The time has come for me to mix things up a bit. Reading and writing reviews is not something I can, or indeed have the energy to, do a lot of at this moment in time. But I still want to blog something. As such, I’m planning to do a bit more of the variety type of bookish post. I hope it takes off well enough but only time will tell. Without further ado, welcome to The Boopdate!

Since my last review for All the Tides of Fate, I have read 5 books. That’s right. 5. And the themes from book to book have ranged greatly. I wasn’t joking in the post title… Of smut, devil, vampires, war of worlds, time travel and classics…

For starters, I read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab I had a bit of a journey with this book. Since I am all about moving with the times, I created myself a reader account with Tallinn Central Library and that means, I can borrow quite a few fantastic titles in English via Overdrive/Libby app. I placed it on hold in November 2020! I delayed the borrow twice! as I was in between books whenever it finally came available. Eventually, in February, I dove in. The app tells me I read the book for 6 hours and 59 minutes. Damn. But, to the most important bit now- I freaking loved it! Well, I loved it well enough. The story has your simple ‘deal with the devil’ thing happening, and even though my muddled brain didn’t always appreciate the flip-flop in between past/present timelines, I bloody appreciate Schwab’s writing style so much!

Next up was the Ash and Sand, book #2 Kings of Ash by Richard Nell. Rich, wholesome fantasy. You can find my review for book #1 Kings of Paradise here and while I rated the first book a shining 5 stars, the second one got a strong 3 stars. I think it was just the pace and the format (again, the past and present timelines were not doing favours for my uncooperative brain) but it was still mighty good and truly, a lot of thought, blood, sweat and tears have gone into this book. I intend to read book #3, Kings of Heaven as soon as I feel able to absorb the greatness. There are two extremely different worlds, divided by a vast sea and the two peoples will be bridged by war, a clash of cultures as hard to overcome as the death of many.

And now… smut alert! *eye roll*

As far as Fading goes – eh, creep alert! Really, I wanted to read something that was easy, and quick, and rinsed my thoughts of fantasy worlds for a restart. This one flopped. Big time. I managed about 80% through and then I just didn’t care anymore. I DNFd before really making it all the way to the end, and while the idea was kind of cool – some sort of supernatural or other being from another place, it had serious creepy vibes at times with them ‘you belong to me’ kind of comments. Eh! And, with some scenes I had these Twilightish vibes, too… anyway. No rating there. And since my plan to cleanse the palate didn’t work out and I was unsatisfied, I went for another one…

Love in Due Time by L.B. Dunbar– fuck me, but it was hilarious! The best thing about this book – the main characters are not your 20 somethings with serious corny-horny embarrassing moments. I mean, this book has plenty embarrassing moments but 40 somethings deal with that stuff differently and really, this book is hilarious. And hot. And the lady character was cool with her Wiccan beliefs and library lady vibe. And because this one was so cool and exciting, I said, feck it and got Crime and Periodicals too… Yeah, I should always stop when I’m still ahead, know what I mean? I mean, heart was in the very right place here, but it just didn’t hit the mark here as much.

Phewh… that’s done. I feel like I’ve been to confession! Is that what it feels like? I wouldn’t know.

But, I have more to confess! I bought a book… aye. I know a lot of you are not at all Twilight Saga fans. I don’t blame you, I don’t hold it against you, whatever. But I happen to enjoy the books and I like to watch the movies whenever they’re on TV. Sure, I’m the first to admit, there’s a shitton of cringe dished around but hey, I like what I like… so I got the Midnight Sun and by gods, it’s officially the most expensive book I now own. It better be good! Better be!

Anyway, I have got over my smutty easy reads for now and I am continuing with Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse… Have you read it? I am 36 pages in and it has this vibe. A vibe that I like, the theme that I like and I am swallowing words like a drunk thirsty for booze…

So… I congratulate you if you made it to the end of this mix and match! I do have to say, I have a couple ox exciting posts coming up soon as well with Storytellers on Tour: a cover reveal and an interview with one of my favourite authors so keep your eyes peeled and until then- happy reading! πŸ™‚