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Tarnished City

Author: Vic James
Series: Dark Gifts (Book 2)
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication
: Feb. 6, 2018
Hardcover
: 416 pages
ARC received from Del Rey through Goodreads

Second books are something of a proving ground for me. I’m always happy to test out the first book in a new series, but if I do come back for the second, it typically ends in one of two ways – I’m in for the long haul, or I pull a Did Not Finish and drop off the bandwagon entirely. The first book in the Dark Gifts trilogy, Gilded Cage, was a three star read for me. There was a lot of ambitious world building and alternate history to be introduced, but I felt author Vic James had really hit her stride by the explosive ending and I was left feeling hopeful that the series would continue in that vein. Fellow readers, she DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

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Reign the Earth

Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication: Jan. 30, 2018
Hardcover: 448 pages
ARC received from Bloomsbury USA Childrens

To illustrate how much I love this book, I have a little story involving curiosity, impatience and the United States Postal Service. Reign the Earth wasn’t on my radar prior to the July 2017 American Library Association Conference, but while there, I spotted an ARC of it in someone’s bag while waiting in one of several billion lines. The cover caught my eye, so when I later happened upon a stack of them ripe for the taking I stroooolled on over and, after a cursory examination of the description, added it to my rapidly-filling tote bag. That should’ve been the end of the story.

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Umbertouched Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Author: Livia Blackburne
Publication: Nov. 6, 2018

If there’s one thing readers love, it’s a good reveal. Titles. Publication dates. Book tours. We eat up these announcements like candy. Today I’m happy to be a part of my favorite part of announcement, which is a COVER REVEAL!

Author Livia Blackburne very graciously opened up the cover reveal for Umbertouched (sequel to Rosemarked) to anyone who wanted to be involved, which I think is a super fun twist, as these can often be exclusive to a single blog or website. After you finish oooing and ahhing, make sure you scroll to the bottom for a great giveaway! So without further ado…

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24 in 48: January 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, IT! IS! TIME! Time to read. Ignore responsibility. Read. Neglect personal hygiene. Read. Go off the grid toward the real world, but extremely on the grid online. TIME. TO. REAAAAAAD!!!!

This is my fourth round participating in the 24 in 48 Readathon, in which I attempt to cram 24 hours of reading into a 48 hour span. Not quite as crazy as a straight 24 hour ‘thon  like Dewey’s, but still reasonably outside the realm of sanity. Follow along and check back in through Sunday to see the inverse relationship between “number of hours read” and “percentage of sanity remaining.” Continue reading “24 in 48: January 2018”

The Book-chelor

Let’s be real, The Bachelor is a total dumpster fire of a show, but DANG it’s super entertaining to watch with a group of gal pals who will yell at the TV with you. Turn up your nose if you want, but Bachelor Nation gives us many of the things we love/love-to-hate in books: love triangles (or whatever you call 1 person picking from 25+), backstabbing, miscommunication, occasional sweetness and dramaaaaaaa!!!

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So in honor of the new season of The Bachelor that kicked off this month, enjoy this imagining of how a few YA personalities might fare in the white hot lights of reality TV. And since I read mostly sci-fi/fantasy rather than contemporary, this is going to be even more bananas than you might imagine.

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Reign of the Fallen

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication: Jan. 23, 2018
Hardcover: 384 pages
Digital galley received through Penguin First to Read

In Karthia, death is not the end. Souls that would eventually fade away in the Deadlands can be guided back to their bodies for another chance at life thanks to necromancers like Odessa and her partner Evander, who have recently been named Masters of their trade. Their magic has allowed King Wylding to reign for centuries, but the constancy comes at a price, both for the “living” Dead and the rest of Karthia. The Dead must live a shrouded life; if so much as a sliver of their skin is revealed to a living person, they transform in a Shade, an unspeakable monster that devours life.

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As You Wish

Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication: Jan. 2, 2018
Hardcover: 432 pages
Print ARC received from Sourcebooks Fire

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Unrelated, just had to get this out of the way.

Haaaaappy biiiiiirthdaaaaaay tooooo yoooouuuuuu!!! Take a deep breath, blow out the candles and make a wish! But don’t tell anyone what you wished for, or it won’t come true.

The idea of birthday magic is just a nice fantasy for most of the world, but the few people who call the small, dusty town of Madison, Nevada home know that it can hold unearthly potential when the time is right. Not thanks to a candle or cake, but thanks to the wishing cave just outside of town. Every resident gets a wish on their 18th birthday. Every resident’s wish is fulfilled. Sound too good to be true? It just might be. Continue reading “As You Wish”

Should You Start? Wayward Children Series

Released Titles: Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar Sky
Author: Seanan McGuire
Publisher: Tor.com Publishing

Has this happened to you? You’re intrigued by a cover reveal or title announcement, only to be completely derailed when it says “the sequel to…” or “book three of the ___ series…” and you realize there are prereqs like it’s college all over again. And even though you love reading, your TBR stretches to the moon and back, so how do you know if an in-progress series is worth jumping into?

With the arrival of Beneath the Sugar Sky (today!), I’m here to give you a spoiler-free rundown of the Wayward Children novellas, so you can decide whether or not to jump in. Here’s a hint…

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2018 Goals: MOAR BOOKS PLZ

While January seems like a wretched time for most New Year’s Resolutions (seriously, who’s going to eat right and exercise more in the cold, depressing dark of winter?), it’s the perfect time for reading resolutions! There are a thousand and one different plans, goals and challenges out there, and you can join in most online from wherever you call home. I’ve found that challenges that require specific titles, genres or other categorizations don’t really work for me, so if you’re looking for some low-key tracks to follow, then curl up in a fluffy blanket, dunk your tea infuser in your favorite mug and read on!

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