Book Spotlight: The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston

Although I am still on hiatus, I’m bringing you a new book spotlight today (since I signed up for it way back when) for The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston. This tour is being hosted by TheWriteReads between May 2nd to May 15th.

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Book Spotlight: The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge

Hi, friends! It’s been a while since I last posted because I started a temporary job that takes up a lot of my time, but today I’m taking part in the ultimate book tour for The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge, being hosted byTheWriteReads. If you like books set in Renaissance-era Italy, stories about poets and the misunderstood souls, very descriptive and elegant writing styles, and long chapters, then you might enjoy this book!

  • Genre: Adult Fantasy
  • Length: 528 Pages
  • Publishing: 15th March 2022


An extravagant, lyrical fantasy about a city of poets and librarians. A city that never was.

Cadenza is the City of Words, a city run by poets, its skyline dominated by the steepled towers of its libraries, its heart beating to the stamp and thrum of the printing presses in the Printing Quarter.

Carlo Mazzoni, a young wordsmith arrives at the city gates intent on making his name as the bells ring out with the news of the death of the city’s poet-leader. Instead, he finds himself embroiled with the intrigues of a city in turmoil, the looming prospect of war with their rival Venice ever-present. A war that threatens not only to destroy Cadenza but remove it from history altogether…

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Book Spotlight: A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: March 29th, 2022


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Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.

I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, “These are the hands that buried my mother.”

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.

About the author

Judy I. Lin was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada with her family at a young age. She grew up with her nose in a book and loved to escape to imaginary worlds. She now works as an occupational therapist, and still spends her nights dreaming up imaginary worlds of her own. She lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband and daughter. A Magic Steeped in Poison is her debut novel.

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The book tour for A Magic Steeped in Poison is being hosted by TBRandBeyondTours and it runs from March 28th to April 3rd.

March Wrap Up //2022:

I usually enjoy writing wrap-up posts because they feel a little cathartic or sometimes I realize some things I hadn’t before… but March was a bit overwhelming for me, to say the least, so this is a shorter or slightly different update than what I usually do.

With that being said, I actually read a lot of good books in March so at least there was that!!

  • The Fine Print – Lauren Asher ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Hook, Line and Sinker – Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • House of Sky and Breath – Sarah J. Maas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Squid Game – Park Minjoon ⭐⭐
  • From Lukov with Love – Mariana Zapata ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Aru Shah and the City of Gold – Roshani Chokshi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Without Merit – Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐
  • Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Soul Eater – Lily Mayne ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Blood Bonds – J. Bree (reread)
  • Forced Bonds – J. Bree ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • DNF: How We Fall Apart – Katie Zhao
  • A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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My Most Anticipated Releases of April, May & June!

Part 2 of my 2022 anticipated releases list is here! This time my list is comprised of only sequels or books by authors I’ve already read – and mostly it’s a mix of romance and middle grade, so I’m definitely more likely to read these.

Looking back at my first list of anticipated releases for January-March, I’m definitely less excited about a few of them, but I still think I’ll read most eventually. As for my progress, I’ve read 4 of 12 and still have arcs to read for another 2.

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Review: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

book cover of "The Ex Talk" by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Goodreads // Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately, it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on-air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

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My Spring Watchlist

I have a busy week coming up and I’m feeling very stressed, frankly. I read some really good books last week, but I just can’t seem to sit down and muster any excitement to write about them (although my bookstagram has some updates and mini-reviews if you’re interested*). But whenever I’m feeling like this, I always turn to movies and tv shows, so I decided to start doing seasonal watchlists again.

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Reasons to Read the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

One of my obsessions this year has been the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and today I’m setting out to convince you all to read it (and obsess over it) as well!

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February Wrap Up 2022 & Recent Book Haul!

February was a month with ups and downs in various aspects of my life, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it…. so let’s just talk about books.

I was in a huge romance mood at the start of the month but two less-than-great ones made me turn to fantasy again (and fantasy romance). I also made a TBR at the beginning of the month and I actually read most of them, that’s a surprise, but I’m not sure I’ll keep making possible TBRs regularly this year.

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ARC Review: Gallant by V. E. Schwab

Summary // Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.

Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?

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