Saturday, March 6, 2021

Master of Salt & Bones by Keri Lake - Book Review


Master of Salt & Bones by Keri Lake
Publication date: April 18, 2020
My rating: 3 stars

This book started out as very atmospheric. Then it was dramatic. Thrilling. Romantic. And ended up as a whirlwind of all of those.

It was an addictive read and I liked it!

To be honest the last third of the book was more of a 2 stars read for me because I felt it was extremely rushed and wished all the stuff that was thrown at the end would have been sprinkled more evenly throughout the book. It was definitely a thrilling conclusion but also rather tiring because too much was happening/being revealed all at once.

I decided to stick with 3 stars for it though because it was such a compelling read and I really lost myself in it, even forgetting to eat.

Now You believe in You by Sky Mubs

“Yes, but you said we were strictly sex. Buying me gifts doesn’t sound like filler. It screams plot to me.”


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Fangirl, Vol 1: The Manga adapted by Sam Maggs from Rainbow Rowell & Illustrated by Gabi Nam - Book Review


Fangirl, Vol 1: The Manga adapted by Sam Maggs from Rainbow Rowell & Illustrated by Gabi Nam
Expected publication date: October 13, 2020
My rating: 2 stars

*Thank you Edelweiss & VIZ Media LLC for providing me with an e-ARC of this book. All thoughts are my own*

Cath was actually one of those first characters I read about that reminded me of myself. With her Social Anxiety, love for fantasy & writing, and issues/differences with her sister, I couldn’t help but relate.

To be honest, I rarely read contemporaries, which is the genre where I could usually find the most representation for Anxiety/Social Anxiety/OCD/Panic Attacks, all those things I struggle with, because my preferred genre is fantasy and though I do enjoy – and even sometimes love – contemporaries, I can’t say that they tend to win my heart over the way fantasy does.

But Fangirl was one of those books that used to be a favorite of mine as a teen. To say I would feel the same way about it now as I did back then? Probably not. If anything, to go by my lackluster response to the manga adaptation, I'll probably even find more things to dislike than like about it, but it doesn’t discount the happiness it gave me in the past.

Though I do have to admit… Simon & Baz were what totally won me over in Fangirl. I mean come on, mortal enemies to lovers, the Chosen One and The Villanous One falling in love trope? THE FEELS. Heck, 80% of the reason I wanted to read Fangirl the manga was just so I can see them illustrated. Or, more particularly, a certain scene with them in the book I still can’t seem to stop thinking of to this day – the one with them at the cliff is still one of my favorite scenes (unfortunately, it wasn't adapted to the manga *sob-sob* since they focus more on the scenes Cath writes and not the ones the fictional author wrote, if you understand what I'm saying).

ANYWAYS, I really liked the illustrations. Manga Cath was cute, Manga Reagan was beautiful, Manga Levi was quite handsome, and Manga Simon & Baz were both pretty.

Aside from that, the Manga seems to be very loyal to the source. I haven’t re-read Fangirl in a long time but it seems to be word for word from the book.

So yeah, overall it was okay but nothing too crazy or special. I would say it’s probably more suited to people who haven’t read the book or to people who want to re-read the book but in a different format (though this is only part 1, not the full adaptation). To me, it didn’t add a lot and was honestly kind of underwhelming.

I guess my love for Fangirl has dwindled over the years :(
Well at least I still love Simon & Baz though.

Street - True Axis

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”



Tuesday, September 1, 2020

One Way or Another by Kara McDowell (A book about Anxiety & romance) - Book Review


One Way or Another by Kara McDowell
Expected publication date: October 6, 2020
My rating: 3 stars

*Thank you Edelweiss & Scholastic for providing me with an e-ARC of this book. All thoughts are my own*

Spoilers are marked in purple

Aww, this was angsty! But sweet! Angstily sweet? Sweetly angsty? One of those for sure.

I should probably start by saying the I have Anxiety Disorder (more specifically Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and OCD), which was the main reason why I requested this book. I mean, I'm a hopeless romantic to boot so when I see a book dealing with Anxiety and romance it's like it's calling for me to read it.

And I did enjoy it!
Granted, it may have been a tad bit too angsty for my liking but hey the poor protagonist is dealing with severe Anxiety issues so it makes sense.

Though it did take me a while before I started to get into it. Before getting into it I was only mildly intrigued and might not have finished reading if it wasn't an ARC. I'm glad I pushed through though because it was a sweet story overall. I also liked how we never had to choose between the timelines, it was clever how they merged into the same epilogue, and I honestly enjoyed both timelines, though the one where Paige stayed with Fitz was a tad more romantic ;)).

I loved Fitz. Oh, Fitz made me emotional with how supportive and understanding of Paige he was. Fitz is the kind of guy every girl with Anxiety wants by her side. Whenever he helped her calm down from her anxiety/panic with "5 things you can see" I was part
😭 part 🥺. I need a Fitz in my life, Fitz made me hope that maybe, somehow, a boy can understand me just as much Fitz does Paige. 

Blackbear ft. FRND - anxiety

Anna Clendening - Anxiety

The amount of energy I expend to not look jealous or insecure when he talks about other girls could power an entire city. 


Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole - Book Review


Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole
Publication date: May 20, 2008
My rating: 1 star

Nothing kills the romance faster than a guy planning on handing his girl over to an evil sorcerer who will rape her. Oh sure, let’s root for the hero who’ll throw away his mate. Sure, it’ll save his kingdom, and yeah he didn't plan to actually do it at the end, but it won’t make me root for this romance.

The only thing I liked about this book was Holly going from a sheltered human to an all time kickass warrior Valkyrie. But that’s it because everything else disturbed me.

NEFFEX - Badass

“One last question.”
“Very well, dearling.”
“Can I trust Cadeon?”
Nïx gave her a sunny smile with
blank golden eyes. “As far as you can throw him.”



Saturday, August 29, 2020

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night by Kresley Cole - Book Review


Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night by Kresley Cole
Publication date: September 24, 2007
My rating: 2 stars

I loved the beginning of the book and I loved Mariketa (Bowen was an okay character, not here and nor there for me), but overall the rest of the book was kind of "meh" in my opinion.

Don't get me wrong, it was a good read, but I didn't like/love it as much as other books in the series.

Someone To You - Banners

“What’s your favorite place to visit?” He absently answered, “Wherever you are.”
“Bowen, five things about you can’t all be about me.”
But you’re the only good thing that I’ve got.”


Friday, August 28, 2020

Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole - Book Review


Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole
Publication date: September 2, 2010
My rating: 3 stars

This was like a violent R18 version of Tarzan meets Jane 😂

Overall, I quite liked it! As I'm saying this I realize Kersley Cole has brainwashed me into taking this series as a guilty pleasure. SO GUILTY.

In all honesty though, despite my issues with the author's ways of portraying romance, relying way too much on insta-lust, and making 80% of her main male characters start out as abusive towards the female main character, I do so love the action scenes. The author truly does an amazing job as making you shake with nerves as all hell breaks loose in her books and the characters are in dire situations. The action and drama is everything, honestly, and what makes her books so addictive.

Well then, If I made it this far, I now feel compelled to finish this series!

Alan Walker, Ava Max - Alone

“He'd swiftly collected those monsters' heads, tying them together with a piece of the rope she'd hoped never to see again, then strung them over his shoulder. Periodically, he offered his catch to her.
"No, no, I have a pair just like them at home," she'd said. "I would just regift them.”


Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole - Book Review


Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole
Publication date: February 15, 2011
My rating: 4 stars

Damn if I didn’t fall in love with Declan. And Regin. Regin and Declan.

*squealing uncontrollably*

Dammit, this book made me fall in love with it.
It’s crazy to think that I started out disliking this series and am ending up falling in love with it.

I just… I loved this story. And those characters. And their torturous (literally) love story. GAH.

I’m so amazed they turned into such an adorable couple considering… well considering how MESSED UP they started out, but I honestly just threw all reason out the window along with them because those two set my heart aflutter.

Also, that epilogue made me emotional.

P.S: Regin & Aidan's first meeting? So good! 

Sandro Cavazza - Enemy

Because, gods help her, she wanted her scarred, surly, fucked up Irishman more than she'd wanted her perfect Viking.