WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling

thoughts: This is the third book in this series and as always, I’m loving it so much! It’s so funny and so sharp and it just feels like home.


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

Beautiful World, Where Are You

thoughts: I absolutely adored this!! And I’m not surprised either, because I just think that everything Sally Rooney writes is a masterpiece!


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

The Man Who Died Twice


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

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ARC Review | Defy The Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Defy The Night

by Brigid Kemmerer

YA Fantasy, Romance

Goodreads | Bookshop | Book Depository


The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.

King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King’s Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion–it’s the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.

Out in the Wilds, apothecary apprentice Tessa Cade is tired of seeing her neighbors die, their suffering ignored by the unyielding royals. Every night, she and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to those who need it most–but it’s still not enough.

As rumors spread that the cure no longer works and sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King’s Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible: sneaking into the palace. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if it’s even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first.

Set in a richly imaginative world with striking similarities to our own, Brigid Kemmerer’s captivating new series is about those with power and those without . . . and what happens when someone is brave enough to imagine a new future.


Thanks to Nina Douglas and Bloomsbury UK for sending me an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

When I heard about this book, I was really excited. It had a gripping premise and I was definitely sold. I loved the first two books in the Cursebreakers series, but I was let down by the final book, so I decided to give this another chance but go in with a little apprehension. And after reading it, I think I’ve sort of realised that I never know what to expect from Brigid Kemmerer’s books. I either love them….or don’t. And unfortunately, the latter is the case for Defy the Night.

This is a sort of Robin Hood retelling, set in a fantasy world where outlaws Tessa Cade and Wes Lark steal medicine from the rich to give to the poor who need it most. But a rebellion is beginning, and the king and his brother Prince Corrick, soon capture Tessa when she tries sneaking into the palace. Flourished with twists and turns, Tessa learns the truth about the kingdom and has to decide whether she wants to carve out a new future or stay behind in the past.

Unfortunately this book just dragged for me. It started off really well for the first hundred pages or so, and I really enjoyed Tessa as a main character. The writing was great too – it was imaginative, poignant and strong. But after a hundred pages or so, I felt it went a bit downhill and I felt it a bit boring. I also feel for a book that was so long, nothing really happened? It had great potential, but for me it just didn’t live up to my expectation. I found myself not really caring for the characters after a certain point and I needed something to draw me back in, which didn’t happen unfortunately. I’m not even sure if I will read the next book and if I do it will be for Kemmerer’s writing, not for the actual story itself.

Defy the Night is published tomorrow in the UK, and I encourage everyone to shop at their local indie shops if you’re going out to get a copy!


WWW Wednesday!

WWW wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Beautiful World, Where Are You

thoughts: I’ve just started this last night and already I am amazed by Rooney’s sharp prose. This is one of my most anticipated reads for the year so I’m excited/nervous to see what I think!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

Defy the Night

thoughts: Have to admit, this was quite disappointing. My full review will be coming shortly, but for now let’s just say I don’t understand how it was so long when nothing even really happened…


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

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Baby Teeth Blog Tour – Meg Grehan’s Shelfie!

Hey everyone!

To help celebrate the release of Meg Grehan’s latest verse novel, Baby Teeth, I am absolutely buzzing to be a part of the blog tour for publication and today is my stop! For my post, Meg has so graciously shared some pictures and info about her favourite bookshelf, and the books where she finds most inspiration for her writing! Check it out below!


My name is Meg Grehan and my novel-in-verse Baby Teeth has just been released. It’s about a vampire and a human falling in love and the mix of want, need and desire their love brings with it. A massive thank you to Ross from The Royal Bookshelf for sharing my post about my favourite bookshelf!

This is my favourites shelf where I keep the books that I turn to when I’m stuck or blocked with my writing. Most of my favourite books live here, but not all of them, I have far too many to keep them all on one shelf. I have some of my very favourite books here like If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio which is about theatre and shakespeare and murder, Bunny by Mona Awad which is about writing and friendship and twisted magic, and Pages For You which is about college and love and desire and is a favourite I always reread at the beginning of autumn.

I keep some of my very favourite poetry on this shelf too, like some Mary Oliver and John McCullough. When I’m having trouble writing I always turn to poetry and it helps every time!

This shelf also holds some books by my go-to authors like Shirley Jackson and Patrick Ness. These are authors whose work inspires me to keep writing and challenging myself.

This shelf changes a lot as I find new books that move and inspire me but I really love how it is right now, full of books that make me want to be the best writer I can be!


Thanks so much to Meg and Nina Douglas for having me be a part of this awesome blog tour! Baby Teeth is out now from Little Island Books and I couldn’t recommend it enough!

September Anticipated Releases!

Hi everyone!

A new month means some more fabulous books getting published, and even more to try keep up with! This month has so many amazing releases, including the new Sally Rooney novel which I am SO EXCITED for!! So let’s crack on with these books, shall we?


T.I.G.E.R.S

by M.A. Bennett

Out September 2nd

The alluring yet corrupt STAGS society, where the rich and privileged play fast and loose with the lives of others, is revealed to be terrifyingly global … Shafeen’s father, Prince Aadhish, has had a heart attack and is close to death. Desperately worried, Shafeen and Greer race from STAGS to Rajasthan. But Prince Aadhish is in a coma and unresponsive and they begin to realise that the Prince received a terrible shock, triggered by a decades-old guilty secret. But as Shafeen and Greer attempt to unlock the secret, they come to believe the answer lies with the de Warlencourt ancestor Colonel Montgomery, founder of the T.I.G.E.R. shooting club, which horrifyingly pursued low-caste Indians instead of tigers. It appears that ‘Monty’ brought the Order of the Stag to India, and the hunts may still be going on… A thrilling next instalment in the STAGS series.


Baby Teeth

by Meg Grehan

Out September 2nd

The blood
Feeds the hunger
That threatens everything

It starts when Claudia offers her a yellow rose.
Immy has been in love before – many times, across many lifetimes. But never as deeply, as intensely as this.
Claudia has never been in love this before either. But then, this is her first time with a vampire.
The forbidden thirst for blood runs deep in Immy. And within her mind clamour the voices, of all the others she has been, their desires, and their wrongs.


Green Rising

by Lauren James

Out September 2nd

Set in a near-future world on the brink of ecological catastrophe, Lauren James’ novel is a gripping, witty and romantic call to arms.

Gabrielle is a climate-change activist who shoots to fame when she becomes the first teenager to display a supernatural ability to grow plants from her skin. Hester is the millionaire daughter of an oil tycoon and the face of the family business. Theo comes from a long line of fishermen, but his parents are struggling to make ends meet.

On the face of it, the three have very little in common. Yet when Hester and Theo join Gabrielle and legions of other teenagers around the world in developing the strange new “Greenfingers” power, it becomes clear that to use their ability for good, they’ll need to learn to work together. But in a time of widespread corruption and greed, there are plenty of profit-hungry organizations who want to use the Greenfingers for their own ends. And not everyone would like to see the Earth saved…

As they navigate first love and family expectations, can the three teenagers pull off the ultimate heist and bring about a green rising?


Beautiful World, Where Are You

by Sally Rooney

Out September 7th

Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?


Misfits

by Michaela Coel

Out September 7th

In this sensational agenda-setting début, Michaela Coel, BAFTA-winning actor and writer of breakout series I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum, makes a compelling case for radical honesty.

Drawing on her unflinching Edinburgh Festival MacTaggart lecture, Misfits recounts deeply personal anecdotes from Coel’s life and work to argue for greater transparency. With insight and wit, it lays bare her journey to reclaiming her creativity and power, inviting readers to reflect on theirs.

Advocating for ‘misfits’ everywhere, this timely, necessary book is a rousing and bold case against fitting in.


White Smoke

by Tiffany D. Jackson

Out September 14th

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.

The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.

But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?

As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.


Defy The Night

by Brigid Kemmerer

Out September 14th

The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.

King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King’s Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion–it’s the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.

Out in the Wilds, apothecary apprentice Tessa Cade is tired of seeing her neighbors die, their suffering ignored by the unyielding royals. Every night, she and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to those who need it most–but it’s still not enough.

As rumors spread that the cure no longer works and sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King’s Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible: sneaking into the palace. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if it’s even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first.


The Man Who Died Twice

by Richard Osman

Out September 16th

It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them? 


Endgame

by Malorie Blackman

Out September 16th

It is 20 years in 2021 since Malorie Blackman’s groundbreaking series began with Noughts & Crosses, which charted the deeply forbidden romance between Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a nought) – a love affair which had repercussions for their families for generations.

Endgame, the breathtaking conclusion to the series, influenced by the unprecedented global events of recent years, is full of twists and turns and emotions, with its incredible characters reaching a dramatic conclusions to their stories.

‘The cliffhanger ending will leave fans desperately awaiting the next installment’ Mail on Sunday, ‘Must-Read Books of the year, 2019’ on Crossfire.The powerful conclusion to iconic author Malorie Blackman’s ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses -the series that taught a generation to think and act differently.


Tomorrow is Beautiful

by Sarah Crossan

Out September 30th

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words. This poetry anthology provides the antidote, offering calm, hope and peace to all. Focusing on positivity, this is the perfect collection to dip into whenever you need a boost. Containing a selection of classic poems from Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti, as well as contemporary poems chosen by Sarah Crossan – the go-to verse novelist in the UK – this beautiful book will lift your spirits time and time again. An essential read and the perfect gift for anyone in need of comfort, joy and hope.


Precious Catastrophe

by Deirdre Sullivan

Out September 30th

The utterly compelling and darkly magical sequel to award-winning author Deirdre Sullivan’s PERFECTLY PREVENTABLE DEATHS

Look. Madeline. You’ve lost your soul. You’ve lost your freedom. You’ve lost a bit of your sister. What else could go wrong?

Catlin and Madeline are extraordinary sisters, living extraordinary lives – in a place that seems entirely ordinary, but which in fact seethes with secrets, both sacred and sinister. Ballyfran is a village where, for centuries, people who are not quite human have gathered. Catlin has already fallen foul of one such creature – a dark, vicious predator who almost killed her – and only Madeline giving up a part of her own soul was able to bring Catlin back from the brink of death.

Now, the girls are making their strange new lives: Catlin, haunted by what happened to her, is isolated and bereft; Madeline is learning ancient magics under the tutelage of local wise woman Mamo. Learning that magic isn’t mindfulness and hats. It’s work – hard work. And Madeline knows she has to keep watch. On her sister. On the things that happen. Notice things before they start to happen. And before long, they do …


Thanks for reading! What books are you looking forwards to this September?

WWW Wednesday!

WWW wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Defy The Night

thoughts: I’m about 100 pages into this and have to say I’m really enjoying it! It’s giving me very Hunger Games vibes! I was a bit skeptical after how disappointed I was from A Vow So Bold And Deadly but I think I’m going to like this!!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

Night Boat To Tangier

thoughts: Have to admit, as much as the writing was wonderful and it had such amazing sentences strung together, this book did nothing for me. I found it a bit hard to follow and was sort of confused a lot of the time.


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

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My September TBR!

Hello everyone!

A new month means a new TBR, and September just so happens to be my favourite month! Not only am I turning 21 this month, but I’m starting my final year, starting an internship and also will hopefully be going to my first concert in a year and a half!! (Dermot Kennedy for those who are wondering!) But of course, the main thing that comes to my mind in a new month is the books I’m going to read! So without further ado, here is my September TBR!


My September TBR

  • Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko
  • Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
  • Gilded by Marissa Meyer
  • Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  • Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling by Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght

Talk about an exciting TBR right? With a mix of some gorgeous new releases and some ARCs I was luckily gifted, this is sure to be a great reading month!

My August Wrap-Up!

Hello everyone!

Another month has passed, and it is time for another wrap-up! I think this was a pretty successful month for me, because I managed to read 11 books, in between starting a new job and settling back into life in Ireland, so let’s dive into them below!


Books on my August TBR: 7
Books Read in August: 11
Books Read from the TBR: 7
Books Read Not From the TBR: 4
Left on the TBR: 0


My August Wrap-Up


These are the books I’ve read this month, with reviews linked!

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Wranglestone by Darren Charlton
  • Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling by Sarah Breen & Emer McLysaght
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee
  • Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Baby Teeth by Meg Grehan
  • The Importance of Being Aisling by Sarah Breen & Emer McLysaght
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Blackout by Various Authors
  • Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
  • Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

Some of my stand-outs of this month were the two Aisling books, Baby Teeth, Blackout, Homegoing and of course Jane Eyre!


And what about you? What were some of your favourite reads in March? Let me know in the comments below!

ARC Review | Baby Teeth by Meg Grehan

Baby Teeth

by Meg Grehan

YA Romance, Fantasy, Verse

Goodreads | Bookshop | Book Depository


A unique verse novel of queer love, lust, and vampires. From the award-winning author of The Deepest Breath and The Space Between.

The blood
Feeds the hunger
That threatens everything

It starts when Claudia offers her a yellow rose.
Immy has been in love before – many times, across many lifetimes. But never as deeply, as intensely as this.
Claudia has never been in love this before either. But then, this is her first time with a vampire.
The forbidden thirst for blood runs deep in Immy. And within her mind clamour the voices, of all the others she has been, their desires, and their wrongs.

“A fresh, dark take on the vampire myth and desire, Baby Teeth shows vampires haunted by their pasts and memories, where immortality is not one long life but a broken patchwork of different experiences. It will twine around your heart and bite, ever so gently. I adored it.” – Helen Corcoran


Thank you to Nina Douglas and Little Island Books for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Meg Grehan has definitely become one of my auto-buy authors. I’m a big fan of verse novels as it is, but I think that Grehan in particular is a writer who has such a marvellous skill with words and with language, and she really understands the depth and precision that a verse novel requires. You’re telling a story with 60/70% less words than would usually be used, and it shows a serious talent to be able to do that: and one that Grehan has proved she absolutely has.

Baby Teeth is her first foray into a YA novel, and it is such a fresh, unique take on vampires. And even better? It’s got all the sapphic love that you could crave from a romance novel. Immy has been a vampire for many lifetimes, but it is only when she meets Claudia that she feels a love like never before. The two begin a relationship with as much honesty as possible, but Immy must fight through her desires and cravings in favour of love.

I loved this book! One of my favourite things about it was that it wasn’t predictable. I never knew the direction it was going in or how it was going to end, and that was something that kept me hooked and going back for more! I loved the two characters that Grehan created in Immy and Claudia. They both had similarities but they both had differences too, and the way they molded around each other to fit together was a wonder to read.

Grehan really does choose with her words and lines with such precision, and it’s honestly inspiring. She writes emotion with such a fine scalpel, and it’s irresistibly impossible not to be entranced by her language and her style. I liked too that she decided to write Baby Teeth for an older audience, because it gave her writing room to grow and mature a little, and to be able to explore harder-hitting topics in a lot more depth. I enjoyed Grehan’s take on mental health and how essential identity is, and if you’re looking for your next YA read, this short but powerful one is surely the right fit for you!


WWW Wednesday!

WWW wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Exciting Times

thoughts: Truth be told, I’m literally only one chapter into this so far (hoping to get started with it properly tonight!) but I have cautiously high hopes for this and think I’m going to enjoy it if it’s anything like Normal People!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

Blackout

thoughts: I literally just flew through this in the last few days and loved it so much! I thought all of the stories were equally good, but my favourite would probably be either Nic Stone’s or Tiffany D. Jackson!


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

Defy the Night


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

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