How are we all doing with the rerecordings? I've personally died listening to every single song since they were released and it hasn't even been 24 hours yet. Between the old favorites and new gems, I can't stop playing each one on repeat. Fearless (Taylor's Version) is taking me back to the 2000's. A simpler time, when I was much younger, screaming the lyrics to Fearless at the top of my lungs without a care in the world. I never thought I'd experience the feeling of listening to the album for the first time again but now I can - along with some entirely new additions that are very Fearless era.
Of course, I needed to do a Fearless (Taylor's Version) Vault Song book tag. So I decided to make it myself this time around. Feel free to join in the tag!
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You All Over Me - A Book That Stayed With You Long After The Final Page
"'Cause no amount of freedom gets you clean
I've still got you all over me"
A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha
A Curse of Roses was a book I found myself thinking about long after I finished my read-through. ACOR is never far from my mind when looking back on books that stand out to me as a reader. I often talk about it when I take the time to just have a casual chat about my favorites on my blog. It is a sapphic, Portuguese-inspired fantasy by an #ownvoices author. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy and I couldn't shout about it from the rooftops enough. The book was so poignant and got at the heart of what it means to be LGBTQ+. It discussed our community's place amid a historical setting that still managed to be relevant to today.
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Description: With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies.
There’s a famine plaguing the land, and Princess Yzabel is wasting food simply by trying to eat. Before she can even swallow, her magic—her curse—has turned her meal into a bouquet. She’s on the verge of starving, which only reminds her that the people of Portugal have been enduring the same pain.
If only it were possible to reverse her magic. Then she could turn flowers…into food.
Fatyan, a beautiful Enchanted Moura, is the only one who can help. But she is trapped by magical binds. She can teach Yzabel how to control her curse—if Yzabel sets her free with a kiss.
As the King of Portugal’s betrothed, Yzabel would be committing treason, but what good is a king if his country has starved to death?
With just one kiss, Fatyan is set free. And with just one kiss, Yzabel is yearning for more.
She’d sought out Fatyan to help her save the people. Now, loving her could mean Yzabel’s destruction.
Mr. Perfectly Fine - A Popular Book That Left You Heartbroken
"Hello Mr. "Perfectly fine"
How's your heart after breakin' mine?"
Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin
This is a spoiler-free review so no need to worry for anyone who has yet to get to Blood & Honey as it is the second book in the Serpent & Dove series. I'm simply going to say that this book emotionally wrecked me and stole the last of my sanity. I definitely spent the latter half of the book crying, and laughing almost as much at times. It is such a thrilling sequel that was perfectly different from its predecessor while still building off the original. I never felt like it was repeating the same story again like I've found sequels can do. Shelby Mahurin went bold and she did it well. S&D is by far one of my favorite series and I can't wait for the final book, Gods & Monsters.
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Description: After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.
To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.
We Were Happy - A Book That Makes You Nostalgic
"Back when we had all night
And we were happy"
The Demonata Series by Darren Shan
I feel like as someone who was obsessed with the demonata series by Darren Shan growing up that I don't talk about it nearly enough. I was recommended the series by a friend and we read it together in a two-person book club of sorts. Every time we finished a book in the series, we would run to each other to frantically discuss what had happened. These books were a huge influence during my middle school years. A teacher once said she recommended them for boys who didn't enjoy reading, ignore the gender stereotypes here, but I can honestly say I as a teenage girl loved these books and so did many other girls I was close with. It's a great middle-grade series for anyone.
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Description: Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking nightmares... and threaten his life.
That's When - A Book You Love To Reread
"And that's when
When I'll see your face
Ill let you in
And baby that's when"
Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
One series I never shy away from highlighting is the Fallen Too Far series by Abbi Glines. I will gladly proclaim that it is one of my favorite romance series ever, which is quite a declaration considering how much romance I read. Of course, that may have to do with the fact that I've been reading it almost every year since I was 12. And I do mean every year I go back for a reread, if not more. I actually already have done a reread for 2021 and I'm sure there'll be another. It's my comfort romance in every way and I find a home in the book in the setting of Rosemary Beach, an idyllic backdrop to the intense relationship between the two main characters.
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Description: To want what you’re not supposed to have…
She is only nineteen.
She is his new stepfather’s daughter.
She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.
But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.
Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…
Blaire just may have fallen too far.
Don't You - A Book With A Tragic Fictional Couple
"You don't know how much I feel I love you still
So why don't you, don't you?"
Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
When I say Kingdom of The Wicked pleasantly surprised me, I mean it. I had never read a book from the author, famously known for her Stalking Jack the Ripper series, and I was cautious about what to expect. It turned out to be such an amazing read and I even now want to go back to read their past works because they sold me with KOTW. When I think of tragic couples, I do think about Emilia and Wrath. Their relationship is forged in trauma and cloaked in the shadows of the underworld. They are playing a game of cat and mouse without anyone truly coming out a victor. They go from enemies to allies to something more to strangers and I'm excited to see where the sequel takes us.
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Description: Two sisters.
One brutal murder.
A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…
And an intoxicating romance.
Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe—witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin… desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked Princes of Hell that she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…
Bye Bye Baby - A Book That Had a Bittersweet Ending
"And all the pages are just slipping through my hands
And I'm so scared of how this ends"
We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
We Hunt The Flame is a book you'll hear me gush about frequently on any of my bookish platforms, from bookstagram to my blog. It is a read that shot for the stars and surpassed my hopes in every sense. I loved the characters that came alive against the struggling of their home of Arawiya, a land plagued by the Arz. I chose We Hunt The Flame for a bittersweet ending because of the way it leaves beloved characters in virtual limbo. I can't wait to pick up the second one soon, since I preordered it before release but have yet to get to it.
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Description: People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya--but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds--and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.
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