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The Golden Darter

My Life Through Books


Middle School was a weird mix of classics and Star Wars. I was obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux to the point of the book falling apart. I also discovered that while I love Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters can go hang. As for Star Wars... I've read almost every meta-verse book that was published up until the New Order cannon. I can still go into detail and recite storylines of a few beloved books. Hence, my nerd life began.


High school was very paranormal, vampire, scifi, etc. I would literally go online and search for book series that concerned vampires and read everything on the list. We are talking Anita Blake, Charline Harris, Anne Rice, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tanya Huff, Steven King, etc. This was before they sparkled, ya'll. Early college was philosophical and political theory for school, and mainstream fiction in my personal time. Wicked, Life of Pi, Memoirs of a Geisha. These are the 3 books that pushed me into my next phase, mostly because of how ambiguous I felt about them, and their questionable endings.


Late-mid college I was introduced to LaVyrle Spencer by way of Hummingbird courtesy of a gripe session with my Mom about how depressing the books I had been reading lately were. I've never looked back and have been hooked on the romance genre ever since. I've read and loved a ton of LaVyrle Spencer (who is a little hit and miss), Judith McNaught (of the rapetastic 80s era of romance), and Georgette Heyer (who writes in the vein of Austen). More recently I've discovered the joys of contemporary authors like Susan Elizabeth Phillips.


Lately I've been trying to read more non-fiction. I really do enjoy learning about subjects that interest me, but non-fiction can feel like work sometimes. So I fall back to romance. You just can't go wrong with knowing that there will almost always be a happy ending.

Currently reading

Playing Dirty
Jennifer Echols
Searching for Someday
Jennifer Probst
Mara TP
Ming Doyle
The Quest
Susan Kearney
Play by Play (Play Makers #1)
Kate Donovan
Mrs Ronnie The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings
Sian Evans

Claudette in the Shadows (Winter Saga, #0.5)

Claudette in the Shadows (Winter Saga, #0.5) - M.J. Hearle It was hard to rate this simply because I don't think it is meant to be read without having already read the series that it precedes. I think that had I known Claudette as part of the narrative of the series, I would have understood and liked her more. As it was, I spent the first half of this novella confused about whether I was even supposed to like her or not. I have a feeling that she might not be a "good guy" in the series. She seemed quite the sociopath at moments. The world building also suffered from the short format. How quickly Claudette buys in to the whole thing was a bit off too, not to mention why their parents weren't straight with them on what they were from the beginning. Since Claudette almost gets trapped/killed/something when she travels for the first time and then kills a guy (note the lack of remorse there), you'd think her parents would be more concerned with her knowing what she is/can do. Otherwise, she might have just disappeared one day and not come back.

Probably not going to check out the series. The writing and plot just weren't my cup of tea.

ARC courtesy of Momentum Books, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.