The Brightest Star | Book Review

【 THE BRIGHTEST STAR 】 ★★★ Slow and gentle, if a little unexciting. Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Emma HarcourtPublished: July 2022Publisher: Harlequin FictionPages: 386 (paperback) Thank you to Harlequin for a review copy. I am absolutely in love with the cover for this book – isn't it just the prettiest thing you've ever seen? I'm also … Continue reading The Brightest Star | Book Review

Serious Poetry in Clap When You Land | Book Review

【 CLAP WHEN YOU LAND 】 ★★★ A very powerful story, but haltingly written as poetry. Genre: Contemporary, PoetryAuthor: Elizabeth AcevdeoPublished: May 2020Publisher: HarperTeenPages: 417 (paperback) In sum, what didn't work for me was solely the form of writing. I thought the story itself was actually very compelling and beautiful – and touching on really … Continue reading Serious Poetry in Clap When You Land | Book Review

Seasonal Chaos in Snow Like Ashes | Book Reviews

【 SNOW LIKE ASHES 】 ★★★ Adventurous and unexpectedly twisty. Genre: Fantasy, Young AdultAuthor: Sara RaaschPublished: October 2014Publisher: Balzer + BrayPages: 422 (hardback) I'll start by saying I really didn't love the audiobook performance of this book, but that I loved the world and the magic system – so I will definitely be continuing the … Continue reading Seasonal Chaos in Snow Like Ashes | Book Reviews

Fighting Spirits in White Trash Warlock | Book Review

【 WHITE TRASH WARLOCK 】 ★★★ This was much sadder than I expected. Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, QueerAuthor: David R. SlaytonPublished: October 2020Publisher: Blackstone PublishingPages: 320 (paperback) Content warning (click to see) posession – death – guns – abandonment I think that honestly sums up my main thoughts about this book: it was much … Continue reading Fighting Spirits in White Trash Warlock | Book Review

Keeping the Crown in The Queen of the Tearling | Book Review

【 THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING 】 ★★★ This book was somewhat baffling and strugglesome to get through. Genre: Fantasy, Young AdultAuthor: Erika JohansenPublished: July 2015Publisher: BantamPages: 512 (paperback) Content warning (click to see) rape – pregnancy – death – gore – brutality – murder – suicide – slavery – sexism Quick thoughtsThis wasn't quite … Continue reading Keeping the Crown in The Queen of the Tearling | Book Review

Excavating the Past in The Fossil Hunter | Book Review

【 THE FOSSIL HUNTER 】 ★★★ A fun combination of the allure of dinosaurs and an uncertain murder mystery Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Tea CooperPublished: October 2021Publisher: HarlequinPages: 384 (paperback) Huge thanks to Harlequin for a copy of this for review Content warning (click to see) death º skeletons º bullying Quick thoughtsThis book was quite … Continue reading Excavating the Past in The Fossil Hunter | Book Review

Dark Plot Twists in The Maidens | Book Review

【 THE MAIDENS 】 Bloody hell ★★★ Genre: ThrillerAuthor: Alex Michaelides Published: June 2021Publisher: Celadon BooksPages: 352 (paperback) Quick thoughtsCompelling. Thrilling. Shocking. Addictive. But also many questions and many things that didn't quite sit right with me. The MaidensThis book is a piece of work, sheesh. I loved it and flew through it, but I was … Continue reading Dark Plot Twists in The Maidens | Book Review

WWII Secrets in The Codebreakers | Book Review

【 THE CODEBREAKERS 】 ★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Alli SinclairPublished: March 2021Publisher: HarlequinPages: 496 (paperback) Big thanks to HarperCollins for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review First thoughts This was a sweet tale of Codebreakers during WWII in Australia with just the right amount of romance! I found the pacing a … Continue reading WWII Secrets in The Codebreakers | Book Review

R-rated Memoirs in Leave Me Alone | Book Review

【LEAVE ME ALONE】 ★★★ Genre: Non-Fiction, MemoirAuthor: Christian HullPublished: March 2021Publisher: Allen & UnwinPages: 256 [paperback] First thoughts This was quite the entertaining read and very easy to get through. A wonderful amount of X-rated content fills more or less the last 50% of the book and was a good little cackle to get through. … Continue reading R-rated Memoirs in Leave Me Alone | Book Review

Disappointment in The Damned | Book Review

The DamnedRenée Ahdieh ★★★ Genre: YA, Fantasy (paranormal)Author: Renée AhdiehPublished: July 2020Publisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsPages: 456 [hardback] Review on Goodreads Initial Thoughts upon Finishing Somewhat conflicted upon finishing this. I really wasn't expecting to rate it 3 stars considering I LOVED book one and rated that 5. But whilst this was an enjoyable and quick … Continue reading Disappointment in The Damned | Book Review