Category: Books

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Review

Posted August 10, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Review

Mexican Gothic is probably one of the most buzzed about books of 2020 in my online social circles, and I can’t deny that it’s easy to see why when you look at the cover, the synopsis…just everything about it screams READ ME. As excited as I was to dive into it, I’ll admit I did have some reservations because I am not a horror type of gal. I’m so glad I did push myself out of my comfort zone though as Mexican Gothic proved to be a compelling, if rather surprising, read. Set in 1950s Mexico, Mexican Gothic follows protagonist […]


tbr selections inspired by folklore

tbr selections inspired by folklore

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been streaming folklore nonstop since it’s drop in late July, soaking in the lyrics, the stories, the sounds and unable to turn it off even when you’re not listening to it. I’ll admit I’m surprised that I like it so much considering I didn’t really become a Taylor fan until 1989 (aside from liking the occasional single from her country albums- Love Story is a bop). So I thought, why not channel my obsession with the album’s melancholy tones that perfectly match my quarantine mood with some selections from my TBR? It ended up […]


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare | The Last Hours #1

Posted July 27, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare | The Last Hours #1

I have to admit, I’ve been on a huge Shadowhunters kick this year. It all began when I decided to reread the TID trilogy in order to go into Chain of Gold fully prepared, which then led to reading all of the short stories and novellas I could that chronologically came before Chain of Gold (huge shout out to Dedra from A Book Wanderer for this handy list of what to read!)  When I finally picked up Chain of Gold, my expectations were sky high, and I’m pleased to state that *most* of them were met! I love all of […]


The Mall by Megan McCafferty | ARC Review

Posted July 22, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
The Mall by Megan McCafferty | ARC Review

90s historical fiction is something I didn’t know I needed but now can’t believe I’ve been living without! (Also, the fact that the 90s is considered historical fiction makes me feel ~old~). I absolutely flew through The Mall, which follows recent high school graduate Cassie as she navigates her last summer before college navigating retail life at The Mall. Which should have been a quick summer of serving up cookies and daydream of NYC, she finds her life turned totally upside-down with mall shenanigans, featuring everything from underground parties to Cabbage Patch scavenger hunts. In many ways The Mall is […]


The Bane Chronicles | Review

Posted July 20, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Bane Chronicles | Review

I resisted reading the Shadowhunter short story bind ups for a LONG time. I was just so confused because there were so many, seemed to jump around timeline wise, and honestly just wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy them or not. I was also very confused as to which were necessary to read. In my review of The Bane Chronicles, I’ve decided to give a brief summary about my thoughts of each story along with my opinion on if it’s ~required~ reading or not (of course, my opinion is bound to differ from others, this is just based on if I […]


Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti | ARC Review

Posted July 13, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti | ARC Review

It’s no secret that I absolutely ADORED A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti and it will forever be one of my favorite contemporary novels, so when I heard Deb Caletti was going to be writing a thriller set in San Francisco I clicked that NetGalley request button SO fast. Girl, Unframed proved to be a dark, unsettling story about the burdens of beauty, whether it be regarding artwork or a real, living girl who’s appearance is commodified, scrutinized, and weaponized at every turn. Protagonist Avery is the daughter of a stunning movie star who’s clinging […]


Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust | ARC Review

Posted July 5, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust | ARC Review

*Thank you to NetGalley and Flatiron books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!* Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a story just as lush and striking as its stunning cover. A fantasy novel that brings in Persian folklore, Girl, Serpent, Thorn follows the story of Soraya, a girl born into royalty but hidden away due to being cursed with a poisonous touch. Living in her private quarters with only her garden and occasional visit from her mother to curb her loneliness, Soraya’s isolation eventually drives her to seek answers as to her condition when she learns that a […]


The Heir Affair by Jessica Cocks and Heather Morgan | ARC Review

Posted June 29, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Heir Affair by Jessica Cocks and Heather Morgan | ARC Review

I’ve been waiting years for a sequel to The Royal We, so I was ECSTATIC when I found out The Heir Affair was being released. I am a fan of anything royalty related and this series definitely scratches that itch by feeling like an alternate universe version of today’s modern day UK royals. Readers left Bex and Co. in such a pickle at the end of The Royal We that I couldn’t wait to see how things picked up in the sequel, and I was not disappointed, as I ended up enjoying this book even more than the first! The […]


Beach Read by Emily Henry | Review

Posted June 22, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Beach Read by Emily Henry | Review

Beach Read seems to have been everywhere this spring, with it’s catchy yellow cover, arch rival author premise, and promise of a summer fantasy with a beach house setting. It’s usually the type of story I welcome with open arms, and I was thrilled when my library hold came in, confident that it was going to make my best of 2020 list. Unfortunately, while Beach Read did have a lot of positives for me, I just seem to have missed the magic that many other readers found within its pages. The novel follows romance author January, who is down on […]


Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein | ARC Review

Posted June 15, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein | ARC Review

I love a romance novel that has a good subplot that focuses on something other than the romance itself, and that’s exactly what I found in the pages of Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein, which has quickly risen to the top of my favorites of 2020 list! Following the story of Avery Abrams, a retired gymnast who just missed Olympic glory, the novel focuses on what comes next after dreams have been shattered and careers ruined by injuries. In just her mid-twenties, Avery feels as though her life has peaked and her identity ruined. I really loved this story […]