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Shelfie by Shelfie Book Tag

I was tagged by Laura @ The Book Corps for the Shelfie by Shelfie Book Tag! (You should definitely check out her take on the tag as well, I saw some favourites 😍) The tag was created by Bibliobeth.

So to jump right…

My shelfie


The Questions

1. Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

This is my (work-in-progress) queer Tor titles bookshelf, though the books themselves aren’t organised beyond series.

Books on the shelf:
~ Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
~ Amberlough (x2), Armistice and Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly
~ The Perfect Assassin by KA Doore
~ Docile by KM Szpara
~ The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
~ Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
~ The Tiger’s Daughter, The Phoenix Empress & The Warrior Moon by K Arsenault Rivera
~ Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
~ A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab
~ Vier Farben Der Magie by VE Schwab
~ The Ruin of Kings & The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

2. Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/a memory associated with it, etc.

Docile! I legit fucking screamed when I opened the packaged. It is hands down my single-most anticipated release of 2020. I had been trying since Feb to see if I could get a review copy be it physical or an eARC but I figured since I was international it was highly likely I’d get nothing at all. So to get a physical arc at the end of July, months before release legit sent me.

3. Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

That’s just cruel quite frankly. But if I absolutely had to probably my German edition of ADSOM since I have the English one and I haven’t been practising lately so my German is abysmal 💀

4. Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

I mean if I can’t do all of them then at the very least Docile for the reasons mentioned above and the fact it’s an ARC which is a little harder to replace.

5. Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time? 

I do believe the Tiger’s Daughter since I got that when it first released (which was still only 2017), though these are all rather recent releases so it’s not exactly a long long time 😅

I owned the Shades of Magic beforehand but because I sold my standard copies and got the special editions, technically I haven’t had them as long.

6. Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

The Name of All Things, which I received from Pan Macmillan. Fucking love these books, the series is *chef’s kiss*

7. Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

A reread of Docile! I have no words for how much I loved it and I was ready for round two as soon as I finished it the first time.

8. If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

There are, though you can’t see them in the shelfie photo. An official Red London standard mark by Badali Jewellery and the House cards from Gideon the Ninth!

9. What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

I’m hella gay and Tor provides.

10. Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books
Lucien @ Lucien in the Stars
Brooklyn @ Brooklyn the Bookworm

As always even if you’re not tagged feel free to do it and tag me!

This was a lot of fun so keep an eye out because I’ll likely be featuring another shelf soon.

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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?

Book Reviews

Book Review ‘Amnesty’ ~ Lara Elena Donnelly

AmnestyAmnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly

Publication Date: April 16th 2019

Publisher: Tor Books

Series: Amberlough Dossier #3

Blurb: The revolution has come and gone, with Amberlough City striving to rebuild itself from the ashes. The Ospies have been ousted, and the very face of the nation has been changed in the process.

Now, a rising politician is determined to bring Amberlough’s traitors to justice.

Including double agent Cyril DePaul.

Everyone believes Cyril deserves to suffer for his crimes… except an old lover and an estranged sister. Soon, they become entangled in another web of high-stakes politics, underground crime, and personal deceit. Only the most extreme actions can save them from the iron reach of the law, before it is too late.


Continue reading “Book Review ‘Amnesty’ ~ Lara Elena Donnelly”

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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!

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Best of….2018

The end of another year is upon us and I don’t know about anyone else but it seems to have gone in the blink of an eye and felt like forever as well. As of a few days ago I hit my Goodreads goal of 60 books so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites in 2018. This isn’t even all of them because I could wax lyrical for days about my favourites so considered this the abridged version!

Disclaimer: I’m reading a couple books at the moment that I’ll finish before the end of the year that are shaping up to be amazing so this isn’t an exhaustive list nor were all of them published in 2018 but I thought I’d share a few of the ones I’ve read and loved this year.

The Fever King by Victoria Lee


People, you are not ready for this book. It is amazing. Disaster gays, magic like you’ve never seen it before, spellbinding storytelling. Dara Shirazi.

Find my full review here: X


Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

AmberloughI still can’t believe I only discovered the wonder that is this book this year when it feels like it’s been a part of my soul forever. Decadent, sumptuous. Aristide Makricosta could murder me with his stiletto and I’d say thank you.

Find my full review here: X


Godblind by Anna Stephens

GodblindBloody, brutal and oh so brilliant. Godblind is such a fantastic grimdark fantasy, it swept me up and refused to let go. Where gods walk amongst men and the Fox God rises.

Find my full review here: X


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

51hcBK1TlWLHow is it even possible to sum up just how much I loved this. It broke my heart, mended it and then broke it again. There are times when I have to remind myself that Evelyn Hugo is only fiction and the world seem a little dimmer.

Find my full review here: X


Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

515YIGx3dmL._SX301_BO1,204,203,200_This book was published when I was two years old and yet somehow I have only started it this year. But not matter because there is a sort of magic in discovering a new favourite 22 years after it was first published. Old school epic fantasy with queer leads and none of the bigotry that is still all to present at times in the genre.

Find my full review here: X

Circe by Madeline Miller

9781408890073Miller is truly a wordsmith and there is little I can say that would do Circe justice.

‘When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.’

Find my full review here: X


Honourable mentions:

~ Blackout by Kit Mallory: X
~ White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig: X
~ Social Intercourse by Greg Howard: X
~ City of Lies by Sam Hawke: X

What were some of your favourites of 2018?