Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

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It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

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

4 STARS

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Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

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Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

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Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

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

EXPECTED JULY 7TH, 2020

5 STARS

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Hail & Well Read On Hiatus || See You in August!

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Hiatus is, admittedly, not my best friend.

But the fact of the matter is that I’m putting Hail & Well Read on hiatus until August 2020. It’s only for about a month and a half, but it’s a much-needed month and a half. Lately, I’ve been struggling to find the energy and heart for new content, and pushing on through that is a recipe for burnout. So today, I’m going to give you a quick rundown on what you can expect until August, and then I’m off to shove the building blocks of my life back into some kind of semi-sensible order.

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Mini Reviews || The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant and To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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I’m not the biggest fan of writing reviews for books I didn’t love.

That said, I do it anyway. Just doesn’t feel right to read a book without reviewing it anymore, I suppose. But to spare my brain from getting too worked up about what I didn’t care for, and to spare you all from me going on at length, we’re changing up the format of the reviews for a moment. Today, we’re doing mini reviews, no more than a couple short paragraphs of highly condensed opinion!

Plus, I’ll also rec a couple of substitutes that I hope will prove to be better reads (for you and for me)!

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

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In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

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

EXPECTED AUGUST 25TH, 2020

3.5 STARS

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The Wednesday Pen || May 2020 Writing Recap

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Does not updating writing progress for three months count as writing?

The Wednesday Pen has been a little absent these last few months. See, it turns out trying to write in the middle of a global pandemic is a lot harder than they tell you, even though they definitely tell you. Still, we’re back for the first time since February, and…progress is progress?

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Top 5 Tuesday || Summer Reads

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We’re teetering on the edge of summer, and it’s time to get those seasonal TBRs ready!

I’ll admit that I’m actually not great at crafting a seasonal TBR. Mostly, I organize my reading based on ARC review deadlines and which books have been sitting on my shelf the longest (or which ones are demanding my attention the loudest). But Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog decided that today’s T5T is for celebrating summer reads, so what do you know?

It’s about to get summery as hell here. Might want to go grab a beach towel and some sunscreen before you start, okay?

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