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?

Review: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

Title: A Court of Silver Flames

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #4

Author: Sarah J Maas

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.


Firstly I went in thinking that it’s hard enough writing a sequel for a great book but this author has pressure with a capital P after the whole ACOTAR series because each book was phenomenal. So where would this land in the scheme of things?

‘I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you again in the next world—the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.’

Remember that? Well this book is that and more. So much more!

Before we get into it, let me just say that this is 100% defo not a YA read! Ermahgawd it made me hot under the collar!!! Nesta is a goer!!!!!

I’m really not going to say anything about the plot in fear of spoilers but…..
I am a Nesta lover. She reminds me of a cat. She’s grumpy, doesn’t put up with anything and does what she wants. But I must admit I went from loving her to hating her, that barbed tongue of hers! I mean her attitude, no matter where it was born from, is just poor!

I mainly had one wish in this book and my prayers were answered. Cassian with no top on. Life.Made. If only I had a visual!!!

This book had the same humour as the ACOTAR books, I mean remember the sauna scene when Rhys gets chucked out? That made me chuckle and now we have ‘The feared general, felled by seasonal allergies.’ Hahahaaa love it!

So in summary….
• Loved the new characters, Gwyn and Emerie.
• Full of action and sexy times
• Loved Nestas journey of healing
• And the last 20% had me sitting on the edge of my seat and found me falling more and more in love with Nessian!
• You must read this!

Love in February, Days 21, 22, 23 and 24!


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

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

🌸Doomed Love🌸


RAW by Belle Aurora

 

🌸Rom Com🌸

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

🌸Celebrity romance rocker, politician, royals…)🌸

Thoughtless by SC Stephens

🌸Sports Romance🌸

Only Work, No Play by Cora Reilly