September 2020 Wrap Up

Guess who’s back again with the only consistent post they write?? If you guessed me then you’re absolutely right!

Monthly wrap up posts are so easy to write and they don’t take me that long which is why I keep writing them every month even if I don’t post anything in between them.

I am in the middle of writing my review of The Burning God though and I do want to have that out before the book comes out next month. I have about half of it written which is honestly how all my book reviews are right now.

Onto the books I read in the month of September!

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott: ★★★

First up is a book from my childhood that I wanted to reread. This was sweet and cute. It brought back a lot of memories of how much I loved to read as a child. I’m definitely going to continue with the series.

Jade War (The Green Bone Saga, #2)

Jade War by Fonda Lee: ★★★★

I love this series so much and I don’t know how I’m going to wait for the last book to come out. There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and the last 100 pages of the book were so intense I almost started crying.

Continue reading “September 2020 Wrap Up”

Review: The Poppy War

Title: The Poppy War
Author: R.F Kuang
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.


This book is a whirlwind of emotions that left me feeling all types of ways. I read this book back in May and I still think about it sometimes. Don’t be alarmed by the fact that I gave it three stars. Three stars for me still means that I enjoyed it. I think this book was a great primer into adult fantasy for me and I can’t wait to continue exploring the genre.

Before I start my review, I do want to say that this book has a lot of trigger and content warnings.

Self-harm – Suicide – Violent rape – Sexual assault – Murder – Massacres – Brutalization – Mutilation – Torture – Substance abuse – Abuse – Emotional abuse – Physical abuse – Relationship abuse – Human experimentation – Chemical warfare – Genocide

This is a very dark book and if that is something you can’t read about then maybe don’t pick up this book.

Continue reading “Review: The Poppy War”

August 2020 Wrap Up

It seems like monthly wrap ups are the only blog posts I’m consistently writing. This is kind of late though and that has to do a lot of with the fact that I don’t currently have a laptop. It’s in a shop right now and I’m hoping that it can be fixed. If it doesn’t I might buy a new one or I might wait until my birthday next year.

I read five books this month but I still haven’t caught up to my reading goal for the year which is really annoying. I’m currently three books behind and I’m hoping that this holiday weekend I can finally catch up!

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury: ★★★

This was a cute standalone that I listened to while I was driving to and from work. I have a review of it in progress and hopefully I publish it soon!

The Dragon Republic by R.F Kuang: ★★★★

I loved this book so much!! I honestly think it left me in a slump. I gave TPW three stars because I thought it was complicated for me to understand but when I read TDR I was blown away. It all came together for me suddenly and I loved it so much.

Continue reading “August 2020 Wrap Up”

Review: Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)

Title: Take a Hint, Dani Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Genre: Romance
Format: Audiobook
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?


I’m back and ready to talk about how much I love Talia Hibbert and the Brown sisters. Is anyone surprised by that? If you missed the first review where I raved about Get a Life, Chloe Brown, you can find that here.

Characters

I liked Take a Hint, Dani Brown a little bit more than Get a Life. I think I just really liked the characters in Dani’s stories. Dani was an absolute delight to read about. Her fears and hesitations were so relatable to me and I just felt myself connecting with her more. She’s just a badass and I wish that I had a friend like her. I hope that out there somewhere in the world is a person exactly like Dani Brown and I hope I get to meet them and become their best friend.

Zaf or Zafir is probably one of my favorite love interests ever. He is a sweet, angel of a man and I wish he was real. The way Hibbert wrote about Zaf and the development he went through throughout the book was A1. Reading about how he dealt with his grief and didn’t let it define him made me emo and there were times where I just wanted to wrap him up in a giant hug. I also really like the way Hibbert depicted Zaf dealing with his anxiety as well as how Dani reacted to it. Overall I just love Talia Hibbert and the characters she creates.

Plot/Writing

Both the Brown sister books have an amazing cast of characters and I think that’s why I love them so much. The romance also isn’t the forefront of the book which is greatly appreciated as I don’t like solely romance books. Hibbert is amazing at creating 3-D characters that you can really relate to. The plot of the book was cute. It teetered right on the edge of absurd and believable.

Hibbert’s writing is smooth and easy to read. It’s honestly just a fun time and you an easily fall into the story. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was lovely and I really enjoyed listening to them read the book.

Overall Thoughts

I honestly can’t wait for the next book in the series especially since it’s about Eve. I know Hibbert is going to do an amazing job with Eve’s love story and I can’t wait to read about it! I also really want to get physical copies of the books so that their beauty can remain on my shelf forever. As always I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for something cute and easy to read.

July 2020 Wrap Up

Here I am with another wrap up where I didn’t read as many books as I had hoped. After listening to both the Brown sisters books, I haven’t really been in a mood to continue reading. I need to pick up books physically as I can finish a physical book much faster than I can finish an audiobook.

I did finish four books this month which to me seems like a really good amount.

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson:  ★★★

I’ve had this book on my TBR for ages and I finally thought it was time to read it. I picked up the audiobook from my library and I enjoyed it. It was interesting and I definitely felt like continuing the series.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: ★★★★

I’ve actually already written my review for this book and you can find it here. I absolutely adored this book and it’s definitely a book I can see myself rereading when I get sad. I need to get myself a physical copy.

Continue reading “July 2020 Wrap Up”

Review: Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)

Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Genre: Romance
Format: Audiobook
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior… 


I decided to pick this book up on a whim after hearing such great things about on bookstagram and book tube. Let me say that I am so happy I decided to read this. I’m normally not a big romance reader but occasionally I like to break up my fantasy books with something lighter. This book was the perfect one to read in between darker fantasy books.

Continue reading “Review: Get a Life, Chloe Brown”

Review: Bloodwitch

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Title: Bloodwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Fans of Susan Dennard’s Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.


If you want to check out my reviews of the first two books you can find them here and here.

This series has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy series of all time. I read the second and third books back to back on my plane ride home from Singapore and I was hooked. I couldn’t sleep because I was too busy reading. This series now holds a special place in my heart as I can fondly think back to the time that I read it.

Characters

There are so many characters in this book and they’re all featured pretty quickly. To save time and space I’m only really going to be talking about my two favorite characters as they’re the ones I care about the most. First is Iseult. Oh how I absolutely adore Iseult. She becomes even more of a badass babe in this book. She’s just so fun to read about and everything she does is amazing. I just love her so much.

Next is Aeduan. Another being I just adore. Aeduan is much prominent in this book, especially considering he is the one the book is titled after. I really enjoyed reading about his solo journey and arc as well as how his journey connected with that of Iseult and other characters. He’s such a nuanced character with many facets that make me just love him so much.

Plot/Writing

There is so much that happens in this book. It’s crazy keeping it all straight but somehow you manage to do it. The way all the storylines intertwine with one another is amazing and every time I made a connection I felt like a damn mastermind putting it all together. I love all the characters but there are some who are my favorite and I tend to pay more attention to them.

Dennard’s writing is impeccable. I love it so much. I normally don’t like multiple POVs, especially when it’s intertwining like in this book but somehow she makes it enjoyable. Her writing style is one that I eagerly look forward to reading.

Overall Thoughts

This series is underrated and deserves more hype. There is a great cast of characters and while it is YA, it feels like an older YA which I really like. I’m very sad that the next book won’t be coming out until Feb 2021 but that gives me time to reread the three books that already exist in the series. Seriously if you’re looking for a sign to start this series. This is it. Start reading now.

June 2020 Wrap Up

This is kind of late because I didn’t realize that it was the end of the month and so I didn’t have this post ready but I’m here now! I have fallen behind on my reading challenge which isn’t ideal but I’m hopeful that I will get back on track soon.

I only read two books this month but they were both really good so I’m counting this month as a reading win.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust:  ★★★★

First up I received an ARC of Girl, Serpent Thorn and I decided to read that in June what with it being Pride month. You can actually read my full review here. I really enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it.

Dark Skies (Dark Shores, #2)

Dark Skies by Danielle L Jensen:  ★★★★

I read the first book in this series Dark Shores a couple months ago and I absolutely loved it. I still haven’t written a review and that’s because I’m lazy piece of shit. However, this series is very underrated. I don’t know why more people aren’t reading it. The first book amazing, this book also amazing. Please read it.

And those were the two books I read in June. Not a great reading month but hopefully July will be better. Spoiler alert. It is. I have read two books already this month. So things are looking up.

ARC Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Title: Girl, Serpent, Thorn
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Publication Date: July 7 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse…

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

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

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I’ve seen this book floating around the book community and when I saw that it was available for request on Netgalley, I was really excited. When I was approved I got even more excited and immediately started reading. I was immediately pulled into the book and finished it in two sittings.

Continue reading “ARC Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn”

May 2020 Wrap Up

Another month has passed us by and I still don’t know what I’m doing with my life. I hope that everyone is doing well. I know that I’m not doing as well as I would like to be but it’s okay. I just need to relax and remind myself that everything is going to be fine.

I graduated from university this month and within two weeks I’ve found a job. I’m a little nervous about starting this new job tomorrow but I’m hoping that things will go smoothly and I will be able to do a good job.

My reading this month was pretty great. I’m currently on track to complete my reading goal. I’m at 22/55 and it’s been nice. I read a pretty great variety of books this month and I enjoyed all of them a decent amount.

Dark Shores (Dark Shores, #1)

Dark Shores by Danielle L Jensen: ★★★★★

I absolutely loved this book. I found it amazing and incredible. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it. It has an amazing cast of characters as well as a riveting storyline with wonderful world building. It’s definitely become one of my favorite fantasy books. I’m currently reading the sequel as well

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab: ★★★★

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a sweet book that explored life in a fascinating way. You can read my full review here.

Continue reading “May 2020 Wrap Up”