ARC, blog tour, contemporary, fantasy, Five Star Book, ya

๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ April Wrap Up ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ

Well, now that I’ve adjusted to the new normal, I’ll be going back to work full time next week! I’m sure this will put a damper on my reading, and I have a HUGE TBR for May. I just could not decide!

April has been my best reading month with 12 books. I’m hoping to keep up and may up the count next month! I’m shooting for 10 a month, and anything over is great!

My favorite book this month was probably Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young. Crave by Tracy Wolff was a very close second! My least favorite book was Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn. I mean, I knew it was bad going into it, but I had to see what all of the fuss was about. Believe me. I saw.

I had a much better reading month in April. My ratings were a lot higher than March, which I was happy about. I read a lot of great books this month!

  1. Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  2. We Didn’t Ask for This by Adi Alsaid ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  3. Ghosted in LA by Sina Grace ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  4. Crave by Tracy Wolff ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  5. Open Fire by Amber Lough ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  6. Deny Me by Karen Cole ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  7. Red Hood by Elana K Arnold ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ.5
  8. The Burning by Laura Bates ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  9. Shredded by Tracy Wolff ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  10. Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  11. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  12. Jane’s Team by Janie Marie ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ

๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ Stats ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ

  • Goodreads Goal: 41/120. I am two books AHEAD OF SCHEDULE! WHAT?! This is the first time all year I’ve been ahead of schedule and I am so excited!
  • I read 4427 pages, which is the most all year! I feel really great about this month. I am so proud of myself! My average rating was 3.71, which is also better than last month!
  • For genres, I read three contemporary and fantasy, two romance, one sci fi, thriller, and historical fiction and graphic novel.
  • This was a YA heavy month, with 10 YA books, one new adult and adult.
  • I read 9 ARCs this month – two more than last month! My tbr for May is very ARC heavy, so I’m hoping to keep making a dent in this pile I have! I am so very grateful and honored to have such an ARC heavy TBR pile!

๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ Yearly Goals Check In ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ

  • Goal of 10 books a month : I exceeded this goal with 12! It feels so good! Hoping to exceed it next month too.
  • TBR Posts : Still doing a post every Sunday, still only read 4 from it, haha. I am doing good slimming it down though! Under 1800!
  • Words & Whimsy : I had the pleasure of talking to Tracy Wolff this month! It was a blast! She is so sweet and down to earth. We have 7 chats (I think?) scheduled for May. I can’t wait to see who I’ll get to talk to! We have some big names this month – Christopher Paolini and then a joint chat with Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman! You don’t want to miss it! Join us here!
  • Words & Whimsy Reading Challenge : Our first month was a hit! May’s theme is Broken Worlds – aka space! We have open, interpretive criteria and fun group chats! Join here!
  • Mithah Reads : This month was hard blog wise. I’ve been working part time basically, but my three year old is NOT wanting to let me blog! And honestly, he wears me out so I’m going to bed a lot earlier! Hopefully once I’m back working full time in May I can get back into my blogging routine! I’ve got three blog tours next month and reviews from April to catch up on!
  • I’m still keeping up with my three blogging spreadsheets which I am very excited about. I love seeing all the data they track!

How many books did you read in April? What was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, Five Star Book, Romance, ya

๐Ÿง› Crave ARC Review! ๐Ÿง›

๐Ÿง› Title: Crave
๐Ÿง› Author: Tracy Wolff
๐Ÿง› Publisher: Entangled: Teen
๐Ÿง›Publish Date: April 7, 2020
๐Ÿง› Book Form: Physical ARC
๐Ÿง› Pages: 592
๐Ÿง› Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal
๐Ÿง› Dates Read: Apr 5 – Apr 9
๐Ÿง› Rating: ๐Ÿง›๐Ÿง›๐Ÿง›๐Ÿง›๐Ÿง›

Thank you to Entangled: Teen for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among godsโ€ฆor monsters. I still canโ€™t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then thereโ€™s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasnโ€™t felt anything for a hundred years. But thereโ€™s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with whatโ€™s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and Iโ€™m wondering if I was brought here intentionallyโ€”as the bait.

– Goodreads

Let me tell you guys. I am HERE for the return of sexy vampy romance! YES YES YES!

The story followed Grace. Her parents died in a freak accident, so she is sent to live with her only surviving family, her uncle and cousin. At a boarding school. In rural Alaska. Grace is from California. Major change there. Turns out, this is a boarding school for vampires, shifters, witches, and things that go bump in the night. Will Grace come out on the other side alive?

I hear a lot of people say this is a Twilight ripoff. Like, ok. I guess. Girl meets vampire in school. Inexplicably drawn to him. Falls in love. Finds out hes a vampire. But this is so much more than that. Also, isn’t that the plot of most/all teen vampire romances?

I loved all the characters. Grace was interesting and down to earth. She seems like someone I would definitely hang out with. Jaxon was Mr. Tall, Dark and Sexy Vampire like he should be. Plus he seemed to actually care about Grace. Grace’s cousin was fun and I couldn’t tell if the dragon was good or bad!

Crave was also funny. Grace keeps comparing herself to a ya heroine or a ya love story which made me laugh. There’s a throwback to Twilight. It was also a super fast read. I could not believe I read almost 600 pages in four days! That shows what I can really do if I am loving a story!

The book ended on a great cliffhanger and I cannot wait for book #2! I need it like, yesterday.

Is Crave on your TBR? Have you read it? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, dystopian, Five Star Book, LGBT, review, Sci-Fi, ya

๐Ÿช’ Girls With Razor Hearts ARC Review ๐Ÿช’

๐Ÿช’ Title: Girls With Sharp Sticks
๐Ÿช’ Author: Suzanne Young
๐Ÿช’ Publisher: Simon & Schuster
๐Ÿช’ Publish Date: March 17, 2020
๐Ÿช’ Book Form: E-ARC
๐Ÿช’ Pages: 400
๐Ÿช’ Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
๐Ÿช’ Dates Read: Apr 4 – Apr 5
๐Ÿช’ Rating: ๐Ÿช’๐Ÿช’๐Ÿช’๐Ÿช’๐Ÿช’

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Itโ€™s time to fight back in this second novel in a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be.

Make me a girl with a razor heartโ€ฆ

Itโ€™s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each otherโ€”and the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them.

The girls enroll in Stoneridge Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Menaโ€™s thoughtsโ€”a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena.

And as the girls fight for freedom from their pastโ€”and freedom for the girls still at Innovationsโ€”they must also face new questions about their existenceโ€ฆand what it means to be girls with razor hearts.

– Goodreads

I adored jumping back into the world where Innovations Academy is real. Guess what? It’s still just as scary as before.

Mena and the rest of the girls are trying to figure out how to stop the corporation – without knowing who is actually on their side. The book is over and honestly, I still don’t know who is good and evil.

The girl friendship and love was still very forefront in this book. I don’t think this series would work any other way. The girls disagree, yes, but they have a friendship and bond that cannot and will not be broken. While reading this novel, I kept envisioning me and my friends. I think it is so important, especially in times like these, for girls to see other girls loving, lifting each other up, and fighting back.

Another huge theme in this book was misogyny. Mena and Sydney enroll in a prep school where they think one of the investors has a child. The boys at this school are disgusting. Always touching without permission. Getting in personal space. They should be GLAD they are doing this. They never face any repercussions. It’s horrible and unfortunately true. It was great to see how the girls fought back against this type of behavior. The book also shows that there ARE good guys out there – and encourages them not to stand idly by.

Again in Girls With Razor Hearts, there were secrets, twists and turns. The story moved at a great pace and kept me guessing. I was so enthralled by the journey of these girls. I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late reading and finished it in under 24 hours! That is a feat for me!

I definitely recommend the sequel to Girls With Sharp Sticks. If you haven’t picked that one up, I urge you to do so! You won’t be disappointed!

Have you read Girls with Razor Hearts? How did it stack up to Girls With Sharp Sticks? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

contemporary, fantasy, Five Star Book, ya

๐Ÿ’‰ A to Z Book Tag ๐Ÿ’‰

Okay guys, this week and last week has been insane. I’m a nurse, so you can only imagine what work has been like. I’ve been reading All the Stars and Teeth for daysssss. It’s so good, I just haven’t had time to read, let alone blog!

So when I don’t have a post, I love finding book tags! I found this one over at Lynn’s Books, but I think it originated at The Perpetual Page Turner.

๐Ÿ’‰ Author You’ve Read the Most Books By:
I’ll have to say Leigh Bardugo! I’ve read all her books and loved them. She’s also my favorite.

๐Ÿ’‰ Best Sequel Ever:
Ooo I’m gonna say A Court Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I love Rhys, like everyone else, so I loved seeing that relationship develop!

๐Ÿ’‰ Currently Reading:
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. I swear I’ll finish soon!

๐Ÿ’‰ Drink of Choice While Reading:
Coffee 100%. I fall asleep way too easily.

๐Ÿ’‰ E-Reader or Physical Book:
I like to collect physical books, but I read exclusively on my kindle. I can read on my phone while out and about, I always have a book with me, and I’m able to dim the light when I’m putting my kid to bed or my husband is sleeping.

๐Ÿ’‰ Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in School:
Kaz Brekker. I always had a thing for the bad boys.

๐Ÿ’‰ Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:
Wilder Girls by Rory Power. I hated the ending, but the rest of the book was amazing.

๐Ÿ’‰ Hidden Gem:
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson! It was amazing!

๐Ÿ’‰ Important Moment in Your Reading Life:
Reading The Hunger Games when it came out. I hadn’t read a book for years. YEARS. This book reignited by love for reading and for YA!

๐Ÿ’‰ Just Finished:
The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz. 4 stars!

๐Ÿ’‰ Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
If you follow my Down the TBR posts, you know I don’t like adult chick lit or Amish Christmas stories!

๐Ÿ’‰ Longest Book You’ve Read:
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. It took me over a month to read.

๐Ÿ’‰ Major Book Hangover:
My last one was from Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith!

๐Ÿ’‰ Number of Bookcases You Own:
Just one. But I need more because I have books EVERYWHERE.

๐Ÿ’‰ One Book You’ve Reread Lots:
I’ve really only reread A Court of Thorns and Roses.

๐Ÿ’‰ Preferred Place to Read:
On the couch with a blanket, window open, rain outside, and a cup of coffee.

๐Ÿ’‰ Quote that Inspires You/Gives You All the Feels from A Book You’ve Read:
I’ll choose the one from All the Stars and Teeth: “I’ve a collection of men who I intend to repay for how generous they were to me. Dismemberment for anyone who ever tried to touch me. The tongue flayed from those with wicked mouths. And the hearts eaten from any man who’s ever told me to smile.” YAAASSS QUEEN. I mean, haven’t we all felt this way?

๐Ÿ’‰ Reading Regret:
Not reading for all those years. I missed out on so many great books. Now I have to catch up and try to keep up! Too many books, so little time.

๐Ÿ’‰ Series You Started and Need to Finish (All Books Are Out):
Oh gosh. I guess The Young Elites by Marie Lu or Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas!

๐Ÿ’‰ Three All-Time Favorite Books:
1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

๐Ÿ’‰ Unapologetic Fangirl For:
The older YA dystopians – Matched, The Hunger Games, Delirium. All of those. You know the ones. I want more!

๐Ÿ’‰ Very Excited for This Release:
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson! I loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and can’t wait for the next installment!

๐Ÿ’‰ Worst Bookish Habit:
Falling asleep reading. I do it literally every night. And I’m not talking about late. I’m talking about at like, 7:30 pm.

๐Ÿ’‰ X Marks the Spot – Start at the Top Left and Pick the 27th Book:
Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

๐Ÿ’‰ Your Latest Book Purchase:
Oof. I think it was Good Girl, Bad Blood.

๐Ÿ’‰ ZZZ- Snatcher – Last Book that Kept You Up Way Too Late:
The one that kept me up latest was Verity by Colleen Hoover. But the last one to do it was A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

I loved doing this tag! It made me want to reread all my favorites! I am going to tag Sarah @ Bookish Bug and Erin @ Eager Beaver Reader to join in on the fun! And you! If you end up doing it I’d love a tag so I can see your answers!

What was your last ZZZ-Snatcher? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, fantasy, Five Star Book, LGBT, Romance, ya

๐ŸŒน Beauty and the Beast Book Tag ๐ŸŒน

Tags are so fun and I am so glad my friend Erin tagged me in this! She’s a baby blogger. You should all go give her a like or follow over at EagerBeaverReader!

Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie and has been since I was a child. I mean, who doesn’t want Belle’s library?! This tag was found at The Book Nut. Let’s dive in!

๐ŸŒน โ€œOh what a guy, Gaston!โ€ A villain you canโ€™t help but love ๐ŸŒน

The Darkling from Shadow and Bone for sure. He’s a love/hate kinda guy and I think we all secretly wish for him and Alina to be together.

๐ŸŒน โ€œHereโ€™s where she meets Prince Charmingโ€ Your OTP ๐ŸŒน

Kaz and Inej 10000%. I will ship them until I die.

๐ŸŒน โ€œI want so much more than this provincial lifeโ€ A character destined for greater things ๐ŸŒน

Alex and Henry are going to rule the world with so much love and inclusion. I want to live in this universe!

๐ŸŒน โ€œBe our guest!โ€ A book that made you hungry. ๐ŸŒน

Between the baking and the grilled cheese wars, I just wanted to eat the most unhealthy things while reading this book.

๐ŸŒน โ€œBeauty and the Beastโ€ Opposites attract. ๐ŸŒน

Ok, hear me out. There was a mild love interest in this, and they are definitely opposites.

๐ŸŒน โ€œBut thereโ€™s something in him that I simply didnโ€™t seeโ€ A character who is more than they appear ๐ŸŒน

Who is good? Who is bad? No one is who you think they are. This is the book all other thrillers have to live up to now.

๐ŸŒน โ€œI was innocent and certain, now Iโ€™m wiser but unsureโ€ A book that changed you in some way ๐ŸŒน

D1V is more than just a gamer. She stands up for what she believes in and tries to make a stand against cyber bulling, especially in the cruel world of online games. I want to be more like her.

๐ŸŒน โ€œKill the Beast!โ€ A book you picked up because of hype. ๐ŸŒน

And did I love it as much as everyone else did? Of course I did!

๐ŸŒน โ€œIโ€™ll never shake away the painโ€ A book or moment that always makes you cry ๐ŸŒน

My sweet JVN has been though some shit. My heart hurt for him the whole time I was listening. I’m so amazed that he could come out on top and be the beautiful human that he is.

๐ŸŒน โ€œHow does a moment last foreverโ€ A book that youโ€™ve loved since you were little. ๐ŸŒน

When I was three my Nana thought I was reading this book. She called my mom in a panic/surprise. They then realized I was holding the book upside down and had just memorized it.

I loved this tag! Some of the prompts really made me think!

What would your answers be for the prompts? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

contemporary, fantasy, Five Star Book, Romance, two star book, ya

The Prediction Book Tag

Thank you so much to Love for Words for tagging me in this one! This is the first tag I’m participating in, but I hope to do more! Here’s how this one works –

๐Ÿ’– Ping back to the creator of the tag, @bookprincessreviews
๐Ÿ’– Tag the person who tagged you, @LoveForWords
๐Ÿ’– Find an answer to match each prompt.
๐Ÿ’– Have fun!

๐Ÿ’– All these prompts are predictions for your… ๐Ÿ’–

๐Ÿ’– Next read๐Ÿ’–

This has been on my ARC backlong for too long. I’m trying to catch up as quick as I can! I’m hoping to finish my current read and start this one today!

๐Ÿ’– Next 5 Star Read ๐Ÿ’–

I received a beautiful ARC of this and I can’t wait to dive in! I think I may read it after A Brief Chronicle.

๐Ÿ’– Next 1 Star Read ๐Ÿ’–

My current read. I don’t normally rate one stars, and this will probably get a two. It’s an ARC, so I will finish and review it, but I’m just not loving it.

๐Ÿ’– Next Love Interest (Or Character Who Seems Really Cool) ๐Ÿ’–

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.

– Goodreads

I mean, just look at that pic and read that synopsis of him. I’m already swooning.

๐Ÿ’– Next Book You’ll Be Buying ๐Ÿ’–

This is one of the books that has been on my TBR the longest! I’ll have to buy it but I’m determined to work more of these books in!

๐Ÿ’– Next Book That Will Leave You With a Hangover ๐Ÿ’–

I’m so into the girl power in this book! It’s one of my most anticipated this month!

๐Ÿ’– And now for tags! ๐Ÿ’–

๐Ÿ’– Sarah at Bookish Bug Blog
๐Ÿ’– Destiny at Howling Libraries
๐Ÿ’– Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews
๐Ÿ’– Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books
๐Ÿ’– Leslie at Books Are The New Black

I hope you all enjoyed this tag as much as I did! What is your next read? What are your thoughts on these? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, Five Star Book, mystery, thriller, ya

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder ARC Review!

Thank you to Netgalley and Electric Monkey for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

A debut YA crime thriller as addictive as Serial and as page-turning as One of Us Is Lying.

– Goodreads

Okay, I first featured this book on First Impression Friday. I started this late Thursday night – like 8pm. I read it until my husband begged me to go to bed because the kindle light was bothering him. I finished Friday at around 6pm. And I worked 8-5 on Friday. I read it ALL DAY AT WORK. Luckily we were all caught up. But I could not put this down.

This has so many true crime podcasts vibes I felt like I was listening to one. Going about the case backwards. Finding suspects, finding clues, interviewing people associated with the crimes, the players, the suspect, and the victim. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is told in present tense, with bits of Pip’s senior project about the crime thrown in. I loved that formatting and really thought it brought a lot to the story.

The relationships in this book really stuck out to me, too. Pip and her dad were really close, which is something I don’t see a lot in YA novels. My dad and I have always been close, so it was nice to see that! She also has a cute relationship with her brother and her dog. Her mom didn’t make many appearances, but it seemed she had a good relationship with her as well.
Pip had many friends that you saw throughout the story and how their friendship changes as she is investigating.
My favorite was with Pip and Ravi. At first he wants nothing to do with her, then they become friends and it makes my heart soar.

The investigation was very well thought out. The clues were interesting, but it didn’t give everything away. There’s even a murder board! Who hasn’t wanted to make one of those?! The ending KILLED ME. I didn’t expect it and it just blew my mind.

I just felt like I grew so close to Pip. I can’t wait to see the next leg of her and Ravi’s journey in Good Girl, Bad Blood releasing April 30! Preorder here.

Add A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder to your Goodreads TBR here. I promise, you want to.
Buy A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder at Penguin Random House or Amazon.

Have you read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder? What did you think? If not, is it going on your tbr? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, fantasy, Five Star Book, review, ya

Top 5 Saturday

It’s finally the weekend! This week wasn’t as long as last week was, but man was it rough.

I found Top 5 Saturday over at Devouring Books. This is a meme where you rate your top 5 anything! Series to read, standalones to read, most looked forward to releases.

So today I will give you my top 5 releases I’m looking forward to in February!

  1. Ink In the Blood by Kim Smejkal

I was so sad I didn’t get this arc. Not even gonna lie. When I read the synopsis I knew I had to have it. It comes out Feb 11!

“A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake.” – Goodreads

2. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Read my review here!

When Tricia hinted at this novel and called it a Slytherin love story last year, I knew it was for me. This releases Feb 25!

“Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.” – Goodreads

3. The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

I received a beautiful physical ARC of this book and I am SO EXCITED! I love books about assassins (for inspo for my dnd character) so I can’t wait to dive in! The Queen’s Assassin came out Feb 4!

“Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.” – Goodreads

4. Belle Recolte by Linsey Miller

I have been so hyped for this book! I am a sucker for nurses/doctors as MCs, especially if they are female! You can read this now! Belle Revolte dropped on Feb 4!

“Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome wor.” – Goodreads

5. All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

First, this cover! It’s what drew me in and made me want it right then and there! Plus there are mermaids and magic. YES. PLEASE. All the Stars and Teeth became available to read on Feb 4!

“Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Graceโ€™sย All the Stars and Teethย is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garberโ€™sย Caravalย and Sarah J. Maasโ€™s Throne of Glass series.” – Goodreads

There are my top 5 February Releases! Three are already out so you can pick them up right now!

Have you read any of these? Are you looking forward to them? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

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The Shadows Between Us ARC Review!

Thank you to Netgalley and Feiwel and Friends for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow Kingโ€™s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and sheโ€™s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandraโ€™s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queenโ€”all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

– Goodreads

Tricia hinted at this novel back in 2019 when Words & Whimsy had the pleasure of chatting with her. I knew then and there I needed it. I was so excited to get this ARC. I was even more excited when I read the first line:

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.
And they never will.”

Omg, guys. That first line, for me, ranks up there with the first line for Nevernight. I was instantly pulled in and wanted to put everything on hold to read this book, Work, sleep, cleaning. I didn’t want any of it. I just had to know about Alessandra’s journey. I read every moment I could. In the elevator, walking to my office, while on hold making appointments. I could not put this novel down.

Alessandra’s goal in simple. Make the king fall in love with her, like so many men have done. Marry the king. Kill the king and take the country as her own. Simple, right? It was, at first. Until these nasty things called feelings got involved.

I loved seeing how Alessandra and Kallias’ story and relationship progressed. I love an enemies to lovers story and this delivered! There were even sexy bits! There was also a tiny bit of a love triange.

Alessandra is not a character you root for. Quite honestly, she’s pretty evil. But you are shown enough vulnerability and kindness to make you fall for her. She even comments on her kindness and how it is out of character. She really reminds me of my dnd character which is part of the reason I think I love her so much. She firmly believes she is the best, smartest person in the room and no one can make her think differently. She’ll also kill you without a second thought.

“I try for a humble tone, but since I’ve no idea what that sounds like, I’m not so sure I manage it.”

Kallias is not so nice, himself. He sees women paraded in front of him day in and day out so he can choose one he likes to marry and have an heir. The only girl he is interested in is the one who will pay him no mind. Make fun of him, even! Who does that to a king?

Their relationship progressed in the best way. First Kallias sees her only as a friend, a confidant. But slowly he sees how cunning and ruthless Alessandra is. He then realizes she is meant to be his queen and he will do anything to have her.

There were small issues throughout the book that Kallias and Alessandra solved together. The ending was so surprising to me! I didn’t see the twist coming and I loved it!

I am so glad I was fortunate enough to be able to read an ARC of this book. I loved it so much. If you want in on the fun you can preorder here:

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Also checkout the preorder incentive here if you ordered a hardback copy!

Are you planning on picking up The Shadows Between Us? If you do I want to know your thoughts!

Until next time…

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January 2020 Wrapup

Yall, this was NOT my month. I said I wanted to read 15 books a month. Well. I only got to 9. I was in a super huge slump for a majority of the month and I’m not sure why.

Anyway, I’ll tell you what books I read, my monthly stats, and how my Goodreads goal is looking!

EBOOKS READ

  1. Grey by EL James – 3 stars. Not my favorite. Took me almost a week to read.
  2. The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros – 3.5 stars. Much better than Grey, but not my favorite book of the month.
  3. Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith – 5 stars. Favorite book of the month and maybe top 5 of the year?! Yes, it was THAT GOOD.
  4. Idol Thoughts by JS Lee – 4 stars. Cute, fun reverse harem featuring a K-Pop group. Great slump buster!
  5. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – 4 stars. Had some great twists. The middle of the book had me so surprised.

AUDIOBOOKS READ

  1. I’m a Therapist and My Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter by Dr. Harper – 3.5 stars. I thought these were real stories. They were not. Ending got kind of weird.
  2. Call Me God by Jim Clemente – 4 stars. Great book about the DC Sniper and how the FBI profiled them.
  3. Evil Has a Name by Paul Holes – 4 stars. Great follow up to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark about the Golden State Killer.
  4. Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen – 4 Stars. It made me want to take up being an at-home detective! But really, he is doing great work.

Now for some stats!

First off, my Goodreads goal. 9/165. I’m 4 books behind schedule. I already have a plan for next month and I’m hoping to hit it!

I read 1697 pages and did 14 hours, 32 minutes of listening! My average rating was 3.88 stars.
I read three nonfic, two contemporary, two erotica, one horror, and one thriller. There were seven adult books and two YA. I only read one ARC this month. One of my books was #ownvoices!

What does your monthly wrap up look like? Did you read any of these books! Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…