book haul

A Small Book Haul ✨

It’s been a long time since I have done a book haul, since the end of October of last year to be exact. I haven’t been buying many books in the months since then, so I just didn’t feel the need to make a book haul until now. As the title says, this is going to be a small book haul of only five books. (Also, I have read all but one of these books and I’m very pleased about that.)

A thing that is different about this book haul to my usual ones is the fact that I won’t be taking photos of the books, rather I’m going to just put up their covers. The reason for that is because my books are in storage right now, as I’m in the process of moving.

Now lets get into the books I bough!

Summary for the first book:

THEY KILLED THE KING. THEY PINNED IT ON TWO MEN. THEY CHOSE POORLY.

There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.


Naomi Novik

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.

When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk–grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh–Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar.

But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.


A Closed and Common Orbit

Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for – and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.


The Dark Wife

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth. Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus.

But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice. Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny. But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.


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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received A Song Below Water from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


A Song Below Water

Title: A Song Below Water

Authors: Bethany C. Morrow

Published: 2. June 2020

Edition: Tor Teen

ebook, 288 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Sirens/Mermaids | Contemporary

Summary:

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favourite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars 

Once I read the summary for A Song Below Water I was immediately intrigued and I wanted to read that book. Sadly I ended up being disappointed by it. Don’t get me wrong, A Song Below Water was a good book, I just expected to enjoy it a lot more than I did.

The first half of the book was slow, it took me a while to get into the story. At some points I didn’t have any idea where the story was going. The fantasy elements weren’t explored as much as I hoped they would be. I wanted to know more about the sirens and all the other magical things, but this book didn’t deliver in that aspect. A Song Below Water tackles many issues in our current society – police brutality, racial profiling, racism, sexism and many more. I loved the way the author was discussing these issues, but for a book under 300 pages there were too many issues to discuss them all in full. Some of them just felt skimmed over.

A Song Below Water is told from two characters points of view, Tavia and Effie. I had problems distinguishing between their voices, they were very similar and sometimes in the middle of the chapter I was wondering from whose perspective I was reading. I didn’t connect to the characters, they felt very flat and underdeveloped. Something that I did love about this book is the sister relationship between Tavia and Effie. I loved seeing how much they cared about each other and how far they were willing to go for the other person.

Overall, A Song Below Water wasn’t the book I expected it to be. It was a good book and I would definitely recommend it, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.


Have you read A Song Below Water? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Books I Would LOVE TO BUY Right Now || Top Ten Tuesday

Feature

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and it has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Today is a very special Top Ten Tuesday, as it the 10 year anniversary since the star of this feature. It’s crazy to think how long Top Ten Tuesday has been going on. I did my first post for this feature in 2015 and, even though I don’t do every topic, I have had a lot of fun participating in Top Ten Tuesday over the years.

For todays topic I decided to redo a topic that I did in 2016. The title of that post was Books I’d Buy Right This Second, If Someone Handed Me A Fully Loaded Gift Card. I really felt like talking about books that I would love to buy immediately, if I had the money for them. To no ones surprise they are all fantasy books! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on all of these books in the near future.


Avatar the rise of Kyoshi

10. Avatar: The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

F. C. Yee’s The Rise of Kyoshi delves into the story of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom–born Avatar. The longest-living Avatar in this beloved world’s history, Kyoshi established the brave and respected Kyoshi Warriors, but also founded the secretive Dai Li, which led to the corruption, decline, and fall of her own nation. The first of two novels based on Kyoshi, The Rise of Kyoshi maps her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries after she became the Avatar.


Star Daughter

9. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be “normal.” But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal’s quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens–and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.


Mirage

8. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.


Katherine Arden

7. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.


Naomi Novik

6. Temeraire by Naomi Novik

Captain Will Laurence has been at sea since he was just twelve years old; finding a warmer berth in Nelson’s navy than any he enjoyed as the youngest, least important son of Lord Allendale. Rising on merit to captain his own vessel, Laurence has earned himself a beautiful fiancee, society’s esteem and a golden future. But the war is not going well. It seems Britain can only wait as Napoleon plans to overrun her shores.

After a skirmish with a French ship, Laurence finds himself in charge of a rare cargo: a dragon egg bound for the Emperor himself. Dragons are much prized: properly trained, they can mount a fearsome attack from the skies.

One of Laurence’s men must take the beast in hand and join the aviators’ cause, thus relinquishing all hope of a normal life. But when the newly-hatched dragon ignores the young midshipman Laurence chose as its keeper and decides to imprint itself on the horrified captain instead, Laurence’s world falls apart. Gone is his golden future: gone his social standing, and soon his beautiful fiancee, as he is consigned to be the constant companion and trainer of the fighting dragon Temeraire.


N K Jemisin

5. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.


Empire of Sand

4. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.

The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.

When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda. Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance.


K A Doore

3. The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore

Divine justice is written in blood. Or so Amastan has been taught. As a new assassin in the Basbowen family, he’s already having second thoughts about taking a life. A scarcity of contracts ends up being just what he needs.

Until, unexpectedly, Amastan finds the body of a very important drum chief. Until, impossibly, Basbowen’s finest start showing up dead, with their murderous jaan running wild in the dusty streets of Ghadid. Until, inevitably, Amastan is ordered to solve these murders, before the family gets blamed.

Every life has its price, but when the tables are turned, Amastan must find this perfect assassin or be their next target.


Roshani Chokshi

2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.


The City of Brass

1. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for.


What are some books you wish you could buy right now? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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I Left The House Today! by Cassandra Calin || Graphic Novel Review

Disclaimer: I received I Left The House Today! from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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Title: I Left The House Today!

Authors: Cassandra Calin

Published: 2. June 2020

Edition: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ebook, 144 pages

Genre: Humour | Nonfiction

Summary:

Hilarious and relatable comics about one young woman’s life, relationships, and day-to-day humorous musings on why it’s good to leave the house sometimes—and when it’s better to stay home.

Cassandra Calin’s ability to document the hilarity of relatable everyday events in a series of webcomics has generated a huge following on social media. This beautifully illustrated compendium of first-person comics about the trials of the single life, school, stress, junk food, shaving, and maintaining a healthy self-image. Cassandra Calin’s comics frequently highlight the humorous gap between expectations and reality, especially when it comes to appearance and how much she can accomplish in one day.

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars 

This was my first time reading any of Cassandra Calin’s comics and I really enjoyed them. They were very simple, but also very cute. All of the comics depict situations that Calin has found herself in. I found many of them funny and relatable, which made my reading experience a lot of fun. The reason that I Left The House Today didn’t get a higher rating from me is due to the fact that I wanted more from the comics. As I said, they are cute and relatable but that’s also it. I just wanted them to have more depth.

Still, I would highly recommend I Left The House Today! It was such a fun and cute read. I can definitely see myself reading more from Cassandra Calin in the future.

I Left The House Today


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Black Lives Matter! & Ways You Can Help || May Wrap Up 2020

Black Lives Matter

I’m sure you are already aware of the current events happening in the world, if you aren’t please educate yourself. I have linked some sites and twitter treads that can help you with that.

If you follow me on twitter you already know where I stand in regard to the current events, but I also felt it very necessary to talk about it on my blog. A few points I want to make:

  • EDUCATE YOURSELF. There are many resources out there that can help you with that. I have linked just some of them in this post.
  • GOOGLE IS FREE. If you have any questions or uncertainties just google them. I’m sure someone somewhere has already explained what you are confused about.
  • LISTEN TO BLACK PEOPLE. If they say that something you are doing is wrong, in regards to the protests or things in general, recognise it and apologise. Everyone can always do better, so educate yourself and do better.
  • DON’T DEMAND LABOUR FROM BLACK PEOPLE. They are not here to educate us. They are not here to serve you all the information you want on a silver platter. Do the work yourself!

A great resource that regularly gets updated: blacklivesmatters.carrd.co

Since I do mostly talk about books on my blog, here are some bookish resources for you to check out:


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May wasn’t the best month for me. Don’t get me wrong, there were some amazing days for me in May but there were many where I was stressed, depressed or anxious.

I had to move in the middle of the month, from one room in the dorm I’m staying in to another, due to construction work starting soon on the floor I was on. I completely get me having to move and I’m not blaming anyone, but it was still stressful. I had to move all the things I had in my room (which was A TON, a lot more than I thought I had) and I had to even move my bookshelf, which was the biggest problem. I had to do all of this alone, which does explain why I was as stressed as I was. Luckily everything worked out good and I managed to do everything that I needed!

Depression and anxiety is something I struggle with regularly, it just felt a lot worse in May. I don’t want to get into too much detail about why or anything like that, but it just felt like I had many more days when I didn’t feel good in comparison to other months. Not going to lie, May was a struggle. Though it hasn’t all been negative! I had my birthday at the beginning of the month and it was wonderful. My dad came to visit me and it was so great seeing him again, after months of not being able to due to the virus (the restrictions are now loosened where I live).

Basically May was a month of ups and downs for me. Hopefully June will be better in regards to my mental health!


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Magic for LiarsMagic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

2.5 out of 5 stars

Magic for Liars was such a disappointing read for me. The premise for this book sounds so amazing and intriguing, yet the execution left me disheartened. I just expected a lot more from this book, especially since Magic for Liars started out strong.

For one I expected a lot more magic than what was actually in the book. There was more talk about magic theory than actual magic, which was disappointing. I guess this is on me, since it’s explicitly stated that the main character doesn’t have magic. Another thing that disappointed me was the mystery. I just found it not that well done, which I can’t explain more because of spoilers. Also, Ivy wasn’t that great of a detective. She stumbled upon clues more often than actually deducing anything.


The WivesThe Wives by Tarryn Fisher

1 out of 5 stars

This was not it.

I was interested in seeing why so many people hate this book, so I decided to read it. Plus I was in the mood to read a thriller/mystery, so there is that as well. One of my friends had a copy and she gave it to me, thanks to her I didn’t have to spend money on it. The first half of this book was interesting but the second half was just horrible. It destroyed everything I liked about the first half.


Eat and Love YourselfEat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo, Lilian Klepakowsky

4.5 out of 5 stars

Wow. This hit really close to home in some ways. I related to Mindy’s, the main characters, struggles with her body image and body positivity a lot. While I never had the eating disorders that she struggles with, I have had a very bad relationship with food for many years. I don’t want to go into too much detail about that, as it’s very personal and a review is not the place for that. I just wanted to say that I have struggled with my body image a lot throughout the years (it is something I still struggle with) and it was so important to me to see a character like Mindy.

Trigger warnings: fat shaming, body dysmorphia, eating disorders
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The Daughters of Ys

The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson, Jo Rioux

3.5 out of 5 stars

Review of The Daughters of Ys will be posted closer to the release day.


Jane AustenSense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

3 out of 5 stars

Not my favourite Austen book. The beginning was very slow, I found it hard to get into the story completely (which might have to do with the audiobook, but who knows).

I didn’t connect to the characters, which isn’t something that I expected as there are many Austen characters that I completely adore. I found the sister relationship between Elinor and Marianne interesting, I enjoyed reading about them (though I didn’t care about their romances). The writing was amazing as always, there is just something about Austen’s writing style that I find very comforting.


Something is Killing the ChildrenSomething is Killing the Children Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera, Miguel Muerto

3 out of 5 stars

Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 was an okay graphic novel. There were things about it that I enjoyed and things that I didn’t. It was a good set-up for future volumes, but I found it not that strong on it’s own. There were just some things missing from it to make it amazing.

A problem that I had with this graphic novel was the fact that I didn’t connect to any of the characters. There are many narrators in this story, too many to actually develop any of them. I just didn’t particularly care about anyone in this story. Everything just felt like a set-up for future volumes, which left this one not feeling complete. The only character that stood out to me was Erica Slaughter, despite her on-the-nose name. She was interesting and I wish we learned more about her and her origins.


AfterworldsAfterworlds (Afterworlds #1) by Scott Westerfeld

2 out of 5 stars

I’m honestly not even sure where to begin with this book. Mostly because I don’t actually have that many thoughts regarding it. You know there are sometimes those books where you just don’t know what to talk about. This is one of those instances for me. I didn’t hate this book or anything, I just didn’t care about it.

I was really bored while reading Afterworlds. I don’t know what it was, but I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I wasn’t that interested in the story. But for some reason I wanted to finish reading this book? It has probably to do with the fact that I don’t like to dnf books (it makes me kinda anxious). This book seemed never-ending and I’m just glad to be done with it.


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Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 || Graphic Novel Review

Disclaimer: I received Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


52757827._SX318_SY475_Title: Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1

( Something is Killing the Children #1-5 )

Authors: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera (Illustrator), Miguel Muerto (Colorist)

Published: 26. May 2020

Edition: BOOM! Studios

ebook, 128 pages

Genre: Horror | Fantasy | Graphic Novel

Summary:

When children begin to go missing in the town of Archer’s Peak, all hope seems lost until a mysterious woman arrives to reveal that terrifying creatures are behind the chaos – and that she alone will destroy them, no matter the cost.

IT’S THE MONSTERS WHO SHOULD BE AFRAID.

When the children of Archer’s Peak—a sleepy town in the heart of America—begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only one who sees what they can see.

Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.

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◄ 3 out of 5 stars 

Something is Killing the Children Vol. 1 was an okay graphic novel. There were things about it that I enjoyed and things that I didn’t. It was a good set-up for future volumes, but I found it not that strong on it’s own. There were just some things missing from it to make it amazing.

I really liked the setting of the story. Whenever a horror story takes place in a small town it makes it that more eerie. The graphic novel starts off very strong, but there were pacing issues as the story continued. There were also many things that weren’t explained, which I believe will come to play in later volumes. This is a horror graphic novel and there is a lot of gore, so if that isn’t something you are comfortable with you should avoid Something is Killing the Children.

A problem that I had with this graphic novel was the fact that I didn’t connect to any of the characters. There are many narrators in this story, too many to actually develop any of them. I just didn’t particularly care about anyone in this story. Everything just felt like a set-up for future volumes, which left this one not feeling complete. The only character that stood out to me was Erica Slaughter, despite her on-the-nose name. She was interesting and I wish we learned more about her and her origins.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received Magic for Liars from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Magic for LiarsTitle: Magic for Liars

Authors: Sarah Gailey

Published: 4. June 2019

Edition: Tor

ebook, 336 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Mystery | Magic

Summary:

Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life. She has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.

But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.

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◄ 2.5 out of 5 stars 

Magic for Liars was such a disappointing read for me. The premise for this book sounds so amazing and intriguing, yet the execution left me disheartened. I just expected a lot more from this book, especially since Magic for Liars started out strong.

For one I expected a lot more magic than what was actually in the book. There was more talk about magic theory than actual magic, which was disappointing. I guess this is on me, since it’s explicitly stated that the main character doesn’t have magic. Another thing that disappointed me was the mystery. I just found it not that well done, which I can’t explain more because of spoilers. Also, Ivy wasn’t that great of a detective. She stumbled upon clues more often than actually deducing anything.

My biggest problem with the book was actually the main character, Ivy. Aside from her not being that great of a detective, I just didn’t like her or care for her. I can understand how bitter she must have been for not having magic and being on the sidelines, but I really didn’t need to be reminded of it every chance the author got. It got honestly so annoying! Ivy was so too whiny and I found it bothersome pretty fast. The sister relationship between Ivy and Tabitha was probably my favourite aspect of the book. They have a complex relationship and it was interesting to read about.


Have you read Magic for Liars? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Waiting on Wednesday: Loveless

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Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


Alice OsemanLoveless by Alice Oseman

Publication date: 9. July 2020

Summary:

It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.

As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.

Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?


Alice Oseman is a very popular author and I have heard many amazing things about her books from people everywhere. Yet I haven’t read anything by her yet. That is mostly due to the fact that she writes contemporary and that is not a genre that I gravitate towards. So why am I looking forward to Loveless coming out?

I’m very exited to read about a main character that is on the aro-ace spectrum! I identify as both asexual and aromatic (in case you weren’t aware of that), so obviously I’m looking forward to the representation in this book. I just have a feeling that this book is going to be amazing! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.


Are you looking forward to Loveless? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Eat, and Love Yourself || Graphic Novel Review

Disclaimer: I received Eat, and Love Yourself from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Eat and Love YourselfTitle: Eat, and Love Yourself

Authors: Sweeney Boo, Lilian Klepakowsky

Published: 21. April 2020

Edition: BOOM! Box

ebook, 160 pages

Genre: Contemporary | Magical | Mental Health

Summary:

A story about Mindy, a woman living with an eating disorder who has to learn how to love herself again.

In pursuit of the perfect body, Mindy buys the low-fat diet products and the glossy magazines which promise the secret to losing weight. One night, while perusing the aisles of the neighbourhood convenience store for a midnight snack, she finds a new product. A chocolate bar called “Eat and Love Yourself”. On a whim, Mindy buys the curious candy, not knowing that with every piece of chocolate she eats, she will be brought back to a specific moment of her past — helping her to look at herself honestly, learn to love her body the way it is, and accepting love. Perhaps, she will even realise that her long lost high school best friend, Elliot, was more than just a friend.

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◄ 4.5 out of 5 stars 

Trigger warnings: fat shaming, body dysmorphia, eating disorders
(trigger warnings are written in white)

Wow. This hit really close to home in some ways. I related to Mindy’s, the main characters, struggles with her body image and body positivity a lot. While I never had the eating disorders that she struggles with, I have had a very bad relationship with food for many years. I don’t want to go into too much detail about that, as it’s very personal and a review is not the place for that. I just wanted to say that I have struggled with my body image a lot throughout the years (it is something I still struggle with) and it was so important to me to see a character like Mindy.

Speaking of Mindy, I adored her as a character. I was interested in her story and I enjoyed learning more about her as the story progressed. Mindy doesn’t only struggle with her body image, but she also feels unsure about her future and what she wants to do. That is another thing that I found very relatable about her. The other characters in this story were alright, but they didn’t stand out to me as much as Mindy.

There isn’t a strong plot in Eat, and Love Yourself. Rather this graphic novel is more of a character study. It centres around self-acceptance and self-discovery, through the revisiting of past memories. This isn’t something that bothered me, but I still wanted to mention it as it could be something other people wouldn’t enjoy. The only thing that bothered me about this graphic novel is the lack of insight to what happened with Shae, Mindy’s best friend. They had a conflict and they resolved it, yet we didn’t see anything past that. I would have loved to see what their relationship was like after what happened. 

The art style and colouring of Eat, and Love Yourself was beautiful. It fit the story wonderfully and it was amazing to look at. Art is subjective though, so I would recommend checking out the preview on amazon to see if it’s your cup of tea (that goes for all graphic novels, not just this one). Overall, I really loved Eat, and Love Yourself. I’m so happy that this graphic novel exists and that I got the chance to read it! I would definitely recommend it to everyone.


Have you read Eat, and Love Yourself? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Waiting on Wednesday: Star Daughter

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Waiting on Wednesday was originally created by Jill @Breaking The Spine. This is a weekly feature that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


Star DaughterStar Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Publication date: 11. August 2020

Summary:

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be “normal.” But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal’s quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens–and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.

Brimming with celestial intrigue, this sparkling YA debut is perfect for fans of Roshani Chokshi and Laini Taylor.


Yes, what first drew me to this book was the cover. The cover for Star Daughter is simply stunning! I just love the character art and the black background with golden elements. This is probably one of the most beautiful covers that I have ever seen.

With that being said, the summary for this book sounds amazing as well – which is why I decided to make a Waiting on Wednesday post for it. As you may know, I adore books about mythology and Star Daughter has elements oh Hindu mythology. That combined wit the fact that it’s said to be perfect for fans of Roshani Chokshi (whose books I have adored) makes me even more exited for it! I seriously can’t wait for Star Daughter to come out!


Are you looking forward to Star Daughter? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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