Month: December 2017

State of the ARC: December

State of the ARC: December

  December has come and gone. The new year is upon us! Thus bringeth another State of the ARC update! State of the ARC is a Meme created by AvalinahsBooks. Check out her website for more information if you are interested in participating! I’m pretty happy […]

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Welcome, from WordPress

Welcome, from WordPress

I know what you are thinking— Something looks different here. Well, that’s because it is! I’ve decided to take the leap of faith and migrate my website from Wix to WordPress. Wix has supported me throughout my first year of blogging, but I have seemed […]

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2018 Wish List

2018 Wish List

This is going to be a hard post to write.

Limiting my Wish List for 2018 to just five books!? Let’s see if I can do this and be content with the results. 

There are a lot of great books coming out in 2018–many sequels, many new series, and many stand-alone books. Here are just a few that I am looking forward to! (They aren’t in any particular order.) 


Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Obsidio is the third and final (I believe...) installment of The Illuminae Files series. This series is unlike anything I've ever read before! Jam-packed with Sci-Fi-ish craziness, snarky characters, and such an engaging format, I haven't met one person who hasn't enjoyed at least the experience of these books. 

Now, there are few draw-backs to this series--I disliked how much cursing (even though they were blocked out in the text) there was, and sometimes overall crudeness. For someone who appreciates a little more class, this didn't hit the mark for me. But I LOVED the concepts and overall imagination behind this ongoing plot!


Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones

Now, I absolutely loved Wintersong. It's a retelling of The Goblin Market poem with a combination of Labyrinth. An obvious romance, the tale follows Liesl, a nearly adult woman, who has some encounters throughout her life with the Goblin King. When her sister is taken away to the world of goblins, Liesl must follow her and rescue her. Naturally, this mysterious tale turns into a romance.

Shadowsong continues six months after Liesl was able to return back home. Yet, the realm of the goblins is ever nearer. If you are a fan of paranormal romances, this may be a read for you.

spinning silver

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

This may be preemptive on my end, because I have yet to read Uprooted by this author...but I REALLY think I will love it. Some of my close friends with similar reading tastes have read it and can't stop talking about it, so I think it's safe to assume I'll be the same.

Anyways, although this isn't a part of any series, I trust it will be something magical and fantastic.

A Rumpelstiltskin retelling, it follows the main character Miryem, the daughter of a moneylender, who finds out that she can change silver into gold.

the oracle queen

The Oracle QUeen and the third installment to the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

I'm grouping these two books into one because one is a short novella. The third book in the Three Dark Crowns series has yet to be titled and given a cover. So...there isn't much I can say on it, other than I want it now!

The Oracle Queen is a short novella telling about the tale of the mad Oracle Queen, and basically why they decided to drown any of them that were born to keep one from regaining the throne. I'm guessing there are some major conspiracies going on here.

brightly burning

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Now guys. I'm nervous, yet so excited about this one. Can I just yell here a moment that this is a JANE EYRE RETELLING!?


I'm impressed someone would take on such a outer space...

Golly, I hope this will be good.

There they are! What are you most looking forward to coming out in 2018? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay tuned for next week's Top 5 Wednesday post!

Top 5 Books Of 2017

Top 5 Books Of 2017

I was going to hold off on sharing my top reads and do a full post on them at the end of the year. However, the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads chose this topic to feature! …(grumbling)…messed up my posting plans…ANYWAYS, I guess it won’t […]

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eARC Review: Descent by Katie O’Sullivan

eARC Review: Descent by Katie O’Sullivan

Shea MacNamara’s life just got complicated. When a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, fifteen-year-old Shea moves to Cape Cod to live with a grandmother he’s never met. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he meets a girl along the shore who changes […]

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Beat The Backlist 2018 Reading Challenge

Beat The Backlist 2018 Reading Challenge

How many of you have books that you bought years ago that have just been taking up space?

Okay, okay. More than a few.

The problem with these back-listed books, is that they keep sitting there! With too many ARCs to stay on top of, too many anticipated reads, and an already towering TBR, it can be almost intimidating to backtrack to 1991 and finally pick up Titas Groan, or whatever that book may be for you. 

However, these back-listed books don’t stop me from buying new books–which some of the time end up in the same dusty situation!

I think I have book guilt!

Lucky for me, and any other back-lister out there, NovelKnight has come up with a solution through the Beat the Backlist 2018 Reading Challenge!

What is the Beat the Backlist challenge, you say? I’m glad you asked, because I’m about to share what it’s all about!

2018 marks a fresh start–and start date to buckle down and knock off some of these old reads!

Starting at 12:00 AM on New Years Day 2018, this challenge will commence.

Take it as a New Years resolution–YOU pledge how many, and which books you are GOING to finally get around to! Whether it be made known to the world via blog post, a virtual bookshelf on Goodreads, a simple Twitter tweet, or an Instagram picture, just proclaim that you’ll be taking part in this great and wonderful reading challenge by using #BeattheBacklist or tagging @BeattheBacklist on Twitter!

And you want to know the best part? It’s open to everyone! Now how fun is that to enter an even with people from all over the globe? Talk about international reading!

Once you’ve shared your lovely list, go to the Beat the Backlist 2018 Reading Challenge post on NovelKnight’s blog to sign up to see which team you will be competing for! (You’ll find out the team after you’ve pledged to take part.)


My team: Story Sorcerers!

Now, to pick the reads I will be knocking out for this challenge...

I’m going to choose 12 books, one book to complete each month. Perhaps if I’m on top of things, I’ll be able to read more. 

Not in any particular order, I'll be reading:

There you have it! Like I said, I’m really hoping I’ll be able to add some more books to this challenge, and will update this list as the challenge commences if I do so. But for now, LET’S GET THESE READ!

If you are participating in this reading challenge, I wish you all the best of luck! Let’s encourage one another to stay on track!

eARC Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

eARC Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Released today, December 5, 2017! Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life […]

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December ARCs

December ARCs

  Luckily, my list for ARCs this month is quite short, (as you can see) so I will be catching up on overdue ARCs. The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are […]

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