I just started Gravemaidens and the concept seems pretty creepy, three women having to join the dying ruler in the grave. Protagonist Kammani wants nothing to do with any of it, she’s just trying to eke out a living as a doctor. She believes if she becomes a good enough doctor she can reclaim the life that was stolen from herself and her family. But Kammani is also worried about keeping her family especially her little sister Nanaea safe.
But with the ruler of their city stat Alu, slowly dying three maiden’s have to be chosen soon to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And when Nanaea is chosen she believes it’s her chance to live a grand life in the afterlife.
But Kammani knows it’s a death sentence. So she hatches a plan to heal the dying ruler, but there is more danger in the palace that Kammani imagined, and she may end up having to sacrifice everything, including herself.
The Pokemon that reminds me of this book is: Sableye
I chose it because it’s both Dark and Ghost and looks like a jewel that might be in a ruler’s grave.
Serafina and the Black Cloak
This book is a re-read. It was very popular back in 2016-2017 and was on the #1 New York Times Bestseller, for like 50 weeks. It also won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.
Serfina isn’t like most other girls at the Biltmore Estate, she lives in the basement with her Pa, hiding from sight. She lives by one rule set down by her father.“Never go into the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.” She has no reason to complain there are plenty of places to explore in the Vanderbuilt’s opulent home.
Serfina must never be seen because the rich folk don’t know she exsist and her Pa might lose his job if they found out she did. But that’s okay with her, she’s learned to sneak through the darkned corridors at night, sneaking and hiding, finding spots in the mansion no one else knows.
But when children start disappearing at the mansion Serfina may be the only one that can help. After all she’s the only one who knows about the mysterious man in a black cloak who haunts the corridors at night and goes after children. After she barely makes it away from him, Serafina teams up with young Braeden Vanderbuilt the nephew of the owners of the estate, to solve the mystery before all the children vanish.
But Serfina’s hunt leads her to the forest where she not only has to face The Man in the Black Cloak, but the truth about herself.
The Pokemon that reminds me of this book is the: Aloan Persian
The Aloan Persian because mountain lions and cats come up a lot in this book.
In this sequel to Dragons in a Bag there is a bit of thievery going on, hence why it reminds me of Purrloin. In the previous book, Jaxon had just one job, to return three baby dragons to the magical realm, but when he got there, there were only two in the bag.
It’s not Jaxon’s best friend’s little sister’s fault Kavita’s fault she stole one, not really. She only wanted what was best for the baby dragon, now all she’s having are problems. She can’t feed it without getting bit and it’s growing out of control.
What’s worse the theft has closed the gate to the magical world so they can’t return the baby dragon. Jaxon is going to need all the help he can get to find Kavita and get the baby dragon back home.
The Pokemon that reminds me of this book is: Purrloin
I chose Purrloin because it’s the devious Pokemon and thievery came up in the book.
Endling #1: The Last
Byx is part of the last group of a mythical dog-like species called darines. Since they are believed to possess remarkable abilities they’ve been hunted to near extinction in war-torn Nedarra.
When something happens to the rest her pack Byx fears she may be the very last of the darines. An Endling, she sets out with to find a safe haven and see if legends of more of her kind are true.
Along the way she finds both animal and human allies and begins to make her own kind of family. Though her family may discover a secret that could change the whole world.
The Pokemon that reminds me of this book is:Poochyena
I chose this Pokemon because while Byx is still considered a pup by her packs standards, she’s still fierce.
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