Thank you for your service ma’am……

I couldn’t let this moment pass without posting something. It is an incredibly sad time, an end of an era.

I’m not what you would call a royalist I don’t think but The Royal Family are part of my country, the figurehead, and I’ve been bought up watching them so they are part of me.

“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Her Majesty The Queen

Rest in peace Your Majesty.

The Sunday Post – 18th September 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?

I started the week off with a 3 day migraine and it totally knocked me back so I’ve spent the rest of the week trying to catch up with everything!!!

I’ve also been a bit slumpy but only for reading physical books! Audiobooks have been my saviour!

What I’ve Read

🎧 Babel by RF Kuang
See my review here.

🎧 Thorn by Intisar Khanani
See my review here.

New arrivals

Shadowhunters Illustrated – have no idea where this came from as I didn’t order it, there was no invoice or note and it wasn’t on my wishlist!

You might have missed…..

Review – Mindwalker by Kate Dylan
Unboxing – Fairyloot Adult: August 2022
Review – The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas
Unboxing – Afterlight: August 2022

What have you read lately?

Afterlight Unboxing – August 2022

AFTERLIGHT – August 2022

I find myself really looking forward to this quarterly box and this month was sooooo good!

This quarters box included:

The Kiss Body Butter Bar produced by @littleheartgifts and the label was by @no0nedesigns

Experiments of the Heart Book Box with artwork by @forensicsandflowers


Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Exclusive hardback
Exclusive cover
Sprayed edges
Foil embossing on hardcover
Digital signature

Review: The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

Title: The Sunbearer Trials

Series: The Sunbearer Duology #1

Author: Aidan Thomas

“Only the most powerful and honorable semidioses get chosen. I’m just a Jade. I’m not a real hero.”

As each new decade begins, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of thirteen and eighteen are selected by Sol himself as the most worthy to compete in The Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all―they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body used to fuel the Sun Stones that will protect the people of Reino del Sol for the next ten years.

Teo, a 17-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, has never worried about the Trials…or rather, he’s only worried for others. His best friend Niya―daughter of Tierra, the god of earth―is one of the strongest heroes of their generation and is much too likely to be chosen this year. He also can’t help but worry (reluctantly, and under protest) for Aurelio, a powerful Gold semidiós and Teo’s friend-turned-rival who is a shoo-in for the Trials. Teo wouldn’t mind taking Aurelio down a notch or two, but a one-in-ten chance of death is a bit too close for Teo’s taste.

But then, for the first time in over a century, Sol chooses a semidiós who isn’t a Gold. In fact, he chooses two: Xio, the 13-year-old child of Mala Suerte, god of bad luck, and…Teo. Now they must compete in five mysterious trials, against opponents who are both more powerful and better trained, for fame, glory, and their own survival.

I have a new fave of 2022!!!

Teo is a semidioses (half god, half human) and is selected to compete in the Sunbearer Trials although he is a Jade and not a Gold which shook him to his very core… first. You’ll learn that Teo pretty much takes everything in his stride which I loved about him.

With his 2 friends, Xio and Niya they compete in the Trials along with 8 others including twins, Aurelio and Auristela.

Reading this was so much fun, I was hooked! It was sprinkled with humour and I was enamoured with the descriptions of all the places, the hierarchy and their world. Coupled with this was the utter acceptance of everyone and who they were and who they loved. It was beautiful. This book is actually educational too….I had to look up what a cloaca was!!!!!

This book totally stands on its own, it doesn’t need to be compared to anything. I absolutely loved every minute of it especially what I think was LotR shoutout at the end! Now I need book 2!!!!

TTT – Books with Geographical Terms in the Title

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: Books with Geographical Terms in the Title

What a great topic! I do have a lot of books with the word city in so I was well away here!!!!

Beach Read by Emily Henry
House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon
A Little Bit Country by Brian D Kennedy
Crescent City by Sarah J Maas

City of Ghosts by VE Schwab
City of Brass by SA Chakraborty
Enslaved by the Ocean by Bella Jewel
Sea of Ruin by Pam Godwin
All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

What books would you choose?

Review: Mindwalker by Kate Dylan

Title: Mindwalker


Author: Kate Dylan

Eighteen-year-old Sil Sarrah is determined to die a legend. In the ten years she’s been rescuing imperilled field agents for the Syntex Corporation—by commandeering their minds from afar and leading them to safety—Sil hasn’t lost a single life. And she’s not about to start now.

She’s got twelve months left on the clock before the supercomputer grafted to her brain kills her, and she’s hell-bent on using that time to cement her legacy. Sil’s going to be the only Mindwalker to ever pitch a perfect game—even despite the debilitating glitches she’s experiencing. But when a critical mission goes south, Sil is forced to flee the very company she once called home.

Desperate to prove she’s no traitor, Sil infiltrates the Analog Army, an activist faction working to bring Syntex down. Her plan is to win back her employer’s trust by destroying the group from within. Instead, she and the Army’s reckless leader, Ryder, uncover a horrifying truth that threatens to undo all the good Sil’s ever done.

With her tech rapidly degrading and her new ally keeping dangerous secrets of his own, Sil must find a way to stop Syntex in order to save her friends, her reputation—and maybe even herself.

I was really excited to read this, it sounded unique and right up my alley!

Sil Sarrah is a mindwalker, she has tech implanted in her and she takes over people’s minds to get them out of trouble. But there’s a time limit on her life because of it.

After a mistake, Sil finds herself on the run trying to get answers and hangs with a resistance member, Ryder Stone, who is also on a quest for answers.

Firstly let me say that I nearly stopped reading this book 30% odd in because of 1 thing. The incessant use of ‘Christ that..’. It wasn’t just a few times it was used, it was sprinkled about like confetti and got right on my wick!

But really that is my only criticism.

There was intrigue, drama, action, twists with the story that totally hooked me. There was one bit that did make me pause…and reread….and think. It was how their world got to where it is now. ‘Radioactive storms, epidemics, tsunamis, droughts . . . every worst-case scenario in the book started killing us off.’ Time to start the bunker prepping!

I’m also a sucker for a leading guy and it appears I am a sucker for Ryder Stone! 

‘Do not let them rule you. Do not let them own you. Do not surrender control.’

The Sunday Post – 11th September 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?

A week of great sadness for us here with the passing of our Queen, Elizabeth, on Thursday. The only monarch I’ve known. I feel absolutely so sad. I’m not an emosh person but I shed some tears. What a great lady. And now we have a King, King Charles III. It feels so surreal.

It was back to school for my son this week and us getting back into the same routine, it was tiring!

As well as the below reads I’ve started listening to Babel but it’s huge so no way I would’ve got it finished this week, hopefully next week!

What I’ve Read

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
See my review here.

🎧 Lightlark by Alex Aster
Unfortunately a DNF at 40% for me.

New arrivals

Nothing this week! Look how good I’m being!

You might have missed…..

Review – The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
Unboxing – Fairyloot YA: August 22
Unboxing – Ember Stag: Join the Foxes
Review – It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
Feature – Books I want releasing in October

What have you read lately?

Books I want releasing October 2022!

Part of me loves doing these posts because then I can try and stick to buying just these but then another part of me thinks I should be posting more books that are releasing to appeal to more people.

What do you think? Just post what books I am looking forward to….or more?

I’ll look at your comments and go from there!

These are 2 books that are releasing in October that I want!

Strike the Zither by Joan He
The Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew

What books are you looking forward to?