Book Reviews

The Covenant Series Book Review

Overall, this series gets 4/5 stars!

For this review, I’m not going to summarize the books since there are five of them, but you can find the summaries for each book on Goodreads!

Before reading these, I had only read the FBAA series and one other JLA book. I started Half-Blood over the summer and couldn’t get into it because it was too similar to the Vampire Academy. But, I decided to pick it back up this month (mainly because I wanted to read Seth’s series) and I felt the same…however I powered through and by the last 25% I was hooked. Being who I am, I immediately fell in love with mysterious, bad boy Seth.

I loved Alex throughout this entire series. By book two I was totally team Alex and also Team Alex and Seth. In the FB groups I’m in, everyone loves Alex and Aiden and I just can’t see it. Aiden is a smidge annoying and too goody goody for me. I like what I like, and in this case, it’s Seth.

Anyway…I really enjoyed the Greek mythology path that this series took. I liked the involvement of the gods and Underworld, Olympus, etc. I don’t typically like those types of books, but I couldn’t put them down (once I got past book one). I thought the pacing of these books went well and some of them left me hanging at the end, which I love (and also hate haha). I was able to picture everything in my head because JLA (as usual) does a great job building her worlds and characters. I put myself in the story as Alex’s character (and made a few edits when Aiden was around) and felt every emotion that Alex was feeling. Being able to immerse myself into the plot and story is always a big must for me when reading a story. If I can’t see myself as a character, or see the characters/places, I lose interest quickly.

JLA broke my heart, again, as usual, with some of her chapters and I am not okay. Since I do feel what the character feels, I may or may not have cried a lot…it wasn’t pretty.

One of the issues I had with this book is that there were some pieces that were repetitive. The characters mention putting a bell on another one, A LOT and it started driving me bonkers. There’s also the phrase that’s so often used in YA stories “I let go of the breath I didn’t know I was holding” and I was annoyed each time I saw that. There were also a few others that irked me, but nothing too series that swayed my enjoyment.

Now, if you’ve read any of my other review, you know that I love my spicy books. I knew this was YA going into it so I don’t hold the lack of steam accountable. However, there were so many scenes where I was sitting there thinking “omg I can see this scene turning adult” and then proceeded to daydream about the scene in an X rated fashion.

ANYWAY…I did love this series and highly recommend it! I just started reading the first book in the Titan series (adult spinoff with Seth as the main character) and I am SOOOOOO excited to keep reading this. I love Seth…can you tell?

This has been more of my thoughts instead of a review, but it is what it is. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Have you read this series? What are your thoughts?

Wrap-Ups

Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2021

I have been SLACKING with writing blog posts! It was a stressful month and I haven’t really been in the mood to write (I have read…A LOT though!). The only exciting-ish things that happened this month are that I got my first dose of the COVID vaccine and I turned 27. Other than that, it’s been business as usual. I did make the decision to delete my Booktube channel. I’m always comparing myself to others and was just not feeling the stress I was putting on myself. I’ll stick to Bookstagram and this. I love reading and sharing my love for books, and that’s that. I don’t need the drama or competition that I feel like I found myself falling into with booktube.

Anyway…this month I read 18 books (two being re-reads). EIGHTEEN BOOKS! For as busy as I felt this month, I am beyond impressed with the amount of books I was able to dive into. I’m going to just briefly explain what I rated them. If you’ve read any of them, let me know! I’d love to chat!

Books of February 2021

ACOFAS was originally 3/5 stars for me, but after re-reading it, I bumped it up to 4 stars! Not my favorite but I do have a newfound appreciation for the different perspectives. Come Alive may be my favorite in KH’s Experiment in Terror series. I’m a sucker for reading in Dex’s POV and will love him forever. 5/5 stars again!
4/5 stars – this light fantasy book was beautifully done. I loved the character, Fable, and can’t wait for the next book (what a cliffhanger!)
4/5 stars – this is a relatable YA contemporary that I couldn’t put down! Charlie is an insecure, plus size teen that I related to SO damn much. This book threw me into my high school years all over again!
4/5 stars – KH is so good at writing romance. I fell in love with the characters instantly and couldn’t stop reading this. I find myself loving KH’s writing more and more with each book I read of hers!

I came across Storm Song on TikTok and had to try out her books. I gave each of these books 3/5 stars because I went in thinking there was going to be a lot of smut and it didn’t really live up to they hype. I did enjoy the plot though! It’s like a vampire-esque Hunger Games and has quite some interesting plot points. They aren’t perfect, but I loved them enough!

4/5 stars – Katee might be my new favorite smut writer. She doesn’t hold back and I am HERE FOR IT! This is the second book in the series and it has lots of vampire deliciousness in it!
4/5 stars – this was an unexpected read! It was so cute and I read it in one sitting. The characters were loveable and I’m a sucker for strangers to lovers romances!
5/5 stars – I have a lot of feelings about this book, but I did love it. Cassian has stolen my heart and Nesta is a badass who is healing at her own pace. I have some qualms with a few things but I still enjoyed this book.
4/5 stars – this was an interesting read about a sex addict and an alcoholic and how they cope through college and being rich. It took a bit for me to find my footing with this one, but I ended up invested in the plot!
3/5 stars – this was an eARC I got to read and it’s a graphic novel about body image. I loved the premise, but felt it could have had more detail in it. The illustrations were beautiful, but I would have liked to see the ending bloom in a different way than it did. Relatable, but fell a little flat.
3/5 stars – I listened to the audiobook of this for 90% of the book and I didn’t love it. The plot had potential but I don’t think it was executed well. I liked the church vs. witch aspect and LOVED Lou, but most of the other characters were awful (not Coco or Ansel!).
4/5 stars – I need myself a Tourist Trap having, Alaskan raised, grumpy man ASAP! This was an adorable and light romance and I gobbled it up!
4/5 stars – I love this series so much. I never thought I would like a mob romance, but here I am…unable to get enough of these magnificent and sexy characters!
5/5 stars – this is the second book of the Ada Palomino series and I need more NOW! It was entirely too short! I could read these adventures (and the smut) forever! AND THE CLIFFHANGER UGH.

As you can see, it was a great reading month! We had some 3 star reads, some 5 star reads, and A LOT of awesome 4 star reads! I can’t wait to see what March will bring! I’m looking forward to Namesake coming out this month and can’t wait to see what else I can get my hands on. Maybe a thrifting trip will be in my future!

Thanks for hanging out with me, if you made it this far! So long, farewell, until we meet again!

Wrap-Ups

2020 Reading Wrap-Up

A book is a dream that you hold in your hands”.

Overview!

This year has been quite the reading year for me! I have ended 2020 with 108 books added to my “read” list! Technically it’s 97 different books with 11 being rereads (some are multiple). Never did I imagine that I would read 20 books this year…let alone over 100! Quarantine has been good for something!

I also started a book inventory the other day so I can keep track of all the books I own. I finished the two shelves in my craft room/ library room and am just over 300 books…I still have about 100 more scattered throughout the house to log (plus ones I have pre-ordered/yet to come in the mail). Before quarantine, I didn’t own enough books to fill a full row on my bookshelf….needless to say, I’ve spent A LOT of money on books and I don’t regret any of it!

Subscription Boxes

A lot of my money has also gone to book themed subscription boxes. I do the YA version of each and am obsessed. However…I think I may need to cancel some of the subscriptions (I already cancelled two). Below are the ones I’ve tried/still do.

  • Owlcrate: I love OC so much. They usually have great books/dust jackets and the authors write notes and sign the books. I haven’t loved all the merch that OC chooses, but most of the time they’re okay. I would like to see more small business support in their bookish goodies.
  • Bookish Box: This was the first one I subscribed to. It’s very similar to Owlcrate. I enjoy it a lot, but when compared with some of the other boxes, I don’t know if it’s worth the money.
  • Once Upon a Book Club Box: I only got two of these books. They’re formatted so that the goodies you get are hidden and tell you to open them when you get to certain pages. I am not patient enough for that…I also didn’t enjoy a majority of the items in these boxes and ended up cancelling.
  • Fae Crate: I only got one Fae Crate before cancelling. It wasn’t really my style. I’m glad I tried it out though.
  • Illumicrate: I’ve gotten two so far (I just got off the waitlist!). I LOVE Illumicrate! They have great items and great books. I’m a sucker for sprayed edges and they do them often! Highly recommend.
  • Fairyloot: I haven’t gotten one yet because I just got off the waitlist. My first box will be coming in January and I am SO excited. I have heard AMAZING things about FL and can’t wait to see what the first box I get is like. Their books are GORGEOUS and I know they do a lot of sprayed edges as well!

Overall, I think Fairyloot and Illumicrate may kick Owlcrate, Bookishbox, or both out of the running. I really shouldn’t be spending all that money for four subscription boxes a month anyway…oops…don’t tell my husband!

Favorite Books of the Year!

I have had quite a lot of five star reads. I’m going to list all of them and then figure it out from there!

  • Getting Down by Helena Hunting
  • Handle with Care by Helena Hunting
  • Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
  • Lingus by Mariana Zapata
  • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Smut by Karina Halle
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • With This Heart by R.S. Grey
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry
  • Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
  • A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Gifting Me to His Best Friend by Katee Robert
  • The Mindfuck Series by S.T. Abby
  • Book 2-10 of the Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Halle

I obviously love each of these books for many different reasons! My top three are actually entire series and I hold each of them dear to my heart.

In third place for the year (and maybe ever) I have the From Blood and Ash Series. AKOFAF threw me into a rough reading slump after I finished it. I was so drawn into this world that JLA created and was in love with the characters, that when I finished I couldn’t pick up another book without wanting to read about Poppy and Cas. I am so excited for the new book coming in 2021!

In second place is the Experiment in Terror Series. I have never read nine books so fast in my life. I read a book a day and couldn’t stop until I devoured all of Karina Halle’s words. I became obsessed with this series in November and was SO stoked to hear that a new book was coming out December 11…well it came out a day early and you bet your booty that I bought it and read it that day! I was struggling in November with picking up books and this series sucked me out of that slump and threw me head first into an amazing paranormal realm with beautiful and enticing characters. I am so happy I came across this series!

In first place we have the ACOTAR series. My dear friend Sophie recommended me these books in January and I ended up finding them on clearance in Target. I tried the first chapter of ACOTAR and wasn’t feeling it. Fast forward a few month and add a bored, quarantined Allison, and I picked up the book again. This time I was intrigued. I got passed chapter one and was really vibing with the feeling of the book. I then became enamoured by Tamlin (ugh, ew) and couldn’t put the book down. Once I finished the first one I just had to dive into book two (which is my favorite of the series…I read it 5 times so far). I finished the series and all I wanted to do was read more SJM books….no, all I wanted to do was read. This series made me fall in love with reading again and I am so thankful that Sophie recommended them to me almost a year ago! I have my SJM shrine on my bookshelf and currently own 54 SJM books (a lot of duplicates and special editions….don’t judge).

2021 Reading Goals

For 2021 I plan to go with the flow and read whatever my heart desires. I don’t want to stress over my ever growing TBR list. I do have a handful of books that I will read when they’re released, but other than that, I want to freely roam my shelves and enjoy each page I read. I also want to become more comfortable with DNFing books. I struggle with this because I feel like if I paid for a book, I should read it. But…why read something I’m not enjoying? I plan to keep up with blogging and booktube more but we’ll see about that. Overall, I want reading to be fun and not a job (which some people I follow make it seem like one…). I read for me and no one else and that’s that!

So, thanks Sophie and SJM for helping me find something I’m passionate about this year! I’ve really gotten to visit some amazing realms and worlds through books and can’t wait to see where 2021 takes me!