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The Wrap Up: November Edition

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up! I hope that you've had a great month.

Please leave a link to your blog (if you have one) in your comment or make sure your Disqus profile has your address so that I can visit you back! 
I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.

Wow. December. That came up fast.

I managed to check a few books off my reading list although I'm sitting steady at about 6 books behind schedule. It's not looking good to hit my target this year but the good news is that I've already set a lot of the books that I'd like to read throughout next year and I've decided to do a lot of the backlist series I'll keep saying that I'll read and never do. I'm also going to TRY keep my ARC pile to a minimum... Let's see how I go!

Here's a tentative list of the 'first in a series' that I really want to get into. Which should I get to first???

The Raven Boys-Maggie Stiefv…
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Review: Ash Princess - Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Series: Ash Princess Trilogy #1

My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy Fiction
Published June 14th 2018 by Macmillan Children's Books

Source: Review copy sent by Publisher
The queen you were meant to be
The land you were meant to save
The throne you were meant to claim

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz.

Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decid…

Review: Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Fantasy Retelling
Published July 12th 2018 by Macmillan

Source: ARC sent by Publisher
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand. ** I voluntarily read and reviewed a review copy of this book. All thought…

Review: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri - Annette Marie

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series #2

My rating: {★★★★★}

Urban Fantasy Paranormal
Expected publication: November 16th 2018 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.

Source: ARC sent by Publisher
When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here.

It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender—but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right?

Then my favorite guild members—three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages—asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding.

So that's what we did. And that's why I'm here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our gr…

Review & BlogTour & Giveaway: War of Storms - Erica Cameron

War of Storms by Erica Cameron
Series: The Ryogan Chronicles #3

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy Fiction
Published November 5th 2018 by Entangled Teen

Source: ARC sent by Publisher via NetGalley
The immortal mages have risen, and they’re out for blood.

Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya’s squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Time is running out for everyone.

how can her squad of ten stand against an army of ten thousand?

Calling in help from every ally she’s made in Ryogo, Khya tries to build a plan that won’t require sacrificing her friends or her brother. It’s a tough balance to find, especially when the leadership role she thought she wanted sits heavy on her shoulders, and her relationship with Tessen is beginning to crack under the strain.

The immortal mages have risen, and they’r…

The Wrap Up: October Edition

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up! I hope that you've had a great month.

Please leave a link to your blog (if you have one) in your comment or make sure your Disqus profile has your address so that I can visit you back! 
I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.

Oh boy, oh boy. Goodbye October! What a month that was. I was just CRAZY BUSY in so many aspects of my life, so of course reading and other hobbies really didn't get much time.

Once again I need to do a massive blog catch up. I'm perpetually behind on reading and now with only two months left in the year it's looking less and less like I will make my goal of 80. But that's Okay! So long as I'm still reading, still blogging, still taking pictures that I'm happy with.

I got A LOT of books this month from both publishers and authors which I am thrilled about - they're all under my New Arrivals section. I'll be bookstagramming a…

Review: Shadow of The Fox - Julie Kagawa

Shadow of The Fox by Julie Kagawa
Series: Shadow of the Fox #1

My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy Fiction
Published October 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Source: ARC sent by Publisher
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under or…