November TBR

Happy November! November is one of my favorite months because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. However, we must all get through the election tomorrow first! The anxiety is real friends. It’s been a weird year so I could really use a win tomorrow.

So without further ado, below is my TBR for November. I went back to making a pretty long TBR to see if I can get back into reading this month. I fell behind on Netgalley ARC’s and I’m looking to catch back up this month, while also reading a few physical books that have been on my shelf for awhile.

What are you all reading this month?

PHYSICAL BOOKS

  1. The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1), Kiersten White
  2. Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1), Sara B. Larson
  3. Warriors of Wing and Flame (Sisters of Shadow and Light #2), Sara B. Larson
  4. Furyborn (Empirium #1), Claire Legrand
  5. Kingsbane (Empirium #2), Claire Legrand
  6. Lightbringer (Empirium #3), Claire Legrand
  7. Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2), Neal Shusterman
  8. The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3), Neal Shusterman
  9. Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6), Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Grace Year, Kim Liggett
  11. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V. E. Schwab

EBOOKS

  1. The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1), Julie Kagawa
  2. The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2), Julia Kagawa

ARCS

  1. The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising #2), Kiersten White
  2. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates, MaryJanice Davidson
  3. She Lies Close, Sharon Doering
  4. Shipped, Angie Hocking
  5. Enjoy the View (Moose Springs, Alaska #3), Sarah Morgenthaler
  6. A Curse of Roses, Diana Pinguicha (Physical ARC)

Happy reading, folks!

October Wrap Up!

Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I did not read a lot in the month of October. I was in a funk for a lot of the month, so I didn’t come close to hitting my TBR target for the month – and that’s okay. It’s OKAY. 2020 has been such a whirlwind and we all need our downtime, and this month was mine. All I could really do was binge TV sitcoms on Hulu and Netflix and didn’t have the brain space for books.

I hope to be back at it next month though, because I do miss reading and falling in love with fictional worlds. But, we’ll see. I have a TBR post that will be coming tomorrow, but who knows if I’ll stick to it throughout the month or just read whatever I want.

So, below is what I read this month!

PHYSICAL BOOKS

  1. Home Before Dark, Riley Sager – 4/5 stars
  2. Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered #1), Tessa Bailey – 4.5/5 stars (reread)
  3. The Other Mrs., Mary Kubica – 3/5 stars
  4. Winterwood, Shea Earnshaw – 4/5 stars
  5. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5), Sarah J. Maas – 5/5 stars
  6. The Perfect Escape, Suzanne Park – 3/5 stars

EBOOKS

  1. Grey (Fifty Shades As Told by Christian #1), E. L. James
  2. Darker (Fifty Shades As Told by Christian #2), E. L. James
  3. 99 Percent Mine, Sally Thorne – 3.5/5 stars
  4. Kiss My Cupcake, Helena Hunting – 4/5 stars

ARCS

  1. A Curse of Ash and Embers (Tales of the Blackbone Witches #1), Jo Spurrier – 4/5 stars
  2. The Vow, Debbie Howells – 4.5/5 stars
  3. The Seventh Raven, David Elliott – 3/5 stars

What books were your favorites this month?

Happy reading, folks!

October Haul!

If you haven’t noticed, I took a long break from my blog. I haven’t been reading much, and it’s been really stressful trying to maintain a blog, bookstagram, reading goals, and well… LIFE. So I took a break. I might be back, but I also might not be back. I want to revise my goals for this blog, because I think I was putting too much pressure on myself. I started this page for fun, but it feels more like work.

But, I find these posts easier than reviews! So I’m back for Haul, Wrap Up, and TBR for next month over the next few days! Below are the books I obtained in the month of October.

BARNES AND NOBLE

My honey took me to Barnes and Noble for my birthday and let me pick out books!

  1. House of Dragons (House of Dragons #1), Jessica Cluess
  2. The Kinder Poison (The Kinder Poison #1), Natalie Mae

AMAZON

My future MIL bought me a birthday present!

  1. Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2), Kat Cho

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

  1. Ties That Tether, Jane Igharo – BOTM
  2. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V. E. Schwab – BOTM
  3. Legendborn (Legendborn #1), Tracy Deonn – Owlcrate Special Edition

PUBLISHERS

Thank you to the publishers for copies of these books! I am participating in a blog/booksta tour in November for the Sisters duo and I also received an ARC (my first one!!!) this month!

  1. Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1), Sara B. Larson
  2. Warriors of Wing and Flame (Sisters of Shadow and Light #2), Sara B. Larson
  3. A Curse of Roses, Diana Pinguicha (ARC)

What books did you pick up this month?

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – The Vow

Title: The Vow

Author: Debbie Howells

Publisher: Avon Books UK

Publication date: October 15th, 2020

368 pages

4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiancé, doesn’t come home. Desperate, Amy calls the police – but when Matt fails to emerge, she’s forced to call off her wedding day.

Then another man is reported missing, by a woman called Fiona – a man meeting Matt’s description, who was about to leave his fiancée for her.  He was supposed to be moving in with her – but instead, he’s vanished.

Amy refuses to believe Fiona’s lover can be her Matt – but photos prove otherwise, and it soon becomes clear that Matt has been leading a double life. As the police dig deeper, two conflicting, yet equally plausible stories emerge from two women who allegedly have never met.

The wedding day never happened. But the funeral might.

Review

The Vow is a twisty, back and forth mystery that kept me guessing up until the very end. Written in alternating POV’s with several characters, you learn the life of Amy and Matt, a couple who are meant to be married in two weeks. But one day Matt disappears, and the evidence begins to point to Amy as you learn Matt was having an affair and was going to call off the wedding. You begin to get Fiona’s perspective, the woman Matt was cheating with. Back and forth, you can’t tell which woman is responsible for the disappearance. Just when you think you know what’s happening, guess again…

Truly, I had no idea how this book would end until well, the ending. The author did an amazing job of burying the lead in several interesting subplots that kept turning the story on it’s head. It was a wild ride to get to the ending, but so very worth it. I’ve only recently begun to really get into mystery/thrillers but I have to say this is one of my favorites. There is a somewhat psychological hint to this thriller, so if you enjoy that you will enjoy this one.

In terms of characters, this is not a book with redeemable characters. Everyone has a backstory, hidden motives, and you won’t see it coming. As this is somewhat usual for the genre, I don’t imagine this is much of a surprise. But, this helps the plot go on because you could see any one of the characters having a part in Matt’s disappearance, because they all have something that keeps them from being redeemable. The book is fairly evenly paced, it never really felt like it was dragging or going too fast in any parts.

I highly recommend Debbie Howell’s new mystery, The Vow, for all my mystery lovers out there!

Thank you to Avon Books UK and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

BLOG TOUR!- A Golden Fury

Title: A Golden Fury

Author: Samantha Cohoe

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication date: October 13th, 2020

320 pages

3.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of a revolution looming, Thea is sent to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

Review

A Golden Fury is a historical fiction/fantasy involving alchemy in the 1800’s. Thea, our MC, has worked her whole life under her mother as she chases the holy grail, the Philosopher’s Stone. But, just as her mother makes the stone, she goes mad and tries to kill Thea. She smashes the stone and Thea must flee her French patron’s house to live with her father in England, who doesn’t know she exists. Thea is determined to recreate her mother’s success in order to heal her of the madness. But as she continues on in her journey, Thea realizes there is a curse on the person who attempts to create it, and the people around her start to go mad. Thea is then caught between her friend Will and a high ranking noble as she is kidnapped and forced to create the stone herself. Will Thea be able to create it, or will she go mad as well?

I liked Thea as a MC, she was strong-willed, especially for the time she was living in. She had so much sass and wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself, even against men or when she was being told she couldn’t do something because she was a woman. I also really enjoyed that there was no overt romance plot line. She and Will had a slight involvement prior to the story starting, but there was no romance told during the book. It truly focused on her journey independently.

I wasn’t thrilled with the ending. I felt it could have been wrapped up better, especially her last conversation with her mother. There were some parts of the book that I couldn’t see coming, which was fantastic. But the ending just fell flat. I wanted an epilogue or something to round out the story more. See where the characters ended up. It just sort of stops.

If you enjoy historical fiction or the Discovery of Witches books, I think you’ll enjoy this standalone about alchemy.

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

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – The Memory of Souls

Title: The Memory of Souls (A Chorus of Dragons #3)

Author: Jenn Lyons

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication date: August 25th, 2020

608 pages

4.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

THE LONGER HE LIVES
THE MORE DANGEROUS HE BECOMES

Now that Relos Var’s plans have been revealed and demons are free to rampage across the empire, the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies—and the end of the world—is closer than ever.

To buy time for humanity, Kihrin needs to convince the king of the Manol vané to perform an ancient ritual which will strip the entire race of their immortality, but it’s a ritual which certain vané will do anything to prevent. Including assassinating the messengers.

Worse, Kihrin must come to terms with the horrifying possibility that his connection to the king of demons, Vol Karoth, is growing steadily in strength.

How can he hope to save anyone when he might turn out to be the greatest threat of them all?

Review

The Memory of Souls is book three in the A Chorus of Dragons series by Jenn Lyons. This series is so intricate and detailed it makes Game of Thrones look like child’s play. I spent the first two books somewhat struggling to keep everything straight, as there is SO MUCH world-building. But Jenn Lyons really hit her stride with The Memory of Souls and it was enjoyable in so many more ways than the preceding books. I enjoyed the first two don’t get me wrong – but it was complicated and complex and a lot for my brain to handle. Now that I have a much more clear understanding of the world, I got to fully enjoy the characters and the intricacy of the plotting and intrigue that goes on.

This series is serious epic fantasy, very much for adults. Whereas there isn’t a lot of steam, there are references to sex and the world is very LGBTQ diverse which is amazing. Normally in epic fantasy it’s written in the perspective of the Middle Ages, where it’s not accepted and women are still considered property. In this universe, any sort of sexual experience is possible, accepted, and flaunted. There are also several races that are transgender by nature, and a country where it is very normal to use different pronouns. I think it’s a very cool touch.

The plot in this book really gets going. In such an intricate world, the first two books really were setting up this book. I normally feel like middle books get slow, but the opposite happened here. Everything was much faster paced and there were too many twists and turns to keep track of. I almost want to take a peek inside Jenn Lyon’s mind to try and figure out how she keeps all of it straight! Also, the ending is absolutely killer. I leave you to figure out in which way I mean that.

Seriously, if you love Game of Thrones or the Belgariad books, you should definitely pick up this series. I’m very much looking forward to the fourth book next year!

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

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – Mistletoe and Mr. Right

Title: Mistletoe and Mr. Right (Moose Springs, Alaska #2)

Author: Sarah Morgenthaler

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Publication date: October 6th, 2020

352 pages

3.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

How the moose (almost) stole Christmas.

Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky small town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But Lana’s determined to prove that she belongs…even if it means trading her stilettos for snow boots and tracking one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries: the Santa Moose, an antlered Grinch hell-bent on destroying every bit of holiday cheer (and tinsel) it can sink its teeth into.

And really…how hard could it be?

The last few years have been tough on Rick Harding, and it’s not getting any easier now that his dream girl’s back in town. When Lana accidentally tranquilizes him instead of the Santa Moose, it’s clear she needs help, fast…and this could be his chance to finally catch her eye. It’s an all-out Christmas war, but if they can nab that darn moose before it destroys the town, Rick and Lana might finally find a place where they both belong…together.

Review

After recently reading The Tourist Attraction, I was very excited to be approved for Mistletoe and Mr. Right. If you’ve read the first book (which you don’t really NEED to do, it just helps & gives background), this book covers Lana and her adventures into trying to save Moose Springs by doing exactly what the locals don’t want to have happen – increasing tourists in the area. While she does this, she begins to fall in love with the very quiet but very handsome Rick, who runs a bar in Moose Springs and who blushes whenever Lana looks at him. Rick is a local, living a small town life.

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first book. I enjoyed the consistency within the dramatic points where the female does something fairly illegal to the male & hijinks ensue. I thought the Santa Moose plot line was hysterical, and I truly enjoyed the depth that Lana’s character was given. She wasn’t the typical rich, party girl in the first book, but she also wasn’t given much attention or personality. In this book you really get to see how she feels about her family, the business, and the town.

I wish the Santa Moose has a more distinct ending. That plot line truly fell flat. I wish Rick had more of a personality. Outside of being a genuinely nice guy, there wasn’t much given to him at all. Even from his POV the thoughts you’re privy to are just so surface level. Lastly, the ending was way too forced and rushed. The pacing of this book was all off for me. For these reasons, I enjoyed this first more, but I will be reading the third when it comes out!

Overall, a cute, Christmassy story coming out in the Fall. Go check it out!

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

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – I Hope You’re Listening

Title: I Hope You’re Listening

Author: Tom Ryan

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Publication date: October 6th, 2020

368 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

EVERY MISSING PERSON HAS A STORY.

In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.

At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.

When another little girl in town goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much of her own story is she willing to reveal in order to uncover the truth?

Review

I Hope You’re Listening is a YA thriller that is coming out at the perfect time! It has enough spookiness and mystery to make it perfect for October. When Dee Skinner was 6, she was playing in the woods with her BFF Sibby, when Sibby is captured by strange men and never seen again. Fast forward 10 years, Dee is still dealing with the guilt of being left behind. She started a podcast called Radio Silent, bent on solving some missing persons cases – when her case can’t be. She’s had major success with it. When another young girl goes missing from the same house Dee lived in when Sibby went missing – it brings the original case back up. A Radio Silent listener sends Dee a clue to Sibby’s whereabouts, and Dee is thrust back into the past. Can Dee figure out the two cases?

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I stayed up until 1am reading it (which only upped the thriller ante), and gobbled it up whole. Were there some problems, sure, but overall this book was so well written and interesting that it’s easy to overlook them. Starting with the plot, I loved the podcast element. The fact that a young woman an create such a successful enterprise & actually help find missing people (with the help of the Laptop Detectives) is so cool to read. I also just love missing person mysteries, they are the hardest for me to predict! And I could NOT predict where this book was going at all. Every revelation was a shock.

In terms of characters, Dee had some issues. She wasn’t exactly the nicest, and she was pretty self-absorbed at times. I think she made decent growth over the span of the book, but she also wasn’t held responsible for any of her mistakes or actions. And a lot of what she does is somewhat unrealistic for a 16 year old. BUT, in her own way, she made for the perfect character in this story. Also, there was a touch of LGBTQ romance, which is always a plus!

Thank you to Albert Whitman & Company and Netgalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

October TBR!

I fully planned on having this post together and posted on the first day of the month… but here we are. I took several days off (outside of already scheduled posts) for my birthday and a wedding that we went to – and I have no regrets. BUT I’m back and ready to talk about the books I plan on reading in October. I have a very spooky TBR planned and I’m excited to really lean into the mystery/thriller/witchy books!

So I went through my physical TBR and picked out just about every mystery or thriller that I’ve collected recently to read this month. I also put in a lot of spooky fantasy options from Netgalley/Edelweiss ARCs as well. Of course I have other genres sprinkled in to keep it fresh but there is definitely a theme to this month’s TBR. So, without further ado – see below for my TBR!

PHYSICAL BOOKS

  1. Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1), Sara B. Larson
  2. Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2), Sarah Glenn Marsh
  3. The Last Flight, Julie Clark
  4. Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas
  5. The Other Mrs., Mary Kubica
  6. Furyborn (Empirium #1), Claire Legrand
  7. Kingsbane (Empirium #2), Claire Legrand
  8. Lightbringer (Empirium #3), Claire Legrand
  9. The Last Time I Lied, Riley Sager
  10. Home Before Dark, Riley Sager
  11. Winterwood, Shae Ernshaw
  12. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5), Sarah J. Maas
  13. The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow #1), Kalyn Josephson
  14. The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow #2), Kalyn Josephson
  15. The Demon King (Seven Realms #1), Cinda Williams Chima

ARCS

  1. Warriors of Wing and Flame (Sisters of Shadow and Light #2), Sara B. Larson
  2. A Curse of Ash and Embers (Tales of the Blackbone Witches #1), Jo Spurrier
  3. The Seventh Raven, David Elliott
  4. These Violent Delights, Chloe Gong
  5. The Vow, Debbie Howells
  6. Lies Like Poison, Chelsea Pitcher
  7. Shipped, Angie Hockman
  8. She’s Too Pretty to Burn, Wendy Heard
  9. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates, MaryJanice Davidson
  10. The Tower of Fools (Hussite Trilogy #1), Andrzej Sapkowski

EBOOKS

  1. The Love Scam, MaryJanice Davidson
  2. 99 Percent Mine, Sally Thorne

AUDIOBOOKS

  1. Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3), Robin LaFevers

Will I read all of these? Probably not! And that will be okay. But this feels like a great list to start with for this month!

Are you reading spooky books this month? Tell me which!

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – In a Holidaze

Title: In a Holidaze

Author: Christina Lauren

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication date: October 6, 2020

320 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Review

Christmas books are great no matter what time of year. Christina Lauren does it again with a cute and romantic story and a woman who gets stuck in a time loop, living the Christmas holiday over and over again until she gets it right. Mae’s large group of family and friends get together every year at a cabin for Christmas, and she’s always been in love with Andrew – one of the members of the group. They’ve known each other all their lives but she’s never been able to say anything. In a near death experience, Mae asks the universe to show her what would make her happy – and the time loop begins.

Mae’s antics in this book had me cracking up at times. She starts off so careful and focused on keeping the traditions of the holiday that doesn’t really allow her to be herself. The time loop gives her the opportunity to freak out and just be real with everyone, and not take everything so seriously, which allows Andrew to see a different side of her. Andrew is an interesting character and seems very nice and normal – but I don’t feel like he was developed very well. There’s little back story of him or personality building. There were also so many side characters that it was hard to keep everything straight.

I loved the time loop concept. It was so fun and I haven’t read a romance novel with this concept. The plot was obviously not science fiction so the time loop isn’t explained or explored, just something that you accept as happening. Each time loop sequence was so cool because Mae just came off as crazy before she figured out what was happening and had to convince people what was happening. It was a really zany situation that ws just hilarious at times. I wish that she had been reset in time just one more time than she was, because I feel like it would’ve added depth and more conflict to make it more interesting.

If you like Christina Lauren books, you’ll like this one. And just in time for the holidays!

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for an advance copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!