A fairly normal week! The Sunday Post – 15th May 2022

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.

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week?

Not much to report personally! Just a normal, run of the mill week with work for me and school for my son. Last night we stayed up late to watch Eurovision and were gobsmacked we came second! Normally the UK is nil point!!!!

Again I have inhaled books! A readalong, a buddy read and a new-ish release!

I now have a new obsession! All For The Game Trilogy (The Foxhole Court!) It really took me by surprise how much I loved it!

What I’ve Read

The Foxhole Court/The Raven King/The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic
See my series review soon!

Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater
See my review soon!

Family of Liars by E Lockhart
See my review soon!

Bookish Arrivals

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

In case you missed it…..

Review – Cafe Con Lychee by Emery Lee
ARC Review – Reckless by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Review – Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Feature – Books I want releasing in June

What have you read lately?

Books I want releasing June 2022!

I made a promise to myself that I’d really cutback on my book buying this year for a few reasons but I do seem to be failing!! I mean isn’t that the biggest bookworm issue?!!

Anyhoo, here are a couple of books that I want and I’ve preordered them both!!!

For the Throne by Hannah Whitten
Blood Traitor by Lynette Noni

What books are you looking forward to?

Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Title: Red Sister

Series: Book of the Ancestor #1

Author: Mark Lawrence

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls.

A bloodstained child of nine falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass’s care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class Nona finds a new family—and new enemies.

Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona’s secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds to life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself.

Beneath a dying sun, Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way.

This book has been on my to read list for a while so even though I have the ebook, I grabbed the audio too!

Child, Nona Grey is accused of killing a rich man’s son (well she tried but he didn’t die) and is rescued by Abbess Glass and sent to the Convent of Sweet Mercy. But these aren’t ordinary Nuns. They train in fighting, poison and killing. And it’s here that Nona thrives.

It was really interesting, I loved Nona’s girl crew and her personal growth. The world building was excellent along with the different Orders and, although, a bit slow in places, I really enjoyed it!

ARC Review: Reckless by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Title: Reckless

Series: Adventures in Love #3

Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds

Jade has always been the reckless type. But after her relationship implodes and her business goes under, she realizes it might be time to change her ways. She decides on a fresh start in a new place: Montana.

But shortly after her arrival in Big Sky Country, she meets headstrong wilderness retreat owner Maverick, whose name, fittingly, means “dissenter.” Jade tries to convince herself he’s not the type of man she needs in her life. The problem is, she wants him in her life. She wants him more than anything.

For Maverick, his attraction to this out-of-towner is undeniable. But he’s sworn off relationships—until he gets to know the fiery-haired, fiery-tempered Jade. He can’t help but wonder if it’s worth opening himself up to her. It’s a gamble, sure. But is it reckless?

Or is love a high-stakes game of risk and reward that just might pay off in the end?

This was such a sweet read, a trademark of how great this author is at writing feel good romances.

Jade moves to town to start over and be close to her bestie, Cybil . There she meets Maverick again and the attraction is really instant. But there are bumps in the road!

Maverick was my fave (whenever is a hot man not my fave?!!)

Loved the name of their shop, loved the house, loved the writing and the story so, in short, loved it all!

I haven’t read the others in this series and now I really want to!

TTT – Bookish Characters

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: Bookish Characters

Shadowhunters ranked in order of how much I love them!

Yes I copped out but it is my middle name!!!

Will Herondale
Matthew Fairchild
Magnus Bane
Kieran Kingson/Hunter
James Herondale
Emma Carstairs
Tessa Gray
Jem Carstairs
Jace Herondale
Alec Lightwood
Maia Roberts

Review: Cafe Con Lychee by Emery Lee

Title: Cafe Con Lychee

Author: Emery Lee

Theo Mori wants to escape. Leaving Vermont for college means getting away from working at his parents’ Asian American café and dealing with their archrivals’ hopeless son Gabi who’s lost the soccer team more games than Theo can count.

Gabi Moreno is miserably stuck in the closet. Forced to play soccer to hide his love for dance and iced out by Theo, the only openly gay guy at school, Gabi’s only reprieve is his parents’ Puerto Rican bakery and his plans to take over after graduation.

But the town’s new fusion café changes everything. Between the Mori’s struggling shop and the Moreno’s plan to sell their bakery in the face of the competition, both boys find their dreams in jeopardy. Then Theo has an idea—sell photo-worthy food covertly at school to offset their losses. When he sprains his wrist and Gabi gets roped in to help, they realize they need to work together to save their parents’ shops but will the new feelings rising between them be enough to send their future plans up in smoke?

‘Sometimes bitter rivalries can brew something sweet!’

Enemies to lovers and food. My 2 favourite things combined!

Gabi and Theo are basically family business rivals but when a new cafe moves into town taking both families business, they put their issues aside and pair up to see what they can do to save the day (after a doozy of a misunderstanding, I actually cringed!)

This was such a cute read! Enemies, to friends, to bf’s!

I loved Gabi from the start. He’s a sweetheart. I didn’t actually like Theo that much at the start but he did grow on me. I know he had a lot going on but he’s just really rude to everyone!!

So we have teen drama, great writing and a story that made me hungry!!!!

This was a great little read and it’s really made want to try a boba tea as I’ve never had one!

The Sunday Post – 8th May 2022

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.

Hi everyone, May has arrived, my birthday month!

I’ve been on a reading roll again so decided to do these updates weekly so they don’t get so crowded!

It was a Bank Holiday for us last Monday and we carried on decorating. My carpet is not arriving until 21st May so we are doing in small bursts!!!!

We have also found a new restaurant that caters for gluten free and we couldn’t be happier! It’s called Wagamamas and is Japanese inspired food. We’ve eaten there twice in 2 weeks 🤣

What I’ve Read

ARC: The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
See my review soon!

ARC: Reckless by Aurora Rose Reynolds 🌟🌟🌟🌟 See my review soon!

Readalong: We Were Liars by E Lockhart 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

See my review soon!

Bookish Arrivals

Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye
An Arrow to Moon by Emily XR Pan

In case you missed it…..

Review – Gallant by VE Schwab
Review – Book Lovers by Emily Henry
ARC Review – Forging Silver into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer
Review – Lacybourne Manor by Kristen Ashley

What have you read lately?

Review: Lacybourne Manor by Kristen Ashley

Title: Lacybourne Manor

Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation #2

Author: Kristen Ashley

In 1522, the very night they were wed, Royce Morgan and his new bride, Beatrice Godwin, were murdered on their way home to Lacybourne Manor. After the cruel deed was done, a local witch came across their bodies, witnessing firsthand the tragedy of star-crossed lovers. Vowing that Royce and Beatrice would someday uncross those stars, using magic mixed with murder as well as true love, she linked their spirits together with hers (because someone had to protect them) forever… or until their reincarnated souls find happily ever after.

Now arrogant, forbidding Colin Morgan lives at Lacybourne, knowing, from lore (as well as the portraits of Royce and Beatrice that hang in Lacybourne’s hall and the small fact that he looks exactly like Royce Morgan), that he is the reincarnated soul of his ancestor.

One stormy night, flighty, free-spirited, scarily kind-hearted Sibyl Godwin comes to Lacybourne and it doesn’t escape Colin’s notice that Sibyl is the spitting image of Beatrice. However murder, magic, a warrior’s heart beating in a modern man’s chest, a woman bent on doing good deeds even if they get her into loads of trouble, a good witch whose family has vowed throughout the centuries to protect true love, distrust and revenge make a volatile cocktail.

This means the path to happily ever after is paved with tranquilizer darts, pensioners on a rampage, Sibyl’s bad morning moods, heartbreaking misunderstandings and all kinds of magic, good… and bad.

The myth that ill fated lovers, Royce and Beatrice will be reincarnated is coming to pass….

Colin and Sibyl are next up!

Oh gawd it was delish! I inhaled this monster of a book in a day, couldn’t put it down!

It was beautiful, the going back in time stole my heart.

Sibyl was crazy and chaotic……’Her mother and father both told her that her big heart would be the finish of her one day. This was that day.’

Colin was a typical KA male and I loved him!

Mallory and Bran were utter perfection!

Brightrose Cottage and Lacybourne Manor are 2 places I want to visit (and I loved the setting was Bristol!)

The fight part with the carrier bags. I was howling!

These are just some of the things I loved about this book and now I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

New-to-me authors: April 2022

I grabbed this idea from Lucy (with permission!) from Bookworm Blogger! Go check out her blog!

I always hope that I read new-to-me authors every month and getting book box subscriptions really helps with that so thought it would be nice to look back and see what new authors I’d read this month.

In April I read 3 so that’s 14 new-to-me authors I’ve read so far this year!

Rebecca Ross

Emery Lee

Emily Henry

Have you read any new to you authors this month?