Monday, 18 October 2021

2021 New Releases Weekly - October 19th

 Hello everyone!!

Well, it's time for this week's new releases post. This time we look at books published in the week of October 19th. There are a lot of books that are in my most anticipated list, but as I said before this list is of course incomplete as it includes only books that I am interested in and the majority of them are in the Fantasy genre.


Let's start...

A Shadow In The Ember (Flesh & Fire #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort.   

However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania—she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission—one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him. If she fails, she dooms her kingdom to a slow demise at the hands of the Rot. 

Sera has always known what she is. Chosen. Consort. Assassin. Weapon. A specter never fully formed yet drenched in blood. A monster. Until him. Until the Primal of Death’s unexpected words and deeds chase away the darkness gathering inside her. And his seductive touch ignites a passion she’s never allowed herself to feel and cannot feel for him. But Sera has never had a choice. Either way, her life is forfeit—it always has been, as she has been forever touched by Life and Death.

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Blue Box Press

Little Thieves (Little Thieves #1) - Margaret Owen

Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl...

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother's love--and she's on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele's dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja's otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back... by stealing Gisele's life for herself.

The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.

Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele's sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja's tail, she'll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.

Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow series, crafts a delightfully irreverent retelling of "The Goose Girl" about stolen lives, thorny truths, and the wicked girls at the heart of both.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Child Of Light - Terry Brooks

The electrifying first novel of an all-new fantasy series from the legendary author behind the Shannara saga, about a human girl struggling to find her place in a magical world she’s never known.

At nineteen, Auris Afton Grieg has led an . . . unusual life. Since the age of fifteen, she has been trapped in a sinister prison. Why? She does not know. She has no memories of her past beyond the vaguest of impressions. All she knows is that she is about to age out of the children’s prison, and rumors say that the adult version is far, far worse. So she and some friends stage a desperate escape into the surrounding wastelands. And it is here that Auris’s journey of discovery begins, for she is rescued by a handsome yet alien stranger. Harrow claims to be Fae—a member of a magical race that Auris had thought to be no more than legend. Odder still, he seems to think that she is one as well, although the two look nothing alike. But strangest of all, when he brings her to his wondrous homeland, she begins to suspect that he is right. Yet how could a woman who looks entirely human be a magical being herself?

Told with a fresh, energetic voice, this fantasy puzzle box is perfect for fans of Terry Brooks and new readers alike, as one young woman slowly unlocks truths about herself and her world—and, in doing so, begins to heal both.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey

The Color of Dragins - R. A. Salvatore & Erika Lewis

Magic needs a spark.

And Maggie’s powers are especially fickle. With no one to help her learn to control her magic, the life debt that she owes stretches eternally over her head, with no way to repay it.

Until she meets Griffin, the king’s champion infamous for hunting down the draignochs that plague their kingdom.

Neither has any idea of the destiny that they both carry, or that their meeting will set off a chain of events that will alter every aspect of the life they know—and all of history thereafter.




Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HArperTeen

Harry Potter: A Magical Year -- The Illustrations of Jim Kay

A unique and beautiful gift book celebrating the art of Jim Kay -- 366 magical moments from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, evoked in spellbinding brushstrokes, characterful ink work, and illuminating pencil sketches. 

This irresistible gift book takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the seasons at Hogwarts. Jim Kay’s captivating illustrations, paired with much-loved quotations from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels -- one moment, anniversary, or memory for every day of the year -- bring to life all of the magic, beauty, and wonder of the wizarding world. 

Jim Kay has been enchanting readers since the publication of the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2015. Now, in Harry Potter: A Magical Year, a selection of Kay’s most iconic illustrations are joined by previously unseen pencil sketches and preparatory pieces, offering unique and fascinating insight into the artist’s sketchbook. 

From the snowy towers of Hogwarts, to the dancing eyes of Professor Albus Dumbledore, to the hustle and bustle of Diagon Alley, this visual feast is the perfect companion for readers of all ages, at any point on their Harry Potter journey, and a gift to cherish for years to come.

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

These are some of the new releases of this week.
Are you excited about them?
Do you have other ones on your radar that I should know of?

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!
Athina






Saturday, 16 October 2021

A Reaper at the Gates (AEITA #3) by Sabaa Tahir - A Review


Hello everyone!!

Today we are reviewing A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, which is the third book in The Ember in the Ashes series. It is a YA Fantasy, published in 2018 by Razorbill.

This book was really really good. It had everything in it, from action to character development and everything in between. 
A Reaper at the Gates made me even more excited for the fourth and final book as the stakes are pretty high right now. I liked the story from every POV because each one had to add something to the whole picture. As you would expect the book has intense action, especially at the second half of it. 
Helene has become one my favourite characters and I am really curious to find out more about the Nighbringer.

Rating: 4 Stars

About the book

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

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. Yet danger lurks on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor's volatility to grow her own power—regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows that the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. During the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help 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. However, in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender—even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!
Athina

Friday, 15 October 2021

Beloved (Granted #3) by Kendra Thomas - Book Tour

 


Hello everyone!!

Today I am really excited to share with you Beloved by Kendra Thomas which is the third book in her Granted series. The book releases today October 15th by Kendra Thomas Books. 

Add the book to your Goodreads TBR here .

As I said, Beloved is the third book in the Granted series. This YA fantasy continues where hearts glow and super powers exist. A princess and her comrades strive to defeat a curse on their kingdom while trying to battle their personal lives in the process. Epic battles transpire, love stories unfolds, and an elite fighting clan fights for peace.




Book Synopsis

After Sabeara’s journey inside the Sethen Courts, she finally returns home to the hidden kingdom of Knadiel. Aveladon and Ethydon now combined, it would seem she should be happy to see her family again in a state of unity and peace. But when she returns to a plethora of secrets that have been kept from her, heartache ensues.
Angry and upset with those that have lied to her, while also trying to understand her feelings for Mid and Dusane, things get complicated for Sabeara. Unraveling her relationships with the handsome prince that had her heart in the beginning, and the brooding Envoy captain with a past that she knows so little about, will be harder than Sabeara imagined.
Sabeara ends up on a mission with the two men, where they journey to Severesi in hopes of finding a blacksmith in the Nia fell mountains. They encounter Severesi’s lavish culture while battling vicious creatures, enemies, and mysteries along the way.
But Sabeara’s story isn’t the only tale that will continue to be told.
Sunn has been living on the Isles of Arradale since the war in Ethydon. The decision made by her parents to keep her safe from the kingdoms of chaos, has confined her to the little island of palms, sea, and sailors. Restless, she finds escape by sneaking onto local ships and pretending to be a crew boy.
But when she boards a ship that gets attacked by the nefarious captain of the Obscurum army, she doesn’t know if she will ever see her family again. An enemies-to-lovers story, unlike any you’ve seen before, will emerge and rattle even the hardest hearts.
Beloved is the third book in the Granted series and is packed with even more action, romance, and lore. You won’t want to miss it.


Here are the first books in the series:



There is also a giveaway running until October 23rd. You can check out how to enter and more information on my Instagram post @booknotes_athina .

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!
Athina

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim - A Review

 



Hello everyone!!

Today we are reviewing Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. It is a YA Fantasy book and the first book in the series. It was published in July 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton.

Elizabeth Lim has become one of my go to authors. I like her writing style and this book was no exception. 
Six Crimson Cranes is a retelling of The Six Swans fairytale and I loved her version of the retelling. The world-building is really good and the fact that the story is set in an East-Asian setting makes it even better. I also loved the characters. Shiori, the main character, is really lovely. She is fun, strong and loyal to her family which means she will do anything for them. Kiki, despite being a paper crane stole my heart as a great supporting character. .
Also, the story didn't lack in twists and turns that made it even more interesting. 

All in all, I loved it and I want to sequel pretty quickly please!

Rating: 5 Stars

About the book:

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Peniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama's betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she's been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!
Athina

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

The Elements of the Crown by Kay L. Moody - Book Tour

 Hello everyone!!

Today I am really excited to share with you today The Elements of the Crown by Kat L. Moody.
It is a YA Epic Fantasy Romance and it's the 1st book in The Elements of Kandaria series.  The book is already out!!


Don't forget that this book is on sale for this week (October 11th - 17th) for just 0 .99 USD!!


RELEASE DATE: 10.11.21
TITLE: The Elements of the Crown
SERIES TITLE: The Elements of Kamdaria, Book 1
GENRE: YA Epic Fantasy, Fantasy Romance
STEAM/HEAT LEVEL: Mild
TRIGGER WARNINGS: N/A



About the book:

She wasn’t supposed to become so powerful.
She wasn’t even supposed to survive.


In an empire divided into three rings, Talise is from the lowliest and most dangerous outer ring. To escape that life, she just has to do three things:
1) Attend an elite academy for manipulating the elements of water, air, earth, and fire.
2) Become the most powerful student in her year.
3) Prove her magic is the best in a competition in front of the emperor himself.

Everything goes according to plan until a handsome and rich young man shows up with just as much skill as her.
She has to win. She has to hate him.
But when the competition falls apart, the emperor forces them to work together instead. Their growing attraction only distracts them from dark truths that the empire has hidden for too long.
Secrets lurk in every shadow of the palace, hiding a conflict that sits on the brink of war. But Talise has secrets of her own. Secrets that could destroy her.
A war is coming. Talise can only hope she’s powerful enough to meet it.

This book has exclusive content including a map of Kamdaria, character illustrations of Talise and Aaden, instructions to the game: Forces of Kamdaria, excerpt from the companion short story: Winds of Flame

If you like  Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Kristin Cashore (Graceling) and Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass) you will love this book too.

There is also an international giveaway that runs until October 18th. Go to my instagram @booknotes_athina to learn how to enter.

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!
Athina


Tuesday, 12 October 2021

How to Lose a Girl in 10 Texts by Delancey Stewart and Marika Ray - Release Blitz

 

Sophia Whittington is the girl next door.
And Dillon Cunningham hates her with the fire of a thousand suns... Only, it's not hate as much as... something else
How to Lose a Girl in 10 Texts, an all-new sweet and laugh out loud rom-com from USA Today bestselling authors Delancey Stewart and Marika Ray is now available!

And Dillon Cunningham hates her with the fire of a thousand suns... Only, it's not hate as much as... something else.

The things that happened between them in high school, coupled with the loss of his dad, are a big part of what drove Dillon to decide that a future for him would be far, far away from Solano Creek, his family, and especially, Sophia.

So when his brother Boston's wedding brings him back to his hometown, and circumstance throws him together with the girl he once thought might be THE ONE, he does everything in his power to avoid her.

But Sophia Whittington has a plan too. Her lingering feelings about Dillon have gotten in the way of everything else she's tried to do with her life.

She's going to banish him from her heart for once and for all. And it will only take ten texts.

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I'm USA Today Bestselling author Delancey Stewart. My contemporary romances run the gamut of settings and setups, but they always deliver humor, heart and heat. It's a guarantee.

I write from my home in Denver, CO, where I manage a household full of boys and men. Okay, only one man. The hubs. But two boys. I mean, three if you count the hubs. (You see why I do words and not numbers. I was told there'd be no math in this bio. Someone lied.)

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Haunted House by Heather Graham - Release Blitz

 

Halloween!
Strange things are going to happen and every year, while loving the holiday, members of the Krewe of Hunters also dread it.
Haunted House, an all-new spooky novella in the Krewe of Hunters Series from New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham and 1,001 Dark Nights is available now!

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham comes a new story in her Krewe of Hunters series…

Something somewhere is bound to happen.

And it does.

Krewe member Jon Dickson’s fiancée Kylie Connelly is contacted by an old friend who has just moved to Salem, Massachusetts, when the unimaginable happens as the holiday approaches.

Jenny Auger has just managed to buy the historic home of her dreams. But it comes with far more history than she ever imagined—the skeletal remains of seven victims interred in the old walls of the house years and years before—along with a threatening curse.

And strange things are happening in the city. Bizarre attacks…murders that mimic days of old.

With Halloween on the way.

Kylie has a history with the city of Salem, and her strange talent for being within the minds of those under attack—first realized in the city—remains sharp.

But the situation is far more dire than what they have discovered, with strange events and attacks occurring.

And with all their talent for crime solving—with help from the living and the dead—it still remains to be seen if they can solve the murders of the past before Halloween, and the bloodbath that just might occur if the sins of a time gone by cannot be brought to light.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is also proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers and was also awarded the prestigious Thriller Master in 2016. She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA. Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.

Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf Region. She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players,” presenting something that’s “almost like entertainment” for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

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Monday, 11 October 2021

2021 New Releases Weekly - October 12th

 Hello everyone!!

Well, it's time for this week's new releases post. This time we look at books published in the week of October 12th. There are a lot of books that are in my most anticipated list, but as I said before this list is of course incomplete as it includes only books that I am interested in and the majority of them are in the Fantasy genre.


Let's start...

The Haunting Season: Nine Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights by Various Authors

Winter, with its unsettling blend of the cosy and the sinister, has long been a popular time for gathering by the bright flame of a candle, or the warm crackling of a fire, and swapping stories of ghosts and strange happenings. 
Now eight bestselling, award-winning authors - master storytellers of the sinister and the macabre - bring this time-honoured tradition to vivid life in a spellbinding collection of new and original haunted tales. 
From a bustling Covent Garden Christmas market to the frosty moors of Yorkshire, from a country estate with a dreadful secret, to a London mansion where a beautiful girl lies frozen in death, these are stories to make your hair stand on end, send shivers down your spine and to serve as your indispensable companion to the long nights of winter. 
So curl up, light a candle, and fall under the spell of The Haunting Season . . . 
Featuring new and original tales from:  Bridget Collins, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jess Kidd, Elizabeth Macneal, Natasha Pulley and Laura Purcell.

Genre: Short Stories
Publisher: Sphere

The Keeper of Night (The Keeper of Night #1) by Kylie Lee Baker

Death is her destiny. 
Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. Expected to obey the harsh hierarchy of the Reapers who despise her, Ren conceals her emotions and avoids her tormentors as best she can. 
When her failure to control her Shinigami abilities drives Ren out of London, she flees to Japan to seek the acceptance she’s never gotten from her fellow Reapers. Accompanied by her younger brother, the only being on earth to care for her, Ren enters the Japanese underworld to serve the Goddess of Death… only to learn that here, too, she must prove herself worthy. Determined to earn respect, Ren accepts an impossible task—find and eliminate three dangerous Yokai demons—and learns how far she’ll go to claim her place at Death’s side.


Genre: YA Fantasy / historical
Publisher: Inkyard Press

The Gilded Cage (The Prison Healer #2) by Lynette Noni

Kiva trades one cage for another when she leaves behind a deadly prison for a deceptive palace in this dark and dangerous sequel to The Prison Healer, which Sarah J. Maas called "a must-read." 
Kiva Meridan is a survivor. 
She survived not only Zalindov prison, but also the deadly Trial by Ordeal. Now Kiva’s purpose goes beyond survival to vengeance. For the past ten years, her only goal was to reunite with her family and destroy the people responsible for ruining their lives. But now that she has escaped Zalindov, her mission has become more complicated than ever. 
As Kiva settles into her new life in the capital, she discovers she wasn’t the only one who suffered while she was in Zalindov—her siblings and their beliefs have changed too. Soon it’s not just her enemies she’s keeping secrets from, but her own family as well. 
Outside the city walls, tensions are brewing from the rebels, along with whispers of a growing threat from the northern kingdoms. Kiva’s allegiances are more important than ever, but she’s beginning to question where they truly lie. To survive this time, she’ll have to navigate a complicated web of lies before both sides of the battle turn against her and she loses everything.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Sequel to: The Prison Healer
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Rebel Girls Champions: 25 Tales of Unstoppable Athletes by Rebel Girls

Rebel Girls Champions: 25 Tales of Unstoppable Athletes celebrates the stories of 25 phenomenal women in sports all written in fairy tale form. It is part of the award-winning Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series. 
This paperback collection showcases some of the most beloved stories from the first three volumes of the New York Times best-selling series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. It also features brand new tales of game-changing athletes and their drive, resilience, and sportsmanship. In Rebel Girls Champions, young readers can win the World Cup with Megan Rapinoe, flip and tumble with Simone Biles, and land breathtaking snowboard tricks with Chloe Kim.  
Coming out directly after the Tokyo Olympics, Rebel Girls Champions will include the most thrilling anecdotes from the 2021 Games.  
The exciting, easy-to-read text is paired with colorful full-page portraits created by female artists from all around the world. 

Genre: Middle - Grade Non - Fiction
Publisher: Rebel Girls

Check out my review here

The Book of Magic (Practical Magic #2) by Alice Hoffman

Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters. 
The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger—the curse is already at work. 
A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love. 
The Book of Magic is a breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.

Genre: Fantasy
Sequel to: Practical Magic
Publisher: Simon Schuster

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World (Aristotle & Dante #2) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an achingly romantic, tender tale sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi. 
In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town fell in love. Now, they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence. 
Ari has spent all of high school burying who he really is, staying silent and invisible. He expected his senior year to be the same. But something in him cracked open when he fell in love with Dante, and he can’t go back. Suddenly he finds himself reaching out to new friends, standing up to bullies of all kinds, and making his voice heard. And, always, there is Dante, dreamy, witty Dante, who can get on Ari’s nerves and fill him with desire all at once. 
The boys are determined to forge a path for themselves in a world that doesn’t understand them. But when Ari is faced with a shocking loss, he’ll have to fight like never before to create a life that is truthfully, joyfully his own.

Genre: YA Contemporary / LGBTQ+
Sequel to: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

Girls of Paper and Fire meets The Tiger at Midnight in June CL Tan’s stunning debut, inspired by Chinese mythology, with rich magic and an epic slow-burn romance. 
In an empire on the brink of war . . . 
Ahn is no one, with no past and no family. 
Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child. 
When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her arcane magical abilities. 
But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined. 
Ferocious action, shadowy intrigue, and a captivating romance collide in June CL Tan’s debut, a stunning homage to the Xianxia novel with a tender, beating heart, perfect for fans of The Bone Witch and We Hunt the Flame.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen

And on October 14th...

The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings: A medieval ghost story by Dan Jones

A chilling medieval ghost story, retold by bestselling historian Dan Jones. Published in a beautiful small-format hardback, perfect as a Halloween read or a Christmas gift. 
One winter, in the dark days of King Richard II, a tailor was riding home on the road from Gilling to Ampleforth. It was dank, wet and gloomy; he couldn't wait to get home and sit in front of a blazing fire. 
Then, out of nowhere, the tailor is knocked off his horse by a raven, who then transforms into a hideous dog, his mouth writhing with its own innards. The dog issues the tailor with a warning: he must go to a priest and ask for absolution and return to the road, or else there will be consequences... 
First recorded in the early fifteenth century by an unknown monk, The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings was transcribed from the Latin by the great medievalist M.R. James in 1922. Building on that tradition, now bestselling historian Dan Jones retells this medieval ghost story in crisp and creepy prose.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Head of Zeus

Check out my review here

These are some of the new releases of this week.
Are you excited about them?
Do you have other ones on your radar that I should know of?

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!
Athina




Saturday, 9 October 2021

Rebel Girls Champions: 25 Tales of Unstoppable Athletes by Rebel Girls

 



Hello everyone!!
Today we are reviewing Rebel Girls Champions: Tales of Unstoppable Athletes by Rebel Girls. It is a non-fiction book for younger readers and it will be published on October 12th from Rebel Girls.

This collection tells us the stories of 25 unstoppable women athletes. They are inspiring stories of girls who wanted to become athletes and they succeeded despite the difficulties and discriminations they faced. 
It is written like a fairytale and it is perfect for young readers, Also, the stories accompany great illustrations.

Rating: 4 Stars

About the book
It is part of the award-winning Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series.

This paperback collection showcases some of the most beloved stories from the first three volumes of the New York Times best-selling series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. It also features brand new tales of game-changing athletes and their drive, resilience, and sportsmanship. In Rebel Girls Champions, young readers can win the World Cup with Megan Rapinoe, flip and tumble with Simone Biles, and land breathtaking snowboard tricks with Chloe Kim. 

Coming out directly after the Tokyo Olympics, Rebel Girls Champions will include the most thrilling anecdotes from the 2021 Games.
 
The exciting, easy-to-read text is paired with colorful full-page portraits created by female artists from all around the world 

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!

Athina

Thursday, 7 October 2021

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab - A Review


 Hello everyone!!

Today we are reviewing City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab which the first book in the Cassidy Blake trilogy and it was published in 2018 by Scholastic Press.

This book was on my tbr from the day it was released and three years later I finally read it and I can say with certainty that I really liked it. It is a middle grade fantasy / paranormal novel from my favourite author. 
I liked Cassidy's story and her "gift" as well as her friendship with Jacob. I loved that the book is set in Edinburgh and all the history bits that includes and of course Victoria's writing style made it even better.

The only bad thing is that now I want desperately to go to Edinburgh!!

If you like ghost stories that are not so spooky I highly recommend this one, especially at this time of the year.

Rating: 4 Stars

About the book

They're here.
They're watching.

Cass can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead.

When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh. Here, graveyards, castles and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms.

But when Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift", she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil—and herself. And she'll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!
Athina