Top 5 Wednesday: Books With Paranormal Creatures

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 featuring paranormal creatures. Technically we’re supposed to pick just one type of paranormal creature, but I had a hard time with that so this list includes all. Let me know your top five in the comments!

  1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I surprisingly haven’t read too many ghost books. Are ghosts just not a thing in young adult or am I just unaware of some large sub-genre of young adult paranormal? But I love this group and all the weird stuff that happens to them and in Henrietta.

  1. ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas

Maybe this is typical, but Sarah J. Maas and this series was my first like introduction into fae and what fae are—and they’ve probably become my favorite paranormal/fantasy creature. First, I love the whole mate concept and accepting that bond and how it all rests on the female. But also how protective and dominant the males are—in  these stories only bowing to their spitfire women. Continue reading


Books Released This Week: October 16 – 22 2017

Hey everyone! This is a little late in the day for me, but better lat than never. I didn’t see too many releases this week, but Brooding YA Hero sounds funny. I’m thinking it’s either really slow this week or I missed some—if there are any releases you know of that I missed let me know in the comments!

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Published on October 17, 2017 by Skypony Press

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist? Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1) by Philip Pullman
Published on October 19, 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .
what release are you excited for this week?
let me know in the comments?

My Dewey’s 24-HR Read-a-Thon TBR

Hey all! This Saturday is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon and in anticipation of participating I wanted to make a TBR. I’ve never done a 24-hour read-a-thon, so this is pretty intimidating but I’m up for the challenge. As some of you may know, I’m also participating in Lauren from Wonderless Reviews’ Halloween Read-a-Thon, but I’m going to try to keep that separate and not overlap my TBR. My goal for the day is four books. I know that’s ambitious, but if I actually try to stay up for the full 24 hours, or close—that’s 8:00 AM Saturday to 8:00AM Sunday my time—I think it’s possible. Anyway, here’s what I’m going to read! Let me know if you’re participating and your TBR in the comments!


1. The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

So many people have gushed about this book and series and I’m so excited that I know I’m just going to fly through this. I miss the world of Percy Jackson too much. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Truthwitch

Hey ya’ll! Unfortunately I spent the whole weekend sick and recovering—which is why I wasn’t super active on here the past week—and while I’m glad to feel better today, I wish it wasn’t Monday and that I had more time off I could actually enjoy. The quote for this week is from Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch. I hope you guys all had a better weekend than me and let me know what you need motivation for in the comments!

“If you wanted to…you could bend and shape the world.”

First Lines Fridays: October 13


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:

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

Sequels (Sitting on My Shelf) That I Want to Read

A lot of us read series I feel like, and when you start a series and finish the first book or maybe even the second you’re usually ready to jump right ahead and devour the next book—well you should, if not it’s probably not that great—at least in my case. A lot of times though you end up waiting for it to be released, but promise yourself you’ll pick it up as soon as its out.

A lot of series I pick up are unfinished so I do this a lot, but I’ve realised lately I have a lot of sequels or books in a series that I was so so so excited for that I haven’t actually picked up. So this is my list of sequels that are actually out—that I’m not waiting for—that I want to read (hopefully soon). Let me know yours in the comments!

Fireblood (Frostblood #2) by Elly Blake

This series was so unexpected for me. Like I really only saw one review somewhere and that motivated me enough to buy the first book; hadn’t heard anything else. But it was so good and I think one of my favorite reads of the year. And now I finally own the sequel, so I need to get on it and see what’s revealed with Ruby, if there’s going to be any relationship drama, like I can’t wait.

The Great Pursuit (The Eurona Duology #2) by Wendy Higgins

First off, can I say I love duologies. There’s just something about knowing you can read two books and have like wrapped up a whole series, where like others go on and on and on and while you enjoy it, it takes you years to reach the conclusion. The hunt for the beast terrorizing the kingdom has ended, but a new foe has unveiled themselves, and our hero and heroine are separated, so you know there’s gonna be drama and hopefully a love-filled reunion. Continue reading

Review: Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands

Title: Rebel of the Sands
Series: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Viking Books for Young Readers



If she doesn’t get out of Dustwalk, Amani is bound to end up wed or dead—both equally bad fates in her eyes. In a world where women aren’t meant to be seen or heard, and are viewed as property, all she wants to do is escape the ownership of her uncle. But she never imagined escaping on the back of a magical horse with a mysterious stranger.

This is going to be slightly brief, it’s been a little bit since I finished this book, but I basically say all I have to say.

I like the dessert setting and culture. It’s a mix between Middle Eastern and Old Western, where the town feels very much like that cowboy small town focused on mining and guns. But then the larger culture and of the world is more Middle Eastern. It’s easy imaginable where I didn’t need too much world building, but still got enough. The infusion of magic and those that have abilities was very interesting,

Amani’s language was a little choppy at first, but I understand it’s also her dialect. I feel like it either smoothens itself out or I just grew used to it. She has a lot of growth even though she starts out and ends willful and strong and I of course loved that. Amani refused to be sold and controlled just because she was supposed to as a woman. Her ideas and dreams weren’t of a revolution but survival. She’s also a badass sharpshooter, which I feel like seeing a girl have that skill in a fantasy novel is pretty unique. But, it’s in that middle period that we see her become vulnerable as she faces a lot of self discovery.

Jin was cute. I always fall for the roguish swindlers. He kind of reminds me of an Aladdin-type character; mischievous, charming, and on the run. There’s a great push and pull between them. I’m also a sucker for banter.

The only thing I would say is that a lot of the secondary characters are very flat; they’re not fully developed in that we don’t fully get their motivations, they’re just doing thigns because that’s how they do them and to move the plot forward.

This novel is fearless and fun. Our characters end up on an unexpected path and adventure that leasds to so much more. You can find Rebel of the Sands on Amazon and the author at

Top 5 Wednesday: Creepy Settings

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 featuring creepy settings. I thought I’d have trouble with this since I don’t read typically ‘scary’ or ‘creepy’ books, but it ended up being a lot of fun. These are all definitely creepy in their own way, whether it be magic, beasts, or curses. Let me know your top five in the comments!

  1. Relhok from Reign of Shadows

Essentially, the Kingdom of Relhok has been cloaked in perpetual darkness ever since its King was overthrown and slaughtered and its princess went missing. And with creatures lurking in the shadows (and well everywhere is always a shadow) going outside is lethal. This story had me on edge the whole time, jumping at every little noise or movement our characters heard. Like imagine only living in darkness, definitely creeps me out.

2. Eurona from The Great Hunt

The kingdom of Eurona itself sounds beautiful—a bit bigoted towards those with magic—but beautiful. What bumps up the spooky factor is a giant magical beast on the loose murdering innocents. Add in the crazy dark witch controlling the beast, and that makes it someplace I’d not want to vacation. Continue reading