[Cover Reveal] Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

You guys. This cover for Last Girls is so pretty. I can't wait to show it to you guys omfg.


Are you ready???????


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How stunning is this cover? It's designed by Dana Lédlová and you can find more of her work here.


Here's the synopsis:

No one knows how the world will end.

On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.

Train for every situation.

But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:

Nowhere is safe.

LAST GIRLS releases May 5 2020!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DEMETRA BRODSKY loves to write twisty thrillers about dark family secrets. She is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned full-time. A first-generation Greek American and native of Massachusetts with a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Demetra now lives in Southern California where she's always exploring and researching, hunting for clues that might feed into her next book. Dive Smack, her debut YA Thriller, was a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, and an (ALAN) Pick (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE).


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Cover Reveal Time!!!!! Scammed by Kristen Simmons (The Vale Hall #2)


Oh HI!!!

Have you read The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons yet??

If you haven't, here's a little primer on the first book:


The Deceivers

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials—because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark—a senator’s son—and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.

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Are you ready to see the cover for SCAMMED???

It's just a little bit further down. ;)

























Look!!!!!

Here's the synopsis:

In Kristen Simmons's young adult thriller Scammed, the stakes are higher. The cons are riskier. And nothing is what you think it is.

Brynn Hilder is living a life she never dreamed possible: She lives in a mansion, getting a top-rate education at Vale Hall. She has friends and an almost-boyfriend. Anything she wants, she can have.

The only catch? To stay in this life, she has to help the director of Vale Hall take down the bad guys of Sikawa City by collecting secrets and running cons.

Getting everything she wants and fighting evil doesn’t seem like such a bad deal. The thing is, she’s not so convinced anymore that Dr. Odin is really going after bad people after all. And the friends and almost-boyfriend that have made her life so different are all liars and con artists—so can she trust that any of it is real?

SCAMMED releases February 4th 2020 and you can find the Goodreads page here!! 



I'm sure you noticed that there's a bit of a cover change for the series with the release of this cover, so I'm pleased to be able to also show you the new cover for The Deceivers!!



This new cover drops in paperback also on February 4th 2020!! 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristen Simmons is the critically acclaimed author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA, and THE DECEIVERS. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her son.



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This book is CURSED -- Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich review | Season of the Witch




ABOUT

Title: Teeth in the Mist
Author: Dawn Kurtagich
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 11th 2019
Goodreads Page

Synopsis:
Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil's Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations...

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember--so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward--one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching...

[Blog Tour] A Q&A with Farah Naz Rishi, author of I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE



Sorry. It had to be said. LOL.

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Farah Naz Rishi about her book, I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE!

Here's some information on the book:


ABOUT

Title: I Hope You Get This Message
Author: Farah Naz Rishi
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 22nd 2019

Synopsis:
Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.

When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.

For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.

Doesn't that sound so interesting??? What happens for these characters when the aliens come for Earth in seven days??? Find out when you read the book. ;)

I asked Farah some questions about her book, and about writing and here are her answers!

Ri: Describe your book, I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE, in six words.

Farah Naz Rishi: A dark but ultimately hopeful message!

Ri: The subject of your book feels especially timely. What inspired you to write I Hope You Get This Message?

Farah Naz Rishi: It was my own fear, actually, that inspired me to write the book. After the 2016 election, I began to notice that the terrifyingly racist rhetoric in the news that I used to be able to ignore was getting louder and louder. And along with the worsening state of the environment, I needed to find a way to make myself feel better and process my emotions. I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE came from that fear of the world feeling like it was really ending.

Ri: Did you have to do a lot of research in preparations for this book? If so, was there anything interesting you learned while researching?

Farah: I did an enormous amount of research on how radios and radiowaves work, as well as communication through space. Thankfully, I had a lot of help from SETI and friends a lot smarter than I.

Ri: Do you think your characters would have wanted to participate in the Area 51 raid? (LOL)

Farah: HAHA, I DEFINITELY know Adeem would; he’d be one of the kids Naruto running straight for the base. Cate would reluctantly chase after him to make sure he doesn’t get in trouble. And Jesse would scoff at the whole thing.

Ri: What are your favourite tv shows/movies/books about aliens?

Farah: I started watching the new Roswell and really like it so far! But the thing that got me most into science fiction and aliens was the video game series Mass Effect.

Ri: Is there any advice you could give to upcoming debut authors?

Farah: Breathe. Whenever you feel stress or pressure or fear, just breathe. It will remind you that you’re here and you’re alive, and that’s the first step to dealing with anything.


Thank you so much to Farah for answering my questions about her book and about aliens!!

I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE is out now and can be purchased at your local book seller!!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Farah Naz Rishi is a Pakistani-American Muslim writer and voice actor, but in another life, she’s worked stints as a lawyer, a video game journalist, and an editorial assistant. She received her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, and her love of weaving stories from the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When she’s not writing, she’s probably hanging out with video game characters. You can find her at home in Philadelphia, or on Twitter at @far_ah_way.


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Dark Academia at its Finest, TBH -- NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo


ABOUT

Title: Ninth House
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Ninth House #1
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: October 8th 2019

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.

A Witchy Enemies to Lovers! -- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin | Season of the Witch



ABOUT

Title: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Series: Serpent & Dove #1 
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: September 3rd 2019

Synopsis:
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.

It's the SEASON OF THE WITCH BABYYYYY!!!

HELLO!!!


Here's a song to set the mood:


I know I go by Ri online, but it's short for Sabrina. And as a Sabrina, I have always seemed to be interested in witches and witchcraft has even played an important role in some of the best assignments I did for university. As such, I feel that it is my duty to read all the witch books.

That's it. That's the post.


So what does Season of the Witch mean?

This month's posts will focus nearly entirely on witchcraft! I'll be posting:

  • reviews of books that feature witchcraft 
  • research posts on witchcraft (I did two big projects on witchcraft for uni so I have a lot of research lmao) 
  • my top ten witchy books
  • a post on witchy tv shows!
So look forward to what's in store this month as we enter the Season of the Witch! :)

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I love the main character SO MUCH -- The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh review


ABOUT

Title: The Beautiful
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Beautiful #1
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

uM. WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK??? -- A Sorcery of Thorns Review


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Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: June 4th 2019
Goodreads Page

Synopsis:
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

[Blog Tour] Courting Darkness by Robin Lafevers

HELLO!!!

The His Fair Assassins series is BACK!!! And it's here to kick butts just like it did the last time.

As part of the blog tour, I had the incredible pleasure of asking Robin a question! Here it is below:

Ri: As a student of history, this late medieval period is very interesting and of course just as fun to read about. What are some of your favourite historical fiction novels? Are there any other historical periods that interest you for future stories?

RobinFavorite historical novels is tough because I actually grew up thinking that fairy tales were historical fiction. It wasn’t until I was about ten and was given actual historical fiction that I found out I was wrong. Let’s just say I was *mildly* disappointed—I missed the magic, and the sense of the world being bigger than could be explained by mere facts.

One of the books that had the most influence on me, and I later realized was a model for what I did with my assassin nun books, was The Crystal Cave trilogy by Mary Steward. In them, she plops a ‘historical’ Merlin down in the middle of Romanized Britain and wove the history and legend together so seamlessly that I was spellbound. I absolutely wanted to recreate that with both His Fair Assassin and the Courting Darkness duology.

Some favorite historical novels include anything by Sarah Dunant, A Certain Slant of Light by Judith Merkle Riley, Brazen by Katherine Longshore, anything by Stacey Lee or Ruta Septys, Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough, and Voices by David Elliott. I also love fantasy that FEELS as if it is historical, Juliette Marillier, for example, or Lois McMaster Bujold’s Chalion series, or Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows.


Thank you so much to Robin for answering my question! You can find my review of COURTING DARKNESS (out February 5th) below!




ABOUT

Title: Courting Darkness 
Author: Robin Lafevers 
Series: Courting Darkness Duology #1
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 5th 2019 

Synopsis: 
Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

If you (like me) didn't remember much of what happened in the previous books since it's been so long, there are Recaptains posts for both Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, but there isn't one for Mortal Heart. But fear not, ya girl has you covered as I have a review from a long time ago posted for Mortal Heart.

Courting Darkness picks up right where Mortal Heart ends. A lot has happened in the conflict between Brittany and France and as the events of the last book end with hope on the horizon, Courting Darkness brings a whole new set of problems for our assassins as they face the fall out of Mortal Heart.

The book is split into two points of view -- Sybella's and Genevieve's. Sybella is dealing with the new alliance that the Duchess of Brittany finds herself in where she must wed the king of France and everything that entails from court politics to ambushes as well as dealing with her own problems. Pierre d'Albret is always a problem of course and she must look to care for her younger sisters as well. Genevieve was sent to infiltrate the French court a long time ago -- so long that she has begun to forget who she is and what her original goals were like her sister Margot did. However, she finds a prisoner in an oubliette that she forges a connection with and even if she has lost her sense of self as a daughter of St. Mortain, she is determined to regain it.

The history is on point as always in this book and while I'm not an expert in this time period, I like that it is slightly less insular than it used to be as we deal with characters on the world stage where they must worry about the British and the Germans as well as needing to gain approval from the Pope for marriage and its importance.

This book is the first in a new duology and everything in this book felt very much like a set up for what is to come in the next one. It's so great to revisit familiar characters from the previous trilogy like Ismae and of course Sybella, however beyond the trio from the trilogy, there are other daughters of Saint Mortain out there and through Genevieve, we are able to learn what happened to some of them. A lot happens in this book and I look forward to see what happens in the next book and what's in store for Genevieve, Sybella and the Duchess.

As always, there is so much girl power in this book from our two main characters, Sybella and Genevieve to the other women that are of prominence including the (*hiss*) Queen Regent, the various ladies of household and the Princess Marguerite. And of course who can forget our beloved assassin nuns? There is such nuance to the women in this book where we watch as the Queen Regent exercise her power through subtlety and the Duchess standing strong and tall in the face of it. Margot grasps her own power through indulging in court life and Genevieve takes hers in holding her faith in the convent.

Like I said earlier, I absolutely cannot wait to see what the next book in the duology has in store for Sybella and Genevieve and of course what is going to happen in the underlying tension of this world where conflict is only a misstep away from erupting.




You can find the rest of the tour stops and see what my blog tour mates have to ask Robin, below!






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~Treasure Hunt + French Vibes~ -- THE GILDED WOLVES Review #TheWolvesAreComing


ABOUT

Title: The Gilded Wolves
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Gilded Wolves #1 
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 15th 2019 

Synopsis:
Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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