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Blog Tour: CAPE by Kate Hannigan (Spotlight Post)

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for CAPE by Kate Hannigan (August 6, 2019, Aladdin)! This book sounds incredible, and I’m super excited to share it with you!

A brilliant girl puzzler discovers she’s part of a superhero team!

Josie O’Malley does a lot to help out Mam after her father goes off to fight the Nazis, but she wishes she could do more—like all those caped heroes who now seem to have disappeared. If Josie can’t fly and control weather like her idol, Zenobia, maybe she can put her math smarts to use cracking puzzles for the government.

After an official tosses out her puzzler test because she’s a girl, it soon becomes clear that an even more top-secret agency has its eye on Josie, along with two other applicants: Akiko and Mae. The trio bonds over their shared love of female superhero celebrities, from Fantomah to Zenobia to the Black Cat. But during one extraordinary afternoon, they find themselves transformed into the newest (and youngest!) superheroes in town. As the girls’ abilities slowly begin to emerge, they learn that their skills will be crucial in thwarting a shapeshifting henchman of Hitler, and, just maybe, in solving an even larger mystery about the superheroes who’ve recently gone missing.

Inspired by real-life women from World War II—the human computers and earliest programmers called “the ENIAC Six”.

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About the Author:
 
 
Kate Hannigan is a noted author with a special passion for stories that empower girls and women. Her picture and middle grade books have received high praise, multiple starred reviews, selected for Booklist Editor’s Choice and a Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade fiction. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. Please visit her at KateHannigan.com.

Spotlight Post: Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning (Excerpt)

Hey everyone! I’m super, super pumped to be sharing an excerpt from Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning with you! You guys know I’ve been obsessed with this series since, like 2015 (as mentioned in my 2017 Debut Authors Bash post, in which I interviewed Sarah). And I LOVED Sea Witch. So, of course, I’m BEYOND excited for the sequel, and absolutely ecstatic to be sharing this excerpt with you (and a GIANT thank you to Wunderkind PR for reaching out and allowing me to share the excerpt)!!!

So first, here’s more about the book:

“The Little Mermaid” takes a twisted turn in this thrilling sequel to villainess origin story Sea Witch, as the forces of land and sea clash in an epic battle for freedom, redemption, and true love.

Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.

Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds?

Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.

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And now for the excerpt! Enjoy!!

EVIE

The sharpest of things keep their edge even in the dullest of settings.

And so, my coral knife shines through the shadows I call home. Rendered ghost white with magic, the serrated blade sharp is enough to cleave a single hair in two.

Beautiful. Deadly. Perfect.

I only hope it’s enough for when they arrive.

Because in the hours since the little mermaid left the sea for land, chasing her true love, I felt it. A tug. A thread pulled clear and released. I felt it in my bones, rotting through the marrow, septic in my lungs, gut, and heart, and yet, this jolt of pain was bound to come. It needed to come. The sea’s monopoly is not sustainable.

In the time that I’ve lived below the surface, the magical balance has shifted, the power slowly tipping from land to sea, until the majority of the land’s magic had sunken to depths of the sea king’s domain, destined to obey an unnatural master. Now the imbalance is so glaring it’s all I can see beyond the lair that is my cage, beyond my forest of polypi, the fissures in the earth bubbling with turfmoor, and the violent whirlpools spinning sirens in the deep. Past the eerie blue radiance of the sea king’s castle and its grounds, magic teems, heavy, overflowing.

After the little mermaid left, I began to think how impossible it is that the magic on land has all but died away, though it’s simple, really. There were so few of us witches. Hunted, killed, banished. We were eliminated one by one for centuries, until the land was nearly drained of its magic and those who knew how to control it. From Maren Spliid and her death at the hands of the witch-hunter king, all the way through the years to me, each of us cast into the sea. But I did not die, not in every way, and so my magic is still my own, a mix of land and sea.

I remember my time above, and the thaw inside me crystallizes, clear and blue. I was a witch turned underground by fear—I didn’t even know how to use my strength. It was how Tante Hansa tried to keep me safe. Hiding away my power, repressing it. As if it were something that could be shuttered away in a cupboard from prying eyes. Out of sight, out of mind.

But now, my eyes are open.

The balance of magic has always been precarious. Built on exchange, all of it. Not just the spells, the whole system. And the ebb and flow of power is skewed toward those who seek to own it. Yet as the little mermaid set foot on land, taking her powers with her, the scale tipped back toward the land just a sliver. The land’s shockwave of relief sent that ripple pouring through my bones, but my brief pain is of no concern. I do not need this magic to live.

There is another who has much to fear.

I tuck the knife away, safe in my cave, and pull out my spell books, presents from Tante Hansa, one in each tentacle, plus two in each hand. I settle into the pewter sands and thumb through them. Tante Hansa always told me that magic will forever seek equilibrium. Now that the door has been finally opened, perhaps I can hasten the land’s gain.

That’s when the polypus closest to my cave clears its throat, and the voice I took from the little mermaid cuts into my insulated world. “Weren’t your efforts to curb the Tørhed enough of a disaster? You want to try again?”

I startle a little—so used to fifty years of silence. Anna. She can surely feel the imbalance too. Though I gave her the little mermaid’s voice, we’ve yet to talk much about what she did, why she did it, and why I did what I had to, to save Nik. But now is not the time to start.

“This is different,” I say. My spell of abundance to end the sea’s Tørhed and bring life to our fisherman’s nets created an imbalance that angered Urda. My desire here is just the opposite. “I have to try.”

“Fine,” Anna goes on. “But you won’t find what you want in those books.”

I turn the page of my spell book in defiance.

Almost as an exclamation, there’s the distant sound of an explosion, big enough to push the whirlpools off axis, turfmoor burping, sea floor quaking into the water and then drifting into a new arrangement. My polypi forest— like Anna, bodies discarded and moored by magic—twists and hisses, waving in the disturbance.

Yet another sea mine—a bomb hidden in the water, eager to blow a hole in the right ship and make bones of targeted men.

There’s a war raging on the surface. Over land and sea, and even in the air, humans under many flags have banded together to kill one another. There is no magic involved, of course. If there were more than a meager amount of magic left on land, perhaps this war might not be waged. Still, the search for power—magical or not—will always be. Once the mines and the bullets stop, lines will be redrawn, and a different type of power will shift. Another imbalance.

Anna starts a tart reply. “Evie, you—”

“Létta.” Stop, I command. Because something’s not right.

Then, as if in answer to the sudden silence, a great voice booms into my lair, echoing hard enough to rattle my teeth and bend the branches of my bone-thick polypi forest.

“It can’t be—the great sea witch talks to herself?”

I freeze as he comes into view, power and magic dripping off him in a terrible wake.

The sea king.

His hair is the color of snow in the thick of winter, eyes crystal blue, skin glowing with almost too much life, flush and vibrant. Atop his head is a crown of pearls fitted to a cluster of eel skulls, jaws pried open in wide V shapes, their teeth on edge. I have never seen his crown in person before, but it is the very semblance of life and death, and power. A reminder of what can be taken—the fruits of one’s labor, sucked out, even when one bares fangs.

The sea king smiles, and it is as brilliant and deadly as one would expect. “It must get so lonely, stuck in the shadows by yourself.”

He would know. It’s not my magic or memories that keep me here, it’s the king’s. So afraid of what I can do, though he floats before me, amplified in a way that isn’t natural, even for magical creatures.

He has a penchant for the nectar of the rare ríkifjor flower—a drug that both harnesses magic and intensifies it. But surveying him now, it’s almost as if the ríkifjor has fused to his blood, bone, and skin. That imbalance I feel, it leans hard into this man, who has absorbed as much magic as his body can hold and then doubled it through the constant, steady ingestion of ríkifjor.

Looking at him can only be compared to staring directly into the sun.

He is power.

But if he’s here for the first time in fifty years, there is something his power cannot hand him.

“At times, Your Highness, this cove has felt like a prison,” I say, and his smile curls up. “But just because I cannot leave doesn’t mean I don’t receive visitors.”

The sea king’s posture stiffens. Yes, this is why he’s here. This powerful man has lost something important to him. His daughter is gone, and perhaps more importantly, so is her magic, which shares a direct tie to his. As I suspected, the thread pulled from me must have been so much worse for him. “Reverse the spell and bring her back. Now,” he commands.

I smile, reclining on my tentacles like a queen. I cock a brow. “Do you even know which one is gone?” He notoriously treats his daughters like pawns in a game, using their beauty and their talents when convenient.

“Insulting me will bring no good to you,” he says, but my smile doesn’t waver except to grow with satisfaction when he says her name. “Alia belongs in the sea. Return her.”

“Your Highness, you should know better than anyone that even you can’t control a strong-headed woman,” I say, and I know he’s thinking of his first queen, Mette, the human he saved but then couldn’t keep, her heart cracking as she longed both for him and for the life she was meant to lead. “Alia must be free to make her own choices and live her own life—experience love and freedom. But instead, you trap her, and all your people, under your thumb with false promises of protection from humans. Not since Annemette—”

“Never speak that name to me again,” he growls, his fury sputtering between us. She’s the one who left him, betraying him, his family, and the secrets of the mermaids. I hope Anna is really listening to him now.

As his nostrils flare, I look him dead in the eyes. “Like Annemette, Alia has four days to make the boy love her and live, or fail and die. Either way, you’ll never see her again.”

“I can destroy you!”

I bare my teeth. “Ah, but you haven’t. Even with all the power you steal, you still need me.” My voice gains strength with each word. He’s desperate. He can’t retrieve Alia on his own. There is an element of my magic he will never master. “I can bring Alia back, but I will need something from you in return. I have my price.”

The sea king’s lips drop open. I have him backed into a corner, and he knows it. My ask is simple, and only he can do it. He can’t give me my life back, my lost time, or Nik— may he rest in the tide—but he can unchain me from my lair. The words are on my tongue, ready, when something nasty ticks across his handsome features.

“You have your price, witch, but you forget your place.”

His teeth click together, and the blue of his eyes goes cold. It’s then that the wet, hard certainty of my mistake reveals itself to me. This man won’t kill me, but for the abundance of magic that he is, heavy and unwieldy, he can hurt me so badly, I will wish I were dead.

The power within him—amplified, multiplied, looted from land and sea—expands, bursts outward, like a living bomb. A sea mine of magic, aimed straight at me.

“Morna, herfiligr kvennali∂!” Waste away, wretched woman!

The words hit my ears with a force of magic I’ve never felt, slamming into me with the power of the sun falling out of the sky and barreling toward the earth, bringing enough light to dissolve all of us the instant before impact.

And then my world, already so dark, fades to complete, flat black.

Bookish Delight #18: Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski

Bookish Delight of the Month (Bookish Delight for short) is a monthly feature in which I’ll spotlight the number one book I’m most anticipating at the beginning of the month it releases. This could be a book I don’t have yet, or have an ARC of already – even a book I’m already reading (which is the case this month!) because it doesn’t matter whether I have it or not, or have read it or not – this is just all about me spotlighting the book I’m most excited for in a given month.

So, without further adieu, let’s get started!

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The book I’m most highly anticipating in August is… Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski!! This book was originally pitched as “Titanic meets The Shining” and DO I EVEN NEED TO SAY MORE OMG I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE ASAP!!!!!!!!

In this eerie and suspenseful YA, a teen girl discovers what connects her to the hotel she calls home as horrifying visions lead her to the truth.

Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls–and most horrifying of all–visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1905 involving a girl named Lea.

Nell and a mysterious bellboy must relive that day in hopes of finally breaking a curse that imprisons them both. And Nell discovers what truly links her to the history of the Winslow Grand Hotel.

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So, what is your most anticipated book of August? Share it in the comments!

Blog Tour: Storm Blown by Nick Courage (Spotlight Post)

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Storm Blown by Nick Courage (July 16, 2019, Delacorte Press)! This book looks absolutely epic, and I’m super excited to read it!

A major hurricane is raging across the southern United States, and two unsuspecting kids are about to have the adventure of a lifetime! Perfect for kids who love high-stakes plots and natural disaster movies, and anyone interested in extreme weather!

A little rain and wind don’t worry Alejo–they’re just part of life at the beach. As his padrino says, as long as there are birds in the waves, it’s safe. When people start evacuating, though, Alejo realizes things might be worse than he thought. And they are. A hurricane is headed straight for Puerto Rico.

Emily’s brother, Elliot, has been really sick. He can’t go outside their New Orleans home, so Emily decides to have an adventure for him. She’s on a secret mission to the tiny island Elliot loves. She’s not expecting to meet up with an injured goose or a shy turtle. And nothing has prepared her for Megastorm Valerie. Soon Alejo and Emily will be in Valerie’s deadly path. Who will survive?

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About the Author:
 
Nick Courage is a New Orleans-born writer (and aspiring skateboarder and baker) who splits his time between Brooklyn and Pittsburgh, where he lives with his wife and two cats. His work has recently appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Story, Writer’s Digest and Full Stop. The Loudness was his first novel for young readers and Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) will be publishing his second novel, Storm Blown, in the summer of 2019.

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Blog Tour: Wilder Girls by Rory Power (Spotlight Post)

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Wilder Girls by Rory Power (July 9, 2019, Delacorte Press)! This book looks absolutely epic, and I’m super excited to read it!

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

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About the Author:
 
 
Rory Power grew up in New England, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for TV adaptation. She received a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, and thinks fondly of her time there, partially because she learned a lot but mostly because there were a ton of bunnies on campus.
 
 

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Bookish Delight #17: Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston

Bookish Delight of the Month (Bookish Delight for short) is a monthly feature in which I’ll spotlight the number one book I’m most anticipating at the beginning of the month it releases. This could be a book I don’t have yet, or have an ARC of already – even a book I’m already reading (which is the case this month!) because it doesn’t matter whether I have it or not, or have read it or not – this is just all about me spotlighting the book I’m most excited for in a given month.

So, without further adieu, let’s get started!

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The book I’m most highly anticipating in July is… Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) by Ashley Poston!! IDK if it makes sense to be highly anticipating book two of a series when I haven’t read book one, but like.. ANASTASIA IN SPACE!!!! Need I say more? Besides, I went to a signing with Ashley Poston roughly a week ago (depending on when this post goes live…), and it was absolutely epic. So, like, yeah.. Can’t help it – highly anticipating it! Also.. THAT COVER, THOUGH!!!!

The highly awaited sequel to Heart of Iron, Soul of Stars is a thrilling sci-fi adventure packed with romance, shocking twists, and witty banter, perfect for fans of Six of Crows and Cinder.

Once, Ana was an orphaned space outlaw. Then she was the Empress of the Iron Kingdom. Now, thought dead by most of the galaxy after she escaped from the dark AI program called the HIVE, Ana is desperate for a way to save Di from the HIVE’s evil clutches and take back her kingdom.

Ana’s only option is to find Starbright, the one person who has hacked into the HIVE and lived to tell the tale. But when Ana’s desperation costs the crew of the Dossier a terrible price, Ana and her friends are sent spiraling through the most perilous reaches of the Iron Kingdom to stop the true arbiter of evil in her world: an ancient world-ending deity called the Great Dark.

Their journey will take the sharp-witted pilot, Jax, to the home he never wanted to return to, and the dangerous fate he left behind. And when Robb finds out who Jax really is, he must contend with his own feelings for the boy he barely knows, and whether he truly belongs with this group of outcasts.

When facing the worst odds, can Ana and her crew of misfits find a way to stop the Great Dark once and for all?

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So, what is your most anticipated book of July? Share it in the comments!

Blogoversary: Pandora’s Books is 6-Years-Old!

Happy 6th Birthday, Pandora’s Books!!!!!!

Wow… 6 years!! How has it been 6 years?!?!? This past year has been… busy and crazy and chaotic and insane and just… Basically, not much has changed since last year. So if you read my “Pandora’s Books is 5-Years-Old” post, you’ll have a pretty good idea what I’ve been dealing with in the last few years. As usual, I don’t want to get too personal or go into too many details, but… TL;DR: My life is still chaotic. I’m still working full-time. I’m still caring for both my sick parents full-time. And I’m still dealing with stress/depression/anxiety from all the above.

And I’m still trying to blog, among other things.

My schedule is very busy, and I’m super stressed and often exhausted, so I’m not reading OR blogging the way I used to. But I’m still trying. I still love it, and still consider it one of the few things I do for myself, for my self-care. I still love promoting amazing authors, and shouting to the rooftops about amazing books. I might not have as much time to do all that now, but I won’t stop unless it gets to a point where it’s no longer enjoyable. I won’t stop unless it starts to feel more like a burden than a fun hobby. I won’t stop unless I reach a point where it hurts more than it helps.

With that said: When it comes to reading and blogging, I DO need to start practicing some self-care. Looking back on the last six years, I feel like blogging HAS begun to effect the way I read and what I read. Because of the aforementioned lack of time/energy, I’m down to reading 1-3 books a month (I used to be able to read 6-8). And since I host the adult AND YA book clubs at work, at least 2 of those books each month are for work. All my review books are ones I’m DYING to read – I wouldn’t have requested them or picked them up at a convention if I wasn’t dying to read them – but I DO feel like I’m CONSTANTLY reading review books over “me” books (books I bought myself). It’s time I start mixing in some “me” books and reading what I want, when I want, without feeling guilty.

So as I reflect back on the last year of blogging, and look forward to what’s to come, I want to focus on myself and go Back to Basics when it comes to blogging. I still enjoy blogging, but I want blogging to BRING me joy again. To accomplish that, I just have to do a few simple things:

-Request fewer ARCs
-Read more “Me” books
-Find time to post all the fun, amazing posts I alluded to in last year’s post.
-Stop apologizing for things out of my control
-Stop feeling guilty when I have to say no to something

It’s that simple. Basic self care. I want my 7th Blogoversary post to be a celebration, to be filled with accomplishments, looking back at all the posts I shared and loved. I don’t want it to be ANOTHER reflection on how crappy life has been for me and my family. I don’t want it to be me chastising myself again, filled with regret and apologies and promising a better year. I just want it to BE a better year. This is my challenge to myself. It’s going to be a process – a journey – and I hope you lovely people are still willing to take this journey with me. You have been here for me through thick and thin, good and bad, joy and sorrow. And I hope you’ll continue to be there for me, and I promise to do my best to be there for you. I can’t predict how my life will go, but I’m going to hope for the best and try my best. Because that’s all I can do. So…

Sooo… Once again, that was WAY too personal and ranty and rambly and if you’re still reading this, THANK YOU. Thank you for everything. To show how grateful I am for everything, I have TWO giveaways.

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Review: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya MenonThere's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Series: Dimple and Rishi #2
Published by Simon Pulse on May 14, 2019
Pages: 384
Source: the publisher
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The irresistible companion novel to the New York Times bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them.

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

I finished this awhile ago, but I’ve put off reviewing it because I’ve been in a review slump and I feel like my reviews are just all babble and crap lately. However, I really loved this book and really wanted to get this review posted already. So.. Here goes nothing!

This book was beyond incredible. I really enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi, but I loved this book even more. Sweetie, as a fat girl, was so incredibly relatable. Many times while reading, I found myself nodding or crying – or both – to the things Sweetie said/felt, or the things other people said to her. ESPECIALLY HER MOTHER. Amma just… ARRGGHHH. OMG don’t even get me started.. I can’t even discuss this.. Not because of spoilers, but because I’ll get angry all over again and start crying.

I ADORED Ashish. And felt so bad for him. As much as I liked Rishi, I could tell right from the moment Ashish stepped onto the page (in When Dimple Met Rishi) that Rishi was too hard on him and too judgmental of his actions. But now, seeing Ashish’s cool, aloof self so broken up about Celia, it makes my heart break for him even more. He tries SO hard to act tough, but everyone has their limits.

Elijah and Oliver were BEYOND adorable. And I totally predicted Samir and Pinky would get a book before it was even announced – SO PUMPED FOR IT!!!!

The ending of this book was absolute, utter perfection. I loved it so much, I can’t even put it into words. Like… There’s so much more I want to say about this book, but… review slump. And babble. I want to avoid babbling like an idiot. I want to do this book justice. So I’m going to leave it here and just recommend the CRAP out of this book. Like, please please please read it. It was SO AMAZING!!!!

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Bookish Delight #16: The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

Bookish Delight of the Month (Bookish Delight for short) is a monthly feature in which I’ll spotlight the number one book I’m most anticipating at the beginning of the month it releases. This could be a book I don’t have yet, or have an ARC of already – even a book I’m already reading (which is the case this month!) because it doesn’t matter whether I have it or not, or have read it or not – this is just all about me spotlighting the book I’m most excited for in a given month.

So, without further adieu, let’s get started!

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The book I’m most highly anticipating in June is… The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil #1) by Gena Showalter! You guys… If you’ve been following me, my blog or my Twitter for any amount of time, you KNOW this book is my jam! I’m SO SUPER PUMPED, I CAN’T EVEN PUT IT INTO WORDS!!!!

Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil. A dream come true, and a living nightmare.

Evil isn’t born, it’s made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you’ve made.

Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except, fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future.

Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real life fairy tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.

Look. See… What will one peek hurt?

Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.

With powers beyond her imagination or control—and determined to change Fate itself—Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed.

As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after another, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Can she resist, or will she become the queen—and villain—she was born to be?

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So, what is your most anticipated book of June? Share it in the comments!

Spotlight Post: Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan (Giveaway)

Hey everyone! Season of the Witch – a prequel to the Netflix series, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” – comes out in just FOUR WEEKS (!!!!) on July 9, 2019 (Scholastic, Inc)! Have you checked it out/pre-ordered it yet???

It’s the summer before her sixteenth birthday, and Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change. She’s always studied magic and spells with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. But she’s also lived a normal mortal life — attending Baxter High, hanging out with her friends Susie and Roz, and going to the movies with her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle.

Now time is running out on her every day, normal world, and leaving behind Roz and Susie and Harvey is a lot harder than she thought it would be. Especially because Sabrina isn’t sure how Harvey feels about her. Her cousin Ambrose suggests performing a spell to discover Harvey’s true feelings. But when a mysterious wood spirit interferes, the spell backfires… in a big way.

Sabrina has always been attracted to the power of being a witch. But now she can’t help wondering if that power is leading her down the wrong path. Will she choose to forsake the path of light and follow the path of night?

Our exclusive prequel novel will reveal a side of Sabrina not seen on the new NETFLIX show. What choice will Sabrina make… and will it be the right one?

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