Title: The Scapegracers Series: Scapegracers #1 Author: Hannah Abigail Clark Publisher: Erwhon Release Date: September 15, 2020 Page Length: 400 Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal (Witches) Age Range: YA Rating: 4⭐ Goodreads Synopsis:An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process.
Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends.
Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole ‘having friends’ thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated?
Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series.
Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour, but a slump has stopped me from starting it. Since I wont be able to finish this book, I decided to create a fun book tag based on the gods/goddesses and magic. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators and to enter the giveaway.
Thank you to Dana Swift and Delacorte Press for providing me with an ARC for this review
Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for A Crown of Echoes by Brindi Quinn. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators and to enter the giveaway.
Thank you to Brindi Quinn for providing me with a copy for this review
I’ve decided to do wrap ups twice a month. Why, you ask? Well because I’ve always wanted to do monthly wrap ups, but every time I went to do them last year I read so many books that it became daunting. So to solve that problem – or at least an attempt to – I decided to do mid-monthly and monthly wrap ups. These may change depending on how well this works, but I’m really hoping this will be something I decide to stick with.
During the mid-month wrap up you’ll see all the books I’ve read before it’s posted (as close to the 15th as I can get it) and a link to the review post or I’ll give a quick (couple sentences) review along with a star rating. During the month wrap up, I’ll give stats and show off what I read after the mid-month wrap up.
So with all that out of the way, let’s take a look at what I read for the first half of January.
Title: Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow Series: Nevermoor #3 Author: Jessica Townsend Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/ Orion Children’s Books Release Date: October 27, 2020 Page Length: 548 Genre: Fantasy Age Range: Middle Grade Rating: 4.5 ⭐ Goodreads Synopsis: Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919. Now Morrigan faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the mysterious Wretched Arts, and control the power that threatens to consume her.
But a strange and frightening illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning infected Wunimals into mindless, vicious Unnimals on the hunt. As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic spreads. And with the city she loves in a state of fear, Morrigan quickly realizes it’s up to her to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will put her – and everyone in Nevermoor – in more danger than she ever imagined.
I haven’t done many of the end of the year style posts, but there are a couple I want to make sure gets out. This is one of them. I’ve picked 12 books that I already own, and have owned for years! I want to read these 12 books before the end of the year. IF I don’t, then I will end up unhauling them (attempting to get better at this).
After each quarter, I will do a check-up to see if I’ve read these – also to remind me what’s on the list so I can make sure to prioritize them.
Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Glimpsed by GF Miller. This was a book I was especially looking forward to once I found out about it. Be sure to scroll down to enter the giveaway and to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Thank you to GF Miller and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC for this review
Title: There’s Something About Sweetie Series: Dimple and Rishi #2 Author: Sandhya Menon Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: May 14, 2019 Page Length: 378 Genre: Contemporary/Romance Age Range: YA Rating: 4/5 Goodreads Synopsis:Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.
The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?
Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.
Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.
Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?
Normally, I would have included a bunch of stats in a post like this, but for some reason my spreadsheet that tracks all of this has managed to go a bit wonky (probably because I kept adding different things throughout the year and maybe didn’t adjust it). So to not have this posted months after the fact, I decided to do more of a “Year in Books” with some other bits and bobs kind of post.