Happy October 1st! It’s the first book birthday of the month and it’s the first of the month so I’m loving it. There were a ton of new release out today, but below are the ones I’ve been following. Hopefully you too can find a title to kick off your Fall reading.
Shadow Frost by Coco Ma – Pass
In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness rises.
Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.
Not one has ever returned.
When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields—though has yet to fully understand—Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless trained soldiers have failed.
To kill it.
But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.
That is … if the demon doesn’t get to them first.
MTMC has been putting on an Instagram Book Tour for this novel all week aka my feed has been blowing up with this title every five minutes it feels like. The synopsis sounds interesting, but something about it is just not grabbing my attention. The cover is gorgeous though and the author seems really nice so while this might not be the book for me I hope others pick it up and enjoy it.
The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth – Pass
No world is like the other. Within this masterful collection, each setting is more strange and wonderful than the last, brimming with new technologies and beings. And yet, for all the advances in these futuristic lands, the people still must confront deeply human problems.
In these six stories, Veronica Roth reaches into the unknown and draws forth something startlingly familiar and profoundly beautiful.
With tales of friendship and revenge, plus two new stories from the Carve the Mark universe, this collection has something for new and old fans alike. Each story begins with a hope for a better end, but always end with a better understanding of the beginning.
I’ve never been a fan of short stories unless they pertain to a series I’m reading. I also am not a fan of Veronica Roth’s writing. Maybe her writing has improved since I picked up Divergent but since I’ve never picked up Carve the Mark I think I’ll be safe skipping this book.
Crier’s War by Nina Varela – Book Tour
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.
Later this week I get to be apart of a fun book tour hosted the The Fantastic Flying Book Club for this book. I’m really excited because I love the concept of this book and that lesbian/gay romance is becoming mainstream in the media. It’s important that everyone has representation and this book is bringing us one step closer. Plus the synopsis for Crier’s War sounds fantastic. Tune back in later this week for a guest post from the author!
In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.
Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but she grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.
To rescue her mother, Etta must prove her allegiance to the Shadows by stealing a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. Etta faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and above all, her own past as she uncovers a conspiracy that challenges everything she knew about herself and the world around her.
In a place where nothing is what it seems, can Etta ever become more than a memory thief?
This was just not the book for me. It was my second DNF of September (full DNF reasoning linked in title) because I just had a hard time connecting with the story itself along with the characters. It was an interesting concept though and I hope someone out there enjoys it even if I couldn’t
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston – 5/5 Personal Rating
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?
This was such a cute little romcom novel that is a perfect Christmas break read! it was so sweet and although the ending was a bit predictable it didn’t make getting there any less enjoyable. Sophie was a sweet and kind MC whose family I just wanted to be apart of. They were warm and welcoming and there for Sophie when she needed them most. You can always go home again and this book showed that. My full review is liked in the title!
Angel Mage by Garth Nix – B&N Run
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.
It’s 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. Four young people hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, a glory-seeking musketeer; and Dorotea, icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic.
The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet but do not suspect their importance. And none of them know just how Liliath plans to use them, as mere pawns in her plan, no matter the cost to everyone else . . .
I might be slightly obsessed with anything that has to do with Liliath. It wasn’t until a few years back that I even knew there was another woman before Eve and ever since I’ve been slightly fascinated with her. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Nix’s writing so I’m really excited to get my hands on this one. I’ve been struggling with books lately so I’m really hoping this one doesn’t disappoint.