Waiting on Wednesday: Serpent & Dove

Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Cover Designer: Sarah Kaufman
Cover Artist: Katt Phatt
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Synopsis: For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: a sacrificial altar, a ritual knife, and a wicked scar.

Lou’s death would have ended the ancient war between the Church and witches, but Lou refuses to become a martyr. Forsaking her coven, she escapes to the gloomy city of Cesarine and hides her magic as a thief in the criminal underworld. But life in Cesarine has its own dangers. Huntsmen roam the city revered as holy men. Witches burn without trial. And the Archbishop, the Church’s austere patriarch, revels in violence.

As a huntsman, Reid Diggory lives by one verse: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

He’s devoted his entire life to eradicating the occult and making his surrogate father, the Archbishop, proud. Finally given the chance to capture a witch of his own, Reid is devastated when a foul-mouthed thief thwarts him—and doubly devastated when she too disappears. Hell-bent on bringing her to justice, Reid vows she won’t escape again. But when Lou tricks him into public scandal trying to avoid capture, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Marriage to a huntsman could provide real protection from the witches—if Lou can convince Reid she isn’t one herself. The secret proves difficult to keep as Lou begins practicing magic in secret within the heart of the Church, determined to prepare for her mother’s inevitable return. As time passes, however, Lou discovers yet another danger lurking: her own growing feelings for her husband. But Reid is still dangerous. He’s just as likely to tie her to the stake as defend her if he learns her true identity. With enemies closing in—and more than her own life at stake—Lou must decide who she can trust before it’s too late…and she’s not the only one with a secret.


For real though, I am currently dying for this book! EpicReads had a cover reveal post about it last week and described it as “A slow-burn romance between witch and huntsman, sworn enemies forced to marry if they want to survive. Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.” SLOW BURN! ENEMIES TO LOVERS!

I pre-ordered this book the moment I read that synopsis. And that cover y’all…DAT COVER THO! (that’s how the young kids say it, right?) That cover deserves a place of honor on my book shelves.

All I know is I’ll be stalking my mail person on September 3rd for my copy.

Pre-order links can be found on the publisher’s website.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Couples

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Favorite Book Couples! Okay, so…I kinda did this last week for my Friday Favorites post. BUT that post was short because I was having a meltdown over trying to figure out stupid InLinkz. So, here is a more comprehensive list of all the folks who make me swoon HARD!

FYI: This is a list of couples. Which means there are spoilers for who ends up with who. I don’t go into any deep spoilers of the books but I obviously name the couplings. The books discussed are: Godsgrave, North and South, The Wicked King, Mistborn Era 2, Mistborn (the original trilogy), The Last Magician, Red Rising Saga, Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, and The Infernal Devices.

  • Margaret and Mr. Thornton (North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell) – Okay, yes, a lot of this is based off the fact that I swooned HARD over Richard Armitage as Mr. Thornton in the BBC miniseries. But I still love these two!
  • Jude and Carden (The Wicked King by Holly Black) – HEAR ME OUT! Yes, Jude and Carden are toxic AF and I certainly don’t want a relationship like theirs…but it is SO FUN TO READ! It’s the whole watching a car accident thing, you know you shouldn’t be looking but you can’t tear your eyes away from the carnage. Give me that dramarama on the page, but not in reality.
  • Mia and Ashlinn (Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff) – Y’all, I did not see this relationship coming but damned if I didn’t love it the second it happened.
  • Wax and Steris (Mistborn Era 2 by Brandon Sanderson) – I have the worst memory so I can’t go into much of why I love these two I just know that when I think of them I get a sad little ache in my heart.
  • Vin and Elend (Mistborn Original Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson) – I DARE YOU TO FIND ME A MORE PERFECT COUPLE!
  • Esta and Harte (The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell) – Another that I can’t talk much about because the details are lost to time and crappy memory. But I do know there was antagonism and snark and that’s just how I like my bookish couples to start.
  • Sevro and Victra (Red Rising by Pierce Brown) – I love love love these two and if Brown harms either of them in the upcoming Red Rising saga books I WILL RIOT!
  • Alanna and George (Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce) – these two are so damn cute and if I remember correctly there is much snark shared betwixt these two.
  • Daine and Numair (The Immortals quartet by Tamora Pierce) – Sooooooooooo…this one is maybe a teensy bit problematic with the age difference but WHATEVER! I think it was handled pretty well and I just don’t care because NUMAIR IS BAE!
  • Will, Tessa, and Jem (The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare) – These three give me ALL THE FEELS! This series makes me ugly sob every time I read it. Every. Single. Time.

I may be a bitter spinster but I do love to read about love! Who are some of your favorite literary couples?

Friday Favorites: Fictional Couples

Good Morning, my dear bookish people, and HAPPY FRIDAY!! I’ve been working on a project at work that is outside of my normal job and it has been kicking my brain right in it’s little brain pants. And my brain is in even worse shape now because I just spent an hour trying to figure out how to use InLinkz but like…I could not get it to work how I’ve seen it on other blogs. So for now, keep dropping your links in my comments and I’ll add them to the post. I know it’s kind of a pain, but I’m trying to figure out InLinkz for next week. My blood pressure is like through the roof right now from trying to make it WORK *flips table and walks away, mumbling about how things don’t work like they should*

Wow, I really ramble sometimes…MOVING ON!

Since we are in the “love” month the rest of the prompts for February shall be romantic in nature. Which considering my bitter spinsterhood is surprising. But I love a bit of love in my books. And this week we celebrate our favorite fictional couples. I’m going to be brief with my couples since I’ve already rambled quite a bit but I want to first say this post will contain spoilers for Doctor Who, The Infernal Devices, and Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2). I try really hard not to flat out say any spoilers, but in generally this post is kinda spoiler-y.

LAST WARNING: Spoilers for Doctor Who, The Infernal Devices, and Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

River Song and The Doctor

You might be thinking “But Kibby, this is a book blog? What’s with this television couple?” Well, I’m cheating a bit. When I started thinking of couple for this post the FIRST couple that popped into my head is River Song and the Doctor. And to be fair, there are Doctor Who books. Not that I’ve read any of them…but I know they exist.

From the moment River Song graced my screen in the Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead episodes, I knew that I was in love. And then the ending happened and I was BROKEN. Those who know me know that I have a particular appreciation for love stories that make me scream, sob, and generally question the cruelty of the fictional world. Honestly, just saying the phrase “Time can be re-written” makes me get all verklempt.

I am a big lover of time travel in general and the concept of a love story between two time travelers who never meet in the right order is just CATNIP for me. (Yes, I’ve read the Time Traveler’s Wife and LOVED it!) River and The Doctor are just so damn good together. I love the chemistry that River has with each of the Doctors, though I would have loved to see more of her with 12 (good god, the sass between those two is addictive). But at the end of the day, River and the Doctor are my forever OTP. (side note: I am 100% doing a River Song episode marathon this weekend)

Henry and Charlotte Branwell (The Infernal Devices)

Bet you thought I’d be talking about Tessa, Will, and Jem when I mentioned The Infernal Devices earlier, huh? Well, as much as I love that trio, Henry and Charlotte are the purest of pure cinnamon roll couples for me. They balance each other so wonderfully and every interaction between them in TID chipped away at the ice that encases my heart.

Chaol and Celaena (Throne of Glass, specifically Crown of Midnight)

Chaol and Celaena, as they were in Crown of Midnight, were one of my favorite fictional couples ever. And as I loved them coming together and being ridiculously happy, I also kinda loved the intensely tragic way they fell apart. Celaena attacking Chaol? “You will never be my friend. You will always be my enemy.”? The goodbye at the docks and the revelation Chaol gets? Ugh, I want to go reread this book now! So many people hate on Crown of Midnight but it will always be my favorite book in the Throne of Glass series. This is the hill I will die on.

Who are some of your favorite fictional couples?

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Friday Favorites: Books to reread

Hello, hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites! (if you are interested in joining in go here for the list of topics!) This week is a topic that is near and dear to my heart: books to reread! I know a lot of people don’t like to reread books because it keeps them from tackling the massive TBRs we book people tend to accumulate. For me though, there are some books that just dig their claws into my soul and I can’t help but want to revisit them.

In order to not let my TBR grow wild while I reread, I do all my rereads via audiobook. (Soapbox moment: AUDIOBOOKS COUNT AS READING. This is my opinion, I will not argue with people about it, and if this bothers you then kindly walk away. I’ve seen too much drama over this and I’m not here for drama. Sorry, but I feel quite strongly about this ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) I find that rereads via audio can give a whole other dimension to an already beloved story if the narrator is good enough. Okay, enough of me rambling. Let’s get to the good stuff!

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Narrated by a full cast…and sound effects…it’s the best thing ever)

The audiobooks of this series are so damn good I hardly know how to function when I listen to it. I’m not going to go into huge detail here because I’m working on a full blown blog post to exclaim about the sheer glory of these audiobooks, but let me just say: these audiobooks have blown my mind in the best possible and I will never be the same.

Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown (Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds)

The Red Rising trilogy is brutal, brilliant, and so intensely emotional at times that I can barely stand it. Now imagine dialing that up to 11. That’s what Tim Gerard Reynolds does with his narration of this epic sci-fi trilogy. Reynolds’ voice evokes even more emotion from this story which is already ripe with sorrow, rebellion, joy, and pain. Reynolds has firmly established himself as one of my favorite narrators and I hope to listen to more books with his narration in the near future.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas (Narrated by Elizabeth Evans)

Never in all my listening, have I ever heard a narrator that more embodied the main character than Elizabeth Evans does with Throne of Glass. She IS the voice of Aelin. Evans is perfect for the snarky, self-confident, yet vulnerable voice of Aelin. I know that Throne of Glass is a “love it or hate it” series for most, but I hugely recommend trying the audiobook of Throne of Glass.

Mistborn (Original Trilogy and Era 2) by Brandon Sanderson (Narrated by Michael Kramer)

The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson is damn near perfect. Add on narration by audiobook royalty, Michael Kramer, and you’ve got yourself perfection. I’ve actually only ever listen to these books, never read the physical copies. I’m going through and rereading the original trilogy right now with my reading group, the Sanderson Sisters, and am loving every minute of it.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Narrated by Stephen Fry)

I should first point out that the audiobooks of Harry Potter available in the US are narrated by Jim Dale. I’m sure he is a perfectly acceptable narrator but Stephen Fry, who narrates the HP books outside of the US, is so utterly phenomenal that I refuse to listen to any other narrator for this series. He nails so many of the different voices but still manages to imbue the story with that hint of whimsy that I associate with Fry. I sadly didn’t get a chance to do a reread of this series last year and I certainly will not let another year pass without listening to these books. HP FOREVER!

Honorable Mentions (aka audio rereads that I love but don’t have the brain power to write about )

  • Ready Player One and Armada by Ernest Cline (Narrated by Wil Wheaton
  • The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (narrated by Nick Podehl)
  • The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce (narrated by a full cast)
  • The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (narrated by James Marsters)

Do any of you like to reread books? If so, which ones are your favorite rereads? And if you’ve done a Friday Favorites post be sure to drop a comment so I can add it to the post list!

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Happy Friday, y’all! Wishing you a many blissful hours of reading this weekend!

January Wrap Up and February TBR

Well, bookish peoples, we have completed the first month of 2019. WHAT IN THE ACTUAL HECK? HOW IS TIME DOING THIS? *cough* Okay, I’m good now.

I’ve always been bad at keeping track of my book reading and buying, so I’ve never been one for monthly wrap ups, hauls, and TBRs. But this year I am trying to be more mindful of my consumption of books. So, welcome to my first attempt at a wrap up/haul/TBR on this little blog of mine.

January Wrap Up
Books Acquired: 11

Books Bought:

ARCs Recieved:

  • Enchantée by Gita Trelease
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  • To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  • Smoke and Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg (I got this through the Amazon First Reads program)
  • Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao (I just found out last night that this book is being pulled from publication at the current time so I won’t be counting it towards my stats for the month)

Books Read: 6 + 3 in progress

  • Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty | ALL THE STARS! Read my review here
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner | 3 Stars! Read my review here
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa | 4.25 Stars! Read my review here
  • Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller | 1.5 Stars! Read my review here
  • The Armored Saint by Myke Cole | 4.5 Stars! Read my review here
  • (Audio Reread) Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | 4.5 stars for the story, 5 stars for the audiobook performance (review for book is here, I’m actually working on a separate review of the audiobooks because holy hell are they good!)
  • In ProgressEnchantée by Gita Trelease | I am enjoying this book so damn much. Good chance this will be a 4.5 or 5 star read for me. As I said to Sabreena over at Books and Prosecco: The writing is so decadent, and it literally makes me want to drink champagne while I read.  
  • In Progress – (Audio Reread) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Since this is a reread I can still hold true to my 4 star rating of the book. I am confident in saying that I’ll be giving the audiobook performance a 5 star for this one as well.
  • In Progress – (Audio Reread) The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. I’m doing this as a buddy read with my Sanderson Sisters. Two of them haven’t read this one before and one has. Really, I can consider myself as having not read it either because with the exception of a few random moments (and one BIG MOMENT from the end), I don’t remember much at all.

So, I’ve read six books and am in the process of finishing 3 more. Darn, I was hoping to read more than I acquired this month. Oh well, at least it’s not a huge gap in numbers. I wonder how I’ll do next month since it is a short one…


February TBR

My original plan for February was to read only books with tragic love stories. But then ARCs happened and I have a few that I need to get read and review ASAP. So, I have some heart breakers and some ARCs (which may also be heartbreakers *crosses fingers*)…and some books to finish from last month…

So, that’s the plan. I am pretty notorious for never sticking to a strict TBR, but I think I might be able to do it this month. GO TEAM TBR!

How did y’all do this month?

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR Additions!

Oh hello Tuesday! Aren’t you just going so splendidly!! I didn’t think it was possible for a perfect day to exist! (FYI: I’m pre-writing this post so I’m trying to send out positive vibes to the future)

This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List! (I’m interpreting this as additions to my owned TBR) I’m trying to be better about buying books this year since I have the tendency to buy more books than I read. I have recently had a few additions to my TBR thanks to ARCs and some gift cards because those totally don’t count against my unofficial book buying ban.

  • The Binding by Bridget Collins – So, technically this one doesn’t come out in the US until April, but I ordered a copy from Book Depository because I CANNOT WAIT on this one. Go read the synopsis and try to tell me you don’t want to read this book immediately.
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Do I even need to explain myself with this one? IT’S NIKOLAI FREAKING LANTSOV!
  • The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden – So I’ve had The Bear and the Nightingale on my shelves for ages, but I just bought the last two books in the trilogy. I’m hoping to binge read them in March, while it’s still a bit chilly outside.
  • Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I was on the fence with this one for a while. There is a lot of hype around it and like I mentioned earlier, I’m trying to buy too many new books. But I’m in the middle of Enchantee right now and I’m really feeling the whole french themed story thing.
  • The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories by Various Authors – I blame this one on my deep love of The Daevabad Trilogy and the kindle sale I found it on. I’m trying to get into more short stories this year so hopefully I get to this one sooner rather than later.
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee – I cannot begin to describe how stoked I am to get to read this one. It sounds like it has a good mix of science and magic and I do love me a good mash up.
  • Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames – I bought this book thinking that it wasn’t part of a series…I was wrong? I feel like I’ve read people saying I don’t need to read Kings of the Wyld first but I don’t remember where I read that. And honestly, my brain could have been making it up just so I could buy this flipping gorgeous cover.
  • The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera – I have been eyeing this book for a little over a year. I finally pulled the trigger on buying it because the cover just draws me in and promises an epic story.
  • To Best the Boys by Mary Weber – This books sounds all kinds of intriguing. Girls dressing up as boys to enter a scholarship competition that is only for men. Oh, and the competition is a maze! So much yes!
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen – Let me just say that I audibly gasped when I opened my mail the other week and saw this ARC waiting for me. Ever since I read the synopsis I have been aching to read this. It’s not out until July but I’m reading this the moment I am done with any Feb/March ARCs that I have.

What are some books you’ve added to your TBR recently?

Friday Favorites: Teacher/Mentor Characters

Hello, hello and welcome to another Friday Favorites! This week’s topic is Teacher/Mentor Characters. This is one of those topics that I know I’m going to realize like five other characters I want to add to the list after I post this. I love teacher/mentor characters but I also have a garbage memory, so the fact I could think of six is a darn miracle.

REMEMBER: If you have a Friday Favorites post of your own, drop the link in the comments so I can add it to the post list I’ll be making at the bottom of this post!


Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter

Professor McGonagall is the teacher I wish I’d had at some point in my academic career. She is snarky AF, fierce AF, and 100% would have kicked my ass into line. It doesn’t hurt that she was portrayed in the movies by Maggie Smith who is one of my favorite actresses (can I also mention how amazing she is as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey?). If Rowling had killed McGonagall, I would have rioted. As much as I dislike all the additions to the HP universe, I wouldn’t be against a McGonagall origin story.

Mercurio and Chronicler Aelius from Nevernight

Mercurio is that grumpy, verging on cruel, mentor character that I love. For some reasons I love tough love in a book (but not real life…I’ll start crying if someone barely raises their voice to me. I’m the worst.) and Mercurio definitely deals some tough love to Mia. Chronicler Aelius is actually the character that inspired this prompt for me. I don’t know what it is about librarian characters that just always stand out to me. The Chronicler always seems to have a wise word and a good smoke for Mia.

Jeremy Danvers from Bitten

As an Alpha werewolf in Bitten, Jeremy Danvers is both mentor and teacher to many characters in the book. I will be 100% honest with you and admit that I originally thought of Jeremy for this list purely because I have such a book crush on him. But I confirmed with my resident Kelley Armstrong fan over on #bookstagram that Jeremy definitely fits the bill for this topic.

Kelsier from Mistborn

*sigh* Oh, Kelsier. He was just a man, but oh what a man he was. He is not only the lead of the crew tasked with killing a god, but he teaches our main girl, Vin, how to be a kick ass Mistborn. Kel could give Kaz Brekker a run for his money with plots behind plots. While Kel is a fantastic leader of men, he really shines as the teacher to Vin. He teaches her so much, not just about her Mistborn powers, but how to trust and become comfortable in herself.

Numair and the Badger God from The Immortals Quartet

I feel the need to admit that this is kind of a hot for teacher entry for Numair. He was one of my first book boyfriends. All powerful mage with a mysterious past and a bit of a reputation for being a ladies man? Yeah, sign me the heck up. And I couldn’t not include the Badger God, because he is a grumpy god and a badger. Basically a grumpy Hufflepuff, like me.

Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Okay, yeah, sure…Giles is technically from a TV series, but there are books based on the show and that’s the loophole I’m jumping into so I can feature one of my favorite characters of all time. Giles deals with a lot of shit from the Scoobies and reacts with anything from genuine, caring wisdom to scathing snark. He’s got a dark, mysterious past and a great signing voice. And I’m starting to realize I’m just focusing on all the things that make me have a crush on him instead of how awesome he is a as a mentor and teacher to Buffy and the Scoobies. I’m pretty sure that if Giles hadn’t been around, Sunnydale would have fallen to one of the many apocalypses.

And for good measure, here are some extra Giles gifs because I couldn’t choose my favorite:


So, there is my list of favorites for the week! Do you have any beloved teacher/mentor characters?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

When I read the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) I actually laughed out loud. There are so many more than ten books I meant to read in 2018. So. Many. More. But here are the Top Ten (out of the like 200)

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

I’ve had these books on my shelves for…4 years, I think. I have been gently yelled at numerous times by some of my booksta friends to get on this series. I had originally been determined to get to it in 2018. But…well…here we are…

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I have a soft spot for books that emotionally destroy me and I’ve been told this one will do just that. I bought this with the intention of reading it immediately but honestly it worked out that I didn’t get to this one in 2018. I’ve decided to read nothing but heart breaking books in February and this one is definitely on the list.

Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch

“What would have happened if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz.” That’s the blurb on the cover of this book. HOW COULD I HAVE NOT READ THIS YET??? I LOVE cop procedural TV series, especially British ones, and I am definitely a Harry Potter fan. I feel like I’ll be pretty pissed at myself for not getting to this series last year like I intended.

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

This is my “forever on the TBR” series. I’m like 99% sure I’ll love it and I had really good intentions of getting to it in 2018. We all know what the road to TBR hell is paved in…


Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

This is another series that I’ve been told will wreck me. I want to be wrecked. I need to be wrecked. But apparently I didn’t want to be wrecked enough to pick this one up in 2018.



The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell

I LOVED The Last Magician. LOVED! Give me all the Harte Darrigan. So even though I was totally anticipating the sequel, I never picked it up when it was released in 2018 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

NUMAIR IS THE OG BAE! Well, maybe not true OG, but it sounds good and I’m sticking with it. He was one of my favorite characters in the Tortall books and I about lost my mind when I found out there was going to be a series focusing on him. But have I read it yet? OF COURSE NOT *facepalm*

The Falconer series by Elizabeth May

Scottish lore and steampunk and Fae? WHY HAVEN’T I READ THIS SERIES YET? Someone tell me!






The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

Another one from my forever TBR. I thought 2018 was going to be the year, but I was wrong.






Keiko series by Mike Brooks

I’ve been told this series has a Firefly feel and y’all, that is the quickest way to get me to buy a book. I LOVE Sci Fi, but I’m super picky about it. But if there bounty hunters or smugglers or anything along those lines involved I will try it out. I bought the whole trilogy last year but have yet to touch a single page because I am the literal worst.

Friday Favorites: Old School YA

Hello my dear bookish people and welcome to another Friday Favorites! And this week is one of my most anticipate topics: OLD SCHOOL YA!! I decided this was any YA books released before 2000, which honestly makes me feel terribly old. Be prepared for a me screaming a lot about books I loved (and still love) when I was but a young whippersnapper.

Basically anything by LJ Smith

I almost put LJ Smith down at the bottom as a saving the best for last kind of thing. But just in case people don’t make it through the whole post, I at bare minimum wanted the takeaway from this post to be MY DEEP AND UNDYING LOVE FOR LJ SMITH. These books were not only my best friends in high school, but also my introduction to paranormal books. I reread each of the trilogies and the Nightworld books at least 10 times each in high school. I used to come home from school, do my homework, and then I read one of the books before I went to bed. These books are my happy place and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Fearless by Franscine Pascal

Oh my, this series. THIS. DAMN. SERIES. It’s been a long damn time since I’ve read these books but the main thing I remember is the main character, Gaia, doesn’t have the “fear gene” which makes her kind of super powered in that fear never holds her back. That was a terrible way to explain it, but that’s what I’ve got. I also remember a very dramatic and romantically tense scene between Gaia and Sam (the love interest) that involves rain and chess. Hm…I need to go buy this series again (I just looked it up and holy heck the series got up to 36 books. I originally read up to maybe the 20s). Yep, I need rain and chess in my life again. I’m gonna go search for these books.

Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater Rhodes

Another book I read over and over and over again in my teens. It was one of those books that just clicked so hard with me. The main character is a social outcast and secretly published author of paranormal fiction who feels more intune with the demons in her stories than with her schoolmates. THAT’S WHO I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL…minus the published part. This book and the other in the series are wicked short and damnit I want to reread it now…

The Alanna Quartet and Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce

I’m not sure I could call myself a fan of old school YA if I didn’t include some Tamora Pierce books on my list. I recently reread the Immortals Quartet and I was reminded of how awesome Pierce’s books are. I feel like Tamora Pierce was the beginning (at least for me) of strong female characters in YA novels.


The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike

This whole series is wild and honestly I am so here for it. I really don’t know what else to say about them. It was a very interesting take on vampires and felt very unique to me at the time.






Fear Street by RL Stine

I legitimately want to know why my mother was okay with me reading these as young as I did. All the Fear Street books are pretty damn horrific and graphic. One of my memoreis from these books is a girl stabbing her sister through the heart with knitting needles. LIKE, WHAT THE HECK?? But I loved them and read a ton of these books. The thing that amuses me the most is I cannot stand horror or graphic violence now that I’m an adult.

Goddess of the Night (Daughters of the Moon Series) by Lynne Ewing

This series was such a part of my late high school years. Each of the main characters had an aspect of who I wanted to be, especially the goddess powers, and I just wanted to be part of this squad. Also, this series has one heck of a bad boy romance and there is nothing I love more than a bad buy falling for one of the good girls.



So, I had to include a couple of honorable mentions. These are books that I LOVED but were technically published after 2000:

Gifted Touch (Fingerprints Series) by Melinda Metz (2001)
Book of Shadows (Sweep Series) by Cate Tiernan (2001)
So Mote it Be (Circle of Three series) by Isobel Bird (2001)

Do you have any old school YA books or series that you love? Let me know in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Good Morning bookish peoples! Lightning fast post coming to you today because I am way behind in my blog planning (thanks to my back actively trying to kill me) and I’m typing this up on my morning work break.

The theme for today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is Most Anticipated Releases for the first half of 2019. I’m going to try to not scream AURORA RISING, but I make no promises.


The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Release Date: April 2

On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?


THIS GIVE ME ALL THE STRANGER THINGS VIBES AND I CANNOT HANDLE IT!


The Binding by Bridget Collins
Release Date: April 16 (though it looks like it released January 10 in the UK and you can bet your butts I’ll be ordering it through book depository)

Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.
Forever.

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed, and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.


Um, YES PLEASE!


Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins
Release Date: February 5

Seattle, 1913 // Dorothy is trapped. Forced into an engagement to a wealthy man just so she and her mother can live comfortably for the rest of their days, she’ll do anything to escape. Including sneaking away from her wedding and bolting into the woods to disappear.

New Seattle, 2077 // Ash is on a mission. Rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel—so together they can put things right in their devastated city. But searching for one man means endless jumps through time with no guarantee of success.

When Dorothy collides with Ash, she sees it as her chance to start fresh—she’ll stow away in his plane and begin a new life wherever they land. Then she wakes up in a future that’s been ripped apart by earthquakes and floods; where vicious gangs rule the submerged city streets and a small group of intrepid travelers from across time are fighting against the odds to return things to normal. What Dorothy doesn’t know is that she could hold the key to unraveling the past—and her arrival may spell Ash’s ultimate destruction.


Hi, my name is Kibby, and I’m addicted to Time Travel.


Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter
Release Date: March 19

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.


I’m not sure I can describe how much I want this book. Like…damn…


The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
Release Date: February 5

Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong, and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.


Did anyone read Princess Nevermore? I loved that book when I was a young whippersnapper, and this gives me similar vibes.


Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Release Date: April 2

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.


Alex, I’ll take “YA Chinese-inspired fantasy that has been compared to Game of Thrones” for $800.


Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Release Date: February 12

A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887. 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.


Supernatural visions to track down a killer? YES PLEASE!


The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey
Release Date: April 16, 2019

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.


So, I have yet to read a Cindy Anstey book, but I own like 3 of them and they sound like things I will love. And this one is no different (except for the fact that I don’t own it yet).


Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
Release Date: June 4

A fugitive princess with the power to control blood. A black-hearted conman with no past and no future. An Empire spiraling into darkness. A world worth saving.

The Cyrilian Empire: a glittering white sprawl of frozen tundras and ancient, snow-capped forests, where ice spirits roam beneath the flickering northern lights, and where slavers hunt Affinites — those born with powers to manipulate elements.

Born with an horrifying Affinity to blood, Anastacya Mikhailov has never believed herself to be anything more than a monster. Her curse rings true when an accident in the dead of the night results in the death of her father, the Emperor of Cyrilia — and she is sentenced for his murder.

But Ana knows what she saw that night: the scent of poison in Papa’s blood, and the face of a murderer vanishing into the dark.

Alone, hunted, and on the run, Ana makes a bargain with Ramson Quicktongue, a handsome yet dangerous underground crime lord: help her find the true murderer and clear her name in exchange for her alliance.

When Ana’s search lands her in the lair of the most powerful slave trader in the Empire, she uncovers a horrifying truth. A new monarch stands poised to lead the empire to a path of hatred and divisiveness, and Ana must stop her before Cyrilia falls to darkness. But first, she must come to terms with the monster she thinks she is and the heir she was destined to be.

In a world where the princess is the monster, oppression is blind to skin color, and good and evil exist in shades of gray… comes a dark Anastasia retelling that explores love, loss, fear, and divisiveness, and how ultimately it is our choices that define who we are.


I recently got confirmation that I’ll be getting an ARC of this and I most certainly did a ridiculous happy dance. CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS!


AURORA RISING

By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Release Date: May 7

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic


Look, I tried to not scream about this one again. I really did. But I’m listing to Kaufman and Kristoff’s previous collaboration (Illuminae Files, currently about halfway through my Gemina reread) and I cannot get over how much I FREAKING LOVE THESE TWO AUTHORS! I need Aurora Rising in my life SO MUCH. So. Very. Much.