Bookish Features

Waiting on Wednesday – October 9, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda


From Goodreads:

Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that’s full of rivalry, romance… and dragons.

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

Bookish Features

First Lines Friday – October 4, 2019

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!

“Give me the child.”


The Girl the Sea Gave Back

Title: The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Author: Adrienne Young
Rating: ★★★★

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. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

Book Reviews

The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1) by Margaret Owen

The Merciful CrowTitle: The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)
Author: Margaret Owen
Rating: ★★★★★

A future chieftain.
Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince.

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard.

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

This was a magic system unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Teeth are used to give certain magical characteristics to its users based on the class of person. The Merciful Crow is easily immersible, masterfully depicted, and full of magic.

Give them fire. Give them fear.

I loved the magic system, a world where the lowest class does have some power. When someone dies, all castes turn to the Crows or risk catching disease. Not being picky about payment, the Crows know when they are undermined and can refuse to dispose of the body.

Mercy was a chief’s gift. Inflicting it was their duty.

Fie was such a strong, patient, female lead. Her selflessness is her weakness and I love that characteristic about her. It is so real. The decisions she faced were realistically dealt with, the relationships were warm, and the mistrust of new people was warranted.

I kept waiting for Tavis and Jasimir to pull a Queen Amidala on us and say they were the reverse roles the whole time…but it never happened. We get so used to certain characteristics representing certain characters and expect the same every time. This change was refreshing and didn’t make the story predictable.

We stay in Sabor because it’s our home. Aye, the villages don’t want us, but the sinners always do. Every plague-fearing soul sleeps easier knowing we’ll come when they call. So you ask why we stay? Because the plague stays. Because someone out there needs mercy. And because this is our damned home.

The Merciful Crow is a unicorn: beautifully crafted, vulnerable, and realistic. Definitely a top read of 2019!

Bookish Features

Waiting on Wednesday – October 2, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig

A Kingdom for a Stage

From Goodreads:

Jetta is a prisoner. A prisoner of the armee, a prisoner of fate, and a prisoner of her own madness. Held captive in Hell’s Court—now the workshop of Theodora, the armee engineer and future queen of Chakrana—Jetta knows she needs to escape. But Theodora has the most tempting bait—a daily dose of a medication that treats Jetta’s madness.

But the cost is high. In exchange, Jetta must use her power over dead spirits to trap their souls into flying machines—ones armed with enough firepower to destroy every village in Chakrana. And Theodora and her armee also control Le Trépas—a terrifying necromancer who once had all of Chakrana under his thumb, and Jetta’s biological father. Jetta fears the more she uses her powers, the more she will be like Le Trépas—especially now that she has brought her brother, Akra, back from the dead.

Jetta knows Le Trépas can’t be trusted. But when Akra teams up with Leo, the handsome smuggler who abandoned her, to pull off an incredible escape, they insist on bringing the necromancer along. The rebels are eager to use Le Trépas’s and Jetta’s combined magic against the invading colonists. Soon Jetta will face the choice between saving all of Chakrana or becoming like her father, and she isn’t sure which she’ll choose.

Acclaimed author Heidi Heilig creates a rich world inspired by Southeast Asian cultures and French colonialism. Her characters are equally complex and nuanced, including a bipolar heroine and biracial love interest. Told from Jetta’s first-person point-of-view, as well as chapters written as play scripts, and ephemera such as songs, maps, and letters, A Kingdom for a Stage is a vivid, fast-paced journey that weaves magic, simmering romance, and the deep bonds of family with the high stakes of epic adventure. It will thrill fans of Stephanie Garber, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.

Bookish Features

October Young Adult Subscription Box Spoilers

Love At First Bite

About the box:

We are so excited to reveal the October theme for our monthly box and it is… LOVE AT FIRST BITE!

This vampire-themed box is the perfect box for autumn and Halloween! We’ve never curated a box like this before, so we’re very excited about all of the vampire-inspired goodies. Most of the items in this box are fandom-neutral, but we will say that you can expect items inspired by Dracula and Interview With A Vampire!

This box is jam-packed with exciting items, and we are so thrilled to reveal that this box will have an exclusive candle hand-poured by @themeltinglibrary! Raquel’s candles are iconic within the bookstagram community and we’re so excited for this collaboration.

Our featured book of the month is a romantic and seductive murder mystery set in 19th century New Orleans, where vampires prowl the streets. The edition that we will be including will have ARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKETSPRAYED EDGES and it will be SIGNED by the author. It’s definitely not one to be missed!

My Guess:

The Beautiful

From Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

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.


LitJoy Crate
Fallen Angel

October Theme: Fallen Angel

About the Box:

Seraphim, demons, wizards, and fairies . . . October at LitJoy is a voyage into the realm of magic! This month, prepare for fandoms that transcend time, characters that teach us both good and evil can reside within, and spells that bind our hearts.

About the Book

Angels, beasts, ageless beauty, and fortunes—October’s title takes a love story and packs it full of action, manipulation, and, of course, magic! In a relentless quest for true love, our protagonist pulls strings in the lives of more than one talented and captivating character. This YA fantasy boasts a crew of characters you’ll want to befriend, a protagonist that doubles as villain, and a gripping fantasy world!

Perfect for fans of: The Three Musketeers, Shadowhunters Series, and Furyborn

LitJoy Crate Book Customizations

  • Signed by the author
  • Reversible Dust Jacket Artwork
  • Tip-in Page Artwork
  • Author Letter & art print separate from the book

About the Items

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

  • Shadowhunters
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Supernatural
  • Disney Villains

My Guess:

Angel Mage

From Goodreads:

More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . .

Dawn of a New World

About the Box:

What would you do if you landed on a brand new planet? And what if that planet was more dangerous than you could imagine? Luckily, you can experience the thrill of adventure from the comfort of your own home! Our October box is inspired by science fiction tales that take place on unknown worlds, or feature an alternate future version of our own planet.

We are including TWO brand new hardcover novels this month! YAY! Both will have exclusive covers and be signed by the authors as well! One book is a contemporary story with a sci-fi twist, all about what would happen if we found out the world was about to end. The second book is an epic story about a future where androids have taken over the human race. Both books are extremely unique, and both feature diverse characters and romances! We absolutely adored them!

You’ll also find awesome goodies inspired by The Illuminae FilesThe Lunar ChroniclesHeart of IronSaga and Warcross!

My Guess:

I Hope You Get This Message

From Goodreads:

Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.

When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.

For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.


My Guess:

Crier's War

From Goodreads:

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

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

Book Reviews

Bookeyman-A-Thon TBR


This Halloween the Bookeyman is coming. He’s here to take all the books away!  & The Bookish Chick need your help defeating him. They’ve gathered the best of the best but only one team can have the final victory over defeating the Bookeyman. Which team will you join this October?

Witches will represent Team Coven.
Monsters will represent Team Mash.
Zombies will represent Team Horde.
Vampires will represent Team Clan.
Werewolves will represent Team Pack.

Who will you represent this Halloween season?
Who will hold the final victory over the Bookeyman?!

Team Pack

You can find me with all the other wolves on Team Pack!

Group Book

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Any Stephen King Book

Team Book


Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Become the Alpha of Your Pack

Read the First Book in a Series

Serpent and Dove

Full Moon is Out and You Feel the Shift

Read a Book That Features a Shapeshifter or Animal Sidekick

For A Muse of Fire

Your Friends Need to Learn to Control Their Strength/Speed. Help Train Them

Buddy Read

The Haunting of Hill House

The Full Moon

Complete a 24-Hour Read-A-Thon During the Full Moon (October 13th)

To Kill a Kingdom

Is anyone else joining? If so, what team did you join?

Bookish Features

October 2019 Releases I’m Excited About

October 1st


October 8th


October 15th



October 29th

Do you plan on reading or buying any of these in October?!