Map Monday Review – The Poppy War

“Warfare was about absolutes. Us or them. Victory or defeat. There was no middle way. There was no mercy. No surrender.” ———————— The Poppy War is high fantasy at its very best. From page one, I could hardly put this book down. I’m so glad I waited until the entire series was out to startContinue reading “Map Monday Review – The Poppy War”

REVIEW: Wild Game

“‘I know my mother loved me,’ Malabar said, carefully choosing each word, ‘but not so much as she loved herself.’” “I knew Malabar loved me as much as she could love anyone.” ———————————————- Wow, holy mother issues Batman. Boy, did I relate to Rennie’s story. The extent of my mother’s toxic behavior wasn’t quite asContinue reading “REVIEW: Wild Game”

❣️ February wrap-up ❣️

Hi guys, I had a great reading month this month. I finished 23 books, 18 of which were ones where I had committed a review – I’m getting better at prioritizing these. I had my first DNF of the year, although I don’t think it was because the book was bad but more that itContinue reading “❣️ February wrap-up ❣️”

REVIEW: The Family Upstairs

Imagine the day you turn 25, a letter shows up saying that you’re due to inherit a mansion worth millions. Libby get such a letter one day, she finds out that her birth parents didn’t give her up for adoption willingly but had passed away, leaving their home to her upon her 25th birthday. WhenContinue reading “REVIEW: The Family Upstairs”

REVIEW: Reverie

“Sometimes the things we believe in are the most dangerous things about us.” ————————– “Dreams can be parasites we sacrifice ourselves to. Dreams can be monstrous, beautiful things incubated in misery and hatched by spite. Or dreams can be the artifacts we excavate to discover who we really are.” ————————– Inexplicably, I struggled with thisContinue reading “REVIEW: Reverie”

REVIEW: Garden Spells

This book has been on my TBR for a while, it’s by an NC author and set in NC and promises a little magic so I thought it’d be right up my alley. The Waverley girls have that special something and everyone in town knows it. Claire is a master gardener who knows exactly theContinue reading “REVIEW: Garden Spells”

REVIEW: Where the Lost Wander

“… his thoughts, when he shares them, are like little shoots of green grass on a dry prairie. The flowers on the prickly pears that grow among the rocks.” —————————————— I adore stories of the American Prairie and pioneer times. There is such beauty in the untamed land, passion in indigenous stories and strength inContinue reading “REVIEW: Where the Lost Wander”

REVIEW: The End of the Ocean

“Water itself is colorless. It’s the world around it that gives it color, reflections from the sky, from the surroundings, water is never just water. Water absorbs and whirls around everything it meets. Water is humus, sand, clay, and plankton. Water is given color by the bed it covers. Water reflects the world.” —————————– Like allContinue reading “REVIEW: The End of the Ocean”

Review: Queen of the Conquered

Queen of the Conquered is an unusual tale that lives somewhere between historical fiction and fantasy. It’s a slow building, emotionally fraught, politically complex story. At its heart, Sigourney is a strong woman with a huge history of trauma that defines her behavior throughout the story. She is the only woman of color who hasContinue reading “Review: Queen of the Conquered”

January wrap-up

This month I read 20 books. My goal was to work through my backlist books (8), my Netgalley (6) as well as 1 classic re-read per month and I ended up accomplishing 2.  Binti ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A Twist of Karma ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Dark Tides ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sadie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The RuthlessContinue reading “January wrap-up”