Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Dawn Breaker (Daybreaker #3) by Pippa DaCosta

Release Date – December 2021 (though likely to be much earlier than this in reality)

Coming 2021, the Daybreaker series concludes in its explosive finale, Dawn Breaker.


With Rafe missing, demons claiming half the night station, and the vampire queen closing in, Lynher and Kensey are left with nowhere to hide. Backed into a corner, they must fight.

But can two human orphans harness the magic of the night station to stand against the vampire queen?

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. See the guidelines at the bottom of the linked post, and jump on board!

Shelf Control – Deep Blue Sea


On the Night of Bleeding Hearts, when the moon is fat and the ocean calm, Blue and her siren sisters transform.

With poisonous songs on their lips and bloodlust in their hearts, they emerge from the waters to comb the shores, hunting lost souls, thieves and pirates, men with violence in their veins. For each death gifts the sirens a new song to sing.

As the most ruthless and cunning of her sisters, Blue is a legend among her kind. But on this night, when the sea delivers the sirens a stricken merchant vessel, Blue discovers a thief among the crew. A thief with a warm heart and a troubled past.

And now Blue has a choice. Kill a good man or lose her voice.


So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

Book Review · Fantasy

REVIEW – MM Fantasy Romance \\ Curse of the Dark Prince by Ariana Nash

Curse of the Dark Prince
(The Prince’s Assassin #3)
by Ariana Nash

He was heat and fire, rock and iron, and after everything they’d survived, after every hurt and obstacle, impossibly, Nikolas Yazdan was Vasili’s.

Niko and Vasili’s story has reached it’s epic conclusion and boy do you need to gird your loins to read this one. It puts you through the emotional wringer, stands you up, dusts you down and then shoves you back through it again. Repeatedly.

Nikolas kissed him then – so softly, so simply. It was nothing, really. A brush of the lips, but if it were the last thing Vasili felt, he’d gladly take its touch with him to meet the gods.

I may have cried at this book. More than once. It didn’t quite slay me in the same way that the Silk & Steel series did, but this author continually sets the bar so very high that this is still an amazing read.

Niko blinked at the man beside him. Because there he was. His hidden Vasili.
The man he loved.

Old friends become enemies, new alliances are formed and help comes from the most surprising of places. The story rattles along at a fair pace, twisting and turning and knocking you sideways at the most unexpected of times. The story had everything I wanted, adventure, emotion, desperation, hope, despair and glimpsed moments of what could have been…

He wanted to build a new life somewhere far away from it all, where the prince didn’t have the weight of a crown on his head or a curse in his veins. Just a cabin in the woods, an open fire, and a burbling brook.
But those dreams were a fool’s fantasy.
He’d seen this done. He’d keep his word because it was all he had left to give the man he loved.
Vasili’s last order would also be his own.

My poor fragile heart is battered and yet I am completely satisfied and replete with how this adventure ended. I hugely recommend this series.

He was wildness, like the sea, and Vasili would willingly drown in him.

Of course, Nikolas wasn’t a threat – well, not like this. He was a threat at other times. But in these quiet moments, he was everything Vasili needed him to be and so much more.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


With the powerful cities of Seran and Loreen having fallen to elves, and the dark flame escaping its bonds, Prince Vasili Caville’s plight has never been more desperate. But for the first time in his lifetime, he’s not alone. With the formidable Nikolas Yazdan at his side, not all is lost.

But Nikolas has changed. The Yazdan legacy has caught up with him, and as strong and stubborn as he is, nobody can resist the flame’s call for long. For all his words of honor and sacrifice, Vasili fears he’s losing Nikolas, and with him any chance of defeating the elves for good.

Love, power, control. To save both himself and Nikolas, Vasili must surrender it all and embrace everything a Caville is destined to be. For beneath the broken palace, hidden inside its heart, lies the answer to everything. And all it will cost, is love.

Photo by Maycon Marmo

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – March Round Up!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a wonderful place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be, reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! Everyone is welcome. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn over at The Book Date.

My twin boy’s celebrated their 21st birthday this weekend, though with a national lockdown in place there wasn’t much that could actually be done. From Monday two households or 6 people can meet outside – so they can have some of their friends visit if they sit out in the garden. The forecast is for some really good weather this week, before it turns cold again in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Saturday was quite a busy day, as on top of the weekly food shop for 6, there was also a visit to a potential new home for my husband’s mother. Our garden really needed a good tidy up, so we spent a couple of hours out there doing just that rather than doing our usual Sunday walk. Particularly since the skies were rather grey. The grass still needs a good cut, but at least we’ve made some headway out there. At least I have a gorgeous bunch of flowers to cheer things up!

Read This Month So Far

365 Days was a DNF, which was only on my radar because I was leading a Book of the Month read for it. Not only that but the discussion had barely any activity either – possibly because the book was overpriced for the market. Believe me you aren’t missing anything by not reading it. Two very unlikeable main characters and a dire translation from Polish to English made this read like the over heated ramblings of a lust fuelled teen. I had two further DNF’s this month, both were Kindle Unlimited reads which might explain why I abandoned them so easily.

There were 3 TBR list reads, a re-read prior to a sequel, 5 ARC reads, 4 of which I’ve already bought my own copy of, and a further 3 successful KU reads.

Currently Reading

This is proving to be quite a long, complex and highly detailed read. I’m very much enjoying it but am sprinkling some lightweight books in as my tired old brain can only cope with so much high level processing before it crashes!

Up Next

I won’t have read the TBR book Deep Blue Sea by the end of March but I am hoping it will be read by next Monday! I have a couple of beta reads to work on, and know that at least one arc will be turning up on my kindle over the next week. That means that the chances are Before Girl won’t be started until next week, but I can always hope!

Happy reading x


#SixForSunday // March #4

Six For Sunday – March – Around the world in 80 books

Six for Sunday (#SixForSunday) is a weekly meme hosted by Steph over at A Little But a Lot. The prompts for each week are up well in advance and they are a great way to share your love of all things book.

Today’s theme is “Blue and green books

I’m not going into much detail about any of these. Most are books that made a big impression on me, or they are by stories that will stay with me for years. A couple are by favourite authors and are on my list of books to re-read.

n order of appearance –
An Urban Fantasy involving demons and demon hunters.
A Contemporary Romance with organised crime elements.
A SFR with an autistic FMC alongside action, adventure and humour.
A slow-burn Fantasy Romance with some fantastic world building and wonderful characters.
A tear jerking Contemporary Romance and
A Contemporary Romance with dark themes and a wonderful second chance at love.

Book Review · Urban Fantasy

REVIEW – Urban Fantasy/ Mythology \\ Chase The Dark

Chase The Dark
(Soul Eater #2.5)
by Pippa DaCosta

Short stories don’t usually wow me as much as this one did. I guess it helps that I’ve already gotten to know Ace, Shu and all the supporting characters. I liked how the story focused very much on the action, there were no unnecessary fillers, everything had it’s role to play.

Like the previous books this leaves you with as many questions as answers, though in a way that does make you feel as though progress is being made. I wouldn’t say you could read this stand alone and get the full benefit, it is very much a part of the series. You could read the series without having read this, but why would you want to miss out on the fun? 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Urban Fantasy

New York’s sewers are infested with gators. As Ace Dante investigates, it becomes clear there’s something far worse beneath the streets, and it’s out for revenge.

(Chase The Dark is Soul Eater Series side story. It can be read as a stand alone or at any time during the series).