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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

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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

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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

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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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Cover Reveals

Cover Reveal ‘Feast of Sparks’ ~ Sierra Simone

I am very excited that today I get to share with you the cover for Feast of Sparks, book two in the Thornchapel series! Book one, A Lesson in Thorns was a beguiling and sensuous read and the story continues on August 1st.

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Without further ado, the cover for Feast of Sparks!  Continue reading “Cover Reveal ‘Feast of Sparks’ ~ Sierra Simone”

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Waiting on Wednesday…The Impossible Contract

43263188The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore

Publication Date: November 12th 2019

Publisher: Tor Books

Series: The Chronicles of Ghadid #2

Blurb: Thana has a huge reputation to live up to as daughter of the Serpent, who rules over Ghadid’s secret clan of assassins. Opportunity to prove herself arrives when Thana accepts her first contract on Heru, a dangerous foreign diplomat with the ability to bind a person’s soul under his control.

She may be in over her head, especially when Heru is targeted by a rival sorcerer who sends hordes of the undead to attack them both. When Heru flees, Thana has no choice than to pursue him across the sands to the Empire that intends to capture Ghadid inside its iron grip.

A stranger in a strange city, Thana’s only ally is Mo, a healer who may be too noble for her own good. Meanwhile, otherworldly and political dangers lurk around every corner, and even more sinister plans are uncovered which could lead to worldwide devastation. Can Thana rise to the challenge—even if it means facing off against an ancient evil?

I thoroughly enjoyed The Perfect Assassin so my excitement for The Impossible Contract is high! The fact that we don’t even have to wait a year for this just adds to it. We are going to be outside the boundary of Ghadid, following the daughter of the Serpent of Ghadid. And I mean, f/f assassins? Bring it on!

Have you read The Perfect Assassin? Excited for book two?

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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….

Name

Ashleigh

Age

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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So many books, so little time: trimming that TBR pile

As a lot of us readers are no doubt familiar with there are so many books and yet so little time. In facts there’s some 130 million books in existence today and that’s only counting books from recent history. Bookworms can be an ambitious bunch but at some point we all have to face the reality that we will always have a tbr pile, no matter how many books we read there will be more waiting.

In light of this I’ve spent sometime combing through my Goodreads want-to-read shelf and thought I’d share some of the books I decided to pull from my shelves. These are books that I feel apathetic about or ones I added years ago but my changing reading habits mean that I’m no longer interested in. It’s also about learning not to feel guilty about not wanting to reading certain books as well!

If you love these books don’t feel bad or that you need to defend them! This isn’t a negative post but rather clearing space on the shelf so to speak. But do feel free to share your thoughts, good or bad, about the books. Who knows maybe this post has a new favourite you are about to discover!

So here are just a selection of the books I removed from my Goodreads shelf.

Remind Me How This Ends ~ Gabrielle Tozer

29564838I added this book back in 2016. When I first started getting involved in the online book community, in YA in particular, I noticed that contemporary was a predominant genre. And whilst I have read some great ones it isn’t really my thing and so I’m unlikely to ever get to this book.

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Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles ~ anthology

26837046On one hand I love the idea of anthologies, on the other I don’t think I have ever read one cover to cover? I might read one from a particular author but that’s generally it. There’s a lot of amazing authors in this one, including several I’ve read and loved, but it’s just not piquing my interest anymore.

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour ~ Morgan Matson

7664334I really enjoyed The Unexpected Everything as a light-hearted summer read, and Save the Date is on my shelf. Matson’s books (that I’ve read) are fun reads but I do find them very white and heterosexual and that’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself but when I read romances these days I prefer them to be more diverse in the cast of characters and a little more reflective of who I am.

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Our Own Private Universe ~ Robin Talley

22082082I think I originally added this book for it’s queer rep and its lovely cover but a couple of reviewers who I trust talked about some of the bi-erasure that goes on and honestly I’m just not here for it.

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Dreamology ~ Lucy Keating

25817310I was pretty excited for this when I first added it and I loved the cover, however when I read the blurb now I’m just not interested in it. It’s one of those ones that I don’t think I’d ever get around to reading now.

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One of Us is Lying ~ Karen M. McManus

32887579I’ve heard good things about this book but I just don’t read a whole lot of mystery and if I do I’m quite picky. I read the first couple of chapters in a sampler but it didn’t hook me.

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Caraval ~ Stephanie Garber

32930224I added this one at the time because there was a lot of hype around it but to be honest it just doesn’t capture my interest, not for any particular reason there’s just nothing that’s driving me to pick it up.

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Do you clear out books from your GR shelves at all? What prompts you to remove a book?