another book tiktok made me buy XD

Bone Crier’s Moon – Kathryn Purdie

Young adult, fantasy, romance, fiction. 

Rating 9/10

Ailesse had been preparing for her Rite of Passage to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers. She had collected all the different bones she needed and learned all the different songs. Now she must go to the bridge to play the flute of a song that would attract her soul mate, the man whom she is destined to love and kill. Bastien was orphaned at a young age and promised to take revenge by murdering a bone crier. Sabine doesn’t like what the Bone Criers do nor their work but she must do what is expected of her. Ailesse’s mother assigns Sabine to watch her daughter’s Rite of Passage. Ailesse gets taken by her amour, Bastien, who wants revenge by taking her hostage. Sabine makes it her mission to rescue her best friend. Ailesse makes it her mission after learning about Bastien’s intentions to free him from their bond without death involved. 

I had seen this while on the booktok side of TikTok and couldn’t resist the whole enemies to lovers trope. The premise doesn’t appear to be that way but it’s flushed out throughout the novel. This was one of my favorite fantasy young adult books so far. There was a perfect amount of action and fantasy along with some romance. There was a lot of tension between all the characters from the first page until the near end of the novel. The plot moved at a graceful pace that couldn’t have been more perfect. I was just sad about the cliffhanger and I have to find out if there is a sequel to the novel because this is excellent. The world-building was great and spread out just enough that it wasn’t just a lore dump in the beginning. I hate novels that do a lore dump at the beginning of the first book is the lore dump. I loved the whole enemies-to-lovers trope that is present. I can see Bastien really going for Ailesse hence I do ship it.

this wasn’t easy to read.

Beautiful Façade – Kathryn S. Rose

New Adult, romance, fiction.

Rating 9/10

A blast from the past, Kai, runs into Winter. Winter hadn’t seen him in a decade, and they catch up. Winter tells him she’s engaged to Liam and happy. Liam doesn’t like how the two have been spending time together. She learns to grow with the past and proclaims she is no longer a victim of what happened that decade ago. She goes on a soul-searching journey of self-healing.

I really loved this book. It wasn’t easy to read but the topic is never an easy topic. Always hard and it’s the reality that hurts. I would want to see this more openly discussed without the stigma behind mental health. The main character really grew as she confronted her past. I enjoyed that this was a new adult novel. I want to see more new adult novels or literature. I can hardly find them and would love to see this on the shelf. I will most likely get a physical copy. I had obtained an e-book, but I want to hold this book and read it once more. The author understands social work and has a background which gives authority of a literary work. I enjoyed this book. Highly recommend this.