Baby, It’s Cold Outside Book Tag

Happy Blogmas Day 5!

Another HUGE thank you to Pilar @The Bookworm Shelf for nominating me for this tag! I was desperately searching for a Christmas Book Tag I hadn’t done yet and then she tagged me in this one! Perfect timing or what!?

Snowy Day: What’s your ‘comfort’ book?

For me a comfort book is one I can read over and over again, and is a book that captures the magic and warmth of reading. I’ve got so many favourites but I’m going to pick Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller because that book left me in AWE! I’m still unable to fully comprehend my thoughts and emotions about this book but its fair to say that it has earned its place as one of my all time favourites.

Snow Angel: What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it? (a little morbid, but…)

If you’ve been following my blog for a while I think it’s pretty obvious which books I’d pick…! It has to be ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and of course The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! These books are pure magic and I would grant me everlasting dreams of adventure and wonder.

Warm Socks: What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside? (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read?)

Any Morgan Matson read! Her books are just so lovely and are guaranteed to make your little heart skip a beat! I need to start manifesting some of her heartwarming meet-cutes and adorable romances into my own life!

Hot Cocoa: What winter-themed novels have you previously read?

I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t really read Christmas novels despite the fact that it’s my favourite time of the year! I think it’s because I usually use the month of December to catch up on all the books I wanted to read that year so there’s never anytime for some festive reading! I am however planning a 24-hour Christmas read-a-thon this week and I hopefully plan to read some Christmas staples like The Holidaze and One Day in December! The only Christmas book I have read is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, which was adorable!

Sledding: What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?

I just finished the first two books in the Caraval series by Stephanie Garber and I LOVED them! You never know what to expect in this series, one moment you think you know what’s going to happen and then Garber throws you a curve ball! If you’ve yet to read this series then I highly recommend that it makes it’s way onto your TBR now!

Ugly Sweaters: What’s a book with the ugliest cover?

Please don’t hate me but I really don’t like the new cover for A Court of Silver and Flames by Sarah J Maas! WHY CHANGE IT NOW? I’m refusing to re-purchase the entire series just so everything matches, but I know what I’m like, and will probably cave sooner or later!

Movie Marathon: What’s the last book you binge read?

I’ve just started Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson and I’m flying through it!

Letter to Santa: What’s a book that’s on your wish list this year?

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang! This beautiful beast of a book has been on my Wishlist for a while now and although I know I probably won’t get round to reading it anytime soon, I just want it so I can display on my bookshelf! I’d also love The Harry Potter Illustrated books because they’re also stunning!

I tag, anyone else participating in Blogmas and anyone who needs a Festive Book Tag to get you into the Christmas spirit!

7 Reasons to Watch Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Happy Blogmas Day 4!

Stop what you’re doing and put this show on now, I can guarantee that it will instantly improve your mood and will start putting you in the festive spirit! This magical christmassy YA adventure has finally got its TV adaptation and it everything you need for a cosy winters night. All eight episodes, capture the whirlwind romance between the cynical Dash and the optimistic Lily, as they trade dares, dreams and desires in a little red notebook that hide in different locations across New York City! Yes, this is an adorable teenage love story but it is also a story about stepping out of your comfort zone and one which everyone can enjoy.

If that hasn’t sold you, then here’s 7 reasons why Dash and Lily needs to be on your watchlist this December!

All the Adorable Chrismassy Vibes

Christmas this year is a little different, and I know I’m not the only one when I admit that I not feeling very festive yet, but this show fixed everything and reminded me why I love this time of the year! The show embodies everything wonderfully magical about Christmas but you don’t have to love Christmas to enjoy it!

The Characters

When it comes to Christmas, you’re either a Dash or a Lily. And I’m 100% a Lily! I’m always skeptical when adaptations bring beloved characters to life but I was pleasantly surprise and I can’t praise the casting enough! I hadn’t heard of either of the actors that play Dash and Lily, but they’ve definitely made their mark and are now on my radar!

Midori Francis as Lily is genius, everything about her makes her such a heartwarming and loveable character who steps out of her comfort zone and learns to believe in herself. Her journey throughout the show and battle with insecurities was beautifully intimate and resonated with me on a personal level. Again, the casting for Dash was spot on! Austin Abrams carries the perfect amount of festive cynicism and youthful uncertainty that enables him to fall in love with the girl in the pages and to let himself be whisked away by light-hearted dares.

New York at Christmas

It’s been a dream of mine to one day visit New York during the festive period but with everything going on this year, I’ll settle for the next best thing. Both the book and the show are a love letter to the city and takes us on a journey through the streets of NYC as they attempt to complete each other’s increasingly elaborate dares. The city comes alive with festive magic and celebrates the beauty and hidden gems of the city. We also get to experience the ionic wonder of the The Strand, a place every reader has on their bucket list! I don’t want to spoil anything but that end scene was GOALS!

All The Different Relationships

Not only do we get to experience Dash and Lily’s blossoming relationships, but Lily’s brother Langston’s. Just like me he’s a hopeless romantic and loves to play the matchmaker role alongside his boyfriend Benny. Their dynamic relationship and blossoming romance was one of my favourite elements of the entire show and never failed to put a smile on my face! They help Lily discover the courage to make the notebook and continue on this romantic and festive adventure.

The Perfect Binge Watch

Each episode is only 25 mins long and are so easy to watch, making them the perfect show for either casual viewing or an evening binge watch. I will confess that I watched the entire series in one evening and it definitely helped me get into the Christmas spirit!

It’s a GOOD YA Adaptation

I beginning to trust Netflix more when it comes to adapting beloved YA adventures, and this was no exception! I will admit its been years since I read the book but there are elements I instantly remember when I saw them on screen! Of course there’s a little bit of tweaking and a fresh take on things but I thought they did a really good job at creating a unique and adorable Christmas romance that everyone can enjoy.

The Soundtrack

One of the most underrated elements of any TV show and if you’re ever struggling to find a playlist to listen too, then search your favourite TV shows! It’s got the perfect mix of Christmas classics, Joni Mitchell and some new favourites. Plus we get a cameo from The Jonas Brothers and a snippet of their new Christmas anthem ‘Like It’s Christmas’!

Mini Reviews – Song of Achilles, The Witchling’s Girl and The Cup and the Prince

Welcome to Blogmas Day 3! I haven’t written a book review in months, so I thought I was about time I shared my overdue opinion on some recent reads!

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Don’t you love it when you finish a book and then spend days trying to collect your thoughts into complete and coherent sentences? This book left me in awe and I just want to re-read it again and again. I now REFUSE to read or watch another Troy retelling that doesn’t acknowledge the fact that Achilles and Patroclus were lovers, as Miller has crafted a beautifully heartbreaking love-story.

I knew the story. I knew what was going to happen. But the enchanting quality in Millers prose lures us into the comfort of caring for these characters. The emotions shared between Achillies and Patroclus are profoundly physical, and those last five chapters tore the heart from my chest, leaving me empty and alone. I’m still unable to full comprehend my thoughts and emotions about this book but its fair to say that it has earned its place as one of my all time favourites.

 I received these following books from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan – I picked this book up around Halloween time as I wanted something spooky to read but instead I got something completely different. This book is haunting. Coggan’s beautifully evocative prose and world building surrounds a battling story of love and death that will break readers hearts. The characterisation and development is what makes this book truly stunning, Haley’s succession to becoming the Witchling is one heck of a journey that I’m thankful to have experienced. I can’t recommend this book enough, everything about it is uniquely wonderful!

The Cup and the Prince by Day Leitao – This is probably one of my biggest disappointments of 2020 and it breaks my heart to admit that because I hate writing bad reviews. As many of you know I was hooked by this book’s synopsis but sadly this is one of those rare cases of a great premise but not so great execution.

I’ve never DNF’d a book but after reading the first chapter, I was close and instantly knew that I wasn’t going to click with the overly simple writing style and characters. Our protagonist Zora is trying to be this powerful and feminist figure but instead ends up feeling naive and indifferent. However, the plot was pretty solid, and the world Leitao has created has the potential to become something really intriguing. I feel like the only person who didn’t like this book, but if you’re looking for a fast paced and easy fantasy adventure then this might be something to look into!

Blog Post I Loved This Month | November

Happy Blogmas Day Two! This is quickly becoming one of my favourite blog posts to write! Being able to celebrate and highlight the creativity and brilliance of the blogging community is just another reason why I love to blog! There has been so many blog posts that I loved this month and can’t wait to see what people have in store for Blogmas!

Anyway, here’s a few posts I loved this month! Enjoy!

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to start searching for that perfect gift for all your family and friends! The lovely Becky @Becky’s Book Blog wrote a fabulous post about some of her favourite UK based bookish shops, to help with your Christmas shopping! I loved everything she included in this post and I might have to treat myself to something nice too!

Alison @Antari Reads also posted a bookish holiday gift guide and I’m OBSESSED with all these small businesses! I don’t need any more candles or bookmarks but they’re all so beautiful and I don’t think I can resist!

This festive season is the perfect time of the year to shop locally, and one of my aims since lockdown it to help support more independent businesses especially when it comes to buying books. Jeff Bezos has enough money! Anyway, @A Cup of Tea With That Book, Please shared a great post about the different ways you can show your support by shopping locally, so be sure to check that out!

This week also saw the UK finally come out of lockdown and move into the 3 Tier system (which is basically the same thing unless you’re lucky enough to be in Tier 1!) and Jen @Books on the 7:47 shared a great list of excellent lockdown reads to help you escape and pass the time!

Despite having all this time in lockdown I’ve been struggling to set a reading routine! But Simone @Simone and Her Books came to my rescue by sharing her tips on how she makes time too read, and some of them really helped so thank you Simone!

One series I have restarted is Caraval by Stephanie Garber and it’s just as good as I remember, I just can’t believe it’s taken me this long to pick it up again! If you’ve yet to dive into this series then check out Erin @Reading On A Star’s post which gives you 5 reasons on why you need to read this magical masterpiece!

When I’m reading I love to listen to music, whether its the latest tunes, my emergency Taylor Swift playlist or the scores from some of my favourite films! Ahaana @Windows to Worlds shared a great list of song recommendations for a few different genres and it was just what I needed! My reading/writing playlists are slowly coming together!

Another post I loved this month was Ally @Ally Writes Things TBR of translated books! In my eyes translated books are hidden gems and after reading her list I’ve had to add a few more to my TBR! I think I might have to dedicate a weekly read-a-thon next year to reading them all!

I also LOVED Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner’s post about stuff that happens in books but never in real life! This post had me agreeing with at all of these unrealistic tropes especially the one about eye-colour-hyperawarness! Who instantly notices those things? So if you’re looking for a fun and lighthearted read then this is post for you!

I’ve also got to give the the wonderful Dee @If The Book Review Fits a shoutout for creating a book blogger directory for anyone searching for more new and exciting blogs to follow! This was such a wonderful idea and its helped me discover so many other bloggers!

And finally Cherelle @A Bolt Out of The Book and Ashmita @The Fictional Journal have created their own BOOK CLUB, The Books Go Boom! The book of the month for December is Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons and not too late to join, so be sure to check out both of their posts!

November Wrap Up and December TBR

Happy Blogmas Day One! If you haven’t see already, I’m once again participating in the annual blogging challenge of blogmas and plan to post something festive every other day in the lead up to Christmas, so wish me luck!

This month was such a goof reading month because I COMPLETED MY GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE! My aim this year was to read 40 books (I’m slowly working my way up to 52 books a year) and by the looks of things it looks like I might even make it to 45 books! I’ve experienced way too many reading slumps this year, so to make it 40 books makes me feel quietly optimistic for next year. I think lockdown might have helped and the fact that there’s been so many good releases this year! My TBR for December is, as expected, quite ambitious but there’s only one month of 2020 so I thought I’d go all out!

November Wrap Up

The Cup and The Prince by Day Leitao – This is probably one of my biggest disappointments of 2020 and it breaks my heart to admit that because I hate writing bad reviews. As many of you know I was hooked by this book’s synopsis but sadly this is one of those rare cases of a great premise but not so great execution. I’ve got some mini reviews scheduled this week so stay tuned for those!

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – This is one of those books that stays with you even after finishing it. I’m struggling to put my thoughts into words because I’ve got so much to say about it! In short, I really enjoyed it! The unique premise, complex characters and beautiful writing style come together to create a masterpiece. If you haven’t read it yet and are looking for something ‘different’ then add this one to your TBR!

Emma by Jane Austen – I can’t help but love a bit of Austen! The subtle humour and irony that is hidden within her novels makes them more than just ‘romance novels’. I will admit Pride and Prejudice will forever be my favourite of Austen’s novels, but Emma was still a wonderful read, and I especially enjoyed Emma’s character development!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I read this book all the way back in 2017 and fell utterly in love, so I was a little apprehensive when it came to re-reading it as I worried it wouldn’t live up to previous expectations! BUT thankfully I loved it just as much as before! I’m still obsessed with the magical world building, lovable and devious characters and of course all those plot twists!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – I was curious to see where this series was going to go after the events of the first book, but once again I was blown away by just how enchanting this series is! I just wish I picked up the second book sooner!

December TBR

Finale by Stephanie Garber – I need to finish this series ASAP! I’m loving everything about these books, they’re all wonderfully magical and packed full of tricks and unexpected twists!

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – I’m planning on doing a 24 hour Christmas read-a-thon in December so I wanted to have a fun Christmassy read to get me in the festive spirit! I’ve never read a book by this duo but I’ve heard nothing but good things about their books, so I’m ready for all the the quintessential holiday romantic vibes.

One Day in December by Josie Silver – I think this is going to be our book club choice for December! I’ve heard mixed opinions about this book but I really want some more adorable Christmas reads for my read-a-thon!

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Murhin – Everyones been raving about this book all year, so I NEED to read it before the end of 2020! I’ve put so much pressure on this book, I just hope that it likes up to my high expectations!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I don’t think I’ve read ANY sci-fi this year, and that something I need to fix! Again this is another book that has been on my TBR and Wishlist for ages and I beyond excited to finally dive into this world!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I accepted that fact that I probably won’t finish this book this year, especially with my overly ambitious TBR! This is another book from my recent book haul, when I get new books all I want to do is read everything!

Blogmas 2020 Announcement

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I can’t believe it’s already December? And believe me when I say that I’m more than ready for this year to be over, so no pressure 2021 you better be epic!

Anyway, this is my 12 Days of Blogmas 2020 announcement! The plan is to post festive and fun content every other day in the lead up to the big day! I’d love to publish something every day, but working in retail during one of the busiest time of the year makes that almost impossible! I’ll be channelling my inner Christmas elf, running around selling presents and working throughout the night making sure that everything is stocked up and perfect. But not to worry, I’ve got the spreadsheet ready (oh yeah, I’m major organised this year) and have got some really fun and Christmassy posts coming your way so keep your eyes peeled!

I’m really excited for blogmas this year, and I think it’s because I’m in such a great place with my blog and blogging community! Over the past couple of months I’ve finally started to dedicate more time for my blog and it’s wonderful to see that all this effort and creativity is paying off and that people are enjoying my content! So to all my followers and readers out there I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU!

My two biggest tips for anyone participating in blogmas is to first get organised! Blogmas can be hard-work, but the challenge is definitely worth it! One way to make it easier is to plan out your ideas, I’m a sucker for spreadsheets or a good old to-do list, anything that helps me stay on top of all my posts! And the second tip is to ENJOY it, its called the most wonderful time of the year for a reason! Don’t worry if you miss a day, the whole point of blogmas is to help get each other in the Christmas spirit and to have a bit of fun!

If you’re also participating in blogmas then please leave a link to your blog in the comments below, as I love following along and reading other peoples blogmas posts!

Happy Blogging Everyone!

Top Christmas Films on Netflix – 12 Days of Blogmas

Watching Christmas films is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites that are currently available to stream on Netflix.

  1. Let it Snow (2019) – I remember reading the book ages ago and the film adaptation manages to capture the love and adorableness of the story and its characters. This is the perfect YA film for those cosy winter nights.
  2. A Christmas Prince Trilogy (2017-2019) – This series is so wonderfully bad that I can’t help but love it. This romantic comedy follows Amber, an aspiring journalist who is sent to the winter wonderland of Aldovia to cover a press conference given by crown prince Richard, who is set to take the throne following his father’s recent death. The rest of the film is filled with mystery and romance as well as lots of Christmas spirit.
  3. The Holiday Calendar (2018) – A budding romance, a magical calendar and lots of Christmas joy. This is another heart-warming Christmas film which is perfect to watch on those winter nights with a big cup of hot chocolate.
  4. The Knight Before Christmas (2019) – Vanessa Hudgens is becoming the Queen of Christmas films. This is another adorable and perfectly romantic Christmas film that is guarenteed get you in the festive spirit.
  5. Nativity (2009) – If you’re from the UK then this film has to be on your list of go-to Christmas films! The film focuses on Martin Freeman’s character Paul, who is a bit of a scrooge, but is put in charge of organising his school’s Nativity performance. Long story short things get a bit out of hand, lies are told but in the end, you’re left with a fun and unique performance and a set of catchy songs you can’t get out of your head!
  6. The Princess Switch (2018) – The Parent Trap but make it Christmas and more romance centred! This has all the elements for a perfect christmas film and is one that can be enjoyed by all.
  7. The Christmas Chronicles (2018) – Who knew that Kurt Russell would make such a good Father Christmas! Siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes awry, the kids join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick and his loyal elves to save the holiday before it’s too late.

Bookish Naughty or Nice List – 12 Days of Blogmas

Who’s excited for Christmas? I know I am, and now it’s time to find out whether I’m on the bookish naughty or nice list. If you’ve completed this tag then please leave a link in the comments as I love reading other peoples answers!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it

I am definitely guilty of this! I get all excited when I see books on NetGalley, I then request, download them and forget! Earlier this year I did manage to clear out my ARC TBR but these bad habits are hard to squash and I’m back to square one. 

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

If you’d asked me this a couple of month ago I would have said no, but now I’m afraid its a yes!

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

I recently cleared out my Goodreads and started over again so I’ve been trying to maintain it by posting reviews as soon as I finish a book. But I haven’t promised a full review on my blog, yet! I would love it if you could leave your Goodread’s account in the comments below so I finally start playing a more active role in the bookish community!

My GoodreadsAmy Whittaker (A Fangirls Opinion)

Folded down the page of a book

Never! Instead I use bookmarks or any bit of paper that I can find, train tickets, receipts, anything!

Accidentally spilled something on a book

Never! I protect my books with my life!

DNF a book this year

I feel terrible if I don’t finish a book, I’m worried that I’ve missed something and that if I keep reading then things will get better however this isn’t usually the case.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

I’m doing well so far as I haven’t done this either! However that doesn’t mean that I don’t happily walk around Waterstones gazing at all the beautiful covers.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

ALL THE TIME! I fall into the trap of saying ‘one more chapter and then I’ll do it’ and then I never do!

Skim read a book

I did this recently with Muse of Nightmares by Laine Taylor and instantly regretted it, because I’d missed so much and had to go back and re-read bits.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

I’m 1 book away from my Goodreads goal! I only set it at 26 this year (which worked out to be one book every two weeks) because I didn’t want to include the books I had to read for university in my list and only really started reading for fun in June.

Borrowed a book and not returned it

I haven’t borrowed a book in a long time, so I can easily say that I’m not guilty of this.

Broke a book buying ban

I’m quite good when it comes to buying books, I won’t buy any books for ages but the I’ll spend a fortune on a huge haul!

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

I feel like I’ve been exposed…I’m currently in the process of writing a review for The Cruel Prince by Holly Black but I’ve totally forgotten what happened!

Wrote in a book you were reading

I hated writing in my university books but I knew it was something I had to do otherwise I was going to be left with pages and pages of notes.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

I haven’t included all of the books I read for university on my Goodreads, so I guess I’m guilty of this!

Nevernight Trilogy by Jay Kristoff – 12 Days of Blogmas

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

A mysteriously artful and exhilarating read that refused to be put down and one which has earned a place as one of my favourite reads of 2019. It is clear that the writing style is either a hit or miss with readers, but for me it was a beautifully crafted masterpiece filled with unique and descriptive metaphors that came to life on the page. Mia is a powerful and fiery protagonist that successfully drives the story along a path of unexpected twists and turns. Her developing relationship with Tric is again a new favourite, and I especially enjoyed their playful conversations and blossoming romance. Everything about this book is incredible, Mia journey is one that needs to be shared and enjoyed by readers and is one which is constantly filled with intense fight scenes, carefree and foulmouthed language and a level of sass that remains unbeaten.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

After falling utterly in love with everything Nevernight, I had very high expectations for Godsgrave and its fair to say that Kristoff has once again surpassed my expectations and has crafted an exhilarating read filled with jaw-dropping moments and surprise twists. Mia still remains one of my favourite fictional characters, she’s fierce, intelligent and emotionally raw, leaving us readers with a character that feels real and thoughtful. I particularly enjoyed the witty remarks from both Mr Kindly and Eclipse (and Mia)! In this book, Mia is forced to train as a Gladiator in order to accomplish her lifelong desire to assassinate two of the most powerful men, and believe me when I say that the fight scenes in this book hold a grand and cinematic quality; they are beautifully intense and page-turning. Once again, Kristoff excels at creating a unique fantasy world filled with equally fantastic cast of characters and an unexpected storyline that is never once predictable.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

I wasn’t prepared for this series to finish, believe me when I say that I savoured every page. I was expecting a grand and fitting conclusion for Mia, and that is exactly what we received, the fight scenes we bigger, the relationships were stronger and the whole experience was unforgettable. I cried, which isn’t really a surprise but Kristoff manages to give these characters a sense of realism and an unexpected emotional connection that has you praying for their survival and much deserved happy ending. What dominates this book is the intensity of the action and the beautifully choreographed fight scenes that allow our characters to shine and do what they do best. Kristoff also manages to include love triangle without lowering the tone and making it cheesy, all the emotions are raw, real and heartbreaking. Mia and her gang of assassins is a group I’ve learned to love and cherish, I’m going miss her witty interactions, impulsive nature and killer instinct. Thank you Jay for creating a wonderfully imaginative and compelling story packed full of memorable and unique characters, this whole trilogy has been a ride from start to finish and is an experience that has inspired to explore my own writing capabilities.

Most Anticipated Reads of 2019

Before writing this posts I only had a couple of books on my most anticipated list so I jumped onto to Goodreads to see what else was coming out in 2019 and now that list has tripled in size! 2019 sounds like an amazing year for any YA fantasy and contemporary lover so I for one am buzzing with excitement! Let me know in the comments what books you’re looking forward to the most!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – My most anticipated book of 2019, because not only am I in love with Leigh Bardugo and the wonderful world she has created but I’m also in love with the young and mysterious Nikolai Lantsov who is one of my bookish husbands! loved him in the Shadow and Bone trilogy so the fact that he’s got an entire book dedicated to him is a dream come true!

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – What instantly drew me to this book was the cover and then after the synopsis, it made its way on to my evergrowing TBR list!

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light! 

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio – I’ve been watching Christine on Booktube for a couple of years now I always get excited when a Booktuber I follow fulfills their dream of writing a book! I love the concept of this story and I look forward to seeing if it lives up to expectations!

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – Another cover and synopsis that has me eagerly awaiting this books release date! After reading the reviews on Goodreads I’m positive that I’m going to love this book and that it’s going to be one heck of an adventure.

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I’ve seen this book everywhere and 2019 is seriously killing it at the cover game as all the books I’ve mentioned so far are stunning, but this one is easily my favourite and I need it on my shelves asap! By the sounds of it, this is going to be an epic fantasy that I’m guaranteed to love!

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons – I was instantly drawn to this book after it was said to have the world building of Brandon Sanderson, an author I discovered this year and who I’m absolutely in love with, so no pressure Jenn! After reading the synopsis and a few Goodreads reviews its clear that this book has a lot of action and interesting characters so now I’m intrigued to see if it lives up to the hype.

Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss, debut author Jenn Lyons delivers an entirely new and captivating fantasy epic. Prepare to meet the genre’s next star.