Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

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In Amélie Wen Zhao’s highly anticipated debut, an outlaw princess with an Affinity for blood teams up with a con man to seek revenge on the man who killed her father, the king, and framed her for the murder.

The plot was intriguing and complicated, focusing on both Ana and Ramson’s intent on revenge. The storyline was full of twists and turns, betrayals and alliances. It surprised me at every time with secrets revealed, and I loved that. However, it also revolved around the slave trade of Cyrilia, where those with Affinities were effectively slaves, sold and bought without their permission. As Ana travels more of her country, she sees how dire this situation has become and is determined to do something. This is an important topic and I hope it is discussed even further in book two.

I loved Ana, she was brave and feisty and loving.  She was badass and brutal, but also loyal and kind. What a perfect heroine. She goes through a lot and it’s amazing how strong she stays. I loved watching her grow as a character as she came to terms with her power and the world she lived in, and I can’t wait to see her grow more in book two.

Ramson is bound to be a fan favourite. Handsome? Sure is. Morally grey crime lord? You bet. Tragic backstory? Of course. Totally soft for Ana and kind of a really sweet guy? Duh. I couldn’t help but love him, his wit and resilience. One of my favourite things was seeing him warm to Ana and realise he couldn’t bear to betray her. Now that’s character development. The romance between these two is an enemies-to-lovers slow burn that hasn’t happened just yet but is definitely implied it will happen eventually. There is definitely some chemistry between Ana and Ramson, but I’d love to see more of their friendship before their relationship develops further.

I also really hope we’ll see more of Lynn in the next novel because listen, she’s so badass and awesome but also so soft and beautiful.

“In the face of fear, one could choose to run, or to rise.”

Amélie Wen Zhao’s writing is stunning – from vivid, stunning imagery to captivating battle scenes, it blew me away. The way she builds the world of Cyrilia and the surrounding countries is beautiful and intriguing. There are so many little details that make the world feel alive and made me fall in love with it, from icehawks and Whitecloaks to busy markets and sweet treats.

Being YA fantasy, Blood Heir wasn’t able to escape the tropes of the genre, but I enjoyed it none the less, finding each trope to be woven well into the intriguing storyline. The only thing I didn’t really like about this novel (or more like didn’t understand) is that it’s meant to be a retelling of Anastasia Romanov, and past the Russian-esque setting, Ana’s name, and her being a displaced royal thought dead, there was barely any comparisons between Anastasia Romanov’s story and Blood Heir, which made me sad because I was so excited to see how the author would explore the original story.

Blood Heir was an intriguing, intricate and bloody book that is bound to be a hit with lovers of high fantasy, and I really enjoyed it. It was a thrilling and well-written story set in a vivid and beautiful world, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of Throne of Glass, Six of Crows and Children of Blood and Bone.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

In this wonderful Batman origin story, Bruce Wayne meets Arkham inmate Madeleine Wallace, locked up for murder…but did she really commit the crime? Is she working for the notorious Nightwalkers? And is Bruce falling for her? This was an entertaining and enticing read that is a perfect introduction to Batman.

I really liked Bruce and his character arc to him becoming the masked vigilante.  I adored Madeleine, my morally grey kind-of villainess. I really enjoyed the interactions between these two! The secondary characters were great too, especially Alfred and Dianne, who I would love to see more of!

The dialogue was really great, especially between Bruce and Madeleine! It was so captivating and interesting with just enough humour and fun.

The dynamic between Bruce and Madeleine was wonderful. Madeleine was very manipulative and yet I almost wanted her to succeed because I liked her character so much. She easily drew Bruce in and was snarky and intelligent. Bruce on the other hand, despite his intelligence, was rash around Madeleine and was far too trusting of her.

The plot was intriguing and had me hooked at every second! It was entertaining and fast-paced, full of plot twists that had my heart racing, but still with some great dialogue scenes.

The art was absolutely stunning, some of my favourite that I’ve seen in a comic! Chris Wildgoose perfectly portrayed the characters and storyline, and the facial expressions especially were wondrous! I think he manages to capture the feeling of Gotham and it’s characters very well, showing their personalities incredibly.

Gotham was well realised and as intriguing to me as ever! We saw both the side of the wealthy and privileged and the dark side of criminals and Arkham Asylum, which I really enjoyed. It was good to see the contrast between those who take their wealth for granted and make money from the poor, and those like Madeleine who have suffered for it. We can see how Bruce tries to be better with how he handles his fortune, something I’ve always liked about him.

Overall Batman: Nightwalker was a capturing and exciting read which I really loved. As always, Marie Lu has crafted a wonderful story that is brought to life by stunning art. Definitely recommend this one to all DC or Batman fans, or even those looking for a first comic to read about him.

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Years ago, the world of Aeon was torn apart in the Breaking. No one knows exactly what happened except that it was caused by two twin goddesses. Now the world is divided and no longer spins – one side is immersed in eternal night, the other under the ever-scorching sun. But the daughters of the goddesses, Haidee and Odessa, might just have the ability to save the world.
The Never Tilting World was easily one of my top 2019 reads. Everything about it was just *chef’s kiss*.

“A demoness is what they call a goddess that men cannot control.”

Aeon was so vividly and stunningly imagined. It’s inspired by the author’s home in the Philippines and the natural disasters that are not uncommon there, so the pain of the Breaking and its impact on the people of Aeon was so raw and real. It was heartbreaking to see the way a once beautiful world had been torn apart and was suffering in extreme conditions, and I hope it will raise awareness of the real-life things happening in the Philippines. The way Rin Chupeco shows climate change as a villain and portrays it in YA fantasy is so important and wonderful. The world of Aeon was broken, but beautiful none the less, and I loved every second of my time there.

“We’re chasing a dying sea under an endless sun that kills us with a thousand little cuts every day. There’ll be nothing left soon. Nothing but sand and bone.”

The characters own my entire heart. Lan, badass, loyal, and not afraid to beat up someone who tries to steal her books. I’m in love with her. Odessa, shy at first but with a character arc that literally had me shivering in delight and fear. Arjun, soft, stubborn and protective. Haidee, reckless, kind and smart. These four were all perfect, and I’m in love with every single one of them. The dynamics between them were wonderful and I miss them already.
The romance in this book is perfect for everyone. For fans of enemies to lovers, we have a romance which is incredibly cute, a little bit murdery at first, and between two stubborn characters who just blush all the time. And then there’s the romance of my dreams, book shop sapphic love story turned spicy and forbidden. Just everything about these two storylines is wonderful. They’re both so perfectly constructed with just the right amount of tension and cutesy scenes.
The writing was lyrical and wonderful, filled with vivid description, tension-filled fight scenes and witty, entertaining dialogue. I was totally hooked on Rin Chupeco’s writing style, it drew me in and refused to let go. The Never Tilting World read like a dream, with the perfect balance of character development and adventure. I never got bored, and I devoured it far too quickly.

“When the dead find words, the goddess and the Devoted son will meet atop a fish not a fish, on a sea not a sea. It is she who travels to the endless Abyss, and it is he who guides her.”

The plot was exciting and intoxicating. Plot twists and secrets waited around every corner, and the dual narrative had me so enticed and worried. The storyline flowed perfectly, each event contributing to a breathtaking and tear-inducing climax that left me crying for book two.
The Never Tilting World was a wonderful, beautiful and unique book that absolutely blew me away. I think I’m spoiled for YA fantasy after this because it would be hard to top it. I don’t have enough words to discuss the wonderful world-building, the beautiful characters and the important messages. Everyone just needs to read this book this instant.

DCeased by Tom Taylor

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In this high stakes superhero adventure, the earth is being destroyed by an equation in the form of a deadly, zombie-making virus, and Wonderwoman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League are the only things that stand a chance at stopping it ravaging the entire planet.
The full-colour art is simply stunning, of course. It brings the story to life in a way that is just *chef’s kiss*. The art actually changed because this is a bind-up of several issues, but I didn’t mind that at all. I liked all of the art styles and they all depicted the story uniquely and beautifully. The cover of DCeased is disappointing compared to all the art inside, so don’t let it mislead you.
I loved how high the stakes were in this novel. I feel like in a lot of books no one dies but in this one like half of the best characters die *soft sobbing* but it’s so well done and might have made me cry, on a couple of occasions. Because there are so many characters, DCeased isn’t full of character development, but I still loved seeing all the characters and how they reacted and were around the threats and each other.

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I don’t love zombies but I actually really loved this story nonetheless. It was a bit more about the character’s descent into madness or how they dealt with the zombies that the apocalypse itself, which I really enjoyed. Tom Taylor really manages to bring forward the characters personalities in the situation, knowing the characters we love on a deeper level. This story is about the humanity of the superheroes and the friendships between them, more that a kill virus, though that is at the centre of the book. The idea of the virus was a tiny bit underdeveloped, but the rest of the book more than made up for it.

This novel had the Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy romance that we all deserve! It was so cute and I just ship them so much. One of my favourite scenes was early on when Harley Quinn goes and tells the Joker how she’s never getting involved with him again, because he’s toxic and bad for her, but then he turns out to be a zombie already and she kills him. Perfecto.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that I didn’t actually know all of the characters, but that’s on me.
DCeased is an absolutely riveting, high stakes adventure about morality, sacrifice and friendship and I loved it!!! Would definitely recommend to all DC fans, or even those newer to the universe.

INTERVIEW with Sara B. Larson, author of Sisters of Shadow and Light

Sara B. Larson, acclaimed author of Defy, returned on November 5th with her new novel, Sisters of Shadow and Light! I am highly anticipating this book, and Sara herself was kind enough to answer all my questions about her new novel, writing, and more!

Hey Sara! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Of course! I live in Utah with my husband and 4 kids. I love the mountains, hiking, and boating, but I secretly want to retire to a warm beach someday. I’ve always loved writing and reading, so I feel very lucky to be able to make a living doing my dream job!

For readers who haven’t heard of it yet, what can we expect from Sisters of Shadow and Light?

It’s a story about two sisters, trapped behind a sentient, magical hedge, living in an abandoned citadel with their emotionally damaged mother. One sister has magical powers gifted to her by their father–who disappeared the night she was born. The girls have an unbreakable bond…but it will be pushed to the limits when the hedge lets a stranger in for the first time and series of events is set off that quickly tears their quiet, lonely world apart.

Sisterhood is a central theme in your book. What made you want to write about this particular bond?

I am the oldest of five girls, and I am super close to my sisters. We get lots of comments on how tight-knit we are as a family, actually. We are still normal–we have disagreements and you can only imagine what my dad endured when it was “that time of the month” for six women (don’t forget my mom!)–but ultimately we always forgive, move on, and love each other and because of that, we are all still best friends. I’ve always wanted to write about that special bond, because it’s such a huge part of my life, and now as I’m watching my daughters forge their own bond, it became more important to me than ever.

Who do you think you would be better friends with – Zuhra or Inara?

Boy, that’s a hard choice! I love them both for different reasons. My first instinct is to say Zuhra because she’s the oldest and so am I, so we understand that feeling of responsibility to take care of our younger siblings. But in real life, almost all of my closest friends (outside of my sisters) are middle or youngest children, so maybe I’m way off!

What inspired you when building the world of Sisters of Shadow and Light?

The first thing that inspired me was an image I saw of a huge castle/citadel like building on the edge of a cliff with a waterfall coming out from beneath it to crash to the earth far, far below. The citadel in SOSAL is very similar to the image I saw, but it is built against the side of a mountain in my book. That was the first piece that came together for the world building. I had also been fascinated with beautiful images of unique doors and abandoned rooms and hedges so massive it felt as though you could get trapped behind them permanently–and all of that shaped the world building as well.

If you could have the power of any of the Paladins, whose would you choose?

There are a lot of really cool powers that they have so it’s hard to choose! I don’t want to spoil some of the surprises of the story, but hopefully it won’t be revealing too much to say I would pick the ability to heal. Again, I don’t want to spoil anything, but the price of a healing intense enough to save a life would be difficult to bear if you did it very often.

Do you have any author role models – and if so, who?

Yes, absolutely! There is the obvious – J.K. Rowling, of course! (In fact, I made a total geek of myself when the host at The Ivy in London told us he was seating us at the table next to the one where she eats once a month. I think my son wearing his HP robes to The Cursed Child tipped him off to our fandom.) But I also think Stephanie Garber, Sarah J. Maas, Kathryn Purdie, Mary Pearson, Leigh Bardugo, and Laini Taylor are incredibly talented women. I have to fight off imposter syndrome when I read their books! There are many more I could name, but those are the first few that popped up.

What makes a five-star read for you?

If I can’t put it down, no matter how crazy my kids are acting or how late I am on a deadline–and if it’s so well written that my “internal editor” stays silent–then it is a five-star read for sure. A few books that did that for me recently are Finale by Stephanie Garber, Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, and Bone Crier’s Moon that comes out in March from Kathryn Purdie.

When writing Sisters of Shadow and Light, what is one thing you found difficult?

It’s a very big world and plot, and my goal as an author is to try and make each book I write better than the last one. So sometimes I felt overwhelmed by the scope of what I was trying to accomplish and just hoping and praying I was doing this story and these sisters justice! Also, the longer I’ve been published, the louder my “internal editor” gets, which makes it harder and harder to write that first draft of a book. A first draft, by nature, is imperfect and messy at times, and I found it pretty hard to ignore the voice in my head telling me “this isn’t good enough, you need to make this better” and just get the story out. I’m so glad I was able to persevere and finish it, because I love these sisters and I can’t wait to share them with all of you!

Can you tell us what came first in the process of writing Sisters of Shadow and Light? Did you start with the world, the characters or an idea?

It started with Inara and Zuhra first. I saw a picture of a girl with glowing blue eyes and it ignited this little idea I’d had sparking inside for a while. I’d been wanting to write a story about sisters for a long time, and when I saw another image for a girl who looked like she could be the first girl’s sister–BAM! Then I saw the image of the citadel on the cliff that I mentioned before, and from there, the rest of it blossomed into the story you now have!

For all the aspiring authors out there, what advice can you give on writing a book and getting published?

My advice is two-fold: First, to never give up. I honestly believe if you never give up, you will eventually get published. Even if it’s ten years or even fifteen or twenty down the road. If you want it badly enough, it will happen. But, second, is that you also need to put the work in. Read widely and voraciously. Know what’s out there and what you can offer that’s different or unique or a fun spin. Write, write, write, and then revise, revise, revise! Go to conferences, find critique partners, do your homework. There are so many resources out there to help you learn how to elevate your writing and how to query agents and get published. Make sure you do it all!

And finally – how are you feeling about the release of Sisters of Shadow and Light – and how soon it is?!

I am beyond excited! This book feels very personal to me, so for that reason alone, I am so happy it is finally going to be published–but also nervous! It’s always nerve-wracking to put yourself out there, no matter how many times you’ve done it. I also worked really hard to try and make this the best book I’ve written yet, so hopefully my fans will love it and maybe I’ll even have some new readers find me!

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

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In the city of Craewick, memories are currency, and those who can steal and share them are elevated above those who cannot. Etta Lark is determined to stay away from the system and it’s corrupt leader, Madame, ever since her mother was put in a coma four years ago. But now Etta’s mother is at risk again and she must put everything on the line to save her, meanwhile discovering things about herself she never knew and forging bonds she never thought she could have.

The concept of memories in this novel was one of my favourite things about it. In The Memory Thief, those with a Gift can read minds as well as steal memories and give them to others. Bad memories are used as torture methods, and good ones can be sold to those who want to experience the emotions in them. Those with a Gift can steal entire talents such as fighting or drawing from another person. I thought this idea was so unique and I’ve never seen it done before, so it definitely made the story more intriguing.

Etta is a fierce and brave heroine, haunted by her past and the actions she took. Her character arc was done quite well, as at first we see that she is a good person with a kind heart, but then we discover her darkest secrets. Etta is by no means innocent, and her journey to forgive herself was well explored, as she must come to terms with the things she has done and realise that she has changed for the better.

Reid was a soft, caring boy who was also badass, which I loved. It’s obvious that he and Etta will end up together, but I didn’t dislike their romance. It reads like a slow burn, despite taking place over the course of a week. Though they didn’t actually kiss or anything, it’s clear that their relationship is heading there, but it’s quite cute and full of fun banter.

I also loved the relationship between Etta and her mother, one I feel isn’t represented in YA enough. It was quite heart warming to see Etta’s journey with losing and finding and losing different members of her family.

The Memory Thief wasn’t without flaws and I did find it to be quite full of clichés. The final battle felt rather anticlimactic and rushed, despite an exciting beginning and middle. So whilst I did enjoy the book, I found it hard to get completely immersed in the storyline which was a bit of a setback for me.

Overall, The Memory Thief was an entertaining read perfect for fans of YA fantasy with memorable characters and world building. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on what Lauren Mansy does next!

The Prom by Saundra Mitchell

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High schooler Emma is the only out gay in her school in Indiana, but with prom coming up, she just wants to dance with her girlfriend Alyssa, who’s still in the closet. But the prom committee – spearheaded by Alyssa’s mum – wants to keep their dance strictly heterosexual. And that’s where Broadway steps in.

I really liked Emma and Alyssa together. You could really see that they were good for each other and Saundra Mitchell makes their chemistry tangible. I liked their cutesy moments best, and I appreciated that they had their problems in the way of an ordinary couple and weren’t oversimplified or perfect.

Alyssa’s mum is one of the main antagonists of the novel. It’s hard to see Alyssa’s mum being homophobic around her daughter and not knowing she is gay, but it was important that their dynamic was explored before Alyssa came out.

The writing style really captures the two girls’ personalities but is relatively simple. It’s not filled with elegant imagery but rather tells the story in a charismatic way with strong, witty dialogue. I think that makes sense since the novel is based off a musical but I would have enjoyed slightly more showing rather than telling.

I did like Barry and Dee Dee and how they helped Emma – their personalities were great and they brought laughter and banter to the book – but I didn’t always like the way they interfered and sometimes they frustrated me by pushing their opinions on Emma. However, they turned out to be pretty great and full of kindness.

The Prom was an entertaining read which brought forward important issues, LGBTQ+ right and sapphic romance as well as being fun and full of wit. I can’t wait to see the movie, coming to Netflix in 2020.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh

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Young Harleen Quinzel moves to Gotham City and is taken in by Mama, the local drag queen. Harlee finally feels like she belongs, until a large corporation threatens to take away Mama’s home and a new figure calling himself the Joker enters her life.
This has to be my favourite of the recent DC novels I’ve read. Harley Quinn is absolutely iconic and so fun to read about, plus it features my favourite DC character: Poison Ivy.
Harley Quinn: Breaking Novel is a Harley origin story all about found family and friendships, rebellion and difficult decisions.
I loved Harlee’s character. She’s a little strange, of course, but she’s wild and brave and kind. The comic really captured her rebellious personality and a unique voice, telling the story in a way that was so wonderfully Harlee. The drawing style is amazing! It perfectly reflects both the storyline and Harlee’s vibrant personality and made the book come to life in the perfect way. This comic just had so much personality that it didn’t really matter what the plot was, and the fact that the plot was great too is such a bonus!
The storyline really focuses on Harlee’s development and personal problems rather than having an evil supervillain, which I loved. Harlee is carefree, but as the plot progresses and the people she cares for are put at risk we can see her becoming more determined and focused, which was really interesting. Though she does have her own way of fighting back, I loved seeing her become more morally aware and caring for others.
I loved the relationship between Ivy and Harlee. Despite them being so different, they really were there for each other and I think that Ivy had a big impact on Harlee’s character development. I’ve always been #1 IvyQuinn shipper so even though in this novel their relationship is purely platonic, I just adored every scene they were in together.
Overall, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass was a thoroughly enjoyable and moving origin story for one of my favourite DC characters that I can’t wait to see continued.

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

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The Guinevere Deception was a beautiful and intriguing twist on the story of King Arthur, where the women of the story were able to take centre stage in the ancient legend that had been so focused on men.
As always, Kiersten White writes in beautiful, descriptive, lyrical prose that makes me go *heart eyes*. It is almost hauntingly beautiful, softly written and perfectly reflecting Guinevere’s unique character. The descriptions read almost like poetry with lush, vivid prose. The dialogue was witty and realistic, fun to follow and genuine.

“There was good, and there was evil, but there was so much space between the two.”

The plot was captivating, both the mysteries to be unravelled in the future and the ones tangled in the past. The mystery was mixed with kickass action, beautiful friendship and a dash of romance. The twists were on point and I rarely saw them coming, the storyline keeping me guessing and hoping. I loved the sections from the perspective of the villain, they really made the book unique and added some of the authors signature darkness and foreboding. They were dark and intriguing and I’m hoping for more in the second book.
The world Kiersten White built felt so vivid and real, so alive and I absolutely fell in love with it. Camelot was a beautiful, developed place that I would 100% want to live in. It was at once reminiscent of the Camelot from old stories of King Arthur and a unique, fresh one which belonged to a changeling queen.

“That was not a finite or controlled magic. It was a wild and dark and dangerous magic. It was a violent magic, undoing the record of a life and giving it to someone else.”

Guinevere was a kickass main character for this story. She was strong and beautiful and brave but she also questioned herself and everything around her. For reasons barely revealed, her past is half-forgotten and her memories muddled. It was hard to see her struggling with the realisation that people she trusted may have lied to her. She was such a refreshing heroine, and I really do hope we get a further character arc in book two.
I really really loved the friendship between Brangien and Guinevere. It was so great to see magical women standing up for each other and loving each other. I did quite like the relationship between Arthur and Guinevere. It didn’t feel forced at all, and I can see how they would work as a couple. However, I have VIEWS on the subject of who Guinevere should end up with. In many original tales of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere has an affair with Sir Lancelot, one of Arthur’s nights. In this book, one of my favourite twists is that Lancelot is a girl! Guinevere definitely called her pretty a few times and I just want my sapphic ship to happen.
Of course, I loved the feminist aspects of this book! It had such a phenomenal, empowering narrative about women’s place in society and how awesome they really are. I am so happy that we’re seeing a rise of feminist-orientated retellings because they really are perfect for me.
Overall, I adored this book. It wasn’t without faults, but It was beautiful and moving, intriguing and well written. If you love strong female characters, myths and magic, you will love The Guinevere Deception.

What the actual heck, it’s November already (Ft. anticipated releases, bookstagram anniversaries and my crushing TBR)

Thank you for reading this blog, witches! Please do continue to do so 🙂 SO! It’s…November? How did that get here so hecking fast.

No seriously, where did all the months GO?!

This means 2020 is pretty soon. That worries me. I am worried. 1 month til Christmas, 5 til my 16th birthday, 6 til my GCSEs start, 7 til I’m done with secondary school, 9 til I start college. You can see where I’m going with this wait I am not a young child anymore and the world is ever so scary and now I have responsibilities and I just want to sleep tangent, but you’re here for the books. SO let’s get to thattt!

First up, the TBR that may fall on me and squash me at any given moment. No, seriously. My bookshelves are above my bed. Who knows what kind of accident could happen?

So, what IS on my November TBR?

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi ⇒ In a future Nigeria ravaged by climate change and war, two sisters must find their way back to each other after they are forced onto opposite sites of the conflict. I thought this looked good because,,, the girl on the cover is very pretty. Kidding haha! It’s an important message about what the world could be in a century, with two fierce black girls leading the story.

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White⇒  The first line of the blurb is “There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.”. Need I know more? No, but in case you do, it’s a retelling of King Arthur which features faeries and is told from the point of view of Guinevere, who basically doesn’t get a storyline in any other versions.

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy ⇒ In a city where memories are currency, and Gifted individuals can steal memories as they please, Etta will do anything to save her crippled mother from the clutches of the power-obsessed ruler, Madame. This is bound to lead her on a deadly and exciting adventure. 

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco ⇒ Have I ever been more excited for a fantasy novel? Probably not. But listen, ok. It’s about a world divided after two sisters fell out, and how their daughters must save the world and features found family and much gay. You can’t not be excited.

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan ⇒ *sobs uncontrollably because I am not prepared* My beautiful girls have to face even higher stakes and are also totally in love and I’m buddy reading this with my favourite human @_ashortbooklover and we’re both ready to die slowly inside. I’m on the Bookstagram Tour on November 10th, just sayin’

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron ⇒ Murderous heroine, African fantasy and snakes? You’ve convinced me already. It also has, gods, demons and witchdoctors, and dark magic. 🙂

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass ⇒ I recently got a bunch of recent DC comic books, so I’m excited to read them! This one is about Harley’s backstory and how she came to Gotham. She also has to choose between Ivy and Joker. You know who I want her to chose. (Spoiler: Ivy. Ivy is my favourite DC character. She is my soulmate. She is gay, vegan and a total badass. I will marry her.) EDIT: I read this already! SO GOOOOOOD. Keep an eye out for my review, let’s replace it with Batman: Nightwalker

So yep, that’s what I’ll be reading! And what else is happening in November? IT IS MY BOOKSTAGRAM ANNIVERSARY! yes, that is right. November 31st, 2018, the day I posted my first bookstagram photo. It looked awful, but ah well, I suppose I HAVE to share it on here:

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I think it’s one of my least favourite photos on my whole feed, and even in the early days it was a low point. Let’s take a look at my progressing themes, shall we?

 

My first one was soft and cosy, and it lasted a month. I liked it because I could take photos whenever throughout the day…now I have to take a photoshoot every weekend. ugh.

Come 2019, my feed was actually kinda cute. NGL, have showed off my faves here BUT like I wouldn’t utterly object to going back.

My next theme only lasted a couple weeks, cause I just wasn’t feeling it. But it WAS the start of my blue flowers. They were the first prop I bought for Instagram and served me well.

My next theme was my baby. It lasted from mid-February 2019 to mid-May 2019. It was my true love, my OG. Seriously tho, may go back to it. Though some photos weren’t quite up to the standards I have these days, others I wish I could recreate. I think this is where bookstagram became a serious passion and time consumer of mine.

For my next theme, I wanted a change from the blue, but none of my followers liked it and it only lasted a week or two, so come summer, I started a new theme.

This colourful theme started In June for pride month, and I kept it until September. It’s still my love and I really miss it sometimes. It was so vibrant, and I got the chance to show off a lot more of my props. Maybe I’ll revive it next summer. I know the “big” bookstagrammers don’t really change their themes, but in all fairness, they’ve had the time to cultivate the right ones for them.

And here we are! My current theme! Not too shabby, if I do say so myself (and I do, lol). Haven’t been picked for any rep searches yet, but that’s FINE. I actually really love this theme. I think if I change soon It will have a little more going on, because this theme is relatively simple. I put a lot of work into this one. I haven’t been posting much lately because my phone is broken. Not only did I have 10 photos stored up on there that I’m too salty to retake, I can only take photos on my mum’s phone recently and her camera is really bad.

BUT MOVING ON. So that’s my bookstagram, nearly a year, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME. Keep an eye out for a giveaway or something, but I’ll probably spend my money on Emily (A Short Book Lover)’s birthday gift. Just kidding Emily, swear it’s not costing me too much. ily.

So I guess now I should tell you my anticipated November releases, huh. Read on.

  1. Girls of Storm and Shadow, The Memory Thief, The Genuivere Deception, The Never Tilting World AKA the ones I already mentioned, lol
  2. Blood Heir ⇒ Dark, bloody retelling of Anastasia? That’s what I heard and WOW I’m excited.
  3. A Constellation of Roses ⇒ Queer. Magical. Realism. Three words that always make my day.
  4. Call Down the Hawk ⇒ I just finished The Raven King and have one word. F*ck. Scared for this. Maggie is a beautiful monster.
  5. Supernova ⇒ I just want my baby heroes to be OK, is that too much to ask?
  6. Sisters of Shadow and Light ⇒ Sisterhood and magic. Two best things in a book. I had the honour of interviewing Sara B. Larson so that will be up soon!
  7. Coral ⇒ The Little Mermaid retelling but kinda dark and hopefully feminist.

I think that’s all I got!
So, my Witchlings, what will you be reading this November? Are you freaking out for Christmas unnecessarily? What books are you looking forward to? Do you follow me on Instagram (@midnightbookgirl_)?