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Waiting on Wednesday – July 17, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker

Steel TideFrom Goodreads:

The second book in a heart-stopping trilogy that follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet.

Caledonia may have lost her crew, but she’s not done fighting yet. After nearly dying at the hand of a powerful foe, Caledonia is pulled from the sea and nursed back to health by a crew of former Bullets that call themselves Blades. The Blades escaped Aric Athair’s clutches and now live a nomadic existence, ready to disappear at a moment’s notice should trouble come their way.

But Caledonia wants to do more than just hide. She wants to find the Mors Navis and her beloved sisters. She wants to continue fighting Aric’s fleet and to take back the Bullet seas. She’ll need to do everything in her power to convince the Blades that fighting is their only option, that there has to be a life better than the one under Aric Athair’s reign, and that finding the women of the Mors Navis is the first step to revolution.

See my review for Seafire.

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Top 5 Tuesday: K, L, M, N, O

Top 5 Tuesday is weekly meme created by the Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

1. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekannen

2. The Broken Girls, Simone St. James

3. Caraval, Stephanie Garber

4. Delilah: Treacherous Beauty, Angela Hunt

5.  The English Wife, Lauren Willig

6. Finale, Stephanie Garber

7. Grace and Fury, Tracy Banghart

8. House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig

9. It’s Not Lose Weight to Get Healthy, It’s Get Healthy to Lose WeightEric Berg

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

11. Kingdom of Happiness: Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life, Jeffrey Kirby

12. Legendary, Stephanie Garber

13. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

14. Not That I Could Tell, Jessica Strawser

15. Onyx and Ivory, Mindee Arnett

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First Lines Friday – July 12, 2019

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). The book I picked today is one that contains a highly  important message, especially with everything we see in YA books these days being. You can check out my review of the book here!

Benat Gallego was thirteen when he watched uncle and cousin burn to death.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

These Rebel Waves

Title: These Rebel Waves (These Rebel Waves, #!)
Author: Sarah Raasch
Rating: ★★★★

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

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Waiting on Wednesday – July 10, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

These Divided ShoresFrom Goodreads:

The thrilling sequel to These Rebel Waves—full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a revolution—from Sara Raasch, the bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.

As a child, she committed unforgivable acts to free Grace Loray from King Elazar of Argrid. Now Elazar’s plan to retake the island has surpassed Lu’s darkest fears: he’s holding her and his son, Ben, captive in an endlessly shifting prison, forcing them to make a weapon that will guarantee Elazar’s success. Escape is impossible—unless Lu becomes the ruthless soldier she hoped never to be again.

Vex failed to save Lu and Ben—and that torments him as much as his Shaking Sickness. With the disease worsening, Vex throws himself into the rebellion against Argrid. The remaining free armies are allied with the stream raider syndicates—and getting them to cooperate will take a strength Vex thought burned on a pyre six years ago.

Imprisoned, betrayed, and heartbroken, Ben is determined to end his father’s rampage. Watching Elazar sway the minds of Grace Loray as he did those of Argrid, Ben knows he has to play his father’s game of devotion to win this war. But how can a heretic prince defeat the Pious God?

As armies clash and magic rises, Lu, Vex, and Ben will confront their pasts . . . or lose their futures forever.

See my review for These Rebel Waves.

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Top 5 Tuesday: F, G, H, I, J

Top 5 Tuesday is weekly meme created by the Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. I’m not creative enough to create a character theme for Top Ten Tuesday, so I decided on an alternate route haha. The theme for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday is books that start with the letters F, G, H, I, and J, making it through the entire alphabet in July. However, since I didn’t participate last week, I will also be doing A, B, C, D, and E. Enjoy!

1. An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekannen

2. The Broken Girls, Simone St. James

3. Caraval, Stephanie Garber

4. Delilah: Treacherous Beauty, Angela Hunt

5.  The English Wife, Lauren Willig

6. Finale, Stephanie Garber

7. Grace and Fury, Tracy Banghart

8. House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig

9. It’s Not Lose Weight to Get Healthy, It’s Get Healthy to Lose WeightEric Berg

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

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First Lines Friday – July 5, 2019

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. They called my nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and thousand cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and breadth of our futures. In our language, it means not just goddess, but bride.

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Circe

Title: Circe
Author: Madeline Miller
Rating: ★★★★

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.