arc review: echoes

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4.5 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

tw: emotional abuse and neglect talked about on page

What kind of absolutely mind f-ery did I just read? How in God’s green earth can a book just end with THAT ENDING? I need more answers and I need them now!! I honestly don’t know what I expected when I started this book. It seemed like it was going to be a fairly typical plane crash story but holy hell, it ended up way crazier.

Despite all the craziness, it did have it’s slow moments. Especially when Fiona and Miles were on the island and they were gathering materials to survive. Fiona tended to have a lot of inner monologues that did get a bit wearisome at times.

Speaking of those two, I adored them. Their banter gave me life and the hate to love trope was in full swing, my friends. Holy cow, those two are my new favorite couple. Honestly, there were just so great and they complemented each other perfectly.

Okay, on the real though, is this a standalone because if it is, I will actually cry. I have to know things. Alice Reeds, please don’t be cruel to my poor fragile heart and leave the book like that. Please.

Do pick this book up now (as it’s just been released). You will not be disappointed.

 

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book review: the lady of the rivers

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3.5 stars!

tw: sexism and racism (pretty rampant)

This book was kind of dense and I was not expecting that. Normally, Gregory’s books are a lot easier to read; they are more fluid. This one read like a dairy written by Jacquetta, which made it feel dense and clunky.

As for Jacquetta, I liked her. Her ancestry was mentioned in other books by Gregory so it was nice to finally understand her story better. But Jacquetta just felt naive to me. She was clearly a feminist which I loved. But also made some pretty dumb decisions and paid the price for it. It that were me in that situation, I would thought things out just a little bit better. Monarchy England is so dangerous. You really had to play your cards right.

The whole story was just too dense as I mentioned above. There were far too many names to try and remember. It was confusing as to whose side they supported along with which side was considered the “good” side and which was the “bad” side. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable to this time frame of England history but man, I was just so lost. I might need to do some more research for sure.

I’m not disappointed I read the book, though, as my review might suggest. It cleared up some things for me but also left me very confused. But overall, this fulfilled the itch I had for some good old historical fiction. Onto the next book.

 

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arc review: thunderstruck

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3.5 stars!

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is pretty clear, to me anyway, that I know nothing about Thor and Norse mythology. Like super clear I know nothing and I will be honest, Norse mythology is not my favorite thing. I have always preferred Greek/Roman mythology (mainly because of my love for Persephone, Hades and Ares). I did enjoy this but I think my enjoyment was hindered because of my lack of knowledge.

With this book, it was almost expected of you to know a lot of Norse mythology. Sure, things were explained but I still felt myself grasping at straws to try and figure out everyone and everything. To be honest, I am still unsure if Ragnarok is a good thing or a bad thing.

As for the MCs, they were okay. Blake reminded me too much of Thor. I like Thor but he is so about rules and greatness. I prefer my heroes chaotic good like Iron man or Deadpool. Blake’s strictness about rules drove me nuts at times. I did adore his love for Stevie so he had that going for him.

Stevie was okay as well. I appreciated that she was into comics and there was rep for girls with heart conditions. But she was just kind of bland. Nothing about her personality popped for me. Her and Blake were just so much alike, that it was just weird.

Overall, this was enjoyed but I don’t think it was the book for me. However, if you are super passionate about Norse mythology then I think you would really like this book. Especially if you really love Thor.

book review: survive the night

survive the night
4 stars!

tw: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, rehab mentioned, cheating 

Danielle Vega writes the most spooky and creepy things. I still get nightmares thinking about her Merciless books. Honestly, I was so shook up while reading this book. It just gave me all sorts of feelings in the terror and dread department. It also didn’t help I read this is the semi darkness.

There was a lot of realness to this book, which is something I can appreciate. By realness, I mean real world things that happen to teenagers. The MC, Casey, just came out of rehab for drug abuse. She has some less than good friends and is dealing with the loss of a relationship on top of it. Even though this book is horror, there are a lot of things that teens can relate too.

The plot was good, though a little far fetched. There was one part towards the end (that I won’t reveal due to spoilers) that I was just super confused about. I wasn’t entirely sure what really happened. I suppose that is the horror genre for you. I felt totally creeped out the entire time and felt so much dread and anxiety while reading this book. I just wanted everybody to be okay.

Overall, this was still a pretty good book. I finished it in only a few hours. It’s a quick and easy read. I also think it’s a good introduction to the horror genre if that is something you want to get in to.

 

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july wrap up// i am back from my unplanned hiatus!!

Well, this is only *checks calendar* 11 days late. LOL.

I am soooo sorry for the kind of unplanned hiatus. I switched jobs, which has been a bit stressful. It is similar to what I did previously but it’s more memory care like dementia. I like my job, though, and I really dig my co workers. They are super cool and completely welcoming.

I also didn’t have a laptop or a computer for a few weeks. Luckily, I found my black laptop which is slightly messed up (I can’t close it) but it still works so I am just going to use this. Which means I AM BACK, FRIENDS! I will be a lot more active and I will be doing lots more posts and basically being just here more. So thank you to everybody who stuck around while I couldn’t post anything. I’ll spend a couple days reading everybody’s blog and catching up on blog hopping.

I have decided to have a posting time of 2:00amCST. I want to keep the aesthetic of being a late night blogger but also have a set time so you all know what time to look out for my posts.

Okay, let’s just jump right in because despite not posting, I read a lot of books. Most of the links will lead to my Goodreads review. You’ll see posts on here for those books but not for a while. Don’t worry, they are still the same reviews.



stats;

Δ books read: 14

Δ average star rating: 3.71 stars

Δ ARCs read: 7 books

Δ owned books read: 8 books



the books;

Δ Little Women by L.M Alcott

→ A beautiful tale of family and sisterhood.

→3.5 stars, own

 

Δ Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

→ An absolute trash fire of a book.

→ 2 stars, own, buddy read

 

Δ Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros

→Absolute perfection!

→ 5 stars, ebook, own, favorite

 

Δ The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake

→ A good addition to the Three Dark Crowns world but I didn’t love it.

→ 4 stars, ebook

 

Δ Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas

→ A cute summery read with a discussion of important issues in the LGBTQIAP+ community.

→ 4 stars, eARC

 

Δ Why Good Things Happen to Good People by Stephen Post and Jill Neimark

→ A book describing ways on how we can all give better to our fellow humans.

→ 3 stars, #MomMondays, own

 

Δ Tempting Friendship by Patricia Josephine

→ A wonderful supernatural book filled with consent and open sexuality.

→ 4 stars, eARC

 

Δ Project Prometheus by Aden Polydoros (coming soon!)

→ I am convinced that Aden is intent on destroying my heart. Oh my poor boy Hades!

→ 4.5 stars, eARC

 

Δ Vengeance is Mine by Katherine Elizabeth Curtis

→ A promising dystopian with some Christian aspects.

→ 3.5 stars, eARC

 

Δ The Spite Game by Anna Snoeskstra

→ An unlikable MC with weird pacing and a not great plot.

→ 3 stars, eARC

 

Δ Echoes by Alice Reeds

→ An absolutely disturbing work of art.

→ 4.5 stars, eARC

 

Δ The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

→ A dense but enjoyable historical fiction novel.

→ 3.5 stars, own

 

Δ Thunderstruck by Brenda Drake

→ A pretty alright Norse retelling.

→ 3.5 stars, eARC

 

Δ Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

→ The Queen of YA horror is back at it with this super creepy book.

→ 4 stars, own

 

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book review: the sea of monsters

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3.5 stars!

tw: use of word r*tard

I am continuing my journey of Percy Jackson. The series is really starting to get better. I can see it slowly drifting away from MG (middle grade) and going more towards YA, which is great! MG is just too young for me. Nothing against people who read it, it’s just too young for me.

One of the things I love about Percy is his sass. Holy cow, he is so sassy and I’m seriously living for it. He is just a little spitfire. But man, sometimes he isn’t very bright. He still reminds me a lot of Harry and if I’m being honest, I’m having some trouble discerning Percy from Harry. I just see so many similarities.

In terms of the plot, it was alright. It was more or less about Percy coming to terms with being a half god. It also explores messy family dynamics. This book shows that parents are not perfect and I love that message. But everything seemed to work out just right. I wanted a little more discord. A little more chaotic ending. But we shall see what happens.

Overall, I’m really loving this book and the series as a whole. I can’t wait to continue on and see what more trouble Percy and co get into.

 

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arc review+interview: tempting friendship

I have such a treat for you guys! I have a super awesome book that I will be reviewing and I have a fun little interview with the author of the book, Patricia Josephine. This is the second work of hers that I have read and I am confident I have a new favorite author!

Down below is a synopsis, review and buy links! Let’s just jump right in!



synopsis;

At first, Quinn isn’t impressed by Keane. He’s cocky and has sex on the brain. The polar opposite of her. Despite their differences, something blossoms between the two.
Never one to take things seriously, Keane is an incubus coasting through life without a care. When he meets Quinn, her lack of reaction to him piques his interest. No human has ever been able to resist him.
As Keane and Quinn struggle to understand what is going on between them, something sinister rocks their world. Young incubi are vanishing, and Keane’s friends go missing. Someone is after his kind. When Quinn is kidnapped, Keane must uncover who is behind the abductions and get to her before it’s too late.


review;

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4 stars!

tw: derogatory slang toward women and asexuals (challenged)

I am really starting to enjoy supernatural stories. To be honest, I didn’t think that I would. Sure, I enjoy Supernatural more than the average human but that is my only real love in the supernatural world. But thanks to Patricia Josephine, I’ve come to enjoy the supernatural in the written world.

One of the best things about this book was the concept of consent. Keane, who is an incubus, was teaching another younger incubus the ropes about being an incubus. One of the biggest lessons was consent. If the person says “no”, it means no and move on. The concept of consent and sexuality being so fluid was so great!

If you don’t know anything about incubus/succubi then don’t worry. The info was given well and there was no dreaded info dump. I liked that because I didn’t know a lot about incubus.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Quinn right away. She was unneedingly hostile toward Keane because she saw him flirting with people. But slowly her behavior improved and I enjoyed her. The banter and the friendship her and Keane had was awesome. Yay for video games being enjoyed by both genders.

I must note that Quinn is asexual and it is mentioned on page. I am unsure of how accurate the rep it but it felt like it was well done.

Overall, this was great! I really need to read more of Patricia Josephine. She is a really great writer and does such a great job of blending the supernatural with the real world.



interview;

1. I notice you write about the supernatural a lot. What do you like about the supernatural?

I’m not entirely sure. I like anything not of this world that is fantastic and powerful. My muse just decided that when it came to writing, supernatural was the way to go!

 
2. Do you enjoy writing young adult or adult more?

I like both equally. Although, with adult there might be some sex scenes and I find those awkward to write. I just cringe at the terminology. It’s either hilarious or crude.

 
3. What is one of the hardest things about writing?

Translating the images in my head into words. I’m a visual thinker, so when I’m writing, I’m picturing the scene and it’s not always easy to figure out the words to describe what I see in my head.

 
4. Who are some of your author inspirations?

Kerrelyne Sparks and Zac Brewer. Both write vampires (among other things) and I enjoy the worlds they created.

 
5. What is one of the easiest things about writing?

I answered this one last because I had to think about it. I’d have to say getting ideas for a story or character. Sometimes it’s like I sneeze and get a story idea. Not all of them are fleshed out enough to be worth it, but those ones are good practice so it’s not a waste.

 
6. What was the idea behind Tempting Friendship?

What if an incubus fell for someone who wasn’t really interested in sex. How would the relationship work? Could it?

 
7. Was there a lot of research involved with writing Tempting Friendship?

Not for this one. I did a little research on the lore behind incubus but I like to take supernatural creatures and put my own twist on them and make them my own. Quinn was the same. My biggest concern was avoiding stereotypes or misconceptions. Otherwise, I just let Quinn dictate who she was because, let’s face it, we authors don’t control our characters. LOL


buy links;


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