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Mera Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige & Stephen Byrne

Genre: Graphic Novel, YA

After watching Aquaman last week, I thought Mera was a total badass and was stoked to have received a copy of Mera: Tidebreaker.

This story goes back to the beginning to a young Mera and Arthur. Mera wants to prove to her father that she is more than just a princess. She is a warrior.

Arthur has no idea who he truly is and is about to find out.

For me, this didn’t read like the typical DC Comics I’m used to. It felt more like it was for a much younger audience..which isn’t a bad thing. My 7 year old son is a huge DC Comics fan like I am, so this was one that he was able to enjoy as well.

Overall, I loved getting to know more of Mera’s past and meeting the teenage Arthur Curry.

Aquaman and Mera are still relatively new to me. I’ve always been more of Superman and Wonder Woman kinda gal, so this was a good introduction.

Are you a fan of DC Comics? Who’s your favourite hero or villain?

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

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April TBR #botm

What’s on your April reading list??

Here’s what I plan to read:

Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Page & Stephen Byrne

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Opposite Of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Have you read any of these yet?

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March Wrap Up #monthlywrapup

How did your reading go this month? Did you read all the books that was on your March list?

It was a good month for me. I was able to read additional books that weren’t on my list, but were on my tbr:

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward – ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams –⭐⭐ 1/2

Where’d You Go Burnadette? by Maria Semple -⭐⭐⭐⭐

Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego by Rebecca Tinker – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – DNF

The Pisces by Melissa Broder – ⭐⭐⭐

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[#BookReview] The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Genre: Romance

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Ummm..well this was…interesting? I’ve never read anything like this, so it was definitely bizarre and left me questioning how I would even rate it.

I don’t read erotica, but sex with a merman?! I couldn’t help but be intrigued.

Aside from the steamy scenes, this story touches on some dark, yet serious topics such as depression and suicide.

Lucy is on a downward spiral. She’s lost the passion for writing her thesis and just broke up with her longtime boyfriend Jamie.

I didn’t love this one, but I didn’t hate it or roll my eyes either.

There were times she rambled on, but I was quite entertained by Lucy’s interactions with the men she meets.

Definitely a summer or beach read.

Have you read it?

Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her Los Angeles-based sister insists Lucy housesit for the summer—her only tasks caring for a beloved diabetic dog and trying to learn to care for herself.

Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks.

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[#BookReview] My Lovely wife by Samantha Downing #overhypedbooks #mylovelywife

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: DNF

Perhaps my expectations were too high? I was a fan of the show Dexter and also enjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Smith..so of course, it was only natural I’d be intrigued by the premise of this story.

Again, I’m a lone ranger when it comes to not enjoying a book that everyone else seemed to love.

I’m sorry, but I was bored by the time I hit chapter 7. I liked that it was narrated by the husband, but it also became bland as the story progressed. I kept waiting for something exciting and gory to happen. After all, their extracurricular activities involved murder. But that moment didn’t happen.

I also didn’t feel that love connection between the husband and Millicent.

I think I would’ve enjoyed this book more if it was told in alternating POV’s between Millicent and the husband.

Have you read it? Did you love it like everyone else??

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

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[#BlogTour] Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan @RaincoastBooks @StMartinsPress @WednesdayBooks

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Genre: YA, Fantasy

** Thank you Raincoast Books, St. Martin’s Press & Wednesday Books for my ARC **

There’s no mercy in this story and packs a good punch right from the first chapter.  There’s bloodshed, magic and unlikely alliances.

I found myself in awe of the atmosphere and setting that Duncan creates. The architecture, snow and the mountains… It had a bit of a Game of Thrones feel to it.

The Characters..

Serefin

I had a soft spot for him right from the start and really enjoyed his parts of the book. I always seem to fall for the bad boys!! Seriously..that scar on his eye had me thinking Jason Mamoa (yum).

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In all fairness, if someone had slashed your eye as a child, I think you’d be out for blood too!

Ostyia

Serefin’s companion..I liked her! She was a badass. Very Kill Bill with her missing eye!

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Nadya

Even though she was my least favourite character, her gift of communicating with different gods and what they could do was pretty neat. I admired her loyalty.

Malachiasz

He kinda comes out of nowhere..he’s dark, mysterious and whaat? Tranavian!

To be honest, I was a bit confused with his introduction into the story and it takes a while to figure out why he’s there.

The way his appearance was described, I couldn’t help but picture the Medjai from The Mummy.

Overall, it felt like I was playing a game Mario Kart. You start off fast, things begin to slow down, but then you pick up speed again.

It was a bit of a heavier fantasy, but I really enjoyed the concept and action scenes.

To read an excerpt: Wicked Saints

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.

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Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? By Rebecca Tinker #bookreview #middlegradebooks @RaincoastBooks @HMHKids

Genre: Middle Grade

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

** Thank you Raincoast Books & HMH Kids for my copy **

Mischief could have been my middle name.

I have absolutely no shame when it comes to reading middle grade. It keeps me young!

I grew up playing the computer game and watching the show Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? back in the 80’s, so I was uber excited to receive a copy of this.

To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect. I find middle grade books can be hit or miss, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one and loved very moment of it! It didn’t read like a middle grade book in my opinion, making it suitable for an adult who’s a kid at heart like myself! This certainly did the Carmen Sandiego I remember, justice!

I loved that “Player” was from Ontario, Canada! My neck of the woods! Woot woot!

I’ve only seen a couple of episodes on Netflix, but it seems to compliment each other well.

Whether you’ve had any previous knowledge of Carmen Sandiego or not, this is an adventurous tale for all to enjoy.

Based on the Netflix original series with a foreword by Gina Rodriguez. For decades, people have asked the question: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? But just who is this infamous and elusive globe-trotting criminal?

A skilled thief on a mysterious mission, Carmen Sandiego is endlessly pursued by ACME and Interpol. But the woman in the red fedora is always one step ahead! In this novelization, based on the Netflix animated series, Carmen shares her own backstory for the first time ever. Now, it’s time to find out…. Who in the world is Carmen Sandiego.