Friday, August 31, 2018

August Mini Reviews

Title: Star-Touched Stories (The Star-Touched Queen, #2.5)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: August 7th, 2018!
*eARC kindly provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley*

From Goodreads...
Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched World.

Death and Night

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

Poison and Gold

Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Gauri and Vikram's new reign presents itself, she will have to battle her insecurities and maybe, along the way, find love.

Rose and Sword

There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?


My Review!
Death and Night: I could've skipped this one, since I'd already read it, but I didn't want to. It was just as good, just as precious, the second time around. OTP FOREVER. I love this dark and fierce and powerful couple so much. (Still 5 stars)

Poison and Gold: oh my god I loved this one so, so much. first of all, thank you for an f/f relationship, Roshani. It was beautiful and full of learning and understanding and a willingness to try, to look beyond their own pasts and toward a future instead. To be honest, I didn't really remember Aasha from A Crown of Wishes. But even so, I adored her so much. I loved her curiosity and spark, her kindness and refusal to underscore her own passions and desires. I loved that she found herself, and that with Zahril, she also found a love worth a leap of faith. They both deserved it. It was such a gorgeous story. And I absolutely LOVED seeing Gauri and Vikram again. They're my favorites! (5 stars!)

Rose and Sword: oh. oh, this one made me cry. From the first chapter to the last. So simply exquisite in its entirety. A little weighted, a little sad. But also filled with laughter and happiness. I loved the approach that Roshani took with this particular test and adventure, how she wove a tale around the inevitability of Death and what one would do to bring back a loved one they aren't ready to let go of quite yet. But I'm being incredibly vague for a reason. I think this is one you should go into not knowing anything about it. It was, probably, my favorite of the three of them. I feel so settled and satisfied. My heart is happy. (5 stars!) 
"To possess even a single line in the legend of you is the greatest wish I could have made."
RATING: 


*****

Title: Mirage (Mirage #1)
Author: Somaiya Daud
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: August 28th, 2018! 
*eARC kindly provided by Flatiron Books via NetGalley*

From Goodreads...

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.


As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death. 


My Review!
So, I thought this was a fantasy when I started it. And it almost could be; the writing is so lush and beautiful, and it reads like a fantasy. But it’s actually science fiction, which I’m not the biggest fan of, and yet it worked for me. It’s a bit on the slower side, as in there’s not a whole lot of action. The MC, Amani, is taken from her home to be the target for a princess she hates. But through everything, there is a fight in Amani that you can’t help admiring. She might have been beaten down and turned into someone she can’t even recognize, but she’s still fighting against the bonds that hold her to the colonizers that took what wasn’t theirs. There is so much political intrigue here, but it packs emotional punches too. Amani loves her family dearly, and Idris longs for his homeland and people, that both the characters have a lot of feelings to sort through, and dive headfirst into a romance that is as bitter as it is sweet. I’m so invested in them that I’m eager for the next book; I hope the sequel delivers the same voicey, luscious tone that accompanied Mirage.

RATING:
   

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Finale That Didn't Quite Live Up to Expectations

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 13th, 2018!

From Goodreads...
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

*****

My Review!
The Positives
+ my boy Nik, love him so much (honestly whoever did his narrations in the audiobooks was probably the reason, THAT VOICE) and also he’s just so funny and chill but he will kill you if you fuck with the ones he loves. he is my everything.

+ the badass ladies who Get Shit Done. you don’t mess with Kady and Hanna and Ella. they’ll kick your ass.

+ EZRAAAAAA

+ the style of storytelling. I’ve loved this since Illuminae. I thought the way that they used interviews, videos, commentary, chats, and files made it such a unique experience.

+ AIDAN. My favorite sociopathic computer.

+ the group of friends! I love their interactions with each other, and how many times I was laughing over their banter and messages. they definitely made the series what it is.


The Negatives
- the constant bullshit back and forth of “omg they’re dead” to “omg they’re alive!” that happened way, way too often in this series that by the time Obsidio came around, i didn’t truly believe the authors would kill off anyone. and they DIDN’T, except for maybe like one or two characters who weren’t that important. even that little girl made it! talk about unrealistic!

- of course I was happy that Nik and Ezra made it out with the parachute (THAT PARACHUTE omg), but there was no intensity with the story because no one who truly mattered died. and every time you thought they had, the authors would be like AHA! FOOLED YOU, DIDN’T WE. so that just didn’t work for me.

- the way that the BioTech people just laid down their arms at the end. like are you telling me these people who literally mass-murdered spaceships are just gonna give up? because a little girl got hurt in the middle of the fight? PLEASE. no, I’m sorry, but I don’t buy it.

- I just didn’t really come to care for Asha and Rhys? it’s not that they aren’t likable (well, Rhys felt like a cardboard cutout/Ezra and Nik mashup, so he didn’t have much of a personality beyond being funny). it’s just that there wasn’t enough *time* to get to know them that well, and I much preferred the parts with the others instead. (I did appreciate how the authors showed the bleakness of what remains of Kerenza though).


But overall, I highly enjoyed this book! Basically, though, that was because of the characters and not really the plot of the series. The finale was super underwhelming, which is sad considering how much I fucking loved Illuminae and even Gemina (which I fell in love with more when listening to the audio). But that ending? GAH, THE FEELS! It had me tied in knots and forgetting how meh I felt toward parts of the book I highlighted in the negatives section. I still think this could have been better, but the positives still far outweighed the rest. These are definitely books that are super readable, fast-paced, and bursting with snark, inappropriate jokes, and amazing characters. So on the whole, I loved the series. I just didn’t love Obsidio like I wanted to.


RATING:
   

Monday, August 20, 2018

I Wrote a Book!!

Y'all, I fucking did it. On August 13th, I finished writing a book!!! I've talked about writing a lot, a lot, so some of you might already know this. But for those who don't, I've *never* gotten this far before. It is TRUTH. From grade school poems to book blogging for the past (almost) six years, writing has been the one constant in my life. And I'd always wanted to be published, but I just never had enough self-motivation and self-determination to actually make it to this point. I never pushed myself to complete a book.

Part of it was because I'd spent so long convincing myself that if I became an author, it'd only be part-time. And sure, that's what I thought I wanted. I finished college with a BS in psychology, thinking I'd find a career in that. But I didn't want to go to grad school after spending most of my life doing exactly that. And I KNOW how absolutely hard it is making it as an author full-time that I was scared of trying to work toward that. But in the last few years, especially, it's all I can think about. It's all I want. I don't want writing books to be a backup or something I just do when I have the time for it. I want to build a career in this field.

So after I won NaNoWriMo last November, I had over 50,000 words of a book that I wanted to fix. I tried to keep going with it, but I knew what needed to be done. I had to completely cut out a major plot point, so instead of trying to finish it first, I just redrafted it. I kept pushing off my personal deadline for myself. From March to April to May, I was like, yeah I'm still going to do it. But I wasn't writing fast enough, and June approached. I looked at the deadline for entering Pitch Wars, and I knew I had to push. I was only around 38k then, and I had so much more to write. But I worked at it. I kept going, and I ended up knowing exactly how many chapters I'd have left. By the time August came around, I was ROLLING. And on the 13th, I finally did it!

But the hardest part was handing it off to my best friends to read. I spent a few more days adding/subtracting and changing placeholder names before I eventually had to say fuck it, I can't do anything more right now. And I know it's not perfect, but hell, I'm fucking proud of this little story. It became an amalgamation of all the things I love most about this state and fall (my fave season) and what I love in my favorite books. It's the most *me* book I've ever tried to write, and it's 100% scary knowing they have it in their hands and are reading it. Because I'm excited for them to finally get to it (Val's been telling me to give it to her for literally the whole of 2018), but yeah. There are so many bits and pieces of myself in here, and it's so very personal to me. *sniffs* It's my first book baby. I imagine most writers feel this way, so I know I'm not alone! *tries not to worry too much whether they're enjoying it or hating it*

I was so, so glad I'd set a deadline for myself too. I wasn't sure if I'd do Pitch Wars; I just needed to give myself a timetable because I thought that would motivate me best. (It really did motivate me, so you know? I'm pretty sure I'd be okay with having contracts, because it was like the biggest reason I kicked myself into gear. Haha!) But I'm actually nervicited to enter the contest? I have no illusions that I'll get picked or that I'll get agented afterward, but it's a great thing that I've always loved watching. And I'm so stoked that I've finally got a finished manuscript! I also plan on submitting that witchy short story I wrote back in March to the new Foreshadow anthology. Maybe I won't get published, but maybe I will! It's time to try.


So some things about my WIP, tentatively titled The Fall:
  • It's a fluffy, light college YA contemporary.
  • My girl MC, Amelia, is a bisexual bookworm who swears a lot and who likes climbing trees just a bit too much. She doesn't know what the hell she wants to do in life, and she's struggling to find her place in college. It's difficult and terrifying, and Amelia would just like some good friends, thank you very much.
  • My boy MC, Sean, is a soft Hufflepuff who loves to bake and tell scary stories. He loves his family's orchard, and he spends so long thinking he doesn't need anything more than this to realize that it's okay if he does want something different. That he can do anything he sets his mind to.
  • Obviously, it's dual point of view. I don't think I could do anything differently when it comes to a book that eventually ends with a romantic HEA. (But no declarations of love. I wanted to show that sometimes, you just might not know your own feelings well enough to decide that).
  • There are *so many* secondary characters, it's ridiculous. But they are all important in their own ways. I especially loved writing the scenes with Amelia and her dad, brother, and cousin. They are HILARIOUS. And also Sean and his grandparents. Fun fact: Sean's grandma and grandpa are pretty loosely based on my own (my mom's parents), who were instrumental in shaping who I am today and who I miss dearly with all my heart.
  • It's got donuts and laughter and playful fights and video games and creepy stories, and it's just about two kids trying to figure out their lives while also dealing with shifting relationships, family expectations, mental illness, and the biggest question of all: what are you majoring in?

Once I'm entered for Pitch Wars, I'm planning on outlining a darker, upper-YA contemporary that I've had in my head for years for the upcoming NaNoWriMo, and continue working on book one in my Arthurian trilogy. I also started a new short story, a modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet featuring an f/f couple that I can't wait to finish. It might go nowhere, but one of my dreams is to publish my own short story collection someday, so I'll just keep it for myself for later. ;) Y'all. I'm still so excited about this major accomplishment! I never thought I'd get to this point, and I did it, and I'm chasing my dreams this year. I'm fucking going for it. So wish me luck? 😊

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

From the Den: July 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 read A LOT in July, the most I've read in a month so far this year. I'm sharing reviews for most at later times, but I've still got a few to showcase here! :D


Beneath the Sugar Sky
Gah, I love these novellas. I could read DOZENS of them and never get bored. Because while the author ties up loose ends, more subplots emerge, and there's *so much* she could write about. I wasn't as giddy about this one because of Cora's character. There was just something about her that... annoyed me? I can't really put my finger on the why of it. But Kade and Christopher are my faves, and I even loved nonsensical Rini. I have a feeeeeling I know who the fourth one is about, and I'm SO EXCITED FOR IT.
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


Nussia
I just found this SO boring. And maybe it's because I'm not an alien fan in general, since I tend to stay away from books with those creatures in them. Or maybe it's that it's set near the end of the 1970s, which I didn't really care to read about. But whatever it was, it was so dull to me, and I didn't really like any of the characters except their grandma. And the MC, Lindsay, was okay. Her voice was just so young, which makes sense because she's only 13/14, but I couldn't get into the story. Ugh. SADNESS.
Rating: 2 Paw Prints!


When the Letter Comes
Oh, I ADORED this one. This story is for everyone who wished to fall down a rabbit hole or find a magical wardrobe in an old house, and for all the people who don't feel like they fit anywhere, who've had to learn their way to their own selves, who have yearned for the fantastical because it's the only place that feels right. And at its heart was a beautiful relationship between two sisters; one who gets a letter, and the ordinary, but fierce one, who doesn't. I would gladly have read more of it!
Rating: maybe 4.5 stars


The last two are short stories published by Book Smugglers Publishing, and you can see all of them here. I really recommend checking them out! Roshani Chokshi's was fab, and I adored the one above, When the Letter Comes. They're bite-sized, but they're good reads!

Monday, August 6, 2018

The First One-Star Book I've Read in Years

Title: Hideaway (Devil's Night, #2)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Publisher: Penelope Douglas LLC
Release Date: October 1st, 2017!

From Goodreads...
DEVIL'S NIGHT is returning! Hiding places, chases, and all the games are back... 

BANKS

Buried in the shadows of the city, there’s a hotel called The Pope. Ailing, empty, and dark—it sits abandoned and surrounded by a forgotten mystery.

But you think it’s true, don’t you, Kai Mori? The story about the hidden twelfth floor. The mystery of the dark guest who never checked in and never checks out. You think I can help you find that secret hideaway and get to him, don’t you?

You and your friends can try to scare me. You can try to push me. Because even though I struggle to hide everything I feel when you look at me—and have ever since I was a girl—I think maybe what you seek is so much closer than you’ll ever realize.

I will never betray him.

So sit tight.

On Devil’s Night, the hunt will be coming to you.

KAI

You have no idea what I seek, Little One. You don’t know what I had to become to survive three years in prison for a crime I would gladly commit again.

No one can know what I’ve turned into.

I want that hotel, I want to find him, and I want this over.

I want my life back.

But the more I’m around you, the more I realize this new me is exactly who I was meant to be.

So come on, kid. Don’t chicken out. My house is on the hill. So many ways in, and good luck finding your way out.

I’ve seen your hideaway. Time to see mine.

*Hideaway is a romantic suspense suitable for ages 18+. While the romance is a stand-alone, the plot is a continuation of events that began in CORRUPT (Devil's Night, #1). It is strongly recommended that you have read Corrupt prior to reading this.

*****

My Review!
CWs: animal abuse, child abuse, incest, sexual assault/attempted rape, violence

Kai was literally the only one of the horsemen I cared about, so I am MAD at this book. Michael is trash. Damon is trash. Will can’t sober up enough for me to give one fuck about him. Kai was the one I wanted to know the most. He’s so controlled, tightly wound-up, and mysterious, so I expected BETTER. I expected more to him besides his shameful past. Not to mention, a friend told me the characters on the cover are Chinese, and Kai is Japanese-American, so I’m not sure whether the author cared enough to write his character accurately or genuinely (would love to read some #ownvoices reviews on this). I think she only cared about creating a fucked-up story just for the sake of shock and fiction, not because it truly served a purpose. 

Because, here’s the thing: it all centers around Damon. It all centers around this notion that I should empathize with this fucker just because he’s had a shit life. But I’m not of the mind that your pain and suffering and abuse should get to excuse you from all the horrors you’ve put upon others, how it doesn’t mean you can’t still be a garbage human being. I will not be reading his book, because I frankly don’t think Penelope Douglas can do this type of storyline justice. She already proved that to me with Hideaway. Plus, the relationship between Damon and his sister, Banks, was DISGUSTING. It felt very coded incest, so I’d been wary from the beginning. Even knowing it’s not like that, the way that they grew up and how Damon is so possessive of Banks, made me feel so gross. HE is gross, and he gets his own book? Nah, pass.

The problems were just too many that getting to that ending wasn’t worth the repetitiveness and annoyance of the first 90% of the book. And I just did. not. honestly. give. a. fuck. about. Banks. I didn’t like her character. There was an underlying tone to her attitude where it was like I should care more about her because she’s not like other girls. She wears Damon’s clothes, doesn’t show her femininity, and has never had sex. I did NOT appreciate that, because it was like she was pitted up against Rika and Alex, the only other women in the series who matter. Alex is my favorite. She deserves better because lbr, Will’s gonna fall in love with that cousin of Damon’s, and Alex is gonna get left behind. Also, the queer-baiting? Hmm. I’m not sure how I felt about certain parts of the book for what felt like was only there for the shock value, and not for any other reason than because it made for better drama.

That’s how it felt with a lot of things. The animal abuse, Michael sexually assaulting Banks when she’s a kid (I HATE HIM SO MUCH), the scene with Damon’s mom at the hotel, Gabriel fucking Torrance ordering his men to rape HIS OWN DAUGHTER. Some of it is because the author is giving Damon his own story, and so he needs to have his background explored so the readers can sympathize with him. But there was much in this book that wasn’t actually needed. And there wasn’t *enough* focus on Banks and Kai’s romance. It was all about Damon that I didn’t really GET why they fell in love with each other. Like I much preferred the past chapters versus the present. I just wish I could’ve gotten behind the two of them and their relationship, instead of spending most of my time hate-reading.

This is so disappointing, because I really did enjoy Corrupt, and I was super excited about Kai’s story. I wanted inside of his head. And I have to say, it’s not what I thought. Banks and Kai’s characters weren’t explored enough, weren’t given the time they needed to develop beyond being a girl with a fucked-up family and a boy who feels ashamed of the darkness inside of him (which is funny considering how long the fucking book is). Plus, Kai spent so long not knowing that Damon and Banks were siblings and not lovers, that it shadowed a lot of how I felt toward their relationship. So yeah, I’m officially done with this series. It’s too bad. I like dark, boundary-pushing books. But this is Too Much.

RATING:
 

Friday, August 3, 2018

June and July Mini Reviews

June and July books have been a mixed bag for me so far! I've loved some, but others... not so much. 

*****

Title: The Unbinding of Mary Reade
Author: Miriam McNamara
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 19th, 2018!
*eARC kindly provided by Skyhorse Publishing via Edelweiss*

Find it on Goodreads.

This book was just so AWKWARD. The writing was not… good, and it didn’t always seem to fit in with the characters and time period. And oh god, the characters. Maybe it’s because I don’t know the history of Mary Reade, Anne Bonny, and Calico Jack that well, but their story just never seemed to blend well together. I mean, they spent the first 50% of the book on one damned island, doing nothing but drinking, cleaning the ship, and getting into fights. And I thought the romance between Mary and Anne developed fast and didn’t feel very organic, and there was a lot of drama created because of it with Jack and the rest of the pirates. The book was weirdly paced in general, and I didn’t think it needed the past chapters with Nat at all (though if this is part of Mary’s true-life story, then I guess, but I wouldn’t know that). The confusion Mary felt over who she was felt realistic given that she’s lived as a boy since she was a kid, but I can’t speak on whether it was problematic or not. So yeah, there was just a lot about this that seemed off, and while I loved that ending, I was wholly hoping to love this f/f story but didn’t. The Unbinding of Mary Reade was one of my most anticipated novels of this year, and boy did it disappoint me greatly. I’m so SAD.
Rating: 2 Paw Prints!


Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: June 5th, 2018!

Find it on Goodreads.

Oh, I ADORED this. The characters, all of them, but especially Michael, Stella, Quan, Michael's mom and grandma, and Janie. They were so real, and the romance felt so fresh, and just so damned beautiful. It did take Michael a long time to find his worth as a person, and to let go of his stubborn pride and accept help and go after his own future. But I loved his journey, as well as Stella's. Being autistic, she's always had problems with social interaction. But through her relationship with Michael, she starts to come into her own and find her footing with life and people, and she was so clever and bright and refreshingly genuine that I just ended up rooting for her so hard. I can see why so many people have fallen for this story and its two main characters at the heart of it. It's a wonderful portrayal of what it means to love and care for someone with your whole being. I'm SO here for more books in this series. I'm eagerly anticipating The Bride Test, though it's going to be a year yet before I can read it. *sobs*
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!


Title: Grace and Fury (Untitled #1)
Author: Tracy Banghart
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 31st, 2018!
*eARC kindly provided by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley*

Find it on Goodreads.

I wasn't expecting to finish this today, but the book was so readable, even if there wasn't as much action or exciting plots. It's on the quieter side, more about finding your strength and your lines and having faith in who you are even when everyone is telling you that what you think and believe is wrong. It was about two sisters whose worlds are turned upside-down. They're both thrown into lives that are the complete opposites of all they'd been taught and raised to be, but the two of them are fighters. And they love each other so much that they're willing to do almost anything to save the other. I loved their relationship, the complicated-ness of it just felt real and genuine, and so did how they just wanted each other to be safe and happy even when it directly conflicted with their own predicaments. I wasn't as sold on the romances. I just didn't CARE enough, and I was more invested in the sisters' love, and in these groups of women who have learned to survive in a society that hates them and turns them into competitors. It was very feminist at its core. The world-building wasn't as good as it could have been, but I still really enjoyed it. It's like a futuristic Italy. And I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel!
Rating: 3.5 Paw Prints!


Title: Like Never and Always
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: July 17th, 2018!
*Physical copy kindly provided by Tor Teen*

Find it on Goodreads.

I feel very MEH about this book. I could understand Liv's confusion, as she reexamines who she is in Morgan's body, and has to reconcile that with this new life of hers. So the fact that her relationships with people are complicated, it makes sense. But I just was SO annoyed by the love triangle. It completely took me out the story at multiple points, and I wish I could've gotten into the romance. Clay was the actual best. But I just did not really care about any of this, or the main character. And the explanation over what happened was definitely not what I expected? I could suspend my disbelief in a way, but I didn't always like the treatment of mental health here. Plus the whole mystery behind Morgan's secrets wasn't thrilling at all, and some of it felt WAY out in left field, man. Like, all of the shit that happened near the end? It felt like it was there purely for drama's sake, not because it moved the story or the MC in any way. You still don't get all the answers, and in the end, I was left being like that's it?! I don't know, I just think none of this came together that well at all.
Rating: 2.5 Paw Prints!


Title: Spinning Silver
Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: July 12th, 2018!

Find it on Goodreads.

But the world I wanted wasn't the world I lived in, and if I would do nothing until I could repair every terrible thing at once, I would do nothing forever. 

MAN. What a story! I didn't love it like I love Uprooted, but it was *so* good! I really came to care and love the characters, all of them, not just the main ones. And I cared about what would happen to them. This was a found family, of sorts, which is one of my favorite tropes, and I thought it worked SO well here. I just found the change-up in POVs startling sometimes, and it took me a minute to figure out who was speaking. And there wasn't really any romance? Which made me sad, even when I understood and was satisfied with the results. But yeah, like as I was reading this, I kept setting it aside and going slowly and I wasn't at all sure about it at some points. By the end, though, I was pretty in love with how everything came together, and how the little pieces fit into the overall plot, and the way that two queens made bargains and stepped into other worlds and saved multiple kingdoms. They were fierce and cold, and they would have nothing less than what they deserved and wanted. omg I loved the girls so much. Spinning Silver was, in a word, a fairytale, about debts and love and the line connecting them.
Rating: 4 Paw Prints!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

ARC August TBR


I'm so excited for ARC August because it usually helps me knock down those ARCs I've either put off or (because of ALA annual) need to read before fall dates come up. I've been typically averaging 15+ books a month, so I figured 15 wasn't an overestimation. I did add one more to this as in a ~we'll see~ thing, but yeah. Here's my TBR for the challenge!


the Definitely pile


the Hope I Get To It pile


Are you participating in ARC August too? What books/how many are you hoping to read this month? :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August 2018 Releases

Can you believe that the year is over halfway done? UGH, I DON'T LIKE THIS. The only good thing about it is that we get more books!! :D

August 7th

August 14th

August 21st

August 28th


I've already read: Mirage, which was SO GOOD, and Star-Touched Stories (which always just solidifies how much I love Roshani Chokshi). And Dance of Thieves! That was also good, though I didn't love it like I've loved the previous books in the Remnant Chronicles world. AND Toil & Trouble, which was a fantastic anthology full of witchy goodness.

From NetGalley/ALA: The Raging Ones, which I'm hoping to get to this month! Also I picked up Finding Yvonne, Seafire, and Darius the Great Is Not Okay at ALA annual, and I can't wait to get to them all.

My most anticipated: City of Ghosts because Victoria Schwab! Luckily, I've already read the ones I was most excited about! haha. But I am very much looking forward to The Simple Wild, too. I didn't even know until recently that K.A. Tucker had a new book out. 


What August releases are YOU most looking forward to? Any I missed that should be on my radar? Let's talk! :)