The Count to 10 with Me Tag

Hello!

I am currently arguing with my reviews (and losing) so I decided to do something different in the hopes of getting the words flowing again. And I spied this book tag a while ago on Bookforager’s blog, and it was created by the booktuber the Bumbling Blogger’s partner, Sean.

I’m not going to tag anyone specifically but if you want to give it ago please do, it’ll be interesting to see your answers, and just remember to tag the original creator.

1 – First Book in a Series

Since I finished rereading this one last night it’s fresh in my mind, so I am going with ‘Along the Razor’s Edge’ by Rob J. Hayes. This is the first book in the War Eternal series (and book 4 is out in May – hence my current reread of the series), and has one of the most memorable main characters (whether you love or loathe her) that I’ve had the pleasure of encountering.

You can read my review here

*****

2 – Two or More Copies of the Same Book

I don’t tend to keep multiple physical copies of books because space is a premium in my room. However, I do own both Dead Sagas books in physical, ebook and audiobook – in fact I think it’s the first series that I’ve ever owned in all three formats. I love this series (and the audiobook is amazing just saying) and I have no doubt that I will be adding the next book in all formats too.

You can find my reviews here: A Ritual of Bone & A Ritual of Flesh

*****

3 – Three Colours on the Cover

This one was way harder than I thought, every time I found a cover that I thought had three colours I would realise it had a couple of others hidden in there. So, I am going with Uncanny Bodies from Luna Press Publishing, and counting white, grey and black separately (sorry shades). This is a fantastic collection that I will eventually have a review up for.

*****

4 – Four or More Perspectives

Primarily reading Fantasy does make this one quite easy to find an answer to. Since the Godblind Trilogy has been on my mind lately (I might be due for a reread), I had to go with that one. This one has multiple POVs, and I enjoyed every one of them (although Crys will forever have my heart).

You can read my reviews here: Godblind, Darksoul & Bloodchild.

*****

5 – A Five-Star Read

I’ve been blessed with reading some truly amazing books, and it was hard to choose which one to shout about. However, since I’ve been working on some selkie stuff for The Citadel lately and was talking about this book with a friend last week, it feels fitting that I go with The Skin by J.E. Hannaford. I absolutely adored this book, the world-building is spectacular and it has such a refreshing take on selkies that it will probably be my go-to recommendation for them for a long time.

You can read my review here

*****

6 – Six (Or More) Short Stories

I’ve only recently started reading more short stories, and one of the collections that I read and loved was ‘Blood & Bone: An Anthology of Body Horror by Women & Non-Binary Writers’. I am a massive fan of body horror for all that I don’t seem to read it that often, and this collection was just fantastic and so varied both in plot, but also with what other genres were woven into the body horror.

You can read my review here

*****

7 – A Seven on The Cover or Spine

This one nearly had me stymied I have to admit. But, while the ‘7’ is covered on the cover of this one, the clock is fully visible on the spine so I am counting it, especially as it gives me a chance to highlight this fabulous book. Spectacular world-building, great characters and fantastic plot – this book has it all! You just might want to have some biscuits (and a cup of tea) on hand while reading it!

You can read my review here

*****

8 – Eight Letters in the Title

This one was harder than it needed to be, because apparently I am incapable of counting letters. But, I am super happy that this one hit the spot. Anyone familiar with the blog will know that I love everything by Luke Tarzian, and Vultures is no different (and I actually have a deep dive post in progress for this one). This is a book – and an author – that you need to experience! I honestly cannot recommend it highly enough.

You can read my review here

*****

9 – A Book that Ends on a Page Ending in a Nine

I was beginning to think this one was mission impossible. I had books ending on 0 and books ending on 8, and then ones that I thought ended on 9 but had an epilogue. However, perseverance won out and The Darkest Dusk by D.W. Ross finishes on page 469. This is the second Onyxborn Chronicle, and an absolutely fantastic read, and I have a review that is very long overdue for this one but trust me you need to pick this series up.

*****

10 – Ten Books in the Series

Another one that was harder than I thought, but then I remembered this one and with the short story collection included it is ten books long! I’ve only read the first couple of books so far, having picked up ‘Someday I’ll be Redeemed’ on a whim as part of the Indie Fantasy Summer challenge, but I’ve really enjoyed them so far and it’s certainly a series that I intend to finish. Also I just love the colour scheme for the covers!

*****

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