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Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

aka June is almost over

 

 

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2020

I’ve a few books that I’ve enjoyed but few stand out in my mind more than Landline by Rainbow Rowell. It was such an interesting concept and it made me feel cozy and even though it wasn’t light by any means, it didn’t leave me broken. It was just what I needed at the point in time that I had read it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely read better books, but it set the theme for how I wanted books to make me feel this year (and I didn’t realize how much I would need that kind of escapism…oof 2020.) 

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

Night of the Dragon wrapped up all the loose ends quite nicely, even though it hurt me for quite a chunk of it. This was the rallying cry that I needed for 2020. The fighting energy that this motley crew had throughout this book is definitely what we need to continue the Black Lives Matter protests! NEVER GIVE UP!

 

 

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert’s debut middle-grade novel about the only two black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past.

Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta’s best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can’t understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her.

Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living.

When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie’s attic, they team up to figure out exactly who’s behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.

I can put so many books here but I’m most eager to pick up The Only Black Girls in Town. I’m curious to see how Edie, our city girl, copes with this change of scenery. I hope it’s as fun as the cover looks!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her. 

First of all, that cover?! Then there’s witches??? And uncovering family secrets???? Plus it sounds suitably spooky. I can’t wait to get my hands on this gorgeous specimen. (Before I typed this up I didn’t realize that this was coming out next month. Oops. But, I’m still super excited for it so, bleh.)

Also…

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 

Expected Publication: October 6th

I’ve been following Schwab’s Addie updates on twitter for a really long time now and every time she tweets I get even more excited. Gah!!! I neeeeed this.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I’ve read mostly enjoyable books so imma have to say those authors that are showing their backsides over on twitter. You know the ones I’m talking about so all I’m going to say is stop being racist, inclusivity matters and transphobia is vile.

  

BIGGEST SURPRISE

The fact that I actually read a S. J. Maas book and that I didn’t hate it?! I was pretty vocal about not reading her books and yet, here we are. I’m on the Crescent City hype train. 

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

A toss up between Holly Black (which I didn’t expect) and Roseanne Brown. Holly’s writing is so beautiful and addictive. She also made me buy into a couple by book 3 that I hadn’t seen in the first book. Ms. Brown on the other hand… Oooh talk about character development, talk about plot. I mean, I want everything she puts her hands on, immediately!

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Khalid – The Wrath and the Dawn. Just the right kind of broody. By no means is he perfect or problem free, but, this is fantasy so leave me be!! 

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

 

A toss-up between Gideon and Harrow. They’re both so snarky and broody and I love them and their badasssery. Still want to protect them though even though I know they don’t need my pitiful help. At all.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, how dare you rip out my heart like this! I am devastated that I loved every bit of the abuse that you dished out to me. What a beautiful conclusion to what was an amazing series, everyone should pick this trilogy up. It is everything. And yes, I am mentioning this book again.

But, if I were pressed to choose another book I’d say

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease

Summer love…gone so fast.

Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.

Right? Right.

It’s obvious why this one made me hurt right? Right.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson each for very different reasons. YSSMIAC isn’t a happy book by any means, but there were moments in it that made me so proud of these characters and THAT made me happy. Pumpkinheads on the other hand was just whimsy in a graphic novel.

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

I’ve not watched many this year, but I did watch Howl’s Moving Castle for the first time and I adored it. I wish I could see it for the first time again. 

FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

Oh girl… We’re not gonna do this today. I’ve been somewhat active on insta and twitter and I’m pretty happy with all of it… Do those count? 

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

There are just too many beautiful covers to choose from, but this one is blue so I’m biased.

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

 

New releases — Clap When You Land, Henna Wars, Yes No Maybe So and Cemetery Boys 

Back list — Becoming, From Twinkle with Love, I Wish You All The Best 


Ok folks, that’s it. I have a post scheduled that should explain my plans for this blog moving forward. Or…at least attempt to explain lol. I don’t know words…

Until next time, keep reading!

Dee ^_^

I’m trying…

AKA That Time When The World Fell Apart/Striving for a Bit of Normalcy


Balance has never been something that I’ve been good at and so working an emotionally taxing job left me with little left to put into blogging. I could either blog, or read (barely), but I couldn’t do both because your girl just was mush when the weekend came. Unfortunately that meant that this fell to the wayside. Updating instagram on top of that was unimaginable.

Then the world literally came to a standstill and I remembered how much I loved this: connecting with other readers. But, I was also getting more time to just read and not feel pressured to have to review it or do anything other than consuming words just for the sake of it. So that’s how I spent all of March and most of April.

And then May happened and the world crumbled even more. Instead of making me shut down again though, it renewed my vigor even more. Finally, change looked to be on the horizon. Black voices were being heard and the ugliness that underlies every system of our societies (because if we’re truly honest it isn’t just an American thing) was being aired out. We were standing up for our rights (as we have been doing) but those in positions of power were being FORCED to listen.

I missed this, and I think I’m ready to be here again.

So, I can’t promise that I’ll be able to update often, at least not the way that a “true” blogger can, but, I’m still here. Also, if you’re ever wondering what I’m up to I’m always a tweet away.


Always remember that Black lives matter, inclusion matters and being any kind of phobic (trans, homo, islam etc.) is not okay and especially not welcome here.

Dee ^_^

Wayward Son: Questions I Want Answered

aka the time I gush about Simon and Baz some more.


Okay, this is going to be all over the place because I can’t help myself where SnoBaz is concerned. Secondly, there are going to be some Carry On plot points being discussed, so if you haven’t read it yet (how? why? how dare!) then…proceed with caution.


Does the World of Mages really stay satisfied without a single ruler or does war finally break out?

I know that throughout the entire book there are mentions of all the different families and factions fighting for control and I’m curious to know if this changes now that there isn’t specifically anyone to fight against.

Is the headmistress that was assigned at the end, still in charge now? Is Watford finally better off? Or does she regress it to the time before the Mage where Magic was more elitist? Does she reintroduce the best parts?

I mean, I know that our trio don’t go to Watford any more, but…I’m curious.

Does Simon ever get better at blaming himself and piling too much on?

The synopsis hints at no…but maybe it gets sorted out by the end of the book.

More of Simon coping without his magic. Does he cope? Does he ever get it back? Please can he get it back?!

Linked to the one above really.

Does Simon ever find out his full story? Lucy and Davy? All of it? Not just the bullet points? Does anyone?

Tell me that he does. He deserves to know!!!!

Does Agatha ever send the photo to Simon? Does she ever speak to him again?

Even though Agatha is only -slightlyabove- the Mage in my books, I’d love to see snippets of her being her true self, away from magic, but still being able to enjoy her friends from Watford.

What about the dead spots? Did we ever get the research on how they affect Normals? Does Mr. Bunce finally get his time to shine?!

Maybe the dead spots come in to play in this book, maybe it doesn’t, but it’d be nice to have some closure where that’s concerned.

The Merwolves?

Now that Ebb (whyyyyyy?!) isn’t there to control them anymore, what’s the plan for them?

How is Nico coping? Will he ever not be struck from the Book?

Ebb’s death was the hardest thing I had to deal with in Carry On, and it was made even worse by here and Nicodemus’ bond. I feel like if I get at least a few pages of him coping, then I’ll be able to be at peace with her death to. Also, he deserves redemption!!!!

How did the Mage go so wrong with such an altruistic plan? Does Lucy ever get the closure she needs or will she and Natasha get a second chance at Visiting?

I’m loathe to read more about the Mage because he is AWFUL! but, he started out with such righteous direction and then he just destroys everything. EVERYTHING!!! Lucy and Natasha deserved better than him.

Does Natasha ever find out that Baz has been Turned? Is Rainbow reeeally expecting us to accept that she would have killed Baz? Rude! and Wrong!

That’s it. That’s the question.

Has Malcolm finally warmed up to Simon?

I mean that is Baz’s soulmate, he better! Plus, Simon’s not the Chosen One or the Mage’s Heir anymore, so he has NO REASON to hold a grudge against him.

Is Baz immortal?????? Does he ever have a one on one with Nico to learn more about himself?

This one goes without saying.

Would the Mage never have claimed Simon if he didn’t have to? Are the things that he took ever returned?

We all know that the Mage is trash, but like, how trash though? Rainbow, we need answers.

Do you have any questions that you hope Wayward Son answers? Is there any specific scene that you think HAS to be included?

Dee ^_^

A Trope I *Can’t* Ever Pass Up!

aka the time I gush about fake relationships

This post has been brought to you by my absolute and all consuming NEED to read Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I have never wanted a book in my hands more than I want this one. And that’s saying a lot.

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. 

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you? 

I really want to see how well they do with hiding their true feelings with all of the scrutiny that their positions entail.

Below are some books that have that trope that I could not pass up when I saw them. Some I thoroughly loved, others were just okay. I’m always on the lookout for these types of books, so if you have any recs, send them my way.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

This one is the perfect example of what I love in this trope. What starts off as fake with a seemingly one sided crush slowly evolves into one of the sweetest loves imaginable. I love when it works out for the characters, when their chemistry is undeniable and they can’t resist each other. But it still has to be believable, and Lara Jean and Peter’s love was believable.

Roomies

From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren’s romantic novel.

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient. 

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Holland and Calvin’s relationship just fell short for me, as much as I was rooting for them. It was cute enough that it warrants mentioning whenever anyone asks for a marriage of convenience rec.

Married by Mistake

Do not adjust your set. That really was Casey Greenebeing jilted by her fiancé on live TV! And that really was Memphis’s most eligible bachelor who stepped in to marry her instead. Millionaire businessman Adam Carmichael wanted only to help Casey save face. He isn’t prepared for the news that their “fake” wedding is legal and binding. While they secretly wait for an annulment, media and family scrutiny forces them to put on their best loving-couple act. Except by now, neither one is quite sure who’s acting…

Just the very idea of this one had me grabbing for this book. I mean, how awkward for Casey, and how sweet of Adam to jump to the rescue. I just had to. I didn’t love the execution but I don’t regret reading it and I wouldn’t be opposed to reading another one like it.

The Wedding Trap

Beth Bradley has a problem. Everyone is expecting her successful music executive boyfriend, Charlie, to be her date for her best friend’s wedding. There’s one hitch: Charlie doesn’t exist. Unless she can think of something fast, she’s headed for the most humiliating weekend of her life. Alex Tanner has a problem. The former Navy SEAL’s search for a double agent lands him at the Kensington Hotel, and he needs a cover to finish the job. When the sexy maid of honor blackmails him into pretending to be her lover, he thinks he’s been handed the solution.
Except Beth has a way of stumbling into trouble, and when the man Alex is hunting starts targeting Beth, Alex has to decide between duty and the woman who has stolen his heart.

The fake relationship wasn’t as big a part of this book as I had expected when I picked this one up. But the moments that it did come in to play, I loved. I felt sorry for Beth’s situation (plus her mother was infuriating) and I was happy with the way Alex would come to her rescue every time. Cute.

Roomies with Benefits

She needed a fake fiancé. I needed a roommate. 
But now I want more than benefits… 
There’s nothing fake about my love.

I only wanted to help her. Abigail is my best friend’s little sister.
Hot, sassy, and down on her luck. So, I took her in.
Now I can’t stop thinking about her. Watching her. Wanting her. 
Her sinful curves play with my mind.
But she’s off limits. 
Her psycho ex is back, and he won’t take no for an answer.
She needs a fake fiancé to get rid of him,
But there’s nothing fake about my feelings.
Abigail’s more than just a roomie with benefits. 
If her ex touches her, I’ll show him more than just the door.
I don’t need a weapon to maim, all I need is my fists.

Abigail thought it was all fake… it’s time to show just what’s real. 

These two were so oblivious it made my eyes ache. Come ooooon, get your shits together man. Definitely not PG 13, and be prepared to be annoyed with everyone in Abigail’s life. Every. One. Except her best friend and Ian.

Have you read any of these? Or anything with this trope? I’d love to hear about it.

Graphic Novels I Want to Try

aka the time I wanted to binge on something other than prose.

*brought to you by my absolute love of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman*

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…


From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

(I’ve already devoured everything on the website…)

This graphic novel was the cutest but with some hard to read moments in between. All the gay love your heart can desire.

Check, Please

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

It sounds perfectly millennial and perfectly gay. Yes and please.

Mera: Tidebreaker

From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow, comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.

I saw a booktuber read it and even though their review wasn’t glowing I was still intrigued by the idea. Have you read this one yet? Am I making a big mistake?

Fence!

Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place alongside fencing legends like the dad he never knew, but things get more complicated when he’s up against his golden-boy half-brother, as well as sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama.

Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…

Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges. From acclaimed writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad.

Please tell me that I can get Yuri! on Ice level rivalry and undercover romance. I miss that show so damn much.

The Runaways

GET READY TO RUN!

The “IT” book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back–Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be…GERT?! 

The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won’t believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart! Did Chase and Gert’s love survive their time apart? Have Karolina and Nico’s feelings made their friendship impossible? What emotional landmines lie in wait to DESTROY the Runaways?!

I’m kinda obsessed with Rainbow Rowell at the moment, and I’ll take what I can get until Wayward Son is released.

Saga

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 

Everyone and the great grandmother recommends this one. It’s only right that I add it to my TBR.


Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR? What’s your perfect graphic novel?

Dee ^_^

What I’ve Read Recently

aka the time I gave up on Monthly Wrap-ups


Last time I caught you up on my reading, I only had 4 books under my belt for February. Well that changed. A lot. Here’s a run down:

FEBRUARY

Speak, Memory

One of the 20th century’s master prose stylists, Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg in 1899. He studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, where he launched a brilliant literary career. In 1940 he moved to the United States, and achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. In 1961 he moved to Montreux, Switzerland, where he died in 1977. 

3 stars. Interesting enough, but I could have lived forever without reading it and missed nothing.


99 Percent Mine

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers. 

5 stars. I never thought I’d appreciate my relationship with my brother even more than I already do, but thanks to Darcy’s twin brother, I’m eternally grateful. Jamie is a douche, plain and simple, except where Tom was concerned. Infuriating. Also, Tom and Darcy’s relationship made me dizzy, there was just so much emotions happening. One minute they’re on fire, the next you could get freezer burn. Idk man, but I loved every whiplashing bit of it.


Howl’s Moving Castle

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

4 stars. I really wish that I’d discovered this one when I was younger. I’d have been even more enamored with it and with fantasy on the whole.


The Girl on the Train

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

3.5 stars. Definitely didn’t think it would end the way that it did. Kinda wished for *more*. More of an elevated pace, more suffering for our perp. More. That being said, I really enjoyed our unreliable narration. She knew nothing and so you were always just at the edge of discovery.


Only Human

In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

5 stars. I’m so sad to say goodbye to this series, but it ended just the way a series as odd as this should. We finally have a clear glance at the beings that built Themis and humans proved that we cannot be trusted with anything more dangerous than a feather. Honestly earth, get it together.


Up From Slavery

“Up From Slavery” is an autobiography of Booker T. Washington’s life and work, which has been the source of inspiration for all Americans. Washington reveals his inner most thoughts as he transitions from ex-slave to teacher and founder of one of the most important schools for African Americans in the south, The Tuskegee Industrial Institute.

5 stars. My goodreads review verbatim:


There is very little about this man’s life that I can relate too, I’ve been born in a time and place too far removed from his reality. But the things that I do connect to, resonate. 

To know that he came from such soul crushing circumstances, and still managing to have philosophies such as ‘cast your bucket where you are’, never let someone damage your soul by hating them, to help others (even when he barely had enough to help himself)…well, if it’s possible for him then it should be for me as well.

He inspires me to try to be a better me.

Every Day

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.


It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone A wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

3 stars. I definitely want to read the third book in the series (and skip book 2). I didn’t get overly attached to any character but the writing style and the overwhelming NEED TO KNOW kept me reading and will keep me coming back for more.

Coming up to a total of 11 books for February, matching January for a winning streak.

MARCH

On the Come Up

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

Angie Thomas is a miracle worker. I don’t know how she does it, but she does it every. damn. time! Easily 5 stars again, but for a different reason than T.H.U.G is five stars. Where Starr’s story was one that could be glorified, Bri’s story is one that is often looked down upon, unless you make it like the Jay Z’s and Meek Mills of the world. Bri is a survivor, a hustler, a queen. Even if she makes some risky choices to get to the top. Read this. Anyone who appreciates the struggle that trying to provide for your family can put you through.


Siege and Storm

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

3.5 stars. Mal is still the idiot that I believed him to be in book 1 and Alina is still a questionable hero. But…the intrigue is real. I need to see this through and I need the world that Kaz and Inej live in to take full shape.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. 

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

5 stars. The way this book ended! Gah. I immediately needed book 4 and I feel sorry for all those people that had to wait for The Raven King to come out.


The Raven King

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

5 stars. I can’t believe that it’s over. Except, now we get a Trilogy of Ronan’s stories. Gah. Can I have it RIGHT NOW?!!! I love that it doesn’t end with complete devastation.


Meet Cute

Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?

5 stars. I already told you all how I felt about this one here.


What Alice Forgot

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. 

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

3 stars. Thoroughly underwhelmed. Read it if you want…but…you don’t have to.


The Serial Killer Files: The Who, Where, How and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderers

THE DEFINITIVE DOSSIER ON HISTORY’S MOST HEINOUS!

Hollywood’s make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can’t hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved, comes theultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon.

Rigorously researched and packed with the most terrifying, up-to-date information, this innovative and highly compelling compendium covers every aspect of multiple murderers—from psychology to cinema, fetishism to fan clubs, “trophies” to trading cards. Discover:

WHO THEY ARE: Those featured include Ed Gein, the homicidal mama’s boy who inspired fiction’s most famous Psycho, Norman Bates; Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, sex-crazed killer cousins better known as the Hillside Stranglers; and the Beanes, a fifteenth-century cave-dwelling clan with an insatiable appetite for human flesh

HOW THEY KILL: They shoot, stab, and strangle. Butcher, bludgeon, and burn. Drown, dismember, and devour . . . and other methods of massacre too many and monstrous to mention here.

WHY THEY DO IT: For pleasure and for profit. For celebrity and for “companionship.” For the devil and for dinner. For the thrill of it, for the hell of it, and because “such men are monsters, who live . . . 
beyond the frontiers of madness.”

PLUS: in-depth case studies, classic killers’ nicknames, definitions of every kind of deviance and derangement, and much, much more.

For more than one hundred profiles of lethal loners and killer couples, Bluebeards and black widows, cannibals and copycats— this is an indispensable, spine-tingling, eye-popping investigation into the dark hearts and mad minds of that twisted breed of human whose crimes are the most frightening . . . and fascinating.

I don’t know how to rate this. Ick. So disturbing, but so good. If true crime is your thing…then pick this up!

Breaking the streak, but 6 is still quite a respectable number.


What have you read recently?

My BuJo Supplies

aka the time I spent too much money on stationery

Let’s start with my fineliners:

Pilot Hi-Techpoint 05 in Green, Blue and Black

Staedtler Pigment Liner .5 in Black

Prismacolor Premier Fine Line Marker 05 in Green

When I picked up these fineliners my only criteria was the nib and colour. But, now that I’ve used them often enough to form an actual opinion, I love the smoothness of the Prismacolor above the Pilot. The Staedtler falls somewhere in between the two. Bleeding is not an issue with these pens but make sure the ink is dry as they are all prone to smudging.

My Gels:

Pointer Glitter Gel Pen (0.8) in assorted colours

Staedtler Gel Roller Classic (0.4) in Orange (this one is so old that I doubt they even make these anymore.)

Sakura Gelly Roll (08) in White

Pilot G-2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller (10) in Burgundy

Pilot G-1 (0.7) in Silver and Gold

These are a must have staple for me. They help me add that pop of colour without the commitment of a marker and give juicier letters than possible with a fineliner.

My Brush Pens (which make me so happy ^_^)

Tombow Dual Brush Pens Pastel Palette

Prismacolor Premier Brush Tip Marker in Sepia

Not pictured: Studio 71 Dual Tip Marker in Denim (Shade number B4). You can see what this one looks like in the Markers photo below.

I use markers OFTEN so, despite the ridiculous price of these products where I’m from, I think they’re worth it. I get my money’s worth.

Other Pens

Maped Automatic Mechanical Pencil (0.5)

Faber Castell HB Pencil

Pilot Better BallPoint Stick Pen Fine (0.7) in Pink and Violet

PaperMate InkJoy Ball Point (1) in Red

I don’t think I need to explain these, do I?

Assorted Markers

Sargent Art Liquid Metals Metallic Marker (medium point) in Assorted Colours

Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker in Purple

Pilot Sign Pen (medium) in Black

Emraw Point Liner Liquid Highlighter in Purple (chisel tip)

Mr. Sketch Scented Marker in Assorted Colours (chisel tip)

I cannot remember the brand of the highlighter but…I mean, it’s a highlighter. Not named is the Studio 71 marker mentioned in the Brush Pens section.

Unfortunately some of the metallic markers were dry right out of the package which is really frustrating, but the ones that do work are so beautiful to look at that it ALMOST makes up for the dry ones.

Miscellaneous

Milan Triangular Ergo Grip Coloured Pencils

Meh, they do their job. I’m on the lookout for the watercolour pencils but at a price that won’t break the bank.


Are you a BuJo-er? If so, what are your staples?

Ah, cheri! – Romance Recommendations

aka I love, love!

This list is specifically books that have romance as it’s main plot point, and where one of it’s top 5 tags on goodreads is romance. These books make you feel mushy and in love with love all over again. No tears either, well no ugly crying type of tears anyway.


This entire series

Lara Jean and her many crushes are sugary sweet. But, LJ and Peter Kavinsky? My heart cannot bear it.


Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

Tom Valeska is one of those hard candies that, once you rack that tough exterior, you will not be disappointed. Darcy is equally as tough shelled and if I could have blanked out all of Jamie then it’d be even better. It’s definitely worth putting up with his atrocious behavior though.

Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.

Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

I picked this one after finishing Bird Box and Station Eleven and needed something light and mushy. I got mushy that’s for sure, but these character’s life stories are heartbreaking. But they still managed to have so many sweet and carefree moments even still that I couldn’t help but fall in love with their relationship. I even fell in love with the side characters.


Out April 18



Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?

Oh gosh this one. Dax and Kailyn together 😍😍😍. Their banter and the way they work as a team towards Emme’s best interest. I don’t want to say too much as this one hasn’t come out yet,but just know…You should read this.


Out April 9


Nemesis (n.) 
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


I think my favorite thing about Sally Thorne is her character’s banter with each other. Plus the inner monologue of the main characters was hilarious to witness. Maybe skip the audio for this one though as there were times that I wasn’t sure if Lucy was imagining something or if it was really happening. She has a vivid imagination.

Do you have any recommendations? Have you read any of these? Do you plan to?

A – Z Book Survey

I came upon this one over at About words and worlds a while ago but now seems like the best time to put this one up.

a-to-z-book-survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Charlaine Harris…according to Goodreads*…but that’s mainly because she wrote a massive series that I gobbled up when I was younger. Never finished reading Sookie’s story though.

*these stats are from the last time I checked. This feature is no longer available so I can’t be sure without spending a really long time going through all of the books that I’ve read.

Best Sequel Ever:

This is a hard one, but maybe Legendary by Stephanie Garber? It made me fall in love with the world in a way that Caraval didn’t. I became much more interested in the characters which I had considered as mere plot drivers before. If you weren’t sure if the series was worth continuing, give Legendary a try. It’ll be the deciding factor.

Currently Reading:

Only Human (The Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel. I’m going to be sad to say goodbye to Themis and all the chaos that was created by her discovery, but at the same time, I really wanna see how this all ends.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Do you expect any answer besides coffee? If you do, then you need to reconsider your values.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both!! The feel of a book in your hand, the smell of their crisp new pages *bliss* and then the ebook is just so bloody convenient! Don’t make me choose!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

*insert any emotionally unavailable character here* I didn’t make good choices. If we’re talking about the character I’d like to have dated then that’s easier. There’s Kavinsky, Blue…I could go on. Basically someone *soft*

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I know, I knooow, everyone and their grandma loves the Studio Ghibli version, but sometimes popular things work for me. This time it did. Just the right touch of whimsy.

Hidden Gem Book:

I still think more people need to read Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl. The simplicity of this book deserved to be experienced by more people. It has less than 200 ratings on Goodreads.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

I don’t have a specific *moment* but I can still remember every weekend going into my aunt’s library and having free reign. There was no turning away from books after that.

Just Finished:


This book was recommended to me when I asked for people’s favourite audiobooks, and as far as that aspect goes, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. There are a few other elements that it does well (but those are for another time).

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I will push through most things…but I will NOT suffer myself through bad writing/poor editing, no matter how good the story is.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Goodreads says 1276 for the Count of Monte Cristo, but like????? so I’ll go with one that I ACTUALLY remember reading (that isn’t a textbook): David Copperfield – 974. I never realized that this book was so long, honestly. It just never registered.

Major book hangover because of:

You can find my thoughts on this one: here.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

There is only one answer for this: Not. Enough. But if we’re going to be literal or whatever, then shamefully one. E-Books and the library have been good to me.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Any of the Harry Potter Books, the Twilight books (and what?) and Carry On. Each of these hold a special place in my heart, for both their ships and their plot.

Preferred Place To Read:

Anywhere that I can get a few moments of peace and quiet, which is usually my bedroom, but wherever.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

Quote that defines me: The problem with books is that they end ~ Caroline Kepnes

Quote that shook me to the core: I don’t need an apology. If you’re fine with your decision, that’s on you. – Adam Silvera.

Reading Regret:

Not enough time in the day to read? I don’t really have any.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

There. Are. So. Many. But the first that comes to mind is the Shades of Magic series. I’m a champion procrastinator if you couldn’t tell.

Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:

Oh no. Why is this a question that ever needs to be asked???? Gah! What if it’s Us, Carry On and…They Both Die at the End. That was the hardest decision that I’ve eveeer had to make. Don’t make me do it again. Please.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

This one has MANY answers. There’s Adam Silvera, Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, Victoria Schwab and ofc Queen J. K.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

September 24, 2019 CANNOT COME FAST ENOUGH!!!!!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Starting books and then not finishing them (even though I’m enjoying it), just because I’ve gotten a shiny new story to read or don’t want it to end.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

I’m itching to start this one!!!

Your latest book purchase:

Same as above.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

*laughs into infinity*

Ok, since sleep is my greatest enemy, this question isn’t feasible. Instead, I’ll tell you the first book that kept me up after a year-long reading slump – More Happy Than Not. I could not put it down. It made me excited about reading again. Honestly, Adam is a life saver.

Backlist Review: The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – #ARC

The Rules of Blackheath

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m. 
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit. 
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer. 
Understood? Then let’s begin…

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

 

 

Anonymous – Our main character’s identity is hidden for a large portion of the book so, for the purpose of this review, they will be referred to as ‘Anonymous’.

 

Anonymous is transported from one host to the other in a quest to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder which proves to be both a help and a hindrance to their efforts. Some of their hosts were repulsive and I would have been happy without having entered their minds or learning their backstory. With that being said, there was a very interesting mix of personalities, all focused on one singular goal. I won’t name my favorite or least favorite because that’ll spoil the lists of hosts and we can’t have that…

 

How lost do you have to be to let the Devil lead you home?

Anna – Because Evelyn’s character is off limits.

 

As a character, she played her role well. She disappeared and reappeared at just the right moments to leave you unclear about who’s side she’s really on. She’s that one variable that you’re never quite sure of because your mind is telling you to trust her but your gut is telling you to be cautious.

 

Too little information and you’re blind, too much and you’re blinded.

I can’t name my favorite or least favorite characters for the same reason I can’t name the hosts, but, if you’ve read it and want to discuss then my inbox/mentions/DMs are all open ^_^.

 

 

 Whoa, boy, does this one have a lot going on. On one level there’s the mystery of who exactly Anonymous is, which would have been intriguing enough of a novel idea. But then there’s the question of who’s on your side, trying to unravel the main mystery. And, of course, never forget that we have a murder to solve!

Life doesn’t always leave you a choice in how you live it.

Not every author can pull off such a balancing act, but Turton does it masterfully. Each level intrigues you so thoroughly that while it is at the forefront, you almost regret having to change focus. Almost.

The last time I entered this forest, my mind never made it back.

Aside from a well managed plot, it should be noted that this story is told in a circuitous manner. Every thing is connected and you relive the same moments over and over and yet, it manages to not be repetitious.

 

 

 This book was thoroughly entertaining, keeping you on edge for the vast majority of it, with a blend of characters that you both love and loathe.

Pity’s a fog to become lost within.

There are some possibly triggering topics in this one though, so if: mention of drug use, mention of rape or violence aren’t something that you can handle, then please take note. I personally try to avoid books with rape in them, but this one was fine for me. It was just briefly mentioned in conversation. Of the other two topics, the violence was the most involved and married to the plot.

What I liked:

 

 All of it! The. End. K, thanks, bye.

Characters: 4.5 ( -.5 for THOSE characters).

Mystery: 5

Thrill/Horror: 4

Plot/Reveals: 5

TL;DR: Read this if you don’t need a chronological timeline, don’t mind being in the heads of a slew of characters and want to be two steps behind at all times. Don’t read if…you hate being entertained? IDK…

Amazon: 4.1

B&N: 4.4

Goodreads: 4.01

My Rating: 5 (more like this please) stars

See you soon ☺️