Goodreads Book Tag

I was tagged to do this Book Tag by the lovely Maggie at MassachusettsNovel.

What was the last book you marked as read | You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Let me preface this by saying that I like to turn to romance novels to overcome the post-Maas slump after every book. After finishing Empire of Storms this weekend, I turned to this book which was free on Amazon. This book was a little lackluster as the retellings go. It was supposedly a retelling of Wuthering Heights, a book which I love but it wasn’t really except for same vague concepts and names. Overall very average, and okay for a free book.

What are you currently reading | Winter by Marissa Meyer

I am actually reading four books right now, two of which are re-reads, but out of all of them I absolutely love this book. Unfortunately it got put on the back burner when Empire of Storms released, but now that I have read my mandatory romance, I’ll be picking this one back up.

What book do you plan to read next | Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone is one of the books that I am currently re-reading because I would like to finish the original trilogy before I read Six of Crows. While I have read the first book before, I never finished (or started) the other two books. Hopefully I will be able to finish before my Duology hardcover set comes!

Do you use the star rating system | Yes

I always try and star the books I read, for me as much as anyone else who could be seeing them. Sometimes I’ll go back through by read list and totally forget what a book was about. The starring helps me remember how I felt at the time, and will sometimes remind me of impressions the book left.

Are you doing the 2016 reading challenge | Yes

I always like to set goals for myself as to what to read the coming year. This also tends to keep me on track and focused, as I can get easily distracted by life. This helps to remind me to take time for myself.

Do you have a wish list | No

If I want a book, I will either buy it or request it from the library. Don’t really have to “wish” for anything, unless it’s a foreign edition or such.

What book do you plan to buy next | Six of Crows Duology

I don’t know if it counts, but I do have the Six of Crows Duology box set pre-ordered. I’m getting the signed editions from Books of Wonder! I can’t wait to read this series because I have heard nothing but good things.

Do you have any favorite quotes. Share a few | Of Course

“All that is gold does not glitter/ Not all those who wander are lost.” -Tolkien

“My name is Celaena Sardothein and I will not be afraid.” -Maas

“She is my fireheart.” – Maas

“When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy.” -Bracken

And I will stop there, although I could probably go on forever.

Who are your favorite authors | Sarah J. Maas (obvi.) and Alexandra Bracken

Perhaps I’m not a true Bracken fan because I still have not read Passenger or her first book, however I really do love The Darkest Minds enough for her to qualify as one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read me waxing poetic about Sarah J. Maas before, you probably  only need to go back a few posts.

Have you joined any groups | No

I have always been a quiet reader. It wasn’t until recently when I found my Big Maggie (who tagged me for this post) and my G-Big that I really started getting in the “book club” mood. I don’t see myself joining any groups in the future either, in part because of some vicious posts I’ve seen in some when people don’t agree.


Thank you for reading! Feel free to do this tag, and keep stopping by!


Book Tag: Creatures of the Night

Hello everyone! It’s been a hectic first week of Junior Year at college, with the classes seeming to increase exponentially in difficulty. I unfortunately have not had time to really read anything lately (although I am love The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi right now) although that will change on Tuesday with Empire of Storms release.

Because of the start of school season, and the inevitable late nights I will be spending studying, I have decided to the a Creatures of the Night Book Tag, which I found on  Dreamland Book Blog. Without further ado, here are my choices for favorite creatures of the night.



When the creatures in this horroresque dystopian novel may not be officially classified as zombies, they are pretty darn close. This is meant to be a series, and you learn as the books go along more about this strange world that Deuce inhabits. I love the world building, and the way these mutants interact and affect the world. Maybe it’s just me, but I can totally see some kind of zombie mutation coming in the future.



I absolutely love this book, and have probably mentioned it in a previous post. This book is everything gory and horrific about vampires wrapped up in a (love?) story. I will be the first to admit that this style of writing is not for everyone, with the meandering analogies, but something about the storytelling and the various creatures in this TRUE vampire dystopian story resonated with me, and has lead me to read the book through multiple times.



I love, love, love the Lux Series. The aliens are awesome, the love is awesome, and it was one of my first forays into the wonderful worlds of Armentrout. I absolutely love the YA take on somewhat benevolent aliens who have been living among us. And who doesn’t swoon for the dark, misunderstood, sarcastic type?

Honorable mention: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey-if you enjoy a darker, more horror type of alien apocalypse invasion story



The first book in the series was perfect. Penryn was a lovable and tough lead, out to save her sister is this post-apocalyptic hellscape. While I absolutely loved the beginning of the series, the last book seemed to wrap up a little too neatly (and crazily) for my tastes. Still, this is one of my favorite series dealing with angels, especially with the dystopian, evil angel aspect which is unique to so many of the angel-love YA novels that are out today.



The romance in this book drove me wild, but who wouldn’t fall for the sexy hot demon (Roth) who tries to help you find yourself and accept yourself for who you are. Roth was the original Demon of my heart, doing anything, even going against Hell to keep Layla safe, as the child of both Warden and Demon. I greatly enjoyed this series and definitely recommend it.

Honorable mention: A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King-a slightly more intricate world, as well as a more confusing plot may drive this book away form the more YA proud, but I enjoyed this series all the same.



Over the course of one week this past winter, I managed to read all available books in this shifter series. While Mercy is not a werewolf herself, she interacts with plenty. This series is my favorite werewolf-featuring series of all time. I cannot see where else it will go as the series continues and the cast of characters grows. What is there not to love about a shifter-Coyote mechanic who is always getting into trouble?

Honorable mention: Bitten (Women of the Underworld Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong. This book/character(s) have actually been made into a lovely B Canadian tv-show which I absolutely love. The original plot of these books is awesome, but the tv show brings these characters and plot to the next level.



This post would not be complete without the lovely and entrancing Fae of the Sarah J Maas series. Pictured is A Court of Thorns a Roses, a beautiful Beauty and the Beast/East of the Sun West of the Moon/Tamlin retelling which features enthralling fae. I highly recommend this series to anyone. Even if the first book isn’t for you, please read the second one because (for me at least) it was life-changing.

Honorable mention: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas-the only reason this did not get this spot is because the Fae do not play a large a role in this series until later on.

Thank you guys for reading! And to all my night owls, don’t forget to read these picks with the lights on! ;D


Wanderlove Saga by Belle Malory

I’ve decided to take this time on #throwbackthursday to write a review of one of my favorite series of 2011 and 2012. Without further ado, here is my review of the wonderful, extraordinary Indie Series, The Wanderlove Saga!


Wanderlove by Belle Malory

Genre: Magical realism/science fiction

Published: September 20, 2011

Rating: 4.5/5

Blurb: Lola Moori is hiding a secret she doesn’t know she’s keeping.

She begins to remember someone.

Someone important.

His name is Gabe. . .and whatever they shared, she could feel that it was epic.

Yet it seems Gabe wanted her to forget him. Forever.

The curse that repressed Lola’s memories for the span of several lifetimes is coming undone. But unfortunately, she discovers that some secrets are better left buried.


The world that Malory creates in Wanderlove is absolutely enchanting. The idea of a somewhat secret society of Gypsy’s, as well as long lost and forgotten love pulled in my middle-school-aged heart. It’s also refreshing to read a mystery love story without a love triangle. And that’s the awesome thing about this book, while it is a wonderful love story, it is also a fantastical mystery based in magic.

I especially love the flashback to Lola’s life so many lifetimes before. I have to admit I cried a few times reading this book, and have gone back to read it multiple times.

Gabe is also the perfect love interest, a compassionate and hard-working man who wants nothing but the best for his love. The way he treats her is some portions of the book is somewhat reminiscent of Daniel Grigori in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, however I believe it is a tad more relatable in this instance.

While Wanderlove is an amazing book, it was really the second one in the series that really blew me away. Remember how I said that it was a mystery mixed in with a love story? Well that mystery doesn’t get resolved in the first one; for that you have to read on….

13506975Fortell by Belle Malory

Published: June 24, 2012

Rating: 5/5

Blurb: If you could provide anyone with the path to their deepest, darkest desires, would you?

Estelle Spencer has no choice.

With just a simple touch of her hand, wishes and dreams are instantly fulfilled. Her voice speaks of its own accord, lighting the way to good fortune.

But not everyone’s fortunes are desirable.

For most of her life Estelle hides in fear, living as a recluse in her sister’s shadow. Until the day comes when her existence is remembered.

Forced into running, Estelle meets Rex, a Romanian gypsy, and the only person who can help her hide. Together they search for a way to end the curse that controls Estelle’s life.

Before she destroys the world.


While Wanderlove was a sweet story of eternal love, this story focuses on Rex, the brother of Gabe, who is hung up on a past love of lifetimes past. Insert Estelle, a charming a cursed individual who has always done what is best for everyone else, until she becomes hunted for her gift.

It is not really necessary to read the first book to understand this storyline, but if you choose to skip it, some of the people and other background info might be a bit confusing. Lola and Gabe show up again, as I said this book is basically the resolution of that mystery from Wanderlove, and it’s great to be able to revisit certain aspects of their past that remain unanswered as well as see them find happiness. While they do show up and are instrumental in beginning the events of the book, they are not really seen throughout. Instead, it focuses on the characters mentioned earlier, Rex and Estelle.

Rex is a cynical person, and somewhat of a bad boy (and artist) which is always appealing to me. I mean, who doesn’t want to root for the bad boy? I also loved how this book was not about a first, eternal love, but in many ways overcoming an old one to welcome the new. There still isn’t a real love triangle though, as the book is told in Estelle’s view, and she is only ever interested in Rex. The only real thing holding them back is the curse, and to defeat that Estelle cannot rely on anyone else.

I will have to say that I sobbed multiple times during this book, but I am also a complete sop for love stories. Especially ones where the female finds herself and comes into her powers.

As always, feel free to comment with your thoughts. Happy reading!


Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

25946891Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

Series: Book#4 in the Arcana Chronicles

Genre: Fantasy/Dystopian

Published: August 15, 2016

Rating: 4.5/5

I’m not going to put a blurb on here because it includes spoilers from the last book in the series, and I don’t want to ruin it for whomever so chooses to read it in the future. HERE is a link on Goodreads to the first book in the series, Poison Princess.

This book did not disappoint me at all. I would go so far to say as it is tied for my favorite in the series next to Poison Princess. Evie struggles with a great loss in convincingly confused fashion, as she is still forced to choose between her two loves, one of them presumed dead. Evie’s struggle with accepting this, turning into a black hat trying to make the impossible happen by turning back time, seemed real to me. She kind of goes a little insane, which I feel is an acceptable response when you lose the man you initially chose.

I have always struggled in picking a side for this race to the Empress’ heart. While I have always loved Aric, I feel like his claims on Evie were always a bit creepy because it was based in the far past and not the present. This book managed to clear some of those creepy crawly feelings up and although I will always have a special place in my heart for Jack, I can see Evie with Aric long-term.

I really enjoyed some of the new characters that we saw, particularly Sol, who I grew to like from his prequel novella in the collection Day Zero. He is funny and cool, although I still find his motives and actions a bit confusing even a week or two after finishing the book originally.

One of the most interesting parts is the development of Matthew’s story separate from those of his friends. This part kind of ends a bit abruptly…actually the whole book does.

Mini rant: I absolutely love this author but WHY DOES SHE ALWAYS DO CLIFF HANGERS??!?!?!!? She really has you on the edge of your seat, especially after the last two books, which do not seem long enough at all. No seriously, the book is 280 pages which in a world of Maasian 700 page monstrosities IS NOT ENOUGH.   *rant over*

But while we are on the topic of endings, the ending left me reeling and was everything that my super trashy romance loving heart desired. However, I do believe that the paramedic guy may be Minor Arcana and kind of messing with everyone’s head. This is not a fact, just an opinion.

Thankfully, a Spring 2017 release date has been set for the next book in the series  which already has a title and a cover! This is definitely on my can’t-wait list, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series.


Thanks of reading! Feel free to share your thoughts!


Comfort Reads

Everyone has those novels that they return to months or years after the fact, just to brush up on the characters and stories. Maybe there are a few books that you turn to when you are feeling especially stressed or strung-tight. I consider these books “comfort reads,” books you turn to when you need some relief (kind of like “comfort food”). I have decided to compile a list of some of my comfort reads.

Note: If any of these books look interesting, just click on the picture and it will take you too Goodreads, so you can add it to your shelf!

1. Throne of Glass Series and A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J Maas



As mentioned a few times around this blog, I am a total Maas fangirl (my friend’s and I call ourselves the Priestesses of Maas because of our craziness). These books are the first ones that I turn to whenever I am in any kind of mood and I cannot count how many times I have reread these books, since the first one came out in 2012. I cannot recommend these books enough, and suggest that even if you didn’t love the first one which was amazing in my opinion, you should push onward.

The bada** assassin Celaena, and the huntress Feyre never fail to remind me of the power of a strong woman and pull me out of whatever slump I’m in. Of course, variety is the spice of life, and Maas is not the only wonderful storyteller out there, which is where the rest of this list comes in.

If you want to learn more about this series I did more of a review HERE.

     2. Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce


This Duology was what can probably be referred to as my first foray into the sphere of fantasy, and is one of the series that forever shaped my future reading tastes. The story of a revolution in part masterminded by a young woman, with twists of betrayal and love thrown in never ceases to settle my anxious mind.

Aly was one of the first strong female leads I had ever read (although she was followed quickly by Sabriel in the Abhorsen Series). Her bravery in the face of impossible odds inspired me, and still does today. I constantly find myself checking this out from the library when I can’t find anything to read (aka. don’t want to read anything else).

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen


Persuasion, in my humble opinion, is the best Jane Austen book and one of the most underrated. A story about a woman in love who was influenced years ago by her mentor to call off an engagement, and  finds herself in the same circles as the previously underprivileged (but now wealthy and successful) Captain Wentworth.

This young book appealed to my teenage mind at least in part because the story of undue influence of a mother figure on her daughter, leading in many ways to her detriment. Regardless of the initial frenzy of love for this book, this is still one of the classics I will pick up on rainy weekends. I definitely recommend this book to anyone. It is wonderfully written, and as always with Austen, a love story for the ages.

I should also note that there is a Dystopian retelling of this that I am also quite fond of, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund which you can check out on Goodreads.

     4. Beauty and Sunshine by Robin McKinley

I know it’s unfair to group two books together, but the storylines are both (somewhat) retellings and I was trying to keep this list down to five books/series.

Beauty is a wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with some added magic and intrigue. I recommend this to anyone, as it’s a beautiful retelling and adds depth to the story we all know and love. After this you won’t look at the story of Beauty and the Beast the same. I should also mention that McKinley has another, wilder version of the retelling called Rose Daughter, which I also enjoy,  but not as much as the more traditional Beauty.


Sunshine I also consider a retelling, although in a much looser context. The writing style of this one is not for everyone, as it is often meandering almost like a stream of conscience from the heroine Sunshine. I say it is a retelling, because it reminds me of Beauty and the Beast and it does come from an author with two other retellings of the story.  Sunshine is  a baker and son of a warlock who becomes entrenched in the world of vampires, when kidnapped by a group of them. She manages to overcome impossible odds while growing into her powers, and finding friendship (and love?) in impossible places. That description sounded very YA. This is not YA, this is very adult and I will leave it at that. Negatives about this book: THERE IS NO SEQUEL.

Perhaps that is why I come back to this book, much like the next series on this list. I became so invested in Sunshine’s story and then the book JUST ENDS. Don’t get my wrong, I absolutely love Sunshine, and there is no way to really end it nicely because of events that happen, however it is very open for the sequel at the end and I would have enjoyed some more development of the romance. McKinley apparently has “a thing” with writing sequels (she doesn’t like to do it) so I understand, but not really. Doesn’t really matter what I wish for though, I still seem drawn back to this book like a bee to honey.

5. Strange Angels Series by Lili St. Crow


This is a book series I read from middle school going into high school, about a half-vampire hunter who has to learn about her own powers as well as make it at an all boys school. The love triangle still has me somewhat divided (but I will have to say I’m team Christophe).

Honestly, I don’t really know why I always come back to this series. Maybe it’s the comfort of seeing an outsider triumph through her trials. All I know is you should never read this if you want a clean ending. The author literally leaves 90% of plot points unresolved. Thinking back on it, maybe I’m just obsessed with rereading it trying to find out what was actually happened. While I love this series, the author intentionally “leaving it up to the readers” really aggravated me, and obviously still does to this day.

And that wraps up the longer-than-I-intended post on comfort reads!

Here is the short list of other wonderful books that didn’t make it into this post:

  1. Winner’s Curse Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
  2. The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken
  3. Dragonfly by Julia Golding
  4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  5. The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  6. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


What are some of your favorite comfort reads? Feel free to comment!

Thanks for reading!