Something to Talk About & The Roommate – Similarly frustrating for completely different reasons

I was considering doing individual reviews for both these books but the more I sat with my feelings the more I realized both these books incited similar reactions in me while reading them and that although I could rant about them for days, maybe making “mini” reviews will force me to keep my thoughts concise and the ranting to a necessary minimum, so here we go.

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BLOG TOUR: Court of Lions – Everything I wanted from the sequel and more

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Series: Mirage #2

Publication date : August 4th, 2020goodreads

Publisher : Flatiron Books | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy, Science Fiction

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris? (From Goodreads) Continue reading

BLOG TOUR: Girl, Serpent, Thorn – Morally grey characters and monster girlfriends

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Publication date : July 7th, 2020

Publisher : Flatiron| Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.
Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster. (from goodreads)

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The Empire of Gold -My favorite series is over and I am a void

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Series: Daevabad trilogy #3

Publication date : June 30th, 2020

Publisher : Harper Voyager| Harpercollins

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 766

Synopsis : Daevabad has fallen.
After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.
But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies. Continue reading

Take A Hint, Dani Brown – Oh hello there, meet my new wife and favorite book

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Series: The Brown Sisters #2

Publication date : June 20th, 2020

Publisher : Avon| Harpercollins

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse? Continue reading

Girl Gone Viral & Beach Read – Two romance reviews for the price of one

I am back on my consistent romance reading habit and I could not be more happy about that. Today’s mini-reviews for two romance reads that had both some and bad to them, so when you even it out, I ended up not feeling any strong way about them. Besides for one element in Beach Read that got me annoyed, but we’ll talk about that in a bit.

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The Wicker King – a story of love, pain and messy relationships

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Publication date : October 31st, 2017

Publisher : Imprint| Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 305

Synopsis : When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth. (from goodreads) Continue reading

The Electric Heir – I’ve read it twice and I’m still not okay

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Series: Feverwake #2

Publication date : March 17th, 2020

Publisher : Skyscape | Amazon Publishing

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 483

Synopsis : In the sequel to The Fever King, Noam Álvaro seeks to end tyranny before he becomes a tyrant himself.
Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia. Continue reading

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro – Hail the Bitch Queen and her character driver story

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Publication date :  February 18th 2020

Publisher : Orbit Books

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 496

Synopsis : A queen of a divided land must unite her people, even if they hate her, even if it means stopping a ruin that she helped create. A debut epic fantasy from an exciting new voice.

“I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me.”

Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves that nearly tore her nation apart. Her upcoming marriage to the son of her father’s rival heralds peaceful days to come.
But his sudden departure before their reign begins fractures the kingdom beyond repair.
Years later, Talyien receives a message, urging her to attend a meeting across the sea. It’s meant to be an effort at reconciliation, but an assassination attempt leaves the queen stranded and desperate to survive in a dangerous land. With no idea who she can trust, she’s on her own as she struggles to fight her way home.(from Goodreads) Continue reading

Neighborly & Xeni – Black authors are the gift that keeps on giving

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Today I’m bringing you two speedy reviews of one erotica and one romance book written by Black authors that were an absolute treat to read and couldn’t recommend enough if you read either genre and are looking for quick fun reads. I don’t think I have whole ton to say about either besides GOOD! FUN! So let’s get on with these reviews.

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