State of the ARC February and a look ahead to March

So again I didn’t do well. I think I only read one ARC? 🤦‍♀️

 

I’m going to really try again in March. But who knows. I’m in two constrictive challenges so it will depend on what I can read.

 

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Netgalley is still my biggest clog. I REALLY need to start reading some of their books.

 

Here is my goal for next month.

Of Fire and LionsThe DisastersPrince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court, #1)You'd Be MineDescendant of the CraneBrief Chronicle of Another Stupid HeartbreakMirror, Mirror: A Twisted Tale (Twisted Tales #6)Belly UpThe Deepest BlueLucid (Lucid #1)Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness duology)SherwoodThe Tiger at Midnight

It’s a lot but I have faith in myself! 🙂

Guys this is going to be my puppy!

I just have to send a deposit and this will be my puppy!

 

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She’s mostly black with some tan and some white.

I’m so excited! I’m thinking of names although I still like Rose, Rowan or Ruby.

So happy I will have a new member in my family!

 

Edit: I’m also thinking of the name Amie!

 

Oh and here is a bit of a blurry pic of the mom with the puppies

 

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Late Edelweiss Review! Oops

First I need to apologize to both Edelweiss and Sourcebook Fire for this late review. Life has been a bit hectic. I will strive to do better in the future.

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

A Danger to Herself and Others

by

Alyssa B. Sheinmel (Goodreads Author)
Girl, Interrupted meets We Were Liars in this gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel.

Four walls. One window. No way to escape.

Hannah knows there’s been a mistake, She doesn’t need to be institutionalized. What happened to her roommate at that summer program was an accident. As soon as the doctor and judge figure out that she isn’t a danger to herself or others, she can go home to start her senior year. Those college applications aren’t going to write themselves. Until then, she’s determined to win over the staff and earn some privileges so she doesn’t lose her mind to boredom.

Then Lucy arrives. Lucy has her own baggage, and she’s the perfect project to keep Hannah’s focus off all she is missing at home. But Lucy may be the one person who can get Hannah to confront the secrets she’s avoiding-and the dangerous games that landed her in confinement in the first place.

 

REVIEW

I would like to thank Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Fire for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4.5-49. stars.

This book was amazing! I am obviously feeling stingy this year as really this should be a 5 star but for some reason, I can’t click that last star.

I really loved this story. Hannah was, for the most part, a very relatable character. She had me guessing from the beginning what was happening and eventually what was wrong with her.

I felt so bad for Hannah. Her parents are obviously not good parents. Probably a lot of people would see them as good parents because they took care of her financially but obviously, they lacked in a lot of other areas. 😦

I wasn’t keen on the doctor at first. ‘Lightfoot’. She seemed uninterested and not caring. But she grew on me.

Last Minute Edelweiss Approval!

I got approved for 

Of Fire and Lions

Of Fire and Lions

by

Mesu Andrews (Goodreads Author)
The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel for readers of Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series or Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series.

Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she’d perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court. Now, as Daniel’s wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she’s safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear–until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar’s palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili’s tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?
Ultimately, Yahweh’s sovereign hand guides Jerusalem’s captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.

 

❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

 

I liked her book

The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile, #1)

The Pharaoh’s Daughter

(Treasures of the Nile #1)

by

Mesu Andrews (Goodreads Author)
“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.”

 

 “You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug. 
I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.
When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back. 
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

 

So I’m hoping I’ll also like this one!

 

Currently Reading!

I haven’t done a blog post for a bit sorry about that. I’m not reading as much as I’d like to.

I’m currently ‘reading’ three books.

 

INCUBUS DREAMS

I’m about halfway done this. I’m losing interest though. 😦

 

The Wolf in the Whale

About half done this. Soooooooooooooooooooooooo good so far. Fantastic read for those of you who like LGBT, Fantasy, Historical.

 

And of course, I’m still chugging away with the audio of

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I think I started it right at the beginning of the year and it’s now halfway to Feb. 🤷‍♀️

But I’m still listening so that’s good. I’m up to chapter 5! ^-^

 

Madeline Miller is my new favorite author for Mythology!!

CirceThe Song of Achilles

OMG These books are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

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The Song of Achilles had me in literal tears!

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Both are amazing fantasy, historical, mythology books. And Song of Achilles is also an excellent LGBT book despite the first half not being very focused on that.

 

As spoiler free as I can be reviews:

CIRCES BY MADELINE MILLER

So many things happened in this book I wouldn’t even know where to start. O.o

I guess I will do the old things I liked and things I didn’t like.

I’m not sure why I didn’t give this a 5. For some reason, I am just really stingy right now. It’s like a 4.5 or 4.8

I liked Circe. She was a wonderful person.

I loved the mythology and history. So fun and informative.

I hated the gods. So cruel.
I hated her family. They were also cruel.

I loved the ‘witchcraft’
I loved the animals!

I hated about half the humans.
I hated most of Circe’s lovers. None of them deserved her except the guy at the end. Which btw was a little ick….

 

SONG OF ACHILLES BY MADELINE MILLER

Omg! Omg! Omg! So good! I literally teared up reading this! I loved it!!

I’m not going to try to spell the P guys name it’s too hard. But his and Achilles love was amazing and true. I hate how even then there was prejudice against gay men! I thought that was a time of more enlightenment! Guess not.

The love for me was the main part of the story. I didn’t care about the war or the gods or Helen. Just the beautiful love of P and Achilles.

I hate how his son refused to allow P and Achilles to be together at the end and am really surprised and overjoyed that it was Achilles mother who wrote his name in the end! O.O