Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR


*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is about books that I want to read this spring.

Already Own:


I’m so excited to read these three books, especially! I have all three in paperback, and the covers are gorgeous. If We Were Villains is marketed as perfect for fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, so of course I had to buy it. Spring still seems a long way off in New England (with another storm on the way) so I bought The Snow Child to add to my growing pile of winter reads. Norse Mythology will be my third Gaiman book (and because it’s a Gaiman book, I already know it will be good).

To Purchase:


The Hating Game and From Lukov With Love were both featured on this post by Bree from In Love & Words about funny romance novels. I’ve been looking for something funny and romantic (since I’ve been reading a lot of dark stuff lately) so I’m so excited to read these! I’ve been hearing nothing but praise for Children of Blood and Bone, so this one is also next up on my purchase list.

Advanced Reader Copies:


I was just approved for Our House on Netgalley, though it may take awhile for me to get to it. I’ve had The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle for awhile as well. I’m halfway done, but I’ve had it on hold for a few weeks now. I’m hoping to get back to reading it and finishing soon.

Anticipated Releases:


Both Circe and The Sky in the Deep come out in April, and are my most anticipated releases of spring!


Sunday Spent in Bed With…The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


With Circe being my most anticipated release for the month of April, I really wanted to read Madeline Miller’s debut novel, The Song of Achilles! I finally picked this book up, and I’m loving it so far.
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

I adore mythology and retellings. The Song of Achilles stays true to the original Greek mythology while offering its own spin. It’s more romantic than I expected, but I don’t mind. I think there might be a little more action going forward, with both Achilles and Patroclus going to Troy.

I’m a little nervous to finish this book since I know how the story ends, and I’m not really in the mood to have my heart ripped out of my chest (stay tuned). I’m hoping to finish this at some point today!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me


*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is about books that surprised me, for better or worse.


  1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    I’m not a fan of contemporary fiction, but every once in a while I come across a contemporary/chick lit book that I really enjoy. This was once of them. You don’t know who dies until the very end, though its alluded to throughout the entire book in interspersed interviews with residents of the beach town, and I kept turning the pages to find out. Big Little Lies is the perfect beach read!

  2. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

    The less you know about this book going into it, the better. I will say that It Ends With Us makes a complete unexpected and shocking turn. I would recommend this, but there are some trigger warnings that should be mentioned (Highlight for Spoiler: Domestic abuse, attempted rape.)

  3. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

    This book surprised me… in a bad way. The first half was a four or five star read for me. I loved the dark, mysterious, dreamy quality of the first half of Wintersong. It would have been a four or five star read for me, if it didn’t become a completely different book at the midway point. After that, almost everything bothered me, and I had to slog through to finish it.

  4. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

    All the Missing Girls is written in reverse, which really worked for the story and made the conclusion far more shocking than it would have been otherwise. I read the entire book in an airport during a layover.

  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

    I had this book on my TBR for over a year before finally deciding to read it. Its not that it didn’t appeal to me, but something just kept me from picking it up. I’m so glad that I finally did, as this series is now one of my favorites! It also started my Victoria Schwab binge-read that led to me reading Vicious, one of my all-time favorites.

  6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    I think many people who read We Were Liars predicted the twist, but I did not. This book wasn’t my favorite, but I did find the ending both shocking and heartbreaking.

  7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

    I read this book when it was first released, and from all the hype (and, let’s be honest, that beautiful cover) I thought I was going to love it. Instead, I found it to be a pretty generic dystopian novel. However, the revelation that a certain someone was actually evil was pretty shocking too, and probably the highlight of the whole book.

  8. Angelfall by Susan Ee

    Angelfall is an indie apocalyptic novel about angels, and really took me by surprise because of how much I loved it. While the conclusion to the series was pretty disappointing, I still think this book should get more recognition.

  9. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

    I wasn’t sure how to feel going into Neverwhere. I didn’t know too much about the book, except that it has already been out for awhile (a few decades?) and has multiple editions. Turns out, its like an adult version of Alice in Wonderland, with two of the coolest and most ruthless villains I’ve ever encountered. I really liked it!

  10. Unravel by Calia Read

    This crazy little book was dark and romantic and made my head spin in the best possible way. The less you know, the better, but I would recommend this to anyone looking for a New Adult romance with a crazy, mysterious twist. I will say that it deals with some pretty sensitive issues that might make some people uncomfortable.



Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Hardcover
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
Rating: ★★★
Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
“From the black waters of the harbor, their song sinks into dreams, permeates the brittle grass that grows along steep cliffs and rotting homes. It settles into the stones that hold up the lighthouse; it floats and swirls in the air until it’s all you can taste and breathe.”

The Wicked Deep is a dark, magical, atmospheric read. I enjoyed it, but there were a few things that bugged me.

This book is about a small coastal town in Oregon called Sparrow. This town is cursed by three witchy sisters who were drowned by the town’s residents two hundred years ago. Every year, the Swan sisters return to inhabit the bodies of girls and lure boys out to the ocean where they drown to death.

“It’s as predictable as the tide and the moon. It ebbs and flows. Death comes and it goes.”

I guessed the twists pretty early on, but the writing was compelling enough to keep me interested until the end. I really liked that each chapter was separated by short chapters (usually only a page or two long) of flashbacks from when the Swan sisters were still alive. These mini-chapters added to the dark, mysterious atmosphere of the book.

One thing that really bothered me was the fact that there were basically no adults in this book. Throughout the whole thing I just kept thinking, where tf are your parents? All the teenagers aside from Bo and Penny were insufferable and shallow. Despite the death that occurs every year, none of the townsfolk seemed to have any real sense of danger. In fact, they throw parties and celebrate the “Swan season” like its all just a big spectacle, or just a quirky facet of their town. With a population of 2000 people and multiple boys dying every summer, you would think that people would be a little more devastated. After all, in a town that small, everyone knows everyone. Instead, they throw parties, get drunk, and dare each other to go into the water for fun, even though most people believe in the sisters and are aware of the danger.

“For in a place like Sparrow, rumors spread quickly, like small pox or cholera, confusing the mind, rooting itself into the fabric of a town until there’s no telling truth from speculation.”

I never became invested in the insta-love romance, which was a pretty big part of this book, but it didn’t really bother me. I actually like the way the romantic aspects were handled (SPOILER SPOILER highlight at your own risk: Although Bo and Penny have sex, which is all fine and good except for the fact that Penny is actually Hazel? So she’s having sex with someone else’s body? A little icky and a lot wrong.) So yeah.

There were some things that weren’t really answered, but maybe its better off that way. There were also some weird punctuation mishaps, which most people probably won’t care about or even notice, but its something I’m a huge stickler for.
With all that being said, The Wicked Deep was an enjoyable read. The writing was good and the concept was unique. I would recommend this to anyone in the mood for a mysterious, romantic, atmospheric book about witches and revenge.

Rating: 3.5/5

Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Source: Hardcover
Release Date: March 6th, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
This book is The Little Mermaid, if The Little Mermaid was darker, grittier, nastier, and spent more time aboard a pirate ship than on land. In short, it’s actually nothing like The Little Mermaid. The basic premise is the same, but Alexandra Christo has taken a fluffy fairy tale and made it so much more. As much as I love the original story, I love this twisted version even more.

I adore Lira and Elian. The characters are all so well-developed, even the secondary characters. The witty banter between everyone is just so fun, and I couldn’t help but find all their little quirks endearing, from the arrogant Kye to the strong-minded Madrid to the quiet but fierce Torik. To Kill a Kingdom is split between the perspectives of Elian and Lira, and they both have their own distinct voices and unique personalities. They’re both arrogant, sharp-tongued, and ruthless, but underneath it all, they are caring and good-hearted. Lira especially goes through a huge transformation, from a murderous and cold-hearted siren princess to someone who cares and empathizes with humans.

“His face is roguish when I sneer up at him, nothing like the sweet and gentle princes I’ve taken before. The ones whose hearts are buried beneath my bed.”

The word-building in this book is very well done. You have the cruel and nasty world under the sea where kindness is seen as weakness and savagery is strength. Sirens steal the hearts of their victims and keep them as trophies, while mermaids and mermen are more fish than human and are just as cruel. Above ground, we see many different kingdoms and languages. There’s political intrigue, as everyone seems to scheme for their own benefit and use each other as means to an end.
I loved To Kill a Kingdom. It’s dark, twisted, and witty. There was romance, but it was secondary to the main story, and seeing the build-up and the character development was way more fun, anyway. As much as I would love to see more from these characters, I appreciate the fact that it’s a standalone because I thought the story wrapped up perfectly. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

“We continue on that way, swords arcing through the air, our breath ragged. Soon there’s sun in the distance, or perhaps even moonlight. Everything is muted and as Lira swoops her blade down on mine once more, I let it all fall away. My mission, my kingdom. The world. They exist somewhere other than in this moment, and now there is only this. Me, my ship, and a girl with oceans in her eyes.”

Rating: 5/5

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes


*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is my favorite book quotes of all time.

  1. “To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered.” – Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

  2. “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” – V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

  3. “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” – Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  4. “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” – Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

  5. “Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet.” – Katherine Arden, The Girl in the Tower

  6. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  7. “You fought and fought to keep all the cruelty locked up in your head, and for what? None of them ever loved you, because none of them ever knew you.” – Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty

  8. “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  9. “Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” – Victoria Schwab, Vicious

  10. “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Review: Everless by Sara Holland

Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eBook (Kindle)
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Rating: ★★★
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

(Cover and synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I really wanted to love this book, really. The premise sounded so interesting! Everless takes place in a world where time is currency and people bleed years of their lives to pay for basic necessities, like food and rent. Unfortunately, it just didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t bring myself to care about any of it… not the characters, the plot, and especially the cardboard romance. Seriously, I was about as invested in the romance as I was in the pizza box that I threw in the trash bin this morning.

That isn’t to say that this book is poorly written, or even that it isn’t good. This rating is entirely subjective, and I know that there are a lot of people out there who loved this book. Personally, I found the plot to be formulaic and the romance to be very predictable and unnecessary. You really mean for me to believe that Jules held onto a childhood crush for a decade? That’s not a thing. I’m sorry. I also feel like there are a lot of conflicts that could have been easily solved (spoiler: when Jules’ dad came to warn her and she was concerned about how much time he had left, why couldn’t she have just given him some of those time coins that she carried around with her literally everywhere and had absolutely no use for??)

Some positives to note: The writing was good, the world-building was well done, and there were some moments that had me genuinely intrigued. Still, I found myself speed-reading toward the end just to get through the book since it wasn’t holding my interest.
Take this review with a grain of salt, because I know that there were a lot of reviewers whose opinions I admire that adored this book. This is a book with a very interesting premise and characters that some may find endearing, but it adds nothing new to the fantasy genre.

Rating: 2.5/5



Waiting on a Wednesday – Circe by Madeline Miller


*Waiting on a Wednesday is a weekly feature in which I spotlight upcoming releases that I can’t wait to read!

This week, I’m waiting on Circe by Madeline Miller.

I’ve had The Song of Achilles (also by Madeline Miller) on my TBR for a while now. I already own it, so I’m hoping to get to it before Circe comes out!



In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

(Cover and synopsis taken from Goodreads)

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time! What’s not to love about Greek mythology and witches? This book is a retelling of The Odyssey from Circe’s perspective. Advanced reader reviews have been very positive, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this when it comes out in April!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-Read Forever


*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is about books that I could reread again and again without getting sick of them.

1. A Courtof Thorns and Roses
2. A Court of Mist and Fury
3. A Court of Wings and Ruin
I had to start off with the ACOTAR books because, well, I’ve read this series twice now, and I feel like I could totally read them again. I love all the characters, the asskicking moments, the steamy romance moments, everything.

4. The Secret History
I rave about this book so much, for good reason. It’s such a dark, thrilling, captivating read. I feel like I could find things that I missed the first time around with each reread. There was just so much substance packed into these pages that I could just devour this book again and again.

5. The Cruel Prince
I’ve already read this book twice and its only been out for two months, soooo…

6. The Notebook
Middle school me (back when I had a heart) will always love this book.

7. The Great Gatsby
This book is amazing and I don’t care what anyone says, Daisy is the real hero. Fight me.

8. The Hunger Games
This book is beyond addictive, admit it. Also, I still haven’t read the third? Oh well.

9. The Archived
10. The Unbound
These were the first Victoria Schwab books that I read. The premise is really unique… a Librarian who can access an archive of memories of the dead, called Histories? How does she come up with this stuff?



Book Haul – End of February


I spoiled myself a little bit this month, so I wanted to share my recent purchases! I’m a lot more motivated to read when I actually own the books instead of having pretty little pictures on my Goodreads TBR list.

Pre-Order (Hardcover):


I’m so so excited to read these! I recently featured To Kill a Kingdom on a recent Waiting on a Wednesday post. They both come out on March 6th (along with Children of Blood and Bone, another book I want to read!) and they’re guaranteed to arrive at my doorstep on the day of release. This is actually the first time I’ve ever pre-ordered a book, if that’s any indication of how much I want to read these ones.

The only question is, which one will I read first?!



I’ve wanted to read The Goldfinch ever since I finished The Secret History. I feel like it might take me awhile to get to The Goldfinch, since its almost double (!) the length of The Secret History (which was a very long book) and I don’t have that kind of time commitment right now.

I’ve only ever read one other Neil Gaiman book (The Ocean at the End of the Lane) so I wanted to read more! Neverwhere seems like a good place to start. Eventually, I’d like to get to all of his books.

eBook (Kindle):


Circe by Madeline Miller is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so I wanted to start with The Song of Achilles! I love books that are based on Greek mythology, and I’ve only heard good things about this book.

I’m kind of nervous to read another Maggie Stiefvater book. Her writing is very pretty, but I find her books to be too slow and introspective for my liking. From what I’ve heard, The Raven Boys is very character driven, which is usually a big draw for me. People rave about this series, so I wanted to give it a chance!


If I ever finish Strange the Dreamer and The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, I might even be able to crack into these before the weekend!