Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson



A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.


My Review

Before I started reading “An Enchantment of Ravens”, I had really high expectations for it. I always try to not expect anything from books, especially not from hyped ones and this was definitely one of those books I remember being all readers talked about around the time it came out last year, but people have continuously been comparing it to the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas, so naturally I thought it would be just as gripping as those books. Well, long story short, that wasn’t the case and I have to say that “An Enchantment of Ravens” was easily one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. It was so boring, I couldn’t even get myself to finish it and DNFd it around the 65% mark.

One of the first things that began bothering me right from the start of this book is that I personally felt like its premise was way too similar to ACOTAR. Both books revolve around a female main character who is a mortal and the male main character who is a high fae (in ACOTAR it’s the high lord of the spring court and in AEOR it’s the autumn prince). In both books the girl does something forbidden which is why she’s taken to the respective court to “pay” for her mistakes. The problem is that Maas has written a book that is interesting and has plot twists that managed to surprise me while Rogerson’s book literally managed to make me fall asleep.

There was simply nothing interesting about this novel. The main characters were bland and I couldn’t have cared less about them. Isobel reminded me of a 12-year-old girl and was incredibly annoying while Rook felt like an 80-year-old grandpa which just made their relationship super weird for me. I also quite quickly realized that I would once again encounter one of my biggest bookish pet peeves: insta-love. Believe me, I’m not giving anything away by saying that they declare their love for each other about 40% into the book because you can literally see this coming from the start. It was definitely one of the most frustrating moments in the book because at that point they barely knew more about each other than their first names which I don’t even think were their real ones.

As I’ve mentioned before, I DNFd the book about 100 pages after their love declaration because following that, there was mostly just lots and lots of talking about the mortal world and the faerie world while they were travelling to the autumn court. I do understand that this was probably done to make sure the reader understands the differences between both worlds, but the dialogue just wasn’t well done and I was mainly just cringing at the awkwardness of some of the conversations. That was if I wasn’t falling asleep while listening to the audiobook and some of the seemingly endless descriptions of parts of the forest they wandered through.

So all in all, the plot of this book was underwhelming, the main characters were obnoxious and the faeries in general were portrayed in a way that they seemed about as pretty and likeable as the troll in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I’m so disappointed because I really wanted to like this book as much as many other people apparently liked it but I just can’t give it more than one star. However, I just want to say that I don’t think Margaret Rogerson is a bad author just because I didn’t enjoy her debut novel. There were indeed a few, albeit small, passages in there that were well written and showed that she seems to have a talent for writing and I think she could write an amazing novel once she thinks of the right plot and the right characters.

Have you already read “An Enchantment of Ravens” and did you like it? 🙂



Book Review: Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken



New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.

Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.

Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.

Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?


My Review

*Thanks again to Skyscape for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* 

I still remember how much I enjoyed “Fraternize”, the first book in this series, which is why I was super excited for “Infraction” but also had quite high expectations for this book. Unfortunately though, “Infraction” didn’t live up to my expectations and I personally think, it couldn’t match up to “Fraternize”.

I liked the plot of the book and think it was an interesting and quick read, so I definitely enjoyed the book. I just think it still had a lot of room for improvement. For one, I still remember how much I loved Rachel van Dyken’s writing style when reading “Fraternize” which made me so excited to pick up more of her books. The writing in “Infraction” though, was somehow different and nowhere near as good as the writing in the first book. Sometimes her writing just felt very rushed and flat which was quite disappointing.

Another thing that bothered me was the fact that the book was written from three different POVs. “Fraternize” was written from two different POVs, the male love interest’s and the female love interest’s, as well, so I expected it to be the same in this book. But this time around, it also included the female love interest’s brother’s POV.
I do partly understand why the author did this. Her brother is very protective of her and wants to protect her from everyone which is why he plays a big role in the main characters’ relationship. And I think it would’ve been fine if a few short chapters which were written from his POV would’ve been included in the book. But towards the end, his chapters just kept getting longer and longer and included his whole life story and how he slowly started getting into a new relationship as well which I think, should’ve been put into a book just about him and his love interest. I felt like I was just skipping back and forth between two completely different stories which really disrupted my reading flow.

But all things considered, this was still a book I enjoyed reading which is why I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars. I especially loved reading more about some of the characters from the first book. So, if you’ve read and enjoyed “Fraternize”, I definitely recommend you pick up “Infraction” as well.


Review: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Various Authors



Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.


My Review

*Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: 2 stars

Unfortunately, I disliked both the POV of this story and the author’s writing style. Siege Etiquette was cute, but I also think that it wasn’t that interesting and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this story.

Print Shop by Nina LaCour: 3.5 stars

I once again didn’t like the POV but unlike the first story, this one was very well written and also a lot more interesting.

Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: 3 stars

This time, I really liked the POV the author chose for this story and I also really liked Ibi Zoboi’s writing style. I just think that ‘Hourglass’ was a little boring.

Click by Katharine McGee: 4 stars

I loved the idea of this short story and also think it was very well written. I would even be interested in reading more of this because it was just so interesting.

The Intern by Sara Shepard: 4.25 stars

‘The Intern’ was a cute and gripping story and I would definitely be interested in reading more of it. I also really liked the characters and Sara Shepard’s writing style.

Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: 1.5 stars

Unfortunately, this was my least favorite short story from this anthology. I really loved how the main character of this story was transgender because you don’t get to see that very often but I just feel like the entire plot was a complete disaster. The whole story was extremely confusing and at the end of it, I still hadn’t completely understood how all the characters were related to each other and what was actually going on. ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ was just very boring and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this.

The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton: 4.5 stars

‘The Way We Love Here’ was a very interesting story and I loved the plot. I also immediately fell in love with the characters and would be interested in reading more about them.

Oomph by Emery Lord: 4.75 stars

This was such a cute story and I would love to read more about how their story continues once they both live in New York. I also loved Emery Lord’s writing style and I think I will definitely go and check out some of her other books because I’d never heard about her prior to reading this anthology.

The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 5 stars

This was definitely my favorite story out of all the ones featured in this anthology. I just loved the characters and the whole idea with the library. It would’ve been great if this story had been a lot longer.

The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies: 4 stars

I loved the idea of writing this like a statistics project and also think this was very well written. The plot was interesting and I also really liked the characters. A great short story.

259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan: 4 stars

This was an interesting story and I liked how it had a little bit of a different ending from all the other stories. Furthermore, I also really liked how it was written from the male main characters point of view.

Something Real by Julie Murphy: 3.5 stars

This was such a cute, little, fun story that was very well written and had an ending which I think was really interesting.

Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: 2.5 stars

I once again just didn’t like the POV of this story and also think it was a little boring even though it was still cute.

The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon: 3 stars

I loved the idea of the ‘Department of Love’ but even though this was an interesting story, I also thought it was quite boring at some points.

Overall, this was probably one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and it’s definitely a great anthology that deserves to be read!


November Wrap-Up

Happy December!

Another month is over and we’ve entered the last month of this year which is crazy since I feel like 2017 has only just started. But this also means that it’s time for my last wrap-up of the year because my December wrap-up probably won’t be posted until early January 2018. Even though I had to start prepping for finals this month, I still managed to read 8 books in November which I’m extremely happy about. The 8 books had a total of 2,884 pages and on average I gave them 3.88 stars.

If you want to know more about any of the books, just click on the corresponding book cover.



The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // 5 stars


The first book I read last month was “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak which is a book I’d been meaning to read for several years now. I immediately fell in love with this novel and think everyone should read it at least once in their life. The plot is incredibly interesting, it’s very well written and it even made me cry. There’s no way I could’ve ever given this book less than 5 stars.

Animal Farm by George Orwell // 3 stars


Another book that had been on my TBR for several years was “Animal Farm” and I’m so happy I managed to read it this month. I didn’t fall in love with this book but I definitely liked it. The plot was interesting and it was very well written. But I just feel like I’d never reread this book which is why I only gave it 3 stars.

One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon // 2.5 stars


If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably already know that I love reading Paige Toon’s books. Based on some of my ratings of her book, you probably wouldn’t think I enjoy them, but I definitely do. I even loved “One Perfect Summer” despite only giving it 2.5 stars. Her books are always such quick reads and overall I really enjoy reading them. I just once again felt like parts of the book were way too slow and the ending was too short. Furthermore, the plot was a little unrealistic which is why I only gave this 2.5 stars. But it was just what I needed when I read it which is why I still loved it despite the low rating.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // 5 stars


When I was in 11th grade, we went to the movies and watched “The Great Gatsby”. I loved it and knew that I still wanted to read the book but I just kept forgetting about it. Earlier in November though, 4 years after I’d seen the movie, I found the DVD at the library, took it home with me and immediately grabbed the book from my shelf to read it before rewatching the movie and I’m so happy I did it. The book was amazing and so incredibly entertaining. I definitely liked it even more than I liked the movie.

Meet Cute: Some people are destined to meet by various authors // 5 stars

34203859This was definitely one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and I’m still so happy I was sent an arc of this. This anthology includes 14 stories about first meetings and many of the short stories feature lgbtq+ characters which I think is amazing. My  favorite story was definitely story 9 by … and I’d recommend this anthology to anyone who loves reading young adult romance books.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Meet Cute’ will be published on January 2nd, 2018.

Trust Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars


Back in September I was sent an ARC of ‘Begin Again’, the first book in this trilogy by Mona Kasten. I had actually planned on waiting for the other two books to be translated into English but when I saw ‘Trust Again’ and ‘Feel Again’ at the library earlier in November, I spontaneously decided to take them home with me. When I read the English version of the first book in this series, I was really struggling with her writing style and I just wanted to see if I liked it better when reading the original German versions of the books. Unfortunately, I didn’t and I’m still not the biggest fan of her writing but I nevertheless really enjoyed ‘Trust Again’ because it was such a quick and entertaining read.

Feel Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars


While reading ‘Feel Again’ I was once again struggling with Kasten’s writing style. But just like ‘Trust Again’, this book was so incredibly entertaining and I literally flew through it. I also think that the protagonists in this book were probably my favorite ones of the series and I highly recommend you read this trilogy once the second and the third book have also been translated into English.

Busted by Gina Ciocca // 4 stars


The last book I read in November was another ARC and I’m so happy this was sent to me because I really enjoyed reading it. ‘Busted’ is a beautiful young adult romance novel which is very well written and features some lovely characters.

Click here to check out my full review! ‘Busted’ will be published on January 2nd, 2018.

How many books did you manage to read in November and which one was your favorite? 🙂


Review: Busted by Gina Ciocca



Catching cheaters and liars is a lucrative hobby—until you fall for one of the suspects. Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, this new novel from the author of Last Year’s Mistake will steal your heart!

Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. It wasn’t like she wanted to catch her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

And her next case? It’s for ex-frenemy Kendall. She’s convinced her boyfriend, TJ, has feelings for someone else and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know sincere and artistic TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Worse yet, the feelings seem to be mutual. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation—and the spoken-for guy who may just be the love of her life. Then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take “cheater” to a whole new level…


My Review

*Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!* 

In “Busted”, Gina Ciocca’s newest novel, the main character Marisa coincidentally catches her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Actually, she didn’t plan on ever catching a cheater again but when her ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, Marisa just can’t say no. But what happens when she realizes that she’s slowly but surely falling for the guy she’s spying on and that he’s falling for her as well?

When I first read the synopsis of ‘Busted’, I was immediately intrigued by it and knew that I definitely had to read this book. It’s a beautiful young adult romance book and if you’re looking for a quick and enjoyable read, you should definitely give this one a try.

The novel has a very entertaining plot and there were no unnecessary, protracted parts that could’ve bored me. I also really liked the characters and Gina Ciocca’s writing style. This was the first one of her books I’ve read, but I’m sure it wasn’t the last one.

The only “negative” think I can say about “Busted” is that it definitely reminded me of some other young adult books I’ve read and so it’s probably not a book that will absolutely blow your mind. But like I said, I still really enjoyed reading “Busted” and I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars.