Blog Tour: Mayhem by Estelle Laure

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Synopsis: 

The Lost Boys meets Wilder Girls in this supernatural feminist YA novel.

It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else.

But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good.

But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

From the acclaimed author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, Estelle Laure offers a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny, taking control and saying when enough is enough.”

About the Author:

Estelle Laure, the author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theatre Arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her family. Her work is translated widely around the world.

Author’s Social Media:

Buy the Book: https://wednesdaybooks.com/galaxies-and-kingdom/mayhem/

Review:

*ARC was provided to me for to read and review via NetGalley by the publisher. Mayhem comes out on July 14th, 2020. All opinions stated are my own.*

I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely a pleasant surprise for me as I had not heard to much about it before reading it.

I really enjoyed Mayhem as a character. She definitely grew on me as the story went on. I also enjoyed all of the side characters. I loved the friend dynamic that Mayhem had with her group of friends.

I think the plot was the strongest part of the book. Like I mentioned above, the friendship dynamic was great. I loved the fantastical elements as well. I’m not usually a big reader of the speculative side of the fantasy genre but it really did work well in this case for me. I do wish that the world had been developed a little more and just a little bit more backstory but overall it was fantastic.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I definitely looking forward to reading books by this author in the future (and also checking out her backlist titles). I think that if you are beginner when it comes to speculative fiction like I am, then this will be a great one to pick up when it comes out on July 14th!

RATING: 4/5

JUNE 2020 TBR!! HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!

Hey guys!! Hope you are all staying safe and healthy!! Today I am here to tell you about all the books that I plan on reading in June!

Happy Pride Month!!

Since June is pride, I decide to, as many others do during this month, read almost exclusively LGBTQIA+ books this month. Also, in support of what is currently going on in the Black Lives Matter movement right now, I wanted to add a few books by black authors as well.

If you have any recommendations for queer books by black authors, please leave them in the comments! I am always looking for recommendations!

So here is my TBR for this month! Can’t wait to read them all!

  • The Stand by Stephen King (currently reading)
  • The Poison Within by Rachel Marie Pearcy (currently reading)
  • Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco (my book club book of the month) (ARC sent to me for review in a Fairyloot box)
  • It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson
  • The  Animals of Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey (ARC sent to me for review by the publisher)
  • Scavange the Stars by Tara Sim
  • I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

So that is my set TBR for this month! As always it is subject to change as the month goes along but either way, I’m excited for all of these books!!

I also have a secret TBR that I will (hopefully) be completing at some point this month. I will have those books featured in my wrap up as well as the video for it when it goes live!

I’m still playing catch up on reviews so when all backlist reviews are posted, reviews for all of these books will be up here on the blog!

What do you plan on reading in June? Any recommendations for books to read? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you are all staying healthy and safe! ❤

Happy Reading!!

MAY 2020 WRAP UP + A MESSAGE

Hey everybody!! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!! Today I am here to tell you about all the books I read in the month of May.

So May, as with many months before it, didn’t go as planned. To be honest, my mental health hasn’t been great since the beginning of quarantine. I struggle with anxiety and depression and towards the end of May, it was the worst it has been in a long time.

With that said, I did manage to finish 4 books in the month of May. Definitely not my best reading month but also not my worst. I also enjoyed all the books that I read for the most part.

So here are my monthly stats and the books that I read!!

STATS

  • Books read: 4
  • DNFs: 0
  • Physical: 3
  • E-books: 0
  • Audiobooks: 1
  • Review books/ARCs: 0
  • Read-a-Thons participated in: 1 (Medieval-a-Thon)
  • Pages read: 1,251
  • Genres:
    • Fantasy: 1
    • Science Fiction: 1
    • Contemporary: 0
    • Historical Fiction: 0
    • Thriller/Mystery/Horror: 0
    • Other: 2 (1 dystopian and 1 non-fiction)
  • Ratings:
    • No rating: 0
    • 1 star: 0
    • 2 stars: 0
    • 3 stars: 2
    • 4 stars: 2
    • 5 stars: 0

Books Read

  • Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: 4.5/5
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry: 4/5
  • Enchanted Hunters by Maria Tatar: 3/5 (read for school)
  • Crier’s War by Nina Verila 3/5

So that was my reading month in May! Again not a great reading month but not a terrible one either!

I am still playing catch up with reviews so when all backlist ones are posted, reviews for all of these books (except for Enchanted Hunters) will be up here on the blog!

A Message to the Bookish Community

As many of you know, last week in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in innocent, unarmed black man named George Floyd was murdered at the hands of police officers. His neck was pinned to the ground by an officers knee for 9 minutes. It was an awful death and the video that was posted on the internet afterwards was horrifying to watch.

I wanted take a moment to say that I am in full support of the protests currently going all across the world in the Black Lives Matter movement. I also feel as a person with a platform that I need to spread this to everyone in this community.

I am signing as many petitions as I can as well as donating my own money to support the movement during this difficult time. Here are some resources to where you can do the same:

https://blacklivesmatter.comhttps://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloydhttps://www.obama.org/anguish-and-act…https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-act…https://www.change.org/p/minneapolis-…https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-…https://twitter.com/MNFreedomFund/sta…https://www.reclaimtheblock.org

I want to do my best as a white creator and do better job at support black creators as well as black authors. If you are a black booktuber/book blogger/bookstagramer, please leave your links in the comments or feel free to DM on social media. I will be following you all immediately. Also leave in recommendations for books to read as I am always looking for recommendations.

Your lives matter. I care about you all. I stand with you.

Please stay safe. I love you all. ❤

(LATE) MAY 2020 TBR!!

Hey guys!! Hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy!! Today I am here to do my May 2020 TBR. Sorry this is coming so late into the month.

With the amazing reading month I had in April, going into May, I had no idea what I was in the mood to read. So I decide to kind of mood read this month and so far so good.

With that said I think that I will get a lot of reading done in the last couple of weeks of the month. Being in quarantine right now and when I’m not working as an essential employee at a supermarket, I do have a lot of down time so let’s hope I can finish May strong!

With all that out of the way, here is my TBR!!

  • The Giver by Louis Lowry (already finished!)
  • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  • Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (ARC sent to me by the publisher)

I’m also doing 1 read-a-thon this month called Medieval-a-Thon so here is my TBR for that!

  • Crier’s War by Nina Verala (currently reading)
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Again, But Better by Christine Ricco

And after all those are read, we will see where the rest of my reading takes us! I do have a couple of projects going on that I can’t tell you which books I’m reading for yet but when I do finish them, they’ll be featured in a video coming (hopefully) at the end of the month on my YouTube channel!! So be sure to subscribe to see those books when it comes out!

As I have mentioned multiple times before in TBRs and Wrap Ups, I ‘m still playing catch up with my backlist reviews so once all those reviews are posted, reviews for the books mentioned above will be here on the blog as well!!

What do you plan on reading in May? Let me know in the comments!!

Stay Healthy and Stay Safe!!

Happy Reading!!

 

APRIL 2020 WRAP UP!!

Hey guys!! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy!! Today I am here to tell you about all of the books that I read in April 2020!!

April was the best reading month I’ve had in almost 3 years. I didn’t expect going into the month to read as much as I did but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually got done. I can definitely thank audiobooks as well as the O.W.L.S. Magical Read-a-Thon for that.

So with all that out of the way, here are my monthly stats as well as the 11 (yes 11) books I read in April!!

STATS

  • Books read: 11
  • DNFs: 0
  • Physical: 7
  • E-books: 0
  • Audiobooks: 4
  • ARCs/Review books read: 0
  • Read-a-Thons participated in: 2
  • Total pages read: 3,158
  • Genres:
    • Fantasy: 8
    • Science Fiction: 1
    • Contemporary: 1
    • Historical Fiction: 0
    • Thriller/Mystery/Horror: 0
    • Other 1 (poetry collection)
  • Ratings:
    • No rating: 0
    • 1 star: 0
    • 2 stars: 1
    • 3 stars: 3
    • 4 stars: 6
    • 5 stars: 1

Books Read

  • The Sweetest Kind of Poison by Katie Wimser: 4/5
  • Every heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (reread): 4/5
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: 4.5/5
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire: 2/5
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (reread): 3/5
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (reread): 4/5
  • In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire: 3.5/5
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (reread): 5/5
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (reread): 3.5/5
  • House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig 4/5
  • Middlegame by Seanan McGuire: 4/5

So there are all 11 books that I managed to finish in April! I’m still in shock about how many books I read.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am still behind on my reviews from previous months but I hope to catch up on all of them in May since school will be over for the semester. Once all of those are up, reviews for all of these books (except for The Sweetest Kind of Poison, The Sorcerer’s Stone, and The Cruel Prince) will be up here on the blog!!

What did you read in April? Let me know in the comments!!

VERY LATE APRIL 2020 TBR!

Hey guys!! Today I am here to tell you about all the books I plan on reading in the month of April!

So its coming up on the halfway mark of the month and I am just now putting this TBR. In the days since the beginning of the month, I have already finished 2 books. So I would say its been a good month so far as far as reading.

With that said, I have very ambitious reading plans this month. I have a pretty large TBR. I have the plans for a regular TBR as well as doing a read-a-thon at the same time. Since COVID-19 has taken over the world and school has been cancelled for the semester, I will have a ton of time to read.

So with that said, here is my TBR for the month, as well as for the read-a-thon!

Monthly TBR

  •  The Devil’s Labyrinth by John Saul
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  •  All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
  • Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings (reread)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (currently rereading)

O.W.L.S. Magical Read-a-Thon TBR

*Hosted by Book Roast*

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (reread)
  • House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
  • Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
  • The Sweetest Kind of Poison by Katie Whimser (already finished)
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (currently rereading)

So there is my very ambitious TBR for this month. Holy cow. Hopefully I will get most of these books read. When I do, I will full reviews for all books (except for A Court of Mist and Fury and The Sweetest Kind of Poison) up here on the blog as soon as I finish them!

What do you plan on reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

Stay Healthy and Stay Safe everyone! ❤

Happy Reading!!

VERY LATE MARCH 2020 WRAP UP!

Hey guys!! I hope you are all staying healthy and safe!!! Today I am here to do my very late March 2020 wrap up!

So for me (as well as for most people) was a wild ride of a month. Both in my personal life as well as my reading life. With the CO-VID19 pandemic increasing in severity as the month went on, March went from being a great month to (pardon my language) a shitty one. Spring break was cancelled. I’m an essential employee (I work at a grocery store) so I was doing full-time hours the last couple of weeks of the month.

It was one hell of a month to say the least.

With that said, I did manage to finish 3 books this month. And I’m very happy to say that I enjoyed all of them!

So with all that out of the way, here are my monthly stats as well as the books that I read.

Stats

  • Books read: 3
  • DNFs: 0
  • Physical 2
  • E-books: 0
  • Audiobooks: 1
  • Review books/ARCs: 0
  • Read-a-Thons participated in: 1
  • Total pages read: 1,169
  • Genres:
    • Fantasy: 3
    • Science Fiction: 0
    • Historical Fiction: 0
    • Contemporary: 0
    • Thriller/Mystery/Horror: 0
    • Other: 0
  • Ratings:
    • No rating: 0
    • 1 star: 0
    • 2 stars: 0
    • 3 stars: 1
    • 4 stars: 0
    • 5 stars: 2

Books read

So yeah, those are the books that I read this month. Definitely not a bad reading month as far as enjoyment wise but still not the greatest as far as amount of books reading. I was feeling a little slumpy for most of the month so I think that played into my life reading wise.

I have a full review for ACOTAR up here on the blog (linked above) and I will have a full review of Kingdom of Ash up here as well as on my YouTube channel in the coming weeks!

What did you read in March? Let me know in the comments!!

Stay Healthy and Stay Safe everyone!! ❤

March 2020 TBR!!

Hey everyone!! Today I am here to tell you about all of the books that I plan on reading in the month of March!!

So I have another very ambitious TBR for March. I have 2 books well over 500 pages that I have to make my main priority this month. One for a liveshow that (by the time you guys are reading this post will have already happened) on YouTube and the other also for a read-a-long and is my book club’s book of the month for March.

Thankfully, March will not be a busy month away from my reading life. I hope to get the most of my reading done in the first couple of weeks as well as during my spring break in the middle of the month.

With all that said, here are the books I plan on reading!

  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (currently reading)
  • House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (my book club book of the month)
  • The Animals of Lockwood Manor by Jane Healy (ARC sent to me for review by the publisher)
  • Mrs. Mohr Goes Missing by Maryla Szymiczkowa (ARC sent to me for review by the publisher)

So there it is. My ambitious TBR for March. Oh boy.

I am almost caught up with my backlist reviews that I have yet to post here on the blog. Once all of those are up, I will have full reviews for all of these books posted as well. I will also have a full video review for both Kingdom of Ash and House of Earth and Blood on my YouTube channel soon after (you can find my channel here!)

What do you plan on reading in March? Let me know in the comments!!

Happy Reading!

February 2020 Wrap Up!

Hey guys!! Today I am here to talk about the books I read in February!!

So, once again, February didn’t go as planned as far as the reading side of my life. School and work kind of took over my life for most of the month and then I went on vacation during the February break here in Massachusetts. So with those things going on throughout the month, I didn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to reading.

With all that said, here are my monthly stats and the 2 books I read!

Stats

  • Books read: 2
  • DNFs: 0
  • Physical: 1
  • E-books: 1
  • Audiobooks: 0
  • Review books/ARCs: 2
  • Read-a-Thons participated in: 1
  • Pages read: 1,110
  • Genres:
    • Fantasy: 1
    • Science Fiction: 0
    • Thriller/Mystery/Horror: 1
    • Contemporary: 0
    • Historical Fiction: 0
    • Other: 0
  • Ratings:
    • No rating: 0
    • 1 star: 0
    • 2 stars: 1
    • 3 stars: 1
    • 4 stars: 0
    • 5 stars: 0

Books Read

  • The Only Child by Mi-Ae Seo (ARC sent to me for review by the publisher): 3/5
  • Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (ARC provided to me through NetGalley by the publisher for a blog tour): 2/5

So yeah. There are the books I managed to read in February. Once again, not the best reading month but not the worst.

I am finally almost caught up with my backlist reviews so hopefully by the end of March, all of them will be up here on the blog. I have already posted my review of Foul is Fair up here on the blog (linked above) and I will have a review of The Only Child as soon as possible!

What did you guys read in February? Let me know in the comments!!

 

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

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Synopsis:

A dying billionaire sends one woman and a cast of dreamers and rivals on a citywide treasure hunt in this irresistible novel by the author of Bellweather Rhapsody.

Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files DVDs. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies—leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe—Tuesday’s adventure finally begins.

Puzzle-loving Tuesday searches for clue after clue, joined by a ragtag crew: a wisecracking friend, an adoring teen neighbor, and a handsome, cagey young heir. The hunt tests their mettle, and with other teams from around the city also vying for the promised prize—a share of Pryce’s immense wealth—they must move quickly. Pryce’s clues can’t be cracked with sharp wit alone; the searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts (some more vivid than others) and discover their most guarded desires and dreams.

A deliciously funny ode to imagination, overflowing with love letters to art, from The Westing Game to Madonna to the Knights of the Round Table, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is the perfect read for thrill seekers, wanderers, word lovers, and anyone looking for an escape to the extraordinary. ”

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