AF,  Article,  Books,  Weekly Highlights,  YA

Sunday Summary: 10th May 2020

Sunday Summary: 10th May 2020

Hi All!

Weekly Highlights is a feature that I used to do a few years ago that I have deicded to revive and revamp! So on Sunday’s (hopefully every one but it may be every other!) I plan to do a Sunday Summary, detailing what books I have read or am reading, what posts I posted, what books I received or bought and what posts/books are upcoming next week.

It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love, and Kris’ Wednesday Weekly.

Posts From The Week

I am finally getting back into blogging – here’s hoping it keeps going!

On Wednesday, I was on the blog tour for Brilliant Baxter at the Funfair – you can find my post here.

On Thursday, I was on the blog tour for Charles Dickens: My Life. Head over here to read the post.

On Friday, I was on the blog tour for Music as Medicine and shared with you all an interview with the author. You can read that here.

And lastly, on Saturday, I was on the blog tour for Mum’s Big Break. Read more about  the book in this post.

Books I Read


Title: The Devouring Gray
Christine Lynn Herman
16th April 2019
Add It: Waterstones. Goodreads.
Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

Books I'm Reading

Physical Books

The house at the end of the lane burned down, and Rita Frost and her teenage ward, Bevan, were never seen again. The townspeople never learned what happened. Only Mae and her brother Rossa know the truth; they spent two summers with Rita and Bevan, two of the strangest summers of their lives… Because nothing in that house was as it seemed: a cat who was more than a cat, and a dark power called Sweet James that lurked behind the wallpaper, enthralling Bevan with whispers of neon magic and escape. And in the summer heat, Mae became equally as enthralled with Bevan. Desperately in the grips of first love, she’d give the other girl anything. A dangerous offer when all that Sweet James desired was a taste of new flesh…


The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.

Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most–her and Justin’s father.

May’s father isn’t the only newcomer in town–Isaac Sullivan’s older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac’s troubled past. But Isaac isn’t ready to let go of his family’s history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it.

Harper Carlisle isn’t ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most.

With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all.

But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast…

Letterbox Love

Here are the books I’ve received this month! 
(I’m doing this a little differently as it’s been SO LONG.)

Physical Books

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

This was a present from one of my wonderful friends. It sounds like such an incredible book and I cannot wait to dive into it!

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Another present from another wonderful friend of mine. I am a lover of Sandhya Menon books and cannot wait to dive into this one.

Here Lie The Secrets by Emma Young

Thank you for Stripes Publishing for this review copy. This thrilling read sounds just up my street and I cannot wait to give it a read.

44 Tiny Secrets by Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King

Again, many thank yous to Stripes Publishing for this review copy. I adore Sylvia Bishop so I am very much looking forward to getting around to reading this.

With Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Another fab sounding book from another wonderful friend! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while so definitely intrigued to see what it’s about.

The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

Thank you to Bloomsbury for this review copy of this book! It sounds like such an interesting read that I hope to get too soon. I might try and read all of her books in one go…

Rick by Alex Gino

Thank you so much to Scholastic for this review copy. I absolutely adored George and I absolutely love the premise of this book so I know that this is one that I will be reading VERY soon.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Thank you to yet another wonderful friend for this incredible sounding book! I’ve been told it is definitely worth reading so I will make sure to read it as soon as I can.

Boy Queen by George Lester

Thank you very much to Simon and Schuster for this review copy. I might have actually squealed when I opened the parcel! I will absolutely be reading this as soon as possible.

We Are Okay by Nina LeCour

I actually don’t know who got me this book! It turned up without a note but I think it was from one of the random acts of kindness Twitter threads and I am very grateful! I have been meaning to read this book for years!

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Thank you Egmont for this review copy. I’ve actually not read the first book yet – eeek – but actually quite excited to now be able to read them both side by side. Hopefully very soon.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

This is another surprise gift that I don’t know who sent to me! But again, I am incredibly grateful for it. It’s a book that a friend of mine absolutely loves and so I cannot wait to find out if I feel the same!

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Lastly, yet another brilliant sounding read from a wonderful friend! I have had this on my wishlist for a while so I am very intrigued to see what this book is all about.


Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

This is a book that has been on my radar for a while now so when I finally got the approval on Netgalley, I was very happy! Thank you Titan for this review copy.

The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan

I saw this on Netgalley and was instantly intrigued. It looks and sounds amazing so I am very interested in reading this soon. Thank you Orbit for this review copy.

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

This is another book that I have been wanting to read for a long time. Having loved Laura’s previous books, I cannot wait to see what she’s done with this one. Thank you Headline for this review copy.

Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna

Another book that I saw while browsing Netgalley but one that really struck my eye. Thank you HarperVoyager for this review copy.

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin Van Whye

A friend of mine recently finished this and told me it was excellent. A day later I was approved on Netgalley to read it! I am very much looking forward to reading this soon. Thank you Penguin for this review copy.

Every Little Piece of my Heart by Non Pratt

I am incredibly excited about this book! At the moment it is only available as a PDF on Netgalley so I need to work out how best to read it BUT I will definitely be doing so as soon as I can. Thank you Walker Books for this review copy.

One by One by Ruth Ware

As I previously enjoyed one of Ruth Ware’s books, I found myself very intrigued by this book. Thus, thank you to Random House for approving my request for this review copy.

10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

As mentioned above, I am a big Sandhya Menon fan so I was very happy when my request to read this book was approved! Thank you Hodder and Stoughton for this review copy.

Mayhem by Estelle Laure

I’ve not actually read anything by Estelle Laure before but this one sounds really interesting so I will definitely be reading it soon. Thank you to St Martin’s Press for this review copy.

What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin

Lastly, but certainly not least, is this interesting looking read! It is one that I am definitely curious about reading soon. Thank you to St Martin’s Press for this review copy.


Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

After finishing The Devouring Gray, I found I was very much hooked on this series so I went straight to Audible and bought myself the sequel! I am about halfway through so far and very much enjoying the book.

Strangers by C. L. Taylor

As a big C. L. Taylor fan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give this book a read. I also have it as an ebook but I’m finding that I’m reading audiobooks a lot more at the moment so I decided to buy it on Audible as well! Looking forward to reading this after Deck of Omens!

And there you have it, my Sunday Summary!

What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Write? What Are You Reading This Week? 

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: