Entry 43: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

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Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Paranormal
Fiction > Young Adult > Science Fiction > Dystopia
Published/Publisher: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
Pages: 510
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

My Review [SPOILERS FOR THIS BOOK AND THE FIRST BOOK AHEAD]:

TW: Violence, fridging of female characters

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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2019

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2019 has been an interesting year, in terms of my blogging! I’ve managed to drum up the energy to review each new book thoroughly and I’ve started in on book tags. I’m happy with my progress and I hope to keep it up for the rest of the year. In regards to my Goodreads reading challenge, I’ve read 34 of 50 books, which is well past the mid-point; I may need to bump up this number next year to 60 books!

I can’t find the source of the tag, but if you know, please tell me in the comments!

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The Mulan Book Tag

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Mulan was my absolute favourite Disney movie! I’d watched it so many times I’d memorized the whole script, including the songs. I may have been a little too obsessed, but Fa Mulan will always be my Disney princess; the one who taught me that it was okay to doubt the path other’s have set for you and to forge your own path, to fight for what you believe in, to protect those you love with everything you have, rules be damned.

Rules:

  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • tag as many people as you like

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Entry 42: Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1)

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Author: Justina Ireland
Genre:
Fiction > Historical Fiction > Alternative History
Fiction > Horror > Zombies
Published/Publisher: April 3rd 2018 by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 455
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

My Review

TW: Racism (anti-blackness, anti-indigenous), sexism, gore, slavery, violence

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Entry 41: Red Dove, Listen to the Wind

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Authors: Sonia Antaki, Andrew Bosley (Illustrations)
Genre:
Fiction > Children > Indigenous
Fiction > Historical Fiction
Published/Publisher (Expected): October 15th 2019 by One ELM Press
Pages: 232
Format Read In: Ebook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

Abandoned by her white father, thirteen-year-old Red Dove faces another lean winter with her Lakota family on the Great Plains. Willful and proud, she is presented with a stark choice: leave her people to live in the white world, or stay and watch them starve. Red Dove begins a journey to find her place in the world and discovers that her greatest power comes from within herself.

My Review:

TW: Racism towards indigenous/First Nations people, light descriptions of genocide and violence, abuse of children

Disclaimer #1: I received a copy of this novel from One Elm Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to them and to the author for providing the copy.

Disclaimer #2: I am not of indigenous/First Nations descent so I cannot speak fully to the representation. This is not an #ownvoices book, but the author did reach out to the community for sensitivity readings.

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The Disney Princess Book Tag

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As a life-long Disney fan, I’ll always jump into any book tag that indulges my love! I saw this tag among others at the Book Princess Reviews blog.

The Rules

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Zuky)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

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