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ARC REVIEW: TEN THOUSAND STITCHES BY OLIVIA ATWATER

the book cover for Ten Thousand Stitches by Olivia Atwater
  • STAR RATING:  3.5 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 288 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: July 19th 2022
  • PUBLISHER: Orbit 
    WHAT SERIES?  The Regency Faerie Tales series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Half A Soul
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Domestic abuse, emotional abuse, misogyny
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit Books for providing an ARC copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS

Regency housemaid Euphemia Reeves has acquired a faerie godfather. Unfortunately, he has no idea what he’s doing.

Effie has most inconveniently fallen in love with the dashing Mr Benedict Ashbrooke. There’s only one problem; Effie is a housemaid, and a housemaid cannot marry a gentleman. It seems that Effie is out of luck until she stumbles into the faerie realm of Lord Blackthorn, who is only too eager to help Effie win Mr Ashbrooke’s heart. All he asks in return is that Effie sew ten thousand stitches onto his favourite jacket.

Effie has heard rumours about what happens to those who accept help from faeries, but life as a maid at Hartfield is so awful that she is willing to risk even her immortal soul for a chance at something better. Now, she has one hundred days – and ten thousand stitches – to make Mr Ashbrooke fall in love and propose. . . if Lord Blackthorn doesn’t wreck things by accident, that is. For Effie’s greatest obstacle might well prove to be Lord Blackthorn’s overwhelmingly good intentions.

Ten Thousand Stitches is just as cute as Half a Soul, though I think I enjoyed it just a tad bit less. (Like almost miniscule amounts less.) To put it simply, I enjoyed Elias Wilder as a hero more than Lord Blackthorn. While I do love a gooey cinnamon roll of a hero, for some reason Lord Blackthorn read as more childish to me, than just pure innocence. Either way, I loved both books.

I thoroughly enjoyed that Atwater’s version of Cinderella actually starred a maid, and not a noblewoman forced down into servitude by horrible happenstance. I also very much enjoyed that Effie was well and truly angry about her position. It is so rare to see or have a historical romance heroine who sees the injustice in her own life, and is PISSED about it. I loved it. I loved her anger, and I loved that she ended up being able to use it to better everyone else’s (and her) life.

Though I had a slightly harder time with the romance in this one, I still very much enjoyed watching Effie and Lord Blackthorn fall in love. Especially since neither one of them appeared to realize that it was happening. I especially adored the scene when they were in faerie, and they were dancing the day away. It was incredibly romantic, and I loved the atmosphere that Atwater wrote in this particular scene. Though, now that I think back on it some more, I’m not even sure Lord Blackthorn and Effie even kiss once? I need more spice than that.

Ten Thousand Stitches is a good entry into the Regency Faerie Tale series, and I can’t wait to jump right into the next one.

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ARC REVIEW: HALF A SOUL BY OLIVIA ATWATER

the book cover for Half A Soul by Olivia Atwater
  • STAR RATING:  4 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 304 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: April 5th 2022 
  • PUBLISHER: Orbit 
    WHAT SERIES?  The Regency Faerie Tales series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Half A Soul
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Emotional abuse, ableism, child abuse, blood
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit Books for providing an ARC copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS

It’s difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you’re a young lady with only half a soul.

Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear or embarrassment – a condition which makes her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season – but when the strange, handsome and utterly uncouth Lord Sorcier discovers her condition, she is instead drawn into dangerous and peculiar faerie affairs.

If Dora’s reputation can survive both her curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all of high society, then she may yet reclaim her normal place in the world. . . but the longer Dora spends with Elias Wilder, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love, even with only half a soul.

Bridgerton meets Howl’s Moving Castle in this enchanting historical fantasy, where the only thing more meddlesome than faeries is a marriage-minded mother.

Half a Soul pushed so many of my buttons in the best way. I love a good historical romance, and when you throw any element of fantasy romance in a book, too? You have my attention. Half a Soul had been recommended to me about a million times recently, by fantastic reviews written by other bloggers, to people just basically shoving the book in my face going, YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE THIS, I PROMISE. Well, you were right, people.

You were right.

I thoroughly enjoyed Half a Soul, and have plans to continue right along on to the next book in the series. How could I not, when this one was so good? I adored Dora, and her practicality, and complete disregard for the societal rules. She did what she wanted to, and rarely let anyone else make her feel bad about it. (I guess that’s a pro to having half a soul? You don’t really care what anyone else thinks.) Vanessa, Dora’s cousin, bothered me a bit as she was so very concerned about fixing Dora, instead of loving her for who she was. But it was Elias that I loved most of all.

Elias is the Lord Sorcier, a young man who was so very Angry with a capital A at society. I loved him. He was uncouth, he was mean, a tiny bit cruel, and well, he was so different than any other romantic hero I’d ever read before. And beneath all that rough, gruff exterior, well, Elias was spending his time trying to help the poorest, most unfortunate children. He is not a bad man, the complete opposite, in fact.

I loved watching these two navigate their blossoming relationship. Neither one of them really let the other get away with anything, which I really liked. Elias and Dora were perfect for each other. Four stars because there was just a little something missing. I’m not sure what, but there you go.

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WWW WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 3

We had a great night last night, and a decent-ish morning this morning! The garbage truck came down our street way, way earlier than they usually do so Will and I got to watch it. He was FASCINATED by it, and it was so, so cute to see. I actually got to read before bed last night, too, which was REALLY nice. I’m over half-way through my latest book!

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

My hold on Not Your Average Hot Guy came in like…the same day I posted my TBR, so here I am finally reading it. I’m really enjoying it. It’s a little tiny bit cheesy, but without being ridiculous. It’s also Insta-love, which is not my favorite, but the characters are cute and interesting enough that I’m letting it slide. I finished up All Systems Red on Monday — I’ll be compiling a bunch of these books into one big review bc they’re so short. Next, I think I’ll finally read Half a Soul after having it on…the last two TBRs? Whoops.

What are you currently reading?

MONTHLY TBR – AUGUST

Hello my darlings!

Somehow it is already August, so that means it’s time for my MONTHLY TBR that I probably won’t get to. I’m bad at these, aren’t I? I only read FOUR books on my TBR last month. Whoops. Anyway — my hold on Not Your Average Hot Guy will come up at the library this month. Most of the rest of these are ARCs, tbh. I’ll catch up on these somehow, I know I will! I’m hoping to buddy read Small Angels with Becky, and Kingdom of the Wicked with Destiny!

What are you going to read this month? Do you have any of the same books on your TBR?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS FROM PAST SEASONAL TBRS I STILL HAVEN’T READ

HE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT LAST NIGHT. Thank the gods. The gods, Children’s Motrin, and getting bumped up to the next dosage because he weighs more now. 🙌🏻 HALLELUJAH FOR SLEEP. 🙌🏻 Will’s still miserable, but at least the Motrin should actually nip the pain in the bud before it gets bad.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is BOOKS FROM PAST SEASONAL TBRS I STILL HAVEN’T READ. I’m guessing I’m going to have way more than 10, but we’ll see. Also as a note — I’m pulling these books from my monthly TBRs as well as seasonal TBRs. So, let’s take a look and see what we’ve got:

Okay, so there really isn’t that many. I’m honestly surprised. I’ve been doing better than I thought! Someone get me a prize! There’s a few arcs (Small Angels, Deadbeat Druid, The Kiss Curse) and a bunch of already released books I need to get to!

How many books do you still need to get to from past TBRs?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – SUMMER 2022 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is BOOKS ON MY SUMMER 2022 TBR. I have quite a few, but these are the ones I’m really dying to read. Most of these (six of them, to be exact) are actually ARCs or copies publishers have sent to me to get me ready for other books to be released.

Have you read any of my TBR? What are you looking to read this summer?

Wondering who the heck I am? Check out my announcement.