An Interview with the Queen of the Afterlife | Gravemaidens Blog Tour

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. 

Find a Copy: Signed copies | IndieBound | B&N | Amazon

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Romance, Revolutionaries, and Rides in the Sky | Review: Enchantée

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.

Title: Enchantée

Author: Gita Trelease

Series: Book 1 in a trilogy

Genre: YA fantasy, historical fantasy

Pub. Date: Feb. 5th, 2019

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.

Find a Copy: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | IndieBound

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End of the Year TBR (Yes, I’m Really Trying to Meet that Reading Challenge)

Copy of YALLFest 2018 Wrap-Up

Hellooo friends! I’m getting tired of having to start every post with an apology and explanation for why I haven’t been posting, but we’ll just chalk it up to the fact that college – and 2018 as a whole – has been reeeal crappy to me. Hopefully in the new year, I can get all the technical issues worked out with this blog and post more frequently, because I really miss interacting with you all!

Today, I’m here to present to you the ultimate race against time. A mad dash against the laws of bookish physics. I, the biggest mess of a book blogger and bookstagrammer in history, am actually attempting to stick to a TBR to meet my Goodreads goal.

And, as of right now, I’m actually sticking to it.

I know, start knocking on all the wood in your house and perform your spiritualist rituals, because I feel like even writing that sentence out has jinxed me and will make it all go away. But my goal for the year was to read 45 books, and I’m currently on book number 37.

Soooo, it’s not impossible. I can feel it, just out of reach. I have to read 9 books in exactly 14 days, or two weeks. So here’s the list of books I have tentatively planned out to read! Just click on the covers to be taken to their Goodreads pages.

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An Insta-Love Tragedy | Review: Empress of All Seasons (+ My Victorious Return to Blogging)

Empress of All SeasonsTitle: Empress of All Seasons

Author: Emiko Jean

Genre: YA fantasy

Series: standalone

Pub. Date: Nov. 6, 2018

Synopsis: In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.
Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. 
Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.
Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.

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