TBR Challenge #3: Follow Me

Follow MeFollow Me by Sara Shepard

Series: Amateurs #2
Rating: 3/5
Theme: Contemporary

Why? Usually when people say contemporary, you instinctively thing romance, but technically, anything can be contemporary, just as long as it is set in our present time. So of course I would pick a contemporary mystery, because that’s just my preference.

Review: During my teen years I read Shepard’s popular series, Pretty Little Liars, and I was totally hooked, I might not have finished the series (because it was too long), I still highly enjoyed the pace of her books. Therefore, when she release her new series, Amateurs, I really wanted to get on board again. Unfortunately, I’m not as hooked with this series as the PLL. Although this series incorporates similar attributes as PLL, I’m just not as gripped with the story line or even the mystery. I have a feeling it might be my reading preferences now. Since I’ve read a ton of mysteries from different sub-genre: cozy, thriller, psychological, etc. I feel that this type of mystery is no longer up my alley and for those who are fans and readers of mystery novels, I don’t think these books are for you as well.

Let’s start with the mystery itself. At the end of Amateurs we find out who the suspect is and so, in this book all throughout the whole novel we know the who and the why the crime is committed. The only reason why readers would keep on reading is to find out the why on the main story arc of the series. I’m not really sure if I’m making myself clear, but it’s really difficult to explain it without revealing things from the first book. For those who has read the first book, then this review makes more sense. I also felt that there were too many events that wasn’t realistic, considering the situation that they were in. I feel that Shepard is creating her characters to be both smart and yet dumb simultaneously. There’s just no way the group of friends are that oblivious to the people surrounding them, when they claim to be so observant.

In terms of character development, there really isn’t much with the main characters. There changes in the relationships between the characters, but it’s really not something the readers are shocked about, especially with the events in the first book. Obviously there are new characters in this book and a different location to make the mystery feasible.

I’m a bit on the fence with this series. On the one hand, I really want to see what happens to the main story arc of the series. Then on the other, the books are just not gripping enough to sustain my interest. Even with the ending, it didn’t really leave me wanting for more. I’ll see what happens.



TBR Challenge #2: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

magnus chaseThe Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Series: Magnus Chase and the Guards of Asgard #1
Rating: 3.5/5
Theme: Backlist Glam (Author with multiple books in my TBR)

Why? Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors of middle grade novels. He has a way of writing really interesting characters and I enjoy his inclusion of different mythological gods. I own all of the Magnus Chase books and also the two of the Kane Chronicles books that I haven’t read yet, therefore, he is the author that I have the most unread books.

Review: I wasn’t planning on reading this trilogy when it was first announced. I’m not very knowledgeable with Norse Mythology and I thought I would be really lost while reading the book. However, when all the reviews started raving on how good the first book, and more recently when the last was released, I decided to grab it and take a chance. I’m glad that I did because I actually enjoyed it, not as much as his other series but it was still good.

Usually with Riordan’s books, I tend to not enjoy it as much as the rest of the series. It is the same for this book.  His first books are usually the ‘explanation’ book and it allows you to immerse and familiarize yourself with the world that he has created within our world. I think he does a great job, but the consecutive books are usually better and you get to see growth and development of all of his characters. I actually enjoy the characters that are introduced in this novel and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them and how each of there story will progress throughout the books. I’m a fan of Samirah, she’s the type of character that usually like, and I especially like the lack of romantic relationship between her and Magnus. I actually enjoy her character a lot more than Magnus, but that usually happens with Riordan’s books. I just think she writes awesome female characters AND sidekicks. Yes, I really enjoy Heath and Blitzen too.

Like I said before, I’m not very well known with Norse Mythology because its not really something I learned in school. The things that I do know, I know because of the movies about Thor. Its actually interesting to get to understand more of the mythology and their beliefs. I think Riordan does a good job in explaining things, and even if I’m still a little muddled, at least I understand the basic core information of the mythology. I’m also glad that Riordan didn’t really make Thor the center of the gods in this novel, it allowed the readers the learn more about the different types of gods and goddess within the Norse myth.

I’m happy a gave this book a chance and I can’t wait to read more of the books. Now I’m really not certain the reading order of these books, because I’ve heard that it should be read in publication order between Magnus Chase and The Trials of Apollo. I’m not really sure how Riordan will incorporate all three mythologies in within these books and I’m really excited to find out.


TBR Challenge #1: Meet Cute by an Assortment of well known Authors

meet cuteMeet Cute (Anthology) by Various Authors

Rating: It really depends on the story. My rating range from 3-4 out of 5

Theme: Short Stories, novellas, etc.

Why? This is one of those highly expected new release of 2018 and it works for me because it was perfect for the TBR Challenge. I also wanted to try out some of the authors that is in the book.

Review: A few years ago I read another anthology, similar to Meet Cute, My True Love Gave to me, and I wasn’t a fan of those stories. Mind you I’m not really much of a contemporary romance reader, but there are some occasional books that slip through and I actually end up enjoying them. This is one of those occasions that I had a memorable reading experience. Although I was really hesitant to pick this up, I’m glad that I did, I actually prefer these stories than the ones in My True Love Gave to Me. Also, I was able to try some authors I’ve been on the fence about in picking up their books, at least this way I was able to get a feel on how the author write.

There are some that was a hit and there are those that was a miss, understandable since authors doesn’t write the same way. I’m really not going to give a synopsis of the stories since they’re already pretty short. However, I will list the stories that I did like and those that I disliked.

Stories that I enjoyed:

  • Click by Catherine McGee
  • Somewhere that’s Green by Meredith Russo (This one by far is my favorite out of all the ones that I enjoyed)
  • OOMPH by Emery Lord
  • The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Unlikelyhood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies
  • The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon

Stories that I wasn’t fond of:

  • Printshop by Nina LaCour (this story reminded me too much of YOU with the whole social media stalking)
  • 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan (This had such potential, but that ending…)




Top 5 Books that I didn’t get to in 2017


There are a lot of books that I wasn’t able to get to last year. I feel like I had a bad reading year in 2017, but I did read a lot of great graphic novels.

Anyways, here are the top books that I want to for sure get to in 2018:


The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

This is actually one of the oldest book in my collection and I’ve been meaning to pick it up for awhile now. I’ve heard good things about it and have always been intrigued by the cover. I always get distracted by other books. I made it my goal to read this last year and failed miserably. This year for sure, I’m putting it on the top of my list.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This has been on my TBR list for a few months in 2017 and also in most of my Tome Topple readathon, but it just never happened. 2017 for me was really rough and I just didn’t get around to reading this book.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

This trilogy finished last year and I actually wanted to power through them. I don’t really finish series in one year, but I thought maybe with this one I’ll make an exception. I heard really good things about the series and some even say its better than the heroes of Olympus series. I wanted to know if that was true. For sure I want to be able to read this this year.

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E Schwab

This trilogy also wrapped up in 2017 and I knew I wasn’t going to get to A Conjuring of Light in 2017, but I at least wanted to read A Gathering of Shadows, unfortunately that wasn’t the case. I think the reason I had such an awful reading year in 2017 is because I skipped on a lot of good books.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I’m not a huge fan of Ruth Ware’s novels and I’ve read better thrillers out there, but I think her novels are always such quick reads. So I wanted to read this novel as soon as it came out, I even went as far as buying the book on release date. Too bad for me I just didn’t get a chance to read it.


So that’s it for my first Top 5 for the year 2018. Let me know if you guys are participating in Top 5 this year!

Finishing the Series

finishing the series

Hosted by : Celebrity Readers

The title is basically self explanatory. I participated in a reading challenge like this a few years ago and I was actually able to finish some series. Last year I wasn’t able to finish any series at all and I need to fix that this year.

Anyways, I want to finish at least 8 this year. I’m being quite ambitious with this goal, but I want to at least read one book from each series. Here are the series and the books within it that I still need to read. All series, but one, are already finished. Obsidio, the third, and final (?), book in the Illuminae Files is coming out this year. If this is not the last book in the series then I will have to change that choice.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Book 1: The Naturals
Book 2: Killer Instinct
Book 3: All In
Book 4: Bad Blood

Croak by Gina Damico
Book 1: Croak
Book 2: Scorch
Book 3: Rogue

Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Book 1: Assassin’s Curse
Book 2: The Pirate’s Wish

Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
Book 1: The Winner’s Curse
Book 2: The Winner’s Crime
Book 3: The Winner’s Kiss

Deanna Madden by A.R. Torre
Book 1: The Girl in 6E
Book 2: Do Not Disturb
Book 3: If you Dare

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Book 1: Illuminae
Book 2: Gemina
Book 3: Obsidio

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Book 1: Wolf by Wolf
Book 2: Blood for Blood

Jackaby by William Ritter
Book 1: Jackaby
Book 2: Beastly Bones
Book 3: Ghostly Echoes
Book 4: The Dire King

A-Z Reading Challenge 2018


Hosted by Ginger Mom & The Kindle Quest

If you belong to a group on Goodreads then you have heard of this challenge before. I’ve tried to do this challenge before, and might I add I have failed miserably, but I think doing it on my blog will allow me to finally complete this challenge.

Anyways, here are the specifics of the challenge if you are interested in participating.

Are you ready to accept this quest? Have you written your sign-up post, optimistically announcing to the world that you are going to read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet in 365 days? Then leave your name and your link in the comments below and grab our cool challenge button there at the top of the post. (That way you can proudly display your intent to take on this insane amazing challenge!) Then tweet it (#2018AtoZChallenge) and tell all your booknerd friends!

Why spread the word? Here’s the exciting part – each month, we will have link-ups for your reviews. And each review earns you 1 point. Each point is worth an entry into our Grand Prize at the end of the year (hint: it’s a $100 Amazon gift card!) So you collect entries that way. The other way? Each person you refer (all they have to do when they sign up is say you sent them our way) earns you an extra entry! How easy is that?

Click on the name of the host above to direct you the actual page of the challenge to learn more. She has a ton loads more info.

Here are the books I’ve read so far this year. The first letter of the title of the book is what is going to count for the challenge. NOTE: “a”, “an”, “the”, etc.


Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Bingo

scifi fantasy bingo

Hosted by @patchworkbunny

I’m really excited for this Challenge because this is my first ever reading bingo challenge. I’ve seen a couple of them but was never really interested in them, but when I saw this one, it felt perfect for me this year. I really want to focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2018 and entering this challenge will help me read more of those genre.

This challenge is pretty much self explanatory, therefore, if you want mor einformation, just click on the name of the host above.

Here are my reads for this challenge:

Wibbly Wobbly Time Travel:
It’s the End of the World as we Know it:
Alien Invasion:
Alternate Reality:
This is totally going to happen one day:
South America:
Fantastic Beasts:
Bite Me:
Queens, Kings, and Long lost Relatives: