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  • Review - A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown | Spoilers!

    **I audiobooked this one** Ok, so, wow. There is a lot to unpack here. Let's go good things first. The world building in this book is next-level phenomenal. I loved the imagery Brown created, and the fact that it was inspired by west and north African folk-lore made it that much cooler. The history of the kingdom and the wraiths and spirits that existed within it were so interesting that I would've loved fo it to be explored more (although there is another book coming so hopefully that will h…

  • Review - Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | Slight Spoilers!

    *4.5 stars* I FINALLY got around to reading this puppy after having it sit on my TBR for ages and I was happily not disappointed! SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!! I love a good historical fiction, and with the mix in of the Ripper mystery, it was right up my alley. Audrey Rose was a great strong character but not the whole 'modern feminist stuck in the 1800s' that you so often read in YA historical fiction. Thomas was a cheeky bugger and definitely the Sherlock character of the duo, though I did like tha…

  • Review - Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard | Spoilers!

    Spoilers! How do I even begin? This book is *chefs kiss* magnificent. I feel like as someone who grew up in a rural Aussie town I really felt what it was like for these characters. I was hesitant going into this read - if you know me, you'll know I'm not one for heavy reads. I don't like reading anything that hits too close to reality. I'm all about the escapism. But like with many aussie contemps I've read over the years, this one didn't disappoint. First of all, the nostalgia is strong with …

  • Review - A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | Possible Spoilers!

    Well, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Lately I've suffered from hype burn - too much hype, so much suck - but I found ACSDAL to be right up my alley. Now usually I just read a book, and unless it has some glaringly horrible issues that smack me right in the face, I don't tend to dwell too much on possible plot problems etc. That said, this time, I took notes. That's right, notes. So here goes nothing. *Riffles through pages to first sticky note* Kemmerer really plays with the readers …

  • Review - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Spoilers!

    I'm not usually one for this kind of book - anything that gets too real or hits me in the 'feels' is generally not my jam, but this was a fantastic story of one woman's life in Hollywood from the 50s to the 80s and her life and loves. Spoilers! First of all, I loved the format. The flashback type narrative with the magazine/news articles thrown in for exposition was great. Evelyn's character was fantastically complex - you both loved her and felt disgusted by her, sometimes at the very s…

  • Review - Tweet Cute by Emma Lord | Spoilers!

    Ok, I take back everything I've ever said about YA contemporary. Well, not really, but for the sake of this book I take it all back and I'll put it back later. This was a super cute little book and given I wasn't expecting much, I was blown away. The MCs Pepper and Jack aren't just cardboard cutouts, the typical 'outside girl' or 'hot guy'. They each have their issues, insecurities, and character traits that make them more than the stereotypical YA teen. Spoiler warning!! First of all, I loved t…

  • Review - City of Wishes by Rachel Morgan | Spoilers!

    So I audiobooked this one, listening to it as a 6 part story. Where do I begin... SPOILERS!! Alright, now we've gone past the spoiler warning, here are the good points: I liked the magic system. I liked the idea that the fae all had a certain level of power and that wishes were physical things that could be traded/bought/etc. The whole fairy godmother being a wish granter like she's some magical drug dealer with the power and fear-inducing reputation of a mafia boss was great (despite that endi…

  • Review - The Simple Wild by K.A.Tucker | Spoilers!

    I'm going to put this one at 3 stars. It was enjoyable enough but I felt like there was something missing. So before I get into it, here's your warning: SPOILERS!! Right, so let's get into it... First of all, you meet Calla - a 25year-old living at home who gets pretty much everything paid for her (house, bills, etc). In other words, a teenager with a salary. She comes across as a bit self-absorbed and has some serious daddy issues given that apparently her dad didn't care enough to ever come vi…

  • Review - The Royally Series by Emma Chase | No Spoilers

    I listened to book 1 - 3 of this series (albeit in the wrong order 2,3,1 - oops) and I had the most fun with these books. They're the sexy kind of romance, so usually I don't expect much beyond the regular tropes of this genre, but I was pleasantly surprised. Usually these types of books are plagued with the 'misunderstanding' trope or the 'miscommunication' trope, which generally annoys the absolute bejeesus out of me, but these held off on that, instead heading in directions I found actually b…

  • Review - A Tale of Stars and Shadow (A Tale of Stars and Shadow, #1) by Lisa Cassidy | Spoiler-free

    **Review also on Goodreads** So the reason I didn't give this 5 stars was that the pace for me was a bit slower than what I generally like - I'm not really one for the slow burn but otherwise this book was fabulous! The protagonist, Talyn, is a broken warrior/princess (although, she's a badass, slit-your-throat-with-her-sai type princess) who is sent on a vague and mysterious mission to train up a protection detail for the youngest prince of a neighbouring country. Also, there is a shadowy Robin…


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