Kingdom of Ash and Soot – C.S. Johnson | ARC Review


By: C.S. Johnson

# 1 in the Order of the Crystal Dagger series | 352 Pages | Pub. July 3 2018

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Kingdom of Ash and Soot At a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★ 
  • Heroine:  Survivor by Destiny’s Child
  • Dude: Can I go on walks with him in Prague!??
  • Romance: Sweet and slow burn
  • Brutality: I’ll never trust wine again

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Roomies – Christina Lauren | Book Review


By: Christina Lauren

Standalone | 368 Pages | Pub. 2017

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Roomies At a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★ 1/2
  • Heroine: Smells your hair while she hugs you
  • Dude: Irish he would stop lying
  • Steaminess: We’re still cringing
  • Trainwreck: The Proposal + Stalking

Pairs Well With

The Hot Mess

  • 2 dashes of Bitterman’s Habanero Hellfire Shrub
  • ½ oz honey syrup
  • ¾ oz pineapple juice
  • 1 ½ Del maguey mezcal vida
  • ¾ fresh squeezed lime juice

Beware…Spoilers are coming! 

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Strange the Dreamer (All Hail Queen Laini) | Book Review


By: Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer #1 | 544 Pages | Pub. 2017

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Strange the Dreamer at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: She’s your BEST nightmare
  • Hero: New Book Boyfriend
  • Emotional: Izzy crying on the bathroom floor after Denny dies
  • Brutality: Baby murders

Pairs Well With:


  • 1.5 oz gin
  • ½ oz cherry brandy
  • ½ madeira
  • 1 tsp orange juice

Our Thoughts

CW: rape, murder

We loved Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series so we knew that we would like this book. What we didn’t know is what we were missing out on this past year since Strange the Dreamer came out. It’s gorgeous. The worldbuilding is intricate and flawless; the characters have heart and soul and dreams; and the language truly brings everything to life. This world is brutal but full of love and potential for goodness.

The only legitimate complaint we have about this book is that it is a long one. We wish we could have read it over a week or two, but sometimes we are not great at planning so we did it in three days. If you aren’t into long books then maybe walk away from this one, but realize you are missing out on literary gold. We also aren’t okay that we have to wait until freaking October for Muse of Nightmares but let’s blame the publisher not our queen Laini.

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Bring Me Their Hearts | Spoiler Free Review


By: Sara Wolf

Bring Me Their Hearts #1 | 400 Pages | Pub. 2018

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Bring Me Their Hearts At a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★1/2
  • Heroine: Homegirl is my forever MOOD
  • Dude: I want his heart, too
  • Emotional: No one can fight this internal battle
  • Brutality: Salem Witch Trials as public entertainment

Pairs Well With

Black Heart

  • 2 oz Creme Yvette
  • ½ oz dry vermouth
  • 4 fresh blackberries
  • Dash grenadine

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Top Ten Tuesday | Series We’ve Given Up On / Don’t Plan to Finish

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

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