by discussions, dnf'ing books, mini reviews

I am no stranger to DNF’ing books. If I am not enjoying a book and It’s not capturing my attention? I won’t finish it because I could be dedicating that time to read books I would rather enjoy than reading books that will put me to sleep. But you know…? I tried not to DNF books this year, I tried so hard and I failed obviously because this post would not exist. Life is too short to make yourself read a book you’re not enjoying.


The cover for this book is beautiful and that’s truly such a shame because the inside? So boring. I even tried to listen to this on an audiobook because I thought that yeah! I will enjoy it so much more! Yeah no, I was wrong. I was still bored and honestly almost fell asleep listening to this thing. Now it was not by any means a horrible book. I was just bored while reading it and lost interest.



Just like the first book, this cover is also beautiful. The inside? A HOT mess. I felt truly deceived by this book and expected SO much out of this. This was marketed as a Swan Lake retelling which I don’t understand how because to me it was like special snowflake main character who is super powerful and beautiful retelling. I already have a review for this if you would like to see more of my thoughts on this.



I received an arc for this from bloggingforbooks so thank you to them for the book! Unfortunately… I did not enjoy this at all. This was another boring book that I just struggled to read entirely. There was a lot of detail but not in a good way, I mean if you want to make your readers interested you do not need to explain every single tiny little damn thing. Not a fan of the characters and I could not relate to them, I am not going to waste my time writing a complete review on this book.


So those are some books that I recently DNF’d. Do you DNF books? If so, how do you go about writing a review?


So… where to even begin. I want to start with a little disclaimer because I know this can sometimes be quite controversial, but all of these opinions are my own. I have nothing against you or the people who like these series, you’re not wrong for loving these series. We love some things and we don’t love some things, it happens. Don’t be ashamed of it. So recently I did a book purge (another post for another time) which felt so incredible. And I got rid of a lot of series, but here are a few that I will not ever be finishing or don’t care for anymore.

I also do not think these authors or horrible or their writing is bad, I just either fell out of love or it wasn’t for me.


The Burning Sky Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
I loathed this book. It was not at all what I expected, I found it to be confusing and just not… done well. Great concept, but executed poorly. Perhaps there is someone else out there who will read these books. I will say, Sherry is a good writer and if she writes more fantasy, I’ll give it a try.

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
I am sort of neutral in my feelings towards this book. Did I hate it? No. Did I love it? No. To me, it was just boring and I could not connect to any of the characters. I even tried audiobook and while that helped me make an attempt to get into the story at least, I just… again. Could not connect with any of the characters.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Everyone and their mother has read and loved this series. This is probably one of the most hyped series out there? And I tried to love it. I did love the first book, was eh with the second and didn’t even make it 5% through the third before I put it down to read something else. After a year of these sitting on my shelf, I decided it was time to say goodbye!  Now, I love her other trilogy The Infernal Devices and will read her next one coming out which is the Last Hours I believe? I just don’t care for Clary and crew.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Such an interesting and unique spin on this classic. Danielle Paige is a really amazing author and I loved these books. So why am I not finishing this series? I never picked up the last one and there are so many other books I’d rather be reading.

Undertow by Michael Buckley
Same thing with Dorothy Must Die. Loved the first two books, and I do think that this trilogy is super underrated, I just haven’t gotten around to picking up the third book. Every time I see it on the shelf at my bookstore, I want to get it but at the same time… I just don’t care for the story or the characters anymore.

Hopefully, these books are not too controversial and I do sincerely apologize if I offend anyone but you know what? We all have our different opinions, that is what makes us wonderful human beings.


To all the books I haven’t read…

I have no idea if people like to read these kinds of things but I thought it might be interesting to show you guys in case people were curious. I am getting new shelves within the next few days and I think I am actually going to have a TBR shelf! That way it would help me figure out what books I need to read and if the shelf fills up, that means no more buying books! (RIGHT, hold me up to this) Once I get my shelves I will do a bookshelf tour/how I organize my books type of post.

So without further ado, here are all the PHYSICAL books I need to read!

A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab
Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wold by Jennifer Neilson
The Valiant by Lindsey Livingston
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Illiad + Odyssey by Homer
Greek Mythology by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Demon King, Exiled Queen, Gray Wolf Throne, Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Rose Society, Young Elites by Marie Lu
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer
Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
The Queens Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The Orphan Queen, The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Red Rising, Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Alive by Scott Sigler
Legend, Prodigy, Champion by Marie Lu
Unite Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Ninth City Burning by J Patrick Black
Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali
Fangirl, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger
The Third Twin by C.J Omololu
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Kisses + Curses by Various
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
This Monstrous Thing by McKenzie Lee
COG, COLS, COFA, COHF, Bane Chronicles, Lady Midnight by Cassie Clare
Raven Boys, Dream Thieves, Blue Lily Lily Blue, Raven King by Maggie Steifvater
Winterviel by Jenna Burtenshaw
Zodiac by Romina Russel
Unbooked by Lisa Maxwell
Never Never by Briana Shrum
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Nemesis by Anna Banks
Nightfall by Jake Halpern
The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye
The Fill in Boyfriend by Kasie West
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khourey
Walk on Earth with a Stranger by Rae Carson


So yeah, 71 books that I own and have yet to read! Definitely more than I had anticipated but hopefully by the end of this year I hope I can knock some books off this list! (Even though i’ll MOST likely add more)

So if you’ve stayed till the end of the post, thank you so much! How many books do you have on your tbr??


Yes, it is Summer! I have a love/hate relationship with Summer, but you know what? I will manage to survive it! Also, so many amazing books are coming out during the season, I can’t express how excited I am! I will give a short background on the book as well as the dates it is published! Also, as far as I know, Spring starts June 20 and ends September 22, correct me if I am wrong but that is what I am going off of. I won’t be giving any

I won’t be giving any descriptions for any of these books because I don’t know much about these books and I’d like to keep it that way until I actually read them!


Now I Rise by Kiersten White. This comes out on the 27th
I’m not going to talk about what this book is about because it is the sequel to And I Darken which is a retelling of Vlad Dracul (the Impaler) as if he were a girl. The first book was incredible and I can’t wait to find out what happens!

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman. This comes out on the 27th.
This is literally my most anticipated read of the summer season… the year, even. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this book. This is the third book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series so I won’t be telling you what this one is about, but it is a historical fantasy centered on Alexander the Great as he was a teenager. Only a few more days I cannot wait.


Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. This comes out the 25th.
This is a debut novel and at first glance of the synopsis it didn’t seem really interesting but once I actually read the synopsis as one should do. This is about a girl named Sorina who lives within the borders of the Gomorrah festival. She has a rare talent in which she can create illusions that can see, think, and feel and have their own personalities. As lifelike as they seem they are just illusions and they are not real. Until one of them is murdered. This just sounds insanely creepy and incredible I cannot wait to read this.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. This comes out on the 18th.
I’ve been wanting to read a time travel book or a book that has some time traveling in it, so this sounded pretty cool. It’s about a girl named Esta who is a great thief. She has been raised to steal artifacts from an evil order that created this barrier that traps anyone with magic in modern day Manhattan. She has to travel to the past and steal a book that contains the secrets to the order and the barrier itself. But nothing is as it seems and to save the future, Esta may have to betray everyone in the past.

Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie. This comes out on the 11th.
This is an anthology consisting of stories by some epic authors and booktubers. But what I am MOST excited about is that it is an anthology about villains. VILLAINS. Each story is an unconventional spin on classic tales like Medusa and whatnot. I’m just super stoked to read this.


Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic. This comes out the 15th.
This is about two sisters who have a magical ability to manipulate beauty. They are not allowed to share their music with anyone and they are not allowed to fall in love. Their mother is mysteriously attacked they must discover the truth their mother has hidden from them and they discover a curse that will tear them apart. This just sounds super cool and the cover looks amazing.

See What I Have Done by Sara Schmidt. This comes out on the 1st.
The title alone is what made me want to read this book. This is about Lizzie Borden who may or may not have killed her family. I don’t know much else about this, but it sounds super interesting!

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski. This comes out on the 1st.
This is about a girl who’s father goes missing in the woods that her family patrols. What intrigued me about this book is the whole ‘The woods are turning sinister.’ Which sounds super eerie and creepy and a perfect Halloween read!



Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett. This comes out on the 5th.
This is about a girl who is hired by the greatest explorer ever known. While her sister is hired by the rival to climb this very dangerous summit. This book is hard to explain but it sounds so good and the cover is beautiful!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. This comes out on the 6th.
An entire book about Chaol Westfall? Sign me up please! I’m so excited that he finally gets his chance to shine and I can’t wait to see what is in store for him!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. This comes out on the 5th.
This is said to be a reimagining of Frozen meets the Bloody Chamber (I have no idea what this is) mixed with Snow White? I’m not too sure but it sounds incredible!

Odd and True by Cat Winters. This is out on the 12th.
I am lucky enough to have an arc of this book so I definitely need to read this as soon as possible!

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. This is out on the 5th
I also have an arc of this as well and I have heard nothing but GREAT things about this book!


Book challenges I am participating 2017

I can’t believe that 2016 is almost over. Honestly, I’m glad it is because it’s been a tough year for our world and I’m looking forward to what 2017 brings. I want to participate in a couple of challenges as well. So down below are the challenges I will be doing as well as the list of books I will be reading for some of the challenges.


This challenge is hosted by shelley over at readsleeprepeat and mishma at chasingfairytales, and basically for each month you have a theme, ad you have to pick a book that goes with that theme. All the books should be diverse… hence the title diverse reads. I’m doing this challenge because I want to expand my reading horizons and read books with diversity and ownvoices books.

This is hosted by mysoulcalledlife and cornerfolds. Dystopia is what got me back into reading after I had stopped after a while. I have so many dystopia books on my TBR list. So I am looking forward to completing this!

This challenge is hosted by alexalovesbooks and hello, chelly. This will be no problem for me to complete since the majority of books I read are fantasy. I plan to read at least 30 strictly high fantasy books!  So check it out if you’re into fantasy!

This is hosted by books, movies, reviews, oh my! and unconventionalbookviews. There are so many new releases next year and I actually want to read them right when I buy them instead of putting it on the shelf for later. So this challenge will be super fun!

This is hosted by thebookshelfgargoyle and this is the last reading challenge I am partaking in for 2017. Info is in the link above, but this challenge sounds so cool!

Are you taking part in any challenges next year? If so, let me know! Also, check these out and sign up if you are interested!