After a wild and tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Evelyn Thomas and her rock star husband David Ferris have been happily married for years. Nothing needs to change, their life together is perfect. Which means that change in the shape of an unexpected pregnancy is bound to shake things up some. But could it be for the better?
‘It all started in Vegas…’
Evelyn Thomas and David Ferris got drunk married in Vegas and made it work, fell in love….so where are they now?
They got married unconventionally and they seem to do all stuff that way!
Mal is ever present and the same fabulous ray of sunshine as always, loved that he got a leading role in this story but David did make me angry. I wanted to throttle him!
I must say though, it’s so nice being back with Stage Dive I miss them!
Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?
Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.
Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean and how old is Merlin? Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson alone for Amari with signs like ‘Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it?’ If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari is given an illegal ability. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.
With an evil magican threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.
I do love a good MG read and this was that. In fact it wasn’t just good, it was fantastic!
Amari finds out a whole other world exists and sets off to find her brother who has gone missing by joining a supernatural agency…..
This story was a fun, magical adventure from start to finish! The messages in this book are relevant and were heartbreaking and beautiful to read at the same time.
This book also has the best characters! I loved them all, Amari, the agents, Dylan and Elsie, the new best friend! I need more of her in the next book, I want to see what she can do (no spoilers here!)
What I loved most is Amari. Her belief and love for her brother. Her confidence. She never gives up, she finds the will to carry on no matter what is thrown at her.
This plot has such great possibilities and can’t wait to see what happens next!
Spoiler free – I want to love and savour that plot!
How Long Have You Been Blogging?
Here on WordPress and on Facebook since 2012. For about 2 years Facebook seems to be dead in the water for blogging so last year I started seriously posting on Instagram and I love the community there and also taking pics of the books I love.
A Book You Read in One Sitting
This year, From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout, I devoured it!
Your Favourite Genre
Probably YA fantasy but I do also love adult romance….the darker the better!
Preferred Book Size (Novella, Novel, Tome, etc)
I don’t actually mind but if it’s a novella, I prefer that it’s from an established book/series, like a catch up!
Amount of Books on Your TBR
So many. So.Many. I think probably around 150.
A Book That You DNF’d
Anything dark acemdia, I just can’t seem to gel with it!
Average Number of Books You Read Per Month
So far this year I’ve read 80 books but we were locked down again in January and February so I read 10 books a month (which is a lot for me!) I think my average is probably 5 books a month.
Top Three Publishers
I think I read the most from Bloomsbury, Simon and Shuster and Pan McMillan.
Social Media Your Blog Uses
Instagram: @CJRTB_BOOKS Facebook: CJRTB Book Blog Here!
Average Amount of Time You Spend Networking
I’m not really sure on this. I spend little bits of time here and there throughout the day….maybe a couple of hours in total?
Most Comfortable Blogging Position
On my bed, relaxing!
Music or Quiet When Writing Reviews
Quiet for me so I can concentrate…which is hard with a noisy 12 year old!!!!
Can You Sum Up Your Blogging Style in Five Words?
Fly by seat of pants!
A Blog You Looked Up to When Starting Out
I don’t think I can remember!
Best Piece of Blogging Advice
If you feel pressured, stressed or in a panic about posting/blogging, it’s time to take a break. Rest, relax, unwind and see when you’re ready to come back. This isn’t a job. It should be fun so when it stops being fun, step back for a bit.
We are waiting to see what the weather will be like before we decide if we’re going to the public fireworks display this weekend so tonight we will be having some sparklers in the garden with some hotdogs!
Don’t know about Firework Night?
From Wikipedia: Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London; and months later, the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.
Items inspired by month Kingdom of the Wicked, Witches Steeped in Gold, The Song of Achilles, Black Sun and Caraval!
💛 Deal with the Devil Mug – inspired by Kingdom of the Wicked with artwork by @rosiethorns88 💛 Made of Memories Book Organiser – designed by @rosdittir based on The Song of Achilles 💛 Revenge is Sweet Measuring Cups – with artwork from Caraval by @noonedesigns 💛 Convergence Candle made by @Ameliakitchencandles inspired by Black Sun 💛 Revenge of the Witches print with artwork from @toyin.ajetunmobi inspired by Witches Steeped in Gold 💛 Iron Widow pin designed by @stacey.mcevoy.caunt
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Stencilled edges ✔ Art on reverse of dust jacket by @jhocaaa ✔ Signed bookplate ✔ Digital signature ✔
Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue.
Or so everyone believes.
When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her… for a price. Love isn’t meant to be part of the bargain.
Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.
The Queen of retellings is back….with a Rumplestiltskin retelling! Well sort of, let’s just say he is not the Rumplestiltskin from Shrek!!!!!!
And I couldn’t be happier!
I picked up this book with intentions to just read a few chapters before I commenced with adulting but then somehow all that went by the wayside and I read the book in a day! It was unputdownable and let me tell you why…..
Serilda, born of a wish to a God, with black and golden eyes, loves to spin a ‘story’…..and then a ‘story’ gets her into trouble with one person she shouldn’t have lied to! But this leads her to adventure and someone I am so glad she met!
‘So much for spinning straw into gold.’
I loved Serilda and her stories but I fell head over heels with Gild. I’m not really saying more about him but you can guess who he is!
This was a fast paced read, a bit dark which I loved and the romance was so cute. So cute in fact that I wanted to hug them both. Their vulnerability and innocence made my heart squeeze!
Add to this the fantastic world building, the great side characters and it was all finished off with a sprinkle of mystery!
But that ending!!! I didn’t know this was going to be more than 1 book…..and I need more, really soon!
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: Books I Would Hand to Someone Who Claims to Not Like Reading
Ive split this in half because my son is one of ‘these’ people but he has to read for homework so the first 5 books are books we’ve chosen together abd have read or we will be reading and the last 5 are for everyone!