Book Review: Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

Wolf Gone Wild (Stay a Spell #1)
Pub Date: 14 January 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Panda Rating:

(3.5 pandas)


What’s the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf? Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he’s cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.

​Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rules of her coven–no werewolves. They’re known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls into the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she’s ready to bounce him through the door. But the desperation in his eyes when he begs her to help him softens her heart and convinces her to bend the rules.

​What Evie doesn’t know is that Mateo’s wolf has a mind of his own. And now that she’s in his sights, he wants only one thing. Her.


Kidnapping, torture

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Thanksgiving Book Tag

So… I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving and I know the holiday has come and gone but I saw this tag on Chris‘s blog and it looked like a fun one to do so I thought, why not? Now here we are! 😂 Let’s get straight into it.

This is an original book tag by Anna’s Book Nook.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Give credit to the author (Annasbooknook)
  • Answer the prompts
  • Tag others if you desire!

1) Friends and Family: A book with characters that feel like family

Okay, not to “steal” the same answer as Chris but… The characters in The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee will never not be the first I think of for prompts like this. They’re still on my mind all the time and the clan artwork is still my wallpaper and screensaver now. I don’t think I’ll be changing it anytime soon either! 😂

2) Fallen Leaves: A book that fell flat (didn’t meet your expectations)

Daughter of the Moon Goddess
by Sue Lynn Tan

Hello and welcome to my unpopular opinion time! Listen, I’m just as disappointed as everyone else when I say that I didn’t love this like I thought I would. Even though the writing was gorgeous and the world-building stunning, there was something about the story that prevented me from fully connecting to it and the characters. Not to mention that bloody love triangle! Please, no. 😮‍💨

3) Thanksgiving Dinner: A book you want to read every year during this season

I’ve been bingeing the Stay a Spell Series by Juliette Cross and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourite series. The first book was a rocky start but I’m so glad that I kept reading as every book after has gotten better. I’m currently on book four and loving it with every bone in my body. No, seriously. I am! I don’t reread much but I’d definitely reread this series.

4) Turkey: A book with a bird in it

The Astonishing Color of After
by Emily X.R. Pan

This is the first book I thought of. I read it a couple of years ago but I still think about it every now and then. It’s a beautifully written book about grief and well worth the read!

5) Ham: A book that made your eyes glaze over (boring)

A Ghost in Shining Armor
by Therese Beharrie

Another one I was sad to not love… Friends, I really tried. I don’t know if it was just my mood but it was not doing a thing for me! It sent me to sleep several times and I never made any progress… I haven’t fully decided whether to DNF or not but I’ve put it down for now and might come back to it later (probs not though).

6) Dinner Rolls: A book that melted your heart and made you feel warm

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
by Megan Bannen

I mean, I loved this book so much that I ended up writing an “essay” review because I had so much to gush about? Love love love. 💜 I will always recommend this weirdly macabre yet beautifully heartwarming romance!

7) Mashed Potatoes: A book with a white cover

You’ll Be the Death of Me
by Karen M. McManus

I love these editions of McManus’ books! I also love that these ones all have sprayed edges that match the cover text. The bonus is that I really enjoyed this thriller/mystery. 😍

8) Gravy: A book you’re not totally sure why you love, but you do

Normal People
by Sally Rooney

Okay, I had a hard time finding a book for this prompt cos I usually know why I love the books I love?

But this took me on such a journey even after I finished reading it and I can’t properly explain in a way that people will probably understand why I love it so much. It hurt and it was hard to read and I hated it sometimes but I also forking loved it and it’s on my top books list and it’s not moving. So, yeah, lol. 🤷🏻‍♀️

9) Pumpkin Pie: A dessert book that you love

Battle Royal
by Lucy Parker

I’m taking this prompt literally because this book made me so hungry for something sweet! Gimme all the cupcakes, cakes, pastries, cookies, and boozy treats, please. This rivals-to-lovers romance was super satisfying as well! 😍

Bonus: Black Friday – Top 5 books on your “I want to buy them” list

I think my problem is quite common among my fellow book lovers and it’s that I can only choose five books? 😂 But I did it…

And that’s all from me, folks! I won’t tag anyone but if you want to do the tag, feel free to grab it and link back so I can see your answers (gimme tea)! 😃

#FirstLinesFriday: 25 November 2022

Happy Friday book lovers! We’re back with another First Lines Friday, a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? Here are the rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!
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Birthstone Book Covers: November Topaz Edition!

Hello friends, I’m back today with another month’s edition for The Birthstone Book Covers series created by one of my favourites, Leslie. She created this at the start of 2022 and was born out of her curiosity about birthstone colours. It’s a fun way to show different book covers/titles corresponding to that month’s birthstone.

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Life in Books Book Tag!

Hello, friends! I’m back with another tag today and it’s the Life in Books Book Tag! I apparently bookmarked this tag over a year ago (haha) when I saw it on Georgia @Lost in Neverland‘s blog. I was looking for a simple but fun tag to do and this one qualified so, without further ado, let’s get to it!

Also, no one seems to know who the OG creator of this tag is but if you do, please leave a comment below and I’ll add the info! 😃

Find a book for each of your initials

My initials might surprise some because my full name is quite long and complicated and I much prefer my nickname, Dini, to it. But for this prompt let’s stick to my full initials: MSK.


Maggie Moves On
by Lucy Score


by Sara Alfageeh


by Octavia Butler

Count your age along your bookshelf—what book is it?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I feel like this is a book I talk about a lot or at least I always recommend it in my lists. It’s an exquisitely written piece of literary fiction and although I’m not big on magical realism, this book absolutely stole my heart!

Name a book set in your city/country?

Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto

I recently read this book and it’s the first mainstream trad-published YA book written by an Indonesian author set in Indonesia. I loved it! 💜 This was set in Jakarta (the city I live in) and Bali (the island my family is from)!

Name a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Well, I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say this book represents Alaska, but it’s a destination that I’d definitely love to travel to. I know, these books definitely romanticise it a lot but still, I’m curious!

Name your favourite childhood book

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I had a lot of favourites as a kid but I loved the magical whimsy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was obsessed with finding a golden ticket and I wanted so bad to go to Willy Wonka’s factory despite knowing it didn’t actually exist! 😂

Name a book that’s your favourite colour

To Hate Adam Connor by Ella Maise

Purple is my favourite colour though I’m a sucker for the lilac, pastel purple, and lavender shades.

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Sweet Valley Series by Francine Pascal

I have so many fond memories of reading so many different Sweet Valley books growing up. Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley Junior High to University, Special Editions, Thriller Editions, Super Editions, I gobbled it all up and I could not get enough of these twins, their friends and the incessant drama!

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

William Shakespeare 😭

This was a tough prompt so I went with something that I read ages ago but would most likely still be relevant now. I gotta be honest, I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan because I struggle to get through these books without a guide and even then, it’s a struggle…

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Not only is it the longest book on my TBR at close to 1,500 pages but it is also one of the books with the smallest text and that more than anything has put me off reading it. I don’t know when I don’t know how but I will tackle this book one day and I will feel bloody brilliant when I finish it! 😂

I won’t be tagging anyone but if you’re interested to do this tag, feel free to link back so I can read your answers! Have you read any of these books and if you have, do you have similar thoughts about any of them? Are any of these on your TBR?