Stacking the Shelves (January)..my non- book buying fail!

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

The first couple of weeks in the year and what better time to use my Amazon giftcard I had for Christmas?!

Although I did say to myself to take it easy with buying and arcs, I clearly didn’t listen to myself!

Becoming his Monster by Amelia Hutchins

Evermore by Sara Holland

Raw: Rebirth by Belle Aurora

The Wicked King by Holly Black

 

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The Boys of Brayshaw High by Meagan Brandy

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

 

So now I have to get my read on!

What books did you get?

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Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Gilded Wolves

Series: The Gilded Wolves #1

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Firstly, thank you to St Martins Press for the honour of an arc. I have seen so many good things about this book that I could not wait to dive in!

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

From the prologue I was hooked! There is nothing like a good prologue filled with mystery and intrigue….and this was that!

Severin is a treasure hunter, or thief however you want to look at it, stripped of his title of heir to the House of Vanth. Together with his band of closest, most talented friends, he sets out to reclaim what is his.

The writing was just so real, the cast diverse and the descriptions vivid. There was a lot of mythology. Some parts were so detailed that I must admit I did get confused and had to go back and read.

All in all this was a great read, I loved the friendships, the brother/sisterhood, the banter and the puzzles and I would love to read more by this author.

Review: The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen

This author is one of my fave romance authors out there, I even begged her to be on her review team!

Title: The Kiss Thief

Author: LJ Shen

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever

I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. I obvs knew the title but I didn’t read the blurb as I wanted this to be a complete surprise to feast my eyes on as honestly, I’d read this authors shopping list!

And it was glorious! Fabulous. Marvellous. And other words to that effect!

My emotions ranged from ‘that rat bastard’ to ‘Oh no way’ and also a lot of ‘aaawwww’. There was also a healthy dose of hope!

5 ‘what is love without a little risk’ stars!

Review: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

Title: Twisted Emotions

Series: Camorra Chronicles #2

Author: Cora Reilly

I love this author….if you love mafia romance and you haven’t read the Born in Blood series then you need to! When I say this woman can write a fab mafia romance, I’m not lying!!!

This is a spin off series called The Camorra Chronicles and this is book 2 (book 1 was Twisted Loyalties).

Nino Falcone is genius and monster. As the right hand man and brother of the Capo of the Camorra, his lack of feelings is a blessing, not a curse – until his brother asks him to marry for the sake of the Camorra.

Kiara Vitiello, cousin of the Capo of the New York Famiglia, is chosen to marry Nino Falcone to prevent war with the Camorra, but what she hears about Las Vegas makes her veins pulse with terror. After her father betrayed his Capo and paid with his life, her family thinks marriage is her only chance to bring honor to her name; but only Kiara knows she’s a faulty prize given in return for peace.

A man incapable of emotions and a woman scarred by the past – an arranged marriage with the potential to unite, or destroy…

Oh my heart.

I thought I loved the other books by this author but this one….this one is EVERYTHING!

Kiara is broken, broken in the most heart wrenching of ways and she gets married off to Nino Falcone, the sociopath…….’until you.’

My heart!
I won’t say anymore, I’m not sure I’m even capable of the words after just finishing.
There were so many quotes I wanted to put but I’ll wait, wait for you to bask in the emotions like I did! And not only for Nino and Kiara……
But there is beauty. So much beauty in this brokenness.
The next book is going to be explosive….I can feel it!

The Weekly Epilogue……short edition!!

Welcome to The Weekly Epilogue!

Hope everyone had a great time ringing in 2019……I actually fell asleep at 11.30pm….my life is so rock and roll 😂

I wasn’t even sure I was going to do weekly updates in 2019….but for now, here I am!

I set my Goodreads goal to 96 for this year and I started on my January arcs, I have 7 for Jan and I still don’t know how it happened……..!

The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen

Everless by Sara Holland (ok totally not an arc but I HAD to read!)

Untouchable by Sam Mariano

I know, again not an arc…..but apparently this is really dark and questionable ……so I had to read!

Drawn Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

How was your reading week?

What did you read?

Fairyloot Unboxing: December……Dragons!

Fairyloot December box

Theme = Dragons

I was so excited as I love dragons and I couldn’t be happier with this box! There is an item missing (Mother of Dragons magnetic bookmarks) but Fairyloot have said it will follow soon.

Reading Journal – oh yes, love, love this! It’s so pretty and I will defo use! Designed by FictionTea and features artwork by Blanca Montiel.

Pin Flag – another great item. I can add all my pins and badges to this!

Glow in the dark Dragon necklace – it’s actual wings glow in the dark!!! I doubt I’ll ever wear it but it’s so pretty!

Book sleeve – yes, yes, 100 times yes! Designed by Sweet Sequels and inspired by Harry Potter.

Double sided Dragon print – Toothless on 1 side and Abraxos on another! Omg I love, love love! Artwork by Diana Worak.

An arc, yes an arc! Storm Crows by Kalyn Josephine. It’s not out until July 2019 so it’s super advanced! Can’t wait to dive in!

Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst and it’s signed! I have actually read this already but nice to have a physical copy.

January Reading List! It has to be arc month!

 

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Here we are with another year!
I didn’t want to be so regimented with my reading this year so thought I would sign up for less arcs…..well that hasn’t quite worked out for January as I have 8 arcs! I’m still not sure how it happened!!!
So, January will be an arc read month!


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Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly
Deal with the Devil by Meghan March
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen
Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
Drawn into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Darkness Embraced by Tillie Cole
Drago by Sarah Brianne

I don’t have all these yet and as some are limited I might not get them all….but we shall see!!

What are you reading in January?

Shortathon Update!!!

Shortathon update (a little bit early but I’ve finished!)

Firstly, I hope you all had a good Christmas? We had a great one, plenty of food, family, drink and laughs!

Shortathon books read:

  • Cleaner Of Bones by Meg Kassel
  • The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J Maas
  • The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J Maas
  • The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J Maas
  • The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J Maas
  • The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J Maas

(So in short, The Assasins Blade!)

Did you do the Shortathon?

How did you get on?