October 2019 Book Releases

October is here, and that means creepy decorations, sugar-induced comas, and new books—all in time for Halloween! From a vampire murder mystery set in 1800s New Orleans to a creepy black door that lurks in every soul, this batch of books seems to be leaning into deliciously macabre and ghoulish themes.

Let’s get spoopy!

ninth house
Release Date: October 8 | Goodreads

The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Why I Want to Read This: Leigh Bardugo is one of my few auto-buy authors at this point, and I have been intrigued by Ninth House, Bardugo’s first foray into adult fantasy since she first announced it. Not just because it sounds dark and gritty, but also because of this mysterious occult element it’s touting, too. Secret societies have also been a weird fascination of mine, and Alex herself sounds like a protagonist I very much want to get to know. Ultimately, though, I love coming into this book, having absolutely no clue what’s going to happen and where it’s going to go, and from a new series standpoint, that is so exciting.

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The ABC Book Challenge – L

Hey, everyone! I’m finally back with another ABC Book Challenge post. I decided to do this to add more variety to the blog and also because it looked incredibly fun (and so far, it is!). Once again, thank you to Sofii @A Book. A Thought. for introducing this tag to me, and for her support. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already!

Here’s the challenge: Every week (though I have not strictly been following this, haaaa), I’ll have a post sharing my most favorite titles as well as those on my current TBR list that start with the corresponding letter. (For weird letters like Q, X, and Z, I might have to bend the rules a little and just have those letters somewhere in the title, but we’ll see.)

This week is the letter L!

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Book Review: King of Scars

king of scarsTitle: King of Scars
Author:
 Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Version: Hardback
Page Count: 514
Publisher: Imprint
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Spin-off duology, exploring more with previously established characters
Recommended Readers: Fans of both Six of Crows and the Grishaverse trilogy–especially those that wanted more from the latter
Rating: ★★★★★

I was able to finally get to Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars, and I’m so happy I did because she took my low but timidly hopeful expectations and delivered on them in the most delicious, agonizingly slow way.

Here, we follow Nikolai Lantsov, the king of Ravka, who is trying to keep his country from falling once again into a war with enemies surrounded on all sides, balancing the threads of power along with finding ways to protect his people. Perhaps his greatest challenge, however, is to discover a way to be rid of the dark magic the defeated Darkling left within him, turning him at night into a monstrous creature devoid of reason or thought. Grisha Squaller Zoya Nazyalensky must also find a way to protect king and country no matter what the cost, even if that means sacrificing Nikolai for the sake of her people. Meanwhile, Nina Zenick is undercover on a mission in Fjerda. Deep in enemy territory, she is seeking to bury her past and find meaning in the future by saving as many Grisha as possible.

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Reading Challenge Update – April 2019

Hey, I’m back with a new reading challenge update! April was a slower month for me, mostly because I hit a book slump toward the beginning of the month because something I was reading just wasn’t doing it for me.

I wonder if you can guess which one it was. 😉

The Five-Star Favs

wicked saints
Finished: 4/3/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

Wicked Saints has solidified itself as a modern gothic fiction novel—it has that romantic horror vibe to me—and I’d love to see certain scenes on the big screen, namely That One with Serefin. [Review]

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The Birthday Book Tag

Hey, everyone! Today is my birthday, so I wanted to do a quick book tag for it because why not? This is actually a combination of questions from book tags I liked, so not 100% original but oh well.

I hope everyone’s having an amazing day so far. Other than my birthday, May 2nd marks some cool historical events:

  • The Soviet Union announced the Fall of Berlin in 1945
  • Dwayne Johnson was born in 1972
  • Osama bin Laden, the FBI’s most wanted man, was killed by U.S. Special Forces in 2011

And as far as fandom events are concerned—Battle of Hogwarts and Voldemort’s death, anyone?

Cool facts, let’s get to the tag!

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WWW Wednesday – 4.24.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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10 Books That Are #MyBrand

Hey, everybody! Recently, I saw a trend on Twitter going around, asking people what books were “their brand.” In other words, what books represent you—body, heart, mind, and soul? It’s more than asking what books you’d bring with you on a deserted island, but rather what books you carry with you always because they speak to every fiber of your being.

Plus, I think it’s a great way to get to know other readers and what their interests are.

I’ll be tagging some folks to do this, but if you like this post and want to do your own, please feel free and tag me with your answers! You can also do however many books you want. The Twitter post originally called for five, but I had to do ten, you feel me?

So what books are #MyBrand?

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www wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 3.13.19

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. If you participated in your own post, please feel free to leave a link in the comments, so I and others can see! Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment with your responses. I’m always happy to hear what other people are reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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Reading Challenge Update – February 2019

February is gone, and so is another month of reading challenges! February felt like a long month to me, despite its shortness, but at the same time, the last week barely existed. Isn’t time strange?

This month was a great success for me. While I didn’t get to everything I wanted to read (who does?), I did accomplish a great deal: Seven books during the shortest month, five of them ARCs! Catching up on ARCs has been a huge goal for me, so I’m happy to be doing it, and I’m finding some great books to be excited for release besides.

Let’s check them out!

The Five-Star Favs

language of thorns
Finished: 2/1/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

Plants are a feature of both the title and that sexy black cover of The Language of Thorns. Leigh Bardugo has crafted a short story collection full of original fairytales inspired by our own but applied to her fictional Grishaverse, and they’re all amazing. I’m always super impressed with people who can create new fairytales like this and make them feel like we’ve forgotten them but are now remembering them because that’s never easy.

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Leigh Bardugo Book Tour + Book Haul

Hello, hello! I just won’t shut up this week, but a lot of things have been going on lately that I’d like to share with you guys.

First of all, this past Saturday, I went to the DeKalb County Public Library in Decatur, GA for Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars tour. This is the second time I’ve met Leigh, and she is just as gracious, beautiful, and funny as ever.

I had wanted to get there early to explore the library, especially when I learned it’s the most awarded library in the GA Pines system, but I’d taken the train to get there, and it was Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta, so things were both packed and a bit slow. But I got there in time to get in the signing line, get my copy of King of Scars, and go into the auditorium for the Q&A.

The room was small, the setting intimate, and it wasn’t long before Leigh came out, and everyone erupted in riotous cheering. There were even a few cosplayers, with an Inej cosplayer who was absolutely incredible, but I sadly didn’t get a picture. It’s always so awesome to see people support an author who truly deserves it.

The Q&A lasted for about 30 minutes, but it seemed to take no time at all as Leigh alternated asking questions from the audience with witchy humor and also drawing questions in a bucket people had written down because they were too shy to ask her (very cute).

Now, I’ll try to relay what was asked and her responses as best as I remember them. Keep in mind that I am paraphrasing, and this shouldn’t be considered an official interview or anything, but I thought people would like to know what was discussed.

Q: Can you tell us anything about the Grishaverse TV show on Netflix?

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