Looking Back at the Books I Read in January 2023

Looking Back at the Books I Read in January 2023

I decided that in 2023, I'm going to do things a little differently here on my blog. Instead of doing a massive summary of everything that happened during the last month, I'm going to break it out into parts if there are multiple things to discuss. So, this one is going to be purely focused on everything that I read during January 2023. These are all the new books I read, not any that I decided to re-read along the way. If I did a review, I'll share the link to those. Otherwise, I will do a quick review of the book or series (with the series getting the mini-review at the end of all the books in the list). Mostly, those will just be a quick blurb about what the book/series was about.…

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My Thoughts on The Stolen Heir (The Stolen Heir Duology, Book 1) by Holly Black

My Thoughts on The Stolen Heir (The Stolen Heir Duology, Book 1) by Holly Black

I enjoyed Holly Black's Folk of the Air trilogy, as well as other stories set in the Elfhame universe. So, when The Stolen Heir duology was announced, I was eager to see how things had progressed since Cardan and Jude were elevated to the position of High King and Queen. Granted, this story isn't about them, but about Suren (Wren) and Oak. Wren is a girl around Oak's age who was tortured and called the Queen of Teeth, despite the fact that it was clear in the previous series that she wasn't in control of what was going on around her at the time. Though the last time we saw her, Jude had freed her and given her command over Lady Nore. Although Oak is the rightful heir to the High Throne, Jude and Cardan have decided to wait until he is of age before handing over the crown.…

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God of War: Kratos Body Paint

God of War: Kratos Body Paint

I haven't shared a body paint on my blog in a while, aside from the month in review. And since I won't be doing any of those this year (at least that's the plan), I thought I would start sharing the looks, or at least the ones for which I have something to share alongside them. So, I thought I'd start with this one of Kratos from God of War.…

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Video Games I Have Spent the Most Time Playing

Video Games I Have Spent the Most Time Playing

I saw this idea from Angelika Oles and thought it would be a fun idea. Most of the games featured on this list are my all-time favorite games. By no means is this every game I've ever played or the true total amount. As I've switched computers several times over the years, and the Nintendo Switch gives a rough estimate with only 20 games displayed. One of the games on this list wasn't displayed but I based the time on how long the game takes on average. If I had the stats for how much time I played The Sims 2 and 3 those would be on here too, but sadly I don't know the answer to that as I played on my dad's laptop and a computer I left behind years ago. Plus, those were played on physical disks so I don't have those stats. I also grouped games of a series together as I feel that gives a more accurate portrayal of the time I spent in those worlds.…

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My Thoughts on A Cage of Crystal (Prophecy of the Forgotten Fae, Book 2) by Tessonja Odette

My Thoughts on A Cage of Crystal (Prophecy of the Forgotten Fae, Book 2) by Tessonja Odette

The second book in the Prophecy of the Forgotten Fae, called A Cage of Crystal, by Tessonja Odette is a rewritten version of Veil of Mist (Lela Trilogy). This was the first ever series by the author. While the book may be fully rewritten there are plot changes, name changes, and other modifications. I never got around to reading the original trilogy though it had been on my TBR before it was unpublished. So, I've gotten to read this story fresh.…

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My Thoughts on The Ballad of Never After (Once Upon a Broken Heart Trilogy, Book 2) by Stephanie Garber

My Thoughts on The Ballad of Never After (Once Upon a Broken Heart Trilogy, Book 2) by Stephanie Garber

After finishing the previous book in this trilogy by Stephanie Garber, I knew things were going to get interesting in The Ballad of Never After. Whereas the previous series switched off to a new point of view, this one continues following Evangeline. Before I get into too many details in my opening as I could go on about this book in particular, let me just say I would give The Ballad of Never After a 4.25 out of 5 stars rating. And I'm looking forward to what happens in the final book of the Once Upon a Broken Heart trilogy.…

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My Thoughts on Once Upon a Broken Heart (Once Upon a Broken Heart Trilogy, Book 1) by Stephanie Garber

My Thoughts on Once Upon a Broken Heart (Once Upon a Broken Heart Trilogy, Book 1) by Stephanie Garber

The Once Upon a Broken Heart trilogy takes place in the same world as Stephanie Garber's Caraval trilogy. This book in particular begins around the beginning of Finale when the Fates have been freed from the Destiny Cards and before the conclusion of the book, then there's a time jump to after the events of Finale. If you haven't read the Caraval series, this book will make references to the conclusion of that book but will leave out the details. So, if you go straight into this trilogy without reading Caraval there is missing context for events as it's not elaborated.…

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Tandem Reading Guide of Twilight and Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Tandem Reading Guide of Twilight and Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

I've mentioned it before on my blog, but I used to be obsessed with Twilight. I helped run a fan forum back in the day on Gaia Online. I wrote a series of novels (never published) that were very inspired by Twilight. And I read every post that Stephenie Meyer put up on her website about this series including Midnight Sun after it was leaked. Then I went to college, grew up a bit, and haven't returned to the series since. When Midnight Sun was finally released, I wasn't sure if I was going to get it or not. And I didn't for the longest time, but the other day while I was at Target I ended up putting it in my cart. So, I thought I'd share here how a tandem read could be done between Midnight Sun and Twilight. Since it's the same book, just one told by Bella and the other by Edward.…

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