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Top Fantasy Reads For Summer 2024

Top Fantasy Reads For Summer 2024

As a lover of fantasy books, I am thrilled to present my latest blog post: “Top Fantasy Reads for Summer 2024.” After covering romance and thrillers, it’s time to dive into magical worlds, mythical creatures, and epic quests. Join me as I highlight the most anticipated fantasy novels that will whisk you away on extraordinary adventures and captivate your imagination throughout the summer months. Whether you’re a seasoned fantasy enthusiast or new to the genre, there’s something enchanting waiting for you in these pages. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. 1. One Dark Window – Rachel Gillig A few months ago, a fellow bookworm friend recommended One Dark Window to me. Based on its synopsis, this book promises a gripping blend of fantasy and suspense, which has earned it a top spot on my TBR Fantasy Summer List. Synopsis: An ancient, mercurial spirit is trapped inside Elspeth Spindle’s head. She calls him the Nightmare. He protects her and keeps her secrets, but nothing comes for free, especially magic. When Elspeth meets a mysterious highwayman on the forest road, she is thrust into a world of shadow and deception. Together, they embark on a dangerous quest to cure the town of Blunder from the dark magic infecting it. As the stakes heighten and their undeniable attraction intensifies, Elspeth is forced to face her darkest secret yet: the Nightmare is slowly, darkly, taking over her mind. And she might not be able to stop him. Buy Your Copy On: Kindle Paperback Audiobook 2. Powerful – Lauren Roberts After thoroughly enjoying Powerless a few months ago, I’ve eagerly added Powerful, a novella focused on Adena, to my TBR list. I’m delighted that the author chose to dedicate a book to this beloved character, as I feel her story deserves to be told. You can find my review of Powerless [here]. Synopsis: Adena and Paedyn have always been inseparable. Fate brought them together when they were young, and their friendship ensured they’d always protect each other and the home they built in the slums of Loot. But now, Paedyn—an Ordinary—has been selected for The Purging Trials, which means almost certain death. Alone in Loot, Adena must fend for herself. After a failed attempt at theft, a mysterious man from the market comes to her rescue. Mak, with his shadowy past and secretive power, stands apart from the other low-level Elites of Loot. As Adena and Mak team up to see their loved ones before the Trials begin, their quest tests their loyalty, their love, and their lives. Buy Your Copy On: Kindle Paperback Hardcover 3. Reckless – Lauren Roberts – (spoilers) I’m eagerly anticipating diving back into Paedyn and Kai’s story. Powerless left me on the edge of my seat, craving more from the world of Ilya. The sequel promises to be just as good, if not better. Read Powerless review here! Synopsis: The kingdom of Ilya is in turmoil… After surviving the Purging Trials, Ordinary-born Paedyn Gray has killed the King and ignited a Resistance throughout the land. Now, she’s running from the one person she had wanted to run to. Kai Azer, now Ilya’s Enforcer and loyal to his brother Kitt, the new King, has vowed to find Paedyn and bring her to justice. Across the deadly Scorches and deep into the hostile city of Dor, Kai pursues the one person he wishes he didn’t have to. But in a city without Elites, the balance between hunter and hunted shifts, and the battle between duty and desire turns deadly. Buy Your Copy On: Kindle Paperback Audiobook 4. All The Light That Blinds Us – Andy Darcy Theo A debut YA Fantasy by the talented Andy Darcy Theo. I’ve seen this book hyped up on Instagram and TikTok. After learning about Andy’s journey to become a published author, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his book. Synopsis: Haunted by disturbing hallucinations of the Shadow Man throughout his childhood, Alexis Michaels found solace only in the blue amulet he’s had for as long as he can remember. Now, with the visions gone, Alexis craves a normal life. However, a trip to Stonehenge changes everything when he meets three other teens with similar gems. Their lives are upended as they are thrust into a hidden world of power-wielding Elementals and told they are the chosen ones, destined to save the world from an eternal night. Trained by legends and guided by heroes, Alexis and his companions embark on a perilous quest, facing tests of love, loss, and loyalty. As they prepare to confront an adversary more ominous than they could have imagined, a dark past haunts Alexis, and a looming secret threatens to corrupt their mission, their lives, and his mind. Buy Your Copy On: Kindle Paperback Audiobook 5. When The Moon Hatched – Sarah A Parker As I type this blog post, I eagerly await my hardcover copy of “When The Moon Hatched.” I’ve heard nothing but praise for this book, and I can’t wait to dive in and get lost in this tale of dragons and fae. Synopsis: As an assassin for the rebellion, Raeve’s job is to complete orders and never get caught. But when a rival bounty hunter shatters her world, she finds herself captured by the Guild of Nobles—a group of powerful fae. Crushed by the loss of his great love, dragon rider Kaan Vaegor took the head of a king and donned his melted crown. Now, on a tireless quest to quell the never-ebbing ache in his chest, a clue lures him into the capital’s high-security prison, where he stumbles upon the imprisoned Raeve. Together, they seek truths that threaten to unravel everything they knew about their world—and each other. Buy Your Copy On:

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15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

15 Thrillers To Read This Summer

As promised, we are so excited to bring you our blog post, 15 Thrillers To Read This Summer. For those of you who want to be turning pages at the rate of a speeding bullet, or finding yourselves staying up into the wee hours of the morning because you just can’t put the book down, we’ve got you covered! Dive into these heart-pounding thrillers and prepare for an unforgettable summer reading experience. If what you fancy are easy summer romance reads, then check out our blog ‘The 15 Best Books For Summer Reading’ Also, keep an eye out for my own personal Summer Fantasy TBR list. While I have already added some romance and thrillers to my list, I’m mostly looking forward to getting lost in some good old-fashioned fantasy. (You know me, I’m a fantasy kinda girl). So, let’s get to it, it’s a long one so grab a cuppa and enjoy! As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here.  Her Last Summer – Emily Freud I thought we could start of with a book that contains the word ‘Summer’ in it, keeping to the theme of this blog and all that. Anyways, this story screams ‘unputdownable’. I’ve never read any books by this author, but I am more than willing to give it a go. Something tells me it’s going to be a good one. A definite add to my Summer Thriller TBR. Synopsis: Twenty years ago, Mari vanished while backpacking through Thailand with her boyfriend, Luke. Accused of murder, he has always insisted on his innocence, especially since her body was never found. Now, Luke is finally ready to talk, and filmmaker Cassidy Chambers is determined to uncover the truth about what happened in the dark of the jungle. As Cassidy delves deeper into the past, she begins to fear the secrets buried along the way and what lies ahead. None Of This Is True – Lisa Jewell ‘None of this is true’ was voted crime novel of the year 2024, and was an instant Sunday Times Bestseller. But what else do you expect from a book written by Lisa Jewell. Having read a few of her previous books before, I can assure you, her storytelling never disappoints. Synopsis: Podcaster Alix Summer is celebrating her 45th birthday at her local pub when she meets an unassuming woman named Josie Fair, who is also turning 45. A few days later, they run into each other again outside Alix’s children’s school. Josie suggests she would make an interesting subject for Alix’s podcast, mentioning that she is on the brink of significant changes in her life. Intrigued, Alix agrees to a trial interview and discovers that Josie’s life is both strange and complicated. Despite finding Josie unsettling, Alix can’t resist delving deeper. As Alix uncovers more, she realises Josie is hiding some very dark secrets. Before long, Josie has insinuated herself into Alix’s life and home. Now, Alix must confront the unsettling question: Who is Josie Fair really, and what has she done? Everyone Here Is Lying – Shari Lapena If you enjoy stories with twists and turns, then I suggest you jump onto the Shari Lapena bandwagon. I’ve been a fan of her writing for years. With well-paced storytelling and Shari’s capacity to effortlessly drop clues here and there, it came as no surprise when I added this book to my Summer TBR before it was even released.    Synopsis: Welcome to Stanhope—a safe neighbourhood and a haven for families. On the surface, William Wooler is a devoted family man. But he’s been entangled in an affair, which ended disastrously this afternoon at a nearby motel. Returning home, devastated and furious, William finds his difficult nine-year-old daughter, Avery, unexpectedly back from school. In his rage, he loses his temper. Hours later, Avery is reported missing by her family. Suddenly, Stanhope doesn’t feel so safe anymore. And William isn’t the only one on his street with secrets. As witnesses come forward with potentially unreliable information, Avery’s neighbours grow increasingly unstable. Who took Avery Wooler? Listen For The Lie – Amy Tintera A hint of dark comedy never goes amiss, right?  A funny murder mystery? Sign me up! ‘Listen For The Lie’ hits all the right marks for a captivating and thrilling page-turner. A classical tale of whodunit, with a touch of crime-com, poured into the mix. Yep, another one for my TBR.  Synopsis: Am I a murderer? That’s the question, isn’t it? You’re likely familiar with my story. I’m Lucy Chase—the woman who can’t recall killing her best friend. It’s understandable that you all suspect me. After all, being discovered wandering the streets drenched in her blood isn’t exactly innocent-looking. Believe me, I share your frustration. I’m desperate to uncover the truth about whether I’m a murderer. It’s the kind of thing one should definitely know about oneself, right? Thanks to the true-crime podcast Listen for the Lie, I finally have a shot at unravelling the mystery. But if I discover I’m guilty, can I live with that? And if I’m not, will delving into the forgotten events of that night make me the next target of whoever is responsible? If Something Happens To Me – Alex Finlay Alex Finlay’s latest work promises to deliver suspense and intrigue, along with elements of psychological tension. The perfect combination for a hot summer’s day at the beach. If the reviews are anything to go by, this book will be binged in a day. Synopsis: The crushing blow to the head. Hands yanking him from the vehicle. His girlfriend’s piercing scream… For the past five years, Ryan Richardson has been haunted by that terrible night. With Ali abducted and no trace of her found, suspicion clouds his life, even though he was never

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The 15 Best Books For Summer Reading

Welcome fellow bookworms to our first blog on beach reads this year! Here you’ll find the 15 best books for summer reading. There’s plenty of romance, some smut, a bit of heartbreak, new beginnings, and even a book that touches on the topic of grief after the loss of a parent. Summer Reading Is The Best Kind Of Reading! Summer is the perfect time for those of us who love to soak up the sun’s rays and enjoy a good book—or two, sometimes three or four. Yes, I can easily get carried away with the thought of lounging by the pool or the beach and losing myself in a great story. The kind of stories that eat up hours of your day without you even realising it. That’s why I put so much effort into researching the perfect summer reads. For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading reviews and researching, trying to curate the ideal combination of summer-themed books. And honestly, I personally think this is a great list with some amazing books, some of which I’ve already added to my Summer TBR list. As we have done in previous years, we will soon publish our summer reading list, The Thriller/Mystery Edition, for those of you who would rather be sitting on the edge of your towel, and turning pages like your life depends on it.  Also, keep an eye out for my own personal Summer Fantasy TBR list. While I have already added some romance and thrillers to my list, I’m mostly looking forward to getting lost in some good old-fashioned fantasy. (You know me, I’m a fantasy kinda girl). So, let’s get to it, it’s a long one so grab a cuppa and enjoy! As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here.  Funny Story – Emily Henry Known as the queen of rom-coms, Emily Henry’s latest book, Funny Story, tops our list. This feel-good tale is packed with wit and hilarious moments, making it a must-read. Synopsis: Daphne always loved how Peter narrated their story. That is until it turned into the prologue to his real love story with his childhood best friend, Petra. This is how Daphne finds herself sharing a room with her complete opposite and the only person who truly understands her predicament: Petra’s ex, Miles. As expected, it’s not a match made in heaven—until one night, fueled by tequila, they hatch a plan. If it involves posting misleading photos of their adventures together, who could blame them? But it’s all just for show, of course. There’s no way Daphne would start her new chapter by falling in love with her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex… right? Just For The Summer – Abby Jimenez I’ve never read any of Abby Jimenez’s previous works, but the synopsis of ‘Just For The Summer’ has me intrigued. Based on the reviews, it promises to be an incredible read. Though it’s part of her ‘Other Worlds’ series, the author assures new readers that it’s not necessary to read the first two instalments. I’m giving this one a go and hope to add the rest of her work to my TBR list. Synopsis: Justin has a curse, and thanks to a viral Reddit thread, everyone knows about it: every woman he dates finds their soul mate immediately after they break up. When a woman with the same issue messages him, they devise a plan: they’ll date and then break up, hoping their curses will cancel each other out so they can find true love. It’s a crazy idea… but it just might work. Emma didn’t expect her next assignment as a travelling nurse to be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is an opportunity too good to miss—especially when they can rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka. It’s meant to be a brief fling, just for the summer. However, when Emma’s toxic mother arrives and Justin has to take care of his three siblings, they find themselves dealing with much more than anticipated—including developing real feelings for each other. Could it be that Fate has finally brought the perfect pair together? Not In Love – Ali Hazelwood If you’ve read any of my book reviews, you’ll know that Ali Hazelwood has become an automatic author buy for me. Her books always make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud at the most inappropriate moments. I recently read her latest book, ‘Bride’ (review coming in a few weeks), and I absolutely loved it. Ali has a knack for hooking you in, which is exactly what you want in a ‘sunbathe by the pool’ kind of book. This title will be released on June, 11th 2024 Synopsis: Rue Siebert may not have it all, but she has enough: a few reliable friends, the financial stability she longed for as a child, and a successful career as a biotech engineer at Kline, a promising start-up in food science. Her world is stable, pleasant, and hard-earned—until a hostile takeover and its irresistibly attractive frontman threaten to bring it all crashing down. Eli Killgore and his business partners want Kline, no exceptions. Eli has his own reasons for pushing this deal through, and he’s a man who usually gets what he wants. Except when it comes to Rue—the woman he can’t stop thinking about, and the one who’s off-limits. Caught between loyalty and an undeniable attraction, Rue and Eli throw caution to the wind, both in the lab and the boardroom. Their affair is secret, with no strings attached, and bound by a deadline: the day one of their companies will prevail. But the heart is a risky business, and it plays for keeps. Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid ‘Malibu Rising’ has

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March Book Wrap-up

March Book Wrap-Up

Considering how busy of a month March was, I’m quite happy to have been able to read a total of five books. So let’s get to it then. My March book wrap-up is as follows: THE 5-SECOND RULE – MEL ROBBINS In this book, Mel Robbins tells us how in one of the lowest and darkest moments in her life she found, by chance, a practice that would allow her to pick up the broken pieces and glue her life back together. Mel is the founder of the 5-second rule. According to her a simple tool that will introduce into your life the power of a ‘push moment’. Backed up by scientific findings and testimonials of hundreds of her followers, Mel claims to have found the secret weapon to change your life. Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt, beat fear and uncertainty, stop worrying and ultimately feel happier. My REVIEW After following Mel Robbins’ podcast for a while, I couldn’t wait to read her bestselling book, The Five Second Rule. I went into it head first, expecting it to rock my world. Last year I started tracking my daily habits in an effort to live a better and more productive life. I was convinced this book would aid me on my journey.  In essence, it is a good book. An easy read. But, and trust me I didn’t want there to be a but, simply because I really like Mel Robbins, the book bored me to death (well not actual death but you get the gist). It turns out the book is just a compilation of testimonials by total strangers. Over and over all I read about was how the 5-second rule changed their life. And basically, that was it. Yes, there were some scientific explanations and some insight into Mel’s life, but mostly it was just strangers talking about the life-changing moment when they decided to use the 5-second rule. Was it a waste of my time? Not entirely. I now use this tool to jump into a cold shower every morning. Sometimes I also use it to jump out of bed. At times I have used it to stop anxious thoughts in their tracks. I just wish that the book hadn’t been so long. It completely dragged. In the end, I rated it 3 stars on Goodreads. Have I mentioned I really like Mel Robbins??  KEEPER OF ENCHANTED ROOMS – CHARLIE N HOLMBERG It’s 1846 and writer Merritt Fernsby inherits a remote estate in Narragansett Bay. Fernsby is estranged from his family, so this inheritance comes as a total surprise. When he arrives at Whimbrel House, it’s clear to see that the home has been uninhabited for years. However, what Fernsby didn’t expect was for the house to be enchanted and even worse, it won’t allow him to leave, ever.  In fact, one could say, the house is acting quite violently towards Fernsby. Luckily for Fernsby, Hulda Larkin of the Boston Institute for the keeping of Enchanted Rooms (who happens to be trained in taming such structures) has been assigned to Whimbrel House. When she arrives Fernsby feels for the first time since he arrived, safe and optimistic about the future.  But Hulda soon finds out she has her work cut out for her. As the two become closer, it’s clear that the house is keeping secrets that run deeper than even they anticipated. Unbeknownst to the new inhabitants of Whimbrel House, there is an evil force interested in absorbing the enchantments of the house, something that neither Hulda nor Fernsby will see coming.  My REVIEW Having read the Spellbreaker duology by CN Holmberg last year, I was quite looking forward to the release of her new book, Keeper of Enchanted Rooms. Thankfully it turned out to be a  magical read, no pun intended. Charlie’s writing style flows effortlessly throughout the pages, the characters jump out at you and tug at your heartstrings. It was so well written that I even managed to fall in love with the house, imagine that.  The plot was well laid out and the pacing was fantastic. I love Hulda. I love her self-confidence regarding her skills, but I also love her vulnerability when it comes to relationships.  Having read many (and by many I mean MANY) fantasy books, I can quickly point out similarities in the magic systems. Not with Charlie Holmberg books though. Her magic systems are original and well thought out.  All in all, this story was beautiful and warm, full of loveable characters but with a hint of sinister slowly crawling into the storyline. A combination that will keep you turning the pages.  THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB – RICHARD OSMAN In this charming murder mystery novel, we meet four unlikely friends. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.  After a brutal killing takes place right on their very doorstep, the four friends find themselves right in the thick of it, their first live case. They might be pushing eighty, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a few tricks up their sleeves. I have heard so many good things about this book that I literally cannot wait to get started on it.  MY REVIEW Oh, how I enjoyed this. I literally sailed through it. Not only did the scenarios keep me laughing (I mean four pensioners nearing their eighties and solving murders?? What’s not to enjoy?) but it also kept me guessing until the very last minute.  The characters are so well thought out and they complement each other too, sort of like an older version of the famous A-team, without the explosions and the crazy over-the-top get-a-ways.  I could totally see Elizabeth playing the part of Hannibal, the mastermind behind it all. The story read so funny at times but also quite sinister. In my opinion, the perfect combination which as a result made it a very enjoyable read indeed.  Will definitely keep reading this series. I cannot wait

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