Waiting on Wednesday #10

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share your most anticipated releases, one book at a time. I’m here today to share with you another book on my never-ending TBR list!


That Inevitable Victorian Thing

That Inevitable Victorian Thing

Author: E.K. Johnston

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis: Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire.

In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria. 

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Why I’m Excited for This Book:

Okay, I’ll admit I don’t know tons about this book. BUT, it has a gorgeous cover and I heard it features queer character(s) so do I really need any other reasons to be excited about this book??

Is That Inevitable Victorian Thing on your TBR? Are you as excited as I am for the book’s release in October? Let me know down in the comments!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#43)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer

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Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: DC Icons #1

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Synopsis: She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Mask of Shadows

Mask of Shadows

Author: Linsey Miller

Series: Untitled #1

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

#BooksBindUs International Giveaway

#BooksBindUs International Giveaway

Hi everyone! I’m here today with something really fun and exciting. As you can tell from the title, I’m going to be holding an international giveaway! I bet you’re wondering what #BooksBindUs is though, am I right? Well, #BooksBindUs is a hashtag started by Sarah K. Vetter (@SKVetterWrites) on Twitter. Here’s a short explanation about why the hashtag was created from the creator herself:

With all the events that are so polarizing in the news today I wanted to do something that reminded us of the things that do draw us together. In this community it is of course YA books. For me personally, this is a way to spread positivity and joy while also promoting books I love!

Sarah told us to pick a book or books that spoke to us to give away and then make a post talking about why we chose the book(s) we did. Today I’m beyond excited to talk about the books I picked! These books are very different from one another, but they both spoke to me and will be books I cherish forever. Without further ado, here are the two books I chose!

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The first book I chose, Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand, easily became one of my favorite books of 2017 when I read it back in February. This book is about 11 year old Finley who has depression and anxiety, but she doesn’t knows that that is what she’s experiencing. She has days she calls “blue days” where she gets overwhelmed by sadness and doesn’t know what to do about it. As a way to express her sadness, she writes about a fictional kingdom that’s deep in a forest. When her parents take her to stay the summer at her grandparents’ house, she and her cousins explore the forest near the house and it’s just like Finley pictured her fictional kingdom. I thought Some Kind of Happiness was absolutely fantastic! It was heartbreaking and emotional at times, but also had a strong undertone of hope and happiness. I wish I had had this book when I was Finley’s age because it would have meant even more to me then than it does now. I have a long-term relationship with mental illness and while Finley mostly deals with depression, she also experiences anxiety and panic attacks, which is what I have. I felt that the portrayal of these mental illnesses were very authentic. It felt so great to see a main character in a book that is going through the same exact thing as me! Some Kind of Happiness featured the first mental illness rep that truly resonated with me and I would love others to experience it as well!

The second book I chose was Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. I read this book back in June of this year and like Some Kind of Happiness, I really related to the main character. Tash Hearts Tolstoy is about Tash Zelenka – an aspiring filmmaker and Youtuber who is asexual. Tash and her best friend write, film, and produce their own webseries that’s a modern retelling of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and one day their webseries goes viral. Suddenly they go from having a small, but loyal following to having a whole fandom. Meanwhile, Tash knows she’s asexual but is a bit confused what that actually means for her. She knows she has no interest in sex, but doesn’t know how she’ll ever have a romantic relationship without it. I have had many of the same thoughts and concerns that Tash had since discovering I was asexual earlier this year. It felt so validating seeing someone with the same thoughts and going through the same thing on the pages of a book! Not only that, it was great to see how supportive and understanding her friends were of her asexuality (as they should be if they’re her true friends!). Reading this book finally gave me the guts to come out as ace to my best friend and it went extremely well! It was so freeing to finally let my best friend know how I’ve been feeling and I haven’t regretted it for a minute. While it was hard to read, Tash Hearts Tolstoy also portrays a negative experience Tash has when she comes out to someone. The person says some horrible things to Tash and I felt so bad for her. I just wanted to give her a big hug and tell her it would be okay! And it was okay – she had some great friends (and a possible love interest) that were 100% supportive of her! I would love to share this book with both people on the ace-spectrum and those who are allosexual (not ace)!

Now, I decided to add a little something extra to my giveaway. In case you have already read both Some Kind of Happiness and Tash Hearts Tolstoy or if you for some odd reason don’t have any interest in reading them, I have 16 diverse books that you can pick from instead! Here they are:

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Wondering how you can enter to win one of these books? Click the image below to be taken to the tweet and follow the instructions to enter!

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Some more information:

  • Make sure you retweet and follow both me AND Sarah on Twitter or else you won’t be able to win! As you can see in the tweet, this giveaway ends September 25th. Make sure to RT and follow before then if you want to enter!
  • Want bonus entries? CLICK HERE to be taken to the tweet where I talk about those.
  • Make sure you check out the #BooksBindUs hashtag on Twitter for other fun giveaways!
  • Lastly, good luck!!

Review: Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Long May She Reign

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Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Publication Date: February 21, 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 422

Synopsis: Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

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I went into this book with somewhat low expectations for a couple reasons: 1) the average rating for the book on Goodreads was quite low and 2) a lot of my Goodreads friends had rated it somewhere between 1 and 3 stars. While 3 stars isn’t a bad rating necessarily, I still went into the book feeling skeptical because of the 1 and 2 star ratings. Fortunately, I really enjoyed this book and I think going in with low expectations was actually a good thing!

This fantasy standalone had a huge emphasis on science and politics, as well as a mystery aspect. I was always interested while reading this book and was thankfully never bored. One thing I especially loved was that the main character, Freya, had anxiety. A main character with such clear anxiety is almost unheard of in fantasy books. I don’t think I’ve ever read a non-contemporary book where the main character had anxiety! I’ve always wanted a book featuring an anxious main character, especially in my favorite genre of fantasy, because I myself have an anxiety disorder. It was SO great seeing that in this book! I was so proud of Freya for pushing through her anxiety and doing what needed to be done to save not only herself, but the ones she loved and her kingdom as well. It really gave me hope and a bit of inspiration too since I’ve been really struggling with my anxiety lately. I mean, if Freya can handle being queen while multiple people want to kill her, I can handle pretty much anything, right?

Okay, so let’s back things up a bit and talk about the main plot of this book. Our main character, Freya, is distantly related to the current king of her kingdom and she is twenty third in line for the throne. Freya never expected to rule so she instead focused her time on doing scientific experiments and hanging out with her adorable cat and her best friend, Naomi. Freya always dreamed of one day leaving her kingdom for the Continent to become a scientist. Those dreams unfortunately came to a drastic halt. On the night of the king’s birthday feast, Freya and Naomi leave the palace early because Freya had a great idea for an invention she had been working on. In the early hours of the morning, Freya’s dad rushes home with palace guards looking for Freya and fearing she is not alive. At the feast, hundreds of people – including the king, queen, and the 22 people that came before Freya in the line of succession – were murdered. All of a sudden Freya is now queen and has to figure out 1) who poisoned all those people and why, 2) how to be queen, and 3) how to stay alive.

In some reviews I’ve read, people don’t think this plot was executed as well as it could have been, but I really don’t agree with that. It was so interesting following Freya around and trying to figure out the mystery of who the murderer was while at the same time, rooting for Freya to be a great queen. In my opinion, the book also wasn’t predictable at all! I had many guesses as to who could have poisoned all those people and I was constantly being proven wrong. It was quite a shock to me when we figured out who the murderer was and I loved all the suspense throughout the book! In addition to the plot, I really loved the characters as well. I especially loved Freya – she was smart, kind, and an all-around good person. The side characters Naomi, Fitzroy, and Madeleine were great as well!

The one thing this book lacked a bit of was world-building. I think this is a crucial element in a fantasy novel and unfortunately, Long May She Reign didn’t completely deliver in this aspect. I know you can only do so much in a standalone novel, but I wish this world would have been a bit more fleshed out.

Bottom Line: If you enjoy fantasy books with an awesome main character, an interesting plot, and some science and political intrigue, I would definitely recommend you pick up Long May She Reign as soon as you can!

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4 out of 5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday #9

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share your most anticipated releases, one book at a time. I’m here today to share with you another book on my never-ending TBR list!


Let’s Talk About Love

Let's Talk About Love

Author: Claire Kann

Series: N/A

Publication Date: January 23, 2018

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis: Alice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.

She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn’t lead to having sex.

After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.

But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…

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Why I’m Excited for This Book:

This book features an asexual main character and I’m super excited to read another book where the main character and I have the same sexual orientation. I heard some bad things about the rep in this book in the original version of the book, but it has since been changed and I’ve heard some great things! I’m really excited to read this book!

Is Let’s Talk About Love on your TBR? Are you as excited as I am for the book’s release in January? Let me know down in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday | Required Reading for YA Fantasy Fans

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is a back to school freebie, meaning your lists should have something to do with school. I went with one of the examples The Broke and the Bookish gave and just tweaked it a little bit. Without further ado, here is my list of books/series that I think all fans of YA fantasy should read! (The list is in no particular order.)


1. Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

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2. Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

Shades of Magic series

3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (obviously!)

Harry Potter series

4. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

The Impostor Queen

5. Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms series

6. An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes series

7. The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson*

The Remnant Chronicles series

*I’ve only read the first two books so far

8. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

9. Timekeeper by Tara Sim

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10. Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin

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11. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

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12. The Wrath & the Dawn duology by RenÉe Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn duology

13. Any series by Rick Riordan

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Are you a fan of fantasy? Have you read all the books/series on this list? Let me know which of these are your favorites! Also, feel free to link me to your TTT post for this week! 

To Be Read Tag

To Be Read Tag

Hi everyone! Today, I’m here to do the To Be Read tag which I found on Spines & Covers’ blog while searching for book tags on Google! I can’t seem to find the original creator of the tag though. Anyway, let’s get started!


1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I keep track of all the books I want to read on Goodreads! I love being able to make different shelves on there to stay organized.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

My TBR is 100% print books. I’ve only ever read a few ebooks in my life and I haven’t read one for awhile. I get headaches if I read ebooks on my phone or my sister’s iPad (the only ebook compatible devices I own) so I’ll be sticking to physical books for now!

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Since I’m a mood reader, I just pick up whatever book I’m in the mood for. Occasionally I can stick to a pre-planned monthly or readathon TBR, but it doesn’t happen too often!

4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

Burn for Burn

According to Goodreads, the book that’s been on my TBR the longest is Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. It’s been on my TBR since June 9, 2014! That’s over 3 years!!

5. A book that you recently added to your TBR pile?

The most recent book I added to my TBR is Ruse by Cindy Pon. This is the sequel to Want, which I read (and really enjoyed) earlier this month. I can’t believe I have to wait until 2019 for Ruse!

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover

Gunslinger Girl

I originally added Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely to my TBR because of its gorgeous cover, but I also think it sounds really interesting!

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading

A Game of Thrones

Probably A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I bought it because a lot of people were saying how amazing it was, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever get around to reading it. I once tried reading a few pages and it was extremely dense. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll try again but probably not anytime soon!

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for

Obsidio

Umm do you have all day? Seriously, I could give you SO many titles for this one. To save time, I’ll only name one: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This is the third book in one of my favorite series, The Illuminae Files, and I’m so excited to read it!! It was pushed back from its original release date in October 2017 to March 2018. I’m bummed that I have to wait even longer, but I think it’ll be worth the wait!

9. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you

The Raven Boys

I’ve been recommended The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (well, the whole series) by multiple people. I own the entire series, but for some reason haven’t started it yet!

10. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read

27 Hours

A book I’m dying to read is 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. I’ve heard SO many good things about it but unfortunately I have to wait until October when it’s published to read it!

11. The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf

I currently have 327 books on my Goodreads TBR. That isn’t as daunting as some people who have over 1,000 books on their TBR, but it’s still very intimidating!


I tag anyone who would like to do this tag! If you decide to do it, please leave the link to your post down in the comments! How many books do you currently have on your Goodreads TBR shelf? Let me know!

Book Traveling Thursdays #13

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Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Each week there is a different theme and you must pick a book that goes along with that theme. Once you have a book in mind, your post will be centered around the different covers of that particular book. Firstly, you should explain why you think the book you picked goes with the theme. Then you will show the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. For more information, check out the Goodreads group.

This week there is no theme – you’re able to pick whichever book you want to! I decided to go with Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. Not only is this one of my favorite books, but it also has some awesome covers!


Original Cover / My Country’s Cover

Second Chance Summer

Favorite Covers

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I actually have three favorite covers for this book! My absolute favorites are the original cover and the one in the middle (the second UK edition published). But I also really like the fun and vibrant cover on the right (the first UK edition published)!

Least Favorite Cover

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I just don’t care for this cover at all! I mean, I guess the picture they used isn’t too bad but it’s nothing special either. What I really dislike is the orange background surrounding the title. The orange really clashes with the rest of the cover! I also don’t like the font they used. They really should have just used the original cover for this edition!


Do you participate in Book Traveling Thursdays? If you do, feel free to leave a link to your post for this week down in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday #8

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share your most anticipated releases, one book at a time. I’m here today to share with you another book on my never-ending TBR list!


The City of Brass

The City of Brass

Author: S.A. Chakraborty

Series: The Daevabad Trilogy #1

Publication Date: November 14, 2017

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Genre: Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis: Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass–a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…

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Why I’m Excited for This Book:

I don’t have tons to say about why I’m excited for this book’s release other than it sounds really, really interesting and I’ve seen some people talking about how good it is on Twitter! Also, I’m in love with the cover. It is super gorgeous!

Is The City of Brass on your TBR? Are you as excited as I am for the book’s release in November? Let me know down in the comments!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#42)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Wicked Like a Wildfire

Wicked Like a Wildfire

Author: Lana Popović

Series: Hibiscus Daughter #1

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 416

Synopsis: All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

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Happy Book Birthday to Lana Popović and her debut novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!