In The Lurch by Beth Martin


Tour Schedule:
January 7 – Paige (@popthebutterfly)
January 8 – JP (@mr.pink.ink)
January 9 – Stacie (@borenbooks)
January 10 – Becca (@becca_loves_books)
January 11 – Rita (@city._of._books)
January 12 – Christina (@mycornerforbooksand)
Synopsis:

You’ve been replaced.

Once a machine could do as much work as three men, the labor force was quickly replaced by much more efficient androids. As the number of robots grew, jobs disappeared, and everyone in the middle class found themselves obsolete. The wealthiest few prosper, but most of humanity was thrown into extreme poverty.

Leona lives a life of privilege, while Roemell never knows where his next meal will come from. A terrorist group—the lurch—starts targeting wealthy estates, burning them to the ground. Leona and Roemell find themselves thrown together, both having lost everything dear to them. Will they be able to stop the terrorists, or will all of humanity get left in the lurch?

Top Ten Thursday: January 2019 Most Anticipated!

Hey bookies!

So every month on YouTube I would share my favorite new releases coming out each month. While I’m a bit late this month I wanted to start this trend on here! So, here’s my top ten anticipated releases in January (in no particular order):

the gilded wolves

  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
    1. While I’ve never read a book penned by Roshani Chokshi, I did meet her at Decatur Book Fest and I thought she was amazingly sweet and lovely. She was animated and very nice on stage and that made me instantly buy two of her other books: Aru Shah and The Star Touched Queen. I’m also on a team to promote this book and I’m so so excited to read it as soon as I’m done with Song of the Dead.
    2. Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

      To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

      Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

two can keep a secret

  • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
    1. This author was previously unknown to me until her first book, One of Us is Lying, hit it big on the NYT Bestseller’s List. I didn’t read it until October for the book club I host and I instantly fell in love with McManus’ writing style. I’m also surprisingly good at guessing mysteries, but OOUIL and Two Can Keep a Secret both had me stumped until the very end.
    2. Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

      The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

      Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

a curse so dark and lonely

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Bridget Kemmerer
    1. So while I’ve not been lucky enough to score an arc of this book, I’m never the less excited for this author. This is her first foray into YA Fantasy and I’ve heard AMAZING reviews of this book!
    2. Fall in love, break the curse.

      It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

      Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

      Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

      A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

song of the dead

  • Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh
    1. The first part of this duology, titled Reign of the Fallen, came out last year on my birthday and I was so pumped to get a copy. Ever since I read Garth Nix’s Sabriel I’ve been so intrigued by necromancers. The first book didn’t disappoint me and I’m so excited to finish Song of the Dead!
    2. The Dead must stay buried.

      Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.

      Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

      Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates.

      In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before.

slayer

  • Slayer by Kiersten White
    1. I’ve never seen a Buffy episode outside of the first one (just been too busy!), but my husband’s excitement for this series has made me excited to see how this book turns out!
    2. Into every generation a Slayer is born…

      Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

      Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

      Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

      As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

      But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

      One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

imprison the sky

  • Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen
    1. I was on a team to promote the first book of this series and OMG I fell in love with this book! It was so good and I love how the book wasn’t afraid to discuss very hard things, while still keeping the fantasy vibe throughout.
    2. Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can.

      But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free.

      Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

the cold is in her bones

  • The Cold in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
    1. Okay, if you’ve not read The Beast is an Animal then WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR HALLOWEEN? Seriously, it’s an amazing spooky Halloween read and this book promises to keep the creepy vibes a-flowin!
    2. Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

      Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

      Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

circle of shadows

  • Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
    1. Again another author I’ve never read from, but I have always wanted to read a book by her! She seems amazing on Instagram and once I dwindle down my TBR pile I’m definitely buying her Crown’s Game series!
    2. Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

      As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

stain

  • Stain by A.G. Howard
    1. The queen of retellings has another book, this one inspired by the Princess and the Pea. I’ve never read any books by her either, but everyone raves about them and I have so many of her books just sitting on my shelves that I need to read!
    2. A high-fantasy gothic fairytale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea.

      Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins…

      After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest … disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra rediscovers her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

someday we will fly

  • Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin
    1. So I just found out about this book and I’m a huge sucker for books that take place during WW2. This book is a bit different than my normal ones as it’s taking place over in Warsaw and in Shanghai. While I know a little bit about what happened over there during WW2, I’m excited to learn more abouWarsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn’t understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?

      Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a “gentlemen’s club” without her father’s knowledge.

      But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?t what went on in that part of the world.

 

Runner Ups:

king of scars

  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
    1. This is a runner up because I’ve only read Six of Crows from Leigh. I’m not sure who Nikolai is and I don’t want to get too excited (or read it until I read the rest of books she’s wrote about the grishaverse).
    2. Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

      Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

the wicked king

  • Wicked King by Holly Black
    1. Another book I’ve not read! I’m not a huge Holly Black fan and I’m not sure if I’ll like the Cruel Prince… should I give it a go?
    2. You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

      The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

      After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

      When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.