The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee

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The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee

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Time changes things.

That painful fact of life couldn’t be truer for the Sullivan sisters. Once, they used to be close, sharing secrets inside homemade blanket castles. Now, life in the Sullivan house means closed doors and secrets left untold.

Fourteen-year-old Murphy, an aspiring magician, is shocked by the death of Siegfried, her pet turtle. Seventeen-year-old Claire is bound for better things than her Oregonian hometown—until she receives a crushing rejection from her dream college. And eighteen-year-old Eileen is nursing a growing addiction in the wake of life-altering news.

Then, days before Christmas, a letter arrives, informing the sisters of a dead uncle and an inheritance they knew nothing about. The news forces them to band together in the face of a sinister family mystery…and, possibly, murder.

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

EXPECTED JUNE 23RD, 2020

4 STARS

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Tower Talks || Leverage

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“We provide…leverage.”

If you’ve been paying attention to my Twitter recently, you might have noticed a very brief blip where I mentioned a new show: Leverage. And by new, I do mean new to me, since Leverage first aired in 2008, and came to a close in 2012.

(And if you’re a couple of my friends who’ve already seen Leverage, bless your hearts for letting me yell in your DMs before I wrote this post.)

Whether or not you noticed my new interest, though, doesn’t matter. After all, that’s what today’s post is for. This morning, I’m here to introduce you to the anti-capitalist heist wonders of Leverage, not to mention gush about some of the sharpest character development I’ve witnessed in years. And to cry about the state of that finale, which is, again, one of the best things I’ve watched in recent memory.

And did you know a revival is coming?

Buckle up, folks. There’s a lot of ground to cover today!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Opening Lines

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The opening line of a book can make or break an entire story.

That first line is the first impression a book makes on a reader. Sometimes, it’s not the end all, be all, but other times, it packs a punch you can’t ignore. Thankfully, we get to appreciate opening lines a little extra right now, since Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog chose them as the focus of today’s T5T prompt!

And yes, one of them on the list is a V.E. Schwab line. You all knew this was coming. But the rest? Read on and find out!

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

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Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven magical blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.

Worried that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli gets caught up with a group of human and witch renegades, and is given the most difficult and dangerous task in the worlds: capture the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom. 

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

EXPECTED OCTOBER 6TH, 2020

3.5 STARS

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Pub Day Prophecies || May 2020

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Hello? Hello? Is this thing on? Okay, looks like our crystal ball is back up and running! A little hard to talk about May 2020 when the equipment is all foggy, you know.

But hey, we’re here at last, and we’ve got May’s new releases ready for your perusal, right here. What’s on your TBR for this month?

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Top 5 Tuesday || Worst Rulers

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Sometimes, characters just aren’t fit to wear the crown.

Look, all of us have our opinions on authority figures in books. A few are good. A lot of them are bad. But today’s post, courtesy of Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog, is all about the worst rulers. The nastiest of the lot. The cruelest.

Given the opportunity and a significant boost in my skills, I would fight every one of these rulers. Square up, folks. Let’s dance.

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Tower Talks || Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

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I feel like I’m nine years old again, and on a train to Chicago.

Highly specific, I know. But my mom bought my the original Red Rescue Team for that trip, so Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a memory brick to the face in the best of ways. Do you need some convincing, though? Well, let me help!

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Lobizona by Romina Garber

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Lobizona by Romina Garber

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Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past–a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.

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

EXPECTED AUGUST 4TH, 2020

5 STARS

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