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Bout of Books 14.0 Wrap-Up!

I totally forgot about this readathon which is worrying because I love it! Hence why there is no TBR on my blog for it but i’m gonna do a wrap-up anyway!

I lost one day because of my doziness, but I began with reading a book I was approved for on NetGalley…

Ethan, aka “Scam,” has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn’t just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn’t consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts – like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him – his former group of friends, the self-named “zeros” who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam’s latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.

After reading Zeroes as part of mine and Jess’ monthly read and rating it 5 MOO’S, I moved onto this…

After a harrowing summer in Prague, Lumikki Andersson is back in Finland at her prestigious art school, concentrating on graduation. She lands the lead role in the school’s modern-day adaptation of “Snow White” and finds herself facing a new distraction—Sampsa, the boy playing the role of the huntsman, who has an undeniable allure that makes Lumikki conflicted about what, and who, she wants.
As Lumikki starts falling into something more than just her role on stage, a shadow is cast over the production when she begins receiving creepily obsessive love notes. Lumikki can’t ignore the increasingly hostile tone of her admirer’s messages, and when the stalker threatens mass violence at the play’s premiere, Lumikki knows she must discover who is behind the menace and stop the person at all cost. 
With a foe who has a heart as black as ebony, does Lumikki have any hope of saving those she loves?
I finished this book in a day because it is only 166 pages and I was excited since it was the finale to the Lumikki Andersson trilogy. However, it only received 3 MOO’s from me! I only had a few hours left of the readathon so I managed to get a few chapters read of this one…

Two women’s decision to save a child during WWII will have powerful reverberations over the years.
Chiara Ravello is about to flee occupied Rome when she locks eyes with a woman being herded on to a truck with her family. Claiming the woman’s son, Daniele, as her own nephew, Chiara demands his return; only as the trucks depart does she realize what she has done. She is twenty-seven, with a sister who needs her constant care, a hazardous journey ahead, and now a child in her charge.

Several decades later, Chiara lives alone in Rome, a self-contained woman working as a translator. Always in the background is the shadow of Daniele, whose absence and the havoc he wrought on Chiara’s world haunt her. Then she receives a phone call from a teenager claiming to be his daughter, and Chiara knows it is time to face up to the past.

I received this book as an ARC copy from NetGalley but didn’t have the time to read it before release. I was already 3 chapters into it when I decided to carry on for the readathon and have really been enticed by it.

Overall, I managed to read 2 books and a quarter for this readathon so I was pretty happy with myself! The readathon has made me amp up my reading and want to devour books within a day. How did you do?

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