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First Lines Friday – May 29, 2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

Once upon a time there was a nobleman, who took for a second wife
the haughtiest and proudest woman that had ever been seen….
The husband, on his side, had a daughter, of unexampled
gentleness and goodness.
She inherited these qualities from her mother,
who had been the best creature in the world.
– Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper


ABOUT THE BOOK

The BeholderTitle: The Beholder (The Beholder, #1)
Author: Anna Bright
Rating: ★★★★

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

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June 2020 Young Adult Subscription Box Spoilers

FairyLoot
A Different Kind of Magic

About the box:

We all love magic and this month we wanted to celebrate unique magic systems − magic that is a little out of the ordinary, or not quite what you have come to expect. The types of magic that make you think, that make you wonder, that make you wish!

You can expect items inspired by The Bone Season, Avatar The Last AirbenderThe Starless SeaThe Shadows Between UsAlice in Wonderland and Blood Heir! We are thrilled to reveal that this box will have TWO BOOKS! The second book in this box is a YA release that won’t be released until spring 2021… and this beautiful paperback edition will have an EXCLUSIVE FOIL-FILLED COVER and SPRAYED EDGES!

Our featured book of the month is a tale of destiny and sisterhood, filled with shaman magic. In this epic story, newly awakened abilities are tested as darkness looms and the kingdom is on the brink of war. This FairyLoot exclusive edition will have an EXCLUSIVE COVER, ARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKET and will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!

My Guess:

Forest of Sould

From Goodreads:

Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.


LitJoy Crate
Mythical Gods

April Theme: Women Warriors; Theme art by @maggie.rose

About the Box:

They say the gods are a myth . . . but we know the true story. This summer, join LitJoy on a quest to find the mythical gods! Drop everything and travel with us to the City of Weep—where a goddess of nightmares awaits. Wage the seas to find Circe on her lush island of witchcraft. Hold fast to your courage as we fly with the legions of Valkyrie! And find new friends, foes, and answers as Percy Jackson and Hercules discover the god within.

About the Book

Based on Greek mythology, LitJoy’s June title is a tale of the unbreakable bonds of family and just how far our heroine will go to save the ones she loves. Told with a beautiful lyrical voice, this story is one of framed murder, retribution, intricate plotting, political intrigue, and fascinating divinity-based magic! A must read!

LitJoy Crate Book Customizations

  • Signed by the author
  • Reversible dust jacket artwork by @zirael_art
  • Tip-in page artwork by @kirsty.carter.art
  • Author Letter & art print separate from the book

About the Items

In this crate, you’ll find items representing these fandoms:

  • Percy Jackson
  • Hercules
  • Circe
  • Valkyrie
  • Strange the Dreamer

My Guess:

Sisters of Sword and Song

From Goodreads:

From the author of The Queen’s Rising comes a thrilling YA stand-alone fantasy about the unbreakable bond between sisters. Perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep, and Court of Fives.

After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.


OwlCrate
All The World’s A Stage

About the Box:

Come one, come all! The theme of our upcoming June box is… ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE! Our June box is all about grand performances and magical stages, whether they be at carnivals, the circus or a Shakespeare play! Our June book features a fierce female magician abandoning everything she’s ever known for a shot at greatness. This enchanting book is an August release that we’ve been given permission to send out early!

We are including a truly spectacular edition of the book, and will be doing something we’ve never done before! The book will not include a dust jacket – instead, it will feature a stunning exclusive foil cover printed directly on the hardcover. The book will also have exclusive endpapers and will be signed by the author! We truly can’t wait for you to see this stunning book!

Items included will be inspired by The Night CircusThe Greatest ShowmanAce of ShadesShakespeare and more! The items are a wonderful mix of useful, delicious and selfcare goodies.

My Guess:

Where Drems Descend

From Goodreads:

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.


Are you purchasing any of these boxes?! Do you agree with my guesses or do you think something else?! Comment and let me know! 🙂

Bookish Features

WWW Wednesday – May 27, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

I am currently reading Mirage (Mirage, #1) by Somaiya Daud, The Summer We Found the Baby by Amy Hest, and Animals We Are by Valerie Brandy.

Just Finished:

I recently finished reading Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke and Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1) by Kathryn Purdie.

Reading Next:

More than Maybe_cover

Next, I will be reading More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!

Book Reviews

Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1) by Kathryn Purdie

Bone Crier's MoonTitle: Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1)
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Rating: ★★★★★

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really excited for this book; I just wanted the items in the FairyLoot box. Sorry, not sorry.

Aliesse. I’m not leaving you. You’re worth the risk, do you hear me? You’re always going to be worth the risk.

 

Ailesse: Destined to be the next Matrone. Brave. Headstrong. Ambitious.

Sabine: Aliesse’s best friend. Quiet. Reserved. Loyal.

Bastien: Seeking revenge for his father’s death. Head of a gang of thieving orphanswhose father also died from the Leuress.

 

Things I Liked Loved:

  1. Sisterly love. The bond between Ailesse and Sabine is so strong. I loved that it seemed to be the main focal point over romantic love. They will risk anything and everything for each other.
  2. Pacing. It was perfect. There was never a dull moment. I was reading along with the FairyLoot group and I found myself wanting to read more each day, but forcing myself to stop to keep pace with the book.
  3. Multiple POVs. The change from one protagonist to the next kept me on the edge of my seat. The end of every chapter was a cliffhanger.
  4. Mythology. This was such a unique twist on sirens. The magic system was well thought and intriguing.

 

Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. The ending. I wasn’t convinced that there should be a second book. It seemed like this novel could’ve ended with just a twinge difference.
  2. Animal violence. Yes, I know it goes along with the magic system, but I love animals.

 

Bone Crier’s Moon is a story about sisterly love, enemies to lovers, and revenge. People who enjoyed All the Stars and Teeth and Serpent & Dove would enjoy this novel.

Bookish Features

Six for Sunday – May 24, 2020

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot.

Favorite Characters from Series


1. Sabine, Bone Crier’s Moon, Kathryn Purdie

2. Fie, The Merciful Crow, Margaret Owen

3. Wren, Girls of Paper and Fire, Natasha Ngan

4. Bear, The Beholder, Anna Bright

5. Fiske, Sky in the Deep, Tricia Levenseller

6. Alessandra, The Shadows Between Us, Stephanie Garber

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First Lines Friday – May 22, 2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead.

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Beautiful

Title: The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Rating: ★★★★

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.