Mini Review · Uncategorized

Mini Review: By A Charm & A Curse by Jaime Questell

34921588Edition: e-ARC

Pages: 300

Series or Standalone: Standalone

Published: February 6th, 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teens

Goodreads Synopsis: “Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for. 

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

The carnival setting has definitely turned me onto reading more books set in the circus. The novel itself was addicting and the synopsis was intriguing, but it fell short in its execution.


The characters weren’t my favorite. I weirdly enjoyed the plot more than the actual characters which I don’t think has ever happened before. I found a lot of the characters to be annoying and selfish. There was only one character who wasn’t selfish, and I think he was my favorite. This novel would have been so much better if everything hadn’t been rushed so much. I wish the author would have put more details into the novel to make the characters and plot round. If it had maybe fifty more pages it would have been bumped up to a four star rating. Overall, the novel was kind of meh to me, but I look forward to looking into more novels set in carnivals.

Would I read another novel by this author? Honestly, maybe. The author’s writing was really addicting and I would consider reading another novel by them just for that reason.

3.5/5 Hot Aliens

Xx Sincerely,



Am I going to continue blogging?

Am I going to continue blogging? Yes. For the past year, I’ve been focusing on my mental health and that has left me with no time for blogging, but as I am currently figuring it all out, I’m going to try again. Think of this as a restart to the blog, I guess. I can’t promise I’ll post multiple times a week like I used to, but I will promise you that there will at least be one blog post per week. Thanks for sticking around and having patience with me.

Xx Sincerely,


Author Of The Month · Uncategorized

S. Usher Evans Read-Along

Hey Everyone! S. Usher Evans is February’s Author of the Month and I’ve decided to put together a read along so we can all enjoy her novels! The schedule will be below in a photo you can save of it. If you want to join, tweet me (@readbyanna) or comment with your twitter handle and I’ll add you to a group DM. For the read-along, I decided on Madion War trilogy which will lead up to the release of Resurgence. On Resurgence‘s release day, we will start reading that book.

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I hope you all join in reading this book!

Xx Sincerely,



Series I Have to Finish in 2018

In 2017, I finished reading maybe one or two series which is kind of sad when you think about how many opportunities I had to read them. Anyways, I definitely want to find out what the endings are to these stories. Let me know if any of these are your favorites and should be moved up the list!

They are organized by: series title (number of books in series, number unread, whether or not I need to reread the others to remember everything)

The Mortal Instruments (7, 1 unread, reread)

Monsters of Verity (2, 1 unread, reread)

Six of Crows (2, 1 unread, reread)

Reign of Shadows (2, 1 unread, reread)

Gemma Doyle (3, 2 unread, reread)

Snow Like Ashes (3, 2 unread, reread)

Blood of gods and Monsters (4, 3 unread, reread)

The Dark Elements (3, 2 unread, reread)

The Wrath and The Dawn (2, 1 unread, reread)

Dorothy Must Die (4, 2 unread, reread)

Wicked (3, 2 unread, reread)

Covenant (5, 3 unread, reread)

The Remnant Chronicles (3, 2 unread, reread)

Splintered (3, 2 unread, reread)

The Archived (2, 1 unread, reread)

Anna & The French Kiss (3, 1 unread)

The Lone City (3, 2 unread, reread)

Sweet (4, 3 unread, reread)

Shadow Falls (5, 3 unread, reread)

Xx Sincerely,


Tags/Awards · Uncategorized

All I Want For Christmas Book Tag

Hey guys! Posts are later and shorter but I’m working on it so just give me a few days to deal with some life stuff. Anyways, this tag was super fun! Taken from Stephanie’s Book Reviews


1) What fictional character do you want Santa to leave under your Christmas tree?

Daemon Black would be fine by me.

2) What character do you want to kiss under the mistletoe?

Daemon Black. He’s still my #1 book boyfriend.

3) You write your Christmas list for Santa, what are the top 5 books on it?

1. Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh
2. The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout
3. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
5. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

4) It’s secret santa at Hogwarts, what do you most want to receive?

Ummm we are going to skip this question……. (yes, I have not completed Harry Potter yet enough to understand this question and idk if I ever plan on finishing)

5) You get to the spend the day with the characters and movie adaptation actors from one fandom, what do you pick?

Lame answer but probably a Marvel movie because technically an adaptation.

6) What fictional animal would you like to replace Rudolph and be able to meet on your roof?

I can’t think of any fictional animal from a novel that I’ve read that I would want to meet so I guess just a unicorn?

7) You invite 10 fictional characters to your new years eve party, who do you pick?

1. Daemon Black from Lux
2. Phryne Fisher from Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
3. Jesper from Six of Crows
4. Nina from Six of Crows
5. Molly from The Upside of Unrequited
6. Cath from Fangirl
7. Levi from Fangirl (both needed for emergency dance parties)
8. Katy Swartz from Lux
9. Jacque Pierce from Prince of Wolves
10. Fane from Prince of Wolves

8) What character would make a good santa (Doesn’t have to be appearance, personality counts too)?

For some reason, Wylan from Six of Crows came to mind. Idk why.

I’m tagging:



and everyone else who wants to do this!

Xx Sincerely,


TBR (To be read)

December 2017 TBRM

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by! I still have 25 books to read to meet my goal, so this is a very ambitious TBR.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – I’m currently listening to the audiobook of this and I’m really enjoying it.

Resurgence by S. Usher Evans – Another book I’m currently listening to. I’m really loving it so far!

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Various Authors – I’m currently reading this anthology. The name says it all: It is so cute!

Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by by Amélie Sarn (Y. Maudet was the translator) – I have this from the library and it is due soon.

Falsies by Olivia East – I was approved for this book on Netgalley and I’m super excited to read it since I’ve been wanting more New Adult books lately.

I’m not sure exactly what else I’ll read, but I’ll definitely let you guys know!

Xx Sincerely,


Monthly Wrap Up

November 2017 Wrap Up

I read quite a bit in November which was surprising after months of not reading much. I also enjoyed more books than I thought I did. I’m doing this a little different than normal, so let me know what you think of this format.

**Hot Aliens = Stars**


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (REREAD)

5 Hot Aliens

Seriously Stupid Criminals by Synova Cantrell

3 Hot Aliens

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (Audiobook)

5 Hot Aliens

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

4.5 Hot Aliens

Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood (Audiobook)

5 Hot Aliens

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

4.5 Hot Aliens

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

5 Hot Aliens

Graphic Novels/Comics

Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe for Disaster by Natalie Reiss

5 Hot Aliens

Rick and Morty Vol. 1 by Zac Gorman

4 Hot Aliens

Overwatch #11 – 15

3.5, 3, 2.5, 2, 3 Hot Aliens

Rat Queens Vol. 4 by Kurtis J. Wiebe

4 Hot Aliens

Share Your Universe: Wolverine 

3.5 Hot Aliens

Grimm #0

2 Hot Aliens

DC Super Hero Girls FCBD 2017 Special Edition (2017-) #1 

2 Hot Aliens

Batman: Gotham Adventures #1 

3 Hot Aliens

Jem: Truly Outrageous Vol. 5 by Kelly Thompson

5 Hot Aliens

Assassin’s Creed Free Comic Book Day 2016

2.5 Hot Aliens

Black Panther: Soul of the Machine

3 Hot Aliens

CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

3 Hot Aliens

Ouran High Host Club Vol. 6 by Bisco Hatori

5 Hot Aliens

Archie: The New Riverdale Vol. 1

4 Hot Aliens

Top 5 Favorite Reads:

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Why: I loved the world and all of the characters. I actually felt like flinging the book across the room once because of something that happened…. And that feeling can either be a one star or a five star. Thankfully, it was a 5 star feeling.

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (Audiobook)

Why: Phryne Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is one of my favorite TV shows that I finished earlier this year. I loved being able to listen to the novel.

Ouran High Host Club Vol. 6 by Bisco Hatori

Why: Host Club is always amazing and makes me so happy.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Why: I loved being able to reread this novel and remember why I loved this series so much.

Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe for Disaster by Natalie Reiss

Why: This duology was so cute! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves graphic novels. The art is cute and the plot is intriguing.

What did you guys read in November?

Xx Sincerely,



Book Blogmas 2017

Hey guys! This month I’ll be posting every day in December. I’m excited to try to catch up on posts that I’ve been meaning to write.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Book reviews that I’ve been needing to write
  • Audiobook Recs
  • Twelve Days of Bloggers (It will be starting on the 12th of December and will continue through the 24th)
  • Surprises/Other Random Posts

I am ready to finally focus a little more on my blog now that some of the stress from applying to colleges is gone. I’m already planning things for 2018 so be ready for a full year of regular blogging!

Xx Sincerely,



Why I Purchase Multiple Copies of the Same Novel

Having multiple copies may seem unnecessary, but it seems to be a normal thing within the bookish community. I have watched so many bookshelf tours filled two or more different editions of a book. And I’m definitely guilty of this myself. Sometimes I like a book so much I buy multiple copies of it. Do I need them? No…… but am I still going to buy them? Yes. So here are my reasons for buying them.

1) They are more ascetically pleasing. Sometimes the U.S. covers are slightly lamer than the international covers, so Book Depository is great for this. So far, I haven’t used Book Depo, but I definitely want to. I’ve purchased cover changes for a series or a book and then decline to get rid of the one I already had for sentimental reasons (kind of a dumb reason right? It’s okay though, I know it is an issue).

2) I love the author and want to support them. For example, do I need to own three copies (arc, hardback, and paperback) of Zoraida Cordóva’s novel, Labyrinth Lost? Not necessarily….. but I love it so much and she’s such a kind and generous person. I also have multiple copies of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Leigh Bardugo’s books.

3) ……… I don’t have anymore reasons.

I hope you enjoyed this short post! I’m beginning to get back into blogging regularly, so be excited!

Xx Sincerely,


Book Reviews

The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin

*****I received an e-arc of the book from the Netgalley. All thoughts are my own*******

Trigger Warning(s): Abuse


Edition: e-ARC

Pages: 325

Series or Standalone: Standalone/Companion Novel

Published: July 5th, 2016

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis: “Bad Luck Benny is a fella from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.

Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.

Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York.

4.5/5 Hot Aliens

Where do I even begin? This novel captured my attention when I wasn’t even in the mood for this kind of book (I was in the mood for a werewolf novel). But oh my gosh, this had so many twists and turns! The plot kept thickening and I was honestly was glued to the pages. Basically, this novel is about a boy who can’t seem to get a break and a girl who is unhappy with the life she was forced into.

I loved being able to learn parts of the character’s past/being able to learn why they were the way were. Masie was definitely one of my favorite characters. I loved how she was such a strong character. She was able to show that you can be vulnerable and be strong, showing that neither are bad. I’ve never read about a character with that kind of characteristic. Now, I want to see that in every character, in all genders. It’s NORMAL to be vulnerable days and it’s NORMAL to be strong some days. Benny was such a sweet character. My heart felt for him soooo much. I also loved him as a character. I did strongly dislike a character who I cannot name…… so………. just know that they are literally the worst.

I know that this was a quick review, so if you have any questions, let me know below! I’d love to talk about it more!


Xx Sincerely,