Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend. It has been wonderfully rainy here in the normal sunny South Florida, and with it has come a chill in the air. It almost feels like Boston in the Fall. How I love it. Why? Because it’s perfect weather for staying indoors and reading with a cup of tea. Earl grey preferably. So on that note, check out my latest reading list. Happy reading!
by Lauren Mansy
In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.
Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.
To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.
Stefanie Moers introduces the remarkable Fenella, an unsettling and seductive deviant whose command of witchcraft is either a delusion or dangerous. As the evidence against her piles up, she compels everyone — her attorney, her sister, the courts — to go along with her, even as they try to resist the power of her chaotic charm.
Readers of Kelly Link, Carmen Maria Machado, and Shirley Jackson will devour this darkly charismatic debut novella.
by V.S. Santoni
You try magic once and it sticks to you like glitter glue . . .
When Johnny and his best friend, Alison, pass their summer holidays dabbling in magic, they never expect it to have consequences. Sure, it’d be great if they could banish bullies or change their lives for the better, and what harm could come from lighting a few candles and chanting a few spells? When they cause an earthquake that shakes Chicago to its core, they draw the attention of the Marduk Institute, an age-old organization dedicated to fostering the talents of young wizards.
Once there, Johnny and Alison are told they can never return to their previous lives, and must quickly adapt to a new world shimmering with monsters, fraternities, and cute boys like Hunter and Blake. But when they’re pulled into an epic, supernatural fight that could cost them both their lives, Johnny and Alison find the strength they never knew they had as they battle for love, acceptance, and their own happy ending—all with the help of a little magic.
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