April 2021 ~ TBR

I’m honestly so happy it’s April because April means finally the end of the semester and Spring break๐Ÿฅบ Oh, how I’ve missed freedom. A very brief taste of freedom at the very least.

Also, a book I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for is finally being released ahhh and I’m finally going to read books I’ve been meaning to read for awhile hehe. And then there are lots of buddy reads me and my friends have planned omg I’m so excited!! So many books sdfsds I’m going to make April the month with the most read books๐Ÿ˜ค

Yes, it’s finally happening!! At long last, I’m reading House of Earth and Blood and ohmygod I already know I’m going to regret reading it right now BECAUSE THERE’S STILL NO RELEASE DATE FOR BOOK 2๐Ÿ˜ญ Oh the pain, but I’m loving so much rn๐Ÿฅบ Athie and Bryce are everything.

This is so shaping up to be my favourite SJM book ever.

I’ve realized that I should probably stop procrastinating on reading my ARCs, so here I am. It’s said to be a reversed Beauty & the Beast retelling so I’m super excited to see how that plays out!!

It’s finally time. Time to re-read and to get ready for The Crown of Gilded Bones which coming out on the 20th AHHH IM SO EXCITED. omg I read FBAA back when it came out and fell in love with the story. Although recently I’ve seen so many mixed opinions and read a lot more reviews, so now I wonder how I’ll feel about this book 2nd time around๐Ÿง

Of course, another re-read of this๐Ÿ˜Œ I’m definitely hoping I can get through both books before TCOGB comes out!!

I’m actually just so so scared of this book. Some people have gotten ARCS (so lucky ahh!!) and the reactions I’ve seen over the ending I-

I’m terrified๐Ÿ˜ญ I can already tell the wait for book 4 is literally going to kill me. rip me

Also, I love that cover so much

Finally reaching the end of this buddy re-read and I’m so sad๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ I don’t want to part with Emi, Shiro, and Yumei * cries *

I’ve literally seen so much love for Skyward and I’m so happy that I’m finally reading it. I loved Sanderson’s Mistborn series so honestly, I have no doubt I’ll fall in love with this too. I’ve also been threatened that I’d be killed if I didn’t like this๐Ÿ™ƒ

First of all, that cover is creepily amazing. A dear friend of mine loves this series and I’m going to be (again) buddy reading this book with other friends im committing myself to a lot of buddy reads hehe I’ve been warned that this series is going to destroy me, so that’s fun!!๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ”ซ

And the ToG buddy read marathon continues!! As of now, Heir of Fire is my favourite, but let’s see if Queen of Shadows ends up beating that๐Ÿ‘€ I can’t wait to see more of my queen Aelin! ALSO ELIDE. I NEED TO BE REUNITED WITH ELIDE LOCHAN๐Ÿฅบ and Lorcan

I’m counting on myself to read all of this. All I just need to do is survive this week and I’ll be free of school and relax during Spring break. Ah, I’m also definitely going to try being more active in blogging and make up for March. I hope April goes by as slow as possible๐Ÿคž

๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•๐• ๐• ๐•œ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ๐•จ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•• ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•š๐•Ÿ ๐”ธ๐•ก๐•ฃ๐•š๐•? ๐”ธ๐•Ÿ๐•ช ๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•จ ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•๐•–๐•’๐•ค๐•–๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ’๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•–๐•ฉ๐•”๐•š๐•ฅ๐•–๐•• ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ? ๐”ธ๐•Ÿ๐•ช ๐•˜๐• ๐•’๐•๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•™๐•’๐•ง๐•–?

๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!๐Ÿ’•

Pathfinder’s Way (The Broken Lands, #1) by T.A. White | Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

โ€œBut she knew better than anybody, home wasn’t a place; it’s a state of mind.”

“It’s the people you’re with. And for her, those people were all here.โ€

Shea has got to be one of the most amazing female protagonists I’ve ever seen.๐Ÿฅฐ

But Fallon . . . ehhhh he’s way too possessive/controlling so as of now, I don’t like him at all.๐Ÿ˜’ Who knows? Maybe he’ll change in the next book? altho I rlly can’t imagine that lol.

AHhhh I haven’t been this invested in a book in so long!!! The world T.A. created is wow, just spectacular.๐Ÿคฏ In this world, it’s broken up into the Lowlands & Highlands. There wasn’t as much information on the Highlands since most of the book took place in the Lowlands, but hopefully more will be revealed about that area in the next bookโ€ฆ.?

And then there’s all the different types of deadly beasts that lurk in the forest between villages, like giant poisonous spider-like creatures called spinners and shadow beetles that are also giant creepy beetles . . . ooh haha just realized that most of these creatures are basically just humongous versions of insects. shudder

Anyways, 25 year old Shea is a pathfinderโ€”someone who’s been trained their whole life to work as basically a guide for those who want to travel through the scary forest (that has all those deadly beasts). AND unlike other typical ya novels, Shea doesn’t have some special power that makes her different from other girls. She actually trained and worked super hard from birth to be as cunning as she is right now.๐Ÿ”ฅ Love this girl sm.๐Ÿ’–

So how it works is that a pathfinder is assigned to a village to help and Shea lucked out when getting stuck with those fools villagers.
The people there are absolute JERKS and I don’t know how Shea was able to have the self-control not to lead them into a nest of spinners, bc I know I wouldn’t have been able toโ€”whether it’s a pathfinders duty or not. LIKE PAUL I NEVER THOUGHT I’D HATE A GUY NAMED PAUL SO MUCH.๐Ÿ‘ฟ

After going on a rescue mission to save one of the leader’s son from execution in a Lowland village, Shea also happens to save two other strangers also about to be executed. And what does she get in return? Well, one of those men, Fallon, decides that he all of a sudden owns her saying the exact words, “you’re mine now.” Hence trying to abduct her.

Like wth?!?! Who says that?? oh wait, the alpha controlling freaks do Ahahaha but I love how Shea totally outsmarted him, and was able to escape easily. Of course, the Fallon sees this as a challenge and continues to look for her even after 7 months of the encounter. talk about obsessed

After being betrayed by the villagers they trusted, she and the rest of her team are captured by Fallon’s group of men, the Trateri. Buuut once again she’s able to slip out of their grasp and omg watching her outsmart them all was just too good.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

I got major Mulan vibes in this book, with the way she escaped climbing a pole, cutting off her hair to disguise herself as a boy, and during her journey having two hilarious companions reminding me of Yao, Ling, and Chien Po xD.

(Ahh that scene was hilarious xD)

But with disguising herself as a boy, on her way escaping, she gets mistaken for a new recruit as a scout and taken on a mission right away. She plans to escape during said mission, but things happen and eventually the guys in her team start to grow on her and . . . she begins to care for them all. (RIP plans to escape๐Ÿ’€)

Although who couldn’t love Eamon and Buck??? They were such amazing friends to Shea (going by the name ‘Shane’ as a boy). With never having friends before, Shea of course couldn’t people well, especially with those pathetic and evil villagers you call humans who treated her terribly.

I love that Eamon was able to point out her flaws and even though it wasn’t exactly in the nicest way possible, you could easily tell he cared a lot about his little scout. And Buck was the same way xD. The banters between the 3 on their missions was definitely my favourite.๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿฅฐ

Especially watching the evil move Shea would pull on the others.๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚

I was totally absorbed and loving the first 70% of the book, but (AND I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M SAYING THIS) I would’ve actually loved this more and given it 5 stars if there was no romance at all.๐Ÿ˜• I know, I know. There has to be something wrong with me. I’m always a sucker for romance in books, but with this . . . I was seriously not on board with it.๐Ÿ˜ฌ

BECAUSE I HATE FALLON. Like the guy was a controlling alpha warlord in the beginning and it was funny seeing him be in awe/struck silent with what Shea would do, but I still not a fan of him at all. And I couldn’t believe that Shea actually turned out being in love with the guy who both threatened and kidnapped her!!!

Stockholm syndrome, anyone?๐Ÿค”

AHHh just nope nope. I can’t. It was absolutely revolting seeing the romance between them (if you could even call it that). AND HE STILL TRIES TO CONTROL HER!!! WTH???? That seriously just ruined a part of the book for me and if it wasn’t for the first 70% being fantastic, I would’ve given this 2/3 stars bc of how disgusted I was of it. Especially with Shea’s personality, I’d never think she’d actually like him, better yet love him.๐Ÿคข

Sure he’s honorable and not cruel, but like his nature . . . just no.
If Fallon does not go through some major character development/become less a controlling freak, that is . . . I don’t even know what to say.๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

But yeah, other than those questionable choices made at the end of the novel, this was bloody amazing!!!๐Ÿ˜ I hope the sequel is just as good, altho I’m also scared to read it based on some uhhh mixed reviews.๐Ÿ˜…


๐•Ž๐•™๐• ’๐•ค ๐•’๐•Ÿ ๐•’๐•จ๐•–๐•ค๐• ๐•ž๐•– ๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ๐• ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•–/๐•™๐•–๐•ฃ๐•  ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•๐• ๐•ง๐•–? ๐”ธ๐•Ÿ๐•ช ๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ž๐•’๐•Ÿ๐•”๐•– ๐•“๐•–๐•ฅ๐•จ๐•–๐•–๐•Ÿ ๐Ÿš ๐•”๐•™๐•’๐•ฃ๐•’๐•”๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•”๐• ๐•ฆ๐•๐••๐•Ÿ’๐•ฅ ๐•˜๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐• ?

๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!๐Ÿ’•

A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic, #1) by Elise Kova | Review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Nothing hurts more than having one of your most anticipated reads by one your favourite authors be a huge disappointment.๐Ÿ˜ฅ

I guess my streak of 4/5 stars had to end eventually.
But wow, why did 338 pages feel like 1000 pages???๐Ÿ˜“

I don’t know. It might just be me but the whole time I was reading this, I felt absolutely nothing. I was honestly bored out of mind and considered marking this as ‘DNF’ many times, but I thought “Oh, maybe it’ll get betterโ€ฆ.?”

Spoiler . . . It didn’t

Also, one thing to know about me is that very rarely do I give out a rating below 3 stars. It makes me feel like a cruel monster human being who’s being very harsh, but I just really couldn’t love this as I thought I would.๐Ÿ˜ฌ (And I loved Air Awakens, so giving this 2 stars made me feel terrible)

I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters. Luella was kinda alright in the beginning and had me laughing once, but in the end, I didn’t care much about her. She was pretty boring honestly.๐Ÿ˜…

Ohhhh and don’t even get me started on Eldas. If possible, that guy was even more bland than the rest of the cast. You see, when I saw that the love interest would be an Elf King known to the outside world as ruthless and evil . . . I expected someone more dark, mysterious and wicked, but instead there was nothing at all interesting about him. I could care less about the guy.

Ahahahahaa and the romance?!?! I never thought the day would come when I’d find another book with a romance I’d be bored with. I expected some amazing chemistry between the two, but NO, THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN.๐Ÿ˜ค Where was the angst??? Swoony moments??? I wanted to fall in love.๐Ÿ˜ญ All I saw was the two constantly arguing over the most boring topics known to humanity.

โ€œYou will respect me!โ€ Eldas shouts.
โ€œBe someone worthy of respecting first!โ€ I slam the door behind me.โ€

^Okay, this scene here . . . it totally reminded me of my 4 and 5 year old sisters arguments๐Ÿ˜‚ I literally just pictured those two, when I was reading this scene and I couldn’t stop laughing.๐Ÿ˜† I swear, I couldn’t take this seriously xD

Also, you know how almost always with romance novels, when you’re nearing the end and the two characters were together and in love, but then something happens to change that and get them in a fight, however by the end they realize they’re hopelessly in love and get back together again? wow, my English teacher would be horrified with this run-on sentence haha

Well, if you weren’t confused by that super long sentence, with this bookโ€”the beginning of that argument had to be one of the most stupidest I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s so stupid that I couldn’t help but start laughing over the fight they were having.๐Ÿคฃ

(Probably the only amusing part in this book)

In the end, if I had to choose a character that I actually liked, it’d be Harrow and that is hilarious considering how in this status update , the someone I was referring to was him.๐Ÿ˜† But at least he was actually pretty interesting, although he obviously didn’t appear as much.

But I also do understand that this was meant as a passion project for the author and an escape from the cursed year of 2020. So to those who want a light and fluffy read that also is guaranteed a happy ending, I’d say to try this out!๐Ÿ˜ธ

I think this was a hyped up a lot, so I had a super high expectations and when that was not met . . . well, it was super ‘meh’.๐Ÿ˜• I can say that I’ve never been so relieved to finish a book.๐Ÿ˜…

I’m still looking forward to the next book, especially since it’s about a a rogue Fae(altho this time I won’t have my expectations so high).

“May tomorrow hold every possibility. And may we be bold and hungry enough to take them for our own.โ€

now that I look at this too, I realize how funny it sounds.๐Ÿ˜‚ oh god, i can’t stop laughing now.๐Ÿ˜‚

(2.25โญ) –> for the good laughs it gave me xD

โ„๐•’๐•ง๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•š๐•ค ๐•“๐•–๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ๐•–? ๐”ธ๐•Ÿ๐•ช ๐”ผ๐•๐•—-๐•ฃ๐•–๐•๐•’๐•ฅ๐•–๐•• ๐•“๐• ๐• ๐•œ๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐• ๐•—?

๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!๐Ÿ’•

๐ŸนNovember 2020 ~ TBR๐Ÿน

Ahahhaaa this is quite late compared to when I usually post, but unfortunately, yesterday night my internet decided to betray me and stop working, sooo here I am now! Better late then never I suppose.

Also, do any of you guys find Goodreads a HUGE distraction when you’re (trying) studying, or is it just me?!?! Every time I look at my notes/do practice questions, I always end up finding myself scrolling through Goodreads and then when I look at the time HOURS have passed!!!๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Not good……not good at all. I don’t know how to make myself stop though.๐Ÿ˜…

Anyways, I think I might be able to read more this month than last month….? I mean, after November 11th, it’ll be a new semester, so maybe (depending on what classes I get altho knowing my luck I’ll get the worst matchup) I won’t get as much work…..?

Ahhh I really hope next semester won’t be as busy especially since I STILL NEED TO READ 24 MORE BOOKS TO GET TO MY READING CHALLENGE!!! Past-Me was very stupid choosing a goal of 150, because now Present-Me has to suffer with.๐Ÿ˜ฅ It’s not too late though!

I shan’t change my goal until the very end.๐Ÿ”ฅ

Now here’s what I’m hoping to read in November and maybe this time, I ‘ll actually read most of them haha.

I’ve decided to reread the first 2 books in the Origin series before I go to The Brightest Night which just recently came out. HA and remember when I talked about how much I hated the cover for it? (cuz I mean, it is pretty bad compared to the last two) Or maybe you don’t remember, but get thisโ€”I ended up buying the hardcover. Now why would I do that when I clearly didn’t like the cover change?

Well it was because when I found that ALL FIRST PRINTS were signed by the author (JLA HERSELF!!) Oh yeah I just had to buy it!!!! MY FIRST SIGNED BOOK BY JLA (and in general) ASDFGHJKL I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคง I’m just so happy.๐Ÿฅบ

Aghhhh so many new releases this month!!! A Deal With the Elf King by Elise Kova is definitely a book I can’t wait to read!!! I LOVE her Air Awakens series, so I have no doubt that I’ll love this too!๐Ÿ˜ (and it’s also enemies to lovers soooo๐Ÿ˜)

And I admit that I’ve only ever read one of Natalia Jaster’s books and that was Trick. Poet was def swoon-worthy and so I can’t wait to read her new series Kiss the Fae! I mean, it’s enemies-to-lovers with Fae involvedโ€”the perfect combo.๐Ÿ‘Œโœจ

Speaking of Fae……IT FEELS LIKE IT’S BEEN CENTURIES OF WAITING BUT FINALLY!!! CARDAN’S NOVELLA IS HEEREEEE๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ asdfghjkl I can’t wait to read from Cardan’s POV in How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories!!! I love Holly Black, and seeing this come to lifeโ€”I love her even more.๐Ÿฅบ

Oop I think I’ve talked a little too much haha.๐Ÿ˜† Well, I’m going to keep my TBR small this time, in case I end up not having enough time.

Although by my calculations altho it’s not really any calculations, if I want to finish my reading challenge I should probably read more than 6 books this month, otherwise I’ll be having to reading 18 books in December……..yeah that doesn’t sound easy unless I switch over to mangas/comics muahhahahaha๐Ÿ˜ˆ

Ahhh the struggles of life.๐Ÿ˜Œ

๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐••๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•”๐•™๐•’๐•๐•๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•˜๐•– ๐”ธโ„•๐”ป ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•’๐•”๐•ฅ๐•ฆ๐•’๐•๐•๐•ช ๐•”๐•๐• ๐•ค๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•—๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•š๐•ค๐•™๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•š๐•ฅ ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•๐•š๐•œ๐•– ๐•ž๐•–? ๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ ๐•’๐•ฃ๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•ž๐• ๐•ค๐•ฅ ๐•–๐•ฉ๐•”๐•š๐•ฅ๐•–๐•• ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•š๐•Ÿ โ„•๐• ๐•ง๐•–๐•ž๐•“๐•–๐•ฃ? ๐•€๐•ค ๐”พ๐• ๐• ๐••๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐••๐•ค ๐•’ ๐•™๐•ฆ๐•˜๐•– ๐••๐•š๐•ค๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•’๐•”๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ, ๐•ฅ๐• ๐•  ๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•š๐•ค ๐•š๐•ฅ ๐•›๐•ฆ๐•ค๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•–?๐Ÿ˜†

๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!๐Ÿ’•

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1) by Chloe Gong | ARC Review

My rating: โญโญโญโญ

Eternally grateful to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!! โค


What the hell was that cliffhanger?!?!๐Ÿ˜ฐ
All that work and then that happens??? omgomgomg๐Ÿ˜“

Chloe Gong really knows how to deliver an ending. I just love how she ends the book in the middle of a climax?!?! (She even added the “To be continued” at the end as if knowing that her readers would be begging for more aghhhh and I unknowingly fell into the trap)

I could honestly just feel the beginning of despair swallow up the characters and horror dawn on them as they realized that this was not overโ€”but only the beginning of everything.

Now you probably have no idea with what I’m talking about unless you’ve already read the book, and I probably sound like a rambling lunatic, but trust me or maybe don’t, once you read this for yourselvesโ€ฆโ€ฆyou’ll see what I mean.๐Ÿ˜ˆ (I shan’t be the only one suffering muahahahaa)

Set in 1920’s Shanghai, eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai has finally returned home after 4 years of residing in America. She’s back and ready to reclaim her rightful place as the heir of the Scarlet Gang, but unfortunately, with being gone for 4 years, there will have been many changes within both the gang and city.

The French, British, Americans, and Communists have all slowly worked their way up and gained more power in Shanghai in the time that’s passed.

And to add on to that, a strange madness is spreading in the city like wildfire with the victims clawing at their throats and whispering of sightings of a monster lurking around. Oh yeah, and somehow creepy and disgusting insects are appearing shudder it truly is a nightmare come to life.

Let’s not forget the most important of allโ€”the White Flowers, sworn enemies of the Scarlet Gang. Between the two groups lies centuries of deep hatred and to this day, they remain as is with their territories and killing of one another.

But when both gangs deal with losses of their own because of the madness and monsterโ€ฆโ€ฆthey may be forced to set aside their grudges and work together. gasp (ik, the horror.)๐Ÿ˜จ

Hey, hey, hey, but that’s not all Juliette’s problems. There’s also having to face Roma Montagova heir of the White Flowersโ€”the man who once knew her better than anyone andโ€ฆโ€ฆ.her lover.

After a heartbreaking betrayal though, all Juliette feels for him is a deep burning hatred . However, when an incident forces Juliette and Roma to band together to figure out the cause of the sickness, hatred is no longer what lies in her mind.

Or maybe, that feeling never left at allโ€ฆโ€ฆ..๐Ÿ˜

Juliette was such an amazing female protagonist and I just loved her.๐Ÿฅฐ Her strength and bloodthirstinessโ€ฆโ€ฆ.ahhhhh what’s not to love about it? (uh oh, I’m starting to see a trend in what type of characters I’m loving)

Even though she didn’t enjoy hurting people, she still would, knowing when it was necessary for information or if said victim would be a hindrance left alive. xD and unlike our soft boy here, Juliette would think of shooting as her first option rather than incapacitating them. (notโ€ฆ.that that’s a good thing of course hehe)
It’s pretty cool seeing the female MC as the cold and unforgiving one and the male being the opposite (in most cases).

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Yes, the famous line we all know of. Except what’s funny is that I actually never read Romeo and Juliet before. I’ve heard about it and everything, but my English teacher told us that he hated the play and it’s stupidity, so he wouldn’t make us read it (instead it was “Much Ado About Nothing”, which I loved).

But I digress.

Roma Montagova here is, thankfully, nothing like the Romeo in Shakespeare. Although he is the heir of the White Flowers and must of course get his hands dirty (I mean, he is in a gang), Roma does not have the same ruthlessness as Juliette and actually tries to avoid killing others haha.

But it makes sense the two turned out the way they are now, considering the betrayalโ€”and you’ll have to read this to find out what that betrayal was hehe.๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, when Roma would call Juliette ‘dorogaya’ (means ‘sweetheart’)โ€ฆโ€ฆ.it was just so sweet.๐Ÿฅบ

There are also some side characters that I just loved so much, like Benedikt, Marshall, and Kathleen.๐Ÿ’• And then ones that I absolutely despisedโ€ฆโ€ฆ.but I won’t go into any names. In due time, you shall see who I am talking about.

Chloe Gong said that she wrote “These Violent Delights” as a love letter to Shanghai and I can truly see that. I could almost imagine being in Shanghai myself when she’d describe the beauty of parts of the city and hear her love for it. The culture, the people, the languages spokenโ€ฆโ€ฆjust everything in the book was beautiful to learn about.๐Ÿ’ž

Now you’re probably wondering, “If I loved this book so much, why 4 stars?”.

Well, the downside of this book was that some parts were just a slow at times, so I’d kind of have to push myself to get through it. Also, with the people in the city speaking so many different languages (Chinese, Russian, French, etc), sometimes there wouldn’t be a translation of it afterwards in English, so how was I supposed to know what it meant?!?!

I mean, based off of what came after, I could guess what the person had said, but I kinda want to know exactly what they’re saying (I just went to google translate at that point haha). Some of the sentences were translated later in English by the characters, but then sometimes notโ€ฆ.? Maybe, just maybe, I should’ve paid more attention in French class. whoops

Other than that, this book was beautifully written and AFTER THAT ‘TO BE CONTINUED’ ENDING I NEED BOOK 2 ASAP.๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜จ

I will be over here hoping that I get an ARC of the 2nd book.๐Ÿฅบ
Please, please, pleaseโ€ฆโ€ฆ.

P.S. My loyalty will forever lie with the Scarlet Gang๐ŸŒน

โ„๐•’๐•ง๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•’๐••๐••๐•–๐•• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•š๐•ค ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•‹๐”นโ„? ๐”ผ๐•ฉ๐•”๐•š๐•ฅ๐•–๐•• ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•๐•–๐•’๐•ค๐•– ๐••๐•’๐•ฅ๐•–? ๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!๐Ÿ’•

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Review

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: โญโญโญโญโญ

โ€œI donโ€™t want to pretend,โ€ I whispered.

โ€œIโ€™m Poppy and youโ€™re Casteel, and this is real.โ€

Can you hear me crying? That’s also real.
This book was too beautiful.๐Ÿฅบ

AKOFAF is definitely one of the best books of 2020 and my favourite from JLA.๐Ÿฅฐ
I didn’t even think it was possible to love JLA more than I already do, but it is.


How does she do it?!?! Casteel, Poppy, and Kieran have got to be my favourite characters from all of her books. The banter between them all and justโ€ฆ..everything.๐Ÿคง๐Ÿ˜

Awww now I feel like crying even though there’s no reason to. JLA is simply just amazing.


A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire picks up literally right after Casteel Daโ€™Neer aka The Dark One aka the Prince of Atlantia aka Hawke Flynn (xD so many different names) declares to all about his plans to marry the once-Maiden, Poppy Balfour.

Well, you can guess how that went with Poppyโ€ฆโ€ฆ..

She definitely wanted to stab someone.๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿคฃ And so it began: The battle between Poppy & Casteel.๐Ÿ”ฅโš”๏ธ

โ€œI was the Maiden, nearly groomed my entire life to remain pure and focused only on my Ascension. I was Chosen to be given to the gods, even though I never chose the life. I didnโ€™t get to choose what I ate, when I left my chambers, or who was allowed to even touch me.”

“But he was the first thing Iโ€™d ever truly chosen for myself.โ€

Poppy has got to be one of my all time favourite MCs. I love this girl so much.๐Ÿฅฐ She’s such a strong and witty female protagonist. Finally, after being subjected to a life of no choices and silence, Poppy can now be herself and speak out to those who insult her. And being declared as the fiance of the Prince of Atlantiaโ€”well, of course she’s going to have a lot of enemies and hatred directed towards her.

Even so, she speaks her mind and refuses to let anyone put her down or scorn her. Her curiosity also never ceases to amaze me xD. I love that all the questions she asks annoys Kieran endlessly. Their bantering is just too good.๐Ÿคฃ

โ€œDo you think heโ€™ll believe us?โ€

โ€œYet another question?โ€ Kieran leaned back, crossing his arms. โ€œSeriously? Do you ever get tired of asking so many?โ€

โ€œApparently, you donโ€™t, since you just asked three of them.โ€

And though she used to feel a self-conscious of her scars, now Poppy stands proud and looks straight into peoples’ eyes without absolute fear of what they’ll think of her. I love this girl sm.๐Ÿ’ž

โ€œSomewhere along the way, I no longer saw her as a bargaining chip or a tool for revenge. I saw her for who she was. Who she isโ€”this beautiful, strong, intelligent, endlessly curious and kind woman who was as much a victim of the Ascended as any Atlantians.”

“I fell in love with her, probably long before I even realized I had.โ€

Ahhh how could anyone not fall in love with Casteel?!?! Even after all the lies and betrayals, you could understand where he was coming from. He wanted so badly to save his brother, Malik, from the Ascended and was planning on using Poppy to get to him, but all that changed from the very moment he met her. Instead of going through with that, he completely changed all his plans just to find a way to be with her.๐Ÿฅบ This boyโ€ฆ..

And then there’s Casteel’s fierce protectiveness over Poppy. I love how even though he worries and tries to convince Poppy from taking huge risks, he doesn’t actually stop her. He respects Poppy’s decision and ability to do what is necessary. He’s always taking care of her, too.๐Ÿฅฐ

โ€œFight me. Argue with me. I wonโ€™t stop you. But I will not allow you to put your life in jeopardy.”

And don’t forget those dimples as Poppy loves to point out.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

โ€œHe was Casteel then just like heโ€™s Hawke now,โ€ Kieran stated quietly, drawing my gaze to him. โ€œAnd you know that. You just arenโ€™t ready to accept it.โ€

Oh Kieran๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿคง๐Ÿ’ž. You’re like a wingman and the barrier between Casteel & Poppy for majority of the book xD. He had to deal with being in between the heat of Casteel and Poppy’s arguments and conversations. You gotta admire him for all that. I probably love him the most.๐Ÿฅฐ He knocked some sense into Poppy, that’s for sure.

Haha and the conversations the 3 of them had๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ

โ€œIโ€™m curious,โ€ Casteel said, causing me to jump. I hadnโ€™t even heard him approach. โ€œWhat are you two discussing that has Poppy looking as if sheโ€™s five seconds away from crawling under the table?โ€

โ€œNothing,โ€ I said.

โ€œI was just telling her about how you have heightened physical senses,โ€ Kieran answered at the same time as I did. โ€œLike your ability to see better than her, and scent her arousalโ€”โ€

โ€œOh, my gods!โ€ I spun on the bench, swinging at Kieran, but he easily avoided my fist.

โ€œIโ€™m sorry.โ€ Kieran didnโ€™t look remotely remorseful. โ€œI meant desire. She doesnโ€™t like the word arousal.โ€

You must not use the word ‘arousal’ in front of Poppy xD. Casteel, Poppy, & Kieranโ€ฆ. all of them are definitely best when together.๐Ÿ’–

Of course, I got to see more of both some new and old characters. Some wolven, Atlantian, and Descenters. Declan, a wolven, was placed on guard duty a few times and his responses to Poppy demanding to be let out was just too good.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‚

โ€œNo one wishes to chase you through a snowstorm.โ€

โ€œIโ€™d rather not be gutted by the Prince, so no.โ€

โ€œThe Prince will return soon.โ€

My favorite was when Iโ€™d said that I just wanted some fresh air. โ€œNothing personal, but there is literally no way I would trust you enough to crack this door open to allow even an inch of fresh air to enter your chamber.โ€

He’s learned his lesson from the last time he was on guard duty with her xD.

Ooo and then there’s Alastirโ€ฆโ€ฆ.I’m a little conflicted about him๐Ÿค” I do so love him for being such a kind wolven to Poppy, but certain events have left me wondering some things. Still, he’d only met Poppy yet he was already offering to help her. So kind.๐Ÿฅบ

โ€œSo, that is why Iโ€™m offering you my aid. If you are being forced into this, I will help you escape. I will do everything in my power to ensure safe passage.”

“But I will make sure you are somewhere neither the Ascended nor Casteel can ever reach you. All you have to do is tell me, and this will be over for you.”

I must, before I end this, put in those moments with Poppy threatening the life of others xD. Mostly just Casteel & Kieran.

He chuckled. โ€œCareful, Kieran,โ€ Casteel murmured, catching my hand before I could swing at Kieran once more. โ€œSheโ€™ll be threatening to stab you next.โ€

The wolven grinned. โ€œIโ€™m pretty sure thatโ€™s already happened.โ€

โ€œI hate you,โ€ I announced. โ€œI hate you both.โ€

Awww of course Poppy means the exact opposite.๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿคฃ

โ€œObviously, Casteel takes after his father when it comes to women with sharp objects,โ€ Jasper commented with a snort. โ€œI feel like Iโ€™m missing some vital information that Delano conveniently left out when he met me halfway.โ€

I frowned, but at least I knew where Delano had been.
โ€œYou stabbed Casteel?โ€ Jasper repeated. โ€œIn the heart? With bloodstone. And you thought it would kill him?โ€

โ€œIn my defense, I felt bad afterward.โ€

โ€œShe did cry,โ€ Casteel remarked.

I was going to stab him again.

Poppy’s murderous intentions and violence is too funny, especially when she’s around others who bear witness to it.๐Ÿ˜‚ I need more of that.

Well, after that ending the 3rd book has definitely landed into my most anticipated releases for 2021. Ackk I can’t wait!!! I NEED the next book NOW!!!๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜

I just love JLA so much.๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿคง You can really tell how much her writing has changed from her first few books. Truly just a queen๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ž

Hopefully, the latest the 3rd book comes out will be spring 2021.

I don’t think I can bear waiting a full year or moreโ€ฆ..

“From Blood And Ash.”

“We Will Rise.”

โ„๐•’๐•ง๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•• ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•š๐•ค? ๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•—๐•’๐•ง๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•– ๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•–๐•ž๐•š๐•–๐•ค-๐•ฅ๐• -๐•๐• ๐•ง๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ค ๐•“๐• ๐• ๐•œ ๐•†โ„ ๐•›๐•ฆ๐•ค๐•ฅ ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•—๐•’๐•ง๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ก๐•–? ๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!๐Ÿ’•

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1) by Shelby Mahurin | Review

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Rating: โญโญโญโญโญ

๐—•๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ๐Ÿข

“Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you.

Where you go, I will go.

Where you stay, I will stay.”

Ahhh I am so not ready for B&H.๐Ÿ”ฅ

I saw many warnings around GR saying that one should reread Serpent & Dove before going on to Blood & Honey.

And it’s good I did that because turns out I forgotโ€ฆโ€ฆa lot.๐Ÿ˜…

The story revolves around a witch & witch-hunterโ€”Lousie Le Blanc & Reid Diggory, who unexpectedly get into an accident forcing them into a marriage neither of them wants. Ahaha and the situation was just hilarious๐Ÿคฃ.

‘He scowled. โ€œI expected little else. We shall, however, endeavor to find you more presentable garments. I wonโ€™t dishonor Reid by having his bride appear a heathen, even if she is one.โ€

โ€œHow dare you?โ€ I clutched the front of my ruined dress in mock affront. โ€œI am a God-fearing Christian woman nowโ€”โ€

My husband hauled me away before I could utter another word.

I swore I heard one of his teeth crack.’

Reid’s frustration with Lou was amazing.๐Ÿ˜‚ Their bantering was hilarious and Reid’s reaction to the things Lou would say was just too good.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜†

‘My eyes lit up. โ€œYes! I set a warehouse on fire once. One match, and the whole thing went up like a smokestack.โ€

He stared at me in horror. โ€œYou set a building on fire?โ€’

Of course, let’s not forget Big Titty Liddy๐Ÿคฃ. I can’t wait to see the rest of the song in Blood & Honey!!!

โ€œโ€˜Big Titty Liddy was not very pretty, but her bosom was big as a barn,โ€™โ€ I sang. โ€œโ€˜Her creamery knockers drove men off their rockers, but she was blind to their charmsโ€”โ€™โ€

โ€œStop!โ€ His face burned so vivid a scarlet it rivaled my husbandโ€™s. โ€œWhat are you doing? Thatโ€”thatโ€™s indecent!โ€

โ€œOf course it is. Itโ€™s a pub song!โ€

โ€œYouโ€™ve been in a pub?โ€ he asked, flabbergasted. โ€œBut youโ€™re a woman.โ€

Poor Ansel had to deal with Lou’s many antics in the beginning. It was too funny, though. He was like a mini Reid at first.๐Ÿคฃ

โ€œI assume it involves kicking puppies or stealing the souls of children.โ€

Ansel looked around anxiously. โ€œYou canโ€™t say things like that. Itโ€™s inappropriate. Youโ€™re a Chasseurโ€™s wife now.โ€

โ€œOh, please.โ€ I gave an exaggerated eye roll. โ€œI thought Iโ€™d already made it clear I donโ€™t give a ratโ€™s ass about being appropriate. Shall I remind you? There are two more verses to โ€˜Big Titty Liddy.โ€™โ€

He paled. โ€œPlease donโ€™t.โ€

Ansel is such a sweet cinnamon roll๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅฐ. No harm must come to him in B&H or elseโ€”

Then there’s Coco and Beau. Beau didn’t really appear much until the end and I’m so looking forward to seeing more of him in the next book.๐Ÿ˜ Coco’s such an awesome best friend and I’m curious to learn more about La Voisin and the Dames Rouge. Good thing I won’t have to wait long now.๐Ÿ˜

I love a good enemies-to-lovers and this was just โœจperfectionโœจ.

So much character developmentโ€”especially in Reid. He went from someone who didn’t swear (like me๐Ÿคฏ) and being a strict rule follower & believer to a man who now looked at the world differently (from his original black & white view) and became more aware of others and their motives. He’s all grown up๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ’•.

~~~~~~~~~SPOILERS HERE~~~~~~~~~



And of course, the ending!!!! Reid actually sweared hahahaha๐Ÿคฃ

I stared at her for a long second. Convinced I hadnโ€™t heard her. Convinced she might start laughing, or a feu follet would flare and transport me back to reality. Butโ€”no. This was my new reality. Anger erupted inside me, burning away the last of my scruples. โ€œWhy the fuck is everyone in this kingdom trying to murder my wife?โ€

A bubble of laughter escaped Madame Labelleโ€™s lips, but I didnโ€™t think it was funny at all. โ€œWhat are we going to do? Where are we going to go?โ€
โ€œReid,โ€ she said slowly, incredulously, โ€œdid you just curse?โ€

My reaction exactly.๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†



~~~~~~~~~SPOILERS END~~~~~~~~~

If possible, Serpent & Dove was even better than the first time I read it.๐Ÿฅฐ

Please, Blood & Honeyโ€ฆโ€ฆ..don’t let me down.๐Ÿฅบ

๐•Ž๐•™๐•’๐•ฅ’๐•ค ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐•—๐•’๐•ง๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ก๐•–? โ„๐•’๐•ง๐•– ๐•ช๐• ๐•ฆ ๐•ฃ๐•–๐•’๐•• ๐•Š๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ก๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ & ๐”ป๐• ๐•ง๐•–? ๐•ƒ๐•–๐•ฅ ๐•ž๐•– ๐•œ๐•Ÿ๐• ๐•จ ๐•“๐•–๐•๐• ๐•จ!๐Ÿ’•