Night of the Dragon – Blog Tour

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Hey, hey guess what’s back!! I’m doing blog tours again! It was a nice little break between tours, but I sure did miss them. I kind of overwhelmed myself a little bit over the Fall/Winter with signing up for more tours than I realized, but I made it through them and am trying to limit myself to 2-3 a month now. I was super excited to get the chance to join the tour for Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julie Kagawa. I read the first book, Shadow of the Fox, in 2018 and instantly fell in love. I am about halfway through the 2nd book currently, Sould of the Sword, and am smitten. Stay tuned for my Review of Night of the Dragon in the next couple days (hoping to finish by the weekend). Until then, I’m so excited to share some more information with you and if you like Japanese culture and folklore such as kitsune (fox spirits) and samurai then this YA Fantasy series is PERFECT for you.

***SPOLIER ALERT*** If you have not read either of the first two books in this Trilogy then please read the rest of this post at your own risk as it may give spoilers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!! 🙂

Night of the Dragon (Series: Shadow of the Fox)

by Julie Kagawa

On Sale: Mar 31, 2020 

Inkyard Press

Young Adult Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural, Young Adult Fantasy

9781335146786; 1335146784

$19.99 USD

 368 pages

About the Book

All is lost.

To save everyone she loves from imminent death, kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko gave up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must make one desperate final effort to stop the Master of Demons from using the scroll to call the Great Kami Dragon and make the wish that will plunge the empire into chaos.

Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko to stop a madman, and to separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.

But even with their combined skills and powers, this unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed…until now.

About the author

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, Talon, and Shadow of the Fox series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two obnoxious cats, and a pair of Australian Shepherds that have more Instagram followers than she does.

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Excerpted from Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa. © 2020 by Julie Kagawa, used with permission by Inkyard Press.

One thousand years ago

In the long years of his existence, the number of times he had been summoned from Jigoku could be counted on one claw.

Other demon lords had been summoned before. Yaburama. Akumu. The oni lords were too powerful not to have some en-terprising blood mage attempt a contract with them, though such rituals often ended badly for the arrogant human who thought they could enslave an oni lord. The four of them were, admit-tedly, a proud bunch, and did not take kindly to an insignificant mortal attempting to bend them to their will. They humored the blood mage long enough to hear what the human was offering, and if it did not interest them, or if the mage foolishly tried to assert dominance, they would rip him apart and do what they pleased in the mortal realm until they were sent back to Jigoku.

It had always amused Hakaimono when a mortal tried to summon him. Especially that moment when they gazed upon him for the first time and fully realized what they had done.

Narrowing his eyes, he gazed around, peering through smoke and ignoring the brief feeling of vertigo that always accompanied being dragged from Jigoku into the mortal realm. A growl of murderous annoyance rumbled in his throat. Already, he was not in the best of moods. Akumu had been scheming again, trying to weaken Hakaimono’s forces behind his back, and he had been on his way to deal with the devious Third General when black fire had erupted over his skin, words of blood magic echoing in his head as he abruptly found himself in the mortal realm. Now he stood in the center of a ruin, broken walls and shattered pillars surrounding him, the scent of death thick on the air, and contemplated squeezing the head of the mage responsible until it popped like an egg in his claws.

The stones under his feet were sticky and had a sweet, coppery smell he recognized instantly. Lines of blood had been painted over the ground in a familiar circle, with words and sigils of power woven in a complex pattern. A summoning circle, and a powerful one at that. Whomever the blood mage was, they had done their research. Though it wouldn’t save them in the end.


The First Oni looked down. A woman stood at the edge of the blood circle, black robes and long hair seeming to blend into the shadows. She clutched a knife in slender fingers, her pale arm covered in red to the elbow.

A chuckle escaped him. “Well, don’t I feel important,” he said, crouching down to better see the woman. She gazed coolly back. “Summoned by the immortal shadow herself. I am curious, however.” He raised a talon, watching the human over curved black claws the length of her arm. “If you rip off an immortal’s head, do you think it will die?”

“You will not kill me, First Oni.” The woman’s voice was neither amused nor afraid, though the certainty in it made him smirk. “I am not so foolish as to attempt a binding, nor will I ask much of you. I have but a single request, and after that, you are free to do what you like.”

“Oh?” Hakaimono chuckled, but admittedly, he was curi-ous. Only the very desperate, foolish or powerful called on one of the four oni generals, and only for the most ambitious of re-quests. Like destroying a castle, or wiping out an entire gen-eration. The risk was too great for anything less. “Let’s hear it then, human,” he prompted. “What is this one task you would have me undertake?”

“I need you to bring me the Dragon scroll.”

Hakaimono sighed. Of course. He had forgotten it was that time again in the mortal world. When the great scaly one him-self would rise to grant a wish to an insignificant, short-lived human. “You disappoint me, mortal,” he growled. “I am not a hound that fetches upon command. You could have gotten the amanjaku to retrieve the scroll for you, or one of your own human warrior pets. I have been called on to slaughter armies and tear strongholds to dust. Fetching the Dragon’s Prayer is not worth my time.”

“This is different.” The woman’s voice was as unruffled as ever. If she knew she was in danger of being ripped apart and devoured by an annoyed First Oni, she did not show it. “I have already sent my strongest champion to retrieve the scroll, but I fear he has betrayed me. He wants the power of the Dragon scroll for himself, and I cannot let the Wish slip away now. You must find him and take back the scroll.”

“One human?” Hakaimono curled a lip. “Not much of a challenge.”

“You do not know Kage Hirotaka,” the woman said quietly. “He is the greatest warrior the Empire of Iwagoto has seen in a thousand years. He is kami-touched, but also trained in the way of the samurai. His talents with both blade and magic are so great, the emperor himself praised his achievements. He has killed men, yokai and demons in waves, and will be perhaps the single greatest opponent you have ever faced, Hakaimono.” “I very seriously doubt that.” The First Oni felt a smirk cross his face as he breathed in the blood-scented air. “But now, I’m intrigued. Let’s see if this champion of shadow is as good as you say. Where can I find this demonslaying human?” “Hirotaka’s estate lies outside a village called Koyama, ten miles from the eastern border of Kage territory,” the woman re-plied. “It’s not hard to find, but it is rather isolated. Aside from Hirotaka’s men and servants, you won’t be opposed. Find Hi-rotaka, kill him and bring the scroll to me. Oh, and one more thing.” She raised the knife, observing the bloody, glittering edge. “I cannot have anyone suspecting me of blood magic. Not now, when the night of the Wish is so close.” Her black eyes rose to his, narrowing sharply. “There can be no witnesses, Hakaimono. No survivors. Kill everyone there.”

“I can do that.” A slow grin spread across the oni’s face, and his eyes gleamed red with bloodlust. “This will be fun.”

He would come to regret those words more than any other in his existence.

I am so beyond excited to read the final book in the trilogy and give you a full review of all three books. It’s hard to review a book that is middle or last of a trilogy or series, because you don’t want to give away spoilers or plot points. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

Upcoming Tours:

  • 5/5 The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill MIRA Books Tour
  • 5/8 Disenchantment by Brianna Sugalski Parliament House Tour
  • 5/27 Sister Dear by Hannah Mary MCKinnon MIRA Books Tour
  • 6/18 That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson MIRA Books Tour
  • 6/23 Wire Wings by Wren Handman Parliament House Tour
  • 7/2 She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway Graydon House Tour
  • 7/14 The Storyteller’s Daughter by Victoria McCombs Parliament House Tour
  • 7/28 The Hollow Gods by A.J. Vrana Parliament House Tour

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Hollywood Park – Review

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Hey everyone! Welcome back and I hope you are doing well. I’m here with a review of a riveting memoir about the story of Mikel Jollett and how he spent time living in the Cult known as Synanon from 6 months of age to about 5 or 6 years. Thank you to Celadon Books for sending me an Advanced copy of Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollet. I love how the books I receive from Celadon always push me to read outside my normal boundaries and always pleasantly surprise me.


HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

We were never young. We were just too afraid of ourselves. No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went. They would arrive like ghosts, visiting us for a morning, an afternoon. They would sit with us or walk around the grounds, to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed. Then they’d disappear again, for weeks, for months, for years, leaving us alone with our memories and dreams, our questions and confusion. …

So begins Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir. His story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults. Per the leader’s mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old, and handed over to the cult’s “School.” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother. But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.

In his raw, poetic and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency and the lure of drugs and alcohol. Raised by a clinically depressed mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.

Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.

My Review– I have to say that I never felt such a roller coaster of emotions with a book before I read Hollywood Park. Sure I’ve cried a few times or gotten angry or laughed with books, but not in the way that I was invested with this book. It was shocking to me that Mikel’s parents were ok with how he was raised, that they didn’t think it was wrong. My heart broke for him when it became clear that he though it was a little boy’s job to take care of his mother, when realistically it is supposed to be the other way around. Everything he went through, the deeply depressed mother and rough around the edges father, drugs, loss, coming of age…. all of it was expressed in such a poetic way that it made you feel. I felt like I experienced it all with Mikel, yet I was sitting on my couch in the safety of my own home in the year 2020. I had never heard of Synanon before, but that doesn’t surprise me as I was born in September of ‘89 and don’t know much of cults and other big events outside of what was taught in a classroom or that I’ve stumbled across in serial killer documentaries. This was truly an amazing work of art! In his interview with Celadon Mikel was asked “What do you want people to take away from Hollywood Park?”, and his response was “I guess there are some fancy things I could say about emotional resonance, landscapes of the mind, and the sob in the spine of the artist-reader (that’s how Nabokov put it), but any first-time author is lying who doesn’t simply say, I really hope people like my book.”. Well Mikel, I really liked your book! So congrats, you’ve achieved that with this reader.

Thanks for stopping by for my review. As always, please let me know if you’ve read Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett and how you liked it. If you have any suggestions for books I might like based on this one, please drop them in the comments. Stay happy and stay healthy my friends.

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

March 2020 Wrap-Up

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I can’t believe March is over, slow down 2020!!! Seriously though, this year is going way too fast already. I want it to slowly roll by so I can really enjoy it. Speaking of enjoying things, I hope you are all finding some enjoyment in your days whether it be reading, binging a Netflix show, spring cleaning or time with those you live with. I know it’s scary out there in the world right now, but just know this….. we will get through this, and we’ll do it together! 💕

So I had a lot going on in March, and didn’t read as much as I expected. I transitioned from working at the office to working from home. I’m really enjoying it and am finding myself to be even more productive, but it is a weird change. I am taking breaks and taking Baxter for walks, so snuggling on the couch to catch a quick 15 minutes of reading. All in all, considering the changes I still had a solid reading month.

I read a total of 15 books in March! I had a fair mix of ebooks, audiobooks and hardcopies. I do like to sprinkle in graphic novels and audiobooks to change it up and keep things fresh, otherwise I find that I get slumpy. Interested in what I read? See the list below with star ratings. 🙂

  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Queen’s Assassin (Queen’s Secret #1) by Melissa de la Cruz ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
  • Night World by LJ Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adobe Korram ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ audiobook
  • Child of Nod (The Balance #1) by CW Snyder ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ebook
  • Daughters of Darkness (Night World #2) by LJ Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy#1) by Laura Sebastian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ audiobook
  • Dark Consort (Dark Dreamer#2) by Amber R Duell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ebook
  • Night Warden (Dark Dreamer#3) by Amber R Duell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ebook
  • Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ebook/comic
  • I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Owlcrate exclusive
  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 audiobook
  • The Simple Wild (Wild#1) by K.A. Tucker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reread
  • The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ audiobook
  • I Found You by Lisa Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 audiobook

So for Bingo I didn’t really get one, but I gave it my best! I was just glad that it pushed me to read and gave me that challenge. I was so close for 3 or 4 possible BINGOs. Oh well, I have a redemption round for April! We’re doing a Book BINGO in the Facebook group I help Admin, The Reading Corner Book Lounge. Here is the link if you want to check it out and join us,

April is a new month, and that means new reading goals!! I’ve got some pretty high reading expectations but I might be overshooting by a bit (or a lot). Who knows, I might be able to pull it off! Stay tuned for my next post coming, April 2020 TBR!! 🥳 It’ll be going up in the next day or so.

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

Review- Night Warden by Amber R Duell

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First off, I just want to rave about how amazing this trilogy is as a whole. It’s been a really long time since I needed, not wanted but needed, to binge a series. I could not wait to devour these books while, but especially Night Warden. I didn’t think it was possible for each book to be better than the one before it but they are! Amber R Duell has blown me away with The Dark Dreamer series! Never did I ever think I’d fall in love with The Sandman as a character, and yet here I have! So many of my favorite tropes are in this series such as Dark vs Light and the balance, hate to love characters, and soulmate romance. I just want to hug these books so tight to my chest and never let them go!

Description –

“The Nightmare Lord has fallen.The usurper, beaten.
Now darker forces rise.

Nora accepted her role as the Lady of Nightmares. With the Nightmare Kail at her side, she’s even managed to excel, but past mistakes refuse to stay quiet. Not only is the Weaver narrating Nora’s every move, but Mara—the Ancient that hitched a ride back to the Nightmare Realm—is intent on opening the Ever Safe. The Sandman is doing his best to plan Mara’s defeat, but secrets threaten to tear everything apart.

In the thrilling conclusion to the Dark Dreamer trilogy, Nora and the Sandman must face old friends, dead enemies, and new betrayal if they’re going to keep the Ever Safe shut. If they fail, both the Day and Night Worlds will descend into darkness. ” 

My Review- This book swallowed me heart and soul right through to the end! I never imagined the end to a trilogy could be as amazing as this one, but it really happened! The emotion and heartache between Nora and Sandman in this one caught me holding my breath during certain scenes, realizing my own heart ached too. Kail was definitely a hate to love character, and always will be! Without him this book wouldn’t be the same. I really enjoyed the personal struggle within Nora, how to deal with coming to terms with the fact The Weaver is still alive and tied to her, deal with her family, deal with Mare aka Mara, and deal with her sister being stubborn and insisting on still being in her life. I am beyond words with how much I love this book, as it’s so beautifully written and dark and romantic. This entire trilogy is a huge 5 star rating from me!!! Pick it up right now and read it!!

Please let me know if you’ve read any of these books, Dark Dreamer/Dark Consort/Night Warden, and what you thought of then! If you haven’t and they peak your interest then I highly recommend!! These were all ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reads for me!

Thanks for stopping by for another of my reviews! I’ll have some more coming soon!

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

Bingo, Reviews, and weekend TBR

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Hello friends, sorry I’ve been absent for a while. Life has been crazy, as I’m sure it is for you as well. I have since transitioned to work from home with my job, which I am incredibly grateful for!! Even though I’ve been absent I have still been reading and checking off squares on my March Book Bingo. I have a few books to give you brief reviews on, as well as a shout out for one that had it’s release day yesterday!! Get ready because I’m about to throw a lot at ya!

Book Bingo Update- I’ve 6 squares marked off! Woohoo go me!! I wish I could say I’ve read more books than that but it’s a slow month for me. Oh, I do have a 7th book to add now that I think of it. Haha I’m scatter brained today. Bingo has definitely been fun and keeping me on track as much as possible.

If you’ve been playing along please let me know which categories you’ve marked off and which books you used for them! ☺️

I do want to say Happy Belated Release Day to Child of Nod by C.W. Snyder. This gloriously dark Alice in Wonderland/Land of Nod mashup released yesterday!


“Alice wakes one day to find herself on the other side of death, in the corrupted fairy tale land of Nod. Unable to remember much of the events leading to her demise, she sets out on a journey to discover her memory and the reason for her presence in Nod. Unknown to her, the man responsible for her death, Jack, is on a mission to find her spirit and end her second life.

Alice takes flight, only to find herself drawn into the lives of those around her and the mystery permeating that place. From the humble streets of Elysium to the mirrored spires of Memoria, her journey takes her on a path that leads to a decision that will affect the fate of Nod.

Along the way, she meets a cast of characters that include a madman with a dark secret, her faithful companion, Dog, and woman made of memory. Together, they help her on her journey as she uncovers the truth of Nod and the woman behind it all, the Red Queen. “

My Review-

Child of Nod was such a unique, creative, perfectly crafted blend of Alice in Wonderland and the Land of Nod. It came with tasteful biblical references and mythological beings such as Cerberus, Cain, and a hit that served as Hansel & Gretel’s cabin, the home of Baba Yaga, etc. This is definitely a dark tale that will provoke many a thought from any reader. It has creepy elements with wraiths, wastelands and ghosts. I think my favorite part about this story was the representation of good vs evil and how it is portrayed with Alice and all of the trials she overcomes throughout the story. I will definitely think on this book long after having read it, and if you enjoy a darker read that will lead you through a rollercoaster of emotions then I highly suggest you pick this up!!

This weekend I plan to relax and get some good reading done! I spent way too much time rewatching Shadowhunters on Hulu last weekend that I lost some valuable reading time. Won’t let that happen again! What I’d like to finish is listed below.

  • I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
  • Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollet
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (another 100 pages would be nice)

What I plan to start and hopefully finish is Dark Consort (Dark Dreamer #2) and Night Warden (Dark Dreamer #3) by Amber R Duell! I also need to read (and hopefully finish Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa! Lots of reading to do but I’m so excited for it. Please let me know what you’re excited to read this weekend!

I hope everyone stays level headed and positive during this scary and difficult time. Remember to practice good hygiene and be smart with when you choose to go out in public. We don’t need to panic and freak out, but we also do my need to be flippant I will try to post fun updates as we go, in hopes to take everyone’s minds off of current events. Love you all!

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!!

March TBR & Book Bingo

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Well, if the first three days are any indication to how March is going to go for me then I desperately need this Book Bingo card I created to keep me on track!! Ok, ok I’m just kidding. I’ve started off the month strong and am on goal to finish at least 4-5 books this week. I’m really excited for my TBR this month, as I’ve planned some highly anticipated reads. I have a good mix of ARCs, library loans and books I own, so I hope to stay on track and enjoy.

I’ve started putting more effort into a more consistent posting schedule on my Instagram account, as well as creating better content and pictures. I’m excited to work on growing my presence within the book community on Instagram, and to have my book bestie Danny along for the ride with me!

Here is my main TBR, all books I own already and most are group reads for discussion with members of the Facebook group I admin.

  • Wild at Heart (Simple Wild #2) by K.A. Tucker
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morghan Rhodes
  • I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (not pictured)

I have four library books on loan that I hope to get to this month because they are 2020 releases. I’m actually about 100 pages into the first one I put on hold, and that is The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz. I am really enjoying it so far, and I feel like the story is only just getting started. I can’t wait to see what happens next, as the world with magic scrolls and a kingdom in civil unrest has me captivated!

  • The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz (currently 100 pages in)
  • Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
  • Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal
  • Wardens of Eternity by Courtney Moulton

Then…. yes, I know. You’re thinking, “my god, she plans to read more books than what she already has listed?!” Why yes, yes I do! You should know not to be surprised anymore by this. LOL!

Lastly, I have some ARCs that I plan to plow through. I’ll only list the ones that I absolutely have to read for specific dates and blog tours/reviews.

  • Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett (currently 100 pages in) – I am late for my review of this (sorry Celadon!!!) and hope to finish it by the weekend. So, review to come!
  • Child of Nod by C.W. Snyder (currently 25% through and loving it!)
  • The Hollow Gods by A.J. Vrana
  • Night if the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julie Kagawa

That makes a total of 14 books I am planning on reading for March. It’s not too big of a goal, I’ve read more than that before. I just need to stay focused and on track!! That is why I created a Book Bingo board for myself, and any of you are absolutely welcome to join me!! I plan to post weekly updates for my Book Bingo board and TBR, so if you do decide to do the Bingo with me share your updates in the comments of my posts. ☺️

Well friends, I have a lot of reading ahead of me so I’m going to wrap this post up. Let me know if you have read, or are planning to read any of the books on my TBR for March. Also let me know if you plan to join me with Book Bingo, I’d love to have you play it with me! As always, comments are welcome and appreciated!

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

Feb 2020 Wrap Up

#Febwrapup #monthlyreadingwrapup #booknerd #bookdragon #parliamentbooks #inkyardpress #celadonreads #booksarelife

Hello friends, it’s me again! Happy Saturday and last day of February, also Happy Leap Day!! I can’t believe that February is over. I feel like we just started January, yet we’re already two months into 2020. Amazing how quickly time passes! To be honest, when we started February I knew I had high reading goals for this month, and with it being a shorter month I didn’t expect to do as well as I did. I typically have a monthly expectation of reading 12 books minimum, and I feel super accomplished if I can achieve that considering I work full time and deal with chronic migraines. Whenever I am able to read more than 12 books a month I always feel like I accomplished some great achievement, like “Hello! Where is my big prize money? I’d like my cookie now.” LOL. So, with February having an extra day I feel like that gave me the extra motivation I needed to stay consistent with my goals this month. Go me!!

I am about 150 pages until the end of Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte, so there is still hope that I can squeak in one more book this month, but I’m not forcing myself. That being said, I was able to read a total of 13 books in February! Woohoo, I exceeded my goal by one whole book! Hahaha, I know….I’m a dork. I had three 5 star reads this month, six 4 star reads, and four 3 star reads. It was a fairly even balanced reading month with a decent mix of genres and Adult/YA.

5 Star Reads –

  • Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M McManus
  • Dream Keeper (1st in The Dark Dreamer Trilogy) by Amber R. Duell
  • A Curse So Dark And Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

4 Star Reads –

  • Bitter Falls (4th in Stillhouse Lake series) by Rachel Caine
  • Don’t Read The Comments by Eric Smith (eARC from Inkyard Press)
  • Day Zero by Kelly Devos (eARC from Inkyard Press)
  • Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
  • A Heart So Fierce And Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

3 Star Reads –

  • Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long (eARC from MIRA books)
  • Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin (ARC from Celadon books)
  • Trapped by Michael Northrup (met the prompt for YA Natural Disaster for 2020 Read Harder BookRiot Challenge)
  • EXO by Fonda Lee

My favorite read of February would be Dream Keeper (#1 in Dark Dreamer Trilogy) by Amber R. Duell. I discovered this book and author from following an Indie Publisher, Parliament House. I am so happy that I started following them, as they have authors who write steampunk fantasy and dark fantasy, which I absolutely love! Dream Keeper was so well thought out and featured a character I’d never read about before in a book, The Sandman. I loved the balance of good vs evil/dark vs light, and that the universe always keeps a balance. It added quality to the book, and definitely made sense with the plot twist that we get. My jaw dropped when I read it! It has an electric, slow burn romance which is one of my favorites to read, especially when it isn’t the only part of the plot line. There were moments where the description of the nightmares sent chills up my spine, and I might have looked over my shoulder a few times. This book was everything I didn’t know I needed! Obviously I highly recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t mind dark fantasy with some graphic death scenes.

Overall I had a great reading month! I’m still finding the perfect balance between ebook, audio and physical books. I think with some more experimenting I’ll figure it out, but as long as I am reading I’m happy!. Stay tuned for my January TBR post, it’s going to include a Book Bingo board that I created to keep myself motivated for March! Everyone is welcome to join me with the Bingo game, it’s such a great way to move through your TBR pile. As always, if you’ve read any of the books I’ve mentioned above, or have some recs based off of what I’ve read, please leave me a comment! 🙂

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The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet – Blog Tour


#theunwilling #netgalley #mirabooks #harlequin #fantasy #fantasybooknerd #booknerd #bloglife #bookblog

Welcome back and to the final blog tour post for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Winter 2020 tour train. As most of you know, Sci-fi and Fantasy are two of my favorite genres so this Tour was one that I really enjoyed participating in. I’m sad that it’s over, but there are plenty more to come that will be just as fun! So the final installment in this tour is The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet, which I haven’t finished but I have started and am about 15% into and really enjoying it so far! So stay tuned for a follow up post to include my review once I’ve finished. Until then, I am so excited to tell you more about this book and bring you a peak into it!



The Unwilling : A Novel 

Kelly Braffet

On Sale Date: February 11, 2020

9780778309406, 0778309401


$27.99 USD, $33.50 CAD

Fiction / Fantasy / Epic

576 pages


About the Book:

For fans of S.A. Chakraborty’s City of Brass, Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles, and George RR Martin’s The Game of Thrones, this high concept medieval/high fantasy by Kelly Braffet is a deeply immersive and penetrating tale of magic, faith and pride.

The Unwilling is the story of a young woman, born an orphan with a secret gift, who grows up trapped, thinking of herself as an afterthought, but who discovers that she does not have to be given power: she can take it. An epic tale of greed and ambition, cruelty and love, the novel is about bowing to traditions and burning them down.

For reasons that nobody knows or seems willing to discuss, Judah the Foundling was raised as siblings along with Gavin, the heir of Highfall, in the great house beyond the wall, the seat of power at the center of Lord Elban’s great empire. There is a mysterious–one might say unnatural connection–between the two, and it is both the key to Judah’s survival until this point, and now her possible undoing.

As Gavin prepares for his long-arranged marriage to Eleanor of Tiernan, and his brilliant but sickly younger brother Theron tries to avoid becoming commander of the army, Judah is left to realize that she has no actual power or position within the castle, in fact, no hope at all of ever traveling beyond the wall. Lord Elban–a man as powerful as he is cruel- has other plans for her, for all of them. She is a pawn to him and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Meanwhile, outside the wall, in the starving, desperate city, a Magus, a healer with a secret power unlike anything Highfall has seen in years is newly arrived from the provinces. He, too, has plans for the empire, and at the heart of those plans lies Judah. The girl who started off with no name and no history will be forced to discover there’s more to her story than she ever imagined.

About the Author:

Kelly Braffet is the author of the novels Save Yourself, Last Seen Leaving and Josie & Jack. Her writing has been published in The Fairy Tale Review, Post Road, and several anthologies. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. She currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, the author Owen King. A lifelong reader of speculative fiction, the idea for The Unwilling originally came to her in college; twenty years later, it’s her first fantasy novel. Visit her at


Social Links:

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Facebook: @kellybraffetfiction

Twitter: @KellyBraffet


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Excerpt – 


On the third day of the convocation, two of the Slonimi scouts killed a calf, and the herbalist’s boy wept because he’d watched the calf being born and grown to love it. His
mother stroked his hair and promised he would forget by the time the feast came, the following night. He told her he would never forget. She said, “Just wait.”

He spent all of the next day playing with the children from the other caravan; three days before, they’d all been strangers, but Slonimi children were used to making friends quickly. The group the boy and his mother traveled with had come across the desert to the south, and they found the cool air of the rocky plain a relief from the heat. The others had come from the grassy plains farther west, and were used to milder weather. While the adults traded news and maps and equipment, the children ran wild. Only one boy, from the other caravan, didn’t run or play: a pale boy, with fine features, who followed by habit a few feet behind one of the older women from the other caravan. “Derie’s apprentice,” the other children told him, and shrugged, as if there was nothing more to say. The older woman was the other group’s best Worker, with dark hair going to grizzle and gimlet eyes. Every time she appeared the herbalist suddenly remembered an herb her son needed to help her prepare, or something in their wagon that needed cleaning. The boy was observant, and clever, and it didn’t take him long to figure out that his mother was trying to keep him away from the older woman: she, who had always demanded he face everything head-on, who had no patience for what she called squeamishness and megrims.

After a hard day of play over the rocks and dry, grayish grass, the boy was starving. A cold wind blew down over the rocky plain from the never-melting snow that topped the high peaks of the Barriers to the east; the bonfire was warm. The meat smelled good. The boy had not forgotten the calf but when his mother brought him meat and roasted potatoes and soft pan bread on a plate, he did not think of him. Gerta—the head driver of the boy’s caravan—had spent the last three days with the other head driver, poring over bloodline records to figure out who between their two groups might be well matched for breeding, and as soon as everybody had a plate of food in front of them they announced the results. The adults and older teenagers seemed to find this all fascinating. The herbalist’s boy was nine years old and he didn’t understand the fuss. He knew how it went: the matched pairs would travel together until a child was on the way, and then most likely never see each other again. Sometimes they liked each other, sometimes they didn’t. That, his mother had told him, was what brandy was for.

The Slonimi caravans kept to well-defined territories, and any time two caravans met there was feasting and trading and music and matching, but this was no ordinary meeting, and both sides knew it. After everyone had eaten their fill, a few bottles were passed. Someone had a set of pipes and someone else had a sitar, but after a song or two, nobody wanted any more music. Gerta—who was older than the other driver—stood up. She was tall and strong, with ropy, muscular limbs. “Well,” she said, “let’s see them.”

In the back, the herbalist slid an arm around her son. He squirmed under the attention but bore it.


From opposite sides of the fire, a young man and a young woman were produced. The young man, Tobin, had been traveling with Gerta’s people for years. He was smart but not unkind, but the herbalist’s son thought him aloof. With good reason, maybe; Tobin’s power was so strong that being near him made the hair on the back of the boy’s neck stand up. Unlike all the other Workers—who were always champing at the bit to get a chance to show off—Tobin was secretive about his skills. He shared a wagon with Tash, Gerta’s best Worker, even though the two men didn’t seem particularly friendly with each other. More than once the boy had glimpsed their lantern burning late into the night, long after the main fire was embers.


The young woman had come across the plains with the others. The boy had seen her a few times; she was small, round, and pleasant-enough looking. She didn’t strike the boy as particularly remarkable. But when she came forward, the other caravan’s best Worker—the woman named Derie—came with her. Tash stood up when Tobin did, and when they all stood in front of Gerta, the caravan driver looked from one of them to the other. “Tash and Derie,” she said, “you’re sure?”

“Already decided, and by smarter heads than yours,” the gimlet-eyed woman snapped.

Tash, who wasn’t much of a talker, merely said, “Sure.”

Gerta looked back at the couple. For couple they were; the boy could see the strings tied round each wrist, to show they’d already been matched. “Hard to believe,” she said. “But I know it’s true. I can feel it down my spine. Quite a legacy you two carry; five generations’ worth, ever since mad old Martin bound up the power in the world. Five generations of working and planning and plotting and hoping; that’s the legacy you two carry.” The corner of her mouth twitched slightly. “No pressure.”

A faint ripple of mirth ran through the listeners around the fire. “Nothing to joke about, Gerta,” Derie said, lofty and hard, and Gerta nodded.

“I know it. They just seem so damn young, that’s all.” The driver sighed and shook her head. “Well, it’s a momentous occasion. We’ve come here to see the two of you off, and we send with you the hopes of all the Slonimi, all the Workers of all of our lines, back to the great John Slonim himself, whose plan this was. His blood runs in both of you. It’s strong and good and when we put it up against what’s left of Martin’s, we’re bound to prevail, and the world will be free.”

“What’ll we do with ourselves then, Gert?” someone called out from the darkness, and this time the laughter was a full burst, loud and relieved.

Gerta smiled. “Teach the rest of humanity how to use the power, that’s what we’ll do. Except you, Fausto. You can clean up after the horses.”

More laughter. Gerta let it run out, and then turned to the girl.

“Maia,” she said, serious once more. “I know Derie’s been drilling this into you since you were knee-high, but once you’re carrying, the clock is ticking. Got to be inside, at the end.”

“I know,” Maia said.

Gerta scanned the crowd. “Caterina? Cat, where are you?”

Next to the boy, the herbalist cleared her throat. “Here, Gerta.”

Gerta found her, nodded, and turned back to Maia. “Our Cat’s the best healer the Slonimi have. Go see her before you set out. If you’ve caught already, she’ll know. If you haven’t, she’ll know how to help.”

“It’s only been three days,” Tobin said, sounding slighted.

“Nothing against you, Tobe,” Gerta said. “Nature does what it will. Sometimes it takes a while.”

“Not this time,” Maia said calmly.

A murmur ran through the crowd. Derie sat up bolt-straight, her lips pressed together. “You think so?” Gerta said, matching Maia’s tone—although nobody was calm, even the boy could feel the sudden excited tension around the bonfire.

“I know so,” Maia said, laying a hand on her stomach. “I can feel her.”

The tension exploded in a mighty cheer. Instantly, Tobin wiped the sulk off his face and replaced it with pride. The boy leaned into his mother and whispered, under the roar, “Isn’t it too soon to tell?”

“For most women, far too soon, by a good ten days. For Maia?” Caterina sounded as if she were talking to herself, as much as to her son. The boy felt her arm tighten around him. “If she says there’s a baby, there’s a baby.”

After that the adults got drunk. Maia and Tobin slipped away early. Caterina knew a scout from the other group, a man named Sadao, and watching the two of them dancing together, the boy decided to make himself scarce. Tash would have an empty bunk, now that Tobin was gone, and he never brought women home. He’d probably share. If not, there would be a bed somewhere. There always was.

In the morning, the boy found Caterina by the fire, only slightly bleary, and brewing a kettle of strong-smelling tea. Her best hangover cure, she told her son. He took out his notebook and asked what was in it. Ginger, she told him, and willowbark, and a few other things; he wrote them all down carefully. Labeled the page. Caterina’s Hangover Cure.

Then he looked up to find the old woman from the bonfire, Derie, listening with shrewd, narrow eyes. Behind her hovered her apprentice, the pale boy, who this morning had a bruised cheek. “Charles, go fetch my satchel,” she said to him, and he scurried away. To Caterina, Derie said, “Your boy’s conscientious.”

“He learns quickly,” Caterina said, and maybe she just hadn’t had enough hangover tea yet, but the boy thought she sounded wary.

“And fair skinned,” Derie said. “Who’s his father?”

“Jasper Arasgain.”

Derie nodded. “Travels with Afia’s caravan, doesn’t he? Solid man.”

Caterina shrugged. The boy had only met his father a few times. He knew Caterina found Jasper boring.

“Healer’s a good trade. Everywhere needs healers.” Derie paused. “A healer could find his way in anywhere, I’d say. And with that skin—”

The boy noticed Gerta nearby, listening. Her own skin was black as obsidian. “Say what you’re thinking, Derie,” the driver said.

“Highfall,” the old woman said, and immediately, Caterina said, “No.”

“It’d be a great honor for him, Cat,” Gerta said. The boy thought he detected a hint of reluctance in Gerta’s voice.

“Has he done his first Work yet?” Derie said.

Caterina’s lips pressed together. “Not yet.”

Charles, the bruised boy, reappeared with Derie’s satchel.

“We’ll soon change that,” the old woman said, taking the satchel without a word and rooting through until she found a small leather case. Inside was a small knife, silver-colored but without the sheen of real silver.

The boy noticed his own heartbeat, hard hollow thuds in his chest. He glanced at his mother. She looked unhappy, her brow furrowed. But she said nothing.

“Come here, boy,” Derie said.

He sneaked another look at his mother, who still said nothing, and went to stand next to the woman. “Give me your arm,” she said, and he did. She held his wrist with a hand that was both soft and hard at the same time. Her eyes were the most terrifying thing he’d ever seen.

“It’s polite to ask permission before you do this,” she told him. “Not always possible, but polite. I need to see what’s in you, so if you say no, I’ll probably still cut you, but—do I have your permission?”

Behind Derie, Gerta nodded. The bruised boy watched curiously.

“Yes,” the boy said.

“Good,” Derie said. She made a quick, confident cut in the ball of her thumb, made an identical cut in his small hand, quickly drew their two sigils on her skin in the blood, and pressed the cuts together.

The world unfolded. But unfolded was too neat a word, too tidy. This was like when he’d gone wading in the western sea and been knocked off his feet, snatched underwater, tossed in a maelstrom of sand and sun and green water and foam—but this time it wasn’t merely sand and sun and water and foam that swirled around him, it was everything. All of existence, all that had ever been, all that would ever be. His mother was there, bright and hot as the bonfire the night before—not her face or her voice but the Caterina of her, her very essence rendered into flame and warmth.

But most of what he felt was Derie. Derie, immense and powerful and fierce: Derie, reaching into him, unfolding him as surely as she’d unfolded the world. And this was neat and tidy, methodical, almost cold. She unpacked him like a trunk, explored him like a new village. She sought out his secret corners and dark places. When he felt her approval, he thrilled. When he felt her contempt, he trembled. And everywhere she went she left a trace of herself behind like a scent, like the chalk marks the Slonimi sometimes left for each other. Her sigil was hard-edged, multi-cornered. It was everywhere. There was no part of him where it wasn’t.

Then it was over, and he was kneeling by the campfire, throwing up. Caterina was next to him, making soothing noises as she wrapped a cloth around his hand. He leaned against her, weak and grateful.

“It’s all right, my love,” she whispered in his ear, and the nervousness was gone. Now she sounded proud, and sad, and as if she might be crying. “You did well.”

He closed his eyes and saw, on the inside of his eyelids, the woman’s hard, angular sigil, burning like a horse brand.

“Don’t coddle him,” Derie said, and her voice reached through him, back into the places inside him where she’d left her mark. Caterina’s arm dropped away. He forced himself to open his eyes and stand up. His entire body hurt. Derie was watching him, calculating but—yes—pleased. “Well, boy,” she said. “You’ll never be anyone’s best Worker, but you’re malleable, and you’ve got the right look. There’s enough power in you to be of use, once you’re taught to use it. You want to learn?”

“Yes,” he said, without hesitating.

“Good,” she said. “Then you’re my apprentice now, as much as your mother’s. You’ll still learn herbs from your mother, so we’ll join our wagon to your group. But don’t expect the kisses and cuddles from me you get from her. For me, you’ll work hard and you’ll learn hard and maybe someday you’ll be worthy of the knowledge I’ll pass on to you. Say, Yes, Derie.”

“Yes, Derie,” he said.

“You’ve got a lot to learn,” she said. “Go with Charles. He’ll show you where you sleep.”

He hesitated, looked at his mother, because it hadn’t occurred to him that he would be leaving her. Suddenly, swiftly, Derie kicked hard at his leg. He yelped and jumped out of the way. Behind her he saw Charles—he of the bruised face—wince, unsurprised but not unsympathetic.

“Don’t ever make me ask you anything twice,” she said.

“Yes, Derie,” he said, and ran.


Excerpted from The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet. Copyright © 2020 by Kelly Braffet. Published by MIRA Books.
I hope The Unwilling catches your eye and you take advantage of the opportunity to grab a copy for yourself, maybe even the signed personalized option! How cool is that?! I’m definitely enjoying it so far and can’t wait to see where the story goes. Thank you to Mira Books, NetGalley and Harlequin for the opportunity to read this book!


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Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long – Review


#crimethriller #crimefictionnerd #netgalley #mirabooks #harlequin

Well hello there! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day (if that’s something you celebrate), and Happy Weekend!! I’m spending my weekend hosting a Read-a-thon in The Reading Corner Book Lounge on Facebook , I’m on of the Admins of that group. We always have such an awesome time in our Read-a-thons. What better way to blast through your long TBR than spend the entire weekend reading?? It allowed me to read Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long without any interruptions. I know, I know…. a Crime Thriller on Valentine’s Day? I’m a weird person and I like crime thrillers or horror at weird times of the year. LOL Check out out group and ask to join!




Description – 

A small Wisconsin town is being terrorized by the brutal, unrelenting Baywood Serial Killer in Beverly Long’s newest detective series TEN DAYS GONE (MIRA Mass Market Paperback; February 18, 2020; $7.99). In this exhilarating first installment, detective partners A.L. Kitteridge and Rena Morgan are hunting a serial killer who has murdered four women in forty days, ten days apart. With no connections or evidence, A.L. and Rena somehow have to find the next victim before the killer can strike again.

In all their years working for the Baywood police department, detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan have never seen anything like it. Four women dead in forty days, each killed ten days apart. With the clock is already counting down to when the next body drops, A.L. and Rena will have to act fast if they’re going to find the killer’s next victim before he does. But identifying the killer’s next likely target is only half the battle. With pressure pushing in from all sides, a promising breakthrough leads the detectives to Tess Lyons, a woman whose past trauma has left her too damaged to appreciate the danger she’s in. Unwilling to let another woman die, A.L. and Rena will put everything on the line to keep Tess safe and end the killer’s deadly spree once and for all—before time runs out again.


Review – 

I absolutely love Crime Thrillers, especially with strong female characters. This one didn’t quite meet my expectations but it was in no way a horrible book. We have two main characters, Detectives A.L. Kitteridge and Rena Morgan, who are cast as competent units of the Baywood Police Force but also as two human beings navigating life outside of their careers. There was a huge focus on divorce and marital issues in Ten Days Gone, at times it was a little overwhelming and a downer for me but it clearly served a purpose in the plot line. I did enjoy how the victim been rescued was cast as someone with a physical disability and how it showed her adapting and accepting what happened. We don’t see a lot of that in fiction and it was a refreshing theme.

The character development was solid, but the sub characters popped in and out in kind of a choppy way. It felt a little confusing at times, but didn’t take too much away from the main story. It was clear that the author did her due diligence in research on how police investigations of this severity are handled, it was really interesting to see the Detectives train of thought on what leads to follow and who was a person of interest or not. All in all this was an overall solid 3.5 star read for me. It kept my interest but I wasn’t completely sucked in to the story like some other crime thrillers I’ve read where I obsess over what happens next. The characters were well thought out, and maybe for a reader who is married, or divorced, they will be able to relate more to the story. I have never been either and felt like I was held a distance.


Thank you to Harelquin and Mira Books for the opportunity to read Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long before it’s release date! I am so appreciative and enjoyed this book. To all who enjoy crime thrillers and want a good story to help escape the trials of real life, Ten Day Gone will be available online or at a store near you on February 18th. Thanks again for stopping by and as always, drop a comment and let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought! 🙂


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Day Zero by Kelly Devos


#dystopian #apocalyptic #YAdystopian #survivalfiction #goodread #booknerd #netgalley #Inkyardpress

Hi friends! I’m back and following up with a review from one of the blog tours that I participated in for Inkyard Press, for Day Zero by Kelly Devos. This was such an edge of the seat read that it only took me a couple days to finish it, and lucky for me book two of the series releases this year!!




Description –

Don’t miss the exhilarating new novel from the author of Fat Girl on a Plane, featuring a fierce, bold heroine who will fight for her family and do whatever it takes to survive. Fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It series and Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series will cheer for this fast-paced, near-future thrill ride.

If you’re going through hell…keep going.

Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.

But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.

In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?


Review –

Day Zero is a YA Dystopian/apocalyptic novel in the truest sense. The opposing government parties are at the end of their ropes and starting to war with each other, and the main character Jinx Marshall and her father are at the very center of it all. It took me a few chapters to get into the story and really get a feel for the characters and what was going on, but once I did I couldn’t put the book down. I felt that Day Zero provided a very real picture to possible situations that could happen in our modern day world, and that in it’s own accord was terrifying!!

Some of the characters I found to be extremely annoying, but I believe they were written to be that way. Sisters are annoying, right?! I wouldn’t know because I only have an older brother. The plot line was fast paced, a little choppy and rushed at times, but it all added to the experience. The ending leaves you feeling thoroughly pummeled and full of emotion, but satisfied enough to wait for the sequel that you won’t feel like throwing the book across the room. All in all, this is definitely a must read for anyone who likes relatable dystopian stories.



Thanks for checking out another book review of mine. I’d love to hear if you’ve read the book and what your thoughts were. Or, if you have any other dystopian recommendations feel free to add them in the comments. 🙂


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