June Favorites 2017

Hi, guys. It’s the beginning of July and we are at full summertime. Well, today I will be talking about some of my favorite books of June. I read a lot of great books this month but there are some that left me wanting more. Below is my list.

BOOK 1: Freya by Matthew Laurance

After reading both American Gods and Norse Mythology I wanted to read more books about Norse related stories so I picked Freya. Freya is the goddess Freya from Norse Myths. And in the book, Freya goes by Sara and goes on the lamb when a secret agency wants to use her to capture gods. On the run, she teams up with a boy named Nathan. Together discover secrets the agency is hiding and plot to find a way to take them down. I really enjoyed this book because of the combination of a badass female character, strong friendships and the mixture of myths from around the world. Check out the book at Amazon

Book 2: Your One Word by Evan Carmichael

The book Your one Word is written by one of my favorite Youtubers. Evan Carmichael is a well-known entrepreneur and wrote this about finding that one word that describes you, your brand, business and using that word to start your business. I love how inspiring this book is. The book not just takes about finding your word but also shares stories of famous well-known successful people and how they got to where they are. Check this book at Amazon

Book 3: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

I wanted to pick #Girlboss after watching the new Netflix show Girlboss and wanted to know more about Sophia’s story and how to start a business. I think this book was really inspiring and was amazed at how Sophia started her business just from selling vintages clothes on eBay but then it leads to becoming a major business. I think proves anyone can do anything. Check out this book at Buy on Amazon

Book 4: The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Lastly, my other favorite book that I read this month was The Black Witch. I totally think that this is the book of the summer in my opinion. The book is about a girl who is related to the amazing Carnissa Garner who helped save the Gardnerian Empire and is the powerful Black Witch. Sadly the girl whose named is Elloren is powerless and has to live underneath the shadow of her grandmother. During the book, Elloren and her brothers go to the Varpax University and school is known for its diversity and go to study apothecary. Sadly, arriving at this university she learns about how divided this school really is and must use her inner strength to survive. Check out the book at Buy on Amazon

That is it for this edition of favorites. If you enjoy learning about my favorite during each month let me know in the comments below. And until next time keep on reading.


Buy Books:
Freya by Matthew Laurence
Your One Word by Evan Carmichael
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

The 6 Books to Look Out For this Summer

Hi, guys! Are you excited for the summer? Well, I am and this summer there are a ton of great books that are coming out this summer. There is a mix of standalone, returning series and even some superheroes coming to your favorite bookstore. In this post, I will be discussing my list of most anticipated reads for summer 2017. So let’s get started.

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

I don’t know about you but I am super stoked about Wonder Woman coming out. After the movie Wonder Woman I been in the mood for books with bad ass female characters that can kick butt. To learn more about Wonder Woman check it out here.

Ash and Quill (Book 2 The Great Library) by Rachel Caine

This is another book that I am excited about. If you missed the first two books of The Great Library Trilogy I have links below that will lead you to my past reviews in case you are interested. Ash and Quil continue off where we left off with the characters after escaped London and now ended up in Philadephia. There they must save lives and the books they love from the mysterious burners. The only way to save themselves is the secrets to holding about The Great Library. To learn more and pre-order your copy click here.

Link to past review on Paper and Fire

York by Laura Ruby

If you love mystery, and science fiction than check out York by Laura Ruby that literally comes out this month. Like a few weeks ago. Laura Ruby was known for her other well-known book Bone Gap. Now she returns with this adventure that centers around three characters to go on a quest to discover the secrets from a cipher in order to save their homes from being taking from an evil developer.

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

In this new series after the king and queen of Eden is murdered two twins must battle it out in order to get the crown. Who will run the kingdom of Eden? Who will survive? Click here to find out.

Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman

After reading Bird Box I couldn’t wait to see more of Josh Malerman and so when I heard about this book I reserved it ahead of time. He previous work was fresh and a great work of art. In this book, he returns with a story about the US Government that hires a band named Dane to go to Africa to find the source of a mysterious sound. On their quest, the band learns about secrets that could up becoming a conspiracy.Check out the book here

The Last Magician

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell focuses on a thief who has a talent for stealing magical artifacts decides to travel to old New York to steal a magical mysterious book that content secrets about the reasons behind the dark energy forces that keeps magic trapped in Manhattan and also about an evil magician that wants the book for himself. This seemed like an easy task for Esta but she soon finds out that the streets of Old New York may be more dangerous than the magician himself. Click here to learn more about the book.

So those are some of the books that I am most excited about this summer. If you are excited by any of these books let me know in the comments below. And if there are other books that you are excited about let me know as well. Until next time keep on reading.


Top Books of 2017 So Far

Hi guys! Happy Friday. I gotta to say my week went by fast and I am happy for the weekend. Well, today I will be talking about my favorite books of 2017 so far. This year there was a ton of great books and many books that I had on my most anticipated list came out during the beginning of the year. So below I have a list of my favorite books.

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Starting off my list is The Black Witch which is written by Laurie Forest. This is book was discovered on Goodreads and I had a feeling it would be a great book. The book blew me away and I couldn’t stop reading it. It had the combination of magic, a fantasy realm, strong group of characters and fae. The Black Witch also covers different issues like discrimination and prejudices which I liked. I liked the idea of using a fantasy world to create a message.If you are interested in learning more I have a review that goes into detail of the book. You find the link below

Freya by Matthew Laurence

After reading both Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and his other book American Gods I had a kick for the Norse Mythology. In my search of Norse Myth inspired books I found a book called Freya a book written by author Matthew Laurence. This was a really fun book and I am sure if you are into books that have a balance between action and comedy this is it. If you haven’t heard of this book Freya focuses on Freya the goddess of love, beauty, war, and death. And in this modern world, she is known as Sara and she goes on the lamb after she learns a secret agency is looking for her and is hunting down gods and goddess. Sara also teams up with a man named Nathan and they both learn about the agency and their malicious secrets. This leads them to plot a way to take down this agency.

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

I read Ever the Hunted at the beginning of the year and this got to be in my top three books so far. I loved it so much that I read it in under three days. The book has magic, mystery, and adventure. This book also has a strong female character who is also smart. If you haven’t read my full review on the book hope over to bottom of this list and click on the link to the book review.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

I was excited to get my hands on Windwtich when it came out. I even reserved it ahead of time at the library because I knew it was going to be awesome. And it was. The book brought back the same action from the first book Truthwitch but gave an extra dose of strong female characters and more sword fighting scenes.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Wayfarer got to be the best in the duology. Passenger was one of my favorite books of 2016 and made another splash and didn’t disappoint me in any way. The book brings back all my favorite characters but instead a romance focused book it gives you more time travel and more adventure. I actually thought the book had a lot of thrills and unexpected twists.

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

The last book on the list was Lifeblood is the second book in the Everlife series and continues where we left off from the first book Firstlife The first book was a fresh take on a dystopian and was thrill ride. The second book extends the world building and takes you to what would be the afterlife which is split into different realms Myriad and Troika which are at war with each other and a girl named Ten must choose where her loyalty rests. She must choose the world she has chosen Troika or her boyfriend who is from Myriad. I think this book doesn’t get enough attention and must be well-known because I think it’s original.

So, that is it for this list. Stay tuned for the end of the year for my top books of 2017. And for you guys, I will like to know what your favorite books of 2017 so far. Let me know if you read these books and your thoughts. Until next time keep on reading.


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The Black Witch Book Review

Hi, guys. Welcome back to another edition of Where Stephanie Reads. I also can’t help but say that the year is going super fast. And now the summer is finally in motion. Well, to start the beginning of summer with a new book review I will be discussing the book The Black Witch. This is a book that recently came this month and has the combination of magic and is character driven.

  • Title: The Black Witch
  • Series: The Black Witch Chronicles
  • Author: Laurie Forest
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 601 pages
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars


The Black Witch focuses on the granddaughter of a famous legendary Black Witch who saved the Gardnerian people. Unlike her well-known grandmother, the character Elloren doesn’t have her powers. In fact, she pretty is shy and was raised in a small town sheltered by the on-goings of the world. During the story, Elloren and her two brothers get to go to the famous Verpax University to study apothecary. The school that is known to be diverse and made up of students from different regions and different ethnic groups. Soon, Elloren must face the ugly truth that the school is way more divided and the ugly truth of her grandmother’s legacy.

My Thoughts

The Black Witch was so good. I started it on Sunday and finished it this morning. To be honest I didn’t know what it was about but saw thumbnails of the book cover on Booktube and decided to pick it up. I also really liked the cover and it gave me chills. Chills in a good way. The book has a mixture of fantasy world building, magical elements and a female character that was easy to relate to.I like how regardless of Elloren’s struggles with fitting into the world she knew nothing about she kept true to herself. I also like the fact that the book touches topics of prejudice and discrimination.

If you wish to learn more about the book hop over to the bottom to head over to Amazon and until next time keep on reading.


Hooked On Books Wrap-Up

Hi, guys. I hope you guys are doing well and finding ways to stay cool during the really hot weather. Well, this past weekend I decided to stay inside and participate in the Hooked On Books Read-A-Thon from Goodreads. I wanted to catch-up on my reading and there were some books that were on my reading list. For those interested the Hooked on Books, Read-A-Thon happens every month and runs for 48 hours. The Goodreads group Hooked On Books also host 24-hour read-a-thons as well. To learn more about when future read-a-thons are schedule click on the link here. Below are some of the books I read.

Gunslinger by Stephen King

Gunslinger was one of the books I heard was coming out with a movie this year and I wanted to use this opportunity to start reading it. And also it looked like a short book. Sadly, the book didn’t really grab my attention and I decided to move on to a book that is more fast paced.

Hidden Figure by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures was a book that I really wanted to read. I love books like this and I really wanted to watch the movie so I knew this had to be on my TBR. And I will admit that my sister wants to watch it as well and so I decided to get this over with.

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

I saw The Black Witch on YouTube and thought it looked like it would be a great book. Plus, I think the book cover looked awesome and I have this feeling that this could be a great book and could be a favorite of 2017. So, far I am having fun reading the book and it is so far holding my attention. If you are interested in learning about my thought on the book when I finished do check back for a future review.

So that is it for the read-a-thon. If you totally enjoyed this post do share it with your friends. And until my next post keep on reading.


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Hooked On Read-A-Thon

Hi, guys, it’s almost summer and it’s already hot out. Ugh, I personally am not excited about the hundred degree weather. Who is? Well, this week I found a great way to hide away from the heat and decided to join the Hooked on Books Read-a-Thon this weekend. The read-a-thon was created from the Goodreads Group Hooked On Books. This read-a-thon starts on Saturday the June 17 to the June 18. It’s a great 48 hours to squeeze in some backs that were on my TBR list forever. If you are interested in joining here is the link to the read-a-thon. Here below are the two I will be reading this weekend. Hopefully, you will be joining in on the fun.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

I picked this book because for one it’s been on my list since I heard about the movie but also my sister wants to watch soon. In fact, she said if we don’t watch the movie soon she would just watch it without me. This weekend I will read so then next weekend we can grab the popcorn and watch it. Unless another read-a-thon happens.

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

This is a newly released book. I don’t know a whole lot about this book except the fact there is witches, magic and there is a university involved. I also saw this book all over Booktube so it kind of got my attention. So this week I will be squeezing this book. Sounds magical.

Those are the books I will be reading. If you got suggests let me know. For those interested in keeping up with my progress during the read-a-thon I will be posting my updates on social media. My social media links will be below so you don’t miss a thing. Until next time keep on reading.