Saturday, April 30, 2022

Update!

Hey there! This is just a quick post to say that I'm sorry I've not been blog hopping on Sunday's like usual. Last week my family caught strep and a cold and I felt like the dead! 

I'm feeling a little better now and plan to be blog hoping over this Sunday like normal. Stay safe and healthy my friend! I'll see you soon!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

3 Bite Sized Reviews!

Imogen, the Queen of Hearts, is known for taking the hearts of those who betray her, including her servants. Her king, Rav, ventures to the mortal world to lure in new prey to replace their dwindling help. One bite, one simple exchange of her blood is all it will take for a mortal to become one of them. And this time, Rav chooses a girl named Alice.

Breakdown 

I love Alice in Wonderland retellings or even new takes on the mythos. My favorite take on the story has to be Splintered but let me tell you if this series keeps going the way it’s going, then Vampires in Wonderland is going to be right there beside it!!! I mean come on! Alice in Wonderland, with vampires mixed with Candace Robinson’s unique and imaginary storytelling, is a win-win! My only complaint is I wanted more.

This series by Amber R. Duell and Candace Robinson is one to watch!

**I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review** 


They ended their marriage, but they never fell out of love...

Law student Anita Virani hasn't seen her ex-husband since the ink dried on their divorce papers. Now she's agreed to pretend she's still married to Nikhil until his sister's wedding celebrations are over -- because her former mother-in-law neglected to tell her family of their split! The closeness they share during the marriage act gives Anita new insight into the man she once loved so deeply. And reignites Nikhil's feelings for her...

Book Breakdown


***I won this book through an Instagram live chat held by the author***

Let me state the obvious, I'm not usually into second chance romance. There are a few I like but the story has to be really good for me to enjoy it. By the rating, you can tell that this story is one of those few second chance romances that I actually enjoy!

If you're looking for a wonderful second chance diverse romance. You need this ASAP! You'll adore it!

I can't wait to read more by this author.



Two sisters. Two loves. And a secret that can destroy them both.

For years, Silver has used her magic to draw the same human soul, Keelen, from the afterlife and place him into a wax raven she created. Each visit, her impossible relationship with Keelen deepened, leading Silver to want more than friendship. Yet it isn’t until after Silver and her queen sister, Afton, are forced to defend themselves from an enemy king's guards, that Silver discovers a way to give Keelen human life and become Afton’s weapon.

Afton had never given her heart to another … until she met Ragan. Just when it seems she’s found true love, she must temporarily push her feelings aside and accept a betrothal contract from the enemy king to keep her territory safe. But when Afton uncovers a danger that threatens all she has built, the sisters must put a stop to it before everything they love, including their sisterly bond, shatters.

Book Breakdown


I swear, if you’ve ever read a novel by Candace Robinson, then you know her style right off the bat! It’s so dark and twisted and yet romantic and swoon worthy. It’s such a delicious combo! This book follows that wonderful pattern yet adds such a wonderful sister relationship that reminds me so much of Frozen. I’ve been into books recently with families that truly care for one another and would do anything to save them and this story fits right in with that!

I honestly can’t help but wish I had that kind of relationship with anyone in my family. It’s unbelievably sweet. Plus, throw in the dark fantasy that this author’s known for and you have one heck of a wicked good novel! Loved this one!

***I received this novel in exchange for an honest review***


Well that's it for this one! Have you read any of these? If not, what are you currently reading? Let me know below and have a wonderful day!




Friday, April 22, 2022

5 Friday - Twist Endings


So the five can be connections of any kind. Books can have been read last year or any year. Books can be used more than once.They may not have been read yet. They might be ones you just bought or want to buy.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Maybe it’s not a list of actual books, but things connected to books – e.g. favourite book shops, recipes etc. It might even be five movies related to books or five poems or five poets or five bookish moments, five thoughts about reading – be creative! - The Book Date



Today I wanted to share five books with killer twist endings! Let's not waste any time!


Where were you on October 1st at 3:03 pm?

Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.

And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone...


Marriage can be a real killer.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.



Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.


The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this remote and barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane relentlessly bears down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades—with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. But then neither is Teddy Daniels.



First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion:

"Ten little boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight little boys traveling in Devon; One said he'd stay there then there were seven. Seven little boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in half and then there were six. Six little boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five little boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four little boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two little boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one. One little boy left all alone; He went out and hanged himself and then there were none."

When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? Only the dead are above suspicion. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes - Review

When Kieran Ransome’s latest antics result in a massive scandal, his father issues an ultimatum: find a respectable wife or inherit nothing. But as one of London’s most inveterate scoundrels, Kieran doesn’t know any ladies who fit the bill. Or does he?


Celeste Kilburn is a society darling, beloved by influential members of the ton. But keeping a spotless reputation leaves little room for adventure and she longs to escape her gilded cage, especially with her impending engagement to a stuffy earl. When Kieran—her older brother’s best friend and an irresistibly attractive rogue—begs for her help, Celeste makes a deal: she’ll introduce him to the right social circles if he’ll show her the scandalous side of London.


In between proper teas and garden parties, Kieran escorts Celeste—disguised as “Salome”—to rowdy gaming hells, wild fĂȘtes, and sensual art salons. As they spend more time together, their initial attraction builds to a desperate desire that neither can ignore. But when someone discovers their midnight exploits, Celeste’s freedom and reputation are endangered, and Kieran must save the woman he loves… respectable or not.


Book Breakdown


Celeste is a good girl. Since her family came from nothing, their reputation rides on her shoulders. Which means she’s going to marry into a titled family. Sadly, she doesn’t love the man and just wants to be free. 

Kieran is a rake, and his family has had enough. They told him to wed a good girl or get cut off from the family. So he needs a good girl to help him change his reputation. 

These two make a deal. Celeste will help Kieran and in return, he’ll show her freedom. They develop a friendship that quickly spins into much more. Then they have to fight off their feelings because they know no one would allow them to work for them. But sometimes love has a way of changing all your plans. 

As the two put their plans into action, they can’t help but give into the lust between them, and it develops into something neither can ignore. 

I really enjoyed this book, found it very hard to put down, but what keeps it from being a full five star story is the ending. Now, it’s a romance and by now, everyone who reads romance knows that you get an HEA and that’s something I adore about romance but this ending was just too rushed... the rest of the story’s paced very well but the ending just seem to run full steam ahead with no breaks and it felt out of place. I think the author should’ve extended it a little and given it some room to breathe. 

That being said, a wonderful book in a new series and I can’t wait to read the rest! 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Music Monday - (More) Ambience

This meme is hosted over at Always Me

Hello and welcome to another... Monday. Ugh, don’t you just hate Monday? I had a three-day weekend, so I got to sleep in some and that makes getting up early to get to class even harder. 

How was your weekend? Mine started off rough. My grandmama had a minor heart attack and had to have a stint put in, but she seems to do okay now. I really hope it stays that way. Prayers/positive energy would be very much appreciated. 

But today I wanted to share some ambiences that just really relax me. I hope you enjoy them!





Which was your favorite? Let me know below and I hope you have a wonderful week! Stay safe out there! 

Friday, April 15, 2022

Friday 5 - Book Adaptations


So the five can be connections of any kind. Books can have been read last year or any year. Books can be used more than once.They may not have been read yet. They might be ones you just bought or want to buy.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Maybe it’s not a list of actual books, but things connected to books – e.g. favourite book shops, recipes etc. It might even be five movies related to books or five poems or five poets or five bookish moments, five thoughts about reading – be creative! - The Book Date

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Mid April Reading Update (Four Thousand Days, Manga, When He Was Wicked)


Since I've actually read a few books this month and the last part of March I actually have something to share with you! I'm as stunned as you are! 

Let's go! 


When I saw this floating around the blog world, it caught my eye. Mainly for the name Margaret Murray. If cause you know nothing about her, some say she’s the mother of witches and same say her work was discredited

Either way, she brought witchcraft into the mainstream during her time and she was a first wave feminist. So she was an important figure in history either way. 

So, I had to read this book! I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t what I hoped it would. The writing was a little weird to me and took me a bit to get into the story because of it. You can tell a man wrote it for sure. But once you get into the flow, it’s not so bad anymore. 

The story itself was pretty interesting, and I enjoyed the time because I’ve been into historical books as of late. I won’t give away any plot since this is a mystery and I hate when those get spoiled for me. 

Overall, a good book, but nothing out of the water.




I'm continuing with this series and still enjoying it so far! It's very fanciful and a bit like Twilight. I'm more eager to learn about Ren rather than the main vampire that I know our MC is gonna get with in the end. 


Now, I'm not going to talk a lot about this one because I do have a post about Bridgerton coming soon and my thoughts will be there. But I did like this one!


That's all for this wrap up! Tell me what you've been reading this month? Anything good? Let me know below and have a great day! 

Monday, April 11, 2022

Music Monday - Recent Favorites

Music Monday is hosted over at Always Me



So which is your favorite this week? Let me know below! I hope you have a safe and happy week. 

Friday, April 8, 2022

Friday 5 - 5 Reasons I No Longer Have A TBR


So the five can be connections of any kind. Books can have been read last year or any year. Books can be used more than once.They may not have been read yet. They might be ones you just bought or want to buy.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Maybe it’s not a list of actual books, but things connected to books – e.g. favourite book shops, recipes etc. It might even be five movies related to books or five poems or five poets or five bookish moments, five thoughts about reading – be creative! - The Book Date

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Vampire Dormitory Volume 1 - Review

"I'll do it! I'll become your thrall!" A crossdressing girl and an otaku vampire find themselves entangled in a dangerous relationship. Don't miss this heart-pounding romance from the award-winning Ema Toyama, perfect for fans of Crimson Spell, Black Bird, and He's My Only Vampire!


BLOOD OVER FLOWERS


Mito has no family to rely on. She lives on the streets, disguised as a boy. Ruka is an otaku vampire interested only in 2D girls. After Ruka saves Mito from a perilous situation, he makes her an offer: "Become my subservient thrall and let me drink your blood whenever I wish! In return, you can live with me—in the boys' dorm!" But to stay with him, Mito must hide the fact that she's a girl. Every day is a new danger—to say nothing of that bloodthirsty vampire!



Book Breakdown

No one loves or wants Mito. She’s barely surviving but when a vampire decides to make her his thrall with the promise of loving her until her sour blood ripens, she jumps head first into the deal. Only the vampire, Ruka, doesn’t know she’s a girl. 

Mito cross dresses to keep herself safe. People leave her alone more as a boy. There’s no way she could ever tell Ruka the truth because he says that he doesn’t drink from women. But one day, he’s going to find his mate and her blood will be the sweetest of all. 

Then there’s Ren, he knows that Ruka is a vampire and wants to keep Mito safe. He doesn't explain why he knows Ruka's secret but Mito trusts him right away. 

Add all this up and it feels like a more immature version of Vampire Knight, which is one of my favorite mangas ever. So I'll be devouring every volume out right now!

Monday, April 4, 2022

Music Monday - Recent Favorites

This meme is hosted over at Always Me


 Two very different vibes for today. But both have recently been released. Tell me which is your favorite. 


So which of these are you going to choose for your Monday? Let me know below! I really hope you have a great week! Stay safe and happy reading! 

Friday, April 1, 2022

Friday 5 - Vampires

So the five can be connections of any kind. Books can have been read last year or any year. Books can be used more than once.They may not have been read yet. They might be ones you just bought or want to buy.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Maybe it’s not a list of actual books, but things connected to books – e.g. favourite book shops, recipes etc. It might even be five movies related to books or five poems or five poets or five bookish moments, five thoughts about reading – be creative! - The Book Date