Romantic Fantasy Shelf: Blizzard of Book Boyfriends Ebook Prize Haul

I recently joined a Facebook group called Romantic Fantasy Shelf, which discusses fantasy books set in a secondary world with a romantic focus or element in the plot. I’ve gotten quite a few good recs since joining and was happy to share some of my own reviews during the past Blizzard of Book Boyfriends event that the admins hosted from January 9, 2021 through March 19, 2021. The main purpose was to share reviews of romantic fantasy or fantasy romance titles with extra points awarded for new to you authors, series completion, indie authors, and other peripheral items.

I was so excited to learn that I was the runner up for the Most New Authors to the Reader prize, which included ebooks from a number of participating authors. I was waiting until I stopped receiving notifications before posting so as not to miss thanking anyone for their amazing generosity! The prize wasn’t explicitly stated so I wasn’t sure exactly what I was in for, but I received an almost overwhelming number of ebooks. And only a small handful were titles I already owned! I have quite a lot of reading ahead of me 🙂

A huge thank you to the participating authors and the admins of the RFS group! I hope to participate in future events!

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #42

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #41

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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ARC Review: Malice by Heather Walter

Malice
Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: April 13th 2021 by Del Rey

This book sounded absolutely amazing from the description, so I requested an arc from the publisher and received an earc in exchange for an honest review. I am incredibly glad that I was able to read this book! First because my focus for any kind of print (physical or digital) reading has been sparse the last couple of months, and secondly because it was such a delight to read.

I have always liked Maleficent, or the dark fairy, way more than Sleeping Beauty in this staple princess fairy tale, so I was intrigued to see how Heather Walter would showcase Alyce’s otherness. Throw in a fascinating magic structure, political intrigue, and secret love and you have the ingredients for a fabulous story, which I think the author absolutely delivered on. You can feel all the emotional and moral struggle that Alyce tries to deal with throughout the novel with no support from those who should.

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What to Read: April 2021

March continued to be a month where I either didn’t have the time or the focus for reading physical books, but I did manage a few and listened to a bunch of audiobooks. I’m hoping April brings better focus for reading, but I also want to go outside and poke at the yard and possibly start a garden, so who knows what kind of time I will have. LOL

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #40

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Book Haul: March 2021

I have some new lovely additions to my library to share, and I’m pretty excited to have these in my collection now! Some of these were traded for, others gifts, and I also splurged a bit and bought a few 🙂 Early next month I will have quite the ebook haul post as I won a very generous prize from the Romantic Fantasy Shelf Facebook group, but not all the prizes have arrived yet and I don’t want to leave anyone out!

I traded my signed tour edition of Crescent City for these four wonderful books, and I’m pretty happy with that!

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Audiobook Review: The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst

The Bone Maker
Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 9th 2021 by Harper Voyager

I received a free copy of the audiobook from the publisher through the Libro.fm ALC program, which did not affect my honest opinion that this book was fantastic!

Having read and enjoyed The Queen of Blood, I was excited to see this author release a standalone fantasy that sounds fascinating. And I was not wrong in my assessment. I really enjoyed that the author showcased older MCs (I don’t think their exact ages were mentioned but they are around 40) and included all the conflicting emotions that adults face while making decisions. It was refreshing to see what happens after the heroes save the world.

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #39

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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