EXCERPT #2: Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young people and adults. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, her two children, and an assortment of fainting goats. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist and member of the Jam House collective located in Denver, Colorado. Her work is predominantly in comics and illustration. She has worked on such properties as Adventure Time, Planet of the Apes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the co-creator, alongside writers Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, of the series The Family Trade from Image Comics.

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EXCERPT #1: Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young people and adults. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, her two children, and an assortment of fainting goats. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist and member of the Jam House collective located in Denver, Colorado. Her work is predominantly in comics and illustration. She has worked on such properties as Adventure Time, Planet of the Apes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the co-creator, alongside writers Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, of the series The Family Trade from Image Comics.

About DC’s YA Graphic Novels

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Ever Cursed

Damsel meets A Heart in a Body in the World in this incisive and lyrical feminist fairy tale about a princess determined to save her sisters from a curse, even if it means allying herself with the very witch who cast it.

The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.

Cursed.

Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.

But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.

Told through the eyes of Reagan and Jane—the witch and the bewitched—this insightful twist of a fairy tale explores power in a patriarchal kingdom not unlike our own.

Ever Cursed, Corey Ann Haydu
July 28, 2020
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There’s a lot of things about Ever Cursed that I should have loved. Princesses and witches, weird magical curses, a feminist fairy tale about the bewitched and the bewitcher. But honestly? It never felt right.

Ever Cursed is about the Princesses of a kingdom called Ever. A young witch casts a spell on the princesses to make them go without something; food, love, sleep, memories, or hope. After five years of this misery, the witch returns and gives them a way to break their curse in just a few short days. I hoped this would be a thrilling adventure of girls banding together in a kingdom they’ve never seen, but it was a slow paced, wrong-voiced read.

The way Ever Cursed is written, you’d think it was a middle grade story. It reminded me a lot of Wizards of Once and Dark Lord Clementine. And usually, that would be a good thing. But Ever Cursed is meant to be a YA; and a dark one at that. There’s sexual abuse, manipulation, gaslighting, sexism, and more hinted at through the early parts of the book. So when a character said “f*ck” for the first time, I was really thrown off because I just thought this whole time, I was reading a middle grade. The voice just never clicked for me.

The writing also circled around itself several times. Chapters, one after another, would repeat information we’d already gotten twice before and it felt slow. Like a whole lot of nothing going on. I appreciate the trigger warning we got right at the beginning, but it still didn’t really prepare me for all the abuse we underwent. It made me feel hopeless as a reader because I didn’t see a way things could improve with all the terrible things going on.

Ever Cursed also dragged on quite a bit, despite being a fast read. I got a quarter of the way through the book in one stretch of before-bed-time-reading. The prose itself read quickly, but the story dragged its feet. It was enough to keep me interested to finish, but I didn’t like doing it. The whole time I was reading, I just wanted to get to the next book on my TBR.

The cover is simply stunning, and I’m sure there are plenty of people who would fall head over heels for Ever Cursed, but unfortunately, I’m not one of them. The narrative style felt wrong for this book; too whimsical to counteract the dark themes. I’m sure it could have worked with a more careful hand, but to me, it didn’t.

My Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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Shielded

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

Shielded, Kaylynn Flanders
July 21st, 2020
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I was immediately drawn to this cover. Look at her. She’s pretty and she’s badass looking. How could my little queer heart not want to have this book in my hands?

Princess Jenna has secret magic, a conundrum, and the will to fix it. Unfortunately, I never got far enough to finish the book. I barely started it.

I wasn’t drawn in. I didn’t feel connected to any character, and I was listless in the setting. I had no reason to care about Jenna’s brother being sent off to fight on the front lines, no reason to care why she had to hide her magic or why the court laughed at her. There was nothing to guide me towards caring about the book.

Despite it having ticked off a lot of my loves about any YA book, it just wasn’t worth forging ahead to finish it. Shielded is a DNF from me.

My Rating:
DNF

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Furia Cover Reveal

An #ownvoices contemporary YA set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams.

In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life.

At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father.

On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.

But the path ahead isn’t easy. Her parents don’t know about her passion. They wouldn’t allow a girl to play fútbol—and she needs their permission to go any farther. And the boy she once loved is back in town. Since he left, Diego has become an international star, playing in Italy for the renowned team Juventus. Camila doesn’t have time to be distracted by her feelings for him. Things aren’t the same as when he left: she has her own passions and ambitions now, and La Furia cannot be denied. As her life becomes more complicated, Camila is forced to face her secrets and make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her.

Furia, Yamile Saied Mendez

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“In this stirring novel by Argentine American author Méndez, passion for sports and personal growth intersect in Camila’s powerful, feminist first-person narrative about her experiences as an ambitious athlete, a teenager deeply in love, the daughter of an abusive father at the point of taking charge of her own life, and a young woman finding her voice in a deeply sexist, patriarchal society… A riveting coming-of-age story.”

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Swamp Thing: Twin Branches Blog Tour

From #1-New York Times-bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater (the Raven Cycle series) and artist Morgan Beem comes DC’s newest young adult original graphic novel, the spine-tingling saga Swamp Thing: Twin Branches. In the pages of this haunting retelling of the Swamp Thing origin story, teenage twin brothers Alec and Walker Holland arrive in Virginia for their last summer before college, but while Walker thrives in the light of parties and social life, Alec recedes into the cool darkness of the lab, driven to finding answers in his plant experiment on consciousness and memory. But what Alec comes to realize is that the experiment isn’t about solving nature’s riddles, but about finding out who he really is. And though these twin brothers have grown apart, they share the same roots – and will unite once more before splintering apart forever.

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Swamp Thing: Twins Branches is a haunting coming-of-age story about growing into who you’re meant to be, and the sacrifices you make to protect the people you love. This original young adult graphic novel is aimed at readers ages 13+ and deftly interweaves in social issues like bullying, peer pressure and living with a medical condition, while examining themes like growing up, the importance of communication, sharing memories and experiences, and overcoming trauma. Swamp Thing: Twin Branches hits stores everywhere books are sold on 10/13/2020.

Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but they are inseparable. Spending their last summer before college together, the two leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths than they could have imagined. This season, both brothers must confront truths, ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.

“HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans have flocked to Stiefvater’s high-concept YA series (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, The Raven Cycle). Her first graphic novel serves up everything they love.”

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“An appealing coming-of-age story infused with horror-movie sensibilities, Swamp Thing: Twin Branches makes for, as the Swamp Thing’s tagline once read, “sophisticated suspense.”

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About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young people and adults. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, her two children, and an assortment of fainting goats. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist and member of the Jam House collective located in Denver, Colorado. Her work is predominantly in comics and illustration. She has worked on such properties as Adventure Time, Planet of the Apes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the co-creator, alongside writers Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, of the series The Family Trade from Image Comics.

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Court of Lions

Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

Court of Lions, Somaiya Daud
August 6th, 2020
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Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

I’ve been waiting for this book for years and it did not disappoint.

Court of Lions is a fabulous sequel and so amazingly written. I love Somaiya’s writing style and Mirage became an instant favorite. Court of Lions was the same.

I really loved Maram’s point of view throughout the book. Getting into her head was so much fun, and a nice glimpse into what she does when Amani is out pretending to be her.

I was thrown off by the switch in POV style but soon it didn’t matter. I was thoroughly enthralled and I didn’t want to put Court of Lions down. This was one of the best books I’d read all year.

I have a singular gripe and that is that I felt the ending was a little rushed. Honestly, I just wanted to spend more time with them. With Maram and Amani and everyone. I love them all to bits and I wish there was a third book, or at maybe that Court of Lions was longer, just so I could read it more.

I loved Maram’s relationship with Aghraas. Honestly. WLW in a science fantasy setting is just *heart eyes*. Getting to explore Maram’s feelings about her heritage and her mother was a delight too.

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My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Today Tonight Tomorrow

The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves.

But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
July 28th, 2020

I have to admit something. I’m a sucker for a good romance in a Young Adult novel. Something that feels genuine, that feels honest, and something that feels right. I would never admit it aloud or in workshops, but the easiest way to get me invested in characters is for them to have crushes. There’s something very charming to me to see young love in action. Now, that being said, it is not easy to write young love. Often, young love feels forced or gross; or even worse, forcibly gross. In Today Tonight Tomorrow, Rachel Lynn Solomon has managed to avoid all of those issues.

Rowan Roth and Neil McNair instantly have one of those relationships you want to see work out. Not only do they instantly feel like friends you could have had in high school, but they also are a pair you want to root for. Rowan, or R2 as Neil calls her, is well-educated, perfectly rounded, and yet flawed in ways that make her both realistic as well as idealistic in a romance story. Neil McNair is a perfect balance of frustrating yet sweet that allows hims to walk the very fine line of coming off charming as opposed to cocky. Combine that with a fun concept of a scavenger hunt over Seattle and you have a lovely story ready to be told. Sure, I hate Seattle because of sports reasons, but Rachel Lynn Solomon makes the city seem almost worth visiting, almost.

While, yes, having a pair of lovable characters is important in a romance. Shocker, I know. There’s something important that Rachel Lynn Solomon does in Today Tonight Tomorrow that I think is even more important. As I’ve said on the podcast, particularly while discussing Testimony From Your Perfect Girl by Kaui Hart Hemmings, I love when sex and attraction is done right.

Now, what does that mean?

No, I do not mean I want incredibly erotic scenes.

What I want is realistic and honest scenes. Scenes and stories that show how love, romance, and sex should be. One of my favorite books of all time is The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetena because the sex in that book is realistic to how teenagers have sex. In Today Tonight Tomorrow, Rachel Lynn Solomon has Rowan and Neil talk about relationships and sex. They discuss how unfair it is that “good girls” are expected by society to be virgins or prudish. They ask each other “is this okay?” and “how far do we want to go tonight?” and better than that, they learn how to listen to each other. This book might get you to start reading because of the romance, but it will keep you reading because of the subtle and not-so-subtle ways it attacks a patriarchal system designed to shame girls for enjoying sex.

Like I said, it’s easy to get me hooked to a book when it has a couple that seem genuine and true. The relationship between Rowan and Neil is honestly near perfect from a storytelling perspective. Rachel Lynn Solomon uses the smallest of vignettes to flashback to the rivalry that Rowan and Neil have had over their high school years to be the best in the grade. Sure, it is exposition, but they are so short and well placed that they feel actually important as opposed to probably necessary. Likewise, the story feels like its a romantic movie with it’s pacing and persistence. No point in the book does it feel like you’re being dragged through an inevitable happily ever after because you learn about both characters as the story progresses. Thus, not only do you learn more and more about this cute couple (that isn’t a couple for most of the book) but you get to see their rivalry turn to friendship turn to love. Thus, it feels like the type of love story that would actually happen.

As if the cute love story isn’t enough to get readers hooked, Rowan’s secondary goals are equally as likely to get me to fall in love with a book. Rowan Roth wants to be a writer, well, not just any writer, but a romance novelist. She feels ashamed because of that and yet it’s what she wants to do. The story of her coming to terms with this dream is so well done. As a person who strives to be a writer, it is instantly easy to relate to her. Especially since she is not only educated as heck about her genre, but she is willing to stand up for it. Much like wanting to be a young adult novelist, Rowan knows there is certain people that will criticize that goal. Sure, writing a review on a blog designated for young adult novels is not the audience that will judge a dream like writing young adult novels, but plenty of people do. Rowan knows that people will judge her for her dream and yet, eventually, she faces the fear of that judgement. That is a lesson that never gets old and is wonderful to see in a book that also tackles sex talks and normalizes them. Frankly, this book has it all.

Overall, I would say this book is a fun read and quick. It’s perfect for summertime or any time. It’s a love story that doesn’t bog you down in cliches of romance novels and will probably make you respect romance novels even more. It’s lighthearted while also dealing with some serious topics, but all-in-all remains cheery and warm. There weren’t any moments in the book that made me cry or get too emotional, but I enjoyed every page of it. If you want to get away from the crazy world and madness going on, this book will certainly help you feel that warmth from your crushes. It is definitely worth a happy read.

My Rating: 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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September First Impressions

It’s almost September, and you know what that means! It’s almost Halloween season! Oh, who am I kidding? It’s been Halloween season since the beginning of August. So grab your over-sized bag of candy, shut the door, and curl up with some of these gorgeous books!

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Pub Date: September 1, 2020

QUEER BOYS QUEER BOYS QUEER BOYS SUMMONING GHOSTS

I think that about covers my excitement for this one. I’ve had Cemetery Boys on my radar for months and I can’t believe I can almost hold it in my hands!

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia

Garfield Logan has spent his entire life being overlooked. Even in a small town like Eden, Georgia, the 17-year-old with green streaks in his hair can’t find a way to stand out–and the clock is ticking. Senior year is almost over. If Gar doesn’t find a way to impress the Chosen Ones–the social elite at Bull Creek High School–he will never know what it’s like to matter. Gar’s best friends, Stella and Tank, don’t understand why he cares what other people think. They miss their funny, pizza-loving, video game-obsessed best friend.

Then Gar accepts a wild dare out of the blue. It impresses the Chosen Ones and his social status soars. But other things are changing, too. Gar grows six inches overnight. His voice drops and, suddenly, he’s stronger and faster. He’s finally getting everything he wanted, but his newfound popularity comes at a price. Gar has to work harder to impress his new friends. The dares keep getting bigger and the stakes keep getting higher.

When Gar realizes the extent of his physical changes, he has to dig deep and face the truth about himself–and the people who truly matter–before his life spirals out of control. 

Pub Date: September 1, 2020

We all loved the Raven graphic novel from last year. And Beast Boy is one of my favorite Titans (after Starfire, of course), so I can’t wait to tear through this!

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

The hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller Serpent & Dove—packed with even steamier romance and darker magic—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.

Pub Date: September 1, 2020

Y’all. When I tell you we screamed when we were approved for the ARC of Blood & Honey, we screamed. I’m so excited to hold this book in my hands and get some answers for that Serpent & Dove ENDING! AGH!

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Silvered Serpents.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Severin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Severin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job. 

Pub Date: September 22, 2020

The Gilded Wolves was one of my favorite reads last year. I cannot wait to have to have The Silvered Serpents and I’m so excited to see the crew in action again!

Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Cordova & Natalie C Parker

Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices!

In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.

Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.

Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley. 

Pub Date: September 22, 2020

Will y’all believe me when I tell you that half of the authors writing stories for this anthology are on my auto-buy list? Cause they are. I’m so excited to see vampires back on the list and in popularity again!

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20+ Upcoming September YA Titles

We. Are. Still. Inside. Some of us are going bad to school (God speed, kiddos. Wear a mask. Wash your hands.), some of us are still on the couch with a book. That we ordered online. Because the bookstore isn’t exactly open. Good news, with very few exceptions, everything comes out on September 1st.

140550366Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove, #2)
by Shelby Mahurin 
September 1

250548197. sy475 A Deadly Education (Scholomance, #1)
by Naomi Novik 
September 29
340599772. sy475 The Other Side of the Sky (The Other Side of the Sky, #1)
by Amie Kaufman, Megan Spooner
September 8
444012880Fable (Fable, #1)
by Adrienne Young 
September 1
545044785The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves, #2)
by Roshani Chokshi 
September 22
634605974. sy475 The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses, #2)
by Cassandra Clare 
September 1
751518972Majesty (American Royals, #2)
by Katharine McGee 
September 1
852750517Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite
by Zoraida Córdova (Editor), Natalie C. Parker(Editor), Samira AhmedDhonielle ClaytonTessa GrattonHeidi HeiligJulie MurphyMark OshiroRebecca RoanhorseLaura RubyVictoria Schwab,  Kayla Whaley
September 22
943473596. sy475 As the Shadow Rises (The Age of Darkness, #2)
by Katy Rose Pool 
September 1
1044650326. sy475 Iron Heart (Crier’s War, #2)
by Nina Varela 
September 8
11Cemetery BoysCemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas 
September 1
12Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)
by Tracy Deonn 
September 15
13Queen of Volts (The Shadow Game, #3)Queen of Volts (The Shadow Game, #3)
by Amanda Foody 
September 1
14HorridHorrid
by Katrina Leno 
September 15
15GrownGrown
by Tiffany D. Jackson 
September 15
16Crush (Crave, #2)Crush (Crave, #2)
by Tracy Wolff
September 29
17A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash, #2)A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash, #2)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
September 1
18Skyhunter (Skyhunter, #1)Skyhunter (Skyhunter, #1)
by Marie Lu 
September 29
19Fence: Striking DistanceFence: Striking Distance
by Sarah Rees BrennanJohanna the Mad (Illustrations), C.S. Pacat (Creator)
September 29
20Punching the AirPunching the Air
by Ibi ZoboiYusef Salaam
September 1
21Crownchasers (Crownchasers, #1)Crownchasers (Crownchasers, #1)
by Rebecca Coffindaffer
September 29
22Recommended for YouRecommended for You
by Laura Silverman 
September 1
23Teen Titans: Beast BoyTeen Titans: Beast Boy
by Kami GarciaGabriel Picolo (Illustrator)
September 1

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The Fell of Dark

The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town. Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it. An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.

The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
July 14th, 2020

When this story started I was excited. I talked about it as a gay Twilight. Like if Bella Swan was a gay lad and torn between a gay vampire and a pansexual vampire. Augustus Pfieffer has a lesbian Latinx best friend who has an Asian-American girlfriend. At the beginning I could not have been more excited for this story. Caleb Roehrig was acknowledging several vampire romance and vampire story tropes. The narrative was both poking fun at the cliches as well as playing with them. Then, that was the gear it got stuck in. This story really struggled, for me, to get out of first gear.

It’s a shame. When a story is dealing with something like the apocalypse, you’d hope the tension and excitement would ramp up. Caleb Roehrig does quite a bit to make the story interesting at first. For example, featuring plenty of historical figures in the history of vampires narrative was quite cool. Hell, the big bad guy is Grigori Rasputin .Yes, as in “Ra ra Rasputin/ Russia’s greatest love machine/ It was a shame how he carried on” Rasputin. He is the villain. So, there is ton of interesting things going on in this story. However, sometimes, too much is just that…too much.

This story involves vampires, four separate cults (two vampire, one human, and one witches/warlocks), element based magic, the apocalypse, possession, historical jumps, and the fallen angel Azazel. It sort of fell like, at points, a Dungeons and Dragons campaign but where the players rotate who is the Dungeon Master. I mean, at one point, several points, there’s even ninjas. Like, There is a lot of good ideas in this book, too many. They don’t really ever feel like they mesh together. They’re all sort of loosely connected and eventually lightly tied together. Like I said, this book really struggles to get out of first gear. 

It took me a while of thinking and I finally figured out why I had a problem really getting into this book. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love first person present tense. I like stories with a mystery or mysterious elements. However, when the protagonist is being told everything by characters because he wants to cry out, “What is going on?” Then get explained what is going on it becomes repetitive and, frankly, annoying. Auggie never really figures anything out in this book. He is told some new detail after he asks three to six times in exactly the same way, every time. Don’t get me wrong, Auggie Pfeiffer has a very distinctive voice. That being said, he never even tries to figure anything out on his own. Plus, when the reader is told one thing, then you find out the opposite is true, and then that happens FOUR times there is no more surprises. Clearly, there are moments in the book, every time at the end of a chapter, that are meant to catch the reader’s attention. However, when that happens thirty-seven times, after the fourth time you are not surprised. In fact, you figure out what the twist is going to be by like the second paragraph of the chapter.

I’m sad that I didn’t love this book as much as I did after chapter one. I immediately fell in love with Auggie Pfeiffer and Folton Heights. I immediately wanted to see how this story progressed. Then, when I found out his crush was a Ramone looking British vampire, I was all in. Plus, his best friend is into wicca. There is such a good act one. Act two and act three however feel like repeating chapters. To the point, when the climaxes were happening there was minimal excitement for me.

Now, if I was a teenager and looking for LGBTQIA representation in books so I could see myself in it, this book would do the job splendidly. Especially the fact that one of the vampires is pansexual. It was seriously awesome to read. The fact that he says it and never shows it is my biggest gripe about this book. This book tells and never shows. I wish this book showed me more. It told me there is probably going to be a book two and I can tell you I won’t be desperately waiting for the probable sequel.

My Rating: 

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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EXCERPT Where Dreams Descend

Never come to Hellfire House without wearing a mask.

It was one of the rare rules in a joint without any. The only rule the master of the club did not mind following. He blended in with the sea of suits and white masks that arrived every other night, switching appearances from crowd to crowd. A bartender one moment, a dealer at the card tables the next.

Only his face remained the same, half-masked and haunting. Like a prince who relished the bloody crown on his head, and the ghosts that came with it. A face almost hardened by beauty, though glints of youth ran deep beneath soft black eyes. It always shocked new guests, to see him. The master of the House was rumored to be a dragon of a man. A monster. A magician who had no mercy for fools.

Only those who dared slur the word boy in his face understood how true those rumors were.

To the rest, he played the devil on all shoulders, leading patrons to his bar and game tables, guiding them toward his enchanted smoke lounge to drown in curated memories. The warmth of first love, the heady rush of triumph, the immense joy of dreams come true. The master kept a selection of sensations, and one hit of the pipes delivered magic the people came crawling to his house to taste.

They had no idea the show that was in store for them.

The master of the House sipped his short glass of scarlet whiskey in peace, tapping along the wide black strip over his brass knuckles. He’d long since manipulated his attire, sitting casually at a card table and savoring the mayhem. Raucous cheers erupted from the next table as dice rolled out across the surface. Smiling Hellfire girls in black blazers and masks of lace denied patrons begging for a dance. Loudest of all, the dealer’s crisp shuffling of the black cards with teeth-white numbers before she doled out hands to players at the table.

“No, no more,” one moaned. “I can’t.”

“Sure you can, chap.” A young man in a white thorn-edged mask cheerfully pressed him back in his seat. “We can’t leave. Haven’t even finished your drink, yet.”

His drunken friend’s mouth puckered under another gulp. “Think it’s true, the drink? Magician’s Blood, the menu said.”

“Think you have power, now?” Thorn Mask laughed, leaning back to appraise the club. “Here, you take your magic where you can get it. You wear a mask. You flip a card, smoke a memory. Or you look up . . . at her.”

The master’s fingers tightened around his glass, just as the lights dimmed. Dancers cleared the floor under the hush of music, shifting from smooth, steady beats to a racing rhythm loud as thunderous applause.

Right on cue.

The band’s worth of instruments he’d charmed for the night started up a wild entry tune of drums, the thick trill of trumpets. Chatter ceased and backs straightened as a beam of light speared toward the ceiling. A panel slid open over the dance floor.

And the chandelier descended.

Strings of crystals dangled along tiered rims of rose gold, cutting sharply into a jewel-set swing where a masked showgirl sat. A throne of glittering jewels, casting luminous lace across the walls and the ground and the audience taking her in. Her brown skin glowed against her corset, red as her gem-studded mask. Arms stretched out, she crossed and extended her legs in smooth lines all the way down, until her heels touched the lacquered black dancefloor. With the hint of a smile, she rose from her throne and stalked forward, thrusting a hand up with a snap.

Darkness engulfed the room.

Hoots and hollers rang at the drop of the beat, before a glimmer of her form reappeared in the shadows. The room pulsed at her command, matching the spike of heartbeats the master sensed throughout the club.

The smirk on his lips matched the girl’s as she arched her back to the raw stretch of the melody. She thrived under the attention, like a wildflower under the sun. A star finding the night.

His star.

“I’ll be damned.” The drunk at the card table breathed in awe, as the girl’s palms began brightening with a molten glow. “Nothing like an academy girl.”

“Worth the trip, right?” His friend clapped a hand on his shoulder.

“I didn’t know they could be magicians like . . . this.

The master smothered a dark scoff under a sip of whiskey. The girl showed off good tricks—improvised and bettered from his basic crowd-pleasers. Treating the ceiling like a sky and showering comets from it, casting an elaborate shadow show of dancing shades over the floor, shifting every candlelight in the room to different colors to the beat of the music.

But always the performer, she preferred to be front and center. Teasing her power just enough to make the audience want more of her magic, more of her.

He wet his lips as flames shot from her hands, arcing over her head and around her body. The fire’s melody bent to her every movement, and she gave everything to it. If she wasn’t careful, she’d overexert herself like she did most nights, never knowing when to stop. How to pull back.

Careful never was her strongest suit.

Sparks fell before her, sizzling on the ground. Unafraid, she sauntered down her stage of flames with slow swaying hips and a firelit smile.

“Magicians like this are best kept a secret,” Thorn Mask went on. “And besides, the work is far too scandalous for a lady. Only clubs will take them.”

“What a shame. Imagine going up against the likes of her at the competition.”

The master paused, drawing his gaze back to his glass.

“Not this again. That flyer was nothing but a joke.” Thorn Mask slapped the table with a groaning laugh. “A prank.”

The drunk sloppily patted around his coat, pulling from his breast pocket a dirty, scrunched ball of paper. “It’s real. They’re all over the academies, in Deque and New Crown and—”

“A prank,” repeated Thorn Mask, unfolding the flyer anyway. “It has to be. No one’s been to that city in ages, it would never open itself to such games.”

“That makes it all the more interesting, don’t you think?” As another roar of cheers erupted around them, the friend sipped his drink smugly. “Imagine if she entered, the city might implode.”

“Right. As if that would ever happen.” Thorn Mask leered. “Competition would eat a creature like her alive.”

“Because she’s . . . ?”

With an impish lift of his brow, the man in the thorny mask flicked the flyer off the table and returned to his forgotten spread of cards. “Let’s get on with the game, shall we?”

Before he could gesture at the dealer, the master suddenly appeared at their table, snatching the young man’s wrist in a biting grip. The man yelped as the force knocked over his drink, and sent a stream of hidden cards spilling out from his sleeves.

“What’s this?” The master bent toward the ground and picked up a couple, entirely too calm. “Cheating in my house?”

The man froze, recognition dawning at the brass knuckles alone. “Where did you—I-I mean,” he sputtered, patting frantically at his sleeve. “That’s impossible. Those aren’t mine, I swear.”

“Then where did they come from?”

Sweat dripped from his temple, his face paler than the white of his mask. “I emptied my pockets at the door. Honest.”

Honest. That was the best he could do? The master almost laughed.

“You want to know the price cheaters pay in my joint?” His question offered no mercy. Only deliverance, served on ice. “Memories.”

“No, please!” The man’s lip trembled. “I didn’t, I-I’ll do whatever you want!”

“This is what I want.” The master rose from the table with the jerk of his wrist. The cheat flew to the ground in a gasp as he gripped at the invisible chain-like weight around his neck. Sharp, staccato breaths followed the master as he dragged his prisoner toward the smoke dens.

The man screamed, but no one heard him. No one saw, no one cared. All eyes fell on the star of the show as she searched for a dance partner to join her. The drunken friend, noticing nothing amiss, raised his half-full glass of Magician’s Blood to his lips before waving his hand high like the others. The man thrashed harder, only to feel his cries smothered and deeper in his throat. His form, invisible at the sweep of the master’s hand.

With a disdainful glance, the master chuckled. “You’re only making this more difficult for yourself. One memory won’t kill you.”

At once, he paused. The lights blinked around them, the air grown still. Dim and hazy, as though locked in a dream.

He thought nothing of it until he caught the movements of the patrons—their arms raised and waving slowly, increment by increment. Their cheers dulled and stretched into low, gravelly roars, as if the sound were wading through heavier air. Against time itself.

“Where do you think you’re going?”

The sound of her voice slithered around him, stopping the master in his tracks. The man quieted. Sweat soaked his pale face, his chest heaving. The showgirl stood in their path, every stare in the room still locked on the spotlit floor where she’d been. As though she’d never left.

Impressive.

Her red corset glinted as she cocked her hip and pointed at the man on the floor. “I choose him.”

She could never let things be easy.

“Kallia,” he growled, warning.

She smiled. “Jack.”

“Pick another. He’s a cheater.”

Her lips pursed into a dubious line. “Then let me teach him a lesson. He’ll no doubt prefer it more.” She swung a leg over the man’s prone form so she stood directly above him. Invitation dripped from the crook of her fingers. “The music calls, darling. Let’s have ourselves a grand time.”

The man’s terror turned swiftly into awe, and he looked at her as if ready to kiss the ground she walked on. As soon as he took her beckoning hand, the room resumed its lively rhythm—a song snapped back in full swing. The cheers and hollers returned to their normal speed, exploding in delight as patrons found their lovely entertainer in their midst, her chosen dance partner in tow.

She bypassed the master, pressing a casual hand on his chest to move him. It lingered, he noticed. Unafraid, unlike most. Their gazes locked for a moment, their masked faces inches apart.

No one ever dared to get this close. To him, to her.

Only each other.

At the next round of cheers and whistles, she pushed him away, smug as a cat. Tugging the man close behind her, she sent fires onto the ground that illuminated her path and warded others from trying to follow them to the stage. Never once looking back at the master, even as he watched on after her.

His fist tightened, full of the cards from his earlier trick. They disappeared into mist, having served their purpose. Along with the flyer he managed to grab.

He didn’t even bother giving it a read. It died in the fire caged by his palm. Tendrils of smoke rose between his brass knuckles, and when he opened his fingers, nothing but ash fell to the ground.

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EXCERPT: Chasing Fae

Everyone’s time runs out eventually. Sometimes it comes quietly in the middle of the night at the end of a long life. Other times, death cuts across your timeline without warning. 

Today just happens to be my time.

No, I’m not dead. But this is the end for me. 

It’s a week before the Winter Solstice, which has always been one of my favorite times of the year. A full feast on the table, as large as money can buy, music pouring out of the windows of every building in Lisden and family to spend the day with. Mom’s been accumulating canned vegetables for weeks and recently ventured into the market to bring home the best of the fresh fruits in a small bag. My mouth waters just thinking about the blackberries. We never get blackberries in this part of the Middle Realm outside of solstice-time. They’re one of my favorite treats. My older brother Leo is due to be home any day now. He’s been gone for six months off on another of his mercenary expeditions. 

One more assignment, he said, and then he would be home for the Winter Solstice. Just one more assignment and he’d bring me back something nice for the celebration. Just one more assignment. 

I was lying in bed when it happened. It was late morning: not late enough to be noon, but not early enough to have time to get things done. I had been awake for hours, but I liked to lie in bed and just think. Sometimes, I’d read, but today, I couldn’t get myself to focus. Leo was due home in a week, and I was expecting a letter from him soon. He hadn’t written in a few days. I figured the letters must be backed up—communication in between realms is rare and therefore not always speedy—but I had an awful sense of foreboding.

When Leo decided to become a soldier, my mother and I were both terrified. She tried to respectfully talk him out of it whereas I threw a fit and stormed out. I was just scared. Anything could happen out on the roads in this realm. He could have been sent to a peaceful town, or he could be sent south to the farm country where they’re fighting for whatever scraps they can get, and they don’t care who gets killed. But he held out against both of us, started training the day he turned eighteen, and never looked back. 

I was sixteen and he was nineteen when he was first hired to run security out in the trading ports of Baypoint. We cried when he left home, promising to be home in the spring. But we rejoiced when he sent home his first paycheck, and we could afford new clothes and fresh fruit from the market. Leo sent every copper, outside of his expenses, home to us. He had always said he wanted to take care of us someday like Mom had for all these years on her own, and finally he had the chance. 

Leo bounced around from job to job until six months ago when he was summoned to city hall with the other mercenaries in his company. We all thought maybe the government wanted to offer him a job, but no. It was the higher higher-ups. 

The Fae. 

The Fae have always had a hand here in the Middle Realm. They control the alliances, the trade, and the resource distribution. They all sit up there in the Upper Realm in their fancy castles and their bountiful homes with their magic and just watch us all run around down here like ants. This time, the Fae needed their worker ants, a group of mortal soldiers, to come run security for a top-secret operation of the House of the Sun. They offered more money than anyone in this realm had ever even heard of, and of course, Leo jumped at the chance. I have never seen him prouder to serve, and Leo could never resist an adventure. 

A knock from the front door echoes faintly under my bedroom door, interrupting my thoughts. I pull the covers over my head in hopes I can stay in bed. “Will you see who that is, Grace?” My mom’s faint voice calls from the kitchen. 

Ugh. She knows I’m awake. I grab a robe and begrudgingly drag myself out of bed, stumbling to the door. I peer out of the hole in the top of the door and am faced with the back of a strange man’s head. Behind him stand two other men. They stand rigidly at attention, mumbling quietly to one another. The leader’s stance along with the navy-blue uniform marks him as a military man. Then I see the slightly pointed ears sticking out from under his rigid hat. My heart stops. 

Fae. 

No. 

He turns slowly, and I see his face. His skin glows with an unseen light, and his purple eyes seem to bore into mine. It is as though he can see me through the heavy door. Perhaps he can. His features are too bright for this realm. His mouth is drawn tightly into a slight grimace, and I can’t bear to think what it means.

“Mom!” I can’t hide the panic in my tone. I hear a dish clank into the sink as my mom rounds the corner in a rush. I feel guilty for making her worry before she even saw what the trouble was, but my face says it all. She peeks through the hole herself before opening the door. She opens it so slowly, delaying the inevitable.

As the soldiers take a step forward into the doorway, I can now see that the leader is a Fae commander. The medals lining his breast and the swirling insignia mark him as such. His guards stand behind him. One of them holds a tightly wrapped scroll; the other holds the universal Upper Realm flag neatly folded in his hands. I stand behind my mother, staring blankly at the lot. I can’t bring myself to move.

“I’m sorry,” the commander says quietly.

My mother collapses to the ground, and I just let her fall. She sobs wildly into her hands as the panic rises up in my chest. I reach out and take the scroll and the flag, shaking my head over and over again. This can’t be real. I tear open the scroll, ripping it violently in my attempts. Leo Richardson—notice of death. 

I drop the flag, and it hits the ground with a soft thunk. The soldiers start when it hits the ground, but the commander stops them from moving into our home to retrieve it. Thank the Lady for that at least. I would have charged them both if they had tried. 

Damn them. Damn all the Fae.

I kneel at my mother’s side and pull her to my chest as she begins to wail. I haven’t even begun to cry yet. I cling to her as tightly as I can, trying to shush her before the neighbors come to see what is going on. Our pain should be ours, not a spectacle for others to gawk at. I stare up at the Fae commander with what I hope is some sort of dismissive glance. His even gaze looks down on me, and when we lock eyes, I am filled with a blinding hatred. 

“Get out,” I hiss. To my surprise, he only nods, and he and his men turn and leave immediately. I wonder how many death announcements he has had to carry out in his life. It may explain the flash of pity I thought I saw behind his glassy demeanor. 

I despise his pity. 

I see the flash of a maroon coat before my uncle Liam is kneeling by our sides. His door down the hall makes an audible click as it swings closed. “Grace, what happened?” He hugs my mother protectively before addressing her, “Anna, what happened?” 

My mother is too incoherent to answer, and I can’t find the words. I slide the scroll over to him slowly. Liam takes one look at it, and his breath rushes out in one go. “Ohhh, Grace.” He hugs my mother tighter and holds out an arm to me. I lean my head into his hand for one small moment until it is too much.

“Take care of her,” I say quickly as I flee to my room. I am being selfish. I know it, but I can’t take the pounding in my head. I slam the door and begin to pace the room. The sunlight streaming in through the window is too bright, too perky for the moment. I try to yank the curtains closed, but the heavy fabric tumbles off the walls causing more light to break. I have no patience for this. My hands tighten in my hair as I look for somewhere to hide. I catch a glimpse of the clothing shoved under my bed, and a rush of emotion hits me all at once.

I dive to the floor and reach far under my bed. Rummaging through my things, I search for the one box that has… There! I rip the lid off the jewelry box and throw it across the room. It hits the bookshelf and ricochets off the wall. I cringe and reach to get it, but I stop short when I see the tiny seashell bracelet lying in the case, curled up in the corner. 

My hands shake as I pull it out of the box. I toy softly with the pure white shell on the end as I finger the smaller shells lining the string. It was the very last gift I received from Leo. He brought it home to me from the beach on his last mortal assignment in Baypoint. I can’t even bring myself to put it on. I finally try to slide it onto my wrist, but it falls to the floor. I pick it up and try again, but my shaking fingers just can’t hang on to it. 

Finally, my tears come. I scream in my grief, crying out Leo’s name to the heavens and praying the Lady would see him safely to the afterlife. I cradle the bracelet to my chest and rock back and forth as I sob and heave for breath. Come home, Leo. Please come home. You can’t be dead. You’re coming home, Leo; I need you to come home, big brother, please… Please… 

I cried for a very long time. I don’t remember much else of that day or that week, for that matter.

I can’t stand the wintertime now. Too cold. Too dark. Too empty.


Cady Hammer

From the time she was a child of eleven, writing her first novel between classes, Cady Hammer explored her world through her imagination. She was often teased for being in her own world, but never hesitated to invite others along on the adventure. As she grew older, Cady’s studies in history and anthropology set the stage for the detailed worldbuilding that lets readers step into the story. Her stories explore the complexities of relationships crafted around the idea that love, friendship, and grief are all interwoven.

Cady runs the internationally-read website, Fluff About Fantasy, a place for young writers to learn the genre-specific craft of writing fantasy and be inspired by what they can accomplish. Find out more at https://fluffaboutfantasy.com.

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In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

Where Dreams Descend, August 25th, 2020

“Janella Angeles steals the 2020 show with her fiercely imagined debut starring larger than life characters, a dangerous world alive with magic, and a dizzying dose of grab-a-fainting-couch-and-swoon-away romance!”

– Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves

Where Dreams Descend is a glamorous dark gem of a tale, sparkling with romance, magic, and intrigue. Readers will be captivated by prima donna Kallia as the mystery is slowly unmasked. Bravissima!”

– Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

“Lavish and opulent in a way that feels warmly familiar yet demands your attention. There are secrets upon secrets, a girl who’s boldly ambitious, and truly riveting stage magic. I didn’t want the show to stop.” 

– Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints

“Vibrant imagery, jaw-dropping set pieces, sizzling romantic tension, and unstoppable heroine Kallia bring this ambitious debut novel to spectacular life. Fans of Caraval and The Night Circus will be delighted!” 

– Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn

“[A] spellbinding melody of a book, and the true magic is how Angeles puts all the best parts of an enrapturing theatrical performance onto paper and ink. From the gripping twists in the first pages all the way to the final, heartbreaking crescendo, Where Dreams Descend will surge you to your feet in a standing ovation.” 

– Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy

JANELLA ANGELES is a Filipino-American author who got her start in writing through consuming glorious amounts of fanfiction at a young age—which eventually led to penning a few of her own, and later on, creating original stories from her imagination. A lifelong lover of books, she’s lucky enough to be working in the business of publishing them on top of writing them. She currently resides in Massachusetts, where she’s most likely to be found listening to musicals on repeat and daydreaming too much for her own good. Where Dreams Descend is her first book.

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