Saturday, February 29, 2020

February 2020: Wrap-Up


I swear to God, I blinked, and February was over. Did anyone else feel like this? The days felt like they slipped right through my fingers, and because of this, reading time felt scarce, precious, extremely important. 

I managed to squeeze 8 books into this month, and among those, I read a total of (4) that came close to seriously blowing me away:

Thursday, February 20, 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo (+Giveaway)

Title: The Borgia Confessions
Author: Alyssa Palombo
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: Feb 11, 2020
Acquired: Egalley approved via NetGalley
Goodreads: ADD

During the sweltering Roman summer of 1492, Rodrigo Borgia has risen to power as pope. Rodrigo’s eldest son Cesare, forced to follow his father into the church and newly made the Archbishop of Valencia, chafes at his ecclesiastical role and fumes with jealousy and resentment at the way that his foolish brother has been chosen for the military greatness he desired.

Maddalena Moretti comes from the countryside, where she has seen how the whims of powerful men wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary people. But now, employed as a servant in the Vatican Palace, she cannot help but be entranced by Cesare Borgia’s handsome face and manner and finds her faith and conviction crumbling in her want of him.

As war rages and shifting alliances challenge the pope’s authority, Maddalena and Cesare's lives grow inexplicably entwined. Maddalena becomes a keeper of dangerous Borgia secrets and must decide if she is willing to be a pawn in the power games of the man she loves. And as jealousy and betrayal threaten to tear apart the Borgia family from within, Cesare is forced to reckon with his seemingly limitless ambition.

Alyssa Palombo's captivating new novel, The Borgia Confessions, is a story of passion, politics, and class, set against the rise and fall of one of Italy's most infamous families--the Borgias.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

REVIEW: Bunny by Mona Awad

Title: Bunny
Author: Mona Awad
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Horror
Publisher: Harpercollins
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Acquired: Library borrow
Goodreads: ADD

Samantha Heather Mackey couldn't be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort--a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other "Bunny," and seem to move and speak as one.

But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies' fabled "Smut Salon," and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door--ditching her only friend, Ava, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies' sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus "Workshop" where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision.

The spellbinding new novel from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination.

Friday, February 7, 2020

REVIEW: Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis

Title: Be Not Far From Me
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Acquired: E-galley approved via Edelweiss
Goodreads: ADD

Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing survival story from Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis.

The world is not tame.

Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she's alone - and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 2020: To Be Read


Because I've opted to stay positive about this reading year, and not be super hard on myself about 1. not posting on time, and 2. not reading fast enough, I will not start this off by apologizing for how late this February TBR post is.

This month I completely ignored the fact that I have fewer days to read, and went right on ahead and added an exorbitant amount of books to my TBR. Lessons are best learned the hard way I say. See, look at me being positive!.....

Again, keep an eye on my Instagram at the end of the month for the February giveaway announcement!

Here are the 13 books (+ blog tour read) I have planned for February: