King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

King’s Cage by Victoria AveyardKing's Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard
Published by HarperTeen on February 7th 2017
Genres: Dystopia/Fantasy
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

So I went into this book thinking that I would absolutely hate it. That I would skim chapters and only read the ones concerning my favorite which is Cal of course. I was so wrong. This book went in so many directions that I didn’t even expect. This review will probably make zero sense because it is just me rambling but I need to get my jumbled thoughts out!

In my opinion, this book was the best of the series by far. The writing improved ten fold, the worldbuilding was fantastic and just you go girl, you go.


This book is told from three different point of views. We get Mare of course as well as Cameron, and Evangeline. It was so refreshing to see the world through someone else’s eyes and not just Mare’s, but also how other characters are viewed or how certain events are thought of. I thought Mare grew as a person and I’m pretty sure she is cemented in my favorite female characters and I don’t get how people dislike her but that is their opinion. She grew stronger and more resilient, but toward the end of the book she sort of regained her old self back outside of the little lightening girl.

Cameron was such a fresh breath of air and I lived for her chapters. Evangeline was also incredible and it was great to see she was not just the standard ‘bitchy’ character who had a gripe with the main character (I never thought that of course)… although we do get why she was not a fan of Mare in the first place, which I thought was pretty sweet. I am not going to talk about Cal because I will ramble and rave about how beautiful he was in this book. I do want to talk about Maven… and I thank the author that she portrayed him exactly as I felt he should be portrayed. There was no excusing his horrible actions or any poor me syndromes or maybe his mother controlled his every move and made him do every bad thing, like no he was responsible for his own actions.


The plot went in directions that I definitely did not expect it to go, and the stakes are definitely high for the last book. There were a few times I felt the book was a little slow, but it was filled with political intrigue so I didn’t really mind it that much. I am definitely a little nervous for the last book because some of the things that happened were killer. Also as I stated earlier the writing is so much better than the previous books. I feel like the author has a good grasp on the characters and what she wants to happen.


Thank heavens that there is more world building and we got to see beyond Norta. Even though there was a lot more world building in this book than Red Queen and Glass Sword, I actually would like to know more about the world before, like maybe a novella would clear up a lot of questions that I have.

So there is my non cohesive review of King’s Cage. I am beyond excited for the last book and I can’t wait to see how this series ends!

Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:


A to Z bookish survey

I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now because it looks like so much fun to do. So basically for every letter of the alphabet there is a question and there are 26 questions. Without further ado, lets get onto it! Also I am not too sure on who the original creator is so if you know, please tell me!

Probably Sarah J Maas. She just has so many books out and she has so many more coming out.

This is a three way tie between A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo! I can’t choose just one, I loved all of them.

I can never just read one book at once and I like having a choice of what I can read and well, I am a mood reader. But at the moment I am reading Frostblood by Elly Blake, King’s Folly by Jill Williamson, and Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi… I am actually trying to listen to this on audiobook, but I haven’t really had the time to finish it!

I will drink whatever while I am reading but, I highly prefer to drink either coffee or tea while I am reading!

I used to be so against e-readers! But lately I’ve sort of gotten back into it. Sometimes it’s just so much easier to read on my kindle app on my phone if I am waiting in line or something and I don’t have a physical book with me or can’t carry it.

Cal Calore from Red Queen. In fact, I would still date him now! But I just love Cal so much, you guys have no idea.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I hestitated on reading it but, I am so glad I did because I got introduced to such an amazing author!

Susan Dennard! I read Truthwitch last year and it was incredible and she is just such a wonderful author and creates such a beautiful world!

Well, before 2015 I stopped reading as much as I did before and honestly did not collect a lot of books. But I picked up Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige and that book got me back into reading and turned me into the reader I am now! If it wasn’t for that book, then I don’t think I would be here blogging or have a bookstagram or have as many books as I do now. So I’m forever grateful for that book.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber and hopefully by the time this post is up, I will have Frostblood by Elly Blake finished as well!

It is not to say I won’t ever read them, but I generally do not read contemporary or anything that doesn’t have an element of fantasy to it. This isn’t to say that I won’t ever read the genre!

This year? Probably Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard. I haven’t read anything that is too long as of yet this year.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. After that book I barely read for the next two months because I just could not stop thinking about the book it was that incredible! I’m a little bummed we have to wait until 2018 for the third book, but I know it will be well worth it and I can’t wait to see what Sabaa has in store for us!

As of now, two. One well is medium sized and my other one is large. It’s hard to fit all of my books onto them but I somehow manage! I plan to get new shelves soon so they can match and I can have plenty room!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I was obsessed with the book when I read it in eight grade!

I can read anywhere, but I definitely prefer to read on my bed surrounded by pillows and blankets!

“Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your viens. When the world owed you nothing, and you demanded something of it anyway.” This is from Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and this is probably my favorite quote of the series!

I don’t think I have one just yet.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (I am debating on if I should finish this honestly), Dorothy must die series by Danielle Paige (also debating on if I should finish this)

The Song of Achilles by Marissa Meyer, Vicious by V.E Schwab and An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir.

I am not sure what this means exactly but I guess I’ll talk about my bookish merch? I will buy merch for whatever series I am obssessed with and the characters that I love!

Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman! I absolutely LOVE this series! It’s a historical fantasy about Alexander the Great and it is so good! I am highly anticipating this book!

Buying the entire series before I read the first book. Because sometimes I end up not even liking the book and then I regret the fact that I bought the entire series because I spent money on something I hated. So yeah, I need to fix this habit but it’s hard to.

Currently, the 27th book on my shelf is The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.

Well I bought quite a few bookish… things. Books I just bought are Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and Wintersong by S. Jae Jones. I also bought two candles from themugglelibrary and a uh, Rhysand letter from bookified.

So many! I can’t even write an appropriate answer to this!

So that is the end of the tag and if you are reading this, you’re tagged!

Angsty Romances!

This is top five Wednesday and the topic for this week is angsty romances. Gosh this is SUCH  cliche sometimes, but I am a huge sucker for a good angsty romance. There is just something about them that I hate to love and just… can’t stay away from. Some of these are canon, some aren’t— yet, I am not giving spoilers. Some of these are just characters I ship together and think that they would have SO much angst.

001. Cal Calore and Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I am a huge advocate for this ship like… I am one of those who shipped them from book one. But they have so many differences and it’s not just because of their blood and their status, but their ideals are wildly different. I mean I think they could work, but there would be so much angst.

002. Magnus Damora and Cleo Bellos from Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

This ship is chalk full of angst. The lead up to the start of their relationship is was rocky enough and even though they are now together the angst is still there, still going strong. But sometimes I just wish they could be happy because they deserve it okay?

003. Elias Veturius and Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I feel like I am the only one who ships these two. I just absolutely love the idea of them together Also don’t get me wrong, I do ship Elias and Laia. I just feel like these two would be great together but there would be so much angst because they are so different from one another.

This post is relatively short and these are honestly all of the angsty romances that I could think of off the top of my head!

Anticipated Releases 2017 Spring edition

Yes, it is spring! And 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 March 20 and ends June 20, correct me if I am wrong but that is what i am going off of. Also, a lot of these I am actually reading the full summary for the first time.


Stranger and the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This comes out on the 28.
Okay well, now that I read the sypnosis of this it actually sounds a little but confusing, but I do know it has something to do with dreams and it just sounds so interesting and unique that I can’t wait to find out if it lives to the hype!

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. This comes out on the 28.
This is about a girl who has some sort of ability that can break a spell that holds her worlds social order in place. This is apparently for fans of Red Queen which I loved, so I supposed I would like this book.


Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer. Out on 4/11.
This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty which I honestly have never read a retelling of Sleeping Beauty so this automatically intrigued me. This is about two sisters Isabelle and Aurora who had something taken from them. One day everything changes with the drop of Aurora’s blood. I honestly hope this is as good as it sounds.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis. Out on 4/11.
Possibly my most anticipated read for April. This is about a girl named Khosa who was Given to the Sea. I suppose she is supposed… okay as I am reading this summary I am a little confused, my gosh. Anyway it sounds really unique and cool so I can’t wait to read it.
Alex and Eliza by Melissa De LaCruz. Out on 4/11

A YA ‘retelling’ inspired by Hamilton. You have no idea how much I need this in my life. I don’t read contemporaries but this will be an exception because I just need it.


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. Out on 5/2
This is the third book in the ACOTAR trilogy and probably my most anticipated book of the year. I am a little terrified for what might happen and just… pray all my favorites can live happily ever after.

Flame and Mist by Renee Ahdieh. Out on 5/2
For some reason, this gives me major Mulan vibes. But this is about a girl named Mariko who may or may not be an accomplised alchemist.

Dreamfall by Amy Plum. Out on 5/2
This is about a girl named Cata who suffers from debilitating insomnia, and she agrees to take part in a experimental procedure. There is a malfunction and Cata and the others who were taking part in the experiment are put into a dreamworld. They have no idea how they got there and worse, they are being hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations. This just sounds so cool and creepy and I need more books like this in my life.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. Out on 5/16
I saw this on netgalley and gosh darn it, I really wish I requested this now that I fully know what it is about. This is about a secret organization that cultivates teen spies. It is about two boys, One named Caden who is the literal boy next door who is sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a the bad boy. Dark, brooding, dark souled and dangerously handsome. And they are competing for a girl. Right now, this book sounds like a huge cliche and trope, but what makes this different is that Caden and Dylan end up falling for each other.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Schvarts. Out on 5/30
I was lucky enough and super grateful to get an arc of this and I need to read it soon. But this is about a girl named Tila who is well, a bastard. This book is sort of hard to summarize, so read the description because it sounds so cool!


The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King. Out on 6/1
This is about a girl named Kalinda who is an orphan ward of the sisterhood. One day she is ripped from her home from the Rajah Tarek and is told she has to fight for her place among the Rajah’s nine-nine wives. This just sounds super interesting and I can’t wait to read it!

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser. Out on 6/6
I saw this going around on twitter and it sounded so cool. This is about a girl named Caroline who is destined for the river and that is honestly all I really know about it!

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneu. Our on 6/6
This is about twins named Carys and Andreus who after the murder of the king and the crown prince, they are thrust into a trial of succession to see who is fit enough to rule Eden. This just sounds so intriguing and I’m just super excited to read it!

So those are my anticipated reads for the Spring season! I will most likely add more to this list because I love finding new books!

Books that utterly betrayed me

I am so pumped to do this tag! This the books you have felt betrayed by or you can even include characters as well no matter how big or small the feeling is. Here is the link to the group!

I was so betrayed by this book because I went into it thinking I was going to utterly hate Rhysand and I was seriously going to read this out of spite. Sarah made me fall in love with Rhysand and everything about him and his court I just UGH. Not what I was expecting, but I am glad of it!

I was hoping that I was going to get a sweet m/m love story and I read a lot of great reviews on it. Nope, not what I got. I am not even going to talk about this mess because it makes me so mad.

Because of spoilers, I won’t say much. But if you have read this book than you know what I am talking about. View Spoiler »

I am mad and happy about this betrayal. Again if you have read it, you know but at the same time I feel like everyone knows who the darkling is.

I didn’t like him that much in the first place, I felt he was a little unnecessary, but still. His betrayal shocked me and I didn’t see it coming at at.

Books on my spring tbr

There are so many books I want to read and not to mention the fact that there are around 70+ books I own and have yet to read. I like buying books! What can I say? I am not going to go into detail about some of these books, mainly because I don’t know what they are about and I would like to go into it not knowing. Here is the link to the top ten blog and definitely join if you are interested! These are the books I will probably be reading during the spring season, so without further ado, let’s get onto it!

001. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab.

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I hope to read the entire series this spring, but I’ll be happy if I get to just one. This book has been on my radar for well… forever and I have seen nothing but good things about this series, so I am pretty hyped to read it. Also because the author is absolutely incredible and I will read everything that she writes!

002. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Mass.

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Of course I am including this on the list, it comes out in May. I am so pumped for this and a little sad that it is the last book in the series, but I know Maas will kill us with the feels and that it will just be incredible. Also, Rhys.

003. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Another book that has been on my radar for a long time and this is another series that has raving reviews. From what I know about it, it sounds exactly up my alley and I can’t wait to see what the hype is about!

004. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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This post is probably going to be redundant, but I am incredibly pumped to read this! Everyone loves it and the book is so important and I feel like everyone should read it, actually.

005. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

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Queue my newest obsession. I’ve listened to this track (only Ramin Karimloo’s version, because he is my fav) for the past two weeks and I am not ashamed at all. But I’ve always wanted to read this and now that I have two copies, I can finally dive into it!

006. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

This is SFF I believe, but like the previous books, I have heard nothing but good things about it so I can’t wait to pick it up!

007. Frostblood by Elly Blake

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This has been on my TBR since January so I hope that I can read it by the end of spring! This book sort of reminded me of Red Queen, even though it sounded nothing like it. It just… gave me vibes.

008. Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

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The cover grabbed me with this book and it looked so cool and the premise sounded really interesting, so I am hoping to pick it up soon!

009. Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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This series is loved by a lot of people so I am a little nervous getting into it. But it’s high fantasy and well, high fantasy is my jam… it is what I prefer to read above all else. I can’t wait to see why this series is loved!

010. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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This is a re-read, but I’m reading it during the spring due to the fact I am writing a term paper on it.

So those are some of the books I will hopefully be reading during the spring season! What are some books on your list?


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie GarberCaraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Pages: 407
Format: Hardcover

Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

I am not sure how to write this review because my mind is still blown from the intensity of this novel. Caraval is said to be like Night Circus and I uh, have yet to read Night Circus and after this I am definitely going to be picking it up! This was also one of the most anticipated books of the year so hearing that, I was skeptical about it because I have gotten carried away in the hype of books before, so I swore I would not do it with Caraval.

I went into this book really knowing nothing and expecting nothing, but I was not disappointed.


I really loved the characters in this book, especially Scarlett who vaguely reminded me of Kestral from the Winners Trilogy. Why? No clue, she just did. I thought she was not your typical YA heroine who is snarky and brave, I’m not saying she isn’t, but you know what I am. The typical YA heroine. I felt Scarlett was sort of timid, maybe a little shy and I felt that strongly had to do with her upbringing. Julian, I knew I would love him since the moment he came on the page. You know, he is one of those characters you can’t help but love.

There were plenty of supporting characters I found to be quite interesting except two of them that I felt were completely uneeded and if you read Caraval… hopefully you know who because they literally contributed ZERO to the story. The character of Legend himself was what drove me insane this entire book, that is all I will say about him.


I would have appreciated a map that was not just of Caraval, but I won’t gripe about it. The world was so unique and intricate and spellbinding. The plot itself was incredible and so well written, it was more than I could have hoped for. The entire plot is Scarlett trying to solve the mystery of Caraval and find her sister, but I felt I spent more time figuring out who the hell Legend was and what his endgame was and guess what? I still have no clue because this book left me with so many questions.

My ONLY gripe about this book is the insta-love. For me, it was the kind that I absolutely devour and it’s my guilty pleasure, but I know that is kind of a deal breaker for some people so… yeah, just a warning. There is insta-love. It’s insta in my opinion, because how many people fall madly in love within the span of 3 days?
Anyway, so that concludes my review for Caraval. The ending was definitely a cliffhyanger and I can’t wait for the next book!

Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:


Favorite Sci Fi and Fantasy books

So last month I participated in none of the T5W, partly because I had no time to post and because I had no motivation. I’m kicking myself in gear and getting back on track for this month and hopefully beyond! Here is a link to the group on goodreads and the topic for this week is well as you can see with the title, but it’s your favorite SFF books! This was incredibly hard because all I read is fantasy and the subgenres of fantasy.

I was going to swerve so hard on this book because I was pro Feylin, but then I picked it up out of spite and it’s now in my top ten favorites. Now this series isn’t without it’s issues of course, but I absolutely love the characters and some of the messages behind the words. I feel like this series is so much better than Throne of Glass and you all should read it!

I am cheating, I know. But I just can’t pick between these two. This was one of my favorite sequals of 2016 and I just can’t explain my love for this series and Sabaa’s writing and her world. Elias Veturius is bae.

This book was such a wild ride. I’ve never read anything quite like it. Particularly because of the format which is a little hard to get used to but… It was incredible. The best part of the book is the character of AIDAN.

How could I not include this? This book was absolutely incredible, it was everything a series or duology finale needs to be and Leigh is just a master when it comes to writing, plots and characterization. Read this!

I had to include this entire series because it was phenomenal. This series was so hyped and I was nervous going into it, but I JUST HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THE CHARACTERS. Specifically Thorne.

February Wrap Up

I can’t believe that this month is over you guys, what is this madness. This month was a little uneventful for me because I didn’t really read everything that I wanted to. I’m attempting to get used to my school schedule along with work and it’s a little hard to fit in time for reading, but I try! And excuse this random photo. I didn’t take one for this month so yeah, I wanted to put something in this post!

So this month, I read six books! Three for enjoyment and two for school. I have reviews for some of these up already, so I’ll just give my rating and small thoughts.

WINDWITCH by SUSAN DENNARD: I loved this book so so much. It was one of my highly anticipated books and it did not disappoint! I rated this 5/5 stars!

KINGS CAGE by VICTORIA AVEYARD: Another anticipated read and this one took me by surprise because I was expecting to dislike it, but wow it was fantastic! I rated this 5/5 stars!

THE SONG OF ACHILLES by MADELINE MILLER: My favorite book of the month and of my life okay. This book was absolutely incredible, it made me sob, like really cry. I really recommend you guys to read this! I rated this 5/5 stars!

SHANE by JACK SCHAEFER: I had to read this for school. It was the typical western… it was nothing really special in my opinion. I rated this 3/5 stars!

THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE by AMANDA LOVELACE: Another amazing read. I loved all of the passages. I rated this 5/5 stars!

WINTERS BONE by DANIEL WOODRELL: I had to read this for class as well and wasn’t really enjoying it so I read it on audiobook and it was pretty good. Although I do actually enjoy the movie better. I gave this a 3/5 stars!


Mark of the Thief and Rise of the Wolf
The Valiant by Lindsey Livingston
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Shane by Jack Schaefer
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace.

March goals 2017

I can’t believe it is already March, like where is all this time going?? But at the same time I am glad it is March because that means it’s a little closer to June and my most anticipated read releases in June so I am counting down the days. Anyway, spring break is this month for me so I made my TBR a little ambitious. I’m hoping to at least stick to this one, but seeing as if I am a mood reader… we’ll see in my monthly wrap-up if I was able to stick to it.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This book is so hyped up okay, so I am definitely going into this with a lot of expectations.

Frostblood by Elly Blake. This has been on my TBR for the past two months and I just haven’t picked it up so I am hoping that March will be the time I can read this!

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielson. I want to read everything and anything about Ancient Roman and Greek history and this also sounds up my ally.

The Valiant by Lindsey Livingston. I also meant to read this in February, I just had no time to do so. But I’ve heard great things about this one!

Kings Folly by Jill Williamson. Nothing like some good old high fantasy.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. Yes this is a re-read, but I am re-reading it because I’m doing my term paper for my fiction and novel in society class on this book.

The Third Twin by C.J Omololu. I picked this up on a whim, and it’s relatively short. I am hoping to get to this.

A Face like Glass by Francis Hardringe. This is an arc from netgalley that I hope to have read by May since it publishes in May.

So that’s my TBR for this month. I hope to at least stick to it because I rarely ever do.