Magical Readathon | 2023 Adventure in Aeldia

Hello Readers!

This year I am going to be participating in Magical Readathon. There is also a year-long challenge for it that I found from Dini @ dinipandareads! This will actually be my first year with this readathon so I am really excited for when the actual readathon starts.

This video explains the yearly challenge and the one listed below is a beginner guide to the readathon. It will help you get your character set up, which includes joining a guild and picking your race. I am glad a video was created because otherwise I would have been lost, haha.

Here Is How My Adventure Will Go:

I am going for an owlcat which I think will be a nice edition since I do love cats! I am hoping it will be an easy adventure to get there. There may be a blank spot or two where I haven’t decided any reads yet so it may just be one of those where it will be determined that month.

Turn Left (start a series)

Sanctuary by Caryn Lix
I have finished this one for the month! I know it’s literally the last day of the month but I did it! 😂

Go To The Forest (trees on the cover)

Bear With Me Now by Katie Shepard
I have this one from Netgalley and its due in April so it’s the perfect time to get this one done in the month of February.

Fight A Giant (book over 500 pages)

The Dragon Republic by R.F Kuang, The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, and The Winter Garden by Alexandra Bell are all options! I am not sure what it will be so we will see.

Orilium Academy (Break from Adventures)

This will be the first month of the actual readathon

Stay At Orilium (book finishes on an even page number)

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor
I have been meaning to get to this series so at least it ends with an even number haha.

Visit The Locked Library (book you already own)

Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor
This is the sequel to the above book and I do own it!

Brew A Potion Of Sleepless Night (read when it’s dark)

I have nothing for this one yet!

Orilium Academy (Break from Adventures)

This will be the second month of the actual readathon

Go On A Date (book with romance)

An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn, Bet on It by Jodie Slaughter, and Thank You for Listning by Julia Whelan are all possibilities!

Adventure Together (book with a map)

Viper by Bex Hogan
I’ve had this one on my shelf since I got it from Fairyloot a couple years ago. It has a map!

A Rescue Quest (book at risk of unhaul)

Eragon by Christopher Paolini and Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas have been sitting in a “may get rid of” box for too long so I think it will be time to decide their fates.

You Find An Owlcat Cub (owl or cat on cover)

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
It has a cute cat on it and has been on my tbr. It may change but we will see.

Are any of these books on your tbr?

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Top Ten Tuesday | Recent Additions to My TBR

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 going to do Recent Additions to My TBR! I have been adding a lot recently so I feel like it will be an easy one.

A Missing Connection by Dani McLean
Secret of the Moon Conch by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong
You Bet Your Heart by Danielle Parker

Unnecessary Drama by Nina Kenwood
It Found Us by Lindsay Currie

A Prayer for Vengeance by Leanna Schwartz
When Ghosts Call Us Home by Katya de Becerra
Hard Dough Homicide by Olivia Matthews

Will you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book Review | The Davenports by Krystal Marquis

Title: The Davenports
Author: Krystal Marquis
Genre: YA Historical Fiction / Romance
Publication Date: January 31st, 2023
Publisher: Dial Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and BookishFirst for a complimentary arc to review! All opinions are my own.

“The Davenports are one of the few Black families of immense wealth and status in a changing United States, their fortune made through the entrepreneurship of William Davenport, a formerly enslaved man who founded the Davenport Carriage Company years ago. Now it’s 1910, and the Davenports live surrounded by servants, crystal chandeliers, and endless parties, finding their way and finding love—even where they’re not supposed to.

There is Olivia, the beautiful elder Davenport daughter, ready to do her duty by getting married . . . until she meets the charismatic civil rights leader Washington DeWight and sparks fly. The younger daughter, Helen, is more interested in fixing cars than falling in love—unless it’s with her sister’s suitor. Amy-Rose, the childhood friend turned maid to the Davenport sisters, dreams of opening her own business—and marrying the one man she could never be with, Olivia and Helen’s brother, John. But Olivia’s best friend, Ruby, also has her sights set on John Davenport, though she can’t seem to keep his interest . . . until family pressure has her scheming to win his heart, just as someone else wins hers.

Inspired by the real-life story of the Patterson family, The Davenports is the tale of four determined and passionate young Black women discovering the courage to steer their own path in life—and love.” (Goodreads)

I’m so glad I was able to get a copy from BookishFirst because this was a good YA Regency novel!

The book is told from multiple point-of-views and they come from Olivia, Helen, Amy-Rose, and Ruby. They are all connected in some way and their stories overlap quite a bit but they also have their own plotlines as well.

Helen was my favorite out of the four. She had hobbies that weren’t right for her to have and I’ve felt that way before. She also didn’t care what others thought of her and basically danced to the beat of her own drum. Olivia learned a lot from her when it came to that. Her love interest was a surprise and his intentions were even more surprising as his secrets are revealed. I do hope that she gets a happy ending though.

Olivia was very much the child who did what they were told until she meets someone who changes her perception of the world. I liked that she was open to learning and it’s definitely something that everyone should strive to be like. She didn’t let danger dictate her path, or her parents.

Amy-Rose has had a hard life due to her background and also her position in society. I really felt for her situation, especially when it came to her love interest. She struggles a lot with identity and society only makes it harder for her. I will say that she is very persistent!

Ruby is a friend of Olivia and has been around the Davenport family since they were all children. Her family’s status is changing slowly and its partly due to her father’s campaign for Mayor. She doesn’t really have anyone to talk to about it until she meets a certain fellow and he changes her idea of love and duty.

I did like one more, but honestly they were all great characters and I liked their stories for different reasons. The other characters were also good, but some didn’t have as much page time and I hope we will see more of them in the sequel.

This book is definitely more romance than informative on the issues that are talked about. I don’t think it was bad though as the issues did spark my interest and I have done my own google searches because of it. There is still room for there to be more talk though and I am looking forward to it.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read!

WWW Wednesday | 1-25-23

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 Do I Know You? by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka. It’s a very interesting premise and I don’t know how I will feel about it so we shall see haha.

I started The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway by Ashley Schumacher. It’s her third book and I am excited. I am hoping I will love it as much as her other books.

I’m also continuing on with The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and am on the third book called The Dragon Reborn.

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by S.A. Chakraborty (arc) ⭐⭐⭐✨
Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews (arc/🎧) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I will be listening to This Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua.

My next couple reads will be Salvation (Sanctuary #3) by Caryn Lix and The London Séance Society by Sarah Penner (arc).


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Top Ten Tuesday | New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

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 New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022! I read 180 new authors in 2022 so it will be hard to narrow it down!

1.) Tamara Berry (Buried In A Good Book)
2.) Susan Lee (Seoulmates)
3.) Vanessa Len (Only a Monster)
4.) Chelsea Abdullah (The Stardust Thief)

5.) Ebony LaDelle (Love Radio)
6.) Lane Clarke (Love Times Infinity)
7.) Sophie Irwin (A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting)
8.) Rachel Gillig (One Dark Window)

9.) Kim Michele Richardson (The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek)
10.) Jamie Wesley (Fake It Till You Bake It)
11.) Matthew J. Kirby (Icefall)
12.) Shauna Robinson (The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks)

13.) Jane Kuo (In the Beautiful Country)
14.) Phong Nguyen (Bronze Drum)
15.) Amy Harmon (The First Girl Child)
16.) Jenny Hickman (Married by Fate)

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book Review | Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim

Title: Spice Road (Spice Road Trilogy #1)
Author: Maiya Ibrahim
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 24th, 2023
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“In the hidden desert city of Qalia, secret spice magic awakens affinities in those who drink the misra tea. With an affinity for iron, seventeen-year-old Imani wields a dagger like no other warrior, garnering her the reputation as the next greatest Shield for battling the dangerous djinn, ghouls, and other monsters that lurk in the sands beyond city limits.
Her reputation has been overshadowed, however, by her brother who tarnished the family name after he was discovered stealing their nation’s coveted spice – a tell-tale sign of magical obsession. He disappeared soon after, believed to have died beyond the Forbidden Wastes, and leaving Imani reeling with both betrayal and grief.

But when Imani uncovers evidence her brother may be alive and spreading their nation’s magic beyond the desert, she strikes a deal with the Council to find him and bring him back to Qalia before he can reveal the city’s location. Accompanied by Qayn, a roguish but handsome djinni, and Taha, a powerful beastseer whose magical talents are matched only by his arrogance, they set out on their mission.
Imani will soon discover there are many secrets that lie beyond the Forbidden Wastes – and in her own heart – but will she find her brother before his betrayals endanger the fate of all of Qalia?” (Goodreads)

This is the start of a new trilogy and one that I was excited to be approved for through Netgalley! I feel like I have read books similar to this, like The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah, but it still managed to be unique and surprising read!

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Imani. She is a dedicated Shield that helps take care of her home city from monsters such as the djinn. They know her well as the Djinn Slayer. The one thing that made me impartial to Imani is that she can very much fall into the “I can do everything and survive”. Don’t get me wrong, I did like seeing her come out on top and even stick up for those that couldn’t on their own but I would have liked a bit more struggle on her end as it seems everything comes naturally to her. She still is a great character though since she family is a number one priority and that will give any character brownie points from me.

There is also more to Imani than her job as well. She has lived a sheltered life and through the disappearance of her brother she finally starts to understand the rest of the world that has been kept a secret from her. It isn’t easy for her to understand either as it just brings on more questions about the colonizers and the Council that protects her city. I feel like politics was just surface level and I am sure there will be a lot more in the sequel.

The other characters in this book have been very interesting so far. Qayn is the one I am most intrigued by! He is a djinn who is suave and hides many secrets. What is not to love about that? Haha. I think that Taha and his friends have also been secretive but some of theirs due come to light by the end of the book. I am very conflicted when it comes to Taha though. It’s hard to tell if he is just a good manipulator or cares deep down. I do think that some of the characters will get more page time and I am looking forward to learning more about them and their cause.

Although this book did take me a bit to get into, I did eventually find myself wanting to sit down and pick it up. I thought that it was very adventurous and even with some down times it didn’t discourage me. There are some thrilling plot twists and I can’t wait to see how the story continues in the sequel.

Overall, this was a solid debut!

WWW Wednesday | 1-18-23

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 The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray. It’s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but with a cozy mystery twist! I will say that it is unique but I am starting to think that P & P retellings just aren’t for me, ha. They end up not working.

I am reading 3 other books The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (a buddy read), Containment (Sanctuary #2) by Caryn Lix, and The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by S.A. Chakraborty (arc). The first is a reread which I am enjoying once again! The second is continuing on with a series and it is getting real good. The third is one that I decided to request on a whim as it is a spin-off series of one I haven’t read yet haha. It took me a bit to get into how it was being narrated at first but I am quite curious now!

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden (🎧)
Sanctuary by Caryn Lix ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

I will be listening to The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz. It’s a middle grade and on the lighter side which is something I need in the midst of all of my long reads recently!

My other reads will be This Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua and The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway by Ashley Schumacher (arc).


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Tope Ten Tuesday | Bookish Goals for 2023

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 Bookish Goals for 2023! I am definitely going to try to stick to all of these and will also try to have updates throughout the year for them as well!

Participate in Readathons

I usually do one or two a year, but I would like to do at least five! If I do more then it’s all the better. I feel like readathons help me finish books because I want to make sure I finish all prompts and be an overachiever, haha.

Do More Buddy Reads

I’m starting off with one so far which is more than I did last year. 😅 I feel like it’s a good way to connect with those in the book community.

Read 100 Books

Obviously I will read more than this but I just don’t like the pressure of the goal on Goodreads. I just like going with the flow!

Catch Up on Arcs

I have 20 to read on Netgalley and 2 physical arcs. I got real behind when I moved last year and haven’t caught up. I am not behind in any when it comes to reviewing so that is good at least and my percentage is at 96. I also have been requesting less. I plan to keep it that way and not just request everything that has a pretty cover or good blurb.

Continue to DNF

I’ve been doing well with this and will continue on!

Post on Boosktagram

I would be okay with two posts a week! I just need to be more consistent.

Do we have similar goals? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book Review | Mysteries of Thorn Manor (Sorcery of Thorns #1.5) by Margaret Rogerson

Title: Mysteries of Thorn Manor (Sorcery of Thorns #1.5)
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: YA Fantasy / Novella
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✨

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“Elisabeth Scrivener is finally settling into her new life with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. Now that their demon companion Silas has returned, so has scrutiny from nosy reporters hungry for gossip about the city’s most powerful sorcerer and the librarian who stole his heart. But something strange is afoot at Thorn Manor: the estate’s wards, which are meant to keep their home safe, are acting up and forcibly trapping the Manor’s occupants inside. Surely it must be a coincidence that this happened just as Nathaniel and Elisabeth started getting closer to one another…
With no access to the outside world, Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas – along with their new maid Mercy – will have to work together to discover the source of the magic behind the malfunctioning wards before they’re due to host the city’s Midwinter Ball. Not an easy task when the house is filled with unexpected secrets, and all Elisabeth can think about is kissing Nathaniel in peace. But when it becomes clear that the house, influenced by the magic of Nathaniel’s ancestors, requires a price for its obedience, Elisabeth and Nathaniel will have to lean on their connection like never before to set things right.” (Goodreads)

This was a cute and lighthearted novella to continue on the story of Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas.

The book follows the point-of-view of Elisabeth in third person narrative. Her mind definitely has a lot of thoughts when it comes to Nathaniel and Silas. She is trying to figure out what her life will be like now that everything has settled down. I can understand her feelings towards love and long term relationships. She always tries to understand Silas a lot more, even if he doesn’t see himself as she does.

There are cute moments between Elisabeth and Nathaniel. I liked the adventure they are set on to make things right at the manor. It all culminates to a surprise at the end which is what I was hoping would happen. I do think that it could have been drawn out a bit more and probably not done at that moment when someone is asking Nathaniel about something but maybe that is just me.

Overall, this was good and it did give me some answers that I had about their futures. I just wish it would have been just a bit longer.

First Lines Friday | 1-13-22

Hello Lovely Readers!

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?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

“My parents would kill me if they caught me reading manga at one in the morning, but I was too keyed up to sleep.”


The book is….

“Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.” (Goodreads)


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