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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Book Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Fictional Crushes. I decided to change the topic to favourite book characters. We all have favourite fictional characters and these are just some of my long list of favourite book characters that I absolutely love reading about and am emotionally invested in.

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Bryce (House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas)
Malik (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown)
Zylas (The Guild Codex: Demonized by Annette Marie)

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Celaena (Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas)
Murderbot (The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells)
Izzy (The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven)

What book characters do you love?

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

a lair of bonesBook: A Lair of Bones
Series: Curse of the Cyren Queen #1
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Age & Genre: YA Fantasy

A deadly contest. A vaulting ambition. How far will one cyren go to win?

Mighty cyrens have ruled the ancient lair of Saddoriel for centuries. A cavernous fortress, a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and levels, powered by magic and music…

From the moment she was born, Roh, the daughter of an infamous criminal, has been despised by her own kind. Restricted to the Lower Sector and forced to work as a common bone cleaner, she has always believed she belongs above: where lies adventure… and power.

Opportunity arises in the form of the Queen’s Tournament, a treacherous set of trials that could see the victor crowned ruler of the entire lair. Up against the most cunning, dangerous cyrens in all the realms, does Roh stand a chance?

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

A Lair of Bones is a YA fantasy about cyrens and I really liked how the author described their own version of the Siren myth in this book. The cyrens in this world walk on land and have their own land hidden from humans. There’s a hierarchy among the cyrens within this book and Roh is one born in the lower sector. She ends up wanting a better life for herself so she competes in a tournament to try to become the new cyren queen.

I really liked A Lair of Bones, I liked the descriptions of the setting and how it made the tone of the book feel kind of eerie. The author has created an interesting world but it did take me a while to get used to how the cyrens lived and the general set up of the world but once I got more into the story I understood the world of it a lot better.

I thought the storyline was intriguing from the beginning and I liked Roh and her relationship with her friends. I found it interesting to see how far she’d go to try to win the tournament. I liked the tournament itself and liked reading about the different participants and why they wanted to compete. The trials themselves were exciting and brought out different sides to the characters. The history of the cyrens and their feuds with the humans was also interesting to read.

Overall I liked A Lair of Bones, it took me a while to get into the world but I liked the writing and was interested in the story. I liked the characters and thought the tournament was very exciting and thrilling to read, I’m excited to see what happens next.

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My September Bookoplathon TBR 2021

Becca’s Bookoplathon is a readthon that’s taking place all month this September. It’s hosted by Becca and The Books and is focused on the tbr game that Becca has created. I love watching Becca’s monthly tbrs and Bookopoly looks like such a fun game so I thought it’d be great to join in the fun with this readathon. You can find all details about the readathon on the announcement video. It’s a book version of monopoly with different and unique prompts for every space on the board.  There’s a printable version of September’s board that you’ll find in the announcement video but I decided to draw it out in my bullet journal.

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Roll 1: CHANCE

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The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1) by Jen Williams – I’ve heard hardly anyone talking about this book and even though it is a bit daunting since it’s the start of an epic adult fantasy series I’m still very interested in reading it.

Roll 2: MYTH/LORE/FAIRYTALES

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Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – The mythology of Raybearer is beautifully written and I loved how the mythology linked into the story. I loved Raybearer and have been eagerly awaited Redemptor since finishing Raybearer.

Roll 3: CHANCE

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Divine Blood (Guardians of the Maiden #1) by Beck Michaels – I’ve seen this book around on Kindle Unlimited and after seeing it again on bookstagram I decided I wanted to read it. I haven’t heard that many people talk of it but it does sound very exciting.

Roll 4: LAST COLOUR

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The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen – I chose this book because the writing on the cover in similar in colour (and shape) to the writing on Divine Blood and I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now.

Roll 5: REP

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Witches Steeped In Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold #1) by Ciannon Smart – This book has been on my tbr for a few months now and I haven’t got to it yet but after seeing Ciannon Smart talk about her book on a recent YALC video, I’ve been even more excited about reading it.

Roll 6: PURCHASE

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A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams – I’ve really loved Sandy Williams’ other book series and I’ve been highly anticipating this series since I found out about it, I can’t wait to read this book.

My tbr for September is very fantasy heavy, I didn’t plan it that way but I’m not mad about it. I’m excited for all these books and hopefully I’ll get to them all and even if I don’t it was still very fun to play. Are you participating in Becca’s Bookoplathon? What books are you reading in September?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time. We all have those books that make such an impression on us that we wish we could read for the first time again. I’ve listed below some books that I loved so much that I just wish I could go back and experience again without knowing what’s going to happen. And even though I can’t experience these books for the first time again I can reread them whenever I want, which is a great feeling too.

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The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What books do you wish you could read again for the first time?

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

a dowry of bloodBook: A Dowry of Blood
Author: S.T. Gibson
Age & Genre: Adult paranormal, historical, horror

A lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula’s brides, A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation.

Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband’s dark secrets.

With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

A Dowry of Blood is a reimagining of Dracula but instead focuses on his brides. It is told in letter form for Constanta, one of Dracula’s bribes, to Dracula. Constanta makes a point of not mentioning the name ‘Dracula’ as not to give him any more power over her.

A Dowry of Blood is such a beautifully written book, the writing is very captivating and lyrical. Almost every sentence or paragraph has some very poignant quotes that really make you feel the characters torment and anguish. From the very first lines of this book I knew I was going to love it because of the beautiful writing and I did. This book is so mesmerising, both the writing and the story of Constanta’s life make this book an unforgettable read.

The book is about Constanta’s thoughts and feelings as she is reflecting on her undead life and having the clarity of hindsight as she talks about her emotionally abusive relationship with her creator and her coming to that realisation over the course of the centuries that she is with him. I loved reading about Constanta and her strength and how she grew throughout the book. A Dowry of Blood discusses these important topics with the backdrop of a dark gothic setting that really sets the tone of the book.

Overall I loved A Dowry of Blood and thought it was a beautifully written book with such a mesmerising story. I loved how this book was written in a letter form as it made the book feel so personal and I loved the gothic setting of this book.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love. I’ve changed it to: Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About. I’ve listed below some of the side characters I’ve recently enjoyed reading about and would like to read more from.

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Kieran (Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout) – I still have not yet read The Crown of Gilded Bones so I don’t know if my opinions will change on this character but I liked reading about him in AKOFAF.

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Angel (Shadow Beast Shifters series by Jaymin Eve) – I love Angel’s character and I’m glad that she is getting her own book (I think it’s coming out in October), I can’t wait to see her back story.

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Silas (Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson) – I don’t know if you’d classify Silas as a main character or not since a lot of the plot revolves around him but either way I just included him here anyway. I loved reading about him and I would like to read more about him.

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Virgil (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton) – Virgil is Opal’s best friend and we get to see his role in her life play out throughout the interviews in the book. I loved his and Opal’s friendship and would’ve loved to have seen more about his life.

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Moon (In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire) – In An Absent Dream is my favourite of the Wayward Children series and I loved the story of Lundy. I loved the friendship between Lundy and Moon and would’ve liked to have read more about Moon.

Which side characters would you like to read more about? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?