Book Haul|| October.

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Hey!

I have quite a big book haul this month, because I received a bunch of Winter 2019 ARCs and I also bought a few books. I didn’t get the chance to take pictures of the books that I got, so book covers from Goodreads again this month. You can check out all the books I own over here. There’s also links on that page to pages for my kindle books and my physical books (pages needs updated since it’s been a couple months though). I’ll probably do an October book haul post on my Bookstagram (foreverbookish_) account since it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a photo over there that wasn’t just only in my stories. Anyway, here are the books that I got this month. All titles are linked to Goodreads.

Physical Books I Bought:

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
After the Fire by Will Hill
People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

After reading my ARC of Shadow of the Fox and loving it so much, I had to buy a copy for my future bookshelves (almost all of my books are packed away 😦 ). I love Adam Silvera’s and Becky Albertalli’s books, so when they did a book together, I knew I would be buying What If It’s Us as soon as it was released. Patrick Ness praised After the Fire, so I had to buy it. I love Patrick Ness, so if he loves a book…then I must read it! It also sounds rally good and I’ve seen a lot of other people really like it too. I’ve read a few Ellen Hopkins books and they have been pretty good. I read the description of her new book People Kill People and it sounds like something I’ll be really into reading. It’s also about guns/gun violence and that’s a real thing happening so much these days.

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Books from Publishers/Authors:

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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Calldender
The Lonely Dead by April Henry
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena
A Soldier and A Liar by Caitlin Lochner

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Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills
All We Could Have Been by Te Carter
Mist, Metal, and Ash by Gwendolyn Clare

I was sent an ARC of This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story from Epic Reads and I am super stoked to read it. I also received a package from Fierce Reads of Winter 2019 ARCs, which is really exciting and I’m looking forward to them. Above are the six ARCs that were in my Winter package.

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The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

I seen The Wicked King up on Netgalley, but it was one of those “wish for it” ones. I decided to take that chance anyway and I was approved. If I wasn’t at work when I got the email, I probably would have screamed. I am so stoked! I plan to reread The Cruel Prince and then read The Lost Sisters before starting The Wicked King. I am looking to reread at the end of November or early December since The Wicked King releases early January. I was also approved on Netgalley for The Perfect Girlfriend. I thought it sounded really good and I want to read more thrillers/psychological thrillers.

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E-Books:

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The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker
Katerina by James Frey
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

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The Dark Heart by Joakim Palmkvist, Agens Broome
Shadow’s Embrace by A.I. Nasser
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

I tried the audiobook for Strange the Dreamer, but I couldn’t really get into it and decided not to continue with the book. Since I seen the e-book on sale for $2.99 and decided to buy it. Maybe I’ll like it better if I read it myself. I also don’t remember if I even got that far into it. These other books are books that I’ve been really looking forward to reading. I am actually currently reading Penpal right now and almost halfway through it. It’s pretty creepy so far.

What books did you get in October? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your book haul post if you have one!

October wrap up is coming in the next day or two. I am hoping to finish Penpal today, so that I can include it in my wrap up post. I am really excited about this month of reading because I actually read a lot.

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Travel|| Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.
Thoughts|| Dear Evan Hansen.

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Thoughts|| Dear Evan Hansen.

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Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend. Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore–even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be? No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself. A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.


I was sent an ARC copy of Dear Evan Hansen from The Novl in exchange for an honest review. It was released earlier this month, so it is currently out now. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Dear Evan Hansen, because I never seen the musical or really heard much about it until I seen the book floating around the blogosphere and bookstagram. I am really glad I picked it up, because I actually enjoyed it a lot. It would be interesting to see the musical now that I have read it in book form.

Dear Evan Hansen is a really relatable story and deals with a lot of heavy things that a lot of people are experiencing every day; anxiety, depression, suicide. After Connor Murphy’s death, Evan gets mixed up in a lie that he never meant to tell. As events unfold, it’s harder and harder for him to get out of it or come clean. I really liked that the characters themselves were really relatable as well. It was easy for me to connect with Evan in particular, because I struggle with social anxiety myself. I really liked the characters in this book and I felt like they really made the story. I also liked that there are parts in the book where you get Connor’s point of view as well. His story was just as important as what was happening to Evan.

I loved the writing style and the communication between characters. While this book deals with some pretty important and heavy things, there were still happy moments and laugh out loud moments. Some of the interaction with Evan and Jared in particular were pretty laugh out loud. There were also times where I felt so much anxiety for Evan. The feels are real with this book. I think a lot of people will relate to it and the characters. I can see why so many people love the musical so much.

Even though I haven’t seen the musical or listened to the soundtrack, I am happy that I was still able to experience the Dear Evan Hansen story in novel form. Overall, I really loved the book and the characters. I found myself sucked right into the story from the beginning. There were a few times where it did slow down for me, but it didn’t take away from the story or my enjoyment of it. I highly recommend reading this book whether you seen the musical or not. It’s out now, so you should definitely go check it out!

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| October 11-17.
Random|| Picture Update.
Blog Tour/Thoughts|| The No-Good Nine.

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Blog Tour/Thoughts|| The No-Good Nine.

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Hey!

Welcome to my stop on the No-Good Nine blog tour! I am super stoked to be a part of this blog tour. I love a good middle grade book and one about Christmas at that! 😛 Continue reading to see my review for this book, more about the book, and a little about the author.

The No-Good Nine

The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano
4 out of 5 stars.

They’re mad, they’re bad, and they’re about to ruin Christmas!”

Book Description: No kids get coal in their stocking these days. Do you know why? It’s thanks to The No-Good Nine! Pittsburgh, 1931. When Peter awakens on Christmas morning to find his stocking full of coal, he is outraged. After he finds the Naughty List, which contains the names of some other children who received no gifts, he decides they should band together and journey to Santa’s workshop to plead their case, as well as play with the toys intended for the Nice children. The ragtag band of misfits sets out on a series of wild misadventures as they travel by train, truck, dog sled, and boat, encountering thieves and bootleggers, in order to reach the renowned Toy Factory only to accidentally burn it down. More slapstick capers follow before the No-Good Nine extricate themselves and set out to find their next great adventure.


I was sent a copy of The No-Good Nine by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Release date: October 16, 2018.

I had a lot of fun reading The No-Good Nine. It’s a middle grade book, but it was still a lot of fun to read even as an adult. There was a funny cast of characters like the Liar, the Brat, the Cruel, and so many more! The No-Good Nine go on a crazy adventure to get to the North Pole to confront Santa about being on the naughty list and receiving coal for Christmas and to play with all the toys that are meant for the nice kids.

There so are many crazy things that happen along the way, which make it all the more fun to read. There were a few things that happened that I questioned, but would most likely be overlooked by a middle grader, since this book is mostly intended for that audience. They didn’t take away from the story or anything, so it was still pretty great. There were so many laugh out loud moments and I flew through it pretty quickly. It’s perfect to read around Christmas time.

Overall, I really enjoyed The No-Good Nine. I thought the adventure aspect was a lot of fun even with some things being a little out there. For a kid though, I think they’ll get a kick out of it. I liked that there were a lot of funny moments and the cast of characters made the story even better. I plan to pass this book along to my nephew, because I think he would really get like it. It’s releasing on October 16th (next week), so be on the look out for it!


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About the Author:

John Bemelmans Marciano collaborated with Sophie Blackall on the middle-grade novel The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield as well as on the Witches of Benevento series. Continuing his grandfather’s legacy, John wrote and illustrated Madeline at the White House, Madeline and the Old House in ParisMadeline and the Cats of Rome, and Madeline Says Merci.

 

 

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WWW Wednesday #55.
Thoughts|| I Will Find You.
Photo A Day|| October 1-5.

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WWW Wednesday #55.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hey!

I had a pretty good reading week for the first week of October. I was actually able to finish three books. It makes me hopeful that I might be able to actually read a lot of the books that I had on my TBR for this month. Here are the books that I’ve been reading and ones that I hope to read really soon.

Currently Reading:

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Children to the Slaughter by A.I. Nasser
Sadie by Courtney Summers

I am reading Children to the Slaughter and that’s part of my Halloweenie TBR. It’s pretty interesting so far. I had Sadie on hold for a bit, because I had some ARCs that I wanted to get read and reviewed, but I will hopefully be picking it back up this week to finish it ASAP.


Recently Finished:

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Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano
I Will Find You by Joe Kenda

I liked Baby Teeth. It was really creepy, but I thought the ending kind of sucked. It got really boring toward the end and wasn’t what I expected. It was still good though. I enjoyed The No-Good Nine, it was pretty good for being a middle grade book. I do like some middle grade stuff though. They’re always fun to read. I’ll have a review up for it tomorrow. I Will Find You was pretty amazing. If you’re a true crime fan, you’ll really enjoy it. I posted a review for it a couple days ago and it’ll be linked at the end of this post if you want to check it out.


Reading Next:

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The War Outside by Monica Hesse
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Honestly, I have no idea what I am going to read next. I have so many options to choose from. I have a couple ARCs I need to read (first two books above) and a couple books from my library that I need to read (last two books above) before they get returned. With the majority of my books packed away, I’ve had to rely on the library for even the books that I own. My Sister Rosa is for my Halloweenie TBR and Six of Crows I’ve been on hold for MONTHS at my library and it finally got checked out to me. I don’t know why Six of Crows was one of the books that I packed away when I knew I wanted to read it this year. At least I finally got it from my library though. It could be any of these four that I read next (or maybe something totally different), but I’m really not too. Guess we’ll see what happens by next Wednesday!

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

I hope to find some time later this week to catch up with all of your posts and comments. It’s been a pretty busy weekend and week so far for me. I also haven’t been feeling good, so I haven’t been up to doing too much. I always catch up though, so I’m not too worried about that. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| I Will Find You.
Photo A Day|| October 1-5.
Book Haul|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

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Thoughts|| I Will Find You.

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I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime by Joe Kenda
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never before revealed case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective. Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome? In I WILL FIND YOU, the star of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards. Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases. Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won’t be able to look away. The tales in I WILL FIND YOU will shock you like the best horror stories-divulging insights into the actions, motivations, and proclivities of nature’s most dangerous species. Don’t mind the blood.


I received I Will Find You from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It’s out in stores now. 

Well my, my, my…it’s not a surprise that I am a sucker for true crime. I love reading true crime stories and books. I love watching true crime TV shows and documentaries on TV/Netflix. I love listening to true crime podcasts. Detective Lt. Joe Kenda happens to be one of my favorites and I love watching his show “Homicide Hunter” on the Investigation Discovery channel. When I seen I Will Find You up on Netgalley, there was no way I was going to pass it up.

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On Joe Kenda’s TV show he talks about all the different cases he’s worked on during his career as a homicide detective. In his book I Will Find You, he talks about the cases that are too gruesome to even air on TV. In his book, Joe Kenda also talks about crime scenes and what he does to determine the who, what, where, when, and how the victim died along with the motive and find out who the killer is. He also talks about life as a homicide hunter and how he became one. I also love that he talkes about himself and his family. I loved learning about other sides to him aside from just his homicide hunter days. Even his family members pop in from time to time to recount a story.

I Will Find You is creepy, scary, and it’s one of the most realist books that you’ll ever read.  If you love true crime, this book is definitely for you. The world is a scary place (it seems so even more these days) and humans are the scariest of all. Joe Kenda talks about how animals kill each other for need (hunger & danger, basically to survive), but some humans kill just to kill. That’s really terrifying to think about and it’s true. In this book you’ll see different reasons and scenarios why humans kill, which none of them are ever justifiable. Then there are some humans that kill just because they like killing.

“Even today, humans are the most ruthless, aggressive, and dangerous of species.”

There’s a lot of triggers and gory things in this book, so proceed with caution. There were even a few things that freaked me out and I don’t get freaked out by these things easily. I mean, I can watch a TV show about a murder, see the reenactments, bloody bodies, and still eat my dinner like I was just watching a normal TV show. 😛 Even though this book is quite serious, I like that Joe Kenda throws in a little humor too. You kind of have to have a dark sense of humor though. I love Joe Kenda’s personality on TV and as he comes across in his book and because of that, this book was easy to read and hard to put down in a writing stand point. The subject matter isn’t always easy to read, but it’s written in a way that it’s hard to put down.

Like I said earlier, it is the realist book you will ever read. It has it’s good moments and a couple happy stories, but a lot of it is not. This isn’t like the TV show “CSI”, this is real life. It’s terrifying and shocking. As dark as I Will Find You is, I thought it was a very good book and really eye opening. I think after having read this book, I will be looking over my shoulder a hell of a lot more than I already do. I will leave you with this quote from the very beginning of the book, because it’s 100% true about this book and you should be prepared if you plan to pick this one up.

“If you have an interest in the truth, you are reading the right book. If you don’t think you can handle the darkest aspects of human nature, then you might want to put this book down, because it will get real in a hurry.”

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| October 1-5.
Book Haul|| September.
Unofficial Halloweenie TBR.

I hope you have a great day!

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Wrap Up || September.

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Hey!

September flew by, as almost every month this year has! Not complaining, because it’s my favorite time of the year. THE HOLIDAYS! I am so ready for all the holiday fun, candy, and food to come in the next few months. As for September though, it was a pretty good month. I was able to take a trip to Illinois to visit family, the hubby started a new job, and things might be falling into place? I guess we’ll see what happens.

As far as reading goes, I think I did a pretty decent job with that this month. I was able to read five books and listen to an audiobook. I even started two others that I will hopefully finish soon. I am posting my wrap up a few days early, because I am taking the rest of the month (really only three days) off from reading. I feel a slump coming on and I can’t afford that, especially with what I hope (and need) to read in October. So I don’t plan to have any more books to add to my wrap up.

Now onto my wrap up of the books that I read in September. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts if I did a review for them.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of September.

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – 4 out of 5 stars.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – 4 out of 5 stars.
I was able to finish the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series this month by reading P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I really liked both books, but P.S. I Still Love You was not my favorite of the three. I really liked the ending of the series and thought it was really good. I will say though that Kitty started to annoy me in book two and I honestly couldn’t stand her anymore in book three.

The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis – 3 out of 5 stars.
I mentioned how I thought about DNF The Temptation of Adam, because it ended up getting really boring and I grew to almost hate one of the characters (Dez). I decided to push through it since I only had 30% left. I’m glad I finished it, but I still expected more from it and was a bit of a let down. I still liked some of it though, so I guess it wasn’t a complete fail. There was a lot of quote worthy stuff in it at least.

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Shaeffer – Review – 5 out of 5 stars.
HOLY CRAP NOT EVEN BONES WAS AMAZING! Fast-paced, creepy, exciting, gory, and so fun to read. Feel free to check out my review for more!

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – Review – 5 out of 5 stars.
Julie Kagawa continues to WOW me. Shadow of the Fox was everything I hoped it would be. THE FEELS, YOU GUYS! Great world building, fast paced, fun adventure, great characters, Japanese legends and culture. I don’t know how I am going to survive not having the sequel in my hands right now. Feel free to check out my review for more!


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of September.

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – 5 out of 5 stars.
This was a reread for me, because I was sent an ARC of the sequel and I needed to reread The Five People You Meet in Heaven because it’s been YEARS since I read it the first time. I am so happy I reread it though, because I loved it just as much as I did back then. This time I listened to the audiobook though and it was so good. There was even some sound effects and music throughout it.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of September, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Sadie by Courtney Summers
The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano

I’m about 30% into Sadie and so far it’s pretty interesting. Nothing too crazy has happened yet though. I am taking a little break from it right now, because I really need to read The No-Good Nine and get my review drafted since I am part of the blog tour that is happening this month and I want to have it finished and ready to go when my tour date comes around. I hope to have these both finished in October along with some other books.

What books did you read in September? Have you read any of the books I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts if you have one!

I’ll have my September book haul up on Monday and I will have my Halloweenie TBR posted in the next few days. In my TBR post, I’ll talk about all the spooky reads that I hope to have time for and some upcoming ARCs that I plan to read in October. Be on the look out for those posts coming soon. 😀

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

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Thoughts|| Shadow of the Fox.

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
5 out of 5 stars.

“The spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wings. Many would consider what they do impossible, and yet, they still complete their tasks without fail, because they simply…start. One step at a time.”

Goodreads Description: One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn. Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart. With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.


I received Shadow of the Fox from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Release date October 2, 2018. 

Words….what are words? I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to writing about what I thought of Shadow of the Fox. My thoughts and my love for this book are everywhere right now. I was pretty hooked right from the start and by page 88 I was already feeling all the feels and even shed some tears. I knew from that point on this book was going to mean the world to me.

The world building was spot on and so detailed. I loved all the Japanese legends and culture so much. I was instantly filled with so much excitement while reading Shadow of the Fox. I thought it had a fairly fast pace and so much was going on. The cast of characters was amazing and I loved every single one of them. They all had their own little quirks and reasons why I loved them. I won’t go into too much detail about who they are, because they play parts in the bigger story and I don’t want to risk spoilers.

Yumeko is a Kitsune shapeshifter (half human, half fox) which is totally awesome! One of my favorite things about her is that she never left her temple before, so she knew nothing about the outside world, so she was curious about everything. She asked so many questions and it was funny at times, especially when she would fall for everyone’s sarcasm because she truly didn’t understand or know. Tatsumi and Yumeko are on this journey together and they meet some interesting people along the way (one of them becoming my favorite character) and run into so many crazy things and obstacles.

Overall, I loved everything about Shadow of the Fox. There’s lots of trickery, magic, secrets, and a few twists. There’s demons, witches, ghosts, spirits, samurai, and so many more things in this book. It’s quite the adventure and I had so much fun reading it. It had everything I need and love in a fantasy novel. Beautifully written and well executed to the end. The wait for the sequel is going to be so hard. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for everyone. There’s a couple characters that I feel are going to play an even bigger role in the coming books and I am curious to see if I’m right. I highly recommend reading!

“It is very hard to be human, little fox. Even the humans themselves don’t do a great job of it.”

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Not Even Bones.
Travel || Road Trip to Illinois.

I hope you have a great day!

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