Book Review: Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

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34916578._SY475_Title: Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1)
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020

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“Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.” (Goodreads)

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I’m glad that I was finally able to get this from my library! I know I will have one coming in book box eventually but I have been dying to read it since this cover appeared into my life.

I will say that in a lot of ways I enjoyed this book. It had it’s unique qualities and killer plot twists but the romance was just lacking that spark for me.

This book has three different point-of-views: Sabine, Ailesse, and Bastian. All have a unique story to tell about how they got to the point their at and what drives them for their end goal. I did enjoy reading about them and how all their choices flow together into one big plot.

Sabine is probably my favorite character in the book. I can definitely relate to her not wanting to hurt animals. Sure, I eat meat but I’m not going to go out and do the killing myself. As they say, ignorance is bliss! She is also very loyal which is another trait we have in common. I loved that she would do anything for her friend no matter the cost.

Ailesse was a good character and definitely the opposite of Sabine. Ailesse is strong and has no fear. She doesn’t care for love and her driving force is to be a ferrier. Obviously plans don’t go as well as she had hoped. It was cool to see someone who is always in control not be. It gave us another side of her and it also showed her that love can be possible, but on her own terms and not ordained by the gods.

Bastian was fine. I can’t say that I really like him but his heart is in the right place even if his actions are questionable. I liked that he had friends who were there for them and they all had something in common that bonded them together. I definitely disliked Jules at first but she did in a way redeem herself and I think that I will like her even more in book two. Marcel is cool and he is the sweetest! I liked that he was always kind to Ailesse.

The romance between Bastian and Ailesse was just missing something for me. I don’t know how to really describe it. I guess there wasn’t a defining moment like most enemies to lovers have. It just seemed that they fell in love rather quickly. 🤷‍♀️

Even though the relationship was a bit off, the plot twists were on point! Holy cow! It took a bit for the book to get rolling but when it did I didn’t see them coming. There were definitely a lot of loose ends but I’m sure we will get more answers in book two.

I liked all the lore that was in the book for Tyrus, Elara, and the Bone Crier’s. I didn’t feel like anything was missing in that aspect and it was quite intriguing.

Overall, I did enjoy this book even if the relationship was a bit of a hit for me.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

 

E-Arc Review: It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

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41284415._SY475_Title: It Sounded Better in My Head
Author: Nina Kenwood
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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“When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, and meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, and nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.” (Goodreads)

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This book definitely took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did since the beginning was a bit on the slower side and it lacked when it came to plot points.It was also hard to feel a connection towards any of the characters, including the main one Natalie. Luckily as the book progressed, it got a lot better.

Natalie’s parents are getting divorced. To her and everyone, they were the perfect couple. It was hard to connect with her on this because my parents are still married but I can see why this would be a great connection for others. As the story progresses we start to understand her better, like how awkward she is and what it’s like to hit puberty. All of this was relevant because as a woman, I had been there. I also am very awkward, especially in social situations like parties.

The awkwardness doesn’t stop there though. The relationship between her and another character is hilarious but also so true and real. There are minor fights, issues between friends, understanding exes, and learning to try to be yourself around the person you like. It felt good to read something that honestly felt like me when I was figuring out the whole dating thing.

Even through all of that, she still has her support system. At times it can even be rocky with her friendships especially with how the book ends. It goes to show us that life can never be planned out, sometimes we just have to wing and hope that everything works out like it is supposed to.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. It had realistic characters that make realistic decisions.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

March 2020 Wrap-Up

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Hello Lovely Readers!

March is now gone and it is that time again for another wrap-up! Who knew this month would be so crazy with the virus.

This month I managed to read 29 books and 1 graphic novel.

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I honestly enjoyed every 5 star read but if I had to pick a favorite it would be The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields.

My least favorite would most likely be Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery. I just didn’t get it, haha.

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5 Stars:

  • Fae Captive by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  • The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields (arc)
  • The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
  • City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker
  • Yona of the Dawn Vol. 22 by Mizuho Kusanagi
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

4 Stars:

  • The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol. 15 by Aya Shouoto
  • The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (arc)
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennerd
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • Immortal Fire by Annette Marie
  • Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura
  • Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

3 Stars:

  • Don’t Go Stealing My Heart by Kelly Siskind (arc)
  • Shielded by KayLynn Flanders (arc)
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • A Web of Air by Philip Reeve
  • Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz (arc)
  • Scrivener’s Moon by Philip Reeve
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • By the Book by Amanda Sellet

2 Stars:

  • The Ranger of Marzanna by Jon Skovron (arc)
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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How many books did you read in February? What was your favorite read? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

WWW Wednesday (4/1/20)

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Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently Reading:

I am listening to Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. I did enjoy book two so I am very curious about this one.

I am reading Fish by Gregory Mone. I am in the mood for a middle grade and this one has been on my shelf for awhile!

Recently Finished:

I recently finished Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. I liked this one a bit more than the first book so yay!

I also finished The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I had never read it before but have a million copies..go figure. I did enjoy it though!

Reading Next:

I will be listening to A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs next. I am getting closer to the end of the series!

I will be reading The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner next. I liked the first book but it was a bit too slow for me. Hopefully I like this one more.

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What is your current read? Are you loving it? Have you read or want to read any that I have listed? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Mini Book Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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32025253._SY475_Title: The Darkest Corners
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publication Date: April 19th, 2016

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The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.” (Goodreads)

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Kara Thomas is my favorite YA Mystery/Thriller author and this book by far was my favorite one I have read by her!

I happened to read this at night alone and then with every sound I heard I got nervous/scared, haha. I even read past my usual bedtime because it was just too hard to put down. I needed to know how everything played out.

There were definitely times I questioned Tessa and Callie’s decisions because they got really close to getting caught. I think that’s what was so great about this book was the suspense.

There were a lot of moving pieces and plot twists coming from every angle. I kept trying to figure out who it was and when I thought I knew another clue came and then I was back to square one.

If you haven’t read a book by Kara Thomas yet then I highly suggest starting with this one. It’s just so good!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover. This is a very unique one and I don’t know if I will manage to figure out 10 of them but I will try!

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1.) You know you’re a book lover when the name on your library card has rubbed off multiple times.

2.) You know you’re a book lover when most of your bag space is taken up by books/ your kindle.

3.) You know you’re a book lover when you judge the movie/show by the book.

4.) You know you’re a book lover when you treat your books like children.

5.) You know you’re a book lover when most of your time online is spent at looking at all the books you could buy.

6.) You know you’re a book lover when you are thinking about the next time you can pick up your current read/continue you listening to your audiobook.

7.) You know you’re a book lover when your house has books in every room.

8.) You know you’re a book lover when you’d rather read than watch tv.

9.) You know you’re a book lover when most of your conversations are about books.

10.) You know you’re a book lover because you made a bookstagram/blog just to talk about books with other book lovers.

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Boom! Done. I’m actually surprised I came up with ten of them but honestly, they are all me. Haha!

Do you do any of these? What one best fits you?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Book Review: Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

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38734256.jpgTitle: Sherwood
Author: Meagan Spooner
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historial Fiction/Retelling
Publication Date: March 19th, 2019

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Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancé.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood.” (Goodreads)

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I started this one right after finishing this author’s other retelling, Hunted. That was a great retelling and really drew me in which is honestly hard to when it comes to retellings. Sherwood, for me, just fell flat.

Marian is a strong character. She does what needs to be done to save the people who can’t do anything for themselves. I will give the author credit for basically genderbending Robin Hood in a way. Of course, Marian only takes up the persona after she finds out he has died. She goes through a lot of grieving, like any person would, but it just felt repetitive to me.

Another thing I couldn’t get behind was the pacing. At least I had this as an audio book so I did other things but it just felt so long! Most of the information didn’t feel necessary. Since it was also such a long book you would think that there would be build-up to the relationship in this book. Nope. It just happens and I’m like, “Well, where did that come from?”. The romance was definitely a big no for me.

Overall, I will say that it is an interesting take on Robin Hood but it also wasn’t for me. The only reason I made it through was because it was an audio book.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)