Books I NEED in February!

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Yes, need. Not want, need!

I tried a 3 book limit last year and I failed every single month so this year I’ve decided to scrap that, run free and buy, buy, buy 😂😂

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Even though I have the Fairyloot paperback of this, I need it in hardcover too!


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The Iron Raven by Julia Kagawa

Even though I haven’t finished this series yet, I need this because its Puck!!!


A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

No explanation required. I just need this!


What books do you want in February?

Off the Grid Readathon!!!


We are in full lockdown here in England (again!) and I have a big ole tbr I picked out for January that I need to read so this is just what the doctor ordered!

The readathon is ran by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm  – go check her post out!

The readathon begins at 12:00am Friday and ends at 11:59pm Sunday. That’s 3 whole days (and 72 whole hours) to read without any distractions! Set aside your phone, wave goodbye to social media, and read when you should be reading!

I want to read 2 books (or at least start the 2nd!):

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L Armentrout (637 pages long!!!)


The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Are you joining in?

TTT – Resolutions/Hopes for 2021

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Theme – Resolutions/hopes for 2021

I thought about this and what I would put. Would I put resolutions, would I put my hopes for 2021, my worries? The below is a mix of all of it I think, some personal, some bookie world!

It was actually quite hard to write this. 2020 was a royal shit show and basically the world is suffering so I didn’t want to come across as me, me, me but I guess that everyone is having the same thoughts.

😷 So my first is that COVID is extinguished. So many deaths, so much illness and so much worry. Just horrid. And for God sake, wear a mask.

That my family are safe and healthy and that I continue to be. I guess this will be a standard for everyone too!

🏫 That my son starts senior school with minimal issues. For a kid that age, its worrying. A lot of kids round here have no morals, no conscious and have vile mouths and they just don’t care. My son isn’t like that and I’m worried he will get eaten alive and I feel a bit like I’m throwing him to the wolves! I expect he will get on fine and maybe it’s my protective nature showing through….but we shall see.

📚 Authors keep writing crackers of books so I can dive head first into them!

🤭❤ To keep finding the humour in things, laugh, love and appreciate.

📸 Get more practice at Instagram bookish photos and try out some editing programs!

📘 Live in hope that Jay Kristoff knows I exist and that I love his books so much!!!

👓 And the same old chestnut, read my tbr!!!

Did you make any resolutions?

The Last 10 Books Tag


I saw this on Kristin Kraves Books and knew I had to do it too! It seems, however, that I wasn’t the best at it!!!!

The Last Book I Gave Up On

Don’t hate me but it was this! I couldn’t get on with The Raven Boys either 😔

Last Book I Re-read

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley. That was July 2020. I am so due another reread!

Last Book I Bought

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I recently read the ebook and knew I needed a physical copy!

Last Book I Said I Read But Actually Didn’t
I can’t say that this is something I have ever done! Well not that I remember anyway!

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins Of
Something else I’ve never done (unless it was at school and I cant remember!)

Last Book That I Had Signed

The last signed book I had signed was Master of One by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett from Fairyloot!

The Last Book I Lost
I don’t think I’ve ever lost a book that I can remember! None of my real life friends are readers so no one has ever borrowed my books!

The Last Book I Had to Replace
Oh M G I am rubbish at this as I don’t think I’ve ever had to replace a book either!!!!

The Last Book I Argued Over
I mean I’ve argued over loads of book boyfriends (😂😂) but have never argued over a book.

The Last Book You Couldn’t Find

Well this is easy as it happened recently and is a result of lockdown brain!

I bought City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. I unwrapped it and put it down and then couldn’t find it when I went back to it later! I found it a week later when I was vacuuming under my bed. It was there. I must’ve put it there so it didn’t get bent!!!

🎧 Mini Review: Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Title: Midnight Sun

Series: Twilight Saga #5

Author: Stephanie Meyer

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

My first thoughts….oooo Eddie is darker than I thought! And after I thought about this it confirmed that I am unconditionally and irrevocably Team Edward!

Obviously I knew the story but seeing it from his perspective was a little bit eye opening! You don’t really learn anything new so if you are going into this, don’t expect it and also this book is loooooong (nearly 26 hours on audio!) so you’re in it for the long haul!

But…..my inner Twihard loved this and I’d love to get more of his pov! Gimme!

Review: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Title: Raybearer

Series: Raybearer #1

Author: Jordan Ifueko

Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

Oh my gawd what a breathe of fresh air and a ‘ray’ of sunshine this was <—– see what I did there?!

Anyway I’ll stop with that and just get down to it!

Tarisai was born and bought up with a purpose, train, join the Crown Prince’s Council….and then kill him. But there is more at work here than being that simple and as it unwound I was speechless!

‘My adventure had confirmed their most sinister suspicions. My mother was the devil, and I, her puppet demon.’

I’m not really going to say much, well nothing, about the plot because anymore than what you know already will spoil it….so characters….

Tarisai, oh jeez I just wanted to give her a full on Mumma cuddle (that my son won’t allow anymore, damn those pre teen years!)

The Crown Prince, Dayo was so loveable but I did find him a bit of a drip in some places.

Jeet and Kirah were the ones that stood out for me and stole my heart. You have the fierce friend in Kirah, always standing by Tarisai’s side and then the scary Jeet who was actually a softy (well for Tarisai and Dayo anyway!)

‘I’m so happy you’re in my story, Kirah. And I’m happy you’re in mine.’

This book has it all, Revenge, betrayal, bonds, love and twists. It reminded me of the saying, family are the friends you choose. Oh and BTW that ending had my jaw dropping!

TTT – Anticipated Releases: First Half of 2021


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.

ThemeAnticipated Releases: First Half of 2021

I have so many releases on my countdown app that I have just picked out some or I’ll be here all day listing them (and I really want a coffee!!) ☕


Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer


 


A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer



Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift


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Still Standing by Kristen Ashley



A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas


Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab


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Wild Wind by Kristen Ashley


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Namesake by Adrienne Young


Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo


Are you looking forward to any of these?

Review: Famine by Laura Thalassa

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Title: Famine

Series: The Four Horsemen #3

Author: Laura Thalassa

They came to earth–Pestilence, War, Famine, Death–four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

Ana da Silva always assumed she’d die young, she just never expected it to be at the hands of Famine, the haunting immortal who once spared her life so many years ago. But if the horseman remembers her at all, he must not care, for when she comes face to face with him for the second time in her life, she’s stabbed and left for dead.

Only, she doesn’t quite die.

If there’s one thing Famine is good at, it’s cruelty. And how these blighted bastards deserve it. Try as he might, he can’t forget what they once did to him. But when Ana, a ghost from his past, corners him and promises pain for what he so recently did to her, she and her empty threats captivate him, and he decides to keep her around.

In spite of themselves, Ana and Famine are drawn to each other. But at the end of the day, the two are enemies. Nothing changes that. Not one kind act, not two. And definitely not a few steamy nights. But enemies or reluctant lovers, if they don’t stop themselves soon, heaven will.


‘I’m Famine, the third horseman of the apocalypse, and I’m here to kill you all.’

How is it that this author can write stone cold killers but make me think they are vulnerable virtuous and make me love them in at least 3 seconds?

So here we have Famine doing his part of the work but he has an extra flaw, its personal.

Ana ‘saved’ him as a teen and showed him kindness when no one else did. And Famine hasn’t forgotten.

I loved Ana. The way she riles Famine made me laugh…and his reactions were even better! The way she goes on about his supposed virginity made me laugh. Her spirit drives me!

‘It’s suicide,” he calls out to my back. I don’t turn around. It’s revenge.’

I mean Famine is defo no angel, the way he kills and actually loves it! But oh my gawd, that man….

‘Because you are human and I imagine you like compliments far more than I do. And for whatever insufferable reason I want to give you many.’

This is a plan in action from a higher power most defs. Get his little ‘spirits’ set up with women who teach them to show empathy compassion, love and go against their basic instincts.

I can’t wait for Death. He is going to be just delish!

My January Reading List!


I’m hoping to start the year off with a bang and as January is the dullest, most depressing month of the year, I’m really going to push myself with my reading list!

Weirdly enough, all these are e-books that I own. I normally read the e-book first and if I love, then I get the physical book as well as space is at a premium on my shelves and house! Also these will knock some off my Beat the Backlist Challenge which makes me happy!!!

I’m not sure if I am going to make lists every month because it seems sometimes they work for me and other times they don’t….but start off how you mean to go on and all that jazz!!!

So my (very ambitious for me) list is:


🎧 The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden


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🎧 The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune



🎧 Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (buddy read with Sophie @BewareoftheReader)


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Fire Night by Penelope Douglas


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The Night Country by Melissa Albert



Tales from Hinterland by Melissa Albert (arc)



Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa



The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones


Skyhunter by Marie Lu



From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout


Have you read any of these?

What’s on your tbr for January?