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Don’t be fooled by the pink cover– Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Reign of the Fallen is dark, gritty, and deceptive, set in a lush fantasy realm. Filled with monsters, death, and magic, this novel offers up kickass characters and a fresh world for readers to devour. Set in a kingdom ruled by the living dead from centuries past, the story follows Odessa, a necromancer who finds her people in more danger than ever as the dead, most of whom are royals, are manipulated and turned into monstrous, bloodthirsty creatures known as Shades. Odessa and her fellow necromancers will have to unlock…

Kiersten White’s BRIGHT WE BURN, sequel to AND I DARKEN and NOW I RISE, sports a frightening cover! And I Darken, the first book in The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White, introduced the fierce heroine Lada Dragwyla, who is a reimagining of the historical figure Vlad the Impaler. Lada will have to rebuild her homeland Wallachia, which she has reclaimed, in Bright We Burn. The cover for Bright We Burn has been revealed, and it is more “bloody” than ever! The Bright We Burn cover shows a pomegranate fruit being very dramatically sliced into pieces against a dark background. How…

Pierce Brown, author of the Red Rising Trilogy, starts his IRON GOLD book tour in San Diego at his first bookstore stop. Pierce Brown’s Iron Gold, the first in a new trilogy that takes place ten years after the end of the bestselling Red Rising Trilogy, was released on Tuesday, January 16th. Brown had a special pre-launch event called the Howlerfest which took place in Los Angeles, CA the Saturday prior to the release date. However, the author still held ties to San Diego, especially the Mysterious Galaxy independent bookstore, as it was the location of his first ever…

What actually happened the day Sarah died? Find out in THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED by Kody Keplinger! New York Times bestselling author Kody Keplinger has another book up her sleeve, That’s Not What Happened. This harrowing novel is about a teenage girl who wants to tell the truth about the death of her friend a few years after a school shooting. But she finds out that she is not the only one that has a story to tell. Keplinger shared the cover and the her chilling personal inspiration for the novel on Nerdy Book Club. My pre-calculus teacher had ushered…

Prepare for more haikus and adventure in the third book of The TRIALS OF APOLLO series, THE BURNING MAZE! Rick Riordan keeps the demigod delights coming, and the latest bit of joy comes from The Trials of Apollo series! The third book in the series, The Burning Maze, brings the god Apollo (also known as Lester Papadopoulos) to his third trial. Apollo will have to brave the dangerous, twisting Labyrinth to find a Roman emperor in the American Southwest. Percy Jackson’s beloved satyr friend Grover will be joining Apollo on his perilous journey. The cover for The Burning Maze shows Apollo and his…

Our favorite YA heroines duke it out to celebrate THE VALIANT and THE DEFIANT! In Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant series, young female gladiators aka gladiatrices engage in fierce battles for honor, power, and of course, the entertainment of the people of Rome. Fallon is one such gladiatrix, stolen from her life as a Celtic princess and taken to Rome as a slave, forced to participate in Caesar’s charades. But life as a Roman warrior has given Fallon a new family and lit a fire in her, one that causes her to challenge her place in the dark new society. The…

Pierce Brown brings IRON GOLD out of the rim of YA and dives deep into Science Fiction in a bloodydamn good way. Disclosure: The galley of Iron Gold was given to me for an honest review. If you finished Pierce Brown’s The Red Rising Trilogy thinking that Darrow, the lone narrator of the series, Mustang, Sevro, and Cassius had succeeded in ending the war and changing the way the Society runs, and thus liberating all people from all the worlds from their enslavement, you’d better get your bloodydamn head out of the clouds, because you obviously haven’t been paying attention.…

“You can’t change how other people think and act, but you’re in full control of you. When it comes down to it, the only question that matters is this: If nothing in the world ever changes, what type of man are you gonna be?” – Dear Martin Each year, America celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s amazing strength and civil rights activism in the face of extreme adversity on the third Monday in January. This year, the day falls on King’s actual birthday, January 15th. Fighting both blatant and systematic racism was a cause that Dr. King dedicated his life…

If LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE does not become a hit, I will riot on behalf of one of the cutest, most diverse contemporaries I have ever gotten my hands on. Alice is trying to figure things out. Her parents want her to be a lawyer, he two best friends are engaged to be married and leaving her behind, and her girlfriend just broke up with her because she doesn’t understand that Alice is asexual. Then she meets Takumi, a gorgeous, sweet, soon-to-be kindergarten teacher who starts working at the library with Alice. As their romance and friendship grow, and Alice’s…

A healer’s attempt to resurrect her dead boyfriend goes awry in BRUJA BORN! Zoraida Cordova’s Labyrinth Lost brought urban fantasy and magical otherworlds together for a clever whirlwind adventure, and now the Mortiz family is back in Bruja Born! The new novel (the second book in the Brooklyn Brujas series, though it works as a standalone companion rather than a sequel) follows Alex’s older sister, Lola, who has healing powers but still struggles to feel like an important part of her family of witches. Her saving grace is her boyfriend, Maks… until he dies in an untimely bus accident. But…

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