Review: Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Title: Cinderella is Dead

Author: Kalynn Bayron

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

‘Do not be silent. Raise your voice. Be a light in the dark.’

Omg. A Cinderella retelling! I was all up for that!

It’s Sophia Grimmins turn to attend the ball to find a husband, well more like be picked by a man who can basically do what he wants…..and Sophia does not want to go…..and I cannot blame her. She lives in a really horrible, oppressive world.

There were so many things I loved about this book, the shops, the games, the fairy godmother twist, Sophia, how she is just who she is and will fight to make that happen.

I would’ve loved to have seen more world building, I just felt like I didn’t get enough and I would’ve loved to see more development for Amina too (if you read it you’ll know why!)

I really enjoyed the authors reimagining of this tale, it was unique and really interesting…..I just felt like I needed a bit ‘more’.

Books I need releasing in October!

You know when I said earlier on in the year that I had a 3 book a month limit to buying books?

Well I now laugh in the face of that promise and like a spoilt child, I am totally rebelling against it!!!!

So many good books coming in October and these are the ones I want need.

Skyhunter by Marie Lu

The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by VE Schwab

Famine Laura Thalassa

Love Song Kylie Scott

What books are you looking forward to in October?

On My Shelf tag – part 2

Here we are with part 2 of ‘On My Shelf’ book tag.

You can see my original post here.

Basically I asked people to give me a number between 1 and 70 (the number of books on my tbr) and then I write a post about it, why did I buy it, what does it mean to me etc.

Now….all the numbers added to my original post were different numbers so I asked my son to pick one from comments….and he chose number 15.

  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  • Series: The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1
  • Format: Audio
  • Length: 16hrs 50 mins
  • Release date: 10 Sept 2019

When this was first released, I didn’t get it. I don’t even know why. I think this was around the time that I was cutting down on purchases as my tbr was getting out of control and I was in a panic and then forgot about it!

But lockdown really gives you time! So I used my time actively searching for books to buy with audio credits I had for my birthday.

I saw some great reviews on WordPress, had a small shufty on Goodreads and after reading this line, I was sold:

‘Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.’

Even though I haven’t listened to this yet, it didn’t stop me getting Harrow the Ninth the day it came out 😂😂

Have you read?

What did you think?

TTT: Cover Freebie!

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: Cover Freebie

I thought about this for ages! Do I do Autumny covers? Do I do my fave covers of all books ever? I’ve recently shown this years Fairyloot covers as I read the majority of them in August so I thought I would show my fave covers of the physical books I own.

Oh and at last…..I have 10 books on a post! Go me!

Review: Playing With Fire by LJ Shen

Title: Playing With Fire

Author: LJ Shen

A broken boy on the path to destruction.
A scarred girl without direction.
A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie.

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites.
She is the strange girl from the food truck.
He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since.
She is invisible to the world.
He is the town’s beloved bad boy.
She is a reject.
He is trouble.
When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending.
But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell.
Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this:
She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U.
And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned.

When I saw small town romance, I must admit that my heart skipped a beat. I haven’t really read one of those for a while…..and I needed it!

Here we have West St Claire – the ultimate bad boy and just delish in so many ways!

We also have Grace, lovely, fiery but is struggling……and then West finds her. I fell in love with them absolutely instantly.

This story is just beautiful. Beautiful, but raw, real and at times, ugly. My heart! My actual heart.

You need this book in your life!

Review: Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Title: Court Of Lions

Series: Mirage #2

Author: Somiya Daud

Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

‘All of us have suffered one loss or another. All of us live in the shadow of that. And those losses do not absolve us of the choices we make.’

Having just finished Mirage, I could not wait to dive into this. Did I love it as much as Mirage? Yes and no.

• The culturism was fabulous…..

• It was a slower pace but the middle sort of dragged for me…..

• My heart bled for Amani and what she had to do in the line of (forced) duty, that girl is so strong……

• The trio plotting….fabulous……

• My love for Maram grew with every page. I lived for her pov but I wanted more……

• Maram and her love interest made my heart soar……

• Idris and Amani….LOVED!

This was still a fabulous sequel but I didn’t get all the feels I did with Mirage but I would defo reread!

Review: Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

Title: Shielded

Series: Shielded #1

Author: Kaylynn Flanders

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

Firstly, I got a special edition of this book from Fairyloot and let me tell you, it smelled amazing! I spent a lot of time smelling this bad boy #weird.

Anyways….Halendi is in trouble and whilst her brother rides off to the front, Princess Jenna rides towards her betrothed, who she has never met, to seal a deal for troops. But she doesn’t get there without trouble. Hiding her identity, she carries on alone to get answers and bumps into 2 palace guards…

But everything isn’t as it seems….on both sides.

This book was so good! I fell in love with the story, the world, the characters….all of it!

I must say I am a sucker for romance when it’s done right….and this was done right! I had a little nervous bud in my belly when Jenna met Teren and that bloomed into a massive, beautiful flower!

But this story isn’t just about romance. It’s so much more and implore you to read it, read it now, what are you waiting for?

I need the next book and I need it now!!!

TTT – Books for My Younger Self

Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl  It was born from a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: Books for My Younger Self

One day I will do this and i will actually get a selection of 10…but today is not that day!

These are books I have read and i wish they had come out when I was much younger…..

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

The Affiliate by KA Linde

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


What books would make your list?

Fairyloot Unboxing: August 2020 – Let The Games Begin!


Fairyloot – August 2020


‘The stakes are high and the games are on – make sure you come prepared! This month is all about games; whether they are physical or mental, magical or non-magical. These games will test your mettle and have your adrenaline soaring!’

Items inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, Hunting Prince Dracula, Nevernight, Scythe, Aurora Rising and Harry Potter.

Included was:

🖤 Mia and Mr Kindly Metalmark designed by @taratjah

🖤 Aurora Rising Pin by @ironandinkdesigns

🖤 Scythe Magnet designed by @taratjah

🖤 5 and 6 of Swords tarot cards (Nevernight)

🖤 Golden Egg Bath Bomb by @littleheartgifts


🖤 Prince Dracula Notebook designed by @noverantale with artwork from @taratjah

🖤 Laia and Elias Book Sleeve designed by @monolimeart

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar