Fairyloot Unboxing – May 2021: Spellcraft!

May 2021
Theme is… SPELLCRAFT!

‘Isn’t it so interesting how in stories there are different types of magic and different ways for spells to be cast? Casting spells and magic almost always comes at a price and depending on the toll… what would you be willing to sacrifice?’

Items inspired by Serpent & Dove, Throne of Glass, Raybearer, Crave and an item that is not inspired by any fandoms.

Tumbler inspired by Throne of Glass designed by @chattynora


Wooden phone stand with lettering by @ladychubbletters based on Raybearer.

Foiled coasters with artwork by @arz28 featuring characters from Serpent and Dove.


TBR game!


Art print from the Crave series illustrated by @gracezhuart


Tarot Cards designed by @morgana0anagrom featuring Serpent and Dove

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

✔ Exclusive redesigned cover
✔ Stencilled edges
✔ Artwork on RDJ by @eunicify.art
✔ Foil embossing
✔ Ribbon bookmark
✔ Signed

Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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Title: Days of Blood and Starlight

Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2

Author: Laini Taylor

Same as book 1, this was a buddy read with Sophie from Beware of the Reader and Trisy from Bobo’s Book Bank!

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

‘Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. And its snap split the world in 2.’

I was so glad to be back in this world to see what happens next!

I was going to split this review up in the quotes like above, like I did for my review of DOSAB but I didn’t think I should.

I’m being honest now and saying I really struggled with the first half of this book.  The first few chapters I found really choppy and then the rest of the first half was strung out and honestly, dull. I hated myself for feeling like that too because of my love for book 1.

But.

I am glad I persevered because then it got better.

My fears for Karou losing herself got better.
My hope for Akiva that was always there amplified.
My hope for a future for them was somewhat restored.

So to sum it up….I had a hard time rating this! How does one rate something they half didn’t think much of but then the other half loved?  Im going to with 3.5 leaning to 4. Why? Akiva of course!!!!

Books I Need (yes, need) releasing July!!!

Summer is defo here in England and it’s a time where people take to their gardens or parks or wherever to read and go on adventures….

Do you find that you read less in Summer? I do. I’m not even sure why, maybe I’m a seasonal reader?

Anyway…..some fab books coming out in July that I need (not want, need!!!)

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Untethered by Kaylynn Flanders

Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin

Luckily I have an arc of These Hollow Vows to read and I have pre-ordered the other 2…can’t wait to get stuck in to them!

What books have you got your eye on?

TTT – Books I Loved That Made Me Want More!

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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.

Topic – Books I Loved that Made Me Want More 

I probably could’ve picked a lot here but…….

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Angelfall Trilogy by Susan Ee

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff

Lifelike by Jay Kristoff

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Warcross by Marie Lu

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Life in Books Tag!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the ‘Life in Books’ Tag! I got this from Hannah’s bookshelf – go check her out here.

Lets jump straight in!

1.) Find a book for each of your initials.

Craving Constellations by Nicole Jacquelyn
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

2.) Count your age along your bookshelf – what book is it?

Only Work, No Play by Cora Reilly

3.)Name a book set in your city/country.


Clockwork Angel/Prince/Princess

4.) Name a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.


Totally fictional but Velaris (A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas)

5.) Name your favourite childhood book.


Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

6.) Name a book that’s your favourite colour

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff (ok not the colour but the art!!!)

7.) Which book do you have the fondest memories of?


Harry Potter – it came at a time when I needed some comfort in my life and I found it here 

8.) Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole. It was hard to read through all those tears!!!

9.) Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson because it’s huge!!!!

I’m not tagging anyone but feel free to join in!

Review: The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

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Title: The Prison Healer

Series: The Prison Healer #1

Author: Lynette Noni

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.

Wow. I was totally glued to this read!

Kiva is an inmate and healer in the unforgiving prison, Zalindov.  Having kept her head down for the last 10 years she has fared ok and lives for the notes she gets from her family promising they are coming until 1 day a note arrives about a new, very sick, prisoner, the Rebel Queen, saying to keep her alive. However the Rebel Queen has to survive the Trial by Ordeal first…….

What follows was just magic to my eyes!

The world building was superb, not overdone, and painted a perfect picture of the vile insides of a prison.

I really loved the characters for all different reasons, Kiva, Tipp, Naari and Jaren. Especially Jaren!

‘You have the prettiest eyes I’ve ever seen. Like sunlight on the sea.’

I willed Kiva to have more poppymilk!!!!

But the twists! The twists! Never saw them coming! My jaw hit the floor! I was gobsmacked!

Book 2 please!

TTT – Bookish Candles!

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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 = Freebie!

As this was a freebie and I didn’t want to do a past topic I thought I’d do….

Top 10 Bookish Candles!

Azriel from ACOTAR from the Canvas collection  made by Flickerwix,

The Darkling made by Wordywick Candles,

The Darkness Between Stars inspired by Manon from Throne of Glass made by Grace and Honey,

The House in the Cerulean Sea made by Flickerwix,

Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone made by Ember Stagg Candles.

Reid and Lou from Serpent and Dove made by Bookworm Candles and Craft

From Blood and Ash (Poppy and Hawke) from the Canvas collection made by Flickerwix

Squad 312 from Aurora Rising made by Midnight Flame Candles,

Warcross candle made by Book Nook,

Once Upon a Dream made by The Story Gift.

Closing the Chapter: May 2021

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

The last day of May! Time is flying!

May was an ok month, it was my birthday yesterday and I read 9 books which is over average for me so I am very pleased (and a great time was had!!!)

Apologies as most of my reviews are to come in June, need the time to write all the posts up!

Physical/ebook

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
See my review here

Ironside by Holly Black
See my review here

Fake by Kylie Scott
See my review here

(Sorry no pic as the cover was so distorted trying to add here!)

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
See my review soon!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
See my review soon!

Venom by Bex Hogan
See my review soon!

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni
See my review soon!

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
See my review soon!

Audio

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
See my review here

What did you read in May?