Blog Tour/Thoughts|| The No-Good Nine.

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Hey!

Welcome to my stop on the No-Good Nine blog tour! I am super stoked to be a part of this blog tour. I love a good middle grade book and one about Christmas at that! 😛 Continue reading to see my review for this book, more about the book, and a little about the author.

The No-Good Nine

The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano
4 out of 5 stars.

They’re mad, they’re bad, and they’re about to ruin Christmas!”

Book Description: No kids get coal in their stocking these days. Do you know why? It’s thanks to The No-Good Nine! Pittsburgh, 1931. When Peter awakens on Christmas morning to find his stocking full of coal, he is outraged. After he finds the Naughty List, which contains the names of some other children who received no gifts, he decides they should band together and journey to Santa’s workshop to plead their case, as well as play with the toys intended for the Nice children. The ragtag band of misfits sets out on a series of wild misadventures as they travel by train, truck, dog sled, and boat, encountering thieves and bootleggers, in order to reach the renowned Toy Factory only to accidentally burn it down. More slapstick capers follow before the No-Good Nine extricate themselves and set out to find their next great adventure.


I was sent a copy of The No-Good Nine by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Release date: October 16, 2018.

I had a lot of fun reading The No-Good Nine. It’s a middle grade book, but it was still a lot of fun to read even as an adult. There was a funny cast of characters like the Liar, the Brat, the Cruel, and so many more! The No-Good Nine go on a crazy adventure to get to the North Pole to confront Santa about being on the naughty list and receiving coal for Christmas and to play with all the toys that are meant for the nice kids.

There so are many crazy things that happen along the way, which make it all the more fun to read. There were a few things that happened that I questioned, but would most likely be overlooked by a middle grader, since this book is mostly intended for that audience. They didn’t take away from the story or anything, so it was still pretty great. There were so many laugh out loud moments and I flew through it pretty quickly. It’s perfect to read around Christmas time.

Overall, I really enjoyed The No-Good Nine. I thought the adventure aspect was a lot of fun even with some things being a little out there. For a kid though, I think they’ll get a kick out of it. I liked that there were a lot of funny moments and the cast of characters made the story even better. I plan to pass this book along to my nephew, because I think he would really get like it. It’s releasing on October 16th (next week), so be on the look out for it!


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About the Author:

John Bemelmans Marciano collaborated with Sophie Blackall on the middle-grade novel The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield as well as on the Witches of Benevento series. Continuing his grandfather’s legacy, John wrote and illustrated Madeline at the White House, Madeline and the Old House in ParisMadeline and the Cats of Rome, and Madeline Says Merci.

 

 

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WWW Wednesday #55.
Thoughts|| I Will Find You.
Photo A Day|| October 1-5.

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WWW Wednesday #55.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hey!

I had a pretty good reading week for the first week of October. I was actually able to finish three books. It makes me hopeful that I might be able to actually read a lot of the books that I had on my TBR for this month. Here are the books that I’ve been reading and ones that I hope to read really soon.

Currently Reading:

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Children to the Slaughter by A.I. Nasser
Sadie by Courtney Summers

I am reading Children to the Slaughter and that’s part of my Halloweenie TBR. It’s pretty interesting so far. I had Sadie on hold for a bit, because I had some ARCs that I wanted to get read and reviewed, but I will hopefully be picking it back up this week to finish it ASAP.


Recently Finished:

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Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano
I Will Find You by Joe Kenda

I liked Baby Teeth. It was really creepy, but I thought the ending kind of sucked. It got really boring toward the end and wasn’t what I expected. It was still good though. I enjoyed The No-Good Nine, it was pretty good for being a middle grade book. I do like some middle grade stuff though. They’re always fun to read. I’ll have a review up for it tomorrow. I Will Find You was pretty amazing. If you’re a true crime fan, you’ll really enjoy it. I posted a review for it a couple days ago and it’ll be linked at the end of this post if you want to check it out.


Reading Next:

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The War Outside by Monica Hesse
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Honestly, I have no idea what I am going to read next. I have so many options to choose from. I have a couple ARCs I need to read (first two books above) and a couple books from my library that I need to read (last two books above) before they get returned. With the majority of my books packed away, I’ve had to rely on the library for even the books that I own. My Sister Rosa is for my Halloweenie TBR and Six of Crows I’ve been on hold for MONTHS at my library and it finally got checked out to me. I don’t know why Six of Crows was one of the books that I packed away when I knew I wanted to read it this year. At least I finally got it from my library though. It could be any of these four that I read next (or maybe something totally different), but I’m really not too. Guess we’ll see what happens by next Wednesday!

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

I hope to find some time later this week to catch up with all of your posts and comments. It’s been a pretty busy weekend and week so far for me. I also haven’t been feeling good, so I haven’t been up to doing too much. I always catch up though, so I’m not too worried about that. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| I Will Find You.
Photo A Day|| October 1-5.
Book Haul|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

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Thoughts|| I Will Find You.

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I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime by Joe Kenda
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never before revealed case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective. Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome? In I WILL FIND YOU, the star of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards. Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases. Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won’t be able to look away. The tales in I WILL FIND YOU will shock you like the best horror stories-divulging insights into the actions, motivations, and proclivities of nature’s most dangerous species. Don’t mind the blood.


I received I Will Find You from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It’s out in stores now. 

Well my, my, my…it’s not a surprise that I am a sucker for true crime. I love reading true crime stories and books. I love watching true crime TV shows and documentaries on TV/Netflix. I love listening to true crime podcasts. Detective Lt. Joe Kenda happens to be one of my favorites and I love watching his show “Homicide Hunter” on the Investigation Discovery channel. When I seen I Will Find You up on Netgalley, there was no way I was going to pass it up.

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On Joe Kenda’s TV show he talks about all the different cases he’s worked on during his career as a homicide detective. In his book I Will Find You, he talks about the cases that are too gruesome to even air on TV. In his book, Joe Kenda also talks about crime scenes and what he does to determine the who, what, where, when, and how the victim died along with the motive and find out who the killer is. He also talks about life as a homicide hunter and how he became one. I also love that he talkes about himself and his family. I loved learning about other sides to him aside from just his homicide hunter days. Even his family members pop in from time to time to recount a story.

I Will Find You is creepy, scary, and it’s one of the most realist books that you’ll ever read.  If you love true crime, this book is definitely for you. The world is a scary place (it seems so even more these days) and humans are the scariest of all. Joe Kenda talks about how animals kill each other for need (hunger & danger, basically to survive), but some humans kill just to kill. That’s really terrifying to think about and it’s true. In this book you’ll see different reasons and scenarios why humans kill, which none of them are ever justifiable. Then there are some humans that kill just because they like killing.

“Even today, humans are the most ruthless, aggressive, and dangerous of species.”

There’s a lot of triggers and gory things in this book, so proceed with caution. There were even a few things that freaked me out and I don’t get freaked out by these things easily. I mean, I can watch a TV show about a murder, see the reenactments, bloody bodies, and still eat my dinner like I was just watching a normal TV show. 😛 Even though this book is quite serious, I like that Joe Kenda throws in a little humor too. You kind of have to have a dark sense of humor though. I love Joe Kenda’s personality on TV and as he comes across in his book and because of that, this book was easy to read and hard to put down in a writing stand point. The subject matter isn’t always easy to read, but it’s written in a way that it’s hard to put down.

Like I said earlier, it is the realist book you will ever read. It has it’s good moments and a couple happy stories, but a lot of it is not. This isn’t like the TV show “CSI”, this is real life. It’s terrifying and shocking. As dark as I Will Find You is, I thought it was a very good book and really eye opening. I think after having read this book, I will be looking over my shoulder a hell of a lot more than I already do. I will leave you with this quote from the very beginning of the book, because it’s 100% true about this book and you should be prepared if you plan to pick this one up.

“If you have an interest in the truth, you are reading the right book. If you don’t think you can handle the darkest aspects of human nature, then you might want to put this book down, because it will get real in a hurry.”

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| October 1-5.
Book Haul|| September.
Unofficial Halloweenie TBR.

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Book Haul|| September.

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Hey!

I am a couple days late in posting my September book haul and I didn’t have any time to take pictures of my own books, sadly. I got some pretty awesome deals on the few books that I got and I received a couple ARCs as well. I think I actually did pretty good with the e-books too. I usually get a ton of them, but this time I only got five. I tend to go overboard with them, but not this time. I’m going to jump right into the books that I got in September. You can check out all the books I own over here. There’s also links on that page to pages for my kindle books and my physical books.

Books I Bought:

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Lemon
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

I seen The Anatomical Shape of a Heart for only $4 on Amazon, so I decided to get a copy. Plus Jenn Bennett! I loved Alex, Approximately so much and I want to read all of her books.  I was able to get a hardcover of Done Dirt Cheap for only $2.65 on Amazon, so I didn’t want to pass that up. I guess you can say I got it dirt cheap? 😛 I also got The Storm Runner, because it’s a Rick Riordan Presents book and I will read anything he suggests, haha. I will most likely be preordering all of the “Rick Riordan Presents” books soon that I haven’t already. I seen his site updated with more awesome sounding mythology books that I can’t wait to get my hands on.


Books from Publishers/Authors:

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Light Years by Kass Morgan
The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano

I was sent an ARC of Light Years from The Novl. It sounds really interesting. I’ve never read a book from Kass Morgan, but I know she wrote The 100 and so many people seem to love that series and the TV show. I’m a part of the blog tour for the No-Good Nine this month, which I am actually really stoked for because it’s a Christmas themed book and I love Christmas. It’s a middle grade book, but I also am a sucker for some middle grade stuff. I’ve read about 30 pages so far and it’s interesting. It seems like it’ll be fun and I’m sure I’ll be able to pass the book along to my nephew after I read it. I think it will be something he’ll like and maybe it will get him away from the Xbox for a little while? Haha.


E-Books:

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The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
We Were Mothers by Katie Sise
Furyborn by Claire Legrand

I’ve been really trying to limit the books that I buy this year (especially new releases – I still have so many older books I haven’t read yet), so I was stoked to finally see Furyborn on sale in September. I’ve been dying to get my hands on that one.

That’s my September book haul! 🙂 Have you read any of the books that I got in September? What books did you get? Let me know and feel free to link me to your haul posts if you have one.

I posted my Halloween themed TBR (linked below) of the spooky books that I hope to have time to read this month. I always like coming up with a Halloweenie TBR even if I don’t always stick to it or get to all of the books. Maybe there will be some spooky books that catch your eye!

In case you missed it;
Unofficial Halloweenie TBR.
Wrap Up || September.
Thoughts|| Shadow of the Fox.

I hope you have a great day!

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Unofficial Halloweenie TBR.

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BOOOOOO!

It’s finally October and I LOVE OCTOBER and anything Halloween, Fall, and SPOOKY! I usually make this huge Halloween Themed TBR for the month of October, but I’m not really sure how it’s going to work out for this year as I have so many ARCs that I really need to read and give priority to. I still hope to fit some spooky reads in. I’m also not sure how well this will work out for me, because almost all of my books are currently packed away. I’m limited to what I can read as far as spooky/Halloweenie goes. I have to stick to what is on my Kindle and what my library has available. With that being said, here are some Halloween/spooky vibe books that I hope to have time for this month. I’m calling this my “Unofficial Halloweenie TBR”…and you’ll see why as you continue to read.

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Halloweenie TBR:

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Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Crane by Stacey Rourke
Children To The Slaughter by A.I. Nasser
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Teen Frankenstein by  Chandler Baker

I’ve had a few of these one past October TBRs, but I never got around to reading them. I’ve also had quite a few of these on my Kindle for so long now and it would be nice to finally read them. I am super stoked for the Hocus Pocus book and that one will be for sure read in October. I make it a point to watch Hocus Pocus at least once every single year. I have never missed a year yet and I’m curious about this sequel. It’s actually one of the only books that I didn’t pack away because I knew I needed to keep it out to read in October. 😛 And below are some of the ARCs that I plan to read this month that I need to give priority to.

By the way, these Hocus Pocus Funko Pops are EVERYTHING!

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ARCs/Non-Halloweenie TBR:

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I Will Find You by Joe Kenda
The War Outside by Monica Hesse
Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano

I Will Find You is actually a pretty good spooky vibe book for Halloween as well since it’s true crime and about murder cases. I’m part of the blog tour for The No-Good Nine for this month, so that one definitely is number one priority right now. The No-Good Nine is a Christmas book and I keep getting “I Miss You” by Blink-182 in my head because of Halloween and Christmas. “We can live like Jack and Sally if we want, where you can always find me, and we’ll have Halloween on Christmas, and in the night we’ll wish this never ends”. 😛 I am super stoked for it though!

Have you read any of the books on my October TBR? What do you plan to read in October? Let me know and feel free to link me to your posts if you have one!

I am crossing my fingers that I actually get to read a lot of these books. I do have holds at my library that I’ve been on hold forever for, so those might take a little priority over the Halloweenie TBR as well if they become available since I’ve been on hold for so long with them, ughhhh. SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME! I’m not making any promises and this TBR list is a little long (I need options!), but I have my fingers crossed. If anything, at least this is a good Halloweenie recommendation list for you guys if you’re looking for spooky reads for the month of October! 😛

I’ll have my September book haul posted tomorrow and I’ll catch up on your blog posts and comments hopefully today. If I don’t have time today, then tomorrow. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up || September.
Thoughts|| Shadow of the Fox.

I hope you have a great day!

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Wrap Up || September.

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Hey!

September flew by, as almost every month this year has! Not complaining, because it’s my favorite time of the year. THE HOLIDAYS! I am so ready for all the holiday fun, candy, and food to come in the next few months. As for September though, it was a pretty good month. I was able to take a trip to Illinois to visit family, the hubby started a new job, and things might be falling into place? I guess we’ll see what happens.

As far as reading goes, I think I did a pretty decent job with that this month. I was able to read five books and listen to an audiobook. I even started two others that I will hopefully finish soon. I am posting my wrap up a few days early, because I am taking the rest of the month (really only three days) off from reading. I feel a slump coming on and I can’t afford that, especially with what I hope (and need) to read in October. So I don’t plan to have any more books to add to my wrap up.

Now onto my wrap up of the books that I read in September. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts if I did a review for them.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of September.

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – 4 out of 5 stars.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – 4 out of 5 stars.
I was able to finish the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series this month by reading P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I really liked both books, but P.S. I Still Love You was not my favorite of the three. I really liked the ending of the series and thought it was really good. I will say though that Kitty started to annoy me in book two and I honestly couldn’t stand her anymore in book three.

The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis – 3 out of 5 stars.
I mentioned how I thought about DNF The Temptation of Adam, because it ended up getting really boring and I grew to almost hate one of the characters (Dez). I decided to push through it since I only had 30% left. I’m glad I finished it, but I still expected more from it and was a bit of a let down. I still liked some of it though, so I guess it wasn’t a complete fail. There was a lot of quote worthy stuff in it at least.

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Shaeffer – Review – 5 out of 5 stars.
HOLY CRAP NOT EVEN BONES WAS AMAZING! Fast-paced, creepy, exciting, gory, and so fun to read. Feel free to check out my review for more!

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – Review – 5 out of 5 stars.
Julie Kagawa continues to WOW me. Shadow of the Fox was everything I hoped it would be. THE FEELS, YOU GUYS! Great world building, fast paced, fun adventure, great characters, Japanese legends and culture. I don’t know how I am going to survive not having the sequel in my hands right now. Feel free to check out my review for more!


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of September.

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – 5 out of 5 stars.
This was a reread for me, because I was sent an ARC of the sequel and I needed to reread The Five People You Meet in Heaven because it’s been YEARS since I read it the first time. I am so happy I reread it though, because I loved it just as much as I did back then. This time I listened to the audiobook though and it was so good. There was even some sound effects and music throughout it.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of September, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Sadie by Courtney Summers
The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano

I’m about 30% into Sadie and so far it’s pretty interesting. Nothing too crazy has happened yet though. I am taking a little break from it right now, because I really need to read The No-Good Nine and get my review drafted since I am part of the blog tour that is happening this month and I want to have it finished and ready to go when my tour date comes around. I hope to have these both finished in October along with some other books.

What books did you read in September? Have you read any of the books I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts if you have one!

I’ll have my September book haul up on Monday and I will have my Halloweenie TBR posted in the next few days. In my TBR post, I’ll talk about all the spooky reads that I hope to have time for and some upcoming ARCs that I plan to read in October. Be on the look out for those posts coming soon. 😀

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

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Thoughts|| Shadow of the Fox.

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
5 out of 5 stars.

“The spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wings. Many would consider what they do impossible, and yet, they still complete their tasks without fail, because they simply…start. One step at a time.”

Goodreads Description: One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn. Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart. With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.


I received Shadow of the Fox from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Release date October 2, 2018. 

Words….what are words? I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to writing about what I thought of Shadow of the Fox. My thoughts and my love for this book are everywhere right now. I was pretty hooked right from the start and by page 88 I was already feeling all the feels and even shed some tears. I knew from that point on this book was going to mean the world to me.

The world building was spot on and so detailed. I loved all the Japanese legends and culture so much. I was instantly filled with so much excitement while reading Shadow of the Fox. I thought it had a fairly fast pace and so much was going on. The cast of characters was amazing and I loved every single one of them. They all had their own little quirks and reasons why I loved them. I won’t go into too much detail about who they are, because they play parts in the bigger story and I don’t want to risk spoilers.

Yumeko is a Kitsune shapeshifter (half human, half fox) which is totally awesome! One of my favorite things about her is that she never left her temple before, so she knew nothing about the outside world, so she was curious about everything. She asked so many questions and it was funny at times, especially when she would fall for everyone’s sarcasm because she truly didn’t understand or know. Tatsumi and Yumeko are on this journey together and they meet some interesting people along the way (one of them becoming my favorite character) and run into so many crazy things and obstacles.

Overall, I loved everything about Shadow of the Fox. There’s lots of trickery, magic, secrets, and a few twists. There’s demons, witches, ghosts, spirits, samurai, and so many more things in this book. It’s quite the adventure and I had so much fun reading it. It had everything I need and love in a fantasy novel. Beautifully written and well executed to the end. The wait for the sequel is going to be so hard. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for everyone. There’s a couple characters that I feel are going to play an even bigger role in the coming books and I am curious to see if I’m right. I highly recommend reading!

“It is very hard to be human, little fox. Even the humans themselves don’t do a great job of it.”

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Not Even Bones.
Travel || Road Trip to Illinois.

I hope you have a great day!

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