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Thursday Blog Trot #5

Thursday Blog Trot #5

Well, it’s a late night for me this Thursday. Sorry I’m getting this post up so late. I’ve been working a lot of overtime lately, and it’s been eating into my blogging time a lot. Either way, my schedule doesn’t stop other book bloggers from […]

5 Most-Anticipated Books Coming Out This Spring

5 Most-Anticipated Books Coming Out This Spring

I’m deviating from the prompt this week, as I wanted to discuss some of my most anticipated reads coming out this Spring. I’ve been approved for several ARCs that will be published before Summer hits. Some, I’m looking very much forward to reading. All of […]

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2018: February Wrap-Up

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2018: February Wrap-Up

Yet again, Popsugar Challenge, you have been put on the BACK-BURNER.

I only conquered two reads again this past month. So, this post will be short, sweet, and to-the-point. I think I made the mistake at committing to too much from the beginning, without really thinking how many other reads I need to get read before some for this challenge. But…

The two prompts I was able to fulfill were:

Book Made Into A Movie I've Seen Already:

The Next Book In A Series I Started:

So, seeing how I’m slacking quite a bit, I’d like to try to read just one of these books for the month of March, seeing how April is a busy month for ARCs and I’m hoping to get majority of them read before April even starts. We shall see. I plan to knock down “A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner” which I chose as Artemis.

Out of the Forty Reading Prompts, I've Completed:


How is your Popsugar Reading Challenge going?
How many prompts were you able to complete in the month of February?
Hopefully more than me 😛

Book & Audiobook Review: Of Sand and Storm by Amber Argyle

Book & Audiobook Review: Of Sand and Storm by Amber Argyle

By law, any child born in Idara is free, even if that child is born in a slave brothel. But as Cinder grows into a beauty that surpasses even that of her mother and grandmother, she realizes that freedom is only a word. Partial synopsis […]

Fairy Tale Friday #3: Fairer-Than-A-Fairy (Plus-Belle-que-fée) by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force

Fairy Tale Friday #3: Fairer-Than-A-Fairy (Plus-Belle-que-fée) by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force

Fairer-Than-A-Fairy (PLUS-BELLE-QUE-FÉE) Written by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force Fairer-Than-A-Fairy (originally published in French under the name Plus-Belle-Que-Fee), was written in 1698 by French author Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force. La Force, a French novelist and poet, was best known for her tale Persinette, which […]

Thursday Blog Trot #4

Thursday Blog Trot #4

Why hello there, and happy Thursday to you!

This post totally snuck up on me this week. Since the time change, I’ve been so off with time and day of the week, that I didn’t realize that it was Thursday until…Thursday. So, sorry for getting this up a bit late!  

Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do!


Negative Reviews

Dun dun dunnnnn! Yeah, it’s a scary term in the book blogging world. However, it’s a healthy topic to discuss, as well! 

This post, Negative Reviews, Spread Them or Nahh? was written and shared by the lovely Vee over at Vee Reading.  Discussing negative book reviews, and if they should be shared with others and on other social media platforms is a debatable topic. While negative reviews aren’t always pleasent, sometimes they are necessary. Be sure to check out this post and give some feedback with your thoughts on this topic! 

Creating Content

Sophia over at Bookwyrming Thoughts had a great post about why us book bloggers (and bloggers in general) keep creating content. In other words, we blog a lot about books and related topics. Why Do We Create Content? Why Do We Continue Creating Content? discusses not only the reason behind being creative on our blogs, but also the benefits from it. Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Sophia!

Writing Reviews from Experience

Anthony over at Keep Reading Forward posted What I’ve Learned After 100 Reviews.  I don’t know about you, but writing 100 reviews is a huge accomplishment! (Congrats, Anthony!) I think there is some valuable material here, especially maintaining your singular voice as a blogger. Remembering that writing reviews takes time, it’s important to allow yourself time to write quality reviews, and not rush through them. As book bloggers, we have a huge opportunity to help steer readers towards or away from books, so writing with a clear mind is key. 

Changing Scenery: Migration from Blogger to (free) WordPress

Lauren from Northern Plunder wrote a valuable guest post on AvalinahsBooks page about her experience and process with transitioning her blog from Blogger to WordPress. Has anyone else out there had to make the painful transition to a different platform? I’m still in this process. If you are considering moving your Blogger to free WordPress, be sure to check this out!

Attending a Book Signing

I was so excited when I came across this post by Sophie at Beware of the Reader. I’ve never been to a big book signing event–but hope to attend one someday! In her “Blogging Bolder” series, she wrote a 101 guide to preparing and attending book signing! Seeing how I know nothing about how they work, this post gives a step-by-step guide to book signings and was so insightful! I’ll be postmarking this post for future reference for sure!

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, experience, and opinions everyone! Be sure to show these bloggers some love by checking out their posts!

Five Children’s Books To Read As An Adult

Five Children’s Books To Read As An Adult

We all remember one of our favorite childhood books. Majority, (if not all) of mine were horse-related. I grew up eating, breathing, and sleeping horses. I even had a shirt that said so, so I naturally leaned towards stories influenced by the lovely creatures.  Don’t worry, […]

Blog Tour, Giveaway & Author Interview: The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente!

Blog Tour, Giveaway & Author Interview: The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente!

This is my stop during the blog tour for The Most Special Chosen by Rachel de la Fuente. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. Read the whole post to discover more about this book, find some links to some character interviews, some […]

eARC Review: Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade

eARC Review: Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Our Dark Stars

Author: Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC.
Page Count: 316
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Cover Artist: Molly Phipps
My Rating: ★★

Will and his crew aboard the Odysseus come across a strange object floating out in space. Hoping to get a good payout and a good reputation back, the crew risk their lives in order to bring the vessel onto the ship. When they successfully do, the metallic object appears to be no more than junk. Will, a Flesher-turned-Mock (human turned into a droid), was a captain in the queen’s guard, When he failed to shoot down an Alliance ship which had then escaped, he was demoted and is threatened with remaining and Endor (a droid that cannot shift into an upgraded body) and therefore having a long-life cut short.


The plot shifts back one hundred years to Talia, who is preparing for the night when she will be sold to Prince Cassius as his future wife. She wants to be a pilot, but that isn’t considered to be a position for a future Sovereign. Her harsh grandmother reminds her that she has no future other than becoming  a wife to a Thorassian. When she is introduced to her betrothed, Cassius, she realizes why she is being sold into this union: her family has accrued a bad rep with their tolerance of Mocks–a term used for human-like droids. Mocks gained a bad reputation when a virus spread that overwrote their system and allowed them to defy orders of humans. Talia’s Mock and best friend Ailat, is made an example of at the celebration by Cassius, and is revealed to carry the same virus. Ailat flees, and becomes a wanted criminal. Talia searches for Ailat, but is then forced to leave the planet. Shortly after takeoff, her ship is attacked by rebel Mocks. Her family forces her into an escape pod, where she enters a deep sleep.


The story converges to the same time frame when Talia wakes up and exits the escape pod that was brought aboard the Odysseus. Unaware that one hundred years have passed, Talia knows enough to keep her identity a secret, and tells the crew of the Odysseus that she is Ailat. Will, suspicious of her sincerity, eventually discovers that her true identity is in fact, the long-lost Starchaser princess. Initially unaware of its significance, both Will and Talia learn about how much everything has changed in a century. Talia, previously knowing Mocks as second to humans, learns that now humans are second to Mocks. Will also realizes that some of his origins as a human have stuck with him, even after his transformation into a Mock, which causes him to accept the truth about himself and the fact that he is a hybrid.


The Starchaser dynasty is known only by few, as the current queen took great lengths to wipe the history from the people’s common knowledge. Talia’s existence becomes known to one of Will’s former comrades, when then alerts the queen. A bounty is put on Talia for anyone who can bring her in. When Talia discovers who the Mock-queen is, the situation becomes all-the-more dire.

Our Dark StarsOur Dark Stars by Audrey Grey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

”Never forget that, Talia. You are a Starchaser, descendant of the first explorers.”

I almost DNF’d this read at a little under halfway through. I decided to stick with it because the plot became more complicated right at the moments I thought I was going to call it quits. While certain traits were intriguing, in the end, the book was too predictable and lacked the individuality I was hoping for.

World Building

Our Dark Stars is set in outer space, in various settings. It varies between onboard spaceships, and travels from planet to planet, following in the wake of the characters. The story jumps between 3731 AD and 3631 AD, then remains in 3731 for the remainder of the book.

Society is comprised of a mixture of humans and droids–the droids having different variations within their category (i.e. Ender, Permanent) signifying their ability to jump from one body to another, essentially living forever. Everything is very scientifically inclined, as no religions are identified.

Pacing & Readability

The pacing remains steady and rather fast. The only instances it lulled was when Talia first awoke on the Odysseus. Otherwise, it was an easy and quick to read.

Point-Of-View & Characters

The point-of-view not only shifts between Will and Talia’s characters, it also shifts between past and present time frames. Will Perrault is one of the main characters but starts out as an antagonist to Talia. With the relations between Fleshers and Mocks being strained for years, the two don’t know what to think of one another until the truth is uncovered.

”But don’t forget what your kind did. When I found you tossed into the mines like a piece of trash, skull split open, you were half-dead. That’s what the fleshers did to you. They’re savage, cruel beasts. It was us who took you in, who made you one of our own to save your life.”

Will’s character holds the most complexity, as his human and droid counterparts are constantly warring against one another. This aspect comes out more and more as the plot moves on, and he begins to develop feelings for Talia. He constantly tries to deny his human origins and emotions, trying to prove that he is a Mock. It is through Will that his rag-tag diverse crew of scavengers, including Lux, Leo, Jane, and Dorian are introduced.

Talia Starchaser grew up in a life of privilege. The next in line to the Starchaser dynasty, the princess is made into a makeshift scape-goat for the Starchaser family to patch up their reputation with the rest of the royals. Her abusive grandmother makes Talia’s position very clear and is part of the reason why Talia decides to betray her best friend, even though she doesn’t want to. Talia’s character acts privileged, and this is clear when she meets Will and his crew. It is a trait that makes her rather unlikeable, as she comes across as snobby.

Major Themes

⇒ Diversity

Diversity plays a large role in the casting specifically in race and sexual orientation. In general, the plot rotates around the idea of station-reversal between the Fleshers and Mocks, ultimately driving them to work with one another in the end.

⇒ “What goes around comes back around.”

This was the aspect of this book that I disliked the most. The way this book ended was so disappointing. I was hoping for the moment for reconciliation between Ailat and Talia, but it never happens. Ailat’s character becomes unredeemable, which I don’t think is a great message to enlist. Yes, Talia did Ailat wrong. In turn, Ailat did Talia wrong as well by killing the rest of her family. Talia still went through lengths to find Ailat after the incident at the gathering. While what happened to Ailat after she became a fugitive was tragic, she never gave Talia the chance to explain her side. Both parties were are fault here. Yet, neither of them fully humbled themselves before the other in order to understand and forgive, resulting in this “payback” mentality (mostly seen from Ailat’s character.) It made the ending feel incomplete and somewhat unjust for me. I get that this is Sci-Fi, and disagreements are often settled by battles, but I hoped for more from these characters.

Overall Feelings

Things that I liked:

⇒ The layout of the book, and how it alternated point-of-views between Talia and Will in the different eras.
⇒ While the romance between Will and Talia is obvious (immediately when he says that Talia isn’t his “type” I knew they’d end up together), it managed to be realistic and not over-the-top. It didn’t take away from the main focus of the plot and helped to give further incentive to the characters’ decisions.
⇒ Will’s character overall, mainly with how he is both a Mock and a Flesher.

Things that I didn’t like:

⇒ This book felt like any other Young Adult Sci-Fi. There wasn’t anything that set it apart.
⇒ The brashness of some of the characters, and the overall sexually-charged interactions. Personally, this aspect made this another reason why this may be a read more appropriate for the New Adult genre.
⇒ The “what goes around comes back around” mentality. Payback over reconciliation.

Overall, Our Dark Stars didn’t really impress me. While there were some elements that I enjoyed, there was nothing that made it distinguishable from its genre. It felt like a mix of Heart of Iron with a dash of The Hunger Games towards the end.

Vulgarity: Moderate. I counted 50 words total.
Sexual content: While there’s nothing explicit, some characters were crude with making sexual remarks. There’s also a scene in a strip club, and mention of brothels and escorts.
Violence: Mild-moderate.

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Beat the Backlist 2018: March

Beat the Backlist 2018: March

February was a rather unproductive month for this challenge. While I did get a few reads done for the Backlist Challenge, I was piled high with ARCs that needed to be read first. February is such a short month, so I didn’t get as far […]

Book Review: Dragons of Kings by Ava Richardson

Book Review: Dragons of Kings by Ava Richardson

On the eve of battle, Bower will have to fulfill a mystical prophecy and become the leader he was born to be, or risk his future kingdom falling apart. Surrounded on all sides by deadly foes, he must face not only the evil king, but […]

Thursday Blog Trot #3

Thursday Blog Trot #3

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Just a spot of good news – in case you didn’t know, Thursday is basically Friday, so, it’s basically the weekend!

I have great logic, yes I do.

Along with the fact that it’s practically the weekend, it’s also International Women’s Day!

I have some great posts to share with you today! We have a wide variety of topics and resources, so lets get to it! 

Thursday Blog Trot is a weekly meme dedicated to passing along great information provided by bloggers from all over the world. If you like the sounds of this Thursday Blog Trot Meme, feel free to use it, along with the image provided! Be sure to comment below if you do!

Book Community Media Dashboard

I’m coming across this post a bit late, but thought it important to share! Austine at NovelKnight created a Book Community Media Dashboard. It’s a spreadsheet that she created to compile a list of book bloggers, and have a place to easily find them. Anyone can add their information, and access it to find other book bloggers as well! Be sure to check it out!

Celebrating Women Around the World

This is the perfect post for International Women’s Day! Etinosa at Uwadis shared a lovely post called Celebrating Female Nigerian Authors. She shares about five women who have written across the genre board, including Tomi Adeyemi, Nnedi Okorafor, Ayobami Adebayo, Buchi Emecheta, Chimamanda Adichie. If you are looking for some new authors to check out, be sure to read this post!

Trusting the Author

Ruby over at Ruby’s Books had a wonderful discussion in her reoccurring Wednesday Chatter post about Trusting the Author – Take 2. This was a follow up post to her previous one, also titled Trusting the Author. I appreciated her overall etiquette when discussing the topic, and thought it was a great reminder of factors to keep in mind while reading. We all have different takes and expectations for books. But in the end, we are not the author. It’s good to appreciate what the author delivers to us, even if we do not necessarily agree!

Blogging 101

If there are any new bloggers out there, be sure to check out these Blogging 101 posts written by Becky at Uptown Oracle!  She gives all sorts of great tips for your blog, especially if you are new to the game. These posts are simple, concise, and easy to follow for anyone!

Books and Tea Book Club

If you are looking for a book club to join, (and are 18 years or older) you should check out Lauren’s group, over at Northern Plunder! Her Books and Tea Book Club are just starting their March read-alongs, so be sure to see the details on her most recent post!

Be sure to check out each of these amazing book bloggers, and all of the hard work that they do! Stop by next Thursday to see more great posts and bloggers!

Books That I’m Thankful For

Books That I’m Thankful For

As readers, we are always searching for a book that impacts us. “Impact” can be taken in a multitude of ways—it’s basically the reason why we read in the first place. I love books with deep-rooted meaning. They can be from any genre, as long […]

March ARCs

March ARCs

Oh hey, March. Seeing how we are already a week in, I should probably get my post up for what ARCs I have for this month! I’ll be playing some catch-up from February as well, because I overloaded with ARCs for such a short month. […]

State of the ARC: February

State of the ARC: February

Well, there goes February...

I’m going to come right out and say it. I’m not happy with my progress this past month. While I did a LOT of work on improving my posts, Bookstagram account, Pinterest boards, and so on, my blogging and book reviews suffered. Luckily, I only have three books that I must read this month as they are to be published. I plan to use this longer month to get caught up on some reviews that have been sitting, and get a bit ahead in my ARC reading. 

Just a note in case you haven’t heard of this; the State of the ARC Meme is hosted by AvalinahsBooks. Go check out her website for further information if you’d like to join! It’s a great way to get some motivation to tackle those old ARCs that have been weighing down your TBR stacks.

Are you ready to see the ugly truth? I don’t think I am…

I'm hoping you all know what this gif is from...

If not, then you may be missing out 😛 Anyways, before I share my stats, I wanted to note my ratios and overdue numbers. My Netgalley feedback ration took a few steps up. Last month I was sitting at 53% because I was approval-dumped. This month, it climbed a few rungs up to 55%. My overdue numbers increased by 2 which–it is what it is. 

My Edelweiss feedback ratio went down 1% to 39%. Luckily, I didn’t accrue anymore overdues!

Requests I’ve received from authors haven’t changed much. I haven’t been accepting requests for a bit, hoping I’d be able to tackle more of these, but I’ve been a bit behind in general, so I’m just trying to maintain on all platforms. I did end up accepting a new request for an author that I have reviewed for a few times before so I just couldn’t turn her down! My feedback ratio is sitting at 43% and dropped 2% since I took on another ARC. My total overdues have stayed the same.

Lastly, publisher requests have changed a bit. I’m sitting at a 50% feedback ratio, and my overdues have stayed the same.

Upon seeing all of that chaos, my stats don’t look so bad. It’s mainly when I put them all together when the nasty shows. Either way, I’m really hoping that March will prove to be a better month for me. I despise getting behind on things, and that’s all that I’ve felt lately! 

At least I was able to get through seven ARCs. I was also reading a lot of other books for the Beat the Backlist Challenge. So, that hasn’t always been helping my stats. But sometimes, it does with older ARCs. 

How did your month go for State of the ARC?
Let me know in the comments below!


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