Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/3 – 4/9

This past week was busy. So much stuff to get done, so little time. But I posted every day Monday through Friday straight last week, so I’m quite happy about that, even if I didn’t have the time over the weekend.

And then Easter was yesterday. To those who celebrate, Happy Easter!! 🐇🐣🧺🥚

But that’s enough about that. Let’s go over the past week.

Tuesday 4/4: Most Anticipated SFF Reads of 2023 Part #2

Last Tuesday, I finally got around to posting part two of my most anticipated new books for 2023. This was concerning the books releasing in April, May, and June. I ended up with a list of about five novels that I was moderately to extremely excited for, three of which that I’m definitely going to read.

My Most Anticipated SFF Reads from Months 4, 5, & 6 of 2023

Wednesday 4/5: WWW Wednesday

Wednesday I did my usual WWW Wednesday post. WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday 4/5

Thursday 4/6: Spell Bound Review

Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens

On Thursday I posted my review for Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens, an LGBTQIA+, YA urban fantasy. I rated it ★★✯☆☆.

My review for Spell Bound

Friday 4/7: First Line Fridays

Last Friday I participated in First Line Fridays again. It was something that I, unfortunately, was not able to do the week before (because I was sick). First Line Fridays is a weekly feature formerly hosted by Wandering Words.

First Line Friday #9

Sunday 4/9: Easter 🐇🐣

Yesterday I didn’t have time to post (or do anything else not related to Egg Day). But I wanted to wish those who do celebrate it a late Happy Easter!

Books That I Read Last Week

Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

Goals for 4/10 – 4/16

I just want to keep up with everything like I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. I’m really happy with what I’ve been able to post on the blog, and get done with the rest of my life outside of the blog.

I do want to do more than one book review this week though. That’s like, the main disappointment I had for myself with last week, I would’ve liked to get at least one more book review out.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day/night!

See ya ~Mar

“Spell Bound” by F.T. Lukens: Book Review

I bit my lip. “You could see me?”

Sun nodded. They reached out for me, took my hand in theirs, laced our fingers. “Since the beginning.”

Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens

Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens

LENGTH: 336 pages

GENRES: Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Romance, YA, Fiction

PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books

RELEASE DATE: 4 April 2023


Two rival apprentice sorcerers must team up to save their teachers and protect their own magic in this lively young adult romantic adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of In Deeper Waters and So This Is Ever After.

Edison Rooker isn’t sure what to expect when he enters the office of Antonia Hex, the powerful sorceress who runs a call center for magical emergencies. He doesn’t have much experience with hexes or curses. Heck, he doesn’t even have magic. But he does have a plan—to regain the access to the magical world he lost when his grandmother passed.

Antonia is… intimidating, but she gives him a job and a new name — Rook — both of which he’s happy to accept. Now all Rook has to do is keep his Spell Binder, an illegal magical detection device, hidden from the Magical Consortium. And contend with Sun, the grumpy and annoyingly cute apprentice to Antonia’s rival colleague, Fable. But dealing with competition isn’t so bad; as Sun seems to pop up more and more, Rook minds less and less.

But when the Consortium gets wind of Rook’s Spell Binder, they come for Antonia. All alone, Rook runs to the only other magical person he knows: Sun. Except Fable has also been attacked, and now Rook and Sun have no choice but to work together to get their mentors back… or face losing their magic forever.

My Verdict

This book was pretty good. It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped – or even had been hyped up – but it was a mostly enjoyable read. Though I must admit that I preferred Lukens other novel that I read, In Deeper Waters.

The characters were the highlight of the book, and it would’ve been a problem if they weren’t, as this is a very character-focused story. Rook is a wonderful MC – smart, sassy, and horribly kind. Best friend material right here, folks! And did I mention that he’s also a genius who finished high school early? Lucky!

Sun is the more relatable of the two protagonists, fore at least. Quiet, socially awkward, prickly, and averse to physical contact. Honey, believe me when I say I get you. They’ve also got a super sweet and gooey interior that they’re afraid to show, and they’re just as kind and as passionate about magic as Rook is.

“I don’t know how your mentors stood it,” Mavis said, leaving in the doorway.

“Stood what?” I asked.

“The crackling tension between you two. I’ve known you two days and I don’t know how you two exist in the same space without kissing. It’s like watching a rom-com.”

Rook and Sun’s relationship was also a very sweet, slow-burn. I don’t much care for the puzzle piece analogy to romance, but these two really did fit together perfectly.

Antonia and Fable also had an… interesting friendship. I do kinda wish the book touched on their relationship more, but I understand that this was primarily Rook and Sun’s story.

Moving on from the (admittedly very well written) romantic relationships, I really liked Rook and Antonia’s familial bonding. Rook is lost and hurting from the death of his grandmother, and Antonia is still mourning her last apprentice, though it has been many years since. These two were exactly what each other needed, and I love how Antonia is basically like Rook’s eccentric and sassy older sister.

“You,” I said.

Sun looked at me and grinned. “Me,” they replied.

Sooo… Even though I really liked this book as a whole, there was some stuff about Spell Bound that I didn’t care for. Look no further than this above quote for an example. This specific interaction happens between the two main characters around six times throughout the novel. I realize the author thought that it was cute and clever, but I mostly found it annoying. I honestly don’t know why.

It also irked me that the plot didn’t really feel like it started until about 50% of the way through. Like, stuff happened before that, but it also felt for the sake of establishing characters and character interaction. And half the book to get to the main conflict is way too long.

But once that got going, the book was fine, for the most part. I didn’t find the ending to be a very realistic resolution – it reminded me of The House in the Cerulean Sea’s ending and that of When Life Gives You Vampires, neither of which I cared for all that much. But it was optimistic, which is something that I can always appreciate.

And the plot had some really great points, too! Like animal transformations, specifically that of the cat variety. Now, any book with a cat in it immediately gets at least an extra quarter star, but this one has one of our precious MCs turn into one. And it’s the best third of the book, honestly. The (platonic) bonding was amazing.

I knew where I belonged.

So yeah, Spell Bound was a pretty fun adventure about found family, love, and magic, in unexpected places. (Wait. I’ve seen that before somewhere!)

It’s a fun YA romp, and I highly recommend it to those who love fantasy, and in particular, LGBTQIA fantasy. F.T. Lukens really does write these genres well.

Thanks so much for reading, and have an awesome day/night!

See ya ~Mar

WWW Wednesday 4/5

Okay. So I’m not on as much of a reading roll as I was last week. But that’s only cuz I’ve been anticipating a release for a bit, and for whatever stupid reason, I can really only read one book at a time. So I’ve been holding off. But now that release is here, so I’m back on the books!

WWW Wednesday is a meme that used to be hosted at A Daily Rhythm, but has been taken over by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Now, without further ado, let’s get into the 3 Ws!

The 3 Ws of WWW Wednesday:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Thing I’m Currently Reading

Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens

Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens


CURRENT FEELS: 🤩 (loving it)

The Thing I Just Finished Reading

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

My review of The House in the Cerulean Sea

The Thing(s) I Might Read Next

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher Paolini


The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

What books have you been reading lately? What have you thought of them? Do we have any overlap?

Thanks for reading and have a great day/night!

See ya ~Mar