These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!
The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
“What kind of person hate-reads their best friend’s books?”
Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey
“You make me feel like I’m in the exact right place.”
The Fine Print by Lauren Asher
“how can we appreciate the sun every morning if we don’t live through the dark?”
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
“When I read a book it feels like real life and when I put the book down it’s like I go back into the dream.”
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
“Women are stuck in a cycle of insecurity perpetuated by the way men treat them, and we are constantly fighting to prove to ourselves and everyone else that we are okay.”
After a lifetime of bounties and bloodshed, Viv is hanging up her sword for the last time. The battle-weary orc aims to start fresh, opening the first ever coffee shop in the city of Thune. But old and new rivals stand in the way of success — not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea what coffee actually is. If Viv wants to put the blade behind her and make her plans a reality, she won’t be able to go it alone.
We are definitely thrown straight into this story with Viv coming to this new town and starting the preparations to open her shop. I love how we are juxtaposed with this hulking ork that could kill you in two swings of her sword and wanting to become essentially a barista. She is driven and highly committed to her task and watching her achieve her goal gave me all the warm feels!
Tandri was a great inclusion to the shop and she was a great contrast to Viv. She is definitely more direct and takes control quite well. The slow burn of their romance was soo well done and the evolution from their friendship to something more was just too wholesome and endearing.
All of the other characters in this book all had a purpose and were mostly distinct though not all were that fleshed out. But being as this is just a slice of life kind of book that didn’t bother me at all. The stakes were very low but there was still an underlying mystery that was woven throughout which defintely keeps you entertained and engaged throughout the read.
⭐️4/5 stars The coziest fantasy you will ever read!
I missed this prompt last week so luckily this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a rewind so I had to do my Autumn TBR. Right now I’m kind of more in a mystery/thriller mood with some fun romance thrown in the mix to break up all the heaviness, so hopefully I manage to get around to these books!
My Autumn TBR consists of:
She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
The Chalk Man & The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Spite House by Johnny Compton
The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz
Terms and Conditions & Final Offer by Lauren Asher
As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.
I enjoyed Mika as our main protagonist. She is inquisitive, she asks questions about the situation and even though she feels like she is in over her head she doesn’t give up and really tries for the girls. I liked the witchy elements through in, like gathering stardust in the middle of the night and casually mentioning the koi pond she has in her car. She continually questions Primrose why witches have been made to ostracize themselves from each other and doesn’t stick to the status quo.
Now with Jamie, I can understand why he is opposed to Mika coming but the outright rudeness I didn’t think was necessary. He could see just how much his averseness to her being there was affecting her potential relationship with Terracotta and yet didn’t change until something bad happened. In the end once he started coming around and opening up to Mika I was able to garner more affection for him.
All of the other characters were super distinctive and for the most part very wholesome. I loved how Ian kept trying to push Mika and Jamie together even though they were both so against it for so long but he knew they were meant to be. The girls were precious, the teaching scenes between them and Mika really made me appreciate how much patience and understanding she has for them.
I liked the fact that the relationship between Mika and Jamie was a slower burn. They each have issues from their past that they have to overcome before they can see clearly that the person right in front of them might be the one. The way that they naturally progress from enemies to friends and then ultimately end up together was a joy to read.
⭐️4/5 stars this was super cute!
For the last couple of years I’ve been listing 5 of my favourite fantasy stand-alone books that I read in the year previous. So I figured I had to continue on and list 5 more for you all!
A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna