MEMORABLE MONDAY

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

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I thought this is an apt quote seeing as this week is the Scallywagathon.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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REVIEW: DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN

 

DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN

 

PUBLISHER: Feiwel and Friends

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 27th February 2018

 

PAGES: 352

 

 

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Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

If I thought DOTPK was good this book took it to another level. Blood, sass and a fantastic plot led by a female driven pirate crew made for a fantastic novel, I am just sad it is a duology. A lot more of the siren mythology is present in this novel than is touched upon in the previous novel. I was all for the full on blood bath battle between Pirates and Sirens… winner take all.

Alosa is back with more of her lineage revealed as the book progresses. She is fighting tooth and nail not to give into her Siren nature and murder those she considers family. The connection she has with every member of her crew is amazing and I can’t help but fall in love with this amazing, kickass, character.

For fans of Pirates of the Caribbean, here is the teenage female version of Captain Jack Sparrow and she is everything I could have wished for and more. This book lures you in with the beginning notes of a siren’s song and will not let go until the last note fades and word is read.

These characters, every single one have a place in my heart. The entire crew of the Ava Lee are so engaging and admirable. I was so sad each and every time they went into battle because as much as I love them kicking ass… I knew not all of them would make it and it just broke me every single time.

Riden… well, Riden and Alosa are amazing together. They have amazing chemistry which is just played up by the bickering between these two. But, the love they share shines in every single scene these two have together.

I take my hat off to this action-packed and swoon-worthy nautical adventure. It’s time to set off so… hoist the main sail, there’s rough seas ahead.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SOBATHON TBR

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Sob-A-Thon is a week long readathon dedicated to reading cry-worthy books. This readathon is running from the 21st to the 27th of May.

 

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READING CHALLENGES: 

 

 

Read a book on your TBR that you’ve been putting off because you know it’ll make you too emotional
Read a book that will make you cry from happiness

Reread a book that destroyed your emotions

Read a book under 300 pages

Read the group book

 

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MY TBR: 

 

 

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat 

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Sanctuary by Nora Roberts

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Saga Vol 6 by Brian K. Vaughan

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The Astonishing Color of After by John Green

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: ROYALS

 

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PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 01st May 2018

 

PAGES: 296

 

 

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Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This is a quick, fun, sassy book featuring the sister of a girl who is going to marry Scottish royalty. This is pure fluffy light reading with where a modern day girl must battle the ups and downs of royal life.

Daisy is the typical teenage girl that is fun loving, and nerdy. Her life is overthrown by the media when her sister becomes engaged to a prince. At times she gets overrun by the protocols of royal life. I feel that she makes a lot of compromises for her family but by the end it was all worth it. There was an unexpected romance that I really enjoyed with sweet moments scattered throughout.

There are some elements of Scottish culture that were well researched and a nod to the culture. However, there are other elements that individuals from Scotland are in an uproar over as it is either Americanised or a knock-off of British culture… neither of which is Scottish.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel for a fun and entertaining novel about a girl being thrust into normal life. The characters are fun and zany with some swoon worthy moments to be had.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BORROWATHON ROUND 4 TBR

 

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I have been participating in Borrowathon this week but have forgotten to put up my TBR. So, here it is. Round 4 of Borrowathon is running from the 20th to the 27th of May.

 

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READING CHALLENGES:

 

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MY TBR: 

 

 

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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This novel won the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult in 2016.

 

 

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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It was a little difficult finding my initials on a cover as they are K.H. But I finally found a book that counts. I have borrowed out the audiobook of this on my phone and am looking forward to listening to it.

 

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

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I have been hesitant about picking this one up because I feel that I am going to have a lot of very strong feelings about this novel. But it is one of my friends favourites. So, I am going to give it a go.

 

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

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When this came out there were so many mixed feelings about this novel but pretty much everyone in the book community read it so that they could form their own opinion.

 

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

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I love fantasy novels and I happen to love Mercedes Lackey. This novel is a little different to the other series I am currently reading by this author. I am curious to see if I enjoy this one as much as I do the other.

 

The Librarian by Christy Sloat

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This sounds like a very interesting time travel novel featuring a library.

 

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What do you think of my TBR? Are you joining in on Borrowathon?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

REVIEW: MARRYING THE REBEL PRINCE

 

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PUBLISHER: HQ Digital

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 26th April 2018

 

 

 

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A prince who’s used to getting his way…

His Royal Highness Prince Nicolas Verbier d’Arennes has a reputation. His come-to-bed eyes, tousled fiery hair and regal credentials make him one of the world’s most notorious bachelors. Because, much to the royal household’s despair, the prince refuses to settle down.

…meets a woman who refuses to be charmed!

Artist Lauren Phelps is painting the prince’s portrait and vows to be professional – even if the prospect of spending hours gazing at a man so handsome it should be illegal is a bit daunting. Still, with her bright blue hair and her outspoken opinions of His Royal Highness’s behaviour, Lauren knows there’s no danger of Nicolas using his infamous charms on her!

But what Lauren doesn’t know is that, if there’s anything the rebel prince enjoys, it’s flouting convention to meet a challenge…

 

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REVIEW: 

 

From the cover I was expecting a sweet royal romance with a relationship that would take your breath away. What I was not expecting was a look into some of the struggles royals undergo. This novel was sweet with a romance at its epicentre but there was more to the story than just the romance.

Lauren is everything royals are not. Basically, she is a fun loving person who follows the rules she makes up. Her hair colour changes so many times in this novel I almost lost count. But I will always remember her as the blue haired artist. Nick is the youngest son to the Queen and as such is trying to find his place in the world. Lauren helps Nick to see that there is so much he can be doing with his power and responsibility and it is right on his doorstep.

There is some amazing supporting cast in this novel that show sometimes secondary characters can steal your heart too. There are scenes in this novel such as paparazzi and a bombing situation that shed light on the fact that royal life is not always glamourous. I appreciated that look into a different side of royal life.

Overall, the romance was sweet with two characters that complemented each other very well. There was depth to the novel with discussions on veterans and homelessness  as well as terrorism and more. Everything was done in such a way as to not take away from the fact this is a romance novel and I was grinning by the last page.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

THE MARVEL READATHON TBR

 

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There is a new readathon that sounds amazing. So, as always I am taking part. The Marvel Readathon is exactly what it sounds… a readathon themed after Marel characters.  This round runs from the 19th to the 25th of May. As this is the first readathon it is themed:

 

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READING CHALLENGES: 

 

 

Captain America: read the first book in a series
Iron Man: read a sci-fi book

The Incredible Hulk: read a book over 400 pages

Black Widow: read a book with a strong female character

Thor: read a book based around mythology

Hawkeye: read a book featuring archery

 

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MY TBR: 

 

 

 

Jock Row by Sara Ney

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Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

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The Fandom by Anna Day

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To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

REVIEW: JOCK ROW

 

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PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 03rd May 2018

 

PAGES: 374

 

 

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Scarlett is always the sensible one: The sober driver. The planner. The one holding your hair back while you’re worshiping the porcelain gods.

Week-after-week, she visits Jock Row with her friends—the university’s hottest party scene and breeding ground for student athletes. And if keeping her friends out of trouble, and guys out of their pants, was a sport, she’d be the star athlete.

Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons; just like that, she’s banned from Jock Row. NO GUY WANTS A GIRL AROUND WHO KEEPS THEIR JOCK FRIENDS FROM GETTING LAID.

“Rowdy” Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the university’s baseball team—and the unlucky bastard who drew the short straw: keep little Miss Goody Two-Shoes out of the Baseball House.

But week-after-week Scarlett returns, determined to get inside.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Let’s be honest… the reason I picked up this novel is because it was a New Adult College romance that was giving me serious Off Campus Series feels. I am both happy and disappointed. I am so happy I picked up this novel as it was everything I was expecting and more. I am utterly disappointed that I have to wait for more in this series as this is a brand-new series just getting on its feet.

The book is almost entirely told from alternating perspectives of Scarlett and Rowdy on each and every Friday night. For the length of approx. 6 Friday nights Scarlett is banished to the porch of the house where she and her friends have went for a party. Why? She just can’t help but be a buzz kill. She doesn’t mind though because she is finding Rowdy to much more than what meets the eye.

The dialogue and prose of these two are completely what I would expect from people in college. There is commentary about how hot the girls and guys are and using words like “bang”. There is some sophisticated speech though which introduces the idea that these are college aged adults.

Scarlett has touched my heart. She originally presents as someone who just doesn’t care. She turns up to a party in clothes appropriate for an expedition to the Artic. As she develops as a character we see another side of her where she is kind hearted, thoughtful and self-confident. Rowdy is an enigma stuffed inside a riddle. He is just as kind hearted and even gallant at times. He initially presents as another college athlete who is only interested in the sport and the girls. He is so much more than that and it was a joy to dissect these characters through the book.

This book is the definition of slow burn romance. What begins as an amicable if awkward circumstances turns into friendship as the chemistry starts to fizzle and it only gets hotter from there. I was invested in these two becoming a couple that I simply had to devour every single word to ensure a happy ending.

This book was everything I was expecting and more from a college romance and I am struggling to decide if I like this better than the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy. If you love New Adult I recommend you get on this band wagon right away!

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SCALLYWAGATHONG ROUND 2 TBR

 

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Arr, me hearties… the second round of the Scallywagathon is on the horizon. And, it’s pirate themed!!! This is one readathon I am particularly looking forward to. It is being hosted by Ali from Hardback Hoarder and Amanda from Read All The Books. It will run from the 20th to the 27th of May.

 

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TREASURE MAP: 

 

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MY TBR: 

 

Choose a number from 1-5 to start your treasure hunt. I’m choosing 1…

 

Siren’s Song – Has Mermaids or Sirens

 

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Treasure Map – A Book That Has A Map In It

 

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

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Marooned – Standalone

 

Isle of Gold by Seven Gold

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Blow The Man Down – A Book By A Woman Author

 

Inherited by Freedom Matthews

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This is going to be fun. Will you be joining in on the Scallywagathon?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: NOTHING HAPPENED

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Nothing Happened by Molly Booth. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Disney – Hyperion

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 15th May 2018

 

PAGES: 336

 

 

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This modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing takes place at the idyllic Camp Dogberry, where sisters Bee and Hana Leonato have grown up. Their parents own the place, and every summer they look forward to leading little campers in crafts, swimming in the lake, playing games of capture the flag and sproutball, and of course, the legendary counselor parties.

This year, the camp drama isn’t just on the improv stage. Bee and longtime counselor Ben have a will-they-or-won’t-they romance that’s complicated by events that happened—or didn’t happen—last summer. Meanwhile, Hana is falling hard for the kind but insecure Claudia, putting them both in the crosshairs of resident troublemaker John, who spreads a vicious rumor that could tear them apart.

As the counselors juggle their camp responsibilities with simmering drama that comes to a head at the Fourth of July sparkler party, they’ll have to swallow their pride and find the courage to untangle the truth, whether it leads to heartbreak or happily ever after.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

An LGBT+ Shakespeare retelling set at a summer camp. If that doesn’t have you interested I don’t know what will. A sweet and fun summer-y retelling with characters that were so relatable. I loved the plot, the setting and the characters… This was is a book to read on a warm summer day under a nice shady tree.

There is two couples featured in this book and one is a f/f romance. Right from the beginning there is drama and mayhem at the camp. There is a lot of cheesy moments and  dramatics in the novel but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The prose and pacing keep me engaged in the overall story and character development through to the last page.

There is a large amount of diversity within this novel. One of the main couples is queer with LGBT+ representation. There is also mental health rep and cultural diversity. There is so much representation.

This is the summer novel you never knew you needed. For fans of Morgan Matson and Kasie West, the summer fun is on par with these contemporary masters.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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Molly Booth (she/her/hers) writes books about Shakespeare and feelings. She’s the author of Young Adult novels SAVING HAMLET (2016) and NOTHING HAPPENED (5.15.2018), both published by Disney Hyperion. In high school, she was a stage manager for three different community theatres, which almost killed her. She graduated from Marlboro College and went onto study more Shakespeare (twist!) at University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly is a freelance writer and editor and has been published on TheMarySue.com, McSweeneys.net, HelloGiggles.com, and various other websites. She co-hosts a Bardcentric podcast, Party Bard, and directs a lovely, hilarious, and fierce group of homeschooling teen Shakespearean actors. She also speaks and teaches workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, book fairs, camps, and libraries. Molly lives in Massachusetts, where she spends a lot of time with family and friends, and the rest attending to her queenly cat and loaf-of-bread-shaped dog.  ​

​Literary agent: Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.

 

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr | Goodreads

 

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LINKS:

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

3 winners will receive a finished copy of NOTHING HAPPENED, US Only.

 

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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TOUR SCHEDULE: 

 

Week One:

5/14/2018- The Book Girl– Review

5/14/2018- YA Books Central– Interview

 

5/15/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

5/15/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

 

5/16/2018- Pretty Little Library– Review

5/16/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

 

5/17/2018- Books and Ladders– Review

5/17/2018- Sophie Reads YA– Review

 

5/18/2018- To Be Read– Review

5/18/2018- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

 

Week Two:

5/21/2018- Magical Reads– Review

5/21/2018- The Cover Contessa– Interview

 

5/22/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Review

5/22/2018- Angelic Book Reviews– Review

 

5/23/2018- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

5/23/2018- Two points of interest– Review

 

5/24/2018- Bookworm Café– Review

5/24/2018- Novel Novice– Review

 

5/25/2018- Portrait of a Book– Review

5/25/2018- BookCrushin– Guest Post

 

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati