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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December 2017 Wrap Up

Happy last day of 2017, guys! I can’t believe we are already at the end of the year, but I’m looking forward to 2018 and all the new promises it will bring. I hope you guys read some amazing books in December and were able to complete all the goals and reading you wanted to before 2018 starts. I was able to read eleven things, and I truly enjoyed them all but one!

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.

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden – ★★★★★
The Girl in the Tower picks up right where The Bear and the Nightingale left off. Vasya is leaving the only home she has ever known, and has chosen to see the world that is beyond the forest that surrounds her family’s home. I loved this book with the sum of my being. This book is so very powerful, and I can’t even find the words to express how much this series means to me. The Winter of the Witch is easily my most anticipated release of 2018 now. This series is such a magical treat, and I hope you all do yourselves a favor and pick it up.

Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon – ★★★★
Buddy read with Paloma! ❤ I’ll be honest, I honestly didn’t expect to like this, but I very, very much did. I was a complete Outlander virgin; I’ve never read the books, I’ve never watched the show, and somehow none of my friends had spoiled me for any of the events in any of these books. But I really loved the writing, the atmosphere, and the characters.

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles edited by Natalie C. Parker – ★★★
Buddy read with Alexis over at The Sloth Reader (my favorite BookTuber) & Destiny (my favorite blogger)! ❤ I did enjoy this, but this collection uses the term “love triangle” very loosely, in my opinion. Some of the stories could have probably benefited from a stricter use of the word. It was so very diverse in race, sexuality, settings, social structures, and more, and I really appreciated it. I honestly felt like the majority of these stories had a queer aspect to them and that brings so much joy to me. A few of the stories even beautifully showcases budding polyamorous relationships, which is almost unheard of in YA! But like all anthologies, this was a mixed bag, yet overall, I really did enjoy reading this anthology for the most part. I also feel like there is a big enough variety that most people will come out with at least a couple five star stories out of the sixteen.

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★
Buddy read with Jules! ❤ Godsgrave picks up right after the events of Nevernight. But whereNevernight felt like an adult Harry Potter (with an amazingly gothic floo powder network) where our main protagonist, Mia, is learning to become an assassin for the Red Church and the Lady of Blessed Murder, Godsgrave is an all-out gladiator gauntlet, where our characters are fighting to the death and only the very best may rise in rank. I loved this.

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi – ★★★★
Buddy read with Sonja! ❤ ! The Star-Touched Queen is a loosely based retelling of the Greek mythology surrounding Hades and Persephone, but told in a setting to completely celebrate Indian culture. I loved every aspect of the retelling, but I also loved every new and inventive way Roshani crafted this into her own story. This was lush, and engaging, and so romantic. This was an absolute treat to read.

Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) by Brandon Sanderson – ★★★★★
I’m a big slacker and haven’t posted this review to my blog yet, but it will come the first week on January! This is the third book is The Stormlight Archives, and it surpassed every single expectation I set for it, while being the very last book to make it on my “best of 2017” list. I love the characters, I love the world, I love the action, I love the crossovers, I love these books so much.

Weaver’s Lament (Industrial Magic #2) by Emma Newman – ★★★
Weaver’s Lament picks right up where Brother’s Ruin left off; our main protagonist, Charlotte, is still reeling from the events that took place, while also trying to uncover secrets that many higherups are trying to keep hidden. Charlotte also lives in Great Britain in the 1850s, where people are still ignorant and believe that a woman’s place is in the house and only in the house. Charlotte is trying to appease her family and fiancé that feel this way, but Charlotte is a very talented illustrator, who sells her work under a man’s pen name. Obviously, this book has a lot of social commentary about women’s rights and equality, but the main plot of each book is truly about Charlotte uncovering a mystery.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – ★
Honestly, this was one of the worst things I’ve read this entire year and I know it will be one of my biggest disappointments with 2018 releases. feel like this is marketed as a YA Fantasy, when it takes the reader almost 250 pages, out of a 360 page book, to even get into the fantasy aspect and by that time I couldn’t care less about some pseudo Alice in Wonderland. This reads like a YA Contemporary Mystery and that is not a genre that I enjoy reading in the slightest, so maybe that is the main reason this didn’t work for me. And on top of it all, there was some really questionable content with a PoC side character, too.

Saga, Vol. 7 (Saga #7) by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – ★★★★★
The most emotional installment yet, but also maybe the best. I loved this so much and I’m so damn attached to this entire cast, crew, and family. There is a reason why this is the most talked about graphic novel series, and this volume proves it. I cannot wait for Volume 8 to drop in a few days!

Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy #2) by J.R. Ward – ★★★★
You guys know I love JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and this is about the new generation of recruits trying to join the ranks. I loved this and it was just what I needed to get out of my slump after The Hazel Wood. It was fast paced, funny, smart, had some pretty amazing sexy scenes, and had a wonderful discussion about adoption and found families always at the forefront. This installment was also very empowering and feministic and I really appreciated it. I cannot wait for the third book to come out in January, because I always want more and more BDB in my life.

The Eleventh Metal (Mistborn 0.5) by Brandon Sanderson – ★★★★
This is a prequel story to the Mistborn series! It’s very short, but I absolutely loved the story. And, to be completely honest, I love seeing anything that stars Kelsier! This story centers around a man named Gemmel who is teaching Kelsier to use his Mistborn powers. And his powers are eventually put to the test when he is required to fight another Mistborn who is up to some no-good deeds. Again, this story obviously takes place before the events in The Final Empire, where Kelsier is already a confirmed badass with his powers. And just seeing Kelsier’s dynamic with his Allomantic teacher, who is obviously talking to someone who plays a much bigger part in this trilogy, brought such a smile to my face the entire time while reading.

And besides reading these eleven things, I was also able to participate in my good friend Destiny’s Yule Ball Readalong/Book Bingo! I didn’t clear the entire board, but I was able to complete my Gryffindor line, and that’s all I truly cared about!

Besides The Hazel Wood, I had such an amazing end of the year reading month! I was able to finish up so many things, and I was very happy with my final total of 130 books read! I cannot believe tomorrow is the start of a new year, but I’m wishing you guys the absolute best for the new years and for always. Thank you again for this year or reading and sharing your love for books with me. It means more to me than any of you will ever know. Happy reading, loves! And Happy New Year!

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November 2017 Reading Wrap Up

How is it already the last day of November? I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the wintery season! Time is going way too fast, and I honestly cannot deal. But here we are, and here are the twelve things that I was able to read in the month of November!

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.

A Monstrous Love: Two Halloween Romances by Magen Cubed – ★★★★
Okay, I might have technically read this on October 31st, but I didn’t get my review out until November 1st! So, here we are! This is a bind up of two short stories, and by short stories, I truly mean short stories. Like, you can finish both of these tales in fifteen minutes tops! But they will both completely get you into a spooky mood!

The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole – ★★★★★
Well, I think it’s safe for me to yell from the rooftops: pre-order The Armored Saint now, guys! What an amazing ride, even though I wasn’t ready for it to be over. This is easily one of the best things I’ve read in 2017, and this is truly epic fantasy at its finest. I’m so damn impressed. But this is also a story about discovering and embracing your sexuality. Heloise is constantly questioning her feelings for her best friend, and it made me cry so many happy yet sad tears. This is a beautiful tale about a girl coming to terms with her queerness in a world that thinks it is unnatural, and it is so very important. This story truly means more to me than I can express in words.

Fallen Heir (The Royals #4) by Erin Watt – ★★
At this point, you guys know I’m trash for this series. It’s honestly just like a high school soap opera, but it’s so addicting and completely impossible to put down. And even though I haven’t enjoyed any of the installments as much as Paper Princess, I knew I couldn’t pass this by because this story is about my favorite Royal boy, Easton.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – ★★★★★
Dread Nation is the perfect mix of action and suspense, while always having oppression be at the forefront of the story. This book was thought-provoking, moving, intense, so very well written, and completely and absolutely enthralling. This book was nothing short of amazing and it’s one of the best things I’ve read this entire year. If you want to read a book about black girls killing zombies and putting a stop to white power-hungry men (because who honestly wouldn’t?) please give Dread Nation a try. And I hope if you do give it a try, that you will take something from it and help to raise and support marginalized voices.

Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1) by Lindsay Cummings & Sasha Alsberg – DNF @ Chapter 41
I just… couldn’t do this anymore. I’m sorry, guys. I tried, I really tried. Zenith is the first book in a YA series that stars Androma, AKA: the Bloody Baroness, and her crew, who are forced to do a very dangerous mission. This mission is the direct result of the ghosts from Andi’s past that have come back to haunt her. One of them being her past lover, Dex, who betrayed her, and Andi is now forced to work alongside him for this mission. I don’t care about Dex, or Andi, or even her crew! The incredibly short chapters that jump around to a million different points of view are just too much for me. This is such a jarring read that is really lacking any real cohesiveness.

Roomies by Christina Lauren – ★★★★
This was maybe the sweetest book I’ve read all year. It was heartwarming, adorable, and just a joy to read. I loved this and I hope if you guys are looking for a romantic contemporary this holiday season, you’ll pick up Roomies upon release on December 5th! I love the “marriage of convenience” story trope and this one was so perfect. There are a few sort of steamy scenes, but nothing too explicit. But this book is oh so romantic and it was honestly un-put-downable for me.

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant – ★★★
I just feel really torn on this one! I loved so many aspects of this, but ultimately I feel like this just wasn’t a book for me. I still encourage anyone who is intrigued by the synopsis to pick it up, especially if you like horror with science! And… this is about killer mermaids!

Bad Habit (Bad Love #1) by Charleigh Rose – ★
I was very uncomfortable with the ages of the love interests in this book. For most the book they are seventeen and twenty-one, which is still… not okay, but the flashbacks are fourteen and seventeen and I just… can’t. The ages just ruined this book for me, without question. Bad Habit? This should have been named Illegal Habit. Or at the least, Uncomfortable Habit, because I was the entire time reading.

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson – ★★★★★
I slacked so badly at writing this review, holy moly! I normally never get behind with reviews, but I just kept feeling like everything I wrote didn’t do this book justice, and I kept putting it off and off. But I loved this with my whole heart. It’s such a strong addition to, what I feel like, is Brandon Sanderson’s best series! And it made me so very excited for Oathbringer!

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado – ★★★★
This collection of short stories heavily emphasizes the violence that we put on women’s bodies. Whether it be sexual violence, physical violence, violence put on us by society, or violence we put on ourselves. This entire collection is absolutely haunting in the best way possible. I won’t forget this collection, ever. And these are all so queer, and so feminist, and invoked so many emotions from me. Carmen Maria Machado is beyond words talented, and I feel so very blessed to even have been able to read this.

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden – ★★★★★
I loved this so much. Easily the best thing I read all month and easily one of my all time favorite stories. This story is a love letter to stories everywhere. This book is a mash-up retelling of many Russian fairy tales, but with unique spins of them, which are woven together to tell such a beautiful tale that makes me breathless just thinking about how expertly it is crafted. Please read this during this winter season and then come gush with me!

Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe – ★★★
This is an anthology that is all about Robots, Fairies, and literally Robots vs. Fairies! Overall, I really, really, really enjoyed this! But it is a bit of a mixed bag, I do suppose! Some of these were so amazing, where others are ones that I will probably not remember or carry with me. But I do also believe there is something here for everyone to love, whether you are #TeamFairies or #TeamRobots!

This month I was also so very blessed to go to BlizzCon at the start of this month! And it was for sure the highlight of my month, without question! So, I had to mention it in this wrap up, even if it’s not really book related!

I hope you guys had an amazing November! I am so looking forward to relaxing more in December and just being able to focus on my family and reading! I wish you all the happiest of holiday season! Happy reading, lovelies! ❄⛄

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October 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Happy Halloween, everyone! 🍂🎃💛

I hope you all have a safe and spooky time out tonight! October was an amazing reading month for me! I was able to read fourteen books, and even though I had a few duds, I also had a few of the best books I’ll read all 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 warnings.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson – ★★★★★
Epic fantasy at its finest. I read this in preparation for Oathbringer! I loved this series so very much, and I’m currently reading the next book and feel just as in love with it.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – ★★★★★
This book has recently hurt some people, so I don’t want to spend too much time talking about it, but I will say that the depression and pansexual representation meant a lot to me. And again, if you feel like you could be suffering with depression, I am always here to talk.

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre – DNF @ 56%
I just couldn’t do this, which is so weird because I’ve loved so many of Alessandra’s other works. Many of my friends also really enjoyed this, but I just couldn’t do it anymore. This story is about an author who is dying, but before she passes away she wants to write one final story. And this final story will be about the truth of what happened to her husband, which no one else knows but her. Unfortunately, her illness is coming quicker than expected, so she is forced to hire a ghostwriter to help her. And dark secrets and mystery ensue.

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright – ★★★
In my opinion, 27 Hours had so much good, yet so much disappointment, too. This book falls completely down the middle for me. The representation is beautiful and important, but a lot of the romance was too unbelievable for me, which I feel like the twenty-seven-hour time frame really did this book a disservice. Then there is the issue with the colonization that’s very hard to unsee once you’ve seen it, and finally, the only two white main characters in the book do most of the explaining to the main characters of color about what is right. It feels bad, like, really bad. Yet, I love that any marginalized teen could pick this book up and see themselves. That, is something I can’t even put a rating on, and I cannot emphasize how important that statement is to me. This book honestly has me feeling very torn.

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (The Grisha) by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★★
Perfection in every single way. This story collection changed my life, and will without a doubt be in my best books of 2017 list. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic is a bind up of six fairy tales that take place in the Grishaverse, which is the same world that her Shadow and Bone series and her Six of Crows series take place! All of these are expertly crafted. All of these are so very lyrical and beautiful. All of these feel powerful and impactful. All of these are absolutely haunting.

A Discovery Of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness – ★
Nothing offended me or anything like that, this book was just ungodly boring. I mean, there is a very alpha vampire in here that marks his territory and claims what he thinks is his, but, I mean, that’s just sort of expected in paranormal romance books about vampires, so it wasn’t anything that bothered me. A Discovery of Witches is pretty much just an adult Twilight.

The Bloodprint (The Khorasan Archives #1) by Ausma Zehanat Khan – ★★★
This is the first in a series and a debut adult fantasy novel that is very diverse and truly celebrates the importance of words, and what happens when we take away basic human rights from people that are deemed lesser. This book is a good blend of magic and religion and everything in-between. This book has a very unforgiving learning curve, and a few of the aspects just didn’t sit well with me, but overall I did enjoy this one.

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire – ★★★★★
This is another amazing installment in the Wayward Children series and it starts out right back at Eleanor West’s magical boarding school. And this book heavily centers around one of my favorite characters from Every Heart a Doorway, Sumi! From race, to sexuality, to mental illnesses, to body representation, to physical disabilities, to religious representation, this series has it all. And it’s seamlessly woven and never feels exploitative.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★
Yes, I finally read it! And you guys were right, I loved it. This story reads like a dark version of Harry Potter, to me. From the boarding school aspect, to the magic, to how they travel through the world, to the professors and their different classes, so much of this book reminds me of the wizarding world. I can’t wait to read Godsgrave next month!

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray – ★
This was, hands down, the worst book I’ve read maybe all year. This book is extremely racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and loves to fat and slut shame constantly. This book, like Nevernight, is also set in a spooky boarding school setting, but nothing happens until the last 100 pages, and by that point I was too offended and bored to even care.

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones – ★★★
This is a story about a girl named Dee that is struggling with abuse and anxiety from her family. She lives in a boarding school and she can see demons. One day, she decides to make a deal with one. This was a super important read that talks heavily on parental abuse, and how it can be so much more than just physical. Abuse takes many forms, and even though physical abuse is shown here, too, this book also shows a very realistic depiction of having parents who are alcoholics. There are so many parents out there that truly pick the contents of a bottle over their families, and it’s something that’s not depicted much in YA, but this book puts it on display.

Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt – ★★★
I needed something that would be a fast, fluffy, and immersive read that would make me happy, so I picked up Paper Princess and it totally did the trick! I really enjoyed it, even though there are a lot of problematic things that I listed in my review. This is a rags to riches story, about a girl who wants nothing more than to be safe and stable, who grew up on the streets and is now thrust in the limelight of money. Also, this book has a few pretty good steamy scenes. I totally recommend this if you’re looking for a sexy new NA read.

Broken Prince (The Royals, #2) by Erin Watt – ★★
And I immediately jumped right into the next book, which wasn’t as good as Paper Princess! Plus, all of the problematic content and the glorifying of bullying and violence in general was at the forefront, so it really was just a much less enjoyable read. The series also derailed a little bit, into a territory that felt very much like I was watching a soap opera with my grandmother, but it was still an enjoyable ride!

Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3) by Erin Watt – ★★
And then I just decided to binge the whole series, because why not? I mean, who has strict reading lists and TBR timelines for all your ARCs? Oh, wait, I do. But this series was such a mindless, but addicting, read that brought me so much happiness. I’m not even mad. And I know that a two star rating doesn’t seem that great, but I did enjoy this series and truly couldn’t put any of them down.

October was also a special month for me, because I was able to attend the Goodreads Power User Summit! I got to connect with so many readers, reviewers, and just book lovers in general and it was such an amazing experience. Plus, it was my very first time in San Francisco, and I hope that I am able to return very soon!

I’m not sure if November will be able to beat this month for me, but I’m going to try! I also have a special trip planned for November that I can’t wait to share with you guys! I hope you all had an amazing October, and I hope you’re all having amazing celebrations tonight for Halloween! Happy reading, loves. 🍂🎃💛

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September 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies, and happy Autumn! I hope you all had an amazing September! September was a little hectic for me, because I was in Michigan with my family for the first two weeks, but I had an amazing trip seeing all of my loved ones, and once I got home I was able to read a whole bunch of things, including the best book I’ve read in 2017! And out of the ten things I read, nine of those were ARCs! So I was super happy with that, too!

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.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – ★★★
Yeah, I started the month of September off with one of the most controversial ARCS I’ve ever owned. 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! Also, this is Maggie Stiefvater’s take on magical realism. 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, therefore I did end up giving it three stars.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1) by Alexandra Bracken – ★★★★★
Be still, my heart. This was one of the best things I’ve read all year! Also, this is such an amazing Halloween read that I honestly can’t recommend enough! This book was so unexpectedly beautiful. This is the best middle grade I’ve read since Harry Potter. This is a story about a young boy named Prosper who just happens to be possessed by a very sassy demon!

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★★
Chaol is my favorite character in ToG, well, besides my queen, Manon Blackbeak! I’ve never been the biggest fan of Celaena/Aelin, and I think this story (and the rating I gave it) probably really benefited from that. Tower of Dawn is my second favorite book that Sarah J. Maas has ever written! And it is, hands down, the best installment in the Throne of Glass series, in my honest opinion

The Dark of the Moon (Chronicles of Lunos #1) by E.S. Bell – ★★★★
E.S. Bell is a pen name of romance writer Emma Scott, and the romance bleeds into this fantasy story so very well. I was so impressed with this debut fantasy novel! This unique story stars an Aluren Paladin named Selena Koren, who is also a very rare summoner. Her path soon crosses with a captain of a pirate ship and adventure ensues! This book is filled with secrets, betrayals, mystery, and, of course, romance. I loved this one!

Play On (Play On #1) by Samantha Young – ★★★★
You guys know I’ve just been craving New Adult Romance books all summer long, so I wrote to Samantha Young and she was sweet enough to send me an ARC of her newest book! I ended up really enjoying this story that ends up being about knowing your worth, putting yourself first, and still allowing yourself to love and be loved again. Oh, and it has a Scotland setting!

Bad Reputation (Bad Boys of Sports #1) by Nicole Edwards – ★★
I requested an ARC of this from Netgalley, because I love a good sports romance. Unfortunately, this didn’t work for me at all. It has alternating point of views in the middle of each chapters, and it made for a really disjointed read that I could never fully immerse myself in. But it is a best friends to lovers romance that stars a hockey player and a workaholic.

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel – ★★★★
I participated in a blog tour for this book that released in September! It is a debut standalone paranormal YA romance that reads like a mixture of Candyman meets The Birds meets Twilight. (And I mean that mashup in the best way possible!)

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black – ★★★★★
I have no amount of words for the perfection of this book. This book was, hands down, the best book I’ve read this year, beating both Strange the Dreamer and Tyrant’s Throne. I am so in love with this book, this world, and these characters. If you can only preorder one book for the rest of the year, please pick The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires, #1) by Kendall Ryan – ★★★★
I loved this sex positive adult romance! This was my first venture into Kendall Ryan’s work, and it for sure won’t be my last! This was such a cute romance between a librarian and a sexy, but mysterious, man who comes into the coffee shop at the same time as her every day before work. But be warned: this has a huge cliffhanger, and I need the second book right this second!

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – ★★★★★
This was a masterpiece about a magical garden estate, that is curated by a family of women who are unable to ever leave permanently. Not only is the writing lush, and lyrical, and whimsical on every single page, but the messages and discussions are important, moving, and life changing. Estrella and Fel have stolen my heart, and I don’t think I’ll get it back anytime soon.

I also participated in #TheReadingQuest in September, too! This readathon that was being hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight and all of the amazing artwork was created by CW at Read, Think, Ponder and it went from August 13th to September 10th, and this is what my character ended up finishing as:

But that was my September in reading! Because of my trip to Michigan, this month just completely flew by! Hopefully October slows down for me, and I can just enjoy the warm coffee against the crisp air, the oversized sweaters paired with big boots, the vast array of different pumpkins sitting on top of the falling leaves, and lots of new good books! Happy reading, lovelies!

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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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July 2017 Reading Wrap Up

I had such a good reading month for the month of July! I read 12 books, and enjoyed most of them! I also found a few new favorites! As always, click the links in the titles if you would like to read a more in depth review of each book and see the individual trigger warnings.

Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel #2) by Josiah Bancroft – ★★★★
After reading Senlin Ascends at the end of June, I couldn’t resist picking this book up. It’s a perfect steampunk adventure and unlike anything else I’ve ever read before. Plus, I got to buddy read it with my favorite, Petrik!

The Red by Tiffany Reisz – ★★★
This is one of the most erotic things I’ve ever read in my entire life! I really enjoyed it and I love how unapologetic it was towards sex and every kink under the sun. This is for sure not for the prude of hearts, but if you’re looking for something sexy that will push your boundaries then this is for sure the perfect read for you. Also, it features a bunch of famous artwork and I loved the paranormal mystery behind what was going on.

Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas – ★★★★
This was such a unique romance between two people who have only ever known each other as pen pals since childhood. Even though the romance takes place between two consenting adults, it is still set in their senior year of high school, so it didn’t feel as good as it would have if they were at least in college, but maybe that’s just because I’m getting old. I still really enjoyed this and Penelope Douglas made quite the impression on me with this book.

A Fading Sun (The Sunpath Cycle #1) by Stephen Leigh – ★★
This is a paranormal, yet spiritual, revenge story that really displays the consequences of war. Guys, I wanted to love this, I really did, but it was just so god-awfully boring after the first third of this book. I really had to force myself to finish this, and if it wasn’t an ARC I would have DNFed it without a doubt.

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) by Paullina Simons – ★★★★★
This was such a perfect book. I am still thinking about the emotional impact it had on me. This is a WWII historical romance that is set in Russia and it was amazing. This was also a buddy read with Paloma and this book ended up being everything that the both of us ever wanted.

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy curated Ameriie – ★★★★
This is truly a mixed bag; some stories are amazing and other stories are not so great. I completely recommend this if you follow and love many of the authors that contributed to this (Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwab, Adam Silvera, Nicola Yoon), but I’d probably pass if you’re just looking for an anthology about villains. My favorite story was easily Marigold by Samantha Shannon!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – ★★★★
I loved this, but I couldn’t shake how much it felt like an (actual) YA version of A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas. I still really enjoyed this, mostly because it stars fae in their fae courts, but I really expected this to be a five star read for me. Regardless, it’s still worth a buy and a read upon release on September 26th, 2017.

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin – ★★★★★
I am so happy that Gelisvb picked this for us to buddy read, because it has been on my TBR forever, but I’ve just never got around to actually picking it up! Well, it’s safe to say that I quickly and wholeheartedly fell in love. This diverse story is everything I want from the SFF genre, and N.K. Jemisin is a gift from above. I can’t wait to finish this series in August.

Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) by Paullina Simons – ★★★★
This was another buddy read with Paloma, because we couldn’t wait after reading The Bronze Horseman! Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this one as much as The Bronze Horseman, but it was still a really solid read that lets us see Alexander’s point of view for many of the events in The Bronze Horseman. I just wish we could have gotten more than two chapters of them actually being together and happy.

Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2) by Michael J. Sullivan – ★★★
Age of Myth was one of my favorite books of 2016, so I was a little disappointed with this next installment. Maybe I had too high of hopes? Regardless, this just fell flat for me and was a little boring to read. Yet, it still showcased Suri, who is one of my favorite book characters of all time. This is an epic fantasy that is set 3,000 years before Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations, but this series is meant to be read separately and there will be no spoilers if you haven’t completed it or even started it.

Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher – ★★★★★
Tarryn Fisher wrote my favorite book of all time, Mud Vein, and I’ve been completely mesmerized by her gift with words ever since. She has unlocked pieces of myself that no other author has ever touched. I have never felt like someone has written a book personally for me more than that book. Tarryn Fisher always makes me feel like all my broken parts are on display, but she somehow makes me feel proud of them. And all of her books evoke this emotional response from me, and Atheists Who Kneel and Pray was no different. This was perfection and easily one of my favorite books of 2017.

Corrupt (Devil’s Night #1) by Penelope Douglas – ★★★★
I loved this so very much! I’m not sure what it is, but this summer I’ve just only been craving erotic romances, and Corrupt was an amazing way to end July. Not only was this an amazing story, but it was also such a fast paced mystery, too! I became so addicted to these characters and their love to hate to hate to love relationship. Also, at this point I’m starting to believe that Penelope Douglas is the queen of erotic stories.

I hope you guys had an amazing reading month in July, too! And I hope you have many more amazing reads this August! Let me know if you guys are participating in ARC August! And happy reading!

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