#5OnMyTBR – Unconventional Formats

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#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

Hello, reader!

It’s the start of another week and that means it’s time for another #5OnMyTBR! This week, I’ll be talking about books that are a little different from the norm. They aren’t told through normal prose, but in an unconventional format. Think of books told through letters, diary entries, or a combination of different forms! I’m always intrigued by books that a little different from the norm, so there are quite a few on my TBR. That being said, let’s dive in!


#1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I feel like one of just a few people who haven’t read this iconic book. It’s a coming of age story told through a series of letters. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages. It sounds like it will be a powerful, if heartbreaking, story. And we all know how much I love to have my heart crushed by a book! …I have a problem 😅

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Sunday By My Shelf: Series I Want To Start

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Sunday By My Shelf! This is a bookish meme that was started by Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles. The purpose is to explore books sitting on your physical TBR as opposed to a virtual one. It is bi-weekly, with new topics to talk about each time. The schedule can be found on Fiona’s original post here!

Technically, I should have posted this last Sunday. Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, though, and I spent the entire day being spoiled and lazy, lol. So I’m bringing you last week’s topic this week! The books I’ll be talking about that are chilling on my physical TBR, waiting for my attention, are series that I own, but have not started. Most of the ones I’ll be discussing are series where I bought the first book but have yet to pick up the rest of the series because I still haven’t read the book I bought! There are quite a few to talk about, so let’s dive in.


#1. The Legacy of Orisha series

I’ve been interested in this series for quite some time. I received the first in the series as a gift and ended up buying the second on a whim while shopping. Because that’s the type of person I am 😂 I’m excited to dive into The Children of Blood and Bone and discover the world that Tomi Adeyemi has crafted! And, besides all that, the cover is just iconic. We love to see a dark-skinned black girl front and center on a YA fantasy!

#2. The Arc of a Scythe series

This is one of those books that I picked up simply because of internet hype. So many Booktubers love this series! Of course, it also sounds incredibly intriguing: a world where no one dies, so a whole organization forms to cull the population. I can only image the moral dilemmas that will arise! I picked the first book up at a Barnes & Noble some time ago and now it just sits… patiently waiting for its time.

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Book Blogger Hop: May 15 – 21

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

This week’s prompt submitted by Flora @ Flora’s Musings…


Okay, so… my TBR has gotten even more ridiculous since joining the world of book bloggers. Mostly because I’m now following a lot more blogs than I did before! I’ve gotten a lot of suggestions for books that I think I will adore.

Have I read these books? Hahahaha… no 😬

I have intentions to get to them! Eventually. But I’ve been very focused on keeping up on ARCs and doing blog tours and chipping away at all the books I already own. So I can’t honestly think of a book I’ve recently that I picked up because of a book blogger’s suggestion. I think the closest would probably be The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo because literally EVERYONE suggested I read that book 😂 (Thank you, btw!)

Now, the list of books I plan on reading because of the various wonderful bloggers that I follow, that list would be extensive. And ask me this same question next year and I’m sure I’ll have read at least a couple, heh.


What was the last book you read because of a blogger’s suggestion? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

WWW Wednesday: May 13, 2020

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.

Currently Reads

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: So, this book honestly wasn’t on my radar. I had heard about it and thought the premise was interesting, but I hadn’t read a book written in verse before. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it.

And then I read The Poet X by the same author and IMMEDIATELY downloaded this book so I could read it, too! I found both audiobooks on Scribd and, honestly, that is the way to go with both of them. The audiobooks are incredible! I’m not too far into Clap When You Land, but I feel like I’m going to love it just as much as The Poet X.

Recently Finished

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski: This one ended up being a fun, action-packed read that I enjoyed, but didn’t love. Mostly because it was incredibly insta-lovey and that just isn’t my thing. Still, I loved the descriptions and the action and, overall, had a good time reading this. You can read my full review here!

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis: A horror book that read like a campy 80’s horror flick! This was a creepy, atmospheric read and I really enjoyed it. You could feel the sinister vibes just oozing from the pages! You can read my full review here.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: I read this on a whim after downloading Scribd. I had always heard that the audiobook was incredible and, dear lord, folks weren’t kidding! This was so emotional and raw and beautiful. There were tears, there was laughter… I absolutely adored this book! I’m still gathering my thoughts together on this one, but a review will be up soon.

What’s Next

Catalyst by Tracy Richardson: I’ll participating in the #TheWriteReads blog tour for this book, so I’ll definitely be picking it up next! It’s about a young woman named Marcie with some mysterious powers and it sounds like it will be a fun ride! I’m looking forward to it.


What have you been reading lately? Finish any new favorites? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

Hello, reader!

I have a confession to make. Though I often encourage people to stop reading a book they aren’t enjoying (too many books, too little time!), I am v. bad at DNFing books. I don’t know if it’s a completionist thing or I just like to torture myself, but I can think of two books that I have given up on from my entire life as a reader. TWO! Which is something I really need to work on because forcing myself to complete books that I’m not enjoying has knocked me into severe reading slumps before. Looking at you, The Bone Ships… which I am still, technically, reading 😵

That being said, I’m doing a bit of a twist on this week’s TTT. The theme is the last ten books I’ve abandoned, but, instead, I’m going to give you the ten books I should have given up on! And let’s hope I can give up this need to finish every book I start.


  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson*
  • The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil*
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Demon Girl by Penelope Fletcher
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Incubus Dreams by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Airframe by Michael Crichton
  • Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

The two books marked with an asterisk are my two, legit DNFs. But all of these books have one of two things in common:

  1. They were so dull I could feel my brain atrophying.
  2. The tropes were rage inducing.

So, though I struggled through most of these books, I definitely should have used my better judgment and just let them go. After all, life is too short to waste time on bad books.

(And just in case one of your faves is on this list, please know that when I say “bad”, I mean that as my own personal opinion!)


So what are some books you just couldn’t finish recently? Did you do your own TTT? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

#5OnMyTBR – Superhero Books

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#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

Hello, reader!

It’s been a minute since I participated in the #5OnMyTBR weekly meme, hasn’t it? When I saw this week’s theme, I knew I couldn’t pass it up! Strap on your capes and fasten your utility belts; we’re talking about superheros! Though I don’t know the most about superheros and am hopelessly behind on Marvel movies, they were always hold a special place in my heart. I remember growing up reading comic books and cartoon shows centered around superheros, as most kids did. So I’m excited to talk about 5 superhero books on my TBR!


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Blog Tour: Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

Hello, reader!

There’s an aspect of myself that I haven’t talked about much on my blog: I’m a huge fan of horror movies. I grew up watching them and have longed held a love for all things creepy. Of course that means when I started expanding my reading tastes beyond fantasy, horror was one of the first ones I picked up. I’m slowly making my way through Stephen King’s vast amount of novels and I generally think the creepier the better! So, when Dave @TheWriteReads asked if I wanted to be part of a blog tour for a horror book that centered around a fake horror movie, I jumped at the chance!

Today, I will be one of the stops on said blog tour. I want to thank @TheWriteReads for working so hard to put this all together! I would also like to thank the publisher, Penguin Books, for providing an e-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It is all very much appreciated!

Now, let’s dive in!

Synopsis

The must-have thriller of 2020 that will keep you gripped, keep you guessing and keep you up all night.

Welcome to Harrow Lake.

Someone’s expecting you.

Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker – she thinks nothing can scare her.

But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot. The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map – and then there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.

And there’s someone – or something – stalking her every move.

The more Lola discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her . . .”

Book Details

  • Author: Kat Ellis
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publication date: August 25th, 2020 (July 9th in the UK)
  • Genre: Horror/Thriller
  • Age group: Young adult
  • Content Warnings: Violence, abuse

Book Links

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About the Author

Kat Ellis is the author of YA novels PURGE, BLACKFIN SKY, and BREAKER, and the novella THE TWINS OF BLACKFIN in the THREE STRIKES collection. Her next book, HARROW LAKE, will be published in the summer of 2020.

You’ll usually find Kat up to no good on Twitter, trekking through ruins and cemeteries with her camera, or watching scary films with her husband.

Author Links

Website::Twitter::Goodreads

My Review

So I grew up on horror movies, right? I remember watching The Night of the Living Dead at a ridiculously inappropriate age and being terrified of zombies for years afterwards! I’ve watched a gambit of classics when I was young and, as I grew up, I found myself gravitating to the genre. And I found that I wasn’t scared as I had once been. No more hiding under blankets because I saw a mummy scooping some guy’s brains out with a coat hanger for this girl!

I say all this to really get to one point: I don’t scare easy.

Why do I bring this up? Because most people go into horror novels expecting to be scared! I’m sure you want to know if Harrow Lake delivered.

Well… sort of?

I will say that this book delivered on the creep factor. There’s something about an isolated, small town that’s only famous because a surreal horror movie was filmed there that lends itself to being utterly creepy. I think the author did a masterful job of instilling a deep sense of foreboding as we discover the town of Harrow Lake alongside our main character, Lola. The residents are strange, the town itself is on the verge of literal collapse, and the atmosphere is perfectly odd.

But, still, was I scared? Not even once. But I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing! Why? Because the entire time I was reading this, I felt like I was watching a campy horror movie. And I love campy horror movies! They aren’t necessarily the scariest, but they definitely are fun as hell. That’s how I felt about Harrow Lake. It was terrifying, but I had a blast reading it!

I think my favorite part of the whole book was Lola. She was such an interesting main character! She clearly had her own issues before being shipped off to the town where her famous father filmed his most iconic movie. I do love a book with an unreliable narrator, as well. I like to be kept on my toes as to whether or not I should take everything I’m being told with a grain of salt. It adds to the suspense for me, so I appreciated not knowing whether Lola’s POV was 100% trustworthy.

Also, like I said, the creep factor of this book is top notch! I’d imagine more so if you’re not a fan of bugs. I liked the weird backstory of the Big Baddie. I thought the strangeness of the town and the people who lived there was wonderfully written. The isolation and the hostility could almost be felt radiating from the pages! It all combined to give this book a certain chilliness that I appreciate in my horror in any format.

I will say, though, that I guessed pretty much every twist before it occurred. I think there was one twist I didn’t see coming and it was a minor one. But, again, I have watched a lot of horror movies and this book felt like a horror movie in paper form. Honestly, if it’s ever made into a movie, I would definitely watch it! So I can excuse a little predictability because it was still an engrossing ride.

Final thoughts: Though this was a bit predictable, it was a thrill to read and definitely delivered when it came to creepiness. If you’re looking for a dark story that reads kind of like a campy horror flick, you’re going to love Harrow Lake!

Star rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Blogger Hop: May 8 – 14

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

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This week’s prompt submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.


I currently use one that seems to be a mainstay for a lot of bloggers: WordPress. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really shop around the various different platforms before setting up my blog. I had heard of WordPress frequently, most of the blogs I already read were on WordPress, and I was constantly seeing ads for it everywhere! Once I finally got off my butt and decided to Do The Thing, WordPress was the first place I went.

Currently, I’m making do with the free version and I’m enjoying the experience, so far! But, again, I have absolutely nothing with which to compare it 😅 I enjoy the ease of setting up blog posts and, if I have questions, I can typically find an answer pretty quickly from fellow bloggers. Because, again, just a TON of bloggers use WordPress and have been using it for a lot longer than I have.

Will I one day expand beyond this platform? Perhaps get a paid subscription? Or leave WordPress entirely? Who knows 🤷🏾‍♀️ But, for now, it works for me just fine!

Bookish Prediction Tag

Bookish Prediction Tag

Hello, reader!

I know what you’re thinking. Two bookish tags in one week?! How have we been blessed so?

Or… ya know… something along those lines 😂😂

Well, I was once again tagged by the lovely Danni @ _ForBooksSake and I couldn’t say no! Also, if you haven’t checked out Danni’s wonderful blog, please do. She posts great bookish content and is definitely worth a follow!


Rules:


Next Read

In an attempt to keep up with my Netgalley titles, I’ll probably be picking this one up next. It comes out on June 2nd and I want to get a jump on it. Also, it’s billed as Les Misérables meets Six of Crows and I am definitely here for that!

Next 5 Star Read

Does it count as a prediction if I’m currently reading the book? We’re going to say it does. I decided to check out Scribd and discovered the audiobook for The Poet X was available. I’ve been wanting to read this for ages and I had heard the audiobook was incredible. And, yup, it’s fucking amazing. I’m loving so far and I’m almost done and I don’t want it to be over 😭

Next 1 Star Read

I don’t typically pick up a book that I think I’m going to hate. The point of casual reading is to get some form of enjoyment out of it after all! So I’ve got nothing for this one.

Next Love Interest (or Character that Seems Really Cool to You)

From following the author on Twitter and listening to people who have read this already, I’m thinking that I’m really going to like the main character in Where Dreams Descend. Kallia sounds fierce and flamboyant, which I suppose you would need to be when you’re competing to be the headliner for a magical circus. I’m excited to read her story!

Next Book You’ll Be Buying

I mean… I technically already bought this, but it’s not out yet, so I’m counting it! I can’t wait for my book to get here. I am so hyped for this sapphic beauty! Also, that beautiful cover will soon be gracing my shelves and I can’t wait 😍

Next Book That Will Leave You with a Book Hangover (and Desperately Wanting a Reread or Next in Series)

The Merciful Crow came out of left field and punched me in the face last year. And I loved it! So I’m ready for The Faithless Hawk, it’s sequel, to just wreck my entire life. It’s an immersive world and I know I’ll be lost for days after finishing it. But my body is ready!


Did you get a kick out of this post? Do you have your own bookish predictions? Then consider yourself tagged! I would love to see your answers 😃

And, as always, happy reading!

Blog Tour: Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski

Hello, reader!

Today, I am one of the stops on a blog tour for Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski! The tour is being put on by Storytellers on Tour, which is a blog and bookstagram tour company that focuses on indie published fantasy and sci-fi. Which I think is pretty awesome! To see all the other amazing blogs on this tour, check out the schedule here. It was a privilege to be able to participate in this tour! Thank you to Storytellers on Tour and the publisher for letting me come along for the ride.

But enough rambling about the tour… let’s talk about this book!

Synopsis

“A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents’ castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst… Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.

Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.

This is the story of a cursed princess,
A crestfallen killer,
The town that wants them to burn,
And the witch that can save them both.”

Book Details

  • Author: Brianna Sugalski
  • Publisher: The Parliament House
  • Series: Disenchanted #1
  • Publication date: March 10, 2020
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy/Historical Fantasy
  • Age group: Young adult/New adult
  • Content Warnings: Violence, attempted rape

Book Links

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About the Author

With an education in Mass Communication—and an engrossment in all that is curious andbewitching—Brianna Sugalski is an author and blogger. Previously, she was a staff contributor forLifestyle & Fashion online magazine, Sarah Scoop, and also served as Copy Editor and Editor-In-Chief at her school publications.Brianna was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, but now travels the country every fewyears with her husband and children. She admires the luminaries of the Victorian Era; growing upreading period literature has inspired her to paint vibrant settings of nature and narratives thatreaders will hopefully enjoy.Ultimately, she aspires to make her own readers laugh, to challenge their perspectives and to helpthem discover the magical meaning of their own powers within.

Author Links

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My Review

“My point is, if you cannot live with the shard of darkness that rests within you, then tell me, princess… How will you live with all of mine?”

I have to be honest. Even after reading the synopsis for this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I love a dark fantasy, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a dark YA fantasy. It sounded intriguing, though, so I decided to give it a go.

Disenchanted is definitely not lacking in action! This was a fast-paced read, with the action starting from chapter one and keeping you in it’s grip until the very end. There was no point in this story that I felt like it was lagging or getting dull. I do enjoy a fantasy that can keep me interested throughout the entire story. This was expertly paced, which made it a very quick read.

I also enjoyed the development of both our main characters, Lilac and Garin. It was interesting to follow a heroine who wasn’t immediately a badass. Lilac is definitely fierce and bold when she is cornered, but you can tell she’s spent most of her life locked away in a castle. She makes some… dubious choices, but, you know what? It’s a little refreshing reading about a heroine that isn’t instantly perfect. Lilac is messy and has flaws and it makes her a nuanced character. I felt like I would have like to see her grow a little more throughout the book, but this is the first book of a series, so it kinda makes sense. Her arc is yet to be completed!

As for Garin, he was an interesting protagonist. Again, like Lilac, he has his issues and flaws that made him come alive on the page. He is kind of your typical, tortured bad boy, but there are little traits sprinkled into him that make him just that much more intriguing. I honestly wish we could have had more of his prospective in the story! Either way, I liked watching his development as I read this book.

The one thing I would say felt a little rushed to me was the romance. This is probably because I went into this expecting more fantasy than romance. The fantasy elements were fantastic, but the romance very quickly took over. It felt a little insta-lovey, which is not my favorite thing. Still, even with the insta-love, I thought the author did a beautiful job of twisting the heartstrings as we watched these two spiral towards one another.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the world-building. I loved all the myths and supernatural creatures that were woven throughout this book! And the creepy, atmospheric descriptions of the forest Brocèliande were just… *chef’s kiss* The author has a way with beautifully wrought descriptions. It was so easy to picture the forest in my mind’s eye. I felt the closeness of the witch’s hut. Strong descriptions are something I always appreciate in my fantasy reads! It makes it so easy to get lost in the story.

Final thoughts: This was a dark, atmospheric fantasy book that will have you captivated from page one. The characters are interesting to follow and I really enjoyed watching their development. I was a little thrown off with how much romance was in this book, but I still enjoyed my reading experience.

Star rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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