Blogmas: Did I read my anticipated reads this year?

HAPPY BLOGMAS!!

At the end of 2021 I posted my most anticipated books for 2022 so thought it would be good to look back and see if I read them (maybe not good for me!)

You can see my post here.

I actually did really well (who would’ve thought it!!)

📚House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas ✔️
📚The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L Armentrout ✔️
📚The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna✔️
📚Book of Night by Holly Black✔️
📚Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn✔️
📚Blood Traitor by Lynette Noni✔️
📚Forging Silver into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer ✔️

Note – am reading Bloodmarked now!!!

Did you make a list of anticipated reads?

Did you read them?

Fairyloot Adult: November 2022 – Bad Blood

Fairyloot Adult – November 2022

Bad Blood

A delicious and rich Dracula retelling……

A Dowry Of Blood by ST Gibson

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An afterword!

Blogmas Announcement – 2022!!

I’ve done Blogmas for 5 years running now and have absolutely loved doing it (and reading other peoples posts) so decided to do it again!

I’m hoping this will be a fun series of posts on the blog starting on 2nd December and ending on Christmas Eve!

I know that’s more than 12 days………..

I’ve seen most bloggers participate in Blogmas and post on consecutive days but I didn’t want to pressure myself that much over the Christmas lead up so I’ll be posting Blogmas posts every other day. I won’t be posting any book reviews (sorry in advance for when I post them all in January!!)

Anyway, the prompts I’ll be using for Blogmas are:

HAPPY BLOGMAS!

Hello December!

Happy December!

I’m on the countdown to Christmas now! Look out for my blogmas posts starting tomorrow!

May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.

‘Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.’
– Pope John XXIII

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.”
– How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Dr. Suess

Review: The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen

Title: The Bridge Kingdom

Series: Bridge Kingdom #1

Author: Danielle Jensen

A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.

The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara’s homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.

Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.

A marriage of convenience of a King and a trained spy/assassin/warrior Princess can only end one way…….

So what we have here is:

~ A loveable leading man,
~ Marriage of convenience,
~ Enemies to lovers,
~ Action,
~ Drama,
~ Fight scenes,
~ Beautiful world building.

At first I did not like Lara. At all. But my opinion of her actually changed when her fogginess cleared…….

A little irk for me was I felt that the ‘love’ came quite quickly so much so my eyebrows went off my head! 

I knew what was going to happen and I was screaming at Lara to stop being so stupid and sloppy!!! But it was an enjoyable read!

TTT – Cozy Reads!

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.

Topic: Cozy Reads (Share books that give off a cozy vibe, whether through atmosphere, setting, or some other factor.

The 5 below are cozy to me due mainly to the stories and how they made me feel. Some of them also have cozy covers!

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
For the Throne by Hannah Whitten
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Gilded by Marissa Meyer
With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (yes the whole series!)

What would be yours?

Review: Princess of Souls by Alexandra Christo

Title: Princess of Souls

Author: Alexandra Christo

For sixteen years, Selestra Somniatis has been trapped in a castle on the Floating Mountain, preparing to take her mother’s place as King Seryth’s right hand. Tied by blood to steal souls for the immortal King of the Six Isles, the Somniatis Witch foretells the deaths of participants in the Festival of Predictions. To outrun your fate is to save your soul and steal the King’s immortality. But if you die, your soul is forfeit. And though thousands have tried, nobody has ever beaten death.

As a soldier in King Seryth’s army, Nox Laederic is an unlikely candidate for the Festival, but he has no plans to die at the hands of the King or his witches. His plan is more akin to violent revenge: steal the King’s immortality and kill the entirety of his court, starting with Selestra herself.

But when Selestra touches Nox in her very first prediction, she sees her own death alongside his–their fates are unmistakably intertwined, and Selestra is no longer safe in the only home she’s ever known. Nox and Selestra will have to enter a turbulent alliance in order to survive long enough to free the Six Isles from King Seryth’s clutches and escape the new fate that hunts them.

~ A Rapunzel retelling
~ A witch who can predict deaths
~ A soldier who thinks he can beat death
~ Enemies to lovers

Sign me up!!!!

‘They fear us. They hate us. And they’re right to.’

Selestra is the Somniatis witch heir and has   basically been locked away in her room for 16 years waiting to take her Mums place alongside King Seryth (who is just evil!). Along comes solider Nox to make his death bargain and Selestra sees more than she wanted to! And this leads to a quest (I do love a quest!)

Here’s my loves:

~ 25% in my jaw dropped!
~ The dual points of view,
~ This was a fun fantasy romance read!
~ The dagger to the throat scene – here for that!
~ The best friends Micah and Irenya!
~ Plenty of drama, adventure, shocks and revelations,
~ Selestra and Nox – just them,
~ Selestra and Nox’s banter.

Talking about their banter…..this made my knees go weak!

‘I could use it to stab you in the back and take Leo’s butterfly for myself.
Nox blinks. Are you flirting with me?
I roll my eyes. I’m threatening to kill you.
A lazy smile spreads across his lips. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference with you.’
#swoon

A special mention to Nox! He is so charismatic! I obviously fell in love with him after a few pages of reading about him and I wasn’t the only one!

‘That night, I dream only of Nox Laederic.’
Oh me too Selestra, me too!!!!

Thanks to Hot Key Books and Insta Book Tours for my copy, I really enjoyed this read!

The Sunday Post – 27th November 2022

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week?

It’s got cold here all of a sudden and we’ve had days and days of rain! So it was a good excuse to stay in and read!!!

We put up our Christmas tree today and it makes me feel so cozy! The lights are just so pretty!

The amount of books below do look like a lot to read in a week but it’s really not! I’d already started The Queen of Nothing and Loathe to Love You before my last update but hadn’t quite finished so I’ve added them here! But four 5 star books! What a bloomin great reading week!


What I’ve Read

Loathe to Love You by Ali Hazelwood (arc)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
See my review here.

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
See my review here.

A Kingdom of Stars and Shadow by Holly Renee
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
See my review here.

A Fire Endless by Rebecca Ross (arc)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
See my review here.


You might have missed…..

Review – The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani
Review – Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Review – Red Scholars Wake by Aliette de Bodard
Review – A Darkness at the Door by Intisar Khanani


What have you read lately?

Review: A Darkness at the Door by Intisar Khanani

Title: A Darkness at the Door

Series: Dauntless Path #3

Author: Intisar Khanani

I’ve been cursed, betrayed, and sold into slavery – but the truth I carry can’t be allowed to die.

Only Rae knows the extent of the corruption at the heart of the kingdom of Menaiya, from the noble lord who betrayed her, to the Circle of Mages whose wards protect the slavers from discovery. Injured and imprisoned on a slave ship, Rae’s options are quickly running out. When a desperate escape attempt goes terribly wrong, she finds herself indebted to a terrifying Fae sorceress.

Now Rae will not rest until she has rescued her fellow prisoners and freed her land from the darkness that has taken hold. To succeed, she’ll need every ally she can find—including Bren, the thief who may have stolen her heart. But Bren is hiding his own bloody secrets, and the curses that encircle Rae have sunk their claws into her mind. With her debts coming due and time running short, all the truths in the world may not be enough to save her kingdom, or herself.

‘The final reckoning.’

So we left Rae in a predicament in the last book and now continues the rest of story……

This tale takes us on sea voyages, to different towns, we meet villains, there’s camaraderie and also a dash of romance!

Bren and Rae make my heart sing! They accept each other just as they are.

Also 2 huge highlights in this book for me were Bren’s companions, Lirika and Artemian, they were just fab side characters.

As well as the above there is drama, deceptions, action and magic – this book has it all and I completely adored it.

I don’t see this trilogy about much and that has to be remedied as each book was a solid 5 stars for me, more if I could give them!