Book Review | Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Silver in the Bone
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: YA Fantasy / Retelling / Mythology
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

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

“Tamsin Lark didn’t ask to be a Hollower. As a mortal with no magical talent, she was never meant to break into ancient crypts, or compete with sorceresses and Cunningfolk for the treasures inside. But after her thieving foster father disappeared without so much as a goodbye, it was the only way to keep herself—and her brother, Cabell—alive.

Ten years later, rumors are swirling that her guardian vanished with a powerful ring from Arthurian legend. A run-in with her rival Emrys ignites Tamsin’s hope that the ring could free Cabell from a curse that threatens both of them. But they aren’t the only ones who covet the ring.

As word spreads, greedy Hollowers start circling, and many would kill to have it for themselves. While Emrys is the last person Tamsin would choose to partner with, she needs all the help she can get to edge out her competitors in the race for the ring. Together, they dive headfirst into a vipers’ nest of dark magic, exposing a deadly secret with the power to awaken ghosts of the past and shatter her last hope of saving her brother. . . .” (Goodreads)

This is my second time reading a book by this author. She always creates such a unique book, especially when it comes to being a retelling centered around mythology. But for me, there is always something missing to really push it over the top. Whether it be due to the characters or the worlding. Sometimes it is a bit of both, which is how what I would say for this particular book.

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Tamsin Lark. She is an orphan being brought up by a foster father and brother. It’s a unique family situation and one that is explained more throughout the book. I thought she was a decent character. At times is she unlikeable because of the way she treats people, but I can understand why she has barriers up. She doesn’t let anyone in for a reason and relies on her brother.

The other characters were fine. I think I liked Neve the most and I am hoping we learn more about her background in the sequel. Emrys was also another character I liked. He is the bad boy of the group and has his own motives, but I can’t help but like how he has a pet name for Tamsin and tends to care in some sort of way. Although, he can also kick rocks! Haha.

I did feel like the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more. This also applies to the world building as well. I already have a hard time with urban fantasy and frankly I didn’t know this would be a mix of that before starting. I still am not 100% sure how the world works and why things are the way they are. Everything just kind of exists and you just roll with it.

It was hard to get through this book for the above reasons. I had no desire to pick it back up right away after having to set it down. It’s probably why it took me so long to get through. I do think that the ending was good enough to want to continue on to the sequel though. I am hoping that more will be explained, especially with the world.

Overall, this was okay/good. I did like the retelling even though I don’t know much about Arthurian things. It can be a be grotesque at times but it doesn’t go into too much details. If you have been a fan of her work before I would give it a try!


First Lines Friday | 3-24-23

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!

“They say gardens are good for the soul, and the magical Winter Garden most of all. You’ll never find it in one place for long.”


The book is….

Welcome to the Winter Gardens of Half Moon House. Please do not mishandle the exhibits. (The owners accept no liability for any events that occur, magical or otherwise…)

The Winter Garden open at the stroke of midnight with no great fanfare – after all, this is a time when all virtuous folk should be in bed. But for the few curious souls that brave the opening of its gates what enchantments await.

There is all manner of strange and spectacular flora and fauna collected on her travels by the scandalous Lady Beatrice Sitwell and exhibited for the delight of paying customers. By flickering lamplight, visitors can discover magic fish, spectacular ghost butterflies, and a tiger made of stars.

And for the very brave – and a small extra cost – there is the forest of plum trees, ripening against the snow bearing magical fruit which can tell your fortune – if only you dare take a bite…” (Goodreads)


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Book Review | Seven Percent of Ro Devereux by Ellen O’Clover

Title: Seven Percent of Ro Devereux
Author: Ellen O’Clover
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Ro Devereux can predict your future. Or, at least, the app she built for her senior project can.

Working with her neighbor, a retired behavioral scientist, Ro created an app called MASH, designed around the classic game Mansion Apartment Shack House, that can predict a person’s future with 93% accuracy. The app will even match users with their soul mates. Though it was only supposed to be a class project, MASH quickly takes off and gains the attention of tech investors.

Ro’s dream is to work in Silicon Valley, and she’ll do anything to prove to her new backing company—and the world—that the app works. So it’s a huge shock when the app says her soul mate is Miller, her childhood best friend with whom she had a friendship-destroying fight three years ago. Now thrust into a fake dating scenario, Ro and Miller must address the years of pain between them if either of them will have any chance of achieving their dreams.” (Goodreads)

I’ve been looking forward to this one since I first saw the cover! This was a cute YA Contemporary with a second-chance friendship that blossoms into more.

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Ro Devereux. She made an app to predict the future of those who take the quiz and match them with a love interest for a senior year project. I haven’t read anything like this before so it was very intriguing with how it started out.

Ro has a lot going on in her life and it isn’t all of the drama that comes with the app either. She deals with loss/grief and backlash of an friendship that ended but it is slowly being rekindled. I definitely felt for her loss and understand how terrible the feeling of grief is. Her mother also hasn’t been around for quite awhile and that also takes a toll on her. Through it all, she is still smart and capable and handles every situation to the best of her ability with those who care at her side. I did enjoy learning more about her through those tight knit relationships.

There is romance and I liked how it all went down! Imagine being matched with an old friend you haven’t talked to for quite sometime and now you are thrown into a fake dating situation. It was a crazy plot line that I didn’t see coming but really enjoyed watching it play out. Miller is a sweet guy who cares for her even through the pain that was caused years ago when they stopped being friends. He is the real deal and stuck by her when things got hard and it would have been easier for him to walk away.

With all of the drama that the app caused I wasn’t really sure how this book would end. I liked that the author talked about the importance of following your own dreams and not what any app, or even a person, has laid out for you. We never know what life will bring and it is up to us to find out what it will be filled with.

Overall, this was a great audiobook. I liked the narration and I breezed through it in one day!

Book Review | This Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua

Title: This Is Not a Personal Statement
Author: Tracy Badua
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

“As the youngest graduating senior at her hypercompetitive high school, Perla Perez is certain all the late nights, social isolation, and crushing stress will be worth it when she gets into the college of her (and her parents’) dreams: Delmont University.

Then Perla doesn’t get in, and her meticulously planned future shatters. In a panic, she forges her own acceptance letter, and next thing she knows, she’s heading to Delmont for real, acceptance or not. Perla’s plan? Gather on-the-ground intel to beef up her application and reapply spring semester before she’s caught.

But as her guilty conscience grows and campus security looms large, Perla starts to wonder if her plan will really succeed, and if this dream she’s worked for her entire life is something she even wants.” (Goodreads)

This was a unique take on a teenage girl getting ready for college.

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Perla Perez. She graduated high school early at the age of sixteen and has never really fit in with her peers. Although, she has spent more time studying, getting good grades, and being pushed by her parents to be her best. All of those things have culminated to make her not take no for an answer and devises a plan to be a student at Delmont while not being one.

I understand why Perla would go the route she did when it came to faking it. The pressure her parents put on her was a lot and they didn’t make it easy for an open dialogue between them. It was either their way or she just wasn’t good enough. It’s sad that this type of pressure happens in our own world. A one track plan shouldn’t be the be all or end all type of deal.

Even though I understood her, I thought that it was also kind of far fetch at the same time. It makes for an interesting plot but it was hard not to question everything that was happening. I wish Perla had been honest with her parents before being caught and even after it all comes out she doesn’t have a huge conversation with her parents, but her dad seemed to care more than her mother.

Perla did learn a lot through her experience and made friends, but also lost some. It all helped her in growing as a person.

Overall, this was a good audiobook. I liked the narration and it was easy to listen to.

WWW Wednesday | 3-22-23

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 Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It is a reread to still see if I enjoy it from way back when haha. I’m only 9% in so can’t say much!

Chaos & Flame by Tessa Gratton and Justina Ireland, The Winter Ball by Alexandra Bell, and Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai are my other reads! They have been decent so far and we will see how they all go.

  • The Comeback by Lily Chu (arc) ⭐⭐
  • The Last Word by Katy Birchall (arc) ⭐⭐💫

The next audiobook will be While You Were Dreaming by Alisha Rai.

My other books will either be Deathmark by Kate Stradling, Famous for a Living by Melissa Ferguson, or Rubi Ramos’s Recipe for Success by Jessica Parra.


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Book Review | Last Sunrise in Eterna by Amparo Ortiz

Title: Last Sunrise in Eterna
Author: Amparo Ortiz
Genre: YA Fantasy / Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫

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

Three teenagers are invited to spend seven days on the secluded island floating off the coast of Puerto Rico to learn the magic of the elves.

All they have to do is give up their dreams.

Seventeen-year-old goth Sevim Burgos hates elves. Everyone else on earth loves the elves (especially their handsome princes) and would give anything to participate in Eterna’s annual Exchange, where three teens can trade their dreams for a week of elven magic.

But Sevim knows things most people don’t. She can see through the illusions the elves use to conceal their crimes. Ever since elves killed her father, Sevim has longed for revenge. So to help support her single mother, she has been selling abandoned elf corpses on the black market.

But it turns out that the elf prince Aro has noticed Sevim bodysnatching, so he kidnaps her mother in retaliation. To get her mother back, Sevim must participate in the Exchange.

In the home of the elves, Sevim will have to surrender her dreams and put her trust in the charming prince who took the last family member she has in order to master the art of elf magic. And in working with him, she will discover how the royal elves might be more tied to her own history than she ever suspected.” (Goodreads)

This was a unique urban fantasy with elves. Ortiz’s writing is still a treat.

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Sevim. Her life is anything but ordinary. She is taking care of her mother and she does that by selling elf corpses to a doctor. It’s a weird situation but also quite intriguing. Sevim has a great relationship with her mother. I always enjoy these type of relationships because I have special bonds with my own family. I wouldn’t say they are exactly the same since there is some wild plot twists that come with Sevim’s! She is also a fierce MC who doesn’t shy away from some very scary and gory experiences. I would not be the same way ha.

There are a few main players in the game and one is an elf prince named Aro. He was pretty suave and I liked the interactions between him and Sevim. They could be quite humorous. I do wish that he would have had a bit more development though.

The magic system for the elves involve dreams which I thought was interesting. I can’t recall ever reading anything similar to that. It could have been fleshed out more, just like some of the characters.

I know that the blurb talked about corpse snatching but I don’t think I expected other dark elements in the story. I don’t think it’s super graphic or anything but also not my taste.

Overall, this was good! I do think there could have been a bit more development but you do understand the gist of what is going on.

Top Ten Tuesday | Recent Books Added 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 Recent Books Added To My TBR! I feel like I have added a lot lately so let me just make another post with the latest!

1.) Secrets Never Die by Vincent Ralph
2.) The Bee King by Mathilda Zeller
3.) The Jasad Heir Sara Hashem
4.) The Search for Us by Susan Azim Boyer
5.) The Space Between Here & Now by Sarah Suk

6.) The Name Drop by Susan Lee
7.) Fatima Tate Takes the Cake by Khadijah VanBrakle
8.) The Unforgettable Alexandra Shaw by A. Lloyd Spanton
9.) The Prince of Prohibition by Marilyn Marks
10.) Deathmark by Kate Stradling

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

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Book Review | Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

Title: Thank You for Listening
Author: Julia Whelan
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2022
Publisher: Avon US
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

“For Sewanee Chester, being an audiobook narrator is a long way from her old dreams, but the days of being a star on film sets are long behind her. She’s found success and satisfaction from the inside of a sound booth and it allows her to care for her beloved, ailing grandmother. When she arrives in Las Vegas last-minute for a book convention, Sewanee unexpectedly spends a whirlwind night with a charming stranger.

On her return home, Sewanee discovers one of the world’s most beloved romance novelists wanted her to perform her last book—with Brock McNight, the industry’s hottest, most secretive voice. Sewanee doesn’t buy what romance novels are selling—not after her own dreams were tragically cut short—and she stopped narrating them years ago. But her admiration of the late author, and the opportunity to get her grandmother more help, makes her decision for her.

As Sewanee begins work on the book, resurrecting her old romance pseudonym, she and Brock forge a real connection, hidden behind the comfort of anonymity. Soon, she is dreaming again, but secrets are revealed, and the realities of life come crashing down around her once more.

If she can learn to risk everything for desires she has long buried, she will discover a world of intimacy and acceptance she never believed would be hers.” (Goodreads)

I’ve been meaning to read this one after seeing a lot of great reviews for it. I’m glad I decided to go with the audiobook because the narration was perfection.

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Sewanee, but there are a couple written emails or letters from others that are included as well. I liked the diverse format for this book. It worked really well, especially between Sewanee and Brock since they are working together on a project.

Sewanee is filled with a lot of doubt when it comes to who she is and what her worth is because of an accident that caused her to lose an eye. I can’t say that I know exactly what it feels because I still have my eyes, but I think that anyone has felt doubt or below their true worth more than once in life. I know that I have. It was nice to see her change her mindset over the book and those around her that cared were there for it all. She had a great support group even when she didn’t realize it.

The part about her grandma with dementia was hard. I have been there with my own grandma. It made me reminisce on our relationship pre-dementia and post. It sucks to see their mind deteriorate over time and not remember who you are. It’s one of the hardest things in life I have had to deal with since we always had a close bond.

Sewanee also finds herself in romantic situations and there are some wild plot twists that come with them. My jaw dropped more than once while listening to the book!

I honestly enjoyed all of the characters. It was probably due to the narration because it made even the elderly sound great and gave them a lot of personality.

This book also covers what it is like to be a fan of the smut genre and adds a little humor since it involves narrating those scenes. I also liked that the author gives a bit into why she wrote this and made the characters romance narrators. It really made for a unique read and one job I haven’t read about.

Overall, this was a great book! There is just so much packed into this book and every piece makes it perfect and gives something for everyone to enjoy. Although it’s hard to not like the whole thing. If you enjoy stories with a lot of emotion and a romance that gives a nice HEA then you should try this one out.

Monthly Wrap-Up | February 2023

Hello Lovely Readers!

This is definitely on the later side but here we are! I’ve just been busy haha.

February was filled with dentist and doctor trips, being sick, and quite a bit of reading! I don’t think I did much outside of that.

This month I managed to read 9 books, 12 audiobooks, and 4 manga/graphic novels.
25 books in total!

  • Naruto Vol. 24 by Masashi Kishimoto
  • Promise Boys by Nick Brooks (🎧)
  • Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross (arc)

  • Thank You For Listening by Julia Whelan (🎧) (4.5 stars)
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  • The Mixtape by Brittainy C. Cherry
  • Salvation (Sanctuary #3) by Caryn Lix
  • Part Of Your World by Abby Jimenez (🎧)
  • Under the Naga Tail by Mae Bunseng Taing

  • Naruto Vol. 23 by Masashi Kishimoto
  • NerdCrush by Alisha Emrich
  • An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn (🎧)
  • Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken (arc)
  • Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali (🎧)

  • Perelandra by C.S. Lewis (🎧)
  • The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim (🎧)
  • Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon (🎧)
  • Bear With Me Now by katie Shepard (arc)
  • Isha, Unscripted by Sajni Patel (🎧)
  • This Time It’s Real by Ann Liang (🎧)
  • The Do Over by Suzanne Park (arc)
  • The Last Heir to Blackwood Library by Hester Fox (arc)
  • Sunbeams in the Sky Vol. 1 by Monika Koname (arc)
  • Bet on It by Jodie Slaughter (🎧)

None This Month

Readathon Updates:

2023 Audiobook Challenge 30/100 on track!
Goodreads Challenge 66/100 on track!
Magical Readathon: Adventure in Aeldia 2/12 on track!
Beat the Backlist 2023 30/52 on track!



Goodreads Monday | What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez

Hello Readers!

Goodreads Monday was hosted and created by Lauren’s Page Turners and has now been taken over by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.

Title: What the River Knows
Author: Isabel Ibañez
Genre: YA Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Publisher: Wednesday Books

The Mummy meets Death on the Nile in this lush, immersive historical fantasy set in Egypt filled with adventure, a rivals-to-lovers romance, and a dangerous race.

Bolivian-Argentinian Inez Olivera belongs to the glittering upper society of nineteenth century Buenos Aires, and like the rest of the world, the town is steeped in old world magic that’s been largely left behind or forgotten. Inez has everything a girl might want, except for the one thing she yearns the most: her globetrotting parents—who frequently leave her behind.

When she receives word of their tragic deaths, Inez inherits their massive fortune and a mysterious guardian, an archeologist in partnership with his Egyptian brother-in-law. Yearning for answers, Inez sails to Cairo, bringing her sketch pads and an ancient golden ring her father sent to her for safekeeping before he died. But upon her arrival, the old world magic tethered to the ring pulls her down a path where she soon discovers there’s more to her parent’s disappearance than what her guardian led her to believe.

With her guardian’s infuriatingly handsome assistant thwarting her at every turn, Inez must rely on ancient magic to uncover the truth about her parent’s disappearance—or risk becoming a pawn in a larger game that will kill her.” (Goodreads)


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