Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

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Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

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A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.

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

3 STARS

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books Where Something Went Wrong

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You have to have something go wrong in order to make something go so wonderfully right. Right?

I’ve found over time that books where something went wrong early on tend to have the most punch later. More than that, though, I love seeing exactly how wrong it can get, how skewed the plan can become. It’s more fun to watch it spiral out of control than it is to proceed as normal, right?

And thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads, the new host of Top 5 Tuesday, we’re going to dig into that today! Give her a warm welcome to hosting before we start, and then get ready for my favorite examples of bookish disaster!

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Pub Day Prophecies || August 2020

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So the June and July Pub Day Prophecies didn’t happen. Let’s just say I was polishing my crystal ball as part of my hiatus, and move on to August 2020, shall we? There’s lots of promise in the weeks ahead, and let me tell you: I’m eyeballing quite a few of these for a birthday haul… 👀

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Weekly Wrap || August 1st, 2020

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August 1st, 2020

In some ways, yes! This is absolutely a Weekly Wrap. It’s summarizing my life in the last week, blogging and beyond. Same old, same old, yada yada yada.

But let’s face it: this is also a hiatus wrap. Hail & Well Read is officially back now that I’ve had a chance to get my head on straight, and there’s a lot of ground to cover. Let’s get started! ✨

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Shielded by KayLynn Flanders

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Shielded by KayLynn Flanders

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The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

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

4 STARS

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Mayhem by Estelle Laure

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Mayhem by Estelle Laure

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It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else. But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

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

3 STARS

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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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