A to Z Challenge Book Reviews

My Languishing TBR: S #AtoZChallenge2022 #Books #Bookreview

S is for Summer

This year I’m taking a break from Faerie and doing an A to Z of my TBR (to be read) list instead. Each letter will have books starting with that letter on my list, a book I’ve read and reviewed (with the review!) and one of my books matching the letter with a link about more info about the book. I’ve decided not to include words like “A”, “The” and “An” during this challenge.

Learn more about the A-Z Challenge here.


About the Book I’ve Read

After I read Summer Solstice Seduction, I decided that I should read more of this group’s anthologies and was able to borrow this one from a friend.

On the shortest night of the year, fae come out to play, vampires don’t have much time, and werewolves howl at a full moon.

The summer solstice brings out all the witches, demons, vampires, shifters, and supernatural creatures in a night of magic and mayhem. Some spells can only be cast or curses broken on this enchanted night. If you dare, follow the fae down a magical path but beware getting forever lost. There’s trouble around every corner, and plenty of supernatural shenanigans.

This collection includes more than 20 urban fantasy stories of summer solstice shenanigans from new and international bestselling authors.

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

Some good stories, some meh stories, and stories in between.

Out of Luck

An interesting story, but all the head-hopping was confusing and exhausting. 2 stars

Hunting for Trouble

An enjoyable story. I wonder what Aisha’s powers are, though, and if the portal opening was really stopped. 3 stars

Solstice of Darkness

Read a bit like “Lethal Weapon” with fae and the ending felt contrived. 3 stars

Solstice on the Slab

Loads of exposition about what the character likes and dislikes. Ugh. DNF

The Origin Story of Monsters

I read part one, full of head-hopping and unrealistic moves, but didn’t feel like continuing the crazy. DNF

Deadman’s Anchor

All fight, no story. 2 stars

Curse of the Veil

A good story, but too much head-hopping caused no emotional attachment to any character. 3 stars

Summer Solstice in Swindon

A good story with solid world-building and thrills. Too bad I had no idea what the main character’s name or gender was – difficult to focus on the story when you’re wondering if you’re dealing with a kick-ass female lynx or an alpha male and how the personal interactions with others should go (e.g. their superior being an arse cause it’s a woman or because it’s a lone-wolf type?). 3 stars

Raven Cursed

A good story. I do wonder how, exactly, she had cursed her brothers and why. 3 stars

Blood and Bone

A gritty vampire story where vampires act like the mob… and Fae blood is addictive. Good twists. 4 stars

Call forth the Wild Hunt

A good story. I enjoyed the portrayal of the Wild Hunt. And the main character had good growth. 5 stars

The Fire Crown

Interesting premise, but not gripping. DNF

Noodle Day

An eight-year-old protagonist in an urban fantasy short story? Not working for me despite the dragons. DNF


Eating a still-beating heart? Ah, no. DNF

Best Friends Never

The blurb failed to interest me. DNF


The blurb left me cold. DNF

Night Shift

A fun, thrilling vampire story. 5 stars

River of Tears

The blurb doesn’t intrigue. DNF


Clearly part of a series. Not interested to jump in without knowing anything else about the characters of world. DNF

The Gilded Nest

So much fun to read. Dragons! 5 stars

Lucifer’s Daughter

DNF based on title.

Spiders for Solstice

DNF based on title – I don’t like spiders.

The Longest Day

Blurb and title are generic. No excitement. DNF

On a Hot Summer Night in Vegas

The blurb sounded like a rip-off of Ghost Busters. DNF

Seeking Solstice

A fun and thrilling read. Loved the use of the elements and the dog. 5 stars

3 unicorn star rating

My Book

Symphony of Destruction

I hope you enjoyed this. For more books I’ve read and reviewed, check out either my Pinterest board about reviews or my Goodreads profile. Alternatively, you can check out my reviews on BookBub. Have you read any of the books? Loved or hated any of them?

*FYI, my reviews are my honest opinion and if something bothers me, I tell it straight. How else will anything change? My opinions are based on being a voracious reader and book buyer, not an attack on the author.* 

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17 thoughts on “My Languishing TBR: S #AtoZChallenge2022 #Books #Bookreview”

  1. Another wonderful list! Once the challenge is over I am definitely adding your suggestions to an excel sheet for my TBR list.

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  2. Quite a list. I generally do not read fantasy, although I have read a book by N.K. Jemisin (The City We Became – and also the short story that was developed into that novel. Loved them both, and I think part of the reason was because I grew up in New York City, where the story takes place. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I am also looking forward to reading Severance by Ling Ma, which is on your list above. I tend more towards dystopian/alternate history as my preferred genre, along with the occasional historical novel. Thank you for reading my A to Z post.

  3. An amazing list! I can’t believe I haven’t read any of the books listed! I loved the Kristen Painter book covers, they made me laugh.
    Thanks for the honest review, it was great.

  4. I’m relieved to not be alone is being yet to read Save the Cat, but am mildly horrified to discover there also a Save the Cat: Write the Novel as well :O I read Shadow of the Wind some years ago and remember loving it. I particularly enjoyed the genuine sense of place about it. Although I can’t remember much about the follow-up, I do recall it didn’t grab me as much, sadly.

    Debs visiting this year from
    Making Yourself Relationship Ready

  5. Strange the Dreamer and The Scorpio Races are both amazing. I wish I had the opportunity to read them for the first time all over again. They both have beautiful, immersive settings.

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