June Haul & Wrap-up

This month looks like a bit of a doozy, but I’m actually proud to announce that I set myself a goal of only purchasing ebooks that were on sale, and BOTM books… and I succeeded! Well, almost. June Wrap-Up The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan (review) ★★★★☆ Thirteen Chairs – Dave Shelton (review) ★★★★☆ What I […]

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Book Beginnings: Final Girls

The forest had claws and teeth.

All those rocks and thorns and branches bit at Quincy as she ran screaming through the woods. But she didn’t stop. Not when rocks dug into the soles of her bare feet. Not when a whip-thin branch lashed her face and a line of blood streaked down her cheek.

Stopping wasn’t an option. To stop was to die.

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Now I Rise – Kiersten White (ARC Review)

“They had nothing better, nowhere else to go. They were loyal to her, and to the hope that perhaps she would find them a place in the world.”

After leaving Mehmed’s side to carve out her own path to the throne of Wallachia, Lada Dracul finds herself without allies, assistance, or power to speak of, besides the loyalty of her men. When she finds that Mehmed has not been entirely honest or beneficial to her cause, Lada’s rage encourages her to finally embrace the cruelty of her nature and to seek out the throne via any means necessary.

Meanwhile, Radu helps Mehmed plot to overtake Constantinople, but the waters become muddied when Radu is sent into the city as a spy and begins to second-guess his own motives as well as the sultan’s. Will Radu’s love for his childhood friend be enough, or must he, too, find his own way?

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Book Beginnings: A Darker Shade of Magic

* Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader, where every Friday, bloggers post the first sentence (or few sentences) of their current read, as well as their first impressions of the book! *

This week, I’ll be highlighting one of my current reads, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

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Liebster Award #1

First, huge thank you to Cheeky Booky for nominating me in her post! She actually tagged me earlier this month, but I somehow missed it until recently, and as soon as I realized I hadn’t passed it on, I knew I had to right away! I’ll be answering the questions she came up with, of course.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

This is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s challenge is Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start But Haven’t!

This one is pretty self-explanatory, and as a reader with a TBR pile that has been slowly burying me alive for most of my teen and adult life, this one should be a breeze. I didn’t want today’s post to just be a basic numbered list, because I feel like you guys deserve more information than that. 😉 So, I’m going to also give you a quick rundown of when the series began, how many books are currently in it, and if it has been completed!

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The Waking Land – Callie Bates (ARC Review)

At five years old, Elanna Valtai is seized from her family at gunpoint and kidnapped by a powerful king who raises her as his own, in his palace, under one condition: her father is never to come and reclaim her. In her home land of Caeris, Elanna was loved and doted upon, warmly welcomed for her natural inclination to magic; in the royal city of Laon, however, despite the king’s growing affections for her, she is subjected to prejudices for her darker skin, her Caerisian blood, and her family name. Worst of all, she must hide her magic at all costs, for the witch hunters would surely execute her if they found out her blood could wake the stones and the earth, and bring forth spirits of ancestors past.

When the king is poisoned and his daughter takes her place as Queen, she accuses Elanna of regicide, and thus begins an adventure that leaves Elanna running for her life – right into the arms of the family she was stolen from. They’ve got big plans for her and her magic, but will she be able to leave behind the life the kingdom gave her?

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