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Astra’s Fortnightly Recommend 

Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

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Why read it?

After having to analysis this to death for educational purposes, I can confidently say this book is beautiful. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Who knew the ramblings of an English butler could be so insightful?

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Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Title: Red, White & Royal Blue

Author: Casey McQuiston

My rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.48/5

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBT

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Griffin

Summary (Goodreads):

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
 

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June Book Haul (self control prevails)

Hello! Posting a classic end-of-the-month post y’all. Can I just say, it’s been an absolute struggle not to buy every book that was published in between 2016 to 2019. I can’t believe how many fantastic books I’ve missed out on! However despite feeling like I need to buy every single book ever, I showed an extreme amount of restraint and actually bought only three books. THREE BOOKS?! Lets check them out! Continue reading

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.62/5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publisher:  Orion Children’s Books

Summary (Goodreads):

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
 

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My Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sorting!

Hello guys! I thought this would be a fun, short post about my Ilvermorny sorting. If you guys didn’t know, JKR released some new information on the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which is a wizarding school based in America. The information was so interesting and it left me wanting another couple of books just for Ilvermorny (that’s the power of JKR!). I guess I will just have to be content with the extra tidbits we are getting at the moment!

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Anyway as I said, this post is going to be my sorting in Ilvermorny. I’ll split it up into two parts pre-Sorting and post-Sorting. Let’s get right to this!

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


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Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab

My rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.32/5

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher:  Titan Books

Summary (Back of book):

Kell is one of the last travellers-magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London,without magic and ruled by the mad King George III. Red London-where magic is revered, and whee Kell was raised alongside the heir to the empire. White London-where people fight to control the remaining magic and magic fights back. And once there was Black London…

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