Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon & TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

We are just under a month away from my favorite readathon, and I am so excited about it. First I’ll just go ahead and give you the link to the official web site in case you want to learn more or sign up yourself.

This lovely readathon takes place twice each year, in April and in October. Last year I participated for the first time, and I’m proud to say I had a great experience in April, but I did much better interacting with the bookish community in October. You can find my wrap-ups for each event here (April and October).

And I’ve talked about the reason for and meaning behind this readathon before, but if you don’t want to search through old blog posts or visit the official web site, I’ll just give a brief rundown of the details now.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon was started (obviously) by a lady known as Dewey. She started the then 24 Hour Readathon as a response to 24 Hour Comics Day, which her husband and son participated in. So, while they went off to work on comics for a day, she held a readathon. This was in 2007.

Sadly, Dewey passed away after the two 2008 sessions, and in 2009 the readathon was renamed Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in honor of her memory.

Unlike some readathons that would go midnight to midnight, this one starts at the same time. So while some countries start at midnight, others start at 10 am or 5 pm, etc depending on where you’re located. For example, where I live in Ohio, my start time is at 8 am. So I’ll read from 8 am on Saturday, April 29th until 8 am Sunday, April 30th.

There are many different ways to participate in this reading challenge. Obviously you can be a reader, and you’ll be responsible for reading and occasionally updating on your social media/blog/etc about your progress (number of books/pages read, amount of time reading, etc). When you need to take a small reading break it is recommended that you visit other readers and cheer them on.

Which leads us to the cheerleaders. These are people who keep readers motivated. Cheerleaders are expected to participate for at least one hour, though you are more than welcome to do more.

Then they have mini-challenge hosts and hourly co-hosts. These are people who either take charge of the readathon for an hour, or create some sort of fun challenge that people can do when they need a little break from reading.

And of course, you can always be a donor. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon also has prizes for people who complete challenges, post readathon updates, etc. I just participate in the readathon to motivate myself to read, so I don’t know a whole lot about the challenges or prizes, but they have them and you can find out more on the web site.

Oh, and new for the April 2017 session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, they are trying to raise money for the non-profit organization Room to Read. So if you’d like to donate, you can find that page here. The goal is set for $1000 but I think we can honestly do better than that.

Here’s some basic information about Room to Read. If you would like more details about the organization, you can visit their web site.

We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world.

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. 

I love participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I’m excited about supporting this important charity as well. I believe that literacy is vitally important to our global society. An educated world is a world capable of awesomeness. My first session with the readathon I read 5 books and barely interacted with the community, but my second session I read 9 books and actually had a few social media breaks to cheer on my fellow readers. I’m hoping to continue and/or improve that trend this time around.

Anyway, here’s my tentative TBR. Obviously we still have another month to go so changes may occur.

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I guess this TBR shows that I am basically going with a themed readathon this time around. Basically I am focusing on books that feature books, magical libraries, librarians, etc. I own the first three books in The Invisible Library series, but only read about 30 or so pages of the first one. I remember enjoying it and I don’t really know why I set it aside and forgot about it.

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer is a book I picked up last year at Cincinnati Comic Expo, and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since. My TBR list is insane, so it’s difficult to fit in everything I’d like to read in a timely manner.

Next up is The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy and it is a fantasy book following a librarian. I picked this book up cheap from Book Outlet, and I’m always up for new to me fantasy reads.

I have had Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake on my radar for a while now, and despite some mixed reviews on the matter, I am nevertheless intrigued by the premise.

The Reader by Traci Chee is a little different from the above books in that it is a story where reading is basically unheard of, but a book is central to the story, and I’ve heard wonderful things about it.

Then there’s The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser, which features a character who can jump into books and interact with the characters and world inside. That automatically adds the book to my TBR.

Finally there’s Genrenauts: Season One by Michael R. Underwood. I read The Shootout Solution (Episode 1) and The Absconded Ambassador (Episode 2) during my last readathon and greatly enjoyed them. I’m hoping to at least read Episodes 3 and 4 during this readathon, though if I get really invested I may end up polishing off Episodes 5 and 6 as well. I love Michael R. Underwood’s awesome geeky genre-filled adventures.

So there you have it…my current TBR for the readathon. Things may change based on my mood the day of, but for now this what I’m hoping to read.

Oh, and for the readathon, you can follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram. I’ll have a wrap-up blog post probably on the Monday or Tuesday after the event as well.

Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Hey all, Dani here.

I love when book reading friends recommend books to me. I have found a number of new favorite books and/or series based on people suggesting I check something out. So when my friend David mentioned his favorite series several time, I had to check it out. Yes, I know it’s probably odd that I had never tried to read the Black Dagger Brotherhood before, but I’m happy to say that I am now a fan.

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Summary

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4.5 stars

I guess I should also probably admit that I bought the e-book bundle from Barnes & Noble so this was in a collection of books 1-4, and I’ll be jumping into book two very soon. This is not my first foray into steamy paranormal romance. I rather enjoyed reading the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, and the Demonica series by Larissa Ione, and the Goddess Summoning series by P.C. Cast.

Basically what I’m saying with all of this is that these types of books are rather formulaic, and yet that doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the books in the slightest. I mean the summary alone is enough to tell you that Wrath and Beth are going to meet, connect intimately, and go through some turmoil, before settling into their happily for now at the end. And yet, I still enjoy meeting the characters and following the journey.

I will admit that I read stories like this one and dream of meeting that person who I just connect with immediately, and having some sort of storybook romance life. And I usually find these to be quick reads.

I rather enjoyed meeting the Brotherhood. I am excited for the prospect of future books just so I can get more with all of them. My real surprise from this book was how much I grew to like Butch. He was a gruff cop who didn’t exactly follow procedure in the beginning, and by the end I was really rooting for him and his potential romantic future.

There was also an interesting take on vampires in this book, so I actually found myself liking that too.

So my slightly lowered rating was simply because of the predictability factor. But I’m glad I read this, and I’m looking forward to the next installment, which apparently follows Rhage aka Hollywood.

Where to Buy

You can pick Dark Lover up from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Hey all, Dani here,

My review today is for one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. And I’ll be completely honest…I flew through this book. It came out on March 14th, and I got it in the mail on the 17th. I also started and finished reading it on the 17th. It only took about two hours to read because I was so invested in the story.

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Summary

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

I loved loved LOVED this book. It was cute and geeky and made my nerdy heart so very happy. Much like an actual convention, the three days of the con in this book flew by and I found myself sad that it was ending. Going to conventions makes me happy because it’s a few days of hanging out with fanboys and fangirls just as passionate about shows, movies, books, comics, etc. as I am.

Speaking of, this book had so many celebrities mentioned and a large number of pop culture references. The number of actors and actresses appearing at SupaCon was impressive; I kinda want to go to the convention myself. Along with this, there are a number of indie actors appearing and let’s not forget all the YouTubers.

The love for geek culture clearly shows in this book, and I appreciate that it showcases a number of different types of geeks…sadly including ones who are not as awesome and inclusive–you know, the kind of people who put down others by commenting on their appearance or something else.

I also like that Taylor has some anxiety issues, and again the book doesn’t shy away from that point.

Speaking of inclusiveness, I completely adored that we followed two different romantic couples in this book: Taylor and Jamie, and Charlie and Alyssa. And I can’t even really call either one an insta-love situation. Taylor and Jamie have been friends for years…and Charlie and Alyssa have been fans of each others vlogs for a while.

Basically I could go on and on about how much I loved this geeky romance, but instead I’ll just recommend that you go pick a copy up for yourself and enjoy the cuteness.

Where to Buy

You can pick up Queens of Geek at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository or your local indie bookstore.

Middle Grade March: Story Thieves by James Riley

Hey all, Dani here.

So, I kinda dropped the ball last week and didn’t get my book reviews posted up. Basically I’m going to make up for it by posting extra reviews this week. Today I’m thrilled to be talking about a middle grade book that I actually discovered randomly at the store earlier this month. Honestly, the idea sounded fantastic so I couldn’t hold off on reading it.

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Summary

Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores.

But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen—his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

Bethany can’t let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen’s favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he’ll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father…

…Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany’s secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot’s final (very final) adventure.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

This was a solid story. It was a cute, clever, amusing adventure of a boy who finds real life boring and wants to escape, and a half-fictional girl searching for her fictional father in all the wrong books. One agreement between the two leads to a crazy journey where Owen has to become his favorite character and live out the final book in the series, while Bethany is in the real world trying to prevent things from getting far worse.

There were several times where I was laughing because of something the characters said or did. Oh, and then there was the characters mentioning other books written by James Riley, which I found highly amusing.

Oh, I suppose I should mention that there are similarities to Harry Potter, at least when it comes to the Kiel Gnomenfoot stories. But the great part with this is that Story Thieves does not shy away from this fact. Owen even comments that some fans of the Kiel Gnomenfoot stories have made comparisons. I really liked those references.

It was nice to see the character development. Owen, Bethany, and Kiel were all cool and relatable kids, and that made me interested in their story. Owen was such a fanboy of so many book series that I couldn’t help but enjoy his character. He reminded me of me in a number of ways. Bookworms are some of the best characters in books, or at least that’s how I see them.

The clever imaginings of this tale drew me in, and I found myself flying through the pages. I’m so glad that I picked up this book. I really enjoyed reading this, and will probably read the rest of the series in the future, just to find out what happens the next time Owen and Bethany jump into a story.

Where to Buy

You can pick up Story Thieves from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

Camp NaNoWriMo Prep

Hey all, Dani here.

I have seriously missed creative writing. I mean, I love reading and then writing up reviews or other bookish posts here on the blog, but I really enjoy writing novels. Sadly I have not been able to do much writing since NaNoWriMo ended last year. There has been a lot going on at home and I’m afraid the stress has been messing with my ability to put the right words down on the page.

That really needs to stop. So I am super glad that the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo is coming.

I’m also glad that I live in a great region, with writers who want to meet up throughout the year. So even though Camp NaNoWriMo is sort of NaNo lite, we still pretty much treat it the same. I still act like a Municipal Liaison, and I’ll plan prep sessions in the month leading up to NaNo/Camp and I’ll have write-ins and such throughout the actual month of the event.

This is basically where we’re at now. We are planning once a week meet ups for the next few weeks, so that should be quite helpful.

Oh, and I’ve decided to do something else different this time around. Normally I talk about which novel I’m working on and I’ll talk in vague specifics on characters, plot, etc. Not this time. I’m going to keep my writing project to myself. I mean, I’ll still give word count updates and general feelings towards my progress, but that’s it.

All I’ll really say is that it is a story I started a while ago, and I really loved working on it. The plot and the characters were so intriguing to me, and I rather enjoyed following their journeys. But I reached a part in the story–fairly close to the end–and the characters revealed details about themselves and their lives and relationships, that changed a number of earlier plot points.

So this session of Camp NaNoWriMo is partly rewriting and editing, and partly finishing the novel. I have my goal set for 25,000 words, which is half of the standard NaNo, but considering my writing dry spell, and what I actually need to get accomplished with this project, I feel good about my decision.

My goal for the time leading up to April is to read through everything I had written, take down notes on characters and plots, and be sure that I know exactly what I need to do for this upcoming Camp experience.

Okay, so for anyone who is feeling a little clueless in regards to this post…NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It was started in 1999, when it was held in July. The next year it was changed to November and it has continued to grow each year since. The basic idea for NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, and I have found that surprisingly focusing on a daily goal of 1667 words can produce decent quality writing too.

I have participated in NaNoWriMo since 2006, and have been a Municipal Liaison in charge of a region since 2008. I can also proudly say that I was a founding donor for Camp NaNoWriMo.

Camp is a tiny bit different. There are two sessions held in April and July each year. Instead of regions, writers are placed into cabins which hold 12 people. Also, you can set your word count goal for the month. And there’s the fact that Camp even has criteria for editing: for each hour you spend editing, it equals 1000 words…so if you are at the editing phase of your current writing project, you can still totally participate.

At the moment I have six campers in my cabin. If you’d like to join in on the fun, head on over to the Camp website and create your writing project. Then just let me know your NaNo/Camp username, and I’ll send you an invite. I’d love to write with you.

Bookish Academy Awards Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

Okay, so I saw this tag pop up last year and now it’s back, but this year I’ve decided to participate. Now, I don’t pay a lot of attention to the Academy Awards but there are people who get really into it. Lucky for us bookworms, there’s a book tag to correspond with it.

Basically how this tag works is there are a number of categories, and participants look through the books they read in the previous year and choose the winner for each category. There are some people who will choose the same book for multiple categories, but I wanted to limit each book to only one category win so I can share more awesome reads with all of you.

This tag was originated by BOOKadoodles on YouTube. You can check out that video here.

All right, let’s just jump right in now.

Categories/Questions:
Best Actor: (Best Male Protagonist)

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  • How about two male protagonists from the same book? I’m talking about Merik Nihar and Aeduan from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. This was one of my first reads of 2016 and it stuck with me through the year. I wanted to know more about the characters and the world.

Best Actress: (Best Female Protagonist)

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  • Shazi from The Wrath & The Dawn/The Rose & The Dagger is definitely my pick for this. She is such a strong and awesome female protagonist, and these books blew me away.

Best Cinematography: (Best Plot Twist)

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  • I loved this book, and I feel like there were enough revelations and twists and turns revolving around interpersonal drama that it qualifies for this category, so I pick The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. This was a surprise favorite of the year for me; I got drawn into the lives of these young women, and now I’m counting down until the release of the sequel.

Best Costume Design: (Best Book Cover)

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  • My favorite book cover of 2016 is Dreamworld by Rachel E. Kelly, hands down. And there were some beautiful covers to choose from, but I’m just so in love with this one.

Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)

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  • Hmm….I guess I’m picking the Night Court from ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas for this one. Come on, especially the inner circle, are all just freaking awesome.

Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)

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  • I’m picking two winners in this category, because I can and I can’t choose a distinct winner. First Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo because the world and the characters and the plot are just epic. And second, A Darker Shade of Magic/A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. The parallel Londons and traveling…it’s just such a rich story with vibrant characters. See why I had to pick two winners?

Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)

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  • Well, I guess I can probably go with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling here, but that kind of feels like cheating, because it is a screenplay of the film. So, if you consider that cheating, then I guess I’ll have to go with Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Best Animated Feature: (A book that would work well in animated format)

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  • For this I’m picking Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I’d like to see this one as a movie period, but I think it could make a cool animated feature, something in the vein of a Miyazaki film. It could be awesomely magical.

Best Director: (A writer you discovered for the first time)

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  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers had to win a category in this list. This tale would totally make an excellent movie or better off a show. I cannot recommend this book enough for its diversity.

Best Visual Effects: (Best Action in a Book)

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  • Okay, this category has obviously been won by Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It has great action and characters and cool story…and let’s be honest if we kept this as Best Visual Effects, Illuminae is absolutely visually stunning.

Best Short Film: (Best Novella or Short Book)

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  • For this I have to go with The Shootout Solution by Michael R Underwood, which is Episode 1 of “Season 1” of Genrenauts. These are great little genre exploration adventures following a group of people who have to go to different genre worlds to fix the stories by following cliches and tropes inherent in that particular genre. It’s fantastic.

Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)

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  • Okay, for this one I find that I have to pick The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. This was such a wonderful book. I was drawn into the story and the lives of the characters, and I read it at the perfect time for this lovely summery contemporary.

Best Documentary: (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction)

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  • Umm…I don’t think I read any actual historical fiction in 2016. Well, that sucks. But I did read a few non-fiction, including the lovely Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham. It was one of my favorite reads of the year, because Lauren just IS Lorelai Gilmore, and her wit and humor shine in this collection of personal essays.

All right, well that’s all for today’s post. If you decide to do this tag as well, please let me know. I’d love to see what books made the cut from your 2016 reads.

Middle Grade March: The Missing – Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to my first Middle Grade Monday post. Since I’m trying to focus my TBR pile this month on some of the many middle grade novels I’ve collected in recent months, I figured they should get their own day for reviews. I still have some other reviews for books coming this month as well, but I’ll save those for Tuesdays and/or Fridays.

Today I am going to share my thoughts on Found, book one of The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I’ll be honest; I was a fan of MPH when I was in high school, and I even attended an author event at my local public library and purchased a couple books which were then signed by the author. But it’s been nearly a decade since I last read one of her books, so this was an interesting experience for me.

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Summary

Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he’s never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who’s also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, “You are one of the missing.” The second one says, “Beware! They’re coming back to get you.”

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah’s sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere – and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip’s lives.

Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?

With Found, Margaret Peterson Haddix begins a new series that promises to be every bit as suspenseful as Among the Hidden, and proves her, once again, to be a master of the page-turner.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

This was a pretty quick read. I finished it in just a couple of hours while also marathoning Criminal Minds on Netflix. For the record, I am rewatching the show so I don’t have to fully focus on it.

Anyway, I like the idea of this story, of kids who are adopted sort of on a quest for self-discovery, and trying to learn more information lands them right in the middle of two factions of time travelers who have very different ideas for the rules and laws of time travel.

The characters were pretty cool, and we were given a decent amount of time to get to know them as they tried to find answers. Yes, some weird things happen, but we all don’t really start getting answers until we are a decent way into the second half of the book. Which is why I think that it took a while to really be invested in the story. I wanted a little more action and a little more time travel.

I will say that this book does set up the rest of the series nicely. I’m sure the next book will be a great deal more interesting, especially now that Jonah, Chip, and Katherine are all back in the 15th century trying to find a way to repair any ripples in history so they can just get back to the lives they know. I imagine that it will get a bit more complex before they’re able to find their way home and relax.

Honestly, the friendship between Jonah and Chip, as well as the sibling bond of Jonah and Katherine are what hold this book together for me. I like the dynamics between the three, and think it will be fun to follow their adventures through time in the rest of the series.

Where to Buy

You can pick up this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Hey all, Dani here.

Once again I’m back with an early review–though not too early. This book will be out next week on March 7th. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read an e-galley for The Bone Witch. As always, receiving an early copy of this book did not influence my rating or opinions on this story. For more information on my review policy, you can go here.

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Summary

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

My Thoughts

I know I literally just mentioned this a few days ago, but look at that cover! It is so pretty, and I’m actually really looking forward to seeing more than just a picture. I’m sure the dust jacket looks even better.

Describing this as darkly lyrical is quite apt. Seriously, the descriptions of the clothing was simply outstanding. And considering that through the whole book Tea is literally telling her story to a Bard, it is obvious where the comparisons to Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind are.

When I really got into this book–which didn’t really take that long–I found that I didn’t want to stop reading. I was so intrigued by Tea’s story, and learning about the world and the magic and the daevas.

This book is just so good, and I have to try not to gush too much because my gushing might lead into spoilery territory and I certainly don’t want to do that to someone else.

You know, and I’m not even upset with the set up for a love triangle of sorts. The one young man we figure out fairly quickly but it took quite a bit of time for the actual reveal of the second one, and I just want to see how the relationships with both of the guys develop. Because this is just the first book, and it does a rather nice job of laying down the groundwork for the rest of the series.

When this story starts Tea is only thirteen and what we are told in this book is just until she is fifteen, but at one point the Bard remarks about her only being seventeen, so there’s only a couple more years of backstory to learn. Meanwhile there’s all this other stuff happening, and the threat of war and the hints that secrets and betrayals and all sorts of other tragedies await.

And with the way this book ends, man, I just really want to be able to pick up the second book already…but it won’t be out until next year! This is the downside to being granted early access to a book. Waiting longer for a sequel is somewhat torturous. However, I can sincerely hope that I’ll be granted access to the next book as well.

I can say that Rin Chupeco’s latest tale has turned me into an absolute fan. This book was a great adventure and hopefully the start to an amazing writing career for Rin.

Obviously, this is a 5 star read for me.

Where to Buy

You can get your own copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

February Wrap Up

Hey all, Dani here.

All right, well, I guess that’s all for February. It was a pretty good month for me. I read quite a few books, and added more to my personal library. As a reminder, this post won’t have my next TBR like normal, since I already announced my March TBR here. It’s not too late to join me in Middle Grade March. If you’d like to participate as well, let me know in the comments. I’d seriously love to follow your progress on your blog, Bookstagram, BookTube, or wherever you talk about books.

First up is all the books I read in February. If I have a review for the book, then I’ll also include a link back to the review in case you missed it.

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White, 5 stars

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson, 4 stars

Dreadnought by April Daniels, 4 stars

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, 5 stars

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, 3.5 stars

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (review to come this weekend–book release date March 7, 2017)

And now for my February Book Haul. Seriously guys, I have no impulse control when it comes to buying books. They are my happy place. When the rest of the world turns crappy, I have books to comfort me. I don’t really want to get too mopey or personal on here, but after 32 years together and 29 years of marriage, my parents are getting a divorce, and it is anything but civil. I think I’m going to need my books more than ever in the upcoming months.

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Yeah, I had another big haul month. I’m really going to have to limit my purchases in March. Thankfully there’s only a few books I really need to get in both March and April so I actually should have smaller hauls for the next couple months. And then all the books being released on May 2nd will mean that May will be a huge haul month. Oh boy.

Anyway, I’m probably going to try and sneak A Conjuring of Light into my reading list for March, and if that fails then it will definitely be read first thing in April. I also plan to have Caraval as an April read, because it just sounds so interesting.

What fun books did you read and/or buy in February? Let me know in the comments.