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Fantasy (and Sci-fi) Romance Book Recs | Blogmas Day 11

Hello guys!
Welcome to day 11 of blogmas, the penultimate day! This month has flown by!
Today I’m recommending some SFF romance books. I have really been into my romance novels this year and want to reread and read more!

*Click on the titles for my reviews

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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Of course, I had to include a Sanderson, are we surprised? He makes basically every recommendation list I make. Anyway – This book would be perfect for those who like romance but not as a the main plot. This book is full of political intrigue and amazing magic. There is a very wholesome romance that blooms. It takes a while for this to happen, and it’s not the main story, but it’s very cute! This is probably my favourite book ever, every read this! It’s a great place to start with Sanderson.

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

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If you’re looking for something that is purely romance but in a fantasy setting, this is the one for you! The whole story revolves around a forced marriage, which ends up being a slow burn romance. It’s so good.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

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This has, by far, the best love triangle ever to exist. I will not be taking any criticism.
This has such an interesting premise and format, the main character runs away from her arranged marriage and the Prince who she was to marry goes after, as does an assassin from another kingdom. You follow all three but you don’t know who is the Prince or who the assassin is.

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

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This is a sci-fi romance – very heavy on the romance. It has a cool spacey setting, two characters are stuck on board a ship with limited oxygen left, which kick starts flashbacks of the romance. I never see anyone talk about this but it’s one of my faves! I’ve read it twice and will read again in the future. I highly recommend the audiobook!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This is a low fantasy novel with the insta-love trope. I’m not usually one for the insta-love trope but Laini does it well and her writing makes up for it. It also has a kinda forbidden romance trope. It’s super cool.

What are your favourite SFF romances?
I’d love any recs for sci-fi romances, there’s a lack of them in my life!

Books · Favourites

The BEST Books I Read This Summer | 2019

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Hey Guys!
Summer’s over. Sadly. Onto the best season of the year: Autumn!
I always do my best reading in A/W – no idea why but summer sucks for reading for me! It doesn’t make sense because I’m free of uni and have so much free time. Alas, I did manage to read a few AMAZING books this summer! Yay.

Onto the books, in no particular order:

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson

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This series is everything!! I loved every moment – a new favourite series.
I honestly have no idea why I didn’t read this sooner. I knew I would like it, as a lot of people with the same taste do, but I never expected to love it as much as I do.
I binged this whole series, I was seriously OBSESSED. I could not put it down. None of the books took me longer than 2 days to read. I got through this series seriously fast, I drank it up. I highly recommend binging these books. I loved every single second of it.

Spoiler-free Review here | Spoilery Discussion here

Purchase the series here: Amazon UK


Saga Vol 1 by Brian Vaughan + Fiona Staples

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My first ever graphic novel and I ADORED it. It was so entertaining! I was instantly hooked by the story and invested in the characters. So well done.
I was seriously surprised by this, I never expected to be so in love and taken by this comic.
Review here

Purchase on Amazon UK: Physical | Kindle


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Another surprise! I don’t read a lot of adult contemporary/romance/chick lit but I saw this floating around and was intrigued. The premise had me interested and once I started reading I was HOOKED. I was so invested in the characters and the story, it was funny and sad in places and so well written! AMAZING debut novel.
Review here.

Purchase on Amazon UK: Hardback | Kindle

 

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Books · Top 5 Wednesday

Favourite Magic Systems | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Favourite Magic Systems

 

1) Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
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Allomancy is the magic system feature in Mistborn, Allomancers have the ability to consume metals and gain abilities from different metals. Mistborns can consume all metals, whereas, Mistings can only consume one type. The Magic system is really cool and there are other types in there too, they’re really well explained and easy to follow!


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The magic system in this universe is Drafting, it uses the spectrum of light to draw luxin, different colours to different things. Most drafters can draft one or two colours but the Prism can draft all colours. There is a catch – the more you use your power the quicker you die. It’s such an interesting magic system, great series and so underrated!


3) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
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Another Brandon Sanderson magic system (his systems are honestly the best ever). In Warbreaker, the system is known as Breaths, everyone is born with one breath, however, you can buy more but it has to be given willingly – you cannot steal it. The more breath you have the better and more vivid everyone appears, breath can also be temporarily put into inanimate objects, making them come to life.


4) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This one is a little hard to explain but basically, reincarnation is the ‘magic’ of the chimaera but also there’s a running theme that magic comes at a cost.


5) Star Wars
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Obviously, I had the mention the Force. I feel like everyone knows the Force, so no need to explain too much and if you don’t… who even are you!?
I love the spectrum of the Force, the good, the bad and the balance. Plus, if having the Force is needed for owning a Lightsaber, I want in.

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Books · Wrap-up

June Wrap Up!

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Happy July 1st!
I cannot believe how quickly the months are flying by!
June was another crappy reading month for me, I was in a slump for a lot of it; that being said, I did manage to read 4 (and a half) books. 3 were really really good and one was freaking terrible.

 

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The first book I read in June was The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This was a reread for me + a buddy read with the lovely Sara from eggcellent.books on Instagram!
I loved this book so much, I even upped the rating from when I first read it last year.
Rating: 5 Stars!
Review here.

 

 

 

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The next book I picked up was, of course, The Dream Thieves Maggie Stiefvater. Sequel to The Raven Boys, continuing my reread of the series!
Although I really love this book, I had barely any time for reading due to the last few weeks of college and loads of assignments to get done! It took so long to read, I have to keep putting it down and this made me find it harder to get into.

Rating: 5 Stars!
Review here

 

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The third book I picked up was Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne. This was sent to me to review and I ended up loving it!
It’s a sci-fi retelling of Jane Eyre, sounds like a strange combination, right? In my opinion, it worked so well. I ended up loving it!

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review here

 

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Next, I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
I hated this book so much, it is by far the most boring, tedious book I’ve ever read.

Rating: 1.5 Stars

 

And the half a book I read was The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski which I will be finishing ASAP! So thoughts on that will be in my next #FridayReads post and in my July wrap-up!

Hopefully, now college is completely over and I have literally nothing to do all summer, I can finally get loads of reading done!


June Blog Posts Wrap-up:
May Wrap-Up
Out of the Blue Review
Book Adaptations Tag
Reread review – The Raven Boys
Mid-Year reading update
Collective Book Haul
Reread review – The Dream Thieves
Top 5 Best Books I Read This Spring
Brightly Burning Review
T5W – Books I Want to Read Before the Year Ends
#FridayReads


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Books · Review

Review: Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne | Sci-Fi Jane Eyre Retelling!?

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Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbours secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.


Plot:
As it is a Jane Eyre retelling, the story follows the same basic storyline as Jane Eyre, except it’s set in space!
The story and romance are cute, fun and cheesy in the best way! I really enjoyed every moment of this book. I read the entire book in one day, (around 8 hours incl breaks etc) I was hooked and literally could not put it down!
I don’t believe it is necessary to have read Jane Eyre before this, if you do know the story then it will be ‘predictable’ as in you’ll know how it will end etc. Obviously, there are other plot points thrown in and a few twists, I didn’t see coming! Having read (and loved) Jane Eyre I did love seeing how this compared in a sci-fi, space set story. The sci-fi element is a nice twist on the story of Jane Eyre and in my opinion, it worked brilliantly.

Characters:
Stella:
The protagonist and the ‘Jane’ in this story. She’s a teacher/ engineer who’s desperate to escape the ship she’s currently on and applies to be a governess on another ship. She’s been rejected many times and starts to lose hope of ever leaving.
She’s feisty and sassy and knows how to stick up for herself, similar to Jane Eyre.

Hugo: The love interest and ‘Mr Rochester’ in the story. He’s the captain of the Rochester and like Mr Rochester, has a dark secret lurking. I found him very sweet and likeable and I  loved reading the scenes between Stella and Hugo, so ship them!

There are also some awesome side characters too!
Jessa is a cool kid, I love the relationship she builds with Stella. The crew in general aboard the Rochester are a great cast!

Overall, it’s is really great, fun read, I thoroughly enjoyed myself whilst reading and would I highly recommend it!

Rating: 4.5 Stars!

*Thank you to the lovely Lydia from Titan Books for sending me this in exchange for an honest review. However, all opinions are my own!

 


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Books · Tag

Top 5 Books I Read This Spring! | 2018

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Hey Guys!
I thought I would start doing seasonally favourites, where I talk about the best 5 books I’ve read during that season. These are in no particular order, I don’t think I could actually rank them as they’re all great in completely different ways.
There were a few books that ended up really surprising me, I don’t tend to read outside of my comfort zone (fantasy) but I managed to branch out and found some new favourites!


1) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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This is surprising to me – I am not usually a dystopian fan – I usually prefer sci-fi in a space setting. However, The Handmaid’s Tale is a really interesting and powerful read. The plot is so intriguing, fascinating and quite frankly terrifying as a woman.
Full review here. 

2) Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell

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Well… I knew this would be in my top 5. I loved the first two books in this series and the third book, Charmcaster, did not disappoint. I love Sebastien De Castell’s writing, it’s so humorous and entertaining! I cannot wait for the next book!
Full Review here.

 

 3) Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan

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This was another surprising one, I picked on the audiobook as it was free using my library and I ended up adoring it. I’m not usually a fan of romance-heavy books but with the sci-fi/space setting, I found I really enjoyed it.
Full Review here

4) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Probably the biggest surprise – a mystery novel. I never ever read mystery, however, I heard this one had a sci-fi twist and had such great reviews I couldn’t pass when I saw it on my library’s audiobook list!
Full Review here

5) The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

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Full Review here



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Books · Haul

Collective Book Haul!

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I realised I haven’t done a haul post since April!? Since then I have acquired quite a few books, so I thought I would share them today!
Some I have already read (+ reviewed) so I’ll link my reviews too!


Onto the actual books:

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*Books sent to me for review:

Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew (review here)

In search of us by Ava  Dellaira

Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell (review here)

Deposed by David Barbaree

Brightly Burning – Alexa Donne

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The Night brother -Rosie Garland – Won this on GoodReads. Definitely, worth entering the giveaways on there, I’ve won quite a few times!
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron (signed) – Won this from the author on Twitter
(review here)

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Books bought by me:
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
+ the preorder pin – Isn’t it gorgeous!  (review here)
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan 
– Obviously had to pick the next book in the Trials of Apollo!
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 10th-anniversary edition – I have been dying to get my hands on this edition, I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday and ordered it straight away!
The Power by Naomi Alderman – Charity shop find. 75p + in perfect condition!
The School for Good and Evil by Soman  Chainani – WHSmith clearance section £1
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – WHSmith clearance section also £1 – I already own this but my copy was secondhand and rather beat up!


Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts!
Also, let me know any books you’ve bought/received lately!

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Books · Review

Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Synopsis:
Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfieldmovie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.


Plot: Super corny, cutesy and slightly cringy contemporary.
From the description, it sounded like I’d absolutely love this book. However, I am disappointed, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
I mean it has so many points I can relate to:

  • Geeky girl main character
  • Fandoms
  • Bloggers
  • A cute dog
  • Geek conventions
  • Girl friendships
  • Loss of parents

The actual plot fell kind of flat for me. The first half of the book I was quite bored/ didn’t really care much. However, the second half was so much better that’s when I really started to enjoy the book. It was a fast read, so I’m glad about that.
And texting strangers? Not exactly a great messaged to send to teens…
I don’t whether I’ve outgrown YA cliché romances but it’s just too unrealistic/cringy/cutesy for me.

Characters:
Elle: I liked Elle. I liked her friendship with Sage, that was super nice to read! I like that she was geeky and ran her own blog about ‘Starfield’, it was relatable.
Darien: Really not keen on Darien. I didn’t find him ‘swoon-worthy’, in fact, I found him God damn annoying. He wasn’t so bad when he texted Elle and he did slightly improve by the end of the book. I found his chapters to be pretty boring, especially whilst he was on set. Also, how many times is it mentioned he has INSURED ABS. Ugh. So cringe-worthy.

Rating: 3 Stars

*I received this book from NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review

 


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Books

5 Book Series I Want To Start In 2018

 

 

I am so behind on book series and trilogies, there are so many I need to pick up.
Here are just a few that I need to get to ASAP!
These are in no particular order, though Magnus Chase is a more high priority as I love Rick Riordan and I actually own it!


 

The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin


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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Firebird by Claudia Gray


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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


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Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

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Let me know if you have read any of these and what you think! Also, comment any series you want to read, I’d love to know!


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