Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert*

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.


My Thoughts:
Oh my god. She does it again.
I loved the previous two books in this series, this is no different. It has the enemies to lovers and sunshine & grumpy couple tropes! It is just *chef kiss*

I listened to the whole thing in one day. I was seriously addicted. I was instantly hooked. Just like the previous books, it’s funny, swoon worthy and adorable. Talia writes the most amazing romance with no toxicity.*
*However, it does contain the typical miscommunication trope. This doesn’t bother me too much, but I know a lot of people dislike it.

As with the whole series, you can expect amazing representation. The books are both sexy and diverse. It’s such a refreshing experience. Eve, like her sisters, is another great woman protagonist. I absolutely loved her perspective. I love characters who are strong and outspoken, Eve is exactly that. She’s so funny and her banter with Jacob is just the best.

The characters feel so real. Eve and Jacob are both so likeable, though very different. I loved knowing more about Eve, she’s very different to her sisters Chloe and Dani. They’re all really relatable in their own ways. I love how Talia can make such amazing characters! There’s honestly not a bad character in this book (or the others).

If you’re looking for a light, fluffy but funny read, definitely pick this one up! (As well as the other two books in the series!)

Highly recommend the audiobook, the narrator is really great. I am super fussy with narrators, but Ione Butler was fantastic. She really captured the essence of the novel and characters. I would definitely listen to her again. (She also narrates the previous book Take a Hint, Dani Brown.)

CW: Does contain graphic sex scenes and sexual references

TW: Child neglect, Ableism towards autism

*Disclaimer: ALC gifted to me by Libro.Fm

Blog Tour · Books · Review

Bookstagram Tour + Mini Review: The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe*

I just wanted to highlight my review over on Instagram for a Bookstagram Book Tour!
Would really appreciate it if you’d give it a like/comment 🙂

Review is from the caption of the photo, so it’s more of a mini review:

I’m not much of a thriller reader, but I’ve wanted to read it for some time. I thought a YA thriller would be a good place to start. It really was!

This book jumps right into the action, throws you right into the story and doesn’t slow down from there. I love the fastness of the plot, the short chapters intensified this further. It was a breeze to get through and I was thoroughly invested from the start.

This deals with some heavier topics, like trauma etc. The main character, Nora, has been through a lot of trauma, she’s a bit morally grey and broken but one hell of a fighter. Her character felt realistic and her growth was great to see.

Despite being a thriller, there is a romance. Which I really enjoyed, it lightened the tone of the novel, but didn’t slow the plot. Nora is bisexual, and the romance is f/f ❤️
Rating: 4 Stars

*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to PrideBookTours and TeamBKMRK for the ARC!

Books

Announcement: #ShelvesofDiversity Bookstagram Photo Challenge! July 2020

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Hey Guys!
Just a quick post to share the bookstagram challenge I’m co-hosting. We are looking to keep diversifying bookstagram feeds and highlight AOC + POC Books.
The challenge runs over the first two weeks of July (1st-14th) The prompts are flexible, interpret them how you wish + you can post any of the prompts on any day you want! (Just make sure the books you feature are POC) You can do as many of the prompts as you wish, you can pick and choose or do them all!

We will be giving shout-outs to those who participate, so get your diverse books out and take some fun pics!

Make sure you’re following me (@LiteraryLeisha) & my co-hosts:
@MissMaddyChats
@Literaryxqueen
@Lifebytheink
@Chaptersofmay
@Inkandfables_
@Kingdomofsneks

We would love it if you would join us!
I look forward to seeing all your photos 🙂

 

 

 

Books · TBR · Wrap-up

May Wrap Up & Mostly Black June TBR 2020

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Hi guys!
Happy June!

May wasn’t the best reading month for me, I had finals and my mental health was suffering. I didn’t manage to read as much as I wanted but I still read a few. I’ll keep the wrap up portion pretty short, I won’t discuss each book in this post, I will link my reviews if you wish to know my thoughts!

Firstly, I listened to the audiobook of Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

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Rating: 3 Stars
Review here 


Next, I finished The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk: Rothenberg, Jess: 9781509899388: Books

Rating: 3 Stars
Review here


Lastly, I finished  *Beach Read by Emily Henry

Rating: 5 Stars
Review here

Here’s hoping I finally get out of my reading slump in June.
I will be posting my TBR soon, keep an eye out for that!


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Currently reading: 
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas – After having to put this down for over a week I want to get back into this and finish it.

June TBR

With everything going on with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, I’ve decided to prioritise Black authors this month so I can promote their books as much as possible. I have loads of books by Black authors I haven’t read so I will be trying to get through as many as possible this month!

Definite reads:

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Another audiobook from my library. I requested this when it first came out last month and I’m still waiting for it to be available but it estimates June 24th, so hopefully, I’ll manage to finish it before June ends!


*Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Sequel to Get a Life, Chloe Brown.

 I am blessed that I have a NetGalley arc of this! I LOVED the first one (which I kinda wanna reread it before this?!) I cannot wait to read this one! This is one of my highly anticipated reads of 2020. I know it’s going to be a goodie!
(Plus, hello faking dating trope!)


Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Full Disclosure: Amazon.co.uk: Garrett, Camryn: 9780241367063: Books

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This is LGBT+ – perfect for pride month!
It features a HIV positive character, which I’ve never read about before, I’m looking forward to learning more about it.


Some other Black authored books I own that are potential reads:

The Fifth Season by N.K Jemisin
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Slay by Brittney Morris
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (Audiobook)
Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo (Audiobook)
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

Would love to know your thoughts on any of these if you’ve read them!


Check out my previous post for a list of UK charities to support Black people & equality in the UK.

Books · Review

ARC Review: Kingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron (Spoiler Free)

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Synopsis:
Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.


My Thoughts:

I really wanted to love this book, I wanted it to be a new favourite but it wasn’t. I was a little disappointed overall.

The worldbuilding – by far the biggest strength of this book. The world was AMAZING. Like seriously great to read about. I loved learning about the world, the religion/beliefs and the magic. It was so cool! Completely different from the typical Medieval Europe type worlds we typically see in fantasy, this African inspired world was so refreshing to read about.

However, the plot was non-existent, for about 200 pages nothing happened. Nothing. It was a bore. I kept hoping it would get better so I pushed myself through it. The vast majority of the book felt like filler, it could’ve been edited down so much.
This book is over 400  pages and everything that happened could’ve been done in half that. It doesn’t pick up until the last 70-80 pages. It just isn’t worth forcing yourself through 350ish pages for it.

The pacing is all over the place, it’s extremely slow and boring for the most part and then when things start to get interesting it’s over in a page or two. It was odd.

Also, I find the arc to be misleading it says: ‘My Grandmother said I will be a powerful witchdoctor someday. I cannot wait that long’ – which is completely wrong and irrelevant?? Her Grandmother never says that and it’s never implied she’s going to be a powerful witchdoctor, it’s quite the opposite? Very misleading.

The concepts and the ideas in this book were really good, I really wish it had worked out well but overall, it was just meh. I don’t know if I’ll continue on with the series or not.

I really wanted to love this. I want to love fantasy by POC authors, with POC characters but this just didn’t do it for me, sadly.

Characters:
Arrah: Bland. I honestly didn’t even remember her name for half the book. Her name is hardly mentioned and she’s such an unmemorable character. She has non-exist character development, not much of arc going on and there’s no uniqueness to her at all.
I just couldn’t connect to her, which is a shame and pretty much a deal-breaker for me.

Side characters: Meh. There were some okay ones. None particularly stand out or are memorable.

This book is another Children of Blood and Bone for me, high expectations, good concept but doesn’t play out well at all. If you liked COBAB, you’d probably like this too. I wasn’t a fan.

Trigger warnings: Blood magic, rape, violence, abusive parents, victim-blaming & trauma.

Rating: 2.75 Stars

Kingdom of Souls is out this Thursday; September 19th!

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Purchase the book here: Amazon UK  | Book Depository


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Books · Haul

Summer Book Haul July 2019

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Hey guys!
I’m back with another book haul. Last month I was on a book buying ban and it seems I’d made up for it by buying/acquiring loads this month. (lol)

Physical Books

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
From Wordery

*Slay by Brittney Morris
Sent to me by Hodder Children’s Books – Out Oct 3rd

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
(Charity shop finds – £1.50 + 75p each!)

The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
All secondhand from World of Books

We are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo
Got this from trading on Twitter!

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson:
The Kiss of Deception
The Heart Betrayal
The Beauty of Darkness

*The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Sent to me by Hot Key Books – Out Oct 1st

*Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
Sent to me by Hot Key Books – Out Oct 8th

*Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund
Sent to me by Tor UK – Out August 8th

Kindle Books:

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

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Anticipated Books · Books · Diverse Reads

Most Anticipated POC YA Books Autumn 2019

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Hey guys!
I hardly ever talk about upcoming books but I thought I’d change it up.
I noticed I hardly talk about diverse books here which I’m super keen to change!
So here I’m talking about POC books that I’m excited to read!

These are in order of when they come out:

*Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Out September 3rd
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This sounds SO good! I was lucky enough to win a pin on twitter inspired by this book and then I even luckier and had my wish granted on NetGalley for an ARC of this! I am SO HAPPY! I will definitely be reading this asap!

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Daughters of Nri by Reni K Amayo
Out October 1st

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LOOK AT THAT COVER. I am obsessed.
This book is seriously gorgeous and sounds absolutely amazing: Twins separated at birth who are goddesses raised as humans!?!? Need.

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


*The Good Luck Girl by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Out October 1st
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I was lucky enough to be sent this for review! I saw the premise and immediately requested a copy. It’s a Wild West-inspired fantasy/ alternate history – which sounds so cool and interesting! I cannot wait to pick this up soon.

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


*Mooncakes by Wendy Xu + Suzanne Walker
Out October 15th

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I’ve recently gotten into graphic novels, I saw this one floating around book twitter and thought it looked cute!
Not only does it have POC rep (Chinese MCs) it has LGBTQ+ rep (non-binary and queer)

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
Out October 29th

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Another STUNNING cover. Look at it.
The cover alone is enough to interest me; the artwork is beautiful! The premise has me even more interested: ‘North African-inspired fantasy world where two sisters must fight to the death to win the crown’. – this sounds incredible.

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
Out November 12th
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A Caribbean inspired fantasy book?! SIGN ME UP.
I’ve never read any fantasy inspired by the Caribbean so I am super excited for this, especially as I’m half Caribbean!

*Preorder: Amazon UK | Book Depository


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What upcoming POC books are you excited for?

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Disclaimer: Books marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for review + links marked are affiliate links.