GIF-y Love #6

GIF-y Love is a weekly meme/tag hosted by Tiction and Nehal. To know more click here.

Here are the rules-

  • Every Wednesday, a prompt will be given on their blogs.
  • You have to find your favorite GIF related to that prompt and post it any day of the week you want along with your most recent emoji on your blog under the tag name- GIF-y Love. We too would share our weird favorite GIFs
  • You must tag both the creators of the tag- Tiction and Nehal.
  • The next week, we’ll give a shout out to our favorite GIF among all of yours.

The prompt this week is Blogger

This is how I feel when I’m required to write a review Lol

MRW my boss walks by and I alt-tab quickly off imgur and pretend to be  furiously working hard. - GIF on Imgur

After reading it over:

How to Find the Perfect Animated Gif for Your Next Blog Post | by Ryan  Hanley | Medium

It’s so hard to write reviews especially if I LOVED the book. Why can’t I just fjdahfujeh my way through a review and have everyone know exactly what I mean??

My thanks to Tiction and Nehal for doing these posts they’re so fun! 🙂

November Wrap Up

Well November went by as wonky as every other month this year. Will there ever be a time I don’t feel like I’ve been stuck inside a dishwasher than jammed into a light socket, over and over again? I mean at some point this pull and warp of time is going to go back to background noise, yes??

Through the mess I did manage to find time to read not as much as the last two months but reading any amount these days is a win.

Stain by A.G. Howards

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I started the month off right! This was fantastic in every way. I haven’t read anything by this author and I didn’t really know what to expect from this story. I was pleasantly surprised! If you love fairytales but want that originality this is for you. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a great fairytale like story and I just need more. All the characters were distinct and interesting. I honestly can’t recommend this enough!

Over the Moon: novelization by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Over the Moon: The Novelization

I must confess I haven’t seen the movie. I just haven’t been in a place to want to watch anything so instead I picked up the novelization. Now, I bet the movie is 100x better and is better format for this story because it really doesn’t work here. It’s just the movie in a novel format as appose to a book being written and flushing out bits of the story which would have honestly made this better. That being said this story is wonderful, bittersweet but wonderful. All the hall markings of a classic.

The Empress of Salt & Fortune by Nghi Vo   

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle, #1)

This was interesting and refreshing but too short lol. That’s always my problem with short stories is that they’re never long enough. I can’t wait for the sequel I already have it on hold on the library app. Short stories are hard to talk about because I don’t want to accidentally spoil something. Our main character is being told a story that’s been kept secret for years until now. That’s vague as hell but I promise it’s more interesting than that lol. This sets up things for the book to come and it’s going to be soooo good I just know it!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

All right this is going to get me banned from the community but I didn’t love this story. There were some great lines but overall, Addie was forgettable. My prediction didn’t come true which is heartbreaking. This story is interesting I loved Henry and his story. I connected more to his struggles and his story as its very similar to mine. However Addie never came off the page. Victoria Schwab is really good at creating characters and getting you to root for them and understand them however I didn’t get that with Addie. I understand her motivation but her personality was missing.

A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton  

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology
Isn’t this cover GORGEOUS!

Out December 8. This anthology was FANTASTIC! I’ll break down the individual stories below. All together this is my new favorite anthology. There were so many interesting stories and characters that were executed perfectly in such a short amount of time. I enjoyed most of these stories which is pretty unheard of for me. They all share that ache and urge for more and the risks they are willing to take to make it come true. These were achingly beautiful stories that I think everyone should read.

  • A Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim    5 stars

This story sets the tone for this whole book and it set it off with a bang. The lengths one would go to ask for a wish. The magic of it all isn’t even magic.

  • The Silk Blade by Natalie C. Parker   3 stars

If the bachelor and bachelorette had to fight one another with knives in order to gain the rose, basically. This would be their story. I would actually watch those shows if this was the case.

  • The Scarlet Woman a Gemma Doyle Story by Libba Bray  3 stars

Ah,,, It’s been well over a decade since I read this series and it hurts to be back with these characters. Also this felt very Diviners with the occult in NY. This story can still be read even if you haven’t read the Gemma Doyle series because this is a set up for a continuation. However, there will be things that will go over your head and spoil the ending of The Sweet Far Thing , be aware of that.

  • Cristal y Ceniza by Anna- Marie McLemore  5 stars

My favorite Cinderella retelling by far. This was exceptionally written and I need it to be a full length novel. This turns so many tropes on its head. I need more diverse retellings asap!

  • Liberia by Kwame Mbalia  4 stars

This is the first science fiction story. We are introduced to our character who is trying to preserve a garden while transporting it to their planet. This story builds on itself and the preservation of several generation’s hard work.

  • A Royal Affair by V.E. Schwab 

I’m going to be real honest, I skipped over this. I don’t like this series anymore. In fact I forgot I read it. I just don’t care for these characters or the world.

  • The Take back Tango by Rebecca Roanhorse  5 stars

National Treasure meets Ocean’s 11 but make it watchable. LOL But seriously if you’ve ever wanted to see all those artifacts put back in their country with sarcastic characters and spies. This is the story for you. This is another I need a Full length novel, asap. Thnx.

  • Dream & Dare by Nic Stone  5 stars

This was a beautiful story about finding yourself, love, and daring to do that despite others & society. It’s also a very poignant story considering how short the stories are to convey how important it is that only you can define who you are.

  • Wish by Jenni Balch 2 stars

Umm, this was my least favorite of the bunch. I remember nothing but a teen science girl finding a way to open up a jinn bottle.

  • The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton  5 stars

LOVED this story! This is such an interesting story concept. I loved how we get dual POV’s which is critical to this story. I don’t want to spoil but dang did this speak to my insecurities lol

  • Unmoor by Mark Oshiro  3 stars

We’ve all been here. You want to erase all existence of your cheating ex from your memories. But remember that old adage “be careful what you wish for”. This is one of the sadder stories.

  • The Coldest Spot in the Universe by Samira Ahmed 5 stars

This one is my favorite. Many come close but this one punched me in the face. I loved the use of juxtaposition with our two characters. It’s bittersweet but hopeful given our current Climate Change efforts or lack thereof. Another sad story but with a gleam in the darkness.

  • The Beginning of Monsters by Tessa Gratton  2 stars

This one just confused me which was frustrating. I liked the concept just not the execution. This has major Tim Burton aesthetic.

  • Longer than Threads of Time by Zoraida Córdova  5 stars

Fantastic! I need to read more of her books! I love her take on Rapunzel and I believe this is set in the same world as her Bruja series.

  • Habibi by Tochi Onyebuchi  5 stars

We end this book on a painful resounding sound that will forever reverberate in my soul. This was so damn hard to read yet I couldn’t look away. Hope is always the last to leave.

Many Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Blood Heir by Amélia Wen Zhao 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy, #1)

This was a reread and upon a second look I didn’t love it as much. I think it has to do with when I read it for the first time and how much it reminded me of some of my other favorites like Shadow & Bone and the love interest reminded me of Hook from Once A Upon A Time television show. I do still plan on reading the sequel because I’m curious to see where this story goes.

Coming up this December

I plan to catch up with all my ARC’s. Most come out in January with the exception of 2. I’m usually good at reading them quickly after getting them but my stress levels are at an all time high and I can’t focus for anything.

I also want to read some Christmas themed books. I don’t think I ever have so I’m really excited about that. The first is The Nutcracker and the Mouse- King by E.T.A Hoffman. I used to watch the animated movie when I was a kid. Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan, nothing like a cozy murder mystery to get into the Christmas season lol

And if I have time or energy I would like to read all the books I’ve not gotten to. Such as, The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang, A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells.

Or maybe I’ll finally read the rest of the books I have left of Jane Austen.

Either way I hope we all have wonderful holiday season even if its unlike any we’ve had before.

Additional news: I have a fun reader project planned for next year that will be revealed in a couple of weeks!! I’m having blast creating it and I hope its well received! 🙂

What books are you reading for December?

Connect & Support:

Ideal Inspiration Award

I’ve been nominated by Soph @ Soph’s Book World.  Thank YOU so much! I loved your questions!! Please go check out her amazing blog!


  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions
  • Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog
  • List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo
  • Provide the link of the Award creator of the Ideal Inspiration Blogger award as Rising Star from:

Soph’s Questions:

1. Who is your favorite fictional side character?

Storm from the Girl of Fire and Thorn series by Rae Carson, He is so sarcastic and honest. He also has tremendous character arc.

2. If you could bring only one book series on a deserted island, which series would you bring?

Only ONE??? *grumbles* okay I’ll pick, The Daevabad series by S.A. Chakraborty. This series is just perfection!

3. What is your favorite type of post to do on your blog?

I’m still new to blogging so I don’t feel I’ve found my ‘thing’. I love making up questions for these award posts. So, give me more awards jk, jk….unless? lol

4. Which fictional food would you like to try irl?

November Cakes from the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. She does have a recipe for them on her website and the back of the book for something similar. I still haven’t made them and it’s been years. I don’t trust my skills LOL

5. Is there a movie you liked better than the book?

Wizard of Oz, The book is interesting but the movie is just waaaay better.

I nominate:

Cat @ This is one for the books

Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy

Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book

Please do not feel obligated to participate.  

My Questions::

  1. Who would you rather live with the three little pigs or the three brown bears?
  2. You’ve stumbled upon an ancient city that was thought to be lost and want to see if the legends are true. What is the legend?
  3. You’ve been gifted access to the Universe’s library, what are you going to look up?
  4. A Celestial being has befriended you but they can’t look like their true self, what do they look like to you?
  5. What would you do if an alien crashed landed in your backyard?

Can you imagine having access to the Universe’s Library and ALL that it knows??!!

Reading Challenge L-P

The Alphabet Reading Challenge post for L, M, N, O, P. We aren’t to the hard to find letters just yet.

The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton

The Lady, or the Tiger? - Kindle edition by Stockton, Frank R. . Mystery,  Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a very short story that leaves an ambiguous ending for the reader to decide how this story ends. After sitting with this story for many months my answer has changed for how I perceived this story to end. Originally, I claimed she fed him to the tiger but, now I think it’s written in a way to lean into that direction. It heavily focuses on her jealousy of the woman who’s behind the door and she is the daughter of a barbaric king.

Magic of Writing Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine

Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly: Levine, Gail Carson:  9780060519612: Books

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is an interactive book to help teenagers or newbies in writing. It has tips and tricks with prompts and antecedents of her own writing. This is a great place to start or even for those getting back into the practice to help with warm-ups with a look at basics.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was a fun Middle Grade adventure. I never knew where this story was going or what would happen next which I love a ton about middle grade. There’s just a whimsy that you can’t find anywhere else. I loved the characters and the strange world. I look forward to the rest of the series.    

The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso

The Obsidian Tower (Rooks and Ruin, #1)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Did you ever run in circles as a kid and then immediately regret it?

That’s how reading this felt like. Round & round the same conversations with the same people in the same room. It was dizzying to say the least and not at all entertaining. Characters had potential but they couldn’t even save this.

Pursuing Madness by Stacey Rourke

Pursuing Madness (Unfortunate Soul Chronicles, #3)

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

The last in the Unfortunate Soul Chronicles & it left on a disappointing note. The resolution of our main characters happens off the page ??? Isn’t the whole point of a story is to be on page. This is the third book & every book has a different main character but all 3 are introduced in the first book. I’m just confused & disheartened to end the story this way. This series had so much potential because they were interesting and entertaining until the end.   

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!


My 5 Star Predictions

I’m stealing this from Kayla @ Booksandlala on Youtube. I don’t know if she originated this or not but watching her video inspired me to do this.

Let me start off by saying that I don’t read books that I think I’ll hate. If I pick up a book it’s because it has things about it that I know I’ll love now whether I will is entirely up to the book. I do try to not put expectations on books but the hype and the hope are just too strong lol

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab

I was sitting on the fence with this one and still hesitant to pick it up because one I might become obsessed and two, I might completely hate it. I never know what I’m going to get from Schwab’s writing. I LOVED Vicious it’s my favorite. But the Different London series and the sequel to Vicious were awful. I did somewhat enjoy the Verity Duology. So, this book could go in either direction. I’m hoping from 5 stars based off others who have similar reading tastes to mine.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I’ve forgotten what this story is about but I don’t care I want to read this SOOOO BAD. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from trusted friends and I need to be one of the screaming fans.

Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

Quirky fun space crew shenanigans, sign me up! This sounds like such a fun science fiction romp and I am here for it.  

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

I’ve been sitting on this one waiting until I get the nerve to pick this up and let it devour me. The first chapter killed me and I just know that if I ever get the function of my brain to full power again I’m taking the day off to read this bad boy.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

~ I still haven’t read this ~  That’s my national anthem. Two months ago I wrote a post roasting myself over the books I had but haven’t read and this was one of them. I think the biggest reason this sits waiting for the day to be chosen is because I know I’m going to love it. I’m scared of the cost of that love, so I let it sit and collect dust.

A Record Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Every time I think I’m ready it turns out I’m not lol I’m not ready for the emotional connections I’m going to make with the characters and then disaster will strike leaving everyone an emotional wreck and I just. can’t.  I will read this when I seek out the wizard for courage.

Someday I’ll read these books and then I’ll do a follow up post to see how this all goes.  

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?

Connect & Support:

Liebester Award

Huge Thank You to Rebecca @ Bex the Bibliophile for nominating me!!

Go check her out & give her a follow if you haven’t already.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Notify your 11 nominees

Rebecca’s Questions:

1. What is the one thing you like about my blog? What is the one thing you don’t?

Your blog is so pretty. I love the aesthetic. I also enjoy your reviews!  There isn’t anything I don’t like.

2. What was your dream job growing up?

I had many LOL. But the one I frequently ‘practiced’ was photographer. I do it as a hobby now. So in a way I’m still practicing lol

3. If you could go and visit any book for a day, which one would you pick?

The Night Circus. The Food, the Entertainment!! I just want to experience it all!

4. What is your favorite thing to do outside reading?

Arts & Crafts. I love designing and making things. It’s such a relaxing fun thing to do.

5. What book do you most remember from childhood?

There are several but I was really obsessed with the Mary-Kate and Ashley Mystery Adventure series.  

6. What was your inspiration behind your blog?

My Instagram account. I used to have one and then I got locked out so I took it as a sign to start a blog. I needed to talk about my books. I love this community so much!!

7. If you could only ever read one genre, which would you pick and why?

Fantasy. It’s my most read genre because it’s my favorite. There’s just such a variety and I love the escapism of it.

8. What is your go to reading drink and snack?

I don’t have one. I only drink water, boring, I know. And I’m not much of a snacker while reading. However, I do enjoy eating Peanut M&M’s  in general

9. If you could swap places with any character, who would you pick?

Meghan from The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. She’s fae, she has summer powers along with something else but that’s spoilers 😉

10. What book do you plan to pick up after your current read?

I’m such a mood reader so who knows but I would really like to pick up Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. I should have already read this a month ago but didn’t. Story of my life -.-

11. Which song best describes your current read?

I’m currently not reading anything but a jam I’ve been listening to a lot lately is Mad Woman by Taylor Swift.

I Nominate:

Sam @ Literary Delirium

Lilly @ Lilly’s Little Library

Blue @ Writers Book Shelf

Soph @ Soph’s Book World

Catherine @ Catherine Ellen

Nehal Jain @ Books and Words

Becca @ Toastie Books

April Lee @ Booked Till Midnight

My Questions::

  1. Which book character would make a good blogger, and why?
  2. You have 24 hours with your favorite character in our world, what is on the itinerary?
  3. What book title would you use to describe your mood or personality?
  4. What are two books you would mash together, and why?
  5. What characters would you form a band with?
  6. What mythological creature would you want as a familiar?
  7. Which will you choose : Wondering off to live in a cottage in the woods where you learn to grow your magic or live in an abandon seaside mansion where there’s a room for everything you need but your roommate is a feral ghost.
  8. A witch, a siren, & a fairy godmother are all in need of an apprentice who are you choosing to go with?
  9. You’ve been cursed by an evil enchantress to sing one song for the rest of your life, what song is it? (You can still listen to new songs but you can only sing this one)
  10. If you had the choice to live in the sky, space, or under the ocean, which would you choose?
  11. A habitable planet has been located & you’ve been tasked to inspect it, what do you find?

Please feel no pressure if you don’t or can’t participate.

My question for you is who are you apprenticing with a Witch, a Siren, or a Fairy Godmother? And Why?

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A Roast 2 Me part 2

This is a follow up on my Roast to Me post. If you haven’t read it please do so here, It’s a grand ole time.

Basically, I’m trying to see if I made any progress on those books.

Let’s find out.

First up, Jade City by Fonda Lee, Ah, darkness my old friend, this beast still sits wondering when it’ll see the light of day. & I wonder when I’m going to stop lying to myself that I’ll get to it soon.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang, I guess I’m still planning to die waiting to read this.

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett, I actually read this. Yay me! One down and oh, too many to go.

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Well, that victory was short lived. This story is as short as that victory and yet…

Artificial Condition; Rogue Protocol; and Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, Since writing the previous post I believe another was released and to no one’s surprise I haven’t read any of them.

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Tuner, I have read 1 ½ books in this 6? book series. So half a point for doing bare minimum effort. To be fair, I absolutely hated the first book and I put down the second one at the halfway point because it was a booore.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, I actually forgot I had this so, nope, haven’t read it. Go Me for buying and not reading. Oh, wait, that isn’t the goal? Darn.

Lirael & Abhorsen by Garth Nix, Hey, hey, hey add two points to my net negative because I have read these two. I don’t know if this is a win since I didn’t enjoy these much 😦

Scooby- Doo! I have read a few of these comics but not all of the ones I have. I think I have 3 more to go. These are fun and I love the Scooby Gang so this is a win either way.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, A dragon better not eat me now because I finally read this and freaking LOVED it! Now to just read the last book in the series.

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Evil Queen by Serena Valentino, I wave at this one as I scroll on by. Shame, my name be thy.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, By my calculations I’m still in the red. Hopefully, I’ll get to this before people start colonizing Mars.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna, One of my Favorite books of the year!! Also Past me was right to be super jealous. I am so glad I picked this up. Now if I could do that with the rest of these.

So, what have we learned? I buy books and then never read them, check. I then go on to roast myself over this in not one but two posts, check.

I’m only sorry for the books that languish in the ether of my kindle or on a shelf, you deserve better!

I guess the upside is they have each other for comfort in these trying times. I too, have them to turn to if only I remembered to do that.

Are any of these books on your never ending tbr pile? Let’s commiserate in the comments.

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Books I Want to Re-Read

Look @ me acting as if I don’t have a load of books to read for the first time. I do enjoy re-reading favorites because I miss these places I called home for a time and the friends I made along the way (could I be any cheesier?? Yes, but I’ll try to contain it.)  I’m a big fan of re-reads but it does get in the way of the mountainous tbr that’s always threatening to crush me. I have noticed that I do better & feel better when I’ve re-read something so I don’t like to deny myself good things, if I can help it.

All but one are books I have only read once. So, it will be nice to see what I remember and new things I’ll find along the way.

The first book I want to re-read (I swear I’ll stop using that word now) is Blood Heir by Amélia Wen Zhao.

I read it months ago but I’ve already forgotten some details and want to see if I still like it.

It’s dark and action packed.

Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy, #1)

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

This will be my third time reading it.

Look, I love the characters & atmosphere. I wished more of this could have been fleshed out in parts and wasn’t so predictable in the end but I love it despite these things.

Sorcery of Thorns

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

This is a spinoff series to the Seven Realms quartet set after those events with the children as the protagonists. Now I need to preface this with I only just read the quartet this year but I read this a few years ago. It was a Big Yikes, on my part because I spoiled things for myself. That being said I still want to give this series a chance & in order to do that I need to read this again.

I know it’s going to hurt because [redacted] [redacted] in the first couple of chapters and it’s going to suck reading it after having read the original.

This one isn’t a top priority just on that alone.  

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms, #1)


Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri.

This is another I read this year but only remember pieces of it. This year has really taken a lot from me & my memory is one of them.

I did enjoy this not as much as I thought but maybe upon a second look I’ll like it more. If nothing else I’ll hopefully remember it.

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

I don’t know when I’ll get to these or any of my other books my mood changes like the wind.

Do you re-read books? Which are your favorites to rediscover?

Lost in Translation

Lost In Translation is a very fun tag created by Eryn @ Love Your Shelf.

I was tagged by Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy. Thanks so much!!

And here are the rules:

  1. Pick the last book you read.
  2. Put that book in Google Translate and translate it into 3 different languages, then back to English. (Please put which languages you used to translate them!)
  3. See how close (or how far) it is to the original book title.
  4. Lastly, put the original book title at the bottom and talk about your last read!

The languages I used English – Arabic– Swahili– Icelandic – English  

They gave me:

Salt Queen and Luck

What do you think the original title is?

I have to say it isn’t too, far off & it’s really funny when you find out.











The Empress of Salt & Fortune by Nghi Vo

I just finished reading this and even though it’s super short it leaves a big impact. It’s about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women. I’m very curious to see where this story goes.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle, #1)

I tag anyone who hasn’t done this yet!

Did you guess it? Have you read this story?

Reading Challenge G-K

This one focuses on G, H, I , J, K

The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, #3)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Book 3 of the seven realms series. There was so much pay off in this book. I really love and adore this series and I’m glad we’re finally seeing things come together.  It was thrilling. I can’t talk in details because spoilers. So just go read this series if you haven’t yet.

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

House of Dragons (House of Dragons, #1)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A new series with Dragons! Our main characters are humans who are bonded to a dragon. Only households of the elites have access to dragon eggs and are thus given a dragon of their own. The story starts with the day people will be chosen to compete for Emperor/ Empress  but things don’t’ go according to plan, of course. Our cast of 5 characters are so messy and it was a delight to read about them. Some are more memorable than others but they all had distinct voices & desires which makes it easy to distinguish between them. I believe this is a duology so I’m interested regardless but even more so to see how this story wraps up, what with that ending. There is definitely one character that will enrage you. If you are at all interested in this I highly recommend. It’s a big book but its quick paced and switching amongst five POV’s kind of helps. The world building for the lore doesn’t happen until the last third of the book. I believe that the next book will dive more into that.   

Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #3)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the conclusion to the Gold Seer series following a girl who can sense the presence of gold. Set during the Gold Rush where this extraordinary power is helpful but in the wrong hands a curse. There is way more world building in the case of the magical element than in all the other books. For most of the series the magical element is very minimum. Our Main character Lee doesn’t know much about her gift or if there are even other’s out there like her. More light is shed on this in this book. I really hope we get more of this world with different characters and their different gifts & time periods. The possibilities are endless.  

The Jump Rope Rhyme by Jo Walton

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Flash fiction in Nevertheless, She Persisted, a collection of very short accounts of times when someone persisted in their pursuit regardless of how daunting or how many obstacles obstruct their way. In the face of hardships they hold the line or in some cases pave the way for others to get an opportunity. In this particular story is told through rhyme hence the name.

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

The King of Crows (The Diviners, #4)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The final book in the Diviner series and I have to say I was disappointed. All the books leading up were wonderfully spooky & just fantastic. I was prepared for the worst (best) endings having read other series by this author and knowing what she is capable of (pain, lots of heartache) However that isn’t what I recieved in the way that I was hoping for. (Who doesn’t wish for painful heartache when reading??) This didn’t go out in a BRUTAL way but with a whimper. This was a BIG, Long Yawn. It’s been over half a year but I recall next to nothing about this last book. Maybe it’s for the best. It was unremarkable for such a looong book.

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