Book Review: Remembrance (The Transcend Time Saga #1)

remembranceTitle: Remembrance (The Transcend Time Saga #1)

Author: Michelle Madow

Pub. Date: July 27, 2011

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lizzie can’t understand her deep attraction to mysterious transfer student Drew. Are they connected by their past lives? This enthralling tale of love and fate has over 100 five-star reviews on Amazon!

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England … but she doesn’t realize it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.

When Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s high school, she feels a connection to him, like she knows him. But he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching Drew is more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can’t she get him out of her mind?

Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, but fighting fate isn’t easy, and she’s determined to unravel the mysteries of the past.

This will be a spoiler free review.

High school me would have raved and loved this book. High school me would have tried endlessly to get all my friends to read it. This book reminded me of the Twilight Era of YA. The way it was written, the tone, the images – they all just felt reminiscent of that time.

Look at me talking about the Twilight Era as if it was eons ago and not only a decade or so.

Overall, I enjoyed this book – definitely more than I anticipated. This book has been sitting on my shelf for years, and I figured it was high time that I read it. I was also in the mood for a reincarnation story, and this was one I had lying around.

I do think the pacing was a little wonky – a little slow in the beginning with a lot of information, and then it picked up somewhere in the middle and it was full steam ahead. I also felt like the ‘reveal’ was a little strange and rushed. I don’t think it had the impact it should’ve, and I honestly thought the whole thing was a bit odd. It almost felt forced? Like I didn’t care enough about Lizzie and Drew and there past to truly root for them in the present.

Another reason this book reminds me of the Twilight Era is bad boy Drew and his hot and cold presence of ‘I’m not good for you so let me treat you like crap and then give you whiplash when I’m nice to you because the bond we share is too strong to ignore’…remind you of a certain couple?

Not that I’m truly complaining about that, because, comparatively to his hot and cold feelings, Lizzie’s boyfriend for most of the book – Jeremy – was a freaking Grade A asshole. He legitimately made me rage-y and I wanted to nut punch him at almost every moment. He was awful to her, constantly ‘teasing’ in that underhanded mean way, only to be like “I meant it as a compliment”. He constantly tore her down and tried to make her feel bad for getting better grades than him or pointing out that maybe he shouldn’t drive like a maniac and take turns at 60mph in rain and ice. He would demand all of her attention, and if she lost focus for a moment, he would give her crap for not caring about him and his accomplishments.

He constantly needed his ego boosted, but honestly, the boy needed to be knocked so many pegs.

Even Lizzie’s ‘best friend’ was kind of horrible to her – always going on about her feelings but ignoring Lizzie’s. It’s particularly clear when Lizzie makes a choice and doesn’t confront Chelsea about it and Chelsea gets butt-hurt about not being told beforehand, because she could have ‘talked her out of making an impulsive decision that wasn’t in her best interests and that she needed to go apologize and make things right’…let me tell you, the choice Lizzie makes is for the sake of her sanity, mental health, and why do all the people in Lizzie’s life think she is incapable of making sound choices? Why do they all think that they know what’s best, and that she should go back to the way things were even if she was completely unhappy? I kind of lowkey disliked everyone in Lizzie’s life.

Even with all the things that irked me with this book, I still really enjoyed it. It was like comfort food…in book form. It was like taking a step back in time, and I loved the feeling. If you’re looking for a relatively quick, enjoyable read, featuring Pride & Prejudice, moody teen boys with a mysterious past and reincarnated romance, you might want to check this out.

Let me know what your favorite reincarnation stories are. Do you have any? I’ve read a few, and now I kind of want to read some more. Young Adult, New Adult, etc. doesn’t matter, if you have a title, drop it in the comments below!

Book Review: Releasing the Gods (The Titan Saga #1)

releasing the gods.jpgTitle: Releasing the Gods (The Titan Saga #1)

Author: Leia Stone & Jaymin Eve

Pub. Date: November 2, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75

Maisy Parker isn’t asking for a lot in life. Just good friends, good fun, and finally reaching one hundred thousand followers on Instagram.

She’s well on her way to all of that, until one drunken dare ends up with a cut hand, blood sacrifices, and a thousand-year-old prison opening to reveal a giant of a man.

Finding herself with a Titan of a problem, she does the only thing that makes sense in that situation: selfie. Because he’s beyond hot, and that has got to be worth twenty thousand followers.

Only it turns out, this is no joke.

Cronus is really a Titan, and he’s set out to destroy the leader of the Greek pantheon.

When Maisy makes a colossal mistake, unleashing an untold evil on the world, Cronus is the only one that can help her.

Maisy is starting to see that she should have been less interested in Instagram and more interested in the impending end of the world.

An end she quite possibly caused—not that she’s admitting to anything just yet.

This will be a spoiler free review…with some language.

I’m going to start with the thing I actually hated the most about this book. It’s literally my one big complaint.

I hated the fucking hashtags in this book.

Maisy’s internal commentary in the form of hashtags was the absolute worst. I found it annoying and distracting and so basically vapid.

Maybe you’re thinking that I’m just overreacting, and it can’t have possibly been that bad. Hell, maybe I am, but every time I read one of them, I felt like it was reinforcing this stereotypical Cali Girl persona. Sure, Maisy demonstrates some of those attributes, but as we learn, it’s more of a front than anything else. It’s a method of coping and survival, and fuck, I just hated them so much.

Overall, I liked Maisy as a character and overall, I really enjoyed the book. So much so that I’m actually mad I have to wait until April to read book 2. Honestly, going into this book, I thought I was going to like Maisy. She felt basic, vapid, and annoying and I thought I was going to have to drag myself through this book or DNF it. She becomes a much more likeable and tolerable character when her walls start to drop, and we start learning about who she actually is. She never lose her sass or sarcasm, but she dropped this ditzy, dumb blonde persona, for a person who has suffered and has had to fight for what she wants. But the damn hashtags and I don’t know anyone who call’s Instagram “the “Gram”.

There were definitely moments that felt like they were trying too hard to be relatable and they just came across as cringey and annoying.

I also think that the pacing was a little fast, but it made for a quick, enjoyable, entertaining read, so it kind of works in favor of the book.

Now, you’re probably wondering if I’m going to try and sell you all this book, and I’m about to.

Holy, hot, Greek Titans.

All over 6 and a half feet, all hot as hell, with personalities only Greek ‘Gods’ could possibly have.

Cronus. Omfg.

Who would’ve thought that the Titans would be anything but the “bad guys”? I mean, Zeus and Co. are always painted as the saviors having locked up the evil Titans…

This book flips that whole script on its head and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It felt familiar enough with the Greek Pantheon, but fresh enough that I felt like I hadn’t read it before. Though, I will say that it did remind me a bit of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Titan Series (The Return, The Power, The Struggle, The Prophecy), but in the best way possible. I love that series, so I have no qualms.

I liked the chemistry and the banter between Cronus and Maisy, and I thought their bond was pretty funny at times. I’m super not happy with the way the book ended, because what the hell, cliffhanger, but of course it had to happen that way. I will say that I saw that reveal coming from pretty early on, so it wasn’t that much of a surprise.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to dive into the second one come April. I’m anxiously anticipating it’s release. If you like Greek Gods and snarky banter, and end of the world destruction all in a New Adult package, you should definitely check this book out.

Book Review: Unrest (Unknown #2)

unrestTitle: Unrest (Unknown #2)

Author: Wendy Higgins

Pub. Date: February 14, 2017

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible. 

This will be a spoiler free review.

My first thought – IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME.

Slowest slow burn romance ever.

I mean that in the most satisfyingly annoyingly way possible.

Ultimately it makes it so much more worth it in long run, but I was about to lose it if Amber and Rylen didn’t freaking kiss in this book. Ugh, it was so worth it, so perfect. Also, can I just say that the drunk scene in this book was so vivid and entertaining? I legit loved it and I loved the admissions that came from it.

I’m so glad that I finally decided to pick up this series. It’s what wanted to read, but just didn’t realize it. I’m such a sucker for this dystopian, hostile takeover of the planet, and the rouge remaining humans fighting for survival. A sucker. I totally am. As much as I love fantasy, my heart definitely belongs with Sci-Fi. I can’t help it.

I really liked the direction this story takes in this book and the stakes are as high as ever. Humanity as a whole is on the line, and it’s all anyone can do to just make it to the next day. Grief and hope fuels the main group as the trudge along, lost in thought and the sole drive to make it to a safe space. Tensions are high, as are emotions and they just have to focus on the positives, even when the world around them seems desolate.

The group of them, Amber, Rylen, Tater, Remy and the other soldiers that have become family are closer than ever – supporting, rallying, consoling each other. Other than the whole dystopian aspect, the character relationships are hands down my favorite element in this series. Their continuous support of each other, even when there seems to be no light left in the world is so wonderfully human. They feel everything, and that’s okay, they offer support and they all know that they’re there if they need something. I also love that all the guys in the group are protective of Amber and Remy, even if they tease and give them a hard time. In the face of so much loss, collectively, individually, they’ve adopted each other as family. It’s beautiful.

I legit cannot wait to read book 3, though I’m going to be sad that the series is going to be over. I’m so excited and anxious to see how it’s all going to end. With the way book 2 ended…phew. I’m concerned. I’ll definitely be ordering the next book today, and I’ll probably start it the minute it lands on my porch. If you’re looking for a slow burn, steamy, sci-fi dystopian, New Adult romance, look no further. You want to fall for Rylen and Amber, as well as Remy, Tater and the rest of their crew.

Book Review: How to Speak Boy

how to speak boyTitle: How to Speak Boy

Author: Tiana Smith

Pub. Date: January 7, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can’t stand one another, either in competition or in real life.

But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other is.

Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, what’s the point of speech and debate if you can’t say what’s in your heart?

This will be a spoiler free review.

You know that feeling when you read a book and you loved it so much and you feel giddy and maybe you do happy wiggles because it’s midnight and you can’t audibly scream about how much you loved the book?

No, just me?

Well, then you haven’t read a good enough book.

Just kidding.

I really only get into happy wiggles territory when I read fluffy contemporaries or rom coms.

How to Speak Boy was such a feel good, quick, enjoyable read and I’m kind of sad that I’ve already finished it, because what the hell am I supposed to do now? It’s been so long since I’ve read a ~250-page stand-alone book, that I got whiplash for how quickly the plot was progressing. I loved it. The book starts at a breakneck pace and never lets up and it’s wonderful. You’re left turning page after page to find out what happens next.

I had to keep reminding myself that the pacing wasn’t * off *, but that it had just been so long since I read this kind of book. I kept having to remind myself to not compare it to the pacing of a 350/400/500-page fantasy read because that would be highly unfair and utterly ridiculous. It was the perfect length, but I wouldn’t say no to seeing their college escapades…just saying.

Also, this is my first 5 star read of 2020, WHAT?!

Ugh, I loved this book. I loved the characters. I loved everything about it. I loved that even though I knew who was writing the letters – not a spoiler, it’s in the synopsis, I still got almost irrationally mad at a certain character’s choice towards the end of the book. I mean, it’s all rectified and it ends with a happily ever after, but phew.

I loved the notes and how they grew to truly know each other. I enjoyed their chemistry and banter and I loved Quinn’s best friend Naomi, and how much of an enabler she was. As for another person in this book…well, you’ll have to read it to find out why he’s a turd.

Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about how much I loved this book and I’m on the verge of happy wiggles again. I feel like I can’t accurately say why I loved it, only just that I loved it and I urge everyone to read it.

Off hand, if you liked How to Speak Boy you should check out Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer and Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. Both have very similar plot elements, and both are really good books. How to Speak Boy is out, so make sure you grab your copy and fall in love with Quinn and Grayson. You’ll love this book. I swear. Go read it. Go buy it. Go borrow it from a library. You’re missing out…seriously.

Okay, I’m done. Just go read the book.

Favorite Shows

We all have TV shows that we get lost in, return to all the time – basically shows we just really love. I have quite a few and I had to seriously think about what they were. Just because I thoroughly enjoyed a show, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a favorite. The process of narrowing down this list involved going through Netflix, Prime, Hulu – basically every streaming service.

I love the escape shows provide and whenever I’m in a bad mood, feeling burnt out, or just want to mindlessly relax I open Netflix and dive in. This list isn’t very long, but these are the shows that I would recommend to everyone to watch.

Farscape (Prime)

Image result for farscapeAmerican astronaut John Crichton finds himself thrown across the universe when an experimental mission goes bad. Crichton teams up with a group of rebels involved in an intergalactic battle and begins a journey unlike anything he dreamed was possible while trying to find a way back to Earth.

Image result for farscape gifThis might be the only show that tops this list – everything else is in no particular order. I first watched Farscape years ago and I fell in love. It’s kind of the perfect show. 1) It’s set in space, on a spaceship. 2) The cast and the chemistry between them is so good and so amazing. 3) The plot from the first episode to the last (including the movie which is included on Prime) is stellar and rarely falters. 4) The humor is on point. Finally, the relationship between Chricton and Aeryn (the main characters) is everything you could want in a show…it’s also enemies to lovers.

It’s a product of its time, and it’s a little weird and you might find it hard to get into, but I promise that it doesn’t take very long to get hooked.

Stargate Atlantis (Prime)

Image result for stargate atlantisWithin the ruins of the legendary city of Atlantis is buried a secret base left by the Ancients, originators of the Stargate. A new team of explorers travels to the distant galaxy where Atlantis is located, where a primitive human civilization is threatened by a sinister enemy.

It was years ago when I first found Stargate and I was thrilled. I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi and beyond Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica (could not get into at all) and Star Wars, I felt like there was no real SF show I could get into. (I should also mention that I found the Stargate Franchise before Farscape). Technically by starting with SG Atlantis, I started in the middle of the franchise [Stargate Movie, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, (I don’t acknowledge the new SG stuff)] but I was hooked. At the time it was everything I wanted in a show and I binged it.

Image result for stargate atlantis gifI loved the cast of characters and the dynamic and chemistry between them was perfect.  The plot was pretty consistently good, and it all made sense. I found the idea of a Stargate so incredible and wished it was a real thing and I liked the fact that the show is rooted in Egyptian Mythology. Basically, meaning that the Egyptian God’s were aliens and that the pyramids were docks for their ships. I also really liked how you don’t have to watch the shows in order, but I would definitely recommend starting with the original movie. Especially if you’re going in order.

Hart of Dixie (Netflix)

Image result for hart of dixieNew York doctor Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) has reached a crossroads in her life when she decides to accept an offer from a stranger to work with him at his practice in Alabama. When she arrives in town, she discovers that the man has died and left her his half of the practice in his will, something that doesn’t exactly make her new partner happy. Despite the shock of Southern life and some less-than-hospitable town folk, Zoe decides to give her new life a chance and discovers a new side of herself in the process.

Image result for hart of dixie wade and zoe gifI didn’t expect to fall in love with this show. At all. I was shocked. I tend to not like contemporary shows that aren’t comedies, but Hart of Dixie is kind of like a fluffy contemporary rom com with a few drama bits sprinkled in. It’s kind of the perfect mix and I loved that it was set in the south. Also, don’t even get me started on Zoe and Wade’s relationship because I love them so much.

If you’re looking for a pretty lighthearted, medical “drama” with unrequited love, tons of chemistry, hijinks and fun, you’ll definitely want to check this out. I was so sad when I hit the last episodes and I wouldn’t be able to watch these characters every day anymore.

Haven (Netflix)

Image result for havenFBI Agent Audrey Parker arrives in Haven, Maine, on what she believes is a routine assignment. But the longer she stays, the more curious she becomes — about the townspeople, who seem to be beset by a range of supernatural afflictions; about the town itself, which contains many secrets; and about her own surprising connection to this strange place. 

 This one surprised me. The premise sounded amazing and I’d started it years ago but stopped when I found out that the show had been cancelled. Well, as it turned out, it hadn’t been cancelled, and Netflix finally got the final season. Since it had been so long, I started the show over, and I feel like it’s so rare that I’m completely satisfied with how a show ends. While I will always wish that there was more show to watch, I thought the ending was pretty perfect and wholly justified.

Image result for haven  audrey and nathan gifAudrey and Nathan are probably one of my favorite on screen couples ever and their dynamic is * chef’s kiss *. Haven is this little town that is occasionally plagued by “troubles” – basically weird things people can do – and Audrey is the only one who can help solve the troubles and get people back to normal. Nathan is troubled – he can’t feel anything…. but he can feel Audrey. Basically, they spend most of the show denying the attraction, and then acting on it and then denying it and it’s annoying as well, not going to lie, but it’s also so good.

Merlin (Netflix)

Image result for merlinThis action-packed fantasy-drama revisits the saga of King Arthur and his wizard, Merlin, by focusing on the two characters when they were ambitious young men struggling to understand their destinies. In this telling, Prince Arthur is known to be the heir to the throne (no sword from the stone here). And he is acquainted with all those who will one day form the legend of Camelot, including Lancelot, Guinevere, and Morgana. Merlin is also forced to deal with King Uther’s Great Purge, which bans all use of magic.

Phew, it’s been a long time since I’ve watched this one, but I still basically have the first season memorized. In high school, I had a few friends who were also big fans of the show and we would get together just to watch and then re-watch the seasons.

Image result for merlin gifThe pairing of Merlin and Arthur in this take on Arthurian Legends is brilliant, funny and so enjoyable. Merlin is Arthur’s servant and constantly risks his life to save Arthur. Arthur never realizes that half of the time, he’s passed out and Merlin is the one saving the day. Merlin puts up with Arthur’s crap, but also dishes it out just the same.

The CGI is pretty bad and laughable, but it adds to the charm of the show. The final episode is a bit annoying (supposedly, once upon a time, there was supposed to be follow up movies, but those never happened) and it’s a pretty open-ended ending. But overall, this show is perfect.

Lost (Hulu)

Image result for lost tv showThe survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 were 1,000 miles off course when they crashed on a lush, mysterious island. Each person possesses a shocking secret, but they’ve got nothing on the island itself, which harbors a monstrous security system, a series of underground bunkers and a group of violent survivalists hidden in the shadows.

Yeah, this show has some weird freaking moments, but I love it. I think it was probably the first show I’d ever watched that actually made you think and try to piece together the story. I also love the fact that the more you watch it, the more you see and realize and then you realize just how dumb you were the first handful of time s you watched it.

Image result for lost tv show gifThere are definitely moments that I think are weird in this show, and the plot isn’t always consistent (i.e the time traveling) and while I know a lot of people hate the ending to this show, I actually like the cyclical nature of it. I mean, yes, it makes me mad, but it didn’t ruin the show for me.

I loved the diverse cast and the various viewpoints and timelines and how it’s all intricately woven together. Despite the few hiccups, I think Lost is an incredible feat of storytelling.

Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix)

Image result for grey's anatomyThe medical drama series focuses on a group of young doctors at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital, who began their careers at the facility as interns. One of the young doctors and the show’s namesake, Meredith Grey, is the daughter of a famous surgeon. Grey struggles to maintain relationships with her colleagues, particularly the hospital’s one-time chief of surgery, Richard Webber, due to a pre-existing relationship between them – Webber and Meredith’s mother had a personal relationship when Meredith was young.

 I never expected to watch this show, let alone love it. I adamantly refused to watch it for years because it was “too mainstream”.  Then one day, I started it, finally convinced enough to at least give it a shot and now I’m on my third re-watch in 2 years? It’s definitely an addicting show.

Image result for grey's anatomy gifCharacters – I like them all, some more than others, but I’m not a Derek fan. He’s straight up an asshole from day one, but somehow that knowledge doesn’t stop me from rooting for him and Meredith and loving them together.

Alex Karev is my favorite character hands down, and even though Hunt makes stupid decision after stupid decision I can’t help but feel bad for him. I love Meredith and Alex’s relationship, and if Jo wasn’t in the picture, I’d want them raising Mer’s kids together.

ALSO, so many unfair character deaths.

Alex also has one of the best character arcs ever, and I’m so glad they didn’t do him dirty. Watch Greys and fall down this rabbit hole with me.

Doctor Who (Prime)

Image result for doctor whoAn eccentric yet compassionate extraterrestrial Time Lord zips through time and space to solve problems and battle injustice across the universe, traveling via the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space), which is his old and occasionally unreliable spaceship that resembles a blue police phone box (but changes its appearance depending on its surroundings) and is much, much larger inside than outside.

 Gosh, I can’t even remember when I first started Doctor Who – college maybe? Maybe senior year of high school? I don’t even remember why it took me so long to start it. Ten is my favorite Doctor, but I love Eleven. David Tennant and Matt Smith each brought something so amazing to the role.

Image result for doctor who gifI’m still bitter about Rose and Donna. I liked Amy to a point, and I loved Clara. I love the absurdity to the majority of the show. It makes the more serious episodes that much more impactful. I also can’t forget about Jack Harkness! (Watch Torchwood if you haven’t yet, it’s worth it0. I’m not caught up on the last two seasons – or however many there have been since Jodi took over. I tend to forget that it’s airing and then have to wait for it to hit Prime.

Well, there you have it – my favorite TV shows. I didn’t include the animated/anime shows that I also often re-watch. If you’re interested in what those are, I’m more than willing to do another one of these lists, just let me know in the comments. I hope you check out some of these shows, and if you do or if you have, let me know your thoughts!

What are your favorite shows?

Book Review: Diamond City (Diamond City #1)

DIAMOND CITYTitle: Diamond City (Diamond City #1)

Author: Francesca Flores

Pub. Date: January 28, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing…unless they risk everything.

Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solís as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.

Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there.

DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies.

To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn’t want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.

This will be a spoiler free review.

I’ve finally finished my first book of 2020…9 days into the year. I’m slacking I know. Overall, I did enjoy this book, even though it took like 150 pages for me to really get into it. Besides it taking me awhile to get into it, my only other complaint is that I felt like I’d read this story before.

It felt super familiar and I think that is part of the reason it took me time to get invested. Even then, I never got this feeling of “ohmygod, I need to find out what happens next”. I definitely liked that the pacing picked up halfway through the book and I suddenly found myself speeding through it, but it shouldn’t take anyone roughly half the book to truly become invested.

I think another issue – if you want to call it that, I am for lack of a better word not coming to mind – is the hype surrounding this book.

Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve condemned “hype” on this blog, but everything I heard about this book was that “it’s sooooo good. You’ll love it”. Or “you won’t want to miss this book”. If I’ve learned anything from my last 6 months of reading upcoming releases and blogging – this is almost nearly a death sentence for a book. At least in my experience – yours very well might be different.

I’ve already said this, but I feel like I’ve read this book before. It has some uniqueness – as all YA stories do, but I fear we’re reaching the cookie cutter stage of YA again. I enjoyed the characters, but they were pretty obvious and I kind of figured out a lot of the reveals early on. They felt a bit flat and while I rooted for the good people and appreciated that the MC’s were flawed and not inherently good characters.

I also struggled a bit with the world – there were quite a few info dumps, and time jumps – Aina suddenly remembering something from her past. I kept having to reread pages because I wasn’t sure if I’d missed something. One moment she’d be sitting on roof, and then suddenly, she’d be with other people reliving scenes from her past. I get why those scenes are important to her character and her backstory, but they had me rereading scenes to find out when they’d changed over.

Quick backtrack to my world issue, I don’t know if the finished copy is going to have map, but as a visual person – I wouldn’t object. I just had a hard time picturing everything, which meant I had kind of a hard time caring.

As for it being the start of a multiple book series (trilogy?) I don’t think it was particularly bad. I might have had a few issues, but I can see why people like this book. It’s fast-paced (for the most part), with action, and likeable characters. There’s a subtle hint of romance and it’s about figuring out who you are, what you deserve, what you’re worth and standing up for yourself. I’m definitely interested in seeing how Aina’s story unfolds and what’s going to come next.

Jan/Feb/Mar TBR – 2020

Last TBR post was very ambitious and I wasn’t able to complete it. Honestly, with the holidays being at the tail end, I should have known better – life happens and sometimes reading just isn’t what you want to do.

This is a new year, which means, a new 3-montth TBR and while this one is kind of long, I don’t think it’s too ambitious. 20 books, 3 months – that’s roughly 6.5 books a month and some of these I know are going to be quick fast reads. Like, read in one sitting reads. Some of them are also relatively short, so I’ll be able to speed through those as well.

Overall, I really like this list. Genre-wise it’s kind of all over the place, and I tried to pick some fun reads that I know I’ll enjoy from the start. There are definitely a few contemporaries and some New Adult mixed in, as well as some re-reads. There are some upcoming (e)ARCs I’m excited about (physical and Netgalley) as well as backlist titles! Just like last year, I’m going to be trying to incorporate books I already own and use that as a marker for how often I *impulse buy* new books.

With that being said, let’s jump in, and see what I’m planning and hoping to read in the next three months…the fact that it’s the 8th of January and I still haven’t finished one book doesn’t bode well.


  1. Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) – Susan Dennard
  2. Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) – Laura Sebastian
  3. How to Speak Boy – Tiana Smith
  4. You’d be Mine – Erin Hahn
  5. Wicked as You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) – Rin Chupeco (Mar. Release)
  6. Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) – Emily A. Duncan (Apr. Release)
  7. Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) – Erin Watt
  8. The Stars We Steal – Alexa Donne (Feb. Release)
  9. The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) – Danielle Jensen
  10. Unrest (Unknown #2) – Wendy Higgins
  11. Remembrance (Transcend Time Saga #1) – Michelle Madow
  12. Maybe This Time – Kasie West
  13. Curse Breaker (Kingdom of Runes #2) – Audrey Grey
  14. Releasing the Gods (The Titans Saga #1) – Lea Stone & Jaymin Eve
  15. Frigid (Frigid #1)– Jennifer L. Armentrout
  16. Diamond City (Diamond City #1) – Francesca Flores (Jan. Release)
  17. Onyx (Lux #2) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  18. Tweet Cute – Emma Lord (Jan. Release)
  19. Havenfall (Havenfall #1) ­­– Sara Holland (Mar. Release)
  20. Lanterns in the Sky – P.S. Malcolm (Mar. Release)

 These are listed in no particular order, other than to match the lay out of the picture. I’m not sure what order I’ll end up reading them in, but I’m definitely reading the 2 January releases first. From there, we’ll see. No – that’s a lie. I know what I’m reading the moment the January releases are read, but you’ll just have to wait and see.

Let me know if you think this list is doable and let me know if you’ve read any of the books on this list/are looking forward to the books on this list.

December Wrap-Up

December was kind of a rough month and I needed distractions…so I read a lot of books. Some of these books actually surprised me and I enjoyed them a lot more than I anticipated – which is always a good thing.

I’d definitely recommend reading these books, or at least giving them a fair try. There’s quite a collection of genres – again, I was all over the place last month. I tried to read things that interested me, and some of them I grabbed books that weren’t even on my TBR list.

I do have full reviews for all of these books, so I won’t be going into too much detail here, but f

feel free to check out my reviews for each of these reads.

the weaverThe Weaver (The Weaver #1) – Heather Kindt

eARC Finished: December 4, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

The story concept as a whole is fantastic. How often do we all wish that we can bring our characters to life? I know I do. I really did like the concept and the story Kindt created, and I’m interested in seeing how this trilogy plays out. I also really liked that it’s set on a college campus and that the characters are college age. I don’t read near enough NA anymore and this was a nice little foray back into that age range.

If this book is on your radar, definitely give it a chance. It’s a quick read with some cutes-y moments and a unique concept. I read it in a handful of hours, and I’m a bit bummed I have to wait for the next one.

Conceal dont feelConceal, Don’t Feel (Twisted Tales #7) – Jen Calonita

Hardcover Finished: December 6, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

Overall, I was disappointed, and felt like it was lacking magic and uniqueness. It was a fun read and I enjoyed the Anna and Kristoff scenes. If you’re a Frozen fan, if you can’t get Frozen 2 and its amazing songs out of your head, and you’re biding time before you can go see it in theaters again, then you should maybe pick this up.

beyond the shadowed earthBeyond a Shadowed Earth (Beneath the Haunting Sea #2) – Joanna Ruth Meyer

ARC Finished: December 9, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

 Overall, this is definitely a great fantasy and I can’t honestly think of anything else that I’ve read this year that is like it. There are a few small similarities – giant, people carrying birds – being the main thing, but still unique. The lore and history that Joanna has created in this world is so rich and vast and the pantheon of Gods is so interesting. Definitely pick up Beyond the Shadowed Earth when it comes out in little over a month, January 14, 2020!

second starSecond Star (Neverland Transmissions #1) – J.M. Sullivan

eARC Finished: December 10, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

Overall, I’m glad that this book wasn’t a disappointment and I’m a bit excited to see what happens next in the series. Peter Pan + Space = my kryptonite. I love it.


lovestruck.jpgLovestruck – Kate Watson

Paperback Finished: December 11, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 / Review / GR

I also really liked the other characters in this book, and I’m really glad it ended the way it ended, and I definitely didn’t see that little twist/revelation coming at the end. I’m really glad that this book didn’t disappoint and that once I really got into it, I was hooked. If you’re looking for a relatively quick and wonderfully distracting read, you should probably pick this up. Also, if you’re a fan of Greek Mythology, you should pick this up as well. I love that 2019 is introducing me to stories I haven’t read before…or even heard of. It’s fantastic and I can’t wait to see what this author does next.

scavenge the starsScavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) – Tara Sim

ARC Finished: December 12, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

Overall, while I was unimpressed, even though the writing is strong and the cast of characters is diverse. If you’ve liked Tara Sim’s other books, you will probably want to pick this up and check it out when it comes out in January.


the queen of nothingThe Queen of Nothing (Folk of the Air #3) – Holly Black

OC Hardcover Finished: December 13, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

I still don’t like Jude, there wasn’t enough Cardan to truly keep my interested and nothing fucking happened in this book. Don’t @ me.


unknownUnknown (Unknown #1) – Wendy Higgins

Paperback Finished: December 26, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 / Review / GR

If you’re looking for a quick, post-apocalyptic, alien, slow burn romance read, you’ll definitely want to check this out. I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of book 2, and maybe I should just go ahead and order book 3.


wardens of eternityWardens of Eternity – Courtney Moulton

ARC Finished: DNF at page 135 (December 27, 2019)

DNF / Review / GR

Maybe one day in the future I’ll try finishing this book, but today’s not that day. I wanted desperately to like this book, but between the lacking characters, the weird pacing and unbelievable actions, I can’t bring myself to finish it. I don’t buy into Ziva, I don’t care about her or her journey. I don’t care about any of it, if I’m being completely honest. It kind of felt like this could have been a part of the Shadowhunter universe, but like, in a way that just didn’t work. I don’t know and I’m bummed because it sounds really good. Maybe the second half of the book is really good – if it is, and if you’ve read it let me know.

fate of the drownedFate of the Drowned (The Broken Lands #3) – Carrie Summers

Paperback Finished: December 29, 2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 / Review / GR

Again, overall, I liked this book and enjoyed it. I was reminded of why I’ve fallen in love with Carrie’s writing. She’s so good at it, and making the world come to life in your mind. She’s so good at creating these wonderfully flawed human characters that make you feel.

What books did you read in December? Should any of them be on my list of potential reads? Let me know!

December Book Haul

Somehow, I managed to get quite a few books in December and only 2 of them were Christmas gifts. Though, three did come in book boxes…the rest were books that had been on my “to-buy” list for a while and with a bit of Christmas money – i.e. Amazon gift cards – I decided to splurge and treat myself.

It’s the holidays, so why the hell not.

Sometimes you just have to buy that book that’s been on your list for forever because to not do so would be a crime…I also just wanted to support the authors. I’m pretty excited for the books I hauled that I actually haven’t read yet, and  a few of them I’m hoping to get to this month, or next…mainly just hopefully soon.

With that being said, let’s jump in and see what I hauled in December!

unrest.jpgUnrest (Unknown #2) – Wendy Higgins


In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

I legitimately ordered this upon finishing Unknown and I hated the fact that I didn’t already own it. I really want to read this right now, but I have 2 January ARCs I need to read before I’m letting myself pick up anything else.

failed futureFailed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #3) – Elise Kova

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR 

The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn’t yet know if she’s running toward salvation… or a brutal end to everything she loves.

I’ve already read this – was given an eARC of it by Elise and I hadn’t yet bought it. I kept holding out for someone to get it, and Sovereign Sacrfice for me, for Christmas, but that didn’t happen. So, I bought it and SS for myself. They look really nice on my shelf next to all the other books in the Air Awakens world.

sovereign sacrificeSovereign Sacrifice (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #4) – Elise Kova

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

Old loves and new allies tell her to play it safe. But Vi is done with caution. She has a chance to right ancient wrongs and this princess-turned-warrior isn’t turning back.

She’s ready to bring an end to the vortex of death the world is trapped in.

*I’ve already read this – was given an eARC of it by Elise and I hadn’t yet bought it. I kept holding out for someone to get it, and Sovereign Sacrfice for me, for Christmas, but that didn’t happen. So, I bought it and SS for myself. They look really nice on my shelf next to all the other books in the Air Awakens world. Seriously, they look gorgeous.

Acotar.jpgA Court of Thorns and Roses Special Edition – Sarah J. Maas


When nineteen-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

This edition is stunning. I knew I needed it when they announced it and I kind of forced my brother into getting it for me for Christmas. He did, and I love it. I can’t wait to eventually reread the books, and I’m definitely starting with this edition. I hope the other books in the series are eventually made. I want them all.

Wicked as you wisWicked as You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) – Rin Chupeco


…And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

This is honestly a bit low on my list of books to read. It was a bonus in the December FairyLoot box (which I only got to be able to buy another book). It sounds interesting enough and I’m definitely willing to give it a try.

eight will fall.jpgEight Will Fall – Sarah Harian


In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.

As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.

But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

 This wasn’t on my radar at all, until I started looking at what the December FairyLoot book might be. This sounds really interesting and potentially like something I’d like, but for now, it’s really low on my “read” list. Eventually I’ll get to it.

the guinevere deceptionThe Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) – Kiersten White

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR 

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

I read an ARC of this and it was the December OwlCrate book, so I got it. I enjoyed the book, but also kind of didn’t get the hype. I’m a definitely fan of Arthurian Legend retellings and this wasn’t a disappointing read, I guess I just expected more. Kiersten White is always hit or miss with me.

sisters of shadow and lightSisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1) – Sara B. Larson

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR 

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

I loved this book. I’ve been a Sara B. Larson fan since Defy and I honestly didn’t expect to love this book so much, but I did. I flew through it and I’m so anxious for the next one, to find out what happens next. I need to know.

of silver and shadowOf Silver & Shadow – Jennifer Gruenke


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.

I requested this on Netgalley on a whim, kind of because I loved the cover, and was super surprised when I was approved almost immediately.


lanterns in the sky.jpgLanterns in the Sky – P.S. Malcolm


Everything was normal for Lucy Maisfer until the day a star fell from the sky and knocked her out. Upon waking, she comes face-to-face with Jason Woods, who also happens to be the mysterious new guy in her best friend, Valarie’s, life.

Then the strange dreams begin, and she learns about the Starlight Princess— who must not under any circumstance be reawakened. Driven to uncover the meaning of it, she finds herself caught up in a strange twist of events that eventually lead to bigger danger than she ever anticipated. Before long, Lucy is forced to make a choice between saving the world, or saving her best friend; only to discover that Valarie cannot be saved… that she has an even darker secret, and that her supposed star-crossed romance with Jason might not be so destined after all…

This was another one I requested on a whim. I thought it looked pretty and sounded interesting, so I clicked, and then the email came in that I’d been approved, and my list on Netgalley grew one book longer. I need to stop “whim requesting”. It’s going to wreck my rating.

HP 4 IllustratedHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition – J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.

Do I really need to explain why I got this edition?

What books did you haul in December?

Most Anticipated 2020: Quarter 1

Just like last year, there are just too many upcoming books to put them all in one post. It would be too long, too many words, and quite frankly, too much work. I think I’d go a little crazy staring at a screen for that long.

So, the solution?

Splitting up all the amazing sounding, upcoming books into various posts. This also allows me to stay up to date with the book announcements that come out year-round – there are always so many new ones.

If you’re interested, you can check out my 2020 Most Anticipated Reads post which covers the whole year.

With that being said, let’s jump into this post and see what some of the releases for the next three months are and when they’re coming out!


beyond the shadowed earthBeyond the Shadowed Earth (Beneath the Haunting Sea #2) – Joanna Ruth Meyer

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

 It has always been Eda’s dream to become empress, no matter the cost. Haunted by her ambition and selfishness, she’s convinced that the only way to achieve her goal is to barter with the gods. But all requests come with a price and Eda bargains away the soul of her best friend in exchange for the crown.

Years later, her hold on the empire begins to crumble and her best friend unexpectedly grows sick and dies. Gnawed by guilt and betrayal, Eda embarks on a harrowing journey to confront the very god who gave her the kingdom in the first place. However, she soon discovers that he’s trapped at the center of an otherworldly labyrinth and that her bargain with him is more complex than she ever could have imagined.

Set in the same universe as Joanna’s debut, Beneath the Haunting Sea, Beyond the Shadowed Earth combines her incredible world building and lush prose with a new, villainous lead.

lucky callerLucky Caller – Emma Mills

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.

The members of Nina’s haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she’d hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.

The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina’s family is on the brink of some major upheaval.

Everything feels like it’s spiraling out of control―but maybe control is overrated?

A Castle in the cloudsA Castle in the Clouds – Kerstin Gier

Release Date: January 28, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

 Way up in the Swiss mountains, there’s an old grand hotel steeped in tradition and faded splendor. Once a year, when the famous New Year’s Eve Ball takes place and guests from all over the world arrive, excitement returns to the vast hallways.

Sophie, who works at the hotel as an intern, is busy making sure that everything goes according to plan. But unexpected problems keep arising, and some of the guests are not who they pretend to be. Very soon, Sophie finds herself right in the middle of a perilous adventure–and at risk of losing not only her job, but also her heart.

the frost eaterThe Frost Eater (The Magic Eaters Trilogy #1) – Carol Beth Anderson

Release Date: January 28, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

A lonely princess.
A flying teen.
A kidnapped girl who only remembers what happens at night.

Seventeen-year-old Princess Nora is a frost eater who creates magical ice. Her royal life is luxurious but stifling.

Krey West has a rare magical talent: when he eats feathers, he can fly. His one goal is to find his missing girlfriend, Zeisha. He thinks someone in power abducted her.

Krey’s daring feats of magic earn him an invitation to the palace. Craving adventure and friendship, Nora offers to help him find Zeisha. He’s desperate enough to accept—though he hates the monarchy.

The truth is more terrible than they could imagine.

Every night, Zeisha wakes in a dark room full of sleeping people, unable to remember what she did in the light. Her dreams provide violent glimpses into her forgotten days.

If Krey and Nora can’t save her, Zeisha may lose herself forever.

Adeline's AriaAdeline’s Aria (Infernal Echo #1) – Laynie Bynum

Release Date: January 28, 2020

Links: GR

What would you give up to be with your idol? Your reputation? Your best friend? Your sanity?

Addie is a small-town high school senior with a best friend to take care of and college plans to figure out. Jude is a British rock star turned actor and one-half of Hollywood’s favorite “it” couple along side his co-star Lana Thatcher.

When the two cross paths at a music festival in Addie’s hometown and begin an undercover whirlwind romance, the press becomes vicious, his faux fiance flames rumors, and Addie must decide if her “dream come true” is worth the nightmare it is turning into.

DIAMOND CITYDiamond City (Diamond City #1) – Francesca Flores

Release Date: January 28, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

Good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing…unless they risk everything.

Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solís as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.

Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there.

DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies.

To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn’t want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.


the stars we stealThe Stars We Steal – Alexa Donne

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?

But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love Elliot returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one that got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now, he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.

straight on till morningStraight On Till Morning (Twisted Tales #8) – Liz Braswell

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

What if Wendy first traveled to Neverland… with Captain Hook?

Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling’s life is not what she imagined it would be. The doldrums of an empty house after her brothers have gone to school, the dull parties where everyone thinks she talks too much, and the fact that her parents have decided to send her away to Ireland as a governess-it all makes her wish things could be different.

Wendy’s only real escape is in writing down tales of Never Land. After nearly meeting her hero, Peter Pan, four years earlier, she still holds on to the childhood hope that his magical home truly exists. She also holds on to his shadow.

So when an opportunity to travel to Never Land via pirate ship presents itself, Wendy makes a deal with the devil. But Never Land isn’t quite the place she imagined it would be. Unexpected dangers and strange foes pop up at every turn, and a little pixie named Tinker Bell seems less than willing to help.

But when Captain Hook reveals some rather permanent and evil plans for Never Land, it’s up to the two of them to save Peter Pan-and his world.

ember queenEmber Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3) – Laura Sebastian

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.

Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.

The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Søren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.

the maiden shipThe Maiden Ship – Micheline Ryckman

Release Date: February 7, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon

Dain Alloway was only nine years old when he began a new life with his father, sailing aboard The Maiden. Eight years later, the aristocratic city-boy turned merchant-sailor feels like he lives with one foot on land, and one foot in the sea. Life floats smoothly by until the night he wakes to find a mysterious woman in his cabin.

The events that unfold after her appearance transform Dain’s world. Now, hunted by empty-faced demons, he finds himself thrown into a dangerous web of intrigue and magic. As the crisis grows, the young sailor discovers powerful gifts buried deep within, talents that might shift the tide of a centuries-old war. Whether or not he’s ready, Dain will have to risk it all for the salvation and freedom of those he loves.

storm from the eastStorm from the East (Glass Alliance #2) – Joanna Hathaway

Release Date: February 11, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

War has begun, and the days of Athan’s and Aurelia’s secret, summer romance feel a world away. Led by Athan’s father, the revolutionary Safire have launched a secret assault upon the last royal kingdom in the South, hoping to depose the king and seize a powerful foothold on the continent. Athan proves a star pilot among their ranks, struggling to justify the violence his family has unleashed as he fights his way to the capital—where, unbeknownst to him, Aurelia has lived since the war’s onset. Determined to save the kingdom Athan has been ordered to destroy, she partners with a local journalist to inflame anti-Safire sentiment, all while learning this conflict might be far darker and more complex than she ever imagined.

When the two reunite at last, Athan longing to shake the nightmare of combat and Aurelia reeling from the discovery of a long-buried family truth come to light, they’ll find the shadow of war stretches well beyond the battlefield. Each of them longs to rekindle the love they once shared . . . but each has a secret they’re desperate to hide.

night spinnerNight Spinner (Night Spinner #1) – Addie Thorley

Release Date: February 11, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) – Danielle L. Jensen

Release Date: February 2020 (Audible)

Links: GR

 Cover and synopsis to come


crown of bonesCrown of Bones – A.K. Wilder

Release Date: March 3, 2020

Links: GR / Amazon / BN

Raise. Your. Phantom.

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 save us all.

the kingdom of backThe Kingdom of Back – Marie Lu

Release Date: March 3, 2020

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Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

the midnight lieThe Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie #1) – Marie Rutkoski

Release Date: March 3, 2020

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Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.

Wicked as you wisWicked as You Wish (A Hundred Namess for Magic #1) – Rin Chupeco

Release Date: March 3, 2020

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Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated…

the winter dukeThe Winter Duke – Claire Eliza Barlett

Release Date: March 3, 2020

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 An enchanted tale of intrigue where a duke’s daughter is the only survivor of a magical curse.

When Ekata’s brother is finally named heir, there will be nothing to keep her at home in Kylma Above with her murderous family. Not her books or science experiments, not her family’s icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness.

In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother’s warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without—and within—her own ministry. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for love…or for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family’s power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield it.

Part Sleeping Beauty, part Anastasia, with a thrilling political mystery, The Winter Duke is a spellbinding story about choosing what’s right in the face of danger.

moment of truthMoment of Truth – Kasie West

Release Date: March 3, 2020

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*This book also appears to be listed as Hearts, Heroes and Heath Hall

 At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she is—a swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders don’t agree. So when a guy dressed as Hollywood’s latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isn’t amused. Instead, she’s determined to make sure he doesn’t bother her again. Only she’s not sure exactly who he is.

The swim meet isn’t the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadley’s ex-boyfriend and her best friend’s crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall.

As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boy’s identity she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself—like she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be with her life choices… and that she is falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like.

the raven and the doveThe Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove #1) – Kaitlyn Davis

Release Date: March 9, 2020

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A princess longing to be free…

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

A bastard aching to belong…

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

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

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

imagine me.jpgImagine Me (Shatter Me #6) – Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: March 31, 2020

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Juliette Ferrars.

Ella Sommers.

Which is the truth and which is the lie?

Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrong—between Ella and Juliette—blur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.

The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few that have already been announced and if that’s the case, let me know! Also let me know which books you are excited for! 2020 is already packed full of so many books and I’m so excited!