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Book Review: The Reluctant Vampire Queen by Jo Simmons

the reluctant vampireBook: The Reluctant Vampire Queen
Author: Jo Simmons
Genre: YA paranormal

Meet Mo Merrydrew – independent young woman, Mini Battenberg fan, president of the debating society – and reluctant vampire queen …

Fifteen-year-old Mo Merrydrew isn’t exactly expecting to be asked to be Vampire Queen of Great Britain when she’s cycling home from school one wet Tuesday evening. Apparently, she is ‘the Chosen One’. Aside from being uncomfortable with the idea of unelected power (not very democratic), there’s the blood drinking to consider (Mo is a vegetarian), and frankly it’s just not really the sort of role Mo’s looking for (she wants to aim for a real job in politics). But – if you’re Vampire Queen, you probably don’t have to do PE any more, and when the dreamy Luca, a vampire familiar, turns up, it all suddenly starts to look a bit more appealing …

My Rating: 4 STARS

(I was sent an arc of this book by the publisher for review)

My Review:

The Reluctant Vampire Queen is the perfect title for this book as it describes it so well. This book is about Mo Merrydrew who is living her ordinary life when suddenly a vampire shows up to tell her she has been chosen to be the new vampire queen.

This book was such a fun read, I loved it. It had such a good balance of humour and intrigue. The writing and humour in The Reluctant Vampire Queen had me laughing and smiling throughout reading it, I loved how witty the characters were.

I liked Mo and how she always has a plan and loves making them, I really liked reading about how she tries to handle the vampire side of things. Bogdan was another favourite character of mine within this book, his interactions with Mo were always so comical and my favourite scenes to read.

Mo and Lou’s friendship was another thing I liked about this book. Their friendship is something that also gets affected when Bogdan the vampire shows up as Mo decides to keep some things a secret from her friend.

I thought the plot was very fun and intriguing and loved reading about Mo juggling between trying to live her normal schoolgirl life and her trying to decide whether or not to become the queen of the vampire and rule over them.

Overall I really enjoyed The Reluctant Vampire Queen, it is such a fun and refreshing story that makes you smile. I loved the humour and wit of the characters and loved reading about Mo and her dealing with finding out about vampires.

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Books On My Summer TBR 2022

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List. I can’t wait to read these books as well as some new releases coming out in the summer too. I posted my July anticipated releases yesterday so I’ll definitely be wanting to read them too this summer.

twin crowns bad things happen here if this gets out
Twin Crowns by Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle
Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

glorious poison hunt the stars fangs

Glorious Poison (The Battalion of the Dead #3) by Kat Dunn
Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik
Fangs by Sarah Anderson

What books are on your summer tbr?

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July Book Releases I’m Most Excited For 2022

Today I decided to list some of the books I’m most excited for that are releasing in July, I can’t wait to get to these books.

Her Dark Wings by Melinda Salisbury
• YA Fantasy
• Greek Mythology

her dark wings

Bound by Bloodsong (Kennedy Rain #2) by Sandy Williams
• Adult/New Adult Urban Fantasy
• Paranormal Creatures

bound by bloodsong

The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven
• YA Thriller
• Dark academia setting

the society for soulless girls

The Witchery by S. Isabelle
• YA Paranormal
• Witches and magical powers

the witchery

The Reluctant Vampire Queen by Jo SimmonsI received an arc of this from the publisher and have already read and loved it.
• YA Paranormal
• Vampires and the Chosen one

the reluctant vampire

Youngblood by Sasha Laurens
• YA Paranormal
• Vampire boarding school


What books are you looking forward to releasing in July?

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Book Review: Compelled (Shadow Beast Shifters #5) by Jaymin Eve

compelledBook: Compelled
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #5
Author: Jaymin Eve
Age & Genre: Adult paranormal romance, fantasy

Simone, of the Torma shifters, thought she was finished with the world of supernaturals that existed outside of Earth. She’d been there, done that, and had the near death experience to show for her time.

Then a summons back to Valdor-the vampire world- is dropped in her lap.
Turns out that the last time she was there, her teeny tiny mistake sent out an energy burst that called to an ancient powerful master. A master who is looking for a mate and wants Simone to participate in the Selection to prove her worth. Attendance non-negotiable.


Lucky for her, she still has one ally up her sleeve: Lucien.

Okay, yeah, he’s a snarly, powerful, frustratingly perfect master himself, but at least she knows where she stands. Lucien agrees to enter himself as a master-looking-for-a-mate in the Selection so they can pretend to fall for each other.

Only, it’s never been that simple with Simone and Lucien, and all too soon the lines between pretend and real get very blurry. Especially when there’s feeding involved.

Simone now has more at stake than just her life… her heart is on the line.

My Rating: 3.5 STARS

My Review:

In Compelled we get to read more about the vampires and their world and how that world is run which really intrigued me. I enjoyed getting to know more about Lucien and his role in Valdor and seeing how Simone was drawn into that world. The conflict of Simone’s past in Valdor was interesting and I was intrigued by how that related to the present and the reasons she was called back.

I liked Lucien and Simone together, I thought their chemistry was believable and they made a good couple. I liked how they worked together during the selection. I also liked seeing how the characters all had each other’s backs and I liked how Len interacted with Simone.

I would’ve liked this book more if not for the focus on Mera and Shadow. I knew they would be in it a lot like they were in Deserted but it felt like they took centre stage again in this book instead of Simone and Lucien. I also didn’t get why Mera and Angel synched up.

Overall I enjoyed this book, I really liked finding out more about the vampires and their politics. Like with Deserted I would’ve liked to have less focus on Mera and Shadow and their baby but I still am excited to read more in this series.

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Contradictions Book Tag

I haven’t done a book tag in quite some time but I love doing them so I definitely need to do more in future. This book tag is called the Contradictions Book Tag and was created by Only If For A Page on booktube (the original video). I saw this tag going around over the last few months and thought it an interesting tag so let’s get on to it!

1) I love this genre but I didn’t like this book


Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran – Fantasy is one of my favourite genres but I read this book last year and didn’t really like it. It’s not a bad book, I just felt that nothing really happened so it felt a bit boring to me.

2) I rarely read this genre but I loved this book

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The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green – I rarely read nonfiction but I recently read this book and loved it. I really enjoyed reading John Green’s thoughts on some of the topics he talked about in the book.

3) I love this trope but I didn’t like this book


Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin – I do like the enemies to lovers trope but I didn’t really like this book. I didn’t like Reid at all and thought he was boring which made me dislike the romance.

4) I hate this trope but I loved this book


Crave by Tracy Wolff – This series has some instalove in it which really isn’t my favourite trope but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book and the sequel, I still need to read the third book but I’m excited for it.

5) I love this author but I didn’t like this book

malibu rising

I’ve loved a lot of Taylor Jenkins Reid‘s books but I was a bit disappointed in Malibu Rising. I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t love it either, I didn’t find it as emotional as her previous books but I’m still excited for future books by TJR.

6) I previously disliked a book by this author but I loved this book


I read The Wicker King by K. Ancrum a few years ago and I did enjoy most of the book but the ending left me really disappointed. A year after reading The Wicker King I read The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum which I loved and it became one of my favourite books of that year, I also really liked the ending of it.

7) I love this cover but I didn’t like this book


Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan – This book looks and sounds so interesting but I didn’t like it, the characters were very unlikable and I didn’t like the ending.

8) I don’t like this cover but I loved this book

trail of lightning

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse – I really like the US cover for this book but the UK one doesn’t really stand out. Even though I don’t like the UK cover I still knew I was going to love this book since it sounded amazing and I’d heard so many greats thing about it and I was right. This is a great urban fantasy series and I can’t wait to read more books in the series when they are published.

Have you read any of these books?

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Book Review: Deserted (Shadow Beast Shifters #4) by Jaymin Eve

desertedBook: Deserted
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #4
Author: Jaymin Eve
Age & Genre: Adult paranormal romance, fantasy

Melalekin “Angel” of the Honor Meadows has been a warrior her entire life. Battle. Death. Loss. They were her constant companions until the day she met Mera Callahan. A shifter who ended up being so much more. A shifter who changed her life, and now… she has been reborn. The scars of her past are gone. Her losses muted under the new life she plans on living.

There’s just one being standing in her way. A grudge holding desert deity who has made an art form out of making her life hell.

Reece of the Desert Lands is a god unused to being defied, and he has a very long memory when it comes to those who wronged him. Angel is the one he blames for the worst loss in his life, and he’ll never let her forget it. Their history is tragic and bloodied, and the pair are set to clash one more time, especially when they end up trapped in the very spot where they lost it all. A meeting of the dynasties in the Delfora, the ancient desert lands, will force them to the place it all began.

Here they will learn that sometimes the past defines your future. And that there is a fine line between love and hate.

My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

I liked reading about Angel and Reece and the hints at their relationship in previous books had me wondering what was up with them. I enjoyed reading about their past together in Deserted and how they got to being enemies with each other.

Angel and her journey from being emotionless to being reawakened really intrigued me and I loved how she started to enjoy her life more and experience things she hadn’t allowed herself to experience. I do think Reece’s possessiveness was a bit much and I felt it took some things away from Angel and her enjoyment.

What I didn’t like about this book was the focus on Mera and Shadow’s relationship. I loved reading about their relationship in their own books but I felt that Mera’s pregnancy overshadowed Angel and her story so I felt my enjoyment in the story wane a little.

Overall I did enjoy Deserted but there were some things I didn’t like about it mainly Mera’s pregnancy overshadowing Angel’s story. I did like reading about Angel and I enjoyed the romance between her and Reece despite his possessiveness and I’m excited to read about the other characters in other books.