January 2018 Wrap Up

Hey, guys! I can’t believe it is already the end of January! I hope you all had an amazing reading month. Mine was kind of lack luster, but out of the eleven things I managed to pick up, I did five star two of them! And I just know that one is going to stick with me throughout the year! ❤

Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.

Body of The Crime (Blackest Gold #2) by R. Scarlett – ★★★
This is book two of a series all about demons and the wicked world they try to hide from humans. This book stars a young 19-year-old girl, Molly, who is the victim of a 300-year-old contract that was set up by her ancestors. The contract promises Molly, who was born with ancient daemon (unlike demon) powers beyond her control, to marry a demon of a very prestigious demon house. She is also promised to give him an heir eventually, but he has to have sex with her, AKA mate her, so no other demon can pursue Molly, since she is a very rare commodity that would make any demon mate even more powerful. Overall, I really enjoyed this and it was such a fast and addicting read. And I feel so happy that I was able to start my 2018 off with this engrossing and captivating PNR!

Everless (Untitled #1) by Sara Holland – ★★
Buddy read with Destiny, Em, & Elise! ❤ Maybe I would have really enjoyed this if I hadn’t read so much YA Fantasy. Maybe a younger Melanie would have ate this up and asked for seconds. Sadly, I’m just at the point in my life where I feel like I’ve read this all before. And the aspect of this story that is really cool and different is the everyone’s lifespan is their currency. In this world, you can bind your blood to iron to make coins. And they come in amounts of hours to years. Now this is absolutely amazing, and I love the concept completely, but my friend, Em, pointed out how similar it is to the movie In Time starring Justin Timberlake and I just couldn’t unsee the similarities. Also, I really didn’t enjoy the romance.

Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – DNF @ 8%
So, the basic premise of the 8% that I read is that brothers find their father dead from what looks to be a suicide, but upon further inspection, appears that that might not be the case. The main character, Lucian, lives in a mansion that is so big that there are rooms he hasn’t been in for years, but he does have a girl captured in one of these rooms, but her appearance is still a mystery to me, because I’m stopping at 8%. Also, Lucian is oh so strong for saying no to a super-hot blonde woman that is naked and throwing herself at him in another room, while he is discovering the death of his father. You all, life is short and precious, and I can’t be spending mine reading books that don’t interest me in the slightest.

Kissing Tolstoy (Dear Professor #1) by Penny Reid – ★★★★
Holy adorable, this was the cutest. This is a fluffy, but sexy, short, little romance, that centers around two people and their love for Russian literature! This was my first Penny Reid novel, but it won’t be my last. This novella blew me away and I cannot wait to see what else she has instore for us with this series. The writing was great, the humor was actually funny, the romance was swoon worthy, and the story was a joy to read.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★
Buddy read with Destiny and the rest of Life & Lit (DM Destiny for a FB invite)! ❤ I will continue on with the series with Batman by Marie Lu! But, sadly and ultimately, I just don’t think superhero books are for me. I totally enjoyed reading this, but something just kept me from loving it, so I’m going to blame it on that. I still think this is a very worthwhile and important read, and I’m so happy that I finally was able to get around to it!

Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy #3) by J.R. Ward – ★★★
I still really enjoyed this installment, but I have to be honest and say that this was my least favorite in this spinoff series thus far! I love Novo, I love Ruhn, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Saxton with the sum of my being, but I honestly dislike Peyton. And, like, look at the cover… he’s probably the main character of this book, even though he shares the spotlight with the three others. n the Black Dagger Brotherhood we follow a bunch of powerful vampires, that are in an elite group that protects humans, vampires, angels, and a bunch of other paranormal entities, and they all live in this big mansion, and they all are one big family that’s just saving the world. Well, in this series, Black Dagger Legacy, we get to see a younger generation of recruits, trying to join the elite protection force.

Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh – ★★★★
Buddy read with Destiny! ❤ Reign of the Fallen opens up with our main character, Odessa, AKA: Sparrow, because she seamlessly flies between the realms of the living and dead, killing and resurrecting the king of Karthia, so he will be able to rule for even longer than he already has. I could probably get away with just saying “bisexual necromancer main character” for this review and it would hopefully entice you all enough to pick this up, but this truly was a really enjoyable story that I am very happy I was able to read before release.

Missing From Me (Sixth Street Bands #3) by Jayne Frost – ★★★
Missing From Me is a second chance romance, set in Texas, that centers around the drummer of an up and coming rock band. Even though this is the third book in a series, I was able to pick this up and understand everything going on, with very minimal spoilers. Overall, I would totally recommend this, especially if you are into rockstar romances, which I seem to be a sucker for. Seriously, I have honestly dated five drummers in my life, so… this obviously worked for me. In my opinion, this book had the perfect mixture of heartwarming scenes, romantic scenes and steamy, sexy scenes.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi – ★★★★★
Buddy read with Adri! 🦊 Children of Blood and Bone is worth every ounce of hype and praise it has received thus far, and I only anticipate it to receive more and more, especially since you’re all about to read a gush review for it. The world is amazing, the characters are so real feeling, the writing is perfect, the action is abundant, the romances are beautiful, the topics are important. This was such a fantastic read, and even though it is only late January, I have no doubts that Children of Blood and Bone will make my best of 2018 list, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it even takes the number one spot come December 31st. I’m also honored to say that this is the very first book I’ve given five stars to in 2018.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – ★★★★★
This was one of the most unique reading experiences of my life. I honest to God just do not have the words to put in this wrap up how this book made me feel. I will say that it very much feels like a spell is being cast upon you while reading. Like, I am almost positive that Donna Tartt cannot be a human being, because she is such an exclusive enigma. But this is a story about six kids, going to an elite college, and murder ensues.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston – ★★★
I wanted to love this one so badly! I mean, Anastasia in space? Take all my money, please! But I didn’t love this one, but it was still a fun read! It also had a really swoon-worthy m/m romance between two major side characters that I really enjoyed. Overall, I do think this was a bit of a let down, but with that cliffhanger ending? There for sure will be another book in this world, so hopefully the next one is better!

And that’s everything I read (or tried to) during the month of January! I have such a full TBR for February, that you will all see tomorrow, but I hope to read even more next month! I hope you all had an amazing first month of 2018, and I hope you had some amazing reads. I know that Children of Blood and Bone is going to be one that sticks with me throughout the entire year! Happy reading, guys! 💖

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January 2018 Book Haul

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even realize I accumulated so many books until I started piecing this blog post together. Like, I’m not sure what happened, but here we are with too many books! I blame me wanting to use my Audible credits up, and then canceling my membership until I force myself to read those books. Or maybe it was because Netgalley actually had some 10/10 books I’ve been wanting to read. But it’s probably just because I lack self-control, but books make me happy and I won’t apologize for it! Plus, you guys get to read this totally unnecessarily long intro to a totally unnecessarily long book haul! (Friendly reminder that I love you all so much!) 💕

PURCHASED BOOKS:

The Wall of Storms | The Goldfinch | Iron Gold | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | The Cruel Prince | Beneath the Sugar Sky | Reign of the Fallen | The Song of Achilles | A Winkle in Time | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

PURCHASED EBOOKS:

American Queen | Flow | The Black Tides of Heaven

PURCHASED AUDIO BOOKS:

Iron Gold | The Diviners | Renegades | The Collapsing Empire

BOOK OUTLET (BOXING DAY SALE):

Bad Romance | Spindle Fire | The Paper Menagerie | City of Bones | The Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge | River of Teeth | Roar | One Blood Ruby | Certain Dark Things | And I Darken

PHYSICAL ARCS:

Child of a Mad God | With Blood upon the Sand | Lost For You | The Heart Forger

NETGALLEY ARCS:

Circe | The Queens of Innis Lear | Sky in the Deep | Hidden Seams

BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

The Cruel Prince

Well, there you have it! Maybe it just looks worse than it really is? Hopefully! Maybe? I don’t know. But I hope you guys enjoyed, and we will soon find out if February is better or worse. I mean, depending on how you look at books hauls, it will be either way! Haha! Happy reading, guys! And I hope you all had an amazing January that was filled with good books!

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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“Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.”

I have never read anything like this book in my entire life. I laid in bed for over an hour last night upon finishing this book, just tossing and turning and thinking about everything I just consumed. I still don’t think I can put my feelings into words, but I can honestly say this book was a cathartic experience for me, and the irony of the word “catharsis” being a Greek rooted word is not lost on me, because if this book is anything it’s a modern day Greek tragedy.

The Secret History is told in a unique style, which is a man reminiscing on some significant events that took place in his college life a bit over a year ago. So, we follow a younger version of Richard, who is finally starting his life away from his abusive and poor family in California. He gets accepted into an elite college in Vermont, and moves across the county in hopes of a fresh start.

Upon arriving to the college, Richard is denied entry into an Ancient Greek course, because the professor that teaches it only allows enrollment to his small, handpicked, group of students that seem almost cult-like. Needless to say, Richard becomes utterly obsessed with the five students in this group and the professor, Julian Morrow, himself. And with a turn of good luck, and by solving a Greek problem, Richard is accepted into this exclusive group.

Yet, in the prologue we find out that Richard, and four others from the group, murdered one of the other students who they are supposed to have a very close friendship with. The Secret History is then told in two parts, one being the events that took place leading up to the death of their fellow classmate, and then one part being all the events that take place after he is murdered.

Bunny is the poor soul that is unfortunately murdered by his peers, yet he’s a racist bigot and you’ll be kind of happy he’s dead, for the most part. Richard, as stated in all the paragraphs above, is the narrator looking back on the events that took place. Henry is my personal favorite, but perhaps the worst of the bunch. Or maybe the best, I’m not really sure, but that’s truly the beauty of this story. Twins, Charles and Camilla. Charles is a bad alcoholic and drug user, and Camilla steals most people’s heart and/or affection. And lastly, we have Francis, who owns a country home that is the stage for many events that take place in this book. Oh, and everyone but Richard has money, even though Richard tries his damnedest to keep that a secret.

“What we did was terrible, but still I don’t think any of us were bad, exactly; chalk it up to weakness on my part, hubris on Henry’s, too much Greek prose composition – whatever you like.”

All the characters are morally grey to just generally horrible people, but you completely ignore it because Donna Tartt weaves this hypnotic spell with her writing, that you feel like you are reading this book in a dream like lull. The Secret History is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I’m not sure I’ll ever read anything quite like it again.

I also want to touch upon sexuality in this book, because a lot of the members in this group are not straight in the slightest. Like, maybe the only ones that were completely straight were Bunny and Camilla. I’m not saying that the queerness in this book is vilified, but it’s for sure not shown in the best of lights. So please use caution while going into this.

And this book is so very heavy in general, so please use caution while reading. Content/Trigger warnings for slut shaming, use of the R word, homophobia, hate speech, fatphobic comments, racist comments, animal cruelty, sexual assault, incest, performing rituals, suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, and murder.

I know this review is probably not one of my best, and I know I’m being super vague about all these big themes, but this book is just on a whole other level. Maybe this book is about five new adults dealing with the consequences of murder in a very human and realistic way. Maybe it’s about how we are all just trying to fit in and find family, by whatever unhealthy means available and/or possible. Maybe this book is about birth and death and how important the time between those two points truly is. But I do believe with my whole heart that this book would best be experienced blind, and to just go in and feel all the feelings that Donna Tartt will serve you.

While finishing the book, me and Paloma had a discussion about the ending and how Greek heroes’ tales normally go. We talked about how murder taints everything, and how blood is the only thing that can purify it. We talked about how wearing masks is so important, yet death is another mask that we will all eventually wear. God, I’m being so cryptic, but if you’ve read the book maybe this paragraph will mean something to you, because it means the world to me.

Overall, I know I sound like a broken record, but this was one of the most unique reading experiences of my life. I honest to God just do not have the words to put in this review how this book made me feel. I will say that it very much feels like a spell is being cast upon you while reading. Like, I am almost positive that Donna Tartt cannot be a human being, because she is such an exclusive enigma. Also, I think I’ve developed a huge crush on her, so there’s that at least. I can say very confidently that I will remember this book, and the feelings it gave me while reading, for the rest of my life.

“Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.”

 


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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

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“You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn’t keeping us alive. It was thinking we’d never fight back!”

Children of Blood and Bone is worth every ounce of hype and praise it has received thus far, and I only anticipate it to receive more and more, especially since you’re all about to read a gush review for it. The world is amazing, the characters are so real feeling, the writing is perfect, the action is abundant, the romances are beautiful, the topics are important. This was such a fantastic read, and even though it is only late January, I have no doubts that Children of Blood and Bone will make my best of 2018 list, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it even takes the number one spot come December 31st. I’m also honored to say that this is the very first book I’ve given five stars to in 2018.

In this world of Orïsha, magic used to thrive and be celebrated. Our main protagonist, Zélie, remembers this time and what a powerful Divîner her mother was. But she also remembers the way her mother’s body looked, when it was left on display the day that magic died.

“I think about the way her corpse hung from that tree. I think about the king who took her away.”

Now, the king of Orïsha wants to make sure magic is kept dead, while also keeping all the Divîners that live in Orïsha oppressed. The king ensures that the Divîners are reminded they are lesser, in hopes that they will forget how powerful they once were, along with everyone else. And this has worked, for the last eleven years, that is until a powerful artifact is found and if it is combined with a couple other powerful artifacts it can bring magic back to Orïsha once and for all.

When a Maji is born with white hair, it is a sign that they are touched by the Gods, so they are called Divîners. And back before magic disappeared, when a Divîner turned thirteen, they would develop what kind of power they had from whatever God had touched them. The powers range from healing, to taming animals, to wielding light, to controlling time, to making fire, to calling water, to controlling people’s minds and dreams, to even more things! They were very powerful, and the ordinary people didn’t like them being that powerful, so they had to shut them down and keep them down.

“No matter how much I crave peace, the gods have other plans.”

This story truly focuses on two sets of siblings. One set is Zélie and her brother Tzain, who are currently living in Eloirin, which is surrounded by water, with their father. Yet, the people in Eloirin are forced to pay a Divîner tax, and the prince keeps raising them higher and higher. And if you can’t pay it, then you are forced to perform hard labor (or other worse things) until your debt is paid off. But that’s the thing, you’ll just accumulate more and more debt, and you will never be free again. You will die a slave. And Zélie ‘s family is unsure how they are going to afford to pay the tax for her, so they are forced to go to the city of Lagose to trade. Then, Zélie and Tzain’s story mixes with the other sibling’s story by pure fate of the Gods.

Amari is the daughter of the king that has done everything to destroy magic. Yet, this princess is nothing like her tyrant of a father. And once her father does something completely unthinkable and totally heartless, Amari flees her royal life once and for all.

Inan is the king in waiting and Amari’s older brother. He is probably the most interesting character in this book, because he constantly is struggling between what he wants to be and what has always been forced upon him. And he is tasked to bring Amari back to their king of a father, by whatever means necessary. Then, these four young adults, from very different upbringings, come together to change the fate of Orïsha forever.

“They built this world for you, built it to love you. They never cursed at you in the streets, never broke down the doors of your home. They didn’t drag your mother by her neck and hang her for the whole world to see.”

This story is truly unforgettable, and I loved it more than any words I can string together to form a review. The world building is expertly done, and perfectly interwoven through the story. The magic system is so unique and was an absolute joy to learn and read about. Zélie is everything I want in a main protagonist, and her castmates are nothing short of amazing, too. This book was everything I’ve ever wanted from the fantasy genre.

The writing in this is so very lyrical. I was completely blown away by the magnificent prose. This story is just told so beautifully, I think it would be hard not to fall in love with it. And I want to emphasize that romance is never at the forefront of this story, but some of the one liners that Tomi Adeyemi gave me where truly some of the most romantic lines I’ve ever read. I can’t believe this is her debut novel. Please, just give her all the awards now, because her writing is truly on another level.

“You have your duty and your heart. To choose one means the other must suffer.”

And the messages and parallels to our world, from systemic racism, to prison systems, to so much more, are so very important. I know this is a YA high fantasy novel, but I hope people can’t miss the similarities to the very society we are living in today.

And every single character in this book is beautifully black. Yet, the author does such a wonderful job touching on how people perceive darker skinned individuals to lighter skinned individuals in this world. In this world, the royals want to look as light as possible. Even going as far as to make sure their skin is always powdered, and it is shunned to spend too much time outside where you could become darker. Yet, this young girl, Zélie, with the darkest skin, living in poverty and dealing with the brutal murder of her mother, could be the most powerful person in Orïsha, yet she is viewed as nothing more than a racial slur. This book is powerful, eye opening, and I hope you all take more out of it besides it being an amazing, five starred story.

“I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain.”

This book was a masterpiece. Again, I know with my whole soul that this book will make my best of 2018 list without question. I loved this book with the sum of my being and I know it is going to make so many other’s lists, too. Tomi Adeyemi will forever and always be an auto-buy author for me, because this is maybe the strongest debut novel I have ever read in my entire life. Perfection.

Trigger/Content warnings for attempted rape, physical abuse, death, gore, murder, torture, war themes, and similar things in that vein.

“The truth cuts like the sharpest knife I’ve ever known. No matter what I do, I will always be afraid.”


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Missing From Me (Sixth Street Bands #3) by Jayne Frost

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Missing From Me is a second chance romance, set in Texas, that centers around the drummer of an up and coming rock band. Even though this is the third book in a series, I was able to pick this up and understand everything going on, with very minimal spoilers. And I really enjoyed this one, and now want to devour the rest of the series!

Also, because I know most of you follow me for my fantasy reviews, I always feel it necessary to state that I rate erotic books differently than other books! I know many of the relationships are toxic and problematic and I completely understand that they wouldn’t be the healthiest and/or most ideal of starts for people in real life, but I love steamy reads and I rate them purely off my enjoyment, and I truly did enjoy Missing From Me.

And content warnings for off screen cheating, death of a parent(s), talk of chronic disease treatment (cancer & asthma), and mature sexual content.

The basic premise of this book is that Sean, the drummer of Caged, is continually haunted by a few bad decisions he made four years ago. Four years ago, Caged was starting out and trying to make a name for themselves, but Sean didn’t think he could handle being in a long-distance relationship. Basically, in the span of eight hours he made some really terrible choices and ended up losing his high school sweetheart and the love of his life. But she has haunted his thoughts for the last four years. And now he is playing a show back at their home town, where she still lives, with her new husband.

Anna hasn’t stopped thinking about Sean, either, but she has given up many things to live with a secret that she has been keeping for four years. I personally liked the secret, but I know that it could irritate a few readers, so check out my friend Christy’s spoiler tag in her review, if you won’t mind a mild spoiler if you are hesitant.

I really enjoyed this story, but I just felt like there were so many forced reasons why the couple couldn’t be together. And then, once one was resolved, there was a new, bigger, more dramatic and less realistic reason for why they could no longer be together. I’m all about the angst and slow burn, but this book just felt like it was trying to shoehorn in the angst and tension.

Overall, I would totally recommend this, especially if you are into rockstar romances, which I seem to be a sucker for. Seriously, I have honestly dated five drummers in my life, so… this obviously worked for me. In my opinion, this book had the perfect mixture of heartwarming scenes, romantic scenes and steamy, sexy scenes. I cannot wait to start Lost For You!

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Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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I could probably get away with just saying “bisexual necromancer main character” for this review and it would hopefully entice you all enough to preorder this, but this truly was a really enjoyable story that I am very happy I was able to read before release.

“Today, for the second time in my life, I killed King Wylding. Killing’s the easy part of the job, though. He never even bleeds when a sword runs through him. It’s what comes after that gets messy.”

Trigger/content warnings: substance abuse, talk of suicide, violence, death, and sexual content, but nothing explicit whatsoever.

Reign of the Fallen opens up with our main character, Odessa, AKA: Sparrow, because she seamlessly flies between the realms of the living and dead, killing and resurrecting the king of Karthia, so he will be able to rule for even longer than he already has. The people love him though, and he trusts Odessa because she truly is one of the best, yet youngest, necromancers this world has to offer.

In this world, people are able to train to become different types of mages depending on their eye color. And we get to see Odessa and her seven friends doing different things because of their different eye colors.

Odessa –has blue eyes, so she was able to learn how to enter the Deadlands, even though it does come with an extra price. Odessa is also openly bisexual and I was living for it.
Evander – also has blue eyes and is a necromancer. Evander is also Odessa’s lover.
Meredy – has green eyes, so she is a beast master with an adorable bear companion named Lysander! Meredy is also queer and is also Evander’s sister.
Valoria – has brown eyes and is an inventor, but also the princess of Karthia!
Jax – has greener blue eyes, and he seems to be good at tracking, and is best friends with Odessa.
Simeon – has lighter blue eyes, so he is also a necromancer who enters the Deadlands with Jax (because you have to have a partner to enter and be safe!) and is a gay man! Odessa also considers him her brother.
Danial – has hazel eyes, therefore he has the ability to use his magic for healing! He is also a gay male that is dating Simeon, and their relationship was so cute. I love them both.
Kasmira – has dark grey eyes and is a weather mage! She is also a pirate, and is black, and is easily my favorite character besides Meredy! Like, give me an entire book about this soon to be pirate queen, please!

I loved this cast of characters, and I honestly want a book about each of them. But what would a book about necromancers be, if things didn’t start to go wrong? And even though there has been peace between the living people of Kathia and the dead that walk among them for many, many years, we start to figure out that maybe not everyone feels that way.

In this world, even though the dead walk among the living, they are forced to hide every part of their body under clothes. If anyone even catches a glimpse at what is underneath a dead person’s clothes, the dead person will become a shade. Shades are monsters, who can’t control themselves or their actions, and will kill anything that gets in their path. Also, once someone becomes a shade, they can no longer be raised again.

But twists and turns ensue, and Odessa gets forced into the mystery, because she’s one of the best necromancer around. Yet, my biggest criticism of this book is that 1.) there isn’t enough necromancy for my undead-raising-heart, and 2.) I feel like the villain was a little too obvious for my personal liking. I didn’t feel like there was much of a mystery, but I still loved the story so very much, because:

This is one of the most sex positive YA stories I’ve ever read in my entire life. Odessa has sex with more than just one person, and she doesn’t apologize or feel shame for the act itself, ever. We need so many more stories like this and it warmed my heart so very much to read.

This book also heavily talks about substance abuse and addiction. And I have no words for people who think that those elements don’t belong in YA, because that is a reality for so many kids. I know this is a fantasy novel, but it very much highlights the impact that addiction brings, not only to the person consuming the drugs, but to all the people that care about the individual, as well. This discussion is important, and needed, and it meant so very much for me to read.

“Why love hurts when it’s the thing we live for. The thing some people search their entire lives for. The thing some people die for.”

This book also puts trauma, grief, and loss at the forefront of this story. Seeing Odessa’s pain is very hard to read, but that’s because it is very realistically done. I shed so many tears while reading this book, because the loss and sadness feel so very tangible. This book for sure doesn’t shy away from hard topics, but they are all so needed topics, too.

There is also a very big highlight on found family in Reign of the Fallen, and if you guys have been following my reviews for any length of time, you’ll know that that is something very near and dear to my heart. This book is truly a love letter to found families everywhere and how blood truly will never mean anything, but finding people who unconditionally love you means everything.

“If a person can be home, then he’s mine.”

And, maybe my favorite part, this book stars a bisexual on page character. This isn’t a coming out story, no one is mean to Odessa for being bisexual, or causes her grief over it; Odessa is just beautifully bisexual and I don’t even have words for how much I love knowing that young adults, who are trying to discover their sexuality, are going to get a YA fantasy novel where it is normalized, accepted, and celebrated.

This world is magical and unique, these characters are diverse and wonderful, the topics and themes are important and needed, and I recommend this book with all that I am. Odessa is a character that I could very much connect with in my late twenties and this book meant a lot to me for very many reasons. I truly loved this book and I hope so many people pick it up and also feel connected with Odessa’s journey. I also cannot wait to see whatever else Sarah Glenn Marsh comes up with, because she’s also one of the sweetest and kindest people I follow on social media. I hope you all pick up Reign of the Fallen this Tuesday!

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BookTube Shout Outs!

YouTube recently decided they were going to change their policy on what channels could be monetized. Now, creators must have accumulated 4,000 hours of overall watch time on their channel within the past 12 months and have at least 1,000 subscribers. YouTube begins this policy for all existing channels as of February 20th, which means if your channel does not, you will not be able to monetize your content.

Because of the changes, the community has really come together and helped raise the voices of some smaller channels. And I have found some AMAZING new people that I have immediately subbed to! I’ve stumbled upon all of these channels because of the policy change (with the exception of two!) and I really enjoyed all of their content!

Plus, as part of the book community, I want to do my part to help, too! So, I wrote up this quick little post, and I hope you all will check out these ten channels! Maybe even like, comment, and subscribe! All of these channels are under and/or around 1k subscribers, and I completely recommend them all!

The Sloth Reader
Alexis is a very dear friend of mine, but I couldn’t resist making this post and not including her! She is insightful and gives great critiques, she is a gamer with a very impressive Funko collection, and besides me loving her content, you’ll get cat meows in the background!

Frankie Reads
Frankie is back after a wedding and a new job, and I am beyond words excited! I can’t even emphasize what a bright, shining light Frankie is in the BookTube community! Frankie’s smile is infectious, and I’m just praying we might get another Prince cover in 2018.

BeautyBookCorner
Books AND beauty products! Oh, and the YouTuber is such a sweetheart, with the cutest pupper ever! Plus, they are so kind! I love their hauls and wrap ups so very much!

BooksWithWings
Mel picks the best books, ever and I could listen to her talk about what Wild Beauty means to her… forever. She is from Argentina, and her voice and recommendations are so very powerful. She also has one of the best videos I’ve ever watched on Magical Realism.

Stephs Rom Book Talk
When I found this channel, I instantly added twenty books to my TBR! Be still, my Romance loving heart. I instantly fell in love with Steph, and their Top 17 of 2017 was so powerful and emotional that wild horses couldn’t have kept me from buying the entire series off that number 1 pick!

Kath Elizabeth Reads
I stumbled upon Kath from Thomas’ Twitter Thread, where I actually found a lot of new BookTubers! I was completely blown away by how much Kath’s reading tastes were so similar to my own! And yes, forever and always, to people who love The Cruel Prince!

WhattheGemini
This gorgeous girl added me to Instagram, and I immediately had to go look at her BookTube channel! Her channel is brand new, but I already love all her reviews!

Musical Tati
I stumbled upon Tatiana’s channel from Winx & Ink’s BookTube Shout Outs Video, and I fell in LOVE instantly. I love her passion, I love her voice, I love her humor (she’s so hilarious), and I could listen to hear talk about Strange the Dreamer forever.

Sprinkled Pages
Anisha is a wonderful teen blogger from Australia. Me and her had so many similar tastes with our 2017 reading! Seriously, so many good YA books!

Katie’s Booktube
YA, NA, Adult, MG, Manga, Candles, and more! I binge watched all of Katie’s videos and loved them all. And like, she might be the first BookTuber I’ve seen bring up Yuri on Ice!

Okay, I know this was super short and sweet, but I hope you guys find some new favorite BookTubers from this, because I know I did! And again, I’m so very thankful to be a part of this community, and I never want to take it for granted. BookTubers do the Lord’s work each and every day, from planning, to notes, to filming, to editing, and to so much more! They make such an impact on the book community, and they deserve to be compensated for their work, effort, and passion! I hope you all enjoyed this, and I hope that I’m able to do this again before February 20th! Happy reading, everyone!

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