• Book Rants,  Book-related,  Reviews

    6 Books I Read In 2020 That Just Didn’t Live Up To The Hype For Me

    Hello everyone! So today, even though I’m literally over a month late, I wanted to talk about the books I read in 2020 that had a lot of love and hype that I just…didn’t like. Maybe I’m crazy, or maybe I’m the sane one. I’ll never know. All I do know is that a lot of people really like these books, and sadly, I just could not get into them for whatever reason. Without further ado, let’s get into it! Note: These books weren’t all released in 2020, if any. I just read them in 2020. 1. After by Anna Todd Sigh. What can I say about this Wattpad book…

  • Book Rants,  Fantasy,  Fiction,  Paranormal,  Reviews,  Romance,  Young Adult

    Midnight Sun is just vampire teen angst in 700 pages

    🌸 Title: Midnight Sun 🌸Author: Stephenie Meyer 🌸Published: August 4th, 2020 🌸Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance 🌸A no major spoilers review. I also reviewed Midnight Sun in my August 2020 Wrap Up video (wow, where did the time go?) if you’d rather just watch that. “Maybe if I could be unconscious, if I could dream, I could live for a few hours in a world where she and I could be together. She dreamed of me. I wanted to dream of her.” -Stephanie Meyer, Midnight Sun Midnight Sun, based on the Twilight series, gives the perspective of Edward Cullen. With this dark twist, we get to experience his…

  • Book Rants,  Fantasy,  Fiction,  Mystery,  Reviews,  Romance,  Series Reviews,  Young Adult

    Series Review: Caraval – A wet noodle of a magic series

    I’ve recently decided to take some trips down memory lane and revamp my reviews and post them on my blog rather than have them sit on Goodreads. Caraval is one of those. I really had a hard time reading this series, and I feel bad because so many people seemed to love it. I stuck with it because I was hoping Tessa’s point of view in Legendary would sway my opinion, but it didn’t change much. My video below also gives my opinion on the Caraval series along with some other books such as Serpent & Dove and Midnight Sun, which hopefully I’ll have reviews up for on my blog…

  • Book Rants,  Fantasy,  Fiction,  Mystery,  Paranormal,  Reviews,  Young Adult

    Harley Merlin – A Harry Potter knockoff that is a big disappointment

    🌸 Title: Harley Merlin🌸Author: Bella Forrest🌸Published: August 27th, 2018🌸Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal🌸Preview: A Harry Potter lookalike with glaringly obvious Harry Potter tropes that don’t work.🌸A no major spoilers review. Harley Merlin can sense people’s emotions and works at a casino in order to make use of these powers. A monster arrives after working at the casino and she meets Wade Crowley, a warlock. Harley decides to involve herself in the world of magic when attempts on her life come to fruition and Wade’s convincing pitches work. Can she find whoever is after her? Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven attempts to market itself as a Harry Potter lookalike,…

  • Adult,  Book Rants,  Fiction,  Reviews,  Romance

    Why Carter Reed was a trainwreck of a romance mafia book

    🌸 Title: Carter Reed🌸Author: Tijan🌸Published: September 28th, 2013🌸Genre: Adult, Fiction, Romance🌸Preview: The lack of chemistry couldn’t save the poor attitude of our heroine.🌸A no major spoilers review. TW: This book contains material about sexual assault. In Carter Reed, our main character, Emma, happens to come home early one day and finds her roommate being raped by her boyfriend. Emma has two options: either call the police and be killed by the mafia or kill him and have a chance to survive; she chooses to risk it all and kills him, setting up the rest of the story. Emma finds herself going to Carter Reed, her childhood friend, who’s at the…

  • Adult,  Book Rants,  Fantasy,  Fiction,  Paranormal,  Reviews,  Romance

    A Discovery of Witches – Where there are no fights, only…meetings

    🌸 Title: A Discovery of Witches🌸Author: Deborah Harkness🌸Published: February 2011🌸Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Paranormal🌸Preview: In a world of vampires, witches, demons, and other creatures of the night, everyone wants a book and has a bunch of meetings over how to get the girl to get said book without a single meaningful fight.🌸A no major spoilers review. A Discovery of Witches introduces young scholar Diana Bishop, who happens to be a witch and refuses to use her powers. Diana happens to call on a book that everyone in the supernatural world has been looking for—but why is she the only one able to summon this book? I had a lot…

  • Book Rants,  Fantasy,  Fiction,  Paranormal,  Reviews,  Romance,  Young Adult

    The Darkest Powers series – Had potential to be great, fell short

    🌸 Title: The Darkest Powers series🌸Author: Kelley Armstrong🌸Published: Final book published April 6th, 2010🌸Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction🌸Preview: A series with characters that I just didn’t care about with endings that left on major cliffhangers—including the last book.🌸A no major spoilers review. The Darkest Powers series begins with The Summoning. It introduces Chloe Sanders, a girl who was pretty normal until she saw her first ghost at her school. She’s whisked away to a mental home, Lyle House, and they tell her she has Schizophrenia. But what if she can really see ghosts? I vaguely remember reading The Darkest Powers series as a kid. Before I reread it,…

  • Book Rants,  Fantasy,  Horror,  Paranormal,  Reviews,  Romance,  Young Adult

    Frenzy – A vampire series that left me more confused than intrigued

    🌸 Title: Frenzy (Books 1 & 2 but DNF’ed at 30%)🌸Author: Casey L. Bond🌸Published: February 9th, 2016🌸Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance🌸Preview: A tiny town doesn’t know everyone else’s business and nothing is ever explained.🌸A no major spoilers review. 🌸Disclaimer: I was given this book for free from a giveaway, so I felt obligated to read it. Frenzy is based on this colony that separates itself from a disease, and the nightwalkers (vampires) protect them. The vampires protect the humans who go hunting for food in exchange for blood. And Porschia, our main character, has to go through the rotation. If I’m being completely honest, Frenzy was just…boring. It…

  • Book Rants,  Contemporary,  Fiction,  New Adult,  Reviews,  Romance

    After is extremely problematic and makes me question the book industry

    🌸 Title: After (After Book 1)🌸Author: Anna Todd🌸Published: April 4th, 2019🌸Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Fiction🌸Preview: Emotionally abusive relationship is categorized as a bad boy meets good girl/ enemies-to-lovers romance.🌸A no major spoilers review. “I bring out the worst in you and you bring out the best in me.” Anna Todd, After This quote should just explain exactly what I meant in my preview. A relationship should bring out the best in both people in the relationship, not just one. After focuses on Tessa, this extreme “good girl” (even though she seems…pretty normal) and this “bad boy” named Hardin who is, of course, not into the whole dating thing. But all…