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Goodreads Monday – March 9, 2020

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna

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Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

Why I Want To Read This

So, this book initially caught my eye because it sounded so similar to Hunger Games, Grace Year, Maze Runner type stories. I really looove a good female lead and really never get tired of a well put together YA book 🤷🏻‍♀️

I don’t really have much of an explanation other than it sounds like a really fun, action packed book. I enjoy stories that focus more on fantasy aspects such as armies and emperors – this is exactly about that! Something about “older times” is more interesting to me than the usual corrupt government, scientific testing facilities, apocalyptic cities (don’t get me wrong, I like those too but its nice to have something a little different!)

Also, the cover is beautiful which definitely helps!!

Has anyone read this or have it on their TBR? Let me know in the comments!

The Coffee Book Tag

I’m not sure about you, but I LOVE me a good coffee! When I was in college I started my coffee addiction haha. I never ever liked it before then, but the long nights and tired mornings really made me into a coffee drinker. Now that I’m finished school I find myself drinking less coffee and usually something fancier like those yummy Starbucks lattes or something! Even as I am writing this I am finishing an iced vanilla latte from good old Starbucks! Gotta get my caffeine for the day 😂

Do you have a drink that is your go to when reading? I actually don’t eat or drink too much while I read because well, first off, I’m messy as hell…. and second, because I have to hold the book and therefore don’t have time for food or drinks! My struggle haha.

I found this book tag over at The Wordy Habitat and thought this was super fitting and would be fun! Please join in with this tag if you love coffee as much as I do!!

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

Harry Potter!

Only because at this point if you have not read them you are probably feeling like me and saying “what’s the point?” The books are long, I’ve seen the movies, and I just feel like its soooooo overdue its just embarrassing at this point!

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

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We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

This book only came out in November 2019 but was SO popular over Christmas and I can only imagine this was be popular again when winter/Christmas comes around this year!

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favourite children’s book?

Anything by Robert Munsch is the best!

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

I loved this book from start to end. There were twists and turns that keep you on your toes! I got a little freaked out if I was reading at night haha. Great book!

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shutout

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Queen of Sword by Jerry Lambert

This is a historical fiction that looks super good and has wonderful reviews 🙂

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from

The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying

Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro

This series was everything you needed mixed in with poor decisions and relationship turmoil but is just such a great and satisfying story!

I tag you: Naty’s Bookshelf, The Geekish Brunette, & Misty’s Book Space (and anyone else who wants to participate!!!

I’d love to see your answers 🙂

BOOK REVIEW: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. – Goodreads

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Title: The Grace Year

Author: Kim Liggett

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA, Dystopia

Format: Psychical

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.


The Grace Year was a very enticing read full of emotions, fear, survival, and unexpected love and friendship.

Tierney, the main character, is a strong and independent girl. She knows how to take care of herself and she thinks differently than most girls; always looking for answers and struggling to be quiet and unseen. This part of her personality comes in handy when she is sent away with the other Grace Girls to “rid their magic” and come back “purified women.”

I enjoyed the idea of this story. It took something very real in everyday life and twisted it into a dystopian type of adventure. Society tends to view women as objects, as things to please men, and in some places in the world, as property. This is very much the message in the book and it goes a step further to say women are dangerous and full of magic that make men do things they shouldn’t. Again, playing on a societal idea that women should be a certain way so men aren’t tempted by them. I loved this aspect of the story! At some points it made me feel so angry that the women are treated that way!

I found the relationship Tierney had with her family was interesting. I initially had weird vibes from her father (especially when it came to the topic of the Grace Girls) and also her mother felt off to me. However, as the story grew, so did her family. Their behaviours made more sense and in the end, it really tied the story together and brought deepness to the reality of Tierney’s life in the County moving forward.

The survival aspect of the book was very well done in my opinion! It went into just the right amount of detail to keep me interested but also left out some things to let the imagination flow! I enjoyed how well Tierney performed under the pressure of the Grace Year and how she seems to beat the odds! I would compare Tierney to Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games. I really appreciate how the author wrote Tierney’s character. I love a good female character!

Plot wise – I was impressed with the intricacy of it. So many pieces were brought in that at the time didn’t seem that important and then it was all brought back together for a collective theme. It flowed nicely. The speed of the story was great! It was just the right length in my opinion! I ripped through it as well because of how exciting it was!

Overall, this was a great book! I will give you a warning though – your heart will BREAK during the ending! I actually had to put the book down at one point because I was like “ugh why is this happening?!?!” Also, there is something very beautiful and hopeful about the ending. I put the book down with a slight smile on my face. I didn’t quite get the ending I was so desperately hoping for, but I got something different that was both fitting and bittersweet.

Have you read this one? Let me know what you thought!!