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January 2018 TBR

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So it is January tomorrow! Which is crazy! but let’s jump into this year with an ambitious TBR, shall we!

I am participating in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, so all of the books on that TBR post will also be on here.



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So that is my TBR for January! I can’t wait for most of these books!

What is on your TBR? Have you read any of these?!

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2018 Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR

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You guys are going to get 2 TBRs in 1 day as I am doing this TBR and my normal monthly TBR for Jan! But oh well! There is just so much going on lately!

So the Winter Biannual Bibliothon is going from the 20th till 26th of Jan. For all the info about it including links, video challenges and anything else I could find, please check out my ReadAThon guide for Jan as I go into full details and I’m not going to do it again here!
ReadAThon Guide – Jan 2018



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1. Read the group book
2. Read a sequel
3. Read a book that you have never heard of before
4. Read a book about mental illness
5. Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/TV Show
6. Read a book under 200 pages
7. Read a backlist book

You can use 1 book for up to 2 challenges, I am going to pick 7 individual books for the 7 challenges, however when it gets to the ReadAThon and I’m running behind I might do some doubling up!



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Otherworld is the Group Book for the WBB, so obviously I will be reading it.

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This one is for Read a sequel. This book could also be used for the Read a backlist book, if I choose to double up when the ReadAThon comes.

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This is for the challenge Read a book that you have never heard of before.
So to find this book I went to Scribd, which if you don’t know is a monthly subscription service where you pay a certain amount and get 3 eBook credits and 1 audiobook credit a month. So all I did was go on Scribd, go into the Fantasy section and have a look at some of the books that came up and this is what I chose. I went through a fair few before choosing this one but they either had bad reviews or sounded very romance based.

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This is for the challenge Read a book with mental Illness.
So I’m not actually 100% sure if this book deals with mental illness but it came up in a list of mental illness books and I own it. So I chose it.

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So, I couldn’t think of any off the top of my head that I hadn’t already read, so I just googled it and found an awesome discussion post on Goodreads as this same prompt was one of the prompts in 2017 Advanced PopSugar Reading Challenge. So that was handy! You can find that HERE if you need some help! I choose Alice as it was listed a couple times as mentioned in different books! I also thought afterwards that an easy book for this could be either Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as they are all mentioned in the Harry Potter books obviously!!

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This is for the challenge Read a book under 200 pages. According to Goodreads, this is over 200 but according to the copy I have, it is under. So it counts!

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This is for the challenge Read a Backlist book. They are counting any book released prior to 2017 as backlist. So this definitely counts as it was released in 1996, it is literally older than me!



Well, that is my TBR! I’m pretty confident about it as 3 of the books at least are pretty short. It will be a total of 1,905 pages if I read all of these. That was calculated using the goodreads page counts for each book as some are eBooks, some physical and some I haven’t received yet. So using the Goodreads page count was easier.

Are you participating in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon?! Let me know in the comments! And let me know what you plan to read for it!

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Read-A-Thon Guide – January 2018

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This is a bit late this month but between Christmas, work and a ReadAThon I am currently in I just haven’t had the chance to write anything but reviews for the books I have read. So let’s jump straight in!



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Bout of Books is a week-long ReadAThon that is pretty chill. There are no reading challenges for this ReadAThon. The only challenge is to try and read more than you normally would in a normal week!

The Bout of books will run from midnight on the 8th till 11:59pm on the 14th!

You can find all the Info on there Blog HERE and you can find their Twitter HERE! You are encouraged to connect with others participating through the hashtag #boutofbooks

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This ReadAThon occurs every month and each month there is a different focus on what to read.

So this ReadAThon has 2 parts, first, there is the theme. So the idea is to try and read books related to that theme and then there are the challenges, they are an extra challenge and not necessary but add some extra fun.

HERE is a link to their Goodreads page & HERE is the link to their Twitter.

This ReadAThon happens every month so here are all the future challenges in case you wanted to plan!

Jan 1st – 7th
Theme: Harry Potter
Challenge: Adaptations

Feb 5th – 11th
Theme: New to You Authors
Challenge: Translations

Mar 5th – 11th
Theme: Retellings (of any kind)
Challenge: Marathon a series

Apr 2nd – 8th
Theme: Benchwarmers (books that have been sitting on your shelf for a while)
Challenge: One Word Titles

May 7th – 13th
Theme: Rereads
Challenge: Graphic Novels

Jun 4th – 10th
Theme: Catch Up/Finish Series
Challenge: Read a duology

Jul 2nd – 8th
Theme: TBR Catch Up (Let’s meet those halfway marks on our goals!)
Challenge: Read A Trilogy

Aug 6th – 12th
Theme: Family Favourites (Read your mums/brothers/cousins/etc favourite book)
Challenge: Read the longest book on your TBR

Sept 3rd – 9th
Theme: #OwnVoice Novel
Challenge: Short Stories

Oct 1st – 7th
Theme: Thrillers
Challenge: Big Books (400+ pages)

Nov 5th – 11th
Theme: NaNoWriMo Winners (Books that begun as a NaNoWriMo project and were eventually published)
Challenge: Read the shortest book on your TBR

Dec 3rd – 9th
Theme: Books under 300 pages
Challenge: Read books recommended to you by others

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So this is one of the more well-known ReadAThons that happen regularly! This ReadAThon has reading challenges, video challenges, photo challenges, blog challenges, a group book and live show discussion and heaps more! Obviously, you don’t have to participate in everything, but if you want a bit of an extra challenge give those photo/video/blog challenges a go! You could also win prizes by participating too!!

You can find their Twitter HERE & YouTube Channel HERE and here are the links to the Announcement, Video Challenges & Reading Challenges for this round!

This round goes from midnight on January 20th till 11:59pm on the 26th. The live show is on the 27th and the time is TBA.

The Group book for this round is Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller!

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Reading Challenges:
– Read the group book
– Read a sequel
– Read a book that you’ve never heard of before
– Read a book about mental illness
-Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/TV Show  (Can also include books that have quotes from other books in the begin of the book)
– Read a book under 200 pages
– Read a backlist book (book published before 2017)
As always with this ReadAThon you can use a book for 1 or 2 challenges but no more than 2!

Video Challenges:
*As each video challenge has a giveaway attached I will put the corresponding book in bold next to the challenge*
20th Jan: Character Recommends Challenge – We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
21st Jan: Bookish Roast – Paperweight by Meg Haston
22nd Jan: Bookish Routine – Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
23rd Jan: Modernise a book – Warcross by Marie Lu
24th Jan: Bookish Aesthetic – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
25th Jan: Bookish Free-for-all – Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier 
26th Jan: Fictional MASH – Red Rising by Pierce Brown

For more detailed info on what you need to do for each video, just go to the video challenges link above!

As far as I can tell the Blog challenges and photo challenges have not been posted yet!

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So this ReadAThon is exactly as it sounds! You try and read for a total of 24hours in a 28hour ReadAThon.

This round goes from midnight on the 27th till 11:59pm 28th of Jan.

The only requirement of this ReadAThon is to try and read for the 24 hours. There are no other challenges.

You do need to Sign Up HERE to say you are participating! You can find their Twitter HERE, Instagram HERE, Facebook HERE & Litsy @24in48.



Well that’s all the ones I can find! I am going to try and participate in #AYearAThon & Winter Biannual Bibliothon, but we will see! I will either be participating in #AYearAThon or Duodecathon this year. But I am waiting to see Duodecathons challenges for the year before I decide and Duodecathon hasn’t announced their dates and challenges yet! Hopefully it will be up by the 1st.

As always if you know of any others that are happening in Jan then please let me know so I can add them!

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Dreadnought by April Daniels – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Dreadnought
Author: 
April Daniels
Series: Nemesis
Genre: 
YA Diverse Fantasy
Publication Date: Jan 24th, 2017
Pages: 276 (Paperback)
Publishers: Diversion Publishing
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero.

Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

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I really like this cover! It’s simple and I love the colours of it. The sunset in the background is gorgeous but I’m a sucker for a good sunset.

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I really enjoyed the writing. The world building in this book is amazing. It’s a short book and there was a lot packed into this book but the info was never overwhelming or info-dumpy. This book is also OwnVoices which is amazing! I love going into OwnVoices books because you aren’t trying to guess whether the diverse rep in the book is accurate or not.

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The plot of this book is a fairly basic superhero story. But it was different enough to not be boring. The plot twists were a bit obvious because they do follow the normal tropes. The whole plot of the book was amazing!

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Okay, so this section is the reason the book didn’t get a higher rating. I do like the diverse rep though! Transgender, LGBT & Race diversity is all present.

I’m not actually sure if I like Danny, to be honest. I think it is because her personality is the polar opposite of my own, so the way she reacted to things frustrated me a lot. But that doesn’t make her a bad character. I know heaps of people love her from reading other reviews.

Most of the other superhero type characters I didn’t like that much really.. Doc was probably the most enjoyable but the bit of a plot twist at the end about her was just odd and confusing and I really hope they explain that more in book 2! Magma & Chlorophyll were okay but we didn’t see that much of them for me to form a solid opinion. Valkyrja, firstly, does anyone know how to pronounce this because I don’t even have a guess! She was also an okay character, but again, no solid opinion as we see so little of them except Doc. Carapace was just annoying and grumpy and Graywytch is just a transphobic ass.

Sarah/Calamity just straight out annoyed me. She was so demanding and controlling. so many people have said that she and Danny are together in a way, which I hate.. I’m already not a lover of romance but she would be going from one problem to another. Her father is always trying to control her and now that she is free of him she is under another controlling wing! Like god forbid if Danny suggests something that isn’t Calamity’s plan! I seriously hope she is better in book 2.

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Overall for me, the characters need work or just need to be more present in the book so I don’t just feel like ‘yep, they are there’. The world building is really good,  the writing was enjoyable and the plot was crazy action packed! Also, the rep and diversity are fabulous!



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The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Third Day, The Frost
Author: 
John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow #3
Genre: 
YA War Fiction
Publication Date: April 26th, 2012 (first published in 1995)
Pages: 278 (Paperback)
Publishers: Quercus
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Ellie and her friends have achieved more than they ever thought possible as an unarmed bunch of amateur teenage fighters. But it’s not enough. The war wages on, their families are in captivity and their country is on its knees. Hiding back in Hell, the friends face a big question: what to do next?

The gang have another success when they manage to rescue Kevin. He returns to them equipped with a new knowledge of explosives. Suddenly the question of what to do next becomes clear – launch an attack on the major enemy target of Cobblers’ Bay.

Can Ellie, Homer, Fi, Robin, Lee and Kevin really stage a major military attack on the enemy? And in their attempt to pull it off, what will they have to sacrifice? They have already lost Corrie and Chris; who else will the group have to lose in their desperation to defend their country?

The Third Day, The Frost, draws the reader deeper into the struggle of these ordinary teens attempting to survive in extraordinary times. A tense and moving read that will stay with you forever.

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Click the title to see my spoiler free review of Tomorrow When the War Began & The Dead of the Night

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I don’t really understand this cover. I just don’t get the shell or pearl. But I do prefer these editions visually than the other covers, hence why I choose these. But I don’t understand!

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I love the writing of these books! The writing is really unique! The book is written as if the main character has written it after the events of the book. So you get what happened, Ellie’s thoughts while the things happened and also her thoughts while writing the story. I love this method of writing and John Marsden does it amazingly!

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These books are action-packed and extreme in every way! Even when there isn’t much going on it still feels kinda full because we are getting Ellie’s thoughts. But also they skip over the parts that would be really dull as this is Ellie telling the story of what actually went on and all the action, so that is good. It makes for quick and gripping reads.

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I love all the characters in one way or another. Ellie feels like the most realistic character I have ever read. Even though she is appearing brave and in charge to the others, she is falling apart inside and it’s good to see that. Even though she is struggling she gets in and does what she needs to do and will always do anything to protect the group.

I felt like in this book the other characters were slightly more distant than in previous books. They do spend a majority of their time together but as they are all so broken and most of the time they just want to sit in the quiet alone, there isn’t as much connection between Ellie and the other characters. However, I didn’t mind it. I love reading from Ellie’s POV and they still got altogether when they were planning stuff and doing big things, so it didn’t feel like they were completely absent.

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Overall, I love this series. It gripped me when I read the very first book in high school for English class and it only gets more intense. It is kind of a scary book in a way as this is the most realistic dystopian type book I have ever read. It’s the closest to what could actually happen and that is terrifying and also it’s set in Aus. So it feels way too close to home for me.
Also, there is something that happened in the last couple pages of this book that killed me. I don’t remember if I have cried in either of the last 2 books, but I did in this one.



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Everless by Sara Holland – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Everless
Author: 
Sara Holland
Series: Untitled
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Jan 4th, 2018
Pages: 362 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hachette Children’s Books, Australia
Rating:
4 star

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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I really love this cover! I really like the simple colours on this cover. Also, the design is amazing and it fits the book so well!

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The writing was pretty enjoyable. I feel like the book started a little slow and there were a few points throughout the book that was a bit slow and dull. But for the most part, it was interesting and there was a fair bit of action.
There was one part of the book that I found really predictable basically from the start but for the most part, there were a lot of things that were unpredictable which I really enjoyed.
The world was also really well explained and I never had an issue when being introduced to it.  Also, the world was extremely interesting and I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world!

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The plot was really well done besides the few dull parts that I mentioned earlier. I also loved that even though there was a slight romance vibe it was definitely not the main focus at all! Which if you know me? Is great as I’m not a fan of many romances and it’s nice to see books with little to no romance!

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Okay, so I won’t be talking about my full feelings of a couple of the major characters as it would possibly give away some spoilers as there are a few characters that you start out with one opinion and then you find out that it’s not as it seems.

I really enjoyed Jules and she was an awesome MC to read from. She was kind and caring but also brave and kinda stubborn.
Roan, I actually didn’t particularly like. He seemed to change his mind a lot and there were hints at him possibly cheating on his fiance. Which I am not a fan of, even if it is an arranged marriage.
Ina was just so sweet and innocent feeling. She was also kinda naive to some degree. Well, that is the way she was made out to be anyway.

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The writing is really good and the world building is amazing! I really enjoyed the MC as well! There are a few slow parts and a little bit of predictability too which I wasn’t as much a fan of but not enough to really affect my enjoyment.
I did really enjoy this book but I had a couple small issues that means that I didn’t give it a higher rating. But still, a really good book and I’m keen to find out what happens next!



I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Hachette Children’s Book Australia NetGalley for this opportunity.

So on some sites, this book is currently available but on others it’s a pre-order. According to NetGalley this book releases on the 4th of Jan though. But I will leave links below on a few places you can purchase or pre-order the book.

**This is only links for the Hachette/Orchard edition but you can also get the HarperTeen editions around with a different cover.**

Hachette Website
Hardcover, Paperback & eBook

Book Depository (Pre-Order)
Paperback  /  Hardcover

QBD
Paperback  /  Hardcover

Dymocks (Pre-Order)
Paperback

Amazon  Aus
Paperback  /  Hardcover  /  eBook  /  Audiobook



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17 Best Covers of 2017

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So, I did my top 17 reads of 2017 and now I have decided to do a post of my favourite covers of 2017! These are all 2017 releases and they are not necessarily books I have read or even plan to, but the covers are gorgeous!

So let’s get into this!! These are in no particular order either.



1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (UK edition)

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Both UK & US)

3. Draekora by Lynette Noni

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4. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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5. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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6. Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

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7. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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8. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

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9. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

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10. The Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

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11. A Million Junes by Emily Henry

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12. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren 

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13. Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

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14. Song of the Curren by Sarah Tolcser

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15. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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16. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

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17. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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So that is it! What is your favourite covers from 2017?!

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She Be Damned by M.J. Tjia – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: She Be Damned
Author: 
M.J. Tjia
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publication Date: Aug 1st, 2017
Pages: 288 (Paperback)
Publishers: Pantera Press
Rating:
4 star

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London, 1863: prostitutes in Waterloo area are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim. The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey to investigate. With the assistance of her trusty Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen, Heloise inches closer to the truth. But when Amah is implicated in the brutal plot, Heloise must reconsider who she can trust before the killer strikes again.

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So,  I do really like this cover but honestly, I like the cover by Legend Press/Legend Times Group a lot more! I will put a picture below. On goodreads, it says that copy won’t release until July 2018, but you can already purchase it through Book Depository! Links at the bottom of the post.

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I really enjoyed the writing of this book! It sucked me in completely!
I did start this book a while ago but I only got 15% into it and I put it down. I was in a bit of a reading slump and decided to put it down and read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition first in case my slump affected how I felt about this book. But after jumping back into this book yesterday I flew through it!!
** The writing is very detailed and very graphic. I would not recommend this to someone that is uneasy with graphic content but it didn’t worry me. This book talks a lot about sex, violence, horrible stuff happening to people and has a fair bit of negative language directed towards some of the characters. So just be aware of that before going into this book**

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The plot was also amazing! It again drags you in. I wouldn’t exactly say it was action packed but it had an awesome balance of action and information which is perfect for a mystery.
Besides that, I can’t really talk about the plot as it’s a mystery and I don’t want to spoil anything!

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Heloise is an awesome character. She is so intelligent and does not let being a female hold her down. She still gets in and gets shit done and doesn’t wait around for the males to do it.
I didn’t like the short romance of sorts that happened. I didn’t love the guy that was the love interest. He actually kind of annoyed me.
Amah was an awesome character. She was kinda sassy and sarcastic and I loved it.

There were tonnes of other more minor characters but as a lot of them are possible suspects, you automatically kind of don’t like them just in case they are the murderer. So I can’t really say if I actually like them or not because of that!
I hope that makes sense!

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So I did really enjoy a majority of the book but there was one thing that made it a bit difficult to read. That was that I had such a similar feeling to Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I recently read that book and loved it. There were a lot of similarities between the two. We have a female, set in the past and they are battling against being looked down upon due to their sex. The victims of the murders are prostitutes in both books and the way they have been murdered in similar ways too. In SBD they have their sexual organs cut out and in SJTR the victims have different organs removed after they are killed. So as you can see, I felt a strong similarity! Not that that is really bad as I loved SJTR, but it did get slightly confusing at times when thinking about the events in the book.

So yeah, overall I enjoyed the plot, I loved the writing and the MC was awesome!

I don’t know if this book will be part of a series. The book kind of ended off as if there will be a second book, but it doesn’t say so on Goodreads. However, it is called ‘She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery’ which makes me think it will be part of a series like the Poirot and Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie.
I hope there will be a second book as I would 100% pick that up!



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check out the Pantera Press Website where you can purchase or get details on the book!

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December 2017 Duodecathon TBR

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So this is the last Duodecathon of the year!! To complete the 2017 duodecathon I need to complete 3 challenges this month!



So if you don’t know the duodecathon is a monthly ReadAThon. There are challenges for this ReadAThon but the cool thing about this one is you have the option to pick from 12 challenges. So there are 12 challenges for the 12 months of the year and the idea is that you participate each month, selecting a new challenge so that by the end of the year you have completed all the 12 challenges!

CHALLENGES TO PICK FROM:

Read 1,200 pages
Start OR finish a series
A 2017 debut author
A short story
A Graphic Novel
A Non-Fiction book
A Book that has been on your TBR for 2+ years
A book with multiple authors
A book you picked up because of the cover
A book that has to do with travelling
Someone else’s favourite book
The first book on your shelf you haven’t read

The ones in bold above have already been completed

So this month I will be concentrating on A 2017 debut author, A Non-Fiction book & The first book on your shelf you haven’t read



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This book will be for the challenge Read a Non-Fiction book!

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This book will complete the challenge The first book on your shelf you haven’t read. On my TBR shelf this is the top book of my stack on the left-hand side.

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This will complete the challenge Read a 2017 debut.



Well, that is it, hopefully, I may be able to read more than these, but I will be concentrating on these 3 to get all the challenges completed.

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Most Anticipated 2018 Releases!

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It’s this time already! I will still be doing monthly anticipated releases but this is just an overview of all the books I’m really looking forward to, that I know about in 2018! The reason I still do monthly anticipated releases is that there are so many more books that aren’t announced yet!

**I will put synopsis’s for all books! So if you haven’t read the books before it in the series then beware!**

Let’s get into this!



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Untitled (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu

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Release Date: Unknown
Series: Warcross #2
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Goodreads Synopsis:

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Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

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Release Date: 2nd Jan
Series: DC Icons #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Release Date: 2nd Jan
Series: The Folk of the Air #1
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Unearthed by Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman

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Release Date: 9th Jan
Series: Unearthed #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Release Date: 30th Jan
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

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Release Date: 30th Jan
Series: The Elementae #1
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarletwill hold readers spellbound.

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Graevale by Lynette Noni

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This is one of my TOP ANTICIPATED!! I have already pre-ordered this too!

Release Date: 1st Feb
Series: The Medoran Chronicles #4
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Light or dark, only one can win. This world cannot survive in shades of grey.

Now that Aven Dalmarta sits upon the throne of Meya, Alex must race against the clock to save the rest of Medora from the Rebel Prince’s wrath.

Haunted by an unspeakable vision of the future, Alex and her friends set out to warn the mortal races. But making allies out of ancient enemies proves difficult.

With her nights spent deep in the Library under the guidance of a mysterious new mentor, Alex is desperate to strengthen her gift and keep all those she loves safe. Because in a world where nothing is certain, she is sure of only one thing:

Aven is coming.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Release Date: 6th Feb
Series: The Belle #1
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

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This is one of my TOP ANTICIPATED!!

Release Date: 6th Mar
Series: Rebel of the Sands #3
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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This is one of my TOP ANTICIPATED!! I have already pre-ordered this too!

Release Date: 13th Mar
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

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Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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Release Date: 10th April
Series: The Shadow Game #1)
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian 

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Release Date: 24th Apr
Series: Untitled Trilogy
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Release Date: 24th Apr
Series: Companion to Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Genre: YA Diverse Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes centre stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

 

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The Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

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Release Date: 22nd May
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #3
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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Release Date: 29th May
Series: Caraval #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling and breakout debut Caraval, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a mysterious bargain.

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Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser

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Release Date: 5th June
Series: Song of the Current #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Caro and Markos have settled into a routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, and try to figure out who might attempt to assassinate Markos today . . . so the currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the throne is shaky without the support of an army. But then a powerful Archon offers Markos the military might he needs in exchange for marrying his daughter. Markos and Caro must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia.

With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing your fate and charting your own course.Caro and Markos have settled into a routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, and try to figure out who might attempt to assassinate Markos today . . . so the currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the throne is shaky without the support of an army. But then a powerful Archon offers Markos the military might he needs in exchange for marrying his daughter. Markos and Caro must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia.

With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing your fate and charting your own course.

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Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

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** I haven’t actually read book 2 in this series, A Closed and Common Orbit, but I read the first book, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and loved it! So hopefully I will love book 2 as well and want to read this!**

Release Date: 24th Jul
Series: Wayfarers #3
Genre: Sci-Fi

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans left Earth aboard the Exodus Fleet. After centuries spent wandering empty space, humanity was welcomed — mostly — by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way. Their generational journey came to an end.

But this is old history. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but outsiders have seldom seen. Exodans take great pride in their community and traditions, but the cultures from beyond their bulkheads have profoundly influenced their own. Those who have not yet left for alien cities and terrestrial colonies are left grappling with questions: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain among the stars when there are habitable worlds within reach? How can they maintain their carefully balanced way of life — and is it worth saving at all? Record of a Spaceborn Few unravels this complicated reality through a cast of new voices: A young apprentice unsure of his future. A lifelong spacer who wonders if her children might be better suited for the ground. A planet-raised traveler. An alien academic. A caretaker for the dead. And of course, the Archivist, who ensures no one’s story is forgotten.

Set in the sprawling universe of the Galactic Commons, this third standalone instalment of the Wayfarers series travels to another corner of the cosmos — one often mentioned, but not yet explored.

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Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

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Release Date: 1st Aug
Series: Mask of Shadows #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sequel to Mask of Shadows, about a gender fluid pickpocket. Publication is slated for summer 2018.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

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Release Date: 7th Aug
Series: Steam Raiders #1
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

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Release Date: 7th Aug
Series: DC Icons #3
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sizzling with action and suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author SARAH J. MAAS delivers a coming-of-age Selina Kyle who will steal readers’ hearts in a new, highly anticipated YA blockbuster: CATWOMAN!

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

In this third DC Icons book–following Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker–Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

 

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The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli

**Cover not released yet**

Release Date: 1st Sept
Series: Iskari #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

The sequel/companion to THE LAST NAMSARA. Coming Fall 2018.

As She Ascends by Jodie Meadows

**Cover not released yet**

Release Date: 11th Sept
Series: Fallen Isles Trilogy #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

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Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

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Release Date: 18th Sept
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #3
Genre: YA Historical Mystery

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

**Cover not released yet**

Release Date: 2nd Oct
Series: Guide #2
Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis:

A sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, narrated by Felicity and featuring travel, pirates, and a science girl gang.



Well that is all the ones I can think of right now! There are so many I am looking forward to! But the ones I am looking forward to the most are Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman, Graevale by Lynette Noni & Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody! I can’t wait!

What are your most anticipated releases for 2018? Are any of these on your list?!

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