The Weekly Update: 12/31/17

I guess I'll state the obvious: It's the last day of 2017! I think we can all concur that this year in general has been a mess. And it seems lots of people have had individually bad years as well. It hasn't been my best year, but, honestly, none of the past few years have. So... that's why I want to use this post to talk about some of the positive things that I've done or that have happened to...
 

Bookish Musings: Top Ten Books I Read in 2017

Yay, it's finally that time when I get to rave and fangirl about my favorite books of the year! Am I the only one who spends pretty much the entire year looking forward to this post? Anyway, as per usual, I made the graphic before the post, and, well, I have 11 instead of 10. (Well, technically I have 22 because of series.) But the more the merrier, right? Definitely. More books always = more...
 

Bookish Musings: 2017 Bookish Goals End-of-the-Year Update

Merry Christmas to anyone who celebrates! Yes, that's right, I am posting on Christmas. I figured anyone who isn't celebrating will have a brand new post to read instead of just cricket noises coming from their feed readers, and anyone who is busy celebrating will just see this another day :-) Anyway, at the beginning of the year, I set some bookish goals for myself---not things I was going to...
 

Mini Reviews: M/M Christmas Novellas – Loving Blitz, Disarming Donner, The King’s Courage

In Loving Blitz, two best friends start to have feelings for each other, but one of them has a secret he hopes won't ruin things. In Disarming Donner, a Christmas elf realizes that maybe it is possible for a dark elf to be good. In The King's Courage, one elf is determined to crack the King of Frost's icy veneer and show him that he deserves to love again. Enjoy my mini reviews for these three...
 

Bookish Musings: Top Ten Characters from Books I Read in 2017

This post was harder than I thought it would be. Not because I didn't read about any great characters but because---and this sounds weird to say---I don't know what I should consider my "favorite" anymore. Characters who are complex and superbly well-written? Characters who are likeable people? Characters who make me feel for them? Characters I want to date or be friends with? So I decided to...
 

Book Review: The Vampires’ Birthright (Lifeblood Legacy Book 2) by Aiden James & Patrick Burdine

As the last woman left with the special blood the vampires need, Txema's safety is of the utmost important---especially now that she's pregnant. But Ralu is persistent; he's growing his army and leaving terror and death in his wake as he hunts down Txema in his attempt to take over control and end Gustav's reign. Txema and her vampire protectors will have to find a way to keep Txema and her baby...
 

Book Review: The Demon King and the Boy Who Hardly Knew Anything by Pat Ellis

When King Gregor attacks the country of Aranfeit and kills their king, princes Grey and Fry escape with two guards and a prisoner, Erik, who they believe can help in the country they're heading to. But Gregor has some hidden secrets and tricks up his sleeve, and when he allows a long-imprisoned demon into his body, demons are unleashed upon the land, the fate of the whole world is at stake, and...
 

Cover Characteristics: Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2017

Gah, you all know how much I love book covers, so I literally look forward to this post all year. I didn't go quite as crazy as I did last year, but I suppose I went crazy enough. But hey, it's the end of the year! And covers are pretty to look at! And people worked hard to make these! So the more, the merrier, I say. But, though I love all of these, I did pick ten to discuss and managed to...
 

Book Review: Juniper Unraveling by Keri Lake

Dani and her brother are taken from their home one day with all the other boys to a compound where scientists run awful experiments, but Dani's life depends on protecting her secret---that she's a girl. Wren lives inside the walls of the only real safe haven in the country, but one day she notices a strange place on the other side and meets a mute boy who makes her feel and accepts her offer to...