Review of Watcher by AJ Eversley

“First came the Bots. They were meant to serve us, but they turned and thousands died. Then the Carbons arrived and we were left with only a few hundred humans. After ten years of war, I’m one of the few survivors. I’m a Watcher, and I won’t give up the fight.”

As a Watcher, Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect her fellow humans. But the Bots and Carbons that overran her city are evolving, and are picking off her comrades one by one.
Embarking on a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction, Sawyer discovers that the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn when one of her own betrays them. Faced with a choice between fulfilling her vow and avenging those who have fallen, she must ultimately decide who can be saved … and who can’t.

Sawyer along with the other watchers are there to guard and keep safe 300 humans, sounds like a tough job but doing it at 18 well thats just how life is now days. I thought the character development and world building was good and felt a connection to the characters and story. Having a mad scientist as the evil they are fighting against sounds a bit cliche but it fits and it is a dystopian read after all. Not only do we have the Sawyers and Kenzies relationship, but the Watchers and Carbon along with a mad scientist to get to get to know and see where it all leads, there is some good twists and a pace that has you wanting to know what will happen next and look forward to seeing where things go in book 2!


Unboxing: Fairyloot Starcrossed Swoon’s September box

I was last in the dispatch queue for Fariyloot again this month, spoilers happened, I really wish they would run a faster dispatch method. However, I there was so much crammed into this months box that thankfully there was still plenty of stuff that came as a surprise. Also crammed into this box was a replacement tea towel which was a misprint from the July box – yay!  This was also the month where Fairyloot provided some of the more random items I have ever seen in a subscription box, got you intrigued?  Carry on reading!

Firstly, my new enamel pin obsession was satisfied by a gorgeous Love Rune pin, based on Shadowhunters.  Now i’ve started to enjoy this series more I have a real appreciation for these items, its one of 3 designs by Fiction tea in this box and its super spangly, I love it! Also by fiction tea were the 2 aforementioned random items – Prythian Court shoelaces. Yes, you heard that right! The design reminds me more of planets but I’ll definitely be adding them to my chucks. Final item by then were Angelic Fire Candle matches – these were extra long but honestly I would have preferred smaller matches and more in the box, it only came with 10 – I get through a lot of candles!  Obligatory candle this month comes via blog favourite Nerd Poured Candles – it’s based on Twilight, which has never really been for me, but the candle is lush and Mr Playground says it smells like Strawberry milkshake when burning.  One item which I’m not sure on, because it didn’t feature on the spoiler card, is I think a kind of moisturising bar, it’s heart shaped and in a Mal and Alina (Grisha Trilogy) tin, I’ve used it as a hand cream and I think it kind of works as that!  It’s by Little Heart Gifts and smells lovely!

The feature item this month was an Apron based on Strange the Dreamer and it was by Literary Life Co.  Is it wrong to say that I would have loved this design on a different item?  The quote is gorgeous, but sadly nothing will replace my beloved Wizard of Oz apron, because of the shape I can’t re-purpose it either – I may be able to be creative with it though with IG Pics!  There was a lovely constellation notebook based on The Star Touched Queen designed by Read At Midnight – I love that this is a blank page notebook for once, perfect for doodles and drawings. We also got a set of 5, yes 5 amazing prints of fandom couples, some known to me, some not – but all are beautiful as Taratjah designs always are.  My favourites are Rhysand and Feyre (Obvs) and also Lazlo and Sarai, perfect for when Muse of Nightmares comes out next week!

The book this month was Mirage by Somaiya Daud, it has gorgeous purple sprayed edges and is actually signed rather than a bookplate.  It sounds amazing, I love a book with a bit of sci-fi – check out the blurb!

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, sixteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation and receiving a sign that one day, she, too, will have adventures, and travel beyond her isolated moon.But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects. She is kidnapped by the government and taken in secret to the royal palace. There, she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double to appear in public, ready to die in her place.As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty – and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear, and she soon realises that one wrong move could lead to her death…

Fairyloot this month was a box that grew on me, I think the random items threw me but when I took a moment to consider how much stuff there was and how actually most of it was really useful this month it’s probably one of the better boxes I’ve had in a while, thank you Fairyloot for a fab box!



Bookish Ramblings: Five things Friday

It’s Friday lovely people, you know the drill now!!!

New to my queue:

Some sad news came about in that Lydia Sherrer, Author of the amazing Lily Singer Adventure, lost her beloved cat Gizmo.  The inspiration behind Lily’s snarky cat Sir Kipling.  I straight away downloaded the novella book, Cat Magic (which I had been meaning to do for a while anyway) to catch up on all Sir Kipling’s adventures and in support of the cat that inspired such a great character. I think this will be a read the heads up the top of my queue.

Favourite book(s) of the week

It’s been a slow reading week for me but I have finished book 2 in the Grisha Trilogy, Siege and Storm!  Although it was a 4* (because Alina isn’t really floating my boat) It introduced the wonderful character of Nikolai!  He’s like Kaz Brekker meets Rhysand and certainly a character that I want to read more of! I’ve also got halfway through the final book in the Mud, Rocks and Tree’s series, the tone is very different – almost retrospective, I’m hoping for a big pay off at the end of the series after 6 books!

When I wasn’t reading:

It’s been such a busy week for me with the muggle job and I have also been really formatting in the evening.  It hasn’t left much time for anything else (and explains my poor show for completed books!) I’ve been really suffering with my wrists too with all the additional computer work, but I gave myself a break last night from everything including the blog and IG (sorry) but I feel refreshed for it!

Pic of the week

I’m loving my foil cover editions of the Hunger Games trilogy and now that the autumn nights are starting to draw in I’m looking forward to creating a warmer feel with my pics. These lovely leaves are perfect for getting the autumn feels, I really love how the firefly lights bring out the golden tones too!

Looking ahead

I’m looking forward to getting a big Geeky Clean delivery tomorrow.  I have a ton of bath bombs coming which gives me the perfect reason to treat myself to a lot of relaxing!  It’s exciting being able to rep for a company and I’m already thinking of the pics I can take! Muse of Nightmares comes out on the 2nd too, I have the orange sprayed edges edition on pre-order from Waterstones, I can’t wait to start it!

Saving Infiniti Pre-Order Blitz with Rose Garcia

Title: Saving Infiniti
Author: Rose Garcia
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: December 14th, 2018
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. Including the high schoolers. This is only but one…
Infiniti Clausman is making the most of senior year. Throwing parties, pulling pranks, and breaking all the rules, she’s determined to graduate with a bang! But there’s one thing on her senior year bucket list she hasn’t been able to cross off yet—falling in love. In fact, she’s never even been kissed.
Infiniti hopes to change this when she travels from Houston to Colorado for the holiday break. Instead, she finds her world turned upside down when she discovers all things supernatural exist, time travel is real, and her very life is at stake. Suddenly, that kiss is the least of her worries.
Joe Greg will never forget the injured girl he and Kase Kasun found on the side of the mountain. It was 2012, and he was only twelve, but the image of the wreckage and his interaction with the girl has never left him. When he sees the girl again in 2018, she looks exactly the same. He figures out that she’s time-traveled to his present, with a reaper on her heels and a mystery to unravel. Drawn to protect her, he’s hell-bent on standing by her side. Even if it means his death.
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Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who’s always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she’s been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Final Life Series—a Young Adult science fiction/fantasy series about people who have the ability to control the energy in and around them. Rose is known for bringing richly diverse characters to life as she draws from her own cultural experiences. Rose lives in Houston, Texas with her awesome husband and two amazing kids. You can visit Rose at
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Review of Blinding Night by Chantal Gadoury

Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn’t even speak the language. 
Upon her arrival to Greece, strange dreams and even stranger shadows seem to haunt Summer, leaving her to ponder the meaning of pomegranate seeds and twisted, darkened faces. 
Suddenly, her stay abroad leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of a dark stranger, who claims to be the god, Hades, whom she feels like she knows from another life. In a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, Summer is seduced to the lowest point of Greece where Hades’ lair awaits…the Underworld. Determined to find out who she is and where she belongs in an age-old myth, Summer joins Hades to discover that the secrets about her past life are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

It must be said first and foremost that there is something absolutely enchanting about Blinding Night by Chantal Gadoury, and that foreknowledge of Greek Mythology is surely a plus, but it is certainly not a requirement to enjoy the book. The two hundred ninety plus pages flew by quickly, and they seemingly turn themselves. The consistent word omissions, typos, and terminology confusion (i.e. the mix up of the words mortar and “morder”), that there has to be a lot of assumptions on the part of the reader, and the fact that Summer Mavros (the reincarnation of Persephone) is a protagonist that is admittedly difficult to like lost this book one star in its review. That’s nothing, however, compared to the solid character dynamic and development present from the first few sentences. Just as the reader begins to become fed up with Summer’s petulance, author Gadoury shows there is something different about Summer. Then, tragedy strikes, turning the world upside down, and the book really gets moving. Darce (an embodiment of Hades) is immediately easy to love and root for because of more than just his sex appeal. He’s remorseful, mysterious, tormented, and misunderstood. All of the makings of a wonderful romance novel. Gadoury proves a master with transition as she swaps seamlessly between the tone of the creatures from the draconian Greek Underworld and those characters from the modern era as well as nailing down the voice of multiple characters from several points across time. The reader is swept up during this journey, from the early 17th century to the Roaring Twenties. At 81%, the reader has been given very few answers even though they’ve been driven to this point in the book by a tremendous load of questions and vicarious emotional turmoil. Even though there was very little resolved by the end of this book, it seems to have been left open for a revolution of a sequel. So despite the flaws, the fact that this book is difficult to put down and seems to be the beginning of what could be a phenomenal series has warranted a very bright four stars.

Bookish Ramblings: Loving the land of the Lunar Chronicles

Spoiler warning ahead – if you have not read the entire Lunar Chronicles, there will be spoilers a plenty!

The Lunar Chronicles was a series I started on my birthday last year, I picked up Cinder with gift card I got, having heard a ton about it.  The premise seemed right up my street so I dived straight in. Last weekend I finished Winter which is the final book in the series (I know there are spin off’s) and I was completely blown away by the finale, I’m not ashamed to say it brought a lot of emotion and quite a few tears.

So what makes it so special? The premise of fairytale retellings isn’t a new one, however, most are either set in the same period or moved to a more contemporary setting.  The freedom of interpretation given by setting these books in a distant future is huge and really allowed for a unique story to come through.  The 4 books represent 4 fairytales starting with Cinder. We have the traditional – she has a wicked stepmother and 2 sisters, one of which isn’t as bad as the other.  However our Cinder is a cyborg mechanic and rather than leaving her shoe at the ball, she leaves a cybernetic foot – not as gross as it sounds. Scarlet is an interpretation of Red Riding hood, travelling to rescue her grandmother from the big bad wolf, however, her travelling companion is the wolf himself. Cress is drawn from Rapunzel but her tower is a space station orbiting the Earth and finally Winter is Snow White, still the fairest despite the efforts of a wicked queen to make her disfigure herself.

I have found that too many series now focus so much on a romantic angle, it becomes the driving force, the end game, and often an unwelcome distraction that feels forced in to tick a box.  Whilst the Lunar Chronicles has some of that element, in that there is always a pairing, it’s never too much and it’s always as a side arc to the main story.  These characters have a mission, they know they have to succeed and that is where their focus lies.  Too often in other books I find myself eye rolling at encounters between characters at inappropriate times and places (sewers whilst running from mechanical zombie hybrids – mmmm yes please….). What really sets this series apart is the fact that it’s driving force is friendship.  I know that might sound twee but it’s actually really refreshing.  “A hand slipped into hers offering one last moment of comfort” Not a love interest, but Cinder’s best friend Iko.  When Winter gets to know the Rampion Crew, she bonds with Scarlet the most, always referring to her as Scarlet Friend, because that distinction is the most important to her. In the closing scenes it is not Kai that Levana uses against Cinder, it’s Thorne, her captain and first friend on her journey – the author putting just as much anguish into the peril of a friend that there would be for a love interest. This inclusion makes you feel so much for every character as they are all treated with the same importance. In fact when it comes to Kai, we’ll still never know – although we have a pretty heavy hint!  Before I started reading a friend of mine said that it’s a series that will make you feel sorry for the antagonist, and I have to admit that the glimpse of Levana towards the end of Winter really did give me an insight into how she’s actually quite damaged and been through some terrible things herself.  It doesn’t do enough to redeem her (similarly to Tamlin in ACOWAR) but I can certainly see how she became the person she did.

The other thing this series does well is to incorporate disability and mental health without really drawling any attention to it. From the outset, Cinder has lost limbs, she has a cybernetic foot and hand, her heart and brain are bolstered by implants. The only time we are ever aware that this causes her issue is when she is forced to wear a prosthesis meant for a child.  Thorne loses his sight yet he adapts with barely a mention of it hindering him and Winter is likely struggling with PTSD after having been forced to watched countless murders. Whilst the crazy angle is played up it is never done in a belittling way. These are all characters which can be related to in some way and I think that it is such an inclusive series across so many aspects of humanity.  Sounds like a big love in?  It really doesn’t come across that way, the writing is so skilled that I find myself thinking back and realising that there was so much more to everything, I think I will pick up on so much more on a re-read that I missed in my excitement the first time round.

The writing style is particularly up my street too, I prefer a 3rd person narrative with an intelligent use of words that doesn’t meaning using 10 words when one will do (if that makes sense).  I know I bandy around the term cinematic a lot when I review books but I got this feeling so hard when I was reading. I felt like I was watching my favourite TV series, an amazing world which was able to be formed so completely in my mind.  The action and adventure is something else too, I mean next level in comparison to other similar books I have read, I honestly felt edge of my seat so much of the time and the words “just one more chapter” flowed frequently

So it’s official, I’m shrugging of the Dregs (sorry Kaz) to make the Rampion Crew my squad of choice! I’m off to scour Etsy for Lunar Chronicles merch and if you haven’t picked it up yet, please do think about adding The Lunar Chronicles to your tbr!!!


The Fire Prophecy Cover Reveal with USA Today Bestselling Authors, Megan Linski and Alicia Rades

Title: The Fire Prophecy
Author: Megan Linski & Alicia Rades
Genre: NA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 8th, 2018
Fire and Water don’t mix.
I’m Sophia Henley, your typical college freshman. I never expected a lion to be stalking me, nor for fire to come shooting out of my hands to protect my sister. Next thing I know, a drop-dead gorgeous guy shows up on my doorstep to sweep me away to a magical school, where I’ll learn to control my element and bond with a powerful creature called a Familiar.
I don’t believe I’m the savior of an ancient tribe, or the missing piece of a prophecy that’s more myth than reality. Worst of all, I’m forced enter the Elemental Cup, where I’ll either earn my place in this society… or die trying.
The night I met Sophia, I didn’t think we’d form an undeniable connection. But I’m from the Water tribe, and she’s fire. I’m forced to push her away even as I’m falling for her.
I lost everything, yet Sophia makes me whole again. Our world is fixed on keeping us apart, but we’re in this tournament together. We have to keep each other alive at any cost— or I’ll give my life for hers.
It’s pretty clear. If I continue to play with fire, I’m going to get burned.
Megan Linski and Alicia Rades are two best friends and the authors of the Academy of Magical Creatures series. Both are USA TODAY Bestselling Authors and award-winning novelists for teens and young adults. Megan Linski is a disabled author who loves laughter, adventure, and fantasy worlds. She is a proud member of Koigni House. Alicia Rades is a mother who enjoys exploring paranormal realms and trying new recipes. She is a champion from Toaqua House. Both girls love nature, animals, sexy romances, and eating cheese.
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Shadows & Spells Pre-Order Blitz with USA Today Bestselling Author, Cameo Renae

Title: Shadows & Spells (A Havenwood Falls High Novella)
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: October 12th, 2018
Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. Including the high schoolers. This is only but one…
This sequel to Bound by Shadows continues the story of Eris and Rylan.
Rylan Gilles has found a new life in Havenwood Falls. A better one. One with a new pack, a new family, friends, a job, and even a girlfriend. He vows to himself to never allow his past to interfere with his future. But when an enemy of his father, a psychotic shifter named Lars, hunts down and kills his old pack’s alpha, they turn to Rylan to lead and save them.
Eris Blaekthorn has been working on growing her newfound magical powers, and with that has come intense nightmares that feel more like premonitions. Horrifying images of a large, dark shifter ripping Rylan to shreds and killing him plague her dreams. But when she tries to discuss these with Rylan, he shuts her out.
Dead set on keeping his personal vow, Rylan’s determined to handle Lars on his own, but Eris knows where this will end. She hopes he’ll turn to her and his new pack for help, while she fears that he’ll do the opposite. If he faces Lars alone, her nightmares may soon turn to reality. But if he doesn’t, he risks losing everything, including the girl he loves.
This is a Young Adult paranormal tale in the Havenwood Falls High series of Young Adult fantasy stories featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read.
USA Today Bestselling author, Cameo Renae, was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now resides with her husband and children in Alaska.
She’s a daydreamer, caffeine and peppermint addict, who loves to laugh, and loves to read to escape reality.
One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. It is the love of her family and amazing support of her fans that keeps her going.
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then…she’ll keep writing!
Happy Reading! Xoxo
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Bookish Ramblings: Five Things Friday

It’s Friday which means it must be Five Things Friday again!

  1. New to my Queue:

I’ve been drunk buying books again!  Last week I was chatting with Author M.A. Phipps about some of her favourite reads and she mentioned Sabriel by Garth Nix.  This was a new one for me and I felt that I just had to check it out!  However, I made the mistake (drunk, remember) of ordering a second hand hardback from World of Books – it alleged it was “very good” condition. Needless to say my idea of very good and theirs differs wildly. However, the state of the outside won’t impact on the inside, so I’m looking forward to reading this one!

2. Favourite book(s) this week

After not finishing a single book last week, I managed to finish 3 this week and am halfway through 2 more! I need to be more consistent. As expected I absolutely adored Winter by Marissa Meyer, it was really emotional and such an amazing end to the series.  I’m not sure if I want to move on to the novella’s or read Levana’s story – I kind of want to keep on hating her. I also really loved Vampire Hearts by Katie M John, I mean – read in one sitting –  loved, totally different from my normal reads and I’m so glad I checked it out.

3. When I wasn’t reading

Lots has been going on this week!  The first and best news is that I was selected by Geeky Clean to rep for them this quarter. I’m blown away to have been picked and I’m so excited to feature even more of their products on my Instagram. Although my rep period is October to December, I’m told that my rep code is already live so if you want to save 10% on their geeky goodies you can do so by entering Postapoca10 at checkout! Other fab news is that after a bit of a campaign, Evermore (the follow up to Everless) by Sara Holland is going to be released in hardback. I was so saddened when BKMRK said at #yalc that they were unlikely to do hardback release – now my bookshelf will match! I finally this week picked up the Hunger Games Trilogy with the beautiful foil covers which I had been after for ages, they were only £8 for the set in The Works, sadly the covers aren’t as pristine as I was hoping (they were behind a card cover) but they are still amazing.  I was hoping to pick up another set which was alas all sold out.

3. Pic of the Week

I had my most successful bookstagram pic ever this week with 160 likes!  Having finished the Lunar Chronicles I couldn’t wait to snap a pic with all 4 books together, especially as I had also received the amazing Wizarding Letters bookmarks last week too!

5. Looking ahead

I’m hopeful that this week I’ll get my September fairyloot as for the first time in months it’s featuring fandoms that I actually know and love; I’m hoping I will fall in love with fairyloot again this month.  I just don’t want to be in the last batch to ship again as try as I might I just couldn’t avoid spoilers last month – I know people say stay of IG etc but as a blogger I can’t avoid all social media for 2 weeks 😦  I’m also going to try and get a bit further with Ni No Kuni 2 as Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out next month and I get the feeling I won’t get much access to the playstation!

Credit to Kimberley Faye Reads.



New Release! Kingdom of the Damned by Tricia Copeland

Title: Kingdom of the Damned
Series: Kingdom Journals #4
Author: Tricia Copeland
Genre: YA Fantasy – Standalone Prequel
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Provocation – Anne’s Story 
…a historical romance and epic fantasy
“…he that believeth not shall be DAMNED” – Mark 16:16
In 1557, witches burn her home and family. She escapes with the help of a family friend and they hide among humans. At seventeen, another atrocity ignites Anne’s passion for justice. Circumventing the globe, she seeks to unite the vampires and build peace. Powerful enemies amass against them, but her friends number many, including a surprising and mysterious hero. In a war for survival, love feels extravagant, and heroes don’t always prevail. Can she best her enemy and find happiness at last?
Kingdom of the Damned is a stand-alone prelude to the Kingdom Journals Series.

Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals #1)
$0.99 ebook (all platforms)
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family. Her books include the clean new adult Being Me Series, Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, Thinking You Know Me, and the final installment, Being Me, as well as a young adult novellas, Drops of Sunshine and the Lovelock Chronicles, Lovelock Ones: Native One, published in The Butterfly Box. If she’s not out running, you can find Tricia at or your favorite social media.