Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Books I will Sell my Soul for for a Chance to Read!! (AKA my most anticipated 2019 reads)

  Okay so you know what they say... new year NEW BOOKS PEOPLE!! Ahhh this is equally exciting and also stressful because balancing the books I want to read (aka books already on my TBR) with books that are just now coming out this year is so very hard!! Ugh I simply do not have the brain capability to make these decisions therefore I am simply resorting to my handy trustworthy method I’ve relied on for years... winging it.

 However I have complied a list of books I simply cannot get my hands on fast enough... also I can not stop thinking about them... their plot lines are CONSUMING me I need to know the fates of my fictional ships here people! It is essential to my mental well being.

 Any who enough rambling and on to the list!

 (FYI this list is not in any order of which book I’m anticipating the most its just which book happened to come to mind first *wink*)

1. The Wicked King by Holly Black

 I dont think you all understand my severe NEED for this book. Like I think I might just very well die from all the overthinking I’ve done about what could happen in this book and I just need it immediately!

2. King of scars by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo... need I say more? 

3. Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

A books full of dark twisted characters and murders plus its YA fantasy... yup yup yup reading this. 

4. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

5. Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

Got an ARC of this (which I should be reading BTW hahahahaha *eyes shift nervously*) however this looks adorable and will hopefully scratch my need for some good YA contemporary romance! 

6. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

 You all know how much I love LJ Shen so of course I’m reading this because to not would be a betrayal against my very self. 

7. Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

No cover yet :( 

 AHHH ANOTHER SJM BOOK I AM FREAKING OUT and will OF COURSE be reading this!! I am also dying for another ACOTAR’s book.... so fingers crossed I don’t die waiting for that book as well.

8. Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins

 After finishing Hawkins first book in this series, Royals which I enjoyed IMMENSELY (very funny and light with some rom-com vibes a fabulous combo) I cannot wait for Hawkins companion novel featuring a f/f romance!

9. The Beholder by Anna Bright

 A book thats basically a combination of The Selection + The Bachelorette + Cinderella YAAS PLZ!

10.  Trick (Foolish Kingdoms #1) by Natalia Jaster

 I know I know this book is already published but this doesn’t diminish my utter need for it. A jester playing a dangerous game who develops feelings for a princess who is not so easily tricked!! Ahhh so many books to read and such little time!!!

 Okay. Okay. So now I can freak out a little about how many books I want to read vs the reality that I will most likely read not even half of them (as is my reading patter nowadays *sigh*) But any who what do you guys think? any of these books on your TBR? Find some new ones your dying to read? LMK in the comments below!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book Review: Au Pair by Emma Rous

 Hello hello fellow readers! So glad to be getting in the swing of things by starting off the year with a great read! The Au Pair was the perfect rainy day light mystery that gives just enough to keep you intrigued and not ready to put the book down!

 Also so grateful to be starting off the year on top of my ARC game! Starting off strong and hopefully will not fail miserably with posting review copies on time as is the curse that comes with being a MOOD READER and not being able to control my impulses. I mean seriously I cannot stop myself from reading a book I’m feeling at the moment in exchange for a book I seriously need to review. Its awful. Hence why I’m trying to work on that this year.

 2019 do your thing and try not to let me down.


The Au Pair

by: Emma Rous

Published on: January 8th 2019

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

summary: A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous’ The Au Pair would be it.

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

My Review: 

  The Au pair was a dazzling little mystery that I simply tore through and could not put down! It was storming like crazy when I decided to pick up this book and the weather combined with this spine tingling tale keeps you wanting more! A book purely made from that of a readers DREAM! 

 The Au Pair is a book that switches between two POV’s; thats of Laura the family's Au Pair from the 90’s who mainly took care of Edwin, the couples son, and Seraphine who’s POV takes place in modern day and involves her trying to discover the secrets her family that are since long buried. Both characters are rather intriguing but I must say I enjoyed Serapine’s a bit more only because I was drawn in more to the mystery and shockingness that was surrounding her every move! The border line scary stalker things that occurred just about made my little head explode!

  Also I found the whole family dynamic from Laura’s POV to be a little messed up (and by a little I mean A LOT) Ruth, Edwin’s mother would constantly be scampering off to events with Uncle Alex leaving little Edwin without his mothers attention for at least a few hours a day, sometimes she would simply disappear for days at a time. Edwin’s father was also at work most of the time so really his main care taker became Laura at almost all times of day. Not to mention Ruth’s often dark mood swings thrown into the mix. All of this combined made for a quite distorted house hold if not in the quietest of strange ways. This combination of eeriness with the devastating discovery regarding summer born twins had all the makings to creep me out just enough to keep me fully enthralled and turning the pages for more!

 Meanwhile Sepraphine is trying to puzzle together her origins after her father's death. She often scattered around town in search of picking the brains of the locals, turning up folklore and other twisted tales of how her fate came to be. Slowly she starts to think how she doesn’t seem to quite fit in with it all. This combined with the worries of her brothers and how their slowly starting to think her accusations and discoveries are the makings of a sister gone mad. Throw in a splash of romantic attraction between an old flame and I am completely entertained at this point!! So much so that I don’t even hear the rain crashing on my windows any more! Instead I am thrown into the world of Rous’s mystery and I’m not sure I ever want to come out! 

 The writing is also perfect for this kind of storyline. Rous keeps its light but sharp, easy to read yet tumbled together with a just fast enough plot line to keep you guessing an questioning nearly everything you suspected or thought you knew. This book is truly an intriguing read that is just light enough to make the plot line melt on your tongue and gripping enough that the flavor makes you crave more and more! 

 I highly recommend this read to anyone looking for an intriguing suspense book revolving around a bit of mystery thrown in with twists and turns that will make you question the very sense you thought you had when predicting the plot this book possesses! An easy, fast paced read made more all ages I hope you get the chance to pick up on a perfect rainy day! 

So what are your thoughts? Thinking about picking up The Au Pair? Have any good stormy reads recommendations? Perhaps another thriller you loved? Let me know in the comments below!

  **A huge thanks to Penguin Random House for an advanced copy of this book! All thoughts and opinions are my own** 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Disney Princess Hair Tag

Hey everybody!! I was tagged awhile back (I think August maybe?) to do this tag by the wonderful Mandy @BookPrincessReviews! So sorry it took me so long to get around to it but it is just such a fun tag! So I’m glad I finally made the time to do it!!
The Rules:
  • Link back to Kyera’s original post ( Kyera’s Library. )on Kyera‘s Library and Mandy’s post on Book Princess Reviews so we can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, we don’t get notified if you just tag our URLs)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your own wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

My Answers

Best Hair Accessory: Favorite Book Sidekick


Book: Abagail Rook from Jackaby by William Ritter - she assists Sherlock Holmes throughout the book!

Princess: Snow white 

Biggest Hair Change: Plot Twist that just totally caught you off guard 

Book: The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

Princess: Anna (when her hair started to turn white... WHOA) 

Prettiest Updo/Bun: A book or author with just the most elegant prose 


Book/Author: Victoria Schwab 

Princess: Cinderella 

Most Bounce/Body: Book that just bounces between multiple time periods 

Book: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (So much time traveling fun forgot how much I loved this book!) 

Princess: Merida 

Most Intricate Braid: Favorite plot with multiple story lines 


Book: A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab 

Princess: Rapunzel  

Short and Sweet: A book thats just short and sweet 


Book: Sweet Little Lies by Sierra Hill (a cutie little short romance that I quite liked) 

Princess: Mulan 

Nicest Half up/ Half down: A book/ character that you had a lot of ups and downs with


Book: Aelin from the Throne of Glass series 

Princess: Belle (such a cute half up half down do!!) 

Medium and Manageable: The last book that you felt right in the middle about


Book: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Princess: Aurora 

Best Bangs: Eye catching cover


Book: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

Princess: Cinderella 

Long and Loose: Longest book you’ve read this year 


Book: Kingdom of Ash by SJM 

Princess: Ariel 

Best Pony: A book that swings from POV to POV 


Book: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

Princess: Jasmine 

Stunningly Straight: A book that just made you want to dive straight into the sequel


Book: Empire of Storms by SJM (that cliff hanger was just mean!!)

Princess: Pocahontas   

Enviable Curls: A book with twists and turns 


Book: Splintered by AG Howard/ White Cat by Holly Black  

Princess: Moana 

Hair Closet to your own: A book you really connected with


Book: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (I just really connected with the character Jude, I saw a lot of myself in her thought process and the way she analyzed challenges) 

Princess: Aura 


And anyone else that want to do the tag!!

What do you think about my answers? Read any of these books? Have different thoughts? LMK in the comments below!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

December/January TBR and Book Haul!

Hey everybody!! Happy Holidays!! So happy to be back blogging with you guys! Had to take a little bit of a breather there do to the heckticness of FINALS! (my god that was death. Completely took away my reading time and I felt like I was missing a limb) any who back on the blog now and happy to be doing so.

 Reading. I want to do more of it. I need to do more of it. The books I want to read heavily agree with me on this (I mean there amazing and I have been neglecting them like a book hater who disregards the fabulousness that is books)

 As a result of this neglectfulness my Goodreads challenge is punishing me and saying I’m a book behind... maybe even two books. SO as you can see finals messed with all my prioritizes and now I’m in jeopardy of not completing my Goodreads challenge (this is a code RED situation here folks) so I thought I’d get my brain in order here (whatever left of it after finals) and organize what books I need to read here:

Library Haul:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Just started this last night and I’m intrigued... 

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Heard good things about this series and it kinda gives me Game of Thrones vibes... very excited to dig into this

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

This has been on my radar for quite some time so I’m hoping it is just as good as promised!

Physical books (aka paid for w my own money and the reason I’m so broke):

Vicious by VE Scwab

Picked this up at the bookstore and am SO EXCITED I LOVE VE SCWAB SHE IS A GODDESS!! AHH!


The Au Pair by Emma Rous

I’m about half way through this and so far enjoying... a little bit of upper class mystery going on here. I like it. 

Other books I’d like to get around to some time:


What about you guys? Any books planned for this month? Next month? On your holiday wishlist? Let me know in the comments below!

Books I will Sell my Soul for for a Chance to Read!! (AKA my most anticipated 2019 reads)

  Okay so you know what they say... new year NEW BOOKS PEOPLE!! Ahhh this is equally exciting and also stressful because balancing the books...

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