Standalone Sunday || 2.12.17

Good day, friends! How was everyone’s weekend? Fantabulous, I hope! I finished a book today, so I was pretty excited about that. And I had a pretty relaxing weekend… stayed home and stayed lazy. Right now, though, it’s time for another Standalone Sunday! I mean, it is Sunday after all. 🙂


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Standalone Sunday is a feature created by yours truly where each Sunday we will feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! There’s tons of focus on books that are part of a series… I thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And you’re more than welcome to use the image I created. Link to your post in the comments below or make sure you link back to this post so I can check it out and add you down below!


37435The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.


Wow, guys… just wow. This book just blew me away when I read it a couple years ago. I had no idea what I was in store for when I opened the first page, but I surely wasn’t expecting everything I got. Which was a complete and total five star read. It was so easy to sympathize with these well developed, yet flawed, diverse characters… and the history portrayed in the novel was so intense. This is a truly unforgettable classic that you must get your hands on now! I’m telling you… this book contains a little bit of everything great, including diversity, and should be read by literally everyone. Five huge, ginormous, sparkly stars from me on this one.

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Standalone Posts Around the Blogosphere

Didi @ Didi Oviatt | Kaytlyn @ The Bohemian Bookworm | Beth @ Reading Every Night Diana @ Diana Prince Reviews | Sam @ One Bookish Girl | Ali @ Devouring Books and Lattes | Nicki @ The Secret Library | Susan @ Susan Loves Books | Lois & David @ Lois Reads Books | Emma @ A Dreamer’s Library | Misty @ Misty’s Book Space


Have you read this book? What are some standalone novels you would recommend? If you want to participate in this feature, link up your post in the comments and I’ll add you up top!

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Winter Bookish Bingo || Update!

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Hey, y’all! So it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a bingo update, so let me show y’all how my Winter Bookish Bingo board is coming along…

Let me remind you that I haven’t been reading quite as much lately, which I think is the main reason for the lack of updates. Luckily, the books I have read have been pretty great. If you’re unfamiliar with Bookish Bingo, or if you’d like to join, head on over to Pretty Deadly Reviews (Bekka is the creator of the challenge) and check out the sign-up post there.


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Spaces Daubed Since Last Update

*clicking on the title will take you to its Goodreads page

Banned Book || Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Romance || Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn (www.rantandraveaboutbooks.com)

Not YA || Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt

White Cover || The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

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Blue Cover || The Last Day of Captain Lincoln


I know my little gingerbread men are kinda lumped into one spot on the board right now, but when I started my planning, I had every intention of completing every square. So that’s not gonna happen, but I really don’t mind at all because I’ve already done way better this season than I did during last season’s bingo.

Right now, I’m almost finished reading a book that will work for the LGBT square. If I can squeeze in a hyped book before the end of the challenge (which I’m pretty sure I can), then I’ll have myself a bingo! Whoop-whoop!

As always, I wanna see how you guys are doing. Let me know in the comments below or link up your board so I can check it out!

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Are you participating in Winter Bookish Bingo?

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Standalone Sunday || 2.5.17

Happy, happy Sunday, blogging peeps! Another week of 2017 gone! Can you believe how fast this year is already going by? I mean… it’s already February. WTH? Craziness. Anywho… Sunday! Meaning time for another Standalone Sunday post. Let’s check out the recommendations for this week!


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Standalone Sunday is a feature created by yours truly where each Sunday we will feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! There’s tons of focus on books that are part of a series… I thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And you’re more than welcome to use the image I created. Link to your post in the comments below or make sure you link back to this post so I can check it out and add you down below!


21853621The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.


If you’ve hung around my blog for a while, you probably already know that I highly recommend this book. When I picked up The Nightingale for a group read on Goodreads, I was not a huge fan of Historical Fiction. Actually, I wasn’t really a fan of it at all. So I was definitely hesitant about it. But I am so grateful that I went ahead and read this book because it forever changed my outlook on the genre.

This novel is absolutely beautiful. The writing is gorgeous, the characters are flawless, and the story is overall romantic. I enjoyed every page of this novel and I just know you will too! A full five star read for me! I don’t have a review of this book on my blog (I read it before I started blogging) but if you’d like to check out my Goodreads review for this one, you can find it HERE.

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Standalone Posts Around the Blogosphere

Ali @ Devouring Books & Lattes | Beth @ Reading Every Night | Krysti @ YA and Wine | Kaytlyn @ The Bohemian Bookworm | Chantal @ Disappear Into Books | Susan @ Susan Loves Books | Nicki @ The Secret Library | Diana @ Diana Prince Reviews | Didi @ Didi Oviatt


Have you read this book? What are some standalone novels you would recommend? If you want to participate in this feature, link up your post in the comments and I’ll add you up top!

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Saturday Special || Irena (Book Dust Magic)

Hi, blogger buds! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I am so late in posting this, but late is always better than never. Starting now, the Saturday Special‘s will be posted once a month, on the first Saturday of each month. In case you’re new to the blog, or need a quick refresher, Saturday Special is a feature here at bookslayerReads where I will be introducing  experienced book bloggers and asking them “get to know you” questions, as well as questions about blogging tips and advice!


Today we will be talking with Irena from Book Dust Magic!

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1) The question everyone wants to know… How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in January 2016.

2) There are some really unique blog names out there… What is the meaning behind your blog name, Book Dust Magic? How did you come up with it?

I knew I wanted to start blogging for the longest time, so I put a lot of time into thinking what name would be appropriate and, in my opinion, original. I always had a thing for faeries, they are my favorite creatures, so I knew I wanted for my blog name to be connected with them in a way. I thought about faery dust, and about books, and that’s where the thought came: what if the magic similar to one from faery dust was also in the dust we find in old books. That’s how Book Dust Magic was born.

3) Blogging can be stressful at times, so I’m always curious how long-time bloggers get through those hard times. What has been your biggest obstacle since blogging and how have you overcome it?

I always let my personal life effect every other aspects of my life, so that includes blogging as well. I had some periods when I didn’t blog on regular basis and when I didn’t review a book on time, because I was focused on my personal life. I still can’t say that I overcame it, but I can say that I am trying.

4) Do you feel that you’ve changed as a blogger from the time you started blogging until now?

When I first started blogging, I tried hard to get everyone’s attention, especially from publishers. I would tag them all the time in my tweets and also, I tried to promote as many books possible, just so I could say I blog every single day. That means, I posted a lot of book blitzes and cover reveals. With time, I realized that I don’t enjoy reading those type of posts on other blogs, so I decided to post only what I would like to see on other blogs. I gave up on book blitzes, and focused more on book reviews. I also started posting Weekly Wrap Ups and now what I’d like is to write discussion posts from time to time. Overall, I would say I focused more on quality rather then on quantity, but there is still space for improvement.

5) What would you say the toughest pressure of blogging is?

Writing book reviews on time. And writing negative reviews.

6) What’s the best thing about the blogging community, in your opinion?

The best thing is how supportive this community is and how it connects people who wouldn’t meet otherwise. I met some wonderful people because I became a blogger and I am truly thankful for that.

7) Us newbies need some advice… can you help us out?

Don’t ever forget that the work and time you put into book blogging has some value. Read every contract before signing up for anything. You don’t want to blog for free when someone is earning money for your (hard!) work.

8) Thanks, Irena! I seem to have a problem with using my time wisely. Do you have any advice for us on time management specifically?

I am the worst when it comes to time management. I always plan what to write but then I end up writing only half of what I planned. That’s why I recently decided to feature Weekly Wrap Ups on my blog, to motivate myself to write everything I plan to.

My best advice for time management is to use Evernote app, so you can write your brief blog posts on a go, when you travel or have to wait in a line, and you don’t have a book to read with you. You wouldn’t believe how much time it actually saves. If you don’t have Evernote app, you can write it in email form and send it to your own email address, and then just copy/paste it in word (or whatever writing program you use) when you’re on your computer, edit it and schedule/post. Also, scheduling posts helps a lot.

9) When looking for new blogs to follow, what do you usually look for? What attracts you to them?

First thing I search on the sidebar is it’s Bloglovin’ link. The reason I’m stating it here is because I noticed many bloggers still don’t have one. Other then that, I like to follow bloggers who put effort in writing reviews (because those are my favorite posts to read), but also if discussion posts grab my attention, I will probably hit that “follow” button.

10) In your opinion, what do you think makes a blog “successful”?

I still don’t think my blog stands out, but for me, as long as I am happy with what I’m posting and I get comments under my posts, I feel like I succeeded. Of course, more visitors each month also means success to me.

11) You love to write… so what are your favorite blog posts to write?

I am in love with writing book reviews. That’s why I started book blog in the first place.

12) You love to read, so what would you say your all-time favorite book is…

My all time favorite book is Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger. It’s an older book so maybe it is outdated , but it is such a beautiful book. If you haven’t read it, please give it a try. It’s a YA book and it talks about misfits and diversity. It is also likely that it will wake up your creativity.

13) There were so many highly anticipated releases in 2016. What would you say your top read of 2016 was?

My absolutely top read of 2016 is The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel. I am so glad I read that book because it is now one of my all time favorite books.

14) If you could have dinner with one author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Richelle Mead! I love her because she created my all time favorite characters: Adrian, Christian, Vasilisa, Rose… I don’t even know what we would talk about (I would probably fangirl a lot!), but I’m sure we would find something interesting enough.

15) Final question for you, Irena… tell everyone which post on your blog you’re most proud of. That way they can go check it out right now!

Let me see… During Love-A-Thon I wrote Welcome To My Tea Party invitation, inspired my Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey and she tweeted about it. I was so happy, so if I have to be proud about one post, that is definitely the one I’m proud of.

P.S. You can read it here if you want: Welcome To My Tea Party


That’s all for this interview! Thank you so much, Irena, for taking the time out to participate in this Q&A for us! I know all the readers, including myself, appreciate the wonderful advice you’ve given us. Also, guys… don’t forget to stop by Irena’s Blog for more great posts!

If you’d like to get in touch with Irena on social media, you can find her here:

Twitter || Bloglovin’

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That’s it for this Saturday Special! I enjoyed getting to know Irena a little better, and I hope you did as well! Let us know in the comments below and we’ll see you next time!

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Must Read #OwnVoices!!

I haven’t actually created a sign-up/TBR post for the #ReadDiverse2017 challenge, hosted by Naz @ Read Diverse Books, but I will be participating! I think it’s such a great challenge idea and I really want to read and be more aware of diverse literature, and hopefully continue to learn in the process.

So, I love going through the link-up and reading the reviews posted there… and I’ve been getting so many amazing recommendations! Today, I wanted to give you all a list of my Top 5 #OwnVoices books that I’d like to read in the coming months. *My thoughts are in blue.*

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26192915Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty of Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. Now she’s forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another remarkable novel set against a unique historical backdrop. Strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American and she has written several books that I want to read, Outrun the Moon being one of them. Reading about a Chinese character, such as Lee herself, sounds so interesting and I can’t wait to finally be able to read this one!


piecingmetogetherPiecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.

But Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

Friendships, race, privilege, identity—this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.

Yay! I just got approved for this title on NetGalley and I’m super excited to start reading it! I’ve read a few reviews on this book, and they’re all giving praise to it. That cover is absolutely gorgeous, too!


juliettakesabreathJuliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

Having read so many awesome reviews on this novel, it has definitely caught my attention. There’s so much diversity wrapped into this 193 page book and I’m looking forward to experiencing it for myself.


19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

I had every intention of reading More Happy Than Not for the #DAReadAThon… and unfortunately, life got in the way and I wasn’t able to read anything for that readathon. Aghh! I hated that so much! So now is my chance to finally pick up this book that I’ve wanted to read for so long!


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Vlog star Renard Grant has nothing to prove: he’s got a pretty face, chiseled body, and two million adoring video subscribers. Plus the scars on his chest and a prescription for testosterone. Because Ren is transgender: assigned female at birth, living now as male. He films his transition and shares it bravely with the world; his fans love his honesty and positivity.

But Ren has been living a double life.

Off-camera, he’s Cane, the muscle-bound enforcer for social justice vigilante group Black Iris. As Cane, he lets his dark side loose. Hurts those who prey on the disempowered. Indulges in the ugly side of masculinity. And his new partner, Tamsin Baylor, is a girl as rough and relentless as him. Together, they terrorize the trolls into silence.

But when a routine Black Iris job goes south, Ren is put in the crosshairs. Someone is out to ruin his life. He’s a bad boy, they say, guilty of what he punishes others for.

Just like every other guy: at heart, he’s a monster, too.

Now Ren’s got everything to prove. He has to clear his name, and show the world he’s a good man. But that requires facing demons he’s locked away for years. And it might mean discovering he’s not such a good guy after all.

I’d been waiting so patiently for this one to be published! Now that it has been, I’ve ordered it and just waiting for it to show up on my doorstep! I seriously can’t wait to read this book. Elliot Wake is such an amazing writer and I love the stories he creates.

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So there are the Top 5 #OwnVoices books that I’d like to read in the upcoming months! Have you read these books or do you want to? If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Let me know below!

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Review :: The Last Day of Captain Lincoln by EXO Books

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bookishinfoTitle: The Last Day of Captain Lincoln
Author: EXO Books
Genre: Science Fiction
Edition: Kindle (133 pages)
Publisher: EXO Books (Nov. 15, 2015)
Date Read: 1/26/17

Goodreads || Amazon || Book Depository


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Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.


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A few months ago, I was contacted by EXO Books, with an offer to read and review a novel titled, The Last Day of Captain Lincoln. At the time, I was sure I hadn’t heard of it before, but after digging into my memory, I recalled seeing a few reviews of this book floating around the blogosphere. Of course, I pulled up those reviews to see what others were saying before I gave the author my decision… and it appeared that everyone who had the opportunity to read this short story seemed to highly enjoy and recommend it. What more did I need to make my decision? So, I accepted the offer.

Do you feel that knowing exactly when and how you will die would make things easier in the end? This novel gives us the answer. Set in a futuristic time on a futuristic ship, The Last Day of Captain Lincoln follows our main character on his last day alive. Experiencing his thoughts, feelings, and actions, we journey with him through one hell of an emotional roller coaster (or should I say “orbit”?). ← my attempt at humor… get it? Space and such? Orbit? 😉

Science Fiction is a genre that I don’t delve into very often. I enjoy the genre, I’ve read many great Science Fiction books, but it’s not at the top of my favorites list. Like many of the books I read, I went in not knowing what to expect, other than what I had heard from other readers through their raving reviews. While I did find myself overwhelmingly bored for the first two or three chapters, things eventually began to get deep. Emotionally deep.

The main theme of this book is: life and death, and coping with the latter.

The representation of life and death was well explored throughout Lincoln’s final day. At the start of each chapter, we are given inspirational and philosophical quotes from previous Earthlings, such as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Abraham Lincoln, just to name a few. I loved these quotes, and they absolutely worked in favor of the story.

World building didn’t play a huge role, because after all, it is a “short” story. There wasn’t a whole lot of time for much world building, so we just got a quick lesson as to how the Ship worked, the rules and regulations, and everything else. Which was totally fine by me. This was more of a character driven story, delving into the mind of a man who is about to die, and that’s why I wasn’t picky when it came to the world building. While reading, I was interested more in Lincoln’s feelings and what was going on in that brain of his, knowing he would never open his eyes again after that night.

“Ours is a random moment in eternity — a tiny thread of precious time among uncountable moments, across an incomprehensible large Galaxy.”

As far as narration… The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is told to us through third person point of view, which happens to be my favorite narrative perspective, actually. Sometimes it’s difficult for a writer to portray the feelings of another person accurately and with ease, but to my surprise, this was successfully accomplished one hundred percent. The author was able to reflect to us Lincoln’s emotional state in such a way that has you completely understanding and sympathizing with what is really happening to him.

The story is short as it is, yes… but honestly, I feel there were several parts that could have been edited out of this and it would have had nothing but a positive effect on the overall storyline. There was a certain scene in the book where a man named Salk is giving a speech about peppers. Yes, you heard me… peppers. This “pepper talk” went on for a few pages, and I began asking myself, “Is this going somewhere?” It did, in fact, go somewhere… but where it did go wasn’t enough of a brain buster for me to feel it was needed. So, it wasn’t. I felt that there were several paragraphs throughout the book that were just unneccessarily long and drawn out. Remove those extra filler paragraphs/pages and it would have been much, much better, if you ask me.

The illustrations in the book weren’t the best, but they weren’t terrible either. I actually enjoyed them very much, as they helped build on the imagination as far as description and expression. The illustrations provided insight into Lincoln’s situation; his feelings, his emotions, his environment. And I feel that the artist depicted these areas very well through her drawings. I can’t say that they were the most lovely pictures, but they got the point across and that’s all that matters. Art is the same as beauty… it’s all in the eye of the beholder. And these illustrations didn’t hold my eye… but they sure did hold my heart.

“Was I who I set out to be?, was the very last thing he thought.”

Overall, I feel EXO Books did a mediocre job displaying a man’s last day alive, but it wasn’t a total bust, either. Did I find some parts boring? Sure. Did I find some parts outrageously useless? Yes. But did I overall enjoy the book? Absolutely. It took me a chapter or two to really find myself understanding and liking the book, but it did happen. And I’m grateful for that. Perseverance is a key to pushing through sometimes and I wasn’t going to allow myself to put this book down. As far as recommendations go, I’m not sure that I’d say I’d recommend this book to Science Fiction fans, since the book’s sole purpose wasn’t focused on the sci-fi aspect. If you’re a reader looking for something more meaningful and philosophical, then this one is definitely for you.

*I’d like to thank EXO Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Standalone Sunday || 1/29/17

Another Sunday is here, my friends! Meaning another set of awesome standalone recommendations for our Standalone Sunday post! I hope everyone had a wonderful week. I’m currently trying to get over a two week long illness, which ended up being the flu, unfortunately. I have been completely behind on literally everything, but that’s alright… because I’m about to be all caught up pretty soon! Woo!

I also wanted to let y’all know that I’m turning my Saturday Special feature into a monthly post, and the feature will be back on the first Saturday in February. So be on the lookout for that! We’ll be interviewing fellow book blogger, Irena @ Book Dust Magic.

Okie dokie then! Let’s take a look at my standalone recommendation for today, as well as the standalone recs from the around the blogosphere!


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Standalone Sunday is a feature created by yours truly where each Sunday we will feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! There’s tons of focus on books that are part of a series… I thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And you’re more than welcome to use the image I created. Link to your post in the comments below or make sure you link back to this post so I can check it out and add you down below!


imageThe Paper Swan by Leylah Attar

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit.
They lie.

For 21 days she held on.
But on Day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death.
Because on Day 22, she realizes that her only way out means certain death for one of the two men she loves.

A haunting tale of passion, loss, and redemption, The Paper Swan is a darkly intense yet heartwarming love story, textured with grit, intrigue, and suspense. Please note: This is NOT a love triangle.

A full-length, standalone novel, intended for mature audiences due to violence, sex and language. Subject matter may be disturbing for some readers.


In 2015, I read this standalone novel and I haven’t forgotten it since. This is one of those stories that just stick with you forever. I don’t know what to say about this book without giving away too much. This was such an intense read… one of those type of stories that will have your spine tingling and the hairs standing on the back of your neck. As the synopsis states, this is a book recommended only to mature audiences, as it may contain triggers for some. Please check this book out, if you haven’t already! This was a complete five star read for me and I will never forget it! I’m actually hoping to reread it in the near future, and it takes a really amazing read for me to be willing to reread something! So that should speak for itself. 🙂

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Standalone Posts Around the Blogosphere

Sam @ One Bookish Girl | Emma @ A Dreamer’s Library | Jess @ Beau Coup Books | Beth @ Reading Every Night | Didi @ Didi Oviatt | Nicki @ The Secret Library | Susan @ Susan Loves Books | Chantal @ Disappear Into Books | Kaytlyn @ The Bohemian Bookworm | Stevie @ Stevie’s Bookshelf | Krysti @ YA and Wine


Have you read this book? What are some standalone novels you would recommend? If you want to participate in this feature, link up your post in the comments and I’ll add you up top!

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