Book of the Month – January 2023

Happy January, everyone! Welcome to a whole new year here at Cyn’s Workshop! And what better way to start a new year than with a fabulous new book? So let’s give a big round of applause to City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer. I am a huge fan of Schaeffer’s work, loving her Not Even Bones series. Oh my god, I love that series so much.

Check out the details below for City of Nightmares, and stay tuned for February’s Book of the Month Poll. Happy reading!

Synopsis

City of Nightmares
Rebecca Schaeffer
Clarion Books

Gotham meets Strange the Dreamer in this thrilling young adult fantasy about a cowardly girl who finds herself at the center of a criminal syndicate conspiracy in a city where crooked politicians and sinister cults reign and dreaming means waking up as your worst nightmare.

Ever since her sister became a man-eating spider and slaughtered her way through town, nineteen-year-old Ness has been terrified—terrified of some other Nightmare murdering her, and terrified of ending up like her sister. Because in Newham, the city that never sleeps, dreaming means waking up as your worst fear.

Whether that means becoming a Nightmare that’s monstrous only in appearance, to transforming into a twisted, unrecognizable creature that terrorizes the city, no one is safe. Ness will do anything to avoid becoming another victim, even if that means lying low among the Friends of the Restful Soul, a questionable organization that may or may not be a cult.

But being a member of maybe-cult has a price. In order to prove herself, Ness cons her way into what’s supposed to be a simple job for the organization—only for it to blow up in her face. Literally. Tangled up in the aftermath of an explosive assassination, now Ness and the only other survivor—a Nightmare boy who Ness suspects is planning to eat her—must find their way back to Newham and uncover the sinister truth behind the attack, even as the horrors of her past loom ominously near.



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