Books of the Month

[January 2022] Book of the Month: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

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It’s the first Book of the Month post of 2022! I chose Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston. I chose this first of a series because it was an incredible fantasy story with a likable and relatable main characters, a bunch of supernatural beings, and unique world building. I was so captivated by this story. It was one of my top top favorite reads of 2021. I can’t wait to read what is sure to be a thrilling sequel, Amari and the Great Game.

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Title: Amari and the Night Brothers
Series: Supernatural Investigations #1
Author: B.B. Alston
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Recommended?: Yes

ABOUT: Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?

Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.

Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean and how old is Merlin? Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson alone for Amari with signs like ‘Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it?’ If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari is given an illegal ability. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.

With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.

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Writing Prompts

Weekend Writing Prompt #74

PROMPT: Write a fantasy murder mystery story. Your supernatural suspects: an elf, a vampire, a werewolf, a fey, a dwarf, and a witch.


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Weekend Writing Prompt #57

PICTURE PROMPT: A small portion of humanity has survived an alien invasion. What do they do to take back the Earth? Write a sci-fi dystopian story about the picture below.


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My Favorite Books Featuring Vampires

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

What are some of your favorite books featuring vampires?

Looking back I realize I haven’t read many vampire books even though I love vampires. But the ones I have I really enjoyed. Some of my favorites are:

  • Twilight series – Stephenie Meyer (the nostalgia!)
  • House of Night series – P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast (teenage angst in vampire form!)
  • Shadow World series – Dianne Sylvan (epic!)
  • The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh (unbelievably good!)
  • He’s My Only Vampire by Aya Shouoto (my first vampire manga!)

Twilight was I think my first foray into vampire books. It was my everything, especially when the movies started coming out. Will I read Midnight Sun? Probably not. I’m not really into reading the same story again but from a different perspective.

Two books I am looking forward to reading are:

  • Crave by Tracy Wolff (bookstagram convinced me)
  • The Damned by Renée Ahdieh (that cliffhanger broke my heart, fix it!)

If you have any suggestions for other vampire books, please let me know!

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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[Drafting Summer Reading Plans] ReRead: The Betrayal Knows My Name

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

Have you begun picking out books you plan to read this summer?

Summer is a little over a month away and I’m already making plans (who am I kidding, I’ve been making plans for months!). One thing I’m sure of is rereading ♥📘The Betrayal Knows My Name by Hotaru Odagiri📘♥ (my review).

I am very much looking forward to rereading this series this summer! It’s one my favorite manga/anime out of them all. I adore Yuki and Luka so much 💙 The story has everything I love about fantasy/supernatural stories. And I love all the covers!

I normally wouldn’t reread a manga series because there are typically so many volumes and too many books on my tbr to make time for it. But The Betrayal Knows My Name is only 8 volumes so it’d be a doable reread.

Still need to rewatch the anime! Just need to finish/catch up/rewatch with a few other anime first: Bungo Stray Dogs, Assassin’s Prids, Food Wars, Amagi Brilliant Park, and Kiss Him, Not Me 📺


♥📘ABOUT📘♥ [The Betrayal Knows My Name]
Gifted with a strange ability to see into the troubles of others, kind-hearted Yuki Sakurai finds his life turned upside down the day a handsome stranger named Luka appears. Suddenly, evil beings known as “Duras” begin hunting for him and a world of magic, terror, and a dark truth about his past surround him. Two sides seek his power, but who can he really trust? (•summary via Crunchyroll•)


Book Reviews

[Book Review] The Werewolf Queen by Brandi Elledge

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Series: Wheel of Crowns #1
Rating: 2 out 5
Recommend to Others?: No


ABOUT: I always wished I had supernatural powers. Now I wish I didn’t.

Sadie’s a dud, a failure–the only one in high school who doesn’t have any kind of supernatural powers. Her psychic bff, Jo, knows something about Sadie’s future, but just won’t tell. And what the heck is going on when one of her teachers starts looking at her while he’s going on about powerful lost keys, portals of madness, and destinies?

Then it all starts.

On her 18th birthday, Sadie starts to feel weird. And when werewolves, vampires, and demons all turn up to spoil her party, the weirdness really ramps up.

Leaving her best friend, her family, and the only town she’s ever known, Sadie must find safety. But while the king of the werewolves can offer her somewhere to hide while she’s learning about her new powers, he can’t stop his psycho witch fiancée from finding new ways to try and kill her. Of course, the murderous tendencies of this psycho witch only get worse when she realizes the Werewolf King is, um… attracted to Sadie.

And all that’s before Sadie sets off to try and find one of the lost keys. Before she visits hell. Before she picks up a pet ogre.

And before she realizes just how powerful she can become.

But if it really is her destiny to collect one of the lost keys, will she be able control her newfound power and help save the world and all the people in it she loves? Or will she buckle under the pressure?

She’s about to find out. A mansion surrounded by demons and full of vampires and witches intent on her destruction awaits. Oh, and that psycho-witch fiancée of the Werewolf King. What could possibly go wrong?


My Review:
Things started off good and then stagnated. There were so many things wrong with this story that it ended up as a very disappointing and underwhelming read.

My biggest issue was that there was no mystery or tension. The two soothsayers/psychics practically gave characters hints and purposefully guided their actions in a very obvious roundabout way. Like, if you don’t do this, then you won’t get this. It was rather annoying because usually psychics won’t say nothing about what they’ve seen.

The banters back and forth were uninteresting and cringy after a while. There was a lot of rambling and tedious info dumps. The tone of the story was all over the place.

I could not pin down Camden (the werewolf king) character. At first appearance, he comes off stiff and poised (not in a bad way) and then at some point his personality seemed to switch during his interactions with other characters.

Towards the end was when I completely lost interest and began skipping sections to get to the point of the scene.

Despite all of that, there were a few things I enjoyed. 1) I loved Sadie’s character and how sassy she was. I liked how rational and level-headed she was where her relationship with Camden was concerned. 2) The cover art is beautiful. 3) My favorite character was the lovable Kong (a giant ogre). 4) The karaoke scene was funny.

This story was a huge letdown and I won’t be continuing this series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

This is my first Top Ten Tuesday; I hope you like it!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s prompt is: “Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why”


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)

Red Queen was so good and scary and angst-y that I have been anxiously putting it off. I really want to continue because I like Mare’s character and I predict more amazingly scary things will continue to happen in this series. Plus, the series is finished so it’s not like I would have to wait another million years to read the next book.

Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)

Pretty much have been avoiding this book for the same reasons I’ve been avoiding Glass Sword. I can be a real nervous reader sometimes.

River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8)

I got all the way to book 8 and just stopped. The first 3 books were everything; so good! Perhaps the shift in MCs every three books I just couldn’t keep up with or maybe I was just losing interest. I feel like if I kept reading I’d still like this series but I’m not sure. I’ve made two attempts to read it and they just never worked out for one reason or another.

Shadow Storm by Dianne Sylvan (Shadow World, book 6)

Again…another series I loved but have’t gotten around to continuing in years. I remember at the time between book 5 and 6 (i think?) the author went from publishing with a publisher to self-publishing. I never found out the details. I really want to keep going with this serious because serious stuff went down in the last book and I don’t want to lose all the fond memories I have of this serious.

Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell (Zodiac, book 4)

It’s the last book of the series and I still have not gotten to this book. For some reason my library got all the books but never got the 4th. So I was waiting for the “right time” to buy the book myself. Here I am years later and still haven’t bought/read it. The Zodiac series is perhaps one of my favorite YA Sci-fi/Fantasy series I’ve ever read.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, book 1)

I took it out from the library. It was a big book with black spray-painted edges. I got nervous. I returned it shortly after without having read a page. But it’s still on my TBR list so there’s hope!

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce (The Circle Reforged, book 3)

This book is set in the universe of one of my all-time favorite series and it’s been collecting dust on my shelf for longer than I can remember. Another book I haven’t given up on and kept on my TBR.

Prophecy Awakened by Tamar Sloan (Prime Prophecy, book 2)

I read book 1 and loved it. I was really excited for book 2 but other books just kept popping up that I really wanted to read then and there, so I never got around to getting the book.

A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers

A book with a plot that I was really interested in but at the time other book finds were more interesting that I wanted to read. I still want to read this book though.

Ravensong by TJ Klune (Green Creek, book 2)

Technically, this book only counted up until last Friday. I had been avoiding it ever since I finished Wolfsong because I loved the first book so much and it was emotions and feelings that I wasn’t ready for more emotions and feelings I knew would be in book 2. I am a little more than halfway through and I am really really enjoying it, emotions and feelings and all.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Being Alpha by Aileen Erin

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Series: Alpha Girl, book 7
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


Summary (via Goodreads):
For the first time since Tessa met Dastien, life is quiet. The evil witch, Luciana, is six glorious feet under, St. Ailbe’s is closed due to human trespassers, and people are finally getting used to the fact that supernaturals exist in the world. It seems like the perfect time for a honeymoon.

After traveling to Dastien’s house in Provence, clubbing in Paris, and attending Meredith and Donovan’s Full Moon Ceremony in Ireland, Tessa and Dastien head to the Caribbean. Their trip is turning out to be the honeymoon that fantasies are made of-sunset cruises, long walks on the beach, and every romantic cliché you can imagine. Tessa couldn’t be happier. Except that Tessa’s visions are on the fritz. She hopes that means that nothing is brewing. That everything is quiet because all is well. But Tessa’s never been one to assume anything.

When she’s magically attacked and nearly dies, Tessa knows she can’t ignore the signs anymore. Something huge is going on. As much as she doesn’t want to call an end to their six-week honeymoon, it’s time to head back to Texas.

Whoever messed with Tessa is in for a rude awakening. Because if there’s one thing fighting rogue witches and werewolves has taught her, it’s how to be Alpha.


My Review:

I don’t have much to say about this book. It was an okay read but a stepping stone to something bigger that might happen to Tessa and friends.

Well, this was a battle I never expected. The antagonist was so villainous, I really had no clue how they would be defeated. It seemed like it was going to be one of those battles where some of the heroes don’t make it out alive. The suspense was grueling.

Many old faces appear but also a few new ones. These new characters I really liked. There was a certain swag about them that really clashed with all the other personalities.

I think Book 7 worked more as an introduction to Tessa learning what it means to be an Alpha. The way the story was told and how things ended, I predict another book where Tessa really comes into her own as an Alpha wolf.

This story is far from over, which is extremely exciting.

more reviews of Alpha Girls:

Becoming Alpha (book 1)

Avoiding Alpha (book 2)

Alpha Divided (book 3)

Alpha Unleashed (book 5)

TBR Lists

TBR At A Glance – 8/5/19

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Currently Reading

  • (ARC) The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham

  • (ARC) Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Reading Next

  • Being Alpha by Aileen Erin (Alpha Girl, book 7)

  • Hot Blooded by Donna Grant (A Dark Kings Novel, book 4)

To Be Read

  • Angelbound by Christina Bauer (Angelbound Origins, book 1)

  • Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (The Band, book 1)

  • Everless by Sara Holland (Everless, book 1)

  • Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (The Shadow Game, book 1)

  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Petro (Crown of Feathers, book 1)

Recent Reviews

Reviews Coming Soon

  • AUG 12 – (ARC) The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham

  • AUG 19 – (ARC) Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Blog Updates TBC Happenings TBR Lists

2019 TBR List (PREVIEW)

Vampire Knight (Volume 10-19) by Matsuri Hino, Translated by Tomo Kimura
Black Butler (Volume 27) by Yana Toboso
Kamisama Kiss (Volume 1-25) by Julietta Suzuki, Translated by Tomo Kimura


(ARC) In The Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen
(ARC) A Pack of Blood and Lies by Olivia Wildenstein
(ARC) Dark Alpha’s Awakening by Donna Grant (Reapear, book 7)


The Lightning-Struck Heart by T. J. Klune (Tales From Verania, book 1)
Squint by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (The Hungry City Chronicles, book 1)
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
George by Alex Gino
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (Brooklyn Brujas, book 1)
Slathbog’s Gold by M. L. Forman (Adventurers Wanted, book 1)
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Ungifted by Gordon Korman (Ungifted, book 1)
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider, book 1)


Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, book 1)
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich
A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers
River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8)
Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 9)
The White Spell by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 10)
The Dreamer’s Song by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 11)
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitpatrick
Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms, book 1)
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson, book 1)
Loved by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast (House of Night Other World, book 1)
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce (Circle Reforged, book 3)


The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (The Queen’s Rising, book 1)
So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane (Young Wizards, book 1)
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk (Blood and Sand, book 1)
Born In Fire by K. F. Breene (Fire and Ice Trilogy, book 1)
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War by Stel Pavlou (Daniel Coldstar, book 1)
Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell (Zodiac, book 4)
Prophecy Accepted by Tamar Sloan (Prime Prophecy, book 2)
Shadowstorm by Dianne Sylvan (Shadow World, book 6)