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Path or Pantheon TBR Books

I promised you the Path or Pantheon TBR, I had a tough time choosing these books, some were easier than others, I thought I’d remind everyone of the path I chose:

Path of Home

Hestia-Fire on the cover/in the title.

I’d been meaning to read this when I got it as arc. Time however got away from me and, it still looks like a great book though and I happy to have a specific reason to read it. Maybe I’ll finally learn not to request too many books for on Netgalley lol.

The Firebird Song

The Firebird Song by [Arnée Flores]

The Kingdom of Lyrica was once warm and thriving, kept safe by the Firebird, whose feather and song was a blessing of peace and prosperity. But the Firebird disappeared, and Lyrica is now terrorized by the evil Spectress who wields her powers from within a volcano. All that remains is a mysterious message scrawled on the castle wall in the Queen’s own hand: Wind. Woman. Thief.

Young Prewitt has only known time without the Firebird, a life of constant cold, as his village is afraid to tempt the volcano monsters with even the feeblest fire. But he has heard whispers that the kingdom’s princess survived the attack . . . and he is certain that if he can find her, together they can save Lyrica.

Princess Calliope has no memories beyond living on her barge on the underground lake. But as she nears her twelfth birthday, she is certain there is more to life than the walls of a cave. When Prewitt finds her, he realizes that she is the missing princess: the only hope for Lyrica. Determined to decipher the meaning of her mother’s strange message and find the Firebird, Calliope and Prewitt set off on a quest that puts them in more danger than either of them ever anticipated.

Amazon: The Firebird Song

Friggfeaturing family

I’ve been a fan of this series since book one and it has strong family ties so it’s perfect for this prompt. These books have been full of mystery, family and super fun riddles, and though I’m sorry to see the series end I can’t wait to read the conclusion.

Summary

As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past.

Then mysterious coins begin falling from unexpected places. They are inscribed with codes that look just like what the Greystones’ father was working on before he died. And with the right touch, those symbols transform into words: PLEASE LISTEN. And FIND US, SEE US, HELP US. . . .

The coins are messengers, telling the Greystones and their allies that their friends in the alternate world are under attack—and that the cruel, mind-controlling forces are now invading the better world, too.

After another spinning, sliding journey across worlds, the Greystone kids must solve mysteries that have haunted them since the beginning: what happened when the Gustanos were kidnapped, what created the alternate world, and how a group of mismatched kids can triumph once and for all against an evil force that seems to have total control.

Amazon: The Greystone: The Messengers

Basetyoung female MC

I hadn’t heard of the author of the book, but was going out for a rare visit to a doctor to pick up some books and spotted it and it sounded interesting. Now I’m glad I have a specific opportunity to read it.

The Beast Player by [Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano]

Summary

Elin’s family has an important responsibility: caring for the fearsome water serpents that form the core of their kingdom’s army. So when some of the creatures mysteriously die, Elin’s mother is sentenced to death as punishment. With her last breath, she manages to send her daughter to safety.

Alone and far from home, Elin soon discovers that she can communicate with both the terrifying water serpents and the majestic flying beasts that guard her queen. This skill gives her great power, but it also involves her in deadly plots that could cost her life. Can she save herself and prevent her beloved beasts from being used as tools of war? Or is there no escaping the terrible battles to come?

Amazon: Beast Player

Kojinfeaturing food/cooking

The sister book to Midsummer’s Mayhem. This series of books are Shakespeare-inspired retellings with food, fun, and mystery.

Much Ado About Baseball

Twelve-year-old Trish can solve tough math problems and throw a mean fastball. But because of her mom’s new job, she’s now facing a summer trying to make friends all over again in a new town. That isn’t an easy thing to do, and her mom is too busy to notice how miserable she is.

But at her first baseball practice, Trish realizes one of her teammates is Ben, the sixth-grade math prodigy she beat in the spring Math Puzzler Championships. Everyone around them seems to think that with their math talent and love of baseball, it’s only logical that Trish and Ben become friends, but Ben makes it clear he still hasn’t gotten over that loss and can’t stand her. To make matters worse, their team can’t win a single game. But then they meet Rob, an older kid who smacks home runs without breaking a sweat. Rob tells them about his family’s store, which sells unusual snacks that will make them better ballplayers. Trish is dubious, but she’s willing to try almost anything to help the team.

When a mysterious booklet of math puzzles claiming to reveal the “ultimate answer” arrives in her mailbox, Trish and Ben start to get closer and solve the puzzles together. Ben starts getting hits, and their team becomes unstoppable. Trish is happy to keep riding the wave of good luck . . . until they get to a puzzle they can’t solve, with tragic consequences. Can they find the answer to this ultimate puzzle, or will they strike out when it counts the most?

Amazon: Much Ado About Baseball

Obafeaturing water

I love any of the books Molly Knox Ostertag puts out so it was no surprise this one was on my list. It looks beautiful so I’m ready for beauty as well as great content.

The Girl From the Sea

Fifteen-year-old Morgan has a secret: She can’t wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives. She’s desperate to finish high school and escape her sad divorced mom, her volatile little brother, and worst of all, her great group of friends…who don’t understand Morgan at all. Because really, Morgan’s biggest secret is that she has a lot of secrets, including the one about wanting to kiss another girl. Then one night, Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie. The two become friends and suddenly life on the island doesn’t seem so stifling anymore. But Keltie has some secrets of her own. And as the girls start to fall in love, everything they’re each trying to hide will find its way to the surface…whether Morgan is ready or not.

Amazon: The Girl From the Sea

So that’s my list for the Path or Pantheon Challenge. Wish me luck with the challenge and if you are taking part share what Path or Pantheon you are joining .

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March TBR

Some of these I’ve already started but I’m looking forward to reading more of them in March. This is of course not a definative list because I’m also a mood reader, but I’d like to finish these three next month. Now looking at these covers together I think I want some snow or some more winter? Maybe because I missed part of winter breaking my foot, maybe because I hate spring. Who knows?

The Comeback: A Figure Skating Novel

The Comeback: A Figure Skating Novel by [E. L. Shen]

Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen is just trying to nail that perfect landing: on the ice, in middle school, and at home, where her parents worry that competitive skating is too much pressure for a budding tween. Maxine isn’t concerned, however—she’s determined to glide to victory. But then a bully at school starts teasing Maxine for her Chinese heritage, leaving her stunned and speechless. And at the rink, she finds herself up against a stellar new skater named Hollie, whose grace and skill threaten to edge Maxine out of the competition. With everything she knows on uneven ice, will Maxine crash under the pressure? Or can she power her way to a comeback?

Written by E.L Shen who is a is a writer, editor, and former figure skater.Originally from upstate New York, she currently resides in Manhattan.

The cover was designed by Dung Ho and Cassidy Clausnitzer.

Alone

When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She’s alone—left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned.

With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottweiler named George and all the books she can read. After a rough start, Maddie learns to trust her own ingenuity and invents clever ways to survive in a place that has been deserted and forgotten.

As months pass, she escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But Maddie’s most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie’s stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?

Written by Megan E. Freeman who is a writer and poet who also has decades of experince in K-16 education. Megan is also a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet.

The Sea in Winter

The Sea in Winter by [Christine Day]

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.

Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up.

But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pa

in in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean?

Christine Day (Upper Skagit) grew up in Seattle.Her debut novel, I Can Make This Promise, was a best book of the year from Kirkus, School Library Journal, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library, as well as a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book, and an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book

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February TBR

I’ve got lots good stuff to read, and lots of time to read it thanks to my recovery lol. Here are a few of the things I’m going to focus on during Feburary.

The Only Black Girls in Town

The Only Black Girls in Town by [Brandy Colbert]

Amazon: The Only Black Girls in Town

Re-read Dead Voices

Dead Voices by [Katherine Arden]

Amazon: Dead Voices

Root Magic

Root Magic by [Eden Royce]

Amazon: Root Magic

Ironheart Vol 1.

Amazon: Ironheart Volume 1

Rereading Lumberjanes and doing a reflection as the series is ending.

Amazon:Lumberjanes Volume 1

Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash

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Weekly Update

What is this you all? I take a two day break for my health and don’t check the site every day and my numbers shoot up. Is this a watched pot never boils situation. My health isn’t great, we are trying to figure out what is going on but I had some mystery symptoms back when I was in college so it could be more of that or it could be something new, yay chronic illness.

I’ve only really been reading one book this week.

Frozen II Dangerous Secrets

It’s basically the story of how Anna and Elsa’s parents met and it’s super sweet, and gah, love it. You know I love me some Frozen. Hopefully I get back up to speed as I start to feel better this week. Also I’ll be at Ya’llfest today and tomorrow so expect reports on the panels I go to and such.

But overall this hasn’t been the greatest week, I’ve had to go to the doctors A LOT. But Ya’llfest being today and tomorrow makes it better.

Posted in Challenges, IndigAThon2020, TBR

#IndigAThon TBR

I’m including some of the books I want to read for #IndigAThon.

Sweetest Kulu (Other than US)

Dream a little, Kulu, this world now sings a most beautiful song of you.”

This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic.

Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu; an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.

Written by renowned Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, (serious listen to her singing it’s beautiful and can be found here)

Amazon: Sweet Kulu

Hearts Unbroken (Middle Grade)

Hearts Unbroken by [Cynthia Leitich Smith]

When Louise Wolfe’s first real boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her, she breaks things off and dumps him over e-mail. It’s her senior year, anyway, and she’d rather spend her time with her family and friends and working on the school newspaper. The editors pair her up with Joey Kairouz, the ambitious new photojournalist, and in no time the paper’s staff find themselves with a major story to cover: the school musical director’s inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash in their mostly white, middle-class Kansas town. From the newly formed Parents Against Revisionist Theater to anonymous threats, long-held prejudices are being laid bare and hostilities are spreading against teachers, parents, and students — especially the cast members at the center of the controversy, including Lou’s little brother, who’s playing the Tin Man. As tensions mount at school, so does a romance between Lou and Joey — but as she’s learned, “dating while Native” can be difficult. In trying to protect her own heart, will Lou break Joey’s?

Amazon: Hearts Unbroken

I Can Make this Promise (Other than 5CT)

All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers.

Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her.

Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?

Christine Day is an enrolled citizen of the Upper Skagit tribe. Her mother is of Upper Skagit and Nooksack descent, and her father is of Northern European (mostly Norwegian) descent.

Amazon: I Can Make This Promise

Elatsoe (Free Space)

Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.

There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day.

Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.

Darcie Little Badger is an Lipan Apache, and she develops her stories with Apache characters and themes. She is also an extraordinary debut talent in the world of speculative fiction We have paired her with her artistic match, illustrator Rovina Cai. This is a book singular in feeling and beauty.

Amazon: Elatsoe

These are just some of my picks. If you are thinking about taking part, what are you thinking of reading?

Image by Alain Audet from Pixabay

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September TBR

Well I finished books in August so much better than June and July, I’m finally settled into my new helping out role with my family and I’m back on my game a bit.

My first pick for the month is a great book about a girl whose mother has died and she is sent to live with her aunts, and about the the changes in her life that happen as she lives there.

A Home for Goddesses and Dogs

Amazon: A Home for Goddesses and Dogs

The next book I’ve been meaning to read since it came out since it has literally gotten nothing but good press plus I’m a one of the author’s followers on Twitter.

The Dragon Warrior by [Katie Zhao]

A great tale of people of the Asian diaspora and from what I’m told awesome battle sequences and food.

Amazon: The Dragon Warrior

All Are Welcome

I like to try to read at least one picture book a month and this one is a book I’ve wanting to read for awhile.

A wonderful book about a school that focuses on diversity and inclusion. It’s a school where no matter what young children have a place where they are loved and appreciated.

The book follows a group of children through their day at this school where everyone is welcomed with open arms and students from all backgrounds celebrate and learn from each others traditions. Discover the a world as we might hope it can be.

Amazon: All Are Welcome

The Dragon Egg Princess

I’ve had the The Dragon Egg Princess on my TBR for months, I don’t know why, I really like the world and the story so I resolve to finish it up this month. It’s a great fantasty by founder of the We Need Diverse Books Movement, Ellen Oh.

Amazon: The Dragon Egg Princess

Photo by Estée Janssens on Unsplash

Posted in TBR, Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

July TBR

Okay I’m sorry I missed you guys on Monday and Wednesday. Last week was an emotional roller coaster for my family and this week I had a medical procedure to help my migraines. So I’ve been taking a lot of naps. Also it made me realize I’ve hardly missed a post since January so maybe I should give myself a break.

I’m not pushing myself too hard this month because let me tell you I’m tired. Plus I’ve got some volunteer commitments. Considering I only finished one book last month we’re keeping this at four books, and hoping that I can do that. Also I’m not sure if I should count all the non-fiction books about bread I’m reading. I’m probably going to go with yes, but I may not review them here, because I’m not sure you guys are interested in baking book reviews.

This Book Is Anti-Racist

This Book Is Anti-Racist by [Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand]

This lovely book by Tiffany Jewell helps the middle grade and young adult audience and beyond understand the roots of racism. Jewell also talks about social identities, the histories of racism and resistance against it and how to become anti-racist and use your voice to help move society towards equity and liberation.

Jewell guides you through a deeper understanding of your anti racist self as you progress through 20 chapters. These chapters will help you spark deeper thinking about racism, reveal the origins of racism we are still experincing, and help give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn about yourself and racial oppression. All you need is a pen and paper. The activities get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge.

Author Tiffany Jewell, an anti-bias, anti-racist educator and activist, builds solidarity beginning with the language she chooses – using gender neutral words to honour everyone who reads the book. Illustrator Aurélia Durand brings the stories and characters to life with kaleidoscopic vibrancy.

Amazon: This Book is Anti-Racist

No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address by [Susin Nielsen]

I found this book because I really loved the The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, which I still need to finish by way, whoops.

Tween Felix Knutsson knows his trivia. His favorite game show is Who What Where When; he likes the show so much he’s even named his gerbil after the host. His mother Astrid is loving but can’t manage to hold a job. So the two of them end up living in their van, a fact Astrid swears Felix to secrecy about. He can’t even tell his best friends at his new school Dylan and Winnie.

Astrid is worried Dylan will be taken away and put into foster care. And as things go from bad to worse Felix gets a chance to audition for the junior edition of his favorite game show. He knows if he gets his spot and wins the cash prize will make everything okay.

But thing don’t turn out exactly the way he plans

Susin Nielsen is a Canadian author for children, adolescent and young adults. She received a Governor General’s Award and the 2013 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award for her young adult novel The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen.

Amazon: No Fixed Address

The Astonishing Color of After

I’ve fallen off the tracks when it comes to my YARC challenge books, however I intend to do better about that this coming month.

Leigh Chen Sanders is having to deal with a lot lately, after losing her mother via suicide. She is visiting her maternal grandparents for the first time. Leigh, who is half white and half Asian is only certain of one thing lately. When her mother died, she turned into a bird.

During this trip to Taiwan to meet her grandparents she also intends to find her mother, the bird. But some question lead to answers you didn’t know you were looking for, and Leigh finds herself chasing ghost, dealing with family secrets, and finding a bond with her grandparents.

She must also deal with her own grief and guilt tied up in her mother sucide.

Dealing with real and magic, The Astonishing Color of After is a wonderful tale about finding oneself though family history, grief, art, and love.

Emily X.R Pan is Taiwanese and Chinese American. She has received numerous awards for this book including the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, the honor of being an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, and being long-listed for the Carnegie Medal, among other accolades.

Amazon: The Astonishing Color of After

Before I Let Go

Okay so I’m not going to give too much away about the plot but there is ace rep!!!! So happy. Also mental health rep, this is why I’m like a third into this book already.

Corey and Kyra were inseparable best friends in their tiny Alaskan town of Lost Creek. But as Kyra starts to seriously struggle with her bipolar disorder Corey’s family move away. Corey is worried about what might happen in her absense so she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long dark winter.

Just as Corey is about to visit Kyra dies. Corey is devestated and confused because Kyra promised she wouldn’t hurt herself. But any time she tries to find out more information the Lost community speaks in hushed tones saying Kyra’s death was meant to be.

They push Corey away, but as Corey dives deeper into the mystery of her best friend’s death, she finds more questions than answers and her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets, like maybe Kyra’s death wasn’t a suicide after all, but can she piece together the cold hard truth and survive her visit?

Amazon: Before I Let Go

Anyway I’ll try to be better about posting, or if I take a break I’ll try and let you guys know in advance. I’ve just got to keep reading and hopefully those numbers will jump back up in July.

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June TBR

So I’m late enough into May that I can finally pick out my TBR for June. Nothing overly exciting just books I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten the chance to catch up on.

All the Stars and Teeth

All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth Duology Book 1) by [Adalyn Grace]

Amazon: All the Stars and Teeth

The next book is another I’ve bought an put off for no particular reason other than I was reading other stuff faster. I really loved the magic system(s) in this book and can’t wait to see what happens next.

The First 7 (The Last 8 Book 2)

The First 7 (The Last 8 Book 2) by [Laura Pohl]

I’ve read the first few chapters and it’s a great sci-fi piece like the first one was. I just got into other stuff and kind forgot about it.

Amazon: The First 7

The Dragon Egg Princess

The Dragon Egg Princess by [Ellen Oh]

This is a great middle grade fantasy written by the fantastic Ellen Oh, I was about half way through and I just need to finish it up.

Amazon: The Dragon Egg Princess

Finally a graphic novel I’ve been meaning to read

New Kid

New Kid by [Jerry Craft]

Amazon: New Kid

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May TBR

So I’m setting some modest goals here with only four books, if I get to read more, that’s wonderful. I don’t well, at least I’m on track for my goals for the year.

The Dragon Egg Princess

This is a short middle grade by #WeNeedDiverseBooks co-founder Ellen Oh, the book draws inspiration from Korean lore and culture.  Jiho Park is just trying to get by, in a kingdom filled with magic, he and his family are immune to its effects but that doesn’t make his life easy.

Since his father disappeared into the Kidahara, a powerful ancient forest, five years ago Jiho wants nothing to do with his family legacy of being a forest ranger and protecting the Kidahara. Jiho has lost too much and knows all too well about the dangers the forest holds and how those who go in don’t come back, like his father and the only daughter of the royal family Princess Koko.

But when Jiho agrees to help foreign forces access the Kidhara to get money, he needs for his family to survive, he finds out that a long-forgotten evil that’s been lurking deep in the Kidahara is starting to wake up again.

But how can a magic-less boy, a bandit leader, and lost princess join forces and save the world before it’s too late?

Amazon: The Dragon Egg Princess

After Zero

After Zero by [Christina Collins]

This is an excellent book about selective mutism In an article I will link below Collins talks about the difference and confusion between traumatic and selective mutism and how selective mutism simply isn’t the one with the condition refusing to speak.

Elise has selective mutism, though she doesn’t have the words for it, she just knows she must not speak or she has to stress over every conversation that she had, everything that’s happened. So she carries a notebook around with her.

One each page is the number of times she speaks at school that day. A word that can’t be taken back. Five tally marks isn’t so bad. Two is pretty good. But zero? Zero is perfect. Zero means no wrong answers called out in class, no secrets accidentally spilled, no conversations to agonize over at night when sleep is far away.

It’s been so long since Elise has said anything she isn’t sure she could speak if she wanted to, months have passed, now her only friend Mel is drifting away, and she swears she sees her English teachers stuffed raven come to life. But the discovery of a shocking family secret might help Elise realize her silence is the key to unlocking everything she’s ever wanted.

Author Christina Collins experienced low profile selective mutism as a child and wanted to write about those experiences.

After Zero Conversation with Christina Collins

Amazon: After Zero

All the Stars and Teeth 

In the island kingdom of Visidia you choose your magic, except that is for Amora Montara, she knows she’s going to be the High Animancer or the master of souls since she was a child. Due to a pact, her family made with an ancient being she must prove mastery over this magic to secure her place as heir to the throne.

But when her demonstration goes awry and the magic takes over Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with a mysterious pirate. He’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But having lived a sheltered royal life, sailing the seas holds more wonder and more danger than Amora could have imagined. There is also a new magic on the rise like Amora has never seen before, not only does she have to deal with that, but monsters, vengeful mermaids and someone she never expected showing back up in her life.

She must face all this and win or losing Visidia and the crown forever. No pressure? Huh?

Amazon: All the Stars and Teeth

The Winter Duke

The Winter Duke by [Claire Eliza Bartlett]

Ekata’s family tends to try to kill each other off to try and reach the throne. Ekata is the middle child of thirteen and has no interest in the ruling but would like to stay far away from being murdered too, so she plans to go far away to a university where she can be away from her family’s whims.

All she has to do is get through this silly bride show. Her brother has finally been named Heir to the dukedom of Kylma Above and after all the royal pomp and circumstance are done and he picks a woman.  Nothing will be able to keep her from her books or her experiments.

But there is one little problem, just when escape seems within reach her whole family except for her falls under a sleeping spell, and even her mentor in medicine can’t find a cure.

This makes not escape not only impossible it also makes her the duke. She inherits her brother’s bride, as well as challengers for a crown she never even wanted both from within and outside her ministry.

Ekata is woefully unprepared for war, diplomacy, and especially prepared Ekata for love. But if Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family’s magic and power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield them both.

Amazon: The Winter Duke

Photo by Alena Koval from Pexels

 

Posted in Weekly Wrap-ups

Weekly Review

This week has been pretty quiet. I’m not complaining, I’ve gotten a good bit of stuff done. Though not as much as I would have liked on the blogging front, maybe that will be next week’s project? What did I do this week? I’ve been reading. I’m currently working on three books two of which are diverse books.

Currently Reading

The Dragon Egg Princess

This is a short middle grade by #WeNeedDiverseBooks co-founder Ellen Oh, the book draws inspiration from Korean lore and culture.  Jiho Park is just trying to get by, in a kingdom filled with magic, he and his family are immune to its effects but that doesn’t make his life easy.

Since his father disappeared into the Kidahara, a powerful ancient forest, five years ago Jiho wants nothing to do with his family legacy of being a forest ranger and protecting the Kidahara. Jiho has lost too much and knows all too well about the dangers the forest holds and how those who go in don’t come back, like his father and the only daughter of the royal family Princess Koko.

But when Jiho agrees to help foreign forces access the Kidhara to get money, he needs for his family to survive, he finds out that a long-forgotten evil that’s been lurking deep in the Kidahara is starting to wake up again.

But how can a magic-less boy, a bandit leader, and lost princess join forces and save the world before it’s too late?

Amazon: The Dragon Egg Princess

Midsummer’s Mayhem

A contemporary retelling of a Midsummer Night’s Dream with a diverse cast.

Eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson feels lost in her big Indian American family, everyone else has something they are good at. Her Dad’s a renowned food writer and her mom’s a successful businesswoman. Her three older siblings are all great at things like acting, sports, and music.

It’s easy to feel invisible. Sure she has baking but she’s not sure she’s the greatest at it, she loves it though, and wants to prove she’s not the least talented member of her family. So when a new bakery called the While Away comes to town and offers a contest for young bakers she knows exactly how to do it. Plus she’ll get to meet her idol, Puffy Fay.

But strange things start happening in the Mackson household when her father returns from his business trip he’s suddenly lost his refined sense of taste. Without him to help her there is no way she’ll win the contest

Missing her friend Emma who moved out of the country earlier in the year and mourning the fact she won’t win the contest, Mimi retreats to the woods behind her house and finds herself drawn deeper in by a strangely familiar song. She meets a strange boy named Vik, he shows her parts of the forest she’s never seen before.

What’s more, he likes baking and together they find a book that tells all about the different ingredients Mimi could use for the contest. With this and Vik’s help, Mimi can’t help but win!

But things are getting stranger with her dad, and her sibling’s romantic issues cause trouble as well. It all seems to lead back to her baking, but baking can’t be magical, can it? As the contest approaches Mimi learns everything isn’t what it seems and must choose once and for all what is most important to her.

Amazon: Midsummer’s Mayhem

Started this week

All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth Duology Book 1) by [Adalyn Grace]

I’m not very far into it but I love the concept so far!

Animal Crossing

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Let’s be honest this is where I spent most of my week, I’m really enjoying the game. I’m looking forward to the Bunny Day stuff because I want to get rid of all those eggs.

Mental Health

My mental health isn’t bad. I just did a grocery order for things to bake bread so that’s going to be my focus this coming week, I’m also going to try to bake some desserts and organize the baking stuff I have. I’m trying to keep busy working on some project be it the blog or some creative project, or something like crochet. I can’t say that I don’t want to get out, because I do. However, I’m doing the best I possibly can staying in.

I hope you all are staying safe and doing the best you can be in this trying time!

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