To Be Read Wednesday: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

To Be Read Wednesday: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

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Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Book Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Book Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2
Reading Format: Hardcover
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bone white. Blood red. Along this path, you’ll soon be dead.

Following the horrifying revelation of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees her home in Victorian London to enroll as the only female student in Europe’s most prestigious forensics school. But it’s impossible to find peace in the dark, unsettling Romanian castle that houses the school—and was also once home to the depraved Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Prince Dracula.

When a series of troubling deaths brings whispers of Vlad’s bloodthirsty return from the grave, Audrey Rose and her sharp-witted companion, Thomas Cresswell, must unravel the cryptic clues that will lead them to the shadowlike killer—living or dead.

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Anticipated Releases: October 2017

Anticipated Releases: October 2017

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

Release Date: October 10th, 2017

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Book Review: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Book Review: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Book Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Book Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, #1
Reading Format: Audible Audio
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness.”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

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Cover Reveal: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Cover Reveal: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Expected Release Date:
May 29th,2018

This cover! Oh my gosh. It is breathtaking. I am literally in heaven right now. The minute I saw the reveal I was screaming with delight, of course, and then when I saw the release date I was like, “Why do I have to wait so long?” but that reaction is normal for me when it comes to new book releases. I am so ready for 2018!

SYNOPSIS WILL COME SOON

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Book Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Book Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Book Title: Now I Rise
Author: Kiersten White
Book Series: The Conqueror’s Saga, #2
Reading Format: Hardcover
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐¹/₂ 

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.

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