9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of Genres

As a reader, I just cannot commit to a single genre. I like it all. And so, today’s post is all about a variety of mini reviews across several different genres, from adult romance to YA fantasy. What are your go to genres?

9 Books For Readers Who Want Variety

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of GenresBreaking Her Rules by Jennifer Snow
Series: Beyond The Cage #1
Published by Penguin on July 21, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Sports
Pages: 232
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780698408968

MMA fighters go the distance in this all-new series from Jennifer Snow, author of the Brookhollow novels.

Walker Adams was supposed to follow in his lawyer father’s footsteps, but instead he’s training to be an MMA fighter. And while he works for his chance to make it in the Maximum Fight League, he’s bunking on his baby sister’s best friend’s couch. Gracie Andrews is all grown up—in all the right places. But she’s engaged to the fight match-maker who holds Walker’s career in his hands…

Gracie had almost convinced herself that she’d put her silly childhood crush on Walker to rest. But the sight of him sleeping in only a pair of boxer briefs makes it clear that some things never change. And as old sparks turn to flames, Gracie is forced to decide between the future she thought she wanted or the man she’s never stopped loving…

Praise for Jennifer Snow:

“Snow has created a hot romance with surprising ups and downs in this friends-to-lovers tale.”—RT Book Reviews on What a Girl Wants

“Jennifer Snow is a fabulous writer who touched my heart.”—Before It’s News on Falling for Leigh

Breaking Her Rules by Jennifer Snow REALLY appealed to me. I like romances. I like sports. So I probably should have loved this one right? Well, in all honesty, I thought it was a merely okay read. I do not see myself continuing on with the series. That isn’t to say there’s no value to this book. There is, it just was not the book for me, ya know?

Walker Adams and Gracie Andrews are the main characters in Breaking Her Rules. Basically Gracie works as a promoter for the MMA in Vegas. Walker quit law school to fight in the MMA (lol what). However, by quitting law school, Walker’s dad has cut him off financially. So to get back on his feet he stays with Gracie because they grew up together. Gracie has long harbored a crush on Walker. Only she has a boyfriend (who sort of sucks if we are being honest). Anyways, sparks fly.

So one thing that did rub me the wrong way about this book was how one of the correspondents for some tv show about MMA was depicted. Like, talk about slut shaming. It was just such a turn off to read. Plus I felt like the relationship with Walker and Gracie read as shallow. I guess I like romances that are a little more in depth. That’s not to say this book wouldn’t work for anyone else, I bet it would. The adult time scenes are decently written. Just, on the whole, the chemistry and slow burn was not there for me.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of GenresNow I Rise by Kiersten White
Also by this author: Paranormalcy, Illusions of Fate, In the Shadows, And I Darken
Published by Random House Children's Books on June 27, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Historical, Medieval, Royalty, Romance
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9780553522372

The highly anticipated, mind-blowing New York Times bestselling sequel to Kiersten White’s New York Times bestseller, AND I DARKEN—the series that reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire.  A SISTER FILLED WITH RAGE Lada Dracul has no allies. No crown. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares cross her. She storms the countryside with her men, but brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed, the defiant Ottoman sultan, brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

HER BROTHER CAUGHT IN THE CROSSHAIRS Lada needs the support of her diplomatic younger brother, Radu. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. And for the first time in his life, when Lada asks him for help, he refuses . . . leading his sister to make the darkest of choices.

THE ULTIMATE POWER PLAY Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, Radu knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, would Mehmed ever forgive him? 

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost. 

Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s THE RED QUEEN and Sabaa Tahir’s A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT won’t want to miss this riveting and gorgeously written novel—the second in the And I Darken series.

★ "Gorgeous, rich, and rewarding."—Booklist, starred review

★ "Absolutely devastating in the best way."—Kirkus, starred review

“A+, 5 knives.”—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of the STARBOUND and ILLUMINAE FILES trilogies   “Fierce, epic, and crazy fun.”—Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of THE HAZEL WOOD

A Teen Choice Book Award nominee!

Praise for And I Darken:   “A dark jewel of a story, one that gleams with fierce, cunning characters—absolutely riveting.” —Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger   “A dark, gritty, and seriously badass epic that will have you dying for more . . . required reading for every feminist fantasy fan.—BuzzFeed   “Evocative . . . this book takes no prisoners.” —NPR

Switching gears a little bit, Now I Rise by Kiersten White is the second book in the And I Darken series. It follows Lada Dracul and her brother Radu through alternating chapters. This time around I read the physical book instead of listening to the audiobook. I am kind of feeling on the fence about that whole decision.

So, Now I Rise involves Lada heading back to Wallachia with her men, she is hellbent on becoming Prince of Wallachia. Along the way she’ll make allies of enemies and possible enemies of allies. Meanwhile, Radu and his wife go to Constantinople to infiltrate and sabotage. Unfortunately, Radu starts to catch some feelings for Cyprian, their host and relative to Emperor Constantine. Okay, so no lie throughout all the chapters set in Constantinople, I had that song Istanbul Was Once Constantinople in my head.

Now I Rise by Kiersten White is the second book in the And I Darken series. It follows Lada Dracul and her brother Radu through alternating chapters.

Aside from all this, I think that what Now I Rise does well is set up. I think it is setting up for something big and intensive in the next book. Now we have all the key players in their places. So, what could be next. As for the execution of the book itself, I will be honest and say I thought it was slow. It does not move along at the fast clip I am accustomed to with White’s other books. I also realize that at this point I’ll likely be returning the third book to the library unread as I do not feel the need to make it a huge priority or anything, mainly because I felt EVERY SINGLE PAGE of this book. It’s long and feels long.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of GenresThe Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty
Published by Imprint on May 9, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Action & Adventure
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250117939

An obstinate girl who will not be married. A soldier desperate to prove himself. A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a proper lady—which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for a suitable marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls—and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust—and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, Erin Beaty's The Traitor’s Kiss is full of intrigue, espionage, and lies.

An Imprint Book

"A thrilling tale with an unforgettable heroine and a love story that left me breathless..." —Mary E. Pearson, New York Times-bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles

"One of the most hotly anticipated young adult fantasy reads of 2017” —Bustle

"An action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Complex characterization, deftly layered adventure story, and [a] balanced blend of political maneuvering, romantic interludes, and action scenes." —Kirkus Reviews "Beaty balances a taut web of deceit...readers will be carried away by the mystery." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty is the first book in the Traitor’s Circle trilogy. Initially, I didn’t read this when it first came out because there was a rumor going around that it appropriated Mulan. So, now that I have finally read it, I can say LOL what. As it turns out, this book is NOTHING like Mulan. Like, the only thing it has in common is that there is a matchmaker at the beginning. So, I don’t even know how these rumors get started and get so out of control? Anyways, I thought that The Traitor’s Kiss was a pretty fun YA fantasy book with some stakes.

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The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty was such an enjoyable read. Initially I put this off because there was some controversy around it. Come to find out though, this book is nothing like Mulan. There’s a matchmaker but that is it. Basically this is the first in a trilogy about a girl named Sage who is apprentice to a matchmaker and the military escort the contingent of matchable girls and their journey across the kingdom to an event called Concordium. On the whole I had such a good time reading this book and genuinely enjoyed Sage as a character. She’s very bookish and always seeks out libraries and knowledge. Definitely would recommend to people who like fantasy without magic. . . #bookreview #bookstagram #instabook #readersofig #readersofinstagram #fiercereads #erinbeaty #bookreview

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So, this book is about a girl named Sage who is an orphan. She lives with her uncle who is a man of means and social standing. He’s not a bad guy per se. Anyways, to fulfill his duty to Sage, he makes sure she meets with the best matchmaker in the kingdom. It goes terribly. Sage ends up apologizing for messing things up so bad and winds up apprenticing to the matchmaker. From there, Sage and a group of young ladies and the matchmaker end up going on a tour to eventually end up at Concordium. They are protected by an escort group of soldiers. One of which captivates Sage’s attention and vice versa. Meanwhile, there’s treachery afoot in the kingdom.

Is this the greatest book ever written? Absolutely not. Is it a fun story of intrigue and overtly obvious villains with not super obvious motivations for being evil? Yes. Yes, it is. There’s like only one thing that I found deeply upsetting and that was the brutal and unnecessary death of this certain character who I grew attached to due to my motherly instincts. That was like really upsetting to read about. Otherwise, really enjoyed almost everything about this book. I will be continuing on with the series as well.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of GenresFamous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Also by this author: , This Adventure Ends, Foolish Hearts
Published by Henry Holt and Company (BYR) on January 15, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Social Themes, Friendship
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250179647

For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.

The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.

What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.

Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills basically has ruined me for other YA contemporary books. Like, after I finished it, I was like okay I’ll pick up another YA contemporary book on my Netgalley queue. Nope, that book was so boring and just not sparking anything in me compared to Famous In A Small Town which was ALL THE THINGS.

So, okay this book is about Sophie who loves living in Acadia, Illinois. She’s in the marching band and plays the clarinet. Also, they have been invited to play in the Rose Bowl parade in California. Sophie is on this fundraising executive board. Anyways, as it turns out it is a long shot that they will make enough money to go there. So Sophie has the brilliant idea of getting the hometown legend Megan Pleasant to come back and perform which would raise like a ton of money for the band. THAT IS ONLY SCRATCHING THE SURFACE.

Sophie also has the most amazing friend group ever and I love their group chat which is call the Where Will You Spend Eternity group. Her whole group of friends are genuine and funny and just a fun group of people to read about. AND THEN Sophie has a love interest who is the new boy next door who is in town under mysterious circumstances. We also see a text thread with her sister, Ciara. I just loved that Sophie’s friends and family play such a huge role.

I don’t want to get really in depth or spoil you. Just know this book is personable. Yes, personable. If it was a person, I would be friends with it or at least mentor it or hire it for a job. I loved it that much. I wish all dialogue was written with the crackle that Mills has. I am also now dreading running out of Emma Mills books to read (I have two more to go). She’s now on my list of favorite contemporary authors ever. Like, right up there with Morgan Matson, Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Emory Lord.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of GenresI Hate Everyone But You by Gaby DunnAllison Raskin
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 5, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Girls & Women, Social Themes, Friendship
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250129345

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!A POPSUGAR "Best Young Adult Book of 2017" PickAn Autumn 2017 Indie Next Pick!Named by Bustle as one of the "16 Books The Internet Is Going To Be Obsessed With This Year"A Barnes & Noble Pick for “Most Anticipated LGBTQIAP YA Books of the Second Half of 2017”

"Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin have captured everything about the pain and excitement of that first terrifying, fabulous, confusing year on your own in college... In this epistolary novel, you live day by day with Ava and Gen, deep inside that friendship, so deep, it feels like it’s your own." —Francine Pascal, bestselling author of the Sweet Valley High series

Perfect for fans of “Robin Talley’s What We Left Behind or Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl” (School Library Journal, Starred Review), Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin’s I Hate Everyone But You is a hilarious and heartfelt debut novel about new beginnings, love and heartbreak, and ultimately the power of friendship.

Dear Best Friend,I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.Sincerely, Ava Helmer(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We're still in the same room, you weirdo.Stop crying.GSo begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two of them document every wild and awkward moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?

I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin is an interesting concept of a book, I suppose. Basically it follows two girls – Ava and Gen as they navigate college on opposite coasts. Ava goes to USC. Gen goes to Emerson college. On the one hand, yay for more new adult books. On the other hand, I finished feeling a little bit conflicted.

I know it is a little bit shallow to want to like the characters that I read about. However, I haven’t evolved yet into a reader who is blase about that kind of thing. So, okay, this book. It is told in a series of emails and text messages between Ava and Gen. I think that is a really cool concept for a book. The characters certainly do not flinch from honesty and just let it all hang out.

However, Ava is incredibly anxious, narcissistic and kind of a homebody. Gen is much more of an outgoing cool girl type, but also really narcissistic. I found it a little bit hard to relate to these two girls and I have been to college and all that. For me, it was more similar to Ava in that I went close to home but still had some anxiety. Ava is relatively financially privileged. Gen comes across as pretty secure in herself. Still, I just, I don’t know. They were kind of mean to each other and would like freeze each other out and I thought that was a bit of a jerk move.

But, I Hate Everyone But You is a pretty honest book at least. It does not shy from difficult scenes or anything. I felt like I had a good handle on who the characters were as people. But in the end, I just didn’t care all that much for those people. I might or might not check the next book out, because some parts were really funny. Also, talk about great pacing – it took me like a day to read this. I just sit over here, on the fence.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of GenresWicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 2, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Epic
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250195685

“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

“This book destroyed me and I adored it.”- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of CaravalThis edition uses deckle edges; the uneven paper edge is intentional.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan is a book that I had been anticipating hardcore. Like, I could not wait to read this book. So much about it seemed right exactly up my alley. There’s a war, magic systems, and conflicting religions? Hello, that is SO appealing. Then there are whispers of secrets. Also, apparently this is Slavic inspired. YES PLEASE. Unfortunately, there was a lot that was left to be desired for me.

I kind of want to put the caveat out there that I read and view books very subjectively. So you may have different mileage out of Wicked Saints than I did. So, this book alternates between Nadya and Serefin. Nadya is a Cleric and the last of her kind – or well to be more accurate, Clerics were gone for 30 years and now she’s the first. She is from Kalyazin. Meanwhile, Serefin is a Blood Mage from the country that is the enemy, Tranavia. Further complicating matters is another mage from Kalyazin and honestly I am not even going to attempt to spell his name but it’s Mal-something-something-csz. He’s the one with a secret. So okay, their paths all cross and it turns out that they may have a mission in common, to kill the Tranavian king and end the war.

Overall, I felt like the characters were kept at arm’s length from me. Like, I cared a little bit. However when Nadya was going through some extreme physical pain, I basically just shrugged. Probably my favorite was Serefin because he was the most complex and his arc was actually interesting. As for the rest, I just did not care. And I think that is something that lead to this book feeling so long too. By the end, I was so glad to be finished.

However, the gods part and the Cleric part is fascinating. I do wish this book had delved into that a little bit more. Like, it seemed like that was something that could have been expanded on. Actually, I feel like a lot could have been expanded on, but instead it seems like we’re only just scratching the surface with all the cool elements. Maybe I’ll check out the sequels, maybe not. At this point I feel no commitment to this series.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of GenresNot Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
Also by this author: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You
Published by St. Martin's Press on November 21, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Social Themes, New Experience, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250148179

AN INDIE NEXT PICK!Jennifer E. Smith meets The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy in Lily Anderson's Not Now, Not Ever, a deliciously nerdy companion to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You ONE OF Paste's BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOKS IN NOVEMEBER 2017"A wonderful book." —School Library Journal

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer.

1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mom's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her determination, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and run away to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College—the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program, and her dream school. She’s also going to start over as Ever Lawrence: a new name for her new beginning. She’s even excited spend her summer with the other nerds and weirdos in the completion, like her socially-awkward roommate with neon-yellow hair, and a boy who seriously writes on a typewriter and is way cuter than is comfortable or acceptable.

The only problem with her excellent plan to secretly win the scholarship and a ticket to her future: her golden-child, super-genius cousin Isaiah has had the same idea, and has shown up at Rayevich smugly ready to steal her dreams and expose her fraud in the process.

This summer’s going to be great.

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson is a companion novel of sorts to The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, which honestly was a debut that I LOVED. I think though, to fully enjoy Not Now, Not Ever, you should read it relatively close to The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You. Personally, I read these books like three years apart and feel like something is missing with all that time going by. However, that is not to say I did not enjoy Not Now, Not Ever. I totally did. I just wonder if it would have gone from really liked to OMG LOVE if I had read closer together.

Not Now, Not Ever follows Elliott Gabaroche who runs away to genius camp for the summer. You see, her choices were either Air Force camp or mock trial camp or staying home and helping her stepmother Beth practice for The Importance Of Being Earnest. Elliott takes things into her own hands and ends up going to the Rayevich College summer program to compete for a full ride scholarship so that she can pursue the academic course of her dreams – a study in science fiction. At camp, she goes by Ever Lawrence and is sort of reinventing herself. Meanwhile, as it turns out, her annoying cousin Isiah had the same idea. Run away for the summer to genius camp. So the two sort of have to get along in order to pull off not actually spending the summer learning about the Air Force.

Of course, there’s also romance in the air between “Ever” and Brandon. Also, all the camp counselors are characters from The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You. In all, there’s definitely chemistry between Ever and Brandon. It is not quite as dramatic as Trixie and Ben, but that’s okay. I liked that this was a more chill sort of summer romance. But, I will say I am forever a sucker for hate to love and kind of missed that with this book. It was cool seeing Brandon’s connection to the previous characters (although I don’t even remember him from the first book, but in my defense, I think it’s been like five whole years since I read it). Or maybe three years? Anyways.

So, Lily Anderson is definitely an author whose work I am going to actively keep reading and pursuing. I think her writing style has some great homages to different nerdy things without beating you over the head with it or gatekeeping. Suffice to say, I am a fan and should probably go look up Undead Girl Gang in my library catalog.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of GenresShadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
Also by this author: Wintersong
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 6, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250129147

The conclusion to the gorgeous and lush Wintersong duology, Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones.

Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

“A maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in.”—Marie Lu, #1 New York Timesbestselling author

I feel like I have been on a mission to get my Netgalley queue into compliance. Now that I have finally hit 80% reviewed, I want more. I have made it my new mission to hit 85% reviewed. Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones is a sequel that I read as a part of that mission. Honestly, I was wondering around the library, saw it on the shelf and was like — oh I need to read this for Netgalley, it has been on my queue FOREVER. Thankfully, this gets the circulation number up and I finally, FINALLY read the book.

Unfortunately as excited as I was for Shadowsong after being bewitched by Wintersong, the conclusion fell flat for me. I guess I was expecting something just as engaging. So, the plot of this book is basically it takes place after Liesl comes back from the Underground and her time with the Goblin King. She’s unable to compose. Meanwhile, Josef is in Vienna performing with Francois. Their mentor dies. Josef struggles. Liesl and Josef and Katya all reunite in Vienna thanks to the generosity of a mysterious patron. Also both Liesl and Josef are having a hard time mentally. Anyways so there’s something going on with the Underground that could screw over everyone, so Liesl has to solve the issue.

That’s about as vague as I can be. I will say that the pacing is super slow. I had a hard time caring about the characters and just felt so uninvested. Like, I just did not care if they lived or died or got stuck in the Underground – maybe because of the slow pace. At one point, I thought I was going to cheat on this book and read something else and slow it down to a chapter per day, but then I was closer to the end and just pushed through. I think maybe if you go in with lowered expectations and read this close to Wintersong, you will like it more than I did probably.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

9 Books For People Who Read A Variety Of GenresYou'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 2, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Performing Arts, Music, Social Themes, Emotions & Feelings
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250192905

"If you’re still obsessing over A Star Is Born (because, same) you’ll love this new romance novel by Erin Hahn." - Cosmopolitan

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

Erin Hahn’s thrilling debut, You’d Be Mine, asks: can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

"Witty and charming, with an off-the-charts, irresistible blend of romance, humor, and characters who steal your heart from page one. Erin Hahn is an author to watch." - Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

I now have a new obsession and that obsession is You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn. What a heck of a debut novel! This book has all my favorite things. You’d Be Mine has country music, solid friendships, travel on the road, personal issues, and main character chemistry. So, you know, all the requirements for a perfect pool read.

Hahn’s debut is told in alternating chapters between Clay and Annie. Clay has been famous for about a year and sings frat boy country. Unfortunately, his reputation has him in trouble with his record company and so he has to go on tour with Annie Mathers. Annie is essentially the product of country music royalty. Both of her parents were famous stars. Unfortunately, they died and so Annie will make her debut without them in the wings. But, she can more than get by on her own talent and her squeaky clean image. Anyways, Clay and Annie’s band Under The Willows hit the road together for a summer tour.

I now have a new obsession and that obsession is You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn. What a heck of a debut novel! This book has all my favorite things. You'd Be Mine has country music, solid friendships, travel on the road, personal issues, and main character chemistry. So, you know, all the requirements for a perfect pool read.

Okay, so I really did love basically everything about You’d Be Mine. It is such a fast read, like it took me three weekdays to get through which is no time at all when you factor in work and home obligations. I feel very hard for both Annie and Clay. They’re good kids who have interesting pasts and well, futures. Both have different vulnerabilities that made them interesting. There were parts whereI definitely teared up, but that’s also probably because I am overemotional as a reader?

Regardless, if you want a book that is THE perfect summer read, you’ll need to get your hands on Hahn’s You’d Be Mine. Like, while reading this I kept wishing the songs were real and I had some kind of Spotify soundtrack to listen. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Hahn and am glad there’s a new contemporary author to add to my favorites list.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Ohh, This list is just made for me. You made me add 9 books in my TBR in just a few minutes of reading an article.
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