March 2020 wrap-up and April TBR

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone is well and safe. So far there are no cases in my small town but looking at the map it is only a matter of time. I’ve been staying in and binge-watching pokemon. I have also been reading too. I read seven books in March.

Here’s what I read:

Spirit Hunters

This was such a fun and spooky read!

Bone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, #1)

This was a very interesting and unique fantasy.

You Will Be Mine

This was a great thriller!

All Your Twisted Secrets

Another great thriller!

Thorn

A fabulously dark retelling!

Seven Days: Monday → Thursday (Seven Days, #1)

Guts

I’ve already done a blog post about what I reading for the magical readathon so I won’t mention them. Here’s what else I’m planning on reading:

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)

 

The Witches of Willow Cove

Ghosted in L.A. #1

Eat, and Love Yourself

Break Your Glass Slippers (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale, #1)

What are your reading plans for the month?

Magical Readathon 2020 TBR

Hello, everyone! This post is a little late but I’ve been having a little trouble with motivation lately. I thought I would participate in this fun readathon! The career I chose was Trader of Magical Tomes.

Ancient Runes  – Heart on the cover or in the title

Charms – White Cover

History of Magic- Book featuring wizards or witches

Transfiguration- Books that include shapeshifting.

Here’s what I plan on reading.

 

 

Heartless

 

Sadie

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)

Are you participating too? If so, what are you reading?

Thorn by Intisar Khanani Blog Tour Review and Favorite Quotes

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Thorn

by Intisar Khanani
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: March 24th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance, Fairy Tales

Synopsis:

A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

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My Review

This was an interesting and dark retelling of Goose Girl. The writing is beautiful. I like the fact that Alyrra isn’t a perfect character. She has insecurities and she grows throughout the book. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. I really enjoyed it and I think if you love retellings you need to pick this one up!

 

My Favorite Quotes

You have something of justice and mercy in you.

It is rare for someone who wants power to truly deserve it.

You care for thornbushes where you once cared for jewels.

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Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters.

Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar’s debut novel, Thorn, was picked up by HarperTeen and will be re-released in Winter 2020. In the meantime, she’s hard at work on the remaining books of The Sunbolt Chronicles.

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On March 24th Thorn will be releasing from Hot Key (UK) and HarperTeen (US/CA)! To celebrate, I’m offering some amazing Thorn goodies to everyone who …

  • pre-orders/orders a copy of Thorn before March 31st at 23.59.
  • OR requests it from their library (library hold / suggested purchase) before March 31st at 23.59.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

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Physical goodies (US/UK):

  • A Thorn Bookmark
  • A set of Chibi Stickers featuring Thorn characters
  • A Signed Bookplate

PLUS Digital goodies (worldwide):

  • A PDF of Brambles – a Thorn prequel short story so you can jump into Alyrra’s world now!
  • A PDF of The (Annotated) Goose Girl – the original fairytale with annotations from yours truly in the margin
  • A coloring page of three Thorn-themed bookmarks

All you need to do to enter is send a proof of purchase (or screenshot of your library hold), your name and address to khananipreorder@gmail.com. T&Cs apply!

UK entrants: Hot Key Books rocks and can mail you physical goodies as well as the digital. Check it out here: http://hotkeybooks.com/thorn-pre-order/

Non-US/UK entrants: I really, really wanted to offer you the physical goodies, but postage is a bear. If you would like to cover the cost of an international stamp ($1.20), I can absolutely mail you the goodies as well. E-mail in your proof/screenshot for your digital goodies, and I’ll link you up so you can do that.

Original link: http://booksbyintisar.com/thorn-pre-order/

The universal book link for purchasing Thorn is: www.books2read.com/thorn

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GIVEAWAY

1st Prize: Win a book of your choice from Bookdepository (INT*)

2nd Prize: Win a THORN swag pack (stickers, bookmark, and a signed bookplate) [INT]

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– Bookdepository: Open INTERNATIONALLY, *where Bookdepository ships to (https://www.bookdepository.com/help/topic/HelpId/3/Which-countries-do-you-deliver-to#helpContent).

– Swag bundle: Open INTERNATIONALLY.

Starts: 24th March 2020

Ends: 7th April 2020

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I have received a digital copy to review but all opinions about the book are my own and not influenced by receiving a digital copy.

All Your Twisted Secrets Blog Tour Review & Favorite Quotes

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All Your Twisted Secrets

by Diana Urban
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 17th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Synopsis:

This thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.

Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

My Review

This was a wonderful thriller. Plenty of suspense and twists. I really enjoyed the writing. I thought the characters were well written. I enjoyed getting to read from the past and to the present. With this story, I feel like it works really well. I really enjoy trying to solve a mystery and this one left me guessing and shocked at the end! I really enjoyed this thriller!

 

My Favorite Quotes

I knew what it meant to be the brunt of their jokes, victim to their cruelty.

” Maybe next year they’ll lock the winners in a graveyard and convince them zombies are after them.”

” Let’s just .. stay calm and try to find a way out of here. This isn’t exactly the Tower of London. There has to be a way out.”

 

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I’m Diana Urban, and I write dark, twisty thrillers for teens including All Your Twisted Secrets (HarperTeen, March 17th 2020). When I’m not torturing fictional characters, I’m a marketing manager at BookBub, a leading book discovery platform. Outside the bookish world, I live with my husband and cat in Boston, and enjoy reading, video games, fawning over cute animals, and looking at the beach from a safe distance.

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Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS by Diana Urban (US Only)

Starts: 17th March 2020

Ends: 31th March 2020

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Favorite Middle Grade Books

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone is doing well! I know it is a scary time right now. So far our area hasn’t had anyone with the virus but we are taking precautions.  Anyway, I thought I would share some of my favorite middle grade books  I’ve read.

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)

I absolutely adore this book. Stargirl is one of my favorite characters! I can’t wait to watch the Disney plus adaption!

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

I love this book! It is spooky and fun!

 

Spirit Hunters

I recently read this one and I loved it. I didn’t want o put it down because I had to know what happened next! It is a fun and creepy read!

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)

I really loved this fantasy! It is such an interesting take on heroes and villains.

 

What are your favorite middle grade books?

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie Blog Tour

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Bone ​Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1)

by Kathryn Purdie
Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen
Release Date: March 10th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

My Review

I thought this was a wonderful and unique fantasy! I adored the writing so much! I didn’t want to put this book down! I also loved the characters! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Favorite Quotes

“You cannot escape the consequences of time spent in passion.”

“My soul chose this path, just as you chose yours. Do not mock what you don’t understand. To be a Leurress requires great sacrifice.”

” He was exceptional. He accepted me for what I was. He loved me without fear.”

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BOOK AUTHOR

Kathryn is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the BURNING GLASS series. Her love of storytelling began as a young girl when her dad told her about someone named Boo Radley while they listened to the film score of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama. She also writes songs on her guitar for each of her stories and shares them on her website. Kathryn lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children.

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Prize: Win (1) of (3) signed hardback copies of BONE CRIER’S MOON, a set of two character bookmarks, and an 11×17 poster of the book cover (US Only)

Starts: 4th March 2020

Ends: 18th March 2020

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February Wrap-Up and March TBR

TBR & Wrap up

Hello, everyone! It’s been rainy and dreary all day. That always makes me so tired. Anyway, I didn’t read a lot of what was on my tbr. I’ve just been so busy and I didn’t get a lot of time to read. I did enjoy what I  read for the month of February even though I only read 3 books. I’m still rereading the Hunger Games.

Malice

Havenfall (Havenfall, #1)

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic, #1)

So now on to my march tbr.

Bone ​Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1)

 

All Your Twisted Secrets

Thorn

The Twin

Reverie

What are your reading plans for March? I would love to hear what you are reading!