Sundays in Bed With… Today Tonight Tomorrow

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.

As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – Characters I’d Spend New Years With

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Characters I’d Spend New Years With. These are characters that I think would throw extravagant or fun parties. Here’s my list:

1. Prince Rhy (Shades of Magic series)

2. Cardan (The Folk of the Air series)

3. Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses series)

4. Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter series)

5. The Cullens (Twilight series)

6. Prince Kai (The Lunar Chronicles series)

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Did you make a Six for Sunday list?

Review: How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5)

Title: How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5)
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Purchased from Owlcrate
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 24, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.

An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.

Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

Review:

Cardan was a child with a heart of stone. He heard that story many times when he was a child from a troll woman named Aslog. He began to believe the story was true, until he learned to master it.

This story gives a glimpse into the world of The Folk of the Air before the series began and after it finished. There were a couple of chapters from when Cardan was a child, which showed how he was treated by his family. The story also took place in the present, when he visits the human world with Jude. I liked how this story expanded The Folk of the Air series by showing events before and after the series.

The folklore of fae also played an important role in this story. Faeries cannot tell lies, which can be complicated for sneaky fae like Cardan. However, they can tell stories if there is some truth to them. This is a clever way that some fae get away with telling stories that have some truth but are actually lies.

This is a beautiful book, with gorgeous illustrations! It’s a must have for fans of The Folk of the Air!

What to read next:

Tithe by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Other books in the series:

Have you read How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories? What did you think of it?

Top 5 Saturday – 2021 Releases I’m Excited About

This is a weekly meme hosted Devouring Books. This week’s prompt is 2021 Releases. Here’s my list of 2021 Releases I’m Excited About:

1. Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

2. Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

3. The Project by Courtney Summers

4. Rules of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

5. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

(All book covers from Goodreads)

If you’d like to do this list too, consider yourself tagged!

Did you make a Top 5 Saturday list?

Review: Mistletoe and Mr. Right (Moose Springs, Alaska #2)

Title: Mistletoe and Mr. Right (Moose Springs, Alaska #2)
Author: Sarah Morgenthaler
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

How the moose (almost) stole Christmas.

Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky small town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But Lana’s determined to prove that she belongs…even if it means trading her stilettos for snow boots and tracking one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries: the Santa Moose, an antlered Grinch hell-bent on destroying every bit of holiday cheer (and tinsel) it can sink its teeth into.

And really…how hard could it be?

The last few years have been tough on Rick Harding, and it’s not getting any easier now that his dream girl’s back in town. When Lana accidentally tranquilizes him instead of the Santa Moose, it’s clear she needs help, fast…and this could be his chance to finally catch her eye. It’s an all-out Christmas war, but if they can nab that darn moose before it destroys the town, Rick and Lana might finally find a place where they both belong…together.

Review:

Lana Montgomery is the wealthy heiress who has purchased most of Moose Springs for her family’s property company. The residents don’t like her because she’s planning on developing the town and making it more of a tourist attraction. Rick Harding is one of the business owners and residents of the town. He helps Lana search for the mysterious Santa Moose who keeps destroying the town’s Christmas decorations. However, she ends up shooting Rick with a tranquilizer dart meant for the moose. From that moment on, Lana and Rick find what they’ve been looking for: romance.

I really liked the character development in this story. I haven’t read the first book so I wasn’t familiar with the characters, but I figured them out quickly. Lana was a fun character. She was used to living a fancy life with her family but she got used to life in the small town in Alaska quickly. She was eager to please the residents by catching the destructive moose. One part that I really liked described how Lana makes sure she always stands out in a room. If everyone is ordering wine, you should order champagne. If everyone has two inch heels, you should wear two and a half inch heels. This was a subtle way to demonstrate her upper class personality.

There were some funny and quirky animals in this story as well. The Santa Moose was running around town, destroying all of their festive decorations but no one could catch it. There was a scene where Rick and Lana ended up at a bed and breakfast that was full of taxidermy squirrels. That was definitely a funny scene, but it would be terrifying to live through!

This was a cute holiday story.

What to read next:

An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Other books in the series:

  • The Tourist Attraction

Have you read Mistletoe and Mr. Right? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – December 25

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Here are my first lines:

“Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

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Goodreads synopsis:

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

Have you read A Christmas Carol? What did you think of it?

Review: Calling All Witches! The Girls Who Left Their Mark on the Wizarding World

Title: Calling All Witches! The Girls Who Left Their Mark on the Wizarding World
Author: Laurie Calkhoven, Violet Tobacco (illustrator)
Genre: Fantasy, Children’s
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

For all the girls as clever as Hermione Granger, as dedicated as Tina Goldstein, and as fierce as Minerva McGonagall, this incredible compendium is packed with the stories of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts’ most amazing heroines! Complete with gorgeous, full-color illustrations on every spread, fans can relive their favorite movie moments featuring the most empowering witches of our age. Explore the many ways these women built, enriched, and saved the wizarding world, and get inspired by their stories in this compelling handbook–a must-have for fans!

Review:

This book is about all the powerful witches in the Wizarding World. The featured witches were from both the Harry Potter series and the Fantastic Beasts movies. Some were obviously powerful, like Hermione and Molly Weasley. Others were very minor characters who played an important role in the Wizarding World, like Arabella Figg and Pansy Parkinson.

Unfortunately, the wizarding fandom was let down this year with the hate speech that has been spread by the author. However, this series and world has played such an important role in my life, including inspiring my career as a writer. I was so excited to read this book, which is written by another author, because I love reading studies of my favourite books. This book showed the variety of women in the series as well as their important roles in the story.

One warning before picking up this book is that it gives away all the spoilers. Most of the major plot points in the series were used as examples throughout the book, so you shouldn’t read this if you haven’t read all the books or watched the movies. This book also focused more on the stories from the movies, rather than the books. There aren’t books to go along with the Fantastic Beasts movies, so those characters had to come from the screen. However, there were some parts that were different in the Harry Potter books and movies. For example, in the book Padma Patil was sorted into Ravenclaw but in the movies, she is in Gryffindor. For parts like this, the movie version was used.

This is a great book for fans of the Wizarding World.

What to read next:

Harry Potter’s Bookshelf by John Granger

The Unofficial Ultimate Harry Potter Spellbook by Media Lab Books

Have you read Calling All Witches? What did you think of it?

TBR Thursday – December 24

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is The 100 (The 100 #1) by Kass Morgan.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries—until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents—considered expendable by society—are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves—but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Review: Christmas Island

Title: Christmas Island
Author: Natalie Normann
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: One More Chapter
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: November 30, 2020
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Cosy up in front of a fire and discover Christmas the Norwegian way…full of romance, cosy traditions and hygge!

In the bleak midwinter…
A really frosty wind is making Holly’s life absolutely miserable

After all the years of hard work it took Londoner Holly Greene to become a doctor, now it could all be taken away and she only has herself to blame. She’s retreating to her brother’s rustic home on an island off the coast of Norway to lick her wounds. Only, it’s the middle of winter and icy slush plus endless darkness isn’t exactly the cheery, festive getaway she had imagined.

Nearly stumbling off the edge of a cliff in the dark, Holly is saved by Frøy, a yellow-eyed cat of fearsome but fluffy proportions, and his owner – grouchy, bearded recluse, Tor. Tor has his own problems to face but the inexplicable desire to leave a bag of freshly baked gingerbread men on Holly’s doorstep is seriously getting in the way of his hermit routine.

Call it kindness, call it Christmas, but Holly’s arrival means midwinter has never looked less bleak.

Review:

Holly Greene left her life in London to visit her brother in Norway for Christmas. Her brother and his family were still on vacation when she arrived, so she spent time wandering around his small town island by herself. As soon as she arrived, she got lost and was saved by Tor and his cat Frøy. Tor is staying at the island temporarily, and he has kept to himself until he met Holly. Holly brings Tor out of his home and into the community so they can celebrate their Christmas traditions together.

I haven’t read a story set in Norway before so I found it fascinating to learn about their culture. They had a lot of customs and traditions that they did around the holidays. Many of these traditions involved delicious-sounding food. I highly recommend having treats on hand while reading this one!

I found some parts of Holly’s character confusing. She’s training to be an oncologist in London, yet she made a fuss about having to wake up before eight in the morning. She was also completely confused at why the sun set early. She couldn’t believe that it was dark at five in the evening, even though the sun sets early in London in December as well. Plus, since she’s a doctor, she would have to get up early when it’s dark and probably work until after the sun set. These issues came up multiple times and didn’t fit with Holly’s lifestyle.

This was a nice Christmas story.

Thank you One More Chapter for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Summer Island by Natalie Normann

An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow

Other books in the series:

  • Summer Island

Have you read Christmas Island? What did you think of it?

‘Waiting on’ Wednesday – December 23

This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.

The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon. The expected publication date is January 26, 2021.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

What books are you waiting on this week?