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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.

three parts dead
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

the ninth rain

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

once and future witches

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

the one and only crystal

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: 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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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!

QUESTIONS:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR That Have Pretty Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Titles or Covers That Made Want to Read/Buy the Book. I’ve changed it slightly to Books I’ve Recently Added To My Tbr That Have Pretty Covers. I’ve very excited by the blurbs of these books too but the covers are the things that first stood out to me.

song of the forever rains
Song of the Forever Rains by E.J. Mellow

destination anywhere

Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

viper

Viper by Bex Hogan

all our hidden gifts

All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

cackle

Cackle by Rachel Harrison

 

What book covers do you think are pretty?

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

I say this every year but it’s still true, this is one of my most favourite book tags to do and I look forward to doing it every year. I love how there are so many different prompts that really make you reflect on your reading at the halfway point through the year. A lot of the books I picked could’ve fit multiple answers but I decided to not choose the same book twice.

QUESTIONS:

1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – Raybearer is such a fantastic book, I loved the writing and I think the author is a great storyteller. I loved everything about this book from the characters and the plot to the amazing writing and themes of the story and can’t wait to read the next one.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I loved this book more than the first and think it’s a great sequel. I loved the development of the romance and loved the different character dynamics between some of the characters in this book.

3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn – I loved the first book of this series and can’t wait to dive right into this book and see what these characters get up to next.

4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – I’ve already talked about my love for Raybearer so of course Redemptor is my most anticipated releases of the second half of the year.

5) Biggest disappointment

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I’d heard a lot of amazing things about this book before I read it but I was disappointed by it, I really disliked the main character.

6) Biggest surprise

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Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve – I was really surprised about how much I enjoyed this book and this series. It took me a while to get into the book at the beginning but once it got going I was really into it. I loved when Shadow was introduced and I loved reading the interactions between him and Mera.

7) Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – This is my first Margaret Rogerson book and I loved it. I really liked the writing of it and can’t wait to read other books by this author.

8) Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get many fictional crushes and I can’t remember any from this year.

9) Newest favourite character

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Malik from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. I loved how close of a bond Malik has with his sisters and his struggles with anxiety really make him such a relatable character. I loved how his character developed over the course of the book.

10) Book that made you cry

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – ACOSF is a very emotional book as Nesta goes on a self reflective journey and tries to overcome her past trauma. I loved this book and as always SJMs writing is always heart wrenching.

11) Book that made you happy

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – This is such a uniquely whimsical book that I think is perfect for all ages, it made me so happy to read and I loved the deep themes of it.

12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

13) What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski, Skyhunter by Marie Lu, Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs and Crier’s War by Nina Varela.

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

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown

a song of wraiths and ruinBook: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Series: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1
Author: Roseanne A. Brown
Genre: YA fantasy

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts his younger sister, Nadia, as payment to enter the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

I loved this book, it immediately sucked me in and I read it so quickly. I read this in almost one sitting, the plot was so intriguing and so many things were happening that I just couldn’t stop reading.

It’s told from dual pov and I loved reading about Malik. The story opens up with him and I really liked reading about him and his sisters trying to take care of each other. Malik has panic attacks and is very anxious all the time and I really liked how that was included in this book and how is was described throughout the story, especially in a fantasy setting.

Karina is a hard character to like, from the beginning she dismisses her friends/advisors and lashed out a few times at them but I still thought her storyline was interesting and I was very intrigued by what her choices would be.

The story was really captivating, I loved how the magic was described in both the past and the present. The magical elements were very interesting and I loved how the ending came about.

Overall I loved A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, I was thoroughly captivated by the story and loved reading about the magic and the characters and their choices. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.