2016 End of Year Book Survey

 

Number Of Books You Read:according to Goodreads, 148
Number of Re-Reads: yeah, I have no idea. I definitely reread Six of Crows and The Turn of the Story, but that’s all I know.
Genre You Read The Most From: probably fantasy

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

unlike last year, I actually have a clear favorite! Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo, of course. I wonder how many times in this post I’ll mention it.

that being said, here’s a twitter thread with some of my other favorites!

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. It was good, but it didn’t blow me away the way Illuminae did. A lot of things that I loved in Illuminae because they’d felt so fresh kind of lost their charm here, and Hanna and Nik, while enjoyable, felt a little bland. I’m also a little tired of the whole “this main character is de–FOOLED YOU HE’S STILL ALIVE” thing the book had going.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

The Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie. I hate to admit it, but I underestimated those books because of the covers. I ended up becoming a lot more attached than I expected. These books handle addiction and mental illness so well, and the characters are complex and flawed and go through amazing development, and basically every relationship makes me cry a lot, and I appreciate that friendship and sibling love are just as focused on as romance.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Same answer as last year…and the year before: all the Sarah Rees Brennan books ever! I also pushed a few people to read The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Diviners and I feel pretty great about that.

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Started: The Abyss Surrounds Us
Sequel: The Bands of Mourning
Series Ender: Crooked Kingdom

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

You know, I don’t have an author that took over this year the way Sanderson took over 2015, or Sarah Rees Brennan took over 2014. But this year I discovered Corinne Duyvis and Shira Glassman and Nina Lacour and Noelle Stevenson, and I feel pretty great about that.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. I read a lot of Sarah Ruhl plays this year, actually, but that one was my personal favorite. It was one of those poetic, dreamlike plays where you don’t always understand what’s being said, and it’s not always meant to be understood, but the emotion comes through her words loud and clear–grief and love and music.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab, as befits a book with Lila Bard in it.

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I am definitely planning a reread of The Abyss Surrounds us soon to prepare myself for the sequel. Crooked Kingdom, Nimona, and Maurice are also strong contenders.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

Passenger and Wayfarer both have GORGEOUS covers.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

The first one to come to mind is Steris from Bands of Mourning. I loved her from the beginning, but I love the layers that Sanderson added to her character, and her insecurities/approach to other people are more similar to mine than I have ever seen in another character.

But if we’re going for characters I encountered for the first time, I’m going to go with both Lada and Radu from And I Darken. They’re both complex and flawed and break so many tropes, and I loved reading about their relationships with their gender roles and their world and each other.

And shout-out to Lily from the Addicted series–I recently made a long, emotional twitter thread about my love for her, and how different she is from any character I’ve read about. She’s very important to me.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

THIS QUESTION IS TRYING TO KILL ME. I’m going to say The Raven King, with This Savage Song and The Winner’s Kiss as close seconds. (and, I mean, De Profundis and Eurydice and In the Next Room and Giovanni’s room, but those go without saying)

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. The questions this book asks are so multi-faceted that it gave me a lot to think about.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

De Profundis by Oscar Wilde, since I’ve wanted to read it ever since I read his biography back in 2015. I was protecting myself from pain by putting it off, I guess?

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” Crooked Kingdom

AND THEN I FORGOT HOW TO BREATHE

(there’s another quote from The Raven King that I love, but it’s a spoiler.)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

 

Longest: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Shortest: The Card Sharp by Laura Lam

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson because OH MY GOD THAT ENDING

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

It’s between Ronan/Adam and Kaz/Inej, and while I’ve been thinking of Kaz/Inej more lately because they’re the ones I read about most recently, I probably could not actually pick between them. They all have such amazing arcs, both separately and together, and Ronan and Adam finally kissed and it was as heart-stoppingly wonderful as I wanted it to be, and Kaz and Inej held hands for a whole minute and it was honestly better than a kiss.

If we’re talking about a ship I wasn’t familiar with before, let’s go with Cas/Swift from The Abyss Surrounds Us, because I personally think the world always needs more hate-to-love pirate-and-sea-monster-trainer f/f romance on the high seas that uses fanfic tropes and aknowledges power dynamics at work. I also read Nimona pretty recently, so I’m still floating on a cloud because of that final panel and Blackheart/Goldenloin.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Oh boy…

  • Kell and Rhy (AGOS), because brothers who do stupid things to each other are my aesthetic
  • Bo and Agnes (Run), because there are really not enough books about friendship love stories between girls, and they are each other’s home and I cry a lot
  • the entire squad from The Raven Cycle, because they love each other a lot and SHUT UP I WILL NOT CHOOSE BETWEEN THEM I REFUSE
  • Arin and Roshar (The Winner’s Kiss), because they made me smile in a book that was otherwise made of pain, and I live a Roshar appreciation life
  • Kate and August from This Savage Song, because “monster trying to be human and human trying to be a monster” is also my aesthetic (if it’s in a V. E. Schwab book, it’s probably my aesthetic)
  • Nina and Inej from Crooked Kingdom, because LADIES SUPPORTING EACH OTHER AND GOING ON WAFFLE DATES YES GOOD
  • Lada and Radu from And I Darken because they were mirror-opposites but also had so much uniting them, and their relationship was incredibly messed up but they still loved each other in the end
  • the Calloway sisters from Addicted, because the way they all support each other and need each other and are strong in different ways is so beautiful
  • plus another one that is a minor spoiler for Wayfarer so I’ll save it for my review of that book

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, and no, I did not have to think about that response one bit.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Addicted series, and we all know how THAT turned out [points to previous responses]

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Still Lila Bard. Also Nicholas Carter. (Alex Bracken why are your male leads impossible not to fall in love with please explain this to me???)

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. Not only because Apollo’s voice made me laugh hysterically, but because on a meta level I loved that such a popular children’s book had a bi protagonist.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

Ebenezer by JoSelle Vanderhooft, because the depiction of depression paired with the main characters’s complicated love for theater was Too Real.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I feel like I haven’t heard a lot about We Are the Ants by Shawn David Hutchinson? Such a brilliant book where even minor characters have multiple layers, and a pitch-perfect portrayal of both grief and hope. Also, there are occasional chapters exploring different apocalyptic scenarios and one of them is titled “Bees?”

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. That book is pain, but in a good way.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Putting aside all the Sarah Ruhl plays I read last year (which are, by nature, Very Very Weird and also Very Very Beautiful) Gena/Finn was very unique in terms of structure and characters and tone. I didn’t always like those aspects of the book, but I did appreciate the originality.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

New York by Gas Light, a book I read for class and soon wanted to throw against the wall because it was repetitive and overwritten and would not shut up about prostitutes.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

LGBTQReads (I think it started in 2016)

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

Tell the Wind and Fire, aka me returning to my roots (as if I ever left!) of screaming about Sarah Rees Brennan

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I don’t really know if they count as non-review, but I’m really happy with my Femslash February posts. I’m glad that was a project I did, and I definitely plan on doing it again this February.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Alex Bracken and Susan Dennard’s TruthPath tour stop was a lot of fun!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

being a part of the blog tour of As I Descended (aka the first blog tour of my life)

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

finding the time and motivation to do it among the million other things I have to do.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My review of The Abyss Surrounds Us

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My reviews in general, tbh.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

A lot of really cool people on Book Twitter (who are way too cool for me and that’s okay). Also, a local bookstore has cats, and I met the cats this year, so that was pretty great.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I set my Goodreads challenge for 100 and ended up reading 148 books, not counting rereads. I didn’t officially challenge myself on that front, but I would like to note that 1/3 of the books I read had LGBT+ protagonists.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

An embarrassing amount of books. Timekeeper by Tara Sim, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Fingersmith by Sara Waters, and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire are on the forefront.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson [no one is surprised]

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

27 Hours by Tristina Wright, because before the title was revealed the author referred to it as “queer teens in space” and that’s really all I need to know about a book

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Blog more consistently. Read more diversely. Review more frequently.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (warning: It will make you cry.)

Storming the Castle – A Mystery Story

PART IV

Once outside, the cool breeze did much to restore their spirits and bolster their resolve to discovering the missing foundress. As the walk, they went over the too few clues that had been included within the folder noting that it would be more challenging to discoverthe truth.

 Shyly, one of the five said, “When I first arrived, I was dismayed to learn that I was not the sole person invited to participate. Yet, now that the case is before us, I am glad to not be working alone as it seems to be a most daunting job we have been tasked with.” As the sun began to sink, they came across a rocky clearing that was scattered with scrub brush. Just as they began to turn away to head back, a glinting upon the ground caught the eye of another one of the sleuths. “Did you see that?” they suddenly exclaimed!

One said, “What, what did you see?” “I’m not sure, but something reflected the sinking sun for just a moment,” replied the first one.

Slowly, they began searching the nearby ground in hopes of spotting whatever had caught their attention. Just as they were beginning to lose hope of finding it, a cry went up. “We found it, we found it! Looks like a pair of glasses were caught on the brush,”

With the light nearly gone, and dark rapidly turning the land dark and menacing, they quickly made their back towards the castle.

When they returned, they were met at the door by a short man that they had yet to meet. Curiously, they eyed him thinking him lost, as his presence was not mentioned when they set out. With a smile, he welcomed them back and introduced himself as “H”, one of the Society members. Seeing an opportunity to learn more about the Society and the foundress, they followed him in with the thought of questioning him at the first chance.

Sensing their thoughts, he said, “All I can tell you is that this is not the first time she has vanished. It is,” he sighed, “the longest she has been gone with not a word as to what she was searching nor where she might be. I’m afraid that is all I know.” With these thoughts, they decided to think it over for the night and to search the castle for a hint. Anything!

To continue on with the story, tune in tomorrow for the conclusion.

Check in with Orchid over at her blog!

Guest Post and Giveaway: Jessica Cluess!! Sunday Street Team!

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Book Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning
Written by: Jessica Cluess
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Pages: 416, hardcover
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she’s brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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Guys I am SO SO SO EXCITED to be a part of this!! I can’t get over how great that book sounds! But I also know you’re not here to hear me ramble. So I’ll just make with the images and move onto the amazing Jessica’s post!

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I grew up with Harry Potter, so whenever I create a new cast of characters I can’t help but sort them into their Hogwarts houses. Call it a good character building tool. Sometimes, a character stays exactly where I put them. Sometimes with a little more work, I find that they change houses. It’s always fun when that happens; I like finding out my characters know themselves better than I do.

The four main characters of A Shadow Bright and Burning also just happen to slot nicely into each of the four Hogwarts houses. So, without further ado:

Henrietta Howel definitely wavers on the edge of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor. She’s got to fight a war filled with enormous monsters, after all, and that requires a lot of courage. She doesn’t let herself get pushed around. However, you can choose your house, and based on personal preference, Henrietta would much, much rather spend her life reading books and chasing knowledge than seeking fame and glory. Because of that, she’s a Ravenclaw, though by a narrow margin.

George Blackwood is the only main character who doesn’t waver on any line. He’s a Slytherin. Really a Slytherin. Likes discovering people’s weaknesses and foibles so he can use those against them later? Slytherin. Has a problem with ‘low-blooded’ people? Very Slytherin. Broods repeatedly, usually by the fire? Extremely Slytherin. Has an affinity for the color green? You get the idea.

Julian Magnus was originally a Gryffindor. I thought that choice was easy: he’s the best warrior in the house, he loves chasing glory, and he adores the sound of his own voice. But then I realized there were other things about him, like the fact that he is extremely loyal to those he cares about, or that he enjoys nothing more than some good food and drink with his friends around him. He thinks everything in life is just a riot. He’s probably a blend, but at the end of the day, he’s clearly a Hufflepuff. He might be a little annoyed that he’s a badger, but he’d get over it quickly. He gets over most things quickly.

Finally, there’s Rook, who had Magnus’s opposite situation. I thought he was a Hufflepuff originally, since he has a pretty sweet and even temper. But he’s got a terrible illness that he’s been battling more than half his life, and he never once complains or shows fear in the face of it. He’s willing to throw himself into the path of horrible monsters in order to save those he loves, and he doesn’t think twice. To be as calm and collected as he is in the face of his sickness and the hatred people have for him because of it requires real courage. He is absolutely a Gryffindor.

So those are my four houses for my four main characters. I like to think they’d be happy where I’ve placed them. And if they aren’t, well, I’m not like the Sorting Hat. I’m fine with a change.

About the Author:

JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.

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THE DARK TALENT by Brandon Sanderson Release Day Blitz!

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Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: September 6th 2016
Pages: 304, hardcover
Series:Alcatraz #5
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The Dark Talent is the fifth action-packed fantasy adventure in the Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series for young readers by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. This never-before-published, fast-paced, and funny novel is now available in a deluxe hardcover edition, illustrated by Hayley Lazo.

Alcatraz Smedry has successfully defeated the army of Evil Librarians and saved the kingdom of Mokia. Too bad he managed to break the Smedry Talents in the process. Even worse, his father is trying to enact a scheme that could ruin the world, and his friend, Bastille, is in a coma. To revive her, Alcatraz must infiltrate the Highbrary—known as The Library of Congress to Hushlanders—the seat of Evil Librarian power. Without his Talent to draw upon, can Alcatraz figure out a way to save Bastille and defeat the Evil Librarians once and for all?

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BRANDON SANDERSON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Rithmatist and Steelheart, both of which were selected for the American Library Association’s Teens’ Top Ten list. He’s also written many popular and award-winning books for adults. His middle grade series, Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians, is now available in deluxe editions

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Hello? by Liza Weimer – Kindle Daily Deal

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One HELLO can change a life. One HELLO can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).

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The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?

Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.

Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.

Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.

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~*~ABOUT LIZ~*~

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Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.

The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New Releases I’m Looking Forward to in the Second Half of 2016

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Polina here! We have not posted a TTT in quite a while, but I saw today’s topic and realized I had to scream a little about some of the books I’m excited for. So, here goes!

1) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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I recently reread Six of Crows, and if possible, love it even more than I did before. Leigh Bardugo has promised lots of pain, lots of surprises, and Jesper and Wylan’s backstories. I can’t wait.

2) Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

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It’s been described to me as a Disney movie with girls kissing and also horses, which is my aesthetic, pretty much.

3) Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae was intense and unique and brilliant, and I have the feeling Gemina will take it up several notches.

4) Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

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Isn’t this cover just beautiful? Anyway, this series is lovely and underrated and I’m always here for female-centric historical fantasy that gives me elementary school history flashbacks.

5) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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I have no idea what this book is about, and to be honest I don’t care. I will read anything Laini Taylor writes. Anything.

6) As I Descended by Robin Talley

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Even though I was kind of disappointed by her most recent book, I still think Robin Talley is an amazing author. Also, lesbian Macbeth boarding school retelling? Sign me up.

7) The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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Adelina is a wonderfully terrifying character and the place the last book left her made me fascinated. I’m excited and scared to hear the rest of her story.

8) The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

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As I’ve mentioned before, Riordan’s world is one of my happy places. I’m sure this book will give me some much-needed laughs.

9) Bad Boy by Elliot Wake

This is another book that I know very little about, but Elliot Wake is very good at words and Cam Girl nearly destroyed me, so.

10) When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie MacLemore

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I’ve been meaning to check out this author for quite some time, and I’ve heard nothing but excellent things about this book.

Cover Reveal: Heroes of Arcania Trilogy by Liz Long

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The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?

Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.

Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.

Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.

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Nova will learn it takes more than sheer strength to be a superhero. Her world implodes when Fortune strikes back for all the trouble she’s caused. His dangerous games put everyone around her at risk, especially when he decides to turn Arcania against its precious Heroes. Nova wants to protect Arcania, but how does she save a city that doesn’t want her help?

Cole has no idea how to deal with his sister Penelope, especially now that she’s learned the truth about their family secret. Thanks to Fortune, she’s headed down a dark path, one with no return. Torn between helping Nova and protecting his sister, Cole will be forced to make a choice. Tensions rise as Cole and Nova discover war will come to Arcania if they don’t get Fortune off the streets…or preferably six feet under.

Nova and Cole might have each other, but will they lose everything else in their mission to save Arcania?

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Nova started the fight against Fortune for simple revenge, but now it’s turned into something much bigger. Arcania’s criminals are at each other’s throats, putting the city right in the middle of a warzone. She’ll have to work with a few unlikely allies to end Fortune’s games once and for all. Nova thought she understood what it meant to be a superhero, but will she have to lose herself to truly defeat Fortune?

Fortune has given Cole a choice, one with unbearable consequences. When Cole takes matters into his own hands to save his sister Penelope, he realizes too late he’s another pawn in Fortune’s games. Fortune will use Cole’s gift against his enemies…including Nova. Cole will have to become the hero he always wanted to be if he’s going to protect the love of his life.

Nova and Cole could finally save Arcania from Fortune’s deadly games, but are they willing to sacrifice each other?

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~*~ABOUT LIZ~*~

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Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.

The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.

Waiting on Wednesday: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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Written by: Kerri Maniscalco
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Pages: 320, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Guys. C’mon. If you’re not excited after seeing that cover and reading that synopsis then really I got nothing more for you. Just go back to the top of this page and look at that cover again and read that synopsis again. Trust me. Just do it again. You’ll realize that you’re hella excited too. It’s impossible not to be crazy excited for this book. I swear it. Just give me this book so I can read it ASAP, okay? okay.

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TLA Wrap-Up!

So to start things off if you don’t know what TLA is it’s the same is ALA(American Librarian Association) except just in Texas. Seeing as it’s the only place I’ve ever gone I’m not sure if it’s smaller than the others or not, but boy can I say that the publishers still bring all the books! I brought home so many books I don’t even know what to do with myself.

The event itself was absolutely amazing! Despite all of the flooding we were able to get in and out of Houston quite easily (Minus the moment when we were evacuated from our first hotel room due to the water rising…heh.). I often take my mother to these events because she’s as much of a book nerd as I am, she loves bringing home all sorts of books and reading them probably faster than I do! She even writes these adorable reviews on GoodReads and I love her so much for it.

I got to meet so many amazing authors, and so many amazing bloggers! I don’t even know where to begin! Aside from the fact that I pretty much forgot to take a LOT of photos because I was so busy just living life. I really let myself experience TLA this time, instead of getting swept up in everything I let myself relax. If I didn’t get that ARC? Oh well. It was time to just move on and keep moving forward, down the road there was someone to talk to, or an author to chat with. I can’t even begin to tell you how much better that made my time.

I came home with so many books, I don’t even know what to do with them. I DID manage to get them to fit on my bookshelves….barely. We’ll see how many I’m able to get through these coming months. I think the best way to show my week is through the tweets I did manage to send out.

The week was fantastic and I can’t wait to go again next year in San Antonio! If you’re going to come you have to let me know! We can always meet up and chat!