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Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Kaz and his crew have pulled off the heist of a lifetime. They should be rolling in riches by now, but instead they’re back to fighting for their lives. They’ve been double-crossed and need to come up with a plan quickly before they all get arrested (or worse). 

Some of the most powerful influences in the world are after them and the secrets of jurda parem, a drug that could ruin the Grisha. Old rivals team up, new enemies are made, and loyalties are tested as the clock runs out. 

The first book in the duology, Six of Crows, was pretty damned good. Naturally, I had high expectations for the second book. Not only were my expectations met, but they were surpassed with flying colors and hand grenades. I found myself staying up late and getting up early, just to get in a few more pages. It’s that freaking good.

The characters that we were introduced to in the first book become even more intriguing as you learn more about their backgrounds and the complexities of their personalities. It’s an amazingly diverse group of characters, all with pasts that have left them scarred. The way they all fit together and support each other, despite their differences, is incredibly inspiring.

I loved the themes that were present in this book – fear, thoughts being challenged, past experiences haunting the present, questioning loyalties. There was way more insight into what drove the characters and gave you a much better appreciation for each of them.

Normally, I find romantic feelings in YA books to be cheesy or over the top. Bardugo did an amazing job at factoring this in without it sabotaging the story. The relationships she built were realistic and complicated, rather than being hormone-fueled.

I cannot praise this book enough! Read it. Then read it again.

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Recently Added to the TBR Pile

Greetings on this day that we call “hump.”

There are so many awesome books (at least, they sound awesome) being released in 2018 that I can’t even keep up with my TBR list anymore. Here’s a few that I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere lately that I am looking forward to getting my hands on.



Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift – (Courtesy of Goodreads)

Determined to escape her old life, misfit and student geologist Hallie packs up her life in England and heads to Paris. She falls in with the eclectic expat community as a bartender at the notorious Millie’s, located next to the Moulin Rouge.

Here she meets Gabriela, a bartender who guides her through this strange nocturnal world, and begins to find a new family. But Millie’s is not all that it seems: a bird warns Hallie to get her feathers in order, a mysterious woman shows up claiming to be a chronometrist, and Gabriela is inexplicably unable to leave Paris.

Then Hallie discovers a time portal located in the keg room. Over the next nine months, irate customers will be the least of her concerns, as she navigates time-faring through the city’s turbulent past and future, falling in love, and coming to terms with her own precarious sense of self.


Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman – (Courtesy of Goodreads)

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

Have you read either of these yet? What new releases are you currently excited about? 


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3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag (Day 1)


Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews tagged me in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag. Hooray! I actually really like this one because I enjoy finding and sharing quotes from books I’ve read. It’s interesting to see what particular quotes grab people. I feel like it reveals something about their personalities and gives you a brief glimpse inside their heads. Don’t you agree?

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thank you Mandy! You are awesomesauce!)
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

For Day 1, I am going to share a quote from the book I am currently reading, Crooked Kingdom. I liked this one because fear is a very prevalent theme in this story. Despite the fear the characters experience, however, they’re all able to own that fear and face it when they really need to. It’s pretty badass.



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Sequels I Probably Won’t Read

Some books are so good that you have to read the next one immediately. It doesn’t matter if you have 100 other books on your TBR list. You put them all aside and buy the sequel because you won’t be able to sleep at night if you don’t know what happens next.

These are not those books.


Out of No Man’s Land (Sand #2) by Hugh Howey – Sand had an interesting storyline,  but the characters left me a tad disappointed. The story went back and forth between different points-of-view, which made it feel like there wasn’t enough character development.


Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman – There was very little that I liked about Scythe.  Everything/everyone was boring and it felt like another stereotypical YA dystopian novel.


The Magician King (The Magicians #2) by Lev Grossman – Despite how much I disliked The Magicians I contemplated reading the second book. Several people have insisted that the story gets more exciting, but judging by what I’ve seen of the television version, they’re lying to me.


Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2) by Michael J. Sullivan – I am not dead set against reading the next book. I enjoyed Age of Myth, but I don’t know if I liked it enough that I really care to read the rest of the series.


The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman – The Invisible Library had a pretty cool premise, but there was very little background detail. It kinda felt like you were just dropped into the middle of a story, so things were confusing at times. I’ve heard that the sequel is similar, so I’ll probably pass on this one.

Do you keep reading a series if  you didn’t like the first book?

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It’s Monday! How you doin’?


I hope you’re all having a decent start to your week. or at least have a cup of coffee in your hand right now. I’ve hardly slept the last 3-4 days, so I’m really needing the caffeine today.

The four books I ordered from Barnes & Noble last week finally arrived this weekend, so at least I’ve had those to keep me and my insomnia company. One night, while my anxiety had my brain racing at 3 a.m. I decided to waste time by taking one of those Facebook personality quizzes. Ironically, it told me that I have a very anxious personality. *laughs*…*cries*

Currently Reading: 


What are you planning on reading this week?


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The Cliche Book Tag

I was tagged by Amber @ Step Into a Book World for the Cliche Book Tag. Yay! You guys should check out Amber’s blog if you haven’t already. Because why wouldn’t you want to find out what an awesome blogger she is?


Actions Speak Louder Than Words – A book that wasn’t or couldn’t be better than the movie


Fight Club was a good book, but I felt like they really figured out how to fuck with your mind in the movie version. I love that movie.

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side – A rags to riches or riches to rags story


I’m going to give the same answer as Amber and say A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre doesn’t just go from being poor, she gets the power of a High Fae, which in my opinion is even more badass than just getting a bunch of money.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree – A parent-child relationship that you love


This question is making me realize how the vast majority of books I read contain very poor (if any) parent-child relationships. (Hey, let’s not dive too deep into that one. Heh.) That being said, I’m cheating a little and picking the Harry Potter series. I think there were some amazing relationships in this book. Even though Harry’s parents were dead, his appreciation of family and the love he still had for his parents was beautiful. His relationships with the other parent-like figures in his life, like Sirius and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, was also inspiring.

You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover – A great book that needs a better cover


The Stand. I’m not going to lie, I absolutely hate this cover.

You Can’t Please Everyone A book you hate that everyone loves


The Magicians. Ugh. If you’re a regular reader you’re probably sick of hearing me rant about that one. Sorry. 😛 (If you’re not a regular reader, allow me to sum it up: Boring magical world and whiny, pretentious characters.)

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger – A book that made you a better person for having read it


Furiously Happy. I LOVE YOU JENNY LAWSON. ❤

Love is Blind – A book with a disabled character (or actual blind love)


The protagonist of The Rosie Project, Professor Don Tillmanfalls on the autism spectrum. He can’t interact with most “normal” people and only understands things from a scientific or rational point of view. When he goes searching for love it ends up being a giant disaster and it’s amazing. I love Don and Rosie’s relationship in this book.

Ignorance is Bliss – A book that is bad but you just don’t want to admit it


Dorothy Must Die. I admit that the last two books in the series were pretty bad, but I’m still holding on to the first two.

There is No Time Like the Present- What is your favorite contemporary book?


I really don’t read a lot of contemporary books, so please accept my offering of this contemporary dance instead.

Better Safe Than Sorry – A book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad

A Darker Shade final for Irene

I’m kind of afraid to start A Darker Shade of Magic, even though I just purchased it. I keep hearing that it’s amazing and I don’t want it to be a let down.


I tag…ALL OF YOU, you wonderful, amazing bloggers, you.


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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answers the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I’m just about finished with Shada. It’s taken longer to finish than expected due to the birthday shenanigans last weekend. A review should be up soon.


Recently FinishedSix of Crows. 


What I’ll Probably Read Next: Either Crooked Kingdom or Good Omens (again).