Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Wishlist Wednesday

*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that is on your bookish wishlist*

LEAGUE OF LIARS by Astrid Scholte

PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young
Release DateFebruary 22, 2022
Pages: 464


Ever since his mother was killed, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal--to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve the worst kind of punishment as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he'll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he's a prosecutor. Then he'll finally be able to punish the guilty without mercy.
But when he meets the three criminals he's supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They're teenagers, like him, and their stories are... complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder's new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension--where all magic comes from.
League of Liars is a dark and twisty mystery set in a richly-drawn world where nothing is as it seems, rife with magic, villains and danger.
In this fantasy thriller, four teens charged with murder and the illegal use of magic band together to devise the ultimate jailbreak. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows and How to Get Away with Murder.  
LINK: Goodreads


Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid Scholte knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age and has spent the past fourteen years working in film, animation and VFX production. Career highlights include working on James Cameron’s Avatar, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and is currently working on Marvel and Disney's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.

Her second novel, The Vanishing Deep, was released on the 3rd of March 2020 with Allen & Unwin and Penguin Random House. Up next is a fantasy/crime mashup, LEAGUE OF LIARS, out in 2022.

You can find Astrid posting about books, cats and Disney on Twitter and Instagram @AstridScholte

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Review: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Release Date: March 24, 2020 
Pages: 512
Source: Hardcover 


Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

Includes The Bone Knife, a bonus short story set in the world of Thorn. 
BUY LINKS: Goodreads




A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own.


“Try not to embarrass us,” my brother says. “If you can.”


The Short: Essentially nothing happens. Body snatchers, her talking horse dies, and Alyrra’s happy being poor and taking care of geese.

Couldn’t finish it.

The Princess Alyrra gets turned into the Goose Girl by a spoiled, mean-hearted chick and she’s like this is cool. The wretch is living the princess still continues to torment the goose girl. Goose girl is befriended by a talking horse who is murdered and she feels a bit sad. Then she meets a thief thug and some conspiracy with children—IDK. But 300 pages in and the most exciting thing was the cool talking horses being killed. Nothing happens. She makes no choices, she doesn’t do anything but give away some jewelry to some poor kids, I think.

I really want to enjoy this one, especially since it sounded interesting and it was such a popular book.

Really struggled with this one. After more than a year sitting on my nightstand waiting to be finished, I called it. DNF’d at page 293.


Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.

Intisar is the author of the Dauntless Path books (Thorn, The Theft of Sunlight), and her indie epic fantasy series, The Sunbolt Chronicles.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Wishlist Wednesday

*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that is on your bookish wishlist*

CURSED by Marissa Meyer

PublisherFeiwel Friends
Release DateNovember 8, 2022 
Pages: 480


New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer concludes her young adult retelling of Rumpelstiltskin in Cursed, the sequel to Gilded.
Serilda and Gild attempt to break the curses that tether their spirits to Adalheid's haunted castle before the Endless Moon, when the Erlking means to capture one of the seven gods and make a wish to return his lover, Perchta, from the underworld. But as the story progresses, it becomes clear he doesn't want just one god—he wants to capture all seven, and force them to bring down the veil that keeps the Dark Ones separate from the land of the mortals. Serilda and Gild must try to thwart his plans, all while solving the mystery of Gild's forgotten name, freeing his younger sister who is trapped inside Gravenstone Castle, and trying to protect their unborn child.
Romance, adventure, and Serilda’s journey to finding her power as a woman, a mother, and a partner make this a retelling that Meyer fans—old and new—will treasure. 
LINK: Goodreads


I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Review: The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher: Blue Box Press
Release Date: March 15th 2022 
Pages: 632
Source: Paperback 


From the desperation of golden crowns…

Casteel Da’Neer knows all too well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could’ve prepared for the staggering revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.

And born of mortal flesh…

Nothing will stop Poppy from freeing her King and destroying everything the Blood Crown stands for. With the strength of the Primal of Life’s guards behind her, and the support of the wolven, Poppy must convince the Atlantian generals to make war her way—because there can be no retreat this time. Not if she has any hope of building a future where both kingdoms can reside in peace.

A great primal power rises…

Together, Poppy and Casteel must embrace traditions old and new to safeguard those they hold dear—to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But war is only the beginning. Ancient primal powers have already stirred, revealing the horror of what began eons ago. To end what the Blood Queen has begun, Poppy might have to become what she has been prophesied to be—what she fears the most.

As the Harbinger of Death and Destruction. 
BUY LINKS: Goodreads



READING TUNE: Casteel's song - Give by Sleep Token


The click and drag of claws drew closer as the weak flame above the lone candle sputtered and then went out, pitching the cell into darkness.


“๐น๐“‡๐‘œ๐“‚ ๐’ท๐“๐‘œ๐‘œ๐’น ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐’ฝ... ๐“Œ๐‘’ ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“‹๐‘’ ๐“‡๐’พ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐“ƒ!”

To start, THE WAR OF TWO QUEENS is the fourth book in the BLOOD & ASH series.

My mind is blown. Head up: this review is definitely giving ranty vibes. There is a lot to process in this book. Unfortunately, I am not able to write a spoiler-free review. I need to rant and rave about everything that happened in THE WAR OF TWO QUEENS and the emotions that it evoked or I will explode! 

Revelations. And changes. So many changes. Mostly good, incredibly interesting changes. But some that were hard to swallow.

๐ป๐’ถ๐“‡๐’น ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ฎ๐“Œ๐’ถ๐“๐“๐‘œ๐“Œ:

*The Joining a.k.a a threesome between Poppy, Cas, and Kieran.

“๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐‘’ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“‰ ๐“Œ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“๐’น ๐“‰๐’พ๐‘’ ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“๐’พ๐’ป๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“…๐’ถ๐“ƒ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐“‚๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘’ ๐“ˆ๐‘œ ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐’พ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡ ๐’ž๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐‘’๐‘’๐“ ๐“ƒ๐‘œ๐“‡ ๐ผ ๐“Œ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“๐’น ๐‘’๐“‹๐‘’๐“‡ ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“‹๐‘’ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐“ˆ๐’ถ๐“Ž ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘œ๐’น๐’ท๐“Ž๐‘’ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“‚. ๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’ฅ๐‘œ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”.”

No. Just no. When I tell you I knew it was coming as the book grew closer to the end, the anxiety and dread I felt about having to read that scene. Cas and Kieran are next-level bonded and close—he trusts him and loves him implicitly. I get it. I really do. But Cas sharing his wife? Allowing Kieran to fuck his wife? Poppy? Being a-okay with Kieran harboring ongoing sexual and romantic love feelings for her? That doesn’t sit right with me. How do you give me one version Casteel for the first 3 books then change of his M.O. like that? My brain and heart can’t reconcile the two versions. Listen, Casteel was like “What’s mine is yours… including my wife!” to Kieran. And I just wasn’t here for it. At all. 

Does this mean they’ll be a throuple? Because I didn’t sign up for that when I started this series and grew attached to Casteel and Poppy as a pair. It would have been different if that was clearly the intent and vibe from the beginning. 

I could have understood The Joining if it remained non-sexual. I still wouldn’t have liked it, but I would have understood. Kieran is their best friend and they want to keep him alive. But as soon as it became sexual, that all went out o the window. Honestly, I wished it never happened and Kieran got his own mate instead, which I think would be interesting.


Seraphena is the true Primal of Life—I figure this was the case since it was alluded to in A SHADOW IN THE EMBER. Still, it was pretty awesome how she came through to save Poppy & Co. to fight another day.

“๐’ฏ๐‘œ ๐“ˆ๐“…๐‘’๐’ถ๐“€ ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡ ๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐“‚๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ท๐“‡๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐’ถ๐“‡๐“ˆ ๐’ป๐“‡๐‘œ๐“‚ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“ˆ๐“€๐’พ๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“‰๐‘œ๐“…๐“…๐“๐‘’ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“‚๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐“‰๐’ถ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐“ˆ ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’ถ.”


Poppy has always been a badass who I could strongly empathize with and connect with. I love her character and what she stands for. She is strong, brave, fierce, loyal, and she’s not infallible even though she’s powerful. The finale when she comes into her nearly final form is so fucking epic! The emotional heartstrings that were tugged on man. 

“๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“๐’น, ๐’ถ๐’ธ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐’ฝ๐‘œ๐“๐“๐‘œ๐“Œ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“‰ ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐’น ๐“Œ๐‘œ๐“€๐‘’๐“ƒ ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐“‰๐“Œ๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“‰๐“Ž-๐“‰๐’ฝ๐“‡๐‘’๐‘’ ๐’น๐’ถ๐“Ž๐“ˆ. ๐ผ๐“‰ ๐“‰๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐‘’๐’น ๐“๐’พ๐“€๐‘’ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“…๐“‡๐‘œ๐“‚๐’พ๐“ˆ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐“‡๐‘’๐“‰๐“‡๐’พ๐’ท๐“Š๐“‰๐’พ๐‘œ๐“ƒ. ๐’ช๐’ป ๐“Œ๐“‡๐’ถ๐“‰๐’ฝ.”

Casteel has his own POV!!! I repeat: Casteel has his own POV!!! And Gods, it is glorious! I fell for him even more—minus the whole I’m cool with sharing my wife with Kieran bit. I love being able to see how he worships Poppy from inside of his own head. It is addictive.

"'๐ผ ๐“‚๐’พ๐“ˆ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’น ๐“Ž๐‘œ๐“Š,' ๐“ˆ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“‚๐“Š๐“‡๐“‚๐“Š๐“‡๐‘’๐’น. 
๐‘€๐“Ž ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐’ถ๐“‡๐“‰. 
๐ป๐‘’๐“‡ ๐“‹๐‘œ๐’พ๐’ธ๐‘’. 
๐ผ๐“‰ ๐’ธ๐’ถ๐“๐“‚๐‘’๐’น ๐“‚๐‘’. 
๐ฟ๐‘œ๐“Œ๐‘’๐“‡๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‚๐“Ž ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น๐“ˆ, ๐ผ ๐’ธ๐“Š๐“‡๐“๐‘’๐’น ๐’ถ๐“ƒ ๐’ถ๐“‡๐“‚ ๐’ถ๐“‡๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐’น ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡ ๐’ท๐’ถ๐’ธ๐“€, ๐“ˆ๐‘œ๐’ถ๐“€๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡ ๐“Œ๐’ถ๐“‡๐“‚๐“‰๐’ฝ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“ˆ๐‘œ๐’ป๐“‰๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“ˆ. '๐ผ ๐“‚๐’พ๐“ˆ๐“ˆ ๐“Ž๐‘œ๐“Š.'"


This book was a lot of getting pieces of the plot game in the correct positions. On both of Isbeth’s and Poppy’s parts as well as JLA’s as she set us up for the epic finale. Unfortunately, it was a lot of flatline plot, where The two queens bickering and pressed buttons but nothing major actions plot-wise. A few things we got to see mature was Poppy growing into her own as a Queen and as a foretold eather being, as well as her growing closer with Kieran during Casteel’s absence. That first part was well done fr the mostpart. The second part with Poppy's relationship with Kieran was weird for me. For three books Kieran was teasing but not unkind. He was loyal and protective. What I expect at this point in the series and under these circumstances (Casteel having been kidnapped) was a full-fledged best friendship with maybe an unbreakable bond. Not all of the touchy-feely, kisses on the forehead, caressing cheeks from Kieran. Someone even mentions Kieran sounds like her husband, to which Poppy responds by saying their relationship and feelings were complicated. It was weird for me honestly. But I know why it was done—The Joining. . . 

And now we’re back to my rant.

The thing is, I might’ve, could’ve, maybe begrudgingly come to terms with it because Kieran is their best friend and Poppy wanted to save him. But for it to turn into a sexual and/or throuple situation? It’s a hard no for me. I am confused and repulsed by the dynamic of the three’s relationship. I was fully invested in the Casteel and Poppy as a duo pair. The always and forever, heartmates, don’t touch or you get stabbed or your heart ripped out, don’t cover or you die status of their relationship. I was never warned or prepared for a throuple.

So, that was my major qualm with the book but it was actually a really good book that I truly enjoyed. It's just not my favorite in the series for the obvious reason stated above. After finishing the book, I honestly felt unsettled. Betrayed even. But also, I really enjoyed the book as well as still love this series and the characters. The plot was interesting. Heartstrings were pulled. We got dragons and the prick Reaver we all love. *Reaverbutt* Bad characters got their comeuppance. We got a new heartmate revelation. And so much more. Highly recommend THE WAR OF TWO QUEENS

“๐’Ÿ๐‘œ๐“ƒ’๐“‰ ๐“๐‘œ๐‘œ๐“€ ๐’ถ๐“‰ ๐“‚๐‘’.” ๐‘…๐‘’๐’ถ๐“‹๐‘’๐“‡ ๐“…๐’พ๐’ธ๐“€๐‘’๐’น ๐“Š๐“… ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’ท๐’พ๐“ˆ๐’ธ๐“Š๐’พ๐“‰. “๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“‰๐‘’๐“‡๐“‰๐’ถ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐’ถ๐“ˆ ๐’ป๐“Š๐’ธ๐“€.”


POPPY DA'NEER: As mentioned above, Poppy is a badass who I could strongly empathize with and connect with. I love her character and what she stands for. She is strong, brave, fierce, loyal, and she’s not infallible even though she’s powerful. 

“๐ต๐“Š๐“‰ ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“ƒ๐’ถ๐“‚๐‘’ ๐“Œ๐’ถ๐“ˆ ๐“๐‘œ๐“‹๐‘’. ๐ผ๐“‰ ๐“Œ๐’ถ๐“ˆ ๐“…๐‘œ๐“Œ๐‘’๐“‡ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐“‡๐‘’๐“ƒ๐‘”๐“‰๐’ฝ.”

CASTEEL DA'NEER: BABY! Let me tell you if I wasn't convinced before: Casteel Hawkethorne Da'Neer is my fictional soulmate--minus the sharing his wife with his BFF bit, we're going to ignore that.

“๐’ฒ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡ ๐“ˆ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“‡๐“Š๐“๐‘’๐’น ๐‘œ๐“‹๐‘’๐“‡ ๐’ถ๐“๐“ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น๐“ˆ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’ถ๐“ˆ ๐‘œ๐“‡ ๐“Œ๐’ถ๐“ˆ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’ฌ๐“Š๐‘’๐‘’๐“ƒ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐“ƒ๐‘œ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐’ท๐“Š๐“‰ ๐’ถ ๐“…๐’พ๐“๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐’ท๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐“ˆ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“Œ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“๐’น - ๐“Œ๐’พ๐“๐“ - ๐’ถ๐“๐“Œ๐’ถ๐“Ž๐“ˆ ๐’ท๐‘’ ๐“‚๐“Ž ๐’ฌ๐“Š๐‘’๐‘’๐“ƒ. ๐ฟ๐‘œ๐“‹๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“‰๐‘œ๐‘œ ๐“Œ๐‘’๐’ถ๐“€ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ ๐‘’๐“‚๐‘œ๐“‰๐’พ๐‘œ๐“ƒ ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’น๐‘’๐“ˆ๐’ธ๐“‡๐’พ๐’ท๐‘’ ๐’ฝ๐‘œ๐“Œ ๐“ˆ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐“ˆ๐“Š๐“‚๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐“‚๐‘’ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“Œ๐’ฝ๐’ถ๐“‰ ๐ผ ๐’ป๐‘’๐‘’๐“ ๐’ป๐‘œ๐“‡ ๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“‡. ๐’ฎ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“‚๐“Ž ๐‘’๐“‹๐‘’๐“‡๐“Ž๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”.”


# 1 NEW YORK TIMES, # 1 International, and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. She also writes under the name J. Lynn. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Border Jack Apollo, and a slew of farm animals that include alpacas, goats, and sheep.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Wishlist Wednesday

*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that is on your bookish wishlist*


Publisher: Corey Press
Release DateAugust 11, 2021 
Pages: 306


I never thought I'd be singing happy birthday to myself in a dungeon. And yet when a sinfully sexy demon crashes happy hour, that's exactly what happens. He’s known as the Lord of Chaos, he’s mistaken me for my succubus doppelgรคnger.
Happy birthday to me.
When he tastes my blood, he finally understands I’m mortal. And I realize we have something in common: we both crave revenge. So we make a deal: I can stay in the forbidden city to hunt for my mom's killer. In return, I’ll help him get the vengeance he craves. I just have to pose as a sexy succubus. One problem--he's my number one suspect.
And that’s increasingly hard to remember as he teaches me my role: seduction. With each heated touch I drift further into peril. And if I fall under his seductive spell, death awaits me.
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C.N. Crawford is two people--a former biologist (Nick) and a former school psychologist (Christine)--also a married couple who now write together. Nick was the primary author of Night Elves and Shadows & Flame, and Christine was the primary author of Sea Fae, Shadow Fae, City of Thorns (Demon Queen Trials), Vampire's Mage, and the Hades Castle series.

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