[Book Review] Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C. Dao // the evil queen origin story you need

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Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Author: Julie C. Dao

Genre: Fantasy, New Adult


RATING - Five Stars


Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins – sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

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[Book Review] The Extinction Trials – S.M. Wilson // a YA Jurassic Park that doesn’t quite live up to expectations

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Title: The Extinction Trials

Author: S.M. Wilson

Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult


RATING - Three Stars


Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.

Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other…

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July 2018 TBR + Reading Ban!

I can already hear you asking yourself, dear reader, “What? How can this be both a TBR and a reading ban post? Is Kate still jetlagged and not thinking straight?”

The answer to that is two-fold, my friend. First, I never think straight. I think bi. (Belated happy Pride Month, folks!)

Second, it’s both a TBR and a reading ban post because, while I do have some reading commitments I’ve made for the month, I’ve also made the executive decision to put myself on a reading ban until I finish my backlog of reviews. (Are you happy, Shealea?)

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June 2018 Wrap-Up!

So I had a shit ton of stuff planned for June 2018. Did I actually do any of it?

Okay, to be fair, I did do some of it. Still, June was my worst month for blogging so far. I had more posts in March, when I first started this blog, then I did last month. As I mentioned on Twitter, halfway through my vacation in the States, I hit a huge creative slump. I didn’t blog, and I didn’t work on my WIPs at all. I did cut through a large chunk of my planned June 2018 TBR, but even that I lost interest in as the month ended.

I’m trying not to be too hard on myself for that – slumps happen, and it certainly doesn’t help that I wasn’t in familiar surroundings (constantly being on the move and traveling from state to state will do that to a girl), but it’s hard, especially when I look back on my May 2018 Wrap-Up and see how excited I was to get some serious reading and blogging done.

Still, June 2018 wasn’t a total bust. I did manage to get some stuff done…

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