MONTHLY WRAP UP – MARCH 2021

To close out each month, we’ll be posting a break down of everything we reviewed, beginning with the reads we loved.. and ending with the reads we didn’t. Not only does this compile all our reviews in one handy summary for you to peruse, or catch up on, it also gives us an interesting birds eye view of the month and our reads. And maybe, even, our moods.


☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales — see Hollis’ & Micky’s review here
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert — see Hollis’ & Micky’s review here
Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen — see Hollis’ review here
The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley — see Micky’s review here
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi — see Hollis’ review here
Dangerous Women by Hope Adams — see Micky’s review here
The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings — see Micky’s review here
Namesake by Adrienne Young — see Micky’s review here
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta — see Hollis’ review here
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid — see Micky’s review here
The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani – see Micky’s review here
Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Zoe Wheddon — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn — see Hollis’ review here
The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne — see Hollis’ review here
Enlightened by Joanna Chambers — see Hollis’ review here
A Touch of Stone and Snow by Milla Vane — see Hollis’ review here
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angelina Boulley — see Hollis’ review here
All The Tides Of Fate by Adalyn Grace — see Micky’s review here
Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid — see Hollis’ & Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ star reads

In the Quick by Kate Hope Day — see Hollis’ review here
Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly — see Hollis’ review here
Odin’s Child by Siri Petterson — see Micky’s review here

star reads

Big Bad Wolf by Suleika Snyder — see Hollis’ review here

u n r a t e d

The Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune — see Hollis’ review here
A Wish Upon the Stars by TJ Klune — see Hollis’ review here

DNF

Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan – no rating or review from Micky


additional reads not reviewed for blog : Three
total reads by Micky : Fifteen
favourite read of the month : How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams
least favourite read of the month : Odin’s Child by Siri Petterson
most read genre : Fantasy

total reviews by Hollis : sixteen
favourite read of the month : Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
least favourite read of the month : Big Bad Wolf by Suleika Snyder
most read genre : contemporary

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – MARCH 30, 2021

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo is the much anticipated finale to the King of Scars duology. And is this not the perfect appetizer to gear up for the Shadow & Bone adaptation? We think so!

Thursday, April 1, 2021, is the UK release of Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane and much excitement for Mhairi fans. We’ve heard great things.

Also on Thursday, The Asylum by Karen Coles releases and it is a gothic thriller exploring why Maud is in the asylum. That cover is stunning.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – MARCH 23, 2021

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani is the second in the Dauntless Path series and it rejoins characters from book one (Thorn) from a differing perspective. This second installment brings magic and women-centric story that Micky loved. The review for this is already on the blog.

Odin’s Child by Siri Petterson is a much loved series starter that has been available in its native Norwegian and across Europe for some time but today marks its translation to English. This is a complex fantasy of the tailless Hirka, an outsider in the land of Ym.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – MARCH 16, 2021

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley is best pitched as an Indigenous Veronica Mars. Mystery, romance, crime, and more!

Namesake by Adrienne Young is the hotly anticipated sequel to Fable.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – MARCH 9, 2021

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert is the third (and final!) book in the Brown Sisters series which makes us very sad. But is there maybe a spinoff/companion in the works? We can only hope!

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales is the author’s sophomore debut set around anonymous dating advice in a highschool environment.. what could possibly go wrong?

Devil In Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne is the third, and final, installment in her Devil You Know series.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below! 

ENLIGHTENED by Joanna Chambers

David Lauriston has been recuperating at Lord Murdo Balfour’s Laverock estate for the last five months. At Laverock, he has regained his health and confidence and has found—with Murdo—more happiness and contentment than he has never known before.

David is all too aware that some day soon he will have to leave Laverock—and Murdo—and return to his legal practice in Edinburgh, just as Murdo will have to return to his life in London. But when David’s mentor, Patrick Chalmers, asks David to return to Edinburgh to visit him on his deathbed, it seems that day has come sooner than either David or Murdo would have wished.

Chalmers begs David to undertake one last piece of business for him: to secure the future of Chalmers’s daughter Elizabeth. But to carry out his old mentor’s wishes, David must travel to London, with Murdo.

No sooner have the two men arrived in the capital than they encounter Murdo’s ruthlessly manipulative father, who reveals a shocking secret that rocks David to his foundations. What’s more, when David discovers Elizabeth is facing far greater danger than even her father feared, he is determined to help her, no matter the cost to his own safety.

As the stakes rise, it is Murdo who must choose what he is prepared to sacrifice to keep David at his side, and ask whether there is any possibility of lasting happiness for men like them.


Title : Enlightened
Author : Joanna Chambers
Series : Enlightenment (book three)
Format : eBook (overdrive)
Page Count : 279
Genre : LGBTQIAP+ historical romance
Publisher : indie
Release Date : January 8, 2018

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ .5


Hollis’ 3.5 star review

And so concludes the main trilogy of this series following David and Murdo. I’m quite pleased by their ending, as well as the endings of a few other characters that followed them throughout these three books, and honestly I was the least irked by either of their behaviour in the telling of this particular installment.

That said, while I was very happy, and occasionally moved by the emotional revelations, it was one particular bit of plot featuring a good friend of David’s that got me the most emotional. I may have teared up.

While — for whatever reason — this series hasn’t become a new favourite, it can’t be denied that I really got on well with Chambers’ writing and really enjoyed the characters. I have two novellas still to read that feature these two leads (so I guess I’m not quite done..) and while I look forward to seeing what else they get upto (though you likely won’t see those reviews here, maybe check GR if you’re curious), I am keen to see what this author does with a different pair. That said, if you’re a fan of KJC or Cat Sebastian and you want another queer historical series to sink your teeth into, and you haven’t yet tried these, I would recommend! They aren’t too long and they are smartly written. And I still hope to discover a Chambers I’ll love in her other series — or maybe even in the books within this world. Fingers crossed!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – MARCH 2, 2021

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid is book two in the Solving for Pie series, which spins off her Winter Brother series, which spins off her.. you get it. Looking for cozy mysteries and southern charm? It’s here!

Dangerous Women by Hope Adams is actually out March 4th but this thrilling novel is based on the 1841 voyage of the convict ship Rajah, about confinement, hope, and the terrible things we do to survive. And from a debut author!


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!