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Book Birthday Tuesday: New Releases 11/5

This might be the biggest week for releases in November. There are so many good ones coming out this week and my wallet is not very happy that I preordered almost all of them. These are some of my most anticipated reads this year and I’m so excited to finally be able to crack those spines wide open (not like wide but like an inch or just enough to see words without actually ruining the spine).

A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo – Book Tour

Title: A Constellation of Roses
Author: Miranda Asebedo
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336

Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.

Trix doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.

Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life . . . or keep running from the one she’s always known.

A gift for stealing, being able to know someone’s deepest desires just by touching them and magical pies. Honestly I’m not sure what else you could ask for in a contemporary except for maybe some romance, which this book has as well. I’m a part of a blog tour for this book so I’ve already read it and guys I LOVED it. It was beautiful and ugly, full of heartbreak and healing. Buy it, rent it, listen to the audiobook you won’t be disappointed. Come back next week (11/11) for my tour stop though to read my full review and enter the giveaway to win your own copy!

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – Preordered

Title: The Guinevere Deception
Series: Camelot Rising Trilogy #1
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Delacourte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
Pages: 352

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Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution—send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name—and her true identity—is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. 

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old—including Arthur’s own family—demand things continue as they have been, and the new—those drawn by the dream of Camelot—fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. 

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

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I’m a huge sucker for anything about King Arther, the knights of the round table or just Camelot in general. When I heard about this book a few months ago I instantly preordered it. “Guinevere” sounds like a total badass female protagonist. She’s the true keeper of the kingdom and honestly I’ve always thought it’s the Queens that are really making all the decisions. I also know this book is the selection for a highly popular book box in December and I might have to change the preorder into a book box order.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater – Possible TBR

Title: Call Down the Hawk
Series: Dreamer Trilogy #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Pages: 472

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The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it. 

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . 

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Call Down the Hawk is the first book in the Dreamer trilogy which is the spinoff to Stiefvater’s popular The Raven Cycle series. I haven’t read that series but according to the author you don’t need to read one to read the other. Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors but I struggled with The Raven Cycle which is why I didn’t preorder this one. I might have to give it a try though with all the buzz going around my book group The Tea Trolley.

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw- Preordered

Title: Winterwood
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 320

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Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

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No I have not read The Wicked Deep and yes I have regrets about not making it a priority. That being said this is a completely new standalone novel at not at all related to The Wicked Deep. The synopsis sounds intriguing and I love a good witch hunt and mystery. Is Oliver evil? Did he kill the others? I need answers. Plus the cover is gorgeous along with the naked cover. I preordered mine through a campaign Shea Ernshaw posted about at Powell’s. She did signed copies and drew spiders in all of them which I thought was the cutest thing ever. It also will be featured in the same popular book box mentioned above but for November but there will be a huge cover change and I love the original cover too much.

Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson – Pass

Title: Sisters of Shadow and Light
Author: Sarah B. Larson
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 368

“The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes…”.

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world―including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out―leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

While intriguing just reading the synopsis confuses me. I’m sure I could figure it all as I read but I’m truly just not that interested in it. I’m just going to say pass and never look back. Sorry not sorry.

Bonus Novel:
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – Preordered

Title: The Starless Sea
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Doubleday
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 512

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

The Starless Sea is an Adult novel not YA which is why I’ve listed it as a bonus novel. This has been my most anticipated book of 2019 and I’m praying it doesn’t let me down. The Night Circus is my #1 favorite book so I of course preordered a signed and personalized copy of this book from Odyssey Books months ago. A masquerade, an ancient library and a secret world. The secret world sounds a bit overly fantasy and I’m. worried I won’t end of getting sucked into the story, but everything else sounds promising. I also really need to know what this whole bee, key and sword thing means.

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