January Wrap-up and February TBR

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I can’t believe January already passed… We just started the year! But it did… And it’s time for another Wrap-up and TBR!

Comparing to November and December this month was much better in terms of reading. I got to some books I was dying to read, I read a bit more – 11 books -, I got some holiday time and I had a bit less school stuff to do. So altogether it was an awesome month!

How was your month? What books did you read?
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The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale (ARC Review)

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The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

Series: N/A

Publisher: Del Rey

Expected publication: February 8th, 2018

Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism

Pages: 480

Format: ARC

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* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Do you remember when you believed in magic?

The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open!

It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.

For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical…

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Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

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Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #3
Publisher: tor.com
Published January 9th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Novella
Pages: 174
Format: Hardback
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Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.

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November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson

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November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson
Series: Bad Bloods #1
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Published September 12th, 2017
Genres: Dystopia, Sci-fi, YA
Pages: 230 – 5h 15min
Format: Audiobook
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Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

* Received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

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The Martian by Andy Weir

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The Martian by Andy Weir
Series: The Martian #1*
Publisher: Broadway Books/Crown/Random House
First published September 27th, 2012
Genres: Sci-fi, Fiction
Pages: 387
Format: Paperback
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’s surface, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Series: N/A
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published March 7th, 2017
Genres: Feminism, Nonfiction, Essays
Pages: 63
Format: Hardback
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A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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Death Note: Black Edition Vol.1 

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Death Note: Black Edition Vol.1 by Tsugumi Ohba
Series: Death Note #1 and #2
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
First published 2003
Genres: Manga, Fantasy
Pages: 392
Format: Paperback
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Killer 2-for-1 value on the hit thriller Death Note!

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for audiences T+.  Contains Volumes 1 and 2 of Death Note!

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light’s noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?

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Most Anticipated Releases 2018 – Part 1

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It’s already the beginning of 2018 and that means… DRUM ROLL… 2018 Releases! It’s always such an exciting time to see what books are gonna come out! These are the books I am interested in getting to from January to June since there’s quite a bit and I haven’t checked many after that, plus the ones I did, half don’t have yet covers.

So here’s my list of anticipated books for the first part of 2018:
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