💭Book Review: The Hating Game

Hello, my lovely bookworms!
How are you all doing? I have been a bit MIA this week because this was the week I submitted my primary medical school applications… so this week has been hectic in that regard and there have been some recent changes with my hospital job so that too has been hectic!

Today I am going to be doing a mini review on The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. This review is going to be more of a casual, conversational review unlike my more structured reviews!

Normally, I post my Flashback Friday post as it is Friday but I decided to go ahead and post this mini review because I have had it sitting in my completed drafts! I hope you guys enjoy the review.

The Hating Game

My Thoughts

Overall, I thought that the book was pretty good. I didn’t absolutely love the book but I still liked it. I think that the ending was the best part of the book! It started off pretty good… There was a bit of a plateau for me in the middle, but the end-middle to the end was great!

Lucy’s character: I found Lucy’s character to be likable in some ways and in others, she bothered me. I think my prime example for that was how she was always thinking about Josh’s body. I do want to preface this by the fact that I think there was a reason that was in the storyline and that the author was trying to convey something important. However, that being said, I still found myself irritated that there were so many descriptions of Lucy, quite frankly, lusting after and objectifying his body.

Games: Another thing was, I often times got confused by some of their games. It sort of felt like the reader was not let in on some of the thoughts behind the games and the significance of them. This might just be a “me” problem but yeah, all I can say is that, at times, I really was not sure what was going on in terms of the games that Lucy and Josh played while they were at work.

Bashing the Nice Guy: I found myself really annoyed with the nice guy bashing. I understand why it was in the novel but I think that there could have been just a little bit less of it. I got tired of reading it over and over after a while. I think that the author tried too hard to make the “bad boy” attractive and she tried to do it through bashing the nice guy type. It isn’t a good look to make yourself appear better by pushing others down is all I am going to say. I mean, we all love a good bad boy character but that is not because we do not like the nice guy. There are plenty of books where we all swoon over the nice guy!

Hate and Love – A Thin Line: I think that is an interesting concept that the author tried to convey. In a way, it is true. A lot of the emotions and feelings we experience when loving or hating are the same – we feel a rush of adrenaline, our hearts are racing. In the same vein, then, we can say that anger and love are similar. When we are angry, we get a rush of adrenaline and our heart rate is high. But I want to say that true hate is very different than love, at least in my opinion – feel free to disagree with me. I think that, if we look deeper, we see that Lucy hates that she loves Josh but she never actually hated him.

Father and son having issues because son is not a doctor thing: This is a pretty common cliche that we see among books and movies. I think that this sets forth/continues an unhealthy stereotype. It conveys that physicians are arrogant to the point that they think every other profession is below them, which is not the case. I have worked with physicians who talk about how amazing social workers are, for example, or how amazing teachers are and that the work that those individuals do impacts lives just as physicians do. I think we need to get over this idea that all physicians want their kids to follow in their footsteps just because all other professions are less. It is totally natural for parents to want their kids to go into something they themselves were involved in… and it is far more common for parents to want their children to follow in their footsteps for the sake of following in their footsteps than because being a doctor is lucrative, prestigious and anything else is considered less.

Rating: I am rating the book as a 3.75 stars. I think that it was a good read, but just not a great one! It pains me to discuss things that I did not like about a book and I am usually pretty generous about my ratings (if you didn’t notice that I mostly give 4 or 5 star reviews 😂). The reason I am cautious about my ratings and reviews is because I always try to keep in mind the author and that all books are works of art in their own right and that we all have very different tastes! I also want to end this review by saying I did like the book despite some of the criticism I listed above! Oh and I am still excited to watch the upcoming movie adaptation!😁

I know this review was pretty casual and rant-like, but I hope you still enjoyed it! 😂 I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Friday.

-Maya🌹

❄️The Winter Wonderland Book Tag❄️

Good morning, all!😊
Happy Monday. I cannot believe that the month of May is close to ending. Crazy, how time flies! How was your weekend? What is your week looking like? My week is starting to look pretty busy. This Thursday is the first day that we can submit our primary medical school apps. I can’t believe that it is already almost time to submit them. I am really nervous but I am also very excited!

Today’s post is the Winter Wonderland Book Tag, a post created by Tracy @Truffle’s Literary Wonders. I was tagged by the wonderful V @TheSassyLibrary Fox! Thank you Tracy for creating such a fun post and thank you to V for tagging me to partake in the awesomeness. Be sure to check out both of their blogs as they have content that you do not want to miss! Here is V’s Winter Wonderland Book Tag post!

One: What book is so happy and so sweet that it just warms your heart?

The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door, #1)

I love this series and I love Abby and Dante together😍

Two: What’s your favourite book with a white cover?

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)

Okay okay. I know it is not a white cover, but gray still goes with the theme of winter wonderland 😂 Right? I realized, through this book tag, that I have not really read very many books with white covers!!

Three: You’re sitting in a nice, comfortable chair with a cup of hot chocolate. What monster book are you reading?

The Beast of Noor

Four: It’s snowing outside and you decide you want to have a snowball fight. What fictional character do you want to have this snowball fight with?

One (or all) of the bat boys from SJM’s ACOTAR series!

Five: Sadly, your campfire is dying. What last few chapters of a book would you throw in the fire to revive it and keep yourself warm?

The Stand

Omgsh burning a book!!! Okay, okay, if I had to survive… I throw in The Stand… the entire book 😂 I don’t think I would miss that book very much. Plus, it is a huge book so it will keep the fire going for a while 😂

Six: What book do you love so much that you would buy another copy of it to give to someone as a Christmas gift (or any gift really) to inspire them to start reading?

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, #1)

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout… or anything by her!

Seven: Who do you tag?

Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack

Dini @DiniPandaReads

Annemieke @ADanceWithBooks

I also tag anyone who is interested in doing this post! 😊 

I hope you all have a great Monday. I will check back in with you guys tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday.

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie books I DNFed

Good morning, everyone, and happy Friday! TGIF!

It feels so long since I last posted. I think my last post was Top Ten Tuesday. I thought it was busy before but now that I am also applying to med school, it is even more busy 😂 There is so much that goes into applying to medical school these days… it is insane! Because I have been so busy, I have not had the time to read at all.😔 So I am now 4 books behind scheduled.😳

Anyway, today’s post is Flashback Friday! Flashback Friday is a weekly meme here at HerBookishDesires that seeks to bring oldie but goodie novels back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we will discover – and re-discover – oldie but goodie books together. The topic for today is: Oldie Books I DNFed. I will say that I have not really DNFed a lot of books so this will definitely be a shorter post. Also do you consider books you DNFed as part of the books you read in the year? Let me know in the comments below!

Oldie books I DNFed

Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1)

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
-I stopped this book very early on because I just was not feeling it. I think I was just not in the mood for that book when I started reading it. However, I am willing to try it again!

The Stand

The Stand by Stephen King
-I tried, but I just found that the prose is too long and drawn out for my liking. Maybe I will be able to pick it up again in the future!

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Every Day by David Leviathan
-I just did not like this book very much! It was an interestig concept but I found myself bored.

What are some old books that you DNFed? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles that are Complete Sentences

Good morning, all! Happy Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we list 10 items. This week’s topic is book titles that are complete sentences. This was a challenging yet fun topic! I really tried to include books other than those I have already read. Of course, there are some in here that I have read but I wanted to change it up and include new to me novels!

Book Titles that are Complete Sentences

-I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (Read)

-The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning (Read)

-The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout (Read)

-The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Read)

-They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

-The girl who could move sh*t with her mind by Jackson Ford

-You deserve each other by Sarah Hogle

-The immortal rules by Julie Kagawa

-Meet me in another life by Catriona Silvey

-Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout

What’s on your TTT this week? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to link your TTT so I don’t miss it! 😊

-Maya🌹

📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: Haven Trilogy🦋

Good morning, everyone! Happy Monday!
How are you all today? It is a very rainy and cloudy day. Yesterday was cloudy as well! I don’t mind when it is cloudy but I also start to feel glum when it is always cloudy. However, I am going to try and make the best of the stormy whether and the fact that I am at home, off work today.

Today’s post is Monday Music Match Up. I have not done this post for a couple of weeks and I have to say, I have missed it. For those of you who don’t know or are new to my page, Monday Music Match Up is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires that shares the music that I have listened to, or matched, with certain books or series. This week’s topic is the 🦋Haven🦋 trilogy. by Kristi Cook.

Haven (Winterhaven, #1)

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Kristi Cook
Published: 2011

Synopsis as from Goodreads:

Violet McKenna thought she was crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder—but when her premonition came true, her life fell apart. Then she found a new school: Winterhaven. There, Violet fits right in. All the students have special “gifts” like her own, and she quickly finds a close group of friends. But Violet’s attraction to an alluring boy becomes problematic when intense visions of his death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself—and the unbelievable becomes reality. To Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a critical—and deadly—way.

While reading this trilogy, I listened to “Prelude” by Jesse Cook. I chose this song because it has a nice, mysterious vibe to it similar to that of the books, but it also has a faster tempo towards the end, oftentimes mirroring the crescendos of the book itself if that makes sense! Please, feel free to give the music a listen while you read the synopsis!

Unfortunately, there is no fan art for these books! I really wish there was. They are wonderful books! I have read them multiple times because I love them so much. I was first introduced to Haven when I was reading books from my local city library rather than buying them at the bookstore. (I have always preferred the ambience of a library compared to that of a bookstore but I also love owning books 😂) A year or two or three later, I randomly thought about the book and I really wanted to have a copy of my own so I got a copy at Barnes and Noble. I actually still remember that day even though it was probably 8-9 years ago!

Have you read Haven? Is it something that you would read? What did you think of the music? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie books with new beginnings

Good afternoon, bookworms!

Happy Friday! I hope you are all having a lovely week. Are you ready for the weekend?! Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday🥳 I am excited to celebrate with him. I can’t put much of any details in here about what we are doing because he is subscribed. 😂 But it is going to be a great day and I am really happy that he is here so we can celebrate in person together. I even got to take the day off, which is nice! I have not had a Saturday off in weeks so I am going to really enjoy it😊

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here @HerBookishDesires that seeks to highlight oldie but goodie novels with the goal of brining them back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we can discover – and rediscover – oldie but goodie novels together. Each week, there is a new topic which can be found here.

This week’s topic is Oldie Books with New Beginnings.

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Moonglass

Synopsis:

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love–a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.

While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide means that nothing–not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna’s mother’s death–stays buried forever.

Dangerous Lies

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…

Haven (Winterhaven, #1)

Synopsis:

Violet McKenna thought she was crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder—but when her premonition came true, her life fell apart. Then she found a new school: Winterhaven. There, Violet fits right in. All the students have special “gifts” like her own, and she quickly finds a close group of friends. But Violet’s attraction to an alluring boy becomes problematic when intense visions of his death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself—and the unbelievable becomes reality. To Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a critical—and deadly—way

What books have you read that involve new beginnings? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

📺💭TV Review: Shadow and Bone on Netflix

Hello, everyone!
Happy Monday evening. How was your day today? I hope it went well and it wasn’t chaotic as I know Mondays tend to be. If it was chaotic, then know that the day is coming to a close and you made it through. I am proud of you!! And you should be proud of yourself too.

Today, I will be discussing my thoughts on the Shadow and Bone Netflix series. I buddy watched the show with Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack. My sister even got in on the action and watched it with me. We all finished the show earlier this week but since we finished, I may have re-watched the show yesterday and today 😂 My sister and I might just be a little bit obsessed with it. 😂

I want to caution anyone who has not yet watched/finished the show as there may be spoilers in this review!

My Thoughts on the Shadow and Bone Netflix show:

Overall, I thought that the show was wonderfully done. The acting was fantastic. Ben Barnes is 😍. Jessie is an outstanding actress… Archie as Mal was 👌🏼 (Netflix Mal >>> book Mal) and the Crows were amazingggg. Freddy = awesomeness. Amita was exactly how I imagined Inej. Jesper was freaking hilarious and provided lots of comedic relief when things were pretty intense! Oh, and Nina and Matthias… I loved them!

It was interesting to see how the writers wove the dregs/the crows into the Shadow and Bone plot. I really liked how the story switched from Alina to the Crows to Nina and Matthias. It really reflected the structure of the books with how the books switched POVs/time periods. I never found myself confused, either, so I thought that they did a great job!

Things I Loved

The Darkling: Okay. So let’s talk about how great Ben Barnes is as the Darkling. Ben did an amazing job with his portrayal of the Darkling. I loved how Ben is soft spoken yet he radiated power and authority. He was the perfect Darkling! I thought it was interesting that they gave the Darkling more of a backstory… They made his character more morally gray than just being a power hungry eternal dude. Since I have not yet read the other books, I was not sure if what was in the TV show was the same as the books or if it was even in the books and Leigh and the other writers just fleshed out his motivations a bit more for the purposes of the show.

—I was literally screaming when the Darkling and Kaz came face to face. Who do you think would win a fight between the Darkling and Kaz? My money would be on Kaz! While the Darkling has his Grisha powers, Kaz has his unique genius… and, knowing Kaz, he would have already anticipated the Darkling’s play!

Mal: I thought Mal was okay in the book but Netflix show Mal had my heart melting. I know a lot of people were tired of seeing the same meadow scene over and over, but I think that it was important for that to be in the show in order for the viewer to really get the feeling of the connection between Alina and Mal.

Nina and Matthias = perfection. Loved it!
-I loved Matthias’ accent. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Cal talk without an accent!

Leigh’s cameo: I was totally screaming when I saw Leigh in her purple kefta! What a huge moment for her and then for fans to see her on screen as a character in the books she created! It was wonderful (not so wonderful for my sister’s ears because like I said… I was legitimately screaming with delight).

Jesper: loved Jesper! He is just as lovable as book Jesper. Loved Inej! That moment when she sees Sankta Alina summon the sun was so beautiful!

Sound effects: I thought it was really cool that they added in a sound effect for when the Grisha use their powers. From an outsider’s perspective, such as my sister, it was really helpful to know when they are using their powers!

Show structure: I loved how it flipped back and forth to the past and present, to the Crows and Alina. It really reminded me of the structure of the book and, as it did in the book, it really gives an extra punch to the feels.

Random side note: I totally fan girled whenI saw that The Lives of Saints was actually in the movie. I am also pretty sure that the book that David threw at Jesper was a copy of Shadow and Bone! 😂 I love when little things like that are throughout the show. It really demonstrates that the creators of the show cared about the books and doing right by the reader.

Kaz: I found myself a little disappointed with the writing with Kaz. I thought that Freddy did an amazing job portraying Kaz BUT I think that the writing was what was disappointing. I felt that you really could not see his genius behind his plans and honestly felt that the side character Arken was doing the plotting and not Kaz. So in that way the show fell short on that front for me. However, I will say that I appreciated the “lynx flush” twist. I just wish there had been a bit more of Kaz’s classic, witty lines from the books but I also realize that much of the material was “prequel,” and thus the Six of Crows lines might be mostly saved for the next season?

Things that could have been improved

I wish Inej did more scaling. Sometimes, I feel like TV shows try to convey impressive skillsets by having characters do things like jumping down from impressive heights but Inej’s talents are rooted in her discreteness and her ability to find a way when no other could. In other words, her methods are not the “in your face” type. I felt like her jumping down in front of Kaz was just “typical” and and a too obvious effort to make her talents impressive.

Kaz’s Crow Club Fight Scene: Can we talk about how in episode 2, Kaz is taken down in, like, two seconds by Pekka’s men? That is literally so unrealistic. Your girl may have shouted at the TV at that 😂 But seriously.

Alina’s fighting skills: I thought that there was a lack of development between Botkin and Alina and even with Baghra and Alina… I thought that, since it is a TV show, there would be more development in that area but they ran through that pretty quickly – much like a movie would have (okay, the scenes would have been a bit shorter still but my point still stands).

Show length: the episodes were about 45-50 minutes long, which I thought was a great length. There were only 8 episodes though, which I found to be very disappointing. I think that the series could have been stretched by at least one more episode… if they had included a bit more of the Crows in there and more of that training development with Alina.

Overall
I absolutely loved the show overall! I think that the episodes got better and better as they went on. I think the acting was fantastic, the creators of the show did right by the reader, etc. My sister and I may be a bit obsessed with the show as we have re-watched all the episodes 😂 We have also rewatched episodes 4 a few times over and over. If you are so curious as to why we watched episode 4 over and over.. it is because my sister is obsessed with the part where the Darkling says, “please, call me Aleksander.” She basically swoons every time. 😂

I hope you all enjoyed reading my thoughts on the new Netflix TV show, Shadow and Bone. What did you think of the TV show? Did you have a favorite episode? Let me know in the comments below.

I would also like to thank Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack for buddy watching this series with me. It was so much fun to fan girl and discuss the show with you!❤️ 

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 5/9/2021

Hellooooo everyone! Good evening!😁
Happy Mother’s Day to you all wonderful, amazing and fantastic mom’s out there! You are truly amazing human beings and you all inspire me with your selflessness, strength and unconditional love.🥰

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. In this post, we review what happened with the blog over the week and share any news! The format for my post this week will be a bit different than previous weeks just because I really have not been able to read at all this week.

How are you all doing? How was your weekend? Mine was very busy! I recently started medical school applications, which involves the application itself and studying for some situational judgement exams. That, and working two jobs, is really keeping me busy, which is why I was unable to post on Friday and Saturday.

Since I have been super busy, I really have not done any reading, sadly. 😔 I picked up The Bridge Kingdom from Barnes and Noble the other day because I wanted more enemies to lovers (I may be a bit obsessed with that trope, okay?) but I haven’t gotten very far into it! It is pretty good from what I have read so far! I am hoping to get some good reading time in next week and catch up (I am 1 book behind per Goodreads😬).

Next Week’s Blog Schedule

Monday: TV Show Review on Shadow and Bone (will resume Monday Music Match Up next week)
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: The Hating Game Book Review
Friday: Flashback Friday

This Week’s Blog Posts
Monthly Wrap Up: April Edition and Very Tentative “TBR”
Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads
Can’t Wait Wednesday

What did you read this week? How was your week and your weekend? Let me know in the comments below. I love chatting with you all!❤️ 

-Maya🌹

🤩Can’t Wait Wednesday: 5/05/2021

Hello, everyone!

Happy Wednesday. We are halfway through the week already! I am changing up my typical Wednesday post to a Can’t Wait/Waiting on Wednesday post. This meme is hosted by Tressa @WishfulEndings. In this post, we discuss books that we are excited to read that have yet to be released to stores!

Book: The Love Hypothesis
Expected Publishing Date: September 14, 2021
Author: Ali Hazelwood

The Love Hypothesis

When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding…six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.


Fake relationship? 🤩 Scientists?! 🤩 I am dying to read this! Also , I am in love with the science puns in the synopsis. 😍 What book(s) are you excited to read that have yet to hit the stores? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to link your CWW/WoW post in the comments, too!

I hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday. 🥰

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads

Hello hello! Happy Top Ten Tuesday, friends!
We have some stormy weather where I live! It is thunderstorming⛈ and I love it! Well, I love it when I don’t have to be out and about and I can just stay inside all day😁 I have today off as I am transitioning to a new position at my hospital job and I am so grateful for a second day off. Of course, I will still have some studying to do (as I am entering a new specialty) but at least I get to be in the comfort of my home😌

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we write a list of ten items. See the meme info page and list of topics here. This week’s topic is: My Ten Most Recent Reads!

📚My Ten Most Recent Reads📚

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer Armentrout
The Hating Game by Sally Thorn
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlet St. Clair
Brave by Jennifer Armentrout
Crave by Tracy Wolff
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

If I had to pick a few favorites, I would choose The Crown of Gilded Bones, The Beautiful, and Crave! What are your ten most recent reads? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to link your TTT masterpiece in the comments section as well! 😊

-Maya🌹