September 2019 Reading Wrap-up

Hear me out, posting a late wrap-up post is better than not posting one at all. As the first quarter of the school year wrapped up for me I found myself drowning in tests, essays, and suddenly I realized I never had time to post my September Reading Wrap-up. Enter all of my shame here.

However, as I said before, a late wrap-up is better than never! I read some amazing books in September, including two books that I would even consider to be my favorite reads of 2019! So… here are all the books I read in September 2019:

  • Match Me if You Can by Tiana Smith 3.5/5 stars
  • Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka 5/5 stars
  • The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey 3/5 stars
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller 2.5/5 stars
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord 5/5 stars
  • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim 3.5/5 stars
  • The Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Fischer Richardson 4/5 stars

 

Total Pages Read: 2,311

 

Favorite Read of the Month:

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Least Favorite Read of the Month:

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And friends, just like that, It’s October aka SPOOKY SEASON. I hope you all have a wonderful October, I hope the weather is blissfully cool and you’re able to read all of the thrillers and mysteries you want.

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Blog Tour Review: The Speed of Falling Objects

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UGCvVqmgAuthor: Nancy Richardson Fischer

Publisher: InkYard Press

Genre: YA contemporary

Release Date: 10.01.19

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:
“Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She’s certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. If only she were more―more athletic, charismatic, attractive―life would be perfect.

When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she’s not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships and falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home.”

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About the Author

in4Xe1dQI’m a published author with children’s, teen and adult titles including: The GoldenGlobe, Lyric’s World and Promises (Junior Jedi Knights Trilogy) for LucasFilm(Berkeley Press), Feel No Fear, The Power, Passion and Politics of a Life inGymnastics (Hyperion), Monica: From Fear to Victory (HarperCollins), A Journey:The Autobiography of Apolo Anton Ohno (Simon & Schuster), Nadia Comaneci:Letters to a Young Gymnast (Basic Books), and Winning Every Day with ShannonMiller (Bantam Books).I’ve written for a circus, a graduate school, tried my hand at waitressing (I wasterrible!), baking carrot cakes (I was messy but good!), and been lucky enough toultimately do what I love-write.I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and our mostly wonderful (butsometimes vorpal) Vizsla. When I’m not conjuring a story, I loveto kite-board, bike,ski or plan adventures with my two guys, who both make me laugh for differentreasons and are the best partners in fun a gal could ever imagine.

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Thank you to InkYard Press and Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me on this tour and providing me with a copy of The Speed of Falling Objects in exchange for an honest review! You can check out the tour schedule HERE and read more reviews, interviews, and quotes from all the books included in this tour

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Review

How do I even begin to talk about this book?!? It was a beautiful and emotional story that had me hooked from the first page. I was so addicted to this story that I sat down after my classes were over one day and just binge read it in almost one sitting. I just couldn’t help myself. Why should I be worried about my homework when I could be devouring a book as good as this one?

I really enjoyed how quirky our protagonist, Danny, was in this story! I’ve never read a story with a blind (or partially blind) character and seeing that rep was interesting. In the beginning I struggled to connect with her BUT the character development she got during this story was phenomenal! It was obvious how much she had changed by the end of the story, which made me love her so much more.

The adventure in this story was addicting. The author clearly did tons of research for this book and it showed. Her lush and dangerous setting felt as terrifying as they should. I couldn’t help but want to be in the forest cheering for Danny and all her companions to escape. The fast-paced writing style and unique setting made for an interesting and well written tale.

Overall I had a great time reading this book. The characters were unique, the plot was easy to be immersed into, and the story packed a powerful emotional punch. If you’re looking for a story of survival and character growth that’ll keep you reading you should pick this one up!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Lucky Ones

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Waiting on Wednesdayis a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that is all about sharing and putting a spotlight on upcoming unreleased books that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. My TBR pile is overrun with books that haven’t been released yet, but my choice for this week that I’m specifically looking forward to is…

 

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

(04/07/20 from Delacorte Press)

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Synopsis:

“May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.

Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.

Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.”

This book sounds heartbreaking and beautiful. I’m very intrigued by the synopsis, beautiful cover, and I’m majorly looking forward to getting into the story as soon as I can.

Check this book out on Goodreads!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall 2019 TBR

TTTHappy Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a “meme” hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, every week there’s a new bookish theme and this week I’m listing the Books on my Fall 2019 TBR

 

  1. The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

40864907“Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species–formerly extinct–roam free.

Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.

But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty–and what it truly means to be human”

 

2. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

42133479. sx318 “Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.”

 

3. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

42201395“All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.”

 

4. Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith

34993791Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever? ”

 

5. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

30075662. sy475 “The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.”

 

6. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

12812550“Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?”

 

7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

28449207. sy475 The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.”

 

8. Roar by Cora Carmack

29939048“In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.”

 

9. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

42815556“Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.”

 

10. Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

43558747Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her? ”

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Heart so Fierce and Broken

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that is all about sharing and putting a spotlight on upcoming unreleased books that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. My TBR pile is overrun with books that haven’t been released yet, but my choice for this week that I’m specifically looking forward to is…

 

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

(01/07/20 from Bloomsbury YA)

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Synopsis:

“The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom. 
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.”

I read and loved A Curse so Dark and Lonely this year and I CANNOT wait to get my hands on the sequel! It is easily one of my most anticipated 2020 releases and I am beyond excited to see how all of my favorite characters are doing!

Check this book out on Goodreads!

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Book Review: The Library of Lost Things

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Author: Laura Taylor Namey

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Genre: YA contemporary

Release Date: 10/08/19

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis:

“From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.

While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.

Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.”

 

The hardest reviews to write will always be books I felt just “meh” about. You know what I’m talking about… the books that aren’t bad but aren’t good either. Unfortunately, The Library of Lost Things was one of those books for me. Rating it was difficult, and trying to cohesively describe why I didn’t love this book was even worse. I had a lot of hope for this story so I am kind of disappointed. But, at the same time it wasn’t a bad story! I can see how some people would love it even if it wasn’t the story for me.

Reasons I did enjoy this book:

  • The representation of hoarding was very interesting to me! I’ve never read a book that included that topic before and I thought this story handled it well.
  • I loved how Darcy’s best friend’s family was also kinda her family. Seeing “found families” in books always give me the fuzzies.
  • The bookstore that Darcy worked at was atmospheric. I had a lot of fun exploring that store and trying to set up the atmosphere in my head.
  • The writing is beautiful. All the settings and feelings come across so vividly. I felt transported into Darcy’s world of bonfires, bookstores, and boys!
  • I liked how quirky and unique this story was! The characters (and the settings) were all interesting and each had a lot of traits that I haven’t seen in books before (the best friend did a lot of sewing, the book store & wig shop, Darcy’s home with her hoarder mother, etc.)
  • Complex mother and daughter relationship!
  • Darcy’s memory of books and love for reading was so cute, I could actually see myself in the way that she lives inside her stories. It was nice to see that part of myself represented.

Things I didn’t enjoy about this book:

  • The pacing was slow which made getting into it difficult
  • Although the side characters DO have their own unique traits they still didn’t feel completely developed. There was still a lot about the love interest and best friend that I would have liked to know.  I had a hard time understanding them, their actions, and picturing them in a world outside of Darcy’s lens. (This also made it impossible for me to really connect or care about the characters).
  • The romance wasn’t for me… I just didn’t feel the chemistry between Darcy and Asher. Plus, as I mentioned, he didn’t feel completely developed so I had a hard time rooting for their relationships.
  • There were a few things that never got mentioned again in this story. (very mild spoiler ahead) the grandmother offers to let Darcy live with her, yet I don’t think they ever really talked about it again?? Darcy makes it clear to the narrator she isn’t going to, but not to her grandmother.

 

Overall, this was an enjoyable book I managed to read it in one day (but not one sitting) because of how pretty the writing is! If you think you might enjoy this book I would say it is worth a try, but to me it was just meh. I’ll probably forget about this story with some time and I doubt I’ll pick it back up to reread.

DISCLAIMER: I received an early finished copy of this book from a giveaway on Twitter that was hosted by the author. I was NOT sent this book from the publisher and I was NOT under any obligation to read or review. Opinions are all my own.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Supernova

New+WoW.JPG (200×188)Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that is all about sharing and putting a spotlight on upcoming unreleased books that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. My TBR pile is overrun with books that haven’t been released yet, but my choice for this week that I’m specifically looking forward to is…

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

(11/05/19 from Feiwel & Friends)

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Synopsis:

” All’s fair in love and anarchy…

The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.”

I am a long time fan of Marissa Meyer’s Renegades trilogy, therefore, I cannot wait to see how this story wraps up in the final book! As much as I never want these books to end I also cannot wait to read this book the moment it hits the shelves!

Check this book out on Goodreads

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Book Tour: Tiger Queen

Author: Annie Sullivan

Publisher: BLINK

Genre: YA fantasy

Release Date: 9.10.19

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

“In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger”

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Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company,

having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram (@annsulliva).

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Thank you to BLINK and Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me on this tour and providing me with a copy of Tiger Queen in exchange for an honest review! You can check out the tour schedule HERE and read more reviews, interviews, and quotes from all the books included in this tour.

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This was a really interesting and unique story! I loved the world building and unique atmosphere the writer created. I’ve never read a book with a world similar to this one, so having that new feel was refreshing! Sullivan did a fantastic job with the world building and it is obvious she did a great amount of planning with everything in this story. The fantasy world was so rich and unique!

I really enjoyed the main character. She was an obvious example of how much planning went into this story. She felt well developed and natural. Her upbringing was apparent through her journey during this story and I loved watching her develop as a character. I wanted to just reach into this story and hug her so often because I cannot even imagine being under the type of pressure she feels.

The writing in this story is beautiful! It truly bring the world to life and makes flying through the pages easy. I definitely stayed up late a few nights trying to devour more of this book! It was just so easy to fall into.

I do have to say, the book is a little predictable. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I do wish I hadn’t guessed everything correctly.

 

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