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Goodreads Monday (9/28/20)–Song of the Dryad

Happy Monday, bibliophiles! Hard to believe that September’s almost over, but at least SPOOKY SEASON starts on Thursday! 🎃🦇☠️🍁😈

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do to participate is pick a book from your Goodreads TBR, and explain why you want to read it.

I put this novel on my TBR at the very beginning of this year. I haven’t heard much about it–it’s from an indie publisher, so I haven’t seen many reviews, if any, floating around the blogosphere–but it looks like an intriguing fantasy!

Let’s begin, shall we?

GOODREADS MONDAY (9/28/20)–SONG OF THE DRYAD by Natalia Leigh

Amazon.com: Song of the Dryad eBook: Leigh, Natalia: Kindle Store

Blurb from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Barclay is still haunted by an encounter she had eight years ago – a run-in with a fairy beast that had eyes like witchlight and a taste for flesh. Charlotte has avoided the Greenwood ever since, pretending fairies don’t exist and choosing instead to focus her energies on graduating from high school and perfecting her audition piece for the Bellini Institute. However, everything changes when her mom goes missing, kidnapped by the fairies that haunt the forest behind Charlotte’s home. 

When Charlotte’s search for her mom leads her into the fairy realm, she discovers that she hails from a line of Shrine Keepers – humans tasked with maintaining ancient fairy shrines. Charlotte’s family has failed their duties to the fae, and now she has no choice but to strike a deal with the dryad, an ancient and powerful tree nymph responsible for her mom’s disappearance. But the dryad only gives her a month to complete her task: retrieve five stolen fairy stones and return them to the ancient fairy shrine. If she doesn’t return the stones in time, the dryad has threatened to imprison another of Charlotte’s loved ones.

Charlotte dives into a world as magical as it is deadly, coming face-to-face with fairy creatures that never get mentioned in the story books – including the creature that haunts her dreams. She must embrace her task and conquer her fears, or else she’ll never see her mom again.

So why do I want to read this?

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Accidentally wandering into the realm of Fae and discovering that you have a connection with it is a fairly common trope I see in a lot of YA fantasy, but Song of the Dryad looks like it’s put an inventive twist on it! I also hardly ever see dryads as the star of the show as far as mythical creatures go in fantasy novels, so I’m excited to see how Leigh handles them. They hold so many possibilities for twists and plotlines, not to mention atmospheric imagery.

All in all, Song of the Dryad admittedly has the possibility of falling into several unfortunate tropes, but having the plot center around a dryad is giving me enough faith to keep reading.

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Today’s song:

That’s it for this week’s Goodreads Monday! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Goodreads Monday (8/3/20)–The Named

Happy Monday, bibliophiles!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do to participate is pick a book from your Goodreads TBR, and explain why you want to read it.

This one has been on my TBR for quite a while (a good three years, to be exact), and while I’m by no means expecting perfection, this one sounds like a fascinating read! Only time will tell, I suppose…

Let’s begin, shall we?

GOODREADS MONDAY (8/3/20)–THE NAMED by Marianne Curley

The Named by Marianne Curley

Blurb from Goodreads:

Ethan lives a secret life as a Guardian of the Named. Under the guidance of Arkarian, his mentor, and with the help of Isabel, his unlikely but highly capable apprentice, Ethan has become a valued member of this other-worldly corps. As the only defense against the evil Order of Chaos, the Named travel through time to prevent the Order from altering history and thereby gaining power in the present and the future.

As the threat from the Order intensifies, secrets of the past are revealed and villains and heroes are exposed. This gripping fantasy is set in modern times, but is infused with intrigue from the past, super-natural characters and surprising plot twists.

So why do I want to read this?

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“I see this as an absolute win!”

Looking back, I’m a little bit hesitant, but only because of the fact that it’s Marianne Curley–I read another book of hers (Hidden) a few years back and I wasn’t a fan. But I’m willing to see if that was a fluke, and that her other works are better than that. Again–I have no memory of it, but I just remember it being startlingly mediocre.

That aside, the premise sounds fascinating! I’m excited to see how Curley handles time travel. Altering history is a common trope in all sorts of time travel novels, so it makes sense that there’d be a task force of sorts to make sure that it doesn’t happen in the first place. I don’t read a whole lot of time travel literature, so if everything’s executed nicely, it should be a fun and fascinating read!

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Today’s song:

That’s it for this week’s Goodreads Monday! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Goodreads Monday (6/8/20)–The Sound of Stars

Happy Monday, bibliophiles!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do to participate is pick a book from your Goodreads TBR, and explain why you want to read it.

Continuing on with LGBTQ+ books, this one’s been on my TBR for a while. And from the description, it’s virtually everything that I’d ever want in a sci-fi novel. I am on an eternal search for quality YA sci-fi, so I REALLY hope to read this one soon!

Let’s begin, shall we?

GOODREADS MONDAY (6/8/20)–THE SOUND OF STARS by Alechia Dow

Amazon.com: The Sound of Stars (9781335911551): Dow, Alechia: Books

Blurb from Goodreads:

Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

So why do I want to read this?

Aliens

Music

Libraries

LGBTQ+/POC representation

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I might be setting my expectations too high, but I might have just found another dream book…

Like I said, I’m a huge lover of sci-fi, and the addition of a secret library and a shared love of music seems like the exact type of thing that I would immensely enjoy in a novel. A friendship between a human and an alien and bonding over secret art is just the kind of content that I’ve been wanting to read for ages.

And in times like these (and all the time), it’s so important to support POC/LGBTQ+ authors, so I encourage all of you to spread the word about such novels, review them, and recommend them to friends. 💗

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Today’s song:

(Why yes, I did watch Baby Driver yesterday, why do you ask?)

That’s it for this week’s Goodreads Monday! Have a wonderful day, and take care of yourselves!

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Reader Problems Book Tag

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Hey there, bibliophiles! Sorry for not being super active this week, other than Goodreads Monday/Book Review Tuesday; it’s been a longish week for me, but I’m glad that I have a 3-day weekend to look forward to. 🙂 I also just got back from the Womxn’s March, and I had such a wonderful time! I always forget the overwhelming sense of community that always comes with these marches.

Anyway, I found this tag over at Prose and Pancakes, so I figured I’d give it a go. Let’s begin, shall we?

 

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Um…hmm. I usually just pick a random shelf number, see if I’m still interested, and see if it’s available at the library. I dunno.

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You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

It depends. If I’ve gone past 100 pages and I loathe it with every cell of my being, it’s a goner. If it has some semblance of promise, I’ll try to stick around. But when it comes to DNFing books, I have zero shame. None.

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The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

One word: COMICS. Since they’re shorter, I can often fit in several in the time that it takes for me to read a good-sized book, whether they be single issues or trade paperbacks.

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The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I’ll probably feel the slightest bit annoyed, but hey, at heart, it’s the same book. However, covers replaced by the movie poster, if there’s an adaptation, are a different story…

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Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Once in a blue moon, I’ll find a review from one of you lovely bloggers that expresses similar feelings. It’s nice to see that you aren’t alone in your feelings. (Shoutout to Beck in particular. SO glad someone else didn’t enjoy Red Queen.) 

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You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

[sheepishly whispering] Been there…done that…

I usually just keep on crying, but if I start getting weird looks, I’d just shield my face with the book.

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A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!

Most of the time, I’m just too lazy to do any of the above options. Of course, I’ll end up getting hopelessly lost while reading said sequel, but something usually triggers my last, decrepit brain cell into remembering “oooooohhh, right, forgot about that scene…”

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You do not want anyone -ANYONE- borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

Ooh, this is dangerous territory…

I wouldn’t be very good at telling people exactly why I don’t want them borrowing my books without it coming off very rude, but as a last resort, maybe I’d just lie about borrowing it from the library, and that the copy wasn’t mine in the first place. Sheesh, this is a tricky question…

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You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Re-read my favorites, of course! Another round of B.P.R.D., Heart of Iron, Pumpkinheads, or Aurora Rising never fails to invigorate my reading again.

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There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Only the ones that are sequels to my favorite trilogies, or a book that I borrowed at the library first and decided that I needed. And in that category, books that I can actually…y’know…afford…

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After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Not very long, usually. After I get through my library haul, they’ll usually be in my hands a few days after I buy them.

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And that just about wraps this tag up! Anyone who’d like to do this tag, feel free to do so! I’d love to see your responses 🙂

 

Today’s song:

(This was stuck in my head all day yesterday…YOU’RE ALL SUFFERING WITH ME…)

(Just kidding about the last part, I love this song)

 

Have a lovely day, and take care of yourselves!

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