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Theme – Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List
I think I’m going to do this differently (you know I always have trouble coming up with 10 of anything!!)
I saw this on a publishers page and thought it was great! I’m going to choose 6 books that I would like to read by the end of the year! That’s actually a stretch for me at the mo as I’m slumping so hard!
Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.
But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable–she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.
To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But something is amiss. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .
Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn’t, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.
Firstly, can we talk about that cover? I fell in love with it, it’s what pulled me in and then that blurb had me totally hooked!
‘A way to survive. A way to serve. A way to save.’
Simi is a Mami Wata, a mermaid who collects souls from the dead that are pushed from slave ships and passes the soul to Yemoja to be blessed. But one day a boy is pushed into the water, alive, and Simi decides to save him……but she really shouldn’t have…..this was a beautiful, heartbreaking and totally captivating story.
The authors writing style was just beautiful, the pacing was spot on and the romance, although happened quickly, was so sweet! The world that was created here and I’d say all the characters were wonderful and I couldn’t believe it was a debut novel.
I dont know if there is going to be a book 2 but I really want one!!!
From the moment Lev Leokov spots the young woman hiding behind her hair in the middle of the gentleman’s club, he can’t take his eyes off of her. For the very first time in his life, he is affected. Having been told his entire life that he can’t process or understand emotion, he considers it a big deal.
When Mina Harris gets caught red-handed with a wallet that isn’t hers, she falls apart. She’s tired, lonely and hasn’t eaten in days.
Lev offers her an ultimatum… A nice warm bed, a hot meal and a job, or the cops.
Mina takes her chances with Lev. After all, a person with nothing has nothing left to lose.
Mina is in dire straights. The worst place to be. And sometimes that makes you do things you’d never normally do.
Lev is the one who catches Mina and gets more than he bargained for too!
I loved Lev, his totally honesty in all made me want to know him in real life. This was probably my fave……
‘This is Mina. She was homeless. I found her. I’m keeping her. She loves me. So we’re getting married. And I died. Embarrassment seeped out of me like oozing slime.’
Their growth, their relationship although quick, warmed my heart. Their family dynamic was so good and I loved that Mina found that.
I loved Nas, loved Alessio but not too keen on Sasha so will be interested to see if his story changes my mind about him!
Maddox – Mad Dog – White hates everything the name Vitiello stands for, after he witnessed his father and his men getting butchered by the Capo of the Italian mob in their territory. Raised by his uncle, the president of the Tartarus MC, Maddox is destined to follow in his footsteps. Now their chapter is on the rise again, but for their ultimate triumph they need to destroy the Vitiello empire. And what better way to do it than to steal the spoilt Vitiello princess and break her piece by piece until her father begs for mercy.
Known as the spoilt princess of New York, Marcella Vitiello grew up in a golden cage. If your father is the most feared man in New York, people gift you with reverence. Destined to marry the boyfriend approved by her father, Marcella is sick of being treated like an untouchable porcelain doll. She resents the life forced upon her by her family until everything she took for granted is ripped from her. Where she’s now, her name doesn’t bring awe, only pain and humiliation.
If you’ve grown up in a high castle, the fall is all the deeper.
Sins of the fathers have a way of catching up…who’s going to bleed for them?
The sins of the Fathers. Do kids have to pay for them?
Well we find out when Marcella is kidnapped by the Tarterus MC (if you remember, Luca offed loads of them at the start of the Born in Blood series).
And we meet Maddox. Oh my gawd Maddox ‘Mad Dog’ White. He gets more than he bargained for in Snow White!
Nastasia Leokov has loved her brother’s best friend since the very moment she met him. Understanding that she’ll never be anything more to Viktor Nikulin than a treasure to guard, Nas sensibly hides her feelings. But when she makes a brash decision to kiss him, everything changes.
That kiss. That hot, explosive, all-consuming kiss. It haunts Vik. And suddenly, Nastasia Leokov isn’t just a teenage mob princess. No. She is his. Undeniably. Indisputably.
An unbreakable connection. A hidden relationship. A lifetime of firsts. And yet, something is missing. Nas desperately craves the one thing Vik has never offered her.
I loved Lev so was happy when I knew Vik and Nas’s story was here!
‘Viktor Nikulin lit up the world with a smile, and he was worth every heartbreak and more.’
So we know they broke up and we knew this would be a messy ride. And it was certainly that.
This story had little side stories some of which made my heart hurt and some made me angry. I don’t think we have the whole story here yet but am hoping it plays out in Sasha’s book.
One question did keep flitting through my mind whilst reading this. Why do these people never talk to each other?!!!! They are family yet they hide their secrets and they just try to endure. Makes me want to scream!!!
One thing that made me cackle was Mina’s cooking and I hope we get more of that!!!!
One last thing….I like Roam. A lot. Why do I do that? The mad man, the maniac, and I love him?!
I’m sorry I’ve been so absent! I’ve never not posted on here for more than a couple of days and I’ve never been gone for a week and a bit (it’s not long but feels like it to me!!)
In July I had a trapped nerve and slipped disc and after 6 weeks this was a lot better but unforts my back went again so have been in pain but just tried to carry on with work etc. This made me tired so I needed to drop some things and I also found my motivation and concentration went out the window….I haven’t even read!
But anyway, now my sciatica is on the out I’m hoping to find my mojo and slowly come back!
Romances that pull on your heartstrings are the best kind, whether it wrecks you or completes you! This theme is inspired by characters that fall in love without expecting to, which can lead to wholesome… or sometimes angsty entanglements.
Items inspired by Cemetary Boys, Caraval, These Violent Delights and A River of Royal Blood. Plus TWO books!
❤ Literary Tray designed by @stellabookishart with a quote from The Cemetery Boys. ❤ Caraval Pin designed by @felfiramoondesigns ❤ Pin Banner inspired by These Violent Delights, designed by @blanca.design ❤ A River of Royal Blood Pencil Case ❤ Tarot Cards inspired by Caraval designed by @morgana0anagrom ❤ Afterlove by Tanya Byrne – exclusive cover, sprayed edges and a digital signature.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan
– Exclusive cover – Stencil and sprayed edges – Artwork on reverse dust jacket by @sashac_art – Signed