All the Book Mail from January! (It’s Quite a Bit)

It’s been awhile since my last book haul post, and I’ve gathered several fun new titles for my personal library.  I’m just so excited to read them!  Do you see any here that are on your TBR?


This is my Book Outlet purchase from the Boxing Day sale.  I used this opportunity to pick up several new manga, an isekai light novel, an art book, the newest Invisible Library volume, and a paperback copy of Godsgrave (so I can keep my hardcover in good condition).

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Book Reviews: Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve shared any substantial reviews, so here’s a joint review for 2 books that I read in 2018 and loved!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

Hardcover, Large Print, 640 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

With great narrative prose and pacing, this book feels like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire without being a copycat.  The world building and characters played along nicely and the story unfurled as our protagonist discovered new and interesting aspects about herself and her patron.

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #4

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?


Storybound (Storybound #1)

I have several retold fairy tales crossover books that I haven’t gotten to.  I think maybe I got burned out during that trend?  I will eventually read this one though because I love me some retold fairy tales!  Keep 🙂

Flesh and Blood (House of Comarré, #2)

This is book 2, and I own book 3 as well, and book 1 was really interesting.  So I just need to make time to continue the series.  Keep 🙂


I started reading this one when I first got it.  And I honestly don’t remember why I didn’t get very far before setting it aside.  So I’ll be keeping this one to try again.  Keep 🙂

Winterling (Winterling, #1)

I picked up this trilogy right around the time the third book came out, and I’ve tried to start the first book because it sounds fascinating.  It’s relatively short, so I’ll move it up my TBR for this year.  Keep 🙂

Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee, #1)

Looking at the synopsis for this, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet!  This is definitely the next one I pick up once I’m finished with review books! Keep 🙂

Dragon in Chains (Moshui, #1)

This one sounds like it’s full of Asian-inspired mythology and folklore.  It still sounds fascinating!  Keep 🙂

Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen, #1)

Seems to have all the pieces of stuff I like in other series, so I just need to make time for it!  Keep 🙂

Touch of Power (Healer #1)

I really need to make a point to read Maria’s backlog.  They all sound so good!  Keep 🙂

The Will of the Empress (The Circle Reforged, #1)

If I’m being honest with myself, I will probably never read this one.  My heart lies in Tortall, and Tamora’s other series/characters just weren’t as compelling for me.

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Wild Magic (Drinker of Souls: Wild Magic, #1)

I’m really on the fence about this one.  It sounds intriguing and has lovely covers for the series, but I think I need to read the first chapter to see if the writing style works for me.   Keep for now 🙂


That’s it for this installment!  I did a recent purge of my collection and removed a bunch of stuff that I just didn’t think looked interesting anymore or that I know I won’t get around to anytime soon.  But I still have a huge TBR!  I don’t know how that works, but I still have plenty of these posts to go.

Blog Tour Spotlight: The Transparency Tonic by Frank Cole


When I was asked to participate in the blog tour for The Transparency Tonic by Frank L. Cole, I volunteered to host a spotlight as I haven’t had a chance to read book 1.  This series does sound quite fascinating, and I’m hoping to pick it up someday.  Check out the summary below and see what you think!


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 16th 2019 by Shadow Mountain


It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, Saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.

Gordy and his friends continue to work on their potions, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, Adilene starts to wonder if she still has a place with her old friends. She turns to a new friend, Cadence, who might know a way to help Adilene become a potion master on her own.

And in Greenland, Mezzarix has a chance to escape his Forbidden Zone—as long as he agrees to work with the mysterious Ms. Bimini and replicate an unusual solution known as “Silt.” It could be just the weapon Mezzarix needs to destroy B.R.E.W. forever.

With both B.R.E.W. and the Vessel in danger, and with the potion world in chaos, it’s up to Gordy, Max, and Adilene to rally the remaining Potion Masters before it’s too late.

frank cole - photo by tia chapman photography

Have you read the first one?  What do you think of the description? Share in the comments.