#TheReadingQuest sign up and TBR

I’m joining my first official reading challenge, because who can resist a reading adventure bingo style inspired by video-game quests? Not me!

This challenge was created by the blogger Aentee of Read At Midnight and the art’s created by the talented CW of Read, Think, Ponder.

The challenge starts on the 13th of August and ends on the 10th of September, and I’ve chosen the Mage Path because I think that’s the path I’ll manage to complete within the allotted time. I’m not going to join for the competition part, but I’m still going to keep track of my scores. For every book read you collect experience points (10 EXP per book, 5 EXP per comic/manga) and there’re health points too, like 1 HP per 10 pages, for manga/comics it’s 1 HP per 20 pages, but I think I’m just going to count the experience points.

The books you choose to read can’t be re-reads or books that you’ve started before the 13th. Below you can see the Quest Board and for more about the rules/guidelines click on the Read at Midnight link above. This is so exciting! 😊

The Quest Board

#TheReadingQuest by Aentee of Read at Midnight
Art by CW of Read, Think, Ponder

The Mages path goes through the first down path, and so my TBR are as follows (which may change a bit as the challenge progresses because I’m a hopeless mood-reader):

The first book in a seriesDragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

A book set in a different worldThe Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

A book based on mythologyThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

A book that contains magicSword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

A book with a one-word titleDreadnought by April Daniels

If I have time, I may do some of the additional side quests (the blue squares in the middle). If I do, I’d like to try:

Mini-gameMonstress, vol 1 by Marjorie Lu or Saga, vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Potions –   Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

As I don’t have Photoshop on my computer now, I can’t do the character ID card, so I’ll do a character ID summarization below. Everyone starts with 10 EXP and Level 1 (50 EXP per level).

Name: Jessica
Blog: loonyforbooks.com
Instagram: @loonyforbooks
Twitter: @loonyforbooks
Goodreads: @loonyforbooks
Character Class: Mage
Level: 1
Experience Points: 10 EXP

CR and Quick Bookshelf Tour

I’m currently reading the Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski and I’m really liking it so far. Especially now that I’ve stopped trying to figure out the plot after discovering that the first two books in the Witcher series are basically anthologies. I was sooo confused in the beginning, but liked his writing style so I kept on reading. Then when frustration hit, I Googled it. Lightbulb moment, haha!

Moving on, I thought I’d show you my bookshelves. Well… all except one (because it’s dusty, cluttered, in a poorly lit corner and because I’m a lazy ass avoiding cleaning it).

Summer reads

Hey there,

I’m currently sitting in my mother’s kitchen with some free time on my hands. The kids are busy with their toys and I’m waiting for my mom to text me what time she’ll be at the train station. My kindle is recharging, so continuing on my Kasie West sprint has to wait for a bit. I’m pleasantly surprised by this, for me, new author. She writes cute and fluffy romance books that draw you in and then leaves you with a happy glow afterwards. It’s kind of the same feeling I get after reading Stephanie Perkins trilogy that starts with Anna and the French Kiss.

So far I’ve read 2 of her books in as many days, only reading in the evenings when my kids have gone to bed. On The Fence is probably my favorite compared to By Your Side, but I really liked them both. I started reading The Distance Between Us this morning before my Kindle gave up on me.

Now I’m taking my kids out for some ice cream (Gotta love summer!). Have a nice day! 🙂

Cover Reveal: Ultimate Sacrifice 

Today cover reveal is Ultimate Sacrifice by S. E. Green, which the publisher Oftomes describes as a creepy mystery horror story with supernatural elements. (Yes please!) 

The cover itself is creeptastic as you can see above and the blurb is what made me add this book on my Goodreads page. I’m wishing the release date was a little closer than October 10th (greedy I know). Though on second thought, October is probably the perfect month to publish a horror story. 😉 


Cover Reveal: Equilibrium 

The first cover reveal is Equilibrium by Anna Jakobsson Lund. She’s the author of the dystopian System trilogy (which also sounds really good and I’m planning to read soon).

The publisher Annorlunda Förlag describes this book as a story about identity, friendship and magic. Equilibrium is the story about Ari, who is forced to run to the shady town of Porto du Luando and seek refuge among the smugglers, jests and illusionists. 

Noteworthy for my international followers is that this book is in Swedish but I know for a fact that the publisher has translated or at least are in the process of translating the System trilogy (with the first book Article Three already out). And so, I have hope that Equilibrium will be translated as well. 🙂

This book will be released in the fall, though I’m not sure exactly when. There has been some rumor about September, but if that’s when the book is available for purchase I don’t know. Anyhow, from the description I think this definitely sounds like a book worth waiting for!

The Swedish description can be found below;

Equilibrium är berättelsen om Ari, som tvingas fly till rövarstaden Porto du Luando och söka skydd bland smugglare, nickelskojare och illusionister. Det är en roman om identitet och kön, vänskap och magi av författaren till den rosade trilogin om Systemet.

Midnattsklockan slår medan jag springer genom Kintoros sluttande gränder. Jag skulle ha varit på scenen nu, tagit emot de andra kemisternas applåder. Ingen hade vågat neka mig ett forskningsprojekt efter det här.

Jag borde ha stannat i bankettsalen, kontrollerat den skärande smärtan. Bröt den sig ut ur mig? Hur kunde den göra det?

Klackarna slinter mot gatstenarna och jag drar av skorna. Fötterna domnar bort, men jag stannar inte. Jag måste härifrån, måste byta om innan någon ser mig. Klänningen är kladdig av blod.

Cover reveals

I actually got TWO cover reveals for you, one this evening and one tomorrow evening. I’m beyond excited for them both! One is a horror story by S.E. Green and the other a fantasy story by Anna Jakobsson Lund.

Both books have their release set in the fall and deserve their own posts, so stay tuned 🙂

Darn TV series kidnapped my brain

My reading quota for this week has been dismal… I’ve only read a couple of chapters due to my brainpower being dedicated to dealing with the addiction that is Riverdale (TV show). I’d heard that it was really good, but I like the neutral approach where the only criteria I have is that the movie, series or book is entertaining. That way I most often get pleasantly surprised. This time though, I was blindsided. Riverdale was twisty, cute and riveting. With the way that the storyline and subplots was told it was almost like reading a book and as you know that’s high praise from an avid reader. 

I’m going to continue reading Coral and Bone (which is shaping up to be a 4 star read even halfway through, it’s so good!) and then we’ll see what I’m in the mood to read next. 💙 

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! 

Happy Book Birthday, Tiffany Daune! 

It’s been described like X-men meets Siren assassins, and I’m planning to read it after finishing my current read.

Coral and Bone is the first book in a trilogy by Tiffany Daune and the ebook is currently priced at only 0.99! Follow the link if you’re interested:  goo.gl/oxWOaP 😊 🎈

Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

April Wrap-up

April has been a great month for reading and I’m so pleased with this achievement! I set my goal for 1 book per week, just like last year, and like last year it has been a bit hard to keep up. This month though, I’ve managed to read 9 books. Yay!

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (ARC) – 4/5 stars, ebook and feel free to read my spoilerfree review for this gem!
  • Falling Into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath – 4/5 stars, ebook.
  • The Earl Takes All by Lorraine Heath – 3/5 stars, ebook.

  • The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore (ARC) – 4/5 stars, ebook and another gem with a spoilerfree review if you’re interested.
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – 4/5 stars, book. Three words; kickass female pirate… Loved reading this!
  • Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts – 4/5 stars, ebook. The first in a new trilogy that follows Roberts usual story pattern, but still delicious to read!
  • Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts – 4/5 stars, ebook.
  • Island of Glass by Nora Roberts – 4/5 stars, ebook.
  • The Siren by Tiffany Reisz – 2/5 stars, ebook. A bit uncomfortable, but not a bad story.

Lots of romance this month, but it is spring here in Sweden after all 😉

Next month I’ve got Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond, Witches of the Dark Power by Gabriella Lepore, Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune and probably a reread of ACOTAR with a straight dive into ACOMAF and A Court of War and Ruin by Sarah J Maas on my TBR. Let’s see if I can keep this flow going!

What has been your favorite read in April? 😊 

The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore (ARC)


This was such a delight! Witches, mystery and darkness, what more can you ask for? And it was easily devoured, which is a very attractive quality that shouldn’t be undervalued. I love the satisfaction of it, to get so carried away with a story… It’s happiness.

The story follows Mia and her brother Dino who discovers that they are witches. Their whole family are witches (well, at least on their mother’s side) and all it takes is one small incantation, even said by mistake, to awaken the magic within. Because of their awakening powers, they are sent away to a place that can help the siblings learn control and nurture whatever power they may have. At the Glass Castle, they meet frightening but handsome warrior witches with feral instincts called Hunters and witches called Arcana that can read peoples thoughts and have visions of the future. It’s a strange but colorful new world where Mia and Dino must both come to terms with who they are and as events begins spiraling out of control they must choose what they think is right and where their allegiances lie in the end.

There’s some really good twists and turns in this book. It kept the story and my interest peaked through the whole thing. I’m also very fond of how the author portrayed her characters (and their dynamic). It was just the right amount of goof, cuteness and realness to make the relationships work.

I really recommend this book to anyone who love YA fantasy, and witch lore. A fascination with witches should be existent when picking this up. Just saying… 😉

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars! Witches of the Glass Castle is the first book in a duology, where the Witches of the Dark Power is the second book and they both releases today the 18th. So, Happy Book Birthday to Gabriella Lepore!