Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns

42201395Title: Sorcery of Thorns

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Pub. Date: June 4, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


This will be a spoiler free review.

I’m so happy I read this while the hype surrounding it was still prevalent on my timeline. I meant that I had people I could talk to about it! I really enjoyed this book, and easily got lost in it. I do want to preface this by saying I listened to the Audible audiobook, and I think that made a difference in my rating. I know a lot of people who physically read it and loved it, but on the flip side, a lot of people couldn’t get into it.

I loved the atmosphere of this book and it kind of reminded me of Stalking Jack the Ripper – London in the 1800’s, a Victorian feel, albeit a bit more fantastical. But it also reminded me of the Shadowhunter world, well, more so The Infernal Devices. I think there is a pattern here. I must have a soft spot for charismatic player, badass, loner types who portray being cold, aloof like their lives depend on it, but love with their entire being, because that’s Nathaniel.

I liked Elisabeth but couldn’t really connect with her. I think she was strong and brave when she needed to be, and very smart, but I just never really connected with her. I definitely got lost in her trials and triumphs enough that I didn’t hate her, and rooted for her to succeed, just couldn’t connect, unfortunately.

As much as I did love this book, got easily sucked in and lost with the characters, I really wish the book had been dual POV. I also think the book was a tad long and some of the scenes felt a little out of place. I really wish Nathaniel had a POV in this book. I adored his character and wish we had gotten to experience the world from his eyes.

I would definitely recommend this to friends, and if you’re looking for a fun adventure fantasy, with a fantastical Victorian feel, magical books, a charismatic boy and a demon, you won’t want to miss this!

The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2)

36678876. sy475 Title: The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2)

Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

Pub. Date: August 13, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


Sacrifice all you have to survive.

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.


This will be a spoiler free review. I acquired an advanced copy at ALA back in June.

Last year The Raging Ones was one of my favorite reads. You can check out my review here. I was super excited for it – as I am with just about any sci-fi in YA – and about half way through, I fell in love. I remember struggling a bit to get into it, but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Court, Mykal and Franny. I honestly couldn’t tell you why I took to them so strongly, but I did…still do.

I knew that The Last Hope – the second and final book in this duology – was going to wreck me and that I wouldn’t be prepared for what was going to happen. I had the opportunity to meet Krista & Becca at Apollycon this past March and they told me as much. Their statement made me nervous and excited. So, when ALA came around, I made it a point to grab a copy. I’d hoped to have read it sooner, but life kind of got in the way, and this book kept me up until 3 AM reading and sobbing.

Court, Mykal and Franny – I love you three so much. This book was everything and so much more than what I was expecting. The last 40ish pages had me in tears, utterly shocked and immensely happy. Be prepared for a roller coaster full of emotion.

It took me a little bit to get into the story, but that’s more because it’s been over a year since I read The Raging Ones and it took me a minute to remember what was happening. This book doesn’t stop. With the introduction of a new character – Stork, the three of them are thrust into a world, a future that they don’t really have a say in. So much control is beyond their reach, and some ways, Court, Mykal anad Franny are pawns in a scheme so much larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have each other.

I think that’s what I love about the three of them. I love how much they love each other, and the lengths they go to protect each other. Court and Mykal’s fierce protectiveness over Franny is endearing, but they don’t stifle her. They encourage her to be herself and to figure out who that is and what she wants. Franny wants the same for the two of them, wanting them to be happy, to be able to express their feelings without having to worry. She wants them to have the happy future they dream of.

As for Stork – I kind of loved him from the first moment he was introduced. Cocky, a smart ass, and broken, he has more in common with Court, Mykal and Franny than they realize. Promises and a mission force him to stay disconnected and apart from them. It clearly hurts him, and I just wanted to give him a hug. His life has been anything but easy, but he persevered, just like Court, Mykal and Franny.

Another thing I loved about this book and the first one, is the writing. Firstly, it’s just wonderful and so easy to picture everything and the characters. Secondly is how it goes about exploring human connections – whether it’s a romantic connection or familial, or friendship. The relationship between Court and Mykal, a deep friendship turned romance. Between them and Franny, also a deep friendship turned familial. Mykal and Stork – well, you’ll have to read the book to find out that one, because spoilers! Court and Kinden, familial even after certain truths come to light and they only strengthen the bond. Ever relationship in the book feels as natural as breathing, as if they were always just meant to exist that way. There’s a line in the book

“I’ve lived hard and fast and full.”

I think it encompasses exactly how these characters feel about each other. In a world where you know the date you’re going to die, (not a spoiler, it’s in the first book synopsis) your deathdate – whether it’s 10 years or 100 years down the road, some people live their lives to the fullest, never stopping, never pausing. All these characters come from different walks of life, but when it comes down to it, they take risks, take chances on one another, and love and trust each other.

If you’re looking for an amazing sci-fi read with a twist, I doubt you’ll see coming, you’ll want to check out The Raging Ones and The Last Hope and fall in love with Court, Mykal and Franny. Join them on their out of their world adventure, where relationships will be test, death with be thwarted, fears will be overcome and where the battle between good and evil will be fought with a price no one thought they’d be paying. Out today, August 13, 2019, make sure you pick up your copy and fall in love with these characters.

 

July Wrap Up!

We’re two and a halfish weeks into August and this post is now only going up. I fail.

How it is I only read 8 books in July? I feel like it was a lot more…okay, well technically I guess it’s 10, but you’ll have to wait for my Beach Reads Wrap Up post next week to find out what the other 2 are. I enjoyed all the books I read this past month, some more than others, and 7 out of the 10 are new favorites and everyone should read them.


42952728A Heart So Fierce and Broken – Brigid Kemmerer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (ARC Finished 7/3/19) / GR

Find the heir, win the crown. 

Find the heir, win the crown. 

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

Loved this book so much. I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but Brigid outdid herself and gives Grey the best story ever. There are a few new characters and one of them stole my heart. I won’t go into too much detail since I have a full review but know that you won’t want to miss this when it comes out January 2020.


45361401Failed Future – Elise Kova

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (ARC Finished 7/5/19) / GR

When worlds collide, and things are rarely what they seem, there may be no one Vi can trust.

Vi’s journey continues with even more betrayal, romance, magic, and a twist you never saw coming that leaves readers begging for the next book. 

Elise was super kind and gifted me an early copy of Failed Future (out now!) and I absolutely loved it and I’m certain it’s my new favorite in the series. I won’t go into too much detail, as I have a full review posted, but be prepared for so much to happen, but nothing will prepare you for the ending. I’m anxious for book 4 – Sovereign Sacrifice and I’m terrified.


41823536. sx318 There Will Come A Darkness – Katy Rose Pool

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / (ARC Finished 7/10/19) / GR

The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it? 

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? 

This. Book. Wow. I’d heard great things, and was super anticipating reading it, and it did not disappoint. At all. While, it took a little bit after the first line to really hook me, by the time I got invested in the story, I was up all night until I finished it, and I cannot wait for the next one. I have a full review posted for this book and you definitely want to check it out when it comes out in September 2019.


35068505Allied – Amy Tintera

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / (AB Finished 7/11/19) / GR

In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

I finally finished the Ruined Trilogy and I loved it, definitely recommend that everyone read them – or listen to them, which is what I did. The audiobooks are fantastic, as is the story as a whole. You’ll fall in love with the characters and the ending might shock you a bit. Check them out if you haven’t already!


35481848. sy475 Sightwitch – Susan Dennard

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / (HC Finished 7/12/19) / GR

Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…

Before Merik returned from the dead…

Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.

I read this because everyone, including the author says so, before going into Bloodwitch. While I enjoyed it, it definitely wasn’t my favorite. I’m glad I read it because I know things are going to pop up – including some characters and I’m really curious to see how the actions and consequences that happened in this book are going to play out in the next novels.


46184206. sy475 Becoming the Dark Prince – Kerri Maniscalco

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (eBook Finished 7/15/19) / GR

In this irresistibly-priced short story, catch a glimpse of the inner struggles and triumphs that drive Stalking Jack the Ripper’s endearing but troubled hero. 

With a romance for the ages, Audrey Rose and Thomas reach the conclusion to their epic, irresistible partnership in their final adventure, Capturing the Devil.

THOMAS. CRESSWELL.

*screams*


42201395Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / (AB Finished 7/19/19) / GR

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains.

I’m so glad I read this book while the hype was still going on. I loved it, shocker, I know. I fell in love with the book, the characters, the world and could easily read an entire series set in it. I should have a review up of this book, hopefully soon. I’m a little behind on my reviews.


34273236. sy475 Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / (PB+AB Finished 7/22/19) / GR

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

This was my Book Club’s pick, and I wasn’t a fan. Overall, I’ll concede that it wasn’t a bad story, but there were certain elements in it that infuriated me, and the ending annoyed me.


42867937The Girl the Sea Gave Back – Adrienne Young

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / (ARC Finished 7/24/19) / GR

The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue.

Since I have a full review posted on this book, I won’t take too much time talking about it. This book was disappointing. I didn’t realize it was a companion/sequel to her first book, and the story was just lacking. I wanted badly to love this book, but I didn’t.


QOTD: What was your favorite read of July?

Cover Reveal – THE NAVIGATOR

Last year I saw The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown pop up on my Twitter feed and regardless of how good the synopsis sounded (really good by the way) I knew I wanted the book for the cover. It’s stunning and reminded me more of a movie poster. The art style is gorgeous and so I bought it. Then I hit a reading slump and didn’t touch it. Now, fast forward a few weeks and The Wendy was what got me out of that slump, and I was in love. It was such a unique take on the Peter Pan story we all know, but it was reminiscent enough that it felt like Peter Pan. It was an instant new favorite, as I am a sucker for anything Peter Pan inspired.

But this post isn’t about The Wendy, but about its sequel, The Navigator and oh my gosh, the cover for this book is gorgeous. When the authors reached out and asked if I wanted to be a part of the cover release, I couldn’t say no! And then the cover popped into my inbox I couldn’t stop staring. I promise – it’s a good one. A really good one.

Before I get to the cover reveal – here are what some people had to say about The Wendy:


Fans of Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Gena Showalter’s The Evil Queen, and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone will love the rip-rollicking adventure, fantasy, and historical elements of the Tales of the Wendy series by Steven Brown and Erin Michelle Sky, Dragon Authors.

What other authors have said about The Wendy:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “All the markings of a classic … captivating and delightful.” ~ Lydia Sherrer, USA TODAY Bestselling author of Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “What a fantastic take on a classic tale!” ~ Tyrolin Puxty, author of the Broken Dolls trilogy

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I’m so grateful I found this book. It completely captivated me.” ~ T.A. Hernandez, author of the Secrets of PEACE series

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Delightful and surprisingly hilarious … Sky and Brown bring fresh magic and wonder to a well-known story.” ~ C.L. Ogilvie, author of Some Assistance Required

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Like Hook good. Except better.” ~ S. Shane Thomas, author of Rob Rogers Fights a Unicorn

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The Wendy is a delight—beautifully written and funny.” ~ Steven Ramirez, author of Tell Me When I’m Dead

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “WOW! Just WOW!” ~ Emma Hill, author of Ashes of Glass


Are you ready for the cover reveal of The Navigator?

the navigator

NOT EVERY ADVENTURE GOES AS PLANNED …

In this eagerly awaited second volume of the acclaimed Tales of the Wendy series, Wendy’s troubles are far from over. Hook wants her in irons, the crew wants to throw her overboard, and Pan’s magical compass is the only thing standing in their way. But Pan himself is nowhere to be found.

When a new everlost captain appears on the horizon, it will take everything Wendy has to survive. 

And a tiny red dragon will set events in motion that could save or doom them all.


I’m absolutely in love with this cover and the synopsis has me desperately wanting this book so I can continue with Wendy’s story. I cannot wait to have a copy of this in my hand and I know I’ll be dropping everything to read it when it does come out. Make sure you check out The Wendy – you won’t regret it!


And just in case you wanted more information about this amazing upcoming release:

Book details:

Pub date: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Trash Dogs Media, LLC

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1946137036

Paperback ISBN: 978-1946137043

Ebook ISBN: 978-1946137098

Kindle ASIN: B07VNBPN1T


I really hope you all give The Wendy a chance and, if you love it, pick up The Navigator! There’s a dragon in this one! I cannot wait to see how that comes into play. I’m going to be squealing about this book until its release, just wait…or bear with me. I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever for The Navigator and it’s so close!

iBooks / Kindle / Kobo / Nook / Goodreads 

*Make sure you preorder and add on GR!


Authors Note: This post was supposed to go live at 8AM, but WordPress seemed to have other ideas, and for that, I apologize. This isn’t the first time I’ve had issues with WordPress not posting scheduled posts on time, I just wish it hadn’t occurred with this post.

Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows

house of salt and sorrowsTitle: House of Salt and Sorrows

Author: Erin A. Craig

Pub. Date: August 6, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.


There will be spoilers in this review, but there will be a spoiler-free section first. I also what to thank NetGalley for gifting me an early copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

I was approved for this book back in February, with the plan on reading it a little closer to its release date…I’m cutting it a little close, as it’s out tomorrow (as I’m writing this) but it’s out today ( as you’re reading this) So HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS!

I absolutely loved this book – I expected to enjoy it as it’s a unique take on the 12 Dancing Princesses story – which is so underrepresented in YA it’s criminal. But what I didn’t expect was just how much I was going to love it and am kicking myself for not having read it sooner than right before its release. I knew the moment I finished the book that it would be a five-star read and I would be pushing it on everyone, so here – read the book! I do have one tiny complaint and maybe I just missed it in the book, but I’ll get to that shortly. It obviously doesn’t affect my rating and as for the plot as a whole, it doesn’t really affect how it all plays out in the end.

Okay, little side note, I’ve legit been sitting here trying to write this review for about three hours and I’m struggling. I think it’s because it’s all still so fresh and I legitimately just want to scream GO READ THE BOOK as well as just spoil the book to get my feelings out. Like, if you’re talking to a friend about a book – that way. I just want to gush about this book and how much I loved it, and I undoubtedly will in this review, but I also want to be kind of constructive and cohesive and not just a mess of emotions. I don’t normally write reviews so soon after finishing a book for this reason (albeit there are exceptions), but it’s my fault for waiting so long to read it. So, let’s try this again.

 This. Book.

I’d heard amazing things, and tons of people were gushing about it. A gothic/Victorian 12 Dancing Princesses retelling? Hell. Yes. Yes. Please.

It was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely didn’t see the twist at the end. I wasn’t sure who was behind the mystery that plays out in this story, but I did not see that person being the suspect. I liked being kind of blindsided at the end. I also really enjoyed the frenzied panic feeling that I felt towards the end. I was completely encompassed by Annaleigh – the main character. One of the eight surviving Thaumas Dozen, she’s willing to do anything to protect her sisters, willing to go to any lengths.

House of Salt and Sorrows follows the usually plot of a 12 Dancing Princesses story – usually the sisters love dancing, find a magical escape where they can dance the night away, shoes are usually worn out super-fast and then the magic and splendor turns sour and something darker comes in to play. But there’s a twist. The eight remaining sisters are “cursed”, and their lives are already somewhat dark. Annaleigh tries to make the best of horrible situations, and wants to properly honor her dead sisters, but with the arrival of a new stepmother (thank god she wasn’t the traditional evil stepmother type character – I’m kind of over those) Annaleigh doesn’t like the changes that are happening. She goes along for the sake of her remaining sisters, but privately she doesn’t stop mourning. There’s also this role of Gods that make appearances among the mortals and are very much keyish players in this book. I wasn’t really expecting that element to be so prevalent, but I ended up really liking it.

Enter Cassius and Fisher – the love interest and the crush.

Annaleigh and Fisher grew up together, so it’s kind of the boy next door relationship, and for a second, I was hoping something would happen between the two of them. I’m a sucker for friendship turned to romance. But then there was Cassius and I was a goner. Utterly swoon-worthy and charming, he caught Annaleigh’s eye, and he, hers. I was pretty much a goner for Cassius the moment he was on the page.

As for Annaleigh, I really enjoyed her as a character. She wasn’t perfect and she had her flaws, but her absolute love for those she held dear- it was endearing. She’s such a strong character and is pretty confident with who she is. Due to circumstances in the book, there are moments that cause her to question who she is, her sanity, but there’s always this underlying strength that shines through.

If you go into this book not expecting some darker themes and unsettling moments, you’ll be blindsided. I wouldn’t necessarily consider it horror, but there are some horror elements, and while I did feel the panic and frenzied feelings that Annaleigh felt, I was never scared to read ahead…I should clarify. I’m not a horror person, I don’t like being scared like that, I don’t usually touch any format of horror – whether movie or book – that deals with hauntings/ghosts. I don’t do that shit. Scares me too badly – like won’t sleep for a week, leaves lights on and watches happy Christmas movies until I feel safe. So, while this is a gothic horror YA story, I was able to read it and not be terrified. I think since there was a fantastical/magical element in the book I could equate it with fiction in my head.

Overall, if it’s not obvious I really loved this book and though the author did an amazing job with the world, the characters, the story. I found it so easy to imagine the world, the characters, the different settings. Everything was so vivid in my mind and I’ll definitely be buying whatever stories Erin publishes in the future. My finished copy is supposed to arrive on Thursday, and I cannot wait to put it on my shelf. I can definitely see me rereading House of Salt and Sorrows in the future and I may even make my book club read it in the future. If you’re looking for a new read and want something darker, grittier, with a hint of fantastical, loving relationships and a swoon-worthy love interest, make sure you pick this up tomorrow or sometime in the near future, because you do not want to miss this book!

Okay, if you’ve read House of Salt and Sorrows, feel free to comment with your reaction, though I would ask you to not post spoilers – but my DMs on Instagram and Twitter are open! If you want to talk about this book, feel free to message me there! @lexacourtney on both accounts!


Okay, now for a slight spoiler.

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Phew, I haven’t done one of these reviews in a long time – at least not in this format, but I need to get something off my chest.

I know I said earlier it was one thing that bothered me, but as I was writing and thinking, something else came to me.

First off, I was kind of confused as to the whole plot line involving Eulalie, surrounding her death. Trying to figure out who killed her was basically Annaleigh’s whole purpose for like 75% of the book and once Edgar (Eulalie’s love interest) is killed and other elements start coming to light, she just forgets about it? I mean, she even went as far to accuse Cassius of murdering them, but he has his own reasons for knowing so much about her sisters. Maybe I missed it in the book, being too caught up in everything Annaleigh was going through, but I’m almost certain nothing came of that? Because the person/thing behind the torment Annaleigh faces and goes through admits that Eulalie’s death isn’t their fault. Annaleigh even goes to question if she is the one who killed her.

I know that’s kind of vague and out of context, but even though this is the spoiler section, I don’t want to give too much away. Also, quite honestly it would be kind of hard to explain without explaining the whole plot.

Anyways, maybe I just missed it and it was determined who killed her, but I don’t remember it ever being stated. Though, in the scheme of things, Annaleigh’s life, and her sister’s lives were in immediate danger and things were happening quickly, so it makes sense that, that would move to the back burner of things that are important.

Though, and I just thought of this, maybe Cassisus’s explanation of how he knows her sisters, and her (Annaleigh) was enough closure for her.

As for the second thing – and this isn’t an issue or anything, but just something I want to talk about, since while I was reading, I couldn’t figure it out, but Fisher.

Yes, he’s the childhood friend, turning potential sweetheart, but while Fisher is mentioned before Cassisus, Annaleigh interacts with Cassius, and there’s chemistry, before Fisher comes into play.

Cassius then disappears for a bit, and Fisher is there, complimenting Annaleigh and being all “I’m unable to take my eyes off of you” and “I didn’t like seeing you dancing with another guy”, but he never really acts on his feelings. He doesn’t act like a territorial asshole, and when he makes a move, he instantly apologizes and then it’s awkward between the two of them.

Annaleigh has always had a crush on Fisher, and seemed to be open towards the idea, but the fact that he drastically backs off and then spends a lot of time with her older sister – I guess, I just couldn’t figure out why he was even introduced as a potential love interest, when Annaleigh and Cassius had sparks from the first meeting, and it was obvious that he was the destined love interest.

Eventually it’s revealed as to why Fisher acted the way he did, and then I wasn’t questioning it anymore. His actions were all part of a much larger scheme. I won’t spoil how it all make sense, as it’s a pretty massive and dark reveal. Got to keep some things secret, don’t want to spoil the book for you all.

Whoops.

I was going to have a real post up for you today, but after a week of being at the beach, and today (Thursday) especially, I’m exhausted and my brain refuses to focus. So, instead, here are some shots from my vacation so far.

North Topsail Island, North Carolina:

 

It’s been a fun week, and I’m sad that we’ve only got a day and half-ish left here. It’ll be a whole year until I’m back at this house, with these people. This is my favorite vacation all year and I always look forward to it.

We’ve had perfect weather, and even though it looked like it was going to storm, we were able to close out the day with pizza on the beach and a volleyball game as the tide came in.

July Book Haul!

Where has the summer gone? I can’t believe it’s already time for another haul post – thankfully this one is significantly smaller than June’s. I’m really proud of myself, while I hauled a few books, I actually only bought ONE in July. Meaning, I spent my money only once, in thirty-one days on a book. All the books, besides one, came into my possession either through Books for Trade on Twitter, or through a subscription box and one I acquired as a birthday gift! After buying and acquiring so many books last month, I’m glad I only added 8 to my ever-growing library in July.


44320201. sy475 Call It What You Want – Brigid Kemmerer

UK Paperback

Review / GR / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

This one shouldn’t surprise you. If Brigid has a new book out, I will buy every copy I can. This is more for collection purposes and just supporting a friend!

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…


36039317The Cursed Sea – Lauren DeStefano

Hardcover

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I’m excited to have this book! I read The Glass Spare recently (here’s my review) and loved it and was dying I didn’t have the second one to the duology. My brother and his girlfriend got me this as a birthday present and I cannot wait to dive in!

Wilhemina Heidle, the exiled princess of Northern Arrod, the girl thought dead by her family and friends, must return home. The only way to save Loom, the cursed prince of the Southern Isles, is to revisit the castle and discover the origins of her own curse.

But home is very different from how she left it—Wil’s unstable elder brother is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And the rest of her family must reckon with the truth of what happened to lead to Wil’s exile. With time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family if she’s going to find the truth and save the boy she loves.

When she’s finally able to reach Pahn, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives, again and again, as the Southern King is out to punish his children for all they’ve done. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil, Loom—and his ruthless sister Espel—have to work to make peace with their own struggles if they hope to secure the future of their kingdoms.

But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren—who is more dangerous than ever—can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time, for good?


30063453Amid Stars and Darkness & Between Frost and Fury – Chani Lynn Feener

ARC / ARC

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These have been on my radar for a while now and was able to snag them in a trade. I’m always interested in new to me sci-fi books as I don’t think there are enough of them. I don’t know when I’ll get to these, but my plan is hopefully before the year is out – at least for the first one!

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.


29346927Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne
ARC

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This is another book that has been on my radar for a while, and like the previous two, when I saw I was able to grab them during a trade, I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve heard good things about this book, so I’m excited that I can finally read it!

 A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.


26031262A Whole New World – Liz Braswell

Paperback

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I got this through a trade for two reasons – my friend absolutely loves Aladdin, so I figured she’d like this one, and after having read Part of Your World this year (review here) I’ve been wanting to give the other Twisted Tales a read!

What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie? 

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.


42201395Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

FairyLoot Exclusive Edition

GR / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Yes, I have two physical copies of this book, and I downloaded the audiobook. I absolutely loved this book and kind of wish there was more to the story. I want more. I always want more when it comes to her books, and I’m so glad I read this so close to release, as the hype hasn’t died yet!

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

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The King – Jennifer L. Armentrout

1,001 Nights Paperback

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This is the second novella follow-up to her Wicked Trilogy and I * think * I read The Prince last year after having finished the final book in the trilogy. And I say * think * because it was a year ago, and I do kind of remember having an intense urge of needing this book. Now it’s in my hands, but I’ll probably wait to read it since, I’m still working my way through Jen’s backlist and the Wicked trilogy is on it. This is also the only book I spent money on in July.

As Caden and Brighton’s attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.