Month: April 2020

April Wrap Up

Hey there my bookish friends!

CAN YOU BELIEVE APRIL IS OVER???? Where did the time go? I looked at the calendar a couple days ago and I actually had to look a second time because I was shocked we were already at the end of the month. I feel like we actually time traveled. I am just so confused LOL.

So, on a personal note, I have been busy working still which I am super thankful for! This whole COVID thing has been so draining and I really feel for people that are struggling right now. I help people for a living and it hurts my heart that regular people who normally have no problem living their lives are struggling and losing their jobs. I am sending so many good vibes to all you wonderful people and I hope you are all healthy and safe ❤

So as usual, lets wrap up this month with all my fav things that happened 😊

What I Read This Month:

  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts
  • The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull
  • Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
  • Death at High Tide by Hannah Dennison

My Fav Books This Month:

  • The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favourite TV/Movies

Community (TV Show) – Currently re-watching this series! My boyfriend has NEVER seen it?!?!?! So we are watching from the beginning. Love this show!

Favourite Songs/Artists

  • Blueberry Faygo – Lil Mosey
  • Boyfriend – Selena Gomez
  • No Truck Song – Tim Hicks

My most popular posts for April

MG Arc Review: The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

Books I Want to Read but Don’t Want to Read Book Tag

Book Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Favourite book reviews

The Bursting BookshelfThe Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park

Bookmark LitARC Reviews: The Honey-Don’t List and The Happy Ever After Playlist

Raven @ Dreamy AddictionsWould Like to Meet by Rachel Winter

Favourite blog posts

Book Princess ReviewsYA/MG Books to Satisfy Your Tiger King Obsession

Paper ProcrastinatorsWhat To Read During a Pandemic, As Decided by Experts (We Are Not Actually Experts)

Blogger BooksLets Talk Bookish: The Hype Train

That is it folks!! I hope you had the best April you could have given the circumstances!

I love to hear from you all so please comment below with your fav books/movies/songs/anything from April 😊

Goodreads Monday – April 27, 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 Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates

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There’s something wrong with Ashburn House…
The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.

Following Edith’s death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne’s only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.

Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper, an old grave is hidden in the forest behind the house, and eerie portraits in the upstairs hall seem to watch her every movement.

As she uncovers more of the house’s secrets, Adrienne begins to believe the whispered rumours about Ashburn may hold more truth than she ever suspected. The building has a bleak and grisly past, and as she chases the threads of a decades-old mystery, Adrienne realises she’s become the prey to something deeply unnatural and intensely resentful.

Only one thing is certain: Ashburn’s dead are not at rest.

Why I Want To Read This

This book came up as a recommendation on Goodreads a while ago. At first I was unsure but then I started to read the reviews and they were quite good! I don’t usually read these kinds of books but I do like a good scary movie and I feel this would be a great read in October/November!

I also am super interested in the author, Darcy Coates! I have heard so many amazing things about this author and when this book came up I thought I had to give it a try.

I also saw this question on Goodreads that made me laugh. Someone asked if the cat in the book dies and if so they wouldn’t be reading the book LOL. I love this and I also love that someone responded saying NO the cat does not die, because I am totally the same way as the person who asked the question… I hate when you watch a horror movie and the family pet is just trying to be helpful and they DIE trying to help their family. It kills me and I automatically want to stop the movie!! Anyone else like this?? So when I saw that question I laughed and also thought “good, I will be reading this” 😂

Do you read any horror books? Do you like these types of books anytime or do you like to read them during spooky season?

BOOK REVIEW: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones

“A touch of Jane Austen, a dash of adventure, and just a hint of magic make it shine.” —Booklist


Title: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore

Author: Kelly Jones

Publisher: Knopf Books

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Format: Physical book (I got this from BookOutlet)

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐/5


The year is 1818, the city is London, and our heroine, 16-year-old Annis Whitworth, has just learned that her father is dead and all his money is missing. And so, of course, she decides to become a spy.

Annis always suspected that her father was a spy, so following in his footsteps to unmask his killer makes perfect sense. Alas, it does not make sense to England’s current spymasters—not even when Annis reveals that she has the rare magical ability to sew glamours: garments that can disguise the wearer completely.

Well, if the spies are too pigheaded to take on a young woman of quality, then Annis will take them on.

She’ll follow the clues her father left behind and discover what befell him.

She’ll prove she can sew an impenetrable disguise.

She’ll earn a living without stooping to become a—shudder—governess.

It can’t be any harder than navigating the London social season, can it?


Murder, Magic, and What We Wore was an interesting book. It is set in England during the early 1800’s. Annis is a young woman who lives a very lavish life. Her father is quite wealthy and she gets to attend fancy parties and have nice things! That is, until her father dies (mysteriously I might add). She and her cousin, Cassia, are left with nothing and have to move away from the life they know so well.

Annis has a magical gift that she puts to use to make money for herself and Cassia. This leads to finding out information about her father, spies, dangerous men hunting her down, and the truth about her family, including Cassia.

Nothing exciting happened in this story until about 50% through. It was really quite boring. As soon as Annis started to investigate things on her own, it truly became interesting and I did like the mystery. It was fun and fast paced! I enjoyed the magic aspect of the story as well and I do have to say the end discovery got me! I had no idea! So there were a lot of positives!

The characters were a little dry to me though. I liked Annis and Cassia. They had a maid, Millicent, who was pretty cool too! However, there were so many characters and because of that, most were just glossed over and felt like fillers.

The story was cute though and I would say I did enjoy it but there were definitely some downfalls to it!

What do you think of this book? Has anyone read it? Does this sound like something you would enjoy?

Mystery Blogger Award


I was tagged for the Mystery Blogger Award by Books With Cassie! This is so fantastic! I am so excited about this. I have seen these around for so long now and I didn’t really know what it was all about. However, I am so happy to be nominated for this!

This award was created by Okoto Enigma to recognize “amazing blogs that haven’t been discovered” yet. How amazing is that???


  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

3 Things About Me

  1. I love food!! I am actually pretty picky when it comes to food but I really love to eat haha! I think some of my fav meals would be mac and cheese, perogies, and tacos!
  2. I love to get my nails done! I’m really not much into “beauty stuff” but I NEED to have my nails done lol
  3. I have a kitty named Luna! She is about 9 months old and she is super cute but also quite violent 😂


What is your favorite thing about where you live (city, state or even country)?

I live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada! I love love love living in Canada. I have traveled outside of Canada to the US and Europe. I have to say that while Canada might not be the most exciting, it is full of wonderful people and amazing nature.

My favourite thing about living in BC is the weather. The rest of Canada gets these horrid winters and HOT summers. BC is more mild. We get a tiny bit of snow in the winter and get a decently hot summer. I just like that we get 4 seasons and that winter isn’t -40 degrees like the rest of Canada 🤷‍♀️What do you think about the color yellow? *This is my weird question

What do you think about the color yellow? *This is my weird question

I think yellow is a fun color. It makes me happy. It reminds me of the sun and just bright happy days! SO I would say, I like the color yellow haha. ALTHOUGH, I rarely wear the color yellow because my skin tone does not go well with it and my hair is blonde so I feel it clashes 🤷‍♀️ Little side note there hahaha

What’s something positive that you hope comes out of this pandemic?

I hope that the world sees how badly we have been treating the Earth and sees that it is possible to change the direction we are going regarding climate change and whatnot. I have seen around the world that pollution is down and water is cleaner. I REALLY hope that world leaders stand up and make changes once the world goes back to normal so all the positive changes that occurred during the pandemic aren’t for nothing!

How do you fit blogging into your routine?

I get every other Monday off work because we do “flex” time. I spend most of those Mondays creating blog posts and schedule them to release. I find the only way to consistently have posts is to schedule them ahead of time! This mostly works for me. But it can be tricky!!

I like to browse the blog world during my down time and at night to keep up with what everyone is up to!!

Who is someone you would love to meet, dead or alive?

This is such a hard question!!! I feel like I have never really thought about this ever in my life haha so I do not have an immediate answer to this.

I am going to pick 1 person that is alive and 1 that is dead!

So, my alive choice would be Taylor Swift. I KNOW this is probably lame and many of you may have met her before. However, I’m taking this question as more like actually meet her and get to know her, not just say hello to. So, that is my answer haha.

My dead option would be either Walt Disney because I love Disneyland and I feel like he would be a cool person to meet and for him to see what his empire became! OR Robin Williams. I think he was so funny, I loved all the movies he was in. I also feel like he could share some major insight into life just everyday stuff that could be eye opening and helpful! – Probably not normal answers to this question but here we are 😂

I Nominate:

Miranda Reads

Reading Rad Books

Elated Books

Tays Infinite Thoughts

My Honey Reads

Books Love Readers


Comfort Reads Book Blog

Our Book Boyfriends

Tessa Talks Books

My Questions

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  2. What is some advice you would give to someone starting a blog?
  3. If you could time travel, when/where would you go?
  4. What is your all-time favourite book?
  5. WOULD YOU RATHER – Be covered in fur or covered in scales? (my weird/silly question)

Last thing – share a link to one of my best posts. Well, I’m not sure which post is my “best” but I did enjoy writing this one…. Middle Grade Books – What’s with the hype? so check that out out 😊

That is all for today everyone! As usual, thanks for stopping by!!

Top 10 Tuesday: Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Hey everyone!!

I am back with my 2nd Top 10 Tuesday! I think these are so fun! I decided to participate this week because the prompt was hilarious and I had so much fun looking for answers to it!

This week’s prompt was…. book titles that would make good band names!

How fun is that?!?! Check out my answers below 👇🏻

  1. Sanctum by Madeline Roux
  2. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  3. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  4. The Shadows by Alex North
  5. The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
  6. Bell Hammers by Lancelot Schaubert
  7. Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
  8. White Stag by Kara Barbieri
  9. Kept Animals by Kate Milliken
  10. The Stone Boys by Michael Gurian

I feel like Sanctum, The Iron King, and Kept Animals sound very “metal” lol.

The Shadows, Bell Hammers, White Stag, and The Stone Boys are totally rock-n-roll!!

The Diviners and The Extraordinaries sound more like a pop band to me but could totally also be rock bands.

Saint X might not totally be a band name per say – it could be, but also strikes me as more of a rapper name 🤷‍♀️

So I don’t know why but my brain just went straight to like rock-n-roll and like metal band names??? I do not know why, maybe it was easier? Anyways, this was fun and honestly hilarious that my brain went straight for hard core names for a rock band 😂

What do you think of any answers? What book names do you think would make good band names? Chat with me in the comments!

MG ARC REVIEW: The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

Its not easy being a teenage witch. – Goodreads


Title: The Witches of Willow Cove

Author: Josh Roberts

Publisher: Owl Hollow Press

Genre: Middle grade, fantasy

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Seventh grader Abby Shepherd is just getting the hang of it when weird stuff starts happening all around her hometown of Willow Cove. Green slime bubbling to life in science class. Giant snakes slithering around the middle school gym. Her best friend suddenly keeping secrets and telling lies.

Things only begin to make sense when a stranger named Miss Winters reveals that Abby isn’t the only young witch in town—and that Willow Cove is home to a secret past that connects them all. Miss Winters, herself a witch, even offers to teach Abby and the others everything she knows about witchcraft.

But as Abby learns more about Miss Winters’ past, she begins to suspect her new mentor is keeping secrets of her own. Can Abby trust her, or does Miss Winters have something wicked planned for the young witches of Willow Cove?


This was such a fantastic story! It is the story of a teenage girl who finds out she is a witch! She is taken on this wild adventure and discovers that things are not as they seem in her cute little town. It is up to her and her friends to solve the mystery of Willow Cove and save themselves before it’s too late!

So, I want to start this off by saying the story was very well written and a super fun, exciting adventure! I loved every minute of it. Even though its middle grade, it did not lack substance and overall the action and mystery was really gripping. I found myself feeling a little nervous at times and some part were even spooky!

I loved all of the characters! Abby is so sweet. She is the MC of this story and I just loved her. She was smart and showed so much bravery and maturity. Robby, her best friend, was also fabulous! A really sweet boy who wanted nothing but the best for his friends. The relationship between the two of them was so “middle school” and I really liked that!

I was surprised by all the twists and turns! I found that many times I didn’t know what was going to happen next! I enjoyed how all of the characters started to become intertwined in the mystery! I also liked that some of the topics and problems in this story were very real. The author fit them in perfectly! The topics touched on include divorce, death, bullying, and relationships! The way the topics were brought up and the way characters reacted to them seemed very normal and that is so important for the younger readers.

Overall, I really liked this book! You cannot go wrong with witches and magic. The friendships in this story were so sweet and heartwarming! I loved that I was taken on this adventure that really consumed me. I would recommend this to anyone who likes light magical adventures! Such a fun read!

*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

I am really excited to read more middle grade books. This was such a fun read, I really enjoyed it!

Do you think you will be reading this one? What are your thoughts on middle grade books?

Recent Netgalley Requests – Apr. 2020

Hi there friends!!

So, we are almost through April now…. what the heck is happening? Time is flying by so quickly. It is also SO PAINFUL that its beautiful outside but all the parks and whatnot are closed. Who would have thought the world would come to this? I actually miss the outside?? I never really liked being outside that much (wow that sounds so pathetic 😂) before but now that I’m not allowed to go out…. I want it! But, on the positive side, with more time spent inside it means more books are being read and I do love to read so its not all complaints from me.

I thought it would be fun to share with you all my most recent requests on Netgalley, what they have approved me for, and sadly what I have been DECLINED. Also, can be talk about the feelings you get when a book is declined? I take it like a personal attack almost LOL I felt okay when my first one was declined as I had been approved for so many, so I felt it was fair. BUT THEN I got 3 books in a row declined and I have to say – I felt a little salty about it.

You dont decline me I decline you!! - Breaking Bad | Make a Meme

Anyways, I have gotten over it now hahaha. Hopefully I can work on my salty attitude towards declined books in the future as Im sure there will be many!

Recent Requests

The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts – Approved

The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull – Approved

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel – Approved

The Cabin on Souder Hill by Lonnie Busch – Approved

Fussy Flamingo by Shelly Vaughn James – Approved

After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy – Approved

Terraformer by Colleen Houck – Approved

A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison – This was a “read now” book

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim – Pending

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston – Pending

By the Book by Amanda Sellet – Declined

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – Declined

Havenfall by Sara Holland – Declined

So there you have it. My 3 declined books. I have to say I am most disppointed in Havenfall as I really wanted that one but I supposed I will just have to go buy it! Struggles.

Overall, I am happy with how Netgalley is treating me. I have read some fabulous books off it and keep getting a pretty steady stream of books!!

YAY ME! - london tipton - quickmeme

What books have you most recently requested on Netgalley? Do you get declined often? What book are you looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments 😊

WWW Wednesday – Apr 15, 2020

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of WordsIt’s open to everyone to participate! Why not join in and let me know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

  • Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
  • The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

Recently Finished

  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

What I Will Read Next

As per usual – unsure! SO I will leave a list of maybes!!

  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

What are you currently reading?

Books I Want to Read But Don’t Want To Read – Book Tag

Hello there everyone!!

I hope life is treating you well and you are healthy during this time! I am finding its harder and harder to be in good spirits. While I am lucky to have my health and still be working, it sure is draining and honestly depressing to watch the world right now. However, I find great happiness in my blog and in this community that keeps me motivated!

Today I am doing a fun book tag that I found over at Reading with Jessica! This was a great book tag to do and opened my eyes to so many books I have not read and may or may not actually want to read haha! Check out my answers!

A Book You Feel You Need To Read Because Everyone Talks About It

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

I feel like I see this book at least once or twice a day on bookstagram! I do find the idea of the book interesting but it is not the typical type of book I read. I find myself interested in reading it but also not really 🤷‍♀️ It seems popular though and many people are reading it!

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A Book That’s Really Long

Harry Potter series as a whole

I really do want to get to this series. I have never read any of the Harry Potter books and it is super overdue. I also think its been too long? Like is it okay if I read them now? Its kind of embarrassing!!!

The series is quite long and the books are long as well which puts me off a little bit! But who knows? Maybe 2020 is the year I do this!

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A Book You’ve Owned/Had on Your TBR For Too Long

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I have had this book on my goodreads TBR since I started my goodreads account in early 2019. It hasn’t been THAT long per say, but it has been there for quite some time. I do want to read this but I recently found out its part of a series and I don’t know if I want to commit to that haha

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A Book That Is ‘Required’ Reading


I feel that so many people talk about how they read classics and I think I need to read some too with all this talk of them. However I am mixed on it because many are super long and honestly Im not sure if I would even like them? I went ahead and ordered 2 “classics” off of bookoutlet to give it a try.

  • Frankenstein
  • Treasure Island

A Book That Intimidates You

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

I have wanted to read this one since it came out and I don’t know, I just haven’t picked it up because it seems scary LOL. I am intimidated by how spooky it may be.


A Book That You Think Might Be Slow

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by by Roselle Lim

I’m unsure about this book! It looks super cute and I want to read it. However, it seems like it could be maybe a little boring or not that entertaining. I’m not sure! It could also be great. I will be reading this one at some point, I’m hoping I enjoy it!! Plus the cover is cute 😊


A Book You Need To Be In The Right Mood For

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I find that I need to be in the mood for thrillers. They take a lot out of me as well so I need to be ready and prepared for them. I try to limit the thrillers I read to ones I’m super interested in because while I do like them, I don’t like being creeped out and feeling nervous/scared.

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A Book You’re Unsure If You Will Like

Frankly In Love by David Yoon

I have had this book on my shelf for months now. You guys, I wanted to read this one when I bought it but now I’m questioning myself!! Do I really want to read it if it has been on my shelf for months and I have been saying “Ill read it” but I never get to it and pick other books and BUY more books?!?! I’m unsure of how I feel about this book now.


That is all for today folks! Thanks for stopping by and joining me for another super fun book tag. I love these things!!

If you want to join in, I tag you 😊

Any books on this list that you have read? Or maybe been meaning to read but haven’t, like me? Chat with me in the comments!!

BOOK REVIEW: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

“The versatile Johnson is no stranger to suspense, and this twisty thriller will leave plenty of readers anxious for more.” -Booklist

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Title: Truly Devious

Author: Maureen Johnson

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Mystery, YA

Format: Physical

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. 


I really enjoyed this book! First of all, I LOVE a good mystery! I didn’t really know what to expect from this one because I didn’t read anything about it beforehand – I just saw so many people liked it and I enjoy Maureen Johnson so I just picked it up! I was not disappointed at all!!

This book was everything I enjoy in a fun mystery. The story is set in a school (Ellingham Academy) that is deep in the forest in Vermont! It’s secluded and hard to reach so OBVIOUSLY it’s the perfect spot for a mystery. The best part is that the school has a past history of bad things happening there and while the story unfolds the reader discovers all these clues that piece together not only the current mystery but also the mystery in the past! I enjoyed that part 😊

Stevie!!! She is MY GIRL. I loved her. She reminded me very much of the female version of Sherlock Holmes (which was totally the point). She was so smart and I loved her confidence in her abilities. She knew she had skills and she didn’t let anyone tell her otherwise. I found myself really cheering her on throughout the book. I especially liked that she stuck to her goal which was to solve the mystery but also let herself explore being a teenager and feelings that come with that.

The book had a little bit of romance (maybe romance?) and it was enough. This was one of those stories that you don’t even need any romance or relationship stuff happening because you are just so into the plot, it didn’t even matter to me what the characters were doing to be honest. I was so engulfed in the mystery, nothing else mattered!

I liked the characters! I think the author did a good job of being descriptive but also leaving enough out that everyone was kind of mysterious and questionable! At times I felt like I was part of the game Clue! I also found that while the mystery was not overly complicated, I was always kept on my toes. I did not see really any of the twists coming and I DID NOT see the last twist coming, I was thoroughly shocked (which is what you want with these books)!

Overall, this was super fun and a great read! I found I was trying to solve the mystery alongside Stevie and I think those are the best stories – where you are so into the story that it feels like you are right there with the character. I don’t really have any negative things to say about this one. The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars is because it didn’t leave me “shook.” It was a good story with good characters and an interesting plot, but I didn’t put the book down and go “woah the heck happened there.” BUT still so good and I’m so excited to read the rest of the series!!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?