Book Review: Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse

Book Review: Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse


Series:
Between Earth and Sky #1
Release Date: January 21st 2021
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing
Pages: 454
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent a copy of this book to review
Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.

Review

Black Sun is the first book in a new series from Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning. The story is a multi-perspective tale following different characters on the lead up to a rare solar eclipse in the holy city of Tova. We follow Xiala, captain of a ship that is carrying a strange man to the city. The passenger – Serapio – is a blind and scarred young man with much more to him than meets the eye. Then there is the Sun Priest, preparing for this celestial event and attempting to navigate the politics of the order. As the solar eclipse begins, the three characters must battle for survival.

This is my first time reading a book by Rebecca Roanhorse but I absolutely loved it. This well executed fantasy tale gripped me from the very beginning and I found myself picking this book up at every opportunity, even getting up early in the morning just to squeeze in a few extra chapters. I loved the complex and diverse characters that Roanhorse created in this world. Xiala was my favourite, she’s much more than a down on her luck sea captain and I loved seeing the relationship grow between her and Serapio. I similarly found Serapio fascinating, he’s an ambiguous character and you’re never quite sure if he’s a villain or not. Roanhorse created incredible characters in this wold and I’m so excited to see where they end up in the next instalment.

The world building is well plotted and we are treated to lots of information and history without feeling info-dumpy. I really loved the world and the magic in this one and I can’t wait to learn more as the story progresses. The story was quick paced with plenty of action to keep the reader hooked in. If you’re a fan of dark and fast paced fantasy this is definitely one to pick up. Black Sun will absolutely be in my favourite books of 2021 and I’m already dying to get my hands on book two.

Blog Tour: The Island – C. L. Taylor

Blog Tour: The Island – C. L. Taylor


Release Date: January 21st 2021
Publisher: HQ Stories
Pages: 384
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher sent me an E-ARC to review
Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Synopsis

Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author.

Welcome to The Island.
Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re coming true.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret.

Who will make it off the island alive?

Review

The all new addictive YA thriller from C. L. Taylor, the story follows six families who holiday together every year. This time they’re in Thailand and the six teenagers are taking part in a week long survival trip on a remote island. When their guide dies suddenly the teenagers are stranded and the trip quickly takes a dark turn. As the group attempt to survive they quickly learn someone on the island knows their worst fears – but who is making them come true?

This was such a fast paced read and I raced through it in just over a day. I always love C. L. Taylor’s books and this one is no exception. Full of twists and turns, I didn’t guess the ending until it was revealed. Taylor has such a great writing style that it’s really easy to get absorbed in the story. I really adored the premise of this one – the idea of a once in a life time trip gone horribly wrong and the sinister notion of whether they are in fact the only people on the island.

The characters were well developed and I liked some of them and hated others. They made for a fascinating group and it was really interesting seeing the dynamics change as they fought to survive and grew suspicious of each other. Like the other C. L. Taylor books I’ve read there’s a tense, unsettling atmosphere that continues to climb right to the very last page.

If you’re a fan of C. L. Taylor or you love compelling YA thrillers, this is absolutely a must read. This is my fifth read by this author and I cannot wait to see what she does next.

Book Review: Secrets of the Starcrossed – Clara O’Connor

Book Review: Secrets of the Starcrossed – Clara O’Connor


Series:
The Once and Future Queen #1
Release Date: January 21st 2021
Publisher: One More Chapter
Pages: 448
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
Rating: 2.25/5 stars

Synopsis

In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, two starcrossed lovers fight to ignite the spark of rebellion…

Londinium, the last stronghold of the Romans left in Britannia, remains in a delicate state of peace with the ancient kingdoms that surround it. As the only daughter of a powerful merchant, Cassandra is betrothed to Marcus, the most eligible bachelor in the city.

But then she meets Devyn, the boy with the strange midnight eyes searching for a girl with magic in her blood.

A boy who will make her believe in soulmates…

When a mysterious sickness starts to leech the life from citizens with Celtic power lying dormant in their veins, the imperial council sets their schemes in motion. And so Cassandra must make a choice: the Code or Chaos, science or sorcery, Marcus or Devyn?

Review

An all new fantasy YA trilogy, Secrets of the Starcrossed is a story set in a world in which the Roman Empire has managed to retain a stronghold in Britain, creating the walled city of Londinium and an uneasy peace with the British kingdoms around it. The city has made great advances in technology and science and citizens live strongly by the code and rules in place. Cassandra is the daughter of a wealthy merchant and she is due to marry Marcus Courtenay, but when she helps her classmate avoid trouble for carrying a piece of illegal tech, she discovers there might be more to her past than she originally knew and she might be the lost girl he is searching for.

I really wanted to love this book, I thought the premise was a really intriguing one – what if the Romans had stayed in Britain? I loved the idea of a girl with magic in her blood that had to fight to survive in a city where magic is forbidden but unfortunately this book just didn’t click with me. I wanted to know more about the magic in the world and how it worked and less about the history of the Roman Empire. The story was quite quick paced but I felt at times things were glossed over when they shouldn’t have been and then too much focus was placed on things I was less interested in.

Our main character Cassandra is the spoiled daughter of a wealthy merchant and I found her really difficult to like. She spends most her time shopping and complaining about the love interest in the story. For this reason I really struggled to root for her as a character. The story is also much more romance focused than I would have like and I found the on again off again relationship a bit grating.

I think the premise of this one is a really clever idea and I would be interested to see where O’Connor takes the story but ultimately this book just wasn’t for me. If you love YA fantasy romance stories this could be just the book for you and I’m sure fans of fast paced romance will absolutely devour this one.

Book Review: The Burning Girls – C. J. Tudor

Book Review: The Burning Girls – C. J. Tudor



Release Date:
January 21st 2021
Publisher: Michael Joseph Books
Pages: 400
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis

500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death
30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace
Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide

Welcome to Chapel Croft.

For Rev Jack Brooks and teenage daughter Flo it’s supposed to be a fresh start. New job, new home. But, as Jack knows, the past isn’t easily forgotten.

And in a close-knit community where the residents seem as proud as they are haunted by Chapel Croft’s history, Jack must tread carefully. Ancient superstitions as well as a mistrust of outsiders will be hard to overcome.

Yet right away Jack has more frightening concerns.

Why is Flo plagued by visions of burning girls?
Who’s sending them sinister, threatening messages?
And why did no one mention that the last vicar killed himself?

Chapel Croft’s secrets lie deep and dark as the tomb. Jack wouldn’t touch them if not for Flo – anything to protect Flo.

But the past is catching up with Chapel Croft – and with Jack. For old ghosts with scores to settle will never rest . . .

Review

The Burning Girls is the newest dark and twisty thriller from The Chalk Man author C. J. Tudor. As soon as I read the synopsis for this one I was dying to read it. The story follows Jack and her daughter follow as they move to Chapel Croft, a small village incredibly different from the busy city life they’ve left behind. Chapel Croft is the fresh start they need and Jack is taking the spot of the new Vicar in the close knit community. As Jack and Flo begin to settle in they learn that there’s much more going on in Chapel Croft than meets the eye – will Jack be able to uncover the truth and protect her daughter from the sinister goings-on in Chapel Croft?

The Burning Girls is the type of book you pick up at the weekend to occupy you for a few hours and before you know it, it’s the middle of the night and you’ve read to the very last page. This is such an addictive read, full of surprise moments and I read it pretty much in one sitting. It was absolutely worth being exhausted from staying up so late, the story had twists I absolutely didn’t see coming and the whole story was incredibly well executed. This is a fast paced tale and one that will hook you in right from the very first page.

C. J. Tudor has crafted a really clever tale, mixing in ancient superstition, a decades old disappearance and some sinister goings on. I loved the way Tudor weaved the different strands together created a complex multi-layered story. The characters in the book were also well created, I really liked Jack and Flo as main characters and it was so fascinating to learn about the history of Chapel Croft and their burning girls. The story has quite a sinister, unsettling atmosphere and I loved the slight supernatural element Tudor brought into the story. It’s a brilliantly addictive read and one I think thriller fans will completely adore.

21 Books to Read in 2021!

21 Books to Read in 2021!

I thought it would be fun to pick some of the books on my current TBR that I’m hoping to get to in 2021!

1. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
2. The Stone Knife – Anna Stephens
3. The Obsidian Tower – Melissa Caruso
4. We Ride the Storm – Devin Madson
5. Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant
6. Finale – Stephanie Garber
7. A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martine
8. The Court of Miracles – Kester Grant
9. Crown of Smoke – P M Freestone
10. Queen of Ruin – Tracy Banghart
11. Seven Devils – Elizabeth May & Laura Lam
12. Northern Wrath – Thilde Holdt
13. To Sleep in A Sea of Stars – Christopher Paolini
14. Do You Dream of Terra Two? – Temi Oh
15. The Night Country – Melissa Albert
16. The Vanishing Throne – Elizabeth May
17. Sorcery of A Queen – Brian Naslund
18. Vengeful – V. E. Schwab
19. Bone China – Laura Purcell
20. The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker – Laura Purcell
21. Descendant of the Crane – Joan He

So those are 21 backlist books I’m hoping to read in 2021! If you’ve read any of these I’d love to hear what you thought!

Book Review: The Heiress – Molly Greeley

Book Review: The Heiress – Molly Greeley


Release Date:
January 5th 2021
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 368
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis

In this gorgeously written and spellbinding historical novel based on Pride and Prejudice, the author of The Clergyman’s Wife combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with the eroticism and Gothic intrigue of Sarah Waters to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh.

As a fussy baby, Anne de Bourgh’s doctor prescribed laudanum to quiet her, and now the young woman must take the opium-heavy tincture every day. Growing up sheltered and confined, removed from sunshine and fresh air, the pale and overly slender Anne grew up with few companions except her cousins, including Fitzwilliam Darcy. Throughout their childhoods, it was understood that Darcy and Anne would marry and combine their vast estates of Pemberley and Rosings. But Darcy does not love Anne or want her.

After her father dies unexpectedly, leaving her his vast fortune, Anne has a moment of clarity: what if her life of fragility and illness isn’t truly real? What if she could free herself from the medicine that clouds her sharp mind and leaves her body weak and lethargic? Might there be a better life without the medicine she has been told she cannot live without?

In a frenzy of desperation, Anne discards her laudanum and flees to the London home of her cousin, Colonel John Fitzwilliam, who helps her through her painful recovery. Yet once she returns to health, new challenges await. Shy and utterly inexperienced, the wealthy heiress must forge a new identity for herself, learning to navigate a “season” in society and the complexities of love and passion. The once wan, passive Anne gives way to a braver woman with a keen edge—leading to a powerful reckoning with the domineering mother determined to control Anne’s fortune . . . and her life.

An extraordinary tale of one woman’s liberation, The Heiress reveals both the darkness and light in Austen’s world, with wit, sensuality, and a deeply compassionate understanding of the human heart.

Review

The Heiress is a beautiful historical fiction tale that follows Anne de Bourgh, a side character from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Anne is the heir to her father’s estate and has spent much of her child under the influence of laudanum. From a young age she has been promised to her cousin Fitzwilliam Darcy. When Darcy’s engagement to Ms Elizabeth Bennett is announced Anne is cast aside and wonders what will become of her future. In order to escape the control of her mother Anne flees to London and takes up residence with her cousin John. Whilst there she shakes off the influence of her ‘medicine’ and takes her first steps into London society but will that be enough to allow her to take up the mantle of mistress of Rosings Park?

The Heiress is a really gorgeously written story, and one I was really intrigued by. I love the idea of following a side character from a well known story and I was eager to see where Greeley would take the story. The Heiress very much focuses on addiction and how Anne spends much of her life under the influence of laudanum. It was a really interesting subject but I felt the pacing was a little off in this story. We spend a large portion of the story following Anne in childhood where she lives in a cloudy haze. Her decision to stop taking the laudanum and subsequent withdrawal symptoms appeared to be over relatively quickly in comparison.

The story took me a little while to get into but I found myself particularly intrigued as Anne steps into society and begins to learn more about the world around her. I liked the relationship between Anne and Eliza, though the story did become a bit more romance focused that I was expecting. The ending of the story was really satisfying and I really liked the way that Molly Greeley wrapped everything up.

This well written tale is my first by Molly Greeley and while it wasn’t an absolute favourite I would be eager to try more from this author.

Book Review: Good Morning, Midnight – Lily Brooks-Dalton

Book Review: Good Morning, Midnight – Lily Brooks-Dalton


Release Date:
10th December 2020
Publisher: Orion Books
Pages: 284
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success, but when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crew mates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives?

Review

Good Morning, Midnight is an end of the world story following two different characters as they attempt to survive. Augustine is an astronomer living in a remote research facility who refused to evacuate with the rest of the scientists. Left alone he soon discovers a child named Iris who has been left behind. All alone Augustine must learn to care for the child and ensure their survival. Sully is a Mission Specialist onboard the ship Aether as it returns from a research mission on Jupiter. With no contact with Earth below them, they question what has happen on Earth and if the team will ever get home.

This book is a difficult one to review because in all honesty I wanted to love it. The prose is absolutely beautiful and I really liked the messages and themes of the story but overall it just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. Good Morning, Midnight is a very quiet novel, there isn’t a whole lot of plot as the story is very much focused on Augustine and Sully as they attempt to understand what has happened to Earth and reflect on the mistakes they have made in life.

The ending of the book is very vague and I think that’s part of the reason I didn’t give this one a higher rating. It is a very unique take on the post-apocalyptic story but I was waiting for something more to happen. I really liked the two drastically different situations and reading about the harsh realities of life in the Arctic versus life in space. The stand out for me would be the complex characters Brooks-Dalton has created. It was fascinating seeing them reflect on the lives they have led and understand what will become of them.

If you’re looking for a beautifully written, character driven story this could be just the thing you’re looking for. There’s also a recent Netflix adaption that I can’t wait to watch!

Book Review: Last One to Die – Cynthia Murphy

Book Review: Last One to Die – Cynthia Murphy


Release Date:
January 7th 2021
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 294
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
Rating: 4.25/5 stars

Synopsis

One of Us is Lying meets This Lie Will Kill You but with a chilling supernatural twist that will keep you guessing until the very end . . .

Young, brunette women are being attacked in the city of London.

16-year-old, Irish-born Niamh has just arrived for the summer, and quickly discovers that the girls being attacked look frighteningly similar to her.

Determined to make it through her Drama Course, Niamh is placed at the Victorian Museum to put her drama skills to the test, and there she meets Tommy: he’s kind, fun, attentive, and really hot! . . . Nonetheless, there’s something eerie about the museum.

As the two strands of present-day serial attacker and sinister Victorian history start to collide, Niamh realises that things are not as they seem. Will she be next?

Review

Last One to Die is a fast paced and addictive tale that follows Niamh, a young Irish girl who can come to London for the Summer to study. She soon discovers that women are being attacked all around the city, women who look alarmingly like herself. As Niamh attempts to focus on her studies and her work placement at the sinister Victorian Museum, she soon discovers there might be even more to this serial attacker than she first thought.

Last One to Die is one of those books that sends a shiver up your spine. It’s creepy and unsettling, but you absolutely cannot look away. I raced through this book in one heart pounding sitting and it had an ending I definitely did not see coming. I loved the way Murphy mixed Victorian history and modern day thriller, it was such a brilliant premise and the plot was incredibly well executed. I kept coming up with theories about who was behind it all and ended up being wrong every single time. The final few chapters had be on the edge of my seat and I cannot wait to read more from Cynthia Murphy.

Murphy has a great writing style, one that hooks you in right from the very first chapter. I loved our main character Niamh, and the friends she finds along the way as she attempts to uncover the mysteries that surround her. This is the perfect YA thriller and if you’re a fan of books like One of Us is Lying or Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, you absolutely need to pick this one up.

2021 Reading Resolutions!

2021 Reading Resolutions!


2020 was a really great month and I read some really fabulous books! I really enjoyed setting myself some goals at the start of 2020 (although I didn’t hit all those goals, you can see how I got on here!) I thought it would be fun to make new goals for 2021!


1. Read 120 books
I managed to read 152 books last year and that was the most I’ve ever read in a year. I think this was pretty much due to the pandemic so I’m sticking with 120 books and if I manage to hit around 150 books again that’s great, but I’m not pressuring myself to get there.


2. Read more of my owned TBR
I own a lot of books I haven’t read yet. I’m not sure of the exact number but if it hasn’t hit 1000 books it’s nearing it. I have had a bit of an unhaul and I will continue to do that in 2021 but I’m going to try and buy less books and read the ones that have been sitting on my shelf for the longest time.


3. Improve my Netgalley Ratio
This is back from last year because sadly I only managed to improve my ratio by 8% in 2020. I’m going to work hard on getting this near to that magical 80% and fingers crossed there will be a bigger improve by the time I get round to doing the results.


4. Read more big fantasy books
There are so many of this big fantasy series on my TBR, books like The Stormlight Archives, The Farseer Trilogy and The Kingkiller Chronicles that have been on my shelves for a long time and I’m always really excited about reading them. I’d love to make these more of a priority in 2021.


5. Read more books by favourite authors
Like I’ve said previously I buy a lot of books so I often find books by my favourite authors end up further down the pile and I don’t get to them – I still haven’t read Vengeful by V. E. Schwab or King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I’d love to make it a goal to read more of those unread titles from my favourite authors.

6. Make monthly TBRs and prioritise ARCS first
I am pretty bad for drifting away from TBRs to read whatever I fancy so I’m making it a goal this year to make monthly TBRs and read the review copies first before I dive into anything else. Hopefully this will make sure they’re reviewed on time!

7. Read 50 pages a day
I’ve started using a reading tracker on Instagram and I find generally I read lots at the weekend and very little or somethings nothing during the week. I’m hoping by tracking my page count I can push myself to read 50 pages per day. I’ve been loving this so far and have been exceeding that every day which is great!

So those are my bookish resolutions for 2021! If you’re planning to set any goals I’d love to know what they are! 

2020 Reading Survey!

2020 Reading Survey!



This was such a fun tag that I did in 2019 so I thought I would do it again for 2020!

Number of books read: 152
Number of rereads: 7
Pages Read: 51,202
Genre you read most: Fantasy

 

1. Best book you read in 2020?
I read so many incredible books in 2020 but the stand out book for me has to be The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab. It was such a beautifully written book with such incredible characters. I couldn’t put it down and I cried at the end. I’m already hoping to reread it in 2021.


2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
I was really excited to read the second book in the Mirage duology and although I did really enjoy it it just didn’t live up to my expectations. It was a lot more focused on political alliances that I was expecting and ended up being a 3.5 star read.


3. Most surprising book you read (in a good or bad way)?
I picked up the first book in the Wayward Children series on a whim, expecting to be a quick and fun read but I absolutely fell in love with this series and ended up binging all five books in the series. I’m completely obsessed with this series and I cannot wait for Across the Green Grass Fields.


4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
I pushed the Washington Poe series on pretty much everyone I know who likes crime thrillers. My whole family are now eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.


5. Best series you started in 2020?
One of the best debuts and absolutely the best series I started in 2020 is The Bone Shard Daughter. I loved every second of this book and I am absolutely desperate for more in this world.


6. Best Sequel?
This is a really hard one because I read quite a few sequels I really loved in 2020 including Aurora Burning and King of Fools but my favourite has got to be the second instalment in Joe Abercrombie’s The Age of Madness trilogy.


7. Best Series Ender?
I finished the Godblind trilogy by Anna Stephens and the final book was incredible. I loved every second and can’t wait to read more books from her in the future.


8. Favourite new author you discovered in 2020?
I’m a little bit late to the party but I started reading books by Kerri Maniscalco in 2020 and I loved them. I read Kingdom of the Wicked first and it was brilliant so I picked up her Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I’m about to pick up book two and I can’t wait!


9. Favourite cover of 2020?
The cover for Orfeia by Joanne Harris is just stunning. All the books in this series are absolutely beautiful!


10. A book you can’t believe it took you so long to pick up?
I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this one up. I loved it so much and this series has cemented Amanda Foody as one of my auto-buy authors.

11. Which book made you cry in 2020?
I absolutely sobbed at Five Feet Apart. I’ve been putting off watching the movie because I’m not sure I’ll make it through without weeping.


12. Most action packed/unputdownable book you read in 2020?
My pick for 2019 was Aurora Rising so I think I will continue the tradition and say Aurora Burning. I absolutely devoured this one and I am obsessed with this series.


13. Book you read in 2020 you’re likely to re-read in 2021?
I loved this book so much and it was one of my favourites of 2020. It’s definitely one I hope to reread in 2021.


14. Best book from outside your comfort zone?
This is Going to Hurt is not really the kind of book I would normally read – I very rarely read non-fiction but this book was so hilarious and so heartbreaking at the same time that I couldn’t put it down.


15. Shortest and longest book you read in 2020?
Shortest was Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin at 33 pages and longest was King of Fools at 656 pages!


16. Book that shocked you most?
The Game was my last read of 2020 and it was such a twisty turny read, definitely plenty of shock twists.


17. Best debut you read?
I read quite a few debuts that were absolutely incredible but I really loved The Year of the Witching. It was such a dark and gripping read and I am so excited to read more from the author.


18. Most vivid world building/setting?
I loved the world that Bex Hogan has created in this series. I’m so annoyed I didn’t get to Venom in 2020 and it’s one of my top priority reads for 2021.


19. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
Continuing tradition again, my 2019 pick was The Princess and the Fangirl and my 2020 pick has got to be The Bookish and the Beast. These books are just so cute you can’t help but smile.


20. One book you didn’t get to in 2020 that is first priority in 2021?
This was one of my most anticipated releases for 2020 and I cannot believe I haven’t read it yet. It’s top priority for 2021.

21. One thing you hope to accomplish in 2021?
Read more of the books I already own instead of always buying new ones.


22. A 2021 release you’ve read already and recommend?
I absolutely devoured The Burning Girls by C J Tudor. It was so so compelling. Full of brilliant characters and twists you won’t see coming.