[Book Tour] A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton [Review + Moodboard]

Hello and happy December! Today I’m part of the book tour for A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton so keep reading if you’d like to hear more about this whimsical middle grade fantasy book, read my review and check out my moodboard!

  • Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
  • Publisher: Random House Children’s – Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publishing Date: December 1, 2020
  • Goodreads

Synopsis: The Girl Who Drank the Moon meets Pax in this fantastical tale of a wolf who forms an unlikely alliance with Baba Yaga to save the forest from a wicked tsar.

Since she was a pup, Zima has been taught to fear humans—especially witches—but when her family is threatened, she has no choice but to seek help from the witch Baba Yaga.

Baba Yaga never does magic for free, but it just so happens that she needs a wolf’s keen nose for a secret plan she’s brewing… Before Zima knows what’s happening, the witch has cast a switching spell and run off into the woods, while Zima is left behind in Baba Yaga’s hut—and Baba Yaga’s body!

Meanwhile, a young village girl named Nadya is also seeking the witch’s help, and when she meets Zima (in Baba Yaga’s form), they discover that they face a common enemy. With danger closing in, Zima must unite the wolves, the witches and the villagers against an evil that threatens them all.

Purchase a copy of this book:

Amazon Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Indigo | IndieBound

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November Wrap Up & Book Haul //2020

This will be a short wrap up as I am feeling very uninspired and a bit burnt out, frankly. The Portuguese Bibliophile might be going on a temporary hiatus in December for me rest and find my creative drive again, though I do have a few posts coming up that I’ve already prepared.

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Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefwater

Goodreads: Some race to win. Others race to survive. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition – the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

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Six Thrillers I Recommend! mini-reviews feat. if we were villains, a good girl’s guide to murder & more!

One of the reading goals I define for myself nearly every year is to try to read more from different genres, and mystery/thrillers and horror books are something I rarely get to during the Fall season.

But this year I’ve finally been reading some, and I have to say I’m enjoying these types of books very much, especially YA mysteries/thrillers. I didn’t read the majority of the books listed below during this Fall season exactly, but I figured this is the best time to finally recommend them! (Plus, mini-reviews are a great way to tackle the massive list of reviews I needed to write).

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A Few Writing Tips & Resources to Help You Win NaNoWriMo

Hello, fellow writers! We’re at the halfway mark for NaNoWriMo! Although I’m not taking part in the event this year, I’ve done it a few times before (for both NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo). I know how difficult and exhausting it can be to write the daily word goal while balancing all the other aspects of your life. And to do it every day for 30 days! So, today I’m bringing you a few tips and free resources to help you win this NaNoWriMo, whether that means writing 50 000 words for you or not.

I would love to be in the right mental headspace and have a story that I’m truly inspired to write so I could participate this year. This is a special time of the year for writers everywhere as we’re all in the same boat, motivating and inspiring each other without even realizing it sometimes.

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Double Review: From Blood and Ash & A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads // A Maiden… Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty… The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

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Top 13 Movie & TV Recommendations for Halloween!

I love the idea and atmosphere surrounding Halloween, but the truth is we don’t really celebrate it here in Portugal (which is sad for me, I wish we did). Some kids try sometimes, they’ve knocked on my door in the past, but usually no one in my old building would even let them in…

Today I’m bringing you some TV and film recommendations for you to watch this year and my own small watchlist. I’ve included non-scary family friendly movies, spooky tv shows and even a few movies that actually scared me. Some are recent, some are classics from the 90’s, but I only recommended the ones I thoroughly enjoyed or loved!

Also, I made a Halloween list of spooky tv series you should watch that still totally applies to this year: Four Spooky TV Shows to Watch On Halloween – featuring one I recommend here as well!

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Read V.E. Schwab’s Books!!

Today, I’m here to tell you all the reasons why V. E. Schwab’s books are unique, incredible, and definitely worthy of reading if you haven’t had the pleasure yet.

When I first came into contact with this author in 2016, the Shades of Magic trilogy, arguably her most popular books, weren’t all published yet, and naturally neither were a few others and the hype surrounding this author wasn’t quite the same.When an author and their books become popular or hyped, it can also be negative publicity as some readers prefer to stay away from the hype, large fandom bases, and all that can entail.

Still, as a fan, I really want to share my love for this author with you. So, if you haven’t yet read one of her books, or decided to read more of her, please take this post as a strong recommendation to do so!

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My Current Netgalley TBR:

My Netgalley TBR is getting scarily large and most definitely out of hand. I keep getting approved for more and more books than I’m expecting so I haven’t been able to keep my feedback rate higher than 76% this year. It seems that as soon as I read a book I get approved for another. Oh well. I’m still hoping for yet another one I requested last night…

I have 4 arcs in my reading app right now (I use Overdrive because the new Netgalley app sucks let’s be honest) and besides those I have yet another 6 to be downloaded still. I’m particularly excited about the 2021 releases to be honest. Some of these have already been published but for whatever reason it’s being reprinted/published by some other publishing house and Netgalley UK had it available to request.

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