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The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

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Content/Trigger Warnings: Physical fight, bullying, injuries, hospitalization, sexual assault, trauma, pretend defense, mention of suicide, talk of loss/death of a loved one, abandonment, anxiety/panic attacks.

β€œLove is not about holding people where you want them. It is about doing what’s best for them because you need them to be okay.”

Dearest friends, my heart has been unraveled and then put back together in a thousand different ways. This book was truly so lyrical, so beautiful, and this book found every soft soft of my soul. K. Ancrum is an outstanding writer, a true gift to the writing world and this book alone makes me want to read anything she put out. Even though I knew this book was going to pack a punch to my feelings, I still went in expecting so light fun, but it was far from that. I love this book. I truly love this book with my whole soul and there will never be enough words to say what this book did to me, for me.

The Weight of the Stars is about a girl named Ryann who’s struggling through her senior year of high school while she takes care of her brother, James and his son. The one day a new girl named Alexandria rolls into town and suddenly Ryann is swept up into a world of stars, radio signals, space, and uncovering the truth.

At the surfaces this book just seems like it’s about two girls, but underneath there’s so much more. With underlying themes such as found family, loving unconditionally whether they’re friends and family or a romantic partner, what your place in the world it, and taking opportunities you never thought you’d get the chance to take because of who you are and where you come from.

🌟 Ryann – One of our main characters, beautiful black butch lesbian, loves her friends and family something fierce and would give up everything if they got to stay happy, in love with space and wants to travel to follow in the foot steps of her mother Gillie, rough on the outside but a total cinnamon roll on the inside.

🌟 Alexandria – Our second main character, new girl to the town, mother went off on a one-way trip into space and has been lonely her whole life, catching radio signals from her mother by sitting on her roof at night, minor OCD, irritable to Ryann at first but slowly blooms into something else.

🌟 James – Ryann’s brother whose trauma has caused him to stop speaking, loves Ryann something fierce, has a beautiful baby boy named Charlie and is an incredible father to.

🌟 Ahmed – Ryann’s best friend, who is Sikh son of three parents in a polyamorous relationship (and if you’re like me who just recently found out, definitely read The Wicker King, that’s all I’m saying!!!), boyfriend to Shannon

🌟 Shannon – The traditionally popular girl that shouldn’t fit into this group of misfits but somehow does anyway, declared nicest of the group of misfits, girlfriend to Ahmed.

🌟 Blake and Tomas – Both troublemakers but polar opposites to each other, Tomas is obsessed with Charlie (James’s baby boy) and loves video games. Blake does theater and travels three cities over to do shows. Blake understands Ryann on a mental level and sees right through her. Tomas tried committing suicide, Ryann saved his life.

“It is though. People are easy. We’re all made of the same stuff. Even if you arrange it in different ways or make puzzles out of it.”

If you asked me to name a book that I love with my whole heart, this is the book. Ryann is a character that I saw myself in and I knew, I just knew that this book was going to be impossible to put down. From the very first page, I knew this book was going to be beautiful, hard hitting, and that this would be the book to steal my soul. And I loved every second of it, no matter how many tears were shed.

These characters are impossible not to love, to get soft about, and they’re so diverse. From their home styles to what made them gravitate towards Ryann. Even Ryann herself is a character that’s impossible not to love. They’re all really endearing and they’re such complex characters with multiple layers. Even more so these characters would do anything for one another. Throughout this entire book we learn more pieces about each and every one of them. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want any novellas or want more books featuring these characters. I love found family tropes and I will forever be lured in by found family.

Speaking of family, the sibling bond between Ryann and James was just absolutely beautiful and I felt their sibling bond ten fold. Being an older sister to four siblings and being really close to my one brother, their sibling bond had me wrapped up in my emotions and feelings. I will always choose books with sibling relationships and this book does a fantastic job at portraying that sibling bond and relationship.

“Diversity is a flower that blooms with greater beauty and greater strength each time it is cross-pollinated.”

And before I go into anything else, I have to go off on a tangent about Mrs. Marsh. This is a long overdue part and the time has finally come to talk about how amazing this character is. Even though she is such a minor character in this book, she represents all the teachers out there who notice the students who are struggling, who are going through hard patches in their life, and take that extra time for those students. Her responses are absolutely delightful and I can’t even begin to express how hard I was sob laughing at the scene near the end of the book with Ryann and Mrs. Marsh. Though we don’t see much of her, she was a truly wonderful character to see in this book and I’m glad she was included.

Now let’s talk about romance. The romance in this book is absolutely stunning and such a slow burn too! The way Alexandria and Ryann fall in love with one another is so beautiful, like everything else in this book. I ached and I cried for these characters as they slowly came together and the way they love, it was absolutely everything. Watching them learn to come together and then to watch them let each other go, seeing them heal one another, and watching them give bits and pieces of themselves without even knowing they were; nothing was more beautiful or heartwrenching to read and experience, what a masterpiece.

And I have to talk about pinky promises! Pinky promises are such a minor thing in this book, but it holds so much weight. There’s such a serious tone that with each pinky promise you know someone is going to make good on it. It made my heart swell with pride and happiness because I am a firm believer of the pinky promise and I just loved seeing those exchanges with Alex and Ryann.

We also have another big love in this story between Alexandria’s mother and father in the transcripts. This was such a emotional move from the author. This romance comes fast and hits hard. God, I sobbed endlessly once I read through this part. I had to set the book down because it was so moving, so powerful, and something I never knew I wanted to read about until I read it. It was so brilliantly written and I don’t think I’ll ever get over that section.

Of course, if I didn’t say how much I loved the way space came into play with this book then I’d be lying. It’s another reason why I fell so madly in love with this book. Space is portrayed in a very mildly terrifying way in this book, but it’s also made wondrous. There’s such a peaceful calm, but also a great emptiness and loneliness. It opens the imagination to so many possibilities and the way Ancrum writes it, you can’t help feeling like there’s more out there, more worlds, more things to discover, and it really made me remember why I love the Mass Effect Trilogy so much.

I can’t say enough good and wonderful things about this book. I truly believe everyone can find something to love in this book whether it’s familial, romantic, self-love or found love, the idea of space, or just an emotional read; this book has everything and I think anyone who reads this will find something they can take away from it.

” ‘Cause the stars are beautiful, but I’d give them up for you just to see your face.”

Overall, I loved this book. I loved it so much, with every fiber of my soul. This is the first book I ever read by K. Ancrum and I’m so glad this was my first. I have fallen in love with her writing style, her characters, and the story she weaves for us. I laughed, I sobbed relentlessly, I laughed some more, and then I sobbed again. What a beautiful book, what lyrical writing, what a blessing K. Ancrum is!

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DNFing Books | Reclaiming My Time and Views

Salutations friends! Today I’m putting up an article that’s a little bit different compared to the content I usually put on my blog. As of recently, with being sick and all, my head has been mulling over my thoughts on DNFing books. For those who don’t speak the lingo, DNF means ‘did not finish’ in book dragon terms. DNFing in the book community is definitely a polarizing subject, kind of like the conversation topic of audiobooks. You will hear conversations that go on for days on whether or not to DNF. You may be wondering what sparked this thought process and that is due to a conversation I was recently having with the lovely Kayla at Books and Blends about our current buddy read.

With all of this in mind, my head has been spinning, mapping out my own personal views on DNFing books. Now, I have never been someone who quits a book. I have that “I’m not a quitter, I’m a winner” mentality so DNFing was never a full concept I liked to participate in until the summer of 2019 when I read the worst book imaginable. In 2019 I read and reviewed a book called Things We Lost in the Fire. This is a book I wouldn’t even wish upon my worst enemies. This book really opened up my eyes to a lot of things including my reading limits and when it’s time to say ‘enough’. I DNF’d this book at 75% and I wish I had DNF this book a lot sooner.

That book changed the way I read, my views on DNFing, and really looking at my time investments. Since reading that book, I have started to really prioritize my reading and how I want to invest my time. Also, my reading average has gone up a little and since I’m investing my time into books I love more often, I’m okay with that. As for the books I have DNF’d, well, there could be a number of reasons why it landed in that pile.

πŸ“– The content was just too much.

In the case of the Things We Lost in the Fire, this is the category for books that take too much of a heavy toll on mental health or cause a decline in physical health. Whether the content in too detailed and graphic or the content becomes far too dark that it causes the mental state to think negative thoughts, this is the time to put that book down and not touch it with a ten foot pole.

πŸ“– Better saved for later.

These are the overly hyped books. If you know me, I have a lot of overly hyped books that I’ve been dodging because I don’t want to disappoint anyone or be let down myself. Hype can be such a powerful and influential thing. To avoid the hype and make sure I go in with a clean slate, these books get put off to the side and are saved for a time when I’m in the mood for it.

πŸ“– It’s boring and it feels forced.

These are the books that are taking forever to have any action, anything interesting, and content that captures the attention. It could also have the feeling of characters being forced into situations and the whole atmosphere feels off somehow. It may not even be the whole book, either. This may be the case with flashbacks, books divided into sections, or books close to 1000 pages. Sometimes it’s timing and other times the book isn’t for you, and that’s okay!

πŸ“– Those typos!

This is one of the more rarer situations, but I find that it does happen. I’ve had a few published works come my way that drove me absolutely mad because sentences weren’t making sense, two-three words were spelled wrong in every line, or there would be odd spacing in words. Arcs will always get a free pass from me for having spelling errors, but if your book has been published and there are that many errors… Someone did you dirty and I don’t have the time to waste trying to figure out what each sentence is suppose to say especially if your book is 400-500 pages.

πŸ“– Did you really just do that? That’s offensive!

Another rare one for me, but an important one. It’s not that I don’t find offensive content in books, but more so that I’m not hearing enough people talk about that content or I’m watching reviews for books so closely that I won’t touch an overly offensive book. An example of this would be the content in Serpent & Dove. I talk about it in my review, but there was a lot of content that rubbed me the wrong way and there are others who have gone into greater detail than what I have.

πŸ“– Why are there seven POVs?!

Whether this is just a pet peeve or a tic that’s really triggering, I really can’t stand multiple povs. This is something I’ve always had issues with and I’ve finally realized that I won’t touch a book if it has over three povs. There have been some rare exceptions with books having five or six povs and it works out for the story’s benefit. However, most books with five or more povs will never get touched or put off to the side because it muddles the story-line and plot, there’s too many characters to try to keep up with, and details tend to fall on the back burner.

Okay, friends! That covers all of the reasons why I’ll DNF a book! I’m sure there are a few others lurking in the catacombs of my mind, but those are a few for right now. Please feel free to tell me in the comments below some of the reasons why you DNF a book or if you don’t DNF a book, then tell me how you keep yourself motivated to keep reading a book you’re not truly feeling. Until next time Chapterlings, may your reads be five stars, I love you! πŸ’™

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The Unique Blogger Award

Salutations friends! I just recently got nominated by my lovely friend Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog for the Unique Blogger Award! They are so kind, put out amazing content, and so thoughtful to even think of me every time these tags and awards pop up. I’m truly grateful and if you haven’t checked her blog out yet, make sure you pop on over and see her latest articles!

❄️ The Rules ❄️

❄️ Thank and share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you for The Unique Blogger Award

❄️ Answer their three questions

❄️ In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 blogs for the same award and ask them three new questions

❄️ Questions from Emer! ❄️

❄️ What is your favourite type of blog-post to write?

This is truly a tough question to answer. Hmm…I would have to say it’s one that I’ve been on the fence about lately. While I love and adore posting book hauls, I really love giving updates like a weekly update. I feel like there’s something really personal and almost like a door opening to a person’s heart with updates, and I truly love writing them or even reading others posting theirs. However, I have never actually posted a life or weekly update on this blog. While I do like being open with all of you, I do try to keep limits and boundaries when it comes to my personal life and social media.

❄️ Who is the person that has most inspired you in your life?

There are so many people and I can’t just pick one. There have been many people who have come and gone in my life who have taught me important life lessons, who have showed me kindness, who have really left an imprint on my soul, and have really inspired me to keep going forward. I truly believe you can’t have one person over another because the people who come and leave our lives inspire so much and teach us so much. To try to choose, well, I don’t know how anyone could do it without recognizing all the others.

❄️ Name one author (or twenty…lol we are all book addicts here!) whose books you are always excited to read.

The lovely Kerri Maniscalco
The one and only Sarah J. Maas

Now for those tagged to receive this award!

❄️ Destiny

❄️ Kayla

❄️ Robin

❄️ Lauren

❄️ Donna

❄️ Nikki

❄️ Kat

❄️ Christine

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

❄️ My Three Questions for those Tagged ❄️

❄️ How did you come around to starting your blog?

❄️ What are three songs that describe you and your beautiful soul?

❄️ What are three books that made you emotional and never want to let go of?


Okay, Chapterlings! Those are all my answers to Emer’s questions! Once again, make sure you check out her blog, she is truly a sweet, caring friend. She deserves so much love! Also, if you weren’t tagged in this, but you want to participate, feel free to tag yourself because everyone is truly unique in their own way! Until next time, may January continue to be kind to you, I love you! πŸ’™

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Didn't Read in 2019 but Want to Read in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!


Salutations Chapterlings! Can you believe that we made it to 2020?! I still can’t believe that 2019 is done and gone and a new year has already brought so much to us already! Anyway, you’re here because it’s a new year and you want to hear about how I’m going to resolves the mistakes made in 2019. So 2019 was…chaos. It was a wild ride of a year and I’m still processing everything that has happened up until the new year. The second half of 2019 was extremely wild and very intense. Unfortunately, my reading suffered greatly in the last few months of 2019 which means a lot of the books I wanted to read last year just never got read. To make sure I hold myself accountable and so all of you hold me accountable, I will be listing only ten of the many books I have on my 2019 backlist that I absolutely have to read in 2020. My goal is to make sure I read them in the first half of the year.

Now, these books are ones that I’m most excited and they’re in no specific order. These are all books I really want to get to and live on the top tier of my tbr cart. These have to get read and there’s no room for excuses. It’s time to read!


❄️ Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco


❄️ The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1) by Kalyn Josephson


❄️Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


❄️ Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


❄️ Stormrise by Jillian Boehme


❄️ Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) by Leigh Bardugo


❄️ Well Met (Well Met, #1) by Jen DeLuca


❄️ Get A Life Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert


❄️ Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox, #2) by Julie Kagawa


❄️ The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren


Okay, friends! Those are all the books I want to read this year. I truly think it’s doable especially now that my schedule won’t be so intense. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this article as much as I did! I loved going through my tbr pile and really thinking about the books I absolutely have to read. But please feel free to leave me a comment below on some of the books you didn’t get to read in 2019, but you want to change in 2020. And until next time, may this new year bring you many good things, I love you! πŸ’™

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Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #1) by Adam Silvera

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Content/Trigger Warnings: Death of a loved one. murder, grief, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, abandonment, graphic violence, scene animal/creature fighting/abuse, death of a creature, body shaming, paranoia

ARC was given by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

This review is being published before the release date (January 14th, 2020)

“Your humanity is what makes you heroic, not your powers.”

It’s no secret that I love a book that has good mythical beasts especially if they’re dragons and phoenixes. This book had me hooked and fully excited to see how phoenixes would be woven into a ya fantasy. Top that off with a super hero element, you had me. However, while I was overly excited for a book full of magic and mythical beasts, I did become exposed to a lot of negative reviews early on. So when I had finally received an arc of one of my anticipated books of 2020, I was a worried about picking it up. Friends, I truly wish I could say that the start to 2020 kicked off with a good start, but this wasn’t the book for me and my heart is incredibly heavy admitting that. I truly wanted to love this book with every fiber in my being, but sadly that wasn’t the case.

Infinity Son follows the perspective of four characters throughout this entire story. I will leave a breakdown below. Emil and Brighton have always dreamed about becoming heroes someday, but at some point, Emil reached a point of wanting all the fighting to stop while Brighton only wants to join in the fray of it all. Among all this chaos and fear, a gang of specters have been rising from the shadows and getting bolder every day, making peace nearly impossible. Then one day, Emil and Brighton get caught up in a situation that leads to Emil developing his own powers and nothing will be the same ever again.

Different Classes

πŸ”₯ Humans – Just like you and me!

πŸ”₯ Celestials – Born with magical powers. Example; the ability to heal any wound, controlling wind or fire, etc…

πŸ”₯ Specters – Steal powers, violently takes the essence of magical creatures

POVS

πŸ”₯ Emil – The “chosen one,” ability is that of a phoenix, wants nothing except for the war to stop and there to be peace

πŸ”₯ Brighton – Power hungry and thirsty for fame, brother to Emil

πŸ”₯ Maribelle – Member of the Spell Walkers, wants vengeance for the death of her parents, hates the leader of the Spell Walkers

πŸ”₯ Ness – Specter, shape-shifter, mysterious, wild card of the story-line, love interest to Emil

Each character plays an important role in the development of the story and offers their own experience and personal view of the events taking place. With so many character point of views, it’s very easy for a lot of the details and plot to get muddled together. There’s also a lot that happens in each perspective that causes a lot of the povs to be more character driven than actual story-line or plot driven. All of this aside, every reader will find someone they’re strongly drawn to regardless if they’re a side character or one of the main characters.

Characters aside, I love the story telling built around phoenixes and hydras in this book. As I mentioned before, I love phoenixes and a lot of the details the wove around the phoenixes, the way they live and rebirth themselves, and just the symbolism of what they stood for in this book just took hold of my heart. Same for the hydras. Hydras are a species of dragons and they appear all throughout legends, stories, mythology, and of course, MTG. They symbolize power and strength, and they were no exception in this book. I wish we had received just a little bit more with the background and relationship between hydras and phoenixes, but I won’t complain with what we got. However, I do want to point out that there is a scene in this book between and phoenix and a hydra that is very similar to animal fighting in the real world. While these are mythical creatures, I wanted to point this out because there are details of how the creatures are handled and treated. It’s even to the point that Emil is even internally recognizing that both creatures are terrified and are being forced into a situation that has been caused naturally.

I want to take a moment to truly appreciate Prudencia. I loved her as a side character and I loved the way she showed her love, her loyalty, but also how we got to see her moments of fear, sadness, frustration. Also, I just know in my soul she is going to play a much bigger role in this series and I can’t wait to see her bring her full potential to the table. She’s such a treasure and she’s one hell of a friend to Emil and Brighton.

I also have to mention that I love the way therapy and seeking help is handled in this book. I loved that there was an open invitation for Emil and his family to seek guidance and counseling to navigate the tough, emotional strain they were all put under. I also liked that we get a few scenes of therapy session and how it was normalized and worked in to everything else happening in the book. And I really loved how Emil decided to have a private session and voice his struggles, his concerns, and his fears. That was one of my favorite scenes because Emil is so vulnerable, but we see him realizing and deciding he can’t work through this on his own.

And of course, I have to mention the wide variety of family dynamics. We get so many diverse family situations in this book and I loved every second of it. We have an aunt and niece dynamic, a widowed mother of two, there’s an adopted element thrown into the mix, there’s so many and I don’t want to spoil them all because some of them do play into the plot. But it was so great reading about so many different families in this book. It truly made my heart warm even if many of the situations weren’t the greatest.

I also want to point out ow much I loved Emil and Ness near the end of this book. More specially there’s a scene where Emil is body shaming himself and Ness says the most wonderful things. The whole scene is very pure, very raw, and becoming comfortable with one another. It just made my whole heart swell with so much love and appreciation. Despite everything this book does (and it’s a lot), this scene had me awing, crying, and I never wanted that scene to end with them parting. I loved it so much. And just so you know, their connection is very slow burn and that good enemies to lovers trope.

“You should only feel beautiful to yourself. And only be with someone who gets that you’re beautiful because of who you are.”

Despite all of the good this book has and even though there are many, many moments that I loved and wanted more of, there were also a lot of things that I didn’t enjoy and even now am still bothered by. For starters, I mentioned before this book is a four character pov, but I’m not a fan of 4+ character pov. I feel like important details get lost because the majority of a book is spent building up the characters and then we’re getting backstories when we should be getting more of the story-line or hitting a plot twist, something should be happening. It was also really troublesome because we have two povs that go from being a unique povs to being completely laced with hated, jealousy, anger, immense vibes of craving power; especially near the end where it seemed like these two povs really showed their true colors of absolute hostility. It just left a never ending bad feeling with my reading experience.

Now, I understand every television show or book has one, but I thought it completely unnecessary to have Brighton act like a complete fool and make idiotic decisions for two-thirds of the book. For the majority of the book, Brighton was making extremely poor choices to the point of it putting the team or mission in jeopardy, the situations being frustrating because he’s so hot-headed and won’t listen to anyone, and it made me not want to read through his parts throughout this book. The same thing with Maribelle. Majority of the book we have Mariabelle either being disrespectful to the Emil or the team captain and being spiteful towards her or we just get parts of her completely obsessing over the death of her parents instead of seeing her being productive and helping the team. They were both frustrating and irritating characters to the point of them being my least favorite parts of the book, and any scene with them in it had me dreading their parts.

And we need to have a serious talk about Emil’s character development. There are many times in this book where Emil could have had potential character development, but instead we just receive development of his powers. For the majority of the book or at least two-thirds of the book, Emil spends it having panic attacks in thinking he’s going to die or he’s talking about how much he doesn’t want to be a solider in this war. The only time we really see Emil setup in this book is during events that something happens to his brother. I also have to address that Emil never once steps up and calls anyone out on side characters pressuring him to do things he doesn’t want to do. For example, near the beginning of this book therapy is made an options, but Emil didn’t want to go to therapy because he was internally trying to work things out. Instead of the other characters leaving him be, his own brother and best friend trick him into going to therapy and forcing him to sit through a session. Situations like this, Emil could have taken charge, told everyone to back off or just leave him to figure it out, but instead Emil just silently endured these situations instead of speaking up for himself or standing his ground. Despite all of this, Emily is still a great character and one of pure heart, but he definitely deserved more moments for development that were outside of his powers.

I also want to point out to those who read comics often or have read them enough will find that this book seems like a comic book written in a ya fantasy format. What I mean is this feels like a graphic novel or comic turned into a thick book when this feels like it could have done really well as a comic. Also, there are large parts of this book that feel very familiar to situations and scene that have happened in the Marvel and DC Comic universe, more specifically with the Justice League from DC Comics and X-Men from Marvel. Due to that feeling, the last third of this book became very predictable and was a very familiar story-line/plot that I’ve seen a lot in those type of graphic novels before. So that last third of the book really left a lot to be desired especially since this book seemed so unique and original in the beginning up until that part.

Aside from all of this, the biggest issue I had with this book was this constant feeling of hopelessness throughout the book. Once it hit about 50%, it was like a switch got flipped because there was an immense sense of dread and hopelessness. And following that, the way this book concluded left me feeling drained and left me feeling terrible. So much happened at the end and it was like one terrible thing after another. There was no ending on a good note or even a climatic cliffhanger, it left on a terrible note of darkness, dread, death, and spite. Not the kind of ending I was expecting and definitely not a satisfying one.

Overall, this was just an okay book for me. It wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t the greatest. For me, this book left a lot to be desired and I had my hopes pretty high for this. While I’m sad that one of my anticipated releases of 2020 didn’t live up to my expectations, I truly enjoyed a lot this book offered. There were many things that I loved seeing like the different powers and the phoenix history, the different family dynamics, the great moments of vulnerability Emil shows, the talking and displaying of “it’s okay to go to therapy and seek out ways to work things out,” there were so many more great points this book offered. I will definitely continue this series. I believe this series is going to be a trilogy and I’m excited to see how these characters grow and develop. More importantly, I’m ready for more phoenix and hydra action!

The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated Books for the First Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created byΒ The Broke and the BookishΒ in June of 2010 and was moved toΒ That Artsy Reader GirlΒ in January of 2018!


Salutations Chapterlings! Yes I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday and it’s in the new year! Happy new year dearest readers! For starters, I’m so glad that you made it to the new year, that you’re still here, still loving my content! I hope the new year has been treating you with nothing but kindness and that where ever you may be that you’re safe! But we’re here to talk books and I’m really excited about this article!

With the new year comes many new things, but the best things are all the new releases of books that we’re all eagerly anticipating. And boy…are we anticipating some really amazing titles. I have already started compiling my list on my GoodReads and I can’t believe how many titles there are that I want to read! I’m very excited and there’s so many other great titles coming out for this year. And while there’s so many titles I want to share with you all, I could only pick my top ten for the first half of the year. So without any further delays, here are my top ten anticipated releases for the first half of the year!


❄️ All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace


❄️ Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei #1) by Abigail Hing Wen


❄️ The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper


❄️ The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu


❄️ We Are Totally Normal by Rahual Kanakia


❄️ Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan


❄️ Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire


❄️ Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry


❄️ The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell


❄️House of Dragons (House of Dragons #1) by Jessica Cluess


Okay, that was seriously the hardest thing ever! But I hope you all enjoyed this list of amazing titles ready to burst into our hands this year! I’m very excited and I can’t wait to dive into some of these. In the meantime, feel free to tell me down below some of your anticipated release for the first half of 2020. And until next time, may your mailbox be filled with new releases, I love you! πŸ’™

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Beasts of Abigaile Vol. 1 (Beasts of Abigaile #1) by Spica Aoki

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Content/Trigger Warnings: Bullying, violence, physical abuse, scene of child abuse, slavery, talk of torture

“I never could’ve imagined…the unthinkable trails that awaited me…here on Abigaile.”

Dearest readers, this book completely took me by surprise. Actually, I shouldn’t be that surprised because my dearest friend Kayla from Books and Blends recommended this series to me and we have very similar taste in books. And I ate this first book alive! I devoured it and now I’m waiting for my order of the rest of this series to arrive. There are werewolves, there’s a character named Darrio who is just a flamboyant precious bean, and I have so many questions that I need answers to. I just fell in love with this a whole ton and I’m so excited!

Our story follows Nina who recently relocated to the beautiful country Ruberia. Even though this country is very beautiful, this country has many dark secrets lurking underneath it’s surface and Nina quickly realizes the darkest secret of them all. Once bitten by a wolf-like luga, Nina soon transforms and dragged off to the penitentiary academy know as Abigaile, where the luga of Ruberia learn how to serve humans. With her strong-willed personality, Nina will make extraordinary friends, gain a lover or two, plenty of enemies, and disrupting the alpha-omega hierarchy from it’s core!

I love Nina as our main character. She has so much life to her and the way she stands up to right the wrong being done just fill my heart with so many warm feelings. I will always be a sucker for strong willed characters who voice their words, stand up for those who don’t know how to, and still have the compassion when the situation would harden most. She easily became a character I was invested in and saw myself in. She just has one of those personalities that you can’t resist even if you really wanted to.

We also get introduced to a bunch of other characters that are probably going to make plenty of other appearances. For starters, you have Gilles who’s on the student council at the academy and I’m not going to lie, he’s a bit of a dream boat! We also have Roy who’s not only an alpha of one of the groups at the academy, he’s also the wolf who bit Nina and seems to have it out for her. Then we have one of my favorite and most exciting characters, Darrio. He’s the alpha who takes Nina in and offers her protection. He also has an incredible taste in fashion and is very flamboyant. I love him to pieces and I will protect him with my whole heart and soul! There are many side characters, but these are the main characters who stick out the most in this book and I have no doubt that we’re going to see so much more from them in upcoming volumes.

The thing that blew me away the most with this volume was the ending. I love a good series or book that ends on a really great cliffhanger that encourages the readers to keep reading. And this cliffhanger, it was so juicy and good. I wanted so much more when I read those final pages because those few pages offer so much, but it leaves you craving more, having so many questions, and wondering what this all means. I’ll be honest, I took some series notes and predicting what will happen in the next volume because my curiosity is eager to know.

Overall, I know this wasn’t a super long review, but I don’t want to say too much that might reveal twists or major events that happen in this first volume. What I will say is how good this first volume was and how fast paced everything is. As I said, I’m eagerly awaiting the arrive of the rest of the series because my drive to power read through this series is on a high right now. If you’re anything like me who loves a fast paced read that involves werewolves and dark secrets then this is going to be a manga series you want to pick up. Also, this series is super short! Aside from one other series that I know of, this series only has four books in total. If you’re a fast reader, you can easily breeze through this series super quickly! I highly recommend checking it out and giving it a chance!

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