The Gringo Champion

The Gringo Champion (Campeón gabacho) by Aura Xilonen (2017)
Translated by Andrea Rosenberg

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Fiction | Contemporary | Sports
2.5 StarsBlurb:

“WINNER OF THE MAURICIO ACHAR PRIZE FOR FICTION

Liborio has to leave Mexico, a land that has taught him little more than a keen instinct for survival. He crosses the Rio Bravo, like so many others, to reach “the promised land.” And in a barrio like any other, in some gringo city, this illegal immigrant tells his story. Continue reading

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Wallflowers Series

Wallflowers #1-4 by Lisa Kleypas (2004-2006)

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Fiction | Historical Romance | (TV-MA)
5 stars

Oh my goodness I ended up binge-reading this entire series! I love Jane Austen’s novels and these are very similar in style but, well, less reserved (lol). It’s been a while since I found a historical fiction tale that so captivated my attention and of course I didn’t mind the romance! Continue reading

Happy Pub. Day! | Dust to Dust

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IT’S HERE!!! If you’ve read ALARUM then you’ll probably understand why readers put in a request for a novella to give us more time with Fury & Riker. And Talis delivered! Keep reading for more on the novella plus an excerpt!
If you haven’t read ALARUM yet then check out my post here to read more! I strongly suggest reading the novella after you’ve read the main book since this is a companion story that takes place within a 3-year gap of time and will definitely spoil things (and might not make quite as much sense) if you haven’t read the book first.  Continue reading

The Sentinel’s Alliance

The Sentinel’s Alliance (Silent Sea Chronicles #3) by Suzanne Rogerson (2019)
-eARC Review-

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Fiction | Fantasy
4 StarsBlurb:

“Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath. Continue reading

Fantasyland Series

Fantasyland #1-3 by Kristen Ashley (2011)

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Fiction | Fantasy Romance | (TV-MA)
3.5 Stars

I decided to do a mini review for the series, although I’ve only read 3 of the 5 books in the series (I’m just not much interested in the other two), rather than a separate post for each. But I’ll list each book individually below with a link to my Goodreads review for it beneath if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts about a specific book in the series. Continue reading

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness (2011)

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Fiction | Paranormal

DNF

Blurb:

“Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.”
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Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed (2016)

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Fiction | Sci-Fi
5 starsBlurb:

Go beyond the film with a novelization featuring new scenes and expanded material.

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome. Continue reading