July reads

August is here, which means itโ€™s time for a July wrap up! Not as many books as usual due to all the time I spent working on Shadow World, but here they are:

๐Ÿ’Ž Onyx & Ivory (Arnett)
๐Ÿ’Ž Pestilence (Thalassa)
๐Ÿ’Ž Grace & Fury (Banghart)
๐Ÿ’Ž Gilded Cage (James)*
๐Ÿ’Ž Fallen (Kate)
๐Ÿ’Ž The Devilโ€™s Thief (Maxwell)
๐Ÿ’Ž Tarnished City (James)*
๐Ÿ’Ž Bright Ruin (James)
๐Ÿ’Ž Bring Me Their Hearts (Wolf)
๐Ÿ’Ž My Plain Jane (Hand, Ashton, Meadows)
๐Ÿ’Ž From Twinkle, With Love (Menon)

As always, an asterisk marks a re-read ๐Ÿ™‚

June reads

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Time for another monthly overview!

An asterisk marks a re-read, and the ebooks couldnโ€™t make the photoshoot, but hereโ€™s the complete list of all the amazing books that kept me company in June:
๐Ÿ’Ž An Enchantment of Ravens (Rogerson)
๐Ÿ’Ž A Curse of Sparks (Shade)
๐Ÿ’Ž Caraval (Garber)*
๐Ÿ’Ž Legendary (Garber)
๐Ÿ’Ž Something Hidden (Owens)
๐Ÿ’Ž A Court of Wings and Ruin (Maas)*
๐Ÿ’Ž Fire & Blood (Vers)
๐Ÿ’Ž Soulโ€™s Blade (Chase)
๐Ÿ’Ž Venom in the Veins (Estep)
๐Ÿ’Ž Something Taken (Owens)
๐Ÿ’Ž Something Bound (Owens)
๐Ÿ’Ž Beyond a Darkened Shore (Leake)
๐Ÿ’Ž Ace of Shades (Foody)
๐Ÿ’Ž Truthwitch (Dennard)
The towel and mason jar areย @owlcrate exclusives ๐Ÿ’™

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May reads

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Itโ€™s time for another overview of the books Iโ€™ve read the previous month. As always, the e-books couldnโ€™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 canโ€™t figure out what made me miss it when I was putting together my pile ๐Ÿ˜ถ

Anyway, here are the titles (an asterisk marks a reread):
๐Ÿ’Ž A Court of Mist and Fury (Maas)*
๐Ÿ’Ž Heart of Iron (Poston)
๐Ÿ’Ž Blood is Forever (Vers)
๐Ÿ’Ž Endless Knight (Cole)
๐Ÿ’Ž In the Dark (Taylor)
๐Ÿ’Ž Something Chosen (Owens)
๐Ÿ’Ž A Court of Frost and Starlight (Maas)
๐Ÿ’Ž The House of Gray and Graves (Stunich)
๐Ÿ’Ž Night Awakens (Walker)
๐Ÿ’Ž Dead of Winter (Cole)
๐Ÿ’Ž Chameleon Assassin (Kingsolver)
๐Ÿ’Ž Magic Waking (Chase)
๐Ÿ’Ž Arcana Rising (Cole)
๐Ÿ’Ž The Dark Calling (Cole)
๐Ÿ’Ž Bloody Thanks (Vers)
๐Ÿ’Ž Night Rises (Walker)
๐Ÿ’Ž Sky in the Deep (Young)

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

Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part Four

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Time for some more great bisexual MCs! There’s only one more post coming up next week (timed to coincide with Shadow Moon’s release, YAY!), and since it will be a little different from these recommendations, I wanted to round up the showcase of indie bi books by featuring three quite different novels, if all belonging under the urban fantasy umbrella.

I enjoyed all three so, so much, and you know what the best part is? All are just the first in series!

Magic Waking by Eva Chase

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Die, reincarnate, repeat. It’s been a long fifteen hundred years…

Reborn wizard Emma Hale has three goals in life, or rather lives: Track down the present incarnation of the legendary King Arthur, fend off the shadow creatures that hound him for as long as she can, and break the spell that binds their souls in this morbid cycle.

If only she had a better idea how she’d cast that spell in the first place. And if only Arthurโ€™s current host wasn’t so cocky yet distractingly good-looking. Because Emma is falling even harder for the man she can’t have.

When a fae mercenary with power to rival Emma’s puts her king in his sights, Emma burns through all her tricks just to stay one step ahead. Now her only chance is to find some way to destroy the mercenary before he and his army of dark forces destroy Arthur.

No human Emma’s ever known has managed to kill a fae. But if she can’t, and quickly, this death might be their last.

Personal commentary: A King Arthur retelling like no other, I was spellbound by the bond between two souls that overcomes time, death, and, the most brilliant thing of all, genders. This comes so close to my own view on love and relationships that it made me an instant fan. But even without it, the story itself is a fast-paced delight I’m sure everyone who appreciates a good retelling with adore.

The House of Gray and Graves C.M. Stunich

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“Welcome to the house of Gray and Graves where we never lie still and death is only the beginning …”

I am Georgette Marie French, daughter of Annette Rosemary Cummings and Anthony Starling French. I’m twenty-six years old, never married, always dating. I have no children; I don’t want any, and oh yeah, I’m undead though I’m not charming like a vampire or mysterious like a ghost, I’m just a zombie. And possibly the Queen of an entire court of human souls and madmen.

George has never been lucky in life, so when she drowns in a swimming pool and is raised as the first and only zombie to ever have its soul intact, she isn’t surprised to find out that a group of religious fanatics who have the ability to sense the undead are after her. The only thing keeping her sane are the glamours that allow her to pass as human. When the donor of the fae blood needed to sustain them is killed, George must cross the Veil into Faerie where the chances of making it back alive โ€“ or even undead โ€“ are slim.

Welcome to a place of lost souls; welcome to Faerie.

Personal commentary: Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from a zombie’s perspective! Unique, flawed, and entertaining, George is a protagonist I wouldn’t mind hanging out with. That, coupled with the author’s own twist on the Fae, this was one of those books I kept falling in love with with every new page.

Chameleon Assassin by BR Kingsolver

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Libby is a mutant, one of the top burglars and assassins in the world. For a price, she caters to executivesโ€™ secret desires. Eliminate your corporate rival? Deliver a priceless art masterpiece or necklace? Hack into another corporationโ€™s network? Libbyโ€™s your girl.

Climate change met nuclear war, and humanity lost. The corporations stepped in, stripping governments of power. Civilization didnโ€™t end, but it became less civilized. There are few rules as corporations jockey for position and control of assets and markets.

In the year 2200, the world has barely recovered the level of technology that existed before the ice melted and the subsequent wars. Corporate elites live in their walled estates and skyscraper apartments while the majority of humanity supplies their luxuries. On the bottom level, the mutants, the poor, and the criminals scramble every day just to survive.

Personal commentary: A tall(!!!) female protagonists who’s as intelligent as she’s (deliciously) straightforward and a well-crafted dystopian world equals an instant add to my list. If you’re looking for a kickass assassin who, despite being a mutant, feels incredibly down-to-earth, then you definitely won’t regret picking up a copy.

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.

Iโ€™m on the run with a target whose life I chose to save. Weโ€™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 wouldnโ€™t have been a problem for me, but Iโ€™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 knifeโ€™s edge.

So, bring on the Angel of Death. Bring on the Order and its assassins. Iโ€™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 โ€“ and a thirst for blood.

Becoming a vampire is the most fun Ianโ€™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 โ€“ 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, wonโ€™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!ย In the Darkย is an urban fantasy of epic proportions with a deliciously grim atmosphere and multi-layered characters.

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:

๐Ÿ’Ž Angelfall (Ee)
๐Ÿ’Ž Seers Stone (Evans)
๐Ÿ’Ž A Court of Thorns and Roses (Maas)*
๐Ÿ’Ž Heart of Time (MacKinnon)
๐Ÿ’Ž Captive (Lane)
๐Ÿ’Ž The Pleasure Hound (Johnson)
๐Ÿ’Ž Deadly Desire (Arthur)*
๐Ÿ’Ž The Last Magician (Maxwell)
๐Ÿ’Ž World After (Ee)
๐Ÿ’Ž End of Days (Ee)
๐Ÿ’Ž Poison Princess (Cole)
๐Ÿ’Ž Sire (Lane)
๐Ÿ’Ž To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky (Thorn Coyle)

March reads

 

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

๐Ÿ’Ž The Hazel Wood (Albert)

๐Ÿ’Ž Wicked Lovely (Marr)

๐Ÿ’Ž Ink Exchange (Marr)

๐Ÿ’Ž Fragile Eternity (Marr)

๐Ÿ’Ž Shadowsong (Jae-Jones)

๐Ÿ’Ž High Voltage (Moning)

๐Ÿ’Ž Radiant Shadows (Marr)

๐Ÿ’Ž Thunderhead (Shusterman)

๐Ÿ’Ž Passenger (Bracken)

๐Ÿ’Ž Wayfarer (Bracken)

๐Ÿ’Ž Empress (Kincaid)

๐Ÿ’Ž Darkest Mercy (Marr)

The gorgeous infinity scarf Iโ€™m wearing is an Owlcrate exclusive and was included in the latest box๐Ÿ’˜