The Steel Prince by VE Schwab

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Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

3.5 STARS

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books I Predict Will be 5 Stars

Top 5 Tuesday

Now, I’m not exactly psychic (unless we’re talking about Pokémon news, which I have an uncanny sixth sense for), but I’m going to give today’s T5T topic a whirl anyways! I feel like Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog has totally challenged me with this topic, and if a single one of these doesn’t end up being five stars, I’m going to be so sad.

BUT ONWARD! TO THE FUTURE!

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Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

3 STARS

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Friday for Funsies || The Luminous Dead Tour Recap

Friday for Funsies

It’s a weirdly lucky season for me, because in less than a month, I’ve had the chance to go to two authors talks and signings! This one was extra special, since it’s close to my second home and to my heart. And because it’s for a book I might not normally read, since I’m a big scaredy cat who gets nervous about anything horror adjacent.

But I will be brave, because Caitlin Starling’s talk about The Luminous Dead has convinced me! Even if it means I have to read her book during the day!

And hey, while I’m at it, let me convince you that you should read it too… 👀

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The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey

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1833. After young Lord James Ellerby witnesses a near-fatal carriage accident on the outskirts of his estate, he doesn’t think twice about bringing the young woman injured in the wreck to his family’s manor to recuperate. But then she finally regains consciousness only to find that she has no memory of who she is or where she belongs.

Beth, as she takes to calling herself, is an enigma even to herself. She has the rough hands of a servant, but the bearing and apparent education of a lady. Her only clue to her identity is a gruesome recurring nightmare about a hummingbird dripping blood from its steel beak.

With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth slowly begins to unravel the mystery behind her identity and the sinister circumstances that brought her to their door. But the dangerous secrets they discover in doing so could have deadly ramifications reaching the highest tiers of London society.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

EXPECTED APRIL 16, 2019

1.5 STARS

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Our Dark Duet by VE Schwab

“the whole city
a book of
matches
just waiting
to be struck”

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THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

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This Savage Song by VE Schwab

“There were too many monsters and not enough good men.

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Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

4.5 STARS

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