The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 4 – 10 December

Xmas book biz

Hi everyone, hope your week has been a good one?

I had 3 days off work so I really threw myself into finishing my Christmas shopping. AND I DID IT! And I’ve wrapped half of it as well *insert smug grin*

Then it struck….

I got the call. You know, THE call. 

From school. My son was ill. 😢  He has been so poorly, flu like virus so my plan to read 4 books went out the window! But I did manage to read 2…..


Books I read


The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Well this was just fabulous. I’ll be posting my review here soon but it was a total 5 🇬🇧 read!

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Well what can I say?!  I’ll be posting my review here soon but again a total 5 🇬🇧 read!


Also this happened……



I’m on team Book Bard!  You can check it out here.


What I want to read this week.

Apart from The Midnight Star by Marie Lu, I don’t really know what I am going to read this week.  I have an arc to read so really I should read that!


On the blog this week

Review of Enchant by Micalea Sneltzer

3 books I want need in January!

Fairyloot Unboxing


How was your reading week?

What books did you read?


Fairyloot Unboxing! *SPOILERS AHEAD*!

My 2nd Fairyloot box!


The excitement I get over these boxes is unbelievable, it’s like Christmas morning every month!


As this is only my 2nd box, it’s only my 2nd unboxing post. Please excuse my very amateur photos!


Exclusive Brightest Witch Candle by Flick the Wick.

Hermione Granger is such an iconic leading lady! Smells delish and will be burning this soon!

Exclusive Blues Brew by Bookish Teas.

This was inspired by Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle. I don’t like tea but the beautiful smell coming from this makes me want to brew one!!

An exclusive book sleeve!!!! Designed by Aunjuli Art and represents ladies that slay…..and it’s waterproof!

Literary Emporium made this Fire is Catching badge….can be ironed on! Not sure I will iron this on to anything but it’s still a great item nonetheless!

Books….oh the books! 2 this month! Both look fantastic and have been added to my TBR pile!


An ARC of Furyborn by Claire Legrand. This isn’t out till May 2018 so I am extremely honoured to get this now!

Book of the month is The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. Filled with fierce ladies and dragons!

I can’t even tell you how much I love getting the Fairyloot box.

Do you get any book boxes?

3 books I want (need!) releasing January 2018.

There are a few books that are releasing in January and I already have grabby hands for them!


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – releasing 2 January.

These 2 paragraphs sold me.

‘Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.’
Angel by Sarah Brianne – releasing 26 January.

I have been following the Made Men series and am obsessed by Luca so any chance I get to see him is a bonus!  No brainer – I am getting this!


Rider by Jamie Begley – releasing 26 January
Jamie is coincidently Sarah Brianne’s Mum – and they are releasing a book on the same day!  Rider is book 10 in the Last Riders series and I love every single book from this series.  Of course I am getting it!


What books are you looking forward to in January?


CJR The Brit Review: Enchant by Micalea Smeltzer


I saw this book and fell in love with the cover and the blurb sounded right up my alley.  Sadly, it didn’t live up to what I had built it up to in my head (I hate it when that happens!) but I am strangely intrigued about book 2!


Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.

Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.

The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.

When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.



Good v’s evil, The Enchanted v’s The Iniquitous.

And Mara, dropped slap bang in the middle without a clue of what is going on.

She needs to learn. And fast. So off she goes to a safe house with Theodore, her protector.

I must admit by 15% I felt like I had been on a roller coaster. I mean I like a book to be fast paced but it felt rushed. I would’ve loved a more detailed explanation. I wanted to know more. More details.

I also really bounced around with the 2 main characters too. I really liked Theo but there were a few comments he said and I was like ‘What? You surely didn’t say that?’

I really like the premise of this book and I really liked the cliffy. I love a good cliffy. And this was a good one! Despite all my comments above I do want to read book 2 as I want to know what happens!



Beat the Backlist Challenge 2018!!! (My 1st time doing a challenge!!)


I know I have said a few times that I really wanted to join a backlist challenge in 2018 so when I saw this I jumped at the chance!


And it’s the first time I have joined a challenge!

You can read about it (and join) here! #BeatTheBacklist!


What is Beat the Backlist?

In short, this is a reading challenge where your goal is to read backlist books (published prior to the current year). For 2018, it means reading any book that was published in 2017 or earlier. You have the entire year to read as many books as you can/want. YOU set your own reading goal.

My challenge

I have 39 books I want to read for my challenge.  I thought that was quite a realistic number to aim for (and means my TBR will be hardly nothing!) and as it’s only 3 and a bit books a month, I still have the time to read all those lovely new releases!

This is my list:


The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas (6 books)

Three Dark Crowns/One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (2 books)

This Savage Song/Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (2 books)

Fireblood/Frostblood by Elly Blake (2 books)

Stalking Jack the Ripper/Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (2 books)

Nevernight/Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (2 books)

The Vampire Diaries by Richelle Mead (6 books)

Blackest Gold series by R Scarlett (4books)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Hideaway by Penelope Douglas

Juniper Unraveling by Keri Lake

Falling Fast by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Wicked Ruin by SL Jennings

Darkest Temptation by Rachel Van Dyken

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush


I am in team Book Bards (go Book Bards!)



Wish me luck and let me know if you are doing any challenges in 2018!

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 27 November – 3 December (I may have gone all Xmas-y!)

Xmas book biz

Howdy book friends!

I put my Christmas tree up today and it looks so lovely.  How do you all feel about people who add pictures of their tree?  I don’t want to bore you all to death with mine!

Was a good book week, I read books and both from my tbr!

I’m not doing a monthly wrap up this month but I did read 12 books in November!

Books I read this week


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – see my review here.  🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

Enchant by Micalea Smeltzer – review to be posted at a later date. 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧1/2


Books I bought this week

I am skint (love Christmas, hate that I spend loads of money!) so book buying ban has been in effect.  Am praying for those Amazon giftcards for Christmas so I can make my wishlist smaller!!!!


Blog Life – on the blog this week

Discussion post – what irks me in a book!

Review for Roar by Cora Carmack

This week I am challenging myself to read 4 books! Cross fingers I can do it!!

CJR The Brit Review: Roar by Cora Carmack (get ready for the gushing review!!!)


You know sometimes when you have a book on your TBR. It’s been there for a while and you never seem to get round to reading it?  Well that was me with Roar.  Now I could slap myself.  Like a proper girlie slap to the chops.  IT WAS SO GOOD!!!

I’m sure you all know but here is a bit about it:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.



To say I was enthralled by this book is an understatement. Consumed! Utterly, utterly consumed!

Aurora, I fell in love with her. Sheltered, innocent but with a spark to rival them all.

‘Do not fear the thunder, nor the fire in the skies.’

I must admit this book is what I call a bobber. I was bobbing from Cassius to Locke like watching a tennis match! I do love the evil ones but I also love a bad boy. #teamlocke

The world building was amazing.

The premise of the book was unique.

A land ruled by temptuous storms and people who can control them with magic.

Which brings me on to the plot…….all I can say is give me book 2!


Question post – what irks me in a book!



Does it annoy you when words in a book are wrong? Like a mis-worded word <— I don’t know if I am even doing it now!!!

Maybe its a country to country thing?

I’m English so maybe we have different words for things and I’m not talking about slang either.

I was reading a book by a beloved author of mine and I stopped short when I read this 1 word and then I found myself stuttering over the next few pages trying to forget what I had just read.

It’s this simple….it said card sharp. To me it’s a card shark.

Just that 1 word put my brain into overdrive and I couldn’t stop thinking about it!!


Have you ever come across words like this in a book?

Tell me all (so I can obsess about those too!!!)

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 20 – 26 November


Firstly, hope my American friends had a great Thanksgiving!

Brrr, it’s getting colder in my neck of the woods and it’s starting to feel like Christmas! 

I only read 1 book this week but what a read it was!!!!

Roar by Cora Carmack

Yes I have had this on my tbr for a while but have finally got round to reading!  What a fabulous read this was!  A total 5 star read. See my review here.


Books I bought

So my book buying ban has gone down the toilet after a week. Its a sickness I tell you!

Four Psychos by CM Owens – click on the pic and it will take you to Amazon.  The reason I had to get this book was the blurb!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I have no clue why I have never read this series.  So I got the 1st book!


What I want to read this week.

You know I am finding at the moment that making a list is not working for me. So again this week I’m just going to read what I feel like reading off my tbr.


On the blog this week

Review  of Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Review  of El Santo by M Robinson

Review of Warcross by Marie Lu


How was your reading week?

What books did you read?