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Series I’ve Started 💫 Part 1 📚 Upcoming sequels I’m keen for!

Welcome to a new 4 part series on my blog! Today is Part 1 and we will be discussing the Series I have started and will be continuing but the next book hasn’t released just yet! So this is basically sequels I’m looking forward to that haven’t released yet!
This is a long list, so let’s jump in.

1. Cursebreakers by Brigid Kemmerer

I have read A Curse so Dark and Lonely & A Heart so Fierce and Broken and I can’t wait for A Vow so Bold and Deadly which releases 12th Jan 2021.

2. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I absolutely adore the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series and I am anxiously awaiting book 6 which is currently unnamed and has no release date.

3. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

I’m super keen for Volume 4 to release. I know I could read the next bit online but I want to wait until I can read them physically. Vol 4 releases 4th of February 2021!

4. Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire

This is such an amazing series and I can’t wait for book 6, Across the Green Grass Field which releases 12th Janurary 2021.

5. Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Crown of Coral and Pearl was absolutely amazing and I cannot wait for Kingdom of Sea and Stone which releases 6th of October 2020. This is also a duology which isn’t super common for YA Fantasy.

6. The Shadow Game by Amanda Foody

This is an amazing series and I’ve read the first two but can’t wait for Queen of Volts which releases very soon, 1st Sept 2020.

7. A Forgery of Magic by Maya Motayne

Another one that is coming this year and I’ve already pre-ordered! Oculta releases 15th December 2020 and I’m so keen! I read Nocturna just recently and it was awesome!

8. Montague Siblings by Mackenzi Lee

While I didn’t really see the point of the novella which I read recently I did love the first 2 books in the series and I will definitely be reading Book 3 when it releases. The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks releases 1st of December 2020.

9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is one I wasn’t expecting to be adding to this list but here we are. I am both nervous and keen for Ready Player Two. I’m always nervous when a series is continued years after the original books were published. This could be amazing or pointless but I won’t know until I read it and I will be grabbing it as soon as I can. Ready Player Two releases 24th of November 2020.

10. Fable by Adrienne Young

I read Fable very recently and god damn it was amazing! I need Namesake right now. Namesake releases 16th March 2021.

11. House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

House of Dragons

War of Dragons hasn’t even got a cover yet but I’m already super keen! War of Dragons is set to release in 2021 but we do not have an exact date just yet.

12. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Is this the book I am most keen for on this list?! Ah YEPP!! I have read Book 1 & 2 twice now and will probably reread the first 3 again before The Mask Falling releases! I have been waiting so freaking long for this book. The Mask Falling is set to release 16th February 2021!

13. The Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Of course, this series is amazing and I am eagerly awaiting book 3 which we currently don’t have a name for or even a release date!

14. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

There is going to be a book 4?!?! Yes I am freaking excited for this one! So freaking excited! The Box in the Woods releases 6th of April 2021 and you can guarantee I am going to get another reread of books 1 to 3 in before then!

15. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin was amazing so I was so excited when I found out there would be another book in the series! Dear Justyce releases 29th of September 2020.

16. Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

Firstly, how stunning are these covers?! Shadow Frost was amazing so I am so freaking keep for God Storm! God Storm releases 20th October 2020.

17. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove wasn’t an absolute fave for me but I am still interested in the sequel as I did enjoy the world, characters and plot of book 1. Blood & Honey releases 1st September 2020.

18. All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

This is my most recent addition to this list as I only finished All the Stars and Teeth a couple days ago. I loved book 1 though so I am super keep for book 2 and absolutely love these covers. All the Tides of Fate releases 2nd February 2021.

19. Blood Heir Trilogy by Amélie Wen Zhao

Besides the fact I don’t like these covers and am anxiously waiting for them to reveal the Red Tigress cover that matches the other Blood Heir edition, I really loved this book and am so keen for Red Tigress. Red Tigress comes out March 2nd 2020.

20. Enchantée by Gita Trelease

I’m not even going to talk about the name change but I loved Enchantée and can’t wait for book 2 which releases 2nd February 2021!

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Bookopoly ReadAThon 📚 Round 2 💫 Announcement

You guys wanted Round 2 soon so here it is!

Dates

Round 2 of the Bookopoly ReadAThon will go for the entirety of September! From 12:00AM on the 1st of September till 11:59pm on the 30th of September!

The Bookopoly Board

You are welcome to download this image and enlarge to print out or simply download it and zoom in to see it better. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the text any bigger or the information simply wouldn’t of fitted.

I break down this Bookopoly Board in my YouTube Announcement for the visually impaired

The Basics

For this ReadAThon all you have to do is roll 2 dice and make your way around the board earning or losing points based on the spaces you land on and what is required for each space. Pretty simple but I have added some fun elements like quizzes & bonus challenges throughout!

Also, if you roll a double when making your way around the board you simply roll again. Roll doubles, move your marker, roll again and then complete the challenge in that space. This is the same as in the actual game to keep it easy.

Different types of spaces

Property spaces

All you have to do when you land on one of these is Read a book that fits the challenge and once you do you Earn the specified points & then take your next roll.
I have tried to keep the challenges broad but if you simply do not have a book that fits the challenge you can read something that is kinda similar but doesn’t quite fit and still earn full points or read something that is the opposite. Get creative with it. As long as you can justify the book you chose then you can earn the points.
If you land on the same property space twice throughout the month you can either complete the challenge again and earn more points OR skip and roll again but not earn any points.

Treasure Chest Space

Treasure Chest Spaces!

These replace the Community Chest spaces on a normal Monopoly board. For Treasure Chest you will need to complete a Quiz. You can always find the Quizzes linked in our Twitter Bio.
The Treasure Chest Quiz will result in you receiving a Treasure Chest Card where you could earn or lose points depending on which you get. If you land on this square more than once you will need to retake the test to receive another card but for the second time you must answer the quiz questions the opposite of what you first answered them so that you can discover a new card.

Adventure Space

Adventure

I have changed up the Adventure Space this round as I simply wasn’t happy with it for round 1. In round 2 when you land on the space you must head over to the Adventure Map. Start at Haroyell on the map and chose a path at random. When you reach the end of that path you will need to complete the corresponding challenge to earn the 100 points for this space.

Adventure Map

Haroyell > Meya
Haroyell > Soori Outpost
Haroyell > Dupressa
Meya > Mardenia (End of Route)
Meya > Ezera Forest
Soori Outpost > Akarnae Academy
Soori Outpost > Garon
Dupressa > Garon
Ezera Forest > Mount Paedris
Akarnae Academy > Woodhaven
Garon > Chateau Shondelle (End on Route)
Garon > Denasa
Mount Paedris > Maroo (End of Route)
Mount Paedris > Woodhaven
Denasa > Graevale (End of Route)
Woodhaven > Tryllin
Woodhaven > Karonia
Tryllin > Nialas (End of Route)
Karonia > Hallowgate (End of Route)

Adventure Map Challenges. See below.

Mardenia: Read a book with “Star” in the title
Maroo: Read a book with “Girl” in the title
Nialas: Read a book with “Fire” in the title
Hallowgate: Read a book with “Blood” in title
Graevale: Read a book with “Queen” in title
Chateau Shondelle: Read a book with “King” in title

Forgot your book & Dropped your book Spaces

These spaces replace the Luxury Tax/Income Tax spaces on a real Monopoly board. Landing on either of these means you lose points and you will continue to lose points every time you land on them.

Bookshelf Space: Tree/s on cover

Bookshelf Cover

The Book Shelf spaces replace the Train Stations/Airports on normal Monopoly boards. For these squares there is also a Reading Challenge which functions the same as the property spaces, however you have the ability to earn bonus points with these squares! You can land on any Book Shelf space and complete the challenge more than once. If you complete 1 challenge you receive 100 points, if you land on a 2nd Book Shelf space and complete the challenge you received 150 points, 3rd is 200 points & 4th is 250 points. This counts for all of the Bookshelf spaces, so first you could land on the left most Book Shelf, complete the challenge and get 100 points & then the next time you could land on the right side Book Shelf, complete the challenge and get another 150 points. You do not have to land on and recomplete the exact same space just to get the bonus points.
This is slightly hard to explain but hopefully this makes sense! Any questions simply comment below.

Magical Ability

Magical Ability

Introducing the Magical Ability space! This replaces the Sorting Hat space for Round 1. For the Magical Ability space you will need to use a random number generator or get a person to chose a number at random for you between 1 & 6. You will then receive the corresponding magical ability. You can only use this ability once for each time you land on the space. You do not need to use the ability straight away. It is completely up to you when you use the ability and on which space.

Magical Ability Challenges. See below.

1. Skip 1 challenge & earn the points
2. Earn double points on 1 challenge
3. Double the amount on your dice roll
4. Skip 1 challenge (no points earned)
5. Change 1 word in a challenge to suit you
6. Read any book you chose for 1 challenge

Get a Pet space!

Get a Pet!

The Get a Pet space replaced the Reaping space from Round 1. In Round 2 to receive a pet companion to go on your Bookopoly ReadAThon journey you will need to check out the Get a Pet Graphic, choose your type of pet & complete the corresponding challenge.

Get a Pet Challenges. See below.

Dog: Read a book featuring assassins
Cat: Read a book featuring murder
Bird: Read a book featuring magic
Lizard: Read a book featuring food
Fish: Read a book featuring dragons
Hamster: Read a book featuring royalty

Corner Spaces

Obviously we have the starting point, Go which is where you begin and will also collect 200 points every time you go past.

Next is the In a Reading Slump/Just waiting space. This is where you will sit if you are In a Reading Slump. To get out of the Reading Slump you have 3 options!
Roll a doubles on your dice within 5 rolls (If you don’t roll doubles within 5 rolls you must choose another option)
OR
Lose 100 points
OR
Use a ‘Get Out of Your Reading Slump Free Card’

Next is the Library. This is just to fill space. If you land on this space simply roll again and continue on.

Lastly is the Fall into a Reading Slump space. If you land on this one you must head on over to the In a Reading Slump square and follow the above rules. If you pass ‘GO’ do NOT collect 200 points.

Points Tracker

I have set up a Google Sheet for you guys to record your points & current position on the board. It is up to you to keep track of your points but this just gives you a place to put that information!

Bookopoly ReadAThon Google Sheet

Discord!

We have a discord for you all to chat on! We will also be hosting sprints on this Discord rather than Twitter, so make sure you come and join us!

Bookopoly ReadAThon Discord

Twitter

We also have a Twitter where we encourage people to share their current reads and progress around the board and tag us in it so we can see how everyone is going!

Well I think that is all the info you guys need! If you have any questions please comment them below or head on over to our Discord and there is a Channel for questions!

Let me know if you will be participating in Bookopoly ReadAThon.


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Fable 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Fable
Series Name: Fable #1
Author: Adrienne Young
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 1st, 2020
Pages: 368
Publishers: Wednesday Books
Rating:

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

Cover shows half the face of a girl with red curly hair & lots of freckles. Her eyes are blue and have the reflection of a boat in them. “Trader. Fighter. Surviver” is quoted on the book.

This book gripped me from the very first chapter! I absolutely loved and flew through it. Fable is incredibly written and was just overall amazingly done. It was completely unpredictable, fast paced & engaging.

I loved the characters, especially the MC, Fable, who was a badass but also just felt so real and developed and grew amazingly throughout the book. I also really enjoyed Willa. She was sarcastic and didn’t take shit but also was super caring.

I enjoyed that we had some diverse characters mixed in. There was POC (hinted anyways) & LGBT+ rep in the book which is always nice. All the characters just felt well rounded & real.

The world building in this book was amazing. Young described the world so vividly that it made it so easy to imagine. The magic system is also very interesting and unique. I would love to learn more about what’s behind the magic, so fingers crossed we get that in book 2!

Overall I really enjoyed everything about this book and don’t have a negative point to give it! I can’t wait for book 2 which is set to release March 16th 2021. Also, can we just talk about how stunning the covers are for these books! Like damn. Usually I am not a fan of books with people on the cover but these are just amazing.

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Serpent & Dove 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Serpent & Dove
Series Name: Serpent & Dover #1
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 513
Publishers: HarperTeen
Rating: 

4 star

Goodreads Synopsis

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

Serpent & Dove cover: Black background with a heap of black items in the middle including leaves & a bird. On top is a gold snake. “Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.” is quoted at the top

So let’s start with the main things I disliked. Which was the romance. I totally understand the point of the romance being a main part of the plot but I’m just personally not a huge fan of books with romance as the actual plot. I don’t mind it being on the side with the main focus something else but in this case it definitely took over the book. That is simply a personal preference though. The romance was done well but it just wasn’t my fave part.

The second thing I slightly disliked was that the middle of the book was fairly slow for me. The middle was where the romance was really a focus and because I wasn’t the hugest fan of the romance it just felt slow. I wanted more action and more going on but that just didn’t happen.

Now onto the things I liked. Firstly I did like the characters and also the side characters. I think they were all very detailed and fleshed out. They also grew and developed throughout the book. You saw a lot of struggle with right and wrong for the characters in this book and I think it was all done really well.

I did really enjoy the beginning and the end. At first I was super hooked and then it got slow and then towards the end I was super hooked again. So it was a bit of a rollercoaster of good & boring but overall I did like it and I did engage me for the most part.

Lastly I did enjoy the magic system and I liked the world and setting. However we could of done with a little more detail on the world but hopefully we get that in book 2!

Overall, I did enjoy the book but there were a couple things that I think could have been done better. I will be picking up book 2, Blood & Honey, and I have already pre-ordered it actually. However it was not my favourite. I’m hoping for a bit more from book 2, so fingers crossed.

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Nocturna 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Nocturna
Series Name: A Forgery of Magic
Author: Maya Motayne
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Pages: 471
Publishers: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating:

4.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

Nocturna Cover: Entire cover is Red & Orange tones. Background appears to be square tiles with a round section of mosaic like tiles in the centre. A crown & mask is made in tiles around the title. “A faceless thief. A desperate prince. A darkness unleashed.” is quoted at the bottom of the cover

Nocturna was super engaging from the very beginning! I did not want to put this one down and enjoyed every moment. It also flowed very well which made for an easy and quick read.

I absolutely loved the characters in Nocturna. They were all very fleshed out and developed amazingly throughout the book. I loved reading the struggles Alfie faced throughout the book which made him feel even more real. Both Alfie & Finn had well written POVs but I loved reading from Finn the most as she is sarcastic and fun to read from. I also enjoyed her backstory which added to the love of reading from her POV.

I loved the world building and detail given to the magic system in this book. The unique magic system was probably my favourite aspect of the book. I love that everyone with a propio magic had such a unique ability. They were all very interesting to learn about and I especially like Finn’s ability to steal faces & Alfie’s ability to adapt his magic to other peoples. Both were interesting and unique abilities.

Overall I loved the magic system and really enjoyed Finn as a main character. Alfie was also amazing but I just loved Finn! Nocturna is very unique and engaging. I loved reading this one and I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2, Oculta.

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From Fire & Shadows 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: From Fire and Shadows
Series Name: A Tale of Six Sources
Author: J.F. Baptista
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: August 15th, 2020
Pages: 313
Publishers: BooksGoSocial
Rating: (I do not give ratings to DNF books)

Goodreads Synopsis

A girl with a dangerous power.
A warrior they call the shadow of death.
A world divided and slowly dying.

Six-year-old Theodora grew up at the House, a place for girls born without power. Abandoned as a baby, she has no memory of her past beyond the melody that invades her dreams. So when an ancient presence starts whispering in her ear, she answers.

The reward is fire; the price is the destruction of the only life she has ever known. Yet from the loss comes a chance at a better future… if she can learn to control a power that no one seems to understand.

Across the ocean, Death’s Arm warrior Kai struggles with the changes forcing him out of the shadows. With the neglect of those in power breeding dissent, he is called to do his job as their occasional assassin: cut it at the root.

But when a strange restlessness makes him question an order for the first time… he finds himself on the path he never wanted, but can no longer avoid. After all, he may be the only one capable of stopping what is coming—a war where death is just the beginning.

From Fire & Shadows cover: Shows vines & leaves over a dark background

I am DNFing at 17%.

I have 3 main issues with this book. Well 3 & a overall, I am bored….

Firstly, the sentences do not flow. They feel very choppy which makes it hard to follow and difficult to read as there is just no flow to it. I am confused as to what is going on because it is so jumpy. It feels like I am just missing something.

Next, there has been basically no world building (besides names of towns really), explanation of the magic or really plot since the first few paragraphs. Nothing is really happening to interest me in continuing and I keep finding myself putting it down and getting distracted by other things because it’s just not gripping me in any way.

Lastly, the characters feel very 2 Dimensional. I feel like I don’t know the main 2 characters at all and it’s been 17%. Things are happening and they are talking but I feel no personality to them at all. Which is another reason that the book isn’t gripping me. I couldn’t care less what happens to the characters because nothing has made me like them as they just feel like cardboard cut outs of people.

Overall, this book sounded really interesting but it’s just not gripping me enough to make me continue. At this point I would be forcing myself and I just do not do that to myself. Reading is for enjoyment, so unless I am enjoying it, I don’t keep reading.

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July 2020 Book Haul

I actually purchased a fair few books this month and also gotten some from NetGalley! So here they are!

eARCs/ARCs

A Goldren Fury releases 13th October 2020
Fable releases 1st September 2020
Shadow in the Empire of Light releases 19th January 2021
Firefrost releases 21st September 2020
The Celestial Gate releases 9th August 2020
From fire & Shadows releases 15th August 2020
Lore releases 5th January 2021
War Girls releases 8th September 2020
Ever After releases 1st September 2020

Library

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Paperbacks

All of these but 1 I purchased from Big W, so they were only $12 or $14 each!

Hardcovers

Queen of Storms by Raymon E. Feist

eBooks

Audible

eBooks saved on Scribd

Audiobooks saved on Scribd

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Bookopoly ReadAThon 📚 Round 1 💫 Wrap Up

Bookopoly ReadAThon Round 1 is over! I’m already planning Round 2 for September and hopefully the announcement will be up in the next few weeks or two.
Let’s jump into this Wrap Up!

Roll 1: Bookshelf: Building on Cover

The Starspun Web by Sinead O’Hart

Firstly, I read The Starspun Web which earned me 100 points! You can find my Spoiler Free Review HERE.
Total: 100 points

Roll 2: Star/Moon on Cover

Sleeping Giants by Slyvain Neuvel

Next I listened to the audiobook of Sleeping Giants which was a reread. This earned me another 140 points.
Total: 240 points

Roll 3: Read with Candle Lit

The Woods: Vol 4 by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas & Josan Gonzalez

Then I read the Graphic Novel The Woods: Vol 4 which earned me another 180 points.
Total: 420 points

Roll 4: Library

Then I landed on the Free Library space
Total: 420 points

Roll 5: Adventure

For the adventure quiz I got “Oh no! Loose 100 points”
Tota: 320 points

Roll 7: Read with a Candle Lit

The Woods: Vol 5 by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas & Josan Gonzalez

Firstly, I passed GO earning 200 points & then I read the Graphic Novel The Woods: Vol 5 and earned 180 points.
Total: 700 points

Roll 8: Bookshelf: Gripping First Line

The Celesital Gate by Avital Dicker

Then I read The Celestial Gate and earning 150 points. Spoiler Free Review HERE!
Total: 850 points

Roll 9: Treasure Chest

For the Treasure Chest quiz I got “Hit 1k followers on Bookstagram and earn 100 points”.
Total: 950 points

Roll 10: Read in your favourite chair

The Woods: Vol 7 by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas & Josan Gonzalez

Then I passed GO again earning 200 points & then read The Woods: Vol 7 and earned 100 points
Total: 1050 points

Roll 11: Treasure Chest

For this quiz I got “Sold an exclusive edition. Earn 100 points”
Tota: 1150 points

Roll 12: Reaping – District 3: Advanced Technology

Waking Gods by Slyvain Neuvel

Then I listened to Waking Gods & earned another 100 points.
Total: 1250 points

Roll 13: Features Immigration

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Then I started reading Pride but ended up swapping to the audiobook. Earning 140 points.
Total: 1390 points

Roll 14: Fall into a Reading Slump

So, I landed on the ‘Fall into a Reading Slump’ space and I advanced to ‘In a reading slump’. I ended up rolling a double 6 on the 5th roll and moved to the ‘Just Waiting’ section.
Total: 1390 points

Roll 15: Treasure Chest

For this one I got “Approved for a new release on NetGalley. Earn 50 points”
Total: 1440 points

Roll 16: GO

Then I landed on GO and earned 200 points
Tota: 1640 points

Roll 17: Read in your favourite chair/spot

The Woods: Vol 8 by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas & Josan Gonzalez

Then I read the Graphic Novel The Woods: Vol 8 and earned 200 points.
Total: 1840 points

Roll 18: Just Visiting

Then I landed on the Just visiting space.
Total : 1840 points

Roll 19: Treasure Chest

Then I got “Dog chews on your book. Loose 50 points.
Tota: 1790 points

Roll 20: 3 World Title

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Then I read Hose of Dragons and earned 240 points.
Total: 2030 points

Roll 21: Audiobook

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Then I listened to the audiobook of Only Human and earned 320 points.
Total: 2350 points

Roll 22: Brown Cover

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

Then I listened to Elephants Can Remember and earned 60 points.
Total: 2410 points

Roll 23: YA Novel

Nocturna by Maya Motayne

Then I read Nocturna and earned 120 points
Total: 2530 points

Roll 24: Strong Female MC

House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A Craig

Then I reread House of Salt and Sorrow via audiobook and earned 160 points.
Total: 2690 points

Roll 25: Read with your favourite drink

Fence: Vol 1 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana LaFuente

Then I read the Graphic Novel Fence: Vol 1 and earned 220 points
Total: 2910 points

Roll 26: 400+ pages

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Then I read Serpent & Dove and earned 300 points.
Total: 3210 points

Roll 28: Star/Moon on Cover

Then I passed GO earning 200 points. I did start a book for this challenge but did not finish it. So I ended the ReadAThon sitting on this space!
Tota: 3410 points

Overall

I read a total of 4 books, 6 graphic novels, 1 eBook, 1 eARC & 7 audiobooks in July! Which I am super happy with! 19 books is amazing for me and it got me back on track for my yearly goal after being in a slump earlier in the year.

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House of Dragons 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: House of Dragons
Series Name: House of Dragons
Author: Jessica Cluess
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 12th, 2020
Pages: 448
Publishers: Random House Books for Young Readers
Rating:

4.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call….

THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.

THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.

THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free–he must take what he wants.

THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.

Dark Blue cover with red smoke coming from bottom left corner. 5 swords crossing in the middle with different cover handles (Gold, Purple, Green, Blue & Red) that are shaped as different dragons. “Win at all costs” quote at the top.

I absolutely loved House of Dragons! This book is incredibly written and was extremely gripping! I simply didn’t want to put this book down.

Firstly, I love the diverse range of characters we see in the book! Every character, even the side characters were very well written and fleshed out amazingly. The book follows 5 points of view and every single POV had it’s on personality and feel to it. They also all developed and grew really well throughout the book. I loved reading every POV even if I was rooting for some characters more than others!

I really liked how detailed the world building was and how much description went into the magic system. Of course there is still some mystery but I liked how much detail we got and it made sense for the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed House of Dragons & I can’t wait for book 2! I love how House of Dragons ended but it also ended on a bit of cliffhanger, so I’m super keen to see what comes next.

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August 💫 Tome Topple, Dewey’s 24 Hour 2020 Reverse ReadAThon & Roll the Dice ReadAThon 📚 TBR!

Yes, I am taking on 3 ReadAThons minimum this month! May I join another? Maybe. Maybe not. We will see!!
So let’s jump into it

General August TBR & Dewey’s 24 Hour 2020 Summer Reverse ReadAThon TBR

So firstly, Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon begins 7th of August at 8pm EST. So for me in Australia it begins at 10am on the 8th of August! Which is also the same day Tome Topple begins.
I have a general TBR which I will be focusing on during the days that I am not doing any ReadAThons (1st to 7th) and also during Dewey’s. Even though Dewey’s is also day 1 of Tome Topple I am not going to stress about the 500+ page requirement for Dewey’s.

Fable & Firefrost are both eARCs that I need to read & review before September. So they will be my first priorities. Then I will concentrate on the others if I have time.

Tome Topple TBR

Tome Topple goes from 8th to 21st of August and I have a bit of an ambitious TBR but I am aiming to try and get some of the books off my TBR that are on my 20 books to read in 2020 list.

These are the 5 books I will be aiming to read. Which as I said may be ambitious but I will try my hardest! I may end up picking up The Devil’s Thief as an audiobook and maybe one of the others. Will just see how I feel!

Roll the Dice ReadAThon

So I don’t have a TBR for this one as I will be discovering what I will be reading as it happens. For this one there are 2 methods that you could chose to take and I am using the method where you assign each of your shelves a number, roll the dice to chose a shelf, then assign each book on that shelf a number & roll again to discover what book to read. So obviously I don’t have a TBR for this one!

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