A Guide to Remembering Things Throughout Series

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I am absolutely awful at remembering things between books.

See, my memory is. Well. Bad. Brain fog + ADHD does not make for a sharp memory. Hell, if I take too long (read: more than 3 days) to read a book, I forget everything that happened, and have to take time flipping back and rereading to figure out what I forgot.

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson | a magical bookish adventure

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

June 4, 2019, from Margaret K. McElderry Books
Young adult fantasy
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All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

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3 stars

Dear book: it’s not you, it’s me.

I wanted so badly to love this: from the gorgeous cover to the enchanting world and lyrical writing, I feel like I should have fallen in love. Instead, I found myself more on the ambivalent side; I liked Sorcery of Thorns well enough, but I didn’t find it particularly memorable. I just wasn’t able to get into this book like I wanted to, and no one is more disappointed than me.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl!

The topic for today is actually books on my summer 2018 TBR. The thing is, I’m going away from the summer (I know, again, studying French this time), and even though I’m planning to bring some books and I’ll have a place to store them, I don’t know how many I can lug across the country. I’ll probably buy books: there’s an English bookstore near where I’m staying.

In short, I have no idea what I’ll be reading. It depends on what I’m able to fit in my suitcase and whether I can catch up on my ARCs.

So! Instead, I’m going to give some nice summery reads, so y’all can read nice summer books while I’m suffering through verb conjugation.

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Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist | the gritty queer ghost urban fantasy of your dreams

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Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist

May 21, 2019, from Greenwillow Books
Young adult urban fantasy
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With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible.

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4 stars

Listen, this book is everything you could want from a gritty queer urban fantasy.

Murder! Ghosts! Murdered gay ghosts who don’t fall into the “bury your gays” trope because, you know … they’re not buried! Missing, Presumed Dead isn’t my usual cup of tea, but Emma Berquist’s debut, Devils Unto Dust, was so innovative that I had to check this one out and I’m so glad I did.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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First of all: New graphics! Again! Mostly because I wanted to procrastinate writing my papers. Whoops.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is the most anticipated books of the second half of 2019. So I have five of them, purely because in between smashing out history papers I’ve got no time and also carpal tunnel.

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Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

May 14, 2019, from St. Martin’s Press
Adult contemporary romance
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5 stars

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First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

This book. Y’all, this book. There was so much hype around it that I feared it wouldn’t live up, but I was absolutely hooked from the first chapter and it never went away. I would have read it in one sitting if I didn’t desperately try to savour it. Red, White, and Royal Blue plays off all my favourite romance tropes (eg. fake dating, enemies to friends to lovers) and some I didn’t know I liked, and all of it works perfectly. I loved every second of reading this book.

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