Welcome back and holy smokes do we have a selection this week. There are some huge titles coming out today such as series finales and some great debut novels with a ton of buzz!
Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4) by Kendare Blake – B&N Run
After the battle with Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, leaving her out of her mind and unfit to rule. Arsinoe must find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist rests heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.
Queen Katharine’s rule over Fennbirn remains intact—for now. But her attack on the rebellion exacted a high price: her beloved Pietyr. Without him, who can she rely upon when Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce? As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.
In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three dark sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested, and some broken forever.
The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.
I’ve followed this series from the beginning and am so excited, but a bit sad, to read the conclusion. If you haven’t picked up this series I highly recommend it. The magic system this world boasts is unique and the story of these triplets and their journey to taking the crown has been one of friendship, love, betrayal and some good ol’ bloodthirsty revenge. I don’t know who to trust *cough*Arsinoe*cough* but I do know who I want to end up on the throne. So here’s to the end of this series and let’s hope it’s a good one. Also, B&N has some exclusive signed editions of this book if you are interested.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – 5/5 Personal Rating
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
If you buy only one book for the rest of the year, make it this one. Okay okay I know there’s no way none of us are only buying one more book for the remaining 3 months of this year, but I think I got my point across. Serpent & Dove has knocked Dark Shores out of the #1 slot of favorites reads of 2019 and I think it’s there to stay. I thought the whole witch storyline was overdone, but I love a good magic system that differs from the typical. It also has one of my favorite tropes of hate to love which was too good to pass up. Lou is sassy as hell and just keeping up with her was entertaining. If you want to read my full review of this book I’ve linked it in the title. I strongly urge you to check this book out for yourself though. Mahurin is also going on tour so if you want a signed copy you can either visit her on one of her stops, or like me call and buy from one of the stops and have them mail it to you.
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – 3/5 Personal Rating
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.
If you’ve read my review of TGTSGB, linked in title, you know how hard of a time that I had of this book. I couldn’t get into it until the last 20%-30% of the book. I love Adrienne Young and Sky in the Deep is one of my favorites so it was nice to see Halvard and where he ends up, but even he fell a bit flat for me. The writing was excellent, it was just slow moving and I didn’t like Tova. I wanted her to makes moves sooner, to not take being used and treated like crap by the clan that hated her. I will however still be buying this title though since I’ll be meeting Young at the Roseville B&N this weekend and want my editions of Sky signed.
American Royals by Katherine McGee – Skip
What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha.
Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart.
This is the story of the American royals.
When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.
As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.
Originally this book was on my TBR list. I wanted an ARC of it so badly because of how interesting the concept sounded. Since then, it’s been moved off my list and I’ve decided to skip it. After reading multiple reviews on Goodreads and even from some of my favorite bloggers, I think I’m safe skipping this one. It got some not so great reviews and was described as having more of a soap opera vibe to it. Should I not pass it up just because of bad reviews and judge it for myself? Honestly, probably. Will I? Nah. So many good books and too little time means I skip ones with mediocre reviews. Just look at all the amazing books releasing this week alone! My TBR already might crush me. So I’ll stick to my Pass on this one book.
There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool – 4/5 Personal Rating
The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it?
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.
All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:
A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.
One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?
I finished reading this one over the weekend and will have a review of it posted this week, but I really liked it. Sometimes books with too many main characters can feel overwhelming and confusing (here’s looking at you Game of Thrones) but Katy Rose Pool does an excellent job of defining her characters and creating a stunning world. How these characters collide with each other and what it all has to do with the prophecy is still unknown to me, but I loved getting to know them all and can’t wait to see if the Darkness foretold will be able to be stopped or if fate has something else in store for them all. Definitely check it out for yourselves though. Rose Pool is also touring for this book so signed and personalized copies are available for mail order from Kepler’s Books.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron – Pass
Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.
Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.
There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.
She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
I honestly never even really considered picking this one up at all. Yes it has magic in it and I love reading about magic systems, but something about the synopsis itself never called to me. It is however a highly anticipated book in the bookish community. It has good reviews and a ton of buzz about it so while I may not be picking it up myself, I recommend checking it out for yourself.
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – Waterstones Run
The greatest games in Godsgrave’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic.
Mia Corvere, gladiatii, escaped slave and infamous assassin, is on the run. Pursued by Blades of the Red Church and soldiers of the Luminatii legion, she may never escape the City of Bridges and Bones alive. Her mentor Mercurio is now in the clutches of her enemies. Her own family wishes her dead. And her nemesis, Consul Julius Scaeva, stands but a breath from total dominance over the Republic.
But beneath the city, a dark secret awaits. Together with her lover Ashlinn, brother Jonnen and a mysterious benefactor returned from beyond the veil of death, she must undertake a perilous journey across the Republic, seeking the final answer to the riddle of her life. Truedark approaches. Night is falling on the Republic for perhaps the final time.
Can Mia survive in a world where even daylight must die?
Let’s all take a moment of silence in recognition of this amazing series coming to an end. I pre-orderd my copy from Waterstones months ago because I love the UK covers way more and there is a rumor by Jay himself that the first two in the series will be reprinted. In addition to all this, ALL FIRST EDITION COPIES, both US and UK, WILL BE SIGNED. I’m halfway through Nevernight (yes I’m wayyy behind) and loving it. Be warned that this is an adult series though with lots of killing, blood and sex.