Reviews

Mini-reviews!

That’s right, kiddos! It’s time for some mini-reviiiieeeewwwsss!

I spent all weekend reading, writing, posting updates, and generally getting as involved as possible in the 24 in 48 Read-a-thon! Because of which, I’m exhausted. So instead of one, big, long review, you get these!

Honestly, I love mini-reviews because I don’t get to fully review everything that I read and want to tell people about. So let’s do this!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This. Book. Was. Spectacular. I read Daisy Jones and The Six, by the same author, last week and after falling in love with Reid’s newest phenomenon, I immediately had to pick this one up too. I can’t believe what I was missing!! This book follows journalist, Monique, on the assignment of a lifetime: interviewing timeless Hollywood starlet Evelyn Hugo about her scandalous and luxurious lifetime of fame. The book was phenomenal. I found myself exclaiming and talking out loud when things happened that I didn’t want to happen, when characters grabbed much-deserved victories, when hearts broke. I laughed and cried, and the last sentence of this book made my heart grow three sizes. After these two fantastic novels, I can safely say that I am a hardcore Taylor Jenkins Reid fan. I may do a full review of this one just for the sheer love of it, and I’ll be reviewing Daisy Jones and The Six sometime this week! Wholeheartedly recommend them both.

The Voice of My Mind by T.A. Fish

I hate giving bad reviews, especially when its clear the author worked so hard, but this one didn’t do it for me. This book of poetry was provided to me through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review, and it was…okay. I love poetry and consider myself pretty lenient, though I do have one bias and this book hit it right on the head: everything rhymed. So is that really a critique or just a personal preference? Eh, both, honestly. I can get past any bias of mine if the work is stellar, but this just didn’t move me or touch me emotionally the way I expect poetry to do. The author explores themes of darkness and death, as well as feeling at home in your own mind and trying to understand the world. The work was clear and clean and if you like poetry that rhymes and reads quickly, you may love this way more than I did.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

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This was fun! Excepting the first couple of Harry Potter books, I haven’t read anything considered “Middle Grade” in SO LONG. It was fun to jump back into that childlike mindset! Small Spaces is an eerie little ghost story about a scrappy young girl, Ollie, and the history of the town she lives in. This book was sweet, creepy, and all about the power of strong friendships in the face of evil and selfishness. I had a lot of fun reading it and would recommend it to any kids looking for a fun, new book to enjoy over the Summer.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris


Oh, what to say about Bring Me Back. I liked this, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I’m a big B.A. Paris fan, I’ve loved her previous two novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown, so to be fair to this novel– my expectations were high. And it wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t as deliciously, spine-chillingly, satisfying as her others. The ending left something to be desired for me. If you’re someone who likes their Thrillers a little gentler and more domestic, this might be for you. If you’re someone who likes a long, slow burn, this might be for you. Don’t take it from me, check it out and you can decide for yourself.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Oh, this was great. I had a funny time reading this: I borrowed it from my library’s digital audiobook lending service, and then…I had to return it before I was finished. So after that brief intermission of two weeks, it’s finally done! And I really enjoyed this new adventure in the city of Luthadel. This is the second book in the Mistborn trilogy. I loved the first and this one was just as brutal, character-driven, complex, and satisfying as the first. Maybe even more so, if I’m being honest, but I can’t decide. This book broke my heart open, but only because Sanderson does such a good job of making you love and care for the characters in his books. I can’t wait to read the final installment of this series, and I highly recommend the first two!

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

The Invited was a really good time. I read the bulk of this while on long, monotonous drives and it was my saving grace, haha. The Invited was creepy, startling, interesting, and just perfectly weird, in my opinion. I loved the characters and, even though I kept yelling “Why would you bring haunted things into your house on purpose!!” at them, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy that part too. The Invited is not an “in your face” jump-scare kind of a novel, instead its a slow unwinding of the historical ghost story that lives in this town and how those stories change with time, judgement, and blame. This book was about family and believing in what you see, and also in reaching out to help someone even when you’re afraid to do it. Definitely a fun read, perfect for dark, Summer nights around a bonfire. But- is that a shadow in the corner of your eye?

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Last but certainly not least, Gilded Wolves was a fun read that I didn’t expect! While a little derivative sometimes, the sources of inspiration it draws from are some of my favorites and they all come together to create something…more original than I thought it’d be. I was not disappointed! I’ve seen such mixed reviews for this novel that I avoided it for a while, but I can’t deny now that I really enjoyed it. It has so many wonderful facets to the story that just drew me in: magic, mythology, A HEIST, a whole bunch of misfit characters. The world inside this book is so rich and luxurious, so easy to immerse yourself in. And if that wasn’t enough, have you seen this book? It’s gorgeous. The cover is gorgeous, the book under the cover is gorgeous, its beautiful. Regardless, I had a lot of fun reading this, and I think if more people gave it a chance they would too.

And that’s that! What have you been reading lately??

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Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic asks us to list our “Auto-buy Authors.”

I chose way more than 10 at first! But managed, in the end, to narrow my list down to these 10 below. Honorable Mentions at the end, cause I had to mention them!!

Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher writes my favorite series, The Dresden Files. I struggled to put him on this list though because he also writes another series that I have not read. So is he really auto-buy? …Yes, I had to count him, because I pre-order his books as soon as that button becomes availble. I will read The Dresden Files until the series ends or until I die, whichever comes first haha. Writes Adult Fantasy, Urban Fantasy.

Diana Gabaldon

I’ve been buying and reading the Outlander series, and its companion series, since I was arguably too young to read it. I love this series, I love Gabaldon’s writing style and plot choices, and I love falling back into this world and letting it mesmerize me again and again. Can’t wait to read the next one in 2020! Writes Adult Historical Fantasy.

Jay Kristoff

I only started reading Jay Kristoff’s body of work this year and I can’t believe what I was missing out on! Anything that says it was written by Jay Kristoff now, or Jay Kristoff & Amie Kauffman for that matter, I know I want read. I read his Illuminae Files series last month and LOVED it so much, and am currently reading his Nevernight series also! WOW. Definitely a writer I love following. Writes YA & Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

Megan Whalen Turner

I questioned whether to put Turner on my list, not because I don’t auto-buy everything she writes, because I do, but because she only puts out a book every few years, all in the same series. So it’s more accurately a series that I auto-buy…but I don’t care, I’ll take any chance to brag about The Queen’s Thief series. The way she writes fantasy is original, psychological, and so clever. I loved the newest installment in this series and look forward to the next. Writes MG/YA Fantasy.

Angie Thomas

Thomas has only written two books but they have both been two of my favorites. THUG (The Hate You Give) and On the Come Up, which I reviewed in June, were both absolutely fantastic. They made me feel so many things and I loved and rooted for all of those characters. Thomas’ voice is so important in our current climate today and I for one will read anything she writes at all. Writes YA Contemporary.

Christina Lauren

I only jumped onto the wildly-popular Christina Lauren train this year, but I already love my seat! I’ve read four of their books now and I absolutely loved them all, even though they were all so different from each other. I love how they are able to build a love story into any situation, and I especially love the care and consideration they give to their characters’ thoughts and emotions before action. These books are great summer reads, and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a good one this summer! Check out The Unhoneymooners, which I reviewed this May! Writes Adult Contemporary/Romance.

B.A. Paris

I love these psychological thrillers! I don’t know if I’d nominate these books for an award, but I can say with confidence that every time I pick up a B.A. Paris novel I end up devouring it in as few sittings as my life will let me. I loved The Breakdown, I loved Behind Closed Doors (that ending, right??), and I just started reading Bring Me Back for a book exchange, I’m so excited!! B.A. Paris is always a guaranteed fun night of reading, and I will always appreciate that. Writes Adult Mystery/Thrillers.

Gillian Flynn

My other mystery auto-buy author. My favorite Gillian Flynn novel is Sharp Objects, I loved that book so much. It was dark, brutal, unapologetic, and ugly in all the right ways, which are the things I love about Flynn novels. Even her novellas get me where it hurts! The Grownup is one of my most reread novellas and I still can’t decide what I think really happened in that story. I love Flynn’s way of making the reader have to decide what is good or possible or survivable or what actually happened as a whole, and I love the dark corners that she explores in her writing. Writes Adult Mystery/Thrillers.

Jenny Lawson

I love Jenny Lawson! She might be my oldest auto-buy author, and she’s only written two books, each of them gems. I’ve been following Lawson since she was only a blogger and her blog is still one of my most entertaining, relatable reads every week. Her books are even better. Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened are both hilarious adventures through stories of love, mental illness, giant metal chickens, and living life loudly when surrounded by obstacles. Wholeheartedly recommend. Writes Memoirs.

Brené Brown

These books are my jam. Any time I need help resetting my insecurities or guidance into a better headspace, Brown has my back. She has written so many books that have spoken to me: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next! If you’re not familiar with Brown, you can also catch her TED talk for a little piece of what to expect from her books. Writes Non-Fiction/Self-Help.

Honorable Mentions: So many more!!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Robin Benway, Jay Kristoff & Amie Kauffman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ruth Ware, Rupi Kaur, Patricia Briggs, Riley Sager.

Who are your auto-buy authors?? Tell me in the comments!

WWW

It’s “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m currently reading:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I’m reading this with two friends (Heeey Anita and Jennie! @jenniefromthebook) and I’m already hooked! This is my first time reading this one even though the third book in the series is set to come out this year, and I’m really enjoying it. Nevernight is dark, unapologetic, and addicting. Jay Kristoff has definitely earned a spot in the list of authors who’s body of work I consistently enjoy. Excited to continue this one!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

That’s riiiiiight! It’s time for a reread, folks! I haven’t reread these in years, years, and I am so excited to dive back into these childhood favorites!! I’m listening to them this time around and hearing the words of this story unfold before me again is like taking a long, peaceful walk in the neighborhood I grew up in. This July is going to be one great Harry Potter month!

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

This one came out today! I received this ARC just two days ago in order to read it for its upcoming Blog Tour! I’ll be participating as a host this year and I’m so excited to tell you all more about this great, thrilling read. This is my second Riley Sager book and I am not disappointed! Keep an eye out for the tour soon and a GIVEAWAY too!!

What I’ve recently finished:

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Oh, my heart! This book hit me right in the feels, over and over and over. It was beautiful. I read this book for bingo in June and I enjoyed it a lot. This YA contemporary deals with really difficult topics and does so with such a delicate hand and poignant style. I’m very impressed by this book, which I had previously never heard of, which I love. If this sounds like your kind of book, then I definitely recommend!

What I think I’ll read next:

Recursion by Blake Crouch

I’m so excited to read this!! Blake Crouch also wrote Dark Matter, which I enjoyed a lot, and his mind is so sharp with this brand of science fiction. The synopsis of this one sounds just as intense and creative as the last one was, something to do with memory and a technology that could allow us to tangibly relive them, and then of course lots of complicated intrigue and moral dilemmas along the way. I’m so psyched.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

I’m also excited about this one, to be honest. I’m reading this for a Book Exchange, but also because I’ve read most of B.A. Paris’ work and I have really enjoyed all of them. I read the synopsis before I bought it, but really only as a formality. Paris consistently writes thrillers that are psychological, moody, and don’t always end how you expect, and that’s what I’ve enjoyed the most. I look forward to enjoying this one too.

What are you reading this week?? Tell me in the comments!

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic asks us to list the “Books On My Summer 2019 TBR.”

I have got a LOT of books that I want to read this summer, but below I’ve listed mostly books that I’m on schedule to read for Netgalley or various book exchanges or challenges I’m participating in, except for a few that are just for fun! There are so many exciting books coming down the line, I won’t have time to list or read them all. Here goes!

  1. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  2. Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
  3. Recursion by Blake Crouch
  4. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  5. The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
  6. Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
  7. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  8. The King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Reverie by Ryan La Sala
  10. Ill Wind by Nevada Barr

And here are just a few of the other books that I hope I get to read this summer! Too many books, never enough time. SIGH.

What are you reading this summer??