Shadow Wings (Dragons, Polygamy & Cannibalism, oh my!) | Book Review

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By: Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare

# 2 in the Darkest Drae series | 300 pages | Pub. 2018

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Shadow Wings At a Glance

  • Overall Rating:  
  • Dude: We’d totally brew him up some special nectar
  • Steaminess: SO hot they make their own special flames. *fans ourselves*
  • Ew Factor: “special” nectar and bodily fluids as fertilizer = NOPE
  • Brutal: All we’re saying is there’s cannibalism…

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Flying Blue Dragon

  • Ice & Twist of orange
  • 1 oz blue Curaçao
  • 1 oz light rum
  • ¾ oz Velvet Falernum
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

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Moonshadow (Sophie Ross 2020) | Book Review


By: Thea Harrison

# 1 in Moonshadow series | 335 pages | Pub. 2016

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Moonshadow At a Glance

  • Overall Rating:  
  • Heroine Ranking: Crushed our 2018 Reading Olympics
  • Steaminess: “It’s Getting Hot in Here” by Nelly vibes
  • Emotional: Call Sarah Mclaughlin, we need a PSA
  • Wittiness: Sophie can compete with Lorelai Gilmore

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Lunar Eclipse

  • 1 oz. Viniq
  • ½ oz creme de cassis
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • Ice

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National Love Your Pet Day – Our Favorite Literary Pets

In honor of National Love Your Pet Day on February 20th we interrupt our normal snarkiness to appreciate our furry companions.




Kona is Jess’ 4 yr old idiot who enjoys laying front of heaters and carrying three balls in her mouth at a time. She communicates through grunts, earning her the nicknames pig and monster.




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Carver is Teagan’s 8 year old ball of fluff. This cat is 100% sass, rules our house, and can be found stealing and hoarding important things like car keys. Carver loves sunbathing and can often be found at the lake plotting death to all birds.



We all know that pets are often the best part of novels. They bring humor, cuteness and never ending love for us all to enjoy. And TBH their deaths are often the ones that hit us the hardest. We don’t know about you guys but we are still crying buckets over the loss of Marley, Hedwig and the adorable dogs from Where the Red Fern Grows.

Below are some of our favorite literary pets.

Hedwig – Harry Potter

We can’t lie, guys. The loss of Hedwig in Deathly Hallows still makes us tear up a bit (or a lot…). Who knew you could love an owl so much?!!!!?! J.K. ROWLING WHY?!!

Fleetfoot – Throne of Glass

Dorian sealed his place in my heart when he gifted Aelin with Fleetfoot. Not only is Fleetfoot adorable and loyal – she’s also badass and fights evil monsters. And when she got sad because Nehemia died and couldn’t play fetch with her anymore? #Dead

Kaura – Tainted Accords

I was mad at Olina for running off over and over again, but I felt so much worse for Kaura than Jovan! Who leaves their puppy? And the ever loyal Kaura remembered her every time. What a doll. And she defends Olina at every brutal turn. This dog <3.

Abraxos – Throne of Glass

Manon and Abraxos are end game for us. He is the epitome of tough; going from the bait dragon to the ultimate warrior. And the attitude on this guy! Just to mess with her, he falls off of the cliffs, instead of jumping. Show-off, just like his momma.

Church – The Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and Dark Artifices

Oh, Church. We will never tire of you and hope that you appear in every Clare series. But does anyone else ask themselves: how many lives does Church actually have? Or: where can I get myself an immortal cat? It takes one badass feline to survive the brutal Shadowhunter world.

Chip and Dale (the spiders)  Wicked Abyss

Teagan never thought the day would come when she would include a pair of spiders on best pets list. But honestly, Chip and Dale are epic and deserve a spot on this list. They are schemers who do not stand for alpha male’s asshat ways and support their human in all revenge endeavors. #SmashThePatriarchy

Let us know who your favorite literary pets are in the comments!

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His End Game (Girl Meets Boy, Boy Runs Away, Boy Has Valid Excuse) | Book Review


By: R.B. Hilliard

# 1 in the MMG series | 370 pages | Pub. 2014

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His End Game At a Glance

  • Overall Rating: 
  • Dude Ranking: A little bit of Noah in the Notebook vibes
  • Steaminess: Hot tub sex: uncomfortable, but satisfying.
  • Emotional: Bella after Edward leaves her in New Moon
  • Read When… You need to torture yourself about your highschool boyfriend

The Golden Cadillac

  • 2.5 oz Galliano
  • 2 oz. heavy cream
  • 1.5 oz creme de cacao

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Wicked Abyss (Beyoncé and the Beast) | Book Review


By: Kresley Cole

#18 in The Immortals After Dark series | 400 pages | Pub. 2017

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Wicked Abyss At a Glance

  • Overall Rating:  
  • Dude Ranking: If you have gold tattoos you can take my virginity in a diamond cave
  • Steaminess: As hot as a volcano in hell
  • Brutality: Everything you own in a box to the left

Pairs Well With

Black Devil Martini

  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • black olive
  • orange sugar

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