A Blade So Black- Book Review

“Oh, I don’t know. The human world has its charms. Cotton candy for instance.”

“Yeah, and it’s got plenty of problems.”

“It’s got you.

Addison Hatta and Alice, A Blade So Black

Author: L.L. McKinney
Published: 2018
Pages: 370

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! I spent 4th of July weekend at the lake and to break up reading the Reading With Friends book of the month I decided to start A Blade So Black. I did not expect to finish it 12 hours after starting it, but I did. I spent the day reading on the boat because I was super sunburnt from Friday. I have not been out in the sun for quite awhile thanks to Miss Rona so my skin was not happy with me. Usually I do not thank sunburns, but this time I will.

Goodreads Summary

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally

My Thoughts

Two words: Gimme More. This book was great. Five stars. 10 out of 10. No more information needed, just read the book.

But in all seriousness this book was really good. As a lover of Alice in Wonderland I am always a little afraid to read retellings/reimaginings of Alice in Wonderland because I am afraid reading them will ruin my love for the story. This was not true. I still love the original but I almost think that I might like this version a little bit more. I have always felt like Alice In Wonderland should have darker elements to it than it did. It sets itself up so well to be a trippy movie as well as a trippy creepy book. If you have read my blog for any length of time then you probably know that while I read a lot of contemporary and ya romance I love true crime and other creepy stories. This was a good mix of everything. Creepier than the original, yet I was still able to get the essence of the original Characters. I still cant put my finger on exactly who everyone lines up with but we will talk about the ones im pretty sure of later in the post. It also has a little bit of implied romance that is VERY slow burning. Which usually I don’t like but in this case I will let it pass because I really really like the idea of the two characters I am thinking of being together.

The book also touches on police shootings of black teenagers and the worry that black parents feel when their children do not answer the phone or do not come home on time. I think that this book is great for white readers because you get a glimpse into that and can really start to understand how black teenagers and parents really feel. It is also a great book for black readers because they get to see a bad ass black female main character who is going through the same struggles that they are/might be going through.

The one flaw that I saw in this book is that I did not get the world building of Wonderland that I loved from the original story, however knowing the original story I was able to imagine pretty well what the areas might look like. I am hoping that since the second book seems like it will be focused more in Wonderland that we will get more of that world building then.

Overall it was a great book and I really do recommend it to anyone. You should pick it up and read it. You will likely be hooked, so make sure you don’t make the same mistake I did. I did not have the second book ready to read and I am kicking myself because I had to order it and wait for it to arrive.

Now time for everyone’s favorite part: SPOILERS! If you have not yet read this book and do not want to be spoiled to not read any further…..YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Alright so lets talk about these characters that I have worked out, and which ones I still have not
Alice- Obviously she is Alice from the original story, though with a little bit more common sense which I enjoy.

Addison Hatta- The Mad hatter. I went back and forth for a few about if he was supposed to be The Mad Hatter, the Cheshire cat, or the White Rabbit. The name gave it away so I knew from the start, but since he is her mentor and says things like tick I thought that he could be the rabbit. Then her talking about not being able to see him when they first went to Wonderland made me think Cheshire Cat. Ultimately when he was cursed with the madness I settled on the Mad Hatter.

Maddie- The Dormouse. This one was obvious to me because she is a bartender who says squeak a lot and who talks in riddles, which is what the dormouse did in the original story. The riddles….not the bartending.

Dee and Dum Tweedlanovs- Okay so they were pretty obviously Tweedledee and Tweedledum from the original story. Though much smarter and also they were not from Wonderland. They are dreamwalkers like Alice, and they are Human.

Those are the only ones I have for sure figured out. I am still at a loss for many of the other Characters. The only other person I am teetering on is Chester. Since they keep calling him Chess and we find out that he has some secrets he hasn’t told the girls I think he might VERY LOOSELY be based off of the Cheshire Cat. I wont say that for sure though because I could very possibly be wrong.

Finally I want to talk about Addison and Alice. I will keep it quick. If these two do not end up together by the end of this I will throw the book out of the window. I repeat I will throw the book out of the window. I can already tell I am going to be frustrated with Hatta because when Alice kissed him he pulled back like he was punishing himself. I just hope that Alice can convince him that he is a good person and that he will just let himself be happy. Oh and you know that Alice can actually save him. Because if she can’t I will also be angry. She has too much muchness and clearly powers unknown to the others for this to not end with a simi happy ending.

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Reading With Friends Buddy Read- July 2020

Hello world, and all those who inhabit it. Or at least those of you that read this blog. Today I am going to be giving you a little bit of a different post than usual. I last minute decided to host a buddy read for July and wanted to post about it so that anyone that is interested could join in! I know it is literally three days before the start of July, but this buddy read is set up so that you can join it at any time. Let’s get into the details.

What is it?

The Reading With Friends Buddy Read is simply just a group of book lovers who have voted on and decided to read the same book that month. It is similar to a books club, actually since it is a big group that almost what I would call it. The only difference that I see from a regular book club is that there are is not a set day or time to have discussions about the books. You can read the book at any time you want during the month and pop on to the Discord chat and talk about whatever part you have read, without feeling like you will spoil anything for anyone. Plus I try to throw in some optional games to play as well as the month goes on.

How do you participate?

That is simple. You just have to join the Discord chat! I will leave the link to the chat at the end of the post so if you are interested you can join by heading to that link and adding yourself.

Now for the good stuff! And by the good stuff I mean all of the information about this months book and how it will all work.

The book for July is The Five: The Untold Lives Of The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold. This is a nonfiction book that won the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction. It tells the story of Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine(Kate), and Mary Jane who ended up famous for the same thing, though they never met each other. All five of these women were killed by Jack the Ripper in 1888. In this book Halie Rubenhold finally tells the story of these women and sets the record straight on if the theory that all of Jack the Ripper’s murder victims really were just prostitutes.

The book was voted for over on my Instagram @reading.by.myself and we will do votes there any time we do these buddy reads.

This buddy read will work a little differently than a traditional book club. I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to read a certain number of pages per week, or feel pressured into reading when they don’t want to. Non-fiction books can be hard to read because it is a lot of information and I know it can sometimes feel like textbook reading. I know I don’t like feeling like I am being forced to read a book I don’t want to read just to talk about it by a specific date. The discord chat has channels set up where you can go to talk about each section of the book once you have read it. You can share your thoughts with others and talk about if you agree or disagree with the authors theories. I think this will make reading a non-fiction book a lot easier because you will have others to chat with if you feel like some sections are harder to read than others.

And that is it, that is what the buddy ready is all about. If you are interested in joining you can follow this link and add yourself. https://discord.gg/ZHXJSZ

I look forward to reading with any of you if you decide you want to join in on this buddy ready!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas- Book Review

“Get your asses over to Asphodel Meadows. There’s been another murder.”

Isaiah, Crescent City House of Earth and Blood, Chapter 36

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: 2020
Pages: 799

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! The book we are talking about today goes by many names. Crescent City being the one that is most popular because it is the largest writing on the book other than the authors name. The actually name of the book is House of Earth and Blood, but personally I think Crescent City is easier to remember. I have so many feelings on this book. This review will likely be filled with spoilers, but as I have tried to do with the books I spoil in the past I will make a pretty general review with as few details as possible and then mark the spoilers heavily so that if you do not want spoilers you don’t get them. Before we get into my thoughts here is the Goodreads Summary.

Goodreads Summary

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

My Thoughts

Oh the thoughts I have on this book are many. I have been debating writing this review right after reading it because there is just so much going on. However, I am going to write it and then I want to do a reread of the book another time and will likely write and updated review/deep dive in a few months/years.

First thing I want to talk about is unrelated to the story itself and mostly just related to the book cover and the name of the book. The book cover is lovely. I think it is so pretty, but the way the names on the book are written lead to a whole lot of confusion. Usually the series title of a book is the smaller writing, but not in this case. I as lead to believe, until someone else finally pointed it out, that the name of the book was Crescent City. It is seriously as big as the authors name. You can see that in the picture I posted. I feel like that was a slight design flaw. To be fair though I guess having House of Earth and Blood that big would have taken up like the entire cover. Now that I know what the name is I am still struggling to call it the correct thing because I thought it was something else for so long.

Now that we have gotten out my non book related feelings we can dive into how I felt about the book.

First things first. The first 250 pages of this book are so confusing and so boring. 70 pages in I was ready to quit reading. I kept reading but it took me almost two days just to get through the first 250 pages. The book gets good around the 250 page mark and I flew through the final like 400 pages of the book. By the end I was loving it and was sad that I couldn’t just immediately pick up the next book and continue. There is a lot of world building that has to be done in this book, and you really have to just suck it up and stick through it. Which is not something many people are going to be willing to do for 250 pages of an 800 page book.

I loved the story of Hunt and Bryce though. I was rooting for that story line the entire time. While their story line was pretty predictable, and I have never read any other Sarah J Maas books, and I guessed how it would end up there were still so many twists and turns that I did not see coming. I was cursing at the book at times, ready to throw it out a window, and I was sitting there with almost tears in my eyes, if you know you know.

I am not sure if I would still love the book as much if you took out the Hunt/Bryce story though. There were plenty of other things happening but this one was the big draw for me. I did enjoy the murder mystery aspect of it but it just was not my favorite part. I do feel like there is something in this book for everyone though, if you can get through the first part of the books.

Now it is SPOILER TIME because I have so many things that I want to talk about specifically. If you do not want spoilers then please do not continue reading past here!

Ruhn is a dick. There I said it. I did end up liking him at the end of the book but he just made me mad the majority of the rest. Which is sort of funny because I think most other people liked him. Like I could tell he was trying to be nice to Bryce and do what was best for her but christ, the boy could have done it a little better. Also what was up with the mind talking bologna towards the end of the summit. I did not see that one coming. At all. It was useful that is for sure. Oh and let us not forget that the whole first part of the book you think that Ruhn is Bryce’s cousin, but then you learn he isn’t he is actually her brother. Damn. Throw me some more plot twists (we all know that does happen).

I am also not sure how I feel about Maas killing off the whole pack at the beginning of the book. She spent so much time building them up and giving them back stories and then just BAM they are dead within the first 70 pages. This was the thing that caused me to want to stop reading. I was so prepared for a Conner and Bryce love story and then I got stabbed in the heart and told nope ain’t gonna happen.

And what about Lehabah. That was one bad ass fire sprite. I can not believe that she sacrificed herself so that Bryce could get away. I mean actually I can, but I was not expecting that to happen. Especially since Bryce ended up buying Lehabah’s freedom. I almost shed a tear when she died, but it was for a good cause so I will remember her fondly.

And finally, lets talk about this whole Bryce and Hunt thing. YES PLEASE. The enemies to lovers trope is seriously one of my favorite, so I fully supported this. I didn’t exactly support Hunt lying to Bryce, but I was rooting for them the majority of the book. The way that Bryce was able to be herself around Hunt when she didn’t feel like she could be herself around anyone else after Danika died was great. I also loved being able to see Hunt warm up and become “a better person” with Bryce. Though to be fair I still don’t know if he can be a better person after having killed so many people. I guess we will just have to see.

And so with all of the spoilers that my review on Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood. I hope you enjoyed reading it and I will be back for another review soon!

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Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud- Book Review

Author: Debbie Rigaud
Published: 2019
Pages: 289

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today I am going to be talking about another Young Adult book. Specifically a royal romance book. If you have been following me you know that I have said many times that I really love Young Adult books especially when they are cheesy and quick easy reads. This book is one of those books. And I loved it. So without further ado let us get into the Goodreads summary.

Goodreads Summary

Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.

My Thoughts

Truly Madly Royally is the typical ya royal romance book. If that is not something you are into then you will absolutely not like this book. Zora is a queen and has me loving every minute she is in the book. I particularly love how much work she does for the after school program she started. I think that it adds a good little bit of extra story to the book and I really liked that it is not something that is mentioned once and then forgotten about. Zora is always talking about her after school program kids, and ya know….get to know prince Owen better. Owen is kind of a hit or miss character for me. He is very polite and nice, which I do like, but other than that he is very blah. We really do not learn much about his background, but I sort of think that is intentional. Owen is a white male and I think that maybe Rigaud did not focus on too much personality building for him so that the spot lite was not taken away from Zora, which I can respect.

If I had to have one criticism it is that I think the book is too short. I would have loved to have read more about Owen and Zora’s relationship post royal wedding and post the summer program at the university. Since this book released last year it is possible that a second book could be coming. I hope there is a second book coming. Despite thinking Owen was dull I still want to know more about their relationship. There are so many ways that it could go and I would enjoy reading any one of them.

Overall I think it was a cute book and I was happy I picked it up. It had me smiling and laughing the whole way through and it was a fun book to read while on my lunch break to get my mind off of everything that was going on at work. Would definitely recommend it to a younger YA audience, like probably middle school age, but I think anyone would enjoy it if you like a quick read. I am looking forward to looking at more books from Debbie Rigaud and am hoping I can find even more that I enjoy!

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Welp That Lasted Longer Than I Thought

Welcome back to the Blog! So, it has been almost a month since my last post. I really did intend for it to only be a week or two, but here we are. This post will be pretty short and sweet but I did want to let you guys know I am back, why I have been gone for so long, how May turned out, and what the plan going forward is.

Before we get into the meat of this post I do feel like I need to address something really quickly, especially since there is so much happening in the United States right now. I am a white female, I will never understand the struggles of a black person in America, but I want to say that I support you, I hear you, and I stand with you. Black lives matter and treating black Americans any different than white Americans is unacceptable. We should all be able to go into a store and not have to watch that we are not being “suspicious”. We should all be able to have interactions with the police without wondering if we are going to be detained, or shot at, for no reason other than the officer felt “uncomfortable”; even when nothing has been done or said to the officer to make them feel uncomfortable. I may not know the proper way to help but I am learning, I am educating myself, and I am trying to help where I can. If you are offended by the saying black lives matter then please feel free to no longer follow the blog. If your argument is that all lives matter, you are correct. That is why we all need to be fighting against the injustices that black people face. They can not do it alone. It is going to take white people to stand up and say enough is enough for change to happen. And change needs to happen.

What Happened?

Obviously in the last post I was like “oh I’ll be gone for a week and then I will be back.” I can’t remember exactly what I told you guys in the last post but a week after moving I also went back to work, and since then it has been crazy.

To make a very long story short after we moved in I intended to come back and write my review for Delirium and get that posted. I also wanted to finish up Pandemonium and potentially write that review all before I went back to work. Unpacking ended up taking longer than I anticipated and by that point everytime I did something 5 other things would come up and ruin my plans. So I gave up on May by the middle of the month and just decided I would pick things back up in June.

Also I have now been working for 9 days straight because of people calling off work and us not being able to get others to cover shifts. Perks of being a store manager. On top of working those 9 days in a row our corporate office has lost their minds and gave us a mountain of things to do this week. We are only there 7.5 hours a day right now and only open for 6 hours right now. So trying to get anything done, on top of helping customers is about impossible. Oh and we have to do our normal shipment, while ripping the store apart to try to find places to place the new markdown product since we were closed for 2 months. Let’s just say unfortunately reading, and the blog, have been the last thing on my mind.

What Now?

Now we need to have a new plan, since clearly doing a post three times a week is unlikely to actually happen sadly. Right now I am thinking two posts a week, Monday and Friday. I might change those days around, but if I can get ahead on posts and get them scheduled Monday’s will work, and then I can write Friday’s post during the week. I make no promises that I will actually be able to stick to this but fingers crossed it will work out better.

Personal Update and Going Forward

Hello everyone! Good morning and welcome back to the blog. Today’s post is going to be pretty short and sweet but I wanted to give you guys a bit of a personal update and talk about how things are going to be on the blog going forward. At least for the next week or so. Things may change, but we will get into that.

I’m Moving!

The most important thing going on right now for me is that I am moving on Saturday May 16th. This has been a long process but I am glad that it is finally almost here. Getting this apartment was a struggle and a half and I am glad that it is done. We are moving 45 minutes from where we are now and moving with three cats…oh and it is supposed to storm. So that being said, I probably will not be posting again for about a week. I know, I know. It sucks. But I just don’t have the time right now to really focus on the blog, pack, take cats to the vet, do work for my masters, keep up on instagram, try to figure out when I am going back to work, and move. It is just a lot. I will be back though, I promise. And I am filming a vlog of the packing and moving process for my YouTube which will be coming soon. Probably the first week of June!

I’m Still Not Working

As you might have picked up on from the last few weeks and my statement above I am still not back to work. This is hard for me because I work in retail. I spend 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week around people. I am a pretty introverted person so at first I was okay, but now I have been away from my store, my team, and my customers for TWO MONTHS. I am struggling to say the least. I do try to message my staff at least once a week to make sure they are doing okay, but I think at this point everyone is just over not having answers. I hate not having answers for them. We have been given so many different dates and none of them have worked out. I currently have another potential date but I am not holding my breath for that to happen either. The state I live in has started to lift stay at home restrictions so we can open, the company I work for is just trying to make sure we are being safe and that both our teams and our customers are going to be reasonably safe once we open.

Since I still don’t know when we are going to open I am making cards to send to my team, if I can get everyone to send me their address. If not I will give it to them when we open back up. That is what I am doing tonight once I finish this blog post. I can’t sleep, and I’m procrastinating doing things for my masters.

I’m in Some Sort of Stage of Something at This Point

Yeah that was a vague heading. What I mean is I think I have gone through all of the stages of this pandemic situation at this point, but I don’t know what stage I am in now. When this first started I was panicking slightly because I do work in retail and I do work closely with customers. Plus a few members of my team live with family that is high risk for COVID so I was worried about them coming to work. Then once we were off work I went through about 2 weeks of obsessively checking the news and seeing what new updates there were. Then once I got out of that stage (I was now on week 4 of being at home and the second date we were given for return had passed and we were also told we would no longer be paid) I started having actual breakdowns from not being around people and being stuck at home all day every day. I would actually give myself panic attacks from watching the news. After about a week of that I realized I needed to just stop getting on social media and stop checking the news every 10 minutes. Now I am in that stage where I am frustrated being at home, but I am seeing the potential light at the end of the self isolation tunnel. We will not be going back to normal, but I am hopeful that a new normal will start soon. (Moving has also probably helped with this because it has given me something to do every day.

Going Forward

The final part of this post is just going to be about what to expect going forward. Once I get moved and get settled I plan to go back to my usual 3 times a week posts (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) at 9 am EST. I am hoping for one-two book reviews a week and some sort of other fun bookish post the other day. I also might do some personal updates from time to time. Once I return to work (who knows when that will be) I am still hoping to do three posts a week, but I may go down to two if I am not able to read on the scale that I want to.

This is all just the plan for now. Things can change, and as things seem to do right now they probably will. Thank you guys for understanding and I will see you all next week! (Hopefully!)

It All Began in Monte Carlo By Elizabeth Adler- Book Review

“But then, trust is often a misplaced emotion. Like Love.”

Maha, It All Began in Monte Carlo page 335

Author: Elizabeth Adler
Published: 2010
Pages: 372

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today I have a book review for you guys that I debated on doing. I was not a fan of the book at all. I wasn’t sure if I should even post about it because I wasn’t sure if I could write the review without ripping the book to shreds. But here I am, and we are going to see what I can do. It is 11:50pm and I have a cotton candy energy drink, so let’s do this.

Goodreads Summary

Sunny Alvarez and Mac Reilly always seem to find trouble in the south of France. This time, all the trouble began in Monte Carlo. Sunny’s relationship with Mac is in jeopardy and Monte Carlo beckons. Soon Sunny is pulled into a web of intrigue involving a series of robberies of high-end jewelry stores. Then there’s her wanna-be-new-friend, who turns out to be a sociopath, involved in the sale of sex and in blackmail. Plus there’s Sunny’s old friend, movie star Allie Ray, who owns a vineyard in France and who comes to help sort Sunny out, while at the same time sorting out the life and appearance of her old friend, Pru Holster, with a makeover that not only changes her dowdy overweight appearance, but changes Pru into an amateur detective. If Sunny doesn’t untangle this plot, she might end up an unwitting accomplice to theft, blackmail and even murder. When Mac shows up, he’s ready to do anything to get Sunny back, not the least of which is to solve the crimes and save her life.

My Thoughts

Alrighty where to begin. I guess first I should start by saying that I gave this book two stars even though I hated it. There was potential for the book and I really wanted to enjoy it. I think it could have been at the very least a three star read for me had some actual editing to the plot lines been done. I think that I am going to focus more of the review on what I did like, but obviously we will talk about what I didn’t like. We use a method of training at my job which we call Glows and Grows. Where you talk about the good things someone is doing first, and then talk about where they can improve. I want to use that method here, and then I will sandwich some good stuff at the end as well.

First and foremost the book did a good job picking plots that would be interesting. The book is about, as you saw in the goodreads summary, a girl whose relationship is in jeopardy that runs off and ends up finding herself wrapped up in jewelry robberies and other people’s drama. There are three main plots in this book; robberies, murder, and blackmail. All of those sounds great together, but only two of the plots actually work to move the book forward. I think Adler was on the right track with robberies and murders. If those had just been expanded upon instead of cut short for the blackmail plot I think the book would have been worlds better. I truly think that Adler just had too many ideas for this book. The plot for the blackmail itself was interesting, and had it been its own book I would have read it and enjoyed it. As well as I would have enjoyed this book if it has been just robberies and murders.

Now onto the things I didn’t love about the book, and there were a lot. So buckle up because this is going to be a roller coaster of a ride.

Blackmail. That is something we need to talk about. That plot did not relate to the rest of the book at all. The ONLY way it was even sort of related was because the blackmail happened to someone that Sunny seemed close with and Sunny tried to be friends with they psychopath that does it. Other than that it has ZERO to do with the rest of the story. It is not like the blackmail is happening because of the robberies or murders. Hell, the lady doing the blackmailing isn’t even related to either of those things (and trust me I would have been slightly better with this being included in the book had she been). The other problem with this story line was that it was overly sexual for a young adult book. I remember buying this YEARS ago because I liked the cover, it sounded interesting, and it was in the young adult section. Now I know that some new adult books that are meant for 20 somethings get put in young adult because the new adult genre really is kind of DOA. But to sell this book as YA with the sexual themes that were in it was a no go. If I was a parent and I saw my kid reading this book and saw that I would have been livid. It talks about sex clubs for god sake. I am 24 and even I don’t want to read about that. If that is what you do then good for you, but it ain’t for me. And it ain’t for kids or teens.

I also got pretty angry with the way that the characters thought about and acted towards Pru. “Pru looked like hell: overweight, unmade-up, and miserable. For a guilty minute she couldn’t blame the husband for trading Pru in for someone who in face, Pru herself said, looked the way she had looked not so many years ago.” I get that this book was written 10 years ago but I do not know when it has even been okay to think that someone cheating on someone else is justified because of the way that the person looks. Another section that got me, and I marked a lot, was when Allie’s husband was talking to Mac about where Allie and Sunny were and he said this about Pru: “plus Allie’s taking along another friend, from her high school days, who is also in despair and who, in fact, looks like a case for Extreme Makeover”. Take that as you will but this is pretty normal throughout the book. The book also pushed the message that being skinny is the way to be beautiful. No really, there is a line in the book that says “small is beautiful she reminded herself”. Here is what I wrote down word for word about this when I read it: why does the author feel like this has to be the message? I know it was published in 2010 but seriously…to be fair I am a plus size lady and I work with plus size ladies everyday in my job so I might be slightly more sensitive to this than the normal person. I just feel like that is the wrong message to push in any book, but especially in a book written for young girls.

The other major issue I had with this book is that you do not start getting to the point of the book until like 80 pages from the end. Im sorry but over 200 pages of useless bullshit was unnecessary in this case. Had the blackmail bits been chopped out the book probably would have been about 40 pages shorter and I wouldn’t have felt like it was such a complete waste of my time to read. There was absolutely no reason for this book to be over 250 pages, 300 if I am being nice. Also had all the bullshit been cut from the book the two good plots could have been expanded upon. I would have much rather read 300 pages about a jewelry robbery than what I read about this. And you thought you were getting a whole book about a jewelry robbery because that is what the book description says you are getting.

The only other decent thing I can say about the book is that throughout it there were a few cute moments with Mac and Sunny that I enjoyed. My favorite line from the book was “Strong men don’t cry.” “Oh yes they do when they find out the love of their life is still alive, that she has not been murdered and her body thrown by the wayside, that I’m here with her and I’ll never let her out of my sight again…” That was a sweet line, but sweet lines and decent plot ideas unfortunatly can not make up for shitty execution and plots that don’t even matter to the story.

That is it. There is my review. Honestly I can not recommend this book to anyone. The fact that is has over 3 stars on goodreads shocks me. If you do read this just be prepared for what you are in for. Clearly there are some people that liked it, and that is okay. Just not the book for me. And if you have similar tastes to mine you probably won’t like it either.

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The A To Z Bookish Survey Tag

Welcome back to the blog! I have dubbed today to be another tag day. I had a lot of fund doing the reading habits tag last week so I figured why not have some fun again. This week’s survey was found on Adventures of a Bookish Girl, who found it from Spines & Covers, who got it from Perpetual Page Turner. There is a lot of going back basically. Once again I was not tagged to do this and I am not going to tag anyone to do it, but if you are interested in doing it then you should. I don’t know what I am saying anymore…let’s just get into the questions

Author You’ve Read The Most Books From

I think that answer would be JK Rowling because I have read all of the Harry Potter books. Sarah Dessen is a close second though if not tied. I love Sarah Dessen books and seeing as most (honestly probably all) of them are stand alones I have read a lot of them.

Best Sequel Ever

Ummmmm if it has to be directly after the first one Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. If I could pick any of the books in a series it would be Winter by Marissa Meyer. Yes I just read these recently but they were just so good. It had a nice mix of sci-fi, romance, and fantasy to keep me interested and make me want to keep reading. Winter was my favorite though probably because it wrapped up the other three books and made me happy to see what happened with my favorite, and least favorite, characters of the book.

Currently Reading

The First-Time Manager by Jim McCormick- This book is more for my own personal development with work even though I have been in management for quite a long time. I am also reading it to try to see if there is any good information I can take to my team when we finally go back to work. All of my managers are pretty new to being in management so I am hoping this book will have some good stuff for them. Also if it does I may buy if for them for their birthdays, or for a holiday, we will have to see.

Apart from my work reading I am also trying to start reading The Selection by Kiera Cass as well as The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. The Kingdom of Back is for my book club but I just have not found the want to start it yet. The Selection is for a buddy read on the miniathon discord but I just haven’t been able to focus on it because of other things going on in my life right now. Here is to hoping I will figure it out at some point this month and read them both.

Drink of Choice While Reading

Usually wine or cherry sprite with cherry moonshine. I know those are complete opposite ends of the spectrum but that is just how I roll.

E-reader or Physical Book

Either one is fine with me. I would prefer a physical book but I do read a lot on my iPad using my Kindle app right now because of quarantine and not really being able to go out. I personally enjoy writing and flagging my books (I know I do the cardinal sin) and I have not found out a good way to do it with e-books. If you know how to do it with e-books please, tell me.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

Pretty much any boy from any contemporary young adult novel. To keep it simple though I will go with two options. First and foremost Four from the Divergent trilogy. Please do not ask me why. I just found that I loved him as a character and even though he is kinda cold and emotionless at first he is a pretty cool dude. Oh and ya know he does warm after a while emotionally.

Second would be Cricket from Lola and The Boy Next Door. That boy is just so sweet. Granted if he acted like he did with Lola and was horrible at getting out that he liked me it might be closer to the end of highschool before we ever dated. But I also think he would make me really cool thoughtful gifts and help me make some dresses, so that would be fun.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

Most recently I would say Cinder by Marissa Meyer. If you saw my review you would know that I had actually tried to read it twice before and not been able to get into it. I can say I am glad I just pushed through because The Lunar Chronicles has turned into one of my favorite series of books I have read.

Hidden Gem Book

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I love Sarah Dessen books. Absolutely love them, but this one hit the nail on the head about how I was in highschool. Cynical and felt like the person who liked me shouldn’t. I wish I would have actually read this book back when I was in high school because I think it might have made a world of difference in how I treated relationships.

Important Moment In Your Reading Life

Deciding to actually talk to people about the books I am reading. Starting this blog. Starting my bookstagram. I have always loved to read and always stayed quiet about it because it just wasn’t something anyone around me wanted to talk about. I have found my voice with this blog, and have enjoyed every second of getting to know Kira, Cait, Rylanne, Magdalina, Stajiah, and everyone else that has participated in the miniathons every weekend. It has made me feel 1. a lot less alone in my love of books, and 2. a lot less alone in general. I have not really had human interaction other than with my boyfriend and the cashiers at the grocery stores in 7 weeks. I work retail 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 40 hours total. That is a lot of time where I am around people and this change sucked for me at first. Had I not decided to just do bookstagram I am not sure what I would be doing right now, and I really am not sure how I would have made it through the last couple of weeks of stay at home orders.

Just Finished

It All Began In Monte Carlo. If you are on the discord with me you know how much I hated this book. I will write a review on it, but I am honestly just trying to figure out how to say the things I need to about it without ripping the book to shreds. So I am holding off until I can do that.

Kind of Books You Won’t Read

Anything with too many plot lines that do not come together at the end. If the third plot in your book has absolutely nothing to do with the other two plots I am somewhat enjoying I might end up rage reading it, but I will be angry the entire time. I will also give it 2 stars at most. Authors need to just edit their ideas a little bit and understand that every idea you have does not have to be in one book. If you have two good ones but it still isn’t long enough EXPAND ON THE TWO YOU ALREADY HAVE. Don’t throw a third in there that makes zero sense. Just don’t. *cough*It All Began in Monte Carlo*cough*

Longest Book You’ve Read

The longest I have completed was for sure one of the Harry Potter books. If you just want to know the longest I have tried to read that was The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I was never able to finish that one and I want to try it again. I enjoyed the movie so maybe now I will enjoy the book? Especially now that I am not dwelling on the Twilight Saga.

Major Book Hangover Because of

This is a hard one for me. There are so many. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth is one of them. The book had a good ending, and it didn’t leave unanswered questions but I just wanted so much more from that world. To the point that I was buying up all the short stories and companion novels that I could find just so that I didn’t have to let that world go. I am still PISSED at Veronica Roth for the ending of Allegiant and I am PISSED at the people who wrote the movie for giving me false hope. I have yet to forgive them for that. Probably never will.

The other one that comes to mind is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Again one of those series that answered all the questions by the end, but I just wanted more. There are two companion novels to this series that I want to read BUT I refuse to let that world end so I am putting them off. I am sure I will read them before the end of the year but I have things I need to do right now and I can’t spend a whole week stressing over those books when I have to work on moving.

Number of Bookcases you Own

One small one at the moment because I am in an apartment without all of my books. I do hope to get a larger one soon, but I don’t think I will need more than two for awhile. Especially with the style of bookcase I am wanting to get.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

The Harry Potter series. To be honest I wish there were other ones, I am actually sure there are other ones but I just can’t remember any more than these.

Preferred Place to Read

I really don’t have one. Anywhere that I can get comfortable and read without having to worry about people trying to talk to me and interrupt me while I am reading. So at home that is usually in the living room since my boyfriend usually goes straight for the bedroom when get gets home. Once we move it will be our second bedroom that I am planning on turning into a reading room/office/cat room.

Quote That Inspires You

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”- Alice In Wonderland

I have a soft spot for all things Alice but I will let you all come to your own conclusions on why I like this quote the most.

Reading Regret

Mine doesn’t have to do with any particular book actually. It just has more to do with a bookish habit that I have. I regret not reading the books I want to just because I am afraid others will judge them and think they are stupid. Who cares what I like to read. I like to read it. But I constantly find myself either not reading, or not talking about, book that I think other people would find silly. I need to stop that. I really do.

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out)

There are not many, because I either read the books as they come out, don’t know they are a series, or read them once they all have come out. The only series I can think of that I have not finished yet is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. One of these days I will finish it. I just don’t know what day that will be.

Three of Your All Time Favorite Books

Three. Your Killing me. Okay so I am basic so here we go.

A Child Called It: I have very vague memories of this book because I read it YEARS ago. I remember it being about child abuse and I remember feeling sad for the character. This book was one of the first ones that taught me that not everyone goes through the same things and life that I do and that I don’t know what they are dealing with and that I can’t judge them based off the small details I do know.

Where The Sidewalk Ends: This is one of the few poetry books I have ever liked. I still smile every time I see this book on a shelf somewhere. I need to read it again sometime soon.

If You Tell: This one is a more recent book but it is a really good one. I actually have a review of it on the blog. It is a true crime story about three sisters who are abused and beaten by their mother. It is a chilling story and not one that should be read if you are not prepared for it to be graphic. I have always enjoyed true crime tv and this is the book that made me realize I also enjoyed true crime books.

Unapologetic Fangirl For

I’ve got to say Harry Potter. I know that the love for that has grown over the years but there are still so many people in my life who do not understand why I love these books so much. I used to hide it, but now I do not. I will have the pop funkos in my living room at the new apartment if I can talk my boyfriend into it. Don’t you worry. (He will probably make me put them in my office, but he really doesn’t care how I decorate for the most part because it makes me happy and he doesn’t have to do it)

Very Excited for This Release More than All The Others

Before today (May 4th) I would have said The Glamourist which is the second book in the Vine Witch series. As of today the corrected answer is Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer. I was hella shocked to see it announced today that she would FINALLY be releasing that book. I enjoyed Twilight when I was younger and I am very interested to read that story from Edward’s point of view. It comes out on August 4th (the day before my boyfriends birthday). So you best believe I will be preordering this once I move so that I can have it that day.

Worst Bookish Habit

This really can just relate back to the reading regret section. Other than that I would say skimming pages to look for dialogue when I am not fully enjoying a book. I will just skim and get the gist and move on if I can because if I get too bored I will start to hate the book, even if the book is okay.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the Top Left of You Shelf and Pick the 27th Book

Alrighty, thankfully I have a picture of my current bookshelf set up on my phone so I can just use that to talk about it. Sense and Sensibility. Yeeeeah, I have not ever read this book. I went through a phase where I wanted to try reading classics, but I just was not able to get in to them. So it sits on my shelf, waiting for me to give it another go.

Your Latest Book Purchase

For myself, or in general. For myself it was a box set of The Lunar Chronicle books and the companions. In general it was a pitch in for three of the illustrated Harry Potter books for Kira for her birthday. A bunch of us that take part in the miniathons pulled our money together to get those for her. She was so excited.

Zzz- Snatcher Book (Book That Kept You Up Way Late)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is the most recent one. I started to read that book while I was in a reading slump and ended up staying up until 3am to finish it because I just didn’t want to put it down. Totally worth a read if you are ever looking for a contemporary YA book that you can just read pretty quickly.

If you have made it to the end congratulations, you have earned yourself a gold star. That was a lot longer than I thought it would be but I hope you guys still enjoyed it. See you all in Friday’s post, which should be the book review for Winter by Marissa Meyer, but we will see how I am feeling!

Winter By Marissa Meyer- Book Review

“What did you bring me today? Delusional mutterings with a side of crazy?”

Scarlet, Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: 2015
Pages: 821

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! After a week break from blogging and some time having a mental breakdown I am back to do the book review for the final book in The Lunar Chronicles, Winter. Sit back, relax, and get ready to hear my thoughts. Also there will totally be spoilers for the rest of the series in this one, I will try to label them though, so if you do not want to see spoilers wait until after you have finished the series to read this review!

Goodreads Summary

Princess Winter is admired for her grace, kindness and beauty, despite the scars on her face. She’s said to be even more breath-taking than her stepmother, Queen Levana… When Winter develops feelings for the handsome palace guard, Jacin, she fears the evil Queen will crush their romance before it has a chance to begin. But there are stirrings against the Queen across the land. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even find the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter claim their happily ever afters by defeating Levana once and for all?

My Thoughts

Winter is definitely my favorite book in the series, which is not something that I say often about final books. I feel like somehow authors usually drop the ball when the write the last book in a series. Marissa Meyer did not disappoint me, thankfully. I got everything I could have wanted, romances that I loved paned out, battle scenes, all of the plots wrapped up, all of my questions answered, AND no knife through my heart. I was expecting a knife to be stabbed into my heart towards the end based on something that happened, so I was glad it didn’t. I couldn’t go through another Veronica Roth Allegiant scenario again.

This book was loosely based off of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs….if I remember that story correctly. I wasn’t totally in love with the storyline of this book, but it wasn’t bad. I understand why Princess Winter was made into a total nut job, but I still didn’t love it. However, for being a head case she really was a pretty smart girl…just had to get her through the bleeding walls….Okay I have said enough about that, I really don’t want to spoil the story for you. There is just so much going on in this book, there is always something new happening.

Even though I loved this book there were a few things I didn’t like, and it mostly stems back to the issues I had with Cress. Since this is the fourth and final book in the series it is over twice as long as the first two books. There were so many plot lines that had to be wrapped up. Since each book, including this one, was based on a different fairytale the main plot of the book had to be set up, and then you had to follow along with everything from the other three books as well. I didn’t love having like 10 characters to follow, as well as all their individual story lines. There was so much going on that at times you wouldn’t read about a character for 100-200 pages and then you would have forgotten about them. There were a few times where Wolf was off doing god knows what and I stopped and had to think about where he was and why there was nothing being said about him. I also have a bone to pick with Wolf and Levana. That bitch is a bitch. If you have not learned that by now. WHY DID YOU HAVE TO GO OFF AND DO THAT TO HIM?!?!? YOU ALREADY RUINED HIS LIFE THE FIRST TIME!

Despite my two very small annoyances I did love the book. Cinder and Kai are the power couple I wanted (though I’m still not 100% sure how that all ended….but I will talk about that later on in the review), Scarlet showed me that she really was the sweat heart I thought she was (this goes back to the Wolf/Levana storyline that made me angry), Cress managed to make me like her just a little bit more than I did in her own book, and Winter well she was the start of the show, even if Cinder should have been. I know Cinder was the real Princess Selene but Winter really showed that she could have ruled Luna, if only they didn’t have such strict laws and superstitions.

I recommend this series so much. If you have time to read it PLEASE sit down and read it. Meyer’s did a fantastic job creating this world and balancing the retellings with the real stories. 5/5 starts, 100% recommend. Just make sure you read the other books first or you will have no idea what is going on. This series is going on my re-read list to be sure.




Now on to some spoilers for the book and the series! I know I don’t include these often but I just have so many thoughts.

Let’s talk Winter and her Lunar gift. I am still back and forth on my feelings about her being touted as being delusional and crazy. Clearly she was, but I don’t know how much I liked it, or disliked it for that matter. The whole plot line with her is based off the fact that if you don’t use your Lunar gift you will go crazy. The girl hasn’t used it in years and you go almost the entire book not really understanding why. There were about 100 times that they could have gotten out of trouble if she would have just used her gift. I kind of feel like it was over done. I mean the girl would turn into ice and not be able to move or breath and the walls of the castle would bleed. Those bits were a little creepy to me. I don’t know what I would have wanted her delusions to be, but I definitely was not prepared for those to be it. In the end we find out that she doesn’t use her gift because she tried to save someone from hurting themselves (if you have read you know what I am referring to) only to later find out that they were being hurt by someone else. (I refuse to speak the name of the dude because I HATED him, and he didn’t even have that many parts in the book) She wants everyone to be able to make their own choices and not to have their choices made for them. So I get it, it shows the strength she really has, BUT YOU COULD HAVE SAVED YOURSELF QUICKER HAD YOU USED IT!

Next we need to talk more about Wolf, because this was part that just ticked me off to no end. Why did LEvana have to have him turned into the even worse version of himself? Was she really too stupid to realize that that was not going to change his allegiance, no one wanted to be sided with her unless it suited them.I just constantly felt bad for Wolf in this book, and really throughout the entire series. He has to kill his brother, he finds Scarlet, then he is taken away from Scarlet, then he is turned into a horrible monster who shouldn’t have any control over his own actions, then he is used to try to fight his friends. In the end Scarlet does still love him and they end up together, so I am glad he got a happy ending but geez the guy could have been cut some slack at any other point. Oh and his mom dies, so he has no family.

Cinder and Kai were still my all time favorite couple in this book. There is absolutely no reason that should have been the case, but it was. The only thing I was a little confused about was what is actually going on with them. At the end of the book once Cinder is queen of Luna she has to stay there and Kai obviously has to return to New Beijing because ya know, he is the emperor. Someone just tell me the logistics of how this is going to work, that is all I need. I was also slightly shocked that Cinder said she didn’t actually want to be queen of Luna. Though Kai was cute asking if she would ever consider being empress someday. I hope for their sake that it all works out because they be cute. I would love it if Meyer’s would write even just a short story, or small companion book that talks about what actually happened with all of the main characters from the books (So basically Cinder/Kai, Scarlet/Wolf, Cress/Thorne, and Winter/Jacin). I would love just a little more time with these characters.

That is all I have for this book. So let’s talk about what is next for me in terms of The Lunar Chronicles.

I still have the two companion novels, Fairest and Stars Above, to read. I am giving myself a little bit of a break from the series because I really want to simmer on the last book before I jump into the companions. That is not something I do often, but I just feel like it is what is best for me. I am also moving next week (if the papers come so I can sign them -.-) so I don’t want to get too deep into books that I want to binge until after I move. Because I know myself and I will read those instead of pack. I am already having that problem with Animal Crossing. So for the foreseeable future there will be no more reviews on this series, but it will make a come back, hopefully within the next month or two.

Have you finished this series? What are your final thoughts on it? What other book series would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below and I will see you all on Friday!

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April 2020 Book Wrap Up

The end of another month of quarantine and another month of reading. This month I participated in the OWL readathon so I read most of my books for that. I did not read quite as many as last month but I did start my classes for my Masters in Human Resource Management backup mid April. That probably had something to do with my reading. I still managed to read quite a bit considering. I was also off work the entire month. Fingers crossed I can go back in May, but if not I get to move so there is at least something new going on.

This Months Books

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning: This was my first book this month. I used it to complete my first 12 hour readathon and I really enjoyed the book. This is sort of a retelling, but more an origin story for Ursula from the Little Mermaid. I had a tough time getting into the book at first but once I finally did I enjoyed it. I did a full review on the book here on the blog already so if you are interested in reading that just click on the bolded title and it will take you right there!

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith- This was a book that I did not know about before this month. I found it on kindle unlimited and originally thought it was called The Wine Witch. That still would have been an accurate title to be honest. It was a fun little book to read and I read it the same day that I read Sea Witch. I do recommend this book, and bonus it is a newer book and the sequel comes out in June. I already have it on my wishlist and ready to pre-order once we move and I have an exact date of where to ship it to. I also wrote a blog post for this one (I wrote a blog review for all of these so just click the name and you will be taken there).

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander by JK Rowling- I don’t have much to say about this book. I did not write a review on it, but I read it for my OWLs. It was a cute book and I enjoyed it. I mostly enjoyed it because on the Kindle it is a Kindle In Motion book where some of the pages are animated. It made me feel like I was reading a real book from the wizarding world. It is more of a coffee table book, but if you are interested in the pictures of the beasts it is interesting.

My Big, Fat, Fake Wedding by Lauren Landish- So this book was a shock to me. I was not expecting it to be a NSFW smutty romance book that is for sure. I enjoyed it though. I could have done with a few less of the extremely vivid NSFW scenes but I was reading it at home alone, so I didn’t care too much in the end. It wasn’t my favorite book I read this month but it did make me laugh and it got me my third book for my OWLs.

If You Tell by Gregg Olsen- I was not expecting this book at all. I enjoyed it but I thought it was going to be a murder mystery book. It was not. It was a true crime book. It was very well written and told the story of the victims very well. I won’t go into more detail here because there are some triggering things in the book. Read the book, and the review, with caution. Also Gregg Olsen commented on my post on Instagram about the book. Highlight of my month for sure!

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen- I love myself a good Sarah Dessen book. I have loved her books since high school. I related to the main character in this book so much. More so when I think about how I was in highschool, but I did relate with her. Also I got a bit sappy about my boyfriend in that review, so it is worth a glance even if just for that.

Missing by Shelley Shepard- Me and this book. We have a love hate relationship. I bought it years ago and ended up reading it because it was the only book I had that started with an M (which I needed to read for an OWL prompt). The biggest gripe I had with this book? On the back of the book it said it was going to be about the murder of an Amish boy. IT WAS NOT. That was in there but it was totally a background for a love story that was going on. I hated it on that principle, but the love story was cute.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer– I loved this book. I will say that now and forever. I had tried to read this book twice before now and just never got into it. It was chosen on Instagram as a book to read so I tried it one more time and then I was hooked. I finished the book in one day and I immediately bought the box set of books (with the covers I liked) so that I could continue reading the series.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks- My love hate relationship continues with this Nicholas Sparks book. The Last Song is actually one of my favorite movies, right behind Sweet Home Alabama, but I almost always dislike the books that Nicholas Sparks rights. This is the third one I have read in two months and while I really enjoyed it I still don’t know how I feel about Sparks as an author. I have three more books on my self by him that I need to read. Maybe I am finally old enough to enjoy his books. We will decide that another time. For now, this is a good read. Just be warned it is much longer than it looks like it is.

Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins- This book. Great. I was in a reading slump so I ended up trying to find another book to read that I thought would get me out of it. Lola was that book. Lola and Cricket were the best. This was such a cheesy YA book but I read it in about 7 hours and smiled the whole way through. There are two more books in this “series” I dont even know if you can call it that, but I am looking forward to reading them as well.

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerThis was book number two in The Lunar Chronicles and it was fantabulous. I don’t have much more to say in this recap other than that. Worth the read. Read Cinder, read this, read them all.

Cress by Marissa Meyer- With this book (the third in The Lunar Chronicles) I finished out my OWL requirements…three weeks into the month. It was my least favorite of the entire series but I still enjoyed it. It was a 4 star book for me instead of a 5 star.

Winter by Marissa Meyer- The review for this book will not be up until Monday, but it was perfection. It was over 800 pages and I read it in like two days of reading. Let me tell you it brought in a new storyline but managed to wrap everything up with a bow and answer all of my questions. I highly recommend this series if you have not read this yet.

It All Began In Monte Carlo by Elizabeth Adler- My least favorite book of the month by far. I picked it up for the final 12 hour readathon of April. I spent the entire readathon reading it and hating it. I kept reading it on principle hoping it would get better. It did not. It wasn’t horrible, but I would never have read it had I know how many non essential things happened in the story. I will have a review up for it in the next week or so, but just don’t read this book. It isn’t worth your time.

So there you have it. I ended the month out reading 14 books. Not as many as the crazy amount I read last month but nevertheless still a good chunk. I also completed my Goodreads reading challenge for 2020 this month….oops. So from here on out it is just going to be about seeing how many books I can read. If quarantine continues much longer I foresee me getting a lot more books done that I would in a normal year.