Review of Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi (physical copy)

 

 

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Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

 

Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good.

But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone.

Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.

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Our Belize Trip (part two)

 

This will be my last post about our vacation.  I’m still on our third day.  After leaving Placencia, we decided to drive up the coast a bit to Hopkins.  My book said that all the beaches there are public.  The village is a Garifuna village.  It took us awhile to figure out where to park and we weren’t even sure we were right.  But the bar owner explained that the short streets to the coast are for parking.

 

It was a bit cooler here and the water was so warm.  The beach wasn’t as clean as in Placencia (my husband picked up plastic for them).  We had a couple drinks at the bar, swam a bit, and just hung out.  I really liked it.  After leaving, we drove around a bit and stopped at an art shop to buy something unique to bring home.  More about that below.

 

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Our trip to Belize (part one)

 

I have a feeling that this could be a long post with lots of photos and videos.  I apologize now, but we always try to experience as much as possible while traveling.  I’m breaking this up into two posts, but there will still be a lot.

 

We flew into Belize early April 16th.  After getting our rental car, we looked at our map to see how to get to our hotel.  There are not many highways in Belize, so it’s pretty simple to get places.  We noticed that the Belize Zoo was on the way, so we stopped there for a bit.

 

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April 2019 Book Haul

 

April wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  I knew I had quite a few books pre-ordered, but I think a lot of them might be out in May.  So now I’m expecting that one to be bigger.

 

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Sent From Publishers (arcs and finished copies)

 

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April 2019 Challenge Updates

 

Just a quick post to update all the challenges I’m doing for the year.

 

Asian:  Read 2  Total 6/11

Pages:  Read 3841  Total 17,776/36,000

New Releases (2019):  Read 9  Total 45/50

Audiobooks:  Listened to 0   Total 1/5

TBR and Beyond Yearly Challenge:  Read 1  Total 14 (no goal)

Goodreads:  Read 13  Total 56/100

5 books were Netgalley and 1 was Edelweiss.

 

 

Are you doing any of these challenges this year?  How are you doing on them?

 

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Wrap Up for April’s TBR and Beyond Challenge

 

We had a dark fantasy challenge in April for TBR and Beyond.  I posted all the details and rules here on the blog and wanted to update on how I did.

 

I finished 8 of the 10 cards (4 books).  Nothing else I read fit into the last two cards (sci-fi and queen).

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April 2019 Wrap Up

 

I knew my April would be a bit slower with vacation and I wasn’t wrong.  For the first time in as long as I can remember, I didn’t read a single page from a book for days.  I read nothing on vacation unless you count menus and tourist info.  Luckily I read a decent amount before we left and I squeezed in a bit after we got back.

 

 

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April’s TBR and Beyond’s Reading Challenge

 

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The TBR and Beyond challenge for April is going to be a fun one.  Members can find the event here.  If you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for?  I promise it’s a fun, drama free group.  We have group reads, challenges, and live author chats monthly.

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Review of The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (physical arc)

 

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The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

 

On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?

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