Tuesday 29 January 2019

TTT: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

This should be a fairly easy question to answer except my TBR is a random mish-mash of Goodreads, Amazon Wishlist and notes in my planner. However! I've gone through them all and the most recent additions (based on date added) are...

The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan

I'm shallow enough to admit that the cover is what caught my eye with this one but it was the blurb that put it high on my want list.

How To Hack A Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway

Both the cover and blurb for this one just shout super fun chick-lit.

Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

My cover lust had absolutely no bearing whatsoever on this being added to my want list.
Nope, not even those sexy ass glasses convinced me.
Oh wait...

Stone Cold Magic by Jayne Faith

I'm always on the hunt for new UF and this one sounds both similar to everything else but also a little bit different and a lot of fun!

Mouth to Mouth by Tessa Bailey

Covers... Book covers are my kryptonite. Get the right cover and I'll get excited about anything. Seriously. However, the blurb of this book also has me pretty excited so fingers crossed it's a good read!

Immortally Yours by Lindsey Sands

I haven't read this series in years but I like the sound of this one!

A Tale of Beauty and Beast by Melanie Cellier

My name is Nicci and I am a beauty and the beast re-telling fiend.
Plus, look at that cover! So pretty...

Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs

Time traveling UF? Okay, I'll bite.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella's books can be hit or miss for me but I'm loving the sound of this one!

Ruthless King by Maya Hughes

For the record, I HATE this cover. There's something disproportionate and weird about it... It creeps me out. However, the blurb has me interested so it got added to the list.


So, what about you? Any of these on your list? Have you read any? Let me know in the comments!

Friday 25 January 2019

Book Blogger Hop: How many books did you read last year + 2019 Ambition

How many books did you read last year? Will your goal be to match that number or surpass it?

Last year, I read 91 books. This was 13 short of my target of 104.
I chose 104 for last year's target as I figured two books a week was pretty manageable but, as it turns out, life got pretty busy last year and sometimes I failed to achieve this, other times I more than doubled it and some weeks I read nothing at all.

This prompt made me look back at my Goodreads challenges for the past 5 years (that's how long I've joined in with them) and I've only succeeded in reaching my target twice.

In 2014, I set a target of 125 books and read 126.
In 2015, I set a target of 100 but read 85.
In 2016, I set a target of 65 and read 53.
In 2017, my target was 36 and I read 62.

Interestingly, 2014 was the year I started my current job and I read significantly fewer books that year than I did when I had my previous job. Year on year since then, my total has fallen (with the exception of last year). I totally blame the job... That and the little dude starting school which is freaking time-consuming!

Anyway, considering my target was successively lowered year after year until I put it back up for 2018, I'm rather proud of reading my 91 books and that's why this year I'm going to aim for 104 again.
I think that I'm finally starting to get my reading groove back but we'll see!

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Review: No Man Can Tame by Miranda Honfleur

This story was originally part of a multi-book collection I bought last year but has since been released to purchase on its own.

A human princess. A dark-elf prince. A kiss of fire and powder.

After a failed courtship in an ally kingdom, twenty-one-year-old Princess Alessandra returns home to a land torn apart by mutual hatred between the humans and the dark-elves. The "Beast Princess," as Aless is known by courtiers, confidently sets her mind to ways of making peace, but her father has already decided for her: she is to marry one of the mysterious and monstrous dark-elves to forge a treaty, and go on a Royal Progress across the kingdom to flaunt their harmonious union. While she intends to preserve the peace, the Beast Princess has plans of her own.

Prince Veron has been raised knowing his life is not his own, but to be bargained away by his mother, the queen of Nozva Rozkveta, to strengthen the dark-elf queendom. When his mother tells him he is to marry a self-absorbed, vile human, he is determined to do his duty regardless of his personal feelings. After arriving at the human capital, he finds the "Beast Princess" rebellious and untamed—and not to be trusted.

Aless and Veron face opposition at every turn, with humans and dark-elves alike opposing the union violently, as well as their own feelings of dissonance toward each other. Can two people from cultures that despise one another fall in love? Can a marriage between them bond two opposing worlds together, or will it tear them apart for good?


Full-Length Novel

Third person - Alternating






I love fairytale re-tellings and No Man Can Tame is a  beautiful fantasy re-telling of my favourite, Beauty and The Beast.

In this story, you have two races, humans and dark-elves. Tensions are high between both races and war is close. To prevent war, Princess Alessandra - Aless' - father seeks to marry off one of his daughters to a dark-elf prince.
Aless steps up to the marriage to free her sister from the obligation despite her reluctance to so so.

Aless is feisty and opinionated but completely wasted in the male-dominated world in which she lives. I liked her a great deal but her delusion about escaping her marriage got tiresome incredibly quickly especially when Prince Veron was anything but a beast.

Prince Veron feels a deep sense of duty to his people and will do as he was instructed by his mother the queen - for dark-elf society is matriarchal - and marry the human woman despite her being everything a dark-elf woman is not... At least on a superficial level.
He is kind, considerate and thoughtful as well as a strong leader and fighter.
He wants what's best for his people but he also wants Aless to be happy.

Aless and Veron's romance is very slow burn but the way they slowly came together was beautiful and felt natural. Each had to overcome their own prejudices and let go of all their preconceived notions of each other in order to help both their peoples overcome their prejudice and bigotry and avoid war: A war neither nation could afford.

It wasn't hard to see that Aless would find her place amongst Veron's people. She may not be a warrior but she is strong and fierce and Veron's people respect that - even expect it - in their women.
As the story drew to a close, I had that lovely warm fuzzy feeling that no matter how unlikely this pair seemed, they would make it. They would be happy. And that made me happy.

My only complaints about the book are that it is overly descriptive on stuff that doesn't much matter and it was too chaste! It was definitely a low heat - high sweet type of romance... I don't need to be a smutty voyeur to their every sexual encounter (there was one, fyi) but there could have been a few more kisses at least! sheesh.

I love the cover!
It captures the two main characters beautifully while giving a nod to Beauty and The Beast.


Friday 4 January 2019

Book Blogger Hop: Any books you are looking forward to for 2019?

Any books you are looking forward to for 2019?

There are books that are on my radar and that I will jump all over when they release but there is nothing that is burning a hole in my soul because I NEED it! I need it now! You know, those books that you actually are so excited about and cannot wait to read? I don't have any of those in my head right now.

Books I know are coming and I'll definitely be reading include:

By Ilona Andrews...

Sweep of the Blade
This is book 4 in their Innkeeper series, featuring Maud and Arland. It was released throughout 2018 as a weekly web serial and was only supposed to be a novella but it turned into a full length novel. Even though I read the entire thing when it was on the website, I want to read the final, edited and polished version when it's released as an ebook. I'm looking forward to reading it through uninterrupted and see what changes have occurred to boot.

Sapphire Flames

This is book 4 in the Hidden Legacy series and marks a change in main character.
I am excited to see where the series goes and I adore this writing duo so this will be a definite read.

Untitled - Iron Covenant book 2

More Hugh! More of the Kate Daniels world! I have no idea when in 2019 this is scheduled for release - from their blog they're not writing it yet - but I'll be there when it comes up for pre-order doing the happy dance!

Sarah J. Maas - ACOTAR Book 4

I don't know what it's called, I don't know when it releases, but I do know that I'll be there ready to read it when it does!

Free - Kristen Ashley
The final book of the Chaos series (sobs!) and Rush's book! I love that booger. Can't wait to see how it all ends!

The Hail Mary - Ginger Scott
I loved book one and two. Book three... Well, I trust that the author won't burn down this amazing couple. It wouldn't be a romance if she did! 😉

Brave The Tempest - Karen Chance
Okay. This one... This one I might be a little bit psycho excited about. I'm desperate to see what comes next now we're entering the final arc of this series!

Tuesday 1 January 2019

TTT: Best Books I Read In 2018

Best Books I Read In 2018

OMG! There were so many! However, even though I can't put them in any particular order, I have managed to select a top ten, so here they are!

Magic Triumphs

I haven't actually written a review for this because I couldn't! So many thoughts and feelings... However, I LOVED it. I absolutely loved it.
Maybe when I re-read it, I'll finally be able to review it?


Iron and Magic


10 Reasons to Stay

This book messed with the emotions something fierce! It pushed me out my comfort zone and was so deliciously addictive that I binge read the entire thing in one sitting. I didn't expect to love it but I did and I know that it'll be one that stays with me for some time.


From Lukov With Love

 If you've followed this blog for a while, you'll know I'm a huge Mariana Zapata fan and From Lukov With Love is not just one of my absolute favourites of 2018, it is my absolute favourite Zapata to date! A must-read for fans of the slow-burn romance!


Twice Bitten - Chloe Neill

It's book three in the Chicagoland Vampires and is older than 2018 but I just read it in 2018 so it's going on the list. I read up to book six of this series last year and Twice Bitten was the one that knocked my socks off. I loved it!
One of my goals is to finish this series this year.


Blood Type by KA Linde

This trilogy made for an epic read and Blood Type was the book that started it off!
A brutally addictive paranormal romance / dystopian hybrid. It knocked my socks off but if you begin book one you better have the other two ready to go because the cliffhangers in book one and two are nothing short of EVIL!


Your Sound by Katia Rose

I read this only a week or so ago so it's a late addition to the list but I LOVED it!
If you like a good rockstar romance than you've gotta read this... In fact, read the series.


Fall by Kristen Callihan

Jax Blackwood stole my heart.


Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

Another book I really really liked but haven't reviewed... Must do better at the reviewing this year! But anyway, Pestilence was another book I read in one sitting. It was kinda grim but oddly addictive and I really want to read the books of the other horsemen!


My first UF with a male lead! I loved the premise, the story, and the writing. There were only a couple of minor niggles that stopped this being a 5 star read for me. I can't wait to see what happens next!



What books did you love most in 2018?
Have you read any of these?
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