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#5OnMyTBR | Red Covers

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Salutations Chapterlings! This might be the hardest list that I’ve ever put together. I don’t own a lot of red covered books in my personal library. In fact, I think I have more neutral and pastel covers for books than I do more brightly colored covers. However, I have scrounged around and after a hot minute, setting Where Dreams Descend aside, I might have found five red cover books! Without further delays, I hope you enjoy these five books!


🍁 Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore 🍁

“The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know. The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.”

I’m so excited to read this book! As you know, Latinx Heritage Month starts on September 15th and runs till October 24th, and I really wanted to participate in some readathons happening during that time. I do have a separate list of books I’d really love to read, but this book in particular is at the top of the list. I’ve been told this is a Swan Lake retelling and that I need to read soon rather than later. Plus, this books has been on my tbr for a year or two now. So, I want to make sure I prioritize this book since it’s been here for a hot minute.


🍁 Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden 🍁

“Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that’s hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil’s nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and how to make them stop.”

I’m so, so grateful to the author who sent me a finished copy. Also, thanks to a mutual acquaintance for putting us in contact with one another. I truly am grateful and just the experience of opening that package meant so much especially as a Native American book reviewer. This is actually on my radar for my November tbr for Native American Heritage Month. Aside from Elatsoe, this book has my top priority for November.


🍁 House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas 🍁

“Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.”

I’ve been putting this book off for so long! I’ll be honest, I think all the mixed reviews has been preventing me from reading this book. Despite the fact that I know this book is super thick, I think the mix feedback has me nervous on where I’m going to fall with my feelings for this book. I truly want to read this before the end of the year and thankfully, no one has spoiled this book for me yet. So, I’m asking a favor from you, yes you! Should I read this in December or should I wait till the new year?


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

Darkness never works alone… Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become. As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.”

I absolutely loved Wicked Saints! I was able to read an arc of it and fell in love. Now I have the second book in this trilogy and I still haven’t read it yet. I’m hoping for the spooky season I’ll be able to squeeze this book in and continue loving this series especially with the third book, Blessed Monsters, looming on the horizon of 2021!


🍁 Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke 🍁

“Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke, Cat Winters… A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and fresh and unsettling. Clever readers will love teasing out the references and can satisfy their curiosity at the end of each tale, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From blood horror, to the supernatural, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.”

This book has been lurking on my tbr shelves forever! I actually had a really good friend of mine recommend this book to me and I feel so guilty that I haven’t read it in the two years it’s been waiting to be read. Now that spooky season is on the horizon once more, this book is at the top of the list of books to be read in October. I always like to read books friends and family members gift to me first because that means the person who gifted that book put a lot of thought, effort, and love into picking it out. Plus, I can read a story a day while reading the other books I want to read and I haven’t read an anthology in a hot minute.


Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed this little breakdown of some red cover books that are on my radar for this final portion of the year. Do you have some red cover books on your radar this spooky year? What titles on this list interest you? Let me know down below and don’t forget to cast your vote on when you’d like to see me read House of Earth and Blood! Until next time, may you have a fall-tastic September, I love you! 🧡

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Book Tag

I saw this on A Book A Thought blog and decided I had to give it a chance!


🍂 The Rules 🍂

🍂 Link back to the original post
🍂 Thank the person who tagged you
🍂 Do the prompts below
🍂 Tag some friends
🍂 Most importantly – have fun!


🍂 Pumpkin Spice Latte: A book you didn’t think you’d love 🍂

I say this all the time, I don’t do overly hyped series or books. Trust me, I have a whole box of overly hyped books from my friends that I haven’t read yet because quite frankly, I don’t want to be disappointed or disappoint them. However, when my spouse offered to buddy read this book with me, it made the experience of this book better and it allowed me to form my own thoughts about this book without that kind of pressure (although, the looming anticipation from friends was lurking right over my shoulders the entire time). I was pleasantly surprised. I still need to finish this series, but I understand why so many readers really love the Illuminae trilogy.

🍂 Hot Apple Cider: A book that got you a bit hot under the collar 🍂

The Devil In Me (Seven Devils #1) by K. I. Lynn hit me right out of left field! I knew it was going to be a steamy book… I just didn’t know how steamy. And that’s all I have to say about that.

🍂 Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate: A book that felt like a warm hug 🍂

Check Please Vol. 2 left me in a whirlwind of feelings. I laughed, I got emotional, and I’m still in denial that this duology has finally come to an end. I refuse to accept it! This duology follows Eric Bittle and his adventures in college, more specifically playing on his college’s hockey team. There’s a very wholesome romance throughout both books, found family, and navigating the waters of publicly coming out to the ones you love most. This is probably one of my favorite duologies and I can’t recommend it enough!

🍂 Maple Pecan Latte: A book you enjoyed that was hard to get into 🍂

Okay, let me explain this one! I recently finished Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) and I loved it. I really, really enjoyed it. However, I say this all the time (this will be mentioned in my final review as well), I struggle so much with multiple povs. I can handle three point of views max, two at bare minimum, but once you go past the third perspective, things start to bleed together for me and I struggle with keeping track of who’s who. I emphasize this especially with high fantasy books because there’s so many details to remember. I also want to mention there’s a lot of content and trigger warnings for this book (which are listed on my pre-statement about this book). Both of these things will be mentioned in my finally review, but setting those aside, I really enjoyed this and I was easily captivated with the story. I’m eager to see how the next book will play out especially with the ending of this book!

🍂 London Fog: A vanilla character 🍂

Yumeko from Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. I love Yumeko in this series! She loves with her heart on her sleeve and tries to do the right thing. Julie Kagawa did a fantastic job at writing her character and taking Japanese mythology, mixing it into this fantasy adventure. And saying she’s vanilla isn’t a bad thing. Yumeko is very sweet, very innocent, and as you read through this series, you see amazing character development. I truly enjoy her character and what she brings to this story.

🍂 Hot Buttered Rum: A book that was velvety smooth to read 🍂

I think I’m going to have to choose the Wayward Children series for this answer. When I hear ‘velvety smooth’, I think of books that were easy for me to fall into, to read in one sitting, and books that have writing that’s lyrical and easy to fall in love with. To me, that’s the Wayward Children series. I have reviews for the first four books which I’ll link below.

🍂 Every Heart A Doorway
🍂 Down Among the Sticks and Bones
🍂 Beneath the Sugar Sky
🍂 In an Absent Dream

🍂 Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew: A character whose temperament is icy cold 🍂

Surprisingly enough, I don’t have an actual answer for this. I haven’t read a book in a long time that has a character with a temperament that’s icy cold.

🍂 Salted Caramel Mocha: A book that you’re salty about 🍂

I don’t get upset with books that often. For the most part, usually the lowest I’ll rate a book is three stars. It’s extremely rare when a book makes my blood boil and I give a low rating, too. It’s month later and I’m still salty about The Wives. I understand why some readers would like this. Not only did I buddy read this with a friend of mine who also had a conflicting reading experience, I also read chapters out loud to my spouse who continuously repeated “WTF” and made cringed faces. I took it as far as thinking “maybe I was overreacting” and actually sent screen shots to friends and family who thrive off the horror and thriller genres. I was met with a lot of questions, comments, and concerns. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be picking anything up from this author in the future.

🍂 Honey Bee Latte: A character who is sweet 🍂

I love all the characters from The Tea Dragon Society, but I really love Greta especially in The Tea Dragon Tapestry. Greta has so much love and cares so, so much for those around her. That really shines throughout this entire book. I really loved the moments Greta has with Ginseng. I thought they were such precious moments and I love them together so much! This series means so much to me and I’m really hoping we’ll see more of this world in the future!

🍂 Gingerbread Latte: A character you’d take home for Christmas 🍂

I have to say Chloe from Get A Life Chloe Brown. Chloe and I have a lot in common and I just have this feeling like we’d be good friends who really connect with each other. Plus, I think she’d have a fun time trying to cuddle all three of my cats!


🍂 Tagging 🍂

🍂 Destiny from Howling Libraries

🍂 Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog

🍂 Kayla from Books and Blends

🍂 Donna at Momsbookcollection


Okay, readers! That wraps up another blog tag! I had so much fun filling this out and I thought it was very appropriate now that we’re moving into the fall/winter season. Do you have a book you’re salty about? Do you have a favorite character you find incredibly sweet? Tell me in the comments below! Until next time, I hope you’re all tackling those tbrs, I love you! 🧡

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#5OnMyTBR

#5OnMyTBR | Autumnal Reads

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook
You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it.


Salutations Chapterlings! I have officially entered spooky mode! Yes, that magical time where my fall themes are everywhere. If you recently saw my IG stories, you know I recently hauled some spooky decorations and have officially decorated my reading space with them. But what about my reading? Oh don’t worry about that! I have a giant spooky season tbr… like usual! But those are details best reserved closer to October. However, among all those books, I have a few books prioritized. Please understand, I’m not much of a horror or thriller reader and mysteries aren’t my usual forte either. I do make exceptions at times, but it’s not often. Anyway, here are the top five prioritized on my spooky tbr that I’m really excited to get to!


🍁 Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo 🍁

“Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?”

This is at the top of my list for two reasons. For starters, my lovely friend Dani at My Heart Is Booked got me a signed copy and that means the whole world to me that she was able to do that for me. And the second reason, my wonderful friend Robin at Paperbacks and Planners has agreed to put off reading this until October to buddy read it with me! As you can see, this is a pretty special and important read for me this spooky season. I’ve heard a lot of mixed things, but I’m still eager to read this book and see where I fall for myself.


🍁 Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 🍁

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Okay… I know I said I wasn’t going to do any horror, thriller, or mystery… and I know I’ve said I’m not the biggest fan of historical themed books. But, this would be the exception. This is the Dragons & Tea Book Club October pick! I’ve also heard a lot of early praise (before it’s release) about this book and have been low key hyped about it. Plus, Latinx Heritage month is still continuing in October. If I remember correctly, it runs from September 15th – October 24th. So this is pretty high up on my ‘want to read asap’ list.


🍁 His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler 🍁

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways. Contributors include Kendare Blake (reimagining “Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morge”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).

I don’t talk about it often, in fact it’s taken a bit of a back shelf, but I really loved Edgar Allan Poe’s work. Young Autumn is internally screeching at the highest volumes right now. I also don’t talk about how much I love anthologies, short stories, and novellas. I feel like I read them all the time, but don’t talk about them as much as I should. Anyway, I picked this up on one fall morning of a really rough day and I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read this. So I’m eager to finally take the time to prioritize it. You all know how much I love retellings!


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

In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Can we just pretend like I didn’t just put this book on my spooky season reading list? It pains me, incredibly so, to admit I still haven’t read this finale in this quartet. I haven’t read the novella yet either, but this book… this glorious, beauty of a book has been sitting on my tbr for far too long. This is on my ‘top five to read before the end of 2020’ and it has my top priority. So, before I can even read Kerri’s newest book, Kingdom of the Wicked, I have to read and finish this book first. Fingers crossed I can get this read before October even ends!


🍁 Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega 🍁

Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.
For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.
Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.
With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

But that synopsis though! Seriously, the synopsis alone has my full attention. Ghostbusters? Coco? Mixed together in this middle grade paranormal fantasy read? Yes please! This sounds whimsical and just an all around fantastic read for spooky season. Plus, I want to know how the cat on the cover comes into play! It’s giving Scooby-Doo vibes! I’m really excited to pick this one up!


Alright, friends! That concludes my top five books for my spooky season reading. I truly hope I can read all of these and keep some of my other spooky season reading plans. But that’s a secret until October! What are some of the books you’re looking forward to reading this fall? Or perhaps you have one book you’re anticipating picking up immediately when October strikes? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time, I hope you’re staying safe, your home is bringing you all the fall vibes, and as always, I love you! 🧡

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Monthly TBR

September 2020 TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! Did you notice? Yes, the fall theme has returned! I put a poll up to see when everyone would like see a change in the theme and a lot of people voted for September. And here we are! In September with the fall theme kicking in the door! Seriously though, August was a great month for reading just a lot of roughness. I’m hoping in September that things will start to turn around for me. I feel like September is going to be a chaotic month especially for reading (my tbr feels ambitious, to say the least). But I really hope I’ll be able to read all of these, maybe participate in a readathon or two, and if I get really lucky, maybe squeeze in a few extras!


🍁Currently Reading🍁

🍁 Black Sun (Beneath Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
October 13th, 2020 by Saga Press

I’m truly excited to be reading this. I have a fun little project that’s in the works for my physical arc (so stay tuned for that). I can’t wait to see everyone pick this book up this fall so we can discuss it together!


🍁September TBR🍁

🍁 The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1) by Kalyn Josephson
July 9th, 2019 by SourcebooksFire

I’m making this pact now, I will get this book read before 2020 is over. I’m making it my mission, my goal of 2020. I had wanted to read this book so badly last year and never got the chance to do so. Now, it’s at the top of my list.

🍁 Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs in Love, #2) by Anyta Sunday
August 30th, 2017 by Anyta Sunday

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Leo Loves Aries. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going into this series. However, after the first book, I’m excited to continue reading on. Also, this is a self-published author. So I highly recommend look at the work this author has available!

🍁 A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1) by Alyssa Cole
February 27th, 2018 by Avon

I have heard nothing but the highest praise for this series! I picked up the two and a half books in this series after hearing one of my dear friends gushing about it. Now, I’m making sure I’m setting aside the time to get this series started! I hear there’s a new one coming out in the series soon, too!

🍁 Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
October 9th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

For too long, this book has sat upon my invisible book shelf, waiting to be read. I’ve had this book for two years now and never got around to reading it. Well that’s changing now! So many people have told me I’m going to fall in love with this book. So I’m making this book a priority for this month and hopefully I can get this read for the Latinx Book Bingo!

🍁 Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
September 1st 2020 by Swoon Reads
Buddy Read with Robin at Paperbacks and Planners 🧡

I have been waiting for this book to release. I mean, it feels like an eternity waiting. That’s okay! As soon as I have my copy, my dear friend Robin and I will be prepping for our buddy read of this book. I’m so excited to meet Yadriel and Julian. Also, I highly recommend checking out Adri’s vlog of Cemetery Boys and their interview with Aiden Thomas, as well. They hyped me up just as much as Aiden did for this book!

🍁 Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
August 11th, 2020 by Simon & Schuster Audio

I’m so very grateful to have an ALC of this book. Surprisingly enough, I haven’t heard many readers talking about this book yet. So I’m hoping that will start changing soon especially because this book is ownvoices for the Mexican-American representation. It also talks about important topics such as immigration.

🍁 Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
March 24th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers

Finally, I’ll be sitting down to read this book! I haven’t heard many readers talking about this book and this has been on my anticipated books of 2020 since December of last year. I’m truly hope I fall madly in love with this book. I think my expectations might be a little bit high, but I’m so excited!

🍁 Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku , Vol. 1 (Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku #1-2) by Fujita
April 17th 2018 by Kodansha Comics
Buddy Read with Kayla at Books and Blends 🧡

I’m looking forward to this manga so, so much! I get to read it with one of my dearest friends, Kayla! She’s such a wonderful being and I feel so lucky to call her my friend. She has some of the best romance recommendations and with how our schedules have been, we both agreed we needed something that was light, fluffy, and something we know we’ll enjoy. Plus, there’s an anime series and we’ve already been plotting with that!


🍁Readathons🍁

This month is also bringing so many readathons! First, if you haven’t heard that September is also #SapphicSeptember which is being hosted by Landice at Manic Femme, go check that out. I’m sadly not participating this time around, but if you’re able to, definitely try to participate.

🍁  Latinxathon
🍁 Latinx Book Club
🍁 Latinx Book Bingo

September 15th is the start of Latinx Heritage Month! I believe this runs all the way to October 24th. I’m hoping to try and fit some of the books I’m reading into the Latinx Book Bingo. We shall see how that goes. I have a feeling I’ll get more accomplished during October than September, but fingers crossed, wish me luck!


September is going to be a busy month and I’m still hoping to leave room for any arcs/alcs that might come through. As well as leaving room for some books on my side tbr. Are you planning on participating in any readathons this month? Or what’s the book you’re looking forward to reading the most this September? Also, the fall theme is back and I’m so happy about it. I hope you all are happy to see it too! Until next time, I hope you’re staying safe, I love you so, so much! 🧡

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Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts

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Please note, this is going to be a series review! Please check individual reviews for content and trigger warnings!

🏵️ The Next Always Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

🏵️ The Last Boyfriend Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

🏵️ The Perfect Hope Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

After many, many requests and questions, I’m finally writing a full series review for the Inn BoonBoro Trilogy. This review is long overdue and I’m just glad I can finally share my thoughts on this series as a whole. I have said in every review for each book in this trilogy that I get asked all the time, ‘where is the best place to start with Nora Roberts’ work’, and I always tell them to start with this series.

The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy follows the three Montgomery brothers, as they work to renovate the historical hotel in town to fit their mother’s vision for the place. Despite all the hustle and bustle of managing all the tedious projects and tasks their mother has planned for them, each Montgomery boy will find love brewing with one of three best friends of town; Clare Brewster, Avery MacTavish, and Hope Beaumount. Each book tells the love story of one Montgomery brother and three ladies.

I decided to do a small, spoiler free break down of each book. This is to help show the individual love stories, but to also show how each of them are connected to one another. Enjoy!

💐 The Next Always

Our story follows Beckett Montgomery, the architect f the family. The evidence of a social life is the moments when he’s out with his brother, eating pizza and drinking a cold one. So when he starts getting soft on Clare Brewster, the owner of the town’s bookstore, he starts to shift his time and attention towards her. Clare Brewster is a single mother of three and has been running the town’s bookstore since she move back. After her husband passed away, she’s always had to do things on her own, never relying on anyone outside of family, but when Beckett Montgomery expresses his interest in her, she decides it’s time to give love a chance one more time.

💐 The Last Boyfriend

After Clare found her romance with Beckett, Avery MacTavish wants a little romance of her own. She just never expected it to be Own Montgomery to be that person. Avery is the owner of the popular pizzeria in town and she’s always the busy worker bee, never a moment to slow down. All she wants is to make her dream of owning her own restaurant and bar a reality. But romance is keeping her on her toes and when old feelings for Owen start drifting into her thoughts, maybe you can have romance with the boy you loved since you were a kid.

💐 The Perfect Hope

Ryder Montgomery is the hardest Montgomery brother and when Hope Beaumont moves to town, to be the new inn manager, she gets under Ryder’s skin like no one has before. Hope gave up everything for a fresh start in BoonsBoro. She’s traded glamour and excitement for the small town vibes and close community. The only problem with running away from your past, sometimes it finds you even after you’ve washed your hands clean of it. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs emotions within Ryder that he wasn’t even sure he was capable of feeling. Soon, the two will become closer than they ever been before.

When I first read this series, I absolutely loved it. I flew through it so quickly and I really enjoyed the romances between each characters. It took me forever to track down a copy of The Perfect Hope in the larger print. So that anticipation was intense. However, my second time reading it was a bit different. I still love this series so, so much, but my second read through made me realize that I disliked the paranormal element in this series. For whatever reason, my first read through mental blocked that out or ignored it. And now, being a more critical reader, I just didn’t enjoy the paranormal element. There’s nothing wrong with the paranormal element, it just wasn’t my cup of paranormal.

I don’t think I ever mentioned this, but when I first read this series, The Perfect Hope was my favorite. Now, since rereading this trilogy, I’m leaning more towards The Last Boyfriend being my favorite. I just really enjoyed Avery and Owen a lot more this time around than I expected. Regardless, I love all the characters and their individual stories. I just liked Avery and Owen a little bit more than the others.

Overall, I still recommend this series with my whole heart. This was my first trilogy by Nora Roberts I ever read and I still enjoy them. I’m still waiting for a novella that features Ryder and Hope. Maybe one day! I do recommend checking out my reviews for each book individually, though. I didn’t list the content and trigger warnings on this overall review because the content and trigger warnings are different for each book. So please read those before you pick this series up and make sure you practice self-care while you read.

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Book Hauls

August 2020 Book Haul

Salutations friends! August has been quite the month and it’s finally coming to an end. I have been blessed with so many incredible arcs, ones that I never thought I would even get to read until the books were physically released. But I was also sent some really wonderful books as well. Of course I purchased a few more, too!


🌻NetGalley ARCS🌻

🌻 There Are Things I Can’t Tell You by Edako Mofumofu | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

🌻 Unbirthday by Liz Braswell | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

🌻 Well Played (Well Met, #2) by Jen DeLuca | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

🌻 Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

🌻 Teen Titans: Beast Boy (Teen Titans #2) by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐


🌻Physical ARCS🌻

🌻 Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

🌻 The Language of Ghosts by Heather Fawcett | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐


🌻Gifts from Friends & Family🌻

🌻 Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

🌻Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Illustrated Edition


🌻Purchased Myself🌻

🌻 Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs in Love, #2) by Anyta Sunday

🌻 A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

🌻 The Dark Tide Alicia Jasinska

🌻 The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S. A. Chakraborty

🌻 Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku by Fujita


Okay, Chapterlings! Those are all the books I hauled during the month of August, I think! I was really blessed with some fantastic books this month and I can’t wait to see what September has in store. Did you get anything exciting this month? Let me know down in the comments below. Until next time, I hope you’re staying hydrated, I love you! 💛

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Misc.

Life Update | Leaving Book Twitter & Other Things

I’m not really sure how to start this off and it’s not much of a life update. This is really just me sharing my thoughts and where I’ve kind of been recently. I’m going to try to keep this brief because I’m the type of person who, if it’s not good news, then I don’t want to make a big deal about it or spend too much time on it. But I feel like I need to talk about these things because it impacts the content that I’m creating and putting out. Plus, I’ve been a ghost and haven’t really talked much about my thought process.

The simple answer to leaving book Twitter: my mental health, my time and energy.

So starting with book Twitter, there have been multiple things leading up to me leaving book Twitter. To give you an actual timeline, this is something I’ve been considering since the start of 2020. Since then, I’ve had conversations with really close friends (multiple times, even up to this point), I’ve had those conversations and it’s given myself a lot to think about, to consider. Ultimately, no matter how much I was curating my space, it seemed like the negativity was finding a way into my feed. Which some negativity is fine, but when it’s so constant and almost every single day, it can really wear a person down. And it reached a point where all my energy was being drained away and I was at a point where I’ve been longing to reclaim where my energy was being divided and put into.

There’s also the matter of the person who came into my personal spaces on all my social media and made me feel incredibly unsafe. After what happened with my Instagram account, I was having a lot of nervously charged energy every time I logged onto Twitter (which happened anyhow). Without going into details, I was feeling very unsafe and uncomfortable. So ultimately, after talking with two very trusted and very close people, I made the decision to do right by myself and my mental health, and remove myself from book Twitter all together. And that’s that.

I’ve recently been asked if I’ll be returning to social media. More in the sense of showing my face in videos, sharing photos of myself on IG stories, meet the blogger/reader posts, etc… The simple answer is not right now. I was originally planning on fully returning to social media this September, but I just don’t see that happening at this time. And that’s perfectly okay because I should only return if I feel comfortable and feel safe again in my spaces.

I’ve also been asked if I would be sharing why I went into a social media lock down. The short answer is no, I will not talk about what happened. Same with my original plan to come back to social media in September, I was planning on telling my friends about it and voicing what happened to me. After some events that have happened over the course of the three months of my lock down, I no longer feel comfortable talking about it or even feel safe sharing that information anymore. I’ve also been struggling with finding my voice in the community and trying to be vocal with certain things. With all of that being said, I won’t be talking about it, I won’t respond to messages asking about it, I’m washing my hands clean of it and any essence of it.

And finally some announcements that have to be made. The first announcement having to do with Black Sun. I think in two of my recent posts I had a recent announcement stating I had exciting news to share about it. The news I had to share about that book in no longer happening, but my review for Black Sun should be coming by the end of this month or sometime during the first week of October. So that will still be happening and I’m actually really excited to be reading it.

The second announcement is a bit of a painful one and I don’t want to spend anymore time thinking about it than I already have. I will no longer be a part of OMG She’s Indigenous. For my mental health and security, I won’t be part of it anymore. I will not be answering questions about why I stepped down or anything. I hope those boundaries can be respected.

Moving forward, you’ll still find me on Instagram, GoodReads, and this blog. I tend to spend time on those the most. So those are the places you’ll be able to find me if you want to connect, chat about books, or just say ‘hello’. I’ll be spending time getting back to the things I enjoy and devoting more time to relearn things I’m passionate about.


I know this was kind of long, but I hope I got my point across. If you read this whole thing and stuck around to the very end, thank you for your love and support. I’m hoping that when I return I’ll be stronger, happier, and having a new found love for the things that bring me happiness. Again, thank you so, so much for the continued love and support! 💜

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#5OnMyTBR

#5OnMyTBR | 2020 Fall/Winter Releases

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook
You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it.


Salutations Chapterlings! Let’s sit and chat a moment before we start this article off. It’s no secret that I became a bit of ghost from the month of June through July. Now I’m here in August popping off with reviews left and right, but honestly, I’ve been wanting to spice up my content for a hot minute. And I have drafts sitting, waiting and begging to be written, but I can’t bring myself to write them. Don’t panic, none of my usual content is going away, but I wanted to add more to the content I already make. In all honesty, I saw a few of my friends (only three friends, really) post this bookish meme. And I kind of adore it to pieces? This is kind of like a breath of fresh air I didn’t know I needed and I’m really excited to participate in this.

With all of this being said, there’s also going to be a change for all of you with the way you interact with my blog posts and the content I create. This bookish meme is opening the door to allow me to be more vocal about books I’m truly anticipating for the year, I’m excited to just read in general, and books I wouldn’t normally get to share with all of you. This also opens the opportunity for all of you (yes, you dear reader) to tell me which books you want me to prioritize so you can hear my thoughts on them sooner rather than later. This will also come into play with all my other content that I create such as my reviews and tbrs (and that also impacts my tbr cart). As usual, I truly hope I’m going to love these books with my whole heart. I’m hoping they’ll all be five stars and we can talk about them together. And what better way to start this breath of fresh air than with anticipated fall/winter 2020 releases!


🍯 Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger 🍯

August 25th 2020 by Levine Querido

“Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day.”

If you have been here on my blog, my social media, anywhere I’m posting then you know how much I have been screeching, screeching about this book. Those who don’t know, Darcie Little Badger is Lipan Apache and I’m also Apache. I have spent a long time trying to find an Apache author and I found Darcie one cold, February morning. I have no doubt in my soul that I will love this with every fiber of my being. This is my number one anticipated book of all 2020.


🍯 Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 🍯

September 1st 2020 by Swoon Reads

“When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.”

From the various interviews to everyone who has been posting arc reviews, I’m eagerly awaiting this release. It also doesn’t help that Aiden drops so many photos of Yadriel and Julian photos. Be still my beating heart for these precious characters. I think it’s safe to say we all want September 1st to hurry up and get here so we can all read this!


🍯 As the Shadow Rises (The Age of Darkness, #2) by Katy Rose Pool 🍯

September 1st 2020 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

“The Last Prophet has been found, yet he sees destruction ahead.
In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed There Will Come a Darkness, kingdoms have begun to fall to a doomsday cult, the magical Graced are being persecuted, and an ancient power threatens to break free. But with the world hurtling toward its prophesized end, Anton’s haunting vision reveals the dangerous beginnings of a plan to stop the Age of Darkness.”

It feels like I’ve waited years for this to finally be released (not really years, but a couple of months) and the time is finally upon us. I have a review and a playlist for the first book in this series (I believe it’s going to be a trilogy). I’m so overcome by excitement and it’s finally dawning on me that September is soon upon us. But if you’ve read the first book and loved it, then you understand the longing and anticipating for this next book.


🍯 Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse 🍯

October 13th 2020 by Saga Press

“Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.”

Seriously, I can’t express the way this statement makes me feel. I wish I had more words to say, but what do you say to a synopsis that causes your breath to hitch and all your thoughts to leave your mind? All I can say is this sound incredible and I truly hope my fellow fantasy lovers have this on their radars.


🍯 These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong 🍯

November 17th 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

“As the people around them broke away in light laughter, switching partners before the music started again, Roma and Juliette both simply stood there, heaving for breath, chests rising and falling, as if they had just engaged in close-contact combat instead of the waltz.”

1920’s Shanghai, a mysterious monster, syndicate rivalry, all wrapped up in an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling? I’m excited, I’m eager, and I have no doubt that I’m going to love this. From the few reviews I’ve read, this might end up being one of my favorite reads of 2020. Just sayin!



I hope you all enjoyed this and I can’t wait to see your thoughts on the ones I’ve listed! Until next time, stay safe and healthy, I love you! 💛

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

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!


Salutation friends! I know I’ve been a bit of a ghost especially when it comes to T10T. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure I would return to doing T10T. I haven’t done one in months and I feel a bit rusty, but be patient with me. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it again. But I wanted to do this one to share the books that I’ve loved with my whole heart, but never crafted a review for them. So I hope you enjoy this little list!


🌻 The Devil is a Handsome Man by Angle 🌻


🌻 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 🌻


🌻 More Starlight to Your Heart by Hiro Matsuba 🌻


🌻 The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury 🌻


🌻 The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo 🌻


🌻 Ten Count by Rihito Takarai 🌻


🌻 Naturally Tan by Tan France 🌻


🌻 Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura 🌻


🌻 Fables by Bill Willingham 🌻


🌻 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 🌻


Okay, Chapterlings! I hope you enjoyed this week’s prompts! In some way or another, these book entered my life and left their memories with me. Truly feel like I don’t talk about them enough or give them enough credit on how they’ve shaped my reading. Feel free to tell me in the comments below some of the books you really loved, but don’t have a review for yet. Until next time, I hope August has been treating you kindly, I love you! 💛

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Monthly TBR

August 2020 TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! August is here and with August comes a new tbr, and an update. This month will hopefully be an easy going month. Usually, I make my tbr packed with books I want to read or accomplish reading for the month, but I’m deciding to be more gentle with myself. And more gentle with my tbr. Hopefully I’ll be able to read all of these books! Also, in the month of August there are two big readathons happening right now, ARC August and A-spec August. I hope you end up participating in some of these and I can’t wait to see your tbrs!

As for the update, let’s rip the band-aid right off. Honestly, I was hoping to feel comfortable to come back into the book community stronger and better, but… that’s just not the case. I’m still going to be on lock down for the month of August and might even extend it into September. There’s a lot of things happening that have made me very unsafe, uncomfortable in the book community, and I’m not in a position where I feel comfortable talking about it right now. So as of right now, I’m taking it one day at a time and hopefully I’ll return. I also realize there are so many wonderful new people here in my little corner of the book community. I’m so glad you’re here and I appreciate you so, so much for supporting me. It truly means a lot. I promise, when I come back into the community, brighter and better, that I’ll have an introduction to the content creator post. For now, I love you all so much, I’m so happy you’re here, now let’s get into my tbr for August!


🌻 August TBR 🌻

🌻 Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

September 24th, 2019 by Tor Teen

🌻 Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen

September 8th, 2020 by Ballantine Books

🌻 In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4) by Seanan McGuire

January 8th, 2019 by Tor

🌻Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5) Seanan McGuire

January 7th, 2020 by Tor

🌻 Unbirthday by Liz Braswell

September 1st, 2020 by Disney-Hyperion

Thank you NetGalley & Disney-Hyperion for an ARC! 💕


🌻 Buddy Reads 🌻

🌻 Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

September 17th 2019 by Penguin Random House

Buddy Read with Destiny at Howling Libraries 💜


🌻 Book Club Reads 🌻

🌻 The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

May 12th 2020 by Page Street Kids

The Dragons & Tea August Book 🐲

🌻 Movie: Thunderheart

OMG She’s Indigenous August Pick! 🏹

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I feel like this list should’ve reflected my desire for spooky season just a little bit more. I’m just ready for fall to be here already, but for now we have to get through August. I’m so excited for my August tbr. As I’m making this post, I’ve started the audiobook of Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. Most of the books I’m reading for this month are arcs and some of them come out really soon. But that wraps everything up for my August tbr. I hope you enjoyed this list, maybe some of these books caught your eye. Let me know down in the comments below what you’re reading for the month of August or link your tbrs. Until the next time we chat, may the month of August bring you wonderful reading, I hope you continue to stay safe and healthy, I love you! 💛

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