Review of Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (digital arc)

 

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

 

Summary:

 

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

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Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

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Favorite 2018 releases I’ve read so far this year (mid year list)

 

I thought it was time to make my list of favorite books I’ve read so far this year that were released in 2018.   I tried to pick ten, but ended up with fifteen for my list.  I’m horrible at narrowing it down.  Honestly, I’ve read a lot of five star books already this year.

 

All of these are 2018 releases read in 2018.  The list is in no particular order.  There is no way I could rank them.

 

 

 

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Amal Unbound (MG) by Aisha Saeed

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

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Review of Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

 

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

 

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.

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Most Anticipated YA Releases for April 2018

 

There are quite a few YA books coming out in April.  Too many to list, but I am going to share some of them with you.   There is a * by books I’ve already read.

 

April 3rd:

 

 

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Dread Nation* by Justina Ireland

 

 

Rebel With A Cupcake* by Anna Mainwaring

The Summer of Jordi Perez* by Amy Spalding

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Tomi Adeyemi in conversation with Veronica Roth at Anderson’s Bookshops Naperville, IL

 

 

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I was lucky enough to attend another book signing (with my husband, thank you Jesse) at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL.  Tomi Adeyemi was there promoting Children of Blood and Bone on March 8, 2018.  Veronica Roth was there with her to ask questions.

This event was packed.  They actually sold out of the book twice.  Because of this, my husband was standing pretty far back and most of the pictures are super grainy.  I still want to share them though.

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Review of Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (digital arc)

 

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Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

 

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all

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Ashley Poston’s book event for Heart of Iron at Anderson’s Bookshop

 

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Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL hosted Ashley Poston for her book Heart of Iron.  My husband I were able to attend last Friday, March 2nd.

 

Rachel asked Ashley questions about her book and writing in general.  She spoke about how much Heart of Iron meant to her.  She wrote this book 4 years ago and it was the first book she sold, but Geekerella came out first.  She was recently given a contract for book two and hinted that there would be some news coming soon related to Geekerella.  Ashley also let us know that the last 40 pages were changed, so if you read the arc (like me), you might want to pick it up and reread it.

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February Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge Wrap Up

 

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I joined the Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge hosted by Bookish Things and More.  This is my update for February.  I don’t have all my reviews up because I had a few for blog tours.  But they are up on goodreads and will be on my blog soon.

 

*The links will take you to my review.

 

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw   (Edelweiss)

 

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February 2018 Wrap Up

 

I’m actually surprised that I finished as much as I did in February.  I barely read on vacation, so it took me over a week to finish one book.  Somehow I managed to read a lot this week.  Probably because I have been sick and didn’t do much around the house.  I ended up reading 8 books and finishing 1 audiobook (listened to in the car with my husband) for a total of 9 books for February.  My blog also did pretty well.

 

First I’ll share my blog stats.  I want to start doing this monthly to see how things are going.  I’m hoping to keep improving on the numbers.  This month was shorter, but the numbers are still good.

 

  • Blog Visits  2574
  • Total Visitors  1059
  • Likes  1411
  • Comments  325
  • Total Followers  682

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February 2018 Book Haul (it’s a big one again)

 

I have a pretty large haul for February.  There were so many good books that came out and some great sales.  I also won some giveaways!

 

I’ll start with giveaway wins (physical books):

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I won this set from Laura Sebastian on twitter.

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