Hello Gemmies! I have exciting news, starting today, Barnes & Nobles has limited quantities of signed editions of some great books! Any of these would make a great for the reader in your life or for yourself! Quantities are limited so check online: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/signed-books-at-bncom/_/N-rp2, or at your local your local B&N for availability.
Here are just some of the options available! Let me know if you snag any signed editions! Happy Shopping and Happy Reading!
Hello Gemmies! One of my favorite authors, Zoraida Cordova, has a new series coming out in 2020 called The Hollow Crown Series. Book One, Incendiary, is set to release, April 28, 2020. The U.S. and U.K. covers have been revealed and they are pretty gorgeous!
Synopsis from Good Reads:
When the royal family of Puerto Leones sets out to destroy magic through a grand and terrible inquisition, spy and memory-thief Renata seeks to kill the prince, leader of the King's Justice, who plans to use a terrible new weapon to wipe out the magic of the Moria...
For fans who enjoyed the ferocity of Ember in the Ashes, INCENDIARY explores the double-edged sword of memory and the triumph of hope and love in the midst of fear and oppression.
What do you think of these covers? Are you looking forward to reading Incendiary? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Hello Gemmies! I had the pleasure of meeting two wonderful authors this week, Jodie Lynn Zdrok and Emily Roberson! The authors had a dual signing event at Fly Leaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC.
Jodie Lynn Zdrok is the author of the Spectacle series. I absolutely loved Spectacle, this is a murder mystery set in 1800's Paris with a supernatural twist. I look forward to the release of book two, Sensational, which comes out February 11, 2020.
Spectacle Synopsis from Good Reads:
Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day's new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered--from the perspective of the murderer himself.
When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer's identity--and she'll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.
Emily Roberson is the author of newly released book, Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters. This is a retelling of the classic Greek myth of the minotaur mixed with reality tv pop culture. I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, but I have heard all good things about it. I love Greek mythology and am looking forward to a modern interpretation of this classic story.
Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters Synopsis from Good Reads:
Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.
When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.
Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?
Both authors were a joy to talk to. I am looking forward to enjoying many more books from these two great talents!
Hello Gemmies! The wonderful author Toni Morrison will be memorialized on November 21, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine in New York City. The service starts at 4:00 PM EST and is open to the public.
Toni, one of the greatest authors of our time, passed away on August 5th. If you are in New York City, this is a great opportunity to honor her, and share in her legacy.
Hello Gemmies! It is almost time for the release of Children of Virtue & Vengeance and I can hardly stand it!!!! The stunning sequel to Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi comes out on December 3, 2019.
To celebrate, Tomi Adeyemi is kicking off her book tour in my old home town, The Bronx, NYC!!! Details for her U.S. book tour are listed below. Details on additional cities and dates are coming soon!
Children of Blood & Bone is one of my all time favorite books, and I cannot wait to read Children of Virtue & Vengeance! Are you excited to read COV&V? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Synopsis on Good Reads:
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.
Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.
With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.
Hello Gemmies! I have a treat for you today!! The cover for the highly anticipated debut novel, The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna, was revealed this week and man, is it GORGEOUS!!!! I seriously had heart palpitations looking at this thing of beauty!
The Gilded Ones is the first book in the Deathless trilogy. Look for it to hit bookshelves May 26, 2020. What do you think of the cover? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Synopsis on Good Reads:
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity--and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki--near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.
Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be--not even Deka herself.
Hello Gemmies! Today, I am giving you a spoiler free book review of A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy. Let me start by telling you, that I really enjoyed this book! A River of Royal Blood is a story about two rival princesses, who have to fight to the death in order for one of them to become Queen. The book is told from the point of one of the sisters....Eva.
Amanda Joy has created an African inspired lush magical world that has me wanting to book a trip to Myre. There are also lots of different creatures and races including fae, vampires, shape shifters, and more!
I was expecting this book to show split POV's from both sisters. But we only get Eva's point of view. It worked for this book, but I do wish we could have learned more about the relationship between the two sisters, Eva and Isadore.
I really enjoy the way A River of Royal Blood addresses the impacts of colonization on a society and the complicated Magical system woven into its history. My only complaint, there is a huge plot twist at the end, and then the book ends on a cliffhanger...arrrgggghhh! Now I have to wait until 2020 for book two! The problems of a bookaholic!!!!
I give A River of Royal Blood 3 out of 4 gemstones! I highly recommend you add this book to your collection! Have you read this gem already? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Happy Reading!
Synopsis from Good Reads:
Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood--a dark and terrible magick that hasn't been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina's long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne--because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive.
When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye--and it isn't just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa's death or her own.
A River of Royal Blood is an enthralling debut set in a lush North African inspired fantasy world that subtly but powerfully challenges our notions of power, history, and identity.
Hello fellow Brujas!! I am so excited about the cover reveal for the third installment of the Brooklyn Bruja Series....Wayward Witch.
The Brooklyn Brujas series by Zoraida Cordova, follows three Latina sisters as they try to navigate life, love, and their ever growing magical powers. Each book is a fast paced magical ride from start to finish.
Wayward Witch will be released on August 1, 2020. Get ready for it by catching up on the first two books in the series.
Brooklyn Brujas Series Order:
And without further ado, here are the beautiful book covers! I love the cohesive look of the entire series! Let me know what you think by leaving your comments below. Happy Reading!
I recently attended the book signing for The Ninja Daughter by Tori Eldridge at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC. This was by far the most fun i've had at a book signing. There were Ninjutsu demonstrations, lively discussions, raffles, and ninja cookies!
Tori, a real life modern ninja was so gracious and engaging. I am looking forward to diving into the world of Lily Wong. It is also refreshing to see a diverse character in a current day mystery. Lots of stories with Asian characters are either historical fiction or fall in the SYFY/Fantasy realm. There's nothing wrong with those stories, they are some of my favorites, but it is nice to see an action packed modern mystery with a diverse main character.
Synopsis from Good Reads:
An action-packed thriller about a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja with family issues who fights the Los Angeles Ukrainian mob, sex traffickers, and her own family to save two desperate women and an innocent child.
After her sister is raped and murdered, Lily Wong dedicates her life and ninja skills to the protection of women. But her mission is complicated. Not only does she live above the Chinese restaurant owned by her Norwegian father and inspired by the recipes of her Chinese mother, but she has to hide her true self from her Hong Kong tiger mom is already disappointed at her less than feminine ways, and who would be horrified if she knew what she had become.
But when a woman and her son she escorted safely to an abused women’s shelter return home to dangerous consequences, Lily is forced to not only confront her family and her past, but team up with a mysterious―and very lethal―stranger to rescue them.
Have you read The Ninja Daughter already? If so, let me know what your thoughts by leaving a comment below! Happy Reading!
The long anticipated sequel of Girls of Paper and Fire.... Girls of Storm and Shadow was released on November 13, 2019. To celebrate the release author Natasha Ngan is doing a blog tour.
I absolutely loved Girls of Paper and Fire and am looking forward to digging into Girls of Storm and Shadow which has already received rave reviews. Read below for details on the blog tour and a synopsis of the book.
Synopsis from Good Reads:
In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.
Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn't the end of the plan---it's just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei's head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.
Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?
Are you excited to read Girls of Storm and Shadow? Let me know, by leaving your comments below. Happy Reading!