Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Read with M/M Couples

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five favorite M/M couples. I haven’t read a lot of books with gay couples, just a couple, and one of my goals is to read more; with that I have a list and that’s what I’ve included in this post. Let me know some of your favorite M/M couple recomendations in the comments!


1. Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli

I’ve heard only good things about this baby and with the movie coming out (the trailers look absolutely amazing) I want to pick it up ASAP.

2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This has been on my list for FOREVER. I know based on what everyone has said it’s going to be great, but I just haven’t been in the mood yet. I’m very bad at forcing myself to read certain things and TBRs.

3. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I need to finally understand the beautifulness that is Adam Silvera’s writing. I actually met him and have a signed copy of this book from the Boston Teen Author Festival, so hopefully that’s some motivation. Continue reading


Books Released This Week: February 5 – 11 2018

So many releases in February! OMG I literally can’t believe how many great books are coming out this month. This week I’m super excited for The Belles, American Panda, and Shadowsong in particular. Let me know your most anticipated in the comments!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Published by Disney-Hyperion on February 6, 2018

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
Published by HarperTeen on February 6, 2018

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes
Published by Razorbill on February 6, 2018

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart? Continue reading

Review: A. C. Gaughen’s Reign the Earth

Title: Reign the Earth
Series: The Elementae
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Pages: 448

I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A.C. Gaughen’s Reign the Earth is a new fantasy filled with magic, mystery, a strong female protagonist, and rebellion. Okay, let’s be honest, at this point in time that’s pretty standard and cookie cutter for a fantasy book, but Gaughen truly separates Reign the Earth from its peers with unique cultures, a complex elemental magic system, and characters with depth and spirit that is unique to them.

Warning that this book does contain abuse, if you are uncomfortable with that aspect you may not want to read.

Shalia is a daughter of the dessert, surrounded by a loving family—filled with brothers—and friends, but in order to secure her people peace she gives up her home to marry the king of the neighboring kingdom.

She always knew King Calix’s father took part in the genocide that exterminated the Elementae—magical people of the islands that could control earth, air, water, and fire—but she didn’t know how much her husband shared his sentiment for destroying them. With a husband who switches between kind—at best—and cruel, a brother who leads the rebellion, and a brother-in-law who keeps catching her eye, Shalia is in deeper than she could’ve imagined. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: The Hunger Games

Happy Monday–or not so happy Monday if you’re a Pats fan. Being from the great state of Massachusetts I was rooting for the boys in blue and red last night (even though I’m not a football fan). But you gotta loose sometimes. It’s a super sleepy Monday for me, and while I’m not ready to get in gear I gotta. This week’s quote is from the beloved Hunger Games. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments!

“Destroying things is much easier than making them.”

First Lines Fridays: February 2


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

All the best things in my life have started with a Dolly Parton song.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

My February TBR

I’m so bad a TBRS. Like a major fail. I always ending up reading like 1/3 or even none that I “intend” to at the start of the month. Yet, I’m being extra ambitious this month and putting five books on my list. Two of these are ones that I’ve had on there month after month that I really mean and want to read, and the others are new ones I’m getting in my most recent Book Outlet order, which I’m excited about and I’m hoping the newness will motivate me to read them more—plus Because You Love to Hate Me and Kiss Cam are kind of Valentine’s Day themed? Let me know what’s on your TBR this month in the comments!



Let me know what’s on your TBR this month in the comments!

My Top 5 Wednesday: Under Hyped Books

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five books in a favorite genre that you under hype. I don’t really have a favorite genre anymore, but for sake of what I could come up with I picked contemporary! I’ve also done a post similar to this that you can check out here. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer

Maybe I have a thing for books with boyband boyfriends; but really this is an absolutely adorable modern-day teen romcom. Filled with vlogging, intern fails, celebrity crushes, and makeup tutorials. Truly a coming of age story for today that any of us part of online culture can appreciate—double if you’re a beauty lover. I got this as an ARC, not really knowing anything about it but attracted to the cover, and I’m so glad I did but still haven’t heard much buzz around it. Click here for my full review.

2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

They’re remaking Starfield, Elle’s favorite old television show—think Startrek—and she has a beef with the actor they casted to play Prince Carmindor. But she’ll have the chance to meet him at the local con’s Cosplay Ball. A true love letter to fandoms and fan culture, this book is jam packed with references and cosplay. It felt so real, and I was smiling the whole way through. I know this has gotten a lot of buzz in the book blog world, but I always forget to mention it. Read my review here.

3. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Emery Lord quickly shot up the list of my favorite contemporary authors, maybe not the top spot but close. I found this book of hers particularly touching and sweet. The characters in this made my heart swell as they navigated life, loss, and each other. I definitely don’t mention it or Emery enough. Continue reading

My January Book Haul

I really did control myself this month (except ya know that big Book Outlet order I still have coming in the mail…oops)! But really all I got this month was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, it was a release I was super excited for already but then everyone else was reading it and freaking out as soon as it came out and I just wanted it like right then and there. Anyway, let me know what you hauled this month in the comments!

1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

let me know what you hauled this month in the comments!