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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of YA contemporaries. It’s not the genres fault, it’s just that I’m not in the age range these books are targeted towards. So, when I first saw that this book was being released, I wasn’t dying to get my hands on a copy, but it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and being someone who loves a good retelling, I thought why not give it a chance. I’m so glad I did!

I have read so many Beauty and the Beast retellings, and Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon one was so refreshing to me. It may be because this one is not set in a fantasy world, but at an elite boarding school. Also, I think the introduction of Indian culture and superstition surrounding the curse may have played a big part in my enjoyment of this book. Plus, the characters were such a treat. They had their moments, when all I wanted to do was knock some sense in them, but they ended up growing and changing for the better.

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The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

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The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

All I wanted this past week was to read a light and fluffy romance with a splash of drama, and that’s exactly what I got from The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne. Score!! So, before diving into this book, I had heard that it was kind of like The Bachelorette, but set in space. There was even a nod to the show in the book, but that is not how I would describe this book at all. Yes, there is competition for affection, but it’s not what you’re thinking. This is less like the popular television show and more like a competition between sisters and family for the affection of someone who should be off limits.

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Chosen by Kiersten White

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Chosen by Kiersten White

Hello, book friends! It has been a while since I’ve popped over on the blog to share some of my thoughts on books. Reason behind that is during the month of December my family was sick with the flu and pneumonia for pretty much the entire month, and that just killed my whole wanting to read or do much of anything mood. I was stuck in a slump, but I have since recovered thanks to the New Year lighting a fire under me. I decided to put aside the book I was slowly making my way through for something that I knew was going to be fun. I mean when it’s a New Year you want to set the tone with something fresh and exciting, so it was goodbye germs and hello wooden stakes!

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

I am going to be upfront with all of you and say that I was not a huge fan of The Hazel Wood and gave it 3 stars. Also, not going to lie, but I do not even remember what happened in the second half of that book. But, when this happens with books, I like to give the second book in the series a chance — because you never know — and the next book could be amazing. This was not the case with The Night Country.

Usually, when I forget parts of previous books, the details will come back to me while I read the next story. With this one, I still feel lost. I feel like The Hazel Wood went off in a dark and confusing direction toward the end, and that’s why I couldn’t, or just didn’t, want to remember it. The Night Country had some of those same vibes.

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove is a story that features enemies to lovers and good versus evil — two of my favorite tropes in literature and pop culture. In this book, there is basically war between the church, kingdom, and witches. The church is burning witches for their crimes against humanity, while the witches are trying to reclaim the land they lost to the royal family. Mixed up in all of this, is Lou, a witch who has abandoned her coven and is living on the streets. She is both feisty and hilarious, and her brazen actions put her in the path of Reid Diggory, the captain of the church’s Chasseurs.

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

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The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

You guys, I am shocked! The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White was so much more than I could have hoped for. Pretty much all I know from the King Arthur stories I learned from the show Once Upon a Time, and even that is a little hazy for me, because my memory is lacking. But, I am down for any and all retellings, especially those surrounding Kings and Queens from long ago and fae magic! I just saw the new Maleficent: Mistress of Evil movie this weekend, and all I kept thinking about was this book! So, even before reading the rest of my thoughts, if you’re into that kind of thing, too, then add this to your TBR immediately!

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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell

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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell

Book friends, I have been in such a mystery mood lately. I don’t know if it’s just me taking in the spooky season, or if it’s a new trend happening in YA. Books tend to come in waves, and Songs from the Deep was very reminiscent of The Wicked Deep and House of Salt and Sorrows — which if you follow me over on Bookstagram you may know what that means — yep, I really enjoyed this one!

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Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

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Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

Hello, world! Isn’t that what you’re supposed to say when you start a blog? Well, if you’re here because you follow me, Shannon, on Instagram — then hello, book friends — and welcome to our blog! My husband, Jamey, and I are so excited to start this new adventure with all of you. So, let’s get on with the introductions and what you can expect from us over here in our little corner of the internet.

I’m Shannon, a 33-year-old stay at home mom and professional reader. Yeah, that’s right, I work my butt off on the daily with no pay. But that’s ok, because my better half, Jamey is a 34-year-old Senior Application Security Engineer for a major financial institution here in the United States. He’s a Certified Ethical Hacker working the long hours protecting people’s livelihoods from the bad guys, all while making enough for us to live comfortably. Jamey and I have been together for the last 14 ½ years, and we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this past Valentine’s Day. We share two beautiful children together, as well as two cats (and if you really want to get technical, we also have two fish that live under our roof).

Jamey has dreamed of us starting a joint blog about books and coding for as long as I can remember. I personally didn’t think anyone would care about what I had to say. For a while my life was full of dirty diapers and sleepless nights. Yeah, I could have shared my thoughts on books, but without an IV of caffeine the posts would have been those of a madwoman. Well, two months ago my life completely changed. Both of our children were about to start school full time, and I decided it was time for me to get my feet wet in the book blogging world. So, I started my bookstagram page, and y’all, I was (and still am) blown away by all the support I have received from the bookish community. Your kind words and encouragement have helped me to finally feel ready to dive into this whole blog idea, and Jamey couldn’t be more thrilled.

So friends, Jamey loves all things computer-related, and if I’m being perfectly honest, I care nothing for technology. He will be a vital part of our team making sure the blog runs smoothly, and he will also provide information to any of you that are interested in the magical world of coding, hacking, and computers. Jamey is also a reader when he can get a spare moment, so be on the lookout for his thoughts on the books he reads and if we happen to read the same book — lucky you — because you’ll get two reviews for the price of one click!

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