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Waiting on Wednesday – February 20, 2019

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

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

To Best The Boys

From Goodreads:

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I decided to post the first five books based upon actual length. However, the last five novels are books that felt like they took me forever to finish.

1. Batman and the Justice League Vol. 1, Shiori Teshirogi

2. The 30-Day Prayer Challenge for Women, Nicole O’Dell

3. The Raging Ones, Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

4. War of the Staffs, Steve Stephenson, K.M. Tedrick

5.  La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday, Trina McNeilly

6. Okayest Mom: When God’s Plan of Adoption Doubled My Family, Natalie Gwyn

7. The Unforgotten, Laura Powell

8. King’s Blood, Jill Williamson

9. AA-10025: Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle, Marie Carre

10. The Girl King, Mimi Yu

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First Lines Friday – February 15, 2018

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!

Jude lifted the heavy practice sword, moving into the first stance – readiness.

Get used to the weight, Madoc has told her. You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

It will hurt. Pain makes you strong.


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Wicked King

Title: The Wicked King
Author: Holly Black
Rating: ★★★★

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

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Waiting on Wednesday – February 13, 2019

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

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Warrior of the Wild

From Goodreads:

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

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Waiting on Wednesday – February 6, 2019

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

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Crown of Feathers

From Goodreads:

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I decided to post the first five books based upon actual length. However, the last five novels are books that felt like they took me forever to finish.

1. Enchantee, Gita Trelease

2. The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon

3. The Waking Forest, Alyssa Wees

4. Descendant of the Crane, Joan He

5.  Aurora Rising, Jay Kristoff

6. The Devouring Gray, Christine Lynn Herman

7. Sorcery of Thorns, Margaret Rogerson

8. We Hunt the Flame, Hafsah Faizal

9. Dark Shores, Danielle L. Jensen

10. The Beholder, Anna Bright

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January 2019 Wrap Up

January

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

  • The Alamo Bride and Courting Darkness

Life:

  • My Etsy stock is building.

 

My Posts:

February

Tentative TBR:

  • Courting Darkness
  • The Alamo Bride
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Ruin of Kings
  • Castle of Lies

Life:

  • New Year, New Things to Explore!

What books did you read in January?!