THE LAST FALLEN MOON

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE LAST FALLEN MOON by Graci Kim Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

 

About the Book:

Title: THE LAST FALLEN MOON (Gifted Clans #2)

Author: Graci Kim

Pub. Date: June 14, 2022

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 384

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Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the second book in Graci Kim’s magical and mysterious Gifted Clans trilogy.

“Graci Kim does such an amazing job of blending Korean mythology into the modern world, I am now wondering how I ever lived without knowing all this cool information.”–New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan

For Riley Oh, life as the Godrealm’s last fallen star is not all it’s cracked up to be. Her new divine heritage doesn’t even come with cool magical powers; half of her friends and family (including her parents) can’t remember her; and to top it all off, the entire Gom clan is mad at her for killing the Cave Bear Goddess and stripping away their healing abilities.

But when their anger boils over and a group of witches curse Riley’s home, she knows it’s up to her to restore magic back to her clan – even if it means sneaking into the Spiritrealm.

Luckily, Riley has some backup. Along with her sister, Hattie, Riley meets Dahl, a heaven-born boy with shockingly white hair and a fondness for toilets who might not be telling the whole truth about who he is. Together they’ll fight vicious monsters, discover dark underwater worlds, and race to save the land of the dead from a fate that no one could have foreseen.

And this time, Riley won’t let anything get in her way. Because she can’t shake the feeling that something terrible is coming their way – and the gifted community is going to need all the powers they can get.

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About Graci:

Graci Kim is the bestselling author of The Last Fallen Star, book one in the Korean mythology-inspired middle grade adventure series. Called a “sparkling yarn” by Entertainment Weekly, the Gifted Clans trilogy has been optioned by the Disney Channel for a live-action television series, and was a 2021 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for “Best Middle Grade & Children’s Book”.

Graci is also one of the authors of The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities short story collection, published by Rick Riordan Presents (Disney Hyperion), which became an instant New York Times bestseller.

In a previous life, Graci was a diplomat for the New Zealand foreign service, a cooking show host, and once ran a business that turned children’s drawings into cuddly toys. She lives in New Zealand with her husband and daughter. You can find her sometimes on Twitter (@gracikim), more often on Instagram (@gracikimwrites), and always at her website (www.gracikim.com).

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6/1/2022

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6/2/2022

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6/3/2022

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6/4/2022

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6/5/2022

Lifestyle of Me

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Okie Dreams

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6/7/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

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6/8/2022

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6/12/2022

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6/19/2022

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6/20/2022

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The Real World According To Sam

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6/23/2022

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6/26/2022

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6/28/2022

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6/30/2022

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Feather and Flame

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FEATHER AND FLAME by Livia Blackburne Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: FEATHER AND FLAME (The Queen’s Council #2)

Author: Livia Blackburne

Pub. Date:  June 14, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 336

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

She brought honor on the battlefield. Now comes a new kind of war…

The war is over. Now a renowned hero, Mulan spends her days in her home village, training a militia of female warriors. The peace is a welcome one, and she knows it must be protected.

When Shang arrives with an invitation to the Imperial City, Mulan’s relatively peaceful life is upended once more. The aging emperor decrees that Mulan will be his heir to the throne. Such unimagined power and responsibility terrifies her, but who can say no to the Emperor?

As Mulan ascends into the halls of power, it becomes clear that not everyone is on her side. Her ministers undermine her, and the Huns sense a weakness in the throne. When hints of treachery appear even amongst those she considers friends, Mulan has no idea whom she can trust.

But the Queen’s Council helps Mulan uncover her true destiny. With renewed strength and the wisdom of those that came before her, Mulan will own her power, save her country, and prove once again that, crown or helmet, she was always meant to lead. This fierce reimagining of the girl who became a warrior blends fairy-tale lore and real history with a Disney twist.

Reviews:

“Vivid and gripping, Feather and Flame richly blends Chinese history, folklore, and magic to tell the next chapter of Mulan’s epic story. With elegant prose and meticulous attention to detail, Blackburne weaves a tale of strength and sacrifice that will enchant readers.”—Emma Theriault, author of Rebel Rose


 

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About Livia Blackburne:

Livia Blackburne is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote her first novel while researching the neuroscience of reading at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, she’s switched to full time writing, which also involves getting into people’s heads but without the help of a three tesla MRI scanner. She is the author of the Midnight Thief, and Rosemarked series, as well as the picture book I Dream of Popo.

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6/5/2022

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6/12/2022

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6/16/2022

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6/18/2022

Once Upon a Twilight

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6/19/2022

The Girl Who Reads

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6/20/2022

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6/21/2022

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6/23/2022

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6/24/2022

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6/25/2022

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6/26/2022

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6/27/2022

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The German Wife Spotlight and Excerpt

The German Wife : A Novel 

Kelly Rimmer

On Sale Date: June 28, 2022

9781525811432

Trade Paperback

$17.99 USD

464 pages

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The enmity between two women from opposing sides of the war culminates in a shocking event as anti-German sentiment sweeps America, when the aristocratic wife of a German scientist must face the social isolation, hostility and violence leveled against her and her family when they’re forced to relocate to Alabama in the aftermath of WWII. For fans of Beatriz Wiliams, Pam Jenoff, and Kristin Harmel.

Berlin, 1934—Ilse Meyer is the aristocratic wife of a scientist whose post-WWI fortunes change for the better when her husband, Jurgen, is recruited for Hitler’s new rocket program. Although Ilse and Jurgen do not share the popular political views rising in Germany, Jurgen’s new job forces them to consider what they must sacrifice morally for their financial security. But too late they realize the Nazi’s plans to weaponize Jurgen’s technology as they begin to wage war against the rest of Europe.

Huntsville, Alabama, 1949—Jurgen is one of hundreds of Nazi scientists offered pardons and taken to the US to work for the CIA’s fledgling space program. Ilse, now the mother of four, misses Germany terribly and struggles to fit in among the other NASA wives, who look upon her with suspicion. In a moment of loneliness, she confesses to a neighbor, Rachel Carlson, about Jurgen’s membership in the SS and her resentment for being forced to live in a country that will always see her as the enemy. What she doesn’t know is that she has trusted the wrong neighbor.

When the scandalous news about the Meyer family’s affiliation with the Nazi party spreads, idle gossip turns to bitter rage, and the act of violence that results will tear apart a community and a family before the truth is finally revealed—but is it murder, revenge or justice?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kelly Rimmer is the worldwide, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Before I Let You Go, The Things We Cannot Say, and Truths I Never Told You. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages. Please visit her at https://www.kellyrimmer.com/

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Excerpt:

1

Sofie

Huntsville, Alabama 1950

“WAKE UP, GISELA,” I MURMURED, GENTLY SHAKing my daughter awake. “It’s time to see Papa.”

After the better part of a day on a stuffy, hot bus, I was so tired my eyes were burning, my skin gritty with dried sweat from head to toe. I had one sleeping child on my lap and the other leaning into me as she sprawled across the seat. After three long weeks of boats and trains and buses, my long journey from Berlin to Alabama was finally at an end.

My youngest daughter had always been smaller than her peers, her body round and soft, with a head of auburn hair like mine, and my husband’s bright blue eyes. Over the last few months, a sudden growth spurt transformed her. She was now taller than me. The childhood softness had stretched right out of her, leaving her rail thin and lanky.

Gisela stirred, then slowly pushed herself to a sitting position. Her eyes scanned along the aisle of the bus as if she were reorienting herself. Finally, cautiously, she turned to look out the window.

“Mama. It really doesn’t look like much…”

We were driving down a wide main street lined with small stores and restaurants. So far, Huntsville looked about as I’d expected it would—neat, tidy…segregated.

Minnie’s Salon. Whites Only.

Seamstress for Colored.

Ada’s Café. The Best Pancakes in Town. Whites ONLY!

When I decided to make the journey to join my husband in America, segregation was one of a million worries I consciously put off for later. Now, faced with the stark reality of it, I dreaded the discussions I’d be having with my children once we had enough rest for productive conversation. They needed to understand exactly why those signs sent ice through my veins.

“Papa did tell us that this is a small town, remember?” I said gently. “There are only fifteen thousand people in Huntsville and it will be very different from Berlin, but we can build a good life here. And most importantly, we’ll be together again.”

“Not all of us,” Gisela muttered.

“No, not all of us,” I conceded quietly. Loss was like a shadow to me. Every now and again, I’d get distracted and I’d forget it was there. Then I’d turn around and feel the shock of it all over again. It was the same for my children, especially for Gisela. Every year of her life had been impacted by the horrors of war, or by grief and change.

I couldn’t dwell on that—not now. I was about to see my husband for the first time in almost five years and I was every bit as anxious as I was excited. I had second-guessed my decision to join him in the United States a million or more times since I shepherded the children onto that first bus in Berlin, bound for the port in Hamburg where we boarded the cross-Atlantic steamship.

I looked down at my son. Felix woke when I shook his sister, but was still sitting on my lap, pale and silent. He had a head of sandy curls and his father’s curious mind. Until now, they’d never been on the same continent.

The first thing I noticed was that Jürgen looked different. It was almost summer and warm out, but he was wearing a light blue suit with a white shirt and a dark blue bow tie. Back home, he never wore a suit that color and he never would have opted for a bow tie. And instead of his customary silver-framed glasses, he was wearing a pair with thick black plastic frames. They were modern and suited him. Of course he had new glasses—five years had passed. Why was I so bothered by those frames?

I couldn’t blame him if he reinvented himself, but what if this new version of Jürgen didn’t love me, or was someone I couldn’t continue to love?

He took a step forward as we shuffled off the bus but didn’t even manage a second before Gisela ran to him and threw her arms around his neck.

“Treasure,” he said, voice thick with emotion. “You’ve grown up so much.”

There was a faint but noticeable American twang in his German words, which was as jarring as the new glasses.

Jürgen’s gaze settled on Felix, who was holding my hand with a grip so tight my fingers throbbed. I felt anxious for both children but I was scared for Felix. We’d moved halfway across the world to a country I feared would be wary of us at best, maybe even hostile toward us. For Gisela and me, a reunion with Jürgen was enough reason to take that risk. But Felix was nervous around strangers at the best of times, and he knew his father only through anecdotes and photographs.

“Felix,” Jürgen said, keeping one arm around Gisela as he started to walk toward us. I could see that he was trying to remain composed, but his eyes shone. “Son…”

Felix gave a whimper of alarm and hid behind my legs.

“Give him time,” I said quietly, reaching behind myself to touch Felix’s hair. “He’s tired and this is a lot to take in.”

“He looks just like—” Jürgen’s voice broke. I knew the struggle well. It hurt to name our grief, but it was important to do so anyway. Our son Georg should have been twenty years old, living out the best days of his life. Instead, he was another casualty of a war that the world would never make sense of. But I came to realize that Georg would always be a part of our family, and every time I found the strength to speak his name, he was brought to life, at least in my memories.

“I know,” I said. “Felix looks just like Georg.” It was fitting that I’d chosen Georg for Felix’s middle name, a nod to the brother he’d never know.

Jürgen raised his gaze to mine and I saw the depth of my grief reflected in his. No one would ever understand my loss like he did.

I realized that our years apart meant unfathomable changes in the world and in each of us, but my connection with Jürgen would never change. It already survived the impossible. At this thought, I rushed to close the distance between us.

Gisela was gently shuffled to the side and Jürgen’s arms were finally around me again. I thought I’d be dignified and cautious when we reunited, but the minute we touched, my eyes filled with tears as relief and joy washed over me in cascading waves.

I was on the wrong side of the world in a country I did not trust, but I was also back in Jürgen’s arms, and I was instantly at home.

“My God,” Jürgen whispered roughly, his body trembling against mine. “You are a sight for sore eyes, Sofie von Meyer Rhodes.”

“Promise me you’ll never let me go again.”

Jürgen was a scientist—endlessly literal, at least under normal circumstances. Once upon a time, he’d have pointed out all the reasons why such a promise could not be made in good faith—but now his arms contracted around me and he whispered into my hair, “It would kill me to do so, Sofie. If there’s one thing I want for the rest of my life, it’s to spend every day of it with you.”

“Many of our neighbors are Germans—most have just arrived in Huntsville in the last few weeks or months, so you will all be settling in together. There’s a party for us tomorrow at the base where I work, so you’ll meet most of them then,” Jürgen told me as he drove us through the town in his sleek black 1949 Ford. He glanced at the children in the rearview mirror, his expression one of wonder, as if he couldn’t believe his eyes. “You’ll like it here, I promise.”

We’d be living in a leafy, quiet suburb called Maple Hill, on a small block the Americans nicknamed “Sauerkraut Hill” because it was now home to a cluster of German families. I translated the street signs for the children and they chuckled at the unfamiliar style. Our new street, Beetle Avenue, amused Gisela the most.

“Is there an insect plague we should worry about?” she chuckled.

“I really hope so,” Felix whispered, so quietly I had to strain to hear him. “I like beetles.”

As Jürgen pulled the car into the driveway, I couldn’t help but compare the simple house to the palatial homes I’d grown up in. This was a single-story dwelling, with a small porch leading to the front door, one window on either side. The house was clad in horizontal paneling, its white paint peeling. There were garden beds in front of the house, but they were overgrown with weeds. There was no lawn to speak of, only patchy grass in places, and the concrete path from the road to the porch was cracked and uneven.

I felt Jürgen’s eyes on my face as I stared out through the windshield, taking it all in.

“It needs a little work,” he conceded, suddenly uncertain. “It’s been so busy since I moved here, I haven’t had time to make it nice for you the way I hoped.”

“It’s perfect,” I said. I could easily picture the house with a fresh coat of paint, gardens bursting to life, Gisela and Felix running around, happy and safe and free as they made friends with the neighborhood children.

Just then, a woman emerged from the house to the left of ours, wearing a dress not unlike mine, her long hair in a thick braid, just like mine.

“Welcome, neighbors!” she called in German, beaming.

“This is Claudia Schmidt,” Jürgen said quietly as he reached to open his car door. “She’s married to Klaus, a chemical engineer. Klaus has been at Fort Bliss with me for a few years, but Claudia arrived from Frankfurt a few days ago.”

Sudden, sickening anxiety washed over me.

“Did you know him—”

“No,” Jürgen interrupted me, reading my distress. “He worked in a plant at Frankfurt and our paths never crossed. We will talk later, I promise,” he said, dropping his voice as he nodded toward the children. I reluctantly nodded, as my heart continued to race.

There was so much Jürgen and I needed to discuss, including just how he came to be a free man in America. Phone calls from Europe to America were not available to the general public, so Jürgen and I planned the move via letters—a slow-motion, careful conversation that took almost two years to finalize. We assumed everything we wrote down would be read by a government official, so I hadn’t asked and he hadn’t offered an explanation about how this unlikely arrangement in America came to be.

I couldn’t get answers yet, not with the children in earshot, so it would have to be enough reassurance for me to know our neighbors were probably not privy to the worst aspects of our past.

Jürgen left the car and walked over to greet Claudia, and I climbed out my side. As I walked around the car to follow him, I noticed a man walking along the opposite side of the street, watching us. He was tall and broad, and dressed in a nondescript, light brown uniform that was at least a size or two too small. I offered him a wave, assuming him to be a German neighbor, but he scoffed and shook his head in disgust and looked away.

I’d been prepared for some hostility, but the man’s reaction stung more than I’d expected it to. I took a breath, calming myself. One unfriendly pedestrian was not going to ruin my first day in our new home—my first day reunited with Jürgen—so I forced a bright smile and rounded the car to meet Claudia.

“I’m Sofie.”

She nodded enthusiastically. “Since we arrived last week, you are all I’ve heard about from your husband! He has been so excited for you to come.”

“I sure have.” Jürgen grinned.

“Are you and the children coming to the party tomorrow?” Claudia asked.

“We are,” I said, and she beamed again. I liked her immediately. It was a relief to think I might have a friend to help me navigate our new life.

“Us too,” Claudia said, but then her face fell a little and she pressed her palms against her abdomen, as if soothing a tender stomach. “I am so nervous. I know two English words—hello and soda.”

“That’s a start,” I offered, laughing softly.

“I’ve only met a few of the other wives, but they’re all in the same boat. How on earth is this party going to work? Will we have to stay by our husbands’ sides so they can translate for us?”

“I speak English,” I told her. I was fluent as a child, taking lessons with British nannies, then honing my skills on business trips with my parents. Into my adulthood, I grew rusty from lack of speaking it, but the influx of American soldiers in Berlin after the war gave me endless opportunities for practice. Claudia’s expression lifted again and now she clapped her hands in front of her chest.

“You can help us learn.”

“Do you have children? I want Gisela and Felix to learn as quickly as they can. Perhaps we could do some lessons all together.”

“Three,” she told me. “They are inside watching television.”

“You have a television?” I said, eyebrows lifting.

“We have a television too,” Jürgen told us. “I bought it as a housewarming gift for you all.” Gisela gasped, and he laughed and extended his hand to her. I wasn’t surprised when she immediately tugged him toward the front door. She’d long dreamed of owning a television set, but such a luxury was out of reach for us in Berlin.

I waved goodbye to Claudia and followed my family, but I was distracted, thinking about the look of disgust in the eyes of that passing man.

Excerpted from The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer, Copyright © 2022 by Lantana Management Pty, Ltd. Published by Graydon House Books. 

 

The Pen Thief and the Orbit of Uncertainty by Tasha Madison

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Pen Thief and the Orbit of Uncertainty

Author: Tasha Madison

Book Series: The Pen Thief Book 1

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy

Publication Date: October 4, 2022

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Relevance: 12+ (violence, underage alcohol consumption, bullying)

Explanation of Above: There is some violence shown in the form of punching. Underage alcohol consumption is mentioned. There is also some bullying mentioned in the book.

Publisher: Author Academy Elite

Pages:236

Synopsis: How do you pen your own destiny when you’re destined to control a magical pen?


Arnie Schmidt is an unremarkable seventeen-year-old nerd who works at his uncle’s accounting firm. Nothing exciting happens to him. Ever. The most exhilarating experience he had was sharing an elevator with his office crush once. It was a pleasure never to be repeated!

When his high school bully gets a job in the mail room and starts to make moves on Arnie’s dream girl, Arnie thinks his dull existence is over. However, a chance encounter at a yard sale changes his boring life forever.

An endless array of peculiar circumstances emerge, transforming Arnie’s average existence into one more extraordinary. One moment, he’s planning the epitaph on his tombstone, the next he’s trying to keep a vintage relic from sending him to an early grave and upsetting the entire balance of the universe.

What’s a timid number cruncher to do? Can Arnie protect his newfound treasure before it’s lost or stolen? Only time—and the unparalleled power of an enchanted fountain pen—will tell!

Review: For the most part the book was pretty good. The book had pretty good writing and the characters were well developed. I liked the premise of the story and I was interested in the book from beginning to end.

However, there were some issues I had with the book. The book didn’t do well to develop the magic system or the world building. I thought that the book was entirely too fast paced. I also felt like the book was all dialogue and very little atmosphere setting. The book is also targeted to much younger audiences.

Verdict: It’s ok.

Book Blogger Confessions Tag

Hey #bookies! This tag was created by Laura’s Book Reviews. The rules state to tag 5 people, but I’m just… not lol. Here’s the questions:

1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?
Currently? Graphic novels. Can’t get enough of them. I don’t have a specific one.

3. Which book do you love to hate?

4. Which book would you throw into the sea?

5. Which book have you read the most?

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
The obvious which I did get as a present for Christmas last year. If you’re wondering I have a vlog about it but the series by this author is mentioned in my reviews.

7.  Which book could you not live without?

8. Which book made you the angriest? 

9. Which book made you cry the most?

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

This cover for That Dark Infinity. It’s not a fave.

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A lush tapestry of dreams, myth, and magic–perfect for fans of Holly Black, Roshani Chokshi, and Margaret Rogerson.

Seven years ago, Tanvi was spirited away to the subterranean realm of Nagalok, where she joined the ranks of the dream runners: human children freed of all memory and emotion, who collect mortal dreams for the entertainment of the serpentine, immortal naga court.

But when one of Tanvi’s dream harvests goes awry, she begins to remember her life on earth. Panicked and confused, she turns to the one mortal in Nagalok who might be able to help: Venkat, the dreamsmith responsible for collecting the dream runners’ wares and shaping them into the kingdom’s most tantalizing commodity. And as they search for answers, a terrifying truth begins to take shape–one that could turn the nagas’ realm of dreams into a land of waking nightmare.

From the author of the Indie Next selection and Andre Norton Award finalist Star Daughter, this stand-alone contemporary fantasy, inspired by the nagas and garudas of Hindu mythology, is full of slow-burning romance, haunting intrigue, and shimmering magic.

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A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi goes against an ancient decree and does the unthinkable–she saves his life. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy the gods.

To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But all is not as it seems. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail . . .

Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she fails, she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

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* BOOK CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT *
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For the month of June we have chosen Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen.
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Pictured on the left is the design for the exclusive book club booksleeve. These booksleeves will be available May 27.
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All booksleeve orders will come with a free bookmark.

Book Hooked Box

bi-monthly, check July’s post for details

The Bookish Box Adult

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THE WARDEN. Soren is a nameless, stateless man, tasked with keeping watch over Maricol’s borders. He isn’t meant for politics, only dealing with the dead. His past was buried in the poison fields, but after a fateful encounter with a prince, Soren comes to realize he can’t keep what magic burns inside him hidden forever.

THE PRINCE. Vanya Sa’Liandel was the spare who survived the Houses’ murderous games to become the Imperial crown prince of Solaria. He has a duty to his country, but he’ll owe his life to the wardens. Payment of any kind is costly, especially when he’s at risk of losing his heart to the man who saved his life.

THE COG. Caris Dhemlan hears the siren song of clarion crystals better than anyone in Ashion. That skill for inventing has enriched her bloodline, but it’s who she can become that will ultimately entangle her with the Clockwork Brigade.

THE PRINCESS. Eimarille Rourke should have been raised to be queen of one country; instead, she is prisoner of another. Guided by a star god, Eimarille bides her time in a gilded cage, spinning a political web to gain a throne and start a war the world isn’t ready for.

The Bookish Box Darkly

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The Bookish Box YA

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THE SUBURBS, RIGHT NOW . . .

Seventeen-year-old Ivy’s summer break kicks off with an accident, a punishment, and a mystery: a stranger whose appearance in the middle of the road, in the middle of the night, heralds a string of increasingly unsettling events. As the days pass, Ivy grapples with eerie offerings, corroded memories, and a secret she’s always known—that there’s more to her mother than meets the eye.

THE CITY, BACK THEN . . .

Dana has always been perceptive. And the summer she turns sixteen, with the help of her best friend and an ambitious older girl, her gifts bloom into a heady fling with the supernatural, set in a city of magical possibilities and secret mystics. As the trio’s aspirations darken, they find themselves speeding toward a violent breaking point.

Years after it began, Ivy and Dana’s shared story will come down to a reckoning among a daughter, a mother, and the dark forces they never should’ve messed with.

The Bookish Box Special Edition Box

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A Modern Hades and Persephone Retelling

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.

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Hey Bookish Fam! It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! 🖤 Introducing the Exclusive Luxe Editions in the Hades & Persephone Series: A Touch of Ruin & A Game of Retribution written by @authorscarlettstclair 🥀​​​​​​​​
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We are also excited to announce that we will be releasing a REPRINT of A Touch of Darkness & A Game of Fate! 🙌​​​​​​​​
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FULL SERIES SET INCLUDES:​​​​​​​​
🥀 A Touch of Darkness​​​​​​​​
🥀 A Game of Fate​​​​​​​​
🥀 A Touch of Ruin​​​​​​​​
🥀 A Game of Retribution ​​​​​​​​
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EXCLUSIVE LUXE EDITION DETAILS:​​​​​​​​
💀 Exclusive Cover by @elithienart​​​​​​​​
🥀 Reversible Dust Jacket @dominiquewesson​​​​​​​​
💀 Signed by the Author​​​​​​​​
🥀 Custom End Papers @elithienart​​​​​​​​
💀 Interior Artwork @dominiquewesson​​​​​​​​
🥀 Stenciled Edges @elithienart​​​​​​​​
💀 Hard Case Image @elithienart​​​​​​​​
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EXCLUSIVE LUXE EDITION PRICING:​​​​​​​​
🖤 A Touch of Ruin X A Game of Retribution Set – $75 USD (US shipping included)​​​​​​​​
🖤 Product Price: Full Series Set Book (1 – 4) – $150 USD (US shipping included)​​​​​​​​
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🥀 FIRST ACCESS: June 24th @ 10am PST ​​​​​​​​
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🥀 SUBSCRIBER ACCESS: June 27th @ 10am PST (Active subscribers will have access to purchase the full set!)​​​​​​​​
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🥀 GENERAL ACCESS: June 28th @10am PST (Anyone who is not an active subscriber)​​​​​​​​
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Please Note: that these exclusive edition sets are limited and are one per person!​​​​​​​​
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Anora Silby can see the dead and turn spirits into gold coins, two things she would prefer to keep secret as she tries to lead a normal life at her new school. After all, she didn’t change her identity for nothing.

As it turns out, hiding her weirdness is just one of many challenges. By the end of her first day, she’s claimed the soul of a dead girl on campus and lost the coin. Turns out, the coin gives others the ability to steal souls, and when a classmate ends up dead, there’s no mistaking the murder weapon.

Navigating the loss of her Poppa, her mother’s mistrust, and Roundtable, an anonymous student gossip app threatening to expose her, are hard enough. Now she must find the person who stole her coin before more lives are lost, but that means making herself a target for the Order, an organization that governs the dead on Earth — and they want Anora and her powers for themselves.

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The Bookish Box X When Stars Come Out by Scarlett St. Clair ✨​​​​​​​​
From the brilliant mind of A Touch of Darkness’s bestselling author Scarlett St. Clair comes a YA crossover in a darkly unique fantasy world. 🤩​​​​​​​​
We’re so excited to announce our LUXE SPECIAL EDITION of When Stars Come Out by @authorscarlettstclair ​​​​​​​​
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LUXE SPECIAL EDITION DETAILS:​​​​​​​​
🌟 Exclusive Cover by @sashac_art​​​​​​​​
🌟 Artwork on the Reversible Dust Jacket @sashac_art​​​​​​​​
🌟 Signed by the Author​​​​​​​​
🌟 Illustrative End Papers @sashac_art​​​​​​​​
🌟 Stenciled Edges @sashac_art​​​​​​​​
🌟 Full Case Foiled Hard Case Stamp @sashac_art​​​​​​​​
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Anora Silby can see the dead and turn spirits into gold coins, two things she would prefer to keep secret as she tries to lead a normal life at her new school. After all, she didn’t change her identity for nothing.​​​​​​​​
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As it turns out, hiding her weirdness is just one of many challenges. By the end of her first day, she’s claimed the soul of a dead girl on campus and lost the coin. Turns out, the coin gives others the ability to steal souls, and when a classmate ends up dead, there’s no mistaking the murder weapon.​​​​​​​​
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Navigating the loss of her Poppa, her mother’s mistrust, and Roundtable, an anonymous student gossip app threatening to expose her, are hard enough. Now she must find the person who stole her coin before more lives are lost, but that means making herself a target for the Order, an organization that governs the dead on Earth — and they want Anora and her powers for themselves.​​​​​​​​
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✨ EARLY ACCESS (active subscribers) : JUNE 10th @10am PT​​​​​​​​
✨ GENERAL PUBLIC: JUNE 13th @10am PT​​​​​​​​
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This exclusive luxe edition will be $38 USD (US shipping included) These are estimated to ship in July/August!​​​​​​​​

Caffeine and Legends

Not sure what this one is but here’s what they’re saying:

2022 has been an absolutely amazing year for fantasy new releases! It was hard to pick just one book for June, but as this box will be our 3 year anniversary in business, we decided on a book that takes us back to our roots.
The June box will feature a new release epic fantasy that you may not have heard about yet. It’s a paperback, and we’ll have signed bookplates and a letter from the author for anyone who is subscribed or pre-orders by May 20th.

The is a first in series, fast paced story by a seasoned fantasy author. If you like mythical assassins, magical weapons, and wild battles, this is going to be a book for you!

The coffee, tea, drinking chocolate, and bonus items are all curated to match an element or one of the characters from the book.

The Clover Crate

Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come for miles to see her father fight in their arena, which will one day be hers.

But disaster strikes during their five hundredth anniversary show, and in the carnage, Zarela’s father is horribly injured. Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena—her ancestral home and inheritance —safe from their greedy hands. She has no choice but to take her father’s place as the next Dragonador. When the infuriatingly handsome dragon hunter, Arturo Díaz de Montserrat, withholds his help, she refuses to take no for an answer.

But even if he agrees, there’s someone out to ruin the Zalvidar family, and Zarela will have to do whatever it takes in order to prevent the Dragon Guild from taking away her birthright.

An ancient city plagued by dragons. A flamenco dancer determined to save her ancestral home. A dragon hunter refusing to teach her his ways. They don’t want each other, but they need each other, and without him her world will burn.

Dark and Shimmer

For as long as Signa Farrow has been alive, the people in her life have fallen like stars….

Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being—and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy. Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger, and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.

Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer, though, is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful—and more irresistible—than she ever dared imagine.

From New York Times bestselling author Adalyn Grace, Belladonna brings to life a highly romantic, gothic-infused world of wealth, desire, and betrayal.

Enchanted Fandoms Book Box

bi-monthly, see July for the next box!erin

Enchanted Fandoms Drinking Vessel

We are excited to announce JUNES’s Drinking Vessel box is the next of our couple series.  Vamren!

This makes us so happy as we hardly see merch for this couple!

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Art by @emsdrawsthings

Erin Decker Creative

Going on break

Fable Crate

Regina was born and raised in the small town of Heridos, where gods and spirits walked the earth.

Until they didn’t. Ten years ago, the town’s harvest failed utterly, and the people—believing the gods had abandoned them–left their farms and moved on.

Now, on a Friday before a long weekend, Regina ends her workday at an office in Makati, and walks home with a new colleague, Diana. Following a strange and disturbing conversation between them, Diana does not show up at work on Monday, nor Tuesday, nor Wednesday.

On Thursday, Regina finds a folded piece of paper In her bag. In Diana’s handwriting are two names and a strange map that will send Regina back to her hometown. Here, in her quest to find Diana, she encounters rumors of genetic experiments, stumbles upon a strange facility that no one seems to know about, finds herself in places that don’t exist, and discovers that people are not who they seem to be. And the biggest question in the bizarre chain of events is not what, or how, but why?

Wounded Little Gods is a tale that brings mythology to a sci-fi thriller that’s filled with a sense of place–a place where gods are in many ways human and point to the ways in which humans can be inhumane. As Regina struggles to unwind the knots surrounding the mystery of this facility and the people connected to it. She discovers that she is more intertwined in the strange events in her hometown than she ever knew.

Fable Nights

My father made a terrible mistake. One I’m left paying for.

As a wolf shifter growing up in a strong pack, I should be living my best life. But after my father tried to kill the alpha, I’m labeled an outcast, traitor, less than dirt.

When I can’t take pack life any longer, I run, but apparently they don’t like losing their punching bag. Torin, the alpha’s son, drags me back before my first shift… a shift that will reveal my true mate.

I never could have predicted who mine would be, but the moment my wolf looks upon him, I’m filled with hope for a brighter future.

After all, no one ever rejects their true mate, right?
Wrong. Very wrong.

When the wolves attack, my soul screams for vengeance, and somehow I touch the shadow world. Somehow I bring him to our lands.

The Shadow Beast. Our shifter god. The devil himself.

Turns out being rejected by my mate was only the beginning.

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We are ecstatic to share with you all…
A collaboration of the first three books of the Shadow Shifter Beast series by @jaymineve or as we like to call them – The Shadowshine Trilogy!

Why do you need Fabled Nights SHADOWSHINE set?
❤️‍🔥 Stunning naked hardcovers with three different colours of luxe foiling
❤️‍🔥 Digitally printed edges
❤️‍🔥 Custom designed end-papers with stunning original artwork
❤️‍🔥 Signed bookplates for each book

The complete set will be available for AUD$125 + shipping.

These sets will be available on our website for pre-order at 4pm Wednesday June 1st 2022 at 4pmAWST/6pm AEST.

Please note: This set is a pre-order NOT a subscription. This set is expected to ship in September 2022.

How amazing these books will be?
❤️‍🔥 Stunning HARDBACK EDITIONS: All three books will be exclusively printed in hardcover.
❤️‍🔥 Each book in the set has its own NAKED COVER with individual exclusive luxe individually designed FOILING designs.
❤️‍🔥 Each book has a DIGITALLY SPRAYED EDGE that matches the gorgeous custom endpapers.
❤️‍🔥 CUSTOM ENDPAPERS both front and back are individually designed for each book.
❤️‍🔥 Each book will include signed bookplates.
❤️‍🔥 PLUS an extra special Shadowshine momento!

This set is not part of the FABLE CRATE monthly subscription.

This Fabled Nights release is a SPECIAL EDITION PREORDER set only.

You will need to signed up to EARLY RELEASE LIST to receive an EARLY ACCESS CODE (Link in our bio).

The set will be available to the public on Saturday 4th June 2022 at 4pm AWST.

Your EXCLUSIVE SHADOWSHINE SET is expected to ship SEPTEMBER 2022.

***PLEASE NOTE THESE BOOKS ARE ADULT. YOU MUST CONFIRM YOU ARE 18+ TO PURCHASE.

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Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

Emily Thiede’s exciting fantasy debut, This Vicious Grace, will keep readers turning the pages until the devastating conclusion and leave them primed for more!

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She’s not quite human, but is she as dangerous as they believe?

Cygna has been kept under the shadow of secrecy for two decades. Not only is she the King’s illegitimate firstborn, she’s also an extraordinary half-fae with a wing in place of an arm who instills fear and suspicion in those close to her.

But now a terrifying evil is ravaging the kingdom. A Lindworm is making a path straight for the castle, and the King and Queen believe Cygna has the power to stop the serpent. Except Cygna knows what her hateful stepmother really wants is to keep Cygna from inheriting the throne.

They send Cygna on a dangerous journey to the underworld where she meets others like her. She begins to see she’s not the unnatural creature she was brought up to believe. But will Cygna have the bravery to confront the terrifying serpent and defeat her darkest fears? Her freedom and life will depend on it.

The Serpent and the Swan is a magical coming-of-age novella perfect for fantasy readers inspired by Scandinavian folklore and the darkest fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.

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I never thought I’d be singing happy birthday to myself in a dungeon. And yet when a sinfully sexy demon crashes happy hour, that’s exactly what happens. He’s known as the Lord of Chaos, he’s mistaken me for my succubus doppelgänger.

Happy birthday to me.

When he tastes my blood, he finally understands I’m mortal. And I realize we have something in common: we both crave revenge. So we make a deal: I can stay in the forbidden city to hunt for my mom’s killer. In return, I’ll help him get the vengeance he craves. I just have to pose as a sexy succubus. One problem–he’s my number one suspect.

And that’s increasingly hard to remember as he teaches me my role: seduction. With each heated touch I drift further into peril. And if I fall under his seductive spell, death awaits me.

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It’s time to announce our next Exclusive Edition Set for our Opus Collection! We are so pumped to share that we are creating Exclusive Editions of C.N. Crawford’s THE DEMON QUEEN TRIALS! This will include all three books: City of Thorns, Lord of Embers, and Garden of Serpents! If you’re in a mood for a paranormal romance filled with action, a hot Demon Lord, and a hint of spice in between 👀, then you better mark your calendars!

What to expect with this Exclusive Edition Collection:

🗝 Exclusive ALL NEW and STUNNING covers by @wendibones
🗝 Interior Dust Jacket Artwork by @kudriaken
🗝 Gorgeous Foiling designs for each book by @rachelbostickillustration
🗝 SIGNED books (all three books will have signed tip in pages)
🗝 Stamped page edges

👉🏻 These Sets will be priced at $75 USD and are estimated to ship in November 2022! Remember that you can also use the Shop Pay payment option on checkout!

🚨 Active Seelie & Unseelie Subscribers will be sent an Early Access email for sales to open on JUNE 9th at 5pm EST. Active Subscriber means that the May 15th renewal (for June kits) was NOT SKIPPED. You will also have another chance to become a subscriber once we open subscriptions for July crates on June 1st! All orders placed during Early Access that DOES NOT qualify for early access will be canceled and refunded.

🗓 Public Access (which means for anyone- you do not have to be a subscriber!) will open on JUNE 10th at 5pm EST!

⏰ We have set a reminder on this post for the PUBLIC ACCESS Sale Opening so be sure to tap that 🔔 icon on the lower left corner and hit “Remind Me” so you’ll get a reminder a day before and on the day of the Public Access Sale!

Two curses.
One prophecy.
A reckoning all have feared.

And a love more powerful than fate. All hail the king and queen of Hell.

Emilia is reeling from the shocking discovery that her twin sister, Vittoria, is alive. But before she faces the demons of her past, Emilia yearns to claim her king, the seductive Prince of Wrath, in the flesh. Emilia doesn’t simply desire his body, she wants his heart and soul—but that’s something the enigmatic demon can’t promise her.

When a high-ranking member of House Greed is assassinated, Emilia and Wrath are drawn to the rival demon court. Damning evidence points to Vittoria as the murderer and she’s quickly declared an enemy of the Seven Circles. Despite her betrayal, Emilia will do anything to solve this new mystery and find out who her sister really is.

Together Emilia and Wrath play a sin-fueled game of deception as they work to stop the unrest that’s brewing between witches, demons, shape-shifters and the most treacherous foes of all: the Feared.

Emilia was warned that when it came to the Wicked nothing was as it seemed. But, have the true villains been much closer all along? When the truth is finally revealed, it just might end up costing Emilia her heart.

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𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗬 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗘 𝗪𝗔𝗦 𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗗 𝗜𝗡 𝗧𝗥𝗨𝗧𝗛

In preparation for the steamy conclusion to the Kingdom of the Wicked Trilogy, we are so thrilled to be announcing Kingdom of the Feared Mini Hangover Recovery kits in collaboration with the one and only @kerrimaniscalco! Here’s what’s in store for you in these kits:

💀A decorative dust jacket set of the complete trilogy by the amazing @sashac_art with foiled titles on each jacket (we will be sharing sneak peeks in the future)
💀 A hardcover copy of Kingdom of the Feared and an author letter from Kerri Maniscalco herself

These kits will be priced at $35 USD and are estimated to ship in September/October 2022! Our dust jacket sets are normally priced at $45, so this deal gives you a lower price that includes the book!

👉🏻 Active Seelie & Unseelie Subscribers will be sent an Early Access email for sales to open on JUNE 16th at 5pm EST. Active Subscriber means that the June 15th renewal was NOT SKIPPED. Subscriptions for our July “Out of Time” crates are still open until the 15th, so if you want to qualify for early access, get yours now! All orders placed during Early Access that DOES NOT qualify for early access will be canceled and refunded.

🗓 Public Access (which means for anyone- you do not have to be a subscriber!) will open on JUNE 17th at 5pm EST!

⏰ We have set a reminder on this post for the PUBLIC ACCESS Sale Opening so be sure to tap that 🔔 icon on the lower left corner and hit “Remind Me” so you’ll get a reminder a day before and on the day of the Public Access Sale!

Fairyloot Adult

A Discovery of Witches meets The Craft in this the first installment of this epic fantasy trilogy about a group of childhood friends who are also witches.

If you look hard enough at old photographs, we’re there in the background: healers in the trenches; Suffragettes; Bletchley Park oracles; land girls and resistance fighters. Why is it we help in times of crisis? We have a gift. We are stronger than Mundanes, plain and simple.

At the dawn of their adolescence, on the eve of the summer solstice, four young girls–Helena, Leonie, Niamh and Elle–took the oath to join Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, established by Queen Elizabeth I as a covert government department. Now, decades later, the witch community is still reeling from a civil war and Helena is now the reigning High Priestess of the organization. Yet Helena is the only one of her friend group still enmeshed in the stale bureaucracy of HMRC. Elle is trying to pretend she’s a normal housewife, and Niamh has become a country vet, using her powers to heal sick animals. In what Helena perceives as the deepest betrayal, Leonie has defected to start her own more inclusive and intersectional coven, Diaspora. And now Helena has a bigger problem. A young warlock of extraordinary capabilities has been captured by authorities and seems to threaten the very existence of HMRC. With conflicting beliefs over the best course of action, the four friends must decide where their loyalties lie: with preserving tradition, or doing what is right.

Juno Dawson explores gender and the corrupting nature of power in a delightful and provocative story of magic and matriarchy, friendship and feminism. Dealing with all the aspects of contemporary womanhood, as well as being phenomenally powerful witches, Niamh, Helena, Leonie and Elle may have grown apart but they will always be bound by the sisterhood of the coven.

Fairyloot YA

Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

Emily Thiede’s exciting fantasy debut, This Vicious Grace, will keep readers turning the pages until the devastating conclusion and leave them primed for more! 

Fairyloot Special Edition Box:

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

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We are so thrilled to present to you… THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN EXCLUSIVE EDITION, brought to you in collaboration with @hachettekids@teambkmrk and @blackholly!

We are huge fans of Holly Black and The Coldest Girl in Cold Town is one of our favourite books and we are so excited to be able to share this decadently gothic Exclusive Edition with you!

What is so special about this book?
✨ NAKED HARDCOVER EDITION: The book will be a naked hardback edition
✨ REDESIGNED FOIL COVERS: Exclusive foil designs on the front, back and spine of the hardcover by @warickaart
✨ DIGITALLY SPRAYED EDGES: Digitally sprayed edge with solid colour sprayed edge at the top and bottom
✨ ENDPAPER ART: Character endpaper artwork by the talented @warickaart
✨ SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR: This will be signed by Holly Black! Signed stock is limited, but we will offer an unsigned option if this sells out

This is NOT part of our normal monthly subscriptions and if you wish to order a book, they will be available in the Fairy Trove (we ship to many countries worldwide). The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Exclusive Edition will be available for £24.99 GBP / $32.99 USD + shipping and is expected to ship around October/November.

Early Access emails will be sent to active subscribers on June 8th at 1pm BST, and if we have copies remaining, they will be available to the public on June 9th at 1pm BST in the Fairy Trove. There is a limited number of signed copies (we have stocked up!), but if these sell out we will offer an unsigned option too.

Are you as in love with this edition as we are?

Gorgeous graphics by @blanca.design

It’s 1931 in Shanghai, and the stage is set for a new decade of intrigue.

Four years ago, Rosalind Lang was brought back from the brink of death, but the strange experiment that saved her also stopped her from sleeping and aging—and allows her to heal from any wound. In short, Rosalind cannot die. Now, desperate for redemption from her traitorous past, she uses her abilities as an assassin for her country.

Code name: Fortune.

But when the Japanese Imperial Army begins its invasion march, Rosalind’s mission pivots. A series of murders is causing unrest in Shanghai, and the Japanese are under suspicion. Rosalind’s new orders are to infiltrate foreign society and identify the culprits behind the terror plot before more of her people are killed.

To reduce suspicion, however, she must pose as the wife of another Nationalist spy, Orion Hong, and though Rosalind finds Orion’s cavalier attitude and playboy demeanor infuriating, she is willing to work with him for the greater good. But Orion has an agenda of his own, and Rosalind has secrets that she wants to keep buried. As they both attempt to unravel the conspiracy, the two spies soon find that there are deeper and more horrifying layers to this mystery than they ever imagined. 

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We are thrilled to present to you the FairyLoot Exclusive Edition of ‘Foul Lady Fortune’ by Chloe Gong, brought to you in collaboration with @thechloegong and @hodderscape!

It’s 1930s Shanghai and Rosalind Lang – or Fortune – awaits. Team FairyLoot are huge fans of Chloe Gong’s debut duology, These Violent Delights, and Chloe is back with a spin-off steeped in just as much mystery, intrigue and, of course, romance!

What’s special about this edition?
✨ Exclusive cover
✨ Stencil sprayed edges
✨ Character artwork on the endpapers by @palsonart
✨ Foil on the hardcover by @blanca.design
✨ Signed by Chloe Gong

It will be available for £22.99 GBP / $30.99 USD + shipping and taxes (if applicable) from the Fairy Trove, which ships to many countries worldwide.

On June 14th at 1pm BST, we will send out a private Early Access link to all active subscribers. If we have stock remaining, these will be available in the Fairy Trove to the general public on June 15th at 1pm BST. The books are expected to ship in November.

We hope you are as excited as we are about this beautiful edition!

Beautiful graphics by @blanca.design

From highly acclaimed bestselling author Ava Reid comes a gothic horror retelling of The Juniper Tree, set in another time and place within the world of The Wolf and the Woodsman, where a young witch seeks to discover her identity and escape the domination of her wizard father, perfect for fans of Shirley Jackson and Catherynne M. Valente.

A gruesome curse. A city in upheaval. A monster with unquenchable appetites.

Marlinchen and her two sisters live with their wizard father in a city shifting from magic to industry. As Oblya’s last true witches, she and her sisters are little more than a tourist trap as they treat their clients with archaic remedies and beguile them with nostalgic charm. Marlinchen spends her days divining secrets in exchange for rubles and trying to placate her tyrannical, xenophobic father, who keeps his daughters sequestered from the outside world. But at night, Marlinchen and her sisters sneak out to enjoy the city’s amenities and revel in its thrills, particularly the recently established ballet theater, where Marlinchen meets a dancer who quickly captures her heart.

As Marlinchen’s late-night trysts grow more fervent and frequent, so does the threat of her father’s rage and magic. And while Oblya flourishes with culture and bustles with enterprise, a monster lurks in its midst, borne of intolerance and resentment and suffused with old-world power. Caught between history and progress and blood and desire, Marlinchen must draw upon her own magic to keep her city safe and find her place within it.

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We are so thrilled to present to you… the ‘Juniper & Thorn’ Exclusive Edition, brought to you in collaboration with @delreyuk and @avasreid!

This gothic fantasy horror features a young witch searching for her identity, a gruesome curse and a monster lurking in the shadows of the city. This book had us hooked from start to finish!

What is so special about this Exclusive Edition?
✨ EXCLUSIVE COVER: Exclusive colourway
✨ FOIL ON THE HARDCOVER: Exclusive design on the hardcover by @blanca.design
✨ OMBRE EDGES: Gorgeous two coloured ombre sprayed edges
✨ SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR: Each book will be signed by Ava Reid

This is NOT part of our normal monthly subscriptions and if you wish to order a set, they will be available in the Fairy Trove (we ship to most countries worldwide).

The Juniper & Thorn Exclusive Edition will be available for £23.90 GBP / $30.90 USD + shipping and is expected to ship around August/September.

Early Access emails will be sent to active subscribers on June 16th at 1pm BST, and if we have copies remaining, they will be available to the public on June 17th at 1pm BST from the Fairy Trove. Please note that stock for this title is limited.

Please note that this book is an adult, fantasy horror and tackles difficult themes. You can find the author’s list of trigger warnings here avasreid.tumblr.com/juniper.

Gorgeous graphics by @blanca.design

Feminist Book Club Box

A whipsmart debut about three women—transgender and cisgender—whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender, motherhood, and sex.

Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of: a life of mundane, bourgeois comforts. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. Now Reese is caught in a self-destructive pattern: avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men.

Ames isn’t happy either. He thought detransitioning to live as a man would make life easier, but that decision cost him his relationship with Reese—and losing her meant losing his only family. Even though their romance is over, he longs to find a way back to her. When Ames’s boss and lover, Katrina, reveals that she’s pregnant with his baby—and that she’s not sure whether she wants to keep it—Ames wonders if this is the chance he’s been waiting for. Could the three of them form some kind of unconventional family—and raise the baby together?

This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach. Torrey Peters brilliantly and fearlessly navigates the most dangerous taboos around gender, sex, and relationships, gifting us a thrillingly original, witty, and deeply moving novel.

Fox and Wit Adult Lit & Tunes

Nola is a city full of wonders. A place of sky trolleys and dead cabs, where haints dance the night away and Wise Women keep the order, and where songs walk, talk and keep the spirit of the city alive. To those from Far Away, Nola might seem strange. To failed magician, Perilous Graves, it’s simply home. Then the rhythm stutters.

Nine songs of power have escaped from the magical piano that maintains the city’s beat and without them, Nola will fail. Unexpectedly, Perry and his sister, Brendy, are tasked with saving the city. But a storm is brewing and the Haint of All Haints is awake. Even if they capture the songs, Nola’s time might be coming to an end.

Fox and Wit YA Mini Book Parcel

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

But when cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, affectionately known as the ALC. The ALC’s leader, Nick, is gorgeous, autistic, and a deadly shot, and he knows Benji’s darkest secret: the cult’s bioweapon is mutating him into a monster deadly enough to wipe humanity from the earth once and for all.

Still, Nick offers Benji shelter among his ragtag group of queer teens, as long as Benji can control the monster and use its power to defend the ALC. Eager to belong, Benji accepts Nick’s terms…until he discovers the ALC’s mysterious leader has a hidden agenda, and more than a few secrets of his own.

Goldsboro Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fellowship

England, 1882. In Victorian London, two children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness —a man made of smoke.

Sixteen-year-old Charlie Ovid, despite a lifetime of brutality, doesn’t have a scar on him. His body heals itself, whether he wants it to or not. Marlowe, a foundling from a railway freight car, shines with a strange bluish light. He can melt or mend flesh. When two grizzled detectives are recruited to escort them north to safety, they are forced to confront the nature of difference, and belonging, and the shadowy edges of the monstrous.

What follows is a journey from the gaslit streets of London, to an eerie estate outside Edinburgh, where other children with gifts—the Talents—have been gathered. Here, the world of the dead and the world of the living threaten to collide. And as secrets within the Institute unfurl, Marlowe, Charlie and the rest of the Talents will discover the truth about their abilities, and the nature of the force that is stalking them: that the worst monsters sometimes come bearing the sweetest gifts.

With lush prose, mesmerizing world-building, and a gripping plot, Ordinary Monsters presents a catastophic vision of the Victorian world—and of the gifted, broken children who must save it.

Illumicrate

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We All Fall Down

In River City, where magic used to thrive and is now fading, the witches who once ruled the city along with their powerful King have become all but obsolete. The city’s crumbling government is now controlled primarily by the new university and teaching hospital, which has grown to take over half of the city.

Moving between the decaying Old City and the ruthless New, four young queer people struggle with the daily hazards of life―work, school, dodging ruthless cops and unscrupulous scientists―not realizing that they have been selected to play in an age-old drama that revives the flow of magic through their world. When a mysterious death rocks their fragile peace, the four are brought into each other’s orbits as they uncover a deeper magical conspiracy.

Devastating, gorgeous, and utterly unique, We All Fall Down examines the complex network of pain created by power differentials, even between people who love each other―and how it is possible to be queer and turn out just fine.

Illumicate Afterlight

Illumicrate Special Edition Boxes

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Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

An insightful, delightful new novel from the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books – she’s read them all – and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away – with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again – in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow – what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

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We’re thrilled to reveal our Illumicrate Exclusive hardback set of Beach Read, You and Me on Vacation, and Book Lovers by Emily Henry (@emilyhenrywrites) in collaboration with @penguinukbooks!

We’re huge fans of Emily Henry’s books, and so happy to be bringing you this gorgeous set. All three books come in hardback, featuring the UK cover designs by @hollydrawsinink, with sprayed edges and Book Lovers will be hand-signed. The books are all B format.

The set is priced at £50 + shipping & VAT if applicable and will be shipping in early July. General sale is at 4PM BST Thursday 9th June. We will be holding a presale for our active subscribers, details of when this is will be emailed out on Wednesday 1st June (The actual presale will not take place on this day).

The daring and dramatic conclusion to Kat Dunn’s epic C18th French Revolution trilogy ‘with lashings of lust, love, sacrifice, betrayal and horror’.

Robespierre is dead. The Reign of Terror is over.

As Royalist strength grows, the Duc de L’Aubespine plots a coup that will consign the revolution to history. With Olympe in his clutches, he believes nothing can stop him. But he’s reckoned without the intrepid Battalion of the Dead!

Reunited in Paris, Ada is poised for action – but if she plays her hand too soon, everything she’s sacrificed to gain his trust will be lost. Meanwhile, an unlikely alliance with an old enemy might be Camille’s only option to save Olympe and stop the duc in his tracks.

The glittering and macabre bals des victimes and the eerie catacombs make the perfect backdrop for the final episode of the Battalion’s tale.

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We’re so pleased to present our Illumicrate Exclusive edition of Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn (@katalicedunn), the third and final book in the Battalion of the Dead series!

Our Illumicrate Exclusive edition comes with blue sprayed edges and will be signed by the author!

Glorious Poison is priced at £17 + shipping & VAT if applicable and will be shipping in July. General sale is Thursday 16th June at 4PM BST. We will be holding a presale for anyone who ordered the April 2020 box & book only with Dangerous Remedy, purchased the exclusive edition of Monstrous Design, as well as our active subscribers. Details of when the presale is will be emailed out Wednesday, 8th June. (The actual presale will not be on this day.)

The Duke and I is a romance set in the Regency era.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable… but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…

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We’re so excited to announce our special edition set for the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn (@juliaquinnauthor), in collaboration with Piatkus (@littlebrownbookgroup_uk)!

We’ve loved exploring the Bridgerton book series in the wake of the Netflix show, and we’re thrilled to be offering this set for both old and new fans such as ourselves!

These B format naked hardbacks feature fully redesigned covers, sprayed edges, and a stunning design of the Bridgerton house across all 8 spines! The first book in the series, The Duke and I, is hand-signed by Julia Quinn! We’re so in love with this stunning redesign, Piatkus absolutely knocked this one out of the park and we can’t wait to see them in person! Please note these are digital mock ups, so the finished books may vary slightly.

The set is priced at £110 + shipping & VAT if applicable and will be shipping at the end of July. General sale is Thursday 30th June at 4PM BST. We will be holding a presale for our active subscribers, details of when this is will be emailed out on Wednesday 22nd June (The actual presale will not take place on this day).

Witness what the gods do after dark in the second volume of a stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of the best-known stories in Greek mythology from creator Rachel Smythe.

Persephone was ready to start a new life when she left the mortal realm for Olympus. However, she quickly discovered the dark side of her glamorous new home—from the relatively minor gossip threatening her reputation to a realm-shattering violation of her safety by the conceited Apollo—and she’s struggling to find her footing in the fast-moving realm of the gods. Hades is also off-balance, fighting against his burgeoning feelings for the young goddess of spring while maintaining his lonely rule of the Underworld. As the pair are drawn ever closer, they must untangle the twisted webs of their past and present to build toward a new future.

This full-color edition of Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated webcomic Lore Olympus features a brand-new, exclusive short story, and brings Greek mythology into the modern age in a sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel.

This volume collects episodes 26–49 of the #1 WEBTOON comic Lore Olympus.

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We are so happy to present, in collaboration with @delreyuk, our Illumicrate Exclusive edition of Lore Olympus Volume Two by Rachel Smythe (@usedbandaid)! We are thrilled to be bringing you an exclusive edition to match our Illumicrate Exclusive of Lore Olympus Volume One!

Our Illumicrate Exclusive edition will have foil on the cover, ombre stayed edges and a digital signature.

The book is priced at £20 + shipping & VAT if applicable and will be shipping in July. General sale is Thursday 23rd June at 4PM BST. We will be holding a presale for anyone who ordered Lore Olympus Volume One as well our active subscribers. Details of when that is will be emailed out on Wednesday, 15th June. (The actual presale will not take place that day.)

The Librarian Box

The Banshee and the Wraith. They have the power to save the world―or destroy it.

In a place unlike any other, two brothers set off an ancient, epic, and never-ending battle. This world is controlled by the Necromancers and Reapers―one side pulls people back up through the earth, and the other cuts them down again. One ancient family, the Laheys, have been tasked again and again with keeping the balance between the worlds. And Nyx Lahey, born a Necromancer, but raised a Reaper, is on the front lines. Lately, though, Nyx is wrestling with her identity as she’s thrown into an adventure filled with prophecies and the kind of danger you can cut down with a giant scythe.

While chasing a creature that’s killing young girls, Nyx runs headlong―and gun drawn―into Erebus Salem. A hunter who has the ability to turn into a raven to escape danger, Erebus also harbors a secret: he’s not alive. He lives in Dewmort, a world in-between, where the souls of the dead reside, and where memory is all but erased. With no memory of who he is, his only connection to the past is a locket which ends up in Nyx’s hands. Determined to get it back, Erebus and his friends set watch on the Laheys, but they aren’t the only ones.

Other beings are lurking in the shadows. They know the truth about Erebus and Nyx. They know that the pair are the Relics, the only two powerful beings in the world capable of taking down the greatest evils known to any kind. Soon, Nyx and Erebus become the hunted, and must try and escape the evil plans of the war lord, Bellum.

Bellum wants the Relics for his own purposes. He needs them to raise his father, the original Necromancer, Neco. With his father by his side, Bellum believes he can rule the world―all of them―and destroy the Reapers once and for all.

Can Nyx and Erebus master their new found powers, and even if they do, can they survive?

Nerdy Book Box

What if you learned that the things that go bump in the night are real?

. . . What if you became one of them?

When Lynn gets attacked by a crazed werewolf, every aspect of her entire lonely life changes. Her new pack helps her adjust to life as a werewolf, but that means living under the constant threat of vampires, their immortal enemies. Worse, Lynn learns a former friend – and vampire – is now targeting her, and the military wants to get their hands on her as well. Fearing the danger she brings to her pack, Lynn must decide whether it’s better to run from them all or to make peace with who and what she has become.

You won’t want to miss this one if:
– You’re tired of hyper-aggressive werewolves
– You’re tired of friendly, not-so-evil vampires
– You like found-family stories
– You’re looking for a slice-of-life style paranormal/urban fantasy read

No Shelf Control Book Box

Novellous

Neither here nor there, but long ago…

Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a criminal who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land—at the cost of sacrificing all jinn.

With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan’s oldest son to find the artifact. Aided by her bodyguard, who has secrets of his own, they must survive ghoul attacks, outwit a vengeful jinn queen, and confront a malicious killer from Loulie’s past. And, in a world where story is reality and illusion is truth, Loulie will discover that everything—her enemy, her magic, even her own past—is not what it seems, and she must decide who she will become in this new reality.

Inspired by stories from One Thousand and One NightsThe Stardust Thief weaves the gripping tale of a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince, and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp.

A stunning new work of historical fantasy, J. M. Miro’s Ordinary Monsters introduces readers to the dark, labyrinthe world of The Talents

England, 1882.
 In Victorian London, two children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness —a man made of smoke.

Sixteen-year-old Charlie Ovid, despite a lifetime of brutality, doesn’t have a scar on him. His body heals itself, whether he wants it to or not. Marlowe, a foundling from a railway freight car, shines with a strange bluish light. He can melt or mend flesh. When two grizzled detectives are recruited to escort them north to safety, they are forced to confront the nature of difference, and belonging, and the shadowy edges of the monstrous.

What follows is a journey from the gaslit streets of London, to an eerie estate outside Edinburgh, where other children with gifts—the Talents—have been gathered. Here, the world of the dead and the world of the living threaten to collide. And as secrets within the Institute unfurl, Marlowe, Charlie and the rest of the Talents will discover the truth about their abilities, and the nature of the force that is stalking them: that the worst monsters sometimes come bearing the sweetest gifts.

With lush prose, mesmerizing world-building, and a gripping plot, Ordinary Monsters presents a catastophic vision of the Victorian world—and of the gifted, broken children who must save it.

NovelTea Chest

Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

Emily Thiede’s exciting fantasy debut, This Vicious Grace, will keep readers turning the pages until the devastating conclusion and leave them primed for more!

Obsidian Moon Crate

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

But when cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, affectionately known as the ALC. The ALC’s leader, Nick, is gorgeous, autistic, and a deadly shot, and he knows Benji’s darkest secret: the cult’s bioweapon is mutating him into a monster deadly enough to wipe humanity from the earth once and for all.

Still, Nick offers Benji shelter among his ragtag group of queer teens, as long as Benji can control the monster and use its power to defend the ALC. Eager to belong, Benji accepts Nick’s terms…until he discovers the ALC’s mysterious leader has a hidden agenda, and more than a few secrets of his own.

Obsidian Moon Crate Special Edition Boxes:

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

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🦊All for the Game Merch Box🦊
Happy Thursday Coven!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!!

🦊 OMC has been brewing up some magic behind the scenes. And I am so so hecking excited to announce this!! So without further ado.. Obsidian Moon Crate presents the All for the Game SE Merch box!! The very first in what will be a series of special edition merch boxes!

🦊 The AFTG box will be so full of our favorite Exy stabby bois even Kevin Day would be proud! But no fear, all of the Foxes, and maybe even a bloody Raven and Sunshine Trojan, will be included as well!

🦊 OMC has teamed up with some of the most amazing artists in the game for this, (pun totally intended 😉)! From @llstarcasterll to @bloodydamnit@masslowart and @feluart .. @oblivionsdream and @unholyrodeo .. and this is just a few of them! I mean.. it’s literally a dream team, think Foxes circa 2007 championship game..

🦊 You can expect items you’ve never seen before from OMC and items we feature in every box. Honestly, is it even an OMC box if there’s not a mug and booksleeve?? And is it really an AFTG box without a fluffy mascot included.. 👀

🦊We’ve also partnered with @blueforestblackmoon to create not one but TWO gorgeous candles that will be in every box! And we just have to have an add on item! @the.ravenwood.library has created the most gorgeous design for a hoodie! This design will be revealed at time of check out so there’s no guessing on if you’ll like it or not.

🦊Now for the details! This is a PREORDER! These will go in the shop June 4th at 6pm EST! The preorder will be open until July 31st or until supplies last, as we do have to limit the quantity. These boxes will be shipping in November!!

The price of this box, before the hoodie add on, shipping and/or tax, is $85.00 USD. It will have more than 15 items and be an absolute chonk. Coupon codes will be valid for this!

I hope you are all as super excited for this as I am!! I can not wait to get this out to you all!

Thank you so much to @alyesasworld for the theme art!!

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As Always,
Blessings & Good Vibes, Coven!

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A reality star and a cupcake-baking football player pretend to be a couple in order to save his bakery in this sweet and sexy romance from Jamie Wesley, Fake It Till You Bake It.

Jada Townsend-Matthews is the most reviled woman in America after turning down a proposal on a reality dating show. When she comes home to lick her wounds, Jada finds herself working at San Diego’s newest cupcake bakery, Sugar Blitz, alongside the uptight owner and professional football player Donovan Dell.

When a reporter mistakenly believes Jada and Donovan are an item, they realize they can use the misunderstanding to their advantage to help the struggling bakery and rehabilitate Jada’s image. Faking a relationship should be simple, but sometimes love is the most unexpected ingredient.

Fake it Till You Bake It is a sweet confection of a novel, the perfect story to curl up with and enjoy with a cupcake on the side.

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A surprising and romantic YA retelling-mashup of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by bestselling authors Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz.

Best friends Mary Lennox, Sara Crewe, and Cedric Erroll have each other, and they are the only reason boarding school isn’t completely insufferable.

Tragically, Mary’s father passes away after he’s stripped of his fortune, leaving her orphaned and with just one possession: a ticket to a ship that will bring her to the home of her last living relative, in America. But Cedric can’t bear to say goodbye, and reveals that he’s the son of an earl with endless riches . . . and a huge estate that the three of them can run away to, leaving the boarding school–and thoughts of America–behind.

That’s when Sara and Cedric discover that there’s more to them than friendship, and Mary begins spending time with a handsome local boy–a relationship that quickly blossoms into romance.

It turns out that Maythem Estate is more than just a getaway–it’s a secret garden of budding romance.

Filled with charm, romance, and swoon, and inspired by some of classic literature’s most beloved characters, The Secret Princess is the perfect blend of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden— and the perfect companion to Jo & Laurie.

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Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come for miles to see her father fight in their arena, which will one day be hers.

But disaster strikes during their five hundredth anniversary show, and in the carnage, Zarela’s father is horribly injured. Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena—her ancestral home and inheritance —safe from their greedy hands. She has no choice but to take her father’s place as the next Dragonador. When the infuriatingly handsome dragon hunter, Arturo Díaz de Montserrat, withholds his help, she refuses to take no for an answer.

But even if he agrees, there’s someone out to ruin the Zalvidar family, and Zarela will have to do whatever it takes in order to prevent the Dragon Guild from taking away her birthright.th

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All Luis Gonzalez wants is to go to prom with his boyfriend, something his “progressive” school still doesn’t allow. Not after what happened with Chaz Wilson. But that was ages ago, when Luis’s parents were in high school; it would never happen today, right? He’s determined to find a way to give his LGBTQ friends the respect they deserve (while also not risking his chance to be prom king, just saying…).

When a hit on the head knocks him back in time to 1985 and he meets the doomed young Chaz himself, Luis concocts a new plan-he’s going to give this guy his first real kiss. Though it turns out a conservative school in the ’80s isn’t the safest place to be a gay kid. Especially with homophobes running the campus, including Gordo (aka Luis’s estranged father). Luis is in over his head, trying not to make things worse-and hoping he makes it back to present day at all.

In a story that’s fresh, intersectional, and wickedly funny, David Valdes introduces a big-mouthed, big-hearted queer character that readers won’t soon forget.

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Into the queer new yonder!

To conclude the trio of anthologies that started with critically acclaimed All Out and Out NowOut There features seventeen original short stories set in the future from fantastic queer YA authors.

Explore new and familiar worlds where the human consciousness can be uploaded into a body on Mars…an alien helps a girl decide if she should tell her best friend how she feels…two teens get stuck in a time loop at a space station…people are forced to travel to the past or the future to escape the dying planet…only a nonbinary person can translate the binary code of a machine that predicts the future…everyone in the world vanishes except for two teen girls who are in love.

This essential and beautifully written collection immerses and surprises with each turn of the page.

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The planet Migax, owner of Gateways that allow you to travel through the fabric of spacetime, is bursting with technological breakthroughs. Accepted into the prestigious Aksel school, Summer and her new-found friend Leafsong, a member of a humanoid, dragon-like species coexisting with humans, hope they have found a chance to secure a bright future within it.

Leafsong wants to become a Spark Watcher, a brave protector of diplomats, and Summer wants to find a way to climb out of the poverty that’s dominated her family’s life ever since she can remember. But the great city they find themselves in hides secrets. An underground organization is rising, a manufacturer of military weapons is testing a sinister, telepathic creation, and rumors of terrorist attacks are sending the country into paranoia.

As the government tightens its grip on the outcasts at the edge of the cities, Summer and Leafsong will be forced to navigate violence, school, family, mystery, and conspiracy in an effort to find their place in a country increasingly headed for dystopia.

Book Club Pick:

Ancillary Justice meets Red, White & Royal Blue in Everina Maxwell’s exciting debut.

While the Iskat Empire has long dominated the system through treaties and political alliances, several planets, including Thea, have begun to chafe under Iskat’s rule. When tragedy befalls Imperial Prince Taam, his Thean widower, Jainan, is rushed into an arranged marriage with Taam’s cousin, the disreputable Kiem, in a bid to keep the rising hostilities between the two worlds under control.

But when it comes to light that Prince Taam’s death may not have been an accident, and that Jainan himself may be a suspect, the unlikely pair must overcome their misgivings and learn to trust one another as they navigate the perils of the Iskat court, try to solve a murder, and prevent an interplanetary war… all while dealing with their growing feelings for each other.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue comes a debut YA romantic comedy about chasing down what you want, only to find what you need…

Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.

But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.

On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square.

Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe—probably not, but maybe—more to Shara, too.

Fierce, funny, and frank, Casey McQuiston’s I Kissed Shara Wheeler is about breaking the rules, getting messy, and finding love in unexpected places.

For fans of Caraval and The Night Circus, this decadent and darkly enchanting YA fantasy, set against the backdrop of a Belle Époque-inspired hotel, follows seventeen-year-old Jani as she uncovers the deeply disturbing secrets of the legendary Hotel Magnifique.

All her life, Jani has dreamed of Elsewhere. Just barely scraping by with her job at a tannery, she’s resigned to a dreary life in the port town of Durc, caring for her younger sister Zosa. That is, until the Hotel Magnifique comes to town.

The hotel is legendary not only for its whimsical enchantments, but also for its ability to travel—appearing in a different destination every morning. While Jani and Zosa can’t afford the exorbitant costs of a guest’s stay, they can interview to join the staff, and are soon whisked away on the greatest adventure of their lives. But once inside, Jani quickly discovers their contracts are unbreakable and that beneath the marvelous glamour, the hotel is hiding dangerous secrets.

With the vexingly handsome doorman Bel as her only ally, Jani embarks on a mission to unravel the mystery of the magic at the heart of the hotel and free Zosa—and the other staff—from the cruelty of the ruthless maître d’hôtel. To succeed, she’ll have to risk everything she loves, but failure would mean a fate far worse than never returning home.

A summery romance set in Nantucket that follows seventeen-year-old Abby Schoenberg as she uncovers a secret about her grandmother’s life during WWII.

Seventeen-year-old Abby Schoenberg isn’t exactly looking forward to the summer before her senior year. She’s just broken up with her first boyfriend and her friends are all off in different, exciting directions for the next three months. Abby needs a plan–an adventure of her own. Enter: the letters.

They show up one rainy day along with the rest of Abby’s recently deceased grandmother’s possessions. And these aren’t any old letters; they’re love letters. Love letters from a mystery man named Edward. Love letters from a mansion on Nantucket. Abby doesn’t know much about her grandmother’s past. She knows she was born in Germany and moved to the US when she was five, fleeing the Holocaust. But the details are either hazy or nonexistent; and these letters depict a life that is a bit different than the quiet one Abby knows about.

And so, Abby heads to Nantucket for the summer to learn more about her grandmother and the secrets she kept. But when she meets Edward’s handsome grandson, who wants to stop her from investigating, things get complicated. As Abby and Noah grow closer, the mysteries in their families deepen, and they discover that they both have to accept the burdens of their pasts if they want the kinds of futures they’ve always imagined.

A whip-smart debut that follows the adventures of an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season to find a wealthy husband. But the last thing she expects is to find love…

Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. Left with her father’s massive debts, she has only twelve weeks to save her family from ruin.

Kitty has never been one to back down from a challenge, so she leaves home and heads toward the most dangerous battleground in all of England: the London season.

Kitty may be neither accomplished nor especially genteel—but she is utterly single-minded; imbued with cunning and ingenuity, she knows that risk is just part of the game.

The only thing she doesn’t anticipate is Lord Radcliffe. The worldly Radcliffe sees Kitty for the mercenary fortune-hunter that she really is and is determined to scotch her plans at all costs, until their parrying takes a completely different turn…

This is a frothy pleasure, full of brilliant repartee and enticing wit—one that readers will find an irresistible delight.

Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches…

In the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz’s father is executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife’s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security his estate in the countryside provides. She will have her own home again, no matter the cost.

But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined.

When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. The weight of invisible eyes follows her every move. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs at Beatriz’s fears—but why does she refuse to enter the house at night? Why does the cook burn copal incense at the edge of the kitchen and mark its doorway with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doña Solórzano?

Beatriz only knows two things for certain: Something is wrong with the hacienda. And no one there will help her.

Desperate for help, she clings to the young priest, Padre Andrés, as an ally. No ordinary priest, Andrés will have to rely on his skills as a witch to fight off the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda and protect the woman for whom he feels a powerful, forbidden attraction. But even he might not be enough to battle the darkness.

Far from a refuge, San Isidro may be Beatriz’s doom.

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A Discovery of Witches meets The Craft in this the first installment of this epic fantasy trilogy about a group of childhood friends who are also witches.

If you look hard enough at old photographs, we’re there in the background: healers in the trenches; Suffragettes; Bletchley Park oracles; land girls and resistance fighters. Why is it we help in times of crisis? We have a gift. We are stronger than Mundanes, plain and simple.

At the dawn of their adolescence, on the eve of the summer solstice, four young girls–Helena, Leonie, Niamh and Elle–took the oath to join Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, established by Queen Elizabeth I as a covert government department. Now, decades later, the witch community is still reeling from a civil war and Helena is now the reigning High Priestess of the organization. Yet Helena is the only one of her friend group still enmeshed in the stale bureaucracy of HMRC. Elle is trying to pretend she’s a normal housewife, and Niamh has become a country vet, using her powers to heal sick animals. In what Helena perceives as the deepest betrayal, Leonie has defected to start her own more inclusive and intersectional coven, Diaspora. And now Helena has a bigger problem. A young warlock of extraordinary capabilities has been captured by authorities and seems to threaten the very existence of HMRC. With conflicting beliefs over the best course of action, the four friends must decide where their loyalties lie: with preserving tradition, or doing what is right.

Juno Dawson explores gender and the corrupting nature of power in a delightful and provocative story of magic and matriarchy, friendship and feminism. Dealing with all the aspects of contemporary womanhood, as well as being phenomenally powerful witches, Niamh, Helena, Leonie and Elle may have grown apart but they will always be bound by the sisterhood of the coven.

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A witchy, atmospheric lesbian contemporary romance set in Salem—from the acclaimed author of Fans of the Impossible Life. Perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Becky Albertalli.

Seventeen-year-old Eleanor is the least likely person in Salem to believe in witchcraft—or think that her life could be transformed by mysterious forces. Ostracized by her classmates after losing her best friend and first love, Chloe, Eleanor has spent the past year in a haze, vowing to stay away from anything resembling romance.

But when a handwritten guide to tarot arrives in the mail at the witchy souvenir store where Eleanor works, it seems to bring with it the message that magic is about to enter her life. Cynical Eleanor is quick to dismiss this promise, until real-life witch Pix shows up with an unusual invitation. Inspired by the magic and mystery of the tarot, Eleanor decides to open herself up to making friends with Pix and her coven of witches, and even to the possibility of a new romance.

But Eleanor’s complicated history in Salem continues to haunt her, and she is desperate to keep Pix from finding out the truth. Eleanor will have to reckon with the old ghosts that threaten to destroy everything, even her chance at new love.

Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches is an atmospheric and romantic coming-of-age about learning to make peace with the past in order to accept the beauty of the present.

The Dust of the Red Rose Knight by James Bennett

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Dust of the Red Rose Knight

Author: James Bennett

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Queer MC and characters

Recommended For…: fantasy, retelling, Arthurian retellings, queer romance, historical fiction

Publication Date: in Kickstarter to be publisher

Genre: Fantasy Retelling

Age Relevance: 18+ (sexual content, cursing, violence, gore, romance)

Explanation of Above: There is some romance and sexual content in this book. There is a fair use of cursing in the book. There is some violence and gore in the book as well.

Publisher: BOTH Press

Pages: 120

Synopsis: It befell in the days of Arthur Pendragon that there lived a thief and a lover of men called Tomas, the Red Rose Knight…

When Tomas O’Lincoln, half-fairy and outlaw, learns that knights from Camelot hunt him in the forest, he fears he must pay for his crimes. Desperate for shelter, the Enchantress sends him on a reluctant quest to find his way to the Fortress Impenetrable, deep in the darkling heartwood.

Only behind the high black walls of the Archimago’s castle will Tomas learn a Truth Most Vital and come face-to-face with his destiny… But is it a destiny he wants?

 Bawdy, humorous and magical, The Dust of the Red Rose Knight is a queer Arthurian romance from the acclaimed author of The Ben Garston Novels, in the finest tradition that never was.

Review: I really liked this short read! I thought the book did well to promise what it was: a dyslexia friendly read. I immediately noticed there was a difference in how the words were presented in the book and the spacing in the e-book. The story was quick and fast paced. The story is funny and has a great plot overall.

However, I did feel like the quickness of the book and how short it is didn’t give the characters a chance to fully develop. I also feel like the book could have been a little bit better with the world building.

Verdict: It was great! Highly recommend, especially for those who need a bit of a different format to read in.

Guest Post With PD Alleva: 13 Scifi Horror Movies You Must Watch!

I love scifi movies and I indulge in horror novels like it’s going out of style. So, naturally I’m more than excited to write this blog, scifi horror being a genre I write in. Scifi and horror go together like peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, and lamb and tuna fish. Well, maybe not the lamb and tuna but then again to each their own. Although we can probably turn it into a scifi horror movie, where the lamb and tuna-because they make such a great combo-team up after a mad scientist and animal rights activist genetically mutates each species. Once the lamb and tuna become self aware they combine their efforts and go on a killing spree, hacking up fishermen and lamb herders in a small New England town. Definitely B-rated and if you think that concept is far fetched let me tell you about a multi million dollar franchise that combines sharks and tornados. Lol. Sorry I digressed for a minute, but that does tend to happen, and no, Sharknado is not on the below list, although my ten year old is very upset about it. 

Not that I don’t love a good B-rated horror movie, I did grow up on them after all. I mention this now because my list includes a number of B-rated 80s scifi horror flicks. And you should thank me for not including The Toxic Avenger-although I kind of just did. TTA can best be described as a C-rated horror flick. A college experiment really, then again, maybe it was high school. Bad acting, and horrible costume design coupled with a story that is so far gone of course it’s possible. Yeah, its good, but I kept my list too B-rated movies or higher, some of them way higher, actually A+ comes to mind with a few of them.

Why have I chosen the below movies you ask? Well for multiple reasons-you’ll read specifics next to each individual movie. The below list is based on the following criteria: originality; attention to detail; impact; and nostalgia. Most, if not all, of the movies have received a cult following over the decades since they were first released. A few are mainstream scifi horror movies and two are recent releases that I found captivating and oh so gory and satisfying. 

So, without further ado, here’s my list of 13 Scifi Horror movies you should definitely watch.

1. The Fly (1986):  Jeff Goldblum’s finest acting performance, sorry Jurassic Park fans. Not that The Fly required superior acting; the plot was enough to satisfy any scifi or horror fan. This is one of my favorite childhood movies, and yes I even enjoyed part 2 and the original with Vincent Price of the same name including Prices’ sequel Return of the Fly. Based on a short story that was first published in Playboy in 1958-yes people do read Playboy-get the fly swatter out, a really big one. 

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091064/

2. Invasion of the body snatchers (1978):  I watched this recently when I discovered my wife had never seen it. All I can remember is the screech that bellows from the throats of the body snatchers.  Still haunts me till today. Plus any scifi horror movie that features Mr. Spock, Donald Sutherland, and yes, once again, Jeff Goldblum, has got to be good. This is a must watch for scifi horror fans. 

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

When a strange seed drifts to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the resident’s one body at a time.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077745/

3. Overlord (2018): One of the more recent movies on my list. Overlord is a badass mother-fucking movie. A scifi horror flick with non-stop action, gore and scares. Special effects are what you’d expect from a 2018 movie. If you’re looking for a thrill ride you need to start this list off with Overlord

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4530422/

4. Invaders from Mars (1986): I was eleven when I saw Invaders in the theatre. I remember the summer of 86 and Invaders for one very good reason. I spent summers with my cousins and happened to be visiting when we saw this movie, which scared the bejesus out of my cousin-he still has a problem watching horror movies, and its quite comical. Anyhow, my cousin’s parents, my aunt and uncle, one night decided to traumatize my cousin for the rest of his life with this little farce. In the movie, once a human is taken over by the Martians, the tell tale sign that they’ve turned is when they show up with a Band-Aid on the back of their head (that’s the location where the Martians gain access to the human brain). So, my aunt and uncle take it upon themselves to put Band-Aid’s on the back of their heads and attempt to convince my cousin to come with them, over the hill, and offer him to the Martians. I was told he stayed in his bedroom for a week. I found the movie thoroughly enjoyable in 1986 and still hold the same belief. 

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants. 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091276/

5. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988):  I spent the summer of 89 watching this movie. Is it scary? Well, do clowns scare you and are you under six years old? If so, it will take your fear of those happy faced degenerates to new heights. If not, well, there’s nothing more enjoyable than a host of carnivorous alien clowns wreaking havoc on a small town. Killer Klowns is a fun, adventurous, laugh out loud cult classic scifi horror comedy and I’m still waiting for Part 2 to be released. Come on people, let’s get that movie made.

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople, no one takes them seriously. Why? The aliens all look like circus clowns, use weapons that look clown like, and all have painted on smiles. Only a few of the young people in the town realize the danger and of course no one believes them. Armed with an ice cream truck they try and rescue their friends.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095444/

6. Swamp Thing (1982): Ok, what can I say about Swamp Thing, other than the fact that I was obsessed with this movie once it premiered on Home Box Office (HBO) in the early 80s. It’s sooo cheesy good it’s awesome and let’s not forget that Swamp Thing was written and directed by iconic horror movie director, Wes Craven. Two years after Swamp Thing Freddy Krueger was slashing up teenage dreams. There’s monsters, danger, some pretty creepy scenes that’ll make your lunch reverse gears, and let’s not forget Adrienne Barbeau as the lead actress. Need I say more?

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster. 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084745/

7. The Invisible Man (2020): I watched the 2020 version of HG Wells’ classic tale during the lockdown of 2020. At first I was a bit skeptical, considering I’m a huge HG Wells fan and the old black and white film version starring Claude Rains is a movie masterpiece, but the longer I watched the more I enjoyed the 2020 version. The director took poetic license with how our mad scientist accomplishes his invisible nature and it fit perfectly within the plot. The acting, specifically Elisabeth Moss (you might know her from The Handmaids Tale series), is award worthy, and the violence, suspense, mystery, and thrills are spot on. Definitely a good movie.

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death is a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1051906/

8. Jason X (2001):  Ok so why is Jason Voorhees on my list of scifi horror films? What does the iconic slasher franchise have to do with scifi? Well, here’s my answer: When I watch a slasher film, especially the tenth installment of a slasher film, I’m looking for specific details and content to provide my rating of such a film, which includes: creativity behind every kill; kill count; and basic amusement/entertainment value. There’s one thing about Jason X I enjoyed above all, the creativity behind the kills. I mean we are talking about a walking dead guy who, by the time Jason X premiered, had been killed nine times already, so I’m not expecting some Oscar worthy movie. Entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable, Jason X takes scifi horror in the slasher direction with a pretty cool movie that’s definitely worth the invested time. Plus, I do enjoy the iconic slasher films. Maybe one day Wes Craven will send Freddy Krueger into the multiverse, because that would be cool. 

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

Jason Voorhees is cryogenically frozen at the beginning of the 21st century, and is discovered in the 25th century and taken to space. He gets thawed, and begins stalking and killing the crew of the spaceship that is transporting him.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211443/

9. Aliens (1986): Seven years after Ridley Scott’s scifi horror masterpiece, Alien, was spawned, James Cameron wrote and directed the sequel, appropriately titled, Aliens. Why the s and not just Alien 2? Well, that’s probably because there’s a shit ton of those creepy, acid blood spewing, second mouth snapping, space creatures. Aliens is the type of movie that is fascinating to watch even after you’ve seen the movie a hundred times. Iconic scenes and one-liners coupled with non-stop action, and enough scares your hair may turn white by the time the credits roll, Aliens has been revered by movie fans for decades and is a must watch, or rewatch, or another rewatch. You get the point. Is rewatch even a word?

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space verssel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090605/

10. Annihilation (2018): If you enjoy intelligent plotlines, character depth, incredible visuals, and lethal, scary as a mofo creatures, you’re in for one hell of a wild ride with Annihilation. Based on Jeff VanderMeers modern scifi horror classic of the same name, Annihilation packs a punch and delivers as much gore and attention to detail as it does psychological horror. 

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2798920/

11. I am Legend (2007): Before the slap heard around the world, Will Smith made some really good movies. Maybe he still does, not sure, I haven’t seen one in a while. I am Legend is one of those movies. I am Legend is the very definition of a big budget Hollywood movie. The graphics are state of the art and Smith does a fantastic job portraying a scientist who is trying to find the cure to a plague that has torn across the globe, turning humans into vampire/zombie hybrids. I’m a big fan of the book, and enjoyed Will Smith’s version, although I would say I wish they would have kept the ending from the book and did not go all Hollywood on us, but it is what it is and I am Legend is still worth the view. I do suggest reading the book, not only is it a classic it is one of Stephen King’s favorite books. Another suggestion is Vincent Price’s version of the book, The Last Man on Earth, which brings that iconic novel ending to the big screen. 

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/

12. Frankenstein (1931): Ok, so I’m a bit partial to Frankenstein. Is this scifi horror? Of course it is, Frankenstein is considered the first science fiction novel (although there is one that came before it, look it up if you don’t believe me) and yes, with all the murder, gore, and psychological terror that fills those brilliantly written Mary Shelley pages, Frankenstein is definitely horror too. Frankenstein continues to be my favorite all time novel so I’m definitely biased on this one, however, that should not take away from the fact that Boris Karloff’s portrayal of the monster has wowed audiences for more than ninety years. I do love the classics-as I’m sure you can tell by this little blog-and had to include one of my all time favorites on this list. Watch it, love it, watch it again, and then watch Bride of Frankenstein, which is more in line with Mary Shelley’s original story than the 1931 movie version. 

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021884/

13. The Thing (1982): Considered John Carpenter’s horror masterpiece, The Thing has captivated audiences for forty years. I remember not being allowed to watch this movie when it first hit theatres and cable a year later. I was told it was too scary, but I’ve never been the type of person to shy away from a film, especially a horror flick by John Carpenter. I was eight years old when I watched The Thing with my older brother and yes I had nightmares for about a week after, but those nightmares were worth it, and The Thing has been on my all time greatest lists ever since. In 2011 a prequel was made with the same title, and although not nearly as iconic as Carpenter’s it’s worth a watch, and links up to the 1982 movie that ultimately satisfies. 

Plot Summary (from IMDb):

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787/

So, there’s my list and that should keep you going until Halloween season rolls around (its closer than we think or maybe even want to acknowledge). I have a scifi horror series titled The Rose that was inspired by many of the movies on this list. Sometimes it’s a simple line from the movie, other times, the look and feel or a creative kill, but there’s always a bit of nostalgia that seeps into my books. It’s always good to pay homage to the books and movies that have not only inspired over the years but that also hold a special place in the heart and mind. 

The list may be a numbered list but those numbers are in no way reflective of which movie is better or which movie received top honors. Choose which movie to watch based on personal preferences, but do yourself a favor and put the time in to watch all of them, diversity being a hallmark of a well rounded and cultured human being.

Until next time, be bold, be brilliant, and be extraordinary.

Yours truly,

~ PD Alleva

Sci-Fi & Horror Writer

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Favorite Little Known Bookstagrammers

Hey #bookies! In June there’s a day to celebrate photography, so I’m showing off some of my friends on bookstagram! Check them out:

thebookishfoxwitch
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The Pen Thief and the Chamber of Power by Tasha Madison

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE PEN THIEF AND THE CHAMBER OF POWER by Tasha Madison Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: THE PEN THIEF AND THE CHAMBER OF POWER (The Pen Thief Series #2)

Author: Tasha Madison

Pub. Date: June 7, 2022

Publisher: Author Academy Elite

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 232

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Chosen to Protect. Destined to Defend.

Arnie Schmidt has survived high school bullying and crushing heartbreak. Now, he must confront his deepest fear … the truth about his mysterious powers that may change his life and future forever.

Meanwhile, brutal forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on destroying him. To defeat them, Arnie must find the strength to trust himself and those closest to him while undertaking a desperate quest to distinguish fact from fiction.

Deep in the archives of the Fellowship of Guardians-where long-awaited answers slumber-Arnie gains the insight he needs to navigate the unknown. But, the improbable thrusts him into a labyrinth of secrets, unexpected adventures, and a fight to escape an imminent danger. As his world shatters, he must delve into the depths of his power and encourage the abilities of others if he is going to conquer old wounds long enough to survive.

Can Arnie embrace his destiny before ancient shadows ruin the promise of a hidden prophecy?


Haven’t started the PEN THIEF Series yet? Grab Book 1, The Pen Thief and the Orbit of Uncertainty now!

 

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About Tasha Madison:

TASHA MADISON is an award-winning author, speaker, and coach who helps those overwhelmed by life’s challenges, disappointments, and traumas to harness their strengths so they can gain clarity on how to conquer their fears, achieve their goals, and live their best life. In the past twenty years, she has helped countless people to become the hero of their own lives with customized programming tailored to maximize transformational results.

Some Professional Accomplishments:

  • CEO of Hero Academy, LLC
  • Creator of the Hero Blueprint©
  • Earned a Juris Doctor in Business Law, an MBA, and a BA in Communication
  • Earned a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar
  • Published Global Award-winning Author
  • Editing Ninja
  • International Speaker on Leadership, Mindset, Personal Growth, and Authorship
  • Selected by Yahoo! Finance as one of the Top 5 Female Mindset Coaches Transforming Lives in 2021

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE PEN THIEF AND THE CHAMBER OF POWER & a swag box, US Only.

1 winner will receive an eBook of THE PEN THIEF AND THE CHAMBER OF POWER & a digital swag box, International.

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6/6/2022

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6/7/2022

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6/8/2022

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6/8/2022

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6/9/2022

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6/9/2022

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6/10/2022

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6/10/2022

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6/13/2022

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6/13/2022

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6/14/2022

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Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Pen Thief and the Chamber of Power

Author: Tasha Madison

Book Series: The Pen Thief Book 2

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy

Publication Date: June 7, 2022

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Relevance: 12+ (violence, gore, bullying)

Explanation of Above: There is some violence and very slight gore mentioned and shown in the book. The gore is in the form of a couple of sentences mentioning blood, but nothing extremely gorey. There is also mentions of bullying.

Publisher: Author Academy Elite

Pages: 230

Synopsis: Chosen to Protect.
Destined to Defend.


Arnie Schmidt has survived high school bullying and crushing heartbreak. Now, he must confront his deepest fear … the truth about his mysterious powers that may change his life and future forever.

Meanwhile, brutal forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on destroying him. To defeat them, Arnie must find the strength to trust himself and those closest to him while undertaking a desperate quest to distinguish fact from fiction.

Deep in the archives of the Fellowship of Guardians—where long-awaited answers slumber—Arnie gains the insight he needs to navigate the unknown. But, the improbable thrusts him into a labyrinth of secrets, unexpected adventures, and a fight to escape an imminent danger. As his world shatters, he must delve into the depths of his power and encourage the abilities of others if he is going to conquer old wounds long enough to survive.

Can Arnie embrace his destiny before ancient shadows ruin the promise of a hidden prophecy?

Review: For the most part this was a fun read. The book immediately picks up where we left off in the first one and the book is very action packed. Overall I liked the book. The world building was a bit better in this one and the premise immediately draws you in.

However, I did have issues with this one as well. I, once again, felt like this was an all-dialogue read. The magic system is still not fully developed in my opinion and the character development in this book stalled out. I was very confused by some of the actions of the characters and I feel like this book and series needs a bit more meat on it and more editing. The book also continues to read really young.

Verdict: It’s ok.