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Review: A Touch of Darkness (Hades and Persephone #1)

Good morning, my lovely readers!! I hope you are all having a beautiful day!
Today I’m back with a review of my first fantasy novel of the year, A Touch of Darkness. As a big fan of both Greek mythology and retellings, I was super excited for this book, especially because of the countless positive reviews that I’ve seen. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed by it in pretty much every aspect.
I hope you enjoy!! 😉


A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
Genre: New Adult – Romance, Fantasy, Retellings
Series: Hades and Persephone #1
Pages: 299
Publication Date: May 2019
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Read May 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
A Modern Hades and Persephone Retelling
Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.
Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.
After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.
The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.


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Have you read this book or series? How did you feel about it?
What’s your favourite book with Greek mythology? What’s your favourite retelling?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below!! 😀

Thank you so much for reading!! I hope you enjoyed and have a fantastic day!
See you again soon! 

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Review: Twilight

Happy Monday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day!
Today I’m back with a review of a book that I had never planned on picking up, but for whatever reason, I finally did. I wouldn’t say that I regret it, but I didn’t exactly enjoy the book all that much either.
Happy reading!! 😉


Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Series: Twilight #1
Pages: 501
Publication Date: October 2005
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read September 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.


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Have you read Twilight? What are your thoughts on the series?
Have you watched the movies?
Let me know in the comments down below!! 

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Review: Mooncakes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope you all have a fun, spooktacular and safe day! 
Today I’m sharing my review of Mooncakes, a YA graphic novel that I heard was perfect for the Halloween season! It had some good qualities, but I was pretty underwhelmed. 
I hope you enjoy!


Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
Genre: Young Adult – Graphic Novel, Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 256
Publication Date: October 2019
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read October 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.
One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.
Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.


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Have you read Mooncakes?
Do you think that it lived up to the hype?
What are your favourite spooky reads?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below! 

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope to see you again soon!
Have a happy Halloween! ❤

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Review: From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1)

Good evening and happy Sunday!! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. ❤
Today I’m back with a review for what has got to be my most disappointing read of the year, perhaps even my life, and that is my favourite author, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s latest release, From Blood and Ash.
Happy reading!! 😉


From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: New Adult – Fantasy, Romance
Series: Blood and Ash #1
Pages: 634
Publication Date: March 2020
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read July 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.
A Maiden…
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
A Duty…
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
A Kingdom…
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.


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Have you read From Blood and Ash yet? Did you think that it lived up to the hype?
Is this book on your TBR?
What’s your favourite Jennifer L. Armentrout book?
I’d love to discuss in the comments down below!! ❤

Thank you so much for joining with me today! Have a great week! 🙂

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Review: The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)

Hello, hello, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! 🙂
This morning I’m here with a review of the graphic novel adaptation of The Lightning Thief, which was terribly disappointing. 😦
Happy reading!!


The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, José Villarrubia, Attila Futaki
Genre: Middle Grade – Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Mythology
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1
Pages: 135
Publication Date: October 2010
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read August 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.
Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.
Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


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Have you read the graphic novel? What did you think of the art style?
Did you read the original series?
I’d love to chat in the comments down below!! 🙂

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Review: Hush, Hush

Good morning, my lovely readers!! I hope you’re all remaining safe and healthy. 
Today I’m bringing you a review of Hush, Hush, which I was strongly encouraged to read by many friends on Bookstagram. I didn’t love the book but it was addictive and entertaining – the perfect distraction during these times. 🙂
Hope you enjoy!! ❤


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Hush, Hush #1
Pages: 391
Publication Date: October 2009
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.


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Have you read Hush, Hush?
What did you think of Patch?
Is it worth continuing on with the series?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below!! 

Thank you so much for hanging with me today.
See you again soon!! ❤

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Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!! ❤
This afternoon I’m back with a review of one of my favourite books ever, The Unbecoming of Mar Dyer. I reread this for the third time last week (as if I don’t have a about fifty other books that I should be reading right now) and I had the absolute time of my life. This story never fails to blow me away.
I hope you enjoy! 😀


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Series: Mara Dyer #1
Pages: 456
Publication Date: September 2011
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read May 2015, April 2017, April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.


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Have you read this trilogy?
What did you think of it? Who was your favourite character?
I would love to discuss it in the comments down below! ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading. Until next time!! 🙂

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Review: Wicked

Happy Sunday!! I hope you’ve all been enjoying your weekend thus far. ❤
This morning, I am back with a review of the first book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked series. As a massive fan of her’s, I was a teensy bit disappointed with this read, but I still enjoyed it overall.
Happy reading!! 😉


Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: New Adult – Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Wicked #1
Pages: 376
Publication Date: December 2014
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


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Have you read Wicked?
What were your thoughts on it? How did you feel about the world building?
Did you find it to be too predictable? 
What are your favourite Jennifer L. Armentrout books?
I’d love to discuss it in the comments down below!! ❤

Thanks so much for hanging with me today!
See you again soon! 😉

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See my reviews for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other books:
The Problem With Forever – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Covenant Series:
Half-Blood (Covenant #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pure (Covenant #2) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Deity (Covenant #3) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Apollyon (Convenant #4) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sentinel (Covenant $5) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lux Series:
Obsidian (Lux #1) – Jennifer L. Armentout
Onyx (Lux #2) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Opal (Lux #3) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Origin (Lux #4) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Opposition (Lux #5) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wait for You Series:
Wait for You (Wait for You #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Happy Friday, everyone!! I hope you all had a fantastic week!
Today I’m back with a review for Daughter of the Pirate King, a book that’s been on my radar for years, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to read until recently.
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Romance
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Pages: 311
Publication Date: February 2017
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
Read March 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.


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Is Daughter of the Pirate King on your TBR? Have you read it already?
Did you think that it was worth the hype?
Were you able to predict any of the plot twists?
I’d love to discuss it in the comments down below!

As always, thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day!
See you soon!! 😀

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First Lines Fridays #8

Good morning and happy Friday to you all! I hope this week has treated you well. Today I’m back with another First Lines Friday, this time featuring a book from one of my favourite series. 
Hope you enjoy! 😉


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.
What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

My art teacher says that a real artist bleeds for her craft, but he never told us that blood can become your medium, can take on a life of its own and shape your art in vile and gruesome ways. I shove my hair over my shoulder, puncture my forefinger with the sterilized safety pin I had tucked in my pocket, then position the final glass gem on my mosaic and wait. As I press the translucent bead into the wet white plaster, I shudder at the seeping sensation. It’s like a leech at the tip of my finger where I touch the glass, sucking and siphoning my blood to the underside of the gem, forming a pool of deep, velvet red.

And the book is…… Continue reading “First Lines Fridays #8”