Hey bookies! I’m making resolutions for 2022 and I just found my bookish resolutions from 2019 on this site! So let’s go through them and see what I accomplished, what I didn’t, what I don’t want to anymore, and what I want to do now.
Get to 5K followers on Instagram
Done! I am at 7.4k right now =)
Request arcs from publishers
Done! I stopped doing it for now until I got some more books out of my TBR, but I did it extensively in 2019 =)
Run 3 readathons
I did 2 in 2019 I believe. Altogether I’ve done probably 3 or 4, so… semi completed?
Start interviewing authors
I have done a few author interviews now and I’m always willing to do more! Just drop me an email =)
Start doing more blog posts that are not review posts
I accomplished that this year with the exception of October and I want to continue doing this into 2022 =).
Make Indie Blog Hop bigger
So, if you didn’t know, I ran a free indie author blog tour company and I ran from 2018. I am closing shop in 2022, so unfortunately while I did make it a little bigger I never completed this resolution.
Finish my book
HA! I got to 11k words and I want to rework it some more, but I’ve had some great ideas for other books I want to work on when my book reviewing business calms down first.
Go to the gym at least half of the days of the year
NOPE! I start and quit it like a bad habit, but I’ve been trying to get in shape more now and I’ve been doing cardio for everyday this past week. I’m going to attempt the 75 hard reading challenge with Nerdy Nurse Reads so let’s see if I can fix this =)
Start a podcast
I still want to do this with my BFF Charlie. Charlie, if you’re reading this, let’s make plans.
Make more memories and be happier
I couldn’t have predicted the pandemic would happen and it would make me reevaluate everything in my life or that it would reveal things about me and my mental health and past. I’ve also started having anxiety attacks and learning that I have sensory issues with certain things. This past year I left my job (got fired, but they were devious about it and it’s a whole thing) and I lost some people I thought were friends, but am I happier? I’d say…. yea…
And that’s it for my 2018 post, so let’s look into 2022
Explanation of CWs: There was a lot of gore and violence in the book. Sexual content is also present in the book and I feel like there was a passage that mentioned that young children worked at either a bar/tavern or a prostitution house but I’m not entirely sure on that and I can’t find it in the book again, so just be weary. There is a kidnapping and parental death mentioned. There is a story shown in the book where a dragon gets shot down and dies. Grief is discussed and alcohol is briefly mentioned. There is also some romance in this book.
Publisher: Literary Wanderlust
Synopsis: Princess Asharaya Myrassar lost everything on the night of the Coup of Fire when the usurper queen, Aerella Argarys, slaughtered the royal family and claimed the throne of the fae kingdom of Ilahara. After seeking refuge on the human continent and leaving her magical past behind, Asharaya takes on a new identity: Shara, an assassin blessed with dark powers.
Prince Derron Argarys owes his royal title to his mother’s coup, and although he has all the status and power one could wish for, he cannot escape the memories of the brutal death of the former prince he once called friend. Now the heir to the throne, Derron must set aside his memories and learn to rule by the Argarys words: show your power, hide your heart.
But when a crone proclaims the last of the dragon-blessed rulers still lives and prophesizes Asharaya’s return to Ilahara, friend and foe alike set out to find her, Derron among them. Yet he discovers in Asharaya not only a cold and beautiful assassin but also the princess he once knew. When the chance to rid his family of the Myrassar threat comes, Derron hesitates in dealing the killing blow, charting a new course that may see Asharaya’s return to Ilahara to face her greatest enemy and her destiny as the last dragon-blessed queen.
Review: For the most part this was a good book. It read a lot like The Shannara Chronicles and I loved the high fantasy feel of it. I also loved the trope (Lost Princess) used and I liked that the book talked openly about menstrual cycles. The book is also heavy in political intrigue, which I like. I liked the world building and the plot kept me going.
However, the book was really confusing. The book didn’t clearly define who’s POV was whose when you start the chapter and it was awkward to go into the book with multiple POVs and not know what’s going on. I also felt like the multiple POVs didn’t allow for the characters to develop well and there was little back-story on each main character, which made the book more confusing. The book was also slow paced. Finally, as I was writing this review, I copied the synopsis and realized that it helps fill in some of the gaps in the book, which is a bummer for me. I don’t read synopses before reading the book and I feel like if important details are in the synopsis but not in the book, it just sets the book up to be a letdown.
Explanation of CWs: There is bullying shown in the book. There is some religion mentioned and church going mentioned as well. There are two scenes with panic attacks shown. Anxiety is mentioned and shown. There is disordered eating shown in one scene, in which the father is inadvertently instilling it into the main character. There is also some racism mentioned as a past event and not to the main character, not shown.
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: June Jackson is an expert at exceeding people’s expectations. She can’t help it; she’s a people-pleaser! She’ll do everything she can to be the perfect student, daughter, and friend, even if it means ignoring her own feelings sometimes. Cue Victoria, June’s secret fairy godmother, who blesses June with the ability to never tell a lie in the hopes that June will finally be honest with her loved ones. Instead of telling them the truth to their faces, June turns to a secret online blog–the only place she can write out her true feelings without hurting people.
When all of her responsibilities start to pile on–field hockey, the school paper, family responsibility, her friends–June begins feeling so overwhelmed that sometimes it feels hard to breathe. Not to mention June is desperately trying to figure out how to overthrow the spell at the same time! When the pressures reach new heights, will Honest June finally be able to break free and tell whole truth and nothing but?
Review: This is probably one of my favorite middle grade books of 2021! I absolutely loved the magical realism of this book (it’s small, but there) and I loved how the book normalized puberty and normalized stress. Stress is oftentimes treated as an unspoken concern in kids books, but this one tackled it head on. The book did well to highlight issues in the education system currently. It’s really sad how far the education system has gone to where 6th graders are now thinking about college applications. Kids have enough pressure as is these days and school clubs and sports should be something they want to join for fun instead of something that they feel like they have to do in order to get into a good college. I also want to commend the author on making parents in a kids book that make mistakes. While I felt like punching the parents for my cinnamon role/main character June, I also only felt that way because the author wrote the book so well. No parent should be making their child feel inadequate or stressed because of college that’s like at least 6 years away. The father in particular made me angry because he was taking the college issue too far, completely eliminating June’s choice and wants and desires, and going into a total control spree where, at one point in the novel, he was trying to control what his daughter eats and that leads to disordered eating. The characters are well developed, the world building is well done, and the story is wonderfully well written. The plot is also sound and the pacing is spot on. The book is also illustrated and is based in Atlanta!
The only real issues I had with the book is how the parents were written and how the author allowed them to punish the daughter after she finally told the truth about how she felt. The way that it was done in the book could make kids believe that they’ll be punished anyways for telling the truth. It should have been gone about a different way so kids reading the book would feel better about telling the truth to their parents. However, most of the blame is on the parents in the book and I hope that parents who read this book take notes from it.
Verdict: An absolutely well done book and a highly recommend from me!
Explanation of CWs: The book focuses on a murder that happened and it has violence, death, and gore in it. There is also some cursing in it.
Synopsis: Lucas Vega is obsessed with the death of Candace Swain, who left a sorority party one night and never came back. Her body was found after two weeks, but the case has grown cold. Three years later while interning at the medical examiner’s, Lucas discovers new information, but the police are not interested.
Lucas knows he has several credible pieces of the puzzle. He just isn’t sure how they fit together. So he creates a podcast to revisit Candace’s last hours. Then he encourages listeners to crowdsource what they remember and invites guest lecturer Regan Merritt, a former US marshal, to come on and share her expertise.
New tips come in that convince Lucas and Regan they are onto something. Then shockingly one of the podcast callers turns up dead. Another hints at Candace’s secret life, a much darker picture than Lucas imagined—and one that implicates other sorority sisters. Regan uses her own resources to bolster their theory and learns that Lucas is hiding his own secret. The pressure is on to solve the murder, but first Lucas must come clean about his real motives in pursuing this podcast—before the killer silences him forever.
Review: I loved the premise of this book! I like that the MC has a podcast and that he is into true crime. The book is told in kind of a true crime podcast fashion as well, which is so much fun. I loved how the characters were developed and how the world was built. I also thought the mystery worked well for the most part and the plot kept me interested in the story enough to find out what happened at the end.
However, the pacing is so so slow in this book in the beginning and it picks up in the middle. The book is a bit of an info dump in the beginning, which put me off of it for a bit. The book spends a lot of time going back over old evidence and repeating the same thing over and over again. The ending was also a bit of a letdown and it kind of was outside of the realm of expected.
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Raelyn’s journey started in Break the Stone, the first novel in the Golden Chains series. After following the puzzle pieces, she discovered the truth. But learning that information came at a cost.
In Hunt the Storm, Raelyn travels across the world to a dangerous desert land. While dealing with the grief of what she has lost, she pushes people away, including boyfriend, Kody, who only wants to help and support her. Determined to solve her problems alone, but failing miserably, Raelyn learns her lesson from the most unexpected person. Private Phoenix Peterson reenters her life and tugs on her heart.
An evil overlord stands in her way of happiness. Will Raelyn learn to rely on others and work together? Will she and Kody last through the obstacles they face in the desert?
Synopsis: Kian sees the universe of origin of our human ancestors before the big crush forced them to find our universe.
Class6 is about Queen Izaar, a being created by our human ancestors to safeguard humanity. But there is one problem: she was left with an ancient enemy, the reptilian race, who has tried to eliminate the human race for thousands of years. Now one last war is about to end this bloody circle, but it will happen in our time, more specifically on our planet earth. Queen Izaar’s path crosses with these other five individuals who are LGBTQ, and each plays an essential role with the faith of humanity. They must come together with their abilities to join forces with Queen Izara. In the beginning, they are fighting for gay rights. Still, as they discover this more significant conflict, they must decide if they want to save the same human race that has rejected them, killed them, and attacked them for being LGBTQ. In the end, the last fight is for the survival of the human race that lays in the hand of these LGBTQ heroes. Humanity will learn the truth about our existence and origins. We must decide if we want to continue on this status quo of hate and division or if we will finally come together as one race to defeat our common enemy, and become the powerful race we once were.
Review: For the most part I liked this newest edition to the Kraven Comics family. The plot was good, the illustrations were amazing, and I liked the character development. The book was well storied and I feel like I’m getting a lot of backstory, which is what I’ve been craving for awhile now.
However, the beginning is very confusing and, I think because I read all of the other books one right after another, I never realized how confusing it is in the beginning to not have a recap of the comics. It took me awhile to figure out where I was in this book and at the end I’m left on a cliffhanger again.
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: My Darling Husband
Author: Kimberly Belle
Book Series: Standalone
Recommended For…: thriller, mystery
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
Genre: Thriller Mystery
Recommended Age: 18+ (violence, slight gore, home invaders, kidnapping, language)
Explanation of CWs: There is some cursing in this book. The book centers on a home invasion and kidnapping. There is some violence and slight gore.
Publisher: Park Row
Synopsis: Everyone is about to know what her husband isn’t telling her…
Jade and Cam Lasky are by all accounts a happily married couple with two adorable kids, a spacious home and a rapidly growing restaurant business. But their world is tipped upside down when Jade is confronted by a masked home invader. As Cam scrambles to gather the ransom money, Jade starts to wonder if they’re as financially secure as their lifestyle suggests, and what other secrets her husband is keeping from her.
Cam may be a good father, a celebrity chef and a darling husband, but there’s another side he’s kept hidden from Jade that has put their family in danger. Unbeknownst to Cam and Jade, the home invader has been watching them and is about to turn their family secrets into a public scandal.
With riveting twists and a breakneck pace, My Darling Husband is an utterly compelling thriller that once again showcases Kimberly Belle’s exceptional talent for domestic suspense.
Review: For the most part I really liked this one. It read and felt like something that could be a good horror thriller film and the action started from the first chapter and didn’t let up really until the end. The book is also interesting with the back and forth timeline and the multiple POVs. The book had well developed characters and world building. The book was also very evenly paced.
However, usually in thriller/mystery books there’s a second act surprise or twist. This one really didn’t have one and it was kind of weird. It just kept going with the original plot and didn’t stop. I also felt like the book ended a bit abruptly.
Explanation of CWs: Slight gore and violence are in this book. The book has the narrative of sacrificing babies to a witch and they abandon the babies in the process. There is some sexism talk and some abelistic words. Kidnapping is in this book. Death is discussed in detail. There are scenes of animal injury, violence, and brutal death.
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Synopsis: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.
Review: For the most part I really liked this book. I really liked how it read like a fairytale and the concept behind it was fascinating to me. It was hard to put down because of the amazing characters and their development with each other. I also liked the world building and how well paced the book was.
However, the book had some confusing moments. It didn’t fully explain the magic system and the book’s plot was a bit confusing as it had 4 different plots going at once by the end of it when it originally started as 2. The book also had some confusing resolutions to it. There are also some elements that wouldn’t be suitable for younger readers in the MG genre.
Hey bookies! I am a 90s kid and I saw this tag by The Literary Phoenix and I thought I’d give it a go!
A GBA GAME AND TRADING CARD GAME WHERE YOU BATTLED POCKET MONSTERS AND STRIVED TO CATCH THEM ALL. BACK IN THE DAY, THERE WERE ONLY 150 POKEMON.
Um excuse me, Pokemon was on Gameboy long before the Advance came out. Rude. Also and excellent cartoon.
THE AUTHOR YOU NEED EVERY BOOK FROM
It’s gonna sound like I’m simping (which… yea I might be) but I instantly fell in love with Ashley Poston’s writing. She’s wrote 3 different genres so far (fantasy, sci-fi, and contemporary) and I’ve enjoyed everything she’s wrote so far… regardless of the fact she blocked me for simply stating that other countries don’t have access to libraries like they do in the USA. (seriously Ashley, wtf?)
AOL INSTANT MESSAGING – HOW ’90S KIDS COMMUNICATED WITH THEIR FRIENDS AFTER SCHOOL BEFORE EVERYONE HAD A CELL PHONE.
Oh lord, I have so many memories chatting on that thing, though I ended up switching to the MSN one when that came out.
BOOK THAT CONNECTED YOU WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND
It wasn’t the fact that I had read the book (I hadn’t) but it was the fact that Ethan was as big of a bookworm as me that made me fall in love with him and make him my best friend.
CREEPY NEEDY ROBOTS YOU COULD TEACH TO TALK AND WERE PROBABLY DEMON POSSESSED. SOMEHOW THESE MADE A COMEBACK?
These things were satan. Randomly turning on in the middle of the night for no reason.
BOOK THAT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA BUT WAS ACTUALLY A MONSTER
I don’t have to explain the issues with this one and how it probably killed Veronica Roth’s career right?
N’SYNC ’90S QUINTESSENTIAL BOY BAND. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE?
I was a huge Nsync fan. But I loved Lance Bass, not Justin.
A BOOK YOU HATED TO SAY BYE, BYE, BYE TO
This was such a good book and I can’t wait for more from this author.
GETTING GREEN SLIME THROWN ON YOU, COURTESY OF THE SHOW FIGURE IT OUT. ALSO APPARENTLY STILL A THING AT THE KID’S CHOICE AWARDS?
A BOOK EVERYONE LOVED BUT YOU HATED
This was such a bad book and I’m mad because I love Greek mythology inspired books normally.
’90S COMPUTER GAME YOU COULD USUALLY PLAY AT SCHOOL, WHICH WAS GREAT. IT TAUGHT US PEOPLE USED TO DIE A LOT OF GRUESOME, MESSY DEATHS.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU WISH YOU DIED OF DYSENTERY
Honestly? P.C. and Kristin lost their touch. This and The Key of Fear sucked so much.
BACK BEFORE EVERYONE HAD MUSIC ON THEIR PHONES (REMEMBER, WE DIDN’T HAVE CELL PHONES!) FOLKS WOULD RIP THEIR CDS AND MAKE MIXES FOR EACH OTHER.
3 BOOKS YOU RECOMMEND TO ANYONE, ANYWHERE, NO MATTER WHAT
After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.
Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.
Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.
They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”
Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive.
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world—and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever….
YOU KNOW HOW IT’S ANNOYING WHEN YOU AREN’T ON LTE? IMAGINE WAITING 10 MINUTES FOR INTERNET TO START AND ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR GOOGLE TO LOAD!
I can hear the sound this thing made.
A BOOK THAT TOOK FOR FREAKING EVER TO READ
Hated this book. It sucks. Do not read.
HE’S THAT GUY WHO’S BEEN ON SNL FOREVER. ALSO MIGHTY DUCKS.GOOD BURGER.KEENAN AND KEL. ALL THAT. EVERYTHING.
Awww baby Keenan!
THAT BOOK YOU SEE REFERENCED EVERYWHERE AND IS IN EVERYTHING, BUT THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
THUMBS UP, SEVEN UP
A GAME WHERE MOST THE CLASS CLOSED THEIR EYES AND SEVEN PEOPLE TAPPED SOMEONE’S THUMB AND YOU HAD TO GUESS WHO DID IT WITHOUT PEEKING.
We used to call it Heads Up instead of Thumbs Up.
BOOK WHERE YOU PEEKED JUST REAL QUICK AT THE ENDING BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE GUESSING GAMES
I was curious and nervous!
THESE WERE BASICALLY JUST TEDDY GRAHAMS DIPPED IN FROSTING, WHICH IS STILL A WONDERFUL SNACK IDEA.
Recommended Age: 18+ (Language, Violence, Gore, Death, Drug and alcohol allusions, Terminal illness allusion, Romance, Sexual content, Religion, Grief)
Explanation of CWs: There is cursing in this book. There is lots of violence and some gore. There is death and the death of a spouse is mentioned, as well as grief. There are some allusions to drug and alcohol, as well as terminal illness. There is also some romance and sexual content. There is slight mentions of religion.
Publisher: Starfish Ink
Synopsis: The plan was always to go to Amardeep, just not like this.
Ellinor Rask always planned to head for the Ashling’s island in order to hunt down those who had killed her husband, but now she’s going for something she didn’t expect: help. With Ellinor’s magic still beyond her reach, the only ones capable of removing her magical shackle are the sentient androids Ellinor has vowed to destroy. If only she can tolerate the Ashlings long enough to aid them in return, of course.
But getting the attention of those who could help proves difficult, and more dangerous than anticipated. Knowing whom to trust becomes a frantic dance as Ellinor and her friends traverse the toxic island in disguise, going from fight-club dance arenas to drug labs all in their search for assistance. Ellinor discovers, however, that hiding a dreeocht who is becoming more unstable by the second is increasingly deadly.
If hiding was all Ellinor had to worry about, she might have a chance at survival. But something waits beneath the glitter of Amardeep that Ellinor and her friends are not expecting . . . something they may be unprepared to face.
Review: For the most part I liked this sequel! I loved the addition of Fiss and I felt like this book was more cohesive than the first one. The plot seemed more streamlined and a little less chaotic. The book had great character development and world building. The book was also well plotted and overall I really liked it and felt it was a great continuation of the main story.
However, I did have some issues with the book. I felt like the book needed a recap in the beginning, which would help readers since the first book had quite a bit happen in it. The back to back action scenes gave me a bit of whiplash and it felt a bit daunting to have a lot of action scenes. I also felt that the book slowed down a bit midway.