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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Read Dates: May 20, 2019 – May 22, 2019
Publication date: January 29, 2019
Source: Owned copy

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely

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Harper is a senior in high school who lives with her older brother Jake and her mother who is bed ridden and battling cancer. Her father is gone and has left the family with a large debt. Her brother, Jake, has to do unspeakable things to repay his father’s debt and keep his mother and sister safe. He views Harper as someone who needs protection based on her size and the fact that she has cerebral palsy but they will both come to realize that she is stronger than either of them could have ever imagined.
Harper is acting as a look-out for one of her brother’s jobs when she witnesses a man carrying away a drunk, unconscious woman. Harper, who can’t just stand by and let the woman be kidnapped, leaps into action. The man she assaults is Grey, the guard commander for the crowned Prince of Emberfall. The Emberfall castle is under a curse that was bestowed by the only known enchantress left in the world, Lilith. She has cursed Prince Rhen to relive the autumn of his 18th year over and over again until he finds a girl to truly love him and break the spell. For over 300 seasons, Grey has brought a new girl to Rhen and for over 300 seasons, the prince has been unable to successfully have a girl fall in love with him. At the end of each season when the girl fails to fall in love with the prince, he turns into a ravenous beast who destroys everything in his path. Then the season resets and the curse starts over. Now, it is the Prince’s last chance as this is the final season Lilith is allotting him. When Harper arrives he knows she is unlike any other girl he has ever tried to woo. She’s stubborn, brave, and quick witted. Just as Prince Rhen is about to give up hope, he realizes he could really fall for this girl. But can she love him in return once she finds out what he has done and what he is to become?

When I see a retelling, I run headlong at it. Especially a Beauty and the Beast retelling.
I have so many mixed feelings about this book. Though, I will say, I loved reading it. I never had problems picking this book up to read it and once I began reading, it was really hard for me to put down. This is going to be hard to explain I think… Let me try…

From the beginning I really liked Harper. I love that the author added the cerebral palsy to a character who is stronger than many of the other characters in this book. She IS one of the cases with more functionality but you still get a sense of her struggle with that left leg and you FEEL that struggle in the book. If you know me, you know I like a good, strong, hard-hearted female character who knows what she wants and doesn’t let just any good looking man send her into a swoon stupor. She was a bit rash at times but she was logical. She saw her faults and she owned up to them. She didn’t let anyone believe her leg was some sort of injury, she instead told everyone, “NO. I was BORN THIS WAY.” And she owned it. That in itself was beautiful.

Rhen and Grey both took a bit to grow on me. Grey grew on me long before Rhen did but Rhen was a bit more of a mysterious character. Grey was fairly straightforward.
The problem was just the fact that it took me until the end of the book to connect to Rhen and it took more than half of the book for me to connect to Grey. Rhen, of course, is the one who you’re supposed to root for since he’s the one who is cursed, and while I did root for him, I also had moments where I wanted Harper to go for Grey instead. I’m honestly still undecided.

Do not misunderstand. For, this is no love triangle. In fact, there’s very little kissing/romance type stuff at all in this book.

The beginning was pretty much just setting up the curse and how Harper ends up in Emberfall so it was a little slow to start but I enjoyed Harper’s spirit and the world building enough that I didn’t lose interest.

The middle of the book was a journey. There’s a good little bit of traveling in this book so if you enjoy a good travel story, you’ll most likely enjoy this one. I fell in love with some of the secondary characters along the way as well. One was a woman who is being threatened by a group of soldiers who Harper rushes to fight for and the other was a small girl who wanted to join the royal guard regardless of the fact that she was an artist/musician. This book had some wonderful characters.

The end of the book was an absolute roller coaster. I’m pretty sure I went through all the emotions. There’s a moment in the book where Harper goes straight up Khaleesi on your ass and you’re like, “Yes, girl! Go, girl!”
This book did not end how I expected it would and that epilogue has me reeling. There’s going to be a book two, and I am ALL FOR IT. Bring it on.

I do highly recommend this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

**During my reading of this book, a song came on my playlist and it fit SO WELL with the scenes I was reading… so I have to post it here. Guys, there’s a good bit of bloodshed in this book, so… yea. You’ve been warned. Enjoy!

Keri

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Holy Moly!!
HUGE thank you to But First, Fiction for the nomination! As one of my all time favorite blogs, I feel incredibly honored to have been nominated by them! Seriously, go check them out. Their poetry is a GIFT and so are they. 🙂

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Leave a link to their blog
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

I’ll try to make this a list of things you may not know about me, but be ready, because you guys are about to meet the kittehs.

Seven things about me:

1. I. Love. Cats.
I love all animals. I mean all of them. I see road kill and cry. I will always cry in a movie when an animal dies but I’m less inclined to cry when a human character dies. (Make of that what you will.) But this love affair started with my roommate. She found our oldest cat, Poopie, as a kitten in the woods who didn’t look like he was going to make it. But he did and he’s the sweetest, most laid back cat. We soon learned Poopie had separation anxiety and we got him a sister, Rhaella. My husband found our youngest kitty in the Ford mechanic shop he works in! Poor Finn had been shipped from who knows where in a giant crate with an ENGINE. They’ve all come a long way and I love them all so fiercely.
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2.I love Star Wars (but was first a Trekkie)
Before anyone raises their pitchforks and comes after me, just know that I still love them both BUT, Star Wars takes the cake. I had never watched Star Wars until my husband introduced me to the movies. Back when we were dating, he sat me down and made me watch all six episodes. I grew up watching Star Trek. William Shatner was my hero and I loved how dramatic he was as Captain Kirk. The newer Star Trek movie with Chris Pine was actually Jacob and my first date! He took me to see it in 3D IMAX because he knew how much I loved Star Trek. Little did I know, I’d be nerding out on Star Wars soon. Favorite character? Definitely Boba Fett. (Vader is a close second) Jacob prefers the rebels and yes, I’m a fan of the dark side. We are a house divided.

3. I went to nursing school.
Yup. It’s true! I wasted my parent’s hard earned money on a profession I would later decide wasn’t for me. Honestly, I was loving it at first. I even enjoyed 12 hour days. But I grew too attached to the elderly. I LOVE old people. But I hated seeing them go. I threw around a few other interests as I went but no profession within the schooling I had received seemed like it was for me. I do think about going back all the time. I’d love to do something in the psychology field. I’ve also always been fascinated by mental illnesses. Maybe one day.

4. I’m an only child
I’ve got no siblings! My husband does have a brother and he’s the coolest, most fun brother-in-law I could have ever asked for. I always wanted my parents to have another but they claim I was such a calm, quiet, effortless baby that they were afraid the second would be the spawn of the devil.

5. I have been diagnosed with anxiety, borderline bipolar disorder, OCD, and PTSD.
When I originally started this blog back in 2017, I intended it to be a blog about just that. I wanted to help people through their struggles the way my dad helped me. I have a tiny book he helped me write. I call it, “The Book of Understanding.” I’ve since moved it to a bigger journal. But I’m happy to say I have minimal attacks now and when I do I’m able to calm myself. I hardly ever have to write in my journal anymore. 🙂 So anyway, in the front it gives you questions to answer about yourself. The goal is to find out why you’re having the problem. We found a lot of my triggers and the book was a way to remind me of those triggers so I could pick out what was wrong. Back between 2012-2016 I was having anxiety attacks like crazy. I couldn’t even tell you how many I would have in a week. When my husband and I were dating, he would deal with me coming over to hang out but getting in his bed and taking a nap instead. I think back on those moments and I appreciate him SOOO much for letting me heal and helping me through everything instead of getting frustrated with me or shaming me. Mental illnesses really suck and if you’re reading this, know that I am always a message away. Holla atcha girl. I’ll help as best I can.

6. I’m a gamer.
You may already know this if you follow my instagram account but I’m a pretty avid gamer. As a kid, I had the original Nintendo, then we got the Nintendo 64, then I got a PS2, then my dad bought me the original XBOX. I had a GameBoy Color that my friend and I would play Pokemon on wherever we went. We had that link cord so we could trade and battle… but he never traded me anything good… hahaha. I ended up getting a DS and then a 3DS when those came out. I graduated to the XBOX 360 and was up all night every night playing the latest Modern Warfare or Call of Duty games with my friends. But my soft spot is for Halo. I’ve been a fan since the first one. I’ve beat the first three games more times than I can count and just the music alone is so nostalgic for me. My husband recently bought me the Master Chief Collection and the fact that you can toggle to the old graphics makes my heart sing! I had an XBOX up until 2011 when my boyfriend at the time converted me to PS3. I had some good times with my PS3 and even the PS4 my husband got me for Christmas the year before last but I’ve recently gone back to my roots. I got myself the XBOX One S and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. Lately I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls Online, Black Ops 4, Star Wars Battlefront 1&2, World War Z, Friday the 13th, Left for Dead 1&2, Borderlands 1&2, and the Halo Collection. I also bought the Spider-man game for my PS4 and I highly recommend. It’s amazing!

7. David Bowie is my all-time favorite person.
I was so devastated back in January of 2016 when he passed away. David Bowie is my favorite, guys. My husband saw the news before I did and was AFRAID TO TELL ME. My obsession really started with the movie Labyrinth. Mind you, I was a fan of his music before I laid eyes on the movie but the movie sealed the deal. I have lots of David Bowie stuff. Vinyl records, jackets, shirts, pins, wall art… I’m a fanatic. The man was such an icon. He played almost every instrument known to man. He wrote his own stuff. He was a true musician. He was also a beautiful soul. The queen wanted to knight him and he refused saying, “I seriously don’t know what it’s for.” That, in itself, made me love him so much. I have two of the biographies written about him and every time I learn something new about him, I like him even more. He had his moments back in the 70s and 80s but he came out a wonderful man, husband, and father. RIP to the Starman in the sky. May his music and his mark on the world FOREVER live on.

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Well guys, that’s me! Thanks again to Hannah and Kyle for the nomination! You guys are seriously the best.

A lot of my favorite blogs have already been nominated (as they should have been) but there are a few I’d like to mention. If you’ve already received this award, don’t mind me! I just think you’re extra awesome!
If I nominate you and you don’t want to do the post for this, seriously, no pressure. Just know that I love your blog and wanted to nominate you so others could see your awesome blog too. 🙂

I’m nominating:
Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
Autumn @ Chapter Malliumpkin
Asha @ A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea
Anna@ A Wondrous Bookshelf
Sara @ The Bibliophagist
Jenn @ The Bibliofile

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Read Dates: May 13, 2019 – May 17, 2019
Publication date: January 15, 2019
Source: Owned copy

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Min is a thirteen year old girl who has missed her brother fiercely since he left to join The Thousand Worlds Space Forces. She can’t wait until she’s old enough to join the forces herself and serve alongside her brother. They’ve always talked of exploring all the worlds together.
When an officer comes to her home asking questions about her brother’s disappearance and accuses him of deserting, Min uses her fox magic shape shifting abilities to disguise herself as her cousin and runs off to find a way to bring back her brother and prove his innocence.
Min faces many challenges along the way and endures many set backs but she is determined. With the help of some unlikely friends and her fox magic charm, Min will go to great lengths to find her brother and find the legendary Dragon Pearl which can bring peace and prosperity to her home world of Jinju.

Buddy read with the Dragons & Tea Book Club!

If nothing else, this book was absolutely magical.

It took me a bit to get into it but I soon learned that the journey I was taken on was necessary to set up a story and build a few key characters.

Min is thirteen and at times it’s a little hard to accept the things she’s doing and getting away with as a thirteen-year-old. Mind you, I don’t typically read middle grade books so I had to keep reminding myself where I was. Once I was able to accept and keep in mind that this was a middle grade book, THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING.

Family is a huge part of this story. From the beginning, I enjoyed reading about Min, her strict mother, her pesky cousins, and her crazy aunties. I loved how they were all piled into a house together and loved the banter that went back and forth between them. I LOVE when a book can deliver a good family feel.

Once Min decides she’s running off to find her brother, the adventure begins. Min does some crazy things for a thirteen-year-old. She meets some interesting characters along the way and you’re never quite sure who you can trust.

Once she infiltrates the Space Forces, she meets some super fun characters. We’re introduced to other supernaturals like her. Although she is posing as someone who has no supernatural powers, the friends she makes do not hold back their own. She befriends a dragon who has control over weather patterns and the elements and a goblin who wields strength and the ability to be invisible. The magic parts of this book were SO MUCH fun. Hell, all the characters we met in this book were cool. A pilot, some mercenaries, an estranged aunt… and ghosts… oOOOooOOOooOO.

I was always wondering what Min was going to do next or how she was going to get herself out of certain situations. More than once, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for her to be discovered.This book had me on edge quite a few times! This book got me pretty emotional a couple of times too. I did not see that end coming but I am so happy with where it left me.

This was just such a fun adventure and I highly recommend it to everyone! Even if you’re not a middle grade reader. I’m not a middle grade reader and I LOVED this story.

**This was my first ever buddy read and I am so happy to be a part of the Dragons & Tea book club. The community has been absolutely amazing and I have so enjoyed sharing the reading experience with this wonderful group of people. I’ll definitely be doing more buddy reads in the future. :)**

Keri

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The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Read Dates: May 7, 2019 – May 10, 2019
Expected Publication date: July 30, 2019
Source: Arc from the publisher via Netgalley

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Sara. Sylvie. Sam. Jules. Vincent. Lucy. A team working in a financial firm on Wall Street. A team with friendships, lies, betrayals, and secrets. Sara is the newest member of the group and soon falls into step with the lavish lifestyle her peers enjoy.
Fast forward to a few years later. Two are dead. The rest are stuck in an elevator full of cryptic clues after receiving a message for a mandatory escape room group building exercise. Can they gain their freedom by answering the clues? Or is there more to this “escape room” than they know?

Ughh. I don’t know. This book was incredibly predictable for me but I’m thinking maybe it was supposed to be? The way the story was told and the clues we’re given throughout kind of give everything away. I had it figured out at around 40% completion. I didn’t take this book to be a “mystery” so much as a thriller. It was definitely thrilling. I was curious to see where the story was going and what would become of all the characters. Few of the characters are very likable or have any redeeming qualities. Which was fine actually. I like a good gritty cast of characters because that usually trips me up. But, again, this wasn’t a mystery.

This book is about revenge. It’s about people who are only looking out for themselves and care little about the welfare of others. It’s about secrets so big that they could ruin lives. It’s about getting back at those who have done you wrong. It’s about getting back at those who have done others wrong.

There wasn’t one of those big twists at the end that leave you gaping. It was just one of those endings that left you complacent. It left you to wonder how two particular characters ended up faring in the long run once the novel was at a close. I have some ideas, but…

The other thing that was tripping me up was the way this book was narrated. In the beginning of my notes for this book I assumed the narration would be told by Sara and Sam. I soon learned that every main character in this book gets to narrate their own story. Some accounts are told in first person and some switch to third. So that was a little confusing until I got the hang of how it was written.

I LOVE a good revenge story but I wanted more out of that ending. The book was super exciting, don’t get me wrong. However, if you’re looking for something believable, this book isn’t for you. But it was definitely enjoyable. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy picking this up to read it every day because I did. I just wanted more. This book left me wanting a lot. Which is sometimes a good thing but this time, for me at least, it was a neutral feeling. At the end I just thought to myself, “Well… alright. That’s that.” Nothing stuck with me. Nothing kept me thinking afterwards. Once I was done reading, I was just… done. On to the next.

This is definitely an enjoyable book though and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller. Especially is you like a good revenge thriller. Then this is definitely for you.

I feel like I’ve said a lot of negative things about this book but I want you to know that I really did enjoy reading this! It just didn’t do anything for me. It came to a point where I was just reading to see how my theories came to be true. (Because I was 98% sure I was right in where I thought the story was heading.)

Anyway, I do recommend! Just don’t go into this expecting there to be twists and gasping moments. There really aren’t any. This is just one of those slow burner thrillers where you’re left to wonder why it’s happening. For me, though, I had the what, who, why and how figured out fairly quickly.

Keri

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Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Read Dates: May 2, 2019 – May 6, 2019
Expected Publication date: July 9, 2019
Source: Netgalley ARC via the publisher

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Maia Tamarin is the youngest daughter of a famous tailor, but when her mother dies, her father’s health drastically declines and she has to pick up the slack of her father’s work. The Five Winter’s War has claimed two of Maia’s brother’s but her youngest brother, Keton, returns with terrifying tales of war and paralyzed legs. Maia is determined to keep her family fed and clothed and decides to become the best tailor in all of A’landi, taking her father’s jobs and pouring her heart into her work. One day, a representative from the emperor’s palace visits the Tamarin residence at the emperor’s request to collect Maia’s father and take him to the palace where he is to become the emperor’s imperial tailor. To refuse would be to disrespect the emperor and bring dishonor to the family name. Knowing her father is not able to go due to his health and her brother cannot possibly go since he cannot walk, Maia cuts her hair, dons her brother’s clothes, and takes her father’s place posing as her brother, Keton. Women have great restrictions in her land and if anyone found out she was a woman, she would be sentenced to death. But Maia wants better for her family. This is her chance to make enough jen to be able to take care of her two remaining family members. However, upon arriving to the palace, she finds that 12 tailors were chosen to compete for the title of the emperor’s “imperial tailor” and Maia must overcome many challenges if she wants to succeed in winning the title, bringing honor to her family, and making her “baba” proud. She’ll work tirelessly, venture far, make many enemies and unlikely allies… all to gain the title she’s always dreamed of.

The contents of this book are as beautiful as the cover.

Guys. I am shook. I shouldn’t even be here writing a review for this right now. I’m still so fragile after reading this masterpiece. I should sleep on it a couple more nights to quiet my mind so I can come to you with a sound, legible review that’s not jumbled and hard to understand.
WELL TOO BAD.

I can’t stop thinking about this book. It’s consuming me. I WANT THE SECOND ONE.

Alright, alright.
So, first of all, this was marketed as “Mulan meets Project Runway”.
Let me just say, that is false.
I get the Mulan aspect. Girl wants to bring honor to her family. Father is in bad shape. She can’t legally go for him because she’s a woman. She cuts her hair, wears boy clothes, and goes anyway. But that’s where the Mulan likeness ends. And I guess I see the Project Runway likeness since it’s a ruthless competition to see who the best tailor is but… yea, no. This book is so much more.

For me this was more a cross between the An Ember in the Ashes series and the Winternight series. Which are two of my ALL TIME FAVORITES. It reminded me of the An Ember in the Ashes series in that the characters made sacrifices regardless of what they wanted for themselves. It reminded me of the Winternight trilogy when it came to the characters and the adventures they set off on in order to save their worlds from war. I was super excited and delighted to see some likeness in the plots and the characters. The ending guys… THE ENDING.

I’m getting ahead of myself…

So Maia is incredibly family oriented. Her family means more to her than anything else. In the beginning, she has the perfect family. Her baba, her mama, and her three brothers Finlei, Sendo, and Keton. Her favorie brother, Sendo, tells her stories of the ocean and Maia longs for a life as a well respected tailor working in a shack by the ocean. But when her mother dies and her two older brothers are sent to the war to fight for the emperor, Maia’s world falls apart and so do her dreams. Her dream becomes only to provide for what’s left of her broken family. Becoming the emperor’s imperial tailor? That would definitely bring honor to her family and would DEFINITELY provide for them for the rest of their days. But she faces sabotage and deceit and there’s something special about Maia, she just doesn’t know it yet.

If you’re like me and like a strong female lead, you’ll love Maia. She’s pretty bold and stubborn in the beginning but the journey she takes hardens her even further. She’s driven by that intense love for her family throughout the entire book.

“Seize the wind,” I whispered. “Don’t become the kite that never flies.”

Edan. Edan, Edan, Edan. Trying to give Morozko from The Winternight trilogy a run for his money. Edan is a close second though. Morozko will always hold a special place in my literary heart. But definitely add Edan to the list of my fictional book boyfriends. He is so mysterious and for a long time you have no idea about his intentions… and remember guys, I have a soft spot for the “bad guys”. But Edan is so much more than a “bad guy”. I loved him a lot.

“Maia,” he pressed, “tell me about your brothers.”
… I swallowed, trying to picture my brothers… It hurt so much to think of them. “Finlei… Finlei was the leader. The brave one.” My voice shook. “Sendo was the dreamer.” … “Keton was the trickster, the funny one… but not so much after he got back from the war.”
“And you?”
“The obedient one.”
“No,” Edan said. “You are the strong one.”
The strong one. The one who held the seams of my family together.
I inhaled, hoping that would be enough.

That. Passage. WRECKED ME. When you read it in context, trust me… it’s going to wreck you too. If it didn’t already just from reading it. I’m still so emotional over this damn book…

The book is told in three parts. In the second part of this story, Maia sets out on an adventure to find the necessary materials to craft three dresses for the emperor’s betrothed. This is my favorite part of the book. The places she sees, the people she meets, the trials she takes on. I couldn’t put this book down AT ALL. Especially during this part of the book. She takes on the blistering desert, a giant snowy mountain, and a dangerous, deep forest. All of these struggles shape her into the person she becomes and it makes me like her even more. She makes SO MANY sacrifices for the people she loves.

This book was everything I want in a fantasy book. Strong and likable characters, adventure, and the world building. I LOVED the world building. This book also had a good bit of history and culture to it that I adored.
As a kid, I was told the love story of the sun and the moon and it was my absolute favorite story. I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember who told it to me or where it came from. THAT STORY IS IN THIS BOOK. A version of it anyway.

I knew the tale. “On the ninth day of the ninth month, the goddess of the moon is reunited with her husband, the god of the sun. Only for this one night each year can they be together. They walk towards each other on a starlit path, a bridge the god of thieves must hold up on his shoulders as punishment for once stealing the stars. When their time has passed, the bridge collapses and the stars bleed into the night, wrought with their pain from being apart.”

I did a small bit of research but I was never able to find where it originated. If you know, drop me a comment and enlighten me! It’s my absolute favorite and I always just assumed it had something to do with Greek mythology. But I would love to dive further into the meat of the history of this story.

Anyway, this book was rich in all of my favorite things fantasy and if you’re a fantasy fan, I highly recommend this one. It was so beautifully written and I’m absolutely in love with this one. It has been added to my “favorites” shelf on Goodreads and I have every intention of reading it again next year before the second book is released. I can’t wait to dive into this series. I have a feeling it’s going to give me the same feels I got from the Winternight trilogy and I’m sooo ready for it.

Day after day and night after night, she spun the dawn and unraveled the dusk. And somehow, I was closer to that legacy than I had ever dared dream.

One last thing before I go. As I’m reading a book, when I listen to music, sometimes those songs take me back to the book when I’m not even reading it. Especially when I latch onto a song in particular. I’ll make that song work with what I read and when I read again, that song is always in the back of my mind. I’m weird, I know…
Anyway, i just thought I would add that particular song that I was playing on repeat during my time reading this book. I’m still playing it on repeat. It’s such a good song. Enjoy. ❤

**Quotes taken from the book are not final and are subject to change.

Keri

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Once Upon a Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

Read Dates: April 25, 2019 – May 1, 2019
Expected Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Source: Netgalley ARC via the publisher

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Look, Melonie Johnson has been a hot little blip on my radar since before I sunk my teeth into Getting Hot with the Scot. I read her little “about me” section on goodreads and saw “Star Wars junkie” and that was all she wrote. BUT, this book was my favorite of the three she’s written so far and it’s made me love her even more!

Sadie Gold is an actress who has finally landed a blockbuster movie that could be her ticket to stardom. All she’s ever wanted is to become a beloved actress and travel the world, seeing new places, and making kick ass movies. But nothing could prepare her for her childhood/high school sweetheart being on set as the film’s leading stunt coordinator. The two left off on a bad note but the sparks still fly between the two as they have to work closely on set of the film. Can the two of them learn to put the past behind them and try again? Or will the past drive them further apart as it’s revealed?

My notes during chapter 9 of this book: I have a feeling this book is going to frustrate the hell out of me.
Future me: You have NO IDEA.

First of all, I have to mention the friendship again. I’ve mentioned it in my reviews for both of Johnson’s prior novels in this series and she doesn’t skimp on the friendship in this book either. I LOVE THE FRIENDSHIP. I have to say, I think I enjoy Ana and Sadie more than I did Bonnie and Cassie. Though both of those best friend duos are matches made in heaven. Where are my four girlfriends who are willing to do Monday Margaritas? Hmmm? Where ya’ll hiding?

Anyway, this was my favorite of the three and I’ll tell you why.
One: It was hotter than the first two combined.
Two: Bo. ‘Nuff said.
Three: It was completely believable!

In the first book, Cassie doesn’t know Logan long before they’re making wedding plans. (I know, I know. People actually do this sort of thing.)
Bonnie’s book was a little better as she knew Theo from the summer before on the trip she took with her friends.
But Sadie’s story? Ughh. It made so much sense. TURN THIS BOOK INTO A MOVIE BECAUSE IT IS WONDERFUL! Their’s is the kind of story I would watch multiple times a week with a hot cup of tea and all three of my kitties curled up with me under my Star Wars blanket on the couch.

A childhood love turned to a high school romance that quickly died the night of their senior prom. Sadie has gone all these years never knowing why Bo broke things off. Well, she’s about to find out. The two of them were so REAL with each other and the way they acted together was PERFECT. It fit them. I believed that they were lovers from childhood. Everything in this book just FIT.

I also really liked the sense of family in this one. Sadie’s nana is THE BOMB. Always steering Sadie in the right direction when she needs it the most. Keeping her level headed and humble.
Then there’s Bo’s family. His dad doesn’t say much but that’s part of his character. But his mom. Ughh. What a wonderful person she was. So full of joy and spunk even while she was commanding people around (mostly Bo) like a drill sergeant. I loved the family aspect of the story.

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy having to read about the making of a movie but I did! I really enjoyed it! The movie parts aren’t thrown up too much in the book. They’re in there just enough so that you get what you need from what’s going on in the main plot of the story.

I must say, I was frustrated multiple times by these two but I was also crying REAL TEARS at the end. REAL TEARS, PEOPLE. This book was so wonderful and so beautifully written and I love it. Love love love it. Go read it. Every one of you. I implore you!

Alright Melonie, give me Ana’s book. I’m ready! 🙂

Keri

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April Wrap-Up

April Stats
Number of Book Read: 8
Pages Read: 1950
Average Rating: 4.25
Favorite Book of the Month: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Least Favorite Book of the Month: As They Slip Away by Beth Revis
Current Progress Made Towards Yearly Reading Challenge: 22 of 50

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April was a good month in books if I do say so myself!
-I finished the third and final book in the Winternight Trilogy and solidified it’s spot at the top of my favorites list.
-I got a glimpse into the books of Alastair Reynolds (I read one and have a couple more on my “to-read” list).
-I picked up not one but TWO poetry books, which is rare for me, and honestly, I think I’ll be seeking out more of them. I thoroughly enjoyed Rupi Kaur’s books.
-I GOT TO READ BIRTHRIGHT AND CONVERSE WITH THE AMAZING AUTHOR BEHIND THE BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN SELF HELP BOOK! That was one of the biggest highlights for me. Marga Macias is an angel sent from heaven, you guys. She’s wonderful and so was her book.

-I also continued my journey into the Sometimes in Love series by Melonie Johnson. I am currently reading the third book in that series and I’m basically in love with it.
***HUGE congratulations to Melonie Johnson, by the way! Her debut novel Getting Hot with the Scot hit shelves yesterday! Go out and get a copy! Or get it for your kindle/tablet here.

It’s been a kind of crazy month. House hunting is in full swing so there were moments when I was scouring listings online when I would usually be reading. I’m hoping we can find a house soon and then, mark my words, I’M NEVER MOVING AGAIN. I hate moving. Anyway, here’s to a new month but the same list of books I want to read! Here’s to May!

Keri