Book Cover Reveal – The Community by Heidi Visser

Happy Thursday!!

Today I have the pleasure of revealing the cover of Heidi Visser’s new novel, The Community. It sounds like a great dystopian read so check out the blurb below:

Blurb

How much control is too much?


It’s the question Nora must ask herself after illegally becoming pregnant. It’s not as if she planned it. In fact, the very opposite – she received drugs to prevent it, just like every other baby in the Community. Extra children equal extra food rations, an impossibility for a society that controls every last resource.


She is on the cusp of having it all: perfect job, perfect fiancé, perfect wedding vaulting her from a Level Four to the uber-wealthy Level Six. Now this baby, and her rebellion against Community rules, is ruining everything. But it’s not just her life unraveling; it’s deeply hidden secrets that Nora’s escape threatens to reveal. She, along with the rest of the Community, must confront their past if there’s any hope of survival.


You can follow her on the links below:


Facebook: https://facebook.com/heidivisserauthor/

Instagram: https://Instagram.com/heidivisserauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/heyvisser

Congrats to Heidi on an amazing cover and fantastic sounding read.

Much love 💘

New Podcast Episode now live!!

Happy Wednesday!!

What are you most looking forward to reading this year?

The new episode of Speaking LITerally Podcast has dropped and is available to listen to on any platform you listen to podcasts on.

In this episode we look ahead to 2022, and talk about what we are looking forward to, our reading goals as well as our very own book awards.

These are just a few of the books we discuss as well as some 2022 releases.

Have a listen and tell us what you think.

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Much love 💘

Book Review – Asgard and the Hunt by CT Ortega (Book 3 of the Warfare of the Gods series)

For those that have been following me you will already know the name, CT Ortega as I have reviewed a lot of his books in the last year. I first discovered him through my wonderful co-host of Speaking LITerally Podcast, Holly who introduced me to him and who we then interviewed on the show. He is a veteran who since leaving the army has gone on to write a immense number of books already and he is nowhere near finished.

This is the 3rd book in the Warfare of the Gods series and the sequel to Sekhmet and The Curse which as you can see from my previous review I loved, so I was very excited to see what happened next in Saggilmut.

Asgard and The Hunt takes place directly after the events of the previous book, so we immediately start with a bit of action as we see the consequences of Sekhmet’s decisions and actions.

Characters

One thing I liked about this novel is that we got to see a broad array of gods in this one as well as several familiar faces such as Horus, Sjofn and Modi to name but a few.

In this novel we got to find out more about the gods and the way that Ortega wrote about them was really interesting as they were almost humanised. No longer were they these perfect, powerful gods. They had their own fears, doubts and even anxiety. I really liked how we got to see more than just their petty squabbles, but actually more of their feelings and thoughts which brought them to life that much more.

Following on from the great battles we had already witnessed we were also given an insight into the aftermath of the wars and the destruction and chaos some of the Gods caused by their decisions. I loved seeing how each god was affected in the aftermath as it added to the humanising of each of them and made them more relatable to the reader. Ortega really gave us an insight into the reality of war and portrayed it in a true and raw way which was an eye opening experience.


In battle, you should be brutal and unforgiving- war has very few rules that can relate to everyday life. A warrior and a farmer have very different natures. Once one has seen war, they can farm, but they will forever be a warrior in their mind.

Arawn



Setting

In the last book we had the brutal, dark, intense scenes of Sheol which was brilliantly done. But this time we get a wider overview of Saggilmut as we travel all over from Asgard to Sheol and beyond. Ortega has always had a way with describing the scenes in such a way that they come to life in front of you and this novel did not disappoint in that respect. Once again we were witness to some gruesome and bloody scenes along the way which were raw and unfiltered to make you feel slightly uneasy. You felt the underlying fear and anger at these locations and the description of the chaos before us added to the tension of the chapter.


I believe one who is in sync with the world is a god, a creator of fate.

Horus



Story

This is the middle book in the series so just like many other novels it is slower than the previous title. There is a lot of setting the scene for what is sure to be an eventful, action packed next book. However the slowness of the pace at times was very symbolic of the long journeys which the gods had to take to achieve their missions. As always the writing was superb with some beautiful quotes of which i had to share a few in this post.

But, if I could give you one bit of advice, push through the slower parts as the ending is epic and sets up really nicely for what is sure to be an exciting 4th book.

⭐⭐⭐💫 – a beautiful yet brutal tale which will shock and unnerve you at times but ultimately leads to a superb showdown which Ortega has become known for.

Asgard and the Hunt is out on 1st February.

Much love 💘

Book Review – Little Wing By Freya North

As a teenager I loved reading the McCabe Sisters series, I read them all. So when I heard that Freya North was bringing out another novel in 2022 I had to get a copy. Thanks to Welbeck publishing for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb

In the 1960s, Florence, a pregnant 16-year-old, is banished to one of the remotest parts of the UK. Years later, Nell and Dougie are both at critical moments in their lives when their paths cross.

Sometimes who we are goes way beyond where we are from. What happened to Florence? Why is Dougie so reluctant to return home? How can Nell make peace with the lies she’s been told?

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Special offer on wax melts – TODAY ONLY!!!

Hey,

Happy New Year!! It hasn’t been the best start for me having spent the last 8 days being pretty ill. However, I am back and you will be seeing changes and more content coming to the site in the coming months as I expand it.

However,I have some exciting news for those of you who are into wax melts. ByRubyandCo have a special offer just for today. If you buy 10 sample hearts in whichever scents you wish, you will get 10 hearts free. This is a great way to bolster up your scent collection for the new year. She has so many to choose from, many more than those pictured.

Plus, for all my loyal followers, I have an extra gift. You can use Liz10 at the checkout for a 10% discount which makes this offer even better.

This is also a great way of finding your new favourite scent to buy in a bigger bar next time.

What are your favourite scents? Let me know in the comments below. For me, I love relaxing scents such as pine, lavender but my current favourite is Ruby’s Winter Honeysuckle and Elderflower.

Have a great rest of the weekend!!!

Much love

Lizzie xx

Book Review- Sekhmet and The Curse by CT Ortega- 2nd in the Warfare of the Gods Series

What do you get when you combine a norse god, a Greek god and an Egyptian god of war and send them on a long journey together?

No it’s the not the start of a bad joke, this is what you get in the 2nd Warfare of the Gods series by CT Ortega. One epic adventure.

I read the first book in the series, The Writer and The Throne, shortly before interviewing the author early last year with my co-host, Holly, for our podcast Speaking LITerally and I must admit I loved it. The whole concept of all the Gods we know from different eras all living in one land, Saggilmut. From Zeus to Thor to Osiris, it was a concept I really liked. The first novel was based on Aaron, the human who was chosen by the most high to be their writer to report on their activities and events and tell their stories. This was a superb novel with a combination of your favourite myths, gods and legends with a brutal, bloody showdown. I didn’t think it could get better, but boy was I wrong!!


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Book Review – Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow

You may have previously seen my review for Christie Barlow’s previous title in this series, The Lakehouse. When I saw she had another one due to come out I rushed straight to Netgalley to request, and was very happy to be accepted.

We are back with Bonnie, Felicity, Flynn and co and this time we have a new few faces…for them it is one from the past.

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Book Review – The Holiday Swap by Maggie Knox

What has been your favourite read this month so far?

For me, it has to be the Holiday Swap. It is the perfect combination of love, families, drama and food.

This is your typical twin Swap story. After an accident on the set of the hit baking show in L.A she co-hosts with douche bag, Austin, Charlie loses consciousness and afterwards loses her taste and sense of smell, which for a job which requires you to judge contestant’s recipes spells disaster. She needs to make a good impression so she can prove herself to be in with a chance to host her own baking show but she can’t do that with no sense of taste or smell. So what does she do? She calls her twin sister, Cass to take her place for 10 days and they swap lives, with Charlie going back to work at her family’s bakery in a small town, what’s the worst that can happen?

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Book Review- Christmas at Lobster Bay by Annie Robertson

Thanks to Welbeck Publishing for gifting me a copy of this festive read in exchange for an honest review.

As you may have guessed I am trying to read as many Christmas books as possible this month and this was my 3rd read of the month. This books is actually a sequel to The Guesthouse at Lobster Bay which I haven’t read yet. So without further ado let’s have a bit of a blurb.

Blurb

When Emma and Aidan decide to expand The Guesthouse at Lobster Bay, Emma feels certain it’s the project she needs to develop her beautiful retreat, and to keep her and Aidan together. She has three months to complete the project before her guests arrive for a sumptuous Christmas break. But unforeseen problems soon turn her and her loved ones into festive humbugs.

Unexpected structural problems, the arrival of a long-term guest, and an errant puppy who is determined to chew her way through every piece of pipe and furniture, push Emma and Aidan to their limit, and it’s not long before cracks begin to show in their relationship. Determined not to give up, Emma pushes on.

But when a winter storm blows in, work grinds to a halt, pushing Emma and Aidan to the brink. As Emma battles to keep her dream alive, will it be at the expense of her relationship? 

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Book Review – Christmas for One by Amanda Prowse

To start off my festive reviews I thought I would start December off with an author I have previously read and loved. Having read Amanda Prowse’s previous titles, Waiting to Begin and An Ordinary Life I knew that I would likely be in for an emotional and in depth festive read.


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