Hi friends! Hope the fall season is treating you well, it looks like things in Florida might fiiiinally be starting to cool down. And by cool down, I mean it’s 89 degrees outside instead of 100.
Today I have a post that I’m super excited about! You guys may or may not know but for that past six?? seven?? (honestly not sure) months I’ve been on the Skeleton Crew (street team) for the release of Kelly Coon’s YA fantasy debut, Gravemaidens! I’m currently two-thirds of the way through this book as we speak, and I’ve been getting all the spooky vibes between mentions of the Boatman, sacrifice, and evil murder plots! So basically, it’s exciting stuff.
Series: Book 1 in a duology
Genre: YA fantasy
Synopsis: In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be…before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her. But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence. Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There, she discovers more danger lurking in the sandstone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.
Synopsis:Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
At risk of looking like a totally awful blogger, I decided to do a mid-year update post on my reading (even though we’re well past the mid-way point of this year *hides in shame*) because, well, I wanted to lol. Also, Twitter told me it was okay so there, blame them.
Anyways, I’m sure you all have seen this tag before, it’s just a list of questions about what books I’ve read so far this year and what I hope to accomplish in the next six (now more like 5) months! People do this all around the book community, but I’ll link my bestie Jordyn’s book freakout post since I definitely used it to cheat reference for my own post.
Hello friends! I’m super excited to be participating on the blog tour for Enchantée today, I just finished this book earlier last week and had such a blast reading it! I hope everyone’s been doing well, I know it’s been a hot second since my last post (what else is new), but I’m so happy to be popping back in to talk about this beauty.
Synopsis: When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic–la magie ordinaire–Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. With the dark magic she learned from her mother, Camille transforms herself into ‘the Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. Her resentment of the rich at odds with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille is astonished to find that her would-be suitor Lazare, a handsome young inventor whom she thought shared her dreams of liberty, is also living a double life. As the Baroness de la Fontaine, Camille gambles at cards and flirts, desperate to maintain her place at court and keep herself and her sister off the streets. But la magie has its costs. When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare’s affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose–love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality or la magie–before Paris burns. Bestselling author of Caraval Stephanie Garber calls Enchantée “a lit firework crackling with treacherous magic, decadent romance, and disguises that take on lives of their own–deliciously addictive!” Gita Trelease’s lush, imaginative debut fantasy is perfect for anyone looking for immersive magic in the world of Sofia Copola’s Marie Antoinette.
Hello fellow bookworms! This post is a bit late (like everything seems to be with me and my blog), I wanted to get it up in early January when everybody was still making New Years/2019-themed posts, but now it just gets to be special!
As I’m sure you can all sympathize, my TBR is actually an atrocity against humankind. I’ve noticed something in particular about my reading patterns over the last couple years though – I’m absolutely terrible at finishing series.
I used to be a really big fan of long series when I was a kid – all the Percy Jackson books, Magic Tree House, it didn’t matter what it was, I was never deterred by a long list of sequels. In fact, I preferred it. But once I started counting the books I read on Goodreads, getting into the book community, and receiving ARCs, I switched to a vast majority of standalones.
But one of my big goals for 2019 (that I’m already low-key failing at but it’s FINE) is to read and request less ARCs, so that I can finally turn my attention to the mountains of books – specifically sequels – I have on my shelves. Here’s a list of all the series I’d really like to finish (if all the books are out) or continue (up to the most recent release if not all the books are out yet) in 2019!