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 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.


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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.



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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.

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


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Monthly Wrap || August 2020

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August 2020

I’ll admit that it feels strange, doing Monthly Wraps again. I sort of did one to cover my hiatus in this Weekly Wrap, but the last time Hail & Well Read had a proper Monthly Wrap was all the way back in May. It’s August 2020 now, though, as much as we’d all like it to just…not be 2020, which means it’s time to give it another go!

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

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Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.


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Weekly Wrap || August 29th, 2020

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August 29th, 2020

Last week, I was dead certain I would have exciting news. Now that we’re back to Weekly Wrap time again, though, I…do not have the news. Not so much that it fell through, but more that it simply hasn’t come to pass for reasons entirely beyond my control.

In unrelated news, waiting in decision limbo is a curse I would not wish on my worst enemy. However! I will be patient! I will, because I have to. That’s not too much of a stretch, right?

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The Wednesday Pen || August 2020 Writing Recap

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The Wednesday Pen is now a quarterly publication!

At least, it will be at this rate. 🤦 There hasn’t been a Wednesday Pen since May because of my hiatus, and I’m going to be recapping an entire three months’ of writing today. Buckle up, too, because apparently I had the bug during my hiatus.

And naturally, it was on every project except the one I set out to do.

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