Review: Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Although I ordered the special Fairyloot box, I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered so I grabbed the ebook!

Title: Queen of Nothing

Author: Holly Black

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

‘The great game of princes and queens and I have been swept off the board.’

Well you know Jude, she gets right back in there, and in fabulous style as per ususal!

Cardan made my cold heart crack. Quite simply, I love him!

Let me tell you I have been totally addicted to the previous books in this series and Queen of Nothing was no exception! There were chapters that made me gasp, made my heart warm and for the last 30% my heart was in my mouth! So you could say this book had all the feels!

What am I going to do now it’s over???

Mini Review Monday: Conclave by Penelope Douglas

It’s no secret that I love the Devils Night series, Michael Crist set my world on fire and then Damon overtook him in the ‘OMG’ stakes!

Well they are back, in a short novella, as a prequel to Nightfall which releases in 2020.

Title: Conclave

Author: Penelope Douglas

DAMON

Will is gone. He hasn’t been seen in months, and the texts coming from his phone are almost certainly forged. Something’s wrong. We need to act now.

Michael is ready to tear down The Cove, Rika’s hiding something, Evans Crist is a threat, and Winter’s father is still out there.

Everyone is off in a million directions, and we’re vulnerable.It’s time to do this.

It’s time to claim our place.

RIKA

A few years ago, I never thought I’d be here. On board Pithom. Miles out at sea. At a table with Michael Crist, Kai Mori, and Damon Torrance—men I now consider family.

We’ve locked ourselves on this yacht for however long it takes to address our agenda, and we won’t leave until everything is on the table.

Even things I don’t want to talk about. Things Michael doesn’t know.

We will find Will. We will solidify our plans, and we will remove any threats.

If we survive Conclave.

Gaaaaah! More nuggets from the Devils Night Crew!

So many secrets, so many admissions….

a papal conclave and it’s all coming out.

I love all of the couples in this series and I even think I am in love with what is to come in Nightfall, I just can’t wait!

‘One month, Devil’s Night. We have until then to find Will and get him back.’

NEED!!!

Ravings of a new DNF’r!!!

I have DNF 2 books in 1 day.

And I am feeling the guilt.

One was a book I received as part of the Kindle First programme (and I didn’t realise and bought the audio book too!)

I read the first 15% of the ebook and then switched to audio as I was in work but I found it to be flat and a bit, dare I say it, boring. So I switched back to the ebook. Couldn’t get back into it at all.

The other is an ebook I’ve had for ages, 5 years in fact! It’s also a book that everyone seems to love. Like love. But I didn’t like the lead guy, he was mean and basically vile to the leading lady and she just took it and ran after him even more! I just couldn’t take any more!!!!

So now I am here. In a stage of guilt. What is wrong with me? 2 books in 1 day that I DNF. Unheard of for me.

So now what do I do?

Do I put it down to an off day and retry or bin them off forever?

What do you do?

Top 5 Tuesday: Books I’d rewrite……

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

Theme = Top 5 Books I’d Rewrite

**** BEWARE – SPOILERS ****


Harry Potter by JK Rowling

(I’m sure every man and his dog have an opinion on this series but……)

Sirius not to die and also Hermione to end up with Viktor! It’s purely a romance thing for me!


Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Ash to DIE! Yes I know that’s very bad. I’m a horrible person! But after what she did, nothing, NOTHING can get her back in my favour!


Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J Maas

Dorian to actually have a firm HEA with Manon. I want to see it. I want to read about it. I want alllllllll the details!!! I want to see her as Queen of everything!


Scandalous by LJ Shen

Trent to ditch Edie and be with ME!! 😂


Chaos Series – Kristen Ashley

For it not to be the end after Free. I love this series, it has got me through some tough times over the years and I just am not ready to say goodbye….although the author is!!!


 

What books would you rewrite?

Mini Review Monday: ITUE by LJ Shen

Full disclosure – I am on this authors review team because I love her. I am only on a few authors review teams and they are all my unicorn authors…..

This releases on Tuesday 19 November, it’s a standalone and its fabulous!

Title: In The Unlikely Event

Author: LJ Shen

𝑆𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑒𝑒𝑡 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑, 𝑠𝑜 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑎 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠.

A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.
An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.
We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.
Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here.
In New York.
And he’s America’s music obsession.
The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees.
The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe.
Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.
But a king he became, and now I’m his servant.
I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.
I have a career I love.
A boyfriend I adore.
An apartment, a roommate, a life.
I changed. He changed, too.
But Mal kept the napkin.
Question is, will I keep my word?

Just when you think this author can’t beat anything she has written before……she does! She bloomin well does!

I double dare you, no I triple dare you, not to fall head over heels in love with Mal. I’m still breathing heavy just thinking about him!

Emotional, sexy, witty, unique…..just a few words to describe this book.

LJ Shen knocks it out of the park again so you would be mad not to read this!

Review: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

It’s been a while since I read Renegades but when I started reading this, all the goodness came flowing back!

Title: Archenemies

Author: Marissa Meyer

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.

Back in the world of the Renegades…and I love it. Almost like watching Heroes all over again! (You know I’m sure I said this about book 1 too!!!)

Nova is still on the hunt for Ace’s helmet, Adrian is still trialing Sentinel, Max is still pulling at my heart strings and the Anarchists are still hell bent on over throwing the Renegades.

We also have the introduction of something new. Something bad in my opinion. It’s like tempting fate and you know it’s all going to go horribly wrong!

I loved Nova’s attempts of seduction to Adrian, although coming from a place of truth, was funny. Well maybe Adrian’s reactions were funnier! I also wanted to cuddle Winston!

All in all it was a fabulous read. I really didn’t think I’d enjoy a genre like this but I really do!

Bring on Supernova!

🎧 Review: The Vine Witch by Luanne G Smith

I got this as a Kindle First read but couldnt resist getting the audio book to listen to as well!

Title: The Vine Witch

Author: Lianne G Smith

A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.

For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.

Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.

What could be more up my street than witches AND wine? It’s like the author knows my interests and wrote this for me!!!

I listened to the audiobook, Susannah Jones was the narrator and was perfect.

Vine Witch, Elena has come back to her vineyard after spending 7 years as a toad. Yes, a toad. Colour me intrigued!

Jean-Paul is basically a non-believer when it comes to magic, who has bought the vineyard from Elena’s adopted Grandmother.

However the vines are not doing well……hmmm there is mystery afoot!

I loved the world of the different witches, oh my, I’d love me some witch made cheese!

I thought I didn’t really connect to the characters, like at all. At 30% I was thinking I didn’t believe the love story either. But then, BAM, 50% and I was totally rooting for them!!!

All in all it was a good listen and I would love to read the 2nd book, The Glamourist.

Top 5 authors I NEED to read!

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

Theme = Top 5 authors I NEED to read

You know, when I saw this title, I thought this was going to be hard but it seems it wasn’t for me.

And that got me thinking, why!!!!

Maybe its just that I haven’t discovered them yet? That they haven’t caught my eye yet? Aaaah who knows!


 

Rin Chupeco – I have The Bone Witch on my tbr but haven’t read it yet…..


 

Mark Lawrence – I saw loads of people posting about loving Book of the Ancestor series so what’s a girl to do? Well I ran out and got Red Sister!!!!


 

Susan Dennard – again, I saw people raving about Truthwitch and I got massive FOMO so added this is to my wishlist!


 

Karen Marie Monig – my book friend said I was mad to have not read Darkfever and bathed in the glory rhat is the leading man, Jericho. So she gifted me it!!!!


 

Gena Showalter – I saw The Evil Queen being advertised and did a bit of research. This author has so many books and I haven’t read one of them! I needed to remedy that so got a kindle copy to see of I’ve been missing out!


 

Have you read any of these authors?

What authors do you need to read?

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Siege and Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Poor Alina, struggling with everything happening to her and what was happening around her. She was a right Debbie Downer in this! I mean I know she has a huge weight on her shoulders but come on love, lighten up!

And a love Pentagon? Never heard of that before? Here we have Alina, with Mal in 1 corner, The Darkling in another, Nikolai in another and of course his gross, annoying brother Vasily in the other (pfffft he had no chance!)

My love for Mal wained in this story because Alina makes him boring, and then….. Nikolai!!! It seems I am very fickle!

I found this really entertaining in most parts, I listened in trepidation, willing for the narrator to speak faster but then in other parts I found my concentration wandering….mainly thinking it was too full of Alina and Mal’s relationship issues and my biggest wonder…..where the heck is the Darkling?!

I want to read about him that much that I’m diving into book 3!