Book Challenges, Personal

Book Challenge Declaration | Finishing the Series 2019


Alright so I’ve decided to do it, I am going to do the Finishing the Series 2019 reading challenge (hosted by Celebrity Readers).  You can find the list of series I have started prior to 2019 that I hope to finish or catch up on before the end of the year here, which is where I will also be keeping track of the challenge.  I’ve added a lot of series, many of which I started in 2018 actually, but I also cut back my goal to the C-list level of finishing 1-4 series because I just failed completely at the B-list level (5-8 series) and hopefully setting a lower goal for myself will make me feel better about what I do complete.  Obviously there are more series listed than I will probably get to, but it’s nice to have choices.

Book Challenges, Favorite Reads, Personal

2018 Reading Round Up

Here it is!  My 2018 Reading Round Up!  This year I tried to complete a few challenges, and while I didn’t complete them all, I am still content with what I did.  I started listening to audiobooks more this year and actually got really into them which is a plus, too.

First book read this year: Reign of the Fallenby Sarah Glenn Marsh
Final book read this year: Rosemarkedby Livia Blackburne

Favorite Reads of the Year


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Book Review | ROSEMARKED, by Livia Blackburne

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Rosemarked (Rosemarked #1), by Livia Blackburne

Publish Date: September 7, 2017
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

My Review:

This book pulled me in from the start. I don’t know what it was about it – the writing style, the characters, the world-building – but I fell in love with it almost immediately. There was just something about it that had me constantly engaged and wanting more. With beautiful world-building and characters that shine off the page, Livia Blackburne has made me an immediate fan of this book. Continue reading “Book Review | ROSEMARKED, by Livia Blackburne”

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Book Review | VENGEANCE ROAD, by Erin Bowman

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Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road #1), by Erin Bowman

Publish Date: September 1, 2015 (Audiobook published January 5, 2016)
Published by: HMH Books for Young Reads/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Length: approx. 8 hours (327 pages)
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Western
Tags: wild west, gangs, journey
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | VENGEANCE ROAD, by Erin Bowman”

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Book Review | SLAYER, by Kiersten White

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Slayer (Slayer #1), by Kiersten White

Publish Date: January 8, 2019
Published by: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
Tags: pop-culture retelling, demons, slaying, mystery, action, splash of romance, family angst, mother issues
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

My Review:

I don’t normally read these pop-culture novels. You know, all these ones based on Wonder Woman or Batman or Star Wars. They’ve just never really interested me all that much before. But when I heard about this story based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer something in me went “ooh, yes.” Obviously it was that part of me that adores Buffy the Vampire Slayer and that’s been itching to go back to it again. I was still a little hesitant in going into this book, but I was surprised to find myself easily enjoying it and getting sucked into the story in no time. It’s filled with some great characters, excellent story and character arcs, and of course, demons and other things that go bump in the night. Continue reading “Book Review | SLAYER, by Kiersten White”

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Book Review | TOXIC, by Lydia Kang

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Toxicby Lydia Kang

Publish Date: November 6, 2018 
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Amanda Ronconi
Length: approx. 11 hours
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Hana isn’t supposed to exist. She’s grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simple gone – along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she’s certain her mother wouldn’t leave her there to die. And Hana isn’t ready to die yet. She’s never really had a chance to live.

Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercenaries are there to monitor Cyclo as she expires, and the payment for the suicide mission will mean Fenn’s sister is able to live. But when he meets Hana, he’s not sure how to save them both.

As Cyclo grows sicker by the day, they unearth more secrets about the ship and the crew. But the more time they spend together, the more Hana and Fenn realize that falling for each other is what could ultimately kill them both.

My Review:

I listened to this book as an audiobook, and while it was interesting in some places, I didn’t quite connect with it all the time. The characters are certainly interesting and diverse, and the setting definitely unique, but there were just so many moments when I felt like it would never end. Even some of the high-action and tense scenes had me kind of wishing it would move a little faster. Continue reading “Book Review | TOXIC, by Lydia Kang”