A “Feminist” Heroine With an Anatomy Kink | Review: Heart of Thorns

Heart of ThornsTitle: Heart of Thorns

Author: Bree Barton

Series: Book 1 in a trilogy

Genre: YA high fantasy

Pub. Date: July 31st, 2018 from Katherine Tegen

Synopsis: In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

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Three Bookish Things Tag

Three Bookish Things Tag

Hello fellow bookworms! I saw a few different bloggers/bookstagrammers (most recently, Cait @ Paper Fury) do this tag and it seemed like a ton of fun. Given that I haven’t done a tag in a loooong time, I figured this was perfect to get back in the game!

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The Heartbreaking Tale of Two Sisters and a Stag | Review: The Light Between Worlds

light between worldsTitle: The Light Between Worlds

Author: Laura E. Weymouth

Genre: YA, fantasy

Series: none

Pub. Date: Oct. 23rd, 2018 by Harper Teen

Synopsis: Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.

When Ev and Phil finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.

Now, Evelyn spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes.

Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was.

But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

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An Extensive Guide to All-Things #Booksfortrade, feat. My Not-So-Tiny Addiction

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After some deliberation about whether this post actually needed to be written—given the how-to posts I’ve already seen floating around—I decided my recent whirlwind experience with book trading still needed to be shared with you all. Because it was definitely quite a thing that happened to me.

So let’s paint a picture real quick: it’s January of this year, I just finished reading an ARC of Reign of the Fallen, and I loved the book so much that I really want a set of the character cards released by the author. I text my go-to bookworm friend and tell her of my sudden desire for these cards that you can’t get by pre-ordering anymore, and she responds with a text that arguably ruined my life—

“Why don’t you just go check the tag?”

The tag, friends. THE TAG. *cue Jaws music playing in the background* Of course through a short discussion and checking it out for myself, I learned all about the allusive and ever-criticized #booksfortrade. Long story short, I found a good trade with a kind soul for those character cards and I lived happily ever after never checking the tag again.

HAHAHAHAHA I wish. My wallet really wishes. My TBR really, really wishes. But curse my addictive personality because I definitely did not stop after those character cards. I got into the habit of perusing people’s posts everyday (it really feels like a virtual bookstore sometimes), messaging new trader friends I had made, and sending off package after package with books to swap.

Six months later, I had people in my Twitter DMs messaging me for advice because I’m “an expert.”

I assure you guys, the last thing I ever set out to be in this life is a freaking #booksfortrade expert. But here we are.

I’m not writing this post to sarcastically chronicle my downfall as a trader, however, because #booksfortrade has actually been really fun for me in what have been the hardest months of my life. So today I’m here to maybe help guide those of you that want to start trading, or help you decide whether entering the world of trading is worth it for you!

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A Lackluster Riverdale | Review: The Cheerleaders

cheerleadersTitle: The Cheerleaders

Author: Kara Thomas

Series: none

Genre: YA mystery, thriller

Pub. Date: July 31st, 2018

Synopsis: There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.
First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.
That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.
There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

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