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Goodreads Favorites lists – Recent additions

Do you have a favorites shelf on Goodreads? It’s our favorite of all our shelves (ha!), and every once in a while, we peruse it just to think about the love we have for a handful of books. We’ll have to post about our all-time favorite books sometime soon, but for now we want to mention the most recent additions to our combined favorites lists:

Heartless – Marissa Meyer is so good at retellings. I really enjoyed her uber popular series, The Lunar Chronicles. But Heartless, her newest release, is easily my favorite of the books she’s penned so far. It tells the story of the formative years of the infamous Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. The tone is a little different from TLC series, but I loved the contrast from TLC and within this book itself. I better stop right here so I don’t give anything away. Read my full (spoiler-free) review here.
Crooked Kingdom – What can I say about Leigh Bardugo? She is a master storyteller. I was fortunate enough to meet her at a book signing last year, and she was delightful in person. I love a good heist story and a larger than life character, and Bardugo provides both in the Six of Crows series. Kaz Brekker, the leader of this rag tag group of six, is one of my all-time favorite characters (probably #2 behind Will Herondale). When I met Leigh Bardugo, she mentioned that authors can create characters who are smarter than themselves, citing Brekker as an example. But I beg to differ because the twists and turns she incorporated from the first page to the last one continually amazed me. Read my full (spoiler-free) review here.
The Wrath and the Dawn – This is one of those books where I was thinking What in the world is going on? from page one. I love books that put a big question mark like this in my mind and spend the majority of the chapters slowly unraveling the mystery. And Renee Ahdieh provided rich descriptions of food, clothing, and jewelry, three of my favorite things to read about, throughout the book. Read my full (spoiler-free) review here.
My Lady Jane – My Lady Jane is one of the funniest books I have read in a very long time.  I listened to the audio book and I highly recommend doing just that.  I had to be careful where I listened because I found myself laughing out loud in public places earning strange looks from my fellow humans.  A very unique narrator voice for the novel was one of my absolute favorite things about My Lady Jane.  Read a full (spoiler-free) review here.
What books are on your favorites list? Tell us about them in the comments!
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Debut Author Highlight

Heart of Mist – Book 1 in Helen Scheuerer’s debut series is such a delight! It does what any great initial book needs to do: introduces complex characters, builds an intriguing world, and provides many mysteries, some solved in this book and some to be solved later in the series. And Scheuerer’s prose is clean and beautiful. We highly recommend this book, which was released August 31st.  Read our full (spoiler-free) review here.

Bonus: The Kindle book is only $2.99 on Amazon right now!

Review Highlight

Waterfall – I love time travel so when I saw this book on a friend’s Goodreads shelf, I decided to give it a try. I love it when a character is displaced so far out of their norm that they are forced to fake their way through an impossible journey. Waterfall didn’t disappoint in that regard.While spending her summer vacation with her archeologist mom, Gabi is thrust back to fourteenth century Italy after entering a tomb where she knew she wasn’t supposed to be. She is alone and completely disoriented and when…click for more.

News in the YA book world

We are super excited about the recent release of the first in the DC Icons series.  One of the most exciting things about this series is that each of the four are written by four of our well-known YA authors:  Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Sarah J Maas, and Matt de la Pena.  Have you picked up Wonder Woman: Warbringer yet?  Let us know what you think in the comments.  A little wait for Batman though, it is set to release January 2, 2018.  Catwoman will be the third, released later in 2018 and Superman won’t hit book shelves until 2019. It’s yet to be seen whether or not the four books create one linear story, each building on the next, or if each is a completely separate stand-alone story.  My guess is the latter but my hope is the former!

Recaps for Recent and Upcoming New Releases

Are you ready to dive into the new release in a series you read last year? If you can’t remember the details of the previous books, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with our full book recaps.
Get ready for Tower of Dawn with a recap of Queen of Shadows and recap of Empire of Storms

Get ready for One Dark Throne with a recap to Three Dark Crowns

Get ready for Before the Devil Breaks You with a recap of Lair of Dreams

Get ready for Ever the Brave with a recap of Ever the Hunted

See all of our book recaps…

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