Fairyloot Unboxing – November

This months theme was Battles and Galaxies. I was a bit weary with this box as I’m not a huge space fan. I’m not over keen on space films or books. However, I loved this box. Everything is useable with us brilliant, also not a lot of paper items which, tbh, used to annoy me. I will give the book a go as you just never know.

So to the items.

Galaxy Bath bomb by Fairyloot. Brilliant timing as I’m into bath bombs at the moment.

Passport Cover by Fairyloot. I’ll no doubt be using this for something else.

William Shakespeare quote Wooden Ornament by Catarina’s Book Design. Just in time for Christmas.

Can you ever have enough coasters. Well yes but these are just gorgeous inspired by Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. Created by Miss Phi.

What better way to help the environment than with your own galaxy metal straws. These couldn’t have come at a better time. I was actually in the process of ordering myself some.

Red Rising Iron-on Patch by KDP Letters

I love a good Tote Bag. This one is inspired by The Illiuminae Files and made by Evie Bookish.

Finally this months book is Skyward by Brendan Sanderson.

Synopsis- Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul. – Goodreads

So did you get this month’s Fairyloot? What did you think? What was you favourite item?

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Book Haul

I have recently been on a bit of a book buying spree. The curse of a bookaholic I’m afraid. I cleared my shelves and got rid of a few books only for me to then buy all of these.

Will I read them this year? nope. Next year? Possibly not. Why do I buy them then? Well, when I’m either in a reading mood and find myself getting through alot of books I tend to look on Amazon for similar books (even though I have too many to count unread books on my shelves) and just buy them. I also mood buy. When I’m having trouble with anxiety sometimes browsing books or art supplies cheers me up. This sometimes leads to speanding 😂 (my husband is used to this now)

So to the books

I read Asylum last year and enjoyed the creepyness.

Have you read any of these books? What do you recommend me to read? Are any of these on your list?

2019 YA Releases TBR

The year is almost over so I decided to take a look at YA releases for next year. Its not a guarantee that I’ll be reading all of these. It also won’t be including crine/thriller/horror books that I would also read normally. (I won’t be doing a list for these as I tend to pick these up when I’m out and about 🤣)

So to the list. The beginning of the year there seems to be loads I would like to read that I’m glad the end of the year its quite just so I can catch up.

January

  • The Wicked King by Holly Black (2nd book to The Cruel Prince)
  • Evermore by Sara Holland (2nd book to Everless which I plan on reading next year)
  • The Loney Dead by April Henry
  • The Dream Keeper by Amber R Duell
  • A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

February

  • The Antidote by Shelly Sackier
  • Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins
  • The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes
  • The Queen of Cursed Things by S.M. Gaither

March

  • Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
  • The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
  • Killing November by Adriana Mather
  • Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

April

  • King of Fools by Amanda Foody. (2nd book to Ace of Shades) I am so excited about this book. I need to know more.
  • Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake.
  • Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge

May

  • Finale by Stephanie Garber (3rd book in the Caraval series) I am extremely excited about this book. I am a huge Caraval fan.
  • Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
  • Nocturna by Maya Motayne
  • The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields
  • The Missing Season by Gillian French

June

  • The Beholder by Anna Bright
  • The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter
  • Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

October

  • Into the Crooked Place by Alexander Christo
  • The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

I would also like to try The Bone Witch series by Rin Chupeco as the 3rd book will be released in 2019. I did try and read The Bone Witch beginning of the year but couldn’t get into it. I want to try again as I feel it has great potential.

Are any of these books on you list? What 2019 release are you looking forward too?

Bring Me Back – B.A Paris

Synopsis- Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him…even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax. – Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I listened to it on audio and normally I’m able to listen and just take it in, this story however made me stop and concentrate. It made me guess and try and work out whats happening.

After a argument, Finn walks off to calm his anger down, when he returns Layla is missing. He is a suspect in her murder. 10 years later Finn is still in love with Layla, even though he is now with Ellen, Layla’s sister, and soon to be married. He keeps trying to convince himself that he loves Ellen while comparing her to Layla.

Russian dolls that in the past belonged to Layla and Ellen and sightings of Layla begin to happen. Then Finn starts to receive emails from Layla.

I liked the characters and yes i got annoyed at Finn for comparing his new partner to his old, the way it was written didnt3make me hate him. Layla is very flightly, she can’t be in one place for too long as she gets restless. Finn trys to calm her ways done, hoping she will settle down, but it doesn’t happen.

It is written in first person which I feel helped with the story. You felt more part of what was happening, as if Finn was talking to you directly.

This story certainly keeps you guessing as to what happened 10 years ago? Is this really Layla contacting Finn? If it is Layla, why has she waited this long?

4/5 ⭐

Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts?

Carole Matthews

Well what can I say about Carole Matthews. I LOVE HER. Her books are so brilliantly light, funny and fluffy.

I started reading her books about 4 years ago. I wanted something light to read so picked up The Chocolate lovers club. I could not put this book down. Since then I gave virtually read every book she has wrote.

I even managed to get my sister hooked onto her books and she doesn’t read books.

Carole Matthews has a way of sucking you into the characters world that you find you want to be a part of.

A Cottage by Sea got me into looking for holiday homes in Pembrokeshire (going on a tour around there next year) A Chocolate Lover’s series makes you want to open your own chocolate shop ( bewarned chocolate will be needed while reading this book) The Cake Shop in the garden will make you want to holiday in a barge (again, I actually looked into this) and there’s many more.

Fun story, I was in a book shop a few years back when I over heard a lady asking a clerk if they had any Carole Matthews books, she said no. I went over and starting talking to this lady about Matthews books and me suggesting a few as she hadn’t read them. A few other ladies came over and we ended up just having a chat in the middle of the book shop.

These are just a few of my favourite books by Carole Matthews. Have you read any of her books? Which ones have you read and what did you think?

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Synopsis – Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play -Goodreads

Wow, just wow. I read Daughter of the Burning City last year and just loved it. I didn’t have to think about buying Amanda Foody’s next book Ace of Shades, I just brought it.

I was not disappointed. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Levi and although I found Enne stuck up and slightly annoying at times I loved her character as well.

Enne is looking for her adopted mother in the city of sin. As soon as she is off the boat she is in trouble. When mentioning her mother’s name people become edgy around her. She is lead by 2 children to their den where she is introduced to Levi Glaisyer, a street lord of one of the most notorious gangs in the city.

Levi is charming in his own little way, but not to be messed with. He also has a secret which he keeps from his gang thats bad for business. He is the mafia’s favourite, which isn’t good. He sleeps in her personal apartments and all he has to do is whatever job she requires.

Everybody has a talent in this world, Enne is apparently dancing. It becomes obvious though that this was a lie told to her to protect her. Enne becomes very head strong and cunning, she evolves to adapt to The City of Sin. Levi leads her to his boss hoping that she would just be offered a job. Unfortunately its not the job he had hoped for Enne.

Along the way Levi is threatened by wealthy and dangerous men who he has conned out of vaults (money) These men see to it that Levi will have to play a game and not get out of this alive.

The ending is has left me with questions. Enne and Levi relationship, what will happen? Not to worry though, a second book will be out……. april 2019 😭

If you enjoyed Daughter if the Burning City I highly recommend this book.

Have you read Ace of Shades? What did you think?

The Birthday by Carol Wyer review

Synopsis- One hot summer’s afternoon, five-year-old Ava Sawyer went to a party. She never came home …

When five-year-old Ava Sawyer goes missing from a birthday party at a local garden centre, the police are bewildered by the lack of leads. That is until two years later, when Ava’s body is found and another little girl, Audrey Briggs, goes missing. Audrey also attended that party …

Leading the investigation is Detective Natalie Ward. A mother of two teenagers, this case chills her to the bone, and is a disturbing reminder of the last job she worked on. One that ended very badly.

Natalie soon discovers that Ava’s mother has some worrying gaps in her alibi and as she digs deeper, she’s sure Ava’s father is not telling the full story. And what did the owner of the garden centre Elsa see that day? Something that she’s not telling Natalie …

Just as Natalie is facing up to the grim possibility that Ava and Audrey were killed by someone close to home, another little girl from the party doesn’t come home from her ballet lesson. Can Natalie find a way to stop this killer before more innocent lives are taken? – goodreads


I listened to this on audio. At first I just wasn’t enjoying it. Not sure if it was the story or the voice actor. I do know that sometimes the audio book is ruined by the voice actor for me.

However, I persevered and I’m glad I did.

There were alot of avenues that this story took and keep me guessing who could be the killer. Natalie Ward was tough and took no notice from people who tried to hide things. She wanted answers and she was going to get them.

The beginning for me was a bit slow paced and I was getting confused over whose parents were whose and were suspects were coming from. Again, this may be down to me not particularly enjoying the beginning of the book so it wasn’t sinking in.

Once I got about half way though, things began to pick up. A second story had been introduced from a young boy’s perspective that lead to the killer. It was interesting to see that side as it gave a reason to the killers motives.

The story really did keep you guessing and asking questions. Why is that guy lieing? Why did no one see them?

3/5 ⭐