February 2020 TBR

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February is finally here! January seemed to drag on forever and ever. I had a great reading month starting off the year with 27 books read (thank you audiobooks haha). I’ll probably hit a few slow spots this year as is my usual way with reading so I’m glad I’ll have some extra cushion for those times so I can still meet my goal for the whole year. As you may know if you’ve been following me for awhile, I am a mood reader 100% so TBRs don’t always work out for me. I try to keep them pretty loose and just go with the flow. I don’t force myself to stick to my TBR if I’m not in the mood for what I had originally picked. For right now, I’m feeling pretty much locked on to fantasy so this is my plan for the month.

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  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  • The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

I also have an eARC for Ruthless Gods, the sequel to Wicked Saints so I may fit that in this month, too. I will also still be working on finishing my reread of Gone With The Wind. That one has taken a little bit of a backseat the last couple weeks of January so I’m looking forward to picking it back up.

Have you read any of these books? What books are you planning to read in February?

Cover Reveal! Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

I am so excited to be able to share this cover reveal with you guys! An awesome new graphic novel will be coming out this fall on October 13th. It is available for pre-order right now so make sure to check out the links below. Without further ado…. the cover for Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater.

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Look at how gorgeous this art is! I am really looking forward to reading this graphic novel. I adore Maggie Stiefvater so I’m thrilled that she is branching out and writing a graphic novel.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater (the Raven Cycle series) and artist Morgan Beem unearth the primal power of memory and how it twists the bond between two brothers.

Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but they are inseparable. For their last summer before college, the two leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths than they could have imagined.

While Walker carves their names into the new social scene, Alec recedes into a summer school laboratory, because he brought something from home on their trip—it’s an experiment that will soon consume him. This season, both brothers must confront truths ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches is a story of shadows literal and imagined—and those that take form and haunt us.

About Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels ShiverLingerForever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in the Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, received five starred reviews. The final book, The Raven King, received four. Her latest book is All the Crooked Saints, which became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem:

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist working predominately in comics and illustration. Beem’s past comics credits include Adventure Time, and The Family Trade, among others. She has worked with some of the biggest comics publishers in the industry including DC, Boom! Studios and Image Comics.
About DC
DC is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics and graphic novels in the world and home to some of the most iconic and recognizable characters ever created. As a creative unit of WarnerMedia, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, and the DC UNIVERSE subscription streaming service. For more information, visit dccomics.com.

Links To Preorder

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And to entice you further… check out more of the stunning illustrations you will find inside the book.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer – The Graphic Novel

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Novel written by Leigh Bardugo – Adapted by Louise Simonson – Illustrated by Kit Seaton – Color by Sara Woolley – Letters by Deron Bennett

Publication: January 7th 2020 by DC Comics

208 Pages

Goodreads Summary: 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. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Leigh Bardugo, this graphic novel adaptation brings to life Diana’s first adventure beyond the hidden shores of Themyscira.

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.

Review: This graphic novel is adapted from the novel written by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve been loving graphic novels more and more the last few years so I was really excited to get a chance to review this one. Wonder Woman is such a strong female character which is so great to see. The graphic novel begins with a little background on Diana aka Wonder Woman and the Amazons on Themyscira. Right away I could tell this was going to hook me right in. The illustrations and color palette are absolutely stunning. Everything flows so well between the illustrations and the text. I haven’t read the novel by Bardugo yet so I can’t say how well the story matches up but I didn’t feel that there was any disconnect in the story. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? 😉 I mean, check these out…

I really enjoyed all of the characters, especially Diana and Alia. They both showed that while they had different strengths, they each stood strong for the common good, regardless of any negative impact for them personally. Diana risks being banished forever from Themyscira, and Alia risks her mortal life. This story was incredibly thrilling and had some major twists that I did not see coming. In addition to the thrilling adventure, there was also some comedic relief which is always acceptable in my opinion. I also really loved all of the Greek mythology coming to life in the story. If you’re looking for an awesome female centered graphic novel, I suggest you look no further than Wonder Woman: Warbringer! Luckily I am able to share some of the first few pages with you so be sure to check those out below!

5 STARS

Thank you to DC Entertainment for providing me with an advance copy of this book and sneak peek for my readers in exchange for an honest review.

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The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

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Published December 10th 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books

471 Pages

Goodreads Summary: An unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another from an award-winning author

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what’s safe over what’s right.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey’s The Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

Review: This is my first novel by this author but when I read the summary, I really was intrigued by how the story would turn out. I love the forbidden love type stories so knew this would probably hit it for me. The book is written in two points of view and between two different times. Normally I’m not a huge fan of the back and forth but I think it worked really well for this story. I loved the dynamic between mother and daughter with Alice and Selina. It was heartbreaking to feel Alice’s longing for her mother while she was away. The beginning of the book was a little slow but it gradually picked up. I found myself really living for Selina’s interactions with Lawrence. Like I said, I’m a sucker for forbidden romances. I also really loved the glimpses of 1920s London. That time period always seemed so glamorous but also a tad gritty. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the characters of this story. Have some tissues on hand because it is a bit of a tearjerker!

4 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

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Camelot Rising #1

Published November 5, 2019 by Delacorte Press

352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

Review: I started off reading this book during a reading slump so for the first 8% I was a little out of touch with what was going on. I was really intrigued by Guinevere’s personality and back story. She is not all she appears to be, hence the title of the book. There are so many twists in this book that I’m not even sure how much I should say about the story or characters. When I got out of my reading slump, this book clicked so well with me. I loved everything that was going on and was on the edge of my seat. I was starting to ship Guinevere with a character who was NOT Arthur about halfway through. There is a mysterious character referred to as the patchwork knight and I was so sure I knew what was going to happen with this person but I was really surprised when I hit that particular twist. I’m not completely familiar with Arthurian legend but I really loved how Kiersten White approached this retelling. SUPER shocked about the major twist at the end. I seriously cannot wait until the next book comes out. I will definitely be buying myself a copy of this book and recommending it to fantasy fans.

4 stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.