Five Books I Bought Recently / Why I’m Excited to Read Them

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I last posted. These past few months, all of my time has been sucked up by school and work, making it very difficult to put together blog posts. But I’m finally finding the time to do so– Book blogging is something I love, and its recent absence from my life has been hard to cope with. I’ve missed it so incredibly much, and I’m happy to be back, especially with summer break right around the corner.

So, with that out of the way, let me update you on some of the recent book purchases I’ve made!

Working at a bookstore, it’s practically impossible to come home from a shift without a new book in my hands (more often than not, a FEW new books). But can you blame me for wanting to take advantage of that juicy employee discount? Exactly– you can’t. So, allow me to show you five of the exciting new books that I’ve purchased within the past few weeks!

I first caught wind of this one when it was announced as one of Barnes & Noble’s monthly book club picks. I read the synopsis, was delighted to discover that it sounded RIGHT up my alley, and quickly bought myself a copy. From what I gathered from the synopsis, it’s essentially an analysis of the sexist, misogynistic tropes present in Greek Mythology. The author unpacks various Greek myths and explains the ways in which female figures are pitted against one another and blamed for the actions of their male counterparts. As a long-time lover of Greek Mythology, this feminist twist sounds so intriguing! I’ll be sure to update you all on my thoughts once I dive into the book.

Her Body and Other Parties is a collection of short stories that encapsulate the dangers of being a woman in a world that caters to men (I’m just now realizing that it sounds very similar to Pandora’s Jar in that sense). The novel is shelved as horror, and it even has a spot on my coworker’s “Strange and Unsettling Stories” display… So, I have a feeling this might not be a great book to read once the sun goes down. But, nevertheless, I’m still very much looking forward to reading it and seeing how the author portrays the terrifying side of the female experience.

I know, I know. With the insane amount of social media hype it’s gotten, it’s crazy that I still haven’t read this book. But better late than never, right? While I’m not totally sure what It Ends With Us is about, I’ve heard that it explores the abuse and manipulation of a toxic relationship, and that many readers felt deeply moved after finishing it. I must confess, I’m more than a little apprehensive about this book because if it doesn’t live up to the hype, I’ll be crushed! But I’ve enjoyed Colleen Hoover’s work before (Verity has been one of my favorite reads of 2022 thus far!), so I have hope that I’ll love It Ends With Us as well.

Another social media sensation I’ve yet to read: The Love Hypothesis. I guess it’s finally time to give into the BookTok hype!

I’ve heard some interesting things about this one… Apparently it started out as a Reylo fan-fiction? Huh. Well, I’ve been longing for a light, fluffy romance for a while now, and I’ve read nothing but positive reviews for this book. A promising sign, I hope! I think I’ll pick it up at the end of May and read it between final exams… I’m going to need something fun and entertaining to help me cope with all that stress!

I absolutely LOVE reimaginings of female-focused Greek myths– Circe by Madeline Miller and Ariadne by Jennifer Saint are two of my favorites, and it is my hope that Helen of Troy, a retelling of the woman whose face “launched a thousand ships”, will join that list! I feel like Helen of Troy is really only remembered for her beauty, and thus her ability to drive men to violence. It’ll be interesting to see how Margaret George develops Helen’s character and (hopefully) makes her out to be more than just a beautiful prize sought after by men. Truthfully, I think Helen of Troy has the potential to give readers a complex, multi-faceted Greek heroine in the same ways Circe and Ariadne did… Let’s hope I’m right!

That’s it for now! But I’m sure I’ll be back with another book haul in no time. After all, I have absolutely no self-restraint when it comes to spending money on books.

If you’ve read any of the books listed above, please leave a comment letting me know what you thought of them! I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading– Until next time,

July 2021 Wrap-Up

July was a pretty mediocre reading month for me.

I spent the first week of the month on vacation with my family, which was super relaxing. But then came the post-vacation reading slump, which STILL hasn’t gone away. I know experiencing reading slumps from time to time is inevitable, but it still sucks. Because of my slumpy mood, I didn’t read or blog as much as I would’ve liked to in July, but I still managed to read a few great books!

Amazon.com: Defy the Night (9781547604661): Kemmerer, Brigid: Books

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (ARC): Defy the Night was easily the best book I read last month! It had a gripping plot, fascinating characters, amazing romance… What more could I possibly ask for? This book was so addictive, and I’m so sad to be finished with it because the wait for the sequel is going to be HORRIBLE. Brigid Kemmerer… Please write fast! Rating: ★★★★★

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These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1) by Chloe Gong

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: It took me awhile to get fully sucked into this book, but one I was, I couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved the dynamic between the two rival gangs in the story, as well as the complicated relationship between Roma and Juliette, our two main characters. I also loved all of the nods to Romeo and Juliet (the inspiration behind this book), which just so happens to be my favorite classic! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: The Rest of the Story (9780062933638): Dessen, Sarah: Books

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessan: This was a pretty generic YA Contemporary novel, but I liked it nonetheless! It was the perfect summer read, and I loved its themes of found family and self discovery. The characters and romance were charming, and so were the friendships and familial relationships. Overall, this book was nothing special, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (The Cursebreaker Series)  (9781681195087): Kemmerer, Brigid: Books

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Re-read): I re-read A Curse So Dark and Lonely so I could pick up its sequels with a refreshed memory. I was a little scared to do so, because I thought that maybe I wouldn’t enjoy the book as much as I had the first time I read it. But thankfully, I did! This story is such a spectacular twist on Beauty and the Beast, especially with its complicated characters and amazing romance. Re-reading it made me so excited to start the sequels! Rating: ★★★★½

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Amazon.com: A Heart So Fierce and Broken (The Cursebreaker Series)  (9781681195117): Kemmerer, Brigid: Books

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer: A Heart So Fierce and Broken wasn’t quite as good as A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but I still really liked it! I loved how politically driven the plot was (something about politics in fantasy novels just fascinates me!), and I also enjoyed getting to know several of the new characters that were introduced in this novel (such as Lia Mara, Tycho, and Nola Verin). However, my biggest complaint about this book is that some of the characters from the first novel were completely villainized. Some of the things a certain person in particular did were so cruel and out of character! It was a big bummer, especially considering how much I was enjoying all of the other aspects of the book. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Half-Blood (Covenant Series #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Paperback |  Barnes & Noble®

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Ugh, my girl Jennifer L. Armentrout has really been letting me down lately! First with The Crown of Gilded Bones, and now with this book! To be fair, it really wasn’t that bad, but with the promise of an epic YA paranormal novel inspired by Greek Mythology, I was expecting a whole lot more than what I got. A majority of the book felt really boring and cliche to me, and things only got interesting near the end. I’m going to give the sequel a chance, because I’m still intrigued enough to continue on with the series, but I’ll be really disappointed if it’s as dull as book one! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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These Hollow Vows (These Hollow Vows, #1) by Lexi Ryan

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan: It’s difficult for me to rate this book, because my feelings about it completely depend on which portion of the story you’re referring to. The thing is, I found the first half to be extremely boring, with very little character development and world building. Then, once I hit the halfway point, things picked up a bit, and the characters and relationships were fleshed out more. Then came the last hundred pages, which were absolutely amazing! My eyes were glued to the pages, and that final plot twist blew my mind. So, long story short, I’d say that this book went from mediocre, to decent, to fantastic, all over the course of 450 pages. Rating: ★★★½

June 2021 Wrap-Up

ARC Review: Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

I’m trying to be extra cautious with the books I read in August, because the last thing I want to do is pick up a really boring one and worsen my reading slump! A few titles I have a lot of faith in are Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim, Small Favors by Erin A. Craig, and Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. These three books are all written by authors whose work I’ve enjoyed in the past, so I have a feeling they’ll help pull me out of my dreadful slump!

I hope July was a great reading month for you all! Please let me know what books you read last month and/or which ones you’re planning on picking up in August!

Until next time,

June 2021 Wrap-Up

Sorry for posting this wrap up so late! I just got back from vacation, and I’d been taking a brief break from blogging. But I’m back now!

June has always been one of my favorite months of the year, because it marks the start of summer, the season full of sunshine, relaxation, beach trips, and all that good stuff. I’ve been on summer break for the past few weeks, and I’ve had such an amazing time catching up on my reading all while enjoying the epic summer vibes surrounding me! I went to the beach multiple times last month, which was so much fun, since it’s one of my favorite places! What reader doesn’t love reading in the warm summer sand with the gentle crash of waves in the background? It’s so peaceful!

With all of the free time summer break has given me, I managed to read a lot in June! And many of the books I read were incredible! Let’s go ahead and take a look at them, shall we?

Total number of books read: 14

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Little, Brown Books for  Young Readers

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: In all honesty, this book was a bit of a let down. It definitely wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I expected it to be, having read so many glowing reviews for it. The pacing was rather slow (especially for the first half of the book), and I feel as though the characters could have been better developed. The plot twists were well thought out, but some of them, particularly the one at the end, just seemed odd to me. I guess I’ll have to read the sequel in hopes that things will be further explained! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: The Ones We're Meant to Find (9781250258564): He, Joan: Books

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He: This book has me so conflicted! On one hand, the concept behind it was insanely interesting, and every single aspect of the world was incredibly detailed. On the other hand, many parts of the book were really slow paced. The first half of it was difficult to get through, and even though it picked up significantly after 200 pages or so, it took too long for things to get exciting. I should also mention that the book is written in dual POV… One of the risks of reading a story written in multiple perspectives is that you might have one POV feel much more compelling than the other. Unfortunately, that was the case in The Ones We’re Meant to Find. I think this is mainly because Joan He decided to write one character in 1st Person POV, and the other in 3rd Person POV… which made no sense to me. I connected with the 1st Person POV way more, and the 3rd Person POV just ended up feeling dull and monotonous. But, despite its flaws, I still think that The Ones We’re Meant to Find was a very well written sci-fi novel, and I’m glad I read it! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Amazon.com: House of Hollow (9780593110348): Sutherland, Krystal: Books

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland: I went into this book with sky-high expectations, and it did not disappoint! It was the perfect mix of fantasy, horror, and mystery, and I swear, my eyes were literally glued to the pages! Krystal Sutherland did an excellent job of building up suspense while still maintaining a fast-paced, entertaining plot. All of the twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat, and I was never once bored. I still can’t get over that shocking, sickening plot twist that was revealed at the very end… I DID NOT SEE IT COMING AT ALL! House of Hollow is easily one of the most original books I’ve ever read and from here on out, I’ll be recommending it to everyone I know! Rating: ★★★★★

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Beach Read by Emily Henry: 9781984806734 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

Beach Read by Emily Henry: I liked this book a lot! It was more than just the light-hearted rom-com I expected it to be– It had heavy themes of grief, trauma, and depression, all of which I think were portrayed in a very raw, realistic way. The characters were extremely complex, and their emotions were written so vividly. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a heavy, emotional romance novel that contains both happy, joyful moments, and poignant, sad ones. Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: An Emotion of Great Delight (9780062972415): Mafi, Tahereh:  Books

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi: Tahereh Mafi is one of my all time favorite authors, and every single one of her books that I’ve read has been great! An Emotion of Great Delight was no exception! It’s such an emotional book that will REALLY have you feeling all the feels. All of the characters were so complicated and well developed, even the supporting ones! My only complaint is that sometimes, the flowery, poetic writing could be so packed full of similes, metaphors, and imagery that everything just felt… chaotic. Tahereh Mafi is a truly talented author, but in this book, the writing just felt a little too over-the-top for my personal taste. But, nonetheless, An Emotion of Great Delight is still a fantastic, powerful novel that I’d highly recommend! Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Kiss Quotient: Hoang, Helen: 9780451490803: Amazon.com: Books

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: I was scared that this book wouldn’t live up to the hype, but it most definitely did! It was so adorable and entertaining, and I’m 100% in love with both of the main characters. I also have to applaud the fantastic autism rep. I’ve read so many reviews from readers who saw themselves in the autistic MC, Stella, and were inspired to seek out diagnoses! Isn’t that amazing? You can rest assured that I’ll be picking up more of Helen Hoang’s work in the near future, since I can’t get enough of her writing! Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Handmaid's Tale: Atwood, Margaret: 9780385490818: Amazon.com: Books

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: This book is equal parts frightening, disturbing, and compelling. The world of Gilead has quickly become one of my favorite dystopian settings, not just because it’s sickeningly fascinating, but also because it doesn’t feel impossible. It’s a demonstration of our society’s potential future, which is what makes it truly scary. I’ve heard that the show adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale is even better than the novel, so I’m off to watch that next. Wish me luck! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: Tweet Cute: A Novel (9781250237323): Lord, Emma: Books

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord: I absolutely LOVED this adorable gem of a book! The characters were charming, the romance was sweet, the banter was hilarious, and the heavenly descriptions of baked goods had my mouth watering (if you’re a foodie, you NEED to read this book). I would highly recommend Tweet Cute to anyone looking for a cute, romantic, laugh-out-loud YA Contemporary! Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: Love & Gelato (9781481432559): Welch, Jenna Evans: Books

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: This was a quick, entertaining read that I flew through in just a day! It’s nothing wildly unique, but it’s so easy to get sucked into that it’s impossible not to enjoy it! I love summer abroad stories, and this is definitely one of my new favorites. Perfect for fans of Anna and the French Kiss and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: You Have a Match: A Novel (9781250237309): Lord, Emma: Books

You Have a Match by Emma Lord: After falling in love with Emma Lord’s debut novel, Tweet Cute, I was hungry for more of her work! So of course I HAD to pick up You Have a Match, a story about self discovery, family, friendship, and love! Did I mention that it’s also loosely inspired by The Parent Trap? What more could you possibly want in a book? Unsurprisingly, You Have a Match was a five star read! Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: A Touch of Darkness (Hades X Persephone Book 1) eBook: St.  Clair, Scarlett: Kindle Store

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair: I really love the concept behind this book. Greek gods and goddesses living in our modern-day world as fashion designers, night club owners, celebrities, and the like? Ummm, YES PLEASE. But, sadly, A Touch of Darkness is a victim of poor execution. The world building was very vague, and the characters could use a lot of development. Do I think this is a bad book? Definitely not. I had fun reading it! I just wanted… more. But I’m invested in the story enough to want to know what happens next, so I’ll still be continuing on with the series! Rating: ★★★½☆

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One Last Stop: McQuiston, Casey: 9781250244499: Amazon.com: Books

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston: This is another book that I “liked” but expected more from. It didn’t instantly pull me in like McQuiston’s debut novel Red, White & Royal Blue did, and it took me a good 150-200 pages to get fully engrossed in the story. But thankfully, the second half of the book was really enjoyable, and I loved the themes of found family! Also, the representation/diversity in this book is wonderful, and it’s definitely something that more authors need to take note of! Rating: ★★★½☆

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Amazon.com: A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer Book 2) eBook: Thalassa, Laura:  Kindle Store

A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa: While this book wasn’t quite as good as its predecessor, Rhapsodic, it was still really, really enjoyable! It introduced us to so many new plot elements, and I loved how it was mainly set in the fae world (not the mortal world). Getting to learn more about the fae and their magic system was so exciting! My only other comment is that while I love Des and Callie’s romance, I have to admit that the power imbalance between them is very toxic. I hope this is something that changes in future books in the series! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Dragonfly in Amber: A Novel (Outlander): Gabaldon, Diana: 9780440215622:  Amazon.com: Books

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon: I’ve been wanting to dive back into the world of Outlander ever since I finished book one way back in March! But Diana Gabaldon’s 800+ page long tomes are INTIMIDATING, so it’s taken me a couple of months to muster up the courage to start book two, Dragonfly in Amber. I’m surprised by how fast I flew through it! For the most part, it was incredibly fast paced and intense (there were only a few slow sections), and Gabaldon’s writing was as gorgeous as ever! Claire Fraser is officially one of my all time favorite female characters, and I love how she never puts up with any bullsh*t! I can’t wait to see more of her and Jamie in book three. Rating: ★★★★½

May 2021 Wrap-Up

Review: The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Life’s a Beach Book Tag

I’m hoping to have another successful month of reading in July! Some of the books I want to pick up are Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (which I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of!), These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, and The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning!

I hope you all had a fantastic June! Let me know what books you read down below in the comment section!

Until next time,

The Life’s a Beach Book Tag

Since it’s officially summer in the northern hemisphere, I thought it would be fun to participate in a summery, beachy book tag!

The “Life’s a Beach” Book Tag was originally made by Lefty Reads, so creation credits go to her! During summertime, I go to the beach constantly, so this tag felt like an appropriate one to do. Let’s go ahead and get started!

A book that stuck with you long after you finished reading it

Amazon.com: Mockingjay (Hunger Games) (9780545663267): Collins, Suzanne:  Books

Every single time I re-read this series, I go into Mockingjay knowing that it’s going to leave me with a devastating book hangover that will last for days, if not weeks. As much as The Hunger Games is mocked for being a cringey YA dystopian series that we all obsessed over as teenagers, it truly is, in my opinion, a masterpiece. It leaves you with so much to think about, and that’s one I the things I love most about it. Thought provoking, emotional books like Mockingjay are always the ones that stick with me the longest, and I know a lot of other readers who feel the same way!

A book that burned you

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens burned me REAL bad. I picked it up thinking I would love it, but sadly, I ended up absolutely hating it. The insta-love between the two main characters had me rolling my eyes, and the plot moved at a painfully slow pace! A huge shame, since I had such high hopes for this book!

A book that calms you down after a long day

Amazon.com: Tweet Cute: A Novel (9781250237323): Lord, Emma: Books

Humorous YA contemporary novels like Tweet Cute are always able to calm me down after a rough day! This book has it all: amazing characters, hilarious banter, adorable romance, witty writing… the list goes on and on! Tweet Cute even managed to make me laugh out loud a couple times as I was reading it, which is a pretty rare occurrence for me! Humor has always been my favorite way to manage stress, so it’s no wonder I absolutely loved this book! If you’re looking for a charming, funny read, you definitely need to pick it up!

A book with a pretty, summery cover

Island Affair (Keys to Love): Oliveras, Priscilla: 9781420150179:  Amazon.com: Books

I haven’t read this book, nor do I really know what it’s about, but it’s been on my radar for quite a while, and JUST LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS COVER!!! Major summer vibes! I absolutely love the beautiful tropical flowers and the adorable humming birds! So cute!

A book that is everywhere

Amazon.com: The Prison Healer (9780358434559): Noni, Lynette: Books

This book follows me EVERYWHERE! There’s no escape! It’s always popping up in my Instagram and Goodreads feeds, reminding me how badly I need to get off my butt and go read it! It sounds really interesting, and I’ve seen so many glowing reviews for it, so I have a feeling I’ll enjoy it!

A book with wonderful characters

Amazon.com: All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth Duology, 1)  (9781250307781): Grace, Adalyn: Books

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop gushing about the incredible characters in All the Stars and Teeth! They’re all so unique and well developed, and I was able to connect with each of them in different ways. And, despite the fact that they exist in a fantasy setting, they all exhibit real, human struggles, making them SO relatable. If you haven’t read All the Stars and Teeth yet, you really need to check it out… You won’t be disappointed!

A book you absolutely gulped down

Amazon.com: Sing Me Forgotten (9781335147943): Olson, Jessica S.: Books

There are so many books I could use for this prompt, but the one that came to mind first was Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson! There is literally never a dull moment in this fast-paced, addictive story, and trust me when I say that your eyes will be glued to the pages from start to finish!

A book you can’t wait to return to

The Lightning Thief | Disney Books | Disney Publishing Worldwide

I’ve been craving a Percy Jackson re-read for the longest time now, especially with the Disney+ TV show in the early stages of production! This is the series that really got me into reading, and it makes me feel so nostalgic for my childhood, since I read it when I was quite young. The characters in this series mean so much to me, and I can’t wait to reunite with them! I seriously need a re-read soon!

Summer 2021 TBR

Summer’s almost here, and I’m SUPER excited since it’s my favorite season of the year! I love the warm weather, cool drinks, sun dresses, beach visits, and, most importantly, the endless time I have to read! Being on summer break is the best, because it’s the portion of the year where I have the most free time. This means that I can spend hours each day catching up on my reading, preferably by the pool or beach. 😉

There are so many great books I want to dive into this summer, and I can’t wait to share them all with you. Let’s go ahead and get started!

A majority of the books on my Summer ’21 TBR are romance novels, particularly rom-coms! Summer is arguably the best season for romance… What could be better than lounging by the pool with a fun romance book in one hand, and a tropical summery drink in the other? Out of all the romance novels presented below, I think the one’s I’m most excited to pick up are Kiss My Cupcake, People We Meet on Vacation, and Tweet Cute!

I also have a couple of great contemporaries lined up for the season ahead! One of them is An Emotion of Great Delight, written by Tahereh Mafi, one of my all time favorite authors! Tahereh’s writing has never disappointed me, so I can already tell that this book is going to become a new favorite of mine. Her previous contemporary novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, was SO powerful, and I have a feeling this one will be too! I was lucky enough to be sent a physical arc of it (CRAZY, right???), so I’m planning on starting it very soon!

Fantasy is easily my favorite genre, so you can bet that this summer will be full of many heart-pounding novels full of magic, royalty, mythical creatures, and more! In fact, I’ll probably end up reading many more fantasy books in addition to the ones listed below, since there are so many more I want to get my hands on! A few fantasy books (on this list) that I’m especially hyped for are Realm Breaker, These Hollow Vows, and A Touch of Darkness.

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve enjoyed a good ol’ mystery novel so I’m planning on reading quite a few of them within the next couple of months! The one I’m most looking forward to reading is definitely House of Hollow. I’ve heard that it also contains fantastical/mythical elements, and what could be better than a fantasy-mystery mash-up?

Here are a few other books I’m planning on reading this summer that didn’t fall into any of the categories listed above. They all sound super good, so I have high hopes for all of them!

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I’m not sure if I’ll pick up every single one of these books by the end of summer, but I’m going to try to get to as many of them as I can!

Have you read any of the books listed above? If so, let me know what you thought of them down below in the comment section!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of spring!

Until next time,

Upcoming Book Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

Hello fellow book lovers! I’ve realized that it’s been quite a while since I’ve compiled a “Most Anticipated Book Releases” list, and since there are so many great books coming out this year, it’s about time that I post one!

This list will contain all of my most anticipated book releases for the remainder of 2021. There are so many great books coming out this year, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Let’s go ahead and dive right in!

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Realm Breaker by [Victoria Aveyard]

Synopsis:

A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

  • A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
  • An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
  • An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
  • An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
  • A forger with a secret past.
  • A bounty hunter with a score to settle.

Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.

Release Date: May 4th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Ever since reading and falling in love with her Red Queen series, I’ve been hungry for more of Victoria Aveyard’s writing. When I found out that she was publishing a new fantasy series, I literally SCREAMED. I already know that I’m going to LOVE Realm Breaker! Will it be better than Red Queen? I’ll just have to wait and see!

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Luck of the Titanic by [Stacey Lee]

Synopsis:

Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise though, she’s turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese aren’t allowed into America.

But Val has to get on that ship. Her twin brother Jamie, who has spent two long years at sea, is there, as is an influential circus owner, whom Val hopes to audition for. Thankfully, there’s not much a trained acrobat like Val can’t overcome when she puts her mind to it.

As a stowaway, Val should keep her head down and stay out of sight. But the clock is ticking and she has just seven days as the ship makes its way across the Atlantic to find Jamie, perform for the circus owner, and convince him to help get them both into America.

Then one night the unthinkable happens, and suddenly Val’s dreams of a new life are crushed under the weight of the only thing that matters: survival.

Release Date: May 4th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: I absolutely love anything and anything to do with Titanic. In case you didn’t know, Titanic is my favorite film of all time, so this book will definitely be right up my alley! I’m planning to pick it up next week as one of my reads for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and I have a feeling it might end up being a five star read for me!

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis:

It’s 2003, several months since the US officially declared war on Iraq, and the American political world has evolved. Tensions are high, hate crimes are on the rise, FBI agents are infiltrating local mosques, and the Muslim community is harassed and targeted more than ever. Shadi, who wears hijab, keeps her head down.

She’s too busy drowning in her own troubles to find the time to deal with bigots.

Shadi is named for joy, but she’s haunted by sorrow. Her brother is dead, her father is dying, her mother is falling apart, and her best friend has mysteriously dropped out of her life. And then, of course, there’s the small matter of her heart—

It’s broken.

Shadi tries to navigate her crumbling world by soldiering through, saying nothing. She devours her own pain, each day retreating farther and farther inside herself until finally, one day, everything changes.

She explodes.

An Emotion of Great Delight is a searing look into the world of a single Muslim family in the wake of 9/11. It’s about a child of immigrants forging a blurry identity, falling in love, and finding hope—in the midst of a modern war.

Release Date: June 1st, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Tahereh Mafi is one of my all time favorite authors. Her Shatter Me series might just be my favorite series EVER, and her stand-alone contemporary novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, is incredible as well. I love her writing so much, and I already know that I’m going to love this upcoming book of hers as well! I’m so excited to read it!

The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning

Synopsis:

After a thousand years of political stability, the realm of The Sand and Sky is up for grabs. Four kingdoms, four rulers vying for the ultimate prize, sovereignty over the entire continent: A ruthless old king spinning webs, whose schemes encompass generations. A widowed queen whose only credo is all kings must die. A runaway queen whose unexpected return upends everyone’s plans. And a prince-in-waiting determined to wait no more.

Standing against them are a dispossessed princess and her stableboy love with a surprising claim of his own. Their only hope in the face of unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds is the power of true love…

Release Date: July 6th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: I loved The Princess Will Save You, and I’m practically dying to dive into its sequel! I love the characters in this series, and after the massive cliffhanger The Princess Will Save You left us with, I can’t wait to see where their stories take us next. Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous The Queen Will Betray You’s cover is???? I LOVE IT.

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Six Crimson Cranes by [Elizabeth Lim]

Synopsis:

Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted. But it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

A sorceress in her own right, Raikama banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes. She warns Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and uncovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in a paper bird, a mercurial dragon, and the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to forswear–no matter what the cost.

Release Date: July 6th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Like many of the other books on this list, Six Crimson Cranes is one of my most anticipated releases because it’s written by an author I love: Elizabeth Lim! Last year, I fell in love with her Spin the Dawn duology, and ever since finishing it, I’ve been eager to get my hands on more of her work. This upcoming book of hers sounds phenomenal, and I can’t wait to read it! I’ve already got my copy pre-ordered!!

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Synopsis:

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.

Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.

Release Date: July 20th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: These Hollow Vows is marketed as a mash-up of The Cruel Prince and A Court of Thorns and Roses, my two all time favorite fantasy novels. Comparing this upcoming book release to two MARVELOUS works of fiction is a pretty bold move, but I really, really hope the marketing is accurate for this one! I’ve been looking for a new fae series to obsess over for the longest time, and I have high hopes that These Hollow Vows will become a new favorite. I’m a little nervous to read it, because I don’t want to end up disappointed, but let’s pray it ends up being as wonderful as the synopsis makes it sound!

Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin

Gods & Monsters (Serpent & Dove Book 3) by [Shelby Mahurin]

Synopsis:

Lou has spent her whole life running. Now, after a crushing blow from Morgane, the time has come to go home—and claim what is rightfully hers.

But this is no longer the Lou her friends knew. No longer the Lou who captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out.

Release Date: July 27th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: I absolutely loved Serpent & Dove, and while I didn’t enjoy its sequel, Blood & Honey, nearly as much, I’m still eager to read the third and final book in this series: Gods & Monsters! I’m really hopeful that it’ll be an action packed, jaw dropping conclusion to this epic trilogy… I can’t wait to see how Lou and Reid’s story ends!

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Once Upon a Broken Heart by [Stephanie Garber]

Synopsis:

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.

But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game — and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…

Release Date: September 28th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: The Caraval trilogy is one of my all-time favorite fantasy series, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover that Stephanie Garber is writing a spin-off series set in the same world. I can’t wait to reunite with all of my favorite characters, but I’m even more excited to meet some new ones, like the mysterious Evangeline Fox! I have no doubt that Ms. Garber will blow all of my expectations out of the water with this new book of hers… Release Day can’t come soon enough!

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis:

After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria…even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world…or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature? 

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves…

Release Date: October 5th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Kingdom of the Wicked was one of my favorite reads of 2020, and I can only hope that Kingdom of the Curse ends up being just as good! Kerri Maniscalco is such a fantastic author, so I doubt she’ll let me down!

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Gilded by [Marissa Meyer]

Synopsis:

Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue.

Or so everyone believes.

When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her… for a price. Love isn’t meant to be part of the bargain.

Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.

Release Date: November 2nd, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Oh boy. You guys can’t even imagine how hyped I am for this book. A new fairy tale retelling from Queen Marissa Meyer herself? Say no more, and sign me up! Out of all the books on this list, Gilded might just be the one I’m most looking forward to reading. Marissa Meyer has been one of my favorite authors for years, and I’m beyond excited to see her take on the classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin!

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

You've Reached Sam: A Novel by [Dustin Thao]

Synopsis:

How do you move forward when everything you love in on the line?

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail. And Sam picks up the phone.

What would you do if you had a second chance at goodbye?

Filled with a diverse cast of characters, the heartache of first love and loss, and the kind of friends that can get you through anything, plus a touch of magic, You’ve Reached Sam will make an instant connection with anyone looking for a big emotional romance of a read.

Release Date: November 2nd, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Oh gosh… I can already tell that this book is going to break my heart. But nevertheless, I’m still going to read it and put myself through the inevitable pain it’ll inflict upon me.

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I can’t wait to read these books!!!

Did you spot any of YOUR most anticipated book releases on this list? If so, let me know down below in the comment section! I’d love to gush about them with you!

Well, that’s it for now, everyone.

Until next time,

April 2021 Wrap-Up

I confess, April wasn’t the most eventful month for me. I was in a pretty bad reading slump for a majority of it, so I definitely didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked. By the time the month was half over, I decided to treat myself to a re-read of the Folk of the Air trilogy, one of my all-time favorite series, in hopes that it would help cure my slump, and luckily for me, it did!

Shadow and Bone - S01E02 - We're All Someone's Monster [Transcript] -  Scraps from the loft

I also busied myself with watching the TV adpatation of Shadow and Bone last month! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. First of all, it was incredibly well casted. All of the actors fit their characters SO WELL. And surprisingly, I actually found myself liking some of the TV versions of characters more than the book versions (Mal and Alina, for example). My favorite parts of the show were EASILY the Nina and Matthias scenes. Danielle Galligan and Calahan Skogman portrayed their characters PERFECTLY. I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of them in Season 2 (because we ARE getting a Season 2, right Eric Heisserer?).

Anyways, after finishing Shadow and Bone, I spent the remainder of the month fan-girling over the series’ actors and stalking their instagram accounts. I’m in love with pretty much all of them.

Shadow & Bone' Stars Break Down Matthias & Nina's 'Instantaneous'  Connection & The Final Twist | LifeStyle World News

Okay, back to reading. As I already mentioned, I didn’t read very much this month, but most of the books that I did manage to pick up were really great (no surprise there, since half of them were re-reads). Let’s go through them!

Total Number of Books Read: 6

The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air Series #1) by Holly Black, Paperback |  Barnes & Noble®

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (re-read): This was my third time reading The Cruel Prince, and it’s still as magical as I remembered it to be! I loved getting sucked back into the whimsical world of Elfhame… It’s truly one of my favorite fictional worlds to be in. Holly Black is such a magnificent storyteller, and her interpretation of the fae is so wonderfully unique. Her characters are fantastic too: Jude and Cardan are some of my all-time favorites, and I love how this book sets up their relationship. And that ending! It will never fail to amaze me! Rating: ★★★★★

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Amazon.com: The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air) eBook: Black, Holly:  Kindle Store

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black: This was my first time reading The Lost Sisters, and though it’s very short, it captivated me from the first page til the last. It’s such a clever story. It’s written in the 2nd person as an “apology” letter from Taryn addressed to Jude. Even though reading from Taryn’s POV didn’t make me like her, it DID help me understand her. Taryn’s relationship with Locke is haunting and sickening, and it helps us make sense of the seemingly selfish descions she made in The Cruel Prince. If you’re a Folk of the Air fan who hasn’t read this novella yet, I highly recommend doing so! It’s definitely worth the read. Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Cruel Prince Archives | The Book Addict's Guide

The Wicked King by Holly Black (re-read): There’s nothing new I can say about this book, considering that I’ve already gushed about it on this blog countless times. The Wicked King is one of the best sequels I’ve ever read, and in my opinion, it’s even better than its predecessor, The Cruel Prince, which set the bar VERY high! The tension between Jude and Cardan in this novel is EVERYTHING, and Holly Black does such a great job at developing their rivalry AND their romance. And with The Wicked King, Black once again proves herself to be the QUEEN of cliffhangers. The ending of this book was EVIL, and it made me super excited to dive straight into The Queen of Nothing. Rating: ★★★★★

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The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (re-read): Possibly my favorite installment in the Folk of the Air series, The Queen of Nothing absolutely blew me away every time I read it! It was one of those books that I literally couldn’t stop reading since there was never a dull moment! It was full of so much action, intensity, and emotion, especially during the jaw-dropping climax. And the way the story ended was simply perfect… I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion! Rating: ★★★★★

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How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black: I loved this beautiful collection of short stories! Cardan is one of my favorite characters within the Folk of the Air universe, so getting to read a whole novel told from his perspective was a dream come true. I loved getting to learn more about his dark childhood, as well as his relationships with other characters in the series, such as Nicasia and Locke. My only complaint is that this book was FAR TOO SHORT! Rating: ★★★★★

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The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood And Ash Series): Armentrout, Jennifer L.:  9781952457258: Amazon.com: Books

The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout: This book disappointed me on so many levels. I really wanted to love it, but how could I, when a majority of it was a complete trainwreck? The main reason why I struggled with it so much was because it was SO. SLOW. The first 100 pages of the book were pretty strong, but after that, I was hit with 400+ pages of exhausting info-dumping. Not only that, but the main characters, Poppy and Casteel, really, REALLY got on my nerves. The only character who made this book worth reading was Kieran. Rating: ★★☆☆☆

March 2021 Wrap-Up

ARC Review: The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

This month, I’m going to be focusing on putting my reading slump behind me and reading lots of good books. I have faith that I can do it, since I have a pretty great May TBR lined up. Luck of the Titanic, These Violent Delights, and Sing Me Forgotten are a few of the books on it, and I can’t wait to read them!

Well, that’s my April in a nutshell!

I hope you enjoyed this wrap-up, and if you’ve read any of the books listed above, make sure to let me know what you thought of them in the comment section.

That’s it for now, everyone!

Until next time,

Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week.

As you might’ve gathered from the title of this post, today I’m going to gushing about all of the sequels that I’m DYING to read! I’ve been meaning to publish a sequels-related post for some time now, so trust me when I say that this list is long overdue.

One of my reading goals for 2021 is to stop leaving so many series unfinished, so naturally, there are quite a few sequels on my TBR. Some of these books are ones that will be coming out in the near future, while others are back-list books that I can’t wait to devour!

Let’s go ahead and dive right in!

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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, Series Book #2)

Dragonfly in Amber: A Novel (Outlander): Gabaldon, Diana: 9780440215622:  Amazon.com: Books

I finished Outlander last month, which was a big accomplishment for me… That beast of a book is over 800 pages long! But thankfully, the intimidating length ended up being nothing to worry about, since the novel was absolutely phenomenal! I’m very excited to see where Claire and Jamie Fraser’s story goes next in book two, Dragonfly in Amber (which is even LONGER than Outlander!). In preparation for Dragonfly in Amber, I’m currently watching Season 1 of the Outlander TV show, which I’m enjoying quite a lot so far. The show is beautifully filmed, and I’m finding that it follows the events of the book pretty closely, which is a big relief! Watching the show is getting me super eager to start Dragonfly in Amber; Hopefully I’ll be able to pick it up sometime next month!

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The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout (From Blood and Ash Series, Book #3)

The Crown of Gilded Bones - Jennifer L. Armentrout

The From Blood and Ash series has quickly become a new obsession of mine. I simply adore the characters, world-building, and romance, and I’m beyond excited to see how they’re further developed in book three of the series: The Crown of Gilded Bones. You can rest assured that I already have my copy of the book pre-ordered, and that I’ll be diving straight into it as soon as it arrives on my doorstep!

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Aurora Cycle Trilogy, Book #2)

Amazon.com: Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle) (9781524720926): Kaufman,  Amie, Kristoff, Jay: Books

Ever since I flew through Aurora Rising last December, all I’ve wanted to do is devour its sequel, Aurora Burning. The only thing that’s kept me from doing so is the knowledge that the final book in the series won’t be coming out until November… Womp, womp, womp. I’ll probably have to wait a little while longer until I start this book, or else I’ll forget everything that happened in it by the time book three comes out! But on the bright side, the cover and title for Aurora Cycle #3 will be released on the authors’ Instagram accounts TODAY! And I can hardly wait! I’ll be refreshing my Instagram feed every five seconds until the cover/title reveal is posted, lol. Does anyone have any guesses for what the title will be and who will be on the cover? I myself haven’t come up with any great guesses… Maybe Aurora Shining? Or Aurora Blazing? Or… Aurora Colliding???? As for who will be on the cover… I feel like it’ll be Scarlett or Finian!

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Bridgerton Series, Book #4)

After hearing all the buzz about the Bridgerton TV show, I knew it was about time I read the book series! I finished The Duke and I, the first book in the series, a few weeks ago, and while it was a decent read, I personally didn’t think it was anything special. Then, about a week ago, I read The Viscount Who Loved Me, and let me tell you… IT WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! The writing was quick and witty, and the two main characters, Kate and Anthony, were so much fun to read about. Now, I’m about halfway through book three, An Offer From a Gentleman, and I’m enjoying it a lot! As soon as I finish that, I’ll move onto book four: Romancing Mister Bridgerton. I’m especially excited to read this installment in the series because it focuses on Penelope Featherington, a character who I am very intrigued by! I’m just so glad that I didn’t give up on this series after finding The Duke and I somewhat mediocre… Books two and three have proven to be much better, so hopefully I’ll be able to say the same about book four!

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Bone Crier’s Dawn by Kathryn Purdie (Bone Grace Series, Book #2)

I buddy-read Bone Crier’s Moon with my friend a couple months ago, and we both really, really liked it. The magic system was so absorbing, and I loved the character dynamics! The sequel, Bone Crier’s Dawn, comes out at the end of the month, and it’s yet another book on this list that I have pre-ordered! After the jaw-dropping events of the last few chapters of Bone Crier’s Moon, I desperately need to know what will happen next! For that reason, I’ll definitely be diving into Bone Crier’s Dawn as soon as I possibly can. I’m counting down the days til March 30th… This book truly can’t come out soon enough!

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A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Cursebreakers Series, Book #2)

I read A Curse So Dark and Lonely, the first book in this series, a pretty long time ago, so I’m probably due for a re-read before I pick up A Heart So Fierce and Broken. But regardless of that, I’m still very much looking forward to reading this sequel! From what I’ve gathered, it contains chapters written through the perspectives of not just Harper and Rhen, but Grey and Lia Mara as well! I absolutely love books written in multiple POVs, as long as the author is capable of juggling them all while still thoroughly developing each character. But I’m certain Brigid Kemmerer is up to the task! So far, her work has failed to disappoint me, so I’m sure A Heart So Fierce and Broken will be no exception!

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The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning (Kingdoms of Sand and Sky Series, Book #2)

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of The Princess Will Save You last year, and I absolutely loved it! Unfortunately, though, reading an early copy of the book has made the wait for the sequel all the more agonizing! I’ve now been anxiously anticipating the publication of The Queen Will Betray You since May of 2020, but thankfully, release day is almost upon us! 3.5 months isn’t that long of a wait… right?

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Are any of these sequels on your TBR as well?

If they are, let me know! And feel free to tell me what other sequels you’re looking forwarding to reading, too!

Well, I suppose that’s it for today! Thank you so much for reading this post!

Until next time,

My Least Favorite Reads of 2020

A few weeks ago, I published a list of my favorite reads of 2020, and I thought it’d be fun to do the same thing for my LEAST favorite reads of 2020! I know it’s already March, and that I should be leaving 2020 in the past (where it belongs), but venting about books I hated can be so cathartic… I couldn’t NOT post this list! While I didn’t read that many downright TERRIBLE books this year (which is a good thing), there were a couple that I really struggled to get through. And I’ve listed them all down below!

Please keep in mind that reading is completely subjective, and if a book you love is one of my least favorites, it’s totally okay! No one is “right” or “wrong” when it comes to reading, and that’s the beauty of it! We all have different tastes, and that should be celebrated!

So, with that being said, in no particular order, here are my least favorite reads of 2020!

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The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

The Betrothed by [Kiera Cass]

Like most people, I picked up The Betrothed because I loved The Selection, Kiera Cass’s most well known series. I was expecting a light, fluffy, and charmingly royal romance novel, but yikes… this book was simply horrible. The protagonist, Hollis, was about as interesting as stale bread, and the same thing can be said about literally every other character in the story. The plot was essentially non-existent, and the so called “romance” was very poorly developed. Such a let down from Kiera Cass!

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Crave (Crave Series Book 1) by [Tracy Wolff]

I was warned about how terrible this book is by many of my fellow readers, and oh, how I wish I had listened to them! Crave, in short, was a massive waste of time. It reads off like a sloppily put together Twilight fan fiction written by a thirteen year old. The main character is “not like other girls”, and her love interest is a grumpy, manipulative jerk… They both annoyed the heck out of me! I’ve heard that book two, Crush, is a lot better, but I doubt I’ll read it. If it’s even the slighest bit like Crave (and how could it not be?), I probably wouldn’t enjoy it. Maybe YA vampire fiction just isn’t for me!

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

Catherine House: A Novel by [Elisabeth Thomas]

This is another book that just felt sloppy to me. The writing was all over the place, and I had a lot of difficulty connecting with the characters. The ending was annoyingly open ended, and while the author might’ve intended for it to feel thought-provoking and powerful, it was just confusing and odd!

Ink in the Blood Kim Smejkal

Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood Duology Book 1) by [Kim Smejkal]

I really, really loved the idea behind Ink in the Blood, but the execution failed to impress me. To be fair, I think this is a matter of personal taste. I found the writing style bland and boring, but I know that many people would disagree! And that’s okay! I’ll give credit where credit is due and say that I really enjoyed the magic system in this story, but sadly, that’s about it. The flat characters, slow pacing, and dull writing made Ink in the Blood beyond redemption for me.

Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston

Queen's Peril by [E. K. Johnston]

I’m a big Star Wars fan, so I was super excited to read this book! Unfortunately, though, it didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s supposed to be a prequel about Padmé’s backstory, but it didn’t add anything new or refreshing to her character arc! It was incredibly boring and uninteresting, which is such a shame, since I love Padmé! Fellow Star Wars lovers: I recommend sticking to the movies. This book isn’t worth the read!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens by [Margaret Rogerson]

An Enchantment of Ravens had the potential to be an incredible book, but it was ruined by a nasty case of insta-love! YUCK! The worst trope ever! There’s nothing worse than watching a seemingly intelligent female character completely lose her wits the second she meets her love interest. UGH. A lot of people compare this book to ACOTAR, and personally, I think that that’s an insult to Sarah J. Maas! ACOTAR is worlds better than this hot mess of a book!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game: A Novel by [Sally Thorne]

Meh. This book had a few enjoyable moments (most of which took place within the last 100 pages), but as a whole, it wasn’t my cup of tea. The main characters, Josh and Lucy, are both extremely toxic and unlikable, so I guess it makes sense that they’re attracted to each other? I don’t know. I feel like I’m missing something, because everyone else seems to love this book, and I just found it very cringey and underwhelming. Oh well, we can’t love ’em all!

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And, there you have it!

My least favorite reads of 2020! Please remember that this post is all in good fun, and that if you liked any of the books listed above, that’s perfectly fine! After all, we each have different tastes when it comes to reading. But… I’m sorry for roasting them so harshly 😂

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you did, feel free to stay tuned for more fun bookish content that will be coming your way soon!

That’s it for now!

Until next time,

February 2021 Wrap-Up

Wow, can you believe February is over already? I certainly can’t! Ever since the pandemic began, all the months have just blurred together. At this point, my concept of time is completely messed up! 😂😭

But in regards to the pandemic, we’re finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel! People are slowly but surely getting vaccinated, making us one step closer to herd immunity! After months of hopelessness and repetition, it’s nice to finally get some good news.

Beyond the vaccine news, nothing all that big has happened in my life this month! The weeks are still full of endless Zoom meetings (*gags*) and basically nothing else. I wish I had a more exciting monthly update for you all, but, alas, I don’t really have anything exciting to share! Hopefully when life gets somewhat more normal I’ll have better updates to give you.

On the bright side, February, despite being rather uneventful, was a pretty decent reading month for me! I only read seven books, which is a bit fewer than usual, but some of them were super chunky (ACOSF and War Storm to name a couple), so I’ll give myself a pass!

Total Number of Books Read: 7

Amazon.com: King's Cage (Red Queen, 3) (9780062310699): Aveyard, Victoria:  Books

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (Re-read): While King’s Cage isn’t nearly as good as Red Queen, it’s a whole lot better than its predecessor, Glass Sword. It’s a book full of tension, excitement, and pain, as we get to see our favorite characters overcome MANY challenging obstacles! Even though Mare, our protagonist, continued to be whiny and overly dramatic at times, she did go through some significant character development. I also really loved getting to read through the POV’s of some of the other characters in the story, in addition to Mare. Underdeveloped secondary characters are the WORST, so I was thrilled to see Victoria Aveyard dive deeper into some new character arcs. Complex, multi-layered characters are so great to read about! Rating: ★★★★☆

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Amazon.com: War Storm (Red Queen) (9780062422996): Aveyard, Victoria: Books

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: War Storm was a good book, but my big issue with it was this: It could have EASILY been condensed into 300 or 400 pages. This beast of a book is over 600 pages long, and in my opinion, it should’ve been much shorter. Many scenes felt like they were being stretched out to unnecessary lengths, which caused the plot to slow down a lot. I still enjoyed the emotional intensity of the novel, and the politics of Norta were very interesting to read about, but again, War Storm really didn’t need to be 600+ pages long! Bigger isn’t always better! Rating: ★★★.5☆

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Amazon.com: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses  Book 4) eBook: Maas, Sarah J.: Kindle Store

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (Re-read): I re-read this book to prepare for the release of A Court of Silver Flames, and while I really disliked it the first time I read it, I LOVED it this time around! I’m not really sure what changed, but I guess it helped that this time, I was going into it knowing exactly what to expect: a fun, light-hearted novella full of adorable moments between my favorite characters! Truth be told, ACOFAS is not a plot-driven book (it really just serves as a bridge between ACOWAR and ACOSF), and if you read it with that knowledge in the back of your mind, I think you’ll enjoy it quite a lot! Rating: ★★★★.5

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The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom, #2) by Danielle L. Jensen

The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen: The Traitor Queen is easily my favorite Danielle L. Jensen book yet! I relished every single word of it, and I truly didn’t want it to end. Lara and Aren’s relationship is such a beautifully complicated one, and it’s expertly written as well. These two characters go on such a breathtaking journey together in this novel (a journey that is both physical AND mental), and I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m truly sad that Lara and Aren’s story is over, but I’m comforted by the knowledge that there will be MORE Bridge Kingdom books in the future, told in the perspectives of new characters! Rating: ★★★★★

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The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1) by Julia Quinn

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn: The Duke and I was a light, fluffy historical romance, but nothing more than that. I enjoyed it, but it didn’t knock my socks off. The characters were likable enough, even though they were a little bland. Simon and Daphne’s romance was, for lack of better words, fine, but again, it was nothing groundbreaking. I know that the TV show adaptation for The Duke and I (Bridgerton on Netflix) has gotten a LOT of praise, so maybe it’s better than the book??? But anyways, I can’t see myself continuing on with this series. Book #1 was alright, but life is too short to waste time reading mediocre books! Rating: ★★★☆☆

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Angelou, Maya, Winfrey, Oprah:  9780345514400: Amazon.com: Books

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Maya Angelou is an absolutely incredible woman, and a phenomenal writer as well. Her memoir is emotional, impactful, and gorgeously written. It’s full of stunning imagery and beautiful figurative language that will leave you shaken to your core. Ms. Angelou’s story is one that I think everyone should read at one point or another. It’ll make you feel every emotion possible: joy, sorrow, heartbreak, anger, love, and hope, to name a few. I highly recommend giving this memoir a read. Rating: ★★★★☆

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A Court of Silver Flames - Chicklit.nl

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas: Sarah J. Maas books always come with a cost: an extremely painful (yet inevitable) book hangover. A Court of Silver Flames, Maas’s newest book, proved to be no exception! This book was my most anticipated release of the entire year, and boy oh boy, did Sarah J. Maas deliver! I’ve never been a big fan of Nesta, so you can imagine how surprised I was to find myself connecting and relating to her in ACOSF. Her feelings and emotions were so raw and real, and I resonated with them deeply. Seeing Nesta go through so much development and growth was a truly beautiful experience, and I think that SJM has outdone herself when it comes to mental health representation in her books. I’ll have a full review for this book published soon, so I won’t say too much more, but just know that it was an easy five star read for me! I officially love Nesta. Rating: ★★★★★

January 2021 Wrap-Up

WWW Wednesday 2/24/21

I’m probably going to spend the first half of March struggling to cope with my ACOSF book hangover (we all saw this coming from a mile away lol). I knew this book was going to destroy me, but that doesn’t make the book hangover any less painful. Oh, the woes of being a book lover!

When/if I get out of the funk ACOSF has left me in, I’ll try to tackle some of the ARC’s I need to read/review in the near future! These include The Soulmate Equation, A Trial of Sorcerers, and Luck of the Titanic!

Anyway, that’s it for my February!

How was your month? Did you read any good books? If you did, PLEASE drop their titles down below in the comment section! I’m always looking for new book recommendations!

Well, I guess that’s it for now! I hope everyone has a fantastic March. ❤

Until next time,