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Review: Three Mages and a Margarita - Annette Marie

Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series #1

My rating: {★★★★☆}

Urban Fantasy Paranormal
Expected publication: September 14th 2018 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.

Source: ARC sent by Publisher
Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.

It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview — to see if I'd mesh with their "special" clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right?

I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they… offered me the job?

It turns out this place isn't a bar. It's a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I'm exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there's a go…
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Review: Between the Blade and the Heart - Amanda Hocking

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
Series: Valkyrie #1

My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Urban Fantasy
Published January 2nd 2018 by Pan

Source: Review Copy sent by the publisher
Game of Thrones meets Thor: Ragnarok in Between the Blade and the Heart, a gripping story of love and revenge from Amanda Hocking, author of the Trylle trilogy and the Kanin Chronicles.

Malin is a Valkyrie-in-training. It's her responsibility to slay immortals, returning them to the afterlife to maintain balance in the world. She also struggles to maintain balance in her own life - between her studies, her duties as a Valkyrie and her conflicting feelings for her ex-girlfriend. But when a beguiling stranger breaks into her home on a quest for vengeance, Malin's carefully balanced life falls apart.

Asher is hunting the rogue immortal who murdered his mother, and he thinks Malin may have information. Her loyalties are tested, as she uncovers a betrayal that unravels everything she thought she knew.…

Review: Damsel - Elana K. Arnold

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
Series: Standalone

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Source: ARC received from Publisher via Edelweiss
The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsel…

The Wrap Up: August Edition

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up! I hope that you've had a great month.

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I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.

Happy September everyone! I hope you all had a great August. August was a lot less eventful than my July thank goodness! I managed to actually read SEVEN books, which was one less than what I'd hoped... But we'll see how this month goes and maybe I can make it up?

What I read:

What I am currently reading:
Up Next:

New Arrivals: I haven't yet managed to read 'Hunted' by Meagan Spooner but I am pretty sure that I'm going to love it! I did buy it when I saw it on sale on my Kindle and when I saw Sherwood on Edelweiss I couldn't resist! Thank you soooo much HarperTeen!

I also received Ash Princess from PanMac and while I have heard …

Bookish Merch Supplier Review - Chiqui Creates

Since I've been bookstagramming I've come across an entirely new world of amazing bookish things. As a book blogger I think our community is a fairly closed loop but Instagram creates an entirely new realm of possibilities: There are literally MILLIONS (more than 800 million at the moment!) of people using this platform and any one of them searching a hashtag that you have used could happen across your post. And being entirely a photo and video sharing platform, this visually pleasing social network is the perfect place for Bookish Merch Suppliers to show off their wares. 
@ChiquiCreates is one of my favourite bookish and fandom merch shops and I've already found myself ordering a number of things from her gorgeous jewellery and bookmark collections which are extensive and it shouldn't be hard for any bookworm to find something to love!
Chiqui Creates ships internationally from the Philippines and each product arrives individually wrapped in elegant packaging. 
This is …

Review: The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #1

My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Published January 2nd 2018 by Hot Key Books

Source: Purchased
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to …

Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Series: Montague Siblings #1

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Historical Fiction Fantasy
Published June 27th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Purchased
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade …