Series Review – The Hades Trials

I’m a sucker for Hades and Persephone stories – rivals to lovers, spice and snark. I eat it up – especially when I just want to not think for a little while. If you give me a sassy, snarky badass heroine, I’m going to be all for it.

And if you give me a tortured, dark, broody King of the Underworld who is capable of great evil but is really just in need of a hug – I’m absolutely sunk. It can’t be more tailored to me if it wanted to be.

You should definitely check out this series if you haven’t yet. You’re missing out. Continue reading “Series Review – The Hades Trials”

5 2021 YA Contemporary Books I’m Excited For!

If you’ve been around for the last few months or so, then you already know that I’ve been reading more YA Contemporary books. For a long time, I fell out of love with the genre – unless by a few specific authors.

But 2021 is chock full of really, truly amazing sounding contemporary romances and I Am Here For It.

These books keep popping up on my feeds, or I catch quick glances of them, and I have this sudden desire and urge to read them right now…except none of them are out yet.

So, I’m suffering.

This is honestly only a small number of all the YA Contemporaries I want to read, but they are easily the ones I desire the most. Like, I’d kill for a chance to read these books early…okay, maybe not actually kill – but you get my meaning.

If any (or all, I’m not picky) of these books were to show up on my door or on my Kindle, I would freak the fuck out and probably wouldn’t know where to start.

I highly recommend checking all of these books out and pre-ordering them. I’m like 99.99% certain that these are all going to be fantastic and easily become new favorites. Continue reading “5 2021 YA Contemporary Books I’m Excited For!”

DNF Book Review: Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2)

Title: Phoenix Flame

Author: Sara Holland

Pub. Date: March 2, 2021

Pages: 272

Pub: Bloomsbury YA

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️.5


Maddie thought her problems were over. She saved the Inn at Havenfall—a sanctuary between magical worlds—from the evil Silver Prince. Her uncle the Innkeeper is recovering from a mysterious spell that left him not quite human. And there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her more-than-friend Brekken.
But there’s more work to be done to protect the Inn—Maddie must put an end to the black-market trading of magical objects and open the Inn’s doors to the once feared land of shapeshifters.

As she tries to accomplish both seemingly impossible tasks, Maddie uncovers secrets that could change everything. What if saving everyone means destroying the only home she’s known?
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Book Review: Prisoner (The Scarred Mage of Roseward #2)

Title: Prisoner

Author: Sylvia Mercedes

Pub. Date: December 10, 2020

Pages: 440

Pub: Firewyrm Books

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


A new light shines into the darkness of his heart . . .

After fifteen years of imprisonment and solitude, Soran Silveri’s life is rudely interrupted by the arrival of one brash, headstrong, flame-haired girl. He cannot refuse her appeals for sanctuary-but he can resist her pleas for him to teach her magic. If the suspicions he harbors about her prove true, tapping into her magic potential could spell disaster.

Nelle has survived the first hurdle of her mission on Roseward Isle: She convinced the disgraced mage to let her stay. Now, if she can only find his hidden spellbook, she could return home in time to save Papa. It should be simple enough.

But as the danger stalking Roseward Isle closes in, a situation that once seemed simple grows more complex by the day. Can Soran bear to send away the woman who has instilled his life with new meaning and purpose? Can Nelle betray the man who has opened her eyes to possibilities she never knew existed?
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Book Review: The Castle School (for Troubled Girls)

Title: The Castle School (for Troubled Girls)

Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Pub. Date: March 2, 2021

Pages: 400

Pub: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: YA Contemporary

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


When Moira Dreyfuss’s parents announce that they’re sending her to an all-girls boarding school deep in the Maine woods, Moira isn’t fooled. She knows her parents are punishing her; she’s been too much trouble since her best friend, Nathan, died―and for a while before that. At the Castle School, isolated from the rest of the world, Moira will be expected to pour her heart out to the odd headmaster, Dr. Prince. But she isn’t interested in getting over Nathan’s death or befriending her fellow students.

On her first night there, Moira hears distant music. On her second, she discovers the lock on her window is broken. On her third, she and her roommate venture outside…and learn that they’re not so isolated after all. There’s another, very different, Castle School nearby―this one filled with boys whose parents sent them away, too.

Moira is convinced that the Castle Schools and the doctors who run them are hiding something. But exploring the schools will force Moira to confront her overwhelming grief―and the real reasons her parents sent her away.
Continue reading “Book Review: The Castle School (for Troubled Girls)”

Feb’21 Wrap Up

I listened to so many audiobooks.

I didn’t quite realize in all, how many books I inhaled in February. I would just finish one and have the next one already downloaded and ready to read. I’d honestly be so bored at work if it weren’t for audiobooks.

But I’ve noticed something – the prospect of having to physically read a book or eBook has become almost tedious. I’ve been busy at work, and because of that, I’m left with very little energy in the evenings to read. Audiobooks make everything so easy, but I can’t listen to everything I want to read on audio. Either it’s not available, not out yet, or it’s an eARC.

It’s annoying.

Anyways, I digress.

It was a pretty solid reading month – a bunch of hits and some new favorites. As well as a couple of books I wish I hadn’t wasted my time on. So, let’s jump in and take a look.


40942588These Divided Shores (Stream Raiders #2) – Sara Raasch

Audiobook Finished: February 2, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] Now, there was a moment that I thought Sara was going to thoroughly obliterate my heart. I swear it stopped and I was damn near about to rage through work because how dare, but I forgot that she’s a genius and that specific character is tough as shit. But seriously, I ripped my AirPod out of my ear and started ranting? lamenting? to my coworker, (who knows nothing about the book, or the plot), about how my heart was breaking, and she just stared at me, and told me to get back to listening to the book.’


53902073. sy475 The Song of the Marked (Shadows and Crowns #1) – S.M. Gaither

Audiobook Finished: February 4, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] And then there’s Elander, and honestly? New Book Boyfriend Alert. I love this man. He’s got his secrets, his magic, his dark, mysterious, bad boy persona, but really, he’s something else – soft.

Omfg, how he is with Casia? I die. My heart melts.

Like I said before, Cas deals with anxiety – and it’s featured pretty prominently in the book. As the reader, we see her navigate her way through the anxiety attacks, and the methods she uses to ground herself – to bring herself back. And my favorite part in this whole book has to be this tender moment between the two of them, where he’s just there for her. No pressure, just there.

I don’t want to give too much away, or inadvertently spoil anything, but his understanding of her anxiety attacks and his willingness to be there for her…”


56030239. sy475 An Heir Comes to Rise (An Heir Comes to Rise #1) – C.C. Peñaranda

eARC Finished: February 8, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / GR

“[…] This book had me hooked. I loved Faythe and Jakon – their relationship was so pure and wonderful. Their friendship was amazing, and I really loved how the author didn’t force them to be something more, just because of the feelings they have for each other. I love a good strong friendship between a guy and a girl.

For as much as Jakon doted after her, and sought to protect her, she did the same for him. Like, I would die to protect their friendship. Then enters Marlowe and I didn’t think it could get any better. The three of them, their friendship – it’s just too pure. I won’t go into more details, because spoilers. But the dynamic could have totally changed, but I’m so incredibly glad that it didn’t. The three of them against the world? The world better watch out. The loyalty. The love.”


43263361Crown of Bones (Amassia #1) – A.K. Wilder

Audiobook Finished: February 8, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / GR

“[…] But let me go back to the one thing I did really love, and it’s honestly what boosted my rating for this book. The Great Dying and the binary Suns. When this was finally introduced/explained at like, the 70% mark, I suddenly wished that this prophecy of The Great Dying had been the prologue or at least mentioned earlier in the book. Even if it were just for the reader to know, and not the MCs. This is arguably the best element of the book and the strongest and I wish it featured more heavily. I’m assuming book 2 will focus on the The Great Dying and what it all means, but I do think it should have been introduced earlier.”


50997534Beautiful Wild – Anna Godberson

Audiobook Finished: February 9, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] I really didn’t care for this book. I found so many things utterly absurd. I thought it was paced too fast, too many time jumps, but no real indicator of how much time actually passed. Vida’s character development was unbelievable – like, I didn’t believe it at all. Characters kept appearing in scenes of consequence, only to disappear and then reappear scenes later.”


45891343The Upside of Falling – Alex Light

Audiobook Finished: February 10, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / GR

“[…] While I can’t relate to everything Becca goes through, I did find her to be really relatable. More than once I felt called out – lol I read to escape just like Becca. Some of the commentary surrounding this fact hit a little close to home. I loved her though – her personality shines through as she becomes more comfortable. I really liked her journey in this book – and not just the one she goes on with Brett. But with her father as well. I won’t go into details because spoilers, but when she confronts him finally, it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Watching her go from someone who thinks love is a waste of time and just not worth it because it’ll end in heartbreak, to someone who is looking forward to the future, sharing it with someone and figuring out what they want – it was wonderful, sweet and endearing. And the way she is with Brett…ugh, I want myself a Brett.”


45861077By the Book – Amanda Sellet

Audiobook Finished: February 11, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] It took a bit for me to warm up to Mary. As I character, I liked her and could relate somewhat. I’ve been the new kid, coming into a school where everything is different than what I knew, and where everyone has known each other since diapers. It’s hard to fit in, but once you find your people, things start looking up. But I really couldn’t stand the way she talked – so formal and stiff. And coming from someone who would rather stay home and read – Mary needed to get out and live life a little.’


53138069Amelia Unabridged – Ashley Schumacher

eARC Finished: February 11, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR  

“[…] Okay, I know we’re all mad at JKR and HP, but do you remember that very first time that world opened up to you? Or when you walked through the wardrobe with the Pevensie kids? Or crossing the bridge into Terabithia?

Do you remember how a new world just opened up in front of you and the possibilities were endless? How you’d create these fantastical worlds and stories for yourself to occupy your mind – where you were the main character going on these adventures…

You’d receive the letter; you’d save Narnia or you’d just create this utterly fantastical place and pretend you were there when running through trees – that pure love and adoration for having those world and experiences to escape to.

That’s what this book made me feel.”


54443029. sy475 Caught (Sea Temptress Series #1) – Kimberley Cale

eARC Finished: February 14, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️.5 / GR

“[…] This book ended up really not doing much for me. I’d requested on a whim and the key words “pirate” and “mermaid”. I figured it would be a quick, enjoyable read. In the end, I just didn’t really care. One part of me liked that it was short, which meant I breezed through it in one sitting. The other part of me wished it were longer so more character and world development could have occurred.

I don’t think the book is bad, and it definitely has potential, but I didn’t get to spend enough time on the world or with the characters to develop any sort of attachment.”


53402140Hot British Boyfriend – Kristy Boyce

Audiobook Finished: February 15, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] Let’s start with the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to a character. I’ve never had such bad secondhand embarrassment. I was listening to this at work and had to get up out of my chair and walk off the terror that was coursing through me.

To put it mildly, I’d want a pit to open up underneath me and swallow me whole, if I’d been in Ellie’s shoes. I think it took me like 20 minutes to chill tf to be able to continue reading. I can’t think of a single time I experienced secondhand embarrassment to that extreme. Even just thinking about it now makes me want to crawl into a hole and never return.

And fuck Andy and Crystal. They can swan dive into a hole and never return. What shit people.”


41433282It Sounded Better in My Head – Nina Kenwood

Audiobook Finished: February 15, 2021 / Review / ⭐️ / GR

“[…] Natalie’s personality boils down to – I had cystic acne in high school, and I refuse to move past it.

Maybe I’m being harsh, but she judges everything and everyone in her life, by the fact that she had a shit high school career with terrible skin. She thinks the only guy who could ever like her, is one of her best friends (and don’t even get me started on the fucking internal monologue about how she feels about him – that shit was terrible). She judges people based on how they look but hates the fact that she was judged on how she looked.”


45023611The Roommate – Rosie Danan

Paperback Finished: February 16, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] I enjoyed this – though not as much as I expected. I think that

my expectations were too high based on the hype surrounding this book. I bought this a few months ago when my whole Twitter timeline was a flurry of photos and reviews for this book. I kept seeing and hearing about how good it was, so I bought it immediately, on impulse. Didn’t think about it too hard, or too long.

I’m kind of, of two minds. I did enjoy it – it’s a good read, relatively quick and the characters are great together. The other part of me – I’m just underwhelmed. I don’t know what my expectations were, but they don’t feel met.

I will say that weirdly enough, I expected more smut, more sex, more spice. But that also seems absurd, because there’s plenty in the book. I don’t know. I’m just kind of “meh”.”


53138095A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) – Sarah J. Maas

Audiobook/Hardcover Finished: February 18, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] This book, Nesta’s journey…

I don’t have words for how good it was.

The repetition, the burning of emotions (good and bad), the reconciling and everything in between. The realizations as those around her catch glimpses of what her trauma actually was. Nesta’s steps in dealing with it, rising above, coming to terms.

Beyond just Nesta dealing with the events of the last war, and everything superseding it – a lot of the characters go through some big changes, some big realizations. But those moments where they get a look at what Nesta is dealing with, the moment with Rhys, the moments with Feyre and Elain, and the moments with Cassian…my heart wanted to break. Knowing that Nesta was so lost in herself, berating and scolding and keeping everyone at arm’s length because of what she thought and felt…you don’t get that insight in the other books. She just comes across as a cold bitch and you don’t like her.”


55101767Clover – Nicole Kilpatrick

eARC Finished: February 20, 2021 DNF @ 56% / Review / ⭐️.5 / GR

“[…] Due to the lack of emotional weights for anything in this book, I just didn’t care. I was reading chapters and scenes, moving on the next one and promptly forgetting what had just happened. Everything happened so easily. Besides Clover losing her luck, and a bought of the munchies, there are basically no hardships. And the few that there are, are magically solved.

Since I didn’t end up finishing the novel, I can’t speak for the ending, so maybe it gets better. But I kept re-reading the same lines, paragraphs and pages over and over, and in the end, I had to make the tough call.”


53697329. sy475 A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerers #1) – Elise Kova

eARC Finished: February 21, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] We’re tossed back into the world of the Solaris Empire and it’s only been a short while since the events of Crystal Caged and Eira is infatuated with anything dealing with Meru, the elfin and basically anything she can learn about the once named Crescent Continent.

I loved Eira. She’s so different from both Vhalla and Vi, but just as inquisitive. Her situation isn’t great, she’s coddled, and everyone thinks they know what’s best for her. Props to Elise for making me seriously angry at beloved characters for the way they treat Eria. I never thought I could want to strangle the current Minister of Sorcery, but I wanted to…on more than one occasion.”


51270293Light Singer (Kingdom of Runes #4) – Audrey Grey

Audiobook Finished: February 22, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] Y’all, Audrey Grey has me feeling all the emotions. This was easily my favorite book in the series. Haven is really coming into her own, even with the expansion of her powers. Stolas is still as moody and broody and yummy as ever.

And everything that happens in this book?!

It has like, everything I love in a fantasy. High stakes. A tournament. A battle. “Pretend to be my _[blank]_ so we can survive this thing”. Spicey moments. And a few other things, but to mention them would be spoilers. But trust me, everything builds up to this book and you’re not left disappointed. Slightly angry and mentally going “wtf why isn’t the next book out yet” but definitely not disappointed.”


56768535. sy475 A Twist of the Blade (Shadows and Crowns #2) – S.M. Gaither

eBook Finished: February 22, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] Cas goes on one hell of a journey. Things happen a little too quickly and a little too efficiently at times, but you get so wrapped up in the story, it doesn’t really matter. I would like to have seen more time pass, but I also get that time is of the essence as Varen is being a little dictator bitch and needs to be disposed of. Honestly, he’s such a turd.

Cas has to come to terms with who she was born to be, but also has to choose whether or not she abides by those obligations. She can’t have one foot in and one foot out. And then there’s the whole issue with Elander, and that doesn’t bode well.

Ugh, I can’t even really talk on it, because spoilers, but I got so giddy when the reason they are drawn together is revealed. It was different than my suspicion, but I’m not mad. This adds a whole new element and it’s potentially going to be explored in the next book.”


57032638. sy475 Thief (The Scarred Mage of Roseward #1) – Sylvia Merceedes

Audiobook Finished: February 23, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] Easily the best part of the book, is the wyvern that lives with Soran. I want a pet wyvern. I mean, it’ll probably end up a la Hagrid and Norbert, but after having read this book, I want one. They’re just like a mixture of a cat and a needy puppy. The personality on the little beast is amazing and I love him so much.

Overall, this book pleasantly surprised me. It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be – it took a while for things to start happening, but overall, it’s a pretty solid BATB retelling. It’s definitely unique – which is important when you’re going to write a retelling. It’s familiar enough that you know, but unique enough that you feel like you never read it before – like you don’t know what to expect.”


46189814Down Comes the Night – Allison Shaft

eARC Finished: February 24, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] I inhaled this book in about 6ish hours. Once I was hooked, I was invested. I didn’t want to stop reading. I was exhausted heading into this book, but it didn’t matter. I needed to know what was going to happen next. I need more Hal and Wren.

Their dynamic is amazing, and I just loved them so much. I love that Hal is clearly adorable. He might have been ruthless and dangerous and Not A Good Person but seeing him for who is truly is…impeccable.

His arc is just so satisfying.

And speaking of satisfying arcs, um, hello Wren.

Wren is amazing. She’s brilliant, witty and so incredibly strong.”


52802314. sy475 Birthspell (Lebrus Stone #1) – Miriam Khan

eARC Finished: February 24, 2021 DNF @ 13% / Review / ⭐️.5 / GR

“[…] Possibly because I’m choosing to not finish this book, but all the character motivations – well, lack of motivations – make me not care. I got almost 15% in and I have no reason why I should care about anything happening, or anyone. Crystal isn’t likeable enough to just blindly back her. The love interests are your typical incredibly attractive bad boys, and one is significantly more charming and the other is more protective and keeps her at arm’s length.

I mean, it’s all just so blatantly obvious and relies too much on tropes to feel original. I only read 13% and I can tell you exactly what book it reminds me of.

It’s like, if you were to gender bend Beautiful Creatures – or tell it from the girls POV instead of the guys. But it also doesn’t have the level of craft that book had.”


57032650. sy475 Prisoner (The Scarred Mage of Roseward #2) – Sylvia Mercedes

Audiobook Finished: February 25, 2021 / Review TK / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] Whereas book 1 was good, this one was by far better. The emotional weights were heavier and better. The stakes were higher. I don’t know what it is, or why it is, but I’m an absolute sucker for when the guy risks everything to save the girl, but the girl is a badass in her own right and doesn’t necessarily need saving. I also love that Nelle is legit such a badass in this book, she takes no shit, but we’re also starting to get to see a more vulnerable side to her. I love it.”


53328768. sy475 The Power of Hades (The Hades Trials #1) – Eliza Raine & Rose Wilson

Audiobook Finished: February 25, 2021 / Review TK/ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] I was recommended this book by a fellow blogger.  I was dealing with some emotional stuff and just wanted something bingeable, a little smutty and just something I knew I would enjoy. I was honestly a little skeptical going in, and I definitely did not expect this book to be as good as it was. I loved this take on the Greek Gods. I loved how vivid the world was. I had zero problems picturing the world, the characters. I loved the sexual tension between Persephone and Hades, and Skop is the best.”


53510660. sy475 The Passion of Hades (The Hades Trials #2) – Eliza Raine & Rose Wilson

Audiobook Finished: February 26, 2021 / Review TK / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

“[…] Book 1 was good, this one was better. I love that the trials are actually dangerous, and that they come across as dangerous. I hate when books include “life or death” trials and then they’re anything but. Persephone having to compete and not die – it was refreshing. The stakes are so high, and as her feelings grow and power slowly builds, who knows what’s going to happen. This book is wholly bingeable and Hades is fucking yummy as hell.”


53205978. sy475 The Stolen Kingdom – Jillian Boehme

eARC Finished: February 28, 2021 / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / GR

“[…] I could see what the author was going for, but I just never really felt the weight of what was happening. And because of the quick pace, character reactions just seem too easy, too surface. They all basically take everything in stride. There’s very little fighting back.

That’s not to say that I didn’t like Maralyth, I just didn’t fully understand her motivations. She’s not without care – we see that through the way she treats the workers, her family and those in her community, but when she gets pulled into this plot to overthrow the current regime, she just goes with it.

This was the part that I didn’t really buy – especially after her wariness and urgency for people to not voice treasonous opinions.”


What books did you read in February? Which surprised you? Which was your favorite?

Book Review: The Stolen Kingdom

Title: The Stolen Kingdom

Author: Jillian Boehme

Pub. Date: March 2, 2021

Pages: 320

Pub: Tor Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.

When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.
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Feb’21 Book Haul

Well, I’m not going to spend much time talking, because this post is going to be a beast.

At the start of February, I thought I was going to be good – that I wasn’t going haul that many books.

Ha.

I was kidding myself.

I don’t really know how it happened, but here we are. I have no idea where I’m going to put all of these books – I’m going to need a new bookshelf.

I’m determined to cut back in March, because I can’t keep going at this pace – I’ll need to buy a new shelf every month. This means I need to stop pre-ordering because I think this is where I’m getting in trouble LOL

Not to mention the exclusive editions and boxes…y’all…

Anyways, let’s jump into this.


40516960Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Hardcover / GR

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.


55428883Forging Darkness (Fallen Legacies #2) – Julie Hall

Paperback / GR

No one knows if Steel is dead or alive… except me.

For months I kept the late night calls from Steel a secret, until he let it slip that he tracked down his villainous sister, Silver. He needs help—even if the powerful angel-shifter is too stubborn to admit it.

But the Steel I find isn’t the same boy from Seraph Academy. He’s darker. Haunted. And the distance between us can’t be crossed by a simple flap of my wings.


53138253A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers #3) – Brigid Kemmerer

FairyLoot Hardcover / B&N Edition / UK Paperback / GR

Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.

Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and a magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.


56768535. sy475 A Twist of the Blade (Shadows and Crowns #2) – S.M. Gaither

Paperbook / GR

Still reeling from an unimaginable loss and the revelation of an identity she isn’t sure she wants to embrace, Casia has one plan: Try to control something. Something like the strange magic awakening inside of her. Mastering that magic will take her and her friends on a quest through cursed lands, into the dwellings of old gods, and deep into a southern empire filled with deadly foes and unlikely allies.

Elander Revenmar thought he knew who he was. He had a mission, a plan, a god he was content to serve. Then came Casia. A woman as mysterious as she is dangerous. One he should have stayed away from, and whose life he never should have saved.

Because salvation always comes with a cost.


56650753All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth #2) – Adalyn Grace

OwlCrate Exclusive Hardcover / GR

Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.


42369370. sy475 Warriors of Wing and Flame (Sisters of Shadow and Light #2) – Sara B. Larson

Hardcover / GR

The doorway between the magical Visempirum and the human world has been reopened. Paladin are once more living in the citadel where Zuhra and Inara grew up completely isolated by the magical hedge that trapped them there. Amidst the brewing conflict between the Paladin and humans looms the threat of Barloc, who has stolen Inara’s immense power and continues to elude the Paladin who are desperately searching for him.


36127459. sy475 Bright Burns the Night (Dark Breaks the Dawn #2) – Sara B. Larson

Hardcover / GR

Ten years ago, King Lorcan of the Dark Kingdom Dorjhalon defeated Queen Evelayn and cut her conduit stone from her. Since then, he has kept her trapped in her swan form. With the loss of balance between Dark and Light, winter has descended and the Draíolon of Éadrolan lose more power every day. But once a year, Lorcan transforms her back to her Draíolon form and offers a truce. And every year Evelayn refuses — for he requires her to Bind herself to him for life.But now, with an Ancient power bearing down upon them, everything may change. Evelayn will learn that the truths she once believed have shattered, and that she may need her enemies even more than her allies. Lorcan and Evelayn become partners in a desperate quest to return the balance of power to Lachalonia. How far will this partnership go? Can friendship — perhaps even love — bloom where hatred has taken root?


40942588These Divided Shores (These Rebel Waves #2) – Sara Raasch

Hardcover / GR

As a child, she committed unforgivable acts to free Grace Loray from King Elazar of Argrid. Now Elazar’s plan to retake the island has surpassed Lu’s darkest fears: he’s holding her and his son, Ben, captive in an endlessly shifting prison, forcing them to make a weapon that will guarantee Elazar’s success. Escape is impossible—unless Lu becomes the ruthless soldier she hoped never to be again.

Vex failed to save Lu and Ben—and that torments him as much as his Shaking Sickness. With the disease worsening, Vex throws himself into the rebellion against Argrid. The remaining free armies are allied with the stream raider syndicates—and getting them to cooperate will take a strength Vex thought burned on a pyre six years ago.


34993791Match Me if You Can – Tiana Smith

Paperback / GR

Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.


51178006. sx318 sy475 You’d Be Mine – Erin Hahn

Paperback / GR

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.


57015000. sy475 Lore – Alexandra Bracken

FairyLoot Exclusive Edition / GR

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.


53138069Amelia Unabridged – Ashley Schumacher

Hardcover / GR

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.


44538875Of Silver and Shadow – Jennifer Greunke

Paperback / GR

Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.

But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.


46189814Down Comes the Night – Allison Shaft

ARC / GR

He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw the magic in his darkness.

Wren Southerland’s reckless use of magic has cost her everything: she’s been dismissed from the Queen’s Guard and separated from her best friend—the girl she loves. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate, Colwick Hall, to cure his servant from a mysterious illness, she seizes her chance to redeem herself.

With sinister forces at work, Wren and Hal realize they’ll have to join together if they have any hope of saving their kingdoms. But as Wren circles closer to the nefarious truth behind Hal’s illness, they realize they have no escape from the monsters within the mansion. All they have is each other, and a startling desire that could be their downfall.


49204960Perfect on Paper – Sophie Gonzales

ARC / GR

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?


55956277. sy475 FairyLoot Exclusive Editions An Ember in the Ashes Series

AEITA GR

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.


51270293Light Singer (Kingdom of Runes #4) – Audrey Grey

Paperback / Audiobook / GR

Haven escaped the clutches of the new Sun Sovereign and found solace in Shadoria, but for how long?

Now that the extent of her powers is known, Solis, Noctis, and mortals all hunt her. Meanwhile, chaos reigns across the land. The immortal realm is ruled by a depraved King who will stop at nothing to reclaim Haven as a weapon, while the mortal lands must choose between serving a tyrant or following Prince Bell, the Kinslayer.

And below, in the Netherworld, a great evil awaits, amassing an army of untold powers.
Hunted, plagued by doubt, and torn between duty and love, Haven must find a way to broker peace between the nations before it’s too late.


53138095A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) – Sarah J. Maas

B&N Hardcover / Audiobook / GR

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.


51823643. sy475 Into Darkness (Akrhyn Series #1) – Eve L. Mitchell

eBook / GR
Tegan has been training all of her life in seclusion to be an Elite Sentinel. Having now passed her final Trial, she is selected by the Great Council to become a member of the Elite Guard. Tegan is the youngest Sentinel to be granted such an honour and she accepts, nervous and anxious to finally be with her family. A family who never even knew she existed… until now.

Soon, fitting in with her family are the least of her worries. The Drakhyn are rising, even as unrest between the Akrhyn grows. What’s more, Tegan finds herself bonded to the most arrogant Castor she has ever met.


45485801. sy475 Granting Wishes (Once Upon a Curse #0.5) – Kaitlyn Davis

eBook / GR

Alanna thought rock climbing in Yosemite National Park would be the trip of a lifetime. Until an earthquake strikes and she finds herself plummeting to her death. But instead of slamming into the forest floor, Alanna drops into a secret underground cave where she’s confronted by the impossible—magic.

A mysterious man named Erick uses incredible powers to save her life, then tells her that his magical world has collided with earth, merging the two together. Alanna writes it off as crazy, until he shows her a vision of her brother being dragged down a sandy cobblestone street in chains. Crazy or not, she’ll do anything to save him.


53902073. sy475 The Song of the Marked (Shadows and Crowns #1) – S.M. Gaither

Audiobook / GR

Casia is one of the Fade-Marked—one of the few people who caught this sickness and lived. Why she lived is a mystery even to her and the outcast crew of mercenaries she calls her family. It also makes her an intriguing target for the young, enigmatic king-emperor, who claims he wants to work alongside her to find a cure.

Unfortunately, working alongside him also means working with the handsome but infuriating captain of one of the most prestigious branches of the Kethran Army.


43263361Crown of Bones (Amassia #1) – A.K. Wilder

Audiobook / GR

In a world on the brink of the next Great Dying, no amount of training can prepare us for what is to come …
A young heir will raise the most powerful phantom in all of Baiseen.
A dangerous High Savant will do anything to control the nine realms.
A mysterious and deadly Mar race will steal children into the sea.
And a handsome guide with far too many secrets will make me fall in love.
My name is Ash. A lowly scribe meant to observe and record. And yet I think I’m destined to surprise us all.


50997534Beautiful Wild – Anna Godberson

Audiobook / GR

Vida didn’t plan on Fitz’s best friend, Sal, a rough-around-the-edges boy with a talent for getting under her skin. Nor did she anticipate a hurricane dashing their ship to pieces, along with her dreams.

Stranded on an island with both Fitz and Sal, Vida is torn between the life she’s always planned for, and a future she’s never dared to want. As they desperately plot a course for home, Vida will discover just which boy can capture her wild heart—and where her future truly lies.


45891343The Upside of Falling – Alex Light

Audiobook / GR

It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.


45861077By the Book – Amanda Sellet

Audiobook / GR

As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.

Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.


53402140Hot British Boyfriend – Kristy Boyce

Audiobook / GR

After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school’s study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.

But even as Ellie embarks on a whirlwind romance, one that takes her on adventures to some of England’s most beautiful places, she still needs to figure out if this is actually the answer to all her problems…and whether the perfect boyfriend is actually the perfect boy for her.


41433282It Sounded Better in My Head – Nina Kenwood

Audiobook / GR

When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, and meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, and nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.


57032638. sy475 Thief (The Scarred Mage of Roseward #1) – Sylvia Mercedes

Audiobook / GR

Peronelle Beck longs for nothing more than to leave behind her thieving ways and pursue a life of honest work. But when her father lands himself neck-deep in debt, Nelle must take on a dangerous job if she hopes to save his life . . . a job that brings her to the shores of Roseward Isle.

For fifteen years, Soran Silveri has fought to suppress the nightmarish monster stalking Roseward. His weapons are few and running low, and the curse placed upon him cripples his once unmatched power. Isolation has driven him to the brink of madness, and he knows he won’t be able to hold on much longer.


57032650. sy475 Prisoner (The Scarred Mage of Roseward #2) – Sylvia Mercedes

Audiobook / GR

Nelle has survived the first hurdle of her mission on Roseward Isle: She convinced the disgraced mage to let her stay. Now, if she can only find his hidden spellbook, she could return home in time to save Papa. It should be simple enough.

But as the danger stalking Roseward Isle closes in, a situation that once seemed simple grows more complex by the day. Can Soran bear to send away the woman who has instilled his life with new meaning and purpose? Can Nelle betray the man who has opened her eyes to possibilities she never knew existed?


53328768. sy475 The Power of Hades (The Hades Trials #1) – Eliza Raine & Rose Wilson

Audiobook / GR

I’ve been kidnapped by Zeus. Plucked from the streets of Manhattan and frightened half to death by a freaking Olympian god.
And now I’m trapped in the Underworld, being forced to compete in a series of deadly trials for the position of Queen of the Underworld. Which would mean marrying Hades, the utterly terrifying Lord of the Dead. Who the hell wants a husband at all, let alone one made of smoke and riddled with death?

If I win the trials, I have to marry the devil himself. But losing might mean losing my life.


53510660. sy475 The Passion of Hades (The Hades Trials #2) – Eliza Raine & Rose Wilson

Audiobook / GR

I’m trapped in actual hell. And just about everything here is trying to kill me. Even the god who claims he once loved me has come pretty close to ending my life.

The trouble is, the more I discover about the mysterious King of the Underworld, the less sure I am that he fits in either. My connection to him is undeniable, and it’s not escaped the other gods’ notice. They don’t want me to stay in Olympus, and now that I have my power back, they’re going to make the next three Trials even more lethal.

If I can survive, I’m a step closer to getting home. But if I spend much more time with Hades, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to leave.


54053451. sy475 The Promise of Hades (The Hades Trials #3) – Eliza Raine & Rose Wilson

Audiobook / GR

The Greek God of the Underworld has turned my life completely upside-down and made me question everything I thought I knew about my life.

And now I don’t even know who I am anymore. An internal war rages inside me, as I try to balance my need for more magic with the knowledge of what power does to people in Olympus. What it may have done to me in the past.

The one thing I do know though, is that my feelings for Hades are real. The Lord of the Dead is so much more than I ever realized, and something inside me knows that I need him as much as he needs me. But between the Hades Trials, the other Olympians, and whoever it is that’s trying to kill me, I may not survive long enough to find a way for us to be together.


55215339A Touch of Darkness (Hades & Persephone #1) – Scarlett St. Clair

Audiobook / GR

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.


I did manage to haul quite a few eARCs last month, but I’m going to save those for the NetGalley Update Post I have planned for early next week – so stayed tuned for that. I don’t really understand how I managed to haul so many eARCs but I’m grateful and excited to dive into them!

What books did you haul last month? Let me know in the comments!

Posts You Might’ve Missed This Month #2

I’ve decided to make these posts a monthly feature – an easy way to share some of my favorite and/or interesting posts I did this past month.

I only started doing this last year as a way to “mass” share posts over on my personal Facebook now, since WordPress no longer cross posts to private accounts. I have friends and family on that platform, and I wanted a way to share my content, without bogging up my feed.

So, let’s jump into this. Continue reading “Posts You Might’ve Missed This Month #2”

Writing Update #23

I wanted to get more done this month.

I had plans to get more done.

Between life, a raise & new responsibility at work, training Codigo and blogging – I’ve been left very little free time. And this past week I’ve been dealing with the death of a dog, so my energy has been at an all time low.

Last month I made it a goal to do at least one chapter. Just revise one chapter. Continue reading “Writing Update #23”