The Cousins by Karen M. McManus – Review | Blog Tour

An addictive young-adult mystery

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point–not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious–and dark–their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over–and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Ruinsong by Julia Ember – Book Blitz

A Young Adult LGBTQ+ romantic fantasy novel.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

In Julia Ember’s dark and lush LGBTQ+ romantic fantasy Ruinsong, two young women from rival factions must work together to reunite their country, as they wrestle with their feelings for each other.

Her voice was her prison…
Now it’s her weapon.

In a world where magic is sung, a powerful mage named Cadence must choose between the two. For years, she has been forced to torture her country’s disgraced nobility at her ruthless queen’s bidding.

But when she is reunited with her childhood friend, a noblewoman with ties to the underground rebellion, she must finally make a choice: Take a stand to free their country from oppression, or follow in the queen’s footsteps and become a monster herself.

Ruinsong by Julia Ember
Ruinsong by Julia Ember – Book Blitz
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The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Golding – Review | Blog Tour

An enchanting tale full of action and adventure.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

“A Little Princess – with tigers! Orphan and outcast Sahira Clive is a brave and plucky heroine with a brightly burning heart. I was rooting for her all the way to the end of this thrilling – and thought-provoking – adventure.” Ally Sherrick, award-winning author of Black Powder.

Sahira’s family are travelling to England to deliver two majestic Indian tigers to the menagerie in the tower of London.

But tragedy strikes and sickness steals Sahira’s parents from her on the journey. Left alone in London, Sarhira finds herself confined to a miserable and dangerous orphanage. Despite her heartache and the threats she faces, Sahira is determined to carry out her father’s last request – to protect God’s beautiful creatures: her tigers. To do so, Sahira must set out on an adventure and use all her powers of persuasion to engage the help of some new friends along the way.

Can the quest to find her tigers a safe home, lead Sahira to find her own place of hope and belonging in this strange and foreign land?

The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Golding - Review
The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Golding – Review | Blog Tour

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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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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