Recent Reads: 4-10 November 2018

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This week has been crazy busy with figuring out my new job and reading tons of YA stories! Thank you to everyone who sent me well wishes!

But even through the jumble, I was able to finish THREE books and begin my adventure through a FOURTH!

Check out which ones they were in this week’s reading update!

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Tuesday (6th November)

The Dragon Tamer (Alveria Dragon Academy #1) by Ava Richardson

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AlveriaDragonAcademy_B1_v04A kingdom divided cannot stand. For those caught in the middle, it means death.

For centuries humans and dragons existed side by side in Alveria, bonded by their care of one another. But no longer. After decades with no viable eggs, humans far outnumber dragons, and the survival of the species appears bleak. The outlook for everyday humans is little better as rogue dragons raid and torment villages. Yet it’s far worse for the tamers, beaten and killed simply for serving the noble dragons.

But eking by at the bottom of Alverian society isn’t any easier for seventeen-year-old Kaelan Younger. Harder still when her loyalty to the dragon crown is no secret. But when her dying mother reveals a horrifying truth about her identity, Kaelan is thrust into a world for which she is ill prepared.

Faced with a new life at the proving grounds for humans and dragons alike, Kaelan must reconcile not just her past but embrace the future laid out before her. When her responsibilities as an Akademy tamer collide with her feelings for a powerful dragon shifter, it will take everything she has to prepare for the danger threatening them both. The fate of the dragons she has sworn to serve rests in her hands.

Now Kaelan is no longer an outsider.

She’s the enemy.


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Published: 31 October 2018

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 476

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*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*


Wednesday (7th November)

Toxic by Lydia Kang

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Toxic_1600Cyclo, the first and largest biological ship of its kind, is dying. A small crew of mercenaries have handed over the rights to their life to document the death of the ship, but the abandoned ship is anything but abandoned―one girl has been left behind.

Hana has known nothing but the isolation of a single room and the secret that has kept her there for seventeen years. When she meets Fennec, the boy assigned to watch her, she realizes that there is a world she has yet to experience but she is doomed to never meet.

When crew members begin mysteriously dying, Hana and Fenn realize that they are racing against the death of the ship to find a way to survive―unless someone kills them even before Hana’s truly had a chance to live.


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Published: 6 November 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Pages: 368

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*


Thursday (8th November)

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

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falling kingdomsIn the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….


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Published: 11 December 2012

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 412

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Saturday (10th November)

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes *Currently Reading*

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rebel spring.jpgThe road to power… is paved with blood and magic.

Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.


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Published: 3 December 2013

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 401


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How far are you in this read-a-thon??

Currently, I just began Rebel Spring last night, so I hope to squeeze the rest of it in this afternoon! Hopefully I can catch up to Gathering Darkness rather quickly because this series is really good so far.

My favorite part has been the ending to Falling Kingdoms and how it’s transitioning into the magical portion to their world.

So stay tuned through my Instagram and Twitter for more details!

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Favorite Book of the Week: Falling Kingdoms

# of Pages Read: 1,296

Total # of Books Read: 3.5


Some posts you may have missed this week:


For this next week, I hope to get through FIVE or so books. And since I am beginning a more consistent work schedule, I don’t think this is a far–fetched goal!

So stay tuned next week to see which books they are!


What books did you read this week??

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,

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