Top 5 Wednesday: SFF Books in my TBR

I know this post will show up as being uploaded on Thursday, but I promise it is still Wednesday for me. I love the T5W topics for this month and am excited to participate. If you want to join in the fun visit the T5W group on Goodreads here.

Now, I usually don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi so the majority of these books are fantasy, however I do want to broaden my horizons and read a couple Sci-Fi books soon. 

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer

I still can’t believe I haven’t read these books yet. I literally see them everytime I go into a bookstore and always have some reason not to buy them. I know I will probably love them so I really don’t know what has been holding me back. 

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I love video games, so this book seems like it would be right up my alley. Everything I’ve ever heard about this book has been positive and I’ve been meaning to read it for awhile. This one is pretty high up on my TBR so hopefully I will get to it soon. 

3. The Shattered Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

I have no idea why I haven’t read Flamecaster yet. The second book in the series came out yesterday and it hurts my heart that I have yet to read book one. I adore The Seven Realms series (which you have to read first. Please please please read it; it is amazing) so it is inexcusable for me to have not yet read these books. 

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

How have I not read one of the most beloved YA fantasy series in recent publication? Fantasy is my life, but I feel like such a poser because I haven’t read these books yet. This one fills me with shame and I have to remedy this situation soon. 

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Similar to Throne of Glass, I am filled with chagrin at not having read this book. Actually, I’ve never read anything in the Grisha universe. Yikes! This is yet another fantasy story that has rave reviews and that I have been meaning to get to for awhile now. I know so many people love this book and I honestly have no excuse for why I haven’t picked it up. 

So, those are my top 5 SFF books on my TBR. Try not to judge me too harshly. If you enjoyed this post leave me a like and a comment 🙂 I would love to talk. 

Review: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

This is not related to Harry Potter.  Even so, this book was highly entertaining and was action-packed from start to finish.  I gave it 4 out of 5 stars and definitely recommend it.  It was an excellent start to a series.

The novel follows a brother and sister, Sophie and Josh, fifteen year old twins who are enjoying a typical summer in San Francisco.  Josh gets a job working at a small bookshop for a man named Nick Fleming.  One day a strange man attacks Nick and Josh and Sophie attempt to help only to be thrust into a magical and dangerous world.  They soon learn that Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, an immortal on the run.  Sophie and Josh have a bigger role in this magical world than they ever imagined.

I read this book at the insistence of my husband and I was not disappointed.  I immensely enjoyed the plot and the characters.  I was never bored reading the adventure and found it extremely difficult to put my book down and take care of my responsibilities.  The fight/action scenes were extremely well written and they were generously distributed throughout the novel.  I adored the relationship between the siblings and the examination of their twin bond.  The complex character of Flamel himself was fascinating to read and I found myself simultaneously trusting him and questioning his motives, much like Josh and Sophie.

Overall, I am excited to continue this series and I am very happy it was recommended to me.  I definitely think you guys should check it out because it was fantastic.

Review: The Wizard Heir

Holy crap. This book was even better than the first book in the series. Where The Warrior Heir was a little slow in the beginning, The Wizard Heir is full of action from start to finish.

This novel follows Seph McCauley who, although he knows he is a wizard, is mostly unaware of the goings on in the magical world. After a tragic accident at a late night party, Seph is sent to The Havens, a school for troubled boys that is not what it seems. Soon, Seph is fighting to survive and avoid being recruited into a war he knows nothing about. 

Although we follow a new protagonist in this book, we get to revisit most of the previous characters that we love. A new villain is introduced and I despise him with every ounce of my being. I haven’t hated a character so much since Dolores Umbridge, which says a lot about Cinda Williams Chima’s writing. The plot if this novel kept me guessing and I was genuinely surprised by all the twists. As in the first novel, the combat scenes were exceptional and I was completely engaged while reading them. Overall, this book blew me away. 5/5 stars. Would definitely recommend. 

Review: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

This urban fantasy series makes a promising start with The Warrior Heir. In it we follow Jack Swift, a teenage boy who is thrust head first into a world of magic when his aunt visits his small town and enlists his help finding a family heirloom. He soon learns that the magical world is a dangerous place and must learn to survive. 

While a little bit slow in the very beginning as a lot of fantasy stories are, The Warrior Heir ended up seriously impressing. Cinda Williams Chima creates a world that is amazing and complex, yet so beautifully and articulately presented that the reader is easily able to understand what is happening. The plotline leaves nothing to be desired with a full story arc within the novel in addition to the set up for the rest of the series. The combat scenes are action-packed, the politics are cutthroat and fascinating, and the magic system is unique and interesting without being overly complicated. I was able to predict the twist toward the climax of the book, but it was still dramatic enough to highly entertain. I gave this novel 4.5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an action-packed fantasy read.  

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

My first attempt at a Top 5 Wednesday post!  I’m very excited to have joined the Goodreads group created by @gingerreadslainey and hosted by @ThoughtsOnTomes.  Hopefully you like this post and I will definitely be participating in T5W in the future!  The Goodreads group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found at if you want to join!

So, here are my top five angsty romances:

  1. Hanson Alister and Raisa Ana’Marianna from The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima – I absolutely adore these characters and this series.  Han and Raisa have to overcome so many obstacles both together and separately before they can even think about being together.  I was on the edge of my seat wondering if they were going to beat the odds.
  2. Jace and Clary from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Okay, so I have only read the first three books in this series, but there is plenty of angst in them so I feel like I can still include this couple on this list.  I’m sure there is even more angst coming for me in the rest of the series and I am both dreading and looking forward to it.
  3. Lochan and Maya from Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – This is the ultimate angsty romance.  I did not even know how to feel about this romance as I was reading this book because it is literally forbidden.  So much angst, so much stress.  Beware going into this one for some potentially triggering content.
  4. Caleb and Maggie from the Paradise duology by Simone Elkeles- After a tragic accident that occurs before the start of the book, both Maggie and Caleb are just trying to move on with their lives.  Varying degrees of circumstance draw the two together and they have many problems to overcome with themselves before they can begin to tackle the problems they have together.  I love this duology.
  5. Jesse and Suze from The Mediator series by Meg Cabot – A romance between a human and a ghost is guaranteed to be angsty.  Now before you get mad, that’s not a spoiler you are fully aware that one of them is a ghost before the book even starts.  I love this pairing; they are so cute together, but it is extremely stressful watching them try to triumph over circumstance to be together.

Hope you enjoyed this post!  If you did, leave me a comment.  I would love to talk!

Introductions 📗📘📑📕📙📚

Hello fellow book lovers! I’ve never tried to blog before, but I am passionate about writing and about books. I thought I would combine these two passions and create a space for me to express my thoughts and feelings about the books I read and post other bookish things that I enjoy. I hope to make some friends with similar bookish tastes and maybe gain some new insight into things I may not have considered about the books I read.

I will probably post mostly reviews, but I may occasionally spice it up with some other fun things.

I am a huge fan of booktube, so I thought by way of introduction I would borrow a tag from the YouTube book community and give you guys 25 Bookish Facts About Me. Hope you enjoy!

1. My favorite series in the entire world his Harry Potter. It will forever and always be my number one series and holds a very dear place in my heart. ⚡

2. I much prefer paperbacks to hardbacks (hence my blog name). 📖

3. I like to eat while I read. Usually just chips or something similar. 😋

4. I purchase most of my books online and the vast majority of them are used. 💻

5. I desperately want to write a book and have actually started a basic outline for my story. ✍

6. I’ve never listened to a complete audiobook and that is something that I intend to remedy very soon. 🎧

7. I am a Ravenclaw. 💙

8. Dog-eared pages fill me with rage. 😤

9. I can read literally anywhere except in the car. I get motion sick very easily. 🚗

10. My favorite genre is fantasy. 🐲

11. I’ve been known to write some Harry Potter next-gen fanfiction. 🤓

12. I have absolutely no desire to read A Game of  Thrones.  Or to watch the show. 🚫

13. I dearly love the library, but don’t go near as often as I should. 📚

14. I want to read books to my son, but he usually doesn’t sit still long enough to finish even a kids book. 👶

15. I read mostly YA, but I would like to start reading more adult novels as well. ☺

16. My most anticipated release of 2017 is Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima. 😄

17. I can read even when there is a lot going on around me. Noise doesn’t usually bother or distract me. 🎶

18. Despite being able to read with noise around me, if I am interrupted I get super annoyed. If you interrupt my book, there better be a good reason. 👿

19. I am lucky enough to be married to another book lover. 💒

20. I almost never see plot twists coming. I am dreadful at predicting things. 😨

21. I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi. 👽

22. I bring a book in my bag everywhere I go. 🎒

23. My favorite book to movie adaptation is Catching Fire. 🎬

24. Speaking of Catching Fire, when new readers ask me for recommendations I usually tell them to read The Hunger Games. 🏹

25. My number one OTP is Percabeth from the Percy Jackson series. 💖