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My Autumn TBR 2021

I have a lot of books I want to read this Autumn including all my spooky Halloween reads but I won’t be including them in this post, I’ll be doing a separate post for all the spooky filled books I want to read which will be going up within the next week or so. For now though here are some books that I plan on reading in the next few months that are not very spooky but books I still want to read. I’m also linking up to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), where the topic is a freebie choice.

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Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach – (I was sent a free copy of the book from the publisher after winning a giveaway on twitter)

Skyhunter (Skyhunter #1) by Marie Lu

Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs

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Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells

City of Thorns (The Demon Queen Trials #1) by C.N. Crawford

What books are on your autumn tbr?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My TBR With Numbers In The Title

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books With Numbers In the Title. I’ve already done this topic before which you can find here, so instead I’m changing it to books on my tbr with numbers in the title.  Some of these book titles probably don’t count as actual numbers but they are variations of numbers so I’m counting them anyway.

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Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

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The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

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The One and Only Crystal Druid by Annette Marie

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of the titles?

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Book Review: Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

not my problemBook: Not My Problem
Author: Ciara Smyth
Age & Genre: YA contemporary

Aideen has plenty of problems she can’t fix. Her best (and only) friend is pulling away. Her mother’s drinking problem is a constant concern. She’s even running out of outlandish diseases to fake so she can skip PE.

But when Aideen stumbles on her nemesis, overachiever Meabh Kowalski, in the midst of a full-blown meltdown, she sees a problem that—unlike her own disaster of a life—seems refreshingly easy to solve. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help. By pushing Meabh down the stairs.

Problem? Solved. Meabh’s sprained ankle is the perfect excuse to ditch her overwhelming schedule. But when another student learns about their little scheme and brings Aideen another “client” who needs her “help,” it kicks off a semester of traded favors, ill-advised hijinks, and an unexpected chance at love. Fixing other people’s problems won’t fix her own, but it might be the push she needs to start.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Not My Problem is a YA contemporary set in Ireland and about Aideen who is trying to manage her home life and school life while also trying to help other people by doing favours for them.

I really liked Not My Problem and I loved Aideen right away. She has such a funny and caring personality and I like how she got on with other people. She is the type of character you’d want to be best friends with and I liked that even though she had this carefree attitude she still had her own problems underneath that she struggled with.

There is a focus on friendships in this book and I loved that, I also liked the differences of the friendships. It was interesting to see Aideen come to her own conclusions about the friends she has and what they mean to her. I loved the new friendships she made and her interactions with Kavi and Meabh were so fun to read.

I liked the romance and how it came about. I loved that Aideen and Meabh had an enemies to lovers type of romance and I loved seeing that relationship blossom and grow into something more, I think they work well together.

I thought the plot was intriguing with Aideen helping people in her school with their own problems and how it got her and her friends into all sorts of trouble and I liked how helping people with their problems made her face her own problems.

Overall I really liked Not My Problem. I loved Aideen and the friendships she makes throughout the book. I also thought the plot was very entertaining and I loved the romance. I think this is a great contemporary with a focus on friendships and the struggles that come with it. It’s also a really funny book that I loved reading.

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Book Review: Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn

monstrous desingBook: Monstrous Design
Series: Battalion of the Dead #2
Author: Kat Dunn
Age & Genre: YA fantasy, historical

Following the thrills and spills of Dangerous Remedy, the Battalion of the Dead return in a dazzling new adventure, set amid the opulence and squalour of 18th-century London and Paris.

1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe’s kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city’s seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dangerous game of lies and deceit. And a terrible new enemy lies in wait with designs more monstrous than they could ever imagine… Can Camille play on to the end or will she be forced to show her hand?

In Paris, the Duc is playing his own dangerous games. With Ada in his thrall, old loyalties are thrown into question. The Battalion are torn apart as never before, and everything – Ada’s love for Camille, her allegiance to the battalion itself – is under threat.

My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

Monstrous Design starts up where Dangerous Remedy leaves off with the Battalion split up and the characters in different places. I thought the distance between the characters would be for a short time but they are apart for most of the book so this book felt a little different from the first one.

This book focuses a lot on James and his family which I didn’t really care for in the beginning but I did grow more attached to him as you find out more about him and the reasons for why he betrayed the Battalion. I liked his character development in this book.

I did miss the Battalion being together and like I said before it made the book feel a little different than the first and even though I did still enjoy Monstrous Design I liked Dangerous Remedy more because I liked the group being together. I also felt the pacing was a bit off because of the separate storylines within this book.

I liked the writing and was interested to see what would happen to the characters. I did like Camille and Al together and liked how their friendship developed in this book. I didn’t like Ada and Guil’s storyline as much and didn’t fully understand the reasons behind the characters choices especially Ada’s.

Overall I enjoyed this book despite the different turns within the story and the separation between the characters. I do like Dangerous Remedy more but I still found this a good read and was surprised by the ending.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Will Make You Smile

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face. I’ve listed below some of the books that have made me smile and I think will make you smile too.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1) by Annette Marie

What books make you smile?

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August Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In August:

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A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – ADULT PARANORMAL, HISTORICAL, HORROR – 5 STARS

I loved A Dowry of Blood, I loved the writing and the gothic setting of it. The writing and story were so captivating to read and I loved how this book is told in letter form from Constanta to her vampire creator. This book is filled with some beautifully poignant quotes.

Caliban’s War (The Expanse #2) by James S.A. Corey – ADULT SCI-FI – 5 STARS

I loved Caliban’s War but I knew I would since it follows very close to the tv series of it and I loved that also. I loved reading from more povs in this book and I just really enjoy reading this series especially after watching the show because I can picture everything clearly in my head.

A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer – YA FANTASY – 4 STARS

I really liked this book and loved how it’s about Cyrens (Sirens). The history of the Cyrens in this book was very interesting and I liked the descriptions of the setting. I also thought the trials were very exciting to read about.

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS
Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I’ve been meaning to start this series since it came out years ago and I finally did in August, I don’t know why it took me so long since I ended up loving them. This series has all the markers of a great urban fantasy series, it has a badass heroine who helps people and along the way there is a slow burn romance. The world building is also fantastic and I loved the writing of it too. I really can’t wait to read more books in this series.

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Hellbound Guilds & Other Misdirections (The Guild Codex: Warped #2) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS
Rogue Ghosts & Other Miscreants (The Guild Codex: Warped #3) by Annette Marie and Rob Jacobsen – ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 3 STARS

I thought these two books were okay reads but I don’t seem to be clicking with the characters as much as the characters from the other Guild Codex series’. I like Kit’s laid back style but sometimes I find him a bit annoying and I don’t think Lienna is an interesting character at all. The storyline is entertaining and I do love the Guild Codex world and the glimpses of other characters within this series.

Blog Posts I Did In August:

My September Bookoplathon TBR 2021

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson Book Review

A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer Book Review

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Review

Life’s A Beach Book Tag

Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About

Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR That Have Pretty Covers

July Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in August?