Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2016

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In October, I read a total of sixteen books. Sixteen is actually kind of a low number for me. because the incredible-ness that was Crooked Kingdom left me in a bit of a slump, which made it difficult for me to get into other books. I still managed to read some great books, though!

Here’s a list of all the books I read, along with my ratings and links to my reviews. If you click a title, it will take you to that book’s goodreads page, so you can easily add it to your to-read list!

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Book Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) – Kendare Blake

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By: Kendare Blake
Published: September 20, 2016 by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 398
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★½

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Summary:
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

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Book Review: The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) – Rick Riordan

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By: Rick Riordan
Published: October 4, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Summary:
Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

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Book Review (ARC): The Witches of New York – Ami McKay

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By: Ami McKay
Expected Publication Date: October 25, 2016 by Knopf Canada
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 400
Genres: Fantasy, Adult, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Literary Fiction
Rating: ★★★¾

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Summary:
The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (‘Moth’ from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it’s finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and “gardien de sorts” (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan’s high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions–and in guarding the secrets of their clients.

All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment. Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor’s apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind?

Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches’ tug-of-war over what’s best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force.

As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they’re confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?

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Book Review (ARC): Timekeeper (Timekeeper, #1) – Tara Sim

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By: Tara Sim
Expected Publication Date: November 8, 2016 by Sky Pony Press
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 368
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Steampunk, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Summary:

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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