Tower Talks || Hades

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If a game has anything to do with classical antiquity, I’m in.

And when it has a beautiful art style, genius mechanics, and a brilliant approach to the sometimes vague nature of Greek mythology? Then I’m triple in, which is why I finally bought Hades by Supergiant Games.

75+ hours of play later, I’ve finally stepped away long enough to talk about it with you all! You’d better believe, though, that I’m going right back to it when we’re done here.

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books With Plants on the Cover

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Believe it or not, I used to work in a greenhouse.

Double believe it or not, I had an awesome green thumb at work, and couldn’t keep anything alive at home. Still not sure how that happened, even to this day. Thankfully, plants on the cover of a book don’t need too much care. In fact, I suspect they thrive if you just talk about them, which means that it’s a good thing Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads made this week’s T5T topic just to showcase their green, green glory.

And can I get a round of thanks that book plants are so pretty and allergy friendly? All the beauty, none of the pollen! You can’t beat that!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books with Creatures on the Cover

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What’s better than a little creature?

Books with said little creatures on the cover, of course! Maybe it’s because I read a lot of fantasy, but I do love a good creature feature, especially illustrated ones. As nice as it is to leave things to the imagination, I can’t resist the work of talented artists, especially wrapped around the work of talented authors.

And since Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads is a generous and clever soul, that’s what today’s first T5T post will cover! This is actually a catch up from last week, since I was on vacation. It’s also me trying not to feel too bad about skipping books with food on the cover. Did you know I own ZERO books with food on the cover? Big ol’ goose egg. None. Zip. Kind of disappointing really, but maybe it’s because I don’t read much contemporary, where I’m sure you see more of it.

Petition for fantasy books to start putting food on covers? Nah, what am I saying? We have creatures!

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Weekly Wrap || August 14th, 2021

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August 14th, 2021

I promise I have a good excuse this time. See, the reason you haven’t heard from me is that I’ve been on vacation! A little harder to write a Weekly Wrap when I’m soaking up some sun (read: hiding in an air-conditioned house and enjoying a proper break from The Big Everything™).

Of course, this doesn’t account for, y’know, most of July, but never mind that. Let’s catch up, shall we?

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The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

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The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

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Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.

3.5 STARS

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The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

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The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

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The Dark has been waiting for far too long, and it won’t stay hidden any longer.

Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the weather isn’t normal, and all fingers seem to point to TV’s most popular ghost hunters who have just returned to town. Logan Ortiz-Woodley, daughter of TV’s ParaSpectors, has never been to Snakebite before, but the moment she and her dads arrive, she starts to get the feeling that there’s more secrets buried here than they originally let on.

Ashley Barton’s boyfriend was the first teen to go missing, and she’s felt his presence ever since. But now that the Ortiz-Woodleys are in town, his ghost is following her and the only person Ashley can trust is the mysterious Logan. When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their investigation reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that neither of them are ready for. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness.

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

EXPECTED AUGUST 3RD, 2021

4.5 STARS

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books I Didn’t Like

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Oh, to like every book I’ve ever read!

If only, right? It would be just so nice not to dislike things. But today, thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads popping this can of worms wiiiiide open, we’re going over some of the big hyped books I didn’t like. Do I dare say, even hated?

Admittedly, a large part of this post comes with a generous heap of salt on top. Do with that information what you will, my friends. And hopefully, maybe we even agree… 👀

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books I’m Not Interested In

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I refuse to accept criticism at this time.

Okay, just kidding. Criticism can be a lovely thing, especially from trusted sources. But today’s post is one I still stand firmly by. Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads chose “hyped books I’m not interested in” as a T5T topic, and by golly, am I going to tell you all exactly how I feel. I’m one part salt today, one part knowing my bookish tastes well, and one part feeling the need to stir the pot just a tiny bit.

Sometimes you just have to let it out, right? Tell the world how you really feel? And for these books, I’m feeling very not interested.

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books (Still) on my TBR

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My greatest talent is procrastinating.

That’s why today is a Top 5 Tuesday Triple, beginning with Hyped Books (Still) on my TBR! Thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads suggesting it for a topic earlier this month, and to my own ability to delay things, I’m using today to post about how far behind I am, and to catch up.

Yep, instead of reading all these books on my TBR, I’m just doing three weeks’ worth of T5T posts instead! My priorities are obviously rock solid. Right?

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Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

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Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

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Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.

As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister, and Ellerie finds herself in a race against time before all of Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves go up in flames.

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

EXPECTED JULY 27TH, 2021

4 STARS

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