Genre Book Tag

genreI saw that Lizbie did this tag and thought it was interesting, so I thought I’d do it myself. Don’t forget to check out Lizbie’s answers!

How this tag works is that there is a set of questions and we answer them. We don’t have to make up any questions, yay!

Onto the tag!

1- What is your favourite genre? 

My favourite genre is fantasy. I love the worlds that people can create, or even retellings of previous stories. Examples like Beauty and the Beast retellings, or Cinderella retellings. I’ve even read a Nutcracker retelling that was pretty good!

Honestly though, I love that with Fantasy stories, whether they’re High Fantasy, Urban Fantasy or something in-between, the fact that I can escape into the book is what I love and enjoy most about the Fantasy genre.

2- Who is your favourite author from that genre?  Continue reading


Karneval Omnibus Vol. 03 + 04, by Touya Mikanagi | Manga Review #49 & #50

25066558Nai and the crew of the 2nd Ship head for the metropolis of Vantonam, with 1st Ship’s Jiki on board under Captain Tsukitachi’s orders. The group takes some time off to enjoy the city, but while browsing the Nyanperona Shop, they are called out by a young boy, and…?! Later, Nai receives a secret communication with a dire message from Karoku as Circus begins planning an attack upon the “Smoky Mansion,” where Karoku says he is being held. After the fierce battle ends and the dust settles, what truth will await Nai and Gareki…?!


One thing that I really like about these Omnibus books is that at the beginning of the volumes, there is colour pages of the characters. Which indeed helps bring these characters to life in the long run. Continue reading

Escorting the Billionaire, by Leigh James | Book Review #405

This review contains spoilers.

26834124Love don’t cost a thing… except everything.
When billionaire mogul James Preston hires an escort as a date for his brother’s wedding, he knows he’s taking a risk. One thing he won’t be taking? The escort’s clothes off. He just wants a date—not a girlfriend. Not a relationship. No strings. No ties. No games. No sex. He has his reasons. He lost someone he loved, and isn’t interested in trying again. Too many opportunities for mistakes or worse, heartbreak.

Audrey Reynolds became a high-end escort to keep her brother in his expensive group home. James Preston is the client of her dreams—he’s offering to pay her more money for two weeks than she’s ever made before. But James is… difficult. He’s gorgeous, troubled and all too human for Audrey’s business-like tastes. Determined to complete her assignment and collect the money, Audrey tries to play by James’s rules. But before she knows what’s happening, he’s rewriting the contract.

When Audrey ends up in James’s bed, he realizes that she’s everything he’s wanted… and everything he’s been running from.

Another book where I did not read the synopsis before hand, and actually enjoyed the novel.

There are two points of view within Escorting the Billionaire, and they both prove to be…engaging. Not only to each other, but to me as a reader of their story.  Continue reading

Twice Dead, by Caitlin Seal | {ARC} Book Review #406

**Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.**

Twice Dead is the first (1st) book in the Necromancer’s Song series by Caitlin Seal.

37789954In this imaginative debut perfect for fans of character-driven fantasies like Graceling and Daughter of Smoke and Bone, seventeen-year-old Naya Garth becomes one of the undead and an unlikely spy for her country.

Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination–a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue.

She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.

Publication Date: September 18, 2018.

What caught my eye about Twice Dead was that the synopsis tells us that there’s some sort of necromancy that goes on in the story. I’ve read a book series in the past where there was major necromancy involved before, and I really enjoyed it. So I was particularly looking forward to reading Twice Dead to see what would happen.

I went into reading Twice Dead not expecting anything—-rather, I just wanted to sit back and let the story happen as it did. And I’m glad I did! Continue reading

(ARC) Magic Harvest, by Mary Karlik | Book Review #405

**Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.**

Magic Harvest is the first Fairy Trafficking book by Mary Karlik.

39686468Young fae girls are disappearing.

Layla has never belonged to the fairy realm – at least, half of her hasn’t. She’s never known anyone with human blood, not even her father. When she was three, the dragon Fauth attacked the fairy festival, murdering her fae mum & stepfather. Frankly, some fairies think she should’ve been eaten too.

As she grew, despite being called names like “fuman” for being a half-blood, she’s discovered that being half-human isn’t terrible. She may lack magic, but she is immune to iron sickness, and she can wield a sword with elven skill.

Magic in the human world is disastrous.

Sixteen years later, when Layla’s half-sister is kidnapped and taken through a portal to the forbidden human realm, Layla rushes to the rescue. She’s older and stronger, and she’s not about to let her last living family member be taken from her without a fight.

Only someone who belongs to both worlds can find the truth.

The portal spits her out in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, but neither her sister or the kidnapper are anywhere to be found. Stuck in a world she only knows from school books, Layla forges unlikely alliances to find her sister. As she becomes tangled in the dark world of fairy trafficking, magic harvesting, and murder, Layla will have to find the strength within if she is to survive and save her sister.

Publication Date: September 18, 2018.

Prior to actually sitting down and reading Magic Harvest, I thought that the premise was intriguing. I’m also always down for a YA Fantasy Mystery, so that’s another point of why I was interested in Magic Harvest. Continue reading

Raven, by Suzy Turner | (Re-read/DNF) Book Review #404

11345170After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor’s parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets…
Her whole life had been based on a lie. Lilly had grown up in a loveless home with a father who she had barely ever seen and a mother who was… well, not very motherly.
After they mysteriously disappear without a trace, Lilly is sent to Canada where she finds a whole new way of life. A life filled with love and people who care for her. But that’s not all she discovers, Lilly also finds out that she isn’t who, or what, she thinks she is.
Lilly has a very special ability and it’s just a matter of time before her true self starts to shine. And when it does, her life will never be the same again.
Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia.

My re-read of Raven started out with good intentions. Quickly into reading Raven though, I figured out that while I did Raven in the past, Raven just isn’t for me anymore.

The reasons why I stopped reading Raven were because a lot of the story felt forced:

  • Lilly, in general, felt forced. Her thought process, the way that Lilly talked, the way that she interacted with people.
  • The way people interacted with Raven felt off too.
  • The story itself felt like it was all orchestrated, and completely unnatural. I didn’t like how when I read the story I knew I was reading a book.

I started realizing very quickly just how much I did not like my re-read of Raven. I first read Raven back in my early high school years, so I was around 13/14 when I read Raven.

I also didn’t like the instalove that these two characters had for one another. And another thing that bothered me about that instalove relationship was that when it started the Love Interest had just turned 17, and the character was still only 13. That bothers me sooooooooo much.

I’m not even going to rate Raven, simply because I don’t want to.

Have you read Raven? If you have, what are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!
— Adele

Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas | (RE-Read) Book Review #403

Queen of Shadows is the 4th book in the Throne of Glass series, by Sarah J. Maas.

This review contains spoilers.

18006496The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

So, one thing that I remember not liking about Queen of Shadows was that there were so many points of view. The farther we go into the Throne of Glass series, the more POV’s we read from, and the more I feel like Celaena’s point of view on things gets washed away…

However, I remember liking this book simply because of how much happens. I also really liked how the story is filled with so much action—-in all of the points of view we read from.

This book review is actually a re-read book review. So this time around my thoughts on Queen of Shadows are, admittedly, a little jumbled.  Continue reading

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 02, by Aya Shouoto | Manga Review #48

Hello friends! These are my thoughts on what happened in the second volume of Kiss of the Rose Princess by Aya Shouoto. Enjoy!

21412475Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 2 turned out to be an addition that I did not expect! I never thought that the story line would end up going the way it has gone.. Continue reading

5 Sci-Fi Novels I *Actually* Enjoyed (& Recommend) |[Part 1/?]

Hello friends! Today I have for you a post where I ramble a bit on 5 Science Fiction novels.

I have a difficult relationship with the Science Fiction genre. There are a few books that I’m drawn towards, but, for the most part, I stay away from Sci-Fi novels. So when I read Science Fiction stories, I make sure that I’m going to enjoy it. There are many Sci-Fi books that I’ve come across, and most of them I’ve passed on. I’m a very picky Sci-Fi reader.

So here are 5 Sci-Fi novels that I actually enjoyed

These aren’t in any particular order, if you were curious. Continue reading

Knuckle Down, by Chantal Fernando | Book Review #402

37755560A single father struggles to change for his daughters and the woman he loves in this second book in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series from New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando.

As a single father of two girls and the sergeant at arms for the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club, Jack “Knuckles” Chester doesn’t have much free time. And having earned his road name from his reputation as a fighter, Knuckles isn’t one to back away from a challenge.

But what he’ll never admit out loud is that his two daughters have changed him irrevocably, softened him even. And these two girls are the only women who will ever hold his heart forever. That is, until he meets Celina.

Celina is nothing like the women Knuckles used to date. She’s a journalist for the local newspaper, and basically just has her life together. And the last thing she wants is to be involved with a Cursed Raven. But when the ripped, badass biker worms his way into her heart, she has trouble remembering all the reasons they would never work.

But when a shocking story is published her newspaper, it breaks the thin trust she has with Knuckles. Will she lose him forever? Or will Knuckles fight to keep Celina in his life?

‘Instalove is real, the connection is all too real, but none of that dictates if the relationship is going to last.’

I started reading Knuckle Down without having read the synopsis,—-since I loved Ace of Hearts so much– and I’ve got to say that I really enjoyed reading Celina and Knuckles’ story that way. Knuckle Down is such a whirlwind story! Continue reading