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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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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…

books october 2018

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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