Book Review: Children of Fallen Gods

I was wary of Children of Fallen Gods after absolutely loving Daughter of No Worlds – partly because I was hoping the enjoyment would still be there after the master/apprentice story was no longer that dynamic between Tisaanah and Max. But I shouldn’t have been worried because this sequel was every bit as gripping, brought in some new elements and gave characters some more back story. I can’t wait for the final book, which should be out later this year thankfully!

Star rating: 5 stars

This book picks up right where we left off at the end of Daughter of No Worlds. On their way back from Threll, Max and Tisaanah discover that they have been betrayed by the Arch Covenant and find he has taken the role of King of Ara. Now they must fight his war as Tisaanah agreed in her blood pact. Still occupied by the strange magical weapon that is Reshaye, Tisaanah must navigate the balance between using its power and not letting it take over completely, and Max must investigate the new power he has discovered with himself, and manage a new leadership position he unwillingly took on.

So much happens in this book – I mean it is 666 pages long and really fast paced. We are introduced to a new protagonist, Aefe, a disgraced daughter of Fey King with the ability to take magic from others. Humans attack their world and the Fey groups must unite to try and figure out what happens, so the King sends Aefe as his representative where she must manage the conflicting desires of herself and her father. I loved that this point of view gave us insight into the Fey that had only briefly been mentioned before. Aefe is a huge part of the story and I was genuinely surprised where her arc took her.

I enjoyed Tisaanah and Max just as much as in the first book. There journey together happens to be even more emotional than in the first book which is actually incredible. I love that they still have their inside jokes. It was hard to read about them being apart at first but I enjoyed their true to character letters to each other, and that they re-united reasonably quickly. It gave Max a few bonding moments with Moth, the young apprentice who joined the military whilst his master was away.

We also get a lot more of Nura’s background in this book, which didn’t really make me warm to her any more but it did make me appreciate where she was coming from. I honestly think Nura is such a great character because I can’t work out where her story is going to go! I hope she gets a strong arc in the final book.

Overall, this was a great middle book. There is an enormous amount to wrap up in the final book so I’m very excited to get my hands on it. Carissa Broadbent has set up what could be a stunning finale with all of these characters, all I hope for is lots of romance, lots of action and some cool magic!

Book Review: Daughter of No Worlds

Kindle unlimited really brought the goods with this book. I think it might be my new bookish obsession. I adore the master / apprentice trope generally (when done well) and this one played into it so good I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved every moment. With it’s addictive writing, somewhat wholesome romance and most amazing, stubborn protagonists, Daughter of No Worlds exceeded all expectations I had for it and then some. I immediately downloaded the next book.

Star rating: 5 stars

Tisaanah was made a slave when she was a small child, becoming the favourite of a man who abuses her. She dances and creates illusions with her magic for money, and on the day she finally raises enough money to buy her way out, she barely escapes with her life. Her destination is The Orders, a place where she can take on an apprenticeship to join their ranks. One of their members has fed her hope and stories for a number of years and she can’t wait to enact revenge on those who have wronged her and other slaves. When she arrives in Aran, she heads straight to the Order of Midnight in hope that she can join their ranks, but apprenticeships were allocate six months ago and she has nowhere to go. Allocated to Max, a reclusive man who has removed himself from the Orders, Tisaanah must use all her brute force to get him to teach her ready for the evaluation she must pass to progress.

What can I even say about this book? It is ridiculously addictive, I flew through all 500+ pages in no time at all. Tisaanah is captivating – I was enamoured with her desire to brute force her way through everything with sheer determination. It’s a phrase I use to describe my approach to maths problems so it was welcome! This woman has had so many traumatic experiences and she still hopes to do good in the world. Tisaanah is a character you can’t help but root for and be drawn to.

Max, who gets his own point of view in the second half of the book, is also a really fascinating character. He also has a traumatic past that he can see repeating itself when the Orders acknowledge Tisaanah’s strength. Honestly I couldn’t love and want to protect this character more, once he gives Tisaanah the training she deserves the two are an unstoppable combination of characters that honestly gave me so much joy in the mist of all the horrors they experience. The romance is slow burn but it is fantastic, I was hanging on to every slightly romantic moment with everything I had.

I was also really enraptured by the plot, so much happens and the book never falls flat at any moment. From Tisaanah’s training montage to putting her new skills to use, I enjoyed the simplicity of her transformation. There’s also some interesting politics going down in the Orders which I’m looking forward to exploring more in the second book. Honestly, there are a whole cast of side characters that I’m excited to learn where they end up!

Overall, this is an excellent fantasy romance that makes for an enjoyable read even though it touches on some really dark experiences of the characters. I think I’m going to read the second book immediately afterwards because I am that ensnared in this story.

Have you read Daughter of No Worlds? If you like fantasy romance and don’t want something too complicated then I recommend you pick this one up.

ARC Review: The Dating Playbook

I absolutely adored The Boyfriend Project so as soon as I received the ARC for The Dating Playbook I dove right in and fell in love all over again. This time the book focusses on Taylor (remember Samiah’s new friends from The Boyfriend Project? I’m so glad they are getting their own books!). So naturally, this book made me cry a lot for some reason and honestly I was so invested in Taylor’s journey. Farrah Rochon is definitely one of my favourite romance writers. And this one is a sports romance which always seem to capture my attention!!!

Star rating: 5 stars

Taylor thought going viral after her boyfriend Craig cheated on her with at least two other girls would be a huge benefit to her fitness business, but turns out the fame lasted less than the 15 minutes she was expecting and she saw no benefit. But at least she got two new friends out of it in Samiah and London, both successful women. Struggling financially, Taylor is at a loss. She knows so much and nutrition and fitness but no stable job will take her without a college degree. But when Jamal, an ex-NFL player turns up at one of her pop-up fitness classes, her life might change for the better. Jamal got seriously injured in his rookie year in the NFL, and hasn’t returned since. He’s ready to up his game, test out his healing knee and take his training to the next level, but only if he can do it without the public knowing he’s trying to get back on a big team. Seeing Taylor’s training style captures his attention and he fights to hire her as his secret trainer.

So there is no doubt in my mind that I absolutely adored Taylor’s character. She’s amazing at her job but her academic insecurities really hold her back in taking it to the next level. Working with Jamal gives her so much insight into herself and her learning troubles, and I loved how Jamal supported her through the acceptance of a learning disorder that is holding her back from succeeding but can be improved with proper adjustments. I kind of really needed this storyline right now and it still makes me cry thinking about it.

Jamal is also healing from the death of his best friend that he blames himself for. His whole motivations for trying to get back to the NFL is driven by wanting to support his and Silas’ family (and to prove everyone wrong who said he’d never return). Honestly Jamal’s journey was so unexpected to me and it was a really heart-warming read. I just really loved his eventual decisions about the whole thing, they were really mature and made me fall in love with his character that little bit more.

The romance between these two is super electric – they’re made for each other and definitely bring out the best in each other. Also love how both of them come around to admitting their mistakes and that they’re quite big on communication even if it takes a while. Mostly I was just impossibly happy for the both of them by the end of the book.

Overall, The Dating Playbook is an amazing follow up to The Boyfriend Project. I loved that it still had that positive female friendship at the front and centre, and I’m so excited for London’s book that releases next year. Just want to note that there is a lot of talk of food, nutrition and fitness in this book so if you’re not in the headspace for that I’d probably not read this for now.

Have you read any books by Farrah Rochon? I highly recommend this series, it’s really wholesome.

Top Ten Tuesday (Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is: Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love

Hi Guys! It’s been a while since I did a Top Ten Tuesday but I’m on holiday this week so have a bit more time to make some blog posts. This theme is really hard for me! So I might cover characters that aren’t protagonists, not just secondary and minor characters. What does that even mean haha? Here we go.

1) OK so we have Sabran from The Priory of the Orange Tree. She’s actually a pretty big character but doesn’t have her own point of view. I love her so much (and this whole book to be honest).

2) Skadi in The Witch’s Heart is one of my favourites! I loved everything about this book and it’s messy characters where you can’t quite work out their motivations.

3) All of Meddy’s aunts and her mum in Dial A for Aunties. Absolutely loved this book, it left me in stiches the whole way through. Highly recommend it for a good laugh, if you can get past how wild it is.

4) OK, so the ghost of the grandmother in Black Water Sister is also amazing, and definitely provided some great humour intermingled with the more series topics in this book. I love Zen Cho and everything she put into this book.

5) The Boyfriend Project gave us London and Taylor as the protagonist Samiah’s new best friends after they’re all being cheated on by the same guy. Honestly this was such a good book for positive friendships between women and I am here for it, hence London and Taylor making this list.

6) Just about every character in Becky Chambers’ wayfarers series is wonderful and cute. I am obsessed with them all, I can’t even name them. I think Sissix is my fave in The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet.

7) Having just finished Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune, I think I’ll bring up the grandfather character again! Such a caring man, delaying passing to the other side to care for his grandson. We stan Nelson!!!

8) So Second First Impressions gave birth two two ninety something year old retirement home women named the Parlonis and I loved these icons with all my heart. These novels that include character interactions between generations really have my heart.

9) I love an eccentric mentor character and Jiang Ziya from The Poppy War is just that. Can’t believe he made Rin run up a mountain carrying a pig, but there we go.

10) Finally…Fire by Kristin Cashore. Hanna is Brigan’s daughter, she’s only 5 and I love her a lot as a minor child character. She has had a tough life but she’s also so strong, and I really felt for her not getting along with the other kids. At least she stands up for hersef!

There we go, 10 side characters I thought I’d give a shout out. What do you think? I definitely cheated a bit because I have an awful memory. What side characters are your favourites? Let me know!

ARC Review: Under the Whispering Door

T.J. Klune has really got this wholesome books slap the hardest thing down, hasn’t he? Under the Whispering Door is just that kind of book. Ever wondered what happens after you die? This story has its own take on the idea. Mostly it’s about making the most of second chances, and that it’s never too late to change as a person and to turn things around. I love that hopeful message and I hope you do too when you pick this book up on it’s release date in September.

Star rating: 5 stars

Wallace Price is the definition of all work and no play. He’s a named partner at a law firm that he started with his college and quite literally doesn’t have time for anyone but himself. The opening chapter paints him in his worst light – cruel, unforgiving, a perfectionist and not an empathetic bone in his body. Two days after he fires an employee (ruining her life in the process), Wallace dies of a heart attack and finds himself in the in between. Guided by the reaper Mei and ferryman Hugo assigned to help him cross after death, Wallace refuses to accept that he’s no longer alive. But there’s something about the little tea shop that Mei and Hugo run, and the people he meets along the way, the will change Wallace forever.

Where do I even begin? This book is beyond wholesome. It’s a masterful portrayal of character development – it has to be to take a reader on Wallace’s journey with him. As the focal character, Wallace is instantly dislikeable at the start, kind of like Linus in The House of the Cerulean Sea but worse. He is the cruel to Linus’ ignorance. He’s angry and difficult when he first arrives at the tea shop, but Hugo knows what he is doing as a ferryman. Along with Hugo and Mei, Hugo’s grandfather, a lingering ghost like Wallace, is also clinging to the tea shop to take care of Hugo. Nelson is one of the funniest characters, providing some much needed comic relief in a book that has so much heartbreak and sadness at the centre.

The world-building is so unique, with the characteristics of the living and the dead, of the people who can interact with both, and the way the laws of the universe work. I liked the gentle explanations and the fact that just like the characters experiencing it, we never know the whole truth of what happens when a ghost chooses to move on beyond the door. Wallace learns to enjoy being at the tea shop, growing in character with the help of his new friends. The book definitely has a childlike innocence about it mixed in with the tough topics, but I wouldn’t recommend this one for teens the same way I would The House in the Cerulean Sea because it touches on some intense topics like suicide.

Overall, I loved Under the Whispering Door a lot. T.J. Klune really knows how to write a seemingly uninteresting character and make them fascinating to read about. If you liked The House in the Cerulean Sea then I think it’s very likely you’ll like this one too. Similar vibes, completely different story. Shout out to the dog, Apollo. He really is the goodest boy.

The Feelings Book Tag

Hey everyone! I’ve not done a book tag in a while. I got tagged in this one a while ago by The Bookish Mutant who has an amazing blog that you should definitely check out. The tag was originally created by Krisha’s Cosy Corner.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog. (I wasn’t tagged, but thanks, Rania!)
  • Answer the 5 feelings given to you.
  • Write the reason in 5 to 6 lines of why does that particular book come under that feeling. (dunno if I’ll manage all that but we’ll see)
  • Nominate between 5-12 other bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 5 feelings too.
  • Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.

Let’s get started shall we?

A book with a character that made you angry

Well, this one I’ll go with The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang – there are two characters that made me furious in this one, a sister and an ex boyfriend. I reviewed this book recently, you should check it out for more info before it releases in September.

A book with the perfect setting for you to daydream about

This one is harder because a lot of the books I read do not have nice places to live. I think I’ll have to go with Velaris from A Court of Thorns and Roses series, just because it sounds beautiful.

A book that made you feel better after a long slump

Honestly Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters trilogy always gets me out of a slump because I love the characters so much. Act Your Age, Eve Brown is my favourite of the three but they’re all fantastic.

A book that you couldn’t stop thinking about for weeks after reading it

Ah, it has to be The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. This book looked into my soul and put it on paper. Captured that lost feeling of adulthood, the potential crushed by indecision, the anxiety, the desire to be seen like no other book.

A book that made you want to punch a wall

Oh this one is tricky. I’ll have to go with Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson – this is a stunning book but it really made me furious! It has some really challenging subject matter about exploiting young girls in the music industry and made me want to kill a man.

My prompts:

  1. A book that made you laugh so hard you cried
  2. A book that hurt so much you cried
  3. A book that made you squeal because it was so cute
  4. A book that made you fall in love with a new genre
  5. A book that took you by surprise

I tag

  1. Paragraphs and Pages
  2. Callie’s Tales
  3. Janel Allison
  4. Esoteric Elixir Reads
  5. Linaria’s Library
  6. The Book Berrie
  7. Luminosity Library
  8. Anyone else who sees this tag and thinks it would be fun!

That’s all! No pressure to complete obviously, but I enjoyed this one!

ARC Review: The Heart Principle

Woah I have a lot of feelings about this book. I really appreciate Helen Hoang writing books with autistic protagonists that all experience it in a different way. This book is very intense, with an awful lot of pain for the protagonists to get through. It is not an easy read, but I found myself drawn into the story and caring so much about Anna and Quan, and their individual journeys.

Star rating: 4 stars

Anna Sun got internet famous after she steps in for a famous violin player and completes a beautiful solo. But the pressure that comes with fame and catching the attention of composers made playing music a million times more difficult for her. She’s stuck playing the same song on repeat, starting from the beginning every time she makes a mistake, tortured by the desire to perfect it. Anna has been going to therapy, and between her therapist and herself they realise she is autistic, not that her family are supportive of the revelation. When Anna’s boyfriend suggests they have an open relationship, Anna is upset but decides to have one night stands, because if Julian can, why can’t she?

Enter Quan, the brother of Khai and cousin of Michael from Helen’s other books. Recovering from cancer hasn’t been easy for him psychologically, but he’s ready to get back out there in the dating game. Anna catches his attention on a dating app and the two hit it off with their love of nature documentaries. But both are anxious about sexual intimacy with each other, so their one night stand desires take a few hits.

I loved that Helen brought in the modern terminology with respect to autism – I was worried at the beginning that she would be using outdated terms for the whole book. Anna defies the stereotypes perpetuated by the likes of characters like Sheldon Cooper. Apart from music, the other big challenge for Anna is when her father becomes seriously ill and she has to help her mother and sister take care of him. Understandably, this has an extreme impact on Anna’s mental health and her family, particularly her older sister, only exacerbate the problems she’s facing by not understanding and pushing Anna too far. Julian also brought out a lot of anger in me. He’d been using Anna for so long because she was so attentive to his needs and he knows she would do anything for him. I loved that Quan could show her what a positive relationship could look like, and they both learned intimacy and to trust again.

Overall this was an amazing book that tackles a lot of serious issues. I did feel like the ending was a little rushed through a series of flash forwards, but get that the book was probably long enough already! I loved Anna and Quan together. A neat end to this trilogy of romance novels, but it definitely isn’t one to read if you want a fluffy love story.

ARC Review: Certain Dark Things

I am beyond excited that this book was given a new lease of life by re-publication because it’s absolutely fantastic. A combination of a gripping plot and some of my favourite characters ever written made this a huge hit for me. Just weeks after praising Velvet was the Night, Certain Dark Things is now my favourite Silvia Moreno-Garcia book. I am here for this unique take on vampires in an alternative Mexico City!

Star rating: 5 stars

Atl is a blood-drinking vampire on the run from a different species of vampire after they killed her family. She has entered Mexico City, a vampire free zone where she has to look over her shoulder in every moment in order to not get caught. There she meets Domingo, a young man growing into his adulthood. Domingo grew up on the streets and hasn’t had an easy life, but appreciates every good thing that happens to him and loves music. When he and Atl meet you couldn’t put two more different people (lol and vampires) together. But the two have to get Atl out of the country so she can escape those who pursue her, including investigator Ana Aguirre, a cop with vampire experience, and Nick, a vampire from the family who killed Atl’s relatives.

So I am completely obsessed with the dynamic between Domingo and Atl. Domingo is such a cinnamon roll despite being roped into street crimes since he was young. The guy gives his entire heart to Atl despite knowing she’s a vampire and could kill him in an instant. Atl takes him on as her Renfield, a human assistant to a vampire, despite knowing her family would disapprove of it. Atl is the grumpy to Domingo’s sunshine, she tries everything to not have any emotional connection to Domingo but he does everything he can to change that with his unstoppable caring nature. I love that this book is just a snapshot of Domingo and Atl’s lives but it packs in so much connection and really looks at what it means to be human.

The plot focusses on Nick and Rodrigo searching for Atl, and how Atl and Domingo avoid them. There are fights, there are skirmishes, there are some really tense moments. I also really liked Ana, the detective also searching for the vampires. All of these points of view gave so many perspectives for a relatively short novel, I was blown away by the depth achieved in less than 300 pages. Shoutout to Atl’s modified dog, I love him a lot.

Overall this is definitely my favourite vampire book. The ending couldn’t have been more perfect in all its bitter-sweetness. Love, love, love!!!! Silvia Moreno-Garcia nailed the character connections and I am hear for it.

Book Review: Six Crimson Cranes

I was so intrigued to see how Elizabeth Lim’s next book would be for me (I liked Spin the Dawn but it fell a bit flat after the halfway point for me). Six Crimson Cranes started slowly and I was a little unsure of whether I would like it, but I was definitely judging too soon because the last third was absolutely stunning (just as stunning as the gorgeous cover). I really enjoy being surprised like this, so thanks Elizabeth Lim for ending on such a high note.

Star rating: 4 stars

Shiroi is the youngest child of the King of Kiata, and his only daughter. She’s the most troublesome despite having six older brothers, always adventurous and lamenting her brothers growing up and approaching marriage. Shiori herself is betrothed to a minor lord, something she resents greatly, and escaping her betrothal ceremony leads to her revealing her magic to her step-mother Raikama, who has dark sorcery herself. Not wanting to be discovered, Raikama curses Shiori and her brothers – Shiori’s face is half covered by a bowl and her brothers are transformed into cranes. From then on, every word Shiori speaks will kill one of her brothers.

So I really enjoyed Shiori’s youthful energy – she’s a fun and food loving Princess who actually acts her age. Her journey was also quite grand, riches to rags which led to her growing a lot as a person. I did find the first part of the story went a little fast for me and there were missed opportunities to show Shiori’s growth in person, but know that this was done in order to progress the story quickly. The other characters were also great, in particular Lord Takkan, Shiori’s betrothed. The two learn to like each other despite Shiroi’s resentment of their betrothal, even though Takkan doesn’t know who she is.

As this is a retelling I know that it can’t really be solved, but Shiori’s six brothers don’t really have enough depth to be completely distinguishable. I liked that Elizabeth gave a few of them a little more page time so we got to know them and their relationship with Shiori better. I think my absolute favourite character in this story though is Raikama, and I’m not going to tell you all why. I also really loved the introduction of dragons, but think these will feature a lot more in the next book (I was waiting for them to have a bigger role and looks like I’ll have to wait longer!)

As I said at the beginning, the final third really saved it for me as it brought back in the magic, the challenges and the setting up of the next book. It’s super chaotic but I loved it so much. Hopefully Elizabeth Lim can build on that momentum, and explore these dragons she has created even more in the next book! (Also it’s kinda love triangle like between Takkan and Seryu…I wonder where this will take us!). Have you read Six Crimson Cranes yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2021

Hi everyone! Welcome to my July 2021 wrap-up post. For these wrap-ups I include Book Coven book club, fave books you can buy now, books to look out for and books I want to read soon.

I didn’t read much in July, but what I did read was absolutely fantastic – such a hit month for me. So, I’m guessing this post will be a long one!

Book Club

Every month the mods of the Book Coven get us to suggest books that make up the book club bracket. We then vote all the way through to a final, and that’s the book we read together over the course of 3 weeks. Then the amazing Paragraphs and Pages asks us some super insightful questions and off we go. This month the club read:

This month we chose to read Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. I’m currently two thirds of the way through and have mixed feelings about it so far, but I’m excited to read the last section!

Favourites

I completed my reading of the Sapphic Trifecta by picking up The Unbroken by C.L. Clark. This slow burning military fantasy was exceptionally written and I found the characters to have so much depth. There’s also loads of room to expand in the sequel so again, I’m super excited to see how this foundation is built upon. Again, you can check out more of my thoughts in my review.

I really did read a lot of good fantasy this month – this time a YA by Tricia Levenseller called Blade of Secrets. This one is close to my heart thanks to the socially anxious protagonist and found family elements. If you want a fantasy a bit lighter on the detail but with a lot of heart, Blade of Secrets is the one. You can check out my review for more info!

The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken was definitely a surprise love for me. This book has one of my favourite protagonists in it, Keeley Smythe. She’s a really powerful blacksmith with a super soft heart and I loved her instinct with animals so much. Like Blade of Secrets, The Blacksmith Queen is also a story full of heart. You can read more about it in my review.

I read one science-fiction novel this month and that was A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. This book is so unique with everything from the technology to the names of the characters. It also absolutely destroyed me, we love a sci-fi murder mystery with amazing characters at the centre. Here’s my review for more info! Can’t wait to read the sequel when it comes out in paperback.

Now onto the YA book I read. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson was one of my most anticipated books of 2020, but I only got around to reading it this month for some reason. Nothing says this book emotionally destroyed me like Grown, a book about abuse in the music industry. This one comes not recommended for young readers for good reason. Further thoughts in my review.

In contrast to Grown, Blackout is an anthology about Black joy and romance. Tiffany D. Jackson is also one of the authors! I loved this collection of stories so much, mostly because they were all interlinked in the best ways. I’m so excited that this is being adapted for TV because honestly, it’s made for it. There were no weak links to be seen, which is only to be expected when a group of great authors like these come together. You can check out my review for more thoughts.

Books to Look Out For

I read 5 ARCs this month and all of them were awesome! I was most excited when I got approved for the sequel to A Deadly Education, The Last Graduate. Naomi Novik didn’t disappoint as this sequel builds on El’s character, changes her role in the Scholomance and grows her connections with the other characters. More in my review, though not too much because it’s hard not to spoil!

The first book I read in July was She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan. I actually think this was my favourite book of the month, the characters just really had my whole heart and I loved the plot. I’m very excited to finish this duology when the sequel comes out. You can read more of my thoughts in my review!

I also read my first noir – Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I think this is my favourite book by this author! loved the blunt writing style, was totally gripped by the mysteries in the plot and really related to Maite, one of the protagonists. I loved how this book through an ordinary woman into a crazy situation. Check out my review for more! You won’t want to miss this when it releases in August.

On the YA side of things I read Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance, which is out now so go go go! This book introduced me to Kathak dancing, and I learned so much about a new culture. I loved Radha and Jai a lot as protagonists, and really enjoyed following Radha’s healing journey to love performing again. If you like dance novels, definitely give this one a go, it’s so different to anything I’ve read before! For more, see my review.

And finally, the first ARC I reviewed this month was the new Jasmine Guillory, While We Were Dating. I really liked this spin on famous / ordinary person romance as Anna, an actress, was a really lovely person who cared a lot for her family. The guy, Ben, was also really genuine and kind which gave me all the good feels. Here’s the link to my review!

Next month?

I have no idea which books I’ll be reading in August! Reputation by Lex Croucher is definitely on the list as I could do with a feel good read. I’m also going to read my ARC of The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang, an author I’ve enjoyed reading so far. Hopefully I’ll have a great time, just like in July.

So even though I didn’t read many books in July (compared to usual), all of them except one were 4 or 5 stars hence so many reviews! It made me so happy to read amazing book after amazing book and I hope to build on that throughout August. Work is still a bit crazy so might be another small reading list but I’m so excited about my to be read pile!

How are you doing at the moment? Hope you all had an amazing July and wish you all the best for August. Sending love!