January Wrap Up Ramble

Heya guys, I am starting off 2018 strong, so I’m going to start writing blog posts on a regular basis. I hope I do anyway. So, without further ado, let’s talk about what I read in January. I have been dealing with some bad slumps recently. My adult life gets in the way of reading, but I did manage to read four books this month. I started off the month with Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I loved this book with a burning passion, it has everything I want from a book about super heroes. It has tension and conflict and a tiny bit of romance. It was a literary work of art, in my opinion, it freed me from the horrible slump of life. Renegades kicked off my reading year with a bang. The second book I read this year was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, which was the perfect book to keep the ball rolling with. I love Holly Black, I have loved her writing since I started reading as a young girl. I love her writing even more when it is about the Fairy Folk. Holly Black has this way of writing them that perfectly balanced the dark, twisted, cruel aspects with everything beautiful and magical about The Folk. It makes them live up to the expectations the fairy stories of my youth left me with. I loved The Cruel Prince as well. My third book of the month was Undertow by Michael Buckley, which was one of my favorite books when I was younger. Reading it now, it was kind of a letdown. The characters didn’t have much depth, they all were a disappointment in my opinion. The plot of the book sounds fascinating, but reading it there is just this lack of content, like so much more could have been done with the concept that was left out. I really wanted to love Undertow as much as I did in my youth, but the spark just wasn’t there. It left me dissatisfied. Luckily, my fourth and final book of the month did not disappoint. I finished off the month with The Valiant by Lesley Livingston. I was pulled back into my love of books, the kind of book that makes you want to stay up all night reading, the kind of book that makes me fall in love with reading all over again. The Valiant had powerful female characters that were kick ass and stunningly written. I almost wanted to call in sick to work to spend the day finishing this book. It was a great end to my month, and hopefully a sign of a great reading year to come.

At the end of every month I like to say that I have a TBR for the upcoming month. I almost never stick to my TBR, but it makes me feel better to have a rough list. So here we go with that little goal of mine.

Raging Sea by Michael Buckley. It is the sequel to Undertow and I’m hoping that maybe the series improves for me in this book, so I’m giving it a shot.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I want to read this book so badly; the cover is stunning, and it sounds intriguing.

Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore: I love the cover of these books as well and I’ve hear really great things about the series.

As we all are aware by this point, as I talk about it all the time, I am incredibly busy; so, I’m only putting four books on my tbr for each month. There is always hope that I read more, but I can’t make promises. I never keep my promises.

That is all I have for now, hopefully I will post again soon. Fingers cross and have a wonderful reading month my loves.

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Kaya Reviews: Renegades

Synopsys:
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

My Review: It’s no secret to anyone in my household and all my friends that I think this book is a work of art. I know I say that about almost every book I read, I find it hard to hate any literature, but this one was truly marvelous. Not only is it gripping from page one, but it blurs the lines between good and evil in a way I find fantastic. Marissa Meyer writes with wit and beauty. She manages to create a cast of characters that come alive in my mind, they are diverse and relatable. She manages to create a world of make believe that I wish I could dive into.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is the internal struggles that Nova faces throughout the novel. Meyer brings an aspect of nature verses nurture into her novel through this character. Nova faces the conflict of her upbringing against what she feels in her gut she should do. I always find books more enjoyable to read when the conflicts of the main characters appeal to me. When I can relate to what they are feeling. Nova is torn between her ‘family’ and her drive to do what is right. The paths that are laid out in front of her both have perils of their own, much like life does for us; though we don’t have the added stress of super powers on top of that.

I also adored this book because the superheroes, they aren’t entirely in the right and the villains aren’t entirely in the wrong. There is this greyscale in which both sides have ups and downs in their plans for the city. It makes everything more believable, that the lines between good and bad aren’t 100% clear. When is life ever as simple as good verses evil? It never is.

I fell in love with this book and devoured it in barely two days. I wanted to spend ever day laying in bed reading, unfortunately work and school got in the way of that plan. I did devour as much as I could every day. It was the first book I read in 2018 and I think it was the perfect way to start my reading year. I cannot praise it enough. Please, go pick it up and find out for yourself how great it is. Happy reading to you all

Once Upon a Time,

Once upon a time, there was a book blogger. This blogger did everything a bookworm should; she read, she drank insane amount of both tea and coffee, and she updated her Insta and her Tumblr. She did practically everything…. but write a blog post. Months and months went by and she still neglected to update her blog. Honestly, she was a mess. Until one day, late in the afternoon in November, she decided to write a post (you see, she either had to do that or fake her own death) to apologize for her absence.

Hey guys! I’m alive! I survived my first final today and honestly, I think I’m floating on the high of that, which is what inspired me to write. I should be studying for my other finals, but if you’ve learned anything here, it’s that I’m the procrastination queen. I wouldn’t be shocked if my next post after this one would be my end of year wrap up. Wow, can you believe it’s been a year since I started this hot mess? I can’t, but that’s probably because I. Never. Fucking. Post.

So, I figured I’d drop some life updates for you along with my December TBR list (even though my dumb ass never sticks to those things). First off, nanowrimo. If any of you have ever participated in that mess, you understand the panic and frantic word sprints that accompany it. I’ve already pointed out that I am the queen of procrastination. So, I went into this nanowrimo with no planning, no plot, not even a vague outline. I still have at least 20,000 words to write by Thursday. It’s not looking bright. I have, however, done what I think is some of my best writing in my caffeine fueled nano panic. I could just be hallucinating from sleeplessness and caffeine overdose. I certainly hope not. I know it’s a lame excuse, and my neglect of this blog started way before November, but it’s part of my excuse.

So, what else is new? I’m coming to the end of the first semester of my third year of college (I’m getting old). I’m sure many of you can understand the stress that comes along with that. The full panic of finals is hitting me hard and my procrastination habits haven’t been helpful there. I am a little ball of stress and caffeine. I am not looking forward to the post-finals crash. I’ll probably crawl into a hole and sleep for a few weeks. On top of that, I have other wonderful adult responsivities, like working. I’m slowly learning to juggle all this real-life B.S with my other habits, but it’s taking time. Honestly, I want to spend 100% of my time curled up with my books and my cat. Being an adult is the worst thing I’ve ever been forced into.

Fortunately, winter break is within reach. I can knock out my December tbr, relax, catch up on sleep, it’s going to be beautiful. So, without further ado , here is my December tbr list!

~December’s TBR~

Now I Rise by Kiersten White: I finally got my hands on the sequel to And I Darken and I cannot wait to dive into it. I am a sucker for proud, powerful women and Lada Dracul is without a doubt both proud and powerful.

History is all you Left Me by Adam Silvera: I have only heard great things about his writing and I read my first Silvera book in October and it broke me into a million pieces. I’m almost afraid to read History is all you Left Me thanks to that. I’m not ready for another heart break.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: This is another book that I have heard great things about. I also heard that it would make me laugh hysterically and cry my eyes out. What more could you want from a book? I am excited to jump into this gorgeous book.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater: I am so excited for this book because Maggie is my favorite author of all time. I adore her writing style. She could write a narrative of bread rising and I would buy it and read it. I love how magical she makes everything, it’s enchanting.

That’s actually it for my December tbr. I did say I needed some time to relax and I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I have a bad habit of doing so. Anyway, my lovelies, thanks for reading this update about life and all my adult struggles. I hope you all are having a better go at it than I am. Happy holidays to you all!

 

Kaya Reviews: Our Dark Duet

Synopsis: THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

My Rating:

5/5 stars

My Review:

Schwab never fails to bring me out of reading slumps with her novels. Her world building, her characters, the drama, it’s all electric and it pulls me into the book in a heartbeat. Our Dark Duet was on my list of most anticipated books of 2017. I was not let down.

Schwab’s characters always steal my heart, even the most despicable of them. Schwab has a way of writing evil that almost makes it irresistible. It is another reason why I love her novels so deeply.

One of my favorite characters that Schwab has created is Kate Harker. I love how badass she is even after all the pain she has faced. Kate Harker is the type of female character we need more representation of. Someone strong in the face of adversity, loyal to a fault, but still soft enough to care about others. Schwab has her develop beautifully through This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet. She creates a strong, complex character that makes me wish that she could be real.

Schwab’s development of August Flynn during Our Dark Duet blew me away as well. The changes that we see in August’s character between This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet is so gritty and realistic it’s almost painful. He becomes the leader he must be to win a war, and in the process, must make sacrifices. Reading about the emotional toll this takes on August makes his character more relatable in general. Reading about the challenges he faces and the internal battles he has makes you really feel for August. In general, it is brilliant character development on Schwab’s part.

The heart gripping, wild ride that Our Dark Duet was still has me reeling. From the first page Schwab managed to trap you in the web of characters and their stories. She builds on the drama and suspense of This Savage Song beautifully and keeps you just as enraptured at the first novel did. Reading about the characters struggles both with the war and their internal demons is one of the driving forces of Our Dark Duet. The world Schwab creates adds to the beauty of her novel. She never fails to create a unique world that is beautiful and captivating. Verity city is the perfect setting for this gritty, dark novel. It couldn’t be more perfect.

Reading this book took me longer than I wish it had, life unfortunately got in the way, but when I did have time to read I devoured every word. Schwab is so good at building that tension that leaves you hanging on every word. There is the drama wild anticipation that something is going to happen. That things are brewing and ready to erupt. That keeps you hooked. Schwab is good at that, keeping you hooked in her words. It is the type of writing I aspire to do someday.

I’m Not Dead, Just Fed Up.

Ah yes, the chaos of life, the chaos of finals, and the chaos of the community. Those are my three excuses for not being active here. I’ve been reading, I’ve been writing, I apologize for neglecting my blogging. The thing is, every time I think about making a post, it turns into a rant about the way the bookish community had been acting and all the bullying I’ve seen happen. That is a rant I have posted before. I’m sure no one wants to hear it again. So, staring with this month, June, I will get back to writing reviews. I solemnly swear and cross my heart. I shall start with my TBR in for the month of June.

TBR

  • First off, my current read, Gemina. I’ve put this book off for so long. I’m proud of myself for finally getting around the reading it. I deserve a gold star.
  • P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han: I just finished To All the Boys I’ve loved before, it was adorable. I normally don’t read contemporaries, but this series has caught my heart.
  • Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon: This is my most anticipated read in June. I am super pumped about this book.
  • Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: I’ve heard really great things about this book as well. It’s been sitting on my shelf forever. I think it’s finally time to pick it up.

Drum roll, here comes the title of the final book I want to read in June….

  • The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon: I loved the Bone Season. I cried through parts of The Mime Order. I need to finally read The Song Rising.

Wish me luck on my reading adventure through the month of June. Best of reading to all you. Have a lovely summer!

Kaya Reviews: We Are Okay

There are books that make you emotional, then there are books that make your soul feel like its been rubbed raw. We Are Okay was one of those books. I don’t know if it was because I could relate so strongly to Marin’s grief or because of the beautiful writing, but this novel touched me in a way very few books have done before. Nina LaCour’s writing is so beautifully breath taking and captivating. I was swept into this story and carried away into Marin’s life. We Are Okay took me on an emotional roller-coaster that I was not prepared for, but that I am glad I did not miss out on.

4 out of 5 stars 

Synopsis (Goodreads)

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart

My Review

Nina LaCour’s characters are complex and captivating. She did a brilliant job building the layers of grief that surround them. I could feel their emotional pain as I was reading this novel. As someone who has lost loved ones and dealt with grief I was very impressed with the way in which LaCour captured it. True grief is a hard emotion to put into words without it coming across as superficial. This novel did a wonderful job of creating true grief throughout the development of the plot and characters.

LaCour’s main character, Marin, was so beautifully written and developed during the novel. I related to her so strongly, the pain and hardship she faced. What Marin did, creating a new life for herself away from the loss she suffered, is what I tried to do as well when I left for college. I could feel her need to leave it all behind, to be fresh and new while at the same time being faced with the ghosts of her past. Marin is one of those characters that you can feel deep in your soul. You feel that connection, that struggle; that is what makes a brilliant character.

Discovering Marin’s story during the novel kept me so hooked into this book. The more you read the more in depth and complex her character became. Discovering all the people she loved, the people she lost, and the connections she had to her old life was so touching. There are so many little details that go into developing Marin, you can really see her as a person, someone you may pass on the street. Her character is so complex it’s hard to remember that she is just words on a page. The emotions are so raw and real that you want to believe there is someone out there feeling them just as you read them.

The characters surrounding Marin help build her development and depth as well. The love she has for her best friend and ex-lover is raw and powerful, there is still a bond between the two after all they have faced. Marin’s relationship with her grandfather is the driving force of the novel, and reading about that development keeps you on the edge of your seat. You want to know what happened between them. You need to know, even though it will break your heart. These characters were so real to me, I never wanted this novel to end.

One of the best parts of this novel, in my opinion, is that it is one of those books that leaves you absolutely destroyed when you finish in. You’ve felt all the emotions, read the story of the characters, and now you’re sobbing at midnight face down in your pillow. For a while they were part of your life. You related to the struggles they faced. It was real while you were between those pages. The ending is the most heart-breaking part. Is Marin healing? Will she ever recover from the loss she feels? Those are the questions that you are left with in the end. Will it really all be okay?

Kaya Reviews: Wolf by Wolf

Wolf by Wolf was the first book I read in March and I believe it is the book that has pulled me out of my horrible reading slump. I loved Wolf by Wolf, it was original and stunning. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book ASAP.

Synopsis

Her story begins on a train.

 

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

 

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.

 

But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

 

My Review

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 stars

First of, let me say that this is one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. I loved the how original the plot of Wolf by Wolf was. It was a refreshing change from some of the novels I have read recently. Ryan Graudin’s plot is incredible.

I loved Yael’s character throughout the novel. I love how Yael has developed throughout the novel, how it shows her growing and changing. Yael’s determination to make things right for her family and the people who helped shape her is so admirable. This is a beautiful character who has faced pain and loss and comes out stronger in the end. Yeet she never forgets, she carries the loss with her and uses it to strengthen herself. What I love even more about Yael is that after all she has been through, she is reluctant to take a life. She wants to complete her mission with as few casualties as possible. Yael has faced so much loss, and knows that she will possibly face more in the future, but it has not destroyed her conscience. It tears her up inside when she accidentally causes the death of another racer. I love that Yael is still has caring for others, that her hardship hasn’t turned her cruel.

This entire novel entrapped me from beginning to end. I was caught up in Yael’s journey during the race. The bonds she forms with Adele’s brother and ex-lover while she was disguised as Adele was one of my favorite parts of the novel. Her struggle to keep up the guise of being Adele while facing people who knew Adele so well was brilliant. I loved reading about Yael tackling every bump in the road head on. I feel like she is the type of character we should all wish to be like. Still kind even though she was faced loss, determined, and brave.

I would recommend Wolf by Wolf to anyone looking for a unique book that is fast paced and full of adventure. I am so glad to finally be out of my reading slump. Hopefully I’ll make my goal for this month. Happy reading to you all! 😄

February Wrap Up and March TBR

I feel like 2017 has been the year of horrible reading slumps. My life has been busy, my job has been insane, and school just wipes me out. Adulting is ruining my life and I hate it. The few books I did read this month were amazing though. I just wish I had read more.

I did manage to finish Windwitch, during the last week of the month, even though it was the first book I started in March. I really loved Windwitch, but for some reason I couldn’t get into this novel. I kept having to take breaks to read other novels. To be honest with myself, I’m proud I managed to finish Windwitch as it was one of the few books I read this month. I highly recommend Truthwitch and Windwitch to anyone who is a fan of fantasy novels. I was hooked through most of the series.

Besides Windwitch I started to read an old favorite series of mine that never fails to end reading slumps…. except for this one. I started re-reading The Heroes of Olympus series. These books bring me back to my younger days when I was carefree and had hours to read. I have so much love for Rick Riordan’s characters, they bring me back to afternoons I spent reading with my younger brother. We used to take turns reading chapters to each other and making up funny voices for the characters. The books are just so nostalgic for me, I love every minute of them.

My short break back into the world of Percy Jackson did motivate me to read more in my down time. I picked up Wintersong next, and as we know, I had mixed emotions about this novel. I equal parts loved and loathed it. I wish I had loved it completely, but I can’t say that I did. I loved the concept of the novel which is what kept me hooked and reading, but it took me longer to read than I wanted it to. That did set me back in my reading goal for the month.

The next book I read was A Conjuring of Light, the conclusion to one of my favorite series ever. I sat in the window staring at the driveway waiting for the mailman to bring me this book. I was so excited. The second I got my hands on A Conjuring of Light I sat down and read it in a day. Once again, I highly recommend this series to anyone who is fond of fantasy. V. E. Schwab builds a beautiful vibrant world and characters that steal your heart. A Conjuring of Light is my favorite novel I read this month. It’s my number one book of the year so far. I cannot gush enough about this series. I could talk forever about how much I love them, start to finish.

The last book I read this month was Caraval, and all I have to say is wow. I loved this book too. The world, the characters, the concept. I was hooked from the beginning. If you were a fan of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern then I definitely recommend that you go pick up a copy of Caraval. This book was magical and gripping. I was sucked into a world of mystery and magic. Caraval was vibrant and beautiful. I do not have a single complaint about this book. Maybe it will break my book slump.

Once again I have to state that I never stick to a to be read list. It is a horrible habit of mine. I normally read whatever strikes my fancy at the time. However there are a few books that I definitely want to read this month. I’ve already started reading Wolf by Wolf, which will be the first book of the month. Without further ado, here a a few of the other books I’m planning to read.

March To Be Read

Daughter of the Pirate King by  Tricia Levenseller

Wayfarer y Alexandra Bracken

The Song Rising By Samantha Shannon

Norse Gods By Neil Gaiman

Kaya Reviews: Wintersong

I went into this book already in love with the concept of it and wanting to love every part of it. Unfortunately this was not true, though Wintersong was a wonderful novel there were part of it that I did not enjoy. I suppose that this novel was slower than I wanted it to be. There were parts that bored me and made it difficult for me to get through this novel. Overall though, I did find it to be an interesting novel.

 

Goodreads Synopsis

 

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

 

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

 

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

 

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

 

My Review

🌟🌟🌟 and a half out of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 stars

 

I loved Liesl as a character, I love how she has given everything up for her siblings. She gave her music up in favor of her little brother and she gave the man she desired up for her sister. More than that though, I love how she can still love her siblings after being overshadowed by them her entire life. Lisel is a selfless character to the point of being kind of flat in personality. It was really the only flaw I had with her. Liesl’s entire personality was build on love of her siblings and her devotion to her family. I really wish that the book would have discusses Liesl’s past more, it seemed like the most interesting part of her character.

It took me a long time to get through the first part of the book, up until Liesl was taken into the underground. I found most of it dull. Wintersong picked up once Liesl went into the Underground after her sister. The Goblin King was by far my favorite character. He was complex and captivating. There were so many layers to his character it made Liesl pale even more in comparison.The Goblin King is such a beautifully tragic character and the more the book relives the greater he becomes.

Together Lisel and the Goblin King flourish. The parts of the book where they are together were the best parts. Liesl’s character does develope a little more during these periods, but it still focuses around her family and music. She longs for her family while she is being held in the underground. Lisel seems to be a character that cannot be selfish, she wants to be with her family even though they never gave her what she needed to flourish. The Goblin King does all that for her, he loves her even, and still she wishes to leave. He understands that as well, the Goblin King is willing to let Liesl go, even though he has come to love her. That was the most heartbreaking part of the novel, that the Goblin King is willing to let Liesl go when he knows they will not be together again. That in the end he lets her go, breaking his own heart.

Overall, though some parts bored me, the ending of Wintersong broke my heart. This book wasn’t everything I wanted it to be, but it was still good.

Kaya Talks

I didn’t read nearly as much as I had hoped I would in January. Life just gets really busy sometimes and spirals out of control. I also ran into a horrible reading slump in the middle of the month that really slowed me down.

I started out the year finishing up the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which I loved so much. I discussed these books in a previous review and how much I enjoyed the series as a whole. It was the perfect start to my reading year, I breezed through the Mara Dyer Trilogy.

My second read of the year, and one of my all time favorite books, was Titans by Victoria Scott. I loved this Titans. I suppose it spoke to me as someone who grew up with horses, racing, and the draw of the speed and danger of horse racing. I read Titans in one sitting and I will never regret doing so. This book jumped up my list of all time favorite books, it’s right up there with Six of Crows and The Raven Boys in my opinion. Unfortunately, in the way that many great books do, it sent me spinning into a reading slump.

I didn’t read much of anything until the end of the month. The book that finally pulled me out of my slump was Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson. I went into Vinyl expecting it to be just like every other Dystopian novel I’ve ever read, and was pleasantly surprised to find out how much I enjoyed it. Vinyl is similar to the other Dystopian novels out there. Dystopian fiction is hard to make completely unique,the Dystopian genre has a baseline plot already associated with the story line; dictating government, oppressed lower class, untouchable upper class, and a rebel movement. Vinyl was riveting though, there were themes in the novel that made it unique and gripping. Once I got into the novel I couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good Dystopian read.

Shortly after I finished Vinyl I jumped into The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis and all I can saw is, wow. This book shook me so much, it broke my heart in a million places and left me bawling my eyes out at four in the morning. I wrote a stunning review for this novel as well. I found it unique and almost unconventional in many parts of the voel. This book challenges the guidelines that society sets for us in a beautiful way. I will carry The Female of the Species with me forever. It has a special place in my heart.

I finished off my reading month with Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. It took me an embarrassing long time to get into this novel. I spent almost two weeks trying to get through the first half. After that though, I sat down and finished in an afternoon. Truthwitch was the perfect high fantasy novel to end my month with. It left me craving adventure and ready to dive into Windwitch to kick off February.

Now, I try and make a TBR pile for every month, but I fail to stick with my list. I can give you a quick guideline of what I’m hoping to read this month. I cannot make any promises though. Happy reading to you all!

February TBR 

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Heartless by Marissa Meyer