Quarterly Favorites


How is it already April? I swear 2020 just started last week.

Of course, time flies when we’re facing one crisis after another on a global scale. I’m trying very hard to keep my chin up, though, and I hope you’re all able to do the same and know that you can reach out if you ever need help.

Anyone else feel like their reading life has become a blur, though? I’ve found that I’m much more forgetful of what I’ve read lately and while I keep a journal, I probably couldn’t tell you the plot of a good chunk of books that I’ve read this year. It’s like I get that brief moment of joy from them and then I instantly forget everything that happened. Not sure if that’s a sign that of stress or a sign that I’ve just read a lot of mediocre books the last 3 months.

However, there have been a few books that have REALLY stuck with me. I’m finding that I’m much more picky when it comes to giving out 5 star ratings, so these are the 4 books that I have give 5 stars to and one that got a 4 star review but I can’t stop thinking about!


Author: Seanan McGuire
Published: 04-05-16
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.

No matter the cost.

My thoughts: I tried reading this book back in 2017 (I think) and at the time, I really didn’t like it. I don’t think I even finished the book and I ended up dismissing the whole series, giving my eyes a good roll whenever anyone would talk about how good it was. Earlier this year, I saw a copy at a used bookstore and I for some reason… I bought it.

I get it- that makes no sense, right? Why buy a book you’ve already tried and didn’t like? In all honesty, after putting off reading THE CRUEL PRINCE because I didn’t like the sample and then ending up LOVING the book when I finally picked it up, I’m kind of revisiting books I maybe didn’t give a proper chance to.

All of the books in the Wayward Children series are pretty short but McGuire has the gift of telling a fleshed out story in just a few words. I plan to finish the rest of the series this year and I can already tell this is going to end up being one of my favorite series.



Author: Rory Power
Published: 07-07-20
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

My thoughts: I loved WILDER GIRLS so I was a little nervous going into this one because sophomore books rarely live up to their predecessors’ hype. Still, I considered this one of my most anticipated 2020 releases and unlike some of the other 2020 releases I’ve read… this one didn’t disappoint.

Power really flexes her incredibly ability to set a creepy scene in just a few words with BURN OUR BODIES DOWN and I spent the majority of the book on the edge of my seat, waiting for the ghost or the clown or the demon to pop out of the corn. I was more than pleasantly surprised at the ending and Power really cemented herself as one of my favorite authors.

I will say that this one might not be for the faint of heart. There is death and gore, graphic details about decaying bodies, murder, and neglectful parents. However, if those things don’t bother you (or are right up your alley!), I’m going to NEED you to read this book!


Author: Holly Black
Published: 01-08-19
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

My thoughts: I don’t know why this is my favorite book of The Folk of the Air series, but it is. Maybe because Jude is still hard as nails and Cardan is still a trash-fire bottom or maybe it’s because the last book disappointed me and I look at this one as “better times”. Either way, I’m pretty sure this is the book that actually ignited my love for Cardan and cemented my obsession with Jude.



Author: Riley Sager
Published: 07-03-18
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. But the games ended the night Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin into the darkness. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. When the paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale, she implores Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Seeing an opportunity to find out what really happened to her friends all those years ago, Emma agrees.

Familiar faces, unchanged cabins, and the same dark lake haunt Nightingale, even though the camp is opening its doors for the first time since the disappearances. Emma is even assigned to the same cabin she slept in as a teenager, but soon discovers a security camera–the only one on the property–pointed directly at its door. Then cryptic clues that Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins begin surfacing. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing mysterious threats in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale and what really happened to those girls, the more she realizes that closure could come at a deadly price.

My thoughts: LOCK EVERY DOOR was probably one of my top 5 favorite books of 2019 and I sort of thought that I would love everything Riley Sager writes and… I absolutely do. I wasn’t too sure about this one when I first read the synopsis but I also LOVE horror/thriller stories and movies that involve summer camps so I thought I would give this one a try and I’m so glad I did.

Sager has a way of making you doubt every single character and I adore the way he layers his stories where maybe this person is your main villain but there’s also this person over here doing all this shady stuff. This book definitely blurred the lines of “who’s the good guy, who’s the bad guy?” and had a pretty strong message about not jumping to conclusions and how false accusations can follow a person for a lifetime.


Author: Riley Sager
Published: 06-14-17
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls: Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
That is until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit; and Sam, the second Final Girl, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

My thoughts: This has some of the same elements that THE LAST TIME I LIED does- part of the story is set in a remote, cabin location. Sager did an incredible job with misdirection in this one (not as good as the misdirection in THE LAST TIME I LIED) and I found myself a bit shocked at the end. I really can’t wait to see what else Sager does.


I’m excited to see what amazing books I read next quarter! What books did you read that wowed you? Any of them on this list?


O.W.L.s Magical Readathon TBR


Welcome back, y’all!

If you’ve followed me on any social media platform then you already know that I am really, really terrible at 2 things: keeping up with TBRs and completing readathons. But here I am… setting a TBR and doing a readathon.

I have good intentions, I swear. March was such a bust that I decided (literally last night) that I needed something to motivate me to read more in April so that I can keep ahead of my Goodreads goal. I was just browsing around when I saw the announcement for the 2020 Magical Readathon and I thought, “I love reading and I love Harry Potter… so why not?”

If you click the embedded link, you can read all about the history of the readathon, learn about the creator, and see the career paths and prompts. I was really impressed with how this readathon caters to both readers who read a lot of books in a month and readers who read 3-4 a month.

For myself, I decided to pick the Healer career path!


The world could use a few extra healers right now and I really liked that it had 8 prompts, three of which you get to pick!


My prompts are:

Herbology- Title starts with an (I).
TBR: I THINK I LOVE YOU by Auriane Desombre (ARC)

Charms- white cover

Defense Against the Dark Arts- Book set at sea/coast

Potions- Book under 150 pages

Transfiguration- book series that includes shapeshifting
TBR: DEEPLIGHT by Frances Hardinge (ARC)

Astronomy- Read most of this book when it’s dark outside
TBR: DARK AND DEEPEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore

History of Magic- Book featuring witches
TBR: LOBIZONA by Romina Garber (ARC)

Muggle Studies- book from a muggle perspective (contemp)
TBR: SUMMER OF SALT by Katrina Leno

There are also extra “courses” you can take during the readathon. Because of the way my TBR is set, I’ll also complete:

I have my fingers crossed that I’ll keep up with this readthon because it seems like so much fun!

Are you participating in this year’s Magical Readathon? Let me know in the comments below and tell me what your magical career path is!


March Wrap Up!


Long time, no see, friends!

It’s been a heck of a long time since I even thought about blogging but I am back and ready to discuss my overwhelming love of books and… probably other things. “Other things” being the massive amount of Disney stuff I have started to collect since good ol’ Rona made her appearance and made my panic brain decide it wanted to buy really random items.

I’m sad to say that I didn’t read that much in March. I read 22 books in February and only 3 in March. It happens that way sometimes- reading so many book in one month and then feeling a touch burned out the next. It also doesn’t help that Coronavirus has taken over nearly every facet of my life and I just can’t seem to focus on reading.

But I did read. So there’s that.



Author: Demetra Brodsky
Published: 5/5/20
Rating: DNF @ 65%

Synopsis: No one knows how the world will end.

On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.

Prepare for every situation.

But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:

Nowhere is safe.

My thoughts: I was so excited for this book. Like, it was literally one of my most anticipated reads of the year and to say I was highly disappointed would really be an understatement. I feel like this whole book had so much potential but the things that would have really made this story (preppers, life in a compound, family dynamics) were shoved to the side to make room for a romance that a) had no chemistry and wasn’t believable and b) didn’t really add anything to the story. Had the romance been cut from the book, I might have actually enjoyed it enough to finish.

The romance wasn’t the only problem. The plot twist gives itself away far too early and there are dual narratives that make zero sense until about 20-25% in. At one point I thought the ARC I downloaded had somehow combined two different books- that’s how disjointed it is.

The author has immense talent, this just wasn’t her best shot.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


Author: Rory Power
Published: 7/7/20
Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

My thoughts: I loved WILDER GIRLS so I was a little nervous going into this one because sophomore books rarely live up to their predecessors’ hype. Still, I considered this one of my most anticipated 2020 releases and unlike some of the other 2020 releases I’ve read… this one didn’t disappoint.

Power really flexes her incredibly ability to set a creepy scene in just a few words with BURN OUR BODIES DOWN and I spent the majority of the book on the edge of my seat, waiting for the ghost or the clown or the demon to pop out of the corn. I was more than pleasantly surprised at the ending and Power really cemented herself as one of my favorite authors.

I will say that this one might not be for the faint of heart. There is death and gore, graphic details about decaying bodies, murder, and neglectful parents. However, if those things don’t bother you (or are right up your alley!), I’m going to NEED you to read this book!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an early copy of BURN OUR BODIES DOWN in exchange for an honest review.


Author: Diana Rowland
Published: 07-05-11
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue–and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.
Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey–just when she’s hungriest!

Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat. Literally.

My thoughts: This is one of those books that fall firmly on that line of this is really bad and this is so bad it’s enjoyable. I think Angel is a good character in terms of range and growth, but the book itself definitely hasn’t aged well. Lots of classism and use of the r-slur. I’m also deeply uncomfortable with the fact that every poor person in the book is either a drunk, drug addict, or criminal.

I got enough enjoyment out the of the book to finish it but not enough that I want to continue with the series. There are 6 books in the White Trash Zombie series, but I think I’ve more than had my fill with the one.


And that’s my tiny March wrap up! I’m hoping to read a bit more in April but I’m also just glad that I’m reading at all in this chaos.

Please stay safe during these terrible times.




Mount TBR 2019

My TBR is out of control.

I say this every year. I mean, it’s true every year but this year it’s… especially true. After culling half of my unread books, I still have 330 left to read.

330 books and 2018 isn’t over yet.

So, Weez, what’s the plan?

The plan is to read 100 books from this epic pile. Anything published 2018 and earlier AND was purchased before 2019 is fair game. I have mixture of ebooks and physical books, so I hope to keep it pretty even… but I can’t deny that I truly do enjoy reading physical books more. I also have about 40 2018 releases that I didn’t get to this year, so I’m pushing those to the top of the TBR pile.

Are those your only reading goals?

Absolutely not! Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I’ll talk about all my reading plans for 2019!

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Where Are You Christmas, er, Weezie?

Me: I’m going to start blogging again!

Also me: *silence for two months*

I don’t have any real reasons for my continued pop-ups and disappearances other than… I just wasn’t feeling very bloggy. I felt very overwhelmed by the thought of reading ARCs and reviewing, so I just didn’t. This has been a year of learning to take care of myself and I stopped doing things that made me unhappy, and blogging had become a source of deep unsettling unhappiness for me during this year of change. But I think… I think I might be ready to start blogging again in earnest in 2019. And this time I want to focus on doing things I like and writing reviews how I want I stand of focusing on making massive amounts of content.

So what have I been reading?

HIS GARDEN by Ann K. Howard ⭐️⭐️ I love a good true crime book but this one didn’t hit the spot. The relationship the author developed with Connecticut’s most prolific serial killer was unsettling, especially when the married author readily admitted she asked him if he missed sex and they seemed to exchange sexually charged letters (several of them read like poorly written erotica). I also wasn’t impressed with how she tried to spin him as being a nice, unassuming man with a “problem”. The real deal breaker for me was how she referred to one of his victims, a trans woman, as a man.

SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one was recommended to me by a friend on Litsy and I was not disappointed. This book takes place in a world where death, disease, and pain have been conquered and the world’s population is controlled by Scythes- trained killers. I enjoyed the dynamic between the characters, even though the romance was instant and then undeveloped.

THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Y’all, I’m finally going to read The Dark Tower series. I started this one and couldn’t put it down. Like a lot of King books, this one contains problematic elements and a lot of death. But I can’t help but love his books. I’m planning to actually read the series and some of the expanded universe in this order (list made by Geekunchained)

What Am I Currently Reading?

THE STAND by Stephen King. I’m only about 100 pages in and have met, like, 9 million characters but I’m digging this one!

What’s Next?

For my December book club, I’ll be reading THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE by Cynthia Hand. I have a few more Christmas reads I hope to get to that I’ll talk about in my next post!

Hey, aren’t you writing a book?

I am! The #WitchyGirlsBook is plodding along. I’m hoping to have the first draft done in the next couple of months, but I’m not holding myself to any deadlines. I’m also working on a lesbian smut collection, but, uh, we’ll talk about that later.

And that’s all there is for this post. Happy reading!

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September Wrap Up

Look at all those chickens, er, books!

September was a damn good reading month considering the slump I’ve been in since June. 16 books, 5420 pages… is this how Weezie got her groove back?

It wasn’t all smooth sailing. My average rating this month was 3.25, and while that doesn’t seem low, I’m quite free with my four star rating. So… it was a little low.

Books I read this month:

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. A nice enough graphic novel that… didn’t make any sense. ⭐️⭐️

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. This could just be a personal preference thing but I prefer King on his own. This was good, it just didn’t have that King ‘oomph’ I’m used to. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monsters in Appalachia by Sheryl Monks. The real monsters are people. Good enough, but not what was advertised. At least it has a pretty cover. TWs for creepy older men taking advantage of poor, teenage girls. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang. I wasn’t expecting to like this. Twin souls, government conspiracies… not my cup of tea. Zhang made it work, though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas. We don’t get good descriptions of the characters but he took the time to describe her breasts and she writes naked. Gag me. ⭐️⭐️

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh. This wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good. It was just… forgettable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck. This one tried to be a lot of things and missed the mark on everything. ⭐️⭐️

Thornhill by Pam Smy. The art in this one is really striking but the story is cliched. I guessed the ending within the first 20 or so pages which puts a damper on the rest of the book. Still, a good read for those who like stories told in half graphic novel, half written word. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I hate myself for putting this one off, but at least I don’t have long to wait for the sequel. I’m not a fan of superheroes but I loved this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle. Another book falsely advertised. This isn’t a scary book. It’s a book about grief… and it’s poorly done. ⭐️⭐️

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. At this point, I would read her grocery list. Full of monsters and monstrous humans, I really enjoyed the fact that she showed what a little shit Mary Shelley was. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This was a reread but the Magic is still like the first time I read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Creepypasta Vol. 1 by Various. Whew, boy. This was just… not good. Poorly written internet stories, I should have known better. ⭐️⭐️

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. This wasn’t a bad book, it was just… lacking. I feel like Arden could have done a better job setting the scene and giving backstory as the story progressed instead of giving us little word vomit backstories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Toil & Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe. I only bought this for Anna-Marie McLemore. However, there were a few other stories I really ended up loving… and a few I quit after a couple of paragraphs. This is a solid anthology. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. *insert I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed gif* This was a really slow book with a fairly disappointing end. The action was good (when it happened) but 30 pages don’t make up for 250 pages of disappointment. ⭐️⭐️.5

And that’s September! Here’s to October, Halloween, and all the witches and ghouls reading their hearts out!


Reading What I Don’t Like

ttI buy… a lot… a lot of books. Like… a lot. I’m a book hoarder. I admit it. This year, however, I was determined to thin out my TBR stacks because I’m genuinely running out of room and it seemed a tad pointless to have so many books that I wasn’t going to read.

See, sometimes I buy books that have pretty covers because they’re cheap. I buy them and tell myself “Oh, I might read it some day or give it to my girlfriend or my best friend or one of my godkids…” knowing I’m not. I’ve ended up with a lot of books that are genres I don’t even like.

Or do I like them? Sometimes I think I have this brain block that tells me I don’t like fantasy (for years I truly didn’t) but then I read Six of Crows and INHALED the rest of Leigh Bardugo’s books… so I can’t actually not like fantasy, right? But then maybe it was just her style that I enjoyed. But that can’t be true because I also adored The Lunar Chronicles (which heavily involves sci-fi and… I claim to hate sci-fi)…so what’s the deal, brain?

As I was packing up books to take to the used bookstore, I told myself that I would read a chapter of each book I was planning to get rid of to see if they piqued my interest, including those pretty books from genres my brain claims to hate. Shockingly, or really not shockingly, I ended up saving several fantasy books… and went on to read them and give them fairly high ratings.

Here are a few books that I thought I wouldn’t like… and I ended up liking them a lot.

theglassspareTHE GLASS SPARE by Lauren DeStefano.

Rating: 4/5.

Why I thought I wouldn’t like it: Not only am I not a fan of fantasy, I’m not a fan of historical settings because all my brain can think of is outhouses and no anesthesia. I also wasn’t sold on the whole “cursed girl” plot because, to be frank, it’s overused and generally not well done. However, this ended up being a delightful tale of a heartbroken girl who had accidentally murdered someone close to her and her fight to save herself, her kingdom, and a terrible want to break her curse before she hurts anyone else.

the forest queenTHE FOREST QUEEN by Betsy Cornwell.

Rating: 4/5

Why I thought I wouldn’t like it: A female Robin Hood retelling just… didn’t sound that great to me, honestly. How many more Robin Hood retellings do we need? This one, apparently. Between the reluctant heroine, the slow-burn (real slow) romance, and empowering female friendships, I loved this one beginning to end.

renegadesRENEGADES by Marissa Meyer.

Rating: 5/5.

Why I thought I wouldn’t like it: Here’s a secret- I’ve never seen a superhero movie or read a superhero comic. No Captain America, Spiderman, Thor, Wonder Woman, Batman, etc. Just not my cup of tea. When Meyer announced this book, I knew it would be one of hers that I skipped even though I had loved The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless. I was gifted this book, though, and it’s been sitting on my shelves for an obscenely long time. Finally picked it up this past weekend and fell in love. Action packed and with a ridiculously diverse cast, Renegades is damn near the perfect book.

houseoffuriesHOUSE OF FURIES by Madeleine Roux.

Rating: 4/5.

Why I thought I wouldn’t like it: Roux’s books have always been a hit or miss for me, and I wasn’t sold on the historical setting. I picked this one up during a Kindle ebook sale and was goaded into reading it by my girlfriend. I was instantly drawn in by the atmospheric setting of the house and it’s strange inhabitants and I can’t wait to pick up the next book in this series.

asrudyA STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallaro

Rating: 5/5

Why I didn’t think I would like this: 1) I don’t care about Sherlock Holmes. At all. Not the show, not the novels, not the spinoffs. Just… no thank you. 2) Charlotte has a drug problem which I really, really hate reading about. However, Jamie is an endearing character and while the book does lean heavily on Sherlock Holmes references, the references are explained for those of us who have no idea what they are. I read the whole series in a week. March and the fourth book can’t come fast enough.

ashadowbbA SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING by Jessica Cluess

Rating: 5/5

Why I thought I wouldn’t like it: After Harry Potter, I just kind of gave up on witches and wizards and sorcerers and abracadabra. This one was heavily hyped amongst the big youtubers (an instant turn-off, if I’m honest) so I put this one off until I found it at BAM for $3. Besides having a pretty cover, this one had me gasping at every turn. I loved the characters and the use of mythology. I bought the second book before I was finished with this one and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the third book ever since.


Rating: 3/5

Why I didn’t think I would like it: High fantasy. Dudes with wings. Not my cup of tea. Plus, I totally get the criticism of it being A Court of Salt and Mayo. The whole series is hella white. But there’s also a guilty pleasure in reading this series… sort of like Twilight but with wings instead of sparkles and way more sex. The third book was kind of a flop, but I still enjoyed the adventure.

As I continue to weed through my TBR stacks, I have a feeling this list will grow.

And maybe my brain will stop telling me that I hate fantasy.


Autumn TBR (September/October)

CaptureIt’s the most wonderful time of the year… almost. Autumn/Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 23, but when my favorite farm stand (Isom’s in Athens, Alabama if you’re ever in the area) starts picking apples and pressing them into my much beloved apple slushies and cider, it’s fall for me. And that happened last week, along with B&B releasing their Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin scent, so I’m dying for a chance to slip into my favorite cozy sweater, enjoy a hot cider, and read something a little spooky.

I decided to make a big reading list in honor of my favorite season and stretch it out over two months since I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump since June (the REAL horror, tbh) and because September and October are such busy months for me. Between football and theater, there are a ton of hometown festivals (Depot Days, Riverfest, Oktoberfest in Huntsville and Cullman), birthdays galore (seriously… was everyone in my family born in September/October??), my birthday (Halloween!), the Athens Storytelling Festival (another MUST is you’re in the area), Fiddler’s Convention (yes, I am THAT southern person), and… Halloween itself. Throw in a train ride through the Cumberland Plateau, visiting real haunted houses, and spending time with my godkids and work- it’s just a busy time, pals.

I picked out 23 books. Some of them are ones I’ve already read. Some of them I already owned but haven’t read. Some of them are from my preorders of this season’s most anticipated releases. I hope I get to them all… but I’m also not sweating it if I don’t. I’m in a Halloween mood all year long!

1. HOCUS POCUS AND THE ALL NEW SEQUEL by A.W. Jantha. Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on Earth to torment Salem for all eternity. Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.

2. DARK HARVEST by Norman Partridge (my favorite Halloween book!!). Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol’ Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death. Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He’s willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror–and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy.

3. CREEPYPASTA VOL 1 by Mr. Creepypasta. There are stories that scare you. And then there are the dark and disturbing creepypasta stories that will leave you seriously freaked out. The Creepypasta Collection is an unsettling anthology of terror, full of nightmares and dangerous creatures–from unearthly supernatural beings to the murderously disturbed. So, lock the doors, check under the bed, turn up the lights, and get ready for an unforgettable, up-all-night journey into the heart of darkness.

4. CREEPYPASTA VOL 2 by Mr. CreepyPasta. The Creepypasta Collection, Volume 2 delves into the depths of the absolute best short stories from the darkest corners of the Internet. You won’t be able to sleep with the light off after experiencing the misadventures of our heroes and heroines, who encounter everything from the highly suspicious to the incredibly disturbed. With stories that range from the unforgettable “Jeff the Killer” to the fear-inducing “Smiling Dog,” this collection is the perfect gift for Creepypasta fans and horror enthusiasts alike.

5. BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage. Afflicted with a chronic debilitating condition, Suzette Jensen knew having children would wreak havoc on her already fragile body. Nevertheless, she brought Hanna into the world, pleased and proud to start a family with her husband Alex. Estranged from her own mother, Suzette is determined to raise her beautiful daughter with the love, care, and support she was denied. But Hanna proves to be a difficult child. Now seven-years-old, she has yet to utter a word, despite being able to read and write. Defiant and anti-social, she refuses to behave in kindergarten classes, forcing Suzette to homeschool her. Resentful of her mother’s rules and attentions, Hanna lashes out in anger, becoming more aggressive every day. The only time Hanna is truly happy is when she’s with her father. To Alex, she’s willful and precocious but otherwise the perfect little girl, doing what she’s told. Suzette knows her clever and manipulative daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and Alex apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger

6. UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle. Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. It’s a small town in the center of the state—the first a in Nevada pronounced ay. This is the late 1990s, and even if the Hollywood Video in Ames poses an existential threat to Video Hut, there are still regular customers, a rush in the late afternoon. It’s good enough for Jeremy: it’s a job, quiet and predictable, and it gets him out of the house, where he lives with his dad and where they both try to avoid missing Mom, who died six years ago in a car wreck. But when a local schoolteacher comes in to return her copy of Targets—an old movie, starring Boris Karloff, one Jeremy himself had ordered for the store—she has an odd complaint: “There’s something on it,” she says, but doesn’t elaborate. Two days later, a different customer returns a different tape, a new release, and says it’s not defective, exactly, but altered: “There’s another movie on this tape.” Jeremy doesn’t want to be curious, but he brings the movies home to take a look. And, indeed, in the middle of each movie, the screen blinks dark for a moment and the movie is replaced by a few minutes of jagged, poorly lit home video. The scenes are odd and sometimes violent, dark, and deeply disquieting. There are no identifiable faces, no dialogue or explanation—the first video has just the faint sound of someone breathing— but there are some recognizable landmarks. These have been shot just outside of town. In Universal Harvester, the once placid Iowa fields and farmhouses now sinister and imbued with loss and instability and profound foreboding. The novel will take Jeremy and those around him deeper into this landscape than they have ever expected to go. They will become part of a story that unfolds years into the past and years into the future, part of an impossible search for something someone once lost that they would do anything to regain.

7. KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas. At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, is the Finch House. For years it has remained empty, overgrown, abandoned. Soon the door will be opened for the first time in decades. But something is waiting, lurking in the shadows, anxious to meet its new guests… When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country’s most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won’t be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

8. SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN by R.L. Stine, et al. R.L. Stine—the godfather of Goosebumps—and some of the most popular authors today bring an unrivaled mastery of all things fearsome, frightening, and fantabulous to this terrifying anthology of all-new scary short stories. Scream and Scream Again! is full of twists and turns, dark corners, and devilish revenge. Collected in conjunction with the Mystery Writers of America, this set includes works from New York Times bestselling authors telling tales of wicked ice-cream trucks, time-travelling heroes, witches and warlocks, and of course, haunted houses. Read it if you dare! With twenty never-before-published scary stories from some of the most popular authors today—including Chris Grabenstein, Wendy Corsi Staub, Heather Graham, Peter Lerangis, R.L. Stine, Bruce Hale, Emmy Laybourne, Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Morton, Ray Daniel, Beth Fantaskey, Phil Mathews, Carter Wilson, Doug Levin, Jeff Soloway, Joseph S. Walker, Alison McMahan, Daniel Palmer, Tonya Hurley, and Stephen Ross—it’s sure to leave readers screaming for more.

9. THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING by Alexandra Bracken (this gives me major Hocus Pocus feels). Prosperity Redding is the only unexceptional member of his very successful family, that is, until he discovers a demon living inside him. Turns out, Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made, and then broke – a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. Now Alastor, the malefactor, has reawakened and is intent on destroying the Redding fortune, unless they can kill him in the body he inhabits, which, oh, wait, that’s Prosper, and why is his grandmother coming at him with a silver blade? In danger from both the demon trying to take over his soul and the family that would rather protect their fortune than their own kin, Prosper narrowly escapes with the help of his long lost Uncle Barnabas and Barnabas’s daughter, Nell, a witch in training. According to Barnabas and Nell, they have only days to break the family curse and find a way to banish Alastor back to the demon realm. Until then, Prosper has to deal with Alastor’s vengeful mutterings inside his head (not to mention his nasty habit of snacking on spiders). And, every night, Alastor’s control over his body grows stronger. . . As the deadline to the curse draws nearer, Prosper and Nell realize there’s more at stake than just the Redding family fortune. . . that there might be something else out there, something worse than Alastor, that could destroy the balance between the human and demon realms and change the world as they know it forever.

10. TOIL & TROUBLE by Tess Sharpe, et al. Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.
 History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features fifteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill.
 A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients—and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.

11. THROUGH THE WOODS by Emily Woods. Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.

12. SPIRIT HUNTERS by Ellen Oh. Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

13. THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins (another favorite!). It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii.
Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.

14. SMALL SPACES by Katherine Arden (one of my most anticipated reads!). After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price. Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN. Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.” And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

15. MONSTERS IN APPALACHIA by Sheryl Monks. The characters within these fifteen stories are in one way or another staring into the abyss. While some are awaiting redemption, others are fully complicit in their own undoing. We come upon them in the mountains of West Virginia, in the backyards of rural North Carolina, and at tourist traps along Route 66, where they smolder with hidden desires and struggle to resist the temptations that plague them. A Melungeon woman has killed her abusive husband and drives by the home of her son’s new foster family, hoping to lure the boy back. An elderly couple witnesses the end-times and is forced to hunt monsters if they hope to survive. A young girl “tanning and manning” with her mother and aunt resists being indoctrinated by their ideas about men. A preacher’s daughter follows in the footsteps of her backsliding mother as she seduces a man who looks a lot like the devil. A master of Appalachian dialect and colloquial speech, Monks writes prose that is dark, taut, and muscular, but also beguiling and playful. Monsters in Appalachia is a powerful work of fiction.

16. YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE, YOUR CHILDREN ALL GONE by Stefan Kiesbye. A village on the Devil‘s Moor: a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition. There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village‘s darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm and evocative of Stephen King‘s classic short story “Children of the Corn” and the films The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke and Village of the Damned by Wolf Rilla.

17. THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN by Kiersten White. Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend. Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.  But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness

18. A TREE OR A PERSON OR A WALL by Matt Bell. A nineteenth-century minister builds an elaborate motor that will bring about the Second Coming. A man with rough hands locks a boy in a room with an albino ape. An apocalyptic army falls under a veil of forgetfulness. The story of Red Riding Hood is run through a potentially endless series of iterations. A father invents an elaborate, consuming game for his hospitalized son. Indexes, maps, a checkered shirt buried beneath a blanket of snow: they are scattered through these pages as clues to mysteries that may never be solved, lingering evidence of the violence and unknowability of the world.

19. HORROSTOR by Grady Hendrix. Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking. To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

20. HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather. Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials—and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were? If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

21. THE WORLD OF LORE: MONSTROUS CREATURES by Aaron Mahnke.  They live in shadows—deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They’re spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives’ tales, passed down through generations. Yet no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them: werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits. 

22. HEART SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill. Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman’s noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can’t help but reach for his wallet. I will “sell” my stepfather’s ghost to the highest bidder. . . . For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man’s suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn’t afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What’s one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It’s the real thing. And suddenly the suit’s previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude’s restored vintage Mustang . . . standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand.

23. THE DEVIL CREPT IN by Ania Ahlborn. Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend. That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.

And that’s the list! I bought a super cute glass pumpkin to put the titles in and I’ll pick them at random. I’m not 100% sure yet, but I’m thinking of doing a weekly reading review on my IGTV! You can check me out there @ WeeziesBooks.

Happy Spooky reading, y’all!


July Was a Bust

If you follow me on my other bookish social media (instagram and litsy: @ weeziesbooks), you know that I have been in a pretty awful book slump for the last two months. I didn’t keep up with what I read in June (but it was abysmal, trust) and July stalled out really fast. I only read three books in July. Three. 3. I’m reeling, y’all.

In my defense, not that anyone ever has to defend their reading… or lack thereof, this summer has been hectic. My two oldest godkids both played travel ball this summer (which is thankfully OVER), Dad and I have traveled and done some sightseeing, and I’ve been adjusting to new medication. Not exactly the right combination for reading.

I’m hoping with Autumn fast approaching that I’ll be able to amp up my reading again and get back to what I love.

This month I read:

THE FOREST QUEEN by Betsy Cornwell. I received an ARC of this from HMH in exchange for an honest review. This book was a showstopper for me. I picked it up early one morning and didn’t put it down until it was finished. There’s just something about the plot and the characters that hooked me in really early, and the pacing of the story was so on-point that it never lagged enough to break my immersion in the story. There were a lot of things in this story that I deeply appreciated- the romance that didn’t overwhelm the story, the female friendships, the talk of how having a baby/not having a baby was a woman’s choice, and the element of the “found/created family”. I think without these things, this could have been another bland retelling but Cornwell did a fantastic job of writing a feminist novel that stayed true to a time period when women were little more than property and were often pitted against each other. If you are a reader with delicate sensibilities, I think it’s fair to warn you that there are some really troubling scenes in this book that include: descriptive animal abuse/animal death, descriptive suicide attempt, themes of incest, rape, descriptive childbirth, and descriptive scenes of death/decay/decomposition of humans. 4/5

BEFORE I LET GO by Marieke Nijkamp. I received an ARC of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love thrillers, mystery, suspense, and books that use a little magic to move the plot along. I thought BEFORE I LET GO would smash all of those things. Unfortunately, it just seemed to sort of nudge and run away, leaving me feeling a little disappointed. While the premise of the book was interesting and had a lot of promise, the execution fell flat. As a reader, I’m used to suspending disbelief in order to appreciate a story but this one had glaring plot holes and characters that just behaved the way no actual human would. Without giving too much away, I couldn’t believe that Corey never once wondered to herself or asked anyone why they suddenly believed what they believed about Kyra. In the 7 months she was gone, what changed? How did everything begin? It felt like the author was trying to do too much for her writing ability. She tried to create a creepy town, a mysterious death, friendships, and then threw in “I’m asexual, she’s pansexual, and those two boys are gay”. I love Queer literature when it’s done right, but the quick “I’m asexual because I don’t like to kiss” almost made me quit reading this book. This just wasn’t a satisfying read. I’m generally ok with being left with questions but when the questions are “Why wouldn’t she tell her mom that someone tried to murder her??”, I have to shake my head. 2/5

THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega. I’m pretty sure I reviewed this book at the beginning of the year and it’s just as fantastic as the first time I read it. Filled with petty girls, murderous girls, religion, and demons, this hit a deep craving for a frightening read. I’m in love with Vega and how she sets the atmosphere for her novels (I also loved SURVIVE THE NIGHT) and I can’t wait to finish the rest of this series.

And that’s it for July! Here’s to hoping August treats me a little better.


Hello From The Other Side

Hi friends. It’s been a while.

I feel like rehashing the majority of the events that conspired in me taking a long hiatus would be unproductive. In any situation there is my story, their story, and the truth in the middle. Just as I know things were misconstrued on their side, I’m sure things were on my side as well. I’m not trying to be back in that circle, not trying to remake any of those friendships: I can say that I’m sorry for any wrongdoing on my part. And I’ll leave it at that.

However, there’s also the matter of… I was so tired of blogging. I was tired of this competitive reading and competition for the latest and greatest ARCs. Why couldn’t I just be satisfied with reading what I like, ignoring what I don’t, and writing reviews when I felt like it? Having a schedule of “I need to read this many books and post these reviews and request this book and post these filler blogs to keep numbers up” was just… it was exhausting. And between dealing with the death of my godchild, my beloved uncle, and the friend fallout… I was in a bad place and decided I needed a break.

So I took one. Therapy, fishing, gardening, lazy reading, podcasts, days full of my family and godkids… those things have revitalized more than I ever imagined. I’m so happy now and so happy to be alive.

And ready to review again. I did miss it. I missed connecting with other reviewers and book lovers and having this little hobby when I get bored. I don’t care about numbers or ARCs or posting enough… I just want to have fun with this.

And I hope you’ll have fun with me, too.