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Five Star Book Predictions

Hello, hello!

It’s been a little while since my last non-book review/waiting on Wednesday post – since early July in fact – woops 😅
It seems every few months I commit to doing a wider variety of posts and then proceed to not do anything about it….until now! This ‘Five Star Book Predictions’ post is inspired by the very wonderful Jami @ jamishelves – click on the link to see her post.

The idea behind this is to pick five books from my tbr I believe could be five star reads, so read on to find out which books I am hoping will be new favourites!

The Empire of Gold by SA Chakraborty


The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper sit among my favourite books. The ending of The Kingdom of Copper left me on tenterhooks to find out what happens next. Given how much I loved the first two books, I can’t see this one being any different even if it does destroy me. 

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Bloodchild by Anna Stephens


Another trilogy drawing to a close, with Bloodchild continuing on from Godblind & Darksoul. I fucking love these books. They are intense, brutal and so so good. I barely survived Darksoul and to be honest I don’t think I’ll even survive Bloodchild but I will love every single minute of it.

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin


Honestly I’ve been excited for this for a while now and I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing. Witches, enemies-to-lovers, the book being a chonky boi, a ridiculously beautiful cover – it’s all there.

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Crier’s War by Nina Varela

41951626._SY475_Crier’s War is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. It sounds and looks amazing and I have a feeling it’s going to live up to the hype!

F/F, enemies to lovers, fantasy, super slow burn – I need it!

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The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons43255070

Kihrin is my smol disaster bi son and I just need him, Teraeth and all the others back in my life. The Ruin of Kings is one of my favourite books and Lyons jumped onto my favourite authors list with this book. I have no doubt The Name of All Things will be a masterpiece.

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Most of these are to-be-released titles so next time I check in once I’ve read these, I might do some already released ones. Are you excited for any of these? What are some of your five star predictions?

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

It’s somehow almost the end of June, I know I am as confused as you. On one hand the year has gone in the blink of an eye, on the other hand it feels like it’s been millennia since January.

I was tagged by the lovely Laura @ The Book Corps for this tag so without further ado…

The best book of the year so far

That would have to be a tie between Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and Los Nefilim by T Frohock. I love them for different reasons but both are amazing, full of wonderful characters and superb writing.


The best sequel of the year so far

AmnestyAmnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly. Technically is the third book in the trilogy but I’m making it count because this is how you do a finale. It was just everything I could have hoped for, after Amberlough and Armistice, and more.


A new release you haven’t read yet but want to

29774026Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. It’s sitting on my shelf and I’ve been hearing such good things about it that the hype is real. I just need to find the time for the 800+ page epic that it is.



Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

One would most definitely have to be Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. I mean. Leasbian. Necomancers. In. Space.
Also on the list is Heartsong by TJ Klune, I may not be ready but at the same time Heartsong and Brothersong are all I want from life.


Your biggest disappointment of the year so far

Enchantee by Gita Trelease. I was expecting to love it but it just really wasn’t my thing. I found it really slow and it was a long book as well, I felt like it could have been a lot shorter to help keep it from lagging.

Your biggest surprise of the year so far

42268612The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons. Going in I was excited but mostly intimidated because of its size and complexity but I really enjoyed it and it wasn’t anywhere near as difficult as I expected it to be. Plus Khirin was a unexpected disaster bi delight.


Your new favourite author

T. Frohock, author of Los Nefilim & Where Oblivion Lives and others. I discovered her books this year and promptly fell in love. She’s such a great writer and a lovely person to boot. And you can probably tell she’s my new favourite author by how many times she and her books appear here 😅

Your newest favourite character

39863314Amastan from The Perfect Assassin by KA Doore. He’s such a soft wonderful character. Deadly, because that man is an assassin, but so soft. You can never have enough soft, ace, assassin marshmallows in your life.



Your newest fictional crush


I wouldn’t necessarily call it my newest fictional crush, but it was reignited with the release of Amnesty. Aristide Makricosta (on the left), he is an absolute darling with fingers in many different pies, having clawed himself out of nothing. I wish I had half as much style as him. Honestly, I think its a friendship crush than romantic but to brush shoulders with him would be an absolute riot. A Sinnamon roll.

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A book that has made you cry


Ravensong by TJ Klune. No one can quite break my heart and leave it full at the same time quite like Klune can. The Green Creek series leaves me in tears, both happy ones and sad ones.



A book that has made you happy

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan. It’s just a goddamn delight, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face.

The most beautiful book of the year so far

40222547Where Oblivion Lives. I mean the cover is beautiful in and of itself but it’s the most beautiful book in terms of the writing. Frohock really has a way with words that casts a spell over you and has a dreamlike quality.



Some books you need to read before the end of the year

Ooh boy, is that a list. There’s so many and there’s no way I’ll get to them all but for the tag, here’s a random and very much nonexhaustive selection:


Tagging ~ Jamieson @ JamishelvesElise @ The Bookish Actress & Brooklyn @ Booklyn.the.bookworm, along with anyone else who fancies a tag!

What about you, seen any you’ve enjoyed here? What are you most looking forward to reading in the second half of the year?

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The Book Interview Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Laura @ The Book Corps for this tag. I still actually have another one Laura tagged me in a while ago that I haven’t got to so I thought I’d smash this one out and use it as motivation to get others done 😅

So without further ado….




24, one quarter life crisis coming up, jokes it’s already here

Favourite Genre(s)

Epic Fantasy, the kind with magic it’s *chefs kiss*. I do also really enjoy romance though but if it’s gay, regardless of genre, I’m there!

Favourite Authors

Anna Stephens, C.S. Pacat, V.E. Schwab, Victoria Lee, T.J. Klune, S.A. Chakraborty, Roan Parrish, Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn, Trudi Canavan, Taylor Jenkins Reid (well Seven Husbands at least, I haven’t read her others), Lynn Flewelling, Jodi McAlister, Lara Elena Donnelly to name a few.

Forever Favourites*

*a small selection

What was your first book of 2018?

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

How did you like it?

I really enjoyed it, though admittedly not as much as Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

What was your last book of 2018?

Runebreaker by Alex R.Kahler

How did you like it?

I bloody loved it! The Runebinder Chronicles is one of my favourite series. Very gay, very awesome.

What do you look for in a book/what makes it really stand out?

Ownvoices rep, lush worldbuilding, beefy books, gaaaayyyyyy.

Do you collect any particular sets/editions of books?

I tend not to because it can be an expensive endeavour and Australia doesn’t get a whole lot of special editions however, I’m collecting the different editions of The Fever King by Victoria Lee and the Goldsboro editions of Godblind, Darksoul and fingers crossed Bloodchild when it’s out!

Do you prefer ebooks, audiobooks or physical books (hardback or paperback)?

I prefer physical books in paperback format, I find they’re easier to read than hardcovers in terms of holding them. I buy a lot of the romance I read in ebook form. I’m not particular, that said, I struggle with audiobooks because I find my attention just wanders to much.

Do you keep books you didn’t like, or get rid of them?

I use to keep them because I had this thing about not getting rid of any but recently I’ve cleared out my bookshelf and honestly it was really cathartic to and I’ll keep doing it in future. I either donate them or sell them.

What literary character best defines you/do you best related to?

Ohhhh that’s a hard one. Noam Alvaro as a disaster bi would have to be up there!

I tag…….you! If you fancy doing this tag link back to me so I can check out your answers too!


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Rise of the Guardians Christmas Book Tag

Welcome to my very last post for 2018! It’s been a wonderful year for reading and is the first full year of my blog. I’m still very much enjoying running this blog and seeing it slowly grow will never get old. I’ve met so many wonderful people and being a part of the book community is so much fun!

To finish of the year I was tagged by Laura @ The Book Corps to do the Rise of the Guardians book tag, who also created the tag. So without further ado….

Jackson Overland aka Jack Frost: Name an icy character that is actually very lovable and sweet


Dara Shirazi ~ The Fever King, Victoria Lee.

He may try to appear icy and unaffected but I know the truth. Dara, my softe son. May you have all the goats and star gazing you deserve.

Nicholas St. North aka Santa Claus: Name a fun and jolly character that could actually cut a bitch


Damianos of Akielos ~ Captive Prince, C.S. Pacat

Maybe a bit of a stretch but: Damianos, sunshine child, tol boi, can fuck you up.

Does he need to remind you of that time he speared a man with a two-handed broad sword across a river to protect Laurent?

Toothiana aka The Tooth Fairy: Name a lovable book that is dear to your heart (and is so sweet it gives you a tooth ache!)


The Remaking of Corbin Wale, Roan Parrish

There was some angst in this book but honestly it’s so beautiful and sweet I cried.

Sanderson Mansnoozie aka The Sandman: Name a book that put you to sleep (figuratively or literally)


Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This was a while ago but why oh way are we still getting high schoolers to read these kinds of books? Do you want to make children hate reading?

E. Aster Bunnymund aka The Easter Bunny: Name a book that fills you with hope


Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly

Amidst an absolute avalanche of feelings the end of Amberlough filled me with the desperate hope that Cyril would make it.

Probably not the kind of hope Laura was going for but I saw an opportunity and took it

Mim aka The Man in the Moon: Name a wise character that acts as a mentor/parental figure


Nysander ~ The Nightrunner series, Lynn Flewelling

Nysander is a mentor and father figure to both Alec and Seregil, guiding them, perplexing them, hiding things from them for their own good. Letting Alec in on Seregil’s embarrassing moments!

Pitch Black aka The Nightmare King: Name a villain/antihero you can’t help but love


******** ******** ~ The Fever King, Victoria Lee

This may be a kinda of spoiler so I’m not going to say who (and the stars aren’t an accurate count letter for letter either).

But Victoria hit like every goddamn element I love in a good villain mmmHMMMM. Just y’all wait 👀👀

*shakes fist* VICTORIA

I’m tagging (with absolutely no obligation) Leah @ Small Queer Big Opinions, Kate @ Reading Through Infinity, Amber @ Ambsreads, Destiny @ Howling Libraries, Jamieson @ JamisshelvesTennika @ That Bibliophile FranklinShan @ Little Irish Book Cat and anyone else that would like to have a go!