New Booktube Video: October Book Mail!

20 FACTS ABOUT ME (2)

Hey guys!

A new video has gone live on my YouTube channel and I can’t wait for you guys to watch it! Let me know if you see some of your favorites or if you’ve read some of these!

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I’ ve started a BOOKTUBE channel!!!!

20 FACTS ABOUT ME (1)

I’ve been meaning to start a Book Tube channel for YEARS and now, I finally have a phone with good quality, and an editing app.

I can’t believe this is even possible for me after weeks and weeks of constant roadblocks.

BUT

Nothing will stop me now!

I’m crying happy tears right now. I hope you guys enjoy my shenanigans on camera and I can’t wait to share this new adventure in life with all of you!

I decided to start with a simple tag, 20 Facts About Me!

I go more into detail in the video so, here it is:

 

Review: My Undead Heart by Kacey Shea!

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
I’ve reviewed for Kacey for a while now and I’m happy to admit that my excitement over her books has only increased with each release! I didn’t know anything about this book except that our main character is a zombie lover. As soon as I fond out about that small detail, I was all in. I’m not obsessed with zombies myself but I do love a quirky character that’s immediately sets herself apart from other main characters I usually read about.
Our main character, Mia, is in her thirties and reminded me a lot about myself in many ways. Her dark humor and opinions about men weren’t hard to relate to since I agreed 10000%. She’s a video game designer and I loved reading just how passionate she was about it. She owns everything she does and says and she only made me more proud at every turn of the page.
Then we have our love interest, Matt, a former fighter and now owner of his own gym. He has a heart of gold but of course, those are the characters that have had it the most rough in life. My heart broke a million times over him and there were many times where I wanted to replace Kacey and rewrite his entire life so he could be happy 24/7 lol. I also kind of wanted to steal him away from Mia…
Anyway, we get both of their POV’s and them together was nothing short of perfection. I was rooting so hard for them that it literally felt like my happiness relied on it. They both dealt with issues that nobody should deal with but only made them that much stronger. They have come a long way since I first met them and I couldn’t be any more proud!
And that’s exactly why I love Kacey to death. No pun intended. Her novels are always hilarious and steamy to the max but they also tackle extremely serious matters that enhance the characters that much more.
This is where I mention a side character that would have absolutely stolen the limelight if I didn’t like Mia and Matt so much. His name is Jared!!!! He’s Mia’s best friend who always had me at the brink of tears because I was laughing so hard at everything that came out of his mouth. I only hope I can meet a friend like him (and a Matt) someday.
The only criticism I have for this book was that the last time jump kind of left me feeling robbed. I won’t go into detail because of spoilers, but that’s why this isn’t a 5 star read. Nevertheless, I will recommend this to ever Game of Thrones and zombie lover out there! This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

4/5 stars!

Manga Review: Goth by Otsuichi!

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Since this is my first manga read/review OF ALL TIME, I decided to make a special rating system for every one from here on out. My ratings for them will be the middle ground between the art style and the story line. I will be reviewing paranormal/horror manga exclusively until further notice and I’m super excited about it! I’ve been meaning to start reading manga for EVER and I’m glad that I finally had the opportunity to start now!
Cover: 4/5
Art style: 5/5
Story line: 3.5/5
This manga was recommended to me by an amazing lovely gal over on Instagram! As soon as I heard the title, I was in 1,000%. This manga is about two high school students, a boy and a girl, that are extremely fascinated by murder; Borderline inspired by it. One day, they find a notebook that belongs to an infamous murderer and the story takes off from there. They always find themselves in the middle of some twisted crime scenes.
I loved the darkness that oozed from every word. As someone who watches Investigation Discovery almost religiously, it’s no surprise that I was super intrigued by the different crimes in this book.
I’m giving this 3.7 stars since I loved the genre and premise, but I found myself confused by the timeline. I felt like some key parts/explanations were missing in order for me to grasp the story better. I’m sure that I should’ve read the actually novel before the manga but no harm done. I am trying to get my hands on the novel next week!
Also, this was adapted as a film and I will most definitely be watching it ASAP!
I don’t recommend this to readers under 18.
3.75/5 stars!

 

Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust!

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*ARC provided by Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review*
“There are worst things in the world to be than delicate.
If you’re delicate, it means no one has tried to break you.”
I’m sad to say that I hadn’t heard about this book until it literally landed on my doorstep. (Thank you Faltiron Books for that!) As soon as I saw the cover, I was immensely intrigued and after finding out that it was a Snow White retelling, I had to start it right then and there! I’ve never read a retelling that wasn’t Beauty and the Beast and I was super excited to expand my horizons!
This story follows 15 year-old Lynet, a young princess with an unusual upbringing, and her step-mother, Mina, who is hiding a dark secret. Only one of them is meant to be Queen and we follow them as their stories take a turn in order to make that happen. Both of these girls/women stole my heart almost immediately. I could never choose between the two even as they turned on each other but I’ve no regrets about it. Both of them led such difficult lives that I was heartbroken for them at every turn of the page. I just wanted to reach into the pages and console them, let them know they had a devoted friend in me. But alas, I couldn’t.
The characters in this novel were well written and complex, just as I love them. I loved how this wasn’t true just about the main characters but side ones too. Each one had absolutely intriguing character developments and I was kept on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how (and if) they would all make it to the end. Don’t get me wrong, just because I was interested in their development, that didn’t mean I liked the characters themselves. I absolutely loved Lynet and Mina but everyone else was despicable, in my opinion. They sparked a lot of hatred deep within me that only an incredible writer is able to do.
“Her beauty was merely a shell, and a shell was always in danger of cracking.”
This book was like nothing I’ve read before. I’ve only read books that follow a romantic couple but this was the first book I read that follows a girl and her step mom. We get both of their POV’s throughout interchanging chapters taking place in both present and past events. I was massively impressed by Melissa since this was her debut novel and if I hadn’t read that on her bio, I would’ve never believed it!
This book pulled at my heartstrings so many times that I lost count. Pretty sure I was busting out tears more often than not. It had many amazing quotes scattered throughout the pages so I had difficulty choosing just one… So I chose three.
Oh, and last but not least, this book deserves INFINITE kudos since it incorporates the LGBTQ+ community in a beautiful manner. Not only is this a unique take on a classic tale, but it’s also diverse in a deliciously subtle way. I’m glad to say that this book left me fulfilled and I can’t wait to read more by Melissa! I thoroughly enjoyed being inside her mind and witnessing this incredible storyline through her eyes. I can’t wait to own the finished copy of this beauty because it’s so shiny!
“Mina would have embraced her then, this girl whose heart was so strong and so full that it could beat for the both of them.”

5/5 stars!

 

Cover Reveal: The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova!

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For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know how OBSESSED I am with The Alchemists of Loom series by Elise Kova, right?!

As a matter of fact, I’ve been to both of her signings for the previous 2 books in the series and almost nothing beats those experiences. Elise Kova is my favorite author of all time and it’s always a great pleasure that I can say I’ve met her twice! I only mention this because at the Dragons of Nova signing, I had the opportunity to tell her that DoN is BY FAR my favorite book by her yet. Don’t get me wrong, her Air Awaken series will ALWAYS hold a very special and dear part of my soul, but that series limited my Queen. Which isn’t something I can say about TAoL! She brings it 10000% and we can all tell just how much she puts into every single word. If you haven’t read the previous two books, then please refrain from reading the synopsis for The Rebels of Gold because of SPOILERS! But, don’t worry, I will include the synopsis for the first book further along this post!

So without further ado, the moment I’ve all been waiting for!!!

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Cover by: Nick D. Grey

This cover features our baby Florence all grown up!!!! The cover for The Alchemists of Loom features Arianna and The Dragons of Nova features the love of my life, Cvareh!!! I was excited to see that my wishes came true about seeing Florence in a cover for this last installment. She has gone through such an ordeal since the first book which I know is only the beginning. I can’t wait to see her character evolve even more as I am cheering in the front lines!


Book 3: The Rebels of Gold

SYNOPSIS:

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A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

This is the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, THE REBELS OF GOLD will reveal the fate of Loom’s brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.


Pre-order links for

THE REBELS OF GOLD:

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Book 1: The Alchemists of Loom

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Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

[My review]


Book 2: Dragons of Nova

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Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

[My review]


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media.

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