Hey my lovely reading friends!! How are you all? How has the New Year been treating you? Have you finished your first read of 2021 yet?

I’m not sure about you guys but I CANNOT believe it is 2021 right now?!? 2020 felt like the longest year ever and my little book reading brain simply would not have survived if I couldn’t slip down the rabbit hole into my never ending TBR of books.

While 2020 was a dumpster fire of a year (quite literally it burned up the past nine+ months of my life like a forgotten cigarette in a dry forest) I did manage to have a GREAT reading year! In fact the number of books I read nearly doubled (I somehow went from reading about 35 books a year to 71?! what in the parallel universe?!).

Seriously reading was my only saving grace this past year. So I just want to send a quick shout out to all the books that helped me get here (and by here I mean the end of this god awful time sucking year) and highlight some of my favorite books I read this last year:

And the Oscar goes to the following books….

Crescent City by Sarah J Maas

I mean are we surprised?? Are we really surprised? As a long time fan of SJM (her books are my fav and she has been my fav author for many years) it comes as no surprise that I fell in LOVE with Crescent City and am EAGERLY and IMPATIENTLY awaiting ACOTAR #4 this upcoming February!! 

The Winter King by CL Wilson

As I said before this book took me by SURPRISE. The world building in this was SO. GOOD. Also there was marriage of convenience in this book (which I am quickly beginning to learn is my shit weakness in terms of tropes). This book has a weather power princess and a brute ice king and their romance is so closed off, and back and forth, with infinite burning and denial of feelings for one another… just yessss!!

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen

Oh would you look at that another marriage of convenience (this truly is a shocking turn of events). This book is great enemies to lovers. The level of angst and betrayal in this is on another LEVEL let me tell you. Also this book takes place in a Jungle which I think is pretty epic. Def recommend.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Two words: Slow Burn. The romance is this is so tender and slow burn and just ahshjdshs. Plus it has vikings. 

The Villain by LJ Shen

If you all have been following me for awhile you know LJ Shen is my QUEEN of all things romance and this book was TOP TIER LJ SHEN!!! One of my favorite couples she has ever written. I may have fallen in love with Cillian… (not me falling for book characters again). So freaking GOOD.

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah Maclean

This was one of the first historical romances I was blessed with reading and this book was EVERYTHING. I may have already reread it on multiple occasions… and I don’t reread books?!? The main lover boy reminds me of Thomas Shelby from Peaky Blinders on Netflix and thats all you need to know to start this. Loved it. 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 

Some more fabulous enemies to lovers. This one was an office romance in a publishing house and I loved Josh and Lucy so dang much. The chemistry was achy and fire and ughhh I want a Josh in real life!!!

Fable by Adrienne Young

Another by Adrienne Young who I am quickly coming to learn may be one of my new favorite authors of all time!! This one took place on the high seas and is super gritty, dark, and grimy. I loved the characters in this one and no one does slow burn romance quite like Young. Amazing. 

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

This book has me hyped because I desperately ship Severin and Laila!!! I am so excited for book two because I want NEED more of them!!!

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Binged this whole series dangerously quick. An amazing Fae romance featuring a really dark hero and heroine. One is a dark Fae king the other is a messy dangerous siren. The banter and jokes in this will make you laugh out loud like NO OTHER. Book three was my for sure fav 😉 

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin 

I almost didn’t include this one because I read it last January (almost a year ago) but than remembered I simply HAD to because Serpent and Dove has one of my FAVORITE romances I have read in YA and I simply love love loved the marriage of convenience in this one. Reid and Lou are amazing!! This actually reminds me that I own Blood & Honey the sequel and should go read that…

 

Ok wow, did NOT mean to make this list this long…but what can I say I read some FIRE books this year and looking back there was some I just could not not include you know??

(also Honorable Mention to Angry God by LJ Shen, From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout, and Sweet Retribution by Siobhan Davis!!) 

Thats all for now reading bears!! What were some of your reading highlights from 2020? Are you just as excited for the New Year as I am? Read any of the books above? Lmk in the comments below!

– BubblyBooks

Heyyy guys!! How are you all? Did you read anything good over the long Thanksgiving break? I took a much needed few days off (school has been ruff my friends) and caught up on a bit of reading time which was great!

That being said I CANT BELIVE ITS ALREADY DECEMEBR LIKE WHATTT?? Where did the time go? Is it off having a pina colada somewhere because I would very much like my time back, thank you very much.

Ok so enough of that little side stress note and on to THE READING:

I read 6 books this moth *stares at myself of shock in the mirror* and I actually enjoyed all of them?? (What parallel universe have we escaped into??)  

 

Send Me Their Me Their Souls by Sara Wolf – 3.5 stars– 

This was the conclusion to a series I really enjoyed. That being said, sadly I did not love this book as much as the first two…. but Zera is still one of my all time favorite sassy af MC’s. The reason why  I docked stars is the ending was SO messy in my opinion. Like I have questions??? AND I NEED answers and will not be getting them?! *cries in corner* 

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles – 5 stars

OMG this series is EVERYTHING. I read the first two books years ago and loved them both with my whole heart so of course this book was no exception. Great characters, awesome plot line, and a romance that will have you literally swooning. So good. 

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James – 5 stars

This was the Cinderella retelling I did not know I NEEDED in my life!! Seriously this book blew my expectations away (Expectations = *Blown AWAY*). Both characters were equally intelligent and their banter, chemistry, and arguments were straight swoon and fire! Loved the plot and the side characters were *chefs kiss* 10/10 recommend! 

World After by Susan Ee – 4 stars – 

This sequel was SO flipping good!! The slow burn elements in the story and the ROMANCE. Yesss plzzz. Also this has sexy ANGELS and a post apocalyptic world. Just yes to all of the above. 

Resurrection by Siobhan Davis – 4 stars

Ok so I LOVED Siobhan Davis’s Cruel Intentions series (Like it was one of my all time favorite series I’ve ever read, def on of my favorite series for the year) but this whole series… let me tell you… was a different cup of tea. If you are a fan of dark romance, bully romances, or reverse harem than this is the series for you. The world building is always great and the drama is always fabulous in Sibohan’s books so DEF recommend it you are in need of some TWISTED, CRAZY AF, dark SMUTTT!! 

Rebellion by Siobhan Davis – 3 stars

Ok ok so I figured out I do not like sharing. That being said Saint is my favorite boy and I need answers because Siobhans cliff hangers are AHAHAHH. This series is more addictive than cheddar popcorn snacks my friends. 

All in all I read a total of 6 books this month! In the words of Ariana Grande I’m feeling #Successful #SoSuccessful 

So all in all not a bad reading month! What are you currently reading? What do you plan on reading next? Let’s chat about it in the comments below!! 

-BubblyBooks

Send Me Their Souls

By: Sara Wolf

Rating: 3.5/ 5 stars 

Summary: 

The finale to the epic Bring Me Their Hearts series reaches its thrilling conclusion, full of intrigue, emotion, and of course romance.

Reunited with Lucien, Malachite, and Fione, Zera finally has the choice of whether or not to regain her humanity and give up her life as a Heartless. But with war raging and an army of valkerax on the loose, she’s never needed immortality more. Will they be able to stop Varia without sacrificing themselves in the process?

My Review:

Ok so those of you who know me know I absolutely loved Bring Me Their Hearts and Find Me Their Bones. That being said while I enjoyed the final book in this series… I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a bit of a let down? 

The first 50% of this book: GOLDEN. Loved it. love. But than the whole thing just got a bit slow and repetitive and I was like where is the ACTION? Where is the SPICE?

I mean the only thing that had me pushing through this was the golden savior of this book: who was Zera herself. Seriously one of my favorite MC of all time. I loved her and will miss her sass and snarkiness like crazy. That being said the romance was bit of let down for me in this book??! Like I loved my boy Lucien in book one and book 2 and while I still loved him in book 3 I just wanted more from him and Zera’s relationship??? 

The ending also left me HANGING like what?? That was it? Your going to leave me there with no explanation to the EVENTS that have just OCCURRED?? Excuse me if I was left baffled in a corner with no precious closure!! 

Overall I just think the plot arc could have used a bit of work but this series is still a GEM and I loved the characters and the whole idea of heartless creatures so so much. If your a lover of this series than I definitely recommend picking up the final book and if you do read it please let me know because I need to discuss the absolute question mark that was that ending!!

Also if you love character driven books than this one is for you 😉 

In all a solid 3.5 star read!

**A huge thanks to Entangled Teen for sending me an E-ARC for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own as I review all advanced copies for free in exchange for my bookish thoughts and reviews!!**

 

Hey guys its me again!! School has been crazy busy…. so my posting schedule is a mess right now but I am so happy to be on here POSTING SOMETHING!! 

*Look at me actually doing something productive (practically unheard of for 2020 me)*

 So lately I have actually been doing some reading (I know crazy right – I’m reading and not drowning my days in my twitter feed?? Just what in the Lucky Charms have I been eating)

…this also lead me to start thinking (IKR dangerous) and I feel like a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately are so just UN-TALKED about and UNDERRATED.

So naturally I now feel the need to shout from the rooftops about how everyone SHOULD READ THESE DANG BOOKS DAMMIT 😉 

 

SO on to the list my book consuming fairies (I apologize in advance if your TBR is about to blow up): 

 

White Cat by Holly Black

As a forever fan of Holly Black (I think its safe to say the Cruel Prince series has RUINED me for life) I am surprised by how much this series is NOT TALKED ABOUT!! I read White Cat a few years ago and still vividly remember how much I loved it. This book is a mind trip, its dark, its twisty, you kind of won’t know what happening but like in the best way possible?!? I just got the sequel through Paperback swap and AM SO EXCITED to start reading it. If you love Holly Black this series is a MUST read. I repeat a MUST read. 

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Ok… y’all this series is golden pirate loot for one reason and one reason only – the heroine in this is GOLDEN. Like seriously if you like sarcastic, snarky, makes jokes at all the wrong times type of characters than Zera is your girlll. Not to mention this book has a charming prince, magic mentors, heartless creatures, and moral struggles. SO. GOOD. 

AngelFall by Susan Ee

Ok okkkkkk guys this book – THIS BOOK – so good. I mean a post apocalyptic world where angels have taken over!??! Not to mention a strong but not “in your face” tuff heroine named Penryn and a complex (fallen?) angel named Raffe whose world collides with Penryns in the most unexpected of ways – I think yes!!

Also not going to lie this book surprised me. The first 50% was good but OMG the last few chapters really took this book in a whole new direction and made it 10x better. Just finished the second book and this series is truly fabulous. If you love angels or apocalypse books, or slow burn (to the point where you will be like just kiss already dang it) than please read this. Such a good series!! 

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen 

 

I feel like it took me FOREVER to finally pick up this book because I feel like I was seeing it…but no one was talking about how GOOD it was?? However when I finally picked it up DAMNNN. Like this book will MESS YOU UP and not even apologize for it. The ending has still left scars on my heart. I’m in recovery right now and may or may not have ordered the sequel from Amazon because – hey my heart apparently has a thing for being completely and unashamedly DESTROYED. Like seriously the romance, the betrayals, plus it takes place in a freakin JUNGLE. Just do yourself a favor and buy this book. Oh ya and read it now please. 

The Winter King by C.L. Wilson 

Ok yes the cover for this one is not the best, I know. But hear me out. The world building in this deserves MAJOR points because I was not expecting the ice powers, the weather powers, and lets not forget about the epic ice kingdom and a forest filled with deadly ice wolves…. like YES, just yes. And not to mention the romance was so angsty and slow burn but like in the best way possible??? Slow burns are my weakness and this one just had so many perfect moments and always left you wanting MORE!! Honestly probably one of my favorite books this year – so, so good. 

 

What about you all?? Have you read any of these books? Any of them catch your eye and get added to the TBR? Let me know in the comments below!! I’d love to chat books!!

 

-BubblyBooks

Hi guys…. I’M BACK. 

*queue the celebrations music

*Random dancing*

Wow has it been a minute since I’ve blogged. And to think my very unplanned hiatus started all the way back in April…. like dang it has been a minute!

Between Quarantine and COVID and online classes starting up its safe to say I have been putting off this blog reboot for far too long. And dang it I MISSED YOU ALL. Its just not the same reading if I can’t rant/rave/review all the bookish gems I steal away and hide in my cave of book filled wonders. 

That being said I am so happy to be back my little lovelies! Setting up this new this new blog has only brought back all those positive feelings I missed having while blogging and I am SO excited to start raving about my books again like SO. EXCITED. That being said they’re are a few updates I need to fill all you book dragons in on:

  1. I switched to a self hosted website!! Guys I did it I finally took the leap from being a blog on WordPress to becoming a .com!! And I am so excited about it! Although I am still trying to get used to this new platform (I’m currently using DreamHost which is an extension of WordPress and allows you to host your very own website – yay!) so bare with me while I figure out the tech thingies that come with this thing (tech stuff typically flies over my head like a blue jay so we gotta stay strong and pray to the tech gods here).
  2. Content is going to take a bit of a turn here on the blog….. so one of the reasons I’ve been putting off producing bookish content for y’all is that I simply DO NOT HAVE TIME smh. It sucks totally sucks, like if I could throw school is a Glad trash bag and buy that one way ticket to the Bahamas trust me I would (the private jet is already on my Christmas list)…. but since I’m broke and currently writing you while eating Top Ramen were gonna have to put the plan on a Pinterest board for now. OK OK I do in fact have a point just let me find it…. *searches brain frantically* THAT BEING SAID I still want to create book content because it is what I LOVE so I will continue to post for y’all (because the bookish world needs reviewers like you and me duh) but it will most likely be REVIEWS and WRAP UP POSTS. This is mainly because those are my favorite posts to write and since I am limited on time I will not have a posting schedule and these posts are great for popping on the blog when I have random book thoughts that NEED to be expressed. (I just cant hold em in ok??) 
  3. TELL ME WHAT ALL THE NEW RELEASES AND BOOKS I NEED TO READ ARE. I have been out of the book blog loop for 7 MONTHS thats a century in bookish years. That being said what is “cool” what is “hip” what are the “SWAG” “YOLO” books I need to read that will suck out my heart, stomp on it, and turn my emotional sanity to dust?? I need all of them please and thank you (did this book destroy my mental health? yes  *rates book 5 stars*). 

—-> Ok so thats just a little update about where my head is at with the blog reboot (IK my head is a mess but its just so boring having together all the time I need to let it breathe). Soooo onto the BOOKS.

How did I keep what limited sanity I had before Quarantine you ask? The answer is simply that I simply spent every waking moment embedded in fantasy worlds and in the heads of sexy and dark fictional characters *clasps hands* duh. 

And what are some of said “sexy must have currently living in my head rent free” books you ask? Allow me to put you onto to some books you need in your life (if you have already read these please fan girl with me in the comments) 

  1. Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) by Laura Thalassa

5/5 stars 

If you are looking for a fantasy romance, please, look no further. These characters are sass, they are snark, Callie the MC is just SO darn flippant and sarcastic I cannot with her!! Also the romance is *chefs kiss* – binge read this whole series and have NO regrets!! 

2. From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4/5 stars 

If you want a book that will suck away all your time, make you hardcore swoon over a guard named Hawk, and then destroy your mental health with the last 100 pages than LOOK. NO. FURTHER. Seriously this book messed me up (and of course book 2 is on my Amazon wishlist don’t look at me like that – I gots to know answers!!) 

3.The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen

5/5 stars 

OMG this ending killed me. If your looking for me I go under the name Deceased now. Legit finished this two weeks ago and am simultaneously thrilled and terrified to pick up the sequel. Wish me luck ahh. 

4. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi 

4/5 stars 

Ok I am literally in this for Severin and Laila – You cant change my mind. Those two are magic and SIZZLING angst and my romance addicted brain NEEDS more. Also the sequel is now published??? Need it like yesterday. 

5. Wicked and The Wallflower by Sarah Maclean 

5/5 stars 

Ok ok y’all I have jumped onto the Historical Romance train with no plans of hopping off. That being said this one is not only one of my FAVORITE ROMANCES it just might be one of my fav books of all time. seriously this book not like any other historical I have read EVER in the best way possible. This book is just so. dang. good and the love interest gives me Thomas Shelby vibes from Peaky Blinders so I think yes. 10/10 recommend. 

—-> If you have read any of these books than you damn well know why my sanity is in question. These books WILL F*CK you up. Mentally, emotionally, sleep schedule (we don’t know her). Like someone call a paramedic because my heart needs rehab stat. But at the same time omg they were so good and def some of my reading highlights over the past several months oh my god they were SPICY and my tongue is still on fire!!!

That being said this concludes my little update and I am SO HAPPY to be back! Please if you have any new (or old) releases to rec me than PLEASE do I am currently in between books as of last night and now begin the equally thrilling and devastating black hole event that is trying to find my next read.

Thanks so much for stopping by here at Bubbly Books and I hope your current read is fabulous!!

Jamie @Bubbly Books 

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