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SEPTEMBER

For September, I read six books!

It could have been more but Queen of Shadows was a beast. A good beast; but nonetheless, a beast.

There were a couple of two stars, one four, and two books that soared to the top of my best books of 2015!

#1.  WOLF BY WOLF BY RYAN GRAUDINbombbombbombbombbomb

wolf by wolfThis book is a “what if” as in, what if Hitler’s Aryan Nation plan had succeeded and he was still in power?  Wolf by Wolf isn’t your typical historical fiction; it blends science fiction as the main character is a skin shifter and is sent on a mission to kill Hitler.

This is Graudin’s second book, Walled City was her first.  Walled City was good and interesting because of its little known history but the story wasn’t particularly special.  It was simply about a girl going through great lengths to find her sister.  We’ve read this story a million times.

In Wolf by Wolf, however, I have not heard this story told by way of a skin shifter.  Graudin’s writing is great and the story is exciting,  Please click the picture to read my full review.

I HIGHLY recommend Wolf by Wolf!  If you aren’t a fan of historical fiction, like myself, this is a good read for you. This book shot up to #4 on my faves of 2015 so far.

Wolf by Wolf will be published on October 20th but if you can’t wait, you can request it on Edelweiss and Netgalley.

#2. TRUTHWITCH BY SUSAN DENNARD bombbombbomb 3/4

truthwitchTruthwitch introduces us to a new world called the Witchlands. Safi and Iseult are on the run after a failed heist.

This was my first book by Dennard and I wanted to read it because there is A LOT of hype on Twitter.  It was okay.  I didn’t like Safi, the main character, and that is pretty much the kiss of death for me.  I also found her writing to be too similar to Sarah J. Maas.  I liked Iseult better but book two will be about Merik and I don’t know if I’ll read it.  I did enjoy the world building.

But if you like high fantasy I’d suggest this book.

Truthwitch will be published sometime in 2016.  So far, this book is not an eGalley and the only way to get it is to beg the publisher like I did or win it from a giveaway on Twitter.  Good luck to you.

Please click the cover to see my full review and my podcast with my co-worker Elise at Roulette Reader.

FYI, I did take the quiz and I’m a Firewitch.

A BIG TIP FOR BLOGGERS WHO WANT TO OBTAIN ARCS FROM PUBLISHERS.  EVERY THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH AT 4PM CST, THERE IS A TWITTER CHAT FROM EARLY WORD CALLED #EWGCYA.  BLOGGERS AND LIBRARIANS CHAT ABOUT THE ARCS THEY HAVE READ.  THE FANTASTIC PART IS THAT PUBLISHERS INCLUDING SOURCEBOOKS, PENGUIN, AND MACMILLAN ALSO CHAT AND YOU CAN ASK FOR THE ARCS THEY ARE PROMOTING.  THIS IS HOW I GOT TRUTHWITCH. 

#3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Mass bombbombbombbomb 1/2

queen of shadowI’m a big fan of the Throne of glass series and Queen of Shadows as an anticipated read for me.  I read Heir of Fire over a year ago and I didn’t remember anything but luckily, Maas provides some recaps.

So this book didn’t disappoint and although it took me two weeks to finish it, once I got going it was nonstop awesome.

If you haven’t started this series, I highly recommend you do especially if you like fire-breathing bitch queens, sexy guys, and evil villains.

Queen of Shadows in is stores and at your library now.

#4.  Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith bombbomb

hoodooSo, I’m a blogger for The Hub and I do a diversity post so I read this for my October diversity post.  I do not like middle grade and this is typically not my type of hype so I might be a bit critical.

Hoodoo is about a boy named Hoodoo whose family practices hoodoo.  I’m still not quite sure what hoodoo is but it’s not voodoo and this book is set in Alabama in the 1930’s.  The folklore surrounding hoodoo in this story was very interesting but it just wasn’t told well.  The main character is twelve but he seemed like he was nine.  It was one of those books where he didn’t get help from his family and did everything on his own-UGH!  Although it was a missed opportunity, the historical fiction part was okay.

Hoodoo is in stores and at your library now.

#5.  This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp bombbomb

this is where t endsThis is a story about a school shooting.  It is told in 4 different perspectives with 4 people who have 4 different relationships with the shooter.  This unfortunately is where the good part of the book ends.

The writing just wasn’t for me and the motive wasn’t strong enough.

Please click the book to see the full review.

This is Where is Ends is set to be published in January 2016.

I received this ARC from Sourcebooks.

#6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys bombbombbombbomb 1/2

salt to the seaOnce again, I don’t like historical fiction yet Salt to the Sea has been getting much love on Edelweiss and I liked Out of the Easy so I gave this a try and it was great.

Salt to the Sea is the little known story of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the ship that sank carrying 9000 refugees during the end of WWII.  Here’s another story told from 4 different POVs but Ruta is a wonderful storyteller who does extensive research on all her books.

Review to come.

Salt to the Sea is set to be published in early 2016.

This eGalley is currently available on Edelweiss

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