I don’t like Monday’s…but books always help!

I’m always up for a bit of forward planning, especially when it comes to books so I thought to brighten up Mondays I’d tell you about some books I am looking forward to in 2020!!

I couldn’t not want this after my love of the A Court of series and Throne of Glass. I feel like I need to eat up every word this author writes!


Title: House of Earth and Blood

Series: Crescent City #1

Author: Sarah J Maas

Release date: 3 March 2020

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.
Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.

As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …

With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom – and the power of love.

What body part would you give for an early copy?!!!

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Slump, slump, slump….and more slump 😭

Welcome to The Weekly Epilogue!

Hope you all had a good week?

Well hello book slump.

It’s been a month or so but I see you have come back. I thought I told you never to return yet here you are!

Yes I’m in another slump. I did start a book on the weekend and I finished it Monday but then no more words have passed my eyes for the rest of the week. I cry!


Wicked Fox by Kat Cho – see my review here.


OMG I feel like a fraud! NOTHING!!

I still have 2 books left from my Summer Reading Challenge so I need to get a move on!

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

Get to know the romance reader tag!

I saw this tag and decided to get involved as I am a romance queen!

I think it was originally on Fallen for Romance , go take a look!


Questions:

What is your romance origin story? (How you came to read your first romance novel):

I have been reading romance since I was probably around 14, starting off with my Mums Jackie Collins (!), meandered off reading (I did read Harry Potter!) and then really took off again with Twilight and 50 Shades when my son was a baby and I was bored when he was asleep!


If you could be the heroine in a romance novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?:

This is hard…maybe I’d go for Kristen Ashley’s Three Series. Paranormal romance and I’d like to be a werewolf please!!!


What is a romance you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?:

Tristan by Cora Brent

Or to be honest anything she has written! She is one of my unicorn authors.


What is your favorite romance subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?:

I guess paranormal as that’s my first love!

For the sub genre I haven’t read much I’d say historical romance. I’ve read a couple but not that many!


Who is one of your auto-buy romance authors?:

Just One?? Well I have many but one is Kylie Scott.


How do you typically find romance recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..):

Usually on blogs I follow and also reccies from my book friends! They are pushers!!!


What is an upcoming romance release you’re excited for?:

What’s with the just one again!??? Umm if I have to pick then…..

Closer by Kylie Scott


What is one misconception about romance you would like to lay to rest?:

The judgement. Just because I read a romance book it doesnt make me stupid! I love the written word and a bit of escapism never hurt anyone! (I also read a lot of YA, I like to mix and match!)


Who is the most recent romance reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?:

Aestas Book Blog

Her blog is always spot on and I love her reviews!


If someone had never read a romance before and asked you to recommend the first 3 romances that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?:

Kristen Ashley

Aurora Rose Reynolds

Cora Reilly


I wont tag anyone but feel free to do yours!

Discussion….well more like HELP ME!!!!

I’m one of those people who will suffer through a book, thinking I have to finish it even though I’m not into it at all.

I know that I need to stop this as, well, life is just too short (and my tbr pile is long)!!!

I’m the sort of person who needs rules (and guidance!) so I was perusing the net to see if I could find any information. I stumbled across a post from Life Hacker who has a quote from author and librarian Nancy Pearl and I decided to roll with it.

The Rule of 50

People frequently ask me how many pages they should give a book before they give up on it. In response to that question, I came up with my “rule of fifty,” which is based on the shortness of time and the immensity of the world of books. If you’re fifty years of age or younger, give a book fifty pages before you decide to commit to reading it or give it up. If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100—the result is the number of pages you should read before making your decision to stay with it or quit.

So I thought this is now my new rule!

But then I thought hang on, if my book is 900 pages then 50 pages is surely not enough to really know, it’s a drop in the ocean!!!

That’s where I need your help!

  • What do you do?
  • Do you follow the rule of 50?
  • Is there another ‘rule’ I need to know?!

Review: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

I received this book in my Fairyloot box and decided to jump straight in. I’d heard mixed reports and wanted to see for myself!


Title: Wicked Fox

Series: Gumiho #1

Author: Kat Cho

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.


Miyoung is a (half) gumiho, a nine tailed fox who must feed upon humans (she loves their gi!) and she has found it’s easier for her to live in plain sight so she lives a human-ish life.

These 2 Miyoung facts collide and she meets Jihoon and something very important to her is lost to him……and that’s where it all begins….

Things I loved:

• Jihoons relationship with his grandmother was just adorable!

• I loved the Korean culture aspect, it was fascinating.

• The little twists that made me go oooo!

• Miyoung and Jihoon together = sweet!

• I’m a sucker for 2 lonely people finding each other no matter what their age!

So why 3 stars? Well the book starts off fabulously, I was so invested…..and then it went downhill a bit for me. If I’m honest I did find it a bit drawn out in places, maybe the pacing was a bit off and Miyoung got on my nerves with her questionable decision making!!!

Fairyloot Unboxing: July – Magic in the City

 

Here we go again with a Fairyloot Unboxing!

Theme: Magic in the City

Inspired by books that are set in a modern city and involves magic & mythology.

Shadowhunters ceramic mug illustrated by Taratjah.

I love a mug and this is so unique, I love it!

Nine tailed Fox Mug rug designed by @obsidiayan inspired by the book of the month.

This is wondrous! A mug rug!!!

Princess of Disi candle by A Court of Candles inspired by A Curse so Dark and Lonely (fab read!!!)

Smells a bit funky but I will still burn it!!!

Pin banner designed by Ink and Wonder based on Percy Jackson.

Yes! I was just wondering what I could use for my pins now seeing as my pin bag is full!

Diagon Alley enamel necklace designed by Bookmarkd.tattoos.

I wouldn’t wear this as a necklace but I’m going to make the pendant into a badge cause it’s so pretty.

Bravado coin purse by Nutmegandario inspired by The Girl at Midnight.

Yes! Love, love, love this! My purse just broke today so this couldnt have come at a better time!

Fortune cookie with a fortune from our fave YA books!

I couldnt eat it (hello celiac disease!) but my son confirmed it was tasty!

Sun and Moon tarot cards from the Harry Potter series.

 

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Fairyloot exclusive ✔

Sprayed edges ✔

Signed by the author ✔

Character art card by Kavon Kayleigh.

Top 5 Tuesday – books under 300 pages…

Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm – you can find her July topic post here.

Today’s Theme = Top 5 books under 300 pages

This was HARD!

  • I run to Goodreads,
  • Goes through my 1205 read books,
  • OMG, a load of books haven’t got a page count!
  • OMG, a load of books I’ve read are mostly over 300 pages!!!!
  • But here we are, a lot of painstaking hours later!

 


City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I must admit I was sceptical going into this as I hadnt read middle grade before but I LOVED THIS and I want more!!!

 


An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

This was the 1st book from this author for me and it was like a breath of fresh air!

 


Raze by Tillie Cole

Scarred Souls series. Russian mafia. Fighting pits. Romance. Loved it!

 

 


Dragons Lair by Chantal Fernando

Firmly on my reread pile! MC read and throughly delish!

 

 


Lick by Kylie Scott

Book 1 in one of THE best rocker romances out there!

I don’t like Mondays but books always help! (yes I know, a long title but it is what it is!)

I’m always up for a bit of forward planning, especially when it comes to books so I thought to brighten up Mondays I’d tell you about some books I am looking forward to in 2020!!

I fell head over heels in love with A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I really didn’t think that I would but it captivated me….so it’s a no brainer that I am longing for this!

Title: A Heart So Fierce and Broken

Series: The Curse Breaker

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Release date: 7 January 2020

Find the heir, win the crown.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Harper has freed Prince Rhen from the curse that almost destroyed his kingdom. But all is not well; rumours are rife that there is a rival heir with a stronger claim to the throne and that ‘Princess’ Harper of Disi is nothing but a fraud.

Grey has fled the castle carrying a terrible secret. When he is discovered by soldiers and returned to Ironrose by force, Grey’s allegiances begin to shift. And as he grows closer to an enemy princess, he is forced to decide whether he will stand against Rhen for the crown he never wanted .

Are you looking forward to this?

Never ending sun, building dens and BOOKS!!!!

Welcome to The Weekly Epilogue!

Hope you all had a good week?

Back to work after my holiday….and it was a struggle! Plus ferrying my son to his various activities he wanted to do, his favourite was a den building day!!!

It’s still really hot here which is unusual and after my holiday I am fed up of the sun, bring on Autumn I say!!!!!!


It was a great reading week for me!

Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – see my review here.

War by Laura Thalassa – see my review here.

Quiet Man by Kristen Ashley – review will be posted on release day!


 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


 

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?