The Extraordinaries by: TJ Klune *Review*

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Rating:4/5 stars
Synopsis:Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.
Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?
After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).
Review:The Extraordinaries kicks off with a chapter from our main character Nick’s fan fiction that he writes about his favorite superhero Shadow Star. Right from the beginning I absolutely fell in love with Nick as a character. He is the perfect quirky and lovable character. Klune successfully created a main character that was quirky, relatable, and sometimes completely clueless without it coming across as cringey.
At the surface this book is a fun fast-paced LGBTQ+ superhero story about a teenage boy who just wants to be something bigger and better than he is, and that was something I think my teenage self could really relate to. When you look past the sheer entertainment factor of this story you will find it digs much deeper. What really stands out to me with this story was the relationships. I found myself SO invested in these characters and their relationships with each other. A book hasn’t made me truly weep in a long time, and this one got me.
The stand out for me was the relationship between Nick and his father. We see them go through unimaginable heartache, as well as normal teenage-parent arguments. They have a loving and playful relationship that hit me hard. We have a relationship between Nick and Owen that was such a relatable high school “lust” relationship. You have an incredibly strong “best friends since childhood” relationship in Nick and Seth that gave me goosebumps at times. Their love for each other was so raw and real and left me wanting more. We also have Gibby and Jazz. I am a sucker for a good lesbian couple involving the rich cheerleading captain.
The only hold back for me on giving this book 5 stars is that the pacing felt slightly off. It wasn’t SUPER off putting, but looking back I felt like not much happened in the first 50% and then the last half everything happened almost too quickly. I also found a lot of the story predictable. By the halfway point I had a pretty good idea of what was going on and I would say that I was about 75% correct.
Overall it was a great story and I cannot wait for more of you to get your hands on it and hear your thoughts! Let me know your feelings on superhero stories. I always thought I wasn’t a fan, however I enjoyed this story as well as Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Maybe it is a genre I need to look into more.

I received a review copy of The Extraordinaries from Netgalley and Tor Teen in exchange for an honest review.

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

The Kingdom of Copper

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis:Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her familyand one misstep will doom her tribe.
Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid, the unpredictable water spirits, have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.
And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.

Review:I went into The Kingdom of Copper with relatively low expectations. Although I DID enjoy the first book The City of Brass, it took me awhile to get into and I have any blown away. I was pleasantly surprised with this second installment.
The world within these books is VERY big and complex. My main issue with book one was just that I didn’t feel connected or invested in these characters. From the start of book two, that was changed. The world building and build up that we got in book one paid off tremendously in book 2. I felt like I was in it with these characters, and maneuvering these crazy politics with them. We learn a lot about the characters motives and why they are the way they are today, and I really appreciated that.
My only complaint with this novel is that it felt a bit unnecessarily long. There was 150-200 pages that really seemed to drag and pulled me out of the story a bit.
Overall I think if you were the LEAST bit interested in The City of Brass, give The Kingdom of Copper a go! Do not go in expecting as much romance as we were given in book one, but if political intrigue and awesome magic systems are your thing, this book will DEFINITELY deliver!

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope *REVIEW*

Song of Blood and Stone

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: The kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar have been separated for centuries by the Mantle, a magical veil that has enforced a tremulous peace between the two lands. But now, the Mantle is cracking and the True Father, ruler of Lagrimar and the most powerful Earthsinger in the world, finally sees a way into Elsira to seize power.
All Jasminda ever wanted was to live quietly on her farm, away from the prying eyes of those in the nearby town. Branded an outcast by the color of her skin and her gift of Earthsong, she’s been shunned all her life and has learned to steer clear from the townsfolk…until a group of Lagrimari soldiers wander into her valley with an Elsiran spy, believing they are still in Lagrimar.
Through Jack, the spy, Jasminda learns that the Mantle is weakening, allowing people to slip through without notice. And even more troubling: Lagrimar is mobilizing, and if no one finds a way to restore the Mantle, it might be too late for Elsira. Their only hope lies in uncovering the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps and Jasminda’s Earthsong is the key to unravel them.
Thrust into a hostile society and a world she doesn’t know, Jasminda and Jack race to unveil an ancient mystery that might offer salvation.

Review:Song of Blood and Stone is a book that has been on my shelf for AGES. I picked it up on a whim from Book Outlet years ago. It has travelled with me through 2 apartments and one house, moved to 3 different cities with me, yet I never picked it up. In that time I had unhauled almost every book, besides my favorites. So the fact that this books survived this long on my shelves unread is a mystery even to me.
I had NO IDEA going into this book that it was a romance-centered fantasy story. Romance and Fantasy are my two main genres, so when they collide I’m always pleasantly surprised.
The romance in this book was really really great. I really loved our two main characters. They were incredibly well fleshed out and their relationship and love was beautiful and believable. A lot of this book was a bit predictable and I felt like the foreshadowing was SO obvious that everything was laid out for you before it happened, but I didn’t mind it. It was a fun journey with two great characters and an interesting magic system.
My biggest issue with this book lies in the world-building. The world didn’t feel completely fleshed out and left me wanting more. The book also never really clarifies a time period that all of this is happening, but we see them using radios, trucks, telephones, etc when needed to be more convenient. It was very jarring and took me out of the story.
Overall this is a great read for someone who loves fantasy romance. I have ordered the second book and hope to continue to it to the series soon. I hope to see the world get fleshed out a bit more in the next installment.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima *REVIEW*

The Warrior Heir

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis:An epic battle between good and evil…
Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great – until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts
Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game – a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.
As if his bizarre heritage isn’t enough, Jack finds out that he’s not just another member of Weirlind – he’s one of the last of the warriors – at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.
Review:I picked up The Warrior Heir on a complete whim this past weekend. My mom had bought a giant haul of fantasy book for me, and a lot of Chima’s books were included. I did not go into this book with super high expectation, because I rarely enjoy older YA fantasy titles.
This book is full of the typical fantasy tropes. A young boy who doesn’t know he has powers has to learn his powers to save the world.
That being said, I did it enjoy this book. I read it in a little over 24 hours and it was an entertaining read that was perfect to curl up with on a Sunday afternoon. It took me back to being a teenager and staying up under the covers to read a good fantasy story.
This book was nothing AMAZING or earth shattering. It was just a fun YA fantasy that was easy to get lost in. I am excited to continue with Chima’s books and explore this world and dive deeper into this magic system.
Overall I would suggest this book to younger readers, or readers that are newer to the fantasy genre. I think readers that have a lot of epic fantasy under their belt may find this read a bit predictable and surface level, but it is fun nonetheless. This was a perfect “palette cleanser” for me between some complex epic fantasy reads.

Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen *REVIEW*

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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Synopsis: High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen.
In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.
Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.
Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.
When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

Review:Dark Shores was an experience for sure. This one had been on my radar for a while, and when Tor Teen asked if I wanted to review the second book, Dark Skies, I went ahead and picked up this one. I actually buddy read this book with 3 of my besties over on Instagram and it was my first official buddy read! It was a lot of fun. If you have been following me for a while then you know that I have a rough relationship with Danielle L. Jensen. She previously wrote The Bridge Kingdom, which most of my book besties absolutely ADORED and I was not a huge fan of it, so you could say that I went into Dark Shores a little skeptical.
I am not going to lie, for the first 30% of the book I was ready to DNF the book. I was not connecting with the writing at all, I did not care about the plot, and the main female character was driving me insane. However, I was powering through because I did not want to DNF a book that I was buddy reading.
Around the 40%-50% mark, I realized that I was really starting to love the male POV, Marcus. I’ll be honest, Marcus’s back is probably VERY sore from carrying me through the last half of this book. Throughout the second half, I felt like the main female, Teriana, got tolerable. I just could not be bothered to care about her at all. In the end, I did get swept up in the overall plot and ended up enjoying the ending, it just a bit of a painful journey to get there. I think I will give the second book a shot. Ultimately a 3.5 star feels right for this read. There were 2-star aspects for me, and 5-star aspects. I will continue on with book two because I am curious where this plot is going to go.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black *REVIEW*

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Rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis:Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Review:THE. CRUEL. PRINCE……… Where do I even begin? This is a book that so many of my friends love, that I just have put off for a long time. In the month of May I had hit a good stride within YA Fantasy and decided that it was time to tackle this story.
I will start out with this review by saying that I DID have some expectations going in. I expected this angsty enemies-to-lovers romance, and I think that definitely hindered my enjoyment of this a lot. I went in with expectations and the story DID NOT live up to them at all.
In the beginning of the story I felt as if our main character Cardan was overly cruel for absolutely no reason other than to be a complete and utter asshole. I was expecting that, however after a while it got to be too much. You were left with all of his actions still feeling unjustifiably cruel. There is a bit of a redemption plot, but so far in the first book I just couldn’t. By the end of the book I was a little invested in the prospect of a “romance”, however I still was not on board with Cardan completely.
I did really enjoy the character of Jude. You see this young woman who just wants to fit in and be someone important. You constantly see her fighting herself on if she wants to go back to the mortal world or stay in the faerie world. It is very easy to stand by and say “everything would be fixed and easy if you just went back to the human world”, but that is not Jude’s character. She is driven and powerful and a character that I wish I had read at 17.
The one thing that made me fly through these pages was the politics. Although the world building I found to be a bit lacking, the politics were truly the driving force and kept me turning pages all day.
Overall it was not a bad book, and I will continue with the second installment just because I think if the romance kicks up I could really get on board. I do not think it will fall into a favorite of all time, but I think it could be an entertaining read that I need right now. I blame most of my issues with the book on expectations that I had going in, and I blame myself for that.

The Rage of Dragons (The Burning #1) by Evan Winter


Rating: 5/5 Stars

Synopsis:Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people’s only hope for survival.
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.
Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He’s going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn’t get the chance. Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He’ll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.

Review: This was a book that has been on my radar since it’s traditionally published release. This was one of those books that thy hype was STRONG when it first came out, so that worried me a little bit. At the time I was also relatively new to the fantasy genre, and something about a “military fantasy” story scared me off. I finally decided to jump in this past week and I am SO glad that I did.
This book sucked me in immediately. From the prologue on I was completely hooked. My first praise for this book is actually the pacing. Somehow Winter has crafted a fast-paced plot with INCREDIBLE character development along the way. From the beginning, it felt like this book was just written for me. I love a fast-paced plot that sucks me in and keeps me engaged from the first page. I also LOVE politics in my fantasy and this certainly delivered. The magic system was GREAT. The world-building was immersive and built up perfectly. The ROMANCE was absolutely fantastic! As a fantasy and romance reader, it is HARD to find epic fantasy stories with a great romance, and Evan hit it out of the park with this one!
Overall this book was near-perfect. I do not think that there is a single thing that I would’ve changed or that I felt could’ve been done better, and that is so rare. This easily takes a spot in my Top 3 favorite books of all time. I don’t know how I am going to wait for the next book. This book left me wanting to go back and reread it immediately. I just want to be back in this world and with these characters all over again.

A King’s Bargain(Legend of Tal #1) by J.D.L. Rosell Blog Tour

I am very excited to be teaming up today with Storytellers on Tour and J.D.L. Rosell to tell you all about A King”s Bargain. It is the first book in the new epic fantasy series The Legend of Tal. I have an excerpt to share with you today as well as a fun giveaway!

Bran settled in a chair across from his guest and smiled like they were old friends.
The house was nothing to look at, he well knew: two rooms large, with a ragged curtain separating them; a small wood stove settled behind him, and a well-used pot and pan, travel-ready, hanging above it. As rain began to patter against the roof, the usual leaks started up in the corners.
He didn’t care to impress folks, not anymore, and this man least of all. But he’d helped his guest over the stoop like a nobleman might usher a lady into his bedroom, and ignored the man’s protests that he needed no assistance in a similarly lofty manner.
Gallantry, he’d often found, suited a liar like a cape fit a king.
Garin squirmed in the seat next to them, but Bran paid him no mind as he took his glass and threw it back. He sighed as the liquid burned its way down his throat to settle a steady warmth in his gut. “Say what you want about Crazy Ean, but he makes a damn fine whiskey.”
“So says anyone mad enough to try it,” Garin muttered.
Bran grinned at him. “Life is short and dark as it is. May as well brighten it with a few glorious risks.”
The youth shrugged.
He turned his gaze to the guest again, who hadn’t touched his glass. “I know your name, Aelyn, and you know ours. The table is set. Now lay out what you want, or we’ll have to settle on beans and roots for dinner.”
Aelyn hadn’t removed his hat, but even with his eyes shadowed, they seemed to gleam. “You know what I want. I’m not idly used as a messenger. But I obey my commands.” 
He lifted his hand to reveal a small, shining band resting in his palm, then set it on the table. Garin stared at it, mouth open wide. Bran found he was unable to resist looking himself, though he knew its kind well. Not a ring of silver or gold or copper, but milky white crystal, with a steady glow from within its clouded center.
“What is it?” Garin asked, sounding as if he wished he hadn’t spoken but was unable to resist.
Aelyn didn’t answer but kept his steady, orange gaze on Bran, like a raptor on a hare.
Bran sighed. “It’s a Binding Ring. An artifact of oaths that holds the wearer to a promise.”
Garin might be a man grown to the villagers, but he looked a boy at that moment, his eyes wide, his mouth forming a small “o.”
“Like… a magic ring?” the youth ventured.
“Enough of this!” Aelyn snapped. “Take it and put it on. We must be returning immediately.”
“Off so soon? But you haven’t touched your drink.”
The man snorted. “If I wished to poison myself, I have a thousand better ways than that human swill. Don that ring. Now.” His fiery eyes slid over to Garin. “Or do you want the boy to know your true name?”
Bran studied him. A feeling, hard as flint, was starting behind his eyes. A feeling familiar as a distant memory. A feeling he’d hoped to have dug a deep grave and buried in the past. As it rose, a warmth unconnected to the whiskey began coursing through his body. Dread? he mocked himself. Or anticipation?
He reached a hand forward, finger brushing the crystal. It was warm to the touch. From past experience, he knew it remained warm most of the time. So long as the wearer kept to what he was bound. If he didn’t, a mountain peak in winter would be preferable punishment.
Aelyn’s eyes watched. Wary. Waiting.
Bran scooped up the ring, vaulted across the table, and shouted, “Heshidal bauchdid!”
The man jerked, then stiffened in his chair, eyes wide with surprise, hat knocked askew. Bran took his moment, snatching one of the smooth hands and slipping the ring over a long finger.
As Aelyn shivered free of the binding, his mouth stuttered, “Bastard of a pig-blooded whore—!”
“Quiet down!” Bran shouted over him. “This I bind you to: That you will wear this ring until I am safely back in Hunt’s Hollow. That you will tell no one that you wear this ring instead of me. That you will tell no one my true name unless I bid it. And that you won’t harm the boy Garin or myself in that time.”
The ring shone brightly for a moment, and Aelyn shuddered, eyes squeezed shut, teeth braced in a grimace. A moment later, the ring dimmed, and Bran released his guest’s hand. As he settled into his chair, brushing back the hairs that had worked loose of his tail, his blood began to cool again.
“Now,” he said as he reached for the whiskey bottle, which had fallen over in the struggle, and pulled out the stopper. “You sure you don’t want any of this human swill?”
The man raised his hand and stared at the crystal ring, horror spreading across his face. “She told you, didn’t she? She told you my true name.”
Bran poured a glass, then proffered it to the youth, who stared at him as if he were the stranger. “Feeling mad enough yet?”
Garin took the glass, threw it back, and promptly coughed half of it back up.
“There you are, Garin, there you are,” Bran said, thumping his back. “You’ll learn to swallow it all before long.”

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I’m A Fantasy Reader With Aphantasia

What is aphanstasia?
Before I just into my story and how I found out that I have this, I think that it is best that I explain what Aphantasia is, because up until a few weeks ago I didn’t even know it was a thing. The true definition of aphantasia as defined by Oxford is: “the inability to form mental images of objects that are not present”. So for example when someone says to picture an apple in your mind 98% of the population would see an apple in their mind. For the other 2% we only understand the concepts of what we know an apple to be, however we cannot physically picture an apple inside of our mind.

How did I discover that I had this?
I actually stumbled upon this recently as I was reading Illuminae and chatting with one of my friends. I was having a lot of trouble understanding what was happening in the story, when someone said that they felt like it was super immersive and they could vividly see everything as it was unfolding. That was when I realized when people say they picture things they ACTUALLY SEE IT!
I am not going to lie, at 24 years old this blew my mind. It took 24 years for me to learn that when people say they “picture” something they see an image in their head. People can actually recall landscapes and people face in their own mind? I didn’t even have words.
One of my bestest friends pointed me to an article written by the incredible fantasy author Mark Lawrence that you can read It was insane to me that this “thing” I was living with my whole life was even a thing. It made no sense, but perfect sense at the same time.

How does it affect my reading?
As of right now I am not sure how it affects my reading, simply because I have always been a reader with this. It has made me question a lot of things though. I have always noticed that I do not remember details of books like the people around me. When I am actively reading a book I am fine, once I set it down for a few hours I can remember the big events of what’s going on, but often times not character names. A day or two after finishing I forget most of the small moments and within a few weeks I forget almost all main parts of the story. I always chalked it up as bad memory, but some people that I have chatted with since having this realization if that is why I don’t remember books vividly. Science have shown if we read it, see it, and hear it we will remember. I don’t have the “see it” option to recall upon.

The thing about SciFi?
Science Ficiton and Fantasy are genres that usually go hand-in-hand. Most fantasy readers also have a list of their favorite sci-fi books and vice versa. As a fantasy reader, one of my biggest frustrations with myself is that I just cannot get into Science Fiction. In fact, Illuminae is the first science fiction book I have actually finished all the way through, and that is not for lack of trying. I have always felt a disconnect with Science Fiction and I think my Aphantasia may be to blame for that. In both fantasy and contemporary books I have a frame of reference as to what everything is. When you mention a forest, I have seen a forest before and even though I cannot visualize it in my head I have a concept of what it is. In science fiction we often get into these ships and these planets that I have no frame of reference and because I do not have a frame of reference already in my mind it creates this disconnect that doesn’t allow me to become truly immersed in a story. Leaving me bored and often times confused.

Overall this was such a crazy thing to learn about myself at 24 years old, and I am just very curious about people who CAN visualize things.
For anyone wondering if they may have Aphantasia as well I found this easy test on Reddit. People with Aphantasia will “picture” box 1.

May 2020 Wrap Up

May was a very strange month for me, reading and otherwise. The world is in a pandemic, we have murder hornets, and the 17-year cicadas are set to breakout anytime. Not only is the world on fire, my reading has been very strange.
Something deep down inside of me reverted back to my YA roots. I could not focus on ANY adult fantasy this month, and I only wanted all of the YA. I had a blast this month with my reading and finished 6 books in total.

What I Read!
Here is a list of all of the books that I read in the month of May and their ratings. If I have a review up on my site I will make the Title a clickable link.

A Touch of Stone and Snow by: Milla Vane
Rating:5/5 stars
I received A Touch of Stone and Snow as an eARC from Berkley in April and could not wait to jump into it. The first book in the series, A Heart of Blood and Ashes was a book that I read and loved back in February. This is on track to become on of my absolute favorite fantasy romance series of all time.

The Shadows Between Us by: Tricia Levenseller
Rating: 5/5 stars
This month REALLY kicked off with a bang. This was SUCH a fun YA fantasy that was everything that my slytherin heart wanted.

Meet Me at Midnight by: Jessica Pennington
Rating:4/5 stars
The beautiful people over at Tor Teen asked if I was interested in reviewing a finished copy of Meet Me at Midnight. YA contemporary is definitely not my thing, but a good enemies-to-lovers trope is! This was definitely a fun read perfect for summer.

House of Dragons by: Jessica Cluess
Rating: 5/5 stars
House of Dragons
was the first book that I have run out on release day to buy in quite sometime. The premise and the cover sucked me in MONTHS ago and I was so excited for this release. I am so happy to call it my new favorite young adult book of all time. Seriously, it is so good. Go read it!

Dark Shores by: Danielle L. Jensen
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
I do not have a ton to say about this book, however I will have a review going up soon. I did buddy read this over on Instagram with my friends Kym, C, and Ossiris. It was my first buddy read and I had a blast. It was so nice to have people to rant to as I went along and that helped me organize my thoughts on the book.

Illuminae by: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Rating:3/5 stars
I feel weird even rating this book, my issues were NOT with the book. It was strictly a ME issue. I learned a lot about myself reading this book and I will definitely be writing a whole blog post on that next month,so make sure you are following me 😉

The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black
Rating: 3/5 stars
I FINALLY got around to reading this book. I read it in under 24 hours….. I didn’t love it. My review will be up sometime in Hyne.

Netgalley ARCs I Received This Month
With all of the craziness going on with the pandemic a lot of publishers are not sending out as many physical review copies, with that being said I have received some INCREDIBLE advanced reader copies on Netgalley. I am so excited to get to these and review them for you! Here are the ones I received, if you click on the title it will take you to the Goodreads page to learn more!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Arctic Bite
The Boyfriend Project
Chosen Ones
Over The Woodward Wall
Tools of Engagement

What’s Next?
Overall this was a really great reading month for me and I hope that it continues into June. I have structured this months Wrap-Up a little different and I would love to know what you think! I would also love to add additional things into my wrap ups, so if you have suggestions on other things that you would like to see; bookish or not!
I hope you all had a great month, I would love to hear what your favorite book was that you read this month. Let me know about any reading plans you have for June. Happy reading!