The Pancake Book Tag – Tag Thursday

It is Thursday!! I am so excited, as it is only one more day till the weekend!!! Anyways, time for another book tag my friends! I was tagged by the lovely Kat @ Novels and Waffles to do The Pancake Book Tag. Please do yourself a favor, and check out her absolutely gorgeous blog!!

Let’s get started.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator in your post (Becky @ Blogs of a Bookaholic)
  • Feel free to use any of Becky’s wonderful pancake graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them. 

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


This book has a lot of elegant descriptions and prose and I loved it. The descriptions were plenty and the scenery was described eloquently!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Nobody can beat Kaz’s wit and sharpness. He is very calculating, very gloomy, very dark, and is not a guy you want to mess with. He is also super composed, and smart, and I love him so much.

Sammy Keyes and The Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen


If I had the time, I’d probably re-read all 18 books in this series in one day. I really loved Sammy and all her friends and always had a good laugh while reading her books. Definitely a comforting read that I’ll be re-reading for hopefully many years to come.

I don’t think any book has given me a book hangover?

The Wicked King by Holly Black


I was happy that this book was better. I was excited for Cardan and Jude. I was nervous as the story unfolded. And I was shocked, then in denial by that surprising ending. A lot of different feelings were going through me while reading this book.

Ahahaha, can I put a whole bunch of books? Morally grey characters and anti-heroes are my best friends, so this question has multiple answers.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Kaz Brekker and literally all the other MC’s in this book | The Wicked King by Holly Black: Cardan Greenbriar and Jude Duarte | Vicious by V.E. Schwab: Victor Vale | A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee: James Easton

And I’m going to stop here lol

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins


I was super confused through-out this mystery. A character dies, and we aren’t told if it was suicide or murder, so I was constantly switching back and forth between Theory A in which the character was murdered or Theory B in which it was a suicide. The ending finally explained everything but I was overall underwhelmed and confused by this book.

Hmm, I don’t know for this one. Usually it’s either I love the two characters together, or I don’t like them together at all. So no, I don’t think I’ve come across such a romantic pairing.

First of all, I am completely with Kat and Becky about not liking peanut butter. I really don’t. I had a PB sandwich once (no jam) and was sick all night. So no PB thank you!!

Watching You by Lisa Jewell


Now for a character I found revolting. That honor goes to Tom Fitzgerald. He and his son, and pretty much all the men in this book were repulsive. I still enjoyed it, but they were all nasty and horrible guys.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus


This book has some amazing diverse characters. There are Asian characters, gay/bisexual characters, and one of the MC’s is also supposedly part Latina.

Tagging/Nominating:

Kay @ Hammock of Books | Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads | Mel @ Mel To The Any | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books | Connie @ Connie Reads | and YOU (if you’d like to do it!)

P.S. No pressure. If you don’t want to do the tag. That’s absolutely fine. If you’ve already done it, please share the link so I can check it out! Also, if you’d like me to stop bombarding you with tags, just let me know 🙂

That’s the end of Tag Thursday! Thank you so much Kat for tagging me!! Have you done The Pancake Book Tag? Who are some character that are super sharp and witty in your opinion? Have you read any of these book? If, so what did you think of them? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday – Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

Hello and welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s topic is: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

Because I don’t read that many standalone novels that have open endings, I’m going to do a mix of series and standalone novels that I think needed another book to properly wrap things up.

Let’s get started.

Images are from Goodreads | Links lead to their respective Goodreads pages (Two Can Keep a Secret leads to my review)

*The Fixer duology by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. There are two books in this series and I am absolutely devastated that there isn’t going to be a third. I need more Asher and Tess (and the ending of the second book is NOT enough), but apparently, I’m not going to get anymore any time soon.

*Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. That ending left some questions that really need answers. I really hope there’s a second book that will clarify everything and make it all understandable.

*Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye by Wendelin Van Draanen. I love Sammy and I can never have enough of her and Marissa’s antics. I know there are 18 books in the series, but I still want more! (And am I the only one that didn’t like the last book?)

*Will Robie Series by David Baldacci. There are five books in the series, but I still want more. The ending of book five was pretty nice and I would like to know what happened to the characters after that.

A Top Ten Tuesday can have four answers, right?

Apparently, I don’t read that many books that have open endings or that need a sequel. What books made it on to your TTT’s? And do you agree with me about the ending of any of these? Let’s chat in the comments below! (Be sure to link to your TTT’s so that I can check them out!)

One of Us is Lying By Karen M. McManus – Review

Welcome back to another book review! Today, I shall be reviewing One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. This novel had a very interesting plot, amazing characters, and a twist that blew me away. I gave it five super shining stars.

Book: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 


Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Quote: “Things’ll get worse before they get better.”

The Good:

Characters. Maeve and Nick are my favorite characters in this book. Maeve because she is super nerdy and loves to hack anything and everything! Nick because he is the wonderful bad boy with a broken home and no family to speak of. (is it bad that I love any character who is a criminal and comes from a broken home?) Bronwyn and Addy were okay. I really felt for Cooper after his secret came out. People can be very petty and nasty sometimes.

Plot. The idea of five kids in a room together when one of them dies and the others are suspects in his murder is amazing. It builds tension, and a sense of distrust, especially since everyone in that room had a good reason to want the last kid (Simon) dead. Simon annoyed me because he’s such a gossipy meddler. My private life is my private life and I see no reason for you to publish it for the world to see. And considering how toxic high-school can be, he is one cruel character. People make mistakes and they should be allowed to learn from them without it being broadcast to the world.

THAT ENDING!!!! I was completely blown away, and shocked. I wasn’t able to guess it and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be able to either. I don’t know what I was doing when I didn’t want to read this before..😭😭

Suspense. The tension in this book was super high. At times in the story, you will question everyone’s motives and you’ll wonder whether your previous thoughts about who or who didn’t killed Simon were correct.

Favorite quote:


“Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?”
“You’re ridiculous,” she mutters, going even redder.
“It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.”

Quote: “I know what it’s like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth.”

The Bad:

How the mystery was solved. I’m a little skeptical about how X (I’m not gonna ruin it, you’ve gotta read it to know who I’m talking about) connected all the dots when no one else did. It was just too easy, and maybe I’m just jealous that I wasn’t able to connect them before X did.

Quote: “That’s the kind of person you can get away with killing: someone everybody else wants dead.”

The Wrap:

In the end, I loved this, I’d definitely recommend it, and I hope you love it if you read it!

One sentence summary: A suspense filled novel with an amazing twist and shocking ending.

Overall, five outstanding stars.

Have you read One of Us is Lying? What did you think of it? Did that ending blow you away like it did to me? Let’s chat in the comments!

WWW Wednesday #11

Hello friends! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s get started!

What I Just Finished:

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Review for this is going up tomorrow 🙂

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai
Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

I hope to finish The Sacrifice over the weekend and start Long Road to Mercy right away.

What I Want to Read Next:

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I may or may not get my hands on this, but I really hope to!

That’s it for this Wednesday. What are you reading? Have you read any of the books mentioned? What did you think of them? Let’s chat in the comments! (Be sure to link to your WWW)!

Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated Books I Love

Hey hey hey! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s topic is: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads (aka Underrated Books I Love)

So, a quick check of all the books that I love reveals that I have exactly two books that are under 2,000 ratings. That is a tiny number, so I’m gonna do:

Books I LOVED with Fewer than 6,000 Ratings on Goodreads. (It’s a big number compared to 2,000, but I’m working with what I’ve got.)

Let’s get started!

*Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Ratings: 1,587 | Reviews: 400

*The Gift of the Magi by Ally Carter. Ratings: 1,628 | Reviews: 231

*Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali. Ratings: 3,623 | Reviews: 902

*SYLO by D.J. MacHale. Ratings: 4,312 | Reviews: 668

*Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. Ratings: 5,684 | Reviews: 1,368


That’s it for this Tuesday. What underrated books do you love? Let’s chat in the comments! (Be sure to link to your TTT so I can check it out!)