• 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…

  • Adult,  ARC Reviews,  Fantasy,  Fiction,  Historical,  LGBT,  Reviews,  Romance

    Bloodlaced – A dark, provoking read that will break your heart

    🌸 Title: Bloodlaced🌸Author: Courtney Maguire🌸Published: September 29th, 2020🌸Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, LGBT, Fiction, Historical🌸Preview: A beautiful eastern-influenced fantasy romance that focuses on the topics of love and identity.🌸A no major spoilers review.🌸Note: I received an ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange to review. 🌸Check out my interview with Courtney Maguire! “He’s a monster,” I said, voice cracking. “Yes,” she said. “But he tries very hard not to be.” -Courtney Maguire, Bloodlaced Bloodlaced is an LGBT eastern-inspired fantasy romance that follows Asagi, a man and a woman. Asagi is unable to protect a boy they saw as a son and is sold to Mahiro, a kind and gentle master, and they fall…

  • Adult,  Memoir,  Nonfiction,  Reviews

    Two Kinds of Decay – A memoir of illness that reaches the heart

    🌸 Title: The Two Kinds of Decay🌸Author: Sarah Manguso🌸Published: May 27th, 2008🌸Genre: Adult, Memoir, Nonfiction🌸Preview: Manguso tells us about the day she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease seven years ago up until now in beautiful prose.🌸A no major spoilers review. “All autoimmune diseases invoke the metaphor of suicide. The body destroys itself from the inside.” -Sarah Manguso, The Two Kinds of Decay Sarah Manguso is a twenty-one-year-old when she’s suddenly diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Paralyzed for weeks at a time, going through depression, struggling with adulthood, and much more, Manguso tells us her story of her illness. As a fellow person with chronic illnesses, I felt The Two…

  • Adult,  Fantasy,  Fiction,  Historical,  Reviews,  Romance

    The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – A beautiful story with a cliché ending

    🌸 Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue🌸Author: V.E. Schwab🌸Published: October 6th, 2020🌸Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance🌸Preview: A beautifully woven tale about a girl who wishes to not be tied down—and the price she’ll pay for it.🌸A no major spoilers review. “If a person cannot leave a mark, do they exist?” V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue I originally planned to read this book over my undying love for the movie The Age of Adeline. If I’m being completely honest, I thought it would be a complete rip-off of it. It seemed too coincidental: the name, the fact that Addie can live forever, etc. But there were major differences…

  • Fantasy,  Fiction,  Reviews,  Romance,  Young Adult

    Kingdom of Ash – I have no words to describe my feelings

    🌸 Title: Kingdom of Ash🌸Author: Sarah J. Maas🌸Published: October 23rd, 2018🌸Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance🌸Preview: Aelin is locked within a box and must find the courage to stay strong as her friends and allies figure out how to free her.🌸A no major spoilers review. Originally, I was going to write about all of the Throne of Glass books. Realistically, however, it’s been so long since I’ve read them that I cannot give an honest review from the heart—but that’s okay. I have an overall review here based on Kingdom of Ash that should tie up my feelings into a nice bow. Aelin Galathynius gave herself up to Maeve for her…

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

    The Others – An amazing paranormal series that breaks the norm

    🌸 Title: The Others series (Books 1-5)🌸Author: Anne Bishop🌸Published: March 4th, 2014🌸Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Fiction🌸Preview: A girl cuts herself to see visions and decides to hide with other paranormal creatures so she isn’t bled dry.🌸A no major spoilers review. Book 1 Synopsis: Meg Corbyn is a blood prophet who can see the future when her skin is cut, making it dangerous. She escapes her Controller and finds herself at the Lakeside Courtyard, a business district that the Others, paranormal creatures, reside. Meg decides to hide among them, but is she truly safe? I decided to write an overall review of The Others series—particularly Meg and Simon’s arc. There…

  • Adult,  ARC Reviews,  Mystery,  Thriller

    The Necklace – a predictable yet chilling read

    🌸 Title: The Necklace🌸Author: Matt Witten🌸Release Date: September 21st, 2021🌸Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller🌸Preview: A woman questions whether or not the man accused of killing her daughter is truly guilty.🌸Note: I received an ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange to review.🌸A no major spoilers review. Susan Lentigo’s a small-town waitress who fought for the man who supposedly killed her daughter has second thoughts about the killer. She’ll go to great lengths to find the true killer—and he might be closer than she thinks. The Necklace devastated me and left me breathless. It tore at my soul. I teared up more than once as we learn about Amy’s death, and even though…

  • 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,  Contemporary,  Fiction,  Mystery,  Reviews,  Romance,  Thriller

    Verity – A romance thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat

    🌸 Title: Verity🌸Author: Colleen Hoover🌸Published: December 75th, 2018🌸Genre: Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Thriller🌸Preview: A struggling writer goes to finish a series for someone else but ends up with enough content for her own story.🌸A no major spoilers review. Lowen Ashleigh is a writer struggling to make ends meet when she accepts an amazing job: finish a book series for Verity, the wife of Jeremy Crawford, an extremely successful author. However, as Lowen reads through Verity, she learns shocking facts about the day that Verity’s daughter died. Lowen must decide if she’ll keep this hidden from Jeremy; but as she falls harder and harder for him, she finds herself wanting…

  • 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…