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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? January 23, 2023

Good Morning,

It’s the start of another week. It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.

This was a really weird week for reading for me, I ended up DNF’ing multiple books each for different reasons. None of those will be making an appearance here today. I have decided to leave DNF’s off of my weekly updates because I technically didn’t finish them and I will not be continuing them so they really don’t fit. However, if I decide to do monthly wrap-ups again I will include them there. I am just not sure what you guys would be interested in seeing so some things are up in the air still.

Recent Books

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco | Silver Under Nightfall #1 | Fantasy, LGBT, Romance | Add to Goodreads

Remy Pendergast is many things: the only son of the Duke of Valenbonne (though his father might wish otherwise), an elite bounty hunter of rogue vampires, and an outcast among his fellow Reapers. His mother was the subject of gossip even before she eloped with a vampire, giving rise to the rumors that Remy is half-vampire himself. Though the kingdom of Aluria barely tolerates him, Remy’s father has been shaping him into a weapon to fight for the kingdom at any cost.

When a terrifying new breed of vampire is sighted outside of the city, Remy prepares to investigate alone. But then he encounters the shockingly warmhearted vampire heiress Xiaodan Song and her infuriatingly arrogant fiancé, vampire lord Zidan Malekh, who may hold the key to defeating the creatures—though he knows associating with them won’t do his reputation any favors. When he’s offered a spot alongside them to find the truth about the mutating virus Rot that’s plaguing the kingdom, Remy faces a choice.

It’s one he’s certain he’ll regret.

But as the three face dangerous hardships during their journey, Remy develops fond and complicated feelings for the couple. He begins to question what he holds true about vampires, as well as the story behind his own family legacy. As the Rot continues to spread across the kingdom, Remy must decide where his loyalties lie: with his father and the kingdom he’s been trained all his life to defend or the vampires who might just be the death of him.  


Masked by Moonlight by L.G. Rollins | Steam and Shadow #0.5 | Fantasy, Steampunk | Add to Goodreads

When it comes to defending her family, Adaleigh Dubois backs down from no one.

Not from a competitor caught cheating—
Not from fear while stranded in a barn during a full moon—
Not even from a crazed werewolf—

Because no matter what,
Family takes care of family.

(A novella.)


I Say Your Name in the Dark Nights: A Story of Kagen the Damned by Jonathan Maberry | Kagen the Damned #1.5 | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

I Say Your Name in the Dark Nights is a never-before published adventure that blends swordplay, action, adventure and horror.

Kagen Vale – disgraced former palace guard, damned by his own gods, on the run from bounty hunters and assassins— discovers that no matter where you try to hide, evil can find you. In this standalone short story, Kagen the Damned squares off against a clan of ferocious supernatural predators in service to the Witch-king.


Maid-sama! (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 5: Includes Vols. 9&10 by Hiro Fujiwara | Maid Sama! #9 & 10 | Manga, Shojo | Add to Goodreads

A 2-in-1 edition of the romantic-comedy series where a student council president secretly works at a maid café!

As if being student council president of a predominantly male high school isn’t hard enough, Misaki Ayuzawa has a major secret—she works at a maid café after school! How is she supposed to keep her image of being ultrasmart, strong and overachieving intact once school heartthrob Takumi Usui discovers her double life?!

Misaki tries to get reelected as student council president, and it becomes an all-out showdown between her and Soutaro Kanou! She wants to win the spot fair and square without Usui’s help, so she distances herself from him… But in the meantime, is she finally realizing her true feelings for Usui?


Currently Reading

So here are all the books that I have already started, and to be honest most of there I am probably only one chapter in/ So my goal this week is to see bow many of these I can finish this week.

A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe by Mark Dawidziak | Nonfiction, Historical, Mystery | Add to Goodreads

A Mystery of Mysteries is a brilliant biography of Edgar Allan Poe that examines the renowned author’s life through the prism of his mysterious death and its many possible causes.

It is a moment shrouded in horror and mystery. Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, at just forty, in a painful, utterly bizarre manner that would not have been out of place in one of his own tales of terror. What was the cause of his untimely death, and what happened to him during the three missing days before he was found, delirious and “in great distress” on the streets of Baltimore, wearing ill-fitting clothes that were not his own?

Mystery and horror. Poe, who remains one of the most iconic of American writers, died under haunting circumstances that reflect the two literary genres he took to new heights. Over the years, there has been a staggering amount of speculation about the cause of death, from rabies and syphilis to suicide, alcoholism, and even murder. But many of these theories are formed on the basis of the caricature we have come to associate with Poe: the gloomy-eyed grandfather of Goth, hunched over a writing desk with a raven perched on one shoulder, drunkenly scribbling his chilling masterpieces. By debunking the myths of how he lived, we come closer to understanding the real Poe—and uncovering the truth behind his mysterious death, as a new theory emerges that could prove the cause of Poe’s death was haunting him all his life.

In a compelling dual-timeline narrative alternating between Poe’s increasingly desperate last months and his brief but impactful life, Mark Dawidziak sheds new light on the enigmatic master of macabre. 


Birthright by Kathryn Amurra | Soothsayer’s Path Book #3 | Historical Romance | Add to Goodreads

The daughter of a patrician woman who chose to marry beneath her class, Nerilla has witnessed firsthand the detrimental effects of following your heart. Determined to correct her mother’s mistakes, she has carefully selected the perfect patrician man to wed. The fact that the man is only marrying her to obtain her father’s legendary sword Ceres, which is to serve as her dowry, is of no consequence–that is, until that very sword is stolen right out from under her nose by a handsome thief with a charming smile and innocent eyes.

As an orphan with no memory of his birth parents, Jovian has been searching for the truth about his parentage for as long as he can remember. When a soothsayer tells him that to uncover the key to his past he must seek out the sword called Ceres, he can hardly believe his luck, for he has already stolen that sword from its owner. Unfortunately, he has also already sold it to a man bound for Neapolis.

A chance meeting between Nerilla and Jovian results in what they both know is an ill-advised arrangement. As they work together to find the sword, they discover secrets from their pasts that make them question everything they thought they knew. And they find themselves having to choose between pursuing the perfect plans they’ve laid or risking failure for the chance of achieving their true birthright.


Saint’s Blood by Sebastien de Castell | Greatcoats #3 | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

How do you kill a Saint?

Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they’ve started with a friend.

The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. Now churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors – a move that could turn the country into a theocracy. The only way Falcio can put a stop to it is by finding the murderer. He has only one clue: a terrifying iron mask which makes the Saints vulnerable by driving them mad. But even if he can find the killer, he’ll still have to face him in battle.

And that may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can hope to win.


What are you hoping to get to read this week?

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