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The Ins And Outs Of Smaller Book Events

When I say smaller book events, I mean the events where there’s a conversation/talk, followed by a signing! I’ve recently went to two smaller book events and I’ve been to couple over the years. There’s lots of how to guides on how to handle big events such as BookCon, BookExpo, and YallFest/West, but no so many about smaller events! I know it seems like you just, go haha, and that’s the basics. But, I always get really nervous beforehand and I’ve heard other people get nervous, so I thought it’d be cool to write a post about what to expect and these types of events!

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A River Of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

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Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood–a dark and terrible magick that hasn’t been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina’s long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne–because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive. When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye–and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death or her own.

Just from the title alone, I wanted to read this book. It sounds dark and a dark royal story sounds amazing. Then it just sounds better from the synopsis. I’ve recently fallen in love with sister stories and this one sounded complicated and bloody. There’s also a Queendom, terrible magick, and handsome princes.

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Nocturna by Maya Motayne

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Thank you to Edelweiss for the e-ARC!

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks. As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever. After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic. But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

I wanted to read this because there were faceshifters, a girl who wielded magic like a knife, and a boy and girl who have different views of the world who are thrust together. I had seen people talking about it and how much they loved it, so I wanted to give it a try. Trigger warnings: abusive parent, alcoholism, gore, violence

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What I Want To Read In January

Well, I’m not sure how it’s the new year already. Though, there are a lot of books I want to get to this year! A lot of amazing ones are coming out and there are some already released ones that I would like to get to! I’m a little bit of a big shrug when it comes to what I want to read this month. Though I do have a little bit of an idea!

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