Most Anticipated Releases Spring 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, I am somewhat failing here on my posts for 2018. I was doing so well for a couple years at having this particular post series up each season where I talk about my most anticipated releases each season. And my Spring post should have come out towards the end of February to cover the months of March, April, and May…but here we are halfway through March and I just now realized that I did not do this post.

But I am fixing that now. So, obviously, a couple of these books will have technically been released already, but I’m still going to mention them.

Let’s just jump into the post.

First up is the month of March. There are quite a few book releases I’m excited for this month, though I don’t think my bank account agrees with me, so it may take me a bit to collect all of these books, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not excited for them. There are some new releases from authors I enjoy, some that just sound interesting or cute, and there’s even one an old college friend of mine recommended because he knows the author. So March seems like a pretty good book month to me.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (March 6), Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst (March 6), Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner (March 13), To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (March 6), The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (March 6), Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins (March 6), More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (March 6), Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker (March 13), Weaver’s Folly by Sarah Madsen (March 15)

Next up is April. I’ve just finished reading one of these books and will have a review up soon, and I’ll be reading another one very soon. As for the other four, one is a rather hyped up fantasy, one is a second novel by an author I met at BookExpo and the debut novel was amazing so I’m expecting this one to be great, one is a contemporary by an author I rather enjoy, and one just sounds interesting and has a really cool cover. So I’m also very excited about April, and the books I’ll get to read.

Of course the other reason I’m excited for April is that it marks one year of being with my wonderful fiance, who totally supports my book addiction…and he’s been reading more again since we started dating, so that’s great too.

Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (April 10), Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz (April 17), Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (April 24), Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (April 10), Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (April 3)

Finally we have May. There are not many releases I’m anticipating this time around, but I’m still hoping that they’ll be great reads. Now, I’ll be honest, I liked ACOTAR, loved ACOMAF, and found ACOWAR to be a slight let-down after the second installment, so I guess we’ll see what ACOFAS does for the series. I am more looking forward to seeing what the future installments bring as we focus on some of the other characters and their relationships. And I am absolutely looking forward to reading Furyborn. Sadly I couldn’t get an early copy through NetGalley, but that happens sometimes. I still really want to read this book because it sounds AMAZING. Plus there is a continuation to the Paper Magician series to look forward to reading, as well as the conclusion to the Ruined trilogy, so all in all, it should still be a really good month of reading.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (May 1), Allied by Amy Tinterra (May 1), Furyborn by Claire Legrand (May 22), The Plastic Magician by Charlie N Holmberg (May 15)

Well, I do believe that is all for today. If you are excited for these books, or for any others, feel free to let me know about them in the comments. I love talking about books, and sometimes it leads me to find even more great reads to add to my never-ending TBR. Have a great weekend everyone and happy reading!


What I’m Reading (5)

Hey all, Dani here.

Once again I am back to talk about what books I’ve read recently, what books I’m currently reading, and what books I hope to read soon.

In the past week I have finished four books: Vox Machina Origins Issue #5, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace, My Hero Academia Vol 11, and, most recently Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story by Melissa de la Cruz. I definitely need to get some more comic and manga reviews up, because that to-do list is actually longer than my other need-to-write-reviews list. Of course both lists are getting pretty long at this point. I need a couple free days to just write up all of my posts.

My current read is Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen, and I am really enjoying it so far. The world is intriguing and I’m enjoying learning about the characters, especially because of the cultures and the magic system and the politics.

Next on my reading list is probably going to be a middle grade read, but I’m also tempted to read The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg, just so I can jump into the upcoming fourth novel before it is released in May. Then again, I’m really starting to want to read Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, and that has a publication date in April, so maybe I should read it before I worry about reading The Plastic Magician. Of course, The Waking Land‘s concept has intrigued me since I learned of it last year, so I’ll see what kind of mood I’m in after I finish my current read.

If I jump into a middle grade next, it will probably be either The Lost Rainforest or York, both of which I had on my TBR for Readathon by Zoe. They both just sound really cute.

So my reading life looks pretty good right now. I am still ahead of my Goodreads reading goal (by 1 or 2 books), and I’m mostly enjoying what I read.

Are you reading anything awesome right now? Or is there a book you are really excited to read soon? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be back soon with another post…maybe even a couple of these reviews or tags sitting on my to-write list.

Comic Review: Vox Machina Origins Issue #5

Hey all, Dani here.

I am finally back with a review. I know that I’ve been very sporadic with posts lately, and I really need to do better with that. I will do better, because part of my issue is organizing and scheduling my time. We are doing a huge spring clean of our apartment, and then I won’t have any more excuses. Hopefully.

Anyway, as per my usual, I have to review the latest issue of this lovely comic, because I am sincerely hoping that Dark Horse gives the green light for more of the early adventures of Vox Machina. This current arc is only set to be 6 issues, so it is almost over.

Let’s just jump into the review.



Vax—alone on the Myriad’s floating fortress galleon, The Mockingbird—fights his way to freedom with nary a weapon or ally around save his wits and agility to escape his captors.

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

For those who aren’t already aware, this is a prequel to the web series, Critical Role, which follows a group of nerdy voice actors as they sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons. Originally they played at home, but they were invited to start live streaming their sessions online, and 3 years ago yesterday the first episode aired. Since then, millions of ua have joined in to watch the adventures and discover what will happen next.

This comic series takes us back to before the characters were saviors of the world, back when they hadn’t even joined together as a group. We get to watch in the comics as they meet and their paths begin to intertwine. It is honestly fantastic.

One of my favorite characters joins the story in this issue, Vex’s bear companion, whose name is Trinket. He is an awesome bear.

Anyway, we get to see more of the characters interacting with each other and starting to band together to stop a town that is being poisoned.

I genuinely look forward to seeing what happens in issue 6, but it makes me sad as well, because I’m not ready for it to be over. I want more awkward Keyleth, and more Scanlan quips, and bumbling Tiberius. I really want to see both Percy and Pike in the story, and I know that Percy joins the group in a later adventure.

The artwork is still really cool. I like that they chose their artists from the Ceitter community. It just helps to showcase how truly amazing the fan base of this show/these characters/the actors are.

Where to Buy

You can pick up this issue, as well as all previous issues from Amazon, Comixology, or Dark Horse.

Bookish Academy Awards Tag 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

So, last year I did this tag, and I had a fun time with it so I might as well do it again now. The rules are pretty simple. You have a list of categories, similar to those at the Academy Awards, and you choose the winner from the books you read the previous year. So I’ll be going through the 150 books I read in 2017 and trying to pick winners for this.

Oh, and this tag was originated by BOOKadoodles on YouTube, so you can find her video here.

Let’s get started.

Best Actor: Best Male Protagonist


Tanner from Autoboyography by Christina Lauren is my choice for this category. I adored this book; it was just so cute.

Best Actress: Best Female Protagonist


Both Kat and Meg from Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza have to win this category. I so loved their female friendship, and I’m happy to talk about this book again.

Best Cinematography: Best Plot Twist


Okay, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus was a story I wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as I did, and I was only part right in solving the mystery, and there were so many twists and secrets revealed through the book, so I feel confident naming this the winner from my 2017 reads.

Best Costume Design: Best Book Cover


I absolutely had to put The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty somewhere on this list, and I guess best cover it is, but the inside is just as stunning, so if you have not already, go check out this wonderful fantasy novel.

Best Supporting Actor and Actress: Best Male and Female Sidekick


I have really enjoyed watching this series and reading the comics, and fine, I think that Sokka is a really fun “sidekick”, and Toph is also one of my favorite characters, so the Avatar comics take this category easily.

Best Original Screenplay: Most Unique Plot/World


Yep, I definitely had to include The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco as a Bookish Academy Award winner. This was another wonderful surprise to me. Yes, the cover is gorgeous, and yes, the concept sounded intriguing, but I’m also not typically a fan of necromancer characters. However the world, and the descriptions of the cultures and such just completely won me over.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation


I saw the movie and read the series for the first time last year, and technically I did see the movie first, but I just thought it was a great adaptation, so I’m happy that I can include some comics/manga/graphic novels in this post. So, thank you to Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley for being a great read and a great watch.

Best Animated Feature: A book that would work well in animated format


I couldn’t exactly choose any of the manga I read last year for this category, so this is the next best thing. What is great about watching Critical Role is that I can imagine this being an animated series, but since I don’t think that will happen, so these comics are pretty close to what I would imagine. I absolutely love the Vox Machina: Origins comics because they are a fantastic prequel to the series I adore.

Best Director: A writer you discovered for the first time


All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis was my favorite read of 2017, so naturally I have to place Katsoulis in the winner’s spot for this category. This was a remarkable story and I am very anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel because oh my goodness…I NEED to know what happens next.

Best Visual Effects: Best action in a book


So, Warcross by Marie Lu will be my winner here. I really enjoyed the concept and the game of Warcross, and I’m rather looking forward to the sequel later in 2018.

Best Short Film: Best novella or short book


I do believe this was a shorter read, so it should fit this category. I have been a fan of Nicola E. Sheridan for several years now, so getting to read her newest release, The Magician’s Keeper, was fantastic for me. It is set in the same world as the rest of her stories, so I find that to be really fascinating.

Best Picture: Best standalone


Pride & Prejudice with dragons, wyverns, hobgoblins and more! Seriously, I cannot rave about Heartstone by Elle Katharine White enough. It is such a wonderful retelling of a classic story, and actually, I probably need to just reread this one soon.

Best Documentary: Best Historical Fiction or Non-fiction


Of the 150 books I read in 2017, I believe only two were historical fiction, and while I thought The Librarian of Auschwitz was a majorly worthwhile read, my pick for this category is Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. Yes, my Hamilton obsession rears its head again. I’m almost finished reading the sequel right now, and oh boy, it is such a great series.

All right, that is all for today. If you decide to do this tag, let me know because I would love to check out your answers.

What I’m Reading (4)

Hey all, Dani here.

As has been my tradition the past few weeks, I’m just going to use Wednesday as a quick update on what I’m reading right now, what I’ve read since the last post, and what I’m hoping to read very soon.

Obviously since my last post, I participated in Readathon by Zoe, and I ended up reading four books, so I think that’s a pretty good number.

Today I also read Vox Machina Origins Issue #5, so March is turning out to be a great month for reading for me.

Currently I am reading Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz. I am roughly halfway finished and I am absolutely loving it so far, so definitely expect a review very soon. I also recently started reading Hamilton and Peggy! by L.M. Elliott, so obviously I am in a bit of Hamilton mood.

My next read will be Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker, and I’m hoping it will be a thrilling final (for now) installment to the Arcadia Project series.

So…have you read any great books lately, or are you reading any good books right now? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be back soon with more posts (most likely reviews).

Readathon by Zoe Wrap Up

Hey all, Dani here.

I’ve already read as many books in March as I did in the entire month of February, so I’m feeling pretty good about my reading so far. On Saturday, my fiance had a guys only hangout with his friends, which left me free to participate in a 24 Hour readathon, hosted by Zoe Herdt (readbyzoe on YouTube).

Anyway, though the readathon was scheduled to start at midnight in each time zone, I decided that getting a good night’s sleep in was more important. So I woke up a little before 7:00 am, grabbed my stack of books and something to drink, and settled in on the couch to read.

I decided this time around to randomly decide what I was reading, so each time I was ready for a book, I would grab one of the dice I typically use for Dungeons & Dragons, and roll it. The number rolled would be the one I read, starting at the top of my stack of books and counting down the spines.

So my first read of the day was The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg…or at least I thought it was. I made it all of one chapter in before getting the feeling that I was missing something. A quick Goodreads search revealed that I had somehow mis-shelved my books, and I needed to be reading The Glass Magician instead. Thankfully I didn’t really notice anything spoilery, so it worked out all right.

I finished that book at 9:15 am, and then decided to make up a quick bite to eat before diving into my second book, which ended up being A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.

I finished my second book of the day at 11:00am, so I can honestly say that the readathon was really working for me. Both books I read were pretty good, and I was feeling like I could possibly make it through a few more books with the pace I was keeping.

The dice gods then decided that my third read would be The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and I started reading that at 11:15am. Honestly this is about when the readathon started to slip away from me.

First I had to drop my fiance off at his friends’ apartment, so we wouldn’t have to worry about any chance of driving under the influence of alcohol–we’re both pretty responsible about that. But, after making a quick Starbucks trip, and then dropping him off, I decided to grab lunch from Chipotle.

Then it became pretty difficult for me to focus on my reading. The apartment started to feel quiet and empty, even when I had Netflix playing in the background. So I didn’t finish my Neil Gaiman book until 3:45pm.

I still thought maybe I could get back on track, and at 3:55pm,  I started Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I watched the movie several years ago, but the book had just sat on my TBR.

Not anymore. I will say that I did at least manage to get through the book…but it took most of the rest of the evening, with breaks to go to our local nerd store and get new miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons, and then I took a break to do a mini ghost hunt in the apartment, and then I made myself an adult milkshake (which was delicious), and then a couple hours after that I went and picked up my fiance.

Overall though I am pretty pleased with how I did with the readathon. I finished four books, for a total of 1179 pages read, in less than 24 hours. I’m going to try and have proper reviews up for some of these reads pretty soon.

Did any of you participate in Zoe’s 24 hour readathon–and how did you do? If not, did you read anything great recently? Thanks everyone and I’ll be back with another post again soon.

February Wrap Up and March TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

I can’t believe that February is over already. It went by so quickly, and because of that I feel like I’m not really as successful as I would have wanted to be. On the other hand, this was also the month where I reached 300 followers, which was a super exciting moment for me. So once again, thank you to each and every one of you who has joined me on this adventure of bookish and nerdy conversation.

With that being said, let’s just jump into my wrap up. I did not read very many books in February, but I still think it was a pretty good month.

Saga, Volume 8 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (4 stars)

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 6 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvin, and Matt Wilson (5 stars)

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (5 stars)

Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker (5 stars)

Like I said, not a very high books read number for this month, but I’ve been really distracted with learning a new job at work, playing video games, and life in general. Still, I guess four books isn’t that bad. At least I was reading. And I have two books currently in progress, so that bodes well for my March wrap up. Expect a review up for Phantom Pains next week because I NEED to gush about the book.

Moving on to my book haul for the month. It was a pretty good month for releases and purchases in general, including a couple impulse buys as I went to the store.

Okay, and now I guess it is time for my monthly OwlCrate unboxing, and unlike my normal ones…I definitely needed two photos for this one because one item in particular was a bit larger than anything I would expect from a subscription box. But it is absolutely gorgeous so I am not complaining at all.

I am so happy with the box this month, and I am really looking forward to the March box, because it features one of my most anticipated releases for 2018…namely Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston. I absolutely adored Geekerella so I expect great things from this next book. Now if I can just hold off until my March box arrives, because I had planned to buy this book already.

Finally, I suppose it is time to talk about my March TBR. Obviously I am not including any of my 24 Hour Readathon books on this list, but I have a few others that I’m hoping to read this month, and hopefully I’ll be able to read more than I did in February.

So, I obviously have a very ambitious TBR this month, but they all sound just so interesting that I am looking forward to reading them. Hopefully starting off this month with a readathon will help me with my total book count. I’m only sitting at 15 books read for the year, which according to Goodreads is one book behind schedule. I don’t like it telling me that I’m behind, so I hope to get ahead with these books.

Expect more reviews and such soon. Have a great day everyone!

What I’m Reading (3)

Hey all, Dani here.

I guess I’m just going to make this my regular Wednesday thing…to just briefly talk about what I have finished reading, am currently reading, or will be starting to read in the upcoming days. It is an easy post to put together, and it means I’m at least having some sort of regular content.

Obviously, what is weird about the post today is that it is the end of the month and my wrap up post will be coming tomorrow.

Oh well. It happens sometimes.

Anyway, let’s just jump into my reading discussion.

I am still currently reading Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins. It is a good read, but I’m not feeling like I want to read it every free chance I get, so I’m only about 40% or so finished right now. So maybe I’ll finish this week.

My other current read is Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker. I absolutely loved the first book, and with the third one out in just a couple more weeks, now is the perfect time to read this. Expect a review coming soon.

I really want to try and squeeze More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer in this week so I can have a review up by release day.

And if you haven’t checked out my post from Monday, it will give you an idea of all of the books I may or may not read this weekend.

But I am adding one more book to that readathon TBR…because I had an ARC waiting at my door when I got home from work on Monday.

I loved the first book and now I get to read book two early. Yay! I love being a reader and a book blogger.

That’s all for today. Happy reading everyone!

Review: The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

Hey all, Dani here.

It feels like it has been a little while since I last wrote up a review, but I am so darn excited to present my review for this lovely ARC I was sent by the publisher.

Last year I read The Bone Witch and I adored it. You can find my review here if you missed it. I was pleased by the book and thankfully it landed on my favorite reads list. But that also meant that I needed to wait for an eternity for this sequel.

And it definitely delivered. Let’s jump into the review.



In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe. 

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

It took a little longer for me to read this one, but that doesn’t mean that it is not as good. I think I was just trying to take my time and enjoy the reading experience.

What I really enjoy about this series is the dual story/time line. We get to experience the story with Tea as a younger girl, and a couple years later as she tells her story to a Bard. The way the plots develop and twist about each other. Some of the events that Tea hints at when she is telling the Bard about her story don’t get fully explained or revealed until later, and the anticipation of the reveal is so exciting.

The character interactions and the relationships that form or break are just so fascinating to me. All of the characters are so rich and I love how we get to learn about them through this story and the events that happen throughout it all.

I also really enjoy the world-building and the culture. We get to see more of the other countries in this one, and there is more revealed with the asha and their magic. I don’t want to get into more details with it because this is the second book in a series, and I’d like to try and avoid spoilers, but I enjoy learning about the different hua designs and the different zivars, and how the different asha wield their magic. It’s just so interesting to me.

And I say all this with the knowledge that I’ve never really been a fan of zombies or necromancy or that sort of story. But there is just something about Tea and her story that draws me in. I love the story, the characters, the descriptions, and everything.

Now I just have the long wait until book 3, The Shadowglass, which is expected sometime in 2019.

Where to Buy

You can pre-order The Heart Forger from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore. It will be out in the world on March 6th, 2018.

Readathon by Zoe TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

I’m sure by now most of you know that I love 24 hour readathons. I feel like they are usually so productive for me, so I look forward to them whenever I find out about them. Well, now is that time, because Zoe Herdt (readbyzoe on YouTube) just announced her next readathon date, and as it turns out, I’m actually going to be available to read.

It turns out that my fiance is going to go hang out with his buddies on Saturday, so that leaves me alone at our apartment and I can totally read while he’s gone. Of course that also means that I need to go to the store and get snacks and coffee/tea to keep me fueled for a reading marathon.

Anyway, you can find Zoe’s announcement video about the readathon here.

So this readathon will take place on Saturday March 3rd, from midnight to 11:59, and yes, it is that time for your time zone. Now, I don’t think I’ll be starting to read at midnight, but I’ll still be able to do some pretty good reading by waking up around 6 or 7 am.

The hard part for this is trying to decide what I’m going to read for this event, so I’m just going to choose a few books that I’d like to try reading, and then I’ll read from those books based on my mood during the readathon.

Now, since this is taking place in March, I’ll also say that I’m once again doing Middle Grade March, so I may have a few MG books on the TBR. I don’t know.

Okay, I’m going to pause in writing this and go look at my bookshelves to figure out what I might want to read.

Wow, that took a little longer than I thought it would, but I found eight books that I want to try and read during the readathon. Realistically I know that I’m not going to read all of them, but we’ll see what happens.


I have a decent blend of books: Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult. They are all fantasy, but I’m just kind of in the mood for those right now.

Obviously with the movie coming out, I feel like it is the perfect time to read A Wrinkle in Time. I think I read it when I was much younger so I don’t really remember the book, but the movie trailers look great so I’m going to enjoy reading this.

Speaking of book to movie adaptations, I have never read Howl’s Moving Castle, but I saw the movie in college and I remember it being really interesting. Well, since my fiance and I recently bought a few Studio Ghibli films, including Howl’s, now seems like the time to read it, finally.

I read Stardust during a previous readathon, and I have been wanting to read more Neil Gaiman (aside from the Sandman comics that I absolutely loved), and with The Graveyard Book also being a Middle Grade, it will work for the readathon as well as Middle Grade March.

The Waking Land is a fantasy book I heard about last year in a B&N article about upcoming fantasy releases and it sounded really interesting, but I just now got around to adding it to my library. With the sequel coming out later this year, this will be a good time to read it.

I’m trying to reread the books in the Paper Magician series in anticipation of the upcoming release of the fourth book, so it is time to read the second one, The Master Magician. These are shorter books, so they are perfect for readathons.

I saw The Lost Rainforest in my local grocery store and it sounded so cute that I could not help but pick up a copy.

Now York is a book that came in I believe an OwlCrate Jr box last year, so I saw a bunch of BookTubers talking about it, and the concept just sounded so interesting that I went and bought my own copy.

Finally is new release Reign the Earth and I have been excited about it since I learned about the book last year at BookExpo.

So I do believe that is all for today, and I will definitely have a readathon wrap up.