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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. […]

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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. […]

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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!

eARC Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

eARC Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Release day February 27, 2018! Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her […]

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Thursday Blog Trot #1 Let’s Get This Thing Started!

Thursday Blog Trot #1 Let’s Get This Thing Started!

It’s Thursday, and it’s time to start a new Meme! What is Thursday Blog Trot? Well, since I don’t have all the time in the world to spend following my lovely fellow book bloggers, bookstagrammers, booktubers, and the like, I wanted to dedicate some time each […]

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eARC Review: Keeper by Kim Chance

eARC Review: Keeper by Kim Chance

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Book: Keeper

Author: Kim Chance

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Publisher: Flux Books/North Star Editions

Page Count: 408

Format: ebook

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Cover Artist: Jake Slavik

My Review: ★★★

KeeperKeeper by Kim Chance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

All great wars are fought over power.

While I really wanted to love this book, I just couldn’t find it in me to rate it any higher than three stars. The first 20% sucked me in. Lainey is the typical, everyday girl that is completely unsuspecting. Her observant but sassy character was refreshing and captivating to begin with. Then, the weird and rather creepy encounter between her and the witch takes place, and the plot’s individuality and pacing goes downhill from there.

One of the biggest issues I had with this book was that Lainey persistently believed that she needed to handle these supernatural situations alone–when she lives with her uncle and his obviously “witchy” girlfriend. (view spoiler) If you live with someone who speaks about your energy regularly, and practices rituals religiously, I’d think that would be a great resource to confide in after an experience like Lainey had with encountering the dead woman. I get that some people might think you are crazy for saying these things, but that’s not the case here. It’s simply too obvious of a solution.

As Lainey continues to deny the fact that she’s seeing a ghost that is trying to communicate with her, the plot drags on for the first half of the book. Lainey meets a mysterious character named Ty, who is of the tall, dark, and handsome sorts. He instantly becomes a love-interest for Lainey, although she tries to deny that as well. Lucky for her, Ty knows more about this world she is encountering than she.

As Lainey uncovers the secret behind these odd encounters with the woman, she realizes she’s very unprepared to deal with the responsibility that has been set in her lap. Too many times these types of characters become overly-capable in an unrealistic time-frame. A crash course in self-defense turns people into super-heroes, which is what happened here. I would have liked to see more of a progression in Lainey’s abilities rather than the instantaneous progression that happened.

Despite its short-comings, this was an entertaining read. It wasn’t as in-depth, or original as I was hoping. However, its characters were likable, had some depth, and the main topic was unique. It simply needed more focus on its uniqueness in order to help it gain some distinguishability.

These numbers may not be 100% accurate, but I counted each word I came across.

Sexual Content: Minimal.
Violence: Moderate.

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“You can’t control what happens to you, only how you react to it.”

“Actions define character, not circumstances.”

“All great wars are fought over power.”

Book Review: Chasing Odysseus by S.D. Gentill

Book Review: Chasing Odysseus by S.D. Gentill

A thrilling adventure of ancient myth, monsters, sorcerers, sirens, magic and warring gods … the fall of Troy and a desperate chase across the seas in a magical ship… Synopsis provided by Goodreads. Book: Chasing Odysseus Series: Hero Trilogy #1 Author: S.D. Gentill Publication Date: […]

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eARC Review: Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

eARC Review: Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

Released today, February 6, 2018! When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. Partial synopsis […]

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#ARCsAnonymous Wrap-Up: January

#ARCsAnonymous Wrap-Up: January

Well, I wasn't as successful this past month as I was hoping to be with getting ahead on upcoming ARCs.

Normally, the #ARCsAnonymous topics focus on past ARCs, but January was an opportunity to get ahead on some upcoming reads. 

What’s #ARCsAnonymous? Well, it’s a group on Goodreads that was created by Avalinahsbooks. It’s to help motivate each of us book reviewers who tend to be top-heavy with ARC TBRs. To motivate us to get some things done, there is contest each month for who can complete the most ARCs within the chosen theme or topic. Points can be earned, and book towers can tumble!

January's Theme:
Future ARCs

Total ARCs Read Within Topic

How it's scored:

  • 50 points for finishing an ARC in topic
  • 10 points for finishing any ARC
  • 10 points if finished ARC was at least a year old
  • 50 points for not requesting an ARC for the entire month
  • 10 points for not requesting an ARC for a week
  • 5 points for posting an update on what your book is about in the group
  • 5 points for sharing a link to a review for an ARC within the theme
  • 5 points for starting a theme ARC even if it wasn’t finished

My points:

  • 300 points (6 total) for finishing an ARC in topic
  • 10 points (1 total) for finishing any ARC
  • 0 points if finished ARC was at least a year old
  • 0 points for not requesting an ARC for an entire month
  • 10 points for not requesting an ARC for a week
  • 30 points (6 total) for posting an update on what a book is about in the group
  • 25 points (5 total) for sharing a link to a review for an ARC within the theme
  • 30 points (6 total) for starting a theme ARC even if it wasn’t finished
Total Points

ARCs read within theme topic:

February's wrap-up post will be up on March 1st. If this sounds like something you are interested in joining, be sure to check out the Goodreads page for more information!

State of the ARC: January

State of the ARC: January

Is anyone else shocked at how fast January flew by!? I feel like I need to double-check my phone every time I see that it’s already February. I had quite a few ARCs in January that I needed to read. I got to all but […]

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February ARCs

February ARCs

Here we are again! January is already almost over! It was a busy month for ARCs, and February is proving to be just as busy! I have a total of ten ARCs to complete this month, and hopefully I’ll be able to get to a […]

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Book Review: Betrothed by Wanda Wiltshire

Book Review: Betrothed by Wanda Wiltshire

When Amy starts having strange dreams, everything changes. Night after night, she becomes trapped in a shroud of black - a void of silence but for a male voice calling for a girl named ‘Marla’.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Book: Betrothed

Series: Betrothed #1

Author: Wanda Wiltshire

Publication Date: July 1, 2013

Publisher: Pantera Press

Page Count: 315

Format: ebook

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Parnormal

Cover Artist:

My Rating: No Rating – DNF

Betrothed (Betrothed #1)Betrothed by Wanda Wiltshire

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

DNFing at 35%

I was a bit hesitant going into this read. I saw that it has been compared to the Twilight series with touches of Harry Potter. While I didn’t come across anything similar to Harry Potter, there were definite resemblances to Twilight with the whole “everyone loves the main character” thing. If anything, this book is more similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses in the essence of the purpose and character functionality.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t really anything that pulled me into this plot. I disliked the main character Amy/Marla from the get-go. She constantly tries to feigned popularity and beauty, when she knows she has both. Not only that, but her subtle-no-so-subtle attraction to her best friend Jack is obvious to the reader, (and to Jack) and comes as no surprise that she beings to consider a romantic relationship with him.

Jack pulled me against him and gave me a hug. It felt nice to be all wrapped up in his arms.

In 35% of this book, Amy already had some sort of romantic attachment to three different guys. This isn’t over a long span of time either. So, what is the message being portrayed here? It’s okay to go from one guy to the next when a more attractive one comes along? Trying people on for size just to see if it’d work towards your benefit doesn’t count as being shallow? I think it does.

Amy begins to have dreams about a man named Leif, who naturally, turns out to be a prince to the Fae. In her dreams, Leif calls her “Marla” which she finds out later on is her real name. Leif tells Marla that they are betrothed, and destined to be married since before they were born.

This is where the similarities to A Court of Thorns and Roses come in.

#1 All of the prominent (or, basically all) characters are drop-dead gorgeous.

#2 Leif, next in line to the throne, is the most attractive man in the world, just like Tamlin, and Rhysand both were portrayed. Also, he’s always shirtless. (You know–it impedes the wings.)

“There is only one thing that can distract a female from her betrothed–make her question her commitment to him. Two things actually, one is the prince and the other is a king–particularly her own king. There is not a fae woman born, partnered or single, who, when in his presence, can resist the desires of her king.”

In other words…

Why, oh why, must each and every character in a position of power be the most attractive person ever? Or should I dare ask the real question here–why are these characters formulated as objects of lust rather than actual characters with feelings and normal character-y things?

#3 Another similarity is the emphasis on “possession” of the female in a relationship. Leif reveals the history of Marla’s parents, and how his father–the king–desired her mother for himself. When he discovered that she chose someone else over him, he loses his marbles.

“Your mother was no longer pure in my father’s eyes so when she offered to relinquish her husband and return to him, he refused her. And as punishment for choosing your father, he decided that if he couldn’t have Finelle, then Finelle couldn’t have her child.

Leif also showcases the same idea when Marla admits that she thinks he is a figment of her imagination. His possessiveness over her drives him to find her in the human world to prove that he is not fake and makes it clear that she is his, and his alone.

While I know this element seems to ensnare a lot of female YA readers, I just don’t see how this is a healthy example of a relationship? Possession of a human shouldn’t exist. Possession can literally be translated into domination. I don’t agree with this formatting for a relationship as it doesn’t call for mutual love and/or respect between both parties.

Overall, I don’t see this book sending a great message to its readers. Instead of having much depth, it felt like I stepped into an episode of The Bachelor Pad. If you are a fan of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, this may be more up your alley, but beware: from what I’ve seen so far, there isn’t much to take away from it.

Vulgarity: Minimal. 9 total up until the point I stopped reading.
Sexual Content: Some. There were not any explicit scenes as of yet.
Violence: Minimal.

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I am not assigning a star-rating as this is a DNF read.

Book Review: Pantheon by Scott Beckman

Book Review: Pantheon by Scott Beckman

In Mundir, the gods are real. When Lars arrives, following his dying mother’s last instructions to find his family there, all the gods take notice. With a mysterious compass and a gift from the God of Death, Lars will fulfill his mother’s dying wish or […]

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Book Review: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

Book Review: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

Released January 2, 2018! Book: As You Wish Author: Chelsea Sedoti Publication Date: January 2, 2018 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Page Count: 432 Format: ebook Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary Content Warning! Underaged drinking, drug abuse, attempted suicide, premarital sex. As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti […]

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January ARCs

January ARCs

January is another busy month!

I was approved for a total of eight ARCs being published this month! I won The Hazel Wood on a Goodreads giveaway, but I still want to read it before it’s release date! So, that brings my total up to nine! They are as follows.

as you wish

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.


Everless by Sara Holland

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

flower moon

Flower Moon by Gina Linko

Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins—so alike they were almost born the same person—and they've been inseparable since birth. But it's the summer they turn thirteen, and it seems like everyone can tell something is changing between them. 

Pa Charlie, whose traveling carnival is the best part of every summer, is watching them closer than ever. Digger, who sneaks poor kids onto the carnival rides for free and smiles faster than anyone, seems to be fixing for a fight. Even Mama is acting different, refusing to travel with the carnival this year even though her own twin, who she hasn't seen since childhood, will be there.

And Tally and Tempest are the most different of all. There's a strangeness between them, a thickness to the air, an unseen push and pull, and it's getting stronger. It starts as a feeling, but soon it's sputtering and sparking, hurling them backwards, threatening to explode.

When Tally learns that she and Tempest may not be the first twins in their family to be separated by whatever this force is, she realizes she'll have to find a way to stop it—or she might lose not only her sister, but everyone she loves.

the wolves of winter

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive.

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap to survive.

But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who sets in motion a chain of events that will force Lynn to fulfill a destiny she never imagined.


Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


Keeper by Kim Chance

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.

With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.

reign the earth

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

solomon's ring

Solomon's Ring by Mary Jennifer Payne

Twin sisters Jade and Jasmine are finally together after a five-year separation, but there’s no time to enjoy the reunion. As Seers, the sisters are being hunted by demons spilling through the rift, and the city is on high alert against terrorist threats. The Protectors at Beaconsfield have gathered as many Seers as possible, as the countries that haven’t been destroyed by climate change are starting to close their borders. 

On top of it all, Jasmine discovers that someone has stolen a ring with the power to control the demons, and the Final Battle between the Daughters of Light and the forces of darkness is approaching more quickly than anyone predicted.

the hazel wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

There they are! What ARCs were you approved for that are coming out this month? Did you find a new favorite read? Let me know in the comments below! I loved Everless. I can't wait for it's sequel to come out next year!


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