Hello September!

Just a little post to wish you a happy September!

“Making your Christmas cake in September is perfect, as too fresh a cake crumbles when cut.” ―Mary Berry

“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”
― Helen Hunt Jackson

TTT – Fictional Crushes

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.

Theme = Fictional Crushes

Firstly me say that I could’ve gone on and on with this list!!!

Joker from Ride Steady

Ruger from Reapers Legacy

Wrath from Kingdom of the Wicked

Azriel from ACOTAR

Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices

Cash from Cash’s Fight

Lemon Fresh from Truelife

Manon Blackbeak from Throne of Glass

Nik from The Illuminae Files

Ash from the Iron Fey series

ARC Review: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Title: Iron Widow

Series: Iron Widow #1

Author: Xiran Jay Zhao

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.

When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​

To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.

In an apocalyptic world, peasant girl Zetian sets out to avenge her sisters death by using her Qi to help power a fighting machine, a Chrysalises, for Huaxia in the war against the Hundans.

Qi is the vital essence that sustains everything in this world and keeps a boy/girl pair mentally connected in the war machines. Zetian is now the Iron Widow and gets a bit more than she bargained for in her new partner, Li Shimin, the Iron Demon.

Although I loved Zetian and her feminism, I actually thought she was a psychopath!! I loved her! I was out of breath reading it! Li Shimin I just wanted to cuddle all the time and along with them for the ride is Yizhi, calm, patient Yizhi.

The three of them and what grew into their relationship made my heart sing! The killer boy and the sweet boy and the psycho girl. A perfect triangle.

And that ending? Didn’t see that coming!

Closing the Chapter: August 2021

Welcome to Closing the Chapter! I hope you had a great reading month?

I had a bad start to the month after popping a disc out in my back and trapping a nerve. The pain was so bad! Fabulous timing for the start of school holidays, my poor son basically had to stay in with me and to top it off, his pc broke as well so hasn’t been the greatest of months! Onwards and upwards though eh!

I decided I needed to read some of my Netgalley books this month and I knew it was going to be a great reading month and I wasn’t wrong! I read 9 books and half of them were Netgalley reads!

Dark Prince by Michelle Hercules
See my review here

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
See my review here

The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni
See my review here

Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria
See my review here

Because You’re Mine by Clare Contreas
See my review here

Rejected by Jaymin Eve
See my review here

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
See my review here

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
See my review here

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
See my review here

What did you read in August?

ARC Review: Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Defy the Night

Series: Defy the Night #1

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.

King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King’s Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion–it’s the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.

Out in the Wilds, apothecary apprentice Tessa Cade is tired of seeing her neighbors die, their suffering ignored by the unyielding royals. Every night, she and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to those who need it most–but it’s still not enough.

As rumors spread that the cure no longer works and sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King’s Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible: sneaking into the palace. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if it’s even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first.

Set in a richly imaginative world with striking similarities to our own, Brigid Kemmerer’s captivating new series is about those with power and those without . . . and what happens when someone is brave enough to imagine a new future.

‘Mind your mettle, Tessa.’

What a vile world Tessa lives in, Kandala has a sickness that can only be staved off with moonflower petals so obviously they are a hot commodity and as usual, the rich prosper and the poor suffer. Tessa tries to put this right by stealing the moonflower, making a medicine and distributing to the poor.

But it all goes wrong…..well sort of. Every cloud has a silver lining and all that and in this case it like a sort of very pale silver of linings!

This was a story that hooks you straight in and makes you want more and more and I need that next book to see how this story continues!

Review: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Title: Six Crimson Cranes

Series: Six Crimson Cranes #1

Author: Elizabeth Lim

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.

Utter perfection! I totally fell in love with this story from the get go!

Shiori and her 6 brothers are cursed by her stepmother and the story follows Shiori and her journey to basically put things right.

Shiori is an amazing lead character, she is smart, resilient, hard working and totally loveable.

Takkan is another who warmed my heart I love him!!!

But I was always trying to glimpse, Seryu the dragon prince, I loved him more!

The characters, the plot, the old lore and stories, the magic, the world building were all spot on and the writing just flowed!

As I said this is an utterly fabulous fairytale with a twist at the end I never saw coming. I need book 2!

Catch up: 20 Books of Summer

It’s time for a catch up as this challenge is coming to a close!

You can see my original post here where I said that I wanted to read 10 books for this challenge. I did name some books but changed some of these due to my mood!

I read 10 books and then another 11 so I managed the whole 20 books of summer – woohoo!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare READ

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare READ

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare READ

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare READ

Lore by Alexandra Bracken – DNF

A Queen of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy READ

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart READ

Captive of the Horde King by Zoey Draven READ

Claimed by the Horde King by Zoey Draven READ

Madness of the Horde King by Zoey Draven READ

I said I was going to go for 10 but I did actually read more!

– Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

– Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

– The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

– Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

– Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon

– Dark Prince by Michelle Hercules

– Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

– Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria

– Jade City by Fonda Lee

– Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

– Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Books I Need: September 2021

Ok I think it’s very clear that my bank account and my tbr is going to take a massive bashing in September!!

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Steelstriker by Marie Lu

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Dark Rise by CS Pacat

I’ve already read earcs of 4 of these but I need those physical books! I also *think* I’m getting a further 3 in book boxes so guess I might as well preorder the others too!

What books are you looking forward to in September?

TTT – Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

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.

Today’s theme is –  Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

I have a slipped disc and sitting is not easy at the moment so I have just added a list below with no pics – forgive me if this post is sparse!

* Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
* From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout
* The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
* Untouchable by Sam Mariano
* Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley
* Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley
* Dragons Lair by Chantal Fernando
* Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
* Illuminae by Jay Kristoff