Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

This was my first Meagan Spooner novel. I've been meaning to read the Starbound trilogy for years now and haven't gotten around to it. So I had no expectations of the author; I just wanted an awesome Beauty and the Beast retelling.

I enjoyed this. I did. But I wasn't blown away by it. And even though Meagan Spooner took Beauty and the Beast and made it her own, different thing, I still feel that there are better retellings out there. It honored the original story; it made Beauty into an awesome, arrow-wielding hunter with a thirst for vengeance. But I couldn't fall into it or the characters. Especially, Beast. The "Beast" in most retellings is my favorite character; he is so dynamic in nature. But we had very few glimpses into this Beast's head and we were never told how he became the Beast. I really didn't like that. He wasn't as developed as Yeva/Beauty was, and I think that's a shame.

The whole story was quiet--muted, even. And the pacing was really slow. The first ninety pages were set-up, and once you get into the thick of it, you expect the pace to pick up but it never does. It stayed slow and steady. And the romance was very lackluster, too. I expected swoon for days, and I was like "WHERE ARE THEY!??!?!" Very underwhelmed, indeed.

In the end, I just wanted to love it more because of how much I love Beauty and the Beast. And while this was interesting, I didn't get what I wanted out of it. I have to go find another retelling to sate my craving; time to read A Court of Thorns and Roses again.

I have to admit, I do this a lot. I have almost zero self control when it comes two things: buying books and reading books. I will buy and buy until my bookshelves are bowing and I will read and read until my eyeballs are red and it's three hours until I have to wake up for work. Sometimes it's because I'm desperate to see what happens; sometimes I'm just desperate to get it over with. Either way, I love doing it. So here are the last ten books I read in one sitting. Let me know if you devoured them too!

Dill's father is in jail for an unspeakable crime. Shunned by the neighbors in their small religious Tennessee town, Dill and his mother try to make ends meet.

Dill’s only respite from poverty and prejudice are his two friends: Lydia and Travis. Travis is an oddball, finding sanctuary from his violent father in his obsession with an epic fantasy saga. Lydia is fast-talking and fiercely creative, pinning her hopes on her achingly cool fashion blog. Dill fears his heart will break when she escapes to a better life in New York.

Dill wants to get through his final year of high school in one piece. But there’s a dark secret at the heart of his family, a serpent poisoning his blood, filling him with despair. Dill must confront this legacy of madness and desperation before it tears him apart.


Okay, so, I expected to like this. In general, Goodreads and the blogosphere seems to love it. But I didn't expect to sob my face off like I did. I was just minding my business, thinking, "this is good. I like it--not love it, but it's nice." And then BAM! TEARS.

I cried for an embarrassing amount of time, reading through the tears because I needed to know how the story would end. That's when this book became something special to me.

I loved Dill and Travis. They were well constructed and well rounded and well everything. Beautifully crafted. I felt that they felt and I wanted the best for them in every single way. But unexpectedly, I saw myself in Lydia. We are both very focused and very passionate, and very stubborn in those ways. I, too, left my small hometown for the big city, and I didn't care who I left and didn't understand people that wanted to stay there. There's nothing wrong with my hometown--it isn't racist swamp like Forrestville--but still, I was like her. And when she got so haughty with her choices, I wanted to strangle her and it made me feel guilty. I didn't have the social standing that she had, but I still kind of looked down on others who wanted a quieter existence and stay in my hometown. So that was a nice crisis of character for myself.

I also really enjoyed Zentner's writing. It was simple, but so relatable and genuine. And then sometimes he would whip out this quote that knocked you flat on your back. The emotions in this story were so well executed, and I applaud him for it.

Overall, I think this could easily be enjoyed by all. I think it has a lot of important messages about grief, acceptance, and finding your own path in the world. I highly recommend it.

Everything about this book just screams MEEEE. Sibling relationship? Check. Family tragedy? Check. Fraught romance? Check. The plot description has me hooked and I am literally counting down the days until I can get my hands on it.

Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

For this TTT, I decided to list five books that I really want to read this Spring that I haven't had a chance to get to yet--books that came out in 2016 or earlier--and five books that come out this spring and I will read immediately. Who knows if I will actually read any of these--my inability to follow-through with lists is legendary--but I will try.

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