WWW Wednesday

October 21, 2020

We are back again with another episode of WWW Wednesday! I’m not really reading a lot this month, so there isn’t much to see on this list. However, it has been nice slowing down a bit and enjoying a little me time!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I have finally started This Coven Won’t Break!! I have been saying it all month that I was going to read it and we have made it. To be fair, I have only read the first couple of chapters, but you have to start somewhere 😛

Love Your Life on the other hand I am a little over halfway through. It is my last Netgalley arc of the month and reads fairly quickly, so I should hopefully have it finished by tomorrow!

Recently Finished

Kingdom of the Wicked was such a pleasure to read and I cannot describe how excited I was to have gotten the chance to read this arc. It is the perfect October spooky read and I will recommend it to everyone. For my full review, click here.

What’s Next?

Another book that has been on my list all month is Beyond the Black Door. I have had such high hopes for my reading this month and it just hasn’t worked out. This one I will be tackling next though, or else I will have to skip my local book club meeting and that is not going to work for me!

I am also hoping to get a head start on another Netgalley arc I have that comes out Nov 3, White Ivy. I have been in the mood to find a good mystery/thriller, so hopefully this will be what I am looking for.

Have you read any of the books on my list? What are you currently reading or planning to read this month? Also, what are your October spooky read recommendations? Lets have a chat down below.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by our blog. We appreciate all the love and support!

Kingdom of the Wicked | Arc Review

Happy Saturday book friends! I am back at it with ANOTHER arc review! I am slowly making my way through them all and yet find myself requesting more everyday 😛 When will I learn?

This time around I am bringing you my thoughts on Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco!

Synopsis:

Two sisters.One brutal murder. A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself… And an intoxicating romance. Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.


Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is at is seems…

I would like to start by saying a HUGE thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

If you have not read Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series, you definitely need to get on that! I absolutely loved that entire series and am completely engrossed with her writing. When I saw that she was coming out with another series, this one with witches, I knew I needed to read it!

Just like her other series, Maniscalco has put together another engaging and intriguing murder mystery. I can not get enough of her writing and will pretty much read anything she publishes at this point.

The female lead, Emilia, goes through a true character transformation from start to finish and it was a pleasure to go on the journey with her. She is determined to find out who killed her twin sister and why it happened in the first place. Through the writing I could feel Emilia’s emotions while she sought her vengeance.

Another part of this story that I found really fascinating is Maniscalco’s take on the seven deadly sins in demon form. The Seven Princes of Hell which are classified as the Wicked in this story are the manifestations of those sins. They bring about their powers by inflicting their particular “sin” on whoever is around. They may be family, but they all hold their own secrets and lies.

Tie all the characters together and throw them into a dark historical style setting and you have all the ingredients for the perfect murder mystery; add in all the betrayals, witches and demons and you have yourself one HELL of a series!

Watch out for the cliffhanger at the end though, it has me a little upset that I have to wait for the next book to release. You better believe I will be requesting it on Netgalley as well!

Book Details:

Title: Kingdom of the Wicked
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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WWW Wednesday

October 14, 2020

Watch out!! Two weeks in a row of doing this meme! No one is more shocked than me at this 😛

Even though I remembered and made time to do this blog post, I really have not read that many books this month. I have only completed one physical read and one audiobook. I have been taking a break and playing computer games that had been pushed to the back burner. Now that I have recharged, I am ready to dive into some good books that are on my TBR!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I started Kingdom of the Wicked yesterday and I am already about a quarter of the way through it. I received this eARC from Netgalley and have really been looking forward to diving in. I absolutely loved Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series and thought this would be a fun YA series from her and perfect for Spookotber!

Recently Finished

I listened to the audiobook of The Black Kids and I cannot recommend it enough, as the narration was really well done. This book brings to light many topics of race, privilege and class in a very accessible way. It is a YA book and would definitely be a good book for younger readers. However, as an adult, I thought this was an excellent book.
We have to walk around being perfect all the time just to be seen as human. Don’t you ever get tired of being a symbol? Don’t you ever just want to be human?”

What’s Next?

Welp, I am still crossing my fingers that I will be able to get to This Coven Won’t Break this month, because I have really been looking forward to that book. The problem is I have these two books that I have to read first!

Ya’ll might remember seeing Beyond the Black Door on last weeks WWW Wednesday’s list and I never got around to starting it. So here’s to hoping I start this one soon so I can finish it in time for my local book club meeting!

Love Your Life is another Netgalley arc on my list for this month that I am super excited about. I think I have read almost all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and she has yet to let me down!

Have you read any of the books on my list? What are you currently reading or planning to read this month? Also, what are your October spooky read recommendations? Lets have a chat down below.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by our blog. We appreciate all the love and support!

WWW Wednesday

October 7, 2020

Happy Wednesday!! I just looked back and it seems the last time I did one of these was wayyyyyy back in August. I kept telling myself I was going to stay on top of these weekly memes and we see how this has worked out! Regardless, here we are, so lets have some fun with it and see how long it lasts 😉

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I am just starting these two books today and I am really looking forward to both of them!

Anxious People is a book that Thi read last month and then started recommending it to everyone! She has rarely lead me astray, so I figured I would push this book up my TBR list!

With it being October, I was looking for some good horror/spooky reads and even if I haven’t read the synopsis, Horrid seems like that should fit those parameters based just off the cover. So here is hoping for all the creepy vibes and being too scared to read at night.

Recently Finished

My last read of September was Truly Devious, a YA mystery series. I am sometimes a bit weary of YA mysteries, but I found this one to be done really well. I also love the idea of continuing the same mystery into a trilogy and am really looking forward to seeing what happens next!

I recently just finished an arc read of Simmer Down and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and fun, steamy romance. Click here for my full review on this yummy rom com!

What’s Next?

One of my most anticipated reads of this year is This Coven Won’t Break! I absolutely loved These Witches Don’t Burn and I have been not so patiently waiting to read this follow up. My plan is to buddy read this with Thi and enjoy a good witchy read for October!

Beyond the Black Door is my local book club pick for this month. If I am being completely honest, I haven’t read the synopsis so I am not entirely sure what this book is about. However, the cover of this book is gorgeous and has me quite intrigued!

Have you read any of the books on my list? What are you currently reading or planning to read this month? Also, what are your October spooky read recommendations? Lets have a chat down below.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by our blog. We appreciate all the love and support!

Simmer Down | Arc Review

Hey heyy, book friends! I am back again with yet another arc review! I am actually so proud of myself. I am tackling my arcs and Netgalley shelf and actually finishing books before they are published!!!

So now that we have gotten that out of the way, I am ready to share with y’all my thoughts on Simmer Down by Sarah Smith!

Synopsis:

In this finger-licking good rom-com, two is the perfect number of cooks in the kitchen.

Nikki DiMarco knew life wouldn’t be all sunshine and coconuts when she quit her dream job to help her mom serve up mouthwatering Filipino dishes to hungry beach goers, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so eat-or-be-eaten—or the competition to be so smoking hot.

But Tiva’s Filipina Kusina has faced bigger road bumps than the arrival of Callum James. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable the British food truck owner is—he rudely set up shop next to her coveted beach parking spot. He’s stealing her customers and fanning the flames of a public feud that makes her see sparks.

The solution? Let the upcoming Maui Food Festival decide their fate. Winner keeps the spot. Loser pounds sand. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…a sweet, protective side. Is she brave enough to call a truce? Or will trusting Callum with her heart mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire?

First, I would like to say a big thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for my honest review!

I have been in a rom-com mood lately, so when I saw this title on Netgalley I was all for getting lost in a love story. I will fully admit that I was not a big fan of the last book by this author, Faker, but I was definitely willing to give her next book a try. I am so glad that I made that decision, because this book did not let me down!

This book provided me with one of my favorite rom-com tropes, enemies to lovers! Something about a good hate to love story just makes me so happy inside and I think this one was really well done.

Nikki, the female lead, came off as an authentic, genuinely relatable character. She puts family at the forefront of her life and is willing to do anything for her mother. Callum, the male love interest, came off a little brash at the beginning but by the end of this book I was ready to steal him for myself!!

Something I really enjoyed and appreciated about this book is that it is more than just a romance. It also weaves in a story of grief and learning how to cope with losing a parent. I felt this topic was done extremely well, while also showing how each person in a family deals with grief in different ways.

The only part of this book that really wasn’t for me was the fact that it is only told from just Nikki’s POV. If you have been following our blog, you know that Thi and I both crave a book with dual POVs. I generally think this brings so much more to a story, especially a romance!

Overall, this is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a quick and fun, steamy romance!

Book Details:

Title: Simmer Down
Author: Sarah Smith
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by our blog! We appreciate all of you for your support.

Well Played | Arc Review

Happy Tuesday everyone, and HAPPY PUB DAY to one of my most anticipated rom coms of the year!! I have been dying to read this book and without further ado, here are my thoughts on Well Played!

Synopsis:

Another laugh-out-loud romantic comedy featuring kilted musicians, Renaissance Faire tavern wenches, and an unlikely love story.

Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.

When Stacey imagined “The One,” it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she’s not sure what to make of it.

Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey’s shock, it isn’t Dex—she’s been falling in love with a man she barely knows.

First and foremost, thank you so much to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for providing me the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review! When I got the email that I was approved for this book I legit did a happy dance! Well Met was one of my favorite books of last year and when I heard that it was going to have a follow up, I was willing to do just about anything to get my hands on it, and it did not disappoint! However, while I really enjoyed this book and was swooning over the romance, I will say I did not quite love this one as much as I did Well Met.

One of my favorite parts about this series is the small town charm of Willow Creek. The writing makes you feel like you are living in this small town and are a part of their Renaissance Faire!

Stacey is a relatable main character and I could understand her want to achieve more. She gave up and sacrificed a lot when her mother fell ill and she now feels that she is in a rut and spends all year waiting for the next Ren Faire season to begin.

Now on to the male love interest!!! My oh my, did I just adore him! *Insert swooning gif here* While there are times I feel like he might have gotten off the hook a little too easily, he meant well and truly had such a sweet soul. He is most definitely towards the top of my romance book boyfriend list!

If you read and loved Well Met, or if you are looking for a quick, sweet, and steamy rom com, then I would whole-heartedly recommend this book. Now that this one is complete, I will sit over here not so patiently and wait for the next book in the series!

Book Details:

Title: Well Played
Author: Jen DeLuca
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Have you read Well Met? Did you enjoy it or not? Leave me some rom com recommendations down below! As always, thank you for stopping by our blog and showing us support. We truly appreciate you all!