Book Review: The Rise of Kyoshi

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: The Kyoshi Novels, #1
Length: 442 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
F. C. Yee’s The Rise of Kyoshi delves into the story of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom–born Avatar. The longest-living Avatar in this beloved world’s history, Kyoshi established the brave and respected Kyoshi Warriors, but also founded the secretive Dai Li, which led to the corruption, decline, and fall of her own nation. The first of two novels based on Kyoshi, The Rise of Kyoshi maps her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries after she became the Avatar.

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Book Review: The Okay Witch

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 272Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
Magic is harder than it looks.

Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discover that witches aren’t just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder’s Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth’s family is at the center of it all! When Moth’s new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.

In this spellbinding graphic novel debut, Emma Steinkellner spins a story packed with humor and heart about the weird and wonderful adventures of a witch-in-progress.

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Book Review: Spin the Dawn

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Rating: 5 Stars
Series: The Blood of Stars, #1
Length: 385 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

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May, June, July & August Recap – A Mega Monthly Recap

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Normally, a monthly recap is just something to recap the latest month that went by. Since I haven’t done a recap in so long, I missed doing the monthly recap for 4 months. Now, this is a 4 Month Recap! A Mega Month Recap, if you will. This may be a long post, so we’re in for a ride.

So, what has happened during the previous 4 months? Firstly, the blog was updated. Secondly, a lot of reading was done. Thirdly, a lot more work was done, especially with reviews and trying to find the balance on getting things done that I originally planned for so long ago. It has been a wild ride of ups and unexpected downs, but I am glad to be back. I may not keep up with my usual schedule, but I plan on getting posts out there.

Read:

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He Bloodrush by Ben Galley Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan A Different Time by Michael K. Hill Reverie by Ryan La Sala Mooncakes by Suzanne  Walker Hotel Dare by Terry Blas The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Book Review: A Different Time – Ultimate Book Tour

A Different Time by Michael K. Hill
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 197 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

Thank You Michael K. Hill and TheWriteReads Tours for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes, while forces work against them both, and time is running out.

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A Quick Hiatus Announcement

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Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to quickly say that although I already announced a hiatus a couple months ago and I originally planned to have some content up this month and the next, I have to say that the hiatus will continue until further notice. I have been told some devastating news today that left me in a state of shock and I am going to need some time figure things out.

Until then, content may not arrive just yet other than a select few.

I truly wished I could have come back by now, but I am just going to need more time, this time to focus on myself.

Thank You.

A Blogiversary: New Things & An Update

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2 Years and Counting!

Can you believe that it has been two years since this blog was first started? I can’t believe it either! As I look back through previous years, I realize that having this has been quite a journey. I must be doing something right due to the fact this is still here! Continue reading “A Blogiversary: New Things & An Update”

Book Review #162 – Bloodrush [TheWriteReads Blog Tour]

Bloodrush by Ben Galley
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series: The Scarlet Star Trilogy, #1
Length: 480 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Thank You Ben Galley and TheWriteReads Tours for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
When Prime Lord Hark is found in a pool of his own blood on the steps of his halls, Tonmerion Hark finds his world not only turned upside down, but inside out. His father’s last will and testament forces him west across the Iron Ocean, to the very brink of the Endless Land and all civilisation. They call it Wyoming.

This is a story of murder and family.

In the dusty frontier town of Fell Falls, there is no silverware, no servants, no plush velvet nor towering spires. Only dust, danger, and the railway. Tonmerion has only one friend to help him escape the torturous heat and unravel his father’s murder. A faerie named Rhin. A twelve-inch tall outcast of his own kind.

This is a story of blood and magick.

But there are darker things at work in Fell Falls, and not just the railwraiths or the savages. Secrets lurk in Tonmerion’s bloodline. Secrets that will redefine this young Hark.

This is a story of the edge of the world.

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