September 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

Hiya friends! Presenting to you a wrap-up for the books I read in September 2020. I read 9 books this month comprising a variety of genres.

Although September was not as good as August, I still read some great books.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the recap.

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2020
Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2020
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The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book 1 by David A. Robertson – Review

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home — until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom.

A portal opens to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community, Misewa, Ochek welcomes the human children, teaching them traditional ways to survive.

But as the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission. Accompanied by Arik, a sassy Squirrel they catch stealing from the trapline, they try to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything — including them.

The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book 1 by David A. Robertson - Review
The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book 1 by David A. Robertson – Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Legend of Akikumo by Dani Hoots – Review & Blog Tour

An engaging Young Adult Japanese Fantasy.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Ketsueki would give anything to find out why her mentor Akikumo, the last wolf in Japan, abandoned her. He left her with other kitsune at the Inari Shrine, but she doesn’t fit in. And now the other kitsune are bullying her and saying Akikumo is dead.

After causing trouble for the hundredth time, the Inari, instead of punishing her, has given Ketsueki a task: she must find out what happened to Akikumo. She quickly agrees, not realizing the delinquent son of the shrine’s head priest must accompany her.

Will Ketsueki be able to make peace with a human? Or will her years of resentment make this partnership impossible?

The Legend of Akikumo by Dani Hoots Review & Blog Tour
The Legend of Akikumo by Dani Hoots Blog Tour

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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We Are Not Free by Traci Chee – Review & Blog Tour

Moving and powerful.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

All around me, my friends are talking, joking, laughing. Outside is the camp, the barbed wire, the guard towers, the city, the country that hates us.

We are not free.

But we are not alone.” 

From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II.

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.

Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.

Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.

​In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee - Review & Blog Tour
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee – Review & Blog Tour

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Death and the Underhouse by Christina Caniyo – Review

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

As a child playing in the cellar of her house called the underhouse, Kira feels a vibration coming from a pair of huge stone eyelids. There she meets Angras, a strange boy possessing super-human abilities. He tells her he came through these eyelids. They soon strike up a friendship with each other. However, this is short-lived due to her grandfather’s death. Her mysterious father, livid at this incident, tells her Angras was just a dream.

But Kira knows deep down this is not the truth. She continues to have nightmares of the underhouse. Years later, she comes home to stay with her grandmother and returns to the underhouse where she finally goes through the Eyes to enter a strange new world full of magic and unusual creatures. There, she meets Angras as well. But he has grown into a brooding man, no longer the vivacious child of the past due to vicious darkness spreading over his world. Can Kira save Angras’ world and survive the discovery of who her father is. Read Death and The Underhouse by Christina Caniyo to find out.

Death and the Underhouse by Christina Caniyo - Review & book cover
Death and the Underhouse by Christina Caniyo – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall – Review & Blog Tour

A GREAT START TO A YA FANTASY SERIES

Welcome to my stop on the Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall.

The Write Reads Blog Tour for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall
The Write Reads Blog Tour for Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First, he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he will take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

To protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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