July/August 2019 TBR and Beyond Challenge

 

For anyone new to my blog, I am a moderator in TBR and Beyond which is a very active book group on facebook.  We have monthly challenges and games along with group reads and live author chats.  I hope you join if you haven’t already.  You do need to be a member to sign up for any game.

 

Our members wanted to do another game board, so we are doing a two month event for summer.  I’ll have the rules below.  You can join and also see the rules with THIS LINK

 

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Review of Spinner of Dreams by K.A. Reynolds (digital arc)

 

 

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The Spinner of Dreams by K.A. Reynolds

 

Inventive, empathetic, and strange in all the best ways, The Spinner of Dreams draws from the author’s own experiences to create a story that feels timeless and universal. As she did in her debut The Land of Yesterday, K. A. Reynolds thoughtfully explores mental health and crafts an adventure that fits right alongside middle grade classics like The Phantom Tollbooth.

Annalise Meriwether—though kind, smart, and curious—is terribly lonely.

Cursed at birth by the devious Fate Spinner, Annalise has always lived a solitary life with her loving parents. She does her best to ignore the cruel townsfolk of her desolate town—but the black mark on her hand won’t be ignored.

Not when the monster living within it, which seems to have an agenda of its own, grows more unpredictable each day.

There’s only one way for Annalise to rid herself of her curse: to enter the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams and defeat the Fate Spinner. So despite her anxiety, Annalise sets out to undo the curse that’s defined her—and to show the world, and herself, exactly who she is inside.

“With this haunting, wildly-imaginative, deeply-felt fairy tale, K.A. Reynolds proves to be a gifted dream spinner herself. A testament to the power of hope, determination, and of having a magical cat on your side.” (Anne Ursu, author of The Lost Girl)

“A magnificent and fantastical journey expertly woven with magic, imagination, and hope. Reynolds gently draws the reader to a place where fragile dreams are realized, where broken hearts are made whole. Readers will be utterly captivated.” (J.C. Cervantes, New York Times bestselling author of The Storm Runner)

Utterly thrilling and achingly poignant, The Spinner of Dreams positively brims with magic, mystery, and poetry. This is the kind of book I needed when I was eleven years old: the type that proves that girls can fight their demons and win. (Hayley Chewins, author of The Turnaway Girls)

Praise for The Land of Yesterday: “Told with riveting language, this is a poignant tale that will resonate with readers of all ages and leave them reeling from such an emotional, gorgeous story.” (Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time)

“From its first words, The Land of Yesterday has the pure crystal ring of a classic, like The Little Prince or The Phantom Tollbooth—beautiful, unique, and shimmering with truth. It’s a balm for grief, and a bursting fantastical joy of a story.” (Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer)

“Richly imagined, creative, and entertaining.” (School Library Journal) 

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Top Ten Tuesday 6/4/19

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.   You can find each week’s topic on her site.

 

This week’s topic is top ten books from your favorite genre.  Normally I would copy and past the synopsis for each book, but I’m still having hand issues.  So there will just be covers.  Hopefully I can start typing more/using my wrist soon.

 

My favorite genre is mystery/thriller/spooky type books.  These are in no particular order.

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Middle Grade May Update!

 

Just an update on how my Middle Grade May challenge on TBR and Beyond went.  I really wanted to fit in a few more middle grade books, but I didn’t want to get too far behind on arcs.

 

I finished 6 of the 12 categories.

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May 2019 Wrap Up

 

June really snuck up on me.  I can’t believe how fast May went.  I had a pretty decent month of reading.  I wish I could have read more for Middle Grade May, but I’m happy I was able to get some done.

 

 

Ask Me Anything  4  1/2 stars

City of Ghosts  4  1/2 stars

Aru Shah and the Song of the Dead   5 stars

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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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Review of City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (physical copy)

 

 

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

 

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

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