The Semi Royal [Book Review]

4 stars ⭐️

Thank you to the author for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is the 4th book in the series so some things are lost just jumping in like this. I know they could be standalones, but I think they could be much better when they are read in order.

Rhodie is traveling to learn more about the magic going on outside of the place she lives, and she is accompanied by Arron James. He was shot, and she had visited him. She is a doctor and princess. He is an army lieutenant. They are going out on this scientific expedition, and he is the extra protection she doesn’t thinks she needs at all. But she does have feelings for him. She just has to be proper as the princess and he has to do his duty as her protector. Their relationship is mentioned in the prologue, but I am sure it would make more sense having read the prior book. But he also finds out his father was Duke, and he will be inheriting a title and land. So he is not just an army lieutenant anymore. They have a complex relationship, and it is so satisfying to see their story unfold.

Fiona West is an awesome author, and I could not stop reading this book once I dove in. She talks about the world in real life, but she uses her story to tackle issues many people don’t talk about. Such as women being fulfilled in careers, the loss of a child, and complicated emotions after.

This book will evoke a lot of emotions. But it is also a romance so you will have all of those nice feelings as well. There is even some magic and mystery. And a a little bit of drama which you keep you engaged the whole time. I would have given it five stars, but I was a little lost with this being the 4th book in the series. I plan to read the other books. Not to mention, this cover is amazing.

Book Snob Book Tag

This is me with a bunch of books to show I read anything and everything. Also, I miss the library. Come back to me soon, library. I need you, baby.

I saw this post over on Kathryn’s blog, and I knew I just had to do it because it seemed like such fun. Here is her post if you wish to see how she answered the tag.

Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?
I try, but it does not work out that way all of the time. There have been times I have seen a movie and then watched the book. Or I will see a movie is being made so I read the book first, which is what this question asks. I think it all depends on which one I am exposed to first. I don’t mind seeing the movie first and then comparing though. I think sometimes people get too intense about it, but I am happy either way.


Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?
I would choose physical because I like how they feel in my hands. It would also be hard to read to Ever as well since he has so many books. I enjoy all formats so it makes me sad to have to choose.


Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
Yes. Ethan has dyslexia so he doesn’t read. He is very happy they have made that open dyslexic font though, and I’m hoping when he has more time, he can get an ereader and utilize the font to be able to enjoy books more.


Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Space books. I cannot do it. I get so bored, and I end up getting mad at the book. All the books about space can stay far away from me because find them so darn boring. Good for you if you like them, but I just cannot.


Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Thriller and mystery. Because those can be like medical or police procedural which I love so much. I watch those types of shows mainly so it would just translate well to books. I could just read all of the police procedural thriller mysteries…especially those set in the UK… and give me all of the medical thrillers. But I also love domestic thrillers so it works out for me.


Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
I think romance and YA. I feel like people just think romance is the same thing and the books have a lot of sex or are just stupid. Or that historical romance is just about swooning women and strong men, but they are not. Romance tells stories about people and shows so many sides of the world. It is much more than just love stories, and I wish people would read them instead of saying things just because they cant take the time to pick up a book ad find out. YA is great, but some adults say they are just for teens and can be stupid. But I think these people are often just not reading the right stories. YA can be diverse, complex, and interesting. There is always room for it to be better, but it is pretty awesome to me.


Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?
I read in my house and post about it online so I don’t think so really. No one has ever like been rude about it online. Ethan makes fun of some of the romance covers though saying they all look the same, but I think he just likes to give me a hard time.

I tag anyone who wants to do this, and I would love to see your answers. This was really fun, and I should start doing more tags again because I missed sharing some things you may not know about me and my reading.

Forget Me Not by Anca Antoci [Blog Tour Post]

I signed up for this blog tour because Booktamins is awesome. You should check them out on Twitter. I normally avoid book tours because of stress, but this one was too fun to pass up.

After my review, you’ll find information about the author and how to buy the book. Thank you once again to Booktamins and the author for a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Today’s my day for a review.

Here are all my thoughts:

4 stars ⭐️

I signed up for this book blindly, I didn’t know what it was about at all. I was pleasantly surprised to find fantasy, which I do enjoy. It’s even more exciting since it’s the first novel written by Anca Antoci.

This book starts out slow, but it gets better. I was riveted once I got to the vampires, and I was able to really delve into Forget Me Not. I was a little annoyed at the start with all of the exclamation points, but it did get better. This book follows Rae on her journey after a loss and she meets Ari, a vampire she’s forced to trust to survive.

This book really catches your attention and gets better as the story moves on. I love FMN, and I’m excited for the next part.

The book keeps you entertained because it unravels the plot strand by strand… making you eager to learn more with each turn of the page. This is a fantastic world, but it’s not overwhelming. Though I didn’t really get the Alaska vibe, but maybe this will change in the next part. This book isn’t about the world though. It’s rich in building up who Rae is, along with each character she encounters who will play a role in her journey.

Forget Me Not is a strong fantasy debut. There’s a great world to discover and more adventures coming. I highly suggest this to new and old fantasy fans alike.

Forget Me Not by Anca Antoci

1st book in the series: Chimera

Publication date: 31st January 2020

Genres: Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal/Supernatural, Young Adult

When tragedy strikes, Rae makes a terrible choice and struggles with the aftermath. In the wilderness of the Tongass rainforest, she finds herself hunted by creatures of hell, monstersshe never dreamed could be real. A hidden world, an ancient race, and a secret she discoversby accident give a new meaning to her life but only if she can escape and return to civilization. If she is to survive, Rae must comply with Ari, her reluctant hero, and allow himto wipe away any memory of this realm. Knowledge is power, but is it worth dying for?

Trigger Warning: Mentions of alcohol and painkillers use and sex (not directly), suicidalthoughts

Purchase Link

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Forget-Me-Not-Chimera-Book-ebook/dp/B083G3SBSK/

Author Bio

Anca Antoci started out as a fanfiction writer and then moved on to write her own story. Thusher debut novel Forget Me Not got published in January 2020. Her fanfiction stories are stillavailable on her blog. Living in Romania, Anca speaks English as a second language. Because she’s a passionate reader, Anca started a blog where she reviews fantasy bookscalled Summon Fantasy. When she’s not reading or writing, Anca loves cooking and watching movies with her daughter while eating nachos.

Media Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/AncaAntoci

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19891304.Anca_Antoci

Website – https://www.summonfantasy.com/

Rapid Book Reviews

I have been reading a lot the past few weeks, but I fell behind because of all the panic happening. I need to get back into posting more of my NetGalley books and staying on top of all of this. I think this will be a good solace during all the chaos so if you want to read all about books and chat with me, come here to read my reviews and leave me a lot of comments.

Here are just some short reviews of the last few books I finished over the last couple of weeks:

NetGalley ARC
Contemporary romance

Rating: 3 stars ⭐️

This was super cute, and it was a fast read for sure. I did enjoy the whole rock star and normal person falling in love because that is a dream many of us share. This just did not get more stars because I thought some of the writing was a little juvenile and tedious. I just thought the way Amelia acted around Huck sometimes was someone that was like 18 rather than 34, and I just wanted more of a mature relationship. I did like how they dealt with her anxiety and made it realistic she needed treatment. This is also the third book so you will be spoiled for the first two by picking this up, but you an still read those stories to see how they begin. Overall, this is a sweet romance with a lot of interesting characters and will appeal to those who like the small town stories.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given freely.

NetGalley ARC
Contemporary romance

Rating: 3 stars ⭐️

Thank you netgalley and the publisher.

I picked up this book because of the original title. I love cats a lot. This book is pretty cute, but I didn’t fully love the romance.

I appreciate the romantic comedy classification for its effortlessness and consistency. I frequently read them in the middle of heavier books as light help, and this book was no special case. 

The characters were affable, despite the fact that it took me a decent while to warm to Lara. She appeared to be very stand-offish and brisk to respond hot headedly in basic circumstances, yet part of the way through she appeared to relax. Soft/Satchmo was entertaining, he had all the standard haughtiness of a feline yet Tennant kept in touch with him in such an interesting way he truly turned into his own character in the story. 

In case you're in the wake of something agreeable, this book is a decent decision.

Audiobooks and Using Libro.fm

I was accepted to be an influencer for libro.fm and I am so excited. In case you don’t know who they are here is some information about why †hey are the better choice for audiobook listening. You get better deals and support local bookstores. Instead of giving all of your money to amazon, you can give it to a local bookstore that is working hard amongst all this chaos to give the world the books we love.

The books I choose for the month of March are:

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I am highly looking forward to using Libro.fm to listen to more audiobooks and support local bookstores. Although the are more picks for the month, these are just the three which really caught my attention. I did the whole picked based on cover and did not read the synopsis so I will be surprised when I get around to reading them soon.

I cannot stress enough how much if you can to sign up for this and support local bookstores. We all love books so much, and I just want to do all I can to give back to the community who does so much and constantly makes me happy to be around. Books mean the world to me, and I’m so thankful Libro.fm is working with me so I can share all of these great books with you.

Have you listened to any of these books? Are you a friend of Libro.fm or are you planning to be? Let’s talk about all the books and how wonderful they are.

Using The Library [Discussion]

I have loved the library for as long as I can remember. I mean, there is so much to love about free books and other resources as well. I used to spend a lot of time on the computers because I did not have a computer when I was growing up. I would enjoy the time I was able to utilize the library in so many ways.

Now with a lot of libraries closing, many bookworms are left wondering what they are going to do. I would say if you can, support local bookstores. Use Libro.fm. To support local bookstores as well to get your audiobooks. Support the resources you have in whatever way you can.

I know all libraries are different, but I am going to talk about the library resources I have and will be using while they are closed so I can still be the most supportive patron as possible.

Enjoy the library books you have, but make sure you return them when this is all done. We all want to be able to keep using these books and such, and it would be sad if people would take advantage of this. So make sure you return the materials you have when it is safe to do so.

My library is closed for now for the safety of community. I understand this because it is a local suburb library, and it is often filled with tiny humans and elderly people. I completely understand this, but I will miss it while it is gone.

What my library offers:

Libby:

Libby is Overdrive, but simple. It has tutorials to use, and it tells you when holds are ready. I find it much easier to use than when I used Overdrive for a short period of time. It also offers lucky day reads where you can read popular books with no hold time, for a whole week. I have seen a lot of good titles on there. Libby also has different hold times depending on how popular a book is. I have had to wait a long time before, but I like how there are 10 holds and you are told when the material will be available.

Hoopla:

I love Hoopla so much. It is all of the popular books and movies and shows you wanna watch and read. There is music too. Since I live in a big city, there are only four holds a month so I savor them. Hoopla has a lot of popular titles with no wait and they are all checked out to you for three weeks. You can listen to music, watch movies, read new books, and listen to audiobooks you normally would have to wait for. I am sad when I use up all of my holds, but it is a great resource I highly suggest to use if you are able.

I’m pretty sure my library also offers some type of digital magazine checkout, but I have not looked into that yet. Since I have all of the time in the world now, I am going to do so and will provide an update about what it is like. I would also be willing to talk more about these library resources and how I use them if people are interested so please let me know if there is any value in me doing a series about that.

The Woman in the Window [Book Review]

The Woman in the Window

Thriller

5 stars ⭐️

This book had me shook. I literally screamed out loud a few times because I could not believe how awesome this book was. I am so glad I listened to the audiobook because the narrator was so good, and I couldn’t get enough.

Anna was once a child psychologist, but now she has intense agoraphobia. She never leaves her house. The world passes her by, and she just looks out through the world via her camera and window. Anna spends time on message boards and playing online chess. She also loves old mystery movies. She deals with the separation from her husband and her daughter by drinking. She drink all of the time and messes up her pills often. She doesn’t think she has a problem, she just keeps drinking and thinking she will be okay. Her doctor comes to see her, she has al of her food delivered, and she doesn’t have any connections to the outside world except the camera.

When new neighbors move in, she watches them. But she is even more excited when they come to visit her. Now she has a connection to the world. But one night she sees something very bad, and she wonders what was real and what wasn’t.

Anna wonders if she is losing her mind, and she wants answers to find out what is really going on. This book is so gripping, and I couldn’t stop waiting to know what was going to happen next. It is an edge of your seat thriller that is so gripping and shocking, I am still awed even though it has been a day since I finished. I did not predict any of the twists or shocks, i was surprised and invested the whole time. Usually I am very disappointed and annoyed by thrillers by the end, but this one was so damn good.

AJ Finn wrote one of my new favorite all time books, and Ann Marie Lee is such a damn good narrator. Seriously, if you have not read this yet, I am telling you to do so. I can’t wait for the new book the author puts out. I seriously can’t stop thinking about this book.

You Are Not Alone [NetGalley ARC Review]

You Are Not Alone

Thriller

St Martins Press

Published March 4, 2020

4 stars ⭐️

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are one of my favorite writing teams. When I read their first book, I was in awe. The second book was disappointing, but this one reminds me why I love their writing so damn much. This book is unsettling, shocking, riveting, and unforgettable.

Shay sees a woman commit suicide on a train platform, and she is sucked into the life of the woman by accident. She goes to her memorial service and meets her friends. Amanda had this group of friends, and two of them are sisters. Cassandra and Jane take a special interest in Shay. They start to spend time together and want to help Shay in whatever way they can. But as they get closer, Shay learns Amanda may have known something terrible and it could be a problem for Shay if she gets in too deep…

This book was so unsettling. I was on edge the whole time, wondering what was going to happen. I was shocked by how the sisters acted, and I loved finding out the full story. I was worried the whole time for Shay, and it was like one of those movies where you shout don’t go in there but the person never listens. It was so riveting, and I could not stop reading. I was mesmerized the whole time, and I can see myself reading this again even though now I know the outcome. I highly recommend this to all thriller fans, new and old alike. This writing duo does thrillers with a twist every time that will leave you breathless but needing more.

Weekly Wrap Up #8 [February 23-29, 2020]

This week was probably my least read week of the year. We went for a few day vacation so I was enjoying that, so I did not read too much. I am more than way ahead on my Goodreads goal. I think currently I am at 59 books read this year, and I am working on a few at the moment.

This week I read:

Two physical books.

One NetGalley eARC.

My ratings for the week:

Two 3 Star ⭐️ Ratings.

One 4 Star ⭐️ Rating.

Genres read:

Mystery

Thriller

Contemporary romance

The books I read this week are:

Both of these were my 3 star ratings, and I was disappointed with both. I will have a full review on The British Murders this week since it is a NetGalley I am behind on posting the review for. I will have a review about The Family Upstairs on Goodreads. Most of my reviews are on Goodreads since that is the main site I use for reviews. You can find me here.

This book is so cute, and I can see why everyone loves it so much. This review will be shorter since I want to do a full review of the first two books once I get my hands on the second one. I am so excited to see how this series is going to progress.

And that is my very lame reading week. I am still reading Scythe, The Dragon Republic, and this very boring NetGalley book I thought was going to be more interesting. It is a thriller, and those are definitely hit or miss for me lately.

How was your reading week? Have you read any of these books? I would love to know about your thoughts on them or whatever else you are reading.

Let’s Talk About ARCs [Discussion]

I did a post a few months ago talking about how ARCs are helpful and yet can hurt. I thought I was also going to end up reading less of them, but this did not happen. I said I would only be doing like one or two a month or stop requesting them. This did not happen at all. I ended up getting way into NetGalley all over again, and I have so many pending and to read.

I even joined this thing called ARCpocalyse, where you are supposed to like get all of your ARCS read in a timely manner. It’s been a cool way to meet friends and see how other people are doing, but it hasn’t worked out in the way I anticipated. But that is just fine with me. I know sometimes reading plans can change. I just ended up finding a lot of books I wanted to read so I just have not been able to stop.

I know ARCS are a good thing, but also sometimes not. I am very lucky to get the ones I do, and I am so grateful to every publisher who gives me the chance to read books early. It is one of my favorite things. I was even auto approved by a publisher, which I never expected. I hope I will get lucky more and more with this, but I am still so happy with what I am getting at this point.

I just want to say that ARCS are great, but they can also be bad. I think they can be bad when they are not given to the right people. I know that books need hype and promotion, but I think just always giving them to the big name people misses out on chances to make those books really mean something. I admit I have had back listed ARCS, but I have tried my best to stay on top of everything. But I have seen people who have so many that they never read them and just like sell them. I think there are some ARCS that should be going to like teens, POC, and those in the LGBTQIA community. There are so many people who deserve them, and I just get sad sometimes about how it seems like it can be unfair. But that is just how the world works and sometimes we have to do more for changes.

I am so thankful for all of the ARCS I receive, and this will never change. Here are just a few things I learned the past months of being a book blogger and the whole thing about ARCS:

  • Update your NetGalley stats regularly and make sure you update all the places you talk about books all of the time.
  • Share photos on Instagram and tag the publisher. You can also share in your stories.
  • Be concise in your bio and talk about the genres you read.
  • Be honest in your reviews,
  • Favorite your fav publishers so you know when books you may like are coming your way.
  • I still don’t understand how Edelweiss works.
  • ARCS are a privilege, but don’t stress yourself out.
  • Just try to have fun with them.

I am not sure why I wrote this, I just think I wanted to talk about my weird thoughts about ARCS. What are your feelings about ARCS? I would love to know all about them. Please share all your thoughts about them with me below.