Weekly Wrap || August 17th

Weekly Wrap

How are we over halfway through August already? Somehow, this is worse than summer break ending, because this is the first summer I won’t go back to school at the end of, and WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?

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Friday for Funsies || How to Survive a Book Blogging Slump

Friday for Funsies

It’s a terrifying fact of book blogging that eventually, the slump comes for us all. It tends to sneak up right when you’re teetering on the edge of burnout, and then…IT PUSHES YOU RIGHT OVER THE EDGE.

I say this from the bottom of the blogging slump pit. I know. I’ve been there. And because I’m climbing out of it, I figure I might as well share my words of wisdom along the way.

At least, I think they’re wise. But how about you be the judge of that?

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Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

“I knew you then, I know you now, I shall know you again when you come home.”

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The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways. 

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

3.5 STARS

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Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

“The ocean never gave gifts without expecting something in return, it was said, and Thalos was a hungry god.”

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For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

EXPECTED AUGUST 27, 2019

3.5 STARS

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“Sometimes you do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

5 STARS

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The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

“The world was never as simple as you wanted to believe it was.”

The Darkest Legacy Cover

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Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume “Zu” Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.

Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn’t trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country’s recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.

4.5 STARS

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The Darkest Minds Series Mini Reviews

It’s been a while since I read The Darkest Minds series, which holds a special place in my heart, and now that the movie’s been out for a year (and I still haven’t seen it, not that I’ve heard…great things?), I figure it’s time to celebrate with a string of reviews!

Reviews, but MINI, which I have not done before. Should be exciting! And let’s say…I have 300 words per book. Make it extra mini compared to my usual 800+ word reviews.

Nothing gets me excited like a challenge, even a self-imposed one. So let’s hop to it!

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Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

“I’m hoping. I’m trusting. That’s not a lie. It’s a leap of faith.”

Once & Future Cover

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I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

3.5 STARS

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