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Friday, October 19, 2018


I've really been feeling the witchy reads lately, which is a good thing, because there have been a lot of them coming out. Bring on the Year of the Witch!

Make sure to skip down to the bottom of this post, for further witchy recommendations!

Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling

Alyce's mother has just been burnt at the stake for practicing witchcraft. With only a thin set of instructions and a witch's mommet for guidance, Alyce must face the world that she's been sealed off from -- a world of fear and superstition. With a witch hunter fast on her trail, she'll need the help of an innkeeper and a boy looking to discover the truth behind his own mother's past.

But as her journey continues, another war rages: a hidden war of the supernatural, of the living and the dead. Good and evil are blurred, and nobody's motives can be trusted. And Alyce finds herself thrown unwillingly into the conflict. Struggling to understand her own powers, she is quickly drawn into a web of secret, lies, and dark magic that could change the fate of the world she is just coming to know.
This dark, twisty, and thrillingly original debut will leave readers entranced in its suspenseful plot and rich prose.

Seventh Born by Monica Sanz

Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she's the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium's Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he'll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she'll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn't the only thing that makes a witch burn.

The Hidden Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag

Aster and his family are adjusting to his unconventional talent for witchery; unlike the other boys in his family, he isn't a shapeshifter. He's taking classes with his grandmother and helping to keep an eye on his great-uncle whose corrupted magic wreaked havoc on the family.

Meanwhile, Aster's friend from the non-magical part of town, Charlie, is having problems of her own -- a curse has tried to attach itself to her. She runs to Aster and escapes it, but now the friends must find the source of the curse before more people -- normal and magical alike -- get hurt.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in this New York Times bestselling novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern-day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.

Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials—and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

FIERCE READS Winter '19 Unboxing!

I know we're just really digging into Fall, but it's already time to take a look at what's coming out in next year's cold, cold winter months! At least cold weather makes for the best snuggle-up-and-read -ing times, right?

Let me know which of these you are most curious about, which you'd like to see early reviews of, and which winter/spring books you are most looking forward to for 2019!

Last Girl Lied To
Small Town Hearts
Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse
The Beast Player

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Atmospheric Autumn Reading Recommendations!

Although I firmly believe you should read whatever you want, whenever you want, I can't deny that certain books just say 'FALL' to me...

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Accident Season
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
The Replacement
The Lost
Blood & Salt

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Moodboard: The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

It feels like I've been talking about The Boneless Mercies for ages now. Maybe because I kind of have. From a stunning cover, intriguing and catchy title, to the fact that it's a gender-flipped take on Beowulf, there were a lot of things that had this book on my must-read list.

So obviously, I was more than happy to be part of the book's official blog tour, especially since it meant getting to do something that I don't do often: creating a mood board.

I'm the last leg of the tour, so make sure to check out all of the other great stops! I'll be talking more about my thoughts on the book very soon, but until then, here's a little sneak peek of what you're in for with this atmospheric feminist fantasy...

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Get it here.

A dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory.
Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully.

But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


I AM SO BEHIND at life.
So we're combining ye olde Sept book haul with my TBR for the month of October, which is so overgrown and unachievable for me, especially at this time of year, but... eh? whatever.

Also, I still can't find my tripod. =/

Witch Born
City of Ghosts
The Agony House
Girl in a Bad Place

everything mentioned above, probably, but also:
Lost Soul, Be At Peace
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
The Storm Runner
Freedom Trials
The Boneless Mercies
Hearts Unbroken
and maybe another ebook, hopefully something that's calling to me from my shelves, and just... who knows? I'm feeling over-ambitious and likely setting myself up for failure.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

30 Day Book Binge FREE PRINTABLES!

As I mentioned last week, the 6th (sixth!!) round of 30 Day Book Binge is beginning -- right now! Today! Right this minute!

And of course, as has become tradition, I've made a printable calendar, set of bookmarks, and a daily log all as free printables for those of you who are participating!

The theme this month is pumpkins (who'da thought?), but you should probably expect some more free printables to pop up throughout the month, I'm just saying. . .

Also, I've had some requests to do a Monday-start calendar, so in the printables folder, you'll find TWO versions of this month's calendar, one starting on Sunday, and one starting on Monday. Who loves ya, baby?  

Click through to the printables folder to download your free calendar, reading log, and bookmark set!
And as I said, make sure to check back throughout the month — or follow the hashtag #30DayBookBinge so you don't miss anything! — because I have plans so hopefully there should be more! (fingers crossed)

I do hope you'll join me for the world's most chill reading challenge this month! There's something about Fall that just seems so... readerly to me, so I think it's the perfect time to join in, if you haven't yet taken the plunge. Make sure to share what you're reading, get some encouragement, and cheer other readers on on social media with the hashtag #30DayBookBinge.

Enjoy your printables!

Thursday, September 27, 2018


It's that time again!
Join me for the #30DayBookBinge, the most low-key, low-presh book "challenge" ever.

More info here at bit.ly/30DayBookBinge
(post with printables will be live on the 1st)
or follow along on social media with the hashtag #30DayBookBinge!

Hope to see you joining in this month!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Time for another backlist love! This one is another deviation from the norm, in that we're looking at books I *haven't* read, but just had to have, for some reason? And yet they're just sitting untouched on my shelves... Also, Amazon informs me that I actually own multiple copies of not 1, but TWO of these books!

(Amazon also informs me that two of the three are on sale! So that's probably why...)

Thief's Covenant, Ari Marmell, vlog, backlist love, book blog, ya books, The Book Rat, BookRatMisty
Once she was Adrienne Satti. An orphan of Davillon, she had somehow escaped destitution and climbed to the ranks of the city's aristocracy in a rags-to-riches story straight from an ancient fairy tale. Until one horrid night, when a conspiracy of forces--human and other--stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder. Today she is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillon's underbelly with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdershins herself. It's not a great life, certainly nothing compared to the one she once had, but it's hers.

But now, in the midst of Davillon's political turmoil, an array of hands are once again rising up against her, prepared to tear down all that she's built. The City Guard wants her in prison. Members of her own Guild want her dead. And something horrid, something dark, something ancient is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go.

Widdershins and Olgun are going to find answers, and justice, for what happened to her--but only if those who almost destroyed her in those years gone by don't finish the job first.

Angelfall, Penryn, Susan Ee,  vlog, backlist love, book blog, ya books, The Book Rat, BookRatMisty
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Sweet Venom, Tera Lynn Childs, vlog, backlist love, book blog, ya books, The Book Rat, BookRatMisty
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.


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