ARC Review: Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler

Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for letting me read Enjoy the View early! This is the 3rd book in the Moose Springs, Alaska series and I have absolutely loved all three of them (check out my reviews for The Tourist Attraction and Mistletoe and Mister Right)!

Enjoy the View 5/5 Stars

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December Wrap Up

My December in general didn’t turn out how I expected because my grandfather unexpectedly passed away on the 22nd, so I didn’t read as much as I thought I would during the month. All things considered though, I did pretty well in terms of reading for December! I followed my TBR pretty decently and read 15 books total.

Here are the books I read in December:

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January TBR

OMG y’all, I have so many updates to write because I’ve done none of my 2020 wrap ups, nor have I done my December wrap up, but since it’s already January 6th, I figured let me get my January TBR up first and then I’ll get my wrap ups up ASAP. This month, I’ve already finished 2 of my 17 books, so that’s pretty good for 6 days into the month!

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ARC Review: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Ahhhhhhh y’all! Lore was one of my absolute favorite reads of 2020 and I cannot wait to tell y’all all about it and why you need to grab it/read it when it comes out tomorrow! Thank you so much to Disney-Hyperion Books and Netgalley for letting me read Lore early. I had been looking forward to Lore for the longest time and I love everything about Greek mythology, so i knew I was going to enjoy it, especially because I love Alex Bracken’s writing, but man, I didn’t realize just how much I was going to love it!

Lore 5/5 Stars

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ARC Review: Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan

Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley for letting me read an ARC of Ten Rules for Faking It early! I was super intrigued by the summary for this book because it’s about a main character who just turned 30 (that birthday is coming up sooner than I’d like), is single (will you look at that, so am I), and has not had any luck in dating, like ever (it’s like this book was written about me). I thought it would be fun to read about someone who’s in a similar situation to me, but with one key difference, she’s doing a bachelorette style competition for work, whereas I’m deciding on whether to run a paid social ad or not to target our super niche market and creating instagram graphics for the boutique fitness studio I’m doing marketing for (also, if you’re ever in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC and you’re looking for an amazing workout, for sure check out The Sweat Lab! We have the best cycling, barre, pilates, and strength training classes you could ask for and we’re doing classes on the deck right now, so not only is it beautiful, everything is super sanitized and you’re always a safe distance away from other people- plus there’s a great Korean fusion place next door, so you can grab amazing food after you workout! A win win for sure.) Sorry for the minor digression, but I’m obsessed with my workout studio, so I like talking about them haha anyway, I was super excited to read about Everly and her journey and everything in Ten Rules for Faking it and while I thought it was a promising concept and a fun/cute story overall, it wasn’t my favorite, but it’s definitely still worth the read. Ten Rules for Faking It comes out today, so be sure to check it out!

Ten Rules for Faking It 4/5 Stars

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ARC Review: Don’t Look Back by Christie Craig

Thank you so much to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for giving me a chance to read and review an e-ARC of Don’t Look Back (and thanks to NetGalley for making it happen). I’ve been reading so many action romances this year, so when I saw that this too was an action romance, I pounced on it! Don’t Look Back is the third book in the Texas Justice series and I haven’t read the first two books, so I don’t think it’s super necessary to read them in order.

Don’t Look Back 4/5 Stars

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Audiobook ARC Review: The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo

Thank you so much to Macmillan Audio and Netgalley for letting me listen to the audiobook version of The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo (narrated by Ben Barnes and Lauren Fortgang) early! The print version of the book came out back in October I think, but the audiobook came out today and I really enjoyed learning about all of the saints and how they came to be saints/those they helped! This review is going to be a little different from my normal reviews (format wise) in that my whole review is going to be in this paragraph and then you’ll get my rating and the summary from Goodreads- I figured I should give y’all a heads up since it’s a little different from my normal. Initially, when I heard about The Lives of Saints, I didn’t think I was going to read it, because I didn’t think it was that important in my Grishaverse journey, but I’m really glad I listened to the audiobook version of it. Not only did I get acquainted with Ben Barnes’ voice (oh I am so excited to see him in the show!), but I also really appreciated hearing about where the saints came from and I feel like it really added to their characters, especially since we see them so much in King of Scars. The Lives of Saints is a quick, fun audiobook (it was less than 2 hours for me since I listened to it at 1.5x speed) and I definitely recommend it!

The Lives of Saints 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Dive into the epic world of international bestselling author Leigh Bardugo with this beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt’ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond. Out of the pages of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, from the hands of Alina Starkov to yours, the Istorii Sankt’ya is a magical keepsake from the Grishaverse.

These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and the Starless Saint.

4 Reasons Why Lightbringer Was Not the Book for Me

Oh man y’all, I’m so sad. I went in to my Lightbringer read with such high hopes because I freaking LOVED Furyborn. It was such a great book and there was so much promise there for the rest of the trilogy to be incredible and for it to become one of my favorites, but Kingsbane dashed those hopes. BUT lots of trilogies suffer from second book syndrome, so I thought maybe, just maybe Lightbringer would be able to bring back everything I loved about Furyborn, but unfortunately, after finishing it last night, I have to say that I just think that this whole trilogy is not for me. *Caveat here! I saw so many people on Goodreads raving about Lightbringer, so if you haven’t read it yet, don’t take my opinions as your own- go ahead and read it! You may love it and think I’m a complete idiot, which is totally fine*

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