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Top Ten Tuesday – Books With Flowers On the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books With ___ On the Cover. I decided to go with books with flowers on the cover because it’s springtime and flowers match well with this season.

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Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff
Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely #5) by Melissa Marr
New Moon (The Twilight Saga #2) by Stephenie Meyer
King of Battle and Blood (Adrian X Isolde #1) by Scarlett St. Clair
Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

Have you read any of these books?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books With an Adjective In the Title

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books With an Adjective In the Title. This was an interesting topic and I had fun picking out the books for it.

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A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) by Laura Thalassa
Dangerous Remedy (Battalion of the Dead #1) by Kat Dunn
Montrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn
The Cursed Sea (The Glass Spare #2) by Lauren DeStefano
The Cruel Prince (The Cruel Prince #1) by Holly Black

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie

Have you read any of these books?

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Book Review: A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

a shadow in the emberBook: A Shadow in the Ember
Series: Flesh and Fire #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Age & Genre: New adult/adult fantasy romance

Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort.

However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania—she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission—one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him. If she fails, she dooms her kingdom to a slow demise at the hands of the Rot.

Sera has always known what she is. Chosen. Consort. Assassin. Weapon. A specter never fully formed yet drenched in blood. A monster. Until him. Until the Primal of Death’s unexpected words and deeds chase away the darkness gathering inside her. And his seductive touch ignites a passion she’s never allowed herself to feel and cannot feel for him. But Sera has never had a choice. Either way, her life is forfeit—it always has been, as she has been forever touched by Life and Death.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

A Shadow in the Ember is the start of a prequel series to the Blood and Ash series and I loved it. Since I’m already familiar with the world and writing of this series I found I was more quickly drawn into A Shadow in the Ember than I was with From Blood and Ash and loved it from the first few chapters.

A Shadow in the Ember has a lot of similarities to the Blood and Ash series, it feels like this series seems to foreshadow what’s to come in that series and I enjoyed theorising on how the two series connect.

I liked Seraphena from the beginning, I liked her edge and how she wasn’t afraid to say what she’s thinking. Nyktos is also an interesting character and I loved how he and Seraphena engaged with each other. Their meetings with each other were always intriguing and fun to read and I liked how they got to know each other through these small interactions before the story progressed.

The story was captivating and made me not want to put the book down. Like with the books in the Blood and Ash series there are a lot of twists and turns in the story that always keeps you hooked and we also find out more about the world.

Overall I loved A Shadow in the Ember, I was captivated by the world and the characters in this book. I was quickly drawn into this story and I can’t wait for the release of the next book, I’m excited to read about Seraphena and Nyktos again.

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Most Anticipated Book Releases for October 2021

I’ve decided to do monthly most anticipated releases posts instead of every three months like I had done before.  I’ve listed below all the books releasing in October that I’m very excited for.  Sometimes book releases can change but as of writing this post these books are listed as releasing in October.

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A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson


Descendants of the First (The Return of Earth Mother #2) by Reni K. Amayo

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A Single Thread of Moonlight by Laura Wood

Nightwolf by Karina Halle (cover not released as of writing this)

What are some October book releases you’re most excited for?


My Spooky October TBR 2021

Halloween is nearly here so I thought it was time to show you all the books I plan on reading this month. I love picking out spooky books to read every Halloween.  There are always so many books to choose from, I’ll probably not get to all of them.  Some of these books are not very spooky but more autumnal or paranormal but I think that still counts as a ‘spooky book’.

My October TBR:

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Crave (Crave #1) by Tracy Wolff

Mina and the Undead (Mina and the Undead #1) by Amy McCaw

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle

The Whispering Dead (Gravekeeper #1) by Darcy Coates

Love Bites (Love Bites #1) by Ry Herman

Payback’s a Witch (The Witches of Thistle Grove #1) by Lana Harper

Night World series by L.J. Smith (This would be a reread for me)

What books are you planning on reading for October? Do you have a spooky theme?


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?