🎃October Wrap-Up🎃

Happy Halloween, everyone!🎃👻
I realize Halloween is looking different this year, but I hope you all can still enjoy it! Are you dressing up for Halloween? Let me know in the comments below. I will be wearing my festive pumpkin sweater today.😊

Today’s post is a wrap-up of what I read this month! I really started (hardcore) reading more towards this middle of this month so there aren’t that many books in my wrap up, but I think I did pretty good with the time I had.

Before listing the books I read, I do want to say that I enjoyed all of the books I read this month and I want to give a huge thank you to Elza @ElzaReads for introducing me to the Fraterfest Read-a-Thon and to Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer for hosting the read-a-thon. Because of them, a spark was lit and my passion for reading was reignited! ❤️ It had been hard for me to pick up books for leisure reading because of all the reading I did during undergrad, but the read-a-thon helped me get over that and now I am back to my bookworm self!📚🐛

Okay, okay… I digress. Here are the books that I read this month! I have also linked each book I listed to their page on Barnes and Noble.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

I think, overall, my two favorites were Wicked Saints and Daughter of the Pirate King! I found the storyline of Wicked Saints to be unique and I was always intrigued with this world that the story takes place in. Wicked Saints is a great read for halloween with Duncan’s beautiful yet grotesque descriptions. Daughter of the Pirate King was a wonderful adventure with a sharp-minded and sassy heroine (my favorite kind😁). Let’s just say that I loved the book so much I finished it in one day. 😱😁

What books did you read this month and what were your favorite(s)? Let me know in the comments below. Feel free to link your post of the day in the comments as well! ❤️

-Maya🌹

🧚🏻‍♀️Fae Friday: Samhain

Fae Friday is a weekly book tag created by Kristy @CaffeinatedFae. For other posts like this, check out Leah’s Fae Friday post @Leah’sBooks! It was thanks to Leah that I decided to join in on the fun. 🥰

Here are the rules:

  • Link back to this page on Caffeinated Fae.
  • If the prompt idea comes from another blog, link to that blog as well.
  • Use #FaeFriday when posting to social media so we can all find each other!
  • Participate when you can and have fun with the prompt!

Tomorrow is Halloween, and Samhain celebrations will start tomorrow as well. It is thought that Samhain is when the Fae walk among us. Fae are not to be tampered with, and it is believed that the fairies & spirits needed to be appeased during Samhain. So, the prompt this week is: If you were to leave out one book to appease the Fae, what book would it be?

I think I would leave out The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. This is a slightly darker depiction of the Fae (from what I remember; I read it a long, long time ago) and I think that is why I liked these books so much (similar to how I like the darker depictions of children’s stories or classic fairy tales). I think the Fae would appreciate the way they are depicted in this series as cunning and clever creatures and that is why I would leave it out!

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

What would you leave out to appease the Fae? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to link your Fae Friday or other daily post in the comments as well. 🥰

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday🧐

Happy Friday, everyone! We have almost made it through the week. Yay. Give yourself a pat on the back or a hug because sometimes getting through the week is rough. 🤗

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.

Confucius

Today’s post is about a couple of older books/series that I have read in the past and were published around 10 years ago. In coming up with this post, I wanted to highlight some books that I really love that are older and, in the process, bring these older books back into the spotlight for a little while so that they are not forgotten! 😊

💛Need (series) by Carrie Jones – Published in 2011

Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.
She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

⏳🚪The Hourglass Door (trilogy) by Lisa Magnum – Published in 2009

His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time?
Abby’s senior year of high school is textbook perfect, until she meets Dante Alexander, a foreign-exchange student from Italy. Time behaves differently when they are together – too fast or slow or seeming to stop.
When the band Zero Hour performs at the local hangout, they have a bizarre influence over their audience, and Abby’s best friend, Valerie, is caught in their snare. Dante helped Leonardo Da Vinci build a time machine, then was sent 500+ years into the future as punishment when falsely accused of being a traitor. As past and present collide, Abby learns she holds a special power over time itself.


What are some older novels that you love? Let me know in the comments below! Also feel free to link your post of the day in the comments or even participate in Flashback Friday! 🙂

Have a wonderful Friday❣️

-Maya🌹

💬Waiting on Wednesday💬

Happy Wednesday, everyone! 🌻☀️
How is your week going so far? I finally got my car back. It wasn’t anything mechanical, thankfully; it ended up being bad gasoline in the tank.🤷🏽‍♀️ Must’ve gotten the end of the batch!

Anyway! Today is Waiting on Wednesday. I have not participated in WoW for a little while so I thought I would get back into it! 🙂 WoW is a weekly meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine and is now hosted by Tressa @Wishful Endings along with their “Can’t Wait Wednesday.”

I am highly anticipating A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I am absolutely in love with the ACOTAR series and I am really happy that there is yet another book in the series. ACOSF is set to be released on February 16, 2021!

I know there was quite a bit of… controversy amongst ACOTAR readers because of this cover. I myself was a bit peeved that it does not follow the same cover design as the original books. I am one of those bookworms that does not like when covers are re-done when I already have 1 or more of the books in the original cover design. However, that is not to say I dislike their new covers!
–If you are a ACOTAR fan, what are your thoughts on the ACOSF cover?

–What book(s) are you waiting on? If you participated in WoW or CWW, link your post down below so I can check it out! 🧡

-Maya🌹

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie🎃

Hello everyone and happy Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl.

This week’s TTT topic is a 🎃halloween freebie🎃 so I decided to make the post about “spooky” books I still want to read! I am considering “spooky”s to be something with monsters, witches, magic and suspense to name a few. I am a bit of a 🙀scaredy cat🙀 so I don’t have anything outrageously scary (like Stephen King, demons, possessions, and the like).

What did you think of my TTT list? Do you have any of these on your TBR? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

A Summary of What I Read During Caffeinated’s FraterfestRAT

Happy Monday everyone,
I hope you guys are having a great start to the week. This morning, my car died.💀🚗✝ While it wasn’t the best start to the day (or the week), I reminded myself that it isn’t about controlling what happens during the day; rather, it is about how we handle it and move forward! It makes all the difference on how the rest of the day will go. 🙂

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sail.

William A ward

Okay, enough babbling from me.

Today’s post is about what I am currently reading, what I am planning on reading next and a summary of what I read during Caffeinated’s Fraterfest read-a-thon 2020. This was my first read-a-thon and I absolutely enjoyed it. It was a great way for me to get back into the swing of reading and helped me rediscover my love for reading after being away for so long.

Eep! I did it again. 😬 Okay, for real now.. Let’s talk about what I am currently reading and what I plan to read next before discussing my Fraterfest reads.

I am just finishing up Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. I wish I had read this sooner; it is SO good. I pretty much read 95 percent of the book yesterday…
Next, I am planning on reading Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (sequel to Wicked Saints). Once I finish with RG, I will be reading Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller and The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson.

Okay, let’s move on to what I read during Caffeinated’s Fraterfest!

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
I loved this book. I found the storyline unique and the plot twist exciting. Usually, I can guess what is going to happen next or guess some secret the author is keeping hidden from the reader, but this is one of the few times where I did not see it coming! And I loved that. Without spoiling anything, I just want to say that I liked how I, as the reader, could tell there was an overarching theme/lesson in the story and I found it intriguing.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I have always enjoyed stories that either take fairy tales and make them dark or stories that involve new, dark fairy tales. This novel was of the latter. I did have a hard time getting into the novel at the beginning; there was a lot, a lot of narration and background during which I found myself losing attention. This also may be because of the book hangover that Wicked Saints caused. However, I am glad that I stuck with it because it was an enjoyable read.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
I quite enjoyed this novel! I was not sure what to expect, but I have read mixed reviews; some felt that it was a good read, while others found that it fell flat for them. I find myself grouped with the former, but respect the thoughts of the latter of course. I enjoyed the setting of the storyline and the witty banter between the protagonist, Audrey Rose, and her colleague, Thomas Cresswell. I also like Audrey’s fierceness when it comes to women’s rights.

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
This was my first time reading a novel by V.E. Schwab and I liked what I read. I enjoyed the fearlessness and fierceness of the protagonist, Lexi, who is determined to forge her own path in her town. As I previously mentioned, I enjoy the darker side of fairy tales and while this was not based on fairy tales, it was based off the story of the near witch that was told to children in Lexi’s town.

Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson
I am always down to read a good mystery novel. I really liked the riddles aspect of this novel; they were really intriguing and fun to ponder. I also enjoyed the flashbacks, if you will, to the mystery of the Ellingham family. These flashbacks kept me intrigued and wanting to keep reading to find out who the killer was. I couldn’t believe the book was finished when I read the last three words on the page that said, “To Be Continued.” I couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t that it ended on a huge cliffhanger; it was more akin to a song being paused right in the middle or taking the water off the stove just as things are starting to really heat up. If that makes any sense. Overall, I found this book to be enjoyable and I am excited to read the next one, The Vanishing Stair.

What are you guys currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹 

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️FraterfestRAT: Day 10!!

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Happy Saturday, everyone!

Today is the last day of Caffeinated’s Fraterfest Read-A-Thon! I can’t believe it is over after this. But it has been a great read-a-thon and I am so thankful that Elza @ElzaReads let me know about it! I also want to thank Kimberley @CaffeinatedReviewer for hosting this read-a-thon! 🙂 It has been fun.

Today’s post is about my favorite book from this read-a-thon! I have to say, I really enjoyed the first book I read, Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan. I felt that it was different than what I have read in the past and it had a plot twist that I didn’t see coming–and I usually see them coming.

Here is the synopsis for Wicked Saints:

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

What are you currently reading? What books has been your favorite read this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Hope you guys have a great rest of your weekend!

-Maya🌹

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️FraterfestRAT: Day 9

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TGIF!
Happy Friday, everyone. We are so close to the weekend! Do you have any plans for the weekend? I will be volunteering at a non-profit organization for pediatric cancer on Saturday😌.

Today’s post is about a favorite fall🍂🍁 place to read! Since I recently moved to a new apartment, away from my university, there are fewer reading spots in nature–or just fewer in general. Luckily, my backyard is a mini forested area with a small clearing and a creek that runs through the trees🌲🌿🌳. It is especially beautiful this time of year because the leaves on the trees are brilliant colors of yellow, orange and red. I love watching the colorful leaves fall from the trees when the wind blows. It is so peaceful!

It is hard to get a great picture of the entire area but the creek is just behind those trees in the back.

What is your favorite fall reading spot? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️FraterfestRAT: Day 8

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Hey friends!
Can you believe it is already Thursday? And that means tomorrow is Friday… Yay! 🎉🥳

Today’s FraterfestRAT post is about halloween socks… or it would have been if I had a pair. I used to have some, but I haven’t been able to find them. I looked at Target to buy some, but they didn’t have any. 😦 Boo. However, I have been wearing my festive Halloween pumpkin🎃 sweatshirt from SHEIN!

credit: shein.com

📚Reading update: I just finished The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab. I loved it! Now I am onto my last book that I have planned for this read-a-thon, which is Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson.


What are you currently reading? Have you read Truly, Devious or The Near Witch? If so, how did you like it! Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️FraterfestRAT: Day 7

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!😌

How are you today? We are halfway through the week.🎉 I hope you all have been having a good week so far!

Today’s FraterfestRAT post is about a spooky snack and a book.

👻Spooky snack👻:

I love these pillsbury specialty spooky cookies!

📖Book📖: I am currently reading The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab. This is my first time reading novel by her and I am liking it so far. She has so many books out and they all sound so good!

What are your favorite spooky snacks? What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹


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