book releases

October Book Releases 2022

Here are some of the books releasing in October that I’m most excited about.

The First To Die At The End (Death-Cast #0) by Adam Silvera

• YA Contemporary, Dystopian, Sci-fi
• A call that predicts death

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The Atlas Paradox (The Atlas #2) by Olivie Blake

• New Adult/Adult Dark Academia, Fantasy
• Magic and mystery

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Big Bad Me by Aislinn O’Loughlin

• YA Paranormal
• Werewolves, vampires and other supernatural beings

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Sixteen Souls by Rosie Talbot

• YA Paranormal
• Ghosts and a haunted city

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What books are you excited about being released in October?

wrap up

August Wrap Up 2022

What I Read In August:

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Rules of Redemption (The Firebird Chronicles #1) by T.A. White – ADULT SCI-FI, FANTASY – 4 STARS
Age of Deception (The Firebird Chronicles #2) by T.A. White – ADULT SCI-FI, FANTASY – 4 STARS

The Firebird Chronicles is such an action packed sci-fi fantasy space opera with interesting world building and intriguing politics between humans and the alien species within these books. I’m surprised that I haven’t heard many people talk about this series but I really enjoyed these first two books and can’t wait to read the third.

A Little Wicked (Wicked Fortunes #1) by A.J. Merlin – ADULT REVERSE HAREM/WHY CHOOSE, PARANORMAL – 4 STARS
Bury Their Bones (Wicked Fortunes #2) by A.J. Merlin – ADULT REVERSE HAREM/WHY CHOOSE, PARANORMAL – 4 STARS

This series follows George, a witch/ wolf shifter hybrid, as she tries to learn more about her powers and ends up getting involved in some mysteries at the same time. I really liked these first two books, I thought the descriptions and setting were atmospheric. I also liked the relationships in the books and thought the love interests were all interesting and each had their own personalities.

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The War of Two Queens (Blood and Ash #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS

There have been a lot of mixed reviews on this book so I was a bit hesitant going into it but I did still really enjoy it. I liked the writing and the characters and I was still very intrigued about what was going to happen next.

Fangs by Sarah Andersen – ADULT PARANORMAL, GRAPHIC NOVEL – 3 STARS

This was a quick fun graphic novel about a vampire and werewolf dating and I did like reading it but I also found it a bit forgettable and nothing much happened in it but it is a very quick read.

Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward Children #7) by Seanan McGuire – YA PORTAL FANTASY – 4 STARS

I liked this book and enjoyed it a more than the last book in the series, I definitely like the darker toned books in this series and this was one of them. We get insight on the school that’s been mentioned before in the Wayward Children series where students go to forget about their past and I found it interesting how different it was from Eleanor West’s Home.

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All Our Hidden Gifts (All Our Hidden Gifts #1) by Caroline O’Donoghue – YA PARANORMAL – 2 STARS

I was excited for this book because it sounded so good but I was disappointed by it. The main reason was the main character, I thought she was very unlikable. She is a very self centred character and as the book progressed I started to dislike her more and more.

Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow – YA MYSTERY THRILLER – 2 STARS

I was intrigued by the premise of this book and wanted to find out more but I thought the reveal at the end was disappointing. I also thought the mystery would be revolving or at least involving of Polly who died before the book starts and was the best friend of Luca, the main character. We don’t find out much about Polly not even her personality so I don’t see why she is even mentioned at all in the book.

Blog Posts I Did In August:

Books With A School Setting

Book I Loved That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

Book Places I’d Like To Visit

Glorious Poison (Battalion of the Dead #3) by Kat Dunn Book Review

Magical Readathon: Orilium Autumn Equinox Tbr 2022

July Wrap Up

What books did you read in August?

book review

Book Review: Twin Crowns (Twin Crowns #1) by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber

twin crownsBook: Twin Crowns
Series: Twin Crowns #1
Authors: Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle
Genre: YA Fantasy

Two sisters. One throne. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown?

Wren Greenrock has always known that one day she would steal her sister’s place in the palace. Trained from birth to avenge her parents’ murder and usurp the princess, she will do anything to rise to power and protect the community of witches she loves.

Princess Rose Valhart knows that with power comes responsibility including marriage into a brutal kingdom. Life outside the palace walls is a place to be feared and she is soon to discover that it’s wilder than she ever imagined.

Twin sisters separated at birth and raised into entirely different worlds are about to get to know each other’s lives a whole lot better…

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Twin Crowns follows Wren and Rose, twin sisters who’ve led different lives. Wren who was raised by witches and wants to take back the crown from Rose who was raised believing witches to be evil. The description of the witches and their magic was very interesting and I liked reading about the history of the world and how much power the witches originally held until they were hunted down.

With the twin sisters being separated and raised by opposing sides, you can really see how clouded and biased their opinions are on each other. Wren knows of Roses existence and prejudges her for the life she has led but things aren’t what they seem and we find out from Roses’ pov, who doesn’t know of Wren, how her life has actually been. I liked reading about this dynamic and having the sisters come to their own realisations.

I liked both sisters but liked Wren slightly more because I felt she wasn’t as naive as Rose. Rose is understandably more naive as she has led a sheltered life so while I preferred Wren’s pov I still liked reading from Roses pov too as she starts to realise things aren’t what they seem. Each of the sisters has a love interest and I did like both of their romances but I felt like I would’ve preferred more scenes with the sisters together than with their love interests.

Overall I enjoyed Twin Crowns and thought it was an interesting start to a new fantasy series. I liked the history of the world and the differences between the two sisters and how they reacted to their different lives. I liked the descriptions of the magic and I’m excited for more books in this series to be released.

book releases

September Book Releases I’m Excited For 2022

Here are some of the books releasing in September that I’m excited to read.

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

• YA Fantasy
• A Deadly Competition

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The Unbreakable Bladesong Druid (The Guild Codex: Unveiled #4) by Annette Marie

• Adult/New Adult Urban Fantasy
• Fae, Witches and Druids

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Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco

• Adult Fantasy
• Vampire Hunters

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What books are you excited about that are releasing in September?

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books With A School Setting

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: School Freebie. For this one I decided to go with books set at a school.

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Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

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Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Have you read any of these books?

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago. There is a lot of older popular YA favourites on my list this week.

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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J Maas
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

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Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost
The Iron King (The Iron Fey) by Julie Kagawa
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

Have you read any of these books?