December Rewind

 

Lots of shit going on, again, but lots of reading too! Read some great posts, read some great books, I’m writing this post early because I’m on holiday, and I want a nap.

Whoops did I say that last part out loud?

Onto the Rewind!

 

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Monster on the Moors (A Bobby Holmes Mystery)

 

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The Weight of a Soul

The Woman with Wings

 

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Sorcery of Thorns

The Betrayal of Ka (The Transprophetics #1)

Practical Magic

Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

The Naseby Horses

The Black Hawks (Articles of Faith, #1)

The Penelopiad

 

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Reverie

The Crown Agent

 

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Dark Hollows

Sense and Sensibility

The Priory of the Orange Tree

 

Total Count: 19

 

Posts From Around the Book Blogger Verse

Charvie @ Not Just Fiction: Authors I’m Taking Away From My First Semester

Reader Voracious: November in Review // Did I SLAY My Reading Slump?!

Northern Plunder: Thought Bubble Wrap Up & Haul

BookwyrmBites: Teatime: Are Literary Tropes & Predictability Always Bad?

 

Other Things Going On

Fictionally Sam: Mrs. Claus Readathon

Reader Voracious: Readers Choice Awards

The Quiet Pond: Start On Your Shelfathon Readathon

My Other Posts

Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

November 2019 Fairyloot Unboxing!

#StartOnYourShelfathon
[Participating, in this amazing Readathon]

Some Of My Favorite Re-Reads

 

Looking Ahead

Focusing on Comparing Notes, I let it fall to the wayside, still dealing with ARCs, fewer blog tours, but still doing them, and updates should be finished on my Patreon and…probably other things I’m too tired to think about atm!

The Black Hawks eARC Review

 

 

The Black Hawks (Articles of Faith, #1)

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GoodReads:
Life as a knight is not what Vedren Chel imagined. Bound by oath to a dead-end job in the service of a lazy step-uncle, Chel no longer dreams of glory – he dreams of going home.
When invaders throw the kingdom into turmoil, Chel finds opportunity in the chaos: if he escorts a stranded prince to safety, Chel will be released from his oath.
All he has to do is drag the brat from one side of the country to the other, through war and wilderness, chased all the way by ruthless assassins.
With killers on your trail, you need killers watching your back. You need the Black Hawk Company – mercenaries, fighters without equal, a squabbling, scrapping pack of rogues.
Prepare to join the Black Hawks.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

 I am happy to report that at times this book had me in stitches. This was your stereotypical fantasy, band of misfits, heroes and villains, underdogs, kings and princes, evil plots, royal clashes and then the humor.

The humor is key to this book to making it stand apart. I loved the prince and his personality and he was probably my favorite and had the best character development out of everyone, but I really enjoyed the mix of characters.

Chel made for a great protagonist and I loved reading his adventures and cheering him on.

I also want to say that I love the typical formula for fantasy books, so this was a real win for me. But I also love new things, so don’t worry about that lol but sometimes it’s nice to go back to something familiar, and this felt as if I had always known these characters, a win in my books.

Also, I’m going to share my favorite quote so you all can understand the hilarity of this.

Shepherd’s tits, imagine their children! They’ll need breathing lessons!”

I pretty much died laughing and my soul stayed behind to write this lol.

But. This is a truly solid start to a good fantasy series and I cannot wait for the next book!

Thanks to Harper Voyager and Netgalley for an eARC Of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

 

Most Anticipated Reads of 2020

 

 

This list is pretty much me fangirling over all the books I want to read that are being released in the New Year.

 

Sequels

This Vicious Cure [This Mortal Coil 3]

This Vicious Cure (This Mortal Coil, #3)

Heart of Flames [Crown of Feathers 2]

Heart of Flames (Crown of Feathers, #2)

The Electric Heir [Feverwake 2]

The Electric Heir (Feverwake, #2)

Venom [Isles of Storm and Sorrow 2]

Venom (Isles of Storm and Sorrow, #2)

Night of the Dragon [Shadow of the Fox 3]

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3)

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes [Hunger Games 0]
Yes I know, it’s a prequel, but it’s the only one so it’s going here with the sequels

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

We Free the Stars [Sands of Arawiya 2]

We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya, #2)

 

Unravel the Dusk [The Blood of Stars 2]

Unravel the Dusk  (The Blood of Stars, #2)

Aurora Burning

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2)

 

New Series

The Relic Spell Book 1 Of The Phyrian War Chronicles

[Technically came out this month, but I’m busy lol]

The Relic Spell (The Phyrian War Chronicles, #1)

A Throne of Swans 1
A Throne of Swans (A Throne of Swans, #1)

The Court Of Miracles [A Court of Miracles Book 1]

The Court of Miracles (Court of Miracles, #1)

Beyond The Ruby Veil [The Walls in the Ruby Sky 1]

Cover to be Revealed

Windborn [Fated Stars 1]

Windborn (Fated Stars, #1)

House of Earth and Blood [Crescent City 1]

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

All The Stars and Teeth 1

All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1)

Scavenge the Stars 1

Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars, #1)

Standalone

Harley in the Sky

Harley in the Sky

Ghost Squad
Is this a standalone? Idk
Ghost Squad

Spellhacker

Spellhacker

The Deep
So this doesn’t come out till January in the UK
The Deep

 

The Shadows Between Us

The Shadows Between Us

My Great Reads of 2019

 

So these are books I read, in general, this year, they may have come out this year, they may have come out before, but, I wanted to just give you all a bit of a highlights reel of books I didn’t get to include on the other lists whether because they didn’t fit the genre or because I just loved too many of a certain genre lol, either way, here are some of my favorites.

 

YA Fantasy/Scifi

The Fever King

Shadow of the Fox

Soul of the Sword

Heart of Mist

Reign of Mist

The Phantom Forest

Spin the Dawn

We Hunt the Flame

A Spark of White Fire

Tiger Queen

Realm of Knights

The Deathless Girls

Gravemaidens

Tears of Frost

Girls of Paper and Fire

The Last Namsara

The Sky Weaver

This Mortal Coil

Fawkes

Blood Heir

The Weight of a Soul

Sorcery of Thorns

Reverie

Contemporary

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Postscript

YA Contemporary

Becoming Beatriz

Coral

The Naseby Horses

 

Mystery/Thriller/Crime

Dead Man’s Blues

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Devil Upstairs

A Death in Harlem

Starve Acre

Fantasy/Scifi

Anna Undreaming

The Bird King

The Little Snake

The Heart of Stone

The Veiled Threat

Lost Solace

Angel Mage

The Black Hawks

Practical Magic

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Graphic Novels

Horizontal Collaboration

Bloodlust & Bonnets

 

Other

The Art of Taxidermy

Women’s Weird

Foxfire, Wolfskin

Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection

The Company of Eight [MG Fantasy]

Sense and Sensibility

Historical Fiction

The Pursuit of William Abbey

The Crown Agent

The Penelopiad

 

And here are the ones I will be screaming about again and again because that’s how good they are:

Crown of Feathers

[^There’s going to be a readalong of this starting very soon!^]

The Return of King Lillian

A House of Rage and Sorrow

Kingdom of Souls

Girls of Storm and Shadow

House of Salt and Sorrows

The Priory of the Orange Tree Review

 

 

The Priory of the Orange Tree

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GoodReads:
A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

**The links to the book used in this post are Affiliated links, should you click on my links and use them to purchase this book, it will gain me some monies, and will cost you nothing, but gotta disclose this first.**

 

My Review

Finally! A post not scheduled from me lol though I set most of this up before I left. I hope you all are doing great and staying warm (or cool) this holiday season.

Onto my review though!

I was so frustrated reading this because I kept having to put it down to read other things with set dates like the fabulous blog tours I’ve been doing. And, well, I hated putting this book down because I loved it so much from start to finish.

Shannon gives us this incredible world with an intricate history and magic system. This is everything I wanted from a fantasy novel and what I wish ‘Game Of Thrones’ had been more like if I’m honest.

You’re kept on this really decent flow, the pace never slumping once it hits its momentum so though she be a THICC book, the only time you realize it is when your wrists start to hurt when you’re holding a physical copy.

Ead was hands down my favorite character but omg I loved them all! Especially a certain cranky old man who is pretty much my spirit animal.

I loved the different lands and rulers, the facets with the different beliefs especially on their dragon views and I ADORED the concept and execution of the dragons and the Eastern and Western differences in them.

Shannon not only gives us one of the best books of the year but one of the best books I have personally ever read.

The Sapphic love story was flawless, the backgrounds for each character well thought out and their development astounding.

I have nothing but good things to say about this book, the cast and its author.

I do know some people flight it started off slowly and I can see where they are coming from but I do feel after that there seems to be settling in with the pacing and Shannon keeps it going well.

Maybe I wish there had been more dragons but this was a story about people and then dragons. This was a story of heart and beliefs and fear, and all of it wrapped up in a glorious dragon fantasy world.

I can’t thank Samantha Shannon enough for writing this book and it’s definitely a five cups of hot chocolate read for me.

Favorite Thriller/Mystery Books: The Second Half Of 2019

[Reminder: These are 2019 releases only. At the end of the year I’ll compile lists of my overall favorites, no matter the year of publication]

These aren’t in any particular order than rating, and sometimes I enjoy a book that has a lower rating, idk, my rating system is very complicated. [ie: I don’t really know what I’m doing]

Clicking on the headline will take you to my review, and I’ve included GoodReads links!

 

1. The July Girls

The July Girls

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Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost.

Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks – but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman’s purse hidden in his room. Jessie says they mustn’t tell. She says there’s nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman’s baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn’t always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they’re keeping may start costing lives…

 

5.A Superior Spectre

A Superior Spectre

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“A brilliant, deeply unsettling work.” Books + Publishing
Jeff is dying. Haunted by memories and grappling with shame, he runs away to a remote part of Scotland with a piece of beta tech that allows him to enter the mind of someone in the past. Instructed to only use it three times, Jeff – self-indulgent, isolated and deteriorating – ignores this advice.
In the late 1860s, Leonora lives in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by nature. Contemplating the social conventions that bind her, her contented life and a secret romantic friendship with the local laird are interrupted when her father sends her to stay with her aunt in Edinburgh. But Leonora’s ability to embrace her new life is shadowed by a dark presence that begins to lurk behind her eyes, and strange visions.
A Superior Spectre is a novel about curiosity, entitlement and manipulation. It reminds us that the scariest ghosts aren’t the ones that go bump in the night, but those that are born and create a place for themselves in the human soul.

 

4. Sound

Sound (The Reprobation Series Book 3)

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Can you hear it?
A professor of psychoacoustics is found dead in his office. It appears to be a heart attack, until a second acoustician dies a few days later in similar circumstances.
Meanwhile, there’s an outbreak of mysterious illnesses on a council estate, and outbursts of unexplained violence in a city centre nightclub. Not to mention strange noises coming from the tunnels underneath Liverpool. Can it really be a coincidence that death metal band Total Depravity are back in the city, waging their own form of sonic warfare?
Detective Inspector Darren Swift is convinced there are connections. Still grieving his fiancé’s death and sworn to revenge, he is thrown back into action on the trail of a murderer with a terrifying and undetectable weapon.
But this case cannot be solved using conventional detective work, and D.I. Swift will need to put the rulebook aside and seek the occult expertise of Dr. Helen Hope and her unlikely sidekick, guitarist Mikko Kristensen.

 

 

3. Blind Witness

Blind Witness (Book one of the Charters' Mysteries Series)

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In 1922 a blind WW1 veteran and former intelligence officer attends a weekend with his aristocratic wife and her family at a country house in the New Forest, Hampshire, England. Fourteen people sit down to dinner on the Friday night; by the end of the weekend there are two murders, an attempted murder and a suicide.
This is book one in a series of humorous murder mysteries and introduces young sleuths The Hon Melissa Charters and her war veteran husband Major Alasdair Charters.
The pair collaborate using Melissa’s powers of observation and Alasdair’s old skills gained in the Secret Intelligence Service to investigate the events unfolding over the weekend. A murder mystery with a spy plot told from many different points of view in the tradition of Simon Brett, M C Beaton and Kerry Greenwood.
Will our investigators discover who is behind the murders?

 

 

2. Ghoster

Ghoster

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Jason Arnopp – author of acclaimed cult hit The Last Days of Jack Sparks – returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . .
Kate Collins has been ghosted.
She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty apartment. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.
Except for his mobile phone.
Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his calls, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.
That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognise. Scratch marks on the walls that she can’t explain. And the growing feeling that she’s being watched.
Kate refuses to leave the apartment – she’s not going anywhere until she’s discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott’s digital history the more Kate realises just how little she really knows about the man she loves.

 

 

1. Dark Hollows

Dark Hollows

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Jacob Reese enjoys the quiet life, running a coffee shop and renting out his cottage in The Hollows, Vermont.
But the calm is shattered when a woman who looks eerily similar to his ex-girlfriend Laura turns up to stay in the cottage, and leaves a mysterious note in the guest book.
Now Jacob’s seeing Laura everywhere—a glimpse of her face across the street, her music box left outside his house, a gift he gave her years before hanging from the trees.
But it can’t be Laura. Because Laura’s dead.
Someone knows Jacob’s secret—what really happened the night Laura died—and they’re out for revenge…