WWW Wednesday | 12-28-22

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

My audiobook is Mean Baby by Selma Blair. I started it yesterday but haven’t got very far in it yet.

I am reading Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim. It was a slow start but I am really liking it now that I am farther in!

  • Stardust in Their Veins (Castles in Their Veins #2) by Laura Sebastian (arc) ⭐⭐⭐✨

I will be listening to something but I don’t know what, haha.

My next reads will be The Wrong Kind of Weird by James Ramos because it comes out on the 3rd and I am behind…


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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Books Added to My TBR (Freebie!) | 4-5-22

Hello Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is a freebie so I am doing Recent Books Added to My TBR. I haven’t done a post like this in awhile so I am happy to share what I have found recently!

1.) Meet Me in the Middle by Alex Light

2.) Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe

3.) Ghostlight by Kenneth Oppel

4.) With Love from Wish & Co. by Minnie Darke

5.) The Epic Story of Every Living Thing by Deb Caletti

6.) Beguiled by Cyla Panin

7.) A Dreadful Splendor by B.R. Myers

8.) Stolen City by Elisa A. Bonnin

9.) The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho

10.) The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford

Have you added any of these to your tbr?

Let me know in the comments below!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Weekly Update (6/27/21)

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

This week was filled with a lot of tantrums from my child. I honestly haven’t read as much this week as I have for the last few. It’s just one of those weeks where I have other things I’d rather do and that’s okay! I have managed to at least get through almost 50% of my latest audiobook which is The Fellowship of the Ring. The audiobook is so good!

Other than that, nothing has really happened. This coming week should be fun though since my daughter turns 5 on Wednesday. I’m not ready for her to grow up and I’m sure I will cry, haha.

I hope you all have been doing well this week. ❤

  • Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (audiobook)
  • The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  • Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood (arc)

How was your week? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Weekly Update (4/25/21)

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

I have been reading a bit more this week than last week although most of the books I have picked up have been average which disappoints me. At least the first half of the month had great ratings! Gotta look at the positives, haha.

As far as life, it’s been a struggle. I got kicked in the eye by my daughter yesterday. It was an accident but it still hurt nonetheless, ha. My mom has been in the hospital twice now for kidney stones which have been causing blockage. It’s hard to live in a different state at times like this. There are siblings that live there but some are just too preoccupied with themselves that they don’t actually do much. It’s frustrating. She will be having surgery sometime soon to hopefully help her situation.

Other than that, my husband will be finishing up college this coming week and then we will have a month until summer classes. My daughter turns five in two months and I am just not prepared for that either. I’m just going to continue on with my motto, it is what it is.

A positive is that I am 9 days free of binge eating and I have been working out 3-4 times a week for the last two weeks. It feels good to have a routine going and feel like I am accomplishing something for myself.

I hope you all have been doing well! ❤

  • Bone Crier’s Dawn (Bone Grace #2) by Kathryn Purdie 3 stars
  • My Epic Spring Break (Up) by Kristin Rockaway (audiobook) 3.5 stars
  • Plot Twist by Bethany Turner (arc) 2 stars
  • The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid (arc) 3 stars
  • Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart 3 stars
  • Faking Reality by Sara Fujimura (arc)
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (audiobook)
  • The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

How was your week? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Audiobook Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Title: Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Zombies
Publication Date: July 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 2 stars

New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard adds a “never before in print” e-novella and a gorgeous new cover to the first book in the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy. Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series.

Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. After discovering the Dead are rising and wreaking havoc in Philadelphia, she knows that her brother is involved.

So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. Yet as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life hangs in the balance.

In Something Strange and Deadly, Susan Dennard weaves together beautifully imagined scenes of action, adventure, and vivid Victorian life to create an entertaining steampunk tapestry of humor, horror, and romance. Readers will be intrigued from the start.” (Goodreads)

After enjoying The Witchland series by this author, I decided to check out this one.

This wouldn’t be my usual read as anything that mentions zombies is a no-go for me. I am traumatized by them from my childhood and will have nightmares about them every few months. It’s not a fun life to live, haha. I also am not a huge fan of historical fiction but every once and while something like this piques my interest because it isn’t strictly historical fiction.

The sad thing is that I didn’t like this book. I found it to be okay and just left me feeling lackluster. I finished it only hoping something amazing would happen but it never did and plot twists felt predictable. 🤷‍♀️ I also never connected with Eleanor and kind of felt like the characters were very flat.

There was some romance thrown in, if you can call it that. I knew from the beginning it would be him but they didn’t interact a lot and if they did they would never see eye-to-eye. He would do a few nice things but it just never made me feel anything.

When it came to the undead and talk of the necromancer, I really wish there was more to it. Everyone just seemed so chill that where they lived was being overran by the undead. They had an alarm bell but still went on with their daily lives and even through parties. If that was happening today, you wouldn’t see me until the mystery was solved. I’ll have someone who doesn’t care do all my shopping for me. I also expected the zombies to be more menacing and actually doing what zombies do but they were very mild. I mean, as someone who doesn’t like zombies that’s fine but also if I am going to read something with my worst fear then make me scared to sleep! (I know I have problems. 😂)

Overall, it was okay but nothing stood out to me. It’s one of those books I will forget about it and I won’t be continuing on as I have no interest in doing so.

Goodreads Monday: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.


Title: What Beauty There Is
Author: Cory Anderson
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller / Contemporary
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

An exhilarating, emotionally powerful and superbly written thriller that’s Winter’s Bone meets The Road

Winter. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Jack Morton has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d do anything for. Even die for. Now with their mother gone, and their funds quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. He chooses the money.

Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Trust no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or help the brothers survive.

Choices. They come at a price.(Goodreads)


I got an email from Netgalley and this one was included and a “read now” for the first 100 people. I hadn’t heard of this one before that but I’m so glad I have now because it looks so good! I love reading mystery/thrillers and this one looks like one that will be worth the read.

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Goodreads Monday (11/23/20)

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.


Title: New Year’s Kiss
Author: Lee Matthews
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Publisher: Underlined

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A fun and upbeat paperback original romance about a girl who has a New Year’s resolution to make the coming year epic in every way—and is willing to put herself out there for love.

Tess and her opinionated older sister Lauren are spending the week after Christmas at the snowy Evergreen Lodge in Vermont and they aren’t happy about it. Their stern grandmother, who owns the holiday resort, is not known for her warmth and good humor. But when shy, straight-laced Tess meets Christopher in the lobby, things are suddenly looking up. And when she decides to get out of her comfort zone and create a bucket list of things to accomplish before the New Year-like singing in public and skiing a black-diamond slope-Christopher is happy to help, even as he keeps a secret that could turn everything upside down. When the ball drops, will Tess and Christopher share a magical kiss-or will Tess start the new year off alone?” (Goodreads)


I saw this cover on Netgalley and just fell in love with it! I am a sucker for holiday books. I don’t always like them but I will still try to read them.

Does this one sound like something you would read?

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Audiobook Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Title: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill

“Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.” (Goodreads)

I still feel like my original review still stands true to my feelings. Just as my feelings never changed with book one, my feelings were still the same here too. It was just so good and this author knows how to write!

There are a couple things that I did like more this time and that would be Helene and the tribes. I love the loyalty and Helene took so much and gave so much too. Her story continues to be tragic but she is strong and pulls through!

It’s also been amazing to see all of the foreshadowing that has been going on.

I’m still glad that I decided to reread this series before the final book.

Old Review:

Where do I even begin with this book! It literally broke me and made me shed a few tears and honestly I don’t even know how I will ever survive!

A Torch Against the Night begins right where An Ember in the Ashes left off. Elias and Laia are escaping Blackcliff and on their to save her brother, Darin. They run into a few problems along the way as well as being tracked down by the new Blood Shrike, Helene.They will risk their lives and hope that death isn’t over the horizon.

The characters were just like I remembered them from the first book. Although, a couple I had to try and remember since it has been awhile. It didn’t take long to sweep me back into this world as her writing and world building are nothing short of perfection. My favorite character is probably Elias followed by Helene but Harper is pretty interesting and I can’t wait to see how his story flushes out since there was an interesting cliffhanger that includes him.

I am so glad I recently purchased a signed copy of Reaper at the Gates because now I don’t have to wait to continue the story!

Overall, I am deeply in love with this series and it gives me all the feels. I highly recommend you read these! You won’t regret it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Books On My Fall 2020 TBR. This is just going to be a lot of arcs because I need to get through them! Haha.


1.) The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis

2.) The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel

3.) The Bright & the Pale by Jessica Rubinkowski

4.) Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

5.) Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce

6.) Cathedral of Bones by A.J. Steiger

7.) The Project by Courtney Summers

8.) Daughter of the Serpentine by E.E. Knight

9.) These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

10.) Muse by Brittany Cavallaro


I am looking forward to all of these! Some are mystery/thrillers and I love those during this season.

 What’s a book you want to read this fall?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Book Review: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


13014810Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie
Genre: Children’s Classics / Fantasy
Publication Date: First Published in 1911

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“Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie Peter Pan, the mischievous boy who refuses to grow up, lands in the Darling’s proper middle-class home to look for his shadow. He befriends Wendy, John and Michael and teaches them to fly (with a little help from fairy dust). He and Tinker Bell whisk them off to Never-land where they encounter the Red Indians, the Little Lost Boys, pirates and the dastardly Captain Hook.” (Goodreads)


My classic is finished for the month of May.

I decided to go with Peter Pan because I needed a book that had yellowed over time for a read-a-thon prompt and this fit that. It is also on the shorter side and I didn’t want to pick a super long one since I have so many books to get through, ha.

I have not read this before and have only seen a handful of different Peter Pan movies. My favorite would probably be the Disney one or the one that came out with the cute blonde boy, I can’t remember his name but it was also just called Peter Pan.

It’s always surprising when I actually enjoy a classic because some can be quite boring. This one was very enjoyable and did remind me a lot of the Disney movie. The ending was different and I like this ending a lot more! It still made me a bit sad though for Peter.

Just like in the movies, Peter doesn’t want to grow up. It’s interesting to see Wendy and her brothers make peace with it, even the lost boys do. I’m not sure what my decision would have been if the choice was presented to me. 2020 has me not wanting to be an adult so, ha.

Overall, it was an enjoyable book. I liked being able to read the original work that inspired the movies I watched growing up.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)