Medieval-A-Thon TBR

Hello everyone!! Time to bring you another readathon TBR. This one is for the Medieval-A-Thon hosted by Holly @ Holly Hearts Books on YouTube. I participated in this last year so of course I was going to do it again this year. This last the entire month of May, and no you are not allowed to double up on prompts. What did I choose to read that I will probably change as the readathon goes on lol let’s find out!

My outfit

Going with the third option and reading a shiny book. I know I have put this on multiple TBRS but hopefully I will finally start my reread of Twilight.

My weapon

Something pointy on the cover

Start of finish a duology: I’m leaning towards either Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller or We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia.

A romance: Kiss of Deception (giving it a second chance)

A heavy book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A book you have high expectations for (like a 5 star read): Crystal of Time by Soman Chainani (book 5 in the School for Good and Evil series…it will be my first time reading it)

My companion

High on my bookshelf: Days of Blood and Starlight

Buddy read: Strange the Dreamer (book club buddy read)

Title starts with C: Crown’s Fate

Tall hardcover:

Orange on the cover:

Yes I know I’m aiming for just about everything lol I feel like month long readathons afford me that freedom.

Are any of you participating? If so, what do you plan to read? As always, happy reading 💚

April Book Haul

Hey everyone! So as you can tell by the title, I finally caved and bought books lol not a lot though. I bought 5 and a preorder finally arrived. I contemplated a Book Outlet order, but I held back. I’m trying hard to make sure I read what’s on my shelves before I add a lot to it. So, what did I get? Let’s find out!!

Preorder

Chain of Gold has finally arrived!! I’m not sure if it came late March or early April, but I’m including it. Now, I am nowhere near caught up in order to read this. However, I really like the Shadowhunter world so I had to have it. This is pretty much what started this mini haul.

Amazon

Yes I am aware I thought Aurora Rising was just ok. However, I still wanted it lol Plus my favorite is the cover model of book 2 and I need more of him 😊 The authors have also gotten me excited with their read along of book 1 and behind the scenes things. Plus I want to know why one of the narrators cried.

My job

Because why not lol just wanted to add to my illustrated edition collection 💚

I already have more I want to pick up….I’m doing very well on reading my shelf though so it’s like rewards for myself lol now on to finish the last three books I need for my owls to be complete 😊

Happy reading everyone!!

WWW WEDNESDAY 4/22/2020

Hey everyone! Back again with another WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is where you answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What do you plan on reading next? Let’s get into it!

What are you currently reading

I really need to get back to Unravel Me, but I want to get to my library holds first. I sent Nevernight back because I need the physical book. It’s not a story I want to read on my phone.

What have you recently finished

What do you plan on reading next

main focus is to finish this series before the month is over. Other than that it will be whatever I’m in the mood for.

One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus book review

*As per usual, since this is a sequel I won’t be providing a synopsis*

Karen M. McManus has just been cemented as a favorite author for me. This was another 4.5 stars for me. I literally did not see that ending coming whatsoever. I thought I was right, and I was for a little bit, but that curveball man. Just goes to show, never think something is a throwaway line or section.

I don’t know how, but her characters can physically make me feel for them. I legit teared up at one point. In this book, we only follow three: Maeve, the younger sister of Bronwyn from the first story; Knox, who became my favorite quickly lol I always have to have a favorite and it always seems to be the guys; and Phobe, who reminded me a little of Addy from book one but so different as well.

On the other hand, there were a couple of side characters that me just want to fight them. Three in particular that play a part in something that happens in part two. Plus I just love the big reveals because I would never have been able to figure all that out. I am also so focused on the who and the how flies right by me lol at one point I had a whole theory of who and how, only to be COMPLETELY wrong.

I am definitely buying all three of her books and will get her newest one this winter (if it still comes out around that time.) It would be nice to see if I still vibe with her in a different world then this series. My first new author favorite of the year!!

Mini Reviews: Ilona Andrews edition

Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you mini reviews of four books I’ve read from one of my favorite authors!! I love Ilona Andrews. They are an author duo (husband and wife) that I discovered last year and omg I’m glad I did. They write adult urban fantasy and I believe so far they have four series that I know of lol I’m currently caught up in one, restarted one, haven’t started one, and having trouble finding the final book in another.

Hidden Legacy

This series is my favorite!! The synopsis of the first book is as follows:

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career- a suited mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anything and anyone on fire. Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan- a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive. Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

I fell in love with this world, this series, these characters, just everything. Plus I am so not a big romance person, but the way they do romance is SOOO good to me.

I love Nevada, her family (especially Grandma Frida), Connor, and Bug. Bug has to be one of my favorite side characters ever. He just makes me laugh all the time. Connor is that cute guy that is super annoying yet you always want him around lol My favorite thing about Nevada is that she is super family oriented. That just made me connect with her so much. Grandma Frida is LIFE! This lady is amazing. She is so not your typical grandma in the slightest.

Now Nevada has two younger sisters, Catalina and Arabella. I bring them up because the first three books in the series follow Nevada. The novella and the next trilogy follow Catalina.

(The novella and book 4…books 5 is released in August of this year and book 6 sometime next year)

Not giving a synopsis for these because they both spoil major events from earlier in the series. However, I will say that Catalina is so different from Nevada and I love that. Plus Alessandro is….well idk how to describe him lol I gave both of these books 4 stars. This is the series I’m caught up on, and I need book 5 like now lol

The Edge

This series has 4 books in it, and is the one I can’t find the final book in. I rated On The Edge 5 stars, Bayou Moon and Fate’s Edge were both 4 stars, and Steel’s Edge is the final book.

This series is kind of connected, but only through characters in my opinion. Sort of like those books where a side character in one book becomes the main character in the next book. I feel like book 4 will probably bring everyone together just based off of how book 3 ended. I just need to find it. I will probably end up buying it since I’ve already broken my book buying “ban”. It wasn’t really a ban, I just wanted to get the books I already own read. Half of what I read so far this year has come from my shelves so I felt a reward was in order lol

Kate Daniels

I’ve actually restarted this series. Granted I only read the first three so it was easy to restart. The synopsis of book one is:

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. In comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail. Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds. In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy.

See this is why I don’t read the synopsis. That sounds so boring lol granted I did rate books 1&2 3 stars, however book 3 is where it hooked me. Even after my reread of Magic Bites, I still left it at three stars because it was good but still felt like the beginning of a series.

Kate’s guardian is murdered in like the first chapter so that’s not really a spoiler in the synopsis in my opinion. I just love her. Especially her smart mouth at the wrong times lol plus she is so aware of herself. What you see is what you get. She is probably one of my favorite female leads ever.

I really want to talk about other characters but I don’t want to give too much away. Plus I don’t really remember what was said or done in each book so I don’t want to unintentionally give away spoilers.

Wow this is long lol what was supposed to be mini reviews turned into this. This is what happens when you love an author. Have you read anything by Ilona Andrews? If so, did you enjoy it? Did you not enjoy it? Let’s talk!! Until next time, happy reading 💚

First Line Fridays 4-17-2020

Hey everyone! I’m back with another First Line Fridays, 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?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first!
  • Finally…..reveal the book.
  • “Hold still and stop fighting me” his father said, and slapped him hard enough to leave a mark.

    This book is…

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    Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst book review

    Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves. But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ima begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest-the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage into adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family. Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history- and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

    This book was so good! I love that I’m finding so many good books. Well good to me lol I believe this takes place a long time before Of Fire and Stars.

    First and foremost, I love Asra. She just made me cheer her on and want the best for her. I would say that she did overreact at some points, however that would be hypercritical of me because I can see myself reacting the exact same way.

    Ina reminded me of Hans from the first Frozen. There is a very specific moment in the story where that comparison is spot on. Like it was the first thought I had when it happened after I verbally said “Well damn.”

    There are characters we meet later on that I either loved or hated, which is what I’m meant to do. One became my favorite alongside Asra. I can definitely see myself rereading this!