Tome Topple TBR

So, round 6 of the Tome Topple readathon starts at midnight tomorrow in my time zone and here’s is my very, very, very ambitious TBR.
1. Illuminae
2. Gemina
3. Obsidio
4. Replica
5. The Belles
6. Renegades
7. Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
8. City of Brass
Not quite 500 pages
9. Scythe
10. Mila 2.0

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Spring Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

So I know this is very late but here’s what I read for the Spring round of Bookish Bingo and I am jumping into the Summer round nearly a month later but I’ll catch up.

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  1. Ocean theme – SeQuence Entangled by Lorraine M L M
  2. Mythology – Konohana Kitan by Sakuya Amano
  3. Part of a series – Dragon School First Message by Sarah K L Wilson
  4. Pink cover – Wotakoi: Love is hard for otaku by Fujita
  5. Made into a movie – Les Mis
  6. Historical fiction – Magical Arts Academy: First Spell by Lucia Ashta
  7. White cover
  8. Spring release – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  9. New to you author – The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  10. Retelling
  11. Unlikeable main character
  12. Thriller – Stalking Jack the Ripper
  13. Free – Dominion by Shane Arbutnott
  14. Inter-sectional diversity (class, race, sexual orientation, disability and gender) – Chasing Stars by Mercedes Siler
  15. Animal on cover – Nevernight by Kay Kristoff
  16. Aussie author
  17. 2018 debut – Current Feels by Portia Mabaso
  18. Epistolary (multi media or letter form)
  19. Family – Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich
  20. Witches
  21. Flowers on cover
  22. Set in another country – Black Chuck
  23. LGBT+ – The Voting Game by Peter Gulgowski
  24. Multi POV – The New Dawn by Lorraine Thomson
  25. Second chance

Buzz Books 2018: Young Adult Spring/Summer by Publishers Lunch

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Book Review

Title: Buzz Books 2018: Young Adult Spring/Summer

Author: Publishers Lunch

Genre: Collection

Rating: 3

Review: As per my other Buzz Books reviews I am reviewing these excerpts individually and I have deliberately left out 3 excerpts which I have read in a previous Buzz Books collection.

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Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

So, from what I can gather Fawkes is a retelling of the gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes but in a different way including a romance into the story. I really liked the change in the history to create something really unique, the magic system was really intriguing and was the infection. I also really enjoyed how the author sets up Thomas’ character arc very early on, however, this is subject to change. Fawkes is definitely a book I will be picking up as soon as I can.

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The Program by Suzanne Young

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Book Review

Title: The Program

Author: Suzanne Young

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Romance

Rating: 4

Review: So, after the freaking devastating events in the Remedy, which I will be finishing when I can get a copy of the Epidemic, I was so excited to get into the Program. The opening to the Program was great, we are introduced to Sloane whose friend Kendra is taken away by handlers to be entered into the Program. Through her, we learn that suicide has become an epidemic and the only treatment is the Program which basically involves mind wiping the person on the Program. Along with her boyfriend, James and their best friend Miller they are trying to avoid the Program by putting on brave faces and hiding how they truly feel but together they can express themselves. However, we soon learn that serval people are missing from the group but the most important are Lacey, Miller’s girlfriend who was entered into the Program by her parents and Brady, Sloane’s brother who killed himself.

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Dragon School: Dire Quest by Sarah K. L. Wilson

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Book Review

Title: Dragon School: Dire Quest

Author: Sarah K. L. Wilson

Genre: YA/Action/Adventure/Romance

Rating: 4

Review: The opening to Dire Quest was amazing, we re-join Amel as everyone tries to escape the Ifrits that Starie unleashed after being denied by the dragon queen, but more and more rider are standing with Savette and I was pleased to see all my favourite characters are still around and we are meeting more in every entry in this series.

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The Lost Path by Amelie Flechais

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Book Review

Title: The Lost Path

Author: Amelie Flechais

Genre: Graphic Novel

Rating: 3

Review: The opening of The Lost Path was great, the story starts with a couple making their home in a mansion in the forest, but shortly after moving in the wife realizes something isn’t right in the woods. However, she dies shortly after and curses her husband and the woods themselves. Her broken-hearted husband dies shortly afterward. This is a graphic novel that opens with some seriously creepy vibes and I was loving it.

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The Remedy by Suzanne Young

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Book review

Title: The Remedy

Author: Suzanne Young

Genre: YA/Romance/Sci-fi

Rating: download

Review: The Remedy is actually the third book published in this series, but it is a prequel to the program, so I am reading it first. We are introduced to Quinlan McKee, who is a closer like her best friend Aaron. A closer is a person who temporarily lives with someone who has lost a loved one, for Quinn she plays the role of teenage daughters by changing her hair and eye color and learning as much as she can about the person she has to become. As her latest assignment ends she and Aaron had for their debriefing and Quinn seems a little worried especially considering Aaron’s contract ends in less than a month. We learn that most closers only have two contracts amounting to six years of service to the grief department, but Quinn is on her fourth largely due to her father’s influence, but we don’t know who her father is yet. Quinn also seems to be suffering side effects from working as a closer for so long as she is quite emotional although she fights to remain detached, she takes keepsakes from the families and her assignment and real memories are blurring together.

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