Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: The Antidote by Shelley Sackier


The Antidote

by Shelley Sackier

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 5th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Magic is not allowed, under any circumstances — even if it could save someone’s life. Instead, there are herbal remedies and traditional techniques that have been painstakingly recorded in lieu of using the mystical arts. Fee knows this, so she keeps her magic a secret.

Except her best friend, Xavi, is deathly ill. He’s also the crown prince. Saving him is important, not only for her, but for the entire kingdom.

Fee’s desperation to save her friend means she can barely contain the magic inside her. And after the tiniest of slips, Fee is thrust into a dark and secretive world that is as alluring as it is dangerous.

If she gives in, it could mean she can save Xavi. But it also means that those who wish to snuff out magic might just snuff her out in the process.








Shelley Sackier grew up in a small farming community in Northern Wisconsin continually searching for ways to grow warm. Realizing she would never be able to enjoy ice cream like real people should, she left the state and lived the blissful life of a traveling musician. Discovering her stories needed more space than two verses a bridge and a chorus could provide, she began storytelling in earnest. And then in Virginia. Which is where she lives now and continues to write. 

Her first novel, DEAR OPL (Sourcebooks 2015), is a tale about a snarky, overweight thirteen-year-old, who suffers from loss everywhere in her life except on her body. 

Her next novel, The Freemason’s Daughter (HarperCollins, 2017) is a story about a 16 yr old Scottish girl living in 1715 who’s raised entirely by six burly Scotsman–and they’re all smugglers. The Antidote (HarperCollins February 2019) is a YA novel about magic and medicine, and the witches who wield them both. 

To learn more about Shelley, visit where she blogs weekly about living on a small farm atop a mountain in the Blue Ridge and how it’s easiest to handle most of it with homegrown food, a breathless adoration for tractors, and a large dose of single malt scotch.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

I really enjoyed this book! Fee was a very interesting character to read about especially her relationship with Rhy and Xavi. The book had many interesting turns in it especially regarding Fee’s past. I also really loved Savva who was a great mentor/motherly figure!!

~Me side eyeing this cover like~



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Prize: Win (1) physical copy of THE ANTIDOTE by Shelley Sackier (US Only)

Giveaway Starts: January 28th, 2019

Giveaway Ends: February 11th, 2019

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The Antidote Playlist

(Caution! Spoilers!)

Heartlines – The Antidote’s theme—Follow your heartline. Be who you were meant to be.

Queendom – Fee’s youthful ideals and determined future vision of herself.

Come Out and Play – Fee wishing bravery and courage upon her best friend Xavi.

Avalanche – Fee’s feeling about her best friend, Xavi.

You Should See Me in a Crown – Princess Quinn visit to Fireli—her satisfaction imprisoning Fee.

Girl – Rye’s thoughts as he and Fee travel from Fireli to Gwyndom.

Palace – Fee’s thoughts as she first sees and moves through the Castle within Gwyndom.

Hurricane – Fee struggling with the new and scary “her” emerging now that she’s off her tonic.

The Wild – Fee meets her true clan and travels with Savva to see the past.

Beautiful – Rye’s words to Fee as he tries to convince her they should be together. 

Requiem – Fee binds wrists with Xavi and meets her father for the first time.

Happiness Does Not Wait – Fee wakes up inside the solarium to her own magic, and the three most important women in her life come to visit.

Seven Devils – Seven witches. BATTLE!

Collarbones – Rye with Fee the last time they can be together. 

On Our Own – Fee’s final painful struggles as she feels Xavi slipping away.


Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

                       2) A person’s undoing

                       3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

This book was funny, well written, well developed, and had a mild trashy aspect that I loooved! Lucy was honestly the best character! So relatable and amazing.

~Me cheering during the entirety of this book~

I do suggest you pick this book up ASAP. Especially if you like the haters to lovers trope and steamy adult reads. This was a slow buildup to the ending that was perfect.

Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

I received this book from BEA in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!


In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️ This book comes out January 29th 2019.

This book… This book was amazing. I loved Harper and Rhen! Especially Harper 😭 She is honestly one of my favorite book heroines now!! This book is worth all the hype trust me 😍 Seriously go pick this up! Preorder it right now!!!! You will NOT regret it 😱 This was one of the best Beauty and The Beast retellings I’ve ever read. Plus this cover is gorgeous 😉

Review: Imprison the Sky by A. C. Gaughen

This book was sent to me to review by the publisher. All thoughts are my own.


The sweeping Elementae series continues with a heroine so powerful she can command the sky . . .

Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can. 

But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is a wind Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free. 

Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️ This book was fantastic! Aspasia is so fierce and lovely, such a dynamic character. This story does build off of Reign the Earth so you do have to read that to understand what’s going on with this one. This is hands down one of my favorite series, AC Gaughen did such a fantastic job with the world building which continued into this one!!

This book releases January 22nd, make sure to snag your copy!

Blog Tour! Review & Favorite Quotes: Riverdale The Day Before by Micol Ostow



Riverdale: The Day Before

by Micol Ostow

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: December 26th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary


Original fiction based off the hit television series Riverdale!

Based on the massively successful CW show, Riverdale, this prequel novel explores what the gang was doing before Season One.

Why did Jughead and Archie have a falling out? What did Veronica’s life look like in the Big Apple? And how long has Betty really been in love with Archie?

Told from multiple POVs, your favorite characters tell their story their way.



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Micol Ostow has written over 50 works for readers of all ages, including projects based on properties like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and most recently, Mean Girls: A Novel. As a child she drew her own Archie comics panels, and in her former life as an editor she published the Betty & Veronica Mad Libs game. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters who are also way too pop culture-obsessed. Visit her online at

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

This book takes place right before and leading up to where Season 1 of Riverdale starts. The book is from each of the Core Four’s POVs which was really cool. Archie is dealing with an illicit affair, Jughead is piecing together what’s going on with his dad and Archie, Veronica’s life is going up in flames, and Betty is working at Hello Giggles in LA! This was honestly so cool and you get a little more insight into the characters and what went on. Honestly, this is essential for any fan of Riverdale!

Favorite Quotes:

I picked quotes I felt either reflected the characters or situations that have popped up in the shows 3 seasons.

Jughead Jones

“The butterfly effect suggests that small causes can have unpredictable — and catastrophic — effects. One action. A cascade of ripples. An outcome no one can predict. That was us that summer. Archie, Betty, Veronica, and me.”

Betty Cooper

“All those years I spent holed up in my room reading Nancy Drew mysteries, Mom always nagged and tried to get me out of the house. Studying was one thing — Coopers keep their grades up, keep appearances up, keep their chins up, blah, blah, blah…”

Archie Andrews

“It’s easy to joke that Ms. Grundy — I mean Geraldine — is, you know, teaching me music, like, with the sarcastic quote marks and everything. But like I said, she is, and we wouldn’t even… well, we wouldn’t even be doing anything in the first place if it weren’t for the music.”

Veronica Lodge

“Say what you will about Daddy — and there’s plenty to say — but he does love a good negotiation. Even more than negotiating? Daddy loves a loophole.”



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Review: The Call by Peadar O’Guilin



You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.


The Sidhe are close. They’re the most beautiful and terrible people you’ve ever seen. And they’ve seen you.


Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she’s determined to prove them wrong.


Could you survive the Call? A genre-changing blend of fantasy, horror, and folkore, The Call won’t ever leave your mind from the moment you choose to answer it.

My Review:

3/5 ⭐️

This… Ok so I had high hopes for this book. It sounded SO GOOD. And while the ending was nice and neat… There’s ANOTHER book? And this one was just… This first book was honestly rubbish. It wasn’t that great, definitely forgettable.

~My face after realizing this was going to be a mediocre read~

I wouldn’t pick this up unless you want a quick and forgettable read. I personally have unhauled this it was that disappointing 🤷🏻‍♀️

Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead


For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea. 
After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.  
Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

So I went into this thinking that the whole book would be about ‘Adelaides’, aka Lady Elizabeth Witmore, time in the Glittering Court and just that. But nope! That’s only roughly the first 200 pages of the book. The rest is about what happens when they get to this new world.

~My confused face when I’m nearly 200 pages in and her time at the Court is winding down but there’s still a bunch of book left~

Overall though I really enjoyed Adelaide’s story. While some parts felt glossed over compared to others it was a, for the most part, neatly tied up story. The others in this series follow Mira and Tamsin so I can’t wait to read those!

Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake


This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of Red Queen. An “enchanting and fast-paced debut” that “lights up the page with magic, romance, and action.”
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating–yet irresistible–Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her–and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series, followed by Firebloodand Nightblood, about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies…but together create a power that could change everything.
My Review:
3.5/5 ⭐️
So… I found the first about 150 pages to be kind of lackluster. The second part of the book though did pick up for me and I very much enjoyed it. Ruby was a kind of bland character for me though… But in the second half she started to show her strength when faced with danger.
Pick this one up if you are a fan of the Red Queen series!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hey everyone, I’m interrupting this blog to say that I hope your Holiday season was nice! Happy 2019, here’s to it being a better one for all of us even if it’s just in a small way 🥂

I’m actually starting at a new college this month! I have all of my reviews mostly set for January and a few for February also. You’ll notice that I’ve been mainly posting on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, that’s my new review schedule! This month two posts got bumped around though due to me being on a blog tour but it’s perfectly fine 😊

~Me saying goodbye to 2018 like~

I’m mainly going to focus on doing reviews. I know I’ve pretty much stopped doing product reviews but that’s also because I just kept forgetting to post them 😅

Though, now that I have all of my books and stuff planned out for the most part I’ll be doing Monthly Wrap-up posts starting in February! (That post will be for my January Wrap-Up)

Here’s to a great 2019!! 🎉

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