Monday, January 17, 2022

Page-a-Thon Update 24

So I read my next book for Page-a-Thon, and it was Seven Mercies, and I'll be reading All Rights Reserved next! 

My Reading Journey:

Nightrender by Jodi Meadows
Started On: January 1st 
Finished On: January 1st, 11:04 PM
Pages Read: 368

Miss Moriarty, I Presume by Sherry Thomas
Started On: January 2nd
Finished On: January 2nd, 7:40 PM
Pages Read: 357

A Relative Murder by Jude Deveraux
Started On: January 3rd
Finished On: January 3rd, 4:50 PM
Pages Read: 400

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Started On: January 3rd
Finished On: January 3rd, 10:09 PM
Pages Read: 304

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
Started On: January 4th
Finished On: January 4th, 10:05 PM
Pages Read: 224

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 5th
Finished On: January 5th, 8:38 PM
Pages Read: 433

Crowbones by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 6th
Finished On: January 6th, 6:58 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Lost Adventures Anthology
Started On: January 7th
Finished On: January 7th, 9:5 PM
Pages Read: 240

Straight On Till Morning by Liz Braswell 
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 2:38 PM
Pages Read: 496

Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 5:52 PM
Pages Read: 464

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 9:35 PM
Pages Read: 302

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 9th
Finished On: January 9th, 6:02 PM
Pages Read: 343

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 9th
Finished On: January 9th, 10:38 PM
Pages Read: 334

Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld by Seanan McGuire
Started On: January 10th
Finished On: January 10th, 5:15 PM
Pages Read: 439

A Phoenix Must First Burn Anthology
Started On: January 10th
Finished On: January 10th, 8:22 PM
Pages Read: 364

Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher
Started On: January 11th
Finished On: January 11th, 10:32 PM
Pages Read: 304

Katara and the Pirate's Silver by Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman, Illustrated by Adele Matera
Started On: January 12th
Finished On: January 12th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 80

Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins 
Started On: January 13th
Finished On: January 13th, 4:00 AM
Pages Read: 320

Taking the Heat by Brenda Novak 
Started On: January 13th
Finished On: January 13th, 7:52 PM
Pages Read: 384

Death Over the Garden Wall by Honor Raconteur
Started On: January 14th
Finished On: January 14th, 6:45 PM
Pages Read: 281

Wanderlust by Ann Aguire
Started On: January 15th
Finished On: January 15th, 6:26 PM
Pages Read: 320

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Started On: January 15th
Finished On: January 15th, 10:44 PM
Pages Read: 372

Electric Idol by Katee Robert
Started On: January 16th
Finished On: January 16th, 9:57 PM
Pages Read: 387

Seven Mercies by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May
Started On: January 17th
Finished On: January 17th, 8:52 PM
Pages Read: 464

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis 
Started On: January 18th
Currently On: Page 0 of 400

Goal: 25
Read: 24
Pages Read: 8361

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #554, January 17th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!
What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #553
Teaser Tuesday #561
WWW Wednesday #561
WOW #557
Will the Time Come #554
Third Sentence Thursday #544
Random Reads #530
First Lines Friday #557
Book Blogger Hop #222
21 Books to Read in 2021 Update 17
The Reward Challenge Update #539
Wheel of TBR #86
How Well I Stuck to It #391
Wrote that Review Update #388

Week 2 Reviews:
Straight On Till Morning

Page-a-Thon: 

Random:

OK, so I got 36 posts in 7 days, and it was a pretty great week, I read some really great books, and I can't wait for next week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Seven Mercies!

The second book in a feminist space opera duology that follows the team of seven rebels who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire--or die trying.

After an ambush leaves the Novantae resistance in tatters, the survivors scatter across the galaxy. Wanted by two great empires, the bounty on any rebel's head is enough to make a captor filthy rich. And the seven devils? Biggest score of them all. To avoid attacks, the crew of Zelus scavenge for supplies on long-abandoned Tholosian outposts.

Not long after the remnants of the rebellion settle briefly on Fortuna, Ariadne gets a message with unimaginable consequences: the Oracle has gone rogue. In a planned coup against the Empire's new ruler, the AI has developed a way of mass programming citizens into mindless drones. The Oracle's demand is simple: the AI wants One's daughter back at any cost.

Time for an Impossible to Infiltrate mission: high chance of death, low chance of success. The devils will have to use their unique skills, no matter the sacrifice, and pair up with old enemies. Their plan? Get to the heart of the Empire. Destroy the Oracle. Burn it all to the ground.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

TBRPGathon January 2022 Sign Up

So I'm signing up for TBRPGathon, created by Wandering Through Worlds, and you can find the announcement video here! It takes place January 17th to the 23rd, I believe. 

Each day, we'll get a new prompt, with each choice we make.

For the first choice, I chose Duet, so my prompt was 2+ POV's. For this prompt, I'll be reading Seven Mercies by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May.

For the second choice, I chose Distract, so my prompt was Quiet. I'll be reading All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. 

Page-a-Thon Update 23

So I read my next book for Page-a-Thon, and it was Electric Idol, and I'll be reading Seven Mercies next! 

My Reading Journey:

Nightrender by Jodi Meadows
Started On: January 1st 
Finished On: January 1st, 11:04 PM
Pages Read: 368

Miss Moriarty, I Presume by Sherry Thomas
Started On: January 2nd
Finished On: January 2nd, 7:40 PM
Pages Read: 357

A Relative Murder by Jude Deveraux
Started On: January 3rd
Finished On: January 3rd, 4:50 PM
Pages Read: 400

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Started On: January 3rd
Finished On: January 3rd, 10:09 PM
Pages Read: 304

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
Started On: January 4th
Finished On: January 4th, 10:05 PM
Pages Read: 224

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 5th
Finished On: January 5th, 8:38 PM
Pages Read: 433

Crowbones by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 6th
Finished On: January 6th, 6:58 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Lost Adventures Anthology
Started On: January 7th
Finished On: January 7th, 9:5 PM
Pages Read: 240

Straight On Till Morning by Liz Braswell 
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 2:38 PM
Pages Read: 496

Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 5:52 PM
Pages Read: 464

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 9:35 PM
Pages Read: 302

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 9th
Finished On: January 9th, 6:02 PM
Pages Read: 343

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 9th
Finished On: January 9th, 10:38 PM
Pages Read: 334

Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld by Seanan McGuire
Started On: January 10th
Finished On: January 10th, 5:15 PM
Pages Read: 439

A Phoenix Must First Burn Anthology
Started On: January 10th
Finished On: January 10th, 8:22 PM
Pages Read: 364

Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher
Started On: January 11th
Finished On: January 11th, 10:32 PM
Pages Read: 304

Katara and the Pirate's Silver by Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman, Illustrated by Adele Matera
Started On: January 12th
Finished On: January 12th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 80

Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins 
Started On: January 13th
Finished On: January 13th, 4:00 AM
Pages Read: 320

Taking the Heat by Brenda Novak 
Started On: January 13th
Finished On: January 13th, 7:52 PM
Pages Read: 384

Death Over the Garden Wall by Honor Raconteur
Started On: January 14th
Finished On: January 14th, 6:45 PM
Pages Read: 281

Wanderlust by Ann Aguire
Started On: January 15th
Finished On: January 15th, 6:26 PM
Pages Read: 320

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Started On: January 15th
Finished On: January 15th, 10:44 PM
Pages Read: 372

Electric Idol by Katee Robert
Started On: January 16th
Finished On: January 16th, 9:57 PM
Pages Read: 387

Seven Mercies by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May
Started On: January 17th
Currently On: Page 0 of 464

Goal: 25
Read: 23
Pages Read: 7897

Wrote that Review Update #389, January 16th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Straight On Till Morning, Jade Fire Gold, Stillhouse Lake, Killman Creek, Wolfhunter River, Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld and And Sweep Up the World, A Phoenix First Must Burn, Lies Like Poison, Katara and the Pirate's Silver, Love at First Spite, Taking the Heat and Taking a Risk, Death Over the Garden Wall, so I have 10 of 10 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #391, January 16th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 3: 
Seven Mercies by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: NA.

A short week, but I have an ARC, and it's coming out this week, so I need to read it! 

Week 2:
Death Over the Garden Wall by Honor Raconteur 

vs.

Straight On Till Morning by Liz Brazwell, Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan, Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine, Killman Creek by Rachel Caine, Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine, Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld by Seanan McGuire, And Sweep Up the World by Seanan McGuire, A Phoenix First Must Burn Anthology, Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher, Katara and the Pirate's Silver by Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman, Illustrated by Adele Matera, Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins, Taking the Heat by Brenda Novak, Taking a Risk by Brenda Novak, Death Over the Garden Wall by Honor Raconteur

I read what I planned, and more, so I'm really happy, this was a pretty fantastic week, and I can't wait for next week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Wheel of TBR #86, January 16th

I saw Codie's Book Corner doing the Wheel of TBR, and I thought that sounded like a great way to pick what to read from your TBR. So thanks to her! I'll only do 3 spins, because I'm doing this every week, and so it won't make up my total TBR of the week, but it'll be a start!

Rules:
1. For each week of the month, I'll do 3 spins each week to read each week though I do have the rest of the month to read them. Once a prompt is used, I'll randomly choose one from the list, keeping track of how often a colour comes up. If colour comes up 3 or more times in month, I'll do another spin once it comes up 3 times.
2. If I don't read a book that week or at least start it before the end of the month, then for my next week of spins, I have to add a punishment for each book unread. I'll roll for each unread book, and have to apply each and every punishment chosen to the week.
3. Each month I'll get a prompt from my Binge Read Wheel (either specifically picking the prompt, or spinning the wheel) and I have to read at least 9 books, though I can read more!

Of the books from the last week, I read Death Over the Garden Wall by Honor Raconteur, Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre, Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre. 

Binge Read Wheel:
For this month, the wheel picked Reading Challenges. I read none, so I've read 0/9+.

Prompts Used This Week:
Mass Market Paperback, Sophomore Book, Retelling, Most Anticipated.

Mass Market Paperback-Violet-A Desperate Search by Amanda Stevens-I have this book in mass market, so that works!

Sophomore Book-Yellow-Thronebreakers by Rebecca Coffindaffer-This is Rebecca Coffindaffer's 2nd published book, so that works! 

Retelling-Chartreuse-So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim-This is a retelling of Cinderella, so that works! 

Bonus Spin For Chartreuses-Most Anticipated-Yellow-The Purveli by Dianne Duvall-This book is coming out on the 18th, and I really want to read it! 

Colour Totals:
Red: 1
Orange: 0
Yellow: 2
Chartreuse: 3
Green: 0
Spring Green: 0
Cyan: 2
Azure: 0
Blue: 0
Violet: 2
Magenta: 0
Rose: 0

Prompts for Next Week:
Review Post-Red
Series Number-Orange
Month As Last Read-Yellow
Variety Prompt-Chartreuse
Even Chapters-Green
Library Book-Spring Green
Booktuber Read-Cyan
Ebook-Azure
A-Z Start Author-Blue
Physical Book to Read in 2022-Violet
Reread-Magenta
NetGalley Book to Read in 2021-Rose

So those are some of the books I'm going to try to read this week. What about you guys? Happy reading!

The Reward Challenge Update #539, January 16th

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read Straight On Till Morning which counts 3 times as a 2022 Retelling Reading Challenge and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, Jade Fire Gold which counts 4 times as a DAC Book, Edelweiss Book and a SAC 2022 Book, Stillhouse Lake which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, Killman Creek which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, Wolfhunter River which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book and a WoW Book, And Sweep Up the World which counts 3 times as a NetGalley Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, A Phoenix First Must Burn which counts twice as a SAC 2022 Book, Lies Like Poison which counts 3 times as a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book, Katara and the Pirate's Silver which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book, Love at First Spite which counts twice/times as a DAC Book and a SAC 2022 Book, Taking the Heat which counts twice as a SAC 2022 Book, Taking a Risk which counts twice as a SAC 2022 Book,  Death Over the Garden Wall which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book and a WoW Book.

So I have 34 counts which translates to $17 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Page-a-Thon Update 22

So I read my next book for Page-a-Thon, and it was Mortal Danger, and I'll be reading Seven Mercies next! 

My Reading Journey:

Nightrender by Jodi Meadows
Started On: January 1st 
Finished On: January 1st, 11:04 PM
Pages Read: 368

Miss Moriarty, I Presume by Sherry Thomas
Started On: January 2nd
Finished On: January 2nd, 7:40 PM
Pages Read: 357

A Relative Murder by Jude Deveraux
Started On: January 3rd
Finished On: January 3rd, 4:50 PM
Pages Read: 400

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Started On: January 3rd
Finished On: January 3rd, 10:09 PM
Pages Read: 304

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
Started On: January 4th
Finished On: January 4th, 10:05 PM
Pages Read: 224

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 5th
Finished On: January 5th,8:38 PM
Pages Read: 433

Crowbones by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 6th
Finished On: January 6th, 6:58 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Lost Adventures Anthology
Started On: January 7th
Finished On: January 7th, 9:5 PM
Pages Read: 240

Straight On Till Morning by Liz Braswell 
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 2:38 PM
Pages Read: 496

Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 5:52 PM
Pages Read: 464

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 9:35 PM
Pages Read: 302

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 9th
Finished On: January 9th, 6:02 PM
Pages Read: 343

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 9th
Finished On: January 9th, 10:38 PM
Pages Read: 334

Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld by Seanan McGuire
Started On: January 10th
Finished On: January 10th, 5:15 PM
Pages Read: 439

A Phoenix Must First Burn Anthology
Started On: January 10th
Finished On: January 10th, 8:22 PM
Pages Read: 364

Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher
Started On: January 11th
Finished On: January 11th, 10:32 PM
Pages Read: 304

Katara and the Pirate's Silver by Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman, Illustrated by Adele Matera
Started On: January 12th
Finished On: January 12th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 80

Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins 
Started On: January 13th
Finished On: January 13th, 4:00 AM
Pages Read: 320

Taking the Heat by Brenda Novak 
Started On: January 13th
Finished On: January 13th, 7:52 PM
Pages Read: 384

Death Over the Garden Wall by Honor Raconteur
Started On: January 14th
Finished On: January 14th, 6:45 PM
Pages Read: 281

Wanderlust by Ann Aguire
Started On: January 15th
Finished On: January 15th, 6:26 PM
Pages Read: 320

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Started On: January 15th
Finished On: January 15th, 10:44 PM
Pages Read: 372

Seven Mercies by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May
Started On: January 16th
Currently On: Page 0 of 464

Goal: 25
Read: 22
Pages Read: 7510

Page-a-Thon Update 21

So I read my next book for Page-a-Thon, and it was Death Over the Garden Wall, and I'll be reading Mortal Danger next! 

My Reading Journey:

Nightrender by Jodi Meadows
Started On: January 1st 
Finished On: January 1st, 11:04 PM
Pages Read: 368

Miss Moriarty, I Presume by Sherry Thomas
Started On: January 2nd
Finished On: January 2nd, 7:40 PM
Pages Read: 357

A Relative Murder by Jude Deveraux
Started On: January 3rd
Finished On: January 3rd, 4:50 PM
Pages Read: 400

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Started On: January 3rd
Finished On: January 3rd, 10:09 PM
Pages Read: 304

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
Started On: January 4th
Finished On: January 4th, 10:05 PM
Pages Read: 224

Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 5th
Finished On: January 5th,8:38 PM
Pages Read: 433

Crowbones by Anne Bishop
Started On: January 6th
Finished On: January 6th, 6:58 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Lost Adventures Anthology
Started On: January 7th
Finished On: January 7th, 9:5 PM
Pages Read: 240

Straight On Till Morning by Liz Braswell 
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 2:38 PM
Pages Read: 496

Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 5:52 PM
Pages Read: 464

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 8th
Finished On: January 8th, 9:35 PM
Pages Read: 302

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 9th
Finished On: January 9th, 6:02 PM
Pages Read: 343

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine
Started On: January 9th
Finished On: January 9th, 10:38 PM
Pages Read: 334

Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld by Seanan McGuire
Started On: January 10th
Finished On: January 10th, 5:15 PM
Pages Read: 439

A Phoenix Must First Burn Anthology
Started On: January 10th
Finished On: January 10th, 8:22 PM
Pages Read: 364

Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher
Started On: January 11th
Finished On: January 11th, 10:32 PM
Pages Read: 304

Katara and the Pirate's Silver by Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman, Illustrated by Adele Matera
Started On: January 12th
Finished On: January 12th, 6:12 PM
Pages Read: 80

Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins 
Started On: January 13th
Finished On: January 13th, 4:00 AM
Pages Read: 320

Taking the Heat by Brenda Novak 
Started On: January 13th
Finished On: January 13th, 7:52 PM
Pages Read: 384

Death Over the Garden Wall by Honor Raconteur
Started On: January 14th
Finished On: January 14th, 6:45 PM
Pages Read: 281

Wanderlust by Ann Aguire
Started On: January 15th
Finished On: January 15th, 6:26 PM
Pages Read: 320

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Started On: January 15th
Currently On: Page 0 of 372

Goal: 25
Read: 21
Pages Read: 7138

Week 2 Review: Death Over the Garden Wall

From Goodreads:
Three modus operandi to die. Four employees, six house guests, and not a single witness.

Confusing clues and no helpful leads cloud the death of Countess Giada Barese, who washed up on shore two weeks after her mysterious disappearance. Henri and Jamie have no idea if her death is a homicide, suicide, or accidental death, for nothing adds up.

There is something strange going on, though, Jamie's sure of that. The countess was found wearing mismatched slippers, her lover disappeared the next day, and everyone is acting shifty.

Jamie feels like she's playing a game of Clue, one she's determined to win. Where's a candlestick when you need one?

My Review:
Oh, I really enjoyed reading this book! I love this world so much, and these characters, and there were quite a few life updates in this book, which were especially thrilling to read! And I can't wait to see how all of that is going to play out in the future!

First off, those updates. That Jamie is going to be a Kingsman, and create a FBI-like department. And that Henri becomes a Royal Mage! The first has been building for a while, just waiting for Jamie to get used to the world. But Henri? That came out of the blue, though if you're in Honor Raconetur's Facebook Group, we got the teaser of that being suggested, and that was so great!

This mystery was really interesting, because it's unclear if this was a murder or not. And given that the body was found at sea after 2 weeks, there weren't many physical clues. So it's an interesting investigation, first finding out if it was a murder at all! Loved this mystery, and how it played out!

Jamie talks a lot about the base foundation for a investigation in this book, of interview, interview again, and interviewing everyone that you can in a person's life, to put the pieces together, so you know what could be important, once it's found, and I really enjoyed that! Though they do have a lot of people to interview, given that this was a high society gal!

This was such a fantastic book, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here! 

Author: Honor Raconteur 
Series: Case Files of Henri Davenforth #7
Read: January 14th, 2022
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series so much, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book and a WoW Book! 
Publisher: Raconteur House LLC
Published: January 14th 2022
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Reviews: Taking the Heat, Taking a Risk

From Goodreads:
To support herself and her one-year-old daughter, Gabrielle Hadley is working as a prison guard – just about the only job available in the small desert town of Florence, Arizona.

Randall Tucker is a prisoner at Florence, convicted of murdering his wife. He has one goal: to survive until he can prove his innocence – and reclaim his eight-year-old son.

When he escapes during a prison transfer, Gabrielle follows him into the unforgiving desert. Within the course of a single day, staying alive becomes the only thing that matters. The balance of power between guard and prisoner changes as they're drawn together in a struggle to survive.

It's a relationship that's not supposed to exist – and yet it might save them both. 

From Goodreads:
Gabrielle Tucker is happy at last. She's married to her soul mate, and she's been reunited with her long-lost mother — and the sister she never knew she had. Now if only she could see her ex-husband and best friend, David, find true happiness of his own? But it just so happens that Gabrielle knows the perfect woman for David — her little sister, Lindy!

Lindy fell in love with David on their first date — a date arranged by her sister, Gabrielle. But it's obvious that David isn't over Gabrielle, even though she's now happily married to someone else. Which is why it's going to be very hard for Lindy to tell David that the one night of passion they shared has changed all of their lives forever?

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading these stories! They aren't technically in a series that I can find, but they star the same characters, with David being Gabrielle's ex-husband and father of her child, and Lindy is Gabrielle's sister. So they are connected.

The first half of Taking the Heat was survival in the desert. And the second half was part relationship drama, and part finding out who actually killed his wife. And I really enjoyed both parts, and I don't think I prefer one to the other. 

I enjoyed Gabrielle's situation of finding her birth mother. And I really enjoyed  mystery who who killed his wife, that was very interesting to read and I loved watching it play out. The one thing that I didn't really like was how quickly she fell in love with him, given that "in love" status with her husband-that she was not-was why they broke up. 

Taking a Risk was really cute and sweet, I'm really glad that we got to see David happy, and that he found happiness with Gabrielle's long lost sister was really cute! They have some problems, given that he was in love with her sister, and never called after their first date/one night stand, but the pregnancy gives them that excuse to spend more time together, to fall in love, and I loved that! 

These were some really great reads, and I had a great time reading them! 

Author: Brenda Novak
Read: January 13th, 13th, 2022
Source: Own, Online
Reason Why: Love her writing, and they're SAC 2022 Books! 
Publisher: Harlequin Mira, Harlequin Books S.A.
Published: January 24th 2003, 2003

Taking the Heat:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Taking a Risk:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: Love at First Spite

From Goodreads:
Falling in love is the ultimate payback in this delightful romcom about an interior designer who teams up with a mysterious architect at her firm to get revenge on her ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door

They say living well is the best revenge. But sometimes, spreading the misery seems a whole lot more satisfying. That's interior designer Dani Porter's justification for buying the vacant lot next to her ex-fiancé's house…the house they were supposed to live in together, before he cheated on her with their Realtor. Dani plans to build a vacation rental that will a) mess with his view and his peace of mind and b) prove that Dani is not someone to be stepped on. Welcome to project Spite House.

That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm, and the only person available to draw up blueprints. Wyatt is terse and stern, the kind of man who eats his sandwich with a knife and fork. But as they spend time together on- and off-site, Dani glimpses something deeper beneath that hard veneer, something surprising, vulnerable, and real. And the closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if winning revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter…

My Review:
Oh, I really enjoyed reading this book! I wasn't planning on reading it, but I saw that I'd downloaded it, read the synopsis, and just had to read it, and just binged it! It was so quick and easy to read, and I really enjoyed it! 

I utterly loved the concept of this book! Of a woman buying land to torment her ex, is just so enticing to read, and I really enjoyed watching it play out! Of her planning things out that will specifically bother him, from a two story building to block his views, to a flag of a rival team! Because oh, was her ex an asshole who left her with issues that cause her problems in her immediate romantic future! 

Her relationship with Wyatt was so much fun to read! He's closed off and aloof at the office, but as she gets to know him, well, his personality goes really well with her own! I had a lot of fun reading their interactions, and how they deal with their assumptions of each other when things start going wrong! 

My one thing would be the end result of the Spite House. I loved that she healed and moved on, but the idea of her, Megan and Iris in partnership in real estate is such a great idea, because they have various areas of expertise that work well together! 

This was a really great read, and I can't wait to see what Anna E. Collins writes next! 

Author: Anna E. Collins 
Read: January 13th, 2022
Source: Edelweiss 
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2022 Book! 
Publisher: Graydon House
Published: January 4th 2022
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: Katara and the Pirate's Silver

From Goodreads:
It's sink or swim for Katara!

When Team Avatar is suddenly ambushed by the Fire Nation, Katara gets separated from the group. Unable to rendezvous with Aang, Toph, and Sokka, Katara must avoid capture by aligning herself with some unlikely allies! The normally sweet and sensitive Katara will need to explore her tougher side if she's going to reunite with the rest of Team Avatar....

Written by Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, The Nameless City) and drawn by Peter Wartman (Stonebreaker), with colors by Adele Matera and letters by ComiCraft's Jimmy Betancourt, in collaboration with Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series writer Tim Hedricks!

My Review:
This was such a fun graphic novel to read! I love Avatar, and I'm trying to consume all of it's content! This takes place in season 2, after they've hooked up with Toph, but before they go to the Great Library. I really enjoyed this adventure!

Katara is alone, and she's trapped in a village. I loved how she tried to be tough like Toph, and her meeting up with these pirates. Though she is wary, and doesn't like how they are acting towards the Earth Kingdom, given the Fire Nation's treatment of it. Loved how that story played out!

This is a story aimed primarily at younger readers. I loved the lesson that Katara learns in this, that the pirates are not so much pirates right now, but smugglers trying to do their best for the innocent in their country! 

The story mainly focuses on Katara, but we do get some time with the rest of the gang, as they try to convince a Fire Nation solider of the truth. Which goes about as well as you can expect, the Fire Nation has indoctrinated its subjects for 100 years. That last scene with that solider was just hilarious! 

I really enjoyed this story, and I can't wait to continue! 

Authors: Faith Erin Hicks and Peter Wartman, Illustrated by Adele Matera
Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender Comics #0.5
Read: January 12th, 2022
Source: Online
Reason Why: Love this world, and I need to read all the content, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Book! 
Publisher: Dark Horse Books 
Published: October 13th 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: Lies Like Poison

From Goodreads:
Riverdale meets Kara Thomas's The Cheerleaders in this electrifying, twisted thriller about estranged friends who reunite when someone commits the murder they'd planned—but didn't go through with—and leaves one of their own to take the fall.

Poppy, Lily, and Belladonna would do anything to protect their best friend, Raven. So when they discovered he was suffering abuse at the hands of his stepmother, they came up with a lethal plan: petals of poppy, belladonna, and lily in her evening tea so she'd never be able to hurt Raven again. But someone got cold feet, the plot faded to a secret of the past, and the group fell apart.

Three years later, on the eve of Raven's seventeenth birthday, his stepmother turns up dead. But it's only belladonna found in her tea, and it's only Belladonna who's carted off to jail. Desperate for help, Belle reaches out to her estranged friends to prove her innocence. They answer the call, but no one is prepared for what comes next.

Now, everyone has something to lose and something equally dangerous to hide. And when the tangled web of secrets and betrayal is finally unwound, what lies at its heart will change the group forever. 

My Review:
I had a really great time with this book! These characters aren't always trustworthy, have made some poor decisions, and have been through a lot, that's damaged them, but they're not broken. I really enjoyed this mystery about who killed this lady in a way that follows the plan that they made years ago!


Sometimes these characters would make some questionable decisions, like Jack burning Raven's clothing that she stole. That Lily filmed, and later sent to the police. It just make things more difficult, and basically were happening because they were panicking. 

This was a really great read, and I'm glad that I read it! 

Author: Chelsea Pitcher 
Read: January 11th, 2022
Source: Library
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2022 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: November 10th 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: A Phoenix First Must Burn

From Goodreads:
Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Evoking Beyoncé's Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler's heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

Authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi. 

My Review:
I had a really great time reading this anthology! I've read from some of these authors before, though most of them were new to me, and I had a great time, this was such a great collection of Black Girl Magic, from historical to sci fi to fantasy, and I really enjoyed it! 

Of these stories, the ones that really stood out to me were Melie, The Goddess Provides, The Actress. 

This was such a great read, and I'm really hoping that we might get some full length stories from some of these worlds! 

Authors:  Patrice Caldwell, Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, Ibi Zoboi  
Read: January 10th, 2022
Source: Library
Reason Why: Love these authors and this collection sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2022 Book! 
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Published: March 10th 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Reviews: Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld, And Sweep Up the World

From Goodreads:
Now in trade paperback, the eleventh book in the fast-paced InCryptid urban fantasy series returns to the mishaps of the Price family, eccentric cryptozoologists who safeguard the world of magical creatures living in secret among humans.

Love, noun:

1. An intense feeling of deep affection; may be romantic, filial or platonic.

Passion, noun:

1. A strong or barely controllable emotion.
2. Enthusiasm, interest, desire.
3. See also "obsession."

It's been fifty years since the crossroads caused the disappearance of Thomas Price, and his wife, Alice, has been trying to find him and bring him home ever since, despite the increasing probability that he's no longer alive for her to find. Now that the crossroads have been destroyed, she's redoubling her efforts. It's time to bring him home, dead or alive.

Preferably alive, of course, but she's tired, and at this point, she's not that picky. It's a pan-dimensional crash course in chaos, as Alice tries to find the rabbit hole she's been missing for all these decades—the one that will take her to the man she loves.

Who are her allies? Who are her enemies? And if she manages to find him, will he even remember her at this point?

It's a lot for one cryptozoologist to handle. 

My Review:
Wow, I loved reading this book and it's novella so much! Alice has been a background character for a while, we've gotten shorts of her childhood, and she's popped up in a few of the main stories-but this one is her story, and I loved it!

This is the first book that we've gotten that actually explores these other worlds and dimensions. Calculated Risks had them stuck in one, but this book has Alice going to a few different places-and choosing to do so. So I loved learning all of that! 

When she gets to the bottle world, well, that was so amazing to read! There were so many amazing moments-and I'm so glad that they got them! And there were some pretty interesting discoveries that I really enjoyed watching play out! 

In the acknowledgements, Seanan McGuire writes that this was the book that she used to pitch the series. And I'm a little stunned, because this is well into the series now. And it has me so very excited to see what this series is building up to! 

And Sweep Up the World, that hurt. A lot. In the short stories, of the history of the various Healys. But it was hard to have another. We knew that she'd survive, given that we've gotten this whole series in the first place, but wow, was it pretty intense! 

Loved reading these, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here! 

Author: Seanan McGuire 
Series: InCryptid #11, 11.5
Read: January 10th, 10th, 2022
Source: NetGalley 
Reason Why: Love this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Books, and Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld is a WoW Book! 
Publisher: DAW
Expected Publication: March 1st 2022 

Spelunking Through Hell: A Visitor's Guide to the Underworld: 
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








And Sweep Up the World:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 2 Review: Stillhouse Lake, Killman Creek, Wolfhunger River



From Goodreads:
Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband's secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she's learned how to fight evil. And she'll never stop.

From Goodreads:
Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he's not going away.

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

You're not safe anywhere now.

Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting. She's learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.


But what she's up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die. 

From Goodreads:
A Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

She can't ignore a cry for help. But in this remote hunting town, it's open season.

Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her family. What she can't seem to outrun is his notoriety. Or the sick internet vigilantes still seeking to avenge his crimes. For Gwen, hiding isn't an option. Not when her only mission is to create a normal life for her kids.

But now, a threatened woman has reached out. Marlene Crockett, from the remote town of Wolfhunter, is panicked for herself and her daughter. When Gwen arrives in the small, isolated rural community, Marlene is already dead—her own daughter blamed for the murder. Except that's not the person Marlene feared at all. And Gwen isn't leaving until she finds out who that was.

But it may already be too late. A trap has been set. And it's poised to snap shut on everyone Gwen loves. Her stalkers are closing in. And in a town as dark as Wolfhunter, it's so easy for them to hide…

My Review:
Wow, I loved reading these books! I loved these characters, and they were in such a hard place, getting all the hate from the internet, because their husband/father was a serial killer, and they didn't know it. It just infuriated me that the trolls came after them like that!

Gwen is a changed person after her husband is arrested for being a serial killer. And she's blamed-and the police think that she was an accomplice. After she's acquitted, well, there's still the haters, and Gwen has ran and ran to protect her family from all that. And it sucks, but it's necessary, even if she wonders about how this is damaging her kids. 

Each book has it's own focus-the first on murders happening near their home where they've finally settled down. The second, hunting down her ex, so he doesn't come after them. And the third deals with a small town and a murder mystery that quickly becomes very complicated!

I enjoyed all these books for various reasons, I loved the quiet intensity of the first, of the mounting pressure. The second I loved how big it got, that we got all these different perspectives, and the threat that they ended up facing. And the third, I loved how it wasn't a personal case, and how complicated it go, and how quickly! That ending was intense! 

These were utterly fantastic reads, and I can't wait to read the other half of this series! 

Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Stillhouse Lake #1, 2, 3
Read: January 8th, 9th, 9th, 2022
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2022 Books!
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Published: July 1st 2017, January 24th 2018, April 23rd 2019

Stillhouse Lake:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Killman Creek:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars








Wolfhunger River:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars