April 1, 2020

Night of the Dragon Blog Tour | Mini-Review + Playlist

I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Night of the Dragon! This book is the final installment in the Shadow of the Fox series by Julie Kagawa and I'm happy to report that it was amazing. It was everything I hoped it would be and more, which is why I am doubly glad that I can fangirl over it with you all on this tour. 

We all know series enders are tough and Julie Kagawa knocked this one out of the park. It was truly everything I hoped it would be and more. Each of the characters, romantic relationships, and friendships between them all have grown so much with every passing book. I loved picking up Night of the Dragon and seeing them at their very best, even as they faced down the enemy they've been working towards since book 1. And although kitsune Yumeko gave up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers to save everyone she loves, she and her companions continue on to make a last-ditch effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling on the Great Kami dragon. As always, I swooned over Yumeko and Tatsumi (even more so!), laughed at the dynamic between everyone and at one point was moved to tears because things get intense. If you've been a fan of the series all along, you won't be disappointed.  

The book is out as of this past Tuesday, March 31. Add it to your TBR or better yet, order yourself a copy

After reading Night of the Dragon, I knew I'd want to do a Shadow of the Fox series-inspired playlist! Keep going to listen to the songs and read why I chose each one.

For Yumeko
“Save A Little for Yourself” by Mandy Moore
A man’s gotta fight
A girl’s gotta win
A shift in the tide
This is the world we’re living in
I’m out on my own
The easy target
Somewhere beyond the winnin’ and losin’
Heart on my sleeve, right where the truth is
What else could I be?
The easy target
A conscious choice
Yeah, it’s one way to live
Through all of the noise
Goin’ out on a limb
Out on a limb again

For Tatsumi
“Forevermore” by Yuna
I’ve been dreaming of this life (of this life)
Piercing through my darkest night (oh-ohh)
I’ve been fighting all my life (ooh-ooh)
Reaching for the sky
I can feel a change this time (ahh ahh)
They’ll never take away what’s mine
I’m gonna reach even higher, I know
I found the strength I’m looking for
I’ll take it to forevermore
Yeah I was scared, but now I know
That I can take it to, that I can take it to forevermore

For Okame
“I Like Me Better” by Lauv
Damn, I like me better when I’m with you
I like me better when I’m with you
I knew from the first time, I’d stay for a long time ‘cause
I like me better when
I like me better when I’m with you
I don’t know what it is but I got that feeling (got that feeling)

For Daisuke
“Myth” by Beach House
Drifting in and out, you see the road you’re on
It came rolling down the cheek
Say just what you need
And in between, it’s never as it seems
Help me to name it
Help me to name it
If you built yourself a myth
You’d know just what to give
What comes after this
Momentary bliss

For Reika
“All This And Heaven Too” by Florence + the Machine
And the heart is hard to translate
It has a language of its own
It talks in tongues and quiet sighs
And prayers and proclamations
In the grand deeds of great men and the smallest of gestures
And short shallow gasps
But with all my education I can’t seem to command it
And the words are all escaping, and coming back all damaged
And I would put them back in poetry if I only knew how
I can’t seem to understand it

For Suki
“Ghosts” by Fanfarlo
There are ghosts by the reservoir
But no one wants them round no more
There’s a spell
For the dam to break
They’ll tell you all about the time when it came
What they took away
Do I look like someone?
I’ve heard the voices through the floor
In a strange cold language
They’re planning out a war

For Yumeko/Tatsumi
“Love You a Long Time” by Maggie Rogers
Came in like a vision from the old west wind
Like a bright new dream that I was stepping in
I saw your face and I knew it was a sign
And I still think about that moment all of the time
You know that I could never make this up
I found the reason I’m not giving up
I felt the fever and I knew he was mine
Oh I, I’m gonna love you for a long time

For another pairing I love (but can't say who because spoilers!)
“No Judgement” by Niall Horan
Barefoot and a bottle of wine
You can stay with me tonight
You don’t have to change when I’m around you
So go ahead and say what’s on your mind
On your mind
When you’re with me, no judgement
You can get that from anyone else
You don’t have to prove nothing
You can just be yourself
When you’re with me, no judgement
We can get that from everyone else
And we don’t have to prove nothing
When you’re with me, no judgement

For these friends who stuck by each other
throughout this journey
"Anywhere" by Passenger
If you get out on the ocean
If you sail out on the sea
If you get up in the mountains
If you go climbing on trees
Or through every emotion
When you know that they don't care
Darling, that's when I'm with you
Oh, I'll go with you anywhere

Follow the playlist here

Hope you all enjoyed my blog tour post! 
Make sure to check out the rest of the stops
and more importantly, read this amazing book & series!

Thank you Inkyard Press for sending me a review copy
and inviting me to be a part of this. 

March 30, 2020

March Recap

Life lately
What is there even to say about this month? This global COVID-19 pandemic has permeated all of our daily lives and I'm just trying my best to stay sane. It's been this mix of taking it day by day, figuring out my new normal, and hoping to be prepared for the worst. But most of all, I miss my dad, my family and friends. Don't get me wrong, if quarantining myself helps to slow things down, I will 100% do my part. It's tough but I'm making it work as best I can. It's just really hard being alone all the time. I've always loved living on my own but right now, I do wish there was someone here to share the burden with me and to talk to face-to-face. I haven't really done any Zoom (I don't get the countless work meetings) or FaceTime "meet-ups" with anyone yet but maybe I should.

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Read but not reviewed
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord - 4 stars
    Very cute rom-com from this debut author! I thoroughly enjoyed the love/hate relationship between Pepper and Jack and all the baked goods mentioned (I would totally be baking right now if my oven worked). 
  • Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins - 4 stars
    I did a binge re-read of this series for Paranormal Book Club! I'll be sharing my thoughts in a separate post but let's just say, this series held up for me years later!

How's your month been?

March 27, 2020

What I'm Listening To | March

My most listened to songs this month are: 

1. Does She - Yuna, Jay Park
Does She was one of the songs Yuna sang during her acoustic show that I went to last month with DJ. I've basically had it on repeat ever since. 

2. Circles - Post Malone
While I was in LA, this song started playing in the car and much to my surprise, my 4-year-old niece started singing the "oh oh oh" part. I was so delighted that she knew it, especially when I didn't haha. But it was just so cute! I ended up really liking the song itself too (although the rest of the lyrics are totally inappropriate for her).  

3. The Other Side - SZA, Justin Timberlake
Sometimes Justin's celebrity persona really makes me roll my eyes but the man knows how to write and produce really catchy songs, this one included. 

4. Holes in My Shoes - Maple St. 
This was a gem I found through Spotify's "New Music Playlist." The vibe of the song and the lead singer's voice really drew me in. I haven't had a chance to check out the rest of their EP but I definitely plan to. 

5. All the Cool Girls - Hailey Whitters
Hailey Whitters was the opening act for Maren Morris when I saw her in concert with Estelle. We both loved her and I added the few songs she had out to my playlists soon after. She just released her full-length album and this All the Cool Girls is one of my faves. 

Listen here!

What are some of your favorite songs this month?

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