A Definitive Ranking of My Book Boyfriends, Because I’m Alone

Oh, Valentine’s Day! So sweet! So romantic! So beautiful! So–


Kay, to be frank, despite having been single for 20 of the 20 V-Days I’ve experienced, I LOVE today. But still, there’s nothing like an abundance of happy couples to draw a little too much attention to your singleness.

So today, I will not be alone. I will be surrounded. Surrounded by beloved characters who already have beloved girlfriends who will be OVERLOOKED so I can be loved by them.

And what better way to celebrate that than with a large pepperoni pizza, a full bottle of wine, and a top-ten list of my favourite book boyfriends??

Easy answer: there is none. Continue reading

My Totally-Didn’t-Happen “TBR”

HELLO STRANGERS! Yes, strangers, because I’ve been gone so shamefully long I may as well be new here. Sigh. Aaaaanyway, I’ll be doing something new today: a totally-didn’t-happen TBR. Yeah, I made it up, so bear with me!

Backstory: I intended back in THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER to do a Fall TBR. I was all excited, had all the books picked out, and…just never got the chance to write it. So then I thought ‘oh, I’ll just do that now!’ but, uh, no, because a) it’s DECEMBER and b) just as I’ve had no time to blog I’ve also had no time to read. Seriously. I’ve been on page 137 of Queen of Shadows since my vacation in AUGUST.


So instead, here is where I compile all those books that my optimistic reader self thought I’d read (until my academics-are-important self took a blow torch to that dream and watched it burn, baby, burn) with the thoughts that I like to imagine I would have reviewed for them and a hefty dose of self-deprecation. It’s a guessing game of hypotheses and sarcasm that I hope you will enjoy.

(PS. goodreads links are in the titles if you want to check anything out!)


Let the fall(ing into despair) begin with me finishing Queen of Shadows.


Obviously since I finished QoS (it was phenomenal, of course, and way better than Heir of Fire which left me underwhelmed (don’t hate me)) I immediately grab The Assassin’s Blade and read one story every night or so before bed because nothing says ‘student’ like over-exhaustion.


Next of course was Empire of Storms, which I definitely read early in the month so that I can get to Tower of Dawn (which I’m not even going to put on this list at risk of making myself even sadder) shortly after its release at the beginning of the-month-in-which-I-did-not-read.


“Review”: This book caused me physical pain while simultaneously making me enjoy it. How do I know this? Because everyone has already freaked out about it and it’s freaking SARAH J. MAAS. THIS IS INEVITABLE.

Nothing so masochistic as reading an SJM book, amirite?

Because I’m a ridiculously fast reader with absolutely no other responsibilities whatsoever, I finish all of those within the first two weeks, leaving me plenty of time to revisit my beloved Blue and her boys in The Dream Thieves.


Real talk, people: if Gansey actually dies at the end of the series, I. Will. RIOT.

Maggie Stiefvater, fear my wrath!

The King Slayer comes next because by now I’m into the thick of history major-ness which only leaves me wanting more, so I turn to this gem of an Early Modern witch-y fantasy that I’ve been wanting to read for a year (#oops).


Series basics: Elizabeth Grey is a Witch Hunter arrested for being a witch then saved by witches who become her allies against the terrifying, manipulative, sadistic, terrible king. There’s magic, there’s romance, there’s history and conspiracy and excitement and suspense and intrigue. The first book I rated 5 stars for reasons I could neither pinpoint nor articulate. The King Slayer (which I just remembered IS ACTUALLY ALSO THE FINALE) was one of those I-neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed-this-NOW books and I am a horrible person.

September’s just about over by now but I manage to squeeze in a little Everything, Everything to satisfy my need for romance in my utterly loveless life. Assumption: it’s adorable, it’s romantic, it makes me swoon. Immediately after, I definitely watch the movie version (Lil’ Rue all grown up and not dead in the arena!) and oooooooobviously have time to do a review of the adaptation. You should check it out! It’s in the section titled “SHAME.”



It’s spoooooooooky time! And to celebrate the beginning of my favourite month of the year I turn to the totally not spooky at all By Your Side (which I definitely had time to go buy) to continue the making-up-for-my-nonexistent-love-life, with a side of dream-come-true since they are literally STUCK. IN. A. LIBRARY.


I thoroughly enjoyed The Fill-In Boyfirend, I LOVED The Distance Between Us, and I am/was SO ready to adore By Your Side. HENCE, for the purpose of this entirely fictional “review,” imma ignore the scary reviews on goodreads and say HECK YEAH I LOVED IT I SWOONED IT’S ADORABLE KASIE WEST IS A CONTEMPORARY QUEEN and hope for the best.

Next in line is the decidedly spookier A Mad Zombie Party which I got in TWELFTH GRADE, 3 YEARS AGO, the companion sequel to ONE OF MY FAVE SERIES. Obviously it was amazing even with ______ being dead (CRIES), and even with the new POV (which, I’ll admit, is part of why I hadn’t read it yet). A nice dose of that sexier romance side to combat the sugar rush I got from the last two books.


Series basics: Alice’s family dies in a car crash and she moves to live with her grandparents when she starts seeing and being followed by zombies. She falls into the tough-guy crowd at school by falling for resident baddest bad boy Cole Holland (actual swoooooon), whose group SO HAPPENS to be zombie hunters. She joins, and a bunch of crazy awesome shit proceeds to go down for the next three (and four!) books. Showalter’s concept of zombies and zombieism is incredibly unique, and there’s always something interesting going on. Highly recommend!

October is hectic but by now we’ve reached my Reading Week! That’s 7 days off school that I WISH I spent not catching up on homework and instead reading what I actually wanted to read. I mean, dear god woman, haven’t you been bad enough? For this break I fake read…………..nothing, because dammit, I can’t even pretend I would have been able to read here (WHY DID I MAJOR IN HISTORY. WHY DO I LOVE IT SO MUCH IT MAKES ME HATE MYSELF. WHY EVERYTHING. UGH.)

BUT! I did actually start a book! I read a little bit of Outlander (finallyfinallyfinallyfinallyfinally)! It was kind of dull in the beginning but I have hope! For Jamie!


So am I, gorgeous. So am I.

October is killer at Uni and November is worse, so here’s where things get a little fuzzy. Ya see, I knew I wouldn’t get to read much between mid-Oct and literally allllllllllllll of November. I HOPED I would get to something, though, so here we’ll say I spent the next month and a half working my way through the GRISHAVERSE AHHHHH

…which means the last book I read of the month is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, the one that started it all.


Here’s the thing about this book: I literally have no idea what it or any of the S&B books are really about. Like, I used to think it was about dragons????? Questionable. So let’s jump to November and I’ll tell you all the things I have imagined happened in this series.


  1. Dragons. Lots of dragons.
  2. Fantasy cross between medieval and Imperial Russia
  3. Russian dragons? Some kind of Russia folklore for sure!
  4. Who is this Nikolai and why do I already think I love him???
  5. Hate –> love: Good ol’ Nick starts out bad and gets better…
  6. …OR he’s ‘good’ and goes bad and breaks my heart (really hoping it’s not this one)
  8. Maybe a multi-dimension type-thing where the Fold is kinda like the Fae realm in ToG
  9. I’m hoping for a little Crown conspiracy–political secrets are the best secrets

Overall, here is my prophetic review: an action-packed dark fantasy with magic and adventure and a hefty dose of romance, but not a romance that takes over the plot. Oh, and I loved it, duh.


Aaaaaaand that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this long-ass ‘TBR’ of self-deprecation. I swear, I’m going to try to be better. I’ll pre-write! I’ll read! I’ll exist! I’m sorry!

How do you guys handle school stress and other perpetual busyness, while still making time for reading? Let me know in the comments! Obviously I could use the help.

Aaaaaaaad as of now, I’m going to go and attempt to make up for my lack of reading (read: joy) the entirety of these past four months. My bookshelf is calling and I must go!

xoxo, Brittney

The Clockwork Scarab

17084242The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

What happens when a genius, a vampire hunter, and a time traveler walk into a museum?

I don’t even know where to begin with The Clockwork Scarab. This book is probably the craziest mismatched hodgepodge of different elements I have ever read…and yet I enjoyed it immensely!

The novel introduces Alvermina Holmes and Evaline Stoker, niece of Sherlock and sister of Bram, a detective and vampire hunter tag-team duo called to investigate missing persons and a murder. It really is such a shame that they hate each other and refuse to work as a unit–or maybe not, since their antics are hilarious! Enter a time-traveling teen and the cult of an Egyptian goddess in a steampunk Victorian London, et voilà! A masterpiece of strangeness. Continue reading

Norse Mythology Book Tag

Góðan daginn (good day), everyone!

I haven’t yet been able to do any reading this month or really August either (thank you, school, for sucking) and I’m a wee bit behind on my reviews, which makes this the perfect time to avoid all my responsibilities and do a tag!

Fellow book bloggers, for those of you who find tags nice because they’re quick and easy…YOU ARE MAGIC. I put soooo much thought into these things, they end up taking longer than my–usually also long–reviews!

But will I stop? Probably never.

The Norse Mythology Tag was created over at Kyera’s Library–which is fabulous by the way, especially her series recs, so you should all go check it out if you haven’t already! I first saw it pop up on Book Princess Reviews and a ton of other wonderful people started doing it, then Birdie Bookworm did it not too long ago too and every time I see it I swear to do it, then I don’t. SO I’M FINALLY DOING IT!

I would like to thank myself over on my own blog, obsessionsofabookaholic, for thinking about my love of mythology and Nordic history and tagging me to do this! Really, her blog is just so great it’s, like, my favourite 😉

Shall we?

ODIN – Favourite Standalone

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things


In case you haven’t heard by now, I’m SUCH a romance lover. Taste Test follows BBQ-er Nora in a cooking show contest where contestants are being mysteriously sabotaged and chemistry is flying with a certain fierce competitor. Bonus? They can’t stand each other.

The plot is fun and the mystery is surprisingly difficult to determine, but most of all the back and forth weirdness of Nora and Christian’s relationship gives me so much life, which is obviously my priority.

Hey, I did warn you that I loved romance. What did you expect? 😉

THOR – A Book That Hits You Right in the Feels

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.



LOKI – Biggest Plot Twist or Character Betrayal

Loki is the god of mischief and thieves, and thrives on chaos.


As y’all will hear when I finally get off me arse and finish this review, Red Queen didn’t exactly live up to my expectations. Also unfortunate is that the plot twist everyone freaks about was sort of hinted to me before I read it, so I can’t actually figure out if I just wasn’t surprised or if I was spoiled. GAHHH! Despite all of that, though, THIS WINS SO HARD FOR BETRAYAL. I mean, holy hells it’s evil!


Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility, and fate.



OTP? OTP?! ONE true pairing? Nuh-uh, I don’t think so.

I went through a good six of my beloved couplings trying to sort through this one (Feysand? Will and Tessa? Percabeth? Hex Hall‘s Archer and Sophie?). Clace (my loves! My true loves!) is usually my go-to answer here but I’m trying reeeeeeaaaal hard to only use a book once in this tag and I use City of Bones later. So what I’ve decided on is my first hardcore literary ship, which is Zach and Cammie from Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. I love these books so much–who doesn’t want to read about crazy missions and a secret spy school?!–but they carry an extra special weight for me because this is the series that turned me into the full-on obsessive reader I am today. Zammie’s pretty damn amazing–their banter is on point and, even when they’re separated or hiding things from each other, it’s always clear how much they genuinely care for each other. We get a lot of sexy romances now, but this is a more romantic romance which, much as I love the new stuff, is kind of something I miss.

BTW, if you’re interested in reading, Zach doesn’t show up ’til book two (pictured above!) but book one is totally worth reading to get to him 🙂

HEIMDALL – Favourite Second in a Series

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.


No explanation needed. My love is just too strong.

BALDUR – Favourite Male Character

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.


JAAAAAAAAAAAACE. Jace, my dearly beloved, how are you so incredible? I love his sarcasm, and his confidence, and his devotion to Clary, and his bravery, and his determination, and literally every single thing about him. Jace is my hero and, if it weren’t for Clary, also my husband. They’re too perfect though, so I can’t steal him away.

SIF – Most Beautiful Book Cover

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.



Shatter Me defines the term ‘glow up.’ The original cover? Enh. This one? BEAUTIFUL. SO BEAUTIFUL. SUCH BEAUTY. Apparently I have a thing for eyes on covers, as also evidenced by my enthusiasm for Lisa McMann’s Crash all those ages ago, but the Shatter Me books take gorgeous eyes to a whole ‘nother existential plane of prettiness. I mean, just look at it! *unashamedly swoons over cover art*

FREY – A Book or Series That Made You Happy

Frey is the Lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.


Basically anything by Kasie West makes me happy, but this is my favourite thus far! Camden and Xander have their ups and downs but their relationship is so cute and the story is so cute and everything is just so happy and lovely even when it’s not happy that I left the book with such a big grin on my face.

FREYA – Favourite Book Setting

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.


I find Middle Eastern culture fascinating so the very fact that The Wrath and the Dawn is set there already puts the book pretty high on my favourite setting list. Ahdieh’s writing is what takes that one step further. I love how rich and real everything is! I could taste the food, I could smell the incense, I could feel the fabrics, I could see everything as if I were experiencing it there.

TYR – Favourite Book With a Huge Upheaval or Epic Fight Scene

Tyr is the god of war.

SO MANY BOOKS TO USE HERE! ACOWAR was my first instinct because REASONS butttttt I also wanted to throw in Eternally Yours, the finale to Cate Tiernan’s Immortal Beloved trilogy (which is great and has both a hilarious narrator and a sexy Scandinavian lover boy), because, yes, there is a huge fight, but mostly because of her instructions on decapitating someone, which I enjoyed probably a lot more than I should have…

ULLER – Character Death That Affected You the Most

Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.


Sobbing, gasping, ugly cries.

NJORD – Favourite Book With an Epic Journey in a Water/Sea Setting

Njord is the god of the wind and sea.


To be fair, I haven’t read a ton of books with watery settings (I should probably get on that…) but Of Posiedon is the first that came to mind! Galen, the lurrrrve interest, is the Syrena (essentially mermaids, but don’t tell him that) prince and human ambassador of an underwater kingdom. Only a direct descendant of Triton (Galen) and of Posiedon can have the special abilities that make them fitting for Syrena royalty, so when human Emma starts talking to fish Galen’s understandably confused and heads up to check it out.

The characters are loveable and hilarious, the plot is different and interesting, and the romance is swoon-worthy and utterly adorable. Plus, the whole book is about figuring out Emma’s fish-talking powers and stopping a desperate dolphin-wielding Syrena gal from becoming Queen so, ya know, I think it fits pretty well here .

VALKYRIE – Strong Female Character

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.


Celaena/Aelin is such a freaking badass (especially in the later books) that I will give her every possible award imaginable. I think she works especially well for ‘Valkyrie’ because she’s not only a strong female character, but a fierce female fighter/warrior as well.

Also, I just love her. End of.

AESIR/VANIR – Favourite Book Crew

The Aesir and the Vanir are the two groups of Norse gods, believed to be the old and new gods.


So everyone and their uncle’s been using the Gregs gang for this one but, errr, I haven’t actually read Six of Crows yet… (cue Game of Thrones shame bells). But you know who else is awesome? BLUE AND GANSEY AND RONAN AND ADAM AND NOAH. Their relationship dynamic is perfect as they all individually are in my heart.

SEIPYRTS – Favourite Non-Human Sidekick

Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed; yes, you heard that correctly – eight legs.  I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on… although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.


Oh Derrick, you honey-loving pixie, you. He’s definitely not as freaky as an eight-legged horse (yeah, I know you say it’s not a spider, but it feels like a spider *shudders*) but he’s just so freaking cute! Also loyal, and caring, and sweet, and protective.

Anyone know where can I get an adorable pixie companion? Asking for a friend.

And on to the tagging! Since I’ve seen this going around already and I don’t want to tag people who’ve already done it, I’m only going to tag a few of you. That said…

Rhea @ bookchanted

Em @ Keystroke Blog

Casey @ adoptabookaus

…consider yourselves tagged!

Their blogs are wonderful and you should go read them if you haven’t!

I also challenge anyone else who likes mythology, likes Norsemen, likes shirtless Chris Hemsworth as Thor, likes tags, or just likes books to do this tag too! No matter how long it may have taken me, I swear it’s a lot of fun.

At last, I shall leave you with a strange Norwegian proverb I found on a random website while I was busy having no life:

Dei galne har mange morosame stunder som den vettige ikkje har.
(The maniacs have many funny hours that the sane guy does not have)

Three cheers for Vikings promoting insanity. Hurrah!

Sjáumst! (See you!)

xoxo, Brittney

Let Me Explain…

Goooooooood morning, wonderful bibliophiles! Yes, I know I’m a few days late (sorry, sorry) but hey! at least I’m actually posting!

For anyone who doesn’t know, I have officially returned once again to university. Aaaaaand for those of you who haven’t been following this blog since the start (welcome! And thanks those who have for sticking by me *blows kisses*), in the past I pretty much ceased all activity on here during school months, for both years I’ve been blogging. My schedule is insane and I’m a little over my head in extracurriculars so my beloved reading and beloved blogging just…stopped.

Not this time! I promise, I’m going to do my best to stay at least mostly on top of this while I navigate the stressful landscape of research papers and dead languages, but that may mean sometimes I’m a little late or I miss a day. Like now.

Pretty please forgive me–I swear, I’m trying my best! The last thing I want to do is disappear again. And if anyone has suggestions for how to handle reading and blogging while you’re completely swamped by other responsibilities, let me know down below! I can probably use the help 😉

xoxo, (a stressed but determined) Brittney

The Darkest Minds

10576365The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

This book came highly recommended to me by a close friend back in high school when I was too preoccupied with all the fluffy romances and high fantasies on my shelf to hunker down and read a dystopia, which is not my usual MO. It’s taken me until now, two year after I graduated, to actually get around to it which is terrible because she was right and this is GOOD.

Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.

(PS if you’re reading this, Carla…I’m sorry! You told me so!)

The Darkest Minds is set in a dystopian world where, thanks to a mysterious disease that decimated the USA’s population of youth, all children who survived have developed strange powers. Some are dangerous–like those with a command over fire, electricity, and minds–some are tame–like the telekinetics and logical geniuses–but all are sent to ‘rehabilitation camps’ where they’re locked up because everyone else is afraid. Ruby, our MC, is sent to Thurmond–the worst and most brutal camp there is–and after years of abuse and forced labour escapes to a rag tag group of escapees from another camp. They team up to search for a rumoured safe haven, East River–led by a teen with powers as dangerous as Ruby’s–all the while evading the bounty hunters and terrorists and camp officers set to capture them. But when you’re locked away for years you’ll find the world is not the same as when you left it and a ‘safe haven’ might not mean safety at all… Continue reading

Summer Recap


Hello hello, bookworms! Can you believe summer is finally coming to a close? I can’t quite decide whether to be angry about having to go back to university, or glad because it’ll finally give me something to do again. What can I say? I’m a nerd, and life is weird without homework.

Aaaaaaaanyway, I just realized that I’VE NEVER DONE A MONTHLY WRAP-UP! Whaaaaaaaaaaat. Yeah apparently I’ve been doing them in video form, but not writing them up over on here, which is just all kinds of I’m-sorry and so-wrong. So to rectify the situation I’m doing a recap of July and August in one. The original plan was to do June in here too but that was getting to 20-something books and things were getting long. Like, even longer than usual long.

I might actually continue doing these seasonal wrap-ups instead of monthly ones because I like seeing everything all together, and school does have its dark sides–like ALMOST ENTIRELY PREVENTING ME FROM READING FOR FUN AND THEREFORE RUINING MY LIFE–but, uh, I should probably get one done first. So here we go! Continue reading

The Kiss of Deception

16429619The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

You know that feeling you get when a book takes you completely by surprise? The Kiss of Deception takes that feeling and multiplies it to a million, then throws in a little extra for good measure.


I don’t even know how to put into words how much I loved this! I love Lia, I love the assassin/prince stuff, I love the world, I love the plot, I love EVERYTHING. And yet all over goodreads people are dishing out one-stars like candy?????????



Compute. Continue reading

Deception’s Princess

17866944Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Pack your suitcases, friends, because today we’re jetting off in a time machine back to Iron Age Ireland! Deception’s Princess is inspired by old Celtic stories of the legendary Maeve of Connacht who from my research after reading seems a lot more evil than our Maeve. The book follows the feisty favourite young daughter of the High King of Connacht as she navigates the treacherous field of over-eager suitors to carve a path for herself in her hostile expectation-laden world.

Sound familiar yet? Because I’m channeling a certain other fiery red-head here, though her name isn’t Maeve. It’s Merida. Continue reading

Sphinx’s Princess

6135633.jpgSphinx’s Princess by Esther M. Friesner

Guess what, guys? We’re delving back into Ancient Egypt once again!

By this point that probably doesn’t come as a surprise…

Sphinx’s Princess is a retelling/origin story of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, one of the most famous–and mysterious–female figures in Ancient Egyptian history. She is most known for her part in religious heresy with her second husband Akhenaten, but Sphinx’s Princess follows Nefertiti (meaning ‘the beautiful woman has come’) in her life before even her first husband. Nefertiti’s family is conned by her beyotch of an aunt into marrying her to the crown prince Thutmose but make a deal to delay the wedding so the novel focuses on Nefertiti’s trials and tribulations in the palace with the royal family. Continue reading