Down the TBR Hole (#1)

This is a blog meme created by Lia, Lost in a Story! I have seen almost everyone I follow do this so I thought I would give it a try!

“Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?”

Sounds fun, right? My TBR on Goodreads is (I think) way out of control! I have 1, 064 books on my to-be-read shelf. Yikes! When I first started Goodreads in 2012, I added books by author. So I am going to skip the first few authors because they are some of my favorites, and go right to when I started adding books at random. I think I’ll start with 10 books!

“Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.


The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.


A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.”

GO. I’ve had this on my TBR since 2012. I have no interest in reading this. To be honest, I added this to broaden my reading scope and to have an “interesting” conversation piece when I talk to “smart book people”. I’ve grown up a lot since then and have since decided that I do not care at all if I don’t read the “smart” books. I just like reading whatever I like reading, if that makes sense.


“Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of two families though the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city and its people.
     Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of the city’s first thousand years — from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome’s astonishing ascent to become the capitol of the most powerful empire in history. Romarecounts the tragedy of the hero-traitor Coriolanus, the capture of the city by the Gauls, the invasion of Hannibal, the bitter political struggles of the patricians and plebeians, and the ultimate death of Rome’s republic with the triumph, and assassination, of Julius Caesar.
     Witnessing this history, and sometimes playing key roles, are the descendents of two of Rome’s first families, the Potitius and Pinarius clans:  One is the confidant of Romulus. One is born a slave and tempts a Vestal virgin to break her vows. One becomes a mass murderer. And one becomes the heir of Julius Caesar. Linking the generations is a mysterious talisman as ancient as the city itself.
    Epic in every sense of the word, Roma is a panoramic historical saga and Saylor’s finest achievement to date. “

KEEP. I think this sounds super interesting and right up my ally! I love historical novels. I usually hate politics BUT I love it when it comes to Adult Fantasy books (not in YA. It’s too “I have a political agenda”) OR historical ones like this.


“When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.”

KEEP. I really liked the musical so I would like to read the book too!


“Losing everything has Lexi clinging to her daughter. Hell is determined to loosen her grip.

It’s been seven years since disaster struck her family. Lexi Solomon has held it all together since then–just barely.

But now Lexi is losing it. The husband who deserted her is back in town, wanting to see their daughter Molly. Her sister’s shameless murderer is up for parole. An unsavory old friend is demanding payment for debts that Lexi knows nothing about and can’t begin to meet.

And something else is going on–something Lexi feels but can’t explain. A dangerous shift is taking place between this reality and the next. Forces beyond her imagination are vying for control.

A rare novel that will satisfy a wide range of readers, “Never Let You Go” explores the high-stakes decisions played out in the thin spaces between heaven and earth. As the enemy’s grip tightens around Lexi, she will have to decide what’s truly worth holding on to.”

GO. I’m trying to be strict and not keep books that I maybe-might read someday.


“Kelly Jacobs has already paid the ultimate price of loving a warrior; she has the folded flag and the grateful thanks of a nation to prove it. Navy SEAL Joe “Bear” Baker can’t ask her to accept that risk again—even though he loves her. But the man responsible for her husband’s death is back; closer than either of them realize. Kelly is in danger, and Joe may not get there in time.

Uncommon Heroes: Welcome to a world where friendships go deep, loyalties stand strong, and uncommon heroes perform the toughest jobs in the world. Dee Henderson’s military romance series provides a detailed passage into the world of the military and homeland heroes, and those they love.” 

GO. I just literally have no interest in this.


“A strange imprisonment…

Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, “Cannot a Beast be tamed?”

Robin McKinley’s beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple, Beauty and the Beast. “

KEEP. I am all about re-tellings! Even if this one is almost 30 years old. I can’t help but wonder if that would make it better or worse than today’s re-tellings. I suppose it would depend.


“Celebrated for their courage, vision, hospitality, and spiritual giftedness, it’s no wonder women were so important to God’s plan revealed in the Old and New Testaments. It wasn’t their natural qualities that made these women extraordinary but the power of the one true God whom they worshipped and served.

In “Twelve Extraordinary Women,” you’ll learn more than fascinating information about these women, you’ll discover-perhaps for the first time-the unmistakable chronology of God’s redemptive work in history through their lives. These women were not ancillary to His plan, they were at the very heart of it.

Some of the women you’ll come to know include:


Ruth (Ruth 1-4) Anna (Luke 2:36-38) Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus (Luke 10:38-42) Mary Magdalene (Matthew 27:56-61) Sarah (Genesis 11-25) Hannah (1 Samuel 1-2) The Samaritan woman (John 4 Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1-2)
You will be challenged and motivated by this poignant and personal look into the lives of some of the Bible’s most faithful women. Their struggles and temptations are the same trials faced by all believers in all ages. And the God to whom they were so committed is the same God who continues to mold and use ordinary people today.”

KEEP. I actually forgot about this book. I want to read this. 😛


“The rise of Sam Childers from violent, drug-addicted biker to a man willing to risk everything to rescue the orphans and child soldiers of Sudan

“”All my life, from birth, it’s been a fight. And it always seemed to be “”another man’s war. I always seemed to be fighting for someone else. But it always came back to me. The Word says we’re born into sin, and sin always comes back to war.” –“Sam Childers

Sam Childers has always been a fighter. Born to a violent father and a mother of great faith, his life was a contradiction. With an affinity for drugs and women, the angry young man grew into a drug-dealing biker. But that was then. Nowadays Sam–along with the cadre of Sudanese soldiers he employs–spends his time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan and Uganda rescuing the youngest victims of war, orphans and child-soldiers. His mission is simple: save the children, no matter the cost. “

GO. Another book I’m pretty sure I added to make me seem more worldly. Dear 2012 Me, Please stop adding books you think will make you seem “cooler”.


“Clayton has just been hired to author a memoir for Lucian, a demon with an extraordinary story to share. The fallen angel chronicles a life of heavenly bliss and rebellion, human creation and salvation, and God’s relentless pursuit of mankind.”

KEEP. I think it would be an interesting read. Also, I love Tosca Lee.


“Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset. 

As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry,Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.”

GO. It sounds weird, which is why I added it, but after reading some of the reviews it sounds WEIRD. Like, more creepy weird. I don’t do horror.

Okay, y’all this took me down to 1,060 books. It helped a little! I might continue to go through a few more pages and delete a few! This meme is kind of refreshing! It’s kinda like Mari Kondo-ing your TBR.

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top ten Tuesday is a really fun blog meme that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

(Taken from That Artsy Reader Girl) How it works:

“I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics below so you can plan ahead. I’ll post a Linky here on the blog each week so you can link up your post (if you want). If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!

NOTE: If a weekly topic is listed as a “freebie”, you are invited to come up with your own topic. Sometimes I will give your topic a theme, such as “love”, a season, or an upcoming holiday. That just means that you can come up with any topic you want that fits under that umbrella.”

Here are my top ten:

I cannot believe I haven’t read this yet. I actually have a horrible admission, I have loved Kristoff since Endsinger came out way back when. But when he became insanely popular (which I am happy about, don’t get me wrong) everyone and their mother loves him. So I feel like raving about him makes me just like the masses now. I told you, it’s a really awful bookish admission. Because really, who cares if I like something that everyone else likes too. Maturity, y’all. Please, please someone tell me I’m not a total snob.

Tracey Neithercott is soooooo sweet!! I actually won this book last year and haven’t gotten to read it yet. This is on my immediate TBR!

Kayla Olson is one of my favorite authors sooooo WHY HAVEN’T I READ THIS YET?!

Again, with Jay Kristoff!

I am hoping to start this bad boy soon! I think I am going to buddy read it with a Bookstagram friend!

Another massively popular series I want to start!

I know this series gets a lot of flak for being cheesy but I LOVE this series. I actually love cheesy. It’s such a fun series!

Brandon Sanderson will always be on my TBR because I want to read aaaalll of his books. It will take me forever! I’ve started with Mistborn and it is one of my favorite books now!

The three other women in my book club have all read and LOVED this series. So I need to read this ASAP!

I am hoping to buddy read this one too! Brent Weeks is highly under talked about! I love his Lightbringer series!

I usually read 3-4 books a month, so I’m hoping to get through more than these 10 this Spring, but we shall see! What books are on your TBR? Do we share any of the same books?

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo – Spoiler Free Review

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Imprint

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Magic

Adventure Rating: 3.5 Stars

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“Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.”

3.5 Stars. I know. Unpopular opinion alert. This was one of my, if not THE most anticipated release of 2019, and I felt let down. It didn’t get my heart racing, or make me feel like if I don’t know what happens I might die. It was just pretty good. So I guess I’ll start with my dislikes. It was boring. It only picked up about HALF WAY through the book. Yikes. Nina was my favorite character from the Six of Crows Duology, so I was very disappointed in her story line. Her’s never picked up. I was boring all the way through. In fact, I gave up hope that it would ever pick up, so after a while, whenever her chapters came up I just wanted to skip them. I honestly think the book would have been better if these chapters weren’t in it. That was my main complaint, but I have a small irritant as well. About 2/3 through the book, there is another random POV. And while, I like that character, I couldn’t help but feel his POV was pointless as well.

Man, that first paragraph was harsh, so let’s talk about the good stuff, because there was A LOT of good stuff! Zoya. I LOVE her. She was refreshing. She used anger and her beauty as a shield to protect herself from the world around her. She has a rough childhood. Her character growth was probably the greatest out of all of them. Nikolai. Loved him. Always will. His was the most interesting story line. Which is good, since the book IS about him… He goes through battles internally and physically. His relationship with Zoya is SO interesting to watch unfold. Their witty, sarcastic, back and forth banter was actually pretty funny at times. All of my stars go to their story. My favorite part of the whole book (don’t worry, no spoilers) is when they leave and go on a bit of an adventure and train.

I really liked the inventions mentioned in this book. I hope there will be more talk of those. It could become a pretty cool magic/ steampunk world.

As usual, the writing style is A+! Descriptive without losing you in the story.

The ending though… WOW! SO GOOD!

So I’m going to try out a new thing in my YA reviews. I am going to add a content section. I have had a few people throughout my years of reviewing book DM me (Instagram) about if a book would be appropriate for such and such age. BUT I want to put a disclaimer, I LIKE YA BOOKS. I read them no matter what the content is, BUT I am a 27 year old adult. I am asking people right now to not get in a hubbub if I put something in the content that they think doesn’t matter. This is just so the parents can decide themselves. So, I will be putting a content warning AND other content. The things in my content warning may also be things that are necessary for certain situations. So I am not saying that they are necessarily bad. That’s why I am saying I am leaving it up to the parents to decide. I am probably over explaining myself but better that than have misunderstandings. So let’s give this a try.

CONTENT WARNING FOR KING OF SCARS: Swearing, sexual innuendos, violence, blood, depression, death, a couple scenes where dead people come out of the ground, drinking, talk of worshiping saints and gods.

OTHER CONTENT: Strong female POV, strong male POV, healthy relationships, friendship, camaraderie, overcoming your fears, using your mind to think through situations, protecting others.

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Hating to Love You (Houston’s Finest, #1) by Erin Rylie – Spoiler Free Review

Author: Erin Rylie

Publisher: Independently Published

Publication Date: January 4, 2019

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Adventure Rating: 5 Stars

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” Rafe Pierce just wants to keep his head down and earn his next promotion. Becoming Houston’s “Hot Cop” is his worst nightmare, and things only get worse when the sexiest reporter he’s ever met starts digging through his past. Sophie Klein has the power to expose a childhood he’d rather keep hidden, so why can’t he stay away from her? 

He’s everything Sophie Klein hates: brash, arrogant, and hot as hell. When a chance encounter with a bachelorette party makes Rafe a social-media sensation, Sophie is the lucky reporter chosen to tell his story. She can’t deny the chemistry between them, but is determined to keep her distance. Unfortunately for her, a drunken hookup in a bar supply closet ensures she will be spending at least the next nine months with him…”

Fan-freaking-tastic. I know, I never review romance books because it’s not a genre a usually reach for. But in the last 6-ish months or so I needed a break from Fantasy. *gasp*. I know. So when recently, my friend Erin released her first book, I picked it up! It did not dissapoint! I was in a reading slump and this was the perfect gooey, funny, read I needed.

Erin’s writing is really, really good. And I am not just saying that because I know her. She is actually really talented. It doesn’t even seem like this is her first book! Everything flowed really nicely, I was never left hanging.

Let’s talk characters. I really liked Sophie. I thought her friendships were solid. She was believable in her relationship issues. Meaning, it didn’t seem like it was written to make her seem relatable. It was believable. I LOVED her sense of fashion, her love of pie, her shoe closet, and she just seemed like a fun person! I also loved Rafe! He was so sweet and caring, and when he made mistakes, he owned up to them. BUT so did Sophie! They BOTH owned up to their mistakes! I loved their sacrifice, and I loved their ending. Which, speaking of the ending, excuse me, right in the feels.

Bring on Carlos and Kelsey’s story!!!!

The NOPE Book Tag

I came across the NOPE book tag when I was reading Cliste Bella’s Blog! It looked like fun so I thought I’d give it a go! I don’t know who the original creator of this tag is, so if you know, please let me know!

  1. NOPE. Ending: 
    A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

Bear with me beause I have not read this book in 10 years but I remember I HATED the ending of Graceling by Kristen Cashore.

2. NOPE. Protagonist:
 A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

I mean I actually don’t know anyone who thinks differently on this one… MARE BARROW! Blech. (I like the series okay but that girl…)

3. NOPE. Series: 
A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

Ready for an unpopular opinion? I actually do not like The Mortal Instruments series. I really liked The Infernal Devices though.

4. NOPE. Popular Pairing: 
A “ship” you don’t support

Alina and Mal. I went down with the Alina and Nikolai ship.

5. NOPE. Plot Twist: 
A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

Unpopular opinion alert again: When Sarah J. Maas made a certain character gay. It felt really random and like she was trying to check off an item on a diversity list. (Again, I LOVE those books and SJM to death, but I didn’t like that particular twist.)

6. NOPE. Protagonist Action/Decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

Can I put Mare here again?

7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

Horror is a heck no for me.

8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

I actually like all formats.

9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

INSTA LOVE! It’s just called lust. Ya don’t love each other.

10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

I always try to give recs a chance!

11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

When they have weird descriptions of people’s eyes. 😛

12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

Mal, Cal. I see a trend here.

13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

The Shack. YUCK!

14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

Gollum. I’ve been scared of him ever since I was a kid!

15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

I can’t say because it would be spoiler-y, but Endsinger by Jay Kristoff hurt my soul.

16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

John Green. So sorry.

I don’t really know of anyone to tag, so if you do it, let me know! I’d love to see your answers!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

This is my second time participating in Top Ten Tuesday and I’m so excited! Check out That Artsy Reader Girl for more info! Today’s top ten is, Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads. I thought this was going to be harder to find but I realized I’ve read and loved quite a few books that have under 2,000 ratings. (But they definitely should have more!!) In fact, a few of these are some of my all time favorite books!

  1. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
  2. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan
  3. Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney
  4. The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes
  5. Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk
  6. The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick
  7. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  8. Reigntime Series: Reigntime (#1) and Starlit (#2) by S.K. Levy
  9. The Progeny by Tosca Lee
  10. White Stag by Kara Barbieri

I love reading under-appreciated books. Please recommend me some more!

Cadaver & Queen (#1 & #2) Spoiler Free Review + Giveaway

Author: Alisa Kwitney

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Publication Date: Cadaver & Queen – February 27, 2018 Corpse & Crown – February 12, 2019

Genre: YA, Retellings, Historical Fiction

Cadaver & Queen

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Corpse & Crown

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Cadaver & Queen

“When Lizzie Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she’ll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-mechanical–one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school–she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.

Only this Bio-mechanical isn’t like the others. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, this one seems to have thoughts, feelings… and self-awareness.

Soon Lizzie realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein–a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Victor, it seems, still has a spark of human intelligence inside him, along with memories of things he discovered before his untimely death.. .and a suspicion that he was murdered to keep that information from getting out. Suddenly Lizzie finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that put her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Lizzie’s determined to succeed–even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire. “

Corpse & Crown


Oliver Twist gets a fresh take in this reimagining of the Dickensian classic taking the familiar characters and turning them on their heads in a historical thriller packed with weird science, political suspense, and steamy romance, perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.

From Alisa Kwitney comes a connected novel set in the same alternative Victorian England of Cadaver & QueenCorpse & Crownfollows the story of Agatha DeLacey, an Ingold nursing student who travels to London and uncovers a devastating secret about the country’s Bio-Mechanicals. Inspired by the classic story of Oliver Twist and complete with a dashing Artful Dodger-inspired male lead, this retelling is a satisfying follow-up to Kwitney’s clever and critically acclaimed young adult debut.

Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for the copies!

Cadaver & Queen

This was the most fun I’ve had reading a retelling in a long while. A retelling of Frankenstein? Come on. It was seriously thoroughly enjoyable.

Victor is our hot frankenstein and boy did he not disappoint. The chemistry he and Lizzie had was A+. Lizzie is a brash American with her own way of doing things. She is extremely smart. Smart enough to be the only female to get into medical school (this is the very early 1900’s). She is tested repeatedly and always comes out stronger. I especially love the moment between her and Grimbald towards the end.

The side characters were really fun to read about as well, and brought a solid story of their own; Byram, with his mysterious limp, Will, trying to measure up to his (supposedly) dead brother, Victor, and Aggie, having the clever things to say but more than meets the eye. And Justine… I’m still not sure what to think of her.

I thought the plot was well executed and unique. There were multiple Frankensteins and crazy doctors/ scientists and that made the story way more interesting.

Corpse & Crown

I liked this one slightly less but only because we see less of Lizzie and Victor as they race to complete an experiment before they run out of time. War is on the horizon, so I get it, they’re busy. But Aggie and Dodger are a good time. Dodger is actually the one that is all lovey-dovey, love-at-first-sight, whereas Aggie is a not in your lifetime type of gal. They make for an interesting couple even if they’re not quite as cute as our original couple.

I did, however, like the plot in this one more. It was more intense with more on the line. War is almost upon them, plus accidents and action left and right. It was more fast paced than the first one.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a fun read, go ahead and pick these up! Especially if you think a Frankenstein retelling sounds awesome.

Alisa Kwitney was an editor at DC Comics/Vertigo and is the Eisner-nominated author of graphic novels, romantic women’s fiction and urban fantasy. She was one of the authors of A Flight of Angels, which made YALSA’s Top Ten List for Great Graphic Novels for Teens, and the YA graphic novel Token, named a highlight of the Minx imprint by PW. Alisa has an MFA from Columbia University. Her thesis, Till the Fat Lady Sings, a comedy of manners about college and eating disorders, made The New York Times’ new and noteworthy in paperback list. The first issue of her latest comic book series, Mystik U, is coming out November ’17 from DC Comics. Her first YA novel, Cadaver & Queen, will be coming out with Harlequin Teen in February ’18.

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