This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

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This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

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Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war.

4.5 STARS

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Dustborn by Erin Bowman

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Dustborn by Erin Bowman

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Delta of Dead River has always been told to hide her back, where a map is branded on her skin to a rumored paradise called the Verdant. In a wasteland plagued by dust squalls, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares, many would kill for it—even if no one can read it. So when raiders sent by a man known as the General attack her village, Delta suspects he is searching for her. 

Delta sets out to rescue her family but quickly learns that in the Wastes no one can be trusted—perhaps not even her childhood friend, Asher, who has been missing for nearly a decade. If Delta can trust Asher, she just might decode the map and trade evidence of the Verdant to the General for her family. What Delta doesn’t count on is what waits at the Verdant: a long-forgotten secret that will shake the foundation of her entire world.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 STARS

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Spells Trouble by Kristin Cast and P.C. Cast

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Spells Trouble by Kristin Cast and P.C. Cast

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Double double, twins spell trouble…

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

EXPECTED MAY 25TH, 2021

1 STAR

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Tower Talks || Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling

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Normally, I wouldn’t call bugs cute.

I’m not afraid of them, but they’re not exactly giving me the warm fuzzies when I see them. Thank goodness, though, that Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling defies all buggy expectations! Making bugs cute is a feat all on its own, but this game also combines a wealth of side quests with a lovely core plot, all capped off with an art style that brings out the very best nostalgia of all.

It’s tough to condense such a fun, clever little game into one post, but today we’re trying it anyhow! It’s what Team Snakemouth deserves, after all their hard work saving Bugaria. 🐛✨

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These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy

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These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy

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When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.

As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they’ll discover who they can trust, who they can love—and who killed their mother.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 STARS

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Monthly Wrap || April 2021

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April 2021

You may have noticed this Monthly Wrap is the first post on Hail & Well Read since April 3rd. While I didn’t mean to take a hiatus, the fact of the matter is that life got away from me.

Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that it ran me over with a bus. Repeatedly.

Read on today for an explanation of my absence, as well as my hopes for the month ahead.

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She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard

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She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard

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The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

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