The Hazel Wood review


I recently finished The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert! I really wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. From what I heard it was a little spooky, had some fairytale vibes and that’s it. I completely under-estimated this book. The story went way deeper than I imagined it would.

In The Hazel Wood, Alice, a young teenager, is dealing with a rough home life. It’s just her and her mom, Ella, and they are constantly on the move. But there’s a secret Alice is soon to learn about her family. Her grandmother, Althea, is a famous and mysterious writer who wrote a spooky fairytale book that has a cult following. When Althea dies unexpectedly strange things start happening and Alice finds herself in the middle of an adventure she definitely didn’t ask for. What is the Hinterland and why do they want her, and can she survive?

I don’t want to give anything away in this review because I really think you should go into this book not knowing very much. As I was reading this story I kept thinking to myself how much I loved Melissa Albert’s writing style. She has a way with words that makes then flow through your mind, taking root in your emotions and burying themselves there making you think about them all day. I actually went to look up Melissa to see what else she has written only to be disappointed in finding this is her first novel! What an amazing debut!

Throughout this book we get to actually read some of the creepy short stories from Alice’s grandmother. These are dark fairytales for sure! There is nothing bright and happy about them. I enjoyed the look into the Hinterland and the stories it had. We jump from present day to another world that is creepy and strange to say the least. Melissa does this beautifully.

I wound up giving this book five stars! I was invested in the characters, loved the world descriptions, and the plot was riveting. I highly recommend The Hazel Wood if you like a darker fairytale with modern day twists. I will be looking out for more from Melissa Albert! I can’t wait to see what else she writes.

Happy Reading Lovely Reader Friends

xoxo Tricia



The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw


I recently finished reading The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. This story is about three sisters who were accused of being witches over 200 years ago. The towns people, scared and outraged, tie rocks to their feet and drown them in the harbor.  Now every summer they come back to haunt the small town of Sparrow and take victims back with them into the murky depths.

This book sounded pretty spooky.  I was excited to read it for October, but I only gave it 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the beginning and the end but the middle lacked something for me. I wanted more spooky scenes and more of the witches.  I almost didn’t want to finish it but I’m glad I stuck in there, the ending was worth it.

The romance in this book was unexpected. I was wanting a scary story about witches so when we were trust into this romance I was a little put off. I understand why Shea Ernshaw had to set up this part of the story but it didn’t really come to light until the end and then it all felt a little rushed.

Overall I think this is a nice easy read. It’s 308 pages but there are a lot of blank pages in-between the chapters which makes it go by pretty fast. If you can make it past the middle section the ending is definitely worth it! The plot twist towards the end was perfect! That’s the action I was craving towards the middle.

Have you read The Wicked Deep? What did you think? I would love to know in the comments below.

Happy Reading Lovely Reader Friends

xoxo Tricia

Vicious by V.E. Schwab


I recently finished reading Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I heard all the hype surrounding the sequel Vengeful and I had to pick it up! Turns out the hype was real, this book was amazing. I would like to think I’m more cautious to give out 5 star ratings for books, but lately I’ve really been enjoying the books I’ve read. This book was a definite 5 stars, 10 stars if that were on the Goodreads scale.

Vicious is a wild ride. We follow Victor and Eli, two college students, who decided to do their thesis on EO’s or Extraordinary people. When they decide to move from writing about EO’s to experimenting with becoming one the story takes a dark and twisted turn. Jump to present day and Victor and Eli are enemies and their worlds have completely changed. Do you believe in super powers? You might after reading this book.

The way V.E. Schwab structured this book was simply amazing. From chapter to chapter we are taken back to Victor and Eli’s college days and then thrust into the present day. I loved the fast paced chapters and back and forth in this book. It kept me on my toes and always wanting more.

The characters were so real and raw throughout the story. We saw their progression or in some cases their downfall clearly. The unlikely trio in this story was lovable and completely realistic. I felt like this could be a real group of people in today’s world. I loved the way all the characters were written and immediately felt a connection with them.

The ending of this book was so perfect in so many ways. I’m anxious to pick up the second book and continue this heart pounding story. If you are looking for a fast paced action packed fantasy then this book is perfect for you. It’s also a great fall read, kind of spooky and definitely shocking.

Happy Reading Reader Friends



My First Book Signing


Now that I’m back into reading I want to do all the “reader” things I can. I’ve already got my eye on BookCon 2019, but I needed something now. I was lucky enough to find a book signing near me, and it was an author I absolutely LOVE! Ransom Riggs, the author of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children!

I was a little nervous to go to my first book signing. I really had no clue what to say to an author and I didn’t know what to expect. It turns out it wasn’t as scary as I was making it out to be. It was fun! I didn’t clam up when I met him and I didn’t make a fool of myself.

This signing was small and intimate. It was at a college book store in a small town near me. When I got there they had chairs set up with a large reading chair in the front of the room. I wasn’t expecting anything other than a signing but we got to do a Q&A with Ransom and it was so much fun! We got to hear some of his thoughts behind why he made his characters the way they are and what got him into writing. Turns out he’s just as funny and charming in person as his characters are in his books.

After the Q&A we stood in line to do the signing. I was expecting to be herded through quickly but we actually got time to say a few things and get a picture with him. I told him it was my first book signing and he asked me how it was. It felt completely natural, turns out authors are real people just like us. Then I got to take a picture with him. He was so nice and really didn’t mind giving people time to chat.

It was a lovely first experience at a book signing and If you ever get the chance to go to one, do it! I went by myself and still had a great time. I felt at home, surrounded by readers and books. Everyone is there for the same reason, we love to read and we love the author that’s there. This is the first of many signings for me! What authors have you met? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments below.


Happy Reading Lovely Reader Friends


September Wrap Up

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September was a good month for me. I didn’t read a ton of books, but I started my blog and my reading journey this month. It’s the beginning of a new me, or an old me that is finally free to come back out! Hopefully this is the first of many monthly wrap ups.

I only read three books this month but I really enjoyed all of them! It’s nice to read four and five star books. That doesn’t always happen, but I got lucky. I’m pretty picky about the books I choose, which is good, but I do want to branch out into other genres in the future.


The first book I finished was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This book follows Sixteen year old Jacob, a boy with a tragic past. His grandfather is killed and has left behind stories of peculiar children from his past.  Jacob is determined to find out if they are real. We follow him to a remote island off the coast of Wales in search of answers. There he finds evidence of these “peculiars” and much much more.

I gave this book five stars! I loved every bit of it. The story kept me on my toes and a little scared to be honest. I fell in love with the characters and was really invested in their story. I loved the addition of vintage photographs throughout the book. It helped me visualize the characters. They really are “peculiar”.  I think this book is a perfect fall read.

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The next book I finished was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. This book follows a young girl named Jude who has a tragic beginning. Her parents are murdered and she is thrust into a new world of Fae with her two sisters where she is a mortal in an immortal world. Throughout the book we see her struggle to fit in and find her place amongst the kingdom. Prince Carden doesn’t make that easy and we follow her as she decides whether or not to defy him and find her strength.

I gave this book four stars. The first seven pages had me hooked! There was so much action and I was already invested in the characters and their story. About half way through things went a little stale for me. I was anxious for certain things to finally happen and some of the storyline seemed to drag on. That’s the only reason I couldn’t give it five stars.

The ending saved this book for me! It finally picked up and some of the scenes really blew me away. By the last page I was ready to continue the story. I have a feeling I’ll like the second book more. This one was a lot of set up which is good, but I did crave more towards the middle. I’m ready to see how these two characters, Jude and Carden, unfold in the second book.


The next book I read was I’d rather be Reading by Anne Bogel. I have an entire blog post on this book that I will link below. I gave this one five stars. It was an easy and fun read that made me laugh. It’s a collection of stories and funny book lover commentary that will melt your heart.

Blog Post on I’d Rather be Reading

That’s it! The three books I read in September. I already have my October TBR list ready and it’s full of creepy and spooky titles that I think I will love! I’ll keep you updated on that list and I want to know what books did you finish in September? Hopefully you read some good ones!

Happy Reading Lovely Reader Friends






I read a book in ONE day!


This has never happened to me! I’ve never sat down and read an entire book in 24 hours. Now granted this book was only 149 pages and pretty small in size but still I’m going to give myself a pat on the back here. I deserve some kind of book lovers prize or at the very least I can count myself in the book tube hall of fame for reading right?

The book was I’d Rather be Reading by Anne Bogel and I couldn’t put it down. I walked around the house with it, bumping into furniture and stepping on dreaded legos and cats. Every spare second I had I was picking it up, reading a chapter here and a few pages there. What surprised me the most was this book isn’t about what I usually like. It wasn’t about love and war or kingdoms and special powers, it was simply about books.

I read a book…about books and I loved every second of it. I found myself laughing out loud and nodding my head like I was talking to an old friend. I felt like I was understood for being the crazy book obsessed person I’ve become. I was reading about me, through the stories of someone I’ve never met.

I too grew up next to a library so I related to her experiences as a young reader. That library changed me, it made me the reader I am today. I went through phases of not reading (gasp) or only reading one or two books a year! But I still remember my young reader self being excited about the thought of checking out as many books as my hands could carry. Her stories brought back those memories for me. It rekindled that lost flame for the excitement of reading.

Recently I’ve made my way back to the reading world. This past year I’ve read more than I have in the past 10 years. Something just clicked and after reading Anne’s story I realized that love for reading has always been there. It just needed awakening.

This book was a delightful read. I really enjoyed every second of it all the way through to the acknowledgments (I think she would be proud of this). I highly  recommend this book, not just for a good head nodding or laugh but for your reader soul. I found the stories endearing, the book references fascinating (mainly because I hadn’t read most of them) and the short chapters sweet and easy to get through. I think this book would make a great gift to a reader friend and a great addition to your home library.

Happy Reading Lovely Reader Friends

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Romanov Book Cover Reveal

As a kid I loved Anastasia, the entire story had me captivated. When I heard Nadine Brandes was writing a retelling of Anastasia I knew I wanted to read it! The synopsis alone has me on the edge of my seat!


The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

I can’t wait! It sounds so good!! I was lucky enough o be chosen as one of the people to reveal the cover of this much anticipated book! The cover makes me want to read it even more! Here is all the info about the release.
Standalone Historical Fantasy retelling of Anastasia
Releases on May 7, 2019
Click the link below to PRE-ORDER yours now!

Welcome! I’m Glad you’re here!

Hi guys and welcome to my very first blog post for LovelyReaderGirl! I’ve always loved to read. When I was a kid we lived right next door to my local library and I went several times a week. I fell in love with the stories hidden inside the pages of the books on the shelf. It was a good time in my life. I fell head over heals in love with reading the summers we lived in that house.

Fast Forward to today and that love is still there, but it got pushed aside for many years. After I got married at 21 and we started a family at 24 I let my love for reading take a backseat. I continued to read but I didn’t devour books like I use to when I was young. The Kindle took the place of physical books and board books and homeschool curriculum reigned.

I got lost in the world of planners and journals and while I still love that side of my life I craved more. I craved less buying and more living. I craved the stories of my childhood. I craved books. And so my new story begins. The story of a LovelyreaderGirl who is rediscovering her journey through book land. Come with me! Let’s discover the world of books again together!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


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