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5 Star Spring Reads Part 1 (March to April)

Every season I like to look back and revisit my 5 star reads. As well as trying to read different genres, I also like to try and match my reading to the season as far as possible, although this wasn’t quite as successful as Winter.

So here were my top 5 reads for the first half of Spring (click for my reviews):

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Sparks and Shadow by Ceara Nobles

Book Review – A Gallery of Mothers By J S Latshaw

Book Review – The Maid by Nita Prose

Book Review – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – The Better Brother by Simon Gravatt

Book Review – It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Shadow Flicker by Simon Gravatt

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Welcome To Your Life by Bethany Rutter

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Date With Betrayal by Julia Chapman

Book Review – The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

What have been your 5 star Spring reads? Have you read any of these?

Happy reading and here’s to the second half of Spring!

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What Book Should I Have Read This Month? Book Of The Month

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.”

This month I have had so many 5 star reads that it was really hard to choose just one book of the month. In the end I had to choose this one as it was the most immersive. The characters, settings and storylines were all brilliant and I was sad when this book came to an end. I definitely recommend reading the whole ACOTAR series!

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My Autumn 5 Star Reads So Far

Now that we are halfway through Autumn I thought that I would share with you my 5 star reads. I often find it difficult to pick just one book of the month, so here is my collection of 5 star reads this Autumn so far!

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – Popular on Social Media

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.”

Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto – Popular on Social Media

Book Description From Goodreads:

What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family?

You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue!

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—”Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!“—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?”

 The Rejected Suitor by Teresa McCarthy – Free on Kindle

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Lady Emily Clearbrook secretly loved Jared, the Earl of Stonebridge, but one day, he left her without a word. Now, years later, Emily’s four brawny brothers have decided she needs to marry. With no idea about Emily’s past love, the Clearbrook brothers ask their friend, Lord Stonebridge, to guard Lady Emily from unfit suitors until they find her a proper husband. With his dangerous past, the last thing Stonebridge needs is to be watchdog to Lady Emily. But he certainly cannot tell her brothers that the person Emily needs the most protection from is himself!”

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas – Popular on Social Media

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.”

Witchnapped in Westerham by Dionne Lister – Free on Kindle

Book Description From Goodreads:

From USA Today bestselling author Dionne Lister comes an exciting new paranormal cosy mystery series.

All it takes is one morning for Sydney Photographer Lily Bianchi’s life to go off the rails and over a cliff.

A well-dressed English woman turns up at her door, swearing she’s a witch. If that’s not crazy enough, she explains Lily’s brother, James, has been kidnapped and the Paranormal Investigation Bureau needs Lily’s help finding him.

And the craziest part? The Englishwoman tells Lily she’s a witch too. Before she can say, “Where’s my coffee?” she’s on a plane bound for Westerham, England. Unfortunately, England’s not as welcoming as she hoped–she’s barely arrived before she gets set up, arrested and almost shot.

Things can only get better from here, right? Yeah, right…”

Book Review – Dead Road by Alex Apostol – Dead Soil Book 2

Book Description From Goodreads:

“The group of wanderers in the wilderness of Northwest Indiana and the group of survivors at the Dune Ridge apartment complex have come together in this thrilling tale of zombie apocalypse survival. With the scientist, Liam, gone only his journal is left to give hope for a cure to the zombie plague. Christine, Zack, and the others band together to deliver the journal to the disease research center in the heart of downtown Chicago, but it is not an easy road ahead of them.”

Book Review – Dead World by Alex Apostol – Out Later This Month!

Book Description From Goodreads:

“The final chapter in the zombie survival trilogy, Dead Soil. The cover shown here is not the official cover for the book which is to be published October 26, 2021. It is a temporary placeholder while the real cover is being designed. If you want to catch up on the popular zombie apocalypse series, Dead Soil, please visit my website at writeralexapostol.com”

As you can see I have had an excellent first half of Autumn and have high hopes for the second!

What do you think of these books?

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

I got this for 99p on Kindle, but it is also available at the library.

After seeing Bridgerton on TV I decided that I needed to read the books. I read the first one and have to say that I was disappointed. So much more happened in the TV show. I kept waiting for things to happen and they never did! I therefore didn’t have high hopes for this one.

I am pleased to report that I loved this book! It is definitely up there with my favourite books. I loved the main character and her sense of humour. She wasn’t pretentious and was so protective and encouraging of her sister which was lovely to see.

The main character manages to get herself into all sorts of scrapes and dramas, yet she deals with it calmly and with good humour.

The settings were again lovely, with the big houses throwing parties and the beautiful clothes that they all got to wear.

It was gripping from beginning to end with all the drama, love and humour. I couldn’t put it down! I would definitely read this book again, which I think is the mark of a good book, especially when I have a large TBR pile and new books enticing me all the time!

Rated 5/5

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Book Description From Goodreads:

“You won’t want to leave. . . until you can’t.

Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.

An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge–there’s something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

Elin is under pressure to find Laure, but no one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they are all in. . . “

This was another 99p Kindle purchase. I had seen this book around on social media so I thought that I would give it a go.

It was an excellent read. It was gripping and dark, and with the setting being an isolated Sanatorium on a mountain, together with the stormy, snowy weather, it all added to the spooky, mysterious atmosphere.

Throughout the book you just didn’t know who to trust and you kept getting lulled into a false sense of security. You knew the murderer had to be someone in the Sanatorium, due to the isolated nature of the building, but trying to work out who it was was difficult!

The characters were all untrustworthy to some extent which added to the drama of it all.

I highly recommend reading this book. It is definitely one for the Autumn/Winter season.

Rated 5/5

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