The Liebster Award


I was nominated (a very long time ago) by Zoe from Home of Indie Authors. Thank you so much for nominating me. I had a ton of fun answering your questions and coming up with my own. Here is a link to her post.

 The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog/post
  2. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions
  3. Come up with your own set of 11 questions to be answered by your nominees
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing – don’t forget to tag them, provide a link to their blogs – let them know!!

Questions and Answers 

Q. What are your favorite genres to read?

A. I read anything that strikes my fancy, but I particularly enjoy YA, middle grade, romance, historical fiction, and contemporary.

Q. What’s the first book you ever recall reading?

A. I honestly cannot remember because I was very young.

Q. Do you read self-published authors? Why? Or why not?

A. Yes I do! I love reading them because they often offer something different from more mainstream authors.

Q. Who is the author you stalk online the most?

A. Jenny Han! Also Jacqueline Smith, my new favorite Indie author. Her books are the best!

Q. Favorite bookish boyfriend/girlfriend?

A. Q Mercer from the Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters and John Ambrose McClaren from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

Q. What are your favorite things of being a book blogger?

A. Sharing my love of books and reading. Also meeting amazing people.

Q. If you could spend a day in a book, which one would it be?

A. The Chronicles of Narnia! Who wouldn’t want to go there? For Narnia! And for Aslan!

Q. Turn your favorite book into a movie! Who directs it? What actors get the main roles?

A. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. Not sure about who would direct it, but I would love to see Dove Cameron as Bobbi.

Q. Kiss, marry, kill. Go!

A. Kiss: Rhysand (from the ACOTAR series) Marry: John Ambrose McClaren (from TATBILB trilogy) Kill: The White Witch (from The Chronicles of Narnia)

Q. A huge book disappointment?

A. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I didn’t necessarily hate it but it was so not what I was expecting. There was no plot and it wasn’t fangirl-y enough.

Q. A book recommendation for anyone reading this =)

A. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I recommend this to literally everyone.

My Questions 

  1. What book do you think is the most overhyped?
  2. Be honest! Do you judge books by their covers?
  3. What’s your biggest bookish pet peeve?
  4. What’s your unpopular bookish opinion?
  5. How many unread books do you have?
  6. Who’s your favorite fictional bookworm?
  7. If someone offered you a million dollars to burn half of the books you own, would you do it?
  8. Who’s your favorite author that most people have never heard of?
  9. Who’s your bookish OTP?
  10. What’s your stance on dog-earing books?
  11. Best book-to-movie/book-to-tv-show adaptation?


I never know who to nominate for these things, so if you’re reading this and want to do it, consider yourself nominated!



One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by my very good friend Erica from Erica’s Bookshelves for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much for nominating me! I’ve known Erica for quite a while on Bookstagram. I’ve been following her on there pretty much the entire time I’ve been on it. Here is a link to her One Lovely Blog Award post.


Now onto the facts!

  1. My favorite Disney Princess is Mulan. Based on my blog name and profile pic, you would think my favorite would be Belle, but Mulan is my number 1. Mulan is such a bad ass and growing up she was the only female Asian representation I saw in movies. Belle is actually my third favorite princess (Rapunzel is number 2).
  2. My current celebrity crushes are Skeet Ulrich and Dove Cameron. This past summer I binge watched Riverdale fell in love with Skeet (aka FP Jones). I also watched Disney Descendants 2 and completely fell in love with Dove.
  3. My favorite singer is Lana Del Rey. I am obsessed with her. Her music speaks to me in such an intimate way. She’s an absolute genius.
  4. I like playing solitaire. I could literally play for hours and never get bored. My favorite game to play is Klondike.
  5. My favorite Beatle is Ringo. Not only does he have the coolest name, he was also the most drama-free.
  6. I suck at putting on make-up. I have like zero make up skills. Like I have no idea how to apply eyeshadow or cat-eye eyeliner.
  7. I’ve never traveled outside of the USA. The farthest I’ve been is Hawaii. But I really do want to travel other countries, particularly the Philippines and the UK.


I nominate:



Review: Spotlight (Boy Band #4)


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Rating: ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Jacqueline has done it yet again! This was another amazing book from her.

This book is technically the end of the of the series, but I’m still holding on to hope that there will be more. *fingers crossed* As a conclusion, this book was great. It wrapped up the main storyline of the Tara drama perfectly. I was very happy with what ultimately transpired.

I really liked how this book incorporated even more of Chloe and Kendra. They’re both super awesome characters and were a nice addition to the band’s inner circle. I loved the all-girl alliance that Mel, Joni, Chloe, and Kendra formed.


Like the other books in this series, there were a lot of twists and turns. It kept me guessing the entire time. I literally had no idea how it was going to end. I got anxious in the last 30 pages because I wasn’t sure what would happen. But like I mentioned previously, it ended very well. I have zero complaints.

As a random side note, there was one paragraph in the beginning that I really loved. It’s when Mel is describing how hot Sam looks while shooting a music video. She remarks, “By God, he looks so good. He kind of looks like the Prince from Beauty and the Beast, but if the Prince was blond and like, a million times hotter. And not animated” (46). As you probably already know, I love Beauty and the Beast and I love any reference to it.

Overall, this was perfect!!



Review: A Cactus in the Valley


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Rating: ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was an amazing book. I haven’t read a YA book this deep and emotional in a while.

First off, I loved the dual points of view. It allowed me to really get into the minds of both Terra and Wyatt and feel what they felt.

I also really loved the flashbacks. They were incredibly well done and were spaced perfectly throughout the novel. You learned more about the characters gradually, as opposed to being info-dumped with backstory. The author did a good job paralleling the flashbacks. I enjoyed seeing the connections between their stories.


The writing style of the book was really beautiful. The descriptions were phenomenal. The author writes with such an ease. Two of my favorite lines (which also show the parallels) were “My name is Terra Lombardi, and I am a shooting star falling from the heavens” (24) and “My name is Wyatt Hartman, and I am a meteor crashing from the skies” (44).

The subject matter can be heavy and very mature at times, but it was all handled appropriately. Sometimes authors will throw in things like rape and abuse as a plot device, without doing the matter justice. This book did not do that and I really appreciated that.

Overall, this is a powerful story about survival and facing your inner demons.

Review: Who is Vera Kelly?


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Rating: ★★★½

I received this book for free from the publisher (Tin House Books) in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a slow burn. It’s not your typical spy novel. It’s on the slow side and there isn’t much action. I was expecting some twists and turns to the story, but that wasn’t what I got. It was a pretty straightforward plot. As a spy novel, it was a bit lackluster. I also felt that the spy parts could have been developed more because all the events seemed to move at lightning speed. I would have loved to seen more of Vera’s day to day life as a spy and more of her interactions with her fellow students.


As a work of literary fiction, this book was more successful. I actually enjoyed the flashbacks to her youth a lot more than the spy parts. I liked unraveling who Vera was and how she got to be the person she is. I particularly liked the parts about her sexuality because it shed light on how different things were for the LGBT community back in the 50’s and 60’s.

Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed by the spy aspect, but was satisfied with Vera’s character development.

Review: After Death (Cemetery Tours #3)


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Rating: ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

As usual, I loved this book because I love all of Jacqueline’s books. Her writing style is just amazing.

This book was another fantastic addition to the series. There was a lot of paranormal activity in this book and I loved every second of it. I think out of all three of the books, this had the most spooks. A lot happened in this one.

The haunted carnival setting was really perfect because it introduced a lot of interesting new characters, like Rasia and Chance McDermott. I’m curious to see more of them in future books.


What I really love about this series, and this book in particular, is how it deals with death and grief in regards to both the loved ones and the deceased. It explores the nuances of both sides in great depth. The last two chapters of this book demonstrated this perfectly. Those chapters were so touching, emotional and heartfelt. If I was one of those people who could cry when reading books, I probably would have.

All in all, this was an incredible addition to the Cemetery Tours series and I cannot wait to see what Jacqueline comes up with for the next book.



Review: Between Worlds (Cemetery Tours #2)


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Rating: ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to read this book because it takes place in a haunted house. Fun fact about me: I LOVE haunted houses. My favorite ride at Disneyland is the Haunted Mansion and I often consider it to be my dream home. I also live super close to the Winchester Mystery House (which is totally awesome by the way). So already I was destined to love this book.


I liked the first book in this series, but I loved this one more! I tend to like the second book in series more than the first because all the set up is already done. This book got straight to all the haunting fun and did not disappoint.

So first off, Stanton Hall Manor sounds like my kind of house. There’s a room called the Storybook Room and it sounds like the greatest thing ever. The book states, “The Storybook Room was designed like a book store, with antique novels lining each and every corner of each and every wall. It reminded Kate of the castle library in Beauty and the Beast” (90). That place sounds like heaven!

Character-wise, I really liked how we got to meet Luke’s ghost hunting team. I can’t wait to see more of them! Also, I really love Brink. He’s so precious and provides such great comedic relief.

The storyline was really good and as usual there was a good balance of the paranormal and the normal.

I also liked how natural Kate and Michael’s relationship felt. They make a very cute couple.

Overall, this was even better than the first. I can’t wait to start reading the third book as soon as I post this review.