I don’t know how we’re here again, but here we are.
I had a lot of successes with this past month’s posts – I hit some of my highest view goals – for daily, weekly and monthly. I also had quite a bit of engagement, which I’m thrilled about.
I read quite a few really fantastic books, some of which I can’t get out of my head. I acquired quite a few as well, and they’re sitting on my Kindle mocking me.
I even took a long weekend and didn’t worry about the stress of needing to post.
It was a pretty good month overall. I didn’t just wildly inhale books – which was something I was really trying to be mindful of, because I definitely overdid it last month.
But all in all, I’m not complaining.
So, here are a few posts that you might’ve missed, but you should definitely check out! Continue reading “Posts You Might’ve Missed This Month #4”
Well, I think I’m stuck again.
I’ve hit a wall.
I know what needs to happen – I’m just struggling to get there.
What I want to write isn’t working, and I just keep rewriting the same things over and over again.
I’m getting nowhere.
I’m frustrated. Which helps no one, least of all me. Continue reading “Writing Update #25”
How are we at the end of another month? I swear the days are going by faster and faster.
I’ve been reading – though not to the extent of last month, and I’ve actually been watching shows and movies! I can’t seem to binge anything, but as long as I space out the episodes, then I don’t run into the “meh, I’m not feeling this anymore” stage.
And, everything I’ve watched in full, has left me wanting more – so maybe soon, I’ll be able to watch more than 1-2 episodes at a time, before I get bored!
What a weird goal to have lol.
I’ve read quite a few really good books this month, and right now I’ve got a few things started.
So, let’s dive in and check them out! Let me know what you’re reading and watching in the comments! Continue reading “Currently Reading & Watching #25”
Title: The Bright & the Pale
Author: Jessica Rubinkowski
Pub. Date: March 2, 2021
Pub: Quill Tree Books
Genre: YA Fantasy Mythology
Seventeen-year-old Valeria is one of the only survivors of the freeze, a dark magical hold Knnot Mountain unleashed over her village. Everyone, including her family, is trapped in an unbreakable sheet of ice. Ever since, she’s been on the run from the Czar, who is determined to imprison any who managed to escape. Valeria finds refuge with the Thieves Guild, doing odd jobs with her best friend Alik, the only piece of home she has left.
That is, until he is brutally murdered.
A year later, she discovers Alik is alive and being held against his will. To buy his freedom, she must lead a group of cutthroats and thieves on a perilous expedition to the very mountain that claimed her family. Only something sinister slumbers in the heart of Knnot.
And it has waited years for release.
CW: death of a family member, discrimination, childhood trauma, work camps Continue reading “Book Review: The Bright & the Pale (The Bright & the Pale Duology #1)”
Title: Gilded Serpent
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Pub. Date: April 27, 2021
Pub: Tor Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
THEIR BATTLES ENDED IN VICTORY
Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into the history of the gods only to discover a truth that will change her life forever.
His birthright as commander of the Royal Army is finally in his grasp, but Killian feels anything but victorious. Burdened by his past, he embraces the darker side of his mark—and in doing so, risks starting a war.
BUT THE WAR HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN
Having defeated the tyrant Urcon, Marcus struggles to form a lasting alliance with the Arinoquians. But he is plagued by the knowledge that there is a traitor among his friends, and it could cost him everything that he’s fought for.
Torn between her growing allegiance to the Thirty-Seventh legion and her need to liberate her people, Teriana finds herself mired in a web of secrets. She embarks upon a path that will either save everyone she loves—or put them all in their graves. Continue reading “Book Review: Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores #3)”
What do we want?
Obviously more book recs.
You can never have too many book recs.
All of these books primarily caught my eye due to their covers. An eye catching, stunning and/or interesting cover is always going to get me to click on whatever link is advertising the book. Then the synopsis may make me purchase it immediately. Now, if it’s by an author I know, or the reviews are stellar, I’m probably going to auto-buy, One-Click that shit no questions asked.
These three books sound like they’re right up my alley, and like something I’d inhale in one sitting. So, let’s check them out!
A Circus of Ink: We are bound by ink. He is supposed to kill me. I mean…hello. That one sentence makes me want to drop everything and pick this up right now.
The Midnight Test: Mysterious, Hot and Alluring love interest, and intertwined fates? Sign me up.
Heir of Ruin: Hades + Persephone, need I say more? Continue reading “3 Books That Hit My Radar #21”
Author: Erin Bowman
Pub. Date: April 20, 2021
Pub: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA SF Dystopian
Delta of Dead River sets out to rescue her family from a ruthless dictator rising to power in the Wastes and discovers a secret that will reshape her world in this postapocalyptic Western mashup for fans of Mad Max and Gunslinger Girl.
Delta of Dead River has always been told to hide her back, where a map is branded on her skin to a rumored paradise called the Verdant. In a wasteland plagued by dust squalls, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares, many would kill for it—even if no one can read it. So when raiders sent by a man known as the General attack her village, Delta suspects he is searching for her.
Delta sets out to rescue her family but quickly learns that in the Wastes no one can be trusted—perhaps not even her childhood friend, Asher, who has been missing for nearly a decade. If Delta can trust Asher, she just might decode the map and trade evidence of the Verdant to the General for her family. What Delta doesn’t count on is what waits at the Verdant: a long-forgotten secret that will shake the foundation of her entire world. Continue reading “Blog Tour – Book Review: Dustborn”
I saw Sammy over at We Write at Dawn do this tag, so of course I needed and wanted to do it to. She originally saw this tag on Kristin Kraves Books so make sure to check out her post to see her responses and make sure you check out Sammy’s responses as well!
If you do this tag, feel free to tag me, so I can see your responses! Continue reading “Spring Cleaning Book Tag”
Author: Brianna Sugalski
Pub. Date: March 10, 2021
Pub: Parliament House Press
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents’ castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst… Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.
Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.
This is the story of a cursed princess,
A crestfallen killer,
The town that wants them to burn,
And the witch that can save them both. Continue reading “Book Review: Disenchanted (Disenchanted #1)”
Author: Mercedes Helnwein
Pub. Date: April 27, 2021
Pub: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Rating: DNF @ 5% / ⭐️
An exciting debut contemporary young adult novel perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Mary H. K. Choi
Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third-tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid in her class from being beat up. With a single aim of a slingshot, the monotonous mathematics of her life are obliterated forever…because now there is this boy she never asked for. Wade Scholfield.
With Wade, Grace discovers a new way to exist. School rules are optional, life is bizarrely perfect, and conversations about wormholes can lead to make-out sessions that disrupt any logical stream of thoughts.
So why does Grace crush Wade’s heart into a million tiny pieces? And what are her options when she finally realizes that 1. The universe doesn’t revolve around her, and 2. Wade has been hiding a dark secret. Is Grace the only person unhinged enough to save him?
Acidly funny and compulsively readable, Mercedes Helnwein’s debut novel Slingshot is a story about two people finding each other and then screwing it all up. See also: soulmate, friendship, stupidity, sex, bad poetry, and all the indignities of being in love for the first time. Continue reading “DNF Book Review: Slingshot”