Posted in 3.5 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi // A Fun Heist Novel with Six of Crows Vibes


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Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.


My Rating: ★★★ 1/2 – 3.5 stars

I’m back! I got the flu and so fell off the face of the Earth for a few weeks, but I’m back!

And it would be very very bad if I broke my New Year’s resolution to post 10 times a month on this blog literally the first month of the New Year, so I decided to get my butt up and write this post. I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this book – which releases today actually! – through BookishFirst. And without further ado, the review: Continue reading “ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi // A Fun Heist Novel with Six of Crows Vibes”

Posted in Features, Miscellaneous

2019 New Year’s Resolutions // My Reading, Writing, Blog, and Life Goals

IT’S OFFICIALLY THE NEW YEAR!!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year is the year things happen for all of you! And I hope all of your resolutions come to pass (if you made any)!

Speaking of resolutions, I have a few of my own because I actually bothered to do them this year! And I’m actually planning on sticking to them! (Isn’t the last part shocking?) So I thought I’d share them with you all, that way I would be more motivated to stick to them since I wouldn’t want to suffer from the shame that comes from publicly announcing you’re going to do something but never actually doing it.

Hehe. Yeah.

So time to awkwardly transition into my list of resolutions for this year now. Continue reading “2019 New Year’s Resolutions // My Reading, Writing, Blog, and Life Goals”

Posted in Miscellaneous, My (Sad) Writing Life!

2018 Wrap Up // My Year in Books + a List of Favorites + Writing Progress

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UGGGGHHHHHH.

UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHH.

This year is over.

*cheers like a maniac* YEEESSS.

Okay so I’m slightly melodramatic but I feel like this is deserved? Because this year. Is over. And exams. Are over. All those UGHs don’t cover even half of the PAIN this last month entailed.

Alright now I KNOW I’m being overdramatic, I’m not even in college yet. So I have no right to complain. So feel free to just ignore these last few sentences (paragraphs?).

And uh…sorry about the month long hiatus? *sweatdrops* I didn’t mean for it to happen, it just kind of did? So I apologize. And I hope the holidays have been happy for everyone!

Since it’s the end of the year now so I crawled out of the hole I’ve been dying in (I can’t stop me self from being overdramatic soMEONE SEND HELP) to do this post. Yay. SO LET’S GET STARTED. Break down this year one brick at a time. Woo-hoo. Continue reading “2018 Wrap Up // My Year in Books + a List of Favorites + Writing Progress”

Posted in 2 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton // A HUGE Problematic Trope in It

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Synopsis:

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.


My Rating: ★★ – 2 stars

TWs: attempted sexual assault, the Bury Your Gays trope

I buddy-read this book with the amazing Azia-Minor! (I honestly can’t believe she put up with me, she must be superhuman.)

Now to the review.

I remain largely unimpressed with this book, and honestly, also kind of pissed. The beginning was so intriguing, filling me with questions. And while it took me a little bit of time to warm up to the characters, I eventually did. (Some of them anyway.) Also, the world-building was really good.

But there were also a number of things I found issue with, one of which makes me particularly angry, and I need to discuss them too. So get prepared for a rant-ish review. Continue reading “The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton // A HUGE Problematic Trope in It”

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My Top Five Books of All Time // Books that Mean the World to Me

I love very few books. And when I say that, I mean it. There are many books I like well enough, but not many I love and adore with all of my stone-cold heart. Exactly five to date, in fact.

Yeah, I only have five “favorites.” It upsets me too. I wish I could get into books as easily as I’ve seen other people, but it takes a while for the aforementioned stone-cold heart to feel something. So these books are very special and have all had a huge impact on me, in different ways. Continue reading “My Top Five Books of All Time // Books that Mean the World to Me”

Posted in 3 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater // I AM CONFUSION

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Synopsis:

From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family. Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.

Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.


My Rating: ★★★ – 3 stars

After much deliberation, I have decided that Maggie Stiefvater is a damn goddess.

The entire book had an ethereal atmosphere, with beautiful writing to accompany it. But I’m at war with myself, even as I write this review, because I’m trying to figure out how I feel about it.

Other than REALLY CONFUSED. Continue reading “All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater // I AM CONFUSION”