Review: This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow || This is too personal and I’m feeling THINGS

This Is What It Feels Like

Rebecca Barrow


It doesn’t matter what the prize for the Sun City Originals contest is this year.

Who cares that’s it’s fifteen grand? Who cares about a gig opening for one of the greatest bands to ever play this town?

Not Dia, that’s for sure. Because Dia knows that without a band, she hasn’t got a shot at winning Sun City. Because ever since Hanna’s drinking took over her life, Dia and Jules haven’t been in it. And ever since Hanna left — well, there hasn’t been a band.

It used to be the three of them, Dia, Jules, and Hanna, messing around and making music and planning for the future. But that was then, and this is now — and now means a baby, a failed relationship, a stint in rehab, all kinds of off beats that have interrupted the rhythm of their friendship. No contest can change that. Right?

But like the lyrics of a song you used to play on repeat, there’s no forgetting a best friend. And for Dia, Jules, and Hanna, this impossible challenge — to ignore the past, in order to jumpstart the future — will only become possible if they finally make peace with the girls they once were, and the girls they are finally letting themselves be.

Rebecca Barrow’s tender story of friendship, music, and ferocious love asks — what will you fight for, if not yourself?

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{Late Blogmas I’m sorry} Naughty or Nice Tag

I was tagged by Shaz I know I’m late, I’m sorry

And this would have been perfect for Blogmas which is when this was scheduled for before I… ran out of time? But it’s fine Let’s get started.

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Review: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee || I’m just as confused as you are

The Secret of a Heart Note

Stacey Lee

the secret of a heart note by stacey lee

An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

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Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik || Angry women are my aesthetic

Spinning Silver

Naomi Novik

spinning silver by naomi novik

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

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{ARC} Review: Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok || I’d make a GREAT Sherlock… maybe


Spectacle #1

Jodie Lynn Zdrok

spectacle by jodie lynn zdrok

A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

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January Wrap-Up + February TBR || Everytime I say I’m in a reading slump… I’m not

January has been I think one of the best blogging months for my mental health.

Me not daily posting really took a weight off my head that I didn’t even know was there and I went pretty lax on the reading front also… though I still averaged the amount I usually read a month so… kudos to me.


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{ARC} Review: The Line Between by Tosca Lee || So… where’s the movie?

The Line Between

Tosca Lee

the line between by tosca lee

In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, THE LINE BETWEEN is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.

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Black-A-Thon TBR

This was an impromtu decision, but I’m participating in Blackathon, a month-long read-a-thon being hosted by Francina Simone, Jesse @ Bowties & Books and Lauren @ The Novel Lush! It in February (for obvious reasons) and you just… read black books and books by black authors.

I was planning on doing something like this anyway, but my idea was kind of aimless, so this gives me a sort of layout or guidebook to organize my reading list. There’s also some recs the host have put together that has also helped.

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Speaking Some Positivity: My Good Reading Habits

Hello, I’m back!

Lowekey forgot I even had a blog for a while… yikesssss.

But, I was tagged for this last year… and no that’s not a corny joke… this was legit the beginning of December… Sorry Ally <3.


  • Pingback to this post or me!
  • List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well
  • Nominate some of your blogging friends
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My Netgalley/Edelweiss Shelves are a Mess {Pt. 3}

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these… and there’s a reason for that…

Because for a while there, I was getting denied left and right, back to back. It was coming to the point where I got my Netgalley percentage rate… thingy was at a whopping 99%.

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