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Fireborne
Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
Seraphina meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that's full of rivalry, romance . . . and dragons. The brutal revolution that overthrew the Dragonlords may have orphaned Annie and Lee, but it's brought new hope to their city. Now anyone--including the lowborn--can have wealth, an education, and even test into the governing class of dragonriders. Aristocratic by birth and with his identity concealed, Lee's confidence and air of power have made him a rising star in the very regime that slaughtered his family. Annie, a former serf, is as bold a rider as they come--in the air. On the ground, she struggles with self-doubt. Now, after seven years of friendship, Annie and Lee are rivals for the top position in the city's fleet. All the riders have been preparing to lead their people into the future, yet no one is ready when survivors from the Dragonlord families resurface with dragons of their own, bent on reclaiming the city. With war looming and their relationship growing, Annie and Lee will both have to confront wavering loyalties. Lee will be forced to choose between killing the only family he has left, or betraying everything he's come to believe in, while Annie will have to decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.
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I‘m in love 🐉

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humouress
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I‘ve always enjoyed country dancing (though I haven‘t done it in years) and listening to this description had me smiling.

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humouress
Fireborne | Rosaria Munda

The dragon riders (since all the old guard were killed inthe revolution) are all teenagers. Annie (Antigone) and Lee (aka Leo) ~15 &16, grew up together as orphans. She lost her family to dragonfire and he lost his to the revolution and both bear the scars of the past. Both want to be First Rider. They are kids on the cusp of adulthood but the dragoriders are all asked to bear a lot of responsibility for the new regime.

humouress The author shows both the pros and cons of the meritocracy; it has improved the lot of most people but some people lose out, families who were wealthy previously don‘t seem to have changed status and when famine threatens, the ‘old methods‘ are used to ensure all the food is collected ‘for the greater good‘ 3mo
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humouress
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I really liked ‘Fireborne‘ when I read it but I didn‘t review it so now I‘m listening to it for a second go.
I like Julia; she wanted to be part of a male-only profession and not only did she go out and break barriers to achieve that, she rose to the very top.

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asterese
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I didn't even blink. We rarely get autographed copies in the local bookstore here, and when I saw this one, it was the only copy with that sticker. Picked it up, no further questions. 😂

I mean, you can never have too many copies of your favorite books. 🤭

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After a revolution, everything is merit based and now dragons can bond to commoners rather than just the 3 hereditary dragon families. Young dragonriders grapple with their new role and we see the flaws in the new regime (even if they may not; there's a Ministry of Propaganda and a Censorship Committee)

humouress We see the viewpoints of both Lee and Annie, two dragonriders contending to be Firstrider and no indication of who will win - or who we want to win 8mo
humouress Author says some of her ideas come from Virgil‘s ‘Aeneid‘ and Plato‘s ‘Republic‘ (I‘ve not read either of those) 8mo
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This was so, so, so, so, good!!!! I can‘t wait to read book 2!!!

#TBRRead #WinterGames #MistletoeManiaca #AVeryMerryReadathon

TheSpineView Another for my wishlist! ❤📚📖 12mo
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jeannasser
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Okay…I know you‘re thinking…”the heck does this have to do with Metallica‘s most popular song about a monster coming to haunt you at night?”
Hear me out…
In the second verse, James sings: “Dreams of war, dreams of liars, dreams of dragon‘s fire…”
Soooooooo I decided to listen to my epic fantasy obsession and go with this book! 🐉🔥⚔️
(Also I‘m totally not flexing that this is a signed copy 🙃)

#littensdressedinblood #dragons #war #fantasy #epic

Patchshank Great. Now I'm going to be singing that for the rest of the day 😆 1y
jeannasser @Patchshank ironically I‘m wearing a Metallica shirt and now I have the entire album stuck in my head 😂 1y
Ruthiella I think you and Litten @Branwen were separated at birth! 🐉 1y
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MidnightBookGirl It definitely works! And you should be flexing!! 1y
Branwen @Ruthiella @jeannasser OMG YASSSSS! DRAGON LOVERS UNITE! 😂🐉💕📚 1y
jeannasser @MidnightBookGirl 😌😌😌😌 1y
jeannasser @Branwen Yesss they‘re the best!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰 if I see a book and it has the word dragon in the title or the blurb, I‘m SOLD 1y
jeannasser @Ruthiella I think so too 😂🥰🤔🐉 1y
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Twainy
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🎧📚If you put Hunger Games, GoT, HP, Red Rising & an extra healthy dose of dragons in a blender on high ... you‘d get something close to his book.

I enjoyed it. Extra star for no real romance! It was slow.

War makes it possible for anyone to become a dragon rider. Annie the lowborn meets Lee the privileged. They both lost something to the other side. They both are fighting for the top spot.

Lots of dragons & political intrigue.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-

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It's not everyday that you hear back from one of your favorite authors, or receive a bookplate in the mail from them. 🥺🥰 (The details on those stamps! 🐲)

If anyone needs to read at least one book or series with dragons in their lifetime, please consider reading The Aurelian Cycle by Rosaria Munda, particularly the first book Fireborne. The sequel Flamefall was released last March, and the third book's coming along. 😃

Bookish_Gal That‘s amazing! I recently came across that book m because I love dragons. Especially with riders. 2y
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asterese
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Happy World Book Day from this side of the world! 🥳📚

1. BOOK REC: Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle #1) by Rosaria Munda. The meaning of revolution. And dragons. 🤌

2. RECENT READ: The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday. Easily a 5 star read even before the first chapter of this novella is over.

3. SHELF UPDATE: The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec. That cover. 👀

4. ARBITRARY READING GOAL: Read a Kazuo Ishiguro novel before I turn 31.

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Bailedbailed

Yeah, the cover fooled me again

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Reign_5.0
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I have no idea what this book is about. But the cover made me smile. Ijs

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bookandbedandtea
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@TheAromaofBooks my #BookSpin prize arrived last night and I'm thrilled all over again! First, simply to have won and then to receive this beauty! Thank you! 💗

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! It's one I've been meaning to read also so I'll be curious to hear your thoughts!!! 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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@TheAromaofBooks my #bookspin giveaway book just arrived. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile! Thanks again for hosting such an amazing challenge every month!

Crazeedi 👏👏🎉🎉 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! So glad it arrived safely!! I've been wanting to read it, too, so I'll be interested to hear what you think!! 2y
Lovesbooks87 @TheAromaofBooks I will let you know what I think. I also have a question about #bookspinbingo. I put my postal book club book as one of my squares and I don‘t think it is going to make it to me in time for this month. Is it okay to pick another book for that square? It isn‘t a bookspin or doublebookspjn pick. If it isn‘t okay that‘s fine. Just thought I would ask! 😀 2y
TheAromaofBooks Absolutely, swap in as needed!!! I have the same thing going on - and both the books that I mailed out the last week of December are still caught in postal purgatory as well 😕 2y
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asterese
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I picked this book after hearing some pretty stellar reviews, and this did not disappoint.

This was really beautiful, and I can't express enough how much I loved the story Rosaria Munda masterfully crafted.

This is a book I will re-read over and over again, and still love as much as I did the first time I read it.

⭐: 5

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asterese
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My surprise anticipated read this year after hearing so many good things about it, and my (hopefully) soon-to-be 5th Austen novel. 😊 #bookmail

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Tanzy13
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Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that's full of rivalry, romance... and dragons.

A gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you‘ve chosen.

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Twainy
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iPhone app ... I can‘t use my phone to access the BOTM site without it going strait to the app (without A LOT of hassle) and I couldn‘t use the app to get the birthday code. Had to sign on to the main BOTM website at work 🤦🏼‍♀️ I‘m happy with the book choices again this month!

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I asked my boyfriend to choose a book in my bookshelf that I can read for July... And I regret the day I told him I'm not a fan of reading fantasy! Augh! #challengeaccepted

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Chrissyreadit
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Mehso-so

I did not love it. My frustration was more with the very unrealistic role for teen protagonists. They were in leadership roles that just did not make sense to me. Surely there are a range of adults in this world? It also reminded me of Hunger Games and Red Rising in little ways- but those are favorite books. #readyoursign

TheAromaofBooks I've had this one on my list for a while... I think because of the cover and DRAGONS! 😁 2y
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks I wanted to love it! I can‘t tell you how frustrated I was that I did not. I still may read the second book though. 2y
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I‘m using the Summer to #readyoursign since all of these are on my TBR, one is my #book spin and I‘m only halfway through one. #gradschool and #Covid-19 have me with amazing books, many challenges and less time.

Clwojick 🦁♥️🦁 2y
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1. Tagged
2. Wow, almost impossible to say because I have SO many. I really love Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles - so sassy, and DRAGONS
3. I've never actually listened to them!

#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz AHHHH! Enchanted Forest! Yeesss! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I love Morwen and Kazul and Cimorene so much. 3y
TheAromaofBooks @ozma.of.oz - my sister and I love those books so much that she's named almost all of her cats after various characters: Mendenbar, Jasper, Telemain, Rupert, Alinora - Mendenbar's original name was Cimorene but then he turned out to be a boy! 😂 3y
ozma.of.oz Your friend is completely brilliant! 😍😍 I adore that. And Morwen would approve. (edited) 3y
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Branwen
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Here is my dragon Thalion! His name means 'the steadfast' in Elvish! 😀🐉📚💕 #dragonsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen Another very cool dragon! 3y
Meaw_catlady Where do you get your dragon baby‘s? Love him! 🖤🖤🖤 3y
Branwen @Leftcoastzen Thank you so much, friend! 😙 3y
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Branwen @Meaw_catlady From Renaissance Faire's! When I lived on the east coast I would go to the HUGE faire in Pennsylvania each year and pick out a dragon! It was always so fun to look forward to it and save up for a new dragon throughout the year! Luckily, the same company has a booth at the Michigan Renn faire so I've been able to continue the tradition out here! The company is family owned and each dragon is handcrafted and unique! 🐉💕 3y
Meaw_catlady @Branwen that‘s so amazing !! I go to the Colorado Ren fest every summer!! I have a lil bb goblin puppet! I‘ll have to post a picture !! I would love to go to a faire with you! 3y
Branwen @Meaw_catlady YAAASSSS! Ren faires are the absolute BEST! 🐉🦄💖 OMG THAT WOULD BE SO EPIC-I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO ONE WITH YOU! 😀 Oooooooh yes please post a pic! I want to see your little goblin! 😍 3y
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ninergrl6
Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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I read the majority of this during a Disneyland trip so I had to take a pic of it with the OG dragon queen 🐉 I LOVE THIS BOOK. Action, nuanced characters/relationships, political intrigue, will-they-won‘t-they-slow-burn-romance (my favorite kind), an ACTUAL RESOLUTION even though it‘s the first book in a series (so rare!)... I can‘t recommend it highly enough, and I don‘t even typically like “dragon books.” #ya #fantasy #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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ninergrl6
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This book is SO GOOD I wanted my flight home to be LONGER 😳 Thought I‘d sleep on the plane... NOPE, wide awake, audibly gasped at least 7 times, probably scared the other passengers around me 😂 I‘m exhausted but I CAN‘T STOP! Also, kudos to Kristie Radwilowicz for this brilliant cover design (see the silhouetted faces under the dragon wings? 🤯) #ya #bookclub #fantasy #dragons

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Last book was a little but of a let down. Onto the next!

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lurkykitty
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I read an ARC of Fireborne and loved it. It was plot and character driven, fast paced and had great world building. The characters inspire empathy and the reader very quickly cares what is going to happen to them. The Dragons add an exciting dimension to the story. Fireborne is thought provoking and raises a lot of ethical questions about how to structure a society.

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decorating.reader
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Ummm why are more people not talking about this book? It is AMAZING. Dragons. Slow burn romance. Loyalty. Life altering decisions. Dragon duels. Lee. Annie. LEE. ANNIE. DRAGONS. READ IT!!!!!

CoffeeK8 Yes this book was amazing! I was hooked! 3y
ninergrl6 Just finished it — AMAZING! It‘s like YA Game of Thrones and I‘M HERE FOR IT. 3y
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JeaMar82
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Bailedbailed

Made it about 60 pages. I don't like the writing style though so going to bail on this one.

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JeaMar82
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Started this on break at work this morning. 16 pages in so far.

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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Mehso-so

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
I love the dragons in the book. I loved the dual POVs. I did not love the love story and felt like there was a lot of dull moments sprinkled throughout the novel. Will I read the next book? Maybe. I‘ll have to see.
#botm #bookstagram #bibliophile #audible #litsy #littens #soso

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CoffeeK8
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If you like your dragon fantasy in a world where society was supposedly “freed” and all people were made “equal” by overthrowing a king then this YA is for you. Inventive and by turns both dark and hopeful.

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Good Morning everyone!

We are so excited to welcome @rosariamunda to Stuck in the Stacks for our first ever Saturday Spotlight.

Head on over to learn more about Rosaria and her dragon fantasy debut Fireborne.

Also, feel free to ask your own questions! We have invited Rosaria to hang around and respond at her leisure

https://stuckinthestacks.com/2019/12/14/saturday-spotlight-rosaria-munda/

#bookblog
#botmya
#authorinterview
#saturdayspotlight

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stuck.in.the.stacks
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If you read and loved Fireborne, Emily and I are doing a Q&A with Rosaria next month on our blog and would love to include some questions from readers.

You can follow the link and post your questions in the event. 😊

https://facebook.com/events/463338034315764/?ti=cl

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stuck.in.the.stacks
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We couldn't stand it anymore!

Check out our latest blog post to see some exciting news!!!

https://stuckinthestacks.com/2019/11/17/big-announcement/

#bookblogger #blognews #bookblogsoflitsy #bookbloggershub

phatsallylee Checked out the news. That's very exciting for you guys! 3y
stuck.in.the.stacks @phatsallylee we are so excited! 3y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Ahhhh! This was so damn good! Dragons and dueling sides with some RIDICULOUS political history and a cute romance.

TheHungryBookworms I have to check it out 3y
SassenachTheBookWizard @TheHungryBookworms enjoy! Can't believe it's a debut 3y
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime i loved this one ❤️ 3y
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emmabeanbooks
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I got my first months subscription to #bookofthemonth and I am beyond excited to get a chance to crack this one open!

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Kamisha
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Finished my first book for the #Readathon! And what a great book it ended up being! I was only mildly interested in this ARC at first because anything with dragons piques my interest, but Fireborne ended up having so much more to offer! The world-building in this story is phenomenal and I love the way the author was so clearly inspired by classics and Latin. I‘ll definitely be following up with this series! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Action-packed, triumphant, engaging, fascinating.

Fireborne‘s a novel destined to become a classic, the plot centers around two characters. The revolution involved dragons that belonged to a specialized few, after the revolution that changed. The dragon rider‘s became based upon a merit-based system for all people, that must be proven from tournaments. The two main characters Lee, and Annie are dragon riders, with one of their identities hidden.

ozma.of.oz That sounds awesome! 3y
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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I absolutely loved this first installment in a new dragon-based YA fantasy series. It reminds me a lot of a less wordy Game of Thrones, but with more dragons. The narrator changes between 2 dragon-riding orphans, Lee and Annie. My favorite aspect of this book so far though is the history and politics of the world. I definitely recommend this first book in the Aurelian Cycle series to anyone who enjoys this genre. In stores today 10/15/19. 🐲🐉

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abookishbutterfly
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Fireborne has been described as Game of Thrones meets Red Rising. Sounds awesome, right?! Okay, maybe it sounds awesome to you but I‘m not familiar with either of those stories! 😬 I‘m not a huge fantasy reader but I‘ve been trying to find storylines that appeal to me.

You can get this book for just $9.99 plus tax when you sign up for BOTM YA by using the code PSL5 at checkout! http://book-of-the-month.ixmz.net/GkO9E

DGRachel As a fan of both, it does sound awesome, but I‘m skeptical of the comparison. 3y
abookishbutterfly @DGRachel I‘ll have nothing to go on in the end, I guess. It will be interesting to see what other people who do love both end up thinking of this. 3y
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Cailey_Mac
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Presenting my #botm #yabotm Fireborne by Rosaria Munda! 👏🏼 I cannot wait to dive into this peach!🐉 #tbr #currentread

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A fierce #orange-y cover on one of my new #BOTM books.

+1 for #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #ChillingPhotoChallenge

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abookishbutterfly
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Hey guys! The new BOTM YA October book choices are live and they are awesome!!

Since it‘s the last day of September, the YALIT code I told you about is still good. That means you can still sign up and get your first box for just $5 plus tax. Shipping is free! The code will expire tonight so don‘t delay!

You can use my affiliate link to get started: http://book-of-the-month.ixmz.net/GkO9E

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robinb
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I‘m of two minds about this YA dystopian fantasy.

First the pros: it‘s well written, features wonderful world-building and portrays strong male and female protagonists in Lee (17) and Annie (16)...we are able to hear both their perspectives as told in alternating chapters. And I especially enjoyed how the bonds were forged between humans and their dragons (and how strong they become).

But I felt that it was too drawn out, lagged in places 🔽🔽

robinb and could‘ve been much tighter than 400+ pages. There was also a lot of political intrigue here, between an old regime ruled by a triarchy of dragonlords and a post-revolution government headed by a First Protector. The author notes that she based some of her political structure on Plato‘s Republic and Virgil‘s Aeneid, and while I‘m not very familiar with these works, I will say that I became somewhat frustrated with how similarly 🔽🔽 3y
robinb power-hungry they both were. The class system actually reminded me a bit of the Divergent series. One other thing that irritated me was the romance here. While Annie & Lee share a deep and abiding bond, there is an additional third party that just served to confuse me. TBH, I wanted to throttle Lee more than a few times for behavior that seemed out of character to me in this triangle. 🔽🔽 (edited) 3y
robinb It ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, and as I see that there will be at least two more, yes, I‘ll probably add them to my TBR. 😊 3.75/5⭐️

Thanks to #BookishFirst!
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j9brown Great review! 3y
robinb @j9brown Thank you! A bit long-winded for me...🤣🤣🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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I‘m looking forward to this YA dystopian fantasy billed as a “The Game of Thrones meets Red Rising debut”.

Won this one from #BookishFirst. Out 10/15

BarbaraBB Hi Robin! I just ordered a little something for you but I couldn‘t add an additional note so if a little parcel arrives from BookDepository, please wait with opening it until the 22th 😉😘 3y
robinb @BarbaraBB You are too good to me, sweet friend! Thank you for thinking of me! 😘🤗💕 3y
gradcat @robinb Robin, is your TBR up to date? 3y
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robinb @gradcat Yes, it should be up-to-date. 👍 3y
gradcat Thanks! ♥️ 3y
robinb @gradcat 💕😊 3y
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Lylah
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Reading outside is relaxing 🌷🌱