Monday, April 30, 2018

March and April Mini Reviews

I've read a lot of books since 2018 started (currently at 79! omg), so I've also got a lot to review. And here are some of the March and April releases I was lucky enough to read early! :)


Title: Barbed Wire Heart
Author: Tess Sharpe
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: March 6th, 2018!
*eARC kindly provided by Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley*

My Review!
There's nothing stronger than a woman who's risen from the ashes of some fire a man set. 

This was good! I didn't love it, but I appreciated a lot about it. It went in a different, (better) direction than what I was expecting, though I liked that about it. It was brutal and dark and hopeful and very feminist. And it's actually decently light on the graphics compared to some novels I've read, yet Tess manages to get the point across directly and indirectly. But there is A LOT of gruesome and gross, so be sure to look at the trigger warnings before going into it. It was a bit on the slower side. I liked the main character, Harley, and her mission to clean up her town and keep up the place for women and girls who need help. It's definitely a story worth reading!
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!

Title: the witch doesn't burn in this one (women are some kind of magic, #2)
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: March 6th, 2018!
*eARC kindly provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley*

My Review!
Very short, a little repetitive in some places, but also super enjoyable and relatable. I love poetry, and I appreciated this a lot, and it has so many pretty, fiery words. I just don't have a whole lot to say about it! I'm still getting used to how poetry collections are generally published, so I wasn't always sure how well the structure worked out here. And I do think the criticisms of it are valid. However, I think it's worth a read! It's super quick, and female-focused, which I love. 

some destruction is beautiful.
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!

Title: Second Chance Charmer (Southern Heat, #1)
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publisher: Brighton Walsh
Release Date: March 19th, 2018!
*eARC copy kindly provided by the author for review*

My Review!
Just the right kind of sweet and light, but with a passionate romance between two people who deserved a second chance at love. Though not my favorite of Brighton's, it had her signature flair. A rough-and-tumble guy who absolutely melts for his girl, a woman who knows when to push back and who demands the best, with relationships between siblings and friends that are the heart of the story. But there wasn't much... to this, and I wanted a whole hell of a lot more from it. And the way that everything went down, it was very predictable, and I found myself just wanting to get through it as fast as possible to get to the epilogue. But I liked this, and I've missed this woman's words. I'm also super stoked for the next books, though. Is that a Nash/[redacted] setup I see coming? BECAUSE I WANT. 
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!

Title: More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Release Date: March 6th, 2018!
*I picked up a physical ARC from ALA annual.

My Review!
I am... conflicted. There was good to this. Oh, was there good. I loved that Brigid tackled what it's like being a female gamer, abuse and PTSD, and adoption. You could tell that she put a lot of thought and care into the story. But it became Too Much at times. There were things I didn't like, that felt unnecessary (which I seem to recall was a *minor* issue I'd had with Letters to the Lost too). The parts with Ethan and Rev's dad, especially, left me feeling  cold and unsure. They weren't needed beyond adding extra drama to the book; the characters could've gotten where they needed to go without those subplots. And I didn't always like Emma either. She was super judgmental and really mean to her best friend. It's sad because I had more feels with Rev and his fam, Rev and Declan, and even with the addition of Matthew, than the romance. This was just a book where less would've meant more.
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!

Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 24th, 2018!
*eARC kindly provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley*

My Review!
It'd been a LONG time since I got sucked into a fantasy book, until I started Sky in the Deep. It was *so good* omg. However, if you're expecting a ton of action, don't. It's surprisingly very light on the action, but I didn't mind that because I fell in love with the characters and the story and the world. It was all about Eelyn and her journey. It's about found family and faith and the lengths you'll go to to protect the ones you love. It's about two very different clans of people coming together to face a common enemy, and who, with the help of Eelyn and the love she comes to feel for the family who buys her and takes her in, are able to look toward a future without violence. So yeah, it's definitely not action-packed, and I WAS a little sad about that at times since this is a Viking book. But again, I really loved the characters, and I just got so HOOKED on this story. One of my favorites I've read this year for sure!
Rating: 4.5 Paw Prints!

Title: Circe
Author: Madeline Miller
Publisher: Little Brown, and Company
Release Date: April 10th, 2018!
*eARC kindly provided by Little Brown, and Company via NetGalley*

My Review!
Very much in the same vein as The Song of Achilles. It had the feel of ancient times, when the gods and goddesses ruled, when heroes were just mortal men who weren't strictly good or bad. I was enchanted from the first page to the last. It did lose me a little bit in the second half, but I think that was perhaps more due to the characters who come into play. And how I wasn't sure where the story was gonna go after everything that happens (I didn't really care about the Odysseus part of the storyline, even though it played hugely into Circe's life, so I was sometimes more invested in the beginning). But I really loved that ending. It was beautiful, and fitting, and this was just a pretty damn good book!
Rating: 4.5 Paw Prints!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

My Thoughts and Feels On Season Four of The 100

*graphic made by the lovely Shannon from It Starts at Midnight*

And just in time for the premiere of season 5 today! Always cutting it close, aren't I? Haha. Aaaanyway. I had to step away from The 100 after season 4 ended. Usually I'm so sad that I end up rewatching from the beginning, or at least, rewatching the season that just ended. But I tried doing the latter, and it didn't work. I was kind of... not super happy with the finale, and I felt that 4 wasn't as great plot-wise as it could've been. It certainly had the characterization, though. But while I rewatched, I ended up loving it more than I had the first time, and understanding more of what the show was trying to do. And these are just some of the thoughts and feels I had while undertaking this adventure! :D

♛ I talked with Shannon about this a lot, but I fucking HATED the list storyline. Because of how much it hurt Clarke. She would never defend herself, and it kiiiiilllllled me. No one noticed the differences in penmanship. No one cared enough to see it, because they were content with pitting Clarke as the villain. And she's always the villain, isn't she? Everyone can get out of shit, because they've got Clarke to make the hard decisions, to bear the weight and pain of leadership. They've got it easy. I hurt for her, because you can see how much it destroys her. How much she hates herself for it, and the choices she's had to make throughout the season. But she will bear it so they don't have to. Really, Skaikru doesn't deserve Clarke Griffin.

♛ "You are my people" can we just talk about how Indra sees Octavia as a daughter, as someone like her, as someone with a warrior's heart. She's never coddled O, never accepted anything less than her total commitment and determination, and in the end, Indra's still being her mentor. Her friend. The mother figure Octavia has always needed. She's Trikru, but her love for Octavia transcends that. Indra giving O her family's sword was a super special moment that I cannot ever forget.

♛ Also let's talk about Dark Octavia. The scrappy dreamer who turned into a goddamned bitch queen. Her characterization has been a slow, slow decline into someone who would be considered the villain in any other fictional story. She's not just toying the line; she's not even in the gray area anymore. She's way past that point. And it's a little sad, remembering the bright-eyed kid who just wanted to find somewhere to belong. She tries so hard to be that girl again, but I don't think she'll ever get there. She's been through too much, and she's in pain, and she's got to be the strong one now. She can't show any weaknesses, or she'll be torn apart in the bunker. I'm so nervous where they're going with her character, gah. 

♛ AND LUNA. I didn't understand her before, when the season first started. Not who she was before all of her people died, I got that young woman. No, I'm talking about the woman who showed up at the conclave solely to stop everyone else from surviving the end of the world. I didn't understand her last year. But I do now. She wasn't given much of a choice in saving the human race. She was poked and prodded, and Abby took more of her bone marrow against Luna's will. Luna saw the worst of humanity. She saw what people were capable of, had even run away from her own conclave so long ago because of it, so she decided that they didn't deserve to live. And was she that wrong? Everyone in season four did things beyond what they thought they could do, and all in the name of saving the human race. ESPECIALLY Skaikru. So while Luna was not in the right bc omg seriously *someone* needs to live, I could understand her reasoning. I just hated seeing her go out that way, just because I liked her so damned much and I'm still upset about sea mechanic not becoming a Thing.

♛ I was so, so, so happy when Bellamy and Octavia got to that ending. The Blake siblings hurt me so much because I love them so terribly, and I just want them to be the best friends they used to be. But it was so hard for Octavia after Pike killed Lincoln, and it was hard to watch her over and over again blame Bellamy (when he already blames himself). They've always had a really great bond, and I couldn't watch them so torn-up about each other, and the choices that were made in season three. But that ending was worth all the heartache and all the pain. I can't wait for them to be reunited!

♛ I saw a lot more of Bellamy's own character development on this rewatch. He's constantly beating himself up over his previous choices, over the things he's done that he thought was in the right. He's got such a good heart. It's so clear, after all of these seasons, that Bellamy's intentions are always good. But intentions mean nothing, and he's learning that he can't just keep holding onto the past. He's got to move on. That doesn't mean he has to forget, and he never will, but he can use the rest of his life to make up for it. So he tries. He tries so hard to save everyone he can. But he had to learn a lesson: not everyone wants to be saved. He had to learn to let go. And it's so painful for him to do that, because he just wants to take care of his people. He's always been the leader of the delinquents, and he feels responsible for Skaikru. And for Clarke and Octavia and Jasper and Monty. But Bellamy needs to remember that he needs to come first sometimes. He's just so good, guys. He can't help himself. That's one of the things I love most about him. Ugh. Bellamy Blake has my heart.

♛ And I'm so looking forward to how everyone fares in 5, after what they've made themselves do to survive this past season. Abby, Murphy (who is honestly probably fine considering how much a survivor he is), Miller, Kane, Clarke, Bellamy. They've all faced a hella lot, from having to leave people behind to killing in the name of saving the human race, those of Skaikru especially are going to have a hard time looking at themselves in a mirror. And I'M SO EXCITED FOR THEIR DOWNFALLS. I love morally ambiguous characters, and like every single person on this show is like that. It's my favorite.

♛ I'm going to miss Roan so much.

So yeah, I'm super stoked for the 5th season now, though I'm SCARED. I don't want my faves to die! BUT I DON'T TRUST THE SHOW! THEY KILL OFF ANYONE. Ugh. 

What were your thoughts on season four? Are you going to watch the premiere night? (I'll be at work so I'll have to watch it later *sobs*)

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Pigeon, Sass, and Hindu Mythology

Title: Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Release Date: March 27th, 2018!

From Goodreads...
Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

My Review!
Was she a heroine if all she did was fix a mistake she made? Or was it heroic because she was willing to fix it in the first place?

A particularly good book had a way of opening new spaces in one's mind. It even invited you to come back later and rummage through what you'd learned.

Here are just a few examples of one of the many reasons why I loved Aru Shah and the End of Time, and just reading another Roshani book in general. Roshani once described her writing as lush/decadent, and IT IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT. It’s like those expensive chocolates you only buy every once in awhile because they’re just that damned good. I loved that this felt middle grade, but that also contained the author’s signature flair. Of not just style, but humor and feels and beautiful nuggets of wisdom and heart.

Aru Shah is a love story as much as a fantasy where Time is running out for two heroines to stop evil from destroying their world. But not romantic love. It is a love story between a girl and her mother, who is equal parts absent-minded and there for Aru when she needs her. Her mother always told her not to light the lamp, but the pressures of fitting in and wanting friends so desperately that you’d do anything to make them like you, push Aru into making a mistake. But it’s a mistake she tries her hardest to fix.

That’s what makes her a heroine to me. Her ability to look at her choices, at the not-so-great ones and say she’ll do better, and step up to the plate. No one else can do it. And she’s so daring, and abundantly clever, and she’ll do whatever it takes to wake her mom up so she can tell her how sorry she is. But Aru goes through her share of whining. She’s not perfect. That’s what endeared me to her as much her cunning, strength, and badass I can do anything attitude. I loved her voice and her spirit SO MUCH.

But this is also a story of found family, of two young girls who have great destinies and who form a bond of friendship through the trials and tribulations of fighting a demon who wants to kill them. I thought Mini was a refreshing counterpart to Aru, and I loved watching their relationship grow throughout the course of the book. And they weren’t alone; they had Boo, their pigeon companion who insults them as much as he helps them out. So many times I was laughing out loud from his and Aru’s banter!

Hindu mythology is absolutely fascinating, and I loved that Roshani brought these tales and heroes and gods to life. I’d remembered a few from her previous stories (the Dharma Raja!!), but so much of this was new to me, and I find myself so excited for the rest of this series. It’s going to be right up there with Percy Jackson, guys. Aru’s journey so far already has been humorous, fun, and full of mischief and bravery, and I know the other books will be much the same. I CANNOT FREAKING WAIT!


Monday, April 16, 2018

From the Den: March Edition

From the Den is a feature to showcase the books that I don't post reviews for on the blog, whether I liked them or not. I read so many books that never make it onto The Fox's Hideaway, so I wanted a feature where I could still tell y'all about them. :)


Much like February, I read A LOT in March that I didn't end up reviewing quite yet. I'm so behind, guys. Yikes. So here's me trying to catch up!

While enjoyable, this needed additional editing because whoa boy. (I mean, one of the women had a completely wrong date of birth and death). I loved that some of the women from Mackenzi's Twitter threads showed up here, a few faves of mine! There were women I already knew from other books/classes, and those I learned about for the first time. And all of them were seriously badass ladies, smashing the patriarchy in small and big ways, and refusing to not live their truth. It might not have been my favorite nonfiction of women of history, but I'm so here for this continuous trend of stories about fearless and fierce broads.

Rating: 3 Paw Prints!

I don't know if I exactly cared about Opal's POV, but I looooved being back with Ronan and Adam (though only one mention of Gansey was not enough). This makes me really excited for the new series, though! I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE. I WANT TO KNOW ALL THE THINGS.
Rating: 3 Paw Prints!

Just. Like. W O W.

This is an incredibly well-written, well-researched, monster of a book that took me a long time to finish but had me hooked. It did take a little bit to get into it, and honestly some of the science just went over my head (but the author did a fantastic job of making it readable, so that's just me not being a hard science person), but I *needed* to find out what would happen and if my faves would survive. Based on my friend Val's updates, I thought there'd be a LOT MORE mermurder, but it was decidedly not as filled with gore as I expected. Still. There was *so much* of it, and I'm 100% going to read that sequel because omg THAT TWIST. I really liked how Mira Grant twisted the mermaid myths, and based so much of it on science, and how it honestly started to seem believable that the ocean was hiding these creatures of the deep. I just would not want to meet a single one of them. *shudders*
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!

I had the sudden urge while rewatching Fantastic Beasts (for like the dozenth time) to read the screenplay. It was super interesting because screenplays are so different. I mean, it's the same kind of structure. But it just feels, to me, more complicated than simply writing a story. I don't prefer them for sure, but I liked contrasting this with the movie, especially when it came to how the characters felt or seemed in certain moments. And it makes me even more excited for the sequel!
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!

What books did YOU end up reading in March? Have you read any of these ones yet? If so, what did you think of them? :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

From the Den: February Edition

From the Den is a feature to showcase the books that I don't post reviews for on the blog, whether I liked them or not. I read so many books that never make it onto The Fox's Hideaway, so I wanted a feature where I could still tell y'all about them. :)


I've been reading A LOT the past few months, partly because I'm just in the mood, and partly because I'm competing with my friend Val to see who can read the most this year. LOL. But I haven't been writing very many reviews, and I need to get back into that habit. So hopefully I can get some of those out soon, but in the meantime, here are some of the books I read back in February!

A January Release
*eARC kindly provided by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing via NetGalley*

This was an emotional rollercoaster ride. There was so much to appreciate about it--the Jewish rep, the realistically flawed sister bond, the sex positivity (so much open dialogue and action, including but not limited to oral sex, masturbation, consent and protection discussion), the anxiety over college and deciding your future, and the not knowing who you are but trying to figure it out anyway bit. It was painful, though, watching Adina and Tovah fall flat on their faces and having to pick themselves back up, especially Adina. But the great thing about this story? It's messy, and the characters are messy, imperfect people. It doesn't shy away from how complicated feelings and life and relationships are. I didn't always love it. I wasn't always a fan of the choices they made. But it was *so good* and it made me cry. And that ending was fucking fantastic. 100% looking forward to Rachel's next book!

TW: self-harm and suicidal ideation
Rating: 4.5 Paw Prints!

Just a Few Short Reads
Timely and heartbreaking and so very, very good. For so few pages, it stands up well and hits you right where it counts. Justyce's story made me angry, made me cry, made me want to wrap him up in a big hug and tell him that he deserves better. I was so invested, and I'm so glad Dear Martin exists. And I'm such a fan of Nic's writing (really enjoyed her short in the Welcome Home anthology too), so I can't wait to read more books from her!
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!

A solid end to the overall series! I loved seeing all of my babies again, and I'm going to miss them so much. *sniffs*
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!

I'm such a fan of Seanan's prose. It reels me in: hook, line, and sinker every single time. It's so QUOTABLE. And I really, really liked this. Such a strange, magical, interesting, sad little book.
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!

So good! I really loved Sean's and Talia's story in Hold Me Down so I'm looking forward to more of these shorts!
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


s e r i o u s l y w h a t h a p p e n e d

aaanyway, the graphic novel was really good actually. I'd never heard of it before it came in the mail, and I wasn't even sure if I'd be interested in it. But I gave it a try, and I'm GLAD (even if I'm confused by the ending) because I liked it a lot. It was unexpectedly funny at times, suuuper fucking creepy, and I loved the artwork.

Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!
*Physical review copy kindly provided by Macmillan/First Second* 

I also listened to the audiobooks of HP #1 and Six of Crows, which I enjoyed. I'm still not 100% into audios, but I'm giving it a try for the whole year! What books did you read during the month of February? Let's talk! :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

(93) Top Ten Books I Loved But Don't See Myself Rereading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was started by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's topicBooks I Loved but Will Never Reread

It's so funny, because until a few years ago, I wasn't a rereader. Excepting the almost-yearly reread of my all-time favorite series, I didn't do it because a) I didn't think I'd like it, going into a book knowing everything that happens and b) who has the time for this? But I've been MAKING time for it. Not as often as I'd like, but I try to reread at least once a month. ANYWAY. You'll notice a theme here. Most of these are contemporaries. I just don't reread contemporaries. I'm not 100% sure why, except that I think I *would* get a little bored since there's not much holding me to them. But I did truly love all of these damn good books! 

What books did *you* love that you're not planning on rereading? Would any of these make your list? Let's talk! :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Checking In Again - Finally!

I don't do a monthly recap on the blog, partly because I'm lazy and partly because there isn't usually much to say. But I was inspired by Jamie's If We Were Having Coffee feature (which was inspired by someone else!) to start doing more personal posts on here. And what better way to do that than to recap my month in LIFE instead of just books and blogging? So Checking In will be a monthly feature on here that will help you guys get to know ME better, and hopefully you'll start sharing your own stories with me. :)


Y'all, it's been a long time since I've done one of these posts. Three months of 2018 have already come and gone, and I feel like I'm constantly playing catch-up. But I'm still here and trying and getting excited for Future Things (aka NOLA IN JUNE WITH MY BEST FRIENDS). So anyway, here's what's been up in my life!

It's been full of ups and downs, especially in March. I was feeling good. I thought things were getting better. But it just seems to be going downhill, and I find myself more and more upset about it all. In the first week of March, I was super just d o n e with the place. Like, so done. There was a job that just absolutely destroyed me, and I'd never felt that way before. I don't even know why, because I've done shitty jobs before, but nothing ever turned me that inside out over it. Except this one. BUT I'll still be here, because it's super convenient and the schedule just really works for me so I can pursue my author dreams. It's just that this place used to be more fun, and less stressful, and I don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. It's more stress than it's worth, to be quite honest. But job searching is fucking depressing, and I still need a new car, and I've never had good luck at finding something, and the work is just so easy

And now, two of my friends there are at that point that I was, and unlike me, they'll actually leave. I don't know when, but it's a when, not an if. It's sad. I talk to *most* of the people I work with, but not nearly as much as these two. And one of them is a very close friend of mine now (I can so freely talk to her about almost anything). So it fucking sucks. I'm worried about the months ahead. And I worry what'll change when they finally quit. And I worry that my friend and I would stop talking (though I think we'd both try very hard to not make that happen. Plus her boyfriend will still be here, so I'd have a way to see her because she'd come to Buffalo Wild Wings nights if she can). The other coworker just makes this place more fun for me, and I'd hate it if we stopped talking. And if he goes, another coworker wouldn't stick around. It's just UGH right now, and I'm just trying to take it a day at a time. Hopefully I'll have better news about it in a few months. *crosses fingers*

My Birthday
March was my birthday month! So yay, a little exciting? But not really. I just don't really care about my birthday anymore, and I turned 25 this year, so I'm mostly feeling down about where I'm at in life. It wasn't where I saw myself when I was younger, and I still feel like I'm going at such a slooooow pace, and it just feels like such a big number. But I've also done a lot. idk. It's hard, man. Adulthood just sucks in general.

HOWEVER, I had a particularly fine birth(day). I didn't end up working, which was SO GREAT. (We've had so many mandatory Fridays and weekends that we all get super excited when we have those days off again. It's so sad. Haha). I stayed home and did nothing and ate my favorite pizza and breadsticks and read books to catch up and pass Val (I am currently, at the time this post was published, ahead of Val by two books. *cheers can be heard in the distance*). And I also went out the next day with mom to have lunch with my cousin and aunt. So, it was nice and relaxing!

Health Problems
But theeeeen my birthday weekend kind of got shot to hell. I ended up in so much pain that my mom and uncle took me to the ER that Sunday. I still don't know what the issue is. It lasted, but quietly got better, throughout that week (and I had to miss a few days of work because of it). But it flared up again two weekends later (on another Sunday, if you can believe it). The doctor thought it was just muscular. Maybe I overextended myself through a combination of a bad mattress and physical lifting at my job. However, I don't believe so, and the more I think about it, the more I'm certain it isn't. The week before the second episode was SO EASY at work + I got my new mattress set, and I just can't see why it would've happened again if it was just my muscles? Also, muscle relaxants were not helping me as much as regular pain relievers, so. (Nor were they helping me sleep, which I thought was rude). ANYWAY. I'm going to *my* doctor this Friday, and I'm hoping she can help me at least figure out how I can either prevent or keep the pain at a minimum if it flares up again. I'd love an actual answer, but I know that's not always possible. So yeah, I was dealing with this shit in March too. It has not exactly been fun. 

But! I Finished a Writing Thing!
It's not a book-shaped thing, though. I'd set a deadline for myself back in January that I'd finish rewriting my NaNo novel by the end of March. And, well, it's April and I just hit 15k (in what is probably going to end up a 80-90k book). 😬

Probably, just maybe because I wrote a short story instead. An actual story with a beginning and an ending that I'm absolutely in love with. It's about witches and friendship and how human it is to be a complicated ball of emotions. It's about four teens who do a Thing because of revenge and rage and pain. It's about girls who love each other so fiercely and fully that they use their powers to try to right a wrong except it goes so poorly because witchery is messy, y'all. I love it. So. Much. 

I shared it with my wonderful friends, and they all gave me such love and great comments and I'm feeling super confident about my writing. I CAN do this. I just need to, you know, finish a book first. Haha. As for this short story, I don't know if I'll do anything with it? I was honestly just going to share it on the blog or Wattpad (once I figure out how to copyright it), but my friends think I could submit it somewhere. So, idk. But I'm definitely going to share it, once I edit it some more. (March was really just me rereading and editing and rereading and editing this story. LOL). I'm proud of it, though. Super proud. And I know that this is what I want with my life, so 2018 is the year to make my dreams come true!

How has life been, guys? Do anything exciting? Read some good books? Let's talk! It's been AGES. :)

Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2018 Releases

I didn't do one of these for March because of my event, but I'M BACK AND READY TO HURT YOUR WALLETS AND BANK ACCOUNTS.

April 3rd

April 10th

April 13th

April 17th
*also Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, which doesn't yet have a cover!

April 24th

I've already read: Sky in the Deep, which was fucking FANTASTIC. One of my favorite reads of this year, for sure. Also Circe, which I enjoyed a hella lot. I love Greek mythology.

From NetGalley: I still have to read White Rabbit and Starry Eyes, but I definitely think it'll happen because I've enjoyed/loved previous books from these authors. Plus, only two ARCs for the whole month? Fuck yeah.

My most anticipated: probably Leah on the Offbeat! I enjoyed Simon Vs. and LOVED Upside, so I'm excited to read another Becky book. I'm also very intrigued by Now a Major Motion Picture, and I can't wait to get my preorder.

Ugh, I feel like I'm missing so many releases. Let me know in the comments if I should have a book on my radar! Also what is YOUR most anticipated April book? :)