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Review: The Douglas Fir by Anyta Sunday *Spoiler-Free*

The Douglas Fir by Anyta Sunday

Publication Date:  November 3rd 2013
Genres: New Adult, LGBT, Romance, Contemporary
Format: eBook
Pages: 119
Date Read: September 2nd, 2019
Links: Goodreads

Somehow, someway, Jason Kress will find Noah the most unique and clever gift ever. A gift that will surprise him, and win his heart.

A gift that just might be magic . . .

(A contemporary gay romance story)

Synopsis from Goodreads

I’m not usually into love triangle, but this is by Anyta Sunday so of course I read it. I don’t regret it. I really enjoyed reading this novella. The efforts to create magic, the heartbreak, and the friendships among different characters are beautifully written as they always are with Sunday’s books so this is not different. This was so cute!

This book was simply MAGIC! But mostly it’s going to be very difficult to explain especially without giving too much away. Here’s an overview of this story without giving too much away: Jase have been in love with his best friend and neighbour – Noah – for a while now. He wants to give Noah the perfect Birthday Present, but for that to happen he needs a plan. It takes him time but in the end he realizes the best thing would be a magic Douglas Fir (“Christmas Tree”). One which grows not just from watering but also from speaking truths to.

Jase hopes with all of his heart that once Christmas is here, Noah would finally SEE him and maybe want him the way he wants him. For one thing, Jase has to compete with Noah’s other best friend who’s also in love with Noah, and for another, while his gift idea is fantastic, it involves a hell of a lot of work and sneaking around. When Christmas if finally here and the magic Douglas Fir is done Jase needs to realise which are the actual truths he have been saying to the magic tree and what he needs to do so he can at last claim his love.

I loved everyone here. I loved Jase for being insecure about his feeling and his monologues on how he worried that Noah would fall in love with the best friend, Dave. I thought Jase’s idea for the magic Douglas Fir was brilliant and adorable and thoughtful. As always, the story was beautifully written. It was a really sweet story. You can practically feel the emotions jumping off the page.

Have you read this books? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the Comments!

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ARC Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley *Spoiler-Free*

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Publication Date:  June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Format: eBook
Pages: 273
Date Read: September 17th, 2019
Links: Goodreads 

This is a love story. It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets. It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea. Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind. – Synopsis from Goodreads

I received a free copy of this Book from Netgalley for review Consideration. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

I adored the themes and messages portrayed in this book. There are heavier themes like loss and grief, but friendship and family are also really big factors, but unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into this book, I found myself becoming bored of it quite early on. The Pacing does begin to pick up, but the beginning is really slow, and I couldn’t get into it.

The memorable parts were the letters found in the books by different people. Also, the ending just felt flat for me. I find myself not caring for it at all. I expected to like this more. It was fine… and the setting was really interesting. I loved the Concept of it more than I actually enjoyed the story.

I feel like the author was trying to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time which lead to that lack of clarity. I wasn’t interested in any of the Romances it either, it didn’t make me feel anything, nothing about this book did to be honest. I wanted to love it and I’m so disappointed that I didn’t .

My favorite aspect of the entire book was the bookstore, Howling Books and more specifically their Letter Library. In the letter library you cannot buy any of these books. You are more than welcome to read them, peruse them and even write in them and also write letters to other people. I loved reading all of the letters people wrote to each other and left in certain books and the letters between our two main characters, Henry and Rachel.

Have you read this book? What are your Thoughts on it? Do you Agree or Disagree with anything I mentioned above? Let me know in the Comments so we can discuss it.

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September 2019 Book Releases!

Today, I’m coming to you with my Most Anticipated September Book Releases. This might end up being a monthly post but I’m not sure yet so let me know if you would that! Anyway, let’s get started, these are the books I am looking for to in the next month. I have a few September ARCs that I still need to read, I’m quite behind on my Review Copies, and while I am catching up a lot with it, I still have some others I need to get to soon. Below I’ll also be linking them to goodreads, if you’re interested in any of these, click on the titles and check them out.

Want to Read:

Fiction:

The Institute by Stephen King – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – I have a love/hate relationship with Stephen King’s Works, but this one sounds super interested and I love the premise so I’d love to give this one a chance.

Small Silent Things by Robin Page – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – A story about two people haunted by horrific events in their past with themes of Trauma, Parenthood, Lust, Identity, and Race.

The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne – Expected Publication Date: September 1st – This is Melissa Payne’s Debut Novel and I’m excited to read it, I’ve heard really good things about this one.

Postscript by Cecelia Ahern – Expected Publication Date: September 19th – This is the Sequel to P.S. I Love You. I really enjoyed that one, more than what I thought I would, and I had no idea that there was going to be a Sequel, but I recently got a ARC of this from Netgalley, I’m looking forward to reading it, I don’t know too much about it, which is probably for the best anyway.

Young Adult

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – Expected Publication Date: September 24th – I feel like I’ve been for so long for this, and I finally here. So to say I’m excited for it would be an understatement.

We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – I tried to get an ARC of this from Netgalley and was unfortunately declined for it but I am still very Interested in reading it. This is an LGBT Coming of Age Novel set in the 1980s.

The Grey Sisters by Jo Treggiari – Expected Publication Date: September 24th – This has quite a lot of Negative or Average Review so far from Reviewers but I ‘m still very much interested in reading it.

A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – I can’t wait to add this beauty to my shelves! You know, to add it to my collection of unread books.

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen – Expected Publication Date: September 24th – This is Lauren’s Debut Novel and it sounds really interesting. This is based on a Podcast that I’ve never actually listened to, but I’m going to check it out now after hearing about this book.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – Loki. 19th-century London. Mackenzi Lee. Do I have to say more?

Children’s/Middle Grade

The Tyrants Tomb by Rick Riordan – Expected Publication Date: September 24th – I need to do massive catch up with this Series, Rick Riordan writes so fast and I can’t seem to catch up now, there’s so many books to read and to be honest I’m still up to The Heroes of Olympus Series.

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – This Fantasy novel is based on Filipino folklore, ordinary kids turn out to do extraordinary things just by having good intentions and never giving up.

My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – That cover is killing me with how beautiful it is. And so is that synopsis. Can’t wait for this!

Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack – Expected Publication Date: September 24th – This cover is gorgeous, so colourful. This mixes Russian and Jewish folklore and culture.

Mystery/Thriller/Horror

The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – I would love to read more Thrillers, I love them but don’t read enough of them, this one sounds good though. The Nanny is a book surrounding lies and family drama. 

The Fragments by Toni Jordan – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – This is a Historical Fiction book set in the 1930s and I am living for these Historical Fiction novels.

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall – Expected Publication Date: September 24th – It’s compared to “The Blair Witch Project,” a movie I couldn’t get into, as it felt too disjointed. But I still wold love to give this book a chance.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones – Expected Publication Date: September 24th – I’m not usually into reading Zombie Books, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it though.

Romance

Happy for you by Anyta Sunday – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – This is the third book in this series, I enjoyed the first two so I’m excited to read one too. This would have to be my favourite cover in this series, it’s so cute.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – This is Jen’s Debut Novel, I’ve heard some good things about this one and it soulds really cute.

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – Another Histotical Fiction by a Debut Author. This one is set in 1879.

Fantasy/Science Fiction

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut. I’m all for Mysterious books, sign me up. A book within a book, worlds within a world, this sounds right up my alley.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – I don’t know much about this one but I have heard a lot of people talking about it, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this.

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – Never heard of this Author before, but anything Mulan will always call to me and I don’t think I’ve read a Mulan Retelling.

There Comes a Darkness by by Katy Rose Pool – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – This sounds so good and I’m here for all of it. I love the cover and title so much.

Historical Fiction

The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox – Expected Publication Date: September 17th – I am living for all these Historical Mysteries. This one sounds really interesting and mysterious.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – Historical fiction mixed with fantasy is perfect and this book sounds like it’s got a good mixture of the two.

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – This is the first book in a new Historical Fiction Mystery series calles the Bronte Sisters Mystery. I’m a big Brontes’ fan so I’m either going to love it or hate it. I’ll take a chance on this.

Graphic Novels/Comics/Manga/Light Novels

Black Clover Volume 17 by Yuki Tabata – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – I’ve only read 3 volumes so far but I really love this Manga and would love to catch up but I don’t really like to wait for new volumes constantly so I like to wait for there to be a lot of volumes that way I can binge read it.

Blue Exorcist Volume 22 by Kazue Kato – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – I haven’t actually started this one yet but I have seen the movie and and the first episode of the Anime and enjoyed it.

Dragon Ball Super Volume 6 by Akira Toriyama – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – I haven’t read any volumes of the Dragon Ball yet, I used the watch the Anime when I was younger.

Haikyuu!! Volume 34 by Haruichi Furudate – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – I’ve read the first 2 volumes and I didn’t realise there are so many volumes.

One Piece Omnibus Edition Volume 29 by Eiichiro Oda – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – Love this series so much, I grew up watching the Anime and have for a while been caught up with the Manga, so I am very excited about this new Volume, this is part of the Omnibus Editions.

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 14 by Aya Shouoto – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – This series is about an orphan girl who inherits a special house: it stands on a gateway between the human and spirit world. This series reminds me of Fruits Basket, which I probably why I love this one so much.

Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V Volume 6 by Shin Yoshida – Expected Publication Date: September 3rd – The latest Manga Series based on the popular Yu-Gi-Oh Series, I grew up with this series and really need to catch up with it. I’m currently in the middle of rewatching the Anime. I’m yet to read any of the Manga though, I will be starting with the Original Series by Kazuki Takahashi.

Edens Zero Volume 4 by Hiro Mashima – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – New series by Hiro Mashima, sign me up. I’ve heard this one has a lot of similarities to Fairy Tail, and the Characters are clearly based on the Fairy Tail Characters, but I’m hoping this will be different enough to still be entertaining. It’s a similar thing to what CLAMP do with their series, they tend to reuse them, but I never really had a problem with it. I’ll see if that still goes with this series.

Pokemon: Sun & Moon Volume 5 by Hidenori Kusaka – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – I grew up watching the Pokemon Anime and the games and I will admit that I still watch the Anime even now, at the age of 21, it’s very nostalgic, and I do plan on reading the Manga. I think that the Manga would be really fun.

Splatoon Volume 7 by Sankichi Hinodeya – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – A fun Manga based on the Game.

Yo-Kai Watch Volume 12 by Noriyuki Konishi – Expected Publication Date: September 10th – I’ve seen some of the Anime for this, a fun children’s series.

Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 11 by Sui Ishida – Expected Publication Date: September 7th – Another series I need to catch up on, this is the Sequel Series to Tokyo Ghoul, and so far I’ve only read 3 volumes.

Bungo Stray Dogs Volume 12 by Kafka Asagiri – Expected Publication Date: September 17th – I’ve been watching the Anime lately and really enjoying so I can’t wait to start the Manga. I always like to wait a bit to start a series until there’s more volumes so I binge read them.

Children of the Whales Volume 12 by Abi Umeda – Expected Publication Date: September 17th – While I haven’t read this one myself, I’ve heard a lot about this series.

Restaurant to Another World Light Novel Volume 2 by Junpei Inuzuka – Expected Publication Date: September 17th – This is the Light Novel Series for anyone interested in these. I’ve recently discovered my love for Light Novels.

The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 34 by Nakaba Suzuki – Expected Publication Date: September 17th – I’ve recently gotten into the Anime and love it. I’m actually really happy to know that there are this many volumes of Manga and it’s still ongoing, I’ll have lots to read through, and I honestly can’t wait to start this series.

Magus of the Library Volume 2 by Mitsu Izumi – Expected Publication Date: September 24th – This series looks really interesting, I don’t know much about this series but I’ve heard some good things about it. And the covers are gorgeous.

Reincarnated as a Sword Light Novel Volume 2 by Yuu Tanaka – Expected Publication Date: September 24th – I haven’t heard anything about this series at all, but It does sound like something I would enjoy.

Sorry, this was supposed to be posted way earlier! Check out the titles that I am excited for that come out this month. Make sure to comment below if you have read any of these or want to read any of these titles so we can discuss them! Also, let me know if you would like me to continue with this, I had a lot of fun writing this, and while it did take a while, if I made it a monthly post I can plan ahead. And Let me know if you like this format, I organised it by Genre.

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My Chronic Fatigue Journey! How Chronic Fatigue Affects Me!

I haven’t really talked about my Health before because it seems like there kind of a stigma against it, and just because I didn’t want to bring anyone down, and to be honest, publishing there more personal posts really scares me. I haven’t really gone into detail about what I deal with and how it affects me. But with how often I complain about the Invisibility of Illnesses and Conditions, I figured I should stop actively contributing to the invisibility. Not all Illnesses are Visible.

And Just maybe someone will relate and feel better knowing that they are not alone. Maybe someone will understand someone in their lives a little better. Maybe it will make people think. Or maybe it won’t. Maybe it’s a vent and nothing more. This could get quite long, so I’m sorry in advance for that.

There are other things I deal with, such as Anxiety and Depression (read more about that HERE) which have contributed to my Fatigue, with the occasional sprinkle of Asthma. My Chronic Fatigue is a Symptom of Long-Term Anxiety, I have had this for years (hence the Chronic bit), characterised by an extreme bout of Tiredness. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Wrong! The Symptoms themselves are so Generic and wide-ranging (tiredness, pains & aches, headaches, and even flu-like symptoms) that it can be difficult to diagnose in the first place.

It’s safe to say that living with this condition hasn’t been easy. Many Symptoms manifest themselves due to Chronic Fatigue and of course it varies for everyone. For me it can leave me feeling absolutely exhausted. It’s not the typical bout of tiredness after one too many late nights. It’s debilitating and brings a lot of other Symptoms with it. Lightheadedness and extreme weakness are two common Symptoms for me. I’d like to think that I’ve reached the point of being able to acknowledge what kinds of situation will cause a flare up but they’re not always easy to avoid. so I have to take it easy, even on my good days.

The Illness has stopped me from going out, going for days out with Family, and many other things that triggered the feeling of loneliness and isolation. I try to remain positive despite having to overcome a lot of challenges. It can be difficult to explain to people what the impact of these Symptoms are. Most likely they will stay to get more sleep. The lack of refreshing sleep and underlying pain make me irritable and at the same time my mental capacity in dulled, my headed feeling like it’s shrouded in fog, any thought or decision dragging my brain through treacle, my concentration span reduced to nil.

Brain Fog is pretty self-explanatory. It’s mental fog. Your thoughts become hard to see, you can’t focus, you slow down and you need visual reminders. Up to this point it’s taken me about 40 minutes to write this and get a grasp on all my thoughts, I keep getting distracted. Anything can pull me away from my thought process and makes me feel spaced out all the time.

With brain frog, you forget words, even simple words that you should know. Have you ever played, ‘Taboo?’ The Objection of the game is for a player to have their partners guess the word on the players card without using the word itself, or five additional words listed on the card. I play that with my mind most days just trying to think of words for conversation. This can be frustrating and embarrassing to forget words or entire sentences in the midst of a Conversation.

While you can’t see Brain Fog itself, you can see the effect it has on someone. Brain Fog is one of the ways that people can see that I’m struggling. I talk slower, more deliberately yet still slur my words, I mix up words and shorten sentences by combining words and even entire sentences to the point where it no longer makes any sense. I take my time responding to people as I need to work out what they said and it takes me longer to work out what to say back.

There’s a lot of Fatigue, a lot of confusion, a lot of spacing out. Tired for me, means Confusion. It means forgetting. It means not being able to talk to people. Tired means I can’t think straight. I do things all wrong. I feel stupid. Tired means cancelling plans or not making them in the first place. Tired means staring at a person who just asked a question and not being able to formulate anything to say back. Tired means re-evaluating every effort in your day and weighing out if it’s worth it.

One reason I haven’t discussed this until now is that so many people misunderstand Chronic Fatigue. Perhaps the name of it makes it sound trivial. Perhaps it’s because I don’t look sick. A common reaction seems to be to assume I’m just being lazy and fabricating a disease that doesn’t exist.

It’s difficult for people to accept that there isn’t always a solution. People imply that if I’m not really trying everything… am I really trying to get better at all. Contrary to what some might think, I don’t actually like this. I wanted to do everything I could to feel better. I even get a lot of people that just think it’s laziness. I am tired all the time. And it feels like hell. I fight through it though. I still try to work hard.

Most of what I got, however, was simple misunderstandings. I’ve been lucky in many ways. My condition isn’t so bad that I’m entirely unable to work. I can work because my work is “easy.” I work from home (you can check out etsy shop HERE), I can take breaks or take time off when needed, and it is something I really enjoy. I mostly talk to customers and such online, mostly everything’s done online, and there’s face to face conversations that I have to deal with so that makes it easier to formulate responses.

But it’s not always mentally easy and some days I fail because I can’t always wrap my head around what I need to be doing. Tired is really hard when it comes Chronic Illness, and one that a lot of people still don’t fully understand. Tired from Chronic Illness makes you feel like you battery won’t fully charge.

I’m not quite sure what the future holds for me, which is where it starts to get a little scary. I’m no longer bound by my ambition and my skill and what I’m willing to do – I’m bound by something else, and can’t do anything about it. I still have all those things I mentioned, I just can’t do much with them. In the past year or so I tried something I hadn’t really tried before: Working within my limits!

Rather then trying to push myself constantly, I let myself take it a little easier. I rested when I started to feel tired rather than waiting until I felt at my worst. I slept a little a little longer every day and didn’t try to keep myself on a hard schedule. I stopped forcing myself to do everything on my schedule every day and stopped beating myself up if I wasn’t super productive every single day. I have now taken on a more laid back attitude. And I started to feel a little better.

It’s not like “taking it easy” is a miracle cure or anything, but it does make life a little more bearable. And let’s me actually do more. Even if it takes me a little longer to do those things. I’ve learned to accept it in the last couple years and part of that acceptance is thanks to strength I’ve gained and the amazing people I’ve met through Blogging. It’s hard to think about something like accepting yourself and working within your limits when society seems to believe that this crushing illness is mere laziness. It’s why it took me so long to even admit that there was anything wrong with me.

I used to stand by the Mantra, “My disability or Mental Illness doesn’t define me.” And although there are still moments when I’d still like to believe that, It does contribute to who I am now and I’ve learned to become proud of that, even though at times it can be very frustrating. This is a part of me like everything else is, and it should be understood like the rest of me is, not that many people actually do understand me anyway, but I’m learning to accept that.

This took so long to write, and I am now mentally exhausted. I Hope you enjoyed reading this and just maybe this might help a little if you are going through something similar.

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ARC Review: Eternal Night by Alayna Ravenwood *Spoiler-Free*

Eternal Night by Alayna Ravenwood

Publication Date:  September 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 273
Date Read: September 16th, 2019
Links: Goodreads 

A dark secret lies in her past. A magical world exists just out of reach. A hidden destiny awaits her.

After a tragic murder and year of lost memories, Anna finds her world shrouded in mystery. Only the elusive Blake seems to have any answers, but pursuing his knowledge takes Anna down a dangerous path. As she begins to unlock pieces of the puzzle, she gets closer and closer to wanting someone she can’t have while unlocking a dormant power she isn’t sure she can control.

Nightfall Academy is only the beginning of a world of deceit, lust, and vengeance. Learning you are part of an ancient race of mages and falling for a dark prince are nothing compared to what Anna’s future holds. If she can handle the power in her blood, she may reunite a lost realm with its past. 

And our world could get caught in the crossfire.

I received a copy of Eternal Night from Netgalley for review Consideration. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

I so badly wanted to love this book and unfortunately I didn’t. I struggled to get through this book, and skimmed a lot of it. This book just felt too 2D for me and there were too many Point of Views for my liking, sometimes this can actually work but in my opinion, it just didn’t with this one. Anna’s relationship with her cousin, Brooke, felt bizarre to me. One minute they were being all standoffish with each other, and the next minute they were best friends. I’m also pretty sure they didn’t even know the other existed before Anna went to live with Brooke and her dad. 

I must admit, I skimmed through most of this. I managed to get to 25% before I started to get bored of it. The main character was boring and it was filled with random jabber. The beginning was confusing it jumped to different characters Point of Views and there was no world building.

Have you read this Book? What are your Thoughts on it? Let me know in the Comments!

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eARC Review: Fear the Wolf by Andrew Butcher *Spoiler-Free*

Fear the Wolf by Andew Butcher

Publication Date:  April 12th 2019
Genres: New Adult, LGBTQ+, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 269
Date Read: September 14th, 2019
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Can Senla learn her place? Or will her disobedience endanger herself and everyone she loves?

In Senla Nora’s village, the children are raised to remember one thing above all else: “Fear the Wolf.”

To fear the Wolf is to know your place. To fear the Wolf is to never presume too much. If any villager were to step out of line, the Wolf would descend upon them all.

For a simple garment weaver like Senla Nora, knowing her place should be easy. But Senla’s never been good at following orders.

Can Senla learn her place? Or will her disobedience endanger herself and everyone she loves?

Fear the Wolf is a dark fantasy thriller set in a mysterious world that was torn apart by a great cataclysm. Follow Senla on her treacherous journey as she overcomes her greatest fears and learns to accept herself in a world that’s always trying to tell her who and what she should be.

I received a copy of Fear the Wolf from BookSirens for review Considerations. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

Trigger warnings: Violence and Death, moderately explicit. There is non-explicit sex. There’s also an attempted rape scene which continues to haunt after with flashbacks.

Fear the Wolf is a dark fantasy thriller set in a mysterious world that was torn apart by a great cataclysm. And in this world, people live a life overshadowed by fear and a taught as children to Fear the Wolf and never presume too much. Because The Wolf is not like other beasts. She’s ancient. And she reminds the people who they are and, more importantly, who they’re not!

“To fear the Wolf is to know your place. To fear the Wolf is to never presume too much. If any villager were to step out of line, the Wolf would descend upon them all.

This story features Protagonist Senla who lives in a village where the most important thing is to “fear the wolf”. You are to do as you are told, and be happy with the plain life you are given. Art, expressing one’s self, and really having a difference of opinion is thought to bring death upon you by the wolf.

For a simple garment weaver like Senla Nora, knowing her place should be easy. But Senla’s never been good at following orders.

She keeps forgetting her place and presuming too much, bringing grief and shame upon her mother and her entire village. Because, after all, if Senla presumes too much, she might insult the Wolf and bring disaster upon the village. Raised by a strict and deeply unhappy mother, Senla constantly rebels at the restrictions set by the village rules and yearns for more. Being taught to fear even making decisions for herself, Senla rebels and breaks the rules.

I also found it interesting that Senla was raised vegetarian and chose to stay that way. I expected her to throw off her dietary restrictions when she rejected most of the rules of her old village, especially since other characters were encouraging her to eat meat so she could survive in the forest. But she decided to live her way and accept that others might make different choices.

It wasn’t preaching vegetarianism, it was more about accepting that every person had to choose their own way of life and people with different beliefs could coexist. To be Honest, I would have done the exact same thing, I’ve been vegetarian for quite a while now, and I really don’t think I would be able to just give that up, even for survival. I have read very few books actually featuring Characters who are Vegetarian so that was a plus for me.

Fear the Wolf is a dark tale that points out humanity’s deepest fears and apprehensions, woven onto a perhaps even darker background of a journey of self-discovery shadowed by wild creatures, a mysterious plague and worst of all, the darkest side of human nature. And from under all that darkness, hope blooms, followed by love and acceptance.

There is not much romance in this story which I prefer anyway as I’m not that interested in a lot of Romance in Books, I prefer it kept to a Minimum. Senla is bisexual, she talked about being attracted to both men and women, but only has relationships with women throughout this book, I mean if you want to call it that.

I thought the world building overall could have been better. The villages and why the act the way they do is well explained but the earth being changed was barely talked about, this might have annoyed me in some other books, but I didn’t really have a problem with it in this book. I’m Okay with how the book ended though. There are some bumps but I thought most of the book was well imagined and well written.

I honestly really enjoyed this story and I would recommend it anyone looking for a quick YA Fantasy that drops you into a world and lets you discover it yourself. I found the pacing good and there was always something going on, it didn’t feel like I was struggling or trudging through just to get to the end of the book. I didn’t feel like the story was rushed considering how short it was either, except the end was a bit rushed as there was a lot of build up and then it was over, but I still loved this story.

Have you read this Book? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Do you agree or Disagree with anything Mentioned above? Or is it on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments!

Thanks for Reading!

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TBR Jar Wednesday – #TBRJW – September 2019 – The Winner is…

TBR Jar Wednesday is a weekly meme created here at Drink Coffee and Read Books. You can participate in this if you have a TBR jar or even if you don’t. Each month you will randomly choose a category from your TBR, or if you don’t have a TBR Jar, you can use my Category for that month and make a post with three books that fit that category from your TBR, it doesn’t have to be a book you own. It could be a book that you would like to purchase, it could be from your Goodreads TBR, or even ARC’s/eARC’s.

This is a monthly MEME and you are more than welcome to join me. Just create a blog post with your three books and link the post below in the Comments. You can find the Full Rules HERE. And you can use hashtag #TBRJW on social Media.

Last week I picked these three books from the Category: Read a Book with a Yellow Cover and had you all vote to see which one I will read and review this month.

Thank you so much for voting!

The book with the most votes is…

I don’t have too many books with Yellow Covers, and I do have this one on my Kindle. I’ve been quite hesitant to read this, I am Curious about it though. I’ve heard a lot mixed reviews about it.

The review for this book will be up September 18th. Have You read this book? If so, what did you think of it?

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all that voted. Have a great day and Happy Reading!

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TBR Jar Wednesday – September 2019 – The Vote – #TBRJW

TBR Jar Wednesday is a weekly meme created here at Drink Coffee and Read Books. You can participate in this if you have a TBR jar or even if you don’t. Each month you will randomly choose a category from your TBR, or if you don’t have a TBR Jar, you can use my Category for that month and make a post with three books that fit that category from your TBR, it doesn’t have to be a book you own. It could be a book that you would like to purchase, it could be from your Goodreads TBR, or even ARC’s/eARC’s.

This is a monthly MEME and you are more than welcome to join me. Just create a blog post with your three books and link the post below in the Comments. You can find the Full Rules HERE. And you can use hashtag #TBRJW on social Media.

I actually been really bad at keeping with this, and so this kind of ends up getting forgotten, but now that I’m back to blogging regularly again, I’d love to continue this and I’d love for you to join me.

My Category for September is… Read a Book with a Yellow Cover

This one seems fairly easy, although I had a hard time finding books on my TBR that are Yellow, I very rarely buy or receive Yellow books, the only criteria is that the Primary Cover is Yellow, so here are my Options:

So This Month I picked:

The Austen Escape
by Katherine Reay
Genre: Adult, Women’s Fiction, Romance

I have a Review Copy of this that I received from Netgalley ages ago and still haven’t read it. This story follows Mary Davies, who is single and spends most of her time working as an electrical engineer until she receives a timely call from her childhood friend – Isabel – asking her to join her for two weeks in England where she will be completing her dissertation on Jane Austen.

Mirror Mirror
by Cara Delevingne

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Even though I always very wary of reading books written by Celebrities, I still like to give them a chance, give them the benefit of the doubt, and I am quite interested in this book. This book features Friendship, family, mystery, betrayal, secrets. Basically all the things I love in a book, so I’m intrigued, plus the cover is so pretty.

Mansfield Park
by Jane Austen

Genre: Classic, Romance

To be honest, I don’t know much about this book, just that’s it’s written by Austen, and I am yet to read anything by Austen. I was thinking about listening to the Audiobook for this.

Let’s Vote…

Pick one of the three books in the poll to help me decide what book I will read this month.

Link Up

Post your link in the Comments and visit the other blogs to help them vote on their next read. Visit other Blogs in the Comment Section to Support other blogs and help them vote on their next read!

Thank you so much for stopping by to vote. Check back next week to see which one I will be reading. Will you be joining? Have a great day and Happy Reading!

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Review: Taboo For You by Anyta Sunday

Taboo For You by Anyta Sunday

Publication Date: February 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 259
Date Read: May 23rd 2019
Links: Goodreads | Authors Website

Sam’s freaking out. He’s 30 in three weeks. And what has he done in his twenties? It’s pretty simple math: nothing exciting at all. But hey, he has three weeks right? Maybe that’s just enough time to tick his way through a 20s Must Do List . . . 

Luke’s freaking screwed. He’s come out to his family, and his friends. Except there’s a certain someone who doesn’t know yet: his neighbor of 7 years. Who also happens to be his best friend. Who Luke needs to tell the truth, but he just . . . can’t . . . seem to . . .

Jeremy’s freaking over-the-moon. It’s the countdown to his 15th birthday, and his goal is simple. No matter what, he’s going to spend heaps of time with saucy Suzy. But first he needs to get his over-protective, no-girlfriend-’cause-you’ll-get-her-pregnant parents off his back. And what better way than pretending he’s gay? 

Sam, Luke, and Jeremy. Three guys who have a lot of history together, and a lot of future too—

—well, if they can sort out their issues, that is.

This book was adorable. I loved the first half, but then the constant mentioning of doing the taboo kinda started to annoy me a bit. Not my Favourite Anyta Sunday Book, but still a cute story. Occasionally the obliviousness of the characters seems surprising. But it’s fun, lovely, sweet, with the adventures of Jeremy to add some twists and highlights.

If anything, I think I would have preferred fewer chapters from Jeremy’s perspective. Though realistic and appropriate for his age, I felt it pulled me out of the romance on a few occasions and I started to skim his parts to get back to Luke & Sam.

While I don’t really like the theme of sexuality as a taboo, the book discusses it in a way that doesn’t make it seem completely bigoted. It’s a book that you can easily finish in one sitting since it’s interesting and moves forward without lingering on a specific event which I can appreciate. It was fun and light-hearted with nothing super dramatic happening which was nice. Not entirely my thing, but still nice.

Have you read this book? What are your Thoughts on it? Let me know in the Comments!

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Manga Review: Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP Omnibus 1; Volumes 1-3 *Spoiler Free*

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP
Published By: Kodansha Comics
Publication: 2007
Genres: Manga, Fantasy
Year Read: 2019
Links: Goodreads

Childhood friends Princess Sakura and Syaoran, the son of an archaeologist, become entangled in a series of events that force them to traverse through alternate realities on an action-packed and unforgettable adventure!  In the Kingdom of Clow, an archaeological dig unleashes an incredible power, causing Sakura to lose her memories. To save her, Syaoran must follow the orders of the Dimension Witch and travel alongside Kurogane, an unrivaled warrior; Fai, a powerful magician; and Mokona Modoki, a curiously strange creature, to retrieve Sakura’s dispersed memories! But first, there is a price to be paid…

This omnibus edition includes volume 1-3 of Tsubasa

I really didn’t think I would love this series as much as I did, but I was wrong! I loved it! I had previously read Cardcaptor Sakura, which was one of my favourite Anime series growing up and one of the only Manga series that I actually read as a Kid. I am a Huge CLAMP fan. I tend to love premises that involve moving from world to world. I’m an avid Magic player, grew up on Narnia, and my fantasy dream would be to travel through world after world to see the magic and variation and wonder within them. It’s part of why I read so much fantasy and science fiction. Tsubasa embraces that, and mixes in a great deal of childhood nostalgia for all things anime.

Syaroan makes a deal with the Time-Space Witch, Yuuko and he must give up the most valuable thing in his life in order to be able to cross dimensions to save Sakura. What he gives up, is his very relationship to her, His very existence to her. For every feather he returns to her, she will never remember Syaoran and how much he means to her.

Accompanying Syaroan, are Fai D. Flowright, a wizard on the run with a dark mysterious past, and the exiled samurai, Kurogane. Like Syaoran, they need to cross dimensions for their own purposes, and each give up what they hold the most dear to them.

Every Character has their own storyline, and is not who they claim to be. Not even the Main Characters are who you thought they were. I’m amazed at how much thought went into creating this series. All the twists and turns throughout the series. It’s interesting to see how they reshaped their most beloved characters to fit into the intricate plot of Tsubasa.

I was a little nervous that this would be a lot different than Cardcaptor Sakura and it was but in a great way! I’m so happy to see the characters from that manga all grown up in this one and Sakura and Syaoran’s characters and their interesting relationship and their differing perceptions of their relationship. I loved seeing Yukito and Toya in this too! There was some really emotional parts in this as well. I think each one of the main characters has many intriguing aspects, especially Fai.

I enjoyed it a lot, its really good and love the different spin on the characters from CLAMP’s other Work. I would highly recommend this series.

I’m finally making my way through some of the Manga that I want to review, so I hope you don’t mind too much that I’ve been Posting a lot of them lately. Have you read this Manga? What are your thoughts on it? Do you agree of disagree with anything mentioned above? Let me know in the Comments!