2022 Blog Recap

‘You don’t have to apologize, you don’t have to tell them anything.’
Horimiya

Happy New Year, dearies! 🎆❄🎇

Here’s this one in case you missed some good ones.

It was not easy to pick one post for each month, so I didn’t and instead, I’ll talk about what happened during the year.

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Top 5 Reads of 2022

‘I won’t lose to anyone ever again… you can believe in me.’
Cheeky Brat Vol. 2

Hello, dearies! ❄☃

Top 5, I should say top 3 and not have so many expectations building up for this one. I re-read a lot of books this year.

Nevertheless, I will try to name 5 books that I liked this year, even if they are re-reads. 📚💖

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Current eBook Sale: Until Jan First

Hello, dearies! ❄☃

Sorry I didn’t publish this one earlier. Smashwords it’s currently running its annual End of Year Sale. Sale Dates: December 15 – January 1, 2023.

So, here is a new 2022 Smaswords list of books that are on sale or are free, get them while they’re hot. Here are some that caught my attention.

Smashwords eBook Sale

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Santa’s Secret Helpers – Series

This Christmas, something magical is happening in Sapphire Bay. When a Christmas Facebook post goes viral, Emma, Kylie, Bailey, and Shelley are swamped with people asking Santa for help. Join them as they make people’s Christmas wishes come true and, in the process, find their happy ever after.

Get Santa’s Secret Helpers books

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The Collectors: The Complete Series

With a single touch, I’ve unlocked a piece of history that will irrevocably alter my future. For years, I’ve been hiding in plain sight, pretending to be an average young woman by running my mother’s antique shop and dating cute, ordinary guys.

Get a copy of The Collectors

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Cupid’s Apprentice

To earn her wings, Cupid’s apprentice Dar has until Valentine’s Day to match two-time Loser Laura Quinn with Boring Brian Hoffman.

Note: I have some doubts about this one, but not enough to stop me from adding it to my cart.

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Not You It’s Me

When the kiss-cam lands on perpetually-single Gemma, she thinks she’ll die of embarrassment…Until the sexy stranger in the seat next to her steps in to save the day. But what happens when just one kiss isn’t enough?

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Christmas by Candlelight

She’s duty bound to a family dream. With a slew of struggles and surprises, can she make this holiday season one to remember? Claire Chandler’s passion has just been put on hold.

Get a copy of Christmas by Candlelight

And that’s it for this list, dearies! 🎇 Hope you found one that you would add to your reading list or buy at once. And this isn’t about me, but my romance books under my penname are also on Smashwords and on sale for December.

Thank you for stopping by the blog and hitting like, or sharing, or perhaps following the blog if you’re not already.

This is not my last of the year but if you don’t catch the next one then happy Christmas and upcoming New 2023. ⛄

Book Characters to Hug

“He had known this was inevitable.”
The Queen’s Army

Hello, dearies! Welcome! 🤗📚

I know you like these characters as much as I do, if you don’t then you should, for real, go read these books and fall for these characters, it’s worth it.

If you are just curious, be prepared for a rambling of almost epic proportions. This post will probably make no sense, and this is a warning to bail while you can.

Thank you for staying! 💖

At times, I feel the uncontrollable need to reach inside a book, pull the characters out and hug them, bare in mind I’ll keep to the male ones, just because that’s how it is.

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The Final Girl Support Group

A mystery? Yes, it sort of was, but was it horror? Not really. This book dives into the mind of a Final Girl, literally. But that’s just one opinion.

3⭐

Author: Grady Hendrix 

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery

Well, I have my doubts about the horror tag or thriller, it’s more Mystery and Drama than anything else.

Hello, dearies! 📽

This one it’s more like a movie than a book, and you find yourself thinking about all the horror movies you watched in the past, and trying to pair those with the characters in the book rather than paying attention to the storyline.

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Daisy Darker

This is the first audiobook I ever listened to, I don’t know if I’ll go back for another. On Daisy Darker? I don’t know if I’ll come back for more books from this author.

Author: Alice Feeney

Genres: Suspense, Drama, Thriller (?)

⭐⭐⭐

I give credit when and where credit is due.

Hello, dearies! 🐚

A new month is here, and only now am I publishing a new one, but the days just blend together lately.

Daisy Darker was my first audiobook, and half of the time I thought, I could be reading this instead of listening and it’ll be faster and perhaps a bit more interesting. But that is not part of the review, just a thought about audiobooks.

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The Red Scrolls of Magic

‘If Alec’s feelings did not last, Magnus at least wanted this trip to be a good memory.’

Book 1 in The Eldest Curses Series

Authors: Cassie Clare & Wesley Chu

Genres: Awesome, YA, Supernatural, Shadowhunter, Magic, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Drama, Vacation

5 glowing ⭐

Finally, but how I wished it would continue.

Hello, dearies! 😍

Because when in doubt or in a reading slump turn to the shadow world, and they will make your life better. Lighter. Heart throbbing. Beautifully well-written, better.

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The Nothing Man: Review?

“Fiction only really worked if it was built like a lattice through which you were repeatedly offered glimpses of absolute truth.”

Author: Catherine Ryan Howard 

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Adult, Suspense

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Hello, dearies! 📝

Here’s another I wouldn’t have picked up from a shelf on a trip to the bookstore, yet I read it.

The Nothing Man is one of those books that didn’t have my full attention until about sixty per cent of it was already behind me.

I could have left it on the side, I could have stopped reading long before that half mark, but I pushed on, and I am sorry for those who are fans, but it didn’t amount to much at the end.

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About Authors and Descriptions in Books

What happens when we read?

Hello, dearies!

Well, this one is a bit of a random but related to books, so not so much.

I saw online this comment about how authors write something and people (readers) criticise them for it, they even go as far as to make campaigns or whatever against authors, just because they didn’t like something in a book. A description, a cliche, or anything that the author decided was to be that way, but why go to such lengths as to try to make other readers ban the book or try that that writer never touches a keyboard again?

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Let me give you some context from my particular experience.

When an author wants to include Spanish words or talks about someone being Latino, I find it funny most of the time because it looks forced to me, and sometimes think that they have no right to try to describe a situation they’re not quite knowledgeable in, or perhaps I’m wrong and they saw it that way growing up. So I just let those slide as a Latin American person, even if at times, I find something offensive or ridiculous, I’m not going to leave a trashy review or offend the author because I don’t know why the author decided to portray a character or scene in that way, and I could make a mistake at some point without meaning it.

It’s difficult to sit down and finish a book, it’s even more difficult to publish it. I am going to go out of my way and say that no matter if you’re an indie author or an author with a contract in a publishing house, it’s the same kind of feeling of how will they take it? Of course, as an Indie Author, in my particular case, I publish and let it be because I have no fame whatsoever, and as far as I know, people read and don’t leave reviews or leave poor reviews because they don’t like it, and that’s fine. Not all books are for everyone.

My point is, don’t trash an author that you don’t like and try to get people behind you to do the same, what if that person, yes there’s a person behind those words you don’t like, what if they lived a strange life and decided they wanted to write their own experience? Or maybe they decided to write whatever came to mind and didn’t feel like investigating a lot, or they did and still decided to write a story from their own point of view, couldn’t that be the case? We don’t know what a person is going through or went through, in my case, if I don’t like a book, I’m not going to leave a 1-star review or say don’t read it, it’s horrible. I simply move on with my life and pick up another read, and I rather not leave a review at all. Although I may not finish a book that I don’t like after fifty per cent or less, I’ll just stop reading.

I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on this one. Sorry about the sort of random post.

As always, thank you for reading to the end, and for a book review, you can check the main site or under Reviews by Genre and find all the goods over there.

Happy reading!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

“The people you love weren’t algebra: to be calculated, subtracted, or held at arm’s length across a decimal point.”

Book: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Version: UK

Series: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #1

Author: Holly Jackson

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller

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Hello, dearies!

Here’s another that I didn’t think I would create or read, but life has its turns and here we are.

I enjoyed Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, even when the YA part got a little exaggerated and I was fighting with the main character out aloud alone in my room.

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