Happy International Pillow Fight Day!!!

It’s true!

Yes it really is a day!!!! It made me so happy!!!

So what’s better than a bookish pillow (or cushion)??!!

2 bookish pillows!

The Crescent City cushion cover was from Fairyloot and look how bright and lovely it is!

This really is the cushion of champions! Again, from Fairyloot and its a Red Rising pillow. It is just phenomenal!

I also have another Sarah J Maas one and an Oscar Wilde quote but thought it might be pillow overload to put them here as well!

Do you own any bookish pillows/cushions?

🎧 Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Title: The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

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I ate this story up and it consumed me! My heart strings are truly twanged!

I listened to the audio and was surprised that the narrator pronounced names differently to me and I wondered if I’d always said them wrong!

Patroclus early life broke my heart. But I guess it was lucky as he was exiled where Achilles was and they strike up a friendship and then more.

Patroclus and Achilles are beautiful together. Their bond! I was gleeful! But jeez this tore at my heartstrings! The rest of the story was tragic to listen to. That’s all I can say. You need to experience this.

The ending, that last paragraph made my heart soar.

Closing the Chapter: March 2020

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

End of March is here and we are slowly opening back up here after lockdown in the UK. My son went back to school on the 8th March and I am looking forward to hairdressers reopening on the 12th April. I could give Hagrid a run for his money on hair do’s at the moment!!!

I read 11 books which is a new record for me, I’m amazed!

📚 Physical/E-book

Chase the Dark by Annette Marie
See my review here.


The Dawn of the End by Kristen Ashley
See my review here. 


Wild Wind by Kristen Ashley
See my review here. 



City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
See my review here. 



Angelfall by Susan EE
World After by Susan Ee
End of Days by Susan Ee

See my series review soon!


The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
See my review soon!


🎧 Audio


One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Buddy read with Maria from @TheEuphoricAffair
See my review here. 



The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
See my review soon!


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Set Fire to the Gods by Sarah Raasch & Kristen Simmons
See my review soon!


What did you read in March?

TTT – Places In Books I’d Love to Live

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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 = Places In Books I’d Love to Live

Gaaaah I love this prompt! I had such fun going over my books and remembering the world’s!!!

The Red Church – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
An odd choice I know but imagine how interesting it would be!


Prague – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I fell in love with the description of Prague in DOSAB and wonder if it’s like that in real life (minus the magic of course!)


Mara from Skyhunter by Marie Lu
I’d probably last 5 mins in that world but to see all the stuff the ancient ones left behind would be amazing!


Marsyas Island – House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Yes, 100 times yes! Mainly to meet Lucie!!!!


Kingdom of Solis from From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout
I’d probably not last long here either but would love to see it!


Autumn Court – ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas
Autumn is my favourite season so this would be heaven for me!


Visidia – All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
The whole world in this books sounds magical!


Hogsmead from Harry Potter
Say no more!


Rivendell from LOTR
Again, say no more!



Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Pop in and say hello to Legend!!


Where would yours be?

My Haul: March 2021 (I’m naughty!)

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Here we go at the end of March!

I’m not even going to give any spiel on any bans, limits etc I set because it’s abundantly clear that I can’t do any of that and all bets are off 😂

I am starting to keep a log of how much I spend in a month on books to see just how bad I am (not including March as I spent £79 on the From Blood and Ash set and a special edition of Namesake from Fairyloot 😂😂).

📚 Physical/E-book

Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Crave by Tracy Wolff


📑 Arcs

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A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth


Vulture by Bex Hogan


🧚‍♀️Fairyloot

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This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria


What did you haul in March?

1st Quarter Update: Beat the Backlist!

I originally planned to do an update at the half year mark but as I seem to be going great guns, I thought I’d better update quarterly instead! (Watch it all fall apart now!!!!)

Beat the Backlist Challenge!


You can see my original post here but the jist of it was that I had 50 books on my tbr at the start of the year and I said I was aiming to read 25. I didn’t name books as history dictates that it doesn’t go well for me!!!!!

This is where I may have made a mistake!  I didn’t name books but have been reading backlist books but unforts some of these have been published before 2021 but I only bought in 2021 so my tbr backlist hasnt gone down, in fact I am breaking even with still 50 books on it so I need to think what I am going to do for quarter 2!

Anyway, so far this year I have read 15 backlist books which is so good for me!

Fire Night by Penelope Douglas

See my review here.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

See my review here.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

See my review here.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L Armentrout

See my review here.

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

See my review here.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

See my review here.

The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

See my review here.

Mathilda, Superwitch by Kristen Ashley

See my review here.

Skyhunter by Marie Lu

See my review here

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

See my review here.

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The Dawn of the End by Kristen Ashley

See my review here.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

See my review here.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

World After by Susan Ee
End of Days by Susan Ee

See my review here.

🎧 Review: A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: A Vow So Bold and Deadly

Series: Cursebreakers #3

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Face your fears, fight the battle.

Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.

Fight the battle, save the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and an old enemy resurfaces who could destroy them all, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

Before I started I wanted to say I know that Rhen did wrong but I can’t help but hope he comes out on top!

Anyway here we are back in the world of the upcoming war of Emberfall and Syhl Shallow. Aka the war of Rhen and Grey. With that horrid woman Lilith seemingly to be controlling a lot! (Hope she dies!!!!!)

I won’t say anything about the plot (apart from I really enjoyed it!!) but my feelings are all about my love and frustrations about the characters! Let me just make it clear that these are frustrations because of my own flaws and I’ll go into that further down!

So you know that I am mildly obsessed with Rhen but I am more obsessed with Rhen being with Harper. However, I really didn’t like Harper for some of this book and I think it stems from my love of Rhen!!

What is it about the females in this book that makes me not like them?! I didn’t warm to Lia Mara in book 2 and I can’t really say I did here either but I did admire her strength and how she wants to rule. Gaaaah, I hate not liking characters.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Grey but I lived for the chapters of Rhen and Harper, I just wanted them to be happy after all his troubles, I mean the man lost nearly everything! It sounds really bad but Grey and Lia’s chapters, I couldn’t wait to be over so I could read more about Rhen!

So as you can probably tell, my love for Rhen has clouded everything about this book!!!! Curse the author for making a totally flawed character and making me love him which makes me so biased that everyone pales in comparison!!

That cannot be the end though, can it?!!! Do I sense more coming from this world?!

Review: Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Title: Skyhunter

Series: Skyhunter #1

Author: Marie Lu

In a world broken by war, a team of young warriors is willing to sacrifice everything to save what they love.

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death—transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts, creatures the Federation then sends to attack Mara.

The legendary Strikers, Mara’s elite fighting force, are trained to stop them. But as the number of Ghosts grows and Karensa closes in, defeat seems inevitable.

Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.

Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows firsthand the brutality of the Federation. Their cruelty forced her and her mother to seek asylum in a country that considers their people repugnant. She finds comfort only with a handful of fellow Strikers who have pledged their lives to one another and who are determined to push Karensa back at all costs.

When a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? Or could he be the weapon that will save them all?

‘We are legendary bringers of death, assassins of monsters. And the only thing standing between our home and annihilation.’

Wow. I did not expect this. I don’t really know what I expected but I really loved it.

Unable to speak, refugee Talin is now fighting for Mara against the Karensa Federation and their Ghosts. A defecter is captured and Talin is paired with him….I don’t really want to say anymore about the story, so instead, rambles!!!

I spent the first 20% of the book being bugged to heck that Karensa sounded so familiar and then I realised its in Jay Kristoffs Illuminae Files series. Is this a nod to him? Are they the Early Ones? I couldn’t find anything about this on the tinterweb and it frustrated me…..and then I thought it must be me going mad so I put it out my mind!

I’d say this was fast paced (which I love!), had a great message of the family you find but also the vile, horrible effects of war which it didn’t sway away from and great world building
Talin and Red were just omg adorable but there was no romance and I really wanted there to be, maybe the next book (please, please!)

The ending made me wanting more! It was so action packed I found myself out of breath!

TTT – Funny Book Titles

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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 = Funny Book Titles

I mean look no further than Lani Lynn Vale! The woman is a legend and I always wonder how she thinks up her titles!
I’ve only actually read the Dragon books and the SWAT series but I need to catch up (how I don’t know!)

There’s her baseball books:


Pitch Please
Quit Your Pitchin’
Listen, Pitch

Her Dragon books:


I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie
Dragons Need Love, Too
Oh, My Dragon

Her SWAT Gen 2 series:


Just Kidding
Fries Before Guys
Maybe Swearing Will Help
Ask Me If I Care
May Contain Wine
Joke’s on You
Join the Club
Any Day Now
Say It Ain’t So
Officially Over It
Nobody Knows
Depends on Who’s Asking

An MC series (Hail Raisers):


Hail No
Go To Hail
Burn in Hail
What the Hail
The Hail You Say
Hail Mary

And she has another MC series where the Club is called Bear Bottom Guardians MC!!

I think I’ve made my point!!!!