2022 Releases, advanced reader copies, audiobooks, Blog Tour, book reviews, edelweiss

Blog Tour: The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd Jones – Review

Hello Bookish lovelies! And welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Drowned Woods! You can check out the rest of the tour here!

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title:  The Drowned Woods

Author:  Emily Lloyd-Jones

Release Date: August 16th, 2022

Published By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 352 pages

Find it: AmazonB&NBook DepositoryChapters/IndigoIndiebound

Synopsis:

A magical, ethereal fantasy from Indiebound bestselling author Emily Lloyd-Jones.

Once upon a time, the kingdoms of Wales were rife with magic and conflict, and eighteen-year-old Mererid “Mer” is well-acquainted with both. She is the last living water diviner and has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service. Under the prince’s orders, she located the wells of his enemies, and he poisoned them without her knowledge, causing hundreds of deaths. After discovering what he had done, Mer went to great lengths to disappear from his reach. Then Mer’s old handler returns with a proposition: use her powers to bring down the very prince that abused them both.

The best way to do that is to destroy the magical well that keeps the prince’s lands safe. With a motley crew of allies, including a fae-cursed young man, the lady of thieves, and a corgi that may or may not be a spy, Mer may finally be able to steal precious freedom and peace for herself. After all, a person with a knife is one thing… but a person with a cause can topple kingdoms.

The Drowned Woods—set in the same world as The Bone Houses but with a whole new, unforgettable cast of characters—is part heist novel, part dark fairy tale.

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

my review

I have to be honest, I wanted more from this book. This book should have been a slam dunk for me — magic, adventure, folktales, set in the British Isles? I was sold. Now that’s not to say that the book is bad, it was okay, it just left me wanting more. There were things about it I loved and the beginning had a strong start. The Corgi was definitely the star of the show. lol. The narrator was charming and I will certainly listen to more books narrated by her. As I mentioned before the book started out really great and I was excited to see where it would go but it really started to slow down, right around chapter seven. There is a decent payoff in the end but not enough to support the sagging middle. The story and characters did lack a certain depth and attachment to it, and just feels flat. If youre not big on romance, that aspect of this book will not really bother you, as the romance doesn’t particularly feel well thought out/isnt a big aspect of the story. While I dislike the “bury your women” style trope, its your average YA fantasy novel with magic in it.  If you’re interested in reading it, I would check it out from the library.

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

About the Author

Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. She has a BA in English from Western Oregon University and a MA in publishing from Rosemont College. She currently resides in Northern California, where she enjoys wandering in redwood forests. Her young adult novels include IllusiveDeceptiveThe Hearts We SoldThe Bone Houses, and the forthcoming The Drowned Woods. Her debut middle grade, Unseen Magic, will release in 2022.

You can find here at:  Author WebsiteTwitterGoodreadsInstagram

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)

2022 Releases, advanced reader copies, book reviews, books, edelweiss, reviews

Book Review – Stay Awake by Megan Goldin – 4.5 stars

Thank you to St Martin’s Press for the physical review copy, and for the chance to read and review this book !    *These are my honest thoughts in exchange for a copy of the book*

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

Title: Stay Awake

Author: Megan Goldin

Release Date: August 9th, 2022

Published By: St Martin’s Press

Pages: 338 pages

***

SYNOPSIS: 

Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi with no idea where she is or how she got there. When she’s dropped off at the door of her brownstone, a stranger answers―a stranger who now lives in her apartment and forces her out in the cold. She reaches for her phone to call for help, only to discover it’s missing, and in its place is a bloodstained knife. That’s when she sees that her hands are covered in black pen, scribbled messages like graffiti on her skin: STAY AWAKE.

Two years ago, Liv was living with her best friend, dating a new man, and thriving as a successful writer for a trendy magazine. Now, she’s lost and disoriented in a New York City that looks nothing like what she remembers. Catching a glimpse of the local news, she’s horrified to see reports of a crime scene where the victim’s blood has been used to scrawl a message across a window, the same message that’s inked on her hands. What did she do last night? And why does she remember nothing from the past two years? Liv finds herself on the run for a crime she doesn’t remember committing as she tries to piece together the fragments of her life. But there’s someone who does know exactly what she did, and they’ll do anything to make her forget―permanently.

In the vein of SJ Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep and Christopher Nolan’s cult classic Memento, Megan Goldin’s Stay Awake is an electrifying novel that plays with memory and murder.

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

my review

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Megan Goldin got me again with this book. Her writing is superb. The way she can drop breadcrumbs and misdirections into a story with perfect precision and timing really sells the story and leaves you wondering if maybe you’re crazy too like the characters. You can never quite trust who’s a reliable character, who’s innocent, who’s the killer, who’s a red herring, because she sets up the story in such a way that you’re guessing and making up theories the whole time. It’s not heavy-handed but its not obvious either. Theres also just enough info to keep the story moving along until you get more of the details of what happened, there’s never too much or too little info given at once — its enough to keep you on the hook and guessing while still coming up with your own theories of what happened.  The way she slowly reveals details until the final tada! are masterful. I never saw the killer coming, I guess its true what they say – its always the ones you least suspect. There were a couple things that I assumed that turned out to be true, once I was given enough information, and a couple of things that I missed.

I will say that I enjoyed The Night Swim more than Stay Awake, but Stay Awake is still a fantastic book. I love the jumping timelines aspects of her stories and how they slowly all come together into one timeline at the end, its such a fun, engaging, mind-bending way to tell a story and Megan Goldin really pulls off the format. You’re never second guessing the story or going “wait what?” as you’re reading. I will say though, that the beginning of the book threw off at first and it took me easily 50-75 pages to get into the story. However, by the time I got to the middle of the book I realized that the reason the beginning of the book is so jarring and confusing is probably to mimic the confusing and jarring nature of the main characters memory loss, which I thought was genius. Whether or not this was done intentionally I loved the idea of it once I made the connection further along into the story.

I loved discovering Liv’s memories along with her and was completely obsessed with who the killer was and if/how Liv was framed. Megan Goldin delivers the perfect amount of suspense for a psychological thriller, and I love how she handled the police side of the events. I really appreciated the back and forth between Detective Halliday and Detective Lavelle, Lavelle was ready to sign, seal, and deliver this case on a silver plater based on the evidence intentionally presented to them by the murderer and Halliday was sure that there was more to this case than what meets the eye and advocated for Liv being more than just the most convenient or plausible suspect in the murder they’re investigating.  The motives of who the actual murderer is, isn’t really spelled out at the end but I feel like Megan was telling us the motives of the killer all along, spelled out in the conversations between Levelle and Halliday over the course of the investigation on why Liv would want to murder the victim(s). The seeds are there spread out over the course of the book as to the who’s and why’s but will only make sense once you get to the end and think back on the course of events.

I will read everything Megan Goldin writes because her writing is sublime and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. And you should too!

Happy Reading! 

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)

advanced reader copies, Blog Tour, book reviews, edelweiss

Blog Tour – Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty – Review

Hello bookish lovelies! Happy Tuesday! Welcome to my stop on the Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty blog tour! You can check out the rest of the tour here! 🙂

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title:  Blood and Moonlight

Author:  Erin Beaty

Release Date: June 28th, 2022

Published By: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Pages: 448 pages

Find it: AmazonB&NBook DepositoryChapters/IndigoIndieBound

Synopsis:

In this medieval YA fantasy thriller, an orphan with a secret, magical sight gets caught between a mysterious genius and the serial killer he’s hunting.

Rising above the city of Collis is the holy Sanctum. And watching over its spires is Catrin, an orphan girl with unique skills—for she alone can spot the building’s flaws in construction before they turn deadly.

But when Catrin witnesses a murderer escaping the scene of his crime, she’s pulled into the web of a dangerous man who will definitely strike again. Assigned to capture the culprit is the mysterious, brilliant, and enigmatic Simon, whose insights into the mind of a killer are frighteningly accurate.

As the grisly crimes continue, Catrin finds herself caught between murderer and detective while hiding her own secret—a supernatural sight granted by the moon, destined to make her an outcast, and the only thing that might save her and those she loves from becoming the next victims…

Content Warning: graphic death, violence, incest, talk of mental illness

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

my reviewMy Rating: 4/5 Stars 

*Thanks to Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR) for Young Readers for this arc in exchange for an honest review*

This book is beautifully written, Erin Beaty has a talent for storytelling. I would classify this as more of a murder mystery who-dun-it story than a YA fantasy, but the broad strokes of both genres are there. Our story follows Catrin, an orphan who can spot flaws in construction before catastrophe strikes, who witnesses a murder one evening. I must say, that parts of this book were pretty gory, and some parts dragged on a bit. So if you are someone who doesn’t like a lot of gore or death and looks to avoid heavy content, I would do some research into this book before reading it or steer clear. Erin Beaty handles mental illness in this book with respect and a soft hand. The world building is beautifully done and crafted into the story to creating an interesting world. If you read Stalking Jack the Ripper and wished it had magic, or even just wished for a better story — you should read Blood and Moonlight. It is a good blend of Fantasy and mystery/thriller, so if you are someone who doesn’t like either genre, this would be a good book for you to check out.  You will not be deceived by this beautiful cover, its a great book inside and out.

.

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

About the Author

Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can’t drive a tractor but won’t eat veggies that come from a can.

She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2000 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics) and German, then served in the fleet as a weapons officer on a combat destroyer and later as an instructor the Center for Naval Leadership.

After a few years as a stay-at-home mother and navy wife with a casual family blog, Erin upped her game and started writing her first novel in the spring of 2014. She is now the author of the Traitor’s Circle Trilogy published by Imprint, Macmillan and in several foreign languages.

She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

Erin has taught classes at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk and has also served on the advisory board of Hampton Roads Writers.

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)

advanced reader copies, Blog Tour, book reviews, edelweiss, Favorite Authors/Books, Most Anticipated Reads, new releases

Blog Tour – In the Serpent’s Wake by Rachel Hartman – Review

Hello bookish lovelies! Happy Tuesday! Welcome to my stop on the In the Serpent’s Wake by Rachel Hartman blog tour! You can check out the rest of the tour here! 🙂

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title:  In the Serpent’s Wake

Author:  Rachel Hartman

Release Date: February 1st, 2022

Published By: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 512 pages

Find it: AmazonB&NBook DepositoryChapters/IndigoIndieBound

Synopsis:

From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Seraphina comes a piercing new fantasy adventure that champions our resilience and humility.

MIND OF THE WORLD,
OPEN YOUR EYES.

At the bottom of the world lies a Serpent, the last of its kind.
Finding the Serpent will change lives.

Tess is a girl on a mission to save a friend.
Spira is a dragon seeking a new identity.
Marga is a woman staking her claim on a man’s world.
Jacomo is a priest searching for his soul.

There are those who would give their lives to keep it hidden.
And those who would destroy it.

But the only people who will truly find the Serpent are those who have awakened to the world around them—with eyes open to the wondrous, the terrible, and the just.

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

my reviewMy Rating: 5/5 Stars 

*Thanks to Random House Books for Young Readers for this arc in exchange for an honest review*

The second I saw this book tour announced I knew I had to sign up for because Seraphina was one of the first books I read back in like 2015 when I started reading again, and I loved Seraphina. Here In the Serpent’s Wake we continue to follow Tess, Seraphinas little sister, on her journey.  Rachel Hartman is a phenomenal writer, and her talent clearly shines through in this story.  I will say that this book is an unflinching commentary on a lot of current social themes we are dealing with in todays world — racism, political unrest, sexual assault, and the “white savior.” Rachel Hartman’s ability to craft her story in the way that she does brings a real, and emotional depth to the story where you cant help but truly connect with the story and the characters. This story is told in multiple perspectives and really works to open up the world that these stories are set in. It’s a long book and I don’t want to spoil any of the story and its nuanced takes so I highly recommend that you pick this up, especially if you loved the previous books.  The book concludes on what I would consider a satisfying ending, this book definitely bust the stereotypes against the YA genre.

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

About the Author

Rachel Hartman is the author of three young adult fantasy novels: SERAPHINA, SHADOW SCALE, and TESS OF THE ROAD. Her fourth novel, IN THE SERPENT’S WAKE, will be published February 1st, 2022. Her novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list and have received many awards, including the Morris Award, the Sunburst Prize, and the Monica Hughes Award. Rachel lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and whippet.

You can find them on:  Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook,Website

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)

Backlist books, reading challenges

Reading Challenge 2022 | The Shadowhunters Series

Hello Bookish lovelies! Welcome to my Shadowhunters reading challenge! I haven’t gotten to the Shadowhunter books yet despite owning all of them so I’m challenging myself to read all of them over the course of 2022. Can you read all 20 released books in the Shadowhunter universe over the course of 2022?

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

Guidelines:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2022 to December 31st, 2022. Books must be read during the year of 2021. You can sign up to join throughout the year.
  • You can be a first timer or do a re-read.
  • I will setup a reading schedule if you would like to follow along, however, you can read the books at your own pace if you chose as long as you complete all 20 books.
  • You can include the books you read for this challenge with other challenges.
  • Any format is acceptable – eBooks, audiobooks, physical books, etc.
  • You can read the books in any order you chose, I will post four ways to read the books below. I will be reading them in the order Cassandra Clare recommends.

How To Join: 

  • Comment down below that you want to join and link back to your blog
  • You don’t need a blog to participate though! Make a post on Facebook or Twitter, or Instagram, or make a Goodreads shelf.
  • You can also share this challenge with others who may be interested! Or you could share how you’re choosing to read the series with others.
  • I will be posting Quarterly Checkups where we can check in with progress and/or reviews
  • Have fun!

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

The first option based on the order she suggests:

  1. The Mortal Instruments, Part One
    1. City of Bones
    2. City of Ashes
    3. City of Glass
  2. The Eldest Curses, Part One
    1. The Red Scrolls of Magic 
  3. The Infernal Devices
    1. Clockwork Angel
    2. Clockwork Prince
    3. Clockwork Princess
  4. The Mortal Instruments, Part Two
    1. City of Fallen Angels
    2. City of Lost Souls
    3. City of Heavenly Fire
  5. The Bane Chronicles
  6. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  7. The Eldest Curses, Part Two
    1. The Lost Book of the White
  8. The Dark Artifices
    1. Lady Midnight
    2. Lord of Shadows
    3. Queen of Air and Darkness
  9. Ghosts of the Shadow Market
  10. The Last Hours
  11. Chain of Gold
  12. Chain of Iron
  13. The Shadowhunter’s Codex

***

The second option is to read the Cassandra Clare books in order of how they were published:

  1. City of Bones
  2. City of Ashes
  3. City of Glass
  4. Clockwork Angel
  5. City of Fallen Angels
  6. Clockwork Prince
  7. City of Lost Souls
  8. Clockwork Princess
  9. The Shadowhunter’s Codex
  10. City of Heavenly Fire
  11. The Bane Chronicles
  12. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  13. Lady Midnight
  14. Lord of Shadows
  15. Queen of Air and Darkness
  16. The Red Scrolls of Magic
  17. Ghosts of the Shadow Market
  18. Chain of Gold
  19. The Lost Book of the White
  20. Chain of Iron

***

The third method is to read the Cassandra Clare books in order of each series:

  1. The Mortal Instruments
    1. City of Bones
    2. City of Ashes
    3. City of Glass
    4. City of Fallen Angels
    5. City of Lost Souls
    6. City of Heavenly Fire
  2. The Eldest Curses
    1. The Red Scrolls of Magic
    2. The Lost Book of the White
  3. The Infernal Devices
    1. Clockwork Angel
    2. Clockwork Prince
    3. Clockwork Princess
  4. The Dark Artifices
    1. Lady Midnight
    2. Lord of Shadows
    3. Queen of Air and Darkness
  5. The Last Hours
    1. Chain of Gold
    2. Chain of Iron
  6. Books not part of a series:
    1. The Bane Chronicles
    2. The Shadowhunter’s Codex
  7. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  8. Ghosts of the Shadow Market

***

The fourth option is to read the Cassandra Clare books in chronological order, based on the events in each book. The Shadowhunters website has an interactive timeline as well!

With the release of Chain of Iron, chronological order is no longer a viable reading option. Series of events within Chain of Iron completely 100% irrevocably spoils The Dark Artifices series.

  1. Clockwork Angel
  2. Clockwork Prince
  3. Clockwork Princess
  4. Chain of Gold
  5. Chain of Iron — spoils the Dark Artifices if you read it first.
  6. City of Bones
  7. City of Ashes
  8. City of Glass
  9. The Red Scrolls of Magic
  10. City of Fallen Angels
  11. City of Lost Souls
  12. City of Heavenly Fire
  13. The Lost Book of the White
  14. Lady Midnight
  15. Lord of Shadows
  16. Queen of Air and Darkness

*Books not part of series are not on this list as the individual stories are from different time periods*

***

EmmmaBooks is a terrific resource for all things Shadowhunter related as well!

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

Schedule:

Since there are 20 books, you will have 18 days to read the first 19 books and then 17 days to read the last book. (365/20 = 18.25)  Starting on the 1st of January read a book every 18 days.  For example January 1st – January 18th read City of Bones or Clockwork Angel, and then from January 19th – February 4th read City of Ashes or Clockwork Prince.

You don’t have to stick to the schedule and can read them in any order you chose – as long as you read all 20 in the year of 2022 you win the challenge!

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

Will you be joining us for the Shadowhunters Readathon?

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)

2022 Releases, advanced reader copies, Cant Wait Wednesday, edelweiss, Favorite Authors/Books

Can’t Wait Wednesday 01/05/2022

cant-wait-wednesday

Hello, bookish lovelies! Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and is based on Waiting on Wednesday that was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a book that you are excited to read that hasn’t been released yet.

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

Gallant

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title: Gallant

Author:  VE Schwab

Release Date: March 1st, 2022

Published By: Greenwillow Books

Pages: 352 pages

***

SYNOPSIS:

Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.

#1 New York Times–bestselling author Victoria Schwab weaves a dark and original tale about the place where the world meets its shadow, and the young woman beckoned by both sides. The Secret Garden meets Crimson Peak in this stand-alone novel perfect for readers of Holly Black and Neil Gaiman.

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.

Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?

New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab crafts a vivid and lush novel that grapples with the demons that are often locked behind closed doors. An eerie, standalone saga about life, death, and the young woman beckoned by both. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Melissa Albert, and Garth Nix will quickly lose themselves in this novel with crossover appeal for all ages.

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)

advanced reader copies, edelweiss, It's Monday, What Are You Reading?, upcoming releases

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 10/04/2021

its-monday-what-are-you-reading_

Hello, bookish lovelies! Happy Monday and Happy October!  I hope you all had a great weekend! What are you reading today?

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

Little Thieves (Little Thieves, #1)Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl…

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love–and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.

The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.

Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.

Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow series, crafts a delightfully irreverent retelling of “The Goose Girl” about stolen lives, thorny truths, and the wicked girls at the heart of both.

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)

advanced reader copies, audiobooks, Backlist books, edelweiss, It's Monday, What Are You Reading?, upcoming releases, Weekly Book Features

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 08/23/2021

its-monday-what-are-you-reading_

Hello, bookish lovelies! Happy Monday and Happy August!  I hope you all had a great weekend! What are you reading today?

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire, #1)From holy cup comes holy light;
The faithful hand sets world aright.
And in the Seven Martyrs’ sight,
Mere man shall end this endless night.

It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order could not stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.

Imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost, and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope:

The Holy Grail.

****

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2)Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

****

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

 

 

 

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)

advanced reader copies, audiobooks, Backlist books, edelweiss, upcoming releases, Weekly Book Features, WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 08/18/2021

Hello, bookish lovelies! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you’re supposed to let your readers know what you’re currently reading, what you recently finished, and what you think you’ll read next.

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

What are you currently reading?

E-Arc: Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Physical Book: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Audiobook: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J Maas

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

What did you recently finish reading?

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

 

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t decided yet, I keep flip flopping on what books to read

 

 

 

 

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)

monthly features, Spell the Month in Books

Spell the Month in Books: August

Book Tag

Hello bookish lovelies! Time for Spell the Month in Books! I’ve seen this on other blogs and it looks fun! It was originally created by Reviews from the Stacks, and the idea is to spell the month using the first letter of book titles.

For this challenge, use the first letter of each book title to spell the current month (skipping articles such as A or The). You can either use titles from your TBR or books that you have read/reviewed.

Red with White Checkered and Books Fundraiser Ticket (1)

 

A: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot SeeMarie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

****

U: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Under the Tuscan SunAn enchanting and lyrical look at the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany, in the spirit of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.

Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant markets and delightful people. In Under the Tuscan Sun, she brings the lyrical voice of a poet, the eye of a seasoned traveler, and the discerning palate of a cook and food writer to invite readers to explore the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table.

****

G: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier 

Girl with a Pearl Earring With precisely 35 canvases to his credit, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-century art. The meager facts of his biography have been gleaned from a handful of legal documents. Yet Vermeer’s extraordinary paintings of domestic life, with their subtle play of light and texture, have come to define the Dutch golden age. His portrait of the anonymous Girl with a Pearl Earring has exerted a particular fascination for centuries—and it is this magnetic painting that lies at the heart of Tracy Chevalier’s second novel of the same title.

Girl with a Pearl Earring centers on Vermeer’s prosperous Delft household during the 1660s. When Griet, the novel’s quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. First, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with her master. Then Vermeer employs her as his assistant—and ultimately has Griet sit for him as a model.

****

U: The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl.

An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl

In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.

The Underground Girls of Kabul is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents’ attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults.

At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America’s longest war. Divided into four parts, the book follows those born as the unwanted sex in Afghanistan, but who live as the socially favored gender through childhood and puberty, only to later be forced into marriage and childbirth. The Underground Girls of Kabul charts their dramatic life cycles, while examining our own history and the parallels to subversive actions of people who live under oppression everywhere.

****

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

****

To Kill a MockingbirdThe unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. “To Kill A Mockingbird” became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, “To Kill A Mockingbird” takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

 

 

 

 

 

Cream with Cassette Tape Music Logo (1)