Lights Out in Lincolnwood by Geoff Rodkey 5 stars
Dystopian, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Society

What If The Lights Went Out? And With Them, All Your Work, Status And Future Went Too? Lights Out in Lincolnwood by Geoff Rodkey

Lights Out in Lincolnwood was one of the more original stories I read this year, and maybe not even just this year. I’m not quite sure I’ve read anything like it before! And I’m very glad I chanced upon this book, because not only was it snarky and kind of funny, but it was also serious in the way of,…

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my name is anton
Fiction, Historical, Illness, Loved-it, NetGalley

A New, Unexpected But Very Heart-Warming Story From Catherine Ryan Hyde My Name is Anton: A Novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Writing yet another review for a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde makes me feel dejavu. Every couple of months a new book of hers comes out, I instantly grab it despite any other review commitments, and I never regret it. So far, all her books have just been so good that I can’t resist reading them as soon as possible.…

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royal abduls
Diversity, Fiction, Literary, Loved-it, NetGalley, Other-cultures, Society, Women's

A Book About Finding Yourself And Belonging – And So Many Other Themes The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Shamoun Koya

I feel like if I wanted to give The Royal Abduls a proper review, I’d have to write a whole other book about it – I just can’t see how I would put it all into a single-post review. This story was great, and it’s just so full of everything – it covers a large variety of topics, but the…

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inheritance games
Book tours, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, Well known books, YA

One Hell Of A Ride, Riddle And Love Triangle In This YA Novel The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games is so good I just don’t know where to begin! I started reading it on a rainy day during my vacation, and it’s a good thing the weather was crap too, because otherwise I would have lost a particularly good day of being out, unable to unglue myself from the book and look at any of my…

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ship of shadows
Book tours, Fantasy, Fiction, Kidlit, Magic, NetGalley

The Most Magical, Empowering Voyage Over Stormy Seas The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

Okay, so what have we got here? Magic, pirate women, in fact – a pirate ship with an all-women crew (well, aside from a ghost and an owl), a brilliant library within said pirate ship, adventure and hidden mysterious treasures!! And a girl who gets told that “girls don’t go on adventures” and “girls can’t do anything”, when it’s painfully…

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summoning of souls
Diversity, Fiction, Indie, Loved-it, NetGalley, Romance, Urban fantasy, Women's

A Series To Soothe Your Soul In This Tough Year Of 2020 A Summoning of Souls (Spectral City #3) by Leanna Renee Hieber

Today I want to share a book series that’s been really warming me up in the past half a year or so. A Summoning of Souls is book 3 in the Spectral City series, a story about the living working with the dead on a common goal – ensuring the safety of New York. The books focus on the first Ghost…

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the relentless moon
Dark, Fiction, NetGalley, Scifi, space, Women's

The Lady Astronaut’s Saga Continues The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut #3) by Mary Robinette Kowal, ★★★★☆ 4 stars

A few years ago, when I read the first book of The Lady Astronaut series, I fell in love. The initial story was wrapped up with the first two books, so I didn’t really think there would be a sequel. To my big (and pleasant) surprise, 2020 saw at least one good thing happen (okay, one more good thing besides…

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brave girl quiet girl catherine ryan hyde
Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Society, Women's

What’s A Book That Has Made Me Cry Recently? Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan Hyde, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Every time I start a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde, I think, it seriously can’t be as good as the last one. I mean, how can an author consistently write brilliant, emotional, moving stories? Is it even possible? But you know what, I read them, and they turn out to be good one straight after the other. Brave Girl, Quiet…

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son of secrets n j simmonds
Fantasy, Fiction, Indie, Loved-it, NetGalley

Finally, Book #2 In A Series I’m Incredibly Addicted To Son of Secrets (The Indigo Chronicles #2) by N.J. Simmonds

There are books you read that engross you so much, you develop these love-hate relationships with the characters. You toss these books over the room when that silly ass girl does this or that. You curse under your breath in a coffee shop when that guy won’t follow through with his romantic intentions despite all sanity and reason pointing to…

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lizards tale
Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Historical, Kidlit, Loved-it, NetGalley, Other-cultures

Spies, Adventure, Pre-war Hardships And Tough Kids – Another Great Middle Grade Story For You Lizard's Tale by Weng Wai Chan

Time to review another great middle grade story – this one’s called Lizard’s Tale and it’s vibrant and unforgettable. Even though at first, it was a bit hard to get into it (because life was so hard for the characters!) and I had put the book on hold, after I sat down with it another time, I could not peel…

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how to astronaut terry virts
Loved-it, NetGalley, Non-fiction, space

It’s High Time I Reviewed Another Astronaut Memoir! How to Astronaut: Everything You Need to Know Before Leaving Earth by Terry Virts

It’s been a while since I reviewed an astronaut memoir. Knowing how much of a space book buff I am, it’s a wonder. I swear I have at least 20 books about astronauts on my Kindle, a few of them memoirs for sure. I should really pick them up more often! And having just finished How to Astronaut by Terry…

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a hall of keys and no doors by emmie mears
Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, Magical realism, NetGalley, Romance, Women's

A Poignant Magical Realism Story About Getting Over Loss And Grief A Hall of Keys and No Doors by Emmie Mears, ★★★★☆ 4 stars

Do you know how sometimes you’ll finish the last sentence of a book and think, “This was magic. Pure magic”? This is what happened to me with A Hall of Keys and No Doors by Emmie Mears. Although slow to start – what a satisfying book and what a strong ending. Really left my heart full. Check out on Goodreads…

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fall and rise of sadie mcqueen juliet ashton
Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Romance, Women's

A Heart-Warming, Yet Real Story About Found Family, Forgiving Oneself And Letting Go Of Guilt The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen by Juliet Ashton, ★★★★☆ 4 stars

I am tempted to start this review with a letter to the author. And if I did, it would go something like this: Dear Juliet Ashton, please write another book. And another, and then another. And just keep going! Also, I know I may be pushing it here, but… Can we have like…One every month? Cause I need another one…

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Fiction, Historical, Illness, Loved-it, NetGalley, Society

Catherine Ryan Hyde Does It Again – A Beautiful Coming Of Age Novel About Compassion And Friendship Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde does it again – Stay is a serious, deep and very beautiful, yet realistic and down to Earth novel. This is my second book by her, and I was completely blown away by the first one, Where Is Luis Velez, so I was a little bit worried about reading another one (despite buying up ANYTHING by her…

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spectral city sanctuary of spirits
Diversity, Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Society, Urban fantasy, Women's

A Fascinating New, Ghostly And Romantic Urban Mystery Series The Spectral City And A Sanctuary Of Spirits by Leanna Renee Hieber

It looks as if I’m in love with a new urban mystery series!!! I tend to be quite picky about my urban mysteries, but this series checks off so many things on my list. I’m very excited to have found The Spectral City series and I hope I’ll be able to convince you that you should start reading it right…

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fallines felines and fundamentals physics gregory j gbur
Loved-it, NetGalley, Non-fiction

Cats + Science = You Definitely Want To Read That Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics by Gregory J. Gbur, ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars

Gosh I loved this book! Science + cats? Oh hell yes. How wouldn’t I like it? When you read the blurb or otherwise learn about a book that somebody has written on falling cats and the science around it, you inevitably think – wait, is this for real? This is seriously a book? You’d be tempted to think it’s ONLY…

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five steps to happy
Fiction, Illness, NetGalley, Women's

Excerpt From Five Steps To Happy: An Uplifting Novel Based On A True Story With #Disability Rep Blog Tour: Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove

Five Steps to Happy is an uplifting story about a stroke of really bad luck with huge consequences and getting up from the ashes after it all. Heidi has a life-changing accident while jogging, passes out and wakes up with an amputated leg and not a real idea about what happened and how her life now seems to be in…

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Bunyan's Guide to the Great American Wildlife
Dark, Fiction, Literary, NetGalley

Heavy Content, Quirky Writing – Definitely Not For Everyone, But I Enjoyed Reading It Bunyan's Guide to the Great American Wildlife by Quentin Canterel, ★★★★☆ 4 stars

Bunyan’s Guide to the Great American Wildlife is no easy read, both for its contents (quite triggering) and its style (a lot of reviewers found it to be all over the place). Since I’ve read another book by Quentin Canterel, I can firmly say it’s simply the author’s quirky style, but if you get used to his storytelling, you will…

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