Thursday, 23 September 2021

Book Review + Playlist (Blog Tour) | To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames

Publication Date: 21st September 2021 by Page Street Kids
Format: Netgalley ARC
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery, Horror   

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Content warnings: Gore! lots of gore/blood (human and animal), body horror (human and animal),claustrophobia, hallucinations/nightmares, death, animal death, parent death (mentioned), parental conflict (being afraid of a parent), mention of alcohol/drinking, mention of self-harm, mention of divorce, mental illness (perceived/actual), mention of child death/killing, mention of suicide, drowning, paranormal activity. 


Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It started when an explosion in the mine killed sixteen people. The disaster made it impossible to live in town, with underground fires spewing ash into the sky. But life in New Basin is just as fraught. The ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumours than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there. Clem and Nina form a perfect loopbest friends forever, and perhaps something more. Their circle opens up for a strange girl named Lisey with a knack for training crows, and Piper, whose father is fascinated with the mine in a way that’s anything but ordinary. The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomenasleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why the girls decide to enter the mine themselves.


My Thoughts


Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Book Review + Favourite Quotes (Blog Tour) | The Wolf's Curse by Jessica Vitalis

Publication Date: 21st September 2021 by Greenwillow Books
Format: Netgalley ARC
Target Audience: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy   

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Content warnings: Grief, death 


Twelve-year-old Gauge’s life has been cursed since the day he witnessed a Great White Wolf steal his grandpap├í's soul, preventing it from reaching the Sea-in-the-Sky and sailing into eternity. When the superstitious residents of Bouge-by-the-Sea accuse the boy of crying wolf, he joins forces with another orphan to prove his innocence. They navigate their shared grief in a journey that ultimately reveals life-changing truths about the wolf––and death. Narrated in a voice reminiscent of The Book Thief and Lemony Snicket, this fast-paced adventure is perfect for fans of literary fiction fantasy such as A Wish in the Dark and The Girl Who Drank the Moon.


My Thoughts


Monday, 20 September 2021

#5OnMyTBR | Magic Schools

This meme was created by E. @ Local Bee Hunter's Nook and you can find the announcement post here. Also, side note, these aren't necessarily books that I own physically but they're all on my Goodreads TBR and they'll mostly be the five most recently added.  

This Week's Prompt is...

Magic Schools! We won't talk about that series that kicked off this trend but if you're missing that setting in books, here's some recommendations from my TBR. 

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Down The TBR Hole #53

Current TBR shelf: 3679

Last week's TBR shelf: 3686

The rules   

  1. Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  4. Read the synopses of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?


Thursday, 16 September 2021

Bookish Buzzwords Tag

I feel like I haven't done a tag in forever so I thought it was about time I did one. This one is all about buzzwords and books that tick different boxes and was originally created by LizziefayeLovesBooks. As usual I found this tag on The Book Dutchesses aka the best place to find all sorts of tags!  


I've found myself really enjoying mysteries and thrillers over the last few months. It's all I'm kind of wanting to pick up, I just find them so exciting and twisty. My favourite type of books are always the ones that happily surprise you. I was always a contemporary girl throughout my teenage years but as I'm getting older I'm finding myself reading that genre less and less. 


I love any kind of fairy tale retelling, the darker the better. When an author can take such a beloved and well known story and then create something magical and original with it then I know they're one to watch. I am so excited to read my ARC of Midnight in Everwood next month as it's a retelling of The Nutcracker and it looks gorgeously atmospheric and enchanting.   


I don't think I really have a preference for this one. I do enjoy it when a books main character has a slightly quirky or unusual job that you don't see very often as that can add heaps of fun to the plot. Off the top of my head I always like reading about amateur detectives like Miss Marple so maybe I'd go with that. 


If a book is set in a boarding school, a haunted house, a circus or fairground or in a small town community then I'm all over it. Something about these settings always draws me in and can get me reading a book even if I don't know anything else about it. Probably a major reason why I can't wait to pick up A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee cause I love me some dark academia vibes.  


Not sure I have a preference for this one either. I am quite drawn to sisterly relationships though especially when they're fairly complicated and don't always see eye to eye. I recently read My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite and I really enjoyed the examination of these two different sisters and how they contrasted each other. 


I seem to really like books that have numbers or times of the day/seasons like midnight or winter for some reason. I also seem to gravitate to anything that has a magical sounding title (Cinders & Sparrows, The Forest of Stars)  or something that gives off creepy/haunting vibes (Wild & Wicked Things, All the Murmuring Bones) from the title alone.    



For me it doesn't get better then a stunning illustrated book cover. I've never liked covers that feature actual people or scenery, they've just never been my thing. I love it when you can look at a book and see all the different elements that make up the story drawn on the front. I mean how gorgeous is the cover for The Poppy and the Rose by Ashlee Cowles?   


I don't read a ton of non-fiction, although I'm trying to read more, so there isn't any particular words I'm drawn to but I'd say that the majority of what I do read tends to be true crime and mystery focused as I always find it fascinating to read about these cases and how well researched and presented they are. I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara about the hunt for The Golden State Killer is at the top of my list currently.  


I'm really not fussy to be honest, mental health and disabilities has always been something I enjoy reading about in books particularly if it's a condition I'm not overly familiar with. More recently though I've been drawn to books that handle grief and depression as that's something that I've grappled with for a few years. For that reason We Are Okay by Nina LaCour is a book I desperately want to pick up.  


Books set during the 60s/70s/80s is a favourite time period for me. Something about those decades will get me adding that book to my TBR cause I think those are the most fun you can have when it comes pop culture and references. 80's horror books are a specific niche for me, None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney sounds like my perfect book.  


Nope, I think we're good!


I'm not big into religious fiction, self-help books, regency romances, anything with a writhing couple of half naked bodies on the covers (­čśé) cause you can always tell what kind of books those are going to be! 

A super fun tag, if you do this one make sure you link me to your post in the comments so I can have a read! Happy Reading everyone! 

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Top Ten Tuesday | Books with Numbers in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that highlights ten books that all relate to a certain topic and is  hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. 

This Weeks Topic Is...

Books with Numbers in the Title! A fun little topic this week, I managed to get ten different numbers in there but man, there are a lot of books with the numbers 1, 10 and a thousand out there!



Monday, 13 September 2021

#5OnMyTBR | Orange Cover


This meme was created by E. @ Local Bee Hunter's Nook and you can find the announcement post here. Also, side note, these aren't necessarily books that I own physically but they're all on my Goodreads TBR and they'll mostly be the five most recently added.  

This Week's Prompt is...

Orange Cover! Another cover prompt and just look at how pretty all of these books look together!

1. Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer

Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy. Her mother sacrificed everything to bring peace to the quadrant, and her uncle has successfully ruled as emperor for decades. But the last thing Alyssa wants is to follow in their footsteps as the next in line for the throne. Why would she choose to be trapped in a palace when she could be having wild adventures exploring a thousand-and-one planets in her own ship?

But when Alyssa’s uncle becomes gravely ill, his dying wish surprises the entire galaxy. Instead of naming her as his successor, he calls for a crownchase, the first in seven centuries. Representatives from each of the empire’s prime families—including Alyssa—are thrown into a race to find the royal seal, which has been hidden somewhere in the empire. The first to find the seal wins the throne.

Alyssa’s experience as an explorer makes her the favorite to win the crown she never wanted. And though she doesn’t want to be empress, her duty to her uncle compels her to participate in this one last epic adventure. But when the chase turns deadly, it’s clear that more than just the fate of the empire is at stake. Alyssa is on her most important quest yet—and only time will tell if she’ll survive it.


Why I want to read it ✨

Deadly competition

2. How to Pack For the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff 

If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do?

This is the question that haunts Amina as she watches new and horrible stories of discord and crisis flash across the news every day.

But when she starts at prestigious Gardner Academy, Amina finds a group of like-minded peers to join forces with—fast friends who dedicate their year to learning survival skills from each other, before it’s too late.

Still, as their prepper knowledge multiplies, so do their regular high school problems, from relationship drama to family issues to friend blow-ups. Juggling the two parts of their lives forces Amina to ask another vital question: Is it worth living in the hypothetical future if it’s at the expense of your actual present?

Why I want to read it ✨

Misfits banding together
Armageddon type plot
Balancing teen life with the end of the world

3. Mayhem by Estelle Laure

It's 1987 and unfortunately it's not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy's constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem's own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren't like everyone else. But when May's stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem's questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

Why I want to read it ✨

Set in the 80s
Inspired by The Lost Boys & The Craft 
Magic elements 

4. Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis 

Truth is a human right.

It’s fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact. Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess, since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father. Even though Cora hasn’t spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the Internet, the paparazzi, and the government—and with him in hiding, that attention is on her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father’s leaks are a hoax, and wants nothing to do with him—until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up, and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades.

Realizing the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can, and finds that the best way for her to uncover the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being human—and could unleash a force more sinister than she ever imagined.

Why I want to read it ✨

Government cover ups
Adult sci-fi 

5. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

Why I want to read it ✨

Hometown secrets

Which books with orange covers are on your TBR? If you've already read some of these, let me know what you thought! Leave a comment with your own #5OnMyTBR posts for me to check out! Happy Reading!


Sunday, 12 September 2021

Down The TBR Hole #52

Current TBR shelf: 3686

Last week's TBR shelf: 3695

The rules   

  1. Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  4. Read the synopses of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
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