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Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

*Spoiler free, but spoilers for Furyborn*

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Thank you Edelweiss for the e-ARC!

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien — but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist. Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption — fear of becoming another Rielle — keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted — by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.

Furyborn was fire. And Claire Legrand just stoked the flames she created with the first book. I adored Furyborn with a passion and I was so looking forward to seeing where the sequel would take the world, the characters, and the plot.

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

*Minor spoilers maybe?*

And there are multiple cats in this book!!!

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush. Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter. And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…

I picked this one up kinda of randomly. I really, really enjoyed Starry Eyes and Serious Moonlight and some of my friends have raved about this book. My reading schedule kinda got messed up and I had couple days with nothing planned. I thought I would start this one and see what happened!

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The Fever King by Victoria Lee

*Minor, minor spoilers*

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia. The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear. Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

I had seen this one around quite a bit. It sounded interesting enough, but I just wasn’t sure if it would be my cup of tea. It sounded like it would be heavy and I usually shy away from those types of books. But, I’m trying to branch out. Plus, the author said that it’s super, super queer! Trigger warnings: acholol abuse, rape

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