Top Ten Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novel I’m Anticipating


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic asks us to list our Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Excited About Their Sophomore Novel. I played around with this a bit, because I haven’t read very many books recently by debut authors, so my list also includes some sophomore novels that have already been released but I haven’t yet read. All of these are on my TBR list, though, so I figure it works!



  1. The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #2)
  2. Map of Fates by Maggie Hall (Conspiracy of Us #2)
  3. 17 Years by Ava Dellaira
  4. This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
  5. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  6. Somewhere Between Right and Wrong by Tess Sharpe
  7. The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
  8. (Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
  9. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
  10. Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales


So that’s my list! Do we share any titles? Please link me to your post!


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Merin’s Mid-Week Musings #10


Mid-Week Musings is a new(ish) feature here at Read and Reviewed, where I sum up my reading for the past week and introduce a topic for discussion. It is inspired by Musing Mondays over at A Daily Rhythm and her previous WWW Wednesday meme, which has been discontinued.



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Bookish Accessories! Let’s talk about bookish clothing and/or jewelry and/or anything else that fits in this category. Do you own any? If yes, do you wear it frequently? I have a few bookish t-shirts, but don’t wear them regularly mostly because they’re not work appropriate, since I mostly have to dress nicely through the week except on special occasions like field trips. I also have a Harry Potter bracelet that I also don’t wear that often, but wanted just because.

What about you? Talk to me about your bookish accessories! I’d love to hear from you.


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Top Ten Spooky Covers


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Halloween Freebie, so I decided to go with my Top Ten Spooky Covers. I haven’t actually read these some of these books, although all of them are on my TBR, so can’t speak for the book content, just the fact that the covers are awesome!



1) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

annadressedinblood2) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

missperegrine3) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

shadowofblackbirds4) In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

thereplacement5) The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

slashergirlsandmonsterboys6) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys (edited) by April Genevieve Tucholke

7) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

darkbetween8) The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler

whentheseaisrisingred9) When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

curefordreaming10) The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters


So those are my titles this week! Which topic did you do? Please link me!


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MINI-REVIEW: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

serpentsshadowThe Serpent’s Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3) by Rick Riordan
Disney-Hyperion, 2012
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NOTE: Summary contains spoilers for the previous books in this series.

He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld. Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.



  1. It took me nearly three years to get around to finishing this series. The more I thought about the first two books, the more I realized I didn’t like them nearly as much as I’d initially thought I did – I think I was overcome by the fact that Rick Riordan wrote them, and not really thinking objectively about the books themselves.
  2. Ultimately this book just wasn’t Percy Jackson. I didn’t like it – or the series – as much as either of the Greek series.
  3. One thing I did like? Sadie is pretty kick ass. She’s strong and determined, but you also saw a lot of her emotional state in this book, and it just really made me like her. She felt very real, connection to Isis notwithstanding, of course.
  4. There were several things that I saw coming in this book and just wanted to shout into the void and warn the characters. Of course, that never works, and the book needed some of these things to keep the action up, but still. Kind of frustrating to watch the characters walk into traps.
  5. The idea of fighting chaos is pretty cool, though. I give Riordan major props for that!

FINAL VERDICT: This series is decent, but nothing spectacular. I do like that it was about Egyptian Mythology, though, as there just aren’t enough mythology books that revolve around the Egyptian pantheon and it’s really a hugely missed opportunity. It’s also possible that, had I read this book upon its release, I would have liked it – and the series – more, but compared to Percy, Carter and Sadie just fall flat.



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Hiatus Time!


It’s Conference Week! This means I will be taking my usual hiatus, as I’ll be working eight extra hours this week, and am not going to have a lot of time for anything book or blog-related. My posts will return as usual next Monday, October 26th.

See you on the flip side! ♥


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State of Merin


Welcome, October! It’s hard to believe that it’s the start of yet another month! First quarter at my school ends tomorrow, which means report cards are literally right around the corner; in fact, I have to have them finished by the 16th in order to have them ready and printed for parent-teacher conferences. If you’ve been a follower of this blog for any length of time you probably know how much I loathe doing my report card comments; luckily, for first quarter, I get to avoid this because we meet with the parents face-to-face, so I don’t have to spend the (ridiculously long) time crafting the comments this go ’round. Thank goodness!

I am a huge fan of the month of October in general, mostly due to the fall-inspired things that come out (hello, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING), and also all of the Halloween paraphernalia that you start seeing around the neighborhood (and also in stores). Also, hello, postseason baseball! That’s definitely a favorite. And Supernatural premiered last night as well (haven’t watched yet because I was watching the NL Wildcard Game instead), so all in all October brings about a few of my very favorite things.

This October I am going to focus on reading some books that I’ve been meaning to read the last several Octobers. Most notably on this list is Anna Dressed in Blood, which I’ve been wanting to read the past three Halloweens and have never managed. If I get to nothing else on my TBR list for Fall, I’m going to knock that one out! I’m also listening to The Scorpio Races, which, since it’s set during the fall, also seems appropriate. I shared my Fall TBR HERE, so if you wanted to take a look-see and let me know which titles you’d definitely recommend I try to get to this month, please feel free to do so!

And that’s all for me this month! I hope you have a fabulous October! ♥


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REVIEW: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

icelikefireIce Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch
Balzer + Bray, 2015
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Previous Installment: Snow Like Ashes

NOTE: Summary contains spoilers for the first book in this series.

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

mythoughtsI really enjoyed reading Snow Like Ashes, so when Ice Like Fire was made available on Edelweiss I jumped at the chance to read it. I enjoyed Meira’s spark in the first book, and loved the growing romance between her and Theron, and – even though the summary of this one promised some drama – I was looking forward to immersing myself once again in this fantastical world. Unfortunately, Ice Like Fire didn’t live up to my expectations, and I actually found several things that I avidly disliked this go ’round. Meira wasn’t the same girl, Mather drove me nuts, and I wanted to strangle Theron. There were actually parts that made me eye roll extremely hard, and I found the whole book to be rather depressing. It didn’t help that I saw some of the twists coming a lot sooner than the characters, either. All in all, this book – to me – wasn’t nearly as good as the first one, although I will admit that it did keep me intrigued enough to make sure I’ll read the final book.

One thing I will say that I enjoyed was a look at the other countries of Primoria. Meira (and Theron) are sent to visit the neighboring lands – Summer, Autumn, Yakim and Ventralli – and I very much enjoyed getting a look at these other territories. Each of them is unique and interesting, and I liked discovering them through Meira’s eyes. It helped that Meira was on a quest to discover some hidden secrets about the chasm of magic, which created a bit of an adventure feel as well. I also very much loved Summer’s princess, who becomes a sort of friend to Meira. Of course, no quest is complete without some danger added in, and I liked that things became darker as the book went on and the true threat was revealed (even if I did see part of it coming).

Ice Like Fire is told in alternating viewpoints, so some chapters are from Meira’s point of view, and others are from Mather’s. I have to say that I didn’t like Mather’s chapters nearly as well as Meira’s. He’s very “poor me” at times, which was annoying to read, and I hated his whole opinion on how he should now act around Meira now that she was queen. He didn’t want to be king himself, but now that he isn’t he’s sort of aimless and wandering and very much blaming Meira for the state of their relationship when he really needed to look in the mirror a bit. While it never got to the point where I skimmed his chapters, it was definitely a close thing.

For me personally, Ice Like Fire was good, but not nearly as good as Snow Like Ashes. I really felt like the characters changed too much from the first book, and while I get that all three underwent some significant events to warrant some change, I felt like all three changed for the worse. Getting to see some of the other lands in Primoria was really interesting, and I did like the way the book ended in terms of the increase in action, but overall this book was just average. Of course, your mileage may vary – and I’ve seen others who say the complete opposite of what I’ve said here, so take this with a grain of salt – so, if you liked Snow Like Ashes, you’ll definitely want to check this one out!


An e-galley was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


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September Book Haul


[Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews]




⇒ featuring my Raven Boys candles from From the Page @ Etsy



I also picked up three Supernatural Funko Pop Mystery Minis from Novelty Realm. Aren’t they cute?

And that’s all for me! Which books did you pick up recently? Please link me to your posts!


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September in Review


Wow! How is it already October? I feel like I haven’t really been in school that long, and yet it’s almost the end of first quarter. This means the bane of my existence – report cards – is coming due as well, though, which I’m definitely NOT looking forward to.

In bookish news, I did okay with reading in September. Not great, but well enough, considering I was juggling a lot of work responsibilities and other things. I am hoping to do slightly better this month, though!


girlwhocircumnavigated wewereliars unearthly serpentsshadow


The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand


winnerscrime insidious


I once again participated in Top Ten Tuesday last month, sharing my Ten Characters I Just Didn’t Click With, Ten Completed Series I Have Yet to Finish, the Top Ten Bookish Things That I’d Like to Own, the Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR, and Ten Mythology Retellings for Fans of Rick Riordan. I also shared posts #6, #7, #8, and #9 of my Midweek Musings.

I also shared my August in Review, my September State of Me, and August Book Haul.



Other Things I’m Anticipating: I am looking forward to it finally feeling like Autumn! I can’t wait for the cooler weather, and the leaves to change. I am also looking forward to the Friday I get off after parent-teacher conferences, since we haven’t had one since Labor Day and I could REALLY use a three-day weekend.

Hello, October! ♥


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Merin’s Mid-Week Musings #9


Mid-Week Musings is a new(ish) feature here at Read and Reviewed, where I sum up my reading for the past week and introduce a topic for discussion. It is inspired by Musing Mondays over at A Daily Rhythm and her previous WWW Wednesday meme, which has been discontinued.





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Libraries! Do you visit your local library often? I used to go into the library and just peruse the shelves, but my time is so limited now – and I already have so much to read – that I instead am one of those that requests titles online and only pops in to pick them up. Right now I have Insidious checked out, and have one book on hold that hasn’t yet been released. There are a couple of other titles that I’m eyeing as well, but I want to wait until I get a few of my own books read first. Still, I am a huge library lover, and love the service it offers, and definitely make use of it when I can.

What about you? What are your library habits? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!


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