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Let’s wrap it up

Another month has come and gone which I find rude. Why Time gotta fly? Did you have a good month. If not I hope this one will be better ❤

Spring is here and everything is yellow and my head always hurts yay The beautiful flowers are worth the pain sometimes lol

The first two books I read were

Cold Iron Heart
Summer Bound (Wicked Lovely #5.2)

Cold Iron Heart, and Summer Bound by Melissa Marr

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The first is a prequel to her Wicked Lovely series and the other is the bridging of the prequel to the new continuation series. Last year I tried re reading the series because I wanted to read these new books in preparation of the next installment. I haven’t read past the first book since I read them the first time a decade ago. I found that I couldn’t continue on because they were worse than I remember. I enjoyed these books when I first read them because it deals with the fey and their darker natures. This all leads to Why did I pick these up? Because I had hoped they would be better. I’m glutton for punishment LMAO Cold Iron Heart was boring and then Summer Bound was just way too short but it did make me curious for what’s to come. LOOOOOL like seriously helpp me. Are there any books you pick up even though you’re probably not going to like them but you still have to know?

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (Pandava Quartet, #3)

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

WHAT was that ending ??!?!!? How DARE! Luckily for me I only have to suffer a couple more sleeps until this gets resolved & it better! Lol

It is so wonderful to see their friendships grow and watching them get more comfortable with their selves and each other. I just love this kind of growth.

I simply adore the myths and ways they’re introduced and I need to know how all of this is going to wrap up.

Witchshadow (The Witchlands, #4)

Witchshadow (extended excerpt) by Susan Dennard

I NEED THE WHOLE BOOK NOW! How am I to wait??? But wait I shall even though this book is going to end me. I think its been established that I love torturing myself lol Send Help.

I couldn’t help myself from requesting this on Netgalley because I’m a glutton for torture but I needed it. Since this got pushed back to June it’s been quiet on the teasers. This extended excerpt was a wild ride that has reinvigorated me to reread this whole series before diving into this book when I finally get in my hands.

I read three other books but they were re reads and that post can be found here As Good as I Remember

What I watched

Fruits Basket Wall Calendar -

Fruits Basket

I have tried watching the original a couple of times and just could. not. So I found myself awake and couldn’t go back to sleep one night and ended up binge watching the first season. I have since watched both seasons and I’m nervous and excited for the final season. I didn’t know that this show would get dark, like dark, dark. All I hear from or see from the fandom is shipping wars. Trigger warning for mental, emotional and physical abuse.

And lastly my Bingo board

This is the first month that I didn’t get a bingo 😦

For April’s board head over to Revealing April’s Bingo for all the details.

What was your favorite book of March?

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February Wrap Up

How has another month passed??? Time needs to chill lol

I do want to take a moment to say I now have over 100 followers *wut* I can’t believe it. Thank YOU!! I started blogging for fun for me. It was a bonus that it helped me connect with really cool people like yourself <3. It’s still fun and now it’s not just for me!

Thank you for coming along with me on this journey ❤ I hope it’s as fun for you as well!! ❤ ❤

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Raybearer (Raybearer, #1)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a delight. I had this on my radar last year but never got around to it but I’m so happy I finally did!! The myths and worldbuilding is some of my favorite. I can’t wait for the sequel just to experience more of the vast world and different characters. The found family and can mind speak to each other is something I didn’t know I needed. We also have an Ace character even though that isn’t the term used but the way he describes it is very much Ace. The relationships in this are just fantastic!!! I can’t find any faults with this book.  It was perfection.

Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard

Fireheart Tiger

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a highly anticipated story that I couldn’t wait to get to. Unfortunately this didn’t live up to my hype. I hate when I do this to myself! I think this story would have benefited if it were longer. I wanted to connect with these characters more but I just couldn’t. This isn’t always a problem for me with short stories but we barely get any time with certain characters to even fully understand where they’re coming from. I just couldn’t care about or understand why the main character liked the love interest. This is why I think it would have served better if things could have been fleshed out more or given more time with the characters to understand them. These characters didn’t do anything for me.  

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, #1)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was another anticipated story that I was optimistically hopeful about. I think keeping my expectations low helped because I really enjoyed this. I need to say that this world and all the series won’t work for everyone. But if you like fun quirky journey through the tar-na-nog than this series is for you. We’re finally getting a story with Puck in the lead and I’m super stoked. He’s the funny sidekick and it’s nice to see him (hopefully) get a happy ending.   

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

The Witch's Heart

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I found about this book late last year and I was intrigued by it mostly for the lgbtq+ rep & Loki. I’m not well versed in Norse mythology outside of the Thor movies lol I don’t think not knowing will hinder you from the story although a few aspects might make you say wtf, if you aren’t at all familiar with Loki & Norse myths. The writing style works so well with the mythology/ folktale feeling this story provokes. I do think if you’re going into this story with high hopes for the lesbian/ gay rep you will be sorely disappointed. At least I was because it’s a bit of a throwaway storyline and I just don’t appreciate that. Also, this is only from one person’s perspective that is often times left out of the myths or isn’t given much notoriety/ agency. This does a good job of bringing her into the light and giving her a narrative. Overall, the story was just alright. The beginning was the best part, the middle dragged and the ending was too quick. 

The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the fourth book in the Wayfarers series. You don’t have to read them in order but the second book will spoil the ending of the first book. THIS BOOOK!! Gah, it’s just what the doctor ordered. These books are very much character driven. In this one we’re following a bunch of different species that end up stuck on this planet. I can’t tell you how much I loved each and every one of them. You know how when reading multiple POV’s there’s always that one you just want to skip, not here. They’re all so unique and precious. I think this may be my favorite of the series it’s just melt-your-heart-too-pure-for-this-world-good.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was everything I knew it would be. Concrete Rose takes place before The Hate U Give following Maverick as he navigates life as an unexpected teen father. I loved him when reading him as Star’s dad so I was very excited to get a story about him. I think Angie’s writing is so wonderful. I’m not a big contemporary reader but for her I will always read her books. After finishing this it made me want to pick up THUG because I just love these characters so much.

Did you see March’s Bingo board? Here’s the post to check that out. I still haven’t figured out what books I want to read lol Will you be joining me? No worries as there will be one next month xD

As for February’s here is my stamped board:

No one is more surprised than me for getting 2 bingos. I thought hitting 1 would be impossible.

The Iron Raven Sunshine Grump Duo, Flowers on cover, Epilogue

Raybearer Found Family, African Mythology, Black Author

The Galaxy and the Ground Within Sequel in series

The Witch’s Heart Friends to lovers, Female friendships

Fireheart Tiger Read in one sitting, Read in bed, Pink cover

Concrete Rose Young Adult, City setting, Red cover

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January Wrap Up

How was your month? Did it feel really short to you? Usually that’s not the case for me; it always ends up feeling like two years since December. In any case, I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do which is aggravating. I think the toll of this last year is finally getting to me. I’ve deplored all of my usual tactics to no avail. I haven’t been as engaging in posts this month which also bums me out. Because of this I’ll only be posting once a week for the foreseeable future until things improve. There might be additional posts once in a while but for now I’m not pushing myself when I literally can’t. I know we’ve all been going through it and I want to send virtual hugs, cookies & books to you because you’re doing amazing!! ❤     

Books I Read:

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi 

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is a collection of short stories about Black teens experiencing life. It’s contemporary and nothing wrong with that just that I don’t pick it up often because it isn’t my favorite. Outside of that these stories and characters were fantastic. We get to see teens being teens. It was nice to see stories about Black teens not centering on their trauma but on the difficulties of those years of not yet an adult but not a child.

Ms. Marvel by G. Gail Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A comic book superhero that is wonderful. I‘m not a huge superhero fan mostly for the lack of diversity. I don’t know how to tell most of them apart. Our heroine here is a Pakistani American Muslim who is just trying to get through high school. During a party she sneaks out to something happens and she garners powers. I’m looking forward to more of her story as not a lot is given in this but the art style and story look very promising.   

Collection of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter

A Collection of Beatrix Potter Stories

Rating: 4 out of 5.

These are a bind up of all the short stories with Benjamin, & Peter. I use to read the Peter one a ton as a kid and I don’t remember knowing that Peter and Benjamin were cousins lol

Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Year of the Witching

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I was really hoping I was going to love this but I did enjoy it so overall not a huge disappointment. This has instances where you can tell this is a debut nothing wrong with that but it did lessen the enjoyment.  This is a similar vibe to Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I hate how long this took me to read. It wasn’t the books fault at all I just couldn’t get myself to pick it up. Again it sounds like the book but it wasn’t. I love Becky Chambers worlds they’re so creative and the characters are always the main center pieces and they always deliver. If you want a cozy* sci-fi experience then check out her books. I think her books make for a great place to start reading Adult Science Fiction if you’re not huge into the genre.

*By cozy I mean it feels very contemporary because it’s heavily character driven with a dash of sci-fi as the setting.

Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden  

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love the atmosphere in these books. This is the conclusion and we get to see more of the other world which I think is fascinating. It’s difficult to talk about since I don’t want to spoil anything. This is a Russian folklore inspired story with political and religious elements woven in.

My Bingo Board:

If you want to check out February’s board its up at February Bingo Post

This is my stamped January board

I didn’t think I would get bingo Loll It’s been a tough month. When making these I don’t even take into consideration what I might want to read as I can’t stick to a strict reading schedule. So these boards aren’t skewed towards me.

Record of a Spaceborn few– Sapphic, 5th book on TBR

Winter of the Witch– Winter read, Royalty, Fantasy

Black Enough– Purple Cover, Black Main character,

Ms. Marvel– Short story, Science fiction, Graphic novel

Collection of Beatrix Potter– Animal on cover, Comfort read

Year of the Witching– Prologue, Silver or Gray cover, New to you author

Shows I watched:

This is something new I’m adding because I am dying to talk abut these with someone. I don’t usually include this section because I don’t watch much tv or movies.

Schitt’s Creek is something I delved into at the start of the month. I only got to the third season but I will be continuing with it. My one issue is Alexis her scenes with the two guys were so freaking cringe. I had to fast forward most of them by the end. I just can’t handle secondhand embarrassment. David and Moira are my favorites though!

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is the other show I’ve been watching. I can’t tell you how much of a healing balm it’s been to relive,& revisit with a familiar world. I really enjoy these new characters they are the spitting image of their parent’s lol Watching this new show has made me go back & rewatch the original and that has also been great. This is why I re-read things to get back to a happy place. It’s just nice to be enveloped in a fun time & not worry about the stress. I really like the dynamics in this series where we’re focusing more on family bonds. I really hope it captures that balance of funny  and serious that made the original a favorite.   

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What have you been watching or reading or just obsessing over lately?

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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.

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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October Wrap up

I took part in the Hocus Pocus Readathon a month long readathon. I finished in a week. I’m as speechless as you.

I was on team Sanderson Sisters

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Group book: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker  4.5 Stars

This was a great start to a wonderful story.

Sarah: Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie McLemore     4 Stars

The writing is beautiful and graceful. It was like reading a beautiful rendered painting. I don’t usually gravitate towards these kinds of books because of their slower style but I really appreciated this one.

Winifred: Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton        3 Stars

This was strange lol. This was also an unexpected read as I didn’t plan on reading it. If you like Maggie Stiefvater you’re going to like this. I was thoroughly surprised by the polyamory relationship. This has small village vibes with local lore.

Mary: Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro & Cornelia Funke    5 Stars

I haven’t seen the movie but this story was incredible. I love Guillermo Del Toro’s style and it didn’t disappoint.  

For the rest of the month it went as follows

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee      3 Stars

I wished I loved it. I’ve been looking forward to this story all year and it didn’t live up to my expectations. It has the potential but it got lost somewhere, maybe in that forest. I will be reading the next book because I didn’t hate this story and I’m intrigued by what lays ahead.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Madanna    5 Stars

This has to be the best book I’ve read in a while. This was fun and entertaining the entire time. I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel!!

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr Reread      3 Stars

This was a reread & it was just as I remember hence why the rating did not change.  I originally wanted to reread this series but I kind of don’t want to anymore but I only have two books left so we will see.

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia     4.5/5 Stars

I boarded the hype train and it was a grand ole time. This deserves all the love & hype and then some.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie    4 Stars

I never know what to say about mysteries especially Agatha Christie’s because I’m afraid of spoiling anything. If you like her books you’ll like this one too.

The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan     5 Stars

The finally book in the Apollo series and it was just wonderful. These books and these stories are just a classic.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson    5 Stars

This was heartbreaking every second. And even though you know it’s impossible you still hold out hope for a better outcome. This is full of love for your best friends and the lengths taken to get answers even when they aren’t the ones you want to hear.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson   5 Stars

This was the best! I had so much delight. It felt like all those 90’s early 2000’s Rom-Coms  I was obsessed with and I need more of this please and thank you. Do yourself a favor & read this story.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke 4 Stars

WEIRD. I can’t describe this book. It felt like being suffocated. That doesn’t sound pleasant & it isn’t at first but as the book progresses you start to see and understand more and it will f&%* you up.  

A House of Salt & Sorrow by Erin A. Craig 4 Stars

A spooky retelling of the 12 Dancing Princess with plenty of twists. The atmosphere was the best part of this whole story and then all the plot twists.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd- Jones 4 Stars

This made me cry. Death and what that exactly means for the dead and the living. I liked the chronic rep this book has.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta 5 Stars

This was a beautiful & fierce read that I’ll be thinking about for a while. Verse writing packs such a mighty punch with such short sentences. This is a coming of age story of finally being able to stand in your truth and embrace your power.

What was your favorite book you read this past month?

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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.


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?