Book Review #160 – The Devouring Gray

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: The Devouring Gray, #1
Length: 368 Pages
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Synopsis:
Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

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Graphic Novel Review #24 – Midas

Midas by Ryan North, Braden Lamb (Illustrator) & Shelli Paroline (Illustrator)
Rating: 3 Stars
Series:  Midas (The Midas Flesh Vol 1 & 2)
Length: 256 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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

Synopsis:
Dang, King Midas

We’ve all heard of the Midas Touch. You know, the Greek myth about the man who did a number on himself by wishing everything he touched to turn to gold? Well, you haven’t heard everything.

Joey and her space crew have decided to return to Earth–a planet completely sectioned off, abandoned, and covered in gold–to find out exactly what happened to this once thriving planet and see if they can use that knowledge against the evil empire that’s tracking them down. As luck would have it, they just landed the most powerful weapon in the universe: some ancient dead guy’s body.

The totally unpredictable first collection of Ryan North’s debut original print comic book series The Midas Touch, featuring art by illustration dynamos Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, will leave the reader reeling from start to gilded finish

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Book Review #159 – Opposite of Always

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 449 Pages
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Synopsis:
Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . .

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.

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Upcoming Releases: June 2019

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Here I am, once again, making your TBR even larger.

I was told that my posts about upcoming books are really effective and making readers add more books to their everlasting TBR Piles. Well, there’s no way to avoid it forever. I’m here with more books, this time for June!

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I usually like to stay around with 5 books to keep it short, but since these posts are so effective, I’m just going to list 7 books instead. More the merrier, right?

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Book Review #158 – Thetis

Thetis by Greg Boose
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: The Deep Sky Saga, #2
Length: 258 Pages
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Thank You Diversion Publishing and NetGalley for giving a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
Blind and broken, orphaned teenager Jonah Lincoln reluctantly boards a rescue ship bound for the planet Thetis, but not before it picks up a few more surprising and dangerous survivors from the massacre on the moon Achilles. After regaining his sight, Jonah sees the gated colony on Thetis is just as he feared–cloaked in mystery and under an oppressive rule with no one to trust–and that outside the walls, it’s even worse. Surrounded by terrifying new landscapes and creatures, Jonah and his friends fight to save the colony and restore order to the planet.

Just as Jonah grasps his near-impossible mission, the alien voices from Achilles return, pushing him to discover the truth about the Silver Foot Galaxy and his role in both its future and past. And when another ship arrives, it’s then Jonah knows he has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Book Review #157 – Finale

Finale by Stephanie Garber
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Caraval, #3
Length: 416 Pages
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ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates were freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella saw Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finally, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun—with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything.

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April Recap – A Surprising Effort

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Just a couple days ago, I was looking at my calendar and it hit me that April was finally over. I’m not sure about you, but April felt like it lasted FOREVER. April felt like it never stopped and was never going to end. I guess that it’s good that it’s finally May. I have a good feeling about this month!

Read:

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao Thetis by Greg Boose The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman Finale by Stephanie Garber Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds You Asked for Perfect by Laura  Silverman
The Magicians Original Graphic Novel by Lilah Sturges Quincredible Vol. 1 by Rodney Barnes The Midas Flesh Vol. 1 by Ryan North The Midas Flesh Vol. 2 by Ryan North

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao – ★★★★
Thetis by Greg Boose –
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman –
Finale by Stephanie Garber – ★★★
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds – ★★★
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – ★★★
The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges – ★★★
Quincredible Vol. 1 by Rodney Barnes, Selina Espiritu & Kelly Fitzpatrick – ★★★
Midas (The Midas Flash Vol. 1 & Vol. 2) by Ryan North, Braden Lamb, & Shelli Paroline – ★★★

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Book Review #156 – The Shadowglass

The Shadowglass by Ron Chupeco
Rating: 5 Stars
Series: The Bone Witch, #3
Length: 449 Pages
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Synopsis:
Tea is a bone witch with the dark magic needed to raise the dead. She has used this magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost…and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea’s quest to conjure a shadowglass—to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world—threatens to consume her heart.

Tea’s black heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. And when she is left with new blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience…

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