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Infertility, A Forbidden Connection and the Disappearance that Changed It All: Her Mother’s Daughter by Daniela Petrova- Arc Review out 6/18

I admit it. I am a sucker for the unreliable narrator. So when I come across a book that has not one but three unreliable narrators? I'm all in. And so goes Her Daughter's Mother, the debut novel by Daniela Petrova. Thank you to Putnam Books and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an …

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Summer Is Coming… No Seriously. Last Weekly Round-Up of Spring!

With summertime here, it is time to get into shape! Try not to kill yourself!! Lord knows I'm not trying to kill myself. Because, why? Someone younger will just come along and end up with a... charlie horse???! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIJNZf5yvZ0 Two small housekeeping tidbits: First: The Summer Fling has been updated (overhauled.. I can't even tell …

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Confessions Of a Book Blogger (the boys convinced me to blab): Four Bookish Truths and Two Lies: A Book Tag…

No one tagged me in this but I came across it and thought it was pretty hysterical. I guess it is a twist on group activity "ice breakers". Since I wasn't tagged by anyone, I'm not going to tag anyone. Of course feel free to have fun with it! How to Participate Create a post …

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First Line Friday- This Book Doesn’t Really Exist- You’re Hallucinating- Or You Better Hope So.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? Psst I found this at Becky's Book Blog. Please go check her out! Pick a book off your shelf …

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Come one, Come All! Video Q and A with Venators Author Devri Walls

Good Morning! Recently I reviewed the first two books in the Venators Series by Devri Walls (Venators: Magic Unleashed and Venators: Promises Forged). When the second review came out (due to the ongoing discussion on when to and not to tag authors in reviews I just want to not that I didn't tag Devri in …

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Because it is Wednesday. WWW- Down and Dirty Reading Discussion!

It is Wednesday and that means WWW World of Words, hosted weekly by Taking on a World of Words. What is WWW Wednesday? You just answer three simple questions to discuss your current reading life: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next? It has …

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Top Ten Books Dealing with Mental Awareness- May is Mental Awareness Month

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme. Due to my blog's normal schedule, I am not always able to participate in Top Ten Tuesday. However, this week I am. It was all set to …

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My Fault. Just Because You Were Old Like Yoda, I Thought You Were Wise Like Him Too- A Golden Girls Tag

Before I begin- Thank you for the thoughts and prayers for my Mom. She is going through a very difficult time after losing her best friend since high school very suddenly, after a falling and dying due to a trauma to the head.  On another lesser, but important note, thank you for the support around …

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Novel Lives Continues Along With A Thrilling Week! Long Awaited News from the Storyman With Cover Reveal of The Troll! And Today An Era Ends With Game of Thrones- Here’s The Weekly Round-UP.

This week's video and stills will pay homage in both a serious, and humorous light to an end of an era, as Game of Thrones comes to an end tonight. I know not everyone has been happy with this season but that isn't the point of my tribute. Love or hate how the final seasons …

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I’m Broke. Neal Shusterman Reveals Cover and Excerpt of The Toll (Arc of a Scythe Book 3) via Entertainment Weekly and I’m Broke.

HEADS UP RIGHT NOW. I'M FULLY BREAKING THIS EXCERPT DOWN. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ SCYTHE/THUNDERHEAD AND PLAN TO? STOP RIGHT NOW. CEASE. DESIST. GO NO FURTHER. But if you want everything I could find piecemeal and put together as best as I could? Carry-on my friends. I'd love to think that is Citra and Rowan …

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Magical Heists Characters to Love and Political Intrigue Fill Illusion of Thieves- ARC Review- Out May 21

An Illusion of Thieves (Chimera Book 1) by Cate Glass begins with the introduction of Romy, the confident and mistress of a high level political figure in 600 AD inspired Roman City-State. The first-half of the book explores world and character building, as well as the many facets of magic, including how magic is considered a …

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First Line Friday- In Which a Character is in, Well- A Predicament- Do you Know Who? What Book? Let’s See…

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? Psst I found this at Becky's Book Blog. Please go check her out! Pick a book off your shelf …

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Vividly Written Ghosts and the Psychokinetic Living Breathes Life Into Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist- ARC Review Out 5/21

Let's just be clear. When I posted my WWW yesterday (now updated) Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist was under "What am I currently reading," because I was about 75% done and was working on the review for An Illusion of Thieves (that review is coming next). Then a funny thing happened. Thank you to Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss …

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Because it is Wednesday. WWW- Down and Dirty Reading Discussion!

It is Wednesday and that means WWW World of Words, hosted weekly by Taking on a World of Words. What is WWW Wednesday? You just answer three simple questions to discuss your current reading life: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next? It has …

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Brilliant Books That Need the Red Carpet Treatement

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that is hosted by  Artsy Reader Girl's Top Ten Tuesday. This week was a choice based on books and TV/Movie. I chose 10 books I love that need to become a Movies.  Six of Crows and Crooked KingdomDon't talk to me about Netflix cramming all five books that make …

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Nafiza Azad Crushes Her Goal. Many Girls Will Find, Relate Become Inspired By This Gift- ARC Review- Out 5/14

I want to make two things very clear off the bat. First, and I can't stress this enough, it is an extremely important book. Author Nafiza Azad said in an interview with the School Library Journal: I grew up in a small village called Vitogo which is located on Viti Levu, the largest island in …

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Missed A Part of This Epic Week in Reading? Weekly Review Has You Covered!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpImet3Xwgw This week I decided to kick-off with one of the best scenes ever from Frasier, because let's face it- with out David Hyde Pierce- who played Niles, what even would have been Frasier? Also, Niles (take away the love of Opera and all things expensive in taste) reminds me of someone I love a …

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Ready! Set! Go! Your Kick Ass Summer Reading Guide! Gomez is SO up for this!

Memorial Day is just around the corner and you know what that means! Time to kick off the shoes, destress and lay by whatever your favorite body of water might be! Barbecue away and grab your favorite ice cold beverage of choice (keep it clean kids)! Some of you might even see me around- your …

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TGIF – AM I RIGHT? DOUBLE THE FUN! Currently Reading Tag!

Currently Reading Tag   Happy Friday!!!!! Hope everyone is ready for the weekend!!!! I thought I would hit it up with two posts today since the lovely A Reader To Whatever End tagged me in a post I have yet to do. Please go check out her blog and follow- it is a good one!!!   …

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Riddle Me This- Can you Guess? It is time for First Line Friday!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? Psst I found this at Becky's Book Blog. Please go check her out! Pick a book off your shelf …

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Socially Relevant and Spectacularly Entertaining, Let Me Hear A Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson Drops on May 21st- ARC Review

I was at a conference once when Jeff Zenter perfectly summarized Tiffany Jackson's body of work. I'm going to have to paraphrase, because it was more than a year ago that he said it, but it is important. It is important because no one and understand that I would bet the few things precious in …

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Because it is Wednesday. WWW- Down and Dirty Reading Discussion!

It is Wednesday and that means WWW World of Words, hosted weekly by Taking on a World of Words. What is WWW Wednesday? You just answer three simple questions to discuss your current reading life: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next? It has …

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We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal Misses the Mark of High Expectations- ARC Review: Out May 14th

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal   is one of the most anticipated books of 2019, not just in the Young Adult category but in publishing, across the board. By utilizing the Arabic culture to inspire the setting, story, characters and vernacular from Faizal’s own voice point of view, We Hunt the Flame came into the …

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Novel Lives Weekly Round-Up

Welcome to May and the last gasp of Spring before summer's arrival! I hope everyone had a great week of reading, discussing and checking in on not just in on what we are all reading, but each other! This week and I did not get along! Between the Mississippi river playing havoc with my life, …

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STACKING THE eARC SHELVES!

For this episode of Stacking the Shelves I decided to bring the eARCs I have been generously gifted with over the past two weeks! In order of publication dates (anticipated in the later fall). Also, before everyone thinks I've lost my ARCING mind... you'll notice that more than half of these are slated for late …

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First Line Friday!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? Psst I found this at Becky's Book Blog. Please go check her out! Pick a book off your shelf …

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ARC Review: Nocturna by Maya Motayne Out 5/7

  Nocturna: Night Nocturna in the context of of the story: The end of all good things Nocturna by Maya Motayne starts off with a prince that should not be and by all rights, does not want to be a prince, has lost his older brother, Dez when a coup led by nobles rise against …

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ARC Review- Dark Shores by Danielle Jensen Kicks Off New Series – Out 5/7

Danielle Jensen's new fantasy series Dark Shores has no right being the first book in a new series. It just doesn't feel like the first book in a series. It is rip-roaring adventure that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. Thank you to NetGalley and TorTeen for an ARC in exchange for an Honest …

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Novel Lives Weekly Round-Up

Welcome to the last Sunday in April! I hope everyone had a great week of reading, discussing and checking in on not just in on what we are all reading, but each other! It has been an exciting and hectic week. The weekends will be tight but I'm going to figure out a schedule that …

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STACKING THE SHELVES!

      For this episode of Stacking the Shelves I once again bring you three books that have been on my shelves so long that it makes my eyes twitch to look at them. :/ The Hate List by Jennifer Brown *Side Note: Apparently this one has been on my shelf so long that …

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ARC Review: Venators: Promises Forged (Venators Series Book 2) Out April 30th

  Nope. No stars. And it isn't even about the fact that I'm about done with the whole star system. That is another conversation for another day. There aren't any stars on this review because there isn't any way to star this review. Why is that? Glad you asked. Maybe you didn't. I'm going to …

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First Line Friday!!!

First Lines Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? Psst I found this at Becky's Book Blog. Please go check her out! Pick a book off your shelf (it …

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Reread/Recap of Venators Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls (Book 1 of Venators Series)

Originally when I read Magic Unleashed, book one in the Venators Series by Devri Walls, I lived walking distance from the Gateway Arch. Now I live right next door to the Arch, in St. Louis, and that changed the dynamic of Magic Unleashed just a bit. The Arch is quite cleverly utilized as a literal gateway …

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WWW Wednesday- Let’s Talk About our Reading Lives

It is Wednesday and that means WWW World of Words, hosted weekly by Taking on a World of Words. What is WWW Wednesday? You just answer three simple questions to discuss your current reading life: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next? It has …

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Top Ten Tuesday: First Ten Reviews I Wrote- A Walk Down Memory Lane

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by  Artsy Reader Girl's Top Ten Tuesday. This week we are taking a walk down memory by remembering the first ten reviews we wrote! From the very first to the tenth: ARC Review of Mirage by Somaiya Daud ARC Review of Fresh Ink Nostalgia Saturday: Updated Arc Review (originally posted: July 2018)Wicked …

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A New Liebster Award Tag!!!!

Good Monday Morning (is that an oxymoron)? You are an OX and a MORON.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgMn4u61z8c Thank you so, so much to Sereadipity for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Go check her blog out! It’s great! This is my second time doing the tag for this blog award before and I'm so honored and I'm completely …

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Novel Lives Weekly Round-Up

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great week of reading, discussing and checking in on not just in on what we are all reading, but each other! This week, on the blog front, was full of milestones and productivity! Really excited with how how my little corner of the world is growing and how …

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Stacking the Shelves- A Very Special ARC Version Featuring Gomez, Pavel and Liam

  Stacking the shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality In the past I've shared 3-5 books on my shelves (mine, borrowed or library books- I have considered sharing books not on my "physical" shelves but maybe on my TBR shelf to help me think about whether they should stay or …

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3.5 Star Review All We Could Have Been By T.E. Carter – Out 4/23

T.E. Carter’s All We Could Have Been hits the mark on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by focusing the main character, Alexia’s, struggle to get past her brother’s crimes. There aren’t many details given about his crime because that isn’t the point of the story. If you are going to get hung up on the crime …

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Two Star ARC Review of The First True Thing by Claire Needell- Out April 23

Disclaimer: Alcoholism and addiction runs through my family. And while I have not been in AA groups for myself, I have been in OA groups (I have a serious food addiction issue leading to me way just over 250 lbs. by my 20s and worked incredibly hard to lose half of it by my 30s... …

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WWW Wednesday- Let’s Talk About our Reading Lives

It is Wednesday and that means WWW World of Words, hosted weekly by Taking on a World of Words. What is WWW Wednesday? You just answer three simple questions to discuss your current reading life: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next? It has …

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4.5 Star ARC Review: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

In a world where people are few and clinging to memories, those that are around you, and your pets; you can keep hold of what should matter most. Where in today's world we have lost site of all these things. We know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Secondly, we know my …

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STACKING THE SHELVES!

  Sorry the boys can't be present in this week's Stacking the Shelves but their Agent is limiting my access to their use on the site. Wouldn't matter much anyway as they were up too late watching Game of Thrones last night and side eying me when Danny and Jon took flight.  For this episode …

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Novel Lives Weekly Round-Up

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great week of reading and discussing checking in on what is going on in the book world! If I'm being honest This week pretty much kicked my ass and I was pretty feeling crappy up until yesterday... BUT then a bunch of stuff happened at a breakneck fashioned speed that …

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DRAGONS, WEIGHTS and THRONES- OH MY! GAME OF THRONES FOR THE WIN!

BEND THE KNEE!!!! Winter finally came to Game of Thrones last season! Then during the last episode of season seven, the Night King rode an undead Viserion into The Wall, burning it down and leading the Weights straight into the north. So begins the final season of Game of Thrones on Sunday, April 14th. In …

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4 Star ARC Review: The Binding By Bridget Collins- Out April 16th

What if books weren’t pages of stories to be read that transport us to other times, places? That allow us to experience the realities of others life experiences by seeing it through their lenses. Imagine, instead, a world where people utilize books not just to hold but to wipe away the memories they no longer …

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ARC Review of Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey

Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here’s the kicker. One of the most essential characters is the setting of the book: The Territory. Turning the setting, remnants of cult in the 1980s, down to one original member,  into an essential character of the book is no easy task but Dey does it without skipping a beat. She does it by using the Territory to fill the spaces between heartbeats with a chilling frost that doesn’t let go and keeps you guessing until the end.

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ARC Review Fresh Ink

Fresh Ink is an anthology of “twelve label-defying” stories. For those familiar with Point-of-View short story works that have recently come out, Fresh Ink is not centered on a central plot point. For instance, it isn’t the same as Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson (a fantastic read if you get the chance). Edited by the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, Lamar Giles, the anthology includes topics on coming out, poverty, untimely death, transitioning and romance. I am not going to go through every story, but I am going to talk about my favorites without giving too much away. Dedicated to the late, great Walter Dean Myers, I am going to leave Tags for last.  

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ARC Review of Mirage by Somaiya Daud 4 out of Five Stars

When I'm wrong I say I'm wrong. And 1) this was my very first review.  2) I didn't know enough about the blogosphere to have found out that this was not a stand alone book. If I had. If you look at the last paragraph of my blog. You would see that I was begging, pleading for a second book. With that in mind there are still one or two things that are still a bit on the predictable side that I'll leave below but I'm going to tweak my review to better match what I believe will be an solid series that will be better with each book (aka I expect this to be the lowest rated of the trilogy).