The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

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Published December 10th 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books

471 Pages

Goodreads Summary: An unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another from an award-winning author

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what’s safe over what’s right.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey’s The Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

Review: This is my first novel by this author but when I read the summary, I really was intrigued by how the story would turn out. I love the forbidden love type stories so knew this would probably hit it for me. The book is written in two points of view and between two different times. Normally I’m not a huge fan of the back and forth but I think it worked really well for this story. I loved the dynamic between mother and daughter with Alice and Selina. It was heartbreaking to feel Alice’s longing for her mother while she was away. The beginning of the book was a little slow but it gradually picked up. I found myself really living for Selina’s interactions with Lawrence. Like I said, I’m a sucker for forbidden romances. I also really loved the glimpses of 1920s London. That time period always seemed so glamorous but also a tad gritty. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the characters of this story. Have some tissues on hand because it is a bit of a tearjerker!

4 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

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Expected publication: December 30th 2019 by Graydon House

256 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Imagine that your husband has two other wives.

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket—an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.

You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?

And who is his mysterious third wife?

Review: I am a huge fan of Tarryn Fisher’s previous novels so I was ridiculously excited to get to read her upcoming novel early. Based on past experience with her writing, I was fully expecting something twisted and crazy… and The Wives is exactly that! Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, Tarryn throws in a twist, and then another twist, and another, until I’m not even sure what is happening! What I love about Tarryn’s books are that they aren’t what they seem in the beginning. The Wives appears to be a book about a polygamist marriage but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what it ends up being in the end. I was completely shocked! I don’t want to say too much about the actual plot of the story because I think this book is one you kind of want to go in without any preconceived notions. If you are into psychological thrillers or Tarryn’s books, I highly recommend checking this one out! You won’t be disappointed.

4 Stars

I received an early copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

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Published June 25th 2019 by Inkyard Press

304 Pages

Goodreads Summary: One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.

Review: Last year when I read Shadow of the Fox, I was blown away. It was such a great, original fantasy and I loved all of the Japanese folklore and myths that Julie Kagawa tied in. So when I got a review copy of the sequel, Soul of the Sword, I was ecstatic.

Beware going forward if you haven’t read Shadow of the Fox. This is a review for book 2 so there will be some spoilers from the first book because that’s pretty unavoidable.

This was such a great sequel! There was so much action and adventure that picked up right where Shadow of the Fox left off. I was so nervous to see what was going to happen with Tatsumi after he was possessed completely by the evil Hakaimono. It was so nerve wracking following Tatsumi/Hakaimono traverse the countryside wreaking havoc in his effort to free Hakaimono from the curse of the sword altogether.

One thing that surprised me, in a good way, was how close Okame and Daisuke were becoming. There were some definite vibes going on between the ronin and the samurai that had me totally shipping them 100%.

I couldn’t believe the ending! It was so incredibly intense! I really can’t wait for the next book and it’s going to be really hard waiting an entire year for it. This series has it all. Humor, action, adventure, romance, you name it. If you haven’t read book one yet, I highly suggest you check it out.

5 Stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Bout of Books 23 Wrap Up

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Well, it has been a busy few days for me so I’m a little late on posting this. I feel like I had a really successful Bout of Books week which made me really happy since I was coming out of a reading slump before that. I started my new job on Monday so I’ve been a little stressed out with all of the changes so I haven’t read much since Sunday night. I finished four books and I ended up starting two others. I started Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor but then I ended up getting my hubby to watch the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie so I REALLY wanted to read the sequel. I ended up deciding to just splurge on the Kindle edition since my boxed set still won’t be here for another week yet.

Day 7 Update:

Pages Read: 176

Total Pages Read: 1,286

Books Read From:

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (48 pages)
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (128 pages)

Books Finished:

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • Saga vol. 7

Did you participate in Bout of Books?

Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! To help celebrate today I am going to recommend some of my favorite books that are red, white, and blue.

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  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Come on, you had to be expecting this one from me *wink wink* One of my all time favorites. Time travel, romance, history, 16th century Scotland…  What more could you ask for?
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Travel to the land of Weep with Lazlo Strange and experience this new world right alongside a sheltered librarian eager for adventure!
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – I love this man’s writing. He just has a way of speaking to your soul. This book will make you cry so make sure you have some tissues on hand when you read it if you haven’t already.
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – Powerful World War II story about three people from different backgrounds working together to gain freedom.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Beautiful writing and storytelling. I was never a fan of the circus until I read this book and then I found myself DYING to see this magical circus.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Seriously awesome fantasy about alternate versions of London. Kickass characters, especially the spunky Lila Bard.
  • The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Gorgeous retelling of One Thousand and One Nights. This one will really tug at your heart strings.
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Easily one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year! Faeries, both evil and good, including an adorable little guy name Oak.
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Exciting urban fantasy complete with a criminal underworld filled with clairvoyants, including Paige Mahoney.
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – And of course, my other love, Nevernight! I can barely sum up my feelings about this book in a couple of sentences so just read my 5 star review here.

Have fun out there today everyone! Be safe and stay hydrated! Looks like it’s going to be a scorcher.