Today I am bringing you my book review for Gwen and Art are not in love by Lex Croucher, a proof copy of this book was sent to me for review which was a lovely thing to receive.
In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little bit about each one. I will try not to give any spoilers.
Gwen and Art are not in love plot:
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Gwen and Art are not in love is a new exploration of Arthurian legend, if Gwen was interested in women and Arthur was interested in men. The catch is, Gwen and Arthur are engaged to each other.
I thought the plot of this novel was a very interesting take on what is a well known story and I enjoyed it for the most part. This is a difficult book to discuss without spoilers but there were a few events within the novel that seemed to not fit as well as others. The romance threads were one part but there was another thread to the story and I found it complicated the novel.
Gwen and Art are not in love characters:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Gwen is a very headstrong princess who is struggling with what she wants and what everyone around her wants and how to balance the two, this creates a lovely tension within the novel.
Arthur is a character who I think would be a lot like marmite, he takes a while to warm up to his character. The first half of the book I truly thought how on earth as a reader am I ever going to find any sympathy or interest for him but the second half of the book changed my opinion on him.
Gwen and Art are not in love writing and dialogue:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
The writing in this book has a lovely blend of comedy and historical and romance, the writing really helped to convey the lives and emotions of the characters.
Gwen and Art are not in love overall:
Rating: 4 out of 5.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to try a romance that has a quirky difference to it.
Heartstopper meets A Knight’s Tale in this queer medieval rom com YA debut about love, friendship, and being brave enough to change the course of history.
It’s been hundreds of years since King Arthur’s reign. His descendant, Arthur, a future Lord and general gadabout, has been betrothed to Gwendoline, the quick-witted, short-tempered princess of England, since birth. The only thing they can agree on is that they despise each other.
They’re forced to spend the summer together at Camelot in the run up to their nuptials, and within 24 hours, Gwen has discovered Arthur kissing a boy and Arthur has gone digging for Gwen’s childhood diary and found confessions about her crush on the kingdom’s only lady knight, Bridget Leclair.
Realizing they might make better allies than enemies, they make a reluctant pact to cover for each other, and as things heat up at the annual royal tournament, Gwen is swept off her feet by her knight and Arthur takes an interest in Gwen’s royal brother. Lex Croucher’s Gwen and Art Are Not in Love is chock full of sword-fighting, found family, and romantic shenanigans destined to make readers fall in love.
Happy Monday bookish people! I hope the month of April has been good for all of you, for me it has been a rollercoaster nightmare! All medical things seemed to happen at once, so hopefully May will be a better month. BUT my reading has been okay this month, I didn’t really stick to my TBR but I was reading which is something good.
Books from my TBR:
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I started to read this book (finally!), I haven’t finished it but I have started it and it is a long book so I am pleased with myself for that.
Crescent City House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas – I did not start this book, waaaay too big for me to tackle this month!
Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell – I did read this, which means I finished the series!
The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden – I did not read
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – I did not read
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – I did not read
Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber – I did not read
Sadie by Courtney Summers – I did not read
Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow – I did not read this
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewomen – I did not read, another big book I don’t know what I was thinking when I made this TBR
Sense and Second Degree Murder by Tirzah Price – I did read this and loved it
Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun by Elle Cosimano – I did not read this
A Little Bit Country by Brian D Kennedy – I did not read this
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – I have been dying to read this all month but it just hasn’t happened yet
Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb – I did not read
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon — I did not read
So, I read two books and started another from my TBR. outside of my TBR I also read: Gwen and Art Are Not In Love, Kingdom of the Cursed, The Bullet That Missed and I have started Murder Before Evensong. Overall in April I read 7 books!
How did you do in April?
What was your favourite book that you read this month?
Happy Friday bookish people! I hope you are all doing well today!
Today’s post was brought on because my Sister, who has moved out, and her Daughter came over and wanted to see if there were any books in the loft from her childhood, and my childhood, that would be suitable reading for her daughter. I was not ready for how many memories this brought back, the amount of books up there was crazy! Obviously, I am a big reader even when I was very young so most of the books were mine and I thought it would be fun if I shared some of the books that were the most nostalgic for me.
Lets start off with a good one:
The Rainbow Magic Fairies series
I LOVED these books when I was younger, to be honest I loved anything to do with fairies but these were one of my favourite series’. I have to say I kept a few of these books back for myself and my memories rather than giving them to my sister’s daughter, which I felt bad about and then I realised I had actually drawn all over the books anyway. OOPS!
Stardust by Linda Chapman
This was a seven books series which I also really loved. It is about a girl called Lucy who finds out she is a stardust spirit and has magic powers. I learnt a lot about nature and animals from this series and to be honest it is still enjoyable to read even now I am in my 20’s.
The Pony Mad princess Series
I had these books when I was young and I have to say they are very nostalgic because a few months ago, before we even thought about going into the loft, I kept remembering a scene from this book where the horse gets into trouble and she sees another girl in the bushes and I learnt that to keep a horse warm you need to rub its ears.
The Lady in the Tower by Marie Louise Jennison
If you have been on any of my other blog posts you probably know I love this book, I talk about it a lot. It was the first book that really showed me that I love historical fiction, especially around the Tudors which is my favourite historical era.
Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a good day today. It is April already and this month is busy, busy, busy for me. There’s so much to do. I have a table at Liverpool Comic Con (as you are seeing this, it will have already happened so fingers crossed it will have gone well). Then two days later I am heading to Bath to see Garth Nix which is very exciting, and that’s only the first week of April! So, with such a busy month I needed a big TBR for April.
Onto the TBR!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Crescent City: House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell
The Girl In the Tower by Katherine Arden
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Capturing The Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman
Sense and Second Degree Murder by Tirzah Price
Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun by Elle Cosimano
A Little Bit Country
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
What are you all reading in April?
Have you read any of the books on my TBR? What did you think of them?
Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are all having a good day today. I am bringing you my March wrap up today, a little early just because I am travelling to Liverpool on Friday to be a trader at Comic Con which is exciting.
Anyway, I did a lot better with my reading this month and I have finally gotten back into reading fantasy after reading a lot of mysteries.
The Good Thieves – I did not read
Your Turn To Die by Sue Wallman – I did not read
Gwen and Art Are Not In Love by Lex Croucher – I DID read and a review will be coming very soon, I was sent a proof copy of this book to read and review.
The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – I did not read
Pandora by Susan Stokes Chapman – I did not read
A little bit country – I did not read
Finale by Stephanie Garber – I did not read, I am scared to read this as it is the final book in the series!
Murder on the christmas express by Alexandra benedict – I did not read
Blood and Honey – I did not read
The Bingo Hall Detectives – I DID read
Paris Dallencourt is about to crumble – I did not read
The bullet that missed – I did not read
The Hunting Party – I did not read
Kingdom of the cursed – I did not read however, I will be taking this on the car journey to Liverpool
So, I read two books off my actual TBR but I also read books outside of my TBR which were the seven Stardust books by Linda Chapman, Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell which is actually on my April TBR but I read it in one day- oops!, and 11 of the Rainbow Magic fairies books which means overall I read 21 books this month which is great!