24 Best Book Deals for 4/13/19 : Yes Please, It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, Wild Beauty, Feminist Fight Club, and more

You guys might have noticed (or not) but I’ve been MIA for a little over a week now. My personal life has pretty much just exploded and I’ve been crazy busy (I’ve barely even had time to read let alone blog). I’m hoping to get back in the groove of things soon, but it might not happen until April’s over. Until then, here are some book deals.

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Free

Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley

Less than $1

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Series #1) by Roshani Chokshi

I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Less than $2

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Denial: Holocaust History on Trial by Deborah E. Lipstadt

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura

Less than $3

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Loves, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Less than $4

I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson

Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett


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31 Best Book Deals for 3/25/19: Geekerella, What If It’s Us, 99 Percent Mine, and more

You guys, there are SO MANY DEALS today!

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Free

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross

Less than $1

Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon

Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need by Kimberly Davis

Less than $2

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Maledicte by Lane Robins

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

March by Geraldine Brooks

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures foreword by Carla Hayden

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks

Less than $3

Matched by Ally Condie

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages edited by Melissa de la Cruz

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Less than $4

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Angelfall by Susan Ee


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This Last Semester Killed My Blog | September Mini-Reviews

These are books that I had scheduled to read way back in September and then never ended up reviewing (because school). I seriously had zero time or motivation to do much of anything on this blog that wasn’t related to homework. At this point I honestly don’t remember too much about most of these books, but I guess it’s the lasting impressions that really count anyway.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Crimson BoundI read this one because I really enjoyed her first book and her novella (Cruel Beauty; Gilded Ashes). I liked that they were just kind of unexpected retellings and this one was the same way. It was a really interesting world that Hodge created and I also thought the legends were fascinating. I didn’t like how everything was kind of French, but at the same time kind of not, though. I also think it’s kind of weird how this isn’t supposed to be part of the Cruel Beauty universe, but then the covers make it look like they’re a series–I just think the cover design team needed to do something different there. Overall, I liked it but ***SPOILER*** (highlight to see)¬†I shipped Rachelle with Erec instead of Armand ***END SPOILER***. I don’t know if that was really a spoiler, but I’ll play it safe. I’m definitely going to keep reading Hodge’s books.¬†4/5

Emeralds and EspionageEmeralds & Espionage by Lynn Gardner
Yeah…this book was about as good as could be expected, but I enjoyed it for what it was. It was a pick made by one of the members of the book club I was attending, but then the book club kind of dissolved (read: we could never make our schedules work out) and we never ended up discussing it. I don’t read a lot of romantic thrillers (any?), though I know it’s a pretty popular genre. For what may have been my first taste, this was a pretty good start. The plot was perilous and had enough intrigue to keep me interested. There were some parts that I found, frankly, completely unbelievable. That being said, I wasn’t surprised that it was unbelievable (if that makes sense). There was one plot twist that I saw coming from a mile away and then one that I didn’t anticipate that came nearer to the end. Overall, this book was fine. 3/5

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore [ARC]
First of all, I absolutely love the cover. Not only is it beautiful, but it also has meaning and it ties in to the actual story.¬†This book is about a transgender boy and his neighbor, a girl who has roses growing out of her wrists. I’m not sure if there are some actual folktales or mythology behind why she has roses growing from her wrists, but¬†I thought it was an interesting element to the story. I amWhen the Moon was Ours starting to find, however,¬†the more¬†magical realism that I read, the less I like it. I don’t know if it’s magical realism itself, or just the way that some authors choose to write it. In my experience, the writing for those types of books tends to be really flowery and abstract at times–not really my kind of thing. One thing I did appreciate about this book is that the characters felt like real people even though they were in this more fantastical version of the world. Even the four sisters felt real and I thought that I could understand their motivations. I also appreciated how Sam was treated and developed as a character. I’ve written in the past how I don’t like when authors include diverse characters just for the sake of diversity because it feels inauthentic. Well, I thought that the subject of transgenderism was treated very well and authentically in this book. I think there was an author’s note at the end where the author states that her partner is transgender–so that’s obviously why she was able to create¬†such a genuine character. Overall, this book was well-written, but not really my cup of tea. I can still appreciate it for what it is, though. 3/5

Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Collabs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. ¬†Each week there is a new topic and this week‚Äôs topic is:¬†Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

1) Sarah Dessen + Morgan Matson = Contemporary YA with the best girl/girl best friendship ever.

2) Leigh Bardugo + Laini Taylor = Fantasy with crazy world building and hardcore heroine.

3) Jennifer E Smith + Kasie West = YA romance with the girl we all wish we were and the best male lead.

4) James Dashner + Michael Grant = Hardcore boy(s) survival story.

5) John Green + Rainbow Rowell = Something contemporary with all of the feels.

6) Cassandra Clare + Gail Carriger = STEAMPUNK. Snarky heroine.

7) Veronica Roth + Marie Lu = Dystopian world, heroine who has so many more skills than I could ever dream of.

8) Marissa Meyer + Rosamund Hodge = Best fairytale retelling of all time.

9) Ally Condie + Kiera Cass = Civilized dystopian world. Love triangle.

10) Megan Shepherd + Lauren DeStefano = Mildly science-fictiony with a thread of something dark, almost gothic.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

The Gentle Lord rules the land and keeps the demons that are always lurking in the shadows at bay. He makes deals with the villagers but always asks a steep price–one people think they are willing to pay until payment¬†is actually due. It’s because of one of these deals, made by her father, that 17-year-old Nyx finds herself¬†getting ready for her wedding to the monster that she’s always feared and hated. Once married to the Gentle Lord, it’s her job to find a way to defeat him and rid her people of his treacherous deals and deadly demons. What she doesn’t count on, however, is actually falling in love with him and what¬†consequences might result from getting rid of him.51kLYnddfHL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

Another fairy tale retelling! This one is based off of Beauty and the Beast and the fact that they throw some Greek mythology in there only makes it sweeter. I thought this retelling was very well done–much darker than I thought it would be, but not too dark. I started to like Nyx as a character because she seemed like a strong, determined sort, but I was a little dismayed at how quick she fell for Ignifex. Sure he was handsome and she felt an irresistible attraction to him, blah blah blah, but her whole life she’d grown up thinking he was evil. Not just evil, but¬†the most evil. Some may argue, “But she was just trying to manipulate him and steal keys and whatnot!” Fine, that might be true, so she’s excused for kissing him, but not for enjoying it right away. I don’t know…I had a hard time reconciling in my head how evil she thought he was before she married him and then this weird physical attraction she felt afterwards.

That being said, I really did like the book despite that inconsistency. I liked when Nyx would explore the house and it felt a little like a treasure hunt looking for the four hearts. And like I mentioned earlier, any book with Greek mythology in it automatically gets a few points in my book. Ignifex himself was an interesting and complex character. I had a hard time figuring out how he and Shade came to be and what role they were supposed to be playing in each others’ lives. So it was enjoyable to have that revealed to me later in the book instead of having figured it out within the first 50 pages.

Overall, I enjoyed this darker retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The ending was satisfying even after I, as a reader, had lost all hope of a happy ending. There’s currently a short story out called Gilded Ashes¬†set in the same universe. This one’s based off of Cinderella and even though I’m not planning on reviewing it, I certainly enjoyed it (the romance didn’t feel too fast even though the book is so short). The second book in “The Cruel Beauty Universe” called Crimson Bound¬†comes out May 5 and is based off of Little Red Riding Hood. I will definitely be reading it!

Overall Rating: 4
Violence: Moderate
Sexual Content: Moderate
Language: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Mild