Review of Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (digital arc)

 

 

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

 

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

Hardcover, 528 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by HarperTeen

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ARC Check In

 

My husband recently helped me set up a system to track my arcs better.  It’s been great so far and I wanted to share how I’m doing.

 

This does show me how many arcs I have for September and October.  I had no idea there were so many!  I’m hoping this system will help me with requesting less, too.  I’ll have to pay better attention to dates.

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Half Year TBR Update

 

This is the first year I’ve done a yearly TBR POST.  Since we are halfway through the year, I thought I would see how I’m doing.  I’m horrible with sticking to a TBR being a mood reader, but I’m actually not doing too bad.

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June 2019 Book Haul

 

I was blessed again in June to receive so many incredible books.  I am so grateful for everything sent to me.  And I purchased some, too.  You had to know I would.  I feel no shame, but I am out of room.  Again.

 

Physical Books:

 

Sent From Publishers:

 

 

 

Two of these are finished copies and the rest are ARCs.  I’ve read 3 so far.

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Review of Let’s Call It A Doomsday by Katie Henry (digital arc)

 

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Let’s Call It A Doomsday by Katie Henry

 

There are so many ways the world could end. There could be a fire. A catastrophic flood. A super eruption that spews lakes of lava. Ellis Kimball has made note of all possible scenarios, and she is prepared for each one. What she doesn’t expect is meeting Hannah Marks in her therapist’s waiting room. Hannah calls their meeting fate. After all, Ellis is scared about the end of the world; Hannah knows when it’s going to happen.

Despite Ellis’s anxiety — about what others think of her, about what she’s doing wrong, about the safety of her loved ones — the two girls become fast friends. As Ellis tries to help Hannah decipher the details of her doomsday premonition, she learns there are secrets Hannah isn’t telling her. But with time ticking down, the search for answers only raises more questions. When does it happen? Who will believe them? How do you prepare for the end of the world when it feels like your life is just getting started?

Katie Henry, the author of Heretics Anonymous, delivers an engrossing and thoughtful tale about how people survive — with some faith in family, friends, and maybe a few prepper forums.

 

Expected publication: August 6th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books

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Review of T-Minus by Shannon Greenland (digital arc)

 

 

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T-Minus by Shannon Greenland

 

A terror with no answer needs a girl with no limits.

I am the daughter of the first female POTUS, and today is about to become the longest day of my life…

24 hours—that’s how much time I have to save my mother before terrorists assassinate her. But now my father and brother are missing, too. This goes deeper than anyone thinks. Only someone on the inside would know how to pull this off—how to make the entire First Family disappear.

I can’t trust anyone, so it’s up to me to uncover the conspiracy and stop these madmen. Because little do they know, they picked the wrong person to terrorize.

My name is Sophie Washington, and I will not be a victim. No one, I repeat no one, is taking me or my family down. But the clock is ticking…

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Review of Fan the Fame by Anna Priemaza (digital arc)

 

 

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Fan the Fame by Anna Priemaza

 

Equal parts Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, this fiercely crafted, feminist YA novel takes on fandom, accountability, and doing the right thing. Even when it hurts.

Lainey wouldn’t mind lugging a camera around a video game convention for her brother, aka YouTube superstar Codemeister, except for one big problem. He’s funny and charming online, but behind closed doors, Cody is a sexist jerk.

SamTheBrave came to this year’s con with one mission: meeting Codemeister—because getting his idol’s attention could be the big break Sam needs.

ShadowWillow is already a successful streamer. But when her fans start shipping her with Code, Shadow concocts a plan to turn the rumors to her advantage.

The three teens’ paths collide when Lainey records one of Cody’s hateful rants on video. Because she’s determined to spill the truth to her brother’s fans—even if that means putting Sam and Shadow in the crosshairs.

Told through three relatable voices and arriving on the heels of the author’s widely praised debut novel, Kat and Meg Conquer the World, this sophomore novel is a nuanced and timely story about followers, fame, and fighting for what’s right.

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