Sunday Sum~Up

Sunday Sum-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

Good afternoon/evening. I am running behind today, as I chose to nap this morning and did not draw a draft yesterday. It has been a productive week though and I managed 3 reviews which feels like a record lately! We finally watched It yesterday afternoon and I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. While it did not pack the fear factor I anticipated (CGI was a tad over the top), they did well with the story line and the cast was fantastic! I immediately came home and ate and then slid right back into bed to watch the original mini-series. Fun night!

I have this odd swelling of the eyelids occurring that is making reading a tad frustrating, so I will share a brief recap and then try to catch up and hop in just a bit after some rest and meds. I have a few reviews flagged that I cannot wait to read.

(New)Recent Reviews

29923707One Dark Throne

20643052Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)

maksofshadowsMask of Shadows

(New) Current Reads (1)

The Dark Days Club
By Alison Goodman


London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Emma in the Night

By Wendy Walker


From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

(New)Other Happenings

  • On Wednesday I finally took the plunge and updated BVT and announced the New Look. This includes the new logo and updating all social media platforms. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or feedback. It is a work in process that will be slow due to the limited screen time.
  • Thursday I was pleased to share an excerpt from Justine J Hemmestad’s Visions of a Dream on A Nice Brew & Something New.
  • Today I announced the winner of the Wink Poppy Midnight giveaway. A huge thank you for making this giveaway and review such a success! Congratulations  Megan @wanderingsofabookbird!
  • I also want to briefly share my enthusiasm that there will be a series of Black Mirror books released starting in February 2018! No idea how this news escaped me. Like many of you, I am a huge fan of the series. You can find more info on the first volume at Penguin Random House.

I hope you are all very well and enjoying what remains of your Sunday. I am personally pleased to sit back and sip my first pumpkin latte (no shame in my game), take in the cooler weather and recharge.

“Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.”

~Joseph Addison

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Wink Poppy Midnight Giveaway Winner!

Thrilled to announce the winner of my recent Wink Poppy Midnight giveaway. A special thank you to everyone for sharing the review and giveaway! The lucky recipient of one copy of Wink Poppy Midnight is..

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Megan has beautiful Instagram and social media accounts and can be found reviewing and sharing bookish thoughts at Congratulations Megan, I will be sending an email to collect the necessary details to ship your book ❤

Thank you again everyone, for helping make this giveaway a lot of fun!

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows 
By Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN13: 9781492647492
Pages: 352
Genre: YA Fantasy


Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

(New) Thoughts

Mask of Shadows presented with great aspirations and blurb that promised a dynamic plot. Unfortunately, I failed to establish any form of real connection with the writing or characters. I am honestly at a loss on how to discuss my experience as I believe that while I may not have been the proper audience, it is sure to find one. I will keep this review on the lighter side, omitting the normal recap and simply highlight a few Pros and Cons.


  • An ambitious plot-line featuring my first encounter with a gender fluid protagonist. There can never be enough diversity in reading! Ever! The simple fact that the author made a point of tackling Sal’s preferences on how they were acknowledged by others warrants appreciation. Sal offered some moments of insight and wit that I admired.
  • An element of romance that avoided the normal clichés and was delivered at a welcomed, steady pace. I tire of instalove in YA fantasy. It feels like an all too common theme of late.
  • Maud! Sal’s attendant during their audition is spectacular. I simply adored her and all that she contributed to the story.


  • For all of Sal’s greatness, there was a feeling of missed potential. They deserved further exploration and development that the story never managed.
  • The setting while held in high court, felt very isolated and vague at times. There was no true sense of world building or the surrounding environment. I feel that this could have enhanced the reading experience tremendously. I struggle with any fantasy that fails to construct rich and vivid settings.
  • Given the concept, this felt like a title that should have pack a very heavy political and magic system, but the brevity of the back story left a lot to be desired and much unexplored.
  • The story became redundant. Too much time was focused on Sal’s audition and inessential details. While I understand the auditions were of significance, there was a lot of untapped potential.
  • Predictability and slow pacing.

In the end, it felt like Miller was onto something great that fell victim to ill-timed execution and a somewhat uneventful narration. There are a lot of interesting factors presented that could possibly receive a noteworthy redemption in a sequel if they are properly evolved and expanded. While Mask of Shadows fell short for myself, I would hesitate to sway others away. I feel this is a title to explore on your own accord as it will most likely be a love or hate relationship.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with this title. The above review is of me own, honest opinion.


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Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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