Double Review: The Winner’s Crime & The Winner’s Kiss by Marie RutkoskiΒ 

Double Review: The Winner’s Crime & The Winner’s Kiss by Marie RutkoskiΒ 

Hello, fellow bloggers!

I’m here on this lovely Friday to bring you another double review. I feel like they make a lot of sense for books in a series, especially if I read them in sussession. Plus, I already had this lovely picture of the two of them together, so why not take advantage of that? πŸ˜‰


As you see from the title and photo, this will be a review of the last two books in the Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. I read the first book in this trilogy, The Winner’s Curse, back at the beginning of the year, I think February or March, and I really loved it. I read it from start to finish in one sitting. It was a beautifully written story about two characters who are so stubborn you just want to smack their heads together, but you grow to love and respect them for different reasons. Here is the link to the Goodreads page for first book. I gave it a solid 5/5 stars. Now, on with the reviews!


The Winner’s Crime

β€œIf you won’t be my friend, you’ll regret being my enemy.”

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Double Review: The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Double Review: The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Hello, blog peeps!

I’m realizing, while looking at my stats for this blog, that I haven’t been posting very regularly on here. Which I feel badly about. I guess I’ve just been so busy with life stuff that I sort of forget how many days go between posts. Time flies when you’re having fun, and sometimes when you’re not. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, to make up for it, I’m posting two reviews in one! I also thought this might be a bit easier for everyone, since the two books I’m reviewing are the second and third books in a series: The Raven Cycle. I reviewed the first book in this series, The Raven Boys, a couple weeks ago after finishing it in just a couple days. You can read that review here. Since then, I’ve marathoned the next two books, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue (click the titles to view their Goodreads pages). And if you know me at all, you know I can fly through a series when I’m enjoying it. My bookish friends have told me that The Raven Cycle is like a black hole that’s sucking me in. And maybe it is. But through all the fangirl feelings, shipping, and browsing the internet for fan-art and tumblr posts, I’ve been enjoying the ride into oblivion.

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Happy Sunday! 

So, I finally got around to reading a book that has a huge amount of hype around it. A book that has inspired obsession and late-night trips to the bookstore, extensive bookstagram posts and bookish tattoos. A book I actually tried reading about 4 years ago, when it was fresh off the press and on sale for the Amazon kindle. And the funny thing is, I couldn’t finish it. That book is The Raven Boys, first book in The Raven Cycle series. Here is the Goodreads link. It’s not that I hated the book the first time around, and I wasn’t disappointed because it was new and I wasn’t part of any bookish community, so I didn’t even know if it was popular. I just liked the synopsis and the cover. I got 8 chapters in and just didn’t want to keep going. I honestly wasn’t engaged at all. So I quit reading and never picked it up again. 

I’m telling this cheerful story to put emphasis on the fact that this book did not let me down a second time. After all the times I’ve seen the fandom love for The Raven Cycle series, I finally get it. This book was epically awesome. It made my week. I feel so incredibly stupid for not reading it before, when I had the chance to have had this book in my life for the last 4 years. I suppose I was just in the wrong frame of mind the first time I tried to read it, because this is completely my type of book. It carries an air of magic and fantasy in a real world. It makes you believe in the mystical again. It made me long for the cool nights of autumn, when the air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and it feels like anything is possible. It reminded me how much I need  stories like this in my life, because I think that if you don’t believe in magic, you’ll never find it. πŸ’™ And this book makes you want to believe in magic right outside your door. 


I read somewhere that these characters are similar to the Marauders and Lily from Harry Potter. And it’s so true! I love the dynamics between the group. And I was surprised by the depth of each character. They are all so unique, with detailed pasts that are slowly unraveled throughout the pages. But there is much more to learn about each character, and I cannot wait to get further into the books for this reason, among others. This book spins a tale of history, magic, and also includes very real world issues such as mental illness and class differences. It also has a little dose of murder, which really keeps it fresh. 

If you are doubting this book or unsure if it is for you, I definitely advise giving it a chance. Some may feel the story starts out a little slow, but if you give it a chance, I think you’ll fall in love. This book lived up to all the hype. I can certainly see why this book has inspired tattoos and book merchandise. I might have to look into both. πŸ˜‰

Definitely 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 stars! 

Well, I’m off to read about welsh kings. 

Cheers! β˜•οΈ

Tuesday Tidbit: Autumn Book Releases

Tuesday Tidbit: Autumn Book Releases

Hello, all!

It’s a beautiful sumner day here. The sun is shining, it was a scorching 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and things that are supposed to be green are turning that lovely shade of “I’m dying from dehydration” brown. If you are a summer person, it’s wonderful. If you’re me (which I am), it’s just not what you want. I’ve mentioned before that I really adore the autumn months. They are perfectly sunny but crisp, the sun isn’t so hot, you can get warm coffee and tea, you can wear a light jacket and boots, plaid everything, American football is back, the leaves are changing, nature is kissing the year goodbye, and it makes me want to bake something with pumpkin in it. It’s just the most wonderful time of the year. πŸ’™



Another thing I love about autumn? New book releases! So, while this post was originally a small pity party for me, because it’s still only July, I decided I’d add in some actual information. So, I looked up some info about the best/most exciting new releases in September and October so we can all stay informed together. πŸ˜‰

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Book Talk: A New Opportunity

Hello, blog friends! 

I have some exciting news! I’ve been contacted by a new blogging website, My Trending Stories, to become a contributer and share my book knowledge! Apparently they feel that my writing suites their all-inclusive vision for their site, and they also think my writing is engaging and attracts viewership! Of course, all these compliments definitely made my day. And I’ve accepted their offer! So, hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me around the blogosphere. πŸ˜‰ I don’t have many detail yet, but I’ll share them as I get them! 

This whole situation also got me thinking about how grateful I am for each one of my followers, commenters, and viewers. You guys make my day by sticking with me and helping me share my passion. I love each one of you! 

Also, on a total side note, I got this shirt and these shoes today:


And I love them so much πŸ˜‚ Its the softest and most “me” shirt there ever was. And I love Vans. Monday made for lots of reasons. 

Cheers! β˜•οΈπŸ˜˜ 

Coffee Book Tag

Coffee Book Tag

What’s up, my book peeps?

I’ve been so busy with all the stupid adult responsibilities I have, I haven’t had time to read, post on bookstagram, or post here. It’s the lamest thing ever. Growing up isn’t all unicorns and free books, guys.

Anyway, in the small amount of free time I have, I’ve been looking around for inspiration for my next blog post (that’s this one!), and while I have a list of things I could write about, writing about coffee on a day when I could really use another cup seemed like fun. A few people I follow have done the Coffee Book tag, and while I feel like one of them might have tagged me (code for: I commented my undying love for the tag and they awkwardly told me I should give it a go πŸ˜‚). So, I’m sort of tagging myself. But that’s okay because I’m an independent person. πŸ˜‰ And since I haven’t technically been tagged, I’ll take the suffering away from you by tagging anyone who reads this who would like to do it! It’s perfect for a rainy day post, when you need a hot beverage. And on that note, is anyone else craving autumn? Or is that just me? It’s my favorite season for a reason, and while I like summer, it always feels a little too long.

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The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

Hello blog friends!

I was nominated for the Liebster award, which is an awesome award to help encourage the discovery of new blogs! 😊 Since the folks around here are lovely, I was nominated by two different blogs, meaning I have a lot of questions to answer. The rules of this award are simple:

  1. Thank to blogger(s) that nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you in your nomination
  3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers who haveΒ less than 200 followers
  4. Inform those people that they’ve been nominated
  5. Give them 11 (mostly book-related) questions to answer

So, to start out, I was nominated by Aralyn from Paper Addictions and Magic. Read her post here. And awhile back (maybe an embarrassingly long time ago)Β I was also nominated by Lauren from Comma Hangover, and you can read her post here. Thank you so much to you Β both! You’re both amazing.πŸ’™

Since I have two sets of questions to answer here, I’ll start with Lauren’s.

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