Thursday, February 24, 2022

Review: Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross




*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher
Berkley
Release Date: 
February 12, 2019
Pages: 416
Source: ARC 

THE STORY:

A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast's side of the story at long last.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.

My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.

And now I might lose her forever.

Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast's heart.
BUY LINKS: Goodreads


RATING

ONE-WORD REVIEWDISAPPOINTING

TAG LINE:

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both. I am the Beast.

OPENING LINE:


Enchantments and dreams: I suspect they are made of the same stuff.




REVIEW:

Guys, I couldn’t do it. The start of the book is the beast thinking to himself—a bunch of exposition. So boring. So irritating, especially since Beauty and the Beast retellings are my bread and butter. 

Had to DNF.

Perhaps I’m just not in a patient mood and return to it at a later date. We’ll see.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Leife Shallcross’s first novel, The Beast’s Heart, a "luxuriously magical retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale", will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2018. She is also the author of several short stories, including Pretty Jennie Greenteeth, which won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story. Leife has a bit of a thing for fairy tales, and is particularly inspired by those characters that tend to fall into the cracks of the usual stories. She can be found online at leifeshallcross.com and on Twitter @leioss. 


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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Wishlist Wednesday


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that is on your bookish wishlist*

CASTLES IN THEIR BONES by Laura Sebastian

PublisherDelacorte Press
Release DateFebruary 1, 2022 
Pages: 528

THE STORY:

A spellbinding story of three princesses and the destiny they were born for: seduction, conquest, and the crown. Immerse yourself in the first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess series.
Empress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz will be queens. And now, age sixteen, they each must leave their homeland and marry their princes.
Beautiful, smart, and demure, the triplets appear to be the perfect brides—because Margaraux knows there is one common truth: everyone underestimates a girl. Which is a grave mistake. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are no innocents. They have been trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction, and violence with a singular goal—to bring down monarchies— and their marriages are merely the first stage of their mother’s grand vision: to one day reign over the entire continent of Vesteria.
The princesses have spent their lives preparing, and now they are ready, each with her own secret skill, and each with a single wish, pulled from the stars. Only, the stars have their own plans—and their mother hasn’t told them all of hers.
Life abroad is a test. Will their loyalties stay true? Or will they learn that they can’t trust anyone—not even each other?
LINK: Goodreads

MEET THE AUTHOR


I write YA books and I'm also entrusted with taking care of other people's children. I write books about girls who are strong in all different ways, usually with a healthy dollop of magic and a few dragons.

I live in NYC with my extraordinarily fluffy dog, Neville.


Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Bookish Wishlist

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Monday, February 14, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Harlequin Series Winter 2021-2022 BELIEVER Blog Tour: Her Christmas Dilemma by Brenda Minton

  

Hiya, Booknerds! I was lucky enough to be selected to be a host for the Harlequin Series Winter 2021-2022 BELIEVER Blog TourAs such, I will give you some details about the interesting books as well as their lovely authors. 

And you also get a BOOKISH BONUS: 

*A delightful morsel of excerpt can be found below*

ABOUT THE BOOKS:



HER CHRISTMAS DILEMMA by Brenda Minton 

Publisher: 
Love Inspired
Release Date: November 30, 2021
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages
224

THE STORY:
Searching for a safe haven and a new beginning. Returning home for the holidays after an unexpected pregnancy, Clara Fisher needs a fresh start. And working as a housekeeper for Tucker Church and his teenage niece is the first step. Clara still has hard choices to make, but Tucker might be just the person to help her forget her fears. Could the path to her new future also lead to love?


BUY LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Harlequin.com
EXCERPT:  Amazon







EXCERPT:

“I’ll take the job,” she said, as if they’d been discussing the job.

“I’m sorry?”

“Have you hired someone?” She glanced at her watch. “In the past fifteen minutes?”

“No, I haven’t. I…” He didn’t know what to say. This woman had secrets. She had a brokenness that scared the daylights out of him.

But she made his niece smile. For that matter, she made him smile.

“If you’d rather find someone else, I understand. I’m obviously not experienced. I’ve already admitted that I can’t cook and I’m also only here temporarily, but I could fill the spot until you find someone more suitable.”

“What made you change your mind?” he asked, glad that his niece had wandered ahead to talk to a friend.

She shrugged a shoulder and glanced around. “A lot of reasons. Shay needs someone who understands what she’s going through. I do know how much it hurts to feel abandoned by the people who should care the most. Also, I feel the need to do more than sit by myself in Nan’s boat shop. Plus, Nan fired me this morning.”

“She fired you?” He couldn’t help but chuckle.

“Yeah, she did.” Her eyes briefly twinkled. “She said I’m in her way. She likes her solitary time. She doesn’t mind my help, but she doesn’t want me to become a fixture in her shop.”

“Shay is a challenge,” he warned.

If she worked for him, could he remain impartial, not getting involved, not caring what her story might be? He doubted it. But he had to do what Shay’s parents hadn’t done: he had to put his niece first. For some reason, he thought this woman might be the right thing for Shay. For the time being.

“I need a challenge.” She smiled.

“I get weekly calls from the school. I think she thinks if she’s bad enough, her parents will ride to the rescue. They won’t.”

“I’m sorry about that. Parents aren’t always what we need them to be. Sometimes they can’t be, sometimes they choose not to be.”

It made him angry to think about his sister and brother-in-law, the choices they’d made putting them first and Shay last. Could this woman put Shay first? “She needs people who will support her but not allow her to get away with the trouble she’s causing.”

“I can be that person,” she assured him with a subtle lift of her chin. “Give me a week. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll go back to boats.”

He grinned. “I guess we can give it a one-week trial. Can you be at the house tomorrow at six?”

“So early?”

“Second thoughts?” he asked.

“Only for a moment,” she admitted. Then they were next in line to get plates, so they spoke no more on the subject.

Tucker was generally an optimistic person, but he knew that letting Clara into his home—and his life—was going to bring an array of problems.

First and foremost, he liked her. He liked her a lot. And that was a big problem.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

HER CHRISTMAS DILEMMA: Brenda Minton lives in the Ozarks. She's a wife, mom to three, foster mom to five and grandma to a princess. Life is chaotic but she enjoys every minute of it with her family and a few too many dogs. When not writing she's drinking coffee on the patio, wrangling kids or escaping for an evening out with her husband. Visit her online at www.brendaminton.net


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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Wishlist Wednesday


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that is on your bookish wishlist*

THE WITCH COLLECTOR by Charissa Weaks

Publisher: City Owl Press
Release DateNovember 2, 2021
Pages: 343

THE STORY:

Every harvest moon, the Witch Collector rides into our valley and leads one of us to the home of the immortal Frost King, to remain forever.
Today is that day—Collecting Day.
But he will not come for me. I, Raina Bloodgood, have lived in this village for twenty-four years, and for all that time he has passed me by.
His mistake.
Raina Bloodgood has one desire: kill the Frost King and the Witch Collector who stole her sister. On Collecting Day, she means to exact murderous revenge, but a more sinister threat sets fire to her world. Rising from the ashes is the Collector, Alexus Thibault, the man she vowed to slay and the only person who can help save her sister.
Thrust into an age-old story of ice, fire, and ancient gods, Raina must abandon vengeance and aid the Witch Collector or let their empire—and her sister—fall into enemy hands. But the lines between good and evil blur, and Raina has more to lose than she imagined. What is she to do when the Witch Collector is no longer the villain who stole her sister, but the hero who’s stealing her heart?
LINK: Goodreads


MEET THE AUTHOR

Charissa Weaks is an author of historical fantasy and speculative fiction. She crafts stories with magic, time travel, romance, fantasy, and history, and the occasional apocalyptic quest. Her favorite books span genres, from Outlander, The Nightingale, and All The Light We Cannot See, to Dark Matter, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Bridges of Madison County, and The Humans. She also loves the short stories of Kelly Link and Helen Maryles Shankman. When she’s not writing, you can find Charissa digging through four-hundred-year-old texts for research or lost inside a book.

Charissa lives just south of Nashville with her husband, children, two wrinkly English Bulldogs, and the sweetest German Shepherd in existence.

To stay updated on Charissa’s writing endeavors, and to gain access to free writing worksheets, book giveaways, and short story exclusives, join her newsletter The Monthly Courant. 

Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Bookish Wishlist

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Monday, February 7, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Harlequin Series Winter 2021-2022 BELIEVER Blog Tour: Her Hometown Hero by Jacquelin Thomas

 

Hiya, Booknerds! I was lucky enough to be selected to be a host for the Harlequin Series Winter 2021-2022 BELIEVER Blog TourAs such, I will give you some details about the interesting books as well as their lovely authors. 

And you also get a BOOKISH BONUS: 

*A delightful morsel of excerpt can be found below*

ABOUT THE BOOKS:





HER HOMETOWN HERO by Jacquelin Thomas 

Publisher: 
Harlequin Heartwarming)
Release Date: January 25, 2021
Genre: Adult Romance
Pages
384

THE STORY:
Can a wounded hero let go of the past? Wounded marine Trey Rothchild has returned to Polk Island. People call him a hero, but will he ever feel that way after losing his team? Reuniting with high school crush Gia Harris buoys his spirits. Though she’s focused on making her physical therapy clinic a success—and avoiding romance with patients—Gia can’t bear watching the former athlete sit on the sidelines of life. Could helping Trey recover include loving him fearlessly?
BUY LINKS:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Harlequin.com
EXCERPT:  Amazon







EXCERPT: 

“Just relax and float…”

Trey hadn’t felt this relaxed in months. He closed his eyes, allowing his body to become one with the water. Regaining this small sense of movement was a defining moment for him—he felt a sense of freedom he’d thought was long gone.

“You’re doing fantastic,” Gia murmured.

At every encouraging word and smile from her and Gia’s obvious faith in him, Trey’s heart turned over in response. There was no fighting it any longer. He wanted something more than friendship from her. He’d been crushing on her at first like before, but what he felt now defied words.

However, reality sank in. What could he offer Gia?

Yet…the way she looked at him motivated him to take a chance with her. After all, she was his biggest cheerleader and she often reminded him that he could continue to improve his quality of life, including having a family.

At the end of the aquatic therapy session, Gia assisted him back into his wheelchair.

He decided to take the leap. He didn’t just want to be her friend. He wanted more. He wanted Gia.

“How do you feel about mixing business with pleasure?”

She dried herself off. “I’m not sure what you mean by that.”

His eyes traveled over her face, studying her expression. “Will you have dinner with me? As in a date.”

Gia gave a slight nod. “I’d love it.” She handed him a towel. “But I can’t unless you fire me, or I quit. It’s not ethical for me to date my patients.”

“Then you’re fired.”

Grinning, she responded, “In that case, I have a replacement in mind for you.”

He was surprised. “Were you planning to quit on me?”

Gia laughed. “No, I simply wanted to be prepared in case something happened to me, or if we decided to be more than friends.”

“We have gotten pretty close,” Trey said. “I’ve tried to keep it professional, but I really care for you.”

“I feel the same way,” Gia responded.

Her words thrilled him. Clearing his throat, he stated, “If you don’t mind coming to the 

house later, I can order some food from the cafΓ©. I really don’t enjoy eating alone. I never really have.”

“How about I cook something?” she suggested. “I’ll have to check your refrigerator to see what I have to work with.”

He chuckled.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

HER HOMETOWN HEROJacquelin Thomas' books have garnered several awards, including two EMMA awards, the Romance In Color Reviewers Award, Readers Choice Award, and the Atlanta Choice Award in the Religious & Spiritual category. She was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction in the Young Adult category. Jacquelin has published in the romance, inspirational fiction and young adult genres. 


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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Review: Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco




*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: October 26, 2021  
Pages: 448
Source: Hardcover 

THE STORY:

After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria... even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world... or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature?

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves...

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge… Welcome to Hell.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper Kerri Maniscalco comes the sizzling, sweepingly romantic sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked! 
BUY LINKS: Goodreads


RATING:

ONE-WORD REVIEW: ENTICING

TAG LINE:

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge… Welcome to Hell.

OPENING LINE:

Once upon a cursed dawn, a king strode through his castle, his footsteps thundering down the corridor, sending even the shadows skittering away to avoid notice.




REVIEW:

This book was so fucking good!!! Do you know the tale as old as time: the sequel is worse than the first book? Well, that shit doesn’t apply here. When I tell y’all how Wrath had me wrapped around his damn finger. I am not kidding this demon man is so fucking hot he had my ovaries quivering. Haven’t lusted this hard after a fictional man since meeting Casteel for the first time ages ago.

“𝒯𝒽𝑒 π“ˆπ“‰π’Άπ“‡π“ˆ 𝒾𝓃𝒸𝓁𝒾𝓃𝑒 π“Šπ“ˆ; π“‰π’½π‘’π“Ž π’Ήπ‘œ π“ƒπ‘œπ“‰ 𝒷𝒾𝓃𝒹 π“Šπ“ˆ."

The highlights of KINGDOM OF THE CURSED include devilish schemes, magic,  debauched masked galas, another interesting mystery, and Wrath even has pets!

KINGDOM OF THE CURSED also has some of our favorite tropes: enemies-to-lovers, forbidden, marriage of convenience (sort of? ), forced proximity.

“π’΄π‘œπ“Šπ“‡ 𝓅𝓇𝒾𝒹𝑒 𝒹𝒾𝒹𝓃'𝓉 𝒢𝓅𝓅𝑒𝒢𝓇 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝒢𝓉 π’·π‘œπ“ƒπ‘’ 𝒸𝒾𝓇𝒸𝓁𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓃𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 π“Žπ‘œπ“Š π“ˆπ“…π’Ύπ“π“π‘’π’Ή π’·π“π‘œπ‘œπ’Ή 𝒢𝓃𝒹 π“ˆπ“Šπ“‚π“‚π‘œπ“ƒπ‘’π’Ή 𝓂𝑒. 𝐼𝓉 π“Œπ’Άπ“ˆ π“Žπ‘œπ“Šπ“‡ π“Œπ“‡π’Άπ“‰π’½. π’΄π‘œπ“Šπ“‡ π’»π“Šπ“‡π“Ž.”

In this second installment of the KINGDOM OF THE WICKED series, the white magic witch Emilia di Carlo finds herself in the underbelly of Hell, ever more determined to discover which wicked Prince of Hell brutally murdered her sister, Vittoria. And she's even more willing to make any bargains necessary to find answers.

“𝐼 π“Œπ’Άπ“ƒπ“‰π‘’π’Ή π“‰π‘œ π“€π’Ύπ“ˆπ“ˆ 𝒽𝒾𝓂. π’«π‘œπ“ˆπ“ˆπ’Ύπ’·π“π“Ž 𝒷𝓇𝑒𝒢𝓀 𝒢 π’·π‘œπ“‰π“‰π“π‘’ 𝒢𝓃𝒹 π“ˆπ“‰π’Άπ’· 𝒽𝒾𝓂 π’»π’Ύπ“‡π“ˆπ“‰. π΅π“Šπ“‰ 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓃 π’Ήπ‘’π’»π’Ύπ“ƒπ’Ύπ“‰π‘’π“π“Ž π“€π’Ύπ“ˆπ“ˆ 𝒽𝒾𝓂.”

Now for the romance part. Our favorite enemies-to-lovers, forbidden lovers are back! And hotter than ever. I was so freaking stoked when I found out KINGDOM OF THE CURSED would be NA instead of YA like its predecessor. If any YA couple deserved smut it was Emilia and Wrath. Not only does Emilia find herself in the midst of Hell, caught between the wicked Princes of Hell. One prince in particular: Wrath. Wrath is powerful, cunning, and deliciously sinful. While Emilia is forced to work with Wrath to maneuver the nuances of Hell, she also tries to maneuver their growing attraction for one another. 

Temptation has never been more difficult to ignore.

Will she or won't she? As she tries to uncover her sister's murder, Emilia must do everything her power to not fall for Wrath's charms or under his alluring demonic influence.

“πΏπ‘œπ“‹π‘’ 𝒢𝓃𝒹 𝒽𝒢𝓉𝑒 𝒢𝓇𝑒 π’·π‘œπ“‰π’½ π“‡π‘œπ‘œπ“‰π‘’π’Ή 𝒾𝓃 π“…π’Άπ“ˆπ“ˆπ’Ύπ‘œπ“ƒ.”

The plotting of KOTC was fantastically laid out with tantalizing mysteries and plot-twists upon plot-twists. Such delicious ones too! And the ending! Dear lord, talk about a scrumptious cliffhanger. And that's coming from someone who is not a fan of cliffhangers. Kerri also remained a master of wordplay and tension and her prose was as amazing as KOTW. She didn't disappoint.

“𝐼 π“Œπ’Άπ“ƒπ“‰π‘’π’Ή π“‰π‘œ 𝒸𝓇𝒢𝒸𝓀 π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π“ˆπ‘œπ“Šπ“ π‘œπ“…π‘’π“ƒ 𝒢𝓃𝒹 𝓇𝑒𝒢𝒹 𝒽𝒾𝓂 𝓁𝒾𝓀𝑒 𝒢 π’·π‘œπ‘œπ“€, π’Ήπ’Ύπ“ˆπ’Έπ‘œπ“‹π‘’π“‡π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘” 𝓉𝒽𝑒 π’Ήπ‘’π‘’π“…π‘’π“ˆπ“‰ π“ˆπ‘’π’Έπ“‡π‘’π“‰π“ˆ 𝒢𝓃𝒹 π“ˆπ“‰π‘œπ“‡π’Ύπ‘’π“ˆ π‘œπ’» π’½π‘œπ“Œ 𝒽𝑒 𝒸𝒢𝓂𝑒 π“‰π‘œ 𝒷𝑒.”

KINGDOM OF THE CURSED was fast-paced and it'll have you fully submerged in the world, desperate not to put the book down. I highly recommend KINGDOM OF THE CURSED! It was one of my top 5 favorite reads of 2021. Please, please just read KINGDOM OF THE WICKED and KINGDOM OF THE CURSED.


CHARACTERS:

EMILIAI really connected with Emilia in KOTW and that remains true in KOTC. Though Emilia was the quieter, calmer, safe sister who lived by the rules and preferred fictional worlds over the dangerous real ones. That all changed when her sister was brutally murdered. Accepting her fate and willing to risk everything to uncover her sister's murderer, she married the Devil so she could infiltrate the Kingdom of the Wicked and find out which Prince of Hell was responsible for her sister's death. In KOTC, she was feisty, less reserved, and spicy.

“πΌπ“ƒπ“ˆπ“‰π‘’π’Άπ’Ή π‘œπ’» 𝒷𝑒𝒾𝓃𝑔 π“‡π“Šπ“π‘’π’Ή π’·π“Ž 𝒻𝑒𝒢𝓇, 𝐼 π’Έπ‘œπ“Šπ“π’Ή π’·π‘’π’Έπ‘œπ“‚π‘’ π’»π‘’π’Άπ“‡π“π‘’π“ˆπ“ˆ.”

WRATH: Ever mysterious and intriguing, Wrath remains the most "human" compared to his brothers. I wanted to trust him so badly. To believe this coaxing, seductive demon Prince of Hell was capable of genuine feelings. Powerful, handsome, and more than a touch wicked, he's the sinfully perfect love interest I love reading.

“𝒯𝑒𝓁𝓁 𝓂𝑒,” 𝒽𝑒 π“Œπ’½π’Ύπ“ˆπ“…π‘’π“‡π‘’π’Ή, π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π“‹π‘œπ’Ύπ’Έπ‘’ π“ˆπ“π’Ύπ’Ήπ’Ύπ“ƒπ‘” 𝓁𝒾𝓀𝑒 π“ˆπ’Ύπ“π“€ π‘œπ“‹π‘’π“‡ π“‚π“Ž π’»π“π“Šπ“ˆπ’½π‘’π’Ή π“ˆπ“€π’Ύπ“ƒ. “𝒲𝒽𝒢𝓉?” π‘€π“Ž π‘œπ“Œπ“ƒ π“‹π‘œπ’Ύπ’Έπ‘’ 𝒸𝒢𝓂𝑒 π‘œπ“Šπ“‰ π’·π“‡π‘’π’Άπ“‰π’½π“π‘’π“ˆπ“ˆ. “𝐼 𝒢𝓂 π“Žπ‘œπ“Šπ“‡ π’»π’Άπ“‹π‘œπ“‡π’Ύπ“‰π‘’ π“ˆπ’Ύπ“ƒ.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I'm mostly on instagram--where I'm always ready to talk fictional crushes and nerd out over books. (Okay, okay. And I've also been known to share snippets and teasers from my upcoming novels, if you're into that sort of thing...) Please feel free to chat with me there @KerriManiscalco. I love talking with fellow readers!

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER quartet. The final installment, CAPTURING THE DEVIL, will be released on 9/10/19. KINGDOM OF THE WICKED, the first in a new YA fantasy series, is slated for fall 2020.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Wishlist Wednesday


*Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that is on your bookish wishlist*

LEAGUE OF LIARS by Astrid Scholte

PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date:  February 22, 2022 
Pages: 464

THE STORY:

Ever since his mother was killed, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal--to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve the worst kind of punishment as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he'll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he's a prosecutor. Then he'll finally be able to punish the guilty without mercy.
But when he meets the three criminals he's supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They're teenagers, like him, and their stories are... complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder's new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension--where all magic comes from.
League of Liars is a dark and twisty mystery set in a richly-drawn world where nothing is as it seems, rife with magic, villains and danger.
In this fantasy thriller, four teens charged with murder and the illegal use of magic band together to devise the ultimate jailbreak. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows and How to Get Away with Murder. 
LINK: Goodreads


MEET THE AUTHOR

Raised on a diet of Spielberg, Lucas and Disney, Astrid Scholte knew she wanted to be surrounded by all things fantastical from a young age and has spent the past fourteen years working in film, animation and VFX production. Career highlights include working on James Cameron’s Avatar, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and is currently working on Marvel and Disney's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.

Her second novel, The Vanishing Deep, was released on the 3rd of March 2020 with Allen & Unwin and Penguin Random House. Up next is a fantasy/crime mashup, LEAGUE OF LIARS, out in 2022.

You can find Astrid posting about books, cats and Disney on Twitter and Instagram @AstridScholte
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Want to see my entire Wishlist? Check it out on Amazon: Bookish Wishlist

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