A hand snuffed out the light. I leaned over the edge of the greenhouse trellis, wooden beams creaking beneath me. The guards, as they had done every night I’d been spying, left soon as Lord del Aer tucked his daughter in, and they followed him through the halls of his estate. His daughter’s room was left unguarded except for the ones patrolling the grounds. He couldn’t comprehend someone killing his child to get at him.
An incredibly beautiful and diverse anthology about witches, women, love and mischief. With stories that ranged from modern-day to historical to magical realism, there's a little something for everyone in Toil & Trouble. A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, … Continue reading Toil & Trouble ★★★★☆
Once in a while, there comes a book where you go into it with almost no expectations, in a genre you only occasionally read, where you go into it with an open mind. And then it consumes your entire life. In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. … Continue reading Mirage ★★★★★
A thrilling mystery with a terribly wrapped up ending. But most of the book was amazing and a great approach to popular period of history. Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she … Continue reading Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★★☆
Y'all. I'm still a mess whenever I think about Mask of Shadows. And then along came Ruin of Stars? More like RUINED MY HEART! The thrilling conclusion to the Mask of Shadows duology that weaves a tale of magic, shadows, and most importantly, revenge. As one of the Queen’s elite assassins, Sal finally has the power, prestige, … Continue reading Ruin of Stars ★★★★☆
Imagine Heart of Mist. Now turn it up to eleven. Reign of Mist, the high-stakes, daring sequel to Heart of Mist was even more action-packed and intense than its predecessor. While I had trouble holding on to the first one, this one dug its claws into me and wouldn't let go. The realm’s darkest secret is out. The cruelty … Continue reading Reign of Mist ★★★★☆
Magic abilities, a traveling performance troupe and a monstrous secret that could kill everyone sounds like the perfect recipe for a great story. That's exactly what Amanda Hocking's Freeks delivers! Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act… Mara has always longed for a … Continue reading Freeks ★★★★☆
So not that long ago, I posted Full Series Stop, in which I was talking about how the preview for this book was making me less excited for it. I would now like to apologize for letting my enthusiasm wane. We waited for King's Cage and Aveyard delivered. In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s … Continue reading King’s Cage ★★★★★
Sequels are hard; sequels in trilogies are even harder. So many of them suffer through Sagging Middle Syndrome that some people aren't even able to finish them. I read and reviewed The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey last year, and I fell head over heels and finished it in one go. It's sequel, The Shadow Hour, … Continue reading The Shadow Hour ★★★★☆
Jessamine works with her mother pretending to be spiritualists—until the day where the pretending becomes real and she finds out she has mysterious powers. Ronald L. Smith has made a dark and memorable middle-grade story in The Mesmerist. Thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists—until they discover that Jess is a … Continue reading The Mesmerist ★★★★☆
I was PUMPED when I was approved for a review copy of Furyborn late last year. It was one of my top anticipated YA Fantasies of 2018. I loved the concept, the cover was gorgeous (why am I such a shallow reader? I love shiny covers) and I'd been following Clare Legrand for some time on … Continue reading Furyborn ★★★★★
Aside from the fact that this book looks gorgeous, the writing was amazing. I expect nothing less from Marissa Meyer. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. … Continue reading Heartless ★★★★☆
It got in us and most are dead. Decklan flew for help. Don’t trust the kid.
I was immediately intrigued by Heart of Mist when I saw it online; not only was the cover beautiful but the entire concept grabbed my interest from the get-go. There was a lot to like about Heart of Mist, but a whole lot to get through first... In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic … Continue reading Heart of Mist ★★★★☆
I requested Nine because I was intrigued by the world: people literally killing themselves to better themselves (where am I familiar with this concept?). But it all just fell short. In an alternate world startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to burn straight through them. As you shed lives, you shed … Continue reading Nine ★★☆☆☆
Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give blew up the book community when it released in February 2017, and for good reasons. The Hate U Give is an intense look into the lives of black kids living in a racist society that's trying to keep them down. It was not only an incredibly well written story that had … Continue reading The Hate U Give ★★★★★
If there's anything that can be said for me, is that I love my fiction to have a hearty dosage of pirates. And queer girls. And queer pirate girls. The Abyss Surrounds Us is that, and more. So much more. For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner … Continue reading The Abyss Surrounds Us ★★★★★
I've got so many emotions about this one guys, I was a wreck reading it from start to finish. I loved Windwitch, and it definitely lived up to the high bar Truthwitch set up. Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies… After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred … Continue reading Windwitch ★★★★☆
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-beush-943805 This week we discuss Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir!
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rr4nw-936360 Join us this week as we discuss Zoraida Cordova's Bruja Born, the sequel to Labyrinth Lost. Eat your heart out Lula Mortiz, we've got some opinions. This episode is the uncut episode for our patrons. Want to listen to the whole shebang AND a whole bunch of awesome interviews we have coming up? Visit patron.podbean.com/bookedallnight and support the … Continue reading Episode #35: Bruja Born UNCUT
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ndpu4-93635b Viruses... IN SPACE! War... IN SPACE! Psychotic AIs... IN SPACE! You know Jess loves this series and now we're finally talking about The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The uncut discussion of the Illuminae Files.
Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of My Lady Jane are back with a fantastic, romantic, hilarious reimagining of Jane Eyre. Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows’s My Lady Jane was a New York Times bestseller, “an utter delight” (ALA Booklist, starred review), and “an uproarious historical fantasy that’s not to be missed” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Now they’re back with another irreverent tale of mischief, mayhem, and romance—perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xjaw4-919179 Viruses... IN SPACE! War... IN SPACE! Psychotic AIs... IN SPACE! You know Jess loves this series and now we're finally talking about The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ccupy-9259c1 Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead. Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within … Continue reading Episode #35: Bruja Born
Córdova immerses us in fantasy, language, and LGBQT in a way I haven't seen done successfully in today's YA literature. Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person … Continue reading Labyrinth Lost ★★★★★
Praise for Bruja Born “Córdova keeps the flame on high as Lula and her sisters strike risky deals and face demons...Fantasy and zombie fans looking for flavor — organ-meat, in particular — will not leave disappointed.” —The New York Times “Córdova blows the world of the “Brooklyn Brujas” series wide open...A fast-paced story sure to appeal … Continue reading Bruja Born Blog Tour (Giveaway and Excerpt)
From talented YA author Tara Eglington, comes the follow-up to her page-turning, funny and delicious romp of a debut. In KISSING GAMES (Wednesday Books; June 5, 2018), Eglington’s delightful leading lady Aurora is off on another adventure, involving even more kissing. Filled with sweet high school love, this novel has all the hijinks and HEAs … Continue reading Kissing Games Blog Tour
For a girl who shares her name with a princess (Aurora from Sleep- ing Beauty), my present circumstances were fathoms away from a fairy tale. My kissing skills had left both parties maimed—one case worthy of the emergency room. Our first kiss as a couple, and my first-ever kiss, had been a melding of everything … Continue reading Kissing Games EXCERPT
In past years, many of books for signings were free. You didn't need to drop $30-$40 on a new copy of a book you've read so often it doesn't have a spine any more. Not so much any more.
Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead. Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.
Graphic novels have always had a special place in my heart, and Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier has taken my heart in its adorable fist and crushed it to smithereens. Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for … Continue reading Ghosts ★★★★★
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bnzy8-918c90 Viruses... IN SPACE! War... IN SPACE! Psychotic AIs... IN SPACE! You know Jess loves this series and now we're finally talking about The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. And we have some thoughts... IN SPACE! . Subscribe to the podcast on Podbean Follow Jessica Twitter . Facebook Follow Maggie Twitter . Facebook … Continue reading Episode #34: The Illuminae Files
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I have a theory that Stacey Kade wants to watch me die from dehydration. A scene that's absolutely plausible given how much I cried while reading For This Life Only. Three minutes. Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes. And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is … Continue reading For This Life Only ★★★★★
There was a lot I was expecting from The Girl and The Grove and everything that I wanted didn't really come out. There were parts I really enjoyed and parts where I just had to put the book down. This one was a DNF from me. Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around … Continue reading The Girl and The Grove ★★★☆☆
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The Wicked Deep was a creepy story with rich world building, beautiful language and amazing imagery. That, and the cover is amazing and so sparkly. I just need it on my shelves at all time, illuminated by a little spot light. But--there were plenty of issues too. Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced … Continue reading The Wicked Deep ★★★★☆
I'm always enamored by girls in stories that seem innocent and invisible but use that to their advantage to carve their own path -- which is exactly what Faith Sunderly does in The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. It's impossible to put down this historical mystery, set just after the advent of Darwin's On The … Continue reading The Lie Tree ★★★★☆
A princess kept captive, ready to take back her kingdom, a smart girl lying in wait to snap at her abusers, a hidden power waiting to be unleashed. Theodosia was meant to be all of this, but Ash Princess just fell short. Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was … Continue reading Ash Princess ★★★☆☆½
It's interview central around here this month! Joining us this week is Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett and the recently released As You Wish. We had a wonderful discussion about anxiety and writing and how we all handle the pressure. As You Wish What if you could ask for anything- and get it? In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true. Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself. BUY LINKS Amazon . Barnes&Noble . BooksAMillion Chelsea Sedoti Chelsea Sedoti I’ve lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for most of my life. It’s a weird place. I’m not a fan of casinos, but I love the Mojave Desert. I also love the woods and hills and dying steel mill towns of eastern Ohio, which is where my family is from. I wish I could split my time between both places. I have a nerdy-cool husband and a goofy dog and evil cat. I read a lot of books. I think Mad Men is the best show ever made. I rock climb, even though I’m afraid of heights. I would eat red velvet cupcakes from the Cupcakery every day if I could. One of my favorite things in the world is exploring abandoned places. I love writing because it lets me have adventures. I love writing because it is an adventure. That’s what you should know about me: I think everything should feel like an adventure. With a little effort, it can. Other Books Mentioned in This Episode The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett Amazon . Barnes&Noble . BooksAMillion Follow Magdalyn Ann Blog . Twitter . Facebook . Instagram Follow Jessica M Tuckerman Blog . Twitter . Facebook . Instagram Follow Booked All Night Twitter . Facebook Follow Chelsea Sedoti Website . Twitter . Instagram . . POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS SUPPORT THE BOOKED ALL NIGHT PODCAST BY PURCHASING YOUR NEXT BOOK OR MOVIE THROUGH OUR AFFILIATE LINKS.
I don't remember the last zombie book I'd read--it might have been a few years ago--but Dread Nation is not one I'll forget for a long time. It was thrilling, captivating and all around amazing. Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between … Continue reading Dread Nation ★★★★★
What was the first scene you thought of and how did you know that the story was worth exploring? The first chapter is the first scene I saw in my head and if you can believe it, it is published exactly as I first wrote it. I literally changed nothing about the first scene except … Continue reading Q&A with Adrienne Young
“I saw him. I saw Iri.” He wrapped the torn cloth around my arm, tying it tight. “What are you talking about?” I pushed his hands from me, crying. “Listen to me! Iri was here! I saw him!” His hands finally stilled, confusion lighting in his eyes. “I was fighting a man. He was about to … Continue reading Sky in the Deep EXCERPT
I've only ever read one other book by Amie Kaufman, and that was Illuminae. So when I saw she had a middle grade piece about kids who turned into wolves and dragons well... I needed to get my hands on it! And Elementals: Ice Wolves did not disappoint! Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragonsare sworn enemies who … Continue reading Ice Wolves ★★★★★
This super special (totes late but you'll love it) episode we were joined by none other than MarcyKate Connolly, author of Shadow Weaver, Monstrous, Ravenous, and more! If you're unfamiliar with her work we highly recommend Shadow Weaver. You can, of course, listen to us gush over it in Episode #25 (which we also recommend). Join us as we talk about middle grade literature, writing, Shadow Weaver, and play a little game of Burn, Re-write, Re-Read.
Looking for a nice, well-paced, slow build? You need to pick up a copy of The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of … Continue reading The Darkest Corners ★★★★☆
Praise for How You Ruined My Life “Witty dialogue, ridiculous yet believable situations, and just the right note of self-deprecating introspection make this a perfect book for reluctant readers as well as those who are just not in the mood for angsty YA novels.”–School Library Journal “Readers will howl with laughter, cringing as the author twists … Continue reading How You Ruined My Life Spotlight Tour
Thanks for coming out tonight! Are you ready to rock?” A couple of people in the audience indicate that yes, they are indeed ready to begin the process of rocking. A few others don’t look up from their cell phones, but I’m confident that they’ll discover their readiness to rock as soon as we start playing. … Continue reading How You Ruined My Life EXCERPT & Giveaway
When it comes to the broad sibling genre of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, I've always been more in the favor of Fantasy. But Beyond The Red by Ava Jae showed me a whole new world within the Sci-Fi realm, and I have fallen in love. Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson … Continue reading Beyond the Red ★★★★★
I wanted to love Inkmistress. I wanted to so hard; I knew it was a prequel-companion type to Of Fire and Stars, which I hadn't read yet but c'mon, queer ladies! I got about halfway through the book before I just had to put it down... Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to … Continue reading Inkmistress ★★★☆☆
This week we saw a double feature of Love, Simon and A Wrinkle in Time. Do you like to read the book first? Have you ever watched the movie and then read the book? Well that's what we did for this episode.
He does not look so formidable, I lied to myself, staring at the warped, decaying body before me. I can defeat his will. I will break him. It is a wonder what Mykkie had ever seen in him.
“In this spectacular follow-up to the rich The Bone Witch, Tea’s quest draws the reader further in, setting them on a more dangerous yet intriguing adventure.”
This week's adventure is in Orïsha! A magical world... without magic? Jess and Maggie have plenty of thoughts on Tomi Adeyemi's debut fantasy!
Compulsively stirring my coffee in Nowhereville, New Jersey, I recognize I’m going to have to do a lot of explaining when Emily gets here. Well, assuming she’s figured out my code and picked the right coffee shop.
“A gripping novel that will tug on readers’ heartstrings until the very end.”–Booklist
I'm a little torn over what to rate Children of Blood and Bone because I really enjoyed her world building but I had such issues with other elements of craft.
I finished Children of Blood and Bone the other night, and it was my most anticipated March release, so now I get to go through all the new March releases, and even work on some of my April release ARCs! The Wicked Deep Releases: March 6th, 2018 Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow… Where, two centuries … Continue reading Maggie’s March TBR
For Review Title: Children of Blood and Bone Author(s): Tomi Adeyemi Pub Date: March 6, 2018 Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers Buy Links: Amazon . B&N Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed … Continue reading Jessica’ March TBR
Unfortunately, we didn't meet our goal to giveaway an ARC of Children of Blood and Bone. Make sure to tune in March 8th, 2018 for our discussion on Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel. And make sure to get your pre-orders in so you can read before we spoil it.
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his … Continue reading House of Furies ★★★★★
It's no secret that I love a good fantasy book, and Susan Dennard sure knows how to write one. Sightwitch has catapulted to the top of my fave books of 2018 list and I have a feeling it's going to stay there for a while. From New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard, Sightwitch is an illustrated novella set in … Continue reading Sightwitch ★★★★★
A dueling opinionated podcast! This week Jess and Maggie talk about Granted by John David Anderson (author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day and Posted). Who will you agree with?
1 One month earlier April 13th “You lucky bitch!” I drop back down on my pink bedspread, phone to ear, knowing Brandy is dancing on cloud nine and I’m dancing with her. I glance at the door to make sure Mom isn’t hovering and about to freak over my language. Again. She isn’t there. Lately, … Continue reading Blog Tour: This Heart of Mine
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir. Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night … Continue reading GIVEAWAY: Children of Blood and Bone
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no … Continue reading Dividing Eden ★★★★☆
Our giveaway for THE BELLES has ended and congratulations to Dynal R for winning! Didn't win? Don't worry! We've got more giveaways coming! Keep your ear out for the next episode of the Booked All Night podcast for another bookish giveaway! Follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all Booked All Night news and … Continue reading THE BELLES Giveaway Winner!
Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her… Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help … Continue reading Follow Me Back ★★★☆☆½
This week we're talking about The Death Cure! The final installment in the Maze Runner series. The fact that we are talking about it is your warning for spoilers!
Let me just say, The Belles made me so damn hungry. Hungry for snacks and hungry for more story. It was SO. DAMN. GOOD. Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are … Continue reading The Belles ★★★★☆
Howdy booknerds! I seemed to have found myself with two copies of Dhonielle Clayton's The Belles--a review copy I won in a BookishFirst giveaway and my pre-ordered copy. So I wanted to share this AMAZING book with y'all, so I'm giving away one of my copies! Just enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win! … Continue reading THE BELLES Giveaway!
There are two things you, dear booknerds, should have gathered about me if you listen to our late-night podcast: one, I'm a lover of all things fantasy and two, queer books are my absolute faves. But Reign of the Fallen fell short of my expectations despite being an awesome queer necromancer fantasy. Odessa is one of … Continue reading Reign of the Fallen ★★★☆☆
I finally finished Court of Wings and Ruin. I feel like it took me forever to get through and that's where it lost a few stars for me. Fair warning, this review will contain spoilers. A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare. Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information … Continue reading Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★☆☆
I had been chasing the Thomas twins around their house for a half hour, begging them to put on their clothes, when the garage door whined up. Their mother was home.
Julia Day's Fade to Us is a story about found families, the bond of sisterhood, and the agony and awe of first love. Brooke's summer is going to be EPIC— having fun with her friends and a job that lets her buy a car. Then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always … Continue reading Fade to Us Blog Tour
Since the latest (and final) Maze Runner movie, The Death Cure, only grossed $23.5 million in its opening weekend, apparently that means that YA movies are a declining fad. Jess and Maggie have some thoughts on that, thoughts that include almost twenty five YA titles that were options for movies just this year, as well as books they would love to see get some screen adaptations. Preferably TV shows for Jess so she can spend the day watching an accurate 19 hour production.
I keep making the mistake of requesting more and more ARCs even though I haven't finished the ones on my list... But with The Belles coming out in a few days and Reign of the Fallen out already, I can hopefully breeze through my February ARCs so I can get to the ones I'm most excited … Continue reading Maggie’s February TBR
A few titles are back on my TBR after the holidays and with the semester starting. I'm trying to read more middle grade this semester since I feel like I haven't touched a lot of it. And I have three ARCs on the list. If anyone has any good, recent, sci-fi bookrecs, please leave them … Continue reading Jessica’s February TBR
A little slow and a little weird, but definitely worth the read. Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn't been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year. Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose … Continue reading The Gallery of Unfinished Girls ★★★☆☆
This week we're talking about Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly. We advise you to actually NOT listen to this podcast and go buy a copy NOW. DO IT NOW! Okay, fine, listen to the podcast.
I don't know if this is obvious, I love thrillers. Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with … Continue reading Little Monsters ★★★★☆
It's officially 2018! That means you need more books to read, right? Right. Duh. Well good news, night owls! Jess and Maggie have plenty of bookrecs for you.
Based on the premise, I thought I'd really enjoy Bad Girl Gone. Well--I knew I'd have an issue with the "she's blatantly dead why can't she tell" part of it, but the rest of it I fully expected to enjoy. Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea … Continue reading Bad Girl Gone ★☆☆☆☆
Don't you just love when you pick a book for the cover and the writing is just as beautiful? To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology. Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel … Continue reading Shimmer and Burn ★★★★☆
When the fate of the world is at stake Loyalties will be tested Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking. As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. … Continue reading Between the Blade and the Heart EXCERPT
Sorry BookNerds! Jessi and Maggie are away at their MFA residency this week and there's no podcast this week while they work hard at their projects and classes! Check back next week for a new Booked All Night episode!
Maureen Johnson has broken my heart in the past (I'm looking at you, Shades of London) and Truly Devious was no different. Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full … Continue reading Truly Devious ★★★★★
First TBR of the new year! The one with the most hope attached to it! Reign of the Fallen Publishes January 23rd, 2018 Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous … Continue reading Maggie’s January TBR
I only recently came into Sci-fi and I'm glad I did, because it introduced me to Olivia A. Cole's A Conspiracy of Stars and my emotions are still in tatters. Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study … Continue reading Conspiracy of Stars ★★★★☆
MarcyKate Connolly's Shadow Weaver is a-maz-ing. A beautifully written spooky middle grade experience.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Jess and Maggie at Booked All Night.
I was really excited for this one. I'd read Amanda Hocking's Freeks and enjoyed it, but Between the Blade and the Heart just sort of... didn't work for me. Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests … Continue reading Between the Blade and the Heart ★★☆☆☆