eARC Review – Take a Chance on Me

Title: Take a Chance on Me

Author: Beth Moran

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication date: February 4th, 2021

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Meet Patrick Cooper – desperately down on his luck, and head-over-heels in unrequited love with his best friend Bridget.

Meet Bridget’s sister, Emma Donovan – eternally single maker-of-cakes for many a happy couple, whilst never making it down the aisle herself.

Emma has four younger sisters, all of whom are married or getting married, and an Italian mother who can’t understand what is ‘wrong’ with her eldest daughter, who seems to be stranded on the shelf. Despairing of her own ability to find a suitable husband, Emma agrees to be part of a compatibility project to get married at first sight.

Meanwhile Cooper is struggling to get over his crush on Bridget and seems destined to stay firmly on the shelf too. Perhaps it’s time his fate was taken out of his hands…

Is happily-ever-after just about daring to take a chance, or do you need some extra magic to make love last?

Join Beth Moran, Cooper and the Donovan sisters on this life-affirming and uplifting tale of love, family, friendship, and risking it all for happiness


Take a Chance on Me is a new romance with a Married at First Sight plot line. There are 5 sisters in the Donovan family and they are all super close. Emma is the oldest, and looks to be the last to be married. Her youngest sister Bridget just got engaged, which brings her singlehood into stark reality. Enter Patrick Cooper, Bridget’s best friend, who also loves her. He knows Bridget is off limits to him, but wants to remain in her life. When their work decides to put on a Married at First Sight experiment, Emma puts herself forward and Cooper does as well to marry her.

This book was more serious than I expected it to be, in the best of ways. I expected a light, easy contemporary romance but this book really tackled some serious issues with relationships and romance and it was a really great story to read. I really resonated with each Donovan sister and by the end was SO invested in the family. It made me wish I had a bigger and closer family. I even really like Cooper, though his intentions and behaviors weren’t great through the book. I think the best part of this book is there are two “main” characters – but the “side characters” are just as important and are each given their own story arc.

The only critique I can give it is the ending. I wanted more. I won’t spoil anything, but it left me wanting an epilogue or a one year later… type chapter that I didn’t get. I understand and respect the ending, but wanted a follow up. But, that is my singular critique and I loved the rest of it so much.

Thank you to Boldwood Books and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

February TBR – 2021 Edition

Happy February! Is everyone ready for this very short month? I am currently sitting in the Northeast US where it’s been snowing the last two days, which makes for amazing reading! I’ve had so many cups of tea!

I managed to read almost everything I intended to last month, so I have high hopes for February! I’m planning another 20 books – some are rereads, ARCs of course, and some physical books to close out series I’ve been reading. I am very excited for the books I will be reading this month, so check out what they are below!


  1. Ashlords (Ashlords #1), Scott Reintgen
  2. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5), Sarah J. Maas
  3. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7), Sarah J. Maas
  4. A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4), Sarah J. Maas
  5. We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2), Hafsah Faizal
  6. All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth #2), Adalyn Grace
  7. Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2), Kat Cho
  8. Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1), Pierce Brown
  9. Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1), Sarah Glenn Marsh
  10. Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2), Sarah Glenn Marsh


  1. To Have and to Hoax, Martha Waters
  2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid


  1. Blood Sworn (Ashlords #2), Scott Reintgen
  2. Down Comes the Night, Allison Saft
  3. Perfect on Paper, Sophie Gonzales
  4. Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters #3), Talia Hibbert
  5. Five Ways to Fall Out of Love, Emily Martin
  6. She’s Too Pretty to Burn, Wendy Heard
  7. The Flipside of Perfect, Liz Reinhardt
  8. To Love and to Loathe, Martha Waters
  9. The Tower of Fools (Hussite Trilogy #1), Andrzej Sapkowski

Are you reading any of the same books??

Happy reading, folks!

January Wrap Up – 2021 Edition

I had a very solid reading month to start off the year! Looking back at my TBR post for this month, I read the exact amount of books I wanted to, just swapped two books out for other books. Which I’m totally cool with. I read all of the ARCs I wanted to, and read some backlist titles that have been sitting on my book cart for ages. I want this year to be the year I really dig into my physical book collection, while balancing that with Netgalley reads. I’d say, this is a great start!

So, see below for the books I read this month. Check back tomorrow for February’s TBR!


  1. These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1), Chloe Gong – 4.5/5 stars
  2. Diamond City (The City of Diamond and Steel #1), Francesca Flores – 4/5 stars
  3. The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1), Amy Harmon – 4.5/5 stars
  4. Unchosen, Katharyn Blair – 5/5 stars
  5. The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow #2), Kalyn Josephson – 3/5 stars
  6. The Kingdom of Back, Marie Lu – 3/5 stars
  7. Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6), Sarah J. Maas – 4/5 stars
  8. Red, White, and Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston – 5/5 stars


  1. The Friend Zone (The Friend Zone #1), Abby Jimenez – 4/5 stars
  2. Paradise (Paradise #1), Judith McNaught – 4/5 stars


  1. Scars of Cereba (Memoria Duology #2), Rachel Emma Shaw – 4/5 stars
  2. Lies Like Poison, Chelsea Pitcher – 4/5 stars
  3. Roman and Jewel, Dana L. Davis – 4/5 stars
  4. Take a Chance on Me, Beth Moran – 4/5 stars
  5. Mr. Right Across the Street – 4/5 stars
  6. Shadow City (The City of Diamond and Steel #2), Francesca Flores – 4/5 stars
  7. Glimpsed, G. F. Miller – 5/5 stars
  8. Curse of the Divine (Ink in the Blood #2), Kim Smejkal – 3/5 stars
  9. As Far As You’ll Take Me, Phil Stamper – 3.5/5 stars
  10. Amelia Unabridged, Ashley Schumacher – 5/5 stars

Did we read any of the same books? Let me know!

Happy reading, folks!

January Haul – 2021 Edition

Holy smokes, here we are at the end of another month. I cannot believe how much has already happened is the last 31 days, it feels like January could easily have been several months long. Here we are, still in a pandemic, new president, just trying to survive and get through it.

I have been more conscious about purchasing books lately, so this haul is a bit on the smaller end! I only have one purchase that is outside of monthly book subscriptions and I had one book sent to me by a publisher! So check below to see which books I hauled this month.


  1. These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1), Chloe Gong – OwlCrate (December)
  2. Lore, Alexandra Bracken – OwlCrate (January)
  3. The Dating Plan, Sara Desai – Book of the Month


  1. We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2), Hafsah Faizal – Preorder


  1. Unchosen, Katharyn Blair – Turn the Pages Book Tour

Did we get any of the same books? Let me know!

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – The Project

Title: The Project

Author: Courtney Summers

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication date: February 2nd, 2021

352 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren and as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.


I find cults fascinating, so if you also find cults fascinating – read this book.

Lo has been searching for her sister, Bea, for years after she joined The Unity Project. On the outside, the organization looks to be the largest, faith driven, philanthropic organization in the world – looking to help others and provide safety. But Lo knows the truth, the leader of The Unity Project was keeping her sister from her and she would do anything to get her back. She agrees to meet with Lev in order to write an expose on his group, a positive one, in order to get access to her sister. But as she gets deeper and deeper into the project, her sense of truth and lie get more and more jumbled….

The most fascinating part of this book is trying to decide whether The Unity Project was or wasn’t a cult. Because that’s how they get you, they make is sound SO. GOOD. so that it’s hard to believe they would be doing anything nefarious in the organization. The beginning of the book through me a bit, I’m not entirely sure what Lo’s birth story had to do with the overall plot of the book. I could’ve skipped that personally.

I also felt like the pacing was off. The first half of the book goes at a steady pace, then the second half seems to flip a switch and race along. Without getting spoilery, Lo makes a decision that still seems out of character at that point – it was a bit jarring and confusing. However, the end really makes up for the middle. Like I said, if you enjoy learning about cults or reading about cults, you’ll enjoy this book.

Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – This Golden Flame

Title: This Golden Flame

Author: Emily Victoria

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Publication date: February 2nd, 2021

416 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Flee across the sun-and-shadow islands of Eratia, where runes have the power to unleash monsters…

Seven years ago, Karis was forced to become an acolyte for the Scriptorium, the rune scholars who rule Eratia. For centuries, these Scriptmasters have sought the key to reanimating the country’s fearsome automaton army, and anyone they deem unable to help them achieve their goal is sent away…including Karis’s brother, Matthias.

Then Karis discovers a unique human-sized automaton and unintentionally wakes him up. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was created. Or why his father—Eratia’s greatest traitor—once tried to destroy the automatons.

Upon learning Matthias is being held by the Scriptorium’s sinister leader, Alix and Karis set out to rescue him and uncover the truth about Alix’s past. But when Karis is faced with an unthinkable choice, betraying everyone she cares about may be her only desperate chance to save their world.


This Golden Flame had a lot of wonderful, unique aspects of YA writing. It reminded me a lot of LIFELIKE and brought up a lot of questions of what exactly it means to be alive, human, and free. Exploring a new world where each country has access to Script, the magic to create endless opportunities, one country uses it for war and creates automatons. When one of the best creators shuts down the use of Script and the automatons, the magistrate will do anything to get it back. Flash forward 200 years and you have our main characters trying to sort out the right and wrongs of history & save the country.

The main characters, Karis and Alix, are both very well developed in my opinion. The chapters are rotating POV’s, which I always prefer, because you get a look into both their minds and personalities. Karis is a young acolyte at the Scriptorium, which she hates. She finds Alix, a sentient automaton (which is basically unique and unheard of). They embark on an adventure to find out who he is, what is he, and what his purpose is (because he was created in the before period). Karis is ace (heck yes, representation!) and Alix is basically a robot so there is very little romance in this book. Background characters are given romantic interests but it is NOT a highlight of the book, which I really appreciate. The YA standard is that there is always a romance and the main characters will always fall in love. It was nice to get away from that.

I wish this book was a series. I truly think the world was developed so well and thoroughly that it had the potential to go even more in depth and create a larger series. Of course, this is always up to the author, but I think it’s a positive to note that the book was so interesting and the world so complex that I wanted more to it. Also, there is no info dumping. The author does an amazing job letting necessary background information join the story when it makes sense to, instead of spending most of the first 5 chapters just setting the scene.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this story from debut author Emily Victoria.

Thank you to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

BLOG TOUR – Unchosen

Title: Unchosen

Author: Katharyn Blair

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication date: January 26th, 2021

416 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that’s perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.

For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.

The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.

The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.

Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.

When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner.

The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.

But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.

Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.


Unchosen is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a virus has swept the world, called the Crimson, which turns people into zombies – basically. Three sisters; Harlow, Charlotte, and Vanessa are caught in this world and each will have an important role to fill. Vanessa is the Chosen One, the one who can save all of humanity if she can just figure out where the cure to the virus is. But when enemies comes knocking, Charlotte pretends to be the Chosen One to save Vanessa. In a whirlwind adventure, Charlotte fights Vessels, escapes Runners, and ride the high seas in this zombie pirate fantasy.

I can barely begin to explain how much I loved this book. I was automatically sucked into the world Blair has created (I admit, I have a thing for zombie books) and before I knew it I had devoured a hundred pages. I was so drawn to the MC not being the Chosen One in a story, but being a normal, looked down upon girl. It reminded me a lot of Veronica Roth’s newest, Chosen Ones. The plot comes quickly, the action starts almost immediately and doesn’t stop, and there are so many twists and turns.

One of the best parts of this book is the romance. Charlotte is initially head over heels in love with her best friend, and her sister’s boyfriend, Dean. But… she might find herself torn between Dean and another while on her adventure to save the world. And it is amazing. It reminded me so much of Adrienne Young’s newest, Fable – both in the ocean setting and the subtle romance. But I felt all. the. feelings.

The only thing I wanted was more. Which, if you’ve been with me for awhile, is a normal feeling I have when books, especially standalones, end. I would have loved more of an epilogue, but I respect that there were some questions left open ended to allow for a return to the story in the future.

In summary, I loved this book and I think you will too if you love zombie books, Veronica Roth, and Adrienne Young.

**Thank you to Turn the Page Tours and Katherine Tegen Books for an early copy in exchange for an honest review**


I live in LA, drink way too much coffee, and write all day long — because I’m crazy blessed to do what I’ve been doing for fun since I was a kid hiding in my garage loft writing terrible, terrible vampire stories. Glitter enthusiast. Bethyl shipper. Pluviophile. Ask me about my Dean Winchester obsession. John 1:5.

I’m wife to Ross and mom to Aryn, Liam, and River Grace. Also, mom to Cricket (a dog, not an insect), Maximus Dogimus Meridius (a ferocious cuddlebug) Maggie Rhee (cat, not the bad ass from The Walking Dead), and Kovacs (no parenthetical needed for him).


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BLOG TOUR – Glimpsed

Title: Glimpsed

Author: G. F. Miller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication date: January 5th, 2021

Genre: YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

374 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Geekerella and Jenn Bennett, this charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.

Charity is a fairy godmother. She doesn’t wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures.

But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vibha crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she’s not getting the whole picture?

Making this existential crisis way worse is Noah—the adorkable and (in Charity’s opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients—who blames her for sabotaging his prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend…and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the fairy godmother ever get the happily ever after?


Glimpsed is the story of a modern day fairy godmother, Charity, who gets “glimpes” of your innermost desires and works to make your wish come true. It is her calling in life, and she loves to help out her Cindy’s. But, one day she gets a text calling her out for her secret, and she is blackmailed by Noah into trying to reverse one of her past client’s wishes – because it ended up hurting Noah. Noah doesn’t understand that her glimpses and wish granting is harmless, isn’t it? When her latest client’s glimpse ends up backfiring, Charity and Noah work together to find out the truth about her powers.

Read this book. I mean it, read it. Glimpsed is one of the cutest, sweetest, and swoon-worthy reads I’ve read in a long time. I had all of the feelings and honestly want to go back and reread it right away. The plot is so unique and interesting to me, very much in the magical realism genre. I loved Charity, but Noah’s character was even better. The character development from start to finish was superb and the writing had me hooked from the very beginning. The story flowed along at a nice pace and the dialogue was so fun and flirty.

The only thing I think that’s missing from this story is Noah’s POV – but this is generally how I feel about all single POV romance books. I just always want a “glimpse” (get it??) into both their heads and personalities. This book might also come across as very light and fluffy, but it also tackles some difficult family dynamics points and the pressures of high school.

If you love YA Contemporary Romances with a bit of a magic twist, definitely check this one out. You will fall for nerdy boy Noah, emotionally unavailable Charity, and the fake dating trope! G. F. Miller brings fans of Jenn Bennett a new title to rave about, and I am first in line.

Thank you to Turn the Page Tours and Simon & Schuster for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author Info

G.F. Miller absolutely insists on a happy ending. Everything else is negotiable. Her wish is to go everywhere—and when a plane ticket isn’t available, books fill the gaps. She cries at all the wrong times. She makes faces at herself in the mirror. She believes in the Oxford comma. And she’s always here for a dance party.

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For this tour, we have THREE (3) separate giveaways! Up for grabs, we have ONE (1) signed copy of Glimpsed by G.F. Miller (available to US only), TWO (2) EXCLUSIVE chapters from Noah’s POV, and a Skype or Zoom visit with the author (both available to INTL)! This will run from January 19th to January 26th at 11:59 PM CST. To enter this giveaway, click the link below!


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eARC Review – Shadow City

Title: Shadow City (The City of Diamond and Steel #2)

Author: Francesca Flores

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication date: January 26th, 2021

400 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The stunning action-packed conclusion to The City of Diamond and Steel duology.

Aina Solís has fought her way to the top of criminal ranks in the city of Kosín by wresting control of an assassin empire owned by her old boss, Kohl. She never has to fear losing her home and returning to life on the streets again—except Kohl, the man who tried to ruin her life, will do anything to get his empire back. Aina sets out to kill him before he can kill her.

But Alsane Bautix, the old army general who was banned from his seat in the government after Aina revealed his corruption, is working to take back power by destroying anyone who stands in his way. With a new civil war on the horizon and all their lives at risk, the only way for Aina to protect her home is to join up with the only other criminal more notorious than her: Kohl himself.

As Bautix’s attacks increase, Aina and Kohl work together to stop his incoming weapons shipments and his plans to take back the Tower of Steel. To defeat them both, Aina will resort to betrayal, poison, and a deadly type of magic that hasn’t been used in years.

Through narrow alleys, across train rooftops, and deep in the city’s tunnels, Aina and Kohl will test each other’s strengths and limits, each of them knowing that once Bautix is dead, they’ll still have to face each other. If she manages to kill him, she’ll finally have the freedom she wants—but it might forever mark her as his shadow in a city where only the strongest survive. 


Conclusion to Diamond City, Shadow City follows the story about a month after DC ends. The gang is still trying to stop Kohl and Bautrix from taking the city over, and Aina is working with Tannis to run the tradehouses.

For the most part, I enjoyed reading the conclusion to this duology and seeing where the gang ends up. I wasn’t as invested in this book as the first, and it’s hard to put down reasons for why. I appreciate that there is little to no romance in this duology. If you’re here for the romance, this wouldn’t necessarily be the series for you. There are some couples by the end, but it’s the slowest of all slow burns and starts off with Aina having 3 potential partners – which was a little weird. This piece confused me throughout the book, which might have been why I had a harder time getting into it.

There are some big twists in this book, and it wraps up fairly nicely. I would’ve enjoyed more world-building and explanations around the magic system, as magic played a much larger role in this book than the first. It ended exactly they way I think it needed to, so that worked for me. It was just about the same length as the first, and it was an easy read.

Thank you to Wednesday books and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Faking It

Title: Faking It

Author: Portia MacIntosh

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Publication date: January 26th, 2021

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The perfect house, the perfect husband and the perfect life… or is she just faking it?

Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Ella. Growing up as the ‘less successful’ identical twin to her ‘perfectly successful’ sister, Emma, has left her feeling isolated, inadequate and let’s face it.. a little bitter.

When Emma unexpectedly reaches out to Ella in a time of need, Ella suddenly finds herself with the opportunity to fill in for her sister and experience how the other half live.

But as Ella navigates the world of gossiping mothers, rebellious teens and trying to play the model housewife (not to mention avoiding the temptation of attractive men at the school gates…) will she discover that all is not always as it seems on the other side?


I have loved past Portia MacIntosh books, but I think this one is my favorite. I loved the twist on The Parent Trap, with one twin pretending to be the other and fooling almost everyone. Especially when the twins are polar opposites. Throw in a nice love story with a great growth journey for the characters, and that’s about all I need.

I really enjoyed the sheer amount of plot points fit into this book. There was so much intrigue, adventure, and secrets. The main character, Ella, grew so much from the unreliable, homeless 30-something from the beginning of the book. It was great to see her learn how to parent and be responsible for a job and extracurriculars. She was thrown into the deep end pretending to be her sister Emma, and she THRIVED.

One part I would have improved would be how Ella was spoken about throughout the book. When she learned her sister used her as a cautionary tale for her children, I was hurt FOR her. Especially after not being there for her for so long. I would’ve expecting that to come up between the sisters and it didn’t, but it should have. I think the book really missed that crucial confrontation for everything to be wrapped up.

I was thoroughly shocked by the ending. There was a twist I wasn’t expecting and it took me completely by surprise. The romance was also very subtle, this is not a hot & steamy rom com. That doesn’t take away anything from the book, I just like to note it in reviews for those whose preferences go either way!

Thank you to Boldwood Books and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!