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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Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

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Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

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Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others.

Wren is a source—a rare kind of person who is made of magic, despite being unable to use it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven as soon as they discover their abilities, but Wren—the only caretaker to her ailing father—has spent her life hiding her secret.

When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father.

Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don’t kill each other first.

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

3.5 STARS

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The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

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The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

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A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods.

The last thing Barclay Thorne ever wanted was an adventure.

Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. No danger required. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his town’s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts.

To Barclay’s horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast and is run out of town by an angry mob. Determined to break this bond and return home, Barclay journeys to find the mysterious town of Lore Keepers, people who have also bonded with Beasts and share their powers.

But after making new friends, entering a dangerous apprenticeship exam, and even facing the legendary Beast of the Woods, Barclay must make a difficult choice: return to the home and rules he’s always known, or embrace the adventure awaiting him.

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

EXPECTED MARCH 30TH, 2021

5 STARS

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Monthly Wrap || February 2021

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February 2021

To tell the truth, I’m in awe that February 2021 managed to pack so much everything into every day, despite being the shortest month of the year. And a few days later, it’s still halfway a blur.

But! It’s a good blur, and I’m eager to share it with you all. I hope you’ll continue reading and share some of the February joy with me!

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