Books · Review

Book Review: A Dance with the Fae Prince by Elise Kova (Married to Magic)

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She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer.

Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. Feelings are off the table.

But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.

As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape.

Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidently pilfered the magic of ancient kings – magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne – and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding.

The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel?

My thoughts:

I loved this!! I was absolutely obsessed with A Deal with the Elf King when I read it last year, I have been highly anticipating this ever since. Like it’s predecessor, it’s a retelling, this time around it’s a Cinderella retelling! Which is very evident throughout. It’s draws inspiration from Psyche and Eros, which I’m not super familiar with.

I devoured this in one sitting. It’s such an easy, binge-able read!
If you’re looking for a feel good, quick romance-fantasy, definitely pick this (and the previous one) up!

The romance is force marriage and a bit slow burn. There’s a bit of tension since the love interest, Lord Fenwood, is very mysterious and reclusive. Katria tries her hardest to get to know her husband but he is reluctant. I love that kind of angsty/reluctant romance!

This one gave more worldbuilding than the last, which I was extremely happy about. I live for good worldbuilding. I am so invested in this world and learning more about it! Fae are one of my favourite fantasy creatures(?) – so I was ecstatic about the Fae of this world and seeing the differences between them and the Elves of previous novel.

The only issue I had was the pacing. It was a bit off for me, it was super quick for the most part, but toward the middle it slowed down a bit too much. It got a little repetitive at times. That being said, I still managed to read it in one sitting, so it’s not painfully slow or anything like that.

There was less romance in this one, compared to ADWTEK, this had more fantasy-quest vibes. Overall, The plot is pretty predictable but a very fun read nonetheless. Not a mind-blowing, complicated read, just simple and familiar. It’s a comforting read rather than tense and high stakes. I really enjoyed reading it, I would absolutely read this again. I can’t wait for the next instalment in the Married to Magic series!

Rating: 4 Stars

Books · Recommendations

Kindle Unlimited Book Recs #1

Hey guys!
Long time no post. (whoops)
I’m back with a post about Kindle Unlimited. I’m talking about the books I’ve read that are currently available on KU (UK)

Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)): Vaughan, Brian K,  Staples, Fiona: 8601404214264: Books

Hands down one of the best graphic novel series out there. I am so glad KU introduced me to this series. Volume 1 & 2 are available through KU. They’re seriously worth a read if you like adult science fiction. (warning they are very graphic and sexually explicit)
My review is here.

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic, #1) by Elise Kova

Enemies to lovers/ Forced marriage trope! Such a great fantasy romance. I was addicted and invested from the beginning. I binged this in 24 hours. I adore it!
Full review here.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black

Do I remember this book? Not much. I do remember enjoying it at the time, I think I gave it 4 stars. Although unmemorable, it’s still worth picking up. It’s not a bad trilogy overall.
Super old review here.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware The Kitten Holy : Stevenson, Noelle, Ellis,  Grace, Watters, Shannon, Allen, Brooke: Books

Another graphic novel series. It’s a bit weird but fun regardless! Very easy to binge, if you’re looking for something super fast to get through – pick this up! It’s a YA series about a group of friends at camp, it has paranormal vibes and it’s very diverse! Not a favourite of mine, but worth a read.

The Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans: Haig, Matt: 9780857868787: Books

Probably my favourite of Matt Haig’s fiction books. It’s sci-fi/comedy. It’s pretty entertaining! I didn’t love the ending but the beginning was super funny. Pretty fast, easy going – perfect soft sci-fi.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic: V. E. Schwab: 1: V. E. Schwab, Victoria  Schwab: 9781783295401: Books

This is probably my least favourite Schwab book but I thought I’d include it here anyway. It’s a decent enough read and I’m sure there’s plenty of people who will love it or want to get into Schwab’s books. I didn’t realise it was on KU until recently. All her books are worth reading for the absolutely gorgeous writing!
Full review here

Let me know if you have an recommendations from Kindle Unlimited!

Disclaimer: Not sponsored. All views my own 🙂

Books · Wrap-up

July Wrap Up | 2021

Happy August!
Cannot believe how fast the year is flying by!

I managed to read 4 books, not the best, not the worst. I’ve been in a bit of slump recently, which I’m hoping to shift. Hopefully, I can read more this month!

The books I read in July:

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Meet Cute Diary : Lee, Emery: Books

This is probably the most disappointing read I’ve had this year.
It was an anticipated read and it was just a huge flop for me.
Full review here // Rating: 2 Stars

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney | Waterstones

Things were better with my next read. Oh my goodness, did I love this book! I was addicted. I will have a full review up for this next.
Rating: 5 Stars

*XOXO by Axie Oh

XOXO : Oh, Axie: Books

I was kindly gifted this by the publisher.
I loved it so much! It’s such a cute, light-hearted romance.
Full review here /// Rating: 4 Stars

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey : Jane Austen (author) : 9781785995057 : Blackwell's

I see what Austen was doing here. I admire her but this was my least favourite I’ve read so far. It was short but dragged a lot. The satire of gothic literature was good. I didn’t take to the main character much and I really didn’t like the love interest.
Rating: 3 Stars

Books · Review

*ARC Review: XOXO by Axie Oh

XOXO : Oh, Axie: Books

Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.

My thoughts:

Oh my goodness, what an adorable book!

First off, I’m not a Kpop fan, so I’m not super aware of the fandom and artists etc. However, I don’t think you have to be a Kpop fan to really enjoy this – I loved it!
If you are a Kpop fan then you will enjoy it even more probably.

It’s obviously a YA Romance – so if that’s not your thing then definitely skip this one.
The romance is forbidden lovers/secret romance – Love that trope personally. It’s also a little slow burn, which I also enjoyed. The whole celebrity/famous person with a normal person trope is such an entertaining trope. I will never tire of it. I really thought Jenny and Jaewoo were SO adorable. Although, I couldn’t relate to Jenny on a personal level, her character was so well written I was still completely invested in her story.

Additionally, the side characters were all amazing and well developed. The friendships in this book were equally as lovely as the romance. I loved seeing the friendships blossom. I loved all the side characters, but hello do we need a sequel about Sori and Nathaniel please!!

I learnt so much from reading this book. Romance and plot aside, I really enjoyed learning about kpop and South Korea, the culture, the people. Also, the music aspect. I was pretty clueless about that too. I enjoyed learning all about being a musician and the boarding school in SK was a great setting.

Even though I couldn’t relate to a hell of a lot of it, I still enjoyed all of it. The writing was really fantastic and I was invested and immersed in the culture, customs, etc of South Korea. It was all explained really well and in such a way that I am now in love with SK. It was all fascinating, I knew so little going in, now I want to just fly to South Korea.

Overall, a light-hearted, fun romance novel that is perfect for summer reading!
It’ll make you smile, laugh and feel all warm inside (that’s coming from someone with a heart of ice). Couldn’t recommend it more!

Rating: 4 Stars

XOXO is available on Kindle now, the Hardback is out August 5th.

*Book was gifted. All views are my own.
Thank you to Harper Collins for the Advance Reader’s Copy