Friday, June 30, 2023

June Wrap-Up

Hello, all!

I had a bit of a chaotic reading month. I felt so slumpy, so it was another one of those times where I was reading multiple books at once because nothing was holding my attention.


The Fairy Bargains of Prospect Hill- Rowenna Miller; 2/5
In the Lives of Puppets- TJ Klune; 3/5
Go Hunt Me- Kelly deVos; 2/5
Royal Blood- Aimee Carter; 3/5
Untethered Sky- Fonda Lee; 3/5
The Do-Over- Lynn Painter; 4/5
And Don't F&%k It Up: An Oral History of RuPaul's Drag Race (The First Ten Years)- Maria Elena Fernandez; *No rating for non-fiction


Yona of the Dawn, Vols 21-25; 3/5
The Last Girls Standing- Jennifer Dugan; 2/5
The Rommate Pact- Allison Ashley; 4/5
Thornhedge- T. Kingfisher; 4/5
Business or Pleasure- Rachel Lynn Solomon; 4/5
The Frugal Wizard's Handbook for Surviving Medieval England- Brandon Sanderson; 2/5
The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich- Deya Muniz; 3/5
Holly Horror- Michelle Jabes Corpora; 3/5
House of Marionne- J. Elle; 2/5
My Roommate is a Vampire- Jenna Levine; 3/5


The Golden Spoon- Jessa Maxwell; 3/5
The Nanny- Lana Ferguson; 3/5
Star Wars: Convergence- Zoraida Cordova; 3/5
Same Time Next Summer- Annabel Monaghan; 3/5
Once More with Feeling- Elissa Sussman; 3/5
The Enchanted Hacienda- J.C. Cervantes; 3/5
This Poison Heart- Kalynn Bayron; 3.5/5
This Wicked Fate- Kalynn Bayron; 3/5
Charm City Rocks- Matthew Norman; 2/5
The Spectacular- Fiona Davis; 5/5

Some favorites were: The Do-Over, The Spectacular and Business or Pleasure. Least favorites were: The Frugal Wizard's Handbook for Surviving Medieval England, Go Hunt Me and The Last Girls Standing.

How was your reading month? What was your favorite/least favorite read?

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hello, all!

It's that time again to do one of my favorite book tags!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2023.

I've had a few good ones, but I'll go with Keeper of Enchanted Rooms- Charlie N. Holmberg.

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2023.

The Ballad of Never After- Stephanie Garber.

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.

The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi- Shannon Chakraborty.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

I know I'm forgetting so many, but I'll go with Throne of the Fallen- Kerri Maniscalco.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Jade City- Fonda Lee. I really wanted to love it 😬

6. Biggest surprise.

The Six Deaths of the Saint- Alix E. Harrow. I didn't think so much could be put into 30-pages.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Charlie N. Holmberg.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Hak from Yona of the Dawn.

9. Newest favorite character.

Marcellus the octopus from Remarkably Bright Creatures-Shelby Van Pelt.

10. Book that made you cry.


11. Book that made you happy.

The Secret Service of Tea and Treason- India Holton.

12. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)

I love the FairyLoot version of Divine Rivals- Rebecca Ross, it's so pretty.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Any book that I currently own since I'm trying to tick off my physical TBR, but I'll go with: Weyward- Emilia Hart, Atalanta- Jennifer Saint, and Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands- Heather Fawcett (this doesn't come out until next year but I got an ARC and I can't wait to start it!)

Here are the questions if you want to participate!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2023.
2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2023.
3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
5. Biggest disappointment.
6. Biggest surprise.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
8. Newest fictional crush.
9. Newest favorite character.
10. Book that made you cry.
11. Book that made you happy.
12. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Mini Thoughts

Hello, all!

Pub Date: 6-27-23
Adult - Historical Fiction

A Most Agreeable Murder- Julia Seales: Beatrice Steele is the farthest thing from being considered a true lady. She'd much rather read about true crime than practice her needlework. She lives a perfectly normal life in the village of Swampshire with her marriage-obsessed mother, prankster father, and two younger sisters, Louisa and Mary. For her family's sake, Beatrice hides her morbid curiosities, but when a wealthy bachelor drops dead at a ball, Beatrice seizes the opportunity to uncover a murderer. With a storm raging outside, the guests are trapped and starting to panic. Beatrice must team up with the disgraced detective, Vivek Drake, to find the culprit before they strike again.

I'm a little conflicted with this one. On one hand, I found it entertaining, but on the other, it was way too ridiculous. I went into it thinking it'd be a typical historical mystery, but what I got was straight satire. So many moments were over the top, and this is coming from someone whose favorite movie is Clue. The best way I can describe it was wacky. The writing felt modern, which also kept throwing me off. It was a lot slower-paced than I was expecting as well. The first bit of the book introduces you to the characters, and the murder doesn't happen until about 30% of the way in. Seales does throw in some twists I didn't see coming, so I'll give her that. I didn't think this was a bad book, it just wasn't what I thought it'd be, and if you're in the mood for a quirkier read, I'd still recommend checking it out.

Rating: 3/5

*Big thanks to the publisher for the copy!

Pub Date: 6-29-21
YA - Fantasy

This Poison Heart- Kalynn Bayron: Briseis has spent her whole life hiding part of herself from the world. She was born with a gift that allows her to grow plants with a single touch. Bri was just a baby when she was adopted, so she never learned where this strange gift came from or how to tame it. When Bri discovers an aunt she never knew existed has passed, leaving her an estate in rural New York, she and her parents leave their Brooklyn apartment and head up for the summer, hoping that being in the middle of nowhere will help Bri harness her power. But the estate isn't what they expect, and Bri is tasked with specific instructions, an old-school apothecary, and a poison garden to tend to. As Bri digs deeper into the grounds and her heritage, she finds there's more to her sudden inheritance than meets the eye.

I've had this on my radar for a while, and I'm glad I finally picked it up. It was so much fun. I loved Bayron's interpretation of the myth of Medea and Jason. It was such a fresh spin on a Greek mythology retelling. My favorite thing was the magic system; I found it so fascinating. I loved how Bri could command all these different plants and how she was immune to even the most toxic of them. I also liked learning more about her family's history and how she came to have these powers. My only issue was that I felt the plot took a while to kick off, but other than that, I enjoyed it and can't wait to pick up the next one.

Rating: 3.5/5

Pub Date: 6-6-23
Adult - Contemporary

Same Time Next Summer- Annabel Monaghan: Sam used to count down the days until her family would leave their stuffy apartment in Manhattan for the sandy dunes of Oak Shore. She loved spending her days swimming in the Atlantic and her nights in the treehouse next door with the first boy she ever loved. Sam and Wyatt first met when they were kids, and their friendship soon developed into something more when they were teens until one night ruined it all. But now Sam is gearing up to marry her long-time boyfriend, and reluctantly agrees to tour a wedding venue near her family home and is shocked to find Wyatt there. Neither has seen or spoken to the other since everything fell apart, but Sam can't help the memories from flooding back, and soon she finds herself having to make the biggest decision of her life.

Do you know those books where you finish and have no feelings towards them at all? That was me with this book. I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it. I feel very neutral about the whole thing. I mainly picked it up because it took place on Long Island, and I liked how I could picture everything while reading. I enjoyed getting the full scope of Sam and Wyatt's relationship with the dual timelines and POVs. While I didn't feel the connection between them, I was still interested in seeing how it would all work out. Second-chance romances are always hit-or-miss for me, and the pacing of this one felt a bit rushed. I wish there would've been more room for it to breathe. Even though it won't be a memorable read for me, I'd still recommend it if you're looking for a new beach read.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, June 23, 2023

Thursday, June 22, 2023

June OwlCrate Review

Hello, all!

The theme for this month was "If the Fates Allow." Let's get into it!

First up was the next enamel pin in their Treasure Tomes series. This one is inspired by The Raven Boys.

Next was this double-sided necklace inspired by the Percy Jackson series. One side has Percy's sword and the other has an owl for Annabeth. 

Then we had this ceramic trivet inspired by Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology. I love getting useful items, so this is going straight into my kitchen.

Next up was this picnic blanket inspired by The Scorpio Races. I'm not sure if I'll get much use out of this, but the design is cool.

The last item was my absolute favorite. It's this stunning hand mirror inspired by The Song of Achilles. I don't even want to use this because I don't want to risk breaking it, but I love it so much. This is probably my favorite item OwlCrate has done in a while.

This months book is Threads that Bind- Kika Hatzopoulou. This follows a young girl named Io, who is descended from the Greek fates and is able to cut people's threads. She spends her time doing detective work, and is thrown into a murder mystery with Edei, the person she shares a soulmate fate thread with.

I can't believe this is a Greek mythology inspired book I hadn't heard of! That makes me so excited to pick it up. I'm not so sure about the clear dust jacket, but I'm willing to look past that. What do you think of this months box?

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Remarkably Bright Creatures Review

Hello, all!

I'll be the first to admit that it takes a lot for me to give a book 5 stars, but Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt deserved all of them.

Pub Date: 5-3-22
Adult - Fiction

Tova Sullivan has endured her fair share of grief over the years. Her son mysteriously disappeared on Puget Sound thirty years ago, and her husband recently passed away after an illness. Since his passing, Tova has spent her nights working at the Sowell Bay Aquarium. Keeping the place tidy helps keep Tova's mind from wandering too far into sadness, and despite what all her friends think, she enjoys the work. She's also come to share a strange bond with Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium.

Cameron Cassmore has never known who his father is. His mother has always been in and out of his life dealing with substance issues, leaving Cameron to be raised by his aunt. When she passes along some of Cameron's mother's old belongings, Cameron finds a picture of his mother with a man and a worn high school ring. Cameron believes this man is his father and decides to track him down. His investigations bring him to a small town in the PNW, where he takes a job as a cleaner at an aquarium to pass the time. Here, he meets Tova, with who he feels a strange connection. Now, it's up to the most unlikely detective, Marcellus, the octopus, to help show them the truth before his time is up.

Simply put, I loved this book. It was such a unique premise and one I don't think I've ever seen done before. I loved all the characters, especially Marcellus. His POV made the story much more interesting, and his chapters were probably my favorite part. I thought Van Pelt did a wonderful job addressing heavier topics such as grief, loneliness, and familial issues without making the narrative feel too dark. Seeing all the characters go on their perspective journeys was so satisfying. It was such a tender and heartwarming story and one that'll stick with me for a while.

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Library Haul

Hello, all!

I swear, I told myself that I was only going to pick up my hold at the library and that I wasn't going to look around. Turns out, I'm a big liar.

1. Same Time Next Summer- Annabel Monaghan
2. Charm City Rocks- Matthew Norman
3. Once More with Feeling- Elissa Sussman
4. Morgan is My Name- Sophie Keetch
5. The Weight of Blood- Tiffany D. Jackson
6. The Family Fortuna- Lindsay Eagar
7. Star Wars, Vol. 4: Last Flight of the Harbinger

Friday, June 16, 2023

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Psyche and Eros Review

Hello, all!

Heather reviewing a Greek mythology retelling? Shocking, I know, but when I heard about Psyche and Eros by Luna McNamara, I couldn't resist adding it to my TBR. Big thanks to the publisher for the copy!

Pu Date: 6-13-23
Adult - Historical Fiction/Retelling

When she was born, a prophecy claimed that Psyche, the princess of Mycenae, would conquer a monster that even the gods feared. Due to this, Psyche was raised to fight from a very young age and honed into a fearsome warrior by none other than Atalanta herself. But when Psyche unintentionally offends Aphrodite, her skills with a bow and blade can't help her. 

The goddess of love enlists the help of Eros, the god of desire, to bestow a curse on Psyche. Eros has no time for petty squabbles with mortals but can't refuse. But things take a dire turn when Eros accidentally pricks himself with the cursed arrow intended for Psyche. Not even the gods are above curses, and Eros is doomed to yearn after Psyche, who will be ripped away from him the moment their eyes meet. Eros and Psyche soon wed, and neither can help the feelings that start to grow. But when Psyche accidentally sees her husband's face, it sets off a chain of events that will change both of their lives.

The story of Psyche and Eros has always been one of my favorite myths, so I've been looking forward to this for a while. While it kept most of the bones of the original myth, you could tell McNamara took a lot of liberties. I was wary at first, but I think it worked in McNamara's favor. The writing was vivid and lush, and the world and the characters were well-developed. The dual POVs worked well because they let you see both Eros's and Psyche's growth and how their views on what's truly important in life changed. However, I did find Eros's chapters slightly more interesting. It did bum me out how McNamara brought in the Trojan War and characters like Achilles and Clytemnestra because there have been so many retellings focused on those stories already that it took away from this one. It felt unnecessary. Most Greek myths end in tragedy, but this one is hopeful despite all the challenges, and overall, I enjoyed it.

Rating: 3.5/5

Monday, June 12, 2023

Mini Thoughts

Hello, all!

Pub Date: 6-13-23
Adult - Contemporary

Love, Theoretically- Ali Hazelwood: Elsie Hannaway wears many hats. From adjunct physics professor to professional fake girlfriend, Elsie's constantly juggling something. She should've known it would come crashing down eventually. When Elsie gets an opportunity to apply for her dream position at MIT, she's determined not to let anything stand in her way. Even if the brother of her favorite client, and the man who single-handedly ruined the reputation of theorists everywhere, sit on the hiring committee. Ever since Jack Smith met Elsie, he knew something was off about her. That didn't stop him from lusting after her-- even if he believed her to be his brother's girlfriend. Now, the pair are butting heads at interview dinners, and Jack can't hide his desires for much longer. Despite her growing feelings, can Elsie allow herself to fall for the man she's loathed for so long?

I'm beginning to realize that Hazelwood has a specific formula for her books that she doesn't deviate from. Our heroine always has that 2010-Tumblr-quirky-girl aesthetic, and the love interest is always a broody behemoth of a man. It's starting to make all of her books blur together. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite from her. I thought it was boring. The pacing was too slow in the beginning, and then way too rushed at the end. This was more of a me-thing, but I found the science in this one too hard to follow. I don't have a science brain, so most of what they were talking about flew over my head. It didn't help that I couldn't stand Elsie. She's the human equivalent of a doormat. It was frustrating every time she refused to stand up for herself. She gets there by the end, but it was almost too little too late. I liked the romance between her and Jack, but it didn't wow me. The book was fine, but I'd love to see Hazelwood shake things up because her books are starting to get a little predictable.

Rating: 3/5

*Big thanks to the publisher for the copy!

Pub Date: 12-6-22
Adult - Historical Fiction

The Circus Train- Amita Parikh: Lena Papadopoulos has spent her whole life in a traveling circus where her father is a headlining illusionist. Born with polio, Lena has seen the world from the confines of a wheelchair, but Lena has always dreamt of more. She longs to have adventures and to go to school for science and medicine, but she's resigned to her limitations. But then she rescues Alexandre, an orphan with more than his own secrets. Lena and Alexandre have an immediate connection, and Alexandre opens Lena's world to endless possibilities. When World War II ramps up, Alexandre and Lena's father are captured and contracted to work for the Nazis as performers, and Lena finds herself on her own for the first time. To survive, Lena must put her doubts to the side and believe she has what it takes to take on the impossible.

I adore historical fiction with circus settings, so I was looking forward to picking this up. I did go in with slightly different expectations since it was compared to The Night Circus, and after finishing it, I don't think that's a very apt comparison. I still enjoyed it, but I was expecting more of a fantastical element. Parikh's writing was descriptive but seemed like she was trying to do too much at once. There is so much going on--from living with disabilities to family conflicts to the war to being a woman during this period--that it felt cluttered. The pacing was also too slow for my liking, so I started to get very bored. Despite all that, it was a decent book, and I'd still recommend it if you enjoy WWII-centered historical fiction.

Rating: 3/5

Pub Date: 3-7-23
Adult - Fantasy/Romance

The Foxglove King- Hannah Whitten: Lore grew up in the catacombs beneath Dellaire but escaped when she was thirteen. Ten years later, Lore is now a poison runner trying to keep a low profile, which is hard to do with the Mortem--death magic-- that flows through her veins. When a job goes wrong, Lore's powers are discovered, but she isn't sent to the pyre but to the Sainted King, who has a job for her. Villages on the outskirts of the country have been dying overnight, and Lore is to use her magic to find out who's responsible. Guarded by the stoic Gabriel, a disgraced duke-turned-monk, Lore is thrust into the glittering world of the court, where she crosses paths with the King's son, Bastian. It doesn't take long for the group to realize that more secrets and dangers are lurking in every corner.

You know when you're reading a book, and you can tell you're not vibing with it, but you keep reading hoping it'll get better? That was this book for me. It was a chore to get through. I thought the first third of this book was hard to get into because it felt very info-dumpy. The premise has such potential, and I usually love anything to do with death magic, but it was lackluster at best. The characters were bland and one-note. Bastian and Gabriel felt like they were the same person, except one had an eye patch. You could tell Whitten was trying to set up a love triangle between them and Lore, but there wasn't any chemistry between them. It also plays into that trope where the main character feels a pull towards certain characters but can't explain why. It had me rolling my eyes the whole time. I did like the ambiance, but sadly, everything else fell flat.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Library Haul

Hello, all!

It's been a while since I've done a library haul because I've been trying to focus on ticking off some of my physical TBR, but I'm back, baby!

1. Untethered Sky- Fonda Lee
2. An Improbable Season- Rosalyn Eves
3. Royal Blood- Aimee Carter
4. This Poison Heart- Kalynn Bayron
5. Go Hunt Me- Kelly deVos
6. The Enchanted Hacienda- J.C. Cervantes
7. Abigale Hall- Lauren A. Ferry

Friday, June 9, 2023

Ireland, Part 1

Hello, all!

The majority of my family comes from Ireland, so it's always been a dream of mine to go there. Last year, my mom decided we should stop putting it off, so we bit the bullet and reached out to a travel agent, who worked with us to plan the ideal vacation.

We opted for a private driver rather than the typical tour group only because I get terrible motion sickness on those big buses, and this way ensured we were only seeing what we wanted to and allowed for more flexibility. We were there for 10 days, but the actual tour was only 8 days. We flew into Dublin a few days early to have time to explore before the tour started, and then it went through the southern part of Ireland around to Galway.

It was honestly the trip of a lifetime, and I'm so happy we finally went. The scenery was stunning, the people were so friendly, and we were so lucky with the weather (it was sunny and in the 60s the entire time, even our driver was saying how unheard of it was to go so long without rain!) I'm going to break down the trip into parts since we did so much and I just have way too many pictures, hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

May OwlCrate Review

Hello, all!

The theme for May was "Against All Odds." Let's get into it!

First up, we had the next installment in their enamel pin collection. This one is inspired by We Hunt the Flame.

Keeping with the next installment theme, we had another one of the Lord of the Rings ceramic bowls. 

Then we had this fun wax seal kit inspired by Dance of Thieves. I don't really use these, but I like the design on the seal.

Next up was this bookmark tin inspired by The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea. I don't know if I'll use this as it's intended, but I like the design and color scheme.

The last item was this set of transparent bookmarks inspired by Daughter of the Moon Goddess, Six Crimson Cranes, and A Magic Steeped in Poison. I've never received transparent bookmarks before, and the artwork on them are stunning.

May's book was Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross. This follows two rival journalists who fall in love while at the frontlines of a war between gods. I've actually reviewed the book last month, so you can see my thoughts here. (Spoiler alert: I really loved it.)

Now, I've gotta be honest-- I don't like this version. I like the foiling on the hardback and the stenciled edges, but something about the actual cover just doesn't work for me which is sad because I did enjoy this book so much. What do you think about May's box?

Monday, June 5, 2023

Mini Thoughts

Hello, all!

Pub Date: 6-6-23
Adult - Contemporary

Unfortunately Yours- Tessa Bailey: After a mishap at work cost Natalie Vos her job and fiancé, she has no choice but to crawl back to her family's vineyard in Napa. It only takes a few weeks of drowning her sorrows in countless bottles of wine before Natalie decides enough is enough. She's ready to take back the finance world by storm but needs the funds to do it. After she discovers she can't touch her trust fund without being married first, she devises a plan. August Cates has no business owning a winery, but it was his late best friend's dream, so he'll stick it out. But with no bank willing to give him a loan, he's running out of options. So when Natalie suggests they tie the knot to help each other, he can't say no. All they have to do is pretend to be married for a while; how hard could it be? There's only one tiny problem: neither was planning on falling in love.

I didn't like the first book in this series, so I was a little hesitant to pick this up. I'm happy to report I thought it was great. I loved the chemistry between Natalie and August. They were both hot-headed and sassy. One minute they were at each other's throats, the next, they were ripping clothes off, and I was here for the drama. Usually, I'm not the biggest fan of the super alpha-male love interest, but it worked so well here. August was protective and macho but also a lovable goofball. It was so satisfying watching him and Natalie let their guards down and be vulnerable with one another. I loved seeing Natalie let herself breathe and be seen by August. Aside from the ending feeling a bit rushed, I did have one other nit-picky issue with this which was that August has a cat who we see for a little bit in the beginning, but then never really hear about again. Whenever author's do that, part of my focus is always on who's taking care of the pet rather than on what's going on, which I know is totally irrational. Other than that, I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 4/5

*Big thanks to the publisher for the copy!

Pub Date: 10-4-22
Adult - Historical Fiction

Hester- Laurie Lico Albanese: It's the early 1800s, and Isobel Gamble, a young seamstress, and her husband, Edward, are forced to flee Scotland for Salem, Massachusetts, due to Edward's many debts. Only days after arriving, Edward leaves Isobel to join a departing ship as their medic. Isobel is left lost, alone, and penniless in a new world, forced to make her way by any means necessary. Then she meets Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the two are instantly drawn to one another. They're both troubled by their secrets: his family had a hand in the witch trials, and she has an uncanny ability when it comes to her needlework. When it becomes clear that Edward may never return from his journey, Isobel and Nathaniel's relationship grows, and it may lead to Isobel's downfall.

I love it when stories are based on real people, so I thought the plot of this being about the woman who inspired The Scarlet Letter was intriguing. Albanese's writing was atmospheric, and you almost felt transported back to this time. You could tell a lot of research must have gone into it for it to feel true to the period. The prose was so pretty yet complex. Isobel was such an interesting character to follow, and I enjoyed seeing her journey. It was full of ups and downs and heartbreak, but she never gave up hope. Her relationships with Edward and Nathaniel were so tumultuous; you could feel the tension brimming off the page. While I liked the characters, I felt the plot could've been fleshed out more. The dual timelines kept taking me out of the story, and the pacing was too slow. Despite that, I'd still recommend this if you're a fan of historical fiction.

Rating: 3/5

Pub Date: 5-12-22
Adult - Historical Romance

A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting- Sophie Irwin: After her father dies, Kitty Talbot is left with a mountain of debts and only a few weeks to save her family from ruination. She'll do whatever it takes to secure her family's future, even if that means manipulating a wealthy man into marriage. Kitty may not be the most accomplished young lady, but she's determined to win over the London ton. She expected some hurdles in her venture, but nothing could prepare her for Lord Radcliffe. The lord seems to be the only one who can see through Kitty's façade and makes it his mission to throw a wrench in her plans. The pair butt heads at every turn, so it comes as a shock to both when real feelings begin to unfold.

I feel thrown by this one. I thought it was a historical romance, but it read more like a general (and even a bit YA, at times) historical fiction. While we see Kitty flirting and courting a few gentlemen here and there, the focus was more on her attempts at manipulation. I kept waiting for the romance bits to kick off, but it felt like an afterthought. I did enjoy seeing how cunning Kitty was and how she was willing to do whatever it takes to help her family. She was bright, and her reasoning behind everything was admirable. I liked watching her and Radcliffe take little digs at each other, but the chemistry was non-existent. The plot was also very straight forward. Nothing was exciting or interesting enough to keep my full attention. It was an okay book, but not memorable.

Rating: 2/5

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Book Haul

Hello, all!

It's only fitting to kick off my Ireland posts with a book haul. I made it a point to try and hit at least one book store everywhere we went, and for the most part, I succeeded! 

I went to nine different stores, but I was trying to be aware of how little room I had in my suitcase and tried not to go overboard (which was so hard because I love a UK cover), but I'm happy with the little stack I was able to snag.

1. Warbreaker- Brandon Sanderson
2. Brotherhood- Mike Chen
3. A Natural History of Dragons- Marie Brennan (I'm currently on book three of this series and it's so fun!)
4. Fool's Assassin- Robin Hobb (yes, I bought another Robin Hobb book to go along with my two other completed series despite only having read 1 of her books)
5. The Sun and the Star- Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro
6. Atalanta- Jennifer Saint

(Side note: I'm obsessed/so insanely jealous that new releases come out in paperback in the UK. Both The Sun and the Star and Atalanta just came out, and usually we have to wait a year in the US for the paperback!)

What was the last book you bought?