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O.W.L.s Magical Readathon TBR

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Welcome back, y’all!

If you’ve followed me on any social media platform then you already know that I am really, really terrible at 2 things: keeping up with TBRs and completing readathons. But here I am… setting a TBR and doing a readathon.

I have good intentions, I swear. March was such a bust that I decided (literally last night) that I needed something to motivate me to read more in April so that I can keep ahead of my Goodreads goal. I was just browsing around when I saw the announcement for the 2020 Magical Readathon and I thought, “I love reading and I love Harry Potter… so why not?”

If you click the embedded link, you can read all about the history of the readathon, learn about the creator, and see the career paths and prompts. I was really impressed with how this readathon caters to both readers who read a lot of books in a month and readers who read 3-4 a month.

For myself, I decided to pick the Healer career path!

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The world could use a few extra healers right now and I really liked that it had 8 prompts, three of which you get to pick!

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My prompts are:

Herbology- Title starts with an (I).
TBR: I THINK I LOVE YOU by Auriane Desombre (ARC)

Charms- white cover
TBR: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

Defense Against the Dark Arts- Book set at sea/coast
TBR: THE MERMAID, THE WITCH, AND THE SEA by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (ARC)

Potions- Book under 150 pages
TBR: I AM NOT YOUR FINAL GIRL by Claire Holland

Transfiguration- book series that includes shapeshifting
TBR: DEEPLIGHT by Frances Hardinge (ARC)

Astronomy- Read most of this book when it’s dark outside
TBR: DARK AND DEEPEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore

History of Magic- Book featuring witches
TBR: LOBIZONA by Romina Garber (ARC)

Muggle Studies- book from a muggle perspective (contemp)
TBR: SUMMER OF SALT by Katrina Leno

There are also extra “courses” you can take during the readathon. Because of the way my TBR is set, I’ll also complete:

I have my fingers crossed that I’ll keep up with this readthon because it seems like so much fun!

Are you participating in this year’s Magical Readathon? Let me know in the comments below and tell me what your magical career path is!

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March Wrap Up!

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Long time, no see, friends!

It’s been a heck of a long time since I even thought about blogging but I am back and ready to discuss my overwhelming love of books and… probably other things. “Other things” being the massive amount of Disney stuff I have started to collect since good ol’ Rona made her appearance and made my panic brain decide it wanted to buy really random items.

I’m sad to say that I didn’t read that much in March. I read 22 books in February and only 3 in March. It happens that way sometimes- reading so many book in one month and then feeling a touch burned out the next. It also doesn’t help that Coronavirus has taken over nearly every facet of my life and I just can’t seem to focus on reading.

But I did read. So there’s that.

WHAT I READ IN MARCH: 

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Title: LAST GIRLS
Author: Demetra Brodsky
Published: 5/5/20
Rating: DNF @ 65%

Synopsis: No one knows how the world will end.

On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.

Prepare for every situation.

But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:

Nowhere is safe.

My thoughts: I was so excited for this book. Like, it was literally one of my most anticipated reads of the year and to say I was highly disappointed would really be an understatement. I feel like this whole book had so much potential but the things that would have really made this story (preppers, life in a compound, family dynamics) were shoved to the side to make room for a romance that a) had no chemistry and wasn’t believable and b) didn’t really add anything to the story. Had the romance been cut from the book, I might have actually enjoyed it enough to finish.

The romance wasn’t the only problem. The plot twist gives itself away far too early and there are dual narratives that make zero sense until about 20-25% in. At one point I thought the ARC I downloaded had somehow combined two different books- that’s how disjointed it is.

The author has immense talent, this just wasn’t her best shot.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Title: BURN OUR BODIES DOWN
Author: Rory Power
Published: 7/7/20
Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

My thoughts: I loved WILDER GIRLS so I was a little nervous going into this one because sophomore books rarely live up to their predecessors’ hype. Still, I considered this one of my most anticipated 2020 releases and unlike some of the other 2020 releases I’ve read… this one didn’t disappoint.

Power really flexes her incredibly ability to set a creepy scene in just a few words with BURN OUR BODIES DOWN and I spent the majority of the book on the edge of my seat, waiting for the ghost or the clown or the demon to pop out of the corn. I was more than pleasantly surprised at the ending and Power really cemented herself as one of my favorite authors.

I will say that this one might not be for the faint of heart. There is death and gore, graphic details about decaying bodies, murder, and neglectful parents. However, if those things don’t bother you (or are right up your alley!), I’m going to NEED you to read this book!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an early copy of BURN OUR BODIES DOWN in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: MY LIFE AS A WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE
Author: Diana Rowland
Published: 07-05-11
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she’s a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who’s been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there’s a job waiting for her at the parish morgue–and that it’s an offer she doesn’t dare refuse.
Before she knows it she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey–just when she’s hungriest!

Angel’s going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn’t, she’s dead meat. Literally.

My thoughts: This is one of those books that fall firmly on that line of this is really bad and this is so bad it’s enjoyable. I think Angel is a good character in terms of range and growth, but the book itself definitely hasn’t aged well. Lots of classism and use of the r-slur. I’m also deeply uncomfortable with the fact that every poor person in the book is either a drunk, drug addict, or criminal.

I got enough enjoyment out the of the book to finish it but not enough that I want to continue with the series. There are 6 books in the White Trash Zombie series, but I think I’ve more than had my fill with the one.

 

And that’s my tiny March wrap up! I’m hoping to read a bit more in April but I’m also just glad that I’m reading at all in this chaos.

Please stay safe during these terrible times.