Orpheus Girl & Well Met – Two very different books that flopped for me

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Well, well, well! What do we have here? Two books that have nothing in common besides the fact that I strongly disliked them. So even though they’re two different age groups and genres I decided to group them together because I have a backlog of reviews to get through and neither one warrants a full review. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Why representation matters to me

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There’s nothing like the feeling of reading a book that you simply just can’t put down. The thrill, adrenaline, and captivation are some of the major ingredients of what makes a book so difficult to put down; but one major aspect that is gradually making more of a prominent presence in the book and writing community is diverse representation. Below I’ve listed the books that I am personally so thankful that exist because I felt represented in them!
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The Light at the Bottom of the World – A Great Premise that let me down

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Series: The Light at the Bottom of the World #1

Publication date :  October 29th 2019

Publisher : Disney Hyperion

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.

At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.
Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.
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How to Be Remy Cameron & Red White and Royal Blue – Two m/m books to make your heart happy!

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Over the course of the next few weeks (until the end of the year, probably) you’ll be seeing a lot more of these mini-reviews from me because i’ve accumulated a ridiculously huge backlog of books to review and I will never catch up if I don’t do this, so without further rambling let’s get on with the reviews! Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Bridging the Gap – A Letter to 15-Year-Old Me on Adoption

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Hello readers! 

Many thanks, first off, to Fadwa for hosting this amazing series! If you don’t know me, I’m Sara, and I blog over at Lyrical Reads, bookstagram over at @lyrical.reads, and occasionally tweet over at @lyricalreads. I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss!

When I first showed interest in participating in the #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss series, I had a very vague idea of what I wanted to write about. I definitely knew that I wanted to write about something on international adoption (particularly Chinese adoption) because I was adopted when I was 11-months-old. However, I needed an angle, and I needed books I could talk about. Fortunately, I found the books (not that many, though), one which I just finished a few days ago, and the angle found its way to me not too long afterwards.  Continue reading

Kingdom of Souls – African Fantasy with flawed gods and a righteous girl

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Series: Kingdom of Souls #1

Publication date :  September 3rd 2019

Publisher : HarperTeen

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 496

Synopsis : THERE’S MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.
Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse.
Shame and disappointment dog her.
When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.
An explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend with a twist you will never see coming.
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Gideon the Ninth – Necromancers solve a murder mystery…in space?

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Series: The Locked Tomb #1

Publication date :  September 10th 2019

Publisher : Tor. com

Genre : Adult |Fantasy

Page Count: 448

Synopsis : She answered the Emperor’s call.
She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.
In victory, her world has turned to ash.
After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman’s shoulders. Continue reading

A Reader’s Guide to Trello boards

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Hello friends!

A while back (as in…August) I shared a glimpse of my #ARCaugust TBR on Twitter and it was a screenshot of a list from my much more elaborate and yet simple to put together AND to use TBR trello board. Shortly after that, I had a couple people ask me about it and how exactly I use it, so what better way to show than to make a detailed blog post about it? Is it much too late for it? Yes. Have they forgotten about it and don’t care anymore? Very likely. Am I still using that as an excuse to ramble about my neurotic organisational skills. YES. My moto is Better Late than Never. So yes, this post is a few months late, but at least it’s finally here. Continue reading

To sum-up: August/September/October 2019 (a mess)

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Hello friends!

Is anybody out there? Is anybody even reading this blog anymore?

In any case…I AM BACK!! And for real this time, I’m not disappearing out of the blue again. I hope. When I went to check what the last wrap-up I posted was, it was July…so this will probably be a lengthy one, go get yourself a warm drink, a fuzzy blanket and settle for a long catch up session. If you want to, that is. Continue reading