Review: Tithe by Holly Black

Continuing my read of The Modern Faery Tales series by Holly Black! This was also the winner of my first ‘Select Me Saturday’ post where you pick my next read and this was also my first audible read!

Title: Valiant

Series: The Modern Faery Tales #2

Author: Holly Black

When seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, she’s trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s labyrinthine subway system.

But there’s something eerily beguiling about Val’s new friends. And when one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature with whom they are all involved, Val finds herself torn between her newfound affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.


My first ever audible listen!!!! Renee Raudman hit the nail on the head with this. I especially loved the different voices!

The ultimate betrayal leads Val to Lollipop, Luis and Sketchy Dave (paaaahahaaaa!)…..and when her curiosity gets the better of her things get weird, super weird for Val and she finds herself indebted to a troll!

I loved the premise of this book but mist admit I hated Lollipop, just depised her a d my hate grew for her throughout the book!

But I did love Ravus, I mean trolls get bad press and are seriously under loved (except Justin Timberlake as Branch, he was well loved!!!) so I loved this part!

I’m told Ironside picks up Kaye and Roibens story so am looking forward to that!

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Select Me Saturday – pick my next read!

Lately I have found myself in the mother of all slumps so I know I needed to do something about it…..so I made a list….a list of all the books I have on my tbr!

It’s an old skool written list and I am in love with it and not sure why I haven’t done this sooner…..and this is where I need your help!

Pick for me!!!

Which of the 2 books below should I read next week?

The book with the most mentions in comments is the one I will read….


 

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

 


 

 

The Fever King by Victoria Lee

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

 


 

The winner from last week was Daisy Jones and the Six so that has gone to the top of my TBR pile!

Let me know in the comments which of these I should read first and the book with the most comments goes to the top of my to read list!

Cover Reveal: Reign by Cora Carmack

You might have seen this but I wanted to share to spread the joy!

This is a series that I love and Cora and Tor Teen have released the cover for Reign, book 3 in the Stormheart series.

See the full reveal from Tor Teen here.

There is no release date on the post but it’s on Amazon for 25 August 2020!

First, she roared…

Then, she raged…

Now, it’s time for her reign.

Aurora Pavan wanted to change her world.

She wanted to protect her people, not because they paid taxes, but because they deserved to live without fear. She wanted Pavan to be a home that welcomed everyone—remnants, stormhunters, and witches included.

For the first time in her life, she did not dread the duty into which she was born. She wanted it.

Then she met him. The Stormlord—the man who wielded the same magic as she, but with the intent to destroy rather than save. The Aurora Pavan who came home from that confrontation was not the same girl that had braved the wildlands and joined a rebellion. She was no longer the girl who was ready to change the world, ready to rule.

But she’s the queen now all the same. And her kingdom needs her.

If only she can keep the new darkness inside her at bay.

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

I’ve had this on my tbr shelf for an age! No idea why I haven’t read it yet but with Scwabtember in full effect, it was the perfect time to read it!

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: VE Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

I have waited an age to read this series and I have no idea why?

‘Magic was a truly beautiful disease.’

I’m not going to rehash the plot but basically when a relic turns up from a supposed ‘fallen’ city, Kell and Lila need to protect it from people who want to misuse it.

What I loved:

• World building was utterly superb,

• The London’s,

• Kell,

• The coat of many sides, I want one,

• Barron, the way he looked out for Lila,

• Lila, I didn’t gel to her at first then as I got to ‘know’ her, that changed,

• Kell,

• Rhys, so, so fun! ‘He would flirt with a nicely upholstered chair.’,

• The writing, fabulous,

• The plot was just so fun,

• Did I mention Kell?!

I did actually find the story kind of slow for the first half but then I was so hooked that I raced through the rest!

Top 5 Tuesday: Funniest Characters from books…..

Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm, see her original post here.

Today’s theme = Top 5 Funniest Characters


Who: Hazel

Book: Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating

Author: Christina Lauren

Hazel is just hilarious. I don’t think I could’ve loved a character more. She really reminded me of me!

‘I tend to be too chatty, too silly, too exuberant, too random, too eager. Too Hazel-y.’


 

 

Who: Carswell Thorne

Book: Cress

Author: Marissa Meyer

In every story there is a hero and mine is Thorne. But he isn’t a typical hero. But his dry, quick wit won my heart!


 

Who: Mal

Book: Play

Author: Kylie Scott

Mal can only be described as a nutcase but a totally hilarious nutcase!


 

Who: Randy Ballistic

Book: Pucked Over

Author: Helena Hunting

Affectionally known as Randy Balls…..and one of the funniest men I ha e ever read in a book!!!!


 

Who: The Rock Chicks (yes all of them!!!)

Series: The Rock Chicks

Author: Kristen Ashley

Read ALL the books in this series and then try and tell me that these birds are not the funniest thing since sliced bread!!!


 

Who are your top 5 funniest characters?

Review: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Wow! Who would’ve thought I’d be loving these middle grade books! I totally am! But it was a bit scary, or maybe I am a big baby?!!! I was so invested that I swear I nearly wet myself in fright in a few places!

Title: Tunnel of Bones

Series: Cassidy Blake #2

Author: Victoria Schwab

 


Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.


THE INSPECTERS EPISODE TWO

LOCATION: Paris, France

And here we are again with Cassidy Blake, the girl who can cross into The Veil and help the dead move on.

Cassidy and her parents have travelled from Edinburgh to Paris with her trusty ghost best friend, Jacob and of course Grim the cat!

As in the first book I was hooked on the history and this one has a kid ghost! Does it get scarier than that? It does not. I was terrified…but still hooked!

I discovered my love for Jacob in this book. In book 1 I liked him but he really came into his own here and my heart went out to him. I love his friendship with Cassidy.

And……

Oh my giddy ant, that ending!


 

Have you read this series so far?

How are you liking it?

Select Me Saturday – pick my next read!

Lately I have found myself in the mother of all slumps so I know I needed to do something about it…..so I made a list….a list of all the books I have on my tbr!

It’s an old skool written list and I am in love with it and not sure why I haven’t done this sooner…..and this is where I need your help!

Pick for me!!!

Which of the 3 books below should I read next week?

The book with the most mentions in comments is the one I will read….


 

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.


 

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away.
But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down.

There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom.

There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode – and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy.

There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn’t ready for her.

And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames.

It’s never just about the music…


 

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.


 

Let me know in comments which book I should read next!

*** The winner from last week was…….Valiant by Holly Black so it’s at the top of my tbr pile! ***

October releases I absolutely MUST have!!!!

What’s the saying?

Too many books, not enough time?

September has killed off my bank account and October doesn’t look to be any different!!

The worst thing is that I am still in the slumpiest of slumps ever. Like EVER! But I’m still buying books!!!!

Anyway….I could go on and on but here are the books I’ll be getting in October (and probably not read for ages!!!!)


 

(Click on the cover to be directed to the blurb/pre order)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Heart of the Moors by Holly Black

 

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Fast Lane by Kristen Ashley

The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah


 

What books are you looking forward to in October?

Top 5 Tuesday: Covers of 2019

 

Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm, see her original post here.

Today’s theme = Covers of 2019

Why oh why, when I sat down to do this that my mind.goes.blank. Why does this happen to me?!!!

I think I’m Miss Scatterbrain at the mo but, without further ado, here are mine!

 

Wicked King by Holly Black

I loved this read and the cover is an eye catcher and (I think), captures the essence of the story.


 

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

This is a total eye catcher and actually made my buy it (but I haven’t read yet!)

 


 

Never Contented Things by Sarah Porter

I admit that this book and me didnt get on, like at all. But that cover!


 

Doyenne by Anne Malcom

Wow.  That was my first thought about this cover. The story is dark, so dark…it was delish!


 

Broken Knight by LJ Shen

I mean, come on. Look at this! #doesthismakemeacougar


 

What are your favourite covers of 2019 so far?