Friday, January 6, 2017

Review ~ "Windwitch" by Susan Dennard

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)Title: "Windwitch"
Series: The Witchlands, #2
Author: Susan Dennard 
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Published: January 10, 2017
Publisher: TorTeen
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: I received this arc from the publisher for being a part of the Witchlanders

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Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bout of Books 18 1/2-1/8

Bout of Books 18
Bout of Books is a readathon hosted by Bout of Books.

Bout of Books is a readathon that lasts a week, with the goal being to read as much as you possibly can.

My goal is to finish Crooked Kingdom and to start The Star-Touched Queen.

I'll finish adding everything to this post later, I just want to get it posted.

Dumbledore's Army Readathon #DAReadathon

Dumbledore's Army Readathon is hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight.

Because I'm a complete mess, I haven't gotten around to sign up for this until now, two days into the readathon. I'd like to blame it all on finals and the holidays, but I'm more than a little forgetful.

I wanted to sign up for this for two reasons. The first is because I LOVE Harry Potter. It's one of my favorite book and movie series, and I am a proud Slytherin. The second is because, to be completely honest, I haven't read many diverse books. This is one of my big goals for this year: Read more diverse books. This has also made me realize that my local library has a very small selection of diverse books and books by #OwnVoices authors. Hopefully I'll find plenty of books to suggest to them! Fortunately they do have a few, and I also had a couple books on my book shelves that fit the criteria!
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
As a dancer, it makes me so happy to see dance, specifically ballet here, to be the focal point. And it also shows the dark side that can come with dance, such as mental illness and the lack of diversity.

 When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
None of the books I've read have featured a transgender character, so I've been looking for books that have a transgender person as a main character. I've also heard that the writing is beautiful!

 The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
I've heard great things about this book, and time traveling intrigues me, especially after reading Ruby Red and Passengers. Plus Heidi's twitter is amazing and she's done a lot supporting other diverse authors.
 Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
This book features a Chinese musician and a runaway slave heading to California in the 1800s. I was surprised that I really enjoyed Vengeance Road and have been wanting to read more Westerns.
 More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I've heard a lot of glowing reviews for this book and I decided that I finally had to read it. I also like that it features a character who's trying to find happiness and figure out who is.
 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The ending of Six of Crows pretty much killed me, so this book I'm definitely reading first. I'm just hoping it doesn't break me any more than the first did!
 The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
 When this book came out, it was all everyone could talk about. I ordered it on Amazon Prime Day and it's been sitting on my shelf since then. It features Indian mythology, something that's new to me, and pieces of the myth of Hades and Persephone, a story that I love!
And here's my badge I'll keep track of my points with!
Let me know what you thought of all these books and what you plan to read! Wish me luck!