June Wrap Up (SUPER MYSTERY SINCE I’VE BEEN MIA + BOOK RANT ON UF SERIES)

June was a slower reading month for me, but I did go through about 7.5 books.

I went through a couple genre phases that really didn’t play out brilliantly.  For a while I was really into urban fantasy and wanted to find a series similar to Jeaniene Frost’s Nighthuntress series (check it out the first book, Halfway to the Grave) and a few weeks later I was looking for a historical romance similar to Lisa Tawn Bergen’s River of Time series (you can see more info on the first book, Waterfall, here).

Anyways, let’s get started!


What I’ve Read

So, if you can tell from the covers above, to placate my urban fantasy whim I found out on Goodreads that J. R. Ward wrote a really popular UF series called Black Dagger Brotherhood.  You can check out the first book, Dark Lover here.  Anyways, the series looks super successful and has over 7 books thus far so you know that you’re in for a treat.  If you’ve never read urban fantasy before, know that you are likely walking into a intense sexual scenes and really tacky romances.  This series was no exception to this rule. Ever.

After the first book, I was like “Yeah, that was good” and then by the third book I was like “Yeaaaah…. Eh?” and then by the 4th-5th book I was like “Yeah…. no…..” and by the 6th-7th book I was utterly sick and tired of how fucking tacky this series was.  Like excuse my French but HOW is this series so popular?!?!?! It literally made me want to flip over my table and set my food on fire.  And it wasn’t just how whiny Ward made the characters that irked me, it was her ridiculous spelling antics too.  The main characters names were like Rhage, Phury, Zsadist, Wrath, Vishous, and it’s just like what?!  And key terminology for the series was also spelt weird and it just got so frustrating.  These MC’s are supposed to be great vampire warrior knight people and they just don’t fit the bill.. at all.  *angry sigh*

Can you tell why I didn’t write a review yet? LOL.

So two more books I read,

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I’ve been hearing about this book now for months and I thought I would finally take the plunge.  I’ve read about 1/4 of the book and I just don’t really know if I like it enough to continue?  The book has some parts in second person and it’s not a reading style I’ve ever read in a published book.  It also keeps alternating between characters/settings and it just comes off as really messy and odd.  Like I said, I’m just not sure if I like it so it was put on a back burner.
  2. Intertwine by Nichole Van.  I found this book on Goodreads after trying to find another historical romance/time travel thing.  I ended up giving this book a 3/5 stars because it was an easy read.  The series does continue but I don’t think I’ll be reading more.

What I’m Currently Reading

  1. The Mark of Cain by Lindsay Barraclough (4.07 on Goodreads).  I’m about 40 pages in and I’m interested to actually get into the plot.  There was this 30 page long prologue that was rather excessive.. but I’m sure it provided some sort of context for later on.

    Damaris lowers her voice still more. I hold my breath to catch the words: “You know, there is something about the girl, Zillah. The spirits come to her.” Damaris pauses. “I—I have heard the child whispering in the voice of another.”

    In 1567, baby Aphra is found among the reeds and rushes by two outcast witches. Even as an infant, her gifts in the dark craft are plain. But when her guardians succumb to an angry mob, Aphra is left to fend for herself. She is shunned and feared by everyone she encounters, except one man: the leper Long Lankin. Hounded and ostracized, the two find solace only in each other, but even this respite is doomed, and Aphra’s bitterness poisons her entire being. Afflicted with leprosy, about to be burned as a witch, she manages one final enchantment—a curse on her tormentor’s heirs.

    Now, in 1962, Cora and Mimi, the last of a cursed line, are trapped in an ancient home on a crumbling estate in deepest winter, menaced by a spirit bent on revenge.

  2. Paganism: An introduction to earth-centered religions by Joyce and River Higginbotham.  A couple of my friends from college were pagans and I finally decided to look it up and see what it was all about.  This book was highly recommended on Amazon so I’ve been reading through it.  I’m not a religious person at all, but so far I really like how earth-centered “paganism” really is.  I do have a Bachelor’s of Science degree so I’ve always been pretty skeptical of any religion that doesn’t provide me solid evidence. If you want me to make a blog post / review on this book I totally will, just let me know.  I must say that I feel like SJM drew from this religion in ACOTAR/ACOMAF and I’m kind of tempted to go back and see if I’m right.

    This book presents the basic fundamentals of Paganism. It explores what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is arranged; what Pagans do in ritual; what magick is; and what Pagans believe about God, worship, human nature, and ethics. For those who are exploring their own spirituality, or who want a good book to give to non-Pagan family and friends A hands-on learning tool with magickal workings, meditations, discussion questions, and journal exercises Offers in-depth discussion of ethics and magic.

  3. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye.  I haven’t started reading this book yet but it has a 3.80 rating on Goodreads.

    Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

    And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

    Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

    For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

    And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

    As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


Life Updates

I don’t really have anything much to report.  I’ve been doing a lot of work on our Etsy, our website, Amazon, etc.  My foster dog from February was finally adopted in late May and like a week or two later I found fleas in my house.  So…. fuck.  It’s literally been the worst. Fleas are still not gone but I’ve finally gotten a handle on everything.  Apparently because it’s been so dry the fleas are coming out from the forest (a few feet from our house) and have just royally screwed us.  I have to clean our home every day and it takes me like 2 hours to vacuum everything, I have to lift up all the furniture and vacuum every little crevice in existence.

I’m also at a point where I’m doing okay.  Some of you oldies here know that I found out I was being cheated on in February and I am better but it still fucks with me.  Him and I are still talking, he hasn’t seen her since the day after I found out (he was only hanging out with her, apparently. Yes, I know what you’re thinking), we are NOT dating.  We will not be dating any time soon.  Truthfully, I don’t know how someone can come back from that, the trust isn’t back yet and I deserve respect.  So that’s what a lot of my time has been dedicated to… just working on myself.  I got Invisalign, I’ve been doing some self tanning, and I’ve been going to the gym about 5 times a week. I’m doing me because I deserve it.


Anyways, that’s all for now!  If any of you guys want to talk or get to know me better send me a comment or a message.  I’m more than willing to talk to y’all on Facebook or some other means.  I don’t have a twitter but I’ve thought about it.

Let me know your thoughts on my books!  Any recommendations?

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Top 5 Wednesday | Settings You Want to See More Of.

Good evening, y’all!  If you didn’t see my post yesterday, my utter lack of reviews was because I would have metaphorically(?) shit on the books I read this past month.. I’ll go way more in detail tomorrow but for now I’ll do Top 5 Wednesday.

Today’s post is alllll about settings I want to see more of in books, and I have QUITE a few settings I would absolutely love.  Let’s get started!


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Faerie realms

If you haven’t followed my blog for long, you might not know that I am a fantasy junkie.  Whether it be young adult, new adult, etc. I am all about it.  Like most people in my generation, I grew up with Harry Potter.  During my formative years I dreamt of spells, potions, mythical creatures, and fantastic lands where anything is possible.  I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and when I got into the “book world”, fantasy was where I felt happiest.  I loved the vampires, werewolves, magical powers, etc., but I always felt like the faerie realm was never really done justice.  The world that Sarah J. Maas has created for ACOTAR really satisfied this desire for me, but I am so waiting for more.

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Time Travel into History

You’re probably thinking “But Cat, there are soooooo many time travel books”, and I would kind of agree with you but it’s not the kind I mean.  A couple years ago I read this series by Lisa T. Bergren called River of Times (check out the first book, Waterfallhere) and it’s basically about two sisters who touch this ancient wall and travel back in time.  There’s romance and historical fiction and it’s just such a fun read.  I have tried really hard to find more books like it but haven’t really succeeded.  I recently read Intertwine by Nichole Van and it was kind of similar, but didn’t completely do it for me.

High Fantasy Assassin anything

Ohhhhh I’m still on this bandwagon and I’m probably sitting right at the front.  I want more high fantasy assassin stories with strong FEMALE characters.  I freaking loved Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study / Chronicles of Ixia series and Throne of Glass (how could you not…?).  I am just WAITING for the next strong female MC who will just knock my socks off.

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Dystopian Power Houses+Romance+Strong MC.

FYI I had no idea how to classify this, LOL.  So when I first thought of this, I realized a lot of people would think I’m referring to the fluffy Selection series by Kiera Cass, but that’s not really what I’m targeting.  I’m thinking more along the lines of The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel (see my Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel) or The Queen of All That Dies by Laura Thalassa.  I REALLY enjoyed those books and I think it was because the female MC’s weren’t so fucking pathetic ~pardon my factual crudeness~.  I loved that the romances weren’t easy, I loved that tensions were high, and I loved that these women were fighting for something.  Unlikely love is a love I completely stand behind and cheer for.  There were undertones of abuse, so bear that in mind if you have triggers.

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Books that start with the MC in prison + ends up serving the Guard

Calling all  of you who have read Throne of Glass and Poison Study, you know exactly what kind of vibe I mean.  I just LOVE this setting and I so want to see it explored more.  Some of my top book series are based on the fact that two strong ass female MC’s began as criminals and became something epic.  They had shit handed to them and made everything out of nothing.


Okay, that’s it everyone!  What do you think of my choices?  Are there any that you would like to see or wouldn’t like to see?  If you did this post, send me over your link!

TAG | The Book Love Tag

JEEZ I KEEP GOING MIA AND I DON’T KNOW WHY OR HOW IT JUST HAPPENS. I’M SORRY WORDPRESS FRIENDS.  PS: Don’t think I haven’t been reading, I just really didn’t like what I read and went through this epic slump of slumps.  I hated how every book I read was just “sub par” or so redundant.

Anyways, I decided to get back into it I would do a tag called “The Book Love Tag”.  Sound good? Yep.  Inspired by the lovely Calliope the Book Goddess (check her blog out, here).


YOUR FAVORITE BOOK COUPLE

You guys know that one of the last posts I made was based on me epically fangirling over the beautiful creation that was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.  If you have yet to read it, think of the Shatter Meromance but on drugs.

I’ll leave it at that, and also this snippet from A Court of Thorns and Roses,

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YOUR TOP 3 BOOK BOY/GIRLFRIENDS

I honestly am SO EAGER to see what happens between Dorian and Maven in Empire of Storms.  I kind of ship them in such an excellent way.  I also really love Juliette and Aaron from Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.  Also, Will & Tessa from the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

IMAGINE YOUR FAVORITE BOOK COUPLE. WHO WOULD PROPOSE, AND HOW? (IF THERE’S ALREADY BEEN A PROPOSAL: WHO WOULD BE MORE INTO ORGANIZING THE WEDDING?)

I CAN’T GIVE ANYTHING AWAY (SOBS) (RUNS INTO CORNER).  If you’ve read ACOMAF you know EXACTLY what I am thinking of.

UNPOPULAR OPINIONS TIME! NAME A POPULAR PAIRING YOU CAN’T STAND.

It’s not that I couldn’t stand them at the beginning, because I could.  But I became heartbreakingly disenchanted with Tamlin and Feyre by ACOMAF.  It just wasn’t meant to be and it’s so painfully obvious.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE ROMANCE TROPE?

I really hate non-conducive love triangles.  IF the author has the talent to do one and not fuck it up I am the happiest person alive.  However, most authors really just do it because everyone else does it.  And… I hate that.

My favorite romance trope is one where the male recognizes that the female doesn’t need to be saved and just wants to be her equal.  The male understands that women can be strong and independent and they don’t need excessive hand holding.  The key here is that there’s equality in the relationship, proper character development, and trust.

DO YOU SHIP NON-CANON COUPLES OFTEN? NAME SOME IF YOU DO.

Not typically.  I almost always root for the couple the author pushes.

YOUR OPINION ON LOVE TRIANGLES. GO!

Done right? Look at ACOMAF.  Done wrong? Look pretty much everywhere else.

FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE LOVE TRIANGLE?

My favorite is honestly a jumble between anything seen in Maas’s books or Clare’s TID.  However I really hated the Clary/Jace/Simon fuckery.

SOMETIMES ROMANCE JUST ISN’T THE WAY TO GO. FAVORITE FRIENDSHIP?

I do love the friendship between Kenji and Juliette <—- I JUST TWINNED SO HARD WITH CALLIOPE LOL. Kenji&Juliette are the shit, an EXCELLENT example of a friendship in YA.  Another FANTASTIC one is the relationship between Yelena/Janco/Ari in Maria V. Snyder’s Chronicles of Ixia.  If you haven’t read that chronicle you NEED to.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SCENE WITH YOUR BOOKISH OTP?

I think this comes with my age, but anything filthy (the sexual kind) in YA.. bridging it to a NA read.  Seriously there are some STEAMY scenes coming out in fantasy books lately and it’s absolutely brilliant.

IMAGINE YOUR FAVORITE BOOK COUPLE AGAIN. WHO’S MOST EXCITED ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY (EITHER IRONICALLY OR GENUINELY)?

I absolutely agree with Calliope here.. As Feyre and Rhysand are my top couple right now, I really think that Rhysand would be super excited.


Boop boop, okay that’s it for this tag.  I think I might make an update post on everything I’ve been reading?  I don’t really remember much of it because it was so boring, but I’ll see y’all tomorrow. PROMISE.

Seriously, I promise.  PS. I’m going to Comic Con/Book Con in NYC.