Recent Reads: 3-9 February 2019

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It’s another reading blog! 

I only finished one book this week with two more DNF’d. See which ones they were here:

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Sunday (3rd February)

Partners by Michael Dirubio

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41216563“A young girl must confront the fact that she has the Gift. A unique ability to use subatomic particles trapped in the matrixes of gem stones. The Gift allows the user extraordinary feats, but comes with a hidden cost: the madness. Agnes must find her way in the world of the normals and of the Gifted. She must also confront the realities of wielding enormous power.


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Published: 15 August 2018

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 440

*Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

I ended up DNF-ing this book about 50 pages in. I could tell right away that this story was targeted more towards the younger, Middle Grade, readers. There was a hint of innocence within the writing, and the style was very casual and easy to read. I think that this would be a great start to a whimsical read, but I was just not as invested as I wanted to be at the time.


The Provider (The Alaskan Chronicles #1) by John Hunt

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36351277.jpg“The year is 2020 and President Trump has just announced that the world is bracing itself for the effects of a huge solar storm.

17 year old Jim Richards is a gawky, unimpressive teenager in Anchorage, Alaska. As chaos descends and society breaks down into anarchy and violence, his family team up with others to leave the city and take their chances in the Alaskan wilderness. They can no longer flick a switch to get what they want, no mobile or internet, in fact no communication at all with the wider world, how will it play out?

Jim must step up, and in doing so, find his true self, his first love, and his destiny. How will the human race survive in this new world?

The Provider is the first of the Alaskan Chronicles.


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Published: 29 June 2018

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

Genre: Young Adult SciFi / Survival

Pages: 288

*Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*


Tuesday (5th February)

The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim #9) by Melanie Dickerson

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40590283.jpgFrom New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale.

Mulan isn’t afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father’s soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret?

Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can’t stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join the fight to protect the castle of her liege lord’s ally from the besieging Teutonic Knights.

Wolfgang and his brother Steffan leave Hagenheim with several other soldiers to help their father’s ally in Poland. When they arrive, Wolfgang is exasperated by the young soldier Mikolai who seems to either always be one step away from disaster… or showing Wolfgang up in embarrassing ways.

When Wolfgang discovers his former rival and reluctant friend Mikolai is actually a girl, he is determined to protect her. But battle is a dangerous place where anything can happen — and usually does.

When Mulan receives word that her mother has been accused of practicing witchcraft through her healing herbs and skills, Mulan’s only thought is of defending her. Will she be able to trust Wolfgang to help? Or will sacrificing her own life be the only way to save her mother?


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Published: 5 February 2019

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Retelling

Pages: 320

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

I ended up DNF-ing this book within the first 30 pages. I found the writing style hard to follow. I could see the Mulan-inspired elements, and they did take on a unique twist. I was excited to see where this book would take me, but unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.


Favorite Book of the Week: The Provider

# of Pages Read: 368

Total # of Books Read: 1 Finished & 2 DNF’d


Some posts you may have missed this week:


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Until next time..

Happy Reading,

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