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5 Essentials for Your Shadow and Bone Netflix Night

We are less than two weeks away from the release of Netflix’s Shadow and Bone, and I’m so excited to see the Grishaverse come to life on the screen.

For those who know me, my excitement for movies and tv shows usually leads me to planning a themed night to celebrate. Of course, Shadow and Bone is no exception!

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ARC Review: My Last Summer with Cass

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Megan and Cass grew up joined at the brush. Every year, their families vacationed together in Michigan, where the girls relaxed by the lake and created art – from scribbles as toddlers to sophisticated portraits in their teenage years. Megan was always cautious, and Cass was always rebellious. But together, each summer, they grew as artists and friends. The summer after her junior year of high school, Megan arranges to stay with Cass and her mother at their apartment in New York City. Suddenly Megan’s world explodes into color. The girls begin collaborating on a piece that pushes both of their artistic boundaries, one that will be showcased in a local gallery show. But when a secret comes to light and one of them crosses a line, will their friendship be able to survive?

Title: My Last Summer with Cass
Author: Mark Crilley
Publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers
Expected Publication: March 2021

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: ⭐ 3/5

My Last Summer with Cass is a story about friendship and growing up.

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NetGalley Review: Admission

It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She’s headed off to the college of her dreams. She’s going to prom with the boy she’s had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.

As she loses everything she’s long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?

Title: Admission
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Random House Children’s (Delacorte Press)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: ⭐ 4/5

Privilege, entitlement, wealth, and pressure – Admission looks at the high competitiveness of college application season and how far some are willing to go.

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Happy Blogiversary! – 2 Years of Blogging + Blog Revamp

I can’t believe this blog is two years old! That means I have been reviewing books, sharing book news, and gushing about books here for over 730 days!

I have grown a lot in these two years, especially in terms of what I create and what I want from myself. In honor of that, I thought it was time my blog reflected my growth. For the past couple of months, I dedicated time to revamping the look and brand of WolfRoseReads. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

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October 2020 Wrap-Up

I’m a little late on posting, but better late than never right?

October was full of Halloween and autumn vibes as I decorated the house with my mom and watched old (and new) Halloween favorites.

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The Halloween Creatures Book Tag

This post is a little different from what I normally do on my blog. Thank you Mehek from The Critiques of a Fangirl for tagging me!

Before we start, here are the rules of the tag:
🎃 Answer all prompts.
🎃 Answer honestly.
🎃 Tag 1-13 people.
🎃 Link back to this post.
🎃 Remember to credit the creator (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward).
🎃 Have fun!

Now that the rules are out of the way, let’s go!

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NetGalley Review: Shine

What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?
For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?
Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.

Title: Shine
Author: Jessica Jung
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: ⭐ 4/5

K-pop is not as glamorous as people think, and Rachel Kim learns this the hard way. As a K-pop (and Girls’ Generation) fan, I was so excited when I heard about Jessica Jung’s book. And it delivered!

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NetGalley Review: White Fox

After their world-famous actor mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances, Manon and Thaïs left their remote Mediterranean island home—sent away by their pharma-tech tycoon father. Opposites in every way, the sisters drifted apart in their grief. Yet their mother’s unfinished story still haunts them both, and they can’t put to rest the possibility that she is still alive.

Lured home a decade later, Manon and Thaïs discover their mother’s legendary last work, long thought lost: White Fox, a screenplay filled with enigmatic metaphors. The clues in this dark fairytale draw them deep into the island’s surreal society, into the twisted secrets hidden by their glittering family, to reveal the truth about their mother—and themselves.

Title: White Fox
Author: Sara Faring
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s (Imprint)

Rating: ⭐ 5/5

“These woods can be treacherous. You never know which trees will curl their roots around your ankles, which foxes will prance right down a foxhole with you in tow.” – Sara Faring, White Fox

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August 2020 Wrap-Up

And just like that, the month of August has come to an end!

Despite feeling like I lived through the longest March ever, August brought a new sense of peace (?) for me. My love for fantasy books was revived, summer class stress disappeared, excitement for the fall season rose, and I turned 22!

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Entering the School of Assassins – Magicalathon 2020

Is this post really a surprise at this point? I’m a complete sucker for themed readathons!

This month I’m participating in Magicalathon, a month-long readathon focusing on fantasy reads. The story and theme immediately drew me in, so I thought it would be a good way to squeeze in more reading before the official school year starts.

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