Are you a library or book store user? 📚

Hey all! Are you a library or book store user? I use both, but I’d say I use the store more than the library. I’m really lucky where I am that the staff at our local city libraries are amazing and get a huge range of fiction, romance, YA, urban fantasy and sci fi. They also have a massive graphic novel and comic collection and DVDs.

There are a couple of great book stores locally. The Children’s Book Store looks after all my YA needs 🤓😊💕 But, the bigger bookstores in NZ do not carry a lot of romance. This really bugs me. Considering it is a genre that earns more than crime, thriller or sci fi and fantasy, I think NZ needs to catch up a little. 😁

I love having books on my shelves and in the last few years my consumption of ebooks has been huge. I am horribly impatient, so hooray for instant gratification and downloading a book when you see it. 😳The Book Depository is a bit of a godsend too, as shipping from the US is a mare.

I’d love to know where you get most of your books? And do you read more ebooks or paper/hard backs?

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The Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

This was pretty gripping from the get go. Mariko is on her way to be married when her entourage is attacked. The attackers don’t realise they’ve left her alive and because she is near Jukai Forest she believes the deed has been perpetrated by the infamous Black Clan. Hoping to betray the Black Clan and revenge the deaths of her servants, Mariko makes her way through the forest inserting herself into the group dressed as a boy. Adventures ensue.

I loved that Mariko is not a helpless heroine. Despite the setting, she doesn’t necessarily conform to gender roles of the period, which I appreciated. It is written in such a way that it fits in the narrative and isn’t a contemporary implant into that age. I also liked that matter what situation she gets in and despite at times being harrowing, she is always thinking and intrepid, which was quite refreshing to read. She most definitely displays bushidō!

I adored the setting. So often fantasy, particularly in the YA I come across seems to have a very European backdrop. Japan, the culture and mythology is so rich and I felt how it was portrayed was vivid and exciting. Plus, much sweeping court intrigues and magical elements. I think this reminded me a little of Robin Hood and the rising tide of anger amongst the people against the powers that be. There was a little romance and while the tension ramps up a little towards the end of the book it didn’t feel like a total cliff hanger.

I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

Grade B +

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Silver Silence by Nalini Singh


A great start to a new trilogy from Nalini Singh. Silver is determined to stay in Silence and carry out her duties as an emergency response coordinator. When she someone attempts to poison her and possibly do damage to the truce and Trinity Accord, Valentin steps in to assist her.   
I loved the chemistry between these two and I am more than a little smitten with Valentin. He is a total bear and I loved the secondary characters and the kids. So sweet! Silver is such a strong character, particularly in her willingness to take charge and make changes, even if she’s not sure it will end well. Between her and Valentin it was a total slow burn romance, which I really enjoy. I also thought there was plenty of great world building and I loved the setting in Russia. One character who stood out for me is Arwen. He was so intriguing and I have my fingers crossed that he gets his own book. 
A fab new start for a much loved series and I cannot wait for the next book. B+

Nalini Singh
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Sharing some red, white and blue today! 

Sharing some red, white and blue today! 😊 Hope you’ve got some good reads at the moment! I finished a thriller last night. So good! Scary and requires some suspense of disbelief, but good. Will share a post soon. Do you read thrillers? They’re not something I read a lot of but this one grabbed my attention. If you’ve got recs, do share. 😊

Happy 4th to all those in the US. ⭐️ Hope you have a super day.
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