Wrap-up, TBR and Unboxing – Episode 9

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Happy new month. I am so excited for my favourite holiday. Are you excited for Christmas? Leave a comment

November was surprisingly good reading month for me.

November Wrap-up

I read 9 books this month. I have also attached links of places you can purchase the books, they are affiliate links which means I will get a small commission which helps me continue my blog, if you buy the book using this link the price does not change for you so there is no added cost to you.

A powerless supernatural mafia princess. A bodyguard hellbent on revenge. And a love that might cost them both everything…

Elspeth Lennox knows dreams are foolish–including the dream to marry for love. Born without elemental power, she’s considered worthless except in the promise that she could produce a rare and superiorly gifted child free from the disease that is slowly killing her brother and so many other Natura.

In exchange for a cure, she agrees to marry and join her bloodline with that of the Natura’s most powerful Russian family–a king very few have ever seen in person.

The last thing the Lennox family needs is another powerful alliance. Fearing retaliation from other Natura families, Elspeth’s grandfather assigns her his most powerful bodyguard to make sure she survives to see her wedding day.

Fire elemental Aleron Foussé has long dreamed of revenge for his father’s murder. Protecting Elspeth will give him the cover he needs to finally achieve that goal. Elspeth’s just a pawn. A distraction he doesn’t need. A dangerous distraction who makes him dream of things he’ll never have. Things he never thought he wanted.

Now he wants it all. He wants her.

But Elspeth holds a secret powerful enough to start a war, and if they’re not careful, their hearts may be the first casualties.

The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.

King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King’s Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion–it’s the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.

Out in the Wilds, apothecary apprentice Tessa Cade is tired of seeing her neighbors die, their suffering ignored by the unyielding royals. Every night, she and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to those who need it most–but it’s still not enough.

As rumours spread that the cure no longer works and sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King’s Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible: sneaking into the palace. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if it’s even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first.

Waterstones (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3aejqM7

Book depository (Free shipping worldwide) – https://tidd.ly/3BkgJEB

Audible (audio books) – https://tidd.ly/3oHabwA

Meet Yinka: a thirty-something, Oxford-educated, British Nigerian woman with a well-paid job, good friends, and a mother whose constant refrain is “Yinka, where is your huzband?”

Yinka’s Nigerian aunties frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, her work friends think she’s too traditional (she’s saving herself for marriage!), her girlfriends think she needs to get over her ex already, and the men in her life…well, that’s a whole other story. But Yinka herself has always believed that true love will find her when the time is right.
Still, when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences Operation Find-A-Date for Rachel’s Wedding. Aided by a spreadsheet and her best friend, Yinka is determined to succeed. Will Yinka find herself a huzband? And what if the thing she really needs to find is herself?

Waterstones (UK) – https://tidd.ly/30pQOxX

Book depository (Free shipping worldwide) – https://tidd.ly/3nmTnKh

Audible (Audio books) – https://tidd.ly/3CmzDL2

Magic doesn’t exist in the broken city of Lkossa anymore, especially for girls like sixteen-year-old Koffi. Indentured to the notorious Night Zoo, she cares for its fearsome and magical creatures to pay off her family’s debts and secure their eventual freedom. But the night her loved ones’ own safety is threatened by the Zoo’s cruel master, Koffi unleashes a power she doesn’t fully understand–and the consequences are dire.

As the second son of a decorated hero, Ekon is all but destined to become a Son of the Six–an elite warrior–and uphold a family legacy. But on the night of his final rite of passage, a fire upends his plans. In its midst, Ekon not only encounters the Shetani–a vicious monster that has plagued the city and his nightmares for nearly a century–but a curious girl who seems to have the power to ward off the beast. Koffi’s power ultimately saves Ekon’s life, but his choice to let her flee dooms his hopes of becoming a warrior.

Desperate to redeem himself, Ekon vows to hunt the Shetani down and end its reign of terror, but he can’t do it alone. Meanwhile, Koffi believes finding the Shetani and selling it for a profit could be the key to solving her own problems. Koffi and Ekon–each keeping their true motives secret from the other–form a tentative alliance and enter into the unknowns of the Greater Jungle, a world steeped in wild magic and untold dangers. The hunt begins. But it quickly becomes unclear whether they are the hunters or the hunted.

Waterstones (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3BkkWIF

Book Depository (Free shipping worldwide) – https://tidd.ly/3BrJboo

Audible (audio books) – https://tidd.ly/3oGzWgs

Maddie Goldbloom stitched up a plan to ensure everything in her life was perfect—from a career in fashion to a chic NYC apartment to a paediatrician boyfriend.

When her ex, Chase Black, storms back into her life with an outrageous request, her immediate reaction is to refuse him. But he only wants to fulfil his father’s last wish. So even though he’s the man who broke her heart, playing his fiancée shouldn’t be hard, especially if it means she gets to watch the arrogant devil squirm a bit.

What ensues is a chain of events that detonates Maddie’s life—and when Chase’s walls come down, they both are forced to face reality.

They say keep your enemies close. But what if your enemy is also the man you love?

Waterstones (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3kUHx8q

Book depository (Free worldwide shipping) – https://tidd.ly/3x5qN32

Audible (audio books) –  https://tidd.ly/3oIJnKF

Sahara Mills was the first black ballerina to lead the Manhattan Repertoire—until her life was upended by a billionaire mob boss determined to make her his private dancer. On the run from that disastrous relationship, the last thing Sahara needs is another billionaire bad boy… but Fate has other plans. When an anonymous fling with a quirky stranger turns into something more, Sahara is shattered to learn that her mystery man is none other than Hugh Lindsay the eccentric tech billionaire—a man, even richer and more powerful than the last one.

Can Hugh convince her to look past all that money and love him for himself, or will Sahara’s fears about the power of billions keep her from the joys of performing for an audience of one?

Book depository (Free worldwide shipping) – https://tidd.ly/3xrHkyx

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

Waterstones (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3Bp4QgL

Book depository (Free shipping worldwide) – https://tidd.ly/3oFfInb

Audible (audio books) – https://tidd.ly/3DmXzii

Sabeara Aigoviel, princess of Aveladon, wants nothing more than for her heart to glow. The Stone-Hearted power that is received at the age of eighteen is her ultimate wish. With a grim curse looming over the realm and a neighboring kingdoms conspiring plans, contentions arise. Moments of danger summon evil forces, sending Sabeara into a whirlwind of adventure, captivity, and even love.
Rescued by a handsome stranger in a brown cloak, they navigate the kingdoms to bring her safely home. When her rescuer arrives betrothed to her beloved older sister weeks later, it is all she can do to erase their memories. Will Sabeara be able to defeat the curse on the Stone-Hearted race? And will she be able to forget the memories of her epic ventures with her cloaked rescuer?

Waterstones (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3rx3vm8

Book depository (Free shipping worldwide) – https://tidd.ly/3DjIYnh

Audible (Audio books) – https://tidd.ly/3DjIWf9

Noah Donahue
He’s the starting center for the Devington University Devils hockey team.
He’s also the center of the universe for almost every female student here.
I’d be happy if our orbits never intersected.
Unfortunately, he’s the best friend of my boyfriend.
The boyfriend who decided we needed to “take a break” this past summer before senior year.
But one thing I do have in common with Noah is that I play to win, and I’m not giving up just like that.
When Noah is the one to suggest a fake relationship to remind my ex what he’s missing, I’m game.
I have no idea what Noah’s aims are, but if it means returning to the status quo I once knew, I’ll do what I have to.
But you know what they say about making a deal with the devil…

Now, it’s not my soul I’m worried about losing, it’s everything I thought I ever wanted.

December TBR

 As usual I am keeping my tbr to a respectful 3 books although this is a very busy month for me and I don’t anticipate that I would have a lot of reading time. The 3 books are:

Once upon a broken heart the Night by Stephanie Garber

Waterstones (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3kMEBL0

Book depository (Free shipping worldwide) – https://tidd.ly/3FuHMPr

Audible (audio books) – https://tidd.ly/3noBGtr

Archangel’s light by Nalini Singh

Waterstones (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3kKGkjQ

Book Depository (Free shipping worldwide) – https://tidd.ly/320XBia

Audible (audio books) – https://tidd.ly/3nsq7Bu

A Psalm of storms and silence by Roseanne A. Brown

Waterstones (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3nnQ5pZ

Book depository (Free shipping worldwide) – https://tidd.ly/3HtT1t7

Audible (audio books) – https://tidd.ly/3FGBnkn


This post is not sponsored by Fairyloot. I received my Fairyloot October and November boxes which I will detail the items in it for you guys. The book in the October box is one of the books in my December tbr and the book of the month for the November box will be in my January tbr. Without further ado, here are the items for the October and November Fairyloot boxes, which books they are inspired by and the instagram handles of the people who made the artworks. Let’s start with October then November –

Trinket dish – character art of Addie illustrated by @arz28, inspired by The Invisible life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Blanket designed by @forensicsandflowers, inspired by Kingdom of the wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Postcard designed by @kdpletters, featuring a quote from We Set The Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Character card set illustrated by @morgana0aagro and inspired the book for this month

This month’s collectable tarot cards are Five and Six of Pentacles featuring Tarisai and Dayo from Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko and designed by @lgions

The book for the month is Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Gerber. The artwork on the reverse dustjacket of the fairlyloot edition was designed by @rosiethorns88. The artwork on the endpapers of the books is by @aleikats

Book review notebook designed by @chattynora – insired by Blood and ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Washi tape designed by @blanca.design – inspired by The Rage of dragons by Evan Winter

Microfiber cloth designed by @stellabookishart – inspired by Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Bamboo travel mug designed by @blanca.design – inspired by the November book of the month

Enamel pin designed by @sallteas – portraying Rin from the Poppy wars by R. F. Kuang

This month’s collectable tarot cards are Seven and Eight of Pentacles featuring Malik and Karina from A song of wraiths and ruin by Roseanne A. Brown and designed by @lgions

The book of the month for November is Jade Fire Gold by June C. L. Tan. The artwork on the reverse dustjacket of the fairlyloot edition was designed by @jhocaaa. Character print on the author’s letter is by Kate Acedia

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