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ARC Roundup

I’ve got some new ARCs from Netgalley to read and I’m pretty excited about diving into these because they all sound like books I’d love, so I figure I’d share them with y’all!

Witchtown

Publication Date: July 18th, 2017

I requested a couple different witch themed books around the same time, including the first book in the Windy City Magic series, The Best Kind of Magicand Witchtown was requested shortly after. I love witchy stories and urban fantasies about witches so we’ll see how this one goes!

30971734.jpgWhen sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.

Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.

Secrets have their own power.

Zero Repeat Forever

Publication Date: August 29th, 2017

I have a secret love for sci-fi and space books, and also just look at that beautiful cover!!

28945665He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

Girls Made of Snow & Glass

Publication Date: September 5th, 2017

Fairy tale retelling? Check. Feminist retelling? Double check. Two girls made magically? Heck yeah! I’m a little hesitant on the present/past alternating stories since we already know that Mina ends up as the stepmother, but hopefully I’m proven wrong and it’ll be a great story!

34932579Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairytale as you’ve never heard it before, tracing the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start: the beautiful princess and stepmother queen.

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

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June TBR

Besides trying to catch some sun (instead of sitting inside all summer), I’m going to keep trying to make a dent in my TBR pile! Besides finishing A Court of Mist and Fury, I also plan on finishing the series with A Court of Wings and Ruin and also read some other things!

A Court of Wings and Ruin

I’m halfway through A Court of Mist and Fury at the time of writing this, so here’s hoping I finish it in time to start A Court of Wings and Ruin this June!

23766634Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

I 100% picked this book up because Pablo Cartaya was my mentor for my first semester at SNC and I love all of his work. I mean, I also love middle grade books. I’ve been trying to read more this semester but that didn’t pan out, so I’ll read more this summer!

epicfailSave the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL?

For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.

Funny and poignant, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy’s quest to save both, perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia.

The Falconer

Teeeechnically I’ve been working on this one for a few weeks now. I got a third of the way through before other things came up and I had to leave this one behind. But Victorian era fearie slayer? Heck yeah!

18817125She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

 

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Monday Reads

I spend most of my Mondays at work, usually 10 to 5, but because I work in a BBQ restaurant, not a lot of people want ribs for lunch (JM Tuckerman is, of course, the exception. She wants ribs all the time). So Mondays tend to be pretty slow at work, and my managers don’t mind that I sit around and get some homework done during the semester.

But now that the semester is over, I feel less inclined to actually bring a book or notebook with me to get something done. So I’ve been playing Magikarp Jump lately.

Today’s Memorial Day though, so everyone and their grandmother’s are going to be out getting BBQ because that’s what people like to do, I guess. So I’ll be extra busy.

But I 100% plan on getting home, throwing some yoga pants on, and lounging around and finishing A Court of Mist and Fury after work.

What are you Monday reads?

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Reading & Writing & Surviving

It’s October! I keep promising to keep up with this blog more, but I always end up crushed under a pile of other responsibilities that this ends up being the first casualty. So. I’m back! Maybe!

So I was recently accepted in Sierra Nevada College’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children & Young Adults.

It’s a mouthful, I know.

I was so nervous submitting my applications to any grad programs. I’ve always felt like I was a terrible student–at least academically speaking. But I got accepted to both programs I applied for! (But ultimately went with SNC due to the fact that it’s low residency and I can just work from home.)

So these past few months I’ve been reading & writing & surviving. Somehow. I’ve got plenty of books to read each month and plenty to write and revise too. It’s a lot, but I get individual attention to my work so that’s been incredibly helpful. Though I do prefer to just draft straight out before going back to revise.

It’s pretty fun stuff, getting to work with so many talented people (and incredibly smart people too!) and getting to see how I can grow with my craft. I know a lot of people don’t like MFA programs for a lot of reasons. Money being one of them. Trust me. I’ve pretty much doubled my student loans in just one year’s worth of grad tuition than I had with four and a half years of undergrad tuition.

But it’s been a great experience so far, and I can’t wait to see where it’ll take me next.

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A New Story Has Hatched On Round Robin!

Howdy everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve last updated the site. I’ve been incredibly busy with school this semester. I’ve got some new content coming your way (eventually, I promise) but there is some great news!

My friends and I over at Round Robin have started a new story, Yanallie’s Destiny! Go check it out! It’s a sci-fi with plenty of aliens! It looks like it’ll be a load of fun. K. Leigh has written the first chapter and it’s ready to go.

Enjoy!

~Magdalyn Ann