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The ABC Book Challenge – H

Hey, everyone! Welcome back to another ABC Book Challenge post. I decided to do this to add more variety to the blog and also because it looked incredibly fun (and so far, it is!). Once again, thank you to Sofii @A Book. A Thought. for introducing this tag to me, and for her support. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already!

Here’s the challenge: Every week (though I have not strictly been following this, haaaa), I’ll have a post sharing my most favorite titles as well as those on my current TBR list that start with the corresponding letter. (For weird letters like Q, X, and Z, I might have to bend the rules a little and just have those letters somewhere in the title, but we’ll see.)

This week is the letter H!

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WWW Wednesday – 2.13.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Things have been busy, so here’s an update!

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Book Review: A Dangerous Collaboration

a dangerous collaboration

Title: A Dangerous Collaboration
Author:
 Deanna Raybourn
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Version: ARC – eBook
Page Count: 336
Publisher: Berkley
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Victorian setting, Sex-positive protagonist
Recommended Readers: Anyone who wants to start reading mystery
Rating: ★★★★★

Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The mystery and adventure continue with A Dangerous Collaboration, the fourth novel in the Veronica Speedwell series. It’s rare to find a series that maintains its charm, fun, intrigue, and accessibility, but Deanna Raybourn has done exactly that. I love that I gave this series and new author (for me) a chance.

After the almost-revelation that Veronica and Stoker had in A Treacherous Curse, Veronica takes a few months to go on her own excursion without Stoker. When she returns, she finds she’s struggling with dissatisfaction, and there’s a distance between her and Stoker that she doesn’t like but doesn’t know how to bridge.

Her slump is broken with the arrival of Tiberius, Stoker’s half-brother and the Lord Templeton-Vane, who invites Veronica to attend Lord Malcolm Romilly’s house party with him on a remote island off the tip of Cornwall. Sensing a new adventure, Veronica jumps at the chance, even as Tiberius convinces her to pose as his fiancée, to Stoker’s annoyance (oh, hello, trope I absolutely love with all my heart). But there’s more behind this invitation than just a house party, and Veronica and Stoker find themselves investigating the party-goers and their connection to Rosamund, Romilly’s missing wife who disappeared from her own wedding three years ago.

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Book Review: The Night Tiger

the night tiger

Title: The Night Tiger
Author:
 Yangsze Choo
Genre: Historical Fiction/Magical Realism
Version: ARC – Paperback
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Malaysian/Chinese characters and culture
Recommended Readers: Fans of rich settings, diverse characters, and a dash of the superstitious
Rating: ★★★★★

Both my roommate and I received ARCs of The Night Tiger, one an ebook from NetGalley and one a beautiful paperback edition from the publisher, so thank you both for each of these. This review is given in exchange and is my honest and true opinion.

Mark down Yangsze Choo as officially being one of my favorite authors. It’s unfair how wonderful her sophomore novel, The Night Tiger, is—or it would be, if it weren’t so apparent how much time, care, and hard work Choo put into her story. While I’ll go on record to say that her first book, The Ghost Bride, is my favorite of the two, there’s no denying how much I enjoyed The Night Tiger. It’s a book that will stay with me. Her style in particular is that perfect blend of historical fiction and magical realism that I love to death but is so hard to find, so this is definitely going on my favorites shelf.

The novel follows three protagonists: Ren, an 11-year-old Chinese houseboy; Ji Lin, a young woman who dreams of pursuing medicine but must work as a dressmaker and moonlight as a dancehall girl, both because of her gender and to pay off her mother’s high-interest Mahjong debts; and William, an Englishman with a murky past. Their fates and those of other characters collide as Ren attempts to fulfill the final request of his late master: locate his severed finger and reunite it with his body before 49 days are up, or his master’s spirit will roam the earth as a night tiger, unable to rest forever.

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Leigh Bardugo Book Tour + Book Haul

Hello, hello! I just won’t shut up this week, but a lot of things have been going on lately that I’d like to share with you guys.

First of all, this past Saturday, I went to the DeKalb County Public Library in Decatur, GA for Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars tour. This is the second time I’ve met Leigh, and she is just as gracious, beautiful, and funny as ever.

I had wanted to get there early to explore the library, especially when I learned it’s the most awarded library in the GA Pines system, but I’d taken the train to get there, and it was Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta, so things were both packed and a bit slow. But I got there in time to get in the signing line, get my copy of King of Scars, and go into the auditorium for the Q&A.

The room was small, the setting intimate, and it wasn’t long before Leigh came out, and everyone erupted in riotous cheering. There were even a few cosplayers, with an Inej cosplayer who was absolutely incredible, but I sadly didn’t get a picture. It’s always so awesome to see people support an author who truly deserves it.

The Q&A lasted for about 30 minutes, but it seemed to take no time at all as Leigh alternated asking questions from the audience with witchy humor and also drawing questions in a bucket people had written down because they were too shy to ask her (very cute).

Now, I’ll try to relay what was asked and her responses as best as I remember them. Keep in mind that I am paraphrasing, and this shouldn’t be considered an official interview or anything, but I thought people would like to know what was discussed.

Q: Can you tell us anything about the Grishaverse TV show on Netflix?

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WWW Wednesday – 2.6.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

New week, new me, let’s do this!

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February 2019 Book Releases

Welcome back to another post talking about the upcoming book releases I’m most excited for! This time, we’re covering February 2019. For being the shortest month of the year, February’s no slouch at bringing a plethora of releases, from a dark Cupid and Psyche myth retelling to a girl chasing her rap artist dreams in a new release from Angie Thomas.

It was really hard to choose my most anticipated February release, but here it is:

crown of feathers
Release Date: February 12 | Goodreads

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Why I Want to Read This: Well, let’s see. I love warrior queens, I love settings with oppressive Empires, and phoenixes are my favorite mythological creatures, even more so than dragons. It’s about time they get more of a spotlight outside of Harry Potter. I’m excited by how big these are going to be, given the whole Phoenix Riders thing, and I’m looking forward to how Nicki Pau Preto is going to redefine them. I’m honestly on board for the sister drama, too—how messy will it be? Also, the girl who disguises herself as a boy trope will never get old. Crown of Feathers seems to be everything I want.

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WWW Wednesday – 1.30.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Reading Challenge Update – January 2019

Hello, everyone! We’re all still hyped for the new year and our goal settings, and I am no exception. Honestly, I’m surprised, but so far, I’m getting a kick out of doing these reading challenges. Let’s see how I did this month:

The Five-Star Favs

illuminae
Finished: 1/3/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

Clocking in at 604 pages, Illuminae is told in various files such as mission reports, ship logs, IMs, interviews, and other formats, with civilian characters and civilians-conscripted-into-soldier characters on board a military warship as they attempt to escape annihilation from an enemy warship. In space. Talk about stressful. [Review]

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Book Review: Shadow of the Exile

books october 2018Title: Shadow of the Exile
Author:
 Mitchell Hogan
Genre: Fantasy
Version: ARC – ebook
Page Count: 491
Publisher: 47North
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Demon protagonist, driven female character
Recommended Readers: Fans of epic fantasy
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC of Shadow of the Exile by Mitchell Hogan in exchange for an honest review. And sorry this wasn’t sooner!

Tarrik Nal-Valim, a demon of the 37th order, is summoned from his exile in the Abyssal Realms to human lands by sorceress Serenity “Ren” Branwen. Ren is the daughter of Tarrik’s former master, who he’d come to trust, but now it appears he revealed all of Tarrik’s secrets for his daughter to enslave him once again to do her bidding. Ren instantly commands Tarrik to protect her from her enemies, while keeping her own goals shrouded in secrecy.

Tarrik hates Ren for enslaving him and vows to get free of her bindings as soon as he can, but his urgency grows when he discovers she’s part of the Nine, a group of deranged sorcerers who have been broken and compelled to free the worst and most powerful demon who ever lived, Samal. If Samal is freed, the human realm will be wiped out and the Abyssal Realms enslaved to his will, and Tarrik finds himself facing increasingly difficult choices, especially when Ren’s path appears to deviate from this goal.

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