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.

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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.

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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.

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ARC Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V.E Schwab
Publication Date: October 6 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name


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 was pleasantly surprised when my request for this book was accepted. I didn’t think that I had a chance in receiving an ARC of this book. I’m really glad that I did and I can’t wait for the book to come out so everyone can see how beautiful a book it is.

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March and April 2020 Wrap Up

Wow it’s been a while since I last posted. I didn’t plan to stop writing reviews. It just seemed to happen. I had been posting pretty regularly even going so far as to schedule posts in advance but since everything with COVID-19 all that planning seemed to go down hill.

Social distancing was fun for a little bit but now it’s not and I hope things can go back to the way they were soon. In the past two and half months I haven’t read as many books as I would like but the books I did read I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m currently one book behind in my reading goal for the year but I don’t think it will be that hard to get back on track.

Now onto the 11 books I read between March and April! The majority of those 11 I read in March, 9 of them to be exact. The other 2 I read in April.

Bone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, #1)

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie: ★★★

I enjoyed this book not as much as I had hoped I would but it was still decent. I do think that I’m going to read the sequel when it comes out. I have a full review right over here if you want to check it out!

The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove, #1)

The Raven and The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis: ★★★

This was another book that I had higher hopes for. It was a good read but nothing mind blowing. I have my full review up here.

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ARC Review: The Electric Heir

The Electric Heir (Feverwake #2)

Title: The Electric Heir
Author: Victoria Lee
Publication Date: March 17 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.

Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.

Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.


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.

This is the sequel to The Fever King which was released last year. I reviewed that book when it came out and you can read my review here. I really enjoyed the first book and I did enjoy the sequel as well. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book.

I do want to say that this book does deal with some difficult topics, such as rape and child abuse. Please read at your own discretion.

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Review: Windwitch

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

Title: Windwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


I read this book as well as the third book in this series on the plane rides home from Singapore or maybe Japan. So let me just say I was delirious after not having slept in god knows how long but I couldn’t stop myself from reading no matter what. I just was so invested in both books. I’m going to be doing separate reviews for both of them but they should be up within a day of each other.

In the meantime you can also check out the first book in the series which I’ve already reviewed here.

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ARC Review: The Raven and The Dove

The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove, #1)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Publication Date: March 9th 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.


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 don’t know how exactly I feel about this book. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t love it either which is why it’s getting three stars which I think accurately describes how I feel about it. It’s a good beginning to a series that I’m definitely interested in continuing.

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