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Rest and Progress on Books

So as many of you know I’ve got chronic illnesses. Mostly chronic migraine but breaking my leg at the beginning of the year didn’t help. Also vertigo is a pain. So I’ve spent most of the week just trying to rest, of course when my vertigo isn’t bad the upside of laying down all the time is it’s perfect for writing blog posts in advance and reading books.

So what am I reading? Quite a few things actually

1 The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by [Anne Ursu]

Summary

If no one notices Marya Lupu, is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a sorcerer.

The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city of Illyria, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread. 

For all the hopes the family has for Luka, no one has any for Marya, who can never seem to do anything right. But even so, no one is prepared for the day that the sorcerers finally arrive to test Luka for magical ability, and Marya makes a terrible mistake. Nor the day after, when the Lupus receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy—a mysterious school for wayward young girls. Girls like Marya.

Soon she is a hundred miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, surrounded by girls she’s never met. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself—things that threaten the precarious balance upon which Illyria is built.

This a good book to read when when you rest lots of mystery, so you can get caught up in it. I’ve stayed up late with this book this week because it’s just interesting.

Amazon: The Troubled Girls of Dragonmir Academy

2) Vespertine

Vespertine by [Margaret Rogerson]

The dead of Loraille do not rest.

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.

When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.

As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.

This is great book for its humor as well as its high stakes quest. A great read read for when you need to rest up.

3) You’ve Reached Sam

You've Reached Sam: A Novel by [Dustin Thao]

Apparently this is super popular, I can see why, it’s good. But wowza the list of people waiting on the book.

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail. And Sam picks up the phone.

What would you do if you had a second chance at goodbye?

Filled with a diverse cast of characters, the heartache of first love and loss, and the kind of friends that can get you through anything, plus a touch of magic, You’ve Reached Sam will make an instant connection with anyone looking for a big emotional romance of a read.

Amazon: You’ve Reached Sam

Those are my top three at the moment I’ve also been resting by playing Scarlet Nexus and blogging on here to keep busy while I’m not feeling well, I’m also getting ready for the holidays as I can and I hope to be able to bake some as I feel better. I’m also doing a Christmas Readathon you’ll hear more about next week.

Anyway that’s been my week how’s yours?