Blogiversary!!!

Well this snuck up on me!!!

I literally just had this notification and I didn’t even realise today was my blogiversary!

5 years, 5 great, happy blogging years….and it has been that way because of all of you so I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to you all.

❤❤❤❤❤

Review: The Hunter by LJ Shen

Title: The Hunter

Series: Boston Belles #1

Author: LJ Shen

Hunter

I didn’t mean to star in a sex tape, okay?
It was just one of those unexplainable things. Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds.
It just happened.
Now my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston’s nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan.
The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family’s oil company.
Little does she know, that’s not the only pipe I’ll be laying…

Sailor
I didn’t want this gig, okay?
But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.
I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what’s six months in the grand scheme of things?
It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors.
No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick’s charm.
Even at the cost of losing everything I have.
Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.

‘The girl wondered what would happen if the sun kissed the moon. She had no idea she’d find an answer to that question one day.’

Scandal…..and Hunter’s Dad decides to save him from himself and Sailor Brennan was going to be his babysitter. (Hello Troy Brennan!)

Boredom is bread from knowing what to expect so when opposites attract, you know it’s going to be good!

Sailor and Hunter are both uniquely amazing, their insecurities made them who they were. Their banter and their inner monologue made my life and I fell in love with Hunter with every passing chapter

This is a yes book.

Yes, I was Googling gaelic words,

Yes, you will want to read this,

Yes please,

Yes to it all.

Fairyloot: March 2020

As we all know the outbreak caused most factories around the world to temporarily close for several weeks and shipping is now slower due to reduced flights so it was understandable that boxes were going to be late.

BUT I RECEIVED MARCH’S BOX!!!

And let me tell you, it was a corker! I love every item in it!

Theme = Break the Curse

Raven Boys Headband – Illustrated by @tatatjah

Wonderland Passport Cover – Designed by @noverantale

Queen of Nothing Tumbler – Designed by @noverantale

Caraval Lanyard – Illustrations by @catarinabookdesigns

Genie Notepad – Illustrated by @catarinabookdesigns

 

Cursebreaker Book Sleeve – Designed by @eviebookish

Tarot Cards (Throne of Glass) – Designed by @Gabriella.bujdoso

 

I also wanted to give special mention to the postcard that was sent from Fairyloot hopong it would brighten our day….and it certainly did.

 

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Shimmery sprayed edges ✔

Foil on the title ✔

Artwork on reverse of dust jacket ✔

Signed ✔

 

* the Fairyloot Readalong starts 4th May*

Top 5 Tuesday: Worst Rulers

 

Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm, see her original post here.

Top 5 Worst Rulers

I thought this was going to be hard but once I sat down to think about it, it really wasn’t!

Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Ok, not strictly a ruler but headmistress. I can safely say that I have never hated anyone more than I hated Umbridge and she was the WORST headmistress (and person!)


 

Ace Anarchy

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

I really wanted Ace to make a comeback but when I realised he absolutely didn’t give a crappola about Nova, only what she could do to make him the ‘ruler’ of Gatlon, he went right down in my estimations!


 

Joffrey Baratheon

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

I don’t need to explain this surely? This weasley little git was vile!


 

Queen Lilith

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

Eva’s mum was just pure evil.


 

King Eldred Greenbriar aka Cardan’s Dad

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Useless, just useless!


 

Who makes your list?

🎧 Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Title: Illuminae

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Author: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.

‘First. Survive. Then tell the truth.’

Ok, the audio was just totally amazing. If you have the chance, listen to it! I did laugh how they blanked out the swears though!!!

I need to see the physical book now as the events in this story are told through logs, IM’s, interviews, comms etc and this came through on the audio so well so want to see what the book looks like!

Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have just gone through a break up and then the world starts to end! Attacked and separated, they fight to get back together and try to survive the virus, affected people and an AI that is trying to kill, I mean protect everyone on board!

I must admit, at first, I didn’t know if I was enjoying this story but about a quarter through I was hooked, it was so cool!

Kady and Ezra were just so sweet. I listened to this book with such a massive feeling of dread, I was so worried about these characters!! Listening to Ezra made me tear up, he cannot bear the thought of leaving Kady behind. Gah heart in mouth!

To sum up, this was a totally fabulous story, I was worried that with the format of this that I wasnt going to like to characters, like it was too impersonal or something but my worries were brushed away with the swipe of a hazmat suit! I cant wait to see what comes next!

Books I NEED in June!

Now my reading mojo is firmly back, I feel much better about wanting allllll the books but believe it or not there are only 2 that I want need that are releasing in June!

(If I can stick to this then I’ll be amazed!)

Hood by Jenny Elder Moke

The daughter of Robin Hood? OMG, yes please!


 

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

I was actually granted an arc of this but I need that hardback to go with The Beautiful!


 

Do you want any of the above?

What others are you looking forward to?

Review: Crescent City, House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Title: House of Earth and Blood

Series: Crescent City #1

Author: Sarah J Maas

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

I was so pumped for this book!

Let me just say this book was long. Really long, 27 and a half hours on audio! I really enjoyed it, this author comes through again!

I had so many thoughts throughout this book that I decided, just like a story, to give my feelings beginning, middle and end.

Beginning – I was internally screaming at Bryce in my head anticipating what was coming! The relationship between Bryce, Danika and pack was heartwarming. They took her under their wing and it was beautiful. So I was understandably choked when the event happened!

Middle – oooh it’s all hotting up. The story ramping up and oh my gosh the sexual tension! I think I was looking forward to that more! Hunt and Bryce sitting in a tree! I think you know the type of relationship I mean *insert winky face*!!!!!!

End – what an ending! The last quarter of the book was non stop….and it was totally amazing!!!! I just kept shouting noooooo, no, no!!!! And that ending….what is to come??!!

The world building was great, set in the modern day but with all our favourite supernaturals, the slow burn romance was delish and the twists and revelations made my jaw drop!

I also want to give special mention to my fave character throughout…..Lehabah. That little fire sprite won my heart!

Top 5 Tuesday: Cute Romances

 

Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm, see her original post here.

Top 5 Cute Romances

I wanted to vere off the romance genre for books for this week, but I couldn’t do it entirely!!!!

Lou and Reid: Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Reid (witch hunter) and Lou (witch) find themselves married. And it is just so cute!

‘He gave me you.’


 

Bryce and Hunt: Crescent City – House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

It was an enemies to lovers, slow burn, friends first, romance for Bryce and Hunt. They made my heart swell, especially Hunt!


 

Aurora and Kal: Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff

Be’shmai, need I say more?


 

Cress and Thorne: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Oh the memories! I need a reread!

‘I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.’


 

Josh and Hazel: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Josh and Hazel, they made my heart so happy!

 

Who would make your top 5?

My Haul: April 2020

What is happening to me?

Sticking to a buying limit?

What am I becoming?

Dare I say it, sensible?

Nah no not really. There were just not many books I wanted to buy (that I’ve discovered yet, let me just add that caveat!)

Well in my book limit for April, this is what I got:

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff

OMG I GOT AN ARC, I WAS SO HAPPY!! <— yes shouty caps! Look out for my review!

🎧 Audio

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

I decided that I might as well listen on audio even though I have the physical book!


 

What books did you get in April?