Book Reviews

Breakwater | Catherine Jones Payne


Okay, so some you know that I went to World Fantasy Convention in Texas this past weekend. It was great and a lot of fun even though I was having anxiety attacks just about every day. I’m still recovering from that, so my actual post about the *experience* will have to wait a few more days.


I got books, a lot of books. Enough books to make my heart and soul very happy. Some I bought, some were given to me. PEOPLE GAVE ME BOOKS. I’m still stuck on that. This is the first book that I’ve read from my stash. I LOVED this book. The entire time I was reading it, it didn’t feel like a book about a debut author!

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

A red tide is rising.

As the daughter of one of the mer-king’s trusted advisors, seventeen-year-old Jade has great responsibilities. When her fiancé murders a naiad, plunging the underwater city of Thessalonike into uproar, tensions surge between the mer and the naiads. Jade learns too late that the choices she makes ripple further than she’d ever imagined. And as she fights against the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers danger lurking in every canal, imperiling her family and shattering the ocean’s fragile peace.

Can the city’s divisions be mended before the upwelling of hate rips apart everything Jade loves?

Okay, so we’re going to take THAT and then look at that GORGEOUS cover and go “Okay, I would have picked this baby up too. ” This book reminded me a lot of the Winner’s Curse trilogy, but in a very good way! (I happened to love the Winner’s Curse, so it could never be in a bad way..) ANYWAYS. I’m already planning on buying a friend a copy of this book because I am sure she would love it just as much.

Again, SO GOOD. Get you a copy and read this bad boy!


4/5 stars! Looking forward to the sequel and will probably reread again!




Book Reviews

Drumline by Stacy Kestwick


I found this gem on kindle unlimited, and I haven’t found many books lately on there that I truly enjoyed.. But hopefully this was a end of that problem. This book is a new adult romance, and I loved every minute of it. I was in marching band throughout high school, and it’s one of the things that have helped shaped me into the person that I am today, so getting to relive parts of that band mate bond was really fun and I really enjoyed getting to do that.



Traditions are important. Especially in the South.

College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows.

Some things just don’t change.

Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullsh*t attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line.

It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it.

She expects there to be tension. Even friction.

But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.


***Drumline is a standalone college romance.
This has became my FAVORITE new adult romance. It’s perfect, and I think I’m going to look up Stacy Kestwick and go on a reading binge. It was everything I wanted and needed plus some.

5 out of 5 stars! (Seriously, I neverrr rate new adult books this high! <3)

Book Reviews

A Darker Shade of Magic | V.E Schwab

a darker shade of magic

Goodreads Synopsis

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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