Hello and welcome to top ten Tuesday! I feel like I have not posted in a long time for this meme but I’ve been busy but I am back! This weeks topic is books I am no longer interested in. I am not sure if this would be controversial or not but if you see a book you like here, please don’t take offense it’s just… the book was not for me. Now without further ado, onto the books!

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
I was so excited to read this when I first bought it, and I had intended to read it right away and I just never did and now… I just really don’t care for it. The synopsis does not make me excited anymore and there are just so many other books that I want to read.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
Another book I was super excited to read this because it sounded super interesting but it’s rate quite horribly on goodreads and I’ve heard nothing good about it so I’d rather spend my time reading other things.

King’s Folly by Jill Williamson
I tried reading this and it was super impossible to do because it was small font and just honestly? It’s not as interesting as the synopsis makes it sound. So uh, I’ll pass.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
I received an arc of the sequel to this and eventually bought the first book. But I never got to it and it just does not interest me anymore.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
The synopsis sounds intriguing and while I love pirates, I just gotta face it. I’m never going to read this so I might as well just give it to someone who will enjoy it.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I got the entire series last year and I really wanted to read this and I am STILL kind of on the fence about it. I took it off my shelf but I think I am still iffy about it.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
I started to read this but put it down because it just does not interest me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is super good but just… I don’t care to read it.

The November Girl by Lydia Kang
The synopsis sounds super cool and the cover is beautiful but I skimmed the first few pages and it is just not for me, I am not a fan of the writing at all.

So those are the books I am no longer interested in reading anymore a.k.a sitting on my unhaul shelf. Once again I apologize if any of these are your favorites, these just don’t interest me anymore and I’d rather give them to someone else who will!


I have been wanting to do this discussion forever because I have been wanting to talk about this forever. But basically… I am writing a book! If you’ve seen my Instagram stories than you know that I have been talking about writing a book for a few months now. I’d like to start this saying that this post might be a bit of a mess because I am so excited to share this with you all!

This is going to be a mix of a tag and just me talking about my characters and everything that has to do with my book.

Since my main love is fantasy, that is obviously what I am writing. My book is high fantasy inspired by Hades and Persephone or well, more like a m/m retelling of Hades and Persephone with faes. I am so excited about everything I have planned for this novel and the relationship that I have built.

A few of the topics I want to touch on in this book is friendship, love, loss, betrayal (I love a good betrayal) and of course… magic!

Oh, I have been writing forever. I’ve written so much fan fiction and snippets of things and I have ALWAYS wanted to write a book. October 2017 was the first time I actually had a cohesive idea and put my words to paper or uh… computer screen and the first time I actually began to work on my greatest dream.

For me, I think about my novel all the darned time. But since I am busy, I write whenever I get to chance to open my laptop. No matter where I am at home or school, I write. So honestly for me, I don’t have a specific time in which I write, just really anytime I can get to my laptop.

The goods? I get to fangirl over my characters and I created something all on my own. The bad? I wish I could write this novel in order because of my style of writing… I write what comes to me first. So say if I have a scene in the middle of the novel and I’m only working on like chapter three, I will write that middle of the novel first. I also hate talking to people about my book because it’s like… “What’s your book about?” I can’t say what it about causes the words don’t come out. As much as I’d love to talk about my book to my friends and family, I, unfortunately, know that uh, they probably don’t care about it that much. Which I’m fine with it,  because it’s mine.

I can’t tell you all how much I love these characters and how much they mean to me. I’ve created many characters over my writing life, but these hold such a special place in my heart. I am only going to talk about one of my characters and his name is Casimir. He is well, obviously Hades and I am currently working on a novel of how he became ‘Hades’ or how he became the villain basically. This novel is pretty close to my heart because well, Casimir is pretty close to my heart because he is inspired by many of my favorite characters and I feel like I can relate to him and ahh I’ll share more with you as I progress!!

I’m not going to give too much away when it comes to the world building because I am still working on it… and because I want it to be a surprise. But I’ll say one thing, my story will have faes. Yes, it’s a fae story but faeries hold my heart. I’m not talking about Sarah J Maas faes, I’m talking about how they are supposed to be. Dark, twisted and somewhat wrong and I’m just so darn excited about writing this!!

So that concludes this post! I can’t wait to share this with everyone because this just means so much to me. I may or may not be making an instagram for inspired posts and I definitely do have a Pinterest for everything about this!


I am so jealous of people who are able to keep their physical TBR’s relatively low and who read the books that they buy in the span of a few months. Me? I hoard them. This weeks top ten is books that have been on your TBR the longer and goodness these have been on my tbr for a while, some even a year. At this point, if I don’t read any of these by the end of the year, I will unhaul them.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
This whole series is on my list actually, and I honestly have no idea why I have yet to read this because I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series. My main goal for reading this year? Read this entire series. If I don’t even touch it by the time July rolls around, might as well unhaul it.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Like the first one, this has also been on my TBR for about a year. You are going to see a theme with these books when I say I have no idea why I have yet to read any of these. Anyway, I think out of the majority of the books on the list, this is the one I see talked about the most. Especially now that Iron Gold is out.
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Neilson
Okay, I love anything that has to do with Ancient Greece and Rome. This has to do with Ancient Rome so why in the hell did I not read this yet?? I think this is historical fantasy so I got to get onto this stat.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Another one that I have yet to read and NEED to read because this is the most talked about book. This one, I will definitely read ASAP, before the adaptation comes out.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
I got an ARC of this for about a year ago and still have not read this. I think I read like two chapters of this and put it down because another book came out and I put it down. I definitely enjoyed this one and need to read it before the sequel comes out.
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
This is a trans Peter Pan retelling and I need to read this ASAP. I love Peter Pan and I need to get to this as soon as I can.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
I loved her other duology so I 100% need to get to this one. This takes place in feudal Japan and I need to read this soon.

The Fifth Season by N.K Jemison
Like the Bone Witch, I had started this and put it down because another book I really wanted to read came along. Now I hear so many things about this book and series that I just need to read it as soon as I can.

Alexander God of War by Christian Cameron
Okay, I am still in the process of reading this but this book is like 1000 pages and I have read about… 100 pages of it. I hope that I can get to read this before the year ends!

So that’s it for the books that have been on my TBR the longest, let me know down below what books you have been holding onto forever and have yet to read them!


One month into 2018 and where is the time going? Before we know it we will be posting our top favorite reads of the year and I’m not ready for it. Anyway, hello February. Good to see you, please bring good things like January did and I will be super happy.
Last month was super successful in terms of reading for me, I feel like I read a bunch of really good books and definitely some new found favorites. Did I stick the TBR I listed at the beginning of January? For the first time, yes and it was rather easy to do so. I think it was easy for me to do so because I really only listed one book and I made sure I started the book first. I had also wanted to aim for ten books last month and I did it. I managed to read ten books which are probably the most I have read in a given month.
So without further ado, here are my goals for February.
I still want to attempt to aim for ten books a month, if not than I will shoot for five especially since University has started back up and I got a promotion for which I am training for at work, I am not exactly sure which books I will be getting to this month, but these are the four I am for SURE going to read.
  • Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes, I’ve waited a year and two months for this I am reading this the moment it comes in and will most likely read it in one day, I can’t wait.
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, I have been anticipating this ever since Holly Black said she was coming out with this one and I need more fae books.
  • Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa: I heard Chelsea Palmer on book tube talk about this book and the minute she spoke about it, I was like yep I need it.
  • Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce: I have an arc of this and for once I would like to read and review it relatively in the month it is being published.
So those are the four books that I WILL be getting to this month and hopefully I can read some more that is on my backlist and just things I want to pick up. I’ve been such a mood reader for the past few months, I was kind of annoyed about that fact, but heck now I don’t care.
A few other goals I have is to stay consistent with my blog schedule, I kind of fell off the wagon last month but I am back.
  • Catch up on my Beat the Backlist.
  • And draft the novel I am working on: this is highly ambitious, but I managed to finish the outline of my novel maybe I will be lucky enough to draft the book as well.
Not a lot of goals, but like I said I need to go easy on myself. Comment down below and tell me what book YOU want to get to this month


Going into 2018, I was quite nervous about what the year would bring. I was unsure of what I wanted to do and where this year would take me but at the same time, I remained optimistic for my reading life. So without further ado, let’s just get into it, shall we?

At the beginning of the month, I made a goal to stick to my blogging schedule which… I did not do exactly (and don’t worry I am back on it.) I just lost the motivation but now I can assure you I am back and ready to fangirl about books.

I entered a rep search friends, and I am now a rep for the lovelybookishmarks and I am so excited because her products are BEAUTIFUL.

I also… got a promotion at work. I’ve been there for almost two years and I have worked my ass off and my boss asked me if I would like to be a supervisor and I was like… uh yeah???? So yes that is exciting.

I also made a goal to draft my book… did not happen because one of the main characters of my story stuck out a lot for me so he’s getting his own book! I’ll do a separate post on this later if you are interested in it.


Blood and Sand by C.V Wyk

The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli

Her by Danielle Rose

Burn the Fairytales by Adeline Whitemore

For the Broken by Shenaia Lucas

The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak
For the Broken II by Shenaia Lucus
City of Bones graphic novel by Cassandra Clare
Scars Set in Stone by Shenaia Lucas
City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty

The highlight of the month? The City of Brass. I took my absolute time reading this book and I am so glad that I did because it was amazing.

BOOKS I BOUGHT (lol a lot, whoops)

Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Cruel Prince by Holly Black (2 copies)

Call Me by your Name by Andre Aciman

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

Unearthed by Ammie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Markswoman by Rati Mehrota

A Conspirary of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

City of Bones Manga by Cassie ClareRhapsodic by Laura Thasalassa
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Sumerlis
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh


A few years ago (more like months but you get the drill) I would have never imagined I’d be writing this post. Titled, all my contemporaries. I honestly… used to abhor this genre for a really no good reason because I had not read any contemporaries to make me hate the genre, but I just… I don’t know, I like fantasy. But over the past year, my ‘love’ for contemporary has changed and while it is not a favorite genre, it is one that I occasionally check out books from. So without further ado, here are the contemporary books on my shelf. I’m not going too much into detail about them, only listing my initial thought if I read them. (Like a one word thought)

Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz: unread.
The Hare U Give by Angie Thomas: unread, I know I need to get on it.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe: read, loved, made me cry.
Brooding YA Hero by Carrie: read, it was enjoyable nothing special.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: read, loved, I need more.
The Wicker King by Ancrum: read, loved, NEED MORE.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: unread, not ready to have my soul ripped out.
History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera: read, my first Adam book, made me cry a lot.
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig: read and loved I want a sequal
Autoboygraphy by Christina Lauren: unread, need to get on it.
At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson: unread and impulse buy because it was signed.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: read and another book I need a sequal to.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: unread, I know it’s not contemporary but I am counting it okay.
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali: unread, need to read before the movie is out.
Call Me by your Name by Andre Aciman: unread and NEED TO READ.
In Real Life by Joey Graceffa: unread and again, need to read because of favorite youtuber.

So yeah, as you can see there is quite a bit of contemporary on here… I am not counting ones I pre-ordered just ones on my shelf at the moment. As I stated before, this is not my preferred genre, but out of all the contemporaries, I read… I loved all of them so who knows, maybe by the end of this year it will be a favorite.




Hello and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! If you are not aware of what TTT is, here is the link so go ahead and check it out! This weeks topic is bookish or blogging resolutions and goals. For me, these are more so… goals because if I call it resolutions then I feel like I won’t get anything done. But, if I call them goals… it’s something I can work towards. These are in no order by the way, because if they were I’d accomplish nothing. So without further ado, here are my goals for the year!


  • A goal I want to accomplish is to read 25 of the books I bought last year. My 2017 backlist is absolutely wild so I want to get 25 books off of it whether I unhaul or read them. To help accomplish this I joined beat the backlist which kicks my butt into gear to get it done!
  • A goal for blogging is to stay consistent with my schedule. Last year I would make blogging schedules for the month and just… never look at it. This year I decided to dedicate a little notebook specifically for blogging and pre-writing blog posts so I can be a week ahead. So far, I have been doing pretty good!
  • A goal for reading is that I want to read books that I am truly interested in. I will admit, I do listen to the hype sometimes or I see a book cover and if it’s pretty I am like oh I need it. This year, I just want to buy and read books that I am TRULY interested in and books that I know I will read. I have a list of books I write down what I want and a list of anticipated releases for this year so, I hope I can keep up with this.
  • A goal for blogging is to work on getting reviews posted in time! Last year I kind of failed at that, so this year I am going to write a review as soon as I finish the book! I won’t be writing reviews for everything I read, but if I think it deserves a review then I will obviously review it. So far this year I’ve been doing quite good at this.
  • A goal for reading is to read more retellings! I absolutely love retellings, and because the book I am writing is a retelling so yay inspiration!
  • A goal for blogging is to make posts about my WIP. I really want to start sharing what I am writing with everyone because I absolutely love it and I want to show you all my love for this thing I am working on.
  • A goal for reading is to read more diverse books. Diverse books are incredible and I have loved everyone that I’ve read, so this year I want to read even more and support more own voices!
  • A goal I have for blogging is to read more blogs! I read like one blog, and I seriously need to change this because there are so many other bloggers out there that I admire!
  • A goal for reading is to get all of the books that I bought in 2016 off of my tbr shelf. Last year I started out with almost 70 and this year I am starting out with 7. Granted I unhauled a lot of them, but I believe that I can narrow this down to like maybe three or just accomplish this in general!
  • And my last goal is to listen to more audiobooks! I was not always a fan of audiobooks, but I’ve been listening to them a lot more and I want to try to listen to at least 3 audiobooks!

So that concludes my highly ambitious goals for the year… I will most likely check back in a few months and see if I actually get through these! Comment down below some of your goals for the year!


BLOOD AND SAND BY C.V WYKBlood and Sand: A Novel by C.V. Wyk
Published by Tor Teen on January 16th 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...
For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.
Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.
Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.
Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus...
The story continues in Fire and Ash, coming in 2019 from Tor Teen.

I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program, all thoughts are my own.

My 2018 reading year could not have started off better.

If you want to read a female gladiator book, this is the one for you. If you want a book with a badass female character, this is the book for you.

This book has been on my radar forever because anything related to ancient Roman and Greek times is my jam. Like I’ll read anything from that era. So when I heard a book about a female Spartacus? I was like sign me up! This book was definitely NOT what I expected it to be and I mean it in the BEST of ways. So without further ado, let’s break this review down, shall we?

The first thing I want to talk about is the writing.

  • It was utterly fantastic and so vivid I really felt like I could see what I was reading. Like I could see the images in my head if that makes sense. It was so easy to follow along and the dialogue meshed well. I also really liked that there are two points of views so we could get well… different sides of the story.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the setting.

  • I sincerely love anything that has to do with Ancient Rome and Greece. So this was just such a gift for me. I can for sure tell you that the author seriously did their research and this definitely was more… political centered because well politics were a big thing at that time. So if you love political intrigue, this book is the one for you!

I will have to warn, there is a lot of violence and brutality in this book which is expected given the timeframe this is taking place in. There are gladiator fights and deaths so if that is NOT your thing, perhaps stray away from this one.

What really made this book for me was the characters. This is a character-driven story.

  • We have Attia who is our main character, our Spartacus. She is one of my favorite female characters of all time, she is really unlike any other female character I have read about. She is a Thracian warrior, a Maedi Princess who gets captured by the Roman Empire and sold into slavery. What I admire the most about her is how resilient she is and that no matter what she goes through she keeps her head up high and fights like hell. Despite everything around her, she never gives up.
  • And then we have Xanthus, a gladiator unlike everyone else. He is also strong and resilient and even though he is forced to be in the situation he is in, he still keeps his head.

Is there a romance? Yes, but I think that part is left best discovered because how it unfolds is beautiful.

So in short, would I recommend this book? A million times yes. This is a historical fiction novel you DON’T want to miss. This book ended on a major cliffhanger and I cannot wait for book two!

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars


on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover, eARC

Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire - a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.

NOTE: I was sent this as an arc for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, thank you edelweiss for the galley.

This book as deceived me to the extreme maximum, I still cannot believe what happened…. Happened.


I’m just going to get right into this review and I promise I won’t spoil anything because this is a book that you need to go into blind and expect nothing from (or expect the best, I’m not stopping you) but this book surprised me in all of the best ways, I am seriously looking forward to the sequel.

But this is definitely one of the unique novels that I have ever read. The world, the magic system, the mythology— just everything about it was incredible. I’ll admit there were some slow points, but what made this story for me was the characters.

  • We have our main character Jules who is such a powerful heroine and you really feel for her hardships throughout the story.
  • We have Irina Gold who really surprised me with how much I liked her. I’m not saying too much about her because spoilers. But you’ll know what I mean when you meet her.
  • We have Roan who really brought light to the scenes he was in.
  • And my favorite? Liam. Broody as heck, beautiful, instant book boyfriend okay.

It was easy for me to connect to all of these characters in some form and I rooted for each of them throughout the story. Even Caro, the Queen’s handmaiden, I rooted for her too. The character growth for all of the characters who played a major part in the book was… okay, but it is the first book in a series so I’ll give it time on that.


The main thing I loved about this book was the absence of romance.

  • Yes, I guess there is some romance, depends on how you look at it.
  • Honestly, you’re going to need a magnifying glass to see the tiny ounce of romance this book has. But seriously? The romance is not there and it does not take over the plot and for once I really love that. Now I do feel like going into the second book there MIGHT be a romance, but I would be a-okay with who is probably going to get with who.


Okay so, in my opinion… there is a lot of world-building in this novel, and I know that isn’t something everyone enjoys so just that little bit of a warning. But for me? The world-building nailed it. I loved every single time they spoke about the blood irons and how Sempera came to be. I felt this was the BEST part of the story and how it ties in with the mythology and the story of the Alchemist and Sorceress (just wait okay you will live) and I can’t wait to see Sarah Holland expand the world even more in the next installment.


Now this was what surprised me the most, was that Sarah Holland is a debut author. Not that debut authors can’t write incredibly and mind you I read this as in arc I got back in September. I was truly surprised at how polished the writing was, and the grasp she has on the story and her characters. The writing flowed well, it was easy to follow… I mean I read this in a day if that tells you anything. I felt like I was right there seeing through Jules eyes the writing was that good.


Now… as I said in the beginning of this review, there is a plot point that I was deceived by and almost a month later I am still shaken by it. This was arguably the BEST PART of the book. Trust me, you will be shocked when you read this because this is something you won’t see coming.


This book is definitely something worth checking out, it is incredibly original and such a fun read, it honestly surprised me with how much I LOVED it. This book is now on my favorites shelf and I cannot wait to see what Holland has in store for us next!

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars


So, this is something that I think a lot of people have. Book boyfriends. Or girlfriends, or whoever you love. This is a new feature that I will be doing every other week. I’ll be picking someone from my endless list of bookish loves and give you a bunch of reasons as to why I love them so much.

The first lucky guy to be featured is the one and only Nikolai Lantsov. If you have never heard of Nikolai Lantsov, what are you doing? Get out of here and read The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo! Seriously he is one of the best things about this trilogy besides Darkles but this is not about him.

So without further ado, here is why I love Nikolai.


  • Nikolai is prince perfect : (not anymore but we’ll get to that) even though he is not the crown prince, he is everything that a prince should be.
  • He is also an inventor!: Nikolai is absolutely brilliant and I think people really skip over that and focus on how adorable he is. But, Nikolai is an inventor and has invented a lot of incredible things. I think people sort of underestimate him because of his personality and his position. But he is TRULY brilliant and I really hope it is shown more in King of Scars.
  • He is a privateer!: Also known as Sturmhond which is how we are introduced to him in the books. I think him being a privateer really makes him even more incredible because he’s seen it all. This is one of the reasons why I love him because he can take me on an adventure.
  • He’s a king!: Even though he is not the crown prince, he takes the throne not because he wants power, but because he truly cares about Ravka and everything going on in his country.
  • He is the Too-Clever-Fox!: Besides the fact that he is brilliant, but he is also extremely clever. He is definitely a trickster and always has a backup plan.
  • He is also known as Korol Rezni: A.K.A The King of Scars. I am not going to delve into why he is known as the King of Scars, but it’s really sad. At least to me, it is. But I think it is badass that he is called Korol Rezni.
  • He is hilarious: He never fails to make me smile and make me laugh and he just brings a lot of light to the pages.
  • He is caring: and this is one of my favorite things about him. He truly cares about his country and he wants to make things better for Ravka. Instead of focusing on getting power and that usual stuff, his focus is on his people and the things his country truly need. He also cares about the people close to him and just people in general.

And lastly? He has some of the best quotes.


“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”

“Anything worth doing starts with a bad idea.”

“Princes bleed like other men. They just do it in better clothes.”

“I live on a strict diet of Ill-advised enthusiasm and heartfelt regret.”

So this concludes my first post of Book boyfriend Friday. If you want to join in on this, go ahead! Write about who you love in a book and share your link!

Also, if you have not read this trilogy… what in the world are you doing?