Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman Book Review

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, filled with many hours of reading. I wish mine was like that, but alas, I had to continue unpacking since I recently moved. I was, however, able to start reading Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. I’m enjoying it so far!

To start off the week, I bring you my review of Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman. Here is the synopsis of the story:

35888372Goodreads Summary:

The town of Glory is famous for two things: businesses that front for seedy, if not illegal, enterprises and the suicides that happen along the Indigo River. Marsden is desperate to escape the “bed-and-breakfast” where her mother works as a prostitute—and where her own fate has been decided—and she wants to give her little sister a better life. But escape means money, which leads Mars to skimming the bodies that show up along the Indigo River. It’s there that she runs into Jude, who has secrets of his own and whose brother’s suicide may be linked to Mars’s own sordid family history. As they grow closer, the two unearth secrets that could allow them to move forward . . . or chain them to the Indigo forever.


My review

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hate leaving bad reviews, and this review is not necessarily bad, it’s just not good either. I loved Elsie Chapman’s previous novels, Dualed and Divided, so I was a little upset that I did not enjoy Along the Indigo. I tried, I really did, but it was just not working. And the thing is, I feel like it was not because the story was bad or there was no character development (because there was). I feel like it’s due to me not being the right audience for the novel. That may sound like I’m trying to avoid writing a bad review, which I’m not, but that’s the truth. Along the Indigo is a contemporary and if anyone knows me, they know I rarely like contemporary. I want action, romance, adventure, magic, etc. My go-to genre is fantasy, so I was honestly not surprised that I could not finish Along the Indigo. I should have known better than to read a contemporary, but I wanted to give this story a shot.

The overall plot was interesting. Dead bodies showing up along the Indigo river and the main character skimming those bodies for cash. Then a dead boy’s brother comes to the covert looking for answers about his brother’s death, which starts to unravel the mystery behind his death and the death behind Marsden’s father. It was overall interesting…except I was not really hooked. There were times where I had to force myself to get through a chapter because I did not feel any type of connection with the characters or the plot or the scenery. But then again, I may not have been the right audience.

From what I read in Along the Indigo, there was some character development. Marsden was learning to open up more and to not be afraid to make friends in a place you plan on leaving. Jude was learning to let go and to not hold on to the past. Unfortunately, my issue was that I had a hard time finding any connection with the characters. And when I can’t find a connection, it’s difficult for me to remember those characters.

Overall, this was not the book for me, but it definitely has potential. For those who want to read Along the Indigo, please be aware that there are mature themes (such as suicide and prostitution). Contemporary readers will likely enjoy this story, so if you love contemporary, check out Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman, which hits bookstores tomorrow!

2.5 out of 5 stars



The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross Review

Happy Monday, fellow book lovers! It’s been a while since I last posted an actual book review, thanks to the chaos that is my life currently. I’m just starting my capstone for my bachelor’s program and I am also in the process of moving. And let me tell you this: you do not realize how hectic moving really is until you are actually moving. Boy, was I not prepared. Anyway, moving on! Starting with this review, I will be crafting my reviews differently. I will be basing my review on multiple categories and then the overall review is the average of those scores combined. For example, for The Queen’s Rising:

Writing: 5/5

World Building: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Cover: 4/5

Overall rating: 4.20/5

Overtime, I will most likely add other ways to rate a book, depending on each genre, but for now, I feel this is a good start. Now, on with the synopsis and review!

Goodreads Summary:

35098412When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

This book was just, WOW. The writing is beautifully crafted, with some of the most stunning descriptive scenes I have every read. The author’s writing was just magical; the whole story was a motion picture inside my head. I was captivated by the author’s writing from start to finish. The world building, the plot, and the characters were all unique.

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and storyline. Whereas some people may note it as being slow, I saw it as a build up to the epic finale. The author made sure the readers were well-informed of every background and Brienna’s long and dangerous journey, and made sure it all came together in the end.

The slow-burning romance was intense, and I savored every moment between Brienna and her love interest. And there were times where I got antsy because I was waiting for something romantic to happen and when it did, I had to read it over and over again because, ROMANCE. I’m a sucker for fantasy romance. Plus, I really liked that it was not your standard romance; it was an attraction that grew overtime for both of them.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Queen’s Rising and I look forward to what is in store for Brienna in book two.

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross can be purchased wherever books are sold.


Chasing helicity by ginger zee

Ahh another ginger zee book that was on tap for me. When was able to get this arc I was jumping and down like crazy reason being is when I’m not reading one of my other passions is weather and have had that passion since a young age. So when you see this book you think tornado and weather plus in the title is helicity which means to spin. Which it def is. And this book is about 13 year old helicity who is about to thru a major change. Where at start of the book helicity is frustrated with her family since helicity in high school wants to get into honors classes but her parents don’t so she gets frustrated and takes her horse for a ride. Along the ride she starts to see a storm go up and watches it till suddenly see’s the storm getting violent. As she rushes home a tornado forms and thru her eyes watches as her town gets destroyed. Rest of the book picks where her town is leveled and suffering slightly what most victims go thru with ptsd and see’s how her life’s changed. All this was amazingly displayed and loved it as weather nerd and storm chasers. After this though book goes down hill. I’m going go do *spoilers now* I usually don’t but I need to get it out their and just preying its the arc and just not finished. But after town is destroyed. Her dad is blaming helicity for her star studded football player getting hurt. But after the hospital he is home complaining of pain takes meds doctor gave. Then it seems not a week later or 2 he is out of pills and dad gets more and sayes that the brother gets guilty look when helicity looks at him or thoughts but doesn’t think much more. I get it’s middle grade and saw the hints what brother was doing but doesn’t go into details. Another thing that happens is later bring a crush for helicity. He is 17 year old guy has the excitement for weather and young and immature like a lot of young storm chasers but way he acts it has sooo many vibes of some famous chaser or chasers, one I know ginger zee dated. Aka reed timmer. Who was on the show storm chasers on discovery channel. The guy in this book still seems cool but then later wants the photo so bad that helicity took of the tornado and he later sells it and gives most of money to helicity. She is mad that he did it with no thought to ask. And ginger trying to show that helicity doing stuff just for love of weather and not sell and the guy gets absolutely no repercussion from it at all. Forgot to add with the brother is at one point helicity hanging with brother and goes pick something up and is with brother and sayes gets up again and brother is looking odd. Later on the trip she is missing some money from her purse. Again this hints at things but then just left open ended. Last very last part of the book she is able to go on a storm chase with a meterlogist/ storm chaser and her guy crush. And it’s been raining hard in city their in for days. The guy and helicity find a time where with out asking takes the car to chase a storm and the kid is driving aggressive and fast and just being dangerous with helicity wanting to get out. Well he puts it through a flood. He gets hurt but she doesn’t. But as she is being rescued by emergency and stuff. Out comes to rescue as well is her chaser friend the meterlogist. Well let’s say one survives while other doesn’t “technically she does but in coma” but it’s left next page after that like I’m helicity I made bad decisions but I’m a survivor. 1 as a middle grade book I feel that might discourage people to not like weather or want to read books. And 2 I felt would of flowed better for storm chase she had actually gotten her tornado in a field that’s it and show she over came tornado fear while still taking the beauty of Mother Nature…. sorry I’m just so annoyed at all the things left open that are touched on then not.

3/5 stars this book could of been higher and loved it but so many flaws.

~~~~JUSTIN 3/5 stars

WWW – Wednesday Readings

Hello, again! I’m back to post about my awesome Wednesday happenings. Well, in the sense of what I am reading, what I recently finished, and what I plan on reading next. For the month of January, I’ve actually been doing really well with reading, in my opinion. I’ll most likely finish the month with reading five books and for many people, that may not seem like a lot. But for me, it definitely is, considering I usually only read one to two books a month.

Anywho, below is my WWW – Wednesday Readings!

What books am I currently reading?



An interesting fact about me (well, I think it’s interesting): Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card is the first young adult biography I’ve read. It’s very interesting so far; definitely an enjoyable read!

What book did I recently finish?


Trust me on this: The Queen’s Rising is not a book you are going to want to miss. It was a wonderful and fast read and I was drawn into the world from page one. My review will be posted soon, but make sure this book is on your TBR radar!

What book do I plan on reading next?


What books are you currently reading or hope to read next?

In case you missed it, I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jaime Questell, the author of By a Charm and a Curse, which hits shelves February 6. I loved the book, so I definitely recommend it. If you would like to read about the interview, you can check it out here.

Thank you all, fellow book lovers!

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s been a great week so far and I have an awesome post coming tomorrow, so keep a look out for that!

Anywho, this is my first time participating in the Top Ten Tuesday. Has anyone else participated? I’m super excited! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. That Artsy Reader Girl has currently listed some of the upcoming themes for Top Ten Tuesday. I highly recommend checking them out!

The topic for Tuesday, January 23, is: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About. I have so many books I have read (and haven’t read) so I had to go through my library and look at some of the books I remember liking, but had trouble remembering the events that happened.

Here are the top ten books on my list. I hope to one day re-read them, but we’ll see if that actually does happen (not a big fan of re-reading books, but you never know!).

1. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine


2. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Canterbury Tales

3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess

4. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key

5. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Mila 2.0

6. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush Hush

7. City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster


8. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


9. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


10. Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz


What are some books you absolutely loved but can’t remember much of the events that took place?

Happy Reading!


Wednesday Readings – WWW

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I enjoyed spending the time with my family and reading in front of the fire place…when I had time to myself. I have family still in town so I won’t be posting much this week, or reading for that matter. But I did have enough time to squeeze in the three WWW’s: What I am currently reading, what I recently finished, and what I plan on reading next. I changed the name so our awesome readers do not get confused with the other Waiting on Wednesday posts created by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

What am I currently reading?

Cruel Prince

This book is so. Freaking. Good. I’m a little over half way through (I’d hoped to be done reading The Cruel Prince by now but not everything goes as planned), and I am just loving the characters and faerie aspect. Holly Black sure knows how to weave a wonderful tale!


I recently started By a Charm and a Curse. I’m not too far into the story but I know I will be by the end of today. This book pulls you into a unique carnival setting, and I can’t wait to see what happens to the characters.

What book did I recently finish?


Everless comes out next month, and this is a must-read. If this book is not on your TBR list, it needs to be! Everless was such an excellent read, with a unique build-up and setting. Sara Holland did a fantastic job with building suspense, and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!

What book do I plan on reading next?


The Hazel Wood has been on my TBR list since June, so I am excited to enter this fantastical world and see what Melissa Albert has in store for her readers. Plus, the cover is just GORGEOUS! I am all about fairy tales and myths, so this book is definitely right up my alley.

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I hope you all have a great week and Happy New Year!

♥ Nikole

Darker by E.L. James

Ahh yes that’s right it’s another fifty shades book ;). 50/50 split for people a lot are saying nooooo my eyes. Take example my friend jennifer and her doggie blogger Bella from a Bella faerie tale she will be like my eyes noooo!! While I’m here yes yes yes. But going in I waited 2.5 years for this book that’s a life time in book years atleast though not GOT author who takes almost 5-10 years. But this is book 2 from christians pov. The first book left a tad later than Anastasia’s pov which I find oddly interesting. One thing going for book one was big gaps between Anastasia and Christians so was like reading a whole new book, unlike where I will say not going into much detail it is his pov for second but but to the extreme sounded like reading book 2 over again like i was Anastasia than Christian. Also like most shade books the writing is not very good but gotta love it for what it is I think if still are reading you knew this already. But some of the things I still loved is when Christian is not with Ana can see what he does he compassionate, besides so demanding. But get to see the scenes that we didn’t froms Ana’s like the fight with mrs Lincoln at christians party to Leila. But yea over all 4/5 stars since I can’t get enough but hoping last book isn’t 3 years away like book 1 to 2 was.

4/5 stars ~~~~ JUSTIN