Mini Book Reviews

Hello!

I Hope everyone is having a fantastic day! I’m a little behind on all my reviews and today i’m bringing you three mini reviews because finding the time to write a full blown review for every book I read is near impossible. Especially since I recently started a new job but it’s only part time so i’m still working part time at my previous job. I’m still trying to schedule and balance my two jobs, this blog and my pretty non-existent social life.

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S.T.A.G.S Book Review

There’s no point hunting if there’s no kill.

At St. Aidan the Great School, or S.T.A.G.S., new things–and new people–are to be avoided. Unfortunately, Greer MacDonald, token scholarship student, is very much a new person. She has just transferred to S.T.A.G.S., and finds herself ignored at best and mocked at worst by the school’s most admired circle of friends, the Medievals.

So imagine Greer’s surprise when this very group invites her to an exclusive weekend retreat at the private estate of the parents of their unofficial leader, Henry de Warlencourt. It’s billed as a weekend of “huntin’ shootin’ fishin’,” and rumor has it that the invitee who most impresses the group will be given the privilege of becoming a Medieval themselves.

As the weekend begins to take shape, however, it becomes apparent that beyond the luxurious trappings–the fancy clothes the maid lays out on Greer’s bed, the elaborate multi-course dinners held in the Great Hall–there are predators lurking, and they’re out for blood. . . .

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UnsolvedAThon Challenge

This is my first ever read-a-thon challenge and I’m so ready to see if I can actually complete it! Now I haven’t ever actually watched Buzzfeed Unsolved because I’m a big scardy cat and I believe in supernatural things but maybe I could try out the non supernatural episodes!

If you want to read the full rules and extras jump over to Laura’s page at The Book Corpse

She is the lovely creator of this challenge and she has put SO MUCH detail into it so go give her some love! She deserves it. All images were taken from her.

Rules

  • Pick an avatar to play as and that will determine your path through this “investigation”
  • Start at the first clue on the board and help solve the mystery (I.e read a book for every unsolved mystery prompt)
  • Once you complete each clue, advance until you have Solved the mystery! (The mystery goes from April 1-30th)
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Anticipated April Releases

It’s about to be the fourth month in the year A.K.A another month that amazing books are releasing! Compared to the last three months, I don’t find April to be heavily saturated with new releases but that just means that I might have a chance to read them and catch up on back listed titles.

*Hopeful Taylor is lying to herself because she knows this won’t happen

Regardless listed are the April releases that I am most excited for!

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Reign of the Fallen Book Review

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Publication date: January 23, 2018

Pages: 400

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

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Spectacle Book Review

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

Publication Date: 2-12-2019

Pages: 368

Genres: Mystery, Young Adult

Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019

I’m super excited to announce that I will be participating in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge of 2019 (YARC2019 for short).

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Image is taken from co-host Lily @Sprinklesofdreams

This amazing challenge is hosted by Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea, CW @ the Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads and they are all amazing bloggers so go follow them! 

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Foreign to You Book Review

Synopsis

The harmony between humans and fianna, a species of shape-shifting deer, begins to wither as racial tensions and deeply rooted resentment turns violent.

Ruthless hunter Finn Hail and prophesied liberator Adelaide may be heroes to their own species, but they are enemies to each other. With war on the horizon, the reluctant pair must team up to find the most elusive of prey: the god of the Forest.

As enemies press in from all sides, true intentions begin to show. For Finn to save the boy he cares for most, he might need to aim his gun at the very god he seeks. And Adelaide, with her festering hatred for mankind, will have to determine if peace holds true salvation for her people.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an ARC

Publication date: February 11, 2019

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Caraval Book Review

Synopsis

Remember, it’s only a game…

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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