Review of Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd (finished HC)

 

This is a sequel, so there will be spoilers for Grim Lovelies below.

 

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Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd

The witches, beasties, goblins, and Royals return in this spellbinding conclusion to New York Times best-selling author Megan Shepherd’s Grim Lovelies duology. 

Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece.

With her friends now trapped in their animal forms, Anouk is forced into a sinister deal involving a political marriage with her sworn enemy, a wicked plot to overthrow London’s fiercest coven of witches, and a deadly trial of fire to become a witch. The price for power has always been steep in the world of the Haute. Now, it will cost Anouk everything.

Wicked and delightful, this spellbinding sequel and conclusion to Grim Lovelies is perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and The Hazelwood Wood.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday 11/13/19

 

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Can’t Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

I apologize if there are any repeats.

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Review of Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao (physical arc)

 

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Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao

 

From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger than blood.

Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician’s apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.

Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao begin to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?

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Blog Tour for Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao (Q&A)

 

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I am so thrilled to be part of the Penguin blog tour for Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao.  Thank you to Penguin Teen for sending my a physical arc of the book (come back tomorrow for my review).  Today I will be sharing my Q&A with author Julie C. Dao.

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Top Five Tuesday 11/12/19

 

Top Five Tuesday was created by Bionic Book Worm.  You can find the topics on the blog I just linked.

 

This week’s topic is:  authors I need to read.

 

There are actually a lot of authors that I haven’t read yet.  Or at least I don’t think I’ve read anything by them.  I decided to go with authors that have quite a few books out vs picking someone with one or two books.

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Cover Reveal for Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

 

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I loved Dive Smack, so I was thrilled to be asked to participate for the cover reveal for Demetra’s upcoming book, Last Girls.   I am really excited to read it next year when it’s released.  I already have it pre-ordered.

 

Synopsis:

 

No one knows how the world will end.

 

On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own. 

 

Train for every situation.

 

But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain: 

 

Nowhere is safe.

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Review of Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf (late arc review)

 

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Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

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