Resuming Reviews!!!! List of Reviews Coming to the Blog this week!

Hey folks! Whew sorry it’s been so long since I’ve prepared a post!!! The start of the new year got the better of me but I am happy to report I am back in action! And yes, the pic up top is indeed a pic of a signed first edition hardback copy of The Fever Code by James Dashner who I’m sure most of you know is the author of my absolute fav series, The Maze Runner Trilogy!!!! Wicked is Good! I will always be a top fangirl for that series! This upcoming week, I’ll be doing several reviews on the blog including but not limited to:

  • The Pastel Effect by Arly Carmack
  • Blessing Of Luna by Blaise Ramsay
  • My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

So yes! It will be a very exciting week around here. I look forward to spending the week reviewing for you all! So stay tuned, and as always, happy reading! -Caroline

Blog Schedule Announcement: On mini holiday until Jan 2nd!

Hey folks! Just wanted to let y’all know that I’m taking a mini holiday on the blog until January 2nd! Lots have been going on and the holidays got the better of me so I’m taking some time to myself for a few days. January 2nd you can expect at least two ARC reviews up on the blog. But until then, rest easy friends. Have a happy, safe bringing in of the new year and as always, happy reading. -Caroline

Happy Holidays Bookish Friends! Discussing what I got for Christmas, My new Goodreads Goal number for 2021 and More!

Hey there Bookish folks! Happy Holidays from my family to yours! My hubby ended up surprising me with the new book from Nora Roberts for Christmas of which I’ve already gotten through the prologue and part of the first chapter! It’s good. I don’t spoil it though. My GoodReads goal number for books that I was trying to read in 2020 was set low at 75 and as of today, I have made it to 70 thus far. This new year, my goal will be set at 201 books to be read and reviewed! One of my biggest goals is to read, review and blog more. Also I’d like to make progress on my own book series that I’m currently in the process of writing. Those are my main goals so far. Also I’d like to work on compiling that list of Asexual friendly books and blog them here. And as we enter this next year, one thing will be certain in these uncertain times for me. My love of books will always get me through. Until next time, happy reading-Caroline

ARC Review: Meant To Be Immortal by Lynsay Sands!

Okay, so first off, I don’t usually do reviews on books that I felt like completely tanked in my opinion, but here we are. This book, is apparently number 32 in a whole series. And no, I have never read the rest of the series and after just a few pages of this particular one, it’s safe to say I never will. It is extremely rare for me to DNF a book before even the first chapter, but again, here we are. Cover art is unimpressive to me. It appears to be what I assume is a male vampire in the shower? And in my opinion, if he’s a vampire, shouldn’t he be doing something far more exciting and relevant than being in the shower? On the cover? Was this trying for sex appeal, because I found it completely unattractive and not sexy. I did actually LOL out loud when some of the first words of the Prologue stated that yes, while vampires are immortal, they can still be burnt to a crisp. And the fact that the said vampire in the Prologue is cowering in a bathtub waiting for mortals to save him from said fire, yeah. Not sexy. Complete turnoff. I never do the whole let’s judge a book before the first chapter thing, but this one. Apparently it’s special. 3/5 stars. It’s a no go for me. Hopefully the next ARC review will go much, much better. Until next time. happy reading. -Caroline

ARC Review: The Lake House by Christie Barlow!

Oh my gosh, folks! This right here is definitely a new fav of mine! Sooo good. It just got better and better with every turn of the page! For starters, lovely cover art! And although this is apparently part of a series, that I have never read before this, I still managed to understand everything very well. It was basically a stand alone novel in its own right and I loved it from front cover, to back cover. First thing that got me really interested after the cover art, was actually the dedication page. It was really bold and direct of the author to dedicate the book to her ex and I can appreciate that in every sense. Well done! Strong woman. Also, the beginning breakup that happens to kick off the rest of the plot is so unique and I’ve personally never read one like that before. Another well done! The whole concept of The Lake House and the unusual details taken to the usual used romance tropes were a real treat and very refreshing! I hungered for more with every page turn. Very well written, solid plot. Executed perfectly. 5/5 stars on the Goodreads scale, and will also be earning a sacred spot in my personal library once it comes out in paperback officially. One of the best I’ve read this year. And that’s all I got to say about that. Until next time, happy reading. -Caroline

What Does It Mean To Be An Asexual Book Reviewer, And A New Recommendation Series Soon To Be Featured On The Blog!

Hey folks! So what I’ve realized, thus far is that I’ve come out to my friends and family (and you all) on the blog as Asexual, yet I haven’t really explained what that means for me as a Book Reviewer, and also an idea that I cane up with for a feature on the blog. What does being an Asexual Book Reviewer mean to me? Well, in the part where I was struggling hard with figuring out my sexuality, and also just who I was as an individual in general, I used to rely heavily on reviewing smut romance novels and also writing tons of smut romance fanfics. So, some of you may ask, “how did you know you were Asexual, then?”. Well, this is why. Ever since I was a small child, the idea of sex and being far more mature than my childhood age should’ve been due to lots of abuse and instability that I experienced, has made me especially sensitive to sexual content in any way, shape or form. For years I felt like I had to engage in pretending to like sexual content in books, movies etc. because I feared I was abnormal or weird for not being “like everyone else.” It was only recently, when I reached my 30s that I realized….No. I have never really been comfortable with it. Reading it. Seeing it. Etc. You get the idea. I had been forcing myself to pretend I liked it, in order to distract myself from what I had been through, suffered through and was forever changed by. So what does this mean for me as a Book Reviewer? It means that books that I’ll be featuring on the blog will have less sexual content, and more plot/story focus. I love a good romance novel, but smut, especially heavy stuff, is basically a no go for me. So, more clean romance or very little smut action. And, in honor of coming out as Asexual I’ve decided to do a couple of blog post series about my personal favorite recommendations that make me happy as an Asexual person, and just a human being in general. I hope that these recommendations can help others like me, and inspire you to find happiness no matter what. So, look for those to come soon. And until then, happy reading. -Caroline

Reasons Why I Love What I Do! And Other Notes From What Was A Bad Day, Made Better Through My Love Of Books!

Folks! I just wanted to tell you about an experience I had today. Today, by all accounts, was a terrible day for me. Tons of drama going on, not enough reading, self care etc. But then I went to my towns tiny little mall with my husband, specifically to Barnes and Noble and had a chance encounter that just made my day and what I do so worth it. I was browsing the YA novels section, and commented about a book I had reviewed just last night on here. A young teenage Barnes and Noble employee happened to overhear me and we struck up a conversation. I told her I ran a book review blog, and that I tend to get to read books before they’re released officially to the public. She was quiet a moment and then whispered, “I’m a closet gay teen. Do you have any recommendations on any good books with that type of stuff in it coming out lately?” Now, the area I live in is extremely rural and conservative so o knew that this wasn’t just a casual thing for her to admit. It took guts. And it just so happened that I had reviewed one of her fav authors new books last night on the blog! I babbled for like 10 mins to her about the new book and how great it’s gonna be and how it’s gonna be everything she was looking for and then some. And I asked her if she wanted to see a sneak peek of the cover art, and her smile, and the light that shone in her eyes, THAT is one of the reasons I love doing this. I love reviewing books. I love making people happy. No, I don’t get paid for this. But that right there, definitely made it worth it. I made her day, and she definitely made mine. Books save lives. Books give us hope. That’s why I do what I do. -Caroline

ARC Review: Forever, Phoebe by Chalon Linton!

Another ARC Review coming at y’all tonight! Let me just say, first off, that this book surprised me in many, many ways. Unexpectedly might I add. You see, I don’t usually like reviewing regency romance books because historical romance, especially from the regency era has never been appealing or my favorite. But, with that said, I was surprised by how much I loved this particular one. From the cover art, to the delicate floral details on each page, to the very well laid out plot line that became so engaging, I couldn’t put it down. There were so many things to live about it. I have to say, I think this is a first for me, and I will definitely be adding it to my collection in paperback form once it is made available. Which speaks volumes for my liking of it, by the way. Because anyone knows that I don’t taking to buying a hard copy and adding it to my personal library lightly. This I think deserves a solid 5/5 stars on the Goodreads scale and for good reason. I was pleased and look forward to reading more from this particular author. And until next time, happy reading. -Caroline