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.



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Dragon’s Den Discussions || An Argument for Reading One Book at a Time

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I know this is kind of antithetical to the Goodreads Reading Challenge, but…perhaps slow down and try one book at a time?

I know, I know, Goodreads says you’re ten books behind on your challenge. It also says you’ve got to read three every week to finish it on time, or something like that. The pressure is on! But have you considered…reading one book at a time?

I know it sounds strange, but that’s how I approach my reading habits, and even if it doesn’t net you 200 titles in a year, it has its perks. Let me show you how it works in my world, and maybe you’ll start to see why it’s not such a bad idea after all!

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Monthly Wrap || April 2020

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April 2020

I both can and can’t believe we’re at the end of April already. Why did March last a thousand years but April is already over? I need an expert to explain this. Please. Help me make sense of the passage of time, or I’ll be forced to do it through highly personal wrap posts.

Oh wait. That’s what we’re already here for.

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Fractured Tide by Leslie Lutz

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Fractured Tide by Leslie Lutz

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Sia practically grew up in the water scuba diving, and wreck dives are run of the mill. Take the tourists out. Explore the reef. Uncover the secrets locked in the sunken craft. But this time … the dive goes terribly wrong.

Attacked by a mysterious creature, Sia’s boat is sunk, her customers are killed, and she washes up on a deserted island with no sign of rescue in sight. Waiting in the water is a seemingly unstoppable monster that is still hungry. In the jungle just off the beach are dangers best left untested. When Sia reunites with a handful of survivors, she sees it as the first sign of light.

Sia is wrong.

Between the gulf of deadly seawater in front of her and suffocating depth of the jungle behind her, even the island isn’t what it seems.

Haunted by her own mistakes and an inescapable dread, Sia’s best hope for finding answers may rest in the center of the island, at the bottom of a flooded sinkhole that only she has the skills to navigate. But even if the creature lurking in the depths doesn’t swallow her and the other survivors, the secrets of their fractured reality on the island might.

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



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Top 5 Tuesday || Series I Want to Start

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Me? Exposed for procrastination two weeks in a row?

It’s more likely than you think. Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog has a remarkable talent for getting me to call myself out via my TBR, and today is no exception. We get to look at the series I want to start this week, not just the scattered books that are popular but may or may not be on my TBR. And in doing that, we get to see just how far into the backlist I really should be going.

The answer is pretty far. It’s easy to get wrapped up in ARCs and new releases. Hopefully soon I can do these backlist books right!

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