March 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Now that we’re in the middle of our first week of April, I figured it was time to do my wrap up for March! I’m also trying to be more punctual with my wrap ups than I was in 2020, lol. March was quite the reading month for me, what with buddy reads and participating in the Trope-ical Readathon. I read the most I have all year and I thoroughly enjoyed most of what I read! I also realized that I am super behind on my non-blog tour reviews 😅

But let’s not focus on that right now! Let’s talk about what I read in the month of March.


Books Read


Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

Book: Ranger’s Oath by Blake Arthur Peel

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: This was one of my blog tour books for the month of March. I ended up enjoying this one, though it could be a bit info-dumpy. The characters were interesting and the world was easy to get lost in, so it made for a quick read! You can read my full thoughts here!


Book: Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: This book made me realize that I don’t dislike all werewolf stories. This was so good and not at all what I was expecting! For the Trope-ical Readathon, I was on Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller and this was one of the choices for the team book. I’m so glad it was because I probably would never have picked it up otherwise! I’ll definitely be reading more from this author.


Book: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: I’ve finally decided to give the Lord of the Rings trilogy another go with a little prodding from some of the Write Reads gang. I… was not a fan when I first tried these books, to state it mildly. However, I’m going the audiobook route this time and, I have to say, I’m absolutely loving the experience! It helps to have friends to talk to about the story as we go 💕

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Blog Tour: Fid’s Crusade by David H. Reiss

Hello, reader!

Look at me posting three days in a row. And with three blog tours no less! I will admit that I’m most excited about this one as I’ll be talking about my favorite book I read as a BBNYA panelist in 2020. It’s a superhero story that focuses on a supervillain who isn’t all he seems to be. I’m talking about Fid’s Crusade by David H. Reiss! Spoiler alert: I loved this book and I’m so excited that it won second place in last year’s BBNYA competition!

But, before I get to the tour post, what is BBNYA? BBNYA (Book Blogger Novel of the Year Award) is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the 2021 BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website (https://www.bbnya.com/) or our Twitter account, @BBNYA_Official. If you would like to sign-up and enter your book, you can find the BBNYA 2021 AUTHOR SIGN UP FORM HERE. Please make sure to carefully read our terms and conditions before entering. 

BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society (If you love beautiful books you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group TheWriteReads.  I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition organized by the @The_WriteReads tours team. I want to thank them so much for sending me a free copy of the e-book so I could participate in the awards! All opinions are my own, unbiased, and completely honest.

Alright, let’s dive in!


Synopsis


“Rage, grief and guilt have fueled Doctor Fid’s endless quest to punish the unworthy and he has left a long trail of blood and misery in his wake. For more than two decades, the sight of the villain’s powered armor has struck fear into the hearts of hero and civilian alike! But when a personal tragedy motivates Doctor Fid to investigate a crime, he uncovers a plot so heinous that even he is taken aback.

Haunted by painful memories and profound guilt, the veteran supervillain must race against time if he is to have any hope of confronting the approaching threat. Every battle takes its toll…but the stakes are too high for retreat to be an option.

In the end, it may take a villain to save the world from those entrusted with the world’s protection.

Winner of the “Science-Fiction / Fantasy / Horror” category in the 2018 Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize, and IndieBRAG medallion honoree”

Book Details


  • Author: David H. Reiss
  • Series: The Chronicles of Fid #1
  • Publication date: April 3rd, 2018
  • Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Superhero violence, blood, child death, gore

Book Links

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Blog Tour: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m bringing you a blog tour for a YA thriller that might seem familiar if you’ve been around my blog. I did a first impressions for What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson a couple weeks ago. Now, having finished the book, I’m here to bring you my full thoughts! Let me just say, if you like your YA on the darker side, you should definitely stick around to learn more about this one.

Before we jump in, though, I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads, the publisher, Penguin, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation with this tour. It’s very much appreciated.

Alright, let’s get to it!


Synopsis


When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?

Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.

So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.

Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.

Looking back, I think I did . . .

Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Daniel Woodrell, What Beauty There Is an unforgettable debut novel that is as compulsive as it is beautiful, and unflinchingly explores the power of determination, survival and love.

Beautifully written and superbly constructed, Anderson pulls you onto a chilling footpath of love and loss and keeps you there until you’ve read every last word’ Ruta Sepetys, bestselling author of Between Shades of Grey

Book Details


  • Author: What Beauty There Is
  • Series: What Beauty There Is #1
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication date: April 8th, 2021
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Please check out the page for this book on BookTriggerWarnings.com to see a full list of content and trigger warnings.

Book Links

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First Lines Friday #8

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

It’s Friday! I would be more excited about that if I didn’t have to work this weekend, but what can ya do? Either way, I am excited to share with you my pick for First Lines Fridays! I have a lot of exciting books on my TBR for April, but this is probably the one I’m the most excited to read. I’m participating in #NetgalleyApril with a few bookish friends so I can try and clean up my backlog. This book happens to be one of the ones I need to read and I can’t wait to pick it up! See if you can guess what it is from the first few lines and a couple of hints 😉


The Line(s):

Today is the Ritual of Purity.
The thought nervously circles in my head as I hurry toward the barn, gathering my cloak to ward of the cold.


The Hints:

This is a YA fantasy that was just released this year.

The cover is absolutely gorgeous 😍

It has some pretty heavy topics, so definitely check trigger warnings!


The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

“Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.”


Just look at this beauty! I can’t wait to finally crack it open and read what I’ve heard so many people rave about.

Did those first few lines capture your attention? Did they make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

#5OnMyTBR – Royalty

#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!

We’ve made it to the last Monday of March and that means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! First, can we talk about how we’re almost done with March? Unlike March 2020, that took fifty years to be over, this one has flown by! It’s almost April and I’m just not ready, lol.

You know what I am ready for, though? Talking about five books featuring royalty that are on my to be read pile! (My transitions are smooth like butter 😂) There were quite a few I had to choose from, so I’ve picked five that I’m most likely to pick up sooner rather than later. So let’s see which books have made the list!


#1. A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

Imma be honest and let you know I didn’t really know there was royalty involved until I read the synopsis. I got a beautiful copy of this book from Illumicrate and I really want to read it, lol. It works for this list, though, because one of the main characters is a fae prince and another is the outcast of the royal fae family! Which already sounds like a recipe for d r a m a. The author also shared a song playlist for the book which makes me want to read this even more!

#2. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai is one of my favorite characters from the Grishaverse, so it only makes sense that I would be excited to read a book centered around him. Of course, I say I’m excited and, yet, I haven’t even bought the book 😅 Probably because I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom either and I want to read that one first. Yeah… I’m terrible, I know! But, once I finally get myself in gear, I can’t wait to read about Nikolai as he maneuvers about being a king.

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The Outstanding Blogger Award

Hello, reader!

Today on the blog, I’m playing tag catch-up once again. This time, I’ll be doing the Outstanding Blogger Award! I was lucky enough to be tagged by two incredible bloggers, Danni @ _ForBooksSake and Kat @ KB Book Reviews. They both have wonderful blogs and talk about a wide range of books! If you’re looking for new bookish people to follow, you can’t go wrong with Danni and Kat 💕 I’m excited to see what questions they have for me.

That being said, let’s jump in!


The Rules:

  • Have the link to the creator’s original award post
  • Answer the questions provided
  • Create 7 unique questions
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated

Danni’s Questions:

#1. What was your favourite read of 2020?

If you’ve been around my blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard me gush about Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. It’s one of the few books that I’ve re-read and that was in the first year it was released. That’s how much I loved it! It’s a beautifully vibrant YA fantasy that follows an incredible character named Tarisai. I fell in love with the story, the world, and especially the characters. The found family vibes are immaculate and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! Which may or may not be popping up later in this post, who knows *winkwink*

#2. What are you hoping to achieve in 2021?

I think the main thing I want to focus on in 2021 is finding a good life-work-blogging balance. I’m the type of person that throws her all into something, but that is usually at the determent of all the other aspects of my life 😅 So I’m trying to be better at not hyper-focusing on just one thing and making sure I put effort into all aspects of my life, not just one. I think I’m getting there! Slowly, but surely, y’all.

#3. What is your most anticipated release of 2021?

Oh, hey, look who it is! Redemptor is the sequel to the book I was gushing about in the first question. I was just approved for an e-ARC on Netgalley and I was practically vibrating! It took all my willpower to not drop every book I’m reading right now to immediately pick this one up. I need to know what is going to happen to Tarisai, how she’s going to move on from the events at the end of Raybearer, and I need to know how it’s all going to wrap up! I’m both stoked and sad that this is a duology, lol. Don’t be surprised if this one sneaks it’s way onto my April TBR. Though maybe I’ll do another re-read of Raybearer first… hmmm…

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First Impression: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m bringing you a post I haven’t done before… a first impression! This is for the blog tour for What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson, a YA thriller that promises some dark twists and turns. This tour is being hosted by The Write Reads, so I must thank Dave and the publisher, Penguin, for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation with this tour. Though I’ll just be giving you my initial thoughts on this book in this post, I’ll have a few review up at the beginning of April. Keep your eyes out for that if this post piques your interest!


Synopsis


When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?

Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.

So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.

Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.

Looking back, I think I did . . .

Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Daniel Woodrell, What Beauty There Is an unforgettable debut novel that is as compulsive as it is beautiful, and unflinchingly explores the power of determination, survival and love.

Beautifully written and superbly constructed, Anderson pulls you onto a chilling footpath of love and loss and keeps you there until you’ve read every last word’ Ruta Sepetys, bestselling author of Between Shades of Grey

Book Details


  • Author: What Beauty There Is
  • Series: What Beauty There Is #1
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication date: April 8th, 2021
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Please check out the page for this book on BookTriggerWarnings.com to see a full list of content and trigger warnings.

Book Links

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#5OnMyTBR – Green Covers

#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!

I’m back with another 5 On My TBR post! Today, we’re going to be focusing on books with green covers. I wasn’t sure if I would have a lot of green books from which to choose… at least none that immediately popped into my head. A lot of the covers I gravitate towards are either blue or black. Blue being my favorite color and black just being kind of ubiquitous on book covers, lol. After going through my TBR, however, there were a lot more than I was expecting! Here are the five that I’ve chosen as the ones I’m most excited to read. Let’s jump in!


#1. The Queen’s Gambit by Beth Brower

We’ll start this list with a fantasy novel that has been on my TBR for an embarrassing amount of time. So long, in fact, that I completely forgot what it was about 😅 It seems like it’s a classic fantasy tale of a kingdom at war with a leader who has to make tough choices. Throw in an enemy soldier who defects but may or may not be a spy and it sounds like something I’m going to enjoy! It also has an average rating of 4.36 on Goodreads, which is pretty impressive! I should pick this one up sooner than later.

#2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is probably the greenest of the green books on this list, lol. It’s also one of the ones I’m most excited to read. I’ve only read one book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I absolutely loved it. And I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this one. It focuses on the titular Evelyn Hugo as she recounts her life story to a young journalist. There’s drama, there’s romance, and it has a LGBT aspect! It sounds like something I’m going to really enjoy.

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Blog Tour: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

Hello, reader!

I’m back with another BBNYA blog tour hosted by @TheWriteReads and sponsered by The Folio Society! This time, I’ll be delving into a young adult fantasy by a well-known indie author that involves a post-apocalyptic setting, a mysterious disease, and vampires! I’m talking about the first book in the Sovereign series, The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey. This is one of the books I didn’t get to read as a BBNYA panelist last year, but I was definitely intrigued when it won 4th place!

But, before I get to the tour post, what is BBNYA? BBNYA (Book Blogger Novel of the Year Award) is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the 2021 BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website (https://www.bbnya.com/) or our Twitter account, @BBNYA_Official. If you would like to sign-up and enter your book, you can find the BBNYA 2021 AUTHOR SIGN UP FORM HERE. Please make sure to carefully read our terms and conditions before entering. 

BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society (If you love beautiful books you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group TheWriteReads.  I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition organized by the @The_WriteReads tours team. I want to thank them so much for sending me a free copy of the e-book so I could participate in the awards! All opinions are my own, unbiased, and completely honest.

Now let’s dive in!


Synopsis


“In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.”

Book Details


  • Author: Josie Jaffrey
  • Series: Sovereign #1
  • Publisher: Silver Sun Books
  • Publication date: June 25th, 2018
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Blood, physical abuse, abusive relationship, gore, slavery, violence

Book Links

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#5OnMyTBR – Mythology

#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!

We’ve arrived at another 5 On My TBR Monday and I’m super excited about this one! Why? Because this week’s theme is mythology! I love mythology from all different cultures and I especially love mythological retellings. They are some of my favorite stories, so you can imagine that there are quite a few on my TBR. It was difficult picking just five to highlight today, but I’ve chosen the five that I’m the most eager to pick up. They are all retellings of or inspired by mythology from a variety of cultures and I can’t wait to read them!


#1. Star Daughter by Shevta Thakrar

I’ve been wanting to read this YA fantasy inspired by Hindu mythology for quite some time. I have to be honest that the cover drew me in first. I mean… just look at it! But the concept sounds like it would make for such a great story. A young woman who is part human, part star, has to appeal to her celestial mother to save her human father. I want to see how that unfolds!

#2. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

I’ve had this adult fantasy on my TBR for quite some time. Since it was first announced, in fact! It is inspired by African mythology and sounds incredibly intriguing. There is a hunter who is contracted to track down a mysterious boy and finds himself entangled with a strange group along the way. I’ve heard it’s rather dark and to definitely check trigger warnings before going in. I’m looking forward to checking it out for myself.

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