ARC Review: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

Title: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly

Author: Jamie Pacton

Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance

Publication Date: May 5th, 2020

Source: Author (Thanks, Jamie!)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:


One Sentence Synopsis

Kit Sweetly works as a wench at The Castle, a medieval themed restaurant which is distinctly patriarchal, but wants to fight as a knight and decides to make that happen.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Well, at first, I didn’t think I was going to be able to change or prove anything – I was just helping my brother out. But, as I was fighting, I realized I liked it. I wanted to show kids they can do anything, regardless of gender identity. So, yes, it might be symbolic. But what better way to smash the patriarchy than with a lance and sword?”

Jamie Pacton, The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly
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WWW Wednesday: Apr 1, 2020

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.

Current Reads

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne: I’m going to be honest with you, readers. I bought this book because it was the Book of the Month Club’s Book of the Year in… 2017? And I had absolutely no clue what it was about. I’ve just started it today because it fit a prompt for the Magical Readathon (not too late to join!) and I’m already pretty intrigued!

Recently Finished

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

(That’s right… two five star books in a row!)

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko: UUUUGGGGHHH, this was SO GOOD! This is the story of a young girl raised in a magical land for a very dark purpose. It’s how she fights to overcome what people think of her and to try and cut the strings they are using to manipulate her. It’s a gorgeous coming-of-age tale built around West African folklore and mythology. Just… I gotta stop before I gush for this entire post about this one book! But, no worries, a full review is coming!

Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie: I finished this book last night while laying in bed and, when I read the last page, I physically had to get up and move around because I was that hyped! I literally pumped my fist at one point. If a book can elicit a physical response from me, it just has to get five stars. This is a story of Ettian, an orphan of a brutal war who builds himself back up under the new empire that has been established by the Umbers. The Umbers decimated his people, but Ettian is now one of their top cadets. Until his roommate (and crush), Gal, almost gets murdered and he discovers a secret no one was supposed to know: Gal is the heir to the Umber empire. And things just get worse from there. Again… I need to stop myself before I gush for pages, but my review is coming soon!

What’s Next

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton: I’ve been dying to read this book since signing up to be a part of the Street Team! It has knights and kickass girls and Ren Faires… it sounds like it’s going to be amazing. The author was sweet enough to send me an e-ARC and I’m going to dive right in!

The Whisper Man by Alex North: This is another book I’m reading for the Magical Readathon. It’ll cover my Charms class, which is to read a book with a white cover. I’ve also been wanting to read this thriller for quite some time. I’ve heard it’s quite spooky and I am ready for it!

What are you reading this week? Are any of you taking part in the Magical Readathon? Did you post your own WWW Wednesday? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Tag: Anonymous Bookaholics

Anonymous Bookaholics Book Tag

Hello, readers!

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a bookish tag, hasn’t it? I feel like it has been and I came across the perfect tag. Caffeinated Fae’s blog was featured as #blogoftheday by @TheWriteReads and she was doing the Anonymous Bookaholics Book Tag. I loved her answers and I loved the questions, so I decided to join in on the fun! By the way, you can find her answers here and maybe give her a follow while you’re there 😉

#1. What do you like about buying new books?

Pretty much everything, if I’m being honest. I love the smell of new books. I love flipping through the book for the first time and hearing the sound of the pages. I love looking at the title page and knowing I will be the first person to love that particular book (hopefully). It’s just such a wonderful feeling to have a beautiful new world to discover.

#2. How often do you buy new books?

At least once a month since I’m a member of Book of the Month Club. If I’m not controlling my spending, then I buy several a month. Because I have a problem. Though I suppose that’s not terrible considering some of the book hauls I’ve seen on Booktube!

#3. Bookstore or online book shopping: which do you prefer?

Most definitely bookstores! I could hang out in a bookstore for hours and never get bored. I love the smell and the ambiance and just being surrounded by all that potential. And there’s usually a cafe where I can sit and read in silence while enjoying some kind of pastry. Ugh, I live for those little moments!

#4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

I sure do! I absolutely love Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Massachusetts. It’s such a wonderful, indie bookstore that has a wide selection of all kinds of books. I think my favorite thing about them is that they have a used bookstore in the basement! I got a bind-up of The Chronicles of Narnia for like 7 bucks! They have fantastic author events, as well. And they give you cute store bookmarks with every purchase and, as a person who often misplaces her bookmarks, I really appreciate it.

#5. Do you pre-order books?

Honestly, I used to not pay enough attention to book releases to get in on pre-orders. I would just stumble across books in the bookstore or on Goodreads and be like “Ohhh, I want that!” In the last couple of years, though, I’ve been paying more attention and my amount of pre-orders has gone up. I tend to only pre-order books I am absolutely dying to read, so I still keep it to a minimum.

#6. Do you have a monthly buying limit?

When I’m not on a book buying ban? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, nooooo. Because I have no self-control.

Which is why I’m currently on a book buying ban 😬 Perhaps I should give myself a limit so I can still feed the need but not go as crazy as I used to. Moderation is key!

#7. How big is your wish list?

Ya know, not as many as you would think. Well… if we’re just talking about my Amazon wish list. The wish list in my head is a mile long 😂 I just want to read all the books!

#8. Which three books from your wish list do you wish to own right now?

All three of these books aren’t out yet, but I YEARN FOR THEM! I cannot wait to read all three!

If you would like to participate, consider yourself tagged! Let me know about all your book buying habits!

And, as always, happy reading!

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Mar 25, 2020

Image by Tressa @ Wishful Endings

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme where you get to flail about whatever upcoming book you’re excited to read. Though it is generally a new release, it certainly can be any book that’s on your TBR! This meme is currently hosted by Wishful Endings and it’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

With the general craziness that is the world right now, I’ve been surprisingly busier than one would think. I still have to go to work while most are sequestered to their homes because I work in healthcare. Though I’m certainly not on the front lines, it’s still been a very interesting time. Not to mention trying to make sure the kiddos aren’t falling behind with school stuff. You would think that not being able to go anywhere on my days off would be very conducive to reading, but it’s mostly been conducive to spending time with the family to help them de-stress. Which I’m super okay with 💕

That being said, I haven’t finished a book since my last WWW Wednesday 😅 So we’re going to talk about a book that I’m anticipating, instead! There’s a lot of uncertainty in the book world right now, especially when it comes to publishing, but there are still quite a few books that will be coming out in the next couple of months that I can’t wait to read!

For this week’s Can’t-Wait Wednesday, I’ve decided to highlight one of my most anticipated May releases. Want some hints?

  • There’s knights ⚔
  • There’s a Renaissance Faire 👑
  • There’s FEMINISM 💁🏾‍♀️💪🏾

And the book is… *drum roll*

GoodReads Synopsis:

“Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurant.

Working as a wench―i.e. waitress―at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.

Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval―if they don’t get fired first.”

Publication Date (hopefully): May 5th, 2020

Pre-order and support an indie?: Find it on Indiebound!

Why I’m Excited:

Well… I love Renaissance Faires and I love feminism! I’ve recently discovered that I really enjoy books that are set at a Ren Faire and I need more of it. And the whole concept of this novel makes me want to gobble it up.

Lady knights, for the win!

What is a book you can’t wait to read? Did you participate in Can’t-Wait Wednesday? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

We’ve come to another Tuesday and today, we are anticipating Spring! I’m overly ready for the warm weather, the budding plants, and the sunshine. And, of course, I’m ready for the books!

This Spring, however, is a weird one, with the coronavirus looming over all of us. It’s especially a weird one for any authors that have books coming out from now until June! So I decided to highlight those ten of those books for my TTT. I’ll also leave a link to their Indiebound pages, as well, because our independent bookstores need some love during this crisis, too 💕

Alright, let’s get to my list!

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