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✵ Spell the Month in Books│May

This is my first blog post ever, and I’m nervous about publishing it! I honestly feel like I don’t know what I’m doing (this took an unbelievably long time to figure out!), so please be patient with me! Note that I first saw this challenge from Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus and that the original challenge is from Jana @ Review From the Stacks.

M – Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

About the Book: Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

My Thoughts: I read Mark of the Raven earlier this year, and it was wonderful. I’m looking forward to seeing how the series continues (I already have the second book, Flight of the Raven!), but if you like Christian fantasy, this may be for you!

A – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

About the Book: It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

My Thoughts: We’ve owned an old copy of this one for the longest time, but I still haven’t read it yet. Science fiction is actually not really my thing (I’m sorry!), but I do like classics and A Wrinkle in Time is a classic (right?). I want to read this sometime this year, but I also have tons of other books I want to read. Someday, though! (I’d love to hear what you thought of this one if you’ve read it!)

Y – Young Elites, The by Marie Lu

About the Book: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series 

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
 
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

My Thoughts: Okay, Adelina is a pretty crazy character. It’s been a few years since I’ve read (Correction: I listened, not read. Do audiobooks still count as reading?) this series, but I remember loving The Young Elites. Still, this is a general market YA series, so the themes and content aren’t always appropriate (there’s nothing too bad, though!). I’m going to wait another year or so before I reread this for updated thoughts on it.


How did I do? Am I doing this blogging thing right? In time, I think I will become accustomed to adding blocks and writing posts and just being on WordPress in general, but for now, this feels like a new adventure to me! If you’re an experienced blogger, my perfectionist self would love to hear any tips you can offer. And thank you for being here in the first place! I really appreciate it!

Namárië,

Lily

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  1. Welcome to the blogosphere, Lily ❤ It's a delight to see your blog and I look forward to seeing more!
    I can't say I'm an *experienced* blogger – I've been one for the greater portion of a year – but just keep exploring, and trying new things, and writing what's you… and I think you’ll find yourself more comfortable by and by. (: May God bless and guide you as you write!

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    1. Thank you, Libby!

      And thank you for the encouragement and the advice as well. It sounds wise to me! 😁 God bless you, too. 🤗💗💗

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  2. Welcome to the blogosphere!!! Your blog is lovely and I’m excited about a new book-themed blog to follow! (A lot of my other blogging buddies have stopped blogging as much, so it’s always nice to find a new one!) I subscribed!

    I’ve been blogging for… oooh… about 16 years, and I’m still not always sure what to write about and often wonder if I really know what I’m doing, so… I guess you’re doing it right? LOL

    A Wrinkle in Time is one of my all-time favorite books of ever. It is the first fantasy book I read on my own (my dad was reading it out loud to me and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened so I snuck the book off his shelf when he was at work and finished it…. I think he was a little disappointed about that… I think he thought it meant I wouldn’t want him to still read to me… but I assured him that I still wanted him to read to me, and that I still wanted him to read the rest of A Wrinkle in Time to me, but I just…. couldn’t…. handle…. not knowing what was going to happen next! I never did that to him again. Though eventually we got to a point where I would recommend books I had already read for him to choose as read-alouds for my siblings and me). 🙂

    My blog is: http://www.jenelleschmidt.com if you want to come over and peruse. I review books, movies, occasional board games, talk about writing, offer self-publishing and writing tips, and just generally whatever pops into mind. Sticking to a theme isn’t something I’m good at. LOL unless it’s fantasy… that’s kind of the glue that holds everything together over at my blog.

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    1. Thank you, Jenelle. I’m excited to “talk” (even more) about books, so this should work out nicely!

      WOW. 16 years?! That’s really something! I have tons of posting ideas bouncing around in my head. I’ll just have to be patient, address them each one by one, and see what works and what doesn’t. 😊

      Oh my goodness, that is so sweet and wholesome. 🥺 Can I just . . . Can I just drop everything else I’m reading and just read AWiT? Is that allowed? 😂 It sounds like your dad instilled a love for books in you early, right? That’s what my father was like as well.

      Your blog is breathtaking! I’m definitely subscribing! Also, just curious, but did you use Wix to build it?

      But anyway. To the important stuff now.

      Fantasy is the most important. 😍

      I’m just kidding. 😆

      Really, thank you for visiting, Jenelle! May God bless you. 💗

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    1. Haha, it’s okay! It has to be okay because I’m even later than you are on my own blog. 😬 Thank you for stopping by, though! 🤗🤗

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  3. Hi Lily,
    Nice to meet you. You have a lovely site! I’m not very active in reading and commenting on other blogs, with my poor health and trying to keep up with my writing. However, I saw you liked one of my posts, so I thought I’d stop by to say hi. I’ll try to drop in now and then.
    A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite classics. I read it as a preteen lots of years ago. Though I suppose it falls in the sci-fi category, I’ve always thought of it more as fantasy.
    I write primarily inspirational fiction but am trying my hand at fantasy with a series of retold fairy tales. If you would be interested in reading my first novel in the series, let me know! I’m looking for early readers and reviewers. It’s called The Regal Pink and it based off an old Grimm’s tale called The Pink. I’m publishing it next year.
    Sorry this got so long! Best wishes on your blogging endeavor!

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    1. Hi Jenny!

      I’m so sorry for the late reply. I just wanted to let you know, though, that I appreciated your comment very much. Honestly, I love YOUR site! And your books look wonderful! Which theme do you use? The vintage look is absolutely perfect.

      I do much prefer fantasy to sci-fi, so the note on A Wrinkle in Time is encouraging! Oh, I’d love to read your retelling. I only discovered the fairy tale retelling genre last year, but now it’s a favorite. I’ve joined your newsletter, so hopefully we can keep in touch through email.

      Also, I saw that you live in Wisconsin! Interesting coincidence, but I do as well! I’m in the Madison area. God bless!

      Lily ❤

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  4. Ahhh Lily!!! You’re doing amazing!! 😀 I just love the whole aesthetic of your blog… it’s so pretty AND easy to navigate! *high fives you*

    (Lol, I also want to read “A Wrinkle in Time” but haven’t gotten around to it… I didn’t realize it was sci-fi!)

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    1. 😀 Haha, I still have a LOT I want to change about it! Yours is the pretty one, honestly!! 😍😍😍

      A Wrinkle in Time is one of those books that I know I want to read but I have almost no clue about, you know? 😂😭

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  5. AAAAAH WELCOMEEEEE LILY TO THE BLOGOSPHERE!!!!!!!! *shoots out confetti* *gives you a welcome goodie basket* I WAS SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU’VE RELEASED YOUR BLOG AND GIRL IT IS SO GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I. Am. In. Love. With. It. And yaaaay for more book blogs!! They’re literally my favorite. Always wished I had one instead of a writing one, but I ain’t that good at reviews. XD I have SOOO been wanting to read Mark of the Raven. It looks SO good and I’ve heard lots of great things about it!!!!!! I read Wrinkle in Time a few years ago and don’t remember too much about it, but I really enjoyed it!!!! Not like a new favorite, but I found the story idea very interesting. You did FANTABULOUS with your first post, and I can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store!!!!!! *sits back and grabs a bucket of popcorn*

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    1. Waaahhht, I would loveee to read reviews from you! You can’t improve unless you go ahead and practice more, right? 🙂 ❤ At least that's what I always tell myself! And plus, in my genuine opinion, your reviews are great! You could totally have both a writing blog and a book blog, right? 😉

      Technically, I still have a LOT a want to fix with my blog (I'm actually planning on changing the entire theme, picky me), but I know if I just keep going, it's going to be okay. 🤗

      Mark of the Raven has powerful themes involving light and darkness. The allegory is quite strong, so if allegory is your thing, then I would have to ask why you haven't read it yet! 😂

      Keep shining bright! ☀️

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  6. Oh, I absolutely love A Wrinkle in Time! The series is really great… although it seems to get a little confusing with the later books. 🙂
    I’ve read it a whack of times when I was a kid, then read it to my wife after we were married, then read it to my kids as well. Such a great series!

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    1. Hey Shawn! Life has been hectic, but I’m back to posting again. I didn’t even know AWiT was a series, though, so thanks for mentioning that. What you did sounds like what I’d do with LotR!

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  7. Welcome to the blogosphere and to Spell the Month in Books, Lily! You’re doing just fine. Audiobooks totally count as reading, btw; and I also haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time.

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    1. Eep, thanks so much, Jana! ❤ Ever since I found out about your (amazing) idea, I've been wanting to make a blog post for Spell the Month in Books. Haha, I love audiobooks, so I like to call it "reading"!

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