The Greatest Showman Book Tag!

It’s be over a year since this movie came out and I’m still screaming about it.

It’s that good.

So! Why not do a tag about it?

I saw this tag over at NoReadsTooGreat, so go check out that post! For all the reviews/recommendations for the novels listed, they will be linked at the very bottom — can’t miss ’em!


  • Thank the person who tagged you and provide a link to their post!
  • Maaaybe include a link to the creator’s post, which is this one right here.
  • Include the logo somewhere in the post.
  • Find a book/anime/movie/manga/K-Drama/TV show or anything else that fits the prompts below.
  • Cliche rule here, but have fun!
  • Tag 5 to 10 people (or more).
The Greatest Show > In Which the Intro is Amazing

I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it — the formatting of The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is like nothing I’ve ever read before and it’s so amazing.

In the beginning, we’re met with a writer who is being led to Tea when she’s seventeen years old and is in her self-produced exile (though that isn’t going to last long).

But then during the next chapter, we see Tea when she’s a preteen (around 14 or 15 I believe) and she doesn’t have a clue as to what a mess her life is about to become.

It’s just so captivating.

A Million Dreams > In Which Things Get a Little Too Dragged

My pick for this prompt is Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.


This novel seemed so slow to me. Like so slow that I couldn’t figure out what exactly was happening. Which I don’t know how exactly that happened, but it did.

Come Alive > In Which There’s A Nice Plot Twist

I really don’t think it’s possible for me to go through a tag without mentioning a Leigh Bardugo book.

But! My pick for this one is Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

As to avoid spoilers, I’m not going to go too into this one but just — trust me when I say that this ending plot twist really shook me to my core.

The Other Side > In Which A Villain Turns Into a Good Guy or Vice Versa

Of course, I had to mention another Leigh Bardugo book. Whoops.

But come on! It’s the Darkling! He’s perfect for this one.

The Darkling is from the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. And well, he seems nice. Then he’s not. And he kind of fluffs up Ravka.

Tightrope > In Which the Love Triangle Took a Wrong Turn

I honestly kind of avoid novels when I know there’s going to be a love triangle so I don’t really have one for this prompt. Onto the next one!

From Now On > In Which the Main Character Only Gets Their Stuff Together in the End

To finish off this tag, we have Roseblood by A. G. Howard!

Throughout this entire novel, we follow Rune who’s life is kind of a ghost story meets “you’re the chosen one to die” prophecy and she’s honestly not killing it.

But by the end, she’s safe with the guy she loves (who’s so edgy but I’m team bad boy so I’m okay with it) so all is well!

For All Your Linking Needs >

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Review

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Random Recommendation (Basically Review Part 2)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Review

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo Review

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Review

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Review

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Review

Roseblood by A. G. Howard Review

That’s all for this one, you guys! Bye!


Poetry Book Review > ‘Where I Ache’ by Megan O’Keeffe

Where I Ache by Megan O’Keefe

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Where I Ache is broken up into six chapters ranging from themes such as depression, jealousy, death, and strength. These are delicate subjects to talk about and most people avoid them because of the uncomfortable vulnerability. I’ve always written and shared my poetry with the hope that readers would related and feel less alone. I hope you feel a sense of community to all of those connected throughout this collection. 

Pre-Reading Notes

I’m super excited to read this because this is my first review request for a poetry book!!!

Post-Reading Notes

I don’t really have any words, I’m just nodding.

Favorite Poem from the Piece


We’re in the same prison, Baby
just different cells.
It’s hard to see you in the darkness.
I know we’ll make it out fine
just resting and buying up time.
But the longer we stay here the weaker we get.
We’re lifelong soldiers, resilience is in our blood
as much as the devil is.

page 18

My Thoughts

Hit and Miss

The poems in this book were either hit or miss for me, which isn’t a bad thing at all because we all feel different things at different times. The poems that were a hit for me, were a hit. They gave me goosebumps and made me feel the way my favorite poems do — like I’m being seen. They were raw and beautiful and made my heart feel all the things. And with the poems that were a miss for me, they were just meh. Like, I didn’t really feel that connected to them, whether that be because of the style or because they were simply about something that I hadn’t experienced. 


Something that was really cool about this book was that there were sketches that went along with some of the poems! I always enjoy those because they make the poems even more personal because they give an inside look into what the poet was thinking when they were writing that specific poem!

Final Overall Review and Rating

3.5/5I don’t really know what to say — I enjoyed it though!!!

Who Should Read This Piece 

People who want a smooth introduction into poetry books and those who are feeling many of the things. 

Novel Review > ‘Warrior of the Wild’ by Tricia Levenseller

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

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YA > Fantasy; Romance


How Do You 
Kill A God?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year — or die trying.

Pre-Reading Notes

I received this book in my last Unplugged Book Box and I’m super excited to finally give it a read! I’d been hearing amazing things about it after it’s release, so let’s get into it!

Thoughts While Reading

“I love that”
“It’s official — I don’t trust him”
“I’m sorry what”
“Oh no”
“Ha, you’re screwed”
“I freaking knew it”
“Sure, sweetie”
“Oof, too soon”
“Cute omg”
“I’ll cry, it’s fine”
“Hell yeah”
“They’re so cute”
“I feel that”
“They’re so cute I’m angry”

Post-Reading Notes

Well that was fun.

Favorite Quote from the Novel

“You may have helped shape me, but I made myself. I’ve become what I wanted.”

— Rasmira Bendrauggo, page 324

My Thoughts

This Was Fun

That’s basically how I feel about this book.

This novel was a pretty quick read for me. It kept me engaged the entire time, though I was pretty sure I knew what was going to happen most of the time (but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing). The elements of equality between genders really appealed to me, that probably being my favorite part about this novel.

I just really enjoyed it as a whole, though it didn’t really hit me, you know? 

Favorite Character


He’s just a good, sweet boy and he makes me smile. 

Final Review and Rating


Okay, this may seem like a low rating but 3/5 is an average rating and for me, this was an average book. It was good and I enjoyed it, but it does’t really have “favorite potential”, you know?
Please don’t bully me. 

Would/Will I Continue the Series?

This is a stand-alone novel and I’m pretty chill with that. I liked how this ended and I’m happy with the story. 

Who Should Read This Novel 

Those who are in a reading slump! And those who feel like they can’t do something because of something about them. 

Question Corner

Who’s your favorite female warrior ever?

  • This is a hard one for me. So hard that I actually don’t have an answer. Oh, boy. 

Weekly Wrap Up #14 > May 13 – May 19

Hello, my angels ~

Another week, another wrap up!

To start this wrap up off, I finished two books this week!

First off, I finished Where I Ache by Megan O’Keeffe!! This is a poetry collection that I was sent as a Review Request!

Speaking of that, the review for it will be up soon!!!

Next up this week, I finished Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller!!! I received this in an Unplugged Book Box and I finally got around to reading it!!!

I honestly really enjoyed it and that review will be up sometime this week 🙂

Now, let’s get down to the posts from this week ~

Monday, May 13, 2019 ~ Weekly Wrap Up #13 > May 06 – May 12: We do normal weekly wrap up things, as usual.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 ~ Novel Review > Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: I just love this series so much oh my goodness!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 ~ Top 5 Wednesday > Top 5 SFF BFFs: This post was so fun to write! I love talking about the friend groups in different novels!

Thursday, May 16, 2019 ~ How I Rate Books: We got deep in this one and talked about how I rate the novels that I review

Friday, May 17, 2019 ~ Novel Review > The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman: I absolutely loved this novel and I cannot wait for the next book!!!

Now, onto my week.

It was hectic.

I had a chorus concert on Thursday that went pretty well!! We have our honors only concert this coming week where the seniors are recognized so that’ll be . . . something! Friday, I had dress rehearsal for my last dance recital and then a gala right afterwards.

And on Friday, I found myself in a tattoo shop randomly and I bought some stickers to decorate my bullet journal with!!!

Then Saturday, I had my last dance recital 😦 and then saw Smashmouth at a festival near me (yes, the Shrek bad).

So that was fun. Except now I’m very tired.

Onto my currently reading! Right now, I’m reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and Queen of the Warrior Bees by Jean Gill! I believe though that I’m going to start another novel soon because I uhm . . . want to? I’m going to regret that soon, huh?

That’s all for this wrap up, guys! I’ll talk to you all soon ~

Novel Review > ‘The Devouring Gray’ by Christine Lynn Herman

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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YA > Fantasy; Fantasy > Paranormal; LGBTQ+


After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Sanders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

For generations, Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths from the Gray — a lifeless dimension that impressions a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s power, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation to a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the two he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny — to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities . . . before the Gray devours them all. 

Pre-Reading Notes

Time for tears!!!

Fun Fact! If you guys didn’t know, I’m graduating high school in June. So that’s exciting . . . and semi-frightening. But anyways, a good friend of mine, Nikki (@xonikkee), decided to send me a book off my wish list as a graduation present and it was incredibly sweet and wonderful of her and just . . . I’m soft, okay.

That novel was her most anticipated release of 2019, and I believe her all time favorite book now (I think, don’t quote me on that) —The Devouring Gray

And now we’re here. So let’s do this. 

Thoughts While Reading

“I feel that”
“What’d he do???”
“What a LEGEND”
“We stan a bi LEGEND”
“I’m confused but I love it”
“… the Gray?”
“I love her omg”
“What the hell, dude”
“Hell yeah she did”
“… what’d he do …”
“I love her”
“Then what do the Saunders have?”
“I don’t like her”
“This is like that one scene in Pet Semetary”
“Did she get caught in the Gray?”
“Hell yes”
“I hate kids and ignorance”
“Bad boy™status”
“God, I love Issac”
“This entire page is making me angry”
“Also, I will fight anyone who hurts Issac :):):):)”
“This sounds like a cult”
“Who’s their leader?”
“I’m confusion”
“Me too”
“Oh hell no”
“Oh NO”
“Something bad is going to happen, huh”
“That’s messed up”
“I feel like the Beast is taking her over”
“Oh boy”
“Oh hell”
“Oh my god”
“Holy shit”
“Like Violet’s at the beginning!!!”
“I suddenly like him”
“Oh my god”
“Holy shit”

Post-Reading Notes

I’m never going to start crying oh my goodness.

Favorite Quote from the Novel

“She thought about heroes, and villains, and legends, and monsters. And decided that whoever told the story was more powerful than all of them. Harper would never let someone else tell her story again.”

— Christine Lynn Herman, page 270

My Thoughts

It’s a Metaphor, Kids

When I was crying to Nikki about this book after finishing it, she said something to me that really resonated with me — the Gray is like mental illness. 

And she’s right. 

The Gray is right there to tell you that you are everything that’s wrong. That you don’t deserve to be alive and that if you just give in, the lack of pain you’ll feel will be so much better. This is story about why we can’t let our demons win. About why we have to wake up and keep fighting against all the bad things in our head.

This novel reminds us that we can win

Grief’s Crazy Man

I’ve always believed that everyone has their own tragedy. That everyone goes through at least one thing that changes them forever, whether that be for better or for worse. 

This is also a story about grief. This is a story that describes what happens to a human being when they’re faced with their tragedy. This novel shows the different stages and perspectives of grief. It shows how we can beat it, mask it, use it as fuel, or all three. Every single one of these characters is grieving something or someone and it’s so powerful to be able to see that side of a character. Because all of them have come out of it, or they’re in the process of doing so. 

The Gray doesn’t just represent mental illness, but maybe grief instead. How grief will take a hold of you, remind you that you could have been or done so much matter. But you have to defeat the Gray. You just have to. 

Favorite Character

Isaac . . . Is Anyone Surprised???

ISAAC IS A SWEET BABY ANGEL AND I LOVE HIM SO MUCH He’s just . . . such an interesting character whom I relate to on a completely new level. It’s been so long since I’ve related to a character as much as I did with him and Nikki can attest to this because I got really emotional about it to her! Fun times, truly. 

Also, that cliffhanger ending with his ******* made me have heart palpitations.

Final Review and Rating


If you’ve seen my post about how I rate books, then you probably get this. I don’t think this novel is perfect, but I don’t judge books on their character development or their prose, I judge them on how they make me feel. And I connected with this book to a crazy degree and it made the journey of reading this so incredibly enjoyable. 

Would/Will I Continue the Series?

Oh, do I have a story for you.

So I was crying to Nikki about the cliffhanger, as one does and she texts me, “what would you do if I told you this was a standalone” and suddenly, I FORGOT HOW TO BREATHE.

But that’s okay, angels, because it’s not. There’s a sequel coming out sometime and I cannot wait for it. 

Who Should Read This Novel 

Those who love a mix of old school and new school fantasy. And those who are grieving. 

Question Corner

Old school or new school fantasy?

  • I love aspects of both, but going down to the wire, I think new school fantasy is my favorite. 

How I Rate Books

Hello, my angels ~

I come to you today with a different type of post but one that I have meaning to make because it’s becoming more and more prevalent with my reviews and I feel like I should explain myself.

But to understand how I rate books, you need to understand why I read them.

I started reading because I was pretty alone and within these characters, I found friends and people who had similar traits to me. And that reminded me that I could succeed in life and that I wasn’t completely alone. But that’s a whole other story in itself.

So, I read to feel less alone. But I also read to work out my emotions, if you will.

I’m very different in real life than I am on here. More intimidating, more “scary”, as people would say. I’m not good at sharing my emotions with other people so I go to books to do that for me. I read to figure out what I’m feeling and to get it out of my system.

And that also transfers into how I rate.

I rate books by how they make me feel. Usually, this is by the magnitude of the connection, or lack thereof, I have with a book, primarily its characters, plot, and setting.

I don’t rate in terms of character development or plot structure or whether someone’s writing is too flowy or not. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it’s just not how I work. I rate by a connection and by a feeling.

I tend to rate books higher when I feel for them. My favorite novel is my favorite novel because it’s the only book that’s featured a character going through a certain situation that I went through accurately. And that’s incredibly powerful.

I rate books by investment, by enjoyment, by connection. I don’t know how to rate by anything else.

I hope that this does something positive. I’m not really sure what exactly. But something.

Have a lovely day/night, my angels, and I will talk to you soon ~

Top 5 Wednesday > Top 5 SFF BFFs

Hello, my angels ~

And welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday, a lovely tag that is run by Samantha!

Our topic this week is our Top 5 Science Fiction/Fantasy BFFs! And without further ado, let’s get into it!

1) The Inner Circle ~ A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

Okay, their entire friendship makes me eternally soft. They all just care about each other so much and will crack jokes at others expenses but are also right there when they need to kick some butthead behind.

2) The Crows ~ Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

If none of you guessed this, you haven’t been here long. The Crows have an incredibly special place in my heart and their friendship makes me feel so many things!!

3) Emma Carstairs and Christina Rosalses ~ The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

These two!!! This pair has such a pure friendship and their neverending knowledge of the other and knowing exactly what they’re feeling and how to help when needed is just really nice. They have a lot of chemistry together and it makes me happy, okay?

4) Mia Corvere and Tric ~ Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff

I’m going to call this strictly a friendship because they only had sex a few times but they never officially dated. So we’re just going to do friends. But after hating each other in the beginning and then transforming into a nice friendship over the course of fighting monsters in the desert, it was super amazing to read about.

5) Fallon ferch Viric and Elka ~ The Valiant Trilogy by Lesley Livingston

These badass’ friendship makes my heart so incredibly happy. They are those friends that embody the saying, “friends that fight together, stay together.”

That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! I’ll talk to you guys soon!

Novel Review > ‘Hunting Prince Dracula’ by Kerri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

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Historical Fiction; Romance; Thriller


Bone White.
Blood Red.
Along this Path, You’ll Soon Be Dead.

Following the horrifying revelation of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees her home in Victorian London to enroll as the only female student in Europe’s most prestigious forensics school. But it’s impossible to find peace in the dark, unsettling Romanian castle that houses the school — and was also once home to the depraved Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Prince Dracula.

When a series of troubling deaths brings whispers of Vlad’s bloodthirsty return from the grave, Audrey Rose and her sharp-witted companion, Thomas Cresswell, must unravel the cryptic clues that will lead them to the shadow like killer — living or dead.

Pre-Reading Notes

It’s about time I started this novel. 

It’s been almost two months since I finished Stalking Jack the Ripper and I loved that novel so much!!! Now, it’s time for me to move onto the second novel in the series.

Thoughts While Reading

“My heart!!!”
“Oof, I felt that”
“I wonder if she’ll be important”
“Or did he?”
“Ooo how exciting!!!”
“And terrifying”
“And also vaguely threatening”
“Drowning is by itself an awful way to die but drowning in your own blood??? Nah”
“Oh my god”
“I love her”
“Can he shut up???”
“Oh hell YES”
“I ship them so hard
“I want to take his class 😞”
“…who killed thousands”
“Oh my god”
“This idiot
“I don’t trust that”
“You idiot, pt. 2”
“My favorite compliment”
“Bats are cute, though :(“
“It’s the missing girl”
“They make me so happy”
“I don’t trust her”
“Why is someone breeding bats
“That’s a bit creepy”
“…is she flirting with Houdini?”
“I’m sorry, what”
“She admitted it!!!”
“I’m cry”
“But why?”
“It was HER???”
“It would also kill them slowly”
“I don’t trust them”
“What the hell is Thomas on?”
“P r o f i l i n g”
“That’s a no from me”
“I am confusion”

Post-Reading Notes

Oh, I loved that.

Favorite Quote from the Novel

“If one simply looks to others for their opinions, they lack the ability to think critically for themselves. Progress would never be made if everyone appeared and thought and loved in the same manner.”

— Thomas Cresswell, page 119

My Thoughts

The Underground Tunnels Were a Nice Touch

Okay, not just the underground tunnels.

What I’m trying (and failing) to say is that there were “little” details in this novel that made it that more interesting, the underground tunnels being one of them. 

And a certain character reveal but we won’t talk about that just yet.
The attention to details was just very easy to see and very easy to appreciate. 

I Really Love Thomas and Audrey, Okay

I relate to Thomas because I am, indeed, emotionally constipated and it’s nice to see that rep. But their relationship as a whole just makes my heart happy, even when Thomas does really dumb crap ( *cough* pages 133 and 188 *cough*).

That’s it, honestly. I just love them.

Favorite Character

Hey, I Love Audrey Rose

Listen, I still love Thomas but I want to pick a new character each time — and I also love Audrey Rose so it’s fine!!!She’s just,,, so amazing. In this part of the series, we get an inside look at Audrey and how she is handling (or. . . not handling) her grief from events brought on in the previous novel. Seeing a badass female heroine dealing with her grief is just . . . incredibly powerful.

Final Review and Rating


Okay, listen. I just love this series. I still love the components from the first novel, but the ones listed above are just the newest things that I adore. 

Would/Will I Continue the Series?

Of course ;).

Who Should Read This Novel 

The true crime lovers. And those who may not know how to handle their own grief. 

Question Corner

If you’re a true crime lover, what was the case that got you into true crime?

  • Funnily enough, it was Jack the Ripper. I got ahold of copies of the original case files (don’t ask) when I was pretty young and the horror of mankind just kind of baffled me. I’ve been hooked ever since. 

Weekly Wrap Up #13 > May 6 – May 12

Hello, my angels ~

Another week down and my life is getting more stressful as the day but it’s fine! Everything’s fine!

But anyways, let’s get into this!

First up, as usual, I finished two books this week!

Firstly this week, I finished Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco and this was such a good sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper.

Wow, I’m just realizing that the two books I read this week are very focused thematically on grief.

So that’s cool.

The last book I finished this week was The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman which was not on my TBR for this month!

I recently created an Amazon Wish List and since I’m graduating soon, my good friend Nikki sent me this book as a graduation present!!!

This novel just connected to my emotions heavily and I can’t wait to share my review for it with you guys!

Let’s run back through some posts, shall we?

Monday, May 6, 2019 ~ Weekly Wrap Up #12: April 29 – May 5: I do bookish wrap up things . . . but there actually is important stuff so please go read it thank you.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 ~ Novel Review > The Defiant by Lesley Livingston: This novel has been on my “on deck” reviews for about . . . 5 months. So it’s about time I posted it.

Friday, May 10, 2019 ~ Friday Favorites #1: Here’s a new thing!!!

I really didn’t do much this week besides taking my AP English IV Exam, aka my last real exam of high school.

So onto my currently reading!

As of now, I’m waiting to start a new book because I just finished The Devouring Gray last night. I think I’m going to pick up Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller and since I’m ahead with reviews for the week, I think I’m also going to prioritize A Court of Thorns and Roses to begin my reread.

I’m just so scared to reread this series because it just hurts me a lot, okay?

Hi. Future Ash here (It’s been 10 minutes). I completely forgot that I’m reading a poetry book right now??? I’m about 32% the way through with Where I Ache by Megan O’Keeffe which is an e-arc that I received recently. So hopefully I’ll be able to finish that today!

That is it for this fairly short wrap up! I’ll talk to you guys soon!

Friday Favorites #1

Hello, my angels ~

So this is something.

If you read this Weekly Wrap Up, then you know that I will be going back and forth between Top 5 Wednesdays and Friday Favorites. And since a review was posted Wednesday, it’s time for the first Friday Favorites.

This tag was created by SomethingoftheBook and it looks super cool!

1) They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Thanks, Nikki.

Nikki has recommended me many novels and instead of referencing all of them, I’ll just talk about this one because it holds the record for the most times that I’ve cried during a novel.

This book hurt so bad but it was absolutely beautiful and amazing to read. I want to reread it really soon to probably annotate it, but I also know that it’s going to hurt.

So that’ll be fun.

2) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I couldn’t make this list without mentioning the first novel that any recommended to me. This was recommended to me by Badass BookWorm (same, honestly) and it took forever for me to get my hands on it.

But when I did, it was so worth the wait.

It was amazing, I loved it.

That’s all for the first Friday Favorites! I hope you all have an amazing day!