Upcoming Releases: December 2019

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Do You Think I Can Get These Upcoming Releases as Gifts This Year?

This is going to be the last “Upcoming Releases” post that covers for 2019 before the posts will start covering upcoming releases for 2020 releases. Can you believe that? This December, many more amazing books are going to be released as a gift for us all. There are so many books to choose from, but maybe some of these are the books we can all ask to have wrapped up this year. (I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but we’re talking December here!)

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The Sunday Post – Catching Up

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Welcome to The Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a chance to recap the previous week and announce anything for the upcoming week. You can talk about whatever you want in this post as well.

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Book Review: Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: The Grisha, #1
Length: 369 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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October Recap – Back On the Road

 

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Well, I’m not sure how to exactly say this, but I only read 1 book (well 2, if you count a graphic novel as a book) for an entire month, once again. I’m not putting the blame on anything as I actually anticipated this unlike September. In October, my family took a much needed trip and went on vacation. I always try to get some reading in, but I’m usually always doing something else. There’s so many things to do that days are packed. I actually started to have time available to read within the last two days of the vacation when time became available to read.

However, I will definitely try to read much more in November and December. I have many more books to go to complete my goal, and I would like to actually complete it. Hopefully I can stick to this plan.

Read:

Ascender, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Ascender, Vol 1: The Haunted Galaxy by Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator) – ★★★★
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron – ★★★★

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Book Review: Song of the Crimson Flower

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Rise of the Empress, Companion
Length: 288 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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

Synopsis:
Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician’s apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.

Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao being to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?

In this fantastical tale of darkness and love, some magical bonds are stronger than blood.

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To Track or Not To Track? – Progress While Reading

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When it comes to keeping track of your reading’s progress, I am always on it. I put down what page I left on and figure out how many pages I read at the time. I have been doing this for seven years while using GoodReads. It was a steady and useful habit I had until October came around.

I had started a brand new book right when October started. The previous book I finished was right at the end of September. I forgot the change the status of the book to “Currently Reading,” but I figured I would just change it on a later date. I even forgot to change the status and mark down what page I was on before I left my weeklong trip. Ever since I my return, I still haven’t updated it.

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Book Review: Four Dead Queens

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 429 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.

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A Brief Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd (Conception)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 206 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

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