Audiobook Review: The Wolven Mark by Megan Linski

The Wolven Mark (University of Sorcery, #1)
Paperback, 404 pages
Published November 22nd 2019

First, I want to say thank you to the author who provided the audiobook code in exchange for an honest review! I’m sorry it took me so long to finish listening to it, but I did finally manage to get my Author’s Direct app working properly.

This story is told through two different points of view and switches between the two main characters by chapter, so the audiobook had a male and female narrator reading these, which I loved. It made it easy to remember who we were following in the story just by listening. This was especially good when I had to take longer breaks and wasn’t quite sure where I was when I restarted the audio. Both narrators did a great job adding depth to the characters and gravity to the story. Overall, very enjoyable to listen to.

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Early September 2020 Book Haul

The first half of September has come and gone already! Time is certainly weird right now. I have received a small collection of fabulous books that I wanted to share, so here goes.

I received the mass market paperback release of The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire that I preordered as well as an arc of The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis and a Fawkes Funko Pop from my first ever Secret Sister.

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Spotlight: The Lost Wonderland Diaries by J. Scott Savage

Today, I am sharing with you a newly released fantasy title for middle grade readers. J. Scott Savage has started a new series, published by Shadow Mountain, that is a retelling/inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Unfortunately, I was unable to get this read in time to post my review before the release, but I wanted to make sure I brought it to your attention because it looks like a lot of fun 🙂 Definitely something I want to read soon but life got in the way of my reading plans!

The Lost Wonderland Diaries
Retail Price: $17.99 Page Count: 352

Publication Date: 9/8/20

Hardcover

ISBN: 9781629727868

Cover Illustration: Kevin Keele

Book Design: © Shadow Mountain

Art Direction: Richard Erickson

Design: Sheryl Dickert Smith

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Publication Date: 9/8/20

Hardcover

ISBN: 9781629727868

Cover Illustration: Kevin Keele

Book Design: © Shadow Mountain

Art Direction: Richard Erickson

Design: Sheryl Dickert Smith

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ARC Review: A Killing Frost by Seanan McGuire

A Killing Frost (October Daye, #14)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2020 by DAW

I knew when I started this book that I would be sad upon finishing since it meant I was caught up to the most recent volume. I was right, but this book was a fabulous ride and so much payoff happens in this story that I loved! Saying any of those would be such huge spoilers though, so you’ll just have to read it for yourself! I hope Seanan’s creative well isn’t killed by 2020’s apocalyptic shenanigans and she is able to continue writing Toby’s story and publication stays on track 🙂 Thanks for sharing this wonderful world and story, Seanan!

I truly don’t want to spoil this story, so I’ll just add that I love how this was handled. The character growth feels spot on. The story feels like it’s reaching a crescendo. And the amount of blood is holding. Everything that I would want from a Toby book. Plus I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book regarding a certain character 🙂

Big thanks to the publisher, DAW, for approving my NetGalley request!

Summary:

When October is informed that Simon Torquill—legally her father, due to Faerie’s archaic marriage traditions—must be invited to her wedding or risk the ceremony throwing the Kingdom in the Mists into political turmoil, she finds herself setting out on a quest she was not yet prepared to undertake for the sake of her future…. and the man who represents her family’s past.

ARC Review: Rise of the Halfling King by David Bowles

Rise of the Halfling King
Hardcover, 100 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2020 by Cinco Puntos Press

The art style of the cover drew me to this earc, and I’m glad I read it. This is a retelling of a Mayan myth, which I was unfamiliar with before reading this graphic novel. It presents an older myth to a middle grade audience. Similarly to how Greek and Roman mythology are frequently adapted, but I’m so glad that this was a different story! I think the Greek and Roman myths are overdone at this point. Which doesn’t stop me from enjoying them but also doesn’t get me as excited to read about them either.

This appears to be the first entry in a new series, so I hope it continues as I would like to learn more about Mesoamerican mythology. Perhaps they will adapt my favorite myth about how the quetzal was born. (I used to check out the library’s copy of the picture book quite often.)

I would highly recommend adding this title to any school library, public library, personal library, or own voices library. It’s just a lot of fun and I believe the final version will include facts in the back of the book.

Summary:

Sayam has always been different from other kids: he was born from an egg! His grandmother, a witch, teaches him the ancient magic she uses to help her people. So when a giant snake starts terrorizing a nearby city, Sayam steps into action. But the ruthless King Kinich Kak Ek sees Sayam as a threat to his throne. Prophecy declares that whoever succeeds at three impossible tests will be king. Monstrous snakes and impossible tests are a lot for a boy to handle, but Sayam is brave and has a loyal monkey, a wise grandmother, and magical knowledge on his side.

Middle-grade graphic novel adaptation of the Maya myth “The Dwarf King of Uxmal.”

Audiobook Review: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Tor.com

I was incredibly thrilled to see that Harrow the Ninth was one of the ALC options on Libro.fm this month, especially as I was finishing my reread/listen to the first book in anticipation of this release! And I think my understanding of this book was grounded in having just read Gideon again and listening to this audio because I was so confused by the writer’s shift in story format.

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ARC Review: Song of the Court by Katy Farina

Song of the Court
Paperback, 128 pages
Expected publication: August 25th 2020 by Sterling Children’s Books

I received an earc of this wonderful title from the publisher through Edelweiss. I had quite the time trying to read and understand the story as the formatting was way out of wack. However, once I kind of figured it out, the art and story were just magnificent.

This is a story that examines what it means to have multiple hobbies and how to find and balance the passion each one requires. The author handled this beautifully through a variety of characters portrayed through art that perfectly matches the tone used to tell the story.

I think this would be an excellent resource for young readers who are unsure of their talents. If read together with a parent or other adult, the discussion could prove quite illuminating for both parties. This is a graphic novel that belongs in classrooms, libraries, and personal libraries.

Summary:

A charming fairy tale—told in graphic novel style—about two unlikely friends who encourage each other to pursue their dreams.

“Katy’s work is so expressive and fun! The way she seamlessly blends high drama, big laughs, and tender family moments blows me away . . .” Gale Galligan, New York Times bestselling author of The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels

In order to buy seeds for her beautiful garden, Arietta plans to sell her treasured family violin. Then music-loving Princess Cassia spots Arietta with the instrument and excitedly asks her to perform at her upcoming birthday party. What the Princess doesn’t realize is, Arietta can’t play! Too ashamed to tell Cassia the truth, Arietta sets out to learn a special song for the occasion. But as Arietta’s musical passion blossoms, her devotion to her garden fades . . . and her trees and flowers begin to die. Will she be able to master the tune in time for Cassia’s celebration—and save the garden, too?