Closing the Chapter – September 2020

Welcome to Closing the Chapter! I hope you had a great reading month?

Here we are, at the end of the first ‘ber’ month!

In my personal life, my son went back to school and loved it for the first 3 days and is now back to being ‘meh’ about it and I’m still working from home and loving it!

Our COVID numbers are going up and up. It worries me that our government is saying schools will be the last thing to close so I think I’ll get to a certain point, new infections wise, and pull my son out and they can fine me if they want!

Anyway…..books!

I made a reading list again this month as it really worked in August and it did the trick but did find my enthusiasm did dwindle!!!! Honestly you just can please some people (some people = me!) Still, 7 books read which is pretty good for me!

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

See my review here.

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V Schwab

See my review on publication day (as requested by publisher)

Wild Fire by Kristen Ashley

See my review here.

Playing with Fire by LJ Shen

See my review here.

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

See my review here.

Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly

See my review here.

Legendborn by Tracey Deonn

Look out for my review soon!

Of the Blood by Cameo Renae was sadly was a DNF for me.

What did you read in September

TTT – Favourite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme: Favourite Book Quotes

Omg. So many. So many. But I’ve narrowed it down. But, and I don’t know how this happened, I’ve only got 8! I had about 20 originals and lost 2 along the way. Hey ho!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

‘You’re better than waffles, Matthias Helvar.

A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips.

Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.’


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

‘She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.’


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

‘I appear to have misplaced the fucks I give for what you think.’

😂😂 Mia!


The Beginning of Everything by Kristen Ashley

‘And she’d taught me much, including the fact that we had two eyes, two ears and only one mouth for a reason. Watch. Listen. And then make your decisions or carry forth your acts.’


A Secret for a Secret by Helena Hunting

‘I’ve been warned about Waters’s wife. We all have. By Waters.’

(Lovers of this series know about Violet. I love Violet!)


And I’m sure a lot of people will include these….but I had to!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

‘You could rattle the stars, You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it, too.’


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

‘To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.’


The Prisoner of Azkaban

‘You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?’

Review: Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly


Title: Fragile Longing

Author: Cora Reilly

Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize.
Too young.
Not blond.
And definitely not an ice princess.
Her sister is—was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn’t. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancé behind.
Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister’s stead, knowing she’ll never be more than second best. Yet, she can’t stop longing for the love of the man she’s been crushing on even when he was still her sister’s.

Danilo is a man who’s used to getting what he wants.
Power.
Respect.
The sought-after ice princess.
Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face.
Wounded pride.
Thirst for revenge.
A dangerous combination—one Danilo can’t leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister’s place to placate him. Yet, she’s got one flaw: she’s not her sister.
Unable to forget what he’s lost, Danilo might lose what he’s been given.

Hooked.
Line and sinker.

If you have been following this storyline you will be hooked too!

‘But she was the consolation prize. We all knew it.’

Basically Sofia is the spare, a replacement. At first I wanted to cuddle Sofia so badly and punch Danilo right in the mush! But girl got claws!

But then Danilo surprised me too. He was beautiful!!

‘Where I was prideful , Sofia was humble. Where I was vengeful, she was forgiving. Where I was short-tempered, she was patient.’

I do need to add that I know this book was about Sofia but Anna really shone here. I need her story!

Spooky October reads… 🧙‍♀️🧹

It’s that time of year when I start thinking about what books I want to read for my Spooky reads in October for Halloween.

I normally like to go for 3 or 4 that fit the spooky/paranormal theme so these are the books I think I want to read (and I say think because I’m now such a mood reader so they might change!)

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich


Nightfall  by Penelope Douglas

The whole concept of the series is built around Devils Night and the other books have been utterly delish.


🎧Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir


 

Do you read spooky themed books for October?

What’s on your list?

My (huge) Haul – September 2020

You know at the beginning of the year when I said I wasn’t going to sign up for hardly any arcs?

I dont know what happened. One minute I was perusing Netgalley and before I knew it I had requested loads…..and then they were approved. It all happened so fast!

6 arcs. Luckily I have read 4 of them so I need to get my skates on with the rest!

📚 Physical/ebook

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas


📑Arcs

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by VE Schwab

Legendborn by Tracey Deonn

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Wild Fire by Kristen Ashley

Playing with Fire by LJ Shen


🎧 Audio

None as I have quite a few to catch up on!


🧚‍♀️ Fairyloot


Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar


What books did you get this month?

Review: Wild Fire by Kristen Ashley

Title: Wild Fire

Series: Chaos #6.5

Author: Kristen Ashley

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new story in her Chaos series featuring Dutch Black…

A little bit of background…in a nutshell!

I am a KA MC nut.

I love Chaos.

This is one of the best, if not the best, MC series that has been written!

I was so not ready to leave Chaos after Rush so this beaut was just what I needed.

Dutch. Omg. I know I say I love all the Chaos men but Dutch is right up beside Joker for me!

‘I was lost, and I’ve not known you a week, and I might not have it together, but I’m on the road to bein’ found’

Gaaaah, my heart!

And that ending. I’m so happy, won’t say why because spoiler alert!!

Which Characters from my Favourite Books am I?

So…..I saw this and knew it was for me because I love doing these quizzes!!!!

Thanks to the Orang-utan Librarian for posting and also thanks to Katie @Never Not Reading

Check them both out, you don’t know what you are missing!

Six of Crows

Quiz: Which Six of Crows character are you? (Grishaverse.com)

Who I hope I’ll get: Nina

Who I got: Nina

Yes! My dreams have come true!!!


Percy Jackson

Quiz: Which Percy Jackson character are you? (Playbuzz)

Who I hope I’ll get: Anyone apart from Annabeth!!!!

Who I got: Percy!!!!

Well I’m not going to say no to those powers!


The Lord of the Rings

Quiz: Which Member of the Fellowship Are You? (Playbuzz)

Who I hope I’ll get: Eowyn…please, please!

Who I got: Frodo Baggins. Sigh.


Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Quiz: Which “Simon Universe” character are you? (EpicReads)

Who I hope I’ll get: Ashamed to say I don’t this at all 😔

Who I got: Lead Burke (Leah on the Offbeat

Is this good?!


Harry Potter

Quiz: Which Hogwarts professor are you?

Who I hope I’ll get: Trelawny because she is a mad old bat!!!

Who I got: Snape 😂😂

 


Pride and Prejudice

Quiz: Which Pride and Prejudice character are you?

Who I hope I’ll get: Jane Bennet

What I got: I got her!!!!! (Well half!) Jane Bennet!


I had such fun doing this and will be on the look out for more quizzes to do!

Do you do quizzes? What are your characters from the above?!

TTT – Books on my Autumn read list.

Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme – Books on my Autumn read list

Well….I actually have been making reading lists for the past couple of months but they have had a specific purpose, ie read my backlogged Fairyloot books plus I do have a few books picked out for spooky October reads. For this I thought I might amend this slightly and include books I want to read before the year ends!

Still not 10 though….1 day, 1 day I will get 10!!!!

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Touched by Elisa S Amore

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff

How to love your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

World Gratitude Day!!!

World Gratitude Day

‘Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st September. The celebration of Gratitude Day allows both individual citizens and organisations within wider society to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude in a variety of ways.’

So my way to celebrate this day is for my love of books and the book community so today I give gratitude to fellow bloggers!

The Orang-utan Librarian

Her tongue in cheek posts have me laughing out loud (yes, lol!) and her reviews are sublime.

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Beware of the Reader

Sophie’s weekly updates are fab, bit of book, bit of life, bit of blog. And don’t even get me started on her amazing funko creations!

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Bobo’s Book Bank

Romance books, songs, humour, life and everything in between. Plus I love that Trisy is reading YA fantasy. It’s like we are twins!

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Flora’s Musings

Our shared love of paranormal romance reads, her fancy new blog that I love and she is a Brit like me!

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Susan Loves Books

Those daily posts that I looked forward to to brighten my day! (And also the huge Netgalley hauls that make my eyes pop out!!)

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Bookworm Blogger

who smashes every reading goal and makes me jealous with envy! And her blog quote ‘reading is a passport to countless adventures.’ So, so true!

And to every other blogger whose posts I devour, love, laugh at and bring me so much joy.

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