My Month in Books: July Wrap-Up

June as a reading month sucked because I was in the middle of a book slump but if June was the equivalent of a reading drought July was a flood. After getting over that book slump I quite simply devoured books this month from last month’s measly 5 books this month I read a total of 52 books! Even I can’t believe it was possible but I somehow managed to do it. I read an overwhelmingly large amount of romance this month but managed to sneak in a couple of other genres in their midst. All in all, I had a great reading month and now this wrap up is huge.

I decided to take part in the Biannual Bibliothon blog challenges earlier this month but a series of unfortunate events (computer breakdown as well as internet problems caused by a blackout) prohibited me from doing so. Thus that is the reason why I’ve been MIA the past week and only managed to get the first day of challenges done. Now as for the reading challenges, let’s just say I suck at sticking to TBR’s I read a few books from that TBR but my subconscious decided to rebel and wanted to read everything but what’s was on that list. Since the list is huge along with breaking it down by genre I’m also listing them by the author since I read multiple books by the same authors. So now with that cleared up here is my ginormous wrap-up for this month.Read More »

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DAY 1: Summer Biannual Bibliothon

Blogger Book Tag
  1. What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

I doubled up on one category so I’m going to read six books and they are, The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerrie Maniscalco and The Black Prism by Brent Weeks.  

2. What is your favorite genre to read in Summer?

I love reading Romance in the summer, both YA and NA, fantasy or contemporary as long as there’s romance, I’m game.

3. Where is your favorite place to read in the summer?

More often than not I end up reading in my bed but my other favorite place is sitting outside in the bright sun at a coffee shop.

4.What is your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

This is my first Biannual Bibliothon, so I don’t really have a favorite but I am really looking forward to it.

5.What fictional character would you hang out in the summer if you could?

I would love to hang out with Jace Wayland, for a multitude of reasons but a prominent one would be because although summer is great, it can get really boring sometimes and since trouble seems to find Jace it would be exciting to hang to with him. He is also super funny so it would be lots of fun as well.

6.What are your plans for summer?

In the last month of summer left, I would really love to get more things done for my college applications, finish up the volunteer hours I have left and read a whole lot more.

7.Do you have summer reading playlist, If not what would be on it?

This summer I’ve been basically listening to Melodrama on repeat as well as Imagine Dragons Evolve so my summer playlist consists of these two artists.

8.What is your favorite summer movie?

I love re-watching the first two The Mummy movies, especially in the summer. Another favorite is The Princess Bride.

9.What book do you read every summer, if not what thing do you do every summer?

I always start my Harry Potter Re-read in the summer, so that’s kind of like a summer tradition for me. 

10.What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?

I am planning on doing the Rapid Fire Book Tag and the Book Buying Habits Tag. 

Happy Reading!

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

Hey, everyone! As you maybe able guess from the title, I am going to be participating in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon reading challenge. I will also be doing the blog challenges and am super excited to be able to take part. Since the Bibliothon starts tomorrow this is a great time to set up my TBR and share the 6 books I will be reading over the next seven days!

Group Book:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh  

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Read From the Hosts Favorite Genre and Read a LGBTQIA+ Book

Historical Fiction: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Leegentlemans guide

Read a Book That Has Been or Still is Banned:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 

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Throwback Challenge – (Read a Group Book)

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerrie Maniscalco

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Read a Book to Movie Adaptation:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling

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Read a Book You’ve Seen Somewhere Other Than Booktube:

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks 

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Are you taking part in the Biannual Bibliothon? 

Happy Reading!

My Dream Reading Nook

As a reader, I’m sure we all have an idea of what our dream reading space would look like. Maybe it’s a cavernous space filled with wall to wall books shelves and littered with comfy chairs to read in, or a more intimate space with a crackling fire and a window seat looking out to the ocean or mountains. Earlier this week I was contacted by this furniture company called Arhaus and they asked me to outline what my dream reading nook or reading space would look like. Looking through their selection I basically built a mood board of sorts detailing my dream reading nook.

Going into this I didn’t have any details ironed out for what I was looking for, in regards to the interior. Now in a dream world, I would be living in a small cottage, probably in the Scottish Highlands (I’m more than a little obsessed with Scotland) and would have an entire room dedicated to books, and these are a few things that would end up in that book room in this scenario. As a disclaimer, before you look into what I’ve chosen, I should probably point out that my style has been described to me as quirky and sometimes just downright weird. Now that you’ve been warned, step into my brain and see what my dream reading space looks like. 

Book Shelves

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There’d need to be a lot of wall space and yes they’d all be covered with these shelves. I know these kind of mismatch but I think it would look a little weird and eclectic just like me! I especially love the first two, the first one because it has that ladder attached to it which looks super cool, and the second one because it has those witchy vibes like it would be full of weird herbs and I could use them to whip up some poly juice potion or something.

Chairs/Sofa

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Obviously, the next thing a reading nook needs is a place to sit, I move around a lot when I read, sometimes sitting up at others laying down or in some weird combination of the two. So I went with both a chair and a sofa when I felt like sitting up I’d go to the chair and when I felt like lying down the sofa would suit me quite nicely.

Lighting

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And last but not least, the single most important thing is the lighting or else I wouldn’t be able to see thus making reading impossible (at night or on a super cloudy day). There were so many different options to choose from but I like the look of both the pendant and the lamp and I feel they tie up the room quite nicely. All of the furniture is black so these fixtures will bring some brightness into the room (pun intended).

That’s it for the field trip into my imagination. And after a few hours ogling their website, the search for the perfect pieces to complete my fantasy Highland cottage/personal library is complete.

I hope you liked this post! Let me know what you thought of my dream reading space! I’d love to hear about yours!

Happy Reading!

Game of Thrones Book Tag

I am obsessed with Game of Thrones! I am a bit of a latecomer to this fandom (I was only 11 when the TV show premiered back in 2011)  but I binge watched the first 5 seasons last year in the months leading up to season six and although it is a relatively new discovery for me it didn’t take long for the show to sweep me off my feet. Like countless of others I have been highly anticipating season 7 premiere tonight and have spent the week preparing by rewatching all of season 6 and I’m so ready for the premiere. I saw this tag earlier today over at Thrice Reads blog and knew I had to have a go but this tag was originally created by the BiblioNyan and you should definitely check out both of their posts!

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HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR lannister

Name a book that you originally loved, but upon a re-read realized that it wasn’t so great after all.

My reading tastes have changed drastically over the years and there are plenty of books that upon a re-read I didn’t like as much. But one that immediately comes to mind is The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy. I remember reading it years ago and loving it but once I decided to re-read it last year, my opinion had changed. I think it may be that I’ve become a touch more critical as a reader but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING starksig

Name your most anticipated book release for 2017.

My most anticipated release for the rest of 2017 would have to be The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan. I love the Magnus Chase series and am super excited for the next installment. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas is also a close second

HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD targaryen

Name a book that you felt completely slayed with fantastic characters, plot, pacing, etc.

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus is a perfect book. The plot is great and keeps your interest, the pacing is absolutely perfect even though it would seem like it would be a little slow since the books are huge and the characters have a special place in my heart.

HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY barratheon

Name a book that ended with a cliffhanger ending that genuinely pissed you off.

That cliffhanger at the end of Lord of Shadows was both saddening and infuriating. I was pissed off mainly because I would have to wait 2 years to address everything that happened at the end and to find out what happened.

HOUSE MARTELL:  UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKENmartell

Name a book or book series, that’s been on your TBR since the dawn of time.

A Game of Thrones is, funnily enough, a book that has been in my TBR pile forever and will probably continue to be for awhile. I’ll probably read the series once all the books have come out and I’m craving some GOT later on once the series has come to an end.

HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP bolton

Name the most graphic or disturbing book that you’ve ever read.

I usually read YA and Romance and so far have yet to come across a book that disturbed me so I don’t have an answer for this.

HOUSE TYRELL:  GROWING STRONGtyrell

Name a book, or book series, that gets better and better with every re-read.

I don’t re-read many books but the few I do get better every single time. I always find something new in Harry Potter when I re-read it and it somehow reaches new heights of greatness each time.

I hope you enjoyed this tag. Are you a fan of the book or the show? Are you watching the premiere tonight? I’d love to know!

Happy reading (or watching)!

The Battle Against the Book Slump

Book slumps; the one thing all book worms despise. We never know when it’ll hit. It may come out of nowhere and make you uninclined to read another book. It can creep in slowly and you find yourself having to push yourself to read a book and then slowly and painstakingly make your way through a book and by the end you find yourself in the midst of a book drought and it doesn’t matter what book you read, you just won’t find yourself engaging with the book.

Last month I found myself in the middle of an awful book slump. The school year had ended and I was getting excited for all the books I would be able to read but I would start a book read 20-50 pages and then put it down, not connecting with what I was reading. Soon I gave up attempting to read at all and whiled away the time. Book slumps suck and I was determined not to let it ruin my summer so I sought ways to see it and lo and behold I got the book slump to end. I engaged it to head on and emerged victorious in the age old battle of reader vs book slump.

Step 1: Identify the Cause 

One of the reasons I wasn’t reading was because I was partaking in another form of entertainment and that was Netflix. Most of my favorite shows had come to Netflix during May/ June and I wasn’t able to watch them because school (finals ugh) but with endless hours to waste during the summer I threw myself into watching all the shows and that left very little time for reading. I was hooked on the visual plotlines Netflix presented and couldn’t tear myself away to read. Now that I knew what was responsible for causing my book slump I had to address it head on. By this point, I had caught up on most of the shows and made sure that I sat down for an hour at least and force myself to spend some time reading.

Step 2: Go to the Safe Place 

I’ve found the best way to combat a book clump is head for the familiar r favorite and so I decided to read a genre I never get tired of…some contemporary romance. These books are always light fun and mostly short reads that can pull you out of any funk. I read what feels like dozens of them and soon, I began spending less time watching Netflix and more reading. The schedule was finally a bit more balanced. I slowly branched out to other genres and before you know it the book slump has been conquered!

This isn’t a foolproof 2 step way to win in a battle against the book slump but it should work as intended…at least it did for me!

Do you guys have anything specific you do to conquer a book slump? What type of books get you into or out of one? Let’s discuss!

Happy Reading!

I Dare You Book Tag

Hey, everyone! My summer has been going pretty well so far (knock on wood) and I’ve even managed to shake off the book slump I found myself in last month and have returned to reading with a vengeance. I saw this tag over on Shoto’s blog @Bookish Babbles and it seemed like a ton of fun so here goes.

Which book has been on your shelf the longest?

The Princess Bride by Wiliam Goldman has been on my shelf for years. I’ve watched the movie but as a lover of fantasy I’ve always wanted to read the original typical romantic fantasy, I’ll hopefully get around to it soon.

What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

Last read: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Current reads: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (E-Book), The Lies Of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Physical), Now I Rise y Kiersten White (Audiobook)

Next read: Ruined by Amy Tintera

What books did everyone like and you hated?

Hate is a strong word but I didn’t like Archived by Victoria Schwab as much as so many people seem to love it. I want to like it but it’s just not my cup of tea. I do love Schwab’s other books I just don’t seem to enjoy this one as much as the others.

Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

The entire A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R Martin. I love the TV show and I can’t wait for season 7 to premiere next Sunday, but I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading it. There huge and there are so many characters I’m really intimidated by the entire series. I don’t think I’ll ever actually get around to reading it but we’ll see.

Which books are you saving for retirement?

The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit by J. R.R Tolkien is always on my to-read list and I’m saving for a rainy day. These books have such a following that I know I need to read them and see what the fuss is about

The last page: read it first or wait till the end?

I went through this phase when I was in middle school where I would literally read the entire book summary before I read the book just so I could be prepared,  but now I’m strictly a wait till the end NO SPOILERS type of gal.

Acknowledgments: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

I love reading the acknowledgments, I like to appreciate all the people who were involved in bringing that books that you’re reading to life.

Which book character would you switch places with?

As much as I love reading I don’t ever imagine myself as the character themselves, and I’m more of an invisible ghost just watching all the action. Besides that our MC usually lead pretty dangerous lives I’d have more fun being an innocent bystander who manages to escape becoming collateral damage.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

The Lightning Theif reminds me of elementary school, especially the 4th and 5th grade where everyone was obsessed with Riordan’s books and we formed this group called the Greek Freaks and read literally everything on mythology we could find! 

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way?

I found a book on a bus once, not really interesting but it’s not the usual either. 

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Not that I can remember I’ve given people books for their birthdays but nothing too special. 

Which book has been with you to the most places?

City of Bones by Cassie Clare has followed me since I first read it back in 2014, I’ve read it what feels like a million times and it still remains a huge part of my life.

Any required reading you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I’m now a senior in high school and I’ve read close to 10 books over the past three years for school and I’ve either loved them (To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Ceaser, Antigone, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, Anthem, The Outliers, Night) or hated them ( The Red Badge of Courage, The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men) or just didn’t read them at allSparknotes– (Slaughter House 5). My original opinions have yet to change.

What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?

The strangest item I’ve ever found was a girls transcript, it was in a library book so it wasn’t too shocking.

Used or brand new?

Used books all the way, I love going to Half Price Books and getting lots of books at great deals.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

I’ve only ever read Inferno by him and I love that book, I must have read it close to 5 times alone the summer before my freshman year… I was obsessed.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

I love both the book and the movie but the adapted version of Ella Enchanted is just a little bit better!

A book that never should have been published?

There’s only one book I intensely dislike enough to think that the world without it would be just slightly better and that is The Red Badge of Courage. I read it for school and I hate it with a passion!

Have you ever read a book that made you hungry, cookbook excluded?

I’m drawing a total blank here but I don’t think reading a book has ever made me feel hungry. 

Who is the person whose book advice you will always take?

My brother always gives solid advice once it comes to books, he was the one who pushed me to read Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas, and Rick Riordan’s books. And these are all my absolute favorite authors so I always take his advice where it comes to which book I should read!

You should definitely take on this tag, I dare YOU!

Happy Reading!

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Review

thehundredthousandkingdomsTitle: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1)

Author: N.K Jemisin

Release Date: February 25, 2010

Publisher: Hachette Book Orbit Group

Page Count: 427 pages 

Rating: 2000px-4-5_stars-svg

Synopsis:

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

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July Anticipated Book Releases

There can never be such a thing as too many books and that has resulted in my having acquired a towering TBR of books but even then new books are always needed. A new month always brings new books that will hopefully be a new favorite. Here are a few books I’ve got my eye on this month.

Because You Love To Hate Me edited by Ameriie July 11

becauseulove2h8meLeave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

I haven’t read that many anthologies but this one is a definite must read for me. One of my favorite books growing up was this spin on the Three Little Pigs were we saw things from the Big Bad Wolfes perspective and this seems a bit like that, seeing fairytales from the villains’ point of view.  

Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland July 17

beautifulmistaleA sexy new standalone from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Vi Keeland

The first time I met Caine West was in a bar. He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out. When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.  He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done. Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant. Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.

Oops. My mistake.

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right? That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning. Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.  I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking. Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…

Vi Keeland is one of my favorite romance authors and I’m always looking forward to her books because they never disappoint.

 

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell  July 18

thelastmagicianStop the Magician.

Steal the book.

Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

This seems like a great mix of time travel and magic and the whole plot sounds super intriguing and I can’t wait to pick this one up.

 

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams July 18

thecolor projectBernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

I’m not totally sure what to expect in this books but it does sound very interesting. It’s compared tp Morgan Matson and I love her books so I’m sore I’ll like this book as well.

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana July 18

libraryoffatesA romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

This sounds like te perfect high fantasy read, with a mix of mythology and romance I’m really excited to pick this one up. 

Trust by Kylie Scott   July 18

trustBeing young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

Kylie Scott is another favorite romance author of mine and I love her writing style and I’m really anticipating this release.

Age of Swords by Michael J Sullivan  July 25

age of swords.jpgIn Age of Myth, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan launched readers on an epic journey of magic and adventure, heroism and betrayal, love and loss. Now the thrilling saga continues as the human uprising is threatened by powerful enemies from without—and bitter rivalries within.

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against a common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess makes the Fhrey indistinguishable from gods?

The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feels nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid—a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan. There, an ancient adversary waits—an enemy as surprising as it is deadly.

I recently read Age of Myth and I loved it so I’m super excited to continue this series with Age of sword.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

Happy Reading!