🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie Dystopian Novels

TGIF!! Happy Friday my friends.🎉
I am so glad that it is Friday! While this week seemed to go by pretty fast, it was still pretty draining! Nonetheless, it is was a good week. How was your week? Are you excited for the weekend?

Flashback Friday is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires that highlights older novels. Each week there is a new topic which can be found at the Flashback Friday info page. It is my hope that, through this post, we can bring older novels back into the spotlight and that we will discover – and rediscover – oldie but goodie novels together! This week’s topic is oldie dystopian novels.

Oldie Dystopian Novels


Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard
Published: 2015

I remember really liking Red Queen when I read it! That ending had me shocked which is always hard to do. I really really need to read the other books😂 Maybe this year!

The Murder Complex
Lindsay Cummings
Published: 2014

I thought that this was okay, but I will say that I think I might like it now that I am older!

An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Published: 2015

I loved An Ember in the Ashes and I would love the finish the series. I am SO annoyed, though because I have the first two books in their original covers. And they have since changed the covers, which I don’t find nearly as appealing as the original covers, the last book won’t match the rest!! ☹️ Pet peeve triggered!

What are some of your favorite dystopian novels that are older? Let me know in the comments below.

-Maya🌹

💫Monthly Wrap Up: February Edition + (Very Tentative) March TBR

Hello, my lovely friends!
Wow, the month of February is already over. Overall, I would say that it was a pretty good month. Of course, it was not all sunshine and daisies, but I would say that it was a pretty decent month. The best bookish part of this month, for me, was reading A Court of Silver Flames. It was definitely worth the wait, in my opinion! Non-reading related, I would say that the best part of this month was when my sister surprised me with flowers and my favorite chocolates💐🍫… and when my dad surprised my sister and me with a pizza delivery on Valentine’s Day🍕. We knew we were getting pizza, but what we did not know was that he also got us side salads, chicken wings, and a salted caramel apple pie/pizza-like dessert🥧. (Salted caramel anything is my favorite🤤) It really made my day… it made me feel so loved and I even got a bit (okay a lot) homesick!🥺 Looking back, how was your month? What was your most memorable moment of the month?

📋Reading Goal Update: 20/100 (3 books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads)

📚Books I read this month: 8
A Court of Thorns and Roses by SJM
A Court of Mist and Fury by SJM
A Court of Wings and Ruin by SJM
A Court of Frost and Starlight by SJM
A Court of Silver Flames by SJM
The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Frostbite by Richelle Mead

⭐️Ratings for the “new to me” books I read:
A Court of Silver Flames – 5 stars
The Wicked King – 4 stars
The Queen of Nothing – 5 stars
Frostbite – 4.5 stars

😍Favorite read(s) of the month: A Court of Silver Flames by SJM + The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

💭Book Reviews Posted this month
The Right Time by Danielle Steel
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

New/Specialty Posts this Month:
Monday Music Match Up
–Stalking Jack the Ripper
–Kingdom of the Wicked
–Something Dark and Holy trilogy
–Vampire Academy
–Folk of Air series
The Re-Read Book Tag

🎬TV series/Movies Watched
Bridgerton
The Originals
Ocean’s 11, 12, 13
Beauty and the Beast (animated and live action)

👍🏼Things I Discovered/Liked This Month:
Pinterest (😂)
I made boards for the fan art of Six of Crows, Kingdom of the Wicked, From Blood and Ash, ACOTAR…. 🥰😁😍
Irish Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks
Stella Rosa Blueberry Wine

📚(Very) Tentative March TBR
The Stand by Stephen King (currently reading: I know, I am moving pretty slowly but we are making progress! 😂)
Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout (currently reading)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Half-blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What do you plan on reading in March? What are some things that you discovered or really liked this month? Let me know in the comments below. I love chatting with you all!

-Maya🌹

WWW ❓ Wednesday: 3/3/2021

Good afternoon, everyone😊
We are halfway through the week, already! How is your week so far? My week has been going pretty well so far. I am feeling pretty tired today. I have been working out every morning for a couple of hours before work so I think that is why I am feeling so tired. I decided to just do a shorter at home work out today rather than going to the gym. Better than doing nothing, I suppose!

WWW❓ Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldOfWords where we answer a series of 3 questions, all of which begin with the letter W:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading
The Stand by Stephen King (chapter 13😂 hoping to get to chapter 20 by the end of the week)
Torn (Wicked #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Recently finished reading
A Court of Silver Flames by SJM
The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Reading next
Brave (Wicked #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Be sure to look out for my February Wrap Up + Tentative March TBR post coming this Thursday! I will talk more about what I am planning on reading this month in that post. 😊

What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? Le me know in the comments below! I love chatting with you all. 😊

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had🤔

Happy TTT everyone!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week there is a new topic for which we post 10 items! You can find the list of topics and more information about the meme: here. Today’s topic is Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had! They way I organized is the book title, the character, and corresponding job I’d like to have.

Servant of the Crown by Melissa McShane: the Royal Librarian (Alison, the MC is the assistant to the Royal Librarian but go big or go home right 😂)

Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Ivy Morgan – Fae hunter/member of the Order

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: Audrey Rose – cadaveric dissection and solving crimes (I have dissected cadavers during my time of study at university and it was such an honor to learn from the human body first hand. It is an experience I will never forget nor take for granted.)

A Court of Wings and Ruin by SJM: work in the House Library with the priestesses! or be Rhysand’s and the Night Court’s High Lady.😏

Haven by Kristi Cook: Violet McKenna – student at Winterhaven, a school for the paranormal (I’ve always thought that I would be an empath if I were at the school)
***If you read Vampire Academy and liked it, I think you would definitely like Haven! I have re-read Haven several times because I loved it so much. Haven has a pretty neat take on vampires and other paranormal stuff, which is why I liked it so much. And also Violet’s love interest, Aiden. 😂

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: Rose Hathaway – Dhampir … because who wouldn’t want to be a badass evil vampire slayer and good vampire protector? 😂

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I would just want to be one of the Crows so I could be close to Kaz … I love Kaz😍

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: Alosa – It would be so much fun to go on adventures at sea! And be a badass with a sword.

What are characters’ jobs that you wish you had?! Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to link your TTT post in the comments as well so I don’t miss it. 😊

-Maya🌹

📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: The Folk of Air trilogy🧚🏻‍♂️🧚🏻‍♀️

Good morning, friends!
It is Monday. Probably the most dreaded day of the week by very many. (Me included!) BUT. It is a new week! It is March… a new month! That means we have a fresh start. So let go of your struggles from yesterday, your worries for tomorrow and just be. You never know, today could be the best day of your life! 😁

Monday Music Match Up is a feature here at HerBookishDesires that highlights music that I have listened to, or matched, to a specific book or set of books. In honor of my reading/finishing The Folk of Air trilogy, I decided to highlight the music and that series. Have you read The Folk of Air trilogy?

When reading the Folk of Air trilogy, I listened to 100 years wear by audiomachine:

I have included some fan art for you to enjoy as you listen to 100 years war!

Credit: BxRomance

Which piece of art is your favorite, if you had to pick a couple? A couple of my favorites are the piece by BxRomance and the very last picture of Jude and Cardan. However, I also really like the very first piece of just Jude… 😂 they are all so beautiful!

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 2/28/2021

Happy Sunday, everyone!
I am really not sure why, but I keep thinking today is Monday. 😂 My brain is rushing the weekend! I suppose it is way better to wake up on a Sunday, thinking it is Monday rather than the other way around. 😬 Anyway, how is your weekend? Mine has been pretty good. Saturday was mostly filled with errands and cleaning. Today, it is very rainy! I don’t think I need to go anywhere today so I am mostly just going to go work on updating my blog pages, drafting posts, do some reading, and I have to do some work related stuff before Monday. It will be nice to work and listen to the pitter patter of the rain! Anyone else like listening to the rain?

Also, February is already (pretty much) over?! I can’t believe today is the last day in February but I also feel like I am ready for March 😂 Time is just flying by… I remember this time last year when I was in my last semester of college. I was taking Microbiology + Lab, Human Anatomy/Cadaver Lab, History: Britain and World War II (I was in the midst of writing a 20 page paper on the medicine in the industrial workplace in WWII), Adaptive Animal Physiology (we were allowed a specific area of study so I was researching the physiology behind hibernation in ground squirrels, which are really cute and furry little animals) and senior research (was writing my senior thesis on Reactive Oxygen Species and their role in heart failure). It was a stressful and very busy time but I loved every minute of it!

-End of nostalgic rant 😂-

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. It is a way to share bloggish news, recap the week and highlight what is to come up on the blog! See here for more details.

This week, the trailer for Shadow and Bone came out! While I have not yet read Shadow and Bone, the trailer looked really good. I may have screamed with excitement when I saw Kaz, Inej, and Jasper😍 😂 For anyone who missed the trailer, I have included it below:

Currently Reading
The Stand by Stephen King
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly

Book(s) I Finished this Week
The Wicked King by Holly Black

🎥Movies I watched this week:
Ocean’s 11
Ocean’s 12
Ocean’s 13

Recent Posts
🎵Monday Music Match Up: Vampire Academy series🩸
📚Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Made Me LOL
💭Book Review: Crooked Kingdom
🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie Paranormal Romance Books🔮

Upcoming Posts
🎵Monday Music Match Up: The Folk of Air trilogy
📚Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had 
–hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl
WWW❓ Wednesday/Can’t Wait Wednesday
–WWW Wed hosted by Sam @TakingOnaWorldofWords
–CWW hosted by Tressa @WishfulEndings
🧐Flashback Friday: Old Dystopian Novels
-hosted here at HerBookishDesires

In the Works
February Wrap Up
Book Review: A Court of Silver Flames

How was your week? What books did you read this week? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to leave a link to your Sunday post in the comments so I don’t miss it! 🥰

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie Paranormal Romance Books🔮

Happy Friday, everyone!
I am definitely ready for the weekend. 😂 How was your week? Overall, mine was pretty good. There were some hiccups but when I look at the grand scheme of things, everything went pretty well. The weather was much improved. We got up to 60 degrees F, but I was already whipping out my shorts at 50 😂 It felt like summer! I was so grateful for that warmth of the sun. Today, it is back to cloudy and a bit chilly (28 degrees F) but those moments of sunshine and “summer” warmth were amazing so it is worth it.

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that highlights oldie (but goodie) novels with the goal of bringing them back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we will discover – and rediscover – oldie but goodie novels together! Each week there is a new topic, which can be found at the information page here. Today’s topic is paranormal romance books. I also included plain paranormal in here because I just loved the series too much to omit it 😂 As always, I encourage you to get creative with the topics!

🔮Oldie Paranormal Romance Books🔮

🔮Paranormal:

The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1)

Published: 2010

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself.

-I loved this series! If you like mystery with some paranormal/romance/fantasy action mixed in, you will love this series!! I highly recommend it.

❤️🔮Paranormal romance:

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)

Published : 2009

After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head—wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him

-I read Evermore soooo many years ago. I would love to give the books a re-read one of these days. I also love the cover of Evermore! Tulips are my favorite flowers (as well as roses) so I always love seeing them on book covers.

Forbidden (Forbidden #1)

Published: 2012

When Claire Brennan begins to get psychic visions and mysterious warnings that she’s in danger at the start of her junior year, she isn’t sure what to think. But the truth is stranger than anything she could have imagined.

Alec MacKenzie has fled his duties as a Watcher angel and come to L.A. in search of normalcy. He never dreamed he would find a half-angel at his school, or that he would fall in love with her.

-I really enjoyed this book when I read it! I have been waiting for the sequel for literal years. They finally came out with the second book in 2018 (6 years later!!!) but I am not sure if I really want to read it because who knows how long it will take for the next book 😂 I don’t want to deal with the cliffhanger hangover for that long again!

What are some of your favorite paranormal/paranormal romance books? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

📚Book Review: Crooked Kingdom

Hiya everyone!
I hope you are all doing well and having a lovely week so far. I have been having quite the week! I had a few shifts added on last minute. I was also not supposed to work Wednesday, but was called in last minute! (which is fine because I like working) So what I am trying to say is that is why I was not able to post yesterday. Which is totally fine because I am still reading The Stand and The Wicked King. 😂 I am making progress though!!

So today I have a book review for you! I buddy read Crooked Kingdom with Hayden @FollowingGoodBooks. The two of us had a lot to say about CK! 😂 Hayden recently posted a book review of Crooked Kingdom. Hayden’s review was wonderful and I highly recommend giving it a read. You can find Hayden’s blog/review @FollowingGoodBooks.

Note: For the most part this review is spoiler free, however, there is a spoiler section so just be sure to skip that section if you haven’t read the book/don’t want to have anything spoiled. Also, this review contains quotes from the book. They are not spoilery but just wanted to let you know in case you would prefer to skip over them.

Book: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: 2016

When reading the duology, I listened to Dark Harbor by Two Steps from Hell. I have included the music below for you to enjoy while you read the book review if you feel so inclined. 🙂

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don’t forget. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for.

Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo

My Thoughts – Non spoilery
Overall, I really enjoyed the book! I was a little hesitant to read Crooked Kingdom after loving Six of Crows so much and I was worried that maybe the tricks and cunning plans would not be as good. However, I thought that Leigh Bardugo did an amazing job with the plot and she really took the scheming and games to a whole new level. There were brilliant twists and turns to the story and I loved every one of those! The plot was not bland… the story had me on the edge of my seat… a lot 😂

“Sometimes,” said Kaz, “a proper thief doesn’t just take. He leaves something behind.”

Character Development
I am mainly talking about Kaz because he was the character that I felt had the most character development throughout the books.
Kaz: As the reader, you get a lot more insight into the deep, dark mind of Kaz Brekker’s and learn more about him not as the notorious Dirtyhands but as Kaz (the human)- if that makes sense. It really gave his character more dimension and made him more relatable. You get more of the side that he tends to hide. However, I found his character frustrating at times because of the way he shut the others out even though you know that he cares or when he would do something halfway decent and deny that it was because there is good in him. Besides that, I loved how the reader did not get all the insight into Kaz’s scheming at times. There were quite a few surprises that had me like😱 Side note: I wish we had gotten to Kaz’ POV sooner in the book. It was quite a few chapters in the book before we got to him. Yeah, that is small and picky but I really love reading from his POV.

My Thoughts – Spoilery – Please skip this section if you do not wish to read spoilers
I felt that the ending was underwhelming, specifically between Kaz and Inej. After I read Six of Crows, I was really hoping that we would get more of the two of them together. Throughout Crooked Kingdom, there are small moments between Kaz and Inej – I would say that they are more significant than some moments in Six of Crows – but the ending… just missed that “oomph” for me. I get why the ending was just them holding hands (because of Kaz’s trauma and all) but I also felt that Bardugo could have written it in a way that gave the reader more closure and made the feelings between Kaz and Inej more significant, more real. Also Matthias’ death felt extremely unnecessary. It honestly felt like “oh because things are going so well for the crew, something bad needs to happen, someone needs to die” – that sort of thing.

Themes/Takeaways

But if you couldn’t open a door, you just had to make a new one.

Perseverance/Making a new way. I loved the way the author conveyed the idea that when one way doesn’t work, you make a new way. It was an inspiring message!

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Final Thoughts
Overall, Crooked Kingdom was a fast paced, brilliant read with twists and turns at every corner. While the ending felt a bit underwhelming, I still enjoyed the book overall! Underwhelming ending or no, Leigh Bardugo wrote a riveting story and I am really looking forward to the Netflix series Shadow and Bone, which combines the storylines of the Shadow and Bone series with Six of Crows.

Rating
3.75 stars (but still a book to be desired!)

I hope you all enjoyed this review! I apologize that it took me forever to write it. 😂. Catch up with you all tomorrow for Flashback Friday. 😊

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud😂

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, my friends!😊
I apologize for posting so late in the day. Today has been a really crazy day as I ended up picking up a second shift for work!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week there is a new topic for which we post 10 items. See here for more details about TTT! Today’s topic is: Books that made me laugh out loud.

Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud


I know I did not quite get to 10… I kept blanking honestly 😂 What are some books that made you laugh out loud? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to link your TTT below so I don’t miss it!

-Maya🌹

🎵+📖Monday’s Music Match Up: Vampire Academy Series🩸

Good morning, everyone!
It is Monday, yet again… which means back to work, but it also means that it is … Monday’s Music Match up!! 😊 Monday Music Match Up is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires that highlights music that I have listened to, or “matched,” to specific book or set of books.

Today, I will be showing you the music I used for the Vampire Academy series. Although I have only finished the first two books in the series, I figured it would still be fun to share the music I listen to when I read the book. I am hoping to pick up Shadow Kiss here soon! Have you read the Vampire Academy series?

For VA series, I used the song “Black Thunder” by Elephant Music. Please, feel free to give it a listen; I have provided the song below!

Here is some art that I found for the series. Note, I do not take any credit for the art below and have provided you with the links where I found the art in the case that I do not know the artist’s name.

I chose “Black Thunder” because it gives off “on the run” vibes (which is how the first book begins) provides a darkish atmosphere (drama at the Academy, evil Strigoi hunting the Moroi and Dhampirs), and is fast paced (which is perfect for the action scenes in the book). What did you think about the music? What was your favorite piece of fan art? Let me know in the comments below.

-Maya🌹