Darktown is a Must Read. Especially Now.

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0373210426.01._SX142_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgResponding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death. Their efforts bring them up against an old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood like his own, and Dunlow’s…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Cover Trends This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten.

I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired by this week’s prompt so I kinda redid an old post of mine. Book Cover Tropes was one of my favorite TTT posts to do, because it was fun and I got to joke about covers.

Big Ass Typography

It’s a classic – put interesting typography and some designs alongside it.

The Stars We StealA Curse So Dark and LonelyReverieInto the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #1)Fan the FameThe Black Veins (Dead Magic #1)

Looming on the horizon

A  mystery/thriller staple, I find these covers to be innocuously scary.

The Last WitnessThe Last to DieNow Entering Addamsville

Semi-realistic paintings galore

This is a growing trend, which was earlier usually seen only in high fantasy covers, but is now getting to urban fantasy and SFF. I love this trend, because some of the artists used are the same ones who drew our favorite…

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Rebel Of The Sands Was Magical! (Mini Review)

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Title: Rebel of the Sands (Book 1)

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Available at:  Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository / AbeBooks / BAM


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Rebel of the Sands was a book that I said every month I would read, but then another book would come around that I end up reading instead. During my break I finally got around to reading it and let me tell you I was blown away.

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This book reminded me where I came up for the name of this blog and why I love to read. I literally was drawn into this mystical world of lore, magical, and purpose.
Alwyn Hamilton weaved a magical story and I become enchanted by it.

My ThoughtsRebel of the Sands follows Amani a young girl who is an amazing sharpshooter who wants to leave her one-pony town…

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones

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down-among-the-sticks-and-bonesTwin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretence of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire was published by…

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A Guide to Instagram Hashtags for Book Bloggers

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A Guide to Instagram Hashtags for Book Bloggers

Are you a book blogger who uses Instagram? Are you struggling to find hashtags that work for you? Do you want to up your Bookstagram game? This guide is for you.

Last year I wrote a guide to Twitter hashtags for book bloggers. Now that I’m trying again to up my Instagram game, I realized that it can be pretty hard to find and use Instagram hashtags for all your bookish needs.

This is a list for new and veteran Bookstagrammers to get more involved in the Instagram book community. There are way too many hashtags in existence for this to be a comprehensive list, but this list does intend to be a starting place.

General and Miscellaneous

#amreading / #currentlyreading / #nowreading

These are self-explanatory.

Book Lovers

These hashtags can indicate that you are a book lover by any other name or that you would like to talk…

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Stranger Things: The Other Side by Jody Houser


Title:Stranger Things.
Story arc: The Other Side.
Writer(s): Jody Houser.
Artist(s)Stefano Martino.
Inker(s): Keith Champagne.
Colourist(s): Lauren Affe.
Letterer(s):Nate Piekos of Blambot.
Publisher: Dark Horse Books.
Format: Paperback.
Release Date: May 7th 2019.
Pages: 96.
Genre(s):Comics, Horror, Fantasy, Young-Adult.
ISBN13: 9781506709765.
My Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆.


We are never safe from ideas of expansion that capitalize on excellent opportunities. When success is tasted for the first time, a dark force takes over some individuals and allows these ideas to germinate and proliferate wildly and without control within them. While many will see this as more of what they love, others will see it as the beginning of a tumble. After all, what good does it do to a franchise to expand in uncharted territory when it was never…

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Aurora Rising

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AURORA RISING (The Aurora Cycle #1)

Written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published by Knopf, May 7, 2019

My star rating – 5 stars (Obviously!)


The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for…

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Shelter by Jung Yun

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Author : Jung Yun

Publisher : Picador Books

Genre : Literary fiction

Source : Purchased copy

Rating : 5 Stars

Summary : Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future.

A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighbourhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. He can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes, and Kyung is compelled to take them in. For the first time in years, the Chos find themselves living under the…

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ARC Review: The Storm Crow


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By: Kalyn Josephson

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

image-qqrj7d.pngRelease Date: July 9, 2019

Page count: 368

Synopsis:In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

This review will be spoiler free

So first I just want to say in honour…

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