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I just thought I’d switch things up by starting up my own site and share a bit more with you guys than I do on my bookstagram and Tumblr!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Seher and I’m a reader based in Pakistan! I read just about everything I can get my hands on! That being said I adore fantasy and poetry! I used to post exclusively on Instagram, but now I’ve decided to try and maintain my own blog!

If you prefer Instagram, that’s all good! I’ve linked that below! And if you prefer getting your reviews and giveaways on Tumblr and Twitter, those will be here too!

I’m also using this as a more creative space, so you’ll also get plenty of tarot card posts, restaurant reviews (from Islamabad), and pictures of the sky after it rains! I’ll also be posting my writing update, which is something I’m trying to get back into!

This is The Girl Who Reads in chaos mode!

I maintain two tumblr accounts! Which does sound like a bit much, but both serve for different moods!

My book tumblr lets me post more content than I can on my bookstagram, so you’ll find more posts here (in the future) and more excerpts, etc!

https://bookstagramofmine.tumblr.com/

My poetry tumblr is a mood. Things that I love are posted there!

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/alliwanttodoiscollectpoetry

You can also find me on twitter (where I generally just cry and complain about life)

I listen to music on Deezer! I know its not spotify, but I just love the Flow button!

I have a lot of badges from all the sites I usually review on and now you have to see them because this is the first time I’ve had a place to put them! 🙂

100 Book Reviews
Reviews Published
Professional Reader

And last but not least, my google reviews!

  • Book Tour and Giveaway: Rise of the Wild Moon by Nona Walker & Kimberly Loth

    Rise of the Wild Moon
    A dying wolf shifter race. A girl forced into a deadly competition. And a forbidden romance that is sure to end in ruin.

    This would normally go on insta

    Because there is a giveaway associated with this and everything! You can get a paperback copy of the book and a $15 gift card! I wish I could host it on WordPress, but not the same thing!

    Small shoutout to Book of Matches Media for being so accommodating!

    Between my exam and block on insta they not only rescheduled me, but were super nice about the whole thing! I really do like their tours and the books I’m able to read because of them, so super happy to know that they’re also nice!

    I’m not gonna keep you any longer…onto the blurb!

    Rise of the Wild Moon is book 3 of the New World Shifters series and came out earlier this month on the 18th! It’s a mildly steamy YA paranormal romance! The book is available on amazon, and the series can be read for free on Kindle Unlimited!

    Blurb

    Blurb

    I’m not supposed to be sacrificed to the wolves, that fate belongs to my twin sister.

    As the eldest daughter, she’ll join our village’s claimed girls when she turns eighteen. Together, they will go to the wolf shifter city, never to return.

    But a terrible tragedy strikes our family, requiring me to go in her stead.

    I never trained for what comes next—a glittering world of handsome men and pretty dresses, a wolf pack entirely made of men, and a dark underbelly sustaining it all.

    In the Carolina pack, breaking the rules equals death, and competition rules it all.

    Twenty girls.

    Five men.

    The winners get husbands. The losers go to the mating houses. And as for me? I fall for the wrong man.

    I’m soon faced with an impossible choice: fight for survival or fight for love.

    Giveaway

    GRAND PRIZE:


    -Paperback copy of Rise of the Wild Moon
    -Series art
    -$15 Amazon gift card

    To enter the giveaway, head on over to any of these 12 Instagram posts! There will be many more to come (remember to check the hashtag #RiseOfTheWildMoonTour), but these are the 12 that are out there so far!

  • Book Review: unlock your storybook heart by Amanda Lovelace

    Why did I do this to myself?

    The thing is, I’m really sure everyone will want to read Amanda Lovelace. She’s a fairly popular poet with 5786 followers on Goodreads and a lot of books, including some that have been translated to other languages.

    And I also really wanted to tank my NetGalley US feedback ratio, which was 80% at the start of the year and is now 68%. I need to read 18 more books. I haven’t even checked what happened to my main NetGalley UK.

    I’m kinda hangry, which means I’m really editing what I say, because I don’t want to say anything hurtful to someone that I’d regret tomorrow morning, but I didn’t like this collection.

    Not my best edit, but I’ll take it!

    While Amanda Lovelace has some great messages, it’s absolutely not poetry. It really isn’t!

    her love adores her even when she’s being impossible.
    — who knew?

    Like great. I love the sentiment. As someone who is in love these days, the first really seriously healthy and loving relationship (dating wise, a lot of others have gone great) of my life I related to a lot of her pieces.

    Relating to someone else’s experiences does not make it good writing though. And while Amanda Lovelace has clearly thought things through, and is presumably (and hopefully) in a good head space these days, this book wasn’t for me at all!

    So I’m not putting up any of her poetry on my Tumblr this time (that was a shameless plug), and will instead content myself with this blog post!

    That being said

    I am including some pieces that I thought were better written than the others. I’m also including the blurb and the link to get the book on Amazon. You can absolutely tell me I’m an idiot and she’s amazing in my comments and give me a new take on this. I’m hangry right now, but I’ll be all ears later.

    Blurb

    “life is not something that can be experienced on a deadline.”

    amanda lovelace, the bestselling & award-winning author of the “women are some kind of magic” poetry series, presents unlock your storybook heart, the third & final installment in her feminist poetry series, “you are your own fairy tale.” this is a collection about being so caught up in the fable that is perfectionism that you miss out on your own life. be honest: when was the last time you stopped to take in the everyday enchantment all around you?

  • I was bored: NetGalley Edition

    So I was bored

    Which is not all my fault. Ever since I got my booster my sleep cycle has been thrown off and I can’t sleep and I’m angry and mad all the time.

    I’ve also been aiming to reduce the number of book tours I sign up for, and be more selective with NetGalley books.

    So I signed up for more NetGalley books.

    All from the Read Now section on NetGalley UK

    So I’ve signed up for 12 books and while that partly sounds great, it’s also terrifying.

    Its mostly terrifying because I have to add them all to my trello tracker.

    I’m trying to hide how many publication dates I’ve missed.

    What did you do today?

    Now excuse me while I head on over to the NetGalley US site…

  • Giveaway: Justice at Sea by Christian Klaver

    Blog Tout hosted by Rockstar Book Tours

    I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the JUSTICE AT SEA by Christian Klaver Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

    Justice at Sea by Christian Klaver

    About The Book:

    Title: JUSTICE AT SEA (The Empire of the House of Thorns)

    Author: Christian Klaver

    Pub. Date: December 7, 2021

    Publisher: CamCat Books

    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook

    Pages: 320

    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

    Blurb from Justice at Sea by Christian Klaver

    The tides of the Faerie War are turning, but at how high a cost for the Kasric family?

    Justice Kasric, her siblings, and her parents are locked in combat on both sides of the Human-Faerie War. At fifteen, Justice may be the youngest ever Admiral to command her own ship and lead a resistance, but she has the magic and the will to do it. If only nearly every other member of her family weren’t either in immediate danger of dying-or attempting to kill her!

    Forced to make dangerous pacts with more than one unpredictable ally, only Justice can decide how far she’ll go to save London. Is it worth sacrificing even a member of her own family?

    Praise for Shadows Over London (book 1)


    “Klaver dazzles with an adventure rooted in complex feelings about family loyalties, and magically full to the brim with faerie mystery.” -Tobias S. Buckell, World Fantasy Award Winner and New York Times Bestselling Author

    “An enchanting and enthralling series opener.” -Kirkus Reviews

    “Fantasy at its most fantastic. Monsters, mystery, and magic in a beautiful and frightening world all their own. Justice Kasric and her strange family are a delight from first to last.” -Steven Harper, author of The Books of Blood and Iron series

    “This first title in a new series slowly builds into a magical adventure in a world that is dark and unique . . . the plot and world building are sure to enthrall readers.” -School Library Journal

    “Klaver’s rich, lyrical descriptions augment the fantastical source material in this engaging series starter.” -Publishers Weekly

    About Christian Klaver

    CHRISTIAN KLAVER has been writing for over twenty years, with a number of magazine publications, including Escape Pod, Dark Wisdom Anthology, and Anti- Matter. He’s the author of The Supernatural Case Files of Sherlock Holmes, the Empire of the House of Thorns series, and the Nightwalker series, but has written over a dozen novels in both fantasy and sci-fi, often with a Noir bent. He worked as a bookseller, bartender and a martial-arts instructor before settling into a career in internet security. He lives just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan, with his wife Kimberly, his daughter Kathryn, and a group of animals he refers to as The Menagerie.

    Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

    Giveaway

    Giveaway Details:

    2 winners will receive a finished copy of JUSTICE AT SEA, US Only.

  • The Last Great American Tragedy by Mary Spencer | Book Tour and Review |

    The Last Great American Dynasty by Mary Spencer

    Thank you Love Book Tours for the chance to read and review The Last Great American Tragedy by Mary Spencer for this book tour! It’s also an ARC that comes out this February (on the 8th to be exact)!

    While I was super excited to start this book out, and it did make me feel things, I can recognise that this may not be everyone’s cup of tea!

    Blurb “

    As dictated in Plato’s Symposium, Zeus separated humans out of fear, damning them to a life of searching, leaving them with a glimmer of hope, a memory, a longing for their original other half.

    Cordelia, an esteemed author, meets her other half under the most unusual circumstances. Grieving her mother’s death, she moves to the sleepy little city of Asheville to end her life. After a near successful drowning attempt, Doctor Locke saves her, thus starting a love affair that rivals the gods.

    Both broken and troubled, the two hearts dance around each other in a shifting battle of willpower. But as Cordelia starts exhibiting the telltale signs of a body fading away, will the good doctor be able to keep her soul attached to this mortal coil, or will she force him to walk his life alone, never to be complete?

    I was so excited about this when Love Book Tours announced this book tour! I think I freaked out in their host’s group chat! Between the cover and the fact that the title sounds like the last great American dynasty, how could I not? 

    The author certainly has a style; I hate Cordelia as a person. I just think she’s an awful pretentious douce and I feel sorry for her ex-fiancé and her siblings. I would have felt better if this had turned into Stephen Kings novel, ‘Misery,’ and Doctor Locke had murdered her. It’s been a while since I read a book with a main that I despised this much.

    It was rare for me to buy one published in my generation. I usually read classics—and the older the copy, the better.

    Mary Spencer ~ The Last Great American Tragedy

    And also, 30 isn’t old!!!!! And just throwing this out there, suicide is not being selfish! And as annoying and toxic and as selfish as the main is as a person, I find the whole suicide is selfish narrative being pushed a bit too awful to read. Its also a bit insane that you can let someone hurt your hands because their schizophrenic; like that isn’t healthy for either party involved!

    Luckily, pretentious through and through, I had read Dante’s Purgatorio in its original language before.

    Mary Spencer ~ The Last Great American Tragedy

    However, I did like the author’s literature references. Mary Spencer is clearly very well-read. She has a style of writing that most people will either love or hate and that’s fine. I do think that I would have liked it if the main and other characters sounded a bit different from one another; like one nice normal person in the book would have made me want to punch Cordelia less (or more, you never know really). The ending was unexpected; I really didn’t think that would happen!

    The book was well edited otherwise no mistakes that take away from the reading experience. I’m also adding it to my Greek mythology-inspired reads because of the references to Greek mythology, which are scattered liberally throughout the book! 

    Book Tour Schedule

    Of course, this was just my opinion! I know a bunch of people may agree or disagree with me! You should absolutely hit the link to my insta and check out the Love Book Tours tag for other reviews!

  • Giveaway & Book Tour: Once Upon Academy, Vol 2

    Once Upon Academy, Vol 2

    How did we get here?

    Once again I have failed to read a book tours instructions carefully! I was supposed to pick and read one story, and I didn’t do that. I read all of them. I’m going to just double check things for all other reviews now because this is ridiculous!

    I do have to thank Rockstar Book Tours for the chance to read this book and take part in the book tour! Jaime has always been super accommodating and responded to my ton of questions the first time I was accepted for a book tour! As you can probably tell, Rockstar Book Tours was the first place that let me be part of a book tour!

    But now that we’re done with my sentimental moment, let’s get down to business! This is a giveaway after all!

    Smiling down at the card, I thought about all the new possibilities that opened up with my magic tricks. I didn’t have to fake my tricks anymore; I could actually perform them.

    You’ll have to read the book to find out which story this belongs to!
    Let’s start with my review

    As a whole Once Upon Academy is a collection of short stories by different authors with a couple of things in common. All the characters are descendants of beloved fairytale characters such as the beast and belle, the big bad wolf, the fairy godmother, Peter Pan, and a bunch of others. They all attend the same school to learn how to control their magic, and we’re looking at the days leading up to the winter ball!

    I loved that the book had the presence of some really different fairytales! They had ogres, and dragons, and ravens, and the Ironside myth (I think thats what it is).

    Given that I read all the stories, I did get a chance to pick my favourite story from the book! It’s Perle of Love by Marie Long! Mostly because I adored Zeke and how he was trying to do better but couldn’t find an in with his family no matter what he did. I want a sequel and a prequel!

    That being said, I do feel like some of the stories could be better edited and have the dialogue between characters tightened up.

    Giveaway!

    The grand prize for this giveaway is a $25 gift card to amazon!

    In addition to that, the first 50 people who order the book from books2read may receive some goodies in the mail, like a school map and invitation to the ball! Send your confirmation # and addy to onceuponacademyantho@gmail.com! This is also limited to the first 50 pre-orders so get the book soon!

    If you’re not convinced you’d like this book or would want to enter the giveaway, I still have two things for you! One is, of course the blurb! And the other is a excerpt from one of the stories!

    Blurb

    Once Upon Academy, where fairytales are real and princesses really do get happily ever afters.

    To kick off the end of our first semester, Once Upon Academy is hosting the annual Winter Ball. A night full of magic, love and happy endings.

    Join the descendants of classic fairytale characters as they navigate the prestigious halls of Once Upon Academy. Get boujee on the most magical night of the school year and experience a fairytale kiss under the mistletoe.

    It’s a night you don’t want to miss.

    Excerpt

    You’re not gettin my wand, asshole.

    Each of my teasers is from a different story!

    To read the excerpt you’ll need to head over the below Book Funnel (or just tap the image) to get 64 pages of winter ball goodness!

    “Watch me.” A tickling sensation traveled up Perle’s arm from the buildup of static electricity. For a moment, she thought back to her final exam, and the little white target on the dummy’s forehead. Ms. Fitcher’s lecture echoed in her mind. “Small target. Center. You see everything.”

    You can probably guess what story this is from!
  • Blog Tour: Kiss of the Selkie by Tessonja Odette | Book Review

    Love can be complicated, but parents even more so.

    Thank you BOMM and Tessonja Odette for the chance to read and review this book!

    As I was reviewing my email on this tour, I found out I was supposed to do less of a review, and more of a giveaway post! So because I liked the book, my full review is here on my blog, with the giveaway on my bookstagram (linked here and down below).

    The Kiss of the Selkie is the third book in the Entangled with Fae series by Tessonja Odette but it can be read as a standalone. It’s also moderately steamy (especially towards the end).

    To evade a vicious sea queen’s clutches, selkie Maisie hides on land surviving as a thief. But when she rescues a human from drowning and illegally brings him to shore, she must answer for breaking faelaw. As punishment, she’ll have to hunt down the man she saved…and kiss him. But with a kiss that can kill, Maisie’s mission means more than seduction. It means murder.

    Son of a notorious fae-killer, Dorian was never meant to survive the shipwreck that was orchestrated to assassinate him. Now that he’s on the forbidden fae isle, he’ll do anything to gain citizenship—even marry a fae bride. Desperate for a hasty marriage, he holds a bridal competition in the isle’s most theatrical city, where displays of frivolity aren’t just encouraged—they’re expected. And if Maisie can act like a proper debutante and join the pageantry, she’ll get near enough to deliver her fatal kiss.

    But getting close to her target brings complications she didn’t expect. As she pretends to compete for Dorian’s heart, it starts to feel less like an act…and more like falling in love.

    If Maisie doesn’t deliver her kiss by sunrise on the last day of the competition, she forfeits her life. But if she succeeds, Dorian dies. When the pageant ends, will there be a true victor? Or only death and broken hearts?

    It’s really clear to see how the story of the little mermaid was incorporated into this retelling! Of course, this is strictly the Disney version and not the Hans Christian Anderson one. It’s a story about love; love its many forms, between friends, family and lovers. Of course, you also have a key element in here from The Selection.

    Odette did give us a grown-up take on the little mermaid; Maisie’s kiss can kill, and she has no idea why. She has a knack for lifting things out of pockets to sell and make money while living in self-imposed exile (while also adding pieces to her own collection). Maisie has a large number of siblings but has grown up closer to her brothers, and Podaxis. As she rescues the handsome stranger, she leaves not because she is shy but because it is the prudent thing to do. She competes for his hand and goes from the girl who was relieved to have just grown up among brothers, to someone who values all her friends. Like Ariel, she grows from someone very sheltered to someone who understands political games, even if she refuses to play them.

    I’ll admit this book started off really slow, and I was prepared to write it off. It’s only when we meet Maisie’s mother and understand the dynamics there that things really pick up. As we learn more about Queen Nimue, we slowly gain more sympathy and respect for her. She’s the real star of this book for me, and if Tessonja Odetta wanted to write more about her I’d be happy to read it. I do think Maisie was also far too quick in forgiving her father for what he had done to her mother (but we do need to know more about what was said to her), but I think that’s also us as children writing off our parents mistakes.

    I also loved Podaxis! While in the little mermaid, Sebastian is more of a hapless older relative or uncle, in this Podaxis is his brother in a way that we all didn’t know we needed. I’m glad that we will get a story about Britney Rose (I mean just the name made me realize that there would be something based on her), and I love how Maisie was tied into the previous book, and how we saw some characters again!

  • Daily Book Deals and Freebies

    Hi all!

    Here is my daily roundup of free books and bargains!

    I thought I’d bring some method to this madness and make this cute little graphic on Zinnia!

    I’m also going to do my best to put some of my favourite deals first, then put in free books and then go for everything else!

    This edition has 27 free books, 11 books at $0.99, 8 at $1.99 and 10 at $2.99!

    Let me know if you have any suggestions for me!

    These are all amazon affiliate links! If you click on a link and purchase a book, it would just give me so much joy (not much money though! However, if you aren’t comfortable with these being affiliate links, you can search for the books on Amazon and purchase them!

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  • Book Deals and Free Books for the Day

    I’ll try to do a regular book deal post of books that are discounted that I think you guys may be interested in! I also know that I sometimes buy books that are on sale or free from amazon, just because they’re on sale! So now, you can do this with me!

    I am using amazon affiliate links! If you aren’t comfortable with that you can choose to just search for the book on Amazon and purchase it separately!

    Keep in mind, I don’t own all of these books or recommend them; my basic thing is, am I even the slightest bit curious. If I am, I’ll add them here since I figure someone would like a deal on them.

    I know this is a long list, and I’m working on making this easier to read and filter, but some of these are gems that I am proud of collecting!

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  • Review: Something is Killing The Children

    Believing is a different thing than knowing. You’re old enough to know that there aren’t monsters in this world. But you don’t believe that. Not really. You hear a noise in the woods, or see a shadow shaped wrong and you’re still afraid.

    Something is Killing the Children, Vol 1

    Comixology is fantastic! I may not have ever been a comics girl before, but now I make sure to check out what I have as part of my subscription. Last year I was obsessed with Vampirella, and now I need more of Erica Slaughter.

    Summary

    When the children of a small town in America (it’s always a small town in the states) start disappearing or are butchered, Erica arrives on the scene trying to figure out what it is before more children fall prey to the monster. While she has a vague idea of what it could be, we find out that she’s up against something much scarier by the end of the first book.

    My Thoughts

    Something is Killing the Children may not be the most beautiful comic book I’ve ever seen, but the plot was pretty great and I loved that our main had her clothes on.

    I loved the way the writers depicted the reactions of the townspeople; they were angry and grieving, drinking to excess and falling apart. Some were attempting to regain control by lashing out at the one child who survived and the new woman in town.

    Erica also makes a great main because while she’s angry at the person she’s working with (who we never really see), she doesn’t get mad at the people around her in the town; she’s seen these reactions before and is used to dealing with them. She apologizes to the boy when she snaps because she recognizes how messed up all this is for him and is gentler than expected. She’s a great contrast to those heroes we see who demolish things in their way and act injured when no one loves them.

    One of my favourite quotes!

    Deets

    Something Is Killing the Children is part of a series of the same name. The writer for the series is James Tynion (which autocorrect changed to Tyrion for a minute), with Werther Dell’Edera as the illustrator and Miquel Muerto as the colorist.

    While normally this e-comic is available in paperback for $13.49, it’s also part of my comiXology subscription which means I read it for free (the subscription is like $5.99 a month), but otherwise, the e-comic is $6.99. I mention this because I’m doing my best to keep track of all my subscriptions to see if they add value to my life. ComiXology always does!

    I’ve also borrowed the next part Something is Killing the Children Vol. 2 so you’ll see that review up soon!

    I’m going to try and do a daily deal post!

    Hit the link below to check these out! And if you think you may be interested in the future, follow me to stay updated!

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