Favorite Book Covers of 2019

‘Ello, there! The end of the year is the time for all the super fun wrap-up posts, the 2019 highlights, and this time, I’d like to focus on my favorite book covers of 2019. (Big thanks to Sofii of A Book. A Thought. for kicking off this post in my orbit. Definitely check out hers because she’s chosen some wonderful covers, too!)

Many books out there have amazing covers, but there’s definitely some I gravitate to over others. I like a little bit of minimalism, but I also lean heavily toward that fine line between stylish and busy. If a cover has a lot of flair, color, personality, or beautiful art, I tend to be blind to all others around it. Does a gorgeous cover affect my buying habits or hype for a book? Most definitely. Have I been let down before? Most definitely. But despite the book itself, good art is forever.

If you haven’t seen these before, I encourage you to go find them in a bookstore and just. Hold them. Look at them. Let them shimmer in the light. Because so many of them have hidden details—like gold foil or rainbow effects—that a compute screen just can’t capture.

With that, here are my top ten book covers of the year!

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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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April 2019 Book Releases

It’s the start of April, which means it’s time to talk about the book releases I’m most excited for this month! I swear, each month is getting faster, and I don’t like that, even if it is bringing me closer to some awesome books.

In fact, there’s so many books I’m looking forward to this month that it was beyond difficult to choose a most anticipated, but reading a certain ARC clenched it for me:

wicked saints
Release Date: April 2 | Goodreads

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

Why I Want to Read This: I love darker works of fiction; this is just a consistent thing about me. It’s thrilling at the same time it’s cathartic. I also love morally gray characters and seeing multiple sides of a situation. I love books with monsters and powerful gods that try to manipulate and play with humanity’s fate. I love when characters have their world views challenged while still trying to hold on to their morality. After being fortunate enough to read an ARC of Wicked Saints, I can say that Emily A. Duncan delivered on every account. I love this book, I already own a copy, and I’m excited for others to experience it, even if it’s not their brand. [Review]

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Book Review: Wicked Saints

wicked saints
Title:
 Wicked Saints
Author:
 Emily A. Duncan
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Version: Hardcover
Page Count: 385
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Dark, gothic atmosphere with no punches pulled, villain romance, diverse cast
Recommended Readers: No moral purists allowed
Rating: ★★★★★

Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Before we get started, note that Duncan used 99% real Eastern European names within her novel, and that is absolutely awesome that she didn’t dilute these names and the culture just because the names are “hard to pronounce.” More like, a lot of us aren’t used to them because of how often Western societies have forced people with these names to change them, so I’m very happy to see them here. For those curious, Duncan uploaded a handy pronunciation guide on her Twitter that I absolutely referenced while reading.

The countries Kalyazin and Tranavia have been locked in a holy war for centuries. On one side are clerics who derive their magic from praying to their patron deity; on the other side are blood mages who have rejected the gods. As the war shifts in Tranavia’s favor, Nadezhda “Nadya” Lapteva finds she’s the last cleric left in Kalyazin, but instead of only hearing the voice of her patron goddess, she hears all of them, an unheard of feat. When her monastery is attacked by the High Prince of Tranavia, she is forced to flee, becoming entangled in a plot with two foreign Akolans and a rogue Tranavian that could turn the tide of the war.

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