Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone has a great day. I will be spending the day with my boyfriends family while he works. Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday because I love turkey and stuffing, lol And dinner rolls. Can’t forget the dinner rolls. ❤

I’d like to take a minute to list off a few things I’m thankful for. Please, feel free to comment with things you are thankful for. 😀

1. My boyfriend, Phillip.
2. My fur babies- Bane, Piper and Edgar.
3. My family.
4. My books.
5. My health, even though it’s not in the best condition, but I am alive.


A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Young Adult Genre452 pages
Published in 2016 by Razorbill

Goodreads Summary:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.


What a great follow-up to Ember in the Ashes. I enjoyed every bit of it, just as much as the first book. By the end, I was so wrapped up and just wanting more.

Laia was just as badass as before, even more so in this one, in my opinion. I love how fierce she is. Unfortunately for her though, she is a bit too trusting. That ends up being a downfall towards the end of the book, but that just adds to the twists and turns of the series. Like, I had a bad feeling something wrong was going on, but I did NOT see THAT coming. (READ THIS BOOK, seriously, lol)

So, lets talk about Elias. I fell for him in the first book. It was unavoidable. Now, I like him even more, if that was possible. He has such a sad past, and when he’s reunited with his childhood family, my heart broke for him. And watching him make so many sacrifices for Laia was tugging at my heart strings as well.

If you’ve read Ember in the Ashes, but have not read A Torch in the Night, then you are missing out. If you haven’t read Ember in the Ashes, then you too are missing out. This is a must read series, for sure. The third book is set to come out Spring of 2018.

Rating: 4.5/5

Update and more

I hate this time of year. It’s getting cold, and our electric bill gets higher, which makes things 10X harder for me. On top of the seasonal blues, my boyfriend and I have been sick on and off and have been having some health issues. I won’t discuss his problems, out of respect, but I don’t mind talking about mine.

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my health issues on here before. I have a bundle of lovely health issues that effect my daily life. That is actually why I don’t post all that often, but I am trying. I have Hashimotos disease (an auto-immune disease that targets the thyroid), Fibromyalgia (pain and inflammation- comparable to arthritis), depression, anxiety and PTSD. I just turned 27 a few weeks ago, and I have been dealing with most of this since I was a teen. Then at the end of this past September, I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome- a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges). If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Because of these health issues, I go through spurts of not wanting or being able to do anything. My apartment goes weeks or even months without being cleaned, I don’t read, I hardly leave the apartment, I get moody and distant. It’s rough, to be honest. But I’m in therapy and I have a nice list of medications to help me.

I think I’m opening up about all this because… I love doing this blog, and I do take it seriously. But I want it known to my followers why I might not be very active all the time. I am trying, though. 🙂

Anyway, I am currently about to start Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. I do have a review written up for A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir that will be posted within the next week. And of course I still have a bunch of books that need to be read, including books I’ve won on the Goodreads site.

ALSO! I design shirts every once in awhile, and I’m going to share them here; so if you’re interested, please check them out. They will be available for sale for the next 21 days. They should be ready just in time for Christmas! Under the pictures is the link and price of shirt. I have a general fandom shirt, and a Harry Potter shirts for sale. I actually have the Maurders shirt, myself, and I absolutely love it.

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Reader, Shipper, Fangirl $14.00

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Marauders Shirt $20.00


Cress by Marissa Meyer

Young Adult Genre552 pages
Published in 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

Goodreads Summary:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


Well, I’m not sure how to do this review. I’m kind of conflicted. Part of me liked the book, just as I liked the previous two (my reviews can be found here in order:https://thenerdybookwormsite.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/cinder-by-marissa-meyer/ and https://thenerdybookwormsite.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/scarlet-by-marissa-meyer/). But there is also a part of me that is kind of over this series.

I really do like the idea of these fairy tale characters being revamped; and it’s worked really well so far.

My biggest problem, I think, is the pace of this book. I know introducing a new character needs time for them to mesh with the rest of the story and characters, but I felt like the book was dragging on a bit. Another thing: I didn’t notice it in the first two books so much, but while reading Cress, I felt like it was written in an immature voice. It could just be me.

With that aside, I do like the addition of Cress. She’s so sweet and innocent. Her obsession with Thorn is all of us fangirls loving the bad boy characters. It’s adorable. Though I said I felt like the story move along slowly, I do like how the plot is progressing. It’s really coming together.

I hope the next book is better, and I do look forward to reading it.

Rating: 3/5

Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg

Young Adult Genre330 pages
Published in 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Goodreads Summary:

Ben Carver is back to normal. He’s getting all As in his classes at the Natick School. He was just elected captain of the baseball team. He’s even won a big scholarship for college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg last semester is over now, and he just needs to be a Carver, work hard, and stay focused.


There’s Hannah, a gorgeous girl who attracts him and distracts him. There’s his mother, whose quiet unhappiness he’s noticing for the first time. School is harder, the pressure higher, the scholarship almost slipping away. And there’s Rafe, funny, kind, dating someone else…and maybe the real normal that Ben needs.


I was really excited to read this sequel after reading Openly Straight (my review can be found here: Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg). I enjoyed Rafe’s story, but I was really looking forward to finding out more about Ben. He was such a sweet and pure character, and I knew there was so much more to him than meets the eye.

This book is full of ups and downs; basically I felt like I was on a roller coaster. This was a good thing, and kinda a bad thing. I felt like Ben didn’t really know what he wanted, which he admits, but because of that he makes some unwise choices. I was actually disappointed how things turned out with Hannah. That mess could have been avoided.

A lot of other reviewers/readers have expressed some negative feelings with how Ben deals with his sexuality. For me, it wasn’t that big of an issue because there is no guide book to sexuality or discovering your sexuality. There’s no one way. Everyone has their own story. Yes, Ben was super confused, and even at the end he has a lot to figure out. But that’s okay. He needs time to figure it out.

All in all, I enjoyed this second book. In many ways I enjoyed it more than Openly Straight. If you haven’t read that yet, do so before reading Honestly Ben.

Rating: 4/5

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Contemporary/Young Adult336 pages
Published in 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?


What a great read! Honestly, I needed this after reading so many fantasy/young adult books. I don’t read many contemporary books, but when I do, this is what I look for.

First of all, it was relatable on multiple accounts. Second, the characters were so diverse and realistic. Those two things are important for me when I read a contemporary. For me, I know what it’s like for twins, especially twin sisters, as I have younger twin sisters. They two are fraternal and VERY different. They are basically the embodiment of Cassie and Molly; I was shocked how similar they were to my own sisters.

With that said, I could also relate a lot to Molly as a “fat girl”. I was basically her at 17. Though I did have a brief relationship at 15, but it never went anywhere. I had all the same questions and fears she had. And now, at almost 27, I shake my head at how clueless I was. But that’s part of growing up. I wished many times throughout reading this book that I could jump in and hug her. I wanted to hug and and explain that it’s okay to not have all the answers, it’s okay to be angry, yes sisters suck sometimes, and no you won’t crush him.

So, I absolutely loved seeing all the different characters. We meet a variety of minorities. This is a very LGBT friendly book. And this actually takes place just before and after the Supreme Court legalized Marriage Equality. There is also a Korean-American character, and a interracial coupling/family dynamic.

I liked the humor and sarcasm from the characters, that just made all the more real for me. But there were also some pretty heavy conversations and questions. A lot of them where things brought up in my own family while growing up. Albertalli truly made her story believable. It was like the characters were real people.

BTW- I adore Reid. He was amazing. He was funny, cute, nerdy, kinda awkward, and even a bit sensitive. We need more guys like that in the world.

Rating: 4.8/5

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Young Adult Genre699 pages
Published in 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Goodreads Summary:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


Okay, so I have some major mixed feelings about this lovely book. If you read my reviews for A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury (reviews can be found here:A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas), then you’ll know that I loved both; especially ACoMaF. For some reason though, I had a hard time getting through this book.

Don’t get me wrong, I did like it. But let me explain some things I did not like. The beginning was slow and honestly, I was a bit bored. Eventually it picked up, but if I hadn’t been so invested in the series, I might have stopped reading. (And I’m glad I continued, btw) Though the pace picked up, I still found myself forcing myself to push through the story. That’s my biggest reason for maybe, kinda, just a little bit- not liking it. The end also seemed a bit rushed. Maybe that’s just me. But I felt like maybe there should be… MORE.

In the first book, I was very much into Tamlin and Feyre. The second book I was drooling over Rhys and totally shipped him and Feyre. Yes, they have a couple steamy scenes in this book, but it didn’t do much for me like the previous book. This time, I was hooked on Cassian. I don’t know what it was, but he stole the show for me. I also thought Lucien and Elaine were super cute, despite things being so strained. But really, can I just have Rhys and Cassian for myself? Please, please, please.

Obviously in the second book Tamlin is made out to be the crazy, possessive fiance/ex-fiance, but he really redeemed himself in ACoWaR. Which made me super happy, because even though he was a complete douche bag, I was hoping he still had some good in him. Towards the end, I even felt a bit bad for him. Like, I just want him to find some happiness too, ya know?

Overall, this was a decent read. It wasn’t exactly what I expected; I think my expectations were a bit high after reading the second book. I got exceedingly happy when I saw that the series will be continued. Sarah J. Maas confirmed 3 more novels after this one. I’m beyond excited to see what more she has to offer.

Rating: 3.9/5

The Persian Always Meows Twice by Eileen Watkins

Mystery Genre304 pages
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Kensington

Goodreads Summary:

Professional cat grooming isn’t all fluff–when the fur starts flying, Cassie McGlone, owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats, handles her feistiest four-legged clients with a caring touch and nerves of steel. While these qualities certainly help keep her business purring, they also come in handy when she makes a house call to her best client, millionaire George DeLeuw, and discovers his murdered body next to his newly orphaned Persian, Harpo.

To help the local police find the actual killer, Cassie begins her own investigation. But no one, from George’s housekeeper to his vindictive ex-wife, is giving up clues. Not until Cassie is given permission to temporarily board Harpo does anyone show interest in the Persian’s well being. Someone is desperate to get their paws on Harpo before the feline helps untangle a felony. Are there deadly truths that a cat whisperer like Cassie can coax out? She needs to tread lightly and remember she gets one life, not nine.


I received this book as an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway.

Honestly, when I saw this book on the giveaway list I laughed. I laughed out loud and startled my boyfriend. He wanted to know what I laughed about, so I read him the summary. He convinced me to enter, and though I doubted I would win, I was secretly hoping I would. It was such an odd summary. I never go for books like these, because I’m always afraid of them being… well, lame. However, that was not the case.

Though the summary sounds kind of silly, the story was actually very well thought out. It had mystery and humor, and it just worked. It actually reminded me a lot of the “Murder, She Wrote” books. For me, that is totally okay; as I enjoy those books.

I liked Cassie’s character because she has a bit of innocence to her which is really pleasant. The fact that she is almost obsessively an animal lover is a huge bonus for me. Another thing I liked is she’s not a groomer that just became one for the hell of it. She truly loves cats and even has a degree in animal behavior. I find that to be so cool, and unfortunately very uncommon.

The story has a good pace, though it is a pretty fast read. It took just a few hours for me to read. I know this review is short, but I can’t think of what more I can say. It’s a decent story, and is quite entertaining for cat lovers.

Rating: 3/5

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Young Adult Genre626 pages
Published in 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Goodreads Summary:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


Warning: This book has mature content.


This book. I can’t even describe how amazing it was. I loved reading the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses (review can be found here: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas), but this was 100 times more… I don’t even have a word for it. It was just more everything.

Not only has Feyre physically and magically changed by becoming fae, but she has changed as a person. She starts to realize maybe everything she wanted before, as a human, isn’t what she wants now. It’s hard for her to come to terms with those feelings, but eventually she accepts it. I really felt for her, because I know dealing with guilt and betrayal is heartbreaking.

I mentioned in my review for the first book that my two favorite characters were Lucien and Rhys. Reading this book decided it for me. Rhys is the total package and I’m a total sucker for hot males who have been emotionally damaged. I can’t help it. I just wanted to crawl into the book and hold him. Is that crazy? Maybe, but I don’t care. I admit; I am in love with Rhys. There, I said it.

Reading A Court of Mist and Fury was a bit different than reading ACoTaR, mainly because we get to see more of Prythian. I also feel like there was more going on. More than just Feyre being in the Spring Court. There’s definitely more action as well, which was pretty cool.

We also get to meet new characters. I have to be honest, I enjoyed this group of characters over those we meet in the first book. I absolutely loved Cassian. He’s kind of like Lucien, but has a wider sense of humor. Morrigan was also a great addition. It was nice to see another strong female character added to the series.

Overall, this book was amazing. I truly have no complaints, except for the fact that Tamlin is scum. I suppose that’s a spoiler in a way; sorry. But anyway, if you haven’t read the first book, do it. I personally don’t think it’s as good as this one, but you definitely need to start with book one.

Rating: 4.8/5

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Young Adult Genre405 pages
Published in 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.


WARNING: This book has details about a school shooting. It’s a sensitive story line and can be triggering for some.

At first, I thought this was just a book about a school shooting. Earlier this year, I read This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, and it was horrifying, yet a good read. The majority of it took place inside a school and showed different perspectives during an active school shooting. Though Brown does take us through scenes of a school shooting, the book is more than just that; it’s Val’s story.

Val has to deal with so many things after the shooting: her boyfriend died as a murderer; she spent months healing after being shot by said boyfriend; was accused of being an accomplice; had to face the whole school on the first day of her senior year; and had to confront the truth of her involvement in the shooting… just to name a few. Her therapist, Dr. Hieler, helps her through all of this by offering sound logic, an open mind, and humor.

I had a hard time reading this not only because of the tragic subject matter, but because I felt so bad for Val. Not only did she lose the one person she loved, who truly understood her, but many people blamed her for the shooting and didn’t believe in her innocence. She felt completely alone. Unknown to her, she actually did have people who had her back. It took her awhile to figure that out. When she finally came to this realization, she was able to discover the truth about herself.

Despite the highly sensitive topic, I did enjoy Hate List. I felt like I was in the book myself. I think that’s because I was a lot like Val in high school; coincidentally she graduated a year after I did. I too had a journal which featured quite a few hate lists. Like her, I never meant it as a hit list or something to be considered serious. It was a way to release my stress and sadness when someone hurt me, whether it was intentional or not.

If you can get past the details of the shooting, I recommend this book. Val’s story is an important one, and you or someone you know could definitely relate.

Rating: 4.4/5