#Friday56 – A Curse of Ash and Embers

Happy FriYAY Bibliofriends!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier. This was a really different style of witchy read and I loved the world building and magical characters created.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


I tried, I really did, but it was too late.
The black shadow moved faster than a thought. In an instant it was wrapped around me, and I was swept to an empty, dark place. Dark and cold, so very cold, a cold that felt like needles dragging over my skin, a cold that pierced me right to the heart.

A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier

If you’re a fan of slow-paced, dark and sinister fantasies with wickedly created villains and a gruelling fight between (a morally-grey) good and evil then you might find something to enjoy in A Curse of Ash and Embers. You can check out my full, spoiler-free review here.


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#Friday56 – The Windsor Knot

Happy FriYAY Bibliofriends!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett. This novel is the first in a brand new series where HM The Queen dons her deerstalker hat and magnifying glass and turns detective to investigate the latest crime-capers rocking Windsor Castle.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


As a little girl, when asked who she would like to be when she grew up, Princess Elizabeth had said, “A lady in the country, with animals.” For the past few weeks she had been just that, but for the next few days it was time to be Queen.

The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett

This book is a must-read if you’re a fan of the old-style, British crime-fictions stories or you just love to read a fun mystery with Queen Elizabeth II as one of the main protagonists. A big thank you to Netgalley, Zaffre and S.J. Bennett for providing me with a complimentary e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. You can check out my full, spoiler-free review here.


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#Friday56 – The Inheritance Games

Happy FriYAY Bibliofriends!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I absolutely love puzzles and mysteries, especially when they take place in such grand settings such as Hawthorne Manor – I mean, the home of a billionaire… give me my fictional passport and I’m off!

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


Libby had apologised at least a dozen times. She’d told Drake everything – about the will, the conditions on my inheritance, where we were staying. Everything. I knew her well enough to know why.

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

If you’re a fan of treasure hunting, clue-solving mysteries and riddles; if you love films such as Knives Out or Clue then there’s bound to be something for you in this brilliantly addictive YA Mystery. You can check out my full, spoiler-free review here.


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#FaeFriday – Foodie Fairies

Happy Friday Bibliofriends,

How has your week been? We are creeping ever closer to half term and I cannot wait to have a chance to switch off and recharge my batteries – this term has been something else! But enough of all that… let’s focus on the fairies in this week’s Fae Friday! 😍

Fae Friday is a weekly blog prompt hosted by the wonderful Kristy at Caffeinated Fae. It seems like the perfect way to spread a little more magic across the blogosphere every week.

Here are the rules:

  • Link back to this page on Caffeinated Fae.
  • If the prompt idea is from another blog, link to that blog as well.
  • Use #FaeFriday when posting to social media so we can all find each other! 
  • Participate when you can & have fun with the prompt!

October 16th prompt:

This week was created by the brilliant Nery from postcardsfromlalaland.com! Faeries are known for their love of food, so we’re wondering:

What books have such fantastic food descriptions that you’re hungry after reading them?

Not gonna lie – Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye popped straight into my mind as soon as I read this week’s prompt. The food descriptions in that book made me dedicate an entire paragraph to it in my review (which you can read here, just to check out how much I love the food in this book! 😂) – don’t blame me if you come away from it craving Asian food!

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is another book which, although it doesn’t necessarily make me crave the hot chilli goodness inside its pages, has to be a notable mention here for the brilliant incorporation of food into fiction. It’s quite a unique read which has stuck in my memory for a long period of time.

And finally, I could not talk about food in books without an honorary mention to Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin.
Those.
Cinnamon.
Buns.
I would not be embellishing the truth when I say that I drove all the way to the supermarket just to buy a box of cinnamon buns. The only ones that have come even close to what I imagine they really taste like in the book is Morrisons. I rarely ever shop there and even then I only got to try them once as they always seem to be unavailable every time I get to the store!

And now I am utterly starving. AGAIN! Thanks Fae Friday!! 😂🙄🙈

What are your favourite foodie books? Has any description of food in a book been so powerful that you’ve had to go out and buy it right away? As always, leave me a comment to chat!

Enjoy your weekend Bibliofriends!

T xx

#Friday56 – The Once and Future Witches

Happy FriYAY Bibliofriends!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow. I loved the atmosphere and storytelling which catapulted me straight back into 1890s New Salem and introduced me to some fierce, sassy new witches. Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit / Little, Brown Book Group for providing me with a complimentary e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


A girl is such an easy thing to break: weak and fragile, all alone, all yours. But they aren’t girls anymore, and they don’t belong to anyone. And they aren’t alone.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

From the first few pages of this book, I had those 5-star read vibes and let me tell you, Alix E Harrow did not let me down! Those characters, that storyline, that slow-burn sapphic romance! I was crying my eyes out by the end as the ending certainly kept me on my toes! You really should read it! You can check out my full, spoiler-free review here.


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#FaeFriday – Autumn Vibes

Happy Friday Bibliofriends,

I know I said last week was ‘what a week’ but boy, oh boy, this week definitely put the WHAT in WHAT a week! I’ve been working so late at work that I even forgot to watch Bake Off on Tuesday night – just totally sat there at home and forgot the show was even on! I’ve also been letting my posts drop a little lately but hopefully this weekend I’ll find some time to get back on track!

Fae Friday is a weekly blog prompt hosted by the wonderful Kristy at Caffeinated Fae. It seems like the perfect way to spread a little more magic across the blogosphere every week.

Here are the rules:

  • Link back to this page on Caffeinated Fae.
  • If the prompt idea is from another blog, link to that blog as well.
  • Use #FaeFriday when posting to social media so we can all find each other! 
  • Participate when you can & have fun with the prompt!

October 2nd prompt:

Autumn is in the air, and the autumn court is in the spotlight. They’re celebrating the season change by gracing us with the beautiful gift that is the changing of the leaves. That is why this week’s prompt is:

What genre gives off that perfect autumn vibe to you?

For me Autumn is all about cosy nights in, leaves changing colour on the trees, sunset drives down country lanes, hot chocolate by warm fires and of course – good books!

I’m not terribly sure that I associate a particular genre with Autumn, but there is definitely something bookish which gives me all of the Autumnal vibes!

This time of year always brings the Cheltenham Literature Festival which is one of my absolute favourite things to do in our town. I usually try to attend an event each evening and then spend my whole weekends either at events or sat in the book tent reading! This year is a little different obviously with Covid, so I’ll be watching a majority of the events online on the catch-up player instead.

Normally they have a special event at the Festival every year for the announcement of the winner of the Man Booker Prize and it’s this that makes me associate Autumn with all different kinds of books from various genres. The Literature Festival always inspires me to read more broadly and explore books/authors I wouldn’t usually experience so that’s why I can’t just pick one particular genre.


What type of books or genres do you like to read during the Autumn? Do you have any local Literature Festivals that you love to attend? What are your favourite things about this wonderful season? Feel free to leave me links to your own Fae Friday and I’ll check them out!

Enjoy your weekend Bibliofriends!

T xx

#FaeFriday – Hurts So Good

Happy Friday Bibliofriends,

What a week this has been, in various ways of good and bad! Work has been hellish but book mail has thankfully saved the day as my Fairyloot September box AND my Fairyloot Daevabad set both arrived this week! They are all so so gorgeous and I cannot wait to dive into those reads!

Speaking of fairies… Happy Fae Friday!

Fae Friday is a weekly blog prompt hosted by the wonderful Kristy at Caffeinated Fae. It seems like the perfect way to spread a little more magic across the blogosphere every week.

Here are the rules:

  • Link back to this page on Caffeinated Fae.
  • If the prompt idea is from another blog, link to that blog as well.
  • Use #FaeFriday when posting to social media so we can all find each other! 
  • Participate when you can & have fun with the prompt!

October 2nd prompt:

Autumn is in the air, and the autumn court is in the spotlight. The autumn court is full of strange and beautiful faes who can have a slight sadistic side. This week’s prompt is dedicated to those sadists, which is why this curious wannabe fae wants to know: 

What are some of your go-to authors that make it hurt so good?

So from my first reading of the prompt I’m immediately having flashbacks to reading Fifty Shades of Grey…! Purely because of the wording within the prompt and not my dirty voyeuristic mind!!! 😂🙈😂

Moving on – I tend to cry at lots of different things in books so there isn’t really a set ‘go-to’ author that I’d pick-up when I need a good cry, however… Sarah J Maas‘ books should totally come with a free box of Kleenex or something! The amount of times she’s had me in tears… but I just absolutely love her, there’s not a single thing she’s written that I don’t want to read.

The only other thing I can really think of that I would go to for a good cry is Fanfiction. There is a particular ‘ship’ in the HP fan fiction community (it’s secretly my one true pairing and ultimate guilty pleasure) that never fails to send me sobbing but it so worth the pain just to read those stories. You can guarantee if it’s a sad ending then I’ll be sobbing! 😂


Do you cry a lot at books or stories? Which authors make all that sobbing worth the pain? Feel free to leave me links to your own Fae Friday and I’ll check them out!

Enjoy your weekend Bibliofriends!

T xx

#Friday56 – Hag

Happy FriYAY Bibliofriends!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold by a various group of awesome British and Irish authors – It is perfect for any folktale, retellings or feminist enthusiasts out there who want something just right for the upcoming dark nights and spooky season ahead.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


As for me? I leave the island and I leave the past, or as much as I can. Meaning: now there’s only you. So, I hope you put your best foot forward as you heard all this and, if you didn’t, you might want to have a think think about that.

The Tale of Kathleen by Eimear McBride

This book was so brilliant to read. Each author put so much thought, effort and detail into their chosen retellings. It brings a fresh, modern and diverse uplift to some truly great British and Irish folktales. You really should read it! You can check out my full, spoiler-free review here.


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#Friday56 – Beach Read

Happy FriYAY Bibliofriends!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from Beach Read by Emily Henry – It was the most perfect bookish hangover cure to drag me out of my reading slump.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


Red, White Russians, and Blue Book Club.
I, January Andrews, romance writer, and literary wunderkind Augustus Everett had stumbled into a book club trafficking primarily in spy novels. It took some effort to stifle my laughter, and even then I didn’t do an amazing job.

This book. I loved so many things about it: the homage to writers suffering from writers’ block, the witty banter and rivalry between Gus and January, the heartbreaking way the characters journey through their inner demons, many, many things. You really should read it! You can check out my full, spoiler-free review here.


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#Friday56 – Given to the Earth

Happy FriYAY Bibliofriends!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from Given to the Earth – the sequel to Given to the Sea in the Given Duet by Mindy McGinnis. A Given is the name for the girls who are born to be ‘given’ to the sea each generation to save the kingdom of Stille from being demolished by a giant wave.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


Faja is gone, Famoor as well. In a tree I spot what remains of his bridle, slashed to uselessness. I swear in Indira and kick at the ashes of the fire.

The Indiri race, Tangata cats and Hadundun trees were what really made this series for me. They bought something quite unique to a seemingly ordinary fantasy world. You can check out my full review here.


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