Love Lettering Blog Tour

 

 

Love Lettering

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GoodReads:
The thing is, the letters don’t always tell me truths about myself. Sometimes they tell me truths about other people. And Reid Sutherland is – was – one of those people.
In the last year, Meg Mackworth’s beautiful hand-lettering skills have seen her rocket to social media fame, and now she has a booming business crafting stationery for the stars. But she has a secret: sometimes, she just can’t resist hiding messages in her work. Slightly unprofessional, maybe – but harmless. Right?
Analyst Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancée had their future mapped out. Until he noticed a pattern in his wedding invitation that made him think twice.
When Meg looks up from her desk one day and sees Reid standing in front of her with no wedding ring, holding the invitation she created, she thinks that her career is over.
But her life may be about to begin . . .

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

This book is pure adorable fluff wrapped in witty humor, sarcasm, and ‘codes.’ To say I loved this book would be an understatement.

First off, I thought Meg was a brilliant character and the fact that we get to see the story through her eyes is just so great.

Following this thought, I actually loved Meg and Reid so much because they seemed so much like REAL people. They had faults, they had quirks, they had problems between each other in communicating and it felt like a real relationship because of this.

Reid is someone who loves numbers, and he is direct and such a solid presence in this book. I loved him as much as I loved Meg, he wasn’t just ‘swoon-worthy’ [though he was that too] he was loveable and endearing.

Meg loves letters, she is an artist, a small business owner, and someone who has learned to go with the flow no matter her feelings to avoid conflict, she isn’t direct, but she has a softness to her that really balances out Reid while still seeing her as this independent force of her own.

**This book also has some extremely steamy and satisfying scenes lol.**

I loved how much letters and Meg’s artistic sense of them came into play in this book and I love that her love of letters did not diminish just because this was a love story. Such a perfect balance, that Clayborn gives us this ultimate/perfect RomCom where you laugh, fall in love and stay on the edge of your seat through it all.

I think my only issue was that the climax of the story happened so late in the game that I wanted to see more of the aftermath of it, but the epilogue still provided me with the right sense of closure I like to have in a book.

This novel also really had me wanting to update my planner and have better handwriting haha, Meg inspires us all!

There are hardships for our lovers, and there are obstacles, but nothing that made them incompatible, and I really appreciated that. I mean I love drama, don’t get me wrong [I mean my twitter handle is Dramahuman after all…] but sometimes what happens between two people is just too much for a relationship to sustain. So the fact that this was really grounded with how their relationship worked, for the most part, made me extremely happy.

Clayborn also nails the atmosphere of Brooklyn, and I mean that she makes me want to go back to 90s RomComs, watch them all based in Manhattan and New York while binging on chocolates.

There are other characters to love, I adored the people in Meg’s life, her friends and colleagues, and I’m so glad Clayborn put together such a well rounded and amazing book.

If you can’t tell, I loved this. Four huge cups of hot chocolate for this, and guess what? It’s going on my ‘to reread’ shelf.

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for an ARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

The Rest of the Tour

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Starve Acre eARC Review

 

 

Starve Acre

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GoodReads:
The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby’s son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five. Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place.

Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.

Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney. It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.

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

What can I say? This book was creepy, dark, and mysterious. I loved it, and it did have an aspect of horror that though chilling was also okay for cowards like me to read, haha.

There was a really raw feel to the grief in this story, both husband and wife affected in different ways. Not to mention this whole while there’s darkness encroaching, what you think is just grief eventually twists. It’s amazing and I cannot express how delightfully creepy I found this book. It’s more of a novella really in terms of length but there was no denying the fact that this is one fully fleshed out story of grief, creepy hares, and the folklore of a village still alive in the mystery under the field.

It also felt a bit reminiscent of Cujo, in the way the child is experiencing things, the flashbacks in ‘Starve Acre’ help to draw on this horrifying dread.

This book was amazing. The prose was completely haunting and this story left you chilled to the bone from start to finish. It was brilliant how Hurley made you as the reader always sense this looming/impending doom. You weren’t sure what would happen, you weren’t sure what exactly happened before the start of this but you watch this creepy tale slowly unravel the past and come together with the future to give you something horrific and breathtaking.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion. 4.5/5 Cups of Hot chocolate from me, sorry for the short review but basically: IT’S DARK, SCARY, AND AMAZING, GO READ IT.

Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl ARC Review

 

 

New Year, new reviews! Though you’ll see this one is another one from the dreaded backlist lol.

 

 

Content/Trigger Warning: This book is a nonfiction memoir about one woman’s sexual assault/rape and focuses on her once friendship with her rapist. There are other accounts of sexual assault and rape are also mentioned, this is a very difficult read and I want to put the content warnings before the description of the book in case this book could be harmful to you.

Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl

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GoodReads:
Jeannie Vanasco has had the same nightmare since she was a teenager. She startles awake, saying his name. It is always about him: one of her closest high school friends, a boy named Mark. A boy who raped her.

When her nightmares worsen, Jeannie decides—after fourteen years of silence—to reach out to Mark. He agrees to talk on the record and meet in person. “It’s the least I can do,” he says.

Jeannie details her friendship with Mark before and after the assault, asking the brave and urgent question: Is it possible for a good person to commit a terrible act? Jeannie interviews Mark, exploring how rape has impacted his life as well as her own. She examines the language surrounding sexual assault and pushes against its confines, contributing to and deepening the #MeToo discussion.

Exacting and courageous, Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl is part memoir, part true crime record, and part testament to the strength of female friendships—a recounting and reckoning that will inspire us to ask harder questions and interrogate our biases. Jeannie Vanasco examines and dismantles long-held myths of victimhood, discovering grace and power in this genre-bending investigation into the trauma of sexual violence.

My Review

If you’ve read the warnings I put or the GoodReads summary you’ll see that this was a very powerful and heavy read. And yet despite the content, for me, I had a hard time putting it down. Here was a woman’s thoughts about her rapist, someone she knew, because, let’s face it, we’d love to say rapists of women are scary men that follow you home on dark scary nights.

Unfortunately, the truth is even scarier. Rapists are often people we know, people we trusted.

This happens to our author Jeannie Vanasco, when she’s at her most vulnerable, one of her closest friends takes advantage. Fourteen years later and it’s still haunting her, she’s still riddled by what he did because time keeps going but the trauma lingers.

She’s become a writer, a professor, and she has students writing essays about their rapes, and she decides it’s time to share what happened to her but Vanasco wants to go further, she wants to talk to her rapist.

Why?

Because he was once her friend, he was once someone she trusted and cared for and though he’s done horrible things, he’s not a boogieman, he’s a man. So Vanasco confronts all her own guilt and fears, all her own anxiety and trauma to talk to him, to get his side of the events.

Her bravery in doing this shows us that nothing he says can justify himself but he’s not the scary man in the dark alley. Which makes it all the more terrifying.

Vanasco’s guilt about being nice to him, about praising him is such a conflicted experience and as a woman, I felt this was so important to read about. We have been taught all our lives to apologize to smooth things over, and even after something so horrible has happened, these teachings stick in our psyche a lot of times.

This was a very powerful read and in a way it can be validating and cathartic if it is a read that you can dive into without self-harm. Thank you to Ducksworth publishing for giving me a copy of this astounding novel in exchange for my honest review. 5/5 Cups from me.

#YARC 2020

[***That Featured Image is not mine, holy cow I can’t do anything with graphics, credit goes to the hosts, all of whom I’ve linked below***]

It’s that time of year again! Time for me to join the YARC Challenge for 2020! I’m so excited, mostly because even though I met my challenge last year, I didn’t get to read the books I had wanted to for the challenge, so, time to rectify that this year!

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge is hosted by these lovely people:

What’s my current progress? 1! I finally got my first read done and it was so amazing and beautiful and wonderful. -Sob-

Current Badge:
Green and blue award badge with a brown Phillipines Tarsier in the center, and with one gold star above the award.

My Goal: Malayan tapir: 21 to 30 books read

What books am I hoping to read? (this=read)
The Night Tiger (I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Ghost Bride)
Not Your Sidekick
Not Your Villain
Not Your Backup
Brothers (I started this book a long time ago, but lost my place so, redo!)
Mao’s Last Dancer (I’ve had it for ages, it’s time)
Ignite the Stars
Jade City
Jade War
Want
-Angel Sanctuary Volumes 4-20
-An Ember in the Ashes
-The Downstairs Girl
-We Free the Stars
-Unravel the Dusk
– A War of Swallowed Stars [Celestial Trilogy Book 3, not out yet]

Total Goal: 31
Total Read: 2 So far

I will be keeping track of what I want to read and what I’ve read via a GoodReads shelf, but this will not be limited to this challenge, so I’ll not link it but if you have me on GoodReads feel free to check out the shelf!

Toodles!

 

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…

Christmas [Eve] Traditions

 

 

Hey all, so if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I apologize, this may be a bit of a boring post for you but I would love to hear about your favorite holidays and how you celebrate them in the comments.

This is about Traditions, and I would love to hear your traditions, no matter the time of year you pick to share

In my family, honestly, Christmas Eve tends to be the ‘bigger’ day for us, sure we have the presents on Christmas, but the rest of the day is mostly just sleeping and then eating.

Christmas eve is the evening where, we all open one gift, we play board games/videogames, listen to music, all gather around the table and talk once the kids are asleep while listening to some questionably cheesy Christmas music.

Every year I tend to get the spawn a specific present for her to open on Xmas Eve and that’s usually a pair of Christmas pajamas and a Christmas book. Something I can read to her, but as she gets older, I’ll probably look at fewer picture books, but, either way, it’s my way of sharing things I love with my child. Reading, and Xmas. So, this is pretty important to me. This year since we’ll be travelling so close to Christmas, I think we’ll just bring along a favorite book, and her Star Wars Xmas pjs [that’s right, I’m a kickass mom].

The tradition of giving her a book was because of my love of reading, as it’s not a tradition my family had, but that’s one thing about growing up, it’s starting your own family, found or otherwise, and having your own traditions. Maybe that’s Cards Against Humanity with a bottle of rum and your people who support you most, maybe it’s a time of quiet reflection for you, but traditions are important and as bookish people we tend to have some, well, bookish themes thrown in every now and then.

I also love being gifted books, but, haha, luckily my family and friends know which books I like so I don’t have to worry about that awkward moment when someone tries to gift me a book completely off my interest radar.

Reading with spawn is one way I can really enjoy this holiday, and I love re-reading my own Christmas favorite books, just something about the hope and goodness that can be associated with Christmas that always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But the rest of the month is usually dedicated to Murder Mysteries, can’t get too fuzzy.

So this post isn’t to go into great detail, it’s just me sharing a bit of myself with you all and hoping you’ll do the same if you feel comfortable.

[Happy Holidays]