TTT – Bookish Memories

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

Theme –Β Bookish Memories

It was 2009 when I got back into reading again, although I had read the Harry Potter series and Twilight in between….Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Fallen by Lauren Kate were book series I devoured. I then went on to read This Man and of course, 50 Shades. Then I was off! I devoured all romance books I could get my hands on, indie being my fave as they were more affordable for me on ebook at that time. I used to read around 260 books a year then! Kristen Ashley, Tillie Cole, Anne Malcom, Amo Jones, Cora Reilly and so many more made my lonely evenings so much more bearable along with loads of online book friends I made along the way and we still keep in touch after all these years!

I also started this WordPress blog in 2012 which I still love sharing all my faves on!

Then in 2017 A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass happened to me! They bought my love out more for fantasy and then onto YA fantasy and sci-fi, I haven’t stopped reading them since! This genre introduced me to book boxes, to new authors and to Instragram where I’ve met some fab online friends!

I love to mix it up by reading adult romance/pnr, YA fantasy and sci-fi…..a bit of all of it!

Sorry this turned out into a bit of my life history but I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Closing the Chapter: November 2021

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

We started the month with Firework Night, which was was amazing, a sprained ankle for my son along with a covid jab and then he got covid a week after his jab. Who would bloomin believe it!!!

I really wanted to finish off some series and read some backlist titles to meet a challenge but my mood reader brain had different ideas! But I did find my love of audio again!

πŸ“š Ebooks/Physical

The Rising by Kristen Ashley 🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my review here.

Until December by Aurora Rose Reynolds 🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my review here

Until Talon by Aurora Rose Reynolds 🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my review here.

The Rhythm Method by Kylie Scott 🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my review here.

The Silent Stars Go By by Sally Nicholls 🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my review here.

🎧 Audiobooks

Sunreach by Brandon Sanderson 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Redawn by Brandon Sanderson 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my mini reviews here.

The Extraordinaires by TJ Klune 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my review soon!

Flash Fire by TJ Klune 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my review soon!

Wolfsong by TJ Klune 🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my review soon!

What did you read in November?

Fairyloot Unboxing: November 2021 – Vengeance is Yours…..

November’s theme is Vengeance is Yours!

An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind…but sometimes the best revenge is getting even. This theme is about the sweetness of revenge and characters who will get it by blade, or by wit.

Items inspired by Vicious, The Poppy War, From Blood and Ash, Rage of Dragons and featured book of the month.

πŸ–€ Book Review Notebook inspired by FBAA, designed by @chattynora

πŸ–€ Washi Tape designed by inspired by The Rage of Dragons

πŸ–€ Microfibre cloth inspired by Vicious by VE Schwab designed by @stellabookishart

πŸ–€ Bamboo Travel Mug designed by based on the book of the month

πŸ–€ The Poppy War Enamel Pin featuring Rin, designed by @sallteas

πŸ–€ Tarot Cards – A Song of Wraith and Ruin


Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

Exclusive cover βœ”
Stencilled edges βœ”
Artwork on dust jacket by @jhocaaaβœ”
Foiled hardcover by @jhocaaaβœ”
Signed βœ”

Illumicrate Unboxing: November 21 – Death and Fortune **SPOILERS**

Two posts from me today! Both unboxings too! I wanted to post them before Blogmas starts!

November theme: DEATH AND FORTUNE!

The two often go in hand in hand; those who seek great fortune dance with death. And sometimes, fortune can come in the form of death.

Fandoms this month are The Scorpio Races, The Hobbit, Under the Whispering Door and She Who Became the Sun!

πŸ’› Smaug Fabric Book Jacket – inspired by The Hobbit with artwork from @pauhami

πŸ’› Nemesis Teacup and Saucer – Goddess of Retribution with artwork by @niallcgrant

πŸ’› Moments You Remember Book Tin – designed by @jezhawk inspired by Scorpio Races

πŸ’› She Who Became the Sun Metalmark – designed by @dalandan.ielle

πŸ’› You Share Tea Ornament – designed by @rena.illustration based on Under the Whispering Door

πŸ’› Monthly Pin designed by @stacey.mcevoy.caunt inspired by Little Thieves

But also 2 Illumicrate pens! PENS!!!! I love pens!


Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

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Full colour printing on hardback βœ”
Stencilled and sprayed edges βœ”
Signed bookplate βœ”

My Autumn To Read List – did I do it?

This was a Top 10 Tuesday (where I didn’t pick 10, only 6, have to be realistic!) So thought it would be fun to look back and see if I read them!

You can see my original post here.

So did I read them?!!!! (A tick means yes!!!)

Threadneedle by Cari Thomas βœ”

Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness βœ”

Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman βœ”

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff βœ”

Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino – DNF

Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston βœ”

I’d call that a resounding success!

Go me!!! πŸ˜‚

Afterlight Unboxing – November 2021

AFTERLIGHT – November 2021

Am loving these Afterlight boxes!

Quarterly is just right for me (and easier on the old bank account too!!!) Plus it gives me that romance fix that I crave between YA reads!

This quarter’s box included:

πŸ’œ Moonlight Readers Club Mug with artwork by @heyatlascreative

πŸ’œ Autumnal Nights Sleep Mask with artwork by @stacey.mcevoy.caunt


All the Feels by Olivia McDade

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Sprayed edges βœ”
Digital signature βœ”
Bound in author letter βœ”

TTT – Characters I’d Love An Update On

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 – Characters I’d Love An Update On (Where are they now that the book is over?)

I thought this would be really easy to answer but one couple, well the only couple, dominated my head. You’ll see who….

Manon and Dorian – Throne of Glass

Elisabeth and Nathaniel – Sorcery of Thorns

Lemon Fresh and Grimm – Lifelike

Manon and Dorian – really need more from them!

Josh and Hazel – Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating

Manon and Dorian πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Nik and Hanna – Gemina (Illuminae)

Cress and Thorne – Lunar Chronicles

Linus Baker – House in the Cerulean Sea

Manon and Dorian – have I said them already?!

Review: Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Title: Empire of the Vampire

Series: Empire of the Vampire #1

Author: Jay Kristoff

From holy cup comes holy light;
The faithful hands sets world aright.
And in the Seven Martyrs’ sight,
Mere man shall end this endless night.

It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness.

Gabriel de LeΓ³n is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order couldn’t stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.

Imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope:

The Holy Grail.

‘You are Gabriel de Leon, Last of the Silversaints.’

27 hours and 10 minutes of Gabriel de Leon….and that’s not even his whole story! Of course I have the regulation 2 physical copies as well!!!

The author described this as bloodsmutty and  he was right. So right! It was fabulous, wonderous and all the words with ‘ous’ at the end!

I found this really hard to review as words escaped me so I’ll keep this short:

– The world building was immense,
– The story that was told was superb,
– The pacing was spot on,
– The characters were all on point,
– It was dark, brutal, heartbreaking but beautiful,
– I was so invested in this story,
– That last 20%….heart breaking and jaw dropping.

You need to read this book!!! 

I did ask myself this question a few times when reading this….what the heck as JK got against potatoes?!!!