Most Anticipated July 2017 YA Releases 

Every month I find there to be some amazing YA Releases that I want to share and scream about to the world. So here are my most anticipated July YA Releases! 

July 1st 

The Revenge by Hannah Jayne 

From the author of Truly, Madly, Deadly, The Escape, and Twisted, comes another edge of your seat thriller sure to keep you guessing until the last page.
After a bad breakup, Tony’s ex-girlfriend Hope embarrasses him in front of the whole school and spreads vicious rumors. Tony is devastated and in a moment of revenge, he makes the location on her phone public. But a week later, when Hope calls Tony and begs him to stop the prank, he hears a shriek and a car door slamming. Then the call is dropped.
Too late, Tony realizes that he may have put Hope’s life in danger. Can he trace Hope’s movements and save her before times runs out?

So previously this month I was saying that the one genre I’m uncomfortable with read is the thriller and that I’ve been wanted to read some so that I get over that weird fear. So the second I heard about The Revenge I knew I had to check it out. So yes, I’m excited for this heart pounding ya thriller! 

July 4th

The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride

Product Description

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal. 
Bailey, “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up. 
But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next door she’s always pined for. 
With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim. 
The latest heart-pounding thriller from Kristina McBride blends elements of Gone Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Stephen King into a story that will leave you guessing until the final pages. 

I’m two for two with the ya thrillers and this one sounds so cool! This is the kind of premise that I am down for. It feels like it’s going to be like a great lmn film that you don’t want to end! 

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?


Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home—and the place where Juliet grew up. 
Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together—scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream—vanish every seven years. 
No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible—and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.  
As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up. 

I have heard amazing things about this book and I’m I am in desperate need of reading a ya horror and this one sounds so good!

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

Fans of More Happy Than Not, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story will cheer for Adam as he struggles with schizophrenia in this brilliantly honest and unexpectedly funny debut. 


Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t. 


Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret. 

This sounds like such an emotional take on mental-illness and I haven’t read a ya with the mc having schizophrenia before. Plus the cover somehow calls to me. 

All the Ways the World can End by Abigail Sher 

All the Ways the World can End by Abby Sher is at times heart wrenching while at others hilarious. Lenny (short for Eleanor) feels like the world is about to end. Her best friend is moving to San Francisco and her dad is dying. To cope with her stress Lenny is making a list of all the ways the world can end―designer pathogens, blood moon prophecies, alien invasion―and stockpiling supplies in a bunker in the backyard. Then she starts to develop feelings for her dad’s very nice young doctor―and she thinks he may have feelings for her too. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t. But a more age-appropriate love interest might. In a time of complete uncertainty, one thing’s for sure: Lenny’s about to see how everything is ending and beginning. All at the same time.

This book feels so cute to me and in some ways rather nerdy. Something tells me that I would love this book if I read it. 

July 11th

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller 

“Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful, The Art of Starving is a classic in the making.”—Book Riot
Matt hasn’t eaten in days. His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal, but Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.
Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.
So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe?
Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger…and he isn’t in control of all of them.

A magical realism novel that Includes a boy with an eating disorder and a whole bunch of emotional heartache. I NEED this book! It sounds too good to pass up! 

July 18th 

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn 
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough. 
The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.  
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

I will always have a need to read up-and-coming ya fantasies and fantasy books in general. An Indian fantasy with some awesome romance makes this book irresistible to me. 

The Special Ones by Em Bailey 

Esther is one of the Special Ones: four young spiritual guides who live in a remote farmhouse under the protection of a mysterious cult leader. He watches them around the clock, ready to punish them if they forget who they are—and all the while, broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside. 

     Esther knows that if she stops being Special, he will “renew” her. Nobody knows what happens to the Special Ones who are taken away from the farm for renewal, but Esther fears the worst. Like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape. 

One thing that really interests me is cults. Something about the mystery and the dangerous nature of them capture my interest. So this book is really high on my radar for this month. 

July 25th

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires. 
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show. 
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered. 
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca. Their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.

A fantasy and carnival mixed in one… day no more.. I want this book and I want it in my hands ASAP! 

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas 

For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls. 
Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. 
Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them. 
Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident. 
But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers. 
Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone. 

I seem to have a lot of thrillers on this list… it seems ya has more thrillers in the world then I thought… this one sounds like such a cool psychological thriller that would keep my at the edge of my seat. 

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz 

A beautiful and evocative look at identity and creativity, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls is a stunning debut in magical realism. Perfect for fans of The Walls Around Us and Bone Gap.
Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile in the past year.
Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is in a coma. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.
Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.
At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she hasn’t ever before. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.

A lesbian Latinx mc mixed in with an artistic magical realism novel makes me so excited! I wish I could have read this book for pride month it sounds too cool!

Thanks for reading! What books for this list are you most excited for? What is your favorite cover from the books listed? 

-Till next time!


Song of the Current: A Review 

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser 

My Rating: 5 Sparkling Stars! 

Publisher: Bloomsbury 

Published: June 6th, 2017

Received: Giveaway from the author!

Purchase: Amazon


Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.
Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.
From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark. 
This book stole me away and took me sailing on an epic adventure across the river beds. I devoured this book! I received this book yesterday in the mail (along with some lovely related goodies) and once I started reading it I could not put it down. I must say I was quite enchanted by this story and the rich description and glorious hate-to-love romance. 
This book was on my most anticipated releases of June 2017 list and I’m happy to know that it was for good reason. I’m so so in love with this story and all the characters that live inside it that I just want to carry it around everywhere and tell everyone to read it! I also loved how easy it was to read. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of heavier topics of books in recent months that have been emotionally taxing and this book was a breathe of salty sweet sea air. 
Caroline is such an amazing heroine for this story. She’s not afraid to jump into muddy water and do what’s necessary to get a job done, but she also has a sense of humor and takes everything in stride. Her journey of self-discovery was an amazing one to read about and I want to read more of her adventures as soon as possible!! 
One of my favorite parts of the novel though is the feminist undertones. I mean there were so many prominent female characters and that is something to celebrate. A wherry with an all female crew, Caroline’s mom who is a top-notch negotiator and all around badass, and so many more! It made me feel so good inside to see so many women betrayed so strongly. 
However, the other important tidbit is the emphasis on consent. I feel like in ya novels normalizing consent is huge. I hate that consent is something that I feel needs to be normalized, but the sad truth is that it does and this book does a brilliant job of adding to that normalization. 
With an amazing cast of characters, heart-stopping action, and a blistering romance to tug at your heart, this novel is well worth the read and you won’t ever regret it. 

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed my review and will consider diving into Song of the Current. This book has made me happier then I have been in a long time. 

Silence is Golden: A Review 

Silence is Golden by Robert Thier

My Rating: How does one rate a book that has taken over their lives? When even  an infinity of stars doesn’t quite seem to encapture the amount of love that lives in the heart for this books. Needless to say, my Goodreads rating is 5 stars!

Series: Book 3 of the Storm and Silence series

Publisher: None/Robert himself?

Published: Chapter by chapter on Wattpad (though a physical copy will be available in the coming weeks if Robert himself is to be believed.)

Recieved: Read this book on wattpad chapter by chapter for 46 weeks… 

Purchase: this title is not available for Pre-Order or purchase at this time, but you can read it for free on wattpad here.


Silent. Cold. Chiselled perfection. That is Rikkard Ambrose, the most powerful business mogul in Great Britain.
Free-spirited. Fiery. Definitely NOT attracted to the aforementioned business mogul. That is Lilly Linton, his personal secretary and secret weapon.
The two have been playing a cat and mouse game for months. So far, Lilly has been able to fight down and deny her attraction to Mr Ambrose. But what happens when suddenly, the dark secrets of his past begin to surface and they are forced to go on a perilous journey into the South-American jungle? A journey they can only survive if they band together?


I can’t explain all the internal screaming and exuberant happiness and feelings I have for this book. So much happens and it was all SO AMAZING! 

Every single chapter left me anticipating the next and wanting so much more and the abundance of humor in this book makes my heart soar. Rikkard Ambrose and Lilly Linton are two of my favorite characters to read about for eternity. Seriously, if it was just me and this book series alone for the rest of my life I would be totally content. 

This series is infamous for it’s crawling, inching, S L O W burning romance and not at all is this a bad thing. I LIVE for Rikkard’s and Lilly’s banter and tenuous attraction. I was just so happy to see some heat in this book (is this literal or figurative… or Both… you have to read the book to find out). Robert Thier is a master and keeping you in suspense, but all the while doing it tastefully as in the mean time everything is always entertaining and fun to read. 

I loved the adventure of this book. It felt so awesome that they went to the jungle in search of things to increase Rikkard’s non-straining bank account… (I.e. Lots and lots of gold). The fact that he let Lilly be the one to interpret and translate the map made me so happy. To see them “working” (I say this tentatively) together was all kinds of awesome and I have to say it made my heart full. 

If you haven’t read Storm and Silence READ IT. You can read it for free here or you can purchase a paperback here. If you haven’t read book 2 In The Eye of the Storm you can read it for free here or you can purchase a copy here. You already have the link above to book 3. 

READ THESE BOOKS! I don’t know of any series that I could want to recommend more then these… you will love them!!!! (I Guarantee It!)

Thanks for reading! If I could hypnotize you to start reading Storm and Silence right now I would. 

US Readers: My sister and I have a Giveaway going on on our Candle Buisness Instagram for the Candle depicted below:

Click the link here to enter! Further details are on the Instagram post. 

-Till next time!

It’s Wednesday! What are you reading?

Welcome once more to what are you reading, Wednesday! This is one of my favorite memes around because I love hearing about what everyone is reading and what initial thoughts are on a book. As a book worm those are things I love to know! 

First off though I will talk about the book I most recently read. 

This Impossible Light by Lily Myers 

From the YouTube slam poetry star of “Shrinking Women” (more than 5 million views!) comes a novel in verse about body image, eating disorders, self-worth, mothers and daughters, and the psychological scars we inherit from our parents. 
Fifteen-year-old Ivy’s world is in flux. Her dad has moved out, her mother is withdrawn, her brother is off at college, and her best friend, Anna, has grown distant. Worst of all, Ivy’s body won’t stop expanding. She’s getting taller and curvier, with no end in sight. Even her beloved math class offers no clear solution to the imbalanced equation that has become Ivy’s life. 


Everything feels off-kilter until a skipped meal leads to a boost in confidence and reminds Ivy that her life is her own. If Ivy can just limit what she eats—the way her mother seems to—she can stop herself from growing, focus on the upcoming math competition, and reclaim control of her life. But when her disordered eating leads to missed opportunities and a devastating health scare, Ivy realizes that she must weigh her mother’s issues against her own, and discover what it means to be a part of—and apart from—her family. 


This Impossible Light explores the powerful reality that identity and self-worth must be taught before they are learned. Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins. 

This Impossible Light was a gorgeous poetry novel that felt so achingly real and sad dealing with a downward spiral into an eating disorder. Such a beautifully written piece of art and I wish for everyone to read it! 

What I am currently reading: 

Silence is Golden by Robert Thier 

The Comedy! The Romance! The Heist! The Jungle! THIS BOOK is EVERYTHING!!!!! If you haven’t read the first book Storm and Silence…. READ IT NOW!!! It’s free on wattpad so no excuses…. READ IT!!! It’s too good to miss!!!

Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

Cover reveal to be revealed here on my blog tomorrow!!!! 

So far this book is hitting me like a truck. Just the premise of it and what happens right at the very beginning is so sad.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I’m almost finished with this book… I’ve been reading it for a while and do to spoiling myself as to what happens with one particular relationship ahead of time I needed to take a breather before coming back to it. Soon I will finish this book. Soon I swear it!!

What I think I will be reading next: 

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

The more I touch someone, the more I can see and understand, and the more I think I can help. But that’s my mistake. I can’t help. You can’t fix people like you can solve a math problem.
Math genius. Freak of nature. Loner.
Eva Walker has literally one friend—if you don’t count her quadruplet three-year-old-siblings—and it’s not even because she’s a math nerd. No, Eva is a loner out of necessity, because everyone and everything around her is an emotional minefield. All she has to do is touch someone, or their shirt, or their cell phone, and she can read all their secrets, their insecurities, their fears.
Sure, Eva’s “gift” comes in handy when she’s tutoring math and she can learn where people are struggling just by touching their calculators. For the most part, though, it’s safer to keep her hands to herself. Until she meets six-foot-three, cute-without-trying Zenn Bennett, who makes that nearly impossible.
Zenn’s jacket gives Eva such a dark and violent vision that you’d think not touching him would be easy. But sometimes you have to take a risk… 

This book sounds too cute and too cool for me to put off much longer. Plus, I am in need of a good geeky kind of read and this feels like just right. 

So, what are you reading? Or what have you just finished reading? 

Thank you all for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. 

-Till next time! 

May Reading Wrap-Up 2017

I’ve had a fabulous reading month this month. Which is surprising because the last few months have been pretty slow. So here are the books I’ve read this month! I was going to read 12 books this month, but I read a bit less then that, but I’m still proud because I read more books then earlier months! 

Dying by Cory Taylor 

I loved this book although it made me cry so many tears at the end, it was beautiful and well worth the read! 

A deeply affecting meditation on dying and a wise tribute to life
At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor’s retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience―the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance―of knowing she will soon die.
Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautiful memoir is a clear-eyed account of what dying teaches: Taylor describes the tangle of her feelings, remembers the lives and deaths of her parents, and examines why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her death.
Taylor’s last words offer a vocabulary for readers to speak about the most difficult thing any of us will face. And while Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on death, it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.

Stupid Flowers by Brice Maiurro

This was an amazing poetry collection! I loved it! Also, when your review is quoted on the Goodreads description… 🙂 

“In a playful, often humorous way, Maiurro effortlessly draws on the strange, the surreal, and sometimes the intangible to create the most beautiful and magical imagery.” -Ann Reads Them
“So much of this poetry book is absolutely gorgeous, but not in any way that could be remotely considered typical.” –The Book Raven (hey this is me I wrote this… wahhh!!!)
these poems pull dream from the mundane / these poems are big fish / these poems are bullshit / these poems are that expensive tea with vaguely eastern imagery on the box that says it’s good for anxiety / these poems were written drunk on cough syrup / high on road trip / tripping on murakami / these poems are a call to spiritual warfare / to graceful failure / these poems talk about what we talk about when we talk about robots / these poems are lullabies for insomniacs / for the manic pixie dream boys / these poems are marlboro reds / these poems are newport refries / these poems are poorly timed nirvana / closet skeletons / angels skanking / dances with wolves / your best christopher walken imitation / a fist fight with hemingway / a fist fight with frida / that record that you leave skipping / a city in the middle of nowhere / a bebop manifesto / a train wreck / an awkward first date / these poems / are the stupid flowers / that bloom / in the middle of the night / in the middle of winter 

Magic With Skin On by Morgan Nikola-Wren

This poetry book was too cool for words!!  I haven’t reviewed it, but I will eventually. I’m so happy this book exists! It is truly magical. 

In her much-anticipated debut poetry collection, Morgan Nikola-Wren has woven her signature romantic grit through a stunning, modern-day fairy tale. Chronicling the relationship between a lonely artist and her absent–albeit abusive–muse, Magic with Skin On will gently break you, then put you back together again.

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by So Many Authors!

This book is everything! Everyone needs to read it ASAP!!!

Have you ever wanted to be a superheroine? Join a fandom? Create the perfect empowering playlist? Understand exactly what it means to be a feminist in the twenty-first century? You’ve come to the right place.
Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like. Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are.
Welcome to one of the most life-changing parties around!

Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian

Quirky yet fun and full of great family relationships, I truly enjoyed this book!

For fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Judy Gregerson’s Bad Girls Club, this is a deeply moving and exquisite novel about a girl traumatized by her mother’s serious mental illness, and the steps she takes to save her from destruction. 
Bright lights, big trouble. 
When Van arrives in Las Vegas at the upscale Silver Saddle casino with her mother—a brilliant businesswoman with fragile mental health—she learns that her mother assigned her a college student, Alex, to “babysit” her. Van is used to having to land on her feet—her mother and surrogate grandmother move from city to city all the time like corporate nomads, but she is not thrilled to have someone watching her now. 
When Alex introduces Van, a talented musician, to an all-girl Sleater-Kinney-style band, she finally has a chance to let her guitar skills shine. But just as she’s about to play her first gig, her mother is lured to Arizona by a con man promising a “vision quest,” and Van must go on the road to find and save her mom from a self-help cult that could ultimately destroy her.

The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne

I was living for this Graphic novel! A Peter Pan retelling to boot. All I wanted was more!

16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once rational teenager – shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is The Wendy Project merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds? 

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

This book was amazing! One of my new all time favorites. Read it!

The Ship is a luminous and genre-defying debut novel that follows a young woman’s coming of age in a world where she has no future. 
London burned for three weeks. And then it got worse…
Lalla has grown up sheltered from the chaos amid the ruins of civilization. But things are getting more dangerous outside. People are killing each other for husks of bread, and the police are detaining anyone without an identification card. On her sixteenth birthday, Lalla’s father decides it’s time to use their escape route–a ship he’s built that is only big enough to save five hundred people.
But the utopia her father has created isn’t everything it appears. There’s more food than anyone can eat, but nothing grows; more clothes than anyone can wear, but no way to mend them; and no-one can tell her where they are going. 

That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed the post. 

Also I have an update for #my500words and today I’m happy to say I hit 542 words!! I decided to start a brand new story and I wrote part of a scene that started as a contemporary that then turned into a sci-fi dystopian that I’m so excited to write! I can’t wait to keep you posted in the future!

-Till next time! 

Opening Lines From My TBR

The first thing you are drawn to when you begin a story is the opening line. Often that line can make or break weather you want to read a book or not. I wanted to share opening lines from books on my shelves I haven’t read yet to see if they actually make me want to read that book as of right now. 

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore 


When he grabs Mama’s wrist and yanks her toward the wall hanging like that, it must hurt. 

Freeks by Amanda Hocking


 Behind me, the branches and trees crunched and snapped as the creature tore through them. 

And I Darken by Kiersten White 

Chapter 1

Vlad Dracul’s heavy brow descended like a storm when the doctor informed him that his wife had given birth to a girl. 

Replica by Lauren Oliver 

Lyra : Chapter 1 

On very still nights sometimes we can hear them chanting, calling for us to die. 

Gemma : Chapter 1 

Escape: that was what Gemma dreamed of, especially on nights like this one, when the moon was so big and bright it looked like it was a set piece in a movie, hooked outside her window on a curtain of dark sky. 

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Twelve years earlier…

Mommy forgot to warn the new babysitter about the basement. 

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Chapter 1

Of all my many murders, committed for love and for better reasons, the first was the most important. 

Jane by April Lindner 

Chapter 1 

The chairs in the lobby of Discriminating Nannies, inc., were less comfortable then they looked. 

Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston

The Voice of the Monster 

They were coming for her. 

Made For You by Melissa Marr

Day 0: “The Party”


“Did you see her?” Piper whispers, lifting the same plastic cup of wine she’s been holding the past two hours as of it hides her. 

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller 

Chapter 1 

It came in a plain white envelope, which made both more and less of its significance. 

Alive by Scott Sigler 

Chapter 1 

A stabbing pain jolts me awake. 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Chapter 1 

April 9th, 1995 

The Oregon Coast

If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are. 

For so many reasons I want to read all these books and for quite a few I had to stop myself from wanting to dive in past the first line cough cough *Jane Steele* cough cough. In truth I’m excited for all of these and I can’t wait to dive into these books on my shelves! 

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked this post. Which of these lines stood out to you the most? If you have read any of these books, what did you think of them? I hope to speak with you all down in the comments. 

-Till Next time!

Goodreads, Posting Star Ratings on Books you Haven’t Read: A Discussion

I’ve been checking out Goodreads reviews a lot more lately and I’ve noticed a trend happening that made me look up my ceiling and wonder why? The Goodreads reading and reviewing system works it’s best when reviewer do their part and rate books they spent hours reading and reading so they could share their thoughts. However, the integrity of that system is lost when people start rating books they never read a word of. 

This is a trend that I’m simply NOT ok with. For one thing this is a matter of respect. Of respecting authors and frankly other reviewers that may or may not be interested in a book but then see the sea of 1 stars from people who haven’t even read the book and think “That book must be terrible there is no way I’m reading that.” You cannot judge a book that you have not read. You might be able to see if you are interested in it based on reviews, blurbs, the author, and the cover itself, but you CANNOT rate it if you never took the time to open the book and read it. 

This goes for those who rate a book 5 stars without having read it as well. It is a false rating of the book and messes with the average rating that would be a helpful score for people to look at if only those who read the book actually rated it. 

The worst thing is though, there is a way to share your thoughts about a book without rating it. If you want to say that your not interested in reading let’s say “The Diviners” (an amazing book btw) don’t rate the book 1 star and start complaining about why you don’t want to read it. You can share why, but just don’t rate the book. Hell, talk about it while commenting on others reviews, but do NOT rate the book. 

*disclaimer* this is in no way related to reviewing books you have DNF’ed, as long as you didn’t DNF page 1 then you probably read enough to rate the book and talk about what went wrong for you. 

I’ve been seeing this trend way too often recently and I’m desperate for it to stop. There is honestly no reason for anyone to try and rate or essentially grade something that they’ve never even looked at. It saddens me at some primal level. 

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic! (Even if you do not agree with me) I’m sorry if this was a little ranty, I have just seen this too often lately and I’m fed up and tired of it. 

-Till next time!

Top 10 Books with Mermaid Covers 

One of the hardest types of covers to do right is the mermaid book cover. Most of the time they come out childish or too cliché. Here are some of my favorite Mermaid book covers! 

The Secret History of Mermaids 

Cursed Maden 

Elijah’s Mermaid 

The WaterFire Saga

The Little Mermaid 

Water Book One 

The Siren 

That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed these covers. Let me know which one was your favorite down in the comments. 

-Till next time! 

Goodreads: Reducing My Massive TBR

As of right now, my Goodreads TBR is approaching 2,000 books and this is something that I need to remedy as soon as I can. So what I am going to do is share with you all some of the books that I am deciding to take down from a TBR that has long sense gotten away from me. 

Once Upon A Time Books

This huge set of retellings is one I am no longer interested in reading. Getting rid of these 19 books on my tbr is huge for keeping things a bit more tidy. I actually owned three of these in a book bundle, but never enjoyed reading it at all. 

The Wings of War Series by Karen Ann Hopkins

These three books are a series I wanted to read a very long time ago that I am no longer interested in. Letting them go from my tbr makes me a little sad but at the same time I don’t want to keep any books on my tbr that I know I won’t ever be reading. 

A Song Of Ice and Fire Series 

I will probably watch the show eventually but I know know that the books themselves just aren’t for me. 

All Stephan King Books Besides his book On Writing 

Stephan King is an author who’s work I tried so hard to get into but couldn’t. So all his books on my tbr besides his book on writing are now leaving my tbr. 

The Sirintha Jax series

This series is simply too big and my time too non-existent for me to read this. 

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series

It’s been too long since I read the first three books for me to want to keep these books on my goodreads. I’m excited for many of Maggie’s other books though! 

The Body Finder series 

Again I’m simply no longer interested enough to read these books. I am really trying to focus more on the books I really want to read myself lately and a lot of these books just no longer pique my interest. 

That’s all for now, thank you all for reading! I hope you liked this post and I’d love to know how you keep up your Goodreads tbr? 

-Till next time!

The Raven Book Crate: Progress is Happening!!

Hello everyone!! 

I’m so excited because as each day passes more and more progress is happening and I’m happy to share some of it with you all! 

As of right now, I have finalized what my create will consist of and have figured out the books that will be included for the first 5 months!!!

For those of you that are wondering about specifics regarding the crate here are the things you need to know: 

The Raven Book Crate is a young adult book subscription box that will include: 

  • 2 books (1 will always be a recent release) (both books will always complement each other in some way) 
  • 1 bookish Candle from The Candle Caffe 
  • Author letter/swag 
  • Other mysterious items related to the theme of the month. 

For those of you wondering about cost know that it will be: 

$38.99 per month for a month to month subscription 

$113.97 every 3 months for a trimonthly based subscription 

$221.94 every 6 months for a half a year subscription

The first box will launch in August and my website will be up on Crate joy to order in July. 

Teasers for the August Crate: 

I can’t announce the theme just yet but as a little hint the two books I will be complementary opposites in a unique way. I will also reveal that both novels are diverse in different ways as well (having some diverse novels in my first ever crate feels awesome!) 

I have spoken with one of the authors and there will be some awesome author swag coming your way! 

As far as the scent of the bookish candle… let’s just say it will take you somewhere far far away. 

Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this tiny taste into what will be going into my crate! Let me know your thoughts about this and any suggestions that you may have! Just a few weeks ago and this was simply a thought that held me and never let go and now I’m 3 months away from my first launch! I can’t wait to see where this business takes me and I hope to update you all on The Raven Book Crate’s progress as things move along. 

-Till next time!