Posts You Might’ve Missed This Month #6

I may have cut back on the number of posts I put out each week, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some good ones. We’re going to keep this intro short (like the month of June – seriously, where did it go?) and sweet, because I want to curl up in bed and read Web Comics.

Priorities, amirite?

So, let’s jump in! Continue reading “Posts You Might’ve Missed This Month #6”

Currently Reading & Watching #27 + Little Life Update

I struggled to figure out how to start this post. I can’t tell you why the words didn’t come to me, but I opened the word doc and *poof* nothing. No words. I just stared at a blank page until I saw double.

So here I am, with no idea, no motivation so I figured I’d just start typing. It’s been a while since I’ve done any kind of life update, so let’s go.

Quick Recap/Update before I dive into what I’m reading and watching.

You might have noticed that I’ve not been posting as much. For about a month now, it’s been a bit of a struggle to find the time, energy and motivation to create content. I have a full-time job, 40 hours/week and right now it’s a bit chaotic. It’s also hot as hell at work, and that saps my energy like nothing else. So already, I’m tired by the time I go home. Then I have to come home and do all the stuff that I couldn’t do because of work – i.e. walk Codigo, make dinner, make tomorrow’s lunch, shower and squeeze some kind of nap in. There are some days that I’m so wiped from work, that I legit can’t function without a nap. I also have to do blog stuff, read and try to write.

I just don’t physically have the time. It’s frustrating and I found myself not really caring if I put content out. So, I cut back. Took a step back. For the next while, you’re probably only going to see 1 post per day. I don’t want to completely stop blogging, because I do still love it and I’ve worked my ass off to get where I am, I just need less stress. You also might see me just not post, or take a long weekend off. This will allow me time to actually unwind and even possibly get some writing in. But it’ll also let me schedule more posts in advance, taking stress off me during the week.

And with not posting 2x a day, I don’t have to speed read books in 2 days. I was burning out. Since taking a step back, I’ve actually be able to read for fun – like, read books that I don’t feel the desire to review. I can just get lost in a story, completely stress free. I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a book where I didn’t feel pressured to review it.

So, I’ll still be around, and I’ll still be putting out content! Don’t worry! I just won’t be as active.

With all that being said, let’s take a look at what I’m currently reading and watching – there are quite a few things! Continue reading “Currently Reading & Watching #27 + Little Life Update”

Book Review: Zodiac Academy: The Awakening (Supernatural Beast and Bullies #1)

Title: Zodiac Academy: The Awakening

Author: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

Pub. Date: August 2, 2019

Pages: 498

Pub: Independently Published

Genre: NA Paranormal Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️.5

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You have been selected to attend Zodiac Academy, where your star sign defines your destiny.

If you’re one of the Fae, elemental magic is in your blood. And apparently it’s in ours. As twins born in the month of Gemini, we’re a rare breed even in this academy of supernatural a-holes.

Changelings were outlawed hundreds of years ago but I guess our birth parents didn’t get the memo. Which means we’re totally unprepared for the ruthless world of Fae.

Air. Fire. Water. Earth.

No one has ever harnessed all four of them, until we arrived. And it hasn’t made us any friends so far.

As the rarest Elementals ever known, we’re already a threat to the four celestial heirs; the popular, vindictive bullies who happen to be some of the hottest guys we’ve ever seen. It doesn’t help that they’re the most dangerous beasts in the Academy. And probably on earth too.

Our fates are intertwined, but they want us gone. They’ve only got until the lunar eclipse to force us out and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed.

We never knew we had a birthright to live up to but now that we do, we intend to claim our throne.

We can’t expect any help from the faculty when it comes to defending ourselves. So if the dragon shifters want some target practice, the werewolves want someone to hunt or the vampires fancy a snack then we have to be ready. But we’ve been looking after each other for a long time and fighting back is in our blood.

Today’s horoscope: totally screwed.


This will be a spoiler free review. I listened to the audiobook via Audible. 

I first saw this recommend on BookTok and honestly, that should have been my first warning.

Words and phrases like dark academia, dark Harry Potter, Draco+Hermione Romance and a few other choice clickbait things that made me go “ooo that sounds good, let me buy that.”

It sat on my kindle for a few months – I just didn’t have the time or the energy to read it.

Then I noticed that the audiobook came out, so I bought it and downloaded it. Right off the bat – the MC’s (the twin sisters) were damn annoying. The writing style left a lot to be desired and I was just seriously underwhelmed. But I kept going. I wanted to give it a fair chance and I was at work with nothing better to listen to. Okay, well that’s a lie, but I really wanted to find out if the book lived up to the hype I saw surrounding it on BookTok.

I know where they got Dark Harry Potter from – it’s set at a magical school – but honestly, this felt more like dark Winx Club. No, not the live action Netflix adaptation Winx Club – but like, if someone took the animated show, aged the characters up a few years and made it dark. I kind of found the whole thing ridiculous and I kind of wish I hadn’t read it – or wasted the money on it.

I know I’m being harsh, but y’all this book wasn’t it. I really don’t understand why it has such a high rating. From unlikeable MC’s, to really surface level writing with like, no description, a fucking convoluted af magic system that I couldn’t keep straight – it just wasn’t that good. Now, by the time I reached the end of the book I was wishing that all those things were big turnoffs for me, because the plot is actually kind of interesting. Like, if all those things were better – even marginally so – I could probably convince myself to read book 2 and the rest of the series. But as it stands, it’s not enough to keep me interested.

I guess I won’t say that I’ll never read book 2 (or the rest of the series) because curiosity might win out, but I’m not holding my breath.

I wasn’t a fan of the MC’s, so I’m not wasting time on them. I just found them to be annoying, immature and shallow.

As for the other Heirs, something must be wrong with me, because I liked them so much more, including the teacher. I get that this is a Bully Romance and therefore they’re going to be giant asses to the MC’s, but it was kind of annoying and just felt like they were being mean for the sake of being mean, instead of being rooted in actual emotion. But with that being said, I found them infinitely more interesting and entertaining to read about than the MC’s. I do wish the book had been multiple POVs with the 4 heirs included, instead of just the two sisters. I always find it more interesting when we get to see inside their (love interests) heads.

The magic system annoyed the shit out of me. Okay, tied to the Zodiac signs, cool, cool. I can get behind that. Fae…sure…oh but every kind of fae and/or supernatural creature known to man…okay that’s a lot to keep track of. And elemental magic?

Honestly if they’d just not used Fae anything in this book, it would have been so much better. Or even narrowed it down to just a few core creatures. But Zodiac signs tend to come with their own abilities and classifications + the elemental magic would have been more than enough. I couldn’t keep the magic system straight and it just felt jumbled and crowded.

Overall, this just wasn’t for me. I’m bummed because it honestly sounded like it would be. I am glad I stuck it out and finished the book, because the plot wasn’t necessarily bad. Maybe one day I’ll read the second one, but until then, I’m not going to really recommend this. If it sounds like something you might like, give it a go! It might be right up your alley! It might be a case where the first one is so-so and the rest are fantastic. If that’s the case, let me know LOL.

Cover Reveal: A Forgery of Roses

Y’all this cover.

When I saw it in the email, I freaked out. It’s stunning.

I read Sing Me Forgotten last year and really enjoyed it. You give me a Phantom of the Opera retelling; I’m going to eat it up. I instantly became a Jessica S. Olson fan, so imagine my pure excitement when she announced she had a new book coming out?

It was through the roof.

And y’all, it sounds absolutely amazing.


SYNOPSIS:

Myra Whitlock has a gift. One many would kill for.

She’s an artist whose portraits alter people’s real-life bodies, a talent she must hide from those who would kidnap, blackmail, and worse in order to control it. Guarding that secret is the only way to keep her younger sister safe now that their parents are gone.

But one frigid night, the governor’s wife discovers the truth and threatens to expose Myra if she does not complete a special portrait that would resurrect the governor’s dead son. Desperate, Myra ventures to his legendary stone mansion.

Once she arrives, however, it becomes clear the boy’s death was no accident. Someone dangerous lurks within these glittering halls. Someone harboring a disturbing obsession with portrait magic.

Myra cannot do the painting until she knows what really happened, so she turns to the governor’s older son, a captivating redheaded poet. Together, they delve into the family’s most shadowed affairs, racing to uncover the truth before the secret Myra spent her life concealing makes her the killer’s next victim.

From Sing Me Forgotten author Jessica S. Olson comes a gothic fantasy murder mystery perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Erin A. Craig. (GR)

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Spotlight Post – Shielded Series by KayLynn Flanders

Do you ever just read a book and it blows you away?

Transports you on a journey that you never want to come back from?

Okay, maybe that’s a dumb question, since you here, reading this post. You’re probably a book lover, a story enthusiast and you love falling head over heels into a book. Am I right?

Probably.

Most likely.

But do you ever go into a book, expecting to love it, only to be utterly – and I mean utterly – blown away by how much you love it? Your expectations might be high, or you might not know what to expect (except for a good read) and the book just blows it all out of the water. Then you’re left wanting more…another book…anything?

If you’re like me, then I know the answer is yes.

When I first requested Shielded of NetGalley last year (or maybe in late 2019) I honestly thought this was a Nordic/Viking retelling of some sort. While there are some clear influences, it’s really just this epic fantasy book, with amazing characters, a vivid world, so much conflict, survival, bad assery, and romance. It surprised me in the best way possible. I knew I was going to enjoy it, but I didn’t really expect it to become a favorite. Continue reading “Spotlight Post – Shielded Series by KayLynn Flanders”

Book Review: Of Goblins and Gold (Of Goblin Kings #1)

Title: Of Goblins and Gold

Author: Emma Hamm

Pub. Date: January 5, 2021

Pages: 242

Pub: Not Listed

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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To save her sister, she must beat a goblin at his own game…
Freya knows the sound of goblin bells. She knows to move to the side of the road and let them pass. Never buy any of their wares. And above all else, never make a deal with the monstrous beasts.

But when her sister takes a necklace and is kidnapped, Freya knows there is no other choice. She must journey to the realm of the fae where the Goblin King himself has stolen her sister. Once there, she must perform four tasks to save the only family she has left.

The Goblin King won’t make this easy, however. He always seems one step ahead of her. To defeat him, she’ll have to put everything on the line.

Even her heart.
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Book Review: Daughter of Sparta (Daughter of Sparta #1)

Title: Daughter of Sparta

Author: Claire M. Andrews

Pub. Date: June 8, 2021

Pages: 400

Pub: Jimmy Patterson Books

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy Retellings

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the Gods need her to save the world!

Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne’s brother’s fate in her hands—upends the life she’s worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods’ waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother’s life will be forfeit.

Guided by Artemis’s twin-the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo-Daphne’s journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.

A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta by debut author Claire Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.
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Book Review: Wraith (The Scarred Mage of Roseward #3)

Title: Wraith

Author: Sylvia Mercedes

Pub. Date: January 20, 2021

Pages: 319

Pub: Not Listed

Genre: Fantasy Romance Retelling

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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Can love blossom among the thorns?

Refocused and determined, Nelle plans to snatch the spellbook and escape Roseward Isle once and for all. But when a powerful magic storm blows in—bringing with it a small castaway of mysterious origins—Nelle and Soran are obliged to lie low inside the lighthouse until it passes.

Trapped in close quarters, they cannot hide from their deepening attraction.

But fate is against them. Soran knows the nightmare he created will not remain bound much longer. He must convince Nelle to leave him, to escape Roseward before she becomes the Thorn Maiden’s newest victim. And Nelle sees the moment fast approaching when she will betray Soran. He will never forgive her, but how can she do otherwise? Papa’s life depends on her mission’s fulfillment.

Will two lost souls find their way through the tangled briar of lies and mistrust? Or will shadowy thorns tear them apart . . . forever? Continue reading “Book Review: Wraith (The Scarred Mage of Roseward #3)”

4 Books That I Just Pre-Ordered

I love pre-ordering books, but I hardly ever do it way in advance.

If bookstores would take the money off my card when I place the order – I’d feel differently. But since the funds never leave until the book is shipped – I don’t. I hate having to make sure that there is enough money on my card and/or I have the money in my budget.

But if you tell me, it’s an exclusive edition, or that there is an insanely good pre-order incentive – I’m more inclined regardless.

These four books have Exclusive Barnes & Noble Editions – so you know I snatched them up really quickly. I wasn’t sure if there were limited amounts, and honestly – I learned my lesson with A Court of Silver Flames. So, I bit the bullet and pre-ordered them all way in advanced. Now, I was planning on pre-ordering them to begin with, just closer to their respective release dates. And you know I’m keeping my receipts since I’m sure there are going to be pre-order incentives!

I’m really excited for all of these books. I can’t wait to see them on my shelves, in person and I really can’t wait to read them. I highly recommend that if you like collecting various editions and/or covers you get to pre-ordering. I don’t know how many of the BN Editions are available for each.

But let’s take a look at the four books I broke my Pre-Ordering rule for! Continue reading “4 Books That I Just Pre-Ordered”

Book Review: Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3)

Title: Reborn

Author: Jaymin Eve

Pub. Date: March 30, 2021

Pages: 440

Pub: Not Listed

Genre: Fantasy Paranormal Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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I finally have the life I always dreamed of. So why does it taste like ash on my tongue?

Growing up in Torma, the strongest of the shifter packs, I wanted nothing more than to find my true mate and live my best life. Of course, that dream existed before my father betrayed the pack and turned me into their punching bag.

I’d all but given up, until a quirk of true mate genetics gifted me a true mate like no other.

It seems my childhood dreams were finally a reality. Funny how quickly dreams turn into nightmares.

I’m being lied to and missing weeks and months of time. Someone messed with me and no matter how often I’m told to forget it and move on as Torin’s mate, there’s no way I can. Whoever did this to me should have known I’d pick at it until it bled. It’s my nature after all.

As I search out random growls, flutters in my chest, and a suspicion that there’s so much more going on than I could even imagine, I sense that I’m racing against an unknown clock.

I need to get to the bottom of this mystery.

And when I figure out who stole my memories, they’re going to wish they never messed with Mera Callahan.

Game on.
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