Release Day Blitz+Excerpt: "Fall" (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan

 



                                                  


The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways. In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip. Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands. Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor. An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment.

An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room. Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun. Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything. All we have to do is trust enough to fall.  

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EXCERPT:

I clear my throat. “While I was eating my ice cream—” He snorts, but remains tense. “I thought about how you looked familiar to me.”
“It was the guilt haunting you.” “Or … And I’m just throwing this out there. You’re Jax Blackwood.” He actually flinches. “Fuck. You recognized me.” “It was bound to happen. John? Really?” His chin tips in a pugnacious angle. “It’s my name. John is … me. Jax is who I am onstage.” I picture him performing, all electric energy and raw passion and sheer talent. It’s a sight to behold. Hell, a couple of really hot fantasies have been induced by that sight. While I’m lost in a teen fantasy, his eyes dart around like he’s expecting someone to pop out from behind a snow mound and take his picture. Then his gaze snags on me. My expression must be slightly punch drunk, because his entire body leans away from mine. Not exactly flattering to realize he’s afraid I’ll try to lick his face or something. I snap my gaping mouth closed. “Oh, calm down. It’s not like I’m going to start squealing and try to grab your junk.” His expression lightens a little. “I think if you grabbed my junk, I’d be the one squealing.” “True. I have surprisingly strong hands.”
When he stares at me in horror, I hold them up and wiggle my fingers. “Yoga. It’s highly effective.”
“My balls just flinched in terror.” “Consider yourself warned.”
 He snorts but then glances at our building. “You really live here?” “Do you really think I hunted you down?” John—because I can’t seem to think of him as Jax—runs his hand through his damp hair, which makes his biceps bunch and twitch. “Yeah … that does sound crazy.” Crazy. This whole situation is. One day, I’m offered a four-month home in a dream condo, the next I’m standing on my stoop talking to a rock star. The biggest legend of my generation. I honestly don’t know how I’m not stammering right now. “I can’t believe we’re neighbors,” I say without thinking. His green eyes glint in the afternoon light, but he pauses and looks at me more closely. “You know, not to sound conceited here, but you’re kind of leering at me right now.” My chin snaps up like I’ve been hit, even as my body flushes with embarrassment.
Shit. I totally had been leering. No, not leering. But I had been staring at him in awe.
Ugh. “Well, you do sound conceited. I was simply making polite eye contact.”
Liar McLiar-Face.  

                                          

      Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.



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ARC Review: "Seas of Crimson Silk" by Emma Hamm


Seas of Crimson Silk by Emma Hamm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

A dragon can be loyal forever, if you tame her first. But Sigrid would sooner be dead than tamed.

Dragon shifter Sigrid of Wildewyn has spent her life in a cage, quite literally. Whether she's hidden from her own people, or masked so they cannot see her face, she's dedicated her life to her country and king. But, when her king promises her to a rival warlord and Sultan of a country she hates, her loyalty is tested. 

Nadir of Bymere was the boy king no one ever thought would sit on the throne. And though he knows his country is ruled by corrupt advisors, he's lost himself in the glory of being Sultan. When they force him to marry a masked woman from the country who murdered his brother, he's set to torture her for a lifetime. 

Both hiding their own secrets, the two slowly realize there is more to both their kingdoms than they originally thought. With many in the kingdom who need help, Sigrid and Nadir must choose who they truly ally with: each other…or their kingdoms. Their choice will put either their hearts or their lives at risk.

Readers who devoured Game of Thrones, fell in love with The Chronicles of Narnia, and enjoy a little blood with their slow burn romance will find Seas of Crimson Silk thrilling!






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I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Step aside for the new fantasy of the year! Filled with intrigue, plots, murders, romance, and secrets! What more do you want? Oh, and it hosts diverse cultural and ethnic groups which make the series even more promising!

Sigrid of Wildewyn is a Beastkin and a dragon, the last of her kind. When she is forced to marry Nadir, Sultan of Bymere in order to seal a tentative alliance between their nations, it will be the spark which will either create peace or plunge them into war.

I'll let you guess what happens.

The enjoying part of the book was the detail Emma gave into her descriptions. From the mountainous forests to the sandhills and from open skies to stifling castles, the story unfolds through a rich scenery where diverse groups live and struggle. There were some parts of the book that made me breathless and others where I felt that especially Nadir should have avoided.

Nadir as a character is quite immature and doesn't have at first the confidence to do what he must. I'm pretty sure that his advisor will do something in the next book. Sigrid, on the other hand, is strong, with fighting skills and empathetic to those around her. She is not perfect, but through every heroine, I've read this year, she is the most mature for her position.

And don't let me start on the dragon part! Because Sigrid's dragon as a description was magnificent and so beautiful!
Overall, this book is a great introduction o a new series which just like the rest of Emma's books will be unforgettable!



About the author:

I started dreaming of stories when I was just a little girl, and immediately ran upstairs to act them out the way they should have happened. Dreaming became reality.

Reality became books.

Cover Reveal: "Seas of Crimson Silk" by Emma Hamm




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A dragon can be loyal forever, if you tame her first. But Sigrid would sooner be dead than tamed.

Dragon shifter Sigrid of Wildewyn has spent her life in a cage, quite literally. Whether she's hidden from her own people, or masked so they cannot see her face, she's dedicated her life to her country and king. But, when her king promises her to a rival warlord and Sultan of a country she hates, her loyalty is tested. 

Nadir of Bymere was the boy king no one ever thought would sit on the throne. And though he knows his country is ruled by corrupt advisors, he's lost himself in the glory of being Sultan. When they force him to marry a masked woman from the country who murdered his brother, he's set to torture her for a lifetime. 

Both hiding their own secrets, the two slowly realize there is more to both their kingdoms than they originally thought. With many in the kingdom who need help, Sigrid and Nadir must choose who they truly ally with: each other…or their kingdoms. Their choice will put either their hearts or their lives at risk.

Readers who devoured Game of Thrones, fell in love with The Chronicles of Narnia, and enjoy a little blood with their slow burn romance will thrill to Seas of Crimson Silk!

Scroll up and one click today to discover the forbidden wastelands of Bymere and the truth behind all its veiled secrets.


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About the author:

Choosing to write a book was one of the hardest and easiest things I have ever done. I wrote my first book because I had hit a wall. Writing with friends had no longer satisfied my need to create, and I worried that if I didn’t try to write a book I never would. Suddenly, within a year of working on a Beauty and the Beast inspired story, I was a self published author.
I am inspired by the works of authors like Clive Barker, Mark Danielewski, Patricia Briggs, Clare B. Dunkle, and so many more. This site is meant to be a connection between me, the people who read my books, and the people who I admire. You may post on anything that I post on this site and I will enjoy hearing from you!

Thank you all for your support, love, and kindness.

ARC Review: "Sherwood" by Meagan Spooner


Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Robin of Locksley is dead. 

When news comes that he's fallen in battle at the King's side in the Holy Land, Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on. Betrothed to Robin, she was free to be herself, to flout the stifling rules of traditional society and share an equal voice with her beloved when it came to caring for the people of her land.

Now Marian is alone, with no voice of her own. The people of Locksley, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, are doomed to live in poverty or else face death by hanging. The dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sherriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley, and Marian’s fiancé. Society demands that she accept her fate, and watch helplessly as her people starve.

When Marian dons Robin's green cloak, and takes up his sword and bow, she never intended that anyone should mistake her for Robin, returned from the Holy Land as a vigilante. She never intended that the masked, cloaked figure she created should stand as a beacon of hope and justice to peasant and noble alike. She never intended to become a legend.

But all of Nottingham is crying out for a savior. So Marian must choose to make her own fate and become her own hero...

Robin Hood.





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I know that I am way over my head. I mean I have my October TBR list, ARCs for November AND I'm waiting for my Muse of Nightmares copy and Kingdom of Ash. But NOOOO, I had to read to read this book, because it's ROBIN HOOD and second because Meagan Spooner won me over with her first book of retelling, Hunted (which had featured Beauty & the Beast).



Robin of Locksley is dead.

The first line gripped me from the start. And as Marian tries to keep bother her father's and Robin's lands out of debt, since our dear Sherrif of Nottingham begins raising the taxes, she will discover that being a woman can mean more than being a proper lady.
A chance encounter with one of the minor characters will lead her to take the role of Robin Hood and try to steal from the rich and give to the poor. We also have Little John, Alan and few more who join later in Marian's quest, as she tries to balance her secret identity, keep her role as a grieving woman and also fight the tentative courtship of Sir Guy of Gisborne.

The Sheriff's right-hand.



Meagan's writing as beautifully descriptive, encompassing not only the world-building but also the characters perspectives. Told in third POV, the story takes place both in Sherwood but also in the known cities of the story. Marian, in contrast with everything you know about her in movies and the Disney film, knows archery, even better than Robin, and also how to fight.



But the biggest surprise was Sir Guy. I loved how he evolved through the book and how he completely made me like him as a character despite how Marian saw him through her eyes.
The scenes of horse riding and chasing were amazing and movie worthy!

If you want to enjoy something different in a story which is well-known but also have a fill of woman power, then this book is for you! ;)




About the author:

New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there's a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there's no telling how long she'll stay there. She's the author of the award-winning Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light) and the Skylark Trilogy (Skylark, Shadowlark, Lark Ascending) as well as the upcoming Beauty and the Beast retelling Hunted.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

Cover Reveal: "Justified" (Loveless, Texas) by Jay Crownover




About JUSTIFIED (Coming 6/25/19):

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and thrilling romance between a rugged Texas sheriff and the woman who was once his sworn enemy…
Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he’s determined to do everything by the book – until he’s called to Aspen Barlow’s office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn’t the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge…
Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she’ll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there’s a thin line between love and hate… because there’s nothing Case wouldn’t do to keep her safe.
Includes a bonus story: “It’s All About That Cowboy” by Carly Bloom!

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About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, the Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. . She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. Justified, the first book in her Loveless, Texas series, will hit shelves on June 25, 2019. For more on Jay and her books, visitwww.jaycrownover.com.

ARC Review: "The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy" (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.



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It's Felicity's time to shine! My sharp-tongued lady who is brave and tries to carve her own place in the world has her own adventure which as the title states has pirates, lost islands and a precious mythological creature. As Felicity tries to gain a place in medical school, which is dominated by men who think that an educated woman has hysteria, thus must be locked in the asylum (I know, it's SO 18th century), she will become part of a bigger plot, which will take her to Africa.

Aside from her we also have Sim, Johanna, and many more interesting characters. I also loved the appearance of Monty and Percy. I swear I'll never get bored reading more about these two! There was a scene towards the ending which had me praying NOT to happen what I feared would happen but in the end, it all worked out.

The story is not only about the empowerment of women but also striving to discover one's purpose, make friends and create your own legend. I loved it very much!



About the author:

Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the historical fantasy novels THIS MONSTROUS THING and THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE (HarperCollins), as well as the forthcoming THE LADY'S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY and SEMPER AUGUSTUS (coming in 2019 from Flatiron/Macmillan). She is also the author of BYGONE BADASS BROADS (Abrams, 2018), a collection of short biographies of amazing women from history you probably don't know about but definitely should, based on her popular twitter series of the same name. 

She currently calls Boston home, where she manages an independent bookstore, drinks too much Diet Coke, and pets every dog she meets. 

Graphic Novels & Manga I've been reading in 2018


Since my review slump has caught up with me...again, I decided to post about the manga and the graphic novels I've read in 2018 and I'll continue to read. This list also doesn't include my upcoming reads (yes I'm looking at you Steel Prince by V. Schwab), and this year I have also discovered one amazing artist too!



This surprise of a comic was discovered very accidentally! I was strolling on Tumblr and there was a recommendation about anyone who loves Greek mythology. It's the known story of Hades and Persephone but without all the drama of the abduction. Cleverly written and with straight up, delicious art, it has comedy, a slight angst and it's also smutty (you've been warned). 



This volume was by far the best in the Batman Rebirth storyline. Anything that has to do with Batman/Catwoman I ship it very much. After the issue #50 everything changes though and Catwoman moves to her own comic. I seriously hope that we'll have more storylines with these two because they are one of my favorite couples in DC.



The new storyline of Catwoman has very nice art and Selina's emotions are very well drawn. This is still new but I'll continue to expect a meeting maybe?



After two years of reading, I finally finished this glorious graphic novel. The Endless, Dream and all the involving characters had amazing storylines and the ending gutted me. I know that there is a new Sandman in the town but this one will be my favorite.


I am sorry but I need my daily dose of Disney cuteness. These zine comics are adorable and very funny!



I loved the books, but the manga also features stunning art and makes me cry every time! I share the opinion of many Cassandra Clare fans that the prequel series was far better than the Mortal Instruments.



I wanted perspective after seeing the movie trailer. So I binge read the manga. This is the definition of an AI struggling to survive in a world of humans, androids all the between and what means to be human. Alita grows as the volumes move on, separates herself and makes her own name as she travels through deserts, scifi utopias and also discovers love. I also plan to read the sequel manga series too.



Fencing? Sexy boys competing? Secrets and many rising ships? YES PLEASE! Not to mention that the story was written by C.S. Pacat known for her trilogy Captive Prince, and this is going to be one of the best comics in 2018.



Excuse me while I continue to silently cry in a corner! Because after reading this graphic novel for 3 DAMN YEARS I got served THIS VOLUME ENDING? WHY? WHY? WHY? 



And this was the surprise of the year! I knew about the book by Claudia Gray but I didn't know there was a manga series too? I discovered it after looking at Claudia's Instagram and I became hooked! The story, the art, the characters! OMG this is tragic and amazing in true Claudia Gray fashion!



Set in the world of the Lunar Chronicles, the story follows Iko and also features all my favorite gang! I have to say that while the art felt a little too...blue and gray for my likes I loved the interpretation of the characters and of course I loved every couple! Also Iko and her growing affection.


Do you have any recommendations? Hit me with those!

Review: "Phoenix Unbound" (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven


Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

summary from GoodReads

A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. 

But this year is different. 

Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more.



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Step back Game of Thrones for the amazing world of "Pheonix Unbound"! I have a great love for Grace Draven and her writing and for a long time I have also been re-reading and re-listening to her audiobooks!

The immersing world of The Fallen Empire series will sweep you away with its beauty and brutality too. Gilene is a witch-sorry- she is an agachin with the power of fire and illusion. Her duty is to follow the slavers of the Krael Empire where every year, they chose women and take them to their capital where they are forced to serve their gladiators and then die in the pyre for ritualistic reasons.

And Gilene has been doing this every year. But this time it's different. She becomes noticed by Azarion, the Gladius Prime of the arena who wants to escape his own prison and flee to his motherland of horse riding tribes and endless fields.

But the story is more than the trials of an unlikely pair, who begin as enemies and gradually turn into allies and fall for each other. It's a tribute to the human nature both its ugly and beautiful side, how the scars of our past can either consume us or define us.

This is no story where only the woman suffers. Azarion too has faced struggles in the hands of the Empire yet both he and Gilene find slowly solace in each other, as they travel through the Empire to the lands of the Sky Below, where there are also obstacles for them to overcome. The tribes also reminded me of descriptions of both the Mongol tribes and the Scythian ones, especially on the descriptions and the how their houses were made.

Another point I want to make is not only the detailed world-building but also how the action never stops. At the same time, the characters' development is interlaced in the plot creating the perfect balance for both the story to unfold and not feel left out when reading about the customs, the societies, and the religions.

On the final one, I have to say that the scene towards the end of the book was movie worthy! Or at least the perfect ending to a long-standing tv series? ;)

Grace Draven has set the foundation for a masterful journey through an epic world, where stakes are high and the characters are unforgettable! I seriously need the second book!






About the author:

I'm an author and Louisiana native living in Texas with my husband, three smalls and a big doofus dog. I have lived in Spain, hiked the Teton Mountains, honeymooned in Scotland, ridden in competition rodeo and am the great great granddaughter of a Nicaraguan president. I also hate doing laundry and refuse to iron anything.

I've loved storytelling since forever. I published my first short story with Amber Quill Press and have since written several other tales. A love of the bad boy in fiction always inspires me.

Blog Tour+ARC Review+Giveaway: "A Spark of White Fire" (The Celestial Trilogy #1) by Sangu Mandanna





A Spark of White Fire
(The Celestial Trilogy #1)
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Synopsis:

In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back. 

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali. 

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart. 

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.


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I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 
This story left me in a breathless heap of emotions, astonishment and fangirling. If this book doesn't get fanart then you're all doomed.

A world where sci-fi, fantasy, gods and kingdoms are living together is the themes in A spark of white fire. I would say that you take Game of Thrones, pull it into space, making it into a retelling of the Mahabrahata, and you have an unforgettable story!

I loved Esmae and Max and all the characters. The anguish, the feelings, the descriptions! I also adored Titania, the sentient godly ship with the freaky amazing powers. I am surely going to read the rest of the series too!

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Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. The Lost Girl, a YA sci-fi novel about death and love, is available now. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.









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ARC Review: "For A Muse of Fire" (For a Muse of Fire #1) by Heidi Heilig


For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader. The first book in a new trilogy from Heidi Heilig.

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.

Heidi Heilig creates a world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism.




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Jetta has an extraordinary ability...which must remain hidden if she and her family want to survive. In this world of Empires, conquered cities and full of spies, revolutionaries, and secrets Jetta will discover the extent of her own abilities and struggle with what she considers to be madness.

There were many parts at the beginning of the book that I didn't quite understand but slowly all made sense. There are also breaks between the chapters where from the first POV we go to the third and also the scenes are described like a theatre scenario. The plot is engaging and filled with fantasy and rich history.


About the author:

Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko'olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.

She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she's written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their pet snake, whose wings will likely grow in any day now.