CJR The Brit Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Oh wow. You know when you read a book and it captivates you? Well this book did it for me! Vikings!

Here is a bit about the book:


Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.


Vegr yfir fjor. Honor above life.’

Eelyn is an Aska warrior, every bit a tough viking woman, strong, fearless but in battle she sees her brother, Iri, who she thought to be dead. From that moment she is pulled into the Riki way of life. But Eelyn has much more to fear than the Riki.

The picture this book painted of the viking world made me feel if I was there (mind you I don’t think I could handle seeing an animal sacrifice for real!)

The writing was sublime and the story, oh the story, I read this book slowly, savouring every word. How it focused on their world and family values, it won a place in my heart and it certainly pulled all the feels out of me!

In short, I loved every bit about it!


The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 12-18 March


This week has been good. Lighter mornings and evenings really make me feel in a better mood and I seem to be able to focus more and have motivation….do you feel that way?

I was on fire with reading this week! 4 books! I think it was because I had a book plan……and nothing got in the way! Ive also been grabbing more chances to read…..if I got up early I’d read a couple of chapters and I’m cutting back on social media. All those bloody videos pull me in!



Crux Untamed by Tillie Cole (new release) – see my review here.

Beneath by Maureen A Miller (arc) – review will follow closer to release.

Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando (arc) – review will follow closer to release.

Shake by Addison Jane (beta) – no cover revealed yet and my review will come once I have done my second read through.


I have a list!

I really need to read something off my Beat the Backlist challenge as I’ve only read 2 so far this month so I hope to read Vampire Academy books 3 and 4 by Richelle Mead.  This is a bit ambitious as these are quote big books but we shall see!


Drum roll…..and note this in your diaries as it will probably never happen again…..NONE, ZERO, ZILCH!  Yes I didn’t get any books!


Review: Snow and the 7 Huntsmen by Alta Hensley

Review: Crux Untamed by Tillie Cole *includes swears!*


How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review: Crux Untamed by Tillie Cole *includes swears!*


It started with It Ain’t Me Babe and I was hooked, like literally hooked.

The Hades Hangmen series is so good.  Not just good but SO GOOD!

The reading order is:

  • It Ain’t Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen, #1)

  • Heart Recaptured (Hades Hangmen, #2)
  • Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen, #3)
  • Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4)
  • Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5)
  • I Do, Babe (Hades Hangmen, #5.5)
  • Crux Untamed (Hades Hangmen, #6)


Anyway I digress! Here is my review **SWEARS INCLUDED**


If you love this author and love the Hangmen, you need to read this book.

Plain and simple, no question.

I’m not going to say one bit about the plot but just say that this is one of the best books of the series (and for me to say that you know it must be fabulous!) and then leave you with my favourite quotes.

It was Cowboy. His smiles. His kind heart. And it was Hush. The mysterious closed-off man that I yearned to unlock.

“Two people who are lost, two people who don’t know how the fuck to escape the darkness they’re living in.” 

And my personal favourite that made me laugh out loud…….

“You’re my baby fucking sister. Now you’re in bed with not one but two brothers, who quite honestly could be fucking each other too. All I see in my head whenever you three are mentioned is a conga line of pussy, cocks and assholes. It’s fucking with my head!”

But I will just add…Viking…..omfg I love him. I cannot wait for his book. It is just going to be epic!


CJR The Brit Review: Snow and the 7 Huntsmen by Alta Hensley


This is going to be short and not really sweet……

I admit I am completely obsessed by Snow White and the Huntsmen and I do love a bit of the old raunchy-ness (!) so when I saw 7 huntsmen my eyes popped out my head and I signed up!

However…….I only gave this 3.5 stars…..here is my review to see why:


‘My stepmother had finally sent someone to kill me.’

Not one…..but 7 someone’s.

I’m afraid that I couldn’t get past the non con elements of this book. I didn’t realise it would be that. It was so wrong. I also cringed every time I read the word cunny. Is that how fantasy huntsman speak? Maybe? And mons? What the hell is that?

Aside from this I did keep reading. Why? I’m not really sure. The writing is great. It’s done all oldy worldy but I just couldn’t get past the above.

It was quick. It was dirty. It was wrong. If you want that in a read then this is for you.

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 5-11 March


We are all back to normal here after the snowpocalypse! Amazing what a bit of snow can do….no food in the shops, no public transport and schools closed!

My reading week has been fabulous! I read 4 books!


Vampire Academy #1 by Richelle Mead (from my Beat The Backlist Challenge)

Vampire Academy #2 by Richelle Mead (from my Beat the Backlist Challenge)

I’m going to do a series review at the end of the month!


Snow White and the Seven Huntsmen by Alta Hensley (arc)

Look out for my review on release day but I really did struggle with this due to the non-con elements.


Sky in the deep by Adrienne Young (arc)

I loved this. Loved! Look out for my review post nearer to release day!



I have a list! I’m so organised! Now to see if I can pull it off!

Crux Untamed by Tillie Cole (new release)

Beneath by Maureen A Miller (arc)

Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando (arc)




I was pretty reserved this week and only bought 1!

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller



Review: Until Harmony by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Unboxing: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World


How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review: Nailed by Cora Brent


Here I am again with another review!

I am a huge fan of Cora’s books and loved the first book in this series so grabbed it!

My review today is short and sweet!


We open with project manager, Audrey, dealing with the unfortunate incident of the elevator pisser! That made my day!

Then to add insult to injury she gets paired up with her ex fling for a work project! Audrey is not happy! You can see what is coming next+

This was a fun read. Work place romances are fast becoming a hit on my list.

Unboxing: JK Rowling’s Wizarding World (my 1st box)…..

I thought I would try Lootcrate as they had a Harry Potter box (JK Rowlings Wizarding World) and I had a money off coupon!


Theme = The Ties That Bind

Hogwarts house tie

I got Gryffindor and I gave this to my son who loves it!

Rowena Ravenclaws Diadem pin

I love the idea of owning a Horcrux!!! I wanted to pin this to my book sleeve but alas I cannot get the back of the pin off to remove from the cardboard!

Wand book

‘Explore the famous wands of the Wizarding World and the wizards they chose.’

I’m just not sure about this. I mean I’ll have a flick through but it’s not something that really interests me although the finish is excellent.

Black Family Tree Tapestry Scarf

Now this, I love. I’m yet to peruse the actual names on the scarf but I am fascinated with anything Sirius so I really thought this was great.


I ordered this box on 27 December 2017. It actually arrived on 28 February 2018. I did have an email saying it would be late due to a supplier delay but I thought this was a bit excessive.

They also send me an email everyday about their hundreds of other boxes and I’m starting to feel like I’m being spammed (have now unsubscribed!)

Do you get any Lootcrate boxes?

Tell me what you think.

CJR The Brit Review: Until Harmony by Aurora Rose Reynolds


I’m so invested in this series and the spin off that the author could literally write a 10 page novella and I’d be all over it like a rash!

If you have followed this series then you will want this – Harlen and Harmony are just so beautiful.

Here is a bit about it:

Harmony Mayson isn’t the kind of girl to take unnecessary risk, but after meeting Harlen MacCabe, she starts to wonder if maybe she should be. The more time she spends with the wild and free biker, the more she starts to crave the freedom he gives her… And even more, she starts to crave him.

Harlen lives his life on his own terms. After losing both his parents at an early age to a robbery gone bad, he knows how precious life is, and he’s determined to get as much out of it as he can. When he runs into the beautiful Harmony and finds out she’s moving to town, he knows it’s time to take his shot. She thinks he only wants to be friends, but she couldn’t be more wrong.

What Harmony and Harlen don’t know is that their time might be cut short. Revenge is in the air, and someone won’t stop until a debt is settled.

You can purchase by clicking the cover:


Harmony’s turn……..

Harmony does everything according to her goals, she doesn’t take risks or chances and follows a set route. Something I don’t agree with…a girls got to have fun eh!

One thing I totally agree with her on though is men. ‘My father worships the ground my mom walks on, and I want that. I refuse to settle for less.’

Enter Harlen….. ‘Are you in or are you out?’


Holy hotness on a stick.

There’s the normal Mayson family drama, drama, hotness in lots of forms and of course, the BOOM coupled with the same, glued to your kindle till you finish, story.

But what the heck was that with Cobi? Is it nearly the end of the year yet?!

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 26 Feb – 4 March



We had lots of snow so there was no school on Thursday or Friday which meant I had the days off too! No reading though……walks in the snow, building snowmen and snowball fights!!!

But it has been one of ‘those’ weeks…..you know, where nothing goes right and you just feel so bogged down with everything. So my reading suffered.

Anyway I’ll stop moaning now (but it felt so good!)


Until Harmony by Aurora Rose Reynolds (arc)

My review will be posted on review day. But I can say this series is one of my faves!


I really need to make a start on the Vampire Academy series so will pick up book 1. Also hope to read an arc….maybe Sky in the Deep as I am chomping at the bit to read!


Prisoner by Annika Martin (it was free!)

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell (couldn’t resist)


Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Fairyloot Unboxing *contains spoilers*

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?