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 Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (ARC Review)

30312855Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical
Imprint: Simon Pulse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date published: July 18, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 499
Source: Publisher

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

SynopsisStop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

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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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Calendar Girls (#8 / August 2017): Best Historical Fiction Novel

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How is this the 8th monthly Calendar Girls?! And how is it already August! It feels just like yesterday that Melanie and I were putting our heads together trying to figure out what we wanted our blog event to be. Before we know it, our baby will be turning 1 year old! *sniffle* Well, maybe not quite yet. But anyway! This month it’s all about that historical fiction, and I cannot wait to see what all of you will have picked / will pick!

Also, for those of you who might have missed it, we have made some updates to Calendar Girls Books, specifically to when our monthly #CGBchat is happening on Twitter. I am also hosting a readalong this month, to go with our historical fiction theme, and the book I myself and other participants are reading is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Although we  have already started reading, I will continue to accept participants until the first discussion (August 9th). Or maybe longer. I will see how things go. For more info on the readalong and the sign up form, please go here. You can read more about these updates here! I also have an info page about the event now, which is all up to date and everything, and you can go here and bookmark it if you’d like!

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#ARCstravaganza (#3): The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Mondays have been a lot more bearable since I started participating in #ARCstravaganza! Thank you Krysti at YA and Wine and Sarah at The Clever Reader for creating such a fun meme! #ARCstravaganza is meant for book bloggers to show off and discuss their ARCs, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it! If you think that you would have fun with this too, be sure to check out the info below, as well as Krysti’s info post about the meme! Also, I have some exciting news for all of you. Starting next week, I will actually be taking over hosting the meme! You can read Krysti’s post about why she and Sarah sadly had to stop hosting the meme here. Another update is that there will be no giveaway associated with the meme (but that may change once I have the means to host one every month), and that participants can choose to participate on their blogs, on Instagram, or on both platform types!

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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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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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My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (Review)

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Author: Grady Hendrix
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal, Humor,
Imprint: Quirk Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: July 11, 2017 (originally published on May 17, 2016)
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 336
Source: Publisher

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

SynopsisA heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries–and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The ExorcistMy Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller. 

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White (Review)

now-i-riseTitle: Now I Rise
Author: Kiersten White
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy
Imprint: Delacorte Press
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: June 27, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 496
Source: Publisher

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

SynopsisShe has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

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