Currently Obsessed With: May 2020

Good morning!

I can’t believe it’s June already.  This has felt like the longest and shortest year ever.  It’s been quite a year and we’re not even halfway through the year.  I have ventured out a little- grocery shopping and laundry, usually, but it’s nice to be somewhere that’s not home or work.  I got fish tacos and they were really good.  Like, they were better than normal.  Maybe it’s because I haven’t had any for a while.

Anyway, here is how May went for me.

Inspired By:

  • Subscription boxes.  I have a few I’m getting.  A couple are still pretty new, so I’ll hold off on talking about those for now.  But I’ve been getting the Feeling Fab box (May’s box is pictured below) for just over a year, and I’m really glad to have it!  I’ve been terrible about using the sheet masks and other beauty products included, but since my skin has been feeling dry and really irritated, I figured it was time to actually use of the things included.  I have been taking time to just settle down and it’s been nice, even if it’s for 10 or 15 minutes at a time.

  • CSA Box.  This was something I was thinking about in April, and I settled on the box from the W.D. Dickinson farm.  I’m getting a box every couple of weeks, and it’s been an adventure figuring out how to make things I don’t usually eat!

Watching:

  • October Faction.  I really liked this show.  I’m not sure if there’s going to be a second season, but if there is, I want to know what happens next.
  • The Order.  You can’t go wrong with secret societies, especially when family secrets are involved.
  • Outer Banks.  I don’t know why but the finding treasure aspect made me think of the Goonies.  It’s a pretty cool show though, and I really liked everyone trying to figure out what was going on.
  • Divergent.  I’ve been going through my movies, wondering if I donate some of the movies I haven’t watched to the library when it opens up.  I decided to watch Divergent because I couldn’t remember the last time I watched it.  I actually forgot how much I enjoyed the movie.  And the books, which I really want to re-read now.
  • Pride And Prejudice.  Like Divergent, I decided to watch the Keira Knightley version of Pride And Prejudice because I couldn’t remember the last time I watched it.  I enjoyed it, but I don’t know that I’ll watch it again.
  • Studio Ghibli movie marathon.  I watched Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle In The Sky.  I didn’t get to watch My Neighbor Totoro, but I’m definitely planning on watching that soon.  I forgot how much I love Studio Ghibli movies.

Reading:

Not a lot actually.  I’m just not in a reading mood right now, which is why reviews have been few and far between in May.  Hopefully, I’ll be back to reading soon.

Thinking About:

Disney.  I’ve had Disney on the brain lately.  I think I may need to have a Disney movie marathon.

Listening To:

  • The Bananas Podcast.  Sometimes, I just need some weird, random news, and this podcast definitely has it!
  • Audiomachine.  I came across them on a twitter thread of music recommendations.  I am glad I gave them a listen, because their music sounds like something from a movie.
  • Lady Antebellum.  I’m not sure why, but I have been in a Lady Antebellum mood lately.
  • Disney.  I’ve been in such a Disney mood lately, and I’ve been listening to the Disney playlist I made last year.

Dream Life:

  • Crochet.  I haven’t been crocheting, but I have been dreaming about it.
  • My grandpa.  It’s weird, because when I dream about my family, it’s my grandma who usually pops up.  But it was around the time my grandpa died, so that might be it.

Researching:

  • Sewing patterns/fabric.  For the sewing machine I got.  I’ve been looking at skirts, because I, for the life of me, can never find a skirt when I actually shop for clothes.  And I will need fabric for said skirts.  I feel like buying fabric would be a lot easier in person, but that is something I don’t want to do right now, so online it is.
  • Moisturizer.  My skin has been dry and irritated for the last few weeks, and I really want to find something that is both moisturizing and soothing.  My usual moisturizer is okay but not working the way I want it to, so it’s time to see what else is out there.

Eating+Drinking:

  • Smoothies.  I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies lately.
  • Zucchini.  I don’t know why, but I’ve been eating a lot of zucchini.  I’m just going with it, honestly.
  • Starbucks!  I haven’t gone the last couple of months, but I have made the occasional stop now that some of the stores near me are opening up.

Grateful For:

  • Having a job.  I feel like this has come up a lot but I am still grateful to have a job to go to.
  • Taking time to relax.  I’ve taken quite a few baths, and a couple of times a week, I’ll just be in bed with a sheet mask on.  It’s nice to just sit and do nothing for a few minutes.

Good Things:

  • Registering for summer school.  I decided to go back to school, and I’m actually excited about it.  I’m taking math, English and medical terminology.  Hopefully, it’ll go well.  I’m not worried about English or medical terminology but math is not my strong suit, so I’m hoping I’ll do okay.
  • Sheet masks have been a godsend.  They’ve been really soothing for my face right now, and I found a few that I liked enough to order more.
  • My birthday!  I turned 34!  I didn’t do much but the Studio Ghibli movie marathon was what I did on my birthday.  I also made myself a chocolate cake, and it was really good.  Other than that, I didn’t do much.

That’s all for today, and I’ll be back with a couple of reviews soon.

See you soon and stay safe,

Book Review: Havenfall by Sara Holland

Book: Havenfall by Sara Holland

Published March 2020 by Bloomsbury YA|400 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library

Series: Havenfall #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe…

I liked Havenfall!  I was excited about this book after reading her Everless series, but I have to say, I didn’t like this book as much as Everless.

I like the world, and I like the idea of a sanctuary in the mountains that connects all of these different worlds.  I personally had a hard time remembering which world was which, and I also had some trouble keeping of some of the characters.  I also liked the setting, and I wish we got to explore more of Havenfall.  It seems like a beautiful place, and I really hope we get to see more of it in the next book.

I know we had to stay in the inn for this book, and it makes me a little sad, because I feel like there’s a lot more we can see and explore.  It really does seem like the perfect intersection between all of these different worlds, where they can all come together at a neutral meeting ground.  I really, really hope this world will get a little bit bigger in the next book.

I felt like we went from event to event with not a lot in between, which is weird because it also felt like the book moved at a really slow pace.  I know this is the book in a series, and we might get more information as the series goes on, but I felt like I didn’t get enough information in this book.

I was surprised by the mystery aspect of it.  I was expecting it to be more of a fantasy.  Don’t get me wrong, that was definitely there, and I kind of like the mystery elements.  It did keep me reading because I wanted to know what happened next.

I’m honestly not sure what else to say about Havenfall- I feel like I’ve said everything I’ve needed to say, so onto my rating!

3 stars.  I liked it enough to want to read the next book, and I really hope we see more of the world in the next book.

It’s Tea Time: The Republic Of Tea And The Literary Tea Company

Good morning!

Since I’ve been drinking a lot of tea, I thought I’d share some of the tea I’ve been drinking.  If I’m not drinking anything from my Sips By box, I’m either drinking the Republic Of Tea or something from the Literary Tea Company.  Pretty much because that’s what I have, and even though I want to buy all the tea, I have more than enough tea to last a while.

First, I’m going to talk about the Republic Of Tea.

Banana Chocolate: I like this one.  It’s a good combination of banana and chocolate, and as much as I like that combination, the banana was a little overwhelming.

Strawberry Chocolate: The strawberry chocolate didn’t really come through, but it still tastes pretty good.  This one is another one I like, and I’ll drink what I have but I don’t know that I would buy it again once I’m finished.

Peppermint Chocolate: The chocolate didn’t come through but I could taste the mint.  It’s pretty good if my stomach isn’t feeling great, which does happen from time to time.  And it smells really good.

Wild Blueberry: I can smell the blueberries but I cannot taste them.  I still really like it but not as a flavored tea.  I’m assuming it’s supposed to be flavored but maybe not.  Either way, it’s a pretty good tea.

British Breakfast: I really, really like this tea.  It’s especially good in the morning or early afternoon, for some reason.  But I’d drink it any time of day.

As for the Literary Tea Company, here’s what I’ve been drinking:

Hans Christian Anderson: It’s really good.  I love the chocolate in it but I couldn’t taste the orange, and you’d think that would come through.  I mean, I still really like it and all, and I’d definitely get it again.

A.A. Milne: This is very Winnie The Pooh.  It’s fruity but has a zing to it, and is something Tigger would probably like.

J.M. Barrie: Like everything else I’ve mentioned, I really like this tea.  It tastes like chocolate!

Merida: I like the chocolate caramel combination, and it smells really good too.  It really does make me think of Merida, and now I want to watch Brave.  Anyway, this is a really good tea, and I’m glad I gave it a try.

You know what’s weird?  I didn’t even realize until I started writing that I gravitate towards chocolate tea.  Maybe it’s just what I’ve started off with or maybe it’s just what sounded good when I bought it.  Either way, there’s a lot of tea in my my future.

Have a great day,

Around The Internet #25

Hi!  I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy right now.  If you need something to take your mind off things, I hope the links below help.

That’s all for today, and stay safe and healthy out there.

Take care,

Book Review: Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Book: Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Published March 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books|480 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Bone Grace #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

Bone Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

This book was really cool!  The world is different but there’s something familiar about it too.

I really liked the idea of Bone Criers, and how they use animal bones to ferry dead souls.  I don’t know why, but it made me think of Greek mythology.  The fact that they use strengths from the animals is pretty cool, and I like that there’s a purpose to it.

Bastien was interesting- I get why he wanted revenge, but by taking revenge on Ailesse, he finds himself in the same position as his father.  He and Ailesse end up in a very interesting position and I’m curious to see how it works out with what happened to Ailesse at the end of the book.  The second he crossed Ailesse’s path, I knew it would change things drastically.  I wasn’t wrong, and my predication ended up being right.

I felt for Sabine, and from what we see about the Bone Criers, I don’t blame her for not having the stomach for it.  I wouldn’t either, honestly.  But after what happened to Ailesse, she doe change her tune a little bit.  It’s obvious she wants Ailesse to be okay, and she really will do anything for her.

What Odiva does…it really changes things for their whole family.  I’m not completely sure that I like her, but she is interesting, and I kind of wanted to know more about her.  I don’t know that we’ll learn more about her, but we might get bits and pieces.  I’m not going to lie, I did want it to be connected to Bastien and his friends somehow.  I think it would have thrown another wrench in things, but we definitely get enough of that in this book.  Still, I really would have liked that.

I am looking forward to the next book.  I really want to see where things go, and how things work out for both Ailesse and her family.

I actually liked the multiple narrators in this book.  Sabine, Ailesse and Bastien take turns narrating, and I thought it worked well.  Given they’re all on different paths, we get see what’s going on with each characters, and the reader has a better idea of what’s going on than the characters do.  Ailesse and Bastien do spend a lot of the book together but I liked seeing what they were thinking.  Since they do spend some time apart, it also means we get see what they’re doing when they’re not together.

3 stars.  There’s a lot I liked and I have a lot of questions.  I didn’t love it, but I’m still looking forward to the next book.

Book Review: Tarot by Marissa Kennerson

Book: Tarot By Marissa Kennerson

Published February 2019 by Razorbill|288 pages

Where I Got It: I own the hardcover

Series: None

Genre: YA Fantasy

Anna was never supposed to exist. Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King’s archnemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower, with only her mentors and friends the Hermit, the Fool, and the Magician to keep her company. To pass the time, Anna imagines unique worlds populated by creatives and dreamers—the exact opposite of the King’s land of fixed fates and rigid rules—and weaves them into four glorious tapestries.

But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and her promised release from the Tower, Anna discovers her true lineage: She’s the daughter of Marco, a powerful magician, and the King is worried that his magical gifts are starting to surface in Anna. Fearing for her life, Anna flees the Tower and finds herself in Cups, a lush, tropical land full of all the adventure, free-spiritedness, and creativity she imagined while weaving.

Anna thinks she’s found paradise in this world of beachside parties, endless food and drink, and exhilarating romance. But when the fabric of Cups begins to unravel, Anna discovers that her tapestries are more than just decoration. They’re the foundation for a new world that she is destined to create—as long as the terrors from the old world don’t catch up with her first.

I am a little disappointed in Tarot.  I wanted to like it, but unfortunately, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would.

I did like the world, but I felt like I was missing a lot.  I mean, Kennerson did draw from Tarot cards, which is cool.  I do wonder if that’s why I felt like I was missing something.  I like the idea of some of the cards as worlds, and some of the cards as characters.  I really like that idea, and it’s really unique.

I’m not really familiar with the different cards and their meanings, and I can’t help but wonder if that’s why things didn’t feel as developed as they could have.

Does it feel more developed if you’re really familiar with tarot?  If that’s the case, it is a little sad, because a lot of the world won’t feel completely developed for people like me, who don’t have a lot of familiarity with it.  I’m really hoping that’s not the case, because the book was pretty short, so it’s not like a lot of time could have been devoted to explaining the world a little more.  I like the world enough that I’m hoping it’s because of the length of the book.

I’m not sure how I feel about the characters.  They were okay, but I couldn’t begin to tell you most of their names or anything about them.  Part of it is I just don’t remember a lot of the characters, even though I know they exist.  I know there’s the Fool, the Hermit and the Magician, plus the king and Anna but I couldn’t tell you who the other characters are.

It’s interesting that Kennerson didn’t give them another name, and that they were the Fool or the Magician the whole time.  It was hard to care about them, because I felt like they were just an image from a card, and weren’t important enough to have any other names.

Anna wasn’t memorable either, which is disappointing for the main character.  Other than being locked away in a tower for her whole life before escaping to Cups, I couldn’t tell you much about her.  I’m glad she got out and was able to experience life outside a tower.  I liked seeing her experience things for the first time, but it also made me really sad for her.  Other than that, though, I didn’t really know a lot about her.

1 star.  I liked that the world and characters came from tarot cards but I wanted more from the book.

It’s Tea Time: April 2020

Hi there!

Today, I’m talking about tea!  I’ve really liked the Sips By boxes, and I feel like each box is getting better and better.  I’m just talking about the April Box today, but I have a lot of tea I want to talk about, and I think I’m going to save those for another time.

Pictured above is the box I got.  I do love that they include tea bags for the loose leaf tea, and that they have a card about each tea that they send.

Pear White Tea from Revolution Tea: I really like this tea!  I, unfortunately, could not taste any pear, and I definitely need to drink another cup or two to see if I can taste the pear.

Tootie Fruity from Tea Please: I really liked this one too!  It tasted just as fruity as it smelled.  That was nice, because sometimes, I feel like a tea will smell great, but you can’t taste any of the awesome…smells?  I’m not sure how else to put it, honestly, but I hope it makes sense.

Dark Chocolate Cookie from Cookie Tea:  I really liked this one as well.  I loved the smell and taste of the chocolate, but I didn’t get the cookie aspect of it.  Unless it’s just a naming thing, and not a taste thing.  Either way, it was really good!

Cinnamon Rose Black Tea From Miss Tea:  I liked this one.  I loved the smell of cinnamon wafting from my mug, and I liked the taste, though the taste of rose wasn’t my favorite.  And I couldn’t taste the cinnamon, which was sad, because it smelled really good.  There was a weird aftertaste, and I think it was because of the rose flavor.  It’s not my favorite one of the box

Overall: I really liked this box, and this was not hit and miss like the other boxes!  February and March were definitely mixed, but with this box, things were more consistent in terms of how I felt about it.  I would definitely get most of them again, but probably not the Cinnamon Rose Black Tea.

That actually wraps it up for today.  I know it’s a short one, but there will be more tea talk soon.

Have a great day,

Currently Obsessed With: April 2020

Hi everyone!

So, I can’t believe it’s May already!  Time is so weird, and I can’t believe I’m recapping April already.  2020 has been the longest year ever, and even though April didn’t feel as long as March, April still felt pretty long.  April was full of familiar things, and I’ve found that I’ve wanted to revisit things I haven’t listened to or read in a while.

I barely took any pictures last month, and with being at work or at home, there hasn’t been a lot of picture-taking.  But I did get a picture of some of the tea I plan on drinking.  I got it from the Literary Tea Company, and everything I have tried has been really good, so I know they will be too!

Let’s get to the highlights from April!

Inspired By:

  • The Smoothie Project.  I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies lately, and it’s been a really easy way for me to get some extra fruit and vegetables in.  I’ve only made the Bright Green smoothie so far, and it’s really good!  Everything looks really good, and I’m pretty excited to try some new smoothies.
  • YallStayHome.  I was really sad when YallWest got cancelled, because I was really looking forward to it.  I had a great time last year, but I watched a few of the panels that they did virtually, and it was really cool/inspiring to hear a lot of authors talk about writing and life.

Watching:

  • How To Get Away With Murder.  This was more of a rewatch of the first 5 seasons, but I was in the mood for a lot of drama…and murder.
  • October Faction.  I started watching this at the end of April so I’m not that far into it.  But I really like the couple of episodes I’ve seen, so I’m sure I’ll have more to talk about once I’ve seen more.

Reading:

  • Shatter Me.  After finishing Imagine Me, I decided I needed to read the whole series again.  It’s nice to read something familiar but also awesome.
  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.  I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, and I’m taking my time with this one.  But I love the tips I’ve seen so far, and it seems like it is a great resource.
  • Jubilee.  I love the history in it!  I’ve only made the chicken and dumplings (which were amazing) but it’s equal parts cookbook and cooking history, which is cool and different.

Thinking About:

  • Joining a CSA.  Most of my grocery shopping lately has been for produce but it would be cool to support a local farm.  I’ve actually thought about it off and on for quite a while, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot more lately.

Listening To:

  • The Black Tapes.  I don’t know why but I just really wanted to listen to this podcast again.  I really like story and how it went in a completely different direction than I thought it would.
  • Welcome To Night Vale.  After listening to The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home, I immediately starting listening to Night Vale from the beginning.  I forgot how many of the really early episodes are really cool (and quote worthy).

Dreamlife:

  • The San Diego Zoo!  I’ve dreaming about going to the Zoo a lot lately, and I don’t know if it’s because I’m following a few aquariums and zoos on Twitter, or if I just really need to get out of the house.  Once things settle, and the Zoo opens up, I’m definitely going!

Researching:

  • Label Makers.  I have some things I need to label, and I just want it to look pretty and organized.
  • Body Pillows.  I’ve been sleeping good but in really weird positions, and I just need something to help out with that.
  • Weighted blankets.  I’ve had a hard time falling asleep, and I’ve heard weighted blankets can help with that.  I feel overwhelmed by the options, and I don’t know if I should go with both a body pillow and a weight blanket, or one of them.  Does anyone have a recommendation of one they really like?

Eating And Drinking:

  • Smoothies.  I’ve talked about being on a smoothie kick already, and though I love this Basic Blueberry Smoothie, it’s also time to try something different.
  • Chili.  Mostly because I’m using up stuff from my pantry that I wanted to get rid of, but chili is always good.
  • Chocolate.  I’ve been on a chocolate kick this month.  Normally, I’m not big on sweets, which is weird, because I love to bake.  But if I want chocolate, I’m going to eat it!
  • Breakfast.  I’m not usually hungry in the morning, but lately, I’ve been pretty hungry by the time I get to work.  I started keeping stuff in the freezer that I can heat up.
  • Tea!  I have quite a bit of tea, and I’m excited about some of the tea I shared above.

Grateful For:

  • Having a job.  I still feel lucky that I have a job to go to, and I’m glad I can keep a routine going.
  • Virtual YALLWEST.  Even though the in-person YALLWEST was cancelled, I’m glad a virtual one was put together.
  • Just being okay.  Oddly enough, I’ve been a lot happier than I have been in a while, and I’m glad I’m doing okay.

Good Things:

  • Getting the stimulus check.  It actually came at the perfect time, because I had to get a new car.  The reason for the new car was not great- there were a few days where it was raining pretty bad, and I hydroplaned, spun around, and proceeded to total my car.  It was terrifying, because I was driving, and the next thing I knew, I was spinning around.  I’m okay, though, and as long as I’m okay, that’s all that matters.
  • I had some time off which was great- I had a four-day weekend followed by a three-day weekend.  I had originally requested the time off for the LA Times Festival Of Books (postponed) and YALLWEST, which was cancelled, but done virtually.  It worked out really well, though, because I ended up using some of the time off to go car shopping and do other car-related stuff.
  • I’ve been cooking up a storm, and I can’t remember the last time I cooked so much!  Months, for sure.  I’ve cooked, of course, but I’ve cooked stuff to keep in the freezer.  And I’m enjoying being in the kitchen again.  For a while, I wasn’t super into cooking, and it’s nice to be interested in it again.  A lot of it has gone into the freezer to use later, but it’s nice knowing that I can pull something out of the freezer if I don’t want to make anything.

And that wraps up April!

Stay safe out there,

Book Review: All The Stars And Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Book: All The Stars And Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Published February 2020 by Imprint|384 pages

Where I Got It: I own the hardcover

Series: All The Stars And Teeth #1

Genre: YA Fantasy

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

I really liked All The Stars And Teeth!

It’s a really interesting fantasy, and the beginning of it really does remind me of Throne Of Glass.  Amora really wanted to save her kingdom, and I admire what she went through in order to do it.

Her journey takes her all over Visidia, and there’s a lot she doesn’t know.  I can understand why her father kept it from her, but I also feel like she made the decisions she did because it was kept from her.  Then again, I feel like the book would be a little bit different if she had all of the information.

I loved the adventure, and the unlikely group of people traveling all over the place.  I think, if you liked Six Of Crows, you’ll like this book.  There’s just something about this group that made me think of them.

Besides, how can you go wrong with a crew that has a mermaid, a pirate, and a stowaway, all captained by a princess?  Our fearless mermaid was not in this book enough, but hopefully, we’ll see her more in the next book.  I really wish I could remember her name.  Or the name of anyone besides Amora.  I’m just not good at remembering names, but I really did like everyone.  They work pretty well together, and make a good team.

I am wondering how everything relating to Amora’s magic is going to work out.  I mean, I’m sure it will, but I’m excited to see how that works itself out.

The descriptions are amazing, and there were quite a few times I just let it sink it.  I feel like I’ve read a lot of books lately that have great descriptions, and this is one of them.  I could picture things really well as I was reading, and I’m glad we got to see so much of Amora’s world.  I really could see each place so well, while also be able to use my imagination a little bit.  It was a pretty good balance.

4 stars.  I really liked All The Stars And Teeth, and I am really excited about reading the next book.

Book Review: Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

Book: Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

Published February 2020 by Balzer + Bray|560 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library

Series: Dread Nation #2

Genre: YA Alternate History

The sequel to Dread Nation is a journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America.

After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother.

But nothing is easy when you’re a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodermus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880’s America.

What’s more, this safe haven is not what it appears – as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her.

But she won’t be in it alone.

Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by – and that Jane needs her, too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not.

Watching Jane’s back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it’s up to Katherine to keep hope alive – even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.

I liked Deathless Divide, but not as much as Dread Nation.

So, this book picks up where Dread Nation left off, and we follow Jane and Katherine after leaving Summerland.  Both Jane and Katherine narrate, which was a good thing, because they do get separated.  But I didn’t care for Katherine’s half of the book, and I spent her chapters wishing we could get back to Jane’s story.

I was a lot more interested in Jane’s story, and I think it’s because we follow her in the first book.  I didn’t particularly care about Katherine, or what happened to her.

The two narrators are a big reason why I didn’t love this book.  It was hard to stay interesting when I only cared about reading one of the characters.  Not only that, but I thought the first book was pretty well resolved, and I didn’t particularly care about what happened after.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read this book, and I’m glad that I got to see what happened after the first book ended.  I just didn’t care as much as I thought I would.

I struggled to get through this book.  I was bored for a lot of it, and it was really hard to concentrate on this book.  I haven’t been in a reading mood lately, so that’s part of it.  I wanted more action, and I didn’t really get it in this book.

I really like the premise, and how zombies blend with U.S. history.  I’m glad we got to see more of the world Jane and Katherine live in, because it is one I would not want to live in.  I’m not sure if I’d read another book in this series, if there is going to be another one.  Maybe one day, but I also wouldn’t be rushing out to get it.

3 stars.  I liked Deathless Divide, but I had a hard time getting into it.