Book Review: A Thousand Nights

21524446Title: A Thousand Nights
Series: A Thousand Nights #1
Author: E.K. Johnston (Website)
Release Date: 09/06/2017
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: LGBTQA+, Fairy Tale Retelling
Age Group: 16-22
Pages: 328
Source: Library

My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

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Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
(Summary from GoodReads.com)

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Status Update

So May wasn’t as successful as I had hoped, but I still read seven books so I’m quite proud of myself.  Already in June I’ve read three, so I think I’m doing pretty well.

I’m still twenty-six books behind in my 2017 reading goal.  But I’m trying not to let that bother me.

Anyway, this month I’m going to try getting more reviews up (I’m currently working on the ones for A Thousand Nights by EK Johnson, Whatever by SJ Goslee, The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins).  I’m also determined to finish the ARCs I’ve received from NetGalley (Juliet Takes a Breath, Sovereign, and Mask of Shadows) but I’ve run into a bit of a snag: they aren’t appearing in my Kindle Library anymore.  Ugh.

In the meantime, I have a ton of books to read! Because I can’t seem to stop buying them AND I have a tendency to check thirty or so out from the library at one time.

The next book on my list is The Ship Beyond Time, and after that Strange the Dreamer and Crown of Wishes.

My goal is to read 12 books this month.  I have an entire week off work coming up from the 21st through the 28th, and I’m really excited because I should be able to get so much reading done.

BOOK REVIEW: My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen

29613832Title: My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen
Author: David Clawson
Release Date: 05/02/2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: LGBTQA+, Fairy Tale Retelling
Age Group: 14-17
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley.com

My Rating: 1 star

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Chris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister Kimberly begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, heir to a political dynasty, everything changes. Because Chris and J. J. fall in love . . . with each other.

With the help of a new friend, Coco Chanel Jones, Chris learns to be comfortable in his own skin, let himself fall in love and be loved, and discovers that maybe he was wrong about his step-family all along. All it takes is one fairy godmother dressed as Diana Ross to change the course of his life.

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen is a Cinderella retelling for the modern reader. The novel expertly balances issues like sexuality, family and financial troubles, and self-discovery with more lighthearted moments like how one rogue shoe can launch a secret, whirlwind romance and a chance meeting with a drag queen can spark magic and light in a once dark reality.
(Summary from GoodReads.com)

I received a free ebook version of this book from NetGalley.com and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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DNF: The Lonely Hearts Hotel

I saw several reviews that compared The Lonely Hearts Hotel with The Night Circus, one of my favorite books.  I couldn’t even make it through the first fifty pages.

The book opens with the matter-of-fact rape of a twelve year old girl by her older cousin and then focuses very strangely on an infant’s penis/erection.  That’s the first two pages.

Then it goes on to describe the systematic abuse of children in an orphanage, the beatings and starvation they endure.  And how they deserve it.

And then an eleven year old boy gets raped by an adult woman, in a scene that felt voyaristic in the same manner Lolita does.

I noped the fuck out of there.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017

toptentuesdayThis meme is hosted by Broke and the Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where you choose your top ten picks based on a topic.

This week’s topic: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017.

(I did more than ten, and that was after limiting myself to standalones and series debutes.  I get really excited about new books.)

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