Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday (189)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am excited for The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski and Bone Crier's Moon by Kathryn Purdie.


The Midnight Lie is the first book in a spinoff series of Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Trilogy! I absolutely loved the series, it is brilliantly written, which is why I'm so excited for The Midnight Lie. Also exciting is that it is a sapphic fantasy! I'm always down for more ladies falling in love with each other. Given that this is a first book, most of what we have to go on is just the synopsis. That said, everything I've seen so far says that this will be an awesome book!

Synopsis:

Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.

Release: March 3, 2020

Bone Crier's Moon is the first book in a new fantasy series! It features three main characters, Ailesse who must sacrifice her true love, Bastien who is seeking revenge and ends up being the true love needed to be sacrificed, and Sabine doing whatever she can to save her best friend Ailesse. The three main characters makes me wonder if there's a setup for a love triangle, or something else, as I've seen that siblings are a big deal in the story. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I cannot wait to read this!

Synopsis:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Release: Marach 10, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Top Ten Characters I'd Follow on Social Media


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. This is a hard one! I imagine I'd want to follow characters that are witty or have interesting things to say.

1. Jude from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - I bet her feed would be a mix of cute Oak pictures and contemplating murder

2. Nadya and Malachiaz from Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan - These two would be constantly bickering over Twitter, and we'd all enjoy watching

3. Audrey Lee from Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli - I love gymnastics, and it would be cool to follow one of my favorite fictional gymnasts!

4. Fie from The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen - Fie is always ready for a fight, so she'd probably challenge trolls to duels online. When not throwing down, her feed would be full of pictures of Barf.

5. Hetty from Wilder Girls by Rory Power - Hetty's feed would be 75% sneaky photos of Reese's glowing hair and 25% gross eye photos.

6. Elle from Geekerella by Ashley Poston - She would post great photos of her most recent cosplay, plus sneaky photos from visiting Darien on whatever his most recent set is

7. Cammie from Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter - She'd post pictures from around the world, and if you didn't know she was a spy, you'd think she was constantly having fun travelling

8. Blue from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater - She'd post artsy photos of Gansey and company, with the occasional prophecy from one of her aunts as the caption

9. Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - Iko would post gorgeous photos of the prettiest dresses

10. Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - His feed would be all snark all the time

Friday, February 21, 2020

Blog Tour: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin


I am super excited to be part of the blog tour for Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin!

Title: Foul is Fair
Author: Hannah Capin
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release: February 18, 2020
Pages: 336

Synopsis:

Hannah Capin's Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Jade's sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Jade as their next target.

They picked the wrong girl.

Sworn to vengeance, Jade transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She'll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school's hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.

You Can Find it At:
Regulator Bookshop
Goodreads

Excerpt:

For every girl who wants revenge

The primary thematic material of Foul is Fair centers on sexual assault (not depicted), rape culture, and violence. Additionally, the book includes an abusive relationship, a suicide attempt, and a brief scene with transphobic bullying. For a more detailed description of sensitive content, please visit hannahcapin.com/foulisfair.

That Night

Sweet sixteen is when the claws come out.

We’re all flash tonight. Jenny and Summer and Mads and me. Vodka and heels we could never quite walk in before, but tonight we can. Short skirts—the shortest. Glitter and highlight. Matte and shine. Long hair and whitest-white teeth.

I’ve never been blond before but tonight my hair is platinum. Mads bleached it too fast but I don’t care because tonight’s the only night that matters. And my eyes are jade-green tonight instead of brown, and Summer swears the contacts Jenny bought are going to melt into my eyes and I’ll never see again, but I don’t care about that, either.

Tonight I’m sixteen.

Tonight Jenny and Summer and Mads and me, we’re four sirens, like the ones in those stories. The ones who sing and make men die.

Tonight we’re walking up the driveway to our best party ever. Not the parties like we always go to, with the dull-duller- dullest Hancock Park girls we’ve always known and the dull-duller-dullest wine coolers we always drink and the same bad choice in boys.

Tonight we’re going to a St Andrew’s Prep party. Crashing it, technically.

But nobody turns away girls like us.

We smile at the door. They let us in. Our teeth flash. Our claws glimmer. Mads laughs so shrill-bright it’s almost a scream. Everyone looks. We all grab hands and laugh together and then everyone, every charmed St Andrew’s Prepper is cheering for us and I know they see it—
for just a second—
—our fangs and our claws.

After

The first thing I do is cut my hair.

But it isn’t like in the movies, those crying girls with mascara streaks and kindergarten safety scissors, pink and dull, looking into toothpaste specks on medicine cabinet mirrors.

I’m not crying. I don’t fucking cry.

I wash my makeup off first. I use the remover I stole from Summer, oily Clinique in a clear bottle with a green cap. Three minutes later I’m fresh-faced, wholesome, girl-next-door,  and you’d almost never know my lips are still poison when I look the way a good girl is supposed to look instead of like that little whore with the jade-green eyes.

The contact lenses go straight into the trash.

Then I take the knife, the good long knife from the wedding silver my sister hid in the attic so she wouldn’t have to think about the stupid man who never deserved her anyway. The marriage was a joke but the knife is perfectly, wickedly beautiful: silver from handle to blade and so sharp you bleed a little just looking at it. No one had ever touched it until I did, and when I opened the box and lifted the knife off the dark red velvet, I could see one slice of my reflection looking back from the blade, and I smiled.

I pull my hair tight, the long hair that’s been mine since those endless backyard days with Jenny and Summer and Mads. Always black, until Mads bleached it too fast, but splintering platinum blond for the St. Andrew’s party on my sweet sixteen. Ghost-bright hair from Mads and jade-green eyes from Jenny and contour from Summer, almost magic, sculpting me into a brand-new girl for a brand-new year.

My hair is thick, but I’ve never been one to flinch. I stare myself straight in the eyes and slash once—

Hard.

And that’s it. Short hair.

I dye it back to black, darker than before, with the cheap box dye I made Jenny steal from the drugstore. Mads revved her Mustang, crooked across two parking spots at three in the morning, and I said:

Get me a color that knows what the fuck it’s doing.

Jenny ran back out barefoot in her baby-pink baby-doll dress and flung herself into the back seat across Summer’s lap, and Mads was out of the lot and onto the road, singing through six red lights, and everything was still slow and foggy and almost like a dream, but when Jenny threw the box onto my knees I could see it diamond-clear. Hard black Cleopatra bangs on the front and the label, spelled out plain: #010112 REVENGE. So I said it out loud:

REVENGE

And Mads gunned the engine harder and Summer and Jenny shrieked war-cries from the back seat and they grabbed my hand, all three of them, and we clung together so tight I could feel blood under my broken claws.

REVENGE, they said back to me. REVENGE, REVENGE, REVENGE.

So in the bathroom, an hour later and alone, I dye my hair revenge-black, and I feel dark wings growing out of my back, and I smile into the mirror at the girl with ink-stained fingers and a silver sword.

Then I cut my broken nails to the quick.

Then I go to bed.

In the morning I put on my darkest lipstick before it’s even breakfast time, and I go to Nailed It with a coffee so hot it burns my throat. The beautiful old lady with the crooked smile gives me new nails as long as the ones they broke off last night, and stronger.

She looks at the bruises on my neck and the scratches across my face, but she doesn’t say anything.

So I point at my hair, and I say, This color. Know what it’s called?

She shakes her head: No.

I say, REVENGE.

She says, Good girl. Kill him.

Author Bio:

Hannah Capin is the author of Foul is Fair and The Dead Queens Club, a feminist retelling of the wives of Henry VIII. When she isn’t writing, she can be found singing, sailing, or pulling marathon gossip sessions with her girl squad. She lives in Tidewater, Virginia.


You Can Find Her At:

Blurbs:

"Fierce, vicious, and electric. If books had teeth, Foul Is Fair would have fangs. Capin's language glitters dark and her writing cuts deep. Revenge is a dish best served by this deliciously unapologetic coven." - Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts and Last Girl Lied To

"Capin’s writing will seduce you with its beauty and then, when you least suspect it, slice you to the bone—just like Foul is Fair’s captivating, vicious, entirely unforgettable heroine, Jade." - Layne Fargo, author of Temper and co-host of Unlikeable Female Characters Podcast

“Vicious and beautifully brutal, Foul is Fair gives a sword to every girl who has ever been a victim and makes them a warrior. This book is pulls no punches and will make anyone think twice before uttering the phrase ‘just a girl’. An unapologetic feminist battle-cry that leaves you breathless and thirsting for vengeance.” - Sonia Hartl, author of Have a Little Faith in Me

"Foul is Fair delivers the story of a girl who snatches control back from a world that stole it away, through whatever means necessary. Hannah Capin deftly combines stunningly lyrical prose with the raw power of engulfing fury, sending a message written in blood. In a world where too many are forced into silence, this book roars back." - S. Gonzales, author of The Law of Inertia and Only Mostly Devastated

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday (188)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am excited for Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare and House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas!


I am a huge Cassandra Clare fan, and will read basically anything she writes! Readers have met these characters before in novellas, but this will be the first novel featuring the children of The Infernal Devices characters. From the novellas I've read, I really like most of the characters that will be featured. I'm super excited for the start of this new series in the Shadowhunters world!

Synopsis:

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.

Release: March 3, 2020

House of Earth and Blood is the first book in a new adult series by Sarah J. Maas. I've previously enjoyed her Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series. The book features a fallen angel, a trope that faded a couple years ago. I'm excited that this book will feature multiple supernatural creatures, such as the main character Bryce being half fey. I've enjoyed all her books so far, and expect to enjoy this one as well. That said, if it's like her previous new adult series, it likely isn't appropriate for younger readers.

Synopsis:

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

Release: March 3, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Top Ten Books That Recently Gave Me a Book Hangover


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl.

1. Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian


2. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black


3. The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout


4. The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco


5. The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath (adult romance)


6. Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan


7. Crier's War by Nina Varela


8. Cold Falling White by G.S. Prendergast


9. These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch


10. My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrows

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