Anticipated Reads – March 2021

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New month, new book releases!

27883214An Echo in the Sorrow by Hailey Turner


Patrick Collins has spent years handling cases as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency, even as his secret standing in the preternatural community has changed. He should have confessed to his role as co-leader of the New York City god pack when he and Jonothon de Vere took up the mantle months ago, but he didn’t. Now that split loyalty will cost him at a time when he can least afford it.
Outmaneuvered, framed for murder, and targeted by the Dominion Sect, Patrick has to face a past full of lies to regain his freedom.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 1.

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.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 9.

27883214Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs


In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

PUBLICATION DATE: March 16.


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Wrap-Up: February 2021

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BOOKS I READ


Books marked with a 📚 are the ones that were on my February TBR list.

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco – 3‘s • 📚
Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher – 2‘s • 📚
Still Standing (Wild West MC #1) by Kristen Ashley – 2‘s
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee – 5‘s • 📚
A Stranger in Town (Rockton #6) by Kelley Armstrong – 5‘s
↠ Into the Dark by Claudia Gray – 3‘s
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson – 5‘s
Below the Bones (Widow’s Island #5) by Kendra Elliot – 3‘s
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead – 4‘s
A Broken Bone (Widow’s Island #6) by Melinda Leigh – 4‘s
The Black Song (Raven’s Blade #2) by Anthony Ryan – 3‘s
The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna – 3‘s
Conectadas by Clara Alves – 4‘s
The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang – 5‘s
A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan #2) by Arkady Martine – 4‘s • 📚
↠ Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – 4‘s
↠ Persephone Station by Stina Leicht – 5‘s
↠ A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J. Maas – 4‘s
↠ These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong – 2‘s
↠ Bending the Rules (The Wright Brothers #3) by Christine C. Jones – 2‘s
↠ The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal – 4‘s
↠ Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi – 2‘s
↠ Rules of Redemption (The Firebird Chronicles #1) by T.A. White – 4‘s
↠ Age of Deception (The Firebird Chronicles #2) by T.A. White – 4‘s
↠ Threshold of Annihilation (The Firebird Chronicles #3) by T.A. White – 2‘s
↠ After the Fall (Fallen Men #4) by Giana Darling – 1
↠ Forgotten Secrets (Singing River Legacy #1) by Robin Perini – 2‘s
↠ In the Waning Light by Loreth Anne White – 4‘s
↠ The Legion of Flame (Draconis Memoria #2) by Anthony Ryan – 4‘s

Total: 29 books


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Close to the Bone + A Bone to Pick by Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh • Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher • Pulling Doubles by Christina C. Jones • Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling • A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong • Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine • Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling • A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine • The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna • Good Gone Bad by Giana Darling • A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

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Review: A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas


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A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES
Sarah J. Maas

SeriesA Court of Thorns and Roses #4
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 757
Publication date: February 16th 2021

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.


“I have been broken once before.”


I don’t even really know what to say?? A Court of Silver Flames was an exercise in reading for me, not only because I read it in one sitting but also because Nesta was not a character I liked very much. So congratulations to Maas for the wonderful character journey in this novel since Nesta’s character development was incredible!

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Review: GOOD GONE BAD by Giana Darling


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TRIGGER WARNING (HIGHLIGHT BELOW):
ATTEMPTED RAPE. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.


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GOOD GONE BAD
Giana Darling

SeriesThe Fallen #3
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Giana Darling
Pages: 392
Publication date: February 19th 2020

They say one action doesn’t define you.
I killed a man. Stabbed him in the neck and licked the blood off my lips after I did it.
Still, one action doesn’t define you.
I could have called anyone. My father, the Prez of The Fallen MC, our family lawyer, my best friend, Lila, or my brother, King.
I didn’t.
Instead, I called Lionel Danner, the police officer renowned for taking down the Nightstalkers MC. The man who had been my father’s arch nemesis for decades. The man who hated everything I stood for. A man who had disappeared from my life without explanation three years ago.
I called him.
And maybe one action doesn’t define you, but killing a bad man and calling in the good changed my life and it sure as hell changed his.


“I did something bad.”


Good Gone Bad was a bit all over the place for me. I was really excited to read about Harleigh Rose and Danner, but the way the plot developed and the direction Darling took the story didn’t really work for me. This book was a lot darker than the previous ones, as it dealt with another MC that were nothing like The Fallen, and I wasn’t a fan of the situation Harleigh Rose was in.

The opening scene was really strong and shocking, though I did find it extremely well written, and it set the tone for the rest of the book. There was a lot of pain and suffering on Harleigh Rose’s side and it was quite difficult for me to get through some of her chapter POVs since she didn’t come across as a very likable person. I did enjoy how the romance balanced that out with the sweet and steamy moments between H.R. and Danner, but their sort of cross-star lovers thing wasn’t my favorite. Continue reading

Review: THE GILDED ONES by Namina Forna


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THE GILDED ONES
Namina Forna

SeriesDeathless #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 432
Publication date: February 9th 2021

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.


“We who are dead salute you.”


If you’re just starting out reading YA Fantasy books, The Gilded Ones will definitely be a good pick for you! The writing and plot were veeery easy to follow, to the point I didn’t feel like this book had over 400 pages. So if you’re new to the genre: pick this up!

Sadly, I am not new to YA Fantasy. I did enjoy the writing quite a bit and how easy it was for me to get lost in it and Deka’s perspective, despite some awkward dialogue along the way, but the story beats were so familiar to me that nothing came as a surprise. The world-building and the religion aspect also weren’t all that new, but reading Forna’s letter at the end of the novel showed me that was kind of the point lol Continue reading

ARC Review: A DESOLATION CALLED PEACE by Arkady Martine


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A DESOLATION CALLED PEACE
Arkady Martine

SeriesTeixcalaan #2
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 496
Publication date: March 2nd 2021

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options.

In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.

Whether they succeed or fail could change the fate of Teixcalaan forever.


“We’re not free.”


A Desolation Called Peace was very slow and very very tense. The think I immediately liked was how this installment played heavily with the consequences of what happened in A Memory Called Empire: both in relation to all the political upheaval but also with how the characters were affected by what happened. Things did take a little while to start moving, though, so I found the first half dragged a bit too much for me.

The world-building continued to expand! It was really fun to see a little bit of Lsel Station and, with the introduction of a few new characters, see how the government there worked. Mahit, in that setting and due to everything that had happened to her, was struggling a bit and it was pretty intriguing to read about her trying to deal with everything. Continue reading

Review: WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE by Giana Darling


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WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE
Giana Darling

SeriesThe Fallen Men #2
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Giana Darling
Pages: 420
Publication date: February 19th 2020

I was a good girl.
I ate my vegetables, volunteered at the local autism centre and sat in the front pew of church every Sunday.
Then, I got cancer.
What the hell kind of reward was that for a boring life well lived?
I was a seventeen-year-old paradigm of virtue and I was tired of it.
So, when I finally ran into the man I’d been writing to since he saved my life as a little girl and he offered to show me the dark side of life before I left it for good, I said yes.
Only, I didn’t know that Zeus Garro was the President of The Fallen MC and when you made a deal with a man who is worse than the devil, there was no going back…


Dear Mr. Guardian Monster…


So to get this out of the way, the big age gap (19 years) in Welcome to the Dark Side did make me pretty uncomfortable because Zeus and Loulou met when she was seven and he was a grown man and they got together when she was still 17. That said, the writing and the way Darling developed the plot and their relationship was really really good, so I was still able to enjoy the book. I also had a bit of a hard time with the story as it deals with cancer, so if that’s in any way triggering for you, please be careful when picking this up.

Loulou as a kid and the entire guardian monster bit was pretty cute! Darling did a very good job at developing Loulou’s character and the way she slowly learned to embrace the kind of woman she wanted to be. She really came into herself and broke away from the perfect image her family imposed on her and that was a very interesting journey to read about. Continue reading

WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (169)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

1. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Sci-fi! I’m still listening to the audiobook and I find that quite works for me? The narrator is wonderful and I’m having a blast listening to a few chapters every day. I’m also very impressed that, so far, it seems like like the show adapted the first novel perfectly?? Amazing.

2. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

YA Historical (Fantasy)! I had pretty high expectations for this one. I’m halfway through the second half of the novel and I’m really sad to say this has been a pretty underwhelming read for me. I like the little nods to Romeo & Juliet, but the plot itself and a bit of the writing aren’t really capturing my attention.


What did you recently finish reading?

    1. A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine: Sci-fi! Wonderful addition to the series, if a bit slower than the previous book.
    2. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee: Historical! Pretty devastating, but the writing was wonderful.
    3. Sailor Moon, Vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi: Manga! This read differently a couple of decades later, but I still enjoyed it a lot.
    4. The Burning God by R.F. Kuang: Fantasy! Fantastic and very fitting ending to the series.
    5. Persephone Station by Stina Leicht: Sci-fi! I just really loved this??? a lot???
    6. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas: Fantasy! Great character development and way more smut than I expected.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi


Instagram picked my next read for me and this was the poll winner!

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too. Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are.


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Top 10 Tuesday: Purple Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is: Purple Covers.

31145148You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson


Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor. But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen.

22840421The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco


In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

30233110Wildfire by Ilona Andrews


Nevada Baylor can’t decide which is more frustrating—harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor “Mad” Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she’s become a crucial player—and sometimes a pawn—but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared, and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

18189606Loveless by Alice Oseman


Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day. As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight. But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her.

27883214A Ferry of Bones & Gold by Hailey Turner


Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares. Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect.

23299512Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor


In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

24485589Alpha Night by Nalini Singh


Alpha wolf Selenka Durev’s devotion to her pack is equaled only by her anger at anyone who would harm those under her care. That currently includes the empaths who’ve flowed into her city for a symposium that is a security nightmare, a powder keg just waiting for a match. Ethan Night is an Arrow who isn’t an Arrow. Numb and disengaged from the world, he’s loyal only to himself. Assigned as part of the security force at a world-first symposium, he carries a dark agenda tied to the power-hungry and murderous Consortium.

23592235The Diviners by Libba Bray


Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfield girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her Uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.


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Review: ASH AND QUILL by Rachel Caine


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ASH AND QUILL
Rachel Caine

SeriesThe Great Library #3
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Pages: 373
Publication date: July 11th 2017

Held prisoner by the Burner forces in Philadelphia, Jess and his friends struggle to stay alive in the face of threats from both sides … but a stunning escape guarantees worse is coming. The Library now means to stop them by any means necessary, and they’ll have to make dangerous allies and difficult choices to stay alive.

They have only two choices: face the might of the Great Library head on, or be erased from life, and the history of the world, for ever.

Win or die.


“We are dangerous.”


Ash and Quill had me so filled with tension I had to pick up the book whenever I had some spare time to read. This series has such an incredibly detailed and unique world-building and that continued to expand in this installment. Every little detail was so well though out and I was fascinated, once again.

The characters had been through so much already, but Caine once again had them struggling to survive and determined not to give up. Jess’ perspective was bleak and it was a bit difficult to hold on to hope as everything went wrong once again. The stakes were higher than ever and things still! kept getting worse. Continue reading