#Discussion: Where I've Been & Where I'm Going

Howdy friends, it's been a while. I did post a couple reviews at the beginning of the month, but before that radio silence for about six weeks. I'm sure some of you saw my string of tweets saying I needed to take a hiatus because of school since it was so hectic this semester and I was doing too much and feeling super stressed, but if you didn't, that's what happened.

I needed a break from all the commitments I had going and thought that my blog should probably be the one to go since 1. I don't get paid for this and 2. I pay to go to school. I'm happy to say that now I am officially done the "school" portion of school and will be spending the next six months interning so I will have relatively more time to blog, but I want to keep a pretty healthy balance. However, we'll get to that.

Think of this as a mini life update so that you guys know what's going on, why I haven't been active, and why I'll probably never be as active as I was before. So let's get to it!


ARC #Review: A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi


Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #2
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher and decided to read and review it. This in no way affects my opinion of the novel

Where reading THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN was like reading liquid gold, A CROWN OF WISHES transformed the reader into a galaxy so they could live among the stars and sparkle. I will forever read anything that Chokshi writes as her writing feels like it wraps you up and never lets you go. The characters, setting, and plot were so rich and wonderful that I felt as though I was living in the story. I only put this book down when I had to and it is one you will easily get caught up in.


Blog Tour: BUT THEN I CAME BACK by Estelle Laure // #Review + #Interview

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

BUT THEN I CAME BACK by Estelle Laure!

Today I have a review of the book plus an answer to one of my burning questions that I had for Estelle, so I hope you enjoy that! But first, let's learn more about the book.


Author: Estelle Laure
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via Raincoast
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars

Gayle Forman meets Francesca Lia Block in this dazzling story about two coma girls and the boy who connects their lives. From the author of This Raging Light, a debut that New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson calls “remarkable.”

“Something does exist. I saw. It’s a place. Like this but different.”
“Okay, so let’s say we do reach her, that something like that is even possible. Then what?”
“Then we ask her to come back.”

Eden: As far as coma patients go, Eden’s lucky. She woke up. But still, she can’t shake the feeling that she might have dragged something back from the near-afterlife.

Joe: Joe visits the hospital every day, hoping that Jaz, his lifelong friend, will wake up. More than anything, he wants to hear her voice again. But he’s not sure anyone can reach her.

Eden & Joe: Even though she knows it sounds crazy, Eden tells Joe that they might be able to talk to Jaz. Opening themselves up to the great unknown—and each other—Eden and Joe experience life: mysterious and scary, beautiful and bright.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and decided to review it. This in no ways affects my opinion.

This is good, I want to say. this is life. It's not selfish to live. Digby and Lucille went on, and Mom and Dad did too. And they had the right to. Time served on planet earth is yours to use as you see fit. It keeps spinning, and just because someone's life ends or pauses doesn't mean we have to do the same.
BUT THEN I CAME BACK was on my radar immediately when I saw Estelle Laure had another book coming out because I absolutely loved THIS RAGING LIGHT. And when I found out this was a companion/sequel but from Eden's perspective I knew I had to have it immediately. 


ARC #Review: GILDED CAGE by Vic James


Author: Vic James
Series: Dark Gifts #1
Source: Traded for an ARC
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Rating: 3/5 stars

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. 

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price? 

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. 

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?
I had heard that this was such a great, fantastic, unique, enter-adjective-here book so when I was offered a trade for it, I jumped all over it. But when I started reading it, I started and stopped A LOT and found it really hard to get into. And then I was just neutral about it overall. I didn't love or hate this one and found that it probably would have been better with a few adjustments.