Entry 40: Tess of the Road (Tess of the Road #1) [RECOMMENDED]

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Authors: Rachel Hartman
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy > Dragons
Published/Publisher: February 27th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 544
Format Read In: Ebook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman.

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl—a subspecies of dragon—who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

Returning to the fascinating world she created in the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Seraphina, Rachel Hartman introduces readers to a new character and a new quest, pushing the boundaries of genre once again in this wholly original fantasy.

My Review [Spoilers ahead]

[Sorry this is kind of a long one.]

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Brave Book Tag

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When I went to watch Brave in theaters, I genuinely had no idea what it was about which is a first for me when it comes to Disney; I’m usually on the up-in-up if a new princess is announced! It didn’t follow the typical formula and I found myself greatly enjoying it! Also I love Merida’s hair…I wish my own thick mane looked half as charming.

This tag was originally made by Book Princess Reviews.

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[Mini Review] Entry 39: The Poet X [RECOMMENDED]

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Authors: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Contemporary > Prose
Published/Publisher: March 6th 2018 by HarperTeen
Pages: 368
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

My Review

TW: Emotional and physical abuse, slut shaming

[Mild spoilers ahead]

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Entry 38: Abhorsen (Old Kingdom #3)

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Author: Garth Nix
Genre: Fiction > Fantasy, Magic
Published/Publisher: January 7th 2003 by HarperTeen
Pages: 358
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

The Ninth was strong and fought with might
But lone Orannis was put out of the light
Broken in two and buried under hill
Forever to lie there, wishing us ill.

So says the song. But Orannis, the Destroyer, is no longer buried under hill. It has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to escape the silver hemispheres, the final barrier to the unleashing of its terrible powers.

Only Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping the Destroyer. She and her companions — Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget — have to take that chance. For the Destroyer is the enemy of all Life, and it must be stopped, though Lirael does not know how.

To make matters worse, Sam’s best friend, Nick, is helping the Destroyer, as are the necromancer Hedge and the Greater Dead Chlorr, and there has been no word from the Abhorsen Sabriel or King Touchstone.

Everything depends upon Lirael. A heavy, perhaps even impossible burden for a young woman who just days ago was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, and the rather mixed help of her companions, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer.

Before it is too late. . . .

My Review

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Entry 37: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)

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Authors: Victoria Schwab
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Paranormal
Fiction > Young Adult > Science Fiction > Dystopia
Published/Publisher: July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Pages: 469
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (LINK)

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

My Review

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Sailor Moon Book Tag

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Sailor Moon was one of the very first shows I went crazy for! I watched it religiously and played as the characters with my friends. It also helped introduce me to the world of magical girls, which is one of my favourite genres, and one of the most under-appreciated genres, in anime. I accidentally stumbled onto this tag from a recommended blog post, and knew I had to do! Plus, it gave me an excuse to delve into my childhood and adulthood thoughts on each character.

Rules

  • Mention Step Into A Book World in tag and link back here.
  • Tag anyone and as many you like
  • Use Graphics if you like.

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