Book Review: Follow Me Back

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I originally chose this book due to a quick read of the synopsis, as well as my love for silly stories about celebrities falling in love with a fan in strange ways. Especially when they have a mystery twist.


Follow Me Back

By A. V. Geiger

Published Date: June 2017

Format: ebook ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Ratingmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 4/5 Moose


Synopsis taken from Netgalley:

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts Follow Me Back is the  first book of a new duology. Written for the online generation this thriller  will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murder at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…


Tessa Hart: An agoraphobic  18 year old, whoose lif has become all about her twitter world.

Eric Thorn: A famous singer who has become paranoid since another singer has been killed by an obsessed fan.

Rants, Raves, and General Thoughts

I’ll admit, I submitted for this advanced reader copy because I might have been watching It Follows on Netflix. I was a little disappointed that this isn’t a weird ghost/demon story, but it still was right up my alley. I secretly kind of love books where celebrities genuinely fall in love with one of their fans in some way.

I also tend to really love epistolary novels….which this isn’t entirely. It’s a good combination of pros and documents. I found Tessa to be incredibly relatable, even without not knowing what caused her paranoia until much later in the book. The author also doesn’t try to sell her as a drop dead gorgeous girl who is just slightly flawed — she feels real.

This book also makes me as a Twitter user feel wonderfully uncomfortable. I have never randomly confessed my love to a celebrity….I honestly am more likely to yell at a corporation I feel has wronged me. But still, I do see the people that respond, saying anything to see if they’ll get a reaction. And I will like/retweet things people say….especially authors.

This book is well written and fairly straight forward, though it has a nice twist. I found I related with Tessa’s anxieties, and that they were written with just enough tension but not over the top at all.

Final Thoughts

I don’t find too many young adult thrillers that are great — Harlan Coben has a great miniseries worth checking out ahem — and I would also recommend A.V. Geiger. I have started following her on Wattpad too! Though I doubt the sequel to this book will be published there. And be advised — this book has a cliffhanger ending. I cannot wait to see what happens next!

….oh I have to wait a year? REALLY? Sigh.

Book Review: Ensnared

I received this advanced readers copy by Netgalley, in exchange for an unbiased review.

I initially picked this book out as the cover is beautifully done, and the concept of a futuristic, sci-fi Beauty and the Beast sounded wonderfully fun.



By Rita Stradling

Publish Date: Dec. 2017

Format: ebook ARC
Genre: New Adult, Retelling, Romance, Sci-Fi
Ratingmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 3.25/Moose


Alainn is the youngest daughter of Connor, a brilliant robot creator with a massive gambling problem. When his newest creation, an AI made to look like Alainn named Rose, isn’t ready for the man who commissioned her, Lorrcan. In order to keep her father out of jail, given his massive gambling debt and fraud, Alainn agree to Rose’s plan to pretend to be the robot until it is ready.

But instead of the life of servitude and living in a tower, Alainn finds her life to be very different than originally imagined.


Alainn – the “Beauty” of the story

Lorrcan – the “Beast” of the story

Connor and Colby – Alainn’s father and brother

Rose, Rosebud, and Rosette – AIs of the world

Rants, Raves and General Thoughts

Initial thoughts: Great retelling idea (especially given the renewed love for Beauty and the Beast) and thank god it’s not a retelling of Alice in Wonderland because aren’t we all sick of those yet? Plus the cover is GORGEOUS. 

After looking at the reviews on Goodreads: Maybe I made a mistake with this book, oh dear.

I’ll admit, looking at the reviews caused me to look at this book with an unfortunate biased at first. I thought I was going to DNR this book, especially as I was concerned it might take a 50 Shades of Grey fake BDSM turn. Thankfully, it doesn’t. The “Beauty” and “Beast” are loose terms, and thankfully the author doesn’t describe Alainn’s beauty in great depth. In fact….I don’t know if Alainn is given much of a physical description. But it works well.

This is a fairly light read that could do with another edit or two (particularly in the beginning.) The story is a little predictable in some manner — who the bad guy is going to be at least, but as for the reasoning, it was a shock for me. I feel Alainn and Lorrcan’s back story could have more punch — there’s a lot of hinting at bad, but the actual background stories happen fairly late in the book. At one point “Mrs. Miller” is interviewed for Alainn’s character, but I had no connection at to who she was or why it was important.

I loved the monkeys and want a robot cleaning monkey.

The book could use some more world building — why are all the jobs done by robots? How does anyone make money? And this would help build up some of my issues with the book. Also more character building of her father and brother — I didn’t understand the latter’s personality until 75% of the way into the book.

I found the romance believable, and while Lorccan is dealing with some serious anxiety and phobias and can we please get him a damn therapist, he didn’t seem to be a controlling asshole. I mean, he’s fucked up and needs some help asap. But he’s also not the one keeping Alainn/Rose/Jade in the house.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed it, and it’s a light quick read. I hope the final has more world building, allowing for the plot to breathe more. And I’ll keep up with the author and THANK YOU for not being an Alice in Wonderland retelling.

Book Review: A Conjuring of Light

I finished this book this morning, then laid around absorbing the fact that the series is done. I tried to figure out how I felt, and honestly, writing a review two hours later is probably too soon. But here are my initial feelings:

I cannot think of another series in which I enjoyed all three books released, where my love for the series only grew, and where I have been left fulfilled, and wanting more all at once.

I am going to go ahead now and say there will probably be spoilers in this review. I want to discuss some of the major themes and characters in this book, so I am forewarning anyone reading. Continue at your own risk.


A Conjuring of Light

by V.E. Schwab

Published 2017

Format: e-book (I couldn’t wait until the signing on Tuesday – SORRY)
Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Ratingmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 5/5 Moose (10 out of 5? 10 out of 5.)


This book picked up immediately after the end of the second book, meaning we jumped into some action that never seemed to go away. Like the other two books, the story continuously keeps changing point of views, and like the other two books, it adds more characters’ views into the mixture. Kell, Rhy, Alucard, and Lila must fight and consider teaming up with one of their greatest enemies to defeat and even greater threat to not only Red London, but all Londons.

Quotes I Loved

I highlighted over 20 quotes, and a few more are smattered below, but here are some of the ones that made me laugh and cry.

Alucard stood in the doorway, soaking wt, as if he’d just been dumped in the sea, or the sea had been dumped over him. “Stop fucking with the ship.

“And how, exactly,” said Alucard, propping himself on one elbow, “do you plan to live forever?”

“Life isn’t made of choices,” said Holland. “It’s made of trades. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have a cost.”

“I told you to keep him safe, not cuddle.”

Rhy shook his head, exasperated. “Kell isn’t the only one you fail to understand. My bond with him didn’t start with this curse. You wanted him to kill for me, die for me, protect me at all costs. Well, Mother, you got your wish. You simply failed to realize that that kind of love, that bond, it goes both ways. I would kill for him, and I would die for him, and I will protect him however I am able, from Faro and Vesk, from White London, and Black London, and from you.”

Kell drove it on with a degree of focus — of concentrated focus — he’d never seen the Antari use. A level of strength reserved not for London, or the king queen, not for Rosenal, or Osaron himself.

But for Rhy, thought Alucard.

Rants, Raves, and General Thoughts

I realized as I started writing this review that I needed to break down my thoughts and feelings in order to process it without just squeeing everywhere. I originally had a section of “Things I Love,” but there is so little I didn’t love about this book so it stayed blank. So I added a “Spoiler Free” review, then a break down of the things that impacted me, and the things I wish I had more information about.

Spoiler Free Review:

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. It was incredibly action packed and easy to read, despite my occasional tears. Schwab has planned out the series to such a wonderful conclusion, and even concepts or plot points that can be considered predictable are handled wonderfully. I came out loving the main five characters even more than I had when I started the book. This book lived up to the hype and the year long wait.

Plus with the announcement of the movie rights being bought,

Things I Took Note:

Rhy’s (…and Kell’s)Parents.
I loved learning about the King and Queen and getting a taste of their point of views. I loved that the King was firm and strong, but wasn’t abusive or mean to Rhy, and realized the error of his ways with Kell. He was a good King and father, which is so rare in fantasy genres. A king rarely has balance, and to pull it off without seeming too forced is even harder.
The Queen is cold and hard, but not unloving. I cried with her as she cried over Rhy, and I could read a whole book on her and the King’s lives. Prior to this book she was such a background character that my first thought with her was “oh yeah, I guess Rhy has to have a mom” (which, the fact that there isn’t a dead parent is great too.)

Concept of Family and Home
Obviously Lila suffers from not feeling as though she has a home and constantly wants to run away from anything that would hurt if she lost it. No attachments, no pain. However, she is not the only character wrestling with the concept of family and home. Holland did everything in order to protect and save his dying world. Kell gets the opportunity to figure out who his parents are and why they gave him up! And yet he knows that all he needs at his core is Rhy.

Strange thing about forgetting spells.
Rhy was his brother.
They fade on their own.
London was his home.
Unless we don’t let go.

I personally groaned loudly because I WANTED TO KNOW WHY someone would give him up. But to be content enough with this family? It’s beautiful.

The running “Stay With Me
Alucard to Rhy. Rhy to Alucard. Kell to Lila. It’s beautiful.

The Concept of Myths and History Repeating Itself
There are stories and myths throughout the whole book. The Someday King of the Wite London, the Man and Magic (a perfect representation of Rhy and Kell), the Prince who road while everyone slept, staying with his people?

It’s from one of the myths, the Origin of the Magician. Magic and Man were brothers, you see, only they had nothing in common, for each’s strength was the other’s weakness. And so one day, Magic made a blessed thread, and tied itself to Man, so tightly that the thread cut into their skin[…]and from that day, they shared their best and worst, their strength and weakness.”


“There’s no ‘they’ anymore, Master Kell. Magic gave so much to Man, and Man so much to Magic, that their edges blurred, and their threads all tangled, and now they can’t be pulled apart. They’re bound together, you see, life to life. Halves of a whole. If anyone tried to part them, they’d both unravel.”

This was the story of a prince who watched over his city as it slept. Who went on foot, for fear of trampling one of the fallen, who wove his way between the bodies of his people.


Some would say he spoke, that even in the far-off darkness, the sleeping heard him whisper, over and over, “You are not alone.”

I have no doubt that the stories told of Rhy today in Red London are nothing short of mythological, and how he kept the kingdom in a time of peace and prosperity after it nearly fell to the darkness.

Holland’s Past
Oh man. I was not the biggest fan of Holland, but something Victoria Schwab does well is make villains seem well rounded in their personalities and motives. I related to him so much more after reading what he went through and why he did what he did the past two books. Learning about his relationship with the prior king, his own family, his first love? At the end of the day, I don’t think I can fault him for what he wanted to achieve. And somewhere around the halfway point, I didn’t want Holland to die. Instead, I wished him a peaceful ending.

My Love For Delilah Bard
Lila has been my favorite character the entire series. She’s stubborn and chaos and the protagonist in her own story. And yes, I am aware that she is incredibly damaged and psychotic. But I also loved Rachel in Animorphs, so I guess I have a type.

Lila struggles with some different emotions this book. She deals with loss of people she truly cares about, and how that it’s….necessary. Her relationship with Holland becomes less black and white, meaning that Lila is capable of growth and change (something not quite clear in the other books.)

Tieren curled a finger around his beard. “Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.”

“You’re my best thief,” he whispered, and her eyes burned.

“I should have killed you,” she muttered, hating the waver in her voice.

Things I was left wanting more:

These aren’t things that I necessarily disliked, I just wish they had been handled differently or been expanded upon.

A Better Understanding of Kell/Lila’s Relationship
The thing I loved most about their relationship leading up to this book is that they were like water and oil, and yet they WORKED. This book had them too in sync, too calm. If Lila did something stupid, Kell didn’t necessarily yell at her. It reminded me of sequels to Pride and Prejudice, where authors make Elizabeth and Darcy suddenly always agreeable. I am not saying they shouldn’t be together or that they won’t never fight — maybe it was that they acknowledged that whatever was a problem between the two of them was not as big as Osaron.

White London
What happened afterwards? Has it fallen? Will it live? Who is king now? Did it find peace? Was Holland’s death meaningless?

Lila and Maris
I mean the obvious thing here is THEIR STORY IS NOT DONE. Will there be another story? A short story? A 600 page novel? Just Lila on an adventure? What favor could she want?!

The Ending
There is a level of the ending that feels too wrapped up nicely. But then again, no one gets out undamaged (except maybe Lila.) I want another sequel I guess. Or a collection of short stories. I mean, yes, people died — some people who had been important throughout the series….and yes I am aware I would be so upset if someone major had died in end. Overall, I truly love the ending. I just wanted more.

Final Verdict

I have been recommending A Darker Shade of Magic to anyone who asks for a recommendation for two years now. It’s not a series I would have picked up on my own, save for the absolutely beautiful cover, and I do not regret it in the slightest. This series ended beautifully, and I cannot wait to read it all over again.

Or to see the author and buy the book in hardback.

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns

I have not openly disliked a book as much as I did this one. It has taken me over a month to calm down my ire to be able to write this review. And even then, it’ll probably be brief.



Three Dark Crowns

Kendare Blake

Published 2016

Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: moose-md 1.5/5 Moose


From Goodreads, because I can’t come up with one that isn’t just me screaming angrily:

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Doesn’t it sound so fascinating? 3rvzj


Katherine: The weak Poison princess

Arsinoe: The weak Naturalist princess

Mirabella: The strong Elemental princess

Jules: Arsinoe’s best friend (most of Arsinoe’s story is told from her point of view).

Rants, Raves and General Thoughts 

This. Book. Made. Me. So. Angry.

Part of me felt like it was a strategic marketing plan to get people to buy more books of this series, because everyone kept talking about how amazing the last 25% of the book is. And you know what? IT WASN’T WORTH IT. I wish had DNF’d this book when I first had the urge.

This book focused so much on the three princesses getting ready for their big 16th birthday party that would be the start of their battle for the throne, and on boys. What this book did not focus on was:

  • Why did the three princesses have to battle it out for the throne?
  • Why does two of the sisters have to die?
  • Why does the mom die the moment the children are born?
    • Who rules the island while the princess/Queens are children/babies if their parents are gone?
  • Where does the magic come from?
  • Where is the girls’ dad?
  • Why must the princesses be separate? Why do they hate each other?
  • Why can’t they leave the island?
  • What’s their relationship with the main land?

Seriously, so much of this book just didn’t make sense. It was boring and insufferable listening to the princesses whine. None of them were enjoyable, none of them worth rooting for. And SO MANY PEOPLE are anti-Joseph. Why? He never lied, he just thought he felt love until he found love. Did I miss a subplot where he did anything truly terrible?? Why all the hate for Joseph, yet none for the guy who betrayed Katherine?

And what the hell?! Katherine’s “training” was about her learning to flirt and steal suitors…because why? Because it makes it more YA to have her curled up in a guy’s lap kissing on him rather than learning to properly fight and protect herself?

I just cannot believe how insanely boring this book was. It would be one thing if it was exposition and political, but it was primarily whining, wandering around as they WAITED FOR THEIR BIRTHDAY PARTY. FOR 75% OF THE BOOK. I WAS PROMISED A BLOODY AND POLITICAL BOOK.


Final Verdict 

I won’t be reading the next book(s)past its synopsis(es). You cannot convince me that the second book will fill in all the holes and make this book where 320+ was wasted space seem worth it. This book was a representation of the things I actually dislike in YA books, and I’m still so angry.

ARC Review: Pretty Wicked

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. As the daughter of a cop, and an advocate for YA horror, I was intrigued by the book concept. This is Kelly Charon’s first book, making it (I believe) my third book of a new author in the past month?


Pretty Wicked

Kelly Charron

September 2016

Format: Kindle ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Thriller
Rating:moose-mdmoose-md 2.5/5 Moose


Ryann is the fifteen year old daughter of the local police detective. She’s lived her life in the shadow of her older perfect sister, feeling the pressure and observing the ins and outs of how crime is handled in her small town.

And she’s decided her one way to be better than her sister: she’ll become the perfect serial killer. She wants to be responsible for death and the fear in her small community.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price.

Rants, Raves, and General Thoughts

Goodreads made this book sound so much better than it actually was, unfortunately. Even still, most of the reviews are incredibly positive. This isn’t the worst book I’ve read, but … could use some work.

This story is….fine. I can’t decide if I disliked the book or if I disliked the main character. Instead of reading as sociopathic or psychotic, she just read as bratty the entire book. Definitely more narcissistic than sociopathic. The author seemed to have several different stories going at once, but none of them were done amazingly well? It reads a bit like the author did most of her research by watching crime shows, rather than anything substantial. She had the main character doing research on computers that could clearly be traced (everyone has a library login — why keep researching serial killers? So many people can see that information.)

Introducing the Unknown Secret Admirer so deeply in the third act (yes there were hints of it in the second, but it was so understated) read more like the author couldn’t figure out how to end the book, so she added the Admirer in later.

I feel like the author has potential, but could use a good editor and/or feedback. At the very least, there is a point where the author said “night in shining armor,” rather than “knight in shining armor.” I mean, I get things are going to get missed, but this just could have used a few more pass throughs.

Final Verdict

I AM SO BUMMED I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK. But I can’t recommend it either. I am, however, going to keep an eye out on the author for her future work.

2016: A Book Review

One of my resolutions is to remember to post more (I got overwhelmed between trying to write more and adjusting to my new city!) But I did still read a ton, and I was organizing my books into categories when I saw Mari at Story and Somnomancy post this breakdown that I liked, that it looks like Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner posted. So here’s my reading habits broken down from 2016 – enjoy!


2016 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 80
Genre You Read the Most From: Young Adult (too vague?) 

*added in*
Under 250 pages (not including novellas): 26
Between 400-449 pages: 6
Between 450-499 pages: 1
Over 500 pages: 2
Over 1000 pages:  0

Number of…
Audiobooks: 10
Re-reads: 11
DNFs (did not finish): 2 (About 5-7 that I plan on finishing, but shelved for now.)

Number of books rated…
Five Stars: 21 (9 of which were comic volumes) 
One/Two Stars: 7 2 stars, 0 1 stars

Number of authors met in 2016:  11

  • Victoria Aveyard (Signed)
  • Sophie Jordan
  • Rouhani Chokshi (Signed)
  • Sarah McCarry
  • Marie Rutkoski
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Victoria Schwab (x2….and already planning to see her in 2017 T__T) (Signed) 
  • Sarah Porter
  • Fran Wilde 
  • Kim Liggett (Signed) 
  • Erika Lewis

Number of book events attended in 2016: 5

Number of books you read in one day: 2 at the most

Number of books that made you cry: At least 12. I am a crier. 

Number of 2017 books you have on pre-order: 0 (I don’t pre-order, I just wander into BoW eventually.) 

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read in 2016:

Stand-Alone: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Series: Firebird (A Thousand Pieces of You, etc) by Claudia Gray

Mid-Series: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Graphic Novel: Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

2. Book You Were Excited About and Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? Remembrance by Meg Cabot, The Last Star by Rick Yancey

3. Most Surprising (in a good or bad way) Book You Read? Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People to Read (And They Did)? A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

5. Best Series You Started in 2016?  Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best Series You Started in 2016? Asylum by Madeleine Roux 

Best Sequel of 2016? A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Best Series Ender of 2016? Firebird series by  Claudia Gray

6. Favorite New Author You Discovered in 2016? Ernest Cline and Rouhani Chokshi

7. Best Book From a Genre You Didn’t Typically Read/Was Out of Your Comfort Zone? The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book of the Year? Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

9. Book You Read in 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year? I mean obviously A Gathering of Shadows, prior to the final book’s release.

10. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read In 2016? The Wicked + Divine 1831 (both), A Gathering of Shadows, This Savage Song

11. Most Memorable Character of 2016? Lila Bard. Still to this day. 

12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2016? Station Eleven by Emily St. John Madel and The Star-Touched Queen by Rouhani Chokshi

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016? ?Laughable Love by Milan Kundera

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? World War Z by Max Brooks

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016? Taken from After the Witch Hunt by Megan Falley 

“The first time we made love I realized why
I never prayed. One human can only say
Oh God so many times.”

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016? Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (longest) and Belinda Blinked.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.) A Gathering of Shadows (I KNOW I KNOW)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar) 
Rhy and Alucard FOR SURE

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year Harlan Coben brought back Myron Bolitar and Win Lockwood and my heart was full again. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously: Home by Harlan Coben

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016? Alucard Emery 

23. Best 2016 debut you read? The Star-Touched Queen by Rouhani Chokshi

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? ?

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read? ?

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016? 12 books. I am a crier. I don’t think I can list them all.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year? What’s a Soulmate by Lindsey Ouimet

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul? I honestly cannot think of one. 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016? I have no idea — I guess Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as it was the only drama I read. 

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)? A Gathering of Shadows, because of the bloody cliffhanger. 


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017? Heartless by Marissa Meyer

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)? The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco or Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Caraval by Stephanie Garber

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017? A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017? Finally finish a book! 

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: None yet

Book Review: What’s a Soulmate

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My decision to read it came from my fascination with the concept of soulmates and seeing other people’s opinions on the topic.


What’s a Soulmate

Lindsey Ouimet

Published 2016

Format: Kindle ebook
Genre: YA, AU, Romance
Ratingmoosemoosemoosemoose 3.5/5 Moose


Imagine a world where everything is in black, white, and grey. Now imagine that one day you suddenly start seeing colors, and the reason is because you’ve found your soulmate.


This is the kind of world Libby Carmichael lives in, one that is magical and wonderful because TADA! You know when you’ve found your soulmate.

But what happens when your soulmate is Andrew McCormack, and he’s been recently arrested and is in juvie? Did fate really pair college bound, smart, perfect high school student with a guy convicted of beating up a cop?

Rants, Raves, and General Thoughts

This book in some ways is a simple plot — girl sees boy, girl falls for boy, girl aviods feelings for boy, girl ends up with boy. But the concept of soulmates in this book is intriguing. Now, the basic premises is clearly taken from a Tumblr post:


And there is nothing wrong with that at all. I have saved many tumblr posts that would make good book ideas, have facebook comments saved to be used in future stories, etc. I LOVE knowing that these can become actual stories.

I also really enjoy the idea of how the author views soulmates. Finding your soulmate doesn’t automatically:

  • make you a better person. It doesn’t alter your personality or anything.
  • mean that you fall madly in love with said person.
  • mean that you are their soulmate.

Not everyone finds their soulmate either. This is great and keeps me from being slightly horrified like I was while watching Timer.

I do take some issues with the world building. There isn’t any discussion of same sex character relationships  or soulmates. There is a small reference to potentially poly relationships (people have been known to have multiple soulmates), but that could be “what’s played on tv for drama.” I also cannot wrap my head around Libby being her dad’s soulmate. I also can’t…explain what about it rubs me the wrong way, but the logic doesn’t mesh for me.

While I love the world building, the characters outside of Libby fall a little flat for me. More of Drew’s background (what was on the security tape?) would have been great. More of the relationship with her mom. More of her not being a terrible friend to Beth. That friendship bothered me quite a bit, but I think it’s more because the book I read before had a terrible best friend relationship between the main character and the best friend. I find Libby’s frantic brain comforting as it is similar to my own, and despite her being a bit ridiculous sometimes (SHUT UP I KNOW I AM TOO) I enjoyed seeing how she handled the change in her life.

Final Verdict

So I read and finished the book in roughly two days. It’s a light read, and I think a satisfying answer to a Tumblr request. I am now following the author on a few social media sites, and I am genuienly curious to see her writing evolve. I am glad that Netgalley allowed me to read the book, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a light YA book that has an interesting view on soulmates.

And then finding out the author is from Georgia? Yeah I double down on supporting GA authors!

Book Review: Dear Aubrey, The Crush Dilemma

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Spoiler alert: this book is kind of adorable. And silly fun.


The Crush Dilemma
(Dear Aubrey
#1, apparently?) 

Susan Hatler

Published 2016

Format: Kindle ebook
GenreYoung Adult, Romance
Ratingmoosemoosemoose 3.5/5 Moose


Poppy Pinkleton (YUP), the quintessential high school geek/nerd  decides to start an anonymous advice column for her high school paper in order to get extra credit for school [Goodreads says 3 units of college credit but um… I don’t see how that’s going to happen], help her relieve some stress from her inner turmoil and SAY WHAT SHE WANTS, and help her work on psychology, her dream career field.

Suddenly Aubrey, her alter ego, has become one of the most popular girls in school, the one all the “It girls” go to for advice.  But the pressure gets worse as Poppy begins to gain more of a social standing, and potentially even a first boyfriend?


Poppy (Rose) Pinkleton, the protagonist – A typical geeky girl in high school, whose number one priority is her GPA and getting in to Stanford. She decides to write an advice column because she doesn’t feel she can voice her own opinion or break free of her Geek Girl mold. She has a younger brother (Stephen) and a single mom who is always pushing her to her breaking point.

Beth (Ann), the best friend – The geeky best friend who wants to be part of the It Crowd. Poppy and Beth’s friendship is strained and put through tests throughout the book as Beth becomes friends with the most popular girl in school. (Oh yeah there is Mason, their third best friend, but he and Poppy rarely interact for best friends.)

Daniel, the love interest – New kid in school, basketball superstar. Takes an interest in Poppy (and thankfully never says “you aren’t like the other girls!”) Can he be the only one to see into her soul?

Trisha, the antagonist – Think your typical mean girl from all high school stories.

Rants, Raves and General Thoughts

I’ve been having a little bit of trouble focusing on books — I get into a bit of a slump sometimes. This book was light and adorable enough to help me get out of the slump.

First, I had some real issues with this book. The beginning seems rushed, the characters are almost cliches of their tropes, and the book could have done with another pass of editing. For example, there is a section where Poppy and Daniel are working on their English essays — writing about who the admire (really? at 16? and only 2 pages?) and it’s a huge dilemma because Daniel can’t figure out who he admires. And with Poppy’s help, he does! …..Except we the readers never find out who that person is.

Second, there are next to no descriptions of anybody physically, except that Poppy has D sized breast, and Jake and Daniel are muscular (and Daniel has “unique” green eyes). Maybe the author did this so that anyone can imagine their own friends in the group, but I couldn’t tell you one thing about Beth or Mason, except that Beth owns shiny shoes. Heck, I couldn’t tell you what color Poppy’s hair is, but she does have bangs.

Despite Poppy’s extreme innocence and naivety (I’ve liked him forever surely he isn’t an asshole!), this book was cute. I always wanted to write my own anonymous advice column, and it was fun to live through another character doing it.

Final Verdict

While writing this review, I realized I had more negative feelings about the book than I initially thought. But the truth is, this book left me feeling happy at the end of the book. I am not sure if I will continue the series, but it was definitely the light fluffy book I needed today. If you like YA romance, give this a shot.

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week is a new topic to ponder and make a list on, and this week is a bit of a Halloween freebie. Since I didn’t do last year’s Halloween topics as I was preparing for my big move, I decided to go the obvious route and go with which literary characters I’ll eventually turn into Halloween costumes.


Delilah “Lila” Bard (Shades of Magic)

Taken from ADOM Wikia

Let’s be honest, I wouldn’t want to dress like anyone else if I didn’t have to or it would get eyebrows raised. I love Lila and her insanity. I am going as a pirate this year, which is as close s I’ll get to her this year, but November 1st I’ll start planning. Which brings me to my second choice….

Kell (also from Shades of Magic series)

Taken from Tumblr

Love him too, and I wouldn’t have to die my hair, AND an excuse to buy a cool coat. ….Seriously, between these two and Evie Frye, I don’t want to cosplay anything else?

Belinda from Belinda Blinked


Okay HEAR ME OUT. Yes the amount of weight I would have to lose, and the toeing of the line to make sure I don’t cross into …nudity? But god it would be a lot of fun to walk around in heels, an unbuttoned shirt, bralet, and carrying pots and pans.

Morrigan from The Wicked and The Divine

Taken from Wikia

Hi, guess who my favourite underworld Goddess is? Seriously, not even just because of this comic. There is a good chance I would totally do Morrigan in Percy Shelley’s body too. (More than a good chance. I would totally do both.)

Meg Murray from A Wrinkle in Time


One of my favourite books and heroines. This would be a simple concept to pull off, except that I would have to spend the entire time explaining who the heck I was.

Penelope Bunce from Carry On


I loved this book, and it’s a way to get past the *EVERYONE* does Harry Potter! So Penelope, who is a bit of a cooler Hermione would be perfect.

A Gallagher Girl from the Gallagher Girls series

….Let’s be honest, this is just my way around “how can I go as a St Trinian’s character. But add in that they’re also spies? I’m happy.


Rachel Berenson from Animorphs


This one would require makeup skills to make half my face a bear and have a blonde fighter. I would also carry a fake hawk around too. (TOO SOON?)

Elfie Trinket from Hunger Games


You can’t go too big. You can’t go too colorful. You can’t be awesome enough!

Gwen Stacy from Spider-Gwen


She’s pretty much the only super hero comic I consistantly follow, so how coud I not?! So many options. I’m LOVING all the Spider Gwen Venom cosplays going around right now, seriously.

And just to throw my two cents in, here are my Shocktober/Horror books:

1. The Apartment by

2. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

3. Elizabeth Gaskell’s Gothic Tales

5. Trigger Warnings by Neil Gaiman

6. Necronomicon by Simon

7. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

8. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

9, The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

10, Blood and Salt  by Kim Liggett (met her earlier this month and she’s AMAZING!)

Book Review: Home (Myron Bolitar 11)

It has been 5 years since the last Myron Bolitar book, and I don’t deny that I teared up as I rebonded with Myron, Win and Esperanza. I don’t read a ton of detective books, so Myron has especially held a place in my heart. I don’t recommend reading this book if you aren’t familiar with the series. I’ve held off on doing this review for a week or so, wanting to figure out who I would cast as the leads if they ever made a tv show about this series (which it so should be, rather than a movie. I mean come on — they have 11 series already!)


Home (Myron Bolitar 11)

Harlan Coben

Published 2016

Format: ebook/Kindle
Genre: Fiction, Thrillers, Mysteries, Contemporary
Rating: candy-corn-moosecandy-corn-moosecandy-corn-moosecandy-corn-moose 5/5 Moose


Myron hears from his best friend Win, who has been in hiding for over a year. He has called, needing help finding two boys that went missing a decade before. Two boys from rich families, one of which happened to be Win’s cousin. Win believes he has located one of the boys half a world away. Relying on their strengths, Myron and Win investigate where the boy has been for a decade, and if they can save the other kid before it is too late.


If you are reading this review, you probably know the long and sorted pasts of these characters. Instead of my general character descriptions, I’ll just post my defenses of who I would want to start as the characters in a fictional television show now.

Myron Bolitar: So most people want Vince Vaughn as Myron, and I get it. A young Vince Vaughn (we’re talking…shortly after Lost Worldwould have been great, but it’s not who I see if the series was to start today. Myron is tall, adorable, and intellgent. Thus my pick is Jared Padalecki. (Though….cut his hair please.)

Yes I am a former basketball star turned lawyer/sports rep


Windsor “Win” Horne Lockwood, III: Again, I had a previous pick for this — Neil Patrick Harris. I mean, he could easily look innocent and be a cold blooded killer. But Win has always been a hard person to cast. Thankfully, I’ve come across Randy Wayne, specially this picture:


Esperanza Diaz: Modern Esperanza was the easiest to cast. Intelligent, but sassy as hell, hot enough to have been a pro-wrestler? No one but Francia Raisa came to mind.  I love the actress, and Esperanza is definitely one of my favorite characters of anything.

Tell me I’m wrong.

Other character appearances:

Mickey and crew shows up (a nice reminder that I need to finish Mickey’s series), Myron’s parents, Big Cindi (try casting her…geez), random characters,  and Therese Collins as Myron’s fiancée.

FYI — I can’t decide if Courtney Ford is more Jessica or Therese, but she’s definitely on my cast list.

Best selling author or former famous newscaster?

Rants, Raves and General Thoughts

Harlan Coben has been on my list of favourite contemporary writers for at least a decade, if not longer. The first book of his I read, Tell No One, opened me up to a world of suburbian mysteries with a good twist. Myron’s been working cases for 21 years now, which lead to me briefly pondering how old Myron is suppoed to be, what year this book is supposed to be…

I mean it’s obviously supposed to be 2016; there are Hamilton references in the book. OF COURSE MYRON LOVED HAMILTON. Myron loves all musicals, come on now. But with that knowledge, Myron should be in his fifties, but I think he’s in his forties?

I won’t lie, I teared up repeatedly with this book. Myron and Win’s friendship and partnership is so deep and what we all hoped our college friendships would become. The book goes back and forth between Win and Myron’s POV (third person of course), a nice change from the consistent Myron POV normally found.

Things I loved about the book:

  • The use of Mickey and crew. If you haven’t read Mickey’s series, give them a shot! I need to finish the third of course, and they aren’t as polished as the Myron books, but definitely good quick reads.
  • Myron’s unlimited optimism has been diminished over the years, but it hasn’t been wiped completely.
  • Win’s point of view is actually pretty well done.
  • In true Coben fashion, there are twists and turns up until the last page.

Things I scratched my head about:

  • Again, how old is everyone?
  • Myron has sold off his agency — is he retired? What is he doing for a living?
  • Didn’t Win already have a cousin that had a son kidnapped? What the heck has cursed this family?
  • I wish Therese had a bigger role and was more than just a sexual release for Myron.

Final Verdict 

This book did not disappoint. I think it’s better than the last few Bolitar books before the break at Win’s (not so subtle) request. If you’ve read the series, read this book….and then join me in re-reading the entire series all over again. (I’ll post about that once I’ve finished the series again!)

Final thoughts: I cannot stress how much I love Harlan Coben and recommend his books, as well as random musings and articles. There’s an amazing one he posts every year on Mother’s Day that I highly recommend.

Now I shall go drink a Yoo-Hoo.