Book Releases I’m Excited For: January

2020 is now over, and that means a whole year of exciting book releases is ahead of us. Here’s just a list of 10 of the books that I am excited for in January 2021. These are just some of the books coming out in January. There are so many more that I may have missed, so if you have some more that you are excited for, please let me know what those are, as I’d love to check them out

January 5th

Persephone StaTION- sTINA lEICHT

Goodreads

A queer space opera? Yes, please. Anti-corporation and GORGEOUS cover? YES PLEASE.

Persephone Station, a backwater planet has been ignored by the United Republic of Worlds, until now. It has become the focus for the Serrao-Orlov Corporation. Secrets have come to light, secrete that the Serrao-Orlov Corporation wants to exploit.

Rosie- who owns Monk’s Bar in the town of West Brynner caters to wannabe criminals and rich Earther tourists in their front bar. Monk’s back bar caters to members of a rather exclusive criminal class and those who look to employ them.

Angel, an ex-marine and the head of a semi-organized band of beneficient criminals, wayward assassins and waashed up mercenaries with a penchant for doing the honorable thing is asked to prepare a job for Rosie.

This job reveals something that will affect Persephone and put Angel and her squard against an army. They are rearing for a fight with the Serrao-Orlov Corporation, whatever the odds.

This book is sci-fi and it sounds like it’s anti-corporation too? Please, gimme gimme. And don’t even get me started on how gorgeous this cover is.

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop

tHE WIFE UPSTAIRS- rACHEL hAWKINS

Goodreads

Jane, just moved to Birmingham, Alabama and is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates – a gated community full of the rich. No one will notice if Jane lifts tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables. No one will ask Jane her real name.

Then Jane meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is one of the most mysterious resident of Thornfield Estates. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend. their bodies lost the deep. Jane sees an opportunity in Eddie.

Jane and Eddie fall for each other, but even so, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea who lauched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand.

This is apparently a retelling of Jane Eyre, and I’m loving the idea? The concept seems interesting! I’m actually getting this in my Book of the Month box in December, so I might have the opportunity to read it before January!

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop

lORE- aLEXANDRA bRACKEN

Goodreads

Every seven years, the Agon begins. A punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek Gods are forced to walk as mortals. They are hunted by the decedents or ancient bloodlines. They are all eager to kill a God and seize their divine power and immortality.

Lore Perserous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line who long ago turned her back on the promises of eternal glory that the hunt offers. She has pushed away any and all thoughts of revenge against the man responsible for the deaths of her family.

As the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek her help. Castor, her childhood friend that Lore believed long dead, and Athena, gravely wounded. These two are the last of the original gods.

Athena offers the allegiance against their mutual enemy and a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever.

I really like the cover on this one and I’m interested to see where it goes. I’m interested in the Greek myths, so anything loosely based on them is something I’m willing to give a shot to.

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop

cROWN OF bONES- a.k. wILDER

Goodreads

Raise. Your. Phantom.

For fans of epic fantasies and sweeping adventures, this ensemble cast will immerse you in a world of unique magic, breathtaking action and unforgettable characters.

In a world on the brink of the next Great Dying, no amount of training can prepare us for what is to come …

A young heir will raise the most powerful phantom in all of Baiseen.

A dangerous High Savant will do anything to control the realms.

A mysterious and deadly Mar race will steal children into the sea.

And a handsome guide with far too many secrets will make me fall in love.

My name is Ash. A lowly scribe meant to observe and record. And yet I think I’m destined to change us all.

This is one where the cover called to me more than anything. Im really interested to see where this one goes too. There are just so many exciting books coming out in 2021.

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop


January 12th

tHE iNNkEEPER’S dAUGHTER- bIANCA m. sCHWARZ

Goodreads

One November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth comes across a badly beaten Eliza, who is desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Sir Henry, realizing she has nowhere to go, takes her to his home in Mayfair.

While she is there recovering, Henry introduces Eliza to a world of art and literature. Eliza’s brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld.

Henry, a secret agent to the crown is able and willing to deal with the man that Eliza’s stepfather sold her to and the pimp who plans to enslave her.

A romance blossoms. Eliza unearths a secret that leads them into the sadistic world of sex trafficking and finally allows Henry to identify the traitor that is responsible for selling military secrets to the French, which causes the death of thousands.

Eliza proves herself a worthy partner, a natural in the spy game, but time is running out and Eliza’s fate is hanging in the balance.

A regency historical fiction that’s about spies and political intrigue? YES PLEASE.

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop


January 19th

cAST IN fireLIGHT- dANA sWIFT

Goodreads

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people.

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child.

Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet.

Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross…and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead.

Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery’s fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it’s complicated and bound for greatness or destruction.

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop

rEMOTE cONTROL- nNEDI oKORAFOR

Goodreads

“She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.”

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa­­–a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks–alone, except for her fox companion–searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers.

But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop


January 26th
a bLACK WOMEN’S hISTORY OF THE uNITED sTATES- dAINA rAMEY bERRY AND kALI NICOLE gROSS

Goodreads

A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are–and have always been–instrumental in shaping our country

In centering Black women’s stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women’s unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today.

A Black Women’s History of the United States reaches far beyond a single narrative to showcase Black women’s lives in all their fraught complexities. Berry and Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women’s history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation. 

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop

wINGS OF eBOnY- j. eLLE

Goodreads

“Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue’s taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon—a hidden island of magic wielders.

Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life.

Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon—an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop

dON’T tELL A sOUL- kIRSTEN mILLER

Goodreads

Stay up all night with this modern day Rebecca! Perfect for fans of Truly Devious—a haunting story about a new girl in an old town filled with dark secrets . . . that might just kill her.

People say the house is cursed.
It preys on the weakest, and young women are its favorite victims.
In Louth, they’re called the Dead Girls.

All Bram wanted was to disappear—from her old life, her family’s past, and from the scandal that continues to haunt her. The only place left to go is Louth, the tiny town on the Hudson River where her uncle, James, has been renovating an old mansion.

But James is haunted by his own ghosts. Months earlier, his beloved wife died in a fire that people say was set by her daughter. The tragedy left James a shell of the man Bram knew—and destroyed half the house he’d so lovingly restored.

The manor is creepy, and so are the locals. The people of Louth don’t want outsiders like Bram in their town, and with each passing day she’s discovering that the rumors they spread are just as disturbing as the secrets they hide. Most frightening of all are the legends they tell about the Dead Girls. Girls whose lives were cut short in the very house Bram now calls home.

The terrifying reality is that the Dead Girls may have never left the manor. And if Bram looks too hard into the town’s haunted past, she might not either

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop

Let’s discuss some of the books that you are excited about in the comments! I’d love to hear what your reading plans for January include!

~Cam

My 2021 Bookish (and not so Bookish) Goals

Wow, we are finally finished with 2020, and now we get to start it all over again. I’m back again with my bookish and not so bookish goals. They’re going to be very similar to the goals I had in 2020, since 2020 was quite a mess of a year. Anywho, here are my goals for 2021!

Bookish Goals

  • Read 100 books
  • Read 1 nonfiction book a month
  • Read a wider variety of genres
  • Have consistent and steady growth on my Blog and my Instagram
  • Post at least 5 posts/photos a week.
  • Use my library more
  • Spend less money on books
  • Read all the unread books on my shelves before buying more (fat chance)

Not So Bookish Goals

  • Graduate College (!!!!) This is one from last year, as my graduation had to be pushed back a semester.
  • Keep up with daily (unbiased) news
  • Pay off $3k in student loan debt
  • Travel to at least -one- new to me place
  • Get back up to Maine (once COVID is over, hopefully in the Autumn)

What are your goals for 2021? How do you plan on attaining them?

~Cam

January TBR

The beginning of a new month (and a new year!) is upon us! This means another TBR post from me! I’m really excited to read all of these books (some of them I’m bringing in from 2020, but nevertheless, I’m excited to read them. What are some books that you are excited to read?

What are some of your January reads? Have you read any of the ones that I’ve read? What were your thoughts?

~Cam

WWW: 12/16/2020

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over on Taking on a World of Words.

The idea is pretty simple, every week you dedicate a post to the three W’s:

What are you currently reading?

What have you just finished reading?

What are you going to read next?

So here we go!

What are you currently reading?

Ship of Destiny- Robin Hobb

This is the third book in The Liveship Traders series, so I’m not going to go into what exactly this one is about, because spoilers?

Basically this series is about magical ships that come to life after three generations of a family have died on its decks. In this book, we follow the Vestrit family, a family of Liveship Traders, and their ship, the newly quickened Vivacia. I love this series and I’m so excited to finally read the conclusion to it.

What have you just finished reading?

Stamped From the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America- Ibram X. Kendi

Nonfiction book about the history of racist ideas in the United States. This was very eye opening and interesting and I think that it should be read by everyone.

The First Sister- Linden A Lewis

This one was so good. It was a diverse mix of Star Trek-esque space ships and The Handmaid’s Tale. I love this book so much and would have read it in one sitting if it had not been that I worked the next day. I highly recommend this one, and the second book comes out in August of 2021.

What are you going to read next?

These Violent Delights- Chloe Gong

Romeo and Juliet in 1920s Shanghai. Need I say more?

What are you currently reading?

~Cam

Anti-TBR Tag

I’ve been seeing this one going around Booktube and the blog-sphere and decided that it looked fun! I think it was created by Nicole @Nicole and Her Books on Booktube!

A popular book everyone loves but you have no interest in reading?

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

Sorry guys. I know I know. Superheros are cool, but this one holds like nothing that interests me. I also didn’t love the Lunar Chronicles so I’m going to pass on this one.

A classic book/author you don’t have an interest in reading?

War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy

I read Anna Karenina a few years ago and I didn’t love it, so I’ll probably never read War and Peace. I found the writing in Anna Karenina to be rather wordy and I’m pretty sure that War and Peace is just as long and wordy. If I am going to read a book over 1000 pages long, I’d rathe read a book that I know for sure I’ll enjoy.

An author whose books you have no interest in reading?

Rainbow Rowell. I read Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl and they didn’t really interest me either? The writing was meh, and the author herself has far too many problematic elements in these works for me to really want to support her.

A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

I’m not going to read another book by J.K. Rowling. I read the Harry Potter series, but I don’t plan on reading anymore of her books.

An author you have read a couple books from and decided their books are not for you?

Holly Black

I read The Cruel Prince, and …eh…it was not for me. Something about the writing style and the plot just was not something that interested me to pursue further, but I’m also happy for those who love the series, since the short story collection just came out!

A genre you have no interest in OR genre you tried and couldn’t get into?

Contemporary. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve read some great contemporary books, but they never really interest me unless there is some kind of fantasy or sci-fi element involved. I Just find contemporary fiction to be something I don’t reach for. I read to escape, so to read a novel set in our world, it’s got to have a pretty noteworthy story. Do you have any contemporary fiction stories that you can recommend?

A book you bought but will never read OR a library book you borrowed but returned unread?

Gamechanger- L.X Beckett

I started this and don’t remember why I didn’t finish it. I returned it to the library without finishing it. I think part of the reason why is because I got busy or maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it? There were some interesting elements in here and it was set in an interesting world, with diverse characters, but I put it down for whatever reason. I might go back to this at some point, but for now, it shall remain unfinished.

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started and have since DNF’ed?

The Cruel Prince- Holly Black

Kind of going off the other question from earlier, I don’t plan on reading the rest of the series because it just didn’t interest me enough. It just wasn’t for me.

A new release you have no interest in reading?

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories- Holly Black

I think the fact that I didn’t like the first book in this series is going to explain why I’m not interested in the new entry to the series.

What are your answers! I want to know! Post them below or post the link to your Anti-TBR Tag in the comments.

~Cam

The End of the year booktag || 2020

Hi all! I’m back, again. Trying to make my posting schedule a little bit more consistent, especially now that I’ve finished my Fall semester and am now just focusing on work, so I have a little bit more time to post, and also read! I hope you all are having a really great day today and I hope you’ve read some great books this weekend!

I’m super excited to be doing the “End of the Year Booktag” for 2020 today! This year has been a little bit chaotic being that it was supposed to be my last year of school (I pushed back graduation for my mental health and took a lighter load of classes) and the first year that I was working full-time. Add into all of this that we are in the middle of a pandemic, it really made for a stressful year. Suprirsingly, I did a lot of reading. It’s not TOTALLY over yet and I plan to do quite a bit of reading in the next 3 or so weeks. I plan to tell you about some of these goals in the following blog post!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I saw that some were posting about this, so I wanted to do it anyway. I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you did want to do it, please do, as I would love to hear your thoughts and responses! 🙂

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? 

The Anatomy of Story- John Truby

I started reading this in November of 2020 for Nanowrimo, and then when the month of November got a little bit crazy, I had to put it to the side. I still want to finish it, although I don’t think I’ll be able to do so until January or February. (Hopefully).


Do you have an autumnal (Spring) book to transition into the end of the year? 

Legendborn- Tracy Deonn

So I know that it’s already getting into Winter, but I think Legendborn is that perfect transition book. Dark academia with magic and fantasy elements is something that is PERFECT for the autumn season. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this and I can’t wait to start it. I’ve got one or two books I need to read first, but it’s definitely very high on my TBR list. Have you read it? What did you think of it?


Is there a new release you’re still waiting for? 

Cross-hairs- Catherine Hernandez

Okay, yes, this one just came out a few days ago (December 8th), but we are so close the end of the year that nothing else comes directly to mind. I am SURE that there is something I’m forgetting, but I’m going to go with this one for now.

This one feels right on the nose for our times as it is set in a near future where massive floods lead to homelessness and devastation. A regime is gaining power and forcing those who are “Other” into labor camps. We follow a queer Black performer as he and his allies rise against said oppressive regime. I’m always down to read about oppressive regimes being overthrown, make it diverse and it’s even better. What is a new release that you are looking forward to?


What are three books you want to read before the end of the year? 

These Violent Delights- Chloe Gong

This is one of the next books I’m reading actually. This book is a Romeo and Juliet retelling, set in 1920s Shanghai, but with rival gangs? Sign me the hell up.

The cover is GORGEOUS and I have this on my shelves, just waiting to be read. I’ve also heard some GREAT reviews about this too, so I can’t wait to pick it up. Have you read it? What were your thoughts? Do you plan on reading this at any point?

Ship of Destiny- Robin Hobb

This is the third book in the Liveship Traders trilogy (and the sixth book in the Elderling Realms series) so I’m not going to go super in depth on this one. Briefly, it’s basically about these magical ships who come to life after three members of the same family die on it’s docks. I love these characters and can’t wait to see exactly where this one goes.

We Set the Dark On Fire- Tehlor Kay Meija

This one is basically a Latinx story set at the Medio School for Girls, which trains women for one of two roles: you will either run a husbands household or raise his children. We follow a character named Daniela Vargas, the schools top student. People don’t know her pedigree is a lie. Her parents forged identification papers so she can rise above her station. She just needs to make sure her truth stays hidden. On her graduation night, she seems to be in the clear, but nothing is going to prepare her for all the choices that she must make, especially when asked to spy for a resistance group, fighting to bring equality to Medio. This one is apparently also LBTQ+ so I’m really excited to read this one before the end of the year as well.


Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite of the year? \

The First Sister- Linden A. Lewis

I am reading this now, and I’m already in love. If this books keeps going the way it’s going, I know for a fact that it’s going to become a favorite of the year. I’m already eyeing the second book in the series, The Second Rebel (that comes out in August of 2021 I believe). This is like, Handmaid’s Tale meets Star Trek?

It’s about a woman on board a ship, The First Sister, travelling along the soldiers of Earth and Mars- the same ones that own the rights to her body. She is asked to spy on the new captain- Saito Ren, by the Sisterhood. She finds that working for the war effort is so much harder when you are falling in love.

Our other character is Lito who climbed his way out of the slums of Venus to become an elite soldier, who was defeated on Cereus by none other than Saito Ren, which resulted in the disappearance of his teammate Hiro. When he finds out that Hiro is very much alive and is a traitor to the cause, Lito is sent out to kill them. He discovers recordings that Hiro made, Lito’s allegiances are tested.

The characters are all so diverse and we have quite a few queer characters for example. There’s a non-binary character and they are a sweet cinnamon roll that I love already, and I’m not even 100 pages in. I highly recommend this one already and I would not be surprised if it shot up to my favorite of the year.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021? 

Well. Yes and no? I have my reading journal bought and waiting to start planning, but I was going to wait until I had a little bit more time to start that. Soon enough I’m going to sit down and have a brain storming session for some posts I can make. I have so many books I’m excited for that are going to be released in 2021 (I’ll make a post about that soon enough, I assure you), so hopefully it’ll be a wonderful reading year!

December TBR

The Anatomy of Story- John Truby
A People’s History of the United States- Howard Zinn
Stamped from the Beginning- Ibram X. Kendi
Words of Radiance- Brandon Sanderson
These Violent Delights- Chloe Gong
Kingdom of Flesh and Fire- Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Empire’s Ghost- Isabelle Steiger
From Fire & Shadows- J.F. Baptista
The First Sister – Linden A. Lewis
Ship of Destiny- Robin Hobb
We Set the Dark on Fire- Tehlor Key Meija
The Vanished Queen- Lisbeth Campbell
The Dragon Republic- R.F. Kuang
A Deadly Education- Naomi Novik

What is everyone else planning on reading?

~Cam

Mini Reviews: ARCs #1

***All of these books were provided to me through Netgalley for free in exchange for a review. I want to thank Netgalley and the authors for this opportunity.***

1. DRAGONFLY MAID- D.D. CROIX

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


The e-book to this had some formatting issues that made reading it difficult. There were sentences that were repeated (I think due to the formatting). This is nothing against the book itself, as this is a review copy.

D.D. Croix makes you care about the characters and makes you rather invested in what happens to them. The characters all have their own voices and are complex. Jane can be too trusting at times, but overall, I enjoyed reading from her perspective.

The world feels real, and Victorian England has always interested me.

That being said, I don’t feel like the action in the book takes place until I had gotten about 60% into the book. Once the pace of the book picked up though I felt like it progressed nicely. I plan on reading more books in this series.

I want to thank Net Galley for allowing me to review this book!

Places to Buy: Amazon


2. THIS ETERNITY OF MASKS AND SHADOWS- KARSTEN KNIGHT

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Representation: Queer characters, Inuit characters (I’m not sure about how valid the representation is, so you may want to check out Inuit reviewers)

This was an interesting read.

Gods and goddesses walk the Earth, reincarnated every few hundred years. This book follows Cairn, the daughter of Sedna, Inuit goddess of the Sea.

The story follows her as she is trying to discover what, or who killed her mother. She discovers that her mother went on a voyage that ended in unspeakable tragedy and that every member that went on that voyage, one by one, is dying. Cairn with the help of Detective Nanook, Inuit Master of Polar Bears, they try to find who, or what is killing off Gods and Goddesses.

When I first started this, I was worried that it would not keep my attention, but boy was I wrong. This book is a wonderful blend of myth, superhero tale, and urban fantasy. The world here is so similar to our own but the world-building here was amazing.

The characters were all varied and complex and the villain didn’t seem like a caricature either. I would highly recommend this!

Also, there is LGBT rep, and I loved the main couple. The casually queer relationship was so wonderful to read about. It didn’t overtake the story, it just…existed. It wasn’t a main plot point, it was just a part of the characters and who they were. I loved the way that it was done. It wasn’t a struggle to overcome or anything. It was widely accepted and wasn’t questioned.

Places to Buy: Amazon


3. SPRING GIRLS- KAREN KATCHUR

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Another Spring. Another Dead Girl.

This was a thrilling read that followed Detectives Geena and Parker as they attempt to find the serial killer that has been terrorizing their hometown. Every Spring a new body is found in a nearby lake. The killer has come to be known as the Spring Strangler, and his victims? Spring Girls.

This is the third book in the Northampton County mystery series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

While we get the point of view from the detectives, we also get the point of view from Janey Montgomery, the first victim. The one who survived. The characters were interesting to read from the perspective of. I liked the main characters, which were mainly Geena and Janey. I liked how they interacted together and I liked how Janey handled herself. She was very obviously a victim of a horrific crime and she acted in a way that a victim would act. By the end of the book she was much stronger and was more sure of herself and she had a lot of character growth.

Overall, I enjoyed this. It was certainly thrilling and took some very unexpected twists and turns. The plot kept me engaged and had me on the edge of my seat. It kept me guessing and led to places that I didn’t expect it to.

The conclusion was good and it didn’t pull any punches. Neither was it totally out of left lane. It was like being in a Criminal Minds episode and I would highly recommend it.

Places to Buy: Amazon


4. ODESSA- JONATHAN HILL

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A story about 3 siblings, Virginia, Wes and Harry as they traverse a post apocalyptic United States. Eight years ago, a major earthquake destroyed much of the Western U.S. But, for Vietnamese-American, Virginia Crane, her life changed shortly after the earthquake, when her mother left the family and never returned.

This story follows the siblings years later while they go in search of their mother and meet many other characters along the way.

I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I expected it to be…more. The bad guys didn’t have any real reason to be bad other than the fact that they just were? Their motivations felt a little non-existent to me. There was more action at the end of the novel, so the rest felt slow moving.

The relationships in here felt like true sibling relationships. They bickered and fought just like siblings do, and they also had some heartwarming moments, which I appreciated.

The art style was okay? It wasn’t for me, but it definitely fits with the narrative of the story and the rough nature of the world that the story takes place in.

It looks like this might be the first book in a series, so there was definitely a lot of set up that is going to lead up to future plot lines. I would be interested to see where this goes.

This book is going to be released November 10th! Pre-order below!

Places to Buy: Amazon


5. THE HOUSE OF STYX- DEREK KÜNSKEN

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Representation: Queer, Trans, Autistic characters

This book was… not for me. Don’t get me wrong, the idea was soooo interesting, but this book could have been 300 pages shorter. It went in LABORIOUS amounts of detail in describing the different things about living on Venus.

The characters were interesting to read about and varied. You really felt for them and wanted them to succeed. A lot of that was hidden behind the fact that I didn’t want to keep reading the long winded text that could have been simplified. That being said, I appreciated that there were some very diverse characters, along with some neuro-divergent characters.

The plot was good, I really wanted the d’Aquillon family to prevail over the “enemy” of the story, but I felt like this was -A LOT- of build up for following stories and I had a lot of periods of being kind of bored throughout reading. That being said, just because I didn’t love this one does not mean that others won’t! If you like family sagas with lots of science and details, you’ll love this one!

This book comes out August 20th! Pre-order below!

Places to Buy: Amazon


These are just some of the ARCs that I’ve had the pleasure of reading over the last few weeks! What are some anticipated reads for you for the months of August and September?

~Cam

Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms


Rating: 5 out of 5.

  • Author: N.K. Jemisin
  • Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction
  • Page Count: 398
  • Date Started: June 20th
  • Date Finished: July 2nd

A Brief Description

After her mother’s mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

Goodreads || Amazon


Men who served anyone could be trusted by no one.

N.K. Jemisin

My review

I picked up this book after hearing so many good things about it on Book Twitter. This book was amazing.

It was so different than anything I’ve ever read before. It wasn’t the story that was different really, no. This is one that you’ve probably read before. Orphaned girl is thrust into the political intrigue of a world unknown to her when she is named the heir to her once estranged grandfather’s kingdom. She struggles with court life and tries to carve a place for herself, meanwhile, falling in love with a God. She struggles with finding out who she is and the dark secrets that have been kept from her, and that are just coming to light. Yeah, I’ve read this one before.

The thing that made this book so different was the way it was told. N.K. Jemisin has such a unique and innovative way of telling a story. The narrative was unusual. Not in a bad way. It was a little choppy, and had many transitions in time. This certainly added to it’s novelty. Not only that, but the book challenges what fantasy books were. It shows how power corrupts and challenges the ruling class. It threatens ordered society and threatens to turn it over.

The world of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is different and brings something new to the table. Yeine, the granddaughter of the ruler, a product of a biracial marriage. Her mother, an Amn (the rulers) married a Black man for love, and was disinherited. After being summoned to the palace, you see the struggles that Yeine faces as a half-Black woman in a world where that is not accepted. She is locked in a battle with her two cousins, who have experience in the ways of court life. Yeine gains allies in the form of the Enefadah, enslaved gods who were enslaved by the Amn after they lost the Gods War against the Lord of Light, the patron God of Sky.

Speaking of Sky, the setting was amazing! Sky is a castle in the…. well…. sky. This is where most of our story takes place. This is a treacherous palace of court rules and backstabbing royals looking to claim more power and Gods who become unstable at sunset. A world of a class structure that makes it impossible to lay claim to anything if you are not of the elite. A ruling family that is hated by it’s people. And here we have Yeine, from a far flung territory, navigating it all. I really loved her character. Her internal dialogue and the way she handles conflict was amazing. She was really easy to root for. I loved to uncover all the secrets and family drama. I also loved the romance, this book was downright steamy!

One last thing is that this ending broke me. Once I finished this book, I immediately ordered the second in the series and plan to read it very soon. All of this being said, please read this book. At first, I was a little confused as you are just thrown into the world and expected to know what is going on, but once I got the hang of thing and cultural references, I was in love. PLEASE give this book a chance. I promise you won’t regret it.

~Have a nice day, stay safe and healthy, and as always, keep reading!

~Cam

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl

This a very short list of some of the releases I’m excited for in the second half of 2020! This post is coming a little early, but here it is, nonetheless! These are in the order of release!


How is everyone doing? I’m doing pretty okay! I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, but hopefully these new releases will really get me hyped up for reading more in the second half of 2020!

What are you excited for that is releasing in the next six months?

1. Cinderella is dead- Kalynn Bayron

Coming out July 7th, 2020

2. Girl, Serpent, Thorn- Melissa Bashardoust

Coming out July 7th, 2020

3. the Dark Tide- Alicia Jasinska

Coming out August 4th, 2020

4. Star Daugther- Shveta Thakrar

Coming out August 11th, 2020

5. Blood and honey- Shelby Mahurin

Coming out September 1st, 2020

6. To sleep in a sea of stars- Christopher Paolini

Coming out September 15th, 2020

7. A Deadly Education- Naomi Novik

Coming out September 29th, 2020

8. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue- V.E. Schwab

Coming out October 6th, 2020

9. Black Sun- Rebecca Roanhorse

Coming out October 13th, 2020

10. rhythm of war- Brandon Sanderson

Coming out November 17th, 2020

What are you excited for that is being released in 2020?

Have a wonderful day, and as always keep reading!
~Cam