Blood Sworn by Scott Reintgen

Summary:
Three cultures clash in all out war–against each other and against the gods–in the second book of this fantasy duology that’s sure to capture fans of The Hunger Games and An Ember in the Ashes.
The Races are over. War has begun.
Ashlord and Longhand armies battle for control of the Empire as Dividian rebels do their best to survive the crossfire. This is no longer a game. It’s life or death.
Adrian, Pippa, and Imelda each came out of the Races with questions about their role in the ongoing feud. The deeper they dig, the clearer it is that the hatred between their peoples has an origin point: the gods.
Their secrets are long-buried, but one disgruntled deity is ready to unveil the truth. Every whisper leads back to the underworld. What are the gods hiding there? As the sands of the Empire shift, these heroes will do everything they can to aim their people at the true enemy. But is it already too late?

Blood Sworn (Ashlords, #2)

Review:
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Blood Sworn is the sequel to Ashlord (which I reviewed here.) In this book, we follow the same three characters, Pippa, Adrian, and Imelda. The way the first book ended left me wanting to know more. I wanted to know so much more about this world, the gods, and where the story is going. I got everything that I wanted from this book. Once again, the story is told in first person for Imelda and Adrian, but Pippa’s story is told in second person. I think Pippa’s story being told in this way was such a creative choice and it really does something to the story.
Pippa’s chapters were absolutely my favorite parts of this book. She has the most growth and change in this series. She starts off so loyal to her people, the Ashlords, but slowly she realizes that everything isn’t as it seems. She finally learns the truth from one of the gods and that’s where this story gets really interesting. I think Pippa is so incredibly smart. I am awed by the plans that her brain manages to create. I think she’s an incredible character and I loved her. I also really enjoyed the way that Pippa’s relationship with Adrian changed over time.
Adrian was an interesting character as well. But I feel like he sort of just went along with Pippa’s plans. I know this isn’t the case, but we didn’t actually see Adrian and Pippa make their plans so, it’s not hard to assume that Pippa (the master strategist) is the one that came up with the majority of their plans. I liked that Adrian did his part to show the Longhands that things could be different if everyone worked together to make a change.
Finally, Imelda. I wanted more phoenix horse stuff, but we got enough that I wasn’t terribly upset about it. I like that Imelda is also super smart, but in different ways than what we see from Pippa. I think Imelda’s part of the story was interesting because the Dividian’s are the underrepresented group of the story, despite having a large population. I liked following Imelda because with Pippa and Adrian working together, their stories were similar, but Imelda’s path is so different from the others. She stumbles into something she doesn’t totally understand, but manages to find herself working toward the same goals as Pippa and Adrian.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book. I loved this duology. I will recommend this series forever. Phoenix horses, political drama, characters that are complex and loveable, and a fascinating world and interesting gods, there is everything you could possibly want in a fantasy story.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s 2021 Preorder Book Haul

Hello, lovelies! I know I’ve said this in some of my earlier posts this year, but I am really trying to get my owned TBR down to a small amount of books. It’s currently at 65 physical books, 25 eBooks, and 10 graphic novels. So, 100 books total. I’m happy with the number of graphic novels (though I recently discovered that I actually like reading graphic novels on my Kindle so I think I can get this number to 0 and still continue reading graphic novels I’m excited about). I’d like to get my eBooks down closer to 10 or even less since most of the eBooks I’ve read lately are ARCs. As for my physical books, I want this number to be closer to 20-25 books. Ideally, I’ll have a TBR that fits on one shelf of my bookshelves. So, with all of this in mind, I’m trying really hard not to buy new books that will get added to my TBR. The one exception to this is buying books I’ve read through my library or as an ARC that I want to buy a copy to add to my collection. I also have allowed myself some preorders because there is no way that I’m going to wait to buy some of the 2021 releases until my TBR is smaller. Since I am hoping to not have any book hauls for most of this year, today I have my preorder haul from January-June. These are not all of the books that I’m excited about this year, but these are the ones that I definitely want to own and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love them.

The Mask Falling (The Bone Season, #4)

January 26th, 2021
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
“Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire. The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim-her former enemy-at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war. As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them-and could end with them…”

Game Changer

February 9th, 2021
Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
“All it takes is one hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash’s life doesn’t look quite the way he remembers it. Impossible though it seems, he’s been hit into another dimension—and keeps on bouncing through worlds that are almost-but-not-really his own. The changes start small, but they quickly spiral out of control as Ash slides into universes where he has everything he’s ever wanted, universes where society is stuck in the past…universes where he finds himself looking at life through entirely different eyes. And if he isn’t careful, the world he’s learning to see more clearly could blink out of existence…”

A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)

February 16th, 2021
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
“Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it. The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other. Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts. Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.”

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours, #2)

March 2nd, 2021
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
“Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade. But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace. Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.”

Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters, #3)

March 9th, 2021
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
“Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how… Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right. Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.”

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology, #2)

March 30th, 2021
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
“The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.
The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.
The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.
King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.”

The ​Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash, #3)

April 20th, 2021
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout
“She’s been the victim and the survivor…
Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.
The enemy and the warrior…
Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.
A lover and heartmate…
But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.
And now she will become Queen…”

Grace and Glory (The Harbinger, #3)

June 1st, 2021
Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Trinity Marrow has lost the battle and her beloved Protector. Even with both demons and Wardens on her side, Trin may not win the war against the Harbinger. Bringing Lucifer back to the world to fight the Harbinger is probably a really, really bad idea, but they’re out of options—and the world’s ultimate fallen angel is the only being powerful enough to impact the outcome. As Trin and Zayne form a new and more dangerous bond and Lucifer unleashes Hell on earth, the apocalypse looms and the world teeters on the end of forever. Win or lose, one thing is certain—nothing will ever be the same.”

As you can see, most are the next in a series, except one that is by one of my long time favorite authors. I have plans for another haul post, but the next one will be my library holds, I think. My library often shows books that are ‘coming soon’ so I can place a hold on new releases before they come out. So, I think that will be a fun way to share what other new books I am excited to read once they’re released (or books I’m waiting to read that have already been released). Are any of these books on your TBR? What books have you preordered for 2021?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

2021 Debut Novels Amanda is Anticipating

Hey, lovelies! I did a list of 21 books being released in 2021 that I am excited for. You can find that list here. It’s a post I’m quite proud of. So, I thought I would do another similar post so that I can highlight some debut novels that I am enthusiastic about. I want to give them some attention so that others might find some more books for their TBRs. Yes, I am here today to make your never ending TBR even longer. You’re welcome.

Happily Ever Afters

January 5th, 2021
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
“Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She’s rarely seen herself reflected in the pages of the romance novels she loves. The only place she’s a true leading lady is in her own writing—in the swoony love stories she shares only with Caroline, her best friend and #1 devoted reader. When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she’s excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first workshop, the words are just…gone. Fortunately, Caroline has a solution: Tessa just needs to find some inspiration in a real-life love story of her own. And she’s ready with a list of romance novel-inspired steps to a happily ever after. Nico, the brooding artist who looks like he walked out of one of Tessa’s stories, is cast as the perfect Prince Charming. But as Tessa checks off each item off Caroline’s list, she gets further and further away from herself. She risks losing everything she cares about—including the surprising bond she develops with sweet Sam, who lives across the street. She’s well on her way to having her own real-life love story, but is it the one she wants, after all?”

Clues to the Universe

January 12th, 2021
Clues to the Universe by Christina Li
“The only thing Rosalind Ling Geraghty loves more than watching NASA launches with her dad is building rockets with him. When he dies unexpectedly, all Ro has left of him is an unfinished model rocket they had been working on together. Benjamin Burns doesn’t like science, but he can’t get enough of Spacebound, a popular comic book series. When he finds a sketch that suggests that his dad created the comics, he’s thrilled. Too bad his dad walked out years ago, and Benji has no way to contact him. Though Ro and Benji were only supposed to be science class partners, the pair become unlikely friends: Benji helps Ro finish her rocket, and Ro figures out a way to reunite Benji and his dad. But Benji hesitates, which infuriates Ro. Doesn’t he realize how much Ro wishes she could be in his place? As the two face bullying, grief, and their own differences, Benji and Ro must try to piece together clues to some of the biggest questions in the universe.”

Yesterday Is History

February 2nd, 2021
Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson
“Weeks ago, Andre Cobb received a much-needed liver transplant. He’s ready for his life to finally begin, until one night, when he passes out and wakes up somewhere totally unexpected…in 1969, where he connects with a magnetic boy named Michael. And then, just as suddenly as he arrived, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect—the ability to time travel. And they’ve tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift. Andre splits his time bouncing between the past and future. Between Michael and Blake. Michael is everything Andre wishes he could be, and Blake, still reeling from the death of his brother, Andre’s donor, keeps him at arm’s length despite their obvious attraction to each other. Torn between two boys, one in the past and one in the present, Andre has to figure out where he belongs—and more importantly who he wants to be—before the consequences of jumping in time catch up to him and change his future for good.”

The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1)

February 9th, 2021
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
“Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs. But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat. Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.”

Honey Girl

February 23rd, 2021
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
“With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that. This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows. In New York, she’s able to ignore all the annoying questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.”

Like Home

February 23rd, 2021
Like Home by Lousia Onomé
“Chinelo, or Nelo as her best friend Kate calls her, is all about her neighborhood Ginger East. She loves its chill vibe, ride-or-die sense of community, and her memories of growing up there. Ginger East isn’t what it used to be, though. After a deadly incident at the local arcade, all her closest friends moved away, except for Kate. But as long as they have each other, Nelo’s good. Only, Kate’s parents’ corner store is vandalized, leaving Nelo shaken to her core. The police and the media are quick to point fingers, and soon more of the outside world descends on Ginger East with promises to “fix” it. Suddenly, Nelo finds herself in the middle of a drama unfolding on a national scale. Worse yet, Kate is acting strange. She’s pushing Nelo away at the exact moment they need each other most. Nelo’s entire world is morphing into something she hates, and she must figure out how to get things back on track or risk losing everything⁠—and everyone⁠—she loves.”

Down Comes the Night

March 2nd, 2021
Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
“Wren Southerland’s reckless use of magic has cost her everything: she’s been dismissed from the Queen’s Guard and separated from her best friend—the girl she loves. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate, Colwick Hall, to cure his servant from a mysterious illness, she seizes her chance to redeem herself. The mansion is crumbling, icy winds haunt the caved-in halls, and her eccentric host forbids her from leaving her room after dark. Worse, Wren’s patient isn’t a servant at all but Hal Cavendish, the infamous Reaper of Vesria and her kingdom’s sworn enemy. Hal also came to Colwick Hall for redemption, but the secrets in the estate may lead to both of their deaths. With sinister forces at work, Wren and Hal realize they’ll have to join together if they have any hope of saving their kingdoms. But as Wren circles closer to the nefarious truth behind Hal’s illness, they realize they have no escape from the monsters within the mansion. All they have is each other, and a startling desire that could be their downfall.”

Meet Cute Diary

May 4th, 2021
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee
“Noah Ramirez thinks he’s an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There’s just one problem—all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe. When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page. In this charming novel by Emery Lee, Noah will have to choose between following his own rules for love or discovering that the most romantic endings are the ones that go off script.”

The [Un]popular Vote

June 1st, 2021
The [Un]popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez
“Vaseline on the teeth makes a smile shine. It’s a cheap stunt, but Mark Adams knows it’s optics that can win or ruin an election. Everything Mark learned about politics, he learned from his father, the congressman who still pretends he has a daughter and not a son. To protect his father’s image, Mark promises to keep his past hidden and pretend to be the cis guy everyone assumes he is. But when he sees a manipulatively charming candidate for student body president inflame dangerous rhetoric, Mark decides to risk the low profile he assured his father and insert himself as a political challenger. One big problem? No one really knows Mark. He didn’t grow up in this town, and he has few friends; plus, the ones he does have aren’t exactly with the in-crowd. Still, thanks to countless seasons of Scandal and The West Wing, these nerds know where to start: from campaign stops to voter polling to a fashion makeover. Soon Mark feels emboldened to get in front of and engage with voters—and even start a new romance. But with an investigative journalist digging into his past, a father trying to silence him, and a bully front-runner who stands in his way, Mark will have to decide which matters most: perception or truth, when both are just as dangerous.”

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

June 8th, 2021
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Johnny Garza Villa
“Julián Luna has a plan for his life: Graduate. Get into UCLA. And have the chance to move away from Corpus Christi, Texas, and the suffocating expectations of others that have forced Jules into an inauthentic life. Then in one reckless moment, with one impulsive tweet, his plans for a low-key nine months are thrown—literally—out the closet. The downside: the whole world knows, and Jules has to prepare for rejection. The upside: Jules now has the opportunity to be his real self. Then Mat, a cute, empathetic Twitter crush from Los Angeles, slides into Jules’s DMs. Jules can tell him anything. Mat makes the world seem conquerable. But when Jules’s fears about coming out come true, the person he needs most is fifteen hundred miles away. Jules has to face them alone. Jules accidentally propelled himself into the life he’s always dreamed of. And now that he’s in control of it, what he does next is up to him.”

The Dead and the Dark

August 3rd, 2021
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould
“Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the weather isn’t normal, and all fingers seem to point to TV’s most popular ghost hunters who have just returned to town. Logan Ortiz-Woodley, daughter of TV’s ParaSpectors, has never been to Snakebite before, but the moment she and her dads arrive, she starts to get the feeling that there’s more secrets buried here than they originally let on. Ashley Barton’s boyfriend was the first teen to go missing, and she’s felt his presence ever since. But now that the Ortiz-Woodleys are in town, his ghost is following her and the only person Ashley can trust is the mysterious Logan. When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their investigation reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that neither of them are ready for. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness.”

Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things

August 24th, 2021
Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston
“Victoria and her dad have shared a love of the undead since the first vampire revealed his existence on live TV. Public fear soon drove the vampires back into hiding, yet Victoria and her father still dream about finding a vampire together. But when her dad is diagnosed with terminal cancer, it’s clear that’s not going to happen. Instead, Victoria vows to find a vampire herself—so that she can become one and then save her father. Armed with research, speculations, and desperation—and helped by her estranged best friend, Henry—Victoria travels to New Orleans in search of a miracle. There she meets Nicholas, a mysterious young man who might give her what she desires. But first, he needs Victoria to prove she loves life enough to live forever. She agrees to complete a series of challenges, from scarfing sugar-drenched beignets to singing with a jazz band, all to show she has what it takes to be immortal. But truly living while her father is dying feels like a betrayal. Victoria must figure out how to experience joy and grief at once, trusting all the while that Nicholas will hold up his end of the bargain…because the alternative is too impossible to imagine.”

October 12th, 2021
Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone
There are monsters in the world.
When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumors about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.
There are monsters in the woods.
As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn…
There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name.
Now, to save Rowan—and herself—Leta must confront the darkness in her past, including unraveling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under.”

Within These Wicked Walls

November 9th, 2021
Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
“Andromeda is a debtera—an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, Andromeda quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for. Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, but leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option. Evil may roam the castle’s halls, but so does a burning desire.”

So, there you have it. Fifteen debut novels that I am very eager to read. You can find my full list of 2021 anticipated releases here. There are some absolutely stunning covers here and some stories that sound like they’re going to be so good. I’m hoping that there will be some new favorites from this list. Are any of these debut novels on your list of anticipated releases for 2021?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

21 Young Adult Anticipated Releases in 2021

Hello, lovelies! I have seen so many wonderful anticipated releases lists over the last few weeks that I thought I would try something new on the blog today. I know that we have an incredibly long list that has its own page here on the blog. We also do some Top Ten Tuesday’s that are usually related to new releases for the current year. But I’ve never really done an involved list like some of the ones I’ve seen. So, that’s what I’m here to do today. I’ll have a few of these coming, depending on how much I end up enjoying making this one. Today’s list is 21 of my most anticipated young adult releases that will be releasing throughout 2021. I’m going to try to keep it to books that I haven’t seen talked about too much, but there will be a few well known titles.

This Will Be Funny Someday

January 19th, 2021
This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry
“A girl walks into a bar… then onto a stage, and up to the mic. Sixteen-year-old Izzy is used to keeping her thoughts to herself—in school, where her boyfriend does the talking for her, and at home, where it’s impossible to compete with her older siblings and high-powered parents—but when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and performs, the experience is surprisingly cathartic. After the show, she meets Mo, an aspiring comic who’s everything Izzy’s not: bold, confident, comfortable in her skin. Mo invites Izzy to join her group of friends and introduces her to the Chicago open mic scene. The only problem? Her new friends are college students—and Izzy tells them she’s one, too. Now Izzy, the dutiful daughter and model student, is sneaking out to perform stand-up with her comedy friends, and she can hardly remember all the lies she’s telling to keep her two lives separate. Her controlling boyfriend is getting suspicious, and her former best friend knows there’s something going on. But Izzy loves comedy and this newfound freedom. As her two parallel lives collide—in the most hilarious of ways—Izzy must choose to either hide what she really wants and who she really is or, finally, truly stand up for herself. “

Yesterday Is History

February 2nd, 2021
Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson
“Weeks ago, Andre Cobb received a much-needed liver transplant. He’s ready for his life to finally begin, until one night, when he passes out and wakes up somewhere totally unexpected…in 1969, where he connects with a magnetic boy named Michael. And then, just as suddenly as he arrived, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect—the ability to time travel. And they’ve tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift. Andre splits his time bouncing between the past and future. Between Michael and Blake. Michael is everything Andre wishes he could be, and Blake, still reeling from the death of his brother, Andre’s donor, keeps him at arm’s length despite their obvious attraction to each other. Torn between two boys, one in the past and one in the present, Andre has to figure out where he belongs—and more importantly who he wants to be—before the consequences of jumping in time catch up to him and change his future for good.”

All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth, #2)

February 2nd, 2021
All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace
“Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses. No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul. To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.”

Game Changer

February 9th, 2021
Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
“All it takes is one hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash’s life doesn’t look quite the way he remembers it. Impossible though it seems, he’s been hit into another dimension—and keeps on bouncing through worlds that are almost-but-not-really his own. The changes start small, but they quickly spiral out of control as Ash slides into universes where he has everything he’s ever wanted, universes where society is stuck in the past…universes where he finds himself looking at life through entirely different eyes. And if he isn’t careful, the world he’s learning to see more clearly could blink out of existence…”

We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire

February 9th, 2021
We are the Ashes, We are the Fire by Joy McCullough
“Em Morales’s older sister was raped by another student after a frat party. A jury eventually found the rapist guilty on all counts–a remarkable verdict that Em felt more than a little responsible for, since she was her sister’s strongest advocate on social media during the trial. Her passion and outspokenness helped dissuade the DA from settling for a plea deal. Em’s family would have real justice. But the victory is lived. In a matter of minutes, justice vanishes as the judge turns the Morales family’s world upside down again by sentencing the rapist to no prison time. While her family is stunned, Em is literally sick with rage and guilt. To make matters worse, a news clip of her saying that the sentence “makes me want to use a fucking sword” goes viral. From this low point, Em must find a new reason to go on and help her family heal, and she finds it in the unlikely form of the story of a 15th-century French noblewoman, Marguerite de Bressieux, who is legendary as an avenging knight for rape victims.”

Like Home

February 23rd, 2021
Like Home by Louisa Onomé
“Chinelo, or Nelo as her best friend Kate calls her, is all about her neighborhood Ginger East. She loves its chill vibe, ride-or-die sense of community, and her memories of growing up there. Ginger East isn’t what it used to be, though. After a deadly incident at the local arcade, all her closest friends moved away, except for Kate. But as long as they have each other, Nelo’s good. Only, Kate’s parents’ corner store is vandalized, leaving Nelo shaken to her core. The police and the media are quick to point fingers, and soon more of the outside world descends on Ginger East with promises to “fix” it. Suddenly, Nelo finds herself in the middle of a drama unfolding on a national scale. Worse yet, Kate is acting strange. She’s pushing Nelo away at the exact moment they need each other most. Nelo’s entire world is morphing into something she hates, and she must figure out how to get things back on track or risk losing everything⁠—and everyone⁠—she loves.”

Firekeeper's Daughter

March 16th, 2021
The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
“As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation. Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.”

The Mirror Season

March 16th, 2021
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
“When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly-magical pasteleria, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown. Graciela Cristales’ whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned. But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela’s school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened.”

With You All the Way

March 30th, 2021
With You All the Way by Cynthia Hand
“Ada’s life is a mess. She just caught her boyfriend cheating on her after a humiliating attempt at losing her virginity, and she’s had it up to here with her gorgeous older sister’s unsolicited advice. But things really hit the fan during a family vacation in Hawaii, where Ada discovers her own mother is having an affair. Apparently, everyone is falling into bed with people they shouldn’t. Everyone except Ada. But when Ada decides she’s going to stop trying and start doing—sex, that is—her best laid plan overlooks an inconvenient truth: Feelings, romantic or not, always get in the way.”

Victories Greater Than Death

April 13th, 2021
Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
“Tina has always known her destiny is outside the norm—after all, she is the human clone of the most brilliant alien commander in all the galaxies (even if the rest of the world is still deciding whether aliens exist). But she is tired of waiting for her life to begin. And then it does—and maybe Tina should have been more prepared. At least she has a crew around her that she can trust—and her best friend at her side. Now, they just have to save the world.”

The Serpent's Curse (The Last Magician, #3)

April 13th, 2021
The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell
“Esta isn’t a stranger to high-stakes heists. She’s a seasoned thief who has no reservations about using her affinity for time to give her an edge, and she’s trained her whole life for one mission: travel back to 1902 New York, steal the ancient Book of Mysteries, and use its power to destroy the Brink and free the Mageus from the Order’s control. But the Book held a danger that no one anticipated—Seshat, an angry goddess was trapped within its pages. Now that terrible power lives within Harte, and if given the chance, Seshat will use Esta to destroy the world and take her revenge. Only Esta and Harte stand in her way. Yet in their search to recover the elemental stones needed to bind Seshat’s power, Esta and Harte have found themselves stranded in time with a continent between them. As Esta fights to get back to Harte, the Order is no longer the only obstacle standing in her way. Saving Harte—and magic itself—will put even Esta’s skills to the test. And all the while, another danger grows, one more terrible than both Seshat and the Order combined…”

On This Unworthy Scaffold (Shadow Players, #3)

April 27th, 2021
On This Unworthy Scaffold by Heidi Heilig
“Jetta is in the center of a war. With her magical power, she could save everyone, save her country… or she could destroy it all. Jetta’s home is spiraling into civil war. Le Trépas—the deadly necromancer—has used his blood magic to wrest control of the country, and Jetta has been without treatment for her malheur for weeks. Meanwhile, Jetta’s love interest, brother, and friend are intent on infiltrating the palace to stop the Boy King and find Le Trépas to put an end to the unleashed chaos. The sweeping conclusion to Heidi Heilig’s ambitious trilogy takes us to new continents, introduces us to new gods, flings us into the middle of palace riots and political intrigue, and asks searching questions about power and corruption. As in the first two books, the story is partly told in ephemera, including original songs, myths, play scripts, and various forms of communication.”

Lucky Girl

May 11th, 2021
Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton
“58,643,129. That’s how many dollars seventeen-year-old Fortuna Jane Belleweather just won in the lotto jackpot. It’s also about how many reasons she has for not coming forward to claim her prize.
Problem #1: Jane is still a minor, and if anyone discovers she bought the ticket underage, she’ll either have to forfeit the ticket, or worse…
Problem #2: Let her hoarder mother cash it. The last thing Jane’s mom needs is millions of dollars to buy more junk. Then…
Problem #3: Jane’s best friend, aspiring journalist Brandon Kim, declares on the news that he’s going to find the lucky winner. It’s one thing to keep her secret from the town, it’s another thing entirely to lie to her best friend. Especially when… Problem #4: Jane’s ex-boyfriend, Holden, is suddenly back in her life, and he has big ideas about what he’d do with the prize money. As suspicion and jealousy turn neighbor against neighbor, and no good options for cashing the ticket come forward, Jane begins to wonder: Could this much money actually be a bad thing?”

The Summer of Broken Rules

June 1st, 2021
The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther
“Meredith Fox has been going to Martha’s Vineyard for the summer as long as she can remember. But this summer is the first one back since the death of Meredith’s sister. It will all be overwhelming, but even more since since the entire extended family will be together for her cousin’s big wedding. Unfortunately, Meredith’s longtime boyfriend unexpectedly dumped her two weeks before the wedding, leaving her dateless. Luckily, she has the perfect distraction. Her family has a tradition of playing the ultimate game of Assassin every summer, and this year it will take place during the week of wedding festivities. But her target just happens to be a very cute groomsman. She’s determined to not let herself get distracted, not let herself be lost in another doomed relationship. But as the week progresses, she can’t help falling for him, which may cost her not only the game, but also her heart.”

That Weekend

June 22st, 2021
That Weekend by Kara Thomas
Three best friends, a lake house, a secret trip – what could go wrong? It was supposed to be the perfect prom weekend getaway. But it’s clear something terrible happened when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours. Three went up the mountain, but only one came back. Now everyone wants answers – most of all, Claire. She remembers Friday night, but after that… nothing. And now Kat and Jesse – her best friends – are missing. That weekend changes everything. What happened on the mountain? And where are Kat and Jesse? Claire knows the answers are buried somewhere in her memory, but as she’s learning, everyone has secrets – even her best friends. And she’s pretty sure she’s not going to like what she remembers.”

A Season of Sinister Dreams

June 22nd, 2021
A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart
“Annalise may be cousin to the prince, but her past isn’t what she claims, and she possesses a magic so powerful it takes all her strength to control it. Evra is a country girl, and has watched as each friend and family member came into their own magic, while hers remains dormant. But everything changes after Annalise loses control of herself and Evra begins experiencing the debilitating visions of a once-in-a-generation clairvoyant meant to serve the crown. Thrown together at court, Evra and Annalise find that they have the same goal: to protect their kingdom from the powerful men who are slowly destroying it. But neither is quick to trust the other — Evra’s visions suggest a threat to royal rule, and Annalise worries that her darkest secrets will be revealed. Their magic at odds, the young women circle each other, until the truth must come out.”

Flash Fire (The Extraordinaries #2)

July 13th, 2021
Flash Fire by T.J. Klune
“Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams, but with new heroes arriving in Nova City it’s up to Nick and his friends to determine who is virtuous and who is villainous. Which is a lot to handle for a guy who just wants to finish his self-insert bakery AU fanfic.”

In the Wild Light

August 10th, 2021
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner
“Life in a small Appalachian town is not easy. Cash lost his mother to an opioid addiction and his Papaw is dying slowly from emphysema. Dodging drug dealers and watching out for his best friend, Delaney, is second nature. He’s been spending his summer mowing lawns while she works at Dairy Queen. But when Delaney manages to secure both of them full rides to an elite prep school in Connecticut, Cash will have to grapple with his need to protect and love Delaney, and his love for the grandparents who saved him and the town he would have to leave behind.”

Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things

August 24th, 2021
Vampires, Heats, and Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston
“Victoria and her dad have shared a love of the undead since the first vampire revealed his existence on live TV. Public fear soon drove the vampires back into hiding, yet Victoria and her father still dream about finding a vampire together. But when her dad is diagnosed with terminal cancer, it’s clear that’s not going to happen. Instead, Victoria vows to find a vampire herself—so that she can become one and then save her father. Armed with research, speculations, and desperation—and helped by her estranged best friend, Henry—Victoria travels to New Orleans in search of a miracle. There she meets Nicholas, a mysterious young man who might give her what she desires. But first, he needs Victoria to prove she loves life enough to live forever. She agrees to complete a series of challenges, from scarfing sugar-drenched beignets to singing with a jazz band, all to show she has what it takes to be immortal. But truly living while her father is dying feels like a betrayal. Victoria must figure out how to experience joy and grief at once, trusting all the while that Nicholas will hold up his end of the bargain…because the alternative is too impossible to imagine.”

The Scratch Daughters (Scapegracers, #2)

September 14th, 2021
The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke
“In the second book of the bestselling Scapegracers trilogy, Sideways Pike struggles to keep her coven together, track down her evil ex, and hex dudebros, as the loss of her magical soul drives her to desperation.”

The Grimrose Girls (Grimrose Girls, #1)

November 2nd, 2021
The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl
“After the mysterious death of their best friend, Ella, Yuki, and Rory are the talk of their elite school, Grimrose Académie. The police ruled it a suicide, but the trio are determined to find out what really happened.When Nani Eszes arrives as their newest roommate, it sets into motion a series of events they couldn’t have imagined. As the girls retrace their friend’s last steps, they uncover dark secrets about themselves and their destinies, discovering they’re all cursed to repeat the brutal and gruesome endings to their stories until they can break the cycle. This contemporary take on classic fairytales reimagines heroines as friends attending the same school. While investigating the murder of their best friend, they uncover connections to their ancient fairytale curses and attempt to forge their own fate before it’s too late.”

Now, these are certainly not all of the 2021 releases that I am looking forward to reading, to see my full (but less detailed) list you can go here. Aren’t there some absolutely stunning covers on this list? I cannot get over how great some of the covers for these 2021 releases are. What is your most anticipated release that you don’t see many other people talking about?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated Releases for Early 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is my anticipated releases for the first half of 2021.

19 January
This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry

9 February
Game Changer by Neal Shusterman

9 February
The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

16 February
Blood Sworn by Scott Reintgen

9 March
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

16 March
On This Unworthy Scaffold by Heidi Heilig

6 April
Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi

25 May
Legacy by Nora Roberts

1 June
A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow

22 June
Darling by K. Ancrum

This was such a hard list to make. But we have over 150 books on our 2021 anticipated releases list, which you can find here.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Nineteen: Unread 2020 Releases

Hello, bookworms! It’s the last few days of blogmas, so today we’re going to talk about the 2020 releases that we bought this year and haven’t read yet. Amanda tries to stay on top of the many new releases (buying or borrowing and eventually, reading them) and Antonia has a list of specific releases to buy and read. But we both are imperfect people, so neither of us read all of the books we buy as quickly as we would like. So, we have here for you a list of our unread 2020 releases (that we already own.)

Amanda’s Unread 2020 Releases

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee
Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Antonia’s Unread 2020 Releases

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

These are all of the books released this year that we haven’t managed to read yet. But most are high priority for early 2021, so hopefully soon. What 2020 releases did you buy this year, but haven’t picked up and read yet?

Blogmas Day Thirteen: 2020 Debut Authors

Hello, lovelies! Today I want to talk about some 2020 debut authors that I read this year. I did a similar post last year (2019 Debut Authors) and I thought it would be fun to share the debut authors that I found and definitely plan to read more of their work.

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
This science fiction debut about traveling between alternate realities blew me away.

Reverie by Ryan La Sala
A new and unique YA fantasy debut that had great characters development. La Sala’s next novel, Be Dazzled, comes out January 5th, 2021.

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke
Probably my favorite novel I read in 2020, angry lesbian witches and the sequel, The Scratch Daughters, comes out September 21st, 2021.

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
Berkley’s first ever f/f romance and it was excellent. Work place romance, slow burn, and fun banter. Wilsner’s next novel (which doesn’t yet have a title) comes out May 25th, 2021.

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass
A queer YA thriller that I could not put down until the very last page.

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
A sweet and entertaining YA contemporary filled with cupcakes and family dynamics I enjoyed. Kanter’s next novel, As If On Cue, comes out in September 2021.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
A delightful YA contemporary about a queer Black girl running for prom queen as a last ditch effort to get a scholarship for college. This is another book that will make my favorites of 2020 lists. Johnson’s next book, Rise to the Sun, comes out July 6th, 2021.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
This was a YA contemporary that has a science fiction feel to it (because most of the parents are astronauts in training). It has a m/m relationship and depression representation. Stamper’s next novel, As Far As You’ll Take Me, is set to come out February 9th, 2021.

I read a fair amount of debut novels this year, but these are the 2020 debuts that I read and really loved. Have you read any of these or any other 2020 debuts?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

GoodReads Summary:
Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.
Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.
As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.
A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.
Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Silvered Serpents.
The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2)Review:
Chokshi is easily one of my favorite authors, so it was no surprise that I really loved The Silvered Serpents. I ended up borrowing the audiobook from my library because my preorder hasn’t arrived yet and I couldn’t wait any longer to get more of these characters and their antics.
This book was tough for me because that found family that I so quickly fell in love with in The Gilded Wolves isn’t very recognizable to the characters in this book. I’m going to try to keep this spoiler free, so if you’ve read The Gilded Wolves, you know the big terrible thing that happens which sort of splinters this group. They’re all dealing with the loss and none of them are dealing very well. It was really sad to see this group so split apart.
Severin is pretty much unrecognizable from who he was in the first book. He’s still very focused on his mission, but his goals have become twists and he will pay any cost to reach that goal. It was really sad to see how his grief had affected him. It was especially hard to see all of the others trying so hard to reach out to him with no positive results. Though I did enjoy learning more about his past.
Laila has secrets, she always has. But now this secret has a time limit that is quickly coming. I think her time limit was an interesting way to set the pace for this story. We see how many days until her birthday toward the beginning and it seemed like so much had happened in such a short number of days because by the end of the book, her birthday still hadn’t come. I love Laila, but it was really sad to see her and Severin’s relationship be so different. It was hard to see them both fight what they were feeling. I absolutely love that she shared her secret with Enrique and Zofia and that sharing this made them closer. I loved that they reacted in a way that she didn’t think they would. They’re true friends and I’m glad that at least stayed the same.
Enrique made me sad because he was struggling with his passion. He’s a historian and was trying to find a new job when the story started. But he was stood up, and then Severin needed him. He has lots of doubts about himself because his potential new job stood him up. It was really hard to hear his inner thoughts about why he wasn’t good enough for this new organization when it wasn’t his fault at all. I also liked learning more about his past. We learn about stories that show how hard it is for Enrique to be both Filipino and Spanish. I love Enrique and Chokshi really did him dirty in this book.
Zofia, who I think is my favorite, tries so hard to not be a burden on any of her friends. She’s just returned from visiting her sister, who has been very sick. But she doesn’t lean on any of her friends. She doesn’t tell them about her worries. It made me sad that Zofia couldn’t see how much her friends want to be there for her, if only she would let them in. I loved Zofia and really enjoyed reading her chapters. She just tries so hard to be helpful and act like those around her.
Finally, Hypnos. He wasn’t originally a part of this found family, but he’s trying so hard to become a part of it. I mostly liked Hypnos (except for his relationship with a certain someone because he was mean and I didn’t like that). I liked that he tried really hard to get thought to Severin, even though that meant he sort of treated someone else badly. I wanted him to be accepted into this family because he’s certainly shown he wants it and that he’s willing to do what needs to be done for them.
After writing all of this I’ve realized that this book just made me really sad. The found family I grew to love so much in book one, isn’t in this story. We see bits and pieces of it between one or two characters occasionally, but it wasn’t there like it was in the first book. I will say that I absolutely loved the plot. I loved getting to see a different part of this world and the ice creatures were absolutely fascinating. I really loved seeing these characters work together despite not being as close as they used to be. There was so much yearning and I loved it. I love these characters. I loved the magic. I love the diversity. I love the world. Roshani Chokshi can do no wrong. Her writing is incredible and I loved this book even though it made me very sad.

Quotes:

“When the devil waged war in the heavens, even angels had to fall.”

“–perhaps monsters were misunderstood gods; deities with plans too grand for humans; a phantom of evil that drank from the roots of good.”

“Enrique had brought her a cookie and made her laugh, and it felt like sitting beside a fire in one’s own home, knowing exactly where everything was and who would come to the door.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Two: October New Releases

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Hey, lovelies! Today I want to talk about new releases that are coming this October that I’m just screaming for (haha). 2020 has been an incredible year for new releases. I’ve loved so many of the ones I’ve read so far. I have really high hopes for these ones.

October 6th
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

October 6th
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

October 6th
We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu

October 6th
Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins

October 6th
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

October 6th
Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

October 6th
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

October 6th
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

October 6th
The Archive of the Forgotten by A.J. Hackwith

October 6th
I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

October 13th
Come On In by Various Authors

October 13th
Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

October 13th
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

October 13th
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

October 13th
Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

October 20th
Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi

October 20th
Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

October 20th
Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

October 27th
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Okay, but why do all of these books come out on the 6th? I’m very excited for all of these. Are there any that I missed and should be looking into? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

GoodReads Summary:
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.
Today Tonight TomorrowReview:
Why is it so much harder to talk about books that you really loved compared to books that you didn’t? Well, that’s the struggle I’m having here.
Today Tonight Tomorrow follows Rowan during the last day of her senior year. The story opens with an introduction of her rival, Neil (aka McNightmare). There’s just something about rivals to lovers that is so great. Rowan goes to school for her final day of high school. She’s waiting on the news of whether she has won valedictorian or if Neil has won. Valedictorian is her last competition with Neil. It’s the last thing she can win. When she loses, she realizes there is one more competition for them: Howl. Howl is a game that combines assassin with a scavenger hunt. After she overhears some of her classmates plotting to target her and Neil (and saying some really hurtful shit related to her being Jewish) she decides to get Neil to team up with her and take the win from him at the last minute.
I really loved that this book took place over one day. I am fascinated by Solomon’s ability to write such a heartfelt and wonderful story that was only one day of these characters lives. In the beginning of the story, we really get a feel from Rowan’s perspective how fierce this rivalry is. But as the night goes on, Rowan realizes how little she actually knows about Neil. Over their high school career, Rowan has made a lot of assumptions about Neil without ever really getting to know him. So, they manage to get to know one another better while seeing the sights of Seattle. This includes dinner with Rowan’s family, meeting Neil’s mom, and seeing his room (in which he has a very specific romance novel!!) They share intimate details and I loved seeing them really develop a friendship. Rowan realizes that their rivalry might not be what she thought it was. I just really loved how naturally their friendship grew. The conflicts that got in their way were interesting and I liked that they were relatable issues. Rowan was scared and she let that get in the way. But she made amends and I ship this relationship so hard.
I also enjoyed Rowan’s friends. They were straight shooters that didn’t just let Rowan get away with her crappy behavior. I liked that they let her deal with how her actions were making them feel, while also letting her know that they still love her.
Overall, I just loved this book. Rowan just wanted to succeed, but she also learned from what those around her were telling her and tried to do better. She was imperfect, but did her best to work on the issues her loved once were addressing with her. I also really enjoyed going from thinking of Neil as someone that Rowan needs to completely obliterate to friendship to more. It was so well done and I just loved them. The last thing I want to mention is that both Neil and Rowan are Jewish. This comes up at a few different points in the story and I really enjoyed the moments surrounding those traditions that were included. While it was a really fun story, it also covered more serious topics like Rowan worrying about leaving Seattle and her future. Rowan also fights the good romance fight, constantly standing up for why it’s a valid form of literature (which it obviously is and this shouldn’t even be a debate anymore). I loved all of these things about this book.

Quotes:

“Neil McNair has become my alarm clock, if alarm clocks had
freckles and knew all your insecurities.”

“You wrote a fucking book. Do you know how many people
wish they could do that, or how many people talk about doing it
and never do?”

“Maybe that’s the definition of nostalgia: getting sappy about things that are supposed to be insignificant.”

“The love that I wanted so desperately: this isn’t what I thought it would feel like. It’s made me dizzy and it’s grounded me. It’s made me laugh when nothing is funny. It shimmers and it sparks, but it can be comfortable, too, a sleepy smile and a soft touch and a quiet, steady breath. Of course this boy—my rival, my alarm clock, my unexpected ally—is at the center of it. And somehow, it’s even better than I imagined.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020

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21 January
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

3 March
Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

28 January
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

3 March
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

7 April
The Serpents Curse by Lisa Maxwell

7 April
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

30 April
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

5 May
Lobizona by Romina Garber

14 May
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

19 May
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

These are just some of the new releases I’m anticipating in the first half of 2020. You can find the full list here. What books have you excited for their release? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogmas Day Nineteen: Unread 2019 Releases

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Hellllllo, lovelies! Last week, I did a Blogmas post about the incredible amount of 2019 releases that I did manage to read this year. Previous years, I’ve had more unread than read, so I thought I could talk about the new releases that I bought and still haven’t managed to pick up and read yet. But, I do plan to make them a priority in early 2020. These are only the books that were published in 2019 that I already own, either physically or on eBook. I’m still really excited about all of these books (becasue I recently did an unhaul and these are all books that managed to keep their place on my shelf).

White Stag by Kara Barbieri

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Stain by A.G. Howard

The Matchmakers List by Sonya Lalli

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

The Test by Sylvainn Neuvel

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

Shout by Laurie Halse Andersonn

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody

Voices by David Elliott

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

The Year They Fell by David Kreizman

To be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth

Poemsia by Lang Leav

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand

I’m pretty happy with the fact that this my list on unread 2019 releases. That’s not to say I don’t have other backlist books that I haven’t read yet (because I certainly do). But I managed to read more than half of the new releases I bought thhis year and I’m very pleased with that. What 2019 release did you buy this year but haven’t managed to read yet? Comment and let me know!

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Blogmas Day Thirteen: Read 2019 Releases

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For today’s blogmas post I thought it would be interesting to talk about all of the 2019 new releases that I managed to read this year. It’s always a struggle to stay on top of those new books that come out each year so going over which ones we did read seems like a good way to highlight the accomplishment that is reading those new releases, especially since I read way more new releases this year than in previous years.

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Shienmel
Robbergirl by S.T. Gibson
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
The Dysasters by P.C. & Kristen Cast
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh
Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
King of Fools by Amanda Foody
Again but Better by Christine Riccio
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco
Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Vortex Visions by Elise Kova
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savannah Ganucheau
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Girls of July by Alex Flinn
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
Darkwood by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch
Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Welsey Chu
All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Under Currents by Nora Roberts
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
Call it What you Want by Brigid Kemmerer
100 Days of Sunlight by Abby Emmons
Chosen Champion by Elise Kova
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Let’s Call it a Doomsday by Katie Henry
Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund
A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
Rage by Cora Carmack
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
American Royals by Katharine McGee
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Finale by Stephanie Garber
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
Jackpot by Nic Stone
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

 

These are all of the 2019 releases I’ve managed to read this year! I honestly didn’t think I’d read this many, so I’m rather impressed with myself. What 2019 releases did you read this year? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogtober Day Seven: October Releases

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Hi, lovelies! Let’s talk October book releases! There are so many great books that have come out so far this year. October is no different. Somehow, four of my most anticipated releases of the year are being released this month. Come talk to me about new books!

1 October 2019
Crier’s War by Nina Varela
I know nothing about this book other than the fact that it’s queer and that I’m obsessed with the cover.

1 October 2019
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
The cover of this one caught my attention. Then, I saw Chelsea Dolling rave about it and I knew I had to have it on this list.

8 October 2019
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
I am beyond excited to see what Leigh has in store for us with her first adult novel. I already have the Illumicrate special edition preordered. This is definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year.

8 October 2019
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdeih
I’ve seen so many mixed reviews for this one. But I’m all over that synopsis. I am definitely excited for this one.

8 October 2019
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
I adored To Kill a Kingdom so I am highly anticipating enjoying this one as well.

8 October 2019
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Armentrout is an auto-buy author for me. I have this one preordered and I cannot wait to get into the next installment of this series.

8 October 2019
A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig
I was lucky enough to meet this author at the NoVaTeen Festival. She was awesome and I cannot wait to get into this series.

15 October 2019
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
I adored Rin’s Bone Witch series. I expect to really love this one just as much.

15 October 2019
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
NetGalley had this one as read now for a bit. I loved this. It was sweet and full of action with great representation.

22 October 2019
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
I am lucky enough to have an eARC of this. Which is why it’s on this list. I’ve enjoyed the Christina Lauren books I’ve read so far.

Do we share any books from this list of October’s anticipated releases? Let me know below! Share with me any new releases that I didn’t include, but should have.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019.

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June 25th, 2019
Call it What you Want by Brigid Kemmerer

September 17th, 2019
The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

October 1st, 2019
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

October 8th, 2019
Sanctuary Highway by Ellen Hopkins

October 8th, 2019
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

October 15th, 2019
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

November 5th, 2019
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

November 5th, 2019
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

November 5th, 2019
The Toll by Neal Shusterman

November 26th, 2019
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

These are the ten books I’m most excited about in the second half of  2019. BUT! There are so many more that I am anticipating. Check out the full list here! Let me know which books  you’re looking forward to in the comments!

Keep on  reading lovelies, Amanda

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