Weekly Wrap || September 26th, 2020

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September 26th, 2020

Making it to yet another Weekly Wrap feels like an achievement sometimes, this week especially. I can’t seem to keep my head on straight, and the end of the week is my chance to reflect and maybe even get my life in order. Will it work this time?

Truthfully, probably not. If all my problems could be fixed in a weekend, making it to Saturday might not feel like an achievement. But we’re going to try and make it work anyhow! Nothing like a little relentless optimism, right?

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Would You Rather Tag

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Between being out of school for a long while, and the global pandemic, it’s been a while since I’ve played a party game.

And what party game is more fun than a good round of Would You Rather? Thankfully, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads tagged me to give it a whirl (a whole month ago, which I didn’t notice due to broken pingbacks! 😩), and I’m ready to give it a go!

Of course, I’ll freely admit I can be indecisive when it comes to all things bookish. Why do I have the sneaking feeling this is going to be hard? 😳

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Tower Talks || Little Dragons Café

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Sometimes, you love a game too much before you actually play it.

This was the case for Little Dragons Café, a game I purchased for the Switch a while back. I’d bought it on sale since I wasn’t sure I wanted to pay $60 for it, and had my hopes pinned on the adorable dragon that follows your protagonist around!

Folks, I made a mistake, and here’s all the reasons why.

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Mini Reviews || Leverage Tie-In Novels

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Normally, I’m wary of TV to novel projects.

I mean, who isn’t? When someone picks up an existing IP, you desperately want them to understand it better than even the creator, unless you’re willing to end up with something out of character and flat. Thankfully, the Leverage tie-in novels mostly fit the bill, hitting the right notes in believable characterization and almost unbelievable schemes. At 300 pages and $8 a pop, they’re each an evening of entertainment, and I’m glad I purchased the set!

But don’t take my word for it without the specifics, okay? Instead, check out today’s mini reviews!

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Tower Talks || She-Ra and the Princesses of Power S5

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It’s been about four months since the final season of She-Ra aired.

And somehow, in that four months, I still can’t find allllll the words I want to describe how much it meant to me? I had a sense from the start that She-Ra would fill a void in my heart where I hadn’t had a good cartoon in a while, but it truly went above and beyond all expectations. Even now, I’m sappy and sentimental about the direction it ultimately took because who knew they could pull it off?

Naturally, given the amount of time since S5 released, this post will NOT be spoiler free!

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The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

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The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

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Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS

The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.

When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

4.5 STARS

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Weekly Wrap || September 12th, 2020

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September 12th, 2020

Today is not so much a Weekly Wrap so much as it is a two for one special! See, last week, there wasn’t a wrap at all due to my topsy-turvy life schedule moving at warp speed. Now, though? Now there’s time to sit back, relax, and do a quick recap of everything that’s happened over the last couple weeks.

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Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

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Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

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Connor Major’s summer break is turning into a nightmare.

His SAT scores bombed, the old man he delivers meals to died, and when he came out to his religious zealot mother, she had him kidnapped and shipped off to a secluded island. His final destination: Nightlight Ministries, a conversion therapy camp that will be his new home until he “changes.”

But Connor’s troubles are only beginning. At Nightlight, everyone has something to hide from the campers to the “converted” staff and cagey camp director, and it quickly becomes clear that no one is safe. Connor plans to escape and bring the other kidnapped teens with him. But first, he’s exposing the camp’s horrible truths for what they are— and taking this place down.

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

EXPECTED SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2020

4 STARS

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As the Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool

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As the Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool

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The Last Prophet has been found, yet he sees destruction ahead.

In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed There Will Come a Darkness, kingdoms have begun to fall to a doomsday cult, the magical Graced are being persecuted, and an ancient power threatens to break free. But with the world hurtling toward its prophesized end, Anton’s haunting vision reveals the dangerous beginnings of a plan to stop the Age of Darkness.

As Jude, Keeper of the Order of the Last Light, returns home in disgrace, his quest to aid the Prophet is complicated by his growing feelings for Anton. Meanwhile, the assassin known as the Pale Hand will stop at nothing to find her undead sister before she dies for good, even if it means letting the world burn. And in Nazirah, Hassan, the kingdom-less Prince, forms a risky pact to try to regain his throne. When the forces of light and darkness collide in the City of Mercy, old wounds are reopened, new alliances are tested, and the end of the world begins.

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4.5 STARS

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