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Waiting on Wednesday – June 5, 2019

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

Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

Queen of RuinFrom Goodreads:

A fierce sequel full of sisterhood, heart pounding action, betrayal, and intrigue in the royal court in a series that “breathes new life into the feminist story of oppression and resistance” (Publisher’s Weekly).

Banished by Asa at the end of Grace and Fury, Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again. Their only hope is to find Nomi’s sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi and Malachi arrive, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina–polite, submissive Serina–is its leader.

Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they’ll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.

Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place.

The stakes are higher and the battles bolder in Tracy Banghart’s unputdownable sequel to Grace and Fury.

See my review for Grace and Fury.

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May 2019 Wrap Up

May

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

Life:

  • Volleyball started!imagejpeg950
  • My parents picked up three little baby goats this month.
  • Completed an escape room with my friend and three randos and third-wheeled another (completed both)!image951
  • My mom and I did a flower arrangement class for mother’s day at a distillery, which was a blast (I’m impressed with myself!)Resized_20190511_140133
  • Sarge went to Camp Bow Wow for the first time this month and he loved it!Resized_20190517_173801(1)
  • Early release Fridays started at work! 🙂

My Posts:

June

Tentative TBR:

Life:

  • I have two Bachelorette parties and a wedding!

What books did you read in May?!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Favorite Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. Caraval, Stephanie Garber

2. Legendary, Stephanie Garber

3. Finale, Stephanie Garber

4. Circe, Madeline Miller

5.  Shadow & Flame, Mindee Arnett

6. To Best the Boys, Mary Weber

7. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin

8. Onyx & Ivory, Mindee Arnett

9. The Cruel Prince, Holly Black

10. The Wicked King, Holly Black

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First Lines Friday – May 31, 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!

No one needed to bother opening the letter to know what it said.

 

All gentlepersons of university age (respectively seventeen to nineteen) are cordially invited to test for the esteemed annual scholarship given by Mr. Holm toward one fullride fellowship at Stemwick Men’s University. Aptitude contenders will appear at nine o’ clock in front of Holm Castle’s entrance above the seaside town of Pinsbury Port on the evening of 22 September, during the Festival of the Autumnal Equinox.

For Observers: Party refreshments will be provided at intermittent times. Watering facilities available at all times. Gratitude and genial amusement are expected. (Those who fail to comply will be tossed out at our amusement.)

For Contestants: Those who never risk are doomed never to risk. And those who’ve risked previously will be ousted should they try again.

For All: Mr. Holm and Holm Manor bear no responsibility, liability, or legal obligation for any harm, death, or partial decapitation that may result from entering the examination Labyrinth.

Sincerely,
Holm

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

To Best The Boys

Title: To Best the Boys
Author: Mary Weber
Rating: ★★★★★

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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Waiting on Wednesday – May 29, 2019

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

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

Soul of the SwordFrom Goodreads:

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.

See my review for Shadow of the Fox here.

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WWW Wednesday – May 29, 2019

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you just finish reading? What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

we hunt the flame

I am currently reading We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal.

Just Finished:

I recently finished reading Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa and Circe by Madeline Miller.

Reading Next:

These Rebel Waves

Next, I will be reading These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!