Random Book Recommendation #1


In today’s post I’m going to be recommending one of my favorite underrated books in a variety of genres I love to read. There are so many books out that there deserve more love and I’m here to give them a little bit of a spotlight!


  1. Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez

31179006“Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.

As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what’s right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.

Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.”

This debut is pure MAGIC. The writing is gripping and the story is immersive. The characters are fantastic and that cliff hanger DESTROYED ME.

Full review can be found here

2. An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley

40046019“After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. Mira tries to ease her guilt by brewing helpful curatives, but her hunger tonics and headache remedies cannot right past wrongs or save the dissenters her mother vows to purge.

Royal bastard Josse de Bourbon is more kitchen boy than fils de France. But when the Shadow Society assassinates the Sun King and half of the royal court, he must become the prince he was never meant to be in order to save his injured sisters and the petulant dauphin. Forced to hide in the sewers beneath the city, Josse’s hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible―until his path collides with Mirabelle’s.

She’s a deadly poisoner. He’s a bastard prince. They are sworn enemies, yet they form a tenuous pact to unite the commoners and former nobility against the Shadow Society. But can a rebellion built on mistrust ever hope to succeed?”

This book deserves all the love! It’s a magical historical fantasy with lovely characters and reads quickly. Addie Thorley is a talented writer and I love her use of gray characters.

Full review can be found here


  1. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

30969755There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe. ”

I am still blown away by this book. Kara Thomas has a talent for writing gripping mysteries that have a way of speeding up your heart while making your stomach drop. Her plotting is A M A Z I N G.

Full review can be found here

2. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

32571395“Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.”

This book has been a long time favorite of mine! I’ve reread it too many times now. The story is gripping and it reads very quickly. I love the characters and need everyone to read this story!

No full review available


  1. Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

26067503“June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.

Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.

Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.”

This book is so underrated it hurts. This hate to love slow burn romance about two high school seniors is one of my favorites whenever I want to be hit in the feels. The characters are unique and there romantic development is written masterfully (and full of swoons).

Full review can be found here

2. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

34092885“Seventeen-year-old Megan Harper is about due for her next sweeping romance. It’s inevitable—each of her relationships starts with the perfect guy and ends with him falling in love . . . with someone else. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream college’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

So when she’s cast as Juliet (yes, that Juliet) in her high school’s production, it’s a complete nightmare. Megan’s not an actress, and she’s used to being upstaged—both in and out of the theater. In fact, with her mom off in Texas and her dad remarried and on to baby #2 with his new wife, Megan worries that, just like her exes, her family is moving on without her.

Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright inspired by Rosaline from Shakespeare’s R+J. A character who, like Megan, knows a thing or two about short-lived relationships. Megan agrees to help Owen with his play in exchange for help catching the eye of a sexy stagehand/potential new boyfriend. Yet Megan finds herself growing closer to Owen, and wonders if he could be the Romeo she never expected.

In their fresh and funny debut, Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka break down the high school drama to find there’s always room for familial love, romantic love, and—most importantly—self-love”

Have I talked your ear off about this book yet? I love this author duo’s debut novel and can’t get enough of their writing. The dynamics are amazing and the romance was adorable. I loved the characters’ unique voices and all the humor in this book that was spot on.

Full review can be found here



Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

TTTHappy Tuesday! Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is Books On My Spring 2019 TBR. Top Ten Tuesday is a “meme” hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, every week there’s a new bookish theme and this week I’m listing, as said before:

Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

  1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

12812550Finally after promising myself that I would start this trilogy for forever, I finally have! I loved the first book (full review to come) and now I can’t wait to get into the rest of this story.

Synopsis of book one can be found here





2. Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

34992959I’m definitely not the only person excited for the next book in the Shatter Me series but oh. my. gosh. I can’t wait. I originally never planned to read past the first book in this series, but now years later I’m so glad I did. Defy Me is one of my most anticipated releases of the year

Synopsis of book one can be found here




3. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Famous in a Small TownI’ve been wanting to read this book since long before it came out this January! After hearing an amazing review from one of my friends I’m very hopeful that I’ll get to enjoy this sometime this spring

Synopsis can be found here





4. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

38926328I was honestly pretty surprised when this book started picking up a lot of hype. It’s practically once in a blue moon a YA contemporary gets a lot of hype in the YA online community but after this one started blowing up I knew I had to add it to my TBR. I just have to read it before I see the movie now!

Synopsis can be found here




5. The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

37868550This book sounds so flipping amazing! The magic system and premise of this book caught my eye forever ago and I’m really intrigued by how this is going to turn out. I’m here for a story about magic being banned and political tensions.

Synopsis can be found here





6. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

36389267I can’t believe after wanting to pick this book up by one of my favorite bookstagrammers I STILL HAVEN’T?? I’m promising myself that I’ll be reading this one this spring and letting my heart get crushed by C.G. Drews’ amazing writing.

Synopsis can be found here





7. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

31145133I finally read my first book by Maurene Goo last month and LOVED it. I’m pretty much desperate to get my hands on the rest of her work now and I know I’ll be picking this up soon!

Synopsis can be found here





8. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

35704397I have the same situation with picking this book up, I seriously need to read more Maurene Goo! I love the concept of this book and all the reviews I’ve heard make me really excited to pick this up. I have a feeling Maurene Goo may be a new favorite author for me.

Synopsis can be found here




9. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

32333296I’ve been waiting to read this book for almost A YEAR now. I truly can’t believe it’s been out for so long and I haven’t read it yet! My want to read this has wavered a bit every time I hear different reviews, but I’m just looking forward to reading it myself

Synopsis can be found here




10. Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

35429999I first heard of this book a few months ago because it had been included in a book box and ever since It’s been sitting patiently on my TBR! This book sounds so bittersweet and like a story I’m really going to enjoy

Synopsis can be found here





Book Review: Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress

scrapbookofanunfoundAuthor : Vicky Nolan

Publisher:  Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre: autobiographical contemporary

Pages: 186

Rating: 2/5 stars


“You’re a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has big dreams of becoming a pop star, and then one day you get your lucky break. Polydor records sends you to Copenhagen to make pop music – to make you a recording artist. You get back home and your future is looking brighter than ever – until the High Court writ hits the door mat – you’ve fallen out with your management and they have decided to sue. No, this isn’t a dream, this is now Vicky Nolan’s reality and fast becoming a nightmare, and all while still at school at the sweet age of sixteen.

Read about the trial, the family, Hollywood, London town, the glamour, the dog (eh?) and most importantly, the music. Curiouser and curiouser?

We always talk about ‘making it’ and fulfilling your dreams. The question is, what if you don’t? What happens next? Ultimately, this book speaks about life and family; its hopes and disappointments, its ups and downs. Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress is in some way a story that speaks to us all, because in the end, the best stories are always true.”

I have to say, this book wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. It was a quick and a mostly entertaining read but I felt like it was really weighed down by the amount of details on every page. I loved reading this as a teenager because it felt authentic for someone my age and it was interesting to see a life so different than my own that actually happened.

I enjoyed reading about the court in this book the most. I’ve always been pretty interested in law, although trust me when I say I hardly know anything about it. I can’t imagine having to go through all of this drama and lawyer business at this age! It was fascinating to hear the real story of someone trying to make on the pop music scene. Immediately after finishing this book I looked up her youtube channel (which you can find here) that was extremely impressive. But, I would have honestly loved much more detail about exactly what was going on. It almost incomplete like there holes missing in the entire legal trial that could have been filled in better.

Although Vicky Nolan is a real person she felt personified as a perfect character in the story. She was a sweetheart with musical talent beyond her years and yet she never made a misstep (I’m sure she’s sweet in real life too, but no one is perfect)!

I would have loved to seen more of that in this story to really understand her. Being a teenager is never easy, no matter how hard anyone tries nothing can always be perfect.

What bothered me the most about this story was how detail heavy it was. It’s a short book (only coming to 186 pages that cover a long period of time) but the pacing was off. It felt like pages would go by without anything happening and I’d find my eyes skimming the page every once in a while. It was an interesting story, but the small things were highlighted a little more brightly than I expected.

I thought the book ended well, on such a nice positive note. I’m glad Vicky is doing well now, and she truly has a spectacular voice that needs to be heard. Her journey of finding herself was sweet and a quick read that took no more than two and a half hours to binge.

Thank you so much to the author, Vicky Nolan, for providing a physical copy of this book in exchange for a review.


Book Review: Two Can Keep a Secret

twocankeepasecretAuthor: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: YA mystery, YA thriller

Pages: 336

Rating: 3.5/5 stars


“Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.”

To be honest, I’m disappointed. Two Can Keep a Secret isn’t a bad book by any stretch of the imagination… I just expected more from this author. Although I did enjoy the mystery in this one a lot of the other areas of the story bothered me extensively. I think it may have been my fault for getting my hopes so high, but I definitely feel a little let down after reading this.

My biggest problem with this story was how underdeveloped the side characters were, specifically Mia and Ezra. Only two of the four “main characters” got to share their povs which really limited the story. I never got a good feel for Mia or Ezra; I think if they had gotten more spotlight in the story it would have been better balanced. I didn’t mind Malcolm and Ellery narrating the story…but it felt like there was a limit on everything because of how trapped their two minds were.

I thought Ellery was an interesting character, she’s authentically quirky which I LOVED. Otherwise the characters didn’t stand out much to me. Malcolm felt very cookie cutter, I never got a good sense of Mia and the only thing I knew about Ezra was that he’s gay but it was a washed out detail and a missed opportunity to toss in a cute side romance.

Another thing that really bothered me with these characters was that I didn’t feel any connection between Ellery and Malcolm. It felt like the entire book just forced them together. They didn’t have A N Y chemistry! After reading her debut I was extremely underwhelmed by their relationship. I could see it working out but the way it was written was chunky and didn’t build well. The pacing was way off for this entire subplot.

Onto the good, this mystery was written fantastically. Karen M McManus has a true talent for plotting out stories like this in novels. She perfectly created a small town vibe full of intrigue and unique dynamics that made this story so much better. I had to physically set aside the book when all the ties started coming together because it was so flipping good.

All in all this book wasn’t bad, but I would lower your expectations a little bit if you’re still riding a book high from her debut One of Us is Lying (which I ADORED). Practically every problem I had from this book stemmed from the characters.  They weren’t well developed and did a lot of weird things, such as not seeming phased by a death threat to the entire homecoming court which one of the characters was on?? It bothered me a lot the entire book. Big sigh.



Book Review: Truthwitch

truthwitchAuthor: Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy

My Rating: 4/5 stars


“Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch”

If this book hadn’t been so painfully slow to start with I truly don’t think I would have ever finished it. I already tried reading Truthwitch once forever ago and I couldn’t get into it,  but this time I decided to force myself through and oh. my. gosh. it’s so worth it! If the beginning hadn’t taken forever and wasn’t painfully confusing this would be a perfect five star read. It took me over 200 pages to finally get past confusing info dumps before I actually cared for the characters or plot. After that turning point this book was became nothing short of magical.

The biggest problem this book is it’s pacing. It’s a hot mess that almost made me give up on the series for good. The first 200+ pages drag except for short fight scenes tangled into a mess confusing world politics that weren’t well explained. At times, specifically the beginning, the dull pace made the story difficult to enjoy or focus on. I ended up reading another book just to avoid picking this one up after I was just 50 pages in. The world building during this portion of the book was written weirdly too. It wasn’t explained well and I struggled to grasp an understanding of it. There were a lot of fantasy terms tossed around without explanation that STILL confuse me. Some of the powers never get explanations and there are still a million things that didn’t get fleshed out.

It took me a while to like the characters too. In the oh so painful beginning they felt like the same people and I could hardly tell them apart during some of the opening chapters. Neither of them got development until that latter half of the book and it made it harder to read until finally FINALLY they got their own human flaws that helped them feel more realistic. When all of that started falling into place I actually felt some connection to the characters and their girl power friendship but getting to that point took forever which sucked. Every good thing in this book takes ages to get to.

Once everything really did get going I LOVED the story. The action scenes were well written and I loved all the teased storylines for the future book. I need more Iseult and Aeudan stories as soon as freaking possible! The best parts of this book are the little things that promise more, and they’re the only reasons I’ll probably be continuing on with this series. This concept has a lot of promise and I think I could actually enjoy the rest of the story (as long as the beginning isn’t paced weird in those books too).

Random other things I liked in the story:
– the concept of Threads


– Merik and Safi’s hate-to-love romance

-Fight scenes

-Aeudan’s mysterious backstory

-All of Iseult and Aeudan’s intercations

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I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that this story will continue to improve as the story progresses, because although this beginning was a little shaky it is definitely promising.




Waiting on Wednesday: Defy Me

New+WoW.JPG (200×188)Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that is all about sharing and putting a spotlight on upcoming unreleased books that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. My TBR pile is overrun with books that haven’t been released yet, but my choice for this week that I’m specifically looking forward to is…

Defy Me by Taherah Mafi


I very recently finished up Restore Me and I’ve been an emotional mess ever since. I need this book as soon as possible and I don’t think I’ll be able to stop dreaming of it until it’s release date. I’m HURTING. I want this so bad (insert sobbing here)

“The gripping fifth installment in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shatter Me series. Will Juliette’s broken heart make her vulnerable to the strengthening darkness within her?

Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.

Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.”


Book Birthday: An Affair of Poisons

Today, February 26th, we’re celebrating a very exciting book birthday for an amazing historical fantasy book: An Affair of Poisons. I absolutely loved this book and my full gushing review can be found here.

anaffairofpoisonsAuthor: Addie Thorley

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

Genre: Historical fantasy

My Rating: 5/5 stars


“After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. Mira tries to ease her guilt by brewing helpful curatives, but her hunger tonics and headache remedies cannot right past wrongs or save the dissenters her mother vows to purge.

Royal bastard Josse de Bourbon is more kitchen boy than fils de France. But when the Shadow Society assassinates the Sun King and half of the royal court, he must become the prince he was never meant to be in order to save his injured sisters and the petulant dauphin. Forced to hide in the sewers beneath the city, Josse’s hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible―until his path collides with Mirabelle’s.

She’s a deadly poisoner. He’s a bastard prince. They are sworn enemies, yet they form a tenuous pact to unite the commoners and former nobility against the Shadow Society. But can a rebellion built on mistrust ever hope to succeed?”

This book is as magical as it sounds and deserves all of the love on it’s birthday! So, a massive HAPPY BIRTHDAY to An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley!

Click here to purchase!



Reader’s Guide to Morgan Matson


Morgan Matson is one of the very first contemporary authors I read when I was first getting into reading, and I still can’t get enough of her writing! She currently has five books published under Morgan Matson, and she has two trilogies published under the name Katie Finn that I won’t be including in this reading guide. Currently, Morgan Matson publishes a YA contemporary novel every year and the wait for them is always worth it! Her books are funny and vary in depths of family relationships and romance. She’s one of my all time favorite authors and her books are amazing, I couldn’t resist typing up a guide for her! In this guide I will be talking about which books are the best to start with along with information about what you should know before going into her books.

About The Author

Morgan Matson is YA author who has been writing since 2010. Her first book, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, was her first published novel. All of her five books exist in the same world and sometimes cameos can be seen between the different stories! She publishes a book every other year and shares her love of Starbucks all over social media:

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/morgamat/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/morgan_m


The Best Books to Pick Up First

I’ve given every single book Morgan Matson has written a perfect 5/5 stars, but the three following books really stick out to me for various reasons! Her stories cover a lot of different topics, but these three in particular have my heart:

The first book is actually the first one that I ever read from her : Second Chance 11071466Summer. This was the second book Morgan Matson published back in 2012. This heartful read followers a girl named Taylor who spends part of her summer at the family’s old lake house after getting some devastating news. The thing is, when Taylor was last in this small town she left some of her relationships in a mess… which includes her former best friend and first boy friend, who looks a lot cuter at seventeen than he did at twelve.

Second Chance Summer is a bittersweet read with a lot of amazing character development, family bonding, and romance. It’s written beautifully and will pull at your heartstrings nonstop. It’s a bit heavier in topic, but definitely worth the read! I’m really tempted to pick this one up for a reread because it’s be so long since I first read it.

The second book would be her most recent release: Save The Date. This story follows Save the DateCharlie Grant and all of her siblings as they prepare for her older sister’s wedding that they’re having at home. For the first time in forever Charlie’s four older siblings are home with her, and she’s thrilled about it. But nothing goes according to plan, everything that could possibly go wrong does. Over the course of three chaotic days this wonderful family learns more about one another then they ever could have realized.

I was blown away by how amazing this book was. Morgan Matson nailed a the big family dynamic and the humor from this book was particularly hilarious. I never leave tabs in my books but I couldn’t help myself! There were so many laugh out loud moments and the giant 500 page book felt just as short as the three day weekend it covered. The different relationships in the family were spot on and even the little dash of romance was perfect! I loved this book to pieces.

Buzz Words

Roadtrip, trauma, romance, summer – Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Tragedy, badly ended relationships, summer, character development – Second Chance Summer

Bucket list, missing best friend, character development, new friends – Since You’ve Been Gone

Dogs, nothing going as planned, novel writing love interest, friend group – The Unexpected Everything 

Big family, humor, dogs, a wedding – Save the Date


Best Couple: The Unexpected Everything – Andie & Clark

Best Female Character:  Save the Date – Charlie

Best Male Character: Since You’ve Been Gone – Frank

Funniest Book: Save the Date

Best Chemistry: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Amy & Roger

Best Plot: Save the Date

Other notes:

Morgan Matson is an extremely gifted writer! All of her books are fun and humorous. Her stories do lack some in diversity and all of the relationships are f/m. All of her books center around a town in Pennsylvania and share little cameos of the different characters, which is a lot of fun when you’ve read many of her books! All of her books tend to be on the longer side (The Unexpected Everything is more than five hundred pages long) but they are all quick fun reads! I love Morgan Matson’s writing and recommend her all of the time.