Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday (#10): Halloween Freebie!

It’s Tuesday again! You know what that means? Top Ten Tuesday time!!

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to take a look at this meme yet, checkout where it all began over at: The Broke and the Bookish and where it’s moved to since, over at: That Artsy Reader Girl !

This week is the Halloween freebie, so I’m going with 10 creepy/ Halloween-vibe books! Either ones I’ve read, or ones that I want to read. So, odd numbers are ones that I’ve read, and even are ones I haven’t!


1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

I mean… goodness. This book is absolutely perfect for Halloween time. I mean, an entire society basically governed by reapers? Doesn’t get much more spooky than that! These books are definitely some of my absolute favorites.


2. Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

Can we please talk about how amazing this cover is?! And a book about female mercenaries?! So freaking stoked to read this book! It’s definitely one of the next books that I’d like to read!


3. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

This book was AMAZING. This is what made me buy Three Dark Crowns as soon as it came out. I mean, a killer ghost trapped in a house and endlessly killing anyone who steps foot inside?! Such a creepy read and I loved it!


4. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

With the new movie scheduled to come out, this is the PERFECT time to read it! I’ve had it for ages and want to read it anyways, so it’s time to read!


5. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

What’s darker than triplets raised for the sole purpose of killing their sisters in order to take the throne? You grow to love all of the sisters in their own way and it’s hard to imagine any of them dying.


6. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

I loved Anna and the French Kiss and would love to read this one by Perkins. I’ve heard a lot of good things, so I definitely want to check it out soon!


7. The Walking Dead

I mean, doesn’t get more Halloween than zombies, huh? I love these graphic novels and seeing all the differences between this and the show!


8. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I’ve loved every single one of her books that I’ve read and I don’t see why this one would be any different. I cannot wait to read this one!


9. Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

Definitely an underrated series. I love this one SO MUCH! I love the whole idea of witches and different versions of you in alternate realities and it’s just so well-written.


10. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

I’ve had this one for a while now and I want to read it so badly! Plus, that cover is just absolutely BEAUTIFUL!


Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Breathing Salt

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Salt for Air by M.C. Frank




This was quite the ride! If you’re looking for a lovely tale of mermaids and wars that could destroy the earth, then this is the book for you!

M.C. Frank is such a fantastic writer and has a great way of drawing you into the story and making you love the characters. I loved the fact that Ellie was a fanfiction writer and that that was her escape. I could totally relate to that side of her, having spent the majority of high school and college doing just that. She was so relatable and so strong.

The one thing that bothered me throughout the book was that she was so wishy washy with everything going on. She yanked poor Ky around left and right, BUT I get it. There was a lot going on and they did expect a lot from her right from the get-go.

This book was set in Greece, which so rarely happens that it made me love it at once! I wish that there was more exploring when it came to actually seeing more of Greece, but that’s okay!

The progression of this book was amazing! The flow was great and it moved at a pace that made me want to keep reading. I flew through this book, especially the last 30%!

I don’t want to get into any of the actual plot because I don’t want to spoil anything for other readers, but I will say that if you like mermaids and mythology, you should DEFINITELY read this book. You get hot mermen trying to save the world from eternal damnation, awesome battles, and some pretty cool world building that sets us up nicely for the next book!

I can’t wait to see where this series goes in the future.

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And miss Frank is doing a signed copy giveaway here:


Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday #18!

IT’S THURSDAY! You know what that means?! It’s time for some more TBR tackling!

For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!

I don’t know about you guys, but this definitely helps me weed out some of the older ones I added that just don’t appeal to me anymore, as well as reminding me of those that do still interest me! I’m hopeless though, I’ve got more than 500 on my TBR.


1. The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell



Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy… or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn’t so normal after all. There’s the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes – oh, and the claws.

As she discovers who she is – and where she comes from – it is clear she is not alone. And someone is out to get her.

Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough?


So, I never watched this show. I’ve heard good things about the book and the show. PLUS, I own the book that has all 3 books… KEEPING.


2. Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis


Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.


Once again, I’ve heard a lot of awesome things about this book, but haven’t gotten around to reading it. KEEPING.


3. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare


Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst — and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.


This is one I’ve always kind of been on the fence about. I love Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, and this definitely sounds interesting. KEEPING!


4. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver


New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story perfect for fans of We Were Liars and I Was Here, about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged.

When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.


Meh. I don’t know, I may eventually read it,  but this isn’t really up my alley. REMOVING.


5. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga


What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?


Sounds interesting in theory. Sounds a little like Dexter to me. Not sure if I would actually read it though. REMOVING.


6. This is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet


When fifteen-year-old Romeo’s mother leaves one day and doesn’t return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him.

Julian is barely two years older than Romeo. A runaway from an abusive home, he has had to make some difficult choices and sells himself on the street to survive. Taking care of Romeo changes him, gives him a purpose in life, gives him hope, and he tries to be strong and keep his troubles with drugs behind him. But living as they do is slowly destroying him, and he begins to doubt he can be strong enough.

This is the story of their struggle to find a way off the streets and stay together at all costs. But when events threaten to tear them apart, it is Romeo who must find the strength within himself to help Julian (and not let their love story turn into a Shakespearean tragedy).


Okay. So. This sounds super interesting but I have a feeling that it’s a tad bit heavy for me. When I read contemporaries, I try to read lighter ones and this definitely isn’t that for me. REMOVING.


7. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger


It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.


Meh. Maybe at some point, but not my thing at the moment. REMOVING.


8. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord


After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.


This sounds fantastic, actually. Just what I need from a contemporary. KEEPING.


9. Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian


Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…


Ehh. I enjoyed the first one, that’s why I added this to my list, BUT… not really feeling it now, you know? REMOVING.


10. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall


Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle — beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family — but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.


Yup. This sounds super interesting. KEEPING.

*** TOTAL KEPT/ REMOVED: 5/5 ***

Yay! Well, that was quite a successful week then. Happy to have removed a few more from my ever-growing list. Finally getting it closed to 550, I started at over 600. :p


Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Contemporary

The Game of (dis)Like

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


I love cute, fluffy romance that’s not over the top sexual. Love stories that are actually… feasible? I don’t know what it is, but those sorts of books always get to me. I love the hate to love trope more than just about any other out there when it comes to romance, so this book was definitely right up my alley.

THEIR BANTER. I would quote nearly all their conversations if I could, because they were just so perfect. I loved the dynamic between them ore than I can possibly put into words.

The storyline was amazing. Everything was well-paced and nothing ever felt too forced. The characters had to come to realizations or revelations on their own, and I liked that. People gave both of them pushes here and there, but in the end, everything worked out so well.

I loved Lucy and Josh, especially as we actually got to know them both more throughout the book. And the character progression for them both was so lovely. I just adored this book more than I thought I would.

Now, there were a couple tiny things that bothered me, but because I loved the characters and the overall storyline so much, it was all easy to just let go of. I was so focused on devouring this story, that in the end, none of it mattered.

All that mattered was how everything settled in the end, and I was quite happy with it. I want more Lucy and Josh though. I want to know how everything works out afterwards, but that’s just me always wanting way more than I’ll ever get out of a book.


Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Bushy-Tailed Shadow

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: 10.2.18

4/5 Stars

“…Follow me if you dare, little ducklings. Into the dark we go.”

A HUGE thanks to Julie Kagawa, NetGalley, and Harlequin publishing for this ARC!

This book was so different from anything I could have imagined. It was such a lovely surprise. There’s a ton of Japanese lore and mythology throughout this book that just made me fall even more in love with this book overall. I’m a sucker for any sort of mythology, so that was a big selling point for me.

Yumeko was amazing. I love my little kitsune heroine. She’s naïve and helpless at times, but she grows a lot and really starts learning the extent of her abilities.

Okay. So, the overall storyline reminded me a lot of the movie Tangled. We have our totally naïve, young heroine who’s got a huge secret attached to her, who’s been essentially locked away for years and has no knowledge of the outside world. Enter warrior/ borderline criminal hero. The two agree to make a journey together. Shenanigans ensue. Another character enters, one they’re really not sure they can trust, but who is along for the journey nonetheless. More shenanigans ensue. Fight with the big, bad villain when everything looks like it can’t possibly work out. The end.

This book definitely had its tropes, but I didn’t really mind it. The “love interest” wasn’t overdone, and while it did play some part in the storyline, it definitely wasn’t a focus, which I enjoyed.

Two things that really did bother me though, and they’re the main reason this book doesn’t have the full 5 stars. One is that it switches POV’s between Yumeko and Tatsumi, and sometimes I didn’t know who was talking until it mentioned the other or the way they talked about certain characters that varied, but it bothered me that they weren’t more distinctive. The other thing was the ending. There was a pretty good shock at the end (what saved it from being 3 stars), but it BUGGED ME SO BADLY that the big villain just kinda… walked away. I know it was literally for nothing other than allowing that sequel, but I hate when that part is anticlimactic. More so because the villain actually said they were letting our MC go… for now.

Overall, this was a fantastic book and I am so excited to see where this series goes.

Blog Tours, Informative, Question, Young Adult

Blog Tour- What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi

One of my best friends knows this author personally and has whole-heartedy vouched for this book since day one. Yesterday was the release of the book and the beginning of this blog tour, and Sara kicked it off with this lovely post, so go check it out:

What a Nerd Girl Says

Without further ado, here’s my interview with Nicole and some information about the book!

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What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi

Release Date: 10/2/2018



Mellie has always been the reliable friend, the good student, the doting daughter.

But when an unspeakable act leads her to withdraw from everyone she loves, she is faced with a life-altering choice―a choice she must face alone.

Lise stands up―and speaks out―for what she believes in. And when she notices Mellie acting strangely, she gets caught up in trying to save her…all while trying to protect her own secret. One that might be the key to helping Mellie.

Told through Mellie and Lise’s journal entries, this powerful, emotional novel chronicles Mellie’s struggle to decide what is right for her and the unbreakable bond formed by the two girls on their journey.

You can find the book at these places:

Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Book Depository


Nicole Maggi Author Photo

Nicole was born in the suburban farm country of upstate New York, and began writing at a very early age. Of course, her early works consisted mainly of poems about rainbows and unicorns, although one of them was good enough to win honorable mention in a national poetry contest! (Perhaps one of the judges was a ten-year-old girl.) Throughout high school, her creative writing was always nurtured and encouraged.

Nicole attended Emerson College as an acting major, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Post-college, she worked as an actress in New York City for over a decade, focusing mainly on Shakespeare and the classics.

Nicole is the author of the Twin Willows trilogy, The Forgetting and now, What They Don’t Know.

You Can Find Her At:

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads


1. Who’s one author that you greatly admire and did their writings have any influence on your own?

A: When I was in middle school, I read the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce and I just wanted to live in that world. It was the first time I realized the power that an author has, to create other worlds and make people want to live in them. I just knew that I wanted to do that, too.

Pierce is a master of world-building and character. I wanted to be Alanna; I wanted to be friends with all of her friends. So when I think about world-building, I think about how she created Tortall, and when I think about character, I think about how much she made me care about Alanna and her circle. It’s my goal to give a reader a world they can truly escape into, and characters they can fall in love with.


2. Aside from other books or authors, what else do you draw inspiration from for your book

A: Honestly, I draw inspiration from the world around me. There is just so much going on in the world, and most of it would make a fascinating book. The trick is to be open, and to pay attention. For example, the idea for the sex-trafficking subplot in my previous novel The Forgetting came from a billboard that I passed every day on the way to pick up my daughter from daycare. The idea for my Twin Willows Trilogy came from going down the Wikipedia rabbit hole. I landed on the page for European Witch Hunts and there was a footnote for something called the Benandanti. I clicked it, and that trilogy was born. I have an idea in my idea file (which is really just a page in my Scrivener program) that is from a tiny news story I saw buried on some website somewhere. Inspiration can come from anywhere.


3. Has the YA community always been your intended audience, or did you think you’d be writing for someone else?

When I first started writing seriously, I actually thought I would be writing romance. At the time I was obsessed with the Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon. My first novel was intended for an adult audience, but when we sent the book out on submission, we got a lot of feedback that it felt like YA. This was just at the start of the Twilight era that sparked the Golden Age of YA that we’re in now. That book wound up not selling, but my agent encouraged me to lean into that advice and write YA. So when I started writing my next book in a teen voice, it just felt like coming home. It brought me right back to all those books I’d loved reading when I was growing up–Tamora Pierce, Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Jane Yolen–and I knew this was what I was supposed to be writing all along. Also, my teenage years were difficult and traumatic. I think when you have that experience as a teen there’s a part of you that still lives in that place, and it was very easy for me to access it. Incidentally, that book wound up being Winter Falls, my debut novel.


4. Were you ever given any advice for writing that helped? Can you share what that was?

I’ve been given so much great advice over the years! Truly, it takes a village of a lot of other people to create one author. Okay, here’s one of my favorite pieces of practical advice. This comes courtesy of agent-extraordinaire, Donald Maass, author of Writing The Breakout Novel. I’ve taken a few master classes with him and gotten so much out of them. Here’s one thing he said:

When you’re done with your book, done with editing and even fine-tuning, print out a copy of your manuscript. Take that copy and throw it in the air. I mean it. Actually throw the pages in the air and let them fall down on the floor. (This is very cathartic). Then gather the pages back together–but make sure they are OUT OF ORDER. Once you have your out-of-order manuscript, read through it. You’re thinking, Whaaaa? Yes. Read through it, out of order. What this does is keep you present on the page. When you read your book in order, you get lulled in by the story. You miss things, like the fact that you used the word “sluiced” on every other page. You catch all of that when you read it out of order, because every time you turn the page you’re jolted into another part of the story. You don’t have time to get lulled. The first time I did this I caught a paragraph that referred to a character I’d cut out of the book 3 versions ago. I know it sounds like a crazy thing to do, but trust me on this. Pro-tip: make sure you have the pages numbered before you print it out! I speak from experience.


5. What’s your favorite quote from literature and did it ever help you or influence your writing?

Rumi is my favorite poet, and in his Quatrains poem there’s a line that reads, “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep.”

I remind myself of this a lot. There is always more to discover in the world. Don’t go back to sleep or you might miss it. If you want something, you must use your voice to ask for it. Stand up for yourself. Speak your truth. Don’t go back to your small, sheltered comfort zone and miss out on getting what you want. Step out into the light.

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog!

Thank you, lovely readers! And a big thank you to Nicole and Sara for this opportunity as well. I wish Nicole and her book all the success in the world!


Adult Fiction, Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday (#9): Authors I’d Like to Meet

Hey, it’s Tuesday. Pig ‘n a Poke!

I’ve been watching Supernatural over again, and oddly enough I’m watching the episode with the time loop right now, so it’s quite fitting! But anyways, it really is Tuesday and it’s time for another TTT!

For those of you who haven’t heard of this meme yet, checkout where it started at:

The Broke and the Bookish and where it moved to when the passed the torch over to: That Artsy Reader Girl

This is a whole lot more difficult than I thought, but here are the 10 authors I’d most like to meet. In no particular order.

  1. Sarah J. Maas
  2. J.K. Rowling
  3. Jay Kristoff
  4. Marissa Meyer (going to her book signing next month! eek)
  5. Marie Lu
  6. Laini Taylor
  7. V.E. Schwab
  8. Pierce Brown
  9. Alexandra Braken
  10. Stephanie Garber

There were others I could think of, but a couple of them are dead (Tolkien, Dickens, etc.) and a couple I’ve met before (Stephenie Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Stephen Chbosky)

Who would you like to meet? Do we have any of the same ones on our list?

See y’all real soon!