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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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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Guys, I had the hardest time making a connection with Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth. I had to read pages and paragraphs over and over. I thought maybe I was just burnt out, but nope, I was able to read other things at the same time with ease.  This one was just rough for me.

I think a lot of my aloofness for this book comes from the fact that I had a hard time understanding the magic system, and so I was really relying on the characters and their development to get me through the book. Problem with that is I did not care for the main character or her chosen love interest.

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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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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Gravemaidens is a debut novel by Kelly Coon — and again, you guys — I am blown away by the talent these debut novelists have this year! I’ll be honest, I mainly wanted to read this book because of that cover! Y’all, I’m a sucker for beautiful covers, and I’m happy to report that the story inside matched all its beauty and more.

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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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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Oh my gosh you guys! Shea Ernshaw has done it again!! Winterwood is a deliciously magical book that I am head over heels in love with. There was so much magic, suspense, and mystery woven together by the absolutely gorgeous writing. I will admit that it was a slow start, and for a while it felt like I was being hit over the head time and time again with the fact that Nora is a witch and nobody likes her for it. But, during those first few chapters we learn through entries in the family’s spell book all about the generations of Walker women, born with magical gifts and destined to be alone. There are also spells included that correlate to each of the Walker women that are just that little something extra that I adored. I may have to let my inner witch shine through and try out some of these spells for myself!

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