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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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Bookish Photos: My Process

Besides reading books, I really enjoying taking pictures of them. I would consider myself an amateur photographer, buts its definitely more of a hobby than anything else. It’s a way to express my love of books that allows me to be behind the camera (if I choose) and create something that I consider beautiful. So, for a little bit of a change of pace, I decided to show my process of taking pictures and show off a few of them!

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Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody

*This review will NOT contain spoilers*

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I was wearing all red when I received my ARC and it was honestly fantastic.

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.

Proper young ladies, con men, and a city that corrupts the innocent. That is certainly something I have never read before. I also don’t think I’ve ever even been inclined to read something like this. I’m sure the books are out there, but I’m not sure if I would want to pick them up.

But something about Ace Of Shades made me want to DEVOUR the whole thing. I dunno. I think I just really love Amanda Foody and how she presents this book through her Twitter and Instagram. Maybe this book just happened to come onto my timeline at the right time when I was ready to want to read something like this.

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8 Anticipated Books For 2018

 

So, this post was supposed be 18 books, but woah this post is really long. Because of that, I’ve trimmed it down to something that doesn’t make my eyes bulge when I look at the word count.

There are so many books that sound amazing that are coming out this coming year. This list is just a few of the many, many books that I’m looking forward to reading or am looking forward to other people reading so I can finally discuss with everyone! I’m sure I have missed tons of books I’m looking forward too, so let me know if your most anticipated isn’t on this list and we can gush together!

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