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Book Review – We are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo @bloomsburybooks @keslupo

In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.

On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. She knows only too well how the people of Duke’s Forest loathe magic. Years ago she escaped before her powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer.

A powerful and terrifying storm cloud unites them. It descends over the dukedom and devastates much in its wake. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine … Only Lena and Constance hold the key to destroying the spell. Though neither of them realise it, they need each other. They are the blood and they have the thunder within

A stunning and original YA fantasy from a fantastic new talent. Perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Melinda Salisbury

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This book was a surprise for me! I was expecting another Ya Fantasy with magic but it was so much more than that. This book has magic yes but two of the strongest female lead characters I’ve ever read.
I found that the plot moved fast and was very interesting at all times, the twists and turns were surprising and kept me on my toes. Lena and Constance are two very different characters. Lena is very keen to find out who she is and learn how to use her magic and keep control over it whilst Constance was the more developed character with a past and many characters linked in with her. I did enjoy reading from both characters perspectives but i did find Lena’s side in this story more exciting and intriguing to me.
I enjoyed Kesia’s writing style, it’s very descriptive but not too much and her characters capture your heart which is ultimately what i read books for, to find characters i think about after I’ve finished the book. it is an exciting debut full of very lovable characters, adventure, and a beautiful world.

This book was kindly sent to me by Bloomsbury for an honest review on my blog and social media! Thank you so much for this amazing book.

It is out on APRIL 9TH! Make sure you pre-order it!

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Wrap Up

March Wrap Up!

Hello everyone! This is my March wrap up and i’m ashamed to say i did really awful with reading this month. I only read 5 books which is half of what i normally achieve but feel it was important to take a step back and concentrate on way more important things in my life. The last week or so has been an emotional roller coaster. We had good news and bad news and i didn’t know whether i was coming or going. So here are my 5 books and what i felt about them!

So all of these books were kindly sent to me by publishers to review as part of blog tours or just for me to read and review. I am so grateful!

My favourite read was Viper by Bex Hogan. It was an incredible fantasy debut novel, I can’t wait for the next books already. I highly recommend you pre-order it!

Okay so here are my ratings and thoughts :

Emily Eternal by M.G Wheaton was a sci-fi fantasy novel about artificial conscience.

I found this book hard to read because of the scientific language however i feel like science fiction fans would love it and maybe i’m just not the right person for it.

★ ★ ★
Romanov by Nadine Brandes is a very upsetting, sad retelling of the Romanov family and their demise.

I loved the premise of this book, i didn’t know too much about the family other than the Anastasia Disney film but i learnt so much in this book and it sent me off to do my own research afterwards. Nastya was an incredible character, i loved her strength

★ ★ ★ ★

Darling by Rachel Edwards was a psychological thriller about a woman who falls for a man with a stepdaughter who instantly dislikes her. I did not see the twist at the end coming.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Viper by Bex Hogan

What can i say about this amazing debut novel? It’s a fantasy with pirates and ships and an awesome main character called Marianne who is so awesome and kick ass.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This was a surprising book for me, its another debut fantasy novel but with mages and magic and so many unforgettable, lovable characters. I loved the story and the main characters

I hope you did better than me!

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Book Review – Viper by Bex Hogan #StormAndSorrow @teambkmrk

Marianne has been training to be the Viper for her entire life – to serve and protect the King and the citizens of The Twelve Isles – but to become the Viper and protect the islands she loves she must find the strength to defeat her father. A new fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas.

This is a debut book by Bex Hogan which is releasing this April! Viper is the first book in the Isles of Storm and Sorrow trilogy published by Orion in paperback on the 18th April 2019. The book cover alone caught my attention but when i read the blurb i couldn’t contain my excitement! The cover also ties in very nicely with parts of the story inside it’s pages!

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The first few pages catch your attention with the blood spillage! It is very gruesome in parts which i loved! It’s amazing to see a writer not shy away from the grim reality of pirate life and not romanticise it! Bex Hogan writes the most amazingly, descriptive and realistic characters. This is a pirate adventure set on the high seas kicks off with a kick ass, brave character, seventeen-year-old Marianne. Her destiny is to become a Viper, like her father. We also meet many side characters along the way who bring this story together. My favourite characters were Marianne and Bronn. I can’t wait to see where their story goes.

This is a very well-written story that has everything you need to enjoy it. There is lots of action and plotting and scheming to keep you engrossed. The bad guy is so scary you can feel their ruthlessness coming out of the pages. You will want Marianne to succeed from page 1.

I can’t describe enough how much i adore this book. This is an incredible read that comes with the knowledge of a another two books to follow. I didn’t want it to end but couldn’t put it down! Get this book preordered or you’ll definitely be missing out!

I rate this book

I was kindly sent a review copy by Hachette Childrens in exchange for an honest review. Thankyou so much for making my year!

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#Book Review – The Beauty Of The Wolf by Wray Delaney #BeautyOfTheWolf @HQSTORIES

Hey! Welcome to my stop on the Beauty Of The Wolf blog tour! I was kindly gifted this book by Lily at HQ Stories, so thank you so much! This is also my first EVER blog tour so please excuse me if it’s not very good!

‘What some might call beauty, I find monstrous’

In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.

Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:

A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.

Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.

Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.

And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge…

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This was a clever and unique retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast story, with the roles reversed set in a historical setting! There was plenty of magic in this story!

A boy cursed with Beauty and a girl born in secret, half monster, hidden from view. A curse hangs over them all as the Sorceress seeks her revenge…

The well told story is at the centre of the book but Wray Delaney builds a whole world of magic and mythology around it, which i have never seen done before in a retelling of beauty and the beast! I have read quite a few by this point and it’s definitely unlike any other! This story takes a much darker and adult journey through the tale and in a way makes it its own. It does have a lot of sexual content in it which i know some people don’t like.

The only flaws i have for this book is the amount of sex scenes and the way it’s described as it is off putting and i don’t feel like it was needed at some points. Also the beginning of the book flitted through many characters which i couldn’t keep up with and didn’t know who each chapter was about. It does have the character who’s chapter it is towards the end but i feel like that could have been a thing that was from the start.
The writing style is beautifully descriptive. It’s very easy to fall in love with the world inside this book and the characters too. I especially loved Beau and felt a lot of sympathy for him. This book is full on fantasy escapism, with magic and sorceresses and LOTS of sex (M-F and M-M) which i found refreshing and i was really happy to see the LGBTQIA community represented in a B&B retelling for once.

I will keep an eye out for more work by the author!

I give this book a rating or ⭐⭐⭐ out of 5.

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February Wrap Up!

It’s official! It’s march and I’m going to become an aunty this month! Such exciting times ahead!

Okay so on with the wrap up!

I read 8 books this month. Most of them were arcs which I’m super grateful for recieving!

My favourite books were king of scars or opposite of always! I loved them for different reasons but they were just what I needed !

RATINGS

🌙 the day we met by Roxie Cooper (not pictured)
✨ ★ ★ ★

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I hoped because of the cheating within the book! It’s a romance book.

🌙 heartstopper volume 1 by Alice Oseman
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is a graphic novel about to boys who start as friends and they fall for eachother! I love the art style and the story is super cute!

🌙 99 percent mine by Sally Thorne

✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is a romance book by the author who wrote the hating game. I absolutely adore this book it had me obsessed from the first chapter. I love Sally’s writing style.

🌙 dare to fall by Estelle maskame
✨ ★ ★ ★

This is a ya book with romance and teenage love. I didn’t really enjoy this book as much as I hoped. It felt quite childish and alot of the characters annoyed me.

🌙 diary of a drag queen by crystal Rasmussen
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is a diary written by a drag queen! I absolutely loved this hilarious book about Tom Rasmussen. Crystal is hilarious and writes her story so candidly.

🌙 shadowscent by p.m Freestone
✨ ★ ★ ★

This is a ya fantasy book about two characters who need to work together. There is a little romance and lots of magic. I did enjoy this book but it was very hard to get into and took me a few tries.

🌙 opposite of always by Justin a reynolds
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I loved this ya debut romance novel. It has time travel, romance, hilarious moments and sad moments.

🌙 the beauty of the wolf by wray delaney
✨ ★ ★ ★

This is a beautiful book but the works inside the pages don’t fit the cover. This book was very hard to read in parts. I loved the idea of it with having the roles reversed but I didn’t feel there was much comparison to B&B. It is very dark which I normally love but it’s abit too much. Especially the cringy sex scenes

🌙 king of scars
✨ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
What can I say about this book? My boy Nikolai finally got his own duology!!! It was every thing I wanted in his story. So many amazing characters return and I just loved it. The ending is EVERYTHING


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Book Review – Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

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When Jack and Kate meet at a party, he knows he’s falling – hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.

But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.

Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind.

Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves.

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This story was perfection in every way!

Its a debut novel about love, friendship, time-travel and makes you think what you would do for the people you love if you could rewind time. I loved the loop of time we were stuck in with Jack. Each time the story was rewinded there was new issues and things that changed in Jack’s life which kept it exciting and enthralling to read about!
I found this book very addictive and found it hard to put down most nights as i just wanted to know what happened next! All of the characters in this book were awesome. I especially like Holden, Kate and Jack of course. The overall message was that yes it might be nice to change what happened in the past but at the end of the day you cant and you should always do the best that you can and try not to beat yourself up about what went wrong.


The main reason i think i liked this book was because Justin’s writing style is so much fun. He writes his story like he’s including you in it. His characters are believable and relateable and you kind of wish they were friends of yours too! It was so funny, emotional, heartbreaking and exciting to read Jack’s story.


The friendships were awesome and the side characters played as much of a part as our main characters. By the end of the book you’re left hoping for a happy ending for Jack and Kate because they truly belong together.

This was a debut novel and I can honestly say Justin will be an auto-buy author for me after this incredible novel!

This book releases here in the UK on April 4th!
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I received a review copy of this book for an honest opinion on my social media from Panmacmillan. All opinions are my own!

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Book Review – Diary Of A Drag Queen by Crystal Rasmussen

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Northern, working-class and shagging men three times her age, Crystal writes candidly about her search for ‘the one’; sleeping with a VIP in an attempt to become a world famous journalist; getting hired and fired by a well-known fashion magazine; being torn between losing weight and gorging on KFC; and her need for constant sexual satisfaction (and where that takes her).

Charting her day-to-day adventures over the course of a year, we encounter tucks, twists and sucks, heinous overspending and endless nights spent sprinting from problem to problem in a full face of make-up.

This is a place where the previously unspeakable becomes the commendable – a unique portrayal of the queer experience.

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The title is pretty self explanatory for this one. It’s the diary of a drag queen, in this case the drag persona of journalist Tom Rasmussen.

This book is certainly not for anyone even remotely abit prudish. It is unapologetically explicit in its accounts of sexual activity, sexual fantasies, drug taking etc. I found every little comment hilarious and couldn’t stop smiling throughout reading it. The way it’s written is so refreshing and hilarious.

The book has lots of interesting anecdotes but also looks at issues relating to discrimination, homophobia and other issues within the LGBTQIA+ community. It made me totally re-assess how I move through the world as a cis woman and ways in which I can be a better LGBTQI+ ally. It’s gloriously funny, rude, entertaining and joyful, while also challenges the reader to be a better person. Crystal is a stunning voice, her wit and honesty are breathtaking and refreshing in the current climate.

Crystal is a warm personality, and you truly feel as if you’ve known them all your life by the end of the book. The emotions i felt throughout this book shocked me; it’ll make you laugh, cry, cringe and squirm. It’s thought-provoking and moving in equal measure.

This book was kindly sent to me by Penguin Random House and Ebury for an honest review on my social media.

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