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August Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In August:

a dowry of blood calibans war a lair of bones

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?

book review

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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The Life’s A Beach Book Tag

I was tagged to do the ‘Life’s A Beach’ Book Tag by Mermaid Reads and it was originally created by Lefty Reads. I love how summery the questions are for this tag and I liked answering all the questions. Let’s get on to it!


The Sand – A book that stuck with you long after you finished reading it


The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – I loved this book and I love how Marie Lu writes this story that discusses the limitations placed on women’s lives in the past by telling the story of Nannerl (Mozart’s sister) who had the same dreams as Mozart but wasn’t allowed to pursue them because of her gender. This is such a heart wrenching, thought provoking book and I loved it.

The Sun – A book that burned you


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I heard so many good things about this book so I was excited to read it but I ended up not liking it.

The Waves – A book that calms you down after a long day


Urban fantasy/paranormal is my favourite genre so books from that genre are my go-to for when I need to be calm. The Guild Codex series by Annette Marie is one of my recent favourites in this genre.

The Bathing Suit – A book with a pretty, summery cover


Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood – This book is even prettier in real life because it has gold foiling on it.

The Birds – A book that is everywhere

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A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – This book is on my tbr and since I’ve put it on there I’ve been seeing it everywhere and everyone who has read it seems love it so I hope I do too.

The Company – A book with wonderful characters


The Diviners by Libba Bray – I love the characters within this series and I liked how each character was fully fleshed out and given their own back story. I also loved when they came together as well.

The Ice-Cold Drinks – A book you absolutely gulped down

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown – I was so surprised at how fast I read this book, I just wanted to keep reading.

The Fun Memories – A book you can’t wait to return to


A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood – I’ve been wanting to reread this book recently so I think I’ll be rereading this soon, it’s a great summer book so I hope to reread it before summer ends.

Have you read any of these books? What would be some of your answers to these questions?