The Ultimate Vacation Book Tag!!

Hello, everyone! I have been tagged! Thank you so much to Brookie @Brookie Cowles for tagging me. She is also the writer and creator of this awesome tag! She has a great blog with lots of great content, so go check it out!

Anyway, I just came off from spring break, sadly, my vacation consisted of me sitting at home doing nothing *sigh*. But hey, at least this tag can help me pretend to be vacationing. So, without further ado, here’s the tag!!

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T5W – March 29, 2017

Books That Will Become Future Classics

Mark Twain once said that a classic was a book that everyone praised and no one read. To us, they are the lengthy victorian novels or old-timey behemoths to which we find very little with which to relate. But, they weren’t always like that. Like all books, the classics were once shiny and new, read by eager book lovers as the up and coming releases. So, which of the books that are new and shiny to us will our great grandchildren be reading in school?

Let’s find out!

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Mask of Shadows – ARC

So, I just finished reading Mask of Shadows by Lindsey Miller and well, that certainly was…forgettable. The story was bland, the characters were flat, and the ‘plot twists’ were predictable. But hey, the action was decent. And there is gender fluid MC. Also, assassins!

Full review to come closer to the publication date.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

(If you already saw the review for this, that was a mistake. This was the post scheduled to be posted, not the review. The full review will come closer to the release date)

 

{Mask of Shadows by Lindsey Miller will be published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 5, 2017}

Frostblood – An Average Book About A Special Snowflake

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27827203Despite my rating, I must admit that there was nothing technically wrong with this novel. It is a book I would have liked, might have even loved, if I had read it in 2013. Sadly, I read it in 2017: four years too late. So, why only two stars?  Because it was extremely generic. That is why.

The writing is fairly decent. The characters aren’t half bad. The plot is pretty straightforward. But none of it is original. I have read this same story so many times before that nothing here seemed surprising. The author didn’t  even add some new twist to the tired tropes to at least pretend it was a novel idea.

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Caraval Read Along – Week Three!

Hello, hello! As you all may, or may not have known, The Book Cover Girls has teamed up with Brookie @Brookie Cowles for a read along!

The book we are reading is Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

This goes on for the entire month of March and every Wednesday we post questions about the book so everyone can comment on them. This week the read along is hosted on Brookie’s blog, HERE.

For past week’s discussion go here:

Week One

Week Two

We hope you join us!

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Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Third Discussion: 3/22/2017 (Today)

Goodreads Synopsis for Caraval

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.