Review|| Infinity Son.

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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures. Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day. Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.


I was really excited when I heard that Adam Silvera was writing a fantasy novel. I knew I needed to read it. Sadly though, I had a lot of trouble with Infinity Son. It was nowhere near as good as his contemporaries. I found it so hard to get into the story, because right from the beginning I was confused and lost as to why certain things came to be and why certain people/beings were even in the real world. I felt like that was never explained or I completely missed it somehow. The world building just wasn’t there for me.

I liked the concept of the story and the superhero vibe. It was a pretty fast paced story and at times that was nice, but I don’t know if that really helped much. I felt like a lot of things were left out and unsaid because of that. Some characters were really great, like Atlas and Ness. The main characters Emil and Brighton, I had trouble with connecting with them. I didn’t like their personalities all that much, especially Brighton. He seemed selfish and I didn’t like that.

Overall, Infinity Son was just an “okay” read for me. While there were some things that I liked and twists that were a little surprising, it just didn’t live up to my expectations and it didn’t blow me away. At times, I had a hard time wanting to finish it. I wanted to love Infinity Son so bad, but sadly it just wasn’t for me. I was having trouble rating it between two and three stars and I don’t give half stars, so for now it’s a two. I’m still undecided if I will be reading the sequel or not. Maybe if my library has it.

Have you read Infinity Son? If so, what are your thoughts? Feel free to link me to your review if you have one.

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Thank You!

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I just wanted to make a quick post to say thank you for all the comments on my “Stuck…where do I go from here?” post. It really means a lot to me. You have been such a huge part of my life, so I am hoping to get out of this rough patch and continue to blog as much as possible. I will try to reply back to those comments soon. I will also be catching up with your blog posts soon as well.

On a random note, I was going through my closet in my book room and I came across probably like 50+ buttons/pins that I’ve collected over the last few years and this was one of them. So fitting for us book reviewers. Speaking of book reviewing, I have a review for Infinity Son by Adam Silvera coming soon. What was the last book that you reviewed? Feel free to also link me to it. 🙂

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Andy Reads|| Maybe Someday.

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The review below was written by my husband Andy and these are his thoughts and opinions on the book. You can check out more information about “Andy Reads” and the books that he’s read and reviewed over here.

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….Maybe someday…


Andy’s Review:

I thought Maybe Someday was a good book. It definitely pulled at my heart a bit and left me frustrated with Sydney and Ridge at times. Wanting them to find the courage to love each other. It didn’t take very long into the story to hook me in and made me say “oh dang a few times”. All in all the book was good for a romance novel and wasn’t too gushy or boring and for the most part had me on the edge of my seat. I give this book a 4 out of 5 total.


I apology for Andy’s short review. I think he’s trying to get a hang of this review thing considering this is his first book review, haha. He did let me know that he really liked the book. He even came home every day after work to let me know what was going on in the book and how he felt about it. He ended up switching to the audiobook since he didn’t have much time to read with work (sometimes he works long hours) and life. He drives a lot for his job, so audiobook was a better fit for him. I am happy that he really liked Maybe Someday because it’s my favorite Colleen Hoover book! Hopefully his reviews get better with time, lol.

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Review|| Dragon Hoops.

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Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
3 out of 5 stars

“In a well-crafted story, everything makes sense.”

Goodreads Description: Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins. But Gene doesn’t get sports. As a kid, his friends called him “Stick” and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it’s all anyone can talk about. The men’s varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that’s been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships. Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he’s seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn’t know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons’s lives, but his own life as well.


I received an ARC of Dragon Hoops from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It will be published on March 17th.

I know absolutely nothing about basketball or any sport, really. Like Gene, I have no interest in sports. That didn’t stop him from learning more about basketball and following the school’s basketball team throughout their basketball season. Gene works at the school as well as writes and illustrates graphic novels. Dragon Hoops is essentially about his career and about the school (and school’s basketball team) that he works at.

For being someone that isn’t into sports, it was fun learning a little more about basketball along with Gene. He gives backstories about the characters and the history of basketball too. I couldn’t completely connect with Dragon Hoops since it’s not a subject that I am into, but I did like it and thought it was fun to read. I got really excited when the Dragons would score points and got bummed when they would lose. I liked that Gene ended up realizing new things about himself as he tagged along with the basketball team to all their games and connected with the players through conversation and interviews with them.

Overall, Dragon Hoops was a solid graphic novel about basketball, sportsman ship, and growth. I liked the mix between the history of the sport and what was going on in present day with the new Dragons team as they work their way to the state championships. I thought the illustrations were great as well. I would definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you like basketball. I think I’m going to gift this book to my nephew and see if maybe it’ll interest him as well.

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Review|| Girls with Razor Hearts.

Heads up that this review is for the sequel to Girls with Sharp Sticks, so if you haven’t read that book yet and you don’t want to be spoiled I would skip reading. I’m trying to leave this as spoil free as I can of the first book but the book description is below and so this review may contain spoilers of the first book in the series. You can check out my review of the first book (Girls with Sharp Sticks) over here if you’re interested!

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Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each other—and the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them. The girls enroll in Stoneridge Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Mena’s thoughts—a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena. And as the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.


I was sent an ARC copy of Girls with Razor Hearts from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It will be releasing on March 17th.

I was so excited when I received a copy of Girls with Razor Hearts, because I loved the first book so much! Girls with Razor Hearts was a really great sequel and I enjoyed it so much. Just like the first book, Girls with Sharp Sticks, it continued to deal with some really heavy issues and once again they had similarities to things that are happening in the world today. Mainly being how women are treated in the world by men and how it’s hard for women to stand up to these men, because it just causes further damage and hurt toward them.

The girls had to navigate a new life and essentially a new world while also dealing with their traumas that they experienced at Innovations Academy. It didn’t get easier for them when they left the academy. Men dominate the world and walk all over the women. The girls are trying to put an end to this and are faced with a lot of realizations and trouble along the way. They don’t know who to trust and neither did I as I was reading the book. I loved the continued bond between the girls and the love they have for each other. There’s so many untrustworthy people but at least they have each other to try to figure it all out!

I ended up giving Girls with Razor Hearts one star less than I did the first book though. It was a little hard for me to get into it at the start but once I did, I was fully invested in the story and the girls again. I don’t want to go into too many more details because I don’t want to risk any spoilers. I highly recommend checking this series out. It’s so relatable and so far it has been such a powerful story. A lot of what is happening in the story and was talked about needs to be heard. I am eagerly waiting for the third book!

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #86.
2 Star Reads of 2019.
3 Star Reads of 2019.

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Review|| Darling Rose Gold.

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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold. Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar. After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes. Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score. Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.


I received an ARC of Darling Rose Gold from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It will be published on March 17.

I was drawn to the book because the description sounded like it had some similarities to the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case. If you don’t know about that case, it was pretty famous and they even made a TV show on Hulu called “The Act” about it. It was about the mother of Gypsy Rose pretending that her daughter had all of these illnesses when she really didn’t. In the real life story, Gypsy realizes what’s going on and her and her boyfriend murdered the mom and ran away together until they were caught. Now what about Darling Rose Gold?

This story had a lot of similarities to the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case as I mentioned, but it was also so different. I was really excited about reading this book, because while it was similar in a lot of ways it was also in my opinion kind of like a retelling. Like what if the mom wasn’t murdered and was sent to prison instead. In Darling Rose Gold, the mom is sent to prison and then gets out five years later and wants to reconnect with her daughter Rose Gold. It was kind of an interesting twist to the real story. I know this book has nothing to do with the real Gypsy Rose case, but it just really reminded me of it and a lot of the time that’s all I could think about as I read this story.

Darling Rose Gold was really great and I enjoyed reading it. It’s crazy and so heartbreaking that a parent could ever do that to their child. There’s lots of deception and twisted things in this story, but that’s what made it so hard to put down. There were lots of back story as well, which was nice. I liked the flashbacks, because I felt like they needed to be there to really understand everything going on. I don’t want to say a whole lot because I don’t want to risk spoilers, but I really enjoyed this story. I loved all the dark twisted things that were happening, but I wasn’t very satisfied with the way that the story ended. I’m not sure what I was expecting for the outcome at the end, but I was a bit disappointed with it. It was a little predictable, but I didn’t think it took too much away from the story. Overall, great thriller novel and I would definitely recommend.

In other news, I am hoping to do some blog hopping today to catch up with your posts and to reply to comments. I am currently dogsitting THREE dogs, so it’s been a little hard to find some time to do a whole lot since they got here on Friday. It’s also been a little chaotic because I have them and then I also have my four furbabies! I’m bummed that it’s February 10th and I’ve only finished one book. I really had high hopes for this month. I’m not counting myself out just yet though! There’s still plenty of time. Hopefully I’ll still be able to read and review a few more before the month ends.

In case you missed it;
4 Star Reads of 2019.
Introducing: Andy Reads.
February TBR (Maybe).

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Mini Review|| Husband Material.

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Husband Material by Emily Belden
3 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk—so she can avoid it. Yet Charlotte’s algorithms could never have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law—and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not. But soon a shocking secret surfaces, forcing Charlotte to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. And when a chance at new love arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.


I received an ARC of Husband Material from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published on December 30th.

I read Eighty-Sixed from Emily Belden years ago and it made me want to read all her books, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read Husband Material.  I ended up giving the book three stars. I liked it and it had some really great moments, but I felt like it took awhile to get into it or for things to happen. I struggled a little bit with it and it wasn’t what I expected it was going to be. That doesn’t mean it was  bad book though, because I did like it and I really liked the characters. Charlotte had to navigate life the best she could after losing her husband. She battled with her own demons and guilt in regards to that and things from her past resurfacing. There were a couple little things that I didn’t see coming, so that was a plus. I’m glad it wasn’t too predictable. While I didn’t love Husband Material, I did enjoy it. I would still recommend checking it out.


I’ll catch up with your posts and reply to comments later today. I need to get out of bed and start my day. If I don’t get up now, I’ll probably end up laying here all day haha.

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