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Title: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Pages: 319 Genres: Fantasy, Historical Publisher: Del Rey Books (Jan. 10th, 2017) Summary: At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the… Read More

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer Pages: 484 Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings Publisher: Bloomsbury YA (Jan. 29, 2019) Summary Fall in love, break the curse. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious… Read More

Hello!  Today is my stop for the Worlds Beneath blog tour!  Worlds Beneath is book 2 in The Blood Race series, which was released on July 1st.  To celebrate, I’ll be sharing my review of book #1, The Blood Race, as well giving you the chance to enter to a win a signed, paperback copy of it! Alright, let’s get this party started! Title: The Blood Race (The Blood Race #1) by K. A. Emmons Pages: 318 Genres: YA, Fantasy/Sci-fi Published… Read More

 Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Pages: 602 Genres: YA, Sci-Fi Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers (Oct. 20th, 2015) Summary This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe…. Read More

Title: The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes Pages: 205 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure Published by: Self-published (March 30th, 2016) Summary Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.  To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring… Read More

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature started by Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases!  This week’s pick is: Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) RELEASING MARCH 6TH, 2018! Synopsis Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir. Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners… Read More

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature started by Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases!  Today’s pick is: Tess of the Road RELEASING FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018! Synopsis In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose… Read More

Title: Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle #1) by Ted Dekker Pages: 432 Genres: Fantasy, Christian, Fiction Published by: Thomas Nelson (Dec. 25, 2003) Summary Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Fleeing his assailants through deserted alleyways, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of a building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head…and his world goes black. From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world-a world where… Read More

Title: Into The Wild by Erin Hunter Pages: 288 Genres: Adventure, Children’s/Middle Grade, Fiction, Animals, Fantasy Published by: HarperTrophy (January 9th, 2003) Summary For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying– and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of… Read More

Title: Beastly by Alex Flinn Pages: 304 Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings Published by: HarperTeen (January 1, 2007) Summary I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity,… Read More