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June 2021 Wrap-up

Monthly Wrapup

Hello you wonderful people.

Welcome to my June wrap-up.  It looks like I had a better reading month than I thought. I finished 16 books and DNF’d 4, so not too bad. I did find a new favorite book for this year, The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri, I can not wait to see what happens next in this series. I was also able to I finish 2 series this month, which makes me feel a little bit better starting 4 other series.

5 Star Reads

Diana: Her True Story–in Her Own Words by Andrew Morton | Biography | Add to Goodreads

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson | Mistborn Saga – The Wax & Wayne Series #1 | Steampunk, Fantasy, Flintlock Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri | (Burning Kingdoms #1) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Shadow Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis | (Knights of the Realm #2) | Young Adult, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Hidden Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis | (Knights of the Realm #2) | Young Adult, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson | Mistborn Saga – The Wax & Wayne Series #1 | Steampunk, Fantasy, Flintlock Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Determined Miss Rachel by Laura Rollins | (Daughters of Courage #2) | Regency Romance, Clean Romance | Add to Goodreads

Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler | (Burningblade & Silvereye #1) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Clockwork Planet, Vol. 2 by Yuu Kamiya | (Clockwork Planet Manga #2) | Manga, Steampunk, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Prince of Secrets and Shadows by C.S. Johnson | (The Order of the Crystal Daggers #2) | Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Romance | Add to Goodreads


4 Star Reads

In Solitude’s Shadow by David Green | Empire of Ruin | Dark Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger | (San Andreas Shifters #1) | Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal | Add to Goodreads

Rise of the Huntress by Joseph Delaney | (The Last Apprentice #7) | Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal | Add to Goodreads

A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark | (Dead Djinn Universe #0.5) | Fantasy, Steampunk, Mystery | Add to Goodreads


3 Star Reads

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman | (Blacktongue #1) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads


2 Star Reads

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson | Young Adult, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads


DNF

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir | (Six Tudor Queens #1) | Historical Fiction | Add to Goodreads

Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne | (Ink & Sigil #1) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner | Historical Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova | (Married to Magic #1) | Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads


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May 2021 Wrap-up

Monthly Wrapup

Hello you wonderful people.

Welcome to my May wrap-up.  I read more in the month of May than I thought I did. as a whole it was a pretty good reading month. I finished 17 books and I DNF’d 5.

5 Star Reads

The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso | (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #2) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads 

Admonition by Kathryn Amurra | (Soothsayer’s Path, #2) | Historical Romance | Add to Goodreads

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison | (The Goblin Emperor #1) | Fantasy, Steampunk | Add to Goodreads

An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington | (The Licanius Trilogy #2) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Audacious Miss Eliza by Laura Rollins | (Daughters of Courage #1) | Historical Romance, Regency Romance | Add to Goodreads

Monsters Don’t Wear Underpants by Isaac Stewart | Children’s Book | Add to Goodreads

Dark One by Brandon Sanderson, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Nathan C. Gooden, and Kurt Michael Russell | (Dark One #1) | Graphic Novel, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Clockwork Planet, Vol. 1 by Yuu Kamiya | (Clockwork Planet Manga #1) | Manga, Steampunk, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson | Mistborn Saga – The Wax & Wayne Series #1 | Steampunk, Fantasy, Flintlock Fantasy | Add to Goodreads


4 Star Reads

The Apothecary Diaries Manga, Vol. 1 by Natsu Hyuuga | (The Apothecary Diaries (Nekokurage) #1) | Manga, Mystery, Historical | Add to Goodreads

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint | Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling | Add to Goodreads

Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee | (Ember of Night #1) | Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal | Add to Goodreads

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn | (Heroine Complex #1) | Urban Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Selkie Scandal by Rosalie Oaks | (Lady Diviner #1.5) | Historical Fantasy, Paranormal | Add to Goodreads

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison | Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal | Add to Goodreads

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs | (Mercy Thompson #1) | Urban Fantasy, Paranormal | Add to Goodreads


2 Star Reads

Temple of Ice by Christian Cura | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads


DNF

The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson, Casey Sherman, and Dave Wedge | Biography, Nonfiction, Historical | Add to Goodreads

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt | Historical Fiction, Crime, Mystery | Add to Goodreads

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse | Classic, Philosophy, Spirituality | Add to Goodreads

The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell | (The Legacy of the Mercenary Kings #1) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova | (Loom Saga #1) | Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk | Add to Goodreads


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April 2021 Wrap-up

Monthly Wrapup

Welcome to my April wrap-up.  I know this is very late but better late than never right.

5 Star Reads

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan | (Powder Mage #3) | Fantasy, Flintlock Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 2 by Mizuho Kusanagi | (Yona of the Dawn #2) | Manga, Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 3 by Mizuho Kusanagi | (Yona of the Dawn #3) | Manga, Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads

Moriarty the Patriot, Vol. 3 by Ryōsuke Takeuchim and Hikaru Miyoshi | (Moriarty the Patriot #3) | Manga, Mystery, Historical | Add to Goodreads

Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World by Amy Stanley | Biography, Historical, Nonfiction | Add to Goodreads


4 Star Reads

The Sapphire Library by Rosalie Oaks | (Lady Diviner #3) | Regency, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance | Add to Goodreads

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle | Classic, Mystery, Sherlockian | Add to Goodreads


3 Star Reads

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder | (Burton & Swinburne #1) | Fantasy, Steampunk, Historical, Mystery | Add to Goodreads

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown | Self-Help | Add to Goodreads

Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life by Jim Kwik | Self-Help | Add to Goodreads


DNF

The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran | Young Adult, Fantasy Medieval | Add to Goodreads

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason | (Stoker & Holmes #1) | Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk | Add to Goodreads


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March 2021 Wrap-up

Monthly Wrapup

Hello you wonderful people.

Welcome to my March wrap-up.  I read way more books than I thought I was going to this month. In March I finished 19 books and DNF’d 2. For the year as a whole I have read a total of 48 books and DNF’d 8, which completely blows my mind.

5 Star Reads

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty | Self-help | Add to Goodreads

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare | (The Last Hours #2) |Young Adult, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso | (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #1) | Epic Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 1 by Mizuho Kusanagi | (Yona of the Dawn #1) | Manga | Add to Goodreads

Monstress #32 by Marjorie M. Liu | (Monstress (Issues) #32) | Comic, Fantasy, Steampunk | Add to Goodreads

Inuyasha, Volume 02 by Rumiko Takahashi | (Inuyasha VizBIG Omnibus Series #2) | Manga, Fantasy, Historical | Add to Goodreads

Inuyasha, Volume 03 by Rumiko Takahashi | (Inuyasha VizBIG Omnibus Series #3) | Manga, Fantasy, Historical | Add to Goodreads

Inuyasha, Volume 04 by Rumiko Takahashi | (Inuyasha VizBIG Omnibus Series #4) | Manga, Fantasy, Historical | Add to Goodreads

Covet by Tracy Wolff | (Crave #3) | Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads


4 Star Reads

The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh by Molly Greeley | Historical, Retelling, Romance | Add to Goodreads

The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams | (Secret, Book, & Scone Society #2) | Cozy Mystery | Add to Goodreads

Ink and Shadows by Ellery Adams | (Secret, Book, & Scone Society #3) | Cozy Mystery | Add to Goodreads

The Moria Pearls by Rosalie Oaks | (Lady Diviner #2) | Historical Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle | (Sherlock Holmes #3) | Sherlockian, Mystery | Add to Goodreads

Die with Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life by Bill Perkins | Self-Help | Add to Goodreads


3 Star Reads

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken | (Dragon Kin #1) | Fantasy Romance | Add to Goodreads

The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams | (Secret, Book, & Scone Society #3) | Cozy Mystery | Add to Goodreads

Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 1 by Julietta Suzuki | (Kamisama Kiss #1) | Manga | Add to Goodreads


2 Star Reads

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins | Non-Fiction, Self-Help | Add to Goodreads


DNF

Dracul by Dacre Stoker, J.D. Barker | (Stoker’s Dracula #1) | Historical Fiction | Add to Goodreads

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs | Fiction | Add to Goodreads


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February 2021 Wrap-up

Monthly Wrapup

Hello you wonderful people.

Welcome to my February wrap-up.  I read 17 books in the month February. I know last month I said that I was going to slow down my reading; however, I read a lot more than I anticipated but I am finally catching up with all of my “required” reads. So I am hoping to be able to do more mood reading in the upcoming months.

5 Star Reads

The Devil’s Due by Bonnie MacBird | (Sherlock Holmes Adventures #3) | Sherlockian, Mystery, Historical | Add to Goodreads

The Littlest Dinosaur by Bryce Raffle and Steven Kothlow | Children’s Book | Add to Goodreads

Monstress #31 by Marjorie M. Liu | (Monstress (Issues) #31) | Comic, Fantasy, Steampunk | Add to Goodreads

Inuyasha, Volume 01 by Rumiko Takahashi | (Inuyasha VizBIG Omnibus Series #1) | Manga, Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads

The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis | (True Reign #1) | Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads

ЯED by Jennifer Anne Davis | (True Reign #2) | Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads

War by Jennifer Anne Davis | (True Reign #3) | Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads


4.5 Star Reads

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong | (These Violent Delights #1) | Young Adult, Retelling, Historical Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads

A Trial of Sorcerers by Elise Kova | (A Trial of Sorcerers #1) | Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads


4 Star Reads

A Conventicle of Magpies by LMR Clarke | (The Bloodskill Duology Book 1) | Gaslamp Fantasy, Adventure, Steampunk | Add to Goodreads

Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra | Historical Romance | Add to Goodreads

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg | (The Paper Magician #1) | Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads

The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams | (Secret, Book, & Scone Society #1) |Cozy Mystery | Add to Goodreads

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner | Historical Fiction | Add to Goodreads

Never Call Me Vampire by Tamara Grantham | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Crush by Tracy Wolff | (Crave #2) | Young Adult, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads


3 Star Reads

Dragon Whisperer Vol. 3 by Alex Deluca | Dragon Whisperer #3 | Comic, Fantasy, Steampunk | Add to Goodreads


DNF

Spine of the Dragon by Kevin J. Anderson | (Wake the Dragon #1) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Midnight Desire by Shari Nichols | (Ravens Hollow Coven) | Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance | Add to Goodreads

King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist | (The Firemane Saga #1) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads


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January 2021 Wrap-up

Monthly Wrapup

Hello you wonderful people.

Welcome to my January 2021 wrap-up.  I can’t believe that the first month of this year is already over. I had a pretty good reading month. I am expecting my reading to slow down as I move through the year, since I have some really big books coming up on my TBR. I completed 12 books in January and I am accepting DNFing books without guilt.

5 Star Reads

Monstress: Talk-Stories #2 by Marjorie M. Liu | (Monstress (Issues)) | Comic, Fantasy, Steampunk | Add to Goodreads

Return to Honor by Brian McClellan | (Powder Mage #1.5) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan | (Powder Mage #2) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Unchosen by Katharyn Blair | Young Adult, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick | (Rook & Rose #1) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Lady Mechanika, Vol. 6: Sangre by Joe Benítez | (Lady Mechanika Volumes #6) | Graphic Novel, Steampunk, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Moriarty the Patriot, Vol. 2 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi | (Moriarty the Patriot #2) | Manga, Historical, Mystery | Add to Goodreads


4.5 Star Reads

The Lady Jewel Diviner by Rosalie Oaks | (Lady Diviner #1) | Historical Fantasy | Add to Goodreads


4 Star Reads

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder by Bonnie MacBird | (Sherlock Holmes Adventures #2) | Historical, Mystery, Sherlockian | Add to Goodreads


3 Star Reads

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha | Young Adult, Historical, Mystery | Add to Goodreads

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner | Historical Fantasy | Add to Goodreads


DNF

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood | (The Serpent Gates #1) | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Tree of Ages by Sara C. Roethle | (Tree of Ages #1) | Young Adult, Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Eventide by Sarah Goodman | Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery | Add to Goodreads


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My Most Disappointing Books of 2020

We have finished another year so it is time to look back and see what my most Disappointing books for the year was.

Note: Just because these books were disappointing for me does not mean that they were bad. I just did not get what I was hoping to out of them. Everyone has different tastes and I really learned how mine is changing over this last year.

If any of these books appeal to you I say go try them out. Just because they did not work for me does not mean they wont for you. If you want specific thoughts on each book please let me know. These books are listed in the order that I read them. Now to the books!

The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles | (A Charm of Magpies #1) | Historical, Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads

A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell. Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude… and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual. Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it-they’re both going to die.


The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie | Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven’s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven’s watch, the city flourishes.

But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.

It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo–aide to Mawat, the true Lease–arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven’s Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself…and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke | Historical Fiction |Add to Goodreads

Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke’s magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England’s magical past and regained some of the powers of England’s magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.

All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative-the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington’s army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange’s heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear.


To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters | Historical, Regency Romance | Add to Goodreads

In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention—and maybe just win each other back in the process.

Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four years ago, they had a fight to end all fights, and have barely spoken since.

Their once-passionate love match has been reduced to one of cold, detached politeness. But when Violet receives a letter that James has been thrown from his horse and rendered unconscious at their country estate, she races to be by his side—only to discover him alive and well at a tavern, and completely unaware of her concern. She’s outraged. He’s confused. And the distance between them has never been more apparent.

Wanting to teach her estranged husband a lesson, Violet decides to feign an illness of her own. James quickly sees through it, but he decides to play along in an ever-escalating game of manipulation, featuring actors masquerading as doctors, threats of Swiss sanitariums, faux mistresses—and a lot of flirtation between a husband and wife who might not hate each other as much as they thought. Will the two be able to overcome four years of hurt or will they continue to deny the spark between them?


The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher | (The Faery Rehistory #1) | Fantasy, Romance | Add to Goodreads

Miss Ada Quicksilver, a student of London’s Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women, is spending her holiday in Ireland to pursue her anthropological study of fairies. She visits Dublin’s absinthe bars to investigate a supposed association between the bittersweet spirit and fairy sightings.

One night a handsome Irishman approaches her, introducing himself as Edward Donoghue. Edward takes absinthe to relieve his sleepwalking, and she is eager to hear whether he has experience with fairies. Instead, she discovers that he’s the earl of Meath, and that he will soon visit a mysterious ruin at Newgrange on the orders of his cousin, the beautiful, half-mad Queen Isolde. On learning about Ada’s area of study, he invites her to accompany him.

Ada is torn between a sensible fear of becoming entangled with the clearly troubled gentleman and her compelling desire to ease his suffering. Finally she accepts his invitation, and they arrive in time for the winter solstice. That night, the secret of Edward’s affliction is revealed: he is, in fact, a lord in two worlds and can no longer suppress his shadow self.

Little does either of them realize that their blossoming friendship and slowly kindling passion will lead to discoveries that wrench open a door sealed for centuries, throwing them into a war that will change Ireland forever.


Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas | Gothic, Mystery | Add to Goodreads

A seductive, gothic-infused tale of literary suspense — the debut of a spectacular new voice — about a dangerously curious young undergraduate whose rebelliousness leads her to discover a shocking secret involving an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s promise of prestige.

You are in the house and the house is in the woods.
You are in the house and the house is in you . . .

Catherine House is a school of higher learning like no other. Hidden deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, this crucible of reformist liberal arts study with its experimental curriculum, wildly selective admissions policy, and formidable endowment, has produced some of the world’s best minds: prize-winning authors, artists, inventors, Supreme Court justices, presidents. For those lucky few selected, tuition, room, and board are free. But acceptance comes with a price. Students are required to give the House three years—summers included—completely removed from the outside world. Family, friends, television, music, even their clothing must be left behind. In return, the school promises its graduates a future of sublime power and prestige, and that they can become anything or anyone they desire.

Among this year’s incoming class is Ines, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, pills, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline—only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. The school’s enigmatic director, Viktória, encourages the students to explore, to expand their minds, to find themselves and their place within the formidable black iron gates of Catherine.

For Ines, Catherine is the closest thing to a home she’s ever had, and her serious, timid roommate, Baby, soon becomes an unlikely friend. Yet the House’s strange protocols make this refuge, with its worn velvet and weathered leather, feel increasingly like a gilded prison. And when Baby’s obsessive desire for acceptance ends in tragedy, Ines begins to suspect that the school—in all its shabby splendor, hallowed history, advanced theories, and controlled decadence—might be hiding a dangerous agenda that is connected to a secretive, tightly knit group of students selected to study its most promising and mysterious curriculum.

Combining the haunting sophistication and dusky, atmospheric style of Sarah Waters with the unsettling isolation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Catherine House is a devious, deliciously steamy, and suspenseful page-turner with shocking twists and sharp edges that is sure to leave readers breathless.


Home Before Dark by Riley Sager | Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal | Add to Goodreads

What was it like? Living in that house.

Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Horror, Gothic, Mystery | Add to Goodreads

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.


Alpha’s Revenge by Catherine Stine | (Royal Alpha Wolves Club #3) | Paranormal Romance, Shape-Shifters, Supernatural | Add to Goodreads

A heartbroken furious alpha, a forbidden childhood crush revisited.
Will karmic justice destroy them both?

From the languid, sexy heat of New Orleans, all the way to the icy Canadian Wilderness, supernatural creatures live shadow lives amongst mortals. But what if one of the most powerful and regal of beings—wolf shifters—found their packs disappearing through longstanding battles and vicious payback?

The Royal Alpha Wolves Club, a worldwide, ancient organization formed to keep order and secrets safe among werewolf packs is faced with this very dilemma. So, when the club leader gives the dire order for all royals to find a mate and produce an heir within a year it’s in the wolf shifters’ best interest. Wayland, though, is not on board.

Meet Wayland Leblanc—legendary royal alpha, hell-bent on revenge for his murdered mate. When the edict comes down from the leader in his new territory that all royals mate and produce an heir within the year or lose royal status, Wayland hits the road. He’s not ready. Instead, he charges up to Canada in his mini-camper, to wreak revenge on Thorn, the Tundra shifter who killed his mate Sabine and their unborn babe. He conscripts an army of coyote shifters in his revenge plot, and stuffs down his lingering heartache by partying with neighboring witches.

What he doesn’t plan for is falling hard for Stormy, Thorn’s mysterious sister. But pursuing a star-crossed Juliet to his Romeo just might cost Wayland and Stormy their lives.


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab | Historical Fantasy | Add to Goodreads

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.


Alice by Christina Henry | (The Chronicles of Alice #1) | Fantasy, Retelling | Add to Goodreads

A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.


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