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TBR At A Glance – 3/16/18

Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m actually ahead of my reading schedule. Everything I wanted to read this month I finished up this week, which is shocking and unusual. So I’m actually going to get a jump-start on the books I have planned to read for April, mostly because those books are 300/400+ pages each.

You can follow me on Goodreads to stay up-to-date on what I’m reading. Are you on Goodreads? Let’s connect!

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Currently Reading

  • Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 5)


Reading Next

  • The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 6)
  • The Caldera by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 7)
  • Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega, book 5)


Recent Reviews


Reviews Coming Soon

  • March 20 – Blood Veil by Megan Erickson (ARC review)
  • March 22 or 29? – The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela (ARC review)

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Book Review: The Winter King by C. L. Wilson

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romance Fantasy
Series: Weathermages of Mystral, book 1
Rating: 2.5/5
Recommend to Others?: No


Summary (via Goodreads):
After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea’s king by taking one of the man’s beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter’s battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother’s death, rages on.

Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father’s palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig’s icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.

As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin’s wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter’s passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.


My Review:
I had high hopes for this book. Based on the premise (seemed like the kind of books I like) and author (I’m familiar with her work and think she’s great at world-building), I thought this would be a really good read. Post-read, I’m kind of disappointed, and only kind-of because there’s 594 pages and much to consider. There’s more to the story than what the synopsis offers. That made rating this book difficult, but I’ve settled upon a middle of the road score.

Wynter is everything you want in a romance novel protagonist: loyal, handsome, intelligent, strong, family-oriented. He is the bright snowy part of the novel. However, he is can be very blind to what’s in front of him, easily persuaded to put Khamsin in an “other” box despite his vows, and one too many times (in the beginning) assumes things and gets outwitted. Still, he is one of three likable characters in the entire story.

Khamsin is stubborn and rebellious to a fault – often childishly so, in my opinion – but kind and loyal deep down. I think being boxed in the princess-trapped-in-a-tower trope and her stubborn/rebellious nature was off-putting from the get-go. One can attribute the wildness in part to her weathermage powers – storms – but I’m not entirely convinced. But I do root for her when she attempts to be apart of her new world despite the wicked backlash she  receives just because she’s from a different country.

The biggest dislike I had of the book was the tone of suspicion and hate that drenched the novel – and this was happening on both sides (Wintercraig and Summerlea) equally. The open prejudice. The hostility towards someone an outsider. The assumptions made about someone based on their nationality and family ties. The hunger for power at any cost. War only served to deepen such views – again on both sides. Much of the death, betrayal, and destruction might have been avoided as Wynter tried to do for many years. It all made my heart hurt.

The cover – as pretty as it is – bothered me because the two people on it are not what is described in the book. Wynter is described as seven feet tall with golden skin and long white-ish hair. Khamsin could be a little shorter, the volume of her hair is right but is missing the noticeable white streaks. Not a big deal on the whole, but for some reason it bother me.

I would still read books by C. L. Wilson, but I do not plan to read book 2 of this series.


My Top 11 Most Romantic Books of All Time

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A year ago today, I wrote a post about my fictional crushes. Today I wanted to do a Top 11 list of the most romantic novels I’ve read. I’ve read many novels with romance elements or are part romance, but I have read widely much (looking back on this list) solely romance novels. Choosing books for this list was somewhat difficult but I believe I’ve chosen the best of the best, the feels of all feels, that made my hopelessly romantic heart soar. **images are linked back to original sources**



Dreams of Stardust by Lynn Kurland
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (my review)
A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland



Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (my review)
The Very Thought of You by Lynn Kurland


From This Moment On by Lynn Kurland (my review)
The More I See You by Lynn Kurland


When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland
With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland


Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (my review)
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (my review)



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TBR At A Glance – 2/12/18

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Currently Reading

  • Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet


Reading Next

  • A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland (2nd Read)
  • With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland (2nd Read)
  • Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (hopefully)


Recent Reviews


Reviews This Week

  • Feb 15 – The Winter King by C. L. Wilson
  • Feb 16 – Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet


Reviews Coming March 2018

  • (ARC) Blood Veil by Megan Erickson
  • (ARC) Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen
  • (ARC) Henry Hodge Needs A Friend by Andy Andrews

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Happy Book Release Day! to Baby, I’m Howling For You by Christine Warren

Thank you again to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review.

*title/author link leads to my review of Baby, I’m Howling For You*

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Baby, I’m Howling For You by Christine Warren

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Alphaville, book 1
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Summary (via NetGalley):
WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps.

Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?



Book Spotlight: Another Top 5 Most Gorgeous Book Covers

This is Part Two to a previous post I did last year. I decided to do a part two, well, because book covers are amazingly gorgeous and I love looking at them. Plus, it’s good to give a shout out to the talented individual(s) involved in making the covers.

I hope you enjoy today’s post!

*Note: Some information I couldn’t find but the rest is correct to the best of my knowledge.

Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (2017) [My Review]

Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Paperback | YA Contemporary/Romance

Cover Design ©


When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland (2007)
De Piaget, book 4

Publisher: Jove Books
Paperback | Paranormal Romance

Cover Illustration by Griesbach / Martucci
Handlettering by Ron Zinn
Cover Design by George Long

The Dragon Heir by Cinda Willams Chima (2008)
The Heir Chronicles, book 3

Publisher: Hyperion
Hardcover | YA Fantasy

Cover Design by Elizabeth H. Clark
Cover Illustration © 2008 by Larry Rostant


Zodiac by Romina Russell (2014) [My Review]
Zodiac, book 1

Publisher: Razorbill
Hardcover | YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy


Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (2016) [My Review]
Snow Like Ashes, book 3

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Hardcover | YA Fantasy

Map Art © 2014 by Jordan Saia



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TBR At A Glance – 1/11/18

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Recent Reviews


Coming Soon

  • (ARC Book Review) Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (to be posted February 2018)
  • (Book Review) Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (Beka Cooper, book 3) (to be posted Monday, January 15)


Currently Reading

  • (nearly finished) Mastiff
  • (nearly finished) Volume 1 – Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya, Translated by Alethea Nibley & Athena Nibley
  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover (Slammed, book 1)


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