Christmas in July – deccies edition!

As I said in my earlier post – please don’t hate me! I warned you this was coming!!!

In my post earlier in the month I told you that I’m a certified Christmas nut and want to celebrate the magic of Christmas but put a Summer twist on it!

Today I bring you……

CHRISTMAS IN JULY – decoration edition!

Instead of a Christmas tree, decorate a few pineapples!

Start planning your Christmas (buying bits each month really keeps the cost long as you remember what you bought!)

Put up outside fairylights,

Take a family photo in the sun for your Christmas card,

Slip n slide instead of sledging,

Make a Christmas in July playlist of all your fave Christmas songs,

Watch Christmas films!!!!

What would you suggest?

Christmas in July – Food and drink edition!

Firstly….please don’t hate me! I warned you this was coming!!!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY – Food and drink edition!

In my post earlier in the month I told you that I’m a certified Christmas nut and want to celebrate the magic of Christmas but put a Summer twist on it!

Here are some food and drink type things I thought I might try out……and you could too!

That great Summermas drink, chocolate milkshake instead of hot chocolate!

Here’s a lovely recipe:

BBQ turkey but have with salad and corn and maybe a cheeky cheese platter wreath?

Candy cane cocktails or maybe a cranberry marg?!

Santa Strawberries – strawberries with squirty cream on the top (and then eat them!)

Really the possibilities are endless!

What food can you think of to eat I’m summer….but add a Christmas twist?!

Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

It’s no secret I hated Simon I’m the 1st three TMI books and then he grew on me and came into his own but his inner monologue did get on my nerves a bit here and I had a new firm favourite in George Lovelace.

There were some stories here I loved especially loved the faerie one, the baby one, the Jack The Ripper one (Will!!) and I really enjoyed seeing the parabatai ceremony!

That last one though. That had me shocked!

And my fave line of all time…..’Magnus Bane is the sexiest of them all. He can be High Warlock of my pants.’

By the Book Tag!

I do love a tag and saw this one on Kristin Kraves Books so thought I’d give it a go!

By the Book Tag

What book is on your nightstand now?

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare as I want to read it this month!

What was the last truly great book you read?

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber – absolutely loved the arc I read!

If you could meet any writer — alive or dead — who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Jay Kristoff and I’d ask just how many ponies he is owed!!!! Sorry, insider joke! If you know, you know!!!

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

I own quite a few middle grade reads like Nevermoor, Victoria Scwabs series, Percy Jackson and follow up series and also Harry Potter (normal editions and House editions!

How do you organize your personal library?

Personal library, now that’s posh! I organise my books by author in my shelves.

What book have you always meant to read and not got round to yet? Any you feel embarrassed about not having read yet?

So many!!!! None really spring to mind and can’t say I’m embarrassed about not having read any yet!

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel like you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

Probably a genre more than a book. Dark academia. The Last Graduate and Ninth House were both DNF for me sadly which has made me think that genre is not for me.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?

I always try and steer clear of love triangles. I despise them! It makes me feel angst and anger like nothing else!!!

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I’m English so does that mean the prime minister or the Queen for me? I have answers for both! The Prime Minister – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and the Queen, Harry Potter!

What do you plan to read next?

Well. I’m now a ridic mood reader who is in a bit of a slump so I don’t really know. I know, what a cop out!!!!

Series Review: Horde King of Dakkar series by Zoey Draven

I fell into the rabbit hole of the gloriousness that is the Horde Kings of Dakkar……it was just what I needed and ate up 3 books in 2 days!

I won’t write the blurbs out here but basically there are human settlements on the world of Dakkar and there are certain laws the humans need to adhere to as to not provoke the wrath of the alien race that owns the planet, the Dakkari. The laws are policed by 6 Horde Kings who are nomadic and when a misdemeanor happens, the Horde Kings get more than they bargained for!

Captive of the Horde King

I went into this one because I had read so much ya fantasy recently that I needed, well, more and what’s more perfect than an alien warrior Prince claiming his human queen?

I actually really enjoyed it, I read it in a few hours! It totally reminded me of a few concepts from other books mashed together but it really worked and it was actually quite sweet!

The other guy at the end really intrigued me so I might get the next book too!

‘Rinavi leika, rei Morakkari. Lo kassiri tei. Lo kassiri tei.’ 

Claimed by the Horde King

‘She broke their laws. Now, he has come to punish her…’

I couldn’t resist, I had to read this one after that tantalising snippet at the end of book 1. I think I liked this story more than the first!

I don’t really want to spoil anything so I’ll only say about the plot that it’s another Horde King and another human female….and I loved her and her questions!

‘This is you and me, Nelle.’

But the author did it again.  A tantalising snippet about the guy from the next book. And I cannot deny I need to read it. And I’m going to read it now!

Madness of the Horde King

Honestly I can’t stop reading this series, 3 books in 2 days!

I think this was my fave though, I mean I do love a dark leading man!

Vienne comes to the Capital to deliver a message from an enemy and unexpectedly meets someone in a dark alley, but it may turn out to be the best thing she has ever done!

The Mad King was divine and, of course, has a tragic past but Vienne is good for him and it was just beautiful to read!

TTT – Books I Read In One Sitting


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 I Read In One Sitting (or would have if I had the time)

If only I had the time to list all of these that sprang to mind, it would’ve been a very long list!

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar

With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley

Bound by Honour by Cora Reilly

War by Laura Thalassa

I Dare You by Shantal Tessier

🎧 Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee


Title: Jade City

Series: The Green Bone Saga #1

Author: Fonda Lee

JADE CITY is a gripping Godfather-esque saga of intergenerational blood feuds, vicious politics, magic, and kungfu.

The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. It’s the only place in the world that produces rare magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities.
The Green Bone clans of honorable jade-wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion–but nowadays, in a bustling post-war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money, Green Bone families like the Kauls are primarily involved in commerce, construction, and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection.
When the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets, the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itself.

An audio listen because I had fomo!

Read the blurb to get the general jist of the storyline but basically we follow the Kaul family that uses jade as a source of power.

It was a story about honour, loyalty, corruption and family which certainly does not shy away from the violence and vileness of the their world.

There was so much character development I felt like I actually knew them! Shea was definitely my fave along with Wen who I hope plays a bigger part in the next book.

I also loved the world that the author gave us which again made me feel like I was there, especially loved the old tales.

This book was quite slow and detailed to begin with and then the action really heats up! In reality it’s something I would never have probably listened to but I am so glad I did!

Tag: Last 10 Books!

I wanted to do a tag so perused WordPress for something I’d like and found this on Literary Elephant

Lets dive in!

Last Book I Bought

Untethered by Kaylynn Flanders

Last Book I Reread

I haven’t reread a book in ages but I this was the last book I reread

Last Book I Gave Up On

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Just wasn’t for me.

Last Book I Said I Read But Didn’t
Not really sure I have done this. I dnf books but I don’t sat I have read if I haven’t!

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins Of
I cant remember ever doing this! Isn’t that sacrilege?!

Last Book I Had Signed

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Last Book I Lost
I only recently discovered I couldn’t find my special signed edition of A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy and I have no idea where it is.

Last Book I Had to Replace
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend as I tipped coffee on it!

Last Book I Argued Over
I don’t think I’ve argued over a book!

Last Book You Couldn’t Find
I have my Harry Potter books scattered everywhere, originals and House Editions and I always have trouble remembering where I put them…so these are the books I always can’t find!

Mini Review: The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare


Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

A collection of stories of my fave character, Magnus Bane! Sign me up!

Firstly, the illustrations! I wasn’t expecting those! They were fab!

From Peru, to Edmund Herondale to Will Herondale to James Herondale to baby Clary and then to Alec!

As a Will Herondale fan I absolutely loved reading about his Dad and how he met his Mum and then his son!

It was so lovely seeing old names I recognise and the tid bits of their lives!

A nice little collection!