Review: Fake by Kylie Scott

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Title: Fake

Series: West Hollywood #1

Author: Kylie Scott

He walks the red carpet. She’s more familiar with vacuuming one.

When a scandal tarnishes the reputation of hot as hell A-lister, Patrick Walsh, he needs a reputation rescue, pronto.

Enter waitress Norah Peers–a nobody who’s average with a capital A. She’s available, dependable, and has sworn off men for the rest of her natural born life. In other words: the perfect match for a no-strings fake romance.

For the right amount of money, she can avoid waitressing and play the part of his dependable down-to-earth girlfriend. What she can’t avoid–dammit–is the growing steam between them.

But being hounded by the paparazzi and having your life dissected on social media is a panic attack in the making. And while Patrick might be a charming rogue on screen, in real life he’s a six-foot-two confusing, gorgeous, brooding grump, who keeps her at a distance . . . but also makes her feel like this bond between them might be more than just an act.

Being dumped on cue should be no big deal. Except being fake with Patrick is the realist relationship Norah has ever had. What’s a girl to do, but flip the script, and ask for a rematch made in Hollywood?

‘He walks the red carpet. She’s more familiar with vacuuming one.’

I mean how could I resist that?!

There was a lot of things I loved in this book. Let me list because who doesn’t love a list?!

Norah loved her: ‘I need a whole team to fix how I look? I laughed, because, awkward. “Things are really that dire?,
Loved Gran,
Loved the photographer in the bushes,
Loved Mei,
Loved Jack,
Loved Cole (who I bet we’ll see next!),
Even loved Angie in her own way!

But I especially loved Patrick. Ole Paddy was one brooding, moody hunk o love!

This was a whirlwind of hilariousness and I loved every second!

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Series: The Winternight Trilogy #1

Author: Katherine Arden

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

I was entranced! I loved it so much!

I tried to listen to the audio of this book but just couldn’t get on with it, but when I was reading this I realised why. This book needs to be read! My eyes needed to see those beautiful words and take them all in.

This is Russian folklore and a fairytale come true in the shape of demons and spirits. It was spellbinding.

Vasilisa is the hero of our story and she is just the most fascinating character I’ve read about. We see her from childhood to almost womanhood, the way she is, her thoughts, her gifts, her being. She was just utterly so well written I could cry.

Morozko is her saviour in many ways, love him already and I really hope there is a love story blooming here although I’m not really sure how that will work! We don’t see much of him but I hope to see more:

‘Sleep is cousin to death, Vasya. And both are mine.’

On the subject of Morozko, I have an art print from a book box that I’ve kept for a while as I really liked it, although I had never read the book (lets just say Morozko is painted in a very good light!)

I think it was an omen. I fell in love with the art and now I’ve fallen in love with the book.

TTT – Books with Nature on the Cover

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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 with Nature on the Cover

 

This actually was quite easy (at last, a subject I didn’t struggle with!)

 

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Venom and Viper by Bex Hogan – snake

 

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Crave by Tracy Wolff – flower

 

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The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa – raven

 

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab – cat

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young– sea

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Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar – beach/sea

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – leaves

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo– crow

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The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley– tiger

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Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – hawk

Some others to mention:

  • All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace- water
  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison –  butterfly
  • The Vine Witch by Luanne G Smith – vines
  • With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley – forest
  • The Dragon Republic by R F Kuang –  dragon

 

What would your books be?

Fairyloot Unboxing: April 21 – Hidden Identities

April 2021
Theme is… HIDDEN IDENTITIES!

‘You might think you know who someone truly is, but what if they are keeping a secret? A secret that could change everything… for the better or for the worse?’

Items inspired by From Blood and Ash, The Lord of the Rings, The City of Brass, Flame in the Mist and a foiled bookmark set inspired by the following fandoms: An Ember in the Ashes, The Poppy War and Blood Heir.

Metal Bookends inspired by LotR designed by @jezhawk


Soap by Little Heart Gifts inspired by The Flame in the Mist

Tote bag with artwork from @arz28 inspired by From Blood and Ash


The Daevabad Trilogy Enamel Pin designed by @_iceydesigns


Foiled Bookmarks with artwork from @talia.nobel Fandoms: The Poppy War, Blood Heir, An Ember in the Ashes


Tarot Cards designed by @morgana0anagrom featuring Serpent and Dove

BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

✔ Exclusive cover
✔ Signed 
✔ Foil embossing on naked cover by @talia.nobel
✔ Stencilled and sprayed edges
✔ Artwork on reverse of dust jacket by @alicemariapower
✔ Bonus content 

Review: The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Title: The Crown of Gilded Bones

Series: Blood and Ash #3

Author: Jennifer L Armentrout

She’s been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen… 

‘My first. My guard. My friend. My betrayer. My partner. My husband. My heartmate. My everything.’

Well that started off nicely! There was loads of action in the first quarter, maybe too much as my head was spinning! And then it calmed and gave me the great FBAA and KoFaF feels!

The dynamic between Kieran and Poppy makes my heart soar. Friends, protector and Leissa. I’m  so glad the banter regarding questions is still here, that and the Poppy and Casteel moments made my life!

‘I looked at Kieran. You’re going to be happy to hear this. I have a question.
I am so thrilled.’

‘I have so many questions, I whispered. Not a single person is surprised to hear that, Kieran remarked.’

And talking of Poppy and Casteels moments look at this! My heart was so huge I thought it would burst!

‘If you think that what I did was a shock, then you need to understand that I will do anything and everything for my wife. No risk is too great, nor is anything too sacred. Because she is my everything. There is nothing greater than her, and I do mean nothing.’

MY HEART!!!!!!

Whilst we are here, being glad, I’m immensely   glad for Willa! I love her and her dirty diary!

I’m also glad for the last 20% of this book which had me on the edge of my seat.

More, I want more!

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Title: Clockwork Angel

Series: The Infernal Devices #1

Author: Cassandra Clare

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

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What is it about this whole series that makes me really like it?! I can’t put my finger on it!

But anyway, imagine my glee when I realised that Tessa wasn’t just a book lover, she was the ultimate bookworm! Then my glee deminished slightly when I discovered she was actually a bit rude and cruel. I didn’t really like her but I’m hoping that will change with the next book.

But anyway part 2, Jem is my utter fave. He was my shining light here.

But anyway part 3, I can’t not mention Will. Even though I didn’t like him more than Jem, I think my love for him will grow.

But anyway part 4, Jessamine. Why was she even in this story? Boring, horrible and a non entity!

But anyway part 5, I never guessed the twist. Wouldn’t have in a million years but at the end of chapter 17, it clicked! My jaw dropped. But I WAS WRONG!!!! So wrong! I put 2 and 2 together and made 5! Fabulous!

So to sum up, a lot of anyways but I can say I really did enjoy this and can’t wait to read the next one.

TTT – My Ten Most Recent Reads

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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 = My Ten Most Recent Reads (maybe share a quote)

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Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab
‘You cannot win without losing too.’
This sort of sealed her fate!

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All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace
‘I’ve tried so hard to be there for you, and to give you time, but . . . I need someone to be there for me.’
Bastian I love you!!!

 

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Not a quote but a bit from my review ‘My ongoing obsession with Magnus and Alec continued and chapter 11 made my heart soar!’

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Angelfall by Susan Ee
‘Men with wings. Angels of the Apocalypse. Supernatural beings who’ve pulverized the modern world and killed millions, maybe even billions, of people.’

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Skyhunter by Marie Lu
‘We are legendary bringers of death, assassins of monsters. And the only thing standing between our home and annihilation.’

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The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
‘She was absolutely beautiful. And I didn’t deserve her. Not for a second.’


Here are some others that I didn’t get quotes on:
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Set Fire to the Gods by Sarah Raasch

REBLOGGED: 📚Teacher Appreciation Week🍎

I’ve done a few posts over the years to honor teachers, especially this time of year. As I have such wonderful memories of my own school-age experiences, as well as of the wonderful mentoring I received while getting my undergraduate degree in early childhood education, I didn’t think I could possibly have more admiration for […]

📚Teacher Appreciation Week🍎

Want to see what I’ve been up to on IG?!!!

Do you use Instagram?

I’ve slowly but surely been getting used to it and find I am absolutely loving it!

I love taking the pictures, showing off books, getting props that I think go with the book, discovering where to place everything so it looks good – sometimes I fail though but its a learning curve!

Another great thing about Bookstagram I have found is the community.  I love looking at other people’s pictures and commenting on their photos, talking about books, getting book reccies and generally making some friends!

My IG is @cjrtb_books if you want to follow me (I would greatly appreciate it!) and here are a few of the pics I have taken and posted lately: