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Mini Reviews/July Wrap Up

I haven’t read much this month, there has been a lot going on work wise and family wise.  I have decided I need to start writing again on some level so to ease myself into reviews again we are going to try for 1-3 mini review posts each month.  I’m not going to set an exact number in case I move on to full reviews or read one book and don’t post till the end of the month but either way I want to share what I’m reading and what I thought!  

Gideon Falls Volume 5:  Wicked Worlds by Jeff Lemire/Andrea Sorrentino – This story has turned dramatically, I don’t think I saw anything happening coming, and I honestly don’t know where it is going anymore.  3/5


Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon (audio) – Once I got past the quite horrible opening (not the writing, the acts happening) it actually was a fun story and not as steamy as booktok made it out to be.  Maybe that’s in later books?  I’d continue with the series.  3/5


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (audio) – This was a reread via audio to read the Carry On series.  Still adorable, still love it.  5/5


Fangirl Vol 1:  The Manga by Rainbow Rowell, adapted by Sam Maggs/Gabi Nam – Just another version of the above.  Adorable.  5/5


Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne (audio) – This is the second book I’ve read by Sally and it was pretty cute, there were multiple secondary characters I’d love to know more about, I hope we can revisit this setting again! 3/5

The Dead Mom’s Club by Kate Spencer – The second I knew this book existed I requested it from the library.  Every single person goes through grief differently but being another member of the Dead Mom’s Club in a somewhat similar way to the author helped me in feeling validated in how I grieve.  This made me feel more normal than I have in quite some time.  5/5


Lumberjanes Vol 17:  Smitten in the Stars and Vol 18:  Horticultural Horizons by Shannon Watters – These are like reading a friendly hug.  The adventures the Janes get up to are always entertaining.  3/5

What about you? What did you read in July?

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Top Ten Tuesday: 06/22/2021

Today’s Top Ten list?


List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to a wishlist so that people can grant your wish. 

First, happy birthday Jana!! Thank you for all you do with exchanges and hosting TTT.

I’m going to list 10 physical books/series I’d love to own/read but there are also several ebooks on my wishlist that I’m just as excited for.  


Link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2V4JZCCNFOAA2?ref_=wl_share


Darling by K. Ancrum – second Peter Pan retelling that came out this month and I’m here for it!


The Second:  Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America – The older I get the more nonfiction I read.  There are so many aspects of life so many of us have remained ignorant to and it is time to learn and be a part of change.  

The Burning:  The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan – I’m still floored that we didn’t learn about this in school and I want to learn more about it.


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – I heard about this on a podcast and frankly after 2020 we could all use all the happiness we can get.


The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman – I’ve read the first book in the series, though I don’t own it and I would love to finally finish it this year!


The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso – Really the entire Swords and Fire series.  I’m not sure how I stumbled across these books but this sound like a fantastic fantasy world.


The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn – A series (Witches of New Orleans) set in my state?  Yes please!


Circe & Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – They’ve been on my TBR forever but booktok and made me want to bump them up on the TBR list.


The Kingdom of Grit series by Tyler Whitesides – Again, another I don’t know how I stumbled across it but it sounds epic!!


The Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin – These sound great and I do not know why I haven’t already read them!

What about you? I can’t wait to see what some of you have listed and maybe add more to wishlist! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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The Year of Reading

First let me start with the elephant in the room.  Yes, we haven’t been posting in quite a bit. We know.  We were burned out, work/life got in the way, etc there are just so many reasons why we took a hiatus but hopefully you won’t mind seeing us around.  Daphne started a blog insta (@kiki.daphne) but we are a bit behind the times on the bookstagram and booktok.  While I love both, we are just a bit of dinosaurs I guess when it comes to posting and though we are going to work on changing the way we post we will probably still post here first and foremost. 


So. . . .with that out of the way, let’s talk about my year of reading!


Though I seem to live in an area that is pretending the pandemic didn’t happen (and still is really – though most restrictions have eased) and all is well I’ve done my best to stay home as much as possible.  Though at times very boring and slightly claustrophobic it has been a huge help for my reading schedule.  As I write this I’ve almost completed my 2021 goodreads challenge and we aren’t even halfway through the year!  I’m over 40 books ahead of schedule and I’m so proud of myself! A big thing for me is starting and/or completing multiple series this year. I have huge issues with letting go of series and another thing I’ve had to do because of that is rereads.  When I hold off on completing a series I tend to forget what happened and have to go back and read the entire series again and that is just making the TBR grow MORE.  I literally am at almost 900 books TBR and that is after I took off almost 100 in a goodreads purge last month so things are getting serious.  I just wanted to share what I’ve been able to complete so far and what I’m hoping to complete in the rest of the year.  I want to look back in December and be able to say this was DONE.


Series I’ve completed/caught up on in 2021 so far:


The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn 


The Queen’s Thief by Magen Walen Turner 


Fable by Adrienne Young


The Brown Sisters by Talia Hibbert


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (reread for the show)

The Smythe-Smiths by Julia Quinn


Moose Springs, Alaska by Sarah Morgenthaler

Well Met by Jen Deluca (caught up, waiting on the next book!)


The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (part reread part finishing series)  

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (part reread, part finishing series)  

Series I’m hoping to complete/catch up on during 2021:

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Sands of Arawiya by Hafsah FAizal (part reread, part finishing series)

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (reread 1-3 took place in 2020, reading Raven King now so in progress!)

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson (part reread, part finishing)

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (reread His Fair Assassin in 2020)

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Now is this list complete?  NO!  I plan on still mood reading my way through this and any other book I might come across and it is highly possible I won’t get to everything or MAYBE I’ll get through all of them and add more?  Hmmm. . . though if you believe I can do all that, I might have some ocean front property in Arizona for sale. . . .


What about you guys?  Has the pandemic helped you in the reading department?  If you have more suggestions for me please email me, suggest it on goodreads, or even find me on twitter!!

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When the Marquess Was Mine (The Wagers of Sin #3) by Caroline Linden Spotlight & Excerpt

In the game of love…

Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’s won the deed to her friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out—until he shows up, bloody and unconscious. Fearing that Kitty would rather see him die, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancé. She’ll nurse the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…

You have to risk it all

He wakes up with no memory of being assaulted—or of who he is. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob and claims she’s his fiancée even as she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he’ll jtake a chance on a love that defies all odds. 

Source: finished copy provided by publisher, Harper Collins/Avon.

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Spotlight: One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

USA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell returns with her third book in the sexy School for Dukes series.
Ready.
Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny’s dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There’s only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe’s brother Drew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndon.
Aim.
This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Drew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Drew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.
Desire!
But Mina is no damsel in distress. She’s daring, intuitive, passionate…and halfway to melting Drew’s cold heart. And although Mina thought she knew exactly what she wanted, one breathtakingly seductive kiss from Drew changes everything. Now Mina must decide between long-held dreams and dangerous new desires. Could her true destiny lie in the arms of a duke?

Author Bio:
Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romances. A teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has lived and worked on five continents. She currently lives in New Zealand with her
carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties. She loves hearing from readers! Sign up for her mailing list to hear about new books, sales, and giveaways.

“There he is, Wilhelmina,” Grizzy whispered, staring reverently across the crowded ballroom. “The Duke of Thorndon.”
Holy hell he’s handsome, thought Mina.
Jaw-dropping-on-the-floor handsome. Drool-on-your-lace-fichu handsome.
Distract her from her plan with his brother, handsome.
Her uncle had been right. Thorndon was a fine figure of a man. Objectively speaking, the finest she’d ever beheld. Tall as a doorframe, with a face hewn from the same granite as the rugged Cornish coastline.
A face rendered seductive by contrasts: sharp cheekbones and curved, sensuous lips. Gleaming ebony hair brushed his collar. His eyes were a light, gold-tinged brown—the only warm thing about him.
He owned this ballroom. Literally. And he owned everyone in it by dint of his oversized presence and the cold, unsmiling arrogance scrawled across his face.
He didn’t even follow the dictates of fashion, preferring plain black attire to the white pantaloons and gaily-colored waistcoats of the other gentlemen.
Why should he follow the dictates of fashion? Everyone should follow him.
“When you’re introduced to Thorndon, pray speak as seldom as possible,” Grizzy whispered.
“Attempt to appear biddable and do try to recall my decorum lessons. Remember, no one in London knows anything about you, thank the Lord.”
Mina had seen several polished, elegant young ladies staring at her, nudging each other and whispering. She was an outsider, a usurper, her proper place in the social hierarchy not yet established.
They needn’t worry. She had no designs upon their prize duke. And she was about as unpolished as a debutante could be—as rough as an un-sanded plank. If anyone touched her they might get splinters.
She longed to shed her country skin swiftly and emerge as the sophisticated social butterfly her mother had been. But she knew that it would take time, observation, and experimentation.
Her first flirtatious conversation, first kiss, first taste of brandy, first adventure…it was all ahead of her.
She couldn’t wait to taste it all.

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The Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas (The Ravenels #5)

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Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband’s life a misery, and she’ll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself…as none other than West Ravenel.

West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire…not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn’t bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She’s the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?

Only the devil’s daughter knows… 

Source: ARC from the publisher, Harper Collins. Thank you! All opinions are my own.
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Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (The Revenels #4)

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Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.

Source: arc from Harper Collins for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Thank you!

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The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean Blog Tour

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Lady Sophie’s Society Splash

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

Source: egalley from Edelweiss/publisher Avon/Harper Collins. I also purchased it )

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