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ARC Review: Eventide by Sarah Goodman

MADNESS, SECRETS, AND LIES

Wheeler, Arkansas, 1907

When their father descends into madness after the death of their mother, Verity Pruitt and her little sister Lilah find themselves on an orphan train to rural Arkansas.

In Wheeler, eleven-year-old Lilah is quickly adopted, but seventeen-year-old Verity is not. Desperate to stay close to her sister, Verity indentures herself as a farmhand. But even charming farm boy Abel Atchley can’t completely distract her from the sense that something is not quite right in this little town. Strange local superstitions abound, especially about the eerie old well at the center of the forest. The woods play tricks, unleashing heavy fog and bone-chilling cold…and sometimes visions of things that aren’t there.

But for Verity, perhaps most unsettling of all is the revelation that her own parents have a scandalous history in this very town. And as she tries to unearth the past, sinister secrets come with it—secrets that someone will go to violent lengths to protect….

Release Date: October 6th, 2020

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


Eventide was a really fun and spooky read. I am a historical fiction nut, especially stories set in the early 1900s, and I also love fantasy, so this book was right up my alley. It got off to a bit of a slow start but did a great job setting up the world and atmosphere. The old, rural setting was perfect for this small town ghost story. The close relationship between the two Pruitt sisters was apparent from the very start, and my heart hurt for them when they were separated. Verity’s strength was admirable, and I connected with her need to protect her loved ones after all that they had survived. The cast of characters in Wheeler was a great ensemble and made the town come alive. I especially loved Hettie, Della, and Abel (whose budding relationship with Verity added a wonderful romantic element). The plot turned creepy and really drew me in when Verity starts to see things in the forbidden woods and tries to discover the long-hidden secrets of the town and its inhabitants. The mystery was plotted really well and involved a bunch of characters that kept the plot turning and the secrets revealing. The bits of local superstition and magic were weaved seamlessly into the historical context, adding a level of spooky mysticism that pushed the story forward. The ending was exciting and surprising and left me with a bittersweet feeling. Part small town historical fiction, part chilling ghost story, Eventide is an excellent read for the Halloween season.

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Majesty (American Royals #2) by Katharine McGee Review

Is America ready for its first queen?

Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we’re looking at you Daphne Deighton.

As America adjusts to the idea of a queen on the throne, Beatrice grapples with everything she lost when she gained the ultimate crown. Samantha is busy living up to her “party princess” persona…and maybe adding a party prince by her side. Nina is trying to avoid the palace–and Prince Jefferson–at all costs. And a dangerous secret threatens to undo all of Daphne’s carefully laid “marry Prince Jefferson” plans.

A new reign has begun….


*Possible spoilers for American Royals below. Proceed with caution!*

I have been anxiously awaiting this release since I turned the last page of American Royals a year ago. I love these characters and this world so much and have been dying to get back to them. I am a huge fan of Katharine McGee’s writing and storytelling. She is the master of multiple POV’s and weaving plot lines, which she does again beautifully in Majesty. We left American Royals on such a high stakes cliff hanger for all characters involved, and that intensity was lost a little coming into the second book. Everyone seemed to move on fairly easily from the past events and didn’t lean into the drama that had been so brilliantly crafted, and I felt still had room to play out. The plot was entertaining, but it seemed very separate from the storylines and relationships in book one. I loved watching Beatrice come into her own as Queen and her growing relationship was surprisingly sweet and endearing. Sam’s new love interest was swoon-worthy, and I would have liked more steamy moments between them to really heat it up. Nina almost seemed like a side character in this book, there as a foil for Daphne, who by the way is my absolute favorite character, instead of the other way around. Daphne’s story in this book felt the most connected for me and she had the biggest character arc of all of them. Overall, it wasn’t quite as scandalous or dramatic as I was hoping for, but I really enjoyed being back in this world that I love so dearly with some of my favorite characters.

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BOOK HANGOVER: Fable by Adrienne Young Review

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

*I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review!*

Fable was the book I didn’t know I needed. The writing was beautiful and the storytelling was absolutely gripping from start to finish. The adventure was pretty epic and everything was so well thought out and flowed perfectly with elegant and dynamic prose that just sucked me in. The setting of The Narrows was vibrant, dangerous, and entirely captivating and created the perfect atmosphere for this story. The world played such a huge part in molding each of the characters and their motivations- they were so connected that the setting was almost a character in itself. Fable is a badass heroine who immediately won me over with her tenacity on the dangerous island of Jeval. She is a survivor and I love that she recognized her own power and did what she had to do without regret. In addition to Fable, the gruff, rag-tag crew of The Marigold were also fantastic, as well as Fable’s father, the mysterious and cold, Saint. I really understand who each of them is individually and Young really made me care about these people. I’ll say it right now, I’ve always had a thing for a sexy pirate, and West is no exception. His tough exterior mixed with glimpses of vulnerability and warmth captured my heart. I loved him from the beginning, and the more I learned about him the harder I fell. He and Fable are so evenly matched, both full of fight and a willingness to do whatever it takes. This book is part adventure, part mystery, part family drama, and part love story all wrapped into one glorious package. I am still thinking about these characters, and that cliff hanger ending, and I cannot wait for the second book.

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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #27

I joined Goodreads a few years ago, way before I started blogging, so my profile is kind of a mess.  I really want to clean it up so I can make better use of it.  I thought what a better way to do that than to join the Down the TBR Hole meme started by Lia @Lost In a Story! I am going to do it once a month instead of weekly, and hopefully make my Goodreads a pleasant place to be again.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?


Firelight by Sophie Jordan

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away; if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

My Thoughts: This sounds interesting and unique. The dragon people intrigue me and I feel like it could either be really weird or really cool. It has pretty decent ratings on Goodreads too. Honestly though, I probably won’t get to it. VERDICT: TOSS


Pure by Julianna Baggott

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost- how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

My Thoughts: Wow, this sounds intense! I love a good dystopian and this one sounds dark and spooky, and seems to have a more mature concept. It also has good ratings and reviews. VERDICT: KEEP


Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff

On a warm June day, Maura Corrigan is walking with her nine-year-old son, James, as he rides his bike to school. The unthinkable happens: he darts onto the street and is hit by Alex, a 17-year-old neighbor. As if James’s death isn’t tragic enough for the Corrigan family, in its wake an intricate web of relationships, secrets, and betrayals begins to unravel.

Told through the perspective of four family members, Those We Love Most chronicles how this sudden twist of fate forces each of them to confront their choices, examine their mistakes, and fight for their most valuable relationships. It asks the age-old question: Why do we hurt the ones we love most? Then it shows us how we can, in the most difficult of times, forgive ourselves and others for our transgressions. 

My Thoughts: This sounds really sad, and I don’t really read these kind of books much anymore. VERDICT: TOSS


Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met… a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

My Thoughts: Oooh this sounds really interesting. Maybe a little gothic fiction moment. A little mystery, a little romance, a little spooky. Sounds like a perfect Fall book to me! VERDICT: KEEP


The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts

The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith’s stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow and Lysaer, Lord of Light.

Arithon and Lysaer will find that they are inescapably bound inside a pattern of events dictated by their own deepest convictions. Yet there is more at stake than one battle with the Mistwraith – as the sorcerers of the Fellowship of Seven know well. For between them the half-brothers hold the balance of the world, its harmony and its future, in their hands. 

My Thoughts: This sounds like a very traditional epic fantasy novel. I haven’t read one in a while, and I like the sound of it. I definitely have a few that I would read before this one, but I think it seems to be worth keeping. VERDICT: KEEP


This one was a fairly easy session for me to make decisions about. What do you think about my choices? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments ❤

Monthly Wrap-Ups

August 2020 Wrap-Up

Holy Moly Batman. August FLEW by. It feels like it was JUST August 1st, and now it’s September. August was not the best month for me, as I got sick for a bit and lost all motivation or ability to focus on reading. So, my ARC August this year was a fail, and I somehow completely missed The Magical Readathon N.E.W.T.s, but I think I might just do it on my own for fun. I am really looking forward to my favorite season, and yes, I have already gotten a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’m looking forward to the coziness that fall brings, as it is my favorite atmosphere to read in and I have so many books and new releases to be excited about.


Books Read


Moonology by Yasmin Boland ★★★★

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare ★★★★

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan ★★★★★

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles ★★

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer★★★


Favorite Book of the Month


Currently Reading


Challenge Updates

Goodreads Challenge: 52 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 10 of 50

Beat the Backlist: 31 of 50


Guest Post: Peter Kavinsky is My Boyfriend and I Don’t Care Who Knows It by Allison Hunt


July Reviews

Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey BlackWhere Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles#TBT: Revisiting Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

July Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Books With Colors in the TitlesARC August 2020 TBR • Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #26 • Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Should Be Adapted for the Screen • Top 10 Tuesday: Questions I’d Like To Ask My Favorite Authors • 


Discussion Posts

Guest Post: Peter Kavinksky Is My Boyfriend and I Don’t Care What Anyone Says by Allison Hunt

Peter Kavinksky is my boyfriend and I don’t care what anyone says.

I fully realize that I am an “adult” woman (I put “adult” in quotations because I still act like I’m 13 half the time) and Peter Kavinsky is a 16-18 year old boy. But when I read the To All The Boys I Loved Before trilogy, I pretend like I am Lara Jean…ok I promise you this is way less creepy than it sounds.

The thing is, I never had a real boyfriend until I was 24.  (Hewhomustnotbenamed does NOT count. I mean, sorry not sorry if you cheat on me twice and don’t even know what to do with the little you have, you deserve to be stricken from the record. WOW 2020 PANDEMIC #IDGAF ENERGY GOT ME PUTTING DEM BOIZ ON BLAST…but I digress.) Even though I had a late start to relationships, I have always been a bit boy crazy. 

I remember distinctly at the beginning of 6th grade thinking “ew boys have cooties and what’s that sticking up in Bobby’s* pants” and by the end of that school year I was dreaming of Ron Greenburg* sticking his tongue down my throat. That same year, a romantic side of me came out when Michael Edwards* let me know that he was moving to California. We started sending poems back and forth through AIM expressing our star-crossed “like” for each other. To be honest, I found most of these poems on myspace, which I now realize is plagiarism, but my 12 year old self was blinded with young love. Despite my middle-school popularity, I still left without the one thing I wanted more than anything: a boyfriend. 

Me wearing the cutest outfit that’s going to make all the boys fall in love with me on the first day of high school. Also pictured: My sister Jessica.

The summer between 8th and 9th grade could not end soon enough because I was so ready to finally start high school. I picked out the perfect first day of school outfit: black gaucho pants with a coral tank top over a black t-shirt paired with my grandma’s black beaded necklace (…I was truly a fashion icon in the making). I was excited to intermingle with Westlane’s, one of the other middle schools, hottest commodities, The Mike’s*: two beautiful blonde boys who were really good at soccer. I had actually attempted to hang out with them (and by hang out I mean just be in spatial proximity to them) at North Central High School’s Friday Night Football games. I had also been to the movies with them in a big group setting where I made sure to wear my darkest eyeliner and most revealing fishnet shirt…I told you, I’m a fashion icon.  

Middle school me very boldly taking a photo with one of The Mikes* at a HS football game. Look at my face- This is the best day of my life.

However, even with having constant daydreams about these two and their 6-packs at the age 15 (like how is that even fair), by sophomore year, I actually developed a big crush on another boy that carried me through the rest of high school. His name was Wesley Bennet*. We had many classes together throughout the years and he was kind of quiet but just so nice and cute. I had (…still have) a big personality and I remember doing anything to make him laugh. I had figured out how he was going to fall in love with me: He would come over and watch Disney’s 1998 classic Mulan. Our hands would inch towards each other and slightly graze before he held onto mine. He would pull me in for a kiss and tell me how he’s liked me for years. We would become high school sweethearts and then do long-distance throughout college. It would be hard but our love would keep us strong. Eventually we would both move to NYC: me to pursue my dream of being on Broadway and he to work on the democratic nominees campaign for State Senator of District 18.  I would land my big break just as he was making his first political run and eventual win. We would get married and live in a Brownstone in Brooklyn Heights or Park Slope with a yard, a dog, maybe 2-3 kids and live happily ever after. 

Well, as you probably already guessed, none of this pining ended with a boyfriend. So instead of being yet another sad, emo teenager blasting “Untitled” from Simple Plan’s 2004 album Still Not Gettin’ Any (…this title hits a little too close to home even now *insert laugh cry emoji here*), I turned to the world of YA Rom-Coms.

 For as long as I can remember, when I read a book, I not only play a pseudo-movie in my mind, but I am always putting myself as the main character (if you also do this, let me know in the comments because my friends have told me this is just me and it’s weird). The first book I can distinctly remember being obsessed with was Meg Cabot’s Avalon High. When I was reading this book, I WAS the lead character, Ellie, and actively falling for the main love interest, Will. It felt like her love story was happening to me. I devoured almost all of Meg Cabot’s canon and then continued to search and read any book about Prom or any retelling of Cinderella (Cindy Ella and Geek Charming by Robin Palmer both put me in my feelings). I loved the build up and (sexual) tension of these new relationships and even though I did not have one, I was able to “experience” them just by reading about them. So when I say now as an “adult” woman, that Peter Kavinsky is my boyfriend, I mean that when I am reading those books I am playing the story in my mind as if I am 16-18 year old Lara Jean. 

Despite the fact that I now have loved, lossed, and had many other life experiences both good and bad, I still come back to my YA Rom-Coms. One of my personal favorite feelings is nostalgia. My friends and I will get together and literally laugh for hours on end about stupid things from our childhood. As we have established, I never personally got to experience young love so I like to experience a revised version of the past as if I did. Not in a sad angsty way, but rather in a dreamy state of mind kind of way, ya know? 

Living back home in Indiana during this pandemic has definitely made me feel like I am a high schooler again. So it is only natural that I am reliving my romance with the captain of Adler High School’s Lacrosse team, Peter Kavinsky 🙂 .

*All the names of my former crushes have been changed in this piece. However, if you went to NCHS and graduated with me…it probably isn’t very hard to figure them out 😉 . If you figured it out and I wrote about you in this piece, I had a big glow up and am single so feel free to slide into those DMs because #YOLO…but not if you have a girlfriend or are married. That’s not cool bro.*

Allison Hunt is an actor/comedy writer and a lover of all thing books. She co-wrote and stars in her own comedy series, Untitled Millennial Project. She is a double Gryffindor sun and moon with a Ravenclaw rising. While she reads everything, her favorite genre is dystopian/ fantasy (…with a love story in it of course 😉 ). When she’s not reading, she enjoys a bougie workout class and a solid happy hour situation  (pre-corona obvi)…and might as well throw in Pumpkin Spice Lattes since this is all sounding #basic. 


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#TBT: Revisiting Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I wrote a post a little while ago about the urge to re-read old favorite books amidst the chaos and uncertainty of my current and post-pandemic life. With the release and excitement of Midnight Sun this past month, I finally jumped back into Bella’s world with a re-read of the book that started it all, Twilight. I must have lent my books to one too many people back in the day, because I could not find my original copies. While browsing Half-Priced Books with my sister, I found them and it just seemed like the right time. I felt a sense of giddy excitement at the thought of beginning the journey again. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. Would it hold up to what I remembered? Would I come to hate one of the books that catapulted me into my love of YA literature?

From the first page, which I began in the car on the drive home, the wave of nostalgia washed over me. I was immediately taken back to my late middle school and early high school years and the memories of biking 14 miles to the bookstore while up in Door County with my best friend for the release of Breaking Dawn. I was very quickly drawn back to Forks and the delight of meeting Edward Cullen for the first time. Despite my happy nostalgia, I definitely had some new, or should I say evolved, thoughts about Twilight than I had when I read it for the first time as a 13 year old with very little life/romantic experience.


Bella is kind of a psycho.

The fact that I ever felt like I related to Bella Swan makes me cringe, cuz she is kinda cuckoo. She has some crazy and toxic thoughts y’all. Talk about a stage 10 clinger with a warped sense of self! The fact that she seriously thinks, and I quote, “If I had to, I supposed I could purposefully put myself in danger to keep him close…” is not ok. Also the fact that as a young teenager I read these kind of thoughts and was like “yes, that totally makes sense. YOU GUYS ARE IN LOVE.” just shows you how much experience I had with boys and relationships…

I don’t remember it being so instalovey.

When I first read Twilight I thought it was so ROMANTIC. Bella and Edward’s relationship was a love to end all loves. Now? My reaction was…. “You literally just met.” How did this not register in my brain back then?! I got so caught up in the grandiose declarations of love that I didn’t even comprehend how little their relationship actually develops. I feel like not having experienced a relationship of my own, I didn’t even realize that their were deeper aspects missing. All I needed to know was that they loved each other and I was on board. Their chemistry is definitely still there, but as an adult reader I was really missing the build to the deeper connection that they supposedly have.

We get it. Bella is clumsy.

I don’t remember Bella’s clumsiness being her biggest defining trait. It was mentioned A LOT. Pretty much any time she had to move in any capacity.

Wow, the technology is dated.

I don’t feel like this book came out THAT long ago, but when you see the types of technology that were current then…. it puts it into perspective and makes me feel really old.

Edward is still charming…. and also a little creepy?

Since I’ve watched the movies more recently than having read the books, I forgot why I fell in love with Edward Cullen in the first place. He is charming! I think a lot of that is lost in the films and I really enjoyed getting to see that again. I loved their banter and his dark, mysterious, dangerousness. However; there are moments that I remember finding so incredibly sexy that now just seemed a little creepy. I get that he is attracted to her partly because of her scent… but does he have to sniff her so much? It’s all just a little creepier than I remember it being.

Oh, Hey Jacob!

It’s crazy meeting Jacob in this first book with the knowledge of what is coming. I feel like I barely even registered him the first time I read it and now I was reading into everything. Bella really does him dirty, doesn’t she?

The Cullen’s are awesome.

The Cullen family are actually really awesome characters. There are so many details about them and their backstories that I forgot, especially Alice and Esme, and we only get a glimpse of them in this book. I honestly would love full novels going into depth on each of their individual stories.

The plot still slaps.

Despite some of my newfound issues with the book, the plot is still pretty rockin. I can’t help but love the storyline and there are some really strong moments. It has a great flow of events and plenty of excitement. The world building is pretty good as well and the way it is shown to us is seamless and thorough.

Overall

So, it wasn’t the epically amazing book that I once thought it was. However; seeing it through my adult eyes, I still lived for it and I was able to appreciate it in a different way. This book was a big catalyst in sparking my love of YA literature, and really was one of my first experiences of being deeply affected by a romance. I am definitely going to continue on with a whole series re-read, especially because I remember the books getting better as they go, and then finally get to Midnight Sun. Twilight filled me up in a much-needed way that other books just don’t have the ability to do and while it may not be perfect, I am not quite ready to let it go.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Questions I’d Like To Ask My Favorite Authors

Hello everyone! We’re back with another Top 10 Tuesday, hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Questions I’d Like to Ask My Favorite Authors. I have a few questions that I’d like to know in general, and then a few author specific questions as well. I’m sure I will think of a million more after writing this post too.

General Questions

  1. What was the initial spark of the idea that led to your book?
  2. What is your writing process like? Plotter or Pantser? Do you have your ending first and then go back?
  3. Would you like to see your book adapted for film? If so, who would you like to see play your characters? *I volunteer as tribute*
  4. How much of the story changes during the editing process?
  5. What’s one thing you haven’t written about that you’ve always wanted to?
  6. Who were your biggest writing influences and what were the books that inspired you as a kid?

Author Specific Questions

  1. Hey! Patrick Rothfuss! Where is Doors of Stone!? I love you, but we’re dying here!
  2. Charlaine Harris- Why does Sookie end up with who she ends up with? It seemed out of left field after setting up a different epic romance.
  3. Kate Morton and Ken Follett- Where do you begin on your historical research? How much do you do for each book?
  4. Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard- How do you plan and write your epic battle scenes?!

What questions would you want to ask your favorite authors? Let me know in the comments! ❤

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ARC August Review: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed. 

Release Date: August 25th, 2020

*I received a copy of this book from the publishers in return for an honest review!*


I was so excited about this book. I’ve seen some rave reviews for it and the synopsis sounded very promising. It started off strong with a dark, mysterious, and sexy vibe that drew me in right away. The tension created between Kallia and Jack was palpable, and the storyline got off to a fantastic and riveting start. Unfortunately, it lost me soon after that. The mysteriousness pervaded every aspect of the plot, to the point where I wasn’t even sure what the plot was anymore. There were no boundaries created to establish the world or the way the magic worked, and while some really fabulous ideas were introduced and it maintained its atmosphere, it felt like there were too many things brought up that were not cohesive and didn’t move the plot forward at all. The competition was a really cool concept, but I never understood what the point of it was or what one was supposed to gain from winning it. The great stuff that was established in the beginning seemed to be completely forgotten, and Jack never got more fleshed out than when we originally met him. I liked Kallia’s budding relationship with the judge, Demarco, and I felt their chemistry, but its effect got lost in trying to find where the plot was and what I was supposed to be focusing on. The more I read, the more convoluted the plot seemed to get. I am, apparently, in the minority with my feelings about this book, because most people seem to love it. There were some aspects that I really enjoyed and I see the potential for it being an amazing story, but it was missing too much clarity for me to fully get on board.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Should Be Adapted for the Screen

Happy Top 10 Tuesday everyone! This week’s topic, hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl, is a fun one. As an actress, when I’m reading I always picture the characters I would want to play and see the stories as films in my head. I love book to screen adaptations- although they’re never as good as I dream them to be, and there are too many books that I am aching to see come to life. Here are 10 of my Books That Should Be Adapted for the Screen!


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This series is so cinematic already. I would LOVE to see this world and its characters brought to life on the screen. Four epic movies would be perfect.


The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

This future world is so creative and cool and I think it would be fun to get a real visual on as well as watch the drama unfold. I think it would make a really perfect CW or Netflix original series.


The Deverill Chronicles by Santa Montefiore

You all know how obsessed I am with this trilogy, and I would give anything to watch it on screen. I could totally see it in the same vein as Downton Abbey and think the scenery in the country of Ireland would just be so beautiful.


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

One of my favorite series of all time, this story of epic proportions would make for an incredible production. I picture it to be Game of Thrones style and I’m getting antsy just thinking of how amazing it would be.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This was such a fantastic book with a super vivid setting and ambiance. It would make a beautiful movie.


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

This story is unique and the plot so exciting. It would make a great movie series and would be both action packed and visually beautiful.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Seeing Faerie in all its glory would be so cool. It’s such a fascinating and complicated world, not to mention the drama and manipulation involved, that would captivate movie audiences.


The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

This is such a great story and as I was reading it, I could already envision what it would be like to see on the big screen. The plot is thrilling, the characters complex, and the setting absolutely stunning.


The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic is an old comfort movie of mine, and it’s prequel The Rules of Magic is one of my favorite books. I would love to see it turned into a movie as well.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On is such a hilarious, action-packed, romantic, loveable story, and it would be an amazing tv show or movie!


What do you think about my choices? Who would you like to see cast in these adaptations? Let me know in the comments?