Folklore Book Tag

~ The 1 – A book you wish you can live in

This is an easy one! I would chose the city of Honoku in Empress of all Seasons.

~ Cardigans – A folklore book that lives in your heart

Definitely Cinderella

~ The last great american dynasty – A book about Poc living in America

Pride by Ibi Zoboi. The only book I can think of.

~ Exile – A book you didn’t like the ending of

Girls of Storm and Shadow. I didn’t like how Natasha ended the second book. I want the third book soon or imma go crazy haha.

~ My tears ricochet – A book that shouldn’t have made you tear up but did

Roomies by Christina Lauren. The whole book was just too sweet.

~ Mirrorball – A book with a mc that reflects your personality

Feyre from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

~ Seven – Favorite seven literature themes and a book that has them

• love

• power and corruption

• Courage and Heroism

• loyalty

• war

• immortality

• heartbreak of betrayal

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy has all of these and I absolutely love the book.

~ August – A book that gave you a moment of reflective nostalgia

I can’t think of a book for this prompt.

~ This is me trying – a book you tried but failed to like

Children of Blood and Bone By Tomi Adeyemi. The whole book was confusing and I didn’t like the characters at all.

~ Illicit affairs – a book that taught you something important or fun

A Court of Mist and Fury taught me that I am stronger than I think I am and that I can get through anything.

~ Invisible string – an adorable romance novel

Red, White and Royal by Casy McQuiston. Alex and Henry are the cutest thing ever! They must be protected at all cost.

~ Mad Women – a book with a great female mc

Lei from Girls of Paper and Fire!

~ Epiphany – a book that still makes you smile

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins. I just know that Millie and Flora are probably together in the castle enjoying ones company.

~ Betty – a book with a sapphic mc that everyone should read

The Falling In love Montage. Plz read it. You won’t regret it!

~ Peace – a quick read coming of age story

Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda

~ Hoax – a book that made you feel blue

Burned by Ellen Hopkins. If you read the book you know why.

Diversify that Shelf Readathon Tbr

I won’t be able to read all books in the dates that were given so I will be reading these them throughout the month of August

1) By a Black Author, diverse contemporary, poc on cover –

You Should See Me in a Crown

2) Diverse Middle Grade –

Aru Shah and the End of Time

3) Non Western Setting, East Asian Inspired –

Wicked Fox

4) Different culture than you –

The Henna Wars

5) South Asian inspired –

Star Daughter

6) Middle East Inspired –

A Torch Against the Night

7) Focus on Identity –

The Only Good Indians

8) By a Latinx Author –

Mexican Gothic

9) A Friend’s Favorite Diverse Book –

Forest of Souls. I’ve seen Amber (bookishsappho on Twitter) talk about this book so much. I trust her opinion on books.

10) Own voice –

Trail of Lightning

11) Diverse book that has more than 300 pages –

The Gilded Wolves

12) Book by an AOC you’ve wanted to read for a while –

We’ll Never Be Apart

13) Pick a book by an AOC randomly –

The Wolf of Oren Yaro

Indigenous Bookworm Tag

1) Hoka Hey – Introduce yourself, name your clan/tribe

Hello! I’m Rhoquel and I am half Navajo and white.

2) Native things that just make sense – what’s your favorite book with indigenous characters?

I’m going to have say to Race to the Sun. I haven’t read that many books with indigenous characters but that will change most definitely.

3) Regalia – Your favorite book that’s aesthetic, or your favorite type of of aesthetic, if you have any regalia, can we see it?

I don’t really have a book that’s aesthetic but I do like the blue aesthetic. I do not have any regalia.

4) Auntie + Uncle – Favorite Indigenous Movie

My favorite indigenous movie would have to be Smoke Signals. It’s very funny. Definitely would recommend y’all to watch it.

5) Frybread or Bannock, favorite trope?

Frybread ofc. Specifically my grandma’s bread. Nothing compares.

My favorite trope would be best friends to lovers or Enemies to Lovers

6) Grandma’s the best – who’s your auto buy indigenous author?

Definitely Rebecca Roanhorse as of now.

7) All Nations – books that made your feel the most represented

The closest that comes close is again Race to the Sun.

8) The say Native Girls look mean – who’s your favorite female character/author?

Nizhoni in Race to the Sun. I just love her so much. Here’s a lil fun fact about the name Nizhoni, it also means beautiful in Navajo. Just felt like throwing that out there.

9) Star Quilt – what is something you hold dear?

Most definitely would be great grandma’s blanket that was given to me after she passes away.

10) Don’t whistle at night – interaction with the supernatural or favorite horror movie/book

I remember when I was around 10 I believe, me and a couple of my cousins were staying the night at my auntie’s house in the deep rez when at midnight we are heard someone walking around on the roof. We were are terrified because we were pretty sure it might have been a skinwalker. To this day I will not sleep the night at her place again. 😬

11) He even drinks water, INDIGENOUS – your favorite indigenous book, movie, whatever content.

Omg okay I absolutely love James and Ernie. They are two Navajo comedians I definitely recommend y’all watch them. I love them so much!

12) It is a good day to be indigenous – tag another indigenous friend

I tag any indigenous person who wants to do the tag! 🥰

WWW Wednesday

Previous read:

I read Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. I absolutely loved Mare and Denna. I loved how their friendship grew towards a relationship. I’m super excited to read the next book and see what happens.

Currently reading:

I am currently reading Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst for my bookclub. I’m enjoying it so far. The world is simple to figure out. I’m so glad this book got me out of my reading slump.

Planning to read next:

I want to start Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw. I’ve been meaning to read this book ever it was published. Shea writes very atmospheric and beautiful.

July Tbr

These are the book that I want to try my best to read for July. Hopefully I read them all.

1) Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

I’m super excited to read this book. Shea is definitely an auto read author for me. I loved her other book The Wicked Deep a lot. She writes very atmospheric.

2) The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

I was super excited to hear this book had vampires in it. I can’t wait to see how Renee does it. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a vampire book before.

3) Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

The cover for this book is what intrigued me a lot. The cover is beautiful. The Synopsis definitely ranked this book up in my tbr list. I’m super excited to learn more about the Chinese aspect it has in it.

4) All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

I read that this book had mermaids and pirates. That’s all I wanted to know and that cover is everything. I love it a lot. Anything with mermaids or sirens sign up immediately.

5) The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

I’ve read a lot of good things about this book that I wanted to know what is was all about.

Race to the Sun review

Title: Race to the Sun

Author: Rebecca Roanhorse

Publish Date: January 14, 2020

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like the man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he’s Mr. Charles, her dad’s new boss at the oil and gas company, and he’s alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he’s a threat, but her father won’t believe her. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says “Run!”, the siblings and Nizhoni’s best friend Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished by the Dine Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. Their aid will come at price: the kids must pass a series of trials in which it seems like nature itself is out to kill them. If Nizhoni, Mac and Davery can reach the House of the Sun, they will be outfitted with what they need to defeat the ancient monsters Mr. Charles has unleashed. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be…. Timeless themes such as the importance of family and respect the land resonate in this funny, fast paced and exciting quest adventure set in the American Southwest.

Genres:

• Middle Grade

• Fantasy

• Mythology

• Adventure

• Fiction

Pages: 479

Edition: Ebook

Favorite Quote:

Who are the police going to believe? Some random brown kid or a famous executive with his blond hair and fancy suit that reeks of money?

Thoughts: contains spoilers

This is a book I would have loved when I was thirteen. To know that was a book written by an indigenous author would have been so amazing and would have made me feel more seen in the books I was reading. I’m glad this book exists and I want everyone to read it because they aren’t that many books on indigenous people and this book was so amazing.

I loved it so much. Nizhoni is such a great protagonist. I love her so much as well as Mac and Davery. I really loved how the story mentioned how much Navajo’s love hot cheetos! I’m like Mac. I can finish a family sized bag of it by myself. The food mention in the book made me hungry especially when they mentioned Mutton stew with frybread.

It was badass the way Nizhoni fired her arrows at the buzzards with her lightning! I just really loved this book and want more people to read okay? Thank you. I think I said I wanna to say in this review. 💙✌🏽

Under rated Book Recommendations

1) Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

If you know me, you probably know this my absolute favorite book of all time. For good reasons too. The world Emiko created is so different from other ya fantasy books I’ve read. The character arcs are so amazing. The ending is so unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s probably the main reason why I love this book so much. I’m so sad that this book is under rated. It needs more love from people. It’s god tier for me.

2) Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin

This is another book that is under rated. I love the world building in this book. The plot twist is so well done and the ending left me so satisfied. It’s everything.

3) Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

The Goodreads synopsis was so interesting so I decided to give it a try and I’m so glad I read it. It pulled me from the very beginning and didn’t let go. The world was so beautiful. I can’t get even if this book and the cover.

4) A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

There are literally no words to describe how much I love this book! All you gotta know is that is *chef’s kiss* perfection to me. If you like anything Fae related you’ll love this book a lot. I might like this book more the acotar series. Everything about is so amazing! Do yourself a favor and read it. It needs all the hype!

These are all the book that I’ve read that I haven’t seen a lot of people read and talk about anywhere. They deserve all the love. Let me know if y’all are going to read a book off of my list so we discuss them. 💙

Formula for a Perfect Life review

Title: Formula for a Perfect Life

Author: Christy Hayes

Publish Date: February 19, 2020

Publisher: CAH LLC

Goodreads Synopsis:

Two practical strangers. One fateful night. Two pink lines. College senior and obsessive romantic Kayla Cummings’ dreams of a storybook life are spun off course by an unplanned pregnancy after a one-night stand with her secret crush. Devastated, Kayla turns to her roommates and best friends for advice. No matter what she decides, no matter how deeply embarrassed, she has to tell the father. Ben Strickland’s future is written in stone—as long as he gets a decent score on the Law School Admission Test. Feeling pressure from all sides, Ben struggles to juggle his upcoming finals, another shot at LSAT, and his girlfriend Darcy. When the girl he spent an memorable night with weeks ago shows up at his doorstop pregnant, his already chaotic life spins out of control. With the clock ticking, decisions to make, and a boatload of people to disappoint, Ben and Kayla embark on a journey neither anticipated—a journey where falling in love might be the biggest surprise of all. But old hurts and buried secrets pose a greater threat to their future than impending parenthood, Will Ben and Kayla go their separate ways or forge a new path to happy ever after?

Trigger Warnings:

• Abortions

• Cheating

• Mention of Death

Genres:

• Romance

• Contemporary

• Chick lit

Pages: 323

Edition: E-arc

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favorite Quote:

Wishes don’t change the outcome, but honestly would have.

Thoughts: contains spoilers

I’m glad I picked up this book! It was so cute and wholesome. It also got me out of my reading slump so bonus points for that. I want more of Ben and Kayla please! I really wanted to read more about them as parents. Their relationship so just so cute. The only part I didn’t like about this book was the fact that Ben had a girlfriend when he slept with Kayla… It was so cute when they called their son their little pear. Every time Darcy tried to get Ben I got so annoyed. I wish Ben didn’t cheat on her. He should have told Darcy he didn’t want to be with her anymore. I honestly don’t think they were good for each other. It just wasn’t a healthy relationship. She was just too control and manipulative.

Recommend?

Yes! I adore it so much. If you like romance books you’ll definitely love this one for sure. 💙

April Wrap Up

1) Aurora Rising

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brief summary:

I really love this book so much. I’m super excited and nervous for the release of Aurora Burning. I can’t wait to see what the crew is up to.

Link to Review:

https://bookishrho.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/aurora-rising-review/

2) Crier’s War

Author: Nina Varela

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brief summary:

The enemies to lovers trope is done so well in the book. I absolutely adored it. I need Iron Heart asap.

Link to review:

https://bookishrho.wordpress.com/2020/04/11/criers-war-review/

3) Something To Talk About

Author: Meryl Wilsner

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brief summary:

The slow burn in this book was so good. This is me telling y’all if you love slow burn romance books considering buying this book and reading the heck out of it!

Review will be up tomorrow.

4) Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brief summary:

I loved it even more then the first time I read. The Infernal Devices is probably my favorite of all the Shadowhunter books. It just hits very different.

Link to review:

https://bookishrho.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/clockwork-angel-review/

Overall it wasn’t good reading month for me but hopefully May is a bit better.

How many books did y’all read in April and did y’all enjoy them?

Clockwork Angel Review

Title: Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publish Date: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Series: The Infernal Devices

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York bestseller Mortal Instruments series. The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she’s attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies stop them…..

Trigger Warnings:

• Abduction

• Violence

• Death

• Murder

Genres:

• Fantasy

• Young Adult

• Paranormal

• Romance

• Steampunk

• Historical Fiction

• Fiction

• Urban Fantasy

Pages: 482

Edition: Ebook

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favorite Quote/Line:

“ It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”

Thoughts: contains spoilers

I decided to reread all the Shadowhunter books starting with The Infernal Devices and boy am I glad I did because I really miss the world Cassie has created! I missed Jem, Will, Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, Magnus and Tessa. My precious children. Can’t forget about Church. I missed the sassy little immortal cat. I forgot how much I didn’t like Jessamine in the first book. She’s so annoying.

The “banter” between Will and Gabriel is so amazing. I’ve laughed so much every time they spoke to each other. My favorite line between them was… “You know,” Gabriel said, “there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will.” “There was a time I thought I was a ferret,” Will said, “but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that much effect? Because I didn’t.”

I love Will humor so much. Then there was the scene where Will said something about Gabriel’s sister in front of Gabriel and Jem literally dragged Will into the carriage before any thing else happened. It was so hilarious.

One more thing I missed so much was Charlotte and Henry. Their relationship is the best. Fierce female warrior with the down to earth inventor. Can they be any more sweeter. I’m really excited to see Henry’s inventions later on in the other books and to see how much an impact in the Shadowhunter world because of his inventions.

Recommend?

If you haven’t read any Cassandra Clare book, what are you doing??? Go read her books, now. Goooo!

Question: Who’s your Parabatai in the real world?