Saturday, June 15, 2024

Week 24 Reviews: Meeting Lister, I Was Born for This, I Was Born to Bake



From Goodreads:
Meeting Lister was a serialised, illustrated short story [Alice] wrote and shared for fun with readers in the summer of 2018. It explores the events that led to Jimmy, Rowan, and Lister, lead characters from I Was Born for This, forming The Ark when they were thirteen.

'I'm gonna die. I'm literally gonna die.'
'Wouldn't recommend that,' says Juliet, as if she's been on a two week holiday to Death and gave it a two out of five on TripAdvisor.

For Angel, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy owes everything to The Ark. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing.

But dreams don't always turn out the way you think, and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together they find out just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

Funny and wise, I Was Born for This is a stunning reflection on the power of believing in something - especially yourself.

From Goodreads:
A not-necessarily-canon story about The Ark appearing on The Great Celebrity Bake Off.

My Review:


Author: Alice Oseman 
Series: I Was Born for This #0.5, 1, 1.5,  Osemanverse #10
Read: June 14th, 14th, 14th, 2024
Source: Online, Ebook.bike 
Reason Why: Love her writing and this world, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2024 Books and I Was Born to Bake is a End of Series 2024 Book! 
Publisher: Alice Oseman, HarperCollins
Published: January 1st 2018, May 3rd 2018, March 1st 2020

Meeting Lister:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








I Was Born for This: 
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








I Was Born to Bake:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 24 Reviews: Waiting for the Flood, Chasing the Light


Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant, an artist. It was going to be forever. Ten years later, it ended.

Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past. Then the weather turns, and the river spills into Edwin's quiet world, bringing with it Adam Dacre from the Environment Agency. An unlikely knight, this stranger with roughened hands and worn wellingtons offers Edwin the hope of something he thought he would never have again.

As the two men grow closer in their struggle against the rising waters, Edwin learns he can't protect himself from everything—and sometimes he doesn't need to try. Because love doesn't only leave scars; oftentimes, it heals them too.

Chasing the Light is a companion novella that will be available to read in Waiting for the Flood (2024 edition). It follows Edwin's ex, Marius, as he rediscovers love and the complicated joy of being truly alive.

My Review
:


Author: Alexis Hall
Series: Spires Universe #2, 2.5
Read: June 14th, 14th, 2024
Source: NetGalley 
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2024 Books! 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: February 20th 2024, February 20th 2024

Waiting for the Flood:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Chasing the Light:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 24 Review: The Brightness Between Us

From Goodreads:
In this sequel to The Darkness Outside Us, a Stonewall Honor Book, New York Times bestselling author Eliot Schrefer delivers another ambitious, genre-bending novel and epic love story that spans thousands of years and the far reaches of the galaxy.

Seventeen years have gone by since the Coordinated Endeavor crashed on a distant exoplanet. Ambrose Cusk and Kodiak Celius are now the devoted parents of two teenage children, Owl and Yarrow, in a hardscrabble frontier home. Though life on Minerva is full of danger, the family's bond is enough to make it all worth it—until they learn that the biggest threat to their survival might come from within.

More than thirty thousand years in the past, Ambrose wakes on Earth to find that his mission to save his sister was a ruse. His mother betrayed him, and the truth of her plan—to send twenty clones of him to continue human civilization thousands of light-years away—sets Ambrose spiraling. When he discovers that another spacefarer is suffering his same fate, he will have to decide whether to risk crossing a world at war to reach him.

Separated by time and space, a young family and two strangers learn that their lives are intimately intertwined. They race to uncover the unexpected connections that might save them all . . . and perhaps humanity as well.

My Review:


Author: Eliot Schrefer 
Series: The Darkness Outside Us #2
Read: June 13th, 2024 
Source: Edelweiss 
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and it's a 2024 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2024 Book and a WoW Book! 
Publisher: Harper Collins
Expected Publication: October 1st 2024
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 24 Reviews: Down to the Liar, Burden of Proof, Trust Me, I'm Trouble



From Goodreads:
Julep Dupree is a lot of things--fixer, grifter, master of disguise. But one thing she isn't is okay. Dealing with the emotional aftermath of the death of someone close to  her is proving difficult, especially for someone who isn't supposed to care. 
 
Then a friend of a friend hires Julep's team to stop a cadre of cyber bullies, forcing Julep to run an impossible con. Nothing Julep has been through could possibly have prepared her for the truth behind the bullying, or for the demons she'll have to face to save her friends.

Down to the Liar also features a teaser to Trust Me, I'm Trouble!

Grifters can't have all the fun...
Sam Seward is a hacker, not a con artist. And after the events that landed him in a military school, he's more than happy to leave the grifting to the expert he left back in Chicago. But when a classmate begs him to help her retrieve something one of the school teachers stole from her, Sam's staunch belief in justice won't let him turn her down. He forms a new crew and plots a heist of his own, but he's not Julep, and something about this case just smells wrong.

Will he be able to pull off a con that even Julep would never attempt? Find out in this companion novella to Down to the Liar.

Staying out of trouble isn't possible for Julep Dupree. She has managed not to get kicked out of her private school, even though everyone knows she's responsible for taking down a human-trafficking mob boss—and getting St. Agatha's golden-boy Tyler killed in the process. Running cons holds her guilty conscience at bay, but unfortunately, someone wants Julep to pay for her mistakes…with her life.

Against her better judgment, Julep takes a shady case that requires her to infiltrate a secretive organization, one that may be connected to her long-gone mother and the enigmatic figure called the blue fairy. Her best friend, Sam, isn't around to stop her, and Dani, her one true confidante, happens to be a nineteen-year-old mob enforcer whose moral compass is as questionable as Julep's. But there's not much time to worry about right and wrong—or to save your falling heart—when there's a contract on your head.

Murders, heists, secrets and lies, hit men and hidden identities…If Julep doesn't watch her back, it's her funeral. No lie.

My Review:


Author: Mary Elizabeth Summer
Series: Trust Me #1.5, 1.6, 2
Read: June 12th, 12th, 12th, 2024
Source: Ebook.bike, Bought 
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2024 Books!
Publisher: Delacorte Press, Monoceros Publishing, LLC
Published: September 8th 2015, February 26th 2024, October 13th 2013

Down to the Liar:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Burden of Proof:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Trust Me, I'm Trouble:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 24 Review: The Spellshop

From Goodreads:
The Spellshop is a cottagecore cosy fantasy following a woman's unexpected journey through the low-stakes market of illegal spell-selling and the high-risk business of starting over . . .

Kiela has always had trouble dealing with people, and as librarian at the Great Library of Alyssium, she hasn't had to.

She and her assistant, Caz, a sentient spider plant, have spent most of the last eleven years sequestered among the empire's precious spellbooks, protecting the magic for the city's elite. But a revolution is brewing and when the library goes up in flames, she and Caz steal whatever books they can and flee to the faraway island where she grew up. She's hoping to lay low and figure out a way to survive before the revolution comes looking for her. To her dismay, in addition to a nosy—and very handsome—neighbor, she finds the town in disarray.

The empire with its magic spellbooks has slowly been draining power from the island, something that Kiela is indirectly responsible for, and now she's determined to find a way to make things right. Opening up a spell shop comes with its own risks—the consequence of sharing magic with commoners is death. And as Kiela comes to make a place for herself among the quirky townspeople, she realizes that in order to make a life for herself, she must break down the walls she has kept so high.

Perfect for fans of Travis Baldree and TJ Klune, The Spellshop is a romantic and cosy fantasy.

My Review:


Author: Sarah Beth Durst 
Read: June 11th, 2024
Source: NetGalley 
Reason Why: Love her writing, and it sounded great and it's a SAC 2024 Book and a WoW Book! 
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Expected Publication: July 9th 2024
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 24 Reviews: Romancing Mister Bridgerton, Romancing Mister Bridgerton: The 2nd Epilogue, To Sir Phillip, With Love, To Sir Phillip, With Love: The 2nd Epilogue, When He Was Wicked, When He Was Wicked: The 2nd Epilogue, It's In His Kiss, It's In His Kiss: The 2nd Epilogue, On the Way to the Wedding, On the Way to the Wedding: The 2nd Epilogue, Violet in Bloom, Queen Charlotte












From Goodreads:
Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for… well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret… and fears she doesn't know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the neverending sameness of his life, and, most of all, tired of everyone's preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply… there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide… is she his biggest threat—or his promise of a happy ending?

We can't really say more without giving away a big, fat spoiler, but it turns out that Colin is a bit of a meddler, Hyacinth is more of a meddler, and the only time all of the Bridgertons stop talking at once is when Penelope has something really embarrassing to say. Hey, we never said it was easy to marry a Bridgerton, just that it was fun.

My dear Miss Bridgerton,

We have been corresponding now for quite some time, and although we have never formally met, I feel as if I know you.

Forgive me if I am too bold, but I am writing to invite you to visit me. It is my hope that we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife.

—Sir Phillip Crane

Sir Phillip Crane knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except… she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her… and more.

Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking… and wondering… and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except… he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled… and when he kissed her… the rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn't help but wonder… could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

Those cute kids from romance novels aren't actually supposed to grow up, are they?

When last we saw Amanda Crane, she was eight years old and (in her own words) a blight on the face of humanity. Now she's grown up, remarkably well-adjusted, and ready to fall in love. All she needs is the right gentleman...

Everything was so much simpler... when he was wicked.

In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one's life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London's most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca's surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer—the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

But that was then... Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love... until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets...

Do the best things really come to those who wait? Three years have passed since Francesca's and Michael's marriage, and they are still childless. And Francesca wonders, can a woman be truly and completely happy when a little piece of her heart remains empty? But just when she makes peace with her fate, something unexpected occurs.

Meet Our Hero . . .Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past . . . and the key to his future. The problem is--it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

Meet Our Heroine . . .All the ton there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there's something about her--something charming and vexing--that grabs him and won't quite let go . . .

Meet Poor Mr. Mozart . . .Or don't. But rest assured, he's spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual--and annually discordant--Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other . . . and that there is nothing as simple--or as complicated--as a single, perfect kiss.

What happened to the diamonds?

If you've read "It's in His Kiss," you want to know. Don't miss this charming and passionate addendum, in which Gareth proves that some things get better with age, Hyacinth gains new respect for her mother (with a daughter like Isabella she'd have to, wouldn't she?), and everyone learns that while diamonds are lovely, sometimes tenacity is a girl's best friend.

A funny thing happened...

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except...

She wasn't the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with another. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except...

Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar...

Continuation of the original book about Lucy and Gregory.

Bonus story about Violet Bridgerton, included in Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn and television pioneer Shonda Rhimes comes a powerful and romantic novel of Bridgerton's Queen Charlotte and King George III's great love story and how it sparked a societal shift, inspired by the original series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, created by Shondaland for Netflix.

“We are one crown. His weight is mine, and mine is his…”

In 1761, on a sunny day in September, a King and Queen met for the very first time. They were married within hours.

Born a German Princess, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was beautiful, headstrong, and fiercely intelligent… not precisely the attributes the British Court had been seeking in a spouse for the young King George III. But her fire and independence were exactly what she needed, because George had secrets… secrets with the potential to shake the very foundations of the monarchy.

Thrust into her new role as a royal, Charlotte must learn to navigate the intricate politics of the court… all the while guarding her heart, because she is falling in love with the King, even as he pushes her away. Above all she must learn to rule, and to understand that she has been given the power to remake society. She must fight—for herself, for her husband, and for all her new subjects who look to her for guidance and grace. For she will never be just Charlotte again. She must instead fulfill her destiny… as Queen.

My Review:
I loved reading the rest of this series! I really enjoyed the first 3 books and the tv show, so I was thrilled to continue on and finish the series. It was just so good and I loved seeing the rest of the Bridgerton siblings find their happy endings!

It's funny that the show moved up Colin and Penelope's story, so I knew half of it going in, and then was able to watch the 2nd half. It was interesting to read because they didn't really have any interactions in the same time that the show covered, but I really enjoyed their story!

I'm not sure which sibling, and which story, was my favourite. They were all vibrant characters and I enjoyed seeing their love lives, though I think Francesca's story was pretty great! 

All the bonus material that we got, the 2nd epilogues, Violet's story, and Queen Charlotte, I just loved! I loved getting more, it's exactly what I want and dream for basically every book that concludes a story and I loved spending that time with them, they were all so great to read! Plus the mini-season Queen Charlotte is the first of this media that I consumed, so it was great to read the written word of her story! 

These were excellent reads and I can't wait to read more by Julia Quinn!

Author: Julia Quinn, Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes
Series: Bridgertons #4, 4.5, 5. 5.5. 6, 6.5, 7. 7.5, 8, 8.5, 8.6
Read: July 9th, 9th, 9th, 9th, 10th, 10th, 10th, 10th, 11th, 11th, 11th, 11th, 2024
Source: Ebook.bike, Bought
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and they're Historical Fiction 2024 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2024 Books, and On the Way to the Wedding is a End of Series 2024 Book! 
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Harper Collins, Avon
Published: July 2nd 2002, May 1st 2007, July 1st 2003, August 18th 2009, June 29th 2004, May 1st 2007, June 28th 2005, June 6th 2006, June 27th 2006, January 7th 2022, April 2nd 2013, May 9th 2023

Romancing Mister Bridgerton:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Romancing Mister Bridgerton: The 2nd Epilogue:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








To Sir Phillip, With Love:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








To Sir Phillip, With Love: The 2nd Epilogue:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








When He Was Wicked:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








When He Was Wicked: The 2nd Epilogue:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








It's In His Kiss:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








It's In His Kiss: The 2nd Epilogue:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








On the Way to the Wedding:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








On the Way to the Wedding: The 2nd Epilogue:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Violet in Bloom:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Queen Charlotte:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars