January Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! Can you believe the first month of 2021 is already over? I don’t know about you, but January flew by for me! I’m officially back in college so I’ve been slacking on posting reviews. I’ll try to get more of them up on here soon!

In the mean time, here’s what I read in January!

  1. Fake Nora by Kelly Martin
  2. Himagus by Kerat Jhaj
  3. Salt Heart by K.L. Pezzutto
  4. Small Favors by Erin A. Craig
  5. The Jade Bones by Lani Forbes
  6. Dust by Kara Swanson
  7. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Another Midnight: A Cinderella Story by Amanda Marin
  9. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  10. Unchosen by Kathryn Blair
  11. Guiding Light by Noelle Nichols
  12. All the Queen’s Sons by Elizabeth Kipps
  13. Playing Cupid by SC Alban
  14. Fade into the Bright by Jessica Koosed Etting & Alyssa Schwartz
  15. Harper by Jo Cassidy
  16. A Mother’s Warning by Kim Vermaak
  17. The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme
  18. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

If you don’t feel like waiting for me to post my reviews on here, most of them are up on Goodreads! Use the link on the homepage to get there! Have a great day!

Unchosen Blog Tour!

Hello and welcome to my tour stop for Unchosen! I’m so excited to share this amazing book with you all! Find all the book information below, along with my review, a giveaway, and my own survival checklist!

Book Title: Unchosen

Author: Katharyn Blair

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: January 26, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53287234-unchosen?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=z3zqXO8ZRK&rank=1

Book Purchase link: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/unchosen-katharyn-blair?variant=32126636195874

Description: 

Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that’s perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.

For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.

The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.

The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.

Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.

When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner.

The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.

But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.

Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.

Author Bio:

I live in LA, drink way too much coffee, and write all day long — because I’m crazy blessed to do what I’ve been doing for fun since I was a kid hiding in my garage loft writing terrible, terrible vampire stories. Glitter enthusiast. Bethyl shipper. Pluviophile. Ask me about my Dean Winchester obsession. John 1:5.

I’m wife to Ross and mom to Aryn, Liam, and River Grace. Also, mom to Cricket (a dog, not an insect), Maximus Dogimus Meridius (a ferocious cuddlebug) Maggie Rhee (cat, not the bad a** from The Walking Dead), and Kovacs (no parenthetical needed for him).

Author Links:

https://www.katharynblair.com/

https://twitter.com/Katharyn_Blair

https://www.instagram.com/katharyn_blair/

https://lightfire21.tumblr.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17937982.Katharyn_Blair

Book Review:

4/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Charlotte is used to the end of the world. Growing up in the shadow of her older sister was hard enough, but Charlotte didn’t expect the man she loved to fall for Harlow. She didn’t expect the zombie apocalypse, either. Harlow is one of the commanders in their group of survivors and Vanessa, Charlotte’s younger sister, is the Chosen One who will save them all. But their camp is raided in search of the Chosen One and Charlotte gives herself up to save Vanessa. Things get complicated, lives are threatened, and Charlotte has no idea how much longer she can keep up the Chosen One act. After all, how can someone unchosen save the world?

Zombies? Pirates? An ancient curse? This book has so many things going for it! I didn’t even mention a very attractive pirate captain with a good heart. Interested yet? Despite all these things, there was one particular thing that drew me to this book–the idea that someone ordinary was capable of saving the world. Charlotte has no special powers. She’s not confident and clever like Harlow. She has no prophecy that claims she will save the world like Vanessa. She’s just an ordinary girl without powers who managed to stand up for those she loved time and time again. That’s what sold me on this book.

This isn’t your ordinary zombie apocalypse book. The virus is spread through eye contact, there are pirates who kidnap humans and sell them off for money, and this whole thing was started by an ancient pirate curse. I loved all these unique aspects! Charlotte was my favorite character, though several side characters are also amazing (I’m not going to use names because of spoilers!)

This book is a reminder that you don’t have to be “chosen” to do great things; sometimes a little bit of courage and love can go a long way.

Zombie fans, pirate fans, fantasy fans, romance fans, YA fans–this book has little something for all of you!

Content warning: language, some violence, a few sexual comments but nothing explicit

Survival Checklist:

  • Mirrors and blindfolds (because of the unique way the zombie virus is transferred in Unchosen!)
  • Machete
  • Sniper rifle and ammunition
  • A good pair of shoes
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Backpack
  • Pocket knife
  • Walkie-talkie
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Water Canteen/Water Filtration System
  • Binoculars
  • Food (this seems obvious, but I’m writing it on here!)
  • First Aid Kit/bandages
  • Smoke bomb (again, because of how the virus is spread in Unchosen!)
  • Cold weather gear
  • Car & gasoline (preferably a Jeep Wrangler because I really want one and it would be good off-road)

Giveaway Details:

Enter to win one of two (2) signed finished copies of Unchosen by Katharyn Blair! Open USA only. There will be 2 winners.

Giveaway starts: Monday, January 25, 2021

Giveaway ends: Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

Follow this link to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1e4a114d20/?

“Orient, Vol. 1” by Shinobu Ohtaka

4/5 stars

I received an ARC of this manga in exchange for an honest review.

Musashi and Kojiro are childhood best friends. They grew up together, practicing swordplay and learning about the Bushi. The Bushi fought against the demons even when the rest of the world gave up. The two best friends swore to become Bushi one day. However, as they grew older, Musashi hid his goal of being a Bushi and Kojiro started to believe in the lies of the world. When Musashi suddenly is presented with the opportunity to achieve his dream, he can’t help but take it–and he’s determined to take Kojiro along for the ride.

First of all, the art was absolutely spectacular! I’ve sadly never read or watched Magi, but the mangaka lives up to her reputation! I think Musashi has the potential to be a really awesome character, and his sword-fighting techniques were definitely interesting! This volume was mostly intended to set up the story, so it mostly revolved around one major fight scene. I’m hoping for more content in the next few volumes! This series has a lot of potential and I’m excited to see where it goes from here!

December Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! This is officially my first post of 2021! If you’re still following me, thank you! I was pretty bad about posting in December. My semester ended, the holidays rolled around, and I just got distracted. I’m hoping to get more reviews and other content up over the next few days!

With all that said, here is my wrap-up for December. I managed to read 126 books total in 2020! That’s definitely a record for me.

  1. Daphne’s Questionable Bet by Sara Jo Cluff
  2. Crank Palace by James Dashner
  3. Orient, Vol. 1 by Shinobu Ohtaka
  4. A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation, Vol. 2 by Momochi
  5. Heartmender by V. Romas Burton
  6. Crush by Tracy Wolff
  7. Fairest Son by H. S. J Williams
  8. To Whatever End by Lindsey Frydman
  9. Prepped by Bethany Mangle
  10. The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes
  11. Waiting for Spring, Vol. 13 by ANASHIN
  12. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  13. Dawnsong by Bryn Shutt
  14. Sunkissed by Kasie West
  15. Phantom’s Lament by Noelle Nichols
  16. Can’t Catch My Breath by Sarah Sutton

Look forward to more posts soon! Hope everyone had a great new year! ❤

November Wrap-Up

Hello again! I’ve been so happy to get reviews posted on here that I forgot my wrap-up of last month! Did any of you guys read any particularly good books in November? Comment your favorite November read! Without further ado, here’s what I read in November!

  1. Escaping Eleven by Jerri Chisholm
  2. Lore by Alexandra Bracken
  3. The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
  4. Bone, Vol. 1 by Jeff Smith
  5. Glimpsed by G.F. Miller
  6. Dearest Josephine by Caroline George
  7. unbind by Via Won
  8. The Thief and the Throne by Helena Rookwood
  9. Calculated by Nova McBee

Have a great day, everyone! Happy reading!

“Crank Palace” by James Dashner

Hello again, lovely followers! I hope you’re not sick of me yet! I have another review to share today. James Dashner, the author of The Maze Runner series, has written a novella for Newt. Newt has always been my favorite character, so I had to read this book! If you’re a fan of The Maze Runner, read on for my review of this novella!

5/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you haven’t read the first three books in The Maze Runner series, don’t read ahead. You have been warned!

What do you do if you have a disease that destroys your mind, turning you into what is essentially a zombie until your death, while all of your friends are immune? What’s worse: abandoning them or letting them watch your descent into madness? Newt makes the choice to leave them, though it pains him to do so. He doesn’t really have a plan or goal since he’ll just fall into madness and die anyway. But he meets a mother and child who are determined to survive together, and that is just what Newt needs to give him purpose. Eventually ending up in the Crank Palace, Newt’s story is finally told. The events that took place in The Death Cure are told from Newt’s perspective.

You think I would have been prepared to be devastated and heart-broken after reading this, seeing as how I know the conclusion of The Death Cure. And yet, like a dummy, I went and read this book anyway simply because I love Newt. Thank you, James Dashner, for once again breaking my heart into pieces. If you thought The Death Cure was bad, this is on a different level. As Newt leaves his friends and succumbs to the Flare, you hear his thoughts, you watch him struggle until his inevitable end. Now you know what went through his head during all of this. Poor, sweet Newt–he deserved so much better. Once again, I’m left heartbroken over him.

To my fellow readers who also read this series and fell in love with Newt, this book offers some closure that I felt we did not get in the original series. However, getting this closure will most likely break your heart in the process. I recommend this book, as well as tissues, a warm blanket, and ice cream, to any Newt fans out there.

“Daphne’s Questionable Bet” by Sara Jo Cluff

Hey everyone! I’m back today with another review for you all! Hope you enjoy it!

5/5 stars

            I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

            When Daphne’s mom decides they’re moving back to California, Daphne is thrilled! She’s especially happy to finally be reunited with her childhood best friend. However, she discovers that her new neighbor is her mom’s old arch-nemesis from high school with a daughter in her grade. The two girls make the decision to resume the rivalry, betting on who will get Bentley Anderson to ask them to prom. But the bet gets out of hand—spying, sabotaging, blackmailing… Not to mention, something Daphne definitely didn’t bet on—falling for another guy.

            Okay YA readers, how many of you have ever read a YA book where the main character was practically a Barbie doll? She’s perfect, she gets Ken, and they live happily ever after. Daphne is no Barbie, and I mean that in the best possible way! How can you not love a onesie-wearing, junk food-eating, Captain America-loving girl with an amazing taste in music?! For once, this story is about the quirky girl and I loved it! Daphne is such a fun and refreshing character! Her best friends were also super fun, and their friendship was cute! As fun and adorable as this book is, there are some difficult subjects as well. Divorce, anxiety, death, family relationships all come into play. They just add to the quality of the book by making the characters more realistic and relatable. Also, Weston is adorkable! He’s very sweet and his nerdiness is so cute!

            I can’t leave out Daphne’s taste in music! A lot of her favorite songs are mentioned throughout the book, and I definitely loved her song choices!

Readers of YA and YA romance, grab a copy of this book! The quirky girl gets the happily ever after (it’s about time!) This book is fun, enjoyable, and adorable! If you want a book that makes you laugh out loud or if you want some music recommendations, get this book!

“Calculated” by Nova McBee

Greetings! I’m back again today with another review for you all! First of all, let me just say how grateful I am for all of you! I started this blog along with my bookstagram on a whim while I was at college. I never expected for it to go anywhere, and I actually considered deleting this blog on a few occasions. It means a lot to me that people actually care about the books I read and what I have to say about them! Thank you all for sticking around! With that said, here is my review of this gritty YA novel!

4/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jo, a girl of many names, was kidnapped by a very famous criminal. Jo has a unique ability–she sees the world in numbers. She’s forced to use her ability to make money for criminals. Hating her gift, Jo is miserable until she meets Red, a fellow prisoner who helps her see the world differently. When an opportunity to be free appears, Jo takes it and finds herself faced with even larger problems that will impact the entire world. She’s the only one with a chance at solving these problems–but even she can’t do everything by herself.

This book was pretty interesting! It takes place in Shanghai, China which was pretty cool! Jo is an interesting character and her gift is fascinating as well. There is a lot going on in this book–Jo’s mission for Chan, Jo’s personal goals, etc. The different POVs from the past through the present told the story in an intriguing way. However, a lot of this book is spent in the narrator’s head. The story mostly is told through the thoughts of the narrator. That makes sense due to the nature of Jo’s gift, but the lack of action made it hard for me to stay interested. Towards the end, the action does pick up and it was enjoyable! I thought this book was going to be a stand-alone, and I was surprised when some stuff at the end suddenly made a sequel seem necessary. I thought the plot was wrapped up rather nicely, and I thought it would make a great stand-alone book. Hopefully the sequel is just as intriguing as this book was!

Ultimately, this book has a lot of good concepts and the author is an incredible writer! I really enjoyed the fact this book takes place in China. I think a lot of readers would love Jo and her story!

“The Thief and The Throne” by Helena Rookwood

Hi everyone! Hope you all had an excellent weekend! With Thanksgiving over, I have officially begun to get ready for Christmas! I’m one of those people who won’t get ready for Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving! When do you start getting ready for Christmas? Leave a comment and let me know!

Today, I have a fantasy review to share with you all! This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites! Read on for my review of book 2, or look for my review of book 1 (The Prince and the Poisoner) on here or my Goodreads account!

5/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After escaping from the Grand Master, Lira and Kit continue their escape to Vespera to get information from the House of Wands. Tarben, aka Eirik, joins them. When they arrive, they find that Davorin has beaten them there and the House of Wands remains suspicious of them. Lira’s questions about her abilities only lead to more questions, not to mention she attracts some very unwanted attention. When Kit throws his own plans into motion, Lira finds herself unsure of who to trust and faces betrayal over and over again. She finds help in unlikely places and is left to wonder what she is.

Once again, I was captivated by the plot of this series. Lira is becoming more and more interesting as the story goes on. Not to mention Kit, Tarben, and Davorin aren’t at all what I expected them to be. Helena really kept me on my toes the whole way through this book! Crazy political games, ruthless leaders, strange magic, fae, handsome princes, and incredible world-building…what more could you want in a book? I can’t wait to read book three as I also have a lot of questions! I’d definitely recommend this series! (For the record, these first two books have been clean!) Get your copy now!

That’s all for today! I’ll be posting again soon! Have a lovely day, everyone!

“Dearest Josephine” by Caroline George

5/5 stars!!!

               I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

               It’s 2020 and Josie is having a horrible year. Her father passed away, she and her boyfriend broke up, and she has a rough relationship with her mom. She suddenly finds out that her father owned property in Northern England and decides to move there temporarily. What she finds there starts an adventure unlike any other—letters and a novel addressed to her, but they were written over 200 years ago. The man writing them, Elias Roch, was the previous owner of the property. Josie sets out to solve the mystery of what happened to Elias and Josephine, all while trying to deal with her own life in the present.

               This book was so amazing that it caught me off-guard! I just binge read this book until 1:30 in the morning and had to review it immediately. First of all, this book is told through emails, text messages, letters, and a novel. I was not expecting that, but it worked for this book. I was a little confused here and there, but the writing and the plot totally sucked me in. I desperately wanted to solve the mystery of how Josephine was connected to past Josephine, and I wanted to know more about her relationship with Elias. I don’t know how I expected this to end, but the ending was so sweet and unpredictable! I was trying very hard not to squeal in delight! For the sake of spoilers, I won’t go any further than that!

               Josie and Elias are the two main characters. I was very interested in both of their lives. Josie’s life was expressed in emails and texts while Elias was expressed in his letters and novel. The side characters also had such a key role in the story, mostly Faith and Oliver! I loved how the reader gets to learn a lot about Faith; the author didn’t just invent her as a random character to progress the plot! She has a life and issues that the reader gets to learn about. Oliver and the other citizens that Josie interacted with made the story so fun and sweet! The mystery and tragedy between Elias and Josephine were balanced by the warmth and joy Josie, Oliver, and Faith brought to the story. I was captivated by the mystery, but I adored the cast of characters and their antics!

               I would definitely recommend this book! Anyone who loves YA historical romance or is looking for an interesting read should pick up this book! Elias somewhat reminds me of Mr. Darcy and Josephine’s personality is similar to Lizzy’s, so I think lovers of Pride and Prejudice would enjoy this book!

               On a somewhat related note, where can I buy a “My Heart Belongs to Elias Roch” mug and is there also a “My Heart Belongs to Oliver McLaughlin” mug? Asking for a friend…

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