2018 Reading Goals

I cannot believe 2018 will be here in just a few weeks! So, that means it’s time to talk about my goals for 2018. I haven’t been thinking too much about them, but I should get them all hashed out and ready for the new year before it’s too late. And maybe I should try to stick with them better than I did last year… but we will see how well I do… these are just some goals I have and a small peek into what I want to do with my reading in the brand new year of 2018.

Read some of my owned books

I keep buying books like crazy, and they are just sitting in piles in my house. I haven’t read a book I own in ages. I keep buying them so I have them, but I end up just getting an endless amount of books from the library via Libby or just the regular lovely library. So it would be great to read some of the books I own so I can figure out if they are worth keeping or if I should donate them.

Set a Goodreads Goal of 112 books

I won’t lie… I have pushed myself to read a lot of books the last few years. I have done well with meeting my goals… but it’s been stressful. I would get anxious looking at the number and rushing to try and meet it. I would read so much sometimes I was just reading and not taking the time to enjoy books like I should be. I ended up hitting a few slumps this year and had times where I was reading like there was no tomorrow. Next year, I want to do more than just read all of the time… I want to enjoy it, but there are other things I love doing as well. My best friend is doing this as well, so it will be nice to have the support and have a stress free reading year.

Read Two Classics

I have been stating for awhile I want to read more classics, but I have not done anything to make it happen. There are some I have purchased, but I have not read them yet. I don’t want to push myself too hard so I just want to get through the process of trying to read two for the new year and see how that works out. I have some owned I have been wanting to read so those will be picked up and read finally.

Read a brand new series 

So I am always starting and finishing series. They are ones I’ve been reading for awhile or just decide I am going to binge. I think next year I would like to start a whole new series. Maybe something in a different genre to go outside of my comfort zone, but I don’t know quite yet. I just know I want to pick up a new series and see if I find my new favorite book in 2018.

Do you have any reading goals for 2018?

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Weekly Wrap Up 6

These are all of the books I read the week of December 10th to the 16th. I was able to read more than I have the last few weeks so I am happy about this since I felt like I was stuck in a kind of slump, and I am hoping that I can read a little more differently next year. I want to try doing the PopSugar Challenge…and maybe read a little bit less so I can have some more free time… I don’t know… guess we will see what happens. I just don’t want to feel pressure and anxiety when it comes to reading…more to come when I try to establish some reading goals for 2018.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Adult Fiction

I have wanted to read this book for awhile since I said it on BookTube and on Goodreads so I was very excited to pick it up from the library. This book is very beautifully written and spans over the time of seven generations of a family from Africa. The author based it somewhat on her own family history, so that makes it even more interesting and worth the read. The book tells the story of two sisters who never meet, they live in neighboring villages and suffer two different fates. One is married to a slave trader and the other one was sold into slavery. Each story spans about twenty pages and tells the stories of the families throughout history… it was so beautiful and sad at the same time. The stories were not always happy, but I did learn a lot from the historical information shared. I can’t really explain the importance of this book since I don’t share the same history, but it touched me deeply. I would definitely make this book a must for anyone who wants a family saga told through an own voices perspective.

4 Stars.

Top Ten- Katie Contungo

YA Contemporary

I have to say that Katie Contungo may be one of my favorite YA contemporary authors because I have loved every single one of her books so much when I read them. This book was less than a success with me though… I was very frustrated with this book because I wanted more from the story. I know there doesn’t need to be a love story every single time. But I wanted this one to be a love story, but it wasn’t. It tells the story of the friendship of Ryan and Gabby. They are unlikely best friends who like to make top ten lists. When they have the chance to be more than friends, it changes their lives forever. This story goes back through their whole relationship and leads back to the modern day where they are dealing with the aftermath of hooking up… once the book came back the present and unfolded the rest of the story, I really hated how it ended up. I am hoping her next book will be better… because I did not love this book as much as I thought I was going to.

3 Stars.

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

Middle Grade Dystopia

So… I finally finished this series of books and… I am not glad. I loved The Giver so much… but the rest of the books were not as great to me. It took me some time to see how they connected, but it did make sense. I was able to see the connections as I was reading and guess what happened. I don’t have much to say about the series except to say it was just okay. I felt like the last book just went on for awhile, and I just skimmed it. I would say just read The Giver because it is freaking great… the last three were just alright.

3 Stars.

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

YA Contemporary

I picked up this book because I wanted a summer read in December.

This book was both cute and serious. Sadie is close to her family… and she meets an awesome group of friends. The only thing I wasn’t sure about is that she is half Iranians, but the author isn’t a poc. So I’m not sure about the rep. I did really enjoy the book, I read it in just a few short hours. The parts about the minor character addicted to heroin were scary… the opioid epidemic in America is a bad, bad crisis I can’t even properly convey. So this isn’t just a light hearted summer read… but it is still pretty worth it.

4 Stars

Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant

Adult Mystery/Thriller

I picked this book up from Kindle First… and I am so glad I did. This book was really great. It doesn’t come out for a few weeks, but I think it is going to be a book people are going to like. The description from Goodreads states:

Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life—a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It’s ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.

Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster has stumbled on uncanny parallels in the lives of the two missing girls that could unlock clues to a serial killer’s identity. That means breaking down the walls of the Willards’ long-guarded secrets and getting to a truth that is darker than he bargained for. Now, to rescue one missing girl, he must first solve the riddles that disappeared with another: Kelsey Willard herself. Dead or alive, she is his last hope.

All I can is I was very hooked once I got into this book. It is not a happy book… it looks at how a family is torn apart because of a missing child. It looks at how a community deals with the aftermath and how the authorities have to work their asses off to try and solve a case of serial murder. The story is never neat and tidy. The details are dark and unhappy… but it is so worth the read. I did not see the ending coming… which made it so worth the read. I read the book within a few hours. Definitely one of the best mystery thrillers I read this year, it reminded me of Karin Slaughter so I ended up loving it even more.

4 Stars.

What have you read this week?

Weekly Wrap Ups 4&5

So, I was having a very slow reading week last  few week I did not even see the point to write out a short post when I was barely reading any books. I read a few more this past week so I am just going to share what I have read the past few weeks. I am going to be honest and say I have not been reading a lot. I had gotten a little burned out and was too busy starting to be obsessed with Riverdale to read properly, but enough talking… here are the books I read the last few weeks

Week of November 26- December 2nd

A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

YA Contemporary

Trigger warnings for mental illness, death of a family member, suicide attempt, mentions of crime, and murder. There are some darker elements in this book, but it’s also very quirky so it’s a strange mix.

I picked up this book from the library because of the title alone. Then I looked up the review of the author’s first book and found I was disappointed overall. So, I didn’t have a lot of high hopes going into the story.

Esther believes her family is cursed. Her grandfather met death and now the family has an array of curses. But it’s just not that easy. She sees the world as just being this place where the bad things happen because of a curse and her own superstitions so she isn’t getting a full picture of the world. I mean, she is even partially convinced her best friend isn’t real because she never speaks.

There’s a lot to take in and grapple with regarding this novel. I wasn’t bothered at all by the mentions of her grandfather being a homicide detective and the issues he dealt with. (I do write true crime podcasts though so that may be why I am so desensitized). Esther is quirky though, wearing costumes because she is afraid of being seen. I like how it deals with the topic of mental illness too. This book took me a little bit longer to get through, but I did like it. If you want a book which deals with the topic of mental illness with just a little bit of falling in love thrown in, this book will work well.

4 Stars

If I Did It: Confessions of A Killer by OJ Simpson

True Crime

This book was one I have meant to read for a long time. I write true crime podcasts and know a lot about the subject so I should be ashamed I have not done it sooner. I think I picked it up when I was younger but I could not get into it back then. I was more into serial killers then than single murderers. The thing about this book is that I have no clue how anyone could read this book and think anyone else could have done the crime. OJ Simpson killed Nicole and Ron. The fact he tried to monetize on their deaths is so gross. The book also had me looking up crime scene photos as well so don’t do that if you are an empath or whatever… but it is definitely a good thing the book was published through the families rather than OJ. He should never get any money from his crimes… the Son of Sam law exists for a reason… and nothing explains how I feel more is how badly I wanna scream because he got away with murder.

3 Stars

Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken

New Adult

I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. This is the second book in the series so I have no idea what happened in the first one when I picked up the book. The nice thing about this book was it did a good job to let you know what was going on from the first book so it made sense. So you can read this book without picking up the first one. This book follows a fictional football team and its players. This story focuses on Miller and one of the cheerleaders, Kinsey. Once upon a time, they had sex and then he told her she should go to Europe. Then she comes back home and they are set up to fake date by her brother, Jax. Her brother does not know they had sex before. He just giving his okay so his sister will stay away from her toxic ex. Kinsey and Miller are trying to deny their feelings, saying they are just “friends.” The book gets really damn good, but there is also some sad parts I wasn’t expecting. I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I was going to and will probably read the first one just to see if I want to read anymore from the author.

Week of December 3-9

Reread Cress by Marissa Meyer

YA SciFi

So the series I did a reread of this year was the Lunar Chronicles. It started when I listened to Stars Above, and I needed to just reread the whole series. So I decided to do it via audio book so I would get it done sooner. All I have to say about the book this time around is that this one seems to now be my favorite of the series. I started to ship Cress and Thorne really hard. I don’t know why, but they were my favorite part of the book. I mean, the parts about the possible war between Luna and Earth are interesting…but I just really love Cress and Thorne. Don’t judge me.

Still 5 Stars

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy 3)

YA Fantasy

So I cheated and looked up what is going to happen with this series. But I am still looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I did like this installment though it was slow at times so I would get bored and felt like reading this book took longer than normal. I am also a super big adorer of Adrian so I AM SO HAPPY he will be in Bloodlines. Also, I decided I was going to read the Bloodlines series just because of this book so this added like six more books to by TBR so that is just great…

4 Stars

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy 4)

YA Fantasy

This series gets even better in this book. I don’t want to give anything away because this book is so far towards the end of the series that I am going to leave it very vague. This series is getting really fucking great. There are two more books til I am done with the series, but I just have a feeling that I am going to love the next two books of the series. I did take a break from the series so I could read other things I have from the library. Excited to add this series to yet another I am going to be finishing before 2017 is done. Also, I am even more in like with Dimtri now just for how he was in this book alone,

4 Stars

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Fiction

This book tells the stories of two sisters, Effia and Esi. They are half sisters who don’t know each other. One of them is sold into slavery while the other becomes the wife of a slave trader. It follows the two lineages through history… and it is so fucking good. There is a lot of take away from the book… it is rooted so deep in history and has so much beauty in the writing and storytelling. I would highly suggest this book for anyone who wants a story written by a WOC telling the stories of generations of POC. It is amazing.

4 Stars

Demonglass (Hex Hall 2)

I listened to this book via audio because I am so lazy lately. I did like the first book more than the second one, to be honest. Sophie seems a lot more annoying in this book, and I was like not about how she was acting. The story line was pretty lame, and I guess I just wanted more of what I got from Hex Hall than this book gave me. The last book better be good since it is the last of the series or I am going to be so mad… I know what is going to happen mostly because I heard the companion book on audio. Oops. This will be yet another series I will finish soon, but probably not til next year because I am not that high up on the list for Libby.

3 Stars.

What have you read this week?

Weekly Wrap Up #3

This week I only read two books because I was lazy. The two books that I read this week are as follows:

 

This week I only read two books because I was lazy. The two books that I read this week are as follows:

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Adult Thriller

I was really excited about this book when I picked it up from the library because I had liked the author’s first book. I actually had high hopes for this book because I have been reading a lot of thrillers lately. I’m super I obsessed with Karin’s Slaughter so I just hope all books are going to be the same way, but that doesn’t seem to happen . Anyway.

Isa gets a call from a childhood friend named Kate. She also has contacted their other friends, Fatima and Thea. The group of women return to the town where they attended a private boarding school because a body’s been found in the area. Who does the body belong to and what’s the deal with this Lying Game?

This book went back and forth with flashbacks, which I didn’t really love. I had a hard time being interested in any of the characters or what was going on. This book took me forever to get through. I wasn’t excited about the mystery or the twist. Also, Isa talks a lot about her new daughter. I get she is a mom, but I was really like I don’t care about all these details about the baby. I mean, if you like Ruth Ware, you may like this book. But it really wasn’t anything worth being excited over.

H3 Stars

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Adult Thriller

Tessa is the lone survivor of a serial killer. All of the victims were coined Black Eyed Susans, and she’s the sole survivor. She has no memory of the killer, just waking up in a field with the remains of the other Susans. Now she’s an adult with a daughter if her own, and she is being asked to help see if she can exonerate the man on death row for the murders because he may be innocent.

So, I loved this book. True crime and all that are my favorite. I was loving this book, and I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know if the man on death row was innocent, and it was all just so good. I ended up just getting this book from the library just because. It was well worth the read. The story moves fast, and the reader wants to know what’s going on with the past memories in relation to the now. Even though I figured out the twist close to the end, I still thought the book was great.  I want to read more from this author for sure.

4 Stars.

Did you read anything great this week?

Weekly Wrap Up 2

So last week I read a lot of ebooks and I have been trying to read The Lying Game, but I am still getting through it. Plus, I still have the whole rest of the Vampire Academy series to get through so I need to stop ignoring the library books I have and read these books I have just sitting on the floor. I don’t even want to talk about all of the books I keep buying either…

Books read: 9

The Good Girl- Mary Kubica

Adult Thriller

3 Stars

This book started out well. I was really excited to read this book because I had heard some people had loved it so I was all about it when I found it on sale in the Kindle Store.

What happened in this book is this girl named Mia is kidnapped by a man named Colin and kept in a remote cabin in Northern Wisconsin. The story flashes between the before and after so you are seeing the parts of the story and how they connect. It is also told from three POVs. Well, that’s just a short explanation of the book.

I did like some parts of this book. I wanted to know what happened, and I thought it was going to be a little bit more dark than I thought. I had read some reviews that said it was supposed to be some kind of the next Gone Girl, but I did not see this comparison at all. I have read that book, but this wasn’t even close to the same. OK, so I did like how the story went back and forth to show what was going on because I was all about seeing how this had happened. Of course, I was going back and forth to decipher the POVs to see what caused this. I just did end up liking this book as much as I thought. I guess I am really picky because I have read a whole bunch of Karin Slaughter. The twist ending was not great… I was like well, I could have guessed that. So, this is an okay book. It was not memorable by any means. It works if you want to have a quick read, but it isn’t going to blow your mind by any means.

Killman Creek

Rachel Caine

4 Stars

Adult Thriller

Trigger warning for violence, death, and just all around blood and gore. Definitely wouldn’t suggest anyone who’s sensitive and not into true crime or thrillers to try this book out. It isn’t for the faint of heart.

Gwen has a new life after dealing with the fall out of her serial killer husband murdering victims for years in the garage of the family home. She wants to forget about being accused of being his accomplice and just be a mother to her two children. There’s just one problem… her ex husband, Melvin, escaped from prisoner and is currently on the run. He’s trying to find his family… and not to have a happy reunion. So Gwen decides with the help of her friend, Sam, she is going to beat Melvin at his own game. The hunter becomes the hunted… what could go wrong?

Here’s what I liked about this book… it is a thriller that I could not stop reading. I wanted to know more and get answers. I was wondering how the story was going to play out… Gwen wants to protect her children and get her life back… very admirable. But it was also crazy dangerous so I was like, this may not end well. The creepy serial killer factor was accurate… with the stories of what Melvin had done. I write true crime podcasts so this rang pretty true to me. I must admit I’m a sucker for the bloody details so those made me want to keep reading. I also just needed to know what would happen next.

What I liked less… Sam just seemed strange to me. He used to stalk Gwen because his sister was killed by Melvin, but now they’re friends? And maybe more? I just was left with a bad feeling about the relationship. I don’t think Gwen needs to fall in love with anyone. Her family needs therapy and time to heal, not a replacement husband and father. But that’s just my thoughts about him. He wasn’t a bad character, I just couldn’t buy into the validity of the relationship.

I like the mention of the dark web and bitcoins. I don’t think some people realize how bad of a place it can be…

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for placing this book in the read now section. All thoughts and opinions on the book are solely my own.

Kids Like Us -Heidi Rydel

YA Contemporary

4 Stars

This book was an ARC from NetGalley so I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this one much more than I thought. I ended up speeding through this book through the course of one morning, so this is a good book if you want a nice story told rather quickly.

This book is about Martin, a teen boy who is on the Autism Spectrum. He is in France with his mother and sister, and this is where he falls in love. But it is more than that. He is obsessed with an old French book because it connects him to his dad. So he thinks sometimes people he sees are like the characters in his book. So he becomes obsessed with this girl because he thinks she is the female character from the novel. The story is really good because it tells about what it is like for someone to have ASD, but he is not a stereotype. The rep seems to be very well done, and you can find a really good review about it here. I thought the story was very well told, and I hope this book gains the popularity it deserves because we need more diverse books in the YA genre.

I read two Manga Classics from NetGalley. I read the Jane Eyre and the Scarlet Letter. Both of these were pretty good. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books so I loved it. It was very close to the story. But I just did not like how pretty it made Jane and Rochester, taking away one of the main elements of the story. Still, it was pretty loyal to the story. The Scarlet Letter one was a little bit more boring, and I did not love it way too much. I never read it, but I was mostly bored and skimmed a lot of it. Though I got both of these books for free in exchange for a review… I would recommend these to someone who wants a fun way to read classics, along with anyone who enjoys manga.

Lastly, I read a lot of Melanie McFarlane books. I read all of her books I was able to pick up on Kindle. I read

Summoner Rising- 4 Stars

The Revelation of Faithe Eileen- 5 Stars

Into The Woods- 4 Stars

The Missing Guardian.  – 4 Stars

Her latest novel will be coming out soon so I plan to do one post with all of her books and more in depth thoughts. I just have to say, I really do enjoy her writing. She is one of my favorite indie authors now, and I can’t wait to read her book which is coming out tomorrow.

This is everything I read for the last week. I have no idea why I was so into ebooks for the week, but I got a lot done so I am pretty proud of myself.

Killman Creek Book Review

4 Stars

Adult Thriller

Trigger warning for violence, death, and just all around blood and gore. Definitely wouldn’t suggest anyone who’s sensitive and not into true crime or thrillers to try this book out. It isn’t for the faint of heart.

Gwen has a new life after dealing with the fall out of her serial killer husband murdering victims for years in the garage of the family home. She wants to forget about being accused of being his accomplice and just be a mother to her two children. There’s just one problem… her ex husband, Melvin, escaped from prisoner and is currently on the run. He’s trying to find his family… and not to have a happy reunion. So Gwen decides with the help of her friend, Sam, she is going to beat Melvin at his own game. The hunter becomes the hunted… what could go wrong?

Here’s what I liked about this book… it is a thriller that I could not stop reading. I wanted to know more and get answers. I was wondering how the story was going to play out… Gwen wants to protect her children and get her life back… very admirable. But it was also crazy dangerous so I was like, this may not end well. The creepy serial killer factor was accurate… with the stories of what Melvin had done. I write true crime podcasts so this rang pretty true to me. I must admit I’m a sucker for the bloody details so those made me want to keep reading. I also just needed to know what would happen next.

What I liked less… Sam just seemed strange to me. He used to stalk Gwen because his sister was killed by Melvin, but now they’re friends? And maybe more? I just was left with a bad feeling about the relationship. I don’t think Gwen needs to fall in love with anyone. Her family needs therapy and time to heal, not a replacement husband and father. But that’s just my thoughts about him. He wasn’t a bad character, I just couldn’t buy into the validity of the relationship.

I like the mention of the dark web and bitcoins. I don’t think some people realize how bad of a place it can be…

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for placing this book in the read now section. All thoughts and opinions on the book are solely my own.

Weekly Wrap Up #1

So I’ve been away from blogging for a long time… I’ve kept up on my reading, but I’ve neglected my blog. It was my own fault, but I want to try it again. I figured even if I didn’t keep up my reading and blogging goals, I can post a weekly wrap up so I’d anyone is interested, they can see what I am reading and my thoughts on the book.

This week of the 4-11th of November, I read 7 books. I also participated in a read athon called BorrowAThon, where the goal is to read books from your library and promote the idea of using your library. It’s one of the few readathons I make the effort to participate in… but that’s beside the point… alright, let’s get onto the wrap up since I have a lot to talk about.

Frostbite- Vampire Academy 2. Richelle Mead

3 Stars

I didn’t like the first two books a lot. I gave each only three stars, but this book was part of the give an author a second chance. I wanted to try again with Richelle so I picked up the second book in the series since I read the first about two years ago. I didn’t want to start all the way over… so I tried this one out. This book was just okay… she is going to be a vampire guardian… bad things are happening… someone needs to save the day… her best friend has magic vampire powers… it wasn’t fantastic at all. Yet, I picked up the rest of the series and am going to binge read them so maybe my thoughts will change. Who knows.

Author’s Pet -Deathco Cortorino

3 Stars

I just picked this one up from Libby because I was having a hard time staying focused. I flew through this one. It was pretty cute. I just wanted some adult gay male manga, and this was it. It was not bad, but I wanted more from the story. Also, I will say I am one of those people, and I wish it had been a tad more explicit.

 

Truth or Beard- Penny Reid. Winston Brothers Book One

4 Stars

I ended up thinking this book was so freaking cute. I wasn’t sure at the start, but I was sucked into the story.

It starts out with Jess being kissed by her childhood crush… but then it turns out the crazy kiss was his twin brother. Oh, and the kiss was fantastic. I couldn’t imagine how the book could get even better… and it just happened. This book was just so fluffy and cute. I needed it so badly in my life, and I didn’t even know it until I was sucked in. Don’t get me wrong, I adore romances. I just have a habit of reading a lot of YA so this was nice to read about adults and… you get the idea.

The backdrop of Tennessee and the beards is so cute. I just melted because I love dudes with some nice facial hair and Tennessee is a state I’m so in love with. I feel Jess wanting to see the world…. but I want to see the lovely hills and valleys of Tennessee. It’s my dream to live there someday this book just made me want it so bad… to have a nice bearded dude to kiss in the mountains of Tennessee, what a nice dream.

The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was how they made her cousin Tina look. I just felt like the author kind of made her seem lowly just because she was an adult dancer, which is harmful rep. I get she was a mean person… but her vocation should have nothing to do with that… and sometimes I wasn’t sure if Jess was exactly into being pinned down… I mean, he would do it and I’m just like ummmmm maybe this isn’t okay. She would say oh this is great, but maybe it should be right away so people don’t feel weird.

I ended up buying all of the books in this series and preordering the one which comes out next year. I have a strong feeling I will end up loving this series as a whole. It’s been a bit since an adult romance series really “hooked” me, but I have a good feeling about this one.

Roar- Cara Cormack

4 Stars

First book of BorrowAThon. Accidentally, but I thought it would be okay to include it since it’s already started! So this one covers the 2017 release challenge, I tbut I still have another book to cover the challenge.

This book was talked about on BookTube somewhat, and I was like man. I need to read it. I wanted to read a story about magic and storms. I picked up this book like a month ago, and I couldn’t get into it so I decided to come back to it. The second time I kept putting it off until I got past the beginning, and then the story seemed to capture my attention much more. I haven’t read too many reviews about this novel, but I know I have mixed feelings.

Here is what I like: storm magic, fantasy elements, a strong female lead, and even a handsome leading man. All some of my types of things when I want to lose myself in a book.

Things I like less: I don’t understand the magic system fully… I don’t get what Roar is… so I hope it will be explained more. especially why whatever it was didn’t manifest itself til later? The romance wasn’t as intense as I wanted. First he said she reminded him of his sister and then later on, he was just in love with her.

I like the real name of the main love interest. It just sounds like a handsome YA guy name. I’m a sucker for those. Ha. Also, I did like Cassius even though he turned out to be the bad guy. I just really like the bad guys I guess…

Overall, a solid read. I plan to read the next book and hope it will be even better.

A Great and Terrible Beauty Libra Bray Gemma Doyle Book One

3 Stars

Covers the new to you series for BorrowAThon. It was an okay book. I didn’t love hate it nor did I hate it. I excepted more, but I can’t say what I wanted. It just was a book about some magic… in the Victorian age. I don’t think I’ll be finishing this series. But at least I tried it.

Before She Ignites- Jodi Meadows. fallen isles book one.

4 Stars.

This book is long. There’s a lot of waiting for something to happen, and it flashes back to the last. It takes some time to get used to, but I thought this book was really good. I thought the anxiety rep was on point, and I was excited there are dragons. I wanted more illegal dragon trafficking to be happening, but there are more books to come so I just have to be patient. Mira is strong, and I just loved this book a ton. I understand some people have found it to be problematic so please see Goodreads for those thoughts.

The Ship of the Dead- Rick Riordan. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book Three.

4 Stars.

This book is just perfect and I love this whole series a lot… I’ll be doing a separate post about this book soon since I have so many thoughts. This was ten five words or more challenge for BorrowAThon.

The Library of Souls- Richard Denney

3 Stars

This was the takes place in a library challenge. Also, this book was written by a booktuber I really like so watch this space for a full review.

Please note I don’t normally read this much… I was just on vacation from work. That’s why there are so many books. Please stay with me if you want to see more of what I’ll be reading each week along with possible tags or others posts to come.