Books I Didn’t Finish: March 2020 (a terrible reading month!)

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments


A Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Series: The Burning #1
Published by Orbit (7.16.2019)
Genres: Adult, High Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Source: Library

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He’s going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn’t get the chance. Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He’ll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.

Gave up @ ~100 pages

I think this might have been a mood thing for me. I made it a little over 100 pages and was just bored. I’m not used to reading Adult Fantasy, so I think I just need to be in the mood for something slow and heavy in world building and characterization! I definitely want to try this one again because dragons!!

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
Series: The Cerulean Duology #1
Published by HarperTeen (1.29.2019)
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, 496 pages
Length: 15 hours, 19 minutes
Narrator: Kim Mai Guest
Source: Library

Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.

DNF @ 75 pages / 2.5 hours of audio

Despite the terrible ratings this one has, I wanted to give it a try. The cover is GORGEOUS, and the concept sounded awesome, AND it’s narrated by Kim Mai Guest, who I loved as Auri in Aurora Rising.

That’s literally all it had going for it. The concept IS amazing – a poly sapphic society of alien women with silvery skin and blue eyes (and I believe they bleed blue, too?) and they’re living in world in the sky that’s literally tethered to another world. Sounds awesome, right? It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and had amazing potential. However, the execution was horrible. The world-building is presented to the reader in a series of terribly boring info dumps that still manage to be super vague and not give you any picture of what the world and society actually looks like. I was having trouble following the world on audio and remembering all of the details, and was feeling extremely confused about it despite my valiant efforts of retaining the massive load of information. It didn’t really make any sense.

Even a couple hours into the audio, I was bored out of my mind. Then when the MC is sacrificed, it switched to the below world, which seemed completely ordinary and boring. If the whole novel had taken place in the alien sky world, I would have probably tried to continue; but after reading other reviews I most definitely do NOT care to.

House of Salt & Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Published by Delacorte (8.6.2019)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, 403 pages
Length: 12 hours, 50 minutes
Narrator: Emily Lawrence
Source: Library

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

DNF @ 143 pages / 4.5 hours of audio

This book is just SO. SLOW. AND. BORING. Like holy shit. By the time something started happening, nearly 150 pages in, I was just so over it. I couldn’t summon any care for it because I was feeling so resentful by the time something finally did happen. Didn’t care about the story. Didn’t care about the characters. Even the narrator was mediocre, not that I’d have had any better luck physically reading because it was about as exciting as watching paint dry. The only iota of interest this book sparked in me was for the ghosts, which were barely mentioned. I started to get interested when there was a man-eating octopus in the bathtub, but I was so annoyed with the story by that point and so desperately wishing for SOMETHING interesting to happen, that I was legitimately irritated when it wasn’t real (irrational?), lmao. Byeeee.

P.S. Can we please ditch the trend of naming fantasy books _____ of _____ and ______? PLEASE?!

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Series: Seafire#1
Published by Razorbill (8.28.2018)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, 374 pages
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Source: Library

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all . . . or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

DNF @ 200 pages / 6 hours of audio

I couldn’t justify continuing because I didn’t care at ALL about anything in this book. I didn’t care about (or even like) any of the characters – they were all flat and uninspiring. Even the narration was meh. ‘Meh’ is the word I would use for everything about this book. Things were happening, but it just felt so dull. It also felt like a regurgitation of Daughter of the Pirate King (which I was also not a fan of, but at least that one was actually fun if you didn’t think too hard). Not for me.

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Published by Katherine Tegen Books (10.10.2017)
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, 352 pages
Length: 7 hours, 55 minutes
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Source: Library

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her Oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, and her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it. Why does he act like he knows her so well—too well—when she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending the chapter of another: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule, or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac.

Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

I didn’t make it very far in this one. Just in the first few pages it was not off to a good start. After listening to 3 straight minutes of the MC picking “reed splinters” out of her gums, I already wanted to quit.

I played clarinet for 10+ years, and I also had to buy cheap reeds. And I can say unequivocally that reed splinters in your gums is not a thing. It REALLY bothered me!! I read a couple of chapters past that, but I just wasn’t in the mood after being so annoyed by the reed splinters.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Published by Greenwillow (5.30.2017)
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook/Hardcover, 385 pages
Length: 8 hours, 51 minutes
Narrator: Caitlin Kelly, Kate Rudd
Source: Library

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

I started this one off by listening to it – I have listened to both of the narrators before and enjoyed them. However, it got to a part where it kept repeating the usernames for the messages (MirkerLurker, emmersmacks, Apocalypse_Cow) over and over and OVER again for every single message, and it was driving me BONKERS! I switched to physically reading, and realized that I had lost all interest in reading it. I was bored and didn’t care about any of the characters or anything that was happening. I just felt apathetic about the book overall. I tried skimming a bit – maybe to 100 pages or so – but I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m not sure I’ll bother to try again, honestly. The writing style wasn’t anything special and interesting prose is something I desperately need to keep me interested in contemporary.

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark (2.8.2018)
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Format: Audiobook/eBook, 512 pages
Length: 17 hours, 4 minutes
Narrator: James Cameron Stewart
Source: Library

Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed… again.

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

Gave up @ 21%

I started this one on audio as well, and just wasn’t enjoying the narrator. I liked his voice well enough, but I felt like the emotion was completely absent from his narrating. It was so boring and uninspiring! I had to switch to physically reading, and by that time I had just lost interest in reading it. I made it to a little over 100 pages before I decided it was time to let go. The premise is really cool, though, so I do want to try this one again sometime!

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie
Series: Bone Grace #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books (3.3.2020)
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, 480 pages
Length: 11 hours, 34 minutes
Narrator: Fiona Hardingham, Alex Wyndham, Billie Fulford-Brown
Source: Library

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

DNF @ 215 pages / 5 hours of audio

This wasn’t terrible, just not for me. I wanted SO badly to love this – the concept of the Bone Criers is awesome! But it just wasn’t grabbing me – despite the interesting concept, everything else felt reallygeneric; despite my love of the enemies-to-lovers trope, the romance wasn’t doing it for me. After wasting 5 hours on the audio, it’s time to just let this one go, sadly.

Crier’s War by Nina Varela
Series: Crier’s War #1
Published by Quill Tree Books (10.1.2019)
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, 448 pages
Length: 13 hours, 38 minutes
Narrator: Kim Mai Guest
Source: Scribd

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, Designed to be the playthings of royals, took over the estates of their owners and bent the human race to their will.

Now, Ayla, a human servant rising the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging the death of her family… by killing the Sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier. Crier, who was Made to be beautiful, to be flawless. And to take over the work of her father.

Crier had been preparing to do just that—to inherit her father’s rule over the land. But that was before she was betrothed to Scyre Kinok, who seems to have a thousand secrets. That was before she discovered her father isn’t as benevolent as she thought. That was before she met Ayla.

Set in a richly-imagined fantasy world, Nina Varela’s debut novel is a sweepingly romantic tale of love, loss and revenge, that challenges what it really means to be human.

DNF @ 144 pages / 4.5 hours of audio

I feel like this SHOULD have been a ‘me’ book, but it honestly just isn’t doing anything for me. I couldn’t bring myself to care about the characters or anything that was happening to them. I’ve been in a really terrible slump this month, so I’m not sure if it’s just a mood thing or not. I may try again someday – sci-fi is usually my jam – but for right now I’m too bored to continue, so it’s time to move on to something else.

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends (2.25.2020)
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, 326 pages
Length: 9 hours, 53 minutes
Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Source: Scribd

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

DNF @ 60 pages / 2 hours of audio

Full disclosure: I don’t like Trish’s books. I was extremely underwhelmed by Daughter of the Pirate King and I outright hated Warrior of the Wild. I wasn’t really planning to bother with this one, because I didn’t have high hopes that I’d like it, but with everyone RAVING about it recently, I picked it up anyway on a whim and decided to give it a chance.

I tried to go in with an open mind. I really did. But the main character is AWFUL. I did 100% know this going in, and like I said, I tried so so hard to keep an open mind. But I just couldn’t do it. It read exactly like her other two books, and the main character felt like a cookie cutout of her other main characters. “Strong” to the point of unrealistic, arrogant, cocky, petty, bitchy….just not my cup of tea. I couldn’t see any redeeming qualities in her. Maybe they come later, but with the way I felt about Trish’s other books, I just don’t think I’m going to enjoy it. The story itself felt super generic and it just wasn’t grabbing me at all. The narrator wasn’t doing a thing for me, either. I tried, time to move on!

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
Series: Shamanborn #1
Published by Page Street Kids (6.23.2020)
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eARC, 400 pages
Source: NetGalley

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

Stopped at 51%

I’m kind of still trying to read this one, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish. Which makes me SUPER bummed, because it was one of my most anticipated 2020 releases!! I want so badly to love this one, but halfway through I’m still feeling really apathetic toward it.

It started off really strong – I was enjoying the writing, and super intrigued by the world. I felt for what Sirscha was going through, too. But somewhere along the line, that interest just…stopped.

I started to get annoyed by little things. To be honest, most of it could have been solved by just reading the synopsis. But I like to go in blind! I was shocked when Saengo, the best friend, died. And I liked that! I love when an author doesn’t spare their characters. However, shortly after, Saengo was brought back to life. (This is all in the synopsis, which I clearly didn’t remember lmao!) And that really bugged me!! I hate that fantasy always brings its dead back to life, so you can never trust when someone does die because they’re more than likely not going to stay dead. And that robs me of feeling, because I don’t believe it. This is such a pet peeve for me in fantasy, as much as I love the genre.

So, I was already annoyed that she came back to life in the first place. There was all this talk of familiars – a spirit in the form of an animal, bonded to the shaman, that connects them to their magic – and I was SUPER excited for this aspect! I love the idea so much! BUT, View Spoiler » Whomp whomp.

THEN, as if I wasn’t annoyed enough, we get the Chosen One trope. (Again, this is basically all in the synopsis.) As soon as they mentioned that soulguides were super rare and there’s only ever been one in history, I was like, Welp, she’s going to be one of those. And her golden eyes on the cover were kind of spoilery to that aspect, if you prefer to NOT read the synopsis and go in and be surprised. I also guessed as soon as she mentioned she had scars on her ear that she was actually Highborn as well and had her ears cut (they have pointy ears). I found that reveal kind of cliche.

Actually, the whole rest of the story felt pretty generic. I was interested in the drakonys (basically bipedal dragons used as horses), but I had trouble picturing them, and they weren’t that prominent in the story anyway. The magic system was interesting, but overall I didn’t feel like the story added anything to the fantasy genre. It didn’t feel unique to me, and doesn’t have anything super special enough to stand out in the sea of high fantasy that I’ve already read before. Nobody is more disappointed than I am.

Like I said, I might still continue. I don’t want to not like it, and I’m intrigued about Ronin the Spider King, so I may continue just for him. Who knows.

Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
Published by Voyager (4.21.2020)
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eARC, 544 pages
Source: Edelweiss

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In this epic standalone fantasy, the acclaimed author of the Queens of Renthia series introduces an imaginative new world in which a pair of strong and determined women risk their lives battling injustice, corruption, and deadly enemies in their quest to become monster racing champions.

Life, death, and rebirth — in Becar, everyone knows that who you are in this life will determine what you are in your next life. The augurs can read your fate in your aura: hawk, heron, tortoise, jackal, human. Armed with that knowledge, you can change your destiny with the choices you make, both in this life and your next. But for the darkest individuals, there is no redemption: you come back as a kehok, a monster, and you will always be a kehok for the rest of time.

Unless you can win the Races.

As a professional trainer, Tamra was an elite kehok rider. Then a tragic accident on the track shattered her confidence, damaged her career, and left her nearly broke. Now Tamra needs the prize money to prevent the local temple from taking her daughter away from her, and that means she must once again find a winning kehok . . . and a rider willing to trust her.

Raia is desperate to get away from her domineering family and cruel fiancé. As a kehok rider, she could earn enough to buy her freedom. But she can’t become good enough to compete without a first-rate trainer.

Impressed by the inexperienced young woman’s determination, Tamra hires Raia and pairs her with a strange new kehok with the potential to win — if he can be tamed.

But in this sport, if you forget you’re riding on the back of a monster, you die. Tamra and Raia will work harder than they ever thought possible to win the deadly Becaran Races — and in the process, discover what makes this particular kehok so special.

Gave up a 25%

Color me disappointed, because I was really looking forward to this one. The concept is incredible! Bad people’s souls are reincarnated as monsters called Kehoks in their next life, and basically take the form of a chimera. People race them, and the Kehok that wins gets redemption for their soul. It’s so cool!

However, this book fell really flat for me. My main issue was that it felt pretty juvenile, even for YA. One of the main characters, Tamra (the trainer), was old enough to have an 11 year old daughter – so, assuming she was at least 15, that puts her in her late 20’s at minimum. However, she felt like a teenager. I kept forgetting that I was reading an adult, because she felt so young. I found the writing style to be really sophomoric.

The world building wasn’t great. The concept was really cool, and there’s enough there about the Kehoks for understanding on that subject, but the actually kingdom and the world weren’t very fleshed out. I didn’t have a very good grasp on the world and what their society looked like because there wasn’t much given about it. At one point we got this:

Legend said the desert was a gift from the sky to the earth. The constellations saw a lush, green world and wanted to shower it with their light, and so they sprinkled bits of stars. Those star bits became specks of sand, and where they fell, nothing grew. So much fell that the creatures feared it would extinguish all of existence. All the birds flapped their wings and all the animals blew to created wind to move the sand into one area. And then the warrior Aur cracked the world in the middle of the sand and created the mighty river. Or something like that. 

Or something like that? Are you kidding me? It was a story Raia’s father told to her as a kid, so that was her recount of it, but still…that is incredibly lazy world building, sorry. Personally I would have liked the world better explained, and in a more mature tone.

I didn’t really like any of the characters, either. They all felt pretty generic. I especially didn’t like the prince, who was fantasizing about the nobles being reborn as ridiculous animals while they were “waxing on about flood levels and taxes.” He didn’t seem to give a shit about his kingdom, and the overall tone he had toward people that were looking to him for leadership and advice irritated me. I understood that he was young, and he even said later that he DID care but just couldn’t do anything about certain things, but he just acted like a petulant child about his responsibilities. Especially for someone supposedly groomed for the position his whole life. View Spoiler »

Maybe it picks up and gets better at some point, but I just can’t bring myself to continue. Whomp whomp.

Books I started and wasn’t in the mood for

 

  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – I only made it maybe 20 pages into this one. I started on audio and was absolutely hating the narrator at the beginning, he was making me fall asleep! I listened to the same part like 3 times and just wasn’t comprehending it. I was going to switch to physically reading but put it off and wasn’t in the mood to pick it back up. I’ll try again eventually!
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee – I have been DYING to pick this one up! I got about 42 pages in, and it just felt so incredibly juvenile and ridiculous. I’ll try to pick it up again when I’m in the mood for something fun and shallow.
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – I switched back and forth between reading and listening, and I was just really bored, so I put it down around the 40 page mark. I’m pretty sure it’s a mood thing, though, and definitely want to try again asap! Asian fantasy is my jam!
  • Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold – This was 100% a mood thing. I switched back and forth between reading and listening on this one, too, and the beginning is pretty slow and mundane. It wasn’t until the wolf scene that my interest got piqued, but I just haven’t picked it back up and haven’t been in the mood for it.
  • Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis – I got about 5% into this, and mostly just didn’t have the time to pick it back up since. I was listening on audio, and while I wasn’t super interested in the beginning, I want to stick through until it picks up. I usually love Mindy’s stuff! I’ll probably be trying this one again in April!

In addition to all of these books that I couldn’t get into this month, I also picked up these books and read the first page or two, hoping something would grab me:

  • Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
  • Not Even Bones by Rachel Schaeffer
  • Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • Want by Cindy Pon
  • The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gaser
  • Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal
  • Steel Crow Saga by Paul Kreuger
  • Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  • Havenfall by Sara Holland
  • The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
  • Sinister Magic by Lindsay Buroker
  • Firebolt by Adrienne Woods
  • Oath Taker by Audrey Grey
  • Pestilence by Laura Thalassa
  • A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
  • When Wishes Bleed by Casey L. Bond
  • Burning by Tamar Sloan

I was just not having any luck last month!! I think with everything going on with the Coronavirus I was just feeling too stressed and depressed to concentrate. I started reading TRUEL1F3 and I couldn’t even focus on that! (If ya’ll know me at all, you know Jay is my FAVE and I live for everything he writes!) These are unprecedented times for sure. I don’t know if I’ll do any better in April, but I’m hoping participating in the Magical Readathon will help me out! I desperately need the escapism of reading while all this crap is happening, so I hope this slump doesn’t last!

Jessi (Geo)

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