April 2018 TBR

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So this post is going to be fairly similar to my Magical ReadAThon TBR as that ReadAThon goes for 4 weeks, so that is a majority of April. But there are a couple other books I plan to read within those 4 weeks that don’t fit any of the challenges for any of the 3 ReadAThons I’m participating in. So anyway, let’s get into this!

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HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?! WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THEM??

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March 2018 Haul

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Okay, so I got a few books this month but not as many as last month. My future Hauls will be very small as in 2 weeks the pool I work at will be closing for the season, so I will be surviving on what my salon makes for the next 4 months until the pool opens again in September. So no book buying. The only thing I will keep going is my Scribd account. That way I can access tonnes of eBooks and audiobook for barely little a month. I have also stocked up over the last few months on physical books and also audiobooks on my audible account. So I will have plenty to read. I also put in a couple pre-orders for books I really want that come out in the next few months. And hopefully, I will have some eARCs coming in through NetGalley to read also.

Now, all that pointless information out of the road! Let’s get into the haul!!

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Just some extra information. Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman is a signed edition which you can still purchase from Booktopia. So if you are Aussie and wanted a signed copy go HERE!

Also, I have 2 copies of Obsidio. I have the Hardcover which I pre-ordered from Book Depository MONTHS ago! Then I also purchased a signed copy from Booktopia. I’m pretty sure they are no longer available though!

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HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?! WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THEM??

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April 2018 #AYearAThon TBR

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Here is my TBR for the #AYearAThon, this is one of the months where I will actually try and complete both the theme and the challenge. Some of them I just don’t care for so I won’t complete them! I will only be concentrating on 1 book that will complete the challenge. But all books will fit the Theme.

Apr 2nd – 8th
Theme: Benchwarmers (books that have been sitting on your shelf for a while)
Challenge: One Word Titles

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Benchwarmers:

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Graevale by Lynette Noni

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Graevale by Lynette Noni

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WELL, THAT IS ALL! WHO ELSE IS PARTICIPATING?!

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Magical ReadAThon TBR!

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Okay, so this is a Harry Potter themed ReadAThon that sounds like tonnes of fun! I will copy and paste the info I used on my Monthly ReadAThon Guide for how this ReadAThon works as it is unique! As this is a 4 week ReadAThon is does cross over with the two monthly ReadAThons I always participate in, Duodecathon & #AYearAThon.

Magical ReadAThon goes from 2nd till 29th. The #AYearAThon goes from 2nd to 8th & Duodecathon is from 8th to 14th. I will post separate TBRs for each so it doesn’t get confusing in one post.

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This is a 4 week long ReadAThon that is based on Harry Potter and when I discovered this I was like yes bitch I’m joining!! Anyway, this ReadAThon is based on the OWL (Ordinary Wizarding Level) exams at Hogwarts. So basically there are challenges for each of the 12 school subjects that Hogwarts students could take. So each challenge you complete is 1 OWL. You cannot double up challenges, so 1 book per challenge!  You complete challenges and strive for the highest overall OWL grade. Unlike the books you don’t get an OWL grade for each subject, you just get an OWL for each completed subject challenge and depending on how many OWLs you get overall a corresponding grade is awarded. You can see the grades below.

Grades:

Fail Grades:
T = Troll: Did not show up at your OWL examinations (Didn’t start a challenge)
D = Dreadful: Start but not finished an OWL task
P = Poor: Sit only 1 OWL

Pass Grades:
A = Acceptable: Sit (and pass) at least 2 OWLs (complete 2 challenges)
E = Exceeds Expectations: Sit (and pass) at least 3 OWLs (complete 3 challenges)
O = Outstanding: Sit (and pass) at least 5 OWLs (complete 5 challenges)

Subjects & Challenges:

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover
Arithmancy – Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title
Astronomy – Read a Sci-Fi Book
Care of Magical Creatures – Read a book that includes Magical Creatures OR Features a Magical Creature on the Cover
Charms – Read a Fantasy Book
Defence Against the Dark Arts – Read a book about/featuring secret societies/clubs
Divination – Read a book featuring prophecies
Herbology – Read a book with a nature-related word in the title
History of Magic – Read a Historical Fiction
Muggle Studies – Read a muggle non-Fiction book
Potions – Read a book about/with Alchemy
Transfiguration – Read a book that deals with transfiguration / Shape Shifting or a similar theme OR Read a book with a cat on the cover

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Well, that is all! Who else is participating?!

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ReadAThon Guide – April 2018

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Here is the April ReadAThon Guide!! It is split up into categories depending on the length of the readathon! So it should be easier to find something you might want to participate in.

Atm, I’m planning on doing #AYearAThon & Duodecathon as I do them every month. I’m also hopefully going to participate in Magical ReadAThon which is a 4 week Harry Potter themed ReadAThon and I am so keen!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon

This one is exactly how it sounds! You have 24 Hours to read as much as possible. What’s unique about this ReadAThon is that it starts at the same time worldwide rather than at a certain time in your time zone. So everyone is reading at the exact same time.

This ReadAthon will be on the 28th of April.

They usually set up a world clock so you know exactly what time it starts for you, rather than having to figure it out. But I haven’t seen the link yet, so follow their Twitter or blog below and when they put it up you will see it.

You can find the ReadAThons Twitter HERE and also the 24HourReadAThon Blog HERE

A Novel Experience ReadAThon

The A Novel Experience ReadAThon is a 2 day ReadAThon dedicated to Kerry from the Youtube account A Novel Experience who sadly passed away on the 1st of May 2016. There are reading challenges even though this is only a 2 day ReadAThon, so you just pick as many as you think you can complete.

Reading Challenges:

Read a book from Kerry’s TBR shelf
Read a book that Kerry gave either 4 or 5 Stars
Read a book while wearing Turquoise (can be clothes, makeup, nail polish, etc.)
Read a book by candlelight

You can find the ReadAThon Goodreads Page HERE!

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#AYEARATHON

This ReadAThon occurs every month and each month there is a different focus on what to read.

So this ReadAThon has 2 parts, first, there is the theme. So the idea is to try and read books related to that theme and then there are the challenges, they are an extra challenge and not necessary but add some extra fun.

HERE is a link to their Goodreads page & HERE is the link to their Twitter.

This ReadAThon happens every month so here are all the future challenges in case you wanted to plan!

Apr 2nd – 8th
Theme: Benchwarmers (books that have been sitting on your shelf for a while)
Challenge: One Word Titles

May 7th – 13th
Theme: Rereads
Challenge: Graphic Novels

Jun 4th – 10th
Theme: Catch Up/Finish Series
Challenge: Read a duology

Jul 2nd – 8th
Theme: TBR Catch Up (Let’s meet those halfway marks on our goals!)
Challenge: Read A Trilogy

Aug 6th – 12th
Theme: Family Favourites (Read your mums/brothers/cousins/etc favourite book)
Challenge: Read the longest book on your TBR

Sept 3rd – 9th
Theme: #OwnVoice Novel
Challenge: Short Stories

Oct 1st – 7th
Theme: Thrillers
Challenge: Big Books (400+ pages)

Nov 5th – 11th
Theme: NaNoWriMo Winners (Books that begun as a NaNoWriMo project and were eventually published)
Challenge: Read the shortest book on your TBR

Dec 3rd – 9th
Theme: Books under 300 pages
Challenge: Read books recommended to you by others

DUODECATHON

This ReadAThon also is every month. This one has 12 options for challenges that you can pick from and the idea of this is that you participate every month and by the end of the year you will have done them all. If you join later in the year you can focus on two or more challenges per round to still get them all done by the end of the year.

You can find info and join the Goodreads group HERE.

Upcoming Dates:

April: 8 -14
May: 21 – 27
June: 22 – 28
July: 22 – 28
August: 8 – 14
September: 1 – 7
October: 8 – 14
November: 22 – 28
December: 22 – 28

Challenges To Pick From:

Read 1,200 pages
Read the second book in a series
A book about a villain/antihero
A book published the year you were born
A 2018 bestseller
An award winning book
A book with multiple points of view
A book with antonyms in the title
A banned book
A book with a great first line
A “high school” book you haven’t read
A book recommended by someone in the Duodecathon group

PrideAThon

So this is a weeklong ReadAThon all about reading LGBTQIAP+ books! This ReadAThon features a group read, reading challenges & Instagram challenges!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 2nd till 11:59 pm on the 8th of April.

Group Book:

The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages (Anthology)

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Reading Challenges:

Read a book with an LGBTQIAP+ POC MC
Read an #ownvoices book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC & mental health rep
Read an indie-published or self-published book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC
Read a popular book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC that you’ve seen online but haven’t read yet
Read a book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC who comes from a different culture than you
Reada fantasy/sci-fi book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC
Read a book released in 2018 with an LGBTQIAP+ MC

Instagram Challenges:

Day 1: Post a rainbow selfie (if you’re comfortable) and share WHY you’re participating
Day 2: Make a rainbow out of your #prideathon tbr!
Day 3: Share a rainbow of #Ownvoices LGBTQIAP+ books
Day 4: Share a rainbow of intersectional LGBTQIAP+ books
Day 5: Share a rainbow of underrated LGBTQIAP+ books
Day 6: Share a rainbow of your favourite LGBTQIAP+ books
Day 7: Hasn’t been shared yet as of writing this post. Keep an eye on their Twitter as they are sharing one challenge each day.

All the info for this ReadAThon is on one thread on their Twitter. You can find their Twitter HERE and also HERE is the link to that thread.

TBR BustAThon

This is a week long ReadAThon dedicated to busting those huge TBR piles we all have! This does mean that you cannot count rereads towards this ReadAThon. This ReadAThon does have reading challenges! You may double up reading challenges (so using 1 book to complete 2 challenges). However, you can not use one book for any more than 2 challenges. This ReadAThon also happens every two months!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 1st till 11:59 pm on the 7th of April.

Reading Challenges:

Read a borrowed book
Read & watch a book to movie adaptation (you have to read the book and then watch the movie to complete this challenge)
Read a dystopian
Read a book with less than 400 pages
Read a book released between October 2017 & Marhch 2018
Read a book from your own bookshelf
April is Celerate Diversity Month, so read a book by a diverse author or with a diverse character

You can find all the info and links to all the hosts on the Announcement post HERE. You can also find the ReadAThons Twitter HERE and Instagram HERE!

Spring ReadAThon

Okay, so this is a “week long” ReadAThon happening on Litsy! The reason I put week long in quotations is that on the announcement on Litsy and also on the signup form it is called a week long ReadAThon, however, it is actually only 5 days.. So yeah…. Anyway. This is a casual ReadAThon with no challenges except to read as much as you can in the 5 days.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 16th till 11:59 pm on the 20th of April.

You can Sign Up HERE and follow the host on Litsy @prettybooknerd

#GrabOnReadAThon

This ReadAThon happens once for every season, so 4 times a year. It is a week long ReadAThonwith a group book and 6challenges (which are all optional).

Upcoming 2018 Dates:

Spring: 1st – 7th of April
Summer: 1st – 7th of July
Fall: 7th – 13th of October

Group Book:

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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Reading Challenges:

Read a book with a name in the title
Read the first book in a series
Read a book from a genre you haven’t yet read this year
Read a book with LGBTQIAP+ representation
Read a book chosen for you by someone else
Read a book set in a different time than the present

Join the Goodreads group for all the info and also places to discuss the group book and get suggestions for the challenges!

Alphabethon

Okay, so I don’t know any specific info about this one yet as it is still ages away. Usually, the challenge is to read books that either the name of the book or the authors first of last names start with a certain letter. They seem to be going in alphabetical order, so I will assume that this round will be F. They also have optional reading challenges too but as I said nothing has been announced yet except the date.

As this one crosses over with April & May I will add this one to my May ReadAThon Guide. It will be up prior to the start of this ReadAThon.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 30th of April till 11:59 pm on the 6th of May.

You can find their Twitter HERE

AprilAThon

This one is a week long ReadAThon happening in April and hosted by April over at Aprilius Maximus on BookTube! This one does have reading challenges but she tried to make them pretty broad so it wasn’t a struggle to find stuff to read!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 2nd till 11:59 pm on the 8th of April.

Reading  Challenges:

Read a book you acquired recently
Read a book with a beautiful cover
Read a book you have been meaning to read for ages
Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover
Read a hyped book or a book that has been recommended to you
Read a book that you are excited to read

You can find the announcement on April’s YouTuber HERE! Also on social media make sure to use the hashtag #AprilAThon so you can connect with others participating!

Unicorn ReadAThon

The goal of this ReadAThon is to read books that feature magical creatures! This can be books that have magical creatures in the book, in the title or on the cover. So you don’t have to read only fantasy! You can be creative. You can also read Non-Fiction books about Magical Creatures. They are out there.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 9th till 11:59 pm on the 15th of April.

You can find the host, Unicorn Hunter Books, announcement HERE! Also, the two cohosts announcements on Paper Faerie & The Fancy Hat Lady Reads! They also have a Twitter account for the ReadAThon which you can find HERE!

Unslump-A-Thon

This one is actually an 8 day ReadAThon, but I don’t have a space for 8 Day ReadAThons, so I’m just putting it here!

The Unslump-A-Thon is for people either in a slump or those wanting to stay well away from those horrible slumps. There are Reading challenges for this one that are designed to be kinda easy reads that will help you out of that slump!

Reading Challenges:

Read a book under 200 pages
Read an old favourite OR a book from your favourite genre
Read a book while drinking your favourite warm drink
Read a Graphic Nove, Manga or Comic Book
Read a middle grade or children’s book
Read a novella
Bonus Challenge: Read an eBook or listen to an audiobook

You can find the twitter page HERE!

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Magical ReadAThon

This is a 4 week long ReadAThon that is based on Harry Potter and when I discovered this I was like yes bitch I’m joining!! Anyway, this ReadAThon is based on the OWL (Ordinary Wizarding Level) exams at Hogwarts. So basically there are challenges for each of the 12 school subjects that Hogwarts students could take. So each challenge you complete is 1 OWL. You cannot double up challenges, so 1 book per challenge!  You complete challenges and strive for the highest overall OWL grade. Unlike the books you don’t get an OWL grade for each subject, you just get an OWL for each completed subject challenge and depending on how many OWLs you get overall a corresponding grade is awarded. You can see the grades below.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 2nd till 11:59 pm on the 29th of April.

Grades:

Fail Grades:
T = Troll: Did not show up at your OWL examinations (Didn’t start a challenge)
D = Dreadful: Start but not finished an OWL task
P = Poor: Sit only 1 OWL

Pass Grades:
A = Acceptable: Sit (and pass) at least 2 OWLs (complete 2 challenges)
E = Exceeds Expectations: Sit (and pass) at least 3 OWLs (complete 3 challenges)
O = Outstanding: Sit (and pass) at least 5 OWLs (complete 5 challenges)

Subjects & Challenges:

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover
Arithmancy – Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title
Astronomy – Read a Sci-Fi Book
Care of Magical Creatures – Read a book that includes Magical Creatures OR Features a Magical Creature on the Cover
Charms – Read a Fantasy Book
Defence Against the Dark Arts – Read a book about/featuring secret societies/clubs
Divination – Read a book featuring prophecies
Herbology – Read a book with a nature-related word in the title
History of Magic – Read a Historical Fiction
Muggle Studies – Read a muggle non-Fiction book
Potions – Read a book about/with Alchemy
Transfiguration – Read a book that deals with transfiguration / Shape Shifting or a similar theme OR Read a book with a cat on the cover

Extra Note: There will be a NEWTs Exam ReadAThon happening in the future and you will only be able to complete NEWT Exams for the subjects that you completed in this OWL Exam! Just like at Hogwarts. So be mindful of what subjects you pick!

You can find the announcement post HERE! She has also created this awesome Hogwarts letter explaining everything, check that out HERE! Also follow the ReadAThons Twitter HERE!

#RYBSAT

THIS ONE STARTS TODAY!!! 

Or at least very soon for the rest of the world! There wasn’t information up about this one when I put my March ReadAThon Guide together, so it wasn’t on that one, so sorry guys. But here is everything you need to know.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 27th of March till 11:59 pm on the 10th of April.

Firstly, this is usually a week long ReadAthon but as this marks their 10th round, they are making this one two weeks!

Okay, so the only challenge for #RYBSAT is that you pick a point on your bookshelves and read them in order that they are there and see how far you can get in the 2 weeks! I’m assuming you can use physical bookshelves OR the bookshelf on your phone or eReader for eBooks or audiobooks if that is your prefered way to read.
For this round, they are allowing you to choose the direction in which you read. So pick a point on your shelf and you can read forwards, backwards, up, down or diagonally. So pick a direction and go for it. You can choose to switch directions midway through too. You can read 3 books going backwards and then choose to go down for one book and then go forward from there. I hope this all makes sense.
Also if you are going backwards for example and you get to a series, you obviously don’t read the series backwards. Just grab the first book you haven’t read and go from there or skip the series completely. I’m also assuming (it wasn’t specifically said) if you are someone that doesn’t organise your series together and you, for example, get to the third book in a series but haven’t read the one before it you just skip it.

They will be running sprints on the #RYBSAT Twitter page which you can find HERE! Also, go and join their Goodreads Group HERE for my info! On Instagram & Twitter use the hashtag #RYBSAT when talking about the ReadAThon!

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Okay, so I have been trying to find solid info about this ReadAThon but they are severely lacking in that department. I believe this is a month long ReadAThon (I’m only guessing as in the ‘announcement’ type video the hosts kept saying ‘throughout the month’ and similar things like that). This ReadAThon seems to happen every month as well, so it is a little intense if it happens every month, all month.

Anyway, the goal of this ReadAThon is to read books that you already own, to try and Empty that TBR shelf we all have. This month they also have an ‘under the sea’ theme with reading challenges based on the theme. Personally, I think the first challenge is a little specific, simply if you don’t own a book about a cruise, you can’t complete that one and things like this really irritate me as I always like to attempt to complete all challenges and follow the rules. The other challenges are pretty broad though.

Challenges:

Read a book about a cruise
Read a book with water on the cover
Read a book set in a foreign land (this can be either any country you don’t live in on the planet or a fantasy land that is very different from ours).
Read a book with a marine or tropical word in the title
Read a book with Gold or Blue on the cover (yellow can be substituted instead of gold).

You can find the ReadAThon Twitter page HERE and the Goodreads Group HERE where they also run a book club by the looks.

Spring Into Horror

Spring Into Horror is a month long ReadAThon based on reading horror books. It goes for the entire month of April, but instead of starting in YOUR timezone, they want everyone to start at the exact same time worldwide, same as Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon. They have got a link to a time zone converter on their blog, but it is kinda useless. In the announcement post they say the ReadAThon will start at 12 am in ‘central time’, but that particular time zone converter works, not by time zones but by towns and states. So for anyone that doesn’t know where exactly ‘central time’ covers you are still going to have to google it. So I suggest using World Time Buddy. All you have to do is search ‘CST’ for central time & then your time zone. Choose the little calendar and pick the 1st of April and it will show a little table with what time it is in CST and what it would be in your time zone.

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Okay, that out of the road! The goal is to read at least one scary book! You can choose to read more or focus on other books in other genres, but you need to read at least one.

To join you have to sign up to the linky at the bottom of the announcement post which you can find HERE!

Apocalypse-A-Thon

This one is another week long ReadAThon where you are challenged to read pre or post apocalyptic books! There are 5 challenges to complete in the month and each challenge is open to your interpretation

Reading Challenges:

Natural Disaster
Creature Feature
Out of This World
With a Little Help from my Friends
A Classic

The creator has helpfully created a Suggestions Post with a list of apocalyptic books and which challenge they could fit into. You can find that HERE! You can also find the ReadAThon’s goodreads Group HERE!

ApTHRILL

Yes this is the second month long horror themed ReadAThon that is happening in April and they are basically the same.
ApThrill is a month long ReadAThon with the challenge to read suspense, thriller and horror novels! As with most month long ReadAThons you don’t have to only read books that fit the challenge for the whole month, you are allowed to read other books too. As long as you read at least one suspense, thriller or horror novel you have smashed this ReadAThon.

Rules:

Post a blog post with your intent to participate (I imagine a post on any social media would suffice too if you don’t run a blog)
Share your TBR
Use the hashtag #ApTHRILL on social media!

This ReadAThon is being run by Kathy over at Books & Munches, a fellow book blogger! You can find her announcement post HERE!

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WELL, THAT IS ALL. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER READATHONS HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY THEN PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN A COMMENT OR TAG ME ON TWITTER @DUSKANGELREADS.

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April 2018 Anticipated Releases

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Okay, so again I only have 3 books on this list again but again I am really keen for them! I already have an eARC of one of them and I can’t wait to get my hands on the other two. However, the pool I’m working at is closing for the season in April and won’t open again until September. So as I will be living off the money I make in my at home beauty salon I won’t be able to purchase any books for a while. I will be relying on my huge TBR pile and on the Scribd app.

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Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 416 (Paperback)
Publication Date: 10th, April 2018
Publishers: Harlequin Teen

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Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Leah on the Off Beat by Becky Albertalli

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Genre: YA Diverse Contemporary
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 24th, April 2018
Publishers: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 240 (Paperback)
Publication Date: 3rd, April 2018
Publishers: Harper Teen

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Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now.

The Young Queens

Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters’ lives…before they were at stake.

The Oracle Queen

Everyone knows the legend of Elsabet, the Oracle Queen. The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses. But what really happened? Discover the true story behind the queen who could foresee the future…just not her own downfall.

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What are your most anticipated releases for April? Are you looking foward to any of these?!

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Obsidio
Author: 
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series Name: The Illuminae Files
Genre: 
YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 615 (Paperback)
Publishers: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating:
5 star

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

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I love the covers of these books. Especially the hardcovers! I finally saw the hardcovers in person too! I had seen them on youtube and in photos, but never in person. I purchased the hardcover of Obsidio & also got a signed copy of the paperback, so I now have both. So now I have to go buy Illuminae & Gemina in Hardcover too. But I love how different the hardcovers are! I have never seen a hardcover with a plastic dust jacket before! It’s awesome.

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Absolutely amazing! This review will mostly be me gushing about this book as it was AMAZING! But, I do love the style of this book and the writing is fabulous. Obviously, this is an extremely unique book and when I first picked up Illuminae around 2 years ago I was worried it would be boring just reading documents & message conversations but these books are in no way shape or form boring! The format is executed brilliantly! It is easy to follow, you are never confused and this book is extremely gripping! I did not want to put it down once I started.

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The plot is action PACKED! There is always something going on and there are tonnes of twists and turns! Basically, none of which were expected! I think the plot twists are even more unexpected because of the format of the book. You don’t see them coming and then next thing boom you read video footage of it, or characters are IMing while it is happening and freaking out. It’s just so well done!

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The fucking characters are all perfection!! Now, if you haven’t read Illuminae & Gemina I would suggest not reading which characters I talk about as their presences will spoil events from Illuminae & Gemina as there are plenty of suspected deaths or near deaths in those first books.

Each book kinda has one main male & one main female, all of which are either ex’s or possible love interests. It didn’t take away from the story at all though and I actually enjoyed most of the romances, which is unusual as I am not a romance type person.

Firstly I’ll start with the girls! Kady Grant, Hannah Donnely & Asha Grant. These girls are special, determined, badass bitches but in the most realistic ways. They do freak out, there are times where the breakdown and think they can’t go on. But they still face their situations and grab them by the balls. Kady will always be my favourite and I think that is because she was the original one that was there right from the start but Hannah & Asha are very close behind her in terms of favourites. Kady is a kickass hacker (only bested maybe by the Little Spider, I’ll get to her soon!).
Hannah is a badass fighter who will beat your ass if you threaten part of her family. She is also extremely tactical and can devise plans in seconds. She is strong, but again shows weakness when things get too much. But when push comes to shove she get back up their and leads like a boss!
Asha is Kady’s cousin and she lost her mother during the other books. Even though she doesn’t really have an awesome skill that is their main feature like the other two girls she is still resourceful, strong and amazing. Asha feels like more of a ‘normal person’, she is just a pharmasist that was in the right place in the right time and survived that initial attack. Her bravery was shown in the fact that she lived through that attack, kept her head down and fought in the shadows.

Now outside of the main three females, we also have Ella Malikov, Nik’s cousin. I love the rep with her. She is a badass hacker, who happens to be in a wheelchair. She also gets hurt and is on oxygen for a large part of the book, so I liked seeing the portrayal of her having to deal with that and how the people around her reacted too. Besides all that, Ella is a sarcastic and a little rude, but totally hilarious character and I loved her so much.
We also have Captain Syra Boll. She was another realistic character. She was thrown into her position because of the events in previous books and she did the best she could. She always tried to do what was best for her team, she tried to always take the opinions of people who may know more than her within fields she isn’t trained, even if they were only a 17 year old and everyone else thought she was off her rocker to be taking advice from ‘kids’. She was a strong leading female figure in this book and I really liked her.
We also had Sergeant Yukiko Oshiro who in the beginning I didn’t like but she redeemed herself a bit in the end. She had been working planetside since the initial attack. She followed her orders and put on a face of indifference when orders were given that she didn’t fully agree with. She tried to teach Rhys to do the same, to just keep his head down, follow orders and there won’t be problems. Of course I didn’t like her though, she was Bei-Tech and was part of the team that killed so many people. So you automatically don’t like her. But yes, I did think she made up for it a little in the end.
Next I just want to do a quick mention of Captain Winifred McCall who makes the best prep speech I have ever read. Seriously, I will leave a quote below!

“There is a moment just after the die is cast and before it lands upon the gaming table in which the smallest breeze may change its course-the way it rolls where it comes to rest. 
That is what we must do today. We must give our all to ensure that when the die does come to rest, it favors us. We are fighting today for all the loved ones we have lost, for all the loved ones far away we hope to see again and for those here with us, who know we are their only hope.”

Now, onto the males! Again we have our three main male characters. Ezra Mason, Nik Malikov & Rhys Lindstrom. Out of these, I think Nik & Ezra tie for favourite for me and then Rhys is just behind. Ezra is a fighter pilot who is completely underestimated by most of the people aboard because he is a ‘kid’. They all suffer this agist (like racist, but with age, is that a thing??) view for older characters but Kady & Ezra the most. Ezra is also extremely caring to all he considers family.
Nik is not really underestimated but strongly judged. He and Ella come from criminal family, so no one trusts them. Mostly Nik though. Ella got away with it more as she was always in the background, in a room somewhere out of view working on her computer, so she was less noticed I guess, so she didn’t get the judgement as much. Whereas Nik was fairly well out front and centre and no one would give him a chance except those that actually got to know him. Now, as I said he comes from a criminal background, but he doesn’t really fit the mould most of you would be thinking of when ‘criminal’ is involved. He isn’t really thuggish or brutal. He is fairly kind and caring. He does go a little far sometimes, especially if someone insults or makes comments in relation to Hannah and his relationship with her. There were noses broken at one point. He never really fights without reason, but he does fight. But like I said, he is still extremely caring and also very careful at times (parachute, if you have read, you will understand!). I also love Nik’s banter with his cousin Ella. It is hilarious and even though there was less of it in this book, it was still great.
Rhys was probably the least fleshed out character out of all. He was obviously new to the story in this book but also I just didn’t feel like we had as much background with him as the others. Yes, he was Bei-Tech & Like with Oshiro, I wanted to hate him automatically, but it was obvious pretty early that he didn’t agree with what was going on. He was an engineer and soldier who hadn’t been on the field until the events in this book and had no idea what was actually going on. When he began to find out it really showed his humanity compared to some of the other trigger happy assholes. He questioned things that he didn’t agree with even if that meant he was reprimanded. He hesitated when being ordered to do things he didn’t agree with. He even tried to stand up against things to his superiors when shit really when bad. That is why the automatic hatred didn’t last too long. He was also intelligent, resourceful and extremely caring.

Now, for the none MC male characters. Firstly I want to talk about Isaac Grant. He is Kady’s father & Asha’s uncle and I absolutely loved him! He was an amazing father figure in this book. He was funny, loving and even in the middle of all this crap he was still trying to stick to what he believed. Even if that was simply his dislike for swearing. It was hilarious reading IMs where Kady, Ella or Hannah would swear and his instant reaction wasn’t to what they were talking about it was ‘watch your language, young lady’. He even tried it with some of the older members during group convos and it was funny watching him accept that he was being totally ignored. Then there was that one time when shit was so bad, but he was like ‘fine, …….’ and swore himself. It just made me laugh every time. Now the next little bit is spoilery to an event in Obsidio which I feel like you need to read yourself and let it break your heart through the story, so skip the next part that is in bold. Okay, so I just had to talk about this as it left me in tears and I am tearing up right now writing this! But as I said he was an amazing father figure, but it extended past his own daughter to both Hannah, Ella and I’m assuming Asha, but we didn’t actually see that part. Anyway, he was so loving and supportive to those girls and then after he found out that Ella had lost her father during all this he offered himself to her as a father figure if she needed him. He helped her when no one else had the time and then ended up adopting her in the end. Isaac Grant is an amazingly beautiful character and he is one of my favourite ever male side characters.

Now lastly, we need to address the “elephant in the room before it steps on someone”. AIDAN. I don’t really know what to say about it really. It is a psychotic and extremely creepy artificial intelligence that is learning to think like a human. He has a disturbing crush on Kady and likes to kill thousands of people. Yet I still can’t hate him really. He only kills thousands because he sees it as a sacrafice. Kill a thousand, to save three thousand. That is his logic and even though no one likes to admit it, he is kinda right, even if the execution is brutal and heat breaking. He saved them all on mulitple occasions so I can’t really hate him. Fuck, even I’m calling it a ‘him’ now. I’m just going to leave it at that for him.

Well that is it for the characters I think! I can’t think of anyone else I really want to talk about. I know that section is ridiculously long, but there are alot of amazing characters I just need to talk about!

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Overall this book is amazing, this series is amazing and I love everything about it! I already want to reread it! The writing and format are sooo well done. The plot is action-packed and intense and the characters are superb. I do think I liked this book a little more than Illuminae and Gemina honestly. It was the perfect conclusion for this series and I couldn’t be happier and sadder about that!

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HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT?!

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