Review: Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly


Title: Fragile Longing

Author: Cora Reilly

Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize.
Too young.
Not blond.
And definitely not an ice princess.
Her sister is—was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn’t. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancé behind.
Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister’s stead, knowing she’ll never be more than second best. Yet, she can’t stop longing for the love of the man she’s been crushing on even when he was still her sister’s.

Danilo is a man who’s used to getting what he wants.
Power.
Respect.
The sought-after ice princess.
Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face.
Wounded pride.
Thirst for revenge.
A dangerous combination—one Danilo can’t leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister’s place to placate him. Yet, she’s got one flaw: she’s not her sister.
Unable to forget what he’s lost, Danilo might lose what he’s been given.

Hooked.
Line and sinker.

If you have been following this storyline you will be hooked too!

‘But she was the consolation prize. We all knew it.’

Basically Sofia is the spare, a replacement. At first I wanted to cuddle Sofia so badly and punch Danilo right in the mush! But girl got claws!

But then Danilo surprised me too. He was beautiful!!

‘Where I was prideful , Sofia was humble. Where I was vengeful, she was forgiving. Where I was short-tempered, she was patient.’

I do need to add that I know this book was about Sofia but Anna really shone here. I need her story!

Spooky October reads… 🧙‍♀️🧹

It’s that time of year when I start thinking about what books I want to read for my Spooky reads in October for Halloween.

I normally like to go for 3 or 4 that fit the spooky/paranormal theme so these are the books I think I want to read (and I say think because I’m now such a mood reader so they might change!)

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich


Nightfall  by Penelope Douglas

The whole concept of the series is built around Devils Night and the other books have been utterly delish.


🎧Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir


 

Do you read spooky themed books for October?

What’s on your list?

My (huge) Haul – September 2020

You know at the beginning of the year when I said I wasn’t going to sign up for hardly any arcs?

I dont know what happened. One minute I was perusing Netgalley and before I knew it I had requested loads…..and then they were approved. It all happened so fast!

6 arcs. Luckily I have read 4 of them so I need to get my skates on with the rest!

📚 Physical/ebook

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas


📑Arcs

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by VE Schwab

Legendborn by Tracey Deonn

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Wild Fire by Kristen Ashley

Playing with Fire by LJ Shen


🎧 Audio

None as I have quite a few to catch up on!


🧚‍♀️ Fairyloot


Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar


What books did you get this month?

Review: Wild Fire by Kristen Ashley

Title: Wild Fire

Series: Chaos #6.5

Author: Kristen Ashley

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new story in her Chaos series featuring Dutch Black…

A little bit of background…in a nutshell!

I am a KA MC nut.

I love Chaos.

This is one of the best, if not the best, MC series that has been written!

I was so not ready to leave Chaos after Rush so this beaut was just what I needed.

Dutch. Omg. I know I say I love all the Chaos men but Dutch is right up beside Joker for me!

‘I was lost, and I’ve not known you a week, and I might not have it together, but I’m on the road to bein’ found’

Gaaaah, my heart!

And that ending. I’m so happy, won’t say why because spoiler alert!!

Which Characters from my Favourite Books am I?

So…..I saw this and knew it was for me because I love doing these quizzes!!!!

Thanks to the Orang-utan Librarian for posting and also thanks to Katie @Never Not Reading

Check them both out, you don’t know what you are missing!

Six of Crows

Quiz: Which Six of Crows character are you? (Grishaverse.com)

Who I hope I’ll get: Nina

Who I got: Nina

Yes! My dreams have come true!!!


Percy Jackson

Quiz: Which Percy Jackson character are you? (Playbuzz)

Who I hope I’ll get: Anyone apart from Annabeth!!!!

Who I got: Percy!!!!

Well I’m not going to say no to those powers!


The Lord of the Rings

Quiz: Which Member of the Fellowship Are You? (Playbuzz)

Who I hope I’ll get: Eowyn…please, please!

Who I got: Frodo Baggins. Sigh.


Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Quiz: Which “Simon Universe” character are you? (EpicReads)

Who I hope I’ll get: Ashamed to say I don’t this at all 😔

Who I got: Lead Burke (Leah on the Offbeat

Is this good?!


Harry Potter

Quiz: Which Hogwarts professor are you?

Who I hope I’ll get: Trelawny because she is a mad old bat!!!

Who I got: Snape 😂😂

 


Pride and Prejudice

Quiz: Which Pride and Prejudice character are you?

Who I hope I’ll get: Jane Bennet

What I got: I got her!!!!! (Well half!) Jane Bennet!


I had such fun doing this and will be on the look out for more quizzes to do!

Do you do quizzes? What are your characters from the above?!

TTT – Books on my Autumn read list.

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 on my Autumn read list

Well….I actually have been making reading lists for the past couple of months but they have had a specific purpose, ie read my backlogged Fairyloot books plus I do have a few books picked out for spooky October reads. For this I thought I might amend this slightly and include books I want to read before the year ends!

Still not 10 though….1 day, 1 day I will get 10!!!!

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Touched by Elisa S Amore

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff

How to love your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

World Gratitude Day!!!

World Gratitude Day

‘Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st September. The celebration of Gratitude Day allows both individual citizens and organisations within wider society to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude in a variety of ways.’

So my way to celebrate this day is for my love of books and the book community so today I give gratitude to fellow bloggers!

The Orang-utan Librarian

Her tongue in cheek posts have me laughing out loud (yes, lol!) and her reviews are sublime.

❤❤❤

Beware of the Reader

Sophie’s weekly updates are fab, bit of book, bit of life, bit of blog. And don’t even get me started on her amazing funko creations!

❤❤❤

Bobo’s Book Bank

Romance books, songs, humour, life and everything in between. Plus I love that Trisy is reading YA fantasy. It’s like we are twins!

❤❤❤

Flora’s Musings

Our shared love of paranormal romance reads, her fancy new blog that I love and she is a Brit like me!

❤❤❤

Susan Loves Books

Those daily posts that I looked forward to to brighten my day! (And also the huge Netgalley hauls that make my eyes pop out!!)

❤❤❤

Bookworm Blogger

who smashes every reading goal and makes me jealous with envy! And her blog quote ‘reading is a passport to countless adventures.’ So, so true!

And to every other blogger whose posts I devour, love, laugh at and bring me so much joy.

❤❤❤

The End of Summer Book Tag

I saw this tag on Howling Libraries and Destiny got it from Storme Reads A Lot Please go and check them both out for fantastic bookish posts!

For info, I am not a summer person so glad we will see some cooler days and nights with Autumn on the way!

1. What was your favourite book this summer?

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

I simply loved it! You can see my review here.


2. What was your least favourite book this summer?

I hate questions like this because I really don’t like to upset anyone but I guess you can’t like all the books! I did DNF The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli so does that count?


3. What book do you wish you read this summer?

Oh so many! The main one probably Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.


4. What was your favourite classic you read this summer?

I didn’t read any classics. 😒 I really need to remedy that for Autumn!


5. Did you stray into a different genre and pick up a new and exciting book?

I guess MG isn’t a new, new genre but I don’t really read hardly any but picked up Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend and really enjoyed it! You can see my review here.


6. What was your favourite movie adaptation this summer?

Well I’ve only seen one and it’s a doozy! DNI 365. I mean it was hot, basically soft porn and I grasped at my pearls quite a lot but can’t say its a favourite or something I would watch again! (No pic or I’ll have to grab at my pearls again!)


7. What was your favourite new book release?

Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

You can see my review here.


I won’t tag anyone but please feel free to do!

Review: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Title: Star Daughter

Author: Shveta Thakrar

If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry’s secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name.

Stars like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. Since that day, Sheetal has been forced to hide.

But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. So strong that Sheetal loses control, and a flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star’s blood can heal.

Sheetal has no choice but to answer the starsong and ascend to the sky. But her celestial family has summoned her for a reason: to act as their human champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of heavens.

Desperate to save her father, Sheetal agrees. But nothing could have prepared Sheetal to face the stars’ dark history—or the forces that are working to shut the gate between the realms for good.

A half star goes to find her full star mother to help her Dad. But the stars need something from her…..

I got the Fairyloot exclusive edition and let me tell you it’s so beautiful!!!

There were so many things about this book that I loved….

I loved the celestial world, the mythology, the best friend, Minal, the family bonds and the food references!

Unforts there were quite a few things where it fell short for me, stuff like sometimes it felt like a telling not a showing, Sheetal (our main character) did get on my nerves a bit, Dev (the love interest), I found to be a bit just well, meh and even though I loved the sound of the Hindu mythology, I must admit I was a little confused but it really made me want to learn more about it!

Saying this, the authors writing style is absolutely beautiful so I’d love to read future books by her.