CW:suicidal thoughts, pregnancy, difficult birth, discussion of past sexual assault, flashbacks to sexual assault, PTSD, depression, death, violence
I wasn’t planning on reviewing this book at all while I was reading it. However, it gave me so many emotions that I felt like I needed to process some of them on paper. When it comes to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, better known as ACOTAR in the book world, it seems you either love it or hate it. I fall more on the love side, though I definitely don’t think these books are perfect.
Well, it’s been over 5 years since I’ve written a blog post here. And to be honest, I never thought I would be back. Back when I stopped blogging, it became too much to handle as I was transitioning to working a full-time communications job.
However, while doing a readalong (#MeettheBridgertons hosted by the lovely Teresa at Romance Reader) to prepare for Bridgerton’s premiere on Netflix, I realized how much I missed the community that came with blogging. I missed talking books with people who were as passionate about the stories as I was. I missed hearing other people’s recommendation. I missed discovering new authors to read. I just missed it all.
And so here I am, nearly 5 years since I last wrote a post, ready to relaunch and reintroduce myself.
As you can imagine, quite a bit has changed since I initially launched this blog in 2010. For one, my reading tastes have evolved. Back when I first started blogging, I primarily read YA fiction. Now, I’d say I primarily read romance novels. I love historical romances and hate how much the genre is looked down upon by so many people. Romance brings joy and, honestly, I’d rather read what I enjoy than something that is deemed “high-brow” or “literature” (not that there’s anything wrong with enjoying those genres!) Reading is reading and people should read what they enjoy!
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite book or author, as it constantly shifts and many stories hold a special place in my heart, but I’m a huge fan of Deanna Raybourn, Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean and Sarah J. Maas to name a few. To learn more about my favorite genres, tropes, authors and series, check out my updated ‘Review Policy’ page as I have a much more in-depth breakdown there.
I’m excited to be back here on my blog and look forward to connecting with you here, as well as on Twitter at @danijohns and on Instagram @overflowingshelf.
Everyone knows the story of the Wizard of Oz. Danielle Paige’s novel offers a new twist on the classic tale. The graphics in this trailer are really cool, and I really think help to capture the darker, a bit more twisted atmosphere of the book. The voiceover does a great job of summing up the book. I liked Dorothy Must Die and I think this trailer is a good representation of the what the book is about.