Books Left Unread #121


Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

Menagerie (Menagerie, #1)


I am a huge fan of Rachel’s duology – The Stars Never Rise. With that being said, I cannot figure out why I haven’t read this one. Maybe the usual fear of disappointment. 😦 Have you read this book?



Sky In The Deep – Blog Tour and Review

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I am THRILLED to be a part of the tour to help celebrate Adrienne Young’s Sky In The Deep! A massive thanks to Wednesday Books for allowing me to be a part of this event. I am going to be sharing a review with you so please let me know your thoughts – are you excited for this book? Have you already read it? If so, what were your thoughts?2950337_orig

About the book:

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Synopsis (GR):

Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.

A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.


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This book did not mess around. If you want action – if you want adventure – if you want non-stop – you need to pick up this book. Young did not disappoint. You find out from the start that Eelyn is one tough mamba-jamma that is not to be messed with. She can handle herself and there is never a question of that. Her character is the true definition of the word FIERCE.

When I started this, I will admit I was hesitant because a YA version of a Viking story might come across a little weak or fluffy but that is not the case here. Young can write one hell of a story. She pulled me in from the start and never let me go. I was immediately sucked into a fast-paced and gripping story of a protagonist that knows what she wants. It didn’t get better than this story and I don’t know how Young is going to top this other than just keep writing… forever.

I hope you all realize how much I am struggling to NOT give anything away! I just want everyone to get their hands on a copy of the gem and submerse themselves into the rich and colorful world Young created. The pages will turn so quickly and it will be over before you know it. That’s what happened to me. I could not get enough and I know everyone is going to be saying the same thing. This is one book you do NOT want to miss out on.2950337_orig

About the Author:

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Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.



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Review: I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way


I was so excited when I heard Gayle Forman was publishing another novel. I am a fan of her If I Stay series and the Just One More… series. Sadly, I don’t believe this hit the same level as her other stories.

This story is told from three POVs – a semi-famous singer that has lost her voice, a POC teen that is struggling to come out to his parents, and another teen boy that was raised by a father with several mental issues. The way their stories intersect is odd at best. It never seemed believable to me. She fell off of a bridge and landed on the boy who was raised by the unhealthy father, and it was all witnessed by the POC teen? They all went to urgent care together and formed a tight bond after that? You have to sense my hesitation and struggle with all of this, right?

Their individual stories were interesting but together it was just random and awkward. I get what Forman was trying to do – have these three random come together so they can realize they are not alone in the universe. They were all supposed to help the others get through the toughest times in their lives. I get that but I just don’t feel it was executed properly. I tried to connect to the characters but it did not happen for me. There was one story that got me more than the others – the boy who was raised by a mentally unstable father. His story was heart breaking but it felt overshadowed by the other stories. It felt like it was a back burner story, one to make the reader feel for him. Well, it worked and I wanted to know more about him – like why his mom disappeared and left him to be raised by someone everyone knew was unstable. Why did nobody check on him? I just had so many questions. The other two teens? Eh, not so much.

The ending also did not sit well with me. It felt incredibly open-ended and left so much unresolved. Maybe I am just supposed to come to my own conclusions and be good with it. Who knows. I do know that everyone’s stories felt unresolved and they were over too quickly. Overall I just did not connect to any of the writing or the overall big picture story. This book had its moments but it just was not what I was hoping for.



Waiting on Wednesday: Smoke In The Sun

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:


Smoke In The Sun by Renee Ahdieh

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)



From Goodreads:

The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist–an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire


I need this book like I need air. I cannot wait to devour this sequel.


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Covers That I Love

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Ten Covers That I Love



Our Dark Stars

Our Dark Stars



Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)



Flame in the Mist

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)



Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here




Furyborn (Empirium, #1)



An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens



This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)



Heart of Iron

Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron, #1)



Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)



Follow Me Back

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back, #1)




It was NOT easy to come up with this list! This is only a small list of the covers I really love. Are any of these on your list? What book covers do you love?



Review: History Is All You Left Me

History Is All You Left Me


I have slowly been making my way through Adam Silvera books and find that I generally like them. That all changed after I tried reading History Is All You Left Me. I struggled so hard to like this but it wasn’t in the cards for me.

Short recap: Griffin is struggling with the sudden loss of his first, ex-boyfriend, and true love – Theo. Griffin lashes out at everyone and everything because he cannot get over the fact that Theo is actually gone. He struggles to talk to Theo’s boyfriend before the accident, Jackson. Really, he hates Jackson because he was with Theo at the end, not Griffin. And the story goes on like that for a lot of pages.

See, I cannot even write the recap of the book. It was a badly written grief book in my eyes. Not only was Griffin going through grief, he had severe OCD. Now I don’t have OCD to the level that Griffin does, but I don’t feel it was portrayed properly in this story. I know it cannot be easy to explain why someone has OCD but the things that set Griffin off and the way he handled it were just awkward. Basically I just did not like Griffin. His level of obsession with Theo was mind blowing. Griffin was the one that broke up with Theo yet felt he still needed to be with him so he internet stalked him. He compared everything he and Theo did to what Theo and Jackson did. See – not healthy. Then he treated Theo’s new boyfriend, Jackson, like garbage because Theo chose to move on. How is that Jackson’s fault?! I didn’t believe Jackson did anything wrong. Griffin was so defensive and argumentative it was maddening. How could I possibly get behind a character like that? He was completely self-destructive, self-absorbed, and narrow minded. He walked around believing that only he was truly grieving for the loss of Theo. Tell you what, Griffin, go to the hardware store – buy some lumber – build a bridge – get over it. You are not the only person who knew/liked/loved/cared about Theo. You chose to break up with him and therefore Theo chose to move on with his life like an adult. Just because you made a stupid move doesn’t mean Theo or Jackson or anyone else did anything wrong. You messed up and you want everyone to pay for it. Well, look at that, your table reservation under the name “Pity Party for 1 person” is ready. Have fun sulking by yourself because I don’t give a rat’s ass.

Please don’t get me started on the part of the story where Griffin starts to have feelings for Jackson. That is when I nearly threw in the towel. This was not a hate-to-love-trope. I’m not even sure what it was other than a big book of Nope. I skimmed after that but should have DNFd.

I loved some of Adam’s other books but this one did not hit the mark for me. I did not care for the characters or their stories. None of them felt special, remarkable, or even memorable. Do I recommend? No, for fear another reader might have the same reaction I did. If you did read and love this, I do wish I could have read this through your eyes because I wanted so much to enjoy it.



Books Left Unread #120


Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)


First, I love this cover. Second, this feels high fantasy and those are not my thing. I struggle with those so hard. I cannot seem to part with this book. I’m still interested and want to read but I cannot seem to move it to the top of my list. Have you read it?