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The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins


Amazon.com: The Wife Upstairs: A Novel (9781250245496): Hawkins, Rachel:  Books

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: January 5, 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis:

Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?

My Thoughts:

There were times in the first half of the story like I was watching a Lifetime Movie LOL. That’s the only way to explain it. For me personally I found that to be really cringe-y.

I read Jane Eyre a very long time ago & I didn’t love the ending. I loved Jane at the beginning but I never understood her liking Mr. Rochester. So I was very curious about a re-imagining of sorts.

Honestly I liked this better but only by a little. The story is predictable. I was hoping for big twists or at least veering off the beaten path and explore something new.

I do think this works best without prior knowledge of Jane Eyre than maybe it won’t be so easy to predict.

Even though it was a fairly straight forward thriller it was still thrilling, which is the point.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for the advanced copy


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Alphabet Reading Challenge Q-Z

The Alphabet Reading Challenge for 2020 is finally over for me!

Its a fun yet stressing event that I task myself with every year. I might have to get more creative with certain letters. I feel Z should be like X where if it’s in the title you’re good.

Now we’ve come to the difficult letters of this portion. If you have any suggestions for Q , U, and Z I would love to hear it.

Next year these posts will be done differently.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a more in depth look into her TED Talk on the history of introverts and how the world works for and against them. She goes over how society and Western culture is shaped to uplift and reward extroverts.


RWBY : Vol 1 The Fall of Beacon Arc  by Bunta Kinami

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is the manga of the first volume of the show. This is a great format for new comers. I thought it was really nice to revisit this story in a new art form. My only problem was confusion over who was talking. I read an ARC and hope that the final version cleared this up.  


Small Spaces by Katherina Arden

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Spooky Middle Grade. This was a delight! I haven’t read to my knowledge a scary middle grade novel and I think it’s better than some YA, or Adult. This was entertaining and creepy. I highly recommend for Goosebump fans.  


Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was incredible & powerful. This has Native American folklore where a girl hunts down and kills monsters. She lives far away from her community and refuses to make attachments after being hurt in the recent past. It has the angry one paired with the soft one trope. LOVE to see it.


Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott

Rating: 2 out of 5.

For one delirious moment I thought this was going to be a horror starring two mystery solving lesbians.  I hate to report that this is not that story. If you know a story like that please leave a comment. Thank you 🙂

The beginning set it up nicely for a lovely thriller mystery solving duo who possibly are more than friends but sadly that is not the case. Honestly I have no idea what this story is about. This was droll as all hell and I don’t recommend. Sorry.   


Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This duology was a disappointment after having loved the Remnant Chronicles. This duology focused heavily on the romance which was big mistake. This last book tries to over correct this but it didn’t fix the issues.


Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was a delightful & fierce reading experience. I honestly loved everything about this gorgeously written tale. We have hate to love, magic, & tyranny.

For this to be a standalone the pacing was amazing. That’s usually thing that I notice the most to be off with a lot of fantasy but this one pulls it off.

I wish the magical elements were more or at least the world building/ lore in that area was more. Also the fight at the end could have been better.

There is a companion novel Written in Starlight out in January.


The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a bridger book. A lot is being built for the rest of the series to build off which can slow the progression. This was still fantastic just not as heavy on the action but of the politics which is prevalent throughout the series.


You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the rom-com I’ve been needing! This was a feel good story that I needed to read. I couldn’t stop grinning while reading this just exudes good vibes. There are some super cringe things like with our Mean Girl© & the high stakes prom elements which I can over look for scholarship reasons buuut its still a mighty stretch. Either I’m old or I went to a low cal school but prom was never important. In any case this didn’t spoil or ruin my fun. I really LOVE friendships between siblings and M/F platonic friendships as well. I need more. Also, I’m glad to see lighthearted fun stories center Black characters. More of this immediately!


Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this without every reading his fiction pieces. I’m aware of them and after having read this I’m even more interested in picking them up. This was interesting to read just for the insight into the world of writing back in the 50’s and how much and how little has actually changed. This focuses on his own work and how he writes. It’s always fascinating to see the behind the scenes of writers.

Have you read any of these? How would you like to see these posts done differently?


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Reading Challenge D- F

Reading Challenge G – K

Reading Challenge L- P

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Movies vs Books

I went on a mission in 2019 to read books I’ve already seen the movies of.

I started simple with my childhood & fairytales. Many of these are Disney since that is much of what I consumed as a child.

I haven’t achieved reading all that I want but I’m a mood reader and I’m rarely in the mood these days for classics.

On this journey I’ve discovered that one is not more or better than the other. They are two separate forms of storytelling and thus offer a different way to interpret the messages and themes.

The question shouldn’t be which is better but which do you prefer.

The verdict for me is …

books

This comes as no surprise to me. I have always gravitated towards books over movies and TV.

18 Disney Memes Only Book Lovers Will Really Understand


The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz (Film) - TV Tropes

Watching this movie was an experience & reading it was no different.

I really like the small changes in details because I think it made all the difference to the movie. i.e. bringing in the Wicked Witch from the beginning. In the book she doesn’t show up until over halfway.

There is inconsistency in the book. 

Tin “The Woodcutter” Man, (my brain kept correcting it Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, if you know you know)  is very sensitive over stepping on a bug but within the next scene has cut off the heads of 50+ wolves & that was just ..fine?

Same goes for Dorothy who rightfully doesn’t want to kill the wicked witch because she’s 13 and doesn’t know how to go about that task. However, after the disembodiment she wakes up to piles of headless bodies and bodiless heads and asks, “What’s for breakfast?” like wat??

Glinda is noted as the most powerful yet sits on her ruby throne while many are enslaved to the wicked witches. Not the definition of a Good Witch.  

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) by L. Frank Baum

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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I have read a ton of retellings without ever having read the original. I do regret that now after having read the first. This is mostly because I couldn’t appreciate the retellings since I only had the Disney frame of reference and they don’t go as dark as the original. For Disney to not want to keep the darker elements from his movies he still played to the ugly racists stereotypes of Natives. The book did no better in that department either. I really didn’t enjoy the book overall.

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie: 9780147508652 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland | Disney Movies

One year when I was 6 or 7 I watched this movie everyday for that entire year. I just wanted another adventure with Alice in Wonderland. It would be some time before I ever made my way back to Wonderland. I eventually made it. So was it worth the trip?  Maybe. I think a lot of my problems stem from having high hopes and expectations. I totally see why its beloved even if I don’t feel the same. I say it’s a me situation and not the story because there isn’t anything wrong with it. I just thought it too trippy and scattered for my brain to keep up with.

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson

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This was sad in numerous ways not only was she rejected by the prince and she can’t go home again. She is given access to heaven by being in a foam state?? You can’t act in sin if you aren’t human, so… I personally really didn’t like the religious tones. In order to be rewarded for heaven you must first be punished in a life of solitude. Honestly this book made me appreciate the Disney version so much. Strive for what you want take chances, live your life how you see fit.

The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales – HarperCollins

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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It’s a rare find to enjoy both book & movie about the same. Similar yet different enough to feel like they’re two separate entities. Full of magical wonder that’s enchanting off the page on the screen. I did find Howl way more annoying & childish in the book.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Pinocchio | Disney Movies

I hated this movie as a child and still do. I think it’s the only Disney movie I detest. I had low to no expectations for the book. The beginning of the book with the scene of the two old gramps duking it out and one of them getting their wig snatched was the best part of this whole experience. The book I believe is worse than the movie. It beats you over the head at every available opportunity to tell you and kids to always listen to the adults. Pinocchio is literally the worst. Should have just let him stay a jackass.  

The Adventures of Pinocchio eBook by Carlo Collodi - 9780062982773 |  Rakuten Kobo United States


Like I said I haven’t made a huge dent in my goals. I’d like to get to Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, to name a few.


What’s your favorite? Are there any you suggest I read next?

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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.
Stain

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?

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The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Neil

This is the cutest illustrated story ever told. I love this series so much it has the cutest dragons and the stories are always so thoughtful and wonderful.

Check out my review for the other books at my Goodreads

This is the third and final installment (which I hope isn’t entirely true) I love this series so much and hope more tea dragons are in our future.

In this story we are following Greta, and Minette who are learning to navigate the world. Greta has been offered a apprenticeship to forge with a prestige master smith. However she’s also dealing with her tea dragon’s depression over losing their last owner.    

Minette is also struggling with coping with her new life after the monastery. Life isn’t how she pictured for herself and she is unsure if she’s heading down the right path.

I really love the messages in these stories they’re great lessons for everyone to remember.

I highly recommend this series to everyone, the story and the art are phenomenal.

The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Tea Dragon, #3)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thanks to Oni Press and Netgalley for a review copy 

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A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

The beginning of the book was my favorite part. I didn’t want to put it down.

Thea wants to be a great Alchemist and she almost is but her mother has kicked her out of their laboratory and is pushing for her to leave the country. Thea just wants to finish what they started with the Philosopher’s Stone.

Things go awry and Thea finds herself with her father who didn’t even knew she existed.

Terrible things happen when people get near the making of the Philosopher’s Stone. They all go mad. Now Thea has to find a way to save the people she loves and herself before she goes mad.

This is a really interesting story and I found myself intrigued with what will happen but when we hit the halfway point the full steam engine died. A lot of relationship drama is introduced which slowed down the story but also felt very out of place.

I didn’t know or I didn’t remember this was a standalone going into this which could also explain the awkward pacing near the end.

Honestly, if she kept the relationship aspect out of this and just focused on the dramatics of the consequences of making the stone and becoming one with it would have had a more satisfying ending.

Overall, I would read something else from this author, as I did enjoy a majority of the story and characters.

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A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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ABC Reading Challenge “D, E, F”

Going forward these will be grouped together as these are short snippet reviews.


A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell, #4)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Agatha Christie meets Edgar Allen Poe in the fourth installment to the Veronica Speedwell Series.

This is an adult mystery historical series that takes place in Victorian London where our main characters solve crime as a side hobby.

Technically you can read this in any order but I HIGHLY recommend you read all of them to really appreciate the slow burn element.

I absolutely adore these characters and seeing them on the outskirts of each other and learning to navigate that they may indeed actually have feelings all the while denying it!!!

In this book we see more of Stoker’s oldest brother and why he is the way he is today. It was nice to get away from Veronica’s estranged highly public family drama and delve into a spooky atmospheric mystery.

This was an incredible ride. I think this might be my favorite tied with the first book. It’s darker and I really really loved it.

We also get a confession that has nothing to do with a murder.

I have read the fifth book and my review can be found at this link

We are getting at least two more books but I will take a hundred please and thank you


Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson

The Empire of Dreams (Fire and Thorns, #4)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I really enjoyed being back with in this world with these characters. I will say I went in thinking this was going to be a spin off series, not a standalone. I also for some reason was under the impression that the other formed kingdoms, or Queendom’s would feature more prominently. I don’t know why I thought this.

Too many people slept on this series. The original trilogy centered around religion, magic and politics. This series masterly crafts amazing character development and has the MOST amazing relationship to ever exist, between a straight couple. It deals with sex and birth control in a fantasy world. Its practically unheard of in most books. All I’m saying is pick up Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Now back to Empire of Dreams, I adore Red. We finally see where she comes from and how she ended up where she did when Elisa finds her. Her backstory is heartbreaking and sometimes hard to read. She deals with PTSD, which in the book is called soldier’s sickness.

I liked Rosario and Red’s sibling relationship. There is no romance in this story which I found refreshing but I know that’s not everyone’s feelings. The message of love in this story wasn’t romantic it was about the bonds of family. They don’t have a traditional looking family which is all more the realistic and fantastic to see depicted.

My only complaints are small like some predictability, and the rushed ending. I would have loved more flashbacks or time spent with Elisa and Hector and their family times.

Overall, I think if you’re a fan of the series and you’ve always been curious as to Red’s story pick this up. I definitely think it’s important to read the series first to better understand things.


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was fantastic and just what I needed. The world building is amazing just such wonderful unique magic system. I really liked the characters and their interactions. My only complaint is the made up curse words. I just personally really hate that.

Links to the previous Reading Challenge Posts:

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September Wrap up

I can’t believe how long the beginning of the year was in comparison to the end of the year.

This is my favorite time of year! The air is crisp and the leaves are changing color. It means more time outdoors to enjoy the reprieve of a year on fire (literally in a lot of places, I hope you’re staying safe if you live in those areas.) With things in a limbo for me and a ton of things out of my control this one constant happy reminder that things aren’t completely bleak has renewed my soul.  I hope this new season ushers in a new spirit for all of us.

In book news, I have read more than I thought I could and I am definitely not mad about it.

I read some decent and fun books and some not so fun.


Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli          

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Not better than the first book. I did have issues with our main character Roa. I liked her at the beginning but then she did things that I didn’t agree with. She wanted truth but did not give any and she never talked to Dax about anything. I don’t know if it’s my old age or what but I hate noncommunicable characters. Also, I found it incredibly hard to forgive her for not telling Dax about his sister and Torwin knowing full well how much he loved both of them and you would think with the relationship with her sister she would get that he would want to know much like she would if the shoe was on the other foot. I couldn’t get over that part. I am excited to get to The Sky Weaver and see how things conclude.

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett       

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a great sequel. It takes place 3 years after the events of the first book. There were a bunch of twists and turns that I thoroughly enjoyed. So.Much.Happens. This was an intense book packed with so much details that I feel like I was twinned. I really love the world and absolutely adore the characters. I am highly anticipating the third book.

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a spur of the moment decision to pick this up and I’m glad. This isn’t a favorite but I did enjoy elements of this story. I think it would have been  better suited as an Adult story rather than Young Adult.

Scooby –Doo Team Up Vol.3 by Sholly Fisch

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This comic book was fun. I loved the mash up of D.C. Universe superheroes paired with the Scooby gang. This one was full of ghosts and wished I had waited to read this for Halloween.

I also read Scooby-Doo Team Up Vol.1 by Sholly Fisch. Yes I read this out of order but I didn’t find any problems with it. There was a Teen Titans Go mash up in this one that absolutely took me by surprise.

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas  

I think if you know what to expect with this book going in you’ll like it otherwise you won’t. This isn’t horror, thriller or mysterious as I thought. It has a gothic like atmosphere.  Books don’t need to have a purpose/ plot to be engaging and fun to read. It does need to be engaging to hold attention and to care about what will happen next. The main character is high or drunk the entire time. I personally don’t partake in these activities and therefore don’t care to be inebriated. That said reading through the lens of this apathetic character is not fun or engaging. I don’t need characters to be likable I need them to be engaged in the story. If the character doesn’t care I won’t care either. I didn’t DNF because I was hoping the end would save this story but it didn’t.

Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Rating: 4 out of 5.

These were rereads. They are the first two books of the Wicked Lovely series. I had just discovered that more are being planned and a few novellas are already available. So I’ve made it my mission to reread this series. I haven’t re-read this entire series since I finished it back in like 2011 or 2012 whenever the last book came out. I loved them when I first read them. I like that the Fae are dark and gruesome, not all of them but a lot of them.

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

A full review will be up soon. This releases October 13. I’ll tell you 3 things; Alchemy, Philosopher’s Stone and a curse.

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess   

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A new series by Jessica Cluess and it features dragons sign me up. I LOVE dragons! This was an adventure of five competitors all vying for the crown of Emperor or Empress. This was interesting and a bit overwhelming at first following five POV’s but they all have such distinct personalities that it becomes easier to switch between them. I am very curious to see where this story goes. I can already gather the huge conflicts that will arise and I can’t wait. Yay, pain!

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Review will be up closer to release which is January 2021. Even if you didn’t like Jane Eyre or you haven’t ever read it this will still captivate you. I thoroughly enjoyed it after the first half. The first half kept reminding me of a lifetime movie which kept making me laugh. Once this picks up I couldn’t put it down.

The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe  

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Its rare for me to read a romance because I’m usually not in the mood. However on this particular day I was and I picked this up. I like the – one of them is the do gooder and the other is trouble aspects. However, this didn’t feel new. This didn’t add anything that doesn’t all ready exist.  

Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

 I absolutely adore this series and the sequel was just as gut wrenching to read as the first time last year. I cannot wait to see where this story ends up.  You can check out my full review here.


October TBR / Readathon

I’m joining in on the Hocus Pocus Readathon. It goes all month and all the details can be found over on their Twitter @HPocusReadathon

I’m on Team Sanderson Sisters. I’ve already read the group book. Mooncakes by Suzanna Walker. I highly recommend.

My TBR:

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr (reread)

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

How was your reading this past month? What are you planning to read this month? Joining in on any readathons?

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Alphabet Reading Challenge “C”


C

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

I was unsure of when I would pick this up because it wasn’t high on my list. However, a bunch of homophobic trolls convinced me to pick this up sooner rather than later.

I am so glad I did even though I am dying for the next books in the series. (The next book is going to have a huge cliffhanger, I’m calling it now.)

I really needed a family tree desperately because I couldn’t keep track of who’s kids were who and who was related to who. SO Many Characters!

I loved this ensemble cast of dorky teenagers. My favorites are Cordelia, Matthew, Thomas and Anna. I love large groups of characters all trying to do their best while still being deeply flawed.

Her writing and stories are getting better and better than the last. I’m so nervous and excited to see where this story goes from here.

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours, #1)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

For my thoughts on The Gilded Wolves here’s the link to my review


We are back in the beautiful and lush world but things are very different and somber now. Silvered Serpents picks up where we left the characters still recovering from their sudden loss.

There is a new search underway to find something that is of equal importance to many. This quest leads them out of Paris and into Russia.

There is a lot of intrigue, scheming and a dangerous leviathan that our cast of characters have to thwart to unravel the mystery of the item they hunt for. For this is literally now life and death.

I love and cherish Roshani’s writing. This was a heartbreaking story and frustrating at times because you just want to shake some of them but that’s not how grief works.

The characters are what I love the most about these books. Even though they are hurting they’re still a joy to read. There’s just such wonderful representation and the frustration that feel is very palpable and heavily relatable today.

The only problem I have now is how long I have to wait for the last installment. The ending snuck up on me and stole my breath away.

buy links:

Indie Bound | Amazon US | Book Depository

The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for a free arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.