Netgalley ARC TBR

Netgalley ARC TBR

Hello all, today I’ll be sharing with you guys my recent Netgalley approvals. I’m really excited for all of these books coming out this year. As well as extremely grateful to be approved for these amazing books.

Title : Bad Witch Burning Author : Jessica Lewis Genre : YA SFF Pages : 352 Publication date : August 24, 2021

Synopsis…

“Katrell can talk to the dead. And she wishes it made more money. She’s been able to support her unemployed mother—and Mom’s deadbeat-boyfriend-of-the-week—so far, but it isn’t enough. Money’s still tight, and to complicate things, Katrell has started to draw attention. Not from this world—from beyond. And it comes with a warning: STOP or there will be consequences. Katrell is willing to call the ghosts on their bluff; she has no choice. What do ghosts know of having sleep for dinner? But when her next summoning accidentally raises someone from the dead, Katrell realizes that a live body is worth a lot more than a dead apparition. And, warning or not, she has no intention of letting this lucrative new business go. Only magic isn’t free, and dark forces are coming to collect. Now Katrell faces a choice: resign herself to poverty, or confront the darkness before it’s too late.”

Title : Jade Fire Gold Author : June CL Tan Genre : YA SFF Pages : 464 Publication Date : October 12, 2021

Synopsis…

“In an empire on the brink of war . . . Ahn is no one, with no past and no family. Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child. When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities. But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.”

Title : The Jasmine Throne (The Burning Kingdoms Book 1) Author : Tasha Suri Genre : Adult Fantasy Pages : 585 Publication Date : June 8, 2021

Synopsis…

“Exiled by her despotic brother, Malini spends her days dreaming of vengeance while trapped in the Hirana: an ancient cliffside temple that was once the revered source of the magical deathless waters but is now little more than a decaying ruin. The secrets of the Hirana call to Priya. But in order to keep the truth of her past safely hidden, she works as a servant in the loathed regent’s household, biting her tongue and cleaning Malini’s chambers. But when Malini witnesses Priya’s true nature, their destines become irrevocably tangled. One is a ruthless princess seeking to steal a throne. The other a powerful priestess seeking to save her family. Together, they will set an empire ablaze.”

Title : Dark Apprentice (Fall of Magic Book 1) Author : Val Neil Genre : Adult Epic Fantasy Pages : 472 Publication Date : May 22, 2021

Synopsis…

“A psychopathic wizard. An immortal mage. An epic battle of wills. Nikolai doesn’t want much out of life: sex, immortality, and the power to disembowel anyone who crosses him. But with dark magic forbidden, his only option is Medea–a mage so deadly even the Enforcers give her a wide berth. Despite dire warnings that her apprentices don’t survive, Nikolai won’t stop until she agrees to train him. After all, he’s a killer himself. Barbaric and brutal, the training is a far cry from what Nikolai expects. When a mysterious illness strikes Nikolai down, he suspects he’s found the secret to Medea’s longevity. He resolves to find out what happened to her previous apprentices. If he can locate the source of her power, he can turn it against her. Medea swore off training dark wizards–none of them take the craft seriously and the ungrateful bastards always try to kill her. This one definitely seems the backstabbing type, but magic is dying out and she hasn’t felt such magical strength in centuries. If she can control the boy, show him that magic is more than curses and necromancy, he might obtain the power he desires. If not, well… What’s one more dead apprentice?”

Title : Traitors of the Black Crown (Black Crown Book 1) Author : Cate Pearce Genre : Adult Epic Fantasy Publication date : September 22, 2021

Synopsis…

“Three women will betray the black crown. A Knight. A Duchess. A Queen. Raena Schinen narrowly escaped when the Queen’s guard murdered her entire family. If Raena’s survival is exposed, she’ll be next. For fifteen years Raena has hidden as a male Knight, “Sir Rowan”, consumed by her vengeful desire to assassinate the Queen. The moment Raena is close enough to exact her revenge, she is unexpectedly exiled to a foreign land. There she serves the common-born Duchess Aven Colby, whose suspicious kinship with the Queen further threatens Raena’s delicate secrets. Just as they become united in a common goal to curb a looming invasion, unexpected heat and romance blossoms between “Sir Rowan” and Aven. The peril demands they set out on a journey to form clandestine political alliances, risking the Queen’s wrath, and drawing Raena and Aven closer together. But no one in the kingdom could have imagined the sinister foe rising from below the surface. In order to save themselves and those they love, Raena, Aven, and the Queen must recognize who are the oppressors and who will unite against the Black Crown.”


I hope you all enjoyed this small Netgalley TBR. I’m currently reading Traitors of the Black Crown which is really great so far. I love political fantasy and this book definitely has politics if that’s your thing. Keep reading and dreaming 🦋🌸

The Space Between Worlds Micaiah Johnson – Book review

The Space Between Worlds Micaiah Johnson – Book review

Title : The Space Between Worlds Author : Micaiah Johnson Genre : Adult LGBTQ Fantasy Sci-fi Pages : 336 Audiobook & Ebook

Synopsis…

“Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.

On this dystopian Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now what once made her marginalized has finally become an unexpected source of power. She has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security. 

But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world but the entire multiverse.”

My thoughts…

My thoughts : I really enjoyed this sci-fi story. It kept me intrigued, I felt the writing was very different. Which I think made me enjoy this via audiobook so much more. I picked up the ebook but I wasn’t getting through it like I was the audiobook alone. I decided to put down the ebook and it was a great choice. The main character can walk worlds which she does for a living. While working the girl she loves can’t but can’t stand. As well as having 8 doppelgängers, but when one of them dies under mysterious circumstances. She must go back to that world to figure out why. This book has diversity within the characters and great banter. I honestly wish this book had a sequel because I would read it in a heartbeat. I loved this book from the moment I picked it up and would definitely read it again. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

Where to buy this..

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Let me know in the comments what you all thought of The Space Between Worlds if you’ve read it or are even considering it. Stay safe and keep reading and dreaming 🦋✨🌸

Warbreaker Brandon Sanderson – Book review

Warbreaker Brandon Sanderson – Book review

Title : Warbreaker Author : Brandon Sanderson Genre : Adult High Fantasy Published : 2009 Pages : 688

Synopsis…

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn’t like his job, and the immortal who’s still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.

Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.

By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.

My thoughts…

I really enjoyed every bit of Warbreaker. I love politics in my fantasy, this book had great political intrigue. The plot of the story is great, two sisters who are completely different, one is being sent to marry the God King. There’s a huge plot twist which just made me love this book more. The magic system is based on colors and Biochromatic breaths.

The characters in this book so fun and great to follow. I really enjoyed Lightsong’s carefree sarcasm and nonchalant banter. I loved the way Siri held her own and became her own person being forced into a unique position. Then Vivenna after receiving duty training all her life to be a wife to the god king. There was so much character growth in this book. The character introductions were done really well. I didn’t feel as though there were a bunch of unnecessary characters. I loved how the God King was portrayed in this story as well. Instead of the usual evil king. Then Vasher and his important role that he plays, this book really just took me on a ride.

The writing kept me intrigued and wanting to keep reading. The world building, magic system and characters with the plot and everything all together this book was so good. I rated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.


I hope you all enjoyed reading my review of Warbreaker. I will post a link of my Readerly Gist below as well. Stay safe y’all and keep reading and dreaming 🌸✨🦋

Readerly Gist

The King of Crows Libba Bray – Book review

The King of Crows Libba Bray – Book review

Title : The King of Crows Author : Libba Bray Genre : YA Fantasy Published : February 4, 2020 Pages : 561

“Beautiful, timely, intoxicatingly real and meticulously researched…do not sleep on this series.”

New York Times bestselling author, Roshani Chokshi

Synopsis…

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows. While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need the Diviners’ help to do it.

Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe’s estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crow’s plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever. But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost. In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe…

“Unlike anything I’ve ever read, this mind-blowing series is one of my all-time favorites.”

—Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn

My thoughts…

This is the fourth and last book in the Diviner’s series. The characters in The Diviner’s series bring me so much joy just to read. The banter, love and trust between this friend group was so great to see. Evie the main character grew so much in the series. She finally chose the man she loved and got out of that love triangle. The writing and atmosphere is amazing, it kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen.

There was a lot of character growth from all the friends in this book. Theta conquered her fear, Evie learned to be a true friend after going through a life changing situation. I love these characters so much I wish I could speak on each of them. Give details on everyone but I just want you to love these characters as much as I do Evie, Theta, Sam, Jericho, Memphis, Isaiah, Ling, Henry, Uncle Bill and Uncle Will. SN: I never remember character names but, the fact I remember everyone tells you I love this series and how attached I am to them.

The plot of trying to find and kill the King of Crows and Eye that’s controlling the dead. I just loved this series and The King of Crows was a great ending and close to the series. I definitely think this book was one of my favorites of the series. There was so much happening, my heart was ripped out and stomped on multiple times. I won’t go into spoilers but please pick this series up if you want to get attached to characters, cry your eyes out and have your heart stomped on multiple times do it. The 1920’s setting, flappers, ghosts, magic and witches you won’t regret it. I highly recommend this series if you couldn’t tell. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.


I hope you enjoyed this post of my review for The King of Crows. I have also linked my gist from Readerly below if you’d like to check that out. Stay safe, keep reading and dreaming 🌸🦋✨.

Readerly Gist – The King of Crows

Before the Devil Breaks you Libba Bray – Book review

Before the Devil Breaks you Libba Bray – Book review

Title : Before the Devil Breaks you (Diviner’s #3) Author : Libba Bray Genre : fantasy, romance Published: October 3, 2017 Pages : 552

There was such fear in the world. But love was everywhere if you looked. It was the best thing about humans. That they could stare into the abyss and still open up their hearts. A spit in the eye to fear.

– Sam (Before the Devil Breaks You Libba Bray)

Synopsis…

New York City. 1927. Lights are bright. Jazz is king. Parties are wild. And the dead are coming… After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They’re more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward’s Island, far from the city’s bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten–ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they’ve ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation–a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.

All the times I say, ‘Don’t see me’? With you, I wish I had an opposite power: See me. See me, Evie. See all of me. There’s a fella who loves you right here. I’m not perfect. I’m a handful. But you know what? So are you. There. Not sugarcoating it.

– Sam (Before the Devil Breaks you Libba Bray)

My thoughts…

I really enjoyed the third installment to the Diviner’s rejoining my favorite cast of characters. One thing I can say about Libba Bray is she knows how to write a great group of characters. I love this series so much solely for the characters. My favorite characters are Theta and Memphis. Evie to me is somewhat unlikeable, I feel like she’s very selfish and continues to make the same dumb choices. Evie finds out hidden secrets about her brother James.

We find out the history of a few characters pasts and who they really are, which I loved. This book just there’s so much I want to say but it’s spoilers. I’m not going to say much more because it’s the third book also. There’s different forms of representation from LGBT+, disability, to diverse characters. I love that this story is set in the 1920’s that’s one of my favorite things about this series. If you love ghosts, magic, awesome friendships, different forms of rep and a series you’ll probably never forget. Pick this up. I rated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.


I hope you all enjoyed this review of Before the Devil Breaks you. I have also linked the gist from my Readerly if you’d like to check that out as well. Keep reading and dreaming, stay tuned for my next post coming Wednesday. 🌸✨🦋

Readerly Gist – Before the Devil Breaks you

April Wrap-up

April Wrap-up

Hellloo fellow readers, I hope you all are having a great day and being safe. If you guys are here I can only assume it’s because you’re curious as to what I read in April. Well no need to fret friends because I’m going to spill tea on the 13 books I read in the month of April.
Title : Shadow Frost Author : Coco Ma Genre : YA Fantasy Pages : 400

My thoughts : I picked this in the beginning of the month via audiobook. It was a random purchase from Libro.fm. I liked the characters and enjoyed the world building. The book was enjoyable but not memorable. I know there’s another book in the series but I’m not interested in the book to continue on. I more than likely don’t see myself picking this up again. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

Title : The Sound of Stars Author : Alechia Dow Genre : YA Sci-fi Fantasy Pages : 400

My thoughts : This was a Sci-fi story about an AI who loves music and a young girl who loves books but both are illegal. I really enjoyed this story and the characters. I love reading books about people who love books. I gave this a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ star rating.

Title : Code Girls Author : Liza Mundy Genre : Nonfiction Pages : 640 Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Title : Red Sister Author : Mark Lawrence Genre : Adult Fantasy Pages : 469

My thoughts : I really enjoyed this is fantasy the world building and story of Nona a 10 year old studying to be a Nun and Assassin. The story was interesting and kept me wanting to read. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

My thoughts : I fell in LOVE with HeartStopper and Nick and Charlie. This graphic novel series is a LGTBQ+ romance about two guys who meet in school. Charlie is in a toxic relationship when him and Nick meet. They become friends and things flow from there. I binged all three volumes in one sitting at like 2:00 am and I don’t regret it. Nick and Charlie have been on my mind since and I can’t wait to pick up Vol 4. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Title : The Ruin of Kings Author : Jenn Lyons Genre : Adult Fantasy Pages : 560

My thoughts : When I read this book I decided to go the audiobook and ebook route. Which honestly was a great choice in the long run. I loved this book, the characters, world building, magic system, and dragons. What else can you ask for to make the perfect fantasy book. If you’d like to know more of my thoughts check out my review. My rating of this is ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Title : Grey Sister Author : Mark Lawrence Genre : Adult Fantasy Pages : 416

My thoughts : This is the second installment in the Ancestor Trilogy. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first. I started to just not really care about anything that was going on in the book. That’s not to say it wasn’t good I just think I was ready to read other things. I don’t see myself picking up the last book only because I was so uninterested in the second. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

Title : Ring Shout Author : P. Djeli Clark Genre : Historical fantasy novella Pages : 185

My thoughts : Ring Shout I picked up on a whim, I had also purchased this on Libro.fm some time ago. I decided it was time to go ahead to and give it a listen especially seeing as how it was such a quick read. This is a historical fantasy with a supernatural twist. This story follows a young girls that’s fighting monsters called “Ku Kluxes”. I really enjoyed this short in captivating read. I thought it was truly interesting and a great novella. I rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Title : Before the Devil Breaks You Author : Libba Bray Genre : YA Paranormal Fantasy Pages : 552

My thoughts : The third installment in the Diviner’s series. I loved this book just like I have the rest. The characters are amazing, the plot is great, the magic, representation, the setting. Everything to make the most amazing series. I wrote a review for this book on my blog check it out if you’d like to know more thoughts! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Title : The King of Crows Author : Libba Bray Genre : YA Paranormal Fantasy Pages : 560

My thoughts : The fourth and final installment in the Diviner’s series. I loved this book just like I have the rest. The characters are amazing, the plot is great, the magic, representation, the setting. The wrap up and conclusion was great. This book ripped my heart out ugh I was I cried, I was mad, happy probably experienced every emotional possible while reading this. The Diviner’s series will never be forgotten in my heart. I wrote a review for this book on my blog check it out if you’d like to know more thoughts! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Title : The Unhoneymooners Author : Christina Lauren Genre : Adult Rom-Com Pages : 400

My thoughts : As many of you know I’m not a romance reader at all and I could care less. But this, this book right here OMG. This book was hilarious I was laughing just about half way through this book. This book follows a hate to love romance between the bridesmaid and best man. When everyone except them at the wedding has food poisoning. The bride her twin sister asks her to go on her Honeymoon instead with the Best Man whom she can’t stand. I listened to this entire book all the way through while I was working without pausing. I loved it so much, it has me curious to pick up more books from Christina Lauren. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.


I hope you all enjoyed this months wrap up. I’m the comments Drop below one of your favorite five star reads from April! Stay safe and keep reading and dreaming 🌸✨🦋.

WWW Wednesday 5.5.21

WWW Wednesday 5.5.21

This post was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words. In this post I will share with you what I’m currently reading, what I just finished reading, and what I’ll be reading next.
Title : The Space Between Worlds Author : Micaiah Johnson Genre : Adult LGBTQ Fantasy Sci-fi Pages : 336 Audiobook & Ebook
Title : Trouble the Saints Author : Alaya Dawn Johnson Genre : Historical Fantasy Pages : 345 Audiobook & Ebook
Title : The Unhoneymooners Author : Christina Lauren Genre : RomCom Pages : 434 Audiobook

My thoughts : Now let me start this by saying I really don’t care for romance at all. This book had me laughing and enjoying every minute. This is an enemies to lovers romance. There’s food poisoning at the wedding the entire reception party except the bridesmaid and best man are sick. This book takes you on a wildly funny ride. I rated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

Title : Grown Author : Tiffany D. Jackson Genre : YA Contemporary, Mystery Thriller Pages : 384 Audiobook

My thoughts : Grown was a random pick up at 3am while I was working. This book can be a difficult read for some because it’s frustrating but it happens everyday. There’s a ton of trigger warnings to go along with Grown, definitely check them out. At about the 50% mark my boyfriend decided he wanted to listen as well. After we finished he couldn’t stop talking about Grown. This book though the topic is difficult it’s written so well, and the plot twists holy crap. Just wow I was shocked at how this book ended. We definitely enjoyed it and still talk about, we rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

Title : Warbreaker Author : Brandon Sanderson Genre : Adult Fantasy Pages : 688 Audiobook

I have a full review of Warbreaker coming soon on my blog. I really enjoyed this and rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Title : Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) Author : Janella Angeles Genre : YA Fantasy Pages : 451 Audiobook & Ebook
Title : The Conductors (Murder and Magic #1) Author : Nicole Glover Genre : Adult Historical Fantasy Pages : 422 Audiobook & Ebook
Title : From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout Genre : Fantasy Romance Pages : 634 Audiobook & Ebook

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks WWW Wednesday post. Stay safe and keep reading and dreaming 🌸✨🦋.

May TBR

May TBR

Hello everyone!! Since I decided to start doing TBR’s this will be my first TBR post! If you’d like to know what I’m planning on reading for the month of May keep reading.
Title : Warbreaker Author : Brandon Sanderson Genre : Adult Fantasy Pages : 688
Title : The Name of all Things (A Chorus of Dragons #2) Author : Jenn Lyons Genre : Adult Epic High Fantasy Pages : 589
Title : The Conductors (Murder and Magic #1) Author : Nicole Glover Genre : Adult Historical Fantasy Pages : 422
Title : From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout Genre : Fantasy Romance Pages : 634
Title : The Space Between Worlds Author : Micaiah Johnson Genre : Adult LGBTQ Fantasy Sci-fi Pages : 336
Title : Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) Author : Sarah J. Maas Genre : YA Fantasy Pages : 406
Title : The Forest of Souls (Shamanborn #1) Author : Lori M. Lee Genre : YA Fantasy Pages : 400
Title : Red Queen (Red Queen #1) Author : Victoria Aveyard Genre : YA Fantasy Pages : 383
Title : The Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) Author : Sarah J. Maas Genre : YA Fantasy Pages : 420
Title : Agnes at the End of the World Author : Kelly McWilliams Genre : YA Fantasy Pages : 432
Title : Their Eyes were Watching God Author : Zora Neale Hurston Genre : YA historical fiction Pages : 219
Title : The Eighth Girl Author : Maxine Mei-Fung Chung Genre : Adult Psychological Thriller Pages : 480

These are all the books I’m planning to read in May, I wanted to leave some space just in case I wanted to pick up something else. I hope you all enjoyed this read of my May TBR. Stay safe and keep reading and dreaming 🦋🌸✨.

Black Sun Rebecca Roanhorse ARC Review

Black Sun Rebecca Roanhorse ARC Review

Title : Black Sun Author : Rebecca Roanhorse Genre : Adult SFF Published : October 31, 2020 Pages : 461

“I emerged from Black Sun bleary-eyed, tongue-tied, heart-swollen. This is a brilliant world that shows the full panoply of human grace and depravity. Rebecca Roanhorse is the epic voice of our continent and time.”

-Ken Liu, award-winning author of The Grace of Kings, and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories.

Synopsis:

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.

“Absolutely tremendous. Roanhorse knocks it out of the park again with an epic tale about duty and destiny that will sweep readers away and broaden the horizons of an entire genre.”

-S.A. Chakraborty, nationally bestselling author of The City of Brass.

My thoughts…

I received the ARC copy of this last year from Netgalley and never got to it. I picked up this book via audiobook a few weeks ago and haven’t able to stop thinking about it. Which is part of the reason I feel it necessary to write this review! I think if you love epic fantasy with violence, intriguing world building and interesting characters this is the book for you. There are definitely trigger warnings for this so please check them out if you feel necessary.

When I picked this book up in a few minutes of the first chapter, I was on the edge of my seat. The characters in this book are the some of the most unique I’ve ever read. Serapio is my favorite character POV as well as Xiala. I do feel as though there’s unnecessary romance created between certain characters. I don’t love romance so it’s not crucial for it to be in books I read. I felt as though the relationships were done well besides that.

I enjoyed the world building and plot of this story a lot. I found myself not wanting the book to end the closer it got to being over. After getting to know Serapio’s history and background this story had me wanting to know more. I definitely see myself rereading this book very soon. I can’t wait for the second installment to release I will be picking it up for sure. I rated Black Sun ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

Where to buy…

https://bookshop.org/books/black-sun-9781508283089/9781534437685

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B084G9YRK3/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1619673597&sr=8-1

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Have you guys picked up Black Sun if so what did you think of it? I hope you enjoyed my review of Black Sun. I linked my Readerly Gist below as well if you want to check it out. Stay safe and Keep reading and dreaming 🌸✨🦋

Readerly Gist – The Black Sun

WWW Wednesday 4.28.21

WWW Wednesday 4.28.21

This post was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words. In this post I will share with you what I’m currently reading, what I just finished reading, and what I’ll be reading next.

What I’m currently reading…

I’m picking up Warbreaker again after picking it up last year, getting half through and the loan expiring. I just never picked it up again but I’m glad I have and I’m loving it every minute. My favorite character is Lightsong. He’s so sarcastic and nonchalant. I love the politics and magic system in this book as well.
The King of Crows the fourth installment in the Diviner’s series. I’m loving this just as I knew I would. I’ve loved the gang of Diviner’s since the first book. The diversity between characters the friendships and bonds created. The love triangles that should’ve been figured out long time age but regardless. I hope this book brings the closure for the series.

What I just finished

The Ruin of Kings One of my favorites by far, the politics, characters , magic system, and dragons. I mean honestly what more can you ask for in a fantasy. I loved this if you want to know more of my thoughts check out my review. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.
Before the Devil Breaks You The third installment in the Diviner’s series. I loved reading this and following my favorite band of diviner’s. Libba Bray did a great job writing these characters. They’re all unique, Evie the main character can be frustrating but Theta, Memphis, Isaiah and Henry make this book so worth it. I’ve never read a book just because I loved the characters so much and needed to know what happened to them. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.
Ring Shout was a quick read via audiobook, I really enjoyed this book as well. The unique twist on the story was great and I felt it brought a lot to the story. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

What I’m reading next…

I recently picked up All Systems Red from Libby, I noticed it was available and it’s a quick read. There’s been a lot of hype and talk surrounding this series. I hope I enjoy it love murder bot, and binge it like so many others have.
The second installment in the Chorus of Dragons series. I cannot wait to get back to this world and characters. I loved the first book so much I know I’ll love this one too. I just bought the audiobook from Libro.Fm for this one as well.
I purchased the Conductors audiobook through Libro.Fm a while ago so I think now is a good time to pick up this standalone. I’ve heard only good things about this book, I can’t wait to read it and fall in love.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks WWW, I’ll see you guys Friday with another post. Keep reading and dreaming 🦋✨🌸.

Discussion Post: Contemplating monthly TBR’s 📚

Discussion Post: Contemplating monthly TBR’s 📚

Hello everyone! This post will be short and sweet on why I want to start monthly TBR’s.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about reading certain books I’ve already picked ahead. I’ll be creating monthly TBR’s. I think it would be best to be able to let you guys knows what I’ll be reading! I read primarily adult or YA SFF, I enjoy graphic novels and thrillers.

I’m going to start planning out my TBR’s a ahead of time, based on series I’m reading and unread books on my kindle. I have literally 500+ unread and backlisted/new released books on my kindle. Normally I’m more of a mood reader but I’m wanting to change that.

My goal is going to be to finish any series I’ve started. Which really isn’t too many since I’ve finished them or the series isn’t completed. Then I’ll start working on my Kindle TBR. I prefer to read ebooks on my kindle, I recently got a kindle Oasis and I love it. I still have my Paperwhite but I just decided to treat myself.

I’ve been collecting backlisted and new releases ebooks for awhile. I just recently at the end of 2020 started reading strictly ebooks and not buying physical books as a form of minimalism. I do a lot of reading at night so my kindle has been a great investment.

I think the books I will focus on for the rest of April will be Grey Sister and maybe I’ll start Before the Dil Breaks you again. I’ve picked up the audiobook a couple times but this time I think I’ll pick up the ebook.

I have a few series to finish then so many I want to start. Subscribe to my blog if I’d like to keep up my reading. There will be plenty more to come. Keep reading and dreaming 🌸✨🦋


Book review: The Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons

Book review: The Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons

Title : The Ruin of Kings Author : Jenn Lyons Genre : Epic high fantasy Published : February 5, 2019 Pages : 560

Everything epic fantasy should be: rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying. I loved it.”

– Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

Synopsis: “Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions. Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised. The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always wins. Then again, maybe he isn’t the hero after all. For Kihrin is not destined to save the world. He’s destined to destroy it.”

“It’s impossible not to be impressed with the ambition of it all . . . a larger-than-life adventure story about thieves, wizards, assassins and kings to dwell in for a good long while.”

The New York Times

My thoughts…

From the moment I picked up this book and started the audio I knew it would be a favorite. I truly believe that this story being written in dual perspective of Kihrin and Talon made the story so much more interesting. Following Kihrin’s story just made me want to continue reading. I had to know what was going to happen next. This book has deep family secrets, dragons, swords, and it’s a thick fantasy book. How could you not want to read it?! The writing and world building had me immersed, the entire time I was reading. I was in no rush to finish because I was genuinely enjoying it. The plot is intriguing for sure the twists and turns this book takes you through, I had to hold on too my seat. I enjoyed my time reading this book and I definitely think it’ll be going on my favorites. I rated the Ruin of Kings ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

Where to buy this book..

https://bookshop.org/books/the-ruin-of-kings/9781250175502

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C75P1R6?pf_rd_r=0RJV4EVK8XTESMMQBQV3&pf_rd_p=89879054-2e37-4233-9fd7-bd5a93dd076a&pd_rd_r=e446fe35-bb5a-4398-8723-5ea2d6d8253b&pd_rd_w=GVrtl&pd_rd_wg=RTAe0

WWW Wednesday’s 4.21.21

WWW Wednesday’s 4.21.21

This post was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words. In this post I will share with you what I’m currently reading, what I just finished reading, and what I’ll be reading next.

What I’m currently reading..

The Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons

The Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons I’m really enjoying this book. The world building and characters are extremely interesting. I’m reading the ebook as well as listening to audio.

What I just finished reading

I picked up HeartStopper on a whim one night while I was working. Let’s just say all it took was the first book and I was hooked. When I got Vol 1 I’m glad I decided to pick up 2 and 3 as well. I binged them all the same night. The first book gave a lot of background on Charlie’s past extremely toxic relationship. These graphic novels show a lot of character growth. They’re heartwarming and honestly just the more you read the more you fall in love with the characters. I loved vol. 2 and 3 the most only because it was more about Nick and Charlie. Their are trigger warnings so definitely check them out if you plan to pick this up. I rated each vol ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

What I’m reading next..

This is always the hardest question, I have so many unread books on my kindle it’s crazy. I will list a few of the books I’m thinking about starting.

I received this book as an ARC copy from Netgalley a while ago and never picked it up. I’ve heard good things and definitely think I will enjoy this!
I’m hoping to continue on in the A Chorus of dragons series. I’ve been enjoying the Ruin of Kings so I definitely see myself continuing on with the series.
This series has been sitting on my shelf for about a year now. I read ACOTAR last year and loved it, since then I’ve wanted to read SJM’s other series. This book has all the makings to be something I’ll love and I hope I do.
Continuing on in the ACOTAR series. I didn’t read a Court of Frost and Starlight because I didn’t want to be disappointed. I’m beyond excited to dive back into one of my favorite worlds. This book focuses on Cassian and Nesta, I wasn’t a huge fan of Nesta in the beginning but she grew on me. I can’t wait to pick this one up.
I picked this audiobook up last year, I was really enjoying it but I was listening to the audiobook through Libby and my loan ended. I enjoyed the world building, characters and magic system. I can’t wait to pick this book back up again and finish.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, definitely expect more to come. Keep reading and dreaming 🌸🦋✨

Life update & March Recent Reads

Life update & March Recent Reads

Hello everyone!! I hope you have all been staying safe, reading as many books as possible and binging booktube. This year although it’s only April has been a roller coaster. Since I started my new job in September of 2020, I have been super busy pretty much since. I was exhausted after work, with all the overtime I was working I just didn’t have the motivation to create blog posts. Coming into February 2021 I was promoted, now I’m settled into my new position. I really missed creating blog posts, and of course I’ve still been reading. I would love to get back to creating posts for you all so you know what I’m reading and can keep up with me! I will be posting more so be on the lookout! That’s my life update for you all, now we’ll get on to the books. I didn’t pick up a book till March so that’s where we’ll start.📚

My first read of the year was Blood and Honey a YA fantasy romance by Shelby Mahurin. I would say this was not what I thought it was going to be. I definitely enjoyed the first book a lot more, I felt like not much really happened in the second book. The characters keep me going, I love the banter and relationships. I’m excited for Gods & Monsters to come out to continue the series. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
My second pick up of the year was Black Sun, this was my first novel by Rebecca Roanhorse. This book was a fantasy novel. All I have to say is WOW, the plot, characters, world building everything in this book blew me away. I read this book via audio, I felt it was the best way to process since some of the names and things were complicated too pronounce. The way this book started had me like WHAATTT. I was blown away by this work, and can’t wait to read more. I’m interested in picking up Trail of Lightning just because of how much I loved Black Sun. As I was reading Black Sun it somewhat reminded me of The First Season. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
I randomly picked up Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky, this book was extremely long for no reason I felt like. This book was an adult psychological thriller and suspense novel. The premise was interesting and the characters were okay, but I only finished this book because I didn’t want to just put it down. I should have DNF’d but I’m still getting comfortable DNFing books. The chapters seemed extremely long and it just got boring. This story follows a young boy that hears a voice talking to him in his head. That he believes is some imaginary best friend. The demon tells him he has to build a treehouse or something bad is going to happen to his family. I would not pick this book up again. I rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️.
The last book I picked up in March was The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton. This was an adult historical fiction mystery thriller. I somewhat enjoyed this book, and I lost interest in some places. The pacing wasn’t the best it was kind of slow, or maybe it wasn’t just very interesting to me. I enjoy historical fiction and mysteries but the story just seemed to fall short for me. The banter and characters were okay but not memorable. I rated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️.

That is all the books I read in the month of March. I hope you enjoyed my little life update and the books I read. Stay tuned for more upcoming posts. Keep reading and dreaming 📚🦋🌸

Recent Reads Sept.-Dec.

Recent Reads Sept.-Dec.

Hello allll!! HAPPY NEW YEAAAARRRR🎉🎉🎉.I hope you guys have been doing well and staying safe during this time. I haven’t read as much in these past few months as I did in the beginning of the year. That is part of the reason why I chose to combine my recent reads instead of doing monthly wrap ups. I’m sorry about my absence, I just didn’t feel motivated to create posts but with the new year one of my goals was to post more. I would like to do more on my blog since I’m no longer on YouTube. If you’d like to know what I’ve been reading for the past few months, grab some tea because this is going to be a long one and keep on reading! 🦋

In the month of September I read…

1. Wilder Girls Rory Power – I didn’t this book at all, it took me almost 3 weeks to finish. I had to keep restarting it, I hate DNFing books but coming into 2021 I’m not wasting my time. The story didn’t stick with me, and the characters were bland. I’m sure there’s people out there that would like this but it wasn’t for me. I typically like books that have school and pandemic/contagion settings but it seemed as though it wasn’t enough to make me like this. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️
2. Allegedly Tiffany D. Jackson – This book started off with a bang I listened to it via audiobook and finished in one sitting. I was so enthralled and engaged by the story and the outcome. A 9 year old convicted of murdering a 3 month old infant. The challenges Mary faced while fighting for her innocence as well as her freedom. There was a lot of character growth in this story, I feel like I forgot a lot that Mary was only 15. If you’re interested in reading this I’d check out the trigger warnings. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. Becoming Michelle Obama – I really enjoyed listening to this audio being narrated by the queen herself. Listening to her backstory and how Barrack came to be president and what they did with their life before that. I loved reading about how Michelle wasn’t your average First Lady. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to become more knowledgeable about the Obama’s. It was a great read and went by pretty quickly. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
4. Monday’s Not Coming Tiffany D. Jackson – This book will always hold a special place in my heart and I’ll definitely be picking up the physical copy. I started the audio and finished it within a sitting. That’s how deep I was into this book and the story, I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know what happened. This book follows two best friends Monday and Claudia. They’re inseparable until one day Monday just doesn’t show up at school. Claudia is the only one who realizes and cares that her bestfriend is missing. Claudia won’t stop until she finds out what happened to Monday. This story pulled at so many heart strings. It spoke to the thousands of little missing black girls that no one cares to look for. They go missing without a trace CPS isn’t following up on cases. This book has so many trigger/content warnings i definitely recommend it, but please make sure you’re in the right space mentally. It’s a tough deep read, but It’s a story that needs to be heard. An outstanding read. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5. the Obelisk Gate N.K. Jemisin –
I really enjoyed the story line of this book and the characters. The fight and action scenes in this book were amazing. Seeing Nassun’s relationship with her father and finding out his past. Nassun has a lot of character growth and she matured at a young age. We found out more about Alabaster and the reason why he wanted Essun to be able to do certain things. I really enjoyed this book overall I don’t want to say too much because it’s the second book isn’t the trilogy. A lot of people don’t like this book as much because not a lot happens. I definitely found it entertaining, and enjoyed the science and learning about the Obelisks. These books are so deep and have so much meaning it definitely takes rereading some passages of following with the audiobook and ebook. Overall it was pretty good and I’ll definitely be picking up the next book. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
6. Days of Blood and Starlight Laini Taylor – This was just as good amazing as the first book. The relationship between Zuzana and Karou is one of the most beautiful friendships. Zuzana and Mik are too cute like seriously I love them. There are sooo many things I’m curious about that will happen in book three. This series is definitely at the top of my favorites list. I’m going to start book 3 right now!! Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
7. Dreams of Gods and Monsters Laini Taylor – Where do I start… this book starts off with Eliza who I didn’t know what her purpose was until 45% through the book. I had no interest in Eliza’s point of view I just didn’t understand the point of making her a lead character especially after Brimstone’s death. I was so attached too the characters in books 1 and 2. Then it was just so much time hopping and point of view changing I couldn’t and didn’t care too keep up. This finale book had way too much going on in my opinion and she should’ve stuck with the original characters and a different plot line for this book. I couldn’t make it past the 60% mark. I still love Karou, Mik and Zuzana they will always hold a special place in my heart ❤️. Rating ⭐️⭐️
9. the Dragon Republic R.F. Kuang – Wow just wow sooo much happened, plot twists super crazy. I loved this so much more than the first book. Rin is starting to grow on me I didn’t care for her in the Poppy War but her character is growing. I really enjoyed this and can’t wait too read the Burning God. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In the month of October I read…

1. Unravel Me Tahereh Mafi – I was starting too get tired of Juliette and Adam honestly. The plot twist that’s in this is huge and it definitely changes things. I think the plot twist made me more excited too continue reading. I enjoyed this and definitely want to pick up the next one. I’m curious too see where things will go now. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2. Room Emma Donahue – This story follows a woman held in captivity that gives birth too a little boy named Jack. She was kidnapped by this man he’s been holding her since she was 18. This was a disturbing read there were things that made me CRINGEEEE. Omg ugh it was a good read but it definitely has trigger warnings. If you’re interested just them out before. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. the Stone Sky N.K. Jemisin – I’m not going too lie, the last half of this is pretty confused but I was just ready too be done. I really enjoyed this trilogy, I liked the growth of Essun’s character. Seeing Nassun’s travels, I would read this trilogy again but I want to read more of N.K. Jemisins works now. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5. A Gathering of Shadows V.E. Schwab – I really enjoyed continuing the story, of kel and Lila. We found out more about Kel and Rhy in this story. Emery had me fooled I thought he was gunna go for Lila. There’s character growth, great plot, I really enjoy these books. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the trilogy. I need to know what’s going to happen to Kel. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
6. the Astonishing Color of After Emily X.R. Pan – This book follows Lee as she goes in search of her recently deceased mother, that she believes has turned into a bird. This book definitely has trigger warnings so i would look into them if needed. I really enjoyed this book and the emotions I felt. This book is gut wrenching, but it’s soo good and just it definitely puts you in the feels. I will definitely have to read this again. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
7. Internment Samira Ahmed – I really enjoyed reading from Layla’s perspective. Seeing everything she had too go through just being Muslim but also an U.S. citizen. I could never imagine being put in an interment camp, her life was literally flipped upside down. I love books with strong female leads and this was one of them. Even as just a teenager Layla knew she wouldn’t hold her tongue, she had too speak out. She knew the treatment they were experiencing was wrong and refused too let it happen. This was a book that I would definitely read again. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
8. Lair of Dreams Libba Bray – This book had some funny parts, a great plot amazing characters I love the Diviner’s. Henry, Evie, Theta, Jericho and even Sam Lloyd he’s growing on me. I love the banter between these characters and the relationships between them. I love the diversity between them this book had LGBTQ rep and Disability rep. I love this series and can’t wait too complete it and own all the books. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
9. Ignite Me Tahereh Mafi – Wow I’m slowly finding myself loving these books more and more. The friendship between Juliette and Kenji I love the banter. I loved the character growth of Juliette I’m so happy too see how far she’s come. I’m glad that she also let that dead weight go, that was only going to become toxic. She literally thought he was the best thing since sliced bread. I was surprised that the plot twist and how things changed, I’m loving the direction the story is heading. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
10. the Way of Shadows Brent Weeks – I really enjoyed this story, the banter between the characters. The character growth as well as the world building and the story line. The plot was very interesting, I listened too this via audiobook and there was just so much going on it was hard for me too keep up. I still really loved the story and want too continue on within the series. There were quite a few characters as well but I was still able too follow along and keep up. I caught myself laughing a lot while reading this book. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
11. A Conjuring of Light V.E. Schwab – It took me quite a while to get through this audiobook. I really enjoyed the first and second books in the Shades of Magic Trilogy. I loved the story line, characters and banter. I don’t know why but it seemed like once I got halfway through the audiobook. The second half just dragged I felt like it was repetitive and I had heard the story before. I’m used too listening to longer audiobooks but I just got bored with it. I also started to just kind of get bored of the same story, I stopped caring about the characters. I was just ready for it to be over with. I tend to not like the finale books in series, the ending is just never how I think it will be. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

November and December were a lot slower months for me just as everyone as I’m sure.

1. The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides – This book kept me on the edge of my seat holy crap the plot twists, the action, the characters. I loved every second of this story it was a wild ride. The last hour of the audiobook I started putting the pieces together. I was understanding what had happened and holy cow just wow. This was a great but twisted story. The story of Alicia and her past then Theo’s character. I can’t get over this ending right now, this was so good. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
2. The Burning God R.F. Kuang – I’m speechless.. I have no words but whhhyyyyyy?!?!?! It was so amazing but 😭😭😭😭. I need this trilogy in my physical library ASAP. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. Dark Matter Blake Crouch – This was hella confusing in the beginning but things definitely started coming together shortly after the start. Everything was influenced by the choices made and what was most important to you. I loved the concept of the multi universe, I thought this was thrilling and full of suspense. I wasn’t expecting this story to go the way it did but I’m glad I picked it up and finished it in one sitting. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
4. The Chain Adrian McKinty – I prefer to go into books not knowing, I recently picked up this book from the bargain outlet near me. My boyfriend picked it up and read the synopsis which I normally don’t. I don’t like to know anything about the book before I go into it, especially suspense or thriller books. The book started off good I read this via audiobook and I had no attachment to the characters. It didn’t keep me intriguing and on the edge of my seat, it was more or less I was waiting for it to be over. I picked up the physical copy for cheap but not I’m wishing I would t have cause I’m sure I won’t read it again. Rating ⭐️⭐️
5. The Year of the Witching Alexis Henderson – This book definitely on my list of favorites for the year. The story line the characters, Immanuelle and Ezra. The relationship she had with her family. The curse their was more than one plot to this story which I enjoyed. This 300 page book Which normally would be a quick read for me. I enjoyed and slowly took this book in bit by bit. I didn’t want to rush and consume it too quickly because it was just that good I didn’t want it to end. Then like 93% into the ending I check on goodreads to see when book two will be coming out. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
6. Girls of Paper and Fire Natasha Ngan – I really loved this book from the start. I previously picked the ebook up but I put it down for no particular reason, I just hadn’t picked it back up. I decided to try the audiobook this time and absolutely loved the story. This book is by no means an easy read due to some things that happen and the premise. The relationships built and the friends made. I loved the Lei and Ren, I will be picking up the next one very soon. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I hope you enjoyed this post and would like to see more from me! I will be putting out more content this year, until next time and keep reading. 🦋

WWW Wednesday’s 9.9.2020

WWW Wednesday’s 9.9.2020

Hey guys, this is my first WWW Wednesday post. This post was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words. In this post I will share with you what I’m currently reading, what I just finished reading, and what I’ll be reading next.

What I’m currently reading

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin : “The season of endings grows darker, civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun — once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger — has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power — and her choices will break the world.”

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang : “Three times throughout its history, Nikan has fought for its survival in the bloody Poppy Wars. Though the third battle has just ended, shaman and warrior Rin cannot forget the atrocity she committed to save her people. Now she is on the run from her guilt, the opium addiction that holds her like a vice, and the murderous commands of the fiery Phoenix—the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power.”

What I just finished reading…

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson : This book started off with a bang. I listened to the audio and finished it in one sitting. I was so enthralled and engaged by the story and the outcome. A 9 year old convicted of murdering a 3 month old infant. The challenges Mary faced while fighting for her innocence as well as her freedom.

Monday’s Not Coming Tiffany D. Jackson : This book will always hold a special place in my heart and I’ll definitely be picking up the physical copy. I started the audio and also finished it within a sitting. That’s how deep I was into this book and the story, I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know what happened. It’s a tough deep read, but It’s a story that needs to be heard. An outstanding read.

Becoming by Michelle Obama : I really enjoyed listening to this audio being narrated by the queen herself. Listening to her backstory and how Barrack came to be president and what they did with their life before that.

What I’m reading next:

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang : I received this ARC from Netgalley. “After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead. Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation.”

I loved doing this WWW Wednesday blog post! Look out for the next post Wednesday and more content between then!! I hope everyone is having a great day wherever you are in the world. Keep reading .🦋📚

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Recent Reads June-August

Recent Reads June-August

Hello all, In the past couple months I’ve been feeling very meh and busy with a new job. I just wasn’t feeling motivated to create blog content. As well as not having as much time as I did before getting my new job.

I started my blog and Booktube channel when the COVID pandemic first started. I realized I really enjoyed creating book blog content. I love this hobby of mine, and I can’t wait to bring more content to you guys. Now it’s time to make up for time lost by sharing the books I read in that time. If I’d you like to know what I read just keep on reading. 🦋

The first book I picked up in the month of June was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi which was a reread from last year. I wanted to give the series another try to see if I would continue on with it. I enjoyed reading from Juliette and Adams perspectives. The characters were great and the story line is intriguing. I really enjoyed the book and gave it a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating.

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi #1.5- This is the novella that follows Shatter me. This was different reading from Warner’s perspective. He’s just as crazy as I thought he was, the story dives into Warner’s childhood and his background. I’m hoping to continue on with the series but I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read up to this point! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ as well.

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison was by far my least favorite read of the month. I got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really just did not enjoy this at all really. I like to go into books not knowing, I was unaware this was a Sherlock Holmes retelling. I do like mystery/thriller/suspense novels but this just wasn’t it for me. I felt as though this as extremely long for no reason and it just kept going in circles. I really wanted to DNF. I know there’s a lot of people that like this book already but it wasn’t for me. I rated this book ⭐️⭐️.

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert was my favorite read of the month. I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book is one that everyone should read.. every black person can relate to this book in some way. I couldn’t put this down I finished it in a matter of a few sittings. I loved how firm of a believer Marva was in advocating for women’s rights and black rights. Her being black and in an interracial relationship with someone who was white and privileged opened her eyes to the differences in there lives. I loved the different POVs in this book, I loved Duke and how awesome of a big brother he was to his little sister. The way this book talks about “the police talk” all black kids get was relatable. The way Marva felt when the police officer pulled her over is how I’ve felt many a times. There’s just so many take a ways and things to be learned from this book. I loved all the characters, I loved the premise and importance or black people making sure their voices are heard. We have to vote and do our part so it’s one less way than can silence us. I felt so many different emotions while reading this, I teared up quite a few times. When Duke’s father was talking about Julian’s baby picture and how he lost his baby boy I almost lost it. These are things that happen in the black community daily, someone’s son, brother, nephew, uncle, or father is arrested or shot and killed. This book really brings light too a lot of issues in the black community that very important. This is the first work I’ve read by Brandy Colbert but I definitely can’t wait to read more and recommend this book to everyone I know! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ you should not be surprised.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang I had very mixed feelings about this book. Things that I loved the history and the world building were great to me. If I was rating the book just based off that it would be five stars. What I didn’t like was Rin the main character, Rin was too obsessed with getting revenge and wanting power for me. I felt like she was so consumed with power she wasn’t listening to the smart advice of the warnings of others. Some of my favorite characters were Kitay and Tutor Jiang. I really enjoyed the book the plot and worldbuilding is what kept me going. This book does have trigger warnings so I would definitely check them out if it’s possible for you to become triggered. I still loved it and can’t wait to read the Dragon Republic. I also received the ARC for the Burning God so I’ll definitely be picking this up soon. I rated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.


Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown this book triggered so many emotions. Every little black preteen-young adult girl/woman should read this book. This book made me cry it inspired me as well as told a sad but beautiful story. I loved reading from Echo’s POV, being able to relate to so much that happened in this story made me fall in love. The love she had for her brothers, how naive she was a young girl in love, growing up feeling ugly because you’re uncomfortable in your skin. There are so many struggles being black and a young girl. We need black queens uplifting our little black girls. This book should be on every little black girls bookshelf. I rated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

You Should See me In a Crown by Leah Johnson. I really loved this book, were following Liz and her trials and tribulations trying to get into the college of her dreams. I could relate to Liz in a lot of ways, which I love as a reader. Throughout the book there was a lot of good character growth. Between school, family her friends and trying to win prom queen to get into the school of her dreams. Liz has huge dreams and she’s stepping out of her comfort zone, as well as being queer and black. This was a great read and I would definitely recommend it. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust. I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a Sleeping Beauty with the concept of a poisonous girl in a garden from “Rappaccini’s Daughter” and mythology. When I first picked up Girl Serpent Thorn I wasn’t invested in the characters, even at the end I’m not really caring about picking up the next book. I’m not in love with this in anyway it wasn’t terrible because I read the whole thing. I liked the themes of the book finding your purpose and loving yourself among others. This was also the first book I picked up from this author. Honestly reading this it seemed like every other typical fantasy love triangle story. There’s BI rep in this book the main character Soraya as well as Azad. I like how they discuss not labeling and not but sure of their sexuality, just how it’s pretty much okay not know exactly who you are. There were very few things I liked about this book but it’s for someone out there just not me. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Historically Innacurate by Shay Bravo. I received this ARC from Netgalley, I want to thank the author Shay Bravo as well as the Publisher. This book was unique in the fact that the story was set in a History club in a college. I think that’s a different perspective and just a unique twist to the story. I didn’t like the “hazing” aspect. I enjoyed reading from the perspective of Soledad who’s mom was deported. Seeing what they go through in a daily life and the struggles of trying to keep your family together at such great distances. I loved reading about the close relationship between Carlos and Soledad. Soledad’s character really reminds of myself in some ways with her fiery attitude. This book had some slow parts but the story was very interesting. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Daughters of NRI by Reni K. Amayo. I wish I had more to say about this but I just really didn’t love this. I feel like it could’ve been so much better. The pacing for the story was off and slow. There were times when I would be reading and put the book down and not pick it back up because I wasn’t interested. I loved following the dual perspectives of Naala and Sinai, I hated the fact that they didn’t meet until more than 90% of the book. I was really anticipating the twins meeting and how they would react and what would happen but really nothing did. I’m not sure what book two would even be about because even at the end nothing really happened after they met. I liked the characters and the world building of this story but there’s more cons than pros for me. I think this book is setting up for book two but it doesn’t make me want to pick up the second book unfortunately. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. This was amazing as I expected it would be, I’ve read every single work by Elizabeth Acevedo. I own all of her works. This book especially tugged at my heart strings more the grief these sisters experienced. The growth of them growing as a family and learning who the other is. I loved Yahira and Camino they were amazing characters, hearing both sides and how they felt about the situation. The story was beautiful and I loved every minute of it, this story also brought awareness to an event that not many know about. I would absolutely recommend this book! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn I loved this book, I listened to it via audio and it had me on the edge of my seat. The story was great it was full of suspense it had deep meaning too it. At first I thought I knew who the killer was I, I was wrong. I was so shocked and surprised at the end. There’s definitely tw in this soo if you plan on picking it up I’d definitely check them out. This story is gripping and definitely keeps you pulled in. I’m so glad I decided to randomly pick this up. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Gillian Flynn!! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

It is Wood, It is Stone by Gabriella Burnham. I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank the publisher and the author Gabriella Burnham. This is an LGBTQ contemporary romance, this was a quick read that I actually really enjoyed. I was unaware that this book was heavily romance based when I was approved for it. The book follows 3 women through São Paulo. The story follows Linda who’s spending a year in Brazil while her husband teaches university. She’s coming to terms of whether or not she should leave her husband as well as looking back at the choices she’s made up to that point. Marta the maid and Celia. There’s relationship struggles, lesbian relations, family drama and struggling with not knowing who you are. I’m glad the ending turned out the way that it did, i was glad the things were resolved. I recommend this if you’re interested in LGBTQ contemporary romance. I loved that this book took place in Brazil, even though they came from the U.S. It put a unique twist on the story. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

This is My America Kim Johnson. I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank The publisher, and the author Kim Johnson. This book is one of my top reads of the year. I’m so happy I got the opportunity as a young black women to read this book. I was able to relate to this in a lot of ways. This is a story that you don’t read about often. People being wrongly imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. Tracy as a young girl in high school is trying to find a way to prove her father’s innocence, and defend her family. I loved reading about Tracy she was such a strong fearless character she was passionate about speaking out about injustices against black people. Tracy is torn between her family and relationships and has to make so many crucial decisions. This book talks a lot about family values, experiencing extreme racism, growing up with a parent incarcerated, as well as privilege and influence . So many young adults and teens should read this book. It’s so important that we stress the importance of Black Lives Matter. There’s so many black men falsely accused and imprisoned because of crimes they didn’t commit and that don’t receive a fair trial. There’s so much betrayal, secrets and suspense in this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I wasn’t able to put this book down or put my attention to anything else. I can’t wait to get a finished copy of this. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

The Black Kids Christina Hammonds Reed. This is my least favorite book of probably the year. I just couldn’t get through it, I hated the main characters Ashley and Kimberly. After reading so many books with strong female black leads. I was struggling to read this I feel as though if the roles of the Ashley and Jo were switched and their was more history told early in the story it would be better. The story just wasn’t what I was expecting whatsoever. It fully disappointed me, one of my most anticipated reads. I didn’t give this book a rating because I didn’t finish it but I didn’t enjoy it at all.

So You Want to Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo. This is a nonfiction book that I listened too via audio. I finished this book in one sitting that’s how much I enjoyed it. I could relate too so many of the micro-aggressions and things that happened within the story. When I finished the audiobook I was thoroughly satisfied and definitely recommend this to any and everyone. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

The Fifth Season N.K. Jemisin. This was nothing short of amazing, the beginning was a little confusing just because of the multiple perspectives. Shortly after that I began to understand and this started coming together. I loved the way this book was written, the characters, the events and world building were great. I don’t think there was anything I didn’t like because it was just that great for me. This is a book that you have to really read and like understand to know what’s going on. A lot of people read this and say they were so confused after. If you love sci-fi/fantasy and black authors with amazing writing. Please pick this book up it’s soo good!! I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This book was everything I didn’t know I needed in my life and it ripped out my heart in the end.. I don’t think it gets much better than that. This book has made it too my top favorites for sure. The world building, characters and necromancy was amazing. I have a new favorite trope!! This was absolutely ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

I hope you guys enjoyed this recent reads post! Comment below some of your favorite books you’ve read recently. Keep reading 🦋💕

Netgalley E-ARC Reviews

Netgalley E-ARC Reviews

Lately I’ve been feeling swamped and over my head in ARCS. Which has lead me to feel unmotivated to make blog posts and film for my Booktube. I feel like there’s so much pressure to read ARCS and give lengthy reviews everytime. As much as I enjoy reading brand new releases, it causes me a lot of stress and anxiety.

I feel like it’s also been the cause of my reading slumps lately. I’m all excited and pumped about reading this book and it doesn’t meet my expectations. I have so many backlist books and books I own that I want to read. Most of these ARCS I did enjoy and I was excited to share with you guys. I can’t wait to create more content.

ARC #1 Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (Release date July 7th 2020)

I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a Sleeping Beauty with the concept of a poisonous girl in a garden from “Rappaccini’s Daughter” and mythology. When I first picked up Girl Serpent Thorn I wasn’t invested in the characters, even at the end I’m not really caring about picking up the next book. I’m not in love with this in anyway it wasn’t terrible because I read the whole thing.

I liked the themes of the book finding your purpose and loving yourself among others. This was also the first book I picked up from this author. Honestly reading this it seemed like every other typical fantasy love triangle story. There’s BI rep in this book the main character Soraya as well as Azad. I like how they discuss not labeling and not but sure of their sexuality, just how it’s pretty much okay not know exactly who you are. There were very few things I liked about this book but it’s for someone out there just not me.
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

https://bookshop.org/books/girl-serpent-thorn-9781250196149/9781250196149


ARC #2 Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo (Release date September 29th, 2020)

I received this ARC from Netgalley, I want to thank the author Shay Bravo as well as the Publisher.
This book was unique in the fact that the story was set in a History club in a college. I think that’s a different perspective and just a unique twist to the story. I didn’t like the “hazing” aspect. I enjoyed reading from the perspective of Soledad who’s mom was deported. Seeing what they go through in a daily life and the struggles of trying to keep your family together at such great distances. I loved reading about the close relationship between Carlos and Soledad. Soledad’s character really reminds of myself in some ways with her fiery attitude. This book had some slow parts but the story was very interesting. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

https://bookshop.org/books/historically-inaccurate/9781989365373


ARC #3 This is My America by Kim Johnson (Release date July 28th, 2020)

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank The publisher, and the author Kim Johnson.

I’m so happy I got the opportunity as a young black women to read this book. I was able to relate to this in a lot of ways. This is a story that you don’t read about often. People being wrongly imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. Tracy as a young girl in high school is trying to find a way to prove her father’s innocence, and defend her family. I loved reading about Tracy she was such a strong fearless character she was passionate about speaking out about injustices against black people.

Tracy is torn between her family and relationships and has to make so many crucial decisions. This book talks a lot about family values, experiencing extreme racism, growing up with a parent incarcerated, as well as privilege and influence . So many young adults and teens should read this book. It’s so important that we stress the importance of Black Lives Matter.

There’s so many black men falsely accused and imprisoned because of crimes they didn’t commit and that don’t receive a fair trial. There’s so much betrayal, secrets and suspense in this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I wasn’t able to put this book down or put my attention to anything else. I can’t wait to get a finished copy of this. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

https://bookshop.org/books/this-is-my-america/9780593118764


ARC #4 It is Wood, It is Stone by Gabriella Burnham (Release date July 28th, 2020)

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank the publisher and the author Gabriella Burnham.

This is an LGBTQ contemporary romance, this was a quick read that I actually really enjoyed. I was unaware that this book was heavily romance based when I was approved for it. The book follows 3 women through São Paulo. The story follows Linda who’s spending a year in Brazil while her husband teaches university. She’s coming to terms of whether or not she should leave her husband as well as looking back at the choices she’s made up to that point. Marta the maid and Celia. There’s relationship struggles, lesbian relations, family drama and struggling with not knowing who you are. I’m glad the ending turned out the way that it did, i was glad the things were resolved. I recommend this if you’re interested in LGBTQ contemporary romance. I loved that this book took place in Brazil, even though they came from the U.S. It put a unique twist on the story. Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

https://bookshop.org/books/it-is-wood-it-is-stone/9781984855831


ARC #5 The Black Kids Christina Hammonds Reed (Release date August 4th, 2020)

I did not write a review on The Black Kids because I DNF’d this book less than halfway through. The main character Ashley and her friend Kim were insufferable. This book put me in a reading slump because I didn’t enjoy it that much. It also took me a week just too read up too chapter 5. I feel like I couldn’t read this book because of the lack of strong black female leads. I loved Jo, Ashley’s sister if the role would’ve been changed I know I would’ve enjoyed this book so much more. I related to Jo so much and really wished the book was from her perspective, she was my favorite character. I wish the book contained more history from the 90’s and talked more about the court case and racial issues. I was so disappointed by this book even with the controversy, some people loved it but it wasn’t for me.

https://bookshop.org/books/the-black-kids/9781534462724

May reading wrap-up

May reading wrap-up

In the month of May I read 11 books. I read quite a few five star reads and I’d love to share them with you guys even though it’s mid July! This post has been in my drafts waiting to be published. Here we are!
The Voting Booth Netgalley ARC Review

The Voting Booth Netgalley ARC Review

GR Blurb:
Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She’s always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?

Duke Crenshaw is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight. Only problem? Duke can’t vote.

When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn’t spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right.

And that’s how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva’s missing cat), it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.

Romantic and triumphant, The Voting Booth is proof that you can’t sit around waiting for the world to change . . . but some things are meant are meant to be.

Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


My thoughts…

This book is one that everyone should read.. every black person can relate to this book in some way. I couldn’t put this down I finished it in a matter of a few sittings. I loved how firm of a believer Marva was in advocating for women’s rights and black rights. Her being black and in an interracial relationship with someone who was white and privileged opened her eyes to the differences in there lives.

I loved the different POVs in this book, I loved Duke and how awesome of a big brother he was to his little sister. The way this book talks about “the police talk” all black kids get was relatable. The way Marva felt when the police officer pulled her over is how I’ve felt many a times. There’s just so many take a ways and things to be learned from this book. I loved all the characters, I loved the premise and importance or black people making sure their voices are heard. We have to vote and do our part so it’s one less way than can silence us.

I felt so many different emotions while reading this, I teared up quite a few times. When Duke’s father was talking about Julian’s baby picture and how he lost his baby boy I almost lost it. These are things that happen in the black community daily, someone’s son, brother, nephew, uncle, or father is arrested or shot and killed. This book really brings light too a lot of issues in the black community that very important. This is the first work I’ve read by Brandy Colbert but I definitely can’t wait to read more and recommend this book to everyone I know!


Where to buy this book…

https://www.amazon.com/Voting-Booth-Brandy-Colbert/dp/1368053297/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1594583963&sr=1-1

https://www.bookdepository.com/Voting-Booth-Brandy-Colbert/9781368053297?ref=grid-view&qid=1594584143015&sr=1-1

https://bookshop.org/books/the-voting-booth/9781368053297

https://www.bookpeople.com/book/9781368053297

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-voting-booth-colbert/1134720664?ean=9781368053297

Cinderella is Dead Netgalley ARC Review

Cinderella is Dead Netgalley ARC Review

I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

GR Blurb:

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


My thoughts

This Cinderella retelling our a unique spin on the original story. I loved the fact our main character Sophia was black, she had no qualms about her beliefs and wanting to be happy. Sophia and her bestfriend Erin were in love, but due to the laws they had to be picked at the choosing ceremony. I didn’t like Erin’s character, Sophia was so good to her and she treating her like crap.

Then Constance comes along, I love the friendship that progresses to more that they had. The romance is definitely slow burn but I really enjoyed it, the relationships and banter are done so well in this book. I love how Luke openly accepted that he was gay and had the same ideals/morals as Sophia.

One of my favorite parts was when Sophia was getting her hair done for the ball and the dressers wanted to straighten her hair because the king preferred it, instead of it curly. As a black woman that’s so relatable for me, our curls are discriminated against and to look more appealing to men or to other races we have to straighten our hair. I have two favorite quotes from this book which are “Just because they deny us doesn’t mean we cease to exist.” I feel like this relates so much to everything that’s going on with George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter Movement. The last quote is “Do not be silent. Raise your voice. Be a light in the dark.”

I loved the twist on this Cinderella retelling, I can’t wait for it to be released so I can get my hands on a finished copy!


Quotes..

“Just because they deny us doesn’t mean we cease to exist.”

Cinderella is Dead, Kalynn Bayron

I feel like both of these quotes relate so much to everything that’s going on with George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

“Do not be silent. Raise your voice. Be a light in the dark.”

Cinderella is a Dead Kalynn Bayron

Where to buy this book…

I loved the twist on this Cinderella retelling, I can’t wait for it to be released July 7th so I can get my hands on a finished copy! I will leave links below for pre-order or final copy when released! I listed some of the regular places and independent bookstores!

https://www.bookdepository.com/Cinderella-Is-Dead-Kalynn-Bayron/9781547603879?ref=grid-view&qid=1592485305409&sr=1-2

https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/cinderella-is-dead-kalynn-bayron/1132393866?ean=9781547603879

https://bookshop.org/books/cinderella-is-dead/9781547603879

https://www.bookpeople.com/book/9781547603879

Netgalley Shelf TBR

Netgalley Shelf TBR

Once I made my Netgalley account and got my first approval I went kinda crazy haha. I started requesting so many books and these are the one so was approved for and am so excited to read. I will be posting reviews for these books on my blog and as well Goodreads. Let me know if you find these books interesting or have any interest in any of them.
There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.
Note: The publication date of this title has changed.

Publication date is 07/07/2020.
After her mother’s deportation last year, all Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez wants is for her life to go back to normal. Everything’s changed—new apartment, new school, new family dynamic—and Sol desperately wants to fit in. When she joins her community college’s history club, it comes with an odd initiation process: break into Westray’s oldest house and steal . . . a fork?

There’s just one problem: while the owners of the house aren’t home, their grandson Ethan is, and when he catches Sol with her hand in the kitchen drawer, she barely escapes with the fork intact. This one chance encounter irrevocably alters her life, and Sol soon learns that sometimes fitting in isn’t as important as being yourself—even if that’s the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.

Publication date 9/29/2020
Rosa, also known as Red Riding Hood, is done with wolves and woods.

Hou Yi the Archer is tired, and knows she’s past her prime.

They would both rather just be retired, but that’s not what the world has ready for them.

When deadly sunbirds begin to ravage the countryside, threatening everything they’ve both grown to love, the two must join forces. Now blessed and burdened with the hindsight of middle age, they begin a quest that’s a reckoning of sacrifices made and mistakes mourned, of choices and family and the quest for immortality.

Publication date 9/29/2020
1938. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Palm trees and movie stars. Film studios pumping out musicals, westerns, and gangster films at a furious pace. Everyone wants to be a star—except society girl and aspiring astronomer Kate Hildebrand, who’d rather study them in the night sky. She’s already famous after a childhood tragedy turned her into a newspaper headline. What she craves is stability.

But when Kate has to move to Hollywood to live with her washed-up silent film star grandfather, she walks into a murder scene and finds herself on the front page again. She suspects one of the young men boarding in her grandfather’s run-down mansion is the killer—maybe even her grandfather. She searches for clues.

Now, Kate must discover the killer while working on the set of a musical—and falling in love. Will her stars align so she can catch the murderer and live the dream in Old Hollywood? Or will she find that she’s just chasing starlight?

Publication date 6/9/2020
This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.

In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings in a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.

Publication date 6/23/2020

Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time–her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?

Publication date 7/28/2020

Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She’s always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?

Duke Crenshaw is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight.

Only problem? Duke can’t vote.

When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn’t spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right.
And that’s how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva’s missing cat), it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.

Publication date 7/7/2020
Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.

Publication date 8/18/2020
Last summer, Link Miller drowned on dry land in the woods, miles from the nearest body of water. His death was ruled a weird accident, but Noemi Amato knows the truth: Link was killed. He told her so himself, because he’s been texting her from beyond the grave, warning her to keep away from the forest.

Amberlyn, Link’s sister, can’t shake the feeling that Noemi is hiding something, and Jonas, Noemi’s new housemate, can’t get past the walls that she has constructed around herself. Because Noemi has a dangerous secret even bigger than Link’s ghost…

Link drowned in an impossible lake that only she can find.
Now, if the three don’t work together to unravel the truth about what is happening in the woods, someone else may wind up dead. Set over the course of one heartbreaking, mystifying, and ultimately hopeful year, this remarkable debut heralds the arrival of an incredible new voice in young adult literature.

Publication date 10/6/2020
After barely surviving thieving, bloodthirsty pirates and a harrowing quest at sea to retrieve her stolen treasure, Kora finds readjusting to palace life just as deadly. Her people openly turn against her, threatening to overthrow her as heir to the throne due to fear of her magical powers. When Dionysus puts out a challenge to kill the girl with the golden touch and burn down her kingdom, it’s not just her future on the throne in danger. Kora’s life and entire kingdom are now on contract.

With no other choice, Kora sets out to find Dionysus, journeying to the mysterious disappearing island of Jipper. If she wants to save her kingdom and have any chance at reversing her father’s curse, she will have to enter into a deadly game with Dionysus, the greatest trickster the world, or the underworld, has ever seen.

A Curse of Gold:
Is the highly-anticipated sequel to A Touch of Gold by author Annie SullivanIs an enchanting and captivating fantasy adventure/fairy tale retelling

Publication Date 9/22/2020
Sixteen-year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. That’s because Queen Iyzabel shrouded the kingdom in shadow upon her ascent to the throne, with claims it would protect her subjects from the dangerous Light.
The Darkness has always left Siria uneasy, and part of her still longs for the stories of the Light-filled days she once listened to alongside her best friend Linden, told in secret by Linden’s grandfather. But Siria’s need to please her strict and demanding parents means embracing the dark and heading to the royal city—the very center of Queen Izybel’s power—for a chance at a coveted placement at court. And what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of Light, alongside a ragtag group of rebels who could help her restore the sun … or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.

Publication Date 8/18/2020
It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

Publication date 7/7/2020
Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Holy cow, this is my first time ever being nominated for anything! Thank you, thank you too Nikki from nikkiswiftreads.com. I’m beyond thankful for you thinking of nominating me.

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  5. Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you.
  6. Nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions.
  9. Share a link to your best post.

Three Things About Me

1. I’m a very quiet introvert who loves beaches, hammocks, books, and quiet nature walks.

2. I don’t really watch much tv but when I do some of my favorite shows to watch are a Criminal Minds, Law & Order SVU, Animal Cops, Tiny house hunters or anything medical/health related. I prefer to spend my time reading.

3. I buy waaayyyy too many books for my own good.

Nikki’s Questions
  1. What are your favorite type of shoes to wear? I loveee sneakers I don’t keep up with the latest and greatest. I don’t care for heels I love and need comfort from Adidas, Nike, Jordan all of them.
  2. What are some of your goals related to blogging that you are proud of yourself for reaching? I’m proud of reaching 50 followers on my blog!
  3. What is your favorite cold treat to eat in the summer time? I love frozen strawberry daiquiris 🍹.
  4. If you could request any author to write a book just for you, what would the book be about and who would be the author? My book would be a historical fantasy following a character of color, the author would be N.K. Jemisin.
  5. Do you like your salsa spicy or mild? Spicyyyy I love the heat 🥵
Nominations
My Questions
  1. Do you prefer ebooks, physical or audiobooks?
  2. Where is your favorite place to read?
  3. Why do you enjoy reading?
  4. What’s your favorite series you’ve read so far this year?
  5. Give one recommendation. (Not a question)
April-May Book Haul

April-May Book Haul

I just wanted to share with you guys some books I recently hauled from Book Outlet, Amazon, and Books-a-Million! Some of these books I have read, some I haven’t. I can’t wait to get to the ones I haven’t read and re-read the ones I love!



A Darker Shade of Magic V.E Schwab (Shades of Magic Trilogy #1):

Kell is one of the last Antarimagicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in ArnesRed Londonand officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
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I was gifted this by one of my favorite Booktubers Simone from ChasingPages 🙂
A Darker Shade of Magic Book Review

A Darker Shade of Magic Book Review

Blurb: Goodreads
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

My thoughts…

From the time I started reading this till the end I loved it, every time I picked it up it was hard to put down. The magic system in the beginning was a little complicated but once they broke it down I thought it was very interesting. I loved the different London’s and how they each represented something different.

I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships. Lila and Kell were my favorite of course, I loved the plot of the story. I thought it was very interesting how with Astrid and Dane how they were both trying to rule and take control. In the beginning I didn’t like Holland then once I saw how conflicted he was I started to see he wasn’t all bad. I loved how much of a family the king and Queen were too Kell even though they technically owned him. I loved the relationship between Rhys and Kell as well. They would literally do anything for each other they were beyond loyal. He wanted to be good and do good things.

I really enjoyed this entire book, I can’t wait to read the next one. I would 100% recommend this the plot is amazing. The characters are amazing just do it you won’t regret it!

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”

A Darker Shade of a Magic – Lila Bard


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

📚Most Anticipated Releases of 2020 📚

📚Most Anticipated Releases of 2020 📚

I just wanted to share with you guys some of my most anticipated releases of 2020. There are so many great books coming out it was hard to narrow it down. There’s so many books I’m looking forward too!!

Clap When You Land Elizabeth Acevedo

Half Sisters Camino and Yahaira know nothing about each other until their father dies. They have to learn things they never knew about their father and themselves. They’re exposed to new cultures and family.

Release date: May 5th, 2020

The Empire of Gold S.A. Chakraborty

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.
But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

the Daevabad Trilogy #3
Release date: June 6th, 2020


The Crow Rider Kalyn Josephson

Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.
As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.

The Storm Crow #2
Release date: July 7th, 2020

The Faithless Hawk Margaret Owen

As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal to keep his word. Still she’s hopeful that Prince Jasimir will fulfill his oath to protect her fellow Crows. But then black smoke fills the sky, signaling the death of King Surimir and the beginning of Queen Rhusana’s merciless bid for the throne.

The Merciful Crow #2
Release date: July 28th, 2020

Raybearer Jordan Ifueko

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.

Release Date: August 18th, 2020

Now That I’ve Found You Kristina Forest

Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .

Release Date: August 25th, 2020

Blood & Honey Shelby Mahurin

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.
To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Serpent & Dove #2

The Black Kids Christina Hammons Reed

Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of senior year and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer.
Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids.

Release Date: September 1st, 2020

Grown Tiffany D. Jackson

When Enchanted Jones wakes with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night, no one—the police and Korey’s fans included—has more questions than she does. All she really knows is that this isn’t how things are supposed to be. Korey was Enchanted’s ticket to stardom.

Release Date: September 15th, 2020

Legendborn Tracy Deonn

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her previous life, family memories, or her childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at a local university seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

Legendborn #1
Release Date: September 15th, 2020

Rebel Sisters Tomi Adeyemi

It’s been five years since the Biafran War ended. Ify is now nineteen and living where she’s always dreamed–the Space Colonies. She is a respected, high-ranking medical officer and has dedicated her life to helping refugees like herself rebuild in the Colonies.
Back in the still devastated Nigeria, Uzo, a young synth, is helping an aid worker, Xifeng, recover images and details of the war held in the technology of destroyed androids. Uzo, Xifeng, and the rest of their team are working to preserve memories of the many lives lost, despite the government’s best efforts to eradicate any signs that the war ever happened.
Though they are working toward common goals of helping those who suffered, Ify and Uzo are worlds apart. But when a mysterious virus breaks out among the children in the Space Colonies, their paths collide. Ify makes it her mission to figure out what’s causing the deadly disease. And doing so means going back to the corrupt homeland she thought she’d left behind forever.

War Girls #2
Release Date: October 20th, 2020

Kingdom of the Wicked Kerri Maniscalco

Two sisters.
One brutal murder.
A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself
And an intoxicating romance.


Kingdom of the Wicked #1
Release Date: October 27th, 2020

A Sky Beyond the Storm Sabaa Tahir

The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.
At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

An Ember in the Ashes #4
Release Date: September 1st

Serpent’s Curse Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician #3

Release Date: December 8th, 2020

⭐️Top Reads of 2019⭐️

⭐️Top Reads of 2019⭐️

Hello there! I know it’s almost the middle of 2020 at this point but I still wanted to post some of my favorite reads!

1. Flawed Cecelia Ahern

This book sat on my shelf for years before I finally decided to pick it up, and I’m so glad I did. When I picked this up it wasn’t what I expected and I couldn’t put it down. I really loved it and gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Never trust a man who sits, uninvited, at the head of the table in another mans home.”

2. Salt to the Sea Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea is a heart wrenching, tear jerking story, that was incredibly sad but hopeful. I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more of Ruta Sepetys works. I rated this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

I didn’t need his criticism. I carried enough guilt on my own. I had done everything wrong. I had the highest marks in school but couldn’t master common sense.”

3. Sadie Courtney Summers

I picked up this book from as a recommendation from BookTube, I listened to it via the Audiobook. I really loved this book it was gripping and thrilling, I loved following Sadie as she sought to find her sisters killer. I wish the ending would’ve been different but I still loved it. I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

But love is complicated, it’s messy. It can inspire selflessness, selfishness, our greatest accomplishments and our hardest mistakes. It brings us together and it can just as easily drive us apart.”

4. Between Shades of Gray Ruta Sepetys

I randomly picked this up after reading a Salt to the Sea, I needed more Ruta in my life. I enjoyed this story as well and rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.”

5. The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo

I picked this up because I wanted to start reading more POC authors, this was the first book I read by Elizabeth Acevedo. After that I was sucked in I absolutely loved the story of Xiomara following her family and their beliefs. This story was gripping and eye opening to strict religion. I loved this and gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“Late into the night I write and the pages of my notebook swell from all the words I’ve pressed onto them.
It almost feels like the more I bruise the page the quicker something inside me heals.”

6. With the Fire on High Elizabeth Acevedo

In 2019 I was introduced to another book by the queen herself and this one I loved just as much. We followed the story of a young mom in high school who is battling life and her future. I loved every bit of this story. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“My father is Puerto Rican and he’s darker than my mom was, and her whole family is straight-from-the-Carolinas Black. And her hair was just as curly as mine. Not all Black women, or Latinas, look the same.”

7. Ninth House Leigh Bardugo

This is the first book I loved by Leigh a Bardugo, this book starting off was slow and info dumpy. Shortly thereafter it got so good and I couldn’t put it down. There are ALOT of trigger warnings for this so if you’re interested please do your research. I gave this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.


“Have power on this dark land to lighten it, and power on this dead world to make it live.”

8. The Hate U Give Angie Thomas

I read this book shortly after the Netflix documentary aired of When They See Us, both of them are similar. I loved this story of police brutality and just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I really enjoyed this and rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“And to every kid in Georgetown and in all ‘the Gardens’ of the world: your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete.”

9. Queenie Candice Carty-Williams

This book was very different from what I’m used too, this is a POC author about mental health awareness, anxiety, fat rep and more. I really enjoyed following Queenie as she grew and matured as a character. I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

“Turns out the sadness that silence from the person you love brings can be temporarily erased by the dull thrill of attention from strangers.”

10. Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi

This book blew my mind, I read it in one day. The magic system the plot everything was just great. The romance wasn’t my fave but the rest was so good. Magic was taken away years ago now Zélie has to bring it back! It was a course a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read.

“As it fades, I see the truth – in plain sight, yet hidden all along. We are all children of blood and bone. All instruments of vengeance and virtue. This truth holds me close, rocking me like a child in a mother’s arms. It binds me in its love as death swallows me in its grasp.”

11. Pride Ibi Zoboi

This story is the retelling of Pride and Prejudice just POC and the story is a bit different. This is as close as I will ever come to reading Pride and Prejudice. This book was great and I really enjoyed the story. I also rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Never let the streets know when you’re upset. Don’t let any strangers see you cry. Hold your head up and look as if you’re ready to destroy the world if you have to.”
🖤 March Reading Wrap-up 🖤

🖤 March Reading Wrap-up 🖤

This month was a wild one I read 21 books in the month of March and I can’t wait to tell you about them.

Title – Shatter Me

Author – Tahereh Mafi

Genre – YA, Sci-f.i., fantasy, romance

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – I really enjoyed the story and was intrigued, the story of Juliette and her having the special gift. She’s unable to touch anyone then something happens… it was an accident. The story kept me on the edge of my seat, until the end. When I finished the book and tried to read the second book, I couldn’t remember anything that happened in the book. I didn’t pick up anymore books in the Shatter Me series. Maybe one day I will give it another try.

Title – The Book Thief

Author – Markus Zusak

Genre – YA, WWII Historical Fiction

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – I really enjoyed the relationship between Hans and Lisiel. The banter and sarcasm between Hans and Mama was hilarious. One minute this book had me laughing the next I was crying. I enjoyed the roller coaster of emotions I experienced. I would definitely recommend this!

Title – The Cruel Prince

Author – Holly Black

Genre – YA, fantasy, romance

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – I loved the storyline of this book, it started off with action and followed through. I didn’t like how abusive Cardan was, how they went from hating each other to in love. I feel like I didn’t believe the relationship, some of the things that he did I wasn’t surprised by. I loved how Vivian was constantly herself no matter what anyone thought. I didn’t care for Taryn even at the end I couldn’t stand her. Overall I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it!

Title- The Raven Boys

Author- Maggie Stiefvater

Genre – YA, fantasy, romance

Rating- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format- audiobook

Thoughts- I’m not sure if maybe I just wasn’t focused but this story wasn’t memorable for me. I literally don’t remember anything. I think I’m going to try to give it another go.

Title – NOS4A2

Author – Joe Hill

Genre – Horror, fiction, fantasy, thriller

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – I really enjoyed this suspense novel, it kept me on the edge of my seat. This was my first time reading Joe Hill but I definitely want to pick up more from him.

Title – City of Ashes #2

Author – Cassandra Clare

Genre – YA, fantasy, romance

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook/e-book

Thoughts – I loved this follow up to City of Bones Clary just found out her mom is in a coma. She can see things she thought didn’t exist. She doesn’t understand her feelings for her best friend or her brother Jace. Clary finds herself in tis novel and finds out what it means to be a shadow hunter.

Title – On the Come Up

Author – Angie Thomas

Genre – YA, Contemporary, Fiction

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – I really enjoyed following Bri and her dreams of becoming a rapper. She just wants to be like her dad and make it big. All she wants is to rap and make music, but at what costs. I would definitely recommend this book.

Title – Legend (#1) Prodigy (#2)

Author -Marie Lu

Genre – YA, Sci-f.i., fantasy, romance

Rating -⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format -audiobook

Thoughts – I enjoyed this when I read it but it wasn’t memorable.

Title – The Wicked King

Author – Holly Black

Genre – YA, fantasy, romance

Rating -⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – Jude will do anything in her power to get power and respect. She is climbing the political ladder and taking control. Cardan does every and anything to prevent her coming to power. Someone close betrays her and she has to remain in control. Loved this as a middle novel.

Title – the City of Ghosts

Author – Victoria Schwab

Genre – YA, fantasy, paranormal,

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – when I read this book I enjoyed it but it didn’t stick with me. I didn’t remember much of the story besides the ghosts..

Title – the Diviners

Author – Libba Bray

Genre – YA, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format -audiobook

Thoughts – I ABSOLUTELY loved this book, every bit of Evie and her sneaky, scheming, self. Evie was constantly in to trouble and trying to show her gift as a party trick. I love Evie’s character in the way that she was strictly business when it was time. She didn’t play around but she got herself in some crazy situations.

Title – Cinder

Author – Marissa Meyer

Genre – YA, Fantasy, Sci-f.i., Romance, retelling

Rating -⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – I enjoyed this retelling of Cyborg Cinder. It was intriguing and kept me following the story. I tried to read the second book and DNF’d about halfway through.

Title – In the Dream House

Author – Cameron Maria Machado

Genre – LGBT, Non-Fiction, Autobiography

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – I was intrigued by this memoir I definitely thought it shed light on abuse in f/f relationships.

Title – A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author – Sarah J Maas

Genre – YA, fantasy, romance,

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format- audiobook/e-book

Thoughts -I loved everything about this book. I loved how head strong Feyre is, she was put in a tough situation and got herself out. I wanted her and Tamlin to be together but I started to not like his toxicity. Everything else I loved the entire story was amazing. I would absolutely recommend.

Title – The Queen of Nothing

Author – Holly Black

Genre -YA, fantasy, romance

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – As the finale this was a good wrap up. I enjoyed this book and would re-read the entire series.

Title – Escaping From Houdini

Author – Kerri Maniscalco

Genre – YA, Historical fiction, mystery

Rating – 4 stars

Format -audiobook/e-book

Thoughts – I have enjoyed each book in the series but for some reason this one just didn’t do it for me. It took me forever to finish this, the story just felt like it dragged on. Things were happening and they weren’t getting solved. I love Thomas Creswell and Audrey Rose, I felt like this book Audrey Rose found another side of herself. Overall I enjoyed it, it was just a little slow.

Title – The Shining

Author – Stephen King

Genre – Fiction, Horror

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – I really enjoyed this book, it was a roller coaster of a ride. The audiobook really made me have a different experience of this book. It was great though and I would definitely recommend.

Title – Siege and Storm

Author – Leigh Bardugo

Genre – YA, fantasy, romance

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Format – e-book/audiobook

Thoughts – I started reading this some time at the end of last year physically, I put it down because I was just bored. I picked up the audiobook to finish, and I actually enjoyed the rest of it. I’m not sure if I’m going to read the last book but I guess I may as well at this point. I love Mal but Alina is getting power hungry.

Title – Six of Crows

Author – Leigh Bardugo

Genre – YA, fantasy

Rating – 5 stars

Format – audiobook

Thoughts – I absolutely loved this, I wasn’t successful reading it physically I tried 3 times. It was confusing I was sure how to pronounce some of the names and it was following a lot of people. I picked up the audiobook and listened to it through the first time, I enjoyed it but thought I needed to listen to it again to get a thorough understanding. Once I finished it the first time, I immediately started it over. The gaps started filling in and I was really understanding and falling in love with the characters and the story. I really love all of them Kaz, Inej, Matthias, Nina, Wylan, and Jesper. Literally all of each of them has a person, it’s really cute. The banter and flirting between Jesper and Wylan. Nina being herself and not caring what anyone thinks, Inej being a badass and constantly showing why she’s needed. Matthias wants to be this big mean guy so bad when really he’s such a sweetheart who had his heart broken. 😩 I just want Nina and Matthias to be together. Kaz is so funny and he’s too crazy. I really loved Six of a Crows and can’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom!! NO MOURNERS, NO FUNERALS!!!

Stay at Home Book Tag 🏷

Stay at Home Book Tag 🏷


1. Lying in bed – a book that you could or have read in a day ?

Flawed and Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

2. SnackingPick a book that’s a guilty pleasure.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Sarah J. Maas

3. Netflix – a series you want to start

An Ember in the Ashes Sabaa Tahir & The Fifth Season N.K. Jemisin

4. Deep clean – a book that’s been on your T.B.R forever.

Becoming Michelle Obama

5. Animal Crossing – a book you bought because of the hype

The Diviners Libba Bray & The Infernal Devices

6. A book that made an impact or learned something from

Girl Stop Apologizing Rachel Hollis & Exactly as I am Shaun Robinson

7. FaceTime- A book you were gifted.

The Percy Jackson series

8. Self-care what have you been doing?

Getting out, talking walks and getting fresh air.

9. What’s an upcoming release you’re looking forward too?

Grown Tiffany D. Jackson September 2020

Booktubers I tagged to do the tag :

  • Maedbetweenthepages
  • Megansreadingrevelations
  • Faerith
  • Theperksofbooks
🤍Book Blog Newbie Tag🖤

🤍Book Blog Newbie Tag🖤

1. Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog because I just recently started a BookTube channel. I wanted another form of outlet to discuss books in depth, recommend books, and review books!

2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

I will be bringing a passion for reading and discussing books as well as my thoughts about books!

3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?

I’m excited for connecting with new people recommending my favorite books,discussing books, and people reading my ratings/reviews.

4. Why do you love reading?

I have always loved reading since I was 4-5 years old, for birthdays or holidays I would always ask for books. I loved going to the library and just being at peace with the books. Picking up books allows me to escape into a fictional world.

5. What series or book got you into reading?

What immediately comes to mind for me is A Series of Unfortunate Events, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and the Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini.

6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

For me honestly I don’t have a list of questions.

7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

I think it will be consistently posting on my blog but honestly I have so many ideas for content! Also my goal is to write more indepth and mini reviews for every book I read.

8. When did you start reading?

4-5 years old

9. Where do you read?

I read in bed, outside on the porch, or anywhere near the sun or the beach.

10. What kind of books do you read?

My favorite genres to read are Fantasy, Sci-fi, historical fiction, suspense/thriller, horror and African American fiction.