DISENCHANTED by Brianna Sugalski Book Tour

#Disenchanted #briannasugalski #storytellersontour #parliamenthouse #parliamentbooks #literaryluminati #enchantedreads #bookdragon #beautifulbookcovers #magicalstories

Hi friends, I hope you’re all doing well and hanging in there. I’m so excited to be able to share my stop on the tour of Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski, a story of magical adventure following Princess Lilac of Brittany on a journey to do the right thing in order to be a queen to be fit to rule her kingdom. Thank you to Storytellers On Tour for inviting me to be a part of this tour, I absolutely love reading and supporting all books published by Parliament House. Please make sure to check out the other stops on the Tour, which is included below. https://storytellersontour.online/2020/04/08/tour-schedule-disenchanted-by- brianna-sugalski/

Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski Series: Disenchanted (#1)
Published: March 10, 2020
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Historical Fantasy 
Age Group: Young Adult/New Adult

Book Blurb

A Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents’ castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst… Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever.

Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger— and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch.

This is the story of a cursed princess, A crestfallen killer,
The town that wants them to burn,
And the witch that can save them both.

Book Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52989188-disenchanted
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085HMVLZJ
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/disenchanted-brianna-sugalski/1134431202


Author Information

With an education in Mass Communication—and an engrossment in all that is curious and bewitching—Brianna Sugalski is an author and blogger. Previously, she was a staff contributor for Lifestyle & Fashion online magazine, Sarah Scoop, and also served as Copy Editor and Editor-In- Chief at her school publications.

Brianna was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, but now travels the country every few years with her husband and children. She admires the luminaries of the Victorian Era; growing up reading period literature has inspired her to paint vibrant settings of nature and narratives that readers will hopefully enjoy.

Ultimately, she aspires to make her own readers laugh, to challenge their perspectives and to help them discover the magical meaning of their own powers within.

Author Links

Website: https://www.briannasugalski.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/briwritesthings
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/briwritesthings/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petit.beignet/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19322730.Brianna_Sugalski

My Review – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Disenchanted is a magical blend of historical fiction and fantasy that takes the reader on quite a magical adventure. With a riotous discovery of a dark secret on the eve of her tenth birthday, Princess Lilac is forced into a life of isolation until the day of her coronation. Lilac refuses to stay sequestered in her castle tower, and embarks on a perilous and eventful journey to a witch who has sent her a message to meet her in the town of Paimpont, where she has promised to help Princess Lilac rid herself of her dark talent. During this journey we encounter all sorts of magical beings, and really get a feel for the type of ruler Lilac will become. Her spunk and determination kept me entranced the entire story. We also meet Grain, a vampire from the local coven and companion to Princess Lilac on her journey. The author’s blend of fantasy and historical fact from the 100 Years War made for a fun story that was unlike one I’ve ever read before! You’ll be on the edge of your seat for this adventure, and I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I did. This will be a series I not so patiently wait for.



Thanks for passing by to check out my stop on the tour for Disenchanted by Brianna Sulgaski. Stay tuned for my upcoming tours and other fun posts.

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!

House of Shadows – ARC Review

#HouseofShadows #DarcyCoates #NetGalley #gothichorror #spookyreads #paranormalromance #bookdragon #bookblogger #bookishlife #bookishgirl #bloglife

Hi everyone, Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend, I’ve definitely been enjoying this lovely sunshine and 60 degree weather we’ve been having. I took my lounge chair outside and read in the sun for a few hours today. I’ve completed 3 books so far this weekend, so I’m excited to bring my review for one of them to you!

I had been dying for a spooky read, and House of Shadows by Darcy Coates definitely quenched my thirst. This is the truest form of Gothic Horror but without all the stuffy dry bits in it. I was on the edge of my seat, devouring each page until I got to the end. Just like hour the evil spirit devoured people in the book. LOL! I’m so excited to share this book and my review with you, so without further ado let’s get to it.

House of Shadows by Darcy Coates
Published by Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date May 05, 2020

Description –

Sophie’s world is shattered when disaster bankrupts her family. She’s still reeling from the news when she’s offered an unexpected solution: Mr Argenton, a wealthy stranger, asks for her hand in marriage. Marrying Mr Argenton will restore her family’s fortunes and save them from scandal, but condemns Sophie to a life in Northwood, a vast and unnaturally dark mansion situated hours from civilisation. Sophie struggles to adjust to her new position as mistress over the desolate house. Mr Argenton’s relatives are cold, and Mr Argenton himself is keeping secrets. Even worse, the house is more than it seems.

Mr Argenton’s young cousin, Elise, draws terrifying images. Doors slam. Inhuman figures slink through the forest surrounding the house. A piano plays in the middle of the night. Blood drips from the ceilings. Sophie is inevitably pulled towards the terrifying truth: Northwood’s ancient halls are haunted by the family’s long-dead ancestors. The malevolent spirits—produced by grisly deaths—resent her intrusion into their home.

Trapped in Northwood and desperate for an escape, Sophie’s fate is further complicated as she finds herself irrevocably drawn to the tall, dark-eyed man she married. She suspects her feelings are returned, but Mr Argenton is hiding the truth about the house—and his secrets are so dangerous that they might just be unforgivable.

Also By Darcy Coates:
The Haunting of Ashburn House
The Haunting of Blackwood House
Craven Manor
The House Next Door
Voices in the Snow

My Review –

There is something to be said about the technique of writing a gothic horror novel. It is an art form within itself, devoid of the slasher/gore scenes that people normally associate with the general Horror genre. Gothic Horror brings a more subtle wave of terror, that draft of cold air or the exhalation that you might have just heard, but you aren’t sure because you might be imagining it. I am a firm lover of all things horror, but reading a well written Gothic Horror is one of my favorites. It leaves my skin crawling and has me jumping in my seat as the character thinks they heard, saw, felt something that isn’t real. Darcy Coates does an amazing job and truly embodies gothic horror in her writing!

The characters were strongly written, with development and personality. I grew to absolutely loathe Aunt Rose, and found myself growing fond of Joseph with Sophie as the story progressed. I love the idea of a family curse spanning the generations of a very old, wealthy family. This plot line just never gets old for me, as there are so many directions you can take it. The house and land took on a character of it’s own, and that is proof of some genius writing skill. Not many readers will take too much notice of the setting if the characters are strong enough, but Darcy writes the house to be it’s own character and it just sets your mind to wondering, and wandering. Which, I will strongly advise that you don’t wander blindly through the halls of this house.

I highly recommend House of Shadows to anyone who loves Gothic Horror, and who has read The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell or The House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt. It’s a scary story, but not one that will leave you too terrified to go to sleep. I would encourage those who don’t normally read horror because you scare easily to give this a try if you’re willing!

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read this book, or any others by Darcy Coates. As always, if you have recommendations for me based on the books I mention or review, please share them with me in a comment! I hope you enjoyed my review for The House of Shadows by Darcy Coates, and stay tuned for more reviews to come as I have a summer full of them.

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

Hurry Home ARC Review

#HurryHome #RozNay #Thriller #Mystery #wildride #NetGalley #CrookedLaneBooks #ilovethrillers #bookdragon #onesittingread

Hi friends! I hope you’re doing well and finding ways to stay busy and are staying safe! *cough*read*cough* 😂 I’m so excited to bring you my next ARC review!!!

This review is for Hurry Home by Roz Nay. This book will be release by Crooked Lane Books on July 7, 2020 and is a must add to your summer TBR lists! It will definitely take you for a wild ride.

Description –

From the bestselling author of Our Little Secret comes a suspenseful new thriller featuring two estranged sisters desperate to keep their deepest and darkest secret where it belongs–in the past.

Close to my heart you’ll be, sisters forever you and me…

Alexandra Van Ness has the perfect life. She lives in an idyllic resort town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, shares a designer loft with her handsome boyfriend, Chase, and has her dream job working in child protection. Every day, Alex goes above and beyond to save children at risk.

But when her long-lost sister, Ruth, unexpectedly shows up at her door, Alex’s perfect life is upended. Growing up, Ruth was always the troublemaker, pulling Alex into her messes, and this time will be no different. Still, Alex will help Ruth under one condition: we will never, ever, talk about the past. But when trouble befalls a local child, both women are forced to confront the secrets they’ve promised to keep buried.

Utterly engrossing and claustrophobic, Hurry Home is a tantalizing reflection of the chain-and-shackles relationship between sisters that asks: what lines wouldn’t you cross for your own?

My Review-

There were two things that caught my eye when I requested a copy of Hurry Home, first was the cover and second was the premise. I love stories about sisters, as I’ve only ever had a big brother growing up and always imagined what it would be like to have a sister. So the story of Ruth and Alex really intrigued me. First impressions, Alex seems like she’s always had it together and easy always the golden child. It made sense that she’s have this picture perfect life in a quaint little town in the Rocky Mountains with famous hunk boyfriend. Ruth came of as typical addict, serial lier, who always guilts family into helping them when really they just want some quick cash for their next fix. Alex helps save children from horrible home situations, and here comes Ruth who is a recovering addict and pregnant. What is Alex supposed to do?

Well, not going to spoil that because where is the fun? What I will tell you is that I was on the edge of my seat the entire last quarter of the book. The beginning 30-40% of the book is extremely well done to set the stage and get you stuck in your first impressions. Then it really takes off from there and you better hold on to your seat! I could not put this book down and practically binged it in one day.

I hope this review is cause enough for you to grab a pre-order copy or put yourself on a waitlist at the library, because this really is a must read! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my review of Hurry Home by Noz Ray!

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

Night of the Dragon – Blog Tour

#nightofthedragon #juliekagawa #Inkyardpress #harlequin #bookdragon #bookishlife #yafantasy #kitsune #goodbooks #books #bookblog #prettycovers #japaneselore

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.

Social Links:

Author website: http://juliekagawa.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Julie-Kagawa-author-252661891438654/

Twitter: @jkagawa

Instagram: @juliekagawaauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2995873.Julie_Kagawa

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Night-Dragon-Shadow-Julie-Kagawa/dp/1335146784

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-of-the-dragon-julie-kagawa/1131130959#/

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781335146786

Books-A-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Night-Dragon/Julie-Kagawa/9781335146786?id=7833509719461

AppleBooks: https://books.apple.com/no/book/night-of-the-dragon/id1470583469

Google Play: https://books.google.com/books/about/Night_of_the_Dragon.html?id=8yCzDwAAQBAJ

Excerpt:

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.

“Hakaimono.”

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

#HollywoodParkMemoir #mikeljollett #CeladonReads #partner #cult #nonfiction #bookdragon #books #lifeofareader #memoir #bookthoughts

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.

Description-

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

#marchwrapup #goodbyemarch #marchreads #bibliophile #bookdragon #bookbingo #books

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, https://www.facebook.com/groups/645383289222144/?ref=share.

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!

Description-

“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

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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! 🙂

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!