Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: Thrall by Jennifer Quintez

Thrall by Jennifer Quintez

Thrall (Daughters of Lilith #1)
By Jennifer Quintez
Secret Tree Press
Format: eBook
Source: Author

To Sum It Up: Braedyn Murphy has never thought of herself as anything but ordinary. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, however, everything Braedyn has ever believed about her life is going to be turned upside down. Demons are real and closer than she could have imagined possible, and they have a particular interest in Braedyn. A war is building, and she’s caught right in the middle of it.

Lee's Review: I seem to be stuck in a bit of an odd reading cycle lately, where I either absolutely love a book or have to push through to finish it. Unfortunately, Thrall falls into the latter category, another case of a solid premise that pulls up short in the execution. Although I really liked how the story of Lilith, Adam’s first wife according to some legends, was worked into the novel, that alone wasn’t enough to wholly invest my interest in the book.

I’d read some books featuring demons before, but none that focused on the succubus in particular. They’re called Lilitu here, and despite their breathtakingly beautiful appearance, underneath that surface lurks a potential destroyer of souls. There’s a Guard that fights to combat the havoc that the Lilitu wreak, and as far as good vs. evil battles go, I thought this one had a nice little twist to it. This book had some strong framework on which to build a rich story, but the slow pacing worked against it.

I often found it difficult to settle into long reading sessions with Thrall because it felt too drawn out. The exposition could have used some trimming, as could have the character descriptions. Whenever a new one is introduced, you’re given a mini biography of his/her life that starts sounding like a block of telling and which breaks up the flow of the narrative. I would have liked to have seen more showing, to have become acquainted with the characters through their dialogue and actions as opposed to what was said about them.

I had a few quibbles with the main character, Braedyn, mostly her lengthy reflections at the beginning of the novel on how unexceptional she was. Braedyn believes that she’s plainer than plain and then some, and the reiteration of this idea touched a nerve more than once. I could see how her self-perceived ordinariness figured into the part of the story where her Lilitu powers begin emerging and suddenly every guy at school now notices her. I suppose I just wasn’t keen on the transformation-into-a-swan angle. I also found Braedyn a little lacking in development as a heroine. Even in the later chapters, she’s still unsure of herself and looking to the Guard to save the day. Believing in Braedyn as a heroine proved challenging when she didn’t believe in herself.

Though they were up to no good, the Lilitu were interesting to read about and lent the novel some welcome edge. That’s what I think Braedyn needed—a touch of fire to her character to make her less of a cookie-cutter protagonist. Thrall delivered well on the paranormal side of things, but I can’t quite say the same about some of its other aspects.

All in All: While I liked the book’s take on demons, I wasn’t as enthused about Braedyn as a narrator/main character.

Ally's Review: Thrall sounded like a story I would really enjoy. Demons, angels, and demon hunters—what's not to like? What I wasn't expecting was all the stereotypical teenage angst and high school drama that took up most of the book.

Oh, the drama. I was slightly offended reading about Braedyn's high school life. Being in high school myself, I found the whole interpretation comical and highly inaccurate. You had the mean jocks, the bitchy cheerleaders, and the self-righteous outcasts. Braedyn and her friends obviously fall into the last category. The whole high school scene was very distracting. I felt like it tried so hard to be a part of the plot that it ended up taking over the whole book. Instead of reading about demons and hunters, I was reading about high school dances and bullies.

Braedyn, herself, wasn't a bad character. I actually though she was kind of all right. All the other characters were bringing her down. Her token best friends, who are terribly stereotypical, have so much book time but have nothing to contribute. Seriously, they are wasted. They pretty much do nothing to help Braedyn in her transition from teenage girl to demon. All they do is drive her to and from school. The man of the hour, Lucas, is the absolute worst. Of course it is love at first sight for Lucas and Braedyn. And of course their love is forbidden because Braedyn is a Lilitu—a soul sucking demon, and Lucas is a member of the Guard—a team of Lilitu hunters. But despite all of Lucas's training, he fails to see that his girlfriend isn't necessarily human. Lucas was so clueless that he quickly became my least favorite character. Braedyn is no better. She is told, time and time again, that she needs to stay away from Lucas for his safety. But does she care? No, she loves him but she'd rather be selfish and endanger him with her presence instead of keeping her distance. The whole romance is a mess from the start.

The coolest part of the book should have been the Guard. Somehow, the demon hunters turned out to be super lame, though. They are such a hindrance and spend almost the entire book running around like headless chickens. They have no idea what they're doing. The Guard is really judgy, too. Braedyn is treated like crap, although she's the one doing all the work.

The most redeeming aspect of the book is the bad guys. The Lilitu are cool. Not only are they practically all women, but they're also pretty powerful. I really enjoyed learning about the back history of Lilith and her daughters. I also liked how there was a dream realm involved. The demons were so interesting, and I wished they would have been focused on more.

The book was easy enough for me to get through because I found it somewhat entertaining. That being said, I didn't particularly look forward to sitting down and reading it. I have no attachment to the characters and I have nothing that motivates me to be intrigued to find out what's going to happen.

All in All: Thrall was disappointing in some ways and interesting in others. What I expected to like, I hated, and what I expected to dislike, I enjoyed. It's safe to say I have mixed feelings.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Discussing Game of Thrones: Hello, Season 4!

It's time to dust off the old banner and chat about Game of Thrones once again! Are you as excited as Ally and I am? How about now? Are you as excited as these two are?

(That's Jaime and Brienne, by the way. Not pictured: a bear.)

I freaking love this show, and waiting for the premiere of Season 4 next Sunday is like waiting to open presents on Christmas. Even though I've read the books, every new episode is an adventure to me because the show likes to throw in a surprise here and there.

Have you recovered from last season's Red Wedding episode? I completely understand if you haven't. I don't think I have, either. It left me outraged, sad, and generally unable to remove myself from the couch for a while after watching that episode. And since it's GoT, expect even crazier stuff in the new season.

I've been hearing a lot about how this season is going to be packed with intense moments throughout as opposed to a slow build. Among the new characters, I'm especially looking forward to seeing Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne, AKA the Red Viper. I definitely think he's a character to keep an eye on, and judging by the trailers, he looks to be getting an adequate amount of screen time.

Daario Naharis, the dude who demonstrated his loyalty to Daenerys last season by chopping off some heads, has been recast. I was completely oblivious to this until I read Entertainment Weekly's recent cover story about the return of the show. I'd been trying to figure out who the mystery guy in the promo shots with Daenerys was, and then I was like, "Ohhhh. It's a new Daario."

Probably one of my biggest wishes for this season is lots of Jaime/Brienne scenes. Oh God, how I ship those two, onscreen and in the novels. Ally is a big time Jaime/Brienne shipper, too. I mean, after you've battled a bear together, it only makes sense to declare your love for each other!

So I'll be recapping each episode again. Last year each recap was posted on the following Sunday, but this time I'm going to try to post on the Tuesday following each new episode. As much as I'd love to have the recaps go up the next day, me churning out a blog post on a Sunday night just ain't happening. Tuesday is the best I can manage, and with that said, check back for the next GoT post on Tuesday, April 8!

Friday, March 28, 2014

The 500th Post

I'm a bit obsessive over stats and stuff, and I just thought it was cool that the blog has officially reached 500 posts. It's also a little hard to believe because I really do feel like the first post only went up. We didn't plan anything special for this milestone of sorts; I mean, I was too short on time/too lazy to even slap together a graphic for this post. We will, however, do something to mark our second blogoversary next month, so be on the lookout for that (and I will come up with an image for that post. By which I mean I'll mostly recycle the graphic from last year's first blogoversary post.).

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week (34): Favorite Moment in Book 7

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! A list of upcoming topics can be found here.

This week's topic is:
Favorite Moment in Book 7

Ah, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There is so much to be said about the last installment in the series. It's such a heavy book, filled with such intensity and quite a bit of sadness. So, the happy moments really remind me of how much I have grown to know and love the characters. Because the book is rather dark, it makes those silly scenes that much more important. Therefore, my favorite moment in Book 7 has to be Bill and Fleur's wedding! It was such a nice little release from all the seriousness.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ARC Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
The Here and Now
By Ann Brashares
Delacorte Press
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Publication Date: April 8, 2014

To Sum It Up: Since her arrival from the future, Prenna James has been trying to hide the fact that she’s from another time. She and her fellow travelers live by a strict set of rules in order to keep their origin undetected, but Prenna finds herself questioning them more and more, something that is not tolerated by the leaders of her community. She also worries that Ethan, one of her classmates, knows that there’s something different about her. As Prenna tries to unravel the secrets she believes are being kept from the time travelers, she must also race to stop a potentially future-altering event from happening, with only a date for a clue.

Review: Have you ever read a book and afterwards thought, “What did I just read?” Well, that’s how I’m feeling about The Here and Now. Although time travel features prominently in the novel, it also covers climate change, a plague, and a murder. How do all of these things fit together? The book tries to explain just that but isn’t entirely successful at molding these disparate pieces into a cohesive plot.

Prenna, the protagonist, is part of a group of time travelers who escaped a world ravaged by a blood plague by journeying to the past. They do their best to blend in with what they call the “time natives” and follow a rigid set of rules to avoid drawing attention to the fact that they’re not from the present day. The community has a cult-like vibe to it, and questioning leadership is a big no-no. The lengths that those in charge go to in order to maintain control over the community is mind-boggling in more than one sense and involves an elaborate scheme with pills, eyeglasses, and surveillance. Again, we have a rather odd combination of items, and their relationship, as explained by the book, asked me to stretch my imagination to an extent that I couldn’t always manage.

I’m all for books that span multiple genres, but I thought this one attempted to work in too many. The future Prenna comes from sounds like something straight out of a dystopian, and I wanted that world to be more fully explained. Something else that I found lacking in the explanation department was how the travelers made the jump back in time. If the book had gone a little sci-fi there, I wouldn’t have minded. We also have a mystery to solve regarding a date that might prevent the future Prenna and the others left. Finally, the YA contemporary romance angle is represented by the mutual attraction between Prenna and Ethan, a classmate with a very keen sense of observation. There are several threads to this story, and they’re not exactly woven together seamlessly. It’s as though the book couldn’t figure out what direction it wanted to go in, and I couldn’t figure that out, either.

Prenna didn’t bowl me over as a main character. I really liked that she was through accepting whatever yarn the community leaders spun and started digging for the truth. What I didn’t like was how she’d freeze up in critical situations; when she should have been taking action, she’s kind of just go with the flow. By far my favorite character was Ethan; he’s smart, funny, and sweet and the type of character who’s easy to connect with. He brightened every scene he was in, and I’m bumping up the rating by half a star because of him. Otherwise, this was a rather disappointing read that struggled to find its footing. The ending actually made me fume for a little while and I debated knocking off half a star, but my fondness for Ethan won out.

All in All: I haven’t read many time travel novels and had been looking forward to this one. Sadly, The Here and Now fell short of my expectations; it contained some good ideas but they needed to be better integrated into a whole.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Knight Assassin by Rima Jean

Knight Assassin by Rima Jean
Knight Assassin
By Rima Jean
Entangled Teen
Format: eBook
Source: Received for review for a blog tour

To Sum It Up: Zayn’s world falls apart after she watches her mother burn at the stake for allegedly being a witch. Zayn believes she has nothing left to live for when a mysterious stranger offers her a fresh start—with a secret organization of assassins. With training, she can finally hone the special abilities that have always set her apart and stirred rumors that she’s the daughter of a demon. Proving herself to the assassins won’t be easy, but Zayn is determined to get revenge against the Templar knight responsible for her mother’s death.

Review: The Middle Ages hold an endless fascination for me, probably more than any other time period in history. What’s not to love about knights and chivalry and all that good stuff? Well, I happen to love all that good stuff, and when you add assassins to the mix, I’m doubly intrigued.

Knight Assassin features a heroine with quite an interesting backstory. Seventeen-year-old Zayn hails from a village in medieval Syria whose inhabitants are serfs to the Franks. Over the course of the novel, she crosses paths with historical figures like the Knights Templar, Saladin, and King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem. Real-life history is weaved into the narrative extremely well; it’s obvious that a great deal of effort was put into researching the period and recreating it. You truly feel like you’ve stepped back to a time of swords and crossbows and chain mail. I loved the meticulous attention to medieval detail and relished every single one. Because I’m geeky like that.

Two things kept the book from breaking out of the three star range, though. First, Zayn’s powers are given rather vague descriptions. She appears to possess enhanced strength and agility, which are handy when you’re trying to become an assassin. But I didn’t find Zayn’s abilities particularly extraordinary, and that’s where I think the fantasy element of the book fell a little short. I also wanted to see Zayn do more assassinating. Most of the novel focuses on her training and then settling into her cover so she can prepare to take out her target, a Templar named Guy de Molay. That’s the issue right there—lots of build-up to the big confrontation with not enough action in between, at least for me.

Although the setting was fantastic and Zayn made a pretty compelling protagonist (and I think she still would have been one even without her superhuman talents), there were times when I wished the story would pick up the pace. Overall, this was an okay read; it just needed a tad more polish in a few areas to really make it shine.

All in All: If you’re a Middle Ages maniac like I am, Knight Assassin might appeal to you. It’s definitely refreshing to read a YA novel set in the Middle Ages during the Crusades. I did find the book a little too light on the “assassin” part of the title, though.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week (33): Favorite Magical Disaster

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! A list of upcoming topics can be found here.

This week's topic is:
Favorite Magical Disaster

Hmmm . . . this is another topic that's tough making a single pick for because there are so many to choose from . . . . I feel like I need to go with a Fred and George moment here, so I'm picking the Weasley twins sprouting beards after trying to outsmart Dumbledore's Age Line in Goblet of Fire. They were so confident that they had accomplished their goal, which only made it funnier when they learned that they had not, in fact, succeeded.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Melissa's Big Shakespeare Score

Take a look at my prettyful! Please try to control your jealousy. ;)

I got my hands on this totally awesome copy of Macbeth during my spring break. Story time! So, my friends and I took a four day trip to a cute little town with a beautiful river. We spent a day shopping at various thrift stores buying all the prettyfuls we could afford. Anyway, we were rummaging through a bunch of old books when one of my friends stumbled upon this 1903 copy of Macbeth. I practically ripped it out of her hands. Sorry! It's a good thing we all have different favorite Shakespearean plays or there would have been a full-out war! Mwahahaha!

I love the tragedies and my favorites happen to be Hamlet and Macbeth. I love it when people go insane and kill other people! I know, how morbid, but that's what I like. And old stuff. I like old stuff. I was definitely born in the wrong generation. Anyway, this was a big win for The Melissa!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Knight Assassin Blog Tour: Book Spotlight & Giveaway

Today I'm spotlighting Rima Jean's Knight Assassin as part of the blog tour organized by Rockstar Book Tours. Read on to find out more about the novel, and don't forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! To follow the rest of the tour, click here or on the tour banner above.

Knight Assassin by Rima Jean
Knight Assassin
By Rima Jean
Entangled Teen
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 216
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Synopsis:Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. When a mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in. She trains to harness her supernatural strength and agility, and then enters the King of Jerusalem's court in disguise with the assignment to assassinate Guy de Molay, her mother’s condemner. But once there, she discovers Earic Goodwin, the childhood friend who still holds her heart, among the knights—and his ocean-blue eyes don’t miss a thing. Will vengeance be worth the life of the one love she has left?

About Rima Jean

Rima Jean received a degree in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. After a dismal law school experience, she floundered a bit before accepting her calling: storytelling. She resides in Houston with her wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters, where she writes, edits, and dabbles in digital art.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week (32): Worst Spell

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! A list of upcoming topics can be found here.

This week's topic is:
Worst Spell

I probably overthought this week's topic; I wasn't sure whether to interpret "worst" to mean, say, least useful spell, or to mean, say, the Avada Kedavra kind of bad. I'm going with the latter since I can't really think of a spell that isn't handy, and I'm picking both Avada Kedavra and Crucio. I can see why Imperio is one of the three Unforgivable Curses, but it's the other two that really, really scare me. That scene in Goblet of Fire where Moody (well, the fake Moody) demonstrates all three curses on the spiders never fails to give me the creeps.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)
By Alexandra Bracken
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

To Sum It Up: Panic breaks out when a disease that strikes children either kills them or gives them special abilities. Those in the latter group are feared by adults and placed in so-called rehabilitation camps where they are treated with unimaginable cruelty. Ruby hasn’t seen the outside of a camp since she was ten, and now, six years later, she may finally get a chance at freedom. Her rescuers, however, have their own reasons for taking Ruby away from Thurmond, and they don’t necessarily put her best interests first. Ruby is quick to realize that she’s still in danger and must escape. That escape comes along in the form of some other kids who’ve managed to break out of their camp. Despite gradually gaining acceptance among them, Ruby fears that they’ll discover the terrible nature of her power and what she’s capable of doing.

Review: It seems that dystopians and I have finally reached a truce, at least for now. The Darkest Minds is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read. Ever. Everything is brilliant: the world-building, the characters, the pacing. Let me not forget the writing—it’s spectacular. I’ve been laboring over this review for days now because I want to write about all the reasons why I loved this book all at once. Let the flood of gushing commence!

I was mesmerized by The Darkest Minds from the moment Ruby began recounting how she came to be at Thurmond, a horrifying camp for kids with special powers. Ruby can erase memories, an ability that she’s desperate to keep secret lest she be properly classified as Orange, only one level below Red, which designates the kids with the most dangerous abilities. This world is utterly chilling; it’s the kind of chill that takes root in your bones and won’t dissipate easily. The unimaginable, brutal conditions in the camps are nothing short of abhorrent. On top of that, the government tells the parents of the kids who are basically imprisoned there that their children are being “rehabilitated.” No pun intended, but this is one of the darkest dystopian settings I’ve come across in a YA novel, and it makes for absolutely compelling reading.

The Darkest Minds is a pretty lengthy novel, but lulls in the action are never an issue. In fact, I was extremely impressed with the pacing. This is the type of book that doesn’t have a good place to put it down for the night; you want to forego sleep to keep reading. I can’t think of a single thing that could have been edited out, either. That’s when you know that you’re reading a very special book.

In a novel where every aspect is outstanding, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but I’m going with the chemistry between the core group of characters: Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Suzume. Each possesses such a unique personality; I especially loved Liam’s easy charm and Chubs’s fondness for all things academic. Ruby is the newcomer to the quartet, the other three having escaped from a different camp and running together ever since, and it’s touching to watch Ruby slowly become a part of their little family. There’s also some really funny banter between Liam and Chubs, courtesy of Alexandra Bracken’s crackling dialogue. These characters will warm your heart one minute and break it in the next with everything they’ve collectively been through and continue to go through. Don’t be surprised if you’re a little bit shattered by the time you’re done reading the book.

If you’re looking for perfection in a dystopian, this is it. The Darkest Minds will have you feeling just about every emotion there is, and you’ll be signing up for the sequel, Never Fade, by the end of it. Oh, believe me—you’ll be clamoring to know what happens next.

All in All: The Darkest Minds is a must-read. Period.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cover Reveal: Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

I'm so excited to share this awesome cover for Kendare Blake's Mortal Gods, the sequel to Antigoddess!

Hmmm . . . . The lightning bolts make me wonder if Zeus might make an appearance in this one?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week (32): James Potter vs. Severus Snape

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! A list of upcoming topics can be found here.

This week's topic is:
James Potter vs. Severus Snape

As much as I respect James for being Harry Potter's dad and all, I have to go with Snape on this one. Whether you love Snape or not, he just commands your attention from the second he appears on the page in the first book. I admit to having a kind of love-to-hate relationship with him throughout most of the series. That is, until Deathly Hallows. When Harry views Snape's memories in the Pensieve . . . I was not prepared for any of that. Nor was I prepared to get all teary, either, because he was probably one of the last characters who I'd ever thought would make me bawl.

Monday, March 3, 2014

ARC Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Don’t Even Think About It
By Sarah Mlynowski
Delacorte Press
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Publication Date: March 11, 2014

To Sum It Up: The students of Bloomberg High School’s Homeroom 10B pay little mind to the flu shots they’ve just received until they suddenly begin hearing each other’s thoughts. For some, this newfound ability is a boon; for those who have secrets they’re to desperate to hide, it’s a disaster. Even friends are shocked to learn what they’ve been withholding from one another as keeping anything private anymore becomes nearly impossible.

Review: I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be able to read minds, and that’s what immediately drew me to Don’t Even Think About It. The premise that a bad batch of flu vaccines causes the students in one high school homeroom to develop telepathy makes for iffy science, but that’ s not really the focus of the book. The heart of the novel is all of the drama that erupts from everyone unwillingly broadcasting his/her thoughts.

While some humorous moments result from the students’ situation, the novel also illustrates the downside of the mind reading. The prime example of this is Mackenzie, who is desperate to prevent her boyfriend, Cooper, from discovering a crushing secret. I appreciated the book’s efforts to add some gravity to the tone, but I thought it could have used some middle ground to close the gap between the more serious story lines and its lighter ones. Quite a few of the characters’ thoughts are devoted to wondering if another character likes them or not, and my over 30 self wasn’t too keen on the high school relationship melodramatics.

The book takes a rather unique approach to the narration, with all of the characters collectively telling the story under a unified “we.” Something that I didn’t care for narrative-wise was how clipped the rhythm of the writing sounded to me. There are a lot of short sentences, and maybe this was intentional to emphasize a rapid-fire stream of consciousness. I couldn’t quite get used to it, though, but then I’m always catching myself writing run-on sentences; this review is probably rife with them.

I absolutely loved the fact that Cooper was a diehard Yankee fan. The novel is very good at keeping its fairly large cast of characters distinct from one another, especially since they share a single narrative voice. This was a quick read that kept me hooked, but I did feel I needed a bit more from the story than couples getting together/breaking up.

All in All: Don’t Even Think About It has the overall feel of a contemporary YA novel with a sprinkle of paranormal. It’s not an especially life-altering read, but it is pretty entertaining.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

February 2014 Recap

The blog went a little crazy for Ignite Me, the finale to the Shatter Me series, in February. And that was fine by Melissa and me, as we are obsessive Shatter Me fans. I'm pretty sure I could still crank out a few more Warner-centric posts, but I'll spare you and attempt to move on with my life now that the series is over. It isn't easy, though, let me tell you. We also did manage some posts NOT related to that particular series, as recapped here:

Reviews Posted:

Featured Posts:

TBR Reading Challenge Progress:

  • Books Read/Reviewed: 1 (Total for Year: 2)