ThursTag: The Book Snob Tag

Thank you to Elli @ AceReader for tagging me in The Book Snob Tag. I think I was a book snob when I was younger but not so much now. I have no energy to be one now 😅. Let’s see how I do with these questions:

Format Snob // You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?

If I had money to spend and space for shelves I would probably be a physical book snob. I can’t do audiobooks and I’ve tried a few times. For now though I do most of my reading with eBooks!


Adaptation Snob // Do you always read the book before watching the film/ TV show?

I used to read most of the books before the film/TV Show came out because years ago YA books or just books I read in general would hardly make it to the screen. That changed with Twilight. But yeah I never expected the books I read would make it on the screen but it’s a whole new ballgame now! So many books are making it to the screen that now I have no time to read them all beforehand – so I don’t! Plus I used to be critical of book adaptations – but now I just realize they are two different beasts and I can love both without stressing about every little change. 😅


Ship Snob // Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I have dated non-readers but I did marry someone who is a reader (or used to be lol). He’s more of a gamer than reader but he comes from a family of readers so his mom is always gifting me books, which is sweet. Now our kids are readers, which is nice!


Genre Snob // You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

I can ditch horror. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Thrillers and Suspense is a good substitute for me.


Community Snob // Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

I think romance always gets hated on but it’s the genre that got me addicted to reading so I love romance. Sometimes it’s hard for me to enjoy a book without even a little bit of romance in it.


Snobbery Recipient // Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I can’t say I’ve ever been snubbed but I’ve always felt my love of Young Adult would make people wonder why I bother reading it at my age, 43 going on 44! 😆 But hey…I like to reminisce about my young adult years – it’s when life is starting and I have to escape from adulting okay?! lol…most people leave me alone since the people around me don’t read. 🤷🏻‍♀️


No obligation to do this of course, but I tag:

Etta @ chonkybooks | Ali @ Ali’s Books | Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm

Thanks for reading! ~ Yolanda

Meet the Book Blogger Tag!

Hello Friends!

Here we have the Meet the Book Blogger Tag and I was tagged by Dini @ dinipandareads. Check out her beautiful blog for more bookish content! Thanks for tagging me Dini!


The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you ☝🏽
  • Mention the creator: Lauren @Lala’s Book Reviews
  • Tag as many (or as few) people as you’d like
  • Have fun and get to know one another!

Introduction

INTRODUCE YOURSELF

Hi everyone, my name is Yolanda. Of course I love to read since this blog is about books. I’m a mom of 2 wonderful kids, ages 9 and 5. I was born and raised in Hawaii but went to college in California and even lived there for a tiny bit. I love to travel but haven’t left this island for the past 10 years while I was raising my kids, but that’s changing in a few weeks – so excited to travel! I’m a stay at home mom but used to (or still) work from home running my own Etsy shop. I ran it pretty much part-time when my son was younger and business was booming. I cut back tremendously when my baby girl was born and was gonna jump back into it as she got older, then the pandemic happened. I do it on a very small scale now, barely part-time haha, but I’m fine with it for now. I do metal-stamping and resin (sometimes).

SOMETHING MOST EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW…DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?

My daughter has a betta fish named True. And we have our 1.5 years old scruffy boy named Atlas. ❤️

This toothy boy is named Atlas
He loves soft fuzzy socks…to carry around and destroy lol

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DRINK?

Mostly ice-cold water for everyday. On days I need caffeine (which is every day), I do decaf iced-tea or for a treat a decaf mocha cookie crumble frappuccino from Starbucks or a decaf cookies and creme ice blended from Coffee Bean.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SEASON?

We don’t have much of a Fall or Winter in Hawaii. Fall feels like summer weather these days so I’ll say winter just because we get more rain and somewhat cooler weather.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL TALENTS?

I can play piano but I’m rusty. I sometimes play when my kids are tinkering around, on the piano (electric) my hands are just not fast as before!


BLOGGING

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START YOUR BLOG?

I started my blog when I heard about NetGalley! I wanted a chance to read arcs and I’m so glad I did it. The first year I started the blog I read so much I had a sore neck and headaches 😅. I told myself I could cut back the next year and I went easier on myself. I’m happy with the pace I’m going now, it’s much more doable.

WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WISH YOU KNEW ABOUT BLOGGING WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED?

That I should pace myself on requesting books on NetGalley and not try to do so much the first year! I almost burned myself out on reading.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART ABOUT BLOGGING?

Having posts ready to go but I’ve gotten better at doing them ahead of time. Also trying to engage and read everyone’s blog. I try my best to do it though!

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BLOGGING?

Being a part of a community with people who have similar interests in reading is so wonderful! I’m not surrounded by many friends that read or have time to read and yet reading is a big part of my life so I love that about blogging and meeting fellow book lovers. 🥰

DO YOU WRITE YOUR POSTS AHEAD OF TIME OR WRITE THEM THE DAY OF POSTING?

Yes…and yes! LOL. I try to get most of them written a week before. Weekly wrap-ups get written a day before hence why sometimes I’m not on time with finishing or posting them. There are some days I will forget to get some things written up but for the most part, they are written ahead of time.


READING

WHO ARE YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE AUTHORS?

Not in any order because that’s too much pressure lol…

  • Holly Black
  • Kristin Hannah
  • Angie Thomas
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Danielle L. Jensen

WHAT GENRE DO YOU READ THE MOST?

It has to have romance but I think I read more fantasy or romantasy lol…but yeah I think definitely more fantasy.

WHAT GENRE SURPRISED YOU BY HOW MUCH YOU LOVE IT?

I like the whole gothic romance or gothic thriller genre. Sometimes when I need a break from everything else, I look for something in that genre.

WHICH POPULAR BOOK DIDN’T LIVE UP TO THE HYPE FOR YOU?

This one was just okay for me but I still have to try her other books!

WHO ARE SOME POPULAR AUTHORS YOU HAVEN’T READ?

Oh so many! T.J Klune is one that is so popular right now that I want to read.

WHAT UPCOMING RELEASE ARE YOU EXCITED TO READ?

Here’s just a few! And why are the covers so dark? lol I need to add some light-hearted contemporary romance in this list for sure.

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE READING?

No, I usually read at night when the house is nice and quiet – but when I’m blogging, for sure I need music!

WHERE ELSE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
  • Twitter: @ylmpastmidnight (I’m hardly on though)
  • Instagram: @ylmpastmidnight (I’ll post sporadically) or @fancifulwishcraft (crafting acct)

TAGGING

No pressure at all! I’m tagging:

Thanks for reading! 😘 ~ Yolanda

ThursTag: The 90’s Movie Tag

Is it weird that it’s only now that I’ve noticed the ThursTag phrase? I’ve been blogging for a few years now and have haven’t seen it at all. 😅 Is the wordpress algorithm not working for me? It makes me wonder if I’m never on wordpress working on my blog on Thursdays but that can’t be right. I feel like I’m always on here! Anyway, I loved seeing the ThursTag posts on my feed, and finally got some tags to try out.

I saw this one on Charlotte Somewhere last week who got it from Steph at alittlebutalot – check out both their blogs for more bookish content!

So let’s check out some of these 90’s Movies, shall we?

SHE’S ALL THAT

NAME A BOOK COUPLE THAT IS AN ODD PAIRING BUT THEY STILL FIT PERFECTLY

I think El and Orion are an odd pairing that grew on me. But she is grumpy, sassy, rude, not very likable or sociable but she’s a survivor. And Orion is the one who is worshipped at school, he’s the hero, he’s the nice guy and the two of them together seem so wrong – but by the end of the book, they are right for each other.


10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

A BOOK/SERIES THAT YOU HAVE A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH

UGH….this scene. 💔

I was obsessed with this series, books one and two are awesome and then…this one. I loved the romance, it’s what I was hoping for, but the story went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting. And it was confusing – it didn’t have to be that way. So I love the romance because that turned out the way I wanted…but everything else in this book was so disappointing.


CLUELESS

A CHARACTER THAT IS TOTALLY CLUELESS BUT YOU LOVE THEM ANYWAY

Kate wasn’t clueless per se but she did have her head in the clouds, the theater clouds. Also she was a bit judgmental when it came to the jocks so she was a bit clueless about that. Sort of like how Cher was judgmental about her step-bro lol (yikes I forgot she hooks up with her step-bro in the movie…no blood relation but still)


TITANIC

NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Bawled my eyes out reading this one. 😢


AMERICAN PIE

A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH

This story is over the top, slapstick humor and just a fun time!


CAN’T HARDLY WAIT

A BOOK WITH A CRAZY PARTY

This is a party where anything and everything happened!


CRUEL INTENTIONS

NAME A CHARACTER YOU CAN NEVER FULLY TRUST

Jacks! He’s such a gorgeous bad boy – I can never trust him. lol


DRIVE ME CRAZY

NAME YOUR FAVOURITE “BOY NEXT DOOR” OR “GIRL NEXT DOOR” COUPLE

This one was super cute and fun!


SCREAM

A BOOK WITH A MEMORABLE VILLAIN

There are some pretty good villains in this story!


THE CRAFT

NAME A BOOK WITH WITCHES

This book is full of witches!


And there you have it! All these movies bring back so many memories for me – I enjoyed them all back in the day and have seen them multiple times. This was definitely a fun tag post to do! ~ Yolanda

The Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Hi everyone! I saw this tag done on Dinipandareads and One Book More and thought it looked like a lot of fun. I also wanted to test my memory lol. Let’s try it out!

The tag was originally created by Laura @ Laura’s Book Review, and here are the rules.

The Rules

  • You have to answer the prompts without using the internet or looking at your bookshelves.
  • Your answers have to all come from memory!
  • Make sure to link to the person who originally tagged you (no one tagged me)
  • Once you’re done, you can tag five other people if you’d like.

Name a book written by an author called Michael

Judith Michael? A romance writer I believe – I think I read a few of her books back in the day…in the 90’s lol.

Name a book with a dragon on the cover

Name a book about a character called George

George?! Yikes…I have no clue!

Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith

L.J.Smith who wrote Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle and more…

Name a book set in Australia

Apparently I don’t read many books set in Australia! I have no clue, although one of the first books I reviewed for this blog was set in Australia…but I cannot for the life of me remember the title, but I do remember the cover being blue lol. Not a big help, I know! 🤦🏻‍♀️

Name a book with the name of a month in the title

I know what the book looks like and the title goes something like Thousand Doors in January 😅. You know what I’m talking about!!😆 I have a bad memory as proof of this post!

Name a book with a knife on the cover

Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title

This is impossible to do without Google lol…

Name a book with an eponymous title

What does eponymous mean?! Definitely googling that…”named after a particular person”…

Name a book turned into a movie

The Fault in Our Stars by. John Green


I’m not tagging anyone – this one is hard but fun to do. As you can see I didn’t do to well haha. Makes me wonder how I survived without Google. It’s like how did I drive around without GPS and smartphones? I did survive someone 😅…paper maps were fun lol.

Good luck if you happen to try this – I’d love to see your answers. ~ Yolanda

The Sunshine Blogger Award #4

Thank you to the love Dini at dinipandareads for tagging me for this award. Please check out her blog for so much amazing bookish content. I love her blog!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Dini’s Questions:

Describe your current read in five words:

chemistry – food – southern belle – italian hottie – competition

What is your go-to comfort genre?

I’m go to comfort genre will always be romance! Whenever I need a break from fantasy, I head on over to contemporary romance and it’s a much needed vacation for my brain.

What’s your favourite song at the moment?

The whole Encanto soundtrack lol

What’s been your favourite read of 2022 so far?

It’s a backlist title but I haven’t read a 2022 published book yet that has been a 5 star read….mostly because I haven’t bought any, but there are a few I’m eyeing out so hopefully I can get a hold of them soon.

Is there one book that you would do anything to get a special signed edition of?

A Jane Austen book lol which is impossible so maybe a Sarah J Maas one or Holly Black since I have their books on my shelf.

What’s a disappointing book that you’ve recently read?

I am struggling through this arc! It’s taking me forever and I thought her first book was good, but the last arc I read from this author and then this one I’m trying to finish has made me struggling to connect to any of the characters. I don’t know what it is. 😞

How long have you been blogging?

It will be 4 years of blogging this year – wow!! I feel like I just started 2 years ago. How time flies!

What are some of your favourite tropes?

Enemies to lovers is my absolutely favorite. I also love friends to lovers. Bad boy/good girl is always fun, I mean…it’s so hard to resist the bad boys!

Is there a (sub)genre that is an absolute no-no for you?

Reverse harem because I don’t like sharing LOL. Also bully romances – I used to read a few because it was very enemies to lovers…and then some. But now the “and then some” edge just makes me want to punch the guys’ face if he is too much of a bully, it makes me want to get violent in behalf of the girl even if she loves him that way. 🤣 I can’t stand it.

If you could visit one fictional world, where would you go?

Probably to Velaris (A Court of Wings and Ruin) because it’s hidden and protected. But yes definitely into a fae world just because I love stories about the fae…even though they can be quite scary.

Name five characters you would love to spend a day at a theme park with!

I think it would be so much fun to spend the day with Savvy and her two besties, Maggie and Kotter. The three of them had so much fun together in Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell – I can only imagine how much fun they would be at a theme park.

Also, I’d have fun with the guys from XOXO, especially Nathaniel and the younger guy who’s name I can’t remember!


I Tag

And please NO PRESSURE to do this…

Nikkie @ Stars Books & Tea

Marta @ Monogamist Reader

Trisy @ Bobo’s Book Bank

Felicia @ Stuck in Fiction

A Garden of Books

Etta @ Chonky Books

Ali @ Ali’s Books

Starlight Reading

Life with No Plot


My Questions:

  1. What is your most anticipated book for 2022?
  2. What is the most recent book you bought?
  3. What is the first book you ever wrote a review for either on your blog or Goodreads or wherever you write reviews?
  4. What is the last movie you watched?
  5. Do you review books you DNF?
  6. Do you keep a reading journal?
  7. If you could go to a concert right now, which concert would you go to?
  8. Do you have multiple copies of a book? Which book is it?
  9. How many books do you have on your Goodreads TBR list?
  10. Audiobooks, yes or no?
  11. What is your top 3 favorite books of all time?

😘 ~ Yolanda

Thanksgiving Book Tag 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I am thankful for your continued support of my little book blog. 🧡🤎

I saw this perfect thanksgiving book tag on a fabulous blog called I’m All Booked Up and the original tag creator is from Anna’s Book Nook. So go ahead and check out these great blogs. Let’s get into it:

Friends and Family: A Book with Characters that Feel Like Family

I feel like Lara Jean’s family and friends are my own because this story is so familiar to me.


Fallen Leaves: A Book that Fell Flat (didn’t meet your expectations.)

It wasn’t bad, but I just was expecting more. I definitely had high expectations for this one.


Thanksgiving Dinner: A Book You Want to Read Every Year During This Season

Just beautiful writing that gives me all the feels.


Turkey: A Book With a Bird in It

One of the books I wanted to read this year but never got to it. 🙁


Ham: A Book that Made Your Eyes Glaze Over (Boring.)

I expected a little more from this one and for some reason came away bored with the story. It has such a good premise though – not sure if I was just not in the mood for it. Wait when that happens!


Dinner Rolls: A Book that Melted Your Heart and Made You Feel Warm

Emilia and Wrath together are fire. lol…so they melted me and kept me warm.


Mashed Potatoes: A Book With a White Cover


Gravy: A Book You’re not Totally Sure Why You Love, but You Do

I do know why I love it but when you think of the premise of a young woman and her aunts trying to hide a dead body for a whole day and at a wedding of all places, even if it’s an accidental death…lol…it’s pretty ridiculous! It’s definitely not what would happen in real life…I HOPE. LOL…😅


Pumpkin Pie: A Dessert Book That You Love

The thing I remember about this book is the desserts! 🧁


Bonus: Black Friday: The Top 5 Books on Your TBR

I have such high hopes of trying to read these before 2021 is through but…knowing me I won’t get to it haha, and it’ll be pushed to 2022. Oh well – it is what it is!

Thanks for reading! ~ Yolanda 🦃🍁

Fall Bucket List Book Tag! | October 2021

I figure I need to add something Fall or Halloween-ish on my blog to get into the spirit of the season so here is a book tag I saw on Dini’s blog DiniPandaReads.

The original tag was made by Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany.


The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 7 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

This one made me laugh and smile and nostalgic for rom-com movies of the past! MY REVIEW

Hyped, spicy, steamy – it is ALL of it! Review coming. 🙂

Kate and Andy – besties forever. For me the love story was between these two friends and facing some challenges and getting through it. MY REVIEW

An inspiring story that left my heart happy! MY REVIEW

Pepper is a baker and everything she made in this book made my mouth water! MY REVIEW

I don’t know about jumping for joy but there was a lot of dancing for joy in this book. 🩰 MY REVIEW


I tag all of you to do this tag lol – no pressure – but it’s short and sweet and the graphics are super cute (thanks to the original creator of tag Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany, for letting us use her graphics!).

🎃 Thanks for reading! ~ Yolanda

The Last Ten Books Tag

I do so few book tags lately so here’s one I recently got tagged in by dini @ dinipandareads. She has the best blog graphics and amazing bookish content so please go check her out. The original tag was created by booktuber Marc Nash (thanks Dini for finding out that info!).

Let’s get started!

THE LAST BOOK I GAVE UP ON:

The whole parent trap situation was not for me and I couldn’t stand all the CAPS being used by one character.


THE LAST BOOK I REREAD:

I always reread this once a year because I miss Reykin 😭 and the third book in the series was just not good – even though I had rated it 5 stars at first read – it was mostly because Reykin and Roselle finally got together. But looking back at how crazy the story was- (sigh) it’s more like a 2.5 star read (5 stars for Reykin though haha). 😢


THE LAST BOOK I BOUGHT:

I bought this as an ebook. I’ve been on a hardcover book buying ban all year since I went crazy buying books during 2020 when we were in lockdown.


THE LAST BOOK I WROTE IN THE MARGINS OF:

And this was YEARS ago…I never write in margins. 🤷🏻‍♀️


THE LAST BOOK I HAD SIGNED:

It was for my daughter lol…and Kristi Yamaguchi there at the event so why not? Do any of you know who she is or am I showing my age? She’s an olympic gold medal figure skater and hey…figure skating was so huge back in the 80’s and 90’s, I was such a big fan. And hello she looks amazing, like she hasn’t aged!


THE LAST BOOK I LOST:

I have no answer for this! I really don’t remember the last book I lost.


THE LAST BOOK I HAD TO REPLACE:

I think it’s kind of crazy how low the reviews are of this book in Goodreads lol – I read this back in 1991 when I was 12 and young adult books weren’t what they are now. Goodreads was not around lol. I was obsessed with this series so much that the cover finally fell off and I had to get the combined copies just for nostalgia sake – this was the book that made me obsessed with vampires. And it did kick off the show The Vampire Diaries so…Damon and Stefan was born in this series. Sure it doesn’t stand up next to young adult books today but wow this was made 30 years ago. YIKES, I’m old. I also had to replace The Secret Circle series by the same author – honestly all her series could be tv shows. I think they tried with The Secret Circle but the show didn’t last? But Dark Visions and The Forbidden Game also? Teenage me was obsessed with this author!


THE LAST BOOK I ARGUED OVER:

I don’t argue much with anyone – except with my hubby! So very unpopular opinion – and I don’t know why but Harry Potter did nothing for me. And I reread this book twice, first when I was in my twenties, second time in my forties and it still didn’t do anything for me. I did read it the second time because my hubby told me to read it again. I think if I was in grade school reading this it might have interested me? I don’t know.


THE LAST BOOK I PRE-ORDERED:

But I will be preordering Steelstriker by Marie Lu because that cover belongs on my shelf and The Hawthorne Legacy by. Jennifer Lynn Barnes because I need to know what happens.


And that’s it! Who am I tagging?

Charlotte @ The Fantastical World of Book Reading

Sheri Dye @ Read Betwixt Words

Lee @ Callie’s Tales

Reading At Teatime

and YOU! No pressure to do the tag at all. It’s just for fun! ☺️

😘~ Yolanda

The Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

Hi everyone! I saw this tag on One Book More a few months ago and have been meaning to do it as well since it looked like fun. I read a lot of young adult fantasy so I figure this would be a good tag for me to do. Anyway, let’s get to it!

Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post

Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer.wordpress.com) in your post

Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!

Tag 5 others to take part

Enjoy!


5 Star Book

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her. 


Always Going to Recommend

“Heart-pounding romance and intense action wrapped in a spellbinding world. I was hooked from the first page!” – Elise Kova, USA Today bestselling author of A Deal with the Elf King.

A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.

The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara’s homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.

Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.

Passionate and violent, The Bridge Kingdom is a seductive fantasy perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Thorns and Roses. 


Own It But Haven’t Read It Yet

JADE CITY is a gripping Godfather-esque saga of intergenerational blood feuds, vicious politics, magic, and kungfu.

The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. It’s the only place in the world that produces rare magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities. 


The Green Bone clans of honorable jade-wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion–but nowadays, in a bustling post-war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money, Green Bone families like the Kauls are primarily involved in commerce, construction, and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection.


When the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets, the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itself.


Would Read Again

A legendary competition.
A mesmerizing romance.
An unbreakable bond
between two sisters.


Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away. 


In Another World

Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman.

Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years.

The only problem? She’s murdered before she gets there.

When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia is inching closer and closer to accomplishing her grand plans of eradicating human existence once and for all.

As Nami works with a team of rebels to bring down Ophelia and save the humans under her imprisonment, she is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human. 


Back On Earth

Almost twenty years after the barrier between Earth and the Otherworld fell in the Fae Wars, Budapest is balancing on the precipice. A battle for dominance is brewing between the elite fae and the privileged humans in Eastern Europe. The prejudice between the sides is bubbling with hate and violence. 


Nineteen-year-old human, Brexley, has grown up in privilege, but not without heartbreak. After being orphaned, she is taken in by General Markos, living in a walled city rife with power grabs and ruthless political games. Then one night the course of her life changes, and Brexley is thrown into the most feared prison in the east. Halalhaz, the House of Death—where you go in but don’t come out. 

She must learn to live with the worst of fae and human criminals. The rule of hierarchy puts humans on the bottom, where the only way to survive each day is to make alliances with the fae.
Here she meets the sexy, vicious legend, Warwick Farkas. A myth among man and fae. He is as brutal, cruel, arrogant, and as lethal as the lore says he is, ruling the prison with unchallenged authority. Brexley can’t deny an intense draw to him, one that might cost her life.
If The Games don’t take her out first—
A fight to the death where only one survives.


Hope you enjoyed this book tag and feel free to do it if you like!

The Life’s a Beach Book Tag – 2021

I saw this fun beach book tag on Mermaid Reads – check out her pretty blog for more awesome bookish content!

The “Life’s a Beach” Book Tag was originally made by Lefty Reads, and it’s perfect for summer time. Let’s give it a try:

The Sand

A BOOK THAT STUCK WITH YOU LONG AFTER YOU FINISHED READING IT

I read this one a few times and I always enjoyed seeing how Feyre survives everything thrown at her.

The Sun

A BOOK THAT BURNED YOU

I don’t know if this means a book that burned me – as in I hated it? Or burn me as it…oooo lala, it’s steamy? I’m gonna go with steamy haha -this is the first book of the series so it isn’t steamy but Barron’s is hot. And Barron and Mac’s beginnings are electric, so it burns in a good way. lol

The Waves

A BOOK THAT CALMS YOU DOWN AFTER A LONG DAY

A cute, funny rom-com can always relax me after a long day. This one was definitely a feel good story!

The Bathing Suit

A BOOK WITH A PRETTY, SUMMERY COVER

So tropical, so summery!

The Birds

A BOOK THAT IS EVERYWHERE

Tell me this book isn’t everywhere? Especially with it being summer and look at that cover with surfers and water, and it’s called Malibu Rising? Book of the summer maybe? Is it any good? I’ve heard mixed reviews.

The Company

A BOOK WITH WONDERFUL CHARACTERS

I enjoyed the whole ensemble cast of characters in this book. From Shiori, her brothers, her wicked stepmother, her betrothed and his sister – it’s a wonderful cast!

The Ice-Cold Drinks

A BOOK YOU ABSOLUTELY GULPED DOWN

I love this one!

The Fun Memories

A BOOK YOU CAN’T WAIT TO RETURN TO

I haven’t re-read a book in awhile, but I will read this one again before the sequel comes out. I thought this one was really fun!


I tag….ALL of you! It’s a fun tag and I hope you are enjoying your summer so far! 😘 ~ Yolanda