Top Ten Tuesday: Feb. 11th, 2020

Hello and Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday,

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.)

This week’s topic is a Love Freebie,

Normally, I would share my top 10 favorite ships or favorite romances but I haven’t exactly been in lovey-dovey mode lately. Plus, I’m fairly certain you all already know them by now. So, instead, I’ll talk about some books I’ve read recently that happened to have romance in it or be romances period. And away we go,

48560155. sy475 The Princess of Chaos. This is the sequel to The Queen of Carnage, Candice Wright’s newest series about Motorcycle Clubs or MCs. It focuses on our main character Megan who aside from being brave af and exceptionally badass also happens to be deaf. Seriously, guys, I love this girl so much. She takes absolutely no shit and is just amazing. Her love interests? They are also great. And of the three, I’m not sure I really have a favorite. Viper is just a dick in the best way, his personality is always clashing with Megan’s. Grim is such a teddybear underneath everything and Zero is hilarious. I just adore them all and their friendship with each other and just the relationship they all have with Megan together and separately as well. If you’re into RH or the idea of RH, I recommend this book to you incredibly highly.

199532A Redbird Christmas. This is the second Fannie Flagg book I have ever read and it was lovely. So many different kinds of love happen in this book and to a guy who goes to this wonderful place thinking he’s going to be spending the rest of his now numbered days there. First, he falls in love with the town, then the child, and without even realizing it he falls in love with the woman who wasn’t even supposed to be on the market. I just adored how sweet the story was and how everyone was so willing to come together for the little girl, Patsy. But let’s be real here, the romance was a bonus and my heart of hearts belongs to Jack, the redbird.

22295304Shadowshaper. This was another book where the romance isn’t quite at the forefront, but it is there and while I don’t quite trust the male love interest- I’m sure there are others who adore him. In his defense though, Robbie is very interesting with his ancestral tattoos, art skills, and smooth demeanor. I just don’t trust him yet.



50434733. sy475 For the Win. I realize that I just talked about this book in an earlier blog post but I still really adore it. Raine is one of the most relatable heroines I’ve come across and the tension she has with the male love interest, Zac Hunter, in this book is off the charts. There are so many amazingly intense moments between the two in this short story that it’s hard to pick a true favorite scene. I just might have to go with the end scene though when they finally, officially got together.


40960763Color Outside the Lines. This anthology was all about ships and romance. If I had to pick a favorite though it would be Hlee and Argus in Starlight and Moondust by Lori M. Lee or Hades and Parvani in Death and the Maiden by Tara Sim. I love the mythological elements of both stories and really enjoyed the female Hades.



18584855. sy475 Heartless. I did enjoy the romance in Heartless, I just didn’t find myself as invested in the romance being the reason behind the Red Queen becoming evil. I almost wish it had been an alternate reality story where we saw what could’ve happened had she decided to take fate into her own hands. Alas, I know it was an origin story.




25111004. sy475 November 9. This was my first Colleen Hoover read and it might not be the last. I found the concept intriguing and the relationship between the two main characters, really lovely. Sure, there were parts I found uncalled for but in the end, I did really enjoy it quite a bit. Oh, and before I forget, the plot twist was a bit overdone, at least by the time I’d gotten around to reading but the romance was pretty great.



It’s only 7 books but 7 is more than 0 so I’m counting it as a win.

Until next time,





Throwback Thursday: Top Five Wednesday- April 26th, 2017

Authors You Want to Read More From

Hi guys,

I’d like to welcome you to my first top 5 Wednesday post. Now, Top 5 Wednesday is a tag that I love following on Youtube. It was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey and is currently being moderated by Sam from ThoughtsonTomes.

This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Authors You Want to Read More From, now this can be authors you’ve just read one book from or a few books from. The only rule is that you have to want to read more by them.

So without further adieu, let’s get into it:

Author 1: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I know I’ve been talking about her a lot recently but I was only recently introduced to her work. I think it was JBookLover that made me really want to check her out due to her love of the Lux series. It was something that I’d heard mentioned a few times around youtube but it wasn’t until she mentioned it and talked about how much she loved and enjoyed it that I finally decided to give it a chance. Of course, I devoured the first two books within a day and a half and I immediately needed more. I have since gone on to read a portion of book three and all of White Hot Kiss which is the first book in the Dark Elements series and already, I just need more from her. I just need it, kay?

Author 2: Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author and to my knowledge, she has written three series in total. I read and loved her first series the Sabina Kane series. It centered around a half vampire half witch protagonist, her mage love interest and her demon companion who turns into a hairless cat whenever she tells him to. The book was quite honestly, hilarious and did not manage to get slow at all until around book 5 which was actually the last in the series. I haven’t managed to read any of her other series yet but I really, really want to.

Author 3: Lish McBride

Oh my God you guys, Lish McBride is amazing. Trust me, if you haven’t read a thing by her please go rectify that now because she is the wit queen. I’ve only read 1 1/2 books by her (Firebug and 1/2 of Pyromantic) but words cannot even begin to describe my love for these books. They’re just so darn clever and unique and feature a full cast of amazingly interesting characters. There’s romance, elemental magic, general badassery and so much more. Also, romance while definitely in this book is nowhere near the main theme of it. No, that’d be friendship and guys, do I even need to explain how great that is for me as a reader? Being able to read a book where romance takes a backseat to friendship/familial themes is just such a breath of fresh air. And I just need more of her writing. Honestly, I need it so bad I’m planning on picking up Hold Me Closer Necromancer just as soon as I’m done with Pyromantic.

Author 4: C.J. Redwine

I sort of feel like I’m cheating listing her because I haven’t actually read any of her work yet. I mean sure I’ve read the beautiful excerpts she posts on her facebook page and trust me, they are gorgeously written. I just haven’t managed to read any of her books yet but I need to. God, I need to.

Author 5: Fannie Flagg

I read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe for the very first time when I was around 18 years old. I have since gone on to read it approximately 10 more times. If I had to pick a favorite book of all time Fried Green Tomatoes would be it. There’s just something about the town and all of its numerous quirky characters that is just soothing to me and while I haven’t read any of her other books I do want to.

Well that’s it guys, my very first top 5 wednesday post. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I liked writing it.


Jan. Wrap-Up 2020

Hey guys,

It’s Wrap-Up time again and also my birthday. I managed to read 8 books in January which is a number that I’m honestly quite impressed with. One of them is a book I also read in December, so I’m not going into any detail about it as I’d already done that in my previous post, but let’s go ahead and jump into the rest-

50163918. sy475 Of course, I started the year out reading Cole by Eve L. Mitchell, book 1.5 in the Boulder series. I mean, how could I not? Cole is super suave and I’d always wanted to see his view on things that happened in Indian Summer so this was an immediate must-read for me. Obviously, I loved it which isn’t surprising as Eve is without a doubt, one of my favorite authors of all time but it also answered every single Cole-centric question I had. It is difficult to give a summary to this book as it honestly is Indian Summer but from the male character’s pov. I gave it 5 stars.

40960763 This second book shouldn’t be surprising if you’ve been following my Adam Silvera obsession. Not only was I becoming really into anthologies late December but when I remembered Adam had a short story in the collection, Color Outside the Lines earned a top spot in my tbr. And let me tell you, this book was beautiful. It made me laugh, cry- literally experience every possible emotion. Never in my life have I read an anthology and liked every single short story equally but I did this one. Every author did amazing and I think everyone needs to give this book a chance. I also gave this 5 stars.

23513349 Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur was a book I hadn’t meant to read, only to sample before putting it away but it ended up being something I immediately had to finish as soon as I got two pages in. And I’ve got to say that I understand the hype. Each poem is beautiful, soul-stirring, and sometimes heartbreaking. Rupi Kaur is definitely a force to be reckoned with. 5 stars.



46817725. sy475 Land of Nightmares was another anthology I’d managed to read and my first non-5 star read for the month. It had a couple solid offerings but ultimately fell flat for me, with the two standouts being from Candice Wright and Nikki Bopp- two already favorite authors of mine who did not disappoint.



50434733. sy475 For the Win was a re-read for me and it was just as good as the last two times I’d demolished it. A story about romance happening between two people from different sides of a friend rivalry, it ticks all of my romance boxes. It’s quick, it’s angsty, and has just enough steam to get you going. An obvious 5 stars.




39988 This was the month I finally managed to read Matilda, actually I listened to the audiobook at work, and it was such a magical experience. The kids and I recently watched the movie again, since I’d gotten the urge just as soon as I’d finished. It’s honestly, such a magical book about a girl who I will always want to be, even at 29. This was also 5 stars.



22295304 The last book I read this month was Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older. Guys, this book, made me cry with happiness. It was just so good. For those who don’t know Shadowshaper is about Sierra Santiago, a teen girl who is just trying to enjoy her summer, when she finds out that there’s a whole other world she’s a part of that she had no idea existed. And it all starts when a summer party she’s attending is crashed by a walking, and yes, somewhat talking dead body. That leads her to be introduced to the world, and art of shadow-shaping and the mystery of the secret brotherhood of shadow shapers her own grandfather was a part of.

Shadow-shaping is just such a pure and artistic form of magick, working with both art and the supernatural. I am in awe- I can’t even begin to say how much I loved this book. Another 5 star read.

And that about wraps it up.


December 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello fellow readers,

Long-time, no talk.

It’s been fairly chaotic over here on my end of things lately. First with the holidays, then with everyone in my house getting sick except for the dog. So, that’s why I sort of disappeared for a bit a little over a month ago but I’m back now, hopefully regularly to regale you with my blog posts, or not. Either way, I’m back guys and I plan on staying a bit.

And I bring you my December wrap-up. It’s not that big of a wrap-up since I only managed to finish a total of 3 books that month but it’s a wrap-up nonetheless.

18584855. sy475 December was the month that I finally finished Heartless by Marissa Meyer. It was one of my book club’s reads of the month quite a few months ago but I’d never gotten around to finishing it until I was knee-deep in slumpland last month. It’s one of I think many Alice in Wonderland retellings and it was ok. I didn’t want to shout my love for it from any rooftops but I also didn’t full-on hate it though it was a potential DNF for a few months there so take that as you will. I did find some aspects of it to be fairly good such as Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater and his wife. Now that was an interesting twist on a story. I also liked the take on the Mad Hatter and Marrisa’s reasoning for his madness. Oh, and the triplets- I adored those triplets. They were fab. I believe I gave it a solid 3 when I finished it but I can definitely give it a 3.5 now that some distance has been put between me and it. Honestly, it really wasn’t that bad but I still prefer the Lunar Chronicles.


49008323. sy475 The second book I managed to finish in December was the Dreadful Spells and Jingle Bells anthology. It’s technically on my Goodreads as being finished in January but that was when I’d turned around and started it over so December still counts. I had originally gotten this as an arc as I’m a member of C.A. Higgin’s arc team but I also had it pre-ordered. I like supporting authors always and arcs don’t necessarily bring about enough support, but anyways, I’m rambling- This book was not bad at all. I honestly enjoyed every short story in this collection which never happens. Some favorites were The Winter Drawing by Evelyn Belle, Ghosts of Christmas by Sarah Louise, A Bit of Christmas Magic by K.A. Morse, and Bar Eve by K.A. Knight and Jenee Robinson. I ended up giving this paranormal Christmas/holiday feast 5 stars.

319498 The last book I read in December was a re-read. Christmas After All by Kathyrn Lasky is probably my favorite Dear America book of all time. I may try to read it every Christmas from now on. It’s just that good. I love Minnie and her family the Swifts and I especially love Willie Faye and her stories and how somehow despite everything she helped bring hope to the Swift family. It’s just such a sweet, pure and jolly holiday read. I ended up upping my rating and giving it five stars.

Until next post,


Throwback Thursday: Lumberjanes Vol. One Mini Review

Can we just talk about how awesome the first volume of Lumberjanes was? Can I please just squeal in delight for a few minutes? Because it was grand, like really, really grand.

God, I loved it so much. 

I’m not even sure I can form enough coherent sentences to tell you why you need to read this comic but I am definitely going to try.

Lumberjanes is something that has been on my radar for quite awhile now, even before I read Nimona but it wasn’t until recently that I was actually able to read it through the prime reading little bonus thing that Amazon does (bless them). You see, every now and then amazon has graphic novels/comics available for amazon prime members to read for free- typically they’re the first volume or first couple of volumes in a series- anyways, that’s how I ended up reading this amazing thing (also, how I ended up reading the first volume of Scott Pilgrim which was golden) but anyways, I’m rambling- on to the review.

Lumberjanes is about girl power. It is full of cute and amazingly epic art and the characters- goodness, the characters are amazing humans who are super diverse and use names of famous people in place of swear words, or any other sort of exclamation (think holy cow batman except replace batman with Bessie Coleman). Did I mention that they also speak in pop culture references which is something I adore? Because they do and it is amazing.

Anyway, my husband wants to watch tv and I’m not sure I gave a really coherent review of this book anyway but guys, please for the love of kitten holy, read this- please.

You won’t even come close to regretting it.


Throwback Thursday: Top Five Wednesday- May 3rd, 2017

Favorite SFF/Fantasy Covers

Hi, guys!

It’s time for another top 5 Wednesday post. I know, I know- I can’t believe it either.

Bring on the smexy covers, in no particular order of course.


Firebug by Lish McBride

I’m not sure what it is that attracts me to this cover the most. Maybe it’s the fire shooting out of her hands. Maybe it has something to do with how amazing the fire looks or how realistic the hand position is or how it sort of reminds me of fire shooting out of a dragon’s mouth. Whatever it is, I am here for it. Also, that tagline. Doesn’t it just pull you in? It definitely had that effect on me.

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

This cover man. This cover gives me so much nostalgia it isn’t even funny. You see, I used to have these sexy vampire posters on my ceiling and well, to be completely honest with you part of the reason I wanted to read this book in the first place was because the cover reminded me so much of that period during my teenage years. It didn’t hurt that the book ended up being pretty darn great either.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Ok so, my love of this book has everything to do with my love of space and just how friggen spacey it looks. I mean come on, it’s got stars all over it and the cloud effect? Gah. Also, I love the whole you shouldn’t be reading this vibe the book throws off. This cover makes me happy, as did the book.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This cover just makes me happy okay? I love it so much and literally fangirled so hard when I first saw it and sure, I own the hardcover edition of this book but that’s not going to stop me from buying this paperback version as soon as I get some money. It’s glorious and I need it so very badly.


For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

There’s just something about a woman stalking towards a creepy how in a sexy dress and fuck me heels that I just cannot get enough of.

So there’s that- 5 of my favorite science fiction and fantasy covers. I’m sure I have more but these were quite honestly the ones that came to my head the fastest so this list may change fairly quickly, especially as I read more books.


Blogmas- December 16th, 2019

Hi all,

I kind of disappeared there for a few days, sorry about that. My weekend ended up being a lot more chaotic than I thought it would be but I’m back and ready to pick things back up.

Today I have for your reading pleasure the 12 Days of Christmas book tag. I found this on The Sassy Book Geek though the tag was originally created by Lizzie Loves Books.

So let’s get dangerous (Darkwing Duck voice)


The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand-alone?

Instead of listing the book that everyone knows is my favorite of all time, I’ll instead share a favorite stand-alone that I don’t talk about too often. And that’s Eleanor & Park. I think I read this either just before or just after reading Fangirl and the way it put me through literally all of the emotions in a span of a few hours, and the way that it has stayed with me is what’s made it a favorite for sure.


Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

If you had asked me this before Wayward Son had come out I would’ve gone with Simon and Baz but since I haven’t read that book yet, I’m not 1000% sure how I feel about them as a ship right now. So I think I’ll have to go with Rufus and Mateo from They Both Die at the End. I will die with that ship. (Oh no, what did I say!?)


In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

Penryn and the End of Days hands down.


Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

Artemis Fowl, duh.


One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Definitely going to have to go with everyone’s favorite psychotic computer, AIDAN from The Illuminae Files. 


Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building?


I love the world of Plus One. It’s just the right amount of I can totally see this occurring and omg how could this actually happen. But maybe I’m just a sucker for dystopian world-building.


Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favorite animal sidekick?

Does a demon count if a lot of the time he appears as a hairless cat? If so then I choose Giguhl if not then I’m not really sure who to choose because the only other answer that popped in my head is Salem from Sabrina but like OG Sabrina where he was a main character and talked a lot.

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Ohhh wait! I’ve got a new answer and I’m pretty sure she’s actually an animal this time. Kamala the horse from The Star-Touched Queen is just a gem and I literally cannot believe I’d almost forgot about her.


Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

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While Heartless does stick out as a book that did an excellent job of describing food, I’m going to have to go with Three Dark Crowns for this one because I still find myself thinking about the poisoners’ feast to this day.


Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favorite kickass female lead?

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Tie between Penryn and Ava


How about your favorite leading lad?

I think I’m going to have to go with Gimli for this one.

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What is your favorite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

I honestly don’t have an answer for this.


Drum roll please…what is your favorite read of this year?

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This would go to either Dread Nation or Unbroken Bonds

Until tomorrow,


Blogmas: December 12th, 2019

Hi all and welcome to the 12th night of Blogmas. I’m a bit exhausted from work today so this is going up a bit late. Sorry ’bout that.

Anyway, I was googling for holiday-themed tags again and spotted the Harry Potter Christmas tag over on Adventure’s of a Bibliophile. This tag was created by Charleigh at Charleigh Writes.

It looks like a lot of fun, so here we go-

It’s your first Christmas at Hogwarts. What’s one book you’ve asked for this year?

Barnes and Nobles has some really fancy copies of Children of Blood and Bone that I’d love to hoard. Children of Blood and Bone: Reaper Edition (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Legacy of Orïsha Series #1)

You spot Hagrid hauling the Christmas tree through the grounds. What is the longest (or heaviest!) book you own?

Probably Roots. I almost wish the book came in a set it’s just so intimidating looking.

It’s time for the famous Great Hall feast. What’s one book you can’t read without snacks?

Reading Harry Potter used to make me hungry. I am deadly serious. Part of me blames the feast scenes but to be completely honest I’ve always craved those train car treats.

Well done, you’ve brewed your first Polyjuice potion. What’s one book you’d change the cover of?

The cover of The Eternity Cure. It’s not a bad cover at all but I loved the cover of the first book in the series, The Immortal Rules so much better.


You receive a brand new Firebolt for Christmas. What’s one book you read super quickly?

Blondie by Joanne Ganci. I stayed up until almost 4 am reading this book and loved it so much I immediately had to read her first book Their Book Nerd. And I still vow to read everything she writes. Blondie was just that good.

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You join Harry for his first proper Christmas. What’s one book you’d love to receive this year?

Any books I get would be things I’d be thankful for. Except for another copy of Lord of the Flies. I do not need to be tortured by that.

You get hit by one of Fred and George’s flying snowballs. What’s a book you wanted to throw across the room?

I literally threw Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince at a wall when I was reading it. I was just so upset about what was happening with Dumbledore that I got furious.


You’ve just visited Hogsmeade for the first time. What’s one popular book you haven’t read yet?

Oh, this one’s easy- Wayward Son. Also, Daisy Jones and the Six but you did only ask for one so I suppose I’ll stop.

Congratulations, you’ve been invited to the Yule Ball. What book about Christmas do you love?


You find Ron’s deluminator. What’s one book that’s helped you through some dark times?

Do you even have to ask?

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Until tomorrow,


Throwback Thursday: Top Five Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Books as Event Themes

Hello you saucy people you,

At first, I was a bit confused by the topic chosen for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday post. I was also really, really, unsure that I would be able to come up with five books that would make good event/party themes because I’m just not the party throwing or party going sort of gal but once I sat down to really think about it I realized that I just might have five books in mind.

So without further ado let’s get on with it,

  1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

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Can you imagine it? An event centered around the poisoner parties? I mean that aesthetic. It is officially goals. Of course, I’m just talking about the ambiance, lighting, and overall mood of the event, not necessarily the death-inducing food since we’re not exactly blessed with an immunity to dangerous and life threatening poisons. But seriously, that dark dinner vibe with the banquet style layout and the all black clothing/decor and do I even need to mention the snakes? Warms my little Slytherpuff heart.

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Now hear me out, an Illuminae themed laser tag party. Can you imagine? We could have opposing sides, someone playing the role of the super crazy A.I., and maybe even like a room where there’s like a bounce house type vibe. I’d say anti-gravity chamber but come on guys, the likelihood of that ever happening is pretty darn slim but still, a space-themed laser battle? I’m in and it doesn’t even exist.

3. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young


Yes, I am aware that this is a comic but honestly, I’ve just always wanted to throw a party with bright whimsical colors where everyone has to dress in a sort of fairyland aesthetic. It’s just pleasing to me and while I wouldn’t want the death, destruction or the potential bar fight I would be lying if I said that my friends and I didn’t swear like the characters in this book do because- we do. See? I’m not that ashamed to admit it.

4. Firebug by Lish McBride


Now, my reason behind this is simple. I want to go to the club/restaurant that serves as the headquarters for the gang of miscreants that live in this story. Every floor of it just sounds so friggin cool and wonderful (okay, maybe not the bottom floor of doom but that gets turned into a pretty decent office/operations setting in the second book, Pyromantic). Who wouldn’t want to throw an event where things are heaven and hell themed?

5. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Yes, I am fully aware that this is on a lot of people’s lists but hey, who doesn’t want an excuse to eat like a potential future princess and wear a gorgeous ass ball gown? I do.

Well, there you have it, my top 5 book inspired event themes.

Honorable mention goes to the comic book series Scott Pilgrim because that whole series and movie are everything to me. I mean seriously, a video game themed party and not the typical Pacman stuff? Who wouldn’t be in favor of that? And besides, it’d give me an excuse to rock some pink hair.