Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Hey everyone! I had taken a little hiatus from Top Ten Tuesday but now I am back! (yay! Yipee!! *thrown confetti*) Life has been busy but I missed doing this list every Tuesday and decided to hop back into it this week. With Easter almost upon us, (already have been eating those delicious peanut butter eggs) that means spring is in the air and time to figure out our TBR for this coming season! So here is a list of ten books I want to read this spring!

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir |  Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo | Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young | Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas | Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff | Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden | Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith | Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens | The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg



3 Reasons to Read: Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen

Reign the EarthShalia 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.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarletwill hold readers spellbound.

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5/5 Stars ★★★

First reactions after finishing this book:


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Wow, just wow! I’ve been waiting for awhile for another book by A.C. Gaughen and this book definitely didn’t disappoint. There is just something about Gaughen’s writing that I just love and she just pulls me into her stories. I was hooked in the first chapter and loved the journey that we started with Shalia. So here are my 3 reasons why you need to read this awesome book!

  1. Strong female character: I really enjoyed Shalia and her personality. I felt connected with her on a personal level in that she is a women who wants peace and likes to be involved in the peace making. She wasn’t one to sit back and let events unfold. She wanted to be there on the front lines helping her people, whether they were a part of the desert or her new country. Shalia was, I feel, like a lot of women today who are strong and amazing but still have doubts on the inside. She would question herself on things (especially with some of the darker topics of this book) where we as women know its wrong but think that things will change. I thought that Gaughen showed real character growth with Shalia on that side of the story.
  2. Magic: I really love stories with elemental magic. There is just something about earth, wind, water and fire magic that appeals to me. I feel that Gaughen did an amazing job of explaining how the magic worked for Shalia and other Elementae and it wasn’t just there. Some books it seems that they throw the magic into the story without actually thinking it through. But the elemental magic here was so beautifully interwoven with Shalia and her story that I almost wish I was an Elementae too.
  3. Journey: While this book is just the start of the journey for Shalia, I feel that these first steps are just the beginning in what is going to be a wild story. The journey here is not only a physical journey for Shalia but also an emotional one. Moving away from family and the only people she has known in her life can’t be easy. But she also is experiencing marriage and taking an emotional journey that in the end is a darker one than I expected at first when I started the book. It is an important story to be told especially in today’s times but I think Gaughen did a great job taking us through the good and bad times of Shalia’s journey of finding peace for her people and herself.

Overall I gave this book 5/5 stars for a great start to what I am sure will be an awesome series about one women’s journey to find peace for her family, friends, and her people, no matter if they are like her or not. I definitely recommend picking this book up for sure! Such a good read and one that you will fly through!


Emily here! I also read this book and I have a few things to add about this FANTASTIC book. My star rating is the same as Arika’s, and my reactions are definitely similar (because I am so ready for more)! This is the first fantasy in a long time that I picked up and found myself completely entranced with the world. Should be no shock that AC Gaughen was the one to help me find some much needed fantasy (FAVORITE AUTHOR ALERT). So, what 3 reasons would I give you for reading this book…

  1. A story about an overcomer. Shalia is not dealt an easy hand. She is forced into a marriage to a man she doesn’t know and she finds herself in some tough situations. People try to take advantage of her, they knock her down, they abuse her. As the Queen she is a target constantly, and all the while trying to do something for this land she knows nothing about. Her body changes, her mind changes, everything changes and honestly…I would be overwhelmed. Even with all of these issues she continues to fight her fight. She doesn’t let these issues drag her down and keep her away from her goals and her purpose. She is the overcomer I needed to read about.
  2. Girl Power! Ok, let’s be real…Shalia is kind of a badass. As I have already said, she doesn’t let her life drag her down. But the strength and courage that she shows when she faces challenges…unreal. This doesn’t mean that you never see her slip or falter. This doesn’t mean that you don’t see her doubt. It means that you see her take those feelings and use it for a better purpose. She is strong. She is courageous. She is a fighter for her people. She never ever forgets what truly matters.
  3. A fantastic world with some dark truths. I was head over heels in love with this world. When I was reading it I was going through some things (and still am going through said things) and it was the escape I needed. I was transported to the Bonelands and beyond. I was among these people. I swam in the lake, I ran through the desert. It was a world I truly fell in love with. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have bad moments. Oh my gosh there are so many real world moments in here (abuse, etc) that I was not expecting at all. Many times this book took a turn much darker than I was anticipating. But because of the main character, because of her support, I continued to believe in this world and to fall for it.

All in all, I loved this story. I don’t know what it is about Gaughen’s writing that gets me, but she so does and I was immediately there and never wanting to leave. If you are looking for another strong ass female to add to your TBR, make it Shalia. Get lost in this world just like we did.



If we were having Tea (2)…

20638302_10210095186557818_268576923072112750_nI have seen this post many times over at Jamie’s page (The Perpetual Page Turner) and have always wanted to give it a shot. I think it’s fun, personable, and a great way to kind of get to know one another. So, with it being a new year I thought why not give it a shot? But there will be a bit of a difference…we won’t be having coffee. Instead I will be having tea.

If we were having tea…


  • I would tell you that I am still going strong with my chapter of War and Peace a day. I honestly don’t know if I could sit down and knock the whole thing out. I am also working on Little Fires Everywhere, which I am super pumped about. Also listening to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for my classics club. Not sure how I feel about it yet. Are you reading anything right now?
  • I would tell you that I am doing my best to combat seasonal depression. My latest thing…coloring. I have been turning on a show that I have watched a few times and cracked open the coloring book to help me relax. How do you combat seasonal depression?
  • I would tell you that I am struggling with some massive cabin fever. It’s always cold here and I just need the sun to not be a lie (because here if the sun is out it probably means that it feels like -20 outside and the air hurts your face). How do you handle when cabin fever strikes?
  • I would tell you that I am in the process of refocusing my fitness routine. My husband and I are trying to focus at least 3 days a week on lifting, which I am loving. I am also really working on trying to get back into running so that I can accomplish some of my running goals for this year. Do you have a fitness routine?
  • I would tell you that my days are starting to fill up again, but with some pretty awesome things. When I first moved to this area I had nothing and no one besides my husband, and honestly we spent a lot of time just hanging out on our own in our apartment. It’s crazy how when you find a group of friends (or even just one or two more friends) your life becomes busy but in the best way possible. I have hockey games, fun runs, shows, movies, and all kinds of other things to look forward to. Maybe that will help this winter sadness. Maybe. How do you spend your time when you aren’t reading?
  • I would tell you that I am definitely struggling with getting back into the blog life. I love doing this, I really do. But I am definitely struggling with the balance of blogging and real life (because I honestly didn’t have a lot of issue with that when I first started this blog). I want this to be a blog that I am proud of, that we are proud of, but I think the start is making it a little bit more active.
  • I would tell you that I am struggling with my “career” choice. Can you call it a career? I don’t know, but what I do know is that I’m not happy with where I’m at. Definitely struggling to see positives and find my way to something that I want and feel successful at. Things have been stressful at my current job but I have been feeling this way for a long time. Unfortunately I can’t turn off my feelings (my husband’s words) and just stop working there mid-school year. I am definitely riding the struggle bus, but don’t feel I can really give out more details than this. What do you do when you are feeling like you aren’t on the right path in your life?
  • I would tell you that I hate ending these things on a downer. So…let’s talk about how much I still love The Greatest Showman. I went to it again the other day and…SPOILER ALERT…it’s still good! Ok, not much of a spoiler but meh. HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MOVIE YET?


Book Talk: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

the hazel woodSeventeen-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.

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3/5 Stars ★★★☆☆

After reading The Hazel Wood, I couldn’t quite decide if I really liked it or if it was just another book I have read. Don’t get me wrong…there are some great things about this book but I wasn’t absolutely blown away by the story. So for this post I decided to write out a few of likes and dislikes for the book and I hope it can help you decide as a reader if you might want to give this book a chance. It comes out tomorrow: January 30, 2018.


  • I enjoyed Alice and her line of thoughts. She was a good main character and was definitely self sufficient. She had that feel to her that she was used to stuff going to crap but she could deal with it. I never felt annoyed with her like I do some main characters…but sometimes it seemed she was totally unobservant.
  •  The Hinterland world. Wow this world was interesting! I enjoyed the different fairytales that were introduced. They were mysterious and a whole different type of story compared to our everyday fairytales. I also liked how they were a little darker then most and the fact that there was a whole other dimension where these stories were played out. I really enjoyed the story when it dealt with the Hinterland and I would read another book in the series if it dealt just with the Hinterland.


  • How long it took to actually get to the fairytale part of the story. I felt like most of the book we as readers were just trying to get to the Hinterland and when we finally got there, the book was almost over. I picked up the book because of this mysterious new fairytales and I almost thought we weren’t going to get there and that there were just flashes of this mysterious land. I was just a little disappointed that most of the story wasn’t in the Hinterland. It felt like to me it was more of a young adult book instead of fantasy.
  • Ellery Finch. I wasn’t really impressed that much with Ellery Finch. I guess I was looking for a bigger character in Ellery. I was really hoping he would be more of either a best friend or love interest but he just seemed a little off most of the story. Maybe that is what the author was going for but in the end, he didn’t make a good impression on me.

Why you might want to pick it up tomorrow: The actual Hinterland was really interesting and the new fairytales were really fun to learn about. As I have said before, if the next book in the series was more about the Hinterland I would more than likely read it. If you like more young adult and just a little bit of fantasy content then this is the book for you.




Let’s talk about…Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

I must be on a roll this year. I have actually drafted blog posts (that I haven’t actually published yet, but hey…drafted). I have been longing to read (I have just given up on watching whatever my husband is right now as we hunker down to both save money and avoid the cold and have been diving into my current reads). I actually finished a book and…I loved every minute of it.

This book has my heart. It had me laughing, crying, and cheering alongside the characters as they worked to overcome obstacles. It made me feel every single feel. It made me ache and made me excited at the same time. The book…Kids of Appetite by David Arnold.

33516292Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.
This is a story about:
1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

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NOTE: I am very nervous that I will not accurately be able to get all of my feelings out coherently. I also worry that my words just won’t be enough to convey how much love I have for this book. So note, I wanted to hug this book over and over again after I finished it. It has moved onto my favorite shelf. I am so excited to be new to the David Arnold fan club.


The journey begins in a police station as Vic and Mad are giving statements about the murder of Mad’s uncle. Throughout the story we not only listen to the statements that they give, but we go back to the events of the past 8 days and uncover what happens and just who the Kids of Appetite are. I loved the setup of this book. I think it was great that it bounced back and forth so that you would only get a little information about the past before jumping in to the police station. It left you trying to fill in some blanks as far as if these two were guilty, or if their friends were. I felt that these police station scenes really helped set the tone of who Vic and Mad are, and what they are to each other. Though I rolled my eyes a little bit at the way that they talk (I just don’t know a single teenager with that kind of vocabulary), I found myself fully invested in their story and what was going to happen to them.

So…what are some amazing things about this book?

  1. The writing! I absolutely loved the writing. There are so many quotes that had me feeling all of the feels (and sobbing like a baby). I have finally, 16 years after experiencing it myself, found a description of what it feels like to find out a family member has cancer and what it’s like to watch them fight the battle that can end so quickly. Some of my favorite quotes…
  2. I found something I could relate to in each character. Vic lost his father to cancer and is watching his mother move forward from her intense grieving period in life. She is dating and just not who he remembers. I can relate to his struggles as he battles grief and the guilt that not everything is as clear as it once was. Baz and Zuz are refugees, and though I am not a refugee myself I have worked with a handful. Hearing the story of how they came to America in the book really hit me because it’s so much like what some of the students I have worked have gone through to get here. I have felt lost and alone and unsure where to go next, like many of these kids.
  3. I loved watching their relationships grow and deepen. As each character finds out more about the other you can see their relationships change, but for the better. They continue to gain and deeper understanding of each other, and see the things each person has gone through that no one that age should ever see. These terrible events brought them together and created a bond that I haven’t ever really known with anyone. Honestly, this story was about how your friends can become family.
  4. I loved all the characters. I honestly can’t pick a favorite one. Each one broughy their own selves to the story, and their backgrounds helped continue to move the plot along. They started off a bit unsure, and throughout the story they grew and matured. They weren’t perfect. They disagreed, argued, and had to have some space from one another. They made assumptions that they shouldn’t have made. But in the end, they made their relationships with each other the most important part, and there’s something to value in that.

Kids of Appetite was an emotional journey that really reminded me of a more modern take on Mad’s favorite book, The Outsiders. Parents were pretty much nonexistent and they were forced to grow up further than what their ages imply. From start to finish, I was totally hooked. I found myself really caring for the characters, to the point where I would comment on things out loud.


I am honestly so thankful I found this book and glad that it was my first book of 2018. I cannot wait to read David Arnold’s other book, because if it’s anything like this one…well, then I will need to redo my favorites bookshelf.


If we were having tea…

I have seen this post many times over at Jamie’s page (The Perpetual Page Turner) (I don’t believe she is the original creator of this, but I hope linking back to her page gives credit where credit is due) and have always wanted to give it a shot. I think it’s fun, personable, and a great way to kind of get to know one another. So, with it being a new year I thought why not give it a shot? But there will be a bit of a difference…we won’t be having coffee. Instead I will be having tea.


If we were having tea…

  • I would tell you that we have to have tea because coffee makes me so sleepy. I know, you are probably giving me that look like I’m crazy but it’s true. Coffee typically makes me super sleepy. Anyone else have this problem?
  • I would tell you that I have a lot of reading going on right now. I am listening to Treasure Island as part of a challenge to read a classic each month. I have finished Kids of Appetite by David Arnold (loved it!) and have moved on to Reign the Earth by AC Gaughen. I am also reading War and Peace. My husband and I are doing a challenge where you read a chapter a day for the entire year (found on reddit). Are you reading anything right now?
  • I would tell you that I saw The Greatest Showman on the 1st and I am OBSESSED! The songs are constantly in my head and that could be because when I am not listening to my audiobook in my car (or while working out) that I am listening to that. I highly encourage you to see it if you haven’t because OH MY GOSH ALL THE FEELS!tumblr_os9fxwinjy1qd4rf5o2_500
  • I would tell you that my seasonal depression is coming in real strong. I know the country has been pretty darn cold lately, but up here…our highs have been from -3 to maybe 8 (and then you add in the windchill which actually makes it feel like -30). Even with the sun shining I have found that my mood stinks and getting out of bed is hard. Thankfully, a warm stretch is just upon us (but followed by more ridiculous cold…). Anyone have any tips for keeping that seasonal depression to a minimum?
  • I would tell you that I have been weirdly focused on fitness lately. Last year I decided enough was enough and I committed to a workout program that had me working out 6 days a week. Now I have to work out anywhere from 4-6 days a week or I am super thrown off. I have taken to weight lifting, yoga, and running, and even plan on trying to tackle a half this year. What do you do to stay moving?
  • I would tell you that I had an excellent winter break. I was able to be home with my entire family for the first time since last Christmas and it was a really good time. My brother just this week went to California for the next few months so I probably won’t be seeing him again until maybe this summer? A good time was had by all.25994492_10211072670274300_6690703015253191571_n
  • I would tell you that I am going to my FIRST EVER SHOW this year. I have adored watching Les Miserables or Chicago as a movie, but this year I am actually able to attend a show in March. I am super excited to get dressed up and bawl my eyes out while watching Les Mis happen right before my eyes.
  • I would tell you that I am getting the itch to get out of this area for some sort of vacation. It’s cold. There’s not a lot happening right now. I need warmth and sunshine. I am tired of the upper midwest (even though I love being from the midwest). Anyone have any travel plans for the winter?

Hope that you are all having a wonderful January. Hope that you are embracing winter, or at least diving into a really great book.




Whats up 2018!

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Hey Everyone. I have been kind of lackadaisical with writing reviews on the blog. I have been so busy over the last couple of months with a big test I had (and I found out that I PASSED!!!!!) and I didn’t get to read and write as much. 2017 is gone and passed me up so fast that I am still wondering where it went. I did get to my Goodreads goal of 50 books for the 2017 year. It was a close one but I squeaked a couple in there in December. I also finished up my Harry Potter reread on the 1st and so I am ready to start a whole new year with some great books!

So here it is….2018…..and I am going to make this a great year. I have a few goals in mind for the blog and reading (of course) that I would like to accomplish!

  • I joined in with some lovely ladies (including the wonderful Emily) on reading a classic a month this year. I have wanted to in the past read some more classic novels that I was never required to read in school. To see where a lot of authors get their ideas or inspiration from. Though I know it will be hard to read some of them (especially when it is written in old english) but I am excited to see what different novels I can add to my read shelf.
  • I upped my Goodreads challenge to 60 books this year from 50 last year. I discovered audiobooks midway through last year and I think I can get in an extra 10 books in!
  • I want to do at least 2 posts a month that are just me posting about books I am reading or something to do with the book world. Whether it’s books you should check out or ones I have read/listened too or just a Harry Potter fandom post. I feel like I didn’t get to post consistently last year, so I am going to really try hard to make this goal.
  • Enjoy books! I don’t want to set to many goals so I’ll finish with this one, just enjoy the books I am reading. Books can be so much fun and pull so many emotions from you but sometimes I feel like I just skim books and I really don’t take them in and enjoy them. This year I hope I discover some amazing books and can tell you about how much I enjoyed them.

Well I am off to read a little more and I hope everyone is having a great start to their year! Look for a couple of posts coming in at the end of the month…I am reading a few new books that are coming out and I am excited to share them with you!

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Hello 2018


Hi everyone! Yes. I still do this. I am still alive and still making doing my best to get through it all, but man…has this year been a weird one. 2017 is ending, and honestly…not that sad. There were a few good things that did happen, but I have definitely struggled on so many levels.

The year has ended with a stream of “not for me” books. I kept to my genres, I thought. I kept to my strong suits, I thought. And though the books weren’t at all bad, they just were falling flat for me.


And then I picked up the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and fell in love. I fell in love with the characters, the island…everything. It shocked me that after a string of bad book that books written in letter form was what got me back in my groove. It wasn’t fantasy, which has always been my go to. It was historical fiction. It wasn’t young adult, which I seemed to stick in a lot over the past few years. It was adult. What. Was. Happening.

Then I thought back to the past year – heck, the past few months- and thought about what books have really been sticking with me. The Names They Gave Us. The Nightingale. The Alice Network. With Malice. All of these books had branched out of my “comfort zone.” I was starting to really read in a wide variety of genres. This is something that I have obviously not been paying attention to.


I kept trying to return to what I thought was my reading home, but my reading home has been evolving and changing.

Now, with this in mind, I am ready to tackle some reading goals for 2018.

Obviously I still love fantasy, but I think I may be a little more picky. I think it may be the same with YA books. I have a list of ones that I am dying to try, but it’s not what it once was. I am adding in classics. I am adding in Adult fiction. I am adding in books that a year or two ago I probably wouldn’t have really thought too hard about.


I am still a mood reader, so making a firm TBR is not really something I can do. But I am going to try to read more of what my mind wants and not try to overthink it. So…what am I going to do in 2018…

  • Slow down on the netgalley requests. I have a few eArcs to read that I am excited for, but after that I am taking a break so that I can kind feel of out where I’m at.
  • Read a classic a month. Some lovely ladies and I have come up with some choices so that we can read them together. Not all classics work for everyone, so it will be so awesome to have others to help me power through if I am feeling it’s not 100% for me (because I still want to read them and feel that I can learn more from them).
  • Have my husband make a few selection. I don’t think he ever reads these posts so maybe he will never see this (haha I am sure this is the one he will read). Whenever he has made a selection for me it has been a bit out of what I would typically select, but not so far as to be something that he knows I would absolutely hate. He knows me better than anyone, even better than myself. I think having him select a few for me to read this year would be fun.
  • MORE READALONGS! I would love to do more readalongs with you guys. So here’s to hoping that Arika and I can get some ideas going. Reading is always so fun in groups.
  • Read for fun. Don’t overthink it, just grab the book and go. I seriously debated Guernsey for so long. I picked it up and then put it down more times than I can count, and I really regret that. I put off a book that has become pretty near and dear to my heart. It could have changed my reading habits for the better these past few months. But you live and learn.

2017 was a year of pretty great reading. I didn’t read anything that I found to be absolutely terrible (though there were some things I disliked). I enjoyed most things and could always find some positives in all the negatives. I am not unhappy with how it went at all. But 2018…2018 is going to be a great year of reading.



3 Reasons to Read: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The beautiful onesIn a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamed of, but Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.

The Beautiful Ones is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the Belle Époque.

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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Let me start of by saying that I have a great book for you to read. And I’ll warn you at first…it does start off a little slow, but don’t let that stop you from the amazing finish that this book has in store! This is one of the first books in awhile that I have stayed up late to keep reading because it captivated me. I kept flipping to the next page, wanting to know what was going to happen to this nature, bug loving girl in the ever so polite high society she didn’t want to be a part of. So, in order to put my thoughts together in this review I decided I will give you three main reasons you need to read this book:

1. The Romance: This book is set up similar to a Pride and Prejudice novel, where the thought of being alone with a guy is a complete no no and you have to ask the head male of the family for permission to court. But that doesn’t stop Nina (one of our main MC’s) to have a sort of heartbreaking type romance with Hector. It was a well thought out romance where at no point was a sick of reading about it.

2. The Characters: They are really well thought out and I felt so many emotions not only towards Nina and Hector but also Valerie. I really like the fact that the chapters alternated between their point of views. It was a way to understand each of the characters and how they thought and reacted with everything that was going on in their lives. While it seems to be a love triangle between the three main characters…it was one I could deal with and enjoyed reading how it played out.

3. The Setting: I really enjoyed how it was placed in another world based on our own but in a time similar to the late 1800’s France. It was easy to imagine the type of place and actions of other characters, like what was deemed appropriate for a gentleman and how it was frowned upon that Nina liked to be outside so much with the bugs and nature. I also enjoyed the fact that there was a little telekinetic powers thrown in there. While it wasn’t the main theme of the book, it definitely played an important part in the interaction of the characters.

Overall an amazing book about throwing out what society deems appropriate and finding that one true love. I highly suggest you get your hands on this book!

Happy Reading!

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

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Hey everyone, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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We are happy to be doing another Top Ten Tuesday this week and our theme of course is Halloween! While there is a ton of different ideas we could do for this freebie we decided to go with something simple…Characters we would dress up as for Halloween! Now as a kid I know I dressed up as so many different characters, like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz to Darth Maul from Star Wars. It is always fun to pretend and dress up as a different character from a different world.


  1. Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  3. Ryiah from The Black Mage Series by Rachel E. Carter
  4. The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  5. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


  1. Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas (THIS IS THE DREAM PEOPLE! MY EMO KID DREAM)
  2. Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (I legit love her)
  3. Scarlet from The Scarlet series by AC Gaughen (DUH!)
  4. Daisy from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (FLAPPER DRESS PLEASE!)
  5. Miss Viola Swamp from Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall (because the name is PERFECT)

Question: What are some of your favorite costumes to wear?