APRIL 2018 BOOK HAUL

 

MONTHLY BOOK HAUL

 

It’s time for my Monthly Book Haul and this time we will be looking at the physical books I got in the month of April.

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In the month of April I got 21 physical books.

 

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Sabriel by Garth Nix

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The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

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Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian 

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Stone Girl by Eleni Hale

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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kremmerer

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Whisper by Lynette Noni

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The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett

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Twelve Nights by Andrew Zurcher

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Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

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Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

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Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

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MARCH 2018 UNICORN CRATE: 

 

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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ONCE UPON A YA BOOK CLUB BOX: 

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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OWLCRATE BOX

 

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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THE YA CHRONICLES: 

 

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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BLOG TOUR: PETE & DAISY

 

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Today, I am a host for the Blog Tour of Pete & Daisy by Tani Hanes. This Blog Tour is coordinated by YA Bound Book Tours.

 

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Genre: NA Romance

Release date: May 14th 2018

 

 

 

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Daisy is a fun-loving college student at prestigious Columbia University, in New York City, who finds herself pregnant and alone. Pete is an exchange student from Italy with a chronic case of poverty. She needs a baby-daddy, he needs a place to live, so they decide to help each other out by engaging in the time-honored device used by people in need the world over: a marriage of convenience. She’s beautiful and smart, he’s a gorgeous and talented musician, surely they can live together as husband and wife for one academic year? In a one-bedroom on the Upper West Side? With her old-fashioned granny living on the first floor, Pete and Daisy move into a tiny, rooftop apartment, ready to be roommates, husband and wife in name only, for nine months.
Real life has a way of getting in the way, though, of messing with the best laid plans…

Come along for the journey of Pete Santangelo and Daisy White and their turbulent and very sexy romance, and see how two strangers can become best friends and fall in love. See how a modern American family is born.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Pete & Daisy is a New Adult romance novel that is unlike others. The characters are refreshing and the unconventional love story is equal parts sweet and sexy. This book follows the fake marriage / relationship trope where the pair get together to ensure that Pete can stay in the country.

Daisy is a woman who is comfortable with herself and that is utterly refreshing. Daisy enjoys the one night stand and nights out while Pete is sweet and caring. This is a complete juxtaposition to the stereotypical bad boy / good girl stereotype.

The pacing was on point. I never felt bored and the novel was so quick I finished it in just one sitting. Even though I’ve never visited New York City I am intrigued by the concept of the Big Apple simply from this novel.

If you enjoy New Adult romance with an unconventional romance than this is a novel you should absolutely try out. This novel is all in the fun of it and at the end of the day I was left feeling the warm fuzzies.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. I’m from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I’m punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I’m very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn’t spell “acoustic” for 40 years. I’ve wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don’t wait as long as I did, it’s pointless, and very frustrating!

 

Website |GoodreadsTwitterFacebook | Tumblr | Pinterest | Wattpad

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

 

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Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a collaborative group of book reviewers across any platform who love sharing lists on every Wednesday. For more information and to join, the group can be found here on Goodreads!

This month is going to be Top 5 Wednesday Rewind month. This means that each week you can pick a topic that has been done in the past to talk about. This week I have chosen…

 

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BOOKS FEATURING WITCHES

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Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

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Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling

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What is your favourite book featuring witches?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE FIRE WISH

 

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PUBLISHER: Random House

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 22nd July 2014

 

PAGES: 320

 

 

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A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .

Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Beautiful imagery and an engaging plot combine to create a majestic new take on jinn based in the sands of the deserts of Baghdad. This cover and the lure of jinni’s were too much for me to resist and I am so happy my resistance was swayed. Told in alternating perspectives of Najwa and Zayele it is essentially Freaky Friday with a fantasy twist.

There is a gorgeous and almost lyrical style to the prose of the novel. The girls voices are distinctive from their different upbringings. The mythology of the jinni had me intrigued and engaged from the very beginning to the very end. There is much more to the jinn than first meets the eye and maybe the cause of a war is not what was first believed.

The characters were fun. The two protagonists are thrown into unsuspecting situations and must find a way to survive in unknown worlds. The side characters are just as engaging as the two protagonists. There are so many characters that I simply adore in this novel and am so invested in I sat holding my breath in case anything bad were to come of any of them.

Overall, stunning world building and fantastic characters led to a book I adore. This is a take on jinni’s that I utterly adore and support. Fans of Girl of Fire and Thorns, and Throne of Glass should absolutely engage themselves in this world.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

 

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:

 

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GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY NATASHA NGAN

 

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PUBLISHER: Jimmy Patterson Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 06th November 2018

 

PAGES: 336

 

 

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Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

 

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Doesn’t it just sound amazing. I am eagerly anticipating this book and have requested it on Netgalley. Fingers crossed!

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: INSPIRED

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Inspired by Susan Schafer Bernardo. This Blog Tour is coordinated by YA Bound Book Tours.

 

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PUBLISHER: Inner Flower Child Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 03rd February 2018

 

PAGES: 275

 

 

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Meet Rocket Malone: a smart, sensitive teen whose life, friends, family and body keep changing with every breath she draws, until it’s hard for her to breathe at all. As if life weren’t complicated enough, she discovers that her mysterious Aunt Polly is actually Polyhymnia, a Greek Muse who desperately needs Rocket’s help to protect Earth from Zeus and an angry nymph named Echo. Juggling middle school In Los Angeles and apprentice Muse training on magical Mount Helikon seems daunting for a girl who hates art (despite being the daughter of a famous glassblower), but Rocket struggles to master the science of inspiration, so she can ride Pegasus and heal Ryan, a tormented (and adorable) teen who lost his home in a fire. As she strives to inspire others, Rocket learns to trust her own voice and realizes that the most important spark she must tend is her own — because the brighter she shines, the more she lights the way for those around her.

 

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I found this a quick and sweet middle grade read featuring Rocket – a 14yo girl and Greek Mythology.  The story is told in the first person from the perspective of Rocket – her voice through the novel was entertaining and I could engage with her even as an adult reader. I do still believe that a younger audience will have no problem engaging with the characters and the plot of this book. There are underlying themes of confidence in one self,  and friendship.I found the plot entertaining and would highly recommend this book for fans of Rick Riordan.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

INSPIRED AUTHOR

 

Hello!  My name is Susan Schaefer Bernardo, and I’ve been writing poetry and stories since I could hold a crayon!   I am a big believer in the power of creativity.  The process of writing poetry or making art allows me to express and understand my emotions.  Through our imagination, we find ways to move through painful experiences and transform them into something very beautiful and healing.

I wrote my first book Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs because I wanted to reassure my kids (and myself!) that we are always connected to the people we love.  Writing my poem “Tonic Waters” helped me cope with grief over my mother-in-law’s death.   I was so honored when “Tonic Waters” was published in an anthology and read aloud at the 2014 World Cancer Day Concert – because it meant my words might console others experiencing similar pain.  I’m currently finishing my first YA novel for girls, and I’ve just finished collaborating on a wonderful new book to support children who have suffered a traumatic event.

I love to learn just as much as I love to teach, and I hold a B.A. in English (UCLA), M.A. in English Literature (Yale) and elementary/secondary teaching credentials (Pepperdine).  I keep my inner flower child happy and inspired by sculpting, dancing, exploring tide pools, raising chickens in the city, traveling to cool new places (and attempting to speak the language, even if it’s just please and thank you), and taking long nature walks with my sons and our rescue terrier Poppy.  I’m happiest when I’m barefoot and surrounded by beauty.

 

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that now has a new home with That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic for this week is…

 

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Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

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Paper Girls Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

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As You Wish by Angela Quarles

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Heat of the Moment by Elle Kennedy 

HEAT OF THE MOMENT

 

Once Upon A Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman

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Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

ROYCE ROLLS

 

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

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Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

SINS OF THE NIGHT

 

You’ll Think of Me by Lucia Franco

YOU'LL THINK OF ME

 

Groupie by C.M. Stunich

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The Last Academy by Anne Applegate

LAST ACADEMNY

 

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This list was actually pretty hard for me as I don’t generally pick up books I think I’m going to dislike. I didn’t necessarily dislike the above books but they were less than what I was expecting.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: TWILIGHT

 

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PUBLISHER: Little Brown & Company

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 05th October 2005

 

PAGES: 498

 

 

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About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.

 

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This was a re-read for me where I got to re-experience this novel from a new perspective. While there are flaws to the novel, this is your bread and butter paranormal YA. This novel got me started reading the YA genre and I will appreciate it for that. This novel is purely written enjoyment that I can engross myself in the world and immerse myself with the characters.

This novel is full of world building. It is a Urban Fantasy novel based in the Washington town of Forks where there is very little sunshine and it rains almost year round. A lot of the novel focuses on character development and developing the vampire mythology and integrating it into the world. The sparkly vampire has never been seen before or after except in the Twilight novels.

I had forgotten how much I liked Bella’s character in the books. She is intelligent in some ways and simply naive in others which is stereotypical of the seventeen year old girls. It just works. The other character I particularly enjoy is Alice. She is bubbly and vibrant and someone I would particularly enjoy having as a friend.

The romance is almost the definition of insta-love which can be enjoyable but at times a little unbelievable. The action really picks up towards the end of the novel and is pretty much over as soon as it begins. This is not an action packed novel – but as a paranormal romance YA novel it does the job. Nostalgia in book format.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

ANNOUNCEMENT: ONCE UPON A… READATHON

 

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Hello and welcome… today I am announcing something exciting. At the conclusion of the Royalty Readathon (wrap up coming soon), I am going to announce a brand new readathon that I am hosting.

 

 Once Upon A Readathon has been created to work with the Once Upon A Reading Challenge which I am also hosting to help everyone read retellings. At this stage it will be a biannual readathon which I am hoping everyone will enjoy.

 

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DETAILS:

 

There are no reading challenges for this readathon. Instead a classic or fairytale will be selected for each round. The aim of that round will then be to read retellings based upon that selection.

 

For the first round the selection will be none other than:

 

CINDERELLA

 

The first round will take place from midnight (in your respective time zone) on the 18th of June and run until 23:59 (in your respective time zone) on the 24th of June.

 

There is plenty of time to get your TBR’s ready and join in on this new readathon.

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What do you think of this readathon? Will you be joining in? What recommendations do you have for retellings of Cinderella?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS

 

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PUBLISHER: Thomas Dunne

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 15th September 2015

 

PAGES: 320

 

 

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For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

 

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A beautiful and lyrical tale that sweeps you on a journey of family rivalry and finding love in the midst of it all. This journey has emotionally exhausted me as there is so much packed into this book underneath the smooth prose. This is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in the concept of theatrical performers.

I found that there were many conversations regarding family autonomy. There is a domestic abuse scenario within the novel which had me cringing. I understood why it was there in the novel but I did not enjoy that particular aspect.

I love that Lace and Cluck are flawed characters. However, through their flaws and misconceptions about each other they find that there is more in common than there is to be confrontational about. There are other complex characters that are set in their ways. They create conflict and angst within the novel. Diversity lingers which Anna-Marie McLemore is known for and I enjoyed.

Overall, this is a beautifully written Romeo and Juliet retelling that should be devoured slowly. The lyrical quality of the prose led to an almost Magical Realism aspect for the novel.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati