Friday Finds ~ 9/25/20

Happy Friday!! I hope you all have a fabulous start to your weekend!

Here are some of my TBR adds this week. The title links will take you to Goodreads, and I’m also linking up to other bloggers/booktubers, etc. whose reviews, comments, or posts encouraged me to give these a try! Sharing some blogger love!! If you’d like to join in, be sure to leave a link in the comments!

 

Accidentally in Love by Belinda Missen pub. September 11, 2020

Blogger: One Book More

In the space of a week, Katharine Patterson has quit her job, decided to move back home, and broken up with the guy she thought was the one.

No big deal.

Because Katharine has a plan. She’s going to open her own art gallery, just like she’s always wanted. What she’s not going to do is worry about boyfriends.

Then she meets Kit, a handsome and talented local artist. He might be the most stubborn person Katharine has ever met. He might also make her feel like no one ever has before.

And Katharine might be about to fall accidentally in love…

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep pub. October 2, 2018

Blogger: Elaine Howlin

Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

May Day by Josie Jaffrey pub. July 9, 2020

Blogger: Dinipandareads

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.
When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.

May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.

Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson pub. November 5, 2019

The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes….

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world–including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out–leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

Pride & Papercuts by Staci Hart exp. pub. October 13, 2020

Hate is a strong word.

Depending on the company, loathe is a good substitute. Abhor might be a little fancy, but it gets the job done. But the word that really sums up how I feel about Liam Darcy is, without question, hate.

He doesn’t seem to think much of me either. The second he lays his fault-seeking eyes on me, he sets out to oppose me. Everything about him is imposing, as if he consumes the nearby air to power the rise and fall of his broad chest, and it’s clear he resents my presence on his advertising team. Every idea I have is shot down. Every olive branch I offer is set on fire by nothing more than the blistering coals he calls eyes.

In return, I light him up with my words.

It’s not as if he can dismiss me, since I work for his client, Wasted Words. Instead, he’s forced to tolerate me, which seems the closest we’ll ever be to friends. Fine by me.

I can be civil and still hate Liam Darcy.

But if there’s more to him than his exterior shows, I won’t be able to hate him at all.

I might stumble over that line between love and hate and fall right into his arms.

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What books did you add to your TBR this week???? I didn’t add as many as usual this week since I spent so much time with my head buried in Midnight Sun. But, I’m back to reality now. Not that I’m complaining!

Happy Reading,

Alison

20 thoughts on “Friday Finds ~ 9/25/20

  1. Staci Hart’s book does sound good! I haven’t read anything by her in a while. I think I got irritated when she started giving her old books new illustrated covers. I don’t know why that turned me off of her books, but it did for some reason. I should go back to her now and give this one a shot. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Don’t get me wrong, I love the book blogosphere, but I’m now going to have to add even more books to my TBR list after reading this list 😂 My bank account’s gonna hate me 😂 Seriously, though, these books sound amazing! I particularly like the sounds of Pride and Papercuts. Definitely going to have to buy that when it’s published!

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      • Yeah, I’d been thinking about joining our local library and then the pandemic happened. Definitely going to join once things are somewhat back to normal, though. My purse will thank me 😂

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      • I haven’t actually been going into the library. I’ve been borrowing ebooks/audiobooks through library apps. In my area we have hoopla and overdrive. You should check to see if you have those available to you. You’d need a library account number, but your library may be able to do that with you over the phone.

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