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Reading Challenge Update – March 2019

Hey, everyone! Before I get into this reading challenge update, I wanted to thank everyone who has followed my blog recently. It’s so heartening to see, and I just want to express how happy I am about it every time. You guys are awesome!

This one’s going to be a little smaller because I was in a reading slump? Or something? It happens. I was also playing a lot of Yakuza Kiwami 2 and watching Queer Eye, so I honestly can’t be too mad about that. It was a good time.

The Great

Finished: 3/1/19 | Rating: ★★★★☆

Challenges met:

Wildcard still features the fictional AR game Warcross, though in a lesser capacity than in the first book, and the setting is still in Japan. And I know that the term “ugly” is subjective, but I’ve loathed this cover ever since it dropped, especially when compared to the first book’s. Sorry!

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Book Review: Beneath the Citadel

beneath the citadel
 Beneath the Citadel
 Destiny Soria
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Version: ARC – ebook
Page Count: 480
Publisher: Amulet Books
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Diverse, LGBTQA+ characters
Recommended Readers: Fans of ensemble casts, slower plots
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for offering this ARC in exchange for an honest review—and sorry for the lateness.

I loved Destiny Soria’s Iron Cast and was greatly looking forward to this book, but after finishing it… Iron Cast was better by far.

I’ve had a hard time determining if Beneath the Citadel just isn’t for me, or if it isn’t for me right now. Would I have enjoyed it more if I was in a better mood for it, or would my thoughts still be the same? Unfortunately, I have absolutely no urge to reread it to find out, but who knows? Maybe I will someday.

The novel takes place in the fictional city of Eldra, where infallible prophecies determine events and the fate of the people. The High Council rules with an iron fist, taking advantage of the gifts of rooks, diviners, seers, and sentients to prevent threats to their power. As a result, the last rebellion was crushed underfoot, leaving only their children as bitter survivors. Cassa, the daughter of rebels, seeks to expose the council’s corruption and overthrow them, and the key to doing so lies beneath the Citadel—but she and her friends have to break in and get there alive first.

Before I get more into the plot, let’s talk about my reactions to the characters.

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WWW Wednesday – 3.13.19

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?

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Most Anticipated Book Releases: October 2018

Guess who’s back (back again)?

Hey, everyone! I’m here with another most anticipated book releases post, this time for October 2018! There’s a lot of sequels coming out this month that I’m sad I can’t include on this list (like Muse of Nightmares) because I still haven’t read the first books. Gah! Mel, why are you this way?

Still, I managed to get together a good batch for this month, and I’m happy to announce my most anticipated book for October is…

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An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker just looks like a good time, honestly. When Lady Katherine’s father is killed for practicing Catholicism illegally, she vows to finish what he started, namely his treasonous involvement with a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I. Disguising herself as a boy, Katherine travels to London and sees her best chance to kill the queen by infiltrating Shakespeare’s latest play, which will be performed before Her Majesty. In truth, Toby Ellis is the mastermind behind this play’s performance. As a spy for the queen, he is using it to root out insurrectionists and quash the rebellion forever. But when Katherine and Toby are cast as the play’s leads, the more precarious their own positions and resolves become. Release date: October 23

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