Flame in the Mist: A Review

Flame in the Mist by Reneé Ahdieh

My Rating: 4 stars!

Cover Rating: 8/10 I’ve always loved this cover! The Phoenix is beautiful. I was immediately drawn to this book because of this gorgeous cover.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Publish Date: May 16th, 2017

Number of Pages: 392 pages

Received: A bookish wish fairy granted me this lovely book!

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: “The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.”

Opening Sentence:In the beginning, there were two suns and two moons.”

Musings:

I had a great time reading this book and I’ll love to one day get my hands on book two! It was a wonderful Mulan retelling with a heroine I would never pick a fight with. This book left me wanting so much more.

What I Loved:

The increasing intensity as the book went on. I love a book that smolders and starts catching momentum. The beginning was fun, but as more started happening things spiced up and I couldn’t get enough!

That I’m not sure if I like Kenshin. Sometimes family aren’t always the best people and as some strange things happen with Kenshin I found myself disliking him and thats not necessarily a bad thing. What I don’t like about him intrigued me and I’m not going to spoil it, but what happened made my jaw drop.

At times it made me laugh. I love lighthearted moments in a story and this one had several. Put a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Especially the moment we meet Ōkami. That moment was so great. Had me screaming yes on the inside.

Ōkami. I really enjoyed his character and the banter he had with Mariko. There was such a fun tension between the two from the beginning even as he believed she was a boy. Also, the way he fights is so cool!

The encampment. I rarely have an appreciation for place, but there was something deadly magical about the encampment. The surroundings. Even the flavor of it. I really enjoyed it.

All in all:

This is a really fun retelling that is full of exciting fights, a growing in intensity kind of love, and a story that gets better as it goes along. If you haven’t already check this book out! It’s a book you won’t regret reading.

About the Author

Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

THANK YOU ALL FOR READING! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below! 

Places to donate to Trans communities:

Trans Equality 

The Trevor Project

Transgender Law Center 

Some BLM resources: 

Link to bail funds to donate to!

Link to petitions to sign! 

Link to a video to watch if you can’t donate!

Check out my Instagram and Twitter

Check out The Book Raven Poetry website

Checkout The Book Raven Poetry Instagramand Twitter

Check out the Sisters of Twilight website.

If you love my content and wish to offer me extra support by me a Kofi on my donation page!

The Warrior Maiden: A Review

The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

My Rating: 3/5 Stars!

Cover Rating: 6/10 it is a beautiful cover. I like the balance of it. It fits what the story is as a Mulan retelling.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publish Date: February 5th, 2019

Number of Pages: 320 pages

Received: the publisher provided a arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale.

“When it comes to happily-ever-afters, Melanie Dickerson is the undisputed queen of fairy-tale romance, and all I can say is—long live the queen!” —Julie Lessman, award-winning author

She knows women are expected to marry, cook, and have children, not go to war. Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret?

When Mulan takes her father’s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this journey her whole life—and that her life, and her mother’s, depends on her success. As the adopted daughter of poor parents, Mulan has little power in the world. If she can’t prove herself on the battlefield, she could face death—or, perhaps worse, marriage to the village butcher.

Disguised as a young man, Mulan meets the German duke’s son, Wolfgang, who is determined to save his people even if it means fighting against his own brother. Wolfgang is exasperated by the new soldier who seems to be one step away from disaster at all times—or showing him up in embarrassing ways.

From rivals to reluctant friends, Mulan and Wolfgang begin to share secrets. But war is an uncertain time and dreams can die as quickly as they are born. When Mulan receives word of danger back home, she must make the ultimate choice. Can she be the son her bitter father never had? Or will she become the strong young woman she was created to be?

This fresh reimagining of the classic tale takes us to fifteenth-century Lithuania where both love and war challenge the strongest of hearts.”

Opening Sentence: “Galloping her horse past the big oak tree, Mulan pulled the bow string taut.”

Musings:

I always have and always will have a soft spot in my heart for retellings. The Warrior Maiden is no exception. Something about being in the world of the familiar in a brand new way is awesome to me and I was happy to read this version of Mulan’s familiar tale.

What I Loved:

Mulan’s resourcefulness. I love a character that thinks outside of the box and sees opportunities where others would see blocks. She takes charge and works as hard as any of the men she fights alongside and it shows.

An interesting brotherly dynamic. Wolfgang and his brother are at an opposition. Wolfgang May be younger, but his elder brother is the black sheep of the family. Their shared guilt over a past event affects them both. One far more then the other and it leads the brother down a darker path.

The spirituality. There is a lot of mention of religion in this book and it’s nice to see. It explores sort of how Christianity was in the past and it was unique to think of how it’s changed and remained the same to this day.

What I Wished were different:

The closeness to the original. I felt like this story was a bit too similar to the original Mulan. It was different technically in the setting, but it essentially felt like the same story. It didn’t have enough of a twist to it for me.

Mulan’s and Wolfgang’s back and forth was slightly frustrating. I just wanted them to sit down and communicate clearly to each other how clearly it was they loved each other and they were both so stuck in their own heads that nothing happened most of the time. I think it’s just a personal pet peeve of mine when two people want nothing more then to love and support each other let weird thoughts and fears get in the way. I hate how something small can turn much larger and it prevents action from being taken. It is realistic, but it is frustrating.

No Mushu. This isn’t actually a concern. Having Mushu or some sort of other animal companion is something that makes me happy in general.

All in all:

I enjoyed the story. It had some action, a bit of romance, some lives being saved. It’s a sweet little adventure retelling and it was a very entertaining read.

About the Author:

“Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing’s Best award, and her book, The Healer’s Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.”

Thanks to everyone for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

The Ballad of Black Tom: A Review

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

My Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Cover Rating: 9/10 Stars! I love this cover! I love the nods to Cthulhu in the tentacles. I love the contrast of the art piece. It’s just Tom holding his guitar looking like he’s about to go do something intense. The only word to describe this cover properly is badass.

Publisher: Tor

Publish Date: February 16th, 2016

Number of Pages: 149

Received: Through the Tor monthly sci-fi/fantasy book club

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

“People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?”

Opening Sentence: “People who move to New York always make the same mistake.”

Musings:

The Ballad of Black Tom is a wonderful nod to one of the greatest horror writers of all time H.P. Lovecraft. I haven’t read much of Lovecraft’s work, only The Call of Cthulhu, but I really enjoyed reading that story. It’s a good one. Lovecraft had a talent and passion for horror like no other. Even so, I could recognize the nods to Lovecraft’s style in the way the story was approached. Something not quite fantasy or sci-fi, but could only be explained as otherworldly. Even as it is very much set within the world we live in.

What I Loved:

The writing. Victor created atmosphere with the way he choose his details. He brought you into New York of the time period and it felt like you could smell the smoke. You could imagine the stares. The many white folk growing uncomfortable in the presence of a black man.

The places. I could imagine each place things occurred in my head. It wasn’t too much description, but just enough. When places were revisited more then once you could imagine that place again and it felt like the same place. The description was very well handled.

The story took after Lovecraft in a great way. This story was all it’s own, however it felt like a Lovecraft story. The way the horror was woven in. The way things go from kinda off to very wrong. It felt very much within the brand of Lovecraft and I really enjoyed that.

It kept me in the halloween mood. Even if this story didn’t creep me out. It did feel very horror-esque. It reminded me of what I love most about the season. What horror does. Tom is a man fighting to stay a good man. Just trying to survive, but when someone gets pushed too far you have to wonder what they’ll do when they just don’t care anymore.

Grey morality. I love books where morality isn’t black and white. In life morality isn’t black and white. Humans are the most terrifying of creatures. That is something I will always keep in mind. It isn’t just the actions Tom takes. It’s the actions of others that lead him to make the choices he did. We all like to think we are completely independent, but how you are treated in life is often majorly impactful on how you choose to act. Even that thought can be terrifying.

The guitar case. For some reason the simplicity of Tom carrying this guitar, the mystery of it made me more and more intrigued by the story. It’s not anything grand and yet the connection between it, Tom, his father, and magic is undeniable. I really loved that about this book.

Final Thoughts:

The Ballad of Black Tom is well worth the read. It’s perfect to put you in the mood for this dark holiday season. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, and horror all rolled into one. I think Lovecraft is smiling in his grave with the thought of inspiring such a atmospheric horror novel written in his honor.

About the Author:

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle’s DESTROYER.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens.

He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and kids. He teaches at Columbia University.

He can be kind of hard to reach, but he still loves you.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. Let me know any horror recommendations you may have for me. I’d love to put together a list.

-Till next time!

The ABC Book Challenge: you must be Joking!

You know I’m back from my sort of hiatus when this challenge comes out for a swing. It’s back to the regularly scheduled programming. Welcome back to the ABC Book Challenge!

Memorable Books that Start with the Letter “J”:

Jane Eyre

“Fiery love, shocking twists of fate, and tragic mysteries put a lonely governess in jeopardy in JANE EYRE

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?”

One of my all time favorite classics Jane Eyre of course is one of the most memorable reads of my life. I read it as an audiobook and it is the only audiobook I’ve ever read.. and it was so good! I love everything about Jane Eyre!

Just One of the Boys

“Alice Bell has one goal: to play for the elite junior hockey team the Chicago Falcons. But when she’s passed over at tryouts for being a girl, she’ll do anything to make her dream a reality…even disguising herself as her twin brother. With her amazing skills on the ice, Alice is sure she’ll fit in easily. That is, until she starts falling for one of her teammates…

Hayden Tremblay, star of the Falcons, can’t keep himself out of the penalty box. Constantly living in the shadow of his older brother, Hayden’s losing his passion for hockey. But when he gets shown up on the ice by the Falcons’ new rookie, Hayden’s determined to teach the kid a thing or two. Little does he guess that “Al’s” surprises on the ice are just the beginning…”

This book made my heart all fuzzy and warm. I read it because I think I’ve always wanted that romance on the ice (one of the places where I’ve felt the most free and beautiful). I’ve always loved figure skating romance movies and the girl who skated who skated for almost 5 years sometimes wishes she could go back and feel that kind of freedom again.

Books on my TBR that Start with the Letter “J”:

Jane Steele

“Reader, I murdered him.

A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.

Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.

A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?”

Well, well, well, if it isn’t a rendition of my most memorable read with the letter “J”. A really awesome one that I’m really mad that I own and haven’t read yet. Plus it has one of the most awesome covers ever!

Jane

“Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.

But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?

An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.”

Ohh.. wow. Could this be another Jane Eyre retelling that I own and haven’t read yet? Why yes indeed! Can you all see my problem? I need help. I also need more Jane Eyre retellings to add to my collection cough cough *brightly burning* cough. I swear I’m going to read the two I have. I swear it!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. Let me know if your doing this challenge and if so what letter you are on? I don’t know why I love this challenge so much, but I do!

Check out my Twitter and Instagram!

-Till next time!

To Kill A Kingdom: A Review

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

My Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Cover Rating: 7.5/10 I really like this cover. It’s really pretty and I like that the octopi legs remind you of the Sea Queen. It’s an elegant cover and it attracted me to this book.

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing

Publish Date: March 6th, 2018

Number of Pages: 352 pages

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Opening Sentence: “I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.”

Musings:

To Kill A Kingdom swept the ya scene in a building phenomenon. Raving reviews poured in bringing me to the decision that I had to read this book. That turned out to be a wonderful decision as I enjoyed this book immensely! Dark Sirens, budding magic, and hate to love relationships make me happy. This is a really great fantasy read.

What I Loved:

A dark spin on a familiar tale. The little mermaid is one of the most beloved fairytales of all. Seeing a retelling take that story and make it it’s own was a lot of fun for me. I liked seeing the little nods to the original storyline here and there.

Actual reasons for why the sirens act the way they do. I think it was really smart of the author to make sirens cruelty to be a part of their culture. It’s even praised among them! They are not necessarily bad just to be bad, but because it is what they know and what is expected of them as productive members of their people.

The descriptions of the kingdoms. I really like that even though the majority of the book is on the sea I had a sense of what other kingdoms were like based on their waters. It was like their character was defined by the surrounding sea.

Shipping on an actual ship. I mean as a fan girl I love seeing my ships set sail on literal ships. Nothing makes me happier.

The sea queen is a gorgeous Ursula. I’ve always thought it was a tragedy that Disney made Ursula ugly. Gorgeous villains and villains who are just regular people can often be more interesting. Although even the original Ursula didn’t hesitate to let her fab flag fly.

Final thoughts:

Whenever I am looking for a fun fast paced read I’m turning to this book. Retelling make for things of beauty more often then not.

About the Author

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city.

Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below! What do you think of To Kill a Kingdom?

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

-Till next time!

And I Darken: A Review

And I Darken by Kiersten White 


My Rating: 5 stars! 

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Published: June 28th, 2016

Recieved: Signed copy from a Giveaway!

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: 

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point. 

Musings: 

This book is not at all what I expected it to be. I thought there would be some violence, I got violence. I thought there was going to be some cool adventures, this was some political, assasination, court intrigue of epicness! What floored me was the complexity and the family drama with some fabulous inputs of humor and complete happy moments. Every piece of plot balanced on top of each other and weighted our two amazing main characters and put them under stress and I loved it! 

I loved going through and living inside of their childhood for such a long time. Seeing them grow made me fall in love with the sibling pair all the more and at the same time, made my heart break for both for so many different reasons. 

Let’s talk about Lada first. Ferocious, ugly, amazing Lada. I had a hard time picturing her ugly though, to me she was simply a really cool person that isn’t afraid to literally take your eyes out if need be. I loved her point of view! Her caring lives deep, deep, deep, deep, deep inside of her, almost to the point where it is impossible for an outsider to tell how much she cares. She has such an incredible protective instinct, even if her protection can be physically and possibly mentally painful to have. No one could ever cause her harm without enduring her wrath ten-fold and it was so cool to see her be simply who she was at all times. 

Then there is Radu. Sad, fluff ball, emotional Radu. He is someone that you always want to protect. However, there is a dark side to him too. A side that I don’t really hear anyone in the Bookish community talk about, because as he gets older and plays his own part in the Ottomen empire he makes some decisions and deceptions that made my eyebrows raise. That is the kinda dark streek that really tied him to being Lada’s sister and a Dracul (though he himself would forever deny it). I was really sad when I found out that he had his eyes set on Mehmed. Not just because I preferred Mehmed’s and Lada’s relationship, but because I really wanted him to find real happiness with another man, and Mehmed and Radu simply don’t work as a pair for me. (Actually now that I think about it Lada and Mehmed as a pair while lovely in the short term did not work for me that well either). I really wish Radu would give other men a chance, but his self-imposed torment will continue breaking my heart for a very long time. 

Another really lovely thing about this book is how authentic to the time it reads (at least for me) I really felt I was there and experiencing a real account of the terrible times they were. The empires are brutal and all the usage of the names, titles, and description of places made me feel like I was there. I’m so curious about how much research went into the writing of this story. I’m absolutely fascinated. 

Overall this book was terrible in the best way. Terrible in the way it rips out the heart and tears your emotions into pieces and fixes it only to rip them to pieces again. I’m so excited to be reading Now I Rise right after this review is over. This book is amazing. If you haven’t read it yet, do so as soon as you can. I recommend it with all my heart (or really what’s left of it). 

Thanks for reading! If you have read And I Darken, please have a chat with me on the comments about it. I’m dying to discuss this book more. 

-Till next time!

The Wendy Project: A Review 

The Wendy Project by Osborne Fish


My Rating: 4 stars to the right and straight on till morning… 

Publisher: Papercutz

Publish Date: July 18th, 2017

Recieved: Netgalley provided an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Pre-Order: Amazon

Synopsis: 

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?

Musings: 

Ok… first of all a Peter Pan retelling in Graphic novel format!?! Pure Gold! The second I saw this on Netgalley I had to request it, and you have to know their were a lot of girlish screams involved upon being approved. 

This Graphic novel is extremely gorgeous! The artwork is beautiful with a gray-scale for the real world and a bright watercolor deliciousness for how Wendy herself starts to see it. I loved the contrast of color and light and dark mixed together and told a story all of its own. It was striking to see who brightly Pan’s characters were painted and how beautifully it all went together. The artwork was an A++! 

The story itself honestly got to me. Wendy’s fight with her family and everyone else that her baby brother was still alive tugged at my heart. In many ways I wanted more of the drama and the tragedy of that sort of loss and even more backlash at Wendy’s conviction that her brother is alive. In fact I wanted more of this story in general at 92 pages it is far too short for a book this good. I wanted to live in it longer and to really bask in all the Neverland glory! 

All and all this story is glorious and the lost girl of my heart shines with this books existance. All I can say is that “The Wendy Project” is stunning and I will be wanting more of it and more from Osborne for a very long time. 

December Reading Wrap-Up 2016 

December was a magical time filled with the joys that come with the holidays. It was joyful, wonderful, and mixed with books. 

Some new favorites and happy surprises made up what is my December 2016 wrap-up. 

Dorothy Must Die: Stories by Danielle Paige 


This novella bind-up gave so many insights into the world that is Oz. The set-up to Amy Gum’s story was evident and so interesting. Sassy stories well-told. My full review here.

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks 


This book could have been so amazing. This book would have been great. I felt so disappointed when things went down the drain. A full discussion here.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher 


This book takes a long while to process and to fully appreciate every detail it took a while for me to finish this book. There were so many intricacies and wonders packed into this wild ride and I enjoyed every moment I spent reading this. 

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly 


This book! I was so hesitant to read it, but I got one of the biggest surprises of my reading life. This book took my heart and ran away with it. I can’t say enough how much this book means to me! It. Is. So. Incredible. For more coherently expressed thoughts click here.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti 


The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was a pleasent suprise on all accounts. I didn’t think I was going to be so impacted by this book that tells a tale of someone who knows what it means to be on the outside. For my full thoughts click here.

Venom by Fiona Paul 


This book was an enjoyable low-stakes end to the year depicting a morbid yet intriguing tale of forbidden love and murder. 

I wish this December didn’t have to come to an end, but I hope to celebrate each and every day as a new beginning for us to grow in. Happy New Year! May your every hope come true. 

-Till next time!

Books of Christmas Past 2016


I wanted to start a blogmas tradition this holiday season with books of Chritmas past, present, and future. Inspired by A Christmas Carol, I wanted to get into the holiday spirit featuring themes from my favorite Grinch, Mr.  Scrooge. 

Here are the books I recieved last Christmas that I got the chance to read during 2016. 

Pure by Julianna Baggot


This book is unsurvivable, if I went through what the characters in this book did I would never survive. Intense, dark, and grotesquely beautiful, I hope that everyone gives this book a try. 

Soundless by Richelle Mead 


This book was such an interesting and unique story of a women who lives her entire life soundless. The unique ways the village tries to survive and the mythical entanglements surrounding the book were wonderful. 

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich 


This book messes with your brain, and there are certain elements I didn’t see coming. The way it was written was dark and inviting. This book was definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2016.

Ensnared by A.G. Howard


Like all of the Splintered series this book was gorgeously written. I love the world of wonderland and I feel so nostalgic talking about it now. God do I miss Morpheus.. sigh. 

Untamed by A.G Howard 


This novella bind up had my favorite story of all of the books and my least favorite. All thanks to… Morpheous and Jeb. (The least favorite being due to a personal vendetta against Jeb… sorry Jeb) Nevertheless, beautifully told. 

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige 


I never thought that The Wizard of Oz could be so dark. This book was fantastic! 

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige 


I enjoyed this sequel so much. I was so angry when it ended and I couldn’t read the next one right away. 

Dorothy Must Die: Stories by Danielle Paige


These three wonderful novellas give so much more dimension and backstory to Dorothy Must Die. Read my full review here.

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly 


More action packed than I would have ever expected, Deep Blue mixes prophecy and urgency to create a book that keeps you on your toes. 

Rouge Wave by Jennifer Donnelly 


Jennifer Donnelly has become one of my favorite authors of all time. Thanks to all the books I have gotten to read from her this year, I have never once been disappointed. 

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly 

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this, I wasn’t sure if this book was going to be worth the read, but I was wrong and discovered a wonderful novel with a girl who never gave up no matter what the cost. 

Historical intrigue mixed with romance, secrecy, and a whole lot of danger. This book is so much more then a simple novel about a girl trying to figure out the truth of her fathers death. It is a scandal, a deliciously juicy on that leaves you wanting more. Jennifer Donnelley writes with passion and successfully leads the reader on a journey that will break their hearts. She is a creator of words that will stick with you… Long after the final evidence comes with into play. One of my favorite reads of 2016!

Talon by Julie Kagawa 


 I called this the perfect first novel, because this was a place that certainly set the stage with some lulls and discovery for a great new series to begin!

Rogue by Julie Kagawa


This book! I can’t say a word other than to say, it’s sooo good!

Divergent by Veronica Roth


Long ago the hype train arrived and long ago I missed it. Years later, I receive this book as a Christmas gift, and years later I find an enjoyable novel leaving me wishing I was fighting alongside the dauntless. 

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors 


Chocolate, love, and magic, need I say more?

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine


A girl filled with the desire to be beautiful tampers with magic to become so. An enchanted story that teaches us that what really matters is on the inside. 

Blindsided by Priscilla Cummings 


A story honestly told, about a girl who becomes blind. Short, but insightful this book centers around what it’s like for the newly blind. 
Thank you so much for reading! I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 

-Till next time!