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The Upside of the Unrequited

The Upside of UnrequitedSeventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

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The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

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Tome Topple Wrap Up

The TBR for this readathon (and introductory video) is here.

How I Did 

So I got the dates a little mixed up for this readathon. I was thinking it started on Monday and then finished on a Sunday. I don’t know why, especially considering how I double checked the dates a few days before it started. So I started last Monday and I’m about halfway through my second book, A Conjuring of Light.

Good news it that I finished one book! Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr is an own voices book about three generations of Palestinian Christian women and it was over 700 pages so it was long. I did enjoy it, I liked the characters and the similarities between each generation as well as how it was obvious that you can love each other because you’re family but that doesn’t mean you understand each other. I don’t want to spoil too much but there was a lot of common ground between the three generations, including the fact that I got frustrated with them and wanted to shake them at times.

Conjuring of Light – well, I like it better than the second book already. Lila is actually doing stuff that isn’t selfish thrillseeking so I feel more kindly towards her. Kell and Lila still have no chemistry though and no amount of kissing can convince me otherwise. Rhy and Alucard are the sweetest though and I adore their scenes together.

Challenges

1. Read more than 1 tome – does the quarter of A Conjuring of Light count?
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series – same question about A Conjuring of Light
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

So I didn’t definitely complete more than one challenge but I did read something which has been on my TBR for a while and finish it. How did everyone else do?

Now I have a few days to finish A Conjuring of Light so I can start the next readathon I have planned which is Readathon of Kings. I still haven’t found a book by a Dutch author that is easily available to me (either on my Kindle or in my library) so I might have to miss that challenge.

 

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Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

And the flip side! This is a blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Last week the theme was Top Ten Things That Instantly Make Me Want To Read A Book and so this post is now focused on the opposite. I already talked a little bit about this last week but now I’m going to go in depth.

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Readathon of Kings

Readathon of Kings

As much as I love readathons such as Diverseathon and Borrowathon, I do like readathons that are new and have a different theme around them. Readathon of Kings is a Dutch-themed readathon starting on their King’s Day (27th April) and ending on the last day of April (30th April). The Twitter account is here. Plus the challenges are interesting as well, so I thought I would wind down from Camp Nanowrimo by doing a small readathon.

Challenges:
1) Read a book with Orange OR red-white-blue on the cover
2) Read a book by a Dutch author
3) Read a book involving Royalty
4) Read a book you bought because it was cheap

As always, I’m going to try and focus on books I already own and books that are relatively short as the readathon will only be three days long.

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The Star-Touched Queen

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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The Keeper’s Vow

The Keeper's Vow (Guardians #1)From the day he showed up on her front porch, he desperately needed three things: a new beginning, a place to belong, and someone to stand beside him.

By the time she figured that out, it was too late.

In a world where being half-vampire is a dark secret that tears families apart, 16 year-old Katie Watts must untangle the web of lies that is her so-called life. No one is who she thought they were. Her father is keeping secrets and everyone knows the darker truth except her. She has no direction, no answers, and—when she searches for the truth—no home.

As the web untangles, the truth pulls Katie and Tristan closer together, and they find themselves connected in more ways than she can believe. But—is honesty worth more than blissful ignorance? Can she live with the truths that begin with her dead mother and end with The Keeper’s Vow?

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Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. A different bookish topic every week and this week it is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book.

This is such a good topic because it varies so much between people. Some people when they hear ‘coming of age’ or ‘road trip’ or ‘love triangle’ to describe a book will instantly go to pick it up. I would put it straight back on the shelf and back away slowly, unless highly recommended (like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell). Likewise, there are certain people where if they recommended a romance, I would never, ever pick up that book (people who think 50 Shades of Grey is a well-written, non-creepy romance for example).

Without further ado, my top ten!

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Rose Petal Graves

Rose Petal Graves (The Lost Clan #1)Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever.

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

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