As you all know that books are a big part of my life. However, I am a shameless Hallmark movie lover. I thought it would be fun to incorporate that into my blog. I want to start reviewing Hallmark movies for you all. I will be reviewing old and new movies from the network just as I do books.
I know this seems random, but I think it would be a fun addition to my blog. I could review Netflix and Lifetime original movies as well. I understand that this wont be something everyone will enjoy, but it could be pretty fun. I would love to know your thoughts, and some Hallmark movie recommendations.
In July, Hallmark does Christmas in July, which means a lot of Christmas movie reviews coming your way. But don’t worry I will still be keeping up with my book content as well. I think that this added content will be a lot of fun and I’m excited for it.
In this post, I wanted to do my birthday wishlist. On June 27, I will be turning 29 years old, which seems ridiculous to me. I usually don’t ask for gifts since I can never think of gift ideas on the spot. Also, I like to see what other people would pick out for me instead of choosing my own gift. Anyhow, there are a few books that I wouldn’t mind being gifted since I don’t normally buy books for myself.
1)Finale: A Caraval Book by Stephanie Garber: I have the first two books in this series, so I would love to have a complete set. I have only read book one, but I know it is a series I am going to want to own. Plus, the covers of the hardback editions are stunning!
2)The Summer I Turned Pretty Series by Jenny Han: Honestly, I didn’t love this book series. Yes, it is a YA contemporary, which I generally do enjoy. But I wasn’t a fan of the characters or setting. That being said, I am Jenny Han girl through and through, so I have to have these books on my shelf.
3)My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins: This is a collection of short holiday stories by some amazing YA authors. Most of these stories are contemporary, but a few have a fantasy elements or two. I wasn’t a fan of every story, but overall I would read the book again. I would be happy to receive this book as a gift anytime of year. Also, it was released a few years ago now, so it is likely fairly inexpensive.
4)The Afterlife of Holly Chase Book by Cynthia Hand: Another holiday book here! I believe I mentioned my love for “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, which is my all-time favorite book. This is a YA contemporary retelling of the Christmas Carol story. I have wanted this book since I read it, so I am crossing my fingers I will get it for my birthday.
5)Lore by Alexandra Bracken: This is a book I haven’t read yet. And I’m unsure I will even like it. Alexandra Bracken is a new-to-me author, but I have heard only good things about their books. I read the plot of this book, and I knew I needed to own it. It is a mythological fantasy novel, which isn’t exactly my thing, but I am looking to explore other genres.
6)The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White: This is another book I have wanted for years. I have put off reading this book for many years, but I know that I would like to add this to my collection. I have heard mixed things about the writing, but I am usually enjoying underrated books.
7)The Thousandth Floor Series by Katharine McGee: After reading the first book in the series, I immediately added it to my wish-list. This is a futuristic, sci-fi ya contemporary, which was a horrible description. I had a great reading experience and the ending of book #1 was shocking.
8)It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini: This book holds a special place in my heart because it helped me through a hard period in my life. One of my favorite quotes comes from this book, which also happens to be a variation of a Dr. Phil quote. Random I know. I used to have a copy of the book, but it ended up getting ruined. I would love to receive a new edition of the story, and recommend it to others that like mental health reads.
9)Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker: I wouldn’t say I am a graphic novel person, but I have heard a lot of good things about this book. It seems like a cute, fun read that I could pick up every year. Also, I am not going to lie pictures in books help. In all seriousness I want to start growing my small graphic novel collection and this would be a good one to add.
10)Harry Potter Illustrated Editions: Honestly, I hate that I have to write this disclaimer. But I know someone will call me out for wanting anything that “You Know Who” profits from. I don’t agree with anything they support or are against. All people should be free to live a life that makes them happy, and “birth gender” be damned. But, I am not going to set here and claim to hate the Harry Potter series because that would be a lie. I want to be open with my readers. I have wanted the illustrated editions since the first one was released. Although I hate putting money in their pocket, Harry Potter is an amazing book series. It holds a special place in many people’s hearts. I wish the books weren’t tainted by the authors horrible hatred and discrimination towards a certain group of people.
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Hello Book Lovers,
Today I am doing my very late June TBR post! I was looking forward to this month of reading, but unfortunately I fell into a bad reading slump at the end of last month. I am hoping to kick start my reading soon, since June is my birthday month after all. I was unsure of what I wanted to read, but I think I have a few good titles to pick from here.
What’s Not to Love by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley: This is the duo’s fourth book release, and is an enemies to lovers story. I don’t know too much about the plot except that it follows to high-school rivals that must work together to plan the year reunion of a previous class.
Sunkissed by Kasie West: I no absolutely nothing about this book, but that is fine with me. I am a huge Kasie West, and she can do no wrong in my book. I was very happy to find out she was releasing a new YA contemporary, and cannot wait ti dive into this read.
Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler: This is a new to me author, and the book title is giving me Demi Lavoto vibes. The book is about self-discovery and new love. I believe it has LGBT+ representation, which I love to see in YA books.
Off The Record by Camryn Garrett: This is a recent add to my tbr, and I am excited to pick it up. The book is about an aspiring teen journalist that gets the story of a lifetime. It is targeted as Almost Famous meets the “Me Too” movement. I have never seen Almost Famous, but it is one of my husbands favorite films. I am looking to forward to seeing how this book unfolds.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed: I might be most excited to pick this title up. The plot sounds amazing and something I haven’t ever read about. It is historical fiction and YA contemporary combines, which is intriguing. The story takes place in 1992 during the Rodney King riots. It is a coming-of-age novel, and 1992 just so happens to be my birth year.
Those are all the books on my June tbr, and I am hoping to read a lot in this next week. I have been doing surprisingly good with my reading this year, and I don’t want to loose that momentum. Let me know what your reading plans for June are, and please support my blog by liking and sharing this post.
*This review might include information that some might see as a spoiler.*
Title: The Project Author: Courtney Summers Published: 2021 Rating: 4.0/5.0 Stars
Synopsis: It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood. Source: GoodReads
I feel at a lost for words to describe my thoughts on this book. I went into this book expecting a dark mystery thriller, but this story was much more. I would classify this as a psychological thriller that shines a light on cult lives and their leaders. The story kept me guessing at every turn, and although I didn’t love the plot Courtney Summers still managed to make me invested in story. At times, I was angry at Lo for how naïve she was, but I was also upset with her sister Bea for abandoning love for the The Unity Project.
There were times that I understood Lo’s frustration and need for love. I understood Bea’s need to find something, anything to believe in. As Lo and Bea both fell in love with Lev, I too fell for Lev’s charm and wanted to believe in his kindness. Make no mistake he is the villain of this story, but the author does a wonderful job of portraying him in such away that you want to believe in what he is selling. However, that is the thing about sociopathic sadist they no how to manipulate people and the narrative to their liking. They prey on the wounded, lonely, and the weak.
“For that brief period when everything ugly is covered under the sparkle of something so new, the world almost feels like it’s living up to its potential.”
Some of the chapters where a bit painful to read and heartbreaking. This story doesn’t wrap-up into a happy little bow. Their isn’t a true happy ending. I feel sadness for Lo and Bea. This is a story that cannot be explained and isn’t for everyone. It isn’t much of a mystery, but does keep you guessing. I wouldn’t call it a new favorite, but it is memorable. The book is categorized as young adult genre, yet I would say that it is more new adult. I would be interested in picking up other works from this author in the future.
I hope you liked this review, and want to mention that the book does deal with abuse, abandonment and tragedy. You can visit booktriggerwarnings.com to see warnings for many other books. Please like and share this post with other books lovers. Don’t forget to follow the blog to get notified when I post.
Title: Time Of Our Lives Author: Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka Published: 2020 Rating: 2.5/5.0 Stars
Synopsis: When Fitz and Juniper cross paths on their first college tour in Boston, they’re at odds from the moment they meet– while Juniper’s dying to start a new life apart for her family, Fitz faces the sacrifices he must make for his. Their relationship sparks a deep connection–in each other’s eyes, they glimpse alternate possibilities regarding the first big decision of their adult lives. Source: GoodReads
I was dreading writing this review, because not to long ago I was singing the author duos prayers. I was very unhappy with this book, and couldn’t get behind the plot. I was hoping for a cute boy meets girl type of story, but that is not really the premise. Are two leads are both college seniors, Fitz and Juniper, who cross path during their multiple college tours. The characters are different, yet similar. Fitz is very dedicated to taking care of his ill mother and has a strained relationship with his older brother. Juniper wants nothing more than to get space from her tight-knit family and has her college life mapped out.
When various chance meetings draw them together they start to develop feelings that become hard to ignore. This sound like a cute opposites attract book in which they both end up learning something from one another, right? Wrong! Well, kind of. Here is the kicker and a major faux-pas within the plot, Juniper has a boyfriend. Yep, they had been going strong for about a year and started the college road trip together. This was a twisted I never saw coming, and didn’t enjoy.
For me, Juniper was a very unlikable character determined to runaway from her family, because they were overbearing. I wanted to shake her and tell her that you don’t need to push your family away to live your dreams. However, I might be projecting, since I have a close-knit family. She was very stubborn at times, and always tried to push her ideas, opinions and the way she lived her life on to other. It got frustrating quickly. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy reading her dialog.
“It’s extraordinarily freeing.”
Fritz on the other hand was hands down the redeeming part of this book. He was quirky, thoughtful and awkward. I loved that he was willing to give up all his dreams for his mom, and make new goals for her sake. I enjoyed the moments between him and his brother, and you could see the distance between them. However, you could tell that they did love each other even if at times they tried not to care.
I didn’t find Fritz and Juniper a believable couple at all. I couldn’t get over the fact that Juniper kept pushing her wants on the Fritz and essentially peer-pressuring him to-be like her. Maybe, I interrupted her wrong, but her personality was a bit abrasive. I felt like Juniper didn’t learned anything from Fritz, or change throughout the book. Their were small moments that you could see her personality shifting, yet they didn’t last long.
As for Fritz, his character growth was amazing! He discovered that he could live his life for himself while still caring about and for his mom. He learned that his brother cared just as much, maybe even more, than him about their family, but tried to play it cool. During the story, they came together as brothers and it was very touching. Is it sad that I would rather have had a strained brother road trip story instead of the one we got.
This book fell middle of the road for me, which isn’t bad but isn’t great either. I will continue to read whatever these two publish next, yet I might be keeping my expectations low. I want to add that there might be an epilogue in this book, but it isn’t in the e-book or audiobook versions, so I’m confused. I didn’t get a chance to read the epilogue, since I primarily read the formats I mentioned that didn’t contain it. Let me know your thoughts on this book in the comments.
Title: Bookish and the Beast Author: Ashley Poston Published: 2020 Rating: 3.0/5.0 Stars
Synopsis: When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual. But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts. Source: GoodReads
I am happy to-be done with this series of companion novels but Ashley Poston. I started this series on a high note with Greekerella, but than it slowly went down hill. I wasn’t a fan of the second book in the series, and I’m sad to say this one fell short for me as well. I am a Beauty and the Beast fangirl and delighted to see a version of the story in the Once Upon a Con world. Unfortunately, I soon realized that I had too high of hopes for this book.
Rosie and Vance barely had any interaction, and no chemistry. Honestly, I would much have preferred to see their first meeting and watch their relationship build from their on. They would both talk about their first meeting and the instant connection they had, but during their present interactions I didn’t buy it. Also, Vance’s nobody understands me act was quite off-putting. He was seeking action by acting out, which was immature.
As for Rosie, she was the typical I’m “not like other girls” female lead. Her mother had passed away and they both shared a love of book, mainly the Starfield novels. I want to point out that I don’t think Rosie was a horrible character, but I am not a fan of that character type in books. The book did have character that were part of the LGBTQ community, which I love to see. However, the side characters played a very small part in the story.
“Books are not really just books at all, but doorways. They are portals into places I’ve never been and people I’ll never be.”
Frankly, I feel like she tossed these characters in, so that she could say the book diverse. I believe at one point they mentioned in passing that her father was bisexual and he was obviously developing a crush on Vance’s manager, he might not have been his manager, but I digress. I feel like her father being a bisexual was completely out of the blue, and a random add in. However, I would love a book on her father and possible falling in love with a woman and man, or a trans character.
Overall, I didn’t think that the love story was believable, the main characters were irritating to say the least and I could scream about what she did to Darien and Elle’s relationship. Also, only two other characters from the earlier books showed up in this one, which was lame in my opinion. I bet you can tell that this book wasn’t for me. In total, I would give the entire series a 3.5 start, but save yourself the time and read only “Geekerella.
I will note that there is a novella in the series, which I have yet to read. A safe bet is that I probably won’t be reading. Please share and like this post all your book loving friends. Follow the blog to get notified when I post.
Hi Book Lovers,
In today post, I am going to talk about the backlist titles that I still want to read. These are books that have been on my raider for years, but I haven’t gotten around to reading them. Some of these book might have been hyped at one point and other maybe lesser known. As readers we always want to pick up the latest releases, but tend to forget about the books that were once on are tbrs. I am trying to change that this year, and get to some of my back-list titles.
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch: I heard about this series from one of my favorite booktubers. It was released in 2014 and is a young adult fantasy novel. I can hear the gasps from here. I normally don’t go for fantasies, but something about this story sounded appealing. Also, I heard the world building in this series was amazing.
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone: I am a big fan of books that deal with mental health, but I don’t feel that I have read enough in my life. This one deals with the popular girl in school. She seems to have it all together, yet she is hiding her struggles with severe OCD. She gets introduce to a group of mists that all have their own issues and with them she is able to be her true self. This book was published in 2015 and deals with an illness that is talked about much.
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige: This is another series that was published in 2014 that I have yet to start. Honestly, I haven’t heard that many good things about these books, but the idea behind them is intriguing. Tell me that a YA retilling of the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy has become mad with power doesn’t sound awesome.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella: This is another 2015 releases that just so happens to have mental health representation. This book seemed to have fallen under the radar for a lot of book lovers, still it has been on my tbr for years. This novel tells the story of a teenage girl who’s controlled by her social anxiety. The book has polarized opinions I’m interested to see where I fall on the scale.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Don’t hate me but I haven’t read anything from Marissa Meyer. I know that many people love her Lunar Chronicles series, yet I’ve been fascinated by this book since its 2016 release. This is an Alice and Wonderland retelling about the Queen of Hearts, and her life before becoming queen. I don’t know why villain origin stories interest me, but the only reason I can come up with is that I was Team Regina during the series Once Upon A Time.
Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake: I am going to admit that I barely no anything about this 2017 release. The two things I do know are that it sounded awesome back in the day, and the author is possible Canadian. Heard about this book from one of my Booktube favorites, Hailey LeBlanc (Hailey in Bookland). I believe she enjoyed this series and recommended it, so I added it to my want to read list.
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo: Yes, I technically dnf this book, but I didn’t put it down forever. At the time of it’s releases, in 2018, I was in a huge reading slump and pretty much dnf all my current reads this being one of them. I always intended to pick it up again, but haven’t been feeling it. I did enjoy what I had read and the concept is cool. It is a fantasy romance about a Prince and Siren. It marketed as a “Little Mermaid” retelling, yet don’t go into thinking it is a retelling but more of a re-imagining.
Slayer (Slayer #1) by Kiersten White: This was a 2019 release that I was very excited about! It is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer story where new slayer, Nina, is chosen. I have watched all seven seasons of Buffy, and though I wasn’t a die heart fan I am curious to see a new take on the story. Also, I am a bookworm, so I am happy we get a book version of the show.
This list seems extremely long to me, and gives me slight anxiety. It was cool to take a minute to talk about some older books I need to read. I would love it if you let me know of any back-list titles that you still haven’t gotten around too. Don’t forget to like and share this post with all your bookish friends. Please follow the blog to get notified when I post.
Hello Book Lovers,
This isn’t going to be your typical post on this blog. Instead of talking about all things bookish, which I love. I wanted to have an open and honest decision about my mental health and how I have been feeling lately. If you are just stumbling across this blog, Hi I’m Bunny, and this is my little corner of the internet. I talk about all things bookish and more on this blog that I have come to love. I am a former Booktuber turned book blogger, and couldn’t be more happy.
Lately, I haven’t felt like myself, and I know that a lot of factors have contributed to that feelings. I have never mentioned this on the blog, but I suffer with depression, OCD, anxiety, ADD, Bipolar and women health concerns. Yep, I am a beautiful mess. I have dealt with a lot of self-hate lately and feeling of hopelessness. I am someone who is consistently thinking, and most of the time never feels satisfied in what they are doing regardless if it makes me happy.
In the past 2 years, I gained about 40 pounds, tried multiple medications, looked into therapy and been having lot of physical health issues. On top of everything, my husband health has also be steadily declining. Now, I am not writing this post to get sympathy or throw a pity party for myself. I am simply here to tell other that might be having a shit year, or years, and dealing with mental and/or physical issues, or just life in general that you are not alone.
I feel like having anxiety is the cool new trend, but let me tell you it isn’t fun to be consistently anxiousness. I want you guys to know that this blog no matter how small has helped me a lot, and I love all your support. Also, I have a growing community on Twitter and Instagram that I am very proud of.
I would like to mention that I had planned to do the mini PopCulture Readathon (Degrassi: TNG themed), but I want to take the next two weeks to focus on myself and recollect. I am throwing my tbr out the window and just mood reading for the rest of the month. I would love some post request down below, since I am thinking of doing 5 post a week in June to celebrate my birthday month. Also, should we start a monthly book club here on the blog? Let me know in the comments.
Thank you all for viewing this blog and sharing this post. I would sincerely love to know how you are doing and what you are reading.
Hello Book Lovers,
In this post, I am going to share my Netgalley library. I have a lot of ARCs I need to get to, so I thought it might be fun to share the books I’ve been approved for. I will give a small rundown of the book, and why I requested it for review.
The Everything I Have Lost by Sylvia Zeleny (May 11th): This is a coming-of-age young adult story about 12-year-old Julia who is struggling to deal with life in Juarez, Mexico and her fathers sudden disappearance. Zeleny is a bilingual author from Mexico, and I love it when others can write from personal experience. Also, I thought that this story was different from traditional YA novels, since the lead is younger and just beginning her teen years. This is sure to be a very emotional story.
A Chorus Rises: A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow (June 01st): The story follows a teen influencer that has the perfect life. She posses fame, beauty and is a Eloko. This means that she has a melody that nobody can resit. However, her life takes a turn for the worse when she gets canceled for exposing a Siren to the world. I love the mix of contemporary and fantasy in a very unique way. I haven’t read a lot of magical realism, so I am looking forward to try a new genre.
The Stars of Whistling Ridge by Cindy Baldwin (June 15th): A middle grade novel about magic, a curse town and finding a place to call home. I have never been drawn to middle grade stories, but this one sounded adorable. Honestly, I feel like this could be the plot of a Disney movie. I just know that it is going to take me on a magical journey, and tug at my heartstrings.
My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows (June 22nd): This is the first book in a new series by these talented authors. They are best known for their Lady Janies series that contained of three book each a retelling of a fame Jane (Lady Jane Grey, Jane Eyre and Calamity Jane). In this new series of books we will be following Marys starting with Mary is the queen of Scots. I have only read the first book in the Janies series, My Lady Jane. However, I absolutely loved it. I was very happy to get this ARCs since this story takes place in the same world as My Lady Jane.
Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier (Aug 10th): This is a graphic novel that deals with social pressure, friendship and cheerleading with trans and queer representation. I am not a huge graphic novel fan, but I think that this will be a new favorite of mine. Truth be told, I am a total fangirl for cheerleading stories. I have seen all the Bring It On films and was obsessed with the short-lived Hellcats series. Also, you know I love me some diverse characters.
The Endless Skies by Shannon Price (Aug 17): An epic fantasy about a hidden city home of the Leonodai warriors. Seventeen-year-old Rowan is ready to become a Leonodai until a deadly disease plagues the city’s children. Soon Rowan discovers secrets that could change her future and everything she once dreamed. I have made it no secret that I don’t read a lot of fantasy. Although, I was very intrigued by not only the plot, but that this was a standalone. This book gives me classic YA fantasy book feels, which I am loving. As well, as the fact that I don’t have to worry about adding another series to my tbr.
I hope that you guys enjoyed taking a sneak-peak at my Netgalley library. Let me know if any of these books peaked your interest. Don’t forget to follow the blog, since I will be doing reviews on these books and more.
Until The Next Chapter,
Hello Book Lovers,
In the month of April, I read 4 books total. I am happy with that number, since I did take a small week-long reading break during the month. I feel like most of the books I have read haven’t amazed me. I don’t feel like I am a hash book rater at all, still a lot of the books have simply been 3 star reads for me. Also, I want to note that whatever I rate about doesn’t mean it is at all bad. Book ratings are all personal opinions.
If I’m Being Honest by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley: 5.0/5.0 Stars
Incredible! I was going to dnf this book, but I am glad I stuck with it. It is a new favorite of mine.
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston: 3.5/5.0 Stars
This is a cute contemporary retelling, but not standout in my opinion.
They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman: 3.0/5.0 Stars
I have mixed feelings about this book. I didn’t love it, didn’t hate. It was okay.
Time Of Our Lives by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley: 3.0/5.0 stars
Of course, I had to pick up another book by this author duo. Unfortunately, this one was a bit of a let down.
As always I will be doing reviews for each book, so that I can share my complete thoughts on them. I was very happy to have read a five-star read, but I feel as though the rest of the books put me in a small reading slump at the end of the month. Let me know about the books you read in April, and leave me your book recommendations in the comments. If you want to support me give this post a like, share and follow the blog.