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Favorties reads from August 2018

I had a productive reading summer! We didn't travel as much as we usually do, we were home more often and the kids were all busy so I got caught up on a lot of my TBR!

Drum roll... I read 45 books! HOLY COW! I didn't think I'd read that many until just now when I counted! WAHOO! That cleaned out a lot of my list plus new books.

But I can't believe summer is coming to an end. I LOVE the sun! I love the relaxed schedules and routines. I LOVE sleeping in. I love the fresh food and BBQ's and being outdoors. I'm going to let myself grieve a little bit over the next few weeks.

These were my favorite books from the summer (in order of last read):

by Sarah Rees Brennan

Opening line:
"It was the best of times until it was the worst of times."

by Tracy Banghart

Opening line:
Serina Tessaro stood on the steps of the fountain in Lanos's central piazza flanked by nine other girls her age, all in their finest gowns."


TELL THE WIND AND FIRE by Sarah Rees Brennan

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knarah Reeowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.

Opening line:
"It was the best of times until it was the worst of times."

I should have …

GRACY AND FURY by Tracy Banghart

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace - someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir's eye, it's Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

Opening line:
Serina Tessaro stood on the steps of the fountain in Lanos's central pia…

THE WARRIOR QUEEN (The Hundredth Queen #4) by Emily R. King HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

In the final volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, Kalinda will risk everything to save the man she loves.

Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.

But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.

Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far — mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.

She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before…

Opening line:
"The rani rushed into the nursery.…


Have you read these stories yet? Set in the realm of STAR TOUCHED QUEEN, these three stories share pieces of amazing storytelling waiting to be read. Read the first little bit of DEATH AND NIGHT and see if you aren't immediately hooked and want, no need, to pick up this book and read it.


I stoodoutsidethehome,watchingasthelightbeadedanddrippeddownthelengthoftheTapestrythread.Iwaited.Therewasneveranyrush.Notformeatleast.Thelightdangledfromtheendofthestring,clingingandre-luctant.Apassingwindstirredtheendsofthethread,teasingoutstrandsofmemory.Thememoriesplum