4th of July Book Tag

We found this tag on YA Page Turner and wanted to participate. Let us know your answers to these questions in the comments. Even though we’re two days late, Happy 4th of July!

1. Show three books you have already read, one red, one white and one blue:

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Red: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin. The cover of this book is gorgeous! We can’t wait to read the third book in this series, Gods & Monsters, out in July!

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Review: The Silence of Bones by June Hur

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1800 Joseon (Korea). Sixteen-year-old Seol is indentured to the police bureau but is missing home. When a young noblewoman is found murdered in the streets, Seol is tasked with helping a young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder. But when the inspector becomes the prime suspect, Seol must go outside the bounds of her servitude to clear his name. 

We admit, this book was hard for us to get through at times. We had been so looking forward to reading it because it involved all of our favorite things: murder, mystery, and learning about other cultures and historical periods. But we’re sad to say this story kind of fell flat for us! 

Seol was not a very compelling MC and we did not really feel connected to her narration. There were times we had to skip parts to keep our interest going. The other characters were also not very memorable, aside from Inspector Han. Seol had the potential for major growth but we never felt she truly got there. We were, however, invested in figuring out the mystery behind her brother’s disappearance, but even that reveal kind of fell flat for us. Overall, the character development was subpar. But we liked how Seol always spoke her mind and was so brave in her efforts to solve the case. 

Our favorite part of this book was learning more about Korea in the 1800s. The political dynamics between the monarchy and the rise of the Catholic Church in this book were fascinating. We learned so much about 1800 Korea. The author did a great job flushing out the world building in this regard, and honestly, without the world building we would’ve probably DNF’d this one. 

The mystery was also pretty well written. Again, the political dynamics really pushed the resolution of the conflict forward and made it more interesting. We were hooked and wanted to know what happened to the noblewoman in her past. 

We were also kind of disappointed there was no romance or even great friendships for Seol. She was very much alone and treated horribly by others. 

Overall, The Silence of Bones was a bummer for us. We loved the history but couldn’t get invested in any of the characters. 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️.5/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summer Book Tag 2021

We found this fun summer book tag from Sweet & Sunny Living and decided to participate.
Last year our Summer Book Tag featured books with the word summer in the title. This year it’s books that make us think about summer.

1. Iced Drink: A Refreshing Book

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Glimpsed by G.F. Miller was fun, sweet and such a refreshing book because we’ve never read anything like it. If you’re looking for a creative and quirky YA romance, this book is for you! Charity is fairy godmother and the disgruntled ex of one of her Cindies (clients), is determined to expose Charity for destroying people’s lives (or so he thinks). In exchange for helping the adorkable Noah win back his ex, he will keep his mouth shut about Charity’s fairy godmother status.

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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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The streets of Ketterdam are bustling with international trade, and a new drug has been introduced onto the streets— jurda parem, capable of heightening any Grisha’s powers beyond their control.

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to orchestrate the heist of a lifetime: find the scientist who created jurda parem and Kaz will be rich beyond his wildest dreams. Together with his chief spy, The Wraith, he puts together a team of Ketterdam’s most notorious criminals: a Fjerdan convict out for revenge; a Heartrender soldier with a complicated past; a sharp shooter with a gambling problem; and a runaway with a penchant for bomb-making. Together, they will take on one of the greatest heists in history…or die trying.

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Review: Mazarine by Cece Louise

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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Mazarine is third book in The Forest Tales series and the companion to Desperate Forest and The Jabberwocky Princess.

Darius, the former King of the Kingdom of Marcsnovia, has spent three years as prisoner on a fishing ship. Ever since Jay and Roselynn sentenced Darius, he’s been all alone in the world and paying for killing his father. When a storm hits the ship one night, Darius sees it as his on opportunity to escape. Except, the sea has other plans.

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Book vs TV Show: Tiny Pretty Things

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Warning: Spoilers if you haven’t read the book series or watched the TV show. 

Late last year, Tiny Pretty Things released on Netflix. We had to watch it as soon as we saw the trailer. How could we resist a dark mystery set at a hyper-competitive ballet school? 

The book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton was published in May 2015. We read the book recently and couldn’t wait to compare it to the show. 

While the show has not been renewed yet for a season 2, we hope it gets one. After all, the book has a sequel titled Shiny Broken Pieces. We’re excited to see what happens next in both the book and TV show. 

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Review: The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

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*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Emily Carter used to be lucky. Three years ago her life changed and she felt like her luck ran out. Now, most of her friends aren’t speaking to her, her dad is selling the house and her summer will be nothing but boring.

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Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

Today we’re participating in the Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Book Tag. We were tagged by Anna’s Book Nook and we’re so excited to participate!

The Rules

  • Make sure to give credit to the original creator of this tag- Bree Hill
  • If you want to, ping back to the post you first saw this tag on
  • Have fun!
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June 2021 Book Club: Silence of Bones by June Hur

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The Book

Silence of Bones released April 21, 2020.

Why did we pick this book?

Silence of Bones has been on our TBR for over a year. We hadn’t read a YA historical fiction in a while and thought June was the perfect time for this book…since it’s the author’s name. Bad pun, we know! Email us at imallbookedupya@gmail.com to join us Sunday June 20th for book club!

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