I’m double posting today! If you haven’t already, make sure you check out my blog post from earlier today. It has a cover reveal that you won’t want to miss! As today is September 1st, I’m going to take a moment to wrap up everything that I read in August!
Prince Freya, Vol. 1 by Keiko Ishihara
The Wicked King by Holly Black
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Shadow’s Hand by Noelle Nichols
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Spy x Family, Vol. 2 by Tatsuya Endou
Souji by Moriah Jane
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
The Legend of Akikumo by Dani Hoots
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Synchronized Six by Elmer Wynn
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Eternal Curse by Kara Leigh Miller
Overall, it was probably one of the best months of reading I’ve had in a while! I’d specifically recommend Skyward and Starsight by Brandon Sanderson, Shadow’s Hand by Noelle Nichols, and Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endou! I’m looking forward to more good books in September! Happy reading!
Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing the cover for one of my most anticipated reads of the year! If you love fall, Halloween, and/or CLEAN ya romance books, then this is the book for you! Keep reading for more information!
Blaire has a bad attitude. At least that’s what everyone tells her. It could be because it’s days before Halloween, literally the worst holiday on the entire planet. And it doesn’t help that her super-hot ex-boyfriend, Lucas, is determined to convince her otherwise by making her take part in “festive activities.” Apparently carving pumpkins is going to magically change her mind about the holiday? Yeah, right.
But Blaire has never told anyone the truth of why she hates Halloween, or the truth about her and Lucas’s break up. Being around him is so much harder than she thought, especially when it looks like he’s starting to move on.
And when she gets a letter in the mail from someone who broke her heart, can Blaire overcome the negativity threatening to drown her? Or will her bitterness and secrets push everyone she loves away?
BOOK DETAILS: If The Broom Fits by Sarah Sutton Publication date: October 6th 2020 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Sarah Sutton is a YA Romance author, bringing you stories about teenagers falling in love (sometimes with magic)She spends her days dreaming up ideas with her two adorable puppies by her side being cheerleaders (and mega distractions).
Blogger note: Sarah Sutton is my personal favorite YA contemporary romance author! Her books are creative, clean, and super enjoyable to read! If you haven’t read her other two books, I would highly suggest reading those as well!
Hi lovelies! I completely forgot that I hadn’t scheduled this post in advance; it was meant to go up yesterday. I participated in a bookstagram tour for this book yesterday so head over to https://www.instagram.com/p/CEFDcRdpS_g/ to see my post! There’s a giveaway for the paperback you can enter, as well as the link to get a free e-copy. Make sure you check it out! I’ll be sharing my review of the book below so continue reading for that!
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kilo lives by the Shadow’s Creed. While the False Shadows, a horrible and vicious group of warriors who are impersonating the Shadows, believe the Shadow’s Creed to be a weakness, Kilo finds his strength in it. After the False Shadows attack his home, he is torn: stay with his people to help rebuild and prepare to fight back, or leave to find more information that could lead his people to victory? Meanwhile, Shenrae is trying to figure out what path she should take. After the death of both of her parents, she and her brother try to become Shadows in order to keep each other safe. However, Shenrae isn’t sure that she is skilled enough to fight, but she knows she wants to be able to protect others.
I really, really loved this book! When I first starting reading it, I had no idea that I was going to grow so attached to the characters or be so fascinated by the story! I particularly loved the Shadows/Phantoms as they were reminiscent of the samurai in feudal Japan. The concept of warriors who live their lives based on a moral standpoint is so intriguing! I also appreciated the more magical elements that appear in this book. Without spoiling anything, I will just say that I’m curious to learn more about them in book two and that if the author ever wrote a prequel for what happened in the past, I would definitely read it!
I also loved Kilo and Shenrae who both have POVs in this novel. I’ll admit that I was reluctant to leave Kilo’s POV at first, but I came to love Shenrae and her POV just as much! The side characters are also spectacular so I hope that I’ll see them more in the next book! Kilo’s dedication to put a stop to the False Shadows and their terror and Shenrae’s desire to protect her loved ones and find her place were probably my favorite things about this book. I loved watching the characters grow as the story progressed.
Ultimately, the only thing I dislike about this book is that I now have to wait for the next one! The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’ll be very impatiently waiting for book 2! I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes samurai, feudal Japan, or shounen anime! Plus, it somewhat reminds me of Moonscript by H.S.J. Williams so I’d recommend it to those fans as well!
I’m going to be completely honest: I had never even heard the name “Brandon Sanderson” until sometime this year. Once I did hear it, I realized that everyone was talking about how amazing he is and that he was a very, VERY, well-known fantasy author. I decided to give his books a shot and started with “Skyward”, as it seemed a whole lot less complicated than figuring out where to start with his other books (Elantris? Mistborn? The Stormlight Archives?) I was not expecting this book to blow me away. Enough of my ramblings about how I came to read this book; here is the actual review.
Spensa wants to be a pilot. And not some cargo pilot or commercial pilot—she wants to be a fighter pilot. The human race is trapped on a planet surrounded by debris. On top of that, the Krell frequently attack them. The humans take to the skies to fight back. Spensa longs to be one of the pilots fighting back, but there’s a lot standing in her way–the tests to get into flight school, the fact that all of society holds a grudge against her because of her father, actually managing to graduate from the flight school. However, Spensa has no intention of letting anything, or anyone, stop her from claiming the stars.
There’s so much I want to say about this book, but I also don’t want to spoil anything, so I will have to limit myself to minimal fan-girling. First off: I love Spensa! I was somewhat concerned at first because I have read many books where a determined female lead is written poorly and just comes off as aggressive and brash. That is not Spensa at all (and I’m very sorry for underestimating you, Mr. Sanderson!) Spensa does have a bit of an obsession with warriors and somewhat cringy, overly violent insults, but that’s part of what makes her character so enjoyable! Her character development was also handled expertly and I can’t wait to see more of her in the rest of the books.
Second of all, the side characters were also amazing! I can’t say much about them for fear of spoiling anything, but I will say that I particularly love M-Bot and he might even be my favorite character (though I’m not picking any actual favorites until I read Starsight!) All of the side characters have their own unique personalities and I loved seeing them grow alongside Spensa. I can’t wait to get my hands on Starsight and continue following these characters on their journey!
Of course, I have to devote a section of this review to the world-building. I know everyone talks about Sanderson’s amazing world-building, but actually reading it and seeing it makes it much easier to see why everyone talks about him. I was fascinated by the history of the human race, the other planets out there, and how humankind ended up on Detritus. There are so many things I have questions about and I want to see more of this world! The last few chapters of this book had me on the edge of my seat, waiting desperately to see where the plot was going and if I’d actually get some answers!
In the end, my only regret is that I did not learn about Brandon Sanderson sooner! This book had me completely enraptured from the prologue to the very last page! As someone who tends to prefer fantasy over sci-fi, I wasn’t expecting to love this book so much! I will definitely be reading more of Sanderson’s works. If the rest of his books are just as good or better, he’s going to join my favorite authors list!
Also, does anyone know where I can get a Doomslug? I really want one now!
Hey guys! I’m slightly nervous about writing this post because my opinion on the series is pretty controversial. For those of you unfamiliar with this series, it is the “Stalking Jack the Ripper” series by Kerri Maniscalco. This series is rather popular and I know that a lot of people love it. I, too, was rather fond of the first two books, but the last two books were pretty bad and managed to ruin this series for me. I’ve basically compiled my reviews of books 1-4 and I’m putting them all on one post to express my thoughts on the series as a whole. If you have not read the series or the complete series, please proceed with caution as my reviews for books 2,3, and 4 might contain spoilers for you. If this post is too long for you or if you’re afraid of spoilers, you can at least check my star ratings to get a feel for my rocky relationship with this series. Without further ado, here are my thoughts.
BOOK ONE- Stalking Jack the Ripper (LOVE)
4.5/5 stars, rounded up to 5
I had no idea what to expect from this book. There’s a lot of hype for this book. A lot of people love it, and a lot of people hate it. I found myself joining the people in the former because this book was wonderful!
Audrey Rose is not your typical woman in 19th century England. She has a fascination with the dead and often works alongside her uncle in investigating cadavers. The Jack the Ripper murders begin, and the bodies are in horrible shape. Determined to get to the bottom of these murders, Audrey Rose is forced to work alongside the annoying Thomas Cresswell. All kinds of secrets are discovered; all kinds of people are suspects.
First of all, I loved the concept. I’ve watched a lot of true crime/serial killer content, but it’s not something I get to read often so this was a nice treat. For those who don’t like gore, this is probably not going to be for you though.
Second of all, THOMAS CRESSWELL. He’s definitely one of the best things about this book. I love how he really appreciates Audrey Rose for her intelligence, unlike the rest of society. He even appreciates her strange interest with the dead. I also loved his sarcasm and snarky attitude! I can’t wait to see him again in the next book!
Third, I can’t leave out Audrey Rose. I’ve already made it obvious that Thomas is my favorite, but she is definitely a great character. She’s smart and witty and weird. She got on my nerves sometimes, but I really liked her character in general.
Overall, this book was fascinating and enjoyable and I’m definitely going to continue reading this series!
BOOK TWO- Hunting Prince Dracula (LOVE)
I’m going to be completely honest–I forgot to write a review for this book. In a very short summary, Audrey Rose and Thomas go to study forensics in Romania. People are once again being murdered and people are claiming that Prince Dracula has risen from the dead and is killing people once again. Audrey Rose and Thomas discover the school itself has a lot of secrets–after all, it had originally been the castle of Prince Dracula himself. This book did a great job balancing the murder mystery with romance, and I enjoyed it. I really wish the next two books had done a better job of this.
BOOK THREE- Escaping From Houdini (HATE)
Good news, I remembered to review this one!
I have been putting off writing this review because of how frustrated this book made me. SJTR was an amazing book and I got hooked. HPD was also pretty good and I wanted more of Wadsworth and Cresswell! And then I read this book. I’m going to do my best to express my frustration without spoiling anything.
Audrey Rose and Thomas find themselves on a boat heading to America, along with Audrey Rose’s uncle. They discover that a traveling circus will be performing every night until they arrive in America. The voyage starts to feel more like a prison when a body is found. With only one week to discover the identity of the murderer before losing them in America, Audrey Rose and Thomas are determined to catch the killer quickly.
This book sounded just as promising as the first two did. However, I was very much let down. As far as the mystery of the murderer goes, it wasn’t as interesting as the others. I was shocked by the identity of the killers in the first two books, but I found the reveal of the identity somewhat lacking. Plus, there were some clues to the identity that seemed more obvious this time. However, that’s not really my issue with this book. There’s a certain thing I can’t stand in books and this book was extremely guilty of it. Slight spoiler ahead so beware! I can’t stand a cheating plotline. I find them unnecessary and irritating. It’s a good way to ruin a book or series for me. And, as much as I hate to say it, this book introduced a cheating plotline. I will not spoil the specifics, but it made me furious. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to convince myself to read the last book, though I might read it just for the closure as I loved the first two books. This definitely was not what I wanted out of this book. I suppose other readers might have still enjoyed it, but this was not for me.
BOOK FOUR- Capturing the Devil (EXTREME HATE)
I was so disappointed with this book. I know that’s a highly controversial opinion, but hear me out.
After arriving in America, Audrey Rose and Thomas immediately set to work solving another murder case. However, this murderer is proving much harder to catch and identify than the others. Here’s the issue: that’s pretty much it as far as actual plot goes.
The thing I have always loved about these books is the murder mystery. I loved trying to figure out who the murderer is and I loved being surprised when the identity was revealed. That whole concept was completely lacking in this book. The first 200ish pages revolved around the romance between Audrey Rose and Thomas. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Cressworth ship, but this was major overkill. I always loved their teamwork in solving murders, which was already lacking in the last book, but they were so wrapped up in their own romantic troubles for 200 pages that they completely didn’t deal with the murderer so women literally lost their lives while these two were trying to sort out their love lives (please re-evaluate your priorities, guys!) I pretty much became sick with one of my favorite ships thanks to this. Not to mention, this book wasn’t clean! The others were clean, which I was very happy about, but this book threw all of that out the window. Not to mention. Audrey Rose tries to pretend some of the events of the last book didn’t happen, and when she does acknowledge they happened, she pretty much claims she did nothing wrong which I find completely ridiculous! As far as I’m concerned, she messed up big time in the last book and she’s lucky Thomas even forgave her.
Putting all of my issues with the romance part of this novel aside, the murder mystery was a total flop. The identity of the murderer was ridiculously obvious to me and he was kind of just thrown into the second half of the book (because we don’t really see him at all until the latter half of the book thanks to the romance issues in the first half.) And Audrey Rose makes some very poor choices that result in her almost being killed (which could have totally been avoided.) On top of all that, the ending of this book didn’t provide much closure at all as far as the murder mystery goes.
After the last book, I figured I wouldn’t like this book very much, but I hadn’t completely given up on that. I thought maybe this book could redeem the series for me; I had no idea that it would actually be even worse than the third book. With the first half of the book seeming like a cheesy soap opera and the second half being a flop of a murder mystery, I was very disappointed with the way this series turned out. I loved the first two books so I might just pretend that the series ends there.
This series started off on a high note, but for me, it crashed and burned. I think I’m just going to pretend it was a duology because that would be a lot less disappointing. For the readers who loved the last two books, I’m truly sorry but I was not a fan. I’d still be willing to recommend the first two books to others, but I would definitely not recommend the series as a whole at this point. If you actually read this far, thank you! Sorry for all the ranting above! Thanks for checking out this post and I hope you all have a great week!
Hi everyone! I know I don’t normally post two days in a row, but I’m trying to make up for my lack of posting! Today I’m sharing a review for a manga that is super funny and worth a read! Hope you enjoy it!
I received an ARC of this manga in exchange for an honest review.
Loid Forger, a spy who goes by the name Twilight, is on a difficult mission that involves having a child get into a prestigious school to learn more about a high-ranking individual in society. He managed to find a woman willing to play the role of his wife, but she is actually an assassin. Meanwhile, he adopted a child who is secretly a telepath thanks to some experiments she was put through. Will Loid be able to fulfill his mission with this strange family, especially after his outburst at the school’s interview? He thought getting a fake family and enrolling his “daughter” into the school would be the hard part; the next steps might prove to be even more difficult!
This manga is quickly becoming one of my favorites! I love all three of the main characters; plus, there’s a new character introduced in this volume who might end up being my favorite character! I don’t often laugh out loud at books, but this manga has caused me to do so on numerous occasions! Loid’s stress over this mission plus his disguises are very entertaining, but nothing beats Anya’s reactions to the things she hears as a telepath. Like I said in my review of volume 1, her reactions are hilarious and I love the fact that she tries to assist both of her parents with their work. Yor, the woman playing the role of wife and mother, is also amusing as she’s usually sweet and kind, but occasionally snaps and acts like the killer she is. I really enjoy following this “family” and their shenanigans and can’t wait for the next volume! (Make sure to read the extra content at the end; it’s definitely worth the read!)
Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to share a cover with you for Moriah Jane’s “Souji”! She illustrated the cover herself too! Read on to find out more and see my review!
The age of samurai is coming to a close.
As the emperor claims his new capital in Edo and brings his imperialists with him, the terminally ill Okita Souji must flee his home to seek solace from his elder sister, Kin. But as his health continues to decline and the reality that his way of life, the way of the samurai, has been lost forever settles in, Souji struggles to grasp meaning and purpose for the remainder of his frail existence.
Is there a life beyond the sword for Souji and if there is, can he lay down his katana forever?
I received an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review.
When his terminal illness becomes too much to bear, Okita Souji, former captain of the Shinsengumi, is forced to put the life of a samurai behind him. Living with his sister and her husband, Souji questions himself and his place in the upcoming era. Can his blood-stained hands find a new purpose in life, or will he fail to adapt to the changing times?
This novella is a short and fascinating read about Okita Souji! As someone who loves other cultures, particularly Japan, I really enjoyed this! The author definitely made sure to do her research on the culture and I loved the use of honorifics and proper clothing for that era in Japan! I went into this novella with probably a bit more knowledge on the Shinsengumi than other readers might have (thank you, anime), but Moriah does a great job providing information to the reader while weaving her story. Souji, as a character, was so well-written! His love for those around him and his confusion over where he belongs conflict inside him. The conclusion he reached was amazing, and I hope other readers enjoy it just as much as I did!
About the Author
Moriah Jane strives to fill bookshelves with clean, high quality, and immersive stories. She writes fantasy, urban being her favorite, and loves writing for young adult and middle grade readers. She also enjoys drawing characters and wearing Victorian-esque clothing. Connect with her across social media!
Hello to my fellow book lovers! I’m participating in something very exciting today! I’m very excited to be taking part in the blitz with Xpresso Book Tours for the new release, “The Aftermath of Drifting Away” by Audrey Beaudoin! In this post, you can see the beautiful cover, read the book description, find the purchase link, connect with the author on social media, and enter an amazing giveaway. My personal review will be included as well. You don’t want to miss this!
Book & Author Details: The Aftermath of Drifting Away by Audrey Beaudoin (Fate, #1) Publication date: July 15th 2020 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance Synopsis:
We survived the plane crash.
We survived days on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Right when all hope to get rescued crumbled, we shared a kiss that left me heartbroken―my first and last kiss.
Or so I thought. Because we didn’t die.
My plan is to never see Chris Ross again. To keep hanging out with his sister without crossing his path. Getting my life back together and working on my goals are the only things that matter. I have plans, and they don’t include love.
But then he shows up at my workplace, asking for my friendship. When I learn something that changes everything, I’m determined to stay away and not let myself fall for him.
Too bad he’s persistent. Too bad I can’t stop thinking about the damn kiss. Too bad it’s nice having him around and being his friend.
If things were to change, they could get really complicated…
The Aftermath of Drifting Away is a sweet contemporary forbidden romance. It is the first book in the Fate series that can be read as a stand-alone.
AUTHOR BIO: Audrey Beaudoin is a YA and NA contemporary romance author. Being a French native speaker didn’t stop her from writing her first English story in 2017. She loves writing sweet romance novels, sometimes with a touch of suspense and action.
She’ll read anything from young adult to new adult. Contemporary romance, romantic suspense, sci-fi, and thriller books are her favorites! Author links: https://twitter.com/mlleab
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Faye has lived through something horrible: a plane crash. It killed most of the passengers, but Faye survived with the help of two strangers. The siblings and Faye were adrift, waiting for help that they weren’t sure would ever arrive. But they survived. However, in that desperation, Faye got what she thought would be her first and last kiss from Chris. Now that she’s alive and well, she intends to avoid Chris while being best friends with his sister. But staying away isn’t as easy as she thought it would be.
This was honestly such a sweet and enjoyable book! I thought the concept seemed really interesting, but I didn’t expect that I’d love the characters this much! Something this author excelled at was the relationships in this book. This book has all kinds of relationships: the good, the bad, the ugly. They’re all done in such a realistic way. Chris is such a sweetheart and so is his sister, Kate. Some characters I loved, and some characters I hated.
Another thing I loved about this book was the way Faye dealt with the aftermath of the plane crash. Her trauma from that incident isn’t just glossed over. Faye lives her life with the mindset that the plane crash took everything from her. But when she stops to think about it, the plane crash gave her a lot too. Her character development and her perspective on life was something that made this book really special. Romance readers looking for a sweet contemporary love story or a forbidden romance should pick up a copy of this!
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’m going to be completely honest here: there are two main reasons I requested this book. The first reason is the cover is absolutely gorgeous! Charlie Bowater is incredibly talented! The second reason was the whole concept of two unwilling participants in a politically arranged marriage accidentally meeting while using secret identities and working together. This book did not disappoint!
As children, Adraa and Jatin met for the first time as their parents planned to have them marry when they were older. The meeting was short and did not end well. They go several years without seeing each other, communicating only through letters that were used for their ongoing competition. However, the two eventually meet again, but they are completely unaware of the true identity of the other. When underground criminal activity threatens to harm their kingdoms, the two are forced to team up. The corruption and danger run even deeper than they expected and their lives are continually put in danger. The only way to survive and figure everything out is to trust each other—which is not easy when they both are lying about who they really are.
The premise of this book was very interesting. I loved the world-building, and the magic system was so intricate and fascinating. There were times where the action was lacking which left me somewhat bored. Fortunately, the whole last half of the book picked up speed! I loved the banter between Adraa and Jatin as well as the way they fought together. Their complicated relationship was quite amusing! The ending left me wanting more, so I’m looking forward to seeing how things play out in the sequel!
A few more things I’ll acknowledge: first of all, this is part enemies-to-lovers and part insta-love. It’s complicated. I know some people aren’t fans of insta-love so I thought I should mention it. Second, the chapter titles are great! I feel like chapter titles are underrated these days, but I thoroughly enjoyed the use of them in this book! This was an interesting YA fantasy read—make sure to grab a copy!
Hello everyone! I’ve got another review to share with you all today! This review is for a manga, which apparently is based off a light novel series! I enjoyed this one a lot, and I hope you all will enjoy it as well!
I recieved an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed reading this manga! This was a refreshing take on the isekai genre which I think will really appeal to readers.
Lizel suddenly finds himself transported to a world that’s not his. While he is able to speak the language and understand others, he has no other knowledge of the world he is in. Additionally, he appears to be a nobleman of some kind. Instead of panicking, Lizel decides to make the most of his time in this world. He goes so far as to hire an adventurer named Gil as a form of tour guide and bodyguard. Lizel isn’t sure how long he will be in this world, but he has decided to enjoy this random vacation of his!
This honestly was a short and funny read! Lizel acts really laid-back and aloof for his situation which is very different from your average isekai. The way he goes about living in this new world is rather amusing, especially since it often annoys the usually grumpy Gil. I’m really curious about the backstories of both of them! Fans of the action/adventure genres as well as the fantasy and isekai genres will enjoy this book! It reminds me vaguely of The Rise of the Shield Hero!
I had no idea that this was based off a light novel series. I will definitely be looking forward to the upcoming volumes of this series!