Sadie by Courtney Summers

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

This book was brutal and gut-wrenching and I couldn't put it down.

The story is told with two narratives. The first is from West's point of view, as he's…

I'm back!

I took a rather long hiatus, didn't I?

Between work suddenly becoming very busy (I own my own business), a couple deaths in my family, and the holiday season, I haven't had the bandwidth to do much else. I have been reading, and now I'm determined to keep up with my reviews again, especially for some eARCs that I still have.

Anyway, look forward to some new posts, an updated Instagram, and more books!

Monthly Roundup: August 2018

And another month has come and gone! Sometimes I feel like I get the most reading done during my busiest months? I don't know how that works because it seems like a paradox, but maybe my mind just needs to chill more when I'm busier.

Anyway! In August I read ELEVEN books!

Your Soul is a River - Nikita Gill (5 stars)Red Sister - Mark Lawrence (4.5 stars)Meet Cute - Various Authors (4 stars)The Rogue Not Taken - Sarah McLean (4 stars)Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik (5 stars)Wicked and the Wallflower - Sarah McLean (3 stars)Because You Love To Hate Me - Various Authors (2 stars)Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce (4.5 stars) [reread]In The Hands of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce (4.5 stars) [reread]The Woman Who Rides Like A Man - Tamora Pierce (4.5 stars) [reread]Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce (4.5 stars) [reread]
So, first of all, I reread one of my FAVORITE series from when I was younger, The Song Of The Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce. I have to say it held up really wel…

Monthly Roundup: July 2018

July has come and gone! It was a busy and slow month for me, reading-wise. I only read 5 books!

Outrun the Wind - Elizabeth Tammi (3.5 stars)The Princess in Black - Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (3.5 stars)Lifelike - Jay Kristoff (4.5 stars)Circe - Madeline Miller (4.5 stars)You Are A Badass - Jen Sincero (4 stars)
The last three books of the month were really good. I buddy read Lifelike and Circe with a friend and they were great to read along with someone else! Badass was a really good boost and motivator and just what I needed to read right now!
I started a lot of books in July, but haven't finished them yet, or finished them in the last couple days (so they don't count for July).
On my August TBR... So many books! Seriously! I've got some great ones on hold at the library, plus a few interesting ARCs to read. Looking forward most to Foundaryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. A seriously amazing author (Brandon Sanderson blurbed him soooooooo you know it's good).
What did…

Series Review: The Raven Cycle

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Books in the Series
The Raven Boys
The Dream Thieves
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven King

First Book Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things bu…

Monthly Roundup: June 2018

June was a bit slow in terms of books. I feel like June went by SO FAST but I was so busy I didn't get that much reading done. I mean, I still read 5 books (though one is technically a novella that I read in a day), so that's not nothing, but I definitely felt like my momentum from the previous months waned.
The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton (5 stars)Beneath a Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire (4 stars)The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars)Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars)The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater (3.5 stars)Geekerella - Ashley Poston (4 stars)
So first off, the Queens of Innis Lear was stunning. I did a buddy read and it was perfect! It's definitely going on my top books of 2018. You can read more on my full review, linked in the title above. Sugar Sky was the third novella in a series, and again some beautiful writing. I finished the Raven Cycle series and it was so good and unique. Look for a review of the series coming soon! And Geeke…


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels m…