What Books I’m Bringing to the Beach – 2021

It’s that time of the year again (thank God) and I literally cannot wait.

There are 5 workdays and a 7ish hour car ride between me and the beach and it honestly can’t pass by quickly enough.

Besides drowning at work, I just need a break. I need to unwind, destress, let it all go. I just need to sit on a beach, with the ocean in the background, reading a book undisturbed. I’m so tired of being around people every day. I feel like I never have a moment to be alone with my thoughts.

Not to mention I’m absolutely dying to read the books I’m planning on reading. They’re either ARCs or indie/self pubbed books that don’t have audio equivalents (yet) and I just haven’t had the time or energy to read them. But I’m going to have a whole week to do just that and I’m chomping at the bit.

I’m also seriously contemplating bring a “Do Not Disturb” sign. Since this is a family trip, there will still be people around, but I just don’t want to be disturbed until I’m done whatever book I’m reading LOL.

I already kind of know what order I’m reading them in, and it’s going to be so great.

I’m also taking my Kindle – because duh.

But let’s jump into this and check out what I’m planning on reading next week. I seriously cannot wait. Continue reading “What Books I’m Bringing to the Beach – 2021”

The Crying Book Tag

You know, The Fault In Our Stars was the first book to ever make me full on sob/ugly cry in a book. From there, I because an overly emotional reader. The next book to break me was Clockwork Princess. Now, it really doesn’t take much to get me to shed a tear or ten. My eyes will start burning, a lump will form in my throat and I’ll lose it…or suffer in quiet silence.

I listened to To Sleep In A Sea of Stars while at work, and I hit the end, and I was crying at a certain scene.

If it’s heartfelt, I’m probably crying.

I can’t help it.

Hell, I’ve made myself cry when writing my own scenes.

Long story short – John Green wrecked me for all emotional scenes.

He broke me and I’ve never recovered lol. Continue reading “The Crying Book Tag”

Book Review: XOXO

Title: XOXO

Author: Axie Oh

Pub. Date: July 13, 2021

Pages: 352

Pub: HarperTeen

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.
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Royals of Arbon Academy Trilogy Review

Go read this trilogy.

Do it.


I loved this trilogy so much.

I need physical copies for my shelves.

I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by these books. Princess Ballot has been on my TBR for quite a while now, and I finally dove in. I saw that a fellow reader had recently read this and had given it a pretty high rating. Pairing that with I’m in a weird reading mood, I dove in. I went and downloaded the audiobook despite having a bunch already in my library waiting for me.

Then I promptly inhaled all three books and spiraled a bit.

*This is book one in a dark college romance. This is not a RH or traditional love triangle story, but it does include a-hole princes, nasty princesses, and one chick who will take none of their shit, all the while doing her best to make it out alive. HEA guaranteed. Eventually.

Not going to lie, I was expecting a typical NA college “bully” romance but make it Royal. But y’all, it was so much better. If we’re ticking boxes, then boxes were fucking ticked. Continue reading “Royals of Arbon Academy Trilogy Review”

Just Thinking…

This isn’t the post I had planned for today, and it’s also not the backup post I had in reserve. I’d planned on giving you a review for These Hollow Vows, but I’ve been on 7% for days now. Not because I’m not enjoying it, I just can’t find the drive to pick it up.

I guess about a month and a half ago, I decided to take a partial step away from blogging. I was finding it hard to get motivated to write blog posts.

And for a while, it worked.

But I’m back to being unable to find the drive or desire to blog. It also doesn’t help that I’m in this weird partial slump, where I don’t want to read anything, I need to read. I just want to read semi-brainless KU stuff that doesn’t take a whole lot of brain power.

I know I’m burnt out – or very nearly there.

Work monopolizing almost all of my time and energy and by the time I get home, I’m utterly exhausted. So much so, even the idea of reading a book is too much. All I’m really good for is a walk with Codigo, a shower, dinner and watching an episode or two of some show. And then it starts all over again the next day.

I don’t want to stop blogging, because I’ve put so much time and energy into it, and I love sharing my thoughts, feelings and opinions on books. I love supporting authors and connecting with other book people. I also don’t want to see that drastic dip in my stats that I know would come with taking a partial hiatus. I know it shouldn’t be about the numbers, the views, the stats – but on some level it is. I’ve worked my ass off to get this blog to where it is, and I’m damn fucking proud. But it’s also one of the reasons I’m exhausted all of the time.

I’ve been posting for 5 days a week for – gosh, I don’t know how long, and for most of 2021 it’s been twice a day.

I don’t have the time on the weekends to prep as much as I would like, and the last thing I want to do at midnight during the week (and yes, that’s about the only free time I have) is to have to write a blog post.

So, as much as it pains me, I might have to take a break from posting. I haven’t decided anything yet, so you’ll still get content from me for July – but I am going on vacation in August, and it might be nice to just take that month off. I wouldn’t completely stop posting, but I don’t have many eARCs I need to read to review for actual August release dates. I would still post if I’ve agreed to read & review a book, or if I absolutely have to share my review for a book. I hate that it’s going to tank my stats, but I feel like I’m not putting effort into the content I put out. everything kind of feels lackluster.

Like I said, nothing has been decided, but I am thinking about it. Tomorrow I promise to have some kind of review for you – I have a couple of books I have read recently if I don’t finish any of the books I’m currently reading.

Taking real time off, also might actually give me the energy to work on my SF WIP & Revisions – which I sorely need to do.

But let me know your thoughts? I’m curious.

Fortune Academy Books 1-4 Review

I kept seeing ads for the first book in this series, so I downloaded the audiobook for the first book. I inhaled that, and promptly just downloaded the rest of the books that were available. I’m lowkey regretting my decision to inhale thee first four books in less than a week, since like, five more books are out/set to come out. So now I have to wait.

I did download the eBook for book 5, so I’ll try to read that soon, but having to wait for the others, let alone, the audiobooks, really freaking sucks.

I didn’t really know what to expect diving into this. I mean, obviously the series is a RH romance, and it’s set in an academy, so we already know I was going to enjoy it. I’m a sucker for books/series set in a school/academy. And if you’ve been around this blog for a while, you know that RH is quickly becoming something I’m reading more and more of.

Personally (for me) I find it hilarious that when reading RH books, there’s always one guy who I’m like, he’s the best one hands down, but then again, why choose just one LOL.

But there is definitely one of the guys I like way more over the other ones. Continue reading “Fortune Academy Books 1-4 Review”

Book Review: Faking Reality

Title: Faking Reality

Author: Sara Fujimura

Pub. Date: July 13, 2021

Pages: 320

Pub: Tor Teen

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Some Kind of Wonderful meets Kara McDowell’s Just for Clicks with diverse characters, perfect for readers looking for feel-good YA romance and those who like “clean teen” reads

Dakota McDonald swore after “The Great Homecoming Disaster” that she’d never allow her romantic life to be a plot line in her parents’ HGTV show again. But when the restaurant run by the family of her best friend (and secret crush), Leo, is on the line, Dakota might end up eating her own words.

Leo Matsuda dreams of escaping his small town Arizona life and the suffocating demands of working in his family’s restaurant, but the closer he gets to his goal–thanks to the help of his best friend (and secret crush) Dakota–the more reasons there are for him to stay.
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3 Books That Hit My Radar #27

Okay, we’re keeping this post quick and dirty because 1) you should definitely check these out ASAP and 2) because I have a little less that 20% of Faking Reality by Sara Fujimura left and I’m dying to know how it ends.

A Curse of Blood and Power: A Chronicle of Fanhalen – Viviene Noel – this sounds really interesting and something I’ll really enjoy. I thank Instagram for bringing this book to my attention, because it sounds pretty damn good.

Heart of the Huntress (Chronicles of Teneria #1) – Amiee Irving – okay, firstly, look at the cover. That alone makes me want to buy this book. And it sounds amazing – thankfully it comes out this year!

Captive (Night Elves of Ardani #1) – Nina K. Westra – again, the cover hooked me! I mean look at it! Also, elves or fae or both, are instantly going to sell me on a book. Plus, the potential romance/relationship hinted at in the synopsis…sold.

Make sure you check these books out and add them to your TBR’s! Continue reading “3 Books That Hit My Radar #27”

Covenant Series Recap + The Titan Series Mini Review

I had no intentions of reread the Covenant Series this year or rereading the Titan series (even though I was long overdue). My coworker forgot her AirPods one day, and I asked if she wanted to listen to an audiobook with me. I listen to audiobooks while at work every day – it’s how I blow through so many books. She didn’t want me to have restart whatever I was currently listening to, and after going through my Audible Library she asked me if I had anything similar to Percy Jackson – i.e. Greek Mythology.  

Half-Blood came to mind. And little did I know, she’d get utterly hooked. Continue reading “Covenant Series Recap + The Titan Series Mini Review”

Book Review: Capture the Crown (Gargoyle Queen #1)

Title: Capture the Crown

Author: Jennifer Estep

Pub. Date: July 6, 2021

Pages: 464

Pub: Harper Voyager

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Bestselling author Jennifer Estep returns to her Crown of Shards world with an all-new trilogy and a bold new heroine who protects her kingdom from magic, murder, and mayhem by moonlighting as a spy. 

Gemma Ripley has a reputation for being a pampered princess who is more interested in pretty gowns, sparkling jewelry, and other frivolous things than learning how to rule the kingdom of Andvari. But her carefully crafted persona is just an act to hide the fact that Gemma is a powerful mind magier—and a spy. 

Gemma is undercover, trying to figure out who is stealing large amounts of tearstone from one of the Ripley royal mines when she encounters Prince Leonidas Morricone of Morta—her mortal enemy. Gemma tries to steer clear of the handsome prince, but when she finds herself behind enemy lines, she reluctantly joins forces with Leo. Also coming to Gemma’s aid is Grimley, her beloved gargoyle.

Despite the fact that Andvari and Morta are old, bitter enemies, a dangerous attraction sparks between Gemma and Leo. Further complicating matters is Leo’s murderous family, especially Queen Maeven Morricone, the mastermind behind the infamous Seven Spire massacre.

The closer Gemma gets to the stolen tearstone, the more deadly plots she uncovers. Everyone is trying to capture the crown, but only one queen can sit on the throne…
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