November Wrap Up

November Wrap Up

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  1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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November Memo-Pad Reviews

So I read 12 books this month which is pretty good but to acheive my yearly goodreads goal I need to read 59 books before January I don’t think I’ll do that but I’ll get close.

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  1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller **** – I had heard amazing things about Daughter of the Pirate King, so when I saw it on Audible I couldn’t snap it up quick enough. Please forgive me if some names are spelled incorrectly as I am going on how the name sounds not how it is written. We meet 17-year-old Alosa who is literally the daughter of the Pirate King as her ship is attacked and taken over by pirates. The pirate ship; the nightfarer has a fierce reputation from the Captain’s father so Alosa knows not to push the Captain too hard although 4 men end up dead in the first chapter from the Captain and Alosa alone. An interesting thing to note is that Alosa’s usual crew is all female and from her description, I was getting major Merida and Jack Sparrow vibes from this character. One thing we must note early on that Alosa’s capture by the Nightfarer crew is carefully orchestrated as she needs to steal something from the ship although we don’t know what the thing is yet.

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Fall Bookish Bingo – Final Update

So I ended up with 3 bingos and can’t wait to jump into the winter card as soon as I can.

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  1. Mental health – Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  2. Different culture – Spirit Quest by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert
  3. Illustrations – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  4. Black cover – Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
  5. First in a series – Slip by David Estes
  6. Set in another country – They both die at the end by Adam Silvera
  7. Person on cover – Odd & True by Cat Winters
  8. Magic in the real world – Every heart a doorway by Seanan McGuire
  9. Over 500 pages – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
  10. Co-authored – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  11. Ensemble cast – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  12. 2017 debut – Gilded Cage by Vic James
  13. Free – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  14. American history –
  15. Witches –
  16. Fall release – The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  17. Horror – Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  18. Asian American author – Forest of a thousand lanterns by Julie C. Dao
  19. Translated –
  20. LGBT – Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
  21. Yellow cover –
  22. Required reading –
  23. Set at a school – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  24. Poetry or verse –
  25. Paranormal – Down among the sticks and bone by Seanan McGuire

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen Review

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Book Review

Title: Stolen Songbird

Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Romance

Rating: *****

Review: In the opening chapter we meet Cecile a singer going the go to train with her mother a famous stage singer in opera. As she prepares for her going away party she comes asking an old friend Luke on the road home to get family’s farm but very quickly things become darker when he basically kidnaps her. She doesn’t go without a fight trying to get to a neighboring farm, but a rogue branch throws her from her horse and into the waiting arms of her captor.

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The Little Green Boat by Chris Stead Review

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Book Review

Title: The Little Green Boat

Author: Chris Stead

Genre: Children’s/Picture Book

Rating: *****

Review: So, this review is going to be a lot shorter compared to my normal review as it is a children’s picture book but it won’t stop me loving it any less.

After reading a lot of young adult and middle-grade novels recently, it was a refreshed change of pace to read a children’s picture book which is truly my guilty pleasure at the moment. The first thing I noticed about this book was the absolutely beautiful cover, the seascape was beautiful and filled me with so many nostalgic feelings about family trips to the beach which is exactly what Willy Nilly is preparing for in this book.

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Hogwarts House Cup Reading Challenge

So this is everything that I managed to read for this challenge.

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Main Challenge (20 points each)

  • First Year: reader’s choice – Three Dark Crown by Kendare Blake
  • Second Year: reader’s choice – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • Third Year: reader’s choice – They both die at the end by Adam Silvera
  • Fourth Year: reader’s choice – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • Fifth Year: reader’s choice – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Sixth Year: reader’s choice – Every Heart a doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • Seventh Year: reader’s choice – The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan

 

Bonus Challenges (10 points each)

  • Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine
  • Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship
  • Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery
  • Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world
  • Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature
  • Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition – Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  • Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers
  • Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain
  • Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel – Down among the sticks and bones by Seanan McGuire
  • Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
  • Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
  • Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

All the wind in the world by Samantha Mabry Preview

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Book Preview

Title: All the Wind in the World

Author: Samantha Mabry

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Romance

Rating: ****

Review: In the opening part of all the wind of the world we meet Sarah and James as they work during the maguey harvest. Both James and Sarah are orphans traveling from ranch to ranch, working to earn their keep but there seems to be more to their relationships that just being cousins. After an innocent accident in one of the field during a dust storm that leaves a foreman seriously injured or dead, Sarah and James must flee to somewhere new although they must leave everything behind other than what they have on them.

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