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Hot Honeymoons & Helping ‘I Do’ Come True || Better At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra

★★★★★ I blimming love weddings, guys (yes, I'm tragic). So when I saw this New Adult rom-com novella starring two rival wedding planners…I HAD TO HAVE IT. And oh heck it did NOT disappoint.

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Satanic Cults & Space-age Libraries || The Elysian Prophecy by Vivien Reis

The Elysian Prophecy is an original mash up of fantasy AND sci-fi AND thriller, which I found out from Vivien Reis’ popular YouTube writing channel. I read it because I want to start supporting more indie authours, and the cover is AWESOME! Sadly the plot ends up being boring and confusing. But it's not ALL terrible, so first the good stuff...

#aaaAAAAaaargh! Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag & Writing Update

Hello possums! The summer solstice has been and gone (hail to the sun god Ra) which means IT’S 180 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS, I mean, it’s time for a bookish wrap up and an update on my writerly goals! I am OVER THE MOON to say that since my last wrap up in early April, I have some cool tidbits to share with you.

Welcome to the Gay Brexit Apocalypse || Pounded By The Pound by Chuck Tingle

★★★★★ This book is the single (and only) best thing to have happened because of Brexit. Full stop.

The Sequel Strikes Back But The Plot Is Adrift || The Hero Strikes Back & Heroes Adrift by Moira J Moore

★★★☆☆ / ★☆☆☆☆ I loved Moira J Moore’s Resenting the Hero because I shipped the heck out of Taro and Dunleavy. There are about 2394823094 (by which I mean 8) books in the rest of her ‘Heroes’ series, and they’re all short *cough except book 3* and sweet *cough except book 3 COUGH*. The Hero Strikes Back (2) was an enjoyable if not exactly plot heavy sequel. As for Heroes Adrift (3)? LET ITS ACCURSED NAME NEVER BE SPAKE IN MY PRESENCE AGAIN!!!!

Atticus Finch, Autism & Adorable Aussie Nerds || The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

★★★★☆ A socially awkward scientist looking for the Perfect Wife meets a head-strong girl whose spontaneous attitude throws his micro-managed life all out whack. Argh! What is Professor Don Tillman going to do?! (Get angsty and then get laid, ofc).

Joke’s On You Einstein, We’re All In The Matrix || Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli

★★★★☆ SCIENCE IS KOOL, KIDS. I love it when people explain physics in ways my algebra hating brain is prepared to understand. Whoo hoo for science communicators (except Brian Cox, fiendish large dugong-collider, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, arch science-twitter kill-joy. Poo poo on both of you).

Willies, willies everywhere || Belle De Jour: The Intimate Adventures of  London Call Girl by Brooke Magnanti

★★★★☆ If you don’t like reading about bodily fluids, tune out now. If you’re a whorephobe who wants to stamp out any legal environment which will improve the safety of sex workers, please read on so maybe you’ll learn something. Julie Bindel, I’m talking to you.

Give me ALL the fluffy fantasy rom-coms!!!|| Resenting the Hero by Moira J Moore

★★★★☆ This fantasy rom-com is just full of the warm and fuzzies. The premise is thus: sensible Dunleavy hates handsome, flirty Shintaro, who she is forced to work with because of the magical bond between them. Yes, we can all very easily see where this is going. From the cover and the blurb this looks like it could fall into the misogynistic trope of ‘Innocent Virginal Heroine turns Violent Bad Boy Hero onto the straight and narrow through the power of her purity’, but Resenting the Hero subverts that trope and it is SO refreshing.

Heavenly Father, Please Deliver Me From This Utter Nonsense|| The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin

★☆☆☆☆ Well this was a hot mess. I started The Alpha Drive with high hopes, because I fiercely admire Kristen Martin’s YouTube channel, podcast, and Girl Boss attitude to life. She’s turned her writing dreams into self-pub success, and dishes out great inspirational advice. So I remain a solid fan. But I can’t lie to you guys. This book sucks.

I scream, you scream, and also the zombie bear screams|| Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

★★★★☆ From the moment I saw the film trailer, I was in love. An all-female science fiction, starring weird and wonderful organic mutations that are probably going to melt your brain, transmogrify your bone structure, explode your pancreas, and then kill the shit out of you? SIGN ME THE HELL UP FOR THE BOOK LADS.

#AmWriting Update & New Story Announcement!! *squee*

Some SERIOUSLY COOL THINGS have happened to me this dreary old March. I thought it was high time I took a break from rage reviewing to update you on my scribblings, and give you an announcement. An announcement where YOU get a present at the end...

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