“Dark and Deepest Red” by Anna-Marie McLemore | Review



5 Stars

“We are more than what we’ve survived.”

In this retelling of the classic story “The Red Shoes”, this story is told in alternating perspectives. One set in 1518 Strausburg, France

A dancing fever takes over its residents compelling them to dance without stopping and some to death. As rumors of witchcraft and demon possession spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia Blau.

Our second perspective set five centuries later, when a pair of red shoes seals to Rosella Olivia’s feet, making her fall under this fever, It draws her to a boy who might help. Emil has closed himself off from his family history, but in order to help Rosella, Emil will have to find the truth of what happened centuries ago.

I had never read a book by Anna-Marie McLemore, so I didn’t really know what to expect.

Any expectations I had were completely blown away! This book was beautiful. Their writing is so whimsical and atmospheric, the pacing was amazing, the characters were well fleshed out. I loved every single character in this book, the relationships were amazing and the ending was just absolutely perfect. In the beginning, I preferred one perspective to the other, but by the end, I was so eager to see what would happen to both perspectives.

I will definitely be picking up more books by this author ASAP!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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New Releases

Most Anticipated 2020 Releases

Here are some of my most anticipated releases for 2020! (in no particular order)
I’m sure I will be adding so many more as books are announced, or when I discover new titles, but as of right now i’m most excited about these books!

I’m only going to be talking about 10 of these books. However if you would like to see more 2020 books I have a goodreads shelf you can check out here.

Dark and Deepest Red” by Anna-Marie McLemore

January 14, 2020


Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

I’ve never read a book by Anna-Marie McLemore, but i’ve always wanted to so when I got this arc in the mail I was so excited (I will have a review out soon so make sure to keep an eye out for that!)

Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas

June 9, 2020


Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

May 5, 2020


A would-be queen. A handsome young king. A perfect match…or is it?

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series comes The Betrothed, a glittering royal romance sure to captivate her legion of loyal readers and lovers of courtly intrigue alike.

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

I’ve recently been binging “The Selection” series by Kiera Cass and I’ve actually been loving it more than I thought I would, so this is definitely one i’m super excited about!

Yes No Maybe So” by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

February 4, 2020


New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny, and memorable story about the power of love and resistance.

Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

Becky Albertalli is one of my favorite authors and someone who really made me love reading so I can’t wait to read this one!

Loveboat, Taipei” by Abigail Hing Wen

January 7, 2020


For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

Guys this one sounds so amazing and that cover is absolutely STUNNING!

Infinity Son” by Adam Silvera

January 14, 2020


Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

This one I’m especially excited for, because it’s Adam Silvera’s first Full Fantasy Novel. I enjoy the books I have read from him, so I have no doubt this one will be any different!

Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka

April 21, 2020


A reflective, romantic coming-of-age novel that explores life after high school–perfect for fans of Fangirl and Emergency Contact

A boy desperate to hold on, a girl ready to let go.

Fitz Holton waits in fear for the day his single mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s starts stealing her memory. He’s vowed to stay close to home to care for her in the years to come–never mind the ridiculous college tour she’s forcing him on to visit schools where he knows he’ll never go. Juniper Ramirez is counting down the days until she can leave home, a home crowded with five younger siblings and zero privacy. Against the wishes of her tight-knit family, Juniper plans her own college tour of the East Coast with one goal: get out.

When Fitz and Juniper cross paths on their first college tour in Boston, they’re at odds from the moment they meet– while Juniper’s dying to start a new life apart for her family, Fitz faces the sacrifices he must make for his. Their relationship sparks a deep connection–in each other’s eyes, they glimpse alternate possibilities regarding the first big decision of their adult lives.

Time of Our Lives is a story of home and away, of the wonder and weight of memory, of outgrowing fears and growing into the future.

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

July 7, 2020


It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

I love retellings so much especially “Cinderella” retellings so this is right up my alley.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

February 4, 2020


As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

September 3, 2020


Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life.

His tale spans years, from his youth in the monastery of San Michel, to the forbidden love that spelled his undoing, and the betrayal that saw his order annihilated. Most importantly, Gabriel will tell of his discovery of the Grail—the legendary cup prophesied to bring an end to the eternal night.

But the Grail was no simple chalice; and its secret was held by a smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior. Their journey with a band of unlikely allies would see Dior and Gabriel forge an unbreakable bond, and set the broken paragon on a road to redemption.

But now, the Grail is shattered. And with the cup of the Savior destroyed and the last Silversaint awaiting execution, what can bring an end to this unholy empire?

Empire of the Vampire is an illustrated dark fantasy epic; the bastard lovechild of Interview with the Vampire, The Road and The Name of the Wind.

I love me some dark vampires, and Jay Kristoff is such an amazing author!

I couldn’t be more excited for this book!

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“10 Blind Dates” by Ashley Elston


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4 Stars

“This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?”


High School senior, Sophie, is excited to have alone time with her long-term boyfriend Griffin, when her parents decide to spend the holidays with her sister Margot, who is on bed rest. She overhears her boyfriend’s conversation saying he wants to break-up with her; heartbroken she flees to her grandparent’s house for Christmas break. Her grandmother wants to see her happy again, so her grandmother devises a plan for her very large family to set Sophie up with “10 Blind Dates” by different family members.


I thought this book was so stinkin’ cute! It was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I think this is the perfect YA contemporary for the holiday season. This book is a fun, quick read that will put a smile on your face!

I absolutely loved the positive family dynamic that we don’t get to see much in YA, and I really enjoyed that this story wasn’t only about the blind dates (which was so much fun to read about), but it was about Sophie finding joy and happiness in her life again.

The only downfall of this book is that it is pretty predictable, but a lot of YA contemporary romance are. So, I don’t have that big of an issue with it. I would keep that in mind if you’re planning on picking this one up.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Book Outlet Haul | October 2019

So one of my favorite places to get affordable books is “Book Outlet”! They recently had a sale and I couldn’t help getting some new books for my collection.

P.S. I Still Love You” | “Always and Forever, Lara Jean”

The Chaos of Standing Still” | “Goodbye Days”

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You” | ” Words in The Deep Blue”

Beasts Made of Night” | “Dare Mighty Things”

Fragments of The Lost” | ” Moxie”

The First Time She Drowned” | “Stay Sweet”

Never Ever” | “What Light”

Fireworks” | “Questions I Want to Ask You”

The Love That Split The World” | “Riverkeep”

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“The Revolution of Birdie Randolph” by Brandy Colbert


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4 Stars

“With a name like Dove, you got to fly.”

This story follows sixteen-year-old Dove “Birdie” Randolph, who strives to be the perfect daughter for her parents. She studies hard, gets good grades, and always follows the rules. However, she meets and falls for this boy named Booker who she keeps a secret, knowing her parents won’t approve of their relationship due to his troubled past.


Birdie’s estranged aunt, Carlene, shows up one day after just getting out of rehab for substance abuse and addiction. Even though Birdie starts sensing some tension among her parents, and Carlene, she starts developing a close relationship with her aunt. That leads to Birdie wanting to take control of her life, and make a few choices she knows her parents won’t approve of.


This YA novel is one that talks about so many relevant, and important topics such as Racism, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism, Anger Management, and many more!

While Birdie is the main character she doesn’t completely out shine all of the characters, like a lot of YA books do.

I felt like I knew each and every character, with what they were feeling and going through. And, I’m personally someone who really enjoys a character-driven story more than a plot-driven one. However, I did feel like the plot was lacking a little and it was a little too simple for me. So if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy a simpler plot, beware.


This book was being pitched for fans of Nina La Cour and Nicola Yoon. I have yet to read a book by Nina La Cour, but I definitely think the romance in this novel has a Nicola Yoon vibe.

I highly recommend this book if you like YA contemporary.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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August TBR | 2019

This is a little late, but better late than never!

This month I have so many most anticipated and new releases that I’m super excited to finally get to!

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Mind Games by Shana Silver

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Snow Falling by Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Caridad Piñeiro)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Saga: Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga: Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Paper Girls: Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher

Paper Girls: Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher

So…. yeah, this is probably the most books I’ve ever had on my monthly tbr, and it’s very ambitious for me, but i’m really hoping I can get to all of them! 🤞

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“Of Rioters & Royals” by M.L. Greye

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4.5 Stars

WOW. This book was incredible!

The world building was great; I was fully immersed in this world with these amazing characters, and intriguing magic system (which was personally one of my favorite parts)!

The romance was done really well, and I was very pleased that it didn’t take over the plot, like many romances in fantasies do.

The plot takes so many turns I never could’ve predicted, and I was so interested to see what was going to happen next!

However, this book was missing something for me, and I can’t put my finger on it. Which is why I didn’t give it a full 5 stars

M.L. Greye is an incredible writer, and I can’t wait to read what she writes in the future. I will definitely be picking up the sequel!

I received a copy of this book from The Author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Emry is a Royal – a princess of Enlennd. As is tradition, she must have a knight at her side as her protector. The only way to appoint one is through The Trials. Her Challengers from the five regions of Enlennd must compete for the infamous title of Princess’s Knight. The problem, though, is that the people of Enlennd are split into two categories: Rioters and Royals. Finding the perfect knight may be the last of her worries. War is coming to Enlennd.

Declan is a Rioter. An upriser. An anarchist. He mistrusts the Jewels – the sovereign family of Enlennd. Yet, he is offering himself up as a Challenger in The Trials. The Mistress, leader of the Rioters, has a mission for him. The first step is for him to become the Princess’s Knight. He is ready for the task, until he actually meets Emry and discovers that betraying her would be much more difficult than he’d thought.

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“Season of the Witch” by Sarah Rees Brennan

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I really enjoyed this prequel novel to Netflix’s show “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”, and I think it’s perfect for anyone who really likes the show. Personally, I really liked the show, so I think that somewhat goes into my enjoyment of this book. It’s a very cute and fun YA/Middle Grade story about a girl who is half-witch and half-mortal. This book is told in a pretty interesting format, where it alternates from Sabrina’s perspective to one where we see some of the side characters perspectives. I absolutely loved to see all the family/friend dynamics, especially Tommy and Harvey, as we didn’t see much of their dynamic in the show. I will say my one issue with this book was that I felt that the plot was very slow, and that’s not one of my favorite things. But, overall I enjoyed the book, and it added quite a lot to the characters. I will definitely be picking up the sequel when it comes out. I highly recommend!

I received a copy of this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

I can’t believe it’s already the mid year mark, so what better time to go over my favorite and least favorite books of the first half of the year!

☼ 1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

“Every Last Word” by Tamera Ireland Stone

This book came out a while ago, but i recently read it and it became an instant favorite of mine.


☼ 2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?

Does Harry Potter count? I think Harry Potter is the only sequel I’ve read this year.


☼ 3 ) New release you haven’t read, but want to.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman

and Jay Kristoff

I pre-ordered this book and have yet to read it, but it is on my TBR for this month.


☼ 4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

“Serpent & Dove” by Shelby Mahurin

This one sounds so good! It comes out September 3rd, so add it to your TBRS!


☼ 5) Biggest disappointment?

I’ve had a pretty good reading year so nothing has been that big of a disappointment.


☼ 6) Biggest surprise?

Honestly I think the book that surprised me the most was “The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness, which I will talk more about in my June wrap-up!


☼ 7) Newest fictional crush?

I haven’t really read many books with swoon worthy characters.


☼ 8) Newest favorite character?

Even Hansen from “Dear Evan Hansen”.


☼ 9) Book that made you cry?

I don’t know what it is, but I never cry at books.


☼ 10) Book that made you happy?

Pretty much every contemporary I’ve read this year.


☼ 11) Favorite book to movie adaptation you saw this year?

Sadly I haven’t seen any movie adaptations yet.


☼ 12) Favorite review you’ve written this year?

I have yet to write a review yet, but they are coming soon!


☼ 13) Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year (or received)?

“The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert has one of my all time favorite covers!


☼ 14) What book do you need to read by the end of the year?

So many books! My TBR is getting so massive so I can’t pick just one.

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Book Hauls

May 2019 Book Haul

I got some pretty exciting books this month! I’m hoping to get to quite a few this month, as I talked about in my TBR (If you wanna check that out click here. )

Season of the Witch” The Second I heard about this book I knew I had to read it! Thank you so much to Scholastic for sending it to me. I still can’t believe I have it in my hands!

Riverdale: The Day Before” “Riverdale: Get Out of Town” as a little surprise the publicist threw these in the package along side “Season of the Witch”, so once again I am so very thankful!

Snow Falling“Jane The Virgin” has become one of my favorite shows. I have been wanting to read the book based from the show for a while and I now can since I have it!

Aurora Rising” This is one of my most anticipated books of the year. I recently read “Illuminae” and I loved it so much that I couldn’t help but pre-order this book.

The Sun Is Also a Star” My sister surprised me with the B&N Collectors edition (ilysm, Elizabeth)

The Wife Between Us” Every time I go into my local Books-A-Million I go to the bargain shelf and to my delight there it was. I just had to have it!

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