WWW Wednesday: May 24, 2023

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.

Current Reads

  • Cursed in Love by Zoe Ashwood: I have been “reading” this for a minute now, but I have to be honest and say that I put it down for awhile. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it! This reverse harem paranormal fantasy has been such a wild ride so far. I put it down because I was feeling a bit of a burnout with paranormal books because I read quite a few back to back to back. Now that I’ve had a bit of a breather, I’ve dived back in and I am loving it!
  • Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells: I’m continuing my reread of the Murderbot series and, so far, this book is just as much of a good time as the first two. I could probably read about Murderbot watching TV for a week and still love it, lol. I adore their character and their thought processes and their wit. I’m really looking forward to getting to the full length novel of this series because getting to hang out with Murderbot for more than a 150 pages sounds incredible.
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Blog Tour Spotlight: They Lie Here by N.S. Ford

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another blog tour hosted by The Write Reads! Today, I’m spotlighting a mystery that promises secrets and danger: They Lie Here by N.S. Ford. Not only does the synopsis sound intriguing, but the cover absolutely pulled me in!

Before I jump into my spotlight, I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads and all the lovely people behind the scenes for allowing me to participate in this tour! It is, as always, very much appreciated.

Alright, now let’s get to it!

  • Title: They Lie Here
  • Author: N.S. Ford
  • Publication date: November 4th, 2022
  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Length: 271 pages
  • Age group: Adult


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Magical Readathon: Orilium Spring Equinox TBR 2023

Hello, reader!

April has arrived and that means it’s time for the Orilium Spring Equinox readathon! This is a part of the Magical Readathon that I’ve been participating in since it’s conception and, I promise you, it is a blast. I always get pumped to head back to Orilium and help my character achieve her goals.

But what is the Magical Readathon? It is the brain child of the marvelous G @ Book Roast, who created the world of Aeldia, where Orilium dwells, and every aspect therein. It’s an incredibly creative readathon where you build a character, choose a guild, and guide your character through classes to achieve their calling. I am notoriously bad at giving all the details in a coherent way, so you should definitely watch G’s announcement video for the scoop:

My Character

✨✨✨ Name: Korrin Musgrave ✨✨✨
✨✨✨ Guild: The Order of the Crescent Moon ✨✨✨
✨✨✨ Current Guild Standing: Revered (210 gp)✨✨✨
✨✨✨ Conduit: Quarterstaff ✨✨✨
✨✨✨ Legacy: Wolf familiar (Venandi) ✨✨✨
✨✨✨ Background: Wildling ✨✨✨
✨✨✨ Province: Irtheria ✨✨✨
✨✨✨ Heritage: Earthling (earth element) ✨✨✨

If you want to learn more about these various choices, you can check out the Brief History of Aeldia on the Google drive. It’s awesome what G has dreamed up!

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February 2023 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Now that the month of March is almost over, perhaps it is time that I finally wrap up my reading from February 😂 March has been A Month and my focus has been shot because of it. I meant to get to this post ages ago but, hey, at least I’m here now, right? Right! February was a decent reading month, though I didn’t read as much as I did in January. Still, I read a lot of books that I thoroughly enjoyed and even had a five star read!

But enough of my rambling. Let me tell you all about the books I read in Feburary!

Books Reads

  • Sacrifice by Vicky Walklate: This was my first read for the currently running blog tours for all of BBNYA’s 2022 finalists! I say this every time I read one of these books, but I can see why this made it to the final round. This was such a quick read that had me immersed in the world the author created. I loved the characters and the worldbuilding. This book certainly made me excited to pick up the next in the series! You can read my full review here. ★★★★
  • Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano: Here begins my binging of the Finlay Donovan series, haha. I wanted to join in on the Literally Dead Book Club discussion of the third book in the series, the pick for February, so I had to catch up! This first book was definitely my favorite in the series so far. It was fun, quirky, and charming in a way that had me completely invested in Finlay and her shenanigans. I have to give props to the audiobook narrator, Angela Dawe, because she really made the story come to life! This was a great first installment to a cozy mystery series. ★★★★
  • Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano: I immediately jumped into the sequel because, ya know, I was on a timeline, lol. I enjoyed this one as well, but not as much as the first book. It was still fun and charming, but the shenanigans started to really stretch my suspension of disbelief. I think this is a concept that can only continue to get more and more unbelievable and I know it’s eventually gonna lose me because I can’t 😂 Still, this was fast-paced, engaging and I still love Finlay and Vero to pieces. Steven can die in a fire, but those two are great! ★★★★
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#5OnMyTBR – Over 500 Pages

#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 hope you’ve had a great start to your week! I’m recovering from a busy work weekend and I am tiiiiired. But I have the next two days off so I’m pretty stoked about that. Now, though, it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! This week’s theme is all about books on the chonky side. That’s because I’m featuring five books on my TBR that are over 500 pages. I honestly have a long list of bigger books on my TBR because I’m easily intimidated, haha. Still, I’m sharing five that I would love to get to sooner rather than later.

With that said, let’s get to the list!

#1. The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

Perhaps the more times I put this book into a post, the more likely I’ll actually read it, lol. This book is doubly intimidating because it’s a bigger book and I know R.F. Kuang is gonna hurt me 😭 I just want Rin to be okay but I get the strong feeling that ain’t gonna happen. Still, I really need to finish this series! I loved the other two books and I know I’m gonna love this one.

#2. Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

I’m so curious about this book. I’ve heard there’s illustrations and it’s like a book within a book which are both aspects that make me want to read it! I’ve also heard a lot of conflicting reviews so that makes me a little hesitant. But I already bought it so I suppose I’m committed now, haha. I’m hoping I love this because the synopsis is super promising!

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WWW Wednesday: Mar 15, 2023

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.

Current Reads

  • Bloodlaced by Courtney Maguire: I’m reading this book for a blog tour currently running for all the finalists of last year’s Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Awards. I have to say, I can see why this was a finalist because it is intensely readable. It has some dark themes and hard topics, so definitely check trigger warnings before jumping in. The way the author has built this world and the characters that populate it has me captivated. I’m flying through this, which is always a good sign! My full review will be coming soon, so keep an eye out for that.
  • One Dark Window by Rachel Gilling: I just picked this up as it’s my 12 friends, 12 recommendations read for the month and, wow, I’m already hooked! It’s a problem because I want to reading this and Bloodlaced at the same time 😂 The world is so rich in this book, so far, and I can already tell I’m going to love our main character, Elspeth. I’m so glad this was my pick for the month cause I feel like I’m going to love it!
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First Lines Friday #74

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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

Hello, reader!

It’s another Friday, which means, it’s time for another First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Seriously, this book has been on my TBR for at least two years. Though, looking at some of the books lingering on my shelves, that’s actually not that long 😅😂 Still, I’ve finally started reading it and, so far, it has me intrigued.

The first few lines definitely pulled me into the story. Now lets see if they will do the same for you!

The Line(s):

“The lights go out. In an instant, everything is in darkness.”

The Hints:

This is a thriller that was released in 2020.

It is set on an island off the Irish coast.

And it all takes place at a wedding.

The Reveal:

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#5OnMyTBR – Title Starting With F

#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!

Happy Presidents Day for those of you in the United States! Or, if you’re lucky enough to have the day off, happy long weekend, haha. I took the week off because I honestly needed a break and I wanted some time to hang out with my kiddos. I’m looking forward to a week of lounging and chilling with the family! Right now, though, it’s time for another 5 On My TBR. This week, I’ll be talking about five books on my TBR that have titles that start with ‘F’. Which was a lot harder to find than I thought it was going to be! The ones I picked, though, are five that I’m eager to read soon.

With that said, let’s get to the list!

#1. Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade

When I first heard about this book, I knew I was going to want to read it. It follows the best friend of the Chosen One, who thinks this whole ‘save-the-world’ stuff is overrated. That sounds like such a fun concept! I’ve heard mixed reviews about the book since it was released, but it’s still high up on my radar. I’m hoping I fall on the side of loving it!

#2. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

I’ve been meaning to read this book since it was released! This book about a trans boy who is being blackmailed while simultaneously falling in love sounds like it would be such an incredible read. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it, as well! It seems like it would be a great read about settling into one’s skin and finding out how to love yourself. Plus the cover is 🔥

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February 2023 TBR

Hello, reader!

I’m back with another monthly TBR! The fact that I’m continuing with this in February should let you know how well it worked out in January. Spoiler for my January wrap up, but I read everything but two of the books on that TBR and I’m pretty proud of it! I also picked up quite a few books that weren’t on my TBR, but I really think having a structured list to refer to helped keep my reading on track.

That being said, it’s time to keep this TBR train running and let you know what I’m planning to read in February!

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  • Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke (my 12 friends, 12 recommendations read of the month!)
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Book Review: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Title: Daisy Darker

Author: Alice Feeney

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: Mystery

Age Group: Adult

Content/Trigger Warnings: Death, alcoholism, infidelity, chronic illness, child abuse, murder, sexual assault

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::TBD::B&N::Amazon::

Goodreads Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling Queen of Twists returns…with a family reunion that leads to murder.

After years of avoiding each other, Daisy Darker’s entire family is assembling for Nana’s 80th birthday party in Nana’s crumbling gothic house on a tiny tidal island. Finally back together one last time, when the tide comes in, they will be cut off from the rest of the world for eight hours.

The family arrives, each of them harboring secrets. Then at the stroke of midnight, as a storm rages, Nana is found dead. And an hour later, the next family member follows…

Trapped on an island where someone is killing them one by one, the Darkers must reckon with their present mystery as well as their past secrets, before the tide comes in and all is revealed.

With a wicked wink to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were NoneDaisy Darker’s unforgettable twists will leave readers reeling.

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