October 2018 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 6

Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi1. Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi (TSTQ #2.5)

Library | Started September 12 + Finished October 1 |Rating: ★★★★☆ ½ |Star-Touched Stories Full Review

Overall Thoughts: This collection is not one to miss for fans of The Star-Touched Series! They explore love, loss, acceptance, finding one’s inner strength & so much more! The 3 stories within this collection include: Death And Night, Poison And Gold, & Rose And Sword. What I adored about this collection is that even though it supplements the series, there continues to be so much development that adds more to the TSTQ world overall, in such a fantastic way! While I did take my time reading this collection, it was until I got to the last story that I was really savoring each moment with these characters & I still wasn’t ready to leave this world behind (B/c this is the final Star-Touched novel). I’m really going to miss Maya, Amar, Aasha, & my fave duo Gauri & Vikram 😭✨❤ My only minor issue is that there was some slow pacing throughout Aasha’s story. I adored this collection so much and felt it wonderfully wrapped up the series!

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab2.Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (Villains #2)

Owned | Started September 27 + Finished October 8 |Rating:★★★★☆ ½|Vengeful Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Vengeful is the sequel we’ve waited years for! This novel is brilliantly dark, action-packed, & character-driven! What Schwab does that really takes this sequel in a different direction, is allowing the story to focus more on new/side-characters (like Marcella & June) and there’s also the introduction to this mysterious organization called EON. I loved getting more to Eli’s backstory and overall seeing the fate of these characters I loved, 5 years later! Schwab brilliantly incorporates numerous POVs across a varied amount of timelines and with series in particular, masterfully ties everything together. As to why it wasn’t a full 5, the pacing did feel a bit slow when I finally saw where the story would lead. As the book progressed, I actually found myself less interested in June as a character, & I really wanted more scenes of Victor & Eli (b/c I adore these messed up super-villains so much!! ❤❤) Above all, Vengeful was an epic, dark, twisted continuation to the Villains Series, that took everything I loved from Vicious & brought it to an entirely new level!

The Royal Tutor Volume 2 by Higasa Akai3. The Royal Tutor Vol. 2 by Higasa Akai (The Royal Tutor #2)

Owned | Started + Finished October 15 |Rating:★★★★☆ ½ |The Royal Tutor Volume 2 Full Review

Overall Thoughts: The Royal Tutor is one of my favorite manga series and I was so happy to be continuing it with volume 2! Heine, the tutor, now begins is introductory lessons with the princes. What makes this volume shine is the focus on the characters (mainly princes) and the strong tight-knit bond they share. Their always there to support each-other & I loved seeing my favorite princes be there for one another 😭❤❤✨ The plot unfolds in a great way (as do the mysteries) and the comedy in this series is fantastic! My only minor issue is that I’m really hoping to get more expansion on the setting & there are 2 side characters who barley have any page time, so I don’t feel like I know a whole lot about them. The Royal Tutor continues to be a great manga series with a main cast you can’t help but adore & filled so much humor. I’m really looking forward to the 3rd volume!

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore4. Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

ARC |Started October 12 + Finished October 25 |Rating:★★★★☆ ½ |Blanca & Roja ARC Review

Overall Thoughts: Anna-Marie’s tales always captivate me and Blanca & Roja is no different. Her latest lush magical realism tale weaves together Swan Lake with Snow White And Rose Red and its such a beautiful story! We follow sisters Blanca and Roja, who have been raised to be rivals involving a generation-long spell where every generation in their family, one of 2 sisters will become a swan! Having grown up to believe they will always be opposites, Roja believes she will be taken by the swans. Even though this conflict exists between them, their bond is so strong & they are willing to keep secrets to help one another. However things change when 2 boys, Page & Barclay, become involved in this game. As with all of McLemore’s books, she explores identity and gender so beautifully! I adored these 4 with all my heart ❤ The dynamics explored between each of them have so many layers and are beautifully developed. The plot unravels in unexpected & magical ways! Family, love, and identity are such important themes in this novel and are explored with such depth! As with all of Anna-Marie’s novels, they are truly unforgettable & will continue to stay with me! I can’t wait for her next amazing novel~

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta5. The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta (The Brilliant Death #1)

ARC | Started October 24 + Finished October 26 |My Rating:★★★★☆ ½ |The Brilliant Death ARC Review

Overall Thoughts: The Brilliant Death was a book I went into with incredibly high expectations and was incredibly happy to see that it exceeded them! Set in a magical 19th Century-inspired Italian setting, we are introduced to Teo(a Strega) who goes on a mission to the country of Vinalia’s capital to save her father (one of 5 heads of the controlling families), when it seems all the families heads have fallen. She must do so, not disguised as a boy, but turned into one! With her Strega abilities, alongside her gender-fluid tutor Cielo, they both embark on this journey & discover so much along the way! The world of Vinalia is detailed, immersive, & given wonderful development + exploration! My only minor issue is that ending did feel a little rushed. However, The Brilliant Death is a wholly unique and fantastic start to a new YA Fantasy series! With exploration of gender & identity, and an adventure filled with politics & intrigue, Amy Rose Capetta’s fantasy debut is not one to miss! I’m expecting so much from this series!

Satoko And Nada Vol. 16. Satoko And Nada by Yupechika (Satoko & Nada #1)

Library| Started + Finished October 27 | My Rating: ★★★★★ | Satoko And Nada Volume 1 Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Satoko & Nada is one of those mangas that I think will definitely be loved for fans of YA! Continuing their uni/college studies in America, Satoko and Nada find themselves becoming roommates and the best of friends! What truly shines about this manga debut is the friendship and amazing characters, from Satoko, Nada, Pakeezah, Ameena, Miracle, & Kevin! The characters are so incredibly developed and they really come to life by the end of this first volume! Satoko & Nada also discusses common misconceptions of Saudi & Islamic culture, while also discussing homesickness, etc. Its also really diverse! The pacing is fantastic, the comedy is perfect, & its the kind of story you want to re-read all over again because it leaves a smile on your face! Satoko & Nada is a fantastic manga debut and one I highly recommend if your looking for a comedic contemporary, & slice-of-life story!

Additional Posts From This Month:

Girl In Space Podcast Review {Literary Listens}

Author Interview With Janelle Milanes {Analee, In Real Life}

No More Heroes: Hell Or High Water by Michelle Kan {Exclusive Cover Reveal}

Non-Fiction Podcasts I’ve Been Listening To! {Literary Listens}

Book Bytes #16

~ So overall I was pretty happy with the books I read in October & the content I posted ❤🎃✨📚😍 I’m also slowly but, surely getting back on track with my TBR!

Plans For November:

~ As always catch up on ARCs & new releases 😅📚✨ If your interested in seeing more daily reading/bookish updates definitely check out my twitter! & I’ve been in kind of Twitter slump recently, so it’d be so awesome to start bookish conversations on there 😍📚✨❤❤

~ I’ve been working on a new blog feature & I am beyond excited to be debuting it this month on the blog! (Hint: it involves recently released/upcoming fantasy books!!) 😍📚✨⚔

~ I also may have another Literary Listens post up, it could be a podcast review or a podcast recommendation list! (I’m still deciding) 🎙✨

~ I’m also prepping some December & early 2019 posts that will definitely introduce some new bookish content to my blog! ❤❤📚🎉

Thanks for checking out my October 2018 Wrap-Up! What books did you read in October? or Any blog posts you enjoyed creating last month? Are there any that your planning on reading in November? 😍📚✨💕

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab Review

Vengeful by V.E. SchwabVengeful by V.E. Schwab (Villains #2)

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: September 25, 2018

Pages: 480

Summary: Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: Vengeful is a phenomenally dark, action-packed, and character-driven continuation to the Villains Series! Taking place 5 years after the events of Vicious, the city of Merit has a new EO on its hands and she’s ready to do whatever it takes to gain the power and enact her vengeance! Fierce female characters, intricate plot + world-building, and so much more, Vengeful is the sequel we’ve been waiting for!

Before I started my blog, back in 2013/2014 I’d heard about this amazing book with superheroes, villains, & superpowers and morally grey characters (which I’d never really read much of before), that book was Vicious!

Not only did it introduce me to adult fiction, but also science fiction! I’d loved everything about it from my favorite antiheroes Victor Vale & Eli Ever, but also the exploration of super-human abilities & the complexities that come with it!

I just can’t believe that Vengeful is finally here after 5 whole years! It was such a fantastic sequel and well worth the wait!

Honestly I didn’t start Vengeful for days because I was just still in shock and disbelief that this sequel that I’d thought about reading for years, was finally released!

What made the reading it such an incredible experience was that I was actually able to see Victoria on tour & hear her talk about what would be in store for Vengeful and how it differed from Vicious!

During her discussion she talked about how she wanted to focus more on the side characters from Vicious & of course the new ones, like June & Marcella! She also wanted to really make this story a different kind of sequel than just continuing what was expected after book 1!

Hearing her discuss all these things made me go into Vengeful with a new perspective on what to expect and just made the journey of reading it start to finish, so great!

Vengeful picks up 5 years after Vicious and starts off with an introduction to Marcella Riggins, whose husband is a part of a mob,crime syndicate/family!

She takes nothing from no one! After becoming fed up with Marcus and always being underestimated, he leaves her for dead after an argument erupts between them + sets their house on fire, she awakens from her burning house with a supernatural ability to turn anything she touches, into ashes!

Now she’s on a path for vengeance against her husband and plans to take over the city of Merit and do whatever it takes to gain all the power necessary, no matter the cost, even if it means bringing down Victor & Eli!

Victor is running out of time! After being brought back to life by Sydney Clarke, he finds his ability of manipulating ones pain, isn’t exactly as it used to be! Now when he inflicts pain to the point of death, its reflected back to him, leaving him in a state of death for minutes (and the minutes keep increasing).

Eli, is now stuck within EON’s prison, a facility for those with ExtraOrdinary abilities who’ve been tracked or caught for being seen as a danger to society + are analyzed, researched, etc.! He’s being experimented on/tortured and is counting on his wits and quick thinking to help him succeed in escaping! (I felt so bad for Eli!!)

Sydney is grappling with the pain of losing her sister and the guilt for the side effects that came with her reviving Victor!

Victor, Sydney, Mitch, Dom & Sydney’s dog Dol, find themselves on the run as Victor’s plan to find a cure for his increasing time of death brings them onto EON’s radar!

EON is a budding government organization, for ExtraOrdinary Neutralization, led in part by detective Stell! 

What made Vengeful such a unique sequel, was seeing the characters we knew previously, in a new and different light! There’s so many sides and facets that are revealed about them that were hinted at in Vicious, but are given center stage in Vengeful!

From Eli’s past and how it tied into Vicious, Sydney who’s now a teenager and is going through so much internally, essentially feeling a bit alone in all of it, Dominic Rusher, an EO who was an ex-soldier & later joined Victor’s team + is now working for EON and fearing being found out!

In addition, Schwab does a fantastic job at developing and building Marcella & June’s stories where they really come to life and know so much about them, within this one book!

What also makes Vicious + Vengeful such incredible books story-wise, is how Schwab is able to divide the story into many parts, from differing POVs, past & present, etc. in such a fantastic way while having it all weave together so perfectly! Seeing how she is able to masterfully tie her plots together alongside building her cast of unique and fascinating characters, reminded me why I love this series so much!

Vicious was incredible and brilliant, and Vengeful just built onto what Schwab delivered, in an unexpected way that raised the stakes in ways I was not expecting!

I loved how in Vengeful, Schwab clearly built the main characters ARCs in a way that while for a few I saw coming, but in a thought-provoking way that shows you the good and bad sides to these characters!

Honestly I loved learning more about how Victor and Eli’s rivalry has put them on paths both similar (mainly that they want to destroy each other) and different, but also exploring how much they’ve changed. For example, they are both very much out looking for things to benefit themselves, but see it as helping for a much larger cause! I also loved seeing how there was a build up to their inevitable meet-up but in a really unexpected way, seeing as how there’s just so much history to their stories, especially Eli’s that gets uncovered as the story progresses.

Eli & Victor are two of my all-time favorite characters in this series and even though there are moments I’m loving/hating Eli in this book, their cleverness, wit, deception, and just–everything about them, reminds me why I love not only this series and them as a whole, but the exploration of villains, & morally grey characters!

**Spoiler Ahead: Honestly one of my favorite scenes is when they are working together to bring down Marcella! It showed their potential if they worked together & what could have been!*

I was honestly planning on giving this 5-stars, but because I just have so much love for Vicious, there were some elements that did lower my rating a bit!

As to why I didn’t love it as much as Vicious, that mainly had to do with a few things! It came down to pacing issues, because of how Victoria plotted the story and that I could see where it was headed as it neared the end, the pacing did begin to feel a bit slow! I also found June’s story to lose my interest a bit throughout the story and wanting way more page time between Victor & Eli (b/c I love my messed-up super-villains so much?!! ♥♥♥)

But rating aside, I loved this sequel so much and while the wait felt too long, it was so worth it, because it really surprised me!

**Before I conclude this review, I just want to say that if your a fan of Vicious & Vengeful, were also intrigued by the mysterious organization of EON and how it explored the impact of those with superpowers, and intrigued by Schwab’s exploration of superpowers in general, I HIGHLY recommend you check out The Bright Sessions podcast!

Its an audio drama podcast that explores those with superpowers and how it impacts their daily lives! It follows Dr. Bright & her patients as she conducts therapy for those with supernatural abilities! Its one of my favorites, beyond fantastic and I think you’ll absolutely love it if your a fan of Vicious & Vengeful!

Vengeful is the sequel we’ve been waiting for! Schwab’s continuation to her Villains Series, introduces complex exploration of a fantastic cast of characters, action, an intricate world, an absolutely brilliant plot, and so much more! Vengeful is dark, atmospheric, immersive, character-driven, all while building to deliver a story that’s epic, twisted, and takes the brilliance of Vicious to a whole other level!

February 2017 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 8

traitor-to-the-throne-by-alwyn-hamilton1.Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel Of The Sands #2)

Traitor To The Throne Full Review

Publisher: Faber&Faber

Release Date: February 2, 2017

Pages: 512

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A fantastic sequel that truly surprised me! Hamilton focuses more on the politics and world of Miraji, while expanding on the magic/mythology. Her writing style as with Rebel keeps the story moving and really immerses you into the story! I am beyond excited for what’s to happen in Rebel Of The Sands #3!

kings-cage2.King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #3)

King’s Cage Full Review

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 7, 2017

Pages: 528

My Rating:★★★★☆ 

Overall Thoughts: The world and characters really develop over the course of this novel compared to the previous installments. There is much needed expansion beyond Norta & many aspects of the world and politics surprised me + really added more depth to the world. However with the addition to multiple POV’s, there was 1 POV in particular really dragged the story  & did more of *showing instead of *telling.  Additionally, there are certain characters who I wish were present more. Regardless, Aveyard’s 3rd installment was entertaining and kept me turning the page! Interested to see how the Red Queen Series ends in Book 4!

welcome-to-the-ballroom-volume-13.Welcome To The Ballroom Vol. 1 by Tomo Takeuchi

Welcome To The Ballroom Full Review To Come

Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Pages: 192

My Rating:★★★★☆ 

Overall Thoughts: A great introduction to a new manga series about Tatara, a high school student who gets involved with ballroom dancing! I wish there was more development with the characters b/c they were all introduced wonderfully! Overall there’s comedic moments, dynamic characters and a unique plot that has me eager to read the next volumes!

the-valiant-by-lesley-livingston-book-review4.The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (The Valiant #1)

The Valiant Full Review

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Pages: 384

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A character-driven tale about a Celtic princess turned gladiator! The engaging and well-rounded characters made this novel so much fun to read. I do wish the story’s pacing was a little faster + had more action! Regardless, this was an immersive tale about sisterhood, family, & honor! Cannot wait to read where Fallon’s journey is headed in the sequel!

because-of-the-sun-by-jenny-torres-sanchez5.Because Of The Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Because Of The Sun Full Review

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: January 3, 2017

Pages: 272

My Rating:★★★★☆

Overall Thoughts: The writing style is very “dream-like” and makes this YA Contemporary so unique! Dani has lost her mother and must adjust to a new life with her aunt in New Mexico. She forges a friendship w/ Paulo and he is very supportive during her time of grieving. There is an additional POV in this story, which added tons of background but did slow the story a little for me. Overall, themes of grief, family, love and loss are weaved perfectly into this novel that truly focuses on Dani’s journey as she comes to terms with her mother’s death.

ronit-and-jamil-by-pamela-l-laskin6.Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Ronit & Jamil Full Review

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Pages: 192

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Written in verse, Laskin’s modern take on Romeo & Juliet is lyrical and fast-paced! Ronit & Jamil can’t help but fall in love. However a wall across their lands keeps them separated, but they know deep down their love won’t be fractured. Conflicts arise and their family wants what’s best for them. While there are some moments it does feel rather rushed, overall this tale delivers a message of hope!

A Conjuring Of Light7.A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (Shades Of Magic #3)

A Conjuring Of Light Full Review

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Pages: 624

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Phenomenal character development + world-building weave throughout the masterfully crafted plot! A truly phenomenal conclusion to the Shades Of Magic Series!

monthly-girls-nozaki-kun-volume-28.Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun  by Izumi Tsubaki (Vol. 2)

Monthly Girls Full Review To Come (Vol. 1-3)

Publisher: Yen Press

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 144

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is easily becoming one of my favorite Manga series!
As always, romance/high-school tropes are given unique+comedic spins & that’s what makes it so fun to read! There is tons of character development and the plot continues to be fun, unique, & engaging! Cannot wait to read volume 3!

Additional Posts From This Month:

~None This Month~

A Conjuring Of Light by V.E. Schwab Review

A Conjuring Of LightA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (Shades Of Magic #3)

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Pages: 624

Summary: The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab.

Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: The Shades Of Magic Series comes to an end in this spectacular + marvelous third and final book, A Conjuring Of Light!

I do not know where to start, but… I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! ❤ ❤

As always Victoria is a master at characters/character-development and this final book felt bitter-sweet, but I adored it all the same!

*I will try my best to leave out major spoilers, however I will mention minor one’s here & there! (Be aware)*

Schwab’s writing as with previous novels is rich + detailed and even in this final novel she continues to build on her fantastical parallel Londons!

She crafts scenes and character struggles with such emotion and gravity, you feel for each and everyone as you turn the page!

Another aspect which made this novel a well-rounded and overall epic conclusion was the immense development + inclusion to a number of characters we’ve seen/read about in previous installments!

Osaron has conjured up a devious plan to conquer Red London for himself however Kell & the crew, while they have their clashes, are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their world safe.

While reading this novel, I couldn’t help but realize with each + every page Schwab continued to build the world to the very end! Her world-building is a huge foundation to this series and she truly approaches it with finesse & subtlety because while not every aspect of her worlds can be explained, the mysteries and secrets make it that much more magical!

Adding to the character development, Schwab gives each of the main/prominent characters the perfect amount of space/time throughout the story to follow their internal struggles and triumphs as darkness looms close.

Schwab perfectly balances the grave dark fragments of this world, with hopeful shards of light and its done in an absolutely flawless way!

The core characters, Kell, Lila, Rhy, Holland & Alucard are like a family and this novel truly highlights those important friendships/bonds they have with each other!

Kell and Rhy’s deep bond is also tested as darkness continues to spread and they risk everything to bring peace to their world.

My only minor issue was the slow pacing/dragging of scenes in some parts!

Schwab masterfully concludes her Shades Of Magic Series with A Conjuring Of Light! A truly unforgettable journey to bring an end to an absolutely brilliant and wondrous world!

 

Literary Listens: Podcast Recommendations Based On YA Books

literary-listens-podcast-recommendations-based-on-ya-booksSo happy to bring you today’s blog post, I had so much fun making it!

Literary Listens is the working title for this new series I’m planning on doing which will feature podcasts + books!

To start off, I’ll mostly be recommending books/podcasts based on different topics, but I’m hoping to expand this series beyond just that and integrate discussions on storytelling between the two and so much more!

I’m excited for where this feature will be going and would love to hear your feedback! 

Now on to today’s post 😄✨🎙📚

I’ve been wanting to talk more about podcasts on the blog and was unsure of what kind of post to make, then I got the idea of recommending/pairing some ~AMAZING~ podcasts with Young Adult Books!

✨🎙 *Podcasts featured are On-Going Audio Dramas*

the diviners1.If you’ve read: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Or are planning to read: Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Coming Jan. 2017)

Listen To: Audio Dime Museum 

Why: History comes alive! Both The Diviners + Audio Dime Museum are magical/captivating and have the perfect amount of mystery and suspense! 

From the excerpt I’ve read, both  Caraval + Audio Dime Museum have gorgeous writing that transports you and makes the magic, mysteries, and oddities of their worlds come alive!

audio-dime-museumSummary: From the Just A Story team, comes a weekly, serialized experimental storytelling podcast which explores historical legends through the artifacts on display in the Audio Dime Museum. Part guided tour, part radio drama; each episode presents the curious story of one object from the collection. Meet your guide on this journey, The Curator, and learn her secrets as you delve into the world of possibility, magic and the unknown. Merging the suspenseful style of mystery with the conventions of ghost stories and the peculiarity that only historical fact can provide, this podcast is not for the faint of heart.

the-raven-boys2. If you’ve read: The Raven Boys (Or The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater

Listen To: Return Home (created by Jeff Heimbuch)

Why: Both have central themes of mystery + the supernatural with peculiar happenings in their respective towns.

return-home-podcastSummary: Return Home is the story of Jonathan Barker, who returns to his home of Melancholy Falls, NJ, after five years away. An unknown entity beckons him back East, in order to unravel the mystery of what his home town has become…or has always been. Reunited with his best friend, Buddy, Jonathan must discover the secrets of Melancholy Falls, and why he was told to return home.

vicious-ve-schwab3.If You’ve Read: Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Categorized as Adult but does have YA/Crossover Appeal)

Listen To: The Bright Sessions (created by Lauren Shippen)

Why: Both not only heavily feature people with superpowers/abilities, but show the shades of gray that come with it + the lines between good and evil!

the-bright-sessionsSummary: Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. The show documents these patients’ struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright. 

From characters with anxiety to different sexualities, The Bright Sessions has a lot of great+diverse representation! Highly recommend it!

If you’ve listened to any of the podcasts mentioned or have recommendations definitely leave a comment! 🙂

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab Cover Reveal

As of October 13 the cover for Victoria Schwab’s sequel/finale to her Monsters Of Verity Duology, Our Dark Duet was revealed!

Here is the cover!! (originally from EpicReads)

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our-dark-duet-victoria-schwab-cover-reveal

A Masterpiece!! ❤ ❤ 🎻✨💖🎉🎉

I adore this cover from the color to the details of the background!! ❤ ❤

Its great that it matches This Savage Song perfectly from the somber/mysterious tone the cover gives to the instrument in the background, additionally its interesting to see the background also feature another part of the city of Verity!

Our Dark Duet is set to be released June 13, 2017!

What Are Your Thoughts On This Cover? 🙂

Lets Discuss In The Comments Below!

 

This Savage Song Playlist

This Savage Song PlaylistIts been a while since I’ve done a Reading Playlist!

Today I’m happy to be sharing one based on Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song

Based on the cover/summary I listened to a lot of OST’s from my favorite video game Kingdom Hearts, but mostly from its prequel Birth By Sleep, one of its spin-off titles + a track from Final Fantasy!

Many of the songs listed have some sort of Violin/Classical element which I felt went perfectly with the tone/overall plot of the book!

Enjoy!  ❤

+ Let me know your thoughts on this playlist in the comments!  🙂

+ Announced July 13, Victoria’s book got #1 on the NYT Bestsellers list!  😀 ❤

 

 

 

 

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab ARC Review

This Savage Song July 5This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters Of Verity #1)

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: July 5, 2016

Pages: 464

Summary: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

My Thoughts: Everything Victoria writes is perfection!! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

She does an incredible job with creating tone/atmosphere!
From the summary alone this novel gives a dark/mystery-thriller vibe and she does it remarkably.

She’s got character development down to a T! With each and every character, from minor characters to villains, etc. they are all fully developed and I felt I understood each and every one of them by the end of this novel!

Kate struggles in this book to not only get approval from her father but also find her own path!
August struggles to understand what it means to be human, while also trying to protect his family!

*It was so interesting to see how music was seamlessly weaved into this story*!
I loved how August’s Sonai powers revolved around music, more sepcifically the violin and how his connection to it was represented in his narrative and him as character!
+ There is NO ROMANCE!! Very refreshing to see in a YA novel! W/ that said I loved the friendship that developed between August/Kate & while there were very very minor “romantic” moments you really see how much they care for each other & how their meeting really changed their life in Verity!

My only minor issue, was world building! In the first few of pages you are put into this world without much background, but as the story progresses the world becomes much more easy to follow and while the descriptions gave me a Dystopian Vibe (while it is classified as Urban Fantasy), As the story continues Victoria truly gets you immersed into the world/setting of Verity with Kate & August!

While I am usually hesitant about 3rd person narrative (I feel at times it makes hard to connect w/ the characters) Victoria executes it perfectly!

The dual narrative of August & Kate really gives you an overall scope of Verity and whats at stake b/c of a truce that is on the verge of collapse + how the monsters really are the root to this complex city!
+ THE ENDING!! I am really interested to see how it wraps up in book 2!!

Overall this was a dark and fast-paced story w/ twists, complex characters & a rich and lyrical writing that will keep you reading till you’ve reached the last page & leave you wanting the next book!