Phoenix Flame by Sara Holland

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Phoenix Flame by Sara Holland

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Maddie thought her problems were over. She saved the Inn at Havenfall—a sanctuary between magical worlds—from the evil Silver Prince. Her uncle the Innkeeper is recovering from a mysterious spell that left him not quite human. And there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her more-than-friend Brekken.

But there’s more work to be done to protect the Inn—Maddie must put an end to the black-market trading of magical objects and open the Inn’s doors to the once feared land of shapeshifters.

As she tries to accomplish both seemingly impossible tasks, Maddie uncovers secrets that could change everything. What if saving everyone means destroying the only home she’s known?

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

EXPECTED MARCH 2ND, 2021

2.5 STARS

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Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

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Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

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He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw the magic in his darkness.

Wren Southerland’s reckless use of magic has cost her everything: she’s been dismissed from the Queen’s Guard and separated from her best friend—the girl she loves. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate, Colwick Hall, to cure his servant from a mysterious illness, she seizes her chance to redeem herself.

The mansion is crumbling, icy winds haunt the caved-in halls, and her eccentric host forbids her from leaving her room after dark. Worse, Wren’s patient isn’t a servant at all but Hal Cavendish, the infamous Reaper of Vesria and her kingdom’s sworn enemy. Hal also came to Colwick Hall for redemption, but the secrets in the estate may lead to both of their deaths.

With sinister forces at work, Wren and Hal realize they’ll have to join together if they have any hope of saving their kingdoms. But as Wren circles closer to the nefarious truth behind Hal’s illness, they realize they have no escape from the monsters within the mansion. All they have is each other, and a startling desire that could be their downfall.

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

EXPECTED MARCH 2ND, 2021

5 STARS

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Pub Day Prophecies || February 2021

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We’re almost at the end of February 2021, but it’s never too late to celebrate new releases! And why not do it after Valentine’s Day, when we’re already full of love? Join me today in making fresh additions to your TBR, and welcoming some bright new books into the world! 💕

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Miscellaneous Magic: 3rd Blogiversary Q&A&Giveaway!

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It’s hard to believe it’s been three years!

Yep, Hail & Well Read is celebrating its 3rd blogiversary on March 10th, two weeks from now! Sure, the name change is about half as old, but the blog itself? Definitely three, and definitely loving it!

So to celebrate the big day, we’re going to smoosh two time-honored traditions together into one big virtual party. How about we host a Q&A and a giveaway? 🥳

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Top 5 Tuesday || Authors I Want to Try

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To be honest, this T5T topic carries a lot of pressure behind it.

There are so many amazing authors out there, and I’m sure plenty of them are authors I haven’t yet picked up. But in true bookworm fashion, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads is making me reexamine and cherish my TBR just a week after shaking my head at its towering heights. So, here are some authors I want to try sooner rather than later! Think I’ll be able to make that happen?

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Top 5…Thursday? || Books I Meant to Read in 2020

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Will I ever survive a Top 5 Tuesday with my dignity still intact?

The answer is probably no. Especially since today’s topic, books I meant to read in 2020, seems to be Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads‘s perfect way of making me expose my towering TBR. I keeping saying I’ll read all these books, but have I gotten to them?

The answer always seems to be not yet. 😳

Also, it’s Thursday, not Tuesday, and this is a topic from two weeks ago. How’s that for chucking my dignity and blogging reliability out the window all in one go?

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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

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Pet is here to hunt a monster.
Are you brave enough to look?

There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question — How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

5 STARS

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Top 5 Tuesday || Series I Haven’t Finished

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Piggybacking off of two hours ago, we’re sticking to series!

And we’re returning to the part where I reveal how much of my TBR remains unread! In this case, we’re looking at series I haven’t finished. It must be Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads reminding me of all the books waiting on my shelf, judging me hardcore for still not picking me up.

Maybe a little shame is what it takes to see these series through to the end?

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