I’m in an article!

So, the craziest thing happened to me. A wonderful person over at Apartment Guide reached out to me, me, and asked if I wanted to be included in an article about encouraging people to read more and establishing a good reading space (book nook) in your home. And as any reasonable person would say, I said “heck yeah!”

So I sent over my tip and voila – my name and my words are in a freaking article!

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Review: A Spindle Splintered

It’s very overdue, especially since I read this book almost a month ago, but I finally managed to get some words down on the page and here it is: my review for A Spindle Splintered! I know everyone has been anxiously waiting for my thoughts on this, so I won’t delay it any longer lol

I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for a review. This is an honest, spoiler free review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Review: Gilded

I’m back today with a review of Marissa Meyer’s newest book, Gilded! I read an excerpt on Bookish First and was hooked. A friend of mine happened to have an advanced copy he could let me borrow and I could not put this book down. Ironically, I won a copy from Bookish First, and have yet to receive it. So sending all my thanks to my friend Brad (you can check out his Instagram @audioshelfme which he co-hosts with Britney!) for letting me read your copy and allowing me to devour this book!

This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own. 

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Oct ’21 Wrap Up

Hey everyone! I hope you had a fun, spooky Halloween (I know I did) with lots of ghouls and candy! 

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post other than a blog tour post/spotlight or quick review, but I’m back today with my October 2021 wrap up! With some extra free time, I managed to get through a good amount of books, though I fell into a bit of a slump at the end of the month. Thankfully, my November required reading is much shorter than October, so I’m sure I’ll be able to get to the books I need to and the books I want!

I’m not sure if this is the end of my semi-hiatus, but I wanted to share what I read in October. So here’s my wrap up for this month!

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Review: Within These Wicked Walls

Since the moment I heard about this book, I have been dying to read it! I love the cover, the synopsis sounds so good, and it’s a perfect book for spooky season. I was so excited to receive an advanced copy via NetGalley and couldn’t wait to dive in!

Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy for review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.
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DNF Review: I Am Margaret Moore

I went into this book open minded, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me. The actual story and content wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t something that I enjoyed and had a hard time getting through.

I received an e-ARC of I Am Margaret Moore from Wednesday Books through NetGalley in exchange for a review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Review: The Keeper of Night

Thank you to Inkyard Press for hosting this blog tour! I was so excited for this book, I couldn’t believe I was getting a chance to read it early. If you haven’t heard of The Keeper of Night, you absolutely need to check it out, it is phenomenal!

I received an e-ARC from Inkyard Press and NetGalley in exchange for a review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Review: Payback’s a Witch

I’m going to be honest, I didn’t even read the description for this book. I saw the cover and requested the book and that was it. But though the cover is beautiful, this book is more romance than fantasy and I wasn’t expecting that at first.

Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Spotlight: Briarheart

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Hey everyone! Today, I’m participating in the blog tour for Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey, hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours. I will be sharing information about the book and the author, and shining a spotlight on this new release! Be sure to check out the tour schedule to see all the amazing reviews and posts from this tour!

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Review: Crossbones

I requested this book on NetGalley solely because of the cover. I didn’t even need to read the synopsis; I saw this beautiful cover, requested it, and hoped for the best!

And oh my gosh this book was so good!

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Review: Luminous

Thank you to Inkyard Press for giving me the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and share my spoiler free review! I loved Crown of Coral and Pearl and couldn’t wait to read her new book, especially after seeing the cover. Mara is just blessed to have gorgeous covers and I’m a little jealous. This book took a few unexpected turns though and ended up being completely different from what I thought it was about . . .

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Review: City of Shattered Light

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Hi everyone! I’m very excited to share my spoiler free review of City of Shattered Light for the TBR & Beyond tour! This book quickly hooked me in and I can safely say that there were so many twists that I couldn’t see coming, it was so well done. Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours for letting me participate and share my thoughts! Be sure to check out the tour schedule to see all of the amazing posts on this tour!

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Mini Hiatus

Hey everyone. I think I need a break.

Life has been pretty stressful for me and unfortunately, my blog and my desire to blog has taken a hit. I love writing reviews for the books I read, but I’ve found that I can’t find the motivation or the creativity for anything else. I know that some of you like my reviews while others are here more for the creative posts, which is fine, but I find myself solely reading books to write reviews about them instead of reading them because I want to.

If you haven’t noticed, my TBRs tend to be full of ARCs I’ve agreed to read or blog tours I’m participating in. While I love doing these, I think I flew too close to the sun, and I’m finding myself feeling drained. Reading is becoming more like a chore than a hobby and blogging is starting to follow suit.

I don’t want to myself burnt out and lose joy in these things, so I think a break would be best for me.

I will still post in October for the things I’ve agreed to post for, but I’m not going to be sticking with the five days a week schedule I’ve been doing. If I decide to write a review for a book I read or think of a fun post I want to do, then I will do them, but I’m not going to hold myself accountable if nothing inspires me.

I’m going to call this a mini hiatus – I’m not sure how long I’m going to take a break for, but the plan right now is just for the month of October. My friend Alexa did one in August and I could tell it really helped her fall back in love with reading and blogging. Not needing to focus on content oddly helps you focus on content if that makes any sense.

I think this will be good for me. While I’m obviously nervous all my hardwork will just fall down the drain, I know that taking a step back and giving myself time again will ultimately be a good thing. I’ve been consistently blogging five days a week for over a year and a half now, with maybe a vacation week here and there, so this is going to feel very weird for me. I hope you choose to stick around for when I come back and enjoy the few posts that go up while on hiatus!

Before I depart, I want to say thank you to everyone for all your support. It means the world that so many people read my words and my thoughts and stick around to read more. I could never imagine the growth of this blog or the opportunities that have opened up from blogging or even the friends I’ve made in the community. I appreciate everyone who’s left a nice comment, or consistently liked every post I put out, and I couldn’t be more thankful!

Thank you all for all your support and I look forward to seeing you all again in November!

Review: Lakesedge

I’m not going to lie, when I got an email with a link to download this book from the publisher, I didn’t even read the synopsis. I saw this gorgeous cover and added it to my kindle without a second thought. I know they say never judge a book by its cover, but this is the exception because this cover perfectly describes the vibes of this book and oh my gosh, it’s so good!

Thank you to Macmillan and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Review: Vespertine

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Hey everyone! I’m very excited to share my review and favorite quotes for Vespertine and participate in the blog tour with Turn the Page Tours! This was such a spooky book and the cover is absolutely gorgeous, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read and review it! Be sure to check out the tour schedule and stick around to the end of my review to find out more information about how to win a copy of Vespertine!

Thank you to Turn the Page Tours and Simon Teen for sending me a copy via NetGalley for review! This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Books Amazon Made Me Buy: Part IV

Sometimes, I see a book cover or a cool title and just click “Buy” before I can think about it. Okay, more like every time, but who can blame me? There’s so many interesting books out there and when I get an email saying they’re free to download, who wouldn’t just casually swing over and get them?

I know I can’t stop myself.

So here’s a mini haul of some of the most recent e-books I’ve purchased/downloaded from Amazon!

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Review: Beasts of Prey

Penguin Teen hyped up this book so much! I was so excited for it, I snagged it when they offered it to me and couldn’t wait to start reading. But I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sucked into it like I thought I would be. This was more of a slow intro, a book to take your time with, and then, when everything is set up, then the fun begins.

Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Review: Gild

All of my friends are hopping on the NA/Adult Fantasy Romance train (aka fantasy with a sprinkle of spice/smut) and Gild was one my friends could not stop talking about. Two of my friends work at Barnes & Noble (which is half the reason I’ve been buying so many books) and they shoved this book into my hands and told me to read it. So, I read it. And I really liked it. So much that I went back a few days later to pick up the sequel!

This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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WWW Wednesday (9/22/21)

Happy Wednesday! I visited some family on Monday and Tuesday and had so much fun. I didn’t get much reading done, but I managed to get through some books over the weekend, so here’s a quick update on what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I want to read next!

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Review: The Other Merlin

I read a sample of this book on BookishFirst, and while I didn’t win a copy, I did find a book that I was dying to read! The sample was so good and immediately peaked my interest. I was so happy when Penguin Teen offered this as a book I could download for review, I immediately jumped on it.

Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Review: Iron Widow

Holy. Shit.

I just finished this book. My mind is blown. I didn’t think I could read a book so intense with an ending that made me want to scream, but here I am. Literally screaming.

Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for review! This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Sept ’21 Mid-Month Update

Hey everyone! It’s the middle of September and life has been crazy for me.

There are a lot of Jewish holidays in September and we’ve already made it through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur already, so the big two are done! I’m actually heading up to Queens to visit some of my in-laws for another holiday, Sukkot, this weekend and I’m really excited. I know it’s going to be a good time, I’m just a little stressed to leave my two kitties at home alone.

In terms of reading, this month has been going pretty smoothly. I haven’t blown through books like I wish I could, but I don’t think I’m falling behind. I’m right where I’m supposed to be – I think. Anyways, here’s what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I want to read for the rest of September!

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Review: The Lost Girls (A Vampire Revenge Story)

Vampires are back and I love the direction Sonia took this story. From the first chapter, I was invested in forever 16 y/o Holly who has to work at Taco Bell because she decided to be turned into a vampire and can’t manage to get a job anywhere else.

I loved the story, but for the love of God, publishers PLEASE allow the pdfs to be sent to kindle! I had to read this on my laptop, which isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it was seriously annoying. I would have much rather read this on my iPad or phone where I can at least take it around with me, instead of having to remain somewhat stationary. So for future reference, please don’t force me to read this on my laptop, please and thank you!

Thank you to Page Street Kids and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book for review! This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Aug ’21 Haul (B&N Edition)

I haven’t done a haul post in a while, so I thought I would show you some of my August 2021 haul!

This isn’t the full amount of books, only the ones I remembered to put in a pile, and all of these were purchased from B&N. So there are no spoilers for OwlCrate or Fairyloot. I didn’t include any ARCs that I received or any e-books I got that month either, so this is basically just a B&N book hauls post!

Yeah, I got way too many books last month. Anyways – here’s my B&N August book haul!
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WWW Wednesday (9/15/21)

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday!

I’m here with another reading update for this week. I think I’m on track for this month, but I will post a mid-month update on Friday with what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I plan to read for the rest of the month. This week has been okay – I read what I needed to read, but I have had a chance to finish the book I’m reading right now. Even though I’m loving it, my time has been split up a lot, so I hope to finish it soon!

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Review: The Corpse Queen

I love the cover of this book and how simple, yet eerie it is. I wasn’t sure how scary or intense this book was going to be, but it ended up being really good and not too much! I love the historical fiction elements, the murder mystery, and the female empowerment all wrapped up into one book.

Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for review! This is a spoiler free, honest review, and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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NetGalley Books I Just Downloaded

One perk of being a Penguin Teen Partner is getting access to their titles early, usually through NetGalley, which means I get quite a few books to read ahead of time. I love being able to read the books early and help promote them come release day. Most of the ARC reviews I post are from books I read through NetGalley and without it, I wouldn’t have been given the chance to read and review them early. If you haven’t check out NetGalley yet, I highly recommend it!

So, here are some of the most recently downloaded titles I received from Penguin Teen through NetGalley!

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Review: The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for selecting me as a winner for this book! I was drawn in by the cover alone and the description just sealed the deal for me, so I was so happy when I won a copy! I went into this story semi-blind, open to what was going to happen, and I absolutely loved it. I can’t even articulate how much I loved this book and how hard it was for me to finish it, I did not want this story to end.

This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Review: The Girls Are Never Gone

Okay, listen. I know I’ve been reading a lot of paranormal thrillers (I mean, come on, they’re so good!) and I know we’re ready for some new genres, but listen. LISTEN! This book is so, so good and it just came out on Tuesday, so you need to do me a favor and pick it up ASAP!!!

Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own!

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WWW Wednesday (9/8/21)

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! If you weren’t aware, it was Rosh Hashanah this past Tuesday and that means I had off to celebrate the New Year! A lot of stuff happened this past weekend, including introducing my new kitten to my resident cat, Maggie, which went as well as you could expect! (Hint: it didn’t go super well)

In terms of reading, this week was awesome! And I can’t wait for all the great books I plan to read this month!

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The Book Snob Book Tag

I’m sure we all know a book snob – someone who thinks they’re better than everyone else because they read “real fiction”, whether that’s a certain genre, a certain format, or just because they think their taste is better than everyone else. I don’t think I’m a book snob, but this tag looked like so much fun, I can pretend!

I found this tag on Jen Jen Reviews blog, so be sure to check out their responses too!

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Review: Vampires Never Get Old

I have had this book sitting on my kindle for over a year. I hate having books sit on my Netgalley shelf or kindle shelf for a very long time, so I made a vow to read this book as soon as I could. And, finally, I did!

Thank you to Imprint and Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for a review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own!

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Review: Mary, Will I Die?

Hey everyone, I’m happy to to be participating in the book tour for Mary, Will I Die? hosted by Terminal Tours. Check out my review and moodboard below! Be sure to check out the tour schedule and the other amazing posts for this tour!

Thank you to Scholastic Press for providing me with a physical ARC in exchange for a review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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Aug ’21 Wrap Up

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I had planned to post this on Wednesday, but life unfortunately doesn’t want to work with my blog schedule lol So while it’s a little late, it’s here! You can check out the thirteen books I read in August and find review links for all of them if you want to check them out. All reviews are spoiler free, so no worries if you haven’t read them yet!

Thanks for checking out my August 2021 Wrap Up! Enjoy!

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Review + Interview: The Witch Haven

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Hey everyone! Today I have a special review because I was lucky enough to get to interview the author, Sasha Peyton Smith, for Turn the Page Tours – The Witch Haven tour! This book has everything I love in it: historical fiction set in NYC, with magic, romance, and a murder mystery! It’s literally all of my favorite genres in one book and I loved it!

If this sounds like a book you’d be interested in, be sure to check out the giveaway details at the end of the post to win one of TWO finished copies of the book! And check out the tour schedule to see the other amazing posts for this tour!

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own!

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WWW Wednesday (9/1/21)

It feels weird to be doing a WWW Wednesday on the first of the month, but don’t worry, I’ll be posting my August wrap up hopefully later today! This week has been really good, but very hectic, because I finished my monthly TBR and somehow managed to read another book on top of that! I don’t know the last time I finished my monthly TBR, but I’m so happy I finally did – now onto September’s TBR, which you can check out here if you haven’t seen it yet!

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Sept ’21 TBR

Hey everyone! Since it’s the end of the month, I’m back again with my TBR for next month and there are some fun ones on the list!

September is an interesting month because while I have some ARCs I need to read, it is way more manageable than August. August and October are my busiest ARC months, so September is my break from the craziness. So without further ado, here are some of the books I want to read in September!

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Review: This Poison Heart

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be able to share my review This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron! I loved Cinderella is Dead and was so excited for this new series! Last year, I binge read Cinderella is Dead  in one sitting (took me about 2.5 hours) because I couldn’t put the book down. It was so, so good and when I saw that Kalynn had a new series coming out, I was so excited!!! Surprisingly enough, I somehow managed to receive an ARC of the book, but it arrived a few days before release day, so I didn’t get a chance to read it in time. Then, I got the Owlcrate version of the book and put it on my July TBR! Well, July turned into August and two months post release, my review is finally here! Yay!

I received an ARC from Bloomsbury for This Poison Heart in exchange for an honest review. I read the finished copy so this review is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own!

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Let’s Talk Bookish – Having A Blogger Identity Crisis

I was scrolling through my blog feed this morning, unsure of what to post for today, when I came across this post – Let’s Talk Bookish. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This week’s topic is all about having a blogger identity crisis!

I’ve never done one of these before, but it was an interesting topic I couldn’t pass up on!

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Review: Burden Falls

Another day, another thriller novel review! But this one is just thriller, no paranormal/fantasy thriller today. I know, you’re so sad! I promise you though – this book is so good. And terrifying. I was dumb enough to read this late into the night and ended up finishing it at 2am. Yeah, not a great idea. But I can definitely say that this book will creep you out and scare the heck out of you. So, let’s dive in!

Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for review! This is an honest, spoiler free review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.
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WWW Wednesday (8/25/2021)

Hi everyone! It’s been a little while since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday post, but I’m back again with another reading update! This reading week has been weird to say the least. I was surprisingly busy this past weekend and somehow managed to read on both of those days, but then on other, less busy days, I barely read anything. Make it make sense!

Anyways, to get to the point, I read books this week! Yay! And here’s what I read!

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Review: Devil in the Device

I managed to snag an ARC of Goddess in the Machine at YALLFest 2019 with my friend Grace and I really liked it! It was hard to get into at first with the changes in vocab and syntax from the futuristic characters, but once I got the hang of things, I was so excited for the story.

Thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me an e-ARC and a finished copy of the sequel, Devil in the Device, for review! This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

***This may contain spoilers for the first book, Goddess in the Machine. If you’ve not read the first book, feel free to check out my spoiler free review here, or proceed at your own risk!

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Review: Dark and Shallow Lies

Welcome back to another review of a paranormal thriller! If you missed these, me too, so I’m back again to review the upcoming release of Dark and Shallow Lies!

Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for review. This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own! And with that, let’s dive in.

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The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I can’t wait for this weekend. My little sisters are heading off to college and we’re having a girls day to celebrate and get them stuff for school. It’s bittersweet, but it’s going to be a lot of fun!

To keep things short and sweet, I’m doing the quick fire fantasy book tag! I saw this tag on One Book More‘s blog and loved their responses – I couldn’t resist doing it myself!

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Review: Defy the Night

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Bloomsbury YA for sending me an ARC of Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer!! I love Brigid’s books and when I saw this new series coming out, I HAD to request it!

This is a spoiler free, honest review and all thoughts and feelings are my own. I’m going to do my best to be coherent, but honestly, this book was just too damn good!

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Welcome Post: Forestborn

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Welcome everyone! Book Terminal Tours is very excited to be kicking off our tour for Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker! We are featuring some amazing bloggers on this tour, so be sure to follow along with the schedule this week!

I’ve attached the list of bloggers, but please be sure to check back at the official tour schedule for links every day!

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Aug ’21 Mid-Month Update

I’m a little late for my mid-month update, but oh well, I have some updates to share and it’s close enough!

I’ve somehow managed to be on track/a little ahead of my TBR and I’m actually shocked. I have been reading some really good books and trying to prevent myself from getting into a horrible slump, so I have been racing through certain books. Fingers crossed I can actually make it out of my TBR alive!

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Review: Mark of the Wicked

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I am so excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers, hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours!

This book was everything I want in a paranormal thriller: death, doom, and destruction! I really enjoyed the story and while I wish some things were different, this review is spoiler free, so I won’t be touching on them today. But, I will share some thoughts I had while reading the book!

Be sure to check out the tour schedule for the other amazing posts on this tour!

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Fall/Winter 2021 Titles I’m Excited For!

As we enter into August, fall and winter titles are beginning to pop up and my TBR grows exponentially longer! So I decided to make a list of some of the books publishing from September – December 2021 that I am really excited for!

I tried to choose my top books, but there are so many others, especially in September and October, that I couldn’t include because I wasn’t trying to have 50+ books on this list lol So if you don’t see your favorite, it’s probably on my list, but feel free to leave a comment if you think I’ll like it!

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WWW Wednesday (8/4/21)

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday!

This past week, I didn’t get a lot of reading done, but I have started my August TBR and the one book I did read, and the book I’m currently reading, are so, so good! I’ve been enjoying more paranormal thrillers and I think August is going to end up a pretty spooky month for me, but we’ll see where the books take me. If you didn’t see my August TBR post, you can check it out here!

Here’s my reading update for this week!

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Promo Post: The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh

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Hi everyone! Today, I am helping promote this new MG debut, The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter for Terminal Tours! Please be sure to check out the tour schedule to see a first look at the book and some favorite quotes! You can check out the tour schedule here!

At the end of the post is some information for the virtual launch happening tonight!

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July ’21 Wrap Up

My TBR for July was pretty ambitious. I had twelve books on there and I got through 10.5 of them! While I didn’t finish Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers before the end of the month, I hope to finish it soon because I love this duology! (And no, I didn’t read the original trilogy. I know! I know! I need to!)

With everything going on in my life, I’m so proud of myself for how much I read and getting through all the required reading, and even some optional read I put on the list if I had extra time, which I did! I call July a win and here’s what I read!

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Aug ’21 TBR

Well, it’s the end of July. How? I have no idea. Time is an illusion and I’m just coasting through it at this point.

With a new month comes a new monthly TBR and this month is all about ARCs. I have so many ARCs I need to read for August that it feels like I won’t have time to enjoy any other books on my TBR. But, I have some awesome blog tours I’m participating in this month and I’m going to try and incorporate some additional books if I can!

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Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Today I am reviewing the second book in the From Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If you haven’t read From Blood and Ash, this review may contain spoilers for the first book, and I highly recommend you check out my spoiler free review of book one instead.

From Blood and Ash spoiler free review. 

If you have read From Blood and Ash, this review will be spoiler free for the second book, so buckle up. I have some thoughts.

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Review: Small Favors

I’m a big fan of historical fantasy books, so when I saw Erin was writing one, I knew it was going to be good! If you haven’t read her first book, House of Salt and Sorrows, you should definitely check it out! It’s a twelve dancing princesses retelling and very, very creepy!

I was excited for another fantasy horror and this book did not disappoint. Thank you to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy for review!

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Review: They’ll Never Catch Us

I have been reading so much fantasy lately that I needed something different to switch things up. I loved They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman and I was so excited to receive an e-ARC of her next book, They’ll Never Catch Us! While both murder mystery/thrillers, these books have totally different vibes and I was happy to see this book wasn’t a carbon copy or remixed version of her debut.

If you haven’t read They Wish They Were Us, no worries! These stories are unrelated, so you can read one and not the other. If you want to check out my review of They Wish They Were Us though, you can find it here!

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Review + Interview: Untethered

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I love Shielded, the first book in this series, and I was lucky enough to interview KayLynn for its release last year. Now, I get to do a second interview and review the second book in this series too! If you’d like to read my review and interview of Shielded, check it out here! While this review is spoiler free, this may contain spoilers for Shielded, so read ahead at your own risk.

Thanks to TBR & Beyond Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour. This is such a great series and I’m glad I can help promote it! Be sure to check out the tour schedule and follow along!

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WWW Wednesday (7/21/21)

This week has been not great for me. A lot of sad, stressful things happened in a short amount of time and I’m still not recovered from it. On Monday morning, we woke up to find out our fish had died. I gave my fiance that fish as a present 4 years ago and he was with us through everything. He was a blood parrot cichlid named Smiley and he was so lively. He would swim up to greet you and do tricks, like flipping upside down for us. We are both so sad that he passed. And that was just the icing on the shit week I’ve been having. I won’t even go into the other stuff I’ve been dealing with, but I’ll summarize with lots of tears and lots of arguing. Not fun.

I’m going on and on about life. You’re not here for that. It’s sad because Sunday started off great and then turned for the worst and it’s just gotten more and more awful since then. But anyways, here’s my reading update for this week!

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Review + Favorite Quotes: A Dragonbird in the Fern

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Hey everyone! I’m very excited to be able to participate in the tour for A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert! This cover is so pretty and the contents of this book were so good. It’s definitely going on a favorites list for me and possibly a re-read list too. Thanks for stopping by for my review and favorite quotes from this book! I hope you enjoy!

Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours and Flux for allowing me to participate! Be sure to check out the tour schedule for all the amazing posts this week!

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Review: The Dragon and the Queen

I have been following along with this series since before book one even came out. I received an ARC of The Raven and the Dove and fell in love with this story and with this world. If you haven’t read books 1 and two, you can check out my spoiler-free reviews here:

The Raven and the Dove review

The Hunter and the Mage review

This review may contain spoilers for books 1 and 2, but will not spoil book 3. Please read at your own risk.

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WWW Wednesday (7/14/21)

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday. These past two days have felt like two weeks with everything going on and my head is spinning. I looked at some wedding venues last night and I think we found the place we want to host our wedding! And already I’m having stress dreams that the place we want to book is full for the day we want lol. This past week has been busy for reading too and here’s a reading update for you!

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Review + Favorite Quotes: The Taking of Jake Livingston

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I am obsessed with this cover and after reading the contents of this book, I’m obsessed with this story too. While I have some issues on background and the general spooky world, mostly the lack of information, this book is too good not to read. This book made me cry and think and feel so many different things that I read it in less than three hours because I couldn’t put it down.

Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour! Be sure to follow along with the tour schedule and check out all of the other amazing posts!

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Review: These Hollow Vows

Guys, I am obsessed with this book. When it says The Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses, they weren’t lying. I think that is one of the most accurate taglines I have ever read and I cannot emphasize how good this book is. I read it in one day because every second I wasn’t reading, my mind drifted to this book. To what was happening. And I had to know what was going to happen next. And now that I’ve finished it … I need the next book immediately!

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Welcome Post: You and Me at the End of the World

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Welcome everyone! Book Terminal Tours is very excited to be kicking off our tour of You & Me at the End of the World by Brianna Bourne! We are featuring some amazing bloggers on this tour, so be sure to follow along with the schedule this week!

I’ve attached the list of bloggers, but please be sure to check back at the official tour schedule for links every day!

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PENGUIN TEEN USED MY REVIEW!

As a Penguin Teen Influencer, I get access to e-ARCs of their upcoming titles and because of that, sometimes they’ll ask if they can use part of my review in their promotion for the book. I’ve had one of my quotes used before for House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland and now, another one has been used for The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass!!!!

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Books on my Amazon Wishlist

Does anyone else create wish lists so when someone asks what you want for your birthday or what you want to trade, you can just slide them this list and not have to spend forever thinking about what you want? Cause I do! Today, I thought it would be fun to show what some of those wishlist books are – but there’s a lot. So I’m just going to do a few of them. 

If you like this, let me know! I can do a part 2, but for today, here are some of the books on my wishlist.

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Writing Update #6

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a writing update, so you’re in luck! If you wanted to know more about my novel and where it’s currently at, then you’re going to love this post. And if you’re just interested in seeing a sneak peak of the book, then welcome! I hope you enjoy! (but please don’t tell me if you don’t)

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The Crying Book Tag

It doesn’t take a lot for me to cry, so when I saw this tag, I knew it was perfect for me. I will cry over anything and everything – I’m just very emotional okay! Lauren over at Narrative Paradise created a tag talking about all the books that made her cry, and I thought “hey, me too!” – so let’s see what books made me cry!

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June ’21 Wrap Up

June was a weird month. On the one hand, I did pretty well with my TBR and finally read a book I’ve been dying to read for a while! On the other hand, life has been hectic. I’m planning my wedding, trying to spruce up my house so we can have guests come over and enjoy the space, and all the while I’m trying to write, and work, and read, and ah! It’s a lot lol

So my apologies for the down time I had in May and beginning of June. I think I’m finally getting back on track and I think it shows based off how much I read! I also went ahead and linked my reviews for each book, so if you want to read my thoughts or find out more information on a book, be sure to check them out!

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Review: From Blood and Ash

I had been trying to read this book for months. Every time I thought I would be able to sit down and read it, something came up. And it didn’t matter that it was staring at me on my shelf, patiently waiting for me to pick it up and read, oh no. None of that mattered.

But, finally – FINALLY! I had some free time to really sit down and devour this book. I read this in less than 48 hours and I probably could have finished it in a day if I didn’t have to work. I had some doubts going into this book, but after reading it, all I can say is wow.
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July ’21 TBR

It’s the end of the month, which means I have to think about what I’m going to read next month. This TBR was actually really hard! I’ve noticed my motivation to read has been slipping, so I had to balance what I need to read this month and what I want to read. And I think I’ve found a good balance.

Here’s what I’m planning to read in July 2021!

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Review: Ruinsong

This book took me by surprise because while I was expecting a dark fantasy, wow some of these scenes were pretty intense. I mean, like torture intense. It definitely was not what I expected but it was still pretty good! I originally got an e-ARC of this book wayyyy back, but then eventually bought a physical copy, which is what I will be reviewing today!

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What I’m Currently Reading and Watching: Part VII

I feel like I haven’t given an update on this in a WHILE, so today, we’re starting this week off nice and chill with a reading and watching update!

This past weekend has been hectic with friends staying over and meeting more friends for dinner the next day. I also dropped some serious cash entertaining friends and my poor wallet is crying. Anyone else cringe seeing their check after a night out or after planning one for friends?

I also managed to finish the book I was reading, Ruinsong, and the review should be up for that tomorrow! But for now, here’s what I’m currently reading and watching!

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July ’21 Releases I’m DYING to Read!

My TBR is currently a burning trash pile filled with books I’ve been wanting to read for years, as well as new books I keep stacking on top.

So in typical, chaotic fashion, here are MORE books I want to read and will 1000% be pre-ordering or picking up in store! And this time, it will be in publication order. I don’t know if it bothered anyone else, but it bothers me, so now it’s all nice and organized! (you’re welcome!)

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WWW Wednesday (6/23/21)

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday and for once, I actually have an update! Be sure to check out my reviews on the books I recently finished and let me know what you’ve been reading recently.

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Welcome Post: Kind Of Sort Of Fine

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Welcome everyone! Book Terminal Tours is very excited to be kicking off our tour of Kind Of Sort Of Fine by Spencer Hall! We are featuring some amazing bloggers on this tour, so be sure to follow along with the schedule this week!

I’ve attached the list of bloggers, but please be sure to check back at the official tour schedule for links every day!

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Queer YA Books I Recently Read and Loved

Happy Pride month everyone!

While you can read queer books at any time of the year, I know a lot of people love to scream recommendations during Pride month. While I don’t wait or save books to recommend just during June, I did want to make a list of some queer YA books I’ve recently read, reviewed, and loved! Because recently, there’s been a lot.

I will put a label with the representation in this book. I tried to stick with books that have queer main characters (MC) or prominent characters. I have also linked my review if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts or finding out more about the book!

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Goodreads Reading Challenge

If you are a Goodreads user, you know there is an option to do a reading challenge. You set how many books you want to read in a year and Goodreads will track how many books you’ve read, how close or far away you are from your goal, and when you’ve completed it.

Since we’re almost halfway through the year, here’s an update on how my Goodreads reading challenge is going!

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June ’21 Mid-Month Update

We’re already halfway through June and that means it’s time for a mid-month update! Time has been flying by and I feel a little behind on my TBR, but I’m hoping to have some time to catch up this week. I managed to read two books while on vacation and while I would have loved to read more, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve read honestly. It was a good balance between spending time with my family and having time to myself to relax.

With that being said, here’s what I’ve managed to read, what I’m currently reading, and what I want to read for the rest of June.

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Review: Heartbreakers and Fakers

This – this is the summer book I was dying to read. This is the enemies-to-lovers, fake dating, YA romance that I was looking forward to and I loved it! I read this in one sitting yesterday because I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read more from this author and you should definitely pick it up if you’re looking for a great summer romance read!

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Review: Better Together

My friend Alexa over at Writing the Universe somehow managed to get an extra ARC of Better Together from Wednesday Books and she was kind enough to give me her extra copy (thank you!). We ended up somewhat buddy reading this book together and um… it was interesting. Definitely interesting.

I’m going to link her review as well, since she has some strong opinions about this book too. 

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May ‘21 Wrap Up

May was a tough month for me. Not only did I manage to get through an entire move, but I got through two moves in the span of a week. My time has been primarily devoted to getting our new home set up, which meant that reading and blogging were put on the back burner. Thankfully, I still managed to get some reading done this month and I’m finally out of my reading slump! Woo hoo!

While I didn’t get through much, here’s what I read in May.

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WWW Wednesday (5/19/21)

Well, I moved! I’m finally moved in and while I’m still unpacking, it’s now mostly boxes and some remaining things to get in. With moving week, I did not get any reading done. I was really hoping I could get through at least one book, but no. I got about 30% in to one book, but that was it before the chaos began. Anyways, here’s a reading update for this past week!

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Review: The Wolf and the Woodsman

I have been sitting in front of my computer for days trying to put into words how this book made me feel. All of my incoherent thoughts just swimming around my head and unfortunately, I have no way of getting them down nicely on paper. So, instead, here is my incoherent screaming about The Wolf and the Woodsman. Thank you so so much to Harper Voyager for the ARC!

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Review: Spells Trouble

Many years ago, when I was in middle school, I was obsessed with the Marked series. I loved the storyline and the world and while I never finished the series, I got 8 books in before I ran out of books and moved on with the series. When I saw P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast were writing a new series together, I was so excited! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the publisher and some swag as well! (pics below!)

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WWW Wednesday (5/12/21)

It’s moving week for me! I’m moving this weekend so the past few days have been very busy. Surprisingly, I’ve been able to get some reading done and so, here’s an update on what I’ve read in the past week!

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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DNF Review: Sky Breaker

I will start off by saying that I liked Night Spinner. I read it over a year ago (pre-pandemic) and thought it was a really interesting book, though I had some issues with it. Unfortunately, I did not like this book as much and I actually DNFed it.

Feel free to check out my review of the first book, Night Spinner, before reading this review. May include spoilers for book one.

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What I’m Currently Reading and Watching: Part VI

This week has been so stressful for me. I feel like so much is going on and there’s not enough time to get it all done, so it’s just swirling around me endlessly.

Also, I’m packing, so that’s fun. So to keep things light and to ease some of the stress, today I’m sharing what I’m currently reading and watching!


READING

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I’m about 40% of the way through Sky Breaker and I’m starting Spells Trouble today, so I’m hoping I can read them quickly! Sky Breaker isn’t living up to what I wanted. I remember liking Night Spinner, the first book, but this one jumped right back in so I was very confused. And the main character went from being this strong warrior to a passive character in the first book and has now turned into a paranoid control freak. She’s kind of irritating me and I’m not enjoying this book at all. Hopefully Spells Trouble is better.


WATCHING

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I watched a few episodes of Shadow and Bone, but I want to be able to sit down and binge it, so I’m waiting until I move and things calm down. In the meantime, I have been steadily getting through Modern Family and I’m now on Season 6, almost to Season 7. This is kind of my comfort show – I tend to watch it when I’m feeling stressed and just want to distract myself from life, so I’ve been watching it a lot recently.

Besides that I also watch YouTube when I’m bored or listen to podcasts. Especially if I’m in a reading slump or not enjoying the book I’m currently reading.


What are you currently reading and watching? Any recommendations for what I should read or watch next?

Review + 5 Reasons to Read: The Ones We’re Meant to Find

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Dystopian has been making a comeback and this book is no exception. This breathtaking book about two sisters desperate to find each other as the world is ending is honestly a masterpiece. I’m so thankful TBR and Beyond Tours chose me to participate in this tour because I cannot stop thinking about this book and I’m so excited to share this story with you! Be sure to follow along with the tour and check out the schedule to see all of the amazing posts!

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Apr ’21 Wrap Up

I can’t believe we’re a third of the way through the year. Time is flying by so quickly and this month was no exception. Looking back at what I read, I was not only shocked at how much I read, but the fact that I was forgetting the books I read this month. Time is moving so slow and so fast at the same time, I can’t keep up. Anyways, here’s what I read for April and if you want to see what I plan to read in May, check out my TBR here!

I also linked all of the reviews that are posted for these books, so if you want to read my thoughts, check out the reviews below!


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Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed

Genre: YA Thriller

Rating: 1 // 5 stars (DNF @ 42%)

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A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars

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In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4 // 5 stars

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These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars

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The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4 // 5 stars

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When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Genre: YA Contemporary

Rating: 4 // 5 stars

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Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Rating: 5 // 5 stars

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Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

Genre: YA Contemporary

Rating: 1 // 5 stars (DNF @ 24%)

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What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: 5 // 5 stars

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Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: 4 // 5 stars

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The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Genre: YA Dystopian Thriller

Rating: 5 // 5 stars

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I can’t believe I read 11 books last month! It felt like I had read nothing, but looking back, I actually got through a lot more. I basically finished my TBR last month which was surprising and awesome at the same time. I need to keep up this momentum into May!

What was your favorite book you read in April? It’s so hard to pick, but I think it would have to be a three way tie between Our Last Echoes, What’s Not to Love, and The Ones We’re Meant to Find. And These Feathered Flames is a very close second!

May ’21 TBR

Another month, another TBR! May seems to be the moving month for me and while I want to get ahead of my TBR, I need to be realistic. So this month, while I’m setting a goal to read certain books, I’m also anticipating I might read nothing. So here are some books I want to read this month and I’m going to try to get through all of them! Wish me luck.

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WWW Wednesday (4/28/21)

It’s the middle of the week and time for another round of WWW Wednesday! I didn’t get much reading done this weekend since I spent the majority of it packing my bookshelves and selling the stuff that I didn’t want to come with me. But, I managed to finish some books at least and start new ones!

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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ARC Review: Our Last Echoes

I am a big thriller fan, but I’ve never been someone who could get into horror. While this isn’t Stephen King esque, it is pretty gruesome and intense and there were several moments that I had to take a break to calm my heart rate down. But this book was so fantastic that I could get past all of the horror elements because I had to know what was going on. The mystery of this world, of Sophia’s experience, and the disappearances on this island captivated me and I absolutely loved it!

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WWW Wednesday (4/21/21)

Back again with another WWW Wednesday! I’m really liking these posts and it’s a lot of fun (and a little less mental work every week). Not much has happened this week, so not much of an update, although I did change my plan for what I need to read next.

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Blog Tour: These Feathered Flames

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I am so excited to be able to participate in this tour today! I received an e-ARC from Inkyard Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and so when I saw this tour was open, I knew I had to sign up. This book was so amazing and good, I’m so glad I can help promote it!

Be sure to check out the other tour posts this week and see all the amazing reviews and Instagram posts. You can find the tour schedule here.

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WWW Wednesday #3

Happy Wednesday everybody! I have gotten a little bit of reading done, mostly for upcoming blog tours I am participating in, so you’ll see those reviews in the next few weeks. But besides that, everything is pretty calm right now. We bought a new couch and giving our old couch to my parents-in-law. I started packing and I get to go through all my shelves and create piles to keep, sell, and donate, which is gonna be so much fun. I’m really not looking forward to it.

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Adult Fiction Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

I talk a lot about young adult books, which I absolutely love, but I also read adult fiction too and I feel like I don’t give that section of books enough love.

So today, I’m going to highlight adult fiction books I love. Now, I am pretty new to the adult fiction world, so some of these may be well-known favorites. If you have any recommendations for books I should read next based on these, please let me know! I’m always looking for more recommendations!

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“Underrated” YA Books You Should Read

Every reader knows a book or series that they absolutely love but no one else has heard of. With the recent events and new information coming forward about certain YA authors, I feel like it is a good time to highlight some authors that I love and highly recommend you should read! While there is a lot of discourse and conversation going on right now that you should look into, let’s take a chance to instead highlight books and authors that I feel are underrated or underappreciated!

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WWW Wednesday #2

Happy Wednesday everybody! This weekend was so much fun as I got to see my family and enjoy breaking the fast to end Passover, so I was pretty busy cooking and cleaning with not much reading time. Still, I managed to get some reading done so here is another WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
Published: February 23, 2021
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 512
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Choose your player.

The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret…


WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed
Published: March 9, 2021
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: YA Thriller
Pages: 336
Rating: star-1star-1 (DNF @ 42%)
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On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting–for summer, for college, for her childhood best friend to decide he loves her. Then Ivy Avila lands on the island like a falling star. When Ivy shines on her, Fern feels seen. When they’re together, Fern has purpose. She glimpses the secrets Ivy hides behind her fame, her fortune, the lavish parties she throws at her great glass house, and understands that Ivy hurts in ways Fern can’t fathom. And soon, it’s clear Ivy wants someone Fern can help her get. But as the two pull closer, Fern’s cozy life on Commodore unravels: drought descends, fires burn, and a reckless night spins out of control. Everything Fern thought she understood–about her home, herself, the boy she loved, about Ivy Avila–twists and bends into something new. And Fern won’t emerge the same person she was…


WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy
Release Date: April 20, 2021
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 496
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A queer retelling of “The Firebird,” a Russian folktale

When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned…


I’m technically reading two books right now, A Dark and Hollow Star and I’m also reading When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert right now. I’m hoping to finish both of these by the weekend, so I can get started on some blog tour books that I need to read before the end of the month! I’m also doing some non-fiction reading too, so I feel like I have even less time to read and review books right now.

Mar ’21 Wrap Up

It’s April 1st and while I’m not big into pranks and stuff, I really did play myself with reading this month. I was on track to finish all the books I wanted to read for this month, but life did not want me to finish reading them. Oh well, here’s what I read for March and if you want to see what I plan to read in April, check out my TBR here!

I also linked all of the reviews that are posted for these books, so if you want to read my thoughts, check out the reviews below!

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Apr ’21 TBR

Every time I think I’m going to finish my TBR and have time to read extra books, it doesn’t happen. In March, I was halfway through the month and was doing so well, then our offer was accepted on a house and I had zero time and motivation to read.

So for April, even though there are so many books I want to put down on my TBR, I’m sticking with nine. Three are for blog tours, five are all NetGalley books I need to read and review, and one is a TBR book my friends are dying for me to read. If I have extra time available, I am absolutely reading other books as well, but for now I’m going to be realistic. Most likely I’ll be busy with packing and moving and unpacking, so it’s better to keep my expectations low.

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