Books I’d Like to Get to Before 2018 is Over

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Today I thought I share with you some of the books I would love to get to before the end of this month—side note: I cannot believe 2018 is pretty much done and dusted! Where does the time go!

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Outrun the Wind

Author: Elizabeth Tammi 

Publisher: Flux Books

First Published:  27 November 2018

Rating: 4 stars

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“I sigh as we walk into the hall, maybe for the last time with Kahina. I want to twist time around myself make it bend and grow where I need it most”  

I will start by saying that I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Flux Books and NetGalley!

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The Silver Queen

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Author: Josie Jaffrey

First Published: 17 October 2018

Rating: 4.5 stars

 
“It was easy to forget what legends meant when they were enshrined in stories, and that was what the King has always been to most of the guards: a story.”  

 

I will start by saying that I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Josie for sending a copy my way!

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August 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with August Wrap Up. This month I read a total of 4 books and 1,668 pages.

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The Gilded King

Gilded King

 

Author: Josie Jaffrey

First Published: 25 June 2018

Rating: 5 stars

 

 

“Their folktales had memories long enough to tell them what he was. He might be harmless to them, but he was still strigoi mort.”

 

I will start by saying that I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Josie for sending a copy my way!

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April 2018 Wrap Up

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I am here with April 2018 Wrap Up and it’s on time and everything! Who knew? Two months in a row!

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Everless

Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Publisher: Orchard Books

Published: 4 January 2018

Rating: 5 stars

 

“I know better than to be afraid of stories.”

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December 2017 Wrap Up

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I am here with my December 2017 Wrap Up! These are the book I read in December.

I read a total of 6 books—2 YA, 3 Historical Fiction, and 1 Fantasy.

Onto the ratings!


 

★★★★1/2

The Constant Queen (Queens of Conquest #2) by Joanna Courtney
I love Elizaveta has a character. She is strong willed and determined to live beyond the societal restrains placed on women—it’s nice to know that women have been fighting for equality for a few centuries now. I will admit that this book does focus more on the romance side of things, which I think comes down to the fact that Elizaveta and Harald’s married was first and foremost a love match. So I would’ve loved to see more of the culture of Russ and the Norsemen along with this key events in Harald Hardrada life, but again he’s not the focal point of the books so it didn’t bother me too much.

The way Courtney handles Hardrada’s other marriage was something I was interested in. This had to be a tough situation without adding the stubborn and headstrong nature of Elizaveta’s personality. And I think Courtney does a wonderful job. While there is some jealously and power plays between the two women at the start of their marriages, overall they became close friends and learned to live in harmony.

With this series overall, I think Courtney does a fantastic job over portraying and giving life to historical figures who are remember predominantly for a) who their husband was, b) who their father was and c) who their children are.


The Conqueror’s Queen (Queens of Conquest #3) by Joanna Courtney 
I love how this books seems to round out the whole series. Courtney has done an amazing job of showing us just how connected these three kings were are just how dangerous it can be for you when Fortune’s Wheel turns. I would love to see another novel that goes in William and Mathilda’s reign, but hey I greedy like that. Mathilda is an amazing character, she wasn’t the wilting flower that we seem to think of medieval women has. She chose her husband and ruled in her own right beside him. I think she’s amazing and would love to read more about her. Also I enjoyed seeing a slightly softer side to the Bastard Duke.

So many of the characters of the first book, The Chosen Queen, feature in this one that I almost want to start the series again so see what I missed the first time around. Overall I adore these books and they’re definitely ones I will revisit time and time again. The best thing about this series as since it’s so interconnected and runs over the similar span on time it doesn’t matter which you read first.

 

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)  by Kerri Maniscalco
I have a full review for this one so I’ll keep my thoughts short here. This book was a big surprise for me. I’d originally planned on reading it just to get to the squeal. I enjoyed Maniscalco’s twist on Jack the Ripper. For me, since I’m not a mystery reader, I didn’t see who Jack the Ripper was until the big reveal and I was pleasantly surprised. If you love well-written historical fiction with strong female characters and a dash of murder I think this one is for you.

The Christmas Court (Queens of Conquest #3.5)  by Joanna Courtney
This was the perfectly little story to rear on Christmas Day. You get a look into how we celebrated Christmas in the 11th century—a part form the no electricity and the mandatory church not too much has changed. This book focuses on the Christmas in 1051 where William Duke of Normandy is invited to Edward the Confessor’s court. And where it is claimed the English King names his Normand cousin as his heir. What I liked about this novella is that is told from the perspective of a English lady—who does make a brief appearance in The Conqueror’s Queen. I enjoyed seeing these events unfold from an outside and more bias point of view. I love Courtney’s writing and an very sad that I seem to have read everything she’s written. I can’t wait to see which era she tackles next.

 

Hunting Prince Dracula

 Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
Since this is a sequel I will keep this review short, I might do a spoilery review on it so I can talk about all the things I loved.

I adore this just as much as the first book. An Indian Jones styles mystery in Vlad the Impaler’s gothic castle is exactly what this reminded me of. Hells yes for kick ass females, I really hope we see more of Daciana and Ileana. Can’t wait to see what gothic adventure comes next!


 

★★★

Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter #1) by Nalini Singh
Since we all know just how much Singh’s other series I thought I would give this one ago and overall is was a pretty entertaining read. I really enjoyed the world, in particular how the angles created vampires and enslaved them. Overall there was something that didn’t quite gel with me. The romance between hunter, Elena and Archangel, Raphael, moved quickly from no-thank-you-I-am-not-interested-lets-keep-this-professional to I love you and didn’t work for me. I am not sure if I will carry on with this series.


 

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what you’re favourite read in December was.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

5 Star Book Predictions

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How are you? Tell me all the things you’re reading!

Today I thought I do something a little different and share with you 5 books I have yet to read but think will be 5 star reads. I’ve been wanting to do this since I saw Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings video. I think it’s a really interesting exercise in seeing just how well you know your own reading tastes.

So the way this works is that I will share with you 5 books I think will be new favourites and why I think so. Then, once I’ve read them all, I will come back and share my thoughts and rating and see if I was right.

Onto the books!

 

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

The Wild Girl

I recently went to the Historical Novel Society of Australasia’s conference and got to hear Kate Forsyth talk — spoiler she was amazing! This book tells the story of Dortchen Wild the wife of Wilhelm Grimm and how she share fairytales with her husband. This sounds like it is going to be a perfect mix of fairytale and history and I can’t wait.

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I’ve had this book to me recommended so many times by people who I trust so I think I should just get to it. It was everything I love in a book, awesome historical setting, magic, young adult protagonist, with a bit of crime.

 

The Reckoning by Sharon Penman

Reckoning

For me, this might be a safe bet seeing how I have yet to give any Sharon Penman book less than 5 stars. But I thought I’d include it because it is the last in the series and that always worries me a little. This is the third in her Welsh Prince’s trilogy and follows Llewlyn, Prince of Wales who finds himself on a collision course with the feudal realm of Edward I.

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is hands down one of my favourite movies, Westley was my first movie crush. I am hoping the book will also become a favourite. I have high hopes because William Goldman also wrote the screenplay. This story has everything; humour, fencing, fighting, true love, giants, revenge and pirates. What else do you need?

 

The Last Days of Leda Grey by Essie Fox

Leda Grey

This is a book I brought because of the cover and I kept hearing about it. It’s not a period of history that I normally read but was one I saw drawn to after seeing it Historia Magazine. I haven’t hear anything else about this books but I’m excited. It follows silent actress, Leda Grey and her volatile love affair that left her recluse for over half a century.

 

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what books you think will be 5 star reads.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

September 2017 Warp Up

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I am here with my September 2017 Wrap Up! These are the book I read in the second half of September. Since #TheReadingChallenge took place in the first half of the month and I’ve already wrapped up those books.

I read a total of 6 books which I am really happy about. I read 1 Picture Storybook, 1 Anthology, 1 YA, 1 Historical Fiction and 2 Fantasy.

Onto the ratings!

 ★★★★★

Franklin

Franklin’s Flying Bookshop written by Jen Campbell and illustrated by Kate Harnett
This is a wonderfully magical story. Lyrically written and for dragon and book lovers of all ages. I adore both Franklin and Luna. Harnett’s illustrations are vibrate and bring to live of all Franklin’s adventures in a stunning watercolour. Highly, Highly recommend. Can’t wait for the squeal!

 ★★★★1/2

Electra

Electra by Kerry Greenwood
I adore this series, can’t wait to read Medea! Kerry Greenwood is a seriously talented writer. I love how to spins the myths and makes them fit into the history of antiquity. It was fantastic to see more of Kassanrda and see how her relationship with Diomenes and Eumides played out. Electra is a complex character. Her character arc was highly realistic and incredible to see. Behind the curse of The House of Atreus, Electra is a strong women in her own way. I wasn’t sure that Odyssey needed to have a POV section given it is quite a short book and we already have perspectives from Kassandra, Electra and The Gods. In saying that I his sections didn’t take anything away from the story line.

 ★★★★

Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
This is the eight book in the series so not much I can say here. It’s the first in the series not to have changeling in the relationship. This story follows New York police officer, Max Shannon and Justice-Psy, Sophia Russo as they navigate through the bubbling tension between the Psy council and predatory changeling packs, DarkRiver and SnowDancers. I adore this series and this book is no exception.

Play of Passion by Nalini Singh
The second after I finished Bonds of Justice I started the next book in the series. Play of Passion sees us back in the SnowDancer den as tracker, Drew Kincaid as he vows to win the heart of pack Lieutenant and dominate female Indigo Riviere. Both of them are stubborn which makes for a frustrating and exciting read because you just want they be mated already! I think Drew might be my favourite male lead in this series. Playful, protective, stubborn and giving he will definitely make you swoon.

The Last Namara by Kristen Ciccarelli 
This is the second book I’ve received from Net Galley and I adore this world. I won’t say too much hear as I have done a full review already. The world and it’s mythology are original and exciting. I was sucked in! Dragons, storytelling banned, swords welding princesses and a forbidden love all with an Arabian feel to the setting. Asha is a very believable character and, while she isn’t always the most likeable, I enjoyed seeing her adventure. The dragons are amazing and remind me of Toothless or Saphira. I wish the secondary characters were most fleshed out and the plot not as predictable. However, this is a great start to the series and I can’t wait for the next one! I need to know what happens!

 ★★★

xo Orpheus

xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths edited by Kate Bernheimer
Like with most anthologies, there were some stories I loved and others that didn’t gel with me. I still love the concept behind this books and really loved getting to read the writer’s retellings and also their inspiration behind it.

My favourites of the collection are:

  • Sawdust by Edward Carey
  • Modern Coyote by Shane Jones
  • Drona’s Death by Max Gladstone
  • Lost Lake by Emma Straub and Peter Straub
  • What Wants My Son by Kevin Wilson
  • A Horse, a Vine by Johanna Skibsrud
  • The Hungers of an Old Language by Brian Aldiss
  • The White House by Sarah Blackman

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what you’re favourite read in September was.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna