Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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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 prompt is standalone books that need a sequel. This one is hard for me because 90% of the time, I am usually satisfied with stand alone books. Series can be very daunting to me however, I do have four stand alone books I would love to see sequels for.

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1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becki Albertali

This book is one of my ALL time favorite books. In this book we follow Molly who is an identical twin. I would love to hear more about her twin, Cassie and maybe a story from her point of view.

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2. Sadie by Courtney Summers

I think a majority of people who have read this book would agree, the ending did not provide complete closure. I was VERY confused. Maybe not a full sequel but a short story would suffice.

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3. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The world in this book is SO intriguing and I think it would be great to see a companion novel set in the same world. Maybe with the same group of friends?


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4. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

I would LOVE to see how both main characters are adapting after everything that went down. I think that there is still so much story and potential here. Maybe its because this book didn’t live up to the hype for me and I just want more.


This was a difficult Top Ten Tuesday for me (Hence why I chose 4 books and not 10). I would love to hear what books you think need sequels? What stand alone books are your favorite??

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Book Reviews

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Kreuger

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This book was the March pick for the Dragons & Tea Book Club hosted by Mel from

Mel to the Any & Amy from A Court of Crowns and Quills


A sharp and funny urban fantasy for “new adults” about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.

College grad Bailey Chen has a few demons: no job, no parental support, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend who’s around when she moves back home. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders, her demons get a lot more literal. Like, soul-sucking hell-beast literal. Soon, it’s up to Bailey and the ragtag band of magical mixologists to take on whatever—or whoever—is behind the mysterious rash of gruesome deaths in Chicago, and complete the lost recipes of an ancient tome of cocktail lore.

My thoughts:

This book had so much potential. Magic & Cocktails. What more could a 24 year old want in a book? However, I was let down on so many levels.

The main character Bailey was just SO annoying. She was a big cry baby and I could have cared less for her.

The plot jumped around a TON. One moment we were talking in an alley, the next we are in court. It just did not flow for me and I was confused at some points.

I did love that this book had cocktail recipes and we got to learn what powers each cocktail gave you. It was really fun and I thought the magic and concept was original. I just expected more and overall this was the reason I was let down. 

I did enjoy this book, but it wasn’t a favorite.

Rating: ★★★

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Book Reviews

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #2) By Amanda Lovelace

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“ready for a

harsh truth?


don’t need

your validation.


already have

our own.

my self-worth shouldn’t feel like an act of bravery.”


The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Winner of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards

My thoughts:

Wow. This collection of poetry was powerful. I feel as though it is very timely to what we are facing in our political environment. I will say, some poems fell like they were very men hating and at times this kind of made me uncomfortable which is why I didn’t rate it as high. Amanda Lovelace has 2 other poetry books part of this “series” of women empowerment verse. I plan on reading her other works because I really did enjoy this one.


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Book Reviews

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

“…, you will have to speak louder with bravery and dignity, to be heard. You will have to be willing to inform and to educate. And you will have to know when it is time to remove yourself from situations and disconnect from those who either do not understand or are unwilling to. You have to do what is right for you.”


Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

(Provided from Goodreads)

My thoughts:

This book was a gem and I am so sad I took so long to read it. First off, I LOVED the representation of asexuality. I can’t say if the representation was accurate but I personally learned a lot about asexuality and I appreciate the fact that there is a book like this out there.

This book is very character driven which I don’t mind. The story summed up is a lot of finding yourself and also accepting who you are. Feenie, Alice’s bff is insufferable. I did not like her whatsoever. She was the only character in this book I disliked. She was so selfish and mean to Alice.

I enjoyed learning about Alice’s family and how that has shaped her to be who she is.

Rating: ★★★★

This book was fantastic and I am so glad I finally read it.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday! This will be my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday. This tag is from That Artsy Reader Girl and this weeks prompt is “Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About (these are the books you need help deciding if they’re worth adding to your TBR or not.)” This one was kind of hard for me to decide so I picked 5 books that I am on the fence about. 


Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly is a Cinderella retelling. The reason I am on the fence about this book is that retellings can be hit or miss for me. I think the reason is because I have high expectations for nostalgia for the original fairytale, and most of the time it’s a let down. We will see if I pick this one up.


How to Make Friends In The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow is a book about a girl named Tiger dealing with the grief from the loss of her mother. I have a hard time with books that are filled with grief. I have to be in the right mindset to read them. I have heard good things about Kathleen’s other book Girl in Pieces, so I might pick this book up if I am in the right mindset to read it. 


The Girl King by Mimi Yu. This is a high fantasy set in Asia. High Fantasy is a hit or miss for me and I have a hard time picking it up. I have read REALLY good high fantasy books, but I am always SO intimidated to read them. This is something I am hoping to get over in 2019


Enchantée by Gita Trelease. This is a historical fiction/fantasy tale set in Paris. These are all qualities in a book that interest me however, the reason I on the fence about this book is that I have seen a lot of mixed reviews about it from reviewers I trust. I might wait until more people have read it and decide from there if it is something I want to pick up. 


Storm & Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The synopsis of this book sounds SO up my alley. Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance is my cup of tea, however I have read some reviews that this book has characters from Jennifer’s other series, Dark Elements and knowing myself, I am going to want to read those books first. And I have a large enough TBR as it, I will have to wait and see more reviews to see if its worth going down that rabbit hole.


What books are you on the fence about coming out in 2019?

Book Reviews

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds


1 hour, 43 minutes

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds. 

My thoughts:

Captivating. A story that will stand through time. I have read a couple of books told in verse and this one has to be my favorite. Jason Reynolds did an amazing job of showing the reader the impact of choices through time. If you are ever in a reading slump, this book will definitely get you out of it.



February TBR

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Last year, I never made TBR’s because I am such a mood reader. But because I have acquired so many books, I am making a tbr to try to ensure I am getting to books that have been on my shelf for a while. I created a TBR jar where I will draw a book from that jar. I also picked a couple of books that I have from checked out from the library as well.

Here is my TBR:

TBR Jar pick: Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

I am hoping to get all 5 of these books, however I will also be participating in Contemporary-a-thon, so we will see which ones I get to.

What are you planning on reading in February?


January Wrap Up


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I can’t believe that it is already February! I had a great first month of reading. I read a total of 11 books; 10 physical books and 1 e-book.

Here is a picture of the books:

My ratings: 


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas                                 

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

The Gigantic Beard That was Evil by Stephen Collins

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black


Princess on the Brink (Princess Diaries #8) by Meg Cabot                                                       

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison                                                 

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill


On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Renninson


Overall, I had a great reading month. My goal is to read 52 books this year and I am on track to meet that goal.


Book Reviews

The Weight of the Stars by Kayla Ancrum

A beautiful tale of friendship, love, and taking chances on the unknown.

First off, I would like to thank Kayla Ancrum for providing me with an ARC of her book. I am so happy I got a chance to read this before it hits the shelves.


Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . .

In K. Ancrum’s signature poetic style, this slow-burn romance will have you savoring every page.

An Imprint Book

My thoughts:

I was instantly captured by this story. Ryann our main character, was one I loved and found myself relating to. Focused on her brother James, and his son Charlie, we learn about her family, and the hardships they have faced. Ryann does what is necessary to provide for them due to terrible circumstances. Alexandria, the new girl in town, becomes of interest to Ryann. Cold and angry, my first thought of Alexandria was one of dislike, however she quickly grew on me. Learning about her background, I would be as cold and angry as she is.

Together, Ryann and Alexandria learn about themselves, the truth of the past, and the importance of friendship and family.

Overall, I LOVED this book. I felt as though the reader got to understand the backstory of the main characters in a way that made you appreciate their differences. I also think that K. Ancrum did a great job of representing grief. I found myself rooting for the characters and appreciating their impact on one another. If you enjoy space, f/f romance, and friendship, this the book for you!


5/5 Stars

If you haven’t pre-ordered this book I recommend you do so.

The Weight of the Stars comes out March 19th, 2019.