TTT – 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To!

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:  2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

Sometimes I struggle getting 10 Books for these lists but with today’s topic I could’ve done close to 100!!!!! 😂

🖤 Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
🖤 Steelstriker by Marie Lu
🖤 Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
🖤 Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko
🖤 Untethered by Kaylynn Flanders
🖤 Namesake by Adrienne Young
🖤 Broken Web by Lori M Lee
🖤 All the Feels by Olivia McDade
🖤 The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

🎧 Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Title: Red Rising

Series: Red Rising Saga #1

Author: Pierce Brown

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

I’m late to reading this but am buddy reading with a lovely group of ladies!

Darrow is a Helldiver, a red, the lowest cast on Mars, married young to Eo, and he works in the mines so he can help society to live on the surface.

But they have all been lied to and betrayed.

‘Break the Chains’

The hierarchy of the colours was fascinating, if not a bit unpleasant, the world building was fabulous, it was action packed, emosh and had my stomach in a knot half the time wondering what betrayal would come next! I don’t really want to say more about the plot because you need to experience it yourself, it’s really like nothing I’ve ever read before!

Although Darrow is our main lead and I really liked him, Sevro is my fave character and I really hope to see more of him in the next book!

The Sunday Post – mid January 2022

I used to do a variation on this weekly but stopped as I felt I didn’t have much to contribute but then a thought occurred to me…..why not do 2 a month so here I am!!!!

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.

2022 is now in full swing, Christmas has been taken down, I’m back to work, my son is back to school and we’ve both felt really tired!! Now it’s the weekend, it’s lie ins all round!

What I’ve Read

Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

🎧 Red Rising by Pierce Brown

See my reviews soon!

Bookish Arrivals

Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

In case you missed it…..

Unboxing – Illumicrate December 2021
Review – Gild by Raven Kennedy
Review – The Extraordinaires by TJ Klune
Review – Flash Fire by TJ Klune
Tag – The Answer Can’t Be Books!
Books I Want – February Releases

Coming up in the next 2 weeks…..

(Sorry – catching up on reviews!!)
Review – Red Rising by Pierce Brown Unboxing – Fairyloot December 2021
Review – Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Reviews – Glint and Gleam by Raven Kennedy
Reviews – The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
Reviews – Cytonic, Evershore, Defending Elysium by Brandon Sanderson
Review – Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
Review – City of Brass by SA Chakraborty

What have you read lately?

Fairyloot Unboxing – December 2021: Dance with Death


We think we can all agree that most main characters in YA fantasy dance with death at some point in their journey but some even cross into the afterlife… and return.

Items inspired by Once Upon A Broken Heart, We Hunt The Flame, These Violent Delights, another NEW collectible item inspired by Hades & Persephone and a SECOND BOOK!

🖤  Letter opener inspired by Jack’s dagger from Once Upon a Broken Heart
🖤 Iron on Patch designed by @hafsahfaizal featuring Nasir’s tattoo from We Hunt the Flame
🖤 Mythology Foil Bookmarks – a new collectible: Hades and Persephone by @gracezhuart
🖤 Book Sleeve designed by @celestialfang inspired by These Violent Delights
🖤 Tarot cards – Eo and Vectra from Red Rising illustrated by @lizzart_zardonicz
🖤 The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling – exclusive cover and digitally signed


Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

Exclusive cover ✔
Sprayed edges✔
Artwork on dust jacket by @emiliesnaith_art ✔
Foil embossing by @emiliesnaith_art ✔
Signed bookplate ✔

Books I want releasing February 2022!

I made a promise to myself that I’d really cutback on my book buying this year for a few reasons:

✔ I’m running out space,
✔ My tbr has never been bigger than it is right now,
✔ I’m trying to save some money.

I don’t want to put a limit of the number of books I buy each month as it’s like a red rag to a bull and I spend, spend, spend so I’m going to try and put willpower in place (wish me luck!!!)

So for February I’ve chosen one book! I’ve already preordered it too so I could enter to get the preorder goodies!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

What books are you looking forward to?

Review: Glint by Raven Kennedy

Title: Glint

Series: Plated Prisoner #2

Author: Raven Kennedy

“You want to make your life easier? Then be the caged bird that you are and sing.”

For ten years, I’ve lived in a gilded cage inside King Midas’s golden castle. But one night changed everything.

Now I’m here, a prisoner of Fourth Kingdom’s army, and I’m not sure if I’m going to make it out of this in one piece. They’re marching to battle, and I’m the bargaining chip that will either douse the fire or spark a war.

At the heart of my fear, my worry, there’s him—Commander Rip.

Known for his brutality on the battlefield, his viciousness is unsurpassed. But I know the truth about what he is.


The betrayers. The murderers. The ones who nearly destroyed Orea, wiping out Seventh Kingdom in the process. Rip has power sizzling beneath this skin and glinting spikes down his spine. But his eyes—his eyes are the most compelling of all.

When he turns those black eyes on me, I feel captive for an entirely different reason.

I may be out of my cage, but I’m not free, not even close. In the game of kings and armies, I’m the gilded pawn. The question is, can I out maneuver them?

‘Sometimes, things need first to be ruined in order to then be remade.’

To say I inhaled this book is an understatement. I read it in something like 3 hours. Devoured. Couldn’t get enough!

It wasn’t just good it was fan.flamin.tastic!

So anyway!!!! Auren is captured along with the other saddles and soldiers by the pirate Reds and then bought by Commander Rip and they make their way to where Midas is now to bargain with (and a bit of war thrown in!)

We are introduced to the Wrath. To more of Rip. To more of Auren. To Rot. I’m not saying anymore!

Those bombshells at the end. Jaw drop. There’s no way I’m not moving onto that next book immediately! I’m so invested in this story! 

TTT – Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

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: Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

All the Feels by Olivia McDade

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

Death by Laura Thalassa
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

🎧 Review: Flash Fire by TJ Klune

Title: Flash Fire

Series: The Extraordinaires #2

Author: TJ Klune

Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams, but with new heroes arriving in Nova City it’s up to Nick and his friends to determine who is virtuous and who is villainous. Which is a lot to handle for a guy who just wants to finish his self-insert bakery AU fanfic.

I absolutely cannot get enough of this series!

Omg. This book. THIS BOOK!

I had tears rolling down my face again. The scene, the ‘education’ scene with Nick’s Dad and Seth’s uncle and aunt. I was roaring.

Nick and Seth are a couple and Nick is just as wild as before. I love him. There’s more antics, drama, a lot of laughs and a heck of a story.

Omg. That ending. THAT ENDING!!!!!! I had chills, I screamed!

As I said in my review for book 1, I feel my review can’t do this book justice, so this is it. Apart from…….Team Lighthouse forever!

The Answer Can’t Be Books Tag!

My 1st tag of the year!

I can’t remember where I saw this tag so many, many apologies to whoever created ❤ If you want to comment below then I can amend my post!


So… the title suggests, the answers to the questions below cannot be books!!!

What is something that you own way too many of, other than books?

Candles! I know it’s to do with books but it’s not books so it counts!!!! Anyway, I have an obsession with buying a candle to go with physical books I own. And it’s obvious that I have a candle buying problem!!!

What is something that you do for fun that’s not reading a book?

Gaming. I love playing on Roblox or on my sons xbox! I get lost for hours playing them and it’s something I do with my son although he is getting to the age where we like different games now!

What is something special or important on your nightstand, that’s not a book?

A photo of me and my son. It was his 1st birthday and he is smiling so big and I love it!

What’s something that you buy at a bookstore other than books?

A coffee in their coffee shop (when I’m buying books!!!) OK. I’m not really that good at this I know!!!!

What’s a fun gift that you’ve received that wasn’t a book or a gift card for books?

Clothes, always clothes!

What’s a You Tube channel you watch not related to books?

I love watching Roman Atwood. Have watched him religiously for about 9 years. Love him and his family! Smile More!!!

Tag five BookTubers that you want to learn more about.

Omg I don’t know of any apart from Kristin Kraves Books! She is amazing, go drop her a subscribe!