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Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Thorn by Intisar Khanani….Holy character development!! This story has been so far one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Alyrra is such a special character (and I would 100000% fight for her) This book made me feel so much -and yes I cried. Right from the beginning I knew I would love Alyrra she has the most incredible heart and she always puts others needs before her own in such a tender way and she expects nothing in return. Her growth as an individual throughout this whole story happens so gradually and right before your eyes that at the end you really can’t help but feel a sense of pride for her. Her kindness and compassion makes her such an admirable MC especially after everything she’s dealt with and where she comes from.

The story felt so beautifully put together – all of the characters had their own roles and not one of them was casted aside. I did feel like a couple things were left open ended on purpose and if there ended up being other stories in this same universe I would absolutely read it. Did I have my favorite characters aside from Alyrra? oh absolutely! Falada for one will forever remain one of my favorite companions in a story. All of the holsters – their entire family dynamic makes me so freaking emotional that I’m not gonna keep talking about then or I’ll spoil something. Kestrin…freaking Kestrin I just love him so much!! and of course we can’t forget The Sorceress..even though she’s the worst now that i’ve read and understood just exactly why I can definitely appreciate her as a villain.

The world building, writing and over all flow of the story felt very well done and if you like fantasy and amazing characters – this is the book for you! I’ve giving Thorn 4 stars out of 5 – and like I said if the author wants to write more about this universe I would be so on board with anything she throws at us!! Thorn is now available so go get it!!(We’re all quarantined anyways sooo do yourself a favor)

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Witches of Ash and Ruin By E. Latimer

“Blood and Bone, ash and soot.”

Everyone get ready because I’m going to be throwing this book left and right at everyone!! Witches of Ash and Ruin was honestly everything that I wanted in a book about witches and ancient celtic mythology. No one tell American horror story : Coven but…this book gave me e v e r y t h i n g I’ve ever wanted in a story about a coven of witches. It was also the perfect mixture of murder mystery and spookiness!

I want to first talk about the overall spookiness level of this book – it was um how do you say, spooktacular! If you want a spooky October read this year absolutely add this to your TBR. Between The Butchers murders and the witchcraft/dark magic this book had the hairs on my arms standing a couple times. There was even one scene that had me looking over my shoulder while I was reading alone at night! I haven’t read anything that creeped me out in a very long time (or ever? I can’t remember) so for fans of mystery and spookiness I absolutely recommend this book! If it wasn’t for the current state of the world this would have been such a fast read for me regardless of how long this book actually is to be honest with you.

The characters!!!!!! Gosh I love them all so much…even Cora and The King Witch. The characters in this story are all refreshing and complexly their own person. Dayna my little sunflower witch she deserves so much *insert crying emoji* Meiner effing King…Where do I start with her?! what a freaking badass!! Daynas bestfriend Reagan- everyone needs a best friend like Reagan! I love that she was so -on her side- I’ve read so many books where the best friend is usually an annoying problem (which I absolutely hate that cause I would be nothing without my best friend) Cora Cora Cora all im going to say is – now thats a complex character. Bronagh, Yemi, Faye, Brenna – I love the family bond between all of them and regardless of being background characters they didn’t feel pushed to the side. Harriet mcfreaking King…wow what do I even say about her without giving too much away?! I love the notorious King Witch! All I’m going to say is she gives me the creeps and I love her. Then theres Sam who honestly I have no idea where his life is headed but I really hope he supports Dayna in her future endeavors or we’re gonna fight. and I can’t forget Daynas parents – The reverend and Fiona. I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the revered but I know his whole ~church camp~ thing freaks me out it reminds me of those crazy church cult stories its hella freaky and Fiona is one of those people that I would not want to be alone in a house with she would probably silently stand behind me in the kitchen and give me a heart attack one I turn around. I really feel like the author took her time with these characters to make sure the reader could feel out each personality and really add depth to the story.

The Butcher – This is the horrible witch killing villain i’ve been waiting for. I felt like his chapters really added that ‘horror’ factor to this book. I don’t want to give away much but just know as a villain he’s cold, ruthless and terrifying!

Despite this book having about 75 chapters I really felt like it was well put together and the pace of this book was not slow for a second! 75 chapters of pure genius honestly. I didn’t have any issues with the writing style and I actually really liked the way it was done and how there was more than one point of view. (Meiner was probably my favorite just saying) This was a really fun read for me I had been looking for something mystery/horror related and the fact that witches were involved was just a plus! I’m finding it so difficult to express my love for this book without giving to much away so I’m just gonna tell you to pleaseeee read it!! my rating for this book is 4.5 out of 5 stars and it definitely left me wanting more! (book 2 please and thanks)

Witches of Ash and Ruin is out now and I’ll go ahead and link it here! Make sure to add it to your goodreads and its available on amazon and Barnes and Noble

“Thats the way with magic. Especially dark Magic.”

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The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp

DC does it again! I'm having so much fun reading all of these DC YA graphic novels! 
The Oracle Code was definitely a favorite and of all of them it feels the most concrete one. 
The story does not feel rushed at all and its actually pretty detail oriented for a comic. This graphic novel follows Barbara Gordon after getting shot and having to go through recovery from her physical disabilities but also her emotional ones. She feels like shes lost her life and her friends and I feel like she was perfectly portrayed in this story. I will say that this one did have a creepier feel than the rest of the YA graphic novels and I absolutely loved it. The art style is another thing I loved! There are different styles in this one so be ready for a pleasant surprise.
 

I would absolutely recommend The Oracle Code! 5/5 stars from me!

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The June Boys by Court Stevens

πšƒπš‘πšŽ π™ΆπšŽπš–πš’πš—πš’ πšƒπš‘πš’πšŽπš πšŒπš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽ πšŠπš—πš’πš˜πš—πšŽ. πšˆπš˜πšžπš› πšπšŠπšπš‘πšŽπš›, πš’πš˜πšžπš› πš–πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš›, πš’πš˜πšžπš› πš‹πšŽπšœπšπšπš›πš’πšŽπš—πšβ€™πšœ πšŒπš›πšŠπš£πš’ πšžπš—πšŒπš•πšŽ. πš‚πš˜πš–πšŽ πšŒπš˜πšžπš—πšπš›πš’ πš–πšžπšœπš’πšŒ πšœπšπšŠπš›πšœ πšπšŽπš›πšŠπš—πšπšŽπš πšœπš’πšœπšπšŽπš›. π™°πš—πš’πš˜πš—πšŽ.

Guys!!! The June Boys has absolutely captivated me!! I’m currently reading it and I already have so many questions! I’m breezing through this book and I am so excited to finish it and excitedly tell you all about it!! The June Boys us out now so make sure to add it to your goodreads and get yourself a copy!Β I’ll Link it below! –

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The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief has taken a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?

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Book of the Month / YA

Hey guys! I’m a little late with this weeks post (sorry!) but I wanted to let you all know some stuff I’ve been up to! For starters I’m thinking of posting more often on here cause I have so many ideas but limiting myself to just one day doesn’t feel like enough SO expect me to be more active!

Most importantly I wanted to talk to you guys about Book of the Month YA! I’ve been getting Book of the Month boxes for almost a year now and when I found out they were starting a YA option I knew I had to jump on it ASAP. I actually have both the YA and regular Book of the Month Subscription and its one book subscription that I never ever miss. You get to choose your favorite book from a handful of REALLY good books for $14.99 every month and if for any reason you don’t want any that month you have an extra credit for the following month AND you get free shipping? Um YES! The already came out with the selections for July and they have some really awesome choices but I had to go for the fantasy option this month. When I saw that Wicked Fox by Kat Cho was an option it wasn’t even a question for me!

They also have some other options! There is a contemporary Fiction, a romance, a magical realism and of course the fantasy pick you see in the picture above! and best part you can cancel whenever and then come back?? um yeah I love Book of the Month.

You can use my link to sign up and use code ‘WHOA’ to get your first book for $9.99!

and did I mention all the cool other books you can add on? I’m just saying guys Wicked Saints and We Hunt the Flame are on there and ya’ll know how much I love those two!

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Meet the Reader

Hello there! Welcome to the millionth time I’ve restarted my blog! Okay no but for real welcome to & She reads! My name is Solange I’m 26 years old and I live in the (sometimes) Sunny city of Miami, FL. Home of ‘no artists come here for concerts ever’ and that one time we had a zombie, well he wasn’t really a zombie but if you google it you’ll see what I mean (it was kinda really crazy). BUT ANYWAYS, Hi! This is me and as usual I was caught looking away from the camera πŸ™‚

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I’m generally grumpy in public places unless they happen to be a bookstore or coffee shop, and I always drive myself crazy by reading more then one book at a time. Most recently my favorite genre has to be fantasy but I do love me a good Scifi or Mystery every now and then, and when I really need a break from the craziness I’ll pick up a nice contemporary. I honestly don’t know how to stay still do i’ll have three books pending and then i’ll volunteer to be a beta reader while also reviewing ARC’s on the side AND working a 9-5 ANDD volunteering at church. In my defense though if I did stay still I would probably go crazy (apparently I’m not already right).

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I have firey red hair by the way since you couldn’t see it in the other picture, it honestly feels like its just my hair color at this point. If you’re wondering, yes, my favorite Disney princess is Ariel. I can quote the entire little mermaid movie don’t fight me on this. For real though, I have such a strong passion for reading its something very dear to me and whenever someone tells me I inspired them to read it warms my heart. I hope you guys made it this far into the post after all that ridiculousness. Feel free to message me! Have a book you want me to read for you? Message me! I can’t wait to hear from all of you!.

With Love,

Solange – & She Reads