Top Ten Tuesday: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

The theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the first ten book I’ve reviewed. Considering my one year anniversary of book blogging is this week (the 24th, if my terrible memory isn’t lying to me), this topic is an awesome one. I never knew that consumer reviews were so important to authors before I found #bookstagram and the book blogging community. And now that I’m here, I live for reviewing. Even though I may scream about how hard it can be sometimes…but that’s a whole different post for later. So, without further ado, my first ten reviews on this blog:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I’m actually about to start read Legendary tomorrow! I’m hoping for more sumptuous writing from Garber.
  • Kingdom of Ruins by D.C. Marino – I’m actually due for a reread of this one! The author is re-releasing the book soon, so I’ll probably pick it up again then.
  • Rule by Ellen Goodlett – This was my first ever ARC! I still remember losing my damn mind when I got the package with this book.
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – I just reread this book and damn do I LOVE IT! I need to read the sequel, The Devil’s Thief soon.
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – This book was good…but not that good. But I might have a slight bias against this one so ¯_(ツ)_/¯
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black – To this day, this is still my most popular review. For a few months, I was getting 2-5 views of it a day. I loved being able to review this one!
  • The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana – This was my most favorite review to write! Not only did I love this book, but the review has Great British Bake Off gifs sprinkled through the whole thing and it MAKES ME HAPPY!
  • Secrets of the Tally by Halie Feweks – This is one of the first books I ever reviewed for an indie author! It was such an interesting concept!
  • Sea Witch by Shelley Henning – Oh boy, this book is infamous in my #bookstagram book club. #teamkingwhale forever!!
  • The Backlist: Jay Kristoff – So, with my new knowledge of the importance of book reviews, I started a thing where I do short reviews of books I’ve read in the past but never reviewed. I kinda love that Jay Kristoff books were my first Backlist reviews.

Cheers to a year of book reviews and book blogging and buying more books than I’ll ever be able to read!

A Disheartened Goodbye to February and a Happy Hello to March

Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by February 2019?

I don’t know what it was, but this little month of February left me feeling empty and forlorn. Which is odd for me because I love the winter months. But March is bringing me the Emerald City Comic Con, so I am shedding my February frowns and prepping for an awesome vacation.

February Wrap Up!

Books Read: 7

Ignore The Fever King in this wrap up. I was a little over zealous when I took this photo a week before the end of February…
  • Enchantée by Gita Trelease Rating: 4 Stars. Beautifully written debut novel by Gita Trelease. Set in revolutionary Paris, the story follows Camille Durbonne as she uses her magic to save her and her sister from their drunkard brother. Though slow at times, I was consistently enchanted by the prose and setting. Read my full review here.
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (audio reread) – Rating: 4 Stars. When I originally read this book in March of 2018 I gave it 4 stars for reasons that can be read here. While I leave the story at 4 stars, I have to mention that the audiobook gets 5 stars from me. Once I can find myself a proper list of all involved with the amazing audiobook versions of The Illuminae Files I will be writing a very lengthy THANK YOU blog post. Seriously, best audiobooks I’ve every listened to.
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (audio reread with my Sanderson Sisters) – Rating: 5 Stars. Y’all, this book is hard, but so damn good. I am working on a backlist review of the original Trilogy Mistborn books, so keep your eyes out for that. If you’ve never read Brandon Sanderson, I highly suggest starting with the Mistborn books.
  • Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury Rating: 3 Stars. This was a fun, Anastasia inspired space adventure. You can read my full review here.
  • Heartless by Marissa MeyerRating: 4 Stars. I’m still mulling over my full feelings on this one and there shall be a review soon. In general, the writing was superb and the story was interesting.
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (audio reread) – Rating: 4 Stars. Ah, I do love this book. It is one of the few time travel novels that I love. I missed my grumpy Harte Darrigan. I did this reread so I could finally start the sequel, The Devil’s Thief, and I am so glad I did. I 100% forgot many important twists. I recommend this book if you are interested in early 1900s New York, snarky magicians, and plot twisty betrayals.
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn SkyeRating: 5 Stars. This rating may go down when I write my full review, but holy heck did I love this book. WHY AREN’T THERE MORE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK??? Like, damn. I really hope I find the time to read the second book in March.

Books Acquired: 7 (14 if you count the different edition books I bought…)

  • AURORA RISING eARC by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (I’m still freaking out that I got this)
  • Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
  • Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (ARC from a Goodreads giveaway!)
  • The Binding by Bridget Collins
  • Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (technically I already owned this on my Kindle but I wanted a hard copy. I’m not counting it towards my aquisition number…because that’s how I roll)
  • Vengeance Road by Erin Bownman
  • The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
  • Seven new editions to add to my LOTR/Hobbit collection

I am irrationally disappointed with myself for not reading more this month. I’m not sure what I expected from a short month where I’m working 9-10 hour days, but my dumb brain thought I should have done better. I’m currently 3 books behind on my Goodreads challenge and I want to get back on track. Which is why I have a decently ambitious March TBR…

March TBR

  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  • To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
  • Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
  • Never Contented Things by Sarah Porter
  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (buddy read with my Sanderson Sisters)
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman (buddy read with @theanimagusblack
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (audio reread)

I’ll be in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con from the 13th-18th, so my only planned book for that time is Never Contented Things because it’s on my Kindle. If I somehow manage to finish it during all the con chaos, I’ll start one of the 80+ unread books I have on my Kindle. But I am truly hoping to get the first 4 books on this list done before I leave on my trip. Oh, and on top of all this reading, I will be working 10 hour days and trying to complete my rewatch of Game of Thrones before the final season premieres in April.

Happy March, y’all!

January Wrap Up and February TBR

Well, bookish peoples, we have completed the first month of 2019. WHAT IN THE ACTUAL HECK? HOW IS TIME DOING THIS? *cough* Okay, I’m good now.

I’ve always been bad at keeping track of my book reading and buying, so I’ve never been one for monthly wrap ups, hauls, and TBRs. But this year I am trying to be more mindful of my consumption of books. So, welcome to my first attempt at a wrap up/haul/TBR on this little blog of mine.

January Wrap Up
Books Acquired: 11

Books Bought:

ARCs Recieved:

  • Enchantée by Gita Trelease
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  • To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  • Smoke and Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg (I got this through the Amazon First Reads program)
  • Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao (I just found out last night that this book is being pulled from publication at the current time so I won’t be counting it towards my stats for the month)

Books Read: 6 + 3 in progress

  • Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty | ALL THE STARS! Read my review here
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner | 3 Stars! Read my review here
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa | 4.25 Stars! Read my review here
  • Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller | 1.5 Stars! Read my review here
  • The Armored Saint by Myke Cole | 4.5 Stars! Read my review here
  • (Audio Reread) Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | 4.5 stars for the story, 5 stars for the audiobook performance (review for book is here, I’m actually working on a separate review of the audiobooks because holy hell are they good!)
  • In ProgressEnchantée by Gita Trelease | I am enjoying this book so damn much. Good chance this will be a 4.5 or 5 star read for me. As I said to Sabreena over at Books and Prosecco: The writing is so decadent, and it literally makes me want to drink champagne while I read.  
  • In Progress – (Audio Reread) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Since this is a reread I can still hold true to my 4 star rating of the book. I am confident in saying that I’ll be giving the audiobook performance a 5 star for this one as well.
  • In Progress – (Audio Reread) The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. I’m doing this as a buddy read with my Sanderson Sisters. Two of them haven’t read this one before and one has. Really, I can consider myself as having not read it either because with the exception of a few random moments (and one BIG MOMENT from the end), I don’t remember much at all.

So, I’ve read six books and am in the process of finishing 3 more. Darn, I was hoping to read more than I acquired this month. Oh well, at least it’s not a huge gap in numbers. I wonder how I’ll do next month since it is a short one…


February TBR

My original plan for February was to read only books with tragic love stories. But then ARCs happened and I have a few that I need to get read and review ASAP. So, I have some heart breakers and some ARCs (which may also be heartbreakers *crosses fingers*)…and some books to finish from last month…

So, that’s the plan. I am pretty notorious for never sticking to a strict TBR, but I think I might be able to do it this month. GO TEAM TBR!

How did y’all do this month?

Waiting On Wednesday: All the Jay Kristoff books

It should come as no surprise that I love Jay Kristoff, especially when he writes with Amie Kaufman (you can read me screaming and mildy curising about how much I love their Illuminae Files trilogy here). So, you can imagine the fact that not one, not two, BUT THREE Kristoff books coming out in 2019 makes me quite happy. Let’s break down all the ways I’ll be freaking out over his upcoming books.

Aurora Rising
Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Release Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.


Where do I even start with this? Illuminae was my favorite read of 2018 (yes, I know I was late to the party. I blame that damned orange cover) and when I found out Kristoff and Kaufman were collaborating on a new sci fi trilogy I damn near lost my mind. I’ve basically been internally screaming since this book was announced.

DEV1AT3
Jay Kristoff
Release Date:
May 2019
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

I am not going to put the synopsis here because it has straight up spoilers for LIFEL1K3, the first book in this series, but you can read the synopsis on Goodreads. Basically, LIFEL1K3 was a wacky and wild ride with one heck of an ending and OMG I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. LIFEL1K3 was one of my top ten book in 2018 and I’m fairly certain DEV1AT3 will be a favorite of 2019.

Darkdawn
Jay Kristoff
Release Date:
September 3rd, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Once again, I won’t put the synopsis here since it has MASSIVE spoilers for the previous two books, Nevernight and Godsgrave, but you can find it here. Godsgrave was the book I finished on the last day of 2017 and what an ending that was. Kristoff really is kinda of a mad man when it comes to his endings and the extended wait for Darkdawn has been particularly painful. But with each day that passes, I get closer to continuing the stabby, smutty adventures of Mia Corvere.

What is a book that you are desperately waiting for to be released?

Want Now Wednesday: All the Jay Kristoff books

It should come as no surprise that I love Jay Kristoff, especially when he writes with Amie Kaufman (you can read me screaming and mildy curising about how much I love their Illuminae Files trilogy here). So, you can imagine the fact that not one, not two, BUT THREE Kristoff books coming out in 2019 makes me quite happy. Let’s break down all the ways I’ll be freaking out over his upcoming books.

Aurora Rising
Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Release Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.


Where do I even start with this? Illuminae was my favorite read of 2018 (yes, I know I was late to the party. I blame that damned orange cover) and when I found out Kristoff and Kaufman were collaborating on a new sci fi trilogy I damn near lost my mind. I’ve basically been internally screaming since this book was announced.

DEV1AT3
Jay Kristoff
Release Date:
May 2019
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

I am not going to put the synopsis here because it has straight up spoilers for LIFEL1K3, the first book in this series, but you can read the synopsis on Goodreads. Basically, LIFEL1K3 was a wacky and wild ride with one heck of an ending and OMG I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. LIFEL1K3 was one of my top ten book in 2018 and I’m fairly certain DEV1AT3 will be a favorite of 2019.

Darkdawn
Jay Kristoff
Release Date:
September 3rd, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Once again, I won’t put the synopsis here since it has MASSIVE spoilers for the previous two books, Nevernight and Godsgrave, but you can find it here. Godsgrave was the book I finished on the last day of 2017 and what an ending that was. Kristoff really is kinda of a mad man when it comes to his endings and the extended wait for Darkdawn has been particularly painful. But with each day that passes, I get closer to continuing the stabby, smutty adventures of Mia Corvere.

What is a book that you are desperately waiting for to be released?

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Alright y’all, it’s Tuesday again, which means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Winter TBR. I’m in the process of trying to loosely plan the first few months of reads for 2019, so this theme is very timely for me.

  1. Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden – I mean, these books just scream WINTER. I fully expect a blast of ice cold air and snowflakes to explode from these books when I open them. I’ve been wanting to start this series since The Bear and The Nightingale was released and the dead of winter seems like a good time to pick them up. I anticipate these being February 2019 reads for me.
  2. Heartless by Melissa Meyer – I am NOTORIOUS for buying books, saying I’m going to read them ASAP, and then waiting like 10 months before ACTUALLY starting to read them. I’m sure I’m not the only one in the bookish community who does this. Anyways, Heartless was one of those books for me and darn it I just need to get it read. I’m also thinking this will be a February read for tragic romance reasons.
  3. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – I will be reading this Sanderson sci-fi novel with my Sanderson Sisters in January and I CANNOT WAIT! I’ve loved every single fantasy word I’ve read by Sanderson and I’m beyond excited to read some sci fi from him.
  4. The Illuminae Files (audio reread) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I loved these books SO DAMN MUCH when I read them in March 2018 (read me scream about them here) and I have been dying for a reread. I do 99% of my rereads via audiobook, so I was very excited to hear from many people that the audiobook adds a whole new layer of awesome to this wonderfully chaotic sci fi trilogy.
  5. Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy – I cannot wait to crack into this beautiful book. I was ecstatic when I got an ARC recently and it is my next read after I finish The City of Brass. Go read the synopsis on Goodreads and try to tell me you don’t think this book sounds amazing.
  6. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I mean, it’s a Nikolai book…WITH NINA ZENIK. Of course, I’m going to read the heck out of this one when it is released. There will be waffles involved, I’m sure.
  7. Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – Props to my #bookstagram book club for suggesting this one to me. Someone said it was snowy and I was sold. Also, I’m like 99.9% sure I have this one on my Kindle and I desperately need to catch up on my kindle books next year.
  8. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch –  Another series that has been on my radar for…well, longer than I’d like to admit. In a nutshell, it’s magic cops in London. So I am 100% here for this book.
  9. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean – This was an impulse by for me. I was at the book store for a different book, but this beautiful blue spine stood out to me and once I read the synopsis I dropped that book right into my basket.
  10. Keiko Trilogy by Mike Brooks – Yet another series that I bought ages ago that has just languished on my shelves. I mean, this series has been compared to Firefly and just that was enough to get me to buy all three books at once.

What books are you planning to read this winter?