Review: Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Title: Lost in the Never Woods

Author: Aiden Thomas

When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.


A Peter Pan retelling you say?
I’m intrigued!

Wendy Darling and her brothers disappeared, 6 months later only Wendy came home but with no memories and got on with her life. But what happens when where she’s been comes looking for her 5 years later and needs her help?

I’m not going to say much more about the plot because you need to experience this. So good.

I will say that I’m loving this authors writing style and he has written the story and Wendy and Peter perfectly. They were completely adorable together. Also this book contained some sensitive issues, all respectively written.

Not going to lie, the ending had me in bits.

🎧 Review: Mathilda, Superwitch by Kristen Ashley

Title: Mathilda, Superwitch

Series: Book of Shadows #1

Author: Kristen Ashley

So I’m not quite sure what happened here. Well I know what happened, I scheduled this in for a past date. Please excuse me, I am an idiot!!!! Anyway here is my review!!!

On Hallowe’en night, Mathilda Honeycutt finds out she’s a SuperWitch. Not the modern, hippy kind… the real, wand-wielding, pixie dust kind. After a life devoted to retail and coffee drinks, Mathilda is thrown into the secret world of witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires, faeries, headless horsemen, you name it, it exists… even whirling dervishes!

As Mathilda discovers her magic, she also discovers she’s prophesied to save the world. Problem is, she’d rather spend her time on online auctions, bidding on cut-rate but fabulous designer shoes. Now, she’s got to save the world, run her coffee house, battle against her co-worker in “The War of the Wooden Spoons” and figure out what’s going on with the silent, watchful (but yummy) Sebastian Wilding, a member of a centuries old Secret Society who has vowed to keep her safe and brainy, sweet (and hot) Dr. Aidan Seymour, a maverick member of The Royal Institute of Psychical Research. Making matters worse, her nemesis is a powerful witch who doesn’t mind fighting dirty.

Will Mathilda be able to save the world while still being perfectly accessorized? And how is she going to pick between Luscious Sebastian and Dreamy Aidan? And will she be able to talk The Witches Council into updating their uniform? And, lastly, will she ever get the hang of riding around on a broom?

I mean this was different but really right up my alley as I love KA and witchy reads are so cool especially in adult format!!!!
Firstly, I listened to the audio and loved the narrator, Susannah Jones!
Next, this story was actually set in my city! Claim to fame right there and it was full of English things like Tesco and English TV, love that!
So basically Mathilda is 30 and just found out she is a witch and a witch who is the object to a prophesy, the chosen one. She is all over the place, a bit kooky and a lot of fun.
Oh did I mention that she has to marry one of 2 men but she doesn’t know which one from the prophesy? I hate a love triangle but I persevered but I certainly had my fave!
This was sort of told in calendar month, diary format, was action packed, funny and hawt in that normal KA style!
One criticism, the word ‘ack’ was used so much I wanted to scream!
And that ending. Wholly unsatisfying! And why isn’t the guy that I don’t like from their triangle not dead?!!!

World Book Day

Happy World Book Day!

I’m not sure whether it’s just today in the UK as I’m sure I saw something that said America’s World Book Day is in April.

I was talking to my son about what book series I could use for this as I mostly always use Harry Potter and he reminded me that it’s his favourite series (it’s really the only series he has read!) so I should post it.

On IG I opted for a magic stack as I know things can get heated when Harry Potter is posted due to JK Rowling’s very wrong opinions but my son is 11, he knows nothing about her views and I’m not going to burst his bubble at his age.

World Book Day was online for us today as we are still homeschooling because of lockdown. My son didn’t want to dress up for it (he is getting to that age where he is too cool for school!) but he did help me pick these pictures out….so enjoy!

Review: Chase the Dark by Annette Marie

Title: Chase the Dark

Series: Steel and Stone #1

Author: Annette Marie

Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way.

The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to annoy the crap out of her, but he isn’t as harmless as he seems. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons … See problems one and two.


Ok, new to me author and this was a recommendation from a friend.
I’m trying something a little different in my review today!!
Characters:
Lyre: ‘If sex appeal were an artist, he was its masterpiece.’
Ash: dark, dangerous…’Menace clung to him’.
Piper: a haemon, half human half daemon, apprentice consul ie arbitrators between human society and daemons.
The trio find themselves implicated in a crime of stealing a powerful stone, the sahar, and go on the run. Fugitives. But innocent ones! Well sort of! And it all goes off!
My thoughts:
* Before the story even kicked off I had a firm favourite! Hello dark and dangerous…but don’t worry too much about that as there really is no romance here…..well yet! I can’t even see this being a triangle which makes me happy, maybe a menage a trois!
* I really enjoyed the history that humans had with daemons. Daemons riding in to save the day!
* It was so full of action, I so felt for them!
* Piper did get on my nerves in some places, its like she was purposefully naive and like a child, she did have a lot going on though but it irked me!!
* Am excited to see where the next book takes us!

TTT – Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had


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 Whose Job I Wish I Had

This was actually quite hard to think of!


Tyra from Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley
I mean. Office person to a world famous garage with loads of hot men who are in an MC. Does it get better than that? (Apart from the bit where she was kidnapped and stabbed, I wouldn’t want that!)

Bryce Quinlan from Crescent City by Sarah J Maas
Bryce works as an assistant at Griffin Antiquities. Magic antiques! Her job description in the book sounded amazing and she gets to work with Lehabah!

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Emika Chen from Warcross by Marie Lu

Bounty hunter for the game Warcross. She tracks down hackers!

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Manon Blackbeak from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J maas

Leader of The Thirteen

Epic witches

Rides Abraxos.

Say no more.

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Emilia from Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Works at Sea and Vine restaurant! It sounds so quaint, family run (with a bit of magic!) and delicious food all around. Of course I wouldn’t mind seeing a bit of Wrath around!

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Gwyn in ACOSAF by Sarah J Maas

Librarian and assistant researcher. I mean she went through horrible stuff but what a job!

Who would you choose?

Fairyloot Unboxing: January 21 – Greek Mythology

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Fairyloot – January 2021

Theme = GREEK MYTHOLOGY!

‘Fascinating tales told over thousands of years filled with betrayal, power, romance and magic. The allure of Greek mythology is undeniable, and this entire theme is inspired by it!’

Items inspired by Greek Gods and Goddesses, Circe, Percy Jackson, Lovely War and the featured book of the month.


🖤 Trinket dish featuring Eros and Psyche with an illustration by @taratjah

🖤 Circe Book Sleeve designed by @chattynora

🖤 Athena Enamel Bookmark designed by @monolimeart

🖤 Wooden Spatula featuring a quote from Lovely War by Julie Berry designed by @kdpletters

🖤 Medusa Iron On Patch illustrated by @alyesasworld

🖤 Percy Jackson Art Print illustrated by @arz28

🖤 Tarot cards: Inspired by The Wrath and the Dawn

📚 BOOK OF THE MONTH 📚

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

✔ Exclusive cover

✔ Sprayed and stencilled edges

✔ Artwork on reverse of dustjacket by @lizzart_zardonicz

✔ Foil embossing on back and front cover

✔ Custom endpapers

✔ Printed signature

Love In February, Days 25, 26, 27 and 28!


Love in February 21 is a photo challenge on Instagram to showcase favourite romance books!

This is my last day of the challenge here on WordPress, it’s been such fun to take part!

Below are my favourites that I picked for the prompts and thought you’d like to see!

🌸Book and Hearts🌸

Cash’s Fight by Jamie Begley

🌸Favourite Romance Stack🌸

 

🌸Supernatural Love🌸
The Three Series by Kristen Ashley

🌸Big Love: A book with more than 500 pages🌸


Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

Review: The Dawn of the End by Kristen Ashley

Title: The Dawn of the End

Series: The Rising #3

Author: Kristen Ashley

Once upon a time, in a parallel universe, there existed the continent of Triton. The land was filled with beauty, but it was also splintered by war. Out of the chaos grew a conspiracy to reawaken the Beast, a fearsome creature who wrought only tragedy and devastation. The only way to stop him was to fulfill an ancient prophecy: Triton’s four strongest warriors must wed its four most powerful witches, binding all nations together and finally bringing peace to the land.

This is the story of their unions: the quiet maiden Silence and the savage king Mars. The cold warrior Cassius and the fiery witch Elena. The steadfast soldier True and the banished beauty Farah. And the pirate king Aramus and the mysterious queen Ha-Lah. Their unions will not be easy, but each couple must succeed, for the fate of their world is at stake….


Here we are again back with our couples and love appears to be blooming everywhere. But is it bad to admit that I enjoyed it more when they were enemies?!!!! Do love a bit of enemies to lovers!
Anyway love is blooming but so is evil. Those vile Priests and The Rising are still at it and are near to their goal.
I’m not going to say much more apart from I loved seeing the Fantasyland characters again even though it’s fleeting glimpses, and I’ll leave you with my favourite quotes…..
‘You are my light.
You are the sun streaming through clouds.
If I had not met you, I would have lived in the night and I would have died in the night, never again feeling the light.’
‘This is the dawn of the end. And whatever shape that end takes, I will face it at your side.’
‘The prophecy was now complete. Love was sealed. It was the dawn of the end. However that would be.’
That final book, the finale is going to be all go, I can feel it in my bones!

Closing the Chapter: February 2021

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

Another month goes by, another month of being in lockdown, another month of homeschooling!

This month also saw a hospital visit for me (bloomin ankle!), my car passed its MOT (hooray!) and I’ve even planned Easter (and bought a few eggs!) Not much more to say apart from….books!

I read (and listened!) to 10 books in February which is great for me as normally I only read 4 or 5!

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Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas (arc)

See my review here.

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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

See my review here.

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Still Standing by Kristen Ashley

See my review here.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J MaasReread in prep for ACOSF!!!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J MaasReread in prep for ACOSF!!!
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J MaasYou guessed it, reread in prep for ACOSAF!!
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J MaasReread, I won’t go on, but you know why!!!!

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A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

See my review here.

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Mathilda, Superwitch by Kristen Ashley

See my review here.

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A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

See my review here.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novak – DNF – Just not for me unforts.

What did you read in February?