A Library Bucket List Courtesy of Thief of Lies

I had so much fun reading Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake. The magic system and characters were just awesome, AND it involved jumping into books to enter some of the world’s most GORGEOUS libraries! Talk about your ultimate wish fulfillment. I was frantically highlighting and googling the libraries that these characters got to visit while reading, and it made…

The Wish Granter Review

I was so, SO excited when I found out that C.J. Redwine was doing a Rumplestiltskin retelling. I admit, I had high expectations going into this, especially right after finishing The Shadow Queen, and this book did not disappoint. If anything, it exceeded any expectations I had. Redwine is a true master of retellings. She manages…

We Are Okay Out TODAY!

I’ve been hearing incredible buzz for We Are Okay for months, and it definitely did not disappoint. This book is so powerful. It’s about life and death, grief and hope, and the true meaning of family. It is an emotional rollercoaster with a gripping mystery that will keep you turning those pages! Wine Pairing We…

Sad Perfect is Immersive and Just SO Moving

So, in college, I took A LOT of classes on writing and literature, and heard it said repeatedly that writing in second person POV was a terrible idea and would not engage readers. Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot proves how very, VERY wrong all of those professors were. Sorry, professors! Wine Pairing Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliott I recommend…

King’s Cage is an Exhibition of Incredible Character Development

I’m going to predict that most people will feel similarly about this book as they would have about Insurgent by Veronica Roth, because it dives really deeply into the psychology of the characters. It also very accurately depicts they way people would genuinely behave after suffering major trauma.These types of stories aren’t always the most “fun” to read,…

The Shadow Queen is the Perfect Read for Fans of Classic Disney Movies

The tone, the romance, the world-building, everything about this book absolutely resonates with the magic of classic Disney Princess movies, and proves that C.J. Redwine is a true master of the fairy tale retelling. Wine Pairing The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine I recommend pairing this Queen Millionaire Waltz Malbec with this read, which is dark…

The Bone Witch Reads Like A Dark Fairy Tale

The Bone Witch reads like a dark fairy tale with its monsters and macabre magic system. For me, this book was all about setting. The world building is every bit as stunning as this book’s cover. Wine Pairing I recommend a Redwood Creek Pinot Noir wine to pair with the magical noir tones of this book….

Read Red Rising and Learn to Fight Against Tyrants

You guys, I LOVED this book. This is so not the type of book I typically read, and I wouldn’t have read it if it hadn’t been for a buddy read I participated in with Sarah from The YA Book Traveler. And, HOLY CRAP! Am I glad I did. This book is like the Hunger Games…

Beautiful World-Building and Romance Make Reign of Shadows a Captivating Retelling

Sophie Jordan has created a beautiful world shrouded in darkness in Reign of Shadows, which I had no idea was a Rapunzel retelling until I actually started reading this book. Her experience in writing romance novels is very apparent by the way she builds romantic tension throughout, making for one very enjoyable read. Wine Pairing Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan Immerse…

Fantasy and Science Fiction Collide in Carve the Mark

This books was so, SO difficult for me to review. I feel like because this book was written by Veronica Roth, whose writing I have so admired, I’m more critical than I am of other writer’s books, which isn’t exactly fair. That said, I LIKED this book. I did not LOVE this book. I really,…

RoseBlood Review

I fell in love with the concept of this book the moment I heard about it. I adore The Phantom of the Opera, and I couldn’t imagine a classic tale I’d rather have re-told and spun into a YA novel. Unfortunately, the magic and paranormal elements of this story just stretched the limits of believability a bit…