Welcome to Lizzie’s little book nook


Welcome to my book nook. This is a place where you can read, relax and connect with other book lovers. It is still a work in progress so please bear with me but I would love for you to join my little nook.

This will be used as a place for all things bookish as well as a platform to help promote small businesses during these tough times!

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Book Review – House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

This is a book I have heard so many good things about in the last year and have been meaning to read for a while. I read the author’s recent novel Under the whispering door and loved it, so I was very excited to read this one. Then for my birthday my amazing co-host @azdesert_bookworm bought me this book. I have been waiting for the perfect moment to read this, and having had a month and a half of horror and thriller books, I was in desperate need of a heartwarming read.

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Book Review- The Last House on Needless Street by Carriona Ward

So, this is a book I first saw on one of my bookstagrammer friend’s feed, and then my awesome co-host, Holly (@azdesert_bookworm) messaged me saying I have to read this book, well she doesn’t do that much so I knew I needed to read this and so that’s what I did.

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Book Review- Blue Shadows Fall by Lenore Stutznegger

I am excited to introduce you to a new author who has written a fantasy novel. It was released last week and I am proud to have been gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Blue Shadows Fall is about our main protagonist, Blue Haven who has grown up with an enhanced ability in a community which has always been wary of powers since the age of the Shadow Elves. All her life she has had to act “normal” and hide her powers; only her closest friends know her secret. However, on the day of her graduation she spots something out of the ordinary which will change her life and the future of all those around her.

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Book Review – Jewels of Egypt by C T Ortega

When I found out that another novel by CT Ortega was being published I jumped at the chance to review this in advance of the release date which is tomorrow.

This time we are transported to ancient Egypt where we meet Sati, a young queen and Ahm, a beautiful, wise girl from the streets who is spotted by Sati and assigned as her aide after she seese potential in her.

Once again we get the dual narrative of Sati and Ahm which I love. Dual narratives can bring so much more life and depth to a story if carried out right and this one certainly was. The characters story was told perfectly within both narratives and we get to see not only who they are now but also who they once were.

As the story progresses we see Ahm grow into a confident, young aide who helps Queen Sati with advice on important issues. At first, the setting gave off a very Prince and pauper vibe. But this story is so much more than a rags to riches story.

One aspect I especially loved about this novel was its setting. Being based in Egypt every aspect from the markets and the desert to the chariots and ancient gods creates a fantastical setting. The setting itself is brought to life and almost personified through the use of describing all the senses from the smells, the tastes and textures of Egypt to the whole view of this wonderful country.

Personally I instantly connected with Ahm. Her humility, wisdom and her strength made her a really powerful character, and as you find out more about her back story you not only empathise with her but really understand her more. Also, like me she loves her food, and I would definitely love to try the garlic bread they mention!

Like all the other novels of his, this was set in same universe, so the old gods, Osiris, Ra as well as Saggilmut was referenced regularly which I really like. I feel like we don’t get enough stories based on Egypt and the descriptions of the Palace and all the other areas were so vivid it brought the whole area to life in such vibrant colours.

The end was beautifully concluded, it brought all story lines together and it left you satisfied, as well as wanting to read more about these characters. I feel like I could have dived into this world for so much longer than we were given.

Overall this was a stunning read. From the characters to the setting this was executed superbly and I would highly recommend this book.

This book’s title sums it up perfectly, this is a gem of a book, the rich and colourful history and setting combined with the wonderfully crafted characters creates this world you want to get lost in for hours.

Obwrall, I must say this book is my favourite short read of C T Ortega’s so far and I can’t wait to read the second book in the Warfare of the Gods series.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a brilliant read, full of emotion, action and stunning scenes

New book incoming- book tour date announcement

How far would you go to get what you want?

Amie Slade’s sexual assault feels too close to home for DS Ronnie Delmar. Forced to face the demons of her past, she vows to protect the family at all costs.

But everyone’s got a secret in this leafy suburb and when a child goes missing and a woman’s body is found, it becomes clear that this perfect family hides a sinister reality.
Someone here will stop at nothing to win, but can Ronnie beat them to it?

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New Podcast Episode – Halloween Edition


What are you currently reading?

I have been spending most of the month on two pretty hefty buddy reads, Dracula which I finished at the weekend and Salems Lot by Stephen King which I should finish in the next few days.

I hope you are having a good week so far. Mine has been a busy one at work. But last Saturday myself and my co-host, Holly (you can find her on instagram @azdesert_bookworm) recorded our special Halloween edition of Speaking LITerally Podcast which you can listen to on any platform you listen to podcasts on (link to Spotify is below.)

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Book Review – Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Tis the season to be spooky (evil witch cackle) I love October, I always read horror and thriller books, as well as hold several horror film marathons with my fiancé (this week was Stephen King)

One of my most recent reads (as well as a new buy for me) for this spooky season was Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia.

This story begins with Noemi Taboada, a socialite from New Mexico, receiving a frantic, rather frightening letter from her cousin, Catalina. The contents of the letter is so disturbing and worrying that her father insists on her departing as soon as possible to visit her at her husband’s family estate. Catalina is often known for her dramatic outbursts but even this is much worse than she is known for. However, when Noemi arrives in the run-down, ancient mansion she gets much more than she expected. She senses danger and something lurking underneath the mould infested wallpaper and before she knows it, she slowly uncovers the truth behind the Doyle’s estate. However, the longer she remains in the Doyle’s estate the deeper she becomes entwined in the estate, and the more she discovers what is really go on in this house, the harder it becomes to escape.

Mexican Gothic really takes us back to the writing style of classic gothic which I loved. Sylvia’s penmanship is stylish, brilliant, and disturbing all at the same time. As we progress through the story we are introduced to each character, from the shy but caring youngest member of the family, Francis to the stern, matriarch, Florence and of course the head of the household, Howard Doyle, Virgil’s father who seems to take a particular liking in Noemi.

Its slow burn beginning soon transforms to a nail-biting, edge of your seat, tension-filled ending which will sink its claws in and not let go of you. This is a story which will shock, repulse and surprise you at different times!

I haven’t read many modern gothic novels, but I feel like it will be difficult to beat this one. The superb character descriptions, combined with the eerie scene setting from the misty, mushroom filled cemetery to the spooky, aged house create an altogether, wonderfully spooky, and disturbing novel to read this Halloween.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a fantastic, gothic novel which will leave you disturbed, gripped, and chilled to your bones

Book Review – Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

This was read in preparation for our last show which was all about book series’ (if you missed it you can listen to it anywhere you listen to podcasts or through the below link) however this novel is also perfect for the Halloween season.


Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

I went into this book pretty blind. Having seen it promoted and raved about all over Bookstagram I decided to get it from Waterstones one day as part of a buy 1 get 1 half price. What I didn’t realise is just how good it would be!

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Book Review- The Assembly by Natasha Brown

This was another Netgalley read and also Natasha Brown’s debut novel. So let’s start with a bit of an overview.


Come of age in the credit crunch. Be civil in a hostile environment. Go to college, get an education, start a career. Do all the right things. Buy an apartment. Buy art. Buy a sort of happiness. But above all, keep your head down. Keep quiet. And keep going.

The narrator of Assembly is a black British woman. She is preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend’s family estate, set deep in the English countryside. At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. As the minutes tick down and the future beckons, she can’t escape the question: is it time to take it all apart?

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Book Review – One Will Die by CT Ortega

I have previously read CT Ortega’s debut novel, The Writer and The Throne and really enjoyed it, so I jumped at the chance to review his new novel, One Will Die.


Two different lives…
Two different hopes…
Only one will survive…

Tanel, a quiet poet born into the battle-driven clan of Mil’chama. The heavily trained boy struggles to find his way, wishing for a more peaceful existence.

Vinn, a young man tired of watching his people suffer because they’re ill-prepared to defend themselves. The warrior at heart has had enough and is ready to fight back.

As the two stand on the opposing sides of the battlefield, face to face, one of these coming-of-age stories will have an early end.

One will die at the hands of the other.

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