The Book Blogger Insider Tag

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Hello, friends! How are you doing? At the moment I’m fine, as I’m typing this it’s a humid day, so it’s the perfect atmosphere to do a tag! Enjoy!

I saw that the lovely Sophia Lin, over at Bookwyrming Thoughts did this tag. I liked the questions as well as her answers. If you have the time I definitely suggest you check out her post!

OK so I have no idea if any of you readers are interested in what happens behind the scenes of my blog. I can assure you though, it’s nothing special, ahaha.

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Where do you typically write your blog posts? 

Before my laptop crapped out, I write them on my bed. Now I write them at my desk on my big computer. I can get more stuff done this way, to be honest. Though I do get lost in the internet often.

How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

Hmmm. Depending on what I thought of the book it can take anywhere from an hour…to at most 2 days. I like to read the book, review it, and then move on to another book.

When did you start your book blog?

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Clay Lord: Master of Golems Volume 01, by Jun Suzumoto | Manga Review #36

22561349EARTH MAGIC

Golems: living dolls crafted by adept molders of earth and magic. Farmers use them to perform menial labor, law enforcement use them to bolster security, and aristocrats use them as their closest companions. Just like any tool, however, golems can be used for good or evil.

Enter Clay, an aspiring young molder who travels to the city to take part in a golem-building contest-the winner of which will become the guardian of the city’s treasury! When dark forces learn of Clay’s unique skills, he becomes a target worth more than the city’s coffers.

Luckily, Clay has three golem friends who will do anything in their power to protect him. Join fledgling golem-maker Clay and his eccentric companions as he embarks on a journey of grand adventure!


Clay and his friends had me laughing once I opened the page. As a reader, they easily came off the page and because real characters before my eyes. It was so easy to fall into this story. Before I knew what happened, it was the end of the first volume!

The story flows effortlessly. Needless to say it’s a great one, and the artwork is eye catching as well. Another thing that I liked about Clay Lord, was that the story is seriously action packed!

I love all the characters in this book. Seriously. Actually, I enjoyed every bit of this story, so I’m very excited to read the next 2 volumes.

If anything, I’m a little bummed that there’s only 3 volumes. However, that just leaves me wondering how the story will play out.

I give Clay Lord: Master of the Golems (first volume), 5 stars. — I loved it so much!

Have you read Clay Lord? If you have, what did you think of it?

I don’t think many people have heard of it, unfortunately. Which is sad, since this volume was genuinely hilarious and filled to the brim with emotion.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore | Book Review #373

IMG_5927Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.


I’ve had Graceling in the back of my mind, off and on again, for the last 2 ish years. It feels like it’s been more than that, but what can I say. My memory is terrible. Every once in a while I’ll be scrolling on tumblr, or I’ll just be doing something in my everyday life and then I’m reminded of Graceling. Either by a post I randomly found via tumblr, or the title of this book will pop up in my mind for an unknown reason. Either way, Graceling has been on my radar for quite some time now. Continue reading

The Spirit Chaser, by Kat Mayor | {ARC} Book Review #372

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor from CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.

Trigger Warning:
Blood, Possession, Suicide,
Drug Paraphernalia, Drug Use Mention

Some places are too evil. Some places should be left alone.

27171931Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator. Although hard work, a talented investigation team, and favorable genetics have something to do with it, it’s his lack of fear and willingness to take risks no one else will that make Spirit Chaser Investigations cable’s number-one show. When a ghost-hunt-gone-wrong seriously injures his best friend and lead psychic, Austin is forced to find a replacement for a team member he considers irreplaceable.

Casey Lawson can’t catch a break. She’s been on her own since she turned eighteen and is scraping by as a part-time psychic and cashier at a New Age store. When a desperate Austin Cole calls her up and offers her a position on his team, has her fortune finally changed?

He’s a control freak; she’s stubborn and opinionated. It takes time, but when they finally realize they’re working on the same side, everything clicks, both on and off screen.

Over the years Austin has angered plenty of demons, and one of them has set her sights on him. Now he’s the one in danger, and it’s up to the team to rescue him from the riskiest investigation of their lives.


Publication Date: November 03, 2015.

It’s been quite a while since I last read a Horror/ Romance novel and I was so excited. What piqued my interest about The Spirit Chaser was actually the fact that the characters in this story actually make up a TV show that they themselves star in. Think “Ghost Hunters,” or “Ghost Adventures” (my personal favourite).

In the first chapter there were multiple points of view that bled into one another, making the story seem all the more confusing, I had to really concentrate on what was being said. Quickly I acclimated to the way the story was being told. Which helped a lot because we’re never given a way to decipher whose point of view we’re reading from. You really have to concentrate on the way the story is being told to not only understand what was happening, but to be able to understand whose point of view you’re reading from.  Continue reading

Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood | {ARC} Book Review #371

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood, from Perseus Books, Running Press, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.

Trigger Warning:
Blood

25463009Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?


Publication Date: December 08, 2015.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a total mood reader. It’s taken me a while to get back into the groove of wanting to read Science Fiction novels.

I have high hopes for Inherit the Stars. I imagined that this novel would be action packed with a bit of romance.  Continue reading

June 2018 Wrap Up + Mini Book Haul

IMG_6230Hello, friends! How are you doing? — Today’s post is my Wrap Up post for June. We’re already 6 months into the year! The older I get, the faster time flies past me.

My TBR for June was actually only 3 books. These books were Sea of Change by Kelley Armstrong, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and Eve by Anna Carey.

The first week of June, I actually participated in a readathon, dubbed #goatathon, over on tumblr! Three of the four books that I had planned on reading during the Goatathon were the books I marked as my June TBR! So that worked hand-in-hand for me. Continue reading

Library Reads #38

libraryrreadsLibrary Reads: I’m a huge fan of libraries. I tend to visit the library quite a bit, so these posts are where I document the books I’ve borrowed from the library of my hometown, or one of a few of the library systems that I visit. 

I’ll tell you a little bit about what I expect from the book, or the author’s writings. Whether what I say is a sentence long, or a few sentence’s. From doing these posts, I hope to spread a little bit of my love for libraries, while also informing you of books that you may or may not have known of!


These are the books I have borrowed between April 20th to June 20th.
Have you read any of these?

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

I’ve borrowed The Demon King before, but before I had the chance to read it, I had to give it back to the library. Now that I have it in my hands again, I’m determined to read it! I legitimately don’t know what to expect from this book. All I know about this series is that people love it, and that it was published a few years ago so it’s fallen more or less into the cracks that is the internet. (Returned, unread)

Tiger’s Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2) by Colleen Houck

It’s been quite a while since I’ve read Tiger’s Curse, so I kind of remember what happened in the last book. And the more I think of Tiger’s Curse, I start remembering more and more, so that’s nice.

I was actually going to borrow Tiger’s Quest from my local library, but when I went a few towns to their library, I saw Tiger’s Quest and I knew that I had borrow it. Especially because this second book has been in the back of my mind for like, a year. That said, I expect that Tiger’s Quest will be one action-filled adventure. I’m excited, but I’m not going to expect much. (returned, unread)

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess is a book taht I have heard many murmurings about, and I’ve seen a few people that I follow like this novel, so I’m going to give it a go and see what happens.

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Tess of the Road is a book taht I have been looking forward to for a long time. I haven’t read the Seraphina novels, nor am I interested to. So I’m particularly glad that I can read Tess of the Road as a standalone.

Manga:

He’s My Only Vampire Volumes 03-10, by Aya Shouto — I actually went to the library for another book, couldn’t find it. While I was searching for it though, I found the rest of the volumes, so I just borrowed all the ones I haven’t read, hahahaha.

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What was the last book you borrowed?

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Reading!
— Adele

State of the ARC #5 | June ’18

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State of the ARC Meme

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs(Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.


My goal for my June ARC’s post was to be able to say that I finished reading all the “current titles” I had. There were five titles to work through. Three of the ARCs were Fantasy, and the last two are be Mysteries. Continue reading

He’s My Only Vampire Vol. 05, by Aya Shouto | Manga Review #35

25677552“Forget all love and thirst only for blood…”
Acquiring a third Stigma took a heavy toll on Aki’s body. To help him recuperate, Kana and the others plan a trip to a cozy hot-spring resort deep in the mist-shrouded mountains. Little do they know, this outing will open the sinister door of Aki’s “original sin,” and his hidden past will finally come to light!!


I like seeing the crush that Shiranui has on Kana. He’s so freaking adorable.

The obliviousness that Aki has is very…unusual to say the least.

OK, so, there seems to be a lot of things happening. and it seems that every other volume leads to a new discovery in the story. However, it’s slightly confusing, to say the least. With everything been thrown in, it seems like the author of the story just threw everything together hoping it would all fall into place.

Reading and seeing the history of the story was very interesting — especially since the history is seen from Kana’s point of view. I’m actually glad that we get to see/read the history between Eriya, Aki and Kana. The story felt a little off without it.

The story seems to be going in many different ways, so I’m interested in seeing what happens.

I give this 5th volume, 2 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

(DNF) The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose | {ARC} Book Review #370

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose, from Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.

Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish 22608210spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.


Publication Date: March 17, 2015.

What I was looking forward to most in The Witch of Painted Sorrows, was the Gothic, Witches, Fantasy and Romance aspects of this novel. What I wasn’t looking forward to was the Historical Fiction. I don’t normally read Historical Fiction unless there’s quite a bit of fantasy to overlap it, and I was sincerely hoping that in The Witch of Painted Sorrows, the Fantasy aspects of this novel would overtake the fact that this book takes place in the year 1894.

The writing feels is akin to something that comes out of an age-old fairy tale.

Drawn in by the alluring synopsis, i pictured that The Witch of Painted Sorrows would be a quick read. While the story was entertaining, it is not one that I could have enjoyed to the fullest.

I didn’t like that The Witch of Painted Sorrows was slow on the uptake.

What I liked about The Witch of Painted Sorrows is that I could very easily be drawn into the story. With the slow build up of the story however, I knew that I was *reading* a story, rather than living the story alongside the character.

I marked The Witch of Painted Sorrows as Did Not Finish (DNF) at 23%.

I give (what I read of) The Witch of Painted Sorrows, 2 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele