Review: Secret of the Time Tablets (Cleopatra in Space #3)

Title: Secret of the Time Tablets (Cleopatra in Space #3)
Author: Mike Maihack
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Graphix
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Cleo and her friends journey from Yasiro Academy to the city of Hykosis, where some of the most notorious thieves and assassins live. They’re in search of information about the time tablets that could determine Cleo’s fate – whether she wants them to or not. But the group is separated when Xaius Octavian’s fleet attacks their ship, and Cleo and Akila are on their own until they run into an old nemesis. Will Cleo find the information she needs and get out of Hykosis alive? 

Review:

This series is a lot of fun! In the first book, Cleopatra is transported from ancient Egypt into a planet in the distant future.

Cleopatra finds the time tablets in this story. These tablets have the ability to send Cleo back to her time and her family. She goes on an adventure with her friends and she has to escape the evil villain, Octavian. We get to see another planet in this story after they have a battle in space and are stranded.

My favourite character is Khensu. He is Cleo’s history teacher and he is a cat. He’s hilarious, but wise. I love it when he appears in the story.

This is a great series that I highly recommend!

What to read next:

The Golden Lion (Cleopatra in Space #4) by Mike Maihack

Have you read Secret of the Time Tablets? What did you think of it?

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TBR Thursday – February 28

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year.

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Owlcrate Unboxing – December 2018

Here’s my unboxing for the Owlcrate December 2018 box!

I love this wooden ornament! It looked great on my Christmas tree!

I use this bag all the time. It’s light and roomy, so it holds lots of stuff!

Here’s a candle called Lunar Queen, which is from the Lunar Chronicles.

This is a sampler for King of Fools which comes out on April 30. I can’t wait to read it!

This is the monthly pin and a magnet!

I love this Reading Planner! It’s a great way to track your books and new releases.

The book in this box is Amber & Dusk! I had never heard of it before, but it looks great! I love this exclusive Owlcrate cover. There was also a matching necklace in the box.

The theme for the next box is Magical Artifacts!

Did you get this box? What did you think of it?

Litjoy Unboxing – December 2018

This is my unboxing for the Litjoy December 2018 box!

I love this travel cup! It says “I’ll rule the world. As soon as I finish one… more… chapter.”

I’m obsessed with this pin! Weasley is our king!!

These are the perfect socks for any fantasy reader!

This is a beautiful notebook with illustrations from the Chronicles of Narnia.

The book is Once a King by Erin Summerhill. I haven’t read any of the books in this series but they’ve been on my TBR for a while now. Unfortunately, the book didn’t have the special inserts that they requested from the printer. To make up for it, Litjoy is including an extra book in the next box. That is great customer service!

The cards feature characters from Throne of Glass!

Did you get this box? What did you think of it?

Review: An Affair of Poisons

Title: An Affair of Poisons
Author: Addie Thorley
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

No one looks kindly on the killer of a king. 

After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. Mira tries to ease her guilt by brewing helpful curatives, but her hunger tonics and headache remedies cannot right past wrongs or save the dissenters her mother vows to purge.

Royal bastard Josse de Bourbon is more kitchen boy than fils de France. But when the Shadow Society assassinates the Sun King and half of the royal court, he must become the prince he was never meant to be in order to save his injured sisters and the petulant dauphin. Forced to hide in the sewers beneath the city, Josse’s hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible―until his path collides with Mirabelle’s.

She’s a deadly poisoner. He’s a bastard prince. They are sworn enemies, yet they form a tenuous pact to unite the commoners and former nobility against the Shadow Society. But can a rebellion built on mistrust ever hope to succeed?

Review:

This fantasy story is based on the real events of the seventeenth century, referred to as the Affair of Poisons. I didn’t realize that it was a real event until I read the author’s historical notes at the end. That made it more fascinating!

This story was fast paced. Many things happened in this fairly short novels. I liked that it was a stand alone story, because many contemporary fantasy novels turn into long series.

For some reason, I didn’t feel connected to the main character, Mirabelle. Compared to her mother and sister, she was a great person, but I wasn’t rooting for her in the story. I liked Josse much more! He was determined to help his family no matter the costs. He was an admirable hero.

I enjoyed this historical fantasy story!

What to read next:

Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies #1) by Megan Shepherd

Enchantée (Enchantée #1) by Gita Trelease

Have you read An Affair of Poisons? What did you think of it?

‘Waiting on’ Wednesday – February 27

This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.

The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby. The release date is May 7, 2019.

Goodreads Synopsis:

This debut novel—about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out—will make its way straight into your heart.

Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. Though she’s a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Fig’s dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door.

Diving into books about Van Gogh to understand the madness of artists, calling on her best friend for advice, and turning to a new neighbor for support, Fig continues to try everything she can think of to understand her father, to save him from himself, and to find space in her life to discover who she is even as the walls are falling down around her.

Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season is a stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as pressing adult concerns weigh on her. It’s also about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about coming of age and coming out. And more than anything else, it is a story of the healing power of love—and the limits of that power.

What books are you waiting on this week?

Top 5 Wednesday – Fictional Places You’d Take A Date To

This meme is hosted by Lainey from Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads Group for Top 5 Wednesday can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Fictional Places You’d Take A Date To:

1. Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe (Road to Riverdale by Mark Waid)

2. Hogsmeade (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

3. St. Morse (Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody)

4. The Magic Realm (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) by Tania del Rio

5. Genovia (The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot)

What are the fictional places you’d take a date to?