Hi dear friends,

Today is top 5 Tuesday and with Shanah’s topic of the day I wonder if I’ll be Nostradamus or rather the weather man (woman).

In other words will I be spot on or completely wrong in my 5 stars prediction?

My year began great with many 5 stars but recently I have been a bit in a book funk for the first time ever!
My highest rated book for two weeks was 4,75 stars not bad but not my usual rain of 5 stars…

So here is to hope that the following books will be amazing because ….



The Bride Test by Helen Hoang.

Quite a challenge as I have very high expectations having fallen head over heel in love with TKQ! Will Esme be as great as a heroine as Stella was? And Khai is Michel’s cousin!!!! For the record I still have NOT FORGIVEN ALL OF LUCKY YOU who have already read the ARC!!!!


Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

Rebel Born by Amy Bartol.

Because I am smitten with this series and Roselle Saint Sismode. Here again I fear the  disappointment because…expectations!

Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff

I adored Lifl1k3! I need miss Fresh! And Zeke is all mine! I am calling dibs you hear me Eve!


Lemon Fresh has seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.


The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon.

Because she always amazes me and is my number one author!


From ​the New York Times bestselling author comes a breathtaking fantasy of a cursed kingdom, warring clans, and unexpected salvation.

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.

The Fountain of Silence by Ruta Sepetys.

I discovered her writing recently and she moved me beyond anything! We chatted about her with Mariana Zapata at RARE Paris as she is one of her favorites too. We can’t both be wrong right?


Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence–inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.

Now I could NOT stop here! Because …


I have high hopes for:

The Method by Kate Stewart that I began reading recently but she amazed me! A Five Minutes Life by Emma Scott because…it’s Emma (yes yes I know no pressure right 😀 ) and War by Laura Thalassa but the challenge is insane as Pestilence was nearly perfect!

OK now let’s chat! Do we share some of these? Or what are your five stars predictions?

Thanks for reading!

PS I will comment and like as a mad woman tomorrow as work has been kicking my behind AND I am studying very seriously how to make scented colored bookish candles (and print their artsy stickers end …).


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