ARC REVIEW: THE DROWNED WOODS BY EMILY LLOYD-JONES

STAR RATING: 5 stars
PAGE LENGTH: 352 pages
WHAT SERIES? This is a standalone, but set in the same world as The Bone Houses.
CW: Blood, violence
IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Thank you to Netgalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for providing an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

Once upon a time, the kingdoms of Wales were rife with magic and conflict, and eighteen-year-old Mererid “Mer” is well-acquainted with both. She is the last living water diviner and has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service. Under the prince’s orders, she located the wells of his enemies, and he poisoned them without her knowledge, causing hundreds of deaths. After discovering what he had done, Mer went to great lengths to disappear from his reach. Then Mer’s old handler returns with a proposition: use her powers to bring down the very prince that abused them both.

The best way to do that is to destroy the magical well that keeps the prince’s lands safe. With a motley crew of allies, including a fae-cursed young man, the lady of thieves, and a corgi that may or may not be a spy, Mer may finally be able to steal precious freedom and peace for herself. After all, a person with a knife is one thing…but a person with a cause can topple kingdoms.

My Review

Have you ever read a book and known within the first few pages that it’s going to be a favorite? That was me with The Drowned Woods. Lloyd-Jones has a way with words — her writing is simple, but not stupid, and lyrical and descriptive enough that you feel as if you are right alongside the characters. The basic gist of the story is this — our main cast of characters have to destroy a magical well to break the evil prince’s hold on the land. To put it simply — The Drowned Woods is part fairy-tale and part heist novel.

The plot is rather simple, but there’s no need for it to be incredibly complicated. (And, not to mention, this is technically a YA novel.) What Lloyd-Jones has done works. She brings together a memorable cast of characters and lets them tell the story.

There’s Mer, the water diviner — someone who can sense and manipulate water. She’s got some serious baggage, with good reason. She’s frequently quite prickly, and slow to trust after being betrayed by someone close to her in the past. There’s Fane, the ironfetch, and his pet corgi, Trefor. Fane was my favorite of the bunch — he is under service to the Fae, and was enchanted by them to be able to sense iron. They “gave” him another power, but I won’t spoil what that is. He spends a good chunk of the novel frequently afraid for everyone else, but he’s rather stoic about it. Trefor is a corgi, and he’s the bestest good boy out there. Other characters include: Ifanna the lady thief, Renfrew the spymaster, Emrick the scholar, and Gryf the…well I’m not going to spoil that, either.

There is a deep betrayal in this novel, that I saw coming, but wanted to pretend that I did not. But ohhhhh, how it hurt when I finally got to it. Ugh.

The Drowned Woods is a fairy-tale type novel (I’m reading a lot of these lately, apparently!) — it is based off of an old Welsh legend or tale, so that explains the general feel of the story. There is incredible magic to this tale, and I’m so, so glad that I got the chance to read this one.

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THE DROWNED WOODS COMES OUT AUGUST 16, 2022.

Add to your Goodreads, or preorder at your local indie bookstore, or at the following links:

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WWW WEDNESDAY – MAY 25

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It’s HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMP day, which means it’s time for WWW Wednesday! Halfway through the week, alright. Let’s hope everything just gets better from here on out!

EDIT as of 9:15 am — I wrote this post before everything happened yesterday. My heart and soul are with the babies and teachers that died yesterday in an absolutely preventable, senseless tragedy. How can we as a country keep letting this happen? What will it take to change anything? I’m taking deep breaths today. I’m hugging my son. Hug your children for me. Hold them tight.

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

All my current ARCs are not due until July, so I thought I’d hit up my backlist and slowly whittle away at it for a bit. I just started Reaper by Will Wight yesterday. I probably won’t review this one on the blog, as I barely remember what happened in the previous 9 books. (No, I’m not going back and rereading NINE books. Not right now, anyway.) You’ll find a short little review for it up on Goodreads, once I finish it, though!

I finished up an ARC of The Drowned Woods yesterday. My review for that one will be up tomorrow, and holy crap did I absolutely ADORE this book. I can’t wait for more of you to read it!

I just signed up for Kindle Unlimited (a LOT of my backlist is available on it) so maybe I’ll grab Dark Night Golden Dawn after I finish up Reaper.

What other Kindle Unlimited books should I check out?

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TOP TEN TUESDAY – QUOTES ABOUT LOVE

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Morning. [grumbles] Can someone, anyone, tell my son that he can sleep right through three am without waking up wailing? Poor baby is waking up really whiney and won’t go back to sleep without a big bottle. He’s a year old! He shouldn’t need to eat at night anymore. 😦 ANYWAY, onto my sleep-deprived post…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a QUOTE FREEBIE. Sooooo, because I have a million of these saved — I’m doing quotes about love.

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“When the day shall come, that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’—ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” — THE FIERY CROSS by DIANA GABALDON

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“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” — SONG OF ACHILLES by MADELINE MILLER

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“In every moment, for the rest of my life, I will be choosing you.” — SHADOW OF NIGHT by DEBORAH HARKNESS

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“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.” — THE NIGHT CIRCUS by ERIN MORGENSTERN

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“The moment you first called me a prick, my fate was sealed. O, fathers of my bloodline! O, ye kings of olde! Take this crown from me, bury me in my ancestral soil. If only you had known the mighty work of thine loins would be undone by a gay heir who likes it when American boys with chin dimples are mean to him.” — RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE by CASEY MCQUISTON

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“You look like a Turner painting and I want to learn your textures with my fingertips. You are the most fascinating thing in this beautiful house. I’d like to introduce my fists to whoever taught you to stop talking about the things that interest you.” — A MARVELLOUS LIGHT by FREYA MARSKE

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“And kissed her for a hundred and sixty-nine years.” — TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by CONNIE WILLIS

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“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you…We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams…And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…” — HIS DARK MATERIALS by PHILIP PULLMAN

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“I was his and he was mine, and we were the beginning and middle and end. We were a song that had been sung from the very first ember of light in the world.” — COURT OF MIST AND FURY by SARAH J. MAAS

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“It had been three days since she’d left him alone in his home, having destroyed it with the specter of her presence. He couldn’t do anything in the house—not eat or bathe or light a fucking candle—without thinking of her. Without reliving her, smelling like almond cakes and looking like sin. ……..So, he hadn’t gone home in three days.” — BRAZEN AND THE BEAST by SARAH MACLEAN

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What are you favorite quotes about love? Share them below, I seriously want to read them.

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GOODREADS MONDAY – MAY 23

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It was another red-letter weekend in the Jordyn-Reads house. My husband is sick, and our kiddo is also not feeling the best. Last night was the worst night of the bunch, as little man woke up at 3:30 and did not go back to sleep until 5:30. My alarm goes off at 6:00. He wanted to be touching one of us at all times, so he eventually fell asleep with his head on my chest. Adorable, but uh…WHY COULDN’T YOU DO THAT AT 3:30???? God, I’m tired.

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. You choose a book from your TBR and show it off, so here we go.

NETTLE & BONE BY T. KINGFISHER

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After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra—the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter—has finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself.

Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince—if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning.

On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. Together, the five of them intend to be the hand that closes around the throat of the prince and frees Marra’s family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler at last.

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Have you been one of the lucky ones who’ve read this book already? What’s on your Goodreads Monday this week?

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ARC REVIEW: DAUGHTER OF REDWINTER BY ED MCDONALD

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STAR RATING: 4.5 stars
PAGE LENGTH: 352 pages
WHAT SERIES? The Redwinter Chronicles
WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Daughter of Redwinter
HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Unknown
CW: Blood, gore, body horror, violence
IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Sabriel by Garth Nix

Thank you to Netgalley and Tor.com Publishing for providing an ARC of this novel.

Synopsis

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Those who see the dead soon join them.

From the author of the critically-acclaimed Blackwing trilogy comes Ed McDonald’s Daughter of Redwinter, the first of a brilliant fantasy series about how one choice can change a universe.

Raine can see–and more importantly, speak–to the dead. It’s a wretched gift with a death sentence that has her doing many dubious things to save her skin. Seeking refuge with a deluded cult is her latest bad, survival-related decision. But her rare act of kindness–rescuing an injured woman in the snow–is even worse.

Because the woman has escaped from Redwinter, the fortress-monastery of the Draoihn, warrior magicians who answer to no king and who will stop at nothing to retrieve what she’s stolen. A battle, a betrayal, and a horrific revelation forces Raine to enter Redwinter. It becomes clear that her ability might save an entire nation.

Pity she might have to die for that to happen…

My Review

A couple of weeks ago, a publicist from Tor reached out asking if I’d be interested in reading Daughter of Redwinter. I, of course, said yes. I’m still new to the reviewing scene, and honestly, I’m going to take just about any book that Tor offers me. They consistently put out amazing fantasy / sci-fi books, and well, I want them to like me. I knew absolutely nothing about Daughter of Redwinter before going in. I had no expectations, honestly.

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DAAAAAAANG was this book right up my alley. Daughter of Redwinter reminded me a lot of Mistborn and of The Old Kingdom series. The mystery at the core of the plot reminded me of Mistborn, and the main character’s powers reminded me of the necromancers from The Old Kingdom. If you like those books, you’ll like this one without question.

Look, I grew up on strong female protagonists, and Raine more than fits the bill. She reminded me so much of Sabriel and Vin (from Mistborn) that I couldn’t help but love her. To keep things as vague as possible — Raine witnesses something awful, and becomes the only person who can save a good man from being blamed for something he did not do. She has a rather neat power — she can see the dead. (However, this power is highly vilified, and she has to keep it a secret, or her life would be forfeit.) Raine is a little broken on the inside, but through the course of the novel, she works through it. She’s sassy, slow to trust, and surprisingly not good at everything. Needless to say, I really liked her.

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The supporting characters are good, but many of them are rather flat. However, I’m fairly certain they were written this way because for a good chunk of the book, Raine is keeping them at distance. Remember how I said she was slow to trust? Yeah, she has a good reason for it. People have to prove to her they’re worth her trust, and it takes a good chunk of the novel for her to get there.

The entire plot of Daughter of Redwinter wraps up very, very nicely at the end. So much so that I have no idea what the second novel is going to be about — and there’s definitely going to be a second novel. This is no doubt the set-up novel to a series, and one that I will absolutely be following.

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daughter of redwinter COMES OUT JUNE 28, 2022.

Add to your Goodreads, or preorder at your local indie bookstore, or at the following links:

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: VE SCHWAB

Today, I’m trying a new type of post out for you guys. — a spotlight on one of my favorite authors! I plan to give a quick little run down of the author and their work, and then I’ll list my favorite books by them that I’ve read!

To start us off, I’m going with VE SCHWAB. She is an auto-buy author for me, and has been since I first read the Shades of Magic series. I’ve read most of her work, and honestly? I’ve loved all but one of her books that I’ve read! (Gallant was slightly disappointing.) What books by her I haven’t read, I already own. I just need to sit down and get into them! Onto the post, then!

V.E. SCHWAB aka VICTORIA SCHWAB

  • WHAT’S SHE KNOWN FOR? Dark, incredibly lush stories that tend to feel like old-school fairy tales
  • HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE I READ BY HER? Eight, but she’s written over 20 books for all different ages.
  • WHAT GENRES DOES SHE WRITE? Typically fantasy, but has dipped her toes into sci-fi as well.
  • WHERE CAN WE FIND HER? Twitter | Instagram | Her website

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”
― V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

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A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

WHY DID I LOVE THIS SERIES? This is one of the first modern fantasy series that I picked up back when I first started getting back into reading a whole lot. It’s an incredibly unique take on the genre — there are multiple different worlds layered on top of one another and only certain magicians can travel between them. Kell is a fantastic protagonist, but my heart belongs to Lila Bard and her absolute need to discover more about magic and the world Kell comes from. There is a satisfying ending to the series, but Schwab left it open enough that she could dip right back into this world. And, as far as I know, she is planning to do so!

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3
  • CW: Blood, violence, death, sexual assault

VICIOUS

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Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

WHY DID I LOVE THIS SERIES? You know how superheroes have been literally everywhere since Iron Man came out in 2008? (A quick aside here — I adore the Marvel universe.) This is Schwab’s take on superheroes. This is a dark, modern story bent on revenge, on being the most powerful, and what happens when you give a terrible person the ability to do amazing things. There are some extremely memorable characters in this series, but I don’t want to spoil who or what they are!

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3 in the main series, but only 2 are out right now. There is a graphic novel series set in the same universe, however.
  • CW: Death, violence, gun violence, animal death

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE

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France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 

WHY DID I LOVE THIS BOOK? This is really the first book I waited for anxiously since the last Harry Potter book came out. I think it might even be the first book I preordered since then, too. Hmm. ANYWAY — I longed for Addie the second Schwab announced it. It was everything I wanted, but I was still left wanting more at the end. This is a haunting tale about a girl who can never be remembered. Schwab’s writing is so good you can taste Addie’s loneliness.

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? This is a standalone book.
  • CW: Suicidal thoughts, suicide attempt, death, sexual content, mental illness

THE NEAR WITCH

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The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know-about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

WHY DID I LOVE THIS BOOK? I picked this one up while on maternity leave, because it was shorter, a standalone, and because I hadn’t read it yet. Kinda not-great reasons, but who cares. This book is a fairy tale. You know the old-school, don’t-do-this type of stories? Yeah. That’s The Near Witch. This is Schwab’s debut so it might feel slightly rougher than her newer works, but it’s absolutely worth the read. The romance in this one is melt-in-your-mouth sweet, with the innocence of childhood.

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? This is a standalone book.
  • CW: Kidnapping, self harm, confinement, death, child abuse, death of parent, blood, animal death, fire
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What’s your favorite VE Schwab book that you’ve ever read? Are any of these on your TBR? And, finally, do you have any suggestions for other authors you would like to see me spotlight? Keep in mind I’d like to stick to authors who have more than a couple of books out.

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ARC REVIEW: SECOND SPEAR BY KERSTIN HALL

STAR RATING: 4.5 stars
PAGE LENGTH: 272 pages
WHAT SERIES? The Mkalis Cycle
WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? The Border Keeper
HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 2, as of right now
CW: Blood, gore, body horror, violence
IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall, and Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Thank you to Netgalley and Tor.com Publishing for providing an ARC of this novel.

Synopsis

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After surviving the schemes of a vengeful goddess and learning some shattering truths about her former life, the warrior Tyn feels estranged from her role guarding her ruler. Grappling with knowledge of her identity, she unleashes her frustrations on all the wrong people.

When an old enemy returns wielding an unstoppable, realm-crushing weapon and Tyn is swept up in the path of destruction, she must make a choice about who she is and who she wants to be.

My Review

Amazingly enough, I enjoyed Second Spear even more than I enjoyed The Border Keeper. I think the biggest reason for this is that I “knew” the world the story was taking place in. I knew the whole thing was going to be odd, and I knew that there was going to be little to no explanation as to why, too. To be fair, though, Second Spear felt a little less fantastical. Sure, absolutely wild stuff still happens, but nothing odd enough that I was flat out confused.

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The main character, Tyn, is likeable and has motivations that are easy to understand — the protector of the realm that she lives in is in danger, and she needs to do what she can to protect them. Unlike the main character from The Border Keeper, she is not carrying secrets that are unknown to the reader. The air of mystery from the first novella is just plain absent in Second Spear. Honestly, I liked that it was gone. There’s a straight forward plot in this novella, and it just worked better for me that way. The other characters in Second Spear are equally enjoyable, especially the demon-god-realm-protector that was living fungi. They were SO cool, and the scenes that take place in their world are so imaginative and tangible you feel like you’re actually there.

Overall, I recommend the Mkalis Cycle, especially if you like awesome world-building, and a general air of mystery.

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WWW WEDNESDAY – MAY 18

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Hi friends! I hope your Wednesday is going better than mine so far. Little man was WIDE AWAKE from midnight til 4:30 am. He had a little fever right before bedtime, but after Motrin it went right down. He’s either getting sick, or he’s working hard on cutting some teeth. I’m running on…maybe four hours of sleep right now. I’m TIRED. My husband is TIRED. Baby boy is TIRED. Send sleep.

ANYWAY, ENOUGH OF ME COMPLAINING —— This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
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I’ve been hovering at about 20% of the way into Daughter of Redwinter for a couple of days now. It’s really good so far — I just haven’t had the time to really get into it! I finished Second Spear over the weekend, and while the world those novellas take place in is exceptionally weird, they are astoundingly well-written. Next, I think I’ll dive into Dark Earth, so I can knock some ARCs off my list.

What are you reading this week?

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TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS I HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO YET

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Hey everybody! I’m home today with my little man as his usual caretakers are all sick! Means I get to skip out on work and hang out with my buddy today! So that means that I probably won’t be blog hopping today — I’ll be too busy making sure my kiddo doesn’t accidentally unalive himself, and that we’re having fun! I hope your Tuesday is going great!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is BOOKS I WAS SO EXCITED TO GET, BUT STILL HAVEN’T READ YET. Whoops. You know I got some for this topic…I went straight to my Kindle Library and scrolled, while taking notes. These are SOME of the books that I’ve bought in excitement, and uh…haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

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I’m not going to lie to you, I straight up forgot I had bought some of these. (Looking at you, The Midnight Bargin.) Whoops. Do you see any books I absolutely have to get to soon? Let me know.

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GOODREADS MONDAY – MAY 16

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GOOD MORNING TO YOU, my friends. I sincerely hope you had a better weekend than I did! My allergies are kicking my butt something fierce, we went to a party that was SUPPOSED to be outside, but it poured, and we found out my aunt (who usually watches my son twice a week) has COVID. (She’s doing okay, as far as she’s told me!) It was an amalgamation of awfulness. Here’s hoping this week kicks off into something a little better at least!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. You choose a book from your TBR and show it off, so here we go. This one was recommended to me personally by a bookish friend quite recently.

POLARIS RISING BY JESSIE MIHALIK

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A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.

Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.

When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.

But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for… 

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Have you heard of this book? What’s on your Goodreads Monday this week?

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