Review: Puddin’

Puddin'

Title: Puddin’
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication Date: May 8th 2018 
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant. 

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined


I’ve previously reviewed Dumplin’ which is the companion to this book. That review can be found here.

I was not as impressed with this book as I was with Murphy’s previous book, Dumplin’. That’s not to say I didn’t like this book. I thought it had a sweet message but I didn’t connect with Millie or Callie as much as I did with Willowdean. There was just a lot in this book that honestly didn’t make that much sense to me.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I have many books that I’m excited about this year but here are the ones that are coming out between January – June.

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (May 7th 2019)

Another sci fi series written by Amie and Jay??? Sign me the fuck up. I can’t wait for this one and hope it’s just as good as The Illuminae Files which I know it will be.

Sorcery of Thorns
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (June 4th 2019)

This book just really appeals to me with the promise of sabotage, sorcery and most importantly libraries! There’s also the fact that the cover is absolutely gorgeous and I’m sucker for pretty covers.

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (January 29th 2019)

I’m sure many of you are eagerly anticipating this book as well. I can’t wait to read about my son Nikolai Lanstov again. I’m very hopeful that I’m going to love this book as much as I love all of Leigh’s books.

Kingsbane (Empirium, #2)
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand (May 21st 2019)

This cover is stunning and I can’t wait to actually see it in person. That red is so beautiful and I’m in awe of it. I also can’t wait to see how Legrand continues the story from the first book.

Four Dead Queens
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte (February 26th 2019)

I love fantasy and royalty and this book has both of it so I’m excited to see what exactly it entails. There’s also the fact there is a thief as the main character and I’m instantly hooked

Again, But Better
Again, But Better by Christine Riccio (May 7th 2019)

I want to read more contemporaries this year and so we have this book. I actually used to watch Christine’s YouTube channel and it’s so amazing to see her come out with her book.

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (January 29th 2019)

Ok so I’m very very excited about this book! We have POC representation as well as LGBT+ representation in a community that I haven’t really seen any books explore so looking forward to this a lot.

Romanov
Romanov by Nadine Brandes (May 7th 2019)

The animated film Anastasia is one of my favorites and here we have book talking about the what ifs of the Romanov family. Also the cover is really pretty.

The Girl King (The Girl King, #1)
The Girl King by Mimi Yu (January 8th 2019)

My next two books actually come out today but I was really excited for them. The Girl King sounds so intriguing. You have sisters who end up on the opposites of each other and I’m all about that.

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)
The Wicked King by Holly Black (January 8th 2019)

The Wicked King is probably my most anticipated release of 2019 and it’s finally here. I’ve actually already read it and I can’t wait to write my review of it, discussing exactly how much I loved it.

I’m so excited for the rest of these books to come out. I have a feeling this year is going to be really good for me reading and blogging wise.

Review: Fireblood

Fireblood (Frostblood Saga, #2)

Title: Fireblood
Author: Elly Blake
Publication Date: September 12th 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

All hail the Fire Queen.

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.


Before I start this review, I just want to say this is another book that I read last year that I didn’t get around to reviewing in time but you know it’s whatever.

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Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen

Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)

Title: Daughter of the Siren Queen
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publication Date: February 28th 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it.
I am the daughter of the siren queen.

Hi there guys I read this book last year but I’m only getting around to writing the review now. I’m just a lazy person who takes a while to write well thought out reviews. If I didn’t take this long I would have reviews that just say: wow this book is great. Everyone read it. Ok bye.

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Top Books of 2018

As the year ends today, I thought I would quickly type up something that highlighted my favorite books of this year. I didn’t finish my reading goal of 40 books as I only got to read 28 books this year. Hopefully, 2019 will be kinder to me and I’ll be able to read a lot more books.

The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

This was the first graphic novel I’ve ever read and I loved it so much. I definitely want to read more graphic novels in 2019.

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Review: Wintersong

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)

Title: Wintersong
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride….

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds–and the mysterious man who rules it–she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.


“What’s the use of running, if we are on the wrong road.”

I enjoyed this book. It was different than what I expected which was nice. I had a much different vision when I started reading than when I stopped and finished it. 

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A-Z Book Blog Tag

I saw another book blog do this tag. I unfortunately don’t remember which blog it was but I wanted to do it as well so here I am! This was really fun to do and I hope to do it again in a year or to see what things have changed.

A. Author you’ve read the most books from

According to goodreads, I’ve read the most books from Rick Riordan, which is honestly surprising.

B. Best sequel ever

The Crown of Embers which is the sequel to The Girl Of Fire and Thorns. 

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