Review of One For All by Lillie Lainoff (earc)

 

One For All by Lillie Lainoff

An OwnVoices, gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, in which a girl with a chronic illness trains as a Musketeer and uncovers secrets, sisterhood, and self-love.

Tania de Batz is most herself with a sword in her hand. Everyone in town thinks her near-constant dizziness makes her weak, nothing but “a sick girl”; even her mother is desperate to marry her off for security. But Tania wants to be strong, independent, a fencer like her father—a former Musketeer and her greatest champion.

Then Papa is brutally, mysteriously murdered. His dying wish? For Tania to attend finishing school. But L’Académie des Mariées, Tania realizes, is no finishing school. It’s a secret training ground for a new kind of Musketeer: women who are socialites on the surface, but strap daggers under their skirts, seduce men into giving up dangerous secrets, and protect France from downfall. And they don’t shy away from a swordfight.

With her newfound sisters at her side, Tania feels for the first time like she has a purpose, like she belongs. But then she meets Étienne, her first target in uncovering a potential assassination plot. He’s kind, charming, and breathlessly attractive—and he might have information about what really happened to her father. Torn between duty and dizzying emotion, Tania will have to lean on her friends, listen to her own body, and decide where her loyalties lie…or risk losing everything she’s ever wanted.

This debut novel is a fierce, whirlwind adventure about the depth of found family, the strength that goes beyond the body, and the determination it takes to fight for what you love.

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Books I Meant To Read In 2021

 

To be honest, there are a ton of books I wanted to read last year that I didn’t get to.  But I thought I would post ten of those here.  Some were highly anticipated, too.  There’s just not enough time in the day.

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Goodreads Monday 1/10/22

 

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Goodreads Monday was hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.   It’s now hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

It’s getting hard to remember which ones I’ve done already, so I’m sorry if you see a book pop up on these more than once.  It will happen.  Probably a lot.

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Down The TBR Hole #220

 

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go

I am going to remove sequels for books when I haven’t read book one.  They may or may not get added back later.

Since I was to all the recent books, I decided to go back to the beginning of my TBR and  remove a lot of older books I kept the first time around.

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Not Signing Up For Challenges This Year

 

This time of the year, I’m usually signing up for all types of challenges.  I always do them, but I never remember to update them on the pages.  So I’m going to still do the challenges, but I’m not signing up.  I’ll just make some goals and hope I can finish them.

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Blog Tour for The Kindred by Alechia Dow (excerpt)

 

 

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Kindred by Alechia Dow.  This tour is being hosted by Inkyard Press.

 

THE KINDRED by Alechia Dow

On sale: January 4, 2022

ISBN: 978-1335418616

Inkyard Press

Teen & Young Adult; Sci-Fi; Dystopian Romance

$18.99 / $23.99 CAN

400 Pages

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December 2021 Book Haul

 

I’m going to blame Barnes & Noble for my big haul this month.  I couldn’t resist their half price hardcover book sale at the end of the month.   I also got quite a few good kindle deals in December.

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Favorite Books I Read in 2021

 

Every year, TBR and Beyond mods pick our favorite books of the year.  But we have to have the graphic made by the end of November.  This December, I read 4 books that might have made my list.  So I’m going to add those below my graphic.

Only the first few are in order.  After that, it’s actually random.  I struggle to put numbers on books for some reason.

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