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Monthly Reads: May 2020

Posted June 3, 2020 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

Say You’ll Stay (audio) by Corinne Michaels | 3 out of 5
Convict Me by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman | 2.5 out of 5
Say You Want Me (audio) Corinne Michaels | 3.5 out of 5
Keep Me by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman | 3.5 out of 5
Guard Me by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman | 1 out of 5
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (audio) | 4.5 out of 5

Holly

May was a slow reading month for me. I started out fairly strong, but work is kind of kicking my butt right now, plus distance learning with my kid, so I don’t have a lot of time for reading. I’m hoping June will be more relaxed and I’ll have more time. I finished 9 books and DNF’d 2.

Rise of the Phoenix (The Society #1) by Mason Sabre (novella) | 3.25 out of 5
Oath Sworn (Jacky Leon #1) by Kristen Banet | DNF
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James | DNF
When He’s Dark (The Olympus Pride #1) by Suzanne Wright | 3.75 out of 5
The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen (audio) | 4.75 out of 5
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2 by Danielle L. Jensen (audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Alpha Night (Psy-Changeling Trinity, #4; Psy-Changeling, #19) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Protect the Prince Crown of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep | 4.25 out of 5
Crush the King Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep | 3.75 out of 5
The Will (Magdalene #1) by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Repeat by Kylie Scott (reread) | 5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen, but The Traitor Queen was a very close second. If you’re looking for a series (duet?) filled with action, angst, intrigue, romance and mystery, please pick this one up. I adored it. My least favorite read was Rise of the Phoenix by Mason Sabre. I liked it, just not as much as the others I read.

Rowena

May was another Kate Daniels reading month. I’m down to the last three books of the series and I’m taking my time with them. I’m taking my time with all of my reading, to be honest. I’m not rushing to 100 books read this year like I normally do, I’m reading everyday but for shorter amounts of time because everything is just so…ugh right now. I’m not in the right mental space to read a bunch of books but here’s a list of what I did read in the month of May.

Magic Tests (Kate Daniels #5.3) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Stars (Kate Daniels #8.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Alpha Night (Psy-Changelings Trinity #4) by Nalini Singh (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews. Derek is one of my favorite characters in the Kate Daniels series so I was thrilled to finally get a story (even if it was a short one) with him at the front and center. I LOVED this one and I really, really love seeing him with Julie. I’m rooting for those two so hard! I would love to read a spin-off series featuring those two. I’ve got my fingers, eyes and toes crossed that the Andrews duo will make that happen.

I don’t have a least favorite book of the month, I liked all of the books that I read…all of them.

Giveaway Alert

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Monthly Reads: May 2020

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Monthly Reads: April 2020

Posted May 6, 2020 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 10 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

Surprisingly, April wasn’t a bad month for me. I read ten books.

Lethal Game by Christine Feehan | 4 out of 5
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews | 3 out of 5
Viper Game by Christine Feehan | 3.75 out of 5
Spider Game by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
Covert Game by Christine Feehan (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Committed by Penelope Sky | 4 out of 5
Desolation Road by Christine Feehan | 2 out of 5
The Sinner by J.R. Ward | 3 out of 5
Kiss the Stars by A.L. Jackson | 4.25 out of 5
Sin & Chocolate by K.F. Breene | DNF (for now)

My favorite book of the month hands down was Kiss the Stars by A.L. Jackson. I love A.L. Jackson and will read absolutely anything she writes. Ever. My least favorite book of the month hands down was Desolation Road by Christine Feehan. It was such a disappointment. Look for my review in the upcoming months.

Holly

I finished 10 books in April, which is pretty awful for me generally, but actually pretty good for this year.

Always Be My Banshee by Molly Harper (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
Sin and Spirit by K.F. Breene | 3.5 out of 5
Sin and Lightning by K.F. Breene | 3.75 out of 5
The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Gettting Schooled by Emma Chase (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Dragos Takes a Holiday by Thea Harrison (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan (reread) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Sin and Lightning by K.F. Breene. My least favorite was Sin and Spirit. I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be based on the previous books in the series.

Rowena

April was such a bad reading month for me. It was the month of Korean Dramas and that’s pretty much all I read for most of the month. I did manage to get some reading done and most of it was Kate Daniels books so here’s my list of books read in April.

Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
The Orchid Throne (Forgotten Empires #1) by Jeffe Kennedy (eBook) | 3.25 out of 5
Magic Steals (Kate Daniels #6.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Magic Breaks. That book was the last book that I read and was an absolute blast. I cannot wait to dig into the next book. My least favorite read goes to The Orchid Throne by Jeffe Kennedy. It wasn’t a bad book but I had some issues with it, more issues than I had with any of the other books I read last month.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged this month. If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite – and least favorite – reads of the month were.

Monthly Reads: April 2020

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Rowena’s Monthly Recap: March 2020

Posted April 15, 2020 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

The Monthly Recap posts are a way for me to take a look back and reflect on my previous month in books. From the books that I read, the books that I got, and the books that I need to read. I always lose track of what I have, what I need to read and I need these posts to keep me honest with myself because I be forgetting shit. I also need a list of the reviews that I wrote/posted each month because one of my goals is to write a review for every book that I read. Listing these out every month helps me.

So here’s what my March 2020 month in books looked like.

Monthly Book Stats

Books Read: 7 | Books DNF’d: 1
Books Purchased: 6 | Books Recieved for Review:
Pages Read: 1,582 | Hours Listened: 0
Reviews Posted: 10 | Posts Posted: 3
Highest Grade: Magic Strikes | Lowest Grade: Magic Mourns, Magic Dreams, Magic Gifts

What I Read

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 5 out of 5
Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels #3.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed


The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels #3.5) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5
One Last Chance (One Day to Forever #3) by Therese Beharrie | 4 out of 5
Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
House Rules (Uptown #3) by Ruby Lang | 4 out of 5
Forbidden Promises (Jackson Falls #1) by Synithia Williams | 4 out of 5
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5

P.S. It’s Always Been You, Pt. 1 by Lauren Blakely | 3.5 out of 5

What I Posted

Books to Binge On: March 2020
Monthly Reads: February 2020
Sunday Spotlight: Love Hard by Nalini Singh

What I Got

Crush the King (Crown of Shards #3) by Jennifer Estep
The Orchid Throne (Forgotten Empires #1) by Jeffe kennedy
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Steals (Kate Daniels #6.5) by Ilona Andrews
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

What I Got for Review

Nothing. I haven’t touched my review pile in about a month so I wasn’t looking to add anything to it. Right now, I’m all Kate Daniels, all the Kate Daniels time.

There you have it, the month that was March in books for me. How did your month look? Did you read any good books? Any bad books? Share with me in the comments!


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Monthly Reads: March 2020

Posted April 8, 2020 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 11 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

March was status quo for me. I read six books. I’m 6 books behind on my GR Challenge and am trying to catch up. It’s not really working for me at the moment.

Shadow Flight by Christine Feehan | 3.5 out of 5
Knight Awakening by Rebecca Zanetti | 3 out of 5
The Deal by Stella Gray (audio) | DNF
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh | 3.75 out of 5
Alpha Night by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5

My absolute favorite book of the month was Alpha Night by Nalini Singh. I’ve kind of been “off” the Psy/Changeling books for awhile, but I’m so glad that I went back. My least favorite book of the month (besides the DNF) was Knight Awakening by Rebecca Zanetti. Which really made me sad because I love the Scorpius Sydrome series.

Holly

March was a very sad reading month for me. Honestly, all of 2020 has been sad for me on the reading front. We’ve had a lot going on and I don’t have the mental energy for reading anything new at the moment. I’ve been rereading a lot, though.

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven (reread) | 4 out of 5
Complicated by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 3.25 out of 5
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4 out of 5
Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4.75 out of 5
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4 out of 5
Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (novella) (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Iron an Magic by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5

Rowena

March was a pretty stressful month for everyone and personally, it wrecked my reading mojo. My mind hasn’t been able to slow down enough to concentrate on much of anything outside of work and what’s going on at home. I tried reading books from my review pile but I just couldn’t concentrate on anything so I gave up on my review pile and jumped back into the Kate Daniels series. I’m having a blast in this world and am making a great dent in this series.

Here’s what I read in March:

Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 5 out of 5
Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels #3.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.75 out of 5
Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs (eARC) | 4.25 out of 5
Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews (eBook) | 4 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews. I laughed a lot while reading this one. From Kate’s team name to Jim being pissed at Kate and Curran for their first fight in the games to Dali’s personality, there was a lot that I absolutely adored about this book. There were also a lot of things that made me cry. I ugly cried for Derek, for the guilt Kate felt for not getting to Derek in time, I even got teary-eyed when reading about Julie at school. I love the life that Kate is building for herself, the family that is coming together around her and I just really love everything about this world. I don’t want to ever leave it and man am I anxious to keep reading.

My least favorite book of the month is probably Magic Mourns and that’s not because I didn’t like the book. I just probably liked this book a smidge less than the other books that I read. Andrea and Raphael are great characters and I don’t think I was prepared for what I’m reading right now, Gunmetal Magic. I want to knee Raphael in the balls so much right now.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged this month. If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite – and least favorite – reads of the month were.

Monthly Reads: March 2020

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Monthly Reads: February 2020

Posted March 6, 2020 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 10 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

February was abysmal for me. I only read five books. Five. I was on vacation, could have read all the books, but didn’t. I didn’t even finish ONE book on vacation. Ugh.

The Thing About Trouble by Juliana Stone | 3.5 out of 5
Heartland by Sarina Bowen | 3.5 out of 5
Husband by Penelope Sky (audio) | 4 out of 5
Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas | 4.25 out of 5
Lover by Penelope Sky (audio) | 4 out of 5

My least favorite book was actually Heartland by Sarina Bowen. The reason for that is that it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I love the True North series, but this book just wasn’t up there with the rest of the books. My favorite book was Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas. Reading it reminded me of how much I love historicals.

Holly

I read 9 books in February. NINE! Ugh. This reading slump is killing me, y’all. Fingers crossed March is better.

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs (ARC) | 4.25 out of 5
Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper (Audio) | 3.5 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas | 4.25 out of 5
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen (audio) | 4 out of 5
Strange Love by Ann Aguirre | 3.25 out of 5
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (audio) (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder (audio) (reread) | 4 out of 5
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder (audio) (reread) | 3.25 out of 5
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (audio) | DNF
Satisfaction Guaranteed by Lauren Blakely (audio) | DNF

My favorite reads of the month were Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas and Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs. I really enjoyed both Tom and Cassandra and it’s always great visiting Mercy, Adam and the rest. My least favorite was The Broken Girls by Simone St. James, but I think that may have had more to do with the narrator than the actual story. I’m going to try to read it and see if I feel differently.

Rowena

My 2020 reading lost a bit of steam in February but I’m already showing signs of improvement for March so I’m not too worried about it. I read some pretty decent romances in February, introduced myself to some new to me authors so even though my numbers weren’t as strong as I hoped, I still consider the month a good one. Here’s a rundown of what I read in February…

P.S. It’s Always Been You, Pt. 2 by Lauren Blakely (Audiobook) | 3.5 out of 5
House Rules (Uptown #3) by Ruby Lang (eARC) | 4 out of 5
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light (eARC) | 3.5 out of 5
One Last Chance (One Day to Forever #3) by Therese Beharrie (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Forbidden Promises (Jackson Falls #1) by Synithia Williams (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Devious Lies (Cruel Crowns #1) by Parker S. Huntington (Audiobook) | 1 out of 5
Strange Love (Galactic Love #1) by Ann Aguirre (eBook) | 3.5 out of 5
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout. That book was good. It made me cry. I had me cheering the characters on and I was just invested in that story from beginning to end. I connected with Mallory and Ryder so much and my heart went out to them at every turn.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington. I read this book for book club and it pissed me off with every single page. I almost DNF’d it so many times because I wanted to knee the hero in the balls, smack some sense into the heroine and even in the end, I wasn’t completely satisfied with any of the characters that I breathed a sigh of relief to finally be done with it. Our book club discussion was a good one though. Lots of different opinions so there was much to discuss. I almost won our book club game too. Oh well, better luck next month.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged this month. If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite – and least favorite – reads of the month were.

Monthly Reads: February 2020

So…what was your favorite read of the month? And your least favorite? Use the Gleam Widget to enter! Good luck!


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