Six of Crows Teaser

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Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)

by Leigh Bardugo (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Quote 1:

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”
Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Quote 2:

“I’m a business man,” he’d told her. “No more, no less.”
“You’re a thief, Kaz.”
“Isn’t that what I just said?”
Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Quote 3:

“Why don’t Fjerdans let girls fight?”
“They don’t want to fight.”
“How do you know? Have you ever asked one?”
“Fjerdan women are to be venerated, protected.”
“That’s probably a wise policy.”
“It is?”
“Think how embarrassing it would be for you when you got trounced by a Fjerdan girl.”
Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

The Sleeper and the Spindle Teaser

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The Sleeper and the Spindle

by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author), Chris Riddell (Illustrator)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.

Quote 1:

“But the path to her death, heartbeat by heartbeat, would be inevitable.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sleeper and the Spindle

Quote 2:

“There are choices, she thought, when she had sat long enough. There are always choices.”
Neil Gaiman, The Sleeper and the Spindle

Book of a Thousand Days Teaser

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Book of a Thousand Days

by Shannon Hale (Goodreads Author), James Noel Smith (Illustrator)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years because of Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. With the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors–one welcome, the other decidedly less so–the girls are confronted with both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

With Shannon Hale’s lyrical language, this little-known classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.

Quote 1:

“Mama used to say, you have to know someone a thousand days before you can glimpse her soul.”
Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days

Quote 2:

“You’re better than seven years of food. You’re better than windows. You’re even better than the sky.”
Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days

Quote 3:

“I let my head fall back, and I gazed into the Eternal Blue Sky. It was morning. Some of the sky was yellow, some the softest blue. One small cloud scuttled along. Strange how everything below can be such death and chaos and pain while above the sky is peace, sweet blue gentleness. I heard a shaman say once, the Ancestors want our souls to be like the blue sky.”
Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days

Quote 4:

“This morning, Tegus welcomed me again with an arm clasp and cheek touch. I wasn’t startled this time, and I breathed in at his neck. How can I describe the scent of his skin? He smells something like cinnamon– brown and dry and sweet and warm. Ancestors, is it wrong for me to imagine laying my head on his chest and closing my eyes and breathing in his smell?”
Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days

Firewalker Teaser

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Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2)

by Josephine Angelini (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.

“You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.”

Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!

Quote 1:

“Haven’t you learned yet? Someone has to be the villain so everyone else can stay alive.”
Josephine Angelini, Firewalker

Quote 2:

“Do you know what it means to be a survivor? It means that not only do you have to live through things, you have to live with them as well. The second part is much harder and sometimes it takes the rest of your life to learn how to do it. But at least you have the rest of your life…”
Josephine Angelini, Firewalker

Queen of Shadows Teaser

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

by Sarah J. Maas (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Quote 1:

“Why don’t you get to the point,” she drawled. “I want to have a few hours of sleep tonight.” Not a lie. With every breath, exhaustion wrapped tighter around her bones.

“I would have thought,” Arobynn said, “given how close you two were and your abilities, that you’d somehow be able to sense it. Or at least hear of it, considering what he was accused of.”

The prick was enjoying every second of this. If Dorian was dead or hurt—

“Your cousin Aedion has been imprisoned for treason—for conspiring with the rebels here in Rifthold to depose the king and put you back on the throne.”

The world stopped.

Stopped, and started, then stopped again.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

Quote 2:

“If you’re a monster, I’m a monster.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

Quote 3:

“She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows, and these men were already carrion.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

Quote 4:

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”
Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows

Mechanica Teaser

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Mechanica

by Betsy Cornwell (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

Quote 1:

“The cracks grew over him like vines, faster and faster. At first he bucked, whinnying metallic screeches. Then he gradually stilled, looking up at me with frightened glass eyes.
He was growing.
New, molten glass leeched out between his fissures, cooled and hardened only to crack again and make room for more liquid glass. The gears inside him moaned and creaked, and metal filings gathered at the base of his transparent stomach, only to fly up again and form more joints and chains and gears. Black smoke poured from his nostrils.
Soon he was the size of a large dog, then a man, and still he grew and grew until he towered over my bed, as big as any plow horse I’d ever seen. Glass dripped down his flanks like sweat, a few rivulets still glowing with molten heat.”
Betsy Cornwell, Mechanica

Quote 2:

“I brought my hand to the back of his neck and leaned into him, sliding my fingers into the curls at his nape. His arms clasped tighter around me. I sighed just a little against his mouth, feeling that it was almost too much, all this newness, this feeling that there was space and light inside me I’d never noticed before. Every part of me down to my fingertips felt like reworked glass, melting into some new shape, my edges beginning to glow. I wanted to do nothing but change this way, pressed against his body, his warmth and goodness, forever.”
Betsy Cornwell, Mechanica

Quote 3:

“My mother says friendship should be slowly and carefully cultivated, like a rose garden, like a romance in a story. That every reason you care about someone should be rational.

She says I care too quickly.

But friendship has never been something I could do halfway”
Betsy Cornwell, Mechanica

Until the Beginning Teaser

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Until the Beginning (After the End #2)

by Amy Plum (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

“With the thrilling cliffhanger ending to the prequel, After the End, this book is sure to have readers screaming for joy as it starts off where they last left the characters, then expands into an even more magical journey. There is not a dull page to be found, as action, adventure and romance abound. You’ll feel as if you are right with the characters. This heart-pounding book will take you on a journey that you will never want to end.” RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars.

When Juneau’s clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people’s gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles’s cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau’s people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people – and herself – Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

Quote 1:

“I am being dragged along a current, floating in a wide river with tall trees on either side.  My body is pulled under and pops back up as if I were nothing but a twig floating on the surface of a stream.  I am unafraid, my senses bathed by the sound of the rushing water and the touch of the cool liquid.  Only the smell of the sparkling pure air in this dream world is missing–absent because I do not breathe.”

—-Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

Quote 2:

“I smooth back his hair, feeling his cold forehead under my fingertips.  I brush his eyelids closed as I sing of what he will see on the Path, and touch his chin to shut his mouth.  And then I do something I never did to my other Rite-travelers.  I kiss him.  I touch my warm mouth to his cold one and, closing my eyes, wish that I could transfer my life to him.  That my spirit could slip out from between my lips and reignite his extinguished flame.”

—-Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

Quote 3:

“Miles’s eyes move left and right.  “Where am I lying?” he asks.

“In the back of a Chevrolet pickup truck.”

“Which you got by. . . ,” he prompts.

“. . . trading it for your car.”  A bemused smile forms on Miles’s mouth.  “You traded my BMW for a Chevy pickup?”

“Is that a bad thing?”

“Let’s just say that the other guy must be pretty damn happy.””

—-Until the Beginning by Amy Plum

Under Different Stars Teaser

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Under Different Stars (Kricket #1)

by Amy A. Bartol (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

Quote 1:

“I’m used to holding on to nothing as tight as I can.”
Amy A. Bartol, Under Different Stars

Quote 2:

“You cannot thrive under the wrong stars, Kricket… the stars here are in opposition to you… can’t you feel it?… Let us take you home.”
Amy A. Bartol, Under Different Stars

Quote 3:

“I told him that when we first met… I felt like a butterfly trapped in a net. But… I told him that the more time I spent with him, the more I began to realize how much he means to me I told him that since it seems to be my destiny to dodge raindrops… I was grateful to be dodging them with him. So, I promised him that it would always be his name on my mind when I start my rotation… and when I go to bed each evening… and every quiet moment in between. It will be his name… savored on my lips… stretched across my heart… worshipped by my body… and branded in my mind… until death do us part… and forever after that.”
Amy A. Bartol, Under Different Stars

Ink and Bone Teaser

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Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)

by Rachel Caine (Goodreads Author)

Book Synopsis (Goodreads):

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Quote 1:

“Always remember the words of Descartes: The reading of all good books is like conversion with the finest men of the past centuries.”
Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone

Quote 2:

“You have ink in your blood, boy, and no help for it. Books will never be just a business to you.”
Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone

Quote 3:

“The first purpose of a librarian is to preserve and defend our books. Sometimes, that means dying for them – or making someone else die for them. Tota est scientia.”
Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone

Quote 4:

“I gambled for the soul of the Library. And I lost.”
Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone

A Book of Spirits and Thieves Teaser

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves #1)

by Morgan Rhodes

Book Synopsis(Goodreads):

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

Quote 1:

“Look at me, will you?” the girl cried.  “Please!”

Her fearful tone pulled at him, and he finally met her gaze.

A whisper of relief moved through her eyes.  “My name is Becca Hatcher.  I don’t know what’s happened to me, where I am, or how I got here, but I know one thing.  You’re going to help me get back home.”

Morgan Rhodes, A Book of Spirits and Thieves

Quote 2:

“Tears aren’t just for babies. They’re proof that you feel something and aren’t afraid to show it. It’s those that won’t ever allow themselves to cry that are the weak ones.”

Morgan Rhodes, A Book of Spirits and Thieves

Quote 3:

“You’re not alone.  You have me, and I’m not going anywhere,” she said firmly.  Angrily.  “When the going gets tough, I believe in one thing, Maddox.  My gut.  It tells me which book to read next, even if it has lousy reviews; which movie to see, even if no one else wants to see it; which friends to hang out with, whether they’re popular or loners or smart or dumb as bricks.  And my gut tells me that you’re not going to die.  You’re important to this world.  And you’re important to me.  Got it?  You and me, we’re friends now.  And friends help each other out in bad, snake-monster, scary-goddess times.”

Morgan Rhodes, A Book of Spirits and Thieves