May reads

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It’s time for another overview of the books I’ve read the previous month. As always, the e-books couldn’t make it to the photo shoot. Unfortunately, I also forgot to include Heart of Iron. That baby was left behind on the shelves, although for the life of me, I can’t figure out what made me miss it when I was putting together my pile 😢

Anyway, here are the titles (an asterisk marks a reread):
πŸ’Ž A Court of Mist and Fury (Maas)*
πŸ’Ž Heart of Iron (Poston)
πŸ’Ž Blood is Forever (Vers)
πŸ’Ž Endless Knight (Cole)
πŸ’Ž In the Dark (Taylor)
πŸ’Ž Something Chosen (Owens)
πŸ’Ž A Court of Frost and Starlight (Maas)
πŸ’Ž The House of Gray and Graves (Stunich)
πŸ’Ž Night Awakens (Walker)
πŸ’Ž Dead of Winter (Cole)
πŸ’Ž Chameleon Assassin (Kingsolver)
πŸ’Ž Magic Waking (Chase)
πŸ’Ž Arcana Rising (Cole)
πŸ’Ž The Dark Calling (Cole)
πŸ’Ž Bloody Thanks (Vers)
πŸ’Ž Night Rises (Walker)
πŸ’Ž Sky in the Deep (Young)

This completely awesome travel mug I featured in the photo was included in a previousΒ @fairylootΒ box.

Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part Three

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For this round, I wanted to share with you three absolutely amazing urban fantasy novels with female bisexual leads. Ranging from fledgling vamps to kick-ass (former) magical assassins, I’m positive you’ll find something you love.

Ready?

Something Chosen by Alex Owens

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Death isn’t always the end… sometimes it’s only the beginning.

Claire’s trapped in a dead-end marriage, strapped for cash and getting desperate. Her chance at freedom comes in the form of a music con in Florida. Her mission? Win over a few big clients and collect a fat bonus check. It should have been easy, but Claire didn’t count on a bewitched violin, its sultry Italian owner, Bette, or her dark and dangerous companions.

Unfortunately, life isn’t all song lyrics and seduction. Tied to darkness by blood and power, Claire must harness her abilities if she has any hope of surviving this business trip from hell.

Personal commentary: Hilarious, steamy, and intense, it was impossible to put this book down until the very last page. The MC’s mental comments as she had to face more revelations than she could have ever even imagined were absolutely priceless, but beneath the humor, what I truly fell in love with was the way Claire’s character developed over time.

 

Night Awakens by Leslie Claire Walker

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My name is Night Sanchez, the only magical assassin to escape the Order of the Blood Moon and live.

I’m on the run with a target whose life I chose to save. We’re being pursued by the Angel of Death.

If he takes one of us, the Apocalypse is on and the world as we know it ends. Humanity ends.

Once upon a time, that wouldn’t have been a problem for me, but I’ve found people I care about. Faith, who I saved and adopted as my daughter. Red, the man who gave me a place to call home. Before, I had nothing to lose. Now, I walk a knife’s edge.

So, bring on the Angel of Death. Bring on the Order and its assassins. I’ll go to war to protect the people I love. If I fail, the world will burn. But the world is still made of magic, and magic and love might save us all.

Magical assassins. Fallen angels. A supernatural, take-no-prisoners thrill ride. When Death comes calling, magic lights the fires of hope.

Personal commentary: Action from start to finish, a POC bisexual protagonists/ex-magical assassin with an adopted daughter, and a lively support cast… Need I say more? Hooked from the very first page, Night Awakens was one of those books I read in a single breath (and couldn’t one-click the sequel fast enough).

 

In the Dark by Melody Taylor

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Ian is a young woman with an unusual name, a talent for painting – and a thirst for blood.

Becoming a vampire is the most fun Ian’s ever had, partying all night and sleeping all day, safe in the knowledge of her new immortality. She’s totally unprepared for the nastier side of being a vampire – unprepared, and suddenly alone.

Sebastian has been the first lieutenant of a dangerous gang of vampire thugs for centuries. A growing desire for a quieter life has led him to recently retreat from his sworn brethren in search of peace and privacy. Leaving behind his bloodied past, however, won’t be as easy as simply walking away.

Ian finds Sebastian terrifyingly cold. Sebastian considers Ian naive and all too human. These two unlikely allies will have to find a way to reconcile their differences and cooperate, however, because they do have one thing in common:

Someone wants them both dead.

Personal commentary: What happens when you turn a low-key, mainstream vamp’s life upside down and sprinkle it with generous amounts of danger? A bloody fabulous read!Β In the DarkΒ is an urban fantasy of epic proportions with a deliciously grim atmosphere and multi-layered characters.

Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part Two

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For this round, bisexuality is there, but moved slightly into the background (ex. only one of the POV characters is bi, or their sexual orientation becomes noticeable later in the series). However, all three books deserve a spot on the list.

So here we go…

To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky by T. Thorn Coyle

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1969: Magic. Tear gas. Revolution.

Eighteen year old Jasmine Jones, hereditary sorcerer, steps off a Greyhound bus in Oakland and walks straight into an uprising.

Battling the shadowy danger stalking her family and friends, Jasmine must shake up the Association of Magical Arts and Sorcery and find her place among the Black Panthers, who keep secrets of their own.

Personal commentary: This one blew me away! Blew. Me. Away. Seriously, if you haven’t read To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky yet, do it. Now. Thorn Coyle creates a unique world that draws you in from the first page…and one you’ll definitely want to see more of!

 

Blood is Forever by A. Vers

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Everyone has nightmares. Mine? I loved him once.

Vampire princess, Ana Tridale, is not like other royal darklings. A member of the capital’s elite warrior unit, she is a peacekeeper between the humans and all the monsters that live inside it: both good and evil.

An unexpected tip leads Ana and her team into the capital. The streets run red around them as humans and supernaturals vanish at every turn. When Ana’s past comes back to haunt her, and she is betrayed by one of her own, everything she knows spins into a whirlwind of chaos.

Can Ana protect her people? Or will the capital’s last hope fall prey to what awaits in the dark?

Personal commentary: Thank you for the new book boyfriend(s)! It was hardΒ notΒ to fall in love with the characters or the world building. A new take on vampires, a whole lot more intriguing supernatural beings sprinkled throughout, not to mention the sizzling dynamics between Ana and her group of warriors, this novel was a complete page-turner that left me craving for more.

Trigger warning: Blood is forever deals with living through the consequences of abusive relationships, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.

 

Heart of Time by Skye MacKinnon

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What would you do if you could control time?

In a world where magic is outlawed, Eona has been hiding her true nature all her life, only using it to make her circus performances even more spectacular. She’s always known that her ability to manipulate time could make her a target, but she couldn’t have prepared for being kidnapped, manipulated and imprisoned.

After weeks in prison, the Royal sorcerer Lassadar offers her a way out by training her. But can she trust the King’s right hand man?

In order to figure out what he wants from her, she needs to explore her own magic, the bond she feels with a mythical creature, and the feelings she has for a beautiful elven woman.

Personal commentary:Β Slower in pace than what’s usually my jam, especially when the first chapter left me with goosebumps running down my skin before this toned down a little, but well worth the wait. Whimsical and magical, Heart of Time is a reverse harem fantasy romance designed to ensnare the reader and stay in their thoughts long after the end.

April reads

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Hello, May!

With April now behind us, it’s time for a list of all the lovelies I read the previous month. As always, an asterisk marks a re-read (and the ebooks had to, unfortunately, skip the photoshoot).

Here we go:

πŸ’Ž Angelfall (Ee)
πŸ’Ž Seers Stone (Evans)
πŸ’Ž A Court of Thorns and Roses (Maas)*
πŸ’Ž Heart of Time (MacKinnon)
πŸ’Ž Captive (Lane)
πŸ’Ž The Pleasure Hound (Johnson)
πŸ’Ž Deadly Desire (Arthur)*
πŸ’Ž The Last Magician (Maxwell)
πŸ’Ž World After (Ee)
πŸ’Ž End of Days (Ee)
πŸ’Ž Poison Princess (Cole)
πŸ’Ž Sire (Lane)
πŸ’Ž To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky (Thorn Coyle)

March reads

 

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A bit later than usual, but here’s the list of all the lovelies I read last month. Unfortunately, the ebooks had to skip the photoshoot:

πŸ’Ž The Hazel Wood (Albert)

πŸ’Ž Wicked Lovely (Marr)

πŸ’Ž Ink Exchange (Marr)

πŸ’Ž Fragile Eternity (Marr)

πŸ’Ž Shadowsong (Jae-Jones)

πŸ’Ž High Voltage (Moning)

πŸ’Ž Radiant Shadows (Marr)

πŸ’Ž Thunderhead (Shusterman)

πŸ’Ž Passenger (Bracken)

πŸ’Ž Wayfarer (Bracken)

πŸ’Ž Empress (Kincaid)

πŸ’Ž Darkest Mercy (Marr)

The gorgeous infinity scarf I’m wearing is an Owlcrate exclusive and was included in the latest boxπŸ’˜

February reads

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February reads (an asterisk marks a re-read):
πŸ’Ž Blood of the Demon (Rowland)

πŸ’Ž Diabolic (Kincaid)

πŸ’Ž Secrets of the Demon (Rowland)

πŸ’Ž Sins of the Demon (Rowland)

πŸ’Ž Touch of the Demon (Rowland)

πŸ’Ž Hell’s Bell (Arthur)

πŸ’Ž Fury of the Demon (Rowland)

πŸ’Ž Reign of the Fallen (Marsh)

πŸ’Ž The Winner’s Curse (Rutkoski)

πŸ’Ž The Winner’s Crimye (Rutkoski)

πŸ’Ž The Winner’s Kiss (Rutkoski)

πŸ’Ž Vengeance of the Demon (Rowland)

πŸ’Ž Scythe (Shusterman)

πŸ’Ž Legacy of the Demon (Rowland)

πŸ’Ž A Curse of Fire (Shade)

πŸ’Ž A Curse of Flames (Shade)

πŸ’Ž The Darkest Kiss (Arthur)*

πŸ’Ž Dragon’s Gift (Sage, Walt)

πŸ’Ž Legacy (Loucks)

πŸ’Ž To Claim a King (Sage)

πŸ’Ž Deep Down the Rabbit Hole (Sage)

January reads

Decided to try something new this years. Not TBR lists, as I’m extremely bad at those, but quick re-caps of my reading month (an asterisk marks a re-read).

These are all the lovely books I read in January. Unfortunately, I couldn’t feature the ebooks in the photo, but they are included below:

πŸ’Ž Furyborn (Legrand)

πŸ’Ž The Crown (Cass)

πŸ’Ž Heartless (Meyer)

πŸ’Ž The Book of Life (Harkness)

πŸ’Ž The Last Namsara (Ciccarelli)

πŸ’Ž Embraced by Darkness (Arthur)*

πŸ’Ž Wintersong (Jae-Jones)

πŸ’Ž Cinder (Meyer)

πŸ’Ž Scarlet (Meyer)

πŸ’Ž Cress (Meyer)

πŸ’Ž Winter (Meyer)

πŸ’Ž Happily Ever After (Cass)

πŸ’Ž The Cruel Prince (Black)

πŸ’Ž Roar (Carmack)

πŸ’Ž Mark of the Demon (Rowland)