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September & Bookopoly ReadAThon 📚 TBR

It’s already September which is crazy! I will of course be participating in Bookopoly ReadAThon in September which is a ReadAThon I host. Obviously because Bookopoly runs by receiving a challenge based on a dice roll I won’t really be able to set out a TBR but here are some books that I hope I can fit into Bookopoly challenges as well as a couple ARCs and a Group Read I will be reading.

Currently Reading

eARC I will be reading

Indigo Owl is a book I received from Wakefield Press as part of a Blog Tour and my review will be out on the 26th of September!
Firefrost is an eARC that I received through NetGalley which releases 21st of September so look out for my review sometime before then.

ReadALong

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

This one is the first ReadALong for The YA Book Nerds which is the Facebook Group I run! The ReadALong will take place from the 17th to 30th of September and we will be chatting over on Discord! If you wanted to join this ReadALong just head over to our Discord.

Books I hope to fit into challenges

Let’s Chat!

Who else is participating in Bookopoly ReadAThon?
What are you most looking forward to reading September?


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The Tea Dragon Society 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Tea Dragon Society
Series Name: Tea Dragon #1
Author: Katie O’Neill
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publication Date: Oct 18th, 2017
Pages: 72
Publishers: Oni Press
Rating:

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

The Tea Dragon Society Book Cover: Green forest looking background surrounding 2 characters sitting on a picnic blanket drinking tea. One character has brown skin and black hair with short stumpy horns. They are wearing an orange striped singlet, 3/4 jeans & orange thongs. The other character is fair skinned with pink hair and antlers. They are wearing a cream short and grey skirt and is petting an orange colour Tea Dragon that has flowers growing from its head.

This Graphic Novel is just so cute and lighthearted. I love the artwork and tonne. The art style is so colourful and flowery and makes for a pleasant reading experience compared to other Graphic Novels that just feel busy and chaotic. I really like that the characters in the story are drawn as either slightly human looking animals or humans with animal features like horns and such. Makes it interesting and easy to follow who and who.

While not a tonne happens in the actual plot itself it does build an image of this world and gives us a base to expand on. It sets the seen nicely and I already love these characters and tiny dragons and want good things to happen to them!

I especially love the representation in this book! We have a character that uses a wheel chair, a character with amnesia, a woman of colour and a male/male romance so far and this graphic novel is only 72 pages! Thats a good amount of rep for such a short book. All the rep was also handled really well which I love to see. Everyone is just accepting of everything which is refreshing to have these different representations simply seen as normal and not something to question.

Overall this is such a sweet & magical read and I highly recommend giving it a go! I am super keen to get to The Tea Dragon Festival (which I have already purchased).

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Have you read The Tea Dragon Society? Did you love it as much as me?


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Shows on Netflix I’m keen for!

Today we will be chatting about the Netflix Shows I am keen for! Some of these are completely new to me shows whereas others I’m keen to continue with new seasons out. So let’s jump in!

Shows with new seasons I’m keen for!

The 100

Starting off the list we have The 100! I have watched Seasons 1 & 2 of The 100 and really enjoyed it. At the time those were the only seasons out so I’m definitely behind on catching up on this show. This will likely be the next one I jump into after my currently watching which I’ll talk about soon.

Lucifer

This is my current watch and I am loving it! I did watch Season 1 a fair while back but now there is 5 seasons so I’m in the process of catching up. I’m currently on Season 3 Episode 4. Making progress but still a fair while to go.

The OA

I have watched Part 1 of The OA but only realised a couple days ago that there is now a Part 2. So I’m now keen to get to Part 2. This was a super weird show but also very interesting so I’m definitely keen!

Travelers

This is a super interesting show and I’m so excited that there is new seasons to get into. I’ve watched Season 1 and there is now 3 seasons so plenty more to get to.

Van Helsing

This is another one I didn’t realise there was new seasons out and recently. I watched Season 1 just after it came out and there is now 4 seasons. So another one I need to catch up on soon!

Shows that I’m waiting for more seasons to release!

The Witcher

My partner and I watched Season 1 a couple months ago and really enjoyed it so we are both super keen for Season 2 to be released in December.

New to me shows that look interested!

All of these look really good and I’m keen to give them ago. Both The Shannara Chronicles and Cursed are based off books so that’s cool too! I am going to try and read Cursed before watching the show but I’m not too interested in reading The Shannara Chronicles books so I’ll probably just jump straight into the show.

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Give me some recommendations for shows on Netflix that you think I would like! I would love to hear your thoughts on the shows I haven’t started as well. Should I prioritise any of them??


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September 📚 Most Anticipated Releases

Today I will be talking about the books that I am keen for that are releasing in September 2020! I have already pre-ordered 4 of these and will probably end up purchasing a couple more in the coming weeks! So let’s jump in!

1st September

Fable by Adrienne Young

Firstly I want to mention Fable! I have already read this one and you can find my spoiler free review HERE! I absolutely loved Fable so I can’t wait for my physical copy to arrive as it is a gorgeous cover.

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

I actually got my shipping email for this one about an hour ago from when I’m writing this (Thursday 20th) so this may even arrive before release date which would be exciting!! Queen of Volts is one of my most anticipated sequels and I feel like I have been waiting so long for this one! I can’t wait to see how this series wraps up and I might even end up doing a reread of books 1 & 2 before jumping into Queen of Volts! Which would be super fun.

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

This one I am mildly keen for! I enjoyed Serpent & Dove but there were a couple things I wasn’t a fan of. Hopefully that will be better in this book but I will have to wait and see! I have pre-ordered this one as I want to read it soon while I still remember what went down in Serpent & Dove. So hopefully I will get that chance in September!

The Inheritance Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I haven’t heard a tonne about this one but both the synopsis & cover intrigues me so I am keen to give it a go! This is a YA Mystery/Thriller and the synopsis sounds so freaking intriguing! I love a good Mystery and am actually so keen to read this one.

The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I love Amie Kaufman’s writing and I have recently read one of Meagan Spooners works and really enjoyed it so I thought I would finally pick up another book from this duo! I did read Unearthed but didn’t love it so I’m hoping this one will be different. This one does sound a bit romance heavy which I’m not usually a fan of but I am still curious.

8th September

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

This one looks amazing and I actually have a sample of this one from NetGalley which I am going to give a read a bit before release so that way if I love it I can grab the eBook or order the book as soon as it releases! War Girls sounds super interesting and like a mash up of Sci-Fi & Dystopian which I am here for!

21st September

Firefrost by Camile Longley

I am lucky enough to have an eARc of Firsfrost which I plan to read in early September before it releases! This one sounds super intriguing but I can’t lie, that stunning cover is what really drew me in!

22nd September

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

I honestly know nothing about this book besides the title sounds amazing and it’s by Garth Nix. I have read Sabriel by Garth Nix which I didn’t love as I tend to find really heavy high fantasy books like that hard to follow but that’s just a personal thing. This one however is not a high fantasy by the sounds so I’m hoping this is as good as it sounds!

29th September

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

I absolutely loved Dear Martin by Nic Stone so I have been impatiently waiting for Dear Justyce to release basically ever since it was announced. I am hoping it will be just as amazing as Dear Martin but I will have to wait a bit longer to find out.

Skyhunters by Marie Lu

Marie Lu has been a bit hit of miss for me so far. I really enjoyed Warcross, Liked Legend & Prodigy but didn’t love The Young Elites as much. So my ratings for her are a bit all over the place and I have no idea what to expect for this book! Hopefully I love Skyhunters as it sounds amazing!

Let’s Chat!

Well those are the books I am super keen for that release in September! Are you keen for any of these or what other book are you most looking forward to?
I think out of all those Queen of Volts, Dear Justyce & The Inheritance Game are the ones I am most keen for!


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Top Ten Tuesday 💫 Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

Yes, I am jumping back on the Top Ten Tuesday band wagon but it may not be every week. I’m just planning on jumping in when I enjoy the prompt of the week. So these will be pretty random.

Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish but now lives at The Artsy Reader Girl and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

Prompt: Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies


1. The Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer

2. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs

I know there is already a movie. But are we ever going to get a 2nd movie?? And also I want a movie that they don’t mess with the characters abilities!!

3. Daughter of the Pirate King Duology by Tricia Levenseller

4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

5. The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni

6. The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

7. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

8. The Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

9. Once Upon a Con by Ashley Poston

10. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice

Yes there is a movie for Vampire Academy but they will never continue the series and I want it!

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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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What series are you impatiently waiting on books to release?!


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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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