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Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty Book Tour!

Happy Friday bookish people! I am so happy today that I am bringing you my post as part of the Blood and Moonlight Book Tour with TBR and Beyond Tours. I will be revealing my top five reasons to read Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty and I will be including a photo of my book look inspired by the cover. But first here is the cover and synopsis:

Blurb/Synopsis:

In this medieval YA fantasy thriller, an orphan with a secret, magical sight gets caught between a mysterious genius and the serial killer he’s hunting.

Rising above the city of Collis is the holy Sanctum. And watching over its spires is Catrin, an orphan girl with unique skills—for she alone can spot the building’s flaws in construction before they turn deadly.

But when Catrin witnesses a murderer escaping the scene of his crime, she’s pulled into the web of a dangerous man who will definitely strike again. Assigned to capture the culprit is the mysterious, brilliant, and enigmatic Simon, whose insights into the mind of a killer are frighteningly accurate.

As the grisly crimes continue, Catrin finds herself caught between murderer and detective while hiding her own secret—a supernatural sight granted by the moon, destined to make her an outcast, and the only thing that might save her and those she loves from becoming the next victims…

If you’re interested in checking out the posts from the other bloggers on the tour, here si the tour schedule: https://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2022/05/14/tour-schedule-blood-and-moonlight-by-erin-beaty/

Top 5 reasons to read Blood and Moonlight!

  1. If you can’t decide between the Fantasy and Murder Mystery genres, choose this book! It is a great balance between both with its mix of magic and old school investigating of a serial killer.
  2. Exciting and unique magic that you get to discover alongside the main character. I personally had never read a fantasy book before with this type of magic in it.
  3. If you like small town settings full of secrets I would definitely say this book could be for you! For me, it made me think of one of the small towns in France.
  4. An intriguing main character who makes it easy for you to root for her.
  5. Maybe a little dash of romance…

book purchase links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Moonlight-Erin-Beaty/dp/1250755816
Forbidden Planet: https://forbiddenplanet.com/353260-blood-moonlight-hardcover/

Here is my book look!

I tried to imitate the cover of the book for this photo, it’s not perfect but I don’t think it turned out too badly. I was also wearing a pale grey top to imitate the colour of the cover background, you just can’t see it in this photo.

Author Information: Erin Beaty

Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can’t drive a tractor but won’t eat veggies that come from a can.

She graduated from the U.S Naval Academy in 2000 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics) and German, then served in the fleet as a Weapons Officer on a combat destroyer and later as an instructor for the center for Naval Leadership.

After a few years as a stay at home mum and navy wife with a casual blog. Erin upped her game and started writing her first novel in the Spring of 2014. She is now the author of the Traitor’s Circle Trilogy published by Imprint, Macmillan and in several foreign languages.

She and her husband have five children, two cats, a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

Erin has taught classes at the Muse Writers Centre in Norfolk and has also served on the advisory board of Hampton Roads Writers.

I hope you enjoyed my post for this book tour!

Monthly Wrap Ups, Uncategorized

June Wrap up!

Happy Friday bookish people! It is the first of July, we are starting the summer with an okay month of reading. I didn’t read as much in June as I thought I would, other things just kept getting on top of me and I was struggling a little bit with how much there was that had to get done immediately. Anyway, June was still good. I managed to read a few books, I went to Belgium and back in a weekend, and I had my first meeting with a potential guide dog and if you want to read about this I will be posting on Friday’s throughout July about what it has been like going through the guide dog process. But we are here today to see what I read in June so let’s get into the wrap up.

  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I did not read. I wasn’t really feeling much fantasy this month.
  • Mad Woman by Louisa Treger – I did read this! I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the author and I have posted my review of this book already, probably my favourite read of June
  • The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake – I did not read this
  • Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – I am currently reading this book, a few pages before I go to bed each night
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – I did not read this
  • Nine Lives by Peter Swanson – I did not read this
  • Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud – Another book I am currently in the middle of reading
  • A Darker Shade of Magic graphic novel 1 – I did read this
  • Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead by Elle cosimano – I did not read this
  • A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee – I did not read this
  • A Darker Shade of Magic graphic novel 2 – I did read this
  • The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex – I did not read this
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry – I did not read this
  • Beggars Abbey by V L Valentine – I did not read this
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I did not read this
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken – I did not read this
  • Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian – I did not read this

So from my TBR I read 3 books and I am in the middle of two, which I should finish before the end of June. Outside of my TBR I also read the third A Darker Shade of magic graphic novel so altogether I read 6 books which isn’t too bad.

That’s it for this month’s wrap up, I hope you all enjoyed it! What did you all read in June?

Book Tags

The LGBTQ+ Book Tag!

Happy Friday bookish people! Today I am very excited to be bringing you this book tag today, in the UK June is Pride month so I thought this would be a great book tag to do. I especially felt like doing this tag because my own sexuality has been on my mind a lot recently, after being in a serious relationship I have started to realise that I may actually be on the ace/asexual spectrum. I’ve done a lot of reading on the topic since I started to think more about it and it’s strange because the more I read the more I feel so sure that this is me. Anyway, I read that this may be part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum (please correct me if I am wrong about this) and so I thought this tag would be fitting.

I found this tag on Annas Book Knook blog on wordpress. I will try and answer with books that I own and that I have read but I will admit I don’t have that many books with LGBTQ+ Rep in them.

Female Strength: A book with a lesbian heroine

Right after I’ve said that I will only choose books I have read… I am choosing one I haven’t read but I have heard that it has a focus on a lesbian relationship – Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M Danforth

Cinnamon Roll: A book with an adorable gay character

For this I chose the character of Robin Blythe from A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske

Boys and Girls: A book with bi rep done right

I can’t really speak so much about this because I don’t identify as bi, but for this one I chose Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Basherdoust

The Body and the Soul: A book with a trans character

For this one, again I had to choose a book that I haven’t read because I don’t own any but I chose Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

We’re all queer: queer rep you’d love to see more of

After realising I might be ace, I’d love to see more books with ace rep in them

All about pronouns: A book with a non-binary character

I didn’t pick a book for this question because I didn’t already own any and I didn’t want to choose too many more books that I haven’t read so if you have any reccomendations let me know!

Aromantic Ace: A book that belongs to the aro/ace spectrum

I have heard that there are characters in Vicious by V E Schwab that are aro/aceand I enjoy that book a lot so that’s the one I chose.

One Big Family: A book that features lots of different LGBTQ+ reps

Again I didn’t choose one for this because I could not find one on my shelf or through a search of recommendations so again if you know of any good ones, let me know.

Sapphic Love: Your favourite F/F couple

For this one I chose Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

Boys Love: Your M/M OTP

For this one I chose one of my favourite books, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Sidekick: Your favourite LGBTQ+ side character

Stealing the show: An LGBTQ+ side character couple

I chose the sister (I can’t think of the names right now!) and her girlfriend in Pumpkin by Julie Murphy

Strong Beliefs: An LGBTQ+ book that deals with religion

Again, I could not find a book for this question.

Rainbows Everywhere: A book with an unapologetic cover

For this one I chose the cover of Especially Earnest by Molly Horan

Future Generations: Your most anticipated LGBTQ+ release

I am really excited for A Little Bit Country by Brian D Kennedy

That’s it for this book tag, I hope you all enjoyed it! How would you answer these?

Book Tags

The Summer Bucket List Book Tag

Happy Friday bookish people! I thought it would be fun to do a summer book tag today, even though it’s technically not summer yet I don’t think, but it’s close! I found this book tag on parchmentpages.co.uk

Hit The Beach: A Book Set By The Sea

Watch Fireworks: A Book That Had A Fiery Romance

Go For A Road Trip: A Book That Involves A Journey

Camp Under The Stars: A Book That Had You Starstruck

I’m not sure on this one, I literally can’t think of any book that made me feel starstruck

Marathon Some Movies: A Book You Couldn’t Put Down

Go Out For Ice Cream: A Book With A Sweet Romance

Picnic In The Park: A Book That Was A Breath Of Fresh Air

Go For A Hike: A Character Who Conquered An Obstacle

Grill Some BBQ: A Book Featuring Delicious Food

Watch The Sunrise: A Book That Inspired You

That’s it for this book tag, if you see this then consider yourselves tagged!

Book Reviews

Book Review: A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske

Happy Monday bookish people! Today I am bringing you the book review for A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little about each of them. I will do my best to not include any spoilers. I hope you enjoy my book review.

A Marvelous Light Plot:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book opened with a bang. The first chapter threw me right into the middle of a magical conflict over an unknown item and I then felt that I was learning about the world and the mystery along with the main character, Robin.

I really loved how this book followed the mystery, each time you think you know where the story is going to go next it switched direction and I thought this worked very well for keeping me engaged in the story. I have heard that this book is the first in a series and I could tell by the way it ends that there is plenty more to be explored in this world yet.

A Marvelous Light Characters:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The two main characters that you get to see a lot of are Robin and Edwin. I absolutely loved both of these characters. Edwin kept referring to Robin as a man who would be the sort of ‘jock’ character at school, a wealthy man who played a lot of sports. I personally didn’t get this feeling from the character, to me he felt shy and reserved despite the story trying to present Edwin as this character.

I wished there had been more scenes to see their relationship be established in the beginning half of the book, I felt that their feelings towards each other changed within an instant at a certain point in the book and for me it happened too quickly.

A Marvelous Light Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I believe this book is a debut by this author and there is some feeling of this in the writing but overall I thought that the writing was easy to read and enjoyable.

A Marvelous Light Overall:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave this book four stars overall because I thought it was a fun and mysterious opening book for a series that I definitely want to continue with.

Blurb/Synopsis:

Red White & Royal Blue meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell in debut author Freya Marske’s A Marvellous Light, featuring an Edwardian England full of magic, contracts, and conspiracies.

Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.

Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it—not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.

Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles—and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.

That’s it for this book review, i hope you all enjoyed it! Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it?

Monthly TBRs

June TBR!

Happy Thursday bookish people! Today I am bringing you my TBR for June. This month there is a month long readathon created by Maddie at BookBrowsingBlogs on Youtube, the readathon is called whateveryouwantathon and there are four different teams with dome different prompts. I am following the prompts of the Sunset Scholars.

My June TBR:

  • A book featuring dragons: I chose Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I don’t think I have any books with actual dragons in – except for Lord of the Rings – but from what I remember of the synopsis this book has a character called the dragon.
  • Red on the cover: I chose Mad Woman by Louisa Treger
  • Host Fave: I chose The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
  • Less Read genre: I chose Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
  • Shiny Cover – I chose Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  • Previous TBR: Nine Lives by Peter Swanson
  • The/An/Of/A/And: Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud
  • Under 300 pages: I chose the first graphic novel for A Darker Shade of Magic
  • Continue a series: Finlay Donovan Knocks ’em Dead by Elle Cosimano
  • Academia: A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
  • 2021 release: I chose The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
  • A different format: I chose the second A Darker Shade of Magic graphic novel
  • Book about Books: I chose Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  • Recently Hauled: I chose Beggars Abbey by V L Valentine
  • Favourite Genre (Fantasy!): I chose The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • One word title: I chose Lore by Alexandra Bracken
  • S’s on cover: I chose Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

There are also a few prompts that are things like cozy reading time and complete a personal reading goal which I didn’t put in the list because they can be completed with any of the books.

That’s it for my June TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it! What are you reading in June?

Book Tags

Spring has sprung book tag!

Happy Friday bookish people! I am excited to be bringing you another book tag today, the spring has sprung book tag!

Flowers – Look on your bookshelf, what is the most beautiful book inside and out: A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross the Illumicrate edition

This cover is just stunning, I haven’t read it yet but I’m sure that the story is just as beautiful

Grass – what is a book that you find others like way more than you did: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I have a review post up of this book but I did not like this book very much yet I hear so many people talking about how good this series is

Rain – what is a great book that lifts your spirits when you’re down: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Dew – what’s a book that made you feel alive: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

this mystery book had my heart beating very fast and that’s why I chose it as my answer for a book that made me feel alive

Storms – what’s a book that you found unpredictable: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Rainbow – what was a book you struggled with but you were glad you finished it: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Chilly weather – a book you couldn’t finish or didn’t enjoy: Lily by Rose Tremain

Warm weather – a book you loved and you wanted more of: any books by Kerri Maniscalco!

The stalking Jack the Ripper books series and the Kingdom of the Wicked series, I love all of them!

Green – a book you haven’t read yet but really want to: Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments

Pink – a book in which you felt a strong connection to the characters: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Purple – what’s a book that when you read it made you feel safe: I don’t have an answer for this one unfortunately.

Orange – what book do you feel is intelligently written: any Agatha Christie book

Yellow – what book puts a smile on your face: the Pages and Co series by Anna James

That’s the end of this book tag, I hope you all enjoyed it! How would you have answered these questions?

Book Reviews

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Happy Monday bookish people! As you can see by the title of this post – I finally read Throne of Glass! It’s taken me years, it has been on multiple TBRs but I never actually picked it up and read it. I actually read A Court of thorns and roses (only the first one) and House of Earth and Blood (the first Crescent City book) before I got around to reading this one. I took it to london with me and started reading it on the train journey up there. I finished it in the hotel room the next night.

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 to keep this review as spoiler free as possible. I hope you all enjoy my book review.

Throne of Glass Plot:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This plot had me hooked from the very beginning, what would a Prince want with an assassin? and it just kept getting better from there. I really love competitions in books – I have a lot of fantasy books with this trope – and this one was good, it took a backseat to the building of relationships and the other mysteries that were going on but it still made the book enjoyable for me. What I especially liked about this plot was that there was one, a lot of first books in series sort of forget about having a well thought-out and complete plot, but this one didn’t. There was a good balance between plot strands that were sorted out in this book and the ones that are going to be underlying mysteries throughout the series.

Throne of Glass Characters:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Caelena is a great lead character. She’s a fighter and it is obvious in every action, and she has been through a lot which means she finds it hard to trust other people. I liked the inner turmoil the character was struggling with throughout and I hope that will be there in different ways throughout the series. Also in the book is Prince Dorian, who I did like but I thought there was room to expand his character, which might happen in the coming books, because he seemed charming and a good friend but there was also some jealousy.

Throne of Glass Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I already knew going into this book that I like Sarah J Maas’ writing style and especially her dialogue. If you’ve been reading my reviews a while you will know that dialogue is one of my favourite parts of a book and I enjoyed that aspect a lot in this book.

Throne of Glass Overall:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave this book four stars overall because I enjoyed the book, as I knew I would, and I am excited to see where the rest of the series goes.

Blurb/Synopsis:

Meet Celaena Sardothien.

Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

That’s it for this review, I hope you all enjoyed it! If you have read this book let me know what you thought of it in the comments.

Book Tags

What’s On My Bookshelf Tag!

Happy Friday bookish people! I am back with another book tag and today it is the what’s on my bookshelf tag. It was created by Naty’s Bookshelf but I found it on zeezeewithbooks.wordpress.com

Rules: link back to me so I can see your answers, name one book for each category try not to repeat books, tag some people!

A Library Book: Veronica Speedwell series (I have the first three all library copies)

A book I got as a gift: Daughter of the Moon Goddess

A Childhood Book: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A magical book: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

A romantic book: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A steamy book: Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

An old book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A book that makes me happy/laugh: Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

A book that made me emotional: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

A book with an ending I disliked: The man who died twice by richard osman

A book I wish had illustrations: Crescent city by Sarah J Maas

A book or genre I love to read when it is raining: any!

I love to be sat inside with a cup of tea and a book when it is raining, terrible lighting but a cosy atmosphere.

That is the end of this book tag, I hope you all enjoyed it!

Monthly TBRs

May TBR!

Happy Sunday bookish people! Today is the 1st of May and I am very excited to share with you all my plans for May.

So this month is going to be another busy one I think, lots of meetings, lots of classes and a trip to Cardiff which will be fun – and will give me the travel time for reading! There is also the 48 hour bookopolothan hosted by becca and the books on youtube which I will be taking part in, last year it meant I read eight books in two days so that was fun and I’d love to try and do that again.

My books for May:

  • The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell – this is a very cute sounding middle grade that I am hoping to read early in the month
  • The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling – I love anything witchy so this already appeals to me
  • Graceling by Kristen Cashore
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey
  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
  • A Three Dog Problem by S J Bennett
  • The Crowns Game
  • A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
  • The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix
  • A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske
  • The Key In The Lock by Beth Underdown – I will be reading this for the short book prompt for the 48 hour challenge
  • Dangerous Women by Hope Adams
  • A Line To Kill by Anthony Horowitz
  • Cecily by Annie Garthwaite – I will be using this for the gods prompt for the 48 hour challenge because of the amount of religion in historical fiction of this period
  • Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – I have already started reading this one and I am loving it

I am really looking forward to getting started with these books (well technically I already have). Have you read any of these books? what did you think of them?