Month: March 2020

Comfy Corner: What’s the deal with giveaways + follow count

Hi there everyone! Welcome to my comfy corner of the internet where I can share my deepest darkest secrets (just kidding)! But really, this is the place where I can share my thoughts with people who might actually care which is PRETTY COOL!

So, as many of you know, I am also on IG (check me out I am fun and love to chat with people)!!

On IG I see people hosting giveaways all the time!! For a while I was like “what is this” and “why are people spending their own money to give things away.” Like most of you, I love to enter in the giveaways and obviously hope I win!! When I first started my IG I entered any one I could and ended up following a ton of people who never followed me back or interacted with my posts. So, slowly but surely I started to unfollow these accounts and stopped entering in so many giveaways – I will get more into this after.

There are like probably a million blog posts about how to do giveaways and why they are soooo amazing. I have read many of these posts in order to do my own giveaway and learned that people do these giveaways mainly for more followers and really no other reason. I wondered does this really work and if so, how well?

Something I learned: I did not realize that some of the accounts on IG “partnered” with other accounts and publishers in order to do the giveaways. This did not even cross my mind when I started!! Silly me!

I found I was looking into how these accounts were partnering with publishers and trying to figure out how they were hosting so many giveaways. To be honest, I never really found the answer I was looking for other than they have a lot of followers and publishers may contact them to feature the books/ other accounts contact them to partner on the giveaway to boost their followers. (This seems so obvious but little new bookstagram me had no idea).

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My own giveaway: So then when I reached around 1500 followers I decided I would join in and try this giveaway idea. I wanted to see if you gain a lot of followers and honestly I started to connect with a lot of cool people and it felt nice to give back to them especially since I won a few giveaways from them!

So, I searched high and low for the best way to host a giveaway. Do I pick a specific book, do I let the winner choose, do I go with a gift card or care package, do I surprise them with a book…… The options are endless. I decided to go with good old Book Depository and let the winner choose the book they wanted! This ended up being the best option in my opinion because that seems to get people more excited!

Did I get more followers? So, this question is difficult. Yes, I temporarily got more followers. NOT A LOT, but some. I’d say about half of those new followers were gone once the giveaway winner was picked. So, I don’t think it is really any better of option than simply following people and interacting with them on their pages. Maybe I simply don’t have enough followers for a giveaway to be super successful. I wouldn’t say it was a flop though. I would do one again but it wouldn’t be for the purpose of gaining followers 🤷‍♀️

What I like about giveaways: I think if done correctly, the giveaways are such a fun way to further connect with your followers and to give back to your friends. They can be relatively inexpensive or even free if you giveaway a copy of a book you already have. I enjoy when publishers do giveaways for ARC’s and newer books. I like to follow publishers anyways because of their announcements and different things they post!! So it works out!

What I don’t like about giveaways: I don’t like when a giveaway is hosted by several accounts and then I have to follow like 5 different accounts to enter for 1 book. 99% of the time those 5 accounts won’follow you back so now you end up just following a bunch of people for no real reason. The same goes for the accounts with 20k followers hosting giveaways. I follow a few big accounts because I truly enjoy what they post and enjoy their updates. However, I don’t want to follow someone who will have no interest in following me back just to enter a giveaway (like those 20k accounts who actually only follow 100 people…. no thanks).

Or, some giveaways require you to “repost” their post which I just simply won’t do because I like to keep my feed somewhat uniform with my own unique stuff! I don’t want to repost a giveaway post 🤷‍♀️

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Overall – my thoughts on giveaways are somewhat positive. I like the idea of them because who doesn’t like to win things?? Especially if it is something you want or enjoy. But, all the following and unfollowing that comes with it doesn’t seem totally worth it to me.. maybe if you are able to partner with a publisher and get the book for free then why not, but spending your own money for a few extra followers just isn’t my cup of tea!

I will continue to interact with my people and gain followers the old fashion way – by being consistent and working hard! May take longer but that’s okay, I’m not here for the followers, I’m here for the community (but followers are nice too haha).


What do you think about giveaways? Have you hosted them? Do you think they helped your follower count? Chat with me in the comments 🙂

What Is Currently On My TBR?

Do you find your TBR grows and grows and seems like it is basically a huge mountain that just wont stop growing?? I sure do. When I first started my Goodreads account I added a lot of books that seemed in anyway interesting. It became obvious that it would take me years to actually read any of these goods and honestly probably longer because new books come out constantly!

I tell myself that I will get to them and I don’t want to take them off my list because WHO KNOWS when I might want to read it and god forbid I forget about it and it slips into the book abyss… I have a hard time parting with my list 😂 So, instead of deleting some books and being realistic… sorry not sorry… I am going to tell all of you wonderful people about my very long list and pick out some of my top “to reads” as well as a few that have been on there for, well, a long time!

My top “to-reads” right now:

  • Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
  • A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • If I Never Met You by Mhairi MacFarlene
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  • House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig
  • Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

So, as you see this is a decent list of some newer books that have made it to the top of my list! I desperately want to read them all and I just need more time during the day to do this haha stupid working schedule!!! So, with all these wonderful books popping up to the top of my list, lets see which books have been getting shoved down….

My backlist “to-read” books:

  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • The Hive by Barry Lyga
  • How To Hack Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
  • Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
  • Good Girls Lie by J.T Ellison
  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  • Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
  • Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro

Honestly so many good ones are on my backlist and so many more are pushed even further down the list haha. I need to go through my goodreads and do a massive clear out and be realistic but it is SO HARD!


What is your TBR like? Are you like me with a forever growing list with the backlist just stacking up to never ending heights??

First Impressions: The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

I have recently started reading The Lantern’s Ember! I have had this book on my TBR for SO LONG! Literally one of the first books I added to my “to read” list on Goodreads. It popped up and instantly I was interested because of the cover. The cover is so intriguing! It looks spooky and kind of Halloween-ish! Plus, the title is super interesting. I was already forming ideas of what the plot would be just from the title and cover and if you ask me, that is pretty awesome! I knew it was something I needed to read. Flash forward like 1 year…. I finally got my hands on the book thanks to BookOutlet! So happy!!

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First impressions: I have been nothing but amazed by this book so far! First off, we are following a lovely little witch named Ember. Ember is awesome and I am really enjoying her character so far! She is so spunky and rebellious which I love. Then we have Jack, a ‘lantern.’ He is very interesting and has a dark mysterious past that I hope we get to!

So far, I’m getting some Harry Potter, Halloweentown, Men in Black vibes… Its hard to explain without giving too much away, but essentially this book is full of creatures and mysteries and I am starting to see some similarities between those movies I listed which is GREAT because those movies were the best.

The author is doing such a good job of setting the scene and going into background information about the characters. I was a little worried about that part. I just finished a book that had so much potential but fell flat due to lack of background information and setting!! So, happy to announce this one is much better and the author has amazing writing skills!

Stay tuned for a full review 🙂


Is there a book you knew you needed just based on the cover?

Women’s History Book Tag

FINALLY I GOT TAGGED IN A BOOK TAG! You guys, this is great! For once I am not just picking book tags to participate in all by myself 😂 Thank you Lauren @ Narrativeparadise for the tag!!!

Margaret @ Weird Zeal created this wonderful book tag in honor of Women’s History Month which is now (March)! I am also posting this a couple days after International Women’ Day!! Everyday should be women’s day in my opinion haha!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? – Goodreads

This is such an over used book I’m sure but honestly it is SO iconic and one of the first major female leads that made a huge impact! I read these books when I was in high school and absolutely loved them. When the movies came out I knew I needed to see them and I thoroughly enjoyed them and found them to be quite empowering and moving.


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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. – Goodreads

LOVE THIS BOOK! Charlotte is such an interesting character to me. She is the descendant from the great Sherlock Holmes ad solves all sorts of mysteries. She is so smart and sneaky! If you enjoy Sherlock mysteries then this would be for you! Its a series as well!


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One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr

The Queen of Blood and Rage wants Lily to help broker peace with the human world, but Lily knows that harmony won’t come easily. After decades of waging war on the humans, who cost the queen her firstborn daughter, the fae are struggling to accept Lily, a half-human monarch. – Goodreads

I haven’t read this one but it seems like a really fun idea! You cannot go wrong with Queens and war!


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The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri

When young Eleanor Amore finds herself pregnant, she returns home to her estranged family in the Bronx, called by “The Sight” they share now growing strong within her. – Goodreads

I personally did not end up enjoying this book very much for several reasons. I wrote a review about this book and gave it 2/5 stars. However, the writing in this book was so beautiful and artistic. I referred to it as being like a song, so smooth and well put together. Really wonderful writing. Worth checking out even though I wasn’t a huge fan!


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The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs. – Goodreads

I am waiting for this book to come out and just cannot wait to get my hand on it!! First off, this seems like an amazing book that will have such a strong female character. Second, I need to read more fantasy books I just don’t read them enough! Lastly, I love a book with a emperor and war and immortality… so fun!

Pub date: May 26, 2020


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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhonda Belleza

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge. – Goodreads

So my understanding is that this is about a princess who is going to war with the same people who killed her family! She sounds like one tough cookie to me!! Plus, the cover is beautiful!


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Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief. – Goodreads

This was a great book that was on my reading list for a very long time. I just kept putting it off when something new came out and really I am so disappointed I waited so long. It was lovely. Full of mystery, love, heartbreak, despair, and so many twists I didn’t see coming. This is a book I would re-read and I have NEVER re-read a book.


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The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. – Goodreads

I have not read this one but I have heard good things. It is a historical fiction about living in the 1950’s in Virginia and dealing with segregation and hardship due to sexuality. Two female characters are on opposite sides of the movements but start to fall for each other!


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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.Goodreads

I have had this book on my TBR for a long time now. Always thinking I’ll read it next month or I’ll get to it soon. I find I am so interested in reading it and have heard such amazing things but to be honest it touches on some really difficult topics and I never feel like I’m ready for it. Maybe some time soon.


Your Choice

Anne Frank!

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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. – Goodreads

That young girl has always stuck out to me as such a strong and powerful person. I have read her story and wow, was it heartbreaking. I think this is something every single person should read if not for the amazing young woman she was but for the history and understanding!


So many amazing women in this world! I loved this tag. It reminded me of the amazing women that have shaped my world today and to connect it to books makes it even better 🙂

I tag you! Anyone who wants to join in, please do!! I’d love to see your picks!

Goodreads Monday – March 9, 2020

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna

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Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.


Why I Want To Read This

So, this book initially caught my eye because it sounded so similar to Hunger Games, Grace Year, Maze Runner type stories. I really looove a good female lead and really never get tired of a well put together YA book 🤷🏻‍♀️

I don’t really have much of an explanation other than it sounds like a really fun, action packed book. I enjoy stories that focus more on fantasy aspects such as armies and emperors – this is exactly about that! Something about “older times” is more interesting to me than the usual corrupt government, scientific testing facilities, apocalyptic cities (don’t get me wrong, I like those too but its nice to have something a little different!)

Also, the cover is beautiful which definitely helps!!


Has anyone read this or have it on their TBR? Let me know in the comments!

The Coffee Book Tag

I’m not sure about you, but I LOVE me a good coffee! When I was in college I started my coffee addiction haha. I never ever liked it before then, but the long nights and tired mornings really made me into a coffee drinker. Now that I’m finished school I find myself drinking less coffee and usually something fancier like those yummy Starbucks lattes or something! Even as I am writing this I am finishing an iced vanilla latte from good old Starbucks! Gotta get my caffeine for the day 😂

Do you have a drink that is your go to when reading? I actually don’t eat or drink too much while I read because well, first off, I’m messy as hell…. and second, because I have to hold the book and therefore don’t have time for food or drinks! My struggle haha.

I found this book tag over at The Wordy Habitat and thought this was super fitting and would be fun! Please join in with this tag if you love coffee as much as I do!!


1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

Harry Potter!

Only because at this point if you have not read them you are probably feeling like me and saying “what’s the point?” The books are long, I’ve seen the movies, and I just feel like its soooooo overdue its just embarrassing at this point!

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

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We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

This book only came out in November 2019 but was SO popular over Christmas and I can only imagine this was be popular again when winter/Christmas comes around this year!

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favourite children’s book?

Anything by Robert Munsch is the best!

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

I loved this book from start to end. There were twists and turns that keep you on your toes! I got a little freaked out if I was reading at night haha. Great book!

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shutout

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Queen of Sword by Jerry Lambert

This is a historical fiction that looks super good and has wonderful reviews 🙂

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from

The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying

Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro

This series was everything you needed mixed in with poor decisions and relationship turmoil but is just such a great and satisfying story!


I tag you: Naty’s Bookshelf, The Geekish Brunette, & Misty’s Book Space (and anyone else who wants to participate!!!

I’d love to see your answers 🙂

BOOK REVIEW: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. – Goodreads

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Title: The Grace Year

Author: Kim Liggett

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA, Dystopia

Format: Psychical

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.


MY REVIEW:

The Grace Year was a very enticing read full of emotions, fear, survival, and unexpected love and friendship.

Tierney, the main character, is a strong and independent girl. She knows how to take care of herself and she thinks differently than most girls; always looking for answers and struggling to be quiet and unseen. This part of her personality comes in handy when she is sent away with the other Grace Girls to “rid their magic” and come back “purified women.”

I enjoyed the idea of this story. It took something very real in everyday life and twisted it into a dystopian type of adventure. Society tends to view women as objects, as things to please men, and in some places in the world, as property. This is very much the message in the book and it goes a step further to say women are dangerous and full of magic that make men do things they shouldn’t. Again, playing on a societal idea that women should be a certain way so men aren’t tempted by them. I loved this aspect of the story! At some points it made me feel so angry that the women are treated that way!

I found the relationship Tierney had with her family was interesting. I initially had weird vibes from her father (especially when it came to the topic of the Grace Girls) and also her mother felt off to me. However, as the story grew, so did her family. Their behaviours made more sense and in the end, it really tied the story together and brought deepness to the reality of Tierney’s life in the County moving forward.

The survival aspect of the book was very well done in my opinion! It went into just the right amount of detail to keep me interested but also left out some things to let the imagination flow! I enjoyed how well Tierney performed under the pressure of the Grace Year and how she seems to beat the odds! I would compare Tierney to Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games. I really appreciate how the author wrote Tierney’s character. I love a good female character!

Plot wise – I was impressed with the intricacy of it. So many pieces were brought in that at the time didn’t seem that important and then it was all brought back together for a collective theme. It flowed nicely. The speed of the story was great! It was just the right length in my opinion! I ripped through it as well because of how exciting it was!

Overall, this was a great book! I will give you a warning though – your heart will BREAK during the ending! I actually had to put the book down at one point because I was like “ugh why is this happening?!?!” Also, there is something very beautiful and hopeful about the ending. I put the book down with a slight smile on my face. I didn’t quite get the ending I was so desperately hoping for, but I got something different that was both fitting and bittersweet.


Have you read this one? Let me know what you thought!!

Netgalley: Thoughts and Approvals

Hey friends!

As I’ve mentioned in past posts – I recently started using netgalley and I have some thoughts!

First off, I think the idea of netgalley is so cool and I wish I would have been using it sooner! I feel cheated by all the books I missed out on! I thought before that I didn’t have enough followers and figured that they wouldn’t accept me. However, I feel like that wasn’t true and I should have at least tried. But I am happy now that I’m using this awesome website and couldn’t be happier!

Now, I am learning all the ins and outs. Some things are still confusing 🤷🏼‍♀️ I find that sometimes I’ll get approved for a book almost right away and then others sit there for a month… THEN I will randomly get approved for it when I’ve already requested 4 others! Of course, once you request way too many books they all get approved at the exact same time! Just lovely!

I’m starting to see the feedback ratio now that I’ve had a few books and have inputted my reviews! Super interesting. Also though confused about why the feedback ratio has to change each time you get a mass approval of books?? Maybe that will change with more time, I’m unsure!

I’m starting to wonder how I got by before without netgalley to be honest… I have SO MANY MORE books now haha I am constantly reading! Since I’ve only been requesting books I’m interested in I haven’t really struggled to prioritize them, however, I could see this being a problem for people!!

Now for all the books I have requested and what the outcome has been!

1. Mimi Lee Gets A Clue by Jennifer Chow – approved
2. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow – approved
3. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles – approved
4. The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole – approved
5. The Dark Contient by Scott Reardon – approved
6. Death at High Tide by Hannah Dennison – approved
7. Love Sold Separately by Ellen Meister – approved
8. Havenfall by Sara Holland – pending
9. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – approved
10. Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston – pending


I am trying to be super organized and keep track of the pub dates and post the reviews when the publishers want! It is a lot to keep track of and I am still learning! Any tips??

ARC REVIEW: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Where do you see yourself in five years? – Goodreads

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Title: In Five Years

Author: Rebecca Serle

Publisher: Atria Books

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Format: Physical copy (won from Goodreads)

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.


MY REVIEW:

WOW. This was really not what I was expecting! From the start of the story I got some vibes that it would be kind of mediocre just about someone’s everyday life with some sprinkled in romance. Boy, was I wrong!

I want to start this off by saying this is a story of love, loss, sacrifice, and in a way, fate. I felt emotions I didn’t know possible. The author took me on a journey of absolute love. I honestly can say that I didn’t think this was going to be the book for me but it hit me right in the feels in the best way possible.

Dannie, our main girl, is a super successful lawyer. Her fiance, David, is also very successful and together they live the life they always dreamed of. On the night of Dannie and David’s engagement, Dannie has the most vivid dream that she is with another man. The dream is like nothing shes experienced before and that’s where the story begins. Then, 4.5 years later she meets this “dream guy” in a very unexpected circumstance! Her life is changed forever.

While this story has some romance, it really touches on the love of friendship. I really feel like that was the underlying message. This story also touches on some really hard stuff such as cancer and loss. The ending of this book had me SOBBING.

When I was thinking about the book afterwards and trying to figure out what I’d rate it, it hit me that not many books can give you so many feelings. From sadness, happiness, despair, relief, joy… I felt so many things and they all fit together like an amazing song. It was so well written and well thought out, not once did I feel like something did not fit.

The ending was simply heartbreaking but full of hope and new beginnings. It was not fully the ending I hoped for throughout the story but once at the end it really made sense! It could not have ended any other way in my opinion! Read this book, you will not be disappointed.


What do you think? Will you be picking up a copy when it comes out on March 10??

New Releases – March 2020

Happy March 🙂

Here comes Spring! 🐣 I know I cannot wait for some better weather!! I am going to do some spring cleaning (it’s a must). Anyone else participate in spring cleaning? Another question: do you ever do a spring cleaning of your books? I have quite the bookshelf now both physical books and my ebook collection. I like to keep things organized and not cluttered but also, I do not like getting rid of my books once I have them…. anyone else like this? This might be a good topic to post a discussion post…. hmmm maybe that will come after my spring cleaning 😂

So back to the topic at hand – new book releases for the month of March! This is where I pick 10 books I am looking forward to or find interesting that are being released this month! Check them out! Hope you find some to add to your list 🙂

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

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Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

Pub date: March 3, 2020


In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

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Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Pub date: March 10, 2020


Havenfall (Havenfall #1) by Sara Holland

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A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

Pub date: March 3, 2020


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

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Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

Pub date: March 24, 2020


The Deep by Alma Katsu

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Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . . 

Pub date: March 10, 2020


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

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Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects—and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.

Pub date: March 3, 2020


Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

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For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…

And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

Pub date: March 17, 2020


When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

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Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.

Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.

That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn’t change on prom night.

When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails—and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.

Pub date: March 3, 2020


Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie

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Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Pub date: March 10, 2020


Undercover Bromance (Bromance #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams

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Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assist Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

Pub date: March 10, 2020


There you have it! 10 new releases for March, 2020! What a time to be alive! I know I am hoping to get my hands on Havenfall. I also read In Five Years and WOW it was amazing!! (I wrote a review on it, check it out)!

Any of these on your list? Have you read any of these already? Let me know in the comments 🙂