A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab Readalong (Announcement Post & Sign-Up)

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Welcome to the A Darker Shade of Magic readalong! I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long! I’ve also owned it for almost just as long, but just never got around to reading it because of review books and the density of my reading schedule. I really need to leave some room in my schedule for TBR books like this, and I guess I have been doing that, since I’ve been reading My Lady Jane and hosting a readalong for that one as well (throughout August)! And I’m doing it again in September. But enough rambles.

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Calendar Girls August 2017 Read-A-Long: My Lady Jane (Discussion 2: Chapters 9-15)

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Welcome to our second My Lady Jane read-a-long discussion! I hope that all of you have been enjoying this next portion of the book as I have. This book is way too much fun, and I look forward to reading that you all think about it! If this is the first time you’re hearing about this read-a-long, you can read the announcement and sign-up post here! I was accepting new participants up to this point, and welcome to all of you who may have joined us since the first discussion! I guess I could accept participants for the next discussions as well? I mean, if you read quick, or are sure that you can catch up, you are welcome to join in and even add to the previous discussions! Just be sure to sign up, just so that I can keep track of everyone!

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The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember (Blog Tour: Review)

35527728Title: The Tiger’s Watch
Author: Julia Ember
Type: Fiction, Novella
Genre: YA, Fantasy, GLBT
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Date published: August 22, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 180
Source: Author, publisher, and blog tour host.

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A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, author, and blog tour hosts in exchange for an honest review.

SummarySixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

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Calendar Girls August 2017 Read-A-Long: My Lady Jane (Discussion 1: Chapters 1-8)

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It’s finally here! Our first discussion for the My Lady Jane read-a-long! Ever since I started reading this book, I’ve been wanting to discuss it with someone who’s read it, or is reading it too. And I’m so happy that we can all do that now. I don’t know if I could have handled reading this hilarious book on my own, so I’m very very glad that so many of you could join me! And I really do hope that all of you are enjoying it at least half as much as I have been! If this is the first time you’re hearing about this read-a-long, you can read the announcement and sign-up post here! Even though we’re already discussing the book, I will accept new participants as long as you’re sure that you can catch up with us by the next discussion for chapters 9-15 on August 16th!

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by by F.C. Yee (Release Week Blitz & Giveaway)

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Happy Book Birthday to The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee! I really really want to read this book, but my reading schedule was sadly filled to the brim by the time I found out about this epicness! Since I’ll be reading it later this year (most likely), and therefore won’t be able to share my thoughts on it with you guys, I thought the least I could do is take part in the release blitz!

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Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger: Film Tie-In by Stephen King (Giveaway) [Closed]

the-dark-tower-i-9781501168369_hrIs anyone else excited for the film release of the first Dark Tower movie? Because I know that I sure am! While I have never read the books, I always found that something drew me to them whenever I saw them at a book store. I would always stop and look the books over, especially once they were being sold in a box set. One of my local book stores had a really good sale on the box set of all of the Dark Tower books, and now I really regret not going for it! Anyone else have moments like that? I’ve been meaning to read Stephen King for years! But because in my head I knew him as an author of some of the most frightening horror stories on earth, I kind of avoided all of his books in stead. This series might change that for me though!

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Calendar Girls Wrap-Up (July 2017)

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This month we decided to follow the publishing trend by immersing ourselves in Fairytale Retellings! Unfortunately, because this is such a popular choice right now among publishers and readers, there are a LOT of retellings to choose from, but you lovely ladies didn’t disappoint with your choices. Speaking of choices, let’s get into the nominees! (If this is your first time hearing about Calendar Girls and are interested in finding out more, you can read my info page about the blog event here!)

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The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Blog Tour: Review)

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Author: Elise Kova
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, NA, Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Date published: July 11, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 488
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, and a digital copy was provided by the blog tour host through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryCvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

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Calendar Girls August 2017 Read-A-Long: My Lady Jane (Announcement Post & Sign-Up)

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Welcome to the second Calendar Girls read-a-long, and the very first read-a-long which I am personally hosting! We are still trying to figure out the best way these read-a-longs will work for Melanie and myself, as well as (of course) the participants, so I would appreciate any feedback you may have! You can either leave your thoughts in the comments below, or contact me privately through my Contact page! If this is the first time you are hearing about Calendar Girls, it is a monthly blogging event which is a lot of fun! For more details, please go to my info page about Calendar Girls!

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The Spy Across the Table by Barry Lancet (Review & Giveaway) [CLOSED]

32620355Title: The Spy Across the Table
Author: Barry Lancet
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Suspense, Action
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date published: June 20, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 448
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: In this exciting international thriller featuring Japanese antiques art dealer and PI Jim Brodie, a double-murder at the Kennedy Center forces Brodie into a dangerous game of espionage—putting him in the crosshairs of the Chinese, North Korean, and American governments.

Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he’s devastated—and determined to hunt down the killer. He’s not the only one.

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