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Monthly Roundup: August 2018

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And another month has come and gone! Sometimes I feel like I get the most reading done during my busiest months? I don't know how that works because it seems like a paradox, but maybe my mind just needs to chill more when I'm busier.

Anyway! In August I read ELEVEN books!

Your Soul is a River - Nikita Gill (5 stars)Red Sister - Mark Lawrence (4.5 stars)Meet Cute - Various Authors (4 stars)The Rogue Not Taken - Sarah McLean (4 stars)Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik (5 stars)Wicked and the Wallflower - Sarah McLean (3 stars)Because You Love To Hate Me - Various Authors (2 stars)Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce (4.5 stars) [reread]In The Hands of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce (4.5 stars) [reread]The Woman Who Rides Like A Man - Tamora Pierce (4.5 stars) [reread]Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce (4.5 stars) [reread]
So, first of all, I reread one of my FAVORITE series from when I was younger, The Song Of The Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce. I have to say it held up really wel…

Monthly Roundup: July 2018

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July has come and gone! It was a busy and slow month for me, reading-wise. I only read 5 books!

Outrun the Wind - Elizabeth Tammi (3.5 stars)The Princess in Black - Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (3.5 stars)Lifelike - Jay Kristoff (4.5 stars)Circe - Madeline Miller (4.5 stars)You Are A Badass - Jen Sincero (4 stars)
The last three books of the month were really good. I buddy read Lifelike and Circe with a friend and they were great to read along with someone else! Badass was a really good boost and motivator and just what I needed to read right now!
I started a lot of books in July, but haven't finished them yet, or finished them in the last couple days (so they don't count for July).
On my August TBR... So many books! Seriously! I've got some great ones on hold at the library, plus a few interesting ARCs to read. Looking forward most to Foundaryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. A seriously amazing author (Brandon Sanderson blurbed him soooooooo you know it's good).
What did…

Series Review: The Raven Cycle

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


Books in the Series
The Raven Boys
The Dream Thieves
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven King


First Book Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things bu…

Monthly Roundup: June 2018

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June was a bit slow in terms of books. I feel like June went by SO FAST but I was so busy I didn't get that much reading done. I mean, I still read 5 books (though one is technically a novella that I read in a day), so that's not nothing, but I definitely felt like my momentum from the previous months waned.
The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton (5 stars)Beneath a Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire (4 stars)The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars)Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater (4 stars)The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater (3.5 stars)Geekerella - Ashley Poston (4 stars)
So first off, the Queens of Innis Lear was stunning. I did a buddy read and it was perfect! It's definitely going on my top books of 2018. You can read more on my full review, linked in the title above. Sugar Sky was the third novella in a series, and again some beautiful writing. I finished the Raven Cycle series and it was so good and unique. Look for a review of the series coming soon! And Geeke…

Geekerella

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston


Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels m…

The Queens of Innis Lear

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The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton


Synopsis (from Goodreads)
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.
The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Regan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.
Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.

Review
Holy. Freaking. Crap. THIS BOOK.  I just loved i…

Most Anticipated Books 2018 - Part Two!

Alright! We're almost halfway through 2018! In January I posted about which books I was looking forward to the first half of the year. I think for future posts like this I'm going to break it down into overlapping thirds because it's hard to know what books are coming out more than six months ahead.

What books are you looking forward to? Tell me in the comments!


June

Sweet Black Waves - Kristina PĂ©rez
June 5
A retelling of Tristan and Isolde!

Rage (Stormheart #2) - Cora Carmack
June 11
The sequel to Roar, second book in the trilogy!

A Reaper At The Gates (Ember #3) - Sabaa Tahir
June 12
The third book in the Ember in the Ashes series


July

Calculating Stars - Mary Robinette Rowal
July 3
Elma York dreams of being the first Lady Astronaut.

Spinning Silver - Naomi Novak
10 July
A unique retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

The Supervillain and Me - Danielle Banas
July 10
This seems like a fun twist on the superhero genre!

Contagion - Erin Bowman
July 24
I loved Bowman's Western Vengeance Road, a…
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