Book Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye ★★★


“”There’s actually an old Kazakh proverb that says, ‘There are three things a real man should have: a fast horse, a hound, and a golden eagle.'”

Vika wrinkled her nose. “And what about a real woman?”

Nikolai laughed. “A real woman should have those things, too.””

Hello, friends! It looks like I am going steady with the 3-star books right now! Ever since I saw this one on Goodreads, I was really excited to read it. Set in Russia with magic, hellooooo?? And, after finishing it, I am happy to say that I enjoyed it! The Crown’s Game is a fun, light, and very charming novel. So, read more about it below!

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Book Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas ★★★


Wind-seeker, her mother had once called her. Unable to keep still, always wandering where the wind calls you. Where shall it beckon you to journey one day, my rose? 

How far the wind had now called her.”

Guys. This past weekend, I was very prepared to post a book review and my write my Book Tag Tuesday, even though I had to drive to Pensacola for a memorial service. I was so prepared in fact, that I did not even feel the need to bring my laptop >:/ And, of course! I needed it to finalize the post/pictures. So, that did not get done this weekend and then work has already been crazy this week…I know these sound like excuses, but I swear I will tighten up!

But, anyway, I am back for a new review!! Yay! This one is a book that I was not too excited to read, but did so out of loyalty and trust in the author. And of course, Sarah J Maas did not disappoint! Tower of Dawn was an amazing book. It was written so well, the story was captivating, and the ending/plot twists packed a serious punch! There were some things that I did not enjoy, which forces me to give the book 3.5 stars, as opposed to the 5 I would give it otherwise. I feel a bit bad, but I could not overlook the way some things in the book were handled. But, more on that below!

And, duh, spoilers.

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Blog Update

Hi, everyone!

I just wanted to explain my lack of activity over the past week. I feel terrible that I have slacked off a little bit, but soon I will be back in a position to update the blog regularly.

I have had some personal family things to deal with and this past week, I have been busy preparing for Hurricane Irma. Living in Tampa, Florida, I am now facing a serious hit from Irma. My family and I have prepared as much as we can, and now we have to wait and see how everything turns out. I am hopeful that we will stay safe and strong during this storm. Scylla and Cake are right by my side and I will protect them at all costs. Keeping them safe, calm, and comfortable is my top priority.

For anyone who is in the path of this storm, please stay safe! I will update again after the storm has passed and will hopefully be able to start posting reviews again soon.

Thank you and keep on reading! I know I will (until that power goes out)!



Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor ★★★


“”Life won’t just happen to you, boy,” [Master Hyrrokkin] said. “You have to happen to it. Remember: The spirit grows sluggish when you neglect the passions.” 

“My spirit is fine.”

“Then you’re going sadly wrong. You’re young. Your spirit shouldn’t be ‘fine.’ It should be effervescent.””

This book was extremely frustrating to review. Some parts were so good, but other parts were not good at all, not even in realm of good. And sadly, those parts clashed with what I loved about it. Ultimately, it balances out around 3.5 stars, with most of those points going to writing quality alone. That score is way lower than I was expecting to give, when I first started reading. I thought for sure this was going to be a 4.5/5 star read and I am disappointed in how it turned out. But, I could not overlook its flaws. Hopefully, I can articulate exactly how I feel about Strange the Dreamer for you guys.

This review contains spoilers!

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Book Tag Tuesday


Gilmore Girls Book Tag

Gilmore Girls is a funny, fast-paced TV show about Lorelai, a young mother, and her book-aholic daughter, Rory. It explores their relationship, both as mother and daughter, and as best friends. They live in charming Stars Hollow with a whole crew of wacky townies, and of course, hilarity ensues. This has been one of my favorite shows since middle school (just don’t mention the revival), so I was very excited to do this book tag! I discovered this tag via The Bookshop Cafe.

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Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★


“The king sleeps still, under a mountain , and around him is assembled
his warriors and his herds and his riches. By his right hand is his cup,
filled with possibility. On his breast nestles his sword, waiting, too, to wake.
Fortunate is the soul who finds the king and is brave enough to call him to wakefulness, for the king will grant him a favour, as wondrous as can be imagined by a mortal man.”

This book was weird. Weird in a good way, mind you. It was wholly original, had an interesting cast of misfit characters, and was a wonderful mash-up of genres. I wasn’t sure what to think at first, but by the end, I was completely invested in the story and jonzing for more!

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