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The Wicker King by K. Ancrum | Review

Posted February 25, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum | Review

The Wicker King had been lingering on my TBR for a while, and when it was announced as the first read in the Dragons & Tea Book Club, it shot to the top of my TBR so I could participate. When I received my paperback copy in the mail, I actually initially though it was damaged as the pages slowly fade into the black the further along the novel progresses, which seemed an ominous sign for what I was getting into while reading. As expected from both the description on the book design, The Wicker King is a tale of […]


My Favorite Half-Night Stand | Christina Lauren Does It Again

Posted January 7, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
My Favorite Half-Night Stand | Christina Lauren Does It Again

I’m a bit new to the Christina Lauren bandwagon as I just recently read my first novel by them, Roomies, this past summer and absolutely fell in love with it. I haven’t had a chance to explore their back list yet, but when I went on a pre-ordering spree this fall I decided to add their newest romance novel, My Favorite Half Night Stand, to my cart. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a rare case of an impulse buy being so, so worth it because My Favorite Half-Night Stand was just so fun! Set at UC Santa Barbara (a gorgeous […]


Sarah Dessen Mini Reviews: Keeping the Moon & This Lullaby

Posted December 3, 2018 in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments
Sarah Dessen Mini Reviews: Keeping the Moon & This Lullaby

I can’t believe that Keeping the Moon is almost 20 years old! Every summer I set out to reread a Sarah Dessen book or two (the goal being that I’ve reread all in recent memory) and it always blows me away that Sarah’s been writing for so long, and how her stories do feel so timeless despite their age. Keeping the Moon is no exception, and I was curious to see how I would like it as I barely remembered anything since the last time I read it was probably back in 2004 and I remembered it not being my […]


Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton | Review

Posted September 24, 2018 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton | Review

I don’t remember where I first heard about Next Year in Havana, but I do remember being struck by the gorgeous cover and feeling a deep compulsion to read it immediately. After a few frustrating weeks waiting for my library hold to come in, I decided to take the plunge and just buy the book, something I’m always a bit wary to do when I’m not familiar with the author. I shouldn’t have worried though, because Next Year in Havana was not only the book I wanted, but it was very much the book I needed as well. Next Year […]


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | Review

Posted July 2, 2018 in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | Review

Let’s be upfront here: This book was really good, but it was WAY too long. The length of Since You’ve Been Gone scared me off and I ended up DNF’ing at about 100 pages in, so I was wary about The Unexpected Everything, but I was super intrigued by the political slant of Andie’s dad being a politician, so I picked up a paperback during an Amazon sale and decided to give Morgan Matson another try. I’m so glad I did, because despite another slow initial 100 pages, I really became invested in Andie (and her friend group, and her […]


Scythe by Neal Shusterman | Is This Even Dystopian?

Posted June 11, 2018 in Boyfriend Book Reviews, Reviews / 6 Comments
Scythe by Neal Shusterman | Is This Even Dystopian?

Hello again dear readers. Another one I was excited for. Is this a common theme? It’s almost as if I only read books I like… Lucky me, eh Cristina? Any who this one was a real hum-dinger. A real page turner at a scant 435ish pages, I blistered through this one shortly after I bought it. Now after having read this and Thunderhead, I am looking back even more positively on this one. This one is worth your time if you want something that breathes fresh life into a horse that (let’s all be honest) has been beaten and re-beaten […]


His Fair Assassin | Trilogy Mini Review

Posted March 5, 2018 in Reviews, Series Reviews / 10 Comments
His Fair Assassin | Trilogy Mini Review

I’ve had Grave Mercy sitting on my shelf for a few years. As the winter season always makes me crave fantasy reads, I figured it was time to give it a shot (Warrior nuns? Why not?) It was an almost exciting premise to read a book that was so backlist compared to the new releases that I always get hyper focused on as a blogger, and I was glad I could go into this book with little to no influence. The beginning was super intriguing and action-packed. Ismae is in a horribly abusive situation and even before her convent training […]


Book Buddies Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Posted December 18, 2017 in Book Buddies Reviews, Reviews / 4 Comments
Book Buddies Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Book Buddies is a fun, collaborative review feature that I participate in once a season with my friend Lauren who runs the blog Bookmarklit. We choose a themed book for the season, read it, and then answer fun questions that pertain to the book’s themes and each feature the book in our own way! Check out the second part of our feature on Lauren’s blog! Check out Lauren’s post here! Mini Review While I enjoy Sarah Ockler’s writing, I once again seem unable to truly find my groove with them. I was enticed by Bittersweet from the gorgeous cover, the […]


Shades of London by Maureen Johnson | Series Review

Posted November 20, 2017 in Reviews / 13 Comments
Shades of London by Maureen Johnson | Series Review

The first book of Maureen Johnson’s paranormal series had been collecting dust on my “shelf of shame”  for several years after I picked it up from a Scholastic warehouse book sale, not completely sure what it was about but remembering that the title sounded familiar. This fall I’ve been going through a bit of a “spooky” reading phase (spooky being a highly subjective term as I do not do horror) and decided to pick up The Name of the Star on a whim one October weekend. I was enthralled by the books and by this introduction to Maureen’s writing (which […]


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | Review

Posted October 23, 2017 in Reviews / 10 Comments
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | Review

So I promised myself that this fall I would make more of an effort to read fantasy books, especially ones that I own. I decided to start this initiative with a book that’s been on my radar for years, The Wrath and the Dawn. Armed with the paperback that I had preordered over a year ago and the First Draft podcast featuring the author, I embarked on a journey into Eastern fantasy and folklore and indulged in this A Thousand and One Nights retelling. Now, I was saving this book in a sense, as literally almost every single one of […]