Mini-Reviews of the Books I Read Over Spring Break

Working from home and attempting to homeschool at the same time has been somewhat nightmarish. As much as I’ve loved being home with my family – we are homebodies, so this whole Stay Home order thing hasn’t been awful for us – but trying to get everything done that I need to and help the girls has been really, really difficult.

Since the girls had off this week for Spring Break, I decided to take the week off as well. I only needed to burn 4 PTO days since I have off Friday and Monday for Easter anyway.

Of course, I indulged a little bit. Normally when I take vacation days I try to do projects around the house, but I let myself do a little more of what I want to do rather than what I felt I needed to do.

And, apparently, that meant listening to a ton of audiobooks while sewing face masks to donate to healthcare workers.

I ended up sewing 22+ masks and finishing 9 audiobooks (and reading one physical book, but that was part of a secret TBR video I’m doing for my Booktube channel.) I’m currently reading a physical book, but I just started it. That’s also part of my secret TBR. My

Here are my mini-reviews for all the books I read this week:


House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas


Technically I started this last week, but I was physically reading it until I finally gave in and downloaded the audiobook because I knew it’d take me 3 years to read it physically.

This was the right choice. I needed to physically read the beginning to acquaint myself with the world before I was able to focus on the audiobook.

As for my feelings toward this book: going into it, I had mixed feelings. It’s an urban high fantasy – which had me very hesitant. It’s also freakishly long, which I felt would’ve been great if the romance was epic. And I really, really wanted an epic romance – that of ACOMAF caliber. The chances of this happening were high – I mean we have an angel hero. I’m super into the whole angel/fallen angel thing. I know SJM is capable of such things.

Did I get what I wanted?

Kind of.

The romance was great. Was it ACOMAF or TOG level? No. Insert sad face.

First, the negatives. This book was long and it felt long. Was it too long? No in my opinion. But I did find myself getting bored in some spots.

I love, love, loved the relationship in this one – the friends, the friend group, the dynamics – I adored it. The romance was swoony, if not exactly what I was hoping. The action had me on the edge of my seat many times. My emotions were all over the place. It had all the badass girlpower I love to read in fantasies.

All in all, it was a great story and I really enjoyed reading it.



Menace (Scarlet Scars #1) by JM Darhower

This was my first book from this author and I had super high hopes for it. Jessica from PeaceLoveBooks recommended this book in her Bad Boys Recommendations video and I typically really like books she recommends. Also – it has a scarred hero.

All signs pointed to me loving it, right?

I just… didn’t really care about it. I wasn’t invested and I feel like this is the type of book you need to be invested in to really enjoy.

I think part of the reason is I expected our hero to be a little more broody and a little less irreverent. While I can absolutely appreciate this take on a scarred hero – it just wasn’t what I wanted at the time.

This book could easily be a case of timing issues. Had I been in the mood for a hero who was much more aloof than broody, maybe I would’ve enjoyed it.

But, ultimately, despite everything else being good: the meetcute and the storyline was interesting… I just wasn’t into it.

In fact, I stopped reading it halfway to start listening to the House of Earth and Blood audio instead and considered DNFing it, but I didn’t hate it enough to do that.

The book ends on a cliffhanger, things are not resolved and I have no intention of reading on in the series.



The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen

I feel like I should preface this review by saying I will absolutely read on in this series. I love Sarina Bowen and I know she can write some great romances. Was this one of them? Not really.

I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed reading about it, it was unique, it was interesting. But the romance was pretty lukewarm. So, though I really liked the book as a whole, since it is a romance and it wasn’t the best – I had to take away a star.

Honestly? This was a great story of friendship, because that’s what it really felt like between the two main characters. I didn’t feel like they had great chemistry, but they did have a great friendship. I wasn’t super invested in their relationship.

What I was invested in was Corey’s comeback. I wanted her to find herself in her new normal and I was rooting for her the whole time.

Don’t get me wrong, Hartley was fun and charming, but ultimately, eh. I lost a lot of respect for him because of how long he stayed with a shallow, one-dimensional girlfriend simply because she was rich and beautiful.



Art & Soul by Brittainy C Cherry

Can BCC even do wrong? Not yet.

This book had everything I love about her books: lots of emotion and lots of swoony romance. This one, though, had a great art and music element woven within it.

I appreciated this take on teen pregnancy – about as much as I hated our MC’s father throughout most of this book. If I had one complaint, it’d be him. Otherwise, I enjoyed reading this book so much. I didn’t want to stop reading.

BCC creates so many moments that resonate – whether they are swoony or sad.



Fighting for Everything (Warrior Fight Club #1) by Laura Kaye

First of all, I love the idea of Warrior Fight Club – it’s an MMA-type Club for active military and veterans to help them get through their PTSD issues. I will absolutely be reading on in this series because I’m already intrigued by some of the other characters.

The reason why I didn’t absolutely love this book enough to give it higher than 3 stars is because I just wasn’t into the romance. It did something I really dislike in friends-to-lovers: there was no establishment of the friendship first. I wasn’t invested in the friendship because it plowed right into the attraction within the first chapter.

It had a lot of what I dislike in instalove stories, but it was friends-to-lovers.

Had the friends-to-lovers romance been the only thing in this book, I wouldn’t have enjoyed anything about it. However, Laura Kaye is fantastic with writing about PTSD and anxiety, and, more importantly, the healing process. I very much appreciated that aspect.



Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

This was a sweet, fun YA contemporary that gave me pretty much everything I wanted out of it.

I’m really beginning to love Jenn Bennett. This is the second book I’ve ever read by her.

It was such a unique story with some great tropes that were well done: enemies to lovers, second chance romance, and forced togetherness.

I was uncomfortable for Zorie – her situation with her family was really difficult. I did really, really love her relationship with her stepmother. This is the second book I’ve read in which the stepparent is so incredible and I am so here for that. Let’s hear it for amazing step parents!

Honestly, that is the thing I loved the most about this book, even more than the cute romance, not gonna lie.



Misconduct by Penelope Douglas


You guys… I was scared to read this. I felt like this could easily have gone south as a couple of Penelope Douglas’s books have for me in the past.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by this one! The meetcute was so good. And I was absolutely here for the forbidden romance. I even tolerated and even really liked the alpha hero – and that’s something that I’ve been lukewarm about for a long time.

I’m glad I ended up picking up this book from Book Outlet so I can add it to my Penelope Douglas collection (that currently only has one book, but whatever.)

Also – Penelope Douglas is really good at writing steamy scenes, so there’s that.



Assigned a Mate (Interstellar Brides Program #1) by Grace Goodwin

I was in the mood for an easy, quick, steamy, fated mates read and this seemed Ice Planet Barbarians enough to fulfill that need.

And, I mean, it did. I honestly don’t know what else to say about a mail-order brides in space book aside from it’s ridiculous, but not nearly as ridiculous and good as Ice Planet Barbarians. I don’t see myself binging this series like I did Ruby Dixon’s.



Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh

This was a super sweet, funny novel about a hard-working man in his 20s who, as a teenager in high school, sees a curvy college girl named Isa gets humiliated at a party and immediately falls for her. Fast forward a few years and they reunite. While I felt a little disconnected to this novel while I was reading in some places, I really appreciated how light and sweet this was. I loved Sailor, our hero, because of how loyal, thoughtful, and hard-working he is. Isa is a very likable character as well, she is the head of her family since her mother is career-obsessed. She’s hardworking in that respect, but has some confidence issues though not enough to be annoying. All in all, I enjoyed this one and plan on reading on in the series.

3 Star Mini-Reviews: Crew by Tijan, Broken Prince by Erin Watt, Black Sheep by Meghan March, Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy, Verity by Colleen Hoover

These are some books that I’ve read within the last few months – all of which just happen to be rated 3 stars.



Crew (Crew #1) by Tijan

This was the first book that I read by Tijan and though I wasn’t too impressed with this initial book, I’m still absolutely willing to read more books from this author. I think the main reason why this book didn’t necessarily work for me is that though the book revolves around high school students, it read much more like an adult contemporary novel. The students essentially had gangs that ran the school with no consequences. I was so distracted by how these characters were acting and I couldn’t get past it. Aside from all of that, I did enjoy reading this. I really liked the romance in it and I like her writing style. I think the next book I plan on reading by Tijan will be Enemies.



Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

I had no intention of reading this book. I gave the first book 3 stars. However, my coworker read and loved this series and basically forced me to read it. This book was as ridiculous as the first book in this series. I am not a fan of bully romances, I feel like the heroes never make up for how horrible they are in the beginning. Granted, I didn’t despise Reed nearly as much in this book as I did in the first. That could be because it’d been a while since I read the first book and I forgot how much he pissed me off, but I have no intention of rereading that one, so… here we are. I actually enjoyed the first part of this book, but then it just got ridiculous and I was done. All three of these stars are applied to the first half of the book.



Black Sheep (Dirty Mafia Duet, #1) by Meghan March

So, this book ends on a cliff hanger – fair warning. I think it’s fair to assume most duets will have the first book end of a cliff hanger, but this one was pretty intense. And, you know what? I never read the second book because, honestly, I didn’t care. I think this book had a lot of potential, but it did something that I get annoyed with in romances. It focused way too much on how hot and sexy the characters were, the romance moved slowly at first, then rushed way too quickly, and I didn’t feel any chemistry between the love interests.



Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

This book was kind of a disappointment for me. I love this duo. Their Him/Us duet was one of my favorites, so I was SO excited about this book, but unfortunately, this one fell kind of flat. There just wasn’t enough swoony romance in it and the entire time our main character is cheating on his girlfriend. I felt like that was never really addressed. It also just made me feel uncomfortable a lot of the time. I can’t put my finger on why, perhaps it has to do with the deception aspect of this book? The premise was promising, but it just didn’t live up to expectations.



Verity by Colleen Hoover

I don’t read thrillers and Colleen Hoover doesn’t normally write thrillers. That’s not why this didn’t vibe with me. I love CoHo, I love her characters and I love her writing. This book, however, I didn’t so much love the characters. Usually, I fall hard for her heroes, but I was pretty indifferent to the hero in this book. Most of the stars from this book goes to the shock value and the creep factor. It was nearly intolerable as a parent reading the horrifying book that Verity was writing. I almost stopped reading several times. Also, the believability just wasn’t there. Though the ending was unexpected, it was kind of a letdown.


4 Star Mini-Reviews: Misadventures on a Night Shift, The Silent Patient, Playing for Keeps, Special Delivery, & The Virgin Gift

Happy weekend, book lovers!

Anyone else want to spend the entire weekend watching and re-watching To All the Boys & PS I Still Love You?


Anyway, that was entirely unrelated to this post.

I thought I’d share some mini reviews with you today. These are books that I’ve read within the last few months – all of which just happen to be rated 4 stars.


Misadventures on a Night Shift by Lauren Rowe

My favorite Lauren Rowe book is another book that she wrote for the Misadventures series called Misadventures of a College Girl. So when I saw that she wrote another book for it, I was really excited to read it. I didn’t even read the synopsis, I just went in blind. Which is typically what I do for her books in any case, because I’ll read anything she writes.

This book gave me everything I expect from Lauren Rowe: Great banter, steamy chemistry, laughs, but it didn’t quite reach epic levels like some of her books do. While she is the queen of instalove – one of the only authors who can pull it off, in my opinion – I wasn’t quite feeling it in this one.

If you like rockstar romances, though, this is a really great take on one involving a rockstar who is staying at the same hotel his romantic interest works at.



The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

In my attempt to read more thrillers (and also my botched attempt at reading all the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards winners) I picked this book up. I’ve heard a lot about it on Booktube and in the Book Blogosphere as well.

I should preface this by saying, I very rarely read thrillers and mysteries, so it doesn’t take much to shock me or throw me off. I’m not privy to the “typical” devices these types of novels have because I simply don’t read many, so despite being pretty bored through the majority of this book, when the twist hit, it hit me hard.

I did not see the big reveal coming and it took this book from a 2-3 star rating to a 4 star rating.



Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan

Kendall Ryan is a romance author whose backlist I am determined to get through for many reasons. She is beloved in the romance community – and for good reason. When I saw that this book was available on Audible Escape and I read the synopsis, I knew I had to pick it up.

It’s a hockey romance, second chance romance, brother’s friend romance, forbidden romance… all the great tropes rolled into one.

While this didn’t quite compare to some of the other hockey romances I’ve read and loved (Pucked, Him/Us Duet) it still is up there on the list.



Special Delivery by Lauren Blakely

This was an audiobook that I listened to around Christmastime. It was short and sweet, and I knew it would be refreshing because that’s what Lauren Blakely books are to me. They’re a nice palette cleanser.

This book started off so strong. The chemistry and banter between the two main characters (both of whom have sworn off relationships of any sort) was so on point. I was immediately shipping them.

I don’t typically like Christmasy books, but I was really enjoying this one. Until the end. To be fair, I should’ve known that this was going to be a trope that I don’t like simply by the title, but somehow it went completely over my head.



The Virgin Gift by Lauren Blakely

This is another book I probably shouldn’t have picked up because I’m not a fan of the virginal heroine. I get easily annoyed by a goody-two-shoes heroine, however, the premise of this one sounded intriguing and it was on Audible Escape and super short, so I dove in.

And I was pleasantly surprised!

The story involves neighbors who have had a platonic relationship up until the hero discovers the heroine’s sexy to do list/wishlist and the thought of some douchebag doing these things with her – taking her virginity – worries him, so he offers. I ADORED the concept.

And the virginal heroine was tolerable mostly because she wasn’t the picture of pure innocence, I mean, she made the list afterall. If anything she was empowered by her sexuality, even though she’d never actually done any of the things she listed. I really, really appreciated that.


Ice Planet Barbarians Series Books 1-6

If someone would’ve told me last month that I’d even consider reading a book (never mind an entire series) called Ice Planet Barbarians, I would’ve rolled my eyes so far back into my head, they’d get stuck there.

You’d think that, by now, having been burned by gorgeous books covers and having been surprised by awful ones, that I’d learn not to judge a book by its cover. Or its title. Or its content.

But, alas…

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True North Series Books 1-5 by Sarina Bowen

Title: True North Series
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Books 1-5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible


This series was my first time reading a book written only by Sarina Bowen.

I adored the Him/Us duet by this author and Elle Kennedy, so was pretty excited to see what Sarina Bowen could do on her own.

And let’s just say… I’m SOLD.

I’m such a sucker for contemporary romance series that follow either a group of friends, a team, or a family – in which you learn to love all the characters and anticipate reading all of their stories.

This series follows members of the Shipley family as well as some of the people that work on their orchard.

The setting was its own character in these novels, and though I don’t typically gravitate toward romance novels that take place on farms, I’m glad I started the series despite it.

Here are my mini-reviews for each book in the True North series that I read:

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Mini-Reviews: City of Bones, Etiquette & Espionage, The Enchanted Sonata, & The Beast’s Heart

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
When I first read this book many, many moons ago, I gave it 1 star. I absolutely hated the ending and it ruined the entire book for me to the point where I refused to read on. In an attempt to see if re-reading it now would change my mind (and also because this is such a popular series, I’m wondering if later books are better) I gave it another shot. And I didn’t hate it nearly as much, but I also didn’t like it enough to keep reading the series. Maybe one day, but also… probably not.

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
This was such a cute story. It’s not really something I gravitate toward, typically, and I’m not sure that I’ll pick up the rest of the series, but I did enjoy reading it quite a bit. This is actually something that I may read to my girls once we finish the Caraval series because I think they may enjoy it as I did.

The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
First, I love the name of this book. It’s absolutely beautiful and I would’ve read it no matter what simply because of the name. The story itself was a really interesting retelling of The Nutcracker. I actually read this book this time last year (this is a fantastic Christmas read if you’re looking for one) and I went and saw The Nutcracker ballet soon after reading it and it definitely enhanced the experience.

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
I wanted more from this book than I got, however, I didn’t not like it. I’ve been wanting a Beauty and the Beast re-telling with much more of The Beast’s voice in it, and this is entirely from his perspective. I didn’t fully feel like the Beast was portrayed as I’d hoped he would – he was a little whiny and less broody than I was expecting, but I still enjoyed this book (and the covers are gorgeous). I did, however, read A Curse So Dark and Lonely which fulfilled all my Beast expectations and then some soon after reading this one.

Mini-Reviews: The Cruel Prince, Red Queen, Sythe, Shatter Me, & Time’s Convert

The Cruel Prince
(The Folk of the Air #1)
by Holly Black

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


Mini-Review: Going into this book, I fully expected that it would be a 5-star read, and when I wasn’t completely blown away, I was pretty disappointed. Not necessarily in the story, but in the fact that this book didn’t immediately scream FIVE STARS to me. To be fair, when I read it, I don’t think I was particularly in the mood for a YA Fantasy. At some point I’d like to do a re-read of this entire series and just binge it. On the other hand, the bullying aspect in this book kind of put me off. I tend to hate that particular plot device in contemporary novels and it does nothing for me either even when translated into fantasy.

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Red Queen
(Red Queen #1)
by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.


Mini-Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading this novel. I don’t think my expectations were particularly high, I’d just seen this book absolutely everywhere when it first came out. Perhaps that is why I liked this book as much as I did. There were a lot of things about this book that I feel could’ve been done better, but overall I really enjoyed the reading experience overall. I, of course, wish the romance was a little more prominent, however, the ending leads me to believe that the rest of the series may have a bit more of the romance in the forefront.

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(Arc of a Scythe #1)
by Neal Shusterman

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.


Mini-Review: I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Given the synopsis, it’s not something I would excitedly reach for, however, the story absolutely sucked me in. Again, I wish there was more of a romance, but it didn’t even matter that there wasn’t. I was also surprised by how emotional this book made me in several areas. I adored the overarching question of morality and ethics and how this book made you question everything.

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Shatter Me
(Shatter Me #1)
by Tahereh Mafi

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


Mini-Review: I feel like I should have loved this book. The writing is unique and flowery and I typically really gravitate toward it, however, it felt a little excessive. I’m not sure if it was because it was a little too distracting or if it made the story drag a bit. I almost lost the storyline because of how the book was written. Surprisingly, this book was pretty forgettable for me. I don’t see myself reading on in the series.

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Time’s Convert
(All Souls Universe #1)
by Deborah Harkness

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches–now a hit TV series airing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder–comes a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor–the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for–is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both–forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.


Mini-Review: I so wanted to like this book. I LOVE Marcus. I loved him ever since he was introduced in the original series and I was so excited about his romance storyline, however, this book was unfortunately pretty boring. Marcus’s past dragged on quite a bit for me. However, seeing the characters I fell in love with in the Discovery of Witches series made my heart flutter with excitement and nostalgia.

Mini-Reviews: The Girl Who Drank the Moon, This Savage Song, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel, & Saga Vol. 1

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.


Mini-Review: This isn’t the type of book I’d normally reach for, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. I had every intention of reading this with my kiddos, but it couldn’t quite hold their attention. I wasn’t expecting that I would have all the feels that I did while reading this book! The found-family aspect was perhaps my favorite part.

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


Mini-Review: What a great introduction to VE Schwab! This is such a unique story with incredibly interesting characters. I so appreciated the gender-role swap in which the female character who isn’t a monster leans more toward evil than the male monster. I did, of course, want more romance, but the fact that this held my attention despite it is certainly telling!

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Saga Vol. 1 (Saga (Collected Editions) #1) by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer) & Fiona Staples (Artist)

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Collecting: Saga 1-6


Mini-Review: I liked this one and perhaps would have liked it more if it skipped some questionable phrasing that was a bit hard to move past. I’m not a big graphic novel reader, but after reading this one, I could absolutely see myself reading more graphic novels.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen, Tony Lee (Adapter), Cliff Richards (Illustrator)


It is known as “the strange plague,” and its unfortunate victims are referred to only as “unmentionables” or “dreadfuls.” All over England, the dead are rising again, and now even the daughters of Britain’s best families must devote their lives to mastering the deadly arts. Elizabeth Bennet is a fearsome warrior whose ability with a sword is matched only by her quick wit and even sharper tongue. But she faces her most formidable foe yet in the haughty, conceited, and somehow strangely attractive Mr. Darcy. As the two lovers meet in the ballroom and on the battlefield, they’ll soon learn that nothing—not even bands of ninjas, hordes of flesh-eating zombies, or disapproving aunts—can stop true love.


Mini-Review: This was just OK. It was nice to have a quick read and to get back into the Pride and Predjudice world I love, however the zombie addition was more weird than interesting or badass, to be completely honest. It kind of made me feel like they only threw zombies in here to make money off of a trend.




After (Books 1-4) by Anna Todd + Movie Review

Overall Rating: # Stars
Title: After
Author: Anna Todd
Series: After (Books 1-4)
Format: Audiobooks purchased from Audible

Experience the internet’s most talked-about book, now a major motion picture, from Anna Todd, the writer Cosmopolitan called “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation.” Now with new exclusive material!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same. #Hessa

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, and tattoos, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?



You guys… this entire series was a hot freaking mess and the movie was awkward and barely followed the same storyline, but goddammit if I didn’t read the entire series in a week and watch the movie several times.

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Recently Read Mini-Reviews: March 2019

My house is, yet again, a sick house.

My oldest had a fever on Friday which turned out to be a bad cold and an ear infection that we are treating. Then, today, despite me separating the girls since my 6yo had symptoms, I got a call from my 4yo’s school saying she was running a fever.

And now my throat is scratchy.


Wish us luck! At least next week is Spring Break for them, so they can recover.


Here are the mini-reviews for books that I’ve read recently!

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