the gilded wolves review + gushing

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

the gilded wolves by roshani chokshi is a glittering delight. full of diverse and marginalised characters with backstories and full emotions. the the themes in this book touched my heart and inflamed me. I created this blog just to review this book!! I wanted it to be the first review that I posted on here.

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tbr fridays! weekly round-up | 16th august 2019

hello lovelies! happy friday to you all. i’m still sick as a dog and sniffling through my nose. it’s truly annoying but at least i have a few days to rest and recover, as well as catch up on my reading! you could say it’s been a good reading week for me, because i’ve finished one book and started another. i’ve been driven by enthusiasm and not out of some obligation to ‘have’ to finish something because its release date is coming up. i finally tackled a long-awaited sequel of one of my favourite books of 2018! this week is big on high fantasy. enjoy the selection of titles both new and old, unearthed from my tbr!

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waiting on wednesday: the shadows between us

hello lovelies! i may be sick but by god i’m going to post something for my favorite feature of the week. this week i have a treat for you. it’s a tale of high ambitions and power, of cunning and villainy. i’m here to introduce you to the shadows between us by tricia levenseller! i’ve always had a fondness for morally-grey female characters, if you haven’t guessed by now. i raise a glass to all the femme fatales of the world who carve out their own place in the world, who claw their way to the top by any means necessary. tricia herself has referred to the shadows between us as a ‘slytherin romance’ and if that doesn’t catch your interest then i don’t know what will!

here’s the summary from goodreads:

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

tbh the summary reminds me of a tweet tasha suri posted a while back:

if the shadows between us is anything like this then we have to stan forever! tor has published an excerpt already, so i urge you to check it out after you’ve had an ogle at the cover!

look at the shine of the blade, the deepness of the blood-red ruby and the black rose petals!! this is definitely a book i’d pick up at the library or a bookshop just based on the cover. a beautiful cover adds appeal to any book- i’m also a little bit of a book magpie, so i’d want to hoard this for my collection.

the shadows between us comes out on the 25th of february 2020 and is available for pre-order now! you can request it at your local library and add it on goodreads!

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tbr fridays! weekly round-up | 9th august 2019

hello my lovelies and a happy friday to you all!! my week was absolutely exhausting; not only did i work three days back to back but i also started uni again! i absolutely enjoyed being back in the seminar room and seeing familiar faces, talking about political theory and democracy in countries around the world. whiiich means i kind of haven’t had time to read proper books. oh for sure, i’ve been reading lots of fanfic ::guilty:: if i had a rough guess at how many words i’ve read this week, it’s probably around 200-250k. i’m just aching for the familiarity of old favourites and re-reading my favourite ghost hunt fanfic.

that being said, i do plan on finishing a book this weekend! i’m honestly encouraging myself with the mantra that if i just finish this, i’ll be able to tackle one of my most anticipated reads of 2019! if you scroll blow, you’ll probably see a pattern in my tbr books: not only are almost all of them written entirely by asian authors, but there’s a thread running throughout all of them that corresponds with the confucius quote below:

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

the theme of this week, essentially, is vengeance. if you couldn’t tell by the name of my blog, i love revenge stories!

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waiting on wednesday: of kisses and curses

hello lovelies and welcome back to another week on waiting on wednesday! the crunch begins and never have i been so glad for my magpie-ish hoarding tendencies because now i have a wealth of waiting on wednesday posts to fall back on! this week’s feature is by an author i hope all of you have heard of already: sandhya menon, of when dimple met rishi, there’s something about sweetie fame! say hello to your new obsession, a beauty and the beast retelling set in a boarding school featuring an indian princess who needs to con a british aristocrat into falling in love with her! what more can you want?? y’all know i’m ALL ABOUT cunning protagonists and romantic misadventures!

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music mondays! the light between worlds edition

hello lovelies and welcome to a new feature on my blog! I don’t know if this has been done by anyone else before, and apologies if it has, but I felt like I needed to keep to my usual posting schedule of thrice a week. only, my reading pace has been terribly slow and I didn’t have anything to offer. I got to brainstorming about possible themes and features I could do when it hit me in the face: music!

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tbr fridays! weekly round-up| 2nd august 2019

hello lovelies and a happy friday to you! this weekend is going to be less jam-packed than last week, but still busy. i’m actually proud of myself for drafting the majority of this post a couple of days ago. i need to be prepared for when university starts next week! i haven’t started any new books but i’ve been steadily plodding through there will come a darkness which is shaping up to be a favourite! i did, however, finish watching ghost hunt (the anime) and finish the series by reading volume 10, 11, 12 and akumu no sumu ie, so there’s that. technically, i did do some extensive reading this week! that brings us to this week’s airing of my tbr, which has… a theme. namely, they’re all books i’ve been telling myself that i’m ‘going to get to’ constantly over the past few months, if not years!

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