Book Review – Cemetery Boys

Title:Cemetery Boys
Author: Aiden Thomas
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Genre: Paranormal | YA | Romance
Length: 352 pages
Published:  Sept 1st 2020
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Synopsis:
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

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Transathon wrap-up

If you still don’t know what Transathon is, you can still pretty much figure out from the name! It’s a very awesome readathon that took place all through July and it’s focused on reading more books by trans and non-binary authors! There is also a Mini Transathon for Transgender Awareness Week. Go follow them on twitter @transathon and also you can find the amazing host, Ocean, on twitter @oceansofnovels and on their blog here.

Because I am a lazy piece of muffin, I never wrote my wrap-up for Transathon and while preparing for this week’s posts I realized that this is the perfect week for this. I present to you the amazing books I read over July as part of Transathon.

I am also hosting a giveaway on my Instagram as part of Transgender Awareness Week.

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Book Review – The Camelot Betrayal

Title:The Camelot Betrayal
Author: Kiersten White
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Genre: Fantasy | YA | Retelling
Length: 384 pages
Published:  Nov 10th 2020
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Synopsis:
EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.
Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.
When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

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Top 10 deal-breaker tropes

Tropes, love them, or hate them they are overly present in any type of media out there. From the knight in shiny armor to the good old love triangle there is no way to escape them. Today I thought is only natural to present my take on tropes, and more specific bad tropes, the ones that I avoid in any books and can make me DNF faster than that crazy chicken running from the stupid coyote, you know the one.
While I admit, I added here some tropes that I can live with, and that can even be done well, most of them are either problematic or overly used. Spoiler alert, I am working on a list of bad tropes done well, so stay tuned.

Trigger Warning: mental health, sexual assault

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Book Review – The Guinevere Deception

Title:The Guinevere Deception
Author: Kiersten White
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Genre: Fantasy | YA | Retelling
Length: 352 pages
Published:  Nove 5th 2019
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Synopsis:
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

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October wrap-up & November TBR

I am always amazed by the people that manage to read like 20 books each month ( you are so cool, good job), but I’ve always been a slow reader, and for the last few years I’ve never managed to finish my Goodreads reading challenge. But no more, October was the month when, for the first time ever, I’ve completed my reading challenge.

Overall I’ve read a total of six books, two of which were ARCs that I got either from NetGalley or book tour.

Keeping in mind that this was also the month I stared nursing school I can say I am proud of myself for managing this many books. so let’s start this wrap up!

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Book Review – Juliet Takes a Breath

Title:Juliet Takes a Breath
Author: Gabby Rivera
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Genre: Graphic novel | YA | LGBT
Length: 176 pages
Published:  Nov 25th 2020
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Synopsis:
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But don’t worry, Juliet has something kinda resembling a plan that’ll help her figure out what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian and out. See, she’s going to intern with Harlowe Brisbane – her favorite feminist author, someone’s who’s the last work on feminism, self-love and lots of of ther things that will help Juliet find her ever elusive epiphany. There’s just one problem – Harlowe’s white, not from the Bronx and doesn’t have the answers. Okay, maybe that’s more than one problem but Juliet never said it was a perfect plan…

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Book Review – Cinderella is dead

Title:Cinderella is dead
Author: Kalynn Bayron
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Genre: Fantasy | YA | LGBT
Length: 400 pages
Published:  July 7th 2020
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Synopsis:
It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.
Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

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Book review – You Should See Me in a Crown

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Title:You should see me in a crown
Author: Leah Johnson
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Genre: Fiction|Contemporary |Young Adut|LGBT
Length: 328 pages
Published: June 2nd 2020
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Synopsis:
Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
     But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.
      The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

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