The Wonder Woman Book Tag

As always, big thanks to the lovely and lively Lilly @ Lair of Books for tagging me in this. I absolutely loved this movie and am so excited to do this fun tag!

Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character…


Victra from the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you’re probably tired of hearing me talk about Victra. Well sorry, not sorry! Because I will never stop talking about the biggest badass that I’ve ever read about. I will go down swinging if you dare disrespect my favorite. Just kidding!…. (sort of.)

Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to…


The Zodiac from the Zodiac series by Romina Russell

Yes, I’m one of those people loves obsessing over what people’s astrological sign is and if they match its personality. I have no shame to admit that. Which is why I absolutely love the world that Russell has created with each sign having its own planets and people that reflect that sign’s attributes. As an Aquarian, I would have amethyst eyes. HOW COOL IS THAT?!

London: A hyped book that let you down…


Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1) by Julie C. Dao

Antiheroes are awesome. However, they need to have nuances with them to help us sympathize and form a connection with them. Well, Xifeng is completely lacking in any qualities that made me want to root for her. In fact, I just wanted for someone to kick her ass! She treated everyone awful and the only reason she thought she was supposed to be queen was because her aunt said so and because she’s pretty. Yeah, hard pass.

Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. good personality)…


The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

My favorite book of 2018 is an absolute gem! I finished this book and immediately wanted to reread it, which never happens! I don’t know how I’m going to survive waiting until the sequel is released. Seriously, if you haven’t picked this book yet then you’re really missing out. IT. IS. AMAZING.

Lasso of Truth: A book you hated…


The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) by Marie Lu

I was completely in love with this series and dying to see how it would all end with this finale book. And well… all we got was a load of crap. This is without a doubt the worst series finale that I’ve ever read. I truly believe that Lu was just writing some nonsense to finish off this series so she could focus on her other books. Most of the characters lost all of their depth and personality traits and the climax was so rushed, it just felt completely jumbled and lacked any sort of importance. I’ve never finished a book so pissed off before. The only good part was the epilogue which was beautiful but only like 4 pages long.

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad that you need a shield…


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This book gets some hate from some people, but it literally killed me. I was not prepared for what happened and ugly cried for a good hour. You’ve been warned!

Ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate them…


Katherine from the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

I know you’re supposed to hate her because she’s a Poisoner, but I can’t seem to do it. I’m just too intrigued by her to hate her. She’s really just a fascinating character and I love the growth her character has done.

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation…


Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

I’ve only just finished the second book in this series so maybe we get some LGBT+ representation in the later books. Because in my head cannon, Lucia is bi and that’s all there is to it. I need her to have a relationship with another girl like immediately! I’m also rooting for Nic to fall for a guy. I can totally picture him falling for someone in the army.

Do you agree with my choices? What would you pick for the different questions? I’m tagging anyone who wants to do it, so be sure to link back to this post so I can see all of your wonderful posts!

October Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.

Welcome to yet another glorious month of reading and blogging. October was full of horror and mystery books, which if you have followed me for a while, probably realize isn’t my usual cup of tea. Luckily, it ended up being pretty good for me this time!

Books Read

  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – 5/5 stars
  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge – audiobook, 2/5 stars
  • The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) by Alison Goodman – 5/5 stars
  • The Cutting Season by Attica Locke – 4/5 stars
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – audiobook, 3/5 stars
  • Stars Over Clear Lake by Loretta Ellsworth – audiobook, 4/5 stars
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – 4/5 stars, review to come
  • One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2) by Kendare Blake – 5/5 stars
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss – 5/5 stars
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – 4/5 stars
  • Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake – 4/5 stars
  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero – 4/5 stars

Total Books Read: 12

Overall in 2017: 71

Reading Challenge Updates


  • A Book with a Red Spine – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • A Novel Set During Wartime – Stars Over Clear Lake
  • A Book with a Family Member Term in the Title – The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
  • A Book About a Difficult Topic – The Cutting Season

Beat The Backlist

  • The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)
  • The Wonder
  • Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
  • The Cutting Season

Goodreads Challenge

  • Total: 71/100
  • Previous Total: 59/100

Blog Posts

Book Reviews

WWW Wednesday

Hype or Like Friday


How did you do during the month of October? Did you have a good reading month? Did you participate in the Halloween Read-a-thon? Have you read any of the books that I read this month?

WWW Wednesday – October 11th, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?


  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge – audiobook
  • Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody – physical book

Still slowly listening my way through A Face Like Glass. This audiobook is so dang long and I can only listen to it while there’s nothing else going on because it’s so detailed. I only have about 4 hours left though, so I’m finally coming up on the end!

I started Daughter of the Burning City last night for my first read for the Halloween Read-A-Thon. I’ve heard great things about this book so I’m really excited to finally dive into it. Thanks to all of my Twitter followers who voted in the poll and chose it!

What did you recently finish reading?


  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero – 4/5 stars, Review
  • The Cutting Season by Attica Locke – 4/5 stars, review to come
  • One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2) by Kendare Blake – 5/5 stars, Review

I had a very good reading week. I really enjoyed all 3 books that I read, especially One Dark Throne. If you had any issues with the first book in the series, this one will take care of ’em. Don’t put this one off any longer than you have to! I absolutely loved it from start to finish and could not put it down. FOR REAL. The Cutting Season was a real pleasant surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed getting swept away with. I definitely recommend it for an atmospheric mystery. While Meddling Kids was a kooky read from start to finish that had me laughing out loud.

What do you think you’ll read next?


  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss – Hype or Like Friday October BOTM

Continuing with my TBR for the Halloween Read-A-Thon, I will be picking up one of these two beauties next. I’ve heard some really good things about One of Us is Lying, while Alchemist’s Daughter hasn’t been talked about much. Both sound so intriguing though and go perfectly with October. Can’t wait to get started on them!

What books have you read this week? What are you currently reading? What’s coming up next on your TBR? Are you participating in the Halloween Read-A-Thon? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday in the comments below!

Book Review: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)

The first book in this series left me with mixed feelings. The story took a lot longer to reach the darkness that I was first expecting from reading the synopsis. However, there was no wait needed in One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2) by Kendare Blake. This sequel was dark from start to finish, just how I like ’em.

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

The Good

  • Plot Made for a Black Heart – If you had issues with missing all of the dark and twistedness that the synopsis for the first book promised, fear not! This book starts off dark and never stops there. Our three sisters are out for blood and on a mission to win the crown. Yes, there’s still a little bit of romance peppered throughout the plot, but it never erases any doubt that things could get ugly really quickly. I LOVED IT.
  • Killer Katharine – I think it’s safe to say at this point that Katharine is just plain evil. I mean, ***SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK*** she’s definitely not the same girl that she was before crawled out of the chasm. ***END SPOILER*** She might be awful and cruel and just a tad bit unhinged, but I have to say that I’m living for it. I cannot get enough of her chapters and watching her slowly mentally unravel before everyone. I really appreciated how Blake was able to truly allow the readers to get a taste of it by following Natalia’s POV, as she tries to navigate how to deal with this new Katharine.
  • Non-Stop Action – There was a little bit of pacing issues in the first book, but this sequel is chock full of action. I never found myself growing bored or waiting for something interesting to happen. Instead, I couldn’t put the book down! I had to know what was going to happen next, as there was something interesting or important going over in every chapter.
  • Arsinoe Takes the Stage – My favorite “good” sister was finally brought to the spotlight in this second book. While I felt she was pushed a little to the wayside in favor of Jules in Three Dark Crowns, we are finally able to truly experience her POV here. She is such a badass, too. Pretty sure that we would be best friends.
  • Another Fantastic Cliffhanger – Oh, Kendare Blake, you just want to ruin me with anticipation for the next installment, don’t you?

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The Bad


I’m going to be honest here and say that I didn’t really have any issues with this book. I thought it was well-written and entertaining, almost drugging me with it’s awesomeness. Overall, this book was a fantastic read and sets the bar extremely high for other series’ second books. It was dark, full of action, tension, and all pulled together by amazingly independent and strong women. If you’re looking for a book with some strong heroines, this series just might be the answer.

Final Verdict: 5/5 Stars

Have you read One Dark Throne? If so, what did you think of it? Did you enjoy it more than the first book? Do you like to read books with dark plot lines?

WWW Wednesday – October 4th, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero – physical book
  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge – audiobook

I’m almost finished with Meddling Kids, probably by tonight actually. While the cover is what originally caught my eye, this book has turned into such an entertaining read! If you’re a big Scooby Doo fan and find yourself wondering what might’ve happened to the gang once they grew up, you’ll love this. It is an adult horror retelling so be aware that it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Also, the image doesn’t do the cover justice – it’s so vibrant and gorgeous up against the white background. Cover porn, for sure!

I’m still listening to A Face Like Glass and am only about a fourth of the way through it. This is a really long audiobook and it’s been a little hard for me to focus on while listening to it at work. It’s very strange and whimsical, which requires a bit more attention than I’ve been able to give lately. Hopefully things will slow down so I can get back to it!

What did you recently finish reading?


Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakening, #1) by Jane Lindskold – 3/5 stars, REVIEW

This book was purchased on a whim from BookOutlet, but luckily it turned out entertaining enough to validate spending the money on it. I do own the sequel and plan on getting to it in the next couple of months.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • One Dark Throne (One Dark Crown, #2) by Kendare Blake
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The next book I plan to pick up is going to be One Dark Throne. The first book in the series was alright, but I loved the cliffhanger it ended on and so I can’t wait to see where the story goes next. Then for my first read to start off the Halloween Readathon, I decided to go with One of Us is Lying. Sounds like such a page-turner!

What are you currently reading? Did you finish any good books this past week? What books do you have planned on your TBR? Are you participating in the Halloween Readathon? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

October TBR and Halloween Readathon!

Hi, y’all! Today I’m going to combine my TBR for the overall month of October, with my TBR for the awesome Halloween Readathon being hosted by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. This readathon will run from October 10th through October 31st. You can find all of the details on this readathon by clicking on the link above! (FYI…It’s gonna be so fun and you should join!)

But let’s get to it, shall we?

Halloween Readathon TBR



You may not find the cover for One of Us is Lying as creepy, but I definitely do. I think it’s a combination of the faces scratched out and the red permanent marker of the font covering it. I’ve already heard really good things about this book and can’t wait to dive in!



What better time to read a book about a badass female demon hunter set in Regency England? Yeah, I’m so there.



Peter Pan gets a dark makeover in this creepy retelling. I mean, just look at that cover! I have a feeling that I’ll never be able to think of Peter the same way again.


This one will be really easy because I do most of my reading at night, so basically any one of my books will work for this one!



I’ve had this book on my TBR for quite a while, but I also think it goes really well with the Halloween theme. I always associate circuses and carnivals with this time of year. Probably because clowns really creep me out…. Crap, I really hope there aren’t any in this book.


This could be doable if I’m able to have enough time to pull another book from my October TBR. Fingers crossed though, right?!

Remaining October TBR

  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2) Kendare Blake
  • The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
  • Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake

I started Meddling Kids this weekend and am enjoying it so far. I’m really excited to pick up One Dark Throne after the cliffhanger the first book ended on. I really hope it ramps up the action and tones down the teen drama. Actually just now realized that I have two Kendare Blake books on my TBR for this month. Guess she likes to keep it dark… and I’m totally okay with that!

Are you participating in the Halloween Readathon? What books are you hoping to read this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them?