Audiobook Review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Synopsis:

Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. 

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. 

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. 

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice. 

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

This audiobook was fantastic! A full audiobook cast that captured the voices of the characters perfectly. I flew through this book and absolutely LOVED IT! I can see why everyone is raving about this. The story was so good and I honestly wish I could forget everything that happened and listen to it for the first time again. The overall flow of the story was perfect and the ending left it open for something more to happen but behind the scenes. Like you WANT to know but you respect these characters enough now to say ‘nope’.

~Person: Kris you need to read Daisy Jones! Me: *shrugs* sure~
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Review: Chilling Adventures in Sorcery by Gray Morrow and Alex Toth

Synopsis:

Presented by Sabrina the Teenage Witch, this collection features some of the most horrifying classic stories to ever be published by Archie Comics, collected for the first time in graphic novel form. Featuring an all-new cover by comic artist extraordinaire Francesco Francavilla ( Afterlife With Archie)!

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

Super spooky! The art style is typical of Archie comics. The stories were neat and had that spoop factor that I enjoy! Highly recommend for horror and comic book enthusiasts. Sonny’s World was pretty campy and cute, a fave. Though I think The Two Thieves of Baghdad was my favorite out of the collection.

Review: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Synopsis:

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

This book!!!! 🙌🏻 I cannot rave about it enough. Spooky, creepy, amazing! If you like creepy horror things like IT or Stranger Things pick this book up NOW! Great for a Fall read though I think it’s an any season kind of read.

I really loved the budding romance between Val and Marion even amidst all of the craziness that was happening. It ultimately was what helped both girls come into their own too imo!

~Me yelling at everyone telling them to read this book~

Review: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Synopsis:

For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.

All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas—wielders of magic—are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they’re real.

Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia. Four lie dead and Teo’s beloved father is gravely ill. To save him, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son—not merely disguised as a boy, but transformed into one. 

Enter Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female as effortlessly as turning a page in a book. Teo and Cielo journey together to the capital, and Teo struggles to master her powers and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart. As she falls in love with witty, irascible Cielo, Teo realizes how much of life she’s missed by hiding her true nature. But she can’t forget her mission, and the closer they get to the palace, the more sinister secrets they uncover about what’s really going on in their beloved country—and the more determined Teo becomes to save her family at any cost.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

I flew through this book!! It was so good, well thought out. Two non-binary leads which was AMAZING!! Teo was a great lead and a wonderful character to read about. The magic in the story was very cool, but not the way it’s transferred in my opinion (though that was still unique). Overall I highly recommend this book!

~Me @ me when I realized how fast I was reading this~

Review: The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab

Synopsis:

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. 

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. 

But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know-about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

I should have known that Victoria was going to absolutely WRECK me during this novel. It’s only 280 pages but aaaahhh!!! It was so good. I mean this is her DEBUT! And it was AMAZING! Though I did knock it down a point because I needed it to be longer 😂

Review: Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Synopsis:

In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

I’m a huge fan of Mackenzi and the Montague siblings. I was so excited when I found out Felicity was getting her own book because I loved her in Gentleman’s Guide! This book was fast paced and very interesting. We get to meet some new characters, one of them being Johanna. I originally thought she was just going to be a one-off character but this centered upon Felicity and her teaming up with some pirates to get back what is rightfully Johanna’s, keeping it away from some awful men. Overall: very enjoyable!

~Me when I found out Felicity was getting a book~

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis:

Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? 

Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust—and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring. 

Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she’s tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth. 

Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

I’m a massive Colleen fan, this isn’t new. And I FINALLY got to read Hopeless. It was tragic and beautiful, a heavy read. I honestly still can’t process my thoughts over this book but it was fabulous. Well written and awesome.

Review: Teen Titan’s Raven by Kami Garcia and Illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

I was given this ARC to review by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Synopsis:

When a tragic accident takes the life of seventeen-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom–and Raven’s memory–she moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother’s family and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. When strange things start happening–impossible things–Raven starts to think it might be better not to know who she was in her previous life.

But as she grows closer to her foster sister, Max, her new friends, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past…and the darkness building inside her.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

I absolutely loved this comic!!! I’m a huge fan of Gabriel’s work so when I saw he was illustrating this I knew I needed it! I’m also a fan of Kami’s, she’s such a sweetie!! Overall I thought the comic was well paced and fun to read! Raven forgetting who she is was an interesting twist since in the show she was always burdened with knowing exactly who and what she was. The comic follows her losing her mom, her memory, and ‘finding out’ she has powers. It was cool to read! I definitely recommend this to any Teen Titan’s fan. I also loved the introduction to Max, she’s definitely really cool and that end reveal 👏🏻 loooved it!!!

This comic releases July 2nd!

~Me dancing around when I got this comic~

Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Synopsis:

Isobel is an artistic prodigy with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. 

Furious, Rook spirits her away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously wrong in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending on each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

My Review:

3/5 ⭐️

A very quick read for me. The story was enchanting at times and I loved Isobel’s fiesty character. Rook is honestly goals ok? Haha but other than my love for the characters the story felt rushed and unfinished. Would love more 🤔

~My overall thoughts~

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