Book Review: Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Hi there!

If you’ve forgotten about my existence, I don’t blame you. I disappeared from the reading world for 4 whole months.

*ahem*

So my name is Joanne, I own and run this book blog, Lumiereads/Luna Lumiere/Joanne Lumiere. Yes this book blog honestly doesn’t have a set name. Sorry about that.

I procrastinated and had so much work and procrastinated and kept making excuses for myself so I stopped reading for a few months.

But hopefully the cycle will continue to break, and the ice has already been broken by the lovely Leigh Bardugo.

Without further ado!


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Name: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: June 5, 2017 (1st pub Jun 5, 2012)

Synopsis

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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ARC Review: American Royals – Katharine McGee

ARC Review: American Royals – Katharine McGee

This ARC was obtained during YallWest/BookCon (I got in line for the in-booth signing at BookCon in which I could get a free copy, but I already got one at YallWest.)


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Name: American Royals
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: September 3, 2019

Synopsis

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

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Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

It took me a record breaking of over a month to finish this book, due to complications such as finals, procrastination, book con, and more procrastination. But without further ado, here’s the book review that I honestly don’t even wanna write cuz I’m always so tired no matter what.


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Name: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release Date: June 27, 2017

Synopsis

Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

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BookExpo/BookCon Haul 2019

I started editing this and then WordPress doesn’t understand what an undo button is and just erases my entire progress, so a week later, I am FINALLY. Attempting to complete this long-ass post. Even though I was going to sleep three hours ago. And skip reading because sleep. Ugh I hate myself.

But anyway, this year I also attended BEA (BookExpo) and BookCon and it was super fun! My haul ended up being TWENTY books! INSANE! So I’ll show you what I got and hope you will end up feeling interested in some of these titles! I try to sum up the synopsis in a paragraph in my own words, but sometimes that doesn’t happen… so…. yea.

NOTE: With the exception of American Royals,  all ARCS (and finished copies) won’t be reviewed until at least September/October due to my reading schedule already being full for Summer, not to mention the books I have that need to be read at home.

These are pretty much in chronological order of when I get them; I don’t even know why this needs to be a thing but it is!

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Book Review: Bellewether – Susanna Kearsley

I decided to remove whatever stuff I was talking about here in the intro, because right now, all I want to do is murder WordPress.

Layout change after layout change they think they’re making things better BUT THEY’RE NOT. THE LAYOUT OF EDITING ONLY GOT UGLIER AND UGLIER

AND I FINALLY CAN’T TAKE IT

BECAUSE THEY HAVE DISABLED SCROLLING DOWN A POST ON GOOGLE CHROME.

HOW THE SHIT AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE MY INTERNET LIFE WITHOUT SCROLLING!?!?!?$ER@#$R@

YOUR APP DOESN’T EVEN ALLOW EDITING AND JUST REDIRECTS ME TO THE WEBPAGE EDITOR ON CHROMES

Sorry. Back to the post.


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Name: Bellewether
Author: Susanna Kearsley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Synopsis

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

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Book Review: Mera: Tidebreaker

Gyaaaahhhhh can someone please cure my procrastination

I just opened up Goodreads to get the image for the cover when I saw the beautiful promo Goodreads put for tidebreaker; there’s a sea-green background and some banners which are GORGE.

wait holy hell its a GIF i just REALIZED

it’s not doing its GIF thing over on Goodreads but it is HERE


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Name: Mera: Tidebreaker
Author: Danielle Paige
Illustrator: Stephen Byrne
Publisher: DC Ink
Release Date: April 2, 2019

Synopsis

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.

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Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab

This work is just ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICO FANTASTICO

I LOVE IT SO MUCH that I’m willing to finish the review at 2:35am (hi dad)

Ok so if you haven’t read book one I suggest you do, or at least read my review/synopsis to get the idea of what is going on. This review is written on the basis that you have an understanding of what went on, and the synopsis and ending of the review is spoilers for book one :)


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Name: A Gathering of Shadows
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: February 23, 2016

Synopsis

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall…

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Book Review: Catwoman: Soulstealer – Sarah J. Maas

Honestly long live Queen Sarah J. Maas because this book was so amazing and now I shall continue sipping my DOUTOR cup size drip coffee which is simply amazing.


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Name: Catwoman: Soulstealer
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Synopsis

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever—she may be Batwing’s undoing.

Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

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Book Review: Frostblood – Elly Blake

I procrastinated so much on this book and on life, I said I would catch up on Catwoman tonight and ended up not. I’m just, great.


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Name: Frostblood
Author: Elly Blake
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: January 10, 2017

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating – yet irresistible – Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her – and from the icy young man she has come to love.

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Book Review: Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

And right after finishing the book, I went to see Tahereh Mafi at L.A. Times Festival of Books over at USC :3

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Name: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 2, 2012 (1st Ed Nov 15, 2011)

Synopsis

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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