September Wrap Up

In September I started off with every intention of reading 8-10 books but I’ve just been super busy this month and I’ve found it hard to find time to pick up a book and read. And then when I would find that time it would take me forever to actually pick a book that I would feel like reading. I don’t think I’m back in my slump just yet but I need to prioritise relaxing, sitting down and reading more because it’s what I love to do!

The books I read in September were:

A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow – ⭐️2/5 stars

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould – ⭐️3/5 stars

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing – ⭐️3/5 stars

Malice by Heather Walter – ⭐️4/5 stars

Malice Review

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC for review!

Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse. But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.

Alyce’s character and background is just so intriguing. How she was found on the streets and handed in to the crown, who is her family and why is she different than the other graces. We really got quite an in depth history of the lands of Briar and Etheria and also Malterre. I really enjoy that we get the backstory and understand the prejudices that Alyce has had to deal with her whole life. I honestly think she was justified in how her arc progressed, finally finding happiness with Aurora and then having it snatched away by the Briar King.

The Graces were an interesting addition to the plotline. I liked that this was something completely new that was added into this fairy-tale that was unique and compelling. The contrast between the graces and Alyce really drove home how ostracised and looked down upon she was even though she was stronger than them. Just seeing how controlled they were from the crown and the length that these graces would go to secretly to ensure that they don’t fade.

Aurora’s character I didn’t feel as much a connection to as I would of hoped. I think she’s a product of her environment and means well but doesn’t understand the depth of hatred the realm has for Alyce. I think she really should of known that her father would blackmail Alyce into working for him especially after she seen what she could do with her powers. Kal on the other hand I felt like was almost too good to be true. He just seems to have all the answers for Alyce which immediately made me not trust him. I knew there was more to his story than what we were being told but the way his storyline played out seems a little rushed.

Overall I was highly invested in this storyline. The magic system and the world building was descriptive and pretty easy to understand. I would definitely appreciate a more in depth look at Vila magic and what the limitations are like we’ve gotten about the Graces. The pacing was a slower at the start and then felt rushed right at the end. But I was highly entertained, I was invested in Alyce and there were some twists and turns along the way that kept me turning the pages!

⭐️4/5 stars Can’t wait to finish off this duology and see what will happen next!

Books I’ve been avoiding

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a freebie and I thought I would take this opportunity to make myself a little more accountable by listing 10 books on my physical TBR currently that I have been definitely avoiding! This was a prompt a couple of years ago that I did and it’s still prevalent today as there are some books that even though I want to read just skip over for others.


Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

The Sword of Destiny by Andrezj Sapakowski

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

✨Witchlands Series Reread Update✨


Look what I finally received in the mail!!! I am soooo beyond excited to finally have Witchshadow in my possession and I am going to be able to continue this series in the very near future. I still have to reread Bloodwitch which will happen hopefully this week or even next week and then I can finally move on and see where the series will go next! I’m not quite sure how many books are going to be in this series, but I’m pretty sure there is going to be another one after Witchshadow. There are so many storylines still up in the air and so much is happening at the moment that I’m sure Susan Dennard could potentially stretch this out to even  8-10 books which I am definitely here for and will continue to read I’m sure! 

🌼Spring TBR🌸

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is once again our Seasonal TBR. Just like my Winter TBR I am going to reference last year’s Spring TBR and try to either finish the books I haven’t read yet or try and read any sequels or continuations of series!

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

The Sword of Destiny by Andrezj Sapakowski

The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto