Down The TBR Hole #17

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This was “created” by Lost in a Story!

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Check out my other editions of “Down The TBR Hole” here.

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Current TBR: 767

(For some reason Goodreads shows all my shelves as 0 so I’m not quite sure about the actually TBR count at the moment since I added books….)

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Book #160
Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

YA Horror! I own a copy and I’m hoping it’s as creepy as the cover looks.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #161
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

Such a hyped book and one I know I’ll enjoy!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #162
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

I really, really want to read one of McLemore’s books, I hear her writing is beautiful!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #163
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

I got a copy of this a while ago and it sounded really interesting with the parallel universes, hopefully it’ll be a decent read.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #164
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
Date Added: Sept. 24th, 2015

I really loved “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue”  so I’d love to read more of Lee’s books especially since it’s about a character who brings his brother back to life with clockwork pieces.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #165
After the Woods by Kim Savage
Date Added: Sept. 25th, 2015

Such a beautiful cover and I really love YA mystery/thrillers!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #166
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
Date Added: Sept. 25th, 2015

This is a mish mash of genres: western, fantasy, urban fantasy/paranormal, and steampunk. Sounds amazing and it has another gorgeous cover!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #167
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Date Added: Sept. 25th, 2015

This book sounds like it’s way too romance focused for me, so I’m getting rid of it.

The Judgement: Go

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Book #168
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
Date Added: Sept. 28th, 2015

I just think Hardinge’s writing is a little too slow for me, so I’m taking this one off.

The Judgement: Go

Book #169
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Date Added: Sept. 30th, 2015

This is a book written in verse which normally I might not go for but it had great reviews and I got a copy.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #170
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Date Added: Oct. 1st, 2015

I love retellings and this dystopian Beauty and the Beast one sounds really interesting.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #171
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
Date Added: Oct 1st, 2015

I pretty much live for psychological thrillers.

The Judgement: Keep

Book #172
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Date Added: Oct. 2nd, 2015

I didn’t really like “Crimson Bound” and I’ve heard from people who enjoyed her other books really hated this one.

The Judgement: Go

Book #173
Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom
Date Added: Oct. 5th, 2015

I think I’ll try “The Child Thief” first before I go reading more of Brom’s books.

The Judgement: Go

Book #174
Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith
Date Added: Oct. 21st, 2015

I just have zero interest in reading this one anymore.

The Judgement: Go

Book #175
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I added this for the hype but I’m stuck with a copy so I do want to give it a try at least.

The Judgement: Keep

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Book #176
A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I need to finish this series!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #177
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

Rival families of assassins out to get one another, I really want to read this one!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #178
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I don’t usually like urban fantasy or historical fiction but I’ve heard great things about this book!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #179
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I just don’t really have any interest in reading this anymore.

The Judgement: Go

Book #180
The Reader by Traci Chee
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

This one got kind of “meh” reviews and once again I just don’t really have any interest in reading it anymore.

The Judgement: Go

Book #181
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Date Added: Oct. 22nd, 2015

I love fantasy especially with magic and mythical creatures!

The Judgement: Keep

Book #182
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Date Added: Oct. 27th, 2015

I loved the Vampire Academy series but I REALLY don’t think this book or series is for me.

The Judgement: Go

Book #183
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Date Added: Oct. 27th, 2015

Definitely keeping this one, I’ve heard tons of good things and I know I’ll love it!

The Judgement: Keep

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Do you think I should have kept any of these books?

Do you agree with any of my keeps or discards?

Let me know in the comments!

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.


**** I would like to just say right away before I get into the review that if you liked this book, that’s fantastic! I am in no way trying to demean your experience with this book! I, however, really hated it. So I respect your opinion and I would like if you respected mine. Thank you! ****

What can I say about this book? I really, really wanted to enjoy it because YA Horror books seem so few and far between and I like to get my hands on as many as possible. Then I heard it’s based off of the movie ‘Scream’ which is one of my all time favorites so of course I wanted to read it! However, I was extremely disappointed by it.

Prepare for a very ranty and ragey review.


Plot? What plot? Oh you mean the one that is ROMANCE TO THE EXTREME with no horror, suspense, or slasher vibes at all? I really don’t know why I expected anything more than this from Stephanie Perkins, who is a romantic contemporary author, honestly. The plot was completely overwhelmed by the romance and sorry but I came here for a damn slasher story not a love story that just so happens to have a mediocre slasher subplot!

Now, you would think that in a slasher story there would AT LEAST be a little suspense right? “Who is the killer” type of suspense? Well, think again! Because this book had zero plot twists! Sure I didn’t guess who the killer actually was right away but when their identity is revealed it was so freaking anti-climatic. I thought it was a joke, I found myself sitting there and thinking “seriously? That’s it? That’s who the killer is?”. Speaking of the killer’s identity….it was revealed WAAAAY too early on in the story! Half way through the book early. Since it happened so soon I found myself wondering if there was going to be another twist that would actually shock and surprise me. Like *gasp* it was two killers or *gasp* he was framed and the killer is someone else! But nope. What we got is what we got and no other shocks or twists along the way.

Don’t even get me started on the killer’s motive…because it was so freaking laughable.

I will say this though: the scenes where we got to see the killer…well, kill people, were the only interesting aspect of this story. They saved me from the monotony of the main character’s romance obsessed POV. HOWEVER, the story is only told through this one POV and whenever the killer is going to strike we switch POVs over to that of the victim. Surprise, surprise? Suspenseful? I think not. How exactly is this shocking when a character is killed but you knew they were doomed the minute the POVs were switched? It ruined the surprise! Half the fun of a horror book/movie ESPECIALLY slashers is not knowing who’s next!

Also this is supposedly based off of ‘Scream’ or a sort of retelling of ‘Scream’, if you will. In my opinion, comparing this book to ‘Scream’ at all is almost insulting. ‘Scream’ is a freaking horror masterpiece, at least in my eyes, and the only thing this book had in common with it is that it’s about a slasher killing teens with a knife. That’s it. Honestly if you want something like ‘Scream’ just go watch it because you won’t find it here.

There is also a sort of mini subplot in which Makani, the main character, is harboring this big, bad, deep, dark secret from her friends and peers. So of course this makes you want to know what it is, right? I figured it’d be something pretty juicy! I was wrong. Like every other “twist” in this book it was completely anti-climatic and once again I found myself thinking “seriously? That’s it? That’s your bad, horrible secret?”. Cue my many *eyerolls*.


One of the other few things I liked about this book was the diverse cast of characters featuring an African-American/Native Hawaiian main character along with a transgender character.

That’s about as far as my love for the characters go though. They weren’t complex and didn’t develop whatsoever, which doesn’t really surprise me since horror characters usually fall into stereotypes anyways. Plus they constantly make stupid decisions, which once again that’s sort of what horror characters do but these guys just….really annoyed me.

And the victims? I could have cared less about any of them.


The worst part of this story because it IS the entire story. Forget the crazed killer on the loose this book is 100% romance! I was so tired of all the make-out and sex sessions because that’s not what I signed up for. The main character’s love interest was so incredibly boring and I just felt like they had zero chemistry on the page. It felt like romance for the sake of romance.

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In case you didn’t already know….I really hated this book. I normally can find more than a couple good things about a book but this book was awful.

What I Liked:

  • Diverse characters

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Everything….
  • Romance that overtakes the entire plot
  • No suspense, action, or thrills
  • I died of boredom while reading this book
  • The killer’s identity reveal was anti-climatic and his motive was ridiculous
  • Not comparable to ‘Scream’
  • Characters were not developed or complex at all
  • The romance was awful and tropey


I cannot recommend this book, sorry, I gave it a shot and suffered through it all the way until the end. This is probably one of the worst books I’ve ever read.

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Kindle Books I Forgot I Bought: Part 1

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I am CONSTANTLY forgetting that I own copies of books on my Kindle and sometimes forgetting about the book completely before I see it again on there! I figured this would be a fun post to share with you all so please let me know if you’d like to see a “Part 2”!

These aren’t in any particular order.

P.S. These are all just the books I have not read, there are more on my Kindle that I have read! Plus ARCs.

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

This is one of the first books I bought on my Kindle and probably one of the only “fallen angel” books I’m interested in reading because I’ve heard TONS of great things about it. It’s post apocalyptic and the angels are eeeviiil, so I’m in!

The Bird and The Sword by Amy Harmon

I bought this back when Amazon was having a sale for Goodreads Choice books (2016) because it sounded really interesting, I also read a sample and liked it. It’s about a girl with magical abilities whose mother cursed her when she died, the girl may never speak again. It’s a whole bunch of prophecy, a greedy father, and the main character has to marry a cruel prince/king I’m not 100%. It’s all hard to explain but it does sound cool!

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

An 80’s flavored horror book about a girl whose best friend starts acting differently and she comes to the conclusion that the only reason that’s happening is because her friend is possessed and she must perform an exorcism! This one just sounds like a lot of fun.

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

This is one of those books where I’m not sure if I’ll like it or not since it depicts a sort of….dysfunctional? But it was on sale and everyone seems to love it. It’s about an eight year old girl with drug dealer parents who don’t care for her or her brother, therefore the responsibility falls on her. She then sees a man who works for her father and who also happens to be an ex-con, wreck his motorcycle and from there they begin a relationship. I’m not 100% sure on the nature of the relationship though.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

I wasn’t too sure about this book since it kind of seems to have mixed reviews but I read a sample of it and it seemed alright with me! I love time travel especially when it includes traveling into myths and legends as well, and when they travel on an old ship…very piratey.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis has soooo many books I feel like and they all sound interesting! This one is about a girl thrown into an asylum and is then recruited from there by a doctor to help catch a serial killer, it’s historical fiction too. Just sounds like it might be an interesting read!

Nemesis by Brendon Reichs

Another book that sounds kind of odd, but I like books that break the mold and bring something new to the table! It’s about a girl who every two years on her birthday is murdered by a man in cold blood, but then awakens hours later in a clearing outside her home perfectly fine. There’s also an alternating POV of a boy named Noah plagued by nightmares but there’s also a giant asteroid hurtling towards the Earth. AND there’s conspiracies and all sorts of secrets uncovered!

See? It sounds like a TON of stuff going on but it also sounds really unique too!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Everyone talks about “Graceling” especially if you love fantasy, like I do. I did finally snag a copy on sale for my Kindle so I’m planning on reading it here eventually.

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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

This one seems like such a hidden gem because it’s hardly ever mentioned and has great reviews! It’s about a city of trolls bound beneath the mountain by a witch’s curse, they then kidnap a girl they think can break the curse.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Another highly recommended and loved YA fantasy series, so I wanted to give it a try! I got it cheap for my Kindle so now I’m just waiting to read it, which will probably be a while….

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

This was once again a really cheap deal and I’ve heard great things about Kagawa’s writing and I also heard it’s not your run of the mill YA vampire book. I’m all for originality in YA when I can find it!

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

I. Love. Retellings.

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

YA science fiction that people compare to “Firefly”, of course I needed to have it! And then forget about it on my Kindle…..

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Anything being labeled as a Gothic thriller has my attention, even if the reviews for it are a bit mixed.

The Uninvited by Cat Winters

I kind of have this thing about buying every Cat Winters book because I enjoyed one. She makes historical fiction interesting to me and she also weaves in elements of the paranormal! In this book the main character can see ghosts that are omens of an impending death.

The Child Thief by Brom

A dark, horror retelling of Peter Pan is all I need to know.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Because everyone and their mother raves about this book and it was on sale and I still haven’t read it! Ahhhhhh!

The Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Sooooo I know not a lot of people loved this one but I’m just so suckered in by the synopsis with rival families of assassins trying to kill each other!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Middle Eastern inspired fantasy with mythical creatures and magic!

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

An alternate history where the Axis powers won WWII and every year to commemorate their victory they host a motorcycle race and the winner receives an audience with Hitler himself. The main character is a death camp survivor and the resistance has given her a job, to win the race and kill Hitler. This book sounds like it’s filled with action!

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clare

A murder/mystery type of story with people living under a dome in Antarctica!

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Historical fiction with maybe a bit of fantasy it seems like? I LOVE historical fiction that takes us back into the more ancient periods of time, so much more exciting.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Do you have any books on your eReader that you forgot you bought?

Let me know in the comments and let me know if you’d like to see a Part 2!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I No Longer Wish To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This is actually really similar to the “Down The TBR Hole” posts that I have been doing so I’m basically just re-naming books for this! However, if you’d like to see what other books I’ve gotten rid of I’ll link the page to them below!

Down The TBR Hole Posts.

These books are in no particular order.

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10.) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

This was the kind of book/series that was popular during the Paranormal Romance phase of YA and that was a time in YA I’d like to forget about for the most part. It was not my thing so I don’t know why I ever bothered adding this one, plus “fallen angels” aren’t really something I absolutely love reading about.

9.) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Another big phase in YA: dystopian. Once again, this book was really big during it’s respective phase in YA and I added it for that reason but I just don’t think I’ll ever read it. Dystopians tended to all blend together after a while anyways.

8.) I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

My boyfriend actually really loved this series but I don’t think it’s for me.

7.) The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

I got this book back before I ever had Goodreads or a blog and I just wandered around the bookstore looking for books to read. It was a popular series so I figured I’d buy the first book….and then never read it. I just lost all interest now.

6.) The Giver by Lois Lowry

Another classic and another dystopian. I just don’t think I’ll ever get to reading it, and I don’t mind.

5.) Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

This sounded like a really unique story but I don’t really enjoy slow books that rely on the overall atmosphere too much. I also think it might be a little too odd for me.

4.) Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I read “Divergent” when it first came out and liked it but didn’t love it, it’s been YEARS now and I just have no interest in continuing with the series.

3.) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

I tried reading this one and just couldn’t get into it, I’m also starting to think Holly Black’s writing just might not be for me because I really didn’t enjoy “The Darkest Part of the Forest” either.

2.) The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

I’m done adding high fantasy books just because they’re popular or classics, I don’t have time to read every book that pops up.

1.) The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

I added this when it was still an upcoming release because it sounded interesting and the cover is gorgeous, however, I hear the romance is very prominent and overtakes the plot. So it’s probably not for me.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Do you think I should have kept any of these books on my TBR?

What are some books you’re no longer interested in reading?

Let me know in the comments!

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The Bookish Love Tag

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So I couldn’t seem to find any romance related book tags for Valentine’s Day besides the “Valentine’s Day Book Tag” (which I’ve done already), but I found this on Hardback Hoarder’s channel! The original creator is Novel Noise.

***** SPOILER ALERT! The following answers contain romantic relationship spoilers for the following books: The Winner’s Curse, The Diabolic, And I Darken, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, My Lady Jane, and the Harry Potter series!******

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1.) Three Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

  • Victor Vale from “Vicious” by V.E. Schwab
  • Sevro au Barca from the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
  • Ragnar Volarus from the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

Don’t judge me! Apparently I like older men and short, odd ones!

2.) Three OTPs

  • Aragorn & Arwen from “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Nemesis & Tyrus from “The Diabolic” by S.J. Kincaid
  • Lada & Mehmed from “And I Darken”

I will go down with these ships!

3.) Favorite First Kiss

Probably Kestrel and Arin in “The Winner’s Curse”, just because it’s a forbidden romance and I had to wait the entire book for it to happen!

4.) What couple had the greatest sexual tension?

Lada and Mehmed in “And I Darken” for sure! This one about drove me nuts because they both loved each other but kept it secret thinking their love was unrequited! So when they finally got together it was a giant sigh of relief from me.

On Valentine’s Day, which couple would…..

5.)….Go to a fancy restaurant?

Maybe Kestrel and Arin from “The Winner’s Curse” because they’re more mild than some of the other couples I adore.

6.)…. Have a quiet picnic/walk on the beach?

Jane and Gifford from “My Lady Jane”, they’re adorable.

7.) …. Stay at home and watch Netflix?

Nemesis and Tyrus from “The Diabolic” because they never get enough alone time!

8.)…. Go dancing?

Monte and Percy from “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” because they love to party, well mostly Monte.

9.) What couple do you want to get together?

Well everyone in the books I read end up together for the most part but one of the couples I’d like to stay together would be Lada and Mehmed from “And I Darken”.

10.) What couple do you HATE that everyone else LOVES?

Ginny x Harry, because at least Hermione ending up with Ron made more sense! It’s like JK was thinking “Hm, who should end up with Harry?” *tosses dart* “Oh, Ginny!”. That’s how I feel, I think Ginny just came out of nowhere to be Harry’s love interest, yes, he already knew her but not in a romantic way! I will forever ship Harry x Hermione.

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If you’d like to do this tag, give it a go! Just be sure to tag me and the original creator!

And Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Bookish Romances

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’ve done a very similar post not that long ago so a lot of these are “recycled” but I’m just very picky about my book romances, only a few truly impress me! Also a lot of these fall under the “forbidden romance” trope, I’ll just tell you now! I’m a sucker for forbidden romance, it’s like my brain thinks “Oh….they can’t be together? They shouldn’t be together?…….THEY MUST BE TOGETHER NOW!”.

These are in no particular order and I will link reviews if I have them.

**** SPOILER FREE! I won’t be naming characters just the books so you can read my post freely!****

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10.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I originally thought (judging from the cover especially) that this book would be loaded with the usualy YA romance tropes: insta-love and love triangles. I was pleasantly surprised though as there were none of those! The romance is actually very slow-burn and also forbidden, my favorite.

You can read my full review here.

9.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Once again we have a forbidden, slow-burn romance that had me rooting for this couple! I love when I get to see two characters developed separately and then coming together by the end, it’s so satisfying. On a side note: the women in this book are so badass.

You can read my full review here.

8.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This one has a dash of insta-love but it’s explained why later on in the story so it gets a pass from me! Otherwise it’s forbidden romance as well and I loved how well developed and complex the relationship is throughout the book.

You can read my full review here.

7.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

This one is a bit odd because I was NOT expecting romance in this book at all but I got it and I loved it! There is a love triangle but one…portion of it is unrequited so I guess it’s not technically a love triangle then, is it? I digress. This was just one of those relationships that had so much….angst. They secretly loved each other but felt it was unrequited so WAITED forever to say anything, it drove me crazy in the best possible way!

You can read my full review here.

6.) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

Here we have another trope-free and slow-burn romance, well I guess I don’t know if the whole “get married and THEN get to know each other and fall in love” thing is a trope. If it is let me know what you sum it up as, haha! I loved how adorable the couple in this book was, sooooooo freaking cute!

You can read my full review here.

5.) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Another book you would never expect there to really be a romance in but there it is and it’s awesome! I love the couple in this book, I LOVE THEM! They’re so perfect for each other and the chemistry is just there! It’s pretty slow burn and definitely forbidden too!

You can read my full review here.

4.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Anyone who has read this book will agree with me, I think! This is slow burn and forbidden love and it will have you pining along with the characters because you just want them to be together dammit!

3.) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This is a historical fiction with an M/M romance and both character’s think their love is unrequited! They’re both so adorable and this book is so much fun and is hilarious!

You can read my full review here.

2.) Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

This book is almost 100% about the romance and I was really surprised that I loved it so much! There’s TONS of diversity with POC characters, gay characters, and characters with mental illnesses too! The relationships are all just so positive and adorable, they gave me those fuzzy warm feelings!

You can read my full review here.

1.) An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Normally I feel like I wouldn’t have loved this romance since it was a little insta-lovey but I loved both characters so much on their own and the love is forbidden of course so I was sold! Plus who wouldn’t love a Fae Prince?

You can read my full review here.

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Are any of these romances your favorite as well?

What are some of your favorite bookish romances?

Let me know in the comments!

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Non-Romance Book Recommendations for Valentine’s Day

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Ya know, because some of us just don’t see what’s so great about Valentine’s Day! I’m sure there will be TONS of posts out there about what romance books to read or favorite romances but since I’m not big on romance myself, I decided to do a post of NON-ROMANCE books! Or just books that romance isn’t the focus in.

These aren’t in any particular order and I will link up my reviews if I have them!

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

One of the major reasons I liked this book was because there weren’t any of the typical YA romance tropes present: no love triangles or insta-love! We got a nice friendship between the two main characters and it could possibly develop into a romance but it didn’t in the first book here. So refreshing!

You can read my full review here.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Sometimes I find that horror books, as with horror movies, are filled with cliched romances but this little anthology isn’t the case! There are stories for just about every horror lover in here with monsters, serial killers, curses, and Death itself. And none involve romance with the exception of Danielle Page’s story but I recommend steering clear of that mess.

You can read my full review here.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

If you want to be emotionally wrecked by a non-romance book on Valentine’s Day, this is the book for you. This is more sci-fi mixed with coming of age, there are two adorable kids and a talking dog.

You can read my full review here.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This book is hard to explain because it’s sort of horror mixed with mystery/thriller, but it’s absolutely 100% addicting. It’s 600 some pages long and it felt shorter than that because the story was so intriguing. Romance isn’t the focus at all in this book just pure suspense! It’s a great “rainy day read” but in this case it’s a great book to stay at home and read this Valentine’s Day!

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

There is a tiny bit of romance in this book but it’s so small it’s like it isn’t even there! Plus you’ll be too swept up in the plot and gorgeous world building of this YA sci-fi to notice.

You can read my full review here.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Hmm how about instead of romance you read something with morally gray characters who also happen to have awesome super powers? Yes, I think that’s a great idea too.

You can read my full review here.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

There is a bit of romance in this book but once again it isn’t the main focus whatsoever, instead the focus is more on the love between Starr and her family. The family dynamic in this book is so, so fantastic and of course the story is important for more than this reason as well as it explores police brutality and the Black Lives Matter Movement. I can find a reason to recommend this book ALL the time, trust me, so why not Valentine’s Day?

You can read my full review here.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The overall motivation of the main character involves a romance but this is not a romance book at all, way too twisted and dark. If you want crazy plot twists in your life, you will find them here!

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

In this short novella there is discussion of romantic relationships but they aren’t the focus, instead the focus is on the fantastic world building. These characters have all been to different worlds and must cope with returning to our world, it’s similar to Alice going down the rabbit hole and the Pevensie children going into Narnia.

You can read my full review here.

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

This is a very dark, twisted retelling of Peter Pan told from the POV of James Hook and is the origin story of his rivalry with Pan. It’s a very unique and creative retelling, I highly recommend checking it out if you’re a fan of Peter Pan and of course there’s no romance!

You can read my full review here.

Dreamfall by Amy Plum

This is another book whose genre is hard to pinpoint, it’s about a group of children/teenagers who suffer from insomnia going into an experiment that is supposed to help them. Instead they are all thrown into a shared dreamscape in which they have to battle through their nightmares. It’s nice that there was no romance to distract from the thrills!

You can read my full review here.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

This is what “Throne of Glass” should have been like: badass assassins and a badass competition with NO insta-love or love triangles!! You’ll find a generfluid thief/assassin fighting in a competition to become one of the queen’s assassins, nothing but romance-free action and adventure here!

You can read my full review here.

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

This book isn’t for the faint hearted, it is very gory and graphically violent as the plot focuses on a girl seeking revenge for her rape. The rape IS depicted off page but it’s still hard to read through. However, it’s a fantastic story involving a Romany main character who uses magic/witchcraft to collect special “ingredients” from the boys who assaulted her in order to save a friend. Obviously there isn’t any romance.

You can read my full review here.

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

This is a pretty dark and twisted YA mystery/thriller, I did NOT see those twists coming at all! I like that there was no romance to take away from the plot and overall suspense, it means there’s more time to tell a great story.

You can read my full review here.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

There is a tiny bit of side romance that develops later but if you read the book you’ll know why I’m saying it’s not really romantic. It’s nice when there’s a fantasy that doesn’t focus on a romantic relationship and instead focuses on world building, plot twists, and characters like “Stormdancer” does.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Sure there’s a romance we would all LIKE to develop in this book but ultimately there isn’t any romance. Schwab, if you couldn’t already tell, is kind of the Queen of writing fantastic books that don’t use romance as a focal point. Instead we get great characters, great world building, and a great plot to focus on instead!

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