📖+🎵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🌹

📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: Grave Mercy

Hello, everyone! 💗
How is your Monday so far? Mine has been really good because… I had a day off (finally)! After not having the past few weekends off and mostly working week to week without any days off, it has been so nice to have today off. I also have tomorrow off because there is a scheduled power outage for 4 hours that made it impossible for me to work as a scribe from home that day. I am sad that I won’t be working tomorrow as I really do love my job as a scribe, but these things happens when you work from home. However. I couldn’t believe that they decided to schedule a power outage in the middle of the week when they know that quite a few people still work from home due to the pandemic! It’s all good though. We were able to get the shift covered by another scribe, thankfully.

Anyway, Monday Music Match Up is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires that shares with you all the music that I have matched, or listened to, while reading a specific book or series. It all began when I was reading in the car and my mom and sister were listening to music. After a while, the music started to remind me of scenes in the book and then I got the idea to start deliberately choosing music to listen to while reading!

Today I will be highlighting the music that I listened to while reading Grave Mercy. I loved Grave Mercy! It had a wonderful combination of badass females, romance, and mystery to the storyline.

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


The song I listened to while reading Grave Mercy is called “Torsion” by Mark Petrie. I chose this song because I thought it had a great overall “vibe” to it (I don’t really know any language when it comes to describing music clearly 😂). The song has a dark theme to it, which reflects Grave Mercy pretty well since the book and aforementioned badass females bring death to their enemies and enemies of St. Mortain.

I usually include fan art for the book(s), but I could not seem to find any😭 But I hope you all enjoy the song! Do you think it matches the tone and atmosphere of the book? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you have any suggestions for Monday Music Match Up? Feel free to let me know in the comments below. If I have read the book and matched a song to it, I would be more than happy to dedicate a post to it. If I have not yet read the book, I will plan on reading it and will match a song to it accordingly!

-Maya🌹

📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: The Bear and the Nightingale 🐻🐦

Good afternoon, everyone!
I hope you are all doing well and having a great start to the week. My gramma has been stable although she is still in the ICU. She was diagnosed with pneumonia of the left lung and sepsis. She is on an antibiotic cocktail as they are unsure the type of bacteria (they only know that it is gram +) that is the source of the sepsis. While it has been tough and worrisome that she is in the hospital, my sister and I, being the nerds that we are, having been using our knowledge from undergrad and our medical knowledge from our current hospital jobs to also try and figure out how she got this infection and what the source is. It is like detective work and it is really fun. It is a “fun” way to make light of the situation.

Monday Music Match Up is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires that highlights the music that I have listened to, or matched, with certain books that I have read. Today, I will be showing you the music that I listened to while reading The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy, #1)

Book: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden

I hope you enjoy the song! Here is some fan art for you to enjoy as well!

Credit here
Credit here
By: cccrystalclear ; located here

Did you read TBATN? What did you think of the music and the fan art? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya 🌹

Monday Music Match Up: the Mara Dyer series

Good afternoon and happy Monday, lovely bookworms!📚🐛

Monday Music Match Up is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires where I showcase the music that I have matched, or listened to, while reading a specific book or series.

The series that I will be highlighting today is the Mara Dyer series. While reading the first three books (I have yet to read the more recent installments), I listened to “Vertigo” by Jesse Cook.

I absolutely love the covers of these books. I just think that they are so intriguing and beautiful! 😍

I really thought that this song fit the “mysterious” vibes of the novels with Mara’s weird ability to make bad things happen to (bad) people. I also think that the title is quite fitting as throughout the novels Mara sort of experiences her own version of vertigo, a personal vertigo of sorts.

I hope you enjoy the music! I have provided some fan art for you to enjoy as you listen to the music. 😌

Art/FanArt:

Artist unknown, location found: here
Artist unknown. This is an image from the cover art of the books
artist signature in art; located here
Artist in signature
By bevsi
Artist unknown

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Have you read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? What did you think of the art/fan art? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🎶+📖Monday Music Match Up: The Bargainer Series

Happy Monday, everyone!
I realize I am posting a bit later than usual. 😂 I sort of thought that I posted this earlier today and then I realized that I didn’t. 😂 Must have gotten sidetracked!

Today’s post is Monday Music Match Up, a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires where I showcase the music that I have matched, or listened to, while reading a specific book or series.

The book series that I will be highlighting is The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa.

Image from here

Genre: NA, Fantasy
Author: Laura Thalassa

I absolutely adore these covers! I love the dark feel they have to them. I also love the titles of the books! While reading the series, I listened to “Endeavour” by Phantom Power.

This song is a bit slower overall compared to the others that I used, but I really liked the way this song had a sense of foreboding to it, much like the “feel” of the novel with the different faeries going missing and the mysterious entity that was after Callie.

Unfortunately, there really is not too much fan art for this series! I really wish there were more works of art. I think it is because the series tends to be more on the underrated side of things. At least, I think the series is underrated! I have included what I could find below, but since there really is not all that much, I have also included the synopsis for the first book, Rhapsodic, below as well. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to listen to the music as you read and enjoy the fan art!

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

“Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.”

Fan art

Credit: Louminx (signature in picture)

Aaaannddd that is all I could find 😂 I didn’t want to include any pieces with spoilers so that pretty much narrowed it down to these two gorgeous pieces!

I absolutely loved these books. I binge read them and then had a (massive) book hangover afterwards. 😂 I wish there were more books in the series. I believe (don’t quote me on this) that Laura said she is working on a project set in the same world but the story follows different characters. I would definitely read that!

Have you read The Bargainer series? What did you think of it? If not, do you plan on reading it? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: A Darker Shade of Magic

Hello, bookworms!
Happy Monday. I hope you all had a great weekend! I took a little break from blogging this weekend to relax and hang out with my sister. She has been working at the hospital every weekend and has not really had any breaks. Thankfully, this weekend she had half of Saturday off and all of Sunday! We watched movies together, played call of duty together, and fell asleep on the couch together 😂 We usually get to spend so much time together but since she works night shift and I work day shift, when I get off of work, she is just started work! Anyway, it was great to be able to spend so much time with her!

Today’s post is Monday Music Match Up! The book I chose for the post is… A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab.

I still have to finish this series, but I really enjoyed the first book and am really excited to see where the story and the characters go in the next books! I am hoping to read the rest of the series in April.

The song I listened to while reading the book was SABER Squad by InfraSound Music:

I liked this song for the books because I felt that it had this different feel to it and I felt like that different feel matched the world in which the books are set. I realize that is not the most eloquent way of putting it 😂

Here is some fan art that I found for you to enjoy. The credit has been listed and where it is not listed, the artist has their signature in the pic as credit! Enjoy!

Credit in the art

I hope you all enjoyed the music and the fan art! Have you read A Darker Shade of Magic? What did you think of the music selection? Let me know in the comments! I love chatting with you all. 🥰

-Maya🌹

🎶+📖Monday Music Match Up: The Lunar Chronicles🌙

Good morning, book lovers!
Happy Monday. I hope you all have a great start to the week! 🥰 I apologize for posting so late in the day. I have had a crazy Monday. 😂 I didn’t get a chance to draft this post yesterday and with work today I was just too busy to post this earlier! Hopefully your Monday wasn’t crazy like mine!! Anyway, Monday Music Match Up is a weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires that showcases the music I have “matched” or listened to while reading a particular book or series. Today I am going to be highlighting the music that I used for the series: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

I listened to Rise from the Underworld by James Dooley ft. Celldweller

I found some fan art for you to enjoy while listening to the music!

Credit in art; acquired from here
Unknown source
Credit in the art

Which piece of fan art is your favorite? I have to say that the last two portraits are very similar to how I imagined Prince Kai and Cinder so those are probably my favorite if I had to choose but I love all of the fan art!!

-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🌹

🎵+📖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🌹

🎵+📖 Monday Music Match Up: Stalking Jack the Ripper🔪

Happy Monday, everyone!
We are supposed to get 11 inches of snow and the temperature outside is sooooo cold. 🥶 I am currently wrapped up in a blanket, drinking some nice hot tea!☕️ Are you a coffee or tea person? I start work a bit later today, which is nice so I am just enjoying the morning before get ready for the day.

🎵+📖 Monday Music Match Up is a feature here at HerBookishDesires where I showcase music that I have “matched ” (listened to) while reading certain books.

While reading STJR, I listened to “Control the Dream” by Immediate Music. Please feel free to give it a listen!

I have also included some fan art for you to enjoy as you listen to “Control the Dream!” None of this artwork is mine. I have placed links to where I found the art and credit to the artists when I could read their signatures.

Credit: phantom rin
Credit: Taratjah
kerrimaniscalco.tumblr.com
Credit: Gabrielle B – Link
Credit – Gabrielle B. – Link

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I am hoping to pick up the series again soon, maybe by the beginning of March!

What did you think of the music? Which piece of fan art is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya