanley digs in his heels but she’s determined to haunt him until he wakes up and rediscovers the joys of the season. He can start by being a little more neighborly to the single mom next door. In spite of his protests he’s soon making snowmen and decorating Christmas trees. How will it all end?
Merrily, of course. A certain Christmas ghost is going to make sure of that
Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in Washington State, where most of her novels are set. Her books have been published in several languages. On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network and her novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas, was made into a movie for Hallmark.
I’ll keep this short and sweet, because this book really speaks for itself. I am a sucker for the Scrooge, crotchety old man character. Stanley reminded me a bit of Ove from A Man called Ove, and that just cracked the ice from my heart. This was a cute, heartwarming story about grief, living life because you only have one to live, and enjoying those around you. One of my absolute favorite tropes is found family, and this book has a great one!! I laughed, a shed a few tears, and I smiled a ton. Recipe for a great read!!
I hope you enjoyed this tour stop, please give this book a read! It was such a fun holiday literary adventure. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon for my next couple tours and other fun bookish posts. Stay safe and healthy everyone!
Welcome back everyone, and welcome to my stop on the tour for The Keeper of Night by debut author Kylie Lee Baker. I am very excited to be a stop on the tour for this dark and emotional fantasy story about what one will do to be accepted and belong. I adore stories steeped in Japanese folklore, and this book definitely delivers. So let’s get started!
The Keeper of Night Kylie Lee Baker On Sale Date: October 12, 2021 9781335405661 Hardcover Inkyard Press $18.99 USD Ages 13 And Up 400 pages
ABOUT THE BOOK: Julie Kagawa meets Scythe in this captivating and evocative journey into Death’s domain as one soul collector seeks her place in the underworld of 1890s Japan. Book 1 of a planned duology.
Death is her destiny. Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough yearns for the acceptance she has never found among the Reapers who raised her. When the Shinigami powers she can no longer hide force her to flee for her life, Ren and her younger brother—the only being on earth to care for her—travel to Japan and the dark underworld of Yomi, where Ren hopes to claim her place among the Shinigami and finally belong. But the Goddess of Death is no more welcoming than the Reapers who raised her, and Ren finds herself set on an impossible task—find and kill three yokai demons, and maybe, just maybe, she can earn a place in Death’s service. With only her brother and an untrustworthy new ally by her side, Ren will learn how far she’ll go to win the acceptance she craves, and whether the cost of belonging is worth any sacrifice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kylie Lee Baker grew up in Boston and has since lived in Atlanta, Salamanca, and Seoul. Her writing is informed by her heritage (Japanese, Chinese, and Irish), as well as her experiences living abroad as both a student and teacher. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Spanish from Emory University and is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science degree at Simmons University. In her free time, she watches horror movies, plays the cello, and bakes too many cookies. The Keeper of Night is her debut novel.
My Review- I was immediately drawn to the description of this book because the main characters are Reapers, beings who collect souls for Death, and because it is richly steeped in Japanese folklore and spirits. Both of which are components that I love in a dark fantasy story. We immediately meet our MC, Ren, who is half British Reaper and half Japanese Shinigami, and her half brother Neven, who is full Reaper. We quickly learn that Ren doesn’t feel a sense of belonging in England, especially with the bullying she endures from the High Reapers. Under dire circumstances Ren escapes to Japan to find the answers she’s been looking for. The plot was so well written, it kept me invested the entire book. The incorporation of Japanese folklore was incredibly well done, and super creepy (which I loved). There was some incredible character growth, and some twists that I never saw coming. I gave this book four stars and am incredibly excited for the sequel and finale to the duology to release.
Thank you to Inkyard Press for the chance to read and review The Keeper of The Night. If you want to know where you can buy the book or follow the author then click any of the links below.
Hello friends and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Mara Rutherford’s Luminous. I could not have been more excited to be offered the chance to read Mara’s newest book and be a part of Inkyard Press’s blog tour. I’ve been a fan of Mara’s writing and beautiful stories since her debut book, Crown of Coral and Pearl. So without further ado…. here we go!
LUMINOUS by Mara Rutherford On sale: October 5, 2021 ISBN: 9781335405654 Inkyard Press Teen & Young Adult; Epic Fantasy $19.99 / $24.99 CAN 384 Pages
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From the author of Crown of Coral and Pearl comes an immersive new fantasy about a witch who must learn to harness her power—or risk losing her loved ones forever.
Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.
To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos—and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world with her marine-turned-diplomat husband. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara holds a master’s degree in cultural studies from the University of London. When she’s not writing or chasing after her two sons, she can usually be found pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone, whether at a traditional Russian banya or an Incan archaeological site. Mara is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor.
So what do you think? I was absolutely enthralled by the description of this story, and it did not disappoint. I love how Mara balances the art of world building and strong character development, blending some of the most magical stories. Here’s my review!
Review – This was an incredible and magical book! Yet again Mara had balanced strong world building and character development to bring an outstanding story of believing in yourself, and never giving up! One of my favorite parts was the bond shared between the Duval sisters. They had such dynamic of personality but shared love for each other. The Magic system was creative with how each witch or mage obtained a different type of magic. It definitely lent to an exciting story! There were a few particularly dark scenes and absolutely had me captivated and on the edge of my seat. Highly, highly recommend Luminous to everyone who loves a good magical story with wholesome characters. I cannot wait for a physical copy to adorn my shelves!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my stop on the tour for Luminous by Mara Rutherford. I highly recommend this and her previous books. Thank you to Mara and Inkyard Press for this opportunity. If you’re intrigued and want to know where you can find her books or follow Mara, check out the links below.
Hey hey, friends! I’m back with a fun review of a Stephen King-esque book to review. I’m behind and slacking on all things blog and NetGalley, but I’m trying to get back at it. I’m super excited to tell you about The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig and share my review.
I’m one of those crazies who starts decorating for Fall and Halloween the first of September. I absolutely might have decorated super early this year, but I did wait til September to start reading spooky books. Luckily I have quite a few spookies on my NetGalley backlog, and this was top of my list. I’d read, and loved, Chuck Wendig’s previous book The Wanderers so I was sure I’d love this book.
Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there.
Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have—and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures.
Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania.
Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.
And now what happened long ago is happening again . . . and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic.
This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.
My Review – 4/5 stars
There was something about this book that was spellbinding in a way. At first I thought it was just slow to get into, but there was something that kept compelling me to keep reading. Chuck Wendig has a way of craftily leaving the most delicate trail of bread crumbs for his readers to follow. Occasionally rewarding them with something big, and then leading them back to the trail. I am awed with the story he’s woven here, not quite dark fantasy and not quite scifi but the most delicious blend of both. The characters were incredibly well written, and the world(s) he crafted are something out of Lovecraft’s nightmares. I would definitely recommend this to lovers of Stephen King, and of books that really make you think and pay attention to detail. So, If you’re just looking for an easy to follow, scare me book then keep going. This is a story that you have to take your time unwrapping to really get to the sweet stuff. What an insanely wild ride, and I’m so glad I stuck with it!
Thanks for taking the time to read my review! I hope this helps you determine if it’s a book you’ll want to read or not. If you’re a fan of Spooky Season let me know what’s on your TBR! I’ve been letting my mood determine what I read lately and have been successful with that method, so no predetermined TBR for me. I did go through and pull all the witchy, vampire, werewolf, supernatural and horror books from my shelves and filled my TBR cart. This way I can easily browse and pick my next read. I’ll be back soon with more reviews and juicy bits!
Hey, heyyyy! I’m back! I never really intended to take such a long hiatus from posting, but I overloaded myself with tours and got burnt out. I’m ready to get back in the game, and have some fun ideas to test out here. I hope you’ve all been doing well, reading lots, and staying safe!
May, June, and July were very slow reading months for me. My social life picked up and I started a new job position at work. All fantastic things, but if you know me then you know I get kind of cranky when I don’t have time to read. I read 8 book in May, 3 in June, and 5 in July. I enjoyed the books I read and thankfully am still on track/ahead on my Goodreads Yearly Goal. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back to normal reading habits, and getting back to sharing my adventures with you!
I’ll be changing up how I was doing my blog posts, set schedule for fun content, and I will be participating in less blog tours, ARC reviews…. or so I say (we all know I can’t resist). I find that I tend to get a little over excited and load my schedule up with them. Then when I want to read the books I own, or reread a favorite, I don’t have the time. I also have an extremely large backlog of NetGalley books that I need to clean up. Yikes!! I’ll get there, and am very eager to read some of the books on that list.
What have I been reading recently? Great question! I actually just finished an amazing book over the weekend The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renee Ahdieh. It’s a YA Fantasy novel set in historic New Orleans about a young girl named Celine who travels from Paris, France to escape a terrible event and ends up meeting the town’s infamous and mysterious Sebastien St Germain. There are vampires, werewolves, fey, slow burn romance and lots of witty comments. Basically, it’s everything I love in a good fantasy story. The third book is set to release on December 7th and I am impatiently awaiting that date. 🙂
I’ve been letting my moods pick what I read, instead of preparing a set TBR list each month, and so far it’s working out better for me! I still pick a few books that I’d “like to get to”, but don’t pressure myself to read them. I am trying to knock out the rest of the prompts for the 2021 Read Harder Book Riot challenge, and found a few promising contenders. I’m also trying to finish reading a bunch of series I started but never completed, such as The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare/Outlander by Diana Gabaldon/Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, etc. I’ve got some great books lined up through the Kindle Unlimited service, so stayed tuned for some recs on there as K.U. actually has some amazing books to read!
Okie dokie, I’m sure I’ve chatted enough for now! I’ll be back soon with one of my new content ideas, so hopefully you’ll tune back in on Thursday. Stay safe, read some good books and take care friends!
Hi friends! It’s been a while, too long actually. I’m super excited to be back and bringing you my stop on the Harlequin Summer 2021 blog tour for Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley. This is Kate’s debut novel, and it was such a fun read! I love to sprinkle in some cute romcoms during the summer, and this one does not disappoint.
KATE BROMLEY lives in New York City with her husband, son, and her somewhat excessive collection of romance novels (It’s not hoarding if it’s books, right?). She was a preschool teacher for seven years and is now focusing full-time on combining her two great passions – writing swoon-worthy love stories and making people laugh. Talk Bookish to Me is her first novel.
TALK BOOKISH TO ME (On-sale: May 25, 2021; Graydon House; Trade Paperback Original; $15.99) is a laugh-out-loud stunner of a story, perfect for fans of Beach Read and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, that will delight book nerds everywhere!
Kara Sullivan is definitely not avoiding her deadline. After all, it’s the week of her best friend’s wedding and she’s the maid of honor, so she’s got lots of responsibilities. As a bestselling romance novelist with seven novels under her belt, she’s a pro and looming deadlines and writer’s block (which she definitely doesn’t have) don’t scare her. She’s just eager to support Cristina as she ties the knot with Jason.
But who should show up at Cristina and Jason’s rehearsal dinner but Kara’s college ex-boyfriend, (the gorgeous and infuriating) Ryan? Apparently, he’s one of Jason’s childhood friends, and he’s in the wedding party, too. Considering neither Kara nor Ryan were prepared to see each other again, it’s decidedly a meet-NOT-cute. There is nothing cute about this situation, and a bit of notice to mentally prepare would’ve been nice, Cristina! However, when Kara sits down to write again the next day, her writers’ block is suddenly gone. She has to wonder what’s changed. Are muses real…? And is Kara’s muse…Ryan?
If you’re still with me this far, thank you for sticking with me! So what do you think, sounds like a cute read?! I really enjoyed this book, and read it in 2 nights. I even stayed up until 1am (a weekend night) to finish the second half of the book, and have absolutely no regrets for that decision. This book reminded me a lot of the fun, light-hearted books that I love so much written by Christina Lauren.
I had to give Talk Bookish To Me a five star rating because it was quirky, had substance and realistic relationships, just enough cheesy parts to be cute, and a fun read. I felt the characters were well developed, and had a great balance in dynamics. Ryan’s bulldog was a great addition to the story, however I am always a sucker for a quirky pup in books. I got really emotionally invested in this story, which shows that the main character Kara was easy to relate with. The plot had good flow and I felt that the story resolved really well. I loved that it not only spoke to personal intimate relationships, but family relationships also. Kara and her mom were adorable.
I definitely recommend this book to fans of Christina Lauren, Helena Hunting, and Sophie Kinsella. It truly is the perfect summer/beach read, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it once you’ve read it! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my review post for the Summer 2021 Tour stop for Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for me based on this book, or if you end up reading this book.
Stay tuned for a couple more blog tour posts coming up! I’m also going to do my best about posting on a more consistent basis, at least 2-3 times a month (but we all know life gets crazy sometimes). Stay safe and healthy my friends!!