Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Wednesday Catch-Up 30th August 2017

Every Wednesday we are linking up with WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is hosted at Taking on a World of Words and asks 3 questions: What are you currently reading?, What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you'll read next? You can click any of the images to go to the Goodreads page for that book!

Currently Reading:

About a Dog (A Bluff Point Romance #1)
I'm just starting About a Dog which I'm hoping will be a quick, fun, romantic read because that's what I am in the mood for right now. Anything with dogs is always going to be my kind of book and I actually love the cover for this because it's so summery and peaceful.

Recently Finished:

Invictus
I've only read one book this week because of a reading slump combined with illness - but it was a really good book! Invictus was a lot of fun to read with some great characters (Priya may be my favourite). Time travel, as always, makes my head spin and when you throw in paradoxes and people born "outside" of time and I will obviously get dizzy trying to wrap my head around it but Ryan Graudin did a pretty good job of making it relatively understandable for me. 

Planning to Read Next:

Magic of Blood and Sea (The Assassin's Curse, #1-2)QueenEnrule (The Enrule, #1)
I have three of my favourite things on my TBR pile next! Pirates (and assassins), Tyrannical Queens and Zombies. OK maybe that's four things but I am excited! 


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Monday, 28 August 2017

Monday Highlights #21


The idea is to just link your favourite blog post from the past week (for example a post you're very proud of or just had a lot of fun making) and then I, and hopefully others, can discover new blogs to follow and interact with and discover more posts from blogs we may already follow!




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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sunday Post 27th August 2017

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader. As always you can click on any of the pictures to be taken to the Goodreads page for that book if you're interested in finding out more about it or click the title to go to the review.

Last Week on the Blog:


Books We Got This Week:

The Hanging GirlMirror, Mirror27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook: I was approved for this on Netgalley. I've been hearing a lot about it lately and it looks like an amazing Halloween read which is perfect because I am planning to dedicate October to Halloween. 
Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevigne: Cara is someone I am a huge fan of so of course when I heard she had written a book I leaped at the chance to read it. I got this via Netgalley. 
27 Hours by Tristina Wright: This is one of my most anticipated reads of the entire year - and OMG that cover. So I was excited to get this on Netgalley. 
Blackbird by N.D. Gomes: Received via Netgalley. I know very little about this actually, but what I've heard has been good so I am excited to read it, hopefully soon!
The DisappearancesA Map for Wrecked GirlsWicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)The Hearts We Sold
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: I ordered this after reading Vera's review for it over at Regal Critiques. It's been on my wishlist for a while but she just convinced me that I NEEDED to read this book.
A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor: Because sisters. Also island survival which is one of my favourite things. To read about. Not to do. I would be the worst at actual survival. 
Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic: Maybe one of my favourite covers of the entire year. The colours, and the typography and the beauty!! Its also one of those velvet feel covers so I've basically been stroking it and staring at it since it arrived. 
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones: This is a book that looks even better in person. And the idea sounds intriguing and exciting so I can't wait to read it!

Reading Update:

Clare:
Shifting Sands: Tradecraft: Phase One
Shifting Sands by Michael Shusko: 4 stars, This was an exciting and engaging military thriller although I didn't like the romance the other relationships are intriguing. My review for this is now up and you can check it out here if you'd like to know more of my thoughts!


Next Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #21
  • September Releases to Get Excited About!!
  • Wednesday Catch-Up
  • Clare's August Wrap Up and September TBR
  • Friday Reads
  • Ann's August Wrap Up and September TBR



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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Clare Reviews: Shifting Sands by Michael Shusko

Shifting Sands: Tradecraft: Phase OneTitle: Shifting Sands
Author: Michael Shusko
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for an honest review
Pages: 336
Rating: 4/5
Blurb: Iranian physicist Dr. Sara Qaderi has been leaking intelligence to the UN detailing her deadly work at a nuclear facility in Iran for months—but her time is running out. Colonel Mostafa Sabri is on the hunt for the traitors who have been compromising Iran's national security. And he always finds his prey. 
Since birth, Sara has been taught that Americans aren't to be trusted. Now her life is in the hands of Nick Shane, an American Marine whose mission is to get her and the vital information she carries to Afghanistan before Israel drops the first bombs of the next world war. He has his own reservations about this Iranian physicist and her motives. But he also has his orders, and will carry out his mission at all costs. 
Will they make it in time to save the world from erupting into a violent global conflict—or die in the unforgiving Iranian desert?


Military thriller is not a genre I read often so I wasn't sure what to expect going into this. I was very pleased with how it turned out and am definitely interested in reading more, both of this genre and of this series. This is the second book in the series but they work as companion novels and can definitely be read separately, I had not read the first book but did not feel the story was affected. 

The characters were something that really stood out to me. Shusko does a marvellous job of making the characters flawed, relatable and likable. Although Nick and Sara are arguably the main characters of the novel, other characters get plenty of page time too. And it was especially interesting to see so many different viewpoints in relation to each other. The relationship between the three brothers; Mark, Nick and Joel was especially interesting to me and being able to read from the view of all three really added a dimension to their relationship and my own response to it. 

The plot was just as exciting and action packed as I was hoping. There were times when I felt a little lost in military detail - I am not super familiar with American military structure or tactics but I understood everything essential and the rest was explained well enough that I didn't get too confused. The details of the missions really made the whole story seem more realistic. I felt like everything was very plausible and that just enhanced the tension of reading it!

One complaint I have is with the romance however. It wasn't developed terribly well and the story would have worked just as well without it. I didn't really believe in the sudden connection between the two and the resulting romance lost its impact because of this. I felt like it was thrown in purely because a romance was expected but I honestly would have enjoyed it more without. It also resulted in a couple of moments towards the end that I nearly winced at because they were overly emotional when no emotion was really conveyed to the reader. 

Overall though, I really enjoyed this and I am excited to check out more of Michael Shusko's writing in the future. The epilogue of this book left an opening (I hope) for a future book and it is definitely one on my wishlist!


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Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday Reads 25th August 2017

Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!

Tash Hearts Tolstoy
Book Beginning:
"Isn't it funny how something can be a joke for so long until one day it isn't."
Friday 56:
"If I don't get out of Lexington now, I'm going to be stuck here for the rest of my life. I'll make excuses for why things didn't work out and become some drunk has-been straight out of a Bruce Springsteen song." 
This post is late because, well because Taylor Swift's new song happened. And me being me I stayed up all night waiting for it. And then promptly crashed. (Worth it). 

But anyway! I am reading Tash Hearts Tolstoy at the moment and I really like it. The whole idea is excellent and the main character is already so lovable. I'm only about a third of the way through at the moment but I am so intrigued to see where this is going. Also, super wish the webseries in this was real. Because it sounds awesome. Even if I never got on well with Tolstoy. (Sorry, Tash). 

My review for last week's Friday Reads; Shifting Sands by Michael Shusko will be up tomorrow so be sure to check that out if you're interested!! 

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Clare Reviews: Wanted by Betsy Schow

WantedTitle: Wanted
Author: Betsy Schow
Format: ARC
Source: Received for an honest review
Pages: 298
Rating: 2/5
Blurb: Rexi Hood is proud to be an outlaw. After all, she's the daughter of the infamous Robin Hood. But sidekick? Accomplice? Sorry, that wasn't in her story description. Yeah, she and Princess Dorthea of Emerald have been inseparable since they teamed up to fight the wickedest witch. But if Rexi doesn't figure out how to break the curse that binds them, forget being overshadowed by the spirited princess, Rexi's going to become a Forgotten, wiped from the pages of Story and reduced to a puddle of ink. 

Not happening. No way in Spell. 
Rexi's plan? Steal the sword Excalibur and use its magic to write her own tale. But Gwenevere has opened a new Academy of Villains in Camelot and danger lurks behind every plot twist. And you know how it goes in Story: keep your friends close and your enemies closer... 


I so wanted to love this book. It is a companion to Spelled which I read last year and really enjoyed. It had a snarky humour to it and plenty of puns (which I love) and did a really good job of being a fairy tale parody and homage. Unfortunately Wanted fell a little short of that.

The snarky humour is still there but it felt very forced at times. I still loved the Fairy Tale Guidelines snippets at the beginning of each chapter, but the actual story itself felt disjointed and I never truly connected with it. The whole ending was fairly frustrating as well. Obviously can't say why without spoilers but it was not an ending I enjoyed. 

Rexi is the sort of character I usually love - she is tough and independent and sarcastic. Dorthea (the protagonist of Spelled) is kind of the opposite - and is actually the kind of character I generally don't like. And yet I connected with her a lot better. Rexi was a character I enjoyed reading about in Spelled but being inside her head for the duration of Wanted was not as much fun. She made the world seem darker and the fact that she kept dying and coming back (with less memories) meant that I was never quite sure what she did or did not know or how much of herself she really was at any one time. 

The introduction of Camelot and the related characters was fairly interesting. But it turns out I have very strong feelings about the whole Camelot story - feelings I didn't even know about until now and could apparently rant about for ages. There were elements of the reimagining that I did like - I always love a good villain redemption so the Mordred tale was intriguing. But there were, equally, plenty of things that made me roll my eyes a bit. Although I feel like this part is just me imposing my own apparently very adamant feelings about how the Camelot story went down. 

I just honestly am very disappointed in Wanted. It should have been a fun and funny read and instead I found it was a bit of a drag to get through. I don't know yet whether I will be reading Banished, if it's from Rexi's POV I think definitely not but I am still intrigued by the world enough that I want to have a better conclusion than this story gave me. 


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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wednesday Catch-Up 23rd August 2017

Every Wednesday we are linking up with WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is hosted at Taking on a World of Words and asks 3 questions: What are you currently reading?, What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you'll read next? You can click any of the images to go to the Goodreads page for that book!

Currently Reading:

Tash Hearts TolstoyInvictus
I am a few chapters in to Tash Hearts Tolstoy and am currently really liking it. The MC has a great voice and the side characters are interesting. We haven't really reached the main story yet but I am hoping to have more chances to read. I am also reading Invictus which is an ARC I got at YALC and am really excited about. 

Recently Finished:

A Beautiful PoisonWantedShifting Sands: Tradecraft: Phase One
A Beautiful Poison was a darker mystery than I was expecting but it was so, so engaging. I finished it in one sitting and was just totally fascinated by the story and the characters. There are a few things that could have been better but overall I enjoyed it. Wanted was a disappointment however, I felt no connection to any of the characters and was just bored by the storyline. I still think this is a great series idea and I might read the third book when it comes out. And Shifting Sands was engaging and exciting, the characters were flawed but likable and the story line was realistic but non-stop. I really enjoyed this.

Planning to Read Next:

Water in MayAbout a Dog (A Bluff Point Romance #1)Magic of Blood and Sea (The Assassin's Curse, #1-2)
Water in May is one I know very little about but I've heard good things so I am excited to read this next. Then I will be reading About a Dog which looks cute and romantic and hey, has a dog in it so what isn't there to love? And then I really, really want to read Magic of Blood and Sea because it has pirates and assassins and there's just no way I could be less than extremely excited for that combination!


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Monday, 21 August 2017

Monday Highlights #20


The idea is to just link your favourite blog post from the past week (for example a post you're very proud of or just had a lot of fun making) and then I, and hopefully others, can discover new blogs to follow and interact with and discover more posts from blogs we may already follow!



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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Reading Quest Week 1 Progress

Starting Point: Rogue, 10XP, 10HP, Level 1


Sunday 13th August:

Read Powerless for the category "Potions: A book concocted by 2 authors" - I was originally going to use this book for Small Press but decided to switch it up and use it for a side quest instead. This was 320 pages so counts for 32HP and 10XP.

Monday 14th August:

Nothing read as I was at work all day! 

Tuesday 15th August:

Read A Beautiful Poison which was a buddy read so I am counting it towards the side quest "Multiplayer: Buddy read a book". It was 333 pages so counts for 33HP and 20XP (marginalised author).

Wednesday 16th August:

Read Wanted which I am counting towards the side quest "Expansion: Read a companion novel". It was 298 pages and counts for 29HP and 10XP.

Thursday 17th August and Friday 18th August:

Nothing read again. 

Saturday 19th August:

Read Shifting Sands by Michael Shusko which I really enjoyed (and will have a review up for soon) - counting this one towards a main quest for my Rogue (Finally I actually start my main quest!!) - "A Book Published by a Small Press". It was 336 pages and counts for 33HP and 10XP. Which means I level up!! 


End of Week Total: Rogue, 50 XP, 127 HP, Level 2




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Sunday Post 20th August 2017

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader. As always you can click on any of the pictures to be taken to the Goodreads page for that book if you're interested in finding out more about it or click the title to go to the review.

Last Week on the Blog:


Books We Got This Week:

About a Dog (A Bluff Point Romance #1)The Sacred Lies of Minnow BlyAnnie on My MindEnrule (The Enrule, #1)Magic of Blood and Sea (The Assassin's Curse, #1-2)
About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay: This was gifted to me by the amazing Vera @ Regal Critiques and I am super excited to read it! It looks like a cute romance and there's a dog and who doesn't love dogs??
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly: Another gift from Vera - I recently read and loved The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes (review here if you're interested) so I am now even more excited to read her first book. 
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden: I got this for myself because it dropped in price on Amazon so I'm pretending it doesn't violate my book buying ban - plus I've been wanting to read this for a long, long time. 
Enrule by Holly Sparks: I actually met the author of this at YALC and she is lovely. This was already on my wishlist though because ZOMBIES so now I am even more excited to read it!
Magic of Blood and Sea by Cassandra Rose Clarke: This is a bind up of The Assassin's Curse duology which has been on my wishlist forever but has also been out of print for a while. I love this cover and I actually really love bind ups too. Plus a pirate princess and a cursed assassin??? This sounds like a book written for me!

Reading Update:

Clare:
PowerlessA Beautiful PoisonWanted
Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs: 4 stars, A really fun superhero/villain story. I was desperate for more world information and background but I loved the characters and want the sequel ASAP.
A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang: 4.5 stars, This is the sort of mystery I absolutely adore - I was able to put bits and pieces together as I went but still gasped (actually out loud) when the full truth was revealed at the end. 
Wanted by Betsy Schow: 2.5 stars, Sadly this was a bit disappointing. The story felt very disjointed and I didn't really care about the new MC at all. It was missing some of the spark and the humour from the first book. 

Next Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #20
  • Top Ten Fictional Schools I Wish I Had Attended
  • Wednesday Catch-Up
  • Clare Reviews: Wanted by Betsy Schow
  • Friday Reads
  • Clare Reviews: Shifting Sands by Michael Shusko 


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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Clare Reviews: Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

PowerlessTitle: Powerless
Author: Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for an honest review
Pages: 320
Star Rating: 4/5
Blurb: Kenna is tired of being "normal." The only thing special about her is that she's isn't special at all. Which is frustrating when you're constantly surrounded by superheroes. Her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, practically everyone she knows has some talent or power. Sure, Kenna's smart and independent, but as an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world, it's hard not to feel inferior.
So when three villains break into the lab where she interns, Kenna refuses to be a victim. She stands her ground. She's not about to let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too.
But in the heat of battle, secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life. Twice. Suddenly, everything Kenna thought she knew about good and evil, heroes and villains is upended. And to protect her life and those she loves, she must team up with her sworn enemies on a mission that will redefine what it means to be powerful and powerless...



I was very excited for a story about superheroes and supervillains. Especially one in which the lines between the two were not so clear. And I really enjoyed this story and these characters. 

The main character, Kenna, was immediately likable and relatable. She was very independent and was frustrated that her "powerless" status made all the supers treat her as breakable or weak. I would have liked to see more time with her Mum because I didn't get a huge sense of their relationship but I did love her friendship with Rebel. The rest of the cast of characters were all very interesting, they had a variety of super powers and varied personalities and I did feel like I got to know them fairly well - although I am also looking forward to learning more about them in the sequel.

The romance was a tiny bit insta-love. Purely because of the pace of the story I think. The whole book takes place within only a few short days so a romance does develop quite quickly however I loved that Kenna didn't immediately compromise her beliefs because she met a hot guy and she never ever said she loved him (or vice versa) so I'm giving it a pass. I could believe in their feelings for each other to an extent and loved their cute moments. I (again) am excited to see where this goes in the sequel. Also - I really, really loved how Kenna's ex-boyfriend wasn't a love interest. Their friendship was something I loved reading and I appreciated that the authors didn't take the route of a love triangle. 

The plot was very fast and exciting. Events happen quite quickly one after the other and it felt a bit like a heist movie - but with super powers. There were also plenty of twists and turns which were mostly surprising so it was definitely a one sitting book. I very much had to know what was going to happen next at all times - and it ended on a cliff-hanger so I am still left with that feeling!

One thing I would have liked more of, and that I really hope will be expanded upon in the sequel, is world building. As much as I loved the idea of super powered humans - I really needed some kind of explanation for their existence. And an origin for the societal set-up? And what makes a power inherently good or evil? Or does the society decide who is good or bad? I just needed to know more and I really hope we get more backstory in the second book. 

Powerless was an incredibly fun and engaging story with characters I already care a lot about and know I'll need more from - I will definitely be putting Relentless on my Wishlist. I have never read anything from either author before but obviously need to because together they have written a story I will be re-reading. 


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Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Reads 18th August 2017

Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!

Shifting Sands: Tradecraft: Phase One
Book Beginning:
"As the heavy military truck drove down the isolated desert road beneath the setting sun, Asghar spoke to his brother from the passenger's seat. The nervousness in his voice had nothing to do with their mission."

Friday 56:
"Sirvan's face grew stern as he lifted his leather jacket ever so slightly to reveal the gleam of his Beretta."
I'm really enjoying Shifting Sands so far. There's a lot of military tactics and info that does go slightly over my head but it's all explained so well that it doesn't ruin the tension and definitely adds to the sense of reality. Michael Shusko is doing a really good job with the characters who are all super flawed but you somehow like them anyway. I'm about halfway through at the moment and looking forward to continuing!

My review for last week's Friday Reads Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winters went up yesterday and you can check it out here if you're interested!

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Clare Reviews: Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winters

Being Miss NobodyTitle: Being Miss Nobody
Author: Tamsin Winters
Format: ARC
Source: Received for honest review
Pages: 384
Rating: 5/5
Blurb: ..I am Miss Nobody.


Rosalind hates her new secondary school. She's the weird girl who doesn't talk. The Mute-ant. And it's easy to pick on someone who can't fight back. So Rosalind starts a blog - Miss Nobody; a place to speak up, a place where she has a voice. But there's a problem...


Is Miss Nobody becoming a bully herself?






This is the most Book-Of-My-Life book I have ever read. There were times where it felt like this book was set in the school I went to (I actually pictured it as that school for basically the entire book. And the depiction of Selective Mutism was so spot on. 

Rosalind, the main character, is delightful. She is eleven which initially worried me as I don't generally like to read from such a young perspective but she was so like eleven year old me that it wasn't hard to get inside her head at all. Tamsin Winters wrote her inner voice so well it was so easy to visualise emotions and the anxiety and frustration of not being able to say anything. I related to Rosalind a lot but also desperately wanted to jump inside the book and protect her. 

Her brother was maybe my favourite character because he reminds me very, very much of my little brother. He was funny and adorable and any scene with him in it automatically made me sit up because I was just so ready for whatever he wanted to do or say next. His relationship with Rosalind was very well written as well. It captured that element of sibling rivalry but also that total devotion between siblings that's unlike any other relationship and I loved their in-conversations and interactions a lot.

The mental illness depiction was, to my experience, very accurate. I really appreciated the line between speaking out and bullying. It's so easy when you see someone standing up against bullies to applaud whatever they say but there is a point at which it becomes bullying in return. And I liked the progression of Rosalind's online experience because whilst I was overjoyed to see her finding people who agreed with her and to see her becoming a little more confident - I was also worrying every time it turned a little bit mean towards the bullies themselves. And again, this is really easy to say as an adult with years of therapy behind her looking at a situation but eleven year old me would have acted a lot like Rosalind I think - if I had a blog then. 

This is a book that I will think about for a long time and will definitely be recommending in future - and whilst it definitely had a huge effect on me now I think it would be even more helpful for anyone of secondary school age who is experiencing something similar. As a slight warning I would say that at times I found the book tiring to read purely because I would get triggered by the anxiety - it was worth it though to read a book that made me feel so understood. 


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday Catch-Up 16th August 2017

Every Wednesday we are linking up with WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is hosted at Taking on a World of Words and asks 3 questions: What are you currently reading?, What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you'll read next? You can click any of the images to go to the Goodreads page for that book!

Currently Reading:

WantedA Beautiful Poison
I am currently reading two books - which is fairly unusual for me. I started Wanted which is an ARC I got at YALC (although it actually is already out now) and a sequel/companion novel to Spelled which I read and enjoyed last year. And I am buddy reading A Beautiful Poison with Vera @ Regal Critiques - I am about 50 pages into this one currently and am enjoying it although its a little more depressing than I had anticipated. 

Recently Finished:

Pretty FierceBeing Miss NobodyPowerless
Pretty Fierce was a fun and exciting read, a little implausible at times but otherwise a good read. My full review can be found here. Being Miss Nobody was a very moving, very relatable account of social anxiety in secondary school and of cyber bullying. I found it to be a difficult read at times (as someone with social anxiety) but definitely worthwhile, my review for this will be going up tomorrow. And Powerless was a really great and exciting superhero/villain read. I would have liked more world building perhaps and could have done with a lot more explanation and backstory for where heroes and villains came from and what the actual difference between them is but I really enjoyed it and very much want to read the sequel. My review for this should go up on Saturday!

Planning to Read Next:

Shifting Sands: Tradecraft: Phase OneInvictusWater in May
My next planned read is Shifting Sands which I received for review recently. It looks like a good adventure/action read which is a kind of novel that I absolutely love so I am excited to get started on this one. I will then be reading Invictus which I got at YALC (and then got signed) it's time travel and a tight knit crew doing potentially not very legal things and I love that combination! And then I will be reading Water in May which I know very little about but everything I do know is good. 



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