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    Bookending Autumn: Loving the Monster

    Good evening bookworms! I’m pretty sure I warned you about how extra I am going to be this month, so, consider yourselves prepared – the double posts will happen this month. (You’re welcome!) This post is part of Bookending Autumn 2019, which is organized by Sam & Clo! The prompt for today, “Loving the Monster” is hosted by Lauren @ Northern Plunder! If you…

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    'I Dare You' Book Tag

    Good morning bookworms! The beautiful and bubbly Cassie @ Let’s Get Galactic tagged me in this… a while ago! But, I’m keeping Fridays for catching up on these things!! If you don’t know Cassie’s blog, PLEASE go check it out. She’s a bright and sparkly rainbow of a person, even while ranting, and I adore her (and her hair). What book…

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    Mini reviews: The #Reviewathon edition #1

    Good morning bookworms! We are OFFICIALLY just past a third of the way into ARC August, so I am keen to post some of my ARC reviews. Although I’ve been pushing through them so quickly (HUZZAH!) that I actually don’t have enough days to do full reviews for each book… so what’s a gal to do? Well, mini reviews seem…

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    Top 5… mind-blowing mystery/thrillers

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is a ‘mind-blowing mystery/thrillers’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up! So… this week is going to be a bit weird for me,…

  • Book Review: The Wicked Deep

    The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw

    Release date: 6 March 2018 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating: The Wicked Deep blurb (my copy had two different blurbs… not sure why): The Swan sisters arrived in Sparrow, Oregon, in 1822. Marguerite, the oldest, had long auburn locks, full lips and a sharp jaw. Aurora, the middle sister, boasted soft waves of hair and bright, full-moon eyes. And…

  • Book review: Spirit Bound

    Spirit Bound – Richelle Mead

    Release date: 18 May 2010 Rating: ★★★★★★★ – 7/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) blurb: After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates…

  • Book review: Blood Promise

    Blood Promise – Richelle Mead

    Release date: 1 August 2009 Rating:★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) blurb: The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far…

  • Book Review: The Price Guide to the Occult

    The Price Guide to the Occult – Leslye Walton

    Release date: 13 March 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Price Guide to the Occult blurb: “Disaster can come in all shapes and sizes. It’s best to be prepared.” – Rona Blackburn, witch All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life on the sweet little touristy island she calls home. But then a mysterious…

  • Shadow Kiss

    Shadow Kiss – Richelle Mead

    Release date: 2 January 2008 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) blurb: WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER? Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi;…

  • Sinner

    Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 1 July 2014 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #4) blurb: found. Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn’t just want her. He needs her. lost.…

  • Forever – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 12 July 2011 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) blurb: then. When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives. now. That…

  • Book review: Frost Bite

    Frostbite – Richelle Mead

    Release date: 10 April 2008 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) blurb: Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose… It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now…

  • Linger

    Linger – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 13 July 2010 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) blurb: It took me forever to read this book.  So long in fact that I finished three other books while reading this.  Not to say that this book wasn’t engaging — it was.  But there’s something about Maggie’s writing that…

  • Shiver

    Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 1 August 2009 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) blurb: And then I opened my eyes and it was just Grace and me—nothing anywhere but Grace and me—she pressing her lips together as though she were keeping my kiss inside her, and me holding this moment that was as…

  • Book review: Marked for the Hunt

    Marked for the Hunt – Leah Chiasson

    Release date: 18 December 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Marked for the Hunt (Diana Warren, #1) blurb: After witnessing her father’s murder, Diana Warren chose the life of a lone female Faoladh, werewolf, and promised herself that she would never go back to Wolf’s Head. Nearly eight years later she finds herself on a plane back home…

  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

    Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

    Release date: 2 January 2007 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) blurb: Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies… Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the…

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

    The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: 3 January 2012 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Normally when I write a book review I wait until I have read the entire book before I start, but there was something about this book that I had to start putting my thoughts down around a third of the way in. Stiefvater’s writing is magical.  It…

  • Comfort books

    So, when I’m not feeling well I tend to throw out whatever new release ‘to be read’ pile I have accumulated and there is a handful of books that I always fall back on.  They either invoke a feeling of comfort, or they remind me of a good time from my past (which is basically the same thing as invoking…

  • Shadow Study

    Shadow Study – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: December 2014 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Shadow Study (Study series #4; Soulfinder series #1; Chronicles of Ixia #7) blurb: Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler.  But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.  Now she uses her…

  • Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

    Release date: 27 September 2011 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Daughter of Smoke and Bone (DOSAB trilogy #1) blurb: ERRAND REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.  COME. The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it.  Karou read the message.  “He never says please”, she sighed, but she gathered up her things. When Brimstone…

  • Book review: The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

    The Rook – Daniel O’Malley

    Release date: 11 January 2012 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Rook (Checquy Files #1) blurb: “Dear you, the body you are wearing used to be mine” A woman awakens in a London park, dripping wet and surrounded by corpses wearing latex gloves.  In her pocket is a letter from her previous self: Rook Thomas, a superpowered…

  • Undead series – MaryJanice Davidson

    Release date (book 1): 2 March 2004 Rating: ★★★★★★ – 6/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link (book 1) Undead and Unwed (Undead book 1) blurb: Betsy Taylor has just woken up in the morgue to discover she’s a vampire.  On the plus side, being undead sure beats the alternative.  She now has superhuman strength and an unnatural effect on the opposite sex.  What…