Feature & Follow Friday (#8)

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It’s Feature & Follow Friday time and this week it’s all about books with “winter” settings! …Which turned out being a bit more difficult for me to answer than I’d expected! This weekly meme is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.com, and you can find all of the details in her most recent Feature & Follow post! But basically, people post in responses to a prompt every week, and then people vote on each others’ posts until the following Friday. The person with the most votes, is chosen as the next week’s feature!

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo [Review]

14061957Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Date published: June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 432
Source: Library

Summary: The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo [Review]

10194157Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Square Fish
Date published: June 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 416
Source: Library

Summary: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life―a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

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Top Ten Tuesday (#5): Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Would Like (If You Had One)

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As you may have noticed, I am using my Halloween-themed Top Ten Tuesday thingy…because I refuse to acknowledge that Halloween is over!!!! And now, to more important matters…this week’s prompt:

“Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _______________ (if your book club likes historical fiction, inspiring stories, YA books, non-fiction, controversial books to debate about, or pick a specific book).”

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