Friday Book Blogger Hop – April 30th – May 6th

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

What are some common tropes you’ve seen in a genre you like to read?
Are there any books you’ve read that reverse or change those tropes?

submitted by Julie @ JadeSky

Oh my word, romance has ALL the tropes, every single last one. Even capes and masks might feature if you are reading a romantic suspense with a secret society. There are quite simply far, far, far too many tropes to mention them all. I love a good fantasy or sci-fi book too.

My favourites include

1. Second chance – as long as the reason is sound and the “guilty” party works for their redemption.
2. Enemies-to-lovers – because I love my romance to have be rough around the edges, as well as hard fought for.
3. Captive/Forced relationship – a trope that many readers find challenging, especially when it skirts – or crosses – the line of consent.
4. Good v Evil – because lets face it, most fantasy has this battle at the heart of it.
5. Elves/Fae – I don’t care if fae aren’t a trope, I’m stating my love of them loud and proud.
6. The tortured hero – I love me a morally grey, emotionally stunted guy. One who does very good, bad things to the heroine – mainly because they both enjoy it.
7. Angels and demons – ditto #5. And did I mention just how HAWT these guys are? Especially when they are fallen angels.

I don’t think reversing or changing the trope would be particularly successful. Generally a trope is somewhat set in stone since most readers have expectations of how a trope will play out. You go changing that formula and chances are it just won’t work because it will just read as though the author didn’t understand the trope/sub-genre they were writing about.

I bet when I visit other posts I’ll be all “oh yeah, why did I not include that trope in my post? However I’m happy with my list as is, maybe. What are your thoughts on and experiences of tropes?

Book Review · Historical · Omegaverse

REVIEW – Regency Historical Romance // The Alpha of Rickett Hall by Merel Pierce

The Alpha of Rickett Hall
Merel Pierce


I don’t usually read historical romance. I don’t usually read slow-burn romances. I don’t usually love a book with a heroine who is a virgin. However I would read them every single time if they were as captivating and wonderful as The Alpha of Rickett Hall. This was one hundred percent a “can’t put it down” book, it was an “I’m totally and utterly in love with both main characters” book, along with a “why did it have to end?” book.

I am in love with Edmund, I am in love with Juliana, I am in love with everything, every last little thing, about this book. It was simply perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing about it, even if I could. The story caught me hook, line, and sinker and the only bad thing is that it had to end. Oh and the fact that I just can not write a review that does justice to it. There are some books that touch you in a way that most others don’t. They transport you to another world, engage your emotions, speak to your soul and leave a lasting impression on your heart. This was one such book for me and I already want to read it again.

Juliana had a wonderful feistiness about her, but never came across as too bold for the time or too annoying. Edmund was very brooding – *swoon* – but was also dominant, caring and demanding in all the right ways. I loved the exploration of what happens when a perfect alpha specimen is no longer perfect. Of when the quiet and submissive omega is neither of those things, but who is caring and nurturing.

Omegaverse elements are very subtly applied throughout the story, befitting the regencyesque setting. Likewise the slow-burn romance. Lots of sweating, heaving and slick would, quite simply, not have suited this book, it needed that softer, gentler approach. Not once did I feel that the pace was slow. Wonderful characterisation, impressive conveyance of emotion and beautiful writing easily made this an engaging and heart warming story. I hugely recommend this – even if omegaverse isn’t usually your thing – and hope you love it as much as I did.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Historical/ Omegaverse Romance

All the money in the world couldn’t replace the leg Edmund Harcourt lost in battle. Abandoned by his fiancée and friends, living soon loses its appeal.

What good is a broken Alpha?

When Edmund’s family learns of a young Omega with healing abilities, they hatch a plot to bring sweet Juliana Mooreland to Edmund’s door in the hopes that instinct will bind the two together.

But such clandestine plots rarely go as planned…


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 – Traitors of the Black Crown (Black Crown Book 1) by Cate Pearce

I was just totally smitten by the blurb of this one. It’s a new to me author, so I have no idea what to expect but I have heard positive things about it.

Publisher – Hansen House
GenreLGBTQIA | Romance | Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date – 22 Sep 2021 
Goodreads –

Three women will betray the black crown. A Knight. A Duchess. A Queen.

Raena Schinen narrowly escaped when the Queen’s guard murdered her entire family. If Raena’s survival is exposed, she’ll be next. For fifteen years Raena has hidden as a male Knight, “Sir Rowan”, consumed by her vengeful desire to assassinate the Queen.

The moment Raena is close enough to exact her revenge, she is unexpectedly exiled to a foreign land. There she serves the common-born Duchess Aven Colby, whose suspicious kinship with the Queen further threatens Raena’s delicate secrets.

Just as they become united in a common goal to curb a looming invasion, unexpected heat and romance blossoms between “Sir Rowan” and Aven. The peril demands they set out on a journey to form clandestine political alliances, risking the Queen’s wrath, and drawing Raena and Aven closer together.

But no one in the kingdom could have imagined the sinister foe rising from below the surface. In order to save themselves and those they love, Raena, Aven, and the Queen must recognize who are the oppressors and who will unite against the Black Crown.

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 – Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles Book 1) by K.F. Breene

I adore this author’s books, yet have allowed this to sit unread on my kindle for an embarrassing amount of time. Particularly when I know that the heroine will be amazing, because the author won’t stand for anything less! I’m hoping to move it from my TBR list to read next month.

Women’s Adventure Fiction | Fantasy Adventure Fiction


It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.
Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.

It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey.

But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.

War is coming. The only choice becomes: Which side do you choose?

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

Real Life

What is your Reading Style?

I stumbled across a fascinating post a few days ago over at The Reading Ladies Book Club. I was cheeky enough to ask the owner, Carol, if I could borrow her idea and she very kindly gave me permission to do so. The result of which can be found below. Do please pop over to her blog and leave a kind comment!

Are you a Supply or Demand Reader?

This blog post here and pod cast here, by Laura Vanderkam, outlines the two main types of reader she believes exist.

Supply-side always have time available to read, regardless of what is on offer. It’s part of their schedule, they have regular time set aside for reading, it’s a habit they indulge in regularly. For many supply-side readers TV is not a huge part of their lives, and reading takes the place of that structural down time. Supply readers are those who have this inner drive to read books, possibly those left over 1990’s leaflets in the Dr’s waiting room, or even the back of a cereal box if nothing else is available.

Demand-side readers are those who will read if there’s a good book available. When these readers do have a good book they will find the time to read, time they would normally spend on other things. If they’re in the middle of a good book, or if they have a book they’re excited to read, they will read it and you’ll look at them sitting on the couch reading their book and think, oh my gosh, they must love to read. And it’s true, they do. But only when they are caught up in a good book.

I’m definitely a supply-side reader. I AM that person who choses to read over watching TV and who (usually) finds time every day to read.

What is your Reading Personality?

I took a quiz on the Modern Mrs. Darcey website and found out that I’m an “Escapist” reader. I’m also and “I don’t care” reader, in terms of I read romance, and some very smutty romance at that, and don’t feel the need to hide that fact or apologise for it. Mainly because I think anyone who judges someone else for their reading choice just has too much time on their hands or has a very sad life indeed that they need to bully others.

If you’re curious about your reading personality, take this short quiz.

Are you a Genre Snob?

Davida over at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog asked her readers this question recently. I found myself agreeing with the argument for not putting one type of reading snobbery above any other. It is my personal opinion that I am NOT a genre snob – well she would (say that), wouldn’t she? – and this may well be because I’m one of those very looked down on romance readers. My moto is “live and let live”, as far as the reading choices of others go. I’m a firm believer in the act of reading being the important thing, not the reading matter.

That said there are plenty of genres, and tropes, that hold zero interest for me. I will gladly tell you that I hated Of Mice and Men, that I have tried countless times to read Wuthering Heights but just can’t get past the first chapter or so. Those books just weren’t for me. As someone who gained a BSc (Hons) Genetics degree from a Russell Group university I feel as though I should be more of a high brow reader, more literary. But as I discovered above, I’m an escapist reader, and those highbrow books just don’t float my boat! Knowing what you like, and sticking to it isn’t, to my mind anyway, genre snobbery. It rather seems more like common sense.

Do you have Reading Preferences?

Do you have a favourite reading spot or location? Does your reading involve a favourite drink or snack? Do you need it quiet or do you listen to music? Do you always read at a certain time of the day?

I have reading times. I read mainly in the evenings, with weekend mornings thrown in for good measure. If I’m on vacation then I will try to find reading time during the day too. I generally read in the living room, or lounge as it’s known in our house. How successful this is depends on the programme being watched by my husband and daughter. Some shows I can tune out and ignore, others repeatedly distract or disturb me. I also read in bed, under the covers with my paperwhite turned to a low light setting. Music seems to be one of the worst things to have on whilst I’m reading, so out of the two choices I’d rather have it quiet – though not silent.

Whilst I’ll eat and drink whilst reading, they aren’t required accompaniments but rather things I would be consuming regardless of whether I am reading or not.

Do you prefer Print (physical or e-reader) or Audio?

E-reader. Full stop. End of discussion. I don’t have the space for physical books, they aren’t as easy to stuff in my handbag (purse) and I can’t read them at night without having a light on that keeps my husband awake. I’ve tried some audio books, but unless they have an English narrator I find the accent too distracting and end up not listening to the story but rather getting annoyed by the voice artist.

Are you a Rereader?

Yes, but not as much as I’d like to be. Last year, during the first UK national lockdown, I hit a massive reading slump and was abandoning books like rats deserting a sinking ship. Nothing was holding my attention and my TBR mountain was not even the tiniest bit appealing. So I re-read some books, probably for the first time since I was a child. I now have a long list of books I want to re-read, and a smaller list of books that I HAVE read again.

There are a lot of new-to-me books that I want to read, and worry about missing out on. However there is simply no way I can, or will, ever read all of them, mainly because authors keep writing and releasing more every day! Gadzooks!

Are you a DNFer or a Finisher?

DNFer, because life is just far too short to waste on a bad book. Everest has nothing on the size of my TBR mountain, so no way am I spending precious reading time on a book that isn’t hitting the mark. The first time I DNF’d a book I broke out in a cold sweat because how could I live not knowing how the book ended? Turns out the answer to that is – very easily. Know what else I discovered? Just like most things, the more you do it, the easier it gets.

Kindle Unlimited books get a few chapters to impress me, and the moment my attention wanes it’s #GoodbyeFelicia and on to the next book. If I’ve paid for the book it still needs to catch my attention in those first few chapters. I’ll push through a mid-book slump, and might skim parts to get to the end though, since money has changed hands. For an arc I will persevere to the 25% mark, but if it isn’t dinging my bell I will DNF those too.

Have you experienced a Reading Slump?

If you’ve read this verbose post, you’ll know I’ve already mentioned the great reading slump of April/May 2020. I also have noticed a direct correlation between how urgent an arc review is and how little I want to read the book. Ditto how many books I have to review and my reading mojo. Clearly stress directly related to books has a huge impact on my reading mood.

Then there are the times when I start several books and aimlessly hop between them, getting nowhere fast. Re-reading a book or trying a different genre can be successful strategies at this point. The other is to indulge in a total candyfloss, brain-fluff, trashy-novel read – #NoShame.

Do you often have Book Hangovers?

I wouldn’t say often, though I suppose it’s all relative to reading rate. One of the podcasts I linked to above talked about how reading a book a month could be considered as reading quite a lot. A month??!! Snort. There have been times when I’ve read a book in a day, mainly by ignoring both my offspring and the housework, but nobody’s perfect. So I maybe have a book hangover once every 5 – 8 weeks. For me book hangovers are strongly linked to books that made me feel, and by that I mean books that made me ugly cry. My worst book hangover was probably after reading The Girl and Her Ren by Pepper Winters. I couldn’t even read the book in one go – I had to take “emotion breaks” due to repetitive and inconsolable sobbing episodes.

Do you have a TBR List or are you a Mood Reader?

I’ve had a TBR list for years. It’s only recently that I have cut back on arc reading enough to actually start working my way through that list. I have sketched out a rough plan of attack, using google calendar, in an attempt to whittle that TBR mountain down somewhat. Basically in a month I have 3 – 4 TBR books listed to read, with the final week set aside for catch-up.

However I am still very much a whim reader. So frequently I’ll find myself searching for something other than the one I have planned to read. Because I am capricious like that and definitely have to be in the right from of mind (aka mood) to read some books.

Do you set Reading Goals or Track your reading?

Yes, for the last few years I have joined in with Goodreads Reading Challenge, though I would probably still read those books even if I didn’t do that. I am absolutely obsessive about tracking, recording and reviewing every single book that I read, on Goodreads. To the point that I’m surprised I don’t break out in hives when I beta read a book and can’t record it anywhere. It’s like a festering sore that my “books read” figure doesn’t tally with reality.

FAQ: How do readers read so much?

So going back to the “Someone who reads a book a month is reading a lot” misquote. How do I read a lot? Having a kindle (or the kindle reading app) helps immensely. Dozens of books are always immediately to hand, in one small, electronic device. So 5 minutes waiting in the car for someone, 10 minutes of spare time on your lunch break, 20 minutes sat on a bus or in a waiting room, all add up to a fair chunk of time.

I also read over watching TV. It’s my hobby and my go-to leisure activity of choice. It’s also far more interesting than housework. And let’s face it, you dust one day and the damn stuff needs doing again only a day or two later, so skipping the odd dusting session, or ten, doesn’t mean the world will end.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – April 26th

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.

Hello again! Normally this would be my monthly round up post but I’m just not organised enough to do that today, plus next week we have a bank holiday weekend, so I’ll definitely have more time for a proper summing up post then!

We’ve lived in our current house for far longer than we ever thought we would – it will be 23 years in October. Our original hope had been to move if not to something larger at least to a detached property within a half a dozen years or so. A massive rise in house prices and the arrival of three children within three years meant we never quite had the money to do that. By the time we did we were really settled and decided to extend the property instead. Whilst we could do with an extra reception room for our adult offspring, chances are they will move out within the next few years, so we have no more plans to add to the property.

I mention how long we have lived in the same place because on our local walk yesterday we found yet another new path, woodland and stream. It would have been a fantastic place to take our three when they were younger, they would have had a whale of a time paddling in the water. We didn’t see as much wildlife this time, though we did see sheep, hens and a couple of domesticated guinea fowl in a field. Also spotted, and our first confirmed sighting of one, was a nuthatch. The photo of one isn’t mind as I couldn’t focus my camera whilst it hopped around in the tree branches. We were also treated to a lovely display of wood anemones and bluebells, accompanied by the occasional whiff of wild garlic.

Read This Week

I complete an arc read, a beta read and also did some partial alpha and beta reading this week. I also sadly had to DNF an arc book, whilst the plot was great there was just no character development, to the point that at 40% I still didn’t feel like I knew any of them on anything other than a very superficial level. I also DNF’d a kindle unlimited read that I had been initially engaged by but had grown bored with. Not so much an issue with the story or writing just that I’ve read too many similar books before.

Currently Reading

I decided to indulge in several NetGalley arc books. This one is proving to be a big success thus far, which is particularly pleasing because once again I’m venturing out of my usual reading genres.

Up Next

All arcs, one is on a quick turnaround, the other two are also NetGalley, so I have less pressure to read those by a deadline. That’s my bookish week, how was yours? Happy reading x

Books read in 2021 – 49 (47)
Re-reads in 2021 – 5 (5)
Owned books from TBR list read – 10 (10)
5 Star reads – 13 (12)
DNF’s – 7 (5)