ARC Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


In the same vein as the popular Broadway musical Wicked, this book explores the backstory of a renowned villain, bringing to life a character that is so easily despised in modern culture. Readers can easily distinguish the slow yet steady change of Catherine to become the bloodthirsty Queen of Hearts that we read about today. Meyer revisits unforgettable characters like the Mad Hatter and Cheshire the Cat, adding her own little flair in regards to their personality – truly bringing them to life. With the vivid writing and refreshing new characterizations for old characters, Heartless captures a captivating yet heartbreaking origin story of the Queen of Hearts.

“They were all a little mad, if one was to be forthright.”

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Book Review: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eager

Summer Skin
Author: Kirsty Eager
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Get it Here: Book Depository


Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.

The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls.

The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess.

A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable?

It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.

A searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the hotbed of university colleges by the award-winning author of Raw Blue.


Biggest of thanks to Jeann from Happy Indulgence for the signed copy! Sending all my love!❤

I think all females, no matter what their age group (but especially the ones transitioning from teen to adult) have to pick this book up! It’s not only a romance between two people caught on opposing forces of a competition, but considers the patriarchal and misogynistic tendencies that are unfortunately common in society – addressing them in feminist ways through the strong-willed main character, Jess. On the cover of the book Summer Skin is likened to “a feminist love story,” and that description could not be more apt. Eagar tackles issues that are seen commonly today, with a message underlying the relationship that is progressing in the story.

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SST: Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh Interview


Hey everyone! This week I’m super duper luper excited to feature an interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh, the author of newly-published Fear the Drowning Deep, a historical YA with hints of mystery and intrigue as a part of SST, hosted by Nori at Read Write Love 28. We get to talk about romance in books (always a fave with me), a big creepy sea monster, and other fun things that you’ll discover in this story!

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Book Review: The Rogue’s Wager by Christi Caldwell (Sinful Brides #1)

The Rogue’s Wager
Author: Christi Caldwell
Series: Sinful Brides #1
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Get it Here: Kindle | Amazon


London, 1821

Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield, has long reveled in the freedom afforded him as the ducal heir. He knows he must someday do right by the Somerset line, but he’s in no hurry to give up his carefree existence.

Helena Banbury is a bookkeeper in a gentleman’s gambling club, adept at analyzing numbers and accounts but helpless for lack of influence. She’s never belonged among the nobility on the gaming hell floors, but neither does she feel completely herself among the men who run the Hell and Sin Club, despite the fact that they are family. The once-illiterate girl from the streets wants more than the gilded walls her protective cage can offer.

When Robert mistakenly enters her chambers one night, Helena is forced out of her predictable life and thrust into the glittering world of Society. Will the charms of the marquess prove more perilous than any danger she ever knew on the streets?


In between doses of YA I always like to add a bit of new adult or adult stories and romances because I am a sucker for happy endings and need to spice up my life. Feel-good plots are always my thing, which is why I’m usually drawn to romances in literature. When I saw that The Rogue’s Wager was on Netgalley, I was taking a break from YA and am super glad I picked this one up! It’s a fairly quick read – as Caldwell’s other books – and delivers on the predictability and fuzzy feelings that I know I’m going to get when reading historical romances.

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SST | Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen: Can A Slave Save A Society?

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This week has a fantastic start-off with Becky Allen’s debut book, Bound by Blood and Sand! The blurb completely caught my attention – nothing like good social issues to create meaningful conflicts. I soon found myself entranced by the unique world and intriguing characters after picking it up. Suffice it to say, I’m super excited to be featuring it on the Sunday Street Team, hosted by Nori at Read Write Love 28!

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Book Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #2)

Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.


Thank you Penguin Random House for the review copy!

This book was easily one of my top anticipated stories of 2016, given the love I had for its predecessor Illuminae, which was the first and only book I’ve reviewed on video here. While Kaufman and Kristoff continue to surprise readers with their clever plot twists and science fiction elements that are just out of this world, my initial reaction to this book wasn’t as exciting. We start off with new characters and a new setting, and while I went into this book looking forward to meeting them, a part of my heart is permanently with Ezra and Kady back on the Hypatia.

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Book Review: Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins (Nameless #2)

Author: Jennifer Jenkins
Series: Nameless #2
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository


Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.

Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.

He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”

As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.

But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.


Thank you Month9Books for the review copy!

I expected quite a lot from this book because I adored the first book Nameless(review here) so very much; suffice it to say, my expectations were certainly met, and more! Jenkins continues this epic story at a nonstop pace and unlimited action, while still taking the time to highlight character introspection and growth. It was refreshing to be back with Zo and Gryphon and the rest of the Nameless crew as they navigated the dangerous world, while meeting new clans. The introduction of new characters in this book was also exciting to see, as well as more elaboration on the world!

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Fanart Friday #5: GEMINA Wallpapers + Designs + Come, Space Lovers!

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Greetings, traveler of the interwebs!

My phone actually autocorrects Gemina to GEMINA, which only goes to show how utterly I’m excited for it. In any case, I recently made some designs that you lovely people can also use/buy to showcase your love for this book. Let me just tell you, designing space things (to keep up with the theme, y’know) is actually harder than it looks! Anything to do with nature is in the bag, but then you add numbers and constellations and other space objects and my head’s scrambling for ways to hold onto each idea. Anyhow, the little elf in my mind that screams ideas to the temporal love in my brain somehow managed. So here they are!

To download in full resolution, just click on the picture and click on the Dropbox link in the captain.

But Wait

There’s more! Over the summer I also opened a Society 6 and Redbubble shop. I added some designs for the Illuminae series, if you want to check it out. Just click on the picture of the canvas and there are links to be redirected to its respective Society 6 or Redbubble page.

Did You See?

I also wonder if you’ve checked out the Illuminae wallpapers I released at Happy Indulgence last year! If you’re using any of these, I’d seriously love to know. Or not, that’s cool too.🙂 Either way, enjoy!

Find the full resolution pictures at the Indulgence Designs post.

*Disclaimer: All rights go to the authors and publisher; the only thing I own is my creativity!

Look out for my review of Gemina in the upcoming weeks as well.😀


Stalking Jack the Ripper Blog Tour | Wallpapers That Can Revive the Dead

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… Or at least, I wish that were the case. Welcome to my stop on this book’s blog tour, which is exciting because it comes out next week. Here you’ll find not one, not two, NOT FOUR, BUT S I X lovely wallpapers to choose from for this book! We have everything from skulls to serial killer notes to a pastel garden. You like your phone to be decorated with medical tools? We have that. You like your phone to be decorated with flowers? You’re in luck, because we have that as well.

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Book Review: Nemesis by Anna Banks (Nemesis #1)

Author: Anna Banks
Series: Nemesis #1
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository


The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?


Thank you Macmillan’s Children Publishing for the review copy!

I just want to say before I start that I’m not a big fan of this cover. I know a lot of people aren’t, because most of us don’t want faces on covers. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, and the silver skin gives me the heebie-jeebies. But I think this is really a case where I urge you guys to not judge a book by its cover.😛 I mean, I wouldn’t have picked this book up in the bookstore if I saw it on shelves, but the blurb really caught my attention. And hear me out in my review before discrediting it based on the cover alone! (Also, the skin reflects the make up in the culture of one of the kingdoms – the character herself isn’t silver-skinned.)

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