Release day: EVENFALL

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“The thing I noticed above all else when unconsciousness released me from its talons of darkness, was that for the first time in my life, I found myself gazing at the night sky.

The second, just as enchanting, yet infinitely more unbelievable, was that the world around me was no longer mine.

A raspy laugh escaped my lips. 

I should have been scared, terrified of this impossibility. But I didn’t have the strength to do anything more than roll over onto my back and drink it all in. 

Above me, a spill of flickering, pale golden light scattered across the canvas, painting a breathtaking blend of black, violet, and deep blue. My breath hitched as a thought wormed its way in. I blinked, refusing to acknowledge that hopeful voice in case this smattering of illuminated specs was a consequence of my…fall?

Given my undignified position and the sting that crawled across my palms, I had to have fallen.”

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Release day is here, and I must admit, it feels kind of surreal that after more than a year since Boris and I had started working on this book, Evenfall is out in the world at last.

If you haven’t already, you can snag a copy in your preferred format from:

Ebook

Amazon / Nook / iBooks / Kobo

Hardcover

B&N / Amazon US / Amazon UK / Book Depository

Paperback

B&N / Amazon US / Amazon UK / Book Depository

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Call for reviewers: EVENFALL

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Sometimes, it’s still hard to believe that Evenfall is an actual book now. This story is incredibly dear to us (I know, I know, all of them are, but really, I/we love each and every new book with everything I/we have), so we decided to do something special…

For the first time, we’re not only putting up a public request form, but giving out e-ARCs as well as physical ones.

If you’re a reviewer/book blogger (from anywhere in the world) who enjoys YA fantasy with a strong romantic undercurrent, you can apply for an ARC through this form.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Evenfall, here’s the blurb:

A monster does not deserve the intimacy of a name

As if waking up in an unfamiliar world isn’t enough of a surprise, Ember gains a new title to her name. Savior.

Hunted by the Crescent Prince and his lethal shadows, she accepts a young Mage’s help to navigate the land of blood magic and its many illusions. But where Ada sees the good in her power, Ember discovers something else.

An icy darkness, designed to take lives, not save them.

The only thing worse than not being able to rely on her senses—or the reality she had once believed to be true—is knowing that she cannot trust her heart. Especially as it seems to draw her to the one person in whose hands she can never fall…

Will Ember escape the thrall of darkness or will she reign in it?

Links:

Website: http://bit.ly/2AbHLOR
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2HUg5W6
iBooks: http://apple.co/2A2mXJo
B&N: http://bit.ly/2r04NFT
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2svmYEm

 

 

July reads

August is here, which means it’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:

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

As always, an asterisk marks a re-read 🙂

Review: The Devil’s Thief (Lisa Maxwell)

510vWhbS5aL.jpgBlurb:

Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

Review:

There are some books you just can’t stop thinking about, no matter how much time goes by. The Last Magician was one of those for me.

Right when I thought I’d moved on, my mind would offer up a snippet, an emotion, a taste of the amazing atmospheres Maxwell created… It was a struggle to keep myself from reading the book over and over again. So, naturally, it made me wonder how could anything possibly be better than The Last Magician? How could anything ensnare me as much as This. Damn. Book?

Apparently, I only needed to wait long enough to get my hands on The Devil’s Thief.

First of all, let me say that it was a dream to spend time with all my faves again, as well as meet the newbies (love the newbies!). The cast was one of those aspects that played a crucial role in making me fall heads over heels with TLM, and let me tell you, the ball just keeps on rolling. The blend of queer, POC, as well as white cishet characters builds a believable reality that is only further augmented by the layered complexity of every individual we meet. They all have their own struggles, some tied to the story, some to their own emotions, but also to society and its perception of what is acceptable and what is not. Their voices are clear and distinct, so even though I have my personal sweethearts, I thoroughly enjoyed every single perspective The Devil’s Thief offered.

I won’t go into the story itself because it would be super hard to avoid spoilers, but I can say that the book didn’t disappoint. The prose is stunning, and Maxwell ingeniously weaves the numerous storylines into a seamless, spellbinding whole that spans across time.

The Devil’s Thief is definitely among my top 2018 releases, and the series itself is one of my favorites in general. I highly recommend it to all who enjoy losing themselves not only in an epic story, but an entire intricately designed world.

The next instalment can’t come out soon enough!

Review: Grace & Fury (Tracy Banghart)

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In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

Review:

Wow, this was one of those rare books that made me want to lift it towards the sky and just roar. Thank you, Tracy Banghart, for giving the world more girl love.

But that description really doesn’t do the book justice.

“It isn’t a choice if you don’t have the freedom to say no.”

I think it was this sentence that first unravelled me. This sentence that set the mood for the entire novel. In a world were there are no true choices, just the appearance of them, how much will it take for the dam to break and unleash all that glorious strength?

It’s hard to go into detail since I would hate to spoil even the smallest aspect of the story, so let me just say that if you’re looking for an inspirational, beautiful read that’s filled with injustices and horrors, but even more so, brimming with such light it actually brought tears to my eyes on several occasions, then do yourself a massive favor and pick up a copy of Grace & Fury.

One of the plot twists towards the end was, perhaps, a bit predictable, but in hindsight, it’s actually only a very small part of the grander structure that’s Banghart’s novel and in no way leeches away any of the enjoyment. That lies in the layered characters, the vines of hope existing even in hopeless situations, and, in my opinion, in the breaking of shackles society had tried to entrap its people in. I really look forward to the sequel.

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:

💎 The Hazel Wood (Albert)

💎 Wicked Lovely (Marr)

💎 Ink Exchange (Marr)

💎 Fragile Eternity (Marr)

💎 Shadowsong (Jae-Jones)

💎 High Voltage (Moning)

💎 Radiant Shadows (Marr)

💎 Thunderhead (Shusterman)

💎 Passenger (Bracken)

💎 Wayfarer (Bracken)

💎 Empress (Kincaid)

💎 Darkest Mercy (Marr)

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