Friday, October 19, 2018

On My Shelf: The Year We Fell Down by: Sarina Bowen

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


I have had this one for a while. This really sounds like such a Teresa read and I know so many people absolutely love it. But there are always just so many books to pick from and I never seem to get to this one. But I still hope to.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Nicole Speaks: Dear Evan Hansen by: Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benji Pasek, & Justin Paul

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts.
If you want to know more about Nicole, click here.

Release Date: October 9, 2018
from Hachette Book Group
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: Received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review. 
"From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen,

Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why...

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore--even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he's doing can't be right, but if he's helping people, how wrong can it be?

No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He's confident. He's a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation."

Nicole Speaks:

When I first found out that Dear Evan Hansen was becoming a book, I was thrilled. Dear Evan Hansen means more to me than any Broadway play probably should.  I still remember the first time I listened to the soundtrack. I was walking to school, when I first heard Words Fail and I began to cry.  I couldn’t control it.  I walked through New York City with my headphones in just crying.  When I saw Ben Platt perform as Evan my heart was shattered and put back together.  I cried to the point where I was shaking.  I left the theater with makeup staining my face and now, over a year later I have a tattoo inspired by the show.  So when I picked up this book I knew that I was going to have high expectations and there were parts that exceeded my expectations.  I fell in love with this story even more, but I have never been angrier reading a book than I was when it came to Evan’s speech.

Dear Evan Hansen is the story of a boy Evan with severe social anxiety and his “friendship” with a boy named Connor who committed suicide.  This book allowed us to step into Evan’s shoes as he struggled not only with his own anxiety and depression, but how he was sucked into the world of Connor Murphy after his suicide.  The author did an incredible job of capturing Evans anxiety throughout his every day life, and during some of his most stressful moments.  However, one of the most crucial parts of the entire musical was the speech Evan gives at Connor’s memorial.  This is the turning point of the play and book, and is one of the most emotional scenes.  Yet, for some reason that I just cannot understand, his entire speech is summarized into a few short sentences.  Now, I would have maybe understood this if they hadn’t used exact lyrics from almost every other song in the book before this point.  Why wouldn’t they do the same thing with the song You Will Be Found?  I had to close the book and walk away I was so upset.  I had felt that the most emotional scene was ripped from the story. This song means so much to me, and is so important to the story, I truly could not understand why the author wouldn’t want to include the lyrics.  I was unhappy when it came to the changes they made to Evan’s speech, but if you have not seen the play, these changes may not bother you the same way they bothered me.

While I was very upset by this part of the book, I still loved the book, all thanks to Connor Murphy.  There are new chapters from Connor’s point of view that were by far my favorite part of the book.  Reading these chapters let us gain an understanding of what was going on in Connor’s life before and up until the moment of his death.  These weren’t always happy moments, but it lets us get a glimpse of what it was like to be Connor and why he made the decision that he did.  This story revolves around him, but in a world that he no longer exists.  These quick glimpses into Connor’s life made the story more emotional and even more meaningful.  Connor teaches us that you can never judge a book by its cover and that there is so much more to a person than what meets the eye.     

When I finally finished the book, I loved the story of Dear Evan Hansen even more than I expected because of Connor.  Connor and Evan show you what its like to feel so completely alone.  Everyone needs to read their story because they remind you that even when you feel broken and alone You Will Be Found. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #276: Through Blood, Through Fire by: Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"Jem Carstairs and Tessa Gray are finally united after waiting over a century to be together, but they become aware a dark threat is looming over a child of the Shadow Market: a lost Herondale, from a line of Herondales who have used the Market to hide from their fellow Nephilim. Now is the time for the lost Herondale to be discovered. Jem and Tessa have to find him before his enemies can.

Look at that cover! I cannot wait for this book! I need it in my life.

Through Blood, Through Fire will be released on November 13, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Recent Reads: Squips and Spectacles and Shadows and Shadowhunters

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of squips, spectacles, shadows, and shadowhunters.



Monday, October 15, 2018

111 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 3, 2016
from Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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"Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart."

My Thoughts:

1. First off, gonna be spoilers for the series, so you have been warned.
2. YESSSSS SO EXCITED FOR MY FAVORITE.
3. And there it is again… Feyre looking at the night sky to calm herself.
4. She is so broken when this book starts and Tamlin just ignores it.
5. It’s so aggravating that Tamlin thinks Feyre needs all this protection when she saved them all.
6. It’s such a stark contrast that Tamlin won’t bring Feyre anywhere because he would worry about her safety and Rhys just sends her into danger or goes with her because he trusts her to handle herself.
7. Another contrast…. Tamlin forcing her into pretty dresses and Rhys handing her fighting leathers.
8. UGHHHHH IANTHE GO AWAY.
9. Fragile male ego.
10. Everyone rationalizing Tamlin’s behavior is ridiculous.
11. I’m ready for my High Lord to show up and make this nonsense stop.
12. I can’t wait for the moment when Ianthe gets what she deserves. She is such a snake.
13. There’s my High Lord… always one to make an entrance.
14. Also, thank God Ianthe didn’t listen to Feyre and used red flowers… because in the end that one moment is what saved her in the long run.
15. All Feyre wants is for someone to help her and Rhys answers the call even though it makes him look like a villain.
16. Mor!!!
17. Can we talk about how Mor is wearing turquoise instead of red here? I think we all know it was intentional not to upset Feyre.
18. Rhys is 100% right. They treated Feyre like a present for Tamlin… like he deserved the reward and it wasn’t Feyre who saved them all.
19. Tamlin. Is. Not. Feyre’s. Keeper.
20. Part of what makes Feyre great is that she is kind… she is many other things as well… but she’s kind and she always tries to help those who truly need it.
21. In regards to the tithe – Tamlin is so stuck in tradition and will not break and it’s aggravating and how things don’t progress when they need to.
22. Tamlin really thinks he is Feyre’s keeper and not her soon to be husband.
23. And this is the moment that I completely lost any shred of hope I had left for Tamlin the first time I read this book… when he loses his temper and shatters the room… he could have killed Feyre because of his “mood”.
24. God, Rhysand is so freaked out when he comes to get Feyre that second time… she is drowning and he knows it and feels helpless.
25. Rhysand is all that keeps her from falling apart.
26. BYE BYE SPRING COURT CAN’T SAY ITS BEEN FUN.
27. It must have killed Rhys to be nonchalant about Feyre staying in the Night Court when that is one of the things he most wants.
28. AZRIEL AND CASSIAN.
29. Rhys literally gives her freedom.
30. “Wait your turn tiny ancient one.” *snorts*
31. Seeing Rhys with his court for the first time was such a shock… he’s so normal and there’s such lightness to him.
32. Rhys really knows Feyre and knows when to push and when not to push.
33. You are not worthless Feyre.
34. Rhys was so nervous introducing Feyre to his family. Precious little bat.
35. MY GOSH I LOVE THEIR BICKERING.
36. And that is deff when Amren senses the mating bond.
37. Feyre always belonged with the Night Court… they got her so much better than Tam and Lucian ever did.
38. I love watching Feyre slowly realize what shits they were in the Spring Court.
39. Always so blunt Cassian.
40. God Rhys gave up so much. He had to be in control for every second of those fifty years.
41. Gosh, Rhys even reacts better to Feyre’s nightmares compared to Tamlin. Tamlin was happy to ignore it all.
42. Bone Carver time!
43. A THREAD. A TETHER.
44. Home was on the other side of that tether. She followed the bond home. To Rhys. *sobs*
45. I can’t with Rhys. “Feyre the only way to test your abilities is to get this ring from the weaver… oh and btw it’s your engagement ring.”
46. God it seems so small, but it’s so huge that Rhys kneels before Feyre.
47. “You are my salvation Feyre.” *sobs forever*
48. Weaver timeeeeee.
49. “I would not. I could not. Be broken. Tamed.”
50. “So I wouldn’t waste it.” *snorts* I cannot with you Rhys.
51. Ianthe is so disgusting.
52. “Don’t let the hard days win.”
53. This book is so quotable.
54. You know when I first read this book, Cassian was the one who stole the show… but every time I re-read I fall for Azriel more and more and he’s become my favorite.
55. I can’t stand Nesta. Feyre gave so much for years and she has no desire to help Feyre ever. This is why I cannot stand her most of the time.
56. And in some ways Elain is the stronger of the two. She is willing to help and recognizes what Feyre gave. She also recognizes the seriousness of the situation.
57. Good Cassian… Nesta deserved to be called out.
58. Every re-read I’m more and more convinced Elain is the stronger of the two.
59. I’m with Rhys… forever upset with her sisters.
60. GAHHHH I love their little notes.
61. The balls on Tamlin that he blatantly ignores that note Feyre sends him.
62. “Because you were breaking and I couldn’t find another way to save you.”
63. "Yes he’d fought for me, but I'd fought harder for him.”
64. This is why Feyre belonged with the Night Court. They accept her for who she is and they GET her. Cassian just standing there and letting Feyre take out her anger is such a heartbreaking scene.
65. “I wrecked one building.” God I want that backstory Cassian.
66. “He locked you up because he knew—the bastard knew what a treasure you are. That you are worth more than land or gold or jewels. He knew, and wanted to keep you all to himself.”
67. “To the people who look at the stars and wish Rhys.” “To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered.”
68. I love that what saves Feyre from drowning is her kindness from before.
69. Rhys’ nightmare scene always kills me.
70. “One hell of a High Lord.” *snorts*
71. GAHHHH Court of Nightmares.
72. “He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.” This is such a great quote, one of my very favorites!
73. Oh Starfall, how I love Starfall.
74. “Of course I’ll dance with you. All night if you wish.” GAH I can’t. He loves her so much.
75. Tamlin is such a bastard and betrayed Rhys and get his mother and sister killed, and then has the balls to pretend he is the victim.
76. “I want to paint you.” “Nude would  be best.” Lmao.
77. Stupid dumbass Lucian not listening.
78. “I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”
79. Feyre goes insane when she thinks Rhys is hurt. Like literally nothing could have stopped her.
80. Hey Suriel hey.
81. Love the Suriel. Dropping truth bombs.
82. MATE!!!
83. “Not Tamlin’s mate. Rhysand’s.”
84. I love Mor in this moment. Doing what is right for Feyre and what she needs.
85. Oh man. I didn’t realize when I read ACOFAS, but Feyre thinking about the future here is exactly what she ends up getting in ACOFAS and my heart.
86. Rhys’ story always breaks me.
87. Rhys literally saved her with that bond.
88. CHAPTER 55!!!
89. “It’s worth it. You are worth it.”
90. I hate these Queens so damn much.
91. These bitches stole Velaris and I hate them for it.
92. Well not the golden Queen… her I like.
93. Nesta and Elain should have gone to Prythian.
94. My badass Feyre and her water wolves.
95. Just another thing to note… Rhys is proud of Feyre for fighting and saving his people and isn’t mad at her.
96. “You might be my mate,” he said, “but you remain your own person. You decide your fate – your choices. Not me. You chose yesterday. You choose every day. Forever.” – just gonna leave this quote here.
97. “I need you protecting me from our enemies with your water wolves.” *snort*
98. STOP WALKING INTO THE TRAP.
99. Ohhh Feyre thinks of Velaris as “my city”, that was a cute little High Lady hint there.
100. Ughhhhh Jurian.
101. This mother effing King hurt Azriel.
102. TAMLIN YOU ARE SUCH A DUMBASS.
103. God I remember being TERRIFIED when the King first threatened to break that bond.
104. Goddamn you Tamlin… look what you did!
105. Mother effing Ianthe!
106. “I don’t give a shit if she’s your mate. I don’t give a shit if you think you’re entitled to her. She is mine—” To me this is the line that truly captures the difference between Tamlin and Rhys. We literally just spent an entire book in which  Rhys gave Feyre time to heal and where everything she did was on her terms and her choice and over that time she fell in love with Rhys. And in one line Tamlin proves he sees her as his possession.
107. SARAH AND HER SECRET WEDDINGS.
108. I love Amren. “Go get her.”
109. HIGH LADY OF THE NIGHT COURT.
110. Also love Mor. “You mean to tell me that my High Lady is now surrounded by enemies.”
111. THAT ENDING IS SO HEARTBREAKING BUT SO BADASS. MY HIGH LADY IS GONNA DESTROY THEM ALL.

Wrap Up:
This one is forever my favorite book of the series and probably in my top 5 all-time favorite books ever. It’s just such a slow burn but also nonstop, which I know makes no sense, but it’s true. I’ve re-read this book a bunch of times now and every single time I’m addicted and just head over heels in love with the book.

Friday, October 12, 2018

On My Shelf: A Dawn Most Wicked by: Susan Dennard

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


I bought this novella years ago, and I probably bought it immediately because I LOVED Something Strange & Deadly. Unfortunately I didn't get to it immediately and now that I am done with the trilogy and certain devastating things have happened, I just haven't been in the mood to go back to it. Maybe one day I will get over the devastation and revisit this world.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Book Review: Shadow Of The Fox (Shadow Of The Fox #1) by: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 2, 2018
from Harlequin Teen
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

"One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself."

My Thoughts:

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Julie Kagawa book and there is just something about her stories that really make for a good ride. She really crafts a great world with such a great cast of characters.

Yumeko is a great heroine. She is smart and strong and when her world is turned upside down, she rises to the challenge. What I love about her is she knows her strength and she knows her weaknesses and she plays to her strengths. I also loved her willingness to see good everywhere. She views the world through a very different lens because of her upbringing and while some see this as one of her weaknesses, I think it’s one of her greatest strengths. Then there is Kage. Kage is so broody and naturally I loved him all the more for it. Kage is responsible for a demon sword and it requires constant concentration. So naturally he is super broody. For anyone who has read The Iron King series and thought Ash was broody, Kage leaves Ash in the dust in the brood department. With Kage’s constant brooding and Yumeko’s constant optimism, it’s a fun dynamic. And of course I loved the secondary cast, especially Okame.

I will say that the plot can be a bit formulaic. It’s a lot of travel, fight a monster, travel again, fight another monster, rinse and repeat. But even with that, its engrossing. And the end really brought it! So much was put into motion and it has me dying for answers. I feel like this book was a lot of set up for crazy to come.

Shadow Of The Fox was a promising start to the series and I look forward to more. That ending has me dying for more and I have so many questions and I can’t wait for answers.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #275: A Lord For The Lass by: Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.


"Lady Makenna Maclaren Brodie is on the run from her clan for the death of her husband and laird. Even though she is innocent, she and her maid run to the only safe place she knows...and right into the arms of the handsome French lord she'd met a year ago. But another man in her life is the last thing she wants or needs.

An unapologetic rake, Lord Julien Leclerc is focused on one thing—expanding his empire and increasing his fortune. Everything else is a distraction, including women. However, when the widowed Makenna arrives on his doorstep in the Highlands, all bets are off. 

She wants nothing to do with men. He's sworn off all women. But with danger looming, the only safe haven may be each other's arms." 

I have really enjoyed this writing duo, and I can't wait to see these two get their HEA. 

A Lord For The Lass will be released on October 22, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018

Book Review: Fight Or Flight by: Samantha Young

Release Date: October 9, 2018
from Berkley
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn't hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava's ever had. And that's all it was--until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb's orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he's stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart's in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she's made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn't quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her...."

My Thoughts:

Fight Or Flight is another good read from Samantha Young. It has great wit and banter and is a lot of fun but it also has a strong emotional current running through it and honestly it packed more of a punch than I was expecting.

Ava is great. She is so sassy and strong and she has been through so much. I love how terrible things from her past only made her stronger and more determined. I really loved how much she grew over the book as well. I liked her a lot and I liked how determined she was. And now is when I'd normally talk about the love interest but instead I want to talk about Harper, Ava’s best friend. I adored Harper. She is a great friend to Ava and I loved their friendship. They were always there for one another and were more family than they were friends. I’m forever here for strong female friendship because I think it’s important to represent. Also Harper need a book ASAP as possible. And I know who I want her to end up with. I guess I should talk about Caleb now. I liked Caleb, he was super witty and his banter with Ava was great. But I will say I didn’t love him. He really pissed me off at times and there were moments where I only forgave him because it was clear it was what Ava wanted. Yes he was swoony and charming and sweet but he could also be very entitled and kind of an asshole. But in the end I rooted for Ava and Caleb because it’s clear they worked well together.

I will say this cover is a bit deceiving. From it I was expecting this to be much more lighthearted than it was. This book packed a punch and it was very emotional. Both Ava and Caleb (and Harper too) have rough pasts and they still need to work through a lot of that. And like I said, from the cover I wasn’t expecting that. It’s not a bad thing but I was a bit jolted once I realized what this was gonna be.

Fight Or Flight was a good read and I really do hope we get more in this world because I’d love for Harper to get a story. Plus Caleb and Ava are fun and I wouldn’t mind visiting them again. All in all, this is an emotional read with some great wit and banter.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Book Review: The Queen's Rising (The Queen's Rising #1) by: Rebecca Ross

Release Date: February 6, 2018
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

"When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?"

My Thoughts:

What a great fantasy read! Fantasy is one of my favorite genres but I am also super picky with it and so often I’m just not grabbed by the world, but The Queen’s Rising was a winner for me. It was a great world with great characters and I just really loved it.

I adored Brienna. She is such a great heroine. She is strong and brave, but also realistic. She gets scared and tempted by the easy route but she also pushes through and does what she feels is right. And I loved the secondary characters. Cartier was so great and sweet. He is so serious but he also has a softer side and I really liked him. I loved Mirai and Isolde and Luke and pretty much the entire secondary cast.

One of my favorite things about this book was the strong female friendships. We open the story at a school where girls can study “passions” and I loved the bond between the girls. They clearly loved one another so much. I especially loved the bond between Mirai and Brienna. They were such good friends and I loved their bond. I also loved the relationship between Isolde and Brienna. They became fast friends and I loved that they believed in one another and truly leaned on one another. I’m always here for female friendship represented in a positive light.

I also really enjoyed the plot of this one. It’s a slower moving pace, and I do admit that at points it could be a tad too slow, but overall I thought it worked well. This one has a lot of set up and planning that builds to something bigger, so if that isn’t your jam this isn’t the book for you. But if you’re like me who likes to see how a much bigger picture comes together, than this is a great one to read.

The one thing I didn’t love was the romance. It’s there in the beginning and teased but then it just goes away! And I wanted it to come back! I wish it has been more prevalent throughout the story. It was there then gone for so long and then it comes back but it’s still very much in the background. Now I’m not one who needs a romance but this kept being teased on the edges and I wish it had either been more forefront or just not there. I do admit that I shipped it hard though, so there is that.

The Queen’s Rising was a great fantasy read and I’m already dying to get my hands on the next book. Really looking forward to more time in this world with these characters.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

On My Shelf: If I Stay by: Gayle Forman

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.



I grabbed this one from Book Outlet because well it was Book Outlet and because so many people absolutely love this book. But it has since sat on my shelf, mostly because it's not my typical read and also because there is just always so much to read. Even though it's not my normal read, I am still intrigued because it is so loved.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #274: Fire & Blood by: George R.R. Martin

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros." 

It may not be the next book in the series but I still need it! 

Fire & Blood will be released on November 20, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Recent Reads: Rebellions and Enemies and Stardust and Banter

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of rebellions, enemies, stardust, and banter.



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