Friday, May 31, 2019

May Releases: Did I Read It?


So I recently started a monthly post that features upcoming releases I am looking forward to. I thought it would be fun to revisit those posts at the end of the month and see if I ended up reading the books or not and if I did see what I thought about it.

Head on over here to check out my May releases post.

I did get to read this one and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. It was such a fun book and all of the characters stole my heart, Kal especially. You can go here to check out my full review.

This is one I did not get around to... but I definitely still want to read it one of these days. I always tend to enjoy Samantha Young and people really seem to be loving this one. 

Yep! I did read this one and it was wonderful. It was a fantastic feminist take on Cinderella and you should go check out my gushy review.

Another release I made time for this month. This book was a weird little book but it was so good. Loved the mystery and the romance was super sweet. My review is right here.

I did pretty good with May releases and all of them were great reads that did not disappoint!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Aladdin Book Tag



I saw this tag over on A Great Read and just knew I had to do it. I love all things Disney and this seemed like so much fun. The tag was originally created by Du Livre and the images were created by her.



My initial reaction was to pick Throne of Glass because I am me and that series is my favorite. But I also wanted to feature a book that is not as well known so I also went with White Stag because I loved that book so much.



Lotus And Thorn immediately came to mind here. From the cover I thought I was getting a super cool high fantasy and it was not that... it was much more sci fi than I expected.



Had to go with Redeem here. Both of the main characters in this book were antagonists in previous books in this series and this book does such a good job of growing both characters and redeeming them and giving them the story they deserve.



I'm gonna go with Bones here because of one scene that immediately came to mind when I read the prompt. I can't remember which book exactly but there is one scene where Bones is holding a zombie or something and in the process of restraining him he pulls the guys arm off and without missing a beat just uses that arm to beat the zombie... and if that isn't making the best of a bad situation then idk what is.



Had to go with Katy and Tessa here. I would have so much fun chatting and discussing books with both of these ladies and I know we would be the bestest of friends.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Recent Reads: Murder and Stepsisters and Queens

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 murder, stepsisters, and queens.



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Released In The Last Ten Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

This topic is so fun! My favorite books from the past ten years - a book per year. I organized this by pub year and not the year I read the book. Also this list has shown me that I very much have a type lol.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Book Review: Missing, Presumed Dead by: Emma Berquist

Release Date: May 21, 2019
from Greenwillow Books
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible."

My Thoughts:

This was such a weird little book, but it was so good and so addictive. The book is very much grounded in today’s world but smack in the middle of it all there are witches and psychics and a girl who can see the dead. I loved how the book just dropped a bunch of weird into our world.

Lexi is the kind of heroine that just breaks your heart. She feels so isolated and alone and that’s to be expected when anytime you touch someone you see their death. Lexi does not have it easy and my heart hurt for her. She clearly tries to cut people off, but there are some who work their way in. I loved Nicole and Ilia and I especially loved our very annoying yet adorable ghost Trevor (seriously such a scene stealer). But none of them get past her walls the way Jane does. Jane is another ghost who has been murdered and Lexi tries to help her find her murderer as she feels responsible for not being able to stop it. Jane and Lexi clearly form a bond that continues to grow and they both get one another. Ghost romances are a TOUGH sell because well obvious reasons… but it worked so well here. I really loved these two.

At the base of it all though this is a murder mystery and the mystery keeps you on your toes. It’s hard to pinpoint the killer and I loved how the story mixed more traditional ways of catching a killer with Lexi and her friend’s weird little gifts. It definitely kept me turning pages past my bedtime.

All in all, Missing, Presumed Dead is a good read. It’s a great mix of mystery and paranormal with some really great characters. This one definitely exceeded my expectations.


Friday, May 24, 2019

On My Shelf: Make It Count by: Megan Erickson

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 snagged this one a while ago because New Adult is a genre I will forever love, especially when the book actually takes place in college. I also have loved some of the other stuff I read by this author so I had to have this one. I haven't had a chance to read this one yet but I know it will be one I pick up when I am in need of a NA fix.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Book Review: The Queen's Resistance (The Queen's Rising #2) by: Rebecca Ross

Release Date: March 5, 2019
from Harper Teen
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"The highly anticipated sequel to The Queen’s Rising!

Finally, Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is settling into her role as the daughter of Davin MacQuinn, a disgraced lord who returned to Maevana to reclaim his house. Though she’d just survived a revolution, one that will finally return a queen to the throne, she faces another difficult challenge. She must prove herself trustworthy to the MacQuinns. But as Queen Isolde Kavanagh’s closest confidant, she’ll have to balance serving her father’s house as well as her country. And then there’s Cartier, a wholly separate but desirable factor in her new life.

Aodhan Morgane, formerly known as Cartier √Čvariste, is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia as a master of knowledge and his current one as the lord of a fallen house. During his castle’s restoration, he discovers a ten-year-old boy named Tomas, whose past and parentage are a complete mystery. So when Cartier’s former pupil Brienna is as taken with Tomas as he is, he lets his mind wander—what if he doesn’t have to raise him or his house alone?

As the Lannon trial rapidly approaches, Brienna and Cartier must put their feelings aside to concentrate on forging alliances, executing justice, and ensuring that no one interferes with the queen’s coronation. But resistance is rumbling among the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces. And nothing makes a person more vulnerable than deep-seated love."

My Thoughts:

My high fantasy loving heart was so happy that The Queen’s Rising got a sequel and I really enjoyed The Queen’s Resistance. This sequel explored the weeks following a successful revolution and I thought it was such an interesting perspective to take. I love this world and the power dynamics and how it’s really the women who hold so much of the power.

Brienna is an amazing heroine. She is fierce and independent and wicked smart. She always has an idea or a plan and she is able to reason through things and see things others may not. But I also love her compassion for others and how she’s willing to give so much of herself. And I was so excited to get Cartier’s perspective this time around. I love that boy and it was so great to get inside his head. The way he loves Brienna with his whole heart just makes me melt. 

My favorite thing about this book though is the relationship between Isolde (the Queen) and Brienna. They have formed such a bond and Isolde values Brienna’s counsel above all others. I just love seeing this kind of relationship depicted in books. Because women are strong and when we support one another we can be even stronger. On the relationship note though, I will say I do wish the romance between Brienna and Cartier had been a bit more forefront. It was definitely more a part of the story compared to book one, but there were just a few situations this time around where I was like I wish we could get a Brienna and Cartier conversation about this. But again, I’m a romance junkie and I really did love them together.

The Queen’s Resistance took me a bit to get through, about halfway through the book I just stalled out, but then I borrowed the audiobook from my library and switched to that, and man did I fly through the rest of the story. I love that this book is a bit quieter of a fantasy and has much more focus on the political than the action. I mean there’s action, but to me it gives high fantasy readers a different paced read and I love that. Just all in all, The Queen’s Resistance delivers.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Book Review: Stepsister by: Jennifer Donnelly

Release Date: May 14, 2019
from Scholastic
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe ... which is now filling with blood.

When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.

Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.

Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl."

My Thoughts:

I am a sucker for retellings, so when this showed up in the mail, I immediately knew it was going on my TBR. I loved that this was more in line with the original darker tale and I especially loved how it took the story and gave it such a feminist take.

Our story starts off at the end of the classic Cinderella tale when Isabelle has just cut off her toes. From here we learn that there is much more to the stepsisters than we had ever known. I adored all of the characters and I especially loved how strong and different all of the women were. All of the women in this story have their own strength and flaws and personalities. Society tells them they have to be one thing, even if it’s against everything they want. I loved how Isabelle raged against that and I especially loved watching her learn what makes her great. Isabelle is fierce and bold and stubborn and refuses to back down or do what she’s told. She’s a girl after my own heart and I adored her in every way.

Other than Isabelle though, I truly loved the cast of characters. Tavi is so smart and so great. Felix is just, ugh, a sweetheart and he stole my heart. Ella is so good and kind and much more than just a pretty face. Hugo despite being well… him… won me over. And Chance stole the show. He stole every single scene he was in. I would not complain if we somehow got to see him again.

All in all, Stepsister was a fantastic feminist retelling of the Cinderella story you thought you knew. It’s the kind of book that makes you feel strong and want to rage against the world and the box it tries to put you in and then rise up and shatter that glass ceiling. It shows that women contain multitudes and can be strong in a multitude of ways and they can be more than the world tells them to be. It’s just an all-around good read and to cap this off I’m going to leave you with my favorite quote from the book.
“Go now, girl. Remake the world.”

Thursday, May 16, 2019

On My Shelf: Strange The Dreamer by: Laini Taylor

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 adored the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, so of course I had to have this one. I need to make time for this one because I am sure the writing is gorgeous and I know people have adored this book.

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


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Recent Reads: Fairy Tales and Squad 312 and Healers

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 fairy tales, Squad 312, and healers.



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