The Shadow Queen \\ spoiler-free book review

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Title: The Shadow Queen

Author: C. J. Redwine

PublisherBalzer + Bray

FormatHardcover

Goodreads review: here


Synopsis

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose. 

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Summer Lovin’ \\ June Owlcrate Unboxing

My unboxing is finally up on time!

That’s the first time in, like, four months. Let’s hope it stays this way.

Anyway, the June Owlcrate box was themed around summer! And, as everyone in the book community knows, summer = contemporary books. So naturally a lot of the items were themed around the fav contemporaries from the community!

Let’s unbox:

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How Being A Gryffindor Affects My Reading \\ also why I don’t seem to like Holly Black books

I am a Gryffindor, in case you didn’t know.

I’ve never really fit in with any of the other houses and every time I take a quiz I always get Gryffindor. So at this point, I’ve just accepted that my soul identifies as a Gryffindor.

Over the years I’ve come to realize that a lot of the books I enjoy – and don’t enjoy – meet a certain qualification that 100% lines up with my Gryffindor qualities.

So let’s talk about how being a Gryffindor affects my reading:

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Of Fire and Stars \\ Spoiler-Free Book Review

Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars, #1)Title: Of Fire and Stars

Author: Audrey Coulthurst

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Hardcover (received via Owlcrate box)

Spoiler Review:  To be posted


Synopsis

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

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Fight Like a Girl \\ May Owlcrate Unboxing

This post is up a bit late. That’s an understatement…soz

But better late than never! Plus I figured at this point everyone who is subscribed got their boxes so I don’t have to worry too much about spoilers or anything.

The May box is themed around Vikings and strong women, which I’m obviously here for! Well, I’m more 50\50 on the Vikings – you all know how I feel about Norse mythology and all. Anyway – let’s open the box!

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#ReadingPride June TBR \\

It’s June first!

Just in case you didn’t know. And that means it the start of Pride month and ALSO the start of #ReadingPride!

For those of you who missed it, #ReadingPride is a challenge I created which gives you the opportunity to read some of those LGBTQ+ books on your TBR, get some recommendations and maybe win some bookish things!

I figured a good way to start the month would be to talk about the books I’m planning on reading – and I’ve found many different genres and rep for my TBR! (still no pan characters…I’m not bitter) Along with a few that I’ve had on my TBR for a while.

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May Wrap-Up \\ rereading, June goals and finally writing

Happy Wednesday bibliophiles!

It’s almost June, and that means it’s time for my monthly wrap-up. I managed to do a decent amount this month; I finished some books, wrote a bit of my story and did some actual real-life things!

So let’s talk about that:

*and also tell me what you read and accomplished this month! I’d love to hear it!

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Book Unhaul \\ 8 books that are no longer on my shelves

I don’t usually unhaul books. Usually, I tell myself I’ll eventually get to them, or that I like the cover too much to get rid of it (there is Bookstagram to consider…). However, lately, I’ve been in a bit of cleaning kick, especially when it comes to my bookshelves.

I’ve been trying to read all the unread books on my shelves instead of buying more, and while doing that I’ve realized just how many books I’m not planning on opening. So throughout the year, I’ve been slowly collecting books to donate.

And then you guys voted on an unhaul for today’s post and now here we are.

Books I’m donating:

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