Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

“Top Ten Tuesday, this was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010. It’s now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together”

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is Books on my Spring TBR List. I’ve made the assumption that this applies to books that are already released as well as new releases, so without further ado, I present my choices:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone – Toni Adeyemi
  2. A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas
  3. Brave Enough -Katie Gordon
  4. Whole New Crowd – Tijan
  5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeymoon
  6. The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin
  7. Ditched – R.C Boldt
  8. Our Unscripted Story – L.A. Fiore
  9. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
  10. Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston


Until Next time 🤓✌🏼

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[Book Review] Pestilence – Laura Thalassa


They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

Quick Stats

Page Length: 307
Publication Year: 20th March 2018
Characters: Sara, Pestilence


I received an advanced copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

The end is nigh, the four horsemen have come to earth to bring about the apocalypse; Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death. Sara’s town in next on Pestilence’s list, determined to bring him down Sara attempts to kill him not knowing that he is in fact indestructible. After  Pestilence recovers from Sara’s attempts to kill him, he takes her as his prisoner as punishment, after all, suffering is made for the living.  But the longer they travel together the less Sara feels like a hostage and soon she must face her feelings.

I’m trying to find a way to adequately convey how much I loved this book. I was so excited to get an ARC as I have been highly anticipating the release since I first heard about this book at the end of last year and the cover is just so beautiful too.

I loved everything about Sara’s Character, she is stubborn, brave, determined and compassionate and most of all not whiny or boring which was a refreshing change. I found connecting with her really easy. I liked how she was written, like an everyday run of the mill person who was living a normal life and until the world turned to shit. Lots of her inner thoughts had me laughing on more than one occasion.

Pestilence… damn.. he is such a complex character, sent to earth with one mission: to spread the plague which he does and it’s his singular focus until Sara. I liked the pacing the relationship between him and Sara, it was just right, I didn’t begin to like him until Sara did. Seeing him (through Sara’s eyes) slowly beginning to understand that humans aren’t just two-dimensional beings was really something.

The story itself was addictive I finished it in a day it was that good. There are many ups and downs, you get to see a variety of ways mankind acts when the worst has happened and they are not all good reactions and I really think that gave this story a real believable feel to it.

Overall this was a really epic read, one of my favorites of this year so far and I really can’t recommend this enough.

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Pestilence is out on March 20 2018 Pre-order here:

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About the Author

7152490Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.
… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.


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[Book Review] Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi


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 -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.

Quick Stats

Page Length: 336
Publication Year: 2011
Characters: Adam Kent, Juliette Ferrars, and Aaron Warner Anderson


The as we know it is over, 17 year old Juliette has been taken away from society because her touch is deadly. She has spent the last 4 years in solitary confinement that the Establishment has put her in and now they want to use her as a weapon.

I didn’t love or hate this book, it peaked my interest though and that’s what kept me reading. Juliette’s ability is intriguing and I’m eager to learn more about it. Adam is one of the other main characters and I really feel like this book didn’t even properly touch on what is really going on with him.

Overall I think that it was a good opening book but I really wanted more story, so I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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My Rating 3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟


Release Day Promotion – Crazy, Madly, Deeply by Lily White

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Holden sees things.
Lots of things.
Things we would call ugly, but he believes are beautiful.

He paints sad pictures.
And strums lonely guitars.
He drowns out the taunting voices while shunning the expected norms.

I let them hurt him.
I wasn’t strong enough to speak out.
I hurt him, too, only to prove I wasn’t just like him.

But then I saw him.
I heard him.
I learned why Holden wasn’t CRAZY like they said.

I loved him MADLY.
I fell for him DEEPLY.
And alone, I decided to save a man who was the most beautiful of us all.


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Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

Top Ten Tuesday, this was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010. It’s now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s theme is Books That Suprised Me (in a good or bad way):

  1. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J.Maas – GOOD
  2. Lullaby by L.R.W Lee – BAD
  3. Trickery Curse of the Gods by Jasmin Eve & Jane Washington  – GOOD
  4. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – BAD
  5. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout – GOOD
  6. THUG: The Hate You Give by Thomas Thomas – BAD
  7. Easy by Tammara Webber – GOOD
  8. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – GOOD
  9. Inequity by Amy A. Bartol – BAD
  10. Shacking Up by Helena Hunting – GOOD


That’s it for this week, are there any books that surprised you?

Until Next Time 🤓

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[Book Review] Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

Quick Stats

Page Length: 340
Publication Date: April 5th 2018 by Ink Road
(first published September 26th 2017)
Characters: Kiko, Jamie


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This story totally blew me away. I have to say that I was mainly drawn to this book because of how gorgeous the cover is, so I didn’t have any preconceived notions about the story.

Kiko is half Japanese and lives with her 2 brothers and her Mother. Kiko has never felt like she fits in and her mother reinforces this by making her feel like she is not enough. Kiko dreams of going to Prism an art school in New York but when she doesn’t get accepted she embarks on a trip to California with a childhood friend to check out art schools on the West Coast.

This book really sick you in, I felt a certain kinship with Kiko, she is not a people person and finds social situations to be uncomfortably awkward. What this book is really about is accepting yourself and for Kiko this is the biggest challenge that she faces. Her mother constantly puts her down and in general her behavior towards Kiko is abhorrent, she totally disregards Kiko’s Japanese heritage and makes her feel that the only way you can be beautiful is if you are runway model perfect.

When Kiko leaves home for California and gets away from her mother she is finally able to find start seeing that beauty comes in many forms and starts to accept herself. She get’s’ to explore her Asian side and finds a place where she doesn’t feel like an outcast.

Readin this book brought a tear to my eye on more than one occasion, it touches on subjects that lots of people go through and I feel like Kiko’s character is very relatable. Her journey of self-discovery and acceptance is bittersweet that has lots ups and downs but I loved every single page.

“I don’t have to be white to be beautiful, just like I don’t have to be Asian to be beautiful. Because beauty doesn’t come in one mold.”

This truly a great read, that I would recommend you read because if you don’t you’ll be missing out.

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My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

About the Author


Akemi Dawn Bowman is the author of Starfish (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster) and Summer Bird Blue (Fall 2018). She’s a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast, who served in the US Navy for five years and has a BA in social sciences from UNLV. Originally from Las Vegas, she currently lives in England with her husband, two children, and their Pekingese mix. She is represented by Penny Moore of Empire Literary.

Starfish is out on the 5th April 2018 pre-order your copy HERE!

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[Book Review] Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt


These Royals will ruin you.

Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn’t been the same. There are enemies behind every corner and dangers beyond each door. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can’t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her that everything will be all right.

Because while Hartley’s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. She doesn’t know if he’s the snake in the garden or her chance at salvation. The chaos he brings wherever he goes is too much to handle, the intense feelings he evokes are too confusing to unravel.

Easton wants her to remember. Hartley thinks it’s better to forget.

She might be right.

Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts—in this world, you can’t escape the Royals.

Either you live by their rules or you die by them.

Quick Stats

Page Length: 305
Publication Date: 2018
Characters: Eastern, Hartley


This is the much anticipated follow up to Fallen Heir.  The major cliffhanger at the end of Fallen Heir air made the wait for this feel like forever. I was so excited to read this story.

The book picks right almost right after where the last one left off. While at the hospital waiting for news about Seb after the crash, Hartley is involved in another accident and as a result of this loses the last few years of her memory. She has no idea who to trust and doesn’t even remember why Eastern is giving her the time of day.

The first half of the is the book is intense, between not know if Seb is going to pull through and Hartley having not much of a clue about what is going on but its the second half of the story that really gets interesting. I don’t want to give too much away but its everything you would come to expect from a Royals book – I loved it!

Finally the ending – it was perfectly beautiful and a great way to finish the series off although I am hoping they will write a book from the Twins Pov because I’ve always thought they were the most interesting of the lot.

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My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

[Book Review] The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy.

The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability…before anyone else ends up dead!

Quick Stats

Book Length: 546
Publication Date: 2013
Characters:  Mara Dyer, Noah Shaw


This book was just as addictive as the first one!

Mara knows she’s not crazy, Noah is different too and she’s not alone. Now all she has to do is convince everyone else around her that she is normal, all the while trying to figure out what Jude wants and keeping her family safe from him.

I really don’t know where to begin, usually, I have some idea about what direction a story is going to go in, but this was on another level. I had such a hard time trying to figure out what the hell was going on, it made some really addictive reading.

Mara’s growth is slow and steady you can really feel all the emotions and struggles that she goes through. I liked how Noah was her constant rock, the more I read of him the more I like. I have a real feeling that he is way more messed up than Mara is.

Overall Ir really enjoyed this volume, I look forward to reading the final book in this trilogy.


My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes!

Top Ten Tuesday, this was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010. It’s now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I love this week’s theme but it was so hard to narrow it down to just 10 but somehow I managed it!


“Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will always love you.”
Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms

“I lost myself the moment I found you.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, White Hot Kiss

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free. That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.’
‘I live for you,’ I say sadly.
She kisses my cheek. ‘Then you must live for more.”
Pierce Brown, Red Rising

 “I wrap my arms around her shoulders. She snuggles into my side and I swear, my damn heart flips over because I want her to be my girl. For real.”
Erin Watt, When It’s Real

“Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”
Holly Black, The Cruel Prince 

“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”
Stephanie Garber, Caraval

“The mountains may rise and fall, and the sun might wither away, and the sea may claim the land and swallow the sky. But you will always be mine. And the stars might fall from the heavens, and night might cloak the earth, but until darkness dies, I will always be yours.”
Laura Thalassa, Rhapsodic

“The world,” Aelin said, “will be saved and remade by the dreamers”
Sarah J. Maas, Empire of Storms

“My palms are sweating. My knees are weak. My arms are heavy. Eminem’s the only one who understands me right now.”
R.S. Grey, The Beau & the Belle 

and that’s it!  Until Next Time! 🤓

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