Book Challenges, Monthly Wrap-Up

August 2017 | #ARCAugust Wrap-Up & Books Read This Month

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Well, it’s September 1st, so that means #ARCAugust is over.  I had an original goal of 12 books (yup, I knew I wasn’t going to be doing that) and managed to read 7 of the 12 with only 1 that I started and did not finish.  Not bad if I say so myself.  12 was kind of a stretch for me, so 7 is probably more than I should have expected.

The books I read for #ARCAugust and the month of August are:

The one egalley I started for #ARCAugust but did not finish was Zero Repeat Forever, by Gabrielle Prendergast.

Of the ones I read, I most enjoyed This is Not the End, Shimmer and Burn, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding.  All were excellent reads in their own way and definitely ones I would recommend.  Thank you to Read.Sleep.Repeat for hosting #ARCAugust!  It definitely helped push me to read the ARCs and egalleys I needed to.  Too bad there isn’t one for September, cause I still have so many more to read.

Sadly, because I focused on #ARCAugust, I got absolutely nothing read for BeatTheBacklist.  :/

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Book Review

Book Review | BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS, by Meg Kassel

 

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Black Bird of the Gallowsby Meg Kassel

Publish Date: September 5, 2017 
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 300
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC at BookCon 2017 in return for an honest review.**

Synopsis:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death. Continue reading “Book Review | BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS, by Meg Kassel”

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Book Review | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (WORD$ #1), by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

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All Rights Reserved (Word$#1)by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Publish Date: August 29, 2017 
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an ARC at BookCon 2017 in return for an honest review.**

Trigger Warnings (No Spoilers): suicide, implied/attempted rape

Synopsis:

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech – rather than say anything at all – she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them. Continue reading “Book Review | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (WORD$ #1), by Gregory Scott Katsoulis”

Book Review

Book Review | THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING, by Alexandra Bracken

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)by Alexandra Bracken

Publish Date: September 5, 2017 
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 362
Genre: MG Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

Synopsis:

“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type. 

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host. 

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

Continue reading “Book Review | THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING, by Alexandra Bracken”

Book Challenges

#ARCAugust Update

I feel like I fell a little behind, because I am only at 4 ARCs completed out of the 12 I originally had.  I just added one to my DNF pile because I just couldn’t get through it, but I am still counting it as “tried” for #ARCAugust.  And I am no longer planning on doing 2 of the original ones I had listed, but am leaving them there until or unless I make it to two others I still have to read for future dates.  Otherwise they are just going to be counted in the “did not read for ARCAugust even though I meant to” pile.  Updated #ARCAugust list here

Book Challenges

#ARCAugust Update

So it’s the second week of August and so far I have read 3 of the 12 ARCs and egalleys I have planned for this month.  Not bad, if I say so.  I am worried though because I do want to try and finish reading A Conjuring of Light but that will take time away from reading ARCs.  Also, I am very behind on Beat the Backlist but that’s another story altogether.

Who else is participating in #ARCAugust?  How are you feeling so far about your reading goals?  What are you doing to keep on track this month?