All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater


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This is the first Maggie Stiefvater book that I’m not giving five stars to, and it honestly hurts my heart to even write this review.

“You can hear a miracle a long way after dark.”

All the Crooked Saints is a story set in the 1960s and is about love, loss, hope, fear, saints, demons, roses, owls, and an illegally homemade radio station that brings a small community together.

Most of you probably know the controversy with this book: This is Maggie Stiefvater’s take on magical realism. Magical realism is a genre that was originally created by the Latinx community, and Maggie Stiefvater is a very famous white writer who has already been called out a few times because of her representation. I haven’t read enough magical realism to know if Maggie’s take is inaccurate or offensive, but I do know that not everyone’s story is meant to be told by white women.

Plus, I’m a white book reviewer. I didn’t find anything outwardly problematic or offensive, but I did feel uncomfortable reading a few of the phrases (like Diablo Diablo). Once this book releases, I would love to link you guys to some actual Latinx own voices reviews, who will be much more educated on this genre and the representation at hand.

But my problems with this book didn’t even stem from questionable cultural appropriation; this book was just boring to me. Yes, Maggie’s lyrical writing style is still present throughout the book, but I never once felt fully immersed with this actual story. I have so many tabs in my ARC of gorgeous passages filled with whimsical prose after whimsical prose, but the beautiful writing didn’t help me to actually care about these characters. This actually pains me to say, but if this wasn’t an ARC I probably would have DNFed this book by the half way point, just because I was so uninvested with the main characters.

“Humans are as drawn to hope as owls are to miracles.”

All the Crooked Saints surrounds and stars three very different cousins:
Daniel – the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs the miracles.
Beatriz – a girl incapable of feeling emotions, until a special boy comes to town.
Joaquin – the boy in charge of the radio station, Diablo Diablo himself!

The Soria family live in the small town of Bicho Raro, Colorado, where people come from all over so that they can receive a miracle. But what the people don’t know is that once Daniel performs the initial miracle, they have to perform a second miracle to be truly healed from their darkness. Therefore, a lot of outsiders are still residing in Bicho Raro, waiting for that second miracle to come.

“No one wanted to see their darkness made manifest, but the reality was that it could not be fought until you saw its shape.”

Even though Daniel helps manifest the outsiders’ darkness that they are harboring inside of them, all of the Soria family are forbidden to help them perform that second miracle of banishing the darkness for themselves. That is, until Daniel is faced with his own darkness and is forced to flee into the desert in hopes of protecting his family.

We get a super unique and full cast of side characters, because of these outsiders (they are called pilgrims in this book) that are unable to heal themselves. My favorite was, hands down, Marisita. Her darkness is manifested into constant rain following her, which leads to constant butterflies on her white dress and I loved that imagery every time it was mentioned.

“Here was a thing she feared: that the prettiest thing about her was her exterior.”

But besides the beautiful writing and Marisita, this just fell so short of every expectation I had for this story. The Raven Boys, Shiver, I’ve love them all, but this one just wasn’t for me. I’m not sure if it was the 60s setting, or the desert environment, or maybe it was because I haven’t read that many magical realism novels before, but All the Crooked Saints just didn’t work for me at all. It also felt like such a slow burning buildup of a story, that just turned into a very rushed ending and epilogue.

Overall, this book was just okay in my personal opinion. I honestly feel like the story itself is only a two star read, but the writing, in true Maggie Stiefvater fashion, is a tier above most out there. Her lyrical prose deserves an entire star on its own, therefore I’m giving this three stars. But yeah, this is for sure one of the biggest disappointments for me in regards to 2017 book releases.

Maggie still crafts absolute magic with her writing, and I still plan on reading everything else she continues to write in the future. I know this was a miss for me, but hopefully if you decided to pick it up this fall it won’t be a miss for you. I’m also really looking forward to see what everyone else thinks about this one! Happy reading, guys!

“You can hear a miracle a long way after dark, even when you are dying.”

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August 2017 Book Haul

Hey, guys! I hope you all had an amazing August! I’ve received a lot, a lot of ARCs. Like, I’ve received borderline too many ARCs! I also bought a few ebooks while they were on sale. August 27th was my birthday, so I’m hauling everything from that, too, but expect even more in September once I fly back home to Vegas. But here is everything I have with me in Michigan right now! Enjoy!

PSYCHICAL ARCS:

Wild Beauty | All the Crooked Saints | Jane, Unlimited

NETGALLEY ARCS:

The Dark of the Moon | Black Bird of the Gallows | 27 Hours

EDELWEISS ARCS:

Dread Nation | Heart of Iron | Ever the Brave
Three Sides of a Heart | The Bloodprint | They Both Die at the End

EBOOKS:

Raven’s Mark | The Abyss Surrounds Us | The Air He Breathes

BARNES & NOBLE:

The Essex Serpent

It’s kind of a family tradition; each year on me or my loved ones’ birthdays, we always go to a bookstore and pick out a book and then write inside of it for a memory. This year, I picked out The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

I am such a sucker of anything Leigh Bardugo, and I always want to support her! So, even though I had already prepurchased the Waterstones special edition of Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1), I still went to Flint’s Barnes & Noble on August 28th to buy the American edition upon release.

GIFTS:

Stardew Valley Guidebook

One of my best friends of all time, Cory, gifted me this for my birthday! It was such a thoughtful and kind gift, because it incorporates my two favorite things: books and video games! SDV was probably my favorite video game release of 2016! And me and him have loved playing it and talking to each other about it. We cannot wait for multiplayer to be implemented, so me and him can binge play it while creating the best farms of any town, anywhere!

Okay, I think that’s everything! I expect September to be way more crazy, once I’m finally home and can open all the book mail waiting for me! August was still too big, especially with ARCs, but I am so thankful for everything I received!

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September 2017 TBR

Happy September, lovelies! I hope you all had an amazing August! I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be able to accomplish in the first half of September, because I’ll still be in Michigan with my family, but I still have a very ambitious TBR, even if I have to accomplish it mostly at the end of the month! It might be extra hard, too, just because September is such a good month for book releases. Like, it feels like everything is coming out this month.

I’m still participating in #TheReadingQuest, which ends September 10th! Also, I will totally still be doing a separate post just about the readathon and all of the quests I was able to complete. But, for the month of August, I was able to get a decent amount of EXP and HP for my character:

Isn’t she adorable? Hopefully I’ll be able to level up even more! But anyways, here are a few of the things I’m planning on reading in the month of September:

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas:
Like, how could I resist this? Chaol has been my favorite character (well, maybe second now to Manon) in the ToG series forever. And as much as I want Chaol to get the credit he deserves, I’m super apprehensive to read this book, because I completely hated how SJM treated/destroyed Chaol’s character. On the plus side though, Celaena/Aelin most likely won’t be in this book! On the negative side, we are probably going to have to see Chaol “get fixed” and it will feel really freakin’ bad, because SJM has an opportunity here for disabled representation. But we will see how this goes, because I know I’m going to inhale read it regardless, but I hope it surprises me and blows me away. Also, give me Chaol sexy time, okay, thanks.

Also, submit your proof of pre-order purchase HERE by September 4th, 2017 to receive an exclusive Tower of Dawn pouch to hold all of your tears in.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson:
On September 15th, I’m going to be buddy reading this with Robin and the rest of BB&B! ❤ I’m so excited to finally read this, and to be caught up in time for Oathbreaker!

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore:
This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017! All of my friends are constantly recommending me Anna-Marie McLemore’s work, but I am always so busy with ARCS! But I was able to receive an ARC via #arcsfortrade on Twitter! (Thank you so much, Kendice! ❤)

The Dark of the Moon (Chronicles of Lunos #1) by E.S. Bell:
This is the last book I need to read to complete my mage quest line for #TheReadingQuest! This was an August release, but I received my ARC right after that release, but I still hope to get to it very early in the month of September! Also, this is a fantasy novel that is written by romance writer Emma Scott, and this makes me even more excited!

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake:
Okay, this is sort of a two part TBR, because I just recently received an ARC copy of One Dark Throne! So hopefully I will be able to read both of these books in the month of September, since One Dark Throne releases September 19th! I am a little apprehensive though, just because this series seems really polarizing!

Bad Reputation (Bad Boys of Sports #1) by Nicole Edwards:
I received an ARC of this from Netgalley, and it’s one of the things I’m most looking forward to reading, just because all I’ve wanted to read this summer is NA romance! Also, this is a buddy read with Paloma! ❤

The Bloodprint (The Khorasan Archives #1) by Ausma Zehanat Khan:
I plan on buddy reading this with Elise ❤ at the end of the month! We both have received ARCS for this October 3rd release, and I’m so excited to read this!

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo:
This is, hands down, my most anticipated release for the last half of 2017. Leigh Bardugo is easily one of my favorite authors of all time, and I have the highest of hopes for the beautiful book that will tell us different stories set in the Grishaverse!

Also, you can pre-order from Good Choice Reading to get a signed personalized edition! (Offer ends September 18th!)

I hope to get to all of these, but we will see! I am so excited for autumn, I am beyond words. I woke up this morning in Michigan to the coldest and crispest air, and it just made my heart so very full! I hope that you all have an amazing September! Happy reading! 🍂🍁🎃

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August 2017 Reading Wrap Up

I’ve had such a busy August, since I flew out to spend some time with my family, but I was still able to read ten things and I’m halfway through an eleventh! And most of those were really good reads that I’m so happy I finally got around to. I was participating in ARC August this month, so I spent the majority of my reading time focusing on ARCs, especially with so many amazing books coming out this September. Out of the ten things I read, six of those were ARCs!

Also, my birthday was four days ago!:


I had such an amazing day! I just wanted to say thank you for everyone that reached out to me to wish me a happy birthday! I appreciate each and every one of you and I’m so blessed to have you guys read my book reviews!

I’ve also been participating in #TheReadingQuest since August 13th, so this is my character so far!:


The Reading Quest is going on until September 10th! I will be sure to do an individual wrap up with everything I read while participating in the readathon, but I’m super happy with my progress so far!

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 warnings.

Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1) by Ed McDonald – ★★★★
This debut novel blew me away. This releases October 3rd for us Americans, and I completely recommend picking this up with my whole heart. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world, and we follow a bounty hunter that gets wrapped up in something much bigger than he imagined. This was phenomenal and the writing was so very lyrical. I could have highlighted this whole book.

Vein Of Love (Blackest Gold #1) by R. Scarlett – ★★
I didn’t love this, but it has so much potential. This is a story that takes place in our world, but demons live among us. The two main characters are forced to interact, once an ancient family pact has promised them to be married. I originally picked this up because it was a wattpad story, written by an amazingly sweet author who has taken the Instagram world by storm! And even though I didn’t fall in love with this, I completely plan on picking up the next book in the series, just because the author has made that positive of an impact on me.

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty – ★★★★★
This is the first book in an own voices Muslim Fantasy series, that walks the line between Young Adult and Adult. I loved this. It was unique and beautiful and has so many good messages. This is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2017, and I can’t recommend this enough when it releases this November 14th.

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin – ★★★★
This was a buddy read with Petrik that was very polarizing for us! I really enjoyed this one, but I still didn’t think it was quite as good as The Fifth Season. It was still super enjoyable, and helped make this series one of my favorites of all time.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – ★★★
This is a debut novel that is also a very reminiscent loose fairytale mashup retelling of Snow White and Frozen. It also has a f/f romance, but the relationship was not as predominant as I wish it was. This story still has a lot of very important and good feministic discussions, but I just wish it didn’t read so young. This releases September 5th, 2017 and this was also was a buddy read with Destiny!

Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas – ★★★★
Guys, all I’ve wanted to read this summer is NA romance. This book totally didn’t disappoint, and if anything, just made me crave it even more. Also, Penelope Douglas is becoming one of my favorite authors of all time. I’ve been reading a book of hers every month and I am finding myself just falling more and more in love with her writing and her characters. Bully is a hate to love romance, between two neighbors finishing their last year of high school.

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by N.K. Jemisin – ★★★★★
The best series finale in existence. I also buddy read this with Mary & Petrik and we all ended up giving this a perfect five star rating! Seriously, this series has such amazing representation and the story mirrors the world we are living in today. Please, go give The Fifth Season a try, and get ready to read one of the most unique and powerful series of all time.

Raven’s Mark: (The Raven Queen’s Harem #1) by Angel Lawson – ★★
This was for sure the worst book I read this month. I only picked this up for #TheReadingQuest readathon, and I needed something for the mythology quest. The mythology behind this book is based on The Morrígan from Irish mythology. Morrígan is said to be a phantom-like banshee queen that is associated with anything war. This book is basically setting up for the rest of the series that is going to star a reverse harem. Unfortunately, this book just really didn’t work for me.

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta – ★★★★★
A F/F murder mystery set in a Broadway theater. Have I sold you yet? I buddy read this with Elise and we both really enjoyed it. This was such a switch up from all the fantasy I’ve been reading all year, and I was so thankful to have received this ARC. Like, please, give me all the stories that star girls loving girls. This releases October 10th, 2017!

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1) by Linsey Miller – ★★
I was instantly drawn to this because this book stars a gender fluid main character. After I heard that, I couldn’t resist requesting an ARC. I liked this okay, I guess, but I was very far from loving this. This story is about a thief, that enrolls in a tournament to be one of the Queen’s assassins. I mean, that is a super cool premise, but unfortunately this tournament, where they are all trying to kill each other constantly, was just really dragged out and made for a boring read. Yet, I do have very high hopes that the next book in this series will be much better.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – N/A
This is a buddy read with Mary! ❤ I am more than halfway through and really enjoying this. I hope to continue to love it, and I hope to hear from more Latinx reviewers before release date! This will for sure be the first thing I finish in September!

August was a very busy month for me! Yet, I was still impressed with what I was able to read, mostly in the beginning weeks of the month! I’m still going to be in Michigan with my family for another two weeks, so I’m not sure how much reading I’m going to accomplish in that time, but I hope you all had an amazing August and have an even more amazing September!

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Mask of Shadows (Untitled #1) by Linsey Miller

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This is a hard one to review. Linsey Miller’s debut novel truly did have a lot of potential, and I do believe that the following installments will be much better than this first book that was laying the groundwork for this world. Unfortunately, this book read very slow and it makes the story in general feel very underwhelming.

Trigger Warnings for: misgendering, violence, and gore.

In this world, Queen Ignasi ended the civil war between Erlend and Alona and combined them into Igna. The Queen also banished the land of magic, and the shadows that very painfully and cruelly kill people. And the Queen has four personal guards at all times, that match the gemmed rings she wears on her fingers: Ruby, Emerald, Opal, and Amethyst. But one of the positions just opened up.

This book starts with a very unconventional robbery, where the thief’s life is changed forever. After the robbery, the thief finds a letter that gives all the information about the Queen’s position that just opened up.

The three other personal guards are holding an audition to join their ranks, and you have to be personally invited to audition or to bring something worthy enough to grant you an invitation. And our main character, Sal, brings something worthy enough.

Sal is then thrown into this tournament like audition, which is very reminiscent of Hunger Games and Red Rising, where it is basically a fight to the death and everyone is trying to kill and backstab everyone else. All the participants wear mask to hide their identity and they all go by the number on their masks. Our dear Sal becomes Twenty-Three, where I had to force myself to stop picturing Michael Jordan constantly.

And even though Sal states at the start of the book how difficult they find killing, they get over it extremely unrealistically fast, yet the tournament narrows down extremely long-windedly. Basically, I really enjoyed the start and the end of this book, but the middle section that stars the auditions themselves was too slow.

Sal also has a very tragic backstory, that explains why they was never able to learn how to read and write, but the information does come across as info-dumping. It’s hard to sympathize and grow attachments to them, when we learn about Sal being forced to grow up an orphan just randomly distributed throughout the book once every 100 pages.

We also have a few good side characters. One becomes a romance interest, and teaches Sal how to read and write. You guys know I love when books have a relationship that blossoms over one of the love interests teaching the other how to read. So, I actually really shipped and enjoyed their romance, and their study sessions just enhanced their relationship in my eyes.

My favorite character in the whole book was probably Sal’s personal servant, Maud. During the auditions, all of the contestants are given a personal servant, and Sal lucked out getting Maud. I loved her back story, I loved how she helped Sal constantly, and I love that she never lost sight of her selfless end goal. She was a really great character.

The reason I requested this ARC was because of the gender fluid main character. Now, it is very important to note that I am a cis-woman and this review is not coming at you from an own voices perspective, so I feel uncomfortable and not educated enough to discuss the representation in this novel. But here is my favorite voice on Booktube, who also happens to be non-cis, and is one of the voices that should be heard while talking about the representation of this gender fluid main character: Adriana, from perpetualpages

(If you guys are, or know anyone who is, an own voices reviewer of this book, please do not hesitate to link your reviews down below. I would love to add them to my review.)

For me, Mask of Shadows just read like generic YA fantasy. I didn’t hate this, I just didn’t really enjoy it either. I for sure did enjoy some parts, and a few of the side characters, but I felt the story was too tedious for me to ever fully immerse myself and to simply let myself just enjoy it. Again, I do think the next installment in this series will be much better, and I do want to cut the author some slack for this being their debut novel. Plus, as Adriana states in her book talk, we need more stories that focus on queer characters’ storylines, instead of just focusing on queer characters being queer.

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta


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“This is the Aurelia Theater. It feels like coming home.”

Echo after Echo is an own voices novel, that has such a beautiful f/f romance, surrounding a Broadway theater crew getting ready for opening night, while also trying to solve a murder mystery that may or may not be a curse set on the theater they all love and adore. I devoured this with a smile on my face. I was completely enthralled and immersed by this. I love this story with my entire being.

This theater crew has from November 5th to December 29th (opening night) to perfect the play, Echo and Ariston, which is a very reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. During this time, two murders happen, but everyone knows these things come in threes, so our main character is slowly trying to piece the puzzle together, while also trying to protect herself at all costs.

Our main character, Zara, is an eighteen-year-old girl, who has lived and breathed this play from a very young age. After she gets the leading role of Echo, she gives up her senior year of high school to move to New York and take a chance on making her dreams a reality. The other leading role of Ariston is played by Adrian Ward, an already very famous and good-looking male, where this is the first thing Zara has ever been in. So, she is constantly trying to better her acting and the play’s director, Leopold, easily directs her to do whatever he or his visions want from the play.

We are also met with a full cast of characters, where you will constantly be guessing who is committing these crimes, and who might be the next victim. Yet, the writing is so beautiful and haunting, you won’t be surprised in the slightest if the Aurelia Theater is just truly cursed.

Zara soon meets the assistant lighting designer, Eli, who makes Zara feels things she only thought were possible in the play she has grown up obsessed with. Yet, Leopold made Zara promise to only focus on the play and her opening night, while he also wants the media to believe in a budding romance between her and her costar, Adrian.

“But here’s the real truth: time doesn’t work in neat, predictable ways. It doubles over on itself. Finds new ways to hurt you.”

And this writing is so atmospheric and is truly a tier above most out there. I mean, I could have probably highlighted this whole entire book. The prose is nothing short of whimsical, even though this is a contemporary thriller. From the actual play being practiced, to the play that is constantly referenced, I am currently dying to see any and all productions of this play.

“But the feelings Zara has been chasing since the day she found that ragged paperback of Echo and Ariston are right here, in a girl who made herself out of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light.”

And the romance, oh boy, the romance. I was living for every scene with Zara and Eli, even though they are both too pure for this world and need to be protected at all costs. I think the reason I read this book so quickly was because I simply could not get enough of them and their perfect growing love. Zara coming to terms with her sexuality is a big part of this book and it really resonated within me, while also really hitting very close to home and how I felt when I was eighteen and realizing I wasn’t straight. I think the bi representation was amazingly done and made me feel all the feels.

“But girls touch each other all the time. Girls have intense friendships that have nothing to do with wanting to tear each other’s clothes off.”

And the diversity is also outstanding. Zara is on the page bisexual (be still, my heart) and Jewish. There are wonderful discussions about how she feels living in a world that predominately celebrates Christmas in December, and it was really insightful and heartwarming. Eli is a lesbian, Puerto Rican, and grew up Catholic. Adrian is that typical, everybody loves me, straight, white guy, but he also talks about how he is Dyslexic and suffers from ADHD. Seriously, this is a well written diverse cast that I really loved and appreciated.

Trigger Warnings for mention(s) of: eating disorders, rape, and suicide.

I loved this. This would be such a perfect fall or winter read. I mean, I could read Broadway murder mysteries about girls loving girls all year round, but I do think this is going to feel ever more perfect for its October 10th release. This story is absolutely beautiful and such a shining light among 2017 publications! I recommend this with my whole heart and hope you pick it up come this fall.

“There is always an imperfection in beauty, some flaw or surprise to remind you that it’s real.”

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Raven’s Mark: (The Raven Queen’s Harem #1) by Angel Lawson


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Okay, let me preface this review by saying that I only picked this book up for three reasons:
1.) I needed something for a mythology quest for a readalong I’m taking part in, #TheReadingQuest.
2.) This was only 115 pages.
3.) This was only 99 cents on Amazon.

The mythology behind this book is based on The Morrígan from Irish mythology. Morrígan is said to be a phantom-like banshee queen that is associated with anything war. And she is often represented by a black bird, some say crow and others say raven. There are so many different interpretations of this war goddess, and Raven’s Mark is a loose representation that does keep some major elements of the folklore.

“The Queen of the Ravens was the Celtic goddess of war. A terrifying, wrathful woman who reveled in evil. She was known as the Triad. Woman with three parts. The woman named Morgan. The Raven Shifter. The Goddess of War.”

In this story our main protagonist, Morgan, can’t really remember her past, only that her parents died when she was sixteen. She has now graduated college and her main passion is writing a story that she can’t get out of her head about five ravens. In fact, this story is what gets her accepted into New York University’s Graduate Program for the Arts, where she also has won a grant that gives her a full scholarship plus free housing for the two years.

She is ready to start her new life, and to finally finish the story that is haunting her, but once she reaches the house, or mansion I should say, she realizes that she will be also be sharing it with five super-hot guys who are all masters at different things, obviously:

Dylan – The Historian
Sam – The Photographer
Bunny – The Artist
Clinton – The Musician
Damien – The Artificer

“The five of us have known one another for eons. We’re not quite brothers, but close enough; soldiers, warriors, even a criminal or two. Assigned as guards between the worlds. For Morgan.”

I think you guys can obviously make the connection between these five hot guys and the five ravens she writes about. The story switches between Morgan and the guys’ point of view, and thus ensures a reverse harem set up, since Morgan just being inside the house has them all hot and bothered. Oh, and for the worst part of the story: Morgan is a virgin and will have to eventually choose one of these men to give that magical gift to. *throws up forever*

Also, there is no sex in this book. There is a lot of making out, and rubbing, and even a blow job, but no sex. This book is basically setting up the ground work for further installments in the series, which I won’t be reading.

I hate writing negative reviews, especially for independently published authors, but this just felt juvenile and really didn’t work for me. I love reading reverse harem books, but this one felt too forced and Morgan felt too stupid for me to enjoy. If this story sounds interesting to you, for sure give it a try, but it just fell really flat for me.