ARC Review: “An Elegant Façade” (Hawthorne House #2) by Kristi Ann Hunter

I saw this book available on Netgalley and it was a basic “request it” option. I’ve read good and bad Regency historical fiction romance but haven’t come across any that aren’t awkward “bodice rippers” or just plain bad writing (sorry…but not sorry).

But then I realized this was a second book in a series and I bit my lip from nervousness and hesitation because I had turned down reviewing a book before because I didn’t realize it was a second book in the series. Truthfully, it was my fault of not doing more research because I’ve realized there are a few books on Netgalley that do not say if it’s not the first book in a series.

Regardless, that did not stop be from enjoying the book. Spoiler-free review below.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you and Bethany House Publishers.

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A few of my favorite things… (Part 2)

I posted part 1 a few days ago, and that post was about my favorite YA series so I thought I’d follow it up with my favorite YA standalone books.

Honestly, I don’t read a lot of standalone books but I give more credit to the author because I think there are some difficulties fitting an entire story into one book. (Or maybe that’s just my mode of thought?) Some YA authors that come to mind are John Green and Rainbow Rowell. NA authors like Colleen Hoover also write standalone novels as well, building whole careers around it.

Initially, I wasn’t sure I would be able to find enough books for this list but I went through Goodreads to sort through my shelves (my excitement for day) and found that I have read more than a handful, although they aren’t the biggest selection on my shelves.

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Review: “Reign of Shadows” (Reign of Shadows, #1) by Sophie Jordan

devoured this book. A Rapunzel retelling? I mean, hello.


Okay, except imagine this tower being in a forest known as the Black Woods and then covered in perpetual darkness with scary monsters coming out of the ground.

Sound intriguing? Well, that’s basically Reign of Shadows. 🙂 Also, the author and I share a last name. Well, it was my maiden name but still. Bonus points! XD

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Reviews: “Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy”; “Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson

My middle school and high school love for manga transformed into a love for graphic novels and comic books. (And my husband decided he wanted to collect all of the Captain America comics, but who am I to complain?) I haven’t read as much as I would like but I do have a few favorites (hey, another blog post idea!) and I’m putting these two at the top, especially Lumberjanes!

Of course spoiler-free reviews below!

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Non-bookish Post #2: Life!

Okay, so semi-monthly non-bookish posts are okay, right? I’ll just file this under my “random” category. 🙂

I always find it refreshing to see who is behind the screen. I feel a deeper connection with them so…here I am! I won’t be offended if you completely ignore this post but hey, I hope you don’t. 😛

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Review: “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown

Somehow I am finishing a bunch of books at once so I have to pace my reviews. XD

I actually own Red Rising but I checked it out from my local library a few weeks ago in audiobook format so I could listen to it in my car. Seriously, listening to audiobooks while driving in my car is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I find it incredibly fun to listen to what the narrator brings to the story.

The final book in this trilogy, Morning Star, released a few months ago so I thought it was finally time to read the series. I’ve also heard such great things about this book so I thought I’d hop on the bandwagon! 🙂

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Late April/early May book haul!

I find it harder to post a weekly book haul than it is to do a sort of semi-monthly one so… Here’s some of the books I’ve gotten in the past month or so. If you follow me on Instagram, I post about it frequently because it’s just easier to snap a pic and then post it. That probably sounds like I’m neglecting my blog but I’m not. XD I’m brainstorming ideas about what to blog about while juggling work, my family, trying to find time to read, and also working on my novel (which is surprisingly getting somewhere! Maybe I should blog about that too…)

Any who, here we go! 🙂

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Review: “The Star-Touched Queen” by Roshani Chokshi

Back in April, I posted that this book was one of my most anticipated releases. Thankfully, I live in a city with a fantastic library so I was able to check it out a week ago. I didn’t read it as quickly as I would have liked due to work being crazy busy and just some personal stuff going on but I finished it yesterday and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you! 🙂

As always, I write spoiler-free reviews! (Or at least try to. XD )

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A few of my favorite things… (Part 1)

And by things, I mean books.

Also, did anyone else find themselves humming to the song from “The Sound of Music.” If not, here you go!

I’ve been struggling trying to figure out what to post about since I’m slacking when it comes to reading. Work has been busy and all I want to do when I come home is sleep. But that’s after I cook dinner, do some laundry, and take the dog out, lol.

Anyways, I decided to do a set of blog posts on some of my favorite books. I’m starting this one about some of my favorite YA book series! I’m so excited to talk about it! 😀 ❤

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Review: “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” by E.K. Johnston

Oh my, another contemporary/realistic read for me? 😮 Shocking, I know but after reading this book and truthfully after reading the description of the book, I felt this would be an important read. Tackling subjects like what happened to the main character in the book is extremely important. We, as readers and as people, need to know we are not alone in our experiences.

So here’s my disclaimer: The book’s main character was raped. This is a trigger warning.

And if this happened to you or anyone you know, please know you are not alone. There is help and hope in even the darkest times. I will reiterate what the author herself said: There is support for you. If you live in the US, there is the National Sexual Violence Resource Center ( and the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN —

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