February Releases to Get Excited About

I can’t believe January is almost over. A new month mean new releases! There are a ton of releases happening in February, below are just a couple that I am excited for…

# 1 – A Court of Silver and Flames by Sarah J. Maas (February 16, 2021)

A Court of Silver Flames is the first spin-off book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.  It is set after the events of A Court of Frost and Starlight and is told in the perspectives of Nesta and Cassian.

I feel like this is on everyone’s TBR. I pre-ordered my copy just last week, and I’m starting to get more excited as the date gets closer. Honestly, for me this is kind of a mixed bag. I love this series because I love Feyre and Rhysand. I don’t really care about Nesta, so it should be an interesting read.

#2 – The Gilded Ones by Namina Foma (February 9, 2021)

Sixteen-year-old Deka seeks acceptance and absolution. Every year adolescent girls in the patriarchal kingdom of Otera prepare for the Ritual of Purity that determines whether they can join their communities as pure-blooded women or be cast out and branded impure monsters. Brown-skinned, gray-eyed Deka yearns to prove she belongs, but when her blood runs gold, she’s revealed to be an alaki—a near-immortal woman warrior—and is carted away to become the front line of defense for the people who’ve discarded her.

Honestly, this book sounds incredible and seems like the start of an exciting new fantasy series.

#3 – A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett (February 9, 2021)

“What is a Victorian lady’s formula for love? Mix one brilliant noblewoman and her enigmatic protection officer. Add in a measure of danger and attraction. Heat over the warmth of humor and friendship, and the result is more than simple chemistry–it’s elemental.”

A Victorian bodyguard romance novel, sign me up! I am so excited for this book.

#4 – Muse by Brittany Cavallaro (February 2, 2021)

American Royals meets The Winner’s Curse in the first book of bestselling author Brittany Cavallaro’s new duology, set in an alternate history American monarchy where a girl grapples for control of her own life in the middle of a looming war.”

I really love takes on alternate history. This book sounds super interesting and honestly, the cover along sucks me in.

#5 – A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth (February 23, 2021)

The Cruel Prince meets City of Bones in this thrilling urban fantasy set in the magical underworld of Toronto that follows a queer cast of characters racing to stop a serial killer whose crimes could expose the hidden world of faeries to humans.

A new exciting fantasy series, that helps to make the fantasy genre more inclusive.

#6 – Into the Dark by Claudia Gray (February 2, 2021)

“Padawan Reath Silas is being sent from the cosmopolitan galactic capital of Coruscant to the undeveloped frontier—and he couldn’t be less happy about it. He’d rather stay at the Jedi Temple, studying the archives. But when the ship he’s traveling on is knocked out of hyperspace in a galactic-wide disaster, Reath finds himself at the center of the action. The Jedi and their traveling companions find refuge on what appears to be an abandoned space station. But then strange things start happening, leading the Jedi to investigate the truth behind the mysterious station, a truth that could end in tragedy….”

Lucasfilm launched their new series of novels taking place in the High Republic Days in January. I’m very excited for this new series and Claudia Gray has written some of my favorite Star Wars novels.

Now I’ll be adding all of these books to my ever growing TBR! Follow along on my Instagram!


My 2020 in Books

This year I started a new job in a new apartment. I had a decent commute on public transportation, so I saw myself reading a bit more than I had in recent years. Then the pandemic happened, I saw myself working from home and having even more time on my hands. I started thinking about making a bookstagram and blog to talk about the even more books I had been consuming. Then I got laid off, and my decision was made.

It has been really exciting to share what I’ve been reading and starting this blog. 2020 has been a weird year, but this blog has brought a little slice of happiness.

So here is my year in review…

In 2020 I joined the cult of Sarah J. Maas

Also wish they had kept this cover art

In March, I began the Throne of Glass series and while I had a few problems with it overall, it was an incredibly immersive fantasy series that I needed at that time in my life. After finishing that series everyone kept tell my I needed to read A Court of Thorns and Roses. So I splurged and bought the entire series. Wow! I absolutely loved this series! Feyre is an incredible heroine. I loved this series so much more than the Throne of Glass Series. One unpopular opinion I do have though is I wish she wasn’t continuing the series. While I will still read A Court of Silver Flames, I’m not dying to read it since I feel like the story is finished.

I fully embraced my love of Romance novels…
I feel like a lot of people get shamed for loving romance novels, but this year I fully embraced it. I read some amazing romance novels this year, that were way better than some other more touted books. The Roommate by Rosie Danan was one of my favorite books I read this year. I also discovered the world of Evie Dunmore and her League of Extraordinary Women and Beach Read by Emily Henry. There are truly some extraordinary things happening in Romance.

I got sucked into Bookstagram suggestions…
Once I set up a bookstagram, I feel like my TBR grew tenfold. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I love seeing people’s flatlays and their book recommendations. Sometimes though, the hype can be overblown. This happed to me with Serpent & Dove and Blood & Honey. I saw these two books all over Instagram, and quickly added them to my TBR. I read Serpent & Dove which I enjoyed but didn’t love. Then I picked up Blood & Honey. Boy, did I not like this book. It felt like a mess and when I discovered that this originally was meant to be a duology it made a lot of sense. A majority of the book was filler and I’m hesitant to continue this series when the last book comes out. So 9 times out of 10, bookstagram suggestions are great but sometimes you get burned.

I discovered the world of Jennifer L. Armentrout…

I stumbled upon the world of Jennifer L. Armentrout this summer. I had finished ACOTAR and was looking for something similar. From Blood and Ash kept popping up in my suggestions on Amazon. An obsession was born. Since this summer I’ve read the Lux Series and the Dark Elements Series with plans to read more. While the Blood and Ash series is still my favorite so far, I’m excited to see where her other books take me.

I’m so excited to see where 2021 takes my little book blog! I hope you enjoy my reviews, and I’m hoping to expand a bit more with what I do with this blog. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and most importantly…

Happy New Year!

Review: The Roommate by Rosie Danan

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

House Rules:
Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online

The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet…

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.”

REVIEW:

Wow, I love this book! It has been sitting on my bookshelf for the last couple months. I’m so glad I made time to read it, but also want to smack myself for waiting so long.

Josh and Clara are both incredible and are real, fully fleshed out characters. I wanted them together the instant that they met. Clara is very relatable, she is a smart and independent woman who has been let down in the romance and sex department. She has never really been taught to love and appreciate her body. Her people pleasing ways have led her to a life where she has never been selfish. Josh has the stigma of being a sex worker hindering his life. He is proud of what he does, but is frustrated that society treats him like a black sheep.

I love how Josh and Clara change each other for the better. I loved that this book shows sex workers in a normal and positive light, and I loved the emphasis on female pleasure. This is a very sex-positive romance and I’m all in. It’s incredibly funny, and encourages you to think and work on your perspectives. I do wish there had been a little bit more about Clara’s family finding out about her new business, specifically with her Mother. It was such a big theme in the book, even if it had just been a phone call between Clara and her mother. The story felt like it was naturally building to that, so when it didn’t really happen I was a little disappointed.

This is easily one of my favorite books I have read this year. I’m going to tell everyone I know and maybe strangers on the street to read it. If you love romance novels but are looking for something a little different, then The Roommate is perfect. It manages to hit all of the beats of a romance novel, while still bringing something new to the table.

RATING: 5/5

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How to Get Through a Reading Slump

We’ve all been there, you have a pile of books to read but for some reason you just can’t get through a book. It happened to me last week. I read a book that I had been anticipating, and it did not live up to that anticipation. In fact, I ended up just not liking it. Then the next book I picked up, I just couldn’t seem to get into. Not that it wasn’t good, but obviously it wasn’t for me personally.

Recently, I have been giving myself permission to not finish a book. This was something I never used to do. I would hate read that book until it was completed, and I could put it out of my sight. With the extended quarantine however, I have come to the realization of “why am I putting myself through that?” My time is important to me, I should fill it with books I’m actually enjoying.

The best course of action for me when I hit a reading slump is:

  1. Take a few days off. Seriously, just take a break from reading. I know you love to read, but your brain needs a break. I know far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, and princes in disguise are very exciting, but they can also be overstimulating. So your brain needs a day off.
  2. Pick up a good romance or a book you just absolutely love. I normally pick up a great romance novel. Romance novels are always quick reads for me because I very easily get swept up in them. It clears away any issue I had been having, and in a couple of days I have the sense of accomplishment from finishing a book.

Just like that your are out of your reading slump. That’s what normally does the trick for me. The romance novel gets me out of whatever funk I was in, and then I’m able to pick up a brand new book no problem.

Let me know if this trick helps you out of a reading slump! Don’t forget to check out my instagram @kerryreadsthings