Let’s Talk About… Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum [DNF]

I like to keep this blog upbeat, but I also try my best to give honest opinions here. This is going to be a super quick post because I stopped reading Hausfrau at page 65. I held onto a paperback ARC of this novel for a few years because the premise and cover were cool, but the story was not my cup of tea. The writing was a lot more erotic than I expected, I think it’s safe to say there were at least 8 graphic sex scenes in the first 65 pages, I felt like there was non-stop detailed descriptions of Anna’s affair and not enough story structure. I also found the writing a bit erratic because a single chapter bounced between several settings and time lines at once. Lastly, I’m not a huge fan of anything that glorifies infidelity, so this book is not for me. Maybe someone else will enjoy Hausfrau, but I’m certainly never going to finish it.

Katie x

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My Most Anticipated Books of 2018!

2018 is going to be a great book year for me! I think I have finally found the right balance of reading for fun and doing my school work because I smashed my Goodreads goal this year and hope to do the same next year! Here are a few books that I can’t wait to read in the new year!

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #3)13541056

I’m bummed that this one won’t be out for about another year, but I am so excited to see how Cassie Clare wraps up Emma and the Blackthorn’s story. I know she has a book about Magnus coming out this year but I’m not quite as excited about that one as I am about this new TDA book!

Release date: 4 December 2018

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #3) 24909347

I literally can’t wait for this book! It comes out in March, which means that I will probably not be able to read it until May when the semester is over, but I am excited regardless. This is the last book in the Illuminae Files trilogy and I look forward to seeing how this story ends because I love everything about the previous books.

Release Date: 18 March 2018

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon 33989585

I have an e-ARC of this one that I haven’t gotten to read yet, but it’s at the top of my list to read before it comes out in March! I think this story sounds very interesting because it’s about the struggle of Anastasia Romanov to be recognized as her true self. You’ll have to read the Goodreads synopsis to know what I mean. I love historical fiction so I am very much looking forward to reading this in the new year!

Release Date: 27 March 2018

The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (The Glittering Court #3) 29935874

I haven’t read Midnight Jewel yet, but I really liked the first book in this series. I think I will have time to catch up before this one comes out in June! This series is different to most I’ve read before because all three books tell the same story from a new perspective each time. This final installment will follow Tamsin’s journey to the Glittering Court and beyond because she disappears a few times in the first book and then mysteriously comes back. I thought Tamsin was one of the best characters in book one so I look forward to reading her perspective on the story.

Release Date: 26 June 2018

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti 34569846

I really enjoyed Sedoti’s last book, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. I think she has a cool writing style and kept me interested even when I thought the plot was a bit predictable. I am hoping this book is like the first, and maybe even better! I have an e-ARC of this novel as well, though I won’t be getting around to reading it before the release date I am putting it up high on my TBR list. I don’t actually know much about the plot of this book but I think it’s different from Lizzie’s story because it appears this book is not a mystery type of story. I’m happy to go in blind though and see what happens!

Release Date: 2 January 2018

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard 35069547

This last one is another that I have an e-ARC of and, again, will be placing high on my TBR list because it comes out in a little over a month! This is another historical fiction novel based on World War II America. The premise sounds super interesting, I’ll link to Goodreads again because I can’t properly explain the plot of this book either, so I am looking forward to reading this story!

Release Date: 6 February 2018

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2018?

Katie x

Let’s Talk About… The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero [ARC Review]

I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley a while back and I was really excited to read it! I don’t have any knowledge of final changes, but I assume that nothing major was changed. The cover is beautiful and I love historical fiction about World War II and the holocaust so this book is right up my alley. I highly recommend this book if you like these things as well. The Dollmaker of Krakow is sweet, heartbreaking, and inspiring and I think readers of all ages can enjoy this middle-grade novel.

My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.19 stars

Release Date: 26 September 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads


In the land of dolls, there is magic.
In the land of humans, there is war.
Everywhere there is pain.
But together there is hope.

Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past.

The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter–that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him.

But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks.


**There will be spoilers in this review, so only read ahead if you have finished the** book! Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero [ARC Review]”

Let’s Talk About… Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de La Cruz [ARC Review]

Release date: 17 October 2017

Goodreads Rating: 2.76 stars
My Rating: 3 (more like 2.5) stars

Synopsis from Goodreads


Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her dad and little brother.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32 and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?


I was looking forward to reading this book after being granted access to the eARC from Netgalley. I love stories that will put me in a seasonal mood, but I have to be honest and say that I didn’t like the novel very much. I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads but I would probably say it’s more worthy of 2.5 stars for me. I thought the characters were flat and uninteresting and that Darcy’s story was too self centered. I will admit, I have never read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, nor seen any screen/book adaptations and renditions of the story so I don’t know if I would like a different version better. But I felt like Darcy’s story really didn’t do it for me.

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Let’s Talk About… Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings [Spoiler Free ARC Review]

Synopsis from Goodreads


Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.
But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.
Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.
Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


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