Lightning Review 3|Middle Grade Edition

I don’t think I can actually give you an accurate number on how many times I have read this series. Ever since 2011 when I watched the movie (I know, everyone hates it) and realized that this was a book series, I have devoured this series once a year, if not more. I followed the series as the last couple books were releasing and then followed HoO while that was releasing.

I have a very strong love for this series. Mostly because Rick Riordan’s writing is so freaking fantastic. I wish I would of been able to read these books when I was ‘middle grade’ because way younger me would’ve adored them. But teenage me loved them too, so it’s okay.

When my little niece is a little older and can read English (she’s in french school, so they don’t teach reading english until way later), I am buying her this whole series. She will absolutely love it.

5 Stars

I remember reading The City of Ember when I was really young. Ten or Eleven maybe? But I completely forgot about it until my husband asked me one night if I remembered watching the movie. I didn’t. At all. Even though he’s convinced we watched it together. lol

So we bought the movie and watched it and I remembered why I loved the story so much as a kid. So I bought all of them and marathoned them. It was just as good as I remembered. I had forgotten that dystopian novels have been written for years and years.

5 Stars

Until next time,

Bree

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Lightning Review 2|Wendy Higgins

Four-ish years ago, I read Sweet Evil.

I liked it, but it kind of fell flat of what I was looking for at the time. I always meant to pick it up again but was being lazy and didn’t want to commit to a full series.

Well, I decided to give it another try and holy demons everywhere I was fkn hooked.

I devoured the entire trilogy and the companion in like… 4 days. It was amazing!

Anna and Kaidan are freaking OTP.

This series is steamy and imaginative and seriously will hook you completely.

It reminds me a lot of JLAs Dark Elements series (Roth😍) but it holds it own when it comes to demon novels.

5 Stars

See Me

This standalone novel is actually a reread for me. I read this at least 4 years ago and adored it. This time was no different.

It follows a girl who was promised to be the bride of a Leprechaun. Yeah… it sounds a little weird, but it’s honestly amazing.

The romance is so cute and sweet. They really do match once Robyn and McKale get to know each other and it’s seriously great.

The only thing that bothers me about this is it what supposed to be a duology but for some reason, the author never published the second novel. I’m really bummed out because I would love to read more in this world.

5 Stars

I’m going to be starting Wendy Higgins’ Unknown series and I’m curious how her Adult genre stands up to her YA.

Until next time,

Bree

Soul In Darkness by Wendy Higgins

43981408People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.

Adult Historical Fantasy. Standalone.


Wendy Higgins is the actual best.

Not only did she write a freaking amazing, steamy romance based off of mythology… but she also taught me something I didn’t know.

I had no freaking clue that Beauty and the Beast is based off of the mythology of Cupid and Psyche.

In all my time being absolutely fascinated with mythology, I did not know this at all.

Granted, it’s a much more direct ‘we are going to be married and bang a lot’, compared to Beauty and the Beast’s tame, ‘you hate me until you become a victim of stockholm syndrome then suddenly love me’. But you know…

In all seriousness though, I actually adored this story. Psyche was mildly annoying at some parts and I really disliked her sisters. But from what I read of the myths (when I stopped reading and researched the hell out of it) Wendy Higgins stuck to the story and gave an extremely accurate retelling.

I honestly am in love. And Mino and Sphynx were amazing and I love them.

This is most likely either going to kick off another Wendy Higgins marathon or another mythology marathon.

If any of you have any recommendations for mythology retellings (I know I’ve read a lot, but I’m sure there’s tons I’ve missed) please let me know. There can never be too much mythology in your life.

This book is also available on KU!

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

Bree

Lightening Reviews 1| YA Series ReRead Edition

(Name courtesy of my husband🤣🤣)

Here’s some catch up reviews for you all. Expect these to happen when I read way too many books and don’t have the time to write them all up in full reviews.

I’ve read 65 books since January 1st and have not reviewed any of them. So I’m going to bulk them all together.

Enjoy!


I made a list of books I wanted to reread. And a lot of those included YA series.

I love YA and I will always love YA. These series in particular hold a special place in my heart.

Harry Potter 1

Harry Potter is getting to be an annual reread for me. I have such a deep love for this whole series. I grew up with it, so the nostalgia is so freaking real. There’s very little I can say about this whole series that I disliked. I only have issues, sometimes, with Harry in Order of the Phoenix. The being angsty, and secretive drives me insane.

Otherwise, I will always love this and I don’t think I could ever get tired of rereading it.

5 Stars

I found this series after searching through Goodreads relentlessly to find something similar to the Lux series. And where Aelyx doesn’t quite have that snarky badboy thing going on, Cara certainly has the fire and sass that I was looking for. Ever since I read this series, I have reread it quite a few times. I honestly loved how it focused a lot on the political aspect of an ‘invasion’ and who the bad guys ended up being. And seriously… Aelyx and Cara are absolutely adorable!

5 Stars

Now here is a series I am always going to have an unpopular opinion on. I honestly really do love Twilight. Yes, their relationship is unhealthy. Yes, the whole story is pretty ridiculous if you actually think about it. Is it written perfectly? No. Is there amazing character growth? HA! No.

But… I read this series when I was an angsty 15 year old dealing with way more shit than you should deal with at that age. These books let me escape. And I still get that warm comfort feeling from reading them even today.

I remember when the first movie came out… I went to see it at least 4 times in theater. Once with my mother, once with a friend and twice by myself because I honestly couldn’t get enough of it. I don’t think I’ve had anything grip me in quite the same way.

Now turn a JLA book into a movie and we’ll reevaluate… but until then, this series is it.

4 Stars

I can’t even remember the first time I read this series, but I remember being absolutely in love with the bad boy/good girl romance concept since then.

Particularly with Alex and Brittany’s story.

I honestly see this as being sort of a YA Sons of Anarchy without as much blood. It’s a great contemporary read and you get to follow the characters over YEARS of development and boy do they ever change.

4 Stars

Have you read any of these? Let me know what you thought,

Bree

Storm And Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Storm And FuryEighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…


Ugh.

Just Ugh.

JLA is queen.

First thing I love about this book: Look at that goddamn cover! I may have gotten an ARC of this, but you bet I’ll be buying the hardcover. I can’t even with these covers lately. My JLA shelf needs this book all up on it.

I was more than ecstatic when I found out Zayne was getting his own book. I absolutely loved Zayne in the Dark Elements series. And although I seriously found Roth to be a better match for Layla, I knew Zayne needed someone just as special.

So Trinity. Trinity is one of the most amazing MC’s that I have had the pleasure of reading from the perspective of. She was hilarious, honest and so unbelievably strong. I loved learning about the eye disease that JLA has through reading from Trinity’s perspective. It may be a strange take away from the book, but I honestly found it fascinating.

Trinity and Zayne are kind of perfect together. The ‘connection’ they had was something I expected as soon as I started reading the book, but it honestly didn’t make it any less enjoyable to read about.

How the author makes every freaking character one that you love and would fight for astounds me. I want to be friends with Peanut. Actually… can I be BFFs with Peanut and Tink? Because I totally think they would get along and would be a damn riot together.

Finishing this book is hella bitter sweet.

I wanted to rush through it and read it, but I also NEVER wanted it to end. I loved every single character, my heart hurt when Misha was… well.. I’m not going to spoil it.

This is of course a 5 star read and one that I would highly recommend if you enjoyed the Dark Elements series even a little bit.

Until next time,

Bree

March 2019 Not-TBR

I’m sitting here going through my Kindle and Goodreads, trying to put together a list of what I want to read this month.

Truthfully, I really don’t know.

Here’s the thing: last month, I made a TBR of 14 books and read less than half of them. But I read 32 novels. Tell me how that makes sense?

This month, I’m going to wing it. Whatever book makes it across my kindle or into my hands that I want to read, I’m going to read it.

I’m going to hunt through Kindle Unlimited and find the cutesiest, cheesiest romances and I’m going to devour them. I’m going to reread many old favorites and maybe find some new ones.

So this is my Not-TBR TBR. Fuck it.🤣🤣

Also, I was sick yesterday and it’s 6:41 in the morning and I haven’t slept yet. I’m probably a little loopy at this point.

Love you all. Happy reading.

Bree

February 2019 Wrap-Up

This month has been ridiculous for reading. So much rereading, so much Lauren Blakely romances. So many fun and amazing stories I have been able to cram into my head.

I’ve been starting to feel a little better and things are finally calming down. Read here if you missed my explanation post. I’m still finding myself a little slumpy with writing and blogging, but I’m sure that will come back soon. I took a vacation week for the second week of March, so I plan to play catch-up then if I’m up for it. (Also, hubby is heading to another city for a gaming thing with his buddy overnight one weekend, so I’ll have time to kill.)

Thank you all so much for being so amazing❤


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NA

Adult


I feel like this month of reading is literally my blog in a nutshell. All romance, all the time.

I hope you all had a fantastic reading month! Keep an eye out for some quick reviews of most of these books coming in the next month or so. Along with updates on what I’m currently reading.

Which is a lot.

Probably too much.

Is that possible?

Anyways, Happy reading!

Bree

I owe you an explanation…

But I don’t know how much detail I should go into.

I don’t know if anyone has even noticed my somewhat hiatus and lack of posting or tweeting this last while.

I guess the easiest way to put it is I’m in a bit of a rut.

Not reading wise or anything but just an all around rut.

When I try to pick up my laptop to blog, I kind of just end up sinking back into the couch and reading a book or watching a show for the next few hours.

I haven’t lost my love of blogging. I adore what I do. Talking about books and replying to comments and tweets is so much fun but it’s almost as if I don’t have the mental energy to come up with the words to write a post anymore.

I’ve been going through some family issues the past few months. Well, not issueS. One issue:

My grandmother has been in and out of the hospital all year.

Most recently we’ve found out that she’s going through Heart and Kidney failure. The kidney failure has caused fluid to build up in her body and makes it nearly impossible to breath.

The doctors want to start her on dialysis but she is refusing. If she refuses, they are going to put her into palliative care. Food and pain meds while they wait for her to die.

I am angry. I’m sad. I’m frustrated.

I haven’t been able to bring myself to go see her yet because I’m scared I’ll either yell at her or just start crying. I know this is her decision… but I don’t agree. At all.

We’ve been trying to convince her to take the treatment, however, its not going well.

I don’t want to give a ton of excuses but I want you all to understand that although I may lag on posts when things become a little too much, I still love doing this and I will continue to do as much as I can.

Even if I’m not tweeting, I’m usually on Twitter or at least getting notifications. Or I’m posting on Instagram to follow the growth of the baby axolotl.

Don’t give up on me, friends. I’ll get back to it ❤

Valentines Romance Recommendations: Paranormal Romance

I checked… I have never done a specific post for Paranormal Romance Recommendations.

That’s right.. angsty, cheesy, insta-lovey YA paranormal romance. That is what I’m recommending this Valentines Day.

I just spent the last week re-reading and re-watching the entire Twilight series. I have no regrets, I honestly seriously enjoyed it. Is it amazingly written with a great plot, character development and writing? Well… not really. But it is damn enjoyable to read.

Now, these recommendations may not be books I actually really loved. I want to give a broad amount of books that all have the same thing: paranormal love interest, insta-love and all the cheesiness.

So here we go:

Twilight

Fallen

Tiger’s Saga

Splintered

Descendants of Isis

Of Poseidon 

The Dark Elements

Mara Dyer

Vampire Academy
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Ink

Death and the Girl Next Door
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The Lantern’s Ember
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What The Flower Says of Death
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Existence


Alllll the cheesy angst!

Until next time,

Bree