March Book Haul

Hello bookworms! Can you believe Match is done in a few days. I’ve acquired quite a few books this month. I usually don’t buy to many but so many came out in March and April is another big book month. Also I want to say a huge thank you to all the publishers on Netgalley and Edelweiss. Okay enough talking, here are the books I’ve added to my collection this month!

Physical Books

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Mermaids Voice Returns in this One- Amanda LoveLace

Daisy Jones and the Six- Taylor Jenkins Reid

Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippicott

Now you see her – Heidi Perks,  A Paperback copy was sent to me by the publisher as part of the Twitter party for the paperback release!

E-Books Bought

Shadow Me- Tahareh Mafi

Six of Crows -Leigh Bardugo

NetGalley/ Edelweiss

The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Meet Cute- Helena Hunting

Fix Her Up – Tessa Bailey

Waiting For Tom Hanks – Kerry Winfrey

When We Left Cuba – Chanel Cleeton

My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing


That’s all for now, Let’s me know if you got any of these books, maybe we can buddy read!!


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Emmy 15 Month Update!

 

(14 months old)

This is Emmy’s 15 month update! I’m sorry I missed last months update, things just got really busy and by the time I noticed I don’t write one it was well into March. I cannot believe just how much she’s grown and learned.

Emmy is now wearing size 24 months and 2T. She can still fit into 18 months depending on the fabric and make of the clothes. She’s recently started wearing shoes,size 5/6, omg she is adorable in her outfits. She is still wearing size 4 diapers. Her hair is in a weird stage it’s long in the back and her bangs hang in her eyes, I bought her some hair clips, she’s so cute!

She is completely weaned from breastfeeding.She warned herself, I’d offer her to nurse and she would turn her head. I miss the convince of nursing, now we have to make sure we always have some whole milk in her soppy cup, also miss the bond we had, but she is still extremely cuddly when she’s tired.

We are still co-sleeping, but she no longer wakes up at night to feed. We will probably continue to co-sleep until we buy her a toddler bed in a few months. At night time she goes to sleep between 6 and 7. In the morning she tends to wake up around 7am. For naps, it depends on the day and her mood. Most days she will nap just before lunch, if we have an early lunch she will nap afterwards.

She is now running, she’s super confident in her walking. She stomps her feet, we recently took her to the park and she was jumping in the puddles. She’s always on the move, exploring the house. Opening closets and cupboards, so we use the baby gate to block off the kitchen. That’s where the cat litter is and the cleaning products,so the kitchen is off limits. I can’t wait for the snow to melt and I can take her to the park, it’s going to be so much fun!

She says a few words but not many, she can say ma-ma, da-da, this,that,kitty and na-na. She seems frustrated at times, when she wants to say something and she doesn’t have the words yet. She points at things she wants, which is so funny sometimes.This Girl has so many teeth, she has 4 molars already and all her front teeth. I’ve started brushing her teeth, she thinks it’s fun, laughs and bites the toothbrush. So hopefully she’s done with the teething for now.

She goes through so many emotions throughout the day. She is the sweetest thing, she will give hugs and lays her head down. Even with the cats she runs her face on there belly’s. She’s so loving with the people she’s comfortable with, meeting new people she will still cry. She has such a silly sense of humour,she snorts and hisses, then will laugh.She is so smart, she can point out her nose,eyes and mouths. She throws a ball, and shares her toys with us.

Thanks for reading our 15 month update 😊


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Down The TBR Hole #18

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your GoodReads TBR shelf.

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence 

I can’t believe this book has sat on my TBR unread for so long, I’m really hoping to change that this year. Keep

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

I bought the book shortly after the show was released, and this might make me a bad Canadian but I’ve lost interest in reading the book. I do however really want to watch the show. Delete

Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt

Yes! I need to finish this series. I have loved all the other book’s, so i really need to get to this one. Keep

Words on the Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

I have so many contemporaries to read, and as good as this one sounds, I’m interested in so many more. Delete

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Again, I’m going to let this one go. Its been on my TBR for years and I’ve yet to pick it yup. Delete

Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson

I really want to read this one, to support Sophia, her poetry is amazing so I have no doubt that her novels will be anything less than great. Keep


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Captain Marvel (2019) Review

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Today I wanted to share with you another thing that I really love: Marvel movies. I am a huge Marvel fan, and I have been so hyped for this movie. Having a toddler makes it difficult to get out theses days but I had an opportunity to see this movie in the theater. This movie was amazing, and an excellent addition to the MCU. There aren’t words to describe just how good this movie was, but I’m going to try.

Captain Marvel is the latest superhero film based on a character featured in Marvel Comics also going by the same name. A quick synopsis: Carol, is a Kree warrior who finds herself in the middle of a war between her people and the Skrulls. During a mission to save an undercover spy ,she gets captured and taken onto the enemies spaceship. During her attempt to escape, she crash lands on Earth more specifically in LA. She keeps having glimpses of old memories of herself when she was younger.  With the help of Nick Fury she tries to uncover her past and find a way to end the war with the Skrulls. The majority of this movie takes place in the 90s, and the soundtrack was so good!

“You are Carol Danvers. You were the woman on that black box risking her life to do the right thing.”

Bri Larson is fantastic, I love her with my whole heart and soul! Her acting is exceptional, she really brought the character to life.  She is charismatic, witty and full of sass. I love how sarcastic Carol is, and the fact that she is so caring at the same time.She is such a powerful character, even without using her powers, she is a strong lead who does what she wants. One of my favorite things is that she became a hero due to her own actions, not because she was forced into the position. She controls her powers, that she was not born with, she has to learn to harness her abilities.Captain Marvel is the female superhero I never knew I needed.

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We also get to see a young Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) , I really liked seeing him as part of the story. Seeing him back in the day before getting into deep with all the other hero’s, he is actually pretty funny and a really nice guy, before he grows into a brooding man in the future.  I really loved the friendship between Carol and Fury, as well as Fury’s interactions with Goose. Another character we get to meet is Maria Rambeau, a badass pilot who is also a single mother to a little girl. I really hope we get to see her again in future movies.

The Stan Lee Cameo was so sweet and I almost teared up. I absolutely loved Captain Marvel and overall it was so so so good!


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Sorcery Of Thorns by Magaret Rogerson

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ARC received by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Sorcery of Thorns has been at the top of my list when it comes to 2019 releases. Enchanted of Ravens was one of my favorite books of  .To say I loved this book would not even begin to describe how I felt about it!

Elisabeth, works as an apprentice in a magical library full of magical books with souls, who whisper and interact with the characters. When the books get damaged they turn into huge rampaging monsters. Elisabeth’s interactions with the grimoires gave me all the feels! Elisabeth inst like all the other apprentices, she grew up in the library having been abandoned on its steps as a baby, the other apprentices only start to study at the library at the age of thirteen.  Despite growing up in the library some of the wardens look down on her.

When a dangerous grimoire is released Elisabeth is is thrown into the middle of the situation and soon find herself with charges against her. She is taken away from the library by the Magister,a sorcerer she had briefly met in the past. He is to bring her to the capital to be judged for her crimes.

Elisabeth: I loved her so much! Honestly one of my new favorite characters!! She is full of sass, always getting herself into trouble. She was a badass, and didn’t take crap from anyone and stood up for those she cared about. She also has a soft spot when it comes to the grimoires, I love how she interacts with them.

Nathaniel: I fell in love with immediately. He is such a soft boy! He is also Bi. He openly says that he enjoys the company of men and women. He is portrayed as the villain but he is so much more than a sorcerer.

Silas: OHMYGOD I loved him so much!! He is a demon that turns into a big white fluffy cat. He is bound to Nathaniel but there relationship goes way beyond master and servant. He genuinely cares for Nathaniel, though he tries to hide it. I love that he is supposed to be this evil powerful demon, but he cooks and makes sure there all dressed nicely.

Another thing that I really liked was the romance. It was a slow burn romance, which is one of my favorite tropes. There relationship is everything, its so sweet. You can feel the tension are there interacts become more frequent.

The ending was absolutely amazing It had me on the edge of my seat, and I honestly wanted to jump up and down! I will 100% be pre-ordering the hardback.Sorcery Of Thorns will be released on June 4 2019, and i strongly urge you all to pick it up!


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Top Ten Tuesday:Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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.

This weeks topic is what books are on your spring tbr, while I don’t like making monthly tbr’s, I do try and make seasonal lists. I am so excited that it’s finally spring, I am so over this cold weather and there are so many amazing book’s being released it was hard to narrow it down. So here are the books that I’m hoping to get to this Spring season!

Spring TBR

1. Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan

2. Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

3. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

4. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

5. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

6. We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

7. Say You Still Love Me by K A Tucker

8.The Risk by Elle Kennedy

9.Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

10. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


I am seriously so excited for all of these releases!

Is there any books i mentioned that are also on your TBR? What books are you most exciting to read this spring?


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Down The TBR Hole #17

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your GoodReads TBR shelf.

How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

This book received a lot of praise when it was released,sadly it just kept getting pushed down my TBR,. At this point i don’t believe I will be reading it anytime soon. Delete

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

I want to finish the originally trilogy so I can move on to this new series. Keep

The Breakdown by BA Paris

I have no idea what this book is about, but that’s how I like to go into my thrillers. This author is really popular even with friends IRL, so I will be keeping this a book on my TBR. Keep

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole

I love this cover! This is another book I’ve sadly lost interest in, as there are so many books I want to read. I’m going to let this one go. Delete

The Child by Fiona Barton

I loved Fiona Barton’s first book, and I’m interested in reading her other works. Keep

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

I’m not big into non fiction, and if I do pick one up I have to be in the right mood for it. Delete


Have you guys read any of theses books? What did you think of them?


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Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill

Katie O’Neil had the most breathtakingly adorable illustrations! The Aquicorns are the perfect mixture of unicorn and seahorse. The panel colors are beautiful all in light pastels, the art represent s the mood of the story perfectly.

Aquicorn Cove follows a young girl named Lana, she along with her father come to visit her Auntie Mae. There was recently a really bad storm on her little island. Lana is grieving the loss of her mother. She feels a strong connection to her mother being on the island, where she grew up. This graphic novel does a beautiful job describing grief and sadness. Lana shows the reader through flashbacks just how alone she feels in her new town, without her mother by her side.

Once arriving on the island Lana realizes just how much she misses the ocean. As Lana explores the beach, she discovers a small injured auquicorn. With the help of her aunt, they care for the small creature.

This story also addresses important issues such as climate change, pollution, and over-fishing. Lana learns of the effect the island has on these sea creatures, she decides to take responsibility for protecting the ocean.

I cannot wait to read Katie’s other works, and I highly recommend this graphic novel. It is a middle grade story but I believe everyone can benefit from reading.


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Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe

“A smart man once told me the wait for something to happen can drive a sane man mad. And this place is full of madness.” 

Holy Crap !! What did I just read? This book was one wild ride with no stops until the end. I’m sitting here trying to make sense of what I just read and how to feel about it. This book was like nothing I’ve ever read before, if I had to compare it to something it would be Saw meets Harley Quinn. Starting this I really had no idea what I was getting myself into,only that is was about a romance with a serial killer. That’s all I needed to know!

London is a criminal psychologist, who finds herself  in over her head with the case of her new patient, Grayson. He is a convicted serial killer, she thinks she is in control of the situation because her medical expertise but she is very wrong.  From there first moments together she feels an attraction towards him. Grayson, is highly intelligent and chooses his victims based of there own crimes. He believes he is punishing them, by putting them in a dangerous situation and letting the victim choose how it will end. He would set up video feeds so he could watch from a distance.

London tries to deny her growing attraction to this man, and she does repeal some of his advances. However he is charming and he brings up memories of  some of her own dark secrets.

I really don’t want to give anything away,because its such a mind game as you read about these two people. I definitely didn’t see where it was heading at the end, but I didn’t really know where anything would lead.

“It’s strange what impacts us. People don’t remember the good. They remember what guts them.” 

The writing was fantastic, the plot was fast-paced and kept you on the edge of your seat.

This first installment in the Darkly, Madly duology is truly one of the most brilliantly written and emotional dark romances I have EVER read! Trisha Wolfe is a new to me author, that I am pleased to say she didn’t disappoint.


 

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

“Be patient, child. Be calm. Be selfless. Wait for the right moment. Wait for your time. Rule with a steady hand. A steady heart.”

Four Dead Queens is a a fantastic fantasy debut. This is a standalone where there are four quadrants and a queen rules each quadrant .This book is set up like a murder mystery— there are so many fantastic twists. I am absolutely blown away by this book. I devoured this book in a few days as I just couldn’t put it down.

Four Dead Queens main focus is on the character Keralie, she is a thief who works for her childhood best friend, Mackiel. He then sells the items she acquires. Her story begins when she is assigned to steal a comm disk from a messenger. Her mission goes all wrong,to save herself she ingest the comm,where she then gets images of the four queens being murdered. Keralie teams up with Varin, the messenger, to discover what has happened to the queens. In there quest for information they start to unravel the truth and find themselves in the middle of a larger conspiracy.

“Loving someone means risking your heart being broken. Corra said. But those moments you are together triumphs over any darkness” 

The protagonist  Keralie is such a  resourceful, clever, and brave character who finds herself once broken free from Mickiel. Through her journey to discover what happened to the Queen she learns to forgive herself from her past mistakes and also tries to redeem some of them.

I really loved the Queens and how they each had there own secrets,even from each other. The way they rule the kingdom is written in such a unique way,that I’ve never read before.  Each quadrant is its own world with its own set of standards and different cultures. Each Queen is given a voice, as we follow there stories we learn what secrets might have played into there assassination.

The only thing I really struggled with in Four Dead Queens was the romance. I don’t necessarily believe it was needed. I found Varin to be extremely likable and swoonworthy, but this whole story was so fast paced that the romance didn’t fully have time to develop. While I believe the characters could develop an attraction to one another in that time frame but not necessarily strong feelings as they did.

“Sometimes failure is the beginning of success” 

Overall I really love Four Dead Queens and I am sad that it is a standalone. I would love to see more of Quadra. The story  had such a unique and interesting premise with lots of plot twist and interesting characters. I’m really looking forward to Astrid’s second book, I believe she will write something just as excellent as this debut. I would really recommend this book.


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